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  • TIBERIUS WITH A TELEPHONE
    TIBERIUS WITH A TELEPHONE
    MULLINS PATRICK
    ISBN: 9781925713602
    Title: TIBERIUS WITH A TELEPHONE
    Author: MULLINS PATRICK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: November 2018 New Release

    William McMahon was a significant, if widely derided and disliked, figure in Australian politics in the second half of the twentieth century. This biography tells the story of his life, his career, and his doomed attempts to recast views of his much-maligned time as Australia's prime minister.

    After a long ministerial career under Menzies, McMahon became treasurer under Harold Holt, and fought a fierce, bitter war over protectionism with John McEwen. Following Holt's death in 1967, McEwen had his revenge by vetoing McMahon's candidature for the Liberal Party's leadership, and thus paved the way for John Gorton to become prime minister. But almost three years later, amid acrimony and division, McMahon would topple Gorton and fulfill his life's ambition to become Australia's prime minister.

    In office, McMahon worked furiously to enact an agenda that grappled with the profound changes reshaping Australia. He withdrew combat forces from Vietnam, legislated for Commonwealth government involvement in childcare, established the National Urban and Regional Development Authority and the first Department of the Environment, began phasing out the means test on pensions, sought to control foreign investments, and accelerated the timetable for the independence of Papua New Guinea. But his failures would overshadow his successes, and by the time of the 1972 election McMahon would lead a divided, tired, and rancorous party to defeat.

    A man whose life was coloured by tragedy, comedy, persistence, courage, farce, and failure, McMahon's story has never been told at length. Tiberius with a Telephone fills that gap, using deep archival research and extensive interviews with McMahon's contemporaries and colleagues. It is a tour de force - an authoritative, compelling, and colourful account of a unique politician and a vital period in Australia's history.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $59.99
    Price: $59.99
  • TO BEGIN TO KNOW : WALKING IN THE SHADOWS OF MY FATHER
    TO BEGIN TO KNOW : WALKING IN THE SHADOWS OF MY FATHER
    LESER DAVID
    ISBN: 9781760110338
    Title: TO BEGIN TO KNOW : WALKING IN THE SHADOWS OF MY FATHER
    Author: LESER DAVID
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A deeping moving and searlingly honest memoir about fathers and sons. More than a decade ago, journalist David Leser started writing a biography of his famous father, legendary magazine publisher, Bernard Leser.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • TO THROW AWAY UNOPENED
    TO THROW AWAY UNOPENED
    ALBERTINE VIV
    ISBN: 9780571342907
    Title: TO THROW AWAY UNOPENED
    Author: ALBERTINE VIV
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Brave, intimate, and deeply confessional, this is the long-awaited follow-up to Viv Albertine's sensational bestselling memoir.

    At the launch party for her memoir in 2014, the musician Viv Albertine received news that her mother was dying, and spent a few final hours with the woman who was, in a sense, the love of her life. In the turbulent weeks after the funeral, Viv made a series of discoveries that revealed the role of family conflicts in propelling her towards the uncompromising world of punk.

    Part radical reinvention of the memoir form; part feminist manifesto; part domestic noir; part polemic on motherhood; To Throw Away Unopened is an indefinable book exploring the nature of intimacy. Unapologetically honest, this is a story of human dysfunctionality which miraculously reveals how we do manage to function, live, and love.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • TOM HUGHES QC : A CAB ON THE RANK
    TOM HUGHES QC : A CAB ON THE RANK
    HANCOCK IAN
    ISBN: 9781760020583
    Title: TOM HUGHES QC : A CAB ON THE RANK
    Author: HANCOCK IAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Tom Hughes, a scion of a notable Sydney family of high achievers, was one of Australia's top barristers, renowned, respected and sometimes feared for his dominating presence in the courtroom. This book tells the story of how Hughes, and his forebears, embraced more of their English than their Irish heritage while becoming distinctively Australian.

    Imprint: FEDERATION PRESS
    RRP: $59.95

    Price: $59.95
  • TOMORROW WILL BE DIFFERENT:  Love Loss and the Fight for Trans Equality
    TOMORROW WILL BE DIFFERENT: Love Loss and the Fight for Trans Equality
    MCBRIDE SARAH
    ISBN: 9781524761479
    Title: TOMORROW WILL BE DIFFERENT: Love Loss and the Fight for Trans Equality
    Author: MCBRIDE SARAH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sarah McBride is on a mission to fight for transgender rights around the world. But before she was a prominent activist, and before she became the first transgender person to speak at the Democratic National Convention in 2016, she was a teenager struggling with her identity.

    With emotional depth and unparalleled honesty, Sarah shares her personal struggle with gender identity, coming out to her supportive but distraught parents, and finding her way as a woman. She inspires readers with her barrier-breaking political journey that took her, in just four years, from a frightened, closeted college student to one of the nation's most prominent transgender activists walking the halls of the White House, passing laws, and addressing the country in the midst of a heated presidential election. She also details the heartbreaking romance with her first love and future husband Andy, a trans man and activist, who passed away from cancer in 2014 just days after they were married.

    Sarah's story of identity, love, and tragic loss serves as a powerful entry point for readers who want to gain a deeper understanding of gender identity and what it means to be openly transgender. From issues like bathroom access to healthcare, identification and schools, Sarah weaves the important political milestones, cultural and political debates, and historical context into a personal journey that will open hearts and change minds.

    Imprint: CROWN PUBLISHING
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • TOSCANINI : Musician of Conscience
    TOSCANINI : Musician of Conscience
    SACHS HARVEY
    ISBN: 9781631492716
    Title: TOSCANINI : Musician of Conscience
    Author: SACHS HARVEY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On the 150th anniversary of his birth comes this monumental biography of conductor Arturo Toscanini, whose dramatic life was unparalleled among twentieth-century musicians.

    Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957) was famed for his dedication, photographic memory, explosive temper and impassioned performances. At times he dominated La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, and the Bayreuth, Salzburg and Lucerne festivals. His reforms influenced generations of musicians, and his opposition to Nazism and Fascism made him a model for artists of conscience. With unprecedented access to the conductor's archives, Harvey Sachs has written a new biography positioning Toscanini's musical career and sometimes scandalous life against the currents of history. Set in Italy, across Europe, the Americas and in Palestine, with portraits of Verdi, Puccini, Caruso, Mussolini and others, Toscanini soars in its exploration of genius, music and moral courage.

    Imprint: LIVERIGHT
    RRP: $56.95

    Price: $56.95
  • TOVE JANSSON : Life Art Words - The Authorised Biography
    TOVE JANSSON : Life Art Words - The Authorised Biography
    WESTIN BOEL
    ISBN: 9781908745569
    Title: TOVE JANSSON : Life Art Words - The Authorised Biography
    Author: WESTIN BOEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Finnish-Swedish writer and artist Tove Jansson achieved worldwide fame as the creator of the Moomin stories, written between 1945 and 1970 and still in print in more than twenty languages. However, the Moomins were only a part of her prodigious output. Already admired in Nordic art circles as a painter, cartoonist and illustrator, she would go on to write a series of classic novels and short stories. She remains Scandinavia's best loved author.

    Tove Jansson's work reflected the tenets of her life: her love of family (and special bond with her mother), of nature, and her insistence on freedom to pursue her art. Love and work was the motto she chose for herself and her approach to both was joyful and uncompromising. If her relationships with men foundered on her ambivalence towards marriage, those with women came as a revelation, especially the love and companionship she found with her long-time partner, the artist Tuulikki Pietil?, with whom she lived on the solitary island of Klovharu. In this meticulously researched, authorised biography, Boel Westin draws together the many threads of Jansson's life: from the studies interrupted to help her family; the dark shades of war and her emergence as an artist with a studio of her own; to the years of Moomin-mania, and later novel writing.

    Based on numerous conversations with Tove, and unprecedented access to her journals, letters and personal archives, Tove Jansson: Life, Art, Words offers a rare and privileged insight into the world of a writer whom Philip Pullman described, simply, as 'a genius'.

    Imprint: SORT OF BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • TRACKER - Winner of The Stella Prize 2018
    TRACKER - Winner of The Stella Prize 2018
    WRIGHT ALEXIS
    ISBN: 9781925336337
    Title: TRACKER - Winner of The Stella Prize 2018
    Author: WRIGHT ALEXIS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A collective memoir of one of Aboriginal Australia’s most charismatic leaders and an epic portrait of a period in the life of a country, reminiscent in its scale and intimacy of the work of Nobel Prize-winning Russian author Svetlana Alexievich.

    Miles Franklin Award-winning novelist Alexis Wright returns to non-fiction in her new book, Tracker, a collective memoir of the charismatic Aboriginal leader, political thinker, and entrepreneur who died in Darwin in 2015. Taken from his family as a child and brought up in a mission on Croker Island, Tracker Tilmouth returned home to transform the world of Aboriginal politics. He worked tirelessly for Aboriginal self-determination, creating opportunities for land use and economic development in his many roles, including Director of the Central Land Council. He was a visionary and a projector of ideas, renowned for his irreverent humour and his anecdotes. His memoir has been composed by Wright from interviews with Tilmouth himself, as well as with his family, friends, and colleagues, weaving his and their stories together into a book that is as much a tribute to the role played by storytelling in contemporary Aboriginal life as it is to the legacy of a remarkable man.

    Imprint: GIRAMONDO
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
  • TRANNY : Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout
    TRANNY : Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout
    GRACE LAURA JANE
    ISBN: 9780316264372
    Title: TRANNY : Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout
    Author: GRACE LAURA JANE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    The provocative transgender advocate and lead singer of the punk rock band Against Me!, provides a searing account of her search for identity and her true self.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • TRAUMA CLEANER
    TRAUMA CLEANER
    KRASNOSTEIN SARAH
    ISBN: 9781925498523
    Title: TRAUMA CLEANER
    Author: KRASNOSTEIN SARAH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A poignant and powerful celebration of one remarkable woman’s unrelenting drive to make order from chaos.

    Before she was a trauma cleaner, Sandra Pankhurst was many things: husband and father, drag queen, gender reassignment patient, sex worker, small businesswoman, trophy wife…

    But as a little boy, raised in violence and excluded from the family home, she just wanted to belong. Now she believes her clients deserve no less.

    A woman who sleeps among garbage she has not put out for forty years. A man who bled quietly to death in his loungeroom. A woman who lives with rats, random debris and terrified delusion. The still life of a home vacated by accidental overdose.

    Sarah Krasnostein has watched the extraordinary Sandra Pankhurst bring order and care to these, the living and the dead - and the book she has written is equally extraordinary. Not just the compelling story of a fascinating life among lives of desperation, but an affirmation that, as isolated as we may feel, we are all in this together.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • TRAVELS WITH MY ART
    TRAVELS WITH MY ART
    RUBBO MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780994503640
    Title: TRAVELS WITH MY ART
    Author: RUBBO MICHAEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    I've spent my life as a filmmaker. But through my 40 years making both documentaries and features, I've had to get out of the dark, out of the cutting room and be in nature. My family has a history of doing this via painting. Both my grandfather, Antonio Dattilo Rubbo, and my mother, Ellen Rubbo, painted plein air. So It was natural that my way of getting outside, has been to set up an easel, let the wind buffet my canvas, let the bugs land in the sticky oils, and people stop to be curious and comment. Be an impressionist. This book is about the results of all that painting in Canada, in Finland, and in Australia. In some cases, it's been so intense that as well as making the movies, I've become the village painter, the teller of the local story. I argue in the book that, taking ownership of a scene by painting it, is a wonderful way to soak up the restless energy we all have, energy which can see us carving up the countryside before we know it . I tell that by painting, you leave your mark but make no mark, and that's a very good strategy. It's also a story to cherish and art I think, is 50% story. Because selling was never the object, I have virtually all the oils I've ever done. Those I don't have I've recently repainted for the book . That being so, it's been quite easy to put them all together into this book to record a lifetime of art on the side. I have also more recently started art which is activist. I've been using my art to draw attention to beautiful places and buildings which are under threat from development. I've done this in our village of Avoca Beach, north of Sydney, opposing the redevelopment of the charming single screen, Avoca Theatre. Most recently, I've also become through drawing, linocuts and solar prints, a passionate advocate for the sort of stately cycling that they do in Europe. That way of riding a bike, sitting up straight not head down and hell-bent, not helmeted and blazoned and vis gear, practising a lovely way to ride that we've mostly missed out on in Australia. Travels with my art thus ends with my bicycle art and the general thought, what does this all add up to? What value does it have? As a painter I'm an impressionist. The original Impressionists had to fight the Paris art establishment and a bitter fight it was, both depressing and energising. Energising because they knew they were seeing the world in a way that was new and important. But now, there's nothing new about being an impressionist, so nobody has much cared about what I've done except family and fellow villagers, and so I've enjoyed a sort of lonely happiness, rounded by this book . Mike Rubbo, August 2017

    Imprint: TO BE ALLOCATED
    RRP: $34.95

    Price: $34.95
  • TRIP TO ECHO SPRING
    TRIP TO ECHO SPRING
    LAING OLIVIA
    ISBN: 9781786891600
    Title: TRIP TO ECHO SPRING
    Author: LAING OLIVIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Why were so many authors of the greatest works of literature consumed by alcoholism? In The Trip to Echo Spring, Olivia Laing takes a journey across America, examining the links between creativity and drink in the overlapping work and lives of six extraordinary men: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever and Raymond Carver.

    From Hemingway's Key West to Williams's New Orleans, Laing pieces together a topographical map of alcoholism, and strips away the tangle of mythology to reveal the terrible price creativity can exert.

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • TRUE NORTH : THE STORY OF MARY AND ELIZABETH DURACK
    TRUE NORTH : THE STORY OF MARY AND ELIZABETH DURACK
    NIALL BRENDA
    ISBN: 9781922079909
    Title: TRUE NORTH : THE STORY OF MARY AND ELIZABETH DURACK
    Author: NIALL BRENDA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Growing up in suburban Perth in the 1920s, the two Durack girls were fascinated by tales of the pioneering past of their father and grandfather overlanding from Queensland in the 1880s and setting up four vast cattle stations in the remote north. A year spent together on the stations in their early twenties ignited in the sisters a lifelong love of the Kimberley, along with a growing unease about the situation of the Aboriginal people employed there. Through war, love affairs, children and eventual old age, the Duracks continued to write and paint - their closely intertwined creative lives always shaped by the enduring power of the Kimberley region. With unprecedented access to hundreds of private family letters, unpublished memoirs, diaries and family papers, Brenda Niall gets to the heart of a uniquely Australian story that spans the twentieth century.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE
    TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE
    ALBOM MITCH
    ISBN: 9780733609558
    Title: TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE
    Author: ALBOM MITCH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • TURMOIL : Letters from the Brink
    TURMOIL : Letters from the Brink
    WILLIAMS ROBYN
    ISBN: 9781742235776
    Title: TURMOIL : Letters from the Brink
    Author: WILLIAMS ROBYN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Robyn Williams, presenter of The Science Show on ABC Radio, reveals all in Turmoil, a searingly honest and often blackly funny reflection on his life, friends, the people he loves and loathes, and a multi-faceted career that includes over forty years on radio. Robyn writes frankly about everything, from performing with Monty Python, his impressions of fellow scientists Richard Dawkins and David Attenborough, and his unique insights on climate change and the recent devaluing of science, to frugality and being treated for bowel cancer.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • UNCLE TUNGSTEN
    UNCLE TUNGSTEN
    SACKS OLIVER
    ISBN: 9781509813698
    Title: UNCLE TUNGSTEN
    Author: SACKS OLIVER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Uncle Tungsten Sacks evokes, with warmth and wit, his upbringing in wartime England. He tells of the large science-steeped family who fostered his early fascination with chemistry. There follow his years at boarding school where, though unhappy, he developed the intellectual curiosity that would shape his later life. And we hear of his return to London, an emotionally bereft ten-year-old who found solace in his passion for learning. Uncle Tungsten radiates all the delight and wonder of a boy's adventures, and is an unforgettable portrait of an extraordinary young mind.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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