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  • BETTER : A SURGEONS NOTES ON PERFORMANCE
    BETTER : A SURGEONS NOTES ON PERFORMANCE
    GAWANDE ATUL
    ISBN: 9781861976574
    Title: BETTER : A SURGEONS NOTES ON PERFORMANCE
    Author: GAWANDE ATUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The struggle to perform well is universal, but nowhere is this drive to do better more important that in medicine.

    In his book, Atul Gawande explores grippingly how doctors strive to close the gap between best intentions and best performance in the face of obstacles that sometimes seem insurmountable.

    His vivid stories take us to battlefield surgical tents in Iraq, to a polio outbreak in India, and to malpractice courtrooms around the country. He discusses the ethical dilemmas of doctors' participation in lethal injections, examines the influence of money on modern medicine, and recounts the astoundingly contentious history of hand-washing. And he gives a brutally honest insight into life as a practising surgeon.

    Unflinching but compassionate, Gawande's investigation into medical professionals and their progression from good to great provides a detailed blueprint for success that can be used by people in every area of human endeavour.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BETTER GIT IN YOUR SOUL : AN INTERPRETIVE BIOGRAPHY OF CHARLES MINGUS
    BETTER GIT IN YOUR SOUL : AN INTERPRETIVE BIOGRAPHY OF CHARLES MINGUS
    GABBARD KRIN
    ISBN: 9780520260375
    Title: BETTER GIT IN YOUR SOUL : AN INTERPRETIVE BIOGRAPHY OF CHARLES MINGUS
    Author: GABBARD KRIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Charles Mingus is one of the most important-and most mythologized-composers and performers in jazz history. Classically trained and of mixed race, he was an outspoken innovator as well as a bandleader, composer, producer, and record-label owner. His vivid autobiography, Beneath the Underdog, has done much to shape the image of Mingus as something of a wild man: idiosyncratic musical genius with a penchant for skirt-chasing and violent outbursts. But, as the autobiography reveals, he was also a hopeless romantic. After exploring the most important events in Mingus's life, Krin Gabbard takes a careful look at Mingus as a writer as well as a composer and musician. He digs into how and why Mingus chose to do so much self-analysis, how he worked to craft his racial identity in a world that saw him simply as "black," and how his mental and physical health problems shaped his career. Gabbard sets aside the myth-making and convincingly argues that Charles Mingus created a unique language of emotions-and not just in music.
    Capturing many essential moments in jazz history anew, Better Git It in Your Soul will fascinate anyone who cares about jazz, African American history, and the artist's life.

    Imprint: UNIVERISTY OF CALIFORNIA
    RRP: $63.00

    Price: $63.00
  • BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME
    BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME
    COATES TA-NEHISI
    ISBN: 9781925240702
    Title: BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME
    Author: COATES TA-NEHISI
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the 150 years since the end of the Civil War and the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, the story of race and America has remained a brutally simple one, written on flesh: it is the story of the black body, exploited to create the country’s foundational wealth, violently segregated to unite a nation after a civil war, and, today, still disproportionately threatened, locked up and killed in the streets. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can America reckon with its fraught racial history?

    Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates' attempt to answer those questions, presented in the form of a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his own awakening to the truth about history and race through a series of revelatory experiences: immersion in nationalist mythology as a child; engagement with history, poetry and love at Howard University; travels to Civil War battlefields and the South Side of Chicago; a journey to France that reorients his sense of the world; and pilgrimages to the homes of mothers whose children’s lives have been taken as American plunder. Taken together, these stories map a winding path towards a kind of liberation—a journey from fear and confusion, to a full and honest understanding of the world as it is.

    Masterfully woven from lyrical personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me offers a powerful new framework for understanding America’s history and current crisis, and a transcendent vision for a way forward.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • BETWEEN THEM  : Remembering my Parents
    BETWEEN THEM : Remembering my Parents
    FORD RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781408884690
    Title: BETWEEN THEM : Remembering my Parents
    Author: FORD RICHARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sportswriter comes a deeply personal account of his parents – an intimate portrait of American mid-twentieth century life, and a celebration of family love

    Richard Ford's parents volunteered little about their early lives – and he rarely asked. Later, he pieced their stories together from anecdote, history and the occasional photograph, frozen moments linking him to another time.

    Edna Akin, a dark-eyed Arkansas beauty whose convent education was cut short by her itinerant parents, fell in love aged only seventeen. Parker Ford was a tall country boy with a warm, hesitant smile, who was working at a grocery in Hot Springs. They married and began a life on the road in the American South, as Parker followed his travelling salesman's job. The 1930s were like one long weekend, a swirl of miles traversed, cocktails drunk and hotel rooms vacated: New Orleans, Memphis, Texarkana. Then a single, late child was born, changing everything.

    In this book, Richard Ford evokes a vivid panorama of mid-twentieth century America, and an intimate portrait of family life. Exploring children's changing perception of their parents, he also reflects on the impact of loss and devotion. Written with the intelligence, precision and humanity for which Ford is renowned, Between Them is both a son's great act of love and a redeeming meditation on family.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $18.99

    Price: $18.99
  • BEYOND THE ROCK : The Life of Joan Lindsay and the mystery of Picnic at Hanging rock
    BEYOND THE ROCK : The Life of Joan Lindsay and the mystery of Picnic at Hanging rock
    MCCULLOCH JANELLE
    ISBN: 9781760405625
    Title: BEYOND THE ROCK : The Life of Joan Lindsay and the mystery of Picnic at Hanging rock
    Author: MCCULLOCH JANELLE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: BONNIER
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
  • BICYCLE DIARIES
    BICYCLE DIARIES
    BYRNE DAVID
    ISBN: 9780571241033
    Title: BICYCLE DIARIES
    Author: BYRNE DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Since the early 1980s, David Byrne has been riding a bicycle as his principal means of transportation in New York City.

    A few years later he discovered folding bikes, and starting taking them with him on music tour overseas, and experienced a sense of liberation as he pedalled around many of the world's principal cities. The point of view from his bike seat has given Byrne a panoramic window on urban life over the last thirty years as he has cycled round cities such as London, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Manila, New York, and San Francisco. From music and the visual arts, to globalisation, politics, the nature of creative work, fashion and art, this book gives the reader an incredible insight into what Byrne is seeing and thinking as he pedals around these cities.Filled with intimate photographs, incredible musical stories and a powerful ecological message, this is a enchanting celebration of bike riding - of the rewards of seeing the world at bike level.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BILL EVANS : How My Heart Sings
    BILL EVANS : How My Heart Sings
    PETTINGER PETER
    ISBN: 9780300097276
    Title: BILL EVANS : How My Heart Sings
    Author: PETTINGER PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A biography of the influential jazz pianist, Bill Evans. Peter Pettinger, himself a concert pianist, describes Evans's life, his personal tragedies and commercial successes, his music making, his technique and compositional methods, his approach to ensemble playing, and his legacy.

    Imprint: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $28.00

    Price: $28.00
  • BILLIE HOLIDAY
    BILLIE HOLIDAY
    SZWED JOHN
    ISBN: 9780099592624
    Title: BILLIE HOLIDAY
    Author: SZWED JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    When eighteen-year-old Billie Holiday stepped into Columbia studios in November of 1933 to record ‘Riffin' the Scotch' and ‘Your Mother's Son-in-Law', it marked the beginning of what is arguably the most remarkable and important career in twentieth-century popular music. Today, Billie Holiday is an icon – an artist whose voice has weathered countless shifts in public taste, and whose impact on contemporary music is unquestionable.

    Most of the writing on Holiday has focused on the tragic details of her life – her prostitution at the age of fourteen, a her heroin addiction and alcoholism, her series of abusive relationships, the ravages of her voice by the time she was forty-four – or tried to correct the many fabrications of her autobiography. John Szwed's Billie Holiday is a different book, one that stays close to her music, to her performance style, to the self she created and put on record and on stage. Drawing on revelatory new material, including unpublished memoirs and interviews, Billie Holiday is the first biography to consider the singer as an artist, examining how her life inflected her art, her influences, her uncanny voice and rhythmic genius, her singing style, a number of her signature songs, and her legacy.

    Published to coincide with the centenary of Holiday's birth on 7 April, Billie Holiday is a major new biography of America's First Lady of Jazz by one of the greatest music writers of today, offering a profound meditation on her art, and how it made sense of her life.

    Imprint: WINDMILL
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BIRDS ART LIFE DEATH : The Art of Noticing the Small and Significant
    BIRDS ART LIFE DEATH : The Art of Noticing the Small and Significant
    MACLEAR KYO
    ISBN: 9780008225049
    Title: BIRDS ART LIFE DEATH : The Art of Noticing the Small and Significant
    Author: MACLEAR KYO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ‘Now when I hear birdsong, I feel an entry to that understory. When I am feeling too squeezed on the ground, exhausted by everything in my care, I look for a little sky. There are always birds flying back and forth, city birds flitting around our human edges, singing their songs.'


    One winter, Kyo Maclear became unmoored. Her father had recently fallen ill and she suddenly found herself lost for words. As a writer, she could no longer bring herself to create; her work wasn't providing the comfort and meaning that it had before.

    But then Kyo met a musician who loved birds. The musician felt he could not always cope with the pressures and disappointments of being an artist in a big city. When he watched birds and began to photograph them, his worries dissipated. Intrigued, Kyo found herself following the musician for a year, accompanying him on his birdwatching expeditions; the sounds of birds in the city reminded them both to look outwards at the world.

    Intricate and delicate as birdsong, Birds Art Life Death asks how our passions shape and nurture us, and how we might gain perspective, overcome our anxieties and begin to cherish the urban wild spaces where so many of us live.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BLAKE
    BLAKE
    ACKROYD PETER
    ISBN: 9780749391768
    Title: BLAKE
    Author: ACKROYD PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Poet, painter, engraver and visionary, Blake's was a radical spirit fired by genius. Yet his life has remained an enigma.In this magnificent biography Peter Ackroyd discloses the true nature of William Blake's life and art.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • BLIGH : MASTER MARINER
    BLIGH : MASTER MARINER
    MUNDLE ROB
    ISBN: 9780733637391
    Title: BLIGH : MASTER MARINER
    Author: MUNDLE ROB
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    There's a lot more to Captain Bligh than mutiny, rum and convicts . . .

    The eighteenth century was an era when brave mariners took their ships beyond the horizon in search of an unknown world. Those chosen to lead these expeditions were exceptional navigators, men who had shown brilliance as they ascended the ranks in the Royal Navy. They were also bloody good sailors.

    From ship's boy to vice-admiral, discover how much more there was to Captain Bligh than his infamous bad temper. Meet a 24-year-old Master Bligh as he witnesses the demise of his Captain and mentor Cook; a 34-year-old Lieutenant Bligh at the helm of the famous Bounty then cast adrift by Fletcher Christian on an epic 47-day open-boat voyage from Tonga to Timor; and a 36-year-old Captain Bligh as he takes HMS Providence, in the company of a young Matthew Flinders, on a grand scientific voyage around the world. And all this before he was forty.

    Rob Mundle's BLIGH puts you at the heart of a great nautical life - it's a story that embraces the romance of the sea, bravery in battle, the adventure of exploration under sail and the cost of having the courage of your convictions.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BLOOD MYSTIC
    BLOOD MYSTIC
    GITTOES GEORGE
    ISBN: 9781743534809
    Title: BLOOD MYSTIC
    Author: GITTOES GEORGE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    George Gittoes defies categorisation as his life defies belief. One thing is certain: Gittoes is the greatest Australian hero working today and his epic story must be told.

    Equal parts artist and warrior, George is world-famous for waging war on war with art, circus, photography and film. "Soldiers die for flags. For me it is art," he says.

    George has been shot, stabbed, bombed, beaten, tortured, drowned and jailed. He has worked with Andy Warhol, dined with Fidel Castro, plotted with Julian Assange, been feted by Mandela, blessed by Mother Theresa, sneezed on by the Dalai Lama.

    Blood Mystic begins with George flying back to Jalalabad carrying a letter from the Taliban threatening to chop off his head and show the decapitation on live TV. George's mission is to film with street kids in the most dangerous city on earth - the Ghostbuster street exorcists, the Snow Monkey ice cream boys, the urchin girls and kuchi kids, the child gangsters with razor blades under their lips.

    As the danger grows, George reflects deeply on a life less ordinary - his boyhood being groomed as a gangster, his escape to New York, the Yellow House art revolutions, crazy brave adventures in outback Australia, ghetto America, jungle Nicaragua, war-torn Cambodia, badlands Baghdad, hollow Bosnia... and beyond.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • BLOODHOUND : SEARCHING FOR MY FATHER
    BLOODHOUND : SEARCHING FOR MY FATHER
    KOVAL RAMONA
    ISBN: 9781925240900
    Title: BLOODHOUND : SEARCHING FOR MY FATHER
    Author: KOVAL RAMONA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    I looked up the name in the phone book and rang the number. I tried to imagine the conversation that might ensue. 'Hello? I was wondering if you're the man who was recently at an auction and asked a woman named Bernadette if I was married and had children and was happy - and if you are, are you my real father?'

    Ramona Koval's parents were Holocaust survivors who fled their homeland and settled in Melbourne. As a child, Koval learned little about their lives, but she always suspected that the man who raised her was not her biological father.

    One day in the 1990s, she decided she must know the truth. A phone call led to a photograph in the mail, then tea with strangers. Before long Koval was journeying to rural Poland, learning other languages and dealing with Kafkaesque bureaucracy, all in the hope of finding an answer.

    A quest for identity recounted with Koval's customary humour, Bloodhound is a moving story of the terrible cost of war and of family secrets.



    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $23.99
    Price: $23.99
  • BOLD LIFE
    BOLD LIFE
    KENNERLEY KERRI-ANNE
    ISBN: 9781760550424
    Title: BOLD LIFE
    Author: KENNERLEY KERRI-ANNE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Kerri-Anne Kennerley is Australia's queen of television. But behind the glamour of a public life is a private woman. And a survivor.

    A Bold Life is the tale of a Queensland girl who chased her dream of being a cabaret star to New York, only to find herself stranded in a violent marriage to a dangerous drug addict. It's the journey of a unique and driven woman who built a remarkable 50-year career in one of the most fickle and male-dominated industries of all, and instigated some of the most iconic moments in Australian TV history along the way.

    Yet away from the spotlight Kerri-Anne has stared down a series of personal crises with grace and dignity, the latest in 2016 when a freak fall left John, her devoted husband of 33 years, a quadriplegic. On their long road to recovery Kerri-Anne found herself reflecting on a lifetime's memories, good and bad.

    Honest, fabulous, powerful and poignant, this is Kerri-Anne Kennerley's own extraordinary and inspiring story of A Bold Life.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • BON : THE LAST HIGHWAY : The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC/DC's Back In Black
    BON : THE LAST HIGHWAY : The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC/DC's Back In Black
    FINK JESSE
    ISBN: 9780857988928
    Title: BON : THE LAST HIGHWAY : The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC/DC's Back In Black
    Author: FINK JESSE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In the early hours of 19 February 1980, Bon Scott, lead singer of the rock band AC/DC, left The Music Machine in Camden, London, with a man called Alistair Kinnear, whereupon he lost consciousness and was left to sleep in Alistair’s Renault 5, parked outside Alistair’s East Dulwich apartment.

    That evening, Bon’s lifeless body was found, still in the car. He was pronounced dead on arrival at King’s College Hospital.

    Less than two months later, far away in the Caribbean, recording began on Back In Black, AC/DC’s tribute to their fallen bandmate. Worldwide, it would go on to become the biggest selling rock album of all time.

    The legend of the man known around the world simply as ‘Bon’ only grows with each passing year – in death the AC/DC icon has become a god to millions of people – but how much of his story is myth or pure fabrication and how much of the real man do we know?

    There have been books that claim to tell his story. They haven’t even come close.

    Jesse Fink, author of the critically acclaimed international bestseller The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC, leaves no stone unturned for Bon: The Last Highway, a book years in the making that finally solves the riddle of the death of Bon Scott.

    The 1977–80 period forged the legend of AC/DC. There wasn’t a harder working band in the music business. But, as Fink startlingly reveals, the relentless AC/DC machine was also threatening to come apart. Fink has answers to the nagging questions rock ’n’ roll fans have been asking since 1980 and reveals secrets that will change music history.

    Bon: The Last Highway is the original, forensic, unflinching and masterful biography Bon Scott has so richly deserved and music fans around the world have been waiting for.

    Imprint: EBURY
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BOOK OF FORGOTTEN AUTHORS
    BOOK OF FORGOTTEN AUTHORS
    FOWLER CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9781786484895
    Title: BOOK OF FORGOTTEN AUTHORS
    Author: FOWLER CHRISTOPHER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    99 forgotten authors, their forgotten books, and their unforgettable stories.


    Absence doesn't make the heart grow fonder. It makes people think you're dead.

    So begins Christopher Fowler's foray into the back catalogues and backstories of 99 authors who, once hugely popular, have all but disappeared from our shelves.

    Whether male or female, domestic or international, flash-in-the-pan or prolific, mega-seller or prize-winner - no author, it seems, can ever be fully immune from the fate of being forgotten. And Fowler, as well as remembering their careers, lifts the lid on their lives, and why they often stopped writing or disappeared from the public eye.

    These 99 journeys are punctuated by 12 short essays about faded once-favourites: including the now-vanished novels Walt Disney brought to the screen, the contemporary rivals of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie who did not stand the test of time, and the women who introduced us to psychological suspense many decades before it conquered the world.

    This is a book about books and their authors. It is for book lovers, and is written by one who could not be a more enthusiastic, enlightening and entertaining guide.

    Imprint: QUERCUS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
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