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  • BARBARIAN DAYS : A SURFING LIFE - Pulitzer Prize for Biography 2016
    BARBARIAN DAYS : A SURFING LIFE - Pulitzer Prize for Biography 2016
    FINNEGAN WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781472151414
    Title: BARBARIAN DAYS : A SURFING LIFE - Pulitzer Prize for Biography 2016
    Author: FINNEGAN WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY 2016

    Surfing only looks like a sport. To devotees, it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a mental and physical study, a passionate way of life. William Finnegan first started surfing as a young boy in California and Hawaii.

    Barbarian Days is his immersive memoir of a life spent travelling the world chasing waves through the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, Africa, Peru and beyond. Finnegan describes the edgy yet enduring brotherhood forged among the swell of the surf; and recalling his own apprenticeship to the world's most famous and challenging waves, he considers the intense relationship formed between man, board and water.

    BARBARIAN DAYS is an old-school adventure story, a social history, an extraordinary exploration of one man's gradual mastering of an exacting and little-understood art. It is a memoir of dangerous obsession and enchantment.

    Imprint: CORSAIR
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BATTARBEE AND NAMATJIRA
    BATTARBEE AND NAMATJIRA
    EDMOND MARTIN
    ISBN: 9781922146687
    Title: BATTARBEE AND NAMATJIRA
    Author: EDMOND MARTIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Battarbee and Namatjira is the biography of two artists Rex Battarbee and Albert Namatjira, one white Australian from Warrnambool in Victoria, the other Aboriginal, of the Arrernte people, from the Hermannsburg Mission south of Alice Springs.

    From their first encounters in the early 1930s, when Battarbee introduced Namatjira to the techniques of water-colour painting, through the period of Namatjiras popularity as a painter, to the tragic circumstances leading to his death in 1959, their close relationship was to have a decisive impact on Australian art. This biography, illustrated with photographs, makes extensive use of Battarbees diaries for the first time, to throw new light on Namatjiras life, and to bring Battarbee, who has been largely ignored by biographers, back into focus. Some of its findings will be controversial.

    By moving between the artists and their backgrounds, and looking closely at the nature of their friendship, Edmond is able to portray the personal and social complexities the two men faced, while at the same time illuminating larger cultural themes the treatment of the Arrernte and Indigenous people generally, the influence of the Lutheran church, the development of anthropology, and the evolution of Australian art.

    Imprint: GIRAMONDO
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BE LIKE THE FOX : Machiavelli's Lifelong Quest for Freedom
    BE LIKE THE FOX : Machiavelli's Lifelong Quest for Freedom
    BENNER ERICA
    ISBN: 9780141974859
    Title: BE LIKE THE FOX : Machiavelli's Lifelong Quest for Freedom
    Author: BENNER ERICA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2018 NEW RELEASE

    A fascinating new biography of Machiavelli, which explores his true character and contradictions as never before.

    One needs to be a fox to recognize snares, and a lion to frighten the wolves.

    Niccolò Machiavelli lived in a fiercely competitive world, one where brute wealth, brazen liars and ruthless self-promoters seemed to carry off all the prizes; where the wealthy elite grew richer at the expense of their fellow citizens. In times like these, many looked to crusading religion to solve their problems, or they turned to a new breed of leaders - super-rich dynasties like the Medici or military strongmen like Cesare Borgia; upstarts from outside the old ruling classes. In the republic of Florence, Machiavelli and his contemporaries faced a choice: should they capitulate to these new princes, or fight to save the city's democratic freedoms?

    Be Like the Fox follows Machiavelli's dramatic quest for political and human freedom through his own eyes. Masterfully interweaving his words with those of his friends and enemies, Erica Benner breathes life into his penetrating, comical, often surprising comments on events. Far from the cynical henchman people think he was, Machiavelli emerges as his era's staunchest champion of liberty, a profound ethical thinker who refused to compromise his ideals to fit corrupt times. But he did sometimes have to mask his true convictions, becoming a great artist of fox-like dissimulation: a master of disguise in dangerous times.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BEATLES '66 : The Revolutionary Year
    BEATLES '66 : The Revolutionary Year
    TURNER STEVE
    ISBN: 9780062475589
    Title: BEATLES '66 : The Revolutionary Year
    Author: TURNER STEVE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A riveting look at the transformative year in the lives and careers of the legendary group whose groundbreaking legacy would forever change music and popular culture.

    They started off as hysteria-inducing pop stars playing to audiences of screaming teenage fans and ended up as musical sages considered responsible for ushering in a new era.

    The year that changed everything for the Beatles was 1966-the year of their last concert and their first album, Revolver, that was created to be listened to rather than performed. This was the year the Beatles risked their popularity by retiring from live performances, recording songs that explored alternative states of consciousness, experimenting with avant-garde ideas, and speaking their minds on issues of politics, war, and religion. It was the year their records were burned in America after John's explosive claim that the group was "more popular than Jesus," the year they were hounded out of the Philippines for "snubbing" its First Lady, the year John met Yoko Ono, and the year Paul conceived the idea for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

    On the fiftieth anniversary of this seminal year, music journalist and Beatles expert Steve Turner slows down the action to investigate in detail the enormous changes that took place in the Beatles' lives and work during 1966. He looks at the historical events that had an impact on the group, the music they made that in turn profoundly affected the culture around them, and the vision that allowed four young men from Liverpool to transform popular music and serve as pioneers for artists from Coldplay to David Bowie, Jay-Z to U2.

    By talking to those close to the group and by drawing on his past interviews with key figures such as George Martin, Timothy Leary, and Ravi Shankar-and the Beatles themselves-Turner gives us the compelling, definitive account of the twelve months that contained everything the Beatles had been and anticipated everything they would still become.

    Imprint: ECCO
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BEAUTIFUL BUTTONS
    BEAUTIFUL BUTTONS
    ANN CATHERINE
    ISBN: 9781926645629
    Title: BEAUTIFUL BUTTONS
    Author: ANN CATHERINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: BPS PUBLISHING
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
  • BECOMING    **Special Price**
    BECOMING **Special Price**
    OBAMA MICHELLE
    ISBN: 9780241334140
    Title: BECOMING **Special Price**
    Author: OBAMA MICHELLE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era.

    As First Lady of the United States of America-the first African-American to serve in that role-she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

    In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her-from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it-in her own words and on her own terms.
    Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations-and whose story inspires us to do the same.

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BEEKEEPER OF SINJAR
    BEEKEEPER OF SINJAR
    MIKHAIL DUNYA
    ISBN: 9781788161268
    Title: BEEKEEPER OF SINJAR
    Author: MIKHAIL DUNYA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Either we die here, or we escape together. A deeply moving story of courage in the face of unimaginable adversity.


    In The Beekeeper of Sinjar, the acclaimed poet and journalist Dunya Mikhail tells the harrowing stories of women from across Iraq who have managed to escape the clutches of ISIS. Since 2014, ISIS has been persecuting the Yazidi people, killing or enslaving those who won't convert to Islam. These women have lost their families and loved ones, along with everything they've ever known. Dunya Mikhail weaves together the women's tales of endurance and near-impossible escape with the story of her own exile and her dreams for the future of Iraq.

    In the midst of ISIS's reign of terror and hatred, an unlikely hero has emerged: the Beekeeper. Once a trader selling his mountain honey across the region, when ISIS came to Sinjar he turned his knowledge of the local terrain to another, more dangerous use. Along with a secret network of transporters, helpers, and former bootleggers, Abdullah Shrem smuggles brutalised Yazidi women to safety through the war-torn landscapes of Iraq, Syria, and Western Turkey.

    This powerful work of literary nonfiction offers a counterpoint to ISIS's genocidal extremism: hope, as ordinary people risk torture and death to save the lives of others.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING : The Year I Lost My Mind and Found Myself
    BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING : The Year I Lost My Mind and Found Myself
    BUCHANAN ANDREA
    ISBN: 9781760640682
    Title: BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING : The Year I Lost My Mind and Found Myself
    Author: BUCHANAN ANDREA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Andrea Buchanan lost her mind while crossing the street one day. Suffering from a horrible cough, she inhaled the cold March air, and choked. She was choking on a lot that day. A sick son. A pending divorce. The guilt of failing, as a partner, as a mother. Relieved when the coughing abated, she thought it was over. She could not have been more wrong.


    When Andrea coughed that day, a small tear was ripped in her dura mater, the membrane that covers the brain and spinal cord. But she didn't know that yet. Instead, she went on with her day, unaware that her cerebrospinal fluid was already beginning to leak out of that tiny tear.


    What followed was nine months of pain and confusion as her brain–no longer cushioned by a healthy waterbed of fluid–sank to the bottom of her skull. There was brain fog and cognitive impairment to the point where she could not even make sense of the most basic concepts. At a time when she needed to be as clear-thinking as possible, she was trapped by her brain.


    The mind-brain connection is one of the greatest mysteries of the human condition. In some folklore, the fluid around the brain is where consciousness begins. Here, in the pages of The Beginning of Everything, Andrea seeks to understand: Where was “I” when I wasn't there?

    Imprint: NERO BOOKS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BEING ELVIS
    BEING ELVIS
    CONNOLLY RAY
    ISBN: 9781474604567
    Title: BEING ELVIS
    Author: CONNOLLY RAY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What was it like to be Elvis Presley? What did it feel like when impossible fame made him its prisoner? As the world's first rock star there was no one to tell him what to expect, no one with whom he could share the burden of being himself - of being Elvis.

    On the outside he was all charm, sex appeal, outrageously confident on stage and stunningly gifted in the recording studio. To his fans he seemed to have it all. He was Elvis. With his voice and style influencing succeeding generations of musicians, he should have been free to sing any song he liked, to star in any film he was offered, and to tour in any country he chose.

    But he wasn't free. The circumstances of his poor beginnings in the American South, which, as he blended gospel music with black rhythm and blues and white country songs, helped him create rock and roll, had left him with a lifelong vulnerability. Made rich and famous beyond his wildest imaginings when he mortgaged his talent to the machinations of his manager, 'Colonel' Tom Parker, there would be an inevitable price to pay. Though he daydreamed of becoming a serious film actor, instead he grew to despise his own movies and many of the songs he had to sing in them. He could have rebelled. But he didn't. Why? In the Seventies, as the hits rolled in again, and millions of fans saw him in a second career as he sang his way across America, he talked of wanting to tour the world. But he never did. What was stopping him?

    BEING ELVIS takes a clear-eyed look at the most-loved entertainer ever, and finds an unusual boy with a dazzling talent who grew up to change popular culture; a man who sold a billion records and had more hits than any other singer, but who became trapped by his own frailties in the loneliness of fame.

    Imprint: ORION
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BEING JOHN LENNON : A Restless Life
    BEING JOHN LENNON : A Restless Life
    CONNOLLY RAY
    ISBN: 9781474606813
    Title: BEING JOHN LENNON : A Restless Life
    Author: CONNOLLY RAY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    John Lennon was a rock star, a school clown, a writer, a wit, an iconoclast, a sometime peace activist and finally an eccentric millionaire. He was also a Beatle - his plain-speaking and impudent rejection of authority catching, and eloquently articulating, the group's moment in history.

    Chronicling a troubled life, from that of the cast-aside child of a broken wartime marriage to his murder by a deranged fan, Being John Lennon analyses the contradictions in the singer-songwriter's creative and destructive personality. A leader who could be easily led, he was often generous and often funny, but sometimes scathingly cruel.

    As a journalist, author Ray Connolly had a close working relationship with Lennon, and the entire Beatles coterie. In this biography he unsparingly reassesses the chameleon nature of the perpetually dissatisfied star who just couldn't stop reinventing himself.

    Drawing on many interviews and conversations with Lennon, his first wife Cynthia and second Yoko Ono, as well as his girlfriend May Pang and song-writing partner Paul McCartney, this complex portrait is a revealing insight into a restless man whose emotional turbulence governed his life and talent.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
  • BELIEVE ME : A Memoir of Love Death and Jazz Chickens
    BELIEVE ME : A Memoir of Love Death and Jazz Chickens
    IZZARD EDDIE
    ISBN: 9781405922012
    Title: BELIEVE ME : A Memoir of Love Death and Jazz Chickens
    Author: IZZARD EDDIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Star of stage and screen. Tireless supporter of charity. Marathon runner. Political campaigner. Fashion icon. Human. There is no one quite like Eddie Izzard. This is the story of how he broke through.

    His relentless optimism has led him to always do things his own way, even if it didn't work first time, and his incredible self-belief has pushed him to keep on trying, even if it didn't work the second or third time either.

    Whether he was putting on teddy bear shows in boarding schools or swordfighting on the streets of London, Eddie never stopped trying to achieve his dreams of becoming a performer.

    Brimming with his distinctively surreal humour and disarming candour, Believe Metells the story of a boy who never took no for an answer.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BELLE : THE TRUE STORY OF DIDO BELLE
    BELLE : THE TRUE STORY OF DIDO BELLE
    BYRNE PAULA
    ISBN: 9780007542727
    Title: BELLE : THE TRUE STORY OF DIDO BELLE
    Author: BYRNE PAULA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The inspiration behind the powerful new film starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson and Emily Watson, this is the story of Dido Belle, whose adoption by an aristocratic family challenged the conventions of 18th century England.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BEST FILM I NEVER MADE : And Other Stories about a Life in the Arts
    BEST FILM I NEVER MADE : And Other Stories about a Life in the Arts
    BERESFORD BRUCE
    ISBN: 9781925603101
    Title: BEST FILM I NEVER MADE : And Other Stories about a Life in the Arts
    Author: BERESFORD BRUCE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This entertaining collection of pieces from the acclaimed director of Breaker Morant, Driving Miss Daisy and Mao's Last Dancer features memoirs, brief lives and revealing accounts of the film world. Alongside unsung heroes from behind the camera and producers of dubious repute are Madeleine St John and Clive James, Margaret Olley and Jeffrey Smart, as well as a particularly seductive 1963 EH Holden - and Bruce Beresford's father, whose strange and startling decline in old age is charted in a brilliant, poignant essay. Opinionated, wry and engaging, The Best Film I Never Made will provoke and delight in equal measure. It is the ideal gift not only for cinema buffs but for anyone interested in music, art or literature.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BEST FOOT FORWARD
    BEST FOOT FORWARD
    HILLS ADAM
    ISBN: 9780733640575
    Title: BEST FOOT FORWARD
    Author: HILLS ADAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • BEST HATED MAN IN AUSTRALIA : THE LIFE AND DEATH OF PERCY BROOKFIELD 1875-1921
    BEST HATED MAN IN AUSTRALIA : THE LIFE AND DEATH OF PERCY BROOKFIELD 1875-1921
    ADAMS PAUL ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781921450228
    Title: BEST HATED MAN IN AUSTRALIA : THE LIFE AND DEATH OF PERCY BROOKFIELD 1875-1921
    Author: ADAMS PAUL ROBERT
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: PUNCHER AND WATTMANN PUBL
    RRP: $29.95
    Price: $29.95
  • 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
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