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

    We live in a world that prizes the fast over the slow, the new over the familiar and work over rest. Birds Art Life Death is Kyo Maclear's beautiful journey to stake out a sense of meaning amid the crushing rush.

    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
  • BORN TO RUN
    BORN TO RUN
    SPRINGSTEEN BRUCE
    ISBN: 9781925640144
    Title: BORN TO RUN
    Author: SPRINGSTEEN BRUCE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

    He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness that fueled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as “The Big Bang”: seeing Elvis Presley’s debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work.

    Born to Run will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star’s memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks, or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll.

    Rarely has a performer told his own story with such force and sweep. Like many of his songs (“Thunder Road,” “Badlands,” “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” “The River” “Born in the U.S.A,” “The Rising,” and “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” to name just a few), Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography is written with the lyricism of a singular songwriter and the wisdom of a man who has thought deeply about his experiences.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BOWIE UNSEEN : Portraits of an Artist as a Young Man
    BOWIE UNSEEN : Portraits of an Artist as a Young Man
    FEARNLEY GERALD
    ISBN: 9781851498642
    Title: BOWIE UNSEEN : Portraits of an Artist as a Young Man
    Author: FEARNLEY GERALD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A collection of original and rare photographs from Bowie's debut album shoot, released for the first time as fine art prints in 2016. The pictures portray Bowie, pre-fame, pre-Ziggy Stardust, as a young man unaware of what the future holds.

    Imprint: ANTIQUE COLLECTORS CLUB
    RRP: $36.99

    Price: $36.99
  • BOY BEHIND THE CURTAIN
    BOY BEHIND THE CURTAIN
    WINTON TIM
    ISBN: 9781926428765
    Title: BOY BEHIND THE CURTAIN
    Author: WINTON TIM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The remarkable true stories of The Boy Behind the Curtain reveal an intimate and rare view of Tim Winton's imagination at work and play.

    A chronicler of sudden turnings, brutal revelations and tender sideswipes, Tim Winton has always been in the business of trouble. In his novels chaos waits in the wings and ordinary people are ambushed by events and emotions beyond their control. But as these extraordinarily powerful memoirs show, the abrupt and the headlong are old familiars to the author himself, for in many ways his has been a life shaped by havoc.

    In The Boy Behind the Curtain Winton reflects on the accidents, traumatic and serendipitous, that have influenced his view of life and fuelled his distinctive artistic vision. On the unexpected links between car crashes and religious faith, between surfing and writing, and how going to the wrong movie at the age of eight opened him up to a life of the imagination. And in essays on class, fundamentalism, asylum seekers, guns and the natural world he reveals not only the incidents and concerns that have made him the much-loved writer he is, but some of what unites the life and the work.

    By turns impassioned, funny, joyous, astonishing, this is Winton's most personal book to date, an insight into the man who's held us enthralled for three decades and helped us reshape our view of ourselves. Behind it all, from risk-taking youth to surprise-averse middle age, has been the crazy punt of staking everything on becoming a writer.

    Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
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