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  • WRIGHT BROTHERS : THE DRAMATIC STORY BEHIND THE STORY
    WRIGHT BROTHERS : THE DRAMATIC STORY BEHIND THE STORY
    MCCULLOUGH DAVID
    ISBN: 9781471150388
    Title: WRIGHT BROTHERS : THE DRAMATIC STORY BEHIND THE STORY
    Author: MCCULLOUGH DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the brothers who taught the world how to fly.

    On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened: the age of flight had begun, with the first heavier-than-air, powered machine carrying a pilot.
    Who were these men and how was it that they achieved what they did?

    David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, tells the surprising, profoundly human story of Wilbur and Orville Wright. Far more than a couple of unschooled Dayton bicycle mechanics who happened to hit on success, they were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity, much of which they attributed to their upbringing. The house they lived in had no electricity or indoor plumbing, but there were books aplenty, supplied mainly by their preacher father, who encouraged their studying.

    As individuals they had differing skill sets and passions but as a team they excelled in any given task . That they had no more than a public high school education, little money and no patron to open doors to their desires, never stopped them in their goal to take to the air. Nothing did, not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off in one of their contrivances, they risked being killed, or, at the very least, maimed.

    In this thrilling book, master historian David McCullough draws on the immense riches of the Wright Papers, including private diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, and more than a thousand letters from private family correspondence to tell the human side of the Wright Brothers' story, including the little-known contributions of their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently for them.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WRITER SAILOR SOLDIER SPY : Ernest Hemingways Secret Adventures 1935-1961
    WRITER SAILOR SOLDIER SPY : Ernest Hemingways Secret Adventures 1935-1961
    REYNOLDS NICHOLAS
    ISBN: 9780062677617
    Title: WRITER SAILOR SOLDIER SPY : Ernest Hemingways Secret Adventures 1935-1961
    Author: REYNOLDS NICHOLAS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: APRIL 2017 NEW RELEASE

    An international cloak-and-dagger epic ranging from the Spanish Civil War to the liberation of Western Europe, wartime China, the Red Scare of Cold War America, and the Cuban Revolution, here is the stunning untold story of a literary icon's dangerous secret life -- including his role as a Soviet agent code-named "Argo" -- that fueled his art and his undoing

    In 2010, while he was the historian at the esteemed CIA Museum, Nicholas Reynolds, a longtime American intelligence officer, former U.S. Marine colonel, and Oxford-trained historian, began to uncover clues suggesting Nobel Prize-winning novelist Ernest Hemingway's involvement in mid-twentieth-century spycraft was far more complex, sustained, and fraught with risks than has been previously understood. Now Reynolds's deeply researched and captivating narrative, Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy, reveals his discoveries for the first time, bringing to light the whole story of this hidden side of Hemingway's life: his troubling recruitment by Soviet spies to work with the NKVD, the forerunner to the KGB, followed in short order by a complex set of secret relationships with American agencies, including the FBI, the Department of State, the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), and the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), a precursor to the CIA.

    Starting with Hemingway's sympathy to antifascist forces during the 1930s, Reynolds illuminates Hemingway's immersion in the life-and-death world of the revolutionary left, from his passionate commitment to the Spanish Republic; his successful pursuit by Soviet NKVD agents, who valued Hemingway's influence, access, and mobility; his wartime meeting in East Asia with communist leader Chou En-Lai, the future premier of the People's Republic of China; and finally to his undercover involvement with Cuban rebels in the late 1950s and his sympathy for Fidel Castro. Reynolds equally explores Hemingway's participation in various roles as an agent for the United States government, including hunting Nazi submarines with ONI-supplied munitions in the Caribbean on his boat, Pilar; his command of an informant ring in Cuba called the "Crook Factory" that reported to the American embassy in Havana; and his on-the-ground role in Europe, where he helped OSS gain key tactical intelligence for the liberation of Paris and fought alongside the U.S. infantry in the bloody endgame of World War II.

    As he examines the links between Hemingway's work as an operative and as an author, Reynolds reveals how Hemingway's secret adventures influenced his literary output and contributed to the writer's block and mental decline (including paranoia) that plagued him during the postwar years -- a period marked by the Red Scare and McCarthy hearings, which destroyed the life of anyone with Soviet connections. Reynolds also illuminates how those same experiences played a role in some of Hemingway's greatest works, including For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea, while also adding to the burden that he carried at the end of his life and perhaps contributing to his suicide.

    A literary biography with the soul of an espionage thriller, Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy is an essential contribution to our understanding of the life, work, and fate of one of America's most legendary authors.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • WRITING LIFE : Helen Garner and Her Work
    WRITING LIFE : Helen Garner and Her Work
    BRENNAN BERNADETTE
    ISBN: 9781925498035
    Title: WRITING LIFE : Helen Garner and Her Work
    Author: BRENNAN BERNADETTE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Helen Garner is one of Australia’s most important, and some would say, most admired living writers. That admiration is inspired by a sense that she is honest, authentic and fearless in the pursuit of her craft. But Garner also courts controversy, not least because she refuses to be constrained by the rules of literary form. She appears to write so much of herself into her non-fiction, and many of her own experiences inform her fiction.

    But who is the ‘I’ in Helen Garner’s work?

    Dr Bernadette Brennan has had access to previously unavailable papers in Garner’s archive, and she provides a lively and rigorous reading of the books, journals and correspondence of one of Australia’s most beloved women of letters. A Writing Life is the first full-length study of Garner’s work, a literary portrait that maps Garner’s writing against the different stages of her life.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING
    YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING
    DIDION JOAN
    ISBN: 9780007216857
    Title: YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING
    Author: DIDION JOAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From one of America's iconic writers, a portrait of a marriage and a life - in good times and bad - that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child. A stunning book of electric honesty and passion. Several days before Christmas 2003, John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion saw their only daughter, Quintana, fall ill. At first they thought it was flu, then pneumonia, then complete sceptic shock. She was put into an induced coma and placed on life support. Days later – the night before New Year's Eve –the Dunnes were just sitting down to dinner after visiting the hospital when John suffered a massive and fatal coronary. In a second, this close, symbiotic partnership of 40 years was over. Four weeks later, their daughter pulled through. Two months after that, arriving at LA airport, she collapsed and underwent six hours of brain surgery at UCLA Medical Centre to relieve a massive hematoma.

    This powerful book is Didion's ‘attempt to make sense of the weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea I ever had about death, about illness … about marriage and children and memory … about the shallowness of sanity, about life itself'. The result is an exploration of an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage, and a life, in good times and bad.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • YOULL GROW OUT OF IT
    YOULL GROW OUT OF IT
    KLEIN JESSI
    ISBN: 9781863958653
    Title: YOULL GROW OUT OF IT
    Author: KLEIN JESSI
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Both a tomboy and a late bloomer, Jessi Klein grew up always feeling like more of an observer than a participant in the rites of modern femininity. You'll Grow Out of It is a funny and incisive collection of real life stories in which Klein explores the milestones of the twenty first century woman: from trying to sculpt the perfect butt (one that looks like two floating tennis balls), to attempting to find watchable porn (the kind where no one cries), and deconstructing Oprah's obsession with taking baths (there's no place on dry land where women are left alone.) Throughout the journey, Klein's voice is both hilariously relatable and raw.

    Imprint: NERO BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • YOUNG ELIOT : FROM ST LOUIS TO THE WASTE LAND
    YOUNG ELIOT : FROM ST LOUIS TO THE WASTE LAND
    CRAWFORD ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780099554950
    Title: YOUNG ELIOT : FROM ST LOUIS TO THE WASTE LAND
    Author: CRAWFORD ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Published simultaneously in Britain and America to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the death of T. S. Eliot, this major biography traces the life of the twentieth century's most important poet from his childhood in the ragtime city of St Louis right up to the publication of his most famous poem, The Waste Land.

    Meticulously detailed and incisively written, Young Eliot portrays a brilliant, shy and wounded American who defied his parents' wishes and committed himself to life as an immigrant in England, authoring work astonishing in its scope and hurt.

    Quoting extensively from poetry and prose as well as drawing on new interviews, archives, and previously undisclosed memoirs, Robert Crawford shows how Eliot's background in Missouri, Massachusetts and Paris made him a lightning conductor for modernity. Most impressively, Young Eliot shows how deeply personal were the experiences underlying masterpieces from ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' to The Waste Land. T. S. Eliot wanted no biography written, but this book reveals him in all his vulnerable complexity as student and lover, stink-bomber, banker and philosopher, but most of all as an epoch-shaping poet struggling to make art among personal disasters.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • YOUNG LAWRENCE : A PORTRAIT OF THE LEGEND AS A YOUNG MAN
    YOUNG LAWRENCE : A PORTRAIT OF THE LEGEND AS A YOUNG MAN
    SATTIN ANTHONY
    ISBN: 9781848549111
    Title: YOUNG LAWRENCE : A PORTRAIT OF THE LEGEND AS A YOUNG MAN
    Author: SATTIN ANTHONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A biography of Lawrence of Arabia in the years that formed him.

    T. E. Lawrence was one of the most charismatic characters of the First World War; a young archaeologist who fought with the Arabs and wrote an epic and very personal account of their revolt against the Turks in Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Yet this was not the first book to carry that iconic title.

    In 1914 the man who would become Lawrence of Arabia burnt the first Seven Pillars of Wisdom, a manuscript in which he described his adventures in the Middle East during the five years before the war.

    Anthony Sattin uncovers the story Lawrence wanted to conceal: the truth of his birth, his tortuous relationship with a dominant mother, his deep affection for an Arab boy, the intimate details of the extraordinary journeys he took through the region with which his name is forever connected and the personal reasons that drove him from being a student to becoming an archaeologist and a spy.

    Young Lawrence is the first book to focus on the story of T. E. Lawrence in his twenties, before the war, during the period he looked back on as his golden years. Using first-hand sources, museum records and Foreign Office documents, Sattin sets these adventures against the background of corrosive conflicts in Libya and the Balkans. He shows the simmering defiance of Arabs, Armenians and Kurds under Turkish domination, while uncovering the story of an exceptional young man searching for happiness, love and his place in the world until war changed his life forever.

    Imprint: JOHN MURRAY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • YOUNG STALIN
    YOUNG STALIN
    MONTEFIORE SIMON SEBAG
    ISBN: 9780753823798
    Title: YOUNG STALIN
    Author: MONTEFIORE SIMON SEBAG
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Stalin remains, like Hitler, the personification of evil.This enthralling biography reads like a thriller and reveals the extraordinary journey of the Georgian cobbler's son who became the Red Tsar

    Imprint: PHOENIX
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • ZEALOT : THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JESUS OF NAZARETH
    ZEALOT : THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JESUS OF NAZARETH
    ASLAN REZA
    ISBN: 9781743319390
    Title: ZEALOT : THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JESUS OF NAZARETH
    Author: ASLAN REZA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Two thousand years ago, an itinerant Jewish preacher and miracle worker walked across the Galilee, gathering followers to establish what he called the 'Kingdom of God'.
    The revolutionary movement he launched was so threatening to the established order that he was captured, tortured, and executed as a state criminal. Within decades after his shameful death, his followers would call him God.Balancing the Jesus of the Gospels against historical sources, Aslan describes a complex figure: a man of peace who exhorted his followers to arm themselves; an exorcist and faith healer who urged his disciples to keep his identity secret; and the seditious King of the Jews, whose promise of liberation from Rome went unfulfilled in his lifetime. Aslan explores why the early Church preferred to promulgate an image of Jesus as a peaceful spiritual teacher rather than a politically conscious revolutionary, and grapples with the riddle of how Jesus understood himself.

    This is a thought-provoking, elegantly written biography with the pulse of a fast-paced novel, and a singularly brilliant portrait of a man, a time and the birth of a religion.

    'riveting biography' - The New Yorker

    'compulsively readable' - Publishers Weekly

    'A vivid, persuasive portrait of the world and societies in which Jesus lived and the role he most likely played in both' - Salon

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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