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  • 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: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    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
  • BOY BEHIND THE CURTAIN
    BOY BEHIND THE CURTAIN
    WINTON TIM
    ISBN: 9780143785996
    Title: BOY BEHIND THE CURTAIN
    Author: WINTON TIM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Being a copper's son, I've always got one eye out for trouble. I can't help it. But I don't go looking for it anymore.'

    In Tim Winton's fiction, chaos shapes the lives of his characters. So too Winton's own life. The extraordinarily powerful true stories that make up The Boy Behind the Curtain take us behind the scenes, revealing the accidents, both serendipitous and traumatic, that have influenced his view of life and fuelled his distinctive artistic vision.

    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: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BOYHOODLUM
    BOYHOODLUM
    CAMERON ANSON
    ISBN: 9780857985002
    Title: BOYHOODLUM
    Author: CAMERON ANSON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A hilarious memoir and a crash-investigator's report into how not to be a boy.

    Anson Cameron was born in the Victorian town of Shepparton in 1961, the son of a country lawyer and an English rose.

    Through the shoeless neighbourhoods and surrounding forests, sipping a Blue Heaven milkshake, shooting at anything that moves, and singing an Irish Rovers song, this boy wends his way smiling and lying and creating chaos in his wake.

    He joins a peeing club and becomes a tycoon of urine; assassinates the Cisco Kid; keeps a deaf man as an entertainment; starts a war between hags; electrocutes a friend's mother; and has a Bodgie clubbed by the police before he is seven. His war on schoolteachers means he is forced to cycle home from school dyed a different colour every day. At high school, with a maturing political outlook, he joins a gang of Anglos to fight a war on Wogs. There is hardly a trap of vanity into which he doesn't fall.

    With a wry narrator and a cast of rural originals, Boyhoodlum is a clear window into a time and place. It is the story of a family and a town through the eyes of a boy who laughed at them and loved them equally.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BOYS IN THE TREES : A MEMOIR
    BOYS IN THE TREES : A MEMOIR
    SIMON CARLY
    ISBN: 9781472124043
    Title: BOYS IN THE TREES : A MEMOIR
    Author: SIMON CARLY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Carly Simon is a household name. She was the staple of the '70s and '80s Billboard charts and was famously married to James Taylor with whom she has two children. She has had a career that has spanned four decades, resulting in thirteen top 40 hits, including the Number 1 song 'You're So Vain', numerous Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. She was the first artist in history to win a Grammy Award, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for her song 'Let the River Run' (from the film Working Girl).

    BOYS IN THE TREES is a rhapsodic, beautifully composed memoir of a young woman's coming of age amongst the glamorous literati and intelligentsia of Manhattan (her father was Richard Simon, co-founder of publishing giant Simon & Schuster), a reflection on a life begun amidst secrets and shame, and a powerful story of the strength to leave that all behind and forge a path of art, music and love in the Golden Age of folk and rock.

    At once an insider's look into a life in the spotlight, a lyric reflection on a particular time in our culture's history, and a beautiful memoir about the pains and joys of love and art, Boys in the Trees is the story Carly Simon has long been waiting to tell the world.

    Imprint: CONSTABLE AND ROBINSON
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BRETT WHITELEY : Art Life and the Other Thing
    BRETT WHITELEY : Art Life and the Other Thing
    WILSON ASHLEIGH
    ISBN: 9781925498745
    Title: BRETT WHITELEY : Art Life and the Other Thing
    Author: WILSON ASHLEIGH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    When he died in 1992 Brett Whiteley left behind decades of ceaseless activity-some works bound to a particular place or time, others that are masterpieces of light and line. Whiteley had arrived in Europe in 1960 determined to make an impression. Before long he was the youngest artist to have work acquired by the Tate. With his wife, Wendy, and daughter, Arkie, Whiteley then immersed himself in bohemian New York. But within two years he fled, having failed to break through. Back in Sydney, he soon became Australia's most celebrated artist. He won the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes in the same year - his prices soared, as did his fame. Among his friends were Francis Bacon and Patrick White, Billy Connolly and Dire Straits. Yet addiction was taking its toll- Whiteley struggled in vain to separate his talent from his disease, and an inglorious end approached.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $34.99
    Price: $34.99
  • BRIEF CANDLE IN THE DARK : MY LIFE IN SCIENCE
    BRIEF CANDLE IN THE DARK : MY LIFE IN SCIENCE
    DAWKINS RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780552779449
    Title: BRIEF CANDLE IN THE DARK : MY LIFE IN SCIENCE
    Author: DAWKINS RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The second and final part of Richard Dawkins' memoirs.

    In An Appetite for Wonder Richard Dawkins brought us his engaging memoir of the first 35 years of his life from early childhood in Africa to publication of The Selfish Gene in 1976, when he shot to fame as one of the most exciting new scientists of his generation. In Brief Candle in the Dark he continues his autobiography, following the threads that have run through the second half of his life so far and homing in on the key individuals, institutions and ideas that inspired and motivated him.

    He paints a vivid picture, coloured with wit, anecdote and digression, of the twenty-five postgraduate years he spent teaching at Oxford. He pays affectionate tribute to past colleagues and students, recalling with characteristic wry humour the idiosyncrasies of an establishment steeped in ancient tradition and arcane ritual while also recording his respect for the profound commitment to learning and discovery that lies at its core. He invites us to share the life of a travelling scientist, from fieldwork on the Panama Canal to conferences of stratospheric eminence in exotic locations in the company of some of the most prominent – and some of the most eccentric – of the world's scientific luminaries. And he describes his experiences with his many publishers, television producers, interviewers and partners in debate, not least in the heady period when, after publication of The God Delusion in 2006, he is dubbed the world's most outspoken and controversial atheist.

    Most important of all, for the first time he reviews with fresh and stimulating insights the evolving narrative of his ideas about science over the course of his highly distinguished career as thinker, teacher and writer. In Brief Candle in the Dark we are invited to enter with him a constantly stimulating world of discovery and to meet a fascinating cast of exceptional characters described by the talented pen of one of the most exceptional of them all.

    Imprint: BLACK SWAN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BRILLIANT OUTSIDER
    BRILLIANT OUTSIDER
    WAINWRIGHT ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780733338090
    Title: BRILLIANT OUTSIDER
    Author: WAINWRIGHT ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: FEBRUARY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    The first full-length biography of George Ingle Finch - maverick Australian mountaineer, scientist, concert pianist and father of actor Peter Finch.

    George Ingle Finch, mountaineer, soldier, scientist, rebellious spirit, boy from the bush, was in his day one of the most famous men in the world. In 1922 he stood at the highest point on Everest, a feat not bettered for 30 years. He invented the predecessor to the puffer jacket and pioneered the use of oxygen in climbing. A World War I hero whose skills also helped save London from burning to the ground during the Blitz of World War II, he was a renowned scientist who was personally chosen by Nehru, the first Indian prime minister, to help lead his nation into the modern world.

    With a private life torn by war and misguided by social norms, a reputation as an outsider among the British alpine climbing establishment, and some rough and ready 'colonial' habits, Finch was a brilliantly colourful character - so why has he vanished from the pages of history? In this first full-length biography, Robert Wainwright surveys the man who is now best known as the father of Academy award-winning actor Peter Finch - but who was so much more.

    Imprint: ABC PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BRONTE CABINET : THREE LIVES IN NINE OBJECTS
    BRONTE CABINET : THREE LIVES IN NINE OBJECTS
    LUTZ DEBORAH
    ISBN: 9780393352702
    Title: BRONTE CABINET : THREE LIVES IN NINE OBJECTS
    Author: LUTZ DEBORAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The story of the Brontes is told through the things they wore, stitched, wrote on and inscribed at the parsonage in Haworth. From Charlotte's writing desk and the manuscripts it contained to the brass collar worn by Emily's dog, Keeper, each object opens a window onto the sisters' world, their fiction and the Victorian era. By unfolding the histories of the things they used, the chapters form a chronological biography of the family. A walking stick evokes Emily's solitary hikes on the moors and the stormy heath-itself a character in Wuthering Heights. Charlotte's bracelet containing Anne and Emily's intertwined hair gives voice to her grief over their deaths. These possessions pull us into their daily lives: the imaginary kingdoms of their childhood writing, their time as governesses and their stubborn efforts to make a mark on the world.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $23.99

    Price: $23.99
  • BRONTES : A LIFE IN LETTERS
    BRONTES : A LIFE IN LETTERS
    BARKER JULIET
    ISBN: 9781408708316
    Title: BRONTES : A LIFE IN LETTERS
    Author: BARKER JULIET
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The Brontes story has been written many times but rarely as compellingly as by the Bront s themselves. In this selection of letters and autobiographical fragments we hear the authentic voices of the three novelist sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne, their brother, Branwell, and their father, the Reverend Patrick Bront . We share in their progress over the years: the exuberant childhood, absorbed in wild, imaginative games; the years of struggling to earn a living in uncongenial occupations before Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall took the literary world by storm; the terrible marring of that success as, one by one, Branwell, Emily and Anne died tragically young; the final years as Charlotte, battling against grief, loneliness and ill health, emerged from anonymity to take her place in London literary society and, finally, found an all too brief happiness in marriage to her father's curate.

    Juliet Barker, author of the highly acclaimed biography THE BRONTES has used her unrivalled knowledge of the family to select extracts from letters and manuscripts, many of which are appearing here in print for the first time. Charlotte was a letter-writer of supreme ability, ranging from facetious notes and homely gossip to carefully composed pages of literary criticism and, most movingly of all, elegiac tributes to her beloved brother and sisters. Emily and Anne remain tantalizingly evasive. Very few of their letters are extant. Emily's are mere businesslike notes, though these have been supplemented by her more revealing diary papers; Anne's letters are equally frustrating, but only because their quality makes us regret their paucity.

    Branwell emerges as distinctly as Charlotte from his letters. Whether trying to impress William Wordsworth with his literary abilities, showing off to his artistic friends or finally coming to terms with a life of failed ambition, his character is laid bare on every page. The Reverend Patrick Bronte's devotion to his children and passionate advocacy of liberal causes are equally well illustrated in what can only be a small selection from his voluminous correspondence.

    The Bronte letters are supplemented by extracts from other contemporary sources, which allow us to see the family as their friends and acquaintances saw them. A brief narrative text guides the reader through the letters and sets them in context. By allowing the Brontes to tell their own story, Juliet Barker has not only produced an innovative form of biography but also given us the unique privilege of participating intimately in the lives of one of the most famous and best-loved families of English literature.

    Imprint: LITTLE BROWN
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • BRUCE CHATWIN
    BRUCE CHATWIN
    SHAKESPEARE NICHOLAS
    ISBN: 9780099289975
    Title: BRUCE CHATWIN
    Author: SHAKESPEARE NICHOLAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Bruce Chatwin's death from AIDS in 1989 brought a meteoric career to an abrupt end. His reputation as a storyteller has grown over the last decade, and his exquisite, subtle texts continue to inspire readers all over the world. 'Of my contemporaries he had the most erudite and possibly the most brilliant mind I ever came across, 'says Salman Rushdie. The books that followed his first success with IN PATAGONIA confirmed his statue as a major writer able to reinvent himself constantly. Bruce Chatwin was different things to different people: a director at Sotheby's, an archeaologist, a journalist, photographer and art-collector. Married for 23 years, he was also an active homosexual. He was at once a socialite, mixing with the rich and famous, and a loner who explored the limits of extreme solitude.

    In 1991, Nicholas Shakespeare was given unrestricted access to Chatwin's private notebooks, diaries and letters. Across five continents he gathered evidence from Chatwin's friends, family, hosts, enemies and lovers. Looking for Chatwin behind the masks, he has written the definitive biography of one of the mossot charistmatic and elusive literary figures of our time.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BUILDING ART
    BUILDING ART
    GOLDBERGER PAUL
    ISBN: 9780307946393
    Title: BUILDING ART
    Author: GOLDBERGER PAUL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    From Pulitzer Prize–winning architectural critic Paul Goldberger: an engaging, nuanced exploration of the life and work of Frank Gehry, undoubtedly the most famous architect of our time. This first full-fledged critical biography presents and evaluates the work of a man who has almost single-handedly transformed contemporary architecture in his innovative use of materials, design, and form, and who is among the very few architects in history to be both respected by critics as a creative, cutting-edge force and embraced by the general public as a popular figure.

    Building Art shows the full range of Gehry’s work, from early houses constructed of plywood and chain-link fencing to lamps made in the shape of fish to the triumphant success of such late projects as the spectacular art museum of glass in Paris. It tells the story behind Gehry’s own house, which upset his neighbors and excited the world with its mix of the traditional and the extraordinary, and recounts how Gehry came to design the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, his remarkable structure of swirling titanium that changed a declining city into a destination spot. Building Art also explains Gehry’s sixteen-year quest to complete Walt Disney Concert Hall, the beautiful, acoustically brilliant home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

    Although Gehry’s architecture has been written about widely, the story of his life has never been told in full detail. Here we come to know his Jewish immigrant family, his working-class Toronto childhood, his hours spent playing with blocks on his grandmother’s kitchen floor, his move to Los Angeles when he was still a teenager, and how he came, unexpectedly, to end up in architecture school. Most important, Building Art presents and evaluates Gehry’s lifetime of work in conjunction with his entire life story, including his time in the army and at Harvard, his long relationship with his psychiatrist and the impact it had on his work, and his two marriages and four children. It analyzes his carefully crafted persona, in which a casual, amiable “aw, shucks” surface masks a driving and intense ambition. And it explores his relationship to Los Angeles and how its position as home to outsider artists gave him the freedom in his formative years to make the innovations that characterize his genius. Finally, it discusses his interest in using technology not just to change the way a building looks but to change the way the whole profession of architecture is practiced.

    At once a sweeping view of a great architect and an intimate look at creative genius, Building Art is in many ways the saga of the architectural milieu of the twenty-first century. But most of all it is the compelling story of the man who first comes to mind when we think of the lasting possibilities of buildings as art.

    Imprint: ALFRED PUBLISHING CO
    RRP: $37.99

    Price: $37.99
  • CAESAR
    CAESAR
    GOLDSWORTHY ADRIAN
    ISBN: 9780753821589
    Title: CAESAR
    Author: GOLDSWORTHY ADRIAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the very beginning, Caesar's story makes dazzling reading. In his late teens he narrowly avoided execution for opposing the military dictator Sulla. He was decorated for valour in battle, captured and held to ransom by pirates, and almost bankrupted himself by staging games for the masses.As a politician, he quickly gained a reputation as a dangerously ambitious maverick. In a string of spectacular victories he conquered all of Gaul, invaded Germany, and twice landed in Britain - an achievement which in 55BC was greeted with a public euphoria comparable to that generated by the moon landing in 1969.In just thirty years he had risen from a position of virtual obscurity to become one of the richest men in the world, with the power to single-handedly overthrow the Republic. By his death he was effectively emperor of most of the known world.

    Imprint: PHOENIX
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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