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  • 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
  • CAESAR
    CAESAR
    GOLDSWORTHY ADRIAN
    ISBN: 9780753821589
    Title: CAESAR
    Author: GOLDSWORTHY ADRIAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • CAGED VIRGIN : A MUSLIM WOMENS CRY FOR REASON
    CAGED VIRGIN : A MUSLIM WOMENS CRY FOR REASON
    ALI AYAAN HIRSI
    ISBN: 9781416526230
    Title: CAGED VIRGIN : A MUSLIM WOMENS CRY FOR REASON
    Author: ALI AYAAN HIRSI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Raised a Muslim but increasingly outraged by her religion's hostility towards women, Ayaan Hirsi Ali has now become one of today's most talked-about, admired and controversial political figures because of her desire to free women from an oppressive Muslim culture. Her bestselling collection of essays, THE CAGED VIRGIN, now available in English for the first time, brings together some of her most passionate and compelling writing on a wide range of issues concerning Islam. Drawing on her own first-hand experience and cultural background, she assesses the role of women in Islam both in practice and in theory; the rights of the individual; fanaticism; and Western policies towards immigrant communities. Provocative and compelling in equal measure, THE CAGED VIRGIN is an important addition to the ongoing debate about the 'clash of civilizations' and marks the debut of a writer and activist destined to be one of the key international figures of the early twenty-first century.

    Imprint: POCKET BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CAMELOTS COURT : INSIDE THE KENNEDY WHITE HOUSE
    CAMELOTS COURT : INSIDE THE KENNEDY WHITE HOUSE
    DALLEK ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780062065858
    Title: CAMELOTS COURT : INSIDE THE KENNEDY WHITE HOUSE
    Author: DALLEK ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A riveting, authoritative portrait of JFK and his inner circle of advisers - their rivalries, their personality clashes, their political battles - by one of our most distinguished presidential historians The author of An Unfinished Life, the critically acclaimed bestselling biography of JFK, takes an insider's look at the brain trust that influenced the crucial and lasting policy decisions of Kennedy's years in office.

    Robert Dallek focuses on a tight circle of Kennedy advisers, including Attorney General Robert Kennedy; Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara; Secretary of State Dean Rusk; national security adviser McGeorge Bundy; and trusted aides Ted Sorensen and Arthur Schlesinger. The president's circle was hardly a peaceful one; fiery debate and personal rivalry often raged behind closed doors.
    But the contributions of these men to the successes and failures of the JFK administration - the Bay of Pigs, civil rights, the Cuban Missile crisis, and Vietnam, to name a few - were indelible. As he pulls back the curtain on heated White House discussions, Dallek reveals a president determined to surround himself with the best and the brightest - and often finding himself disappointed with their recommendations. The result is a striking portrait of a leader whose wise resistance to advice, particularly on foreign affairs, may be seen as a cautionary tale for our own time. Meticulously researched and masterfully written, ICamelot's Court/I is an intimate tour of a tumultuous White House and a new portrait of the men whose influence would powerfully shape the Kennedy legacy.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • CAPTAIN BEEFHEART : THE BIOGRAPHY
    CAPTAIN BEEFHEART : THE BIOGRAPHY
    BARNES MIKE
    ISBN: 9781780380766
    Title: CAPTAIN BEEFHEART : THE BIOGRAPHY
    Author: BARNES MIKE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Following Don Van Vliet's death Mike Barnes will look to reassess his legacy through new interview material and with reference to reports and eulogies that appeared in the media. He will also be putting Van Vliet's reclusiveness over the last two decades in context, now that it has been officially revealed that he was suffering from MS – his friends and representatives had always denied that he had a long term illness.

    Imprint: OMNIBUS MUSIC SALES
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CAPTAIN JAMES COOK
    CAPTAIN JAMES COOK
    MUNDLE ROB
    ISBN: 9780733335433
    Title: CAPTAIN JAMES COOK
    Author: MUNDLE ROB
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JANUARY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    A biography that puts you on the quarterdeck with history's greatest sailor

    Captain James Cook is one of the greatest maritime explorers in world history. Over three remarkable voyages of discovery into the Pacific in the latter part of the eighteenth century, Cook unravelled the oldest mystery surrounding the existence of Terra Australis Incognita - the Great South Land. He became the first explorer to circumnavigate New Zealand and establish that it was two main islands; discover the Hawaiian Islands for the British Empire; and left an enduring legacy.

    Rob Mundle introduces us to an unlikely sailor in a teenage Cook, who, through the combination of hard-won skills as a seafarer, the talents of a self-taught navigator and surveyor, and an exceptional ability to lead and care for his men, climbed the ranks of the Royal Navy to acheive legendary status among all who sailed and mapped the world.

    Imprint: ABC PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CARDINAL : The Rise and Fall of George Pell
    CARDINAL : The Rise and Fall of George Pell
    MILLIGAN LOUISE
    ISBN: 9780522871340
    Title: CARDINAL : The Rise and Fall of George Pell
    Author: MILLIGAN LOUISE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    George Pell is the most recognisable face of the Australian Catholic Church. He was the Ballarat boy with the film-star looks who studied at Oxford and rose through the ranks to become the Vatican's indispensable 'Treasurer'. As an outspoken defender of church orthodoxy, 'Big George's' ascendancy within the clergy was remarkable and seemingly unstoppable.

    The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse has brought to light horrific stories about sexual abuse of the most vulnerable and provoked public anger at the extent of the cover-up. George Pell has always portrayed himself as the first man in the Church to tackle the problem. But questions about what the Cardinal knew, and when, have persisted.

    The nation's most prominent Catholic is now the subject of a police investigation into allegations spanning decades that he too abused children. Louise Milligan is the only Australian journalist who has been privy to the most intimate stories of complainants.

    She pieces together a series of disturbing pictures of the Cardinal's knowledge and his actions, many of which are being told here for the first time.

    Conspiracy or cover-up? Cardinal uncovers uncomfortable truths about a culture of sexual entitlement, abuse of trust and how ambition can silence evil.

    Imprint: MELBOURNE UNI PRESS
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • CAST OF CHARACTERS : WOLCOTT GIBBS E B WHITE JAMES THURBER AND THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE NEW YORKER
    CAST OF CHARACTERS : WOLCOTT GIBBS E B WHITE JAMES THURBER AND THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE NEW YORKER
    VINCIGUERRA THOMAS
    ISBN: 9780393240030
    Title: CAST OF CHARACTERS : WOLCOTT GIBBS E B WHITE JAMES THURBER AND THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE NEW YORKER
    Author: VINCIGUERRA THOMAS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The professional and personal lives of the pioneers of an enduring magazine..

    From its birth in 1925 to the early days of the Cold War, The New Yorker slowly but surely took hold as the country’s most prestigious, entertaining, and informative general-interest periodical. In Cast of Characters, Thomas Vinciguerra paints a portrait of the magazine’s cadre of charming, wisecracking, driven, troubled, brilliant writers and editors.

    He introduces us to Wolcott Gibbs, theater critic, all-around wit, and author of an infamous 1936 parody of Time magazine. We meet the demanding and eccentric founding editor Harold Ross, who would routinely tell his underlings, "I'm firing you because you are not a genius," and who once mailed a pair of his underwear to Walter Winchell, who had accused him of preferring to go bare-bottomed under his slacks. Joining the cast are the mercurial, blind James Thurber, a brilliant cartoonist and wildly inventive fabulist, and the enigmatic E. B. White - an incomparable prose stylist and Ross's favorite son - who married The New Yorker's formidable fiction editor, Katharine Angell. Then there is the dashing St. Clair McKelway, who was married five times and claimed to have no fewer than twelve personalities, but was nonetheless a superb reporter and managing editor alike. Many of these characters became legends in their own right, but Vinciguerra also shows how, as a group, The New Yorker’s inner circle brought forth a profound transformation in how life was perceived, interpreted, written about, and published in America.

    Cast of Characters may be the most revealing and entertaining book yet about the unique personalities who built what Ross called not a magazine but a "movement."

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
  • CATHERINE THE GREAT
    CATHERINE THE GREAT
    MASSIE ROBERT K
    ISBN: 9781784975845
    Title: CATHERINE THE GREAT
    Author: MASSIE ROBERT K
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The extraordinary story of an obscure German princess who became one of the most powerful women in history. Born into a minor noble family, Catherine transformed herself into empress of Russia by sheer determination. For thirty-four years, the government, foreign policy, cultural development and welfare of the Russian people were in her hands. She dealt with domestic rebellion, foreign wars and the tidal wave of political change and violence churned up by the French Revolution. History offers few stories richer than that of Catherine the Great. Robert K. Massie brings an eternally fascinating woman together with her family, friends, ministers, generals, lovers and enemies - vividly and triumphantly to life.

    Imprint: HEAD OF ZEUS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CATULLUS BEDSPREAD : The Life of Rome's Most Erotic Poet
    CATULLUS BEDSPREAD : The Life of Rome's Most Erotic Poet
    DUNN DAISY
    ISBN: 9780007554324
    Title: CATULLUS BEDSPREAD : The Life of Rome's Most Erotic Poet
    Author: DUNN DAISY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: FEBRUARY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    A biography of Gaius Valerius Catullus, Rome's first great poet, a dandy who fell in love with another man's wife and made it known to the world through his verse.

    This superb book gives a rare portrait of life during one of the most critical moments in world history through the eyes of one of Rome's greatest writers.

    Imprint: COLLINS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CHANEL : AN INTIMATE LIFE
    CHANEL : AN INTIMATE LIFE
    CHANEY LISA
    ISBN: 9780141036854
    Title: CHANEL : AN INTIMATE LIFE
    Author: CHANEY LISA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A provocative and revealing account of Chanel that explores her dalliances with bisexuality, drugs and an affair with a Nazi spy.

    Coco Chanel was many things to many people. Raised in emotional and financial poverty, she became one of the defining figures of the twentieth century. She was mistress to aristocrats, artists and spies. She broke rules of style and decorum, seducing both men and women, yet in her work expected the highest standards. She took a 'plaything' and turned it into a global industry which defined the modern woman.

    Filled with new insights and thrilling discoveries, Lisa Chaney's Chanel provides the most defining and provocative portrait yet.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CHANEL : THE ENIGMA
    CHANEL : THE ENIGMA
    FIEMEYER ISABELLE
    ISBN: 9782080202239
    Title: CHANEL : THE ENIGMA
    Author: FIEMEYER ISABELLE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Coco Chanel continues to beguile more than two decades after her death. The author describes Chanel's carefully crafted persona and then gradually elucidates each layer of intrigue that surrounded the great fashion designer to reveal the woman behind the enigma. She also includes photographs and new documents from the wartime period.

    Imprint: FLAMMARION
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • CHARLES BEAN
    CHARLES BEAN
    COULTHART ROSS
    ISBN: 9780732297886
    Title: CHARLES BEAN
    Author: COULTHART ROSS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Part biography, part investigation, this is a long overdue reassessment of the iconic Australian war correspondent.

    Charles Bean's wartime reports and photographs mythologised the Australian soldier and helped spawn the notion that the Anzacs achieved something nation-defining on the shores of Gallipoli and the battlefields of western Europe. In his quest to get the truth, Bean often faced death beside the Diggers in the trenches of Gallipoli and the Western Front - and saw more combat than many. But did Bean tell Australia the whole story of what he knew?

    In this timely new biography, Ross Coulthart investigates the untold story behind Bean's jouralistic dilemma - his struggle to tell Australia the truth but also the pressure he felt to support the war and boost morale at home by suppressing what he'd seen.

    '[Bean] had an obsession with recording the truth and Coulthart has lived up to his legacy in this superb biography' - Tim Hilferty, Adelaide Advertiser

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CHARLES BEAN : MAN MYTH LEGACY
    CHARLES BEAN : MAN MYTH LEGACY
    STANLEY PETER [ED]
    ISBN: 9781742234892
    Title: CHARLES BEAN : MAN MYTH LEGACY
    Author: STANLEY PETER [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: AUGUST 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Australia’s official war correspondent during WWI, Charles Bean was also Australia’s first official war historian and the driving force behind the creation of the Australian War Memorial. Famously criticised for his deliberate myth-making as editor of The Anzac Book, Bean was also a public servant, institutional leader, author, activist, thinker, doer, philosopher, and polemicist.

    In Charles Bean, Man, myth, legacy, Australia’s top military historians – including Peter Stanley, Peter Burness, Michael McKernan, Jeffrey Grey, Peter Edwards, David Horner, Peter Rees and Craig Stockings – analyse the man, the myth, and his long-reaching legacy.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
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