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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: 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
  • BOOTLE BOY : An Untidy Life in News
    BOOTLE BOY : An Untidy Life in News
    HINTON LES
    ISBN: 9781925322828
    Title: BOOTLE BOY : An Untidy Life in News
    Author: HINTON LES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When Les Hinton first fulfils his schoolboy dream of working on Fleet Street, it is still a place awash in warm beer, black ink, fag ash, and hot metal. Fifty-two years after being sent out to buy a sandwich for his first boss, one Rupert Murdoch, when Les finally leaves Murdoch's employment in 2011, the business of news has been turned upside down, in a tumble of social and technological change.

    Les Hinton has been present at and noiselessly directed several key scenes in that tale of revolutionary transformation, as employee and later head of Murdoch companies in newspapers, magazines, and television, on three continents over five decades, in Wapping and Wall Street, Australia and California.

    Born amid the rubble of the blitzed docklands of Bootle, and schooled by an itinerant Army childhood, he came to the centre from the periphery, just as Murdoch did. There, with a gang of like-minded outsiders, he set about redrawing the map of the media.

    Hinton depicts the upheavals that swept his trade with the same widescreen perspective and sharp colours he deploys to show us how politicians from Clinton to Blair, from Brown to Cameron, alternately canoodled and raged inside their arranged media marriages. We see the death of Diana, the IRA bombings, the charisma of Bill Clinton, and the phone-hacking scandal from a revelatory new angle. And we get the most undeluded and undiluted portrait yet of the man who is perhaps the last of the great press barons.

    Above all, emerging out of Hinton's scintillating stories of half a century of Murdoch and news revolutions, comes the voice of a wandering Liverpudlian who is still in love with the life of a newspaperman, and now the author of one of the defining media memoirs of our age.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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: 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
  • BOY FROM BARADINE
    BOY FROM BARADINE
    EMERSON CRAIG
    ISBN: 9781925322590
    Title: BOY FROM BARADINE
    Author: EMERSON CRAIG
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the bush of Baradine to the corridors of Canberra, this is Craig Emerson's story of triumph and courage over adversity.

    In the mid-1960s, in the small town of Baradine in north-western New South Wales, the Emerson family was in continual crisis. The mother suffered from deep depression, and the father was exhausted by their constant fights. The two sons - Craig and Lance - were traumatised by their mother's mental struggles and inexplicable outbursts of violence against them.

    Yet both parents worked hard for meagre wages to give Craig a good education, and he vindicated their sacrifice. After gaining a PhD in economics, he was invited to join Bob Hawke's staff to help design and implement the Labor government's economic and environmental program. Craig became like a son to the prime minister; he and Bob worked hard, but also relished time out for betting, joking, and singing.

    During Craig's own roller-coaster journey as a politician, factional powerbrokers exiled him to the backbench, but his perseverance and abilities earned him the honour of becoming Australia's minister for trade and higher education.

    The Boy from Baradine is an unusual ex-politician's memoir. It is a deeply human tale of trauma and triumph, of fear and fun, of character overcoming adversity. It will also inspire young people that it is possible to succeed from the most unlikely of personal circumstances.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BOY WITH THE PERPETUAL NERVOUSNESS : A Memoir of an Adolescence
    BOY WITH THE PERPETUAL NERVOUSNESS : A Memoir of an Adolescence
    CAVENEY GRAHAM
    ISBN: 9781509830671
    Title: BOY WITH THE PERPETUAL NERVOUSNESS : A Memoir of an Adolescence
    Author: CAVENEY GRAHAM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A compelling, often hilarious, and exceptionally powerful account of an 80s adolescence navigated via literature and music, the English class system - and the impact of and recovery from abuse.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BOY WITH THE PERPETUAL NERVOUSNESS : A Memoir of an Adolescence
    BOY WITH THE PERPETUAL NERVOUSNESS : A Memoir of an Adolescence
    CAVENEY GRAHAM
    ISBN: 9781509830688
    Title: BOY WITH THE PERPETUAL NERVOUSNESS : A Memoir of an Adolescence
    Author: CAVENEY GRAHAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A compelling, often hilarious, and exceptionally powerful account of an 80s adolescence navigated via literature and music, the English class system - and the impact of and recovery from abuse.

    Graham Caveney was born in 1964 in Accrington: a town in the north of England, formerly known for its cotton mills, now mainly for its football team. Armed with his generic Northern accent and a record collection including the likes of the Buzzcocks and Joy Division, Caveney spent a portion of his youth pretending he was from Manchester. That is, until confronted by someone from Manchester (or anyone who had been to Manchester or anyone who knew anything at all about Manchester) at which point he would give up and admit the truth.

    In The Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness, Caveney describes growing up as a member of the 'Respectable Working Class'. From aspiring altar boy to Kafka-quoting adolescent, his is the story of a teenage boy's obsession with music, a love affair with books, and how he eventually used them to plot his way out of his home town. But this is also a story of abuse. For his parents, education was a golden ticket: a way for their son to go to university, to do better than they did, but for Graham, this awakening came with a very significant condition attached. For years Graham's headteacher, a Catholic priest, was his greatest mentor, but he was also his abuser. As an adult, Graham Caveney is still struggling to understand what happened to him, and he writes about the experience - all of it - and its painful aftermath with a raw, unflinching honesty.

    By turns, angry, despairing, insightful, always acutely written and often shockingly funny, The Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness is an astonishing memoir, startling in its originality.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 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
  • BRAVE
    BRAVE
    MCGOWAN ROSE
    ISBN: 9780008291099
    Title: BRAVE
    Author: MCGOWAN ROSE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A revealing memoir and empowering manifesto – A voice for generations

    Rose McGowan was born in one cult and came of age in another, more visible cult: Hollywood.

    In a strange world where she was continually on display, stardom soon became a personal nightmare of constant exposure and sexualization. Rose escaped into the world of her mind, something she had done as a child, and into high-profile relationships. Every detail of her personal life became public, and the realities of an inherently sexist industry emerged with every script, role, public appearance, and magazine cover. The Hollywood machine packaged her as a sexualized bombshell, hijacking her image and identity and marketing them for profit.

    Hollywood expected Rose to be silent and cooperative and to stay the path. Instead, she rebelled and asserted her true identity and voice. She reemerged unscripted, courageous, victorious, angry, smart, fierce, unapologetic, controversial, and real as f*ck.

    BRAVE is her raw, honest, and poignant memoir/manifesto-a no-holds-barred, pull-no-punches account of the rise of a millennial icon, fearless activist, and unstoppable force for change who is determined to expose the truth about the entertainment industry, dismantle the concept of fame, shine a light on a multibillion-dollar business built on systemic misogyny, and empower people everywhere to wake up and be BRAVE.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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 : George Ingle Finch
    BRILLIANT OUTSIDER : George Ingle Finch
    WAINWRIGHT ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780733338090
    Title: BRILLIANT OUTSIDER : George Ingle Finch
    Author: WAINWRIGHT ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • 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
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