Receive Imprints news, offers and sales delivered to your inbox.
Block of Books
  •  
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • BIG BAD BOOK OF BILL MURRAY : A CRITICAL APPRECIATION OF THE WORLDS FINEST ACTOR
    BIG BAD BOOK OF BILL MURRAY : A CRITICAL APPRECIATION OF THE WORLDS FINEST ACTOR
    SCHNAKENBERG ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781594748011
    Title: BIG BAD BOOK OF BILL MURRAY : A CRITICAL APPRECIATION OF THE WORLDS FINEST ACTOR
    Author: SCHNAKENBERG ROBERT
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    He's the sort of actor who can do Hamlet and Charlie's Angels in the same year. He shuns managers and agents and once agreed to voice the part of Garfield because he mistakenly believed it was a Coen brothers film. Bill Murray's extraordinary career is rich with fascinating anecdotes, contradictions, and mystery, from his early success on Saturday Night Live and the biggest blockbusters of the 1980s (Caddyshack, Stripes, Tootsie, Ghostbusters) to his reinvention as a hipster icon in the early 21st century (in films like Lost in Translation and Moonrise Kingdom). And now you can get your fill of Bill: part biography, part critical appreciation, part love letter, and all fun, The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray chronicles every single Murray performance in loving detail, relating all the milestones, yarns, and controversy in the life of this beloved but enigmatic performer. These pages are packed with color film stills, extraordinary fan art, and behind-the-scenes photography.

    Imprint: QUIRK BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BIG BLUE SKY : A MEMOIR
    BIG BLUE SKY : A MEMOIR
    GARRETT PETER
    ISBN: 9781760294199
    Title: BIG BLUE SKY : A MEMOIR
    Author: GARRETT PETER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Peter Garrett's life has been fully and passionately lived. A man of boundless energy, compassion, intelligence and creativity, he has already achieved enough to fill several lives.

    From his idyllic childhood growing up in the northern suburbs of Sydney, to an early interest in equality and justice; from the height of 1960s culture shock at ANU to fronting iconic Australian band Midnight Oil; from his time as a galvanising activist for the environment to being the only unaligned Cabinet minister in two Labor governments, Garrett has an extraordinary story to tell.

    He writes movingly about his lifelong mission to protect the environment and his connection with Aboriginal people, about his love for his family and his passion for our country: what it means to him and what it can become.

    Provocative, entertaining, impassioned and inspiring, this memoir goes to the heart and soul of a remarkable Australian and raises questions crucial to us all.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • 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: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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
  • BIRD ON MY SHOULDER
    BIRD ON MY SHOULDER
    PALMER LUCY
    ISBN: 9781743311530
    Title: BIRD ON MY SHOULDER
    Author: PALMER LUCY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2016 NEW RELEASE

    Over a decade ago, award-winning journalist Lucy Palmer's beloved husband Julian died of cancer, leaving her alone to manage a farm south of Sydney and to raise their three young children. This moving and beautifully written memoir explores her experiences of death, loss, single parenting and growing older. It is a way of making sense of the momentous experiences that Lucy says she has been privileged to live through, and her honest and inspiring account of putting the pieces back together and finding hope out of a seemingly hopeless set of circumstances. This is a startlingly moving book to read and offers new and surprising ways to think about the worst that can happen and what it can mean for us.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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
  • BOB DYLAN : FREEWHEELING HIS LIFE AND MUSIC
    BOB DYLAN : FREEWHEELING HIS LIFE AND MUSIC
    VARIOUS
    ISBN: 9780993017087
    Title: BOB DYLAN : FREEWHEELING HIS LIFE AND MUSIC
    Author: VARIOUS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This Illustrated Limited Edition hardback book together with four DVD’s provides an insight into the unique journey of one of the most ground breaking and influential US artists of all time Bob Dylan. Follow the authoritative text encompasses the complete inside story of Bob Dylan the man and his music; the book traces the Bob Dylan story with a detailed biography of his life from his early folk roots through to the world wide musical phenomenon that we know today. The book also features a comprehensive track by track analysis of his studio albums from the 1960’s. The DVDs feature in depth interviews with Dylan, complemented by a wealth of informative insights from dedicated musicologists, journalists and critics who toured with the band. This is the ultimate insight into Bob Dylan his life and music.

    Imprint: FRONTROW BOOKS
    RRP: $75.00

    Price: $75.00
  • BOLIVAR : THE EPIC LIFE OF THE MAN WHO LIBERATED SOUTH AMERICA
    BOLIVAR : THE EPIC LIFE OF THE MAN WHO LIBERATED SOUTH AMERICA
    ARANA MARIE
    ISBN: 9781780226170
    Title: BOLIVAR : THE EPIC LIFE OF THE MAN WHO LIBERATED SOUTH AMERICA
    Author: ARANA MARIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Simon Bolivar's life makes for one of history's most dramatic canvases, a colossal narrative filled with adventure and disaster, victory and defeat. This is the story not just of an extraordinary man but of the liberation of a continent. A larger-than-life figure from a tumultuous age, Bolivar ignited a revolution, liberated six countries from Spanish rule and is revered as the great hero of South American history. In a sweeping narrative worthy of a Hollywood epic, BOLIVAR colourfully portrays this extraordinarily dramatic life. From his glorious battlefield victories to his legendary love affairs, Bolivar emerges as a man of many facets: fearless and inspiring general, consummate diplomat, passionate abolitionist and gifted writer.

    Imprint: PHOENIX
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BONE OF FACT
    BONE OF FACT
    WALSH DAVID
    ISBN: 9781742612911
    Title: BONE OF FACT
    Author: WALSH DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    MONA's David Walsh is an enigma in the Australian art world. A Bone of Fact is his unconventional, absorbing and brilliantly surprising memoir.

    David Walsh - the creator of Mona in Hobart - is both a giant and an enigma in the Australian art world. A multi-millionaire who made his money gambling, David has turned a wild vision into a unique reality; he is in turns controversial, mysterious and idolised. A Bone of Fact is his utterly unconventional and absorbing memoir, about which he says: 'By some great good fortune (mine, not yours) you hold in your hands my story, credible I think, but not extraordinary (despite what those avaricious publishers might have you believe). I have captured your attention: maybe you have some resonance with Mona, or maybe good graphical design partly seized your day. To extract 55 bucks from you I need to say something clever, but I can't think of anything. So I'll seduce you with a tale of another, cleverer, writer. Stanislaw Lem, noted Polish science fiction author and notorious smartarse, once told an American colleague that his new collection of short stories would be published in a paper bag. This conjured a mental picture of the stories being selected by lucky dip. The idea that my life story could be told that way, without a disabling manifesto, is appealing. Unfortunately Mr Lem had actually said 'paperback' (his meaning concealed beneath his thick accent), a wholly ordinary practice to deliver extraordinary stories. My story lacks Mr Lem's magical reality and philosophy, and it also lacks a paper bag. You should buy it anyway, if you are at least mildly curious as to why I want you to give me more money, even though I'm already rich. But if you happen to read Polish you could probably do better reading Lem. Incidentally, Polish is one of the few words that changes its pronunciation when you change the first letter from upper case to lower case. If you are in Natal or Nice you can probably think of another. But surely, if you are in Natal or Nice you have better things to do than lurk in bookshops. Get out of here, but take me with you. I promise to treat you nice. But not so nice that you'll need to go to a natal clinic.'

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $24.95
  • BONKERS : MY LIFE IN LAUGHS
    BONKERS : MY LIFE IN LAUGHS
    SAUNDERS JENNIFER
    ISBN: 9780241967263
    Title: BONKERS : MY LIFE IN LAUGHS
    Author: SAUNDERS JENNIFER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Jennifer Saunders' comic creations have brought joy to millions. From Comic Strip to Comic Relief, from Bolly-swilling Edina in Ab Fab to her takes on Madonna or Mamma Mia, her characters are household names. But it's Jennifer herself who has a place in all our hearts. This is her funny, moving and frankly bonkers memoir, filled with laughter, friends and occasional heartache - but never misery. Bonkers is full of riotous adventures: accidentally enrolling on a teacher training course with a young Dawn French, bluffing her way to each BBC series, shooting Lulu, trading wild faxes with Joanna Lumley, touring India with Ruby Wax and Goldie Hawn. There's cancer, too, when she becomes 'Brave Jen'. But her biggest battle is with the bane of her life: the Laws of Procrastination. As she admits, 'There has never been a Plan. Everything has been fairly random, happened by accident or just fallen into place. I'm off now, to do some sweeping...' Prepare to chuckle, whoop, and go Bonkers.

    Review: Fabulous? Yes. Funny? Absolutely Mail on Sunday Beautifully written and frequently hilarious Guardian Delightfully funny... she writes with moving honesty Hello! Her account of battling breast cancer is as honest as it is uplifting Daily Mail 'Hilarious and brilliant' -- Kirsty Young BBC Radio 4 Endearing and hilarious. If only all celebrity biographies were this funny Telegraph





    Author Biography: Jennifer Saunders is a comedian, writer and actress. She has won three BAFTAs, an International Emmy, a British Comedy Award, a Rose d'Or, two Writers' Guild Awards and a People's Choice Award. She first found widespread attention in the 1980s when she formed The Comic Strip after graduating from the Central School of Speech and Drama. With Dawn French, she wrote and starred in French & Saunders, the long-running hit sketch show. She won worldwide acclaim in the 1990s for writing Absolutely Fabulous, playing Edina Monsoon.


    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
Page: 1 .. 2 3 4 5 6 .. 41