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  • CRUCIAL INTERVENTIONS : AN ILLUSTRATED TREATISE ON THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF NINETEENTH CENTURY SURGERY
    CRUCIAL INTERVENTIONS : AN ILLUSTRATED TREATISE ON THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF NINETEENTH CENTURY SURGERY
    BARNETT RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780500518106
    Title: CRUCIAL INTERVENTIONS : AN ILLUSTRATED TREATISE ON THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF NINETEENTH CENTURY SURGERY
    Author: BARNETT RICHARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The nineteenth century saw a complete transformation of the practice and reputation of surgery.

    Crucial Interventions follows its increasingly optimistic evolution, drawing from the very best examples of rare surgical textbooks with a focus on the extraordinary visual materials of the mid-nineteenth century. Unnerving and graphic, yet beautifully rendered, these fascinating illustrations include step-by-step surgical techniques paired with medical instruments and painted depictions of operations in progress.

    Arranged for the layman from head to toe, and accompanied by an authoritative, eloquent and inspiring narrative from medical historian Richard Barnett, author of 2014 bestseller The Sick Rose, Crucial Interventions is a unique and captivating book on one of the world’s most mysterious and macabre professions, and promises to be another success.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • DAAS : THEIR PART IN MY DOWNFALL - ON THE ROAD WITH THE DOUG ANTHONY ALL STARS
    DAAS : THEIR PART IN MY DOWNFALL - ON THE ROAD WITH THE DOUG ANTHONY ALL STARS
    LIVINGSTON PAUL
    ISBN: 9781760290764
    Title: DAAS : THEIR PART IN MY DOWNFALL - ON THE ROAD WITH THE DOUG ANTHONY ALL STARS
    Author: LIVINGSTON PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The inside story of The Doug Anthony All Stars then and now. The no-holds-barred true story behind how the bad boys of Australian comedy reunited - weaker, sicker, funnier, older...but not wiser.

    Under the guise of his alter ego Flacco, Paul Livingston once basked in the reflected glory of Tim Ferguson, Paul McDermott and Richard Fidler, and their anarchic comedy incarnation, the Doug Anthony All-Stars. At their peak D.A.A.S. teetered on international greatness, and Paul teetered with them, until that teeter was abruptly toppled in 1994.

    Flacco and Paul now find themselves wrenched out of comfortable but obscure retirement to tread the boards again with Tim Ferguson and Paul McDermott - but this time as part of D.A.A.S., playing to sell-out crowds across Australia.

    As a fly on the pungent walls of D.A.A.S. dressing-rooms over the decades, Paul Livingston has lived and played alongside these men, probing their depths and shallows. In D.A.A.S.: Their Part in My Downfall he reveals all - their rise, disappearance and rebirth - and interviews their fans, colleagues and famous peers and admirers.

    In 2016 the bad old men of Australian comedy dared to venture back to where it all began thirty years ago - the Edinburgh Festival.

    Can they recapture the magic? Will anyone remember them?

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • FAIR DINKUM! : AUSSIE SLANG
    FAIR DINKUM! : AUSSIE SLANG
    NELSON H G
    ISBN: 9780642278791
    Title: FAIR DINKUM! : AUSSIE SLANG
    Author: NELSON H G
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australian slang unites the true blue and the dinky-di and separates the cheeky little possums from the happy little Vegemites. In this attractive new pictorial guide, readers will learn to distinguish their drongos from their dropkicks and discover where our unique vernacular comes from.

    Discover the connection between bludgers and pimps, drongos and a winless horse. Aussie slang tells us much about our history; in this book are words that have evolved from Indigenous languages, the dialects of the British Isles and the names, catchphrases and peccadillos of Australian celebrities.

    Alongside the fascinating etymological information are striking images from the National Library’s vast Pictures Collection—used to great humorous effect in illustrating the slang words and phrases—and commentaries by H.G. Nelson, the man who, together with Rampaging Roy Slaven, brought the world the ‘battered sav’, the ‘hullo boys’ and the ‘spinning date’, all gymnastics moves that need little further explanation. A mix of traditional and modern slang, in a fresh design, this guide will educate and entertain readers, and tickle their funny bones.

    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • HOUSEPLANTS AND HOT SAUCE : A Seek-and-Find Book for Grown-Ups
    HOUSEPLANTS AND HOT SAUCE : A Seek-and-Find Book for Grown-Ups
    NIXON SALLY
    ISBN: 9781452163130
    Title: HOUSEPLANTS AND HOT SAUCE : A Seek-and-Find Book for Grown-Ups
    Author: NIXON SALLY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2017 NEW RELEAS

    WHERE'S WALLY? meets HBO's GIRLS in this clever seek-and-find book by Lenny Letter illustrator Sally Nixon.

    This cheeky take on seek and find features illustrated scenes from the life of a modern woman – from brunch with friends to shopping for succulents – with clever and funny challenges on every page. Lenny Letter contributor Sally Nixon combines the nostalgia of visual puzzles with smart, contemporary content, for a perfectly quirky gift.

    Imprint: CHRONICLE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • HOW TO BE A PARISIAN WHEREVER YOU ARE
    HOW TO BE A PARISIAN WHEREVER YOU ARE
    BEREST ANNE/DE MAIGRET CAROLINE/DIWAN, AUDREY/MA
    ISBN: 9780857982506
    Title: HOW TO BE A PARISIAN WHEREVER YOU ARE
    Author: BEREST ANNE/DE MAIGRET CAROLINE/DIWAN, AUDREY/MA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Four fabulous, smart, savvy French women offer up their highly amusing insider take on Parisian life, love and liberty.

    How to Be a Parisian brilliantly deconstructs the French woman's views on culture, fashion and attitude. Unlike other books on French style, this illustrated handbook is full of wit and self-deprecating humour. Authors - Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret and Sophie Mas - are bohemian free-thinkers and iconoclasts, and they are not afraid to cut through some of the myths. They say what you don't expect to hear, just the way you want to hear it. They are not against smoking in bed, and all for art, politics and culture, making everything look easy, and going against the grain. Including 80 black and white and colour pictures, many taken by the authors, How to Be a Parisian explains those confusing subjects of clothes, makeup, men, culture and lifestyle as only a true Parisienne can. On the style front: You don't always have to be made up, but you should always be well dressed. Your look should always have one thing left undone - the devil is in the detail. Either go all grey hair or no grey hair. Salt and pepper is for the table. Or on how to answer the phone when he finally calls: The Parisienne lets the phone ring. (She's not waiting by the phone.) She feigns surprise upon hearing his voice. (She wasn't expecting his call.) She asks if she can call him back in five minutes. (She's in the middle of something.) The thing is, she's not alone... (Et oui: you should never have kept her waiting.) What the Parisian won't let near her wardrobe: Logos. You are not a billboard. Ugg Boots. Enough said. Don't even ask. Skimpy top. Because you're not fifteen anymore. The fake designer bag. Like fake breasts, you can't fix your insecurities through forgery.

    The ideal man to be seen with: He's not muscular (You'd rather think of him reading a book than lifting weights) He's unshaven (Just enough so that you never fully see the man behind the stubble) He's funny (Until he disappears) He's got something special (And it's not a car)

    There are many books on a Parisian's bookshelf: The books you claim you've read so many times that you actually believe you have. The books you read in school of which you only remember the main character's name. The books that you've been promising yourself you'll read next summer...for the past ten years. The books that you think make you cool. The books you keep for your children, just in case you ever have any. The books you own simply because you must and, taken together, form intangible proof that you are well read.

    Imprint: EBURY
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • JANE AUSTENS GUIDE TO LIFE : THOUGHTFUL LESSONS FOR THE MODERN WOMAN
    JANE AUSTENS GUIDE TO LIFE : THOUGHTFUL LESSONS FOR THE MODERN WOMAN
    SMITH LORI
    ISBN: 9780762796427
    Title: JANE AUSTENS GUIDE TO LIFE : THOUGHTFUL LESSONS FOR THE MODERN WOMAN
    Author: SMITH LORI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Jane Austen has become our patron saint of romance, our goddess of happy endings. Her name is synonymous with romantic sighs, period costumes, and the ideal of what love should be. But if she could give us advice about life and love, what would she tell us? What would she make of Match.com, of our Real Housewives, or of our obsession with finding The One?

    Austen's stories give us relationship advice that still works today, but her life offers us so much more wisdom than just that pertaining to love. In our fame-obsessed culture, it's refreshing to think that Austen preferred to remain anonymous. Ironically, Jane Austen--master of love stories--never married and can teach us something about being single. She also endured many painful circumstances and managed them with grace and humor.

    In this light biography and guide, author Lori Smith surmises about Austen's sensible advice for twenty-first-century women--on everything from living our dreams, being a woman of substance, finding a good man, managing money, and much more. As such an astute student of human nature, Austen can teach us an awful lot about ourselves and about what it means to live well.

    Imprint: GLOBE PEQUOT PRESS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • KUDELKA AND FIRST DOGS SPIRITUAL JOURNEY
    KUDELKA AND FIRST DOGS SPIRITUAL JOURNEY
    KUDELKA JON
    ISBN: 9780980450811
    Title: KUDELKA AND FIRST DOGS SPIRITUAL JOURNEY
    Author: KUDELKA JON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The explosive and hitherto unseen collected diaries of JON KUDELKA and FIRST DOG ON THE MOON from their first safari as founding members of the Global Electrovelocipede Whisky Appreciation National Treasure Gonzo Cartoonist Other People's Money Expeditionary Society. There is whisky, bickering and also cheese.

    Imprint: TO BE ALLOCATED
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
  • LAW SCHOOL : Sex and relationship advice from Benjamin Law and his mum Jenny Phang
    LAW SCHOOL : Sex and relationship advice from Benjamin Law and his mum Jenny Phang
    LAW BENJAMIN
    ISBN: 9780994606846
    Title: LAW SCHOOL : Sex and relationship advice from Benjamin Law and his mum Jenny Phang
    Author: LAW BENJAMIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: OCTOBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Do you accidentally get turned-on while watching a nature documentary?

    Are you dating someone whose tattoos are the worst but you're having the best sex of your life?

    Are you feeling emasculated because your girlfriend has had more one-night stands than you?

    Never fear: the worlds first mother-son sex and relationships advice duo is here to save you from yourself. The longest-running regular column in The Lifted Brow , the Law School column has been offering stern warnings, enthusiastic encouragement, and sage (and not-so-sage) wisdom to desperate lovers and sexual adventurists alike since 2011.
    This collection brings the best of Law School into an excruciatingly funny and semi-explicit illustrated book of advice you never knew you needed.

    Hilarious, rude, and surprisingly heart-warming, Law School covers the practical and ethical dilemmas of sex and relationships from two very different perspectives. Ben and Jenny challenge the way we think and talk about the intimate, in funny and earnest banter. Their advice will either save your love life, or ruin it forever.

    Imprint: LIFTED BROW
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • LIFE CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING
    LIFE CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING
    KONDO MARIE
    ISBN: 9781785040443
    Title: LIFE CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING
    Author: KONDO MARIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Transform your home into a permanently clear and clutter-free space with the incredible KonMari Method. Japan's expert declutterer and professional cleaner Marie Kondo will help you tidy your rooms once and for all with her inspirational step-by-step method.

    The key to successful tidying is to tackle your home in the correct order, to keep only the things you really love and to do it all at once – and quickly. After that for the rest of your life you only need to choose what to keep and what to discard.

    The KonMari Method will not just transform your space. Once you have your house in order you will find that your whole life will change. You can feel more confident, you can become more successful, and you can have the energy and motivation to create the life you want. You will also have the courage to move on from the negative aspects of your life: you can recognise and finish a bad relationship; you can stop feeling anxious; you can finally lose weight.

    Marie Kondo's method is based on a 'once-cleaned, never-messy-again' approach. If you think that such a thing is impossible then you should definitely read this compelling book.

    Imprint: VERMILION
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • LIFES A ROADTRIP
    LIFES A ROADTRIP
    AXEL & ASH
    ISBN: 9780987449320
    Title: LIFES A ROADTRIP
    Author: AXEL & ASH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Life’s a ROADTRIP is the latest addition to the popular ‘Insert Your Story’ series. Designed to help you plan, experience and record the road trip of your dreams, this jam-packed journal will inspire you to escape on wheels and explore the road less travelled.

    Featuring a range of unique design aspects, Life’s a ROADTRIP includes fun writing prompts, striking photographer and inspiring stories from free-spirited travellers like @courtneyadamo @mimielashiry. With lists of hidden locations to discover, beautifully curated journaling pages and quotes that will push all of your wanderlust buttons – this journal will make you want to feel the pulse of the world, explore and get wonderfully lost in the thrill of it all.

    Imprint: AXEL AND ASH
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • LITERARY WONDERLANDS : A Journey Through the Greatest Fictional Worlds Ever Created
    LITERARY WONDERLANDS : A Journey Through the Greatest Fictional Worlds Ever Created
    MILLER LAURA [ED]
    ISBN: 9781743792803
    Title: LITERARY WONDERLANDS : A Journey Through the Greatest Fictional Worlds Ever Created
    Author: MILLER LAURA [ED]
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the advent of the first works of literature many millennia ago, writers have used imaginary worlds both to entertain their readers and to examine concepts, highlight key issues and consider their personal beliefs about the society, natural surroundings and experience of being of which they are a part.

    Lovingly researched and beautifully produced, Literary Wonderlands explores the most fantastic and influential fictional worlds in literary history and delves into the captivating features of their formation – from the writer’s own lives to the relevance of their fiction within a broader social context and the meaning that can be extracted from the details of their composition.

    This truly global collection draws on texts from around the world, spanning over two thousand years of creative endeavour to offer up enchanting and universally appealing tales of imaginary worlds, old and new. Roaming from well-known worlds to less traversed terrain, Literary Wonderlands is a fascinating read for anyone who has ever been transported to another place through the power of the written world.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • LITERARY YARNS : Rochet Patterns Inspired By Classic Books
    LITERARY YARNS : Rochet Patterns Inspired By Classic Books
    WANG CINDY
    ISBN: 9781594749605
    Title: LITERARY YARNS : Rochet Patterns Inspired By Classic Books
    Author: WANG CINDY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: AUGUST 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Comics fans have action figures. Sports fans get trading cards. But what about literature lovers? What book-themed accessories can decorate bookshelves, proclaim a love of reading, and show off crafting skills, all at the same time? Look no further-give the gift of adorable amigurumi! Featuring 22 crocheted dolls drawn from 16 beloved novels and plays, Literary Yarns is perfect for bibliophiles and crafters of all ages. All that's needed are a few readily available materials and beginner crochet skills, and soon you'll be hanging out with your favorite characters from classic literature. Take tea with a charming Elizabeth Bennet. Decorate the Christmas tree with a grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge. Solve mysteries with the help of a pocket-sized Sherlock Holmes. Bring Prince Hamlet to a play. And just try to keep Huck Finn out of trouble! With easy-to-follow patterns and sweet photographic portraits, Literary Yarns is sure to make your bookshelf cuter-and fuzzier-in no time.

    Imprint: RANDOM HOUSE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • LOST TOOLS OF HENRY HOKE
    LOST TOOLS OF HENRY HOKE
    THOMSON MARK
    ISBN: 9780994190314
    Title: LOST TOOLS OF HENRY HOKE
    Author: THOMSON MARK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE



    Imprint: DIRECT FROM SUPPLIER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • MINDFUL THOUGHTS FOR CYCLISTS : Finding Balance on Two Wheels
    MINDFUL THOUGHTS FOR CYCLISTS : Finding Balance on Two Wheels
    MOORE NICK
    ISBN: 9781782404835
    Title: MINDFUL THOUGHTS FOR CYCLISTS : Finding Balance on Two Wheels
    Author: MOORE NICK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Finding balance and meditation on two wheels.

    Cycling is about more than competitive racing, lycra, and physical endurance; it's about joy, meditative wonder and spiritual enrichment.

    Mindful Thoughts for Cyclists presents a series of focused meditations on why and how cycling can be a powerful practice of mindful awareness. From the pleasure of riding down a hill to finding the upsides of a puncture, Nick Moore steers us on an enlightening journey through the true value of riding a bicycle.

    On it, he encourages a shift in consciousness of 'those obsessed with the facts of cycling and wanting to excel in it to experience the fact of it'.

    Imprint: IVY
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • MINDFUL THOUGHTS FOR WALKERS : Footnotes on the Zen Path
    MINDFUL THOUGHTS FOR WALKERS : Footnotes on the Zen Path
    FORD ADAM
    ISBN: 9781782404842
    Title: MINDFUL THOUGHTS FOR WALKERS : Footnotes on the Zen Path
    Author: FORD ADAM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Mindfulness is so much more than a set of routine timed exercises; it's the transformative practice of conscious living we can nurture by being mindful of the moment.

    Mindful Thoughts for Walkers explores through a series of succint meditations, how walking is an opportunity to deepen our levels of physical and spiritual awareness.

    Adam Ford is an enlightening guide to how mindfulness and walking can help us face the existential questions of 'Who am I?', 'Where have I come from?', What am I doing here?', and 'Where am I going?' From a gentle daily stroll to a brisk hike across the mountaintops, this is a powerful reading companion for rural and urban walker alike.

    Imprint: IVY
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • MUCH LOVED
    MUCH LOVED
    NIXON MARK
    ISBN: 9781419710124
    Title: MUCH LOVED
    Author: NIXON MARK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Photographer Mark Nixon has created a wonderful and nostalgic collection of images of individual stuffed animals; "The well-worn toys show battle scars of being the prized possessions of children and cherished companions," says Nixon. Much Loved includes sixty 4-colour portraits along with an accompanying background story for each animal.

    Imprint: ABRAMS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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