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  • DUCKS FOR DARK TIMES
    DUCKS FOR DARK TIMES
    LEUNIG MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780143788577
    Title: DUCKS FOR DARK TIMES
    Author: LEUNIG MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A collection of cartoons about many strange and lovely things- kind words for dark days; simple poems concerning wonderful mysteries; reflections on sadness, joy, dismay, sanity, soup and beauty. Also- doubts, confessions, laments and tributes. Spirited depictions of dogs, ducks, teapots and trees, with various peculiar attempts to shine some light on dark and troubled times.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • EN CYCLO PEDIA : Everything you need to know about cycling, from the essential to the obscure
    EN CYCLO PEDIA : Everything you need to know about cycling, from the essential to the obscure
    TELL JOHAN
    ISBN: 9781784724955
    Title: EN CYCLO PEDIA : Everything you need to know about cycling, from the essential to the obscure
    Author: TELL JOHAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An A-Z guide to the language of cycling.

    In En Cyclo Pedia Johan Tell - award-winning Swedish writer and cycling obsessive - uncovers the very soul of cycling, exploring and explaining the many and varied stories that form the basis of cycling culture.

    Beautifully illustrated, with hundreds of entries ranging from Tour de France stages to illegal Alley Cat races, and cult heroes to cycling slang, Tell provides a personal insight into this complex world that only a cycling junkie can.

    From a pilgrimage to the Bianchi factory in Milan to scouring the streets of New York for the origins of the fixie, via the bicycle cafés of Barcelona and the cobblestones of Flanders, En Cyclo Pedia is a complete A to Z guide to the unique, indescribable character of global bike culture.

    Imprint: MITCHELL BEAZLEY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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
  • FASHION HOUSE
    FASHION HOUSE
    HESS MEGAN
    ISBN: 9781742708928
    Title: FASHION HOUSE
    Author: HESS MEGAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Fashion House is a collection of beautifully illustrated interiors depicting inspirational interior design and how these can be achieved. It will inspire and delight anyone with a love of fashion, a penchant for interior design or an appreciate for beautiful illustration. Ever dreamed you could live in the suite of a Manhattan socialite? Or the grand estate of one of London's men-about-town, or a Parisian vintage loft? Within the sumptuously illustrated pages of this book you will find that all of your extravagant dreams of interior design have come true.

    Internationally acclaimed illustrator Megan Hess has assembled some of the most decadent and indulgent interior designs from around the world in this collection, Fashion House - beautiful interiors which are guaranteed to delight and inspire.

    Drawn on her years of experience working as an illustrator for internationl brands such as Tiffanys, Chanel and Christian Dior, Hess has combined her love of interior design with her signature illustrations to create a book which both celebrates style and offers advice on how we can achieve it.

    With suggestions ranging from using patterns and fabrics on wallpaper and upholstery to the benefits of the eclectic chair, this book celebrates the icons of interior design, past and present.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • FEED ME : 50 Home Cooked Meals for your Dog
    FEED ME : 50 Home Cooked Meals for your Dog
    PROLA LIVIANA
    ISBN: 9780714877402
    Title: FEED ME : 50 Home Cooked Meals for your Dog
    Author: PROLA LIVIANA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: October 2018 New Release

    An informative and practical guide to cooking healthy, nutritious meals for dogs

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $39.95
    Price: $39.95
  • FORMULA ONE : The Pursuit of Speed - A Photographic Celebration of F1's Greatest Moments
    FORMULA ONE : The Pursuit of Speed - A Photographic Celebration of F1's Greatest Moments
    HAMILTON MAURICE
    ISBN: 9781781317082
    Title: FORMULA ONE : The Pursuit of Speed - A Photographic Celebration of F1's Greatest Moments
    Author: HAMILTON MAURICE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    With over 300 photographs - from the 1950s to the present day - all from The Cahier Archive and many previously unpublished, The Pursuit of Speed is the ultimate celebration of Formula One.

    Imprint: AURUM PRESS
    RRP: $59.99
    Price: $59.99
  • GIRLS GUIDE TO PERSONAL HYGIENE : True Stories, Illustrated
    GIRLS GUIDE TO PERSONAL HYGIENE : True Stories, Illustrated
    POMEROY TALLULAH
    ISBN: 9781925713794
    Title: GIRLS GUIDE TO PERSONAL HYGIENE : True Stories, Illustrated
    Author: POMEROY TALLULAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: November 2018 New Release

    One day, the artist Tallulah Pomeroy overhead a conversation between two girls about another friend of theirs they knew in college. Apparently, when this friend had been on tour with the rugby team, she'd drunkenly 'done a shit in the sink.' 'She's not a girl if she did that,' said one to the other. 'She may have a vagina, but she's not a girl.'

    This exchange made Tallulah laugh, but it also made her think. How many things had her friends done that meant they 'weren't girls?' She made a Facebook group and asked people to submit stories about their 'unladylike' behaviors. The page was soon flooded with more stories than she could have ever imagined- about ear wax and trapped wind, gray pubes and bloody pajamas. It became a community of honest, funny, and supportive women, who, by admitting to things they'd thought were shameful, no longer had to feel ashamed.

    For A Girl's Guide to Personal Hygiene, Tallulah made original illustrations to accompany a selection of those Facebook posts - plus dozens more from an expanded call for submissions - to create an exuberant and galvanizing handbook for all the nasty women of the world.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $26.99
    Price: $26.99
  • GOODNIGHT TRUMP
    GOODNIGHT TRUMP
    ORIGEN ERICH
    ISBN: 9781925849141
    Title: GOODNIGHT TRUMP
    Author: ORIGEN ERICH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: November 2018 New Release

    Turn out the lights on another endless day in Trump's America with this sharp parody of Goodnight Moon by the bestselling duo behind Goodnight Bush - this time putting to bed America's most yugely bad president ever.

    In the very classy room
    There was a golden mirror
    And a silver spoon
    And a broadcast of —

    Alternative facts from a Fox newsroom …


    Parodying the soothing incantations of Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown with illustrations by Clement Hurd, Goodnight Trump opens in the very classy golden bedroom of the White House, where it is bedtime for the 45th President of the United States.

    In this wickedly funny update to the bedtime classic, readers bid goodnight to this very stable genius, his comfort animal (what else but a Playboy bunny), some Russian friends, and 12 Diet Cokes a day.

    Goodnight Trump is a perfect gift for those who lean to the left — offering readers the chance to put America's man-child-in-chief to bed early, so children everywhere can have sweet dreams without fear of being torn from their homes and families.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • HOW TO LIVE JAPANESE
    HOW TO LIVE JAPANESE
    YAZAWA YUTAKA
    ISBN: 9781781317617
    Title: HOW TO LIVE JAPANESE
    Author: YAZAWA YUTAKA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The ultimate insider’s guide to the country of Japan, full of inspiration and insight to help you experience the very best of Japanese design, cookery, philosophy, and culture. So get outdoors, be gracious to your neighbour and start harmonizing your all too busy life.


    With nearly 60 per cent of us living in cities, the mega-city of Tokyo, through centuries of raze and rebuild, is surely the guiding light for how we can live together amicably in an ever-urbanising world.

    Not only is Japan the mother of all metropolis’ but with two thirds of the country covered in forest, there is still much respect and celebration of the natural world, with people perfectly placed to make the most of the green space around them. From the art of making tea, to going for a hike, or celebrating imperfections, there are ceremonies the Japanese have been honing for centuries that thrive alongside modern traditions and practices of well-being.

    From Miyazaki to mountains, sake to sparking joy, find your Zen and make time to learn about how to live Japanese. Whether it’s the cutting edge of film-making, revolutionizing the whisky market or competing with parents on lunchboxes, you’ll be all the better for some time spent with How to Live Japanese.

    From Japanese writer, Yutaka Yazawa, this is the ultimate insider’s guide to the country of Japan, full of inspiration and insight to help you experience the very best of Japanese design, cookery, philosophy, and culture. So get outdoors, be gracious to your neighbour and start harmonizing your all too busy life.

    Imprint: AURUM PRESS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • HOW TO SWEAR
    HOW TO SWEAR
    WILDISH STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9781785036415
    Title: HOW TO SWEAR
    Author: WILDISH STEPHEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Grasping how to swear is a crucial skill to any English-speaker, but it can be a tricky business. Owing to the rich and complex history of swearing, a single word can have a host of different meanings – from expressing surprise, excitement, anger, celebration, disgust or simply that you’re fucked off. If you don’t get it right, you could really be in the shit.

    How to Swear, by graphic artist and swearing-connoisseur Stephen Wildish, uses all manner of charts and flow diagrams to teach you all you need to know, including: the building blocks of an effective insult; the adverbial uses of various types of animal excrement (horseshit, apeshit etc); and the different parts of speech a swear word can fulfil: ‘Fucking fuck, the fucking fucker’s fucked’. This beautiful (and rude) book will take you right to the heart of the wondrous world of swearing, with a lot of laughs on the way.

    Imprint: EBURY
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • I CANT REMEMBER THE TITLE BUT THE COVER IS BLUE : Best Sellers Worst Customers - Stories from the Other Side of the Counter
    I CANT REMEMBER THE TITLE BUT THE COVER IS BLUE : Best Sellers Worst Customers - Stories from the Other Side of the Counter
    GREIG ELIAS
    ISBN: 9781760529451
    Title: I CANT REMEMBER THE TITLE BUT THE COVER IS BLUE : Best Sellers Worst Customers - Stories from the Other Side of the Counter
    Author: GREIG ELIAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: December 2018 New Release

    As any retail or service worker will tell you, customers can be irrational, demanding, abusive, and brain-scramblingly, mind-bendingly strange. They can also be kind, thoughtful, funny, and full of pathos. Something about the often-fraught interaction between customer and worker - with the dividing line of the counter between them, and the commercial imperative, with its curious etiquette and tolerance of all kinds of suspect behaviour brooding above - dims down certain inhibitions, and has a kind of hot-house effect on eccentricity.

    In I Can't Remember the Title But the Cover is Blue, veteran bookseller Elias Greig collects the best, worst and most interesting customer encounters from his years as a Sydney bookseller. From ill-behaved children to nostalgic seniors and everything in between, this hilarious and unpredictable book is the perfect gift for anyone who's ever been on the wrong side of a store counter.


    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • IMAGINE JOHN YOKO
    IMAGINE JOHN YOKO
    LENNON JOHN / ONO YOKO
    ISBN: 9780500021842
    Title: IMAGINE JOHN YOKO
    Author: LENNON JOHN / ONO YOKO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Personally compiled and curated by Yoko Ono, Imagine John Yoko is the definitive inside story - told in revelatory detail - of the making of the legendary album and all that surrounded it: the locations, the creative team, the artworks and the films, in the words of John & Yoko and the people who were there.

    Features 80% exclusive, hitherto-unpublished archive photos and footage sequences of all the key players in situ, together with lyric sheets, Yoko's art installations, and exclusive new insights and personal testimonies from Yoko and over forty of the musicians, engineers, staff, celebrities, artists and photographers who were there - including Julian Lennon, Klaus Voormann, Alan White, Jim Keltner, David Bailey, Dick Cavett and Sir Michael Parkinson.

    `A lot has been written about the creation of the song, the album and the film of Imagine, mainly by people who weren't there, so I'm very pleased and grateful that now, for the first time, so many of the participants have kindly given their time to "gimme some truth" in their own words and pictures' Yoko Ono Lennon, 2018

    In 1971, John Lennon & Yoko Ono conceived and recorded the critically acclaimed album Imagine at their Georgian country home, Tittenhurst Park, in Berkshire, England, in the state-of-the-art studio they built in the grounds, and at the Record Plant in New York. The lyrics of the title track were inspired by Yoko Ono's `event scores' in her 1964 book Grapefruit, and she was officially co-credited as writer in June 2017.

    Imagine John Yoko tells the story of John & Yoko's life, work and relationship during this intensely creative period. It transports readers to home and working environments showcasing Yoko's closely guarded archive of photos and artefacts, using artfully compiled narrative film stills, and featuring digitally rendered maps, floorplans and panoramas that recreate the interiors in evocative detail.
    John & Yoko introduce each chapter and song; Yoko also provides invaluable additional commentary and a preface. All the minutiae is examined: the locations, the key players, the music and lyrics, the production techniques and the artworks - including the creative process behind the double exposure polaroids used on the album cover.

    With a message as universal and pertinent today as it was when the album was created, this landmark publication is a fitting tribute to John & Yoko and their place in cultural history.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $65.00

    Price: $65.00
  • JOY OF DOING JUST ENOUGH : The Secret Art of Being Lazy and Getting Away With It
    JOY OF DOING JUST ENOUGH : The Secret Art of Being Lazy and Getting Away With It
    MCCARTNEY JENNIFER
    ISBN: 9781682681466
    Title: JOY OF DOING JUST ENOUGH : The Secret Art of Being Lazy and Getting Away With It
    Author: MCCARTNEY JENNIFER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For anyone who’s ever heard a motivational speech and immediately vomited, a guide to ignoring society’s obsession with success
    Sit around, leave sh*t all over the place, drink, forget about deadlines . . . being lazy is pretty easy. The real art in being chill is when someone without any real ambition can fly under the radar, and live unscathed by the never-ending reams of self-help and inspiration rained upon anyone who just wants to watch Netflix. The magical place where doing what comes naturally keeps the do-ers at arm’s length. Rather than doing less, do just enough. So screw TED Talks, Instagram images of a beach that say "Fail Better" in gold cursive, marathon training, tips for keeping plants alive, and all self-aggrandizing social media. Ninety-nine percent of people on this planet are just pretty average. We're doing our thing. Trying to get out of bed in the morning. Hey, are you awake right now? Reading a sentence? You know what? That's success in my book. Being a person is hard enough without all the pressure to be good at it.


    Imprint: COUNTRYMAN PRESS
    RRP: $19.95

    Price: $19.95
  • KILTED YOGA
    KILTED YOGA
    WILSON FINLAY
    ISBN: 9781473667846
    Title: KILTED YOGA
    Author: WILSON FINLAY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Get ready to lose yourself in the wilds of Scotland and reconnect with the natural world in this gorgeous little book that will make you look at yoga in a whole new way - kilt optional!

    After recovering from an accident, Finlay Wilson found yoga was the best way to rebuild his strength. Now a qualified yoga instructor himself, he's decided to bring a modern take to this ancient practice, laying it bare - often quite literally. Feast your eyes on his yoga moves and discover why his Kilted Yoga video became an instant global sensation.

    Finlay introduces you to the fundamentals of yoga through four progressive sequences to help you develop your practice. Combining stunning photography of the Scottish highlands with practical advice, Kilted Yoga is the inspiration you've been waiting for - join the movement here.

    Imprint: HODDER & STOUGHTON
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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