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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
  • DAVID SEDARIS DIARIES : A Visual Compendium
    DAVID SEDARIS DIARIES : A Visual Compendium
    SEDARIS DAVID
    ISBN: 9781408708972
    Title: DAVID SEDARIS DIARIES : A Visual Compendium
    Author: SEDARIS DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In THEFT BY FINDING, David Sedaris opened up his written diaries (and himself) to the world in an unprecedented way. Now, in this illustrated volume, readers will for the first time be able to experience the elaborate, three-dimensional, handmade form that his diaries have always taken. For, in addition to being an unparalleled chronicler of the world around him, Sedaris has always been a keen observer and collector of the art, objects, and ephemera that are part of his visual landscape.

    A celebration of the odd and unexpected, the beautiful and the ugly, and the humorous and sensitive reflections so familiar to any fan of his writing, DAVID SEDARIS DIARIES (1977-2016): A VISUAL COMPENDIUM offers unique insight into the author's view of the world and stands alone as a striking, collectible volume in itself.

    Compiled and edited by Sedaris's longtime friend Jeffrey Jenkins, and including interactive components, postcards, and never-before-seen photos and artwork, this is a necessary addition to any Sedaris collection, and will enthrall the author's fans for many years to come.

    Imprint: LITTLE BROWN
    RRP: $65.00
    Price: $65.00
  • DRAWN ONWARD
    DRAWN ONWARD
    MCKINLAY MEG
    ISBN: 9781925164848
    Title: DRAWN ONWARD
    Author: MCKINLAY MEG
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The text is a palindrome: in the first half reading as a dire denunciation, and in the second, reversed, is a call to hope. It graphically and cleverly illustrates that the very same situation can be viewed quite differently depending on perspective. From the glass half empty: ‘There is no light on the horizon and it is foolish to think you can change anything at all’; to the glass half full: ‘you can change anything at all. It is foolish to think there is no light on the horizon.’

    Imprint: FREMANTLE ART CENTRE PR.
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DRESS : 100 ICONIC MOMENTS IN FASHION
    DRESS : 100 ICONIC MOMENTS IN FASHION
    HESS MEGAN
    ISBN: 9781742708232
    Title: DRESS : 100 ICONIC MOMENTS IN FASHION
    Author: HESS MEGAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From Ms Hepburn's elegant black shift to Lady Gaga's meat gown, The Dress relives the marvellous and unforgettable dresses of fashion: think Liz Hurley's safety-pin ensemble, Princess Di's neverending wedding dress, or that unforgettable white halter sported by Marilyn in The Seven Year Itch. Megan Hess' fabulous illustrations celebrate a collection of frocks that take readers on a decadent romp through fashion history, from the haute to the hot. Hess has spent her career exploring and illustrating fashion, and though it is an ever-evolving, ever-inspiring beast, there are particular instances that shine on through the years. This is a compendium of gowns that have captured a moment in history, the spirit of a generation and the indefinable energy of a fashion icon, and an exploration of why they continue to resonate with audiences, decades on. Accompanied by historical anecdotes and revealing facts, The Dress is an elegant and immersive introduction to the moments that shaped fashion, and, in turn, our lives.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • FIRST DOG ON THE MOONS GUIDE TO LIVING THROUGH THE IMPENDING APOCALYPSE AND HOW TO STAY NICE DOING IT
    FIRST DOG ON THE MOONS GUIDE TO LIVING THROUGH THE IMPENDING APOCALYPSE AND HOW TO STAY NICE DOING IT
    FIRST DOG ON THE MOON
    ISBN: 9780733334252
    Title: FIRST DOG ON THE MOONS GUIDE TO LIVING THROUGH THE IMPENDING APOCALYPSE AND HOW TO STAY NICE DOING IT
    Author: FIRST DOG ON THE MOON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: DECEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    The only book you will ever need to read by Australia's best-loved marsupial-based cartoonist

    Join belovedcartoonist First Dog On the Moon in this tender frolic through the loomingcollapse of civilisation and the demise of everything you ever cared about.Never have so many worked so hard to bring about the end of life as we know it,but what to wear? When Armageddon arrives, will it still be okay to walk aroundin your underpants?

    Full of handytips on what to pack, where to go and how to wave a cricket bat menacingly wheninterlopers try to steal the family pets that you were saving for dinner, thisgentle book is fun for all the family.

    If you don'tbuy it, you will probably be eaten by an enormous mutant Nazi tapeworm the sizeof a school bus. So when the 'SHTF', don't say we didn't warn you, and don'tcome to the First Dog On the Moon Institute bunker, because there isn't one, itis a secret.

    Imprint: ABC PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • FIVE AT THE OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY
    FIVE AT THE OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY
    VINCENT BRUNO
    ISBN: 9781786487674
    Title: FIVE AT THE OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY
    Author: VINCENT BRUNO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Join the Five as they set out to give the best office Christmas party ever, in the most traditional of fashions. Of course, true to form, things don't go quite according to plan . . .

    Imprint: QUERCUS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FIVE ESCAPE BEXIT ISLAND
    FIVE ESCAPE BEXIT ISLAND
    VINCENT BRUNO
    ISBN: 9781786486981
    Title: FIVE ESCAPE BEXIT ISLAND
    Author: VINCENT BRUNO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The topical sequel to last year's runaway bestseller.

    It's a year after the Brexit vote. The four housemates and Timmy are on a visit to see their evil genius cousin Rupert. Rupert owns a chunk of the Jurassic Coast, part of which he has turned into an island and declared independence from Britain. Its fifteenth-century Dorset castle is a tourist attraction, but a computer hack puts the ancient fortifications into lockdown and plunges the Five into peril. Can our intrepid friends escape to the safety of mainland Europe?

    Imprint: QUERCUS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FIVE GET BEACH BODY READY
    FIVE GET BEACH BODY READY
    VINCENT BRUNO
    ISBN: 9781786484734
    Title: FIVE GET BEACH BODY READY
    Author: VINCENT BRUNO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Enid Blyton's books are beloved the world over and The Famous Five have been the perennial favourite of her fans.

    Now, in this new series of Enid Blyton for Grown-Ups, George, Dick, Anne, Julian and Timmy are keen to hone their physiques ready for the summer holidays. All it will take is a bit of effort and willpower . . . and pulling together as a team. What could possibly stand in their way?

    True to form, the path to the body beautiful is less straightforward than they hope!


    Imprint: QUERCUS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FIVE GET GRAN ONLINE
    FIVE GET GRAN ONLINE
    VINCENT BRUNO
    ISBN: 9781786483867
    Title: FIVE GET GRAN ONLINE
    Author: VINCENT BRUNO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Five go north to see their grandmother - Granny Barnard - who they haven't caught up with for many years, since she remarried. She is alone over the Easter weekend and so the Five decide to look after and reconnect.

    They're shocked to find it's been so long that they don't recognise her at all. While they're there, they try to help her with her computer. They try first to fix her iTunes account, and then her internet banking - after all it's the least they can do! However everything they touch turns to dust. They end up getting her cut off from the internet, the gas and the electricity, and reduced to a World War II-style privations - that is until the toddler from next door comes in and fixes everything. They return home somewhat with their tails between their legs, only to discover that with their help Gran has learned to make videos, and has become an internet sensation.

    Imprint: QUERCUS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FIVE GET ON THE PROPERTY LADDER
    FIVE GET ON THE PROPERTY LADDER
    VINCENT BRUNO
    ISBN: 9781786484758
    Title: FIVE GET ON THE PROPERTY LADDER
    Author: VINCENT BRUNO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Join the Five as they struggle to get their feet (and paws) on the first rung of the property ladder. Luckily cousin Rupert is on hand to help. But not before they've had some very exciting adventures. Who knew that it was all going to be so difficult?

    Imprint: QUERCUS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FIVE GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT
    FIVE GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT
    VINCENT BRUNO
    ISBN: 9781786484772
    Title: FIVE GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT
    Author: VINCENT BRUNO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Enid Blyton's books are beloved the world over and The Famous Five have been the perennial favourite of her fans. Now, in this new series of Enid Blyton for Grown-Ups, George, Dick, Anne, Julian and Timmy go camping in the deep dark woods. Sleep does not come easily, so they have the brilliant idea of telling each other spooky stories.

    Join the Five as they scare themselves witless recounting tales that would terrify the bravest of souls. From encounters with American werewolves and being lost in space, to ghostly graveyard apparitions, it is hardly surprising that there is a sleepless night ahead of the intrepid crew. Even grumpy old Uncle Quentin and kind Aunt Fanny cannot be relied upon to be entirely themselves . . .

    Imprint: QUERCUS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FIVE GO DOWN UNDER
    FIVE GO DOWN UNDER
    HAMLEY SOPHIE
    ISBN: 9780733639623
    Title: FIVE GO DOWN UNDER
    Author: HAMLEY SOPHIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    The Famous Five have gone on their greatest adventure yet - a trip Down Under to Oz for some gap year fun.

    Enid Blyton's books are beloved the world over and The Famous Five have been the perennial favourite of her fans. Now, in this new Enid Blyton for Grown-Ups, Julian, George, Dick, Anne and Timmy head Down Under for some relaxing holiday fun. But will it be the adventure they had hoped for?

    Setting up camp in Bondi they soon meet the Sydney Six, a couple of guitar-strumming Kiwis and a rogue South African and find themselves in the thick of Sydney's real estate perils and the attempts of their omnipresent cousin Rupert Kirrin to buy up the local media.

    But when the sun, surf and bluebottles have their revenge and things don't quite go to plan, it's time to head for the country for a spot of sheep-shearing and quad-bike riding. Will the country be kinder to them or will their close calls with the Australian wildlife have them heading back to the city before you can say decaff soy latte?

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FRENCH ART OF NOT GIVING A F*CK
    FRENCH ART OF NOT GIVING A F*CK
    MIDAL FABRICE
    ISBN: 9781760632083
    Title: FRENCH ART OF NOT GIVING A F*CK
    Author: MIDAL FABRICE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: DECEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    It's time to stop giving a f*ck!

    Be calm... Stop stressing... Embrace the universe... Try yoga... Be fulfilled... and that's an order!

    We hear these commands everywhere, and we often torture ourselves to 'try harder', yet somehow we never feel we've done quite enough. It's about time we stopped feeling guilty for not being perfect, and instead simply allowed ourselves to be angry, be tired, be silly, be passionate - to stop giving a f*ck, and just be.

    This international bestseller explains why the key to true mindfulness is freeing ourselves from social and often self-imposed stresses-and highlights how we can embrace life more fully by giving ourselves a break.

    One of the world's leading teachers of meditation and mindfulness, Midal offers us a new solution to the perennial problem of our too-much, too-fast modern life. It's OK, he urges us, to say no to the things that don't fulfill us. It's necessary, in fact, to give ourselves a break and say, simply, 'F*ck it! C'est la vie'.

    The French Art of Not Giving a F*ck grants each of us permission to stop doing the things that don't make us happy. So we have room in our lives for the things that do.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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