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  • PHAROS GATE : GRIFFIN AND SABINES MISSING CORRESPONDENCE
    PHAROS GATE : GRIFFIN AND SABINES MISSING CORRESPONDENCE
    BANTOCK NICK
    ISBN: 9781452151250
    Title: PHAROS GATE : GRIFFIN AND SABINES MISSING CORRESPONDENCE
    Author: BANTOCK NICK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A love story for the ages, the tale of Griffin and Sabine is an international sensation that spent over 100 weeks on theNew York Times bestseller list and continues to beguile readers 25 years after its original publication. Here to celebrate that anniversary is the final volume in Griffin and Sabine's story - a book that can be enjoyed as a singular reading experience or in conjunction with the series as a whole. The Pharos Gate rejoices in the book as physical object, weaving together word and image in beautifully illustrated postcards and removable letters that reveal a sensual and metaphysical romance, one full of mystery and intrigue. Published simultaneously with the 25th-anniversary edition of Griffin & Sabine, The Pharos Gate finally shares what happened to the lovers in a gorgeous volume that will surely delight Griffin and Sabine's longtime fans and a new generation of readers.

    Imprint: CHRONICLE
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • QUARTER LIFE POETRY : POEMS FOR THE YOUNG BROKE AND HANGRY
    QUARTER LIFE POETRY : POEMS FOR THE YOUNG BROKE AND HANGRY
    JAYNE SAMANTHA
    ISBN: 9781455565283
    Title: QUARTER LIFE POETRY : POEMS FOR THE YOUNG BROKE AND HANGRY
    Author: JAYNE SAMANTHA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A collection of funny, rhyming poetry--and accompanying graphics--about the struggles you face in your twenties.

    The creator of the popular Tumblr and Instagram "Quarter Life Poetry" tackles the real-life truths of work, money, sex, and many other challenges 20-somethings face in a laugh-out-loud collection of poetry.

    Samantha Jayne knows that life post-college isn't as glamorous as all undergrads think it's going to be... because she's currently living it. A graphic artist, Sam started creating doodles and funny poems about her life as a 25-year-old. And when she decided to put them on Instagram, the captions were full of other people tagging friends and saying, "This is literally us." At a time where it seems like everyone around you is getting married, making more money than you do, and paying off their student loans, Sam's poetry captures the voice of millennials everywhere who know that being in your 20s can sometimes be the exact opposite of "the best years of your life."

    Imprint: GRAND CENTRAL
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • RANDOM LIFE : Cartoons by Judy Horacek
    RANDOM LIFE : Cartoons by Judy Horacek
    HORACEK JUDY
    ISBN: 9780987612908
    Title: RANDOM LIFE : Cartoons by Judy Horacek
    Author: HORACEK JUDY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Random Life is a collection of over 200 recent cartoons by much-loved cartoonist Judy Horacek. Drawn for her regular spot in the Age (and other publications wise enough to employ her), Judy’s ninth cartoon collection covers subjects as diverse as climate change, feminism, social media, fairy tales, Mondays and zebras.

    These are cartoons that make us look anew at the contemporary world. They show us who we are, or who we might be. They make us laugh, or sometimes even cry.

    They are about life, and it is random.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $24.95

    Price: $24.95
  • READERS BOOK OF DAYS : TRUE TALES FROM THE LIVES AND WORKS OF WRITERS FOR EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR
    READERS BOOK OF DAYS : TRUE TALES FROM THE LIVES AND WORKS OF WRITERS FOR EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR
    NISSLEY TOM
    ISBN: 9780393351699
    Title: READERS BOOK OF DAYS : TRUE TALES FROM THE LIVES AND WORKS OF WRITERS FOR EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR
    Author: NISSLEY TOM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An addictively readable day-by-day literary companion and guide from a former bookseller and eight-time Jeopardy! Champion.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $23.95

    Price: $23.95
  • SCORN : The Wittiest and Wickedest Insults in Human History
    SCORN : The Wittiest and Wickedest Insults in Human History
    PARRIS MATTHEW
    ISBN: 9781781257296
    Title: SCORN : The Wittiest and Wickedest Insults in Human History
    Author: PARRIS MATTHEW
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A totally up-to-date compendium of the sharpest, wittiest and downright rudest insults in human history, whether you're searching for the perfect elegant riposte, the rudest polite letter ever written, or a brutal verbal sledgehammer.

    'Authors are easy to get on with - if you're fond of children.' - Michael Joseph, publisher 'May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your armpits' - Arab curse 'I married beneath me - all women do.' - Nancy Asquith 'Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.' - Albert Einstein 'Your blistered crotch!' - insult from the Marquesas Islands

    There's no pleasure like a perfectly-turned put-down (when it's directed at somebody else, of course) but Matthew Parris's Scorn is sharply different from the standard collections. So here is a selection of the funniest, sharpest, rudest and most devastating insults in history, from ancient Roman graffiti to the battlefields of Twitter. Drawing on bile from such masters as Dorothy Parker, Elizabeth I, Boris Johnson, Paul Keating, Groucho Marx, Princess Anne, Winston Churchill, Mae West and Alastair Campbell - which form an exchange between voices down the ages - Scorn shows that abuse can be an art form, and this collection includes extended literary invective as well as short verbal shin-kicks.

    Encompassing literature, art, politics, showbiz, marriage, gender, nationality and religion, Matthew Parris's sublime collection is the perfect companion for the festive season, whether you're searching for the perfect elegant riposte, the rudest polite letter ever written, or a brutal verbal sledgehammer.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS
    SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS
    FROST MARK
    ISBN: 9781447293866
    Title: SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS
    Author: FROST MARK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    From the co-creator of the landmark television series Twin Peaks comes a novel that deepens the mysteries of that iconic town in ways that not only enrich the original series but readies fans for the upcoming Showtime episodes.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • SHAKESPEAREAN BOTANICAL
    SHAKESPEAREAN BOTANICAL
    WILLES MARGARET
    ISBN: 9781851244379
    Title: SHAKESPEAREAN BOTANICAL
    Author: WILLES MARGARET
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When Falstaff calls upon the sky to rain potatoes in The Merry Wives of Windsor, he is highlighting the late sixteenth-century belief that the exotic vegetable, recently introduced to England from the Americas, was an aphrodisiac. In Romeo and Juliet, Lady Capulet calls for quinces to make pies for the marriage feast of her daughter. This fruit was traditionally connected with weddings and fertility, as echoed by John Gerard in his herbal where he also explained that eating quinces would bring forth wise children, and of good understanding.

    Taking fifty quotations centring on flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables, Margaret Willes gives these botanical references their social context to provide an intriguing and original focus on daily life in Tudor and Jacobean England, looking in particular at medicine, cookery, gardening and folklore traditions. Exquisitely illustrated with unique hand-painted engravings from the Bodleian Librarys copy of John Gerards herbal of 1597, this book marries the beauty of Shakespeares lines with charming contemporary renderings of the plants he described so vividly.

    Imprint: BODLEIAN LIBRARY
    RRP: $37.95

    Price: $37.95
  • SHED
    SHED
    GRIFFITHS SIMON
    ISBN: 9781921383397
    Title: SHED
    Author: GRIFFITHS SIMON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Peek inside some of Australia's most intriguing sheds with photographer Simon Griffiths, who brought you the very popular Shack. From evocative abandoned ruins to fabulously cluttered artists' studios overflowing with creativity and inspiration, these sheds will make you look at your own in a new light.

    Imprint: LANTERN BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $14.99
  • SICK ROSE : DISEASE AND THE ART OF MEDICAL ILLUSTRATION
    SICK ROSE : DISEASE AND THE ART OF MEDICAL ILLUSTRATION
    BARNETT RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780500517345
    Title: SICK ROSE : DISEASE AND THE ART OF MEDICAL ILLUSTRATION
    Author: BARNETT RICHARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Presents a visual tour through disease in an age before colour photography. This volume combines detailed illustrations of afflicted patients from some of the worlds rarest medical books, that forms a profoundly human reminder of mankinds struggle with disease. It features historic maps, pioneering charts and contemporary case notes.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • SINGING BONES : INSPIRED BY GRIMMS FAIRY TALES
    SINGING BONES : INSPIRED BY GRIMMS FAIRY TALES
    TAN SHAUN
    ISBN: 9781760111038
    Title: SINGING BONES : INSPIRED BY GRIMMS FAIRY TALES
    Author: TAN SHAUN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A unique and alluring art book showcasing Shaun Tan's extraordinary sculptures based on the timeless and compelling fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm.


    In this beautifully presented volume, the essence of seventy-five fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm is wonderfully evoked by Shaun Tan's extraordinary sculptures.

    Nameless princes, wicked stepsisters, greedy kings, honourable peasants and ruthless witches, tales of love, betrayal, adventure and magical transformation: all inspiration for this stunning gallery of sculptural works. Introduced by Grimm Tales author Philip Pullman and leading fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes, The Singing Bones breathes new life into some of the world's most beloved fairy tales.

    'These little figures of clay, with their simplified features, their single attributes, are perfect realisations of the strangeness of the characters they represent.' - Philip Pullman

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A F*CK : A COUNTERINTUITIVE APPROACH TO LIVING A GOOD LIFE
    SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A F*CK : A COUNTERINTUITIVE APPROACH TO LIVING A GOOD LIFE
    MANSON MARK
    ISBN: 9781925483598
    Title: SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A F*CK : A COUNTERINTUITIVE APPROACH TO LIVING A GOOD LIFE
    Author: MANSON MARK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    EVERYTHING WE'VE BEEN TOLD ABOUT HOW TO IMPROVE OUR LIVES IS WRONG. NOW SUPERSTAR BLOGGER MARK MANSON TELLS US WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO GET IT RIGHT.

    For decades, we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. Drawing on academic research and the life experience that comes from breaking the rules, Mark Manson is ready to explode that myth. The key to a good life, according to Manson, is the understanding that 'sometimes shit is f*cked up and we have to live with it'. Manson says that instead of trying to turn lemons into lemonade, we should learn to stomach lemons better, and stop distracting ourselves from life's inevitable disappointments chasing 'shit' like money, success and possessions. It's time to re-calibrate our values and what it means to be happy: there are only so many things we can give a f*ck about, he says, so we need to figure out which ones really matter.

    From the writer whose blog draws two million readers a month and filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humour, The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck is a welcome antidote to the 'let's-all-feel-good' mindset that has infected modern society.

    'Hilarious, vulgar, and immensely thought-provoking. Only read if you're willing to set aside all excuses and take an active role in living a f*ckin better life.' Steve Kamb, bestselling author of Level Up Your Life and founder of nerdfitness.com

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • SWEPT AWAY BY WANDERLUST
    SWEPT AWAY BY WANDERLUST
    AXEL & ASH
    ISBN: 9780987449306
    Title: SWEPT AWAY BY WANDERLUST
    Author: AXEL & ASH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Swept away by WANDERLUST is a coffee table style journal that inspires you to dream and capture all your travel adventures. Full of inspiration, beautiful photography and travel motivation that ignites the wanderlust spirit, it is the perfect gift for every traveler, adventurer & life seeker. Swept away by WANDERLUST is a creatively designed book with fun, quirky writing prompts that spark you to capture your special moments before they are forgotten.

    Beautifully bound in an earthy latte-colored cloth this charming journal is for the free-spirited traveler who wants to document their journey in a chic yet simple way. With every page individually designed, this journal is full of quirky questions, fun writing prompts and list pages and is the ultimate way to capture your travel memories!

    Swept away by WANDERLUST includes:

    Before section & Summary pages | Inspiring quotes | Unique questions and thought-provoking prompts on every page | Spontaneous To-do notes | Beautiful and edgy photography from around the world | Blank pages for journaling, drawing and important scribbles | List pages to fill in during the trip: People I met Favorite restaurants etc | Bucketlist of 111 things I want to do with my one wild and precious life | A world map to trace the journey

    Imprint: AXEL AND ASH
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • TEA COFFEE AND CHOCOLATE : HOW WE FELL IN LOVE WITH CAFFEINE
    TEA COFFEE AND CHOCOLATE : HOW WE FELL IN LOVE WITH CAFFEINE
    KING MELANIE
    ISBN: 9781851244065
    Title: TEA COFFEE AND CHOCOLATE : HOW WE FELL IN LOVE WITH CAFFEINE
    Author: KING MELANIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    There are few things in the world more pleasing than a decadent cup of hot chocolate, a steaming mug of one's favorite tea, or that first wonderful sip of freshly brewed coffee. Three of the great culinary obsessions of the twenty-first century, tea, coffee, and chocolate are long-time favorites of both casual diners and foodies, But how did we become so enamored of the big three?

    In her mouthwatering new book, Melanie King offers a concise cultural history. All three beverages hail from faraway places: tea came first from China, coffee from the Middle East, and chocolate from Central America. Physicians and politicians alike were quick to comment in newspapers and popular periodicals on their supposed perils or health benefits. Readers learn that coffee was recommended in the seventeenth century as protection against the bubonic plague. Tea was thought to make women unattractive and men "unfit to do their business," while a cup of chocolate was supposed to have exactly the opposite effect on the drinker's sex life and physical appearance. As consumption of these newly discovered delicacies grew, merchants seized on the opportunity by setting up coffee houses or encouraging ever-more-elaborate tea-drinking rituals.

    Filled with fascinating and often funny anecdotes-from a goatherd whose flock became frisky after eating coffee berries to a duchess with a goblet of poisoned chocolate,Tea, Coffee & Chocolate shows how the rowdy initial reception of these drinks forms the roots of today's enduring caffeine culture

    Imprint: BODLEIAN LIBRARY
    RRP: $28.95

    Price: $28.95
  • THIS IS KANDINSKY
    THIS IS KANDINSKY
    HOWARD ANNABEL
    ISBN: 9781780675657
    Title: THIS IS KANDINSKY
    Author: HOWARD ANNABEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Intellectual, emotional, restless, dogged, loyal, selfish; Kandinsky was an artist and a man of contradictions. This genre-defying painter didnt pick up a brush until he was thirty years old. He was an academic with a promising career that he threw away to explore the arts.

    Imprint: LAURENCE KING
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • THIS IS MONET
    THIS IS MONET
    PAPPWORTH SARA
    ISBN: 9781780676234
    Title: THIS IS MONET
    Author: PAPPWORTH SARA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Claude Monet is best known as a leader of the Impressionists, his paintings defining the style that triggered a revolution in art. During the eighty-six years of his life, Monet never rested, and was always driven by the urge to paint. This book tells about Monet's work.

    Imprint: LAURENCE KING
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS - ADVICE ON LOVE AND LIFE FROM SOMEONE WHO'S BEEN THERE
    TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS - ADVICE ON LOVE AND LIFE FROM SOMEONE WHO'S BEEN THERE
    STRAYED CHERYL
    ISBN: 9781782390695
    Title: TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS - ADVICE ON LOVE AND LIFE FROM SOMEONE WHO'S BEEN THERE
    Author: STRAYED CHERYL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Rich with humor, insight, compassion - and absolute honesty - Tiny Beautful Things is a balm for everything life throws our way, from the author of Wild.

    Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you, you lose a family member, you can't pay the bills. But it can be pretty great, too: you've had the hottest sex of your life, you get that plum job, you muster the courage to write your novel. Everyday across the world, people go through the full and glorious gamut of life - but sometimes, a little advice is needed.

    For several years, thousands turned to Cheryl Strayed, a then-anonymous internet Agony Aunt. But unlike most Agony Aunts, this one's advice was spun from genuine compassion and informed by a wealth of personal experience - experience that was sometimes tragic and sometimes tender, often hilarious and often heartbreaking. Having successfully battled her own demons while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed sat down to answer the letters of the frightened, the anxious, the confused; and with each gem-like correspondence - of which the best are collected in this volume - she proved to be the perfect guide for those who had got a little lost in life.

    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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