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  • 1000 YEARS OF ANNOYING THE FRENCH
    1000 YEARS OF ANNOYING THE FRENCH
    CLARKE STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9780552779937
    Title: 1000 YEARS OF ANNOYING THE FRENCH
    Author: CLARKE STEPHEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ten centuries of French historical 'facts' bite the dust in Stephen Clarke's Sunday Times Top Five Bestseller.

    Was the Battle of Hastings a French victory? Non! William the Conqueror was Norman and hated the French. Were the Brits really responsible for the death of Joan of Arc? Non! The French sentenced her to death for wearing trousers. Was the guillotine a French invention? Non! It was invented in Yorkshire. Ten centuries' worth of French historical 'facts' bite the dust as Stephen Clarke looks at what has really been going on since 1066...

    Imprint: BLACK SWAN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 1415 : HENRY VS YEAR OF GLORY
    1415 : HENRY VS YEAR OF GLORY
    MORTIMER IAN
    ISBN: 9781845950972
    Title: 1415 : HENRY VS YEAR OF GLORY
    Author: MORTIMER IAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Henry V is regarded as the great English hero. Lionised in his own day for his victory at Agincourt, his piety and his rigorous application of justice, he was elevated by Shakespeare into a champion of English nationalism for all future generations. But what was he really like? Does he deserve to be thought of as 'the greatest man who ever ruled England?'

    In this groundbreaking and ambitious book, Ian Mortimer portrays Henry in the pivotal year of his reign. Recording the dramatic events of 1415 on a day-by-day basis, he offers the fullest, most precise and least romanticised view we have of Henry and what he did. In addition, the king's story is told against the background of other important developments in Europe, in particular the struggle for power within the Catholic Church and official attempts to eradicate any deviant religious beliefs. In so doing the reader encounters unexpected and eye-opening explanations for why Henry tried to unify the kingdoms of England and France u and why he was prepared to burn men alive as heretics.

    The result is not only a fascinating reappraisal of Henry; it brings to the fore many unpalatable truths which biographers and military historians have largely ignored. While Henry retains the essential qualities of his greatness, his legend is stripped of its Shakespearean rhetoric and compassion. At the centre of the book is the campaign which culminated in the battle of Agincourt: a slaughter ground designed not to advance England's interests directly but to demonstrate God's approval of Henry's royal authority on both sides of the Channel.

    1415 was a year of religious persecution, personal suffering and one horrendous battle. This is the story of that year, as seen over the shoulder of its most cold-hearted, most ambitious and most celebrated hero.



    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • 1492 : THE YEAR OUR WORLD BEGAN
    1492 : THE YEAR OUR WORLD BEGAN
    FERNANDEZ-ARMESTO FELIPE
    ISBN: 9781408809501
    Title: 1492 : THE YEAR OUR WORLD BEGAN
    Author: FERNANDEZ-ARMESTO FELIPE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The world would end in 1492 - so the prophets, soothsayers and stargazers said. They were right. Their world did end. Ours began. Felipe Fernandez-Armesto traces key elements of the modern world back to that single, fateful year: the way power and wealth are distributed around the globe; the way major religions and civilisations divide the world. Events that began in 1492 even transformed the whole ecological system of the planet. Our individualism and the very sense we share of inhabiting one world, as partakers in a common humanity, took shape and became visible. In search of the origins of modernity, 1492 takes readers on a journey around the globe of the time, in the company of real-life travellers, drawing the together the threads that began to bind the planet. The tour starts in Granada, where the last Islamic kingdom in Europe collapsed, then moves to Timbuktoo, where a new Muslim empire triumphed.

    With Portuguese explorers, we visit the court of the first Christian king in the southern hemisphere. We join Jews expelled from Spain as they cross the Mediterranean to North Africa, Italy and Istanbul. We see the frozen frontiers of the dynamic, bloody Russia of Ivan the Great, and hear mystical poets sing on the shores of the Indian Ocean. We observe the Aztecs and Incas lay the foundations of a New World in the Americas. Wars and witchcraft, plagues and persecutions, poetry and prophecy, science and magic, art and faith - all the glories and follies of the time are in this book.

    Everywhere, new departures marked the start of a new configuration for humankind, revealing how and why the modern world is different from the worlds of antiquity and the middle ages. History seems a patternless labyrinth - but a good guide can trace our paths through it back to the moment when some of the most striking features of today's world began.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 1606 : WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE YEAR OF LEAR
    1606 : WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE YEAR OF LEAR
    SHAPIRO JAMES
    ISBN: 9780571235797
    Title: 1606 : WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE YEAR OF LEAR
    Author: SHAPIRO JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The sequel to James Shapiro's multi-award winning bestseller 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare.

    1606 traces Shakespeare's life and work from the autumn of 1605, when he came upon an old and anonymous play - The True Chronicle History of King Leir - in one of the bookstalls near his Silver Street lodgings. From there, he traces the story's shocking and brilliant transformation into King Lear as we know it - and then to Macbeth, written in a white heat in the tumultuous spring of 1606.

    For most authors, writing and revising Lear, then rapidly composing Macbeth, would have been a lifetime's accomplishment. But Shapiro's new book goes on to explore how, with the theatres closed indefinitely in autumn 1606 because of the plague, and with time on his hands, Shakespeare began a third great tragedy, Antony and Cleopatra.

    Never before, and never again, would Shakespeare's plays explore so relentlessly the problems of aging, of losing authority, and of mortality.

    Following the biographical style of 1599, a way of thinking and writing that Shapiro has made his own, 1606 promises to be one of the most significant and accessible new works on Shakespeare in the decade to come.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 1666 : Plague War and Hellfire
    1666 : Plague War and Hellfire
    RIDEAL REBECCA
    ISBN: 9781473623545
    Title: 1666 : Plague War and Hellfire
    Author: RIDEAL REBECCA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: MAY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    1666 was a watershed year for England. It was the year of the Great Plague; the eruption of the second Dutch War, the clash between two great powers which ultimately ended in one of the English military's most humiliating defeats; and the Great Fire. It is a year in which no single event existed alone and which, in many ways, gave shape to the country we know today.

    1666: PLAGUE, WAR AND HELLFIRE shines a light on these dramatic events to reveal an unprecedented period of terror and triumph, in a book full of extraordinary characters and teeming life.

    Imprint: JOHN MURRAY
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 1787 : THE LOST CHAPTERS OF AUSTRALIAS BEGINNINGS
    1787 : THE LOST CHAPTERS OF AUSTRALIAS BEGINNINGS
    BRODIE NICK
    ISBN: 9781743791608
    Title: 1787 : THE LOST CHAPTERS OF AUSTRALIAS BEGINNINGS
    Author: BRODIE NICK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For over 200 years Australia’s official history has focused on English colonisation and ‘discovery’, with tales of British explorers and first generation white Australians navigating the vast and unfriendly land. But what of the millennia before the English claimed Australia as their own and wrote the history books. 1787 traces the journey of Australia before the infamous 1788 date, to explore just how ‘discovered’ the southern continent was by not only the Indigenous Australians who had lived and prospered for thousands of years, but also the sailors, traders, fishermen and many others who had visited our shores.

    This is not about voyages of ‘discovery’, cartography, geography, or hero-captains and their sailing ship adventures. This is a bigger history—of the rise and fall of empires, the shifts in global economies, and their impact on Australia. By charting the encounters with Australia and its original people by several major groups of visitors, primarily the Portuguese, Dutch, Malay, French, and British from the late Middle Ages, 1787 reveals the stories of first encounters between Indigenous Australians and foreigners, placing Indigenous Australians back into our known history rather than a timeless pre-historical one. It’s a fascinating story that shifts focus away from post-colonial history and engages the reader in the eventful and lively stories of Australia as a vast and active land participating in a global history.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 1812 : NAPOLEONS FATAL MARCH ON MOSCOW
    1812 : NAPOLEONS FATAL MARCH ON MOSCOW
    ZAMOYSKI ADAM
    ISBN: 9780007123742
    Title: 1812 : NAPOLEONS FATAL MARCH ON MOSCOW
    Author: ZAMOYSKI ADAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Sunday Times bestselling account of Napoleon's invasion of Russia and eventual retreat from Moscow, events that had a profound effect on the subsequent course of Russian and European history.

    The saga of Napoleon's invasion of Russia and catastrophic retreat from Moscow has both fascinated military historians and captured the imagination of millions on an emotional and human level.

    1812 tells the story of how the most powerful man on earth met his doom, and how the greatest fighting force ever assembled was wiped out. Over 400,000 French and Allied troops died on the disastrous Russian campaign, with the vast majority of the casualties occuring during the frigid winter retreat. Adam Zamoyski tells their story with incredible detail and sympathy, drawing on a wealth of first-hand accounts of the tragedy to create a vivid portrait of an unimaginable catastrophe. By 1810 Napoleon was master of Europe, defied only by Britain and its naval power. His intention was to destroy Britain through a total blockade, the Continental System. But Tsar Alexander of Russia refused to apply the blockade, and Napoleon decided to bring him to heel. The brutality of the following military campaign and the importance of its ramifications on Russian, French, German and, indeed, European history and culture cannot be understated.

    Adam Zamoyski's epic, enthralling narrative is the definitive account of the events of that dramatic year.

    Imprint: COLLINS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 1861 : THE CIVIL WAR AWAKENING
    1861 : THE CIVIL WAR AWAKENING
    GOODHEART ADAM
    ISBN: 9781400032198
    Title: 1861 : THE CIVIL WAR AWAKENING
    Author: GOODHEART ADAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields, " 1861" is Adam Goodheart's account of how the Civil War began and a second American revolution unfolded, setting Abraham Lincoln on the path to greatness and millions of slaves on the road to freedom. In this gripping and original book, Goodheart introduces us to a heretofore little-known cast of Civil War heroes--among them an acrobatic militia colonel, an explorer's wife, an idealistic band of German immigrants, a regiment of New York City firemen, a community of Virginia slaves, and a young college professor who would one day become president. Their stories take us from the corridors of the White House to the slums of Manhattan, from the waters of the Chesapeake to the deserts of Nevada, from Boston Common to Alcatraz Island, vividly evoking the Union at its moment of ultimate crisis and decision.


    Imprint: VINTAGE U.S.A.
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • 1914 : THE YEAR THE WORLD ENDED
    1914 : THE YEAR THE WORLD ENDED
    HAM PAUL
    ISBN: 9781864711431
    Title: 1914 : THE YEAR THE WORLD ENDED
    Author: HAM PAUL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Few years can justly be said to have transformed the earth: 1914 did.

    In July that year, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Russia, Britain and France were poised to plunge the world into a war that would kill or wound 37 million people, tear down the fabric of society, uproot ancient political systems and set the course for the bloodiest century in human history. In the longer run, the events of 1914 set the world on the path toward the Russian Revolution, the Treaty of Versailles, the rise of Nazism and the Cold War. In 1914: The Year the World Ended, award-winning historian Paul Ham tells the story of the outbreak of the Great War from German, British, French, Austria-Hungarian, Russian and Serbian perspectives.Along the way, he debunks several stubborn myths. European leaders, for example, did not stumble or 'sleepwalk' into war, as many suppose. They fully understood that a small conflict in the Balkans - the tinderbox at the heart of the continent - could spark a European war. They well knew what their weapons could do. Yet they carried on. They accepted - and, in some cases, even seemed to relish - what they saw as an inevitable clash of arms. They planned and mapped every station on the path to oblivion. These pied pipers of the apocalypse chose war in the full knowledge that millions would follow, and die, on their orders.

    1914: The Year the World Ended seeks to answer the most vexing question of the 20th century: Why did European governments decide to condemn the best part of a generation of young men to the trenches and four years of slaughter, during which 8.5 million would die?

    Imprint: WILLIAM HEINEMAN
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • 1939 : THE LAST SEASON
    1939 : THE LAST SEASON
    DE COURCY ANNE
    ISBN: 9780753816721
    Title: 1939 : THE LAST SEASON
    Author: DE COURCY ANNE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The Season of 1939 brought all those 'in Society' to London. The young debutante daughters of the upper classes were presented to the King and Queen to mark their acceptance into the new adult world of their parents. They sparkled their way through a succession of balls and parties and sporting events. The Season brought together influential people not only from Society but also from Government at the various events of the social calendar. Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain chaperoned his debutante niece to weekend house parties; Lord Halifax, the Foreign Secretary, lunched with the Headmaster of Eton; Cabinet Ministers encountered foreign Ambassadors at balls in the houses of the great hostesses. As the hot summer drew on, the newspapers filled with ever more ominous reports of the relentless progress towards war. There was nothing to do but wait - and dance. The last seaon of peace was nearly over.

    Imprint: PHOENIX
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 1946
    1946
    SEBESTYEN VICTOR
    ISBN: 9780330544856
    Title: 1946
    Author: SEBESTYEN VICTOR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    With the end of the Second World War, a new world was born. The peace agreements that brought the conflict to an end implemented decisions that not only shaped the second half of the twentieth century, but continue to affect our world today and impact on its future. In 1946 the Cold War began, the state of Israel was conceived, the independence of India was all but confirmed and Chinese Communists gained a decisive upper hand in their fight for power. It was a pivotal year in modern history in which countries were reborn and created, national and ideological boundaries were redrawn and people across the globe began to rebuild their lives.

    In this remarkable history, the foreign correspondent and historian Victor Sebestyen draws on contemporary documents from around the world - including Stalin's personal notes from the Potsdam peace conference - to examine what lay behind the political decision-making. Sebestyen uses a vast array of archival material and personal testimonies to explore how the lives of generations of people across continents were shaped by the events of 1946. Taking readers from Berlin to London, from Paris to Moscow, from Washington to Jerusalem and from Delhi to Shanghai, this is a vivid and wide-ranging account of both powerbrokers and ordinary men and women from an acclaimed author.

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • A IS FOR ARSENIC : THE POISONS OF AGATHA CHRISTIE
    A IS FOR ARSENIC : THE POISONS OF AGATHA CHRISTIE
    HARKUP KATHRYN
    ISBN: 9781472911322
    Title: A IS FOR ARSENIC : THE POISONS OF AGATHA CHRISTIE
    Author: HARKUP KATHRYN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Fourteen novels. Fourteen poisons. Just because it's fiction doesn't mean its all made-up


    Agatha Christie's detailed plotting is what makes her books so compelling. Christie used poison to kill her characters more often than any other murder method, with the poison itself being a central part of the novel, and her choice of deadly substances was far from random; the chemical and physiological characteristics of each poison provide vital clues to discovery of the murderer. With gunshots or stabbings the cause of death is obvious, but not so with poisons. How is it that some compounds prove so deadly, and in such tiny amounts?

    Christie demonstrated her extensive chemical knowledge (much of it gleaned from her working in a chemists during both world wars) in many of her novels, but this is rarely appreciated by the reader. A is for Arsenic celebrates the use of science in Christie's work. Written by Christie fan and research chemist Kathryn Harkup, each chapter takes a different novel and investigates the poison (or poisons) the murderer used. A is for Arsenic looks at why certain chemicals kill, how they interact with the body, and the feasibility of obtaining, administering and detecting these poisons, both at the time the novel was written and today. This book is published as part of the 125th anniversary celebration of Christie's birth.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ABDUCTING A GENERAL : THE KREIPE OPERATION AND SOE IN CRETE
    ABDUCTING A GENERAL : THE KREIPE OPERATION AND SOE IN CRETE
    FERMOR PATRICK LEIGH
    ISBN: 9781444796605
    Title: ABDUCTING A GENERAL : THE KREIPE OPERATION AND SOE IN CRETE
    Author: FERMOR PATRICK LEIGH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A daring behind-enemy-lines mission from the author of A Time of Gifts and The Broken Road, who was once described by the BBC as 'a cross between Indiana Jones, James Bond and Graham Greene'.

    Although a story often told, this is the first time Patrick Leigh Fermor's own account of the kidnapping of General Kriepe, has been published.

    One of the greatest feats in Patrick Leigh Fermor's remarkable life was the kidnapping of General Kreipe, the German commander in Crete, on 26 April 1944. He and Captain Billy Moss hatched a daring plan to abduct the general, while ensuring that no reprisals were taken against the Cretan population. Dressed as German military police, they stopped and took control of Kreipe's car, drove through twenty-two German checkpoints, then succeeded in hiding from the German army before finally being picked up on a beach in the south of the island and transported to safety in Egypt on 14 May.

    Abducting a General is Leigh Fermor's own account of the kidnap, published for the first time. Written in his inimitable prose, and introduced by acclaimed Special Operations Executive historian Roderick Bailey, it is a glorious first-hand account of one of the great adventures of the Second World War. Also included in this book are Leigh Fermor's intelligence reports, sent from caves deep within Crete yet still retaining his remarkable prose skills, which bring the immediacy of SOE operations vividly alive, as well as the peril which the SOE and Resistance were operating under; and a guide to the journey that Kreipe was taken on, as seen in the 1957 film Ill Met by Moonlight starring Dirk Bogarde, from the abandonment of his car to the embarkation site so that the modern visitor can relive this extraordinary event.

    Imprint: HODDER HEADLINE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ADMIRAL COLLINGWOOD : NELSONS OWN HERO
    ADMIRAL COLLINGWOOD : NELSONS OWN HERO
    ADAMS MAX
    ISBN: 9781784081942
    Title: ADMIRAL COLLINGWOOD : NELSONS OWN HERO
    Author: ADAMS MAX
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: MAY 2015 NEW RELEASE


    An intimate portrait of a forgotten commander of Britain's maritime golden age, which brings to authentic life the world of Jack Aubrey and Horatio Hornblower. Admiral Lord Collingwood, the eldest son of a Newcastle merchant, went to sea in 76 at the age of thirteen. In his nearly fifty years in the Navy he rose to become a fine seaman, a master of gunnery, a battle commander the equal of his friend - and rival in love - Nelson. He was also an accomplished writer and wit, a doting father, inveterate gossip and consummate diplomat and strategist. Collingwood's service took him to Boston, where he lived and fought during the American War of Independence; to Antigua, where he and Nelson both fell in love with Mary Moutray; to Corsica; Sicily; and Menorca, where he began as a young midshipman and ended his career as the effective viceroy of the Mediterranean. ADMIRAL COLLINGWOOD is an intimate portrait of a forgotten British naval hero and a thrilling portrait of the glory years of the age of sail.

    Imprint: HEAD OF ZEUS
    RRP: $54.99

    Price: $54.99
  • ADVENTURES IN STATIONERY : A JOURNEY THROUGH YOUR PENCIL CASE
    ADVENTURES IN STATIONERY : A JOURNEY THROUGH YOUR PENCIL CASE
    WARD JAMES
    ISBN: 9781846686160
    Title: ADVENTURES IN STATIONERY : A JOURNEY THROUGH YOUR PENCIL CASE
    Author: WARD JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    We are surrounded by stationery: half-chewed Cristal Bics and bent paper clips, rubber bands to fiddle with or ping, blunt pencils, rubbers and Tipp-ex are integral parts of our everyday environment. So much so that we never think about where they come from, why they are the way they are - or what stories they might have to tell.

    But luckily, James Ward does and he's here to tell you all about the secret pull stationery exerts on our lives. After all, who remains unmoved by the sight of a pristine blu-tak slab, or the first unmarked sheet of a brand new notepad? And which of humanity's brightest ideas didn't start life on a scrap of paper, a Post-it, or in the margins of a notebook?

    Exploring the stories behind these everyday objects, Ward reveals tales of invention - accidental and brilliant - and bitter rivalry. He also asks the questions you never thought you had: Who is Mr Pritt? What does shatter-proof resistant mean? How many pens does Argos use? And what does design evolutions in desk organisers mean for society?

    This witty and entertaining book, packed with fascinating facts, will change the way you look at your desk, pencil case or stationery cupboard forever.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AFGHANISTAN : AUSTRALIAS WAR
    AFGHANISTAN : AUSTRALIAS WAR
    MCPHEDRAN IAN
    ISBN: 9780732299132
    Title: AFGHANISTAN : AUSTRALIAS WAR
    Author: MCPHEDRAN IAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Featuring the stunning images of photographer Gary Ramage, and the words of Ian McPhedran, this book is an emotional, graphic, very moving and comprehensive record of the ten years of Australia's war in Afghanistan. Australia's War in Afghanistan is an extraordinary visual record which recognizes and celebrates the significant contribution that Australian troops have made to the conflict in Afghanistan over the past ten years.

    Featuring the stunning images of award-winning photographer Gary Ramage, and the words of best-selling defence writer Ian McPhedran, this book is a stunning, moving and comprehensive record of the war. Over the course of the last ten years, Gary Ramage has travelled extensively with both the United States and the Australian Army in Afghanistan as a civilian and news photographer. Living alongside the soldiers, he has captured images of the battles, the men, and the landscape. His photographs are stunning - powerful, moving, gut-wrenching. They speak of the dirt, blood and the grit of war, of comrades-in-arms, the power of mateship. They also show many unexpected moments of tenderness: a malnourished baby in the arms of a soldier; a child's hand pressed to a window as soldiers march by; a soldier and his dog sleeping together on the ground for warmth. These are the juxtapositions which make his photographs so memorable. He photographs the whole war - not only the battles and their bloody aftermath, but the landscape, the towns, the people, the patrols, the barracks, and the bases. This is Australia's war in Afghanistan.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
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