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  • SEA AND CIVILIZATION : A MARITIME HISTORY OF THE WORLD
    SEA AND CIVILIZATION : A MARITIME HISTORY OF THE WORLD
    PAINE LINCOLN
    ISBN: 9781782393580
    Title: SEA AND CIVILIZATION : A MARITIME HISTORY OF THE WORLD
    Author: PAINE LINCOLN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A monumental, wholly accessible work of scholarship that retells human history through the story of mankind's relationship with the sea...An accomplishment of both great sweep and illuminating detail, The Sea and Civilization is a stunning work of history that reveals in breathtaking depth how people first came into contact with one another by ocean and river, and how goods, languages, religions, and entire cultures spread across and along the world's waterways.

    Lincoln Paine takes us back to the origins of long-distance migration by sea with our ancestors' first forays from Africa and Eurasia to Australia and the Americas. He demonstrates the critical role of maritime trade to the civilizations of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, and the Indus Valley. He reacquaints us with the great seafaring cultures of antiquity like those of the Phoenicians and Greeks, as well as those of India, Southeast and East Asia who parlayed their navigational skills, shipbuilding techniques, and commercial acumen to establish vibrant overseas colonies and trade routes in the centuries leading up to the age of European overseas expansion. His narrative traces subsequent developments in commercial and naval shipping through the post-Cold War era. Above all, Paine makes clear how the rise and fall of civilizations can be traced to the sea.

    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • SEA OF DANGERS : CAPTAIN COOK AND HIS RIVALS
    SEA OF DANGERS : CAPTAIN COOK AND HIS RIVALS
    BLAINEY GEOFFERY
    ISBN: 9780143204893
    Title: SEA OF DANGERS : CAPTAIN COOK AND HIS RIVALS
    Author: BLAINEY GEOFFERY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Two ships set out in search of a missing continent: the St Jean-Baptiste, a French merchant ship commanded by Jean de Surville, and the Endeavour, a small British naval vessel captained by James Cook. Distinguished historian Geoffrey Blainey tells the story of these rival ships and the men who sailed them. Just before Christmas 1769, the two captains were almost close enough to see one another - and yet they did not know of each other's existence. Both crews battled extreme hardships but also experienced the euphoria of 'discovering' new lands. Sea of Dangers is the most revealing narrative so far written of Cook's astonishing voyage. It also casts new light on the little-known journey by de Surville; Blainey argues that he was in the vicinity of Sydney Harbour months before Cook arrived.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $26.95

    Price: $26.95
  • SEASHAKEN HOUSES : A Lighthouse History from Eddystone to Fastnet
    SEASHAKEN HOUSES : A Lighthouse History from Eddystone to Fastnet
    NANCOLLAS TOM
    ISBN: 9781846149375
    Title: SEASHAKEN HOUSES : A Lighthouse History from Eddystone to Fastnet
    Author: NANCOLLAS TOM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Lighthouses are striking totems of our relationship to the sea. For many, they encapsulate a romantic vision of solitary homes amongst the waves, but their original purpose was much more utilitarian than that. Today we still depend upon their guiding lights for the safe passage of ships. Nowhere is this truer than in the rock lighthouses of Great Britain and Ireland which form a ring of nineteen towers built between 1811 and 1905, so-called because they were constructed on desolate rock formations in the middle of the sea, and made of granite to withstand the power of its waves.

    Seashaken Houses is a lyrical exploration of these singular towers, the people who risked their lives building and rebuilding them, those that inhabited their circular rooms, and the ways in which we value emblems of our history in a changing world.

    Imprint: PARTICULAR BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • SECOND HAND TIME : AN ORAL HISTORY OF THE FALL OF THE SOVIET UNION
    SECOND HAND TIME : AN ORAL HISTORY OF THE FALL OF THE SOVIET UNION
    ALEXIEVICH SVETLANA
    ISBN: 9781925355567
    Title: SECOND HAND TIME : AN ORAL HISTORY OF THE FALL OF THE SOVIET UNION
    Author: ALEXIEVICH SVETLANA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the 2015 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Svetlana Alexievich, comes the first English translation of her latest work, an oral history of the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the emergence of a new Russia.

    Bringing together dozens of voices in her distinctive documentary style, Second-Hand Time is a monument to the collapse of the USSR, charting the decline of Soviet culture and speculating on what will rise from the ashes of Communism.

    As in all her books, Alexievich gives voice to women and men whose stories are lost in the official narratives of nation-states, creating a powerful alternative history from the personal and private stories of individuals.



    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $34.99
    Price: $34.99
  • SECOND WORLD WAR
    SECOND WORLD WAR
    BEEVOR ANTONY
    ISBN: 9781780225647
    Title: SECOND WORLD WAR
    Author: BEEVOR ANTONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Second World War began in August 1939 on the edge of Manchuria and ended there exactly six years later with the Soviet invasion of northern China. The war in Europe appeared completely divorced from the war in the Pacific and China, and yet events on opposite sides of the world had profound effects. Using the most up-to-date scholarship and research, Beevor assembles the whole picture in a gripping narrative that extends from the North Atlantic to the South Pacific and from the snowbound steppe to the North African Desert. Although filling the broadest canvas on a heroic scale, Beevor's THE SECOND WORLD WAR never loses sight of the fate of the ordinary soldiers and civilians whose lives were crushed by the titanic forces unleashed in this, the most terrible war in history.

    Imprint: PHOENIX
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • SECRET CODE BREAKERS OF CENTRAL BUREAU : How Australia's Signals-Intelligence Network Shortened the Pacific War - 2ND HAND
    SECRET CODE BREAKERS OF CENTRAL BUREAU : How Australia's Signals-Intelligence Network Shortened the Pacific War - 2ND HAND
    DUFTY DAVID
    ISBN: 9781925322187
    Title: SECRET CODE BREAKERS OF CENTRAL BUREAU : How Australia's Signals-Intelligence Network Shortened the Pacific War - 2ND HAND
    Author: DUFTY DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A groundbreaking work of Australian military history, The Code-Breakers of Central Bureau tells the story of the country's significant code-breaking and signals-intelligence achievements during the Second World War. It reveals how Australians built a large and sophisticated intelligence network from scratch, how Australian code-breakers cracked Japanese army and air force codes, and how the code-breakers played a vital role in the battles of Midway, Milne Bay, the Coral Sea, Hollandia, and Leyte.The book also reveals Australian involvement in the shooting down of Admiral Yamamoto near Bougainville in 1943, and how on 14 August 1945, following Japan's offer of surrender, an Australian intelligence officer established the Allies' first direct radio contact with Japan since the war had begun.

    This is a rich historical account of a secret and little-understood side of the war, interwoven with lively personalities and personal stories. It is the story of Australia's version of Bletchley Park, of talented and dedicated individuals who significantly influenced the course of the Pacific War.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • SECRET LANGUAGE : CODES TRICKS SPIES THIEVES AND SYMBOLS
    SECRET LANGUAGE : CODES TRICKS SPIES THIEVES AND SYMBOLS
    BLAKE BARRY J
    ISBN: 9780199691623
    Title: SECRET LANGUAGE : CODES TRICKS SPIES THIEVES AND SYMBOLS
    Author: BLAKE BARRY J
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • SECRET LIFE OF FRANCE
    SECRET LIFE OF FRANCE
    WADHAM LUCY
    ISBN: 9780571308842
    Title: SECRET LIFE OF FRANCE
    Author: WADHAM LUCY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    At the age of eighteen Lucy Wadham ran away from English boys and into the arms of a Frenchman. Twenty-five years later, having married in a French Catholic Church, put her children through the French educational system and divorced in a French court of law, Wadham is perfectly placed to explore the differences between Britain and france.

    Using both her personal experiences and the lessons of French history and culture, she examines every aspect of French life - from sex and adultery to money, happiness, race and politics - in this funny and engrossing account of our most intriguing neighbour.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • SECRET LIFE OF TREES : HOW THEY LIVE AND WHY THEY MATTER
    SECRET LIFE OF TREES : HOW THEY LIVE AND WHY THEY MATTER
    TUDGE COLIN
    ISBN: 9780141012933
    Title: SECRET LIFE OF TREES : HOW THEY LIVE AND WHY THEY MATTER
    Author: TUDGE COLIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Everyone interested in the natural world will enjoy The Secret Life of Trees. I found myself reading out whole chunks to friends' The Times, Books of the Year

    What is a tree? As this celebration of the trees shows, they are our countryside; our ancestors descended from them; they gave us air to breathe. Yet while the stories of trees are as plentiful as leaves in a forest, they are rarely told.

    Here, Colin Tudge travels from his own back garden round the world to explore the beauty, variety and ingenuity of trees everywhere: from how they live so long to how they talk to each other and why they came to exist in the first place. Lyrical and evocative, this book will make everyone fall in love with the trees around them.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • SECRET LIVES OF COLOUR
    SECRET LIVES OF COLOUR
    ST CLAIR KASSIA
    ISBN: 9781473630833
    Title: SECRET LIVES OF COLOUR
    Author: ST CLAIR KASSIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    The unforgettable history of colours and the vivid stories behind them in a beautiful multi-coloured volume

    'A mind-expanding tour of the world without leaving your paintbox. Every colour has a story, and here are some of the most alluring, alarming, and thought-provoking. Very hard painting the hallway magnolia after this inspiring primer.'
    Simon Garfield


    THE SECRET LIVES OF COLOUR tells the unusual stories of the 75 most fascinating shades, dyes and hues. From blonde to ginger, the brown that changed the way battles were fought to the white that protected against the plague, Picasso's blue period to the charcoal on the cave walls at Lascaux, acid yellow to kelly green, and from scarlet women to imperial purple, these surprising stories run like a bright thread throughout history.

    In this book Kassia St Clair has turned her lifelong obsession with colours and where they come from (whether Van Gogh's chrome yellow sunflowers or punk's fluorescent pink) into a unique study of human civilisation. Across fashion and politics, art and war, The Secret Lives of Colour tell the vivid story of our culture.

    Imprint: JOHN MURRAY
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • SECRET NETWORK OF NATURE : The Delicate Balance of All Living Things
    SECRET NETWORK OF NATURE : The Delicate Balance of All Living Things
    WOHLLEBEN PETER
    ISBN: 9781847925251
    Title: SECRET NETWORK OF NATURE : The Delicate Balance of All Living Things
    Author: WOHLLEBEN PETER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees and The Inner Life of Animals, a book that explores the invisible connections that maintain the balance of the entire natural world.

    Did you know that trees can make clouds?
    Or that a change in wolf population can alter the course of a river?
    Or that earth worms give wild boar directions?

    The natural world is a web of intricate connections, many of which go unnoticed by humans. But it is these connections that maintain nature's finely balanced equilibrium, and tinkering with one tiny element can set off a chain reaction that affects an entire ecosystem.

    In The Secret Network of Nature, forester and bestselling author Peter Wohlleben opens our eyes to surprising connections and unlikely partnerships in nature. We'll see how different animals, plants, rivers, rocks and weather systems co-operate, and what happens when these delicate systems are unbalanced.

    Imprint: BODLEY HEAD
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • SECRET TWENTIES : British Intelligence the Russians and the Jazz Age
    SECRET TWENTIES : British Intelligence the Russians and the Jazz Age
    PHILLIPS TIMOTHY
    ISBN: 9781847082510
    Title: SECRET TWENTIES : British Intelligence the Russians and the Jazz Age
    Author: PHILLIPS TIMOTHY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    At the height of the hedonistic Jazz Age, many in British society became convinced that they were under attack from the new Soviet state. Still reeling from the Russian revolution of 1917, disturbed by the development of militant workers movements at home, and deeply paranoid about the recent wave of Russian immigration to the UK, the British government tasked the intelligence services to look for evidence of espionage.

    Over the next decade, as the political pressure mounted, the spooks began to cast their net of suspicion wider, to include not only suspect Russians, but British aristocrats, Bloomsbury artists, ordinary workers, and even members of parliament. It was the biggest spying operation in British Intelligence's peacetime history to date, undertaken with enthusiastic support from anti-Red crusaders like Winston Churchill, and its ramifications were profound. On the strength of the evidence uncovered, Britain deported hundreds of Russians and broke off diplomatic links with Moscow for more than two years. This was the first Cold War, and it not only set the rules of engagement for Russia and Britain for decades to come, but also sent shockwaves through the British establishment, bringing down a government and ending careers. Drawing on a wealth of recently declassified and previously unseen material, Timothy Phillips uncovers a world of suspicion and extremism, bureaucracy and betrayal set against the sparkling backdrop of cocktail-era London. The Secret Twenties shines fresh light on a glamorous decade, and offers a gripping account of the lives of the first Soviet spies, the British Secret Services that pursued them and the double agents in their midst.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • SECRET TWENTIES : British Intelligence the Russians and the Jazz Age
    SECRET TWENTIES : British Intelligence the Russians and the Jazz Age
    PHILLIPS TIMOTHY
    ISBN: 9781847083289
    Title: SECRET TWENTIES : British Intelligence the Russians and the Jazz Age
    Author: PHILLIPS TIMOTHY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2018 NEW RELEASE

    The true story of espionage and counter-espionage in London's roaring twenties.

    In the 1920s, many in the British establishment became convinced that their way of life was being threatened by the new Soviet state. The British government launched vast spying operations in response, carrying out surveillance on not only suspect Russians, but British aristocrats, Bloomsbury artists, ordinary workers and even MPs. What they discovered had profound ramifications for the whole of British society, dividing the nation and laying the foundations for the later Cold War.

    Drawing on a wealth of recently declassified archives, The Secret Twenties tells the story of the first Soviet spies and the double agents in their midst, all of it set against the sparkling backdrop of cocktail-era London.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • SECRET WAR : SPIES CODES AND GUERRILLAS 1939 - 1945
    SECRET WAR : SPIES CODES AND GUERRILLAS 1939 - 1945
    HASTINGS MAX
    ISBN: 9780007503902
    Title: SECRET WAR : SPIES CODES AND GUERRILLAS 1939 - 1945
    Author: HASTINGS MAX
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Examining the espionage and intelligence stories in World War II, on a global basis, bringing together the British, American, German, Russian and Japanese histories.

    In The Secret War, Max Hastings examines the espionage and intelligence machines of all sides in World War II, and the impact of spies, code-breakers and partisan operations on events. Written on a global scale, the book brings together accounts from British, American, German, Russian and Japanese sources to tell the story of a secret war waged unceasingly by men and women often far from the battlefields but whose actions profoundly influenced the outcome.

    Returning to the Second World War for the first time since his best-selling All Hell Let Loose, Hastings weaves into a ‘big picture’ framework, the human stories of spies and intelligence officers who served their respective masters. Told through a series of snapshots of key moments, the book looks closely at Soviet espionage operations which dwarfed those of every other belligerent in scale, as well as the code-breaking operation at Bletchley Park – the greatest intelligence achievement of the conflict – with many more surprising and unfamiliar tales of treachery, deception, betrayal and incompetence by spies of Axis, Allied or indeterminate loyalty.

    Imprint: COLLINS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • SECRET WORLD : A History of Intelligence
    SECRET WORLD : A History of Intelligence
    ANDREW CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9780713993660
    Title: SECRET WORLD : A History of Intelligence
    Author: ANDREW CHRISTOPHER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A stupendous history of intelligence and its uses, showing how it has frequently changed the course of history - by the world's leading historian of intelligence.

    'God sent out spies into the land of Canaan'.

    The first mention of espionage in world literature is in the Book of Exodus. From there, Christopher Andrew traces shift in the ancient world from divination to what we would recognise as attempts to gather real intelligence in the conduct of military operations, and considers how far ahead of the West - at that time - China and India were. He charts the development of intelligence and security operations and capacity through, amongst others, Renaissance Venice, Elizabethan England, Revolutionary America, Napoleonic France, right up to sophisticated modern activities of which he is the world's best-informed interpreter. What difference have security and intelligence operations made to course of history? This fascinating book provides the answers.

    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $69.99
  • SEVEN DEADLY SINS AND ONE VERY NAUGHTY FRUIT
    SEVEN DEADLY SINS AND ONE VERY NAUGHTY FRUIT
    ROBINS MIKEY
    ISBN: 9781925750164
    Title: SEVEN DEADLY SINS AND ONE VERY NAUGHTY FRUIT
    Author: ROBINS MIKEY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A fascinating, funny and downright bizarre survey of culinary oddities by one of Australia’s most beloved comedians.

    In this irreverent romp through the history of food via the Seven Deadly Sins, Mikey Robins uncovers the most bizarre food-related stories of all time. From the Ancient Egyptians to the Romans, from the medieval monarchs to our current obsession with celebrity chefs, our forebears have left their mark on our habits and social mores, our plates and our palates, telling us one truth above all: where there is food, there is folly.

    On the topic of GLUTTONY,Mikey exposes our obsession with outlandish overconsumption and the thrill of competitive eating. PRIDEreveals some of the most arrogant dinner hosts in history, and how the once humble chef has now achieved rock-god status. LUST sheds light on our aphrodisiac fixations and the most desired foods through time. SLOTH charts the curious evolution of the fork and the etiquette of flatulence. WRATH tells of sausage duels and poisonous spite, while GREED will make you blush at the indulgences of the rich and famous. And who hasn’t experienced ENVY when your dining companion’s plate sings while yours sputters?

    Mikey Robins is your personal guide down history’s gullet and into the underbelly of our wildest desires, darkest fears and guiltiest pleasures.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
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