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  • 10 THINGS GIRLS NEED MOST
    10 THINGS GIRLS NEED MOST
    BIDDULPH STEVE
    ISBN: 9781925048841
    Title: 10 THINGS GIRLS NEED MOST
    Author: BIDDULPH STEVE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Steve Biddulph writes: '10 Things Girls Need Most is a revolution. For 40 years I've worked with parents in groups - and it is so much fun and so moving that I would love to do that with every parent in the world. But I can't! So 10 Things Girls Need Most aims to be the next best thing. This is a special kind of book. You can read it straight through and get great ideas for raising your daughter. But it also offers something extra that can give you so much more. On many pages you will find opportunities to interact. These are very simple - just a list to tick, or a couple of questions to respond to. These interactive tasks immediately get you thinking about your own life, your family and, of course, your daughter. 10 Things Girls Need Most is a dual gift. It provides the very best information that we have about girls growing up today - and, alongside, are interactive tasks and self-exploration practices will help you to put that into practice. '

    How does the content differ from Steve Biddulph's Raising Girls?

    SB: 'This is a whole new book on girls, and it has grown out of years of online discussions which have gone deeper and further than much of the coverage in Steve Biddulph's Raising Girls. It is a reflection of the issues that parents want to explore in more depth. Many of these are new.'

    Why is this called an interactive companion to Steve Biddulph's Raising Girls?

    SB: 'We found that parents were keen to share their experiences and concerns online. So this new book includes opportunities for parents to consider topics with more depth, courtesy of the reader-response style. The interactivity is a totally new concept. Focus groups have found it quite profound - as there are opportunities for the reader to respond to questions in the text. In this way it is a companion to Steve Biddulph's Raising Girls, exploring many of the same areas but with the added dimension of parent involvement and response to the questions.

    Steve Biddulph says: '

    The aim of this book is twofold. Firstly, to help you understand how daughters grow and thrive, and to be confident in raising your own. To lay down the foundations of good mental health early in your daughter's life, and to keep her strong all the way through. And secondly, to enlist you in the new wave of feminism, fighting against a world that is so toxic to our kids.'

    'We have the potential to change the world our daughters face. Girls are being exploited. We need to challenge the companies worldwide that profit from making girls insecure and compliant through manipulative marketing.

    'This book helps parents understand how we can win back girlhood - happy, wild and free. It's the core of individuality and self-belief - and is the new feminism that we want for our daughters.

    'It tackles the most important mental health risk in the world today - the harm that is being inflicted on girls and young women. The exploitation of it starts with babyhood and rockets through primary school and into the teens.'

    Imprint: FINCH PUBLISHING
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AFTER
    AFTER
    GEMMELL NIKKI
    ISBN: 9781460753057
    Title: AFTER
    Author: GEMMELL NIKKI
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australia's bravest and most honest writer explores the devastating aftermath of her elderly mother's decision to end her own life.


    Nikki Gemmell's world changed forever in October 2015 when the body of her elderly mother was found and it became clear she had decided to end her own life. After the immediate shock and devastation came the guilt and the horror, for Nikki, her family, relatives and friends. No note was left, so the questions that Elayn's death raised were endless. Was the decision an act of independence or the very opposite? Was it a desperate act driven by hopelessness and anger, or was her euthanasia a reasoned act of empowerment?

    After is the story of Elayn Gemmell - and the often difficult, prickly relationship between mothers and daughters, and how that changes over time. As anguished as it truthful, as powerful as it is profound, After is about life, death, elderly parents, mothers and daughters, hurt and healing, and about how little, sometimes, we know the ones we love the most.

    A deeply intimate, fiercely beautiful, blazingly bold and important book.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ANCESTORS TALE : A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life
    ANCESTORS TALE : A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life
    DAWKINS RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781474606455
    Title: ANCESTORS TALE : A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life
    Author: DAWKINS RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A fully updated edition of one of the most original accounts of evolution ever written, featuring new fractal diagrams, six new 'tales' and the latest scientific developments.

    THE ANCESTOR'S TALE is a dazzling, four-billion-year pilgrimage to the origins of life: Richard Dawkins and Yan Wong take us on an exhilarating reverse journey through evolution, from present-day humans back to the microbial beginnings of life. It is a journey happily interrupted by meetings of fellow modern animals (as well as plants, fungi and bacteria) similarly tracing their evolutionary path back through history. As each evolutionary pilgrim tells their tale, Dawkins and Wong shed light on topics such as speciation, sexual selection and extinction.

    Written with unparalleled wit, clarity and intelligence; taking in new scientific discoveries of the past decade; and including new 'tales', illustrations and fractal diagrams, THE ANCESTOR'S TALE shows us how remarkable we are, how astonishing our history, and how intimate our relationship with the rest of the living world.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • ARROWOOD
    ARROWOOD
    FINLAY MICK
    ISBN: 9780008203191
    Title: ARROWOOD
    Author: FINLAY MICK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    London Society takes their problems to Sherlock Holmes. Everyone else goes to Arrowood.

    The Afghan War is over, a deal with the Irish appears to have brought an end to sectarian violence, but Britain’s position in the world is uncertain and the gap between rich and poor is widening. London is a place where the wealthy party while the underclass are tempted into lives of crime, drugs and prostitution. A serial killer stalks the streets. Politicians are embroiled in financial and sexual scandals. The year is 1895.The police don’t have the resources to deal with everything that goes on in the capital. The rich turn to a celebrated private detective when they need help. Sherlock Holmes. But in densely-populated South London, where crimes are sleazier and Holmes rarely visits, people turn to Arrowood, a private investigator who despises Holmes, his wealthy clientele, and his showy forensic approach to crime. Arrowood understands people, not clues.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ART OF DISCARDING : How to Get Rid of Clutter and Find Joy
    ART OF DISCARDING : How to Get Rid of Clutter and Find Joy
    TATSUMI NAGISA
    ISBN: 9781473648210
    Title: ART OF DISCARDING : How to Get Rid of Clutter and Find Joy
    Author: TATSUMI NAGISA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The book that inspired Marie Kondo and helped 2 million Japanese people to declutter their homes.

    A combination of tiny homes and a love of stylish homeware has left Japanese people hungry for advice on organization, decluttering and tidying up. Indeed, in this era of mass consumption, we are all drowning in 'stuff', despite our best efforts to keep on top of the clutter that collects in our homes, our office spaces and even our cars. All this clutter causes us mental anguish, however, as we all know, throwing things away can be difficult - it clashes with the values instilled in us from an early age of not wasting things, reusing items, and keeping things 'for a rainy day' - simply put, we feel guilty about getting rid of things. Enter Nagisa Tatsumi and her bold suggestion - that it's OK to throw stuff away.

    Tatsumi's book 'Suteru Gijyutsu', or THE ART OF DISCARDING, was a sensation when it was published in Japan, selling 1 million copies in the first six months after publication in 2000. In it, she argues that we need to learn to let go, and tackles head-on the psychological issues that people have with getting rid of things, in particular a reluctance to discard things 'just in case', the desire to hoard things, and guilt about getting rid of things that were given as gifts.

    The book offers practical advice and techniques to help readers learn to let go of stuff that is holding them back, as well as advice on acquiring less in the first place; if we buy less, there's less to get rid of. She takes readers through a step-by-step process of getting rid of household items, clothes, books - and promises a clutter-free, calmer life where we are free from 'accumulation syndrome' and ultimately, less is more.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ASCENT OF GRAVITY : The Quest to Understand the Force That Explains Everything
    ASCENT OF GRAVITY : The Quest to Understand the Force That Explains Everything
    CHOWN MARCUS
    ISBN: 9781474601870
    Title: ASCENT OF GRAVITY : The Quest to Understand the Force That Explains Everything
    Author: CHOWN MARCUS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Why the force that keeps our feet on the ground holds the key to understanding time and the origin of the universe

    Gravity is the weakest force in the everyday world yet it is the strongest force in the universe. It was the first force to be recognised and described yet it is the least understood. It is a 'force' that keeps your feet on the ground yet no such force actually exists.

    Gravity, to steal the words of Winston Churchill, is 'a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma'. And penetrating that enigma promises to answer the biggest questions in science: what is space? What is time? What is the universe? And where did it all come from?

    Award-winning writer Marcus Chown takes us on an unforgettable journey from the recognition of the 'force' of gravity in 1666 to the discovery of gravitational waves in 2015. And, as we stand on the brink of a seismic revolution in our worldview, he brings us up to speed on the greatest challenge ever to confront physics.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • A-Z GREAT MODERN WRITERS
    A-Z GREAT MODERN WRITERS
    TAGGART CAROLINE
    ISBN: 9781844039135
    Title: A-Z GREAT MODERN WRITERS
    Author: TAGGART CAROLINE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A uniquely visual, fun introduction to 52 of the greatest writers of the modern age, from A (Maya Angelou, Chinua Achebe, Margaret Atwood) to Z (Stefan Zweig) via Samuel Beckett, Gunter Grass, Marcel Proust, R.K. Narayan, Virginia Woolf and more.

    Imprint: CASSELL
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CITY STREETS : Progressive Adelaide 75 Years on
    CITY STREETS : Progressive Adelaide 75 Years on
    CAMPBELL LANCE
    ISBN: 9781743054130
    Title: CITY STREETS : Progressive Adelaide 75 Years on
    Author: CAMPBELL LANCE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1936, Hermann Baring captured the State and its capital in pictures. For all time. Inspired by his work, photographer Mick Bradley and writer Lance Campbell set out in Baring's footsteps. In images and words, City Streets is progressive Adelaide today. This is a unique book about a unique city. For all time.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $79.95

    Price: $79.95
  • DEAR IJEAWELE OR A FEMINIST MANIFESTO IN FIFTEEN SUGGESTIONS
    DEAR IJEAWELE OR A FEMINIST MANIFESTO IN FIFTEEN SUGGESTIONS
    ADICHIE CHIMAMANDA NGOZI
    ISBN: 9780008241032
    Title: DEAR IJEAWELE OR A FEMINIST MANIFESTO IN FIFTEEN SUGGESTIONS
    Author: ADICHIE CHIMAMANDA NGOZI
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists comes a powerful new statement about feminism today – written as a letter to a friend.

    A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie's letter of response.

    Here are fifteen invaluable suggestions–compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive–for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. From encouraging her to choose a helicopter, and not only a doll, as a toy if she so desires; having open conversations with her about clothes, makeup, and sexuality; debunking the myth that women are somehow biologically arranged to be in the kitchen making dinner, and that men can "allow" women to have full careers, Dear Ijeawele goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century. It will start a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $17.99

    Price: $17.99
  • DEMOCRACY : A LIFE
    DEMOCRACY : A LIFE
    CARTLEDGE PAUL
    ISBN: 9780199697670
    Title: DEMOCRACY : A LIFE
    Author: CARTLEDGE PAUL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Democracy is either aspired to as a goal or cherished as a birthright by billions of people throughout the world today - and has been for over a century. But what does it mean? And how has its meaning changed since it was first coined in ancient Greece? Democracy: A Life is a biography of the concept, looking at its many different manifestations and showing how it has changed over its long life, from ancient times right through to the present. For instance, how did the 'people power' of the Athenians emerge in the first place? Once it had emerged, what enabled it to survive? And how did the Athenian version of democracy differ from the many other forms that developed among the myriad cities of the Greek world? Paul Cartledge answers all these questions and more, following the development of ancient political thinking about democracy from the sixth century BC onwards, not least the many arguments that were advanced against it over the centuries. As Cartledge shows, after a golden age in the fourth century BC, there was a long, slow degradation of the original Greek conception and practice of democracy, from the Hellenistic era, through late Republican and early Imperial Rome, down to early Byzantium in the sixth century CE. For many centuries after that, from late Antiquity, through the Middle Ages, to the Renaissance, democracy was effectively eclipsed by other forms of government, in both theory and practice. But as we know, this was by no means the end of the story. For democracy was eventually to enjoy a re-florescence, over two thousand years after its first flowering in the ancient world: initially revived in seventeenth century England, it was to undergo a further renaissance in the revolutionary climate of late eighteenth century North America and France - and has been constantly reconstituted and reinvented ever since.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • DISTANT VIEW OF EVERYTHING
    DISTANT VIEW OF EVERYTHING
    SMITH ALEXANDER MCCALL
    ISBN: 9781408709405
    Title: DISTANT VIEW OF EVERYTHING
    Author: SMITH ALEXANDER MCCALL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The latest novel in Alexander McCall Smith's much-loved Isabel Dalhousie series.

    Isabel Dalhousie now has a second child - another boy, Magnus. He comes home with her at the beginning of the book and she discovers that Charlie is far from thrilled. He sees no need for a new baby.

    In Cat's delicatessen, Isabel meets a woman with whom she had been at school. This woman, Bea Shand, is known as an enthusiastic match-maker. She is very worried, though, as she has introduced a woman she knows to a plastic surgeon who is now described by another friend as a gold-digger. This other friend reveals that the surgeon has a bad track record: he has been involved with a series of well-off women and has succeeded in separating a number of then from their money. Bea asks Isabel to investigate; she herself tried to warn her friend of the danger she was in but was rebuffed badly.

    Isabel starts to make enquiries. At first the pattern that emerges confirms her friend's dire diagnosis, but as things develop it emerges that not only is the surgeon innocent, but he himself is the one in danger!

    In the meantime, as a sub-plot, Isabel finds that the man who warned her of the surgeon's proclivities, is taking an interest in her (Isabel). He appears to be smitten by her; she tries to get away from him but discovers that she has inadvertently given Jamie grounds to believe that she (Isabel) is having an affair. This is awkward, but is resolved satisfactorily.

    Her final conclusion: match-make at one's peril. Never tell people half-truths for paternalistic reasons. Mind your own business (a lesson that Isabel never seems to learn).

    Imprint: LITTLE BROWN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • FIVE FORGET MOTHERS DAY
    FIVE FORGET MOTHERS DAY
    VINCENT BRUNO
    ISBN: 9781786486868
    Title: FIVE FORGET MOTHERS DAY
    Author: VINCENT BRUNO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A brand new Enid Blyton for Grown-Ups, especially for Mother's Day!

    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 show Aunt Fanny how much she means to them.

    Join Julian, George, Dick, Anne and Timmy the dog as they try to celebrate Mother's Day with Aunt Fanny. George has past form in forgetting - not least her mum's birthday and Christmas presents - so tensions are running high even for the charged normality of their mother/daughter bond.But things go from bad to worse when Fanny comes to stay, with relations strained almost to breaking point.

    Can the Five save the day, and will Uncle Quentin get involved?

    Imprint: QUERCUS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • GARDENERS GARDEN
    GARDENERS GARDEN
    MUSGRAVE TOBY
    ISBN: 9780714874159
    Title: GARDENERS GARDEN
    Author: MUSGRAVE TOBY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The inspirational resource for garden designers and garden-lovers - now available in a compelling compact format.

    The ultimate garden book - both a collection of gardens from around the world and a resource for those seeking inspiration on garden design and planting. Featuring over 250 permanent gardens by leading garden designers, horticulturalists and landscape architects, from the 14th century to the present day, and covering all key types and styles of garden, this well-illustrated compendium combines images, text, key information and captions for each of the featured gardens, appealing to both amateur and professional gardeners, as well as garden designers.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • GREECE : The Cookbook
    GREECE : The Cookbook
    ALEXIADOU VEFA
    ISBN: 9780714873800
    Title: GREECE : The Cookbook
    Author: ALEXIADOU VEFA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Greece: The Cookbook is the definitive work on the rich and fascinating cooking of modern Greece.

    Greece: The Cookbook is the first truly comprehensive bible of Greek food in English. Rapidly increasing in popularity, Greek food is simple to prepare, healthy and delicious, and, more than most other cuisines, bears all the hallmarks of the rich cultural history of the land and sea from which it is drawn. It is the original Mediterranean cuisine, where olive oil, bread, wine, figs, grapes and cheese have been staples since the beginnings of Western civilization. With hundreds of simple recipes by Vefa Alexiadou, the authoritative grand dame of Greek cookery, the book also includes information on regional specialities, local ingredients and the religious and historical significance of the dishes, and is illustrated with 230 colour photographs. Greece: The Cookbook is the definitive work on the rich and fascinating cooking of modern Greece.

    Previously published as Vefa's Kitchen

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $59.95

    Price: $59.95
  • HAPPY PRINCE : A Tale by Oscar Wilde
    HAPPY PRINCE : A Tale by Oscar Wilde
    WILDE OSCAR
    ISBN: 9780500651117
    Title: HAPPY PRINCE : A Tale by Oscar Wilde
    Author: WILDE OSCAR
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In a town where a lot of poor people suffer and where there are a lot of miseries, a swallow who was left behind after his flock flew off to Egypt for the winter, meets the statue of the late 'Happy Prince', who in reality has never experienced true sorrow, for he lived in a palace where sorrow isn't allowed to enter. Viewing various scenes of people suffering in poverty from his tall monument, the Happy Prince asks the swallow to take the ruby from his hilt, the sapphires from his eyes, and the golden leaf covering his body to give to the poor. As the winter comes and the Happy Prince is stripped of all of his beauty, his lead heart breaks when the swallow dies as a result of his selfless deeds and severe cold. The statue is then brought down from the pillar and melted in a furnace leaving behind the broken heart and the dead swallow and they are thrown in a dust heap. These are taken up to heaven by an angel that has deemed them the two most precious things in the city. This is affirmed by God and they live forever in his city of gold and garden of paradise.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • LAROSE
    LAROSE
    ERDRICH LOUISE
    ISBN: 9781472151858
    Title: LAROSE
    Author: ERDRICH LOUISE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Late summer in North Dakota, 1999: Landreaux Iron stalks a deer along the edge of the property bordering his own. He shoots with easy confidence but only when he staggers closer does he realise he has killed his neighbour's son.

    Dusty Ravich, the deceased boy, was best friends with Landreaux's five-year-old son, LaRose. The two families have been close for years and their children played together despite going to different schools. Landreaux is horrified at what he's done; fighting off his longstanding alcoholism, he ensconces himself in a sweat lodge and prays for guidance. And there he discovers an old way of delivering justice for the wrong he's done. The next day he and his wife Emmaline deliver LaRose to the bereaved Ravich parents. Standing on the threshold of the Ravich home, they say, 'Our son will be your son now'.

    LaRose is quickly absorbed into his new family. Gradually he's allowed visits with his birth family, whose grief for the son and brother they gave away mirrors that of the Raviches. The years pass and LaRose becomes the linchpin that links both families. As the Irons and the Raviches grow ever more entwined, their pain begins to subside. But when a man who nurses a grudge against Landreaux fixates on the idea that there was a cover-up the day Landreaux killed Dusty - and decides to expose this secret - he threatens the fragile peace between the two families...

    Imprint: CORSAIR
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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