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  • ROMANOVS : 1613-1918
    ROMANOVS : 1613-1918
    SEBAG MONTEFIORE SIMON
    ISBN: 9781474600873
    Title: ROMANOVS : 1613-1918
    Author: SEBAG MONTEFIORE SIMON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The internationally bestselling epic history of Russia's imperial dynasty

    The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world's surface. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world's greatest empire? And how did they lose it all?

    This is the intimate story of twenty tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. Montefiore's gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire-building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence and wild extravagance, and peopled by a cast of adventurers, courtesans, revolutionaries and poets. Written with dazzling literary flair, drawing on new archival research, THE ROMANOVS is at once an enthralling chronicle of triumph and tragedy, love and death, a universal study of power, and an essential portrait of the empire that still defines Russia today.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • RULES DO NOT APPLY
    RULES DO NOT APPLY
    LEVY ARIEL
    ISBN: 9780349005300
    Title: RULES DO NOT APPLY
    Author: LEVY ARIEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'I wanted what we all want: everything. We want a mate who feels like family and a lover who is exotic, surprising. We want to be youthful adventurers and middle-aged mothers. We want intimacy and autonomy, safety and stimulation, reassurance and novelty, coziness and thrills. But we can't have it all.'

    Ariel Levy picks you up and hurls you through the story of how she lived believing that conventional rules no longer applied - that marriage doesn't have to mean monogamy, that aging doesn't have to mean infertility, that she could be 'the kind of woman who is free to do whatever she chooses'. But all of her assumptions about what she can control are undone after a string of overwhelming losses.

    'I thought I had harnessed the power of my own strength and greed and love in a life that could contain it. But it has exploded.'

    Levy's own story of resilience becomes an unforgettable portrait of the shifting forces in our culture, of what has changed - and what never can.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • SEE WHAT I HAVE DONE
    SEE WHAT I HAVE DONE
    SCHMIDT SARAH
    ISBN: 9780733636882
    Title: SEE WHAT I HAVE DONE
    Author: SCHMIDT SARAH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A deeply atmospheric novel by a startling new Aussie talent; an incredibly unique look inside the mind of Lizzie Borden, famously accused of murdering her father and stepmother in 1892.

    'He was still bleeding. I yelled, "Someone's killed Father." I breathed in kerosene air, licked the thickness from my teeth. The clock on the mantel ticked ticked. I looked at Father, the way hands clutched to thighs, the way the little gold ring on his pinky finger sat like a sun. I gave him that ring for his birthday when I no longer wanted it. "Daddy," I had said. "I'm giving this to you because I love you." He had smiled and kissed my forehead.

    A long time ago now.'

    On 4 August 1892 Andrew and Abby Borden were murdered in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts. During the inquest into the deaths, Lizzie Borden was arrested and charged with the murder of her father and her stepmother.

    Through the eyes of Lizzie's sister Emma, the housemaid Bridget, the enigmatic stranger Benjamin and the beguiling Lizzie herself, we return to what happened that day in Fall River.

    Lizzie Borden took an axe. Or did she?

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • SGT PEPPERS LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND
    SGT PEPPERS LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND
    SOUTHALL BRIAN
    ISBN: 9780733637957
    Title: SGT PEPPERS LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND
    Author: SOUTHALL BRIAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    June 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of what many think is the greatest Beatles album. This book is a new way of telling the story of the album and is split into two distinct halves: the "A-side" is all about the Beatles, the music on the album, the recording process, how the disc was received at the time and how subsequently it has been acknowledged as one of the greatest albums ever recorded. The "B-side" looks at the state of the world in 1967, from the Summer of Love to anti-war protests, from the Six-day War to the death of Che Guevara, from the launch of Rolling Stone magazine to Jimi Hendrix's first UK tour as a solo artist - and much more. Fascinating photographs and text build up a complete picture of the world as it was when one of the most famous albums of all time was released.

    This book recaptures all the excitement surrounding the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - often lauded as the most popular Beatles album - while also assessing the impact it had on the world at the time and subsequently. The book celebrates a time when a pop album release was a hugely significant event in a year of global turmoil, when the world changed in ways that still affect us today. Those who were there will reminisce fondly and those who weren't will discover what happened in the year a rock 'n' roll album changed the world ... forever.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • SHADOW LAND
    SHADOW LAND
    KOSTOVA ELIZABETH
    ISBN: 9781925498486
    Title: SHADOW LAND
    Author: KOSTOVA ELIZABETH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Alexandra Boyd has travelled to Bulgaria hoping to salve the wounds left by the loss of her beloved brother. But a luggage mix-up soon after she arrives finds her holding an urn filled with human ashes.

    As Alexandra sets out to return the precious item to its owners she finds ever more obstacles in her path, even as her determination grows greater - and the mystery behind the significance of the urn deepens. Soon she will realise that this object is tied to the very darkest moments in the nation’s history, and that the stakes behind seeing it safely returned are higher than she could ever have imagined.

    Elizabeth Kostova’s new novel is a tale of immense scope that delves into the horrors of a century and traverses the culture and landscape of this mysterious country. Suspenseful and beautifully written, it explores the power of stories and the hope and meaning that can sometimes be found in the aftermath of loss.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • SILENT INVASION
    SILENT INVASION
    BRADLEY JAMES
    ISBN: 9781743549896
    Title: SILENT INVASION
    Author: BRADLEY JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It's 2027 and the human race is dying. Plants, animals and humans have been infected by spores from space and become part of a vast alien intelligence.

    When 16-year-old Callie discovers her little sister Gracie has been infected, she flees with Gracie to the Zone to avoid termination by the ruthless officers of Quarantine. What Callie finds in the Zone will alter her irrevocably, and send her on a journey to the stars and beyond.

    The first book in a heart-stopping and suspenseful YA trilogy from award-winning author James Bradley.

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $9.99

    Price: $9.99
  • SMILE STEALERS : The Fine and Foul Art of Dentistry
    SMILE STEALERS : The Fine and Foul Art of Dentistry
    BARNETT RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780500519110
    Title: SMILE STEALERS : The Fine and Foul Art of Dentistry
    Author: BARNETT RICHARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An incisive and startling international review of the evolution of dentistry from the Bronze Age to the present day, presented in a gorgeous package

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • SOUTH AUSTRALIA ON THE EVE OF WAR
    SOUTH AUSTRALIA ON THE EVE OF WAR
    OPPENHEIMER MELANIE [ED]
    ISBN: 9781743054741
    Title: SOUTH AUSTRALIA ON THE EVE OF WAR
    Author: OPPENHEIMER MELANIE [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In August 1914 South Australians - much like their fellow Australians around the country - enthusiastically displayed their patriotism when war was announced. It's a story we know well, but what do we know of South Australia in the lead up to the First World War? What was it like to live there at the time? What were South Australians talking about?

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.95
  • TO PAINT A WAR : The Lives of the Australian Artists Who Painted the Great War 1914-18
    TO PAINT A WAR : The Lives of the Australian Artists Who Painted the Great War 1914-18
    TRAVERS RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780500500903
    Title: TO PAINT A WAR : The Lives of the Australian Artists Who Painted the Great War 1914-18
    Author: TRAVERS RICHARD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Lives of the Australian Artists who Painted the Great War, 1914-18

    Richard Travers, the author of Diggers in France: Australian Soldiers on the Western Front, now turns his attention to the Australians who painted the Great War. In To Paint a War he follows artists such as Tom Roberts, Grace Cossington Smith, Hilda Rix Nicholas, Arthur Streeton and George Coates – detailing how they left Australia in search of inspiration and fame in London and Paris and lived enviable lives suddenly interrupted by the outbreak of war.

    To Paint A War is the story of their response to the crisis. Their work, in all its richness and variety, is a sweeping painterly chronicle of the war, and a vital part of Australia’s heritage.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • TREEHOUSE FUN BOOK 2
    TREEHOUSE FUN BOOK 2
    GRIFFITHS ANDY & GRIFFITHS JILL
    ISBN: 9781925481228
    Title: TREEHOUSE FUN BOOK 2
    Author: GRIFFITHS ANDY & GRIFFITHS JILL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The second activity book, bursting with even more fun, based on the exciting world of the bestselling Treehouse series.

    Stuff to write! Pictures to draw! Puzzles to solve! And so much more!

    Grab your Treehouse passport and hold on tight for an adventure through the bestselling Treehouse series. Join Andy, Terry and Jill as they combine animals, create magical kingdoms, time travel, solve crosswords, search for words, colour and scribble, spot the difference, find the odd one out, crack codes and so much more!

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • UNDERGROUND RAILROAD  -  Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Winner 2017
    UNDERGROUND RAILROAD - Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Winner 2017
    WHITEHEAD COLSON
    ISBN: 9780708898406
    Title: UNDERGROUND RAILROAD - Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Winner 2017
    Author: WHITEHEAD COLSON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER FOR FICTION 2016


    Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. All the slaves lead a hellish existence, but Cora has it worse than most; she is an outcast even among her fellow Africans and she is approaching womanhood, where it is clear even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a slave recently arrived from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they take the perilous decision to escape to the North.

    In Whitehead's razor-sharp imagining of the antebellum South, the Underground Railroad has assumed a physical form: a dilapidated box car pulled along subterranean tracks by a steam locomotive, picking up fugitives wherever it can. Cora and Caesar's first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But its placid surface masks an infernal scheme designed for its unknowing black inhabitants. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher sent to find Cora, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.

    At each stop on her journey, Cora encounters a different world. As Whitehead brilliantly recreates the unique terrors for black people in the pre-Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America, from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD is at once the story of one woman's ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shatteringly powerful meditation on history.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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