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  • 100 BOOKS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
    100 BOOKS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
    CHRISTIANSON SCOTT
    ISBN: 9781849944519
    Title: 100 BOOKS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
    Author: CHRISTIANSON SCOTT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A chronological survey of the world's most influential books.

    Many books have become classics, must-reads or overnight publishing sensations, but how many can genuinely claim to have changed the way we see and think?

    In 100 Books that Changed the World, prize-winning author Scott Christianson brings together an exceptional collection of truly groundbreaking books - from scriptures that founded religions, to scientific treatises that challenged beliefs, to novels that kick-started literary genres. This elegantly designed book offers a sweeping, chronological survey of the most important books from around the globe, from the earliest illuminated manuscripts to the age of the ebook publication.

    Entries include: Iliad and Odyssey, Homer (750 BC), Gutenberg Bible (1450s), The Qur'an (AD 609-632), On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres, Nicolaus Copernicus (1543), Shakespeare's First Folio (1623), Philosophae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, Isaac Newton (1687), Samuel Johnson's Dictionary (1755), The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith (1776), The Vindication of the Rights of Women, Mary Wollstonecraft (1792), The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (1848), Roget's Thesaurus (1852), On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin (1859), The Interpretation of Dreams, Sigmund Freud (1899), Lady Chatterley's Lover, D.H. Lawrence (1928), The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank (1947), Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung (1964), A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking (1988).

    Imprint: BATSFORD
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • 50 BUSINESS CLASSICS : Your shortcut to the most important ideas on innovation, management, and strategy
    50 BUSINESS CLASSICS : Your shortcut to the most important ideas on innovation, management, and strategy
    BUTLER-BOWDON TOM
    ISBN: 9781857886757
    Title: 50 BUSINESS CLASSICS : Your shortcut to the most important ideas on innovation, management, and strategy
    Author: BUTLER-BOWDON TOM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From Michael Porter to Lazslo Bock, from The Five Dysfunctions of a Team to Creativity Inc., here are the 50 most important titles on organizational and personal success.

    50 Business Classics presents the key ideas from classic texts such as My Years with General Motors and Michael Gerber's The E-Myth Revisited to contemporary business ideas such as the rise of the tech giants like Google, Apple and Amazon. It contains revealing biographies of luminaries like Steve Jobs and Katherine Graham as well as lesser-known stories including creation of publishing giant Penguin and Chinese behemoth Alibaba. Here you'll find the texts and ideas that matter in:
    Entrepreneurship
    Leadership
    Management
    Strategy
    Business history
    Personal development
    Technology and innovation

    Summarising the smartest thinking for today's professional success this book will provide inspiration and insights for entrepreneurs, executives and students of business and management alike.

    Imprint: NICHOLAS BREALEY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 7th FUNCTION OF LANGUAGE
    7th FUNCTION OF LANGUAGE
    BINET LAURENT
    ISBN: 9781784703196
    Title: 7th FUNCTION OF LANGUAGE
    Author: BINET LAURENT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Roland Barthes, one of the twentieth-century’s towering literary figures, is knocked down in a Paris street by a laundry van. It’s February 1980 and he has just come from lunch with Francois Mitterrand, who is locked in a battle for the Presidency. Barthes dies soon afterwards. History tells us it was an accident.

    But what if it were an assassination? What if Barthes was carrying a document of unbelievable, global importance? That document was the key to the seventh function of language – an idea so powerful it gives whoever masters it the ability to convince anyone, in any situation, to do anything.

    Police Captain Jacques Bayard and his reluctant accomplice Simon Herzog set off on a global chase that takes them from the corridors of power and academia to backstreet saunas and midnight rendezvous. What they discover is a global conspiracy involving the President, murderous Bulgarians and a secret international debating society. In the world of intellectuals and politicians, everyone is a suspect. And who can you trust when the idea of truth itself is at stake?

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ABC : See and say all the letters of the alphabet
    ABC : See and say all the letters of the alphabet
    METSOLA AINO-MAIJA
    ISBN: 9781847807199
    Title: ABC : See and say all the letters of the alphabet
    Author: METSOLA AINO-MAIJA
    Format: BOARD BOOK
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Learn your alphabet with stylish artwork from Aino-Maija Metsola. With sturdy pages for little hands to hold, young readers will enjoy naming objects on every spread as they learn their A to Z.

    Imprint: WIDE EYED EDITIONS
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • AFTER KATHY ACKER : A Biography
    AFTER KATHY ACKER : A Biography
    KRAUS CHRIS
    ISBN: 9780141986654
    Title: AFTER KATHY ACKER : A Biography
    Author: KRAUS CHRIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The first authorized biography of the avant-garde punk writer Kathy Acker, a legend in her own time, by the author of the bestselling I Love Dick.

    Rich girl, street punk, lost girl and icon ... scholar, stripper, victim and media-whore: The late Kathy Acker's legend and writings are wrapped in mythologies, created mostly by Acker herself. In this first, fully authorized biography, Kraus approaches Acker both as a writer, and as a member of the artistic communities from which she emerged. At once forensic and intimate, After Kathy Acker traces the extreme discipline and literary strategies Acker used to develop her work, and the contradictions she longed to embody. Using exhaustive archival research and ongoing conversations with mutual colleagues and friends, Kraus charts Acker's movement through some of the late 20th century's most significant artistic enterprises.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AFTERGLOW : A Dog Memoir
    AFTERGLOW : A Dog Memoir
    MYLES EILEEN
    ISBN: 9781611855142
    Title: AFTERGLOW : A Dog Memoir
    Author: MYLES EILEEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1990, Myles chose Rosie from a litter on the street, and their connection instantly made an indelible impact on the writer's way of being. Over the course of sixteen years together, Myles was devoted to the pit bull and their linked quality of life. And starting from the emptiness following Rosie's death, Afterglow launches a playful and incisive investigation into the mostly mutually beneficial, sometimes reprehensible power dynamics between pet and pet-owner. At the same time, it reimagines Myles's experiences with alcoholism and recovery, intimacy and mourning, celebrity and politics, spirituality and family history, while joyously transcending the parameters of memoir. Moving from an imaginary talk show where Rosie is interviewed by Myles's childhood puppet, to a critical reenactment of the night Rosie mated with another pit bull; from shimmering poetic transcriptions of video footage taken during their walks, to Rosie's final enlightened narration from the afterlife, this totally singular text combines elements of science fiction, screenplay, monologue, and lucid memory to get to the heart of how and why we dedicate our existence to our dogs.

    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AGAINST EMPATHY : The Case for Rational Compassion
    AGAINST EMPATHY : The Case for Rational Compassion
    BLOOM PAUL
    ISBN: 9780099597827
    Title: AGAINST EMPATHY : The Case for Rational Compassion
    Author: BLOOM PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In a divided world, empathy is not the solution, it is the problem.

    We think of empathy – the ability to feel the suffering of others for ourselves – as the ultimate source of all good behaviour. But while it inspires care and protection in personal relationships, it has the opposite effect in the wider world. As the latest research in psychology and neuroscience shows, we feel empathy most for those we find attractive and who seem similar to us and not at all for those who are different, distant or anonymous. Empathy therefore biases us in favour of individuals we know while numbing us to the plight of thousands. Guiding us expertly through the experiments, case studies and arguments on all sides, Paul Bloom ultimately shows that some of our worst decisions – in charity, child-raising, criminal justice, climate change and war – are motivated by this wolf in sheep's clothing.

    Brilliantly argued, urgent and humane, Against Empathy overturns widely held assumptions to reveal one of the most profound yet overlooked sources of human conflict.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AGE OF CONQUESTS : The Greek World from Alexander to Hadrian (336 BC - AD 138)
    AGE OF CONQUESTS : The Greek World from Alexander to Hadrian (336 BC - AD 138)
    CHANIOTIS ANGELOS
    ISBN: 9781846682964
    Title: AGE OF CONQUESTS : The Greek World from Alexander to Hadrian (336 BC - AD 138)
    Author: CHANIOTIS ANGELOS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Five hundred years of power, politics and culture in the Hellenistic period and the Roman East.

    The ancient world that Alexander the Great transformed in his lifetime was transformed once more by his death. The imperial dynasties of his successors incorporated and reorganized the fallen Persian empire, creating a new land empire stretching from the shores of the Mediterranean to as far east as Bactria. In old Greece a fragile balance of power was continually disturbed by wars. Then, from the late third century, the military and diplomatic power of Rome successively defeated and dismantled every one of the post-Alexandrian political structures.

    The Hellenistic period (c. 323-30 BC) was then one of fragmentation, violent antagonism between large states, and struggles by small polities to retain an illusion of independence. Yet it was also a period of growth, prosperity, and intellectual achievement. A vast network spread of trade, influence and cultural contact, from Italy to Afghanistan and from Russia to Ethiopia, enriching and enlivening centres of wealth, power and intellectual ferment.

    From Alexander the Great's early days building an empire, via wars with Rome, rampaging pirates, Cleopatra's death and the Jewish diaspora, right up to the death of Hadrian, Chaniotis examines the social structures, economic trends, political upheaval and technological progress of an era that spans five centuries and where, perhaps, modernity began.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • ALMA AND HOW SHE GOT HER NAME
    ALMA AND HOW SHE GOT HER NAME
    MARTINEZ-NEAL JUANA
    ISBN: 9780763693558
    Title: ALMA AND HOW SHE GOT HER NAME
    Author: MARTINEZ-NEAL JUANA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What’s in a name? For one little girl, her very long name tells the vibrant story of where she came from — and who she may one day be.

    If you ask her, Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela has way too many names: six! How did such a small person wind up with such a large name? Alma turns to Daddy for an answer and learns of Sofia, the grandmother who loved books and flowers; Esperanza, the great-grandmother who longed to travel; José, the grandfather who was an artist; and other namesakes, too. As she hears the story of her name, Alma starts to think it might be a perfect fit after all — and realizes that she will one day have her own story to tell. In her author-illustrator debut, Juana Martinez-Neal opens a treasure box of discovery for children who may be curious about their own origin stories or names.

    Imprint: CANDLEWICK PRESS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AMELIA WESTLAKE
    AMELIA WESTLAKE
    GOUGH ERIN
    ISBN: 9781760127152
    Title: AMELIA WESTLAKE
    Author: GOUGH ERIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From Ampersand Prize-winning author Erin Gough comes this ferociously funny romp through an elite private school, and a brilliant feminist hoax that could change – or ruin – everything.

    Harriet Price has the perfect life: she’s a prefect at Rosemead Grammar, she lives in a mansion, and her gorgeous girlfriend is a future prime minister. So when she decides to risk it all by helping bad-girl Will Everhart expose the school’s many ongoing issues, Harriet tells herself it’s because she too is seeking justice. And definitely not because she finds Will oddly fascinating.

    Will Everhart can’t stand posh people like Harriet, but even she has to admit Harriet's ideas are good – and they’ll keep Will from being expelled. That’s why she teams up with Harriet to create Amelia Westlake, a fake student who can take the credit for a series of provocative pranks at their school.

    But the further Will and Harriet’s hoax goes, the harder it is for the girls to remember they’re sworn enemies – and to keep Amelia Westlake’s true identity hidden. As tensions burn throughout the school, how far will they go to keep Amelia Westlake – and their feelings for each other – a secret?

    Perfect for fans of David Levithan and Becky Albertalli, this triumphant queer YA rom-com explores politics, privilege and power, and has a gloriously uplifting teen romance at its heart.

    Imprint: EGMONT BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ANIMALS AMONG US : The New Science of Anthrozoology
    ANIMALS AMONG US : The New Science of Anthrozoology
    BRADSHAW JOHN
    ISBN: 9780141980164
    Title: ANIMALS AMONG US : The New Science of Anthrozoology
    Author: BRADSHAW JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The bestselling author of Dog Sense and Cat Sense explains why living with animals has always been a fundamental aspect of being human. In this highly original and hugely enjoyable work, John Bradshaw examines modern humans' often contradictory relationship with the animal world. Why, despite the apparent irrationality of keeping pets, do half of today's American households, and almost that figure in the UK, have at least one pet (triple the rate of the 1970s)? Then again, why do we care for some animals in our homes, and designate others only as a source of food? Through these and many other questions, one of the world's foremost anthrozoology experts shows that our relationship with animals is nothing less than an intrinsic part of human nature. An affinity for animals drove our evolution and now, without animals around us, we risk losing an essential part of ourselves.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • APES TO ZEBRAS : An A-Z of Shape Poems
    APES TO ZEBRAS : An A-Z of Shape Poems
    STEVENS ROGER
    ISBN: 9781472929525
    Title: APES TO ZEBRAS : An A-Z of Shape Poems
    Author: STEVENS ROGER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This gorgeous collection of animal poems from Roger Stevens, Liz Brownlee and Sue Hardy-Dawson will entrance and delight in equal measure. Featuring a full alphabet of animals, birds, and insects, with the odd extinct or imaginary creature thrown in, these beautiful shape poems are a perfect way to introduce children to poetry. Some funny, some serious, there is something here for everyone.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • APPLIED IMPROVISATION : Leading Collaborating and Creating Beyond the Theatre
    APPLIED IMPROVISATION : Leading Collaborating and Creating Beyond the Theatre
    MCCLURE CAITLIN
    ISBN: 9781350014367
    Title: APPLIED IMPROVISATION : Leading Collaborating and Creating Beyond the Theatre
    Author: MCCLURE CAITLIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This collection of Applied Improvisation stories and strategies draws back the curtain on an exciting, innovative, growing field of practice and research that is changing the way people lead, create, and collaborate. Applied Improvisation is the umbrella term widely used to denote the application of improvised theatre's theories, tenets, games, techniques, and exercises beyond conventional theatre spaces, to foster the growth and/or development of flexible structures, new mindsets, and a range of inter and intra-personal skills required in today's volatile and uncertain world. This edited collection offers one of the first surveys of the range of practice, featuring 12 in-depth case studies by leading Applied Improvisation practitioners and a foreword by Phelim McDermott and Lee Simpson.

    The contributors in this anthology are professional Applied Improvisation facilitators working in sectors as diverse as business, social science, theatre, education, law, and government. All have experienced the power of improvisation, have a driving need to share those experiences, and are united in the belief that improvisation can positively transform just about all human activity.

    Each contributor describes their practice, integrates feedback from clients, and includes a workbook component outlining some of the exercises used in their case study to give facilitators and students a model for their own application. This book will serve as a valuable resource for both experienced and new Applied Improvisation facilitators seeking to develop leaders and to build resilient communities, innovative teams, and vibrant organizations. For theatre practitioners, educators, and students, it opens up a new realm of practice and work.

    Imprint: METHUEN DRAMA
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • ART SEX MUSIC
    ART SEX MUSIC
    TUTTI COSEY FANNI
    ISBN: 9780571328529
    Title: ART SEX MUSIC
    Author: TUTTI COSEY FANNI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Punk, pornographer, pioneer, provocateur: the incredible story of Cosey Fanni Tutti, the performer whose art and music inspired a generation and rocked the establishment to its core.

    Musician and artist Cosey Fanni Tutti has continually challenged boundaries and conventions for four decades. As a founding member of the hugely influential avant-garde band Throbbing Gristle, as one half of electronic pioneers Chris and Cosey, and as an artist channelling her experience in pornographic modelling and striptease, her work on the margins has come to reshape the mainstream.

    Shocking, wise and life-affirming, Art Sex Music is the fascinating memoir of an inspirational woman.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    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: 9781474601887
    Title: ASCENT OF GRAVITY : The Quest to Understand the Force that Explains Everything
    Author: CHOWN MARCUS
    Format: 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: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ASYMMETRY
    ASYMMETRY
    HALLIDAY LISA
    ISBN: 9781783783960
    Title: ASYMMETRY
    Author: HALLIDAY LISA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In New York, Alice, a young editor, begins an affair with Ezra Blazer, a world-famous, much older writer.

    At Heathrow airport, Amar, an Iraqi-American economist en route to Kurdistan, finds himself detained for the weekend. What draws these characters together, and how do their lives connect?

    Playful and inventive, tender and humane, Asymmetry is a novel which illuminates the power plays and imbalances of contemporary life - between young and old, West and Middle East, fairness and injustice, talent and luck, and the personal and the political. It introduces a major new literary talent, writing about the world today with astonishing versatility, acuity and daring.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
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