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  • 100 CHILDRENS BOOKS THAT INSPIRE OUR WORLD
    100 CHILDRENS BOOKS THAT INSPIRE OUR WORLD
    SALTER COLIN
    ISBN: 9781911641087
    Title: 100 CHILDRENS BOOKS THAT INSPIRE OUR WORLD
    Author: SALTER COLIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 100 Children's Books That Inspired Our World, author Colin Salter brings together an exceptional collection of truly groundbreaking children's books - from Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer to the graphic novels of Dr. Seuss. All the classic children's authors are represented with one stand-out book, plus mentions for their best-known works.

    Entries include: Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island, Charlotte's Web, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Matilda, Watership Down, Tales of Hans Christian Anderson, Grimms Fairy Tales, Peter Pan, A Bear Called Paddington, The Snowman, The Secret Garden, How to Train Your Dragon, Anne of Green Gables, Harry Potter, James and the Giant Peach, The Gruffalo, Mr Men, Coraline, Herge's Adventures of TinTin, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Finn Family Moomintroll, Swiss Family Robinson, Heidi, The Hobbit, The Red Balloon, The Jungle Book, Mary Poppins, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, His Dark Materials, The Railway Children, Noddy, The House at Pooh Corner, The Sheep Pig, Stig of the Dump, Fungus the Bogeyman, Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Secret Seven, Famous Five, Black Beauty, The Diary of a Young Girl, The Boy in Striped Pyjamas, Artemis Fowl and many more who lived happily ever after.

    Imprint: PAVILLION
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • 18 TINY DEATHS : The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics
    18 TINY DEATHS : The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics
    GOLDFARB BRUCE
    ISBN: 9781913068042
    Title: 18 TINY DEATHS : The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics
    Author: GOLDFARB BRUCE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For most of human history, sudden and unexpected deaths of a suspicious nature, when they were investigated at all, were examined by lay persons without any formal training. People often got away with murder. Modern forensic investigation originates with Frances Glessner Lee - a pivotal figure in police science.

    Frances Glessner Lee (1878-1962), born a socialite to a wealthy and influential Chicago family, was never meant to have a career, let alone one steeped in death and depravity. Yet she became the mother of modern forensics and was instrumental in elevating homicide investigation to a scientific discipline.

    Frances Glessner Lee learned forensic science under the tutelage of pioneering medical examiner Magrath - he told her about his cases, gave her access to the autopsy room to observe post-mortems and taught her about poisons and patterns of injury. A voracious reader too, Lee acquired and read books on criminology and forensic science - eventually establishing the largest library of legal medicine.

    Lee went on to create The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death - a series of dollhouse-sized crime scene dioramas depicting the facts of actual cases in exquisitely detailed miniature - and perhaps the thing she is most famous for. Celebrated by artists, miniaturists and scientists, the Nutshell Studies are a singularly unusual collection. They were first used as a teaching tool in homicide seminars at Harvard Medical School in the 1930s, and then in 1945 the homicide seminar for police detectives that is the longest-running and still the highest-regarded training of its kind in America. Both of which were established by the pioneering Lee.

    In 18 TINY DEATHS, Bruce Goldfarb weaves Lee's remarkable story with the advances in forensics made in her lifetime to tell the tale of the birth of modern forensics.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • ADVERSARY
    ADVERSARY
    SCOTT RONNIE
    ISBN: 9780143796640
    Title: ADVERSARY
    Author: SCOTT RONNIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In a house in Brunswick, summer is coming, and a young man is being strongly encouraged to go outside against his will. He says he's not a shut-in, but he certainly acts like one, spending all day taking hot showers and eating Vegemite toast. But when his housemate and best friend, Dan, gets a boyfriend, he is pushed out into the world, in search of friendship and love.

    Will he make friends with the mysterious shawl-wearing Chris L? Will he sleep with Vivian, the American who likes silk sheets, even in January? Or the internet guy, who drives back and forth from the gym all day and whose name he doesn't even know? Why do they all want to go to the pool all the time? Does he really have to go with them? He'd be happiest if Dan just came home . . .

    The Adversary is a sticky summer coming-of-age story about men exploring their sexuality and their sociability. It asks what kinds of stories are possible - or desirable - for which kinds of people, and what happens when you follow those stories to their natural conclusions.

    Imprint: Hamish Hamilton
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AFTER FAME
    AFTER FAME
    RIVIERE SAM
    ISBN: 9780571356928
    Title: AFTER FAME
    Author: RIVIERE SAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    After Fame is a discursive rendering of the Roman epigrammatist Martial's Book I. Its 118 poems, on themes such as work, friendship and public life, are modelled after the source material through a variety of 'treatments' - most notably machine translation (for which Latin still presents near-insurmountable difficulties), employing the results as scaffolding for poems that quickly improvise their way clear of their originals. As it progresses, the book is increasingly interrupted by reflections on authorship, technology, cultural complicity and the privileged, mediating role of the poet: all fixations of Martial's work that still resonate today. Pitched between translation and new writing, After Fame challenges the integrity of both categories, dramatising the obscurity of its source, refraining from easy equivalences, while insisting on its contemporary relevance.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ALEX RIDER 13 : Nightshade
    ALEX RIDER 13 : Nightshade
    HOROWITZ ANTHONY
    ISBN: 9781406395877
    Title: ALEX RIDER 13 : Nightshade
    Author: HOROWITZ ANTHONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Get ready for action, adrenaline and adventure in this explosive, brand new Alex Rider mission by bestselling author, Anthony Horowitz.

    In this adrenaline-fuelled adventure in the number one bestselling series, Alex Rider is sent by MI6 Special Operations to infiltrate a new and sinister organization known only as Nightshade. Alex is on his own, with the fate of thousands of people resting in his hands.

    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS
    ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS
    ATTENBERG JAMI
    ISBN: 9781788163255
    Title: ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS
    Author: ATTENBERG JAMI
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Victor Tuchman - a power-hungry real estate developer and an all-round bad man - is finally on his deathbed. His daughter Alex feels she can finally unearth the secrets of who he really was and what he did over the course of his life. She travels to New Orleans to be with her family, but mostly to interrogate her tight-lipped mother, Barbra.

    As Barbra fends off Alex's unrelenting questions, she reflects on her tumultuous married life. Meanwhile Gary, Alex's brother, is incommunicado, trying to get his movie career off the ground in Los Angeles. And Gary's wife, Twyla, is having a nervous breakdown, buying up all the lipstick in drug stores while bursting into crying fits. As each family member grapples with Victor's history, they must figure out a way to move forward - with one another, for themselves and for the sake of their children.

    * The Washington Post Top Ten Books * Vanity Fair Fall's best new fiction * People Magazine Book of the Week * Time, Must-Read* BBC Culture Must-read *People Best Books of Fall 2019* Amazon, October Pick * Entertainment Weekly Must-read Books * Refinery29 Favourite Books of October * Vulture Best and Biggest Books to Read This Fall* New York Observer Must-read * USA Today Must-Read * Salon Must-read *

    Imprint: SERPENTS TAIL
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ALMOST A MIRROR
    ALMOST A MIRROR
    KRAUTH KIRSTEN
    ISBN: 9781925760507
    Title: ALMOST A MIRROR
    Author: KRAUTH KIRSTEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Shortlisted for the Penguin Literary Prize

    Like fireflies to the light, Mona, Benny and Jimmy are drawn into the elegantly wasted orbit of the Crystal Ballroom and the post-punk scene of 80s Melbourne, a world that includes Nick Cave and Dodge, a photographer pushing his art to the edge.

    With precision and richness Kirsten Krauth hauntingly evokes the power of music to infuse our lives, while diving deep into loss, beauty, innocence and agency. Filled with unforgettable characters, the novel is above all about the shapes that love can take and the many ways we express tenderness throughout a lifetime.

    As it moves between the Blue Mountains and Melbourne, Sydney and Castlemaine, Almost a Mirror reflects on the healing power of creativity and the everyday sacredness of family and friendship in the face of unexpected tragedy.

    Imprint: Transit Lounge
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AN AUSTRALIAN GARDEN
    AN AUSTRALIAN GARDEN
    COX PHILIP
    ISBN: 9781760760939
    Title: AN AUSTRALIAN GARDEN
    Author: COX PHILIP
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sometimes the story of a garden is also the story of a life. Both private retreat and conservation exercise, this sprawling Australian bush garden uses nature as muse to reveal the arresting beauty of the natural landscape.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $70.00

    Price: $70.00
  • AND THEIR CHILDREN AFTER THEM
    AND THEIR CHILDREN AFTER THEM
    MATHIEU NICOLAS
    ISBN: 9781529303834
    Title: AND THEIR CHILDREN AFTER THEM
    Author: MATHIEU NICOLAS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    August 1992. Fourteen-year-old Anthony and his cousin decide to steal a canoe to fight their all-consuming boredom on a lazy summer afternoon. Their simple act of defiance will lead to Anthony's first love and his first real summer - that one summer that comes to define everything that follows.

    Over four sultry summers in the 1990s, Anthony and his friends grow up in a France trapped between nostalgia and decline, decency and rage, desperate to escape their small town, the scarred countryside and grey council estates, for a more hopeful future.

    Winner of the Goncourt Prize and praised for its portrayal of people living on the margins of French society, Nicolas Mathieu's eloquent novel becomes a mirror for the struggles of society today.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • ANIMALS COMPANION : People and their Pets - A 26000 Year Old Love Story
    ANIMALS COMPANION : People and their Pets - A 26000 Year Old Love Story
    HARVEY JACKY COLLISS
    ISBN: 9781911630753
    Title: ANIMALS COMPANION : People and their Pets - A 26000 Year Old Love Story
    Author: HARVEY JACKY COLLISS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The earliest evidence of a human and a pet can be traced as far back as 26,000 BC in France where a boy and his 'canid' took a walk through a cave. Their foot and paw prints were preserved together on the muddy cave floor, and smoke from the torch the boy carried was left on the walls, allowing archaeologists to carbon-date their journey. And so, the story unfolds, from these prehistoric days all the way up to the present, of humans' innate and undeniable need to live in the close company of animals.

    In The Animal's Companion, acclaimed social anthropologist and author of Red: A History of the Redhead, Jacky Colliss Harvey turns her keen eye for cultural investigation and compelling storytelling skills to the history of animals as our companions in the everyday and in adversity. She explores the development of our interest in breeding and accessorising our pets; the connection, in the early nineteenth century, of animals and childhood (from Black Beauty to Lassie); our desire to mourn our pets and send them to the afterlife; and the when, how, and why all of these attitudes have developed over time.

    Along the way Colliss Harvey regales us with wonderful stories of famous, endearing, and sometimes eccentric pet owners throughout history.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ANIMALS IN THAT COUNTRY
    ANIMALS IN THAT COUNTRY
    MCKAY LAURA JEAN
    ISBN: 9781925849530
    Title: ANIMALS IN THAT COUNTRY
    Author: MCKAY LAURA JEAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Out on the road, no one speaks, everything talks.

    Hard-drinking, foul-mouthed, and allergic to bullshit, Jean is not your usual grandma. She's never been good at getting on with other humans, apart from her beloved granddaughter, Kimberly. Instead, she surrounds herself with animals, working as a guide in an outback wildlife park. And although Jean talks to all her charges, she has a particular soft spot for a young dingo called Sue.

    As disturbing news arrives of a pandemic sweeping the country, Jean realises this is no ordinary flu- its chief symptom is that its victims begin to understand the language of animals - first mammals, then birds and insects, too. As the flu progresses, the unstoppable voices become overwhelming, and many people begin to lose their minds, including Jean's infected son, Lee. When he takes off with Kimberly, heading south, Jean feels the pull to follow her kin.

    Setting off on their trail, with Sue the dingo riding shotgun, they find themselves in a stark, strange world in which the animal apocalypse has only further isolated people from other species. Bold, exhilarating, and wholly original, The Animals in That Country asks what would happen, for better or worse, if we finally understood what animals were saying.

    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ANIMALS IN THE SKY
    ANIMALS IN THE SKY
    GILLINGHAM SARA
    ISBN: 9781838660246
    Title: ANIMALS IN THE SKY
    Author: GILLINGHAM SARA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This stylish, informative board book helps younger children identify six of the most recognizable animal constellations from The Big Bear to The Southern Fish. Each constellation is introduced as a cluster of stars with its connected-line shape; readers then guess the animal through a series of read-aloud clues. A full animal illustration gatefold reveals the answer, accompanied by extra information about the constellation and its important stars. Perfect for bedtime stargazing!

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $19.95

    Price: $19.95
  • APPEASING HITLER : Chamberlain, Churchill and the Road to War
    APPEASING HITLER : Chamberlain, Churchill and the Road to War
    BOUVERIE TIM
    ISBN: 9781784705749
    Title: APPEASING HITLER : Chamberlain, Churchill and the Road to War
    Author: BOUVERIE TIM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

    'Appeasing Hitler is an astonishingly accomplished debut' Antony Beevor
    'One of the most promising young historians to enter our field for years' Max Hastings
    'Brilliant and sparkling ... reads like a thriller. I couldn't put it down' Peter Frankopan

    On a wet afternoon in September 1938, Neville Chamberlain stepped off an aeroplane and announced that his visit to Hitler had averted the greatest crisis in recent memory. It was, he later assured the crowd in Downing Street, 'peace for our time'. Less than a year later, Germany invaded Poland and the Second World War began.

    Appeasing Hitler is a compelling new narrative history of the disastrous years of indecision, failed diplomacy and parliamentary infighting that enabled Nazi domination of Europe. Beginning with the advent of Hitler in 1933, it sweeps from the early days of the Third Reich to the beaches of Dunkirk. Bouverie takes us into the backrooms of 10 Downing Street and Parliament, where a small group of rebellious MPs, including the indomitable Winston Churchill, were among the few to realise that the only choice was between 'war now or war later'. And we enter the drawing rooms and dining clubs of fading imperial Britain, where Hitler enjoyed surprising support among the ruling class and even some members of the Royal Family.

    Drawing on deep archival research, including previously unseen sources, this is an unforgettable portrait of the ministers, aristocrats and amateur diplomats who, through their actions and inaction, shaped their country's policy and determined the fate of Europe.

    Both sweeping and intimate, Appeasing Hitler is not only eye-opening history but a timeless lesson on the challenges of standing up to aggression and authoritarianism - and the calamity that results from failing to do so.

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • ART OF STAR WARS : The Rise of Skywalker
    ART OF STAR WARS : The Rise of Skywalker
    SZOSTAK PHIL
    ISBN: 9781419740381
    Title: ART OF STAR WARS : The Rise of Skywalker
    Author: SZOSTAK PHIL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The official behind-the-scenes book of concept, production, and post-production art forStar Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Go inside the creative process behind the most anticipated film of the century. The latest trilogy in theStar Wars film series brings the Skywalker Saga to a close and The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will take readers into the creative process behind visualizing the epic worlds, creatures, characters, costumes, weapons, and vehicles of the landmark conclusion more than 40 years in the making.

    Imprint: ABRAMS
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • ASK ME ABOUT THE FUTURE
    ASK ME ABOUT THE FUTURE
    JESSEN REBECCA
    ISBN: 9780702262791
    Title: ASK ME ABOUT THE FUTURE
    Author: JESSEN REBECCA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Full of zest and flair, Jessen's poems map constellations of desire, loss and longing. Riffing on the future (which isn't what it used to be), dating apps, despair, Bonnie Tyler, Taylor Swift and the lesbian bachelorette, they are set in interstellar queer utopias, maternity wards and single beds. Jessen's edgy, scintillating poems urge us all to be a 'little gay' and to celebrate existence inall its multiplicity.

    These are poems of sly surprises, radical vulnerability, dark-edged humour and vast originality that gently encourage readers to acknowledge past traumas while forging ahead to embrace the future. Following Jessen's award-winning verse novel, Gap,this collection confirms her as a major talent of her generation.


    Imprint: University of Queensland Press
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ASTRONAUTS CAT
    ASTRONAUTS CAT
    RIDDLE TOHBY
    ISBN: 9781760524944
    Title: ASTRONAUTS CAT
    Author: RIDDLE TOHBY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The astronaut's cat is an inside cat.
    And she likes it like that.

    The astronaut's cat is an inside cat - on the Moon! But she dreams about the strange outside world - and the mysterious blue ball that rises into the ink-black sky . . .

    A wonderfully whimsical, funny and surprising story of a very unusual 'inside cat' - by one of Australia's finest picture-book creators. Perfect for readers who are intrigued or inspired by the landscapes of the Moon and the Earth - or fascinated by the inner life of cats.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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