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  • 2062 : The World that AI Made
    2062 : The World that AI Made
    WALSH TOBY
    ISBN: 9781760640514
    Title: 2062 : The World that AI Made
    Author: WALSH TOBY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ‘We’ve had the run of planet earth for the last few hundred thousand years: this amazing blue green dot, revolving around a rather typical star on a minor spiral arm of the Milky Way. We owe it to our child homo digitalis to get the next few decades right.’

    2062 is the year by which we will have built machines as intelligent as us. This is what leading AI and robotics experts predict. But what will this future actually look like? When the quest to build intelligent machines has been successful, how will life on this planet unfold?

    In 2062, Toby Walsh considers the impact AI will have on work, war, politics, economics, everyday human life and, indeed, human death. Will robots become conscious? Will automation take away jobs? Will we become immortal machines ourselves, uploading our brains to the cloud?

    What lies in store for homo digitalis – the people of the not-so-distant future who will be living amongst fully functioning artificial intelligence? In the tradition of Yuval Noah Harari’s Homo Deus, 2062 describes the choices we need to make today to ensure that future remains bright.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • CHICKEN AND CHARCOAL - Yakitori - Yardbird, Hong Kong
    CHICKEN AND CHARCOAL - Yakitori - Yardbird, Hong Kong
    ABERGEL MATT
    ISBN: 9780714876450
    Title: CHICKEN AND CHARCOAL - Yakitori - Yardbird, Hong Kong
    Author: ABERGEL MATT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The first cookbook from cult yakitori restaurant Yardbird puts the spotlight on chicken - taking grilling to a whole new level

    Chicken is the world's best loved meat, and yakitori is one of the simplest, healthiest ways to cook it. At Yardbird in Hong Kong, Canadian chef Matt Abergel has put yakitori on the global culinary map. Here, in vivid style, with strong visual references to Abergel's passion for skateboarding, he reveals the magic behind the restaurant's signature recipes, together with detailed explanations of how they source, butcher, skewer, and cook the birds with no need for special equipment. Fire up the grill, and enjoy. The first comprehensive book about yakitori to be published in English, this book will appeal to home cooks and professional chefs alike.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • DOUBLE LIFE
    DOUBLE LIFE
    BERRY FLYNN
    ISBN: 9781474607025
    Title: DOUBLE LIFE
    Author: BERRY FLYNN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Some wounds need more than time. They crave revenge.

    Claire's father is a privileged man: handsome, brilliant, the product of an aristocratic lineage and an expensive education, surrounded by a group of devoted friends who would do anything for him. But when he becomes the prime suspect in a horrific attack on Claire's mother - a pretty little thing who married into the elite ranks of society and dared escape her gilded cage - fate and privilege collide, and a scandal erupts. Claire's father disappears overnight, his car abandoned, blood on the front seat. Thirty years after that hellish night, Claire is obsessed with uncovering the truth, and she knows that the answer is held behind the closed doors of beautiful townhouses and country estates, safeguarded by the same friends who all those years before had answered the call to protect one of their own. Because they know where Claire's father is. They helped him escape. And it's time their pristine lives met her fury.

    A razor-sharp take on privilege, wealth and class- The Secret History meets Big Little Lies and Leila Slimani's Lullaby - A Double Life is a masterclass in psychological suspense.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • EASTERN CURLEW
    EASTERN CURLEW
    SADDLER HARRY
    ISBN: 9781925584219
    Title: EASTERN CURLEW
    Author: SADDLER HARRY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Every year around August, large flocks of Eastern Curlews leave their breeding grounds in the Arctic and embark on a perilous 10,000km journey to the coast of Australia. The birds cannot swim; if they become exhausted and fall into the ocean, they die. But it's a journey they have taken for tens of thousands of years, tracing invisible flyways in the sky in what is one of the most spectacular mass migrations in the animal kingdom. Following the Eastern Curlew along its migratory path, award-winning nature writer Harry Saddler explores how these incredible birds have impressed themselves on the cultures of the countries they fly through, the threat to their survival posed by development, and the remarkable ways these birds and humankind may be entwined.

    The Eastern Curlew is a delightful and vivid portrait of a fascinating natural phenomenon.

    Imprint: AFFIRM PRESS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • EPIC HIKES OF THE WORLD
    EPIC HIKES OF THE WORLD
    ISBN: 9781787014176
    Title: EPIC HIKES OF THE WORLD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With stories of 50 incredible hiking routes in 30 countries, from New Zealand to Peru, plus a further 150 suggestions, Lonely Planet's Epic Hikes of the World will inspire a lifetime of adventure on foot. From one-day jaunts and urban trails to month-long thru-hikes, cultural rambles and mountain expeditions, each journey featured is truly epic.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • EVERYTHING UNDER   -   Booker Shortlist 2018
    EVERYTHING UNDER - Booker Shortlist 2018
    JOHNSON DAISY
    ISBN: 9781910702345
    Title: EVERYTHING UNDER - Booker Shortlist 2018
    Author: JOHNSON DAISY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Words are important to Gretel, always have been. As a child, she lived on a canal boat with her mother, and together they invented a language that was just their own. She hasn't seen her mother since the age of sixteen, though - almost a lifetime ago - and those memories have faded. Now Gretel works as a lexicographer, updating dictionary entries, which suits her solitary nature.

    A phone call from the hospital interrupts Gretel's isolation and throws up questions from long ago. She begins to remember the private vocabulary of her childhood. She remembers other things, too- the wild years spent on the river; the strange, lonely boy who came to stay on the boat one winter; and the creature in the water - a canal thief? - swimming upstream, getting ever closer. In the end there will be nothing for Gretel to do but go back.

    Daisy Johnson's debut novel turns classical myth on its head and takes readers to a modern-day England unfamiliar to most. As daring as it is moving, Everything Under is a story of family and identity, of fate, language, love and belonging that leaves you unsettled and unstrung.

    Imprint: JONATHAN CAPE
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • FIELD GUIDE TO GETTING LOST
    FIELD GUIDE TO GETTING LOST
    SOLNIT REBECCA
    ISBN: 9781786890511
    Title: FIELD GUIDE TO GETTING LOST
    Author: SOLNIT REBECCA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this investigation into loss, losing and being lost, Rebecca Solnit explores the challenges of living with uncertainty. A Field Guide to Getting Lost takes in subjects as eclectic as memory and mapmaking, Hitchcock movies and Renaissance painting,

    Beautifully written, this book combines memoir, history and philosophy, shedding glittering new light on the way we live now.

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • FROM DINOSAURS TO DIPROTODONS : Australia's Amazing Fossils
    FROM DINOSAURS TO DIPROTODONS : Australia's Amazing Fossils
    CLODE DANIELLE
    ISBN: 9781921833472
    Title: FROM DINOSAURS TO DIPROTODONS : Australia's Amazing Fossils
    Author: CLODE DANIELLE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE



    Imprint: TO BE ALLOCATED
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • GUIDE TO NATIVE BEES OF AUSTRALIA
    GUIDE TO NATIVE BEES OF AUSTRALIA
    HOUSTON TERRY
    ISBN: 9781486304066
    Title: GUIDE TO NATIVE BEES OF AUSTRALIA
    Author: HOUSTON TERRY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A Guide to Native Bees of Australia provides a detailed introduction to the estimated 2000 species of Australian bees. Illustrated with stunning photographs, it describes the form and function of bees, their life-cycle stages, nest architecture, sociality and relationships with plants. It also contains systematic accounts of the five families and 58 genera of Australian bees. Photomicrographs of morphological characters and identification keys allow identification of bees to genus level. Natural history enthusiasts, professional and amateur entomologists and beekeepers will find this an essential guide.

    Imprint: CSIRO PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • IN OUR MAD AND FURIOUS CITY   -   Booker Longlist 2018
    IN OUR MAD AND FURIOUS CITY - Booker Longlist 2018
    GUNARATNE GUY
    ISBN: 9781472250209
    Title: IN OUR MAD AND FURIOUS CITY - Booker Longlist 2018
    Author: GUNARATNE GUY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Guy Gunaratne's blistering debut IN OUR MAD AND FURIOUS CITY is an unforgettable portrait of 48 hours on a London council estate, and will appeal to readers of THE BRICKS THAT BUILT THE HOUSES or THIS IS ENGLAND. 'What a voice. What an ear for language... a brave and original piece of work' Kit de Waal, author of MY NAME IS LEON 'A swaggering yet tender and polyphonic debut which capture the nuance of black experience on the streets of London' Observer For Selvon, Ardan and Yusuf, growing up under the towers of Stones Estate, summer means what it does anywhere: football, music, freedom. But now, after the killing of a British soldier, riots are spreading across the city, and nowhere is safe. While the fury swirls around them, Selvon and Ardan remain focused on their own obsessions, girls and grime. Their friend Yusuf is caught up in a different tide, a wave of radicalism surging through his local mosque, threatening to carry his troubled brother, Irfan, with it. Provocative, raw, poetic yet tender, IN OUR MAD AND FURIOUS CITY announces the arrival of a major new talent in fiction.

    Imprint: TINDER PRESS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • KINGS CITY : London under Charles II - A city that transformed a nation - and created modern Britain
    KINGS CITY : London under Charles II - A city that transformed a nation - and created modern Britain
    JORDAN DON
    ISBN: 9780349141374
    Title: KINGS CITY : London under Charles II - A city that transformed a nation - and created modern Britain
    Author: JORDAN DON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A fast-paced and thrilling history of London at the time of King Charles II.

    During the reign of Charles II, London was a city in flux. After years of civil war and political turmoil, England's capital became the centre for major advances in the sciences, the theatre, architecture, trade and ship-building that paved the way for the creation of the British Empire.

    At the heart of this activity was the King, whose return to power from exile in 1660 lit the fuse for an explosion in activity in all spheres of city life. London flourished, its wealth, vibrancy and success due to many figures famous today including Christopher Wren, Samuel Pepys and John Dryden - and others whom history has overlooked until now.

    Throughout the quarter-century Charles was on the throne, London suffered several serious reverses: the plague in 1665 and the Great Fire in 1666, and severe defeat in the Second Anglo-Dutch War, which brought about notable economic decline. But thanks to the genius and resilience of the people of London, and the occasionally wavering stewardship of the King, the city rose from the ashes to become the economic capital of Europe.

    The King's City tells the gripping story of a city that defined a nation and birthed modern Britain - and how the vision of great individuals helped to build the richly diverse place we know today.

    Imprint: ABACUS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • LINCOLN IN THE BARDO - Man Booker Prize Winner 2017
    LINCOLN IN THE BARDO - Man Booker Prize Winner 2017
    SAUNDERS GEORGE
    ISBN: 9781526603968
    Title: LINCOLN IN THE BARDO - Man Booker Prize Winner 2017
    Author: SAUNDERS GEORGE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Man Booker Prize Winner 2017

    The extraordinary first novel by the bestselling, Folio Prize-winning, National Book Award-shortlisted George Saunders, about Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven year old son, Willie, at the dawn of the Civil War

    February 1862. The American Civil War rages while President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son lies gravely ill. Days later, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns to the crypt several times alone to hold his boy's body. From this seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of realism, entering a supernatural domain both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself trapped in a strange purgatory - called, in Tibetan tradition, the bardo - where ghosts mingle, squabble and commiserate, and a monumental struggle erupts over his soul.

    Written with George Saunders' inimitable humour, pathos and grace, Lincoln in the Bardo invents a thrilling new form and confirms him as one of the most important writers of his generation. Deploying a theatrical, kaleidoscopic panoply of voices - living and dead, historical and fictional - Lincoln in the Bardo poses a timeless question: how do we live and love when we know that everything we hold dear must end?

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • MILKMAN - Man Booker Prize Winner 2018
    MILKMAN - Man Booker Prize Winner 2018
    BURNS ANNA
    ISBN: 9780571338740
    Title: MILKMAN - Man Booker Prize Winner 2018
    Author: BURNS ANNA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2018

    Kwame Anthony Appiah, 2018 Chair of judges, comments:

    ‘None of us has ever read anything like this before. Anna Burns’ utterly distinctive voice challenges conventional thinking and form in surprising and immersive prose. It is a story of brutality, sexual encroachment and resistance threaded with mordant humour. Set in a society divided against itself, Milkman explores the insidious forms oppression can take in everyday life.’


    Set in an un-named city but with an astonishing, breath-shorteningly palpable sense of time and place Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. The story of inaction with enormous consequences and decisions that are never made, but for which people are judged and punished. Middle sister is our protagonist. She is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her nearly-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with milkman (which she herself for the life of her cannot work out how it came about). But when first brother-in-law, who of course had sniffed it out, told his wife, her first sister, to tell her mother to come and have a talk with her, middle sister becomes 'interesting'. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous.

    Milkman is a searingly honest novel told in prose that is as precise and unsentimental as it is devastating and brutal. A novel that is at once unlocated and profoundly tethered to place is surely a novel for our times.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • MY PURPLE SCENTED NOVEL
    MY PURPLE SCENTED NOVEL
    MCEWAN IAN
    ISBN: 9781784709389
    Title: MY PURPLE SCENTED NOVEL
    Author: MCEWAN IAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE



    ‘You will have heard of my friend the once celebrated novelist Jocelyn Tarbet, but I suspect his memory is beginning to fade…You’d never heard of me, the once obscure novelist Parker Sparrow, until my name was publicly connected with his. To a knowing few, our names remain rigidly attached, like the two ends of a seesaw. His rise coincided with, though did not cause, my decline… I don’t deny there was wrongdoing. I stole a life, and I don’t intend to give it back. You may treat these few pages as a confession.’


    A jewel of a book: a brand new short story from the author of Atonement. My Purple Scented Novel follows the perfect crime of literary betrayal, scrupulously wrought yet unscrupulously executed, published to celebrate Ian McEwan’s 70th birthday.


    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $3.99

    Price: $3.99
  • MY YEAR OF REST AND RELAXATION
    MY YEAR OF REST AND RELAXATION
    MOSHFEGH OTTESSA
    ISBN: 9781787330412
    Title: MY YEAR OF REST AND RELAXATION
    Author: MOSHFEGH OTTESSA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A shocking, hilarious and strangely tender novel about a young woman's experiment in narcotic hibernation, aided and abetted by one of the worst psychiatrists in the annals of literature.

    Our narrator has many of the advantages of life, on the surface. Young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate, she lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like everything else, by her inheritance. But there is a vacuum at the heart of things, and it isn't just the loss of her parents in college, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her alleged best friend. It's the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong?

    This story of a year spent under the influence of a truly mad combination of drugs, designed to heal us from our alienation from this world, shows us how reasonable, even necessary, that alienation sometimes is. Blackly funny, both merciless and compassionate - dangling its legs over the ledge of 9/11 - this novel is a showcase for the gifts of one of America's major young writers working at the height of her powers.

    Imprint: JONATHAN CAPE
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS : Writing from Manus Prison
    NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS : Writing from Manus Prison
    BOOCHANI BEHROUZ
    ISBN: 9781760555382
    Title: NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS : Writing from Manus Prison
    Author: BOOCHANI BEHROUZ
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An account of life inside Manus detention centre, from journalist and asylum-seeker Behrouz Boochani. 'Our government jailed his body, but his soul remained that of a free man.' RICHARD FLANAGAN

    Where have I come from? From the land of rivers, the land of waterfalls, the land of ancient chants, the land of mountains...

    In 2013, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani was illegally detained on Manus Island. He has been there ever since.

    People would run to the mountains to escape the warplanes and found asylum within their chestnut forests...

    This book is the result. Laboriously tapped out on a mobile phone and translated from the Farsi. It is a voice of witness, an act of survival. A lyric first-hand account. A cry of resistance. A vivid portrait through five years of incarceration and exile.

    Do Kurds have any friends other than the mountains?

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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