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  • 10 MINUTES 38 SECONDS IN THIS STRANGE WORLD   -   Booker Longlist 2019
    10 MINUTES 38 SECONDS IN THIS STRANGE WORLD - Booker Longlist 2019
    SHAFAK ELIF
    ISBN: 9780241293874
    Title: 10 MINUTES 38 SECONDS IN THIS STRANGE WORLD - Booker Longlist 2019
    Author: SHAFAK ELIF
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'In the first minute following her death, Tequila Leila's consciousness began to ebb, slowly and steadily, like a tide receding from the shore. Her brain cells, having run out of blood, were now completely deprived of oxygen. But they did not shut down. Not right away . . . '

    Our brains stay active for ten minutes after our heart stops beating. For Tequila Leila, each minute brings with it a new memory- growing up with her father and his two wives in a grand old house in a quiet Turkish town; watching the women gossip and wax their legs while the men went to mosque; sneaking cigarettes and Western magazines on her way home from school; running away to Istanbul to escape an unwelcome marriage; falling in love with a student who seeks shelter from a riot in the brothel where she works. Most importantly, each memory reminds Leila of the five friends she met along the way - the friends who are now desperately trying to find her.

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • 117 STOREY TREEHOUSE
    117 STOREY TREEHOUSE
    GRIFFITHS ANDY
    ISBN: 9781760559144
    Title: 117 STOREY TREEHOUSE
    Author: GRIFFITHS ANDY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Andy and Terry's treehouse now has 13 new storeys, including a tiny-horse level, a pyjama-party room, an Underpants Museum, a photo-bombing booth, a waiting room, a Door of Doom, a circus, a giant-robot-fighting arena, a traffic school, a water-ski park filled with flesh-eating piranhas and a treehouse visitor centre with a 24-hour information desk, a penguin-powered flying treehouse tour bus and a gift shop.

    Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • 150 BEST TINY SPACE IDEAS
    150 BEST TINY SPACE IDEAS
    ZAMORA FRANCESC
    ISBN: 9780062909220
    Title: 150 BEST TINY SPACE IDEAS
    Author: ZAMORA FRANCESC
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Discover the latest innovations in tiny space design in this lush compendium in the 150 Best series, showcasing 150 full-color profiles.

    As the price of large residences have become increasingly out of reach for many people, aspiring home owners have begun to think smaller. 150 Best Tiny Space Ideas is an exciting overview of the smallest living space designs- architectural and decorating trends that combine to make dwellings under 450 square feet feel welcoming and expansive. All the projects featured in this handsome reference were created by internationally renowned architects and designers who have achieved practical, innovative, and stunning solutions adapted to the specific needs and tastes of their clients.

    Encompassing current trends in small space design, this latest volume in the highly successful 150 Best offers the work of international visionaries who have created and transformed a range of accommodations, from a micro-apartment in Taipei City to a silo in Phoenix to an island shack in British Columbia.

    Filled with black-and-white and four-color photos throughout, 150 Best Tiny Space Ideas is an inspirational resource for designers, interior decorators, and architects, as well homeowners interested in creating warm and truly livable homes regardless of space limitations.

    Imprint: HARPER DESIGN
    RRP: $54.99

    Price: $54.99
  • 21 LESSONS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
    21 LESSONS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
    HARARI YUVAL NOAH
    ISBN: 9781784708283
    Title: 21 LESSONS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
    Author: HARARI YUVAL NOAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sapiens showed us where we came from. Homo Deus looked to the future. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century explores the present.

    How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism? What should we teach our children?

    Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a thrilling journey through today's most urgent issues. The golden thread running through his exhilarating new book is the challenge of maintaining our collective and individual focus in the face of constant and disorienting change. Are we still capable of understanding the world we have created?

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ALL EYES ON US
    ALL EYES ON US
    FRICK KIT
    ISBN: 9781471186011
    Title: ALL EYES ON US
    Author: FRICK KIT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Pretty Little Liars meets People Like Us in this taut, tense thriller...

    "If you like your YA thrillers smart, suspenseful, and full of complex characters, then you'll love All Eyes on Us" Karen M. McManus, author of One of Us Is Lying and Two Can Keep a Secret

    PRIVATE NUMBER: Wouldn't you look better without a cheater on your arm?

    AMANDA: Who is this?

    The daughter of small town social climbers, Amanda Kelly is deeply invested in her boyfriend, real estate heir Carter Shaw. He's kind, ambitious, the town golden boy - but he's far from perfect. Because behind Amanda's back, Carter is also dating Rosalie.

    PRIVATE NUMBER: I'm watching you, Sweetheart.

    ROSALIE: Who IS this?

    Rosalie Bell is fighting to remain true to herself and her girlfriend - while concealing her identity from her Christian fundamentalist parents. After years spent in and out of conversion "therapy" her own safety is her top priority. But maintaining a fake, straight relationship is killing her from the inside.

    When an anonymous texter ropes Amanda and Rosalie into a bid to take Carter down, the girls become collateral damage - and unlikely allies in a fight to unmask their stalker before Private uproots their lives.

    PRIVATE NUMBER: You shouldn't have ignored me. Now look what you made me do...

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $17.99

    Price: $17.99
  • ALLEGRA IN THREE PARTS
    ALLEGRA IN THREE PARTS
    DANIEL SUZANNE
    ISBN: 9781760781712
    Title: ALLEGRA IN THREE PARTS
    Author: DANIEL SUZANNE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    I can split myself in two... something I have to do because of Joy and Matilde. They are my grandmothers and I love them both and they totally love me but they can't stand each other.

    Eleven-year-old Allegra shuttles between her grandmothers who live next door to one another but couldn't be more different. Matilde works all hours and instils discipline, duty and restraint. She insists that Allegra focus on her studies to become a doctor. Meanwhile free-spirited Joy is full of colour, possibility and emotion, storing all her tears in little glass bottles. She is riding the second wave of the women's movement in the company of her penny tortoise, Simone de Beauvoir, encouraging Ally to explore broad horizons and live her 'true essence'. And then there's Rick who lives in a flat out the back and finds distraction in gambling and solace in surfing. He's trying to be a good father to Al Pal, while grieving the woman who links them all but whose absence tears them apart.

    Allegra is left to orbit these three worlds wishing they loved her a little less and liked each other a lot more. Until one day the unspoken tragedy that's created this division explodes within the person they all cherish most.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AND HOW ARE YOU DR SACKS? : A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks
    AND HOW ARE YOU DR SACKS? : A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks
    WESCHLER LAWRENCE
    ISBN: 9780374236410
    Title: AND HOW ARE YOU DR SACKS? : A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks
    Author: WESCHLER LAWRENCE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The untold story of Dr. Oliver Sacks, his own most singular patient.

    The author Lawrence Weschler began spending time with Oliver Sacks in the early 1980s, when he set out to profile the neurologist for his own new employer, The New Yorker. Almost a decade earlier, Dr. Sacks had published his masterpiece Awakenings--the account of his long-dormant patients' miraculous but troubling return to life in a Bronx hospital ward. But the book had hardly been an immediate success, and the rumpled clinician was still largely unknown. Over the ensuing four years, the two men worked closely together until, for wracking personal reasons, Sacks asked Weschler to abandon the profile, a request to which Weschler acceded. The two remained close friends, however, across the next thirty years and then, just as Sacks was dying, he urged Weschler to take up the project once again. This book is the result of that entreaty.
    Weschler sets Sacks's brilliant table talk and extravagant personality in vivid relief, casting himself as a beanpole Sancho to Sacks's capacious Quixote. We see Sacks rowing and ranting and caring deeply; composing the essays that would form The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat; recalling his turbulent drug-fueled younger days; helping his patients and exhausting his friends; and waging intellectual war against a medical and scientific establishment that failed to address his greatest concern: the spontaneous specificity of the individual human soul. And all the while he is pouring out a stream of glorious, ribald, hilarious, and often profound conversation that establishes him as one of the great talkers of the age. Here is the definitive portrait of Sacks as our preeminent romantic scientist, a self-described "clinical ontologist" whose entire practice revolved around the single fundamental question he effectively asked each of his patients: How are you? Which is to say, How do you be?

    A question which Weschler, with this book, turns back on the good doctor himself.

    Imprint: Farrar Straus and Giiroux
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ARGH THERES A SKELETON INSIDE YOU
    ARGH THERES A SKELETON INSIDE YOU
    BEN-BARAK IDAN
    ISBN: 9781760631635
    Title: ARGH THERES A SKELETON INSIDE YOU
    Author: BEN-BARAK IDAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Quog and Oort are on their way to Kevin's birthday party. Unfortunately, their spaceship has crashed. Pick up this book to lend them a hand!

    An interstellar exploration of hands and what's inside them, from the award-winning creators of the internationally successful Do Not Lick This Book.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ART OF GROWING UP
    ART OF GROWING UP
    MARSDEN JOHN
    ISBN: 9781760556723
    Title: ART OF GROWING UP
    Author: MARSDEN JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When I hear parents say 'I want my children to enjoy their childhood; there'll be time when they're older to learn about those things', I hear the voices of those who are scared of the vastness of the universe. These adults have a view of childhood as some kind of discrete interval, rather than just a few years from the continuum of life. How fortunate that the spirit, courage and curiosity of many young people remain largely undefeated by such adults.

    John Marsden has spent his adult life engaging with young minds - through both his award-winning, internationally bestselling young adult fiction and his work as one of Australia's most esteemed and experienced educators. As the founder and principal of two schools, John is at the coalface of education and daily witness to the inevitable and yet still mysterious process of growing up.

    Now, in this astonishing, insightful and hugely ambitious manifesto, John pulls together all he has learned from over thirty years' experience working with and writing for young people. He shares his insights into everything - from the role of schools and the importance of education, to problem parents and problem children, and the conundrum of what it means to grow up and be 'happy' in the 21st century.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AS HAPPY AS HERE
    AS HAPPY AS HERE
    GODWIN JANE
    ISBN: 9780734419231
    Title: AS HAPPY AS HERE
    Author: GODWIN JANE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Three teenage girls from very different backgrounds find themselves sharing a hospital ward. When they witness a crime in the park below their window, they bond over trying to solve the crime and each one undergoes a profound change.

    A beautiful coming-of-age story about identity, expectation, class, justice, society, fairness, and, above all, kindness.

    Imprint: LOTHIAN
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • ASTRID NOTES
    ASTRID NOTES
    BASHFORD TARYN
    ISBN: 9781760552213
    Title: ASTRID NOTES
    Author: BASHFORD TARYN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Astrid Bell
    Dutiful daughter. Classical singer. Secret pop songwriter. And suffering from stage fright.

    Jacob Skalicky.
    Trust Fund Kid. Indie singer. Immensely gifted performer. And refusing to sing again.

    Are they polar opposites? In his grief and fury at the world, Jacob certainly thinks so.

    But when Jacob loses everything and Astrid uncovers a shocking family secret, they may need each other to make sense of their lives.

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $18.99

    Price: $18.99
  • AUSTRALIA MODERN : Architecture Landscape & Design 1925 1975
    AUSTRALIA MODERN : Architecture Landscape & Design 1925 1975
    LEWI HANNAH / GOAD PHILIP
    ISBN: 9781760760151
    Title: AUSTRALIA MODERN : Architecture Landscape & Design 1925 1975
    Author: LEWI HANNAH / GOAD PHILIP
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the Sydney Opera House and the National Gallery of Victoria to sought-after homes across the country, the pervasive presence of modernism is inescapable in Australia. Led by the likes of Robin Boyd, Harry Seidler and Walter Burley Griffin, modernist architects and designers set out to rebuild at all scales, from vast infrastructure projects, to public health and education institutions, to new centres of culture, consumption and leisure.

    Australia Modern vividly captures this architectural legacy with a survey of 100 significant modern sites, richly illustrated with archival images and newly commissioned photographs. Contextual essays by leading voices in architecture and conservation explore modernism’s influence on every facet of life in Australia and the ongoing challenges facing preservation. Showcasing projects from the iconic and the urban to the everyday, the regional and the lesser known, Australia Modern cultivates an appreciation for the modern architects and buildings that will increasingly constitute the heritage of tomorrow.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $80.00

    Price: $80.00
  • AUSTRALIAN BIRD GUIDE   -   Revised Edition
    AUSTRALIAN BIRD GUIDE - Revised Edition
    MENKHORST PETER
    ISBN: 9781486311934
    Title: AUSTRALIAN BIRD GUIDE - Revised Edition
    Author: MENKHORST PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Winner of the 2018 ABIA Small Publisher's Adult Book of the Year Winner of the 2017 Whitley Medal Australia’s avifauna is large, diverse and spectacular, reflecting the continent’s impressive range of habitats and evolutionary history. With specially commissioned paintings of over 900 species, The Australian Bird Guide is the most comprehensive field guide to Australian birds ever seen. This Revised Edition includes updated maps, artwork and species accounts, reflecting current knowledge of the biology and distribution of Australia’s birds. It features around 4700 specially commissioned colour illustrations of over 900 species, with particular emphasis on providing the fine detail required to identify difficult groups and distinctive plumages. Comprehensive species accounts have been written by a dedicated team of ornithologists to ensure identification details, distribution and status are current and accurate. A new easier-to-use index is also included. The Australian Bird Guide sets a new standard in field guides, providing an indispensable reference for all birders and naturalists looking to explore Australia’s magnificent and unique birdlife.

    Imprint: CSIRO PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • AUSTRALIANAMA : The South Asian Odyssey in Australia
    AUSTRALIANAMA : The South Asian Odyssey in Australia
    KHATUN SAMIA
    ISBN: 9780702262623
    Title: AUSTRALIANAMA : The South Asian Odyssey in Australia
    Author: KHATUN SAMIA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australian deserts remain dotted with the ruins of old mosques. Beginning with a Bengali poetry collection discovered in a nineteenth-century mosque in the town of Broken Hill, Samia Khatun weaves together the stories of various peoples colonised by the British Empire to chart a history of South Asian diaspora.

    Australianama (The Book of Australia) composes a history of Muslims in Australia through Sufi poetry, Urdu travel tales, Persian dream texts and Arabic concepts, as well as Wangkangurru song-poetry, Arabunna women's stories and Kuyani histories, leading readers through the rich worlds of non-white peoples that are missing from historical records.
    Khatun challenges a central idea that powerfully shapes history books across the Anglophone world- that European knowledge traditions are superior to the epistemologies of the colonised. Arguing that Aboriginal and South Asian language sources are keys to the vast, complex libraries that belie colonised geographies, Australianama shows that stories in colonised tongues can transform the very ground from which we view past, present and future.

    Imprint: UNI OF QUEENSLAND PRESS
    RRP: $34.95

    Price: $34.95
  • BACK ON TRACK : How one man and his dogs are changing the lives of rural kids
    BACK ON TRACK : How one man and his dogs are changing the lives of rural kids
    SHAKESHAFT BERNIE
    ISBN: 9780733642128
    Title: BACK ON TRACK : How one man and his dogs are changing the lives of rural kids
    Author: SHAKESHAFT BERNIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A thought-provoking and heart-warming story of how one man (and his working dogs) is giving rural kids, on their last chance, a second chance.

    As a kid, Bernie Shakeshaft's mischievous and reckless behaviour led him to became known as the wild one of his devout Catholic family. It isn't surprising that his path led him to the Northern Territory, a place where people often go to either lose themselves or find themselves. Bernie, a searcher for his purpose in life, found himself.

    He had many jobs, firstly as a ringer on a cattle station owned by the Packer family, and later as a dingo trapper for the Parks and Wildlife Service. Throughout it all, he drank, he swore, he fought, and took chances with his own well-being. But, crucially, he also developed deep connections with the Indigenous people, and it was these connections that helped lay the foundations for what was to come. He worked for youth welfare organisations, and all the while he built up his knowledge about helping wayward youths, particularly those from Indigenous communities.

    Years later, Bernie was living in Armidale. He'd been visiting too many kids in prison and going to too many funerals. The usual methods weren't working so that reckless, mischievous kid inside him decided he could do better. He started a youth program called BackTrack, with three aims: To keep them alive, out of jail and chasing their hopes and dreams.

    For most, this was their last chance. Combining life skills, education, job preparedness with rural work, Bernie threw in one other factor: dogs! And it works. With the help of these working dogs, the lost boys (and girls) find their way back on track. These days, Backtrack youth tour the country competing in dog-jumping trials. Bernie and the BackTrack team are now supporting other communities in Lake Cargelligo, Broken Hill, Dubbo and Grafton, and have forged a new beginning for over 1000 young people. This one man is making a huge difference.

    In Back on Track, bestselling author James Knight tells Bernie's story and the stories of those whose lives he has saved. It is a powerful reminder that we should never give up on our kids.



    He had many jobs, firstly as a ringer on a cattle station owned by the Packer family, and later as a dingo trapper for the Parks and Wildlife Service. Throughout it all, he drank, he swore, he fought, and took chances with his own well-being. But, crucially, he also developed deep connections with the Indigenous people, and it was these connections that helped lay the foundations for what was to come. He worked for youth welfare organisations, and all the while he built up his knowledge about helping wayward youths, particularly those from Indigenous communities.



    Years later, Bernie was living in Armidale. He'd been visiting too many kids in prison and going to too many funerals. The usual methods weren't working so that reckless, mischievous kid inside him decided he could do better. He started a youth program called BackTrack, with three aims: To keep them alive, out of jail and chasing their hopes and dreams.



    For most, this was their last chance. Combining life skills, education, job preparedness with rural work, Bernie threw in one other factor: dogs! And it works. With the help of these working dogs, the lost boys (and girls) find their way back on track. These days, Backtrack youth tour the country competing in dog-jumping trials. Bernie and the BackTrack team are now supporting other communities in Lake Cargelligo, Broken Hill, Dubbo and Grafton, and have forged a new beginning for over 1000 young people. This one man is making a huge difference.



    In Back on Track, bestselling author James Knight tells Bernie's story and the stories of those whose lives he has saved. It is a powerful reminder that we should never give up on our kids.





    'This fella Bernie, he's a good fella, a bit of a genius really. What a great story.' - Russell Crowe

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BAD BOY OF ATHENS : Classics from the Greeks to Game of Thrones
    BAD BOY OF ATHENS : Classics from the Greeks to Game of Thrones
    MENDELSOHN DANIEL
    ISBN: 9780007545155
    Title: BAD BOY OF ATHENS : Classics from the Greeks to Game of Thrones
    Author: MENDELSOHN DANIEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This striking new collection exemplifies the way in which Mendelsohn – a classicist by training who writes extensively for popular publications – uses the classics as a lens to think about urgent contemporary debates.

    There is much to surprise here. Mendelsohn invokes the automatons featured in Homer's epics to help explain the AI films Ex Machina and Her, and perceives how Ted Hughes sought redemption by translating a play of Euripides (the ‘bad boy of Athens') about a wayward husband whose wife returns from the dead. There are essays on Sappho's sexuality and the feminism of Game of Thrones; on how Virgil's Aeneid prefigures post-World War II history and why we are still obsessed by the Titanic; on Patrick Leigh Fermor's final journey, Karl Ove Knausgaard's autofiction, and the plays of Tom Stoppard, Tennessee Williams, and Noël Coward. The collection ends with a poignant account of the author's boyhood correspondence with the historical novelist Mary Renault, which inspired his ambition to become a writer.

    In The Bad Boy of Athens, Mendelsohn provokes and dazzles with erudition, emotion, and tart wit while his essays dance across eras, cultures, and genres. This is a provocative collection which sees today's master of popular criticism using the ancient past to reach into the very heart of modern culture.

    Imprint: COLLINS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
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