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  • 1599 : A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
    1599 : A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
    SHAPIRO JAMES
    ISBN: 9780571214815
    Title: 1599 : A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAPIRO JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An intimate life of Shakespeare and his age, following him through a single year that changed not only his fortunes but the course of literature


    How did Shakespeare go from being a talented writer of comedies and histories to become one of the greatest writers of tragedies who ever lived? In this one exhilarating year we follow what he reads and writes, what he saw and who he worked with as he rebuilds the Globe theatre and writes four of his most famous plays - Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It and, most remarkably, Hamlet.

    James Shapiro illuminates both Shakespeare's staggering achievement and what Elizabethans experienced in the course of 1599: sending off an army to crush an Irish rebellion, weathering an Armada threat from Spain, gambling in a fledgling East India Company, and waiting to see who would succeed their ageing and childless Queen.

    This book brings the news, intrigue and flavour of the times together with wonderful detail about how Shakespeare worked as a showman, businessman and playwright, to create an exceptionally immediate and gripping account of a fascinating and inspiring moment in history.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ABUNDANCE
    ABUNDANCE
    DILLARD ANNIE
    ISBN: 9781782117735
    Title: ABUNDANCE
    Author: DILLARD ANNIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: MARCH 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Annie Dillard has spent a lifetime examining the world around her with eyes wide open, drinking in all things intensely and relentlessly. Whether observing a sublime lunar eclipse or a moth consumed in a candle flame, the trembling of lily pads on a pond or hundreds of red-winged blackbirds taking flight, Dillard's awe at the fragility of the natural world rejuvenates and inspires pleasure and heartache. Precise in language and deeply meditative in spirit, this is a landmark collection from one of America's masters.

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AFTER
    AFTER
    GEMMELL NIKKI
    ISBN: 9781460753057
    Title: AFTER
    Author: GEMMELL NIKKI
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australia's bravest and most honest writer explores the devastating aftermath of her elderly mother's decision to end her own life.


    Nikki Gemmell's world changed forever in October 2015 when the body of her elderly mother was found and it became clear she had decided to end her own life. After the immediate shock and devastation came the guilt and the horror, for Nikki, her family, relatives and friends. No note was left, so the questions that Elayn's death raised were endless. Was the decision an act of independence or the very opposite? Was it a desperate act driven by hopelessness and anger, or was her euthanasia a reasoned act of empowerment?

    After is the story of Elayn Gemmell - and the often difficult, prickly relationship between mothers and daughters, and how that changes over time. As anguished as it truthful, as powerful as it is profound, After is about life, death, elderly parents, mothers and daughters, hurt and healing, and about how little, sometimes, we know the ones we love the most.

    A deeply intimate, fiercely beautiful, blazingly bold and important book.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AFTER WORDS : POST-PRIME MINISTERIAL SPEECHES
    AFTER WORDS : POST-PRIME MINISTERIAL SPEECHES
    KEATING PAUL
    ISBN: 9781743311943
    Title: AFTER WORDS : POST-PRIME MINISTERIAL SPEECHES
    Author: KEATING PAUL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Books of speeches are rarely published as a compendium of work by one person. After Words is unique in Australian publishing by virtue of its scale and range of subjects, and that all the speeches are the work of one eye and one mind: former Prime Minister Paul Keating.

    Each speech has been conceptualised, contextualised and crafted by Paul Keating. Subject to subject, idea to idea, the speeches are related in a wider construct, which is the way Paul Keating has viewed and thought about the world.The speeches reveal the breadth and depth of his interests - be they cultural, historical, or policy-focused - dealing with subjects as broad as international relations, economic policy and politics. Individual chapters range from a discussion of Jorn Utzon's Opera House through to the redesign of Berlin, the history of native title, the challenge of Asia, the role of the monarchy, to the shape of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2, and more.After Words contains an analytic commentary on Australia's recent social and economic repositioning, in the minds of many, by its principal architect.

    The speeches, more often than not, go beyond observations, as Paul Keating sketches out new vistas and points to new directions.For those interested in matters that go to the future of Australia and the world, After Words presents, unmediated, a panoply of issues which the policy mind and writing style of Paul Keating has sculpted into a recognisable landscape.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • ALAN TURING : THE ENIGMA
    ALAN TURING : THE ENIGMA
    HODGES ANDREW
    ISBN: 9781784700089
    Title: ALAN TURING : THE ENIGMA
    Author: HODGES ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A new edition to celebrate Alan Turing's centenary, includes a new foreword by the author and a preface by Douglas Hofstadter.

    Alan Turing was the extraordinary Cambridge mathematician who masterminded the cracking of the German Enigma ciphers and transformed the Second World War. But his vision went far beyond this crucial achievement. Before the war he had formulated the concept of the universal machine, and in 1945 he turned this into the first design for a digital computer. Turing's far-sighted plans for the digital era forged ahead into a vision for Artificial Intelligence. However, in 1952 his homosexuality rendered him a criminal and he was subjected to humiliating treatment. In 1954, aged 41, Alan Turing committed suicide and one of Britain's greatest scientific minds was lost.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ALEXANDER HAMILTON
    ALEXANDER HAMILTON
    CHERNOW RON
    ISBN: 9781786690029
    Title: ALEXANDER HAMILTON
    Author: CHERNOW RON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The life of one of America's founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton. The riveting life of Alexander Hamilton, an illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean who overcame all the odds to become George Washington's aide-de-camp and the first Treasury Secretary of the United States. Few figures in American history have been more hotly debated than Alexander Hamilton. In this masterful work, Chernow shows how the political and economic greatness of America today is the result of Hamilton's willingness to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time. He charts his titanic feuds with Jefferson, Adams, Madison, Monroe and Burr; his highly public affair with Maria Reynolds; his loving marriage to his loyal wife Eliza; and the famous and mysterious duel with Aaron Burr that led to his death in July 1804. The book was adapted into a hugely successful Broadway musical – nominated for a record 16 Tony awards – which opens in London's West End in September 2017.

    Imprint: HEAD OF ZEUS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ALIVE ALIVE OH! AND OTHER THINGS THAT MATTER
    ALIVE ALIVE OH! AND OTHER THINGS THAT MATTER
    ATHILL DIANA
    ISBN: 9781783782543
    Title: ALIVE ALIVE OH! AND OTHER THINGS THAT MATTER
    Author: ATHILL DIANA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: JANUARY 2016 NEW RELEASE

    Several years ago, Diana Athill accepted that she could no longer live entirely independently, and moved to a retirement home in Highgate. There, she found herself released from the daily anxieties of caring for her own property, and free to settle into her remaining years. From this vantage point, she reflects on what it feels like to be very old, and on the moments in her long life that have risen to the surface and which sustain her in these last years. What really matters in the end? And after a long life, which memories stand out?.

    As she approaches her 100th year, Athill recalls in sparkling, precise detail the exact layout of the garden of her childhood, a vast and beautiful park attached to a large house; relates with humour, clarity and honesty her experiences of the First and Second World Wars and her trips to Europe as a young woman; and in the remarkable title chapter, describes her pregnancy at the age of forty-three, losing the baby and almost losing her life - and her gratitude and joy on discovering that she had survived.

    With vivid memories of the past mingled with candid, wise and often very funny reflections on what it's like to be very old, Alive, Alive Oh! reminds us what really matters, and of the joy to be found at every stage of life.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ALL IN A DONS DAY
    ALL IN A DONS DAY
    BEARD MARY
    ISBN: 9781846685361
    Title: ALL IN A DONS DAY
    Author: BEARD MARY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Her central themes are the classics, universities and teaching - and much else besides. In this second collection following on from the success of It's a Don's Life, Beard ponders whether Gaddafi's home is Roman or not, we share her 'terror of humiliation' as she enters 'hairdresser country' and follow her dilemma as she wanders through the quandary of illegible handwriting on examination papers and 'longing for the next dyslexic' - on whose paper the answers are typed, not handwritten.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ALLEN GINSBERG : BEAT POET
    ALLEN GINSBERG : BEAT POET
    MILES BARRY
    ISBN: 9780753522523
    Title: ALLEN GINSBERG : BEAT POET
    Author: MILES BARRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Allen Ginsberg occupies a significant and enduring position in American literature. Following Ginsberg's death in 1997, Barry Miles has drawn on both his long friendship with the poet and on Ginsberg's journals and correspondence to produce an immensely readable account of one of the twentieth century's most extraordinary poets.

    Imprint: VIRGIN
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.95
  • ALWAYS UNRELIABLE - UNRELIABLE MEMOIRS / FALLING TOWRDS ENGLAND / MAY WEEK WAS IN JUNE
    ALWAYS UNRELIABLE - UNRELIABLE MEMOIRS / FALLING TOWRDS ENGLAND / MAY WEEK WAS IN JUNE
    JAMES CLIVE
    ISBN: 9780330418812
    Title: ALWAYS UNRELIABLE - UNRELIABLE MEMOIRS / FALLING TOWRDS ENGLAND / MAY WEEK WAS IN JUNE
    Author: JAMES CLIVE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Clive James sharp, brilliant and outrageously funny memoirs together in one volume.In Unreliable Memoirs we meet a very young Clive James. One dressed in shorts. His hilarious adventures growing up in post-war Sydney are deliciously recounted in this, the first volume of his memoirs. Next our hero sets sail for London where he hopes to find Success without compromising his Ideals. Falling Towards England tells how, having happily failed to land a suitable job, Clive moves into a little bed and breakfast in Swiss Cottage where he thoughtfully practises the Twist, anticipates the poetical masterpieces yet to be composed, and worries a little about his wardrobe. May Week Was in June sees Clive at Cambridge University, where he enthusiastically involves himself in a wide variety of pursuits (so long as they arent on the syllabus and happen to be female). Then during May week – not only in June but also two weeks long – he marries... and the rest is history.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AMAZING MRS LIVESEY : The Remarkable Story of Australias Greatest Imposter
    AMAZING MRS LIVESEY : The Remarkable Story of Australias Greatest Imposter
    NICHOLLS FREDA MARNIE
    ISBN: 9781760296193
    Title: AMAZING MRS LIVESEY : The Remarkable Story of Australias Greatest Imposter
    Author: NICHOLLS FREDA MARNIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: APRIL 2017 NEW RELEASE

    The truly remarkable life of the notorious Ethel Livesey, a serial fraudster and confidence trickster who became a media sensation after she ran out on her society wedding in 1945 and was later arrested for obtained goods by false pretences.


    Ethel Livesey was quite a gal.

    An attractive young woman from a respectable middle-class family in Manchester, she had over 40 aliases, eight official marriages, four children and five divorces. Her story stretches from industrial England to the French Riviera, from Ireland to New York, Shanghai, New Zealand, the Isle of Man and across Australia. Ethel claimed she was a cotton heiress, wartime nurse, casino hostess, stowaway, artist, opera singer, gambler, spy, close friend of the King, air raid warden, charity queen and even wife of Australian test cricketer Jack Fingleton.

    When her career imploded (with the abandonment of her glittering society marriage in post-war Sydney just two hours before the guests were due to arrive), the story of the Amazing Mrs Livesey was blazoned across newspapers around the world. But what was fact and what was fiction?

    With a prologue by Ethel Livesey's granddaughter, this extraordinary and constantly surprising story of the woman who was possibly Australia’s greatest fraudster is told for the first time in rich and fascinating detail.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AMBULANCE DRIVERS
    AMBULANCE DRIVERS
    MORRIS JAMES MCGRATH
    ISBN: 9780306823831
    Title: AMBULANCE DRIVERS
    Author: MORRIS JAMES MCGRATH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Rich in evocative detail--from Paris cafes to Austrian chateaus, from the streets of Pamplona to the waters of Key West--THE AMBULANCE DRIVERS tells the story of two aspiring writers, Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos, who met in World War I and forged a twenty-year friendship that produced some of America's greatest novels, giving voice to a generation shaken by war.

    In war, Hemingway found adventure, women, and a cause. Dos Passos saw only oppression and futility. Their different visions eventually turned their private friendship into a nasty public fight, fueled by money, jealousy, and lust. This is not only a biography of the turbulent friendship between two of the century's greatest writers but also an illustration of how war inspires and destroys, unites and divides.

    Imprint: PERSEUS
    RRP: $39.99
    Price: $39.99
  • AMERICAN ISIS : The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath
    AMERICAN ISIS : The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath
    ROLLYSON CARL
    ISBN: 9781250043443
    Title: AMERICAN ISIS : The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath
    Author: ROLLYSON CARL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The life and work of Sylvia Plath has taken on the proportions of legend. Educated at Smith College, she had a conflicted relationship with her mother, Aurelia. She then married the poet Ted Hughes and plunged into the Sturm und Drang of literary celebrity. Her poems were fought over, rejected, accepted—and ultimately embraced by readers everywhere. At age thirty she committed suicide by putting her head in an oven while her children slept on the floor above in rooms she had sealed off from the poisonous gas. Ariel, a collection of poems she wrote at white-hot speed during her final months, became a modern classic. Her novel, The Bell Jar, has become a part of the literary canon, appearing on student reading lists worldwide. On the fiftieth anniversary of her death, Carl Rollyson gives us a new biography of Plath that shows her as a powerful figure who embraced both high and low culture to become the Marilyn Monroe of modern literature, a writer who wanted nothing less than to become central to the mythology of modern consciousness. American Isis is the first biography of Sylvia Plath to use materials newly deposited in the Ted Hughes archive at the British Library—including forty-one letters between Plath and Hughes—to create a fresh and startling look at this American icon.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY : A LOVE STORY
    AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY : A LOVE STORY
    KAAG JOHN
    ISBN: 9780374154486
    Title: AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY : A LOVE STORY
    Author: KAAG JOHN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In American Philosophy, John Kaag--a disillusioned philosopher at sea in his marriage and career--stumbles upon a treasure trove of rare books on an old estate in the hinterlands of New Hampshire that once belonged to the Harvard philosopher William Ernest Hocking. The library includes notes from Whitman, inscriptions from Frost, and first editions of Hobbes, Descartes, and Kant. As he begins to catalog and preserve these priceless books, Kaag rediscovers the very tenets of American philosophy--self-reliance, pragmatism, the transcendent--and sees them in a twenty-first-century context.

    Hocking was one of the last true giants of American philosophy. After studying under Harvard's Philosophical Four--William James, George Santayana, Josiah Royce, and George Herbert Palmer--he held the most prestigious chair at the university for the first three decades of the twentieth century. And when his teachers eventually died, he collected the great books from their libraries (filled with marginalia) and combined them with his own rare volumes at his family's estate. And there they remained for nearly eighty years, a time capsule of American thought.

    Part intellectual history, part memoir, American Philosophy is an invigorating investigation of American pragmatism and the wisdom that underlies a meaningful life.

    Imprint: FARRAR STRAUS GIROUX
    RRP: $36.99

    Price: $36.99
  • AN UNSENTIMENTAL BLOKE : THE LIFE AND WORK OF C J DENNIS
    AN UNSENTIMENTAL BLOKE : THE LIFE AND WORK OF C J DENNIS
    BUTTERSS PHILIP
    ISBN: 9781743052877
    Title: AN UNSENTIMENTAL BLOKE : THE LIFE AND WORK OF C J DENNIS
    Author: BUTTERSS PHILIP
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Sentimental Bloke and Doreen are famous characters in Australian popular culture, but their creator deserves to be better known. C.J. Dennis transformed the larrikin from a street thug into a respectable image of Australian identity, and helped shape the Anzac legend. He was more popular than Banjo Paterson or Henry Lawson ever were.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $34.95

    Price: $34.99
  • AND THE CLOCK STRUCK THIRTEEN : THE LIFE AND THOUGHTS OF KAURNA ELDER UNCLE LEWIS YERLOBURKA OBRIEN
    AND THE CLOCK STRUCK THIRTEEN : THE LIFE AND THOUGHTS OF KAURNA ELDER UNCLE LEWIS YERLOBURKA OBRIEN
    GALE MARY-ANNE
    ISBN: 9781862547308
    Title: AND THE CLOCK STRUCK THIRTEEN : THE LIFE AND THOUGHTS OF KAURNA ELDER UNCLE LEWIS YERLOBURKA OBRIEN
    Author: GALE MARY-ANNE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is the story of Kaurna man Uncle Lewis O'Brien and his family, beginning with his great, great grandmother Kudnarto - the first Aboriginal woman to marry a white man in South Australia.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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