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  • PIG THE FIBBER   -   Board Book
    PIG THE FIBBER - Board Book
    BLABEY AARON
    ISBN: 9781760273910
    Title: PIG THE FIBBER - Board Book
    Author: BLABEY AARON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    He's back! But this time Pig, the world's greediest Pug, is telling great big lies.

    Won't he ever learn?!

    Another laugh-out-loud book from the best-selling creator of Pig the Pug.

    Imprint: SCHOLASTIC
    RRP: $9.99

    Price: $9.99
  • PRAIRIE FIRES : The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
    PRAIRIE FIRES : The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
    FRASER CAROLINE
    ISBN: 9780708898680
    Title: PRAIRIE FIRES : The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
    Author: FRASER CAROLINE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Millions of readers of the 'Little House' books believe they know Laura Ingalls Wilder - the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains as her family chased their American dream. But the true story of her life has never been fully told.

    Drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries and public records, Caroline Fraser masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder's biography, uncovering the grown-up story behind the best-loved childhood epic of pioneer life.

    Set against nearly a century of unimaginable change, from the Homestead Act and the Indian Wars to the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression, Wilder's life was full of drama and adversity. Settling on the frontier amid land-rush speculation, her family endured Biblical tribulations of locusts and drought, poverty and want, before she left at the age of eighteen to marry Almanzo. This is where the books end, but there is so much more to tell; deep in debt after a series of personal tragedies, Laura and Almanzo uprooted themselves once again, crisscrossing the country, taking menial jobs to support the family. In middle age, she began writing a farm advice column, prodded by her journalist daughter Rose. And at the age of sixty, fearing the loss of almost everything in the Depression, she turned to children's books, recasting her extraordinarily difficult childhood as a triumphal vision of homesteading - achieving fame and fortune in the process.

    Laura Ingalls Wilder's life is one of the most astonishing rags-to-riches stories in American letters. Offering fresh insight and new discoveries, Prairie Fires reveals the complex woman who defined the American pioneer character, and whose artful blend of fact and fiction grips us to this day.

    Imprint: FLEET
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ROME : A History in Seven Sackings
    ROME : A History in Seven Sackings
    KNEALE MATTHEW
    ISBN: 9781786492333
    Title: ROME : A History in Seven Sackings
    Author: KNEALE MATTHEW
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    No city on earth has preserved its past as has Rome. Visitors stand on bridges that were crossed by Julius Caesar and Cicero, walk around temples visited by Roman emperors, and step into churches that have hardly changed since popes celebrated mass in them sixteen centuries ago.

    These architectural survivals are all the more remarkable considering the violent disasters that have struck the city. Afflicted by earthquakes, floods, fires and plagues, it has most of all been repeatedly ravaged by roving armies. Rome: A History in Seven Sackings examines the most important of these attacks and reveals, with fascinating insight, how they transformed the city - and not always for the worse.

    From the Gauls to the Nazis, Kneale vividly recounts those threatening the city, while drawing an intense and vibrant portrait of the city and its inhabitants, both before and after being attacked. In these troubled times when our cities can seem fragile, Rome's history offers a picture that is both shocking and also reassuring. Like the Neapolitans from Norman Lewis's Naples 44, Romans have repeatedly shrugged off catastrophes and made their city anew.

    A meticulously researched, magical and novel blend of travelogue, social and cultural history, Rome: A History in Seven Sackings is part celebration of the fierce courage, panache and vitality of the Roman people, and part passionate love letter to Rome. This is a popular history of the famous, incomparable city like no other.

    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $35.99
  • SCORN : The Wittiest and Wickedest Insults in Human History
    SCORN : The Wittiest and Wickedest Insults in Human History
    PARRIS MATTHEW
    ISBN: 9781781257302
    Title: SCORN : The Wittiest and Wickedest Insults in Human History
    Author: PARRIS MATTHEW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A totally up-to-date compendium of the sharpest, wittiest and downright rudest insults in human history.

    'He's 100% political herpes. Back in six months whatever you do. Or three days, like last time.' - Camilla Long on Nigel Farage

    'You're as ugly as a salad.' - Bulgarian insult

    'I'm going to beat him so bad he'll need a shoehorn to put his hat on.' - Muhammed Ali

    There's no pleasure like a perfectly-turned put-down (when it's directed at somebody else, of course) but Matthew Parris's Scorn is sharply different from the standard collections. Here are the funniest, sharpest, rudest and most devastating insults in history, from ancient Roman graffiti to the battlefields of Twitter.

    Drawing on bile from such masters as Dorothy Parker, Elizabeth I, Donald Trump, Groucho Marx, Princess Anne, Winston Churchill, Nigel Farage, Mae West and Alastair Campbell - which form an exchange between voices down the ages - Scorn shows that abuse can be an art form. This collection includes extended literary invective as well as short verbal shin-kicks.

    Encompassing literature, art, politics, showbiz, marriage, gender, nationality and religion, Matthew Parris's sublime collection is the perfect companion for the festive season, whether you're searching for the perfect elegant riposte, the rudest polite letter ever written, or a brutal verbal sledgehammer.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • SIX MINUTES IN MAY : How Churchill Unexpectedly Became Prime Minister
    SIX MINUTES IN MAY : How Churchill Unexpectedly Became Prime Minister
    SHAKESPEARE NICHOLAS
    ISBN: 9781846559730
    Title: SIX MINUTES IN MAY : How Churchill Unexpectedly Became Prime Minister
    Author: SHAKESPEARE NICHOLAS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    London, early May 1940: Britain is on the brink of war and Neville Chamberlain’s government is about to fall. It is hard for us to imagine the Second World War without Winston Churchill taking over at the helm, but in SIX MINUTES IN MAY Nicholas Shakespeare shows how easily events could have gone in a different direction.

    The first land battle of the war was fought in the far north, in Norway. It went disastrously for the Allies and many blamed Churchill. Yet weeks later he would rise to the most powerful post in the country, overtaking Chamberlain and the favourite to succeed him, Lord Halifax.

    It took just six minutes for MPs to cast the votes that brought down Chamberlain. Shakespeare shows us both the dramatic action on the battlefield in Norway and the machinations and personal relationships in Westminster that led up to this crucial point. Uncovering fascinating new research and delving deep into the backgrounds of the key players, he has given us a new perspective on this critical moment in our history.

    Imprint: HARVILL
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • SLOUCHING TOWARDS BETHLEHEM
    SLOUCHING TOWARDS BETHLEHEM
    DIDION JOAN
    ISBN: 9780008284640
    Title: SLOUCHING TOWARDS BETHLEHEM
    Author: DIDION JOAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Classic literary journalism which defined, for many, the state of America during the upheaval of the Sixties Revolution

    "It was not a country in open revolution. It was not a country under enemy siege. It was the United States of America in the cold late spring of 1967, and the market was steady and the GNP high and a great many articulate people seemed to have a sense of high social purpose and it might have been a spring of brave hopes and national promise, but it was not…"

    "So physically small, so temperamentally unobtrusive, and so neurotically inarticulate" that people tended to forget that her presence ran counter to their best interests, Joan Didion slipped herself into the heart of the Sixties Revolution, only to slip out again with this savage masterpiece, which, since first publication in 1968, has been acknowledged as an unparalleled report on the state of America during those curious days. Now that some of the posturing and pronouncements of those times are being recycled, Didion's sobering reflections are timely once again: 'the future always looks good in the golden land, because no one remembers the past."

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • STORM BOY : The Gift Edition
    STORM BOY : The Gift Edition
    THEILE COLIN
    ISBN: 9781921024658
    Title: STORM BOY : The Gift Edition
    Author: THEILE COLIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A moving story which became a magical film, 'Storm Boy' is one of the classics of Australian writing for children. With anticipation of the new film coming out next year this classic edition has new illustrations and is now in a hardback gift edition. Storm Boy saves the life of Mr Percival, and in return the pelican helps Storm Boy's father with his fishing and joins in the rescue of a shipwrecked crew. The boy and the pelican prove friends to the end. Storm Boy remake film has just finalised filming in SA Coorong with actor Geoffrey Rush. The 1976 classic Storm Boy will be retold by its central character, Mike, now as an older man.

    Imprint: NEW HOLLAND
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • STORM FOR THE LIVING AND THE DEAD : Uncollected and Unpublished Poems
    STORM FOR THE LIVING AND THE DEAD : Uncollected and Unpublished Poems
    BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780062656513
    Title: STORM FOR THE LIVING AND THE DEAD : Uncollected and Unpublished Poems
    Author: BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A timeless selection of some of Charles Bukowski's best unpublished and uncollected poems

    Charles Bukowski was a prolific writer who produced countless short stories, novels, and poems that have reached beyond their time and place to speak to generations of readers all over the world. Many of his poems remain little known, material that appeared in small magazines but was never collected, and a large number of them have yet to be published.

    In Storm for the Living and the Dead, Abel Debritto has curated the very finest of this material-poems from obscure, hard-to-find magazines, as well as from libraries and private collections all over the country-most of which will be new to Bukowski's readers and some of which has never been seen before. In doing so, Debritto has captured the essence of Bukowski's inimitable poetic style-tough and hilarious but ringing with humanity. Storm for the Living and the Dead is a gift for any devotee of the Dirty Old Man of American letters.

    Imprint: ECCO
    RRP: $42.99

    Price: $42.99
  • STORY OF LOOKING
    STORY OF LOOKING
    COUSINS MARK
    ISBN: 9781782119111
    Title: STORY OF LOOKING
    Author: COUSINS MARK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A fully illustrated investigation into the elements of looking, combining art, science, psychology and history to create the story of visual culture over six thousand years.

    Looking can be an act of empathy or aggression. It can provoke desire or express it. And from the blurry, edgeless world we inhabit as infants to the landscape of screens we grow into, looking can define us.

    In The Story of Looking, filmmaker and writer Mark Cousins takes us on a lightning-bright tour - in words and images - through how our looking selves develop over the course of a lifetime, and the ways that looking has changed through the centuries. From great works of art to tourist photographs, from cityscapes to cinema, through science and protest, propaganda and refusals to look, the false mirrors and great visionaries of looking, this book illuminates how we construct as well as receive the things we see.

    Brilliant and eclectic, The Story of Looking is a photo album and an art gallery, a road movie and a visual grammar: once you've read it, you'll never see things the same way again.

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • STROKE OF GENIUS
    STROKE OF GENIUS
    HAIGH GIDEON
    ISBN: 9780143785965
    Title: STROKE OF GENIUS
    Author: HAIGH GIDEON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Today Victor Trumper is, literally, a legend – revered for deeds lost in time, a hallowed name from the golden era from before the moving image began to dictate memories and Bradman reset the records.

    In life, Trumper was Australia’s first world beater – at his peak just after Federation, he was not just a cricketer but an artist of the bat, the genius of a new era, a symbol of what Australia could be. Crowds flocked to his club matches, English supporters cheered him on in Tests, and at his early funeral in 1915 – even amidst the grief of war – mourners choked the streets of Sydney.

    Trumper lives on, not just as the name of a stand at the SCG, or a park near his former home ground. He lives in an image that captures him mid-stroke: a daring player’s graceful advance into the unknown, alive with intent and controlled abandon. Reproduced countless times in cricket books and pavilions around the world, it conjures an era, an attitude – cricket’s first imaginings of itself – and encapsulates the timeless beauty of sport like none other.

    If Trumper is a legend, George Beldam’s ‘Jumping Out’ has become an icon.

    But that image has almost paradoxically obscured the story of its subject. Man and photograph have entranced Gideon Haigh since childhood, and in Stroke of Genius he explores both the real Victor Trumper and the process of his iconography. Together they inspired a profound moral and aesthetic revaluation of the game, and changed the way we think about cricket, art and Australia. In this inventive, fresh and compelling work of history, Haigh reveals how Trumper, and Beldam’s incarnation of his brilliance, are at the intersection of sport and art, history and timelessness, reality and myth.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • SWEARING IS GOOD FOR YOU : The Amazing Science of Bad Language
    SWEARING IS GOOD FOR YOU : The Amazing Science of Bad Language
    BYRNE EMMA
    ISBN: 9781781255773
    Title: SWEARING IS GOOD FOR YOU : The Amazing Science of Bad Language
    Author: BYRNE EMMA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The science of swearing: from neuroscience to swearing apes, why we swear, what it does to us and why it's important.

    Swearing, it turns out, is an incredibly useful part of our linguistic repertoire. Not only has some form of swearing existed since the earliest humans began to communicate, but it has been shown to reduce physical pain, help stroke victims recover their language, and encourage people to work together as a team.

    Swearing Is Good For You is a spirited and hilarious defence of our most cherished dirty words, backed by historical case studies and cutting-edge research. From chimpanzees creating their own curse words, to a man who lost half his brain in a mining accident experiencing a new-found compulsion to swear - Dr Emma Byrne outlines the fascinating science behind swearing; how it affects us both physically and emotionally, and how it is more natural and beneficial than we are led to believe.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • TERRORISM AND COMMUNISM : A Reply to Karl Kautsky
    TERRORISM AND COMMUNISM : A Reply to Karl Kautsky
    TROTSKY LEON
    ISBN: 9781786633439
    Title: TERRORISM AND COMMUNISM : A Reply to Karl Kautsky
    Author: TROTSKY LEON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Written in the white heat of revolutionary Russia's Civil War, Trotsky's Terrorism and Communism is one of the most potent defenses of revolutionary dictatorship. In his provocative commentary to this new edition the philosopher Slavoj Zizek argues that Trotsky's attack on the illusions of liberal democracy has a vital relevance today.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • THERE IT IS AGAIN : Selected Non-Fiction   **Special Price**
    THERE IT IS AGAIN : Selected Non-Fiction **Special Price**
    WATSON DON
    ISBN: 9780143787006
    Title: THERE IT IS AGAIN : Selected Non-Fiction **Special Price**
    Author: WATSON DON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From birds, to love letters, imagined apologies, politicians, pokies and the horses, Don Watson brings his distinctive voice and way of seeing to a myriad of subjects.

    Speechwriter, historian, essayist, word doctor; Don Watson has a gift for gently guiding us to the nub of a matter and a grinding of the teeth, an aha or a chuckle with his fine facility with words.

    Over the years Don has written on politics and politicians – Australian and North American, sport, birds and nature, horse-racing, history and military events. Sometimes in celebration of a moment or a creature of beauty and other times because he deplores something he has seen and must take a stand.

    At the heart of all of his work is the knowledge that words, with meaning, matter.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $27.99
  • TINKERING : The Complete Book of John Clarke
    TINKERING : The Complete Book of John Clarke
    CLARKE JOHN
    ISBN: 9781925603194
    Title: TINKERING : The Complete Book of John Clarke
    Author: CLARKE JOHN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The sudden death of John Clarke in April 2017 cut short the life of a man who was not only a great and much loved entertainer and satirist but a wonderful writer.

    Tinkering: The Complete Book of John Clarke represents his work from the 1970s in both Australia and New Zealand, and includes his writing for radio, television, stage and screen, as well some previously unpublished pieces.

    This collection includes the irresistible commentaries of Fred Dagg, the hilarious and unforgettable absurdities of farnarkeling and selections of his famous quizzes, where he gave the answers and readers had to guess the questions. There are also moving recollections of people and places, many of which he wrote towards the end of his life.


    Introduced by Lorin Clarke Tinkering is the perfect way to remember the genius who made us all laugh at ourselves and our society for so many years.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • TOO FAT TOO SLUTTY TOO LOUD : The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman
    TOO FAT TOO SLUTTY TOO LOUD : The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman
    PETERSEN ANNE H
    ISBN: 9781471171901
    Title: TOO FAT TOO SLUTTY TOO LOUD : The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman
    Author: PETERSEN ANNE H
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From celebrity gossip expert and BuzzFeed culture writer Anne Helen Petersen comes an accessible, analytical look at how female celebrities are pushing boundaries of what it means to be an “acceptable” woman.

    You know the type: the woman who won’t shut up, who’s too brazen, too opinionated—too much. She’s the unruly woman, and she embodies one of the most provocative and powerful forms of womanhood today. In Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud, Anne Helen Petersen uses the lens of “unruliness” to explore the ascension of pop culture powerhouses like Lena Dunham, Nicki Minaj, and Kim Kardashian, exploring why the public loves to love (and hate) these controversial figures. With its brisk, incisive analysis, Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud will be a conversation-starting book on what makes and breaks celebrity today.


    Imprint: SCRIBNER
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • TWENTY ONE AUSTRALIAN ARCHITECTS - BREAKING NEW GROUND
    TWENTY ONE AUSTRALIAN ARCHITECTS - BREAKING NEW GROUND
    MCCARTNEY KAREN
    ISBN: 9781742459820
    Title: TWENTY ONE AUSTRALIAN ARCHITECTS - BREAKING NEW GROUND
    Author: MCCARTNEY KAREN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australian Architects are designing some of the most innovative residential homes in the world. To celebrate this incredible Australian talent Belle has teamed up with acclaimed architectural and design editor Karen McCartney - author of the popular Iconic Australian Houses series and Superhouse to present Twenty-one Australian Architects, Breaking New Ground. The stylish cloth bound tome takes a comprehensive look at 21 Australian architectural practices that are leading the way today. The fabulously photographed volume is an exciting design journey which introduces readers to the cutting-edge architects currently working in Australia and discusses their design philosophy and inspiration alongside examples of their work. Projects from the likes of John Wardle, William Smart, Kennedy Nolan, Matt Gibson, Hannah Tribe, Rob Mills , Clare Cousins, and many more are sure to inspire.

    Imprint: RANDOM HOUSE
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
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