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  • ATLAS OF HEROES
    ATLAS OF HEROES
    LAWRENCE SANDRA
    ISBN: 9781787412606
    Title: ATLAS OF HEROES
    Author: LAWRENCE SANDRA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An atlas of the great heroes and heroines of world mythology.

    Imprint: BIG PICTURE BOOKS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AUSTRALIA DAY
    AUSTRALIA DAY
    CHENG MELANIE
    ISBN: 9781925603972
    Title: AUSTRALIA DAY
    Author: CHENG MELANIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australia Day is a collection of stories by debut author Melanie Cheng. The people she writes about are young, old, rich, poor, married, widowed, Chinese, Lebanese, Christian, Muslim. What they have in common-no matter where they come from-is the desire we all share to feel that we belong. The stories explore universal themes of love, loss, family and identity, while at the same time asking crucial questions about the possibility of human connection in a globalised world.

    Melanie Cheng is an important new voice, offering a fresh perspective on contemporary Australia. Her effortless, unpretentious realism balances an insider’s sensitivity and understanding with an outsider’s clear-eyed objectivity, showing us a version of ourselves richer and more multifaceted than anything we’ve seen before.

    * Awarded the 2018 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction, Melanie Cheng's Australia Day paints a vivid and absorbing panorama of contemporary Australia

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BEAUTY OF EVERYDAY THINGS
    BEAUTY OF EVERYDAY THINGS
    YANAGI SOETSU
    ISBN: 9780241366356
    Title: BEAUTY OF EVERYDAY THINGS
    Author: YANAGI SOETSU
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Japanese philosopher and aesthete's definitive, hugely influential exposition of his philosophy of folkcrafts, setting out the hallmarks of Japanese design as we know it today - anonymity, quality, simplicity and honesty - and, of course, wabi-sabi, the beauty of imperfection.


    The daily lives of ordinary people are replete with objects, common things used in commonplace settings. These objects are our constant companions in life. As such, writes Soetsu Yanagi, they should be made with care and built to last, treated with respect and even affection. They should be natural and simple, sturdy and safe - the aesthetic result of wholeheartedly fulfilling utilitarian needs. They should, in short, be things of beauty.

    In an age of feeble and ugly machine-made things, these essays call for us to deepen and transform our relationship with the objects that surround us. Inspired by the work of the simple, humble craftsmen Yanagi encountered during his lifelong travels through Japan and Korea, they are an earnest defence of modest, honest, handcrafted things - from traditional teacups to jars to cloth and paper. Objects like these exemplify the enduring appeal of simplicity and function: the beauty of everyday things.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BETRAYING BIG BROTHER : The Feminist Awakening in China
    BETRAYING BIG BROTHER : The Feminist Awakening in China
    FINCHER LETA HONG
    ISBN: 9781788735346
    Title: BETRAYING BIG BROTHER : The Feminist Awakening in China
    Author: FINCHER LETA HONG
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On the eve of International Women's Day in 2015, the Chinese government arrested five feminist activists and jailed them for 37 days. The Feminist Five became a global cause célèbre, with Hillary Clinton speaking out on their behalf, and activists inundating social media with #FreetheFive messages. But the Feminist Five are only symbols of a much larger feminist movement of civil rights lawyers, labor activists, performance artists and online warriors that is prompting an unprecedented awakening among China's urban, educated women. In Betraying Big Brother, journalist and scholar Leta Hong Fincher argues that the popular, broad-based movement poses the greatest threat to China's authoritarian regime today.

    Through interviews with the Feminist Five and other leading Chinese activists, Hong Fincher illuminates both the challenges they face and their “joy of betraying Big Brother,” as Wei Tingting-one of the Feminist Five-wrote of the defiance she felt during her detention. Tracing the rise of a new feminist consciousness through online campaigns resembling #MeToo, and describing how the Communist regime has suppressed the history of its own feminist struggles, Betraying Big Brother is a story of how the movement against patriarchy could reconfigure China and the world.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BONES
    BONES
    HOWARD JULES
    ISBN: 9781787413498
    Title: BONES
    Author: HOWARD JULES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What's so special about animal skeletons? Find out in BONES, an inside look at the animal kingdom. How are animals able to bite, run, jump and fly? What special adaptions have they developed over time? Bones takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the biological history of the animal kingdom, with sections focusing on different animal abilities - biting, flying, jaws, tails, and more - explaining how their amazing bodies allow them to do so many different things.

    Imprint: BIG PICTURE BOOKS
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • CALL ME EVIE
    CALL ME EVIE
    POMARE J P
    ISBN: 9780733640230
    Title: CALL ME EVIE
    Author: POMARE J P
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    DON'T TRUST HIM. IT WASN'T ME. IT COULDN'T HAVE BEEN ME.

    Meet Evie, a young woman held captive by a man named Jim in the isolated New Zealand beach town of Maketu. Jim says he's hiding Evie to protect her, that she did something terrible back home in Melbourne.

    In a house that creaks against the wind, Evie begins to piece together her fractured memories of the events that led her here.

    Jim says he's keeping her safe. Evie's not sure she can trust Jim, but can she trust her own memories?

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CALM THE F**K DOWN
    CALM THE F**K DOWN
    KNIGHT SARAH
    ISBN: 9781787476202
    Title: CALM THE F**K DOWN
    Author: KNIGHT SARAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The latest no-f**ks-given guide from New York Times bestselling author of the international sensation The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k, Get Your Sh*t Together, and You Do You.

    Do you waste time overthinking things you can't do anything about?
    Do you freak out when things don't go to plan?
    Does anxiety get in the way of you living your best life?

    When life hands you a big fat f**king lemon, CALM THE F**K DOWN gives you practical ways to manage the situation, not to mention your anxiety about the situation. One hundred per cent practical and zero percent Pollyanna-ish, this is a book that acknowledges all the bad shit that can and probably will happen to you - from break ups and breakdowns to floods, family feuds and France running out of butter - and shows you what you can realistically do about it so you can get on with your life, stop worrying and wallowing, and start bouncing back.

    Think of CALM THE F**K DOWN as the friend who, instead of reassuring you that 'everything's going to be okay,' actually shows you how to make it so.

    Imprint: QUERCUS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO EXISTENTIALISM
    CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO EXISTENTIALISM
    CROWELL STEVEN
    ISBN: 9780521732789
    Title: CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO EXISTENTIALISM
    Author: CROWELL STEVEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Existentialism exerts a continuing fascination on students of philosophy and general readers. As a philosophical phenomenon, though, it is often poorly understood, as a form of radical subjectivism that turns its back on reason and argumentation and possesses all the liabilities of philosophical idealism but without any idealistic conceptual clarity. In this volume of original essays, the first to be devoted exclusively to existentialism in over forty years, a team of distinguished commentators discuss the ideas of Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty and Beauvoir and show how their focus on existence provides a compelling perspective on contemporary issues in moral psychology and philosophy of mind, language and history. A further sequence of chapters examines the influence of existential ideas beyond philosophy, in literature, religion, politics and psychiatry. The volume offers a rich and comprehensive assessment of the continuing vitality of existentialism as a philosophical movement and a cultural phenomenon.

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $43.99

    Price: $43.99
  • CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO PRAGMATISM
    CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO PRAGMATISM
    MALACHOWSKI ALAN
    ISBN: 9780521125802
    Title: CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO PRAGMATISM
    Author: MALACHOWSKI ALAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Pragmatism established a philosophical presence over a century ago through the work of Charles Peirce, William James and John Dewey, and has enjoyed an unprecedented revival in recent years owing to the pioneering efforts of Richard Rorty and Hilary Putnam. The essays in this volume explore the history and themes of classic pragmatism, discuss the revival of pragmatism and show how it engages with a range of areas of inquiry including politics, law, education, aesthetics, religion and feminism. Together they provide readers with an overview of the richness and vitality of pragmatist thinking and the influence that it continues to exert both in philosophy and other disciplines. The volume will be of interest to students and scholars of pragmatism, American philosophy and political theory.

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $45.99

    Price: $45.99
  • CHESTNUT MAN
    CHESTNUT MAN
    SVEISTRUP SOREN
    ISBN: 9780241372111
    Title: CHESTNUT MAN
    Author: SVEISTRUP SOREN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In a playground just outside Copenhagen a woman is found dead with one hand cut off.

    A small chestnut figure hangs over her.

    Naia Thulin and Mark Hess are sent to investigate but they soon discover another woman has been brutally murdered. This time both her hands have been cut off.

    And the chestnut figure is back.

    Thulin and Hess soon suspect that these murdered women are connected to the missing daughter of Rosa Hartung, the Minister for Social Affairs, and work against the clock to stop the killer from striking again.

    Imprint: MICHAEL JOSEPH
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • CIBI : Simple Japanese-inspired Meals to Share with Family and Friends
    CIBI : Simple Japanese-inspired Meals to Share with Family and Friends
    TANAKA MEG & ZENTA
    ISBN: 9781743793732
    Title: CIBI : Simple Japanese-inspired Meals to Share with Family and Friends
    Author: TANAKA MEG & ZENTA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    CIBI ('a little one') is a book on home-style Japanese cooking inspired by the eponymous Melbourne café and design space created by Meg and Zenta Tanaka. It contains more than 80 seasonally relevant recipes across vegetables, fish and seafood, meat, grains and noodles, and sweets, plus small features on elements of Japanese cooking and food culture, accompanied by beautiful photography and illustrations. The recipes, many designed for sharing, strongly reflect Meg and Zenta's ethos – a fresh approach to simplicity using quality produce.

    CIBI incorporates elements of Japanese design culture and glimpses of their young family's worlds in Collingwood, Tokyo, and Meg’s birthplace, Okayama, alongside snapshots (in words and pictures) of the CIBI-feel: an enjoyment of food, community and sharing.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • CLAUDINE IN PARIS
    CLAUDINE IN PARIS
    COLETTE
    ISBN: 9780099422525
    Title: CLAUDINE IN PARIS
    Author: COLETTE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    THE STORIES THAT INSPIRED THE FILM COLETTE, out Jan 2019.

    The second book in Colette's enchanting Claudine series.

    Seventeen-year-old Claudine is in despair having left her beloved village Montigny for a new life in Paris. Comforted by her devoted maid Melie, her slug-obsessed Papa, and the trustworthy cat Fanchette, Claudine’s instinctive curiosity gradually leads to an awakened interest in the city. Ruthless and sensual, Claudine records her sharp observations and adventures amongst the intriguing characters that surround her, evoking all the glamour and excitement of Parisian life.

    Written with striking realism Claudine in Paris is an inspiring portrait of a precocious young girl on the brink of transformation into a woman for her, and our, time.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CLEOPATRA : I Am Fire and Air
    CLEOPATRA : I Am Fire and Air
    BLOOM HAROLD
    ISBN: 9781501164170
    Title: CLEOPATRA : I Am Fire and Air
    Author: BLOOM HAROLD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From Harold Bloom, one of the greatest Shakespeare scholars of our time, comes an intimate, wise, deeply compelling portrait of Cleopatra—one of the Bard’s most riveting and memorable female characters.

    Cleopatra is one of the most famous women in history—and thanks to Shakespeare, one of the most intriguing personalities in literature. She is lover of Marc Antony, defender of Egypt, and, perhaps most enduringly, a champion of life. Cleopatra is supremely vexing, tragic, and complex. She has fascinated readers and audiences for centuries and has been played by the greatest actresses of their time, from Elizabeth Taylor to Vivien Leigh to Janet Suzman to Judi Dench.

    Award-winning writer and beloved professor Harold Bloom writes about Cleopatra with wisdom, joy, exuberance, and compassion. He also explores his own personal relationship to the character: Just as we encounter one Anna Karenina or Jay Gatsby when we are in high school and college and another when we are adults, Bloom explains his shifting understanding of Cleopatra over the course of his own lifetime. The book becomes an extraordinarily moving argument for literature as a path to and a measure of our own humanity.

    Bloom is mesmerizing in the classroom, wrestling with the often tragic choices Shakespeare’s characters make. With Cleopatra, he delivers exhilarating clarity and invites us to look at this character as a flawed human who might be living in our world. The result is an invaluable resource from our greatest literary critic.

    Imprint: SCRIBNER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • COLLECTED POEMS AND DRAWINGS OF STEVIE SMITH
    COLLECTED POEMS AND DRAWINGS OF STEVIE SMITH
    SMITH STEVIE
    ISBN: 9780571311316
    Title: COLLECTED POEMS AND DRAWINGS OF STEVIE SMITH
    Author: SMITH STEVIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Collected Poems and Drawings of Stevie Smith is the essential edition of modern poetry's most distinctive voice.

    When Stevie Smith died in 1971 she was one of the twentieth-century's most popular poets; many of her poems have been widely anthologised, and 'Not Waving but Drowning' remains one of the nation's favourite poems to this day.

    Satirical, mischievous, teasing, disarming, her characteristically lightning-fast changes in tone take readers from comedy to tragedy and back again, while her line drawings are by turns unsettling and beguiling. In this edition of her work, Smith scholar Will May collects together the illustrations and poems from her original published volumes for the first time, recording fascinating details about their provenance, and describing the various versions Smith presented both on stage and page. Including over 500 works from Smith's 35-year career, The Collected Poems and Drawings of Stevie Smith is the essential edition of modern poetry's most distinctive voice.

    Nobody heard him, the dead man,
    But still he lay moaning:
    I was much further out than you thought
    And not waving but drowning.


    - 'Not Waving but Drowning'

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • COLLECTOR OF LIVES : Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art
    COLLECTOR OF LIVES : Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art
    CHARNEY NOAH
    ISBN: 9780393356366
    Title: COLLECTOR OF LIVES : Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art
    Author: CHARNEY NOAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An accomplished painter, architect and diplomat, Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574) is best known for Lives of the Artists, his classic account of the great masters-an extraordinary book that invented the genre of artistic biography, single-handedly established the canon of Italian Renaissance art and founded the cults of Raphael, Leonardo and Michelangelo that persist to this day. Vasari positioned art as an intellectual pursuit instead of just a technical skill, teaching us to view artists as geniuses and visionaries rather than as simple craftsmen.

    Immersing readers in the world of the Medici and the popes, Ingrid Rowland and Noah Charney show the great works of Western culture taking shape amid the thrilling culture of Renaissance Italy.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • COMPUTER BOOK : From the Abacus to Artificial Intelligence 250 Milestones in the History of Computer Science
    COMPUTER BOOK : From the Abacus to Artificial Intelligence 250 Milestones in the History of Computer Science
    GRUNSPAN RACHEL H / GARFINKEL SIMSON L
    ISBN: 9781454926214
    Title: COMPUTER BOOK : From the Abacus to Artificial Intelligence 250 Milestones in the History of Computer Science
    Author: GRUNSPAN RACHEL H / GARFINKEL SIMSON L
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Part of Sterling’s extremely popular Milestones series, this illustrated exploration of computer science ranges from the ancient abacus to superintelligence and social media.

    With 250 illustrated landmark inventions, publications, and events—encompassing everything from ancient record-keeping devices to the latest computing technologies—this highly topical addition to the Sterling Milestones series takes a chronological journey through the history and future of computer science. Two expert authors, with decades’ of experience working in computer research and innovation, explore topics including the Sumerian abacus, the first spam message, Morse code, cryptography, early computers, Isaac Asimov’s laws of robotics, UNIX and early programming languages, movies, video games, mainframes, minis and micros, hacking, virtual reality, and more.

    Imprint: STERLING PRESS
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
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