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  • 1939 : A Peoples History
    1939 : A Peoples History
    TAYLOR FREDERICK
    ISBN: 9781509858743
    Title: 1939 : A Peoples History
    Author: TAYLOR FREDERICK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the autumn of 1938, Europe believed in the promise of peace. Still reeling from the ravages of the Great War, its people were desperate to rebuild their lives in a newly safe and stable era. But only a year later, the fateful decisions of just a few men had again led Europe to war, a war that would have a profound and lasting impact on millions of innocent people.

    From the bestselling historian Frederick Taylor, 1939: A People's History draws on original British and German sources, including recorded interviews, as well as contemporary diaries, memoirs and newspapers. Its narrative focuses on the day-to-day experiences of the men and women in both countries trapped in this disastrous chain of events and not, as is so often the case, the elite. Their voices, concerns and experiences lend a uniquely intimate flavour to this often surprising account, revealing a marked disconnect between government and people; few ordinary citizens in either Britain or Germany wanted war.

    Precisely for that reason, 1939: A People's History is also an interrogation of our capacity to go to war again. In today’s Europe, an onset of uncertainty, a looming fear of radical populism and a revelatory schism are dangerously reminiscent of the perils of the autumn of 1938. It is both a vivid and richly peopled narrative of Europe’s slide into the horrors of war, a war that nobody wanted, and, in many ways, a warning; an opportunity for us to learn from our history and a reminder that we must never take peace for granted.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • ABIGAIL AND THE BIRTH OF THE SUN
    ABIGAIL AND THE BIRTH OF THE SUN
    CUNNINGHAM MATTHEW
    ISBN: 9780143772705
    Title: ABIGAIL AND THE BIRTH OF THE SUN
    Author: CUNNINGHAM MATTHEW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Join Abigail on a magical night-time adventure to discover how the sun, moon and planets came into being.



    Abigail is a curious little girl. She likes to discover the answers to really BIG questions.

    One night, she thinks of a question that's SO BIG she can't sleep until she knows the answer.

    "Daddy," she asks as he tucks her into bed, "where did the sun and all the planets come from?"

    To find out the answer, Daddy invites Abigail on a magical journey through time and space. Together they explore the birth of all living things.

    By the next morning, Abigail has thought of another big question . . .


    A gorgeously illustrated and beautifully told bedtime story that doubles as an introduction to astrophysics, Abigail and the Birth of the Sun will be enjoyed equally by young children and adults.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $17.99

    Price: $17.99
  • AFTERMATH
    AFTERMATH
    CUSK RACHEL
    ISBN: 9780571351640
    Title: AFTERMATH
    Author: CUSK RACHEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the winter of 2009, Rachel Cusk's marriage of ten years came to an end. In the months that followed, life as she had known it came apart, 'like a jigsaw dismantled into a heap of broken-edged pieces'.

    Aftermath chronicles this perilous journey as the author redefines herself as a single woman and creates a new version of family life for her daughters. She discovers previously unknown strengths and freedoms but also finds herself suddenly vulnerable to outsiders, unwelcome advice, social displacement and the absence of a clear authority. The pressure to reconstruct a 'normal' life for her daughters competes with the sense that nothing feels normal at all.

    Aftermath is a masterly work in which the author, at her most candid and rigorous, charts the largely unwritten journey back to order from the chaos that is left when a family breaks apart.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AGE OF CONQUESTS : The Greek World from Alexander to Hadrian (336 BC - AD 138)
    AGE OF CONQUESTS : The Greek World from Alexander to Hadrian (336 BC - AD 138)
    CHANIOTIS ANGELOS
    ISBN: 9781846682971
    Title: AGE OF CONQUESTS : The Greek World from Alexander to Hadrian (336 BC - AD 138)
    Author: CHANIOTIS ANGELOS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The ancient world that Alexander the Great transformed in his lifetime was transformed once more by his death. The imperial dynasties of his successors incorporated and reorganised the fallen Persian empire, creating a new land empire stretching from the shores of the Mediterranean to as far east as Bactria. In old Greece a fragile balance of power was continually disturbed by wars. Then, from the late third century, the military and diplomatic power of Rome successively defeated and dismantled every one of the post-Alexandrian political structures.

    The Hellenistic period (c. 323-30 BC) was then one of fragmentation, violent antagonism between large states, and struggles by small polities to retain an illusion of independence. Yet it was also a period of growth, prosperity, and intellectual achievement. A vast network spread of trade, influence and cultural contact, from Italy to Afghanistan and from Russia to Ethiopia, enriching and enlivening centres of wealth, power and intellectual ferment.

    From Alexander the Great's early days building an empire, via wars with Rome, rampaging pirates, Cleopatra's death and the Jewish diaspora, right up to the death of Hadrian, Chaniotis examines the social structures, economic trends, political upheaval and technological progress of an era that spans five centuries and where, perhaps, modernity began.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AGENT JACK : The True Story of MI5's Secret Nazi Hunter
    AGENT JACK : The True Story of MI5's Secret Nazi Hunter
    HUTTON ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781474605137
    Title: AGENT JACK : The True Story of MI5's Secret Nazi Hunter
    Author: HUTTON ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    June 1940. Britain is Europe's final bastion of freedom - and Hitler's next target. But not everyone fears a Nazi invasion. In factories, offices and suburban homes are men and women determined to do all they can to hasten it.

    Throughout the Second World War, Britain's defence against the enemy within was Eric Roberts, a former bank clerk from Epsom. Equipped with an extraordinary ability to make people trust him, he was recruited into the shadowy world of espionage by the great spymaster Maxwell Knight. Roberts penetrated first the Communist Party and then the British Union of Fascists, before playing his greatest role for MI5 - as Hitler's man in London.

    Codenamed Jack King, he single-handedly built a network of hundreds of British Nazi sympathisers, with many passing secrets to him in the mistaken belief that he was a Gestapo officer. Operation Fifth Column, run by a brilliant woman scientist and a Jewish aristocrat with a sideline in bomb disposal, was kept so secret it was omitted from the reports MI5 sent to Winston Churchill.

    In a narrative that grips like a thriller, Robert Hutton tells the fascinating story of an operation whose existence has only recently come to light. Drawing on newly declassified documents and private family archives, AGENT JACK shatters the comfortable notion that Britain could never have succumbed to fascism, and celebrates - at last - the courage of individuals who protected the country they loved at great personal risk.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • ALL THAT IMPOSSIBLE SPACE
    ALL THAT IMPOSSIBLE SPACE
    MORGAN ANNA
    ISBN: 9780734419637
    Title: ALL THAT IMPOSSIBLE SPACE
    Author: MORGAN ANNA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Amelia Westlake meets My Favorite Murder in this debut from a terrific new voice in Australian YA. Combines a realistic story about high school drama and toxic friendship with true crime - the endlessly fascinating Somerton Man or Taman Shud mystery.

    15-year-old Lara Laylor feels like supporting character in her own life. She's Ashley's best friend, she's Hannah's sister-she's never just Lara.

    When new history teacher Mr. Grant gives her an unusual assignment: investigating the mystery of the Somerton Man. Found dead in on an Adelaide beach in 1948, a half-smoked cigarette still in his mouth and the labels cut out of his clothes, the Somerton Man has intrigued people for years. Was he a spy? A criminal? Year 10 has plenty of mysteries of its own: boys, drama queen friends, and enigmatic new students. When they seem just as unsolvable as a 60-year-old cold case, Lara finds herself spending more and more time on the assignment. But Mr Grant himself may be the biggest mystery of all...

    Interspersed with fictionalised snapshots of the Somerton Man investigation, ALL THAT IMPOSSIBLE SPACE is a coming of age novel exploring toxic friendships and the balance of power between teacher and student, perfect for fans of Cath Crowley and Fiona Wood.

    Imprint: LOTHIAN
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • AMERICAN MARRIAGE - Women's Prize for Fiction 2019
    AMERICAN MARRIAGE - Women's Prize for Fiction 2019
    JONES TAYARI
    ISBN: 9781760894313
    Title: AMERICAN MARRIAGE - Women's Prize for Fiction 2019
    Author: JONES TAYARI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    WINNER OF THE 2019 WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION

    An explosive love story about a marriage interrupted.

    Could you put your life on hold for twelve years? A stunning love story about family, injustice and marriage, and three people at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control.

    Newlyweds, Celestial and Roy, are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. They are settling into the routine of their life together, when they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit.

    Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

    An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward – with hope and pain – into the future.

    ‘Tayari Jones is blessed with vision to see through to the surprising and devastating truths at the heart of ordinary lives, strength to wrest those truths free, and a gift of language to lay it all out, compelling and clear.’
    Michael Chabon, author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

    ‘A stunning, epic love story filled with breathtaking twists and turns, while bursting with realized and unrealized dreams.’
    Edwidge Danticat, author of Breath, Eyes, Memory

    ‘A heartbreaking and genuinely suspenseful love story in which nobody's wrong and everybody's wounded.’
    Tom Perrotta, author of Little Children


    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AMITY AND PROSPERITY : One Family and the Fracturing of America   -   Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction 2019
    AMITY AND PROSPERITY : One Family and the Fracturing of America - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction 2019
    GRISWOLD ELIZA
    ISBN: 9781472268723
    Title: AMITY AND PROSPERITY : One Family and the Fracturing of America - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction 2019
    Author: GRISWOLD ELIZA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction

    Seven years in the making, AMITY AND PROSPERITY tells the story of the energy boom's impact on a small town at the edge of Appalachia and of one woman's transformation from a struggling single parent to an unlikely activist.

    Stacey Haney is a local nurse working hard to raise two kids and keep up her small farm when the fracking boom comes to her hometown of Amity, Pennsylvania. Intrigued by reports of lucrative natural gas leases in her neighbours' mailboxes, she strikes a deal with a Texas-based energy company. Soon trucks begin rumbling past her small farm, a fenced-off drill site rises on an adjacent hilltop, and domestic animals and pets start to die. When mysterious sicknesses begin to afflict her children, she appeals to the company for help. Its representatives insist that nothing is wrong.

    Alarmed by her children's illnesses, Haney joins with neighbours and a committed husband-and-wife legal team to investigate what's really in the water and air. Against local opposition, Haney and her allies doggedly pursue their case in court and begin to expose the damage that's being done to the land her family has lived on for centuries.

    Drawing on seven years of immersive reporting, prizewinning poet and journalist Eliza Griswold reveals what happens when an imperilled town faces a crisis of values, and a family wagers everything on an improbable quest for justice.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • ANXIOUS TRIUMPH : A Global History of Capitalism 1860-1914
    ANXIOUS TRIUMPH : A Global History of Capitalism 1860-1914
    SASSOON DONALD
    ISBN: 9780241315163
    Title: ANXIOUS TRIUMPH : A Global History of Capitalism 1860-1914
    Author: SASSOON DONALD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Capitalism has co-existed with many different kinds of states, from Victorian Britain to republican France and confederate Switzerland, from Fascist and Nazi regimes to post-war European democracies, from post-Meiji Japan to south-east Asian and Latin American dictatorships, communist China and even Russia.

    Today, the march of capitalism appears inexorable - but it was not always so. In this riveting account of the rise of global capitalism from the 1880s until 1914, Donald Sassoon describes how after industrialization swept the world in the early nineteenth century the modernization of society and global capitalism followed. With capitalism, Sassoon argues, for the first time in the history of humanity, there was a social system able to provide a high level of consumption for the majority of those who lived within its bounds; its only rival, communism, was to fail miserably. But, in time, capitalism proved a devastating force in need of regulation, whose inbuilt traits were anxiety and crisis.

    With astonishing breadth of vision and scholarship, Sassoon encompasses the first great modern economic globalization, forerunner to today's consumer society, in this original and compelling book.

    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $69.99
  • ARCHIE : The Arty Sloth
    ARCHIE : The Arty Sloth
    MCKENZIE HEATH
    ISBN: 9781760680183
    Title: ARCHIE : The Arty Sloth
    Author: MCKENZIE HEATH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Archie is a sloth. But while most sloths like to doze and laze around, Archie always wants to be busy! How does a one-of-a-kind sloth accept that it’s okay to stand out from the crowd?


    Imprint: LITTLE BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ARCHIPELAGO OF ANOTHER LIFE
    ARCHIPELAGO OF ANOTHER LIFE
    MAKINE ANDREI
    ISBN: 9780857057938
    Title: ARCHIPELAGO OF ANOTHER LIFE
    Author: MAKINE ANDREI
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On the far eastern borders of the Soviet Union, in the sunset of Stalin's reign, soldiers are training for a war that could end all wars, for in the atomic age man has sown the seeds of his own destruction.

    Among them is Pavel Gartsev, a reservist. Orphaned, scarred by the last great war and unlucky in love, he is an instant victim for the apparatchiks and ambitious careerists who thrive within the Red Army's ranks.

    Assigned to a search party composed of regulars and reservists, charged with the recapture of an escaped prisoner from a nearby gulag, Gartsev finds himself one of an unlikely quintet of cynics, sadists and heroes, embarked on a challenging manhunt through the Siberian taiga.

    But the fugitive, capable, cunning and evidently at home in the depths of these vast forests, proves no easy prey. As the pursuit goes on, and the pursuers are struck by a shattering discovery, Gartsev confronts both the worst within himself and the tantalising prospect of another, totally different life.

    Translated from the French by Geoffrey Strachan

    Imprint: MACLEHOSE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ARISTOTLES WAY : How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life
    ARISTOTLES WAY : How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life
    HALL EDITH
    ISBN: 9781784704254
    Title: ARISTOTLES WAY : How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life
    Author: HALL EDITH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Wonderful and timely ... Hugely recommended' STEPHEN FRY

    What do you and an ancient philosopher have in common? It turns out much more than you might think...

    Aristotle was an extraordinary thinker, perhaps the greatest in history. Yet he was preoccupied by an ordinary question- how to be happy. His deepest belief was that we can all be happy in a meaningful, sustained way - and he led by example.

    In this handbook to his timeless teachings, Professor Edith Hall shows how ancient thinking is precisely what we need today, even if you don't know your Odyssey from your Iliad. In ten practical lessons we come to understand more about our own characters and how to make good decisions. We learn how to do well in an interview, how to choose a partner and life-long friends, and how to face death or bereavement.

    Life deals the same challenges - in Ancient Greece or the modern world. Aristotle's way is not to apply rules - it's about engaging with the texture of existence, and striding purposefully towards a life well lived.

    This is advice that won't go out of fashion.

    Imprint: RANDOM HOUSE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AUSTRALIAS ORIGINAL LANGUAGES :  An Introduction
    AUSTRALIAS ORIGINAL LANGUAGES : An Introduction
    DIXON R M W
    ISBN: 9781760875237
    Title: AUSTRALIAS ORIGINAL LANGUAGES : An Introduction
    Author: DIXON R M W
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'A must read for all who would like to understand the languages and culture of Indigenous Australians.' - Dr Ernie Grant, Elder of the Jirrbal nation

    When Captain Cook landed at Botany Bay, about 250 distinct languages were spoken across the continent. Yet Australian Indigenous languages actually share many common features.

    Bob Dixon has been working with elders to research Australian languages for half a century, and he draws on this deep experience to outline the common features. He provides a straightforward introduction to the sounds, word building, and wide-ranging vocabulary of Indigenous languages, and highlights distinctive grammatical features. He explains how language is related to culture, including kinship relationships, gender systems and naming conventions.

    With examples from over 30 languages and anecdotes illustrating language use, and avoiding technical terms, Australia's Original Languages is the indispensable starting point for anyone interested in learning about the original languages of Australia.

    'Written in an accessible, easy to read style, Professor Dixon's new book is an informative and entertaining introduction to Australia's "original" languages.' - Dr Joe Blythe, Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BARBARIANS : Rebellion and Resistance to the Roman Empire
    BARBARIANS : Rebellion and Resistance to the Roman Empire
    KERSHAW STEPHEN P
    ISBN: 9781472142115
    Title: BARBARIANS : Rebellion and Resistance to the Roman Empire
    Author: KERSHAW STEPHEN P
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    History is written by the victors, and in the case of Rome the victors also had some extremely eloquent historians. Rome's history, as written by the Romans, follows a remarkable trajectory from its origins as a tiny village of refugees from a conflict zone, to a dominant superpower, before being transformed into the Medieval and Byzantine worlds.

    But throughout its rise and fall Rome faced resistance and rebellion from peoples which it regarded as barbarous and/or barbarian. These opponents of Rome's power left little in the way of their own first-hand historical accounts, but they had great deal of impact on the imaginations of the Romans, and of later ages. Resisting from outside the borders, or rebelling from within, they emerge vividly in Rome's historical tradition, and have a significant footprint in the archaeology. This new history takes a fresh and original viewpoint of Rome, building its narrative around the lives, personalities, successes and failures both of the key opponents of Rome's rise and dominance, and of the ones who ultimately brought the empire down.

    The book presents a selection of portrait-histories of Africans, Britons, Easterners, Egyptians, Gauls, Germans, Goths, Huns, Vandals and others which can be read individually as stand-alone pieces or collectively as a narrative 'barbarian' history of Rome. These will be based both on ancient historical writings and modern archaeological research.

    Imprint: ROBINSON
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BEATLES BOOK
    BEATLES BOOK
    DAVIES HUNTER
    ISBN: 9780091958633
    Title: BEATLES BOOK
    Author: DAVIES HUNTER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Hunter Davies, the only ever authorised biographer of the group, has produced the essential Beatles guide. Divided into four sections - 'People', 'Songs', 'Places' and 'Broadcast and Cinema' - it covers every element of the band's history and vividly brings to live every influence that shaped them.

    Illustrated with material from Hunter's remarkable private collection of personal artefacts and memorabilia, this compendium is the definitive Beatles treasure.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BEHOLD AMERICA : A History of America First and the American Dream
    BEHOLD AMERICA : A History of America First and the American Dream
    CHURCHWELL SARAH
    ISBN: 9781408894774
    Title: BEHOLD AMERICA : A History of America First and the American Dream
    Author: CHURCHWELL SARAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    SELECTED AS A 2018 SUMMER READ BY THE SUNDAY TIMES, OBSERVER, I-PAPER AND THE BIG ISSUE

    'Enormously entertaining' SUNDAY TIMES

    'Fascinating' NEW STATESMAN
    'Excoriating, brilliant' ALI SMITH
    'Enthralling' GUARDIAN

    'My number one contributor when it comes to US politics' DAN SNOW


    'The American dream is dead,' Donald Trump said when announcing his candidacy for president in 2015. How would he revive it? By putting 'America First'.

    The 'American Dream' and 'America First' are two of the most loaded phrases in America today and also two of the most misunderstood. As divides within America widen, Sarah Churchwell looks to the past to reveal what the surprising history of these two phrases can tell us about today.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
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