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  • ACCIDENTAL FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE HUNDRED YEAR OLD MAN
    ACCIDENTAL FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE HUNDRED YEAR OLD MAN
    JONASSON JONAS
    ISBN: 9780008275570
    Title: ACCIDENTAL FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE HUNDRED YEAR OLD MAN
    Author: JONASSON JONAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The sequel to Jonas Jonasson's international bestseller The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

    It all begins with a hot air balloon trip and three bottles of champagne. Allan and Julius are ready for some spectacular views, but they're not expecting to land in the sea and be rescued by a North Korean ship, and they could never have imagined that the captain of the ship would be harbouring a suitcase full of contraband uranium, on a nuclear weapons mission for Kim Jong-un …Soon Allan and Julius are at the centre of a complex diplomatic crisis involving world figures from the Swedish foreign minister to Angela Merkel and President Trump. Things are about to get very complicated …

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ADVENTURES OF MAUD WEST LADY DETECTIVE : Secrets and Lies in the Golden Age of Crime
    ADVENTURES OF MAUD WEST LADY DETECTIVE : Secrets and Lies in the Golden Age of Crime
    STAPLETON SUSANNAH
    ISBN: 9781509867301
    Title: ADVENTURES OF MAUD WEST LADY DETECTIVE : Secrets and Lies in the Golden Age of Crime
    Author: STAPLETON SUSANNAH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Maud West ran her detective agency in London for more than thirty years, having starting sleuthing on behalf of society’s finest in 1905. Her exploits grabbed headlines throughout the world but, beneath the public persona, she was forced to hide vital aspects of her own identity in order to thrive in a class-obsessed and male-dominated world. And – as Susannah Stapleton reveals – she was a most unreliable witness to her own life.

    Who was Maud? And what was the reality of being a female private detective in the Golden Age of Crime?

    Interweaving tales from Maud West’s own ‘casebook’ with social history and extensive original research, Stapleton investigates the stories Maud West told about herself in a quest to uncover the truth.

    With walk-on parts by Dr Crippen and Dorothy L. Sayers, Parisian gangsters and Continental blackmailers, The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective is a portrait of a woman ahead of her time and a deliciously salacious glimpse into the underbelly of ‘good society’ during the first half of the twentieth century.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AI DOES NOT HATE YOU
    AI DOES NOT HATE YOU
    CHIVERS TOM
    ISBN: 9781474608787
    Title: AI DOES NOT HATE YOU
    Author: CHIVERS TOM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The AI does not hate you, nor does it love you, but you are made of atoms which it can use for something else'

    This is a book about AI and AI risk. But it's also more importantly about a community of people who are trying to think rationally about intelligence, and the places that these thoughts are taking them, and what insight they can and can't give us about the future of the human race over the next few years. It explains why these people are worried, why they might be right, and why they might be wrong. It is a book about the cutting edge of our thinking on intelligence and rationality right now by the people who stay up all night worrying about it.

    Along the way, we discover why we probably don't need to worry about a future AI resurrecting a perfect copy of our minds and torturing us for not inventing it sooner, but we perhaps should be concerned about paperclips destroying life as we know it; how Mickey Mouse can teach us an important lesson about how to programme AI; and how a more rational approach to life could be what saves us all.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • ANIMALS COMPANION : People and their Pets A 26000 Year Old Love Story
    ANIMALS COMPANION : People and their Pets A 26000 Year Old Love Story
    HARVEY JACKY COLLISS
    ISBN: 9781760295783
    Title: ANIMALS COMPANION : People and their Pets A 26000 Year Old Love Story
    Author: HARVEY JACKY COLLISS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The earliest evidence of a human and a pet can be traced as far back as 26,000 BC in France where a boy and his 'canid' took a walk through a cave. Their foot and paw prints were preserved together on the muddy cave floor, and smoke from the torch the boy carried was left on the walls, allowing archaeologists to carbon-date their journey. And so, the story unfolds, from these prehistoric days all the way up to the present, of humans' innate and undeniable need to live in the close company of animals.

    In this startling new work, acclaimed cultural detective and life-long pet owner Jacky Colliss Harvey uses her compelling story-telling skills and keen eye for historical investigation to examine our role as animals' companions, in this exploration of the history not of the pet, but of us as pet-owners.

    Drawing on literary, artistic and archaeological evidence of our relationships with other species, over thousands of years of human experience, she examines the when, the how and the why of our connection to those animals we take into our lives, assessing these against the latest scientific thinking on this complex and enthralling subject, and suggesting new insights into this most long-standing of all human love-affairs.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • APOLOGY
    APOLOGY
    ENSLER EVE
    ISBN: 9781635574388
    Title: APOLOGY
    Author: ENSLER EVE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From Eve Ensler, author of one of the most influential works of the twentieth century--The Vagina Monologues--and one of Newsweek's "150 Women Who Changed the World," comes a powerful, life-changing examination of abuse and atonement.

    Like millions of women, Eve Ensler has been waiting much of her lifetime for an apology. Sexually and physically abused from the age of 5 by her father, Eve has struggled and suffered her whole life from this betrayal, longing for an honest reckoning from a man who is long dead. After years of work as an artist and anti-violence activist, she decided she was no longer waiting; an apology could be imagined, by her, for her, to her. This book, The Apology, written by Eve from her father's point of view in the words she longed to hear attempts to transform the abuse she suffered, with unflinching truthfulness, compassion, and an expansive vision for the future.

    Through The Apology Eve has set out to provide a new way for herself and a possible road for others, so that survivors of abuse may finally imagine how to be free. In it, she grapples with questions she has sought answers to since she began to understand the impact of her father's abuse on her life- How do we offer a doorway rather than only a locked cell? How do move from humiliation to revelation, from curtailing behavior to changing it, from condemning perpetrators to calling them to reckoning?

    The Apology is a remarkably original book that explores the deepest and most intimate questions that can be asked at this moment- Why do men carry out abuse, often against the people they know and love the most? How can we--together--stop it? What does it mean to apologize for these acts? What will it take for the men who have committed abuse to make a deep reckoning and actually apologize? As Tony Porter from A Call to Men says, "We've called men out, now how do we call them in?"

    The Apology is an acutely transformational book--about how, from the wounds of sexual abuse, we can begin to re-emerge and heal. It is a revolutionary book asking everything of each of us- courage, truthfulness, and forgiveness.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $37.99

    Price: $37.99
  • ART OF MINDFUL READING
    ART OF MINDFUL READING
    BERTOUD ELLA
    ISBN: 9781782407683
    Title: ART OF MINDFUL READING
    Author: BERTOUD ELLA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The healing power of reading has been renowned since Aristotle; focus, flow and enlightenment can all be discovered through this universal act. The Art of Mindful Reading embraces the joy of absorbing words on a page, encouraging a state of mind as deeply therapeutic and vital to our wellbeing as breathing. Bibliotherapist Ella Berthoud asks if reading is our daily nourishment how best should it be consumed? How should you read mindfully? And why will reading mindfully help you to read better?
    She explores how reading mindfully can shape the person you are, give you your moral backbone, and teaches empathy with others. Through meditative exercises, engaging anecdote, and expert insight, she reveals the enriching potential of reading for mindfulness.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $18.99

    Price: $18.99
  • ASHA AND THE SPIRIT BIRD
    ASHA AND THE SPIRIT BIRD
    BILAN JASBINDER
    ISBN: 9781911490197
    Title: ASHA AND THE SPIRIT BIRD
    Author: BILAN JASBINDER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In an unforgettable adventure set in contemporary India, Asha is guided by a majestic bird which she believes to be the spirit of her grandmother. Together with her best friend, Jeevan, she embarks on a journey across the Himalayas to find her missing father and save her home ...

    Imprint: CHICKEN HOUSE
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • BAD BEHAVIOUR
    BAD BEHAVIOUR
    GAITSKILL MARY
    ISBN: 9780241383100
    Title: BAD BEHAVIOUR
    Author: GAITSKILL MARY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A young woman anxiously waits for her date on a street corner in New York City; he sits in a pizza parlour across the street, watching her discomfort.

    A middle-aged woman returns to a New York that is haunted by the passion and intensity of her former relationship with her estranged best friend.

    A secretarial graduate starts her first job at a lawyer's office and quietly keeps her cruel experiences at his hands locked inside herself.

    The stories in this collection peer deep into the inner lives of men and women, explore the cavernous spaces between what we say and what can be expressed, and are full of tenderness and cruelty. Published for the first time in Penguin Modern Classics, Bad Behaviour provides a devastatingly insightful and urgently necessary view of our times.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BARBARIANS AT THE WALL : The First Nomadic Empire and the Making of China
    BARBARIANS AT THE WALL : The First Nomadic Empire and the Making of China
    MAN JOHN
    ISBN: 9781787630536
    Title: BARBARIANS AT THE WALL : The First Nomadic Empire and the Making of China
    Author: MAN JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The untold story of the first nomadic empire and the making of China.

    The people of the first nomadic empire left no written records, but from 200 BC they dominated the heart of Asia for 400 years. They changed the world. The Mongols, today's descendants of Genghis Khan, see them as ancestors. Their rise cemented Chinese unity and inspired the first Great Wall. Their heirs under Attila the Hun helped destroy the Roman Empire. We don't know what language they spoke, but they became known as Xiongnu, or Hunnu, a term passed down the centuries and across Eurasia, enduring today in shortened form as `Hun'. Outside Asia precious little is known of their rich history, but new evidence reframes our understanding of the indelible mark they left on a vast region stretching from Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia deep into China.

    Based on meticulous research and new archaeological evidence, Emperors and Barbarians traces their epic story, and shows how the nomadic cultures of the steppes gave birth to a `barbarian empire' with the wealth and power to threaten the civilised order of the ancient world.



    Imprint: BANTAM
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BE WITH  -  Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winner 2019
    BE WITH - Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winner 2019
    GANDER FORREST
    ISBN: 9780811226059
    Title: BE WITH - Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winner 2019
    Author: GANDER FORREST
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Drawing from his experience as a translator, Forrest Gander includes in the first, powerfully elegiac section a version of a poem by the Spanish mystical poet St. John of the Cross. He continues with a long multilingual poem examining the syncretic geological and cultural history of the U.S. border with Mexico. The poems of the third section-a moving transcription of Gander's efforts to address his mother dying of Alzheimer's-rise from the page like hymns, transforming slowly from reverence to revelation. Gander has been called one of our most formally restless poets, and these new poems express a characteristically tensile energy and, as one critic noted, "the most eclectic diction since Hart Crane."

    Imprint: NEW DIRECTIONS
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • BEDLAM AT BOTANY BAY
    BEDLAM AT BOTANY BAY
    DUNK JAMES
    ISBN: 9781742236179
    Title: BEDLAM AT BOTANY BAY
    Author: DUNK JAMES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Madness stalked the colony of New South Wales and tracing its wild path changes the way we look at our colonial history.

    What happened when people went mad in the fledgling colony of New South Wales? In this important new history, we find out through the tireless correspondence of governors and colonial secretaries, the delicate descriptions of judges and doctors, the brazen words of firebrand politicians, and the heartbreaking letters of siblings, parents and friends. We also hear from the mad themselves. Legal and social distinctions faded as delusion and disorder took root — in convicts exiled from their homes and living under the weight of imperial justice, in ex-convicts and small settlers as they grappled with the country they had taken from its Indigenous inhabitants, and in government officers and wealthy colonists who sought to guide the course of European history in Australia.

    These stories of madness are woven together into a narrative about freedom and possibilities, unravelling and collapse. Bedlam at Botany Bay looks at people who found themselves not only at the edge of the world, but at the edge of sanity. It shows their worlds colliding.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ
    BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ
    DOBLIN ALFRED
    ISBN: 9780141191621
    Title: BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ
    Author: DOBLIN ALFRED
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'As long as he had money, he remained decent. But then he ran out of money'

    Franz Biberkopf is back on the streets of Berlin. Determined to go straight after a stint in prison for doing some stupid stuff, he finds himself thwarted by an external agency that looks an awful lot like fate. Cheated, humiliated, thrown from a moving car; embroiled in an underworld of pimps, thugs, drunks and prostitutes, Franz picks himself up over and over again - until one day he is struck a blow which might just prove his downfall.

    A dazzling, freewheeling collage of newspaper reports, Biblical stories, drinking songs and urban slang, Berlin Alexanderplatz is the great novel of Berlin life.

    Imprint: Penguin Modern Classics
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BETTER DEATH : Conversations about the Art of Living and Dying Well
    BETTER DEATH : Conversations about the Art of Living and Dying Well
    SRIVASTAVA RANJANA
    ISBN: 9781925750959
    Title: BETTER DEATH : Conversations about the Art of Living and Dying Well
    Author: SRIVASTAVA RANJANA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Of all the experiences we share, two universal events bookend our lives: we are all born and we will all die. We don't have a choice in how we enter the world, but we can have a say in how we leave it.

    In order to die well, we must be prepared to contemplate our mortality and to broach it with our loved ones, who are often called upon to make important decisions on our behalf. These are some of the most important conversations we can have with each other – to find peace, kindness and gratitude for what has gone before, and acceptance of what is to come.

    Dr Ranjana Srivastava draws on two decades of experience to share her observations and advice on leading a meaningful life and finding dignity and composure at its end. With an emphasis on advocacy, leaving a legacy, and staying true to our deepest convictions, Dr Srivastava tells stories of strength, hope and resilience in the face of grief, and offers an optimistic meditation on living and dying well.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BEYOND THE THIRTY NINE STEPS : A Life of John Buchan
    BEYOND THE THIRTY NINE STEPS : A Life of John Buchan
    BUCHAN URSULA
    ISBN: 9781408870815
    Title: BEYOND THE THIRTY NINE STEPS : A Life of John Buchan
    Author: BUCHAN URSULA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    John Buchan's name is known across the world for The Thirty-Nine Steps. In the past one hundred years the classic thriller has never been out of print and has inspired numerous adaptations for film, television, radio and stage, beginning with the celebrated version by Alfred Hitchcock.
    Yet there was vastly more to 'JB'. He wrote more than a hundred books, fiction and non-fiction and about a thousand articles for newspapers and magazines. He was a scholar, antiquarian, barrister, colonial administrator, journal editor, literary critic, publisher, war correspondent, director of wartime propaganda, member of parliament and imperial proconsul given a state funeral when he died, a deeply admired and loved Governor-General of Canada.
    His teenage years in Glasgow's Gorbals, where his father was the Free Church minister, contributed to his ease with shepherds and ambassadors, fur-trappers and prime ministers. His improbable marriage to a member of the aristocratic Grosvenor family means that this account of his life contains, at its heart, an enduring love story.
    Ursula Buchan, his granddaughter, has drawn on recently discovered family documents to write this comprehensive and illuminating biography. With perception, style, wit, and a penetratingly clear eye, she brings vividly to life this remarkable man and his times.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • BIG SKY     -     Jackson Brodie #5
    BIG SKY - Jackson Brodie #5
    ATKINSON KATE
    ISBN: 9780857526113
    Title: BIG SKY - Jackson Brodie #5
    Author: ATKINSON KATE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A BRILLIANT NEW LITERARY CRIME NOVEL FROM NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER KATE ATKINSON- JACKSON BRODIE MAKES A HIGLY ANTICIPATED RETURN

    Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside village, in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son and an ageing Labrador, both at the discretion of his ex-partner Julia. It's picturesque, but there's something darker lurking behind the scenes.

    Jackson's current job, gathering proof of an unfaithful husband for his suspicious wife, is fairly standard-issue, but a chance encounter with a desperate man on a crumbling cliff leads him into a sinister network-and back across the path of his old friend Reggie. Old secrets and new lies intersect in this breathtaking novel by one of the most dazzling and surprising writers at work today.

    Imprint: DOUBLEDAY
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BLOWING THE BLOODY DOORS OFF
    BLOWING THE BLOODY DOORS OFF
    CAINE MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781473689329
    Title: BLOWING THE BLOODY DOORS OFF
    Author: CAINE MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Hollywood legend and British national treasure Michael Caine shares the wisdom, stories, insight and skills that life has taught him in his remarkable career.

    One of our best-loved actors Michael Caine has starred in a huge range of films - including all-time favourites - from the classic British movies Alfie, Zulu and The Italian Job to the Hollywood blockbusting Dark Knight trilogy, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hannah and Her Sisters and Cider House Rules. Caine has excelled in every kind of role - with a skill that's made it look easy.

    He knows what success takes - he's made it to the top of his profession from the toughest beginning. But as he says 'Small parts can lead to big things. And if you keep doing things right, the stars will align when you least expect it.' Now in his 85th year he wants to share everything he's learned.

    With brilliant new insight into his life and work and with his wonderful gift for story, this is Caine at his wise and entertaining best.

    Imprint: HODDER HEADLINE
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
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