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  • LAST THREAD
    LAST THREAD
    SALA MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781925498516
    Title: LAST THREAD
    Author: SALA MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Michaelis is four when they first move to Australia, leaving behind the cold and the snow and the mud, the flat grey landscape, his father, his mother's family, and everything he has ever known. He is seven when they pack up again and go home, nine when they return to Australia. When you are used to it, leaving is the easiest thing in the world-and where the sea is warm and the days linger, it is easier to forget. But his stepfather is a bully, and the absence of his real father masks a painful truth. Before long, Michaelis learns that no matter how far you go, your past always follows you, trailing questions in its wake.

    Beginning with memory's first fragments, The Last Thread traces a boy's journey into adulthood against a backdrop of family secrets, betrayals and unhealed wounds.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • LINES IN THE SAND : COLLECTED JOURNALISM
    LINES IN THE SAND : COLLECTED JOURNALISM
    GILL A A
    ISBN: 9781474605168
    Title: LINES IN THE SAND : COLLECTED JOURNALISM
    Author: GILL A A
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A. A. Gill was rightly hailed as one of the greatest journalists of our time. This selection of some of his recent pieces, which he made himself before his untimely death, spans the last five years from all corners of the world. It shows him at his most perceptive, brilliant and funny.His subjects range from the controversial - fur - to the heartfelt - a fantastic crystallisation of what it means to be European.

    He tackles life drawing, designs his own tweed, considers boyhood through the prism of the Museum of Childhood, and spends a day at Donald Trump's university. In his final two articles he wrote with characteristic wit and courage about his cancer diagnosis - 'the full English - and the limits of the NHS. But more than any other subject, a recurring theme emerges in the overwhelming story of our times: the refugee crisis.

    In the last few years A. A. Gill wrote with compassion and anger about the refugees' story, giving us both its human face and its appalling context. The resulting articles are journalism at its finest and fiercest.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • LUCYS BOOK
    LUCYS BOOK
    PRIOR NATALIE JANE
    ISBN: 9780734416605
    Title: LUCYS BOOK
    Author: PRIOR NATALIE JANE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    LUCY'S BOOK captures that special connection between a child and their favourite book, as well as celebrating the way sharing stories can bring people together.

    Lucy's mum takes her to the library every Saturday. Lucy loves to read, but there is one special book that she borrows over and over again. The book is shared between friends, dropped in the ocean, flown to China and even made into a banana sandwich. But what will happen when everyone's favourite book goes missing?


    Imprint: LOTHIAN
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • MACQUARIE DICTIONARY - Seventh Edition
    MACQUARIE DICTIONARY - Seventh Edition
    7TH EDITION
    ISBN: 9781742619811
    Title: MACQUARIE DICTIONARY - Seventh Edition
    Author: 7TH EDITION
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Since the Macquarie Dictionary was first published in 1981, its reputation as Australia's national dictionary has gone from strength to strength. It is now nationally and internationally regarded as the standard reference on Australian English.

    A comprehensive and up-to-date account of our variety of English, it not only includes all those words and senses peculiar to Australian English, but also those common to the whole English-speaking world.

    The Seventh Edition features:

    · a comprehensive record of English as it is used in Australia, with evidence from corpus data, including Macquarie's own corpus of Australian English, Ozcorp
    · thousands of new words and senses, such as grandcare, rumbler alarm, fitspiration, modest wear, cool burn, freecycle, grolar bear, digital tattoo, listicle, captain's call, robopoll, vamping, spiraliser and slackpacking
    · illustrative phrases, many from Australian literature, which clearly show how a word is used in context
    · words and phrases from regional Australia, such as boondie, prickly jack, bungarra, dragon's teeth and goose club
    · words, both formal and informal, that date back to the Australian military experience of WW1, such as gezumpher, bullring and green envelope
    · extensive usage notes
    · etymologies of words and phrases
    · foreword by Kate Grenville, international award-winning Australian author

    Imprint: MACQUARIE LIBRARY
    RRP: $120.00

    Price: $120.00
  • MAN WITHOUT QUALITIES
    MAN WITHOUT QUALITIES
    MUSIL ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781447289432
    Title: MAN WITHOUT QUALITIES
    Author: MUSIL ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It is 1913, and Viennese high society is gripped by a mission to find an appropriate way of celebrating the seventieth jubilee of the accession of Emperor Franz Josef. But as the aristocracy tries to salvage something illustrious out of the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the ordinary Viennese world is beginning to show signs of more serious rebellion. Caught in the middle of this social labyrinth is Ulrich: youngish, rich, an ex-soldier, seducer and scientist.

    Unable to deceive himself that the jumble of attributes and values that his world has bestowed on him amounts to anything so innate as a 'character', he is effectively a man 'without qualities', a brilliant, detached observer of the spinning, racing society around him. Part satire, part visionary epic, part intellectual tour de force, The Man Without Qualities is a work of immeasurable importance.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • MAP : COLLECTED AND LAST POEMS
    MAP : COLLECTED AND LAST POEMS
    SZYMBORSKA WISLAWA
    ISBN: 9780544705159
    Title: MAP : COLLECTED AND LAST POEMS
    Author: SZYMBORSKA WISLAWA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A collected volume from the Nobel Prize-winning poet that includes, for the first time in English, all of the poems from her last Polish collection

    One of Europe's greatest recent poets is also its wisest, wittiest, and most accessible. Nobel Prize-winner Wislawa Szymborska draws us in with her unexpected, unassuming humour. Her elegant, precise poems pose questions we never thought to ask. "If you want the world in a nutshell," a Polish critic remarks, "try Szymborska." But the world held in these lapidary poems is larger than the one we thought we knew.

    Carefully edited by her longtime, award-winning translator, Clare Cavanagh, the poems in 'Map' trace Szymborska's work until her death in 2012. Of the approximately two hundred and fifty poems included here, nearly forty are newly translated; thirteen represent the entirety of the poet's last Polish collection, 'Enough', never before published in English.

    Imprint: MARINER BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • METRONOME : New Poems
    METRONOME : New Poems
    MAIDEN JENNIFER
    ISBN: 9781925336214
    Title: METRONOME : New Poems
    Author: MAIDEN JENNIFER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Metronome is the third in Giramondo’s series of annual poetry collections by award-winning poet Jennifer Maiden, addressing political and social issues of the moment, particularly here the tension caused by the election of the US president.

    Building on the two previous collections Drones and Phantoms and The Fox Petition, The Metronome features intimate conversations about power and policy between contemporary figures and their historical counterparts, the patriots Jeremy Corbyn and Constance Markievicz on a walk in the Scottish Highlands, Governor Bligh and his namesake Wiliam Bligh Turnbull discussing the difference between temper and temperament, Eleanor Roosevelt counselling Hillary Clinton on the use of violence, Jane Austen and Tanya Plibersek talking about sense and sensibility in Sydney’s Botanical Gardens. Throughout, we admire Maiden’s ability to read the faces and gestures of public figures, the strength of her women, her magical settings, and the rhythmical beat of the poetic metronome, offering reassurance and continuity in a period of austerity and fear.

    Jennifer Maiden’s collections have won the NSW and Victorian Premier's Poetry Prizes, the Age Poetry Book of the Year, and the Victorian Premier's Award for Literature, the richest literary prize in Australia.

    Imprint: GIRAMONDO
    RRP: $24.00

    Price: $24.00
  • MINDFUL THOUGHTS FOR CYCLISTS : Finding Balance on Two Wheels
    MINDFUL THOUGHTS FOR CYCLISTS : Finding Balance on Two Wheels
    MOORE NICK
    ISBN: 9781782404835
    Title: MINDFUL THOUGHTS FOR CYCLISTS : Finding Balance on Two Wheels
    Author: MOORE NICK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Finding balance and meditation on two wheels.

    Cycling is about more than competitive racing, lycra, and physical endurance; it's about joy, meditative wonder and spiritual enrichment.

    Mindful Thoughts for Cyclists presents a series of focused meditations on why and how cycling can be a powerful practice of mindful awareness. From the pleasure of riding down a hill to finding the upsides of a puncture, Nick Moore steers us on an enlightening journey through the true value of riding a bicycle.

    On it, he encourages a shift in consciousness of 'those obsessed with the facts of cycling and wanting to excel in it to experience the fact of it'.

    Imprint: IVY
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • MINDFUL THOUGHTS FOR WALKERS : Footnotes on the Zen Path
    MINDFUL THOUGHTS FOR WALKERS : Footnotes on the Zen Path
    FORD ADAM
    ISBN: 9781782404842
    Title: MINDFUL THOUGHTS FOR WALKERS : Footnotes on the Zen Path
    Author: FORD ADAM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Mindfulness is so much more than a set of routine timed exercises; it's the transformative practice of conscious living we can nurture by being mindful of the moment.

    Mindful Thoughts for Walkers explores through a series of succint meditations, how walking is an opportunity to deepen our levels of physical and spiritual awareness.

    Adam Ford is an enlightening guide to how mindfulness and walking can help us face the existential questions of 'Who am I?', 'Where have I come from?', What am I doing here?', and 'Where am I going?' From a gentle daily stroll to a brisk hike across the mountaintops, this is a powerful reading companion for rural and urban walker alike.

    Imprint: IVY
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • MISCHLING
    MISCHLING
    KONAR AFFINITY
    ISBN: 9781786490858
    Title: MISCHLING
    Author: KONAR AFFINITY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It's 1944 when the twin sisters arrive at Auschwitz with their mother and grandfather. In their benighted new world, Pearl and Stasha Zagorski take refuge in their identical natures, comforting themselves with the private language and shared games of their childhood. As part of the experimental population of twins known as Mengele's Zoo, the girls experience privileges and horrors unknown to others, and they find themselves changed, stripped of the personalities they once shared, their identities altered by the burdens of guilt and pain.

    That winter, at a concert orchestrated by Mengele, Pearl disappears. Stasha grieves for her twin, but clings to the possibility that Pearl remains alive. When the camp is liberated by the Red Army, she and her companion Feliks - a boy bent on vengeance for his own lost twin - travel through Poland's devastation. Undeterred by injury, starvation, or the chaos around them, motivated by equal parts danger and hope, they encounter hostile villagers, Jewish resistance fighters, and fellow refugees, their quest enabled by the notion that Mengele may be captured and brought to justice within the ruins of the Warsaw Zoo. As the young survivors discover what has become of the world, they must try to imagine a future within it.

    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • MONTAIGNE : A LIFE
    MONTAIGNE : A LIFE
    DESAN PHILIPPE
    ISBN: 9780691167879
    Title: MONTAIGNE : A LIFE
    Author: DESAN PHILIPPE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One of the most important writers and thinkers of the Renaissance, Michel de Montaigne (1533-92) helped invent a literary genre that seemed more modern than anything that had come before. But did he do it, as he suggests in his Essays, by retreating to his chateau, turning his back on the world, and stoically detaching himself from his violent times? In this definitive biography, Philippe Desan, one of the world's leading authorities on Montaigne, overturns this longstanding myth by showing that Montaigne was constantly concerned with realizing his political ambitions--and that the literary and philosophical character of the Essays largely depends on them. The most comprehensive and authoritative biography of Montaigne yet written, this sweeping narrative offers a fascinating new picture of his life and work. As Desan shows, Montaigne always considered himself a political figure and he conceived of each edition of the Essays as an indispensable prerequisite to the next stage of his public career. He lived through eight civil wars, successfully lobbied to be raised to the nobility, and served as mayor of Bordeaux, special ambassador, and negotiator between Henry III and Henry of Navarre. It was only toward the very end of Montaigne's life, after his political failure, that he took refuge in literature. But, even then, it was his political experience that enabled him to find the right tone for his genre. In this indispensable biography, we discover a new Montaigne--caught up in the events of his time, making no separation between private and public life, and guided by strategy first in his words and silences. Neither candid nor transparent, but also not yielding to the cynicism of his age, this Montaigne lends a new depth to the Montaigne of literary legend.

    Imprint: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRES
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $69.99
  • MRS KELLY : The Astonishing Life of Ned Kelly's Mother
    MRS KELLY : The Astonishing Life of Ned Kelly's Mother
    KIEZA GRANTLEE
    ISBN: 9780733331572
    Title: MRS KELLY : The Astonishing Life of Ned Kelly's Mother
    Author: KIEZA GRANTLEE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The astonishing life of Ned Kelly's mother

    While we know much about the iconic outlaw Ned Kelly, his mother Ellen Kelly has been largely overlooked by Australian writers and historians - until now, with this vivid and compelling portrait by Grantlee Kieza, one of Australia's most popular biographers.

    When Ned Kelly's mother, Ellen, arrived in Melbourne in 1841 aged nine, British convict ships were still dumping their unhappy cargo in what was then known as the colony of New South Wales. By the time she died aged ninety-one in 1923, having outlived seven of her twelve children, motor cars plied the highway near her bush home north of Melbourne, and Australia was a modern, sovereign nation.

    Like so many pioneering women, Ellen, the wife of a convict, led a life of great hardship. Born in Ireland during a time of entrenched poverty and sectarian violence, she was a mother of seven when her husband died after months in a police lock-up. She lived through famine and drought, watched her babies die, listened through the prison wall while her eldest son was hanged and saw the charred remains of another of her children who'd died in a shoot-out with police. One son became Australia's most infamous (and ultimately most celebrated) outlaw; another became a highly decorated policeman, an honorary member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and a worldwide star on the rodeo circuit. Through it all, 'the notorious Mrs Kelly', as she was dubbed by Victoria's Assistant Police Commissioner, survived as best she could, like so many pioneering women of the time.

    By bestselling biographer Grantlee Kieza, Mrs Kelly is the astonishing story of one of Australia's most notorious women and her wild family, but it's also the story of the making of Australia, from struggling colony and backwater to modern nation.

    Imprint: ABC PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • NANETTES BAGUETTE
    NANETTES BAGUETTE
    WILLEMS MO
    ISBN: 9781406376210
    Title: NANETTES BAGUETTE
    Author: WILLEMS MO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Today is the day Nanette gets to get the baguette! Is she set? YOU BET!

    From Mo Willems, the multi award-winning creator of the Pigeon series and the Knuffle Bunny trilogy, comes a hilarious new tongue-twister read-aloud about a little girl, Nanette, on a mission to buy a baguette. It's Nanette's very first solo trip to the bakery. But will Nanette get the baguette from baker Juliette? Or will Nanette soon be beset with regret?

    Set in a meticulously handcrafted-paper-modelled French village, the uniquely vibrant laugh-out-loud world of Nanette's Baguette may be Mo's best creation yet. Get set to "crack" into an irresistible tale you won't soon forget!

    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • NATION ON THE TAKE : How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do About it
    NATION ON THE TAKE : How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do About it
    POTTER WENDELL
    ISBN: 9781632861115
    Title: NATION ON THE TAKE : How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do About it
    Author: POTTER WENDELL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "A rallying cry to bring government back under the control of the people . . . Their argument is impassioned and accessible." --Library Journal

    American democracy has become coin operated. Special interest groups increasingly control every level of government. The necessity of raising huge sums of campaign cash has completely changed the character of politics and policy making, determining what elected representatives stand for and how their time is spent. The marriage of great wealth and intense political influence has rendered our country unable to address our most pressing problems, from runaway government spending to climate change to the wealth gap. It also defines our daily lives: from the cars we drive to the air we breathe to the debt we owe.


    In this powerful work of reportage, Wendell Potter and Nick Penniman, two vigilant watchdogs, expose legalized corruption and link it to the kitchen-table issues citizens face every day. Inciting our outrage, the authors then inspire us by introducing us to an army of reformers laying the groundwork for change, ready to be called into action. The battle plan for reform presented is practical, realistic, and concrete. No one--except some lobbyists and major political donors--likes business as usual, and this book aims to help forge a new army of reformers who are compelled by a patriotic duty to fight for a better democracy.


    An impassioned, infuriating, yet ultimately hopeful call to arms, Nation on the Take lays bare the reach of moneyed interests and charts a way forward, toward the recovery of America's original promise.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • NO WAY BUT THIS : IN SEARCH OF PAUL ROBESON
    NO WAY BUT THIS : IN SEARCH OF PAUL ROBESON
    SPARROW JEFF
    ISBN: 9781925321852
    Title: NO WAY BUT THIS : IN SEARCH OF PAUL ROBESON
    Author: SPARROW JEFF
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: MARCH 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Paul Robeson was an actor and performer, a champion athlete, a committed communist, a brilliant speaker, and a passionate activist for social justice in America, Europe, and Australia. Hailed as the most famous African American of his time, he sang with a voice that left audiences weeping, and, for a period, had the entire world at his feet – and then lost everything for the sake of his principles.

    Robeson’s storied life took him from North Carolina plantations to Hollywood; from the glittering stages of London to the coal-mining towns of Wales; from the violent frontiers of the Spanish Civil War to bleak prison cells in the Soviet Union; from Harlem’s jazz-infused neighbourhoods to the courtroom of the McCarthy hearings. Yet privately Robeson was a troubled figure, burdened by his role as a symbol for the African American people and an international advocate for the working class. His tragedy was to battle ambition and uncertainty, ultimately clinging to his beliefs even as the world changed around him. As optimistic ideals of communism turned to repression under the Cold War, his public decline mirrored that of the world around him.

    Today Robeson is largely unknown, a figure lost to footnotes and grainy archival footage. But his life, which followed the currents of the twentieth century, reveals how the traumas of the past still shape the present.

    Jeff Sparrow follows the ghosts and echoes of Robeson’s career, tracing his path through countries and decades, to explore the contemporary resonances of his politics and passions. From Black Lives Matter to Putin’s United Russia, Sparrow explores questions of race and representation in America, political freedom in Moscow, and the legacy of fascism and communism in Europe. Weaving travelogue with biography, In Search of Paul Robeson is a story of political ardour, heritage, and trauma — a luminous portrait of a man and an urgent reflection on the politics that define us today.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • NORTH WATER
    NORTH WATER
    MCGUIRE IAN
    ISBN: 9781471151262
    Title: NORTH WATER
    Author: MCGUIRE IAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A ship sets sail with a killer on board . . .

    1859. A man joins a whaling ship bound for the Arctic Circle. Having left the British Army with his reputation in tatters, Patrick Sumner has little option but to accept the position of ship's surgeon on this ill-fated voyage. But when, deep into the journey, a cabin boy is discovered brutally killed, Sumner finds himself forced to act. Soon he will face an evil even greater than he had encountered at the siege of Delhi, in the shape of Henry Drax: harpooner, murderer, monster . . .

    Imprint: SCRIBNER
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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