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  • 100 ACTING EXERCISES FOR 8 - 18 YEAR OLDS
    100 ACTING EXERCISES FOR 8 - 18 YEAR OLDS
    MARSDEN SAMANTHA
    ISBN: 9781350049949
    Title: 100 ACTING EXERCISES FOR 8 - 18 YEAR OLDS
    Author: MARSDEN SAMANTHA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This book offers a comprehensive guide to teaching acting exercises that will unleash the inner creativity of students aged 8-18.

    Theories and techniques of some of the greatest theatre practitioners including Sanford Meisner, Constantin Stanislavski, Lee Strasberg and Uta Hage provide a basis for Samantha Marsden 's original exercises for students between these ages. You won 't find Duck, Duck, Goose, Zap, Zap, Boing or any other traditional drama games in this book- instead, the craft of acting technique takes the limelight.

    These exercises have been tried and tested in the author 's own classroom, and are guaranteed to inspire, ignite imagination and encourage heartfelt performances. Focus points used in leading drama schools such as voice, movement, relaxation, character development and understanding text are recreated for a younger student. They are easy to follow and will be fun, challenging and immensely rewarding for teachers and students alike.

    The book features a foreword by Paul Roseby, CEO and Artistic Director of the National Youth Theatre.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ADELE
    ADELE
    SLIMANI LEILA
    ISBN: 9780571331956
    Title: ADELE
    Author: SLIMANI LEILA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Adele appears to have the perfect life. She is a successful journalist in Paris who lives in a chic apartment with her surgeon husband and their young son. But beneath the veneer of 'having it all', she is bored - and consumed by an insatiable need for sex, whatever the cost. Struggling to contain the twin forces of compulsion and desire, she begins to orchestrate her life around her one night stands and extramarital affairs, arriving late to work and lying to her husband about where she's been, until she becomes ensnared in a trap of her own making.

    An erotic and daring story - with electrically clear writing - Adele will captivate readers with its exploration of addiction, sexuality, and one woman's quest to feel alive.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • ADVENTURES IN THE ANTHROPOCENE : A Journey to the Heart of the Planet weMade (Patterns of Life)
    ADVENTURES IN THE ANTHROPOCENE : A Journey to the Heart of the Planet weMade (Patterns of Life)
    VINCE GAIA
    ISBN: 9781784873615
    Title: ADVENTURES IN THE ANTHROPOCENE : A Journey to the Heart of the Planet weMade (Patterns of Life)
    Author: VINCE GAIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    PATTERNED PLANET- SPECIAL EDITIONS OF GROUNDBREAKING SCIENCE BOOKS

    In recent decades human beings have altered the planet beyond anything it has experienced in its 4.5 billion-year history. We have become a force on a par with earth-shattering asteroids and planet-cloaking volcanoes. As a result, our planet is said to be crossing a geological boundary - from the Holocene into the Anthropocene, or the Age of Man.

    Gaia Vince quit her job to travel the world and to explore what all these changes really mean to our daily lives. She discovers the shocking ways in which we have reshaped our living planet and reveals the ingenious solutions we've evolved to engineer Earth for the future.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AFTER SHES GONE
    AFTER SHES GONE
    GREBE CAMILLA
    ISBN: 9781785764738
    Title: AFTER SHES GONE
    Author: GREBE CAMILLA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For psychological profiler Hanne Lagerlind-Schön, life is good. She and her partner, investigator Peter Lindgren, have just returned from a dream holiday in Greenland and the symptoms of her early onset dementia seem to be under control.

    Then they are asked to go to the small, sleepy industrial town of Ormberg to investigate a cold case: ten years earlier a five-year-old girl's remains were found in a cairn near the town. With her dementia creeping back again, Hanne starts to keep a diary noting down everything she is likely to forget. She will go to any lengths to keep up appearances
    so she doesn't lose her job, or worse: Peter.

    Then Hanne is found wandering around the outskirts of Ormberg lost, hurt and confused - and Peter is missing. When the body of a woman is found at the cairn and one of Hanne's shoes is found nearby covered in the victim's blood, can Hanne's diary hold the key to what happened? How does this new murder connect to their old one - and where is Peter?

    Imprint: ZAFFRE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AGAINST HATE
    AGAINST HATE
    EMCKE CAROLIN
    ISBN: 9781509531967
    Title: AGAINST HATE
    Author: EMCKE CAROLIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Racism, extremism, anti-democratic sentiment – our increasingly polarized world is dominated by a type of thinking that doubts others’ positions but never its own.

    In a powerful challenge to fundamentalism in all its forms, Carolin Emcke, one of Germany’s leading intellectuals, argues that we can only preserve individual freedom and protect people’s rights by cherishing and celebrating diversity. If we want to safeguard democracy, we must have the courage to challenge hatred and the will to fight for and defend plurality in our societies. Emcke rises to the challenge that identitarian dogmas and populist narratives pose, exposing the way in which they simplify and distort our perception of the world.

    Against Hate is an impassioned call to fight intolerance and defend liberal ideals. It will be of great interest to anyone concerned about the darkening politics of our time and searching for ways forward.

    Imprint: POLITY
    RRP: $33.99

    Price: $33.99
  • ALTRUISTS
    ALTRUISTS
    RIDKER ANDREW
    ISBN: 9781787331686
    Title: ALTRUISTS
    Author: RIDKER ANDREW
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A razor-sharp, darkly funny novel from a sparkling new talentArthur Alter is in trouble. A middling professor at a Midwestern college, he can't afford his mortgage, he's exasperated his much younger girlfriend, and his kids won't speak to him. And then there's the money - the small fortune his late wife Francine kept secret, which she bequeathed directly to his children.Those children are Ethan, an anxious recluse living off his mother's money on a choice plot of Brooklyn real estate; and Maggie, a would-be do-gooder trying to fashion herself a noble life of self-imposed poverty. On the verge of losing the family home, Arthur invites his children back to St. Louis under the guise of a reconciliation. But in doing so, he unwittingly unleashes a Pandora's Box of age-old resentments and long-buried memories - memories that orbit Francine, the matriarch whose life may hold the key to keeping them together.Spanning New York, Paris, Boston, St. Louis, and a small desert outpost in Zimbabwe, The Altruists is a darkly funny (and ultimately tender) family saga in the tradition of Jonathan Franzen and Zadie Smith. It's a novel about money, privilege, politics, campus culture, dating, talk therapy, rural sanitation, infidelity, kink, the American beer industry, and what it means to be a 'good person'.

    Imprint: JONATHAN CAPE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AMERICAN HOMO : Community and Perversity
    AMERICAN HOMO : Community and Perversity
    ESCOFFIER JEFFREY
    ISBN: 9781788732314
    Title: AMERICAN HOMO : Community and Perversity
    Author: ESCOFFIER JEFFREY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    American Homo offers a sweeping interpretation of the political, cultural and economic struggles of lesbian, gay and bisexual people to reveal how sexual minorities have challenged and changed American society. These provocative essays by long-time activist, writer, and theorist Jeffrey Escoffier tracks the lesbian and gay movements across the contested terrain of American political life. Starting from an urban subculture created by stigmatized and invisible men and women, LGBT movements have had to negotiate the historical tension between the homoeroticism that courses through American culture and virulent outbreaks of homophobic populism. Escoffier explores how every new success-whether it's civil rights, marriage, or cultural recognition-also enables new disciplinary and normalizing forms of domination, and why only the active exercise of democratic rights and participation in radical coalitions allows LGBT people to sustain both the benefits of community and the freedom of sexual perversity.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANGELS : A Visible and Invisible History
    ANGELS : A Visible and Invisible History
    STANFORD PETER
    ISBN: 9781473622081
    Title: ANGELS : A Visible and Invisible History
    Author: STANFORD PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'In a 2016 poll, one in 10 Britons claimed to have experienced the presence of an angel, while one in three remain convinced that they have a guardian angel. These are huge numbers and mean that, on some counts, angels are doing better than God.' In the secular, sceptical, post-Christian world of the West, continuing faith in angels is both anomaly and comfort. But what exactly are angels, and why have so many in different times and contexts around the globe believed in them? What is their history and role in the great faiths and beyond their walls? Are angels something real, a manifestation of divine concern? Or part of the poetry of religion? And can they continue to illuminate a deeper truth about human existence and the cosmos? These are not new questions. They have been asked over millennia, right up to the present day, as writer, journalist and broadcaster Peter Stanford explores in ANGELS, his latest investigation into the history, theology and cultural significance of religious ideas. 'There is no better navigator through the space in which art, culture and spirituality meet than Peter Stanford' Cole Moreton, Independent on Sunday

    Imprint: HODDER & STOUGHTON
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • ANOTHER PLANET
    ANOTHER PLANET
    THORN TRACEY
    ISBN: 9781786892553
    Title: ANOTHER PLANET
    Author: THORN TRACEY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In a 1970s commuter town, Tracey Thorn's teenage life was forged from what failed to happen. Her diaries were packed with entries about not buying things, not going to the disco, the school coach not arriving.

    Before she was a bestselling musician and writer, Tracey Thorn was a typical teenager: bored and cynical, despairing of her aspirational parents. Her only comfort came from house parties, Meaningful Conversations and the female pop icons who hinted at a new kind of living.

    Returning more than three decades later to Brookmans Park, scene of her childhood, Thorn takes us beyond the bus shelters and pub car parks, the utopian cul-de-sacs, the train to Potters Bar and the weekly discos, to the parents who wanted so much for their children, the children who wanted none of it. With her trademark wit and insight, Thorn reconsiders the Green Belt post-war dream so many artists have mocked, and so many artists have come from.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ANTI JUDAISM : The History Of A Way Of Thinking
    ANTI JUDAISM : The History Of A Way Of Thinking
    NIRENBERG DAVID
    ISBN: 9781789541168
    Title: ANTI JUDAISM : The History Of A Way Of Thinking
    Author: NIRENBERG DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An account of one of history's darkest tendencies, following the development of anti-Judaism across three millennia.

    In this magisterial history, David Nirenberg explores anti-Judaism from antiquity to the present, from the Ancient Egyptians who resented their Jewish neighbours to the ideas of Voltaire and Marx, thereby revealing it to be a mode of thought deeply embedded in the Western tradition. With intolerance and racism on the rise across the West, the central argument of David Nirenberg's groundbreaking study – that to imagine anti-Judaism to be confined to the margins of our society is to be dangerously complacent – is as urgent and as timely as it has ever been.

    Imprint: HEAD OF ZEUS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ART AND QUEER CULTURE
    ART AND QUEER CULTURE
    LORD CATHERINE
    ISBN: 9780714878348
    Title: ART AND QUEER CULTURE
    Author: LORD CATHERINE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Updated and revised, ART & QUEER CULTURE is a comprehensive and definitive survey of artworks that have constructed, contested, or otherwise responded to alternative forms of sexuality. Rather than focusing exclusively on artists who self-identify as gay or lesbian, ART & QUEER CULTURE instead traces the shifting possibilities

    and constraints of sexual identity that have provided visual artists with a rich creative resource over the last 130 years - and it does so in an accessible, authoritative voice, and with a wealth of rarely-seen imagery.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $59.95
    Price: $59.95
  • BAFFLING GRAVITY
    BAFFLING GRAVITY
    SANT ANDREW
    ISBN: 9781925780239
    Title: BAFFLING GRAVITY
    Author: SANT ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Gravity as a physical influence, the weight of gravity, and gravity of thought and action are central to Andrew Sant’s new collection of poems — and so too is the means of baffling gravity, not the least by the deployment of wit. Gravity here is also baffling in the alternative sense, as a force or as a theory, which summons perplexity. These poems, wide ranging in time and place, are richly textured investigations of the world, its terrain and its people, by an alert, often restless, informed observer.

    Imprint: PUNCHER AND WATTMANN PUBL
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • BANGKOK WAKES TO RAIN
    BANGKOK WAKES TO RAIN
    SUDBANTHAD PITCHAYA
    ISBN: 9781473677272
    Title: BANGKOK WAKES TO RAIN
    Author: SUDBANTHAD PITCHAYA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Places remember us. . .

    A missionary begs to be moved from disease-ridden Bangkok.

    A musician plays a private show for ghosts.

    A student abandoned by his lover bleeds to death in the street.

    A plastic surgeon designs a girl a new face.

    A woman decides whether to cook a final meal for a dying murderer.

    Lurching through decades, from Bagkok's rich past to its imagined, uploaded future, witness the city as it changes from a booming capitalist hub to a city engulfed by water, through human tales seeping into one another, held together by delicate threads.

    For fans of A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD and CLOUD ATLAS, this is a startling and intimate novel by a lyrical new writer.

    Imprint: SCEPTRE
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • BAZ AND BENZ
    BAZ AND BENZ
    MCKINNON HEIDI
    ISBN: 9781760523688
    Title: BAZ AND BENZ
    Author: MCKINNON HEIDI
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Benz, are we friends?'
    'Yes, Baz, we are best friends'
    'For how long?'
    'For ever and ever.'

    But what do you do when your best friend is... kind of annoying?

    A delightfully funny and warm-hearted story about a little owl exploring the boundaries of love and friendship from the creator of I Just Ate My Friend.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BETTER BOOKS / BETTER BOOKZ : Art Anarchy Apostasy Counter-culture & the New Avant-garde
    BETTER BOOKS / BETTER BOOKZ : Art Anarchy Apostasy Counter-culture & the New Avant-garde
    KESHVANI ROZEMIN
    ISBN: 9783960984580
    Title: BETTER BOOKS / BETTER BOOKZ : Art Anarchy Apostasy Counter-culture & the New Avant-garde
    Author: KESHVANI ROZEMIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the 1960s and ‘70s, the legendary independent London bookstore Better Books, located on the Charing Cross Road, was the hub for Britain’s counterculture, with the likes of Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Alexander Trocchi, John Latham, Jeff Nuttall, Bob Cobbing, Barry Miles and Gustav Metzger regularly giving readings and performances or exhibiting their works. Countless other writers and artists got their start there by encountering the books, authors or artists that would determine their vocations and change their lives. With its unique range of small-press/underground literature, poetry readings, film screenings and happenings, Better Books was the hub of London’s 1960s counterculture scene. This book is the first to examine this special historic moment. Gathering archival documents, previously unpublished texts and photographs with the voices of the protagonists who launched this revolution, this volume provides a secret history of the real London counterculture.

    Imprint: VERLAG JANNSEN
    RRP: $75.00

    Price: $75.00
  • BIG ANGRY ROAR
    BIG ANGRY ROAR
    LAMBERT JONNY
    ISBN: 9781788810982
    Title: BIG ANGRY ROAR
    Author: LAMBERT JONNY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Cub is angry, so he STOMPS and SMASHES and ROARS! But now he just feels worse! Maybe his friends can help?

    The perfect story for any child experiencing feelings of anger and learning what to do with them.

    Imprint: Little Tiger
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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