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  • THOSE WILD RABBITS : How They Shaped Australia
    THOSE WILD RABBITS : How They Shaped Australia
    MUNDAY BRUCE
    ISBN: 9781743054574
    Title: THOSE WILD RABBITS : How They Shaped Australia
    Author: MUNDAY BRUCE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Those Wild Rabbits highlights not only the damage done by rabbits but also Australia's missed opportunities for real rabbit control. It recognises the bush's paradoxical love affair with an animal that was at one time a significant rural industry and is still recalled with nostalgia. More importantly, it offers hope for a brighter future.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
  • TORPOR
    TORPOR
    KRAUS CHRIS
    ISBN: 9781781258989
    Title: TORPOR
    Author: KRAUS CHRIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A savagely ironic portrait of a couple's failing marriage set in early 90s Europe, offering fierce and timeless reflections on love, identity and desire.
    'Sylvie wanted to believe that misery could simply be replaced with happiness. Time was a straight line, stretching out before you.'

    It's Summer, 1991, the dawning of the New World Order; a post-MTV, pre-AOL generation. Jerome Shafir and Sylvie Green, two former New Yorkers who can no longer afford an East Village apartment, set off on a journey across the entire former Soviet Bloc with the intention of adopting a Romanian orphan.

    Sylvie is an ex-punk video artist locked in a loveless marriage with Jerome, a 53-year-old Columbia University professor who loathes academia. There are only two things, Sylvie believes, that will save them: a child of their own, and the success of The Anthropology of Unhappiness, her husband's long-postponed book on the Holocaust. But as they move forward toward impoverished Romania, Jerome's memories of his father's extermination at Auschwitz and his own childhood survival there impede them.

    Kraus harnesses her talent for observational sensitivity to hit back with the grit and trauma of real, human relationships.

    Imprint: SERPENTS TAIL
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • TRACEY MOFFATT - MY HORIZON
    TRACEY MOFFATT - MY HORIZON
    KING NATALIE
    ISBN: 9780500500996
    Title: TRACEY MOFFATT - MY HORIZON
    Author: KING NATALIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The deeply personal and political work of internationally acclaimed Australian artist, Tracey Moffatt, published to accompany an exhibition at the 2017 Venice Biennale

    Tracey Moffatt is arguably Australia's most successful artist. She has exhibited in galleries and museums around the world and is the recipient of the International Center of Photography's 2007 Infinity Award for Art. My Horizon is the first book on this esteemed artist in ten years. With all new work, including large-scale photography and film, this publication situates Moffatt's work in the international arena as an artist who consistently takes the tempo of our times.Moffatt has created highly stylized narratives and montage to explore a range of themes, including the complexities of interpersonal relationships, the curiousness of popular culture, and her own deeply felt childhood memories and fantasies.

    My Horizon will present a compendium of texts that reflect on the artist's highly political and personal fictions, allowing readers to ponder what might be over the horizon.
    Contributing authors include Germano Celant, Adrian Martin, Moira Roth, Susan Bright, Djon Mundine, Alexis Wright, and Romaine Moreton.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • TRISTIMANIA : A Diary of Manic Depression
    TRISTIMANIA : A Diary of Manic Depression
    GRIFFITHS JAY
    ISBN: 9780241972045
    Title: TRISTIMANIA : A Diary of Manic Depression
    Author: GRIFFITHS JAY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    p style="text-align: justify;">For one awful moment, I felt the pure panic of an imminent emergency. And then I stopped. My mind staggered, jolted and was sundered. The screen of my mind froze. Time ceased to pass. Nothing moved and nothing could move. All the usual easy fluency of thoughts streaming into each other, confluent and waterful, was slung into reverse.

    A stark and lyrical account of the psyche in crisis from the author of Kith, Tristimania tells the story of a devastating year-long episode of manic depression, culminating in a long solo pilgrimage across Spain.
    Recording the experience of mania as has rarely been done before, Jay Griffiths shows how the condition is at once terrifying and also profoundly creative, both tricking and treating the psyche. An intimate and raw journey, Tristimania illuminates something of the universal human spirit.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • UNACCOMPANIED
    UNACCOMPANIED
    ARMITAGE SIMON
    ISBN: 9780571333844
    Title: UNACCOMPANIED
    Author: ARMITAGE SIMON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The eleventh single volume of poetry from one of the Britain's most celebrated and influential contemporary poets, Simon Armitage.

    Praised for his powerfully inventive, influential verse, Simon Armitage has resided at the heart of British poetry for more than a quarter century. Throughout, his work has celebrated range and adaptability, most recently in the prose poems of Seeing Stars (2010), the dramatisation of The Last Days of Troy (2014) and the translation of medieval Pearl (2016). But The Unaccompanied, his eleventh single volume, is a return to Armitage's trademark contemporary lyricism. Warm, knowing, generous and moving, the poems in this new collection combine wit and mischief with heart-stopping honesty, and mark out The Unaccompanied as a major publication by a writer the Observer has described as 'the best poet of his generation.'

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • UNIVERSAL HARVESTER
    UNIVERSAL HARVESTER
    DARNIELLE JOHN
    ISBN: 9781925321937
    Title: UNIVERSAL HARVESTER
    Author: DARNIELLE JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the author of the acclaimed Wolf in White Van comes a horror-infused thriller set in a tiny Midwestern town.

    Jeremy works at the counter of Video Hut in Nevada, Iowa. It’s the 1990s, pre-DVD, and the work is predictable and familiar; he likes his boss, Sarah Jane, and it gets him out of the house, which has felt desolate and empty since his mother died six years before.

    But when Stephanie Parsons, a local schoolteacher, comes in to return her copy of Targets, she has an odd complaint: ‘There’s something on it,’ she says. Two days later, Lindsey Redinius brings back She’s All That and complains that something is wrong: ‘There’s another movie on this tape.’

    Curious, Jeremy takes a look. And what he sees on the videos is so strange and disturbing that it propels him out of his comfortable routine and into a search for the tapes’ creator. As the once-peaceful fields and barns surrounding Nevada begin to seem sinister and threatening, Jeremy must come to terms with a truth that is as devastatingly sad as it is shocking.

    Creepy and poignant by turns, Universal Harvester is a deep dive into damaged lives and the different ways people try to escape grief, loss, and darkness.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • UTOPIA FOR REALISTS : AND HOW WE CAN GET THERE
    UTOPIA FOR REALISTS : AND HOW WE CAN GET THERE
    BREGMAN RUTGER
    ISBN: 9781408890271
    Title: UTOPIA FOR REALISTS : AND HOW WE CAN GET THERE
    Author: BREGMAN RUTGER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    We live in a time of unprecedented upheaval, when technology and so-called progress have made us richer but more uncertain than ever before. We have questions about the future, society, work, happiness, family and money, and yet no political party is providing us with the answers. We need a new movement. One defined by a political outsider, the voice of a generation, one who doesn't harness rage or agitate grievances but who instead provides us with the clear and convincing answers for which we've been looking. Rutger Bregman is that voice. From a fifteen-hour week to a universal basic income, from open borders to getting rid of the fallacy that a higher salary is automatically a reflection of societal value, Bregman looks at the evidence for and against throughout history and up to the present day - and argues 'Why not'? Utopia for Realists is an idea whose time has come. A visionary manifesto for a disillusioned age, a manifesto to spark debate and inspiration - a manifesto to change the world.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • VEGAN : The Cookbook
    VEGAN : The Cookbook
    JURY JEAN-CHRISTIAN
    ISBN: 9780714873916
    Title: VEGAN : The Cookbook
    Author: JURY JEAN-CHRISTIAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The definitive collection of delicious home-cooked vegan dishes from around the world

    With nearly 500 vegetable-driven recipes, Vegan: The Cookbook, inspired by cuisines around the work, brings vegan home cooking to new levels of deliciousness.
    Featuring dishes from countries ranging from Albania to Zambia, it showcases the culinary diversity of vegan cuisine, highlighting regional fruits and vegetables, traditional cooking techniques, and universally delectable flavours. Home cooks will discover sweet and savoury starters, soups, salads, mains, and desserts for all to enjoy, accompanied by straightforward instructions and gorgeous colour photography.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $59.95

    Price: $59.95
  • VIEW FROM THE CHEAP SEATS : Selected Nonfiction
    VIEW FROM THE CHEAP SEATS : Selected Nonfiction
    GAIMAN NEIL
    ISBN: 9781472208026
    Title: VIEW FROM THE CHEAP SEATS : Selected Nonfiction
    Author: GAIMAN NEIL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The View from the Cheap Seats draws together, for the first time ever, myriad non-fiction writing by international phenomenon and Sunday Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman.

    From Make Good Art, the speech he gave at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia that went viral, to pieces on artists and legends including Terry Pratchett, Lou Reed and Ray Bradbury, the collection offers a glimpse into the head and heart of one of the most acclaimed writers of our time. 'Literature does not occur in a vacuum. It cannot be a monologue. It has to be a conversation' Welcome to the conversation. Neil Gaiman fled the land of journalism to find truths through storytelling and sanctuary in not needing to get all the facts right. Of course, the real world continued to make up its own stories around him, and he has responded over the years with a wealth of ideas and introductions, dreams and speeches.

    The View From the Cheap Seats will draw you in to these exchanges on making good art and Syrian refugees, the power of a single word and playing the kazoo with Stephen King, writing about books, comics and the imagination of friends, being sad at the Oscars and telling lies for a living. Here 'we can meet the writer full on' (Stephen Fry) as he opens our minds to the people he admires and the things he believes might just mean something - and makes room for us to join the conversation too.

    Imprint: HEADLINE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WAR : AN ENQUIRY
    WAR : AN ENQUIRY
    GRAYLING A C
    ISBN: 9780300175349
    Title: WAR : AN ENQUIRY
    Author: GRAYLING A C
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For residents of the twenty-first century, a vision of a future without warfare is almost inconceivable. Though wars are terrible and destructive, they also seem unavoidable. In this original and deeply considered book, A. C. Grayling examines, tests, and challenges the concept of war. He proposes that a deeper, more accurate understanding of war may enable us to reduce its frequency, mitigate its horrors, and lessen the burden of its consequences.


    Grayling explores the long, tragic history of war and how warfare has changed in response to technological advances. He probes much-debated theories concerning the causes of war and considers positive changes that may result from war. How might these results be achieved without violence? In a profoundly wise conclusion, the author envisions “just war theory” in new moral terms, taking into account the lessons of World War II and the Holocaust and laying down ethical principles for going to war and for conduct during war.

    Imprint: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $37.99

    Price: $37.99
  • WAREHOUSE HOME : Industrial Inspiration for Twenty-First-Century Living
    WAREHOUSE HOME : Industrial Inspiration for Twenty-First-Century Living
    BUSH SOPHIE
    ISBN: 9780500519462
    Title: WAREHOUSE HOME : Industrial Inspiration for Twenty-First-Century Living
    Author: BUSH SOPHIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A global look at contemporary, ingenious, and yet comfortable transformations of former industrial spaces into stylish modern residences

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • WERE ALL WONDERS
    WERE ALL WONDERS
    PALACIO R J
    ISBN: 9780141386416
    Title: WERE ALL WONDERS
    Author: PALACIO R J
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    I know I can't change the way I look. But maybe, just maybe, people can change the way they see . . .

    Wonder is the unforgettable story of August Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. With over 5 million copies sold, Wonder is a true modern classic, a life-changing read, and has inspired kindness and acceptance in countless readers. Now younger readers can discover the Wonder message with this gorgeous picture book, starring Auggie and his dog Daisy on an original adventure, written and illustrated by R.J. Palacio.

    With spare, powerful text and richly-imagined illustrations, We're All Wonders shows readers what it's like to live in Auggie's world - a world in which he feels like any other kid, but he's not always seen that way.

    We're All Wonders taps into every child's longing to belong, and to be seen for who they truly are. It's the perfect way for families and teachers to talk about empathy, difference and kindness with young children.

    Imprint: PUFFIN BOOKS
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • WHATS SO GREAT ABOUT THE EIFFEL TOWER? : 70 Questions That Will Change the Way You Think About Architecture
    WHATS SO GREAT ABOUT THE EIFFEL TOWER? : 70 Questions That Will Change the Way You Think About Architecture
    GLANCEY JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9781780679198
    Title: WHATS SO GREAT ABOUT THE EIFFEL TOWER? : 70 Questions That Will Change the Way You Think About Architecture
    Author: GLANCEY JONATHAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Why do we find the idea of a multi-coloured Parthenon so shocking today? Why was the Eiffel Tower such a target for hatred when it was first built? Is the Sagrada Familia a work of genius or kitsch? This book examines the critical legacy of both well known and either forgotten or underappreciated highpoints in the history of world architecture.

    Imprint: LAURENCE KING
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • WHEN THE SUN BURSTS : The Enigma of Schizophrenia
    WHEN THE SUN BURSTS : The Enigma of Schizophrenia
    BOLLAS CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9780300223651
    Title: WHEN THE SUN BURSTS : The Enigma of Schizophrenia
    Author: BOLLAS CHRISTOPHER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Many schizophrenics experience their condition as one of radical incarceration, mind-altering medications, isolation, and dehumanization. At a time when the treatment of choice is anti-psychotic medication, world-renowned psychoanalyst Christopher Bollas asserts that schizophrenics can be helped by much more humane treatments, and that they have a chance to survive and even reverse the process if they have someone to talk to them regularly and for a sustained period, soon after their first breakdown. In this sensitive and evocative narrative, he draws on his personal experiences working with schizophrenics since the 1960's.


    He offers his interpretation of how schizophrenia develops, typically in the teens, as an adaptation in the difficult transition to adulthood. With tenderness, Bollas depicts schizophrenia as an understandable way of responding to our precariousness in a highly unpredictable world. He celebrates the courage of the children he has worked with and reminds us that the wisdom inherent in human beings-to turn to conversation with others when in distress-is the fundamental foundation of any cure for human conflict.

    Imprint: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • WHO GETS WHAT AND WHY : UNDERSTAND THE CHOICES YOU HAVE IMPROVE THE CHOICES YOU MAKE
    WHO GETS WHAT AND WHY : UNDERSTAND THE CHOICES YOU HAVE IMPROVE THE CHOICES YOU MAKE
    ROTH ALVIN
    ISBN: 9780007520787
    Title: WHO GETS WHAT AND WHY : UNDERSTAND THE CHOICES YOU HAVE IMPROVE THE CHOICES YOU MAKE
    Author: ROTH ALVIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From a Nobel-Prize winning economist, a fascinating and accesible look at how our lives are shaped not only by the choices we make, but by the choices we have.

    Who Gets What and Why is a piquantly written, mind-expanding exploration of the markets that matter most to many of us. If you've ever sought a job or hired someone, applied to university or guided your child into a good school, asked someone out on a date or been asked out, you have participated in a matching market.

    They are everywhere around us and account for some of the biggest technological successes of the decade, like Uber and Airbnb. Matching markets can even be the gatekeeper of life itself, guiding how desperately ill patients receive scarce organs for transplants. Alvin E. Roth shared the 2012 Nobel Prize in economics for his pioneering research into market design - the principles that govern all kinds of markets where money isn't the only factor in determining who gets what.

    His book reveals what factors make these markets work well - or badly - and shows us all how to recognise a good match and make smarter, more confident decisions.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WHO RULES THE WORLD?
    WHO RULES THE WORLD?
    CHOMSKY NOAM
    ISBN: 9780241189450
    Title: WHO RULES THE WORLD?
    Author: CHOMSKY NOAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Noam Chomsky is the world’s foremost intellectual activist. Over the last half century, no one has done more to question the great global powers who govern our lives, forensically scrutinizing policies and actions, calling our politicians, institutions and media to account.

    The culmination of years of work, Who Rules the World? Is Chomsky’s definitive intellectual investigation into the major issues of our times. From the dark history of the US and Cuba to China’s global rise, from torture memos to sanctions on Iran, Chomsky explores how America’s talk of freedom and human rights is often at odds with its actions. Delving deep into the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel/Palestine, he provides nuanced, surprising insights into the workings of modern-day imperial power.

    The world’s political and financial elite have become ever more insulated from democratic constraints on their actions. Chomsky shines a powerful light on this inconvenient truth. With climate change and nuclear proliferation threatening the survival of our civilization, the message has never been more pertinent or more urgent: the need for an engaged and active public to steer the world away from disaster grows ever greater.

    Fiercely outspoken and rigorously argued, Who Rules the World? is an indispensable guide to how things really are from the lone authoritative voice courageous and clear-sighted enough to tell us the truth.

    Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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