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  • ARCHIE AND THE BEAR
    ARCHIE AND THE BEAR
    LOUISE ZANNI
    ISBN: 9781760127510
    Title: ARCHIE AND THE BEAR
    Author: LOUISE ZANNI
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Archie has something to say, but no one is listening. So Archie leaves home ... and discovers someone else with something to say. And because they both know how that feels, they both listen.

    This is a quirky story about being who you are (even when you're not), by Zanni Louise and with illustrations by the inimitably wonderful David Mackintosh.

    Imprint: LITTLE HARE BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY?
    ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY?
    HODGKINSON LEIGH
    ISBN: 9781408864838
    Title: ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY?
    Author: HODGKINSON LEIGH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Join one small book lover's quest to find the perfect snuggle-up-and-lose-yourself-in-a-book place in this playful celebration of sharing books and reading

    Hello there!
    Are you sitting comfortably?
    Are you sure?
    Have you found the perfect snuggle-up-and-lose-yourself-in-a-book place?
    Somewhere comfy, NOT itchy-fuzzy?
    Somewhere quiet, NOT buzz-buzzy?
    You have? Great!


    Unfortunately the little chap in this book isn't having quite as much luck as you are ...

    Join one small book lover's search for the perfect place to sit (just for a bit!) in this beautifully illustrated and designed picture book by the talented Leigh Hodgkinson.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • AUSTRALIAN ANIMAL ATLAS
    AUSTRALIAN ANIMAL ATLAS
    CRONIN LEONARD
    ISBN: 9781760294144
    Title: AUSTRALIAN ANIMAL ATLAS
    Author: CRONIN LEONARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An entertaining and educational illustrated visual guide to Australia's amazing wildlife and its habitats from a highly respected team.

    Come on a journey into the world of Australia's wildlife, exploring all the different habitats, from parched deserts to lush rainforests.

    DISCOVER the mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and insects that live there.

    SEARCH for the animals hidden in each habitat scene.

    FIND OUT about the fish that walks; the sixth sense of the platypus; the deadly venom of the desert death adder; the strange table manners of the sea star.

    This environmental atlas of Australian animals by an expert team is full of fascinating facts and superb illustrations.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AUSTRALIAN BIRD GUIDE
    AUSTRALIAN BIRD GUIDE
    MENKHORST PETER ET AL
    ISBN: 9780643097544
    Title: AUSTRALIAN BIRD GUIDE
    Author: MENKHORST PETER ET AL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australia's avifauna is large, diverse and spectacular, reflecting the continents impressive range of habitats and evolutionary history.

    With specially commissioned paintings of over 900 species, The Australian Bird Guide is the most comprehensive field guide to Australian birds ever seen. The guide features close to 250 stunning colour plates, with particular emphasis on providing the fine detail required to identify difficult groups and distinctive plumages. Comprehensive species accounts have been written by a dedicated team of ornithologists to ensure identification details, distribution and status are current and accurate.

    The Australian Bird Guide sets a new standard in field guides, providing an indispensable reference for all birders and naturalists looking to explore Australias magnificent and unique birdlife.

    Imprint: CSIRO PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • BABARS GUIDE TO PARIS
    BABARS GUIDE TO PARIS
    DE BRUNHOFF LAURENT
    ISBN: 9781419722899
    Title: BABARS GUIDE TO PARIS
    Author: DE BRUNHOFF LAURENT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Babar the elephant, one of the most beloved and classic characters in children’s literature, showcases his favorite parts of the City of Lights in this memorable trip to Paris, France. Laurent de Brunhoff’s Paris is filled with charming elephants on every page as they enjoy all the sights and sounds of one of Europe’s most popular cities. This all-new full-color picture book, rendered in beautiful watercolors, evokes the classic feel of the bestselling Babar’s Museum of Art, and it will become a must-have read for fans of Babar, those planning a family trip to Paris, and anyone new to the wondrous world of Babar.

    When Babar’s youngest daughter, Isabelle, heads to Paris on her own for the first time, he tells her how to enjoy the iconic city to the fullest. An expert Francophile, Babar recommends food, including cafes, street markets, and brassieres; he also offers the best sightseeing tips, especially observing the Eiffel Tower from every angle, walking along the banks of the Seine, visiting the Louvre and Orangerie museums, and exploring the Luxembourg Gardens. There’s even a postcard-perfect opening scene that features the Babar family visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral on a previous vacation. Babar also gives local advice. He tells Isabelle how apartment buildings work, why an elephant may be surprised by the size of an elevator, how to take the metro, how to find a restaurant to call your own, and to walk—walk as much as possible to see everything that Paris has to offer. In the end, Isabelle is encouraged to enjoy her travels, but she is also lovingly reminded to always come home to Celesteville and her family. Like other classic children’s books featuring international adventures, including Madeline in London and Eloise in Paris, readers will be eager to take the trip to Paris with Babar.

    Imprint: ABRAMS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BARKSKINS
    BARKSKINS
    PROULX ANNIE
    ISBN: 9780007232017
    Title: BARKSKINS
    Author: PROULX ANNIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ‘One of the greatest American writers' Independent From Annie Proulx, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Shipping News and Brokeback Mountain, comes her masterpiece, ten years in the writing – an epic, dazzling, violent, magnificently dramatic novel about taming the wilderness and destroying the forest, set over three centuries.

    In the late seventeenth century two illiterate woodsmen, Rene Sel and Charles Duquet, make their way from Northern France to New France to seek a living. Bound to a feudal lord, a “seigneur,” for three years in exchange for land, they suffer extraordinary hardship, always in awe of the forest they are charged with clearing, sometimes brimming with dreams of its commercial potential. Rene marries an Indian healer, and they have children, mixing the blood of two cultures. Duquet travels the globe and back, starting a logging company that will prosper for generations. Proulx tells the stories of the children, grandchildren, and descendants of these two lineages, the Sels and the Duquets, as well as the descendants of their allies and foes, as they travel back to Europe, to China, to New England, always in quest of a livelihood or a fortune, or fleeing stunningly brutal conditions-accidents, pestilence, Indian attacks, the revenge of rivals.

    In this feat of astonishing imagination, Proulx's inimitable genius is her creation of characters who are so vivid-in their greed, lust, vengefulness, sorrow, compassion and hope-that we follow them with fierce attention. Annie Proulx is one of the most formidable writers of our time, and Barkskins is the story she has been writing all her life, a magnificent American novel.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BE LIKE THE FOX : Machiavellis Lifelong Quest for Freedom
    BE LIKE THE FOX : Machiavellis Lifelong Quest for Freedom
    BENNER ERICA
    ISBN: 9781846147074
    Title: BE LIKE THE FOX : Machiavellis Lifelong Quest for Freedom
    Author: BENNER ERICA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A fascinating new biography of Machiavelli, which explores his true character and contradictions as never before.

    One needs to be a fox to recognize snares, and a lion to frighten the wolves.

    Niccolò Machiavelli lived in a fiercely competitive world, one where brute wealth, brazen liars and ruthless self-promoters seemed to carry off all the prizes; where the wealthy elite grew richer at the expense of their fellow citizens. In times like these, many looked to crusading religion to solve their problems, or they turned to a new breed of leaders - super-rich dynasties like the Medici or military strongmen like Cesare Borgia; upstarts from outside the old ruling classes. In the republic of Florence, Machiavelli and his contemporaries faced a choice: should they capitulate to these new princes, or fight to save the city's democratic freedoms?

    Be Like the Fox follows Machiavelli's dramatic quest for political and human freedom through his own eyes. Masterfully interweaving his words with those of his friends and enemies, Erica Benner breathes life into his penetrating, comical, often surprising comments on events. Far from the cynical henchman people think he was, Machiavelli emerges as his era's staunchest champion of liberty, a profound ethical thinker who refused to compromise his ideals to fit corrupt times. But he did sometimes have to mask his true convictions, becoming a great artist of fox-like dissimulation: a master of disguise in dangerous times.

    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • BEHIND THE LEGEND : The Many Worlds of Charles Todd
    BEHIND THE LEGEND : The Many Worlds of Charles Todd
    CRYLE DENIS
    ISBN: 9781925588095
    Title: BEHIND THE LEGEND : The Many Worlds of Charles Todd
    Author: CRYLE DENIS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ‘Telegraph’ Todd became a legend in his own lifetime for introducing Australian colonists to a new information age. But only recently has the full extent of his many and varied achievements come to light. Now for the first time, Denis Cryle recounts the whole story of Todd’s remarkable life and legacy. In a world of technological change and scientific innovation, his dynamic example remains as potent as ever.

    Imprint: AUSTRALIAN SCHOLARLY
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • BETWEEN THEM  : Remembering my parents
    BETWEEN THEM : Remembering my parents
    FORD RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781408884690
    Title: BETWEEN THEM : Remembering my parents
    Author: FORD RICHARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sportswriter comes a deeply personal account of his parents – an intimate portrait of American mid-twentieth century life, and a celebration of family love

    Richard Ford's parents volunteered little about their early lives – and he rarely asked. Later, he pieced their stories together from anecdote, history and the occasional photograph, frozen moments linking him to another time.

    Edna Akin, a dark-eyed Arkansas beauty whose convent education was cut short by her itinerant parents, fell in love aged only seventeen. Parker Ford was a tall country boy with a warm, hesitant smile, who was working at a grocery in Hot Springs. They married and began a life on the road in the American South, as Parker followed his travelling salesman's job. The 1930s were like one long weekend, a swirl of miles traversed, cocktails drunk and hotel rooms vacated: New Orleans, Memphis, Texarkana. Then a single, late child was born, changing everything.

    In this book, Richard Ford evokes a vivid panorama of mid-twentieth century America, and an intimate portrait of family life. Exploring children's changing perception of their parents, he also reflects on the impact of loss and devotion. Written with the intelligence, precision and humanity for which Ford is renowned, Between Them is both a son's great act of love and a redeeming meditation on family.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $18.99

    Price: $18.99
  • BIG BREASTS AND WIDE HIPS
    BIG BREASTS AND WIDE HIPS
    YAN MO
    ISBN: 9780413771551
    Title: BIG BREASTS AND WIDE HIPS
    Author: YAN MO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An epic vision of China in the twentieth century by the author of Red Sorghum.

    On the eve of invasion by marauding Japanese troops, the Shangguan family eagerly prepare for two important arrivals: the birth of a foal to their donkey, and the birth of yet another girl to the young matriarch, in that order of priority. Surrounded by a remorseless mother and seven sisters, each named in anticipation of his birth, the resulting boy-child becomes our ineffectual narrator, leading us through a generation of life in a rural Chinese community populated by strong women and weak husbands, bandits and government bureaucrats, hen-murdering mid-wives and philandering missionaries, in this epic Chinese picaresque from the acclaimed author of Red Sorghum.

    Resplendent with the grotesque, bristling with grim humour, and visceral in its treatment of sex, violence and death, Big Breasts & Wide Hips is a searing vision of China in the twentieth century.

    Imprint: METHUEN
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BLINDNESS AND RAGE : PHANTASMAGORIA
    BLINDNESS AND RAGE : PHANTASMAGORIA
    CASTRO BRIAN
    ISBN: 9781925336221
    Title: BLINDNESS AND RAGE : PHANTASMAGORIA
    Author: CASTRO BRIAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Suffering from a fatal disease, Lucien Gracq travels to Paris to complete the epic poem he is writing and live out his last days. There he joins a secret writers’ society, Le club des fugitifs, that guarantees to publish the work of its members anonymously, thus relieving them of the burdens of life, and more importantly, the disappointments of authorship. In Paris, Gracq finds himself crossing paths with a parade of phantasms, illustrious writers from the previous century – masters of identity, connoisseurs of eroticism, theorists of game and rule, émigrés and Oulipeans. He flees from the deathly allure of the Fugitives, and towards the arms of his beloved – but it may be too late.

    Written in thirty-four cantos, Blindness & Rage recalls Virgil and Dante in its descent into the underworld of writing, and Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin with its mixture of wonder and melancholy. The short lines bring out the rhythmic qualities of Castro’s prose, enhance his playfulness and love of puns, his use of allusion and metaphor. Always an innovator, in Blindness & Rage he again throws down a challenge to the limits of the novel form.

    Imprint: GIRAMONDO
    RRP: $26.95

    Price: $26.95
  • BLITZED : Drugs in Nazi Germany
    BLITZED : Drugs in Nazi Germany
    OHLER NORMAN
    ISBN: 9780141983165
    Title: BLITZED : Drugs in Nazi Germany
    Author: OHLER NORMAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. Yet, as Norman Ohler's gripping bestseller reveals, the entire Third Reich was permeated with drugs: cocaine, heroin, morphine and, most of all, methamphetamines, or crystal meth, used by everyone from factory workers to housewives, and crucial to troops' resilience - even partly explaining German victory in 1940.

    The promiscuous use of drugs at the very highest levels also impaired and confused decision-making, with Hitler and his entourage taking refuge in potentially lethal cocktails of stimulants administered by the physician Dr Morell as the war turned against Germany. While drugs cannot on their own explain the events of the Second World War or its outcome, Ohler shows, they change our understanding of it. Blitzed forms a crucial missing piece of the story.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BOOK OF ORCHIDS : A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred Species from Around the World
    BOOK OF ORCHIDS : A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred Species from Around the World
    CHRISTENHUSZ MAARTEN ET AL
    ISBN: 9781782404033
    Title: BOOK OF ORCHIDS : A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred Species from Around the World
    Author: CHRISTENHUSZ MAARTEN ET AL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One of every seven flowering plants on earth is an orchid. This book profiles 600 species, representing the remarkable and unexpected diversity and complexity. Each species is shown life-size and is accompanied by text offering an in-depth species profile.

    Imprint: IVY
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • BOOK SMUGGLERS OF TIMBUKTU : The Race to Reach the Fabled City and the Fantastic Effort to Save its Past
    BOOK SMUGGLERS OF TIMBUKTU : The Race to Reach the Fabled City and the Fantastic Effort to Save its Past
    ENGLISH CHARLIE
    ISBN: 9780008184902
    Title: BOOK SMUGGLERS OF TIMBUKTU : The Race to Reach the Fabled City and the Fantastic Effort to Save its Past
    Author: ENGLISH CHARLIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Two tales of a city: The historical race to reach one of the world's most mythologized places, and the story of how a contemporary band of archivists and librarians, fighting to save its ancient manuscripts from destruction at the hands of al Qaeda, added another layer to the legend. To Westerners, the name "Timbuktu" long conjured a tantalising paradise, an African El Dorado where even the slaves wore gold. Beginning in the late eighteenth century, a series of explorers gripped by the fever for "discovery" tried repeatedly to reach the fabled city. But one expedition after another went disastrously awry, succumbing to attack, the climate, and disease. Timbuktu was rich in another way too. A medieval centre of learning, it was home to tens of thousands of ancient manuscripts, on subjects ranging from religion to poetry, law to history, pharmacology, and astronomy. When al-Qaeda-linked jihadists surged across Mali in 2012, threatening the existence of these precious documents, a remarkable thing happened: a team of librarians and archivists joined forces to spirit the manuscripts into hiding.Relying on extensive research and firsthand reporting, Charlie English expertly twines these two suspenseful strands into a fascinating account of one of the planet's extraordinary places, and the myths from which it has become inseparable

    Imprint: COLLINS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BORDER : A Journey to the Edge of Europe
    BORDER : A Journey to the Edge of Europe
    KASSABOVA KAPKA
    ISBN: 9781783782147
    Title: BORDER : A Journey to the Edge of Europe
    Author: KASSABOVA KAPKA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From a multi-award-winning author, a vivid journey through the haunted borderlands that once made up the easternmost stretch of the old Iron Curtain and today mark the outer reaches of Europe.

    When Kapka Kassabova was a child, the borderzone between Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece was rumoured to be an easier crossing point into the West than the Berlin Wall so it swarmed with soldiers, spies and fugitives. On holidays close to the border on the Black Sea coast, she remembers playing on the beach, only miles from where an electrified fence bristled, its barbs pointing inwards toward the enemy: the holiday-makers, the potential escapees.

    Today, this densely forested landscape is no longer heavily militarised, but it is scarred by its past. In Border, Kapka Kassabova sets out on a journey through a hidden corner of the continent, and meets the people of this triple border -- Bulgarians, Turks, Greeks, indigenous Balkan Muslims, and the latest wave of refugees fleeing conflict further afield. She discovers a region that has been shaped by the successive forces of history: by its own past migration crises, by communism, by Nazi occupation, by the Ottoman Empire, and - older still - by the ancient legacy of myths and legends. But there seem to be non-human forces at work here too: it is a land rich with curative springs and Thracian tombs; home to psychic healers and Europe's last fire- worshippers.

    As Kapka Kassabova explores this enigmatic region in the company of border guards and treasure hunters, entrepreneurs and botanists, refugees and smugglers, she traces the physical and psychological borders that criss-cross its villages and mountains, and goes in search of the stories that will unlock its secrets.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BOY
    BOY
    CUMMINGS PHIL
    ISBN: 9781760277055
    Title: BOY
    Author: CUMMINGS PHIL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The kings battles with the dragon were always mighty and loud... CLING CLANG CLONG! ROAR!

    Boy lived in a silent world and couldnt hear the fighting. But Boy could see the fear around him... and how everyone would be much happier

    Imprint: SCHOLASTIC
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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