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  • EVICTED : Poverty and Profit in the American City -   -  Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction Winner 2017
    EVICTED : Poverty and Profit in the American City - - Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction Winner 2017
    DESMOND MATTHEW
    ISBN: 9780141983318
    Title: EVICTED : Poverty and Profit in the American City - - Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction Winner 2017
    Author: DESMOND MATTHEW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Arleen spends nearly all her money on rent but is kicked out with her kids in Milwaukee's coldest winter for years. Doreen's home is so filthy her family call it 'the rat hole'. Lamar, a wheelchair-bound ex-soldier, tries to work his way out of debt for his boys. Scott, a nurse turned addict, lives in a gutted-out trailer. This is their world. And this is the twenty-first century: where fewer and fewer people can afford a simple roof over their head.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • EXISTENTIALISM AND HUMANISM
    EXISTENTIALISM AND HUMANISM
    SARTRE JEAN-PAUL
    ISBN: 9780413776396
    Title: EXISTENTIALISM AND HUMANISM
    Author: SARTRE JEAN-PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Originally delivered as a lecture in Paris in 1945, Existentialism and Humanism is Sartre's seminal defence of his original doctrine of existentialism and a plan for its practical application to everyday human life.

    Imprint: METHUEN
    RRP: $25.99

    Price: $25.99
  • FABULOUS FLYING MRS MILLER : An Australians True Story of Adventure Danger Romance and Murder
    FABULOUS FLYING MRS MILLER : An Australians True Story of Adventure Danger Romance and Murder
    BAXTER CAROL
    ISBN: 9781760290771
    Title: FABULOUS FLYING MRS MILLER : An Australians True Story of Adventure Danger Romance and Murder
    Author: BAXTER CAROL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The remarkable true story of a beguiling Melbourne housewife who in the 1920s seeks international fame, fortune and adventure as an aviator and finds herself as the central figure in a sensational American murder trial.

    'Mrs Keith Miller, internationally known aviatrix, was taken to the county jail here today and held for investigation by State Attorney's investigators. Jail attendants said they understood she was held in connection with the shooting of an airline pilot.'

    Petite, glamorous and beguiling, Jessie 'Chubbie' Miller was one remarkable woman ... flyer, thrill seeker, heartbreaker. No adventure was too wild for her, no danger too extreme. And all over the world men adored her.

    When the young Jessie left suburban Melbourne and her newspaperman husband in 1927, little did she know that she'd become the first woman to complete an England to Australia flight (with a black silk gown thrown into her small flight bag, just in case), or fly the first air race for women with Amelia Earhart, or that she would disappear over the Florida Straits feared lost forever only to charm her way to a rescue. Nor could she have predicted that five years later she'd find herself at the centre of one of the most notorious and controversial murder trials in United States history. And this all began with something as ridiculously mundane as a pat of butter.

    The Fabulous Flying Mrs Miller is a spellbinding story of an extraordinary woman - an international celebrity during the golden age of aviation - and her passionate and spirited life.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • FAREWELL MY FRENCH LOVE
    FAREWELL MY FRENCH LOVE
    WILLIAMS NADINE
    ISBN: 9781489220981
    Title: FAREWELL MY FRENCH LOVE
    Author: WILLIAMS NADINE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Journalist Nadine Williams is heart-broken following the untimely death of her French-born husband, Olivier.

    Long-time friend Jane, alarmed at Nadine’s despair, suggests a return to Europe to restore her joie de vivre: ending in Paris where Nadine’s love for Oliver was borne.

    Their journey from Barcelona to Paris is peppered with hilarious battles about food, fashion and politics, which challenge their friendship. But slowly the fun of travelling together in the glorious Loire Valley, Provence and Paris takes over.

    And when, alone now in Paris, Nadine meets a French man who resembles Olivier, she is confronted by her grief once more as well as a conundrum: does she want another man to share her future or does she now prefer her freedom?

    Finally, Nadine begins to recover and to redefine herself as a widow and realises that loss is the legacy of women, as gratitude for memories replaces grief in her heart.

    Imprint: MIRA BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • FEAR OF ABANDONMENT : Australia in the World Since 1942
    FEAR OF ABANDONMENT : Australia in the World Since 1942
    GYNGELL ALLAN
    ISBN: 9781863959186
    Title: FEAR OF ABANDONMENT : Australia in the World Since 1942
    Author: GYNGELL ALLAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In this vivid narrative history, Allan Gyngell unpacks how the fear of being abandoned – originally by Britain, and later by our most powerful ally, the United States – has shaped how Australia acts in the world. He explores the places, people and ideas that have been most important since our nation has had a foreign policy of its own.

    Written by an expert and insider, Fear of Abandonment is a gripping and authoritative account of the way Australians and their governments have helped create the world we now inhabit in the twenty-first century. Covering subjects as diverse as the Malayan Emergency, the White Australia Policy, the Vietnam War, Whitlam in China, apartheid in South Africa, East Timorese independence and the current South China Sea dispute, Fear of Abandonment reveals how Australia has evolved as a nation on the world stage.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • FEVER DREAM
    FEVER DREAM
    SCHWEBLIN SAMANTHA
    ISBN: 9781786070906
    Title: FEVER DREAM
    Author: SCHWEBLIN SAMANTHA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A deeply unsettling and disorientating debut novel about obsession, identity and motherhood

    A young woman named Amanda lies dying in a rural hospital clinic. A boy named David sits beside her. She's not his mother. He's not her child. Together, they tell a haunting story of broken souls, toxins and the power and desperation of family.

    Fever Dream is a nightmare come to life, a ghost story for the real world, a love story and a cautionary tale. One of the freshest new voices to come out of the Spanish language and translated into English for the first time, Samanta Schweblin creates an aura of strange psychological menace and otherworldly reality in this absorbing, unsettling, taut novel.

    Imprint: ONE WORLD
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FIELD WORK
    FIELD WORK
    HEANEY SEAMUS
    ISBN: 9780571331185
    Title: FIELD WORK
    Author: HEANEY SEAMUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Seamus Heaney's beloved second collection, Field Work, is published as a Faber Modern Classic in 2017.

    Seamus Heaney was 'the greatest poet of our age' (Guardian). From his remarkable debut in 1966, he pioneered the poetry of our times across five decades of cultural and political change, and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995.

    Field Work, his fifth volume, from 1979, is a collection of poems that were among the finest he would ever write. Inspired by the four years that Heaney and his family spent in rural County Wicklow after leaving the violence of Belfast, Field Work is one of the poet's most celebrated volumes.

    The collection contains some of his best-loved poems, 'Oysters', 'Casualty', 'The Otter', 'The Strand at Lough Beg', and 'The Skunk', as well as his defining sequence 'Glanmore Sonnets'.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FIFTY : Half a Century of Australian Dance Theatre
    FIFTY : Half a Century of Australian Dance Theatre
    TONKIN MAGGIE
    ISBN: 9781743054581
    Title: FIFTY : Half a Century of Australian Dance Theatre
    Author: TONKIN MAGGIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When Elizabeth Cameron Dalman founded Australian Dance Theatre in 1965, she set out to create a company that would be radical, daring and new. Maggie Tonkin explores ADT's fertile, fifty-year history through interviews and archival research, and showcases the company's most noted works through stunning images.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $75.00

    Price: $75.00
  • FIGHTING HISLAM : Women Faith and Sexism
    FIGHTING HISLAM : Women Faith and Sexism
    CARLAND SUSAN
    ISBN: 9780522870350
    Title: FIGHTING HISLAM : Women Faith and Sexism
    Author: CARLAND SUSAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Muslim community that is portrayed to the West is a misogynist’s playground; within the Muslim community, feminism is often regarded with sneering hostility.

    Yet between those two views there is a group of Muslim women many do not believe exists: a diverse bunch who fight sexism from within, as committed to the fight as they are to their faith. Hemmed in by Islamophobia and sexism, they fight against sexism with their minds, words and bodies. Often, their biggest weapon is their religion.

    Here, Carland talks with Muslim women about how they are making a stand for their sex, while holding fast to their faith.

    At a time when the media trumpets scandalous revelations about life for women from Saudi Arabia to Indonesia, Muslim women are always spoken about and over, never with. In Fighting Hislam, that ends.

    Imprint: MELBOURNE UNI PRESS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • FREE WOMEN FREE MEN : SEX GENDER FEMINISM
    FREE WOMEN FREE MEN : SEX GENDER FEMINISM
    PAGLIA CAMILLE
    ISBN: 9780375424779
    Title: FREE WOMEN FREE MEN : SEX GENDER FEMINISM
    Author: PAGLIA CAMILLE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the fiery intellectual provocateur-- and one of our most fearless advocates of gender equality--a brilliant, urgent essay collection that both celebrates modern feminism and challenges us to build an alliance of strong women and strong men.
    Ever since the release of her seminal first book, Sexual Personae, Camille Paglia has remained one of feminism's most outspoken, independent, and searingly intelligent voices. Now, for the first time, her best essays on the subject are gathered together in one concise volume. Whether she's calling for equal opportunity for American women (years before the founding of the National Organization for Women), championing a more discerning standard of beauty that goes beyond plastic surgery's quest for eternal youth, lauding the liberating force of rock and roll, or demanding free and unfettered speech on university campuses and beyond, Paglia can always be counted on to get to the heart of matters large and small. At once illuminating, witty, and inspiring, these essays are essential reading that affirm the power of men and women and what we can accomplish together.

    Imprint: PANTHEON BOOKS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • FROM COMMUNISM TO CAPITALIASM : Theory of a Catastrophe
    FROM COMMUNISM TO CAPITALIASM : Theory of a Catastrophe
    HENRY MICHEL
    ISBN: 9781350009035
    Title: FROM COMMUNISM TO CAPITALIASM : Theory of a Catastrophe
    Author: HENRY MICHEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Both a unique witness of transformative events in the late 20th century, and a prescient analysis of our present economic crises from a major French philosopher, Michel Henry's From Communism to Capitalism adds an important economic dimension to his earlier social critique. It begins by tracing the collapse of communist regimes back to their failure to implement Marx's original insights into the irreplaceable value of the living individual. Henry goes on to apply this same criticism to the surviving capitalist economic systems, portending their eventual and inevitable collapse.

    The influence of Michel Henry's radical revision of phenomenological thought is only now beginning to be felt in full force, and this edition is the first English translation of his major engagement with socio-economic questions. From Communism to Capitalism reinterprets politics and economics in light of the failure of socialism and the pervasiveness of global capitalism, and Henry subjects both to critique on the basis of his own philosophy of life. His notion of the individual is one that, as subjective affect, subtends both Marxist collectivism and liberalism simultaneously. In addition to providing a crucial economic elaboration of Henry's influential social critiques, this work provides a context for understanding the 2008 financial shock and offers important insights into the political motivations behind the 'Arab spring'.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • GENE : AN INTIMATE HISTORY
    GENE : AN INTIMATE HISTORY
    MUKHERJEE SIDDHARTHA
    ISBN: 9780099584575
    Title: GENE : AN INTIMATE HISTORY
    Author: MUKHERJEE SIDDHARTHA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Spanning the globe and several centuries, The Gene is the story of the quest to decipher the master-code that makes and defines humans, that governs our form and function.

    The story of the gene begins in an obscure Augustinian abbey in Moravia in 1856 where a monk stumbles on the idea of a ‘unit of heredity'. It intersects with Darwin's theory of evolution, and collides with the horrors of Nazi eugenics in the 1940s. The gene transforms post-war biology. It reorganizes our understanding of sexuality, temperament, choice and free will. This is a story driven by human ingenuity and obsessive minds – from Charles Darwin and Gregor Mendel to Francis Crick, James Watson and Rosalind Franklin, and the thousands of scientists still working to understand the code of codes.

    This is an epic, moving history of a scientific idea coming to life, by the author of The Emperor of All Maladies. But woven through The Gene, like a red line, is also an intimate history – the story of Mukherjee's own family and its recurring pattern of mental illness, reminding us that genetics is vitally relevant to everyday lives. These concerns reverberate even more urgently today as we learn to “read” and “write” the human genome – unleashing the potential to change the fates and identities of our children.

    Majestic in its ambition, and unflinching in its honesty, The Gene gives us a definitive account of the fundamental unit of heredity – and a vision of both humanity's past and future.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • GHACHAR GHOCHAR
    GHACHAR GHOCHAR
    SHANBHAG VIVEK
    ISBN: 9780571336074
    Title: GHACHAR GHOCHAR
    Author: SHANBHAG VIVEK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A sensitive young man who is never named - along with his sister, his parents, and his uncle move from a cramped, ant-infested shack to a larger house and encounter newfound wealth, the family dynamics begin to shift. Allegiances and desires realign; marriages are arranged and begin to falter; and conflict brews ominously in the background.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • GOOD NIGHT PAPA : Short Stories from Japan and Elsewhere
    GOOD NIGHT PAPA : Short Stories from Japan and Elsewhere
    ROWE SIMON
    ISBN: 9780646961958
    Title: GOOD NIGHT PAPA : Short Stories from Japan and Elsewhere
    Author: ROWE SIMON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Good Night Papa: Short Stories from Japan and Elsewhere is a collection of fifteen tales about people with problems and the clever - and unorthodox - ways they use to resolve them. .

    Imprint: ATLAS BOOKS
    RRP: $19.75

    Price: $19.95
  • GRANTA 139 : Best of Young American Novelists 3
    GRANTA 139 : Best of Young American Novelists 3
    RAUSING SIGRID [ED]
    ISBN: 9781909889064
    Title: GRANTA 139 : Best of Young American Novelists 3
    Author: RAUSING SIGRID [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Once every ten years Granta publishes a list of the twenty best American fiction writers under the age of forty. In 1997 and 2007 we picked out such luminaries as Daniel Alarcon, Edwidge Danticat, Anthony Doerr, Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Safran Foer, Jonathan Franzen, Nell Freudenberger, Nicole Krauss, Lorrie Moore, Yiyun Li, Karen Russell, Akhil Sharma and Gary Shteyngart.

    This issue distils the preoccupations of another generation; a selection of writers you will be hearing more from, chosen by panel of judges who are themselves acclaimed writers: Patrick deWitt, A.M. Homes, Kelly Link, Ben Marcus and Sigrid Rausing.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD...SO FAR
    GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD...SO FAR
    KRAUSS LAWRENCE
    ISBN: 9781471138546
    Title: GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD...SO FAR
    Author: KRAUSS LAWRENCE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    New book by the bestselling author of A Universe From Nothing, award-winning physicist and public intellectual, Lawrence Krauss tells the dramatic story of the scientific discoveries that see through the visible world and create our grand vision of the universe and our place within it.

    In the beginning there was light
    but more than this, there was gravity.
    After that, all hell broke loose...


    This is how the story of the greatest intellectual adventure in history should be introduced - how humanity reached its current understanding of the universe, one that is far removed from the realm of everyday experience. Krauss connects the world we know with the invisible world all around us, which is removed from intuition and direct sensation. He explains our current understanding of nature and the struggle to construct the greatest theoretical edifice ever assembled, the Standard Model of Particle Physics -- and then to understand its implications for our existence.
    Writing in the critically acclaimed style of A Universe from Nothing, Krauss celebrates the beauty and wonders of the natural world and details our place within it and how this shapes our understanding of it. Krauss makes this story accessible through profiles of the scientists responsible for these advances, and clear explanations of their discoveries. Krauss takes us on a tour of science and the brilliant personalities who shaped it, often against political and religious indoctrination, enduring persecution and ostracism. Krauss creates a captivating blend of research and narrative to invite us into the lives and minds of these figures,creating a landmark work of scientific history.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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