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  • WHIZ MOB AND THE GRENADINE KID
    WHIZ MOB AND THE GRENADINE KID
    MELOY COLIN
    ISBN: 9780143787860
    Title: WHIZ MOB AND THE GRENADINE KID
    Author: MELOY COLIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It is an ordinary Tuesday morning in April when bored, lonely Charlie Fisher witnesses something incredible. Right before his eyes, in a busy square in Marseille, a group of pickpockets pulls off an amazing robbery. As the young bandits appear to melt into the crowd, Charlie realizes with a start that he himself was one of their marks. Yet Charlie is less alarmed than intrigued. This is the most thrilling thing that's happened to him since he came to France with his father, an American diplomat. So instead of reporting the thieves, Charlie defends one of their cannons, Amir, to the police, under one condition- he teach Charlie the tricks of the trade. What starts off as a lesson on pinches, kicks, and chumps soon turns into an invitation for Charlie to join the secret world of the whiz mob, an international band of child thieves who trained at the mysterious School of Seven Bells. The whiz mob are independent and incredibly skilled and make their own way in the world-they are everything Charlie yearns to be. But what at first seemed like a (relatively) harmless new pastime draws him into a dangerous adventure with global stakes greater than he could have ever imagined.

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WHY DYLAN MATTERS
    WHY DYLAN MATTERS
    THOMAS RICHARD F
    ISBN: 9780008245498
    Title: WHY DYLAN MATTERS
    Author: THOMAS RICHARD F
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Bob Dylan in 2016, the literary world was up in arms. How could the world's most prestigious book prize be awarded to a famously cantankerous singer-songwriter in his Seventies, who wouldn't even deign to make a victory speech?

    In Why Dylan Matters, Harvard Professor Richard F. Thomas answers that question with magisterial erudition. A world expert on Classical poetry, Thomas was initially ridiculed by his colleagues for teaching a course on Bob Dylan alongside his traditional seminars on Homer, Virgil and Ovid. Dylan's Nobel prize win brought him vindication, and he immediately found himself thrust into the limelight as a leading academic voice in all matters Dylanological.

    This witty, personal volume is a distillation of Thomas's famous course, and makes a compelling case for moving Dylan out of the rock n' roll Hall of Fame and into the pantheon of Classical poets. The most dazzlingly original and compelling Dylan book in decades, Why Dylan Matters will amaze and astound everyone from the first-time listener to the lifetime fan. You'll never think about Bob Dylan in the same way again.

    Imprint: COLLINS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WHY VINYL MATTERS : A Manifesto from Musicians and Fans
    WHY VINYL MATTERS : A Manifesto from Musicians and Fans
    OTTER BICKERDIKE JENNIFER
    ISBN: 9781851498635
    Title: WHY VINYL MATTERS : A Manifesto from Musicians and Fans
    Author: OTTER BICKERDIKE JENNIFER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 2015, vinyl sales in the US increased by 30% - a raise for the tenth year in succession - and 1.29 million vinyl albums were sold in the UK in 2014, the first time the million mark has been surpassed since 1996. Vinyl, once thought to be a dying market, is now facing a major revival.

    Pop culture writer and historian Jennifer Otter Bickerdike interviews some of our most iconic artists, including hip-hop stars, Indie legends, DJs, producers, album cover designers, photographers, label founders and record store owners. Each superstar and superfan talks about their own experiences of vinyl and what it means to them, and the importance of its re-emergence - seemingly against all odds - as a physical format in the era of the digital economy.

    Includes interviews with:
    Fat Boy Slim; Tim Burgess (Charlatans); Henry Rollins (musician, actor, writer, comedian); Gaz Coombes (Supergrass); Lars Ulrich (Metallica); Maxi Jazz (Faithless); Rob da Bank (DJ and founder of Bestival); Clint Boone (Inspiral Carpets); Mike Ness (Social Distortion); Chief Xcel (Blackalicious); Cut Chemist (Jurassic 5); Fab 5 Freddy (hip hop pioneer, visual artist); Fat Mike (NOFX); Julia Ruzicka (Future of the Left); Steve Hackett (Genesis); Nick Hornby.

    Imprint: ANTIQUE COLLECTORS CLUB
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • WILD HONEY AND RYE : MODERN POLISH RECIPES
    WILD HONEY AND RYE : MODERN POLISH RECIPES
    BEHAN REN
    ISBN: 9781911216216
    Title: WILD HONEY AND RYE : MODERN POLISH RECIPES
    Author: BEHAN REN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this refreshing approach to Polish cuisine, food writer and blogger Ren Behan takes us on a journey to discover the new tastes of her beloved culinary heritage. The food of eastern Europe, long misunderstood in the West, is changing - the focus is swinging away from heavy dumplings and stews towards lighter, healthier, fresh and seasonal recipes, served in contemporary ways. In this beautiful collection of recipes, Ren brings us the very best of the Polish kitchen, inspired both by the food of her childhood and by the new wave of flavours to be found in the trendy restaurants, cafes and farmers markets of modern Poland. Alternative grains, such as rye, spelt, buckwheat and millet make an appearance in risottos, as do fresh fruit preserves and pickles, infused honeys, seasonal and raw salads, light broths, delicious cakes and flavoured liqueurs. No book on Polish food would be complete without pierogi, the classic dumplings, and of course they are here, with other substantial dishes such as meatballs, goulash and cutlets, as you might expect, but you will also see them in a new light - filled with strawberries and served with honey and pistachios. Pink sauerkraut adorns vegan pastry rolls, ribs are slowly-braised with honey and vodka, a fresh cucumber salad with sour cream and dill sets off a homely dish of meatballs, and Polish charcuterie sits atop the darkest rye bread. An evocative and inspiring collection of recipes, which truly celebrates all the good things the food of Poland has to offer, and which will leave your mouth watering.

    Imprint: PAVILION PUBLISHING [UK]
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • WINTER
    WINTER
    SMITH ALI
    ISBN: 9780241207031
    Title: WINTER
    Author: SMITH ALI
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winter? Bleak. Frosty wind, earth as iron, water as stone, so the old song goes. The shortest days, the longest nights. The trees are bare and shivering. The summer's leaves? Dead litter. The world shrinks; the sap sinks. But winter makes things visible. And if there's ice, there'll be fire.

    In Ali Smith's Winter, lifeforce matches up to the toughest of the seasons. In this second novel in her acclaimed Seasonal cycle, the follow-up to her sensational Autumn, Smith's shape-shifting quartet of novels casts a merry eye over a bleak post-truth era with a story rooted in history, memory and warmth, its taproot deep in the evergreens- art, love, laughter. It's the season that teaches us survival.

    Here comes Winter.

    Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WINTER TREES
    WINTER TREES
    PLATH SYLVIA
    ISBN: 9780571330102
    Title: WINTER TREES
    Author: PLATH SYLVIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Both published posthumously in 1971, Crossing the Water and Winter Trees contain the poems written along with those that went to form Ariel, from the exceptionally creative period that led up to Sylvia Plath's suicide in 1963. Between them they evoke a sense of place and history, mythology both personal and familial and rooted deeply in the natural world. Alongside the poems in Winter Trees is published Plath's radio play Three Women. In these new incarnations the two extraordinary volumes find their place alongside The Colossus and Ariel in the oeuvre of a singular talent.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WISH CHILD
    WISH CHILD
    CHIDGEY CATHERINE
    ISBN: 9781784741112
    Title: WISH CHILD
    Author: CHIDGEY CATHERINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winner of the New Zealand Book Awards Fiction prize

    Germany, 1939. Two children watch as their parents become immersed in the puzzling mechanisms of power. Siggi lives in the affluent ignorance of middle-class Berlin, her father a censor who excises prohibited words ('promise', 'love', 'mercy'). Erich is an only child living a lush rural life, aware that he is shadowed by strange, unanswered questions.

    Drawn together as Germany's hope for a glorious future begins to collapse, the children find temporary refuge in an abandoned theatre amidst the rubble of Berlin. Outside, white bedsheets hang from windows; all over the city people are talking of surrender. The days Siggi and Erich spend together will shape the rest of their lives.

    Watching over Siggi and Erich is the wish child, the mysterious narrator of their story. He sees what they see, he feels what they feel, yet his is a voice that comes from deep inside the wreckage of a nation's dream.

    Imprint: CHATTO & WINDUS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WOLF THE DUCK AND THE MOUSE
    WOLF THE DUCK AND THE MOUSE
    BARNETT MAC
    ISBN: 9781406377798
    Title: WOLF THE DUCK AND THE MOUSE
    Author: BARNETT MAC
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    They may have been swallowed, but they have no intention of being eaten... A new comedy from the unparalleled team of Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen.

    Early one morning a mouse met a wolf and was quickly gobbled up... When a woeful mouse is swallowed up by a wolf, he quickly learns he is not alone: a duck has already set up digs and, boy, has that duck got it figured out! Turns out it’s pretty nice inside the belly of the beast – there's delicious food, elegant table settings and, best of all, dancing. And there’s something more: no more fear of being eaten by a wolf! Life's not so bad, considering the alternatives. That is, until a hunter shows up...

    With a nod to traditional fables and a wink to the reader, the award-winning Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen of Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, Extra Yarn and Triangle offer a tale of cooperation and creative cuisine that is sure to go down easy.

    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WOMAN WHO FOOLED THE WORLD : Belle Gibson's Cancer Con
    WOMAN WHO FOOLED THE WORLD : Belle Gibson's Cancer Con
    DONELLY BEAU
    ISBN: 9781925322460
    Title: WOMAN WHO FOOLED THE WORLD : Belle Gibson's Cancer Con
    Author: DONELLY BEAU
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Belle Gibson convinced the world she had healed herself from terminal brain cancer with a healthy diet. She built a global business based upon her claims. There was just one problem: she'd never had cancer.

    In 2015, journalists uncovered the truth: this hero of the wellness world, with over 200,000 followers, international book deals, and a best-selling smartphone app, was a fraud. She had lied about having cancer — to her family and friends, to her business partners and publishers, and to the hundreds of thousands of people, including genuine cancer survivors, who were inspired by her Instagram posts.

    Written by the same multi-award-winning journalists who uncovered the details of Gibson’s lies, The Woman Who Fooled the World tracks the 23-year-old's rise to fame and fall from grace. Told through interviews with the people who know her best, it unravels the mystery and motivation behind this deception and follows the public reaction to a scandal that made headlines around the world.

    The Woman Who Fooled the World explores the lure of alternative cancer treatments, the cottage industry flourishing behind the wellness and ‘clean eating’ movements, and the power of social media. It documents the devastating impact this con had on Gibson’s fans and on people suffering from cancer. Ultimately, it answers not just how, but why, Gibson was able to fool so many.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • WORKING CLASS BOY
    WORKING CLASS BOY
    BARNES JIMMY
    ISBN: 9781460753415
    Title: WORKING CLASS BOY
    Author: BARNES JIMMY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A household name, an Australian rock icon, the elder statesman of Ozrock - there isn't an accolade or cliche that doesn't apply to Jimmy Barnes. But long before Cold Chisel and Barnesy, long before the tall tales of success and excess, there was the true story of James Dixon Swan - a working class boy whose family made the journey from Scotland to Australia in search of a better life.

    Working Class Boy is a powerful reflection on a traumatic and violent childhood, which fuelled the excess and recklessness that would define, but almost destroy, the rock'n'roll legend. This is the story of how James Swan became Jimmy Barnes. It is a memoir burning with the frustration and frenetic energy of teenage sex, drugs, violence and ambition for more than what you have.

    Raw, gritty, compassionate, surprising and darkly funny - Jimmy Barnes's childhood memoir is at once the story of migrant dreams fulfilled and dashed. Arriving in Australia in the Summer of 1962, things went from bad to worse for the Swan family - Dot, Jim and their six kids. The scramble to manage in the tough northern suburbs of Adelaide in the 60s would take its toll on the Swans as dwindling money, too much alcohol, and fraying tempers gave way to violence and despair. This is the story a family's collapse, but also a young boy's dream to escape the misery of the suburbs with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to join a rock'n'roll band and get out of town for good.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • WORKING CLASS MAN   **Special Price**
    WORKING CLASS MAN **Special Price**
    BARNES JIMMY
    ISBN: 9781460752142
    Title: WORKING CLASS MAN **Special Price**
    Author: BARNES JIMMY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    THE SEQUEL TO THE NUMBER 1 BESTSELLER WORKING CLASS BOY

    It's a life too big and a story too extraordinary for just one book. Jimmy Barnes has lived many lives - from Glaswegian migrant kid to iconic front man, from solo superstar to proud father of his own musical clan. In this hugely anticipated sequel to his critically acclaimed bestseller, Working Class Boy, Jimmy picks up the story of his life as he leaves Adelaide in the back of an old truck with a then unknown band called Cold Chisel.

    A spellbinding and searingly honest reflection on success, fame and addiction; this self-penned memoir reveals how Jimmy Barnes used the fuel of childhood trauma to ignite and propel Australia's greatest rock'n'roll story. But beyond the combustible merry-go-round of fame, drugs and rehab, across the Cold Chisel, solo and soul years - this is a story about how it's never too late to try and put things right.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $39.99
  • WORLD BROKE IN TWO : Virginia Woolf T S Eliot D H Lawrence E M Forster and the Year that Changed Literature
    WORLD BROKE IN TWO : Virginia Woolf T S Eliot D H Lawrence E M Forster and the Year that Changed Literature
    GOLDSTEIN BILL
    ISBN: 9781408894583
    Title: WORLD BROKE IN TWO : Virginia Woolf T S Eliot D H Lawrence E M Forster and the Year that Changed Literature
    Author: GOLDSTEIN BILL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A revelatory narrative charting the lives and works of legendary authors Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster and D. H. Lawrence during 1922, the birth year of modernism

    The world broke in two in 1922 or thereabouts, ' the American author Willa Cather once wrote. Yet for Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster and D. H. Lawrence, 1922 began with a frighteningly blank page. Eliot was in Switzerland recovering from a nervous breakdown. Forster was grappling with unrequited love. Woolf and Lawrence, meanwhile, were both in bed with the flu. Confronting illness, personal problems and the spectral ghost of World War I, all four felt literally at a loss for words. At the same time, with the publication of Joyce 's Ulysses and Proust 's In Search of Lost Time, the literary ground was shifting beneath their feet.
    As dismal as things seemed, 1922 turned out to be a year of outstanding creative renaissance for them all. By the end of the year Woolf had started Mrs Dalloway, Forster had returned to work on A Passage to India, Lawrence had written his heavily autobiographical novel Kangaroo, and Eliot had finished and published to great acclaim The Waste Land '. Each discovered their own private literary way to bridge their problems and the lost time of the war. In doing so, they changed the face of literature.
    Full of surprising insights and original research, Bill Goldstein's The World Broke in Two chronicles the intertwined lives and works of these four writers in a crucial year of change.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • WORLD OF THREE ZEROES : The New Economics of Zero Poverty Zero Unemployment and Zero Carbon Emissions  **Special Price**
    WORLD OF THREE ZEROES : The New Economics of Zero Poverty Zero Unemployment and Zero Carbon Emissions **Special Price**
    YUNUS MUHAMMAD
    ISBN: 9781925322477
    Title: WORLD OF THREE ZEROES : The New Economics of Zero Poverty Zero Unemployment and Zero Carbon Emissions **Special Price**
    Author: YUNUS MUHAMMAD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The bestselling author of Banker to the Poor and Creating a World Without Poverty and co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize outlines his radical economic vision for tackling inequality, joblessness, and environmental degradation, and describes the worldwide movement already working to make it a reality.

    Muhammad Yunus is the Bangladeshi economist who invented microcredit, founded Grameen Bank, and earned a Nobel Peace Prize for his work towards alleviating poverty. Here, he argues that the capitalist system is broken. In its current form, it inevitably leads to rampant inequality, massive unemployment, and devastating environmental destruction. To save humankind and the planet, we need a new economic system based on a more realistic vision of human nature - one that recognises altruism and generosity as driving forces that are just as fundamental and powerful as self-interest. Is this a pipe dream? Not at all. In the decade since Yunus first began to articulate his ideas for a new type of capitalism, thousands of companies, nonprofits, and individual entrepreneurs around the world have embraced them. From Albania to Colombia, India to Germany, newly created businesses and enterprises are committed to reducing poverty, improving health care and education, cleaning up pollution, and serving other urgent human needs in ingenious, innovative ways.

    A World of Three Zeroes describes the new civilisation that is emerging from the economic experiments Yunus' work has helped to inspire, and offers a challenge to young people, business and political leaders, and ordinary citizens to embrace his mission and improve the world for everyone.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WORM AND THE BIRD
    WORM AND THE BIRD
    BICKFORD-SMITH CORALIE
    ISBN: 9781846149221
    Title: WORM AND THE BIRD
    Author: BICKFORD-SMITH CORALIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Deep below the earth, Worm dreams of having more space. There's not much room down there. Above, Bird waits, through sun and rain and wind. As the day goes on, will they both find what they are looking for? From the author of The Fox and the Star, this is a book about searching and hoping, and how the smallest moment can be beautiful.

    Imprint: PARTICULAR BOOKS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • YOUNG HITLER : The Making of the Fuhrer
    YOUNG HITLER : The Making of the Fuhrer
    HAM PAUL
    ISBN: 9780143786559
    Title: YOUNG HITLER : The Making of the Fuhrer
    Author: HAM PAUL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When Adolf Hitler went to war in 1914, aged 25, he lived through what he would later call the 'most stupendous experience of my life'. Twice decorated for bravery, the future dictator thrilled to battle, relished violence and was willing to give everything for his beloved Fatherland.

    He heard of Germany's defeat as he lay immobilised in a hospital bed, temporarily blinded from mustard gas. He opened his eyes on a terrible new world, of Germany’s loss and humiliation, the flight of the Kaiser, a Marxist uprising in Bavaria and the destruction of his beloved army.

    Hitler would never accept Germany's defeat or the terms of the peace settlement. Out of his fury arose an unquenchable thirst for revenge, against the 'November criminals' who had signed the armistice; against the socialists whom he blamed for stabbing the army in the back; and, most violently, against the Jews, on whom he would load the blame for all Germany's woes and whom he considered a direct threat to the German master race of his imagination.

    The seeds of that hatred lay in Hitler’s youthful experiences, growing up in Linz, Vienna and Munich, and as a young soldier in the Great War.

    By peeling back the layers of Hitler's childhood, war record and early political career, Paul Ham's Young Hitler: The Making of the Führer conjures the ordinary man beneath the myth and seeks to solve the riddle behind the enigma of the Nazi leader.

    What turned 'a Viennese bum', as Göring later damned him, into one of the most brutal dictators in human history? How had Hitler's first war, the defining years of his life, affect his rise to power?

    In a broader sense, was Hitler a freak of history? Or rather an extreme example of a recurring 'type' of demagogue, who thrives in chaos, revolution and economic collapse? Who will do and say anything to seize power? And who personifies in his words and actions the darkest prejudices of humankind?

    Imprint: WILLIAM HEINEMAN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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