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  • BON : THE LAST HIGHWAY : The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC/DC's Back In Black
    BON : THE LAST HIGHWAY : The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC/DC's Back In Black
    FINK JESSE
    ISBN: 9780857988928
    Title: BON : THE LAST HIGHWAY : The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC/DC's Back In Black
    Author: FINK JESSE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In the early hours of 19 February 1980, Bon Scott, lead singer of the rock band AC/DC, left The Music Machine in Camden, London, with a man called Alistair Kinnear, whereupon he lost consciousness and was left to sleep in Alistair’s Renault 5, parked outside Alistair’s East Dulwich apartment.

    That evening, Bon’s lifeless body was found, still in the car. He was pronounced dead on arrival at King’s College Hospital.

    Less than two months later, far away in the Caribbean, recording began on Back In Black, AC/DC’s tribute to their fallen bandmate. Worldwide, it would go on to become the biggest selling rock album of all time.

    The legend of the man known around the world simply as ‘Bon’ only grows with each passing year – in death the AC/DC icon has become a god to millions of people – but how much of his story is myth or pure fabrication and how much of the real man do we know?

    There have been books that claim to tell his story. They haven’t even come close.

    Jesse Fink, author of the critically acclaimed international bestseller The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC, leaves no stone unturned for Bon: The Last Highway, a book years in the making that finally solves the riddle of the death of Bon Scott.

    The 1977–80 period forged the legend of AC/DC. There wasn’t a harder working band in the music business. But, as Fink startlingly reveals, the relentless AC/DC machine was also threatening to come apart. Fink has answers to the nagging questions rock ’n’ roll fans have been asking since 1980 and reveals secrets that will change music history.

    Bon: The Last Highway is the original, forensic, unflinching and masterful biography Bon Scott has so richly deserved and music fans around the world have been waiting for.

    Imprint: EBURY
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BOOK OF BONES : 10 Record-Breaking Animals
    BOOK OF BONES : 10 Record-Breaking Animals
    BALKAN GABRIELLE
    ISBN: 9780714875118
    Title: BOOK OF BONES : 10 Record-Breaking Animals
    Author: BALKAN GABRIELLE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It's a book of world records... of bones! Guess whose bones are the longest, shortest, heaviest, spikiest, and more. With touchable skeletons!

    Ten record-breaking animal bones are introduced through a series of superlatives set up as a guessing game with clues. Readers examine animals' skeletons and guess to whom they belong; the answers are revealed in vibrant, full-color scenic habitats, with easily understood - and humorous - explanations. This entertaining introduction to the connection between animal bones (anatomy) and behavior is playful, relatable, and includes touch-and-feel finishes that bring the bones to life!

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.95
  • BOOKS THAT CHANGED HISTORY
    BOOKS THAT CHANGED HISTORY
    ISBN: 9780241289334
    Title: BOOKS THAT CHANGED HISTORY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With a foreword by James Naughtie (British radio and news presenter for the BBC). Turn the pages of the most famous books of all time and marvel at the stories behind them. Over 75 of the world's most celebrated, rare, and seminal books are examined and explained in this stunning treasury. Books That Changed History is a unique encyclopedia spanning the history of the written word, from 3000 BCE to the modern day. Chronological chapters show the evolution of human knowledge and the changing ways in which books are made. Discover incredible coverage of history's most influential books including the Mahabharata, Shakespeare's First Folio, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Penguin's first ever paperbacks. From Darwin's groundbreaking On the Origin of Species to Louis Braille's conception of the Braille system that we still use today, these are world famous books that have had the biggest impact on history. Every book is presented with breathtaking photography and fascinating biographies of those who created them. Books That Changed History gathers dictionaries, diaries, plays, poems, treaties, and religious texts into one stunning celebration of the undisputed power of books.

    Imprint: DORLING KINDERSLEY
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • BORDER DISTRICTS
    BORDER DISTRICTS
    MURNANE GERALD
    ISBN: 9781925336542
    Title: BORDER DISTRICTS
    Author: MURNANE GERALD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A new work by a master of contemporary Australian fiction, highly regarded overseas, but little-known here. Giramondo’s publication of Border Districts, and the retrospective volume Collected Short Fiction (early next year) is a collaboration with the distinguished New York publisher Farrar Straus Giroux.

    Conceived as Gerald Murnane’s last work of fiction, Border Districts was written after the author moved from Melbourne to a small town on the western edge of the Wimmera plains, near the border with South Australia. The narrator of this fiction has made a similar move, from a capital city to a remote town in the border country, where he intends to spend the last years of his life. It is a time for exploring the enduring elements of his experience, as these exist in his mind, images whose persistence is assured, but whose significance needs to be rediscovered. Readers of Murnane’s earlier work will recognise some of these images: the dark-haired young woman at a window; the ancestral house set in grasslands; coloured glass, marbles, goldfish, the outfits of jockeys. Murnane’s images often draw their power from the light that falls upon them from a distant or mysterious source. But he also considers the possibility that the mind casts its own light, imbuing the images in the observer’s mind with the colours of his soul.

    As Murnane’s narrator declares, ‘the mind is a place best viewed from borderlands’. In this work, Border Districts also refers to the border country between life and death; and there is another meaning, in the narrator’s discovery of others who might share his world, even though they enter it from a different direction, across the border districts which separate, or unite, two human beings.

    Imprint: GIRAMONDO
    RRP: $24.95

    Price: $24.95
  • BOWIE : The Illustrated Story
    BOWIE : The Illustrated Story
    GILBERT PAT
    ISBN: 9780760352663
    Title: BOWIE : The Illustrated Story
    Author: GILBERT PAT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    David Bowie released an incredible 27 studio albums, beginning with his eponymous 1967 debut and ending with Blackstar, released just two days before his death in January 2016. Widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians and performers of the previous five decades, Bowie demolished what were thought to be the limitations of stagecraft in rock music, as well as proving it possible for an artist to constantly - and successfully - redefine himself. As a result, Bowie has been credited with inspiring genres as disparate as glam and punk rock.

    This sharply written and gorgeously designed retrospective follows Bowie's career from the folkie baroque rock of his debut, to his breakthrough single ""Space Oddity,"" and on to his flamboyant glam rock alter ego, Ziggy Stardust. Author Pat Gilbert continues through Bowie's soul phase, his electronic Berlin trilogy, his massive pop success in the 1980s, and his turn to electronica in the 1990s, as well as subsequent tours, notable performances, collaborations, and accolades.

    Nearly every page is illustrated with stunning concert and candid offstage photography, including gig posters, 7-inch picture sleeves, concert ticket stubs, and more. The result is a fitting tribute to one of the most influential and admired stars in rock history.

    Imprint: VOYAGER
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • BRAVING THE WILDERNESS : The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
    BRAVING THE WILDERNESS : The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
    BROWN BRENE
    ISBN: 9781785041754
    Title: BRAVING THE WILDERNESS : The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
    Author: BROWN BRENE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A timely and important new book that challenges everything we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture, from the #1 bestselling author of Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection.

    ‘True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.’ Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives – experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame and empathy.
    In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarisation. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping out a clear path to true belonging.

    Brown argues that what we're experiencing today is a spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduces four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other. She writes, ‘True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in both being a part of something, and in standing alone when necessary. But in a culture that's rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, it's easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism. But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it's a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It's a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts.’ Brown offers us the clarity and courage we need to find our way back to ourselves and to each other. And that path cuts right through the wilderness.
    Brown writes, ‘The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it's the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.’

    Imprint: VERMILION
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BRETT WHITELEY : Art Life and the Other Thing
    BRETT WHITELEY : Art Life and the Other Thing
    WILSON ASHLEIGH
    ISBN: 9781925498745
    Title: BRETT WHITELEY : Art Life and the Other Thing
    Author: WILSON ASHLEIGH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When he died in 1992 Brett Whiteley left behind decades of ceaseless activity-some works bound to a particular place or time, others that are masterpieces of light and line.

    Whiteley had arrived in Europe in 1960 determined to make an impression. Before long he was the youngest artist to have work acquired by the Tate. With his wife, Wendy, and daughter, Arkie, Whiteley then immersed himself in bohemian New York. But within two years he fled, having failed to break through.

    Back in Sydney, he soon became Australia's most celebrated artist. He won the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes in the same year - his prices soared, as did his fame. Among his friends were Francis Bacon and Patrick White, Billy Connolly and Dire Straits. Yet addiction was taking its toll- Whiteley struggled in vain to separate his talent from his disease, and an inglorious end approached.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BUILD THE DRAGON : Create your own moving Dragon
    BUILD THE DRAGON : Create your own moving Dragon
    STEER DUGALD A
    ISBN: 9781925381702
    Title: BUILD THE DRAGON : Create your own moving Dragon
    Author: STEER DUGALD A
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Enter the magical realm of dragons with this interactive guide. Build a spectacular 3D moving model of a Western dragon, then wind up the motor and watch it come to life! Find out everything you need to know about dragons from around the world with the 32-page book, from myths and legends to anatomy, behaviour and supernatural powers.

    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BUILDING ART : The Life and Work of Frank Gehry
    BUILDING ART : The Life and Work of Frank Gehry
    GOLDBERGER PAUL
    ISBN: 9780307946393
    Title: BUILDING ART : The Life and Work of Frank Gehry
    Author: GOLDBERGER PAUL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From Pulitzer Prize–winning architectural critic Paul Goldberger: an engaging, nuanced exploration of the life and work of Frank Gehry, undoubtedly the most famous architect of our time. This first full-fledged critical biography presents and evaluates the work of a man who has almost single-handedly transformed contemporary architecture in his innovative use of materials, design, and form, and who is among the very few architects in history to be both respected by critics as a creative, cutting-edge force and embraced by the general public as a popular figure.

    Building Art shows the full range of Gehry’s work, from early houses constructed of plywood and chain-link fencing to lamps made in the shape of fish to the triumphant success of such late projects as the spectacular art museum of glass in Paris. It tells the story behind Gehry’s own house, which upset his neighbors and excited the world with its mix of the traditional and the extraordinary, and recounts how Gehry came to design the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, his remarkable structure of swirling titanium that changed a declining city into a destination spot. Building Art also explains Gehry’s sixteen-year quest to complete Walt Disney Concert Hall, the beautiful, acoustically brilliant home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

    Although Gehry’s architecture has been written about widely, the story of his life has never been told in full detail. Here we come to know his Jewish immigrant family, his working-class Toronto childhood, his hours spent playing with blocks on his grandmother’s kitchen floor, his move to Los Angeles when he was still a teenager, and how he came, unexpectedly, to end up in architecture school. Most important, Building Art presents and evaluates Gehry’s lifetime of work in conjunction with his entire life story, including his time in the army and at Harvard, his long relationship with his psychiatrist and the impact it had on his work, and his two marriages and four children. It analyzes his carefully crafted persona, in which a casual, amiable “aw, shucks” surface masks a driving and intense ambition. And it explores his relationship to Los Angeles and how its position as home to outsider artists gave him the freedom in his formative years to make the innovations that characterize his genius. Finally, it discusses his interest in using technology not just to change the way a building looks but to change the way the whole profession of architecture is practiced.

    At once a sweeping view of a great architect and an intimate look at creative genius, Building Art is in many ways the saga of the architectural milieu of the twenty-first century. But most of all it is the compelling story of the man who first comes to mind when we think of the lasting possibilities of buildings as art.

    Imprint: ALFRED PUBLISHING CO
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BUM BOOK
    BUM BOOK
    MAYES KATE
    ISBN: 9780733332197
    Title: BUM BOOK
    Author: MAYES KATE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The CHEEKIEST book of the year!

    Ages 2+

    This is a book for anyone who has a bum or knows someone with a bum. It's a celebration of my bum and your bum and the whole world's bum.From bestselling author Kate Mayes and award-winning illustrator Andrew Joyner comes The Bum Book, the only book about bums you'll ever need.

    Imprint: ABC PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BURKE AND WILLS : The Triumph and Tragedy of Australia's most Famous Explorers   **Special Price**
    BURKE AND WILLS : The Triumph and Tragedy of Australia's most Famous Explorers **Special Price**
    FITZSIMONS PETER
    ISBN: 9780733634109
    Title: BURKE AND WILLS : The Triumph and Tragedy of Australia's most Famous Explorers **Special Price**
    Author: FITZSIMONS PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    MELBOURNE, 20 AUGUST 1860. In an ambitious quest to be the first Europeans to cross the harsh Australian continent, the Victorian Exploring Expedition sets off, farewelled by 15,000 cheering well-wishers. Led by Robert O'Hara Burke, a brave man totally lacking in the bush skills necessary for his task; surveyor and meteorologist William Wills; and 17 others, the expedition took 20 tons of equipment carried on six wagons, 23 horses and 26 camels.

    Almost immediately plagued by disputes and sackings, the expeditioners battled the extremes of the Australian landscape and weather: its deserts, the boggy mangrove swamps of the Gulf, the searing heat and flooding rains. Food ran short and, unable to live off the land, the men nevertheless mostly spurned the offers of help from the local Indigenous people.

    In desperation, leaving the rest of the party at the expedition's depot on Coopers Creek, Burke, Wills, Charley Gray and John King made a dash for the Gulf in December 1860. Bad luck and bad management would see them miss by just hours a rendezvous back at Coopers Creek, leaving them stranded in the wilderness with practically no supplies. Only King survived to tell the tale.

    Yet, despite their tragic fates, the names of Burke and Wills have become synonymous with perseverance and bravery in the face of overwhelming odds. They live on in our nation's history - and their story remains immediate and compelling.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $39.99
  • CABINET OF LINGUISTIC CURIOSITIES : A YEARBOOK OF FORGOTTEN WORDS
    CABINET OF LINGUISTIC CURIOSITIES : A YEARBOOK OF FORGOTTEN WORDS
    JONES PAUL ANTHONY
    ISBN: 9781783963584
    Title: CABINET OF LINGUISTIC CURIOSITIES : A YEARBOOK OF FORGOTTEN WORDS
    Author: JONES PAUL ANTHONY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A whole year's worth of linguistic curiosities, just waiting to be discovered.; Within these pages you might leap back in time, learn about linguistic trivia, follow a curious thread or wonder at the web of connections in the English language.; 1 January quaaltagh (n.) the first person you meet on New Year's Day; 1 April dorbellist (n.) a fool, a dull-witted dolt; 12 May word-grubber (n.) someone who uses obscure or difficult words in everyday conversation; 25 September theic (adj.) an excessive drinker of tea; 24 December doniferous (adj.) carrying a gift; Paul Anthony Jones has unearthed a wealth of strange and forgotten words: illuminating some aspect of the day, or simply telling a cracking good yarn, each reveals a story. Written with a light touch that belies the depth of research it contains, this is both a fascinating compendium of etymology and a captivating historical miscellany. Dip into this beautiful book to be delighted and intrigued throughout the year.

    Imprint: ELLIOTT AND THOMPSON
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CAN YOU HEAR THE SEA? : My Grandmother's Story
    CAN YOU HEAR THE SEA? : My Grandmother's Story
    NIALL BRENDA
    ISBN: 9781925498790
    Title: CAN YOU HEAR THE SEA? : My Grandmother's Story
    Author: NIALL BRENDA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Brenda Niall has turned her biographer's eye to a personal subject - her grandmother, Aggie. She tells the story of a fiercely independent and intelligent woman who braved a new country as a single woman, teaching in a country school, before marrying a Riverina grazier, whose large powerful family was wary of the newcomer with ideas of her own. Aggie dealt with hardships and loneliness after the early and drawn-out death of her husband, and brought up her seven children to be happy - all with a calm determination. But it was the memory box and her longing for the sea that captured the imagination of her granddaughter.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CATALONIA
    CATALONIA
    PIZARRO JOSE
    ISBN: 9781784881160
    Title: CATALONIA
    Author: PIZARRO JOSE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Located in the northeast of Spain, Catalonia borders France’s Pyrenees mountains and has a heritage and scenery like no other place in the world. In Catalonia, José Pizarro travels from the impressive Gaudi architecture in buzzy Barcelona, to the Roman and Greek ruins in Girona and secluded beaches in Costa Brava to create some of the best-loved dishes from the Catalonian region at home.

    Starting in the markets, José revels in the fresh meat, fish and vegetables, with dishes including classic Patatas Bravas, a delicious Duck Egg and Mushroom Stew, and a Rabbit Rice, typical of the region. From a Roast Chicken with Langoustines, Baby Squid with Mint that’s perfect for spring, to a wintery Civet of Venison with Ceps and Mash, and the delicate Hazelnut and Plum cakes, José’s interpretation of the regional flavours will inspire you to get into the kitchen.

    Set to the backdrop of stunning location photography, Catalonia will make you feel truly transported to this special region.


    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • CATCH : The Story of Fishing in Australia
    CATCH : The Story of Fishing in Australia
    CLARK ANNA
    ISBN: 9780642279064
    Title: CATCH : The Story of Fishing in Australia
    Author: CLARK ANNA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    In every coastal town in Australia, there’s a bait shop and a boat ramp, and, in garages around the country, fishing rods are strung up waiting for their next outing. Many of us have a special fishing spot, and families pass on tips from generation to generation and exchange fishy tales of amazing catches and near misses.

    Bringing her personal passion for throwing in a line, author Anna Clark celebrates the enduring pleasure of fishing in The Catch: The Story of Fishing in Australia. This book charts the history of fishing, from the first known accounts of Indigenous fishing and early European encounters with Australia’s waters, to the latest fishing fads; from the introduction of trout and fly fishing to the challenges of balancing needs of commercial and recreational fishers.

    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • CHAMPAGNE GUIDE 2018-2019
    CHAMPAGNE GUIDE 2018-2019
    STELZER TYSON
    ISBN: 9781743793183
    Title: CHAMPAGNE GUIDE 2018-2019
    Author: STELZER TYSON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An updated edition of the internationally acclaimed The Champagne Guide, by the winner of the 2011 Louis Roederer International Champagne Writer of the Year Award for the 2011–2012 edition. The book contains fully independent assessments, with profiles and ratings, of over 100 champagne producers – from the smallest growers to the largest houses. The wines have all been reviewed based on current tastings and the notes are accompanied by full-colour bottle images.

    The 2018–2019 edition features fully updated information on the distinction between houses and producers and how to avoid corked, stale and lightstruck champagnes. The Champagne Hall of Honour ranks the best producers in Champagne this year and the best champagnes of the year under $60, under $100, under $200, at any price, and the best blanc de blancs, rosé and low-dosage champagnes.

    The Champagne Guide tells you everything you need to know about how champagne is grown and made and how to buy, open, serve and store champagne, all for less than the price of even a cheap bottle of champagne!

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
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