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  • 100 FASHION ICONS
    100 FASHION ICONS
    ISBN: 9781855147379
    Title: 100 FASHION ICONS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The National Portrait Gallery, London, is home to an extensive collection of portraits representing people who have contributed to British history and culture, many of whom have also played an important role in fashion history. With an illustrated introductory text by Senior Curator of Photographs Magda Keaney on the role of fashion in the Gallery’s collection, this book highlights the close links between fashion and portraiture.

    100 Fashion Figures showcases fashion portraits held in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery.The sitters include historic and contemporary fashion icons, fashion musesand influential designers, in addition to portraits by notable fashion photographers, and some key works are accompanied by detailed captions. This concise publicationtells astory of fashion through works from the Gallery’s collection.

    The succinct format will offer readers of this title a visually engaging insight into some of the most significant fashion portraits in the Gallery’s collection, making it a well-suited addition to the growing series of 100 books including 100 Photographs and 100 Pioneering Women.

    Imprint: National Portrait Gallery
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 1000 PLACES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE : A Photographic Journey
    1000 PLACES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE : A Photographic Journey
    SCHULTZ PATRICIA
    ISBN: 9781579657888
    Title: 1000 PLACES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE : A Photographic Journey
    Author: SCHULTZ PATRICIA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Unless you've been living under a rock for the past decade, you've most certainly heard of Patricia Schultz's groundbreaking 1,000 Places to See Before You Die - the ultimate travel bible. Originally published in 2003 after Schultz spent eight years researching and writing the tome, one of the most iconic books and brands of all time will now have a new deluxe format to live alongside its predecessor.

    1,000 Places to See Before You Die: A Photographic Journey will include all the places featured in the 2015 revised edition of the book (organised in the same order), but each of the 1,000 places will include a beautiful photo that brings Schultz's words to life in a completely different way from the original book. From the exquisite French Riviera and Italian lakes to the pyramids of Egypt and Mount Kilimanjaro; to Shanghai's Bund and Singapore's street food; to Kangaroo Island and Bora Bora; to Graceland and the Grand Canyon; to Angel Falls and even the White Continent Antarctica. No matter what page you flip to, an eye-opening experience awaits.

    1,000 Places to See Before You Die: A Photographic Journey is meant to inspire wanderlust, or rather 'wanderlove,' as Schultz describes it. 'I think travel makes you a better person and a more aware global citizen. I know that I cherish it as a privilege and a gift – it lifts me up, lightens me, expands me. Most important, and most simply, travel brings us joy.'

    Imprint: ARTISAN
    RRP: $75.00

    Price: $75.00
  • 1956 : The Year Australia Welcomed the World
    1956 : The Year Australia Welcomed the World
    RICHARDSON NICK
    ISBN: 9781925322910
    Title: 1956 : The Year Australia Welcomed the World
    Author: RICHARDSON NICK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An engrossing account of a pivotal year in Australia's history.

    This book debunks one of the hardiest cliches in Australian history- that the 1950s was a dull decade, when the nation seemed only interested in a quiet life, a cup of tea, and a weekend drive. The truth is that, by the time the '60s came around, Australia was already expanding its outlook - politically, economically, and culturally - and central to this were the events of 1956.

    This was the year when Melbourne hosted the Summer Olympics, the first edition of the Games to be held outside Europe and North America. It also heralded the arrival of television in Australia. In this year, Prime Minister Robert Menzies grappled with world politics, when he opened the country's doors to refugees from the Hungarian uprising, allowed British nuclear tests at Maralinga, and tried to resolve the greatest diplomatic episode of the decade- the Suez Crisis. In these ways and more, the world came to Australia's doorstep in 1956, challenging rusted-on habits and indelibly shifting the nation's perception of itself.

    Nick Richardson peels back the layers to reveal Australia at a critical moment in time. He brilliantly recreates the broader events surrounding the Melbourne Olympics at the end of 1956, as well as the dramas of the Games themselves. Throughout, he also follows a range of men and women who were touched by this transformation, to illuminate the personal consequences of being part of Australia's pivotal year.

    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIANS : A History since 1788
    ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIANS : A History since 1788
    BROOME RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781760528218
    Title: ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIANS : A History since 1788
    Author: BROOME RICHARD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'In this book Richard Broome has managed an enviable achievement. The vast sweeping story of Aboriginal Australia from 1788 is told in his typical lucid and imaginative style . This is an important work of great scholarship, passion and imagination.' - Professor Lynette Russell, Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies, Monash University

    In the creation of any new society, there are winners and losers. So it was with Australia as it grew from a colonial outpost to an affluent society.

    Richard Broome tells the history of Australia from the standpoint of the original Australians: those who lost most in the early colonial struggle for power. Surveying over two centuries of Aboriginal-European encounters, he shows how white settlers steadily supplanted the original inhabitants, from the shining coasts to inland deserts, by sheer force of numbers, disease, technology and violence. He also tells the story of Aboriginal survival through resistance and accommodation, and traces the continuing Aboriginal struggle to move from the margins of a settler society to a more central place in modern Australia.

    Broome's Aboriginal Australians has long been regarded as the most authoritative account of black-white relations in Australia. This fifth edition continues the story, covering the impact of the Northern Territory Intervention, the mining boom in remote Australia, the Uluru Statement, the resurgence of interest in traditional Aboriginal knowledge and culture, and the new generation of Aboriginal leaders.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING
    ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING
    LLOYD CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9781999802820
    Title: ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING
    Author: LLOYD CHRISTOPHER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Embark on an entertaining journey across millennia and continents, and learn about absolutely everything including the creation of planet Earth, the age of dinosaurs, the rise of humans, the miserable medieval times, globalisation, wars, revolutions, technology - and much more. Find out the answers to many big questions about our planet, animals and the people inhabiting Earth. Engaging design, illustrations and photographs throughout bring to life the most remarkable true stories of all time.

    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ACID FOR THE CHILDREN - The autobiography of Flea, the Red Hot Chili Peppers legend
    ACID FOR THE CHILDREN - The autobiography of Flea, the Red Hot Chili Peppers legend
    FLEA
    ISBN: 9781472230829
    Title: ACID FOR THE CHILDREN - The autobiography of Flea, the Red Hot Chili Peppers legend
    Author: FLEA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The strange tale of a boy named Flea starts in Rye, NY. It was all very normal. But soon his parents divorced and his mother Patricia remarried a jazz musician. Flea's stepfather frequently invited musicians to his house for jam sessions which sparked Flea's interest in music. The family moved to Los Angeles, where Flea became fascinated with the trumpet, idolizing musicians like Miles, Dizzy, and Louis.

    But the family soon fell apart, "I was raised in a very violent, alcoholic household," Flea later said. "I grew up being terrified of my parents, particularly my father figures. It caused [me] a lot of trouble later in life." He began smoking weed at 13, and became a daily user of harder drugs. He was on the streets by 14 and soon after, met another social outcast and drug user named Anthony Kiedis. They form a band that would become the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

    ACID FOR THE CHILDREN is pure, uncut Flea, with nothing left unsaid.

    Imprint: HEADLINE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ADAM SPENCERS NUMBERLAND
    ADAM SPENCERS NUMBERLAND
    SPENCER ADAM
    ISBN: 9781925589924
    Title: ADAM SPENCERS NUMBERLAND
    Author: SPENCER ADAM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australia’s funniest mathematician returns in 2019 with more rollicking romps through the world of science, technology, numbers and all things nerdy. This terrific new fully illustrated title follows on from Adam’s bestselling Big Book of Numbers (2014); World of Numbers (2015), Time Machine (2016), The Number Games (2017), and Top 100 (2018), and is packed full of fascinating facts, tantalising trivia, brainbusting number puzzles, and much much more.

    Praise for Adam Spencer’s Big Book of Numbers

    ‘If you find this book boring, you should be in a clinic!’ John Cleese

    ‘Funny yet with hidden depths, like its author. A brilliant introduction to the world of numbers.’ Brian Cox

    ‘Even the page numbers will start to look fascinating once you’ve read this book!’ Amanda Keller

    ‘Every bright young mind in Australia should read Adam Spencer’s Big Book of Numbers – and we oldies would benefit, too.’ Peter FitzSimons



    Imprint: BRIO BOOKS
    RRP: $34.99
    Price: $34.99
  • ADDRESS UNKNOWN
    ADDRESS UNKNOWN
    TAYLOR KATHRINE KRESSMANN
    ISBN: 9781788163415
    Title: ADDRESS UNKNOWN
    Author: TAYLOR KATHRINE KRESSMANN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Can friendship survive in a divided world? Written on the eve of the Holocaust as a series of letters between a Jew in America and his German friend, Kressmann Taylor's classic novel is a haunting tale of a society poisoned by Nazism.

    First published in 1938, Address Unknown met with immediate success in English but was banned in Europe by the Nazis. Tragically prescient about what was to come, it was one of the earliest works of fiction to warn against the growing dangers of fascism and antisemitism in Europe. It became an international bestseller and has been translated into more than twenty languages.

    A novel of enduring impact with a memorable sting in its tail, Address Unknown stands as a powerful reminder of the dangers posed by the rhetoric of intolerance.

    Imprint: SERPENTS TAIL
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AGAINST ALL ODDS : The inside account of the Thai cave rescue, and the courageous Australians at the heart of it
    AGAINST ALL ODDS : The inside account of the Thai cave rescue, and the courageous Australians at the heart of it
    CHALLEN CRAIG / HARRIS RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781760890957
    Title: AGAINST ALL ODDS : The inside account of the Thai cave rescue, and the courageous Australians at the heart of it
    Author: CHALLEN CRAIG / HARRIS RICHARD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'I just want to warn you. You're going to dive to the end of the cave. You're going to see these kids. They're all looking healthy and happy and smiley. Then, you're going to swim away, and they're probably all going to die.'

    In June 2018, for seventeen days, the world watched and held its breath as the Wild Boar soccer team were trapped deep in a cave in Thailand. Marooned beyond flooded cave passages after unexpected rains, they were finally rescued, one-by-one, against almost impossible odds, by an international cave-diving team which included Australians Dr Richard Harris and Dr Craig Challen.

    These two men were chosen for their medical expertise and cave diving knowledge, but this dangerous rescue asked so much more of them. They had to remain calm under extreme pressure and intense scrutiny, adapt to constantly changing circumstances and importantly, build trust among the rescue team and with the young boys and their coach, whose lives were in their hands.
    Here is the story of these two Australian men who became international heroes - it is a story of determination, cunning and triumph that will long be remembered.

    Imprint: Viking Books
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AGE OF ANXIETY
    AGE OF ANXIETY
    TOWNSHEND PETE
    ISBN: 9781473622944
    Title: AGE OF ANXIETY
    Author: TOWNSHEND PETE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    THE AGE OF ANXIETY is a great rock novel, but that is one of the less important things about it. The narrator is a brilliant creation - cultured, witty and unreliable. The novel captures the craziness of the music business and displays Pete Townshend's sly sense of humour and sharp ear for dialogue. First conceived as an opera, THE AGE OF ANXIETY deals with mythic and operatic themes including a maze, divine madness and long-lost children. Hallucinations and soundscapes haunt this novel, which on one level is an extended meditation on manic genius and the dark art of creativity.

    Imprint: CORONET
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AGE OF EMPATHY
    AGE OF EMPATHY
    DE WAAL FRANS
    ISBN: 9781788164443
    Title: AGE OF EMPATHY
    Author: DE WAAL FRANS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Kindness and co-operation have played a crucial role in raising humans to the top of the evolutionary tree ... We have thrived on the milk of human kindness.' Observer

    'There is a widely-held assumption that humans are hard-wired for relentless and ruthless competition ... Frans de Waal sees nature differently - as a biological legacy in which empathy, not mere self-interest, is shared by humans, bonobos and animals.' Ben Macintyre, the Times

    Empathy holds us together. That we are hardwired to be altruistic is the result of thousands of years of evolutionary biology which has kept society from slipping into anarchy. But we are not alone: primates, elephants, even rodents are empathetic creatures too.

    Social behaviours such as the herding instinct, bonding rituals, expressions of consolation and even conflict resolution demonstrate that animals are designed to feel for each other. From chimpanzees caring for mates that have been wounded by leopards, elephants reassuring youngsters in distress and dolphins preventing sick companions from drowning, with a wealth of anecdotes, scientific observations, wry humour and incisive intelligence, The Age of Empathy is essential reading for all who believe in the power of our connections to each other.

    Imprint: SOUVENIR PRESS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ALICES ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND & THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS    [Illustrated Edition]
    ALICES ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND & THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS [Illustrated Edition]
    CARROLL LEWIS
    ISBN: 9780062936615
    Title: ALICES ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND & THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS [Illustrated Edition]
    Author: CARROLL LEWIS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Lewis Carroll's beloved classic stories are reimagined in this deluxe illustrated gift edition from the award-winning design studio behind the graphics for the Harry Potter film franchise, MinaLima-designed with stunning full color artwork and several interactive features.

    Originally published in 1865, Lewis Carroll's exquisite Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass have remained revered classics for generations. The story of Alice, an inquisitive heroine who falls through a rabbit hole and into a whimsical world, has captured the hearts of readers of all ages. Perhaps the most popular female character in English literature, Alice is accompanied on her journey of trials and tribulations by the frantic White Rabbit, the demented and terrifying Queen of Hearts, the intriguing Mad Hatter, and many other eccentric characters.

    Lewis Carroll's beloved companion stories Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass are reinvented on one volume by the talented design firm MinaLima, whose fey drawings of some of Western literature's most famous characters will delight and enthrall, In addition, they have created interactive features exclusive to this edition, including:, ∗Alice with extendable legs and arms, ∗The rabbit's house which opens to reveal a giant Alice, ∗The Cheshire cat with a pull tab that removes the cat and leaves the cat's grin, ∗A flamingo croquet club that swings to hit the hedgehog, ∗A removable map of the Looking Glass world

    This keepsake illustrated edition-the sixth book in Harper Design's series of illustrated children's classics-will be treasured by for years to come.

    Imprint: HARPER DESIGN
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ALL GATES OPEN : The Story of CAN
    ALL GATES OPEN : The Story of CAN
    SCHMIDT IRMIN
    ISBN: 9780571311521
    Title: ALL GATES OPEN : The Story of CAN
    Author: SCHMIDT IRMIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    All Gates Open presents the definitive story of arguably the most influential and revered avant-garde band of the late twentieth century: CAN. It consists of two books.

    In Book One, Rob Young gives us the full biography of a band that emerged at the vanguard of what would come to be called the Krautrock scene in late sixties Cologne. With Irmin Schmidt and Holger Czukay - two classically trained students of Stockhausen - at the heart of the band, CAN's studio and live performances burned an incendiary trail through the decade that followed: and left a legacy that is still reverberating today in hip hop, post rock, ambient, and countless other genres. Rob Young's account draws on unique interviews with all founding members of CAN, as well as their vocalists, friends and music industry associates. And he revisits the music, which is still deliriously innovative and unclassifiable more than four decades on. All Gates Open is a portrait of a group who worked with visionary intensity and belief, outside the system and inside their own inner space.

    Book Two, Can Kiosk, has been assembled by Irmin Schmidt, founding member and guiding spirit of the band, as a 'collage - a technique long associated with CAN's approach to recording. There is an oral history of the band drawing on interviews that Irmin made with musicians who see CAN as an influence - such as Bobby Gillespie, Geoff Barrow, Daniel Miller, and many others. There are also interviews with artists and filmmakers like Wim Wenders and John Malkovitch, where Schmidt reflects on more personal matters and his work with film. Extracts of Schmidt's notebook and diaries from 2013-14 are also reproduced as a reflection on the creative process, and the memories, dreams, and epiphanies it entails. Can Kiosk offers further perspectives on a band that have inspired several generations of musicians and filmmakers in the voices of the artists themselves.

    CAN were unique, and their legacy is articulated in two books in this volume with the depth, rigour, originality, and intensity associated with the band itself. It is illustrated throughout with previously unseen art, photographs, and ephemera from the band's archive.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AMAZING MAGIC TRICKS : To Confound And Astound
    AMAZING MAGIC TRICKS : To Confound And Astound
    STONE CHRIS
    ISBN: 9781911163572
    Title: AMAZING MAGIC TRICKS : To Confound And Astound
    Author: STONE CHRIS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The world's greatest and most celebrated magicians, conjurers and illusionists can make us believe the unbelievable, the impossible possible. But, of course, just like everybody else these conjurors had to start at a beginning. They too had to learn simple (but effective) card tricks, easy (but imaginative) coin tricks and basic (but still mind boggling) sleight-of-hand tricks before advancing to more innovative and radical skills and techniques.Amazing Magic Tricks is a cool compendium of diverse tricks to inspire all aspiring magicians to pick up a wand and impress their friends and family! Full of trivia as well as simple illusions to practice, perfect and perform at home, Amazing Magic Tricks will guide you on your way to becoming a master magician quicker than you can say 'Ta-Dah!'.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AMBER SPYGLASS   -   His Dark Materials 3
    AMBER SPYGLASS - His Dark Materials 3
    PULLMAN PHILIP
    ISBN: 9781743837139
    Title: AMBER SPYGLASS - His Dark Materials 3
    Author: PULLMAN PHILIP
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The third volume in Philip Pullmans incredible HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy. First published in 2000, and acclaimed as a modern masterpiece, it won the UKs top awards for childrens literature. "We are going to the land of the dead and we are going to come back." Will and Lyra, whose fates are bound together by powers beyond their own worlds, have been violently separated. But they must find each other, for ahead of them lies the greatest war that has ever been, and a journey to a dark place from which no one has ever returned...

    Imprint: SCHOLASTIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AMERICAN TRAP : My battle to expose America's secret economic war against the rest of the world
    AMERICAN TRAP : My battle to expose America's secret economic war against the rest of the world
    PIERUCCI FREDERIC
    ISBN: 9781529353617
    Title: AMERICAN TRAP : My battle to expose America's secret economic war against the rest of the world
    Author: PIERUCCI FREDERIC
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 2014, France lost part of the control of its nuclear power plants to the United States. Frederic Pierucci, former senior executive of one of Alstom's subsidiaries, found himself at the heart of this state scandal. His story goes to the very heart of a $12 billion thriller that illustrates the secret economic war that the United States is waging in Europe. And after being silenced for a long time, he has decided, with the help of journalist Matthieu Aron, to reveal all.

    In April 2013, Frederic was arrested in New York by the FBI and prosecuted for a bribery case, despite not being involved at all. The US authorities locked him up for more than two years - including fourteen months in a very high security prison. In doing so, they forced Alstom to pay the biggest penalty ever imposed by the United States, and to give up areas of control to General Electric, Alstom's biggest American competitor.

    Frederic's story unpacks how the United States is diverting the law and morality and using corporate law as an economic weapon against its own allies. One after the other, some of the world's largest companies are being actively destabilised to the benefit of the US Treasury, in acts of sabotage that seem only to be the beginning of what's to come...

    Imprint: HODDER & STOUGHTON
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
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