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  • BIG FOUR : The Curious Past and Perilous Future of Global Accounting Monopoly
    BIG FOUR : The Curious Past and Perilous Future of Global Accounting Monopoly
    KELLS STUART
    ISBN: 9781863959964
    Title: BIG FOUR : The Curious Past and Perilous Future of Global Accounting Monopoly
    Author: KELLS STUART
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Across the globe, the so-called Big Four accounting and audit firms – Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, and KPMG – are massively influential. Together, they earn more than US$100 billion annually and employ almost one million people. In many profound ways, they have changed how we work, how we manage, how we invest and how we are governed.

    Stretching back centuries, their history is a fascinating story of wealth, power and luck. But today, the Big Four face an uncertain future – thanks to their push into China; their vulnerability to digital disruption and competition; and the hazards of providing traditional services in a new era of transparency.

    Both colourful and authoritative, this account of the past, present and likely future of the Big Four is essential reading for anyone perplexed or fascinated by professional services, working in the industry, or contemplating joining a professional services firm.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BIG SHORT : INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE
    BIG SHORT : INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE
    LEWIS MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780141043531
    Title: BIG SHORT : INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE
    Author: LEWIS MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'In the hands of Michael Lewis, anything is possible . . . if you want to know how a nation lost it financial mind - and have a good laugh finding out - this is the book to read' SUNDAY TIMES

    From the jungles of the trading floor to the casinos of Las Vegas, The Big Short tells the outrageous story of the misfits, renegades and visionaries who saw that the biggest credit bubble of all time was about to burst, bet against the banking system - and made a killing.

    'Magnificent . . . a perfect storm of brilliant writer meeting big subject' GUARDIAN

    'He is so good everyone else may as well pack-up' EVENING STANDARD

    'A triumph . . . riveting . . . The Big Short reads like a thriller' THE TIMES

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BOB ELLIS : IN HIS OWN WORDS
    BOB ELLIS : IN HIS OWN WORDS
    ELLIS BOB
    ISBN: 9781863958912
    Title: BOB ELLIS : IN HIS OWN WORDS
    Author: ELLIS BOB
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Bob Ellis: In His Own Words is a selection of the best of Ellis's much-loved and celebrated essays, speeches, diaries and reviews, in addition to previously unpublished work, archival photos, and reflections from close friends and family. Compiled in collaboration with Ellis's widow, Anne Brooksbank, this collection contains all the wit, acuity and outspokenness that we came to expect from this inimitable wordsmith.

    Bob Ellis: In His Own Words - a keepsake for long-time Ellis fans that will also win him new admirers - honours Ellis's illustrious and prodigious writing legacy.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BOLD : STORIES FROM OLDER LESBIAN GAY BISEXUAL TRANSGENDER AND INTERSEX PEOPLE
    BOLD : STORIES FROM OLDER LESBIAN GAY BISEXUAL TRANSGENDER AND INTERSEX PEOPLE
    HARDY DAVID
    ISBN: 9780992584504
    Title: BOLD : STORIES FROM OLDER LESBIAN GAY BISEXUAL TRANSGENDER AND INTERSEX PEOPLE
    Author: HARDY DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    More than 50 older LGBTI people share their stories and images - of first love and family, of struggle and defiance and resistance and pride.

    They include prominent Australian activists including Bob Brown, Sally Goldner and the Hon. Michael Kirby. Many of the stories are by ordinary and extraordinary people who may be Indigenous, born overseas, or live in cities or small towns across Australia, New Zealand, UK, US and Ireland. David Hardy presents diverse stories to unsilence lives and put them in print. They add to the history of the LGBTI movement by adding in the power of the personal; life stories that make their mark.

    'I hope this book helps people understand who LGBTI people are and who we are not, ' says David. 'We are not invisible. This collection of stories celebrates the myriad ways we identify as LGBTI people. I hope these stories will stir and agitate, comfort and caress, and make you mad and cry and laugh out loud.'

    Imprint: CONSIGNMENT STOCK
    RRP: $34.95

    Price: $34.95
  • BREAKFAST CLUB FOR 40-SOMETHINGS : A Novel Approach to Unlearning Money and Reinventing Your Life
    BREAKFAST CLUB FOR 40-SOMETHINGS : A Novel Approach to Unlearning Money and Reinventing Your Life
    STOYKOV VANESSA
    ISBN: 9780730348634
    Title: BREAKFAST CLUB FOR 40-SOMETHINGS : A Novel Approach to Unlearning Money and Reinventing Your Life
    Author: STOYKOV VANESSA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A new way of seeing life and money

    High school's over. We're no longer the nerd, the athlete, the princess or the bad boy. Instead, we are the parent, worker, wife, husband, daughter or son. But we all have things in common - and one of them is money.

    People have always sought financial freedom, but our influences, from our parents to our community, have made our grounding in money anything but helpful. In fact, that grounding might be the thing that is holding us back. The Breakfast Club for 40-Somethings draws upon the five major lessons you need to unlearn about the way you see your life and money to give you the best chance of getting the future you want.

    Written in the form of a novel from the perspective of six unique characters, the book explores how the different financial decisions and behaviours of each character have led to their current situations. Through this entertaining story, this guide presents the invaluable financial and life lessons you need to understand, to build a solid foundation for your life, no matter your situation.

    If you don't like traditional self-help or finance books, this is for you. The Breakfast Club for 40-Somethings offers a new and entertaining way to change your long-term financial behaviours for the better.

    Imprint: WRIGHT BOOKS
    RRP: $25.95

    Price: $25.95
  • BREAKING NEWS : The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now
    BREAKING NEWS : The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now
    RUSBRIDGER ALAN
    ISBN: 9781786890948
    Title: BREAKING NEWS : The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now
    Author: RUSBRIDGER ALAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2018 NEW RELEAS

    We are living through the greatest communication revolution since Gutenberg. In Breaking News Alan Rusbridger offers an open, personal and agenda-setting account of how we arrived at the news world of today.

    The President of the United States regularly lies to the public and accuses anyone who criticisms him of being fake. Politicians openly rubbish the views of 'so called experts', dissemble and mislead. So how do we hold those in power accountable? Fox News, Breitbart Media and the Murdoch papers peddle views not news, pushing politically-motivated agendas. So, where can we look for reliable, verifiable sources of news and information? What does it mean for democracy? And what will the future hold?

    Reflecting on his twenty years as editor of the Guardian and his experience of breaking some of the most significant news stories of our time, including the Edward Snowden revelations, phone-hacking, wikileaks and the Keep in the Ground campaign, Rusbridger answers these questions and offers a stirring defence of why quality journalism matters now more than ever.

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BRIEFING
    BRIEFING
    SPICER SEAN
    ISBN: 9781785904202
    Title: BRIEFING
    Author: SPICER SEAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2018 NEW RELEASE

    As a key player during the election campaign and transition, and Donald Trump's press secretary for the first seven months in the White House, Sean Spicer found himself on the front line between Trump and the press - regularly jousting with the media and having to explain the President's policy decisions and comments to America and the world.

    The Briefing taps into Spicer's first-hand experience in the front row of the Trump campaign and presidency, shedding new light on the most controversial moments, sharing stories of the personalities involved and, ultimately, setting the record straight.

    Imprint: BITEBACK PRESS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BUILDING THE SKYLINE : THE BIRTH AND GROWTH OF MANHATTANS SKYLINE
    BUILDING THE SKYLINE : THE BIRTH AND GROWTH OF MANHATTANS SKYLINE
    BARR JASON
    ISBN: 9780199344369
    Title: BUILDING THE SKYLINE : THE BIRTH AND GROWTH OF MANHATTANS SKYLINE
    Author: BARR JASON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Jason Barr chronicles the economic history of the Manhattan skyline. Part I lays out the historical background that established Manhattan's real estate trajectory. Part II focuses specifically on the economic history of skyscrapers and the skyline, investigating the reasons for their heights, frequencies, locations, and shapes.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $62.99

    Price: $62.99
  • BULLSHIT JOBS : A Theory
    BULLSHIT JOBS : A Theory
    GRAEBER DAVID
    ISBN: 9780241263884
    Title: BULLSHIT JOBS : A Theory
    Author: GRAEBER DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Huge swathes of people spend their days performing tasks they secretly believe are not really necessary. This book shows why, and what we can do about it.

    Back in 1930, the economist John Maynard Keynes prophesied that by the century's end, technology would see us all working fifteen-hour weeks. But instead, something curious happened. Today, average working hours have not decreased, but increased. And now, across the developed world, three-quarters of all jobs are in services or admin, jobs that don't seem to add anything to society: bullshit jobs. In Bullshit Jobs, David Graeber explores how this phenomenon - one more associated with the 20th-century Soviet Union, but which capitalism was supposed to eliminate - has happened. In doing so, he looks at how we value work, and how, rather than being productive, work has become an end in itself; the way such work maintains the current broken system of finance capital; and, finally, how we can get out of it.

    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY
    CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY
    PIKETTY THOMAS
    ISBN: 9780674979857
    Title: CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY
    Author: PIKETTY THOMAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from twenty countries, ranging as far back as the eighteenth century, to uncover key economic and social patterns. His findings will transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about wealth and inequality.
    Piketty shows that modern economic growth and the diffusion of knowledge have allowed us to avoid inequalities on the apocalyptic scale predicted by Karl Marx. But we have not modified the deep structures of capital and inequality as much as we thought in the optimistic decades following World War II. The main driver of inequality—the tendency of returns on capital to exceed the rate of economic growth—today threatens to generate extreme inequalities that stir discontent and undermine democratic values. But economic trends are not acts of God. Political action has curbed dangerous inequalities in the past, Piketty says, and may do so again.
    A work of extraordinary ambition, originality, and rigor, Capital in the Twenty-First Century reorients our understanding of economic history and confronts us with sobering lessons for today.


    Imprint: BELKNAP PRESS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • CAPITALISM : A GHOST STORY
    CAPITALISM : A GHOST STORY
    ROY ARUNDHATI
    ISBN: 9781784780944
    Title: CAPITALISM : A GHOST STORY
    Author: ROY ARUNDHATI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An impassioned manifesto from the author of Booker-winner God of Small Things, one of the most vocal campaigners in the world.

    In Capitalism: A Ghost Story, best-selling writer Arundhati Roy examines the dark side of Indian democracy-a nation of 1.2 billion, where the country's 100 richest people own assets worth one quarter of India's gross domestic product. Ferocious and clear-sighted, this is a searing portrait of a nation haunted by ghosts: the hundreds of thousands of farmers who have committed suicide to escape punishing debt; the hundreds of millions who live on less than two dollars a day. It is the story of how the largest democracy in the world, with over 800 million voting in the last election, answers to the demands of globalized capitalism, subjecting millions of people to inequality and exploitation. Roy shows how the mega-corporations, modern robber barons plundering India's natural resources, use brute force, as well as a wide range of NGOs and foundations, to sway government and policy making in India.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CATCH AND KILL : THE POLITICS OF POWER
    CATCH AND KILL : THE POLITICS OF POWER
    DEANE JOEL
    ISBN: 9780702249808
    Title: CATCH AND KILL : THE POLITICS OF POWER
    Author: DEANE JOEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Power is the only measure of a politician that matters. How they win power. How they wield power. How they lose power.

    Catch and Kill is an inside account of the beguiling and nomadic nature of the unholy trinity of politics - the winning, the wielding, the losing. Taking us into the inner sanctum of state and national politics, Joel Deane investigates how four friends - Steve Bracks, John Brumby, John Thwaites and Rob Hulls - beat the factions, won office in Victoria, achieved progressive reforms, then tried to hijack Canberra. 'We were,' Bracks says, 'a government that could catch and kill its own.'

    Drawing on dozens of interviews with key figures, Deane provides a candid insight into the triumphs and failures of the Bracks - Brumby government, as well as those of its federal and state counterparts. He also shines a light on the personalities behind these decisions - their ambitions, their passions and their disappointments.

    A gripping work of narrative non-fiction, Catch and Kill delivers a slice of political gothic, taking readers inside the heart of the contemporary Labor Party in search of the nature of power.



    Imprint: UNI OF QUEENSLAND PRESS
    RRP: $32.95
    Price: $32.95
  • CHANGING JOBS : The Fair Go in the New Machine Age
    CHANGING JOBS : The Fair Go in the New Machine Age
    CHALMERS JIM / QUIGLEY MIKE
    ISBN: 9781863959445
    Title: CHANGING JOBS : The Fair Go in the New Machine Age
    Author: CHALMERS JIM / QUIGLEY MIKE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For many Australians, rapid progress in artificial intelligence, robotics and automation is a growing anxiety. What will it mean for jobs? What will it mean for their kids’ futures? More broadly, what will it mean for equality in this country?

    Jim Chalmers and Mike Quigley believe that bursts in technology need not result in bursts of inequality, that we can combine technological change with the fair go. But first we need to understand what’s happening to work, and what’s likely to happen.

    This is a timely, informative and authoritative book about the changing face of work, and how best to approach it – at both a personal and a political level.

    Publisher’s note: ‘Jim and Mike have written an essential guide to the future of work in Australia as the wave of automation rolls in. Their crisp book combines expertise with a sense of social justice, a rare and useful mix.’

    Imprint: REDBACK
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CHASING THE SCREAM : THE FIRST AND LAST DAYS OF THE WAR ON DRUGS
    CHASING THE SCREAM : THE FIRST AND LAST DAYS OF THE WAR ON DRUGS
    HARI JOHANN
    ISBN: 9781408857823
    Title: CHASING THE SCREAM : THE FIRST AND LAST DAYS OF THE WAR ON DRUGS
    Author: HARI JOHANN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This shocking account of the War on Drugs and the alternatives to it is 'superb journalism and thrilling story-telling' - Naomi Klein, author of No Logo

    It is now 100 years since drugs were first banned. On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann Hari set off on an epic three- year, 30,000-mile journey into the war on drugs to uncover its secrets - and he found that there is a startling gap between what we have been told and what is really going on. As strange as it may seem at first, drugs are not what we have been told they are; addiction is not what we think it is; and the drug war has very different motives to the ones we have seen on our TV screens.

    In Chasing the Scream, Hari reveals his startling discoveries entirely through the true and shocking stories of people across the world whose lives have been transformed by this war. They range from a transsexual crack dealer in Brooklyn searching for her mother, to a teenage hit-man in Mexico searching for a way out. It begins with Hari's discovery that at the birth of the drug war, Billie Holiday was stalked and killed by the man who launched this crusade - while it ends with the story of a brave doctor who has led his country to decriminalize every drug, from cannabis to crack, with remarkable results.

    Chasing the Scream lays bare what we really have been chasing in our century of drug war - in our hunger for drugs, and in our attempt to destroy them. This book will challenge and change how you think about the most controversial - and consequential - question of our time.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CHAVS : THE DEMONIZATION OF THE WORKING CLASS
    CHAVS : THE DEMONIZATION OF THE WORKING CLASS
    JONES OWEN
    ISBN: 9781784783778
    Title: CHAVS : THE DEMONIZATION OF THE WORKING CLASS
    Author: JONES OWEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    New edition of the bestselling investigation into the myth and reality of working-class life in contemporary Britain.


    When this book was first published in 2011 it opened up the discussion on class in Britain. Then, in the public debate after the riots that happened in the summer of that year, Owen Jones' thesis was proved right - the working class were the scapegoats for everything that was wrong with Britain.

    This new edition includes a new chapter, reflecting on the overwhelming response to the book and the situation in Britain today.

    'A passionate and well-documented denunciation of the upper-class contempt for the proles that has recently become so visible in the British class system.' Eric Hobsbawm, Guardian

    'A bold attempt to rewind political orthodoxies; to reintroduce class as a political variable ... It moves in and out of postwar British history with great agility, weaving together complex questions of class, culture and identity with a lightness of touch. Jones torches the political class to great effect.' Jon Cruddas, Independent

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CHILDREN OF HARVEY MILK : How LGBTQ Politicians Changed The World
    CHILDREN OF HARVEY MILK : How LGBTQ Politicians Changed The World
    REYNOLDS ANDREW
    ISBN: 9780190460952
    Title: CHILDREN OF HARVEY MILK : How LGBTQ Politicians Changed The World
    Author: REYNOLDS ANDREW
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: NOT YET PUBLISHED NO DTE

    The gay rights movement has achieved social transformation at a dizzying pace, upending conventional views on sex, love, marriage, the family, and equality itself. While most scholars understand the movement as a broad-based social movement, Andrew Reynolds argues that the most important catalyst of gay rights is often overlooked: individuals. Specifically, openly gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender politicians had a critical role in bringing about a more positive attitude towards homosexuality and gender identity, both among other politicians and the general public. Just last year, a transgender candidate, Danica Roem, won a highly contested race in Virginia by concentrating on traffic issues. That would have been unthinkable even a few years ago.


    The Children of Harvey Milk tells the epic stories of courageous men and women around the world who came forward to make their voices heard during the struggle for equal rights. Based on in-depth interviews with more than seventy elected officials and high profile political candidates, Reynolds traces major breakthroughs for the gay rights movement through the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender politicians who advanced the cause. The book documents their successes and failures, heartwarming stories of acceptance and heartbreaking stories of ostracism, demonstrating the ways in which an individual can change the views and voting behaviours of those around him. Reynolds also includes rare vignettes of LGBT leaders in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean who continue to fight for gay rights in spite of threats, violence, and homophobia.

    Blending personal stories with historical data, Reynolds offers both a compelling portrait of LGBT politicians and a powerful explanation of the importance of identity politics in the success of the gay rights movement. A touchstone narrative of the tumultuous journey towards gay rights, The Children of Harvey Milk is a must-read for anyone with an interest in LGBT rights, social movements, and social change.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $37.95

    Price: $37.95
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