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  • BAREFOOT INVESTOR : The Only Money Guide You'll Ever Need
    BAREFOOT INVESTOR : The Only Money Guide You'll Ever Need
    PAPE SCOTT
    ISBN: 9780730324218
    Title: BAREFOOT INVESTOR : The Only Money Guide You'll Ever Need
    Author: PAPE SCOTT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    If you’re like most of us, you spend your whole damn life working for everyone else: the bank, your spouse, or your kids – it’s rare that you carve out some time to stop and focus on the vitally important questions. You know, the one’s that are critical, but not urgent, like:Why am I still in this job? Wasn’t this supposed to be a stepping-stone? Why do some people seem to be doing better financially than me? Will I end up eating home-brand bangers and watching Family Feud in retirement?Am I on the right path?

    Together we’re going to answer these questions. I’ll give you a step-by-step plan that will clear away the cobwebs of doubt and give you clarity and confidence. But to get the most out of it, you need to do your part: sit uninterrupted in an easy chair, with a biro, a cuppa and a Tim Tam or two.To be truly happy you must be in control of your financial life – or lack of money will control you forever. So in this book, I’m going to step out my plan -- a plan that’s allowed me to tread my own path, and will allow you to do so too.

    Over the years I’ve successfully taught this plan to thousands of people, from elite athletes to single mums on Centrelink. I’m confident it will work the same for you as it did for for them.I understand how busy life is. The average visitor to my website stays for around 2.38 minutes (or so my web geek tells me)... and I’m asking you to spend an afternoon with me?!

    So at the start of this journey together, I want to honour your commitment, and that’s why I’ll make this promise to you:You will be able to buy everything you need, while achieving your number one goal: whether that be dumping your debts, radically paying off your dream home, or retiring with dignity. You’ll achieve it without using a strict budget, or living like your poor old Aunty Mavis. Above all, I’ll give you the freedom to tread your own path.Sounds like bulldust, right?

    All I ask is that you keep an open mind. Read this book in your comfy chair, enjoy the bikkies, and follow all the instructions.Trust me on this: as you begin to see the plan working, your confidence will soar.

    Imprint: WRIGHT BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BAREFOOT INVESTOR FOR FAMILIES : The only kids' money guide you'll ever need
    BAREFOOT INVESTOR FOR FAMILIES : The only kids' money guide you'll ever need
    PAPE SCOTT
    ISBN: 9781460756874
    Title: BAREFOOT INVESTOR FOR FAMILIES : The only kids' money guide you'll ever need
    Author: PAPE SCOTT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The new book from Scott Pape, the Barefoot Investor. The Barefoot Investor: The Only Money Guide You'll Ever Need is a phenomenon, sprinting through one million copies to become one of the best selling Australian books ever. Why is it so successful? It's simple, funny and practical. And it has changed people's lives.

    The eagerly anticipated follow-up, The Barefoot Investor for Families, sticks to the same script. It's aimed fairly and squarely at parents, grandparents, and basically anyone who read that book and said:

    'Why the hell wasn't I taught this years ago?'

    Scott lays out ten money milestones kids need to have nailed before they leave home, and it's all structured around one family 'money meal' each week (so roughly 20 minutes).

    If you follow the roadmap, with tailor-made lessons for each age group, your kids will know how to do things like:

    Learn the life-changing value of hard work

    Set up a fee-free bank account (or jam jars!)

    Go on a Treasure Hunt around the house, and sell some of their 'stuff' second-hand

    Save your parents $100 on household bills

    Even ...

    Learn to cook at least two low-cost, delicious, nutritious meals from scratch.

    Scott's mission is to make sure your kids are financially strong so they never, ever get sucked into the traps that middle-aged bankers have devised to rob them of their money and their confidence.

    There are only ten things every kid needs to know about money, and you can teach them over dinner, once a week.

    It's that simple.

    Start now - it's never too early or too late.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BATTLEGROUND : WHY THE LIBERAL PARTY SHIRTFRONTED TONY ABBOTT
    BATTLEGROUND : WHY THE LIBERAL PARTY SHIRTFRONTED TONY ABBOTT
    ERRINGTON WAYNE / VAN ONSELEN PETER
    ISBN: 9780522869712
    Title: BATTLEGROUND : WHY THE LIBERAL PARTY SHIRTFRONTED TONY ABBOTT
    Author: ERRINGTON WAYNE / VAN ONSELEN PETER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Tony Abbott came to the prime ministership lauded as the most effective leader of the opposition since Whitlam. Why then did he fail to succeed in the job to which he had aspired for decades??Frontbenchers leaked about cabinet processes to the media while backbenchers complained about the lack of access to their leader.?


    Abbott's long apprenticeship in religion, journalism and political life prepared him for neither the mundane business of managing people nor the commanding heights of national leadership. Public?goodwill evaporated after a tough first budget. Inside the Liberal Party individual ambitions and a succession of poor polls fuelled increasing concern that the next election was unwinnable.


    Battleground chronicles the paradox of the Abbott prime ministership: steadfast loyalty when pragmatism was required; social values at odds with community attitudes; stubbornness when tactics and strategy were essential. All would bring him undone.

    Imprint: MELBOURNE UNI PRESS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BEAN COUNTERS : The Triumph of the Accountants and How They Broke Capitalism
    BEAN COUNTERS : The Triumph of the Accountants and How They Broke Capitalism
    BROOKS RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781786490292
    Title: BEAN COUNTERS : The Triumph of the Accountants and How They Broke Capitalism
    Author: BROOKS RICHARD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Behind the boring image, the world's accountants are running the world for their own benefit

    The world's 'Big 4' accountancy firms - PwC, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and KPMG - have become a gilded elite. Up in the high six figures, an average partner salary rivals that of a premier league footballer. But how has the seemingly humdrum profession of accountancy got to this level? And what is the price we pay for their triumph? Leading investigative journalist and former senior tax inspector Richard Brooks offers a ground-breaking expose of the accountancy industry and its secret rise to vast global influence. Charting the profession's history from humble agrarian beginnings to its underappreciated role in the financial crash of 2008, Brooks explores how the industry hides behind its 'boring' image to ruthlessly exploit the financial system which depends on it. From underpinning global tax avoidance to corrupting world football, Beancounters reveals how the accountants use their central role in the economy to sell management consultancy services that send billions in other work its way - transforming the industry from one that ensures financial probity to one that reinvents the rules for its own benefit.

    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BEAST : RIDING THE RAILS AND DODGING NARCOS ON THE MIGRANT TRAIL
    BEAST : RIDING THE RAILS AND DODGING NARCOS ON THE MIGRANT TRAIL
    MARTINEZ OSCAR
    ISBN: 9781781682975
    Title: BEAST : RIDING THE RAILS AND DODGING NARCOS ON THE MIGRANT TRAIL
    Author: MARTINEZ OSCAR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One day a couple of years ago, 300 migrants were kidnapped between the remote, dusty border towns of Altar, Mexico, and Sasabe, Arizona. Over half of them were never heard from again.

    Oscar Martinez, a young writer from El Salvador, was in Altar at the time of the abduction, and his story of the migrant disappearances is only one of the harrowing stories he tells after spending two years traveling up and down the migrant trail from Central America to the US border.

    More than a quarter of a million Central Americans make this increasingly dangerous journey each year, and last year 18,000 of them were kidnapped. Martinez writes in beautiful, lyrical prose about clinging to the tops of freight trains; finding respite, work and hardship in shelters and brothels; and riding shotgun with the border patrol. Here is the first book to illuminate this harsh mass migration in the age of the narcotraficantes.

    'The Beast is extraordinary, first, for the courage that Martinez summoned to write it; and, second, for the hidden lives he reveals. No other writer has got this close to a migration that Amnesty International estimates left 70,000 unaccounted for between 2006 and 2012. Read together, the vivid personal stories told here have the force of a novel' Financial Times

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY BURN AGAIN : Trump's Rise to Power and the State of the Country that Voted for Him
    BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY BURN AGAIN : Trump's Rise to Power and the State of the Country that Voted for Him
    FOUNTAIN BEN
    ISBN: 9781786892003
    Title: BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY BURN AGAIN : Trump's Rise to Power and the State of the Country that Voted for Him
    Author: FOUNTAIN BEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: December 2018 New Release

    A timely, interrogative, passionate but even-handed exploration of the state of US politics, from the New York Times bestselling author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

    As Ben Fountain sees it, the United States is facing its third existential crisis. The first was the struggle over slavery, culminating in the Civil War. The second was the Great Depression, the worst economic downturn in the history of the industrialised world, which brought about the New Deal. The third, is Donald Trump. But how will it end?

    Taking in America's love affair with firearms, celebrity culture, Russia, Obamacare, Hillary Clinton and, of course, Trump himself, Beautiful Country Burn Again explores how the United States reached a new crisis point and asks how America really can be great again

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BEAUTY MYTH : HOW IMAGES OF BEAUTY ARE USED AGAINST WOMEN
    BEAUTY MYTH : HOW IMAGES OF BEAUTY ARE USED AGAINST WOMEN
    WOLF NAOMI
    ISBN: 9780099595748
    Title: BEAUTY MYTH : HOW IMAGES OF BEAUTY ARE USED AGAINST WOMEN
    Author: WOLF NAOMI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the struggle for women's equality, there is one subject still shrouded in silence - women's compulsive pursuit of beauty. This book exposes the tyranny of the beauty myth through the ages and its oppressive function today, in the home and at work, in literature and the media, in relationships between men and women, between women and women.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • BEHIND THE GATES OF GOMORRAH: Life Inside One of America's Largest Hospitals for the Criminally Insane Treating the Real Hannibal Lecters of This Wor
    BEHIND THE GATES OF GOMORRAH: Life Inside One of America's Largest Hospitals for the Criminally Insane Treating the Real Hannibal Lecters of This Wor
    SEAGER STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9781760632366
    Title: BEHIND THE GATES OF GOMORRAH: Life Inside One of America's Largest Hospitals for the Criminally Insane Treating the Real Hannibal Lecters of This Wor
    Author: SEAGER STEPHEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JANUARY 2018 NEW RELEASE

    A extraordinary, eye-opening look behind the razor wire into life inside the walls of one of the most notorious hospitals for the criminally insane, a hellish world inhabited by mass murderers, serial killers, and other figures from our nightmares.

    Psychiatrist Stephen Seager was no stranger to locked psych wards when he accepted a job at California's Gorman State hospital, known locally as 'Gomorrah', but nothing could have prepared him for what he encountered when he stepped through its gates, a triple sally port behind the twenty-foot walls topped with shining coils of razor wire. Gorman State is one of the nation's largest forensic mental hospitals, dedicated to treating the criminally insane. Unit C, where Seager was assigned, was reserved for the 'bad actors', the mass murderers, serial killers, and the real-life Hannibal Lecters of the world.Against a backdrop of surreal beauty - a campus-like setting where peacocks strolled the well-kept lawns - is a place of remarkable violence, a place where a small staff of clinicians are expected to manage a volatile population of prison-hardened ex-cons, where lone therapists lead sharing circles with psychopaths, where homemade weapons and contraband circulate freely, and where patients and physicians often measure their lives according to how fast they can run.

    Behind the Gates of Gomorrah affords an eye-opening look inside a facility to which few people have ever had access. Honest, reflective, and at times darkly funny, Seager's gripping account of his experiences at Gorman State hospital give us an extraordinary insight into a unique and terrifying world, inhabited by figures from our nightmares.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BEYOND VEILED CLICHES : The Real Lives of Arab Women
    BEYOND VEILED CLICHES : The Real Lives of Arab Women
    AWAD AMAL
    ISBN: 9780143782612
    Title: BEYOND VEILED CLICHES : The Real Lives of Arab Women
    Author: AWAD AMAL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    As someone who has a foot in both the Western and Arabic worlds, Amal set out to explore the lives of Arab women, in Australia and the Middle East, travelling to the region and interviewing more than sixty women about feminism, intimacy, love, sex and shame, trauma, war, religion and culture.

    Beyond Veiled Cliches explores the similarities and differences experienced by these women in their daily lives - work, relationships, home and family life, friendships, the communities they live in, and more. Arab-Australian women are at the intersection - between Western ideals and Arab tradition. It can get messy, but there is also great beauty in the layers.

    In a time of racial tension and rising global fear around terrorism, there is a renewed fear of 'the other'. At its heart this fascinating book normalises people and their experiences. The breadth, variety and beauty of what Amal has discovered will enthral and surprise you.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • BILLIONAIRE RAJ : A Journey Through India's New Gilded Age
    BILLIONAIRE RAJ : A Journey Through India's New Gilded Age
    CRABTREE JAMES
    ISBN: 9781786075291
    Title: BILLIONAIRE RAJ : A Journey Through India's New Gilded Age
    Author: CRABTREE JAMES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A timely account of the emerging superpower that is India and the rise and rise of the Bollygarchs

    Over the past two decades India has grown at an unprecedented rate, rivalled only by China. Yet while the Bollygarchs revel in the riches of their new dynasties, millions languish in their shadows, still trapped in the teeming slums of the country' s megacities.
    From the sky terrace of the worl' s most expensive home to mass political rallies in the streets, James Crabtree documents the struggle between equality and privilege playing out at the heart of this emerging superpower. Against a combustible backdrop of aspiration, class and caste, reformers strive to bring down the corrupt tycoons and the political power brokers who enable them. The Billionaire Raj is a vivid portrait of a divided nation whose future will shape the world.

    Imprint: ONE WORLD
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • 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
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • 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
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