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  • NEMESIS - 2ND HAND
    NEMESIS - 2ND HAND
    ROTH PHILIP
    ISBN: 9780224089531
    Title: NEMESIS - 2ND HAND
    Author: ROTH PHILIP
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dustjacket. First UK edition.

    Summer, 1944. In the 'stifling heat of equatorial Newark', a terrifying epidemic is raging, threatening the children of the New Jersey city with maiming, paralysis, life-long disability, even death. Vigorous, decent, twenty-three year old playground director Bucky Cantor is devoted to his charges and disappointed with himself because his weak eyes have excluded him from serving in the war. As polio begins to ravage Bucky's playground, Roth leads us through every inch of emotion such a pestilence can breed: the fear, the panic, the anger, the bewilderment, the suffering and the pain. Through this story runs the dark question that haunts all four of Roth's late short novels, Everyman, Indignation, The Humbling, and now, Nemesis: what choices fatally shape a life? How powerless is each of us up against the force of circumstances?


    Imprint: JONATHAN CAPE
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • NOODLE - 2ND HAND
    NOODLE - 2ND HAND
    DURACK TERRY
    ISBN: 9781864483475
    Title: NOODLE - 2ND HAND
    Author: DURACK TERRY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket.

    This fully illustrated cookbook takes the mystery out of identifying, choosing and cooking noodles. Whether it be the soba or udon, rice stick or kway teow, vermicelli, longlife or bean thread, this book will shed light on it.'

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • ORYX AND CRAKE - 2ND HAND
    ORYX AND CRAKE - 2ND HAND
    ATWOOD MARGARET
    ISBN: 9780747562597
    Title: ORYX AND CRAKE - 2ND HAND
    Author: ATWOOD MARGARET
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy, gift inscription to half title, in a near fine, bright and clean dust jacket. First edition.

    Margaret Atwood's new novel is so utterly compelling, so prescient, so relevant, so terrifyingly-all-too-likely-to-be-true, that readers may find their view of the world forever changed after reading it. With breathtaking command of her shocking material and with her customary sharp wit and dark humour, Atwood projects us into a conceivable future of our own world, an outlandish yet wholly believable place left devastated in the wake of ecological and scientific disaster and populated by characters who will continue to inhabit your dreams long after the book is closed. This is Margaret Atwood at the absolute peak of her powers. For readers of ORYX AND CRAKE, nothing will ever look the same again


    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $22.00

    Price: $22.00
  • OTHER PEOPLE : A MYSTERY STORY - 2ND HAND
    OTHER PEOPLE : A MYSTERY STORY - 2ND HAND
    AMIS MARTIN
    ISBN: 9780670529483
    Title: OTHER PEOPLE : A MYSTERY STORY - 2ND HAND
    Author: AMIS MARTIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. First edition.

    When she awakes and realizes she is all right - that Time is starting again - it seems fitting that she should be lying on a spindly white trolley in a white room. A nearby voice has told her she is on her own now and to be good. Was she not good before? The first hours are the strangest. She knows nothing and listens to ordinary people for clues, though oddly, they never quite say what they mean. (Even cliches sound sinister to the uninformed. ) She begins to recognize the peculiar importance possessed by mouths, and she becomes keen to find out more about harm, luck and time. The world parts gingerly to let her in. Martin Amis sustains an unnervingly high degree of suspense as Mary and the reader yearn to grasp what has happened to Mary's past and ponder what its loss has gained her. Unfolding is a metaphysical thriller where jealously guarded secrets jostle with startling insights.

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • OUTLINE - 2ND HAND
    OUTLINE - 2ND HAND
    CUSK RACHEL
    ISBN: 9780374228347
    Title: OUTLINE - 2ND HAND
    Author: CUSK RACHEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dustjacket. Reprint.

    A woman arrives in Athens in the height of the summer to teach a writing course. Once there, she becomes the audience to a chain of narratives as the people she meets tell her one after another the stories of their lives.

    Beginning with the neighbouring passenger on the flight out and his tales of fast boats and failed marriages, the storytellers talk of their loves and ambitions and pains, their anxieties, their perceptions and daily lives. In the stifling heat and noise of the city the sequence of voices begins to weave a complex human tapestry: the experience of loss, the nature of family life, the difficulty of intimacy and the mystery of creativity itself.


    Imprint: FARRAR STRAUS GIROUX
    RRP: $18.00

    Price: $18.00
  • OXFORD BOOK OF AMERICAN DETECTIVE STORIES - 2ND HAND
    OXFORD BOOK OF AMERICAN DETECTIVE STORIES - 2ND HAND
    HILLERMAN TONY / HERBERT ROSEMARY (ED)
    ISBN: 9780195085815
    Title: OXFORD BOOK OF AMERICAN DETECTIVE STORIES - 2ND HAND
    Author: HILLERMAN TONY / HERBERT ROSEMARY (ED)
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dustjacket.

    In 34 stories, this anthology explores the historical development of American detective fiction over a span of 150 years - from Edgar Allan Poe in the 1840s to Marcia Muller in the 1990s. The selections represent variety in chronological period, narrative voice, geography, and milieu; and are chosen for their sheer entertainment value. Classics are included, as well as selections that will surprise even well-read detective fans. Authors include Anna Katharine Green, Erle Stanley Gardner, Raymond Chandler, Rex Stout, Ellery Queen, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Sue Grafton and William Faulkner.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • OXFORD BOOK OF AMERICAN SHORT STORIES - 2ND HAND
    OXFORD BOOK OF AMERICAN SHORT STORIES - 2ND HAND
    OATES JOYCE CAROL (ED)
    ISBN: 9780195070651
    Title: OXFORD BOOK OF AMERICAN SHORT STORIES - 2ND HAND
    Author: OATES JOYCE CAROL (ED)
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dust jacket.

    "How ironic," Joyce Carol Oates writes in her introduction to this marvelous collection, "that in our age of rapid mass-production and the easy proliferation of consumer products, the richness and diversity of the American literary imagination should be so misrepresented in most anthologies." Why, she asks, when writers such as Samuel Clemens, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Eudora Welty, Flannery O'Connor, Saul Bellow, and John Updike have among them written hundreds of short stories, do anthologists settle on the same two or three titles by each author again and again? "Isn't the implicit promise of an anthology that it will, or aspires to, present something different, unexpected?" In The Oxford Book of American Short Stories, Joyce Carol Oates offers a sweeping survey of American short fiction, in a collection of fifty-six tales that combines classic works with many "different, unexpected" gems, and that invites readers to explore a wealth of important pieces by women and minority writers. Some selections simply can't be improved on, Oates admits, and she happily includes such time-honored works as Irving's "Rip Van Winkle," Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart," and Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place." But alongside these classics, Oates introduces such little-known stories as Mark Twain's "Cannibalism in the Cars," a story that reveals a darker side to his humor ("That morning we had Morgan of Alabama for breakfast. He was one of the finest men I ever sat down to...a perfect gentleman, and singularly juicy"). From Melville come the juxtaposed tales "The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids," of which Oates says, "Only Melville could have fashioned out of 'real' events...such harrowing and dreamlike allegorical fiction." From Flannery O'Connor we find "A Late Encounter With the Enemy," and from John Cheever, "The Death of Justina," one of Cheever's own favorites, though rarely anthologized. The reader will also delight in the range of authors found here, from Charles W. Chesnutt, Jean Toomer, and Sarah Orne Jewett, to William Carlos Williams, Kate Chopin, and Zora Neale Hurston. Contemporary artists abound, including Bharati Mukherjee and Amy Tan, Alice Adams and David Leavitt, Bobbie Ann Mason and Tim O'Brien, Louise Erdrich and John Edgar Wideman. Oates provides fascinating introductions to each writer, blending biographical information with her own trenchant observations about their work, plus a long introductory essay, in which she offers the fruit of years of reflection on a genre in which she herself is a master. This then is a book of surprises, a fascinating portrait of American short fiction, as filtered through the sensibility of a major modern writer.


    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • OXFORD DICTIONARY OF MUSIC - 2ND HAND
    OXFORD DICTIONARY OF MUSIC - 2ND HAND
    KENNEDY / RUTHERFORD-JOHNSON (EDS)
    ISBN: 9780199578108
    Title: OXFORD DICTIONARY OF MUSIC - 2ND HAND
    Author: KENNEDY / RUTHERFORD-JOHNSON (EDS)
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket.

    For the sixth edition of this classic dictionary, the text has been thoroughly revised and updated. With over 10,000 entries, the Oxford Dictionary of Music (previously the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music) offers broad coverage of a wide range of musical categories spanning many eras, including composers, librettists, singers, orchestras, important ballets and operas, and musical instruments and their history. Over 250 new entries have been added to this edition to expand coverage of popular music, ethnomusicology, modern and contemporary composers, music analysis, and recording technology. Existing entries have been expanded where necessary to include more coverage of the reception of major works, and to include key new works and categories, such as multimedia.Entry-level web links are listed and regularly updated on a dedicated companion website, expanding the scope of the dictionary. The dictionary now also includes two useful appendices, one listing French, German, and Italian musical terms with their English translations, and an abbreviations list for letters commonly used in musical scores and musical writing.The Oxford Dictionary of Music is the most up-to-date and accessible dictionary of musical terms available and an essential point of reference for music students, teachers, lecturers, professional musicians, as well as music enthusiasts.


    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • PARAMOUNT COOKING - 2ND HAND
    PARAMOUNT COOKING - 2ND HAND
    MANFIELD CHRISTINE
    ISBN: 9780670863723
    Title: PARAMOUNT COOKING - 2ND HAND
    Author: MANFIELD CHRISTINE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy, illustrated boards, issued without dust jacket. First edition.

    Paramount Cooking comes from Christine Manfield's belief that life is too short to eat bad food.Paramount Cooking uses ingredients and methods from around the world - from the Mediterranean to the Middle East, North Africa, France and Asia - to create what is being recognised as a truly Australian culinary style.Paramount Cooking is incomparable for its original blend of assertive flavours and harmonious textures.Paramount Cooking is a passionate celebration of fresh Australian produce.Paramount Cooking is an inspiration.

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • PARAMOUNT DESSERTS - 2ND HAND
    PARAMOUNT DESSERTS - 2ND HAND
    MANFIELD CHRISTINE
    ISBN: 9780670870868
    Title: PARAMOUNT DESSERTS - 2ND HAND
    Author: MANFIELD CHRISTINE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy, illustrated boards, issued without dust jacket. Reprint.

    Illustrated collection of recipes for desserts featured at the Paramount Restaurant. Describes various cooking techniques, including instructions for making syrups and sauces; poaching and preserving fruit; and making creams, custards, meringues, biscuits and pastry. Desserts include ice creams, sorbets, tarts and puddings. Includes bibliography and index. The author is the chef at the Paramount Restaurant. Her other publications include 'Paramount Cooking'.

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • PARROT AND OLIVIER IN AMERICA - 2ND HAND
    PARROT AND OLIVIER IN AMERICA - 2ND HAND
    CAREY PETER
    ISBN: 9781926428147
    Title: PARROT AND OLIVIER IN AMERICA - 2ND HAND
    Author: CAREY PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. First edition.

    Olivier is a French aristocrat, the child of survivors of the revolution. Parrot, the son of an English printer, is a restless servant. When Olivier sets sail for the New World - ostensibly to study its prisons, but in reality to avoid another revolution - Parrot is sent with him, as spy, protector, foe and foil. They are an unlikely pair, but where better for unlikely things to flourish than in the glorious, brand-new democratic experiment, America? And who better than Carey to show what Americans do not always wish to see- that their earliest observers included some who foresaw disastrous consequences for that experiment, well before they became headlines around the world.


    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • PATRICK WHITE : A Life - 2ND HAND
    PATRICK WHITE : A Life - 2ND HAND
    MARR DAVID
    ISBN: 9780091825850
    Title: PATRICK WHITE : A Life - 2ND HAND
    Author: MARR DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dustjacket. First edition.

    'I think this book should be called The Monster of All Time. But I am a monster . . .' Patrick WhitePatrick White, winner of the Nobel Prize and author of more than a dozen novels and plays - including Voss, The Vivisector and The Twyborn Affair - lived an extraordinary life. David Marr's brilliant biography draws not only on a wide range of original research but also on the single most difficult and important source of all- the man himself. In the weeks before his death, White read the final manuscript, which for richness of detail, authority and balance is stunning.Throughout his exciting narrative, Marr explores the roots of White's writing and unearths the raw material of his remarkable art. He makes plain the central fact of White's life as an artist- the homosexuality that formed his view of himself as an outcast and stranger able to penetrate the hearts of both men and women. Gracefully written and exhaustively researched, Patrick White is a biography of classic excellence - sympathetic, objective, penetrating and as blunt, when necessary, as White himself

    The biography won The Age Book of the Year Award, the New South Wales Premier's Literary Award for Non-Fiction and a Victorian Premier's Literary Award.

    Imprint: RANDOM HOUSE
    RRP: $30.00

    Price: $30.00
  • PILLARS OF HERCULES : A Grand Tour of the Mediterranean - 2NDHAND
    PILLARS OF HERCULES : A Grand Tour of the Mediterranean - 2NDHAND
    THEROUX PAUL
    ISBN: 9780241135044
    Title: PILLARS OF HERCULES : A Grand Tour of the Mediterranean - 2NDHAND
    Author: THEROUX PAUL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. First edition.

    At the gateway to the Mediterranean lie the two Pillars of Hercules. Beginning his journey in Gibraltar, Paul Theroux travels the long way round - through the ravaged developments of the Costa del Sol, into Corsica and Sicily and beyond - to Morocco's southern pillar. Theroux takes in the local fare, travelling by dilapidated taxi, smoke-filled bus, the occasional bicycle and even a cruise-liner. He discovers pockets of humanity in Slovenia and Croatia that have survived the brutality of war; later he receives a gruff welcome in Israel and gets a lesson in Australian slang from a Syrian market reader. Urban sprawl and ancient villages, out-of-season travel and jovial hospitality characterize Paul Theroux's long and lively tour. It is this diversity, chronicled with Theroux's inimitable originality and style, that provides the essence of Mediterranean life.


    Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • PITY THE NATION : Lebanon At War - 2ND HAND
    PITY THE NATION : Lebanon At War - 2ND HAND
    FISK ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780233985169
    Title: PITY THE NATION : Lebanon At War - 2ND HAND
    Author: FISK ROBERT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. First edition

    Pity the Nation will rank among the classic accounts of war in our time, both as a historical document and as an eyewitness testament to human savagery. Written by one of Britain's foremost journalists, this remarkable book combines political analysis and war reporting in an unprecedented way. This is an epic account of the Lebanon conflict by an author who has personally witnessed the carnage of Beirut for over a decade.

    Imprint: ANDRE DEUTSCH
    RRP: $28.00

    Price: $28.00
  • PLATFORM - 2ND HAND
    PLATFORM - 2ND HAND
    HOUELLEBECQ MICHEL
    ISBN: 9780434009893
    Title: PLATFORM - 2ND HAND
    Author: HOUELLEBECQ MICHEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. First edition.

    "Michel is a civil-servant, an account manager at the Ministry of Culture. He is single, and likes his pleasures pre-packaged- game shows, TV movies, pornography and instant mash. When his father is murdered and he comes into some money, Michel takes leave of absence to go on a package tour to Thailand. Relieved to get away, he is nonetheless infuriated by the shallow hypocrisy and mediocrity of his fellow travellers. Only the awkward Valerie attracts his attention. Too bashful to pursue her, Michel prefers the uncomplicated pleasures of Thai massage parlours and sex with local women. Western society, he believes, has lost the sense of the other - the sensual, the exotic - that is necessary to pleasure. Back in Paris, he calls Valerie and they plunge into a passionate affair which strays far beyond the bounds of Michel's previous 'vanilla' existence, into S&M, partner-swapping and sex in public. Michel quits his job, and tries to help Valerie and her boss, Jean-Yves, in their ailing travel business, putting his philosophy into practice by offering consenting adults sexual tourism in the third world.

    Imprint: WILLIAM HEINEMAN
    RRP: $15.00

    Price: $15.00
  • PLENTY : DIGRESSIONS ON FOOD - 2ND HAND
    PLENTY : DIGRESSIONS ON FOOD - 2ND HAND
    BILSON GAY
    ISBN: 9781920989033
    Title: PLENTY : DIGRESSIONS ON FOOD - 2ND HAND
    Author: BILSON GAY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. Signed. First edition.

    Gay Bilson's name is synonymous with the revolution in Australian cooking and restaurant life that began in the 1970s. Her food is legendary, as are her informed and passionate observations about food and culture. Plenty is a rare feast for the mind and senses: sharply personal memories and musings, including the years at the Bon Gout, Berowra Waters Inn and Bennelong restaurants in Sydney; perceptive portraits of eminent chefs and food writers; and, throughout, a sustained reflection on the significance of preparing and sharing food.Gay Bilson's writing is in turn cerebral and sensuous, analytical and celebratory, purposeful and playfully digressive. This book, like the best restaurants, offers pleasure and nourishment in equal measure.


    Imprint: LANTERN BOOKS
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
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