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  • TIME TRAVELLERS GUIDE TO MEDIEVAL ENGLAND : A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century - 2NDHAND
    TIME TRAVELLERS GUIDE TO MEDIEVAL ENGLAND : A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century - 2NDHAND
    MORTIMER IAN
    ISBN: 9780224079945
    Title: TIME TRAVELLERS GUIDE TO MEDIEVAL ENGLAND : A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century - 2NDHAND
    Author: MORTIMER IAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

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

    The past is a foreign country: this is your guidebook. Imagine you could get into a time machine and travel back to the fourteenth century. What would you see? What would you smell? More to the point, where are you going to stay? Should you go to a castle or a monastic guesthouse? And what are you going to eat? What sort of food are you going to be offered by a peasant or a monk or a lord? This radical new approach turns our entire understanding of history upside down. It shows us that the past is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be lived. It sets out to explain what life was like in the most immediate way, through taking you, the reader, to the middle ages, and showing you everything from the horrors of leprosy and war to the ridiculous excesses of roasted larks and haute couture. Being a guidebook, many questions are answered which do not normally occur in traditional history books. How do you greet people in the street? What should you use for toilet paper? How fast - and how safely - can you travel? Why might a physician want to taste your blood? And how do you test to see if you are going down with the plague? The result is the most astonishing social history book you are ever likely to read: revolutionary in its concept, informative and entertaining in its detail, and startling for its portrayal of humanity in an age of violence, exuberance and fear.



    Imprint: BODLEY HEAD
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • TIMES ARROW - 2ND HAND
    TIMES ARROW - 2ND HAND
    AMIS MARTIN
    ISBN: 9780224030939
    Title: TIMES ARROW - 2ND HAND
    Author: AMIS MARTIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

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

    The story of a life lived backwards in time. Its narrator, trapped and hurtling towards a terrible secret, moves "out of the blackest sleep" to find himself surrounded by doctors and on the deathbed of a man in whose body he is imprisoned. The novel was shortlisted for the 1991 Booker Prize.


    Imprint: JONATHAN CAPE
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • TO THE HERMITAGE - 2ND HAND
    TO THE HERMITAGE - 2ND HAND
    BRADBURY MALCOLM
    ISBN: 9780330376624
    Title: TO THE HERMITAGE - 2ND HAND
    Author: BRADBURY MALCOLM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. Reprint.

    To the Hermitage tells two stories. The first is of the narrator, a novelist, on a trip to Stockholm and Russia for an academic seminar called the Diderot Project. The second takes place two hundred years earlier and recreates the journey the French philosopher Denis Diderot made to Russia at the invitation of Catherine the Great, a woman whose influence could change the path of history . . .

    Malcolm Bradbury’s last novel is rich with his satirical wit, but it is also deeply personal and weaves a wonderfully wry self-portrait.


    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • TUKKA : Real Australian Food - 2ND HAND
    TUKKA : Real Australian Food - 2ND HAND
    BRUNETEAU JEAN-PAUL
    ISBN: 9780207189661
    Title: TUKKA : Real Australian Food - 2ND HAND
    Author: BRUNETEAU JEAN-PAUL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dustjacket. First edition.

    This illustrated guide details the history and development of truly Australian cuisine and offers a range of recipes for each food such as Illawarra plums, wattle seeds, macadamia nuts, kangaroo, emu and barramundi.

    Imprint: ANGUS AND ROBERTSON
    RRP: $30.00

    Price: $30.00
  • TURNING - 2ND HAND
    TURNING - 2ND HAND
    WINTON TIM
    ISBN: 9780330421386
    Title: TURNING - 2ND HAND
    Author: WINTON TIM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy, pages tanned, in a very good, clean and bright, dust jacket. First edition. Signed.

    Here are turnings of all kinds - changes of heart, nasty surprises, slow awakenings, sudden detours - where people struggle against the terrible weight of the past and challenge the lives they've made for themselves. Beautifully crafted, and as tender as they are confronting, these elegiac stories examine the darkness and frailty of ordinary people and celebrate the moments when the light shines through.

    'Each of these 17 stories is a self-contained whole - as all good short stories should be - yet the sequence reveals striking connections among seemingly disparate lives and experiences. The result is at times mysterious, moving and occasionally deeply unsettling . . . A memorable book and a fine achievement.' Sydney Morning Herald

    'The writing is frankly brilliant . . . Winton shows us how startling ordinary life is. And he does it in a way that's more amazing than if he had shown a ghost shimmering on the page.' Boston Globe

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $30.00

    Price: $30.00
  • UNDERWORLD - 2ND HAND
    UNDERWORLD - 2ND HAND
    DELILLO DON
    ISBN: 9780684842691
    Title: UNDERWORLD - 2ND HAND
    Author: DELILLO DON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy in like dustjacket. FirstUS edition.

    Underworld is Don DeLillo's masterpiece, a novel of intense ambition and soaring architecture, and a panoramic vision of America set against the overarching conflict of the Cold War. It is awe-inspiring storytelling and an undisputed modern classic.

    He speaks in your voice, American, and there's a shine in his eye that's halfway hopeful.

    It's a vast and sprawling crowd that comes together to watch the Dodgers-Giants 1951 National League Final, and when Bobby Thomson hits the Shot Heard Round the World and wins the pennant race for the Giants, ripples are formed in the heavy undercurrent of time. Meanwhile, on the other side of the planet, another historic shot is fired: the USSR's second atomic detonation. And so Underworld follows the threads that link a symphonic cast of characters: men and women, together and apart, whose search for meaning, survival and connection will spill out over decades.

    Imprint: SCRIBNER
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • UNDERWORLD - 2ND HAND
    UNDERWORLD - 2ND HAND
    DELILLO DON
    ISBN: 9780330354325
    Title: UNDERWORLD - 2ND HAND
    Author: DELILLO DON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in likje dust jacket. First UK edition.

    Underworld is Don DeLillo's masterpiece, a novel of intense ambition and soaring architecture, and a panoramic vision of America set against the overarching conflict of the Cold War. It is awe-inspiring storytelling and an undisputed modern classic

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $40.00

    Price: $40.00
  • UNKNOWN TERRORIST - 2ND HAND
    UNKNOWN TERRORIST - 2ND HAND
    FLANAGAN RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780330422772
    Title: UNKNOWN TERRORIST - 2ND HAND
    Author: FLANAGAN RICHARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

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

    What would you do if you turned on the television and saw you were the most wanted terrorist in the country?

    Gina Davies is about to find out. After spending a night with an attractive stranger, she has become a prime suspect in the investigation of an attempted terrorist attack. When police find three unexploded bombs at a stadium and her enigmatic lover suddenly goes missing, Gina spends five days on the run and witnesses every truth of her life twisted into a betrayal.

    THE UNKNOWN TERRORIST is a relentless tour de force that paints a devastating picture of a contemporary society gone haywire, where the ceaseless drumbeat of terror-alert levels, newsbreaks, and fear of the unknown pushes one woman ever closer to breaking point. This is an extraordinary achievement, chilling, impossible to put down, and all too familiar.


    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • UNTOLD STORIES - 2ND HAND
    UNTOLD STORIES - 2ND HAND
    BENNETT ALAN
    ISBN: 9780571228300
    Title: UNTOLD STORIES - 2ND HAND
    Author: BENNETT ALAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. Reprint.

    An instant bestseller in the U.K., Untold Stories brings together the finest and funniest writing by one of England's best-known literary figures. In his first major collection since Writing Home, Alan Bennett opens with a poignant memoir of growing up in Leeds and closes with an account of his cancer diagnosis and recovery, with everything from his much-celebrated essays to his irreverent comic pieces and reviews in between.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • UNUSUAL LIFE OF TRISTAN SMITH - 2NDHAND
    UNUSUAL LIFE OF TRISTAN SMITH - 2NDHAND
    CAREY PETER
    ISBN: 9780702226267
    Title: UNUSUAL LIFE OF TRISTAN SMITH - 2NDHAND
    Author: CAREY PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

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

    If you are not a citizen of Voorstand, you may not be familiar with the strange case of Tristan Smith and his illegal appropriation of Bruder Mouse. Even if you are a citizen of faraway Efica, you will only have heard rumours about the juggling, the somersaulting, the Burro Plasse tunnel, and the motel on the border ...

    Here, for the first time, is the truth about Tristan Smith. This fully annotated edition follows Tristan's career from his birth in the Republic of Efica in the year 371 to the present day. Severely afflicted, doomed never to be taller than three foot six, Tristan Smith faces death and danger from the first moment of his energetic and ambitious life. THE UNUSUAL LIFE OF TRISTAN SMITH is dense, funny, and moving, an unprecedented work of the imagination, a modern world as packed with incident and character as a Victorian novel, an allegory that is most remarkable for the thread of love and loyalty that runs through its richly imagined tapestry.

    Imprint: UNI OF QUEENSLAND PRESS
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • VANITY OF DULUOZ - 2ND HAND
    VANITY OF DULUOZ - 2ND HAND
    KEROUAC JACK
    ISBN: VANITY
    Title: VANITY OF DULUOZ - 2ND HAND
    Author: KEROUAC JACK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy, green papered boards,previous owners name stamped to both front and rear paste-downs (only visible when jacket removed) in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket. 1st UK Edition. A beautiful copy.

    'A loud-mouthed novel . . . A frontal assault on life, a total abandonment to feeling' Guardian

    The tale of Kerouac's alter-ego, Vanity of Duluoz presents Jack Duluoz's high school experiences as a sporting jock in Massachusetts and his time at Columbia University on a football scholarship. Just as Jack's glamorous new adult life begins, so does World War II, and he joins the US Navy to travel the world. As Jack experiences more, he realizes the limits of his former plans and returns to New York at the start of the Beat movement, to a riot of drugs, sex and writing.

    Vanity of Duluoz was Kerouac's final work published before his death in 1969.

    Imprint: ANDRE DEUTSCH
    RRP: $200.00

    Price: $200.00
  • VENGEANCE - 2ND HAND
    VENGEANCE - 2ND HAND
    BLACK BENJAMIN
    ISBN: 9780330545815
    Title: VENGEANCE - 2ND HAND
    Author: BLACK BENJAMIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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

    Why would suicide need a witness?On the east coast of Ireland, Victor Delahaye, one of the country's most prominent citizens, takes his business partner's son out sailing. But once at sea, Davy Clancy is horrified to witness Delahaye take out a gun and shoot himself dead.This strange event captures the attention of Detective Inspector Hackett and his friend Pathologist Doctor Quirke. The Delahayes and Clancys have been rivals for generations and the suicide lays bare the perplexing characters at the heart of the mystery, from Mona, Delahaye's toxic young widow, to Jonas and James, his strange, enigmatic twin sons; and Jack Clancy, his down-trodden, womanizing partner. And when a second death occurs, one even more shocking than the first, Quirke begins to realise that terrible secrets lie buried within these entangled families; and that in this world of jealousy, ruthless ambition and pride – nothing is quite as it seems...


    Imprint: MANTLE
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • WAGING HEAVY PEACE : A Hippie Dream - 2NDHAND
    WAGING HEAVY PEACE : A Hippie Dream - 2NDHAND
    YOUNG NEIL
    ISBN: 9780670921713
    Title: WAGING HEAVY PEACE : A Hippie Dream - 2NDHAND
    Author: YOUNG NEIL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

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

    Waging Heavy Peace is the remarkable memoir of rock icon Neil Young

    Neil Young is a singular figure in the history of rock and pop culture in the last four decades, inducted not once but twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    Reflective, insightful and disarmingly honest, Waging Heavy Peace is his long-awaited memoir. From his youth in Canada to his crazy journey out to California, through Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash, to his massively successful solo career and his re-emergence as the patron saint of grunge on to his role today as one of the last uncompromised and uncompromising survivors of rock 'n' roll - this is Neil's story told in his own words.

    Young presents a kaleidoscopic view of personal life and musical creativity; it's a journey that spans the snows of Ontario to the LSD-laden boulevards of 1966 Los Angeles to the contemplative paradise of Hawaii today. Along the way he writes about the music, the victims, the girls and the drugs; about his happy family life but also about the health problems he and his children have experienced; about guitars, cars and sound systems; about Canada and California and Hawaii. Candid, witty and revealing, this book takes its place beside the classic memoirs of Bob Dylan and Keith Richards.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • WANTING - 2ND HAND
    WANTING - 2ND HAND
    FLANAGAN RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781741666557
    Title: WANTING - 2ND HAND
    Author: FLANAGAN RICHARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy, owner's name to half title, in a near fine dust jacket. SIgned by the author on the title page. First edition.

    It is 1839. A young Aboriginal girl, Mathinna, is running through the long wet grass of an island at the end of the world to get help for her dying father, an Aboriginal chieftain. Twenty years later, on an island at the centre of the world, the most famous novelist of the day, Charles Dickens, realises he is about to abandon his wife, risk his name and forever after be altered because of his inability any longer to control his intense passion.

    Connecting the two events are the most celebrated explorer of the age, Sir John Franklin - then governor of Van Diemen’s Land - and his wife, Lady Jane, who adopt Mathinna, seen as one of the last of a dying race, as an experiment. Lady Jane believes the distance between savagery and civilisation is the learned capacity to control Wanting. The experiment fails, Sir John disappears into the blue ice of the Arctic seeking the Northwest Passage, and a decade later Lady Jane enlists Dickens’ aid to put an end to the scandalous suggestions that Sir John’s expedition ended in cannibalism.

    Dickens becomes ever more entranced in the story of men entombed in ice, recognising in its terrible image his own frozen inner life. He produces and stars in a play inspired by Franklin’s fate to give story to his central belief that discipline and will can conquer desire. And yet the play will bring him to the point where he is no longer able to control his own passion and the consequences it brings.

    Inspired by historical events, Wanting is a novel about art, love, and the way in which life is finally determined never by reason, but only ever by Wanting.

    Imprint: KNOPF
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • WILDES WOMEN : How Oscar Wilde Was Shaped by the Women He Knew - 2nd hand
    WILDES WOMEN : How Oscar Wilde Was Shaped by the Women He Knew - 2nd hand
    FITZSIMONS ELEANOR
    ISBN: 9780715649367
    Title: WILDES WOMEN : How Oscar Wilde Was Shaped by the Women He Knew - 2nd hand
    Author: FITZSIMONS ELEANOR
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dustjacket. First edition.

    Hailed as a gay icon and pioneer of individualism, Oscar Wilde's insistence that 'there should be no law for anybody' made him a staunch defender of gender equality. Throughout his life from his relationship to his extraordinary mother Jane and the tragedy of his sister Isola's early death to his accomplished wife Constance and a coterie of other free-thinking writers, actors and artists, women were a central aspect of his life and career. Wilde's Women is the first book to tell the story of his female friends and colleagues who traded witticisms with Wilde but also give him access to vital publicity and whose ideas he gave expression through his social comedies. Author Eleanor Fitzsimons reframes Wilde's story and his legacy through the women in his life including such fascinating figures as Florence Balcombe who left him for Bram Stoker, actress Lillie Langtry (for a while an inseparable friend) and his tragic and witty niece Dolly who bore a strong resemblance to the writer and loved fast cars, cocaine and foreign women. Full of fascinating detail and anecdotes Wilde's Women relates the untold story of how the writer played a vitally sympathetic role on behalf of many women and how they supported him in the midst of a Victorian society in the process of changing forever.


    Imprint: DUCKWORTH
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • WILDWOOD : A Journey Through Trees - 2NDHAND
    WILDWOOD : A Journey Through Trees - 2NDHAND
    DEAKIN ROGER
    ISBN: 9780241141847
    Title: WILDWOOD : A Journey Through Trees - 2NDHAND
    Author: DEAKIN ROGER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy. Illustrated boards. Issued without dust jacket. First edition.

    From the walnut tree at his Suffolk home, Roger Deakin embarks upon a quest that takes him through Britain, across Europe, to Central Asia and Australia, in search of what lies behind man's profound and enduring connection with wood and with trees. Meeting woodlanders of all kinds, he lives in shacks and cabins, builds hazel benders, and hunts bush-plums with aboriginal women.At once autobiography, history, a traveller's tale and a work of natural history, Wildwood is a lyrical and fiercely intimate evocation of the spirit of trees: in nature, in our souls, in our culture, and in our lives.


    Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
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