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  • BATHERS PAVILION COOKBOOK - 2ND HAND
    BATHERS PAVILION COOKBOOK - 2ND HAND
    ALEXANDER VICTORIA / HARRIS GENEVIEVE
    ISBN: 9780898157567
    Title: BATHERS PAVILION COOKBOOK - 2ND HAND
    Author: ALEXANDER VICTORIA / HARRIS GENEVIEVE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket.

    A collection of seventy dishes which draw on the cultures and ingredients that make up Australian cooking, with cuisine which blends local tastes with Mediterranean accents and local herbs.

    Imprint: TEN SPEED PRESS
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • BECASSE : INSPIRATIONS AND FLAVOURS - 2ND HAND
    BECASSE : INSPIRATIONS AND FLAVOURS - 2ND HAND
    NORTH JUSTIN
    ISBN: 9781740664028
    Title: BECASSE : INSPIRATIONS AND FLAVOURS - 2ND HAND
    Author: NORTH JUSTIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in a very good dust jacket. First edition. Signed.

    ustin North is the rising talent behind Sydney restaurant Becasse, and at the heart of his food is a love of great produce. In this sumptuous collection of recipes, photographs and travelogue, Justin visits a blood orange orchard in the Riverina, a squab pigeon farm in Victoria, a fishing village on the east coast of Tasmania and many places in between. He follows truffles, tuna, goat's cheese and wagyu beef around the country and meets the people and landscapes behind his favourite produce. Chapter by chapter, Justin creates mouth-watering recipes on each theme. Becasse is set to change your approach to food.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
  • BEGINNING OF INFINITY : Explanations That Transform the World - 2ND HAND
    BEGINNING OF INFINITY : Explanations That Transform the World - 2ND HAND
    DEUTSCH DAVID
    ISBN: 9780670022755
    Title: BEGINNING OF INFINITY : Explanations That Transform the World - 2ND HAND
    Author: DEUTSCH DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dust jacket.

    The New York Times bestseller: A provocative, imaginative exploration of the nature and progress of knowledge

    In this groundbreaking book, award-winning physicist David Deutsch argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universe—and that improving them is the basic regulating principle of all successful human endeavor. Taking us on a journey through every fundamental field of science, as well as the history of civilization, art, moral values, and the theory of political institutions, Deutsch tracks how we form new explanations and drop bad ones, explaining the conditions under which progress—which he argues is potentially boundless—can and cannot happen. Hugely ambitious and highly original, The Beginning of Infinity explores and establishes deep connections between the laws of nature, the human condition, knowledge, and the possibility for progress.

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • BESS OF HARDWICK : First Lady of Chatsworth 1527-1608 - 2NDHAND
    BESS OF HARDWICK : First Lady of Chatsworth 1527-1608 - 2NDHAND
    LOVELL MARY S
    ISBN: 9780316724821
    Title: BESS OF HARDWICK : First Lady of Chatsworth 1527-1608 - 2NDHAND
    Author: LOVELL MARY S
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dustjacket. First edition.

    Bess of Hardwick was one of the most remarkable women of the Tudor era. Gently-born in reduced circumstances, she was married at 15 and when she was widowed at 16, she was still a virgin. At 19 she married a man more than twice her age, Sir William Cavendish, a senior auditor in King Henry VIII's Court of Augmentations. Responsible for seizing church properties for the crown during the Dissolution, Cavendish enriched himself in the process. During the reign of King Edward VI, Cavendish was the Treasurer to the boy king and sisters, and he and Bess moved in the highest levels of society. They had a London home and built Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. After Cavendish's death her third husband was poisoned by his brother. Bess' fourth marriage to the patrician George, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury, Earl Marshall of England, made Bess one of the most important women at court. Her shrewd business acumen was a byword, and she was said to have 'a masculine understanding', in that age when women had little education and few legal rights. The Earl's death made her arguably the wealthiest, and therefore - next to the Queen - the most powerful woman in the country.


    Imprint: LITTLE BROWN
    RRP: $28.00

    Price: $28.00
  • BIG BANGS : The Story of Five Discoveries that Changed Musical History - 2ND HAND
    BIG BANGS : The Story of Five Discoveries that Changed Musical History - 2ND HAND
    GOODALL HOWARD
    ISBN: 9780701169329
    Title: BIG BANGS : The Story of Five Discoveries that Changed Musical History - 2ND HAND
    Author: GOODALL HOWARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dust jacket.

    In this work the author guides the reader through five developments in the history of western music; starting with the invention of notation by an 11th century Italian monk, taking in the invention of equal temperament (the gaps between notes), the invention of the piano and that of opera and ending with the story of the first recording made in history - "Mary Had a Little Lamb" by Thomas Edison. The author aims to make these complicated musical advances both clear to the layman and interesting, as well as offering a sense of culture of trial and error and competition, be it in 11th century Italy or 19th century America, in which all progress takes place. Musical history is littered with also-rans - not least the Lyraflugel and the Enphonicon Harp-piano - so each "big bang" is chosen on the grounds that music was never the same after its invention, allowing this biography of 1000 years' endeavour to offer a window on the crucial moments in our musical culture - discoveries that made possible everything from Bach to the Beatles.

    Imprint: CHATTO & WINDUS
    RRP: $18.00

    Price: $18.00
  • BLACK KETTLE FULL MOON : Daily Life in a Vanished Australia - 2ND HAND
    BLACK KETTLE FULL MOON : Daily Life in a Vanished Australia - 2ND HAND
    BLAINEY GEOFFREY
    ISBN: 9780670041329
    Title: BLACK KETTLE FULL MOON : Daily Life in a Vanished Australia - 2ND HAND
    Author: BLAINEY GEOFFREY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy, pages beginning to tan, owners name to free front endpaper, boards a little rubbed in a very good dustjacket. First edition.

    A lively and fascinating journey into Australian daily life in the period from the first gold rushes to the World War One. The book looks at tasks and pleasures everyone knew about but which are now largely forgotten.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • BLIND ASSASSIN - 2ND HAND
    BLIND ASSASSIN - 2ND HAND
    ATWOOD MARAGARET
    ISBN: 9780747549376
    Title: BLIND ASSASSIN - 2ND HAND
    Author: ATWOOD MARAGARET
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dust jacketwith a 2cm closed tear. First edition.

    Laura Chase's older sister Iris, married at eighteen to a politically prominent industrialist but now poor and eighty-two, is living in Port Ticonderoga, a town dominated by their once-prosperous family before the First War. While coping with her unreliable body, Iris reflects on her far from exemplary life, in particular the events surrounding her sister's tragic death. Chief among these was the publication of The Blind Assassin, a novel which earned the dead Laura Chase not only notoriety but also a devoted cult following. Sexually explicit for its time, The Blind Assassin describes a risky affair in the turbulent thirties between a wealthy young woman and a man on the run. During their secret meetings in rented rooms, the lovers concoct a pulp fantasy set on Planet Zycron. As the invented story twists through love and sacrifice and betrayal, so does the real one; while events in both move closer to war and catastrophe. By turns lyrical, outrageous, formidable, compelling and funny, this is a novel filled with deep humour and dark drama.



    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $15.00

    Price: $15.00
  • BOAT - 2ND HAND
    BOAT - 2ND HAND
    LE NAM
    ISBN: 9781926428017
    Title: BOAT - 2ND HAND
    Author: LE NAM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dustjacket. Author's first book. Reprint. Signed

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BONE PEOPLE - 2ND HAND
    BONE PEOPLE - 2ND HAND
    HULME KERI
    ISBN: 9780340370247
    Title: BONE PEOPLE - 2ND HAND
    Author: HULME KERI
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. Reprint.

    "The Bone People" is a love story. It begins when a mute six-year-old, full of blasting hurt and strange charm, wanders off the beach and into the home of a despairing artist. Kerwin has given up everything but drinking, thinking and fishing, but the arrival of the boy Simon, and later on, of his Maori foster-father Joe, drags them all into the gyre of possibilities. Cruel, funny, ardent and beautiful, "The Bone People" is a powerful and visionary New Zealand fable.


    Imprint: HODDER HEADLINE
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • BOTANICAL : Inside The Iconoc Brasserie - 2ND HAND
    BOTANICAL : Inside The Iconoc Brasserie - 2ND HAND
    WILSON PAUL
    ISBN: 9781740663946
    Title: BOTANICAL : Inside The Iconoc Brasserie - 2ND HAND
    Author: WILSON PAUL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dustjacket. First edition.

    Containing more than 100 recipes and exquisite images from award-winning photographer William Meppem, this book goes behind the scenes at Australia's iconic Botanical restaurant. Award-winning chef Paul Wilson explains his signature Botanical creations, as well as new recipes created for the home cook, always showcasing the best and freshest local produce. The modern, high-quality recipes include Warm Poached Egg with Truffles, Reggiano, and Soft Polenta; Hickory-roasted Côte du Boeuf, Bordelaise style; Jumbo St Helen's Pacific Oysters with Horseradish, Pickled Cucumber, and Osietra Caviar; and Hazelnut and Cappuccino Crème Brûlée with Warm Chocolate Doughnuts and Biscotti. A distinctly Australian influence is coupled with a fine cooking style, resulting in these unique and elegant dishes that can be easily re-created at home.



    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $100.00

    Price: $100.00
  • BOUCHON - 2ND HAND
    BOUCHON - 2ND HAND
    KELLER THOMAS
    ISBN: 9781579652395
    Title: BOUCHON - 2ND HAND
    Author: KELLER THOMAS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. Reprint

    Thomas Keller, chef/proprieter of Napa Valley's French Laundry, is passionate about bistro cooking. He believes fervently that the real art of cooking lies in elevating to excellence the simplest ingredients; that bistro cooking embodies at once a culinary ethos of generosity, economy, and simplicity; that the techniques at its foundation are profound, and the recipes at its heart have a powerful ability to nourish and please. So enamored is he of this older, more casual type of cooking that he opened the restaurant Bouchon, right next door to the French Laundry, so he could satisfy a craving for a perfectly made quiche, or a gratineed onion soup, or a simple but irresistible roasted chicken. Now "Bouchon," the cookbook, embodies this cuisine in all its sublime simplicity. But let's begin at the real beginning. For Keller, great cooking is all about the virtue of process and attention to detail. Even in the humblest dish, the extra thought is evident, which is why this food tastes so amazing: The onions for the onion soup are caramelized for five hours; lamb cheeks are used for the navarin; basic but essential refinements every step of the way make for the cleanest flavors, the brightest vegetables, the perfect balance--whether of fat to acid for a vinaigrette, of egg to liquid for a custard, of salt to meat for a duck confit. Because versatility as a cook is achieved through learning foundations, Keller and Bouchon executive chef Jeff Cerciello illuminate all the key points of technique along the way: how a two-inch ring makes for a perfect quiche; how to recognize the right hazelnut brown for a brown butter sauce; how far to caramelize sugar for different uses. But learning and refinement aside--oh those recipes Steamed mussels with saffron, bourride, trout grenobloise with its parsley, lemon, and croutons; steak frites, beef bourguignon, chicken in the pot--all exquisitely crafted. And those immortal desserts: the tarte Tatin, the chocolate mousse, the lemon tart, the profiteroles with chocolate sauce. In "Bouchon," you get to experience them in impeccably realized form. This is a book to cherish, with its alluring mix of recipes and the author's knowledge, warmth, and wit: "I find this a hopeful time for the pig," says Keller about our yearning for the flavor that has been bred out of pork. So let your imagination transport you back to the burnished warmth of an old-fashioned French bistro, pull up a stool to the zinc bar or slide into a banquette, and treat yourself to truly great preparations that have not just withstood the vagaries of fashion, but have improved with time. Welcome to "Bouchon. "

    Imprint: ARTISAN
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • BRICK LANE - 2ND HAND
    BRICK LANE - 2ND HAND
    ALI MONICA
    ISBN: 9780743243308
    Title: BRICK LANE - 2ND HAND
    Author: ALI MONICA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. Reprint.

    Carrying into her adult years a sense of fatalism instilled during her hardscrabble birth, Nazneen finds herself married off to a man twice her age and moved to London, where she begins to wonder if she has a say in her own destiny. A first novel

    Imprint: SCRIBNER
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS - 2ND HAND
    BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS - 2ND HAND
    JAMES MARLON
    ISBN: 9781780745879
    Title: BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS - 2ND HAND
    Author: JAMES MARLON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. Reprint.

    Jamaica, 1976: Seven men storm Bob Marley's house with machine guns blazing. The reggae superstar survives, but leaves Jamaica the following day, not to return for two years.

    Inspired by this near-mythic event, A Brief History of Seven Killings is an imagined oral biography, told by ghosts, witnesses, killers, members of parliament, drug dealers, conmen, beauty queens, FBI and CIA agents, reporters, journalists, and even Keith Richards' drug dealer. Marlon James's dazzling novel is a tour de force. It traverses strange landscapes and shady characters, as motivations are examined - and questions asked - in a masterpiece of imagination.

    Imprint: ONE WORLD
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • BRING UP THE BODIES - 2ND HAND
    BRING UP THE BODIES - 2ND HAND
    MANTEL HILARY
    ISBN: 9780805090031
    Title: BRING UP THE BODIES - 2ND HAND
    Author: MANTEL HILARY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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

    The Man Booker-winning sequel to the Man Booker-winning Wolf Hall. 'My boy Thomas, give him a dirty look and he'll gouge your eye out. Trip him, and he'll cut off your leg,' says Walter Cromwell in the year 1500. 'But if you don't cut across him he's a very gentleman. And he'll stand anyone a drink.' By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith's son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry's second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church. But Henry's actions have forced England into dangerous isolation, and Anne has failed to do what she promised: bear a son to secure the Tudor line. When Henry visits Wolf Hall, Cromwell watches as Henry falls in love with the silent, plain Jane Seymour. The minister sees what is at stake: not just the king's pleasure, but the safety of the nation. As he eases a way through the sexual politics of the court, its miasma of gossip, he must negotiate a 'truth' that will satisfy Henry and secure his own career. But neither minister nor king will emerge undamaged from the bloody theatre of Anne's final days. In 'Bring up the Bodies', sequel to the Man Booker Prize-winning 'Wolf Hall', Hilary Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn. This Man Booker-longlisted novel is a speaking picture, an audacious vision of Tudor England that sheds its light on the modern world. It is the work of one of our great writers at the height of her powers.


    Imprint: HENRY HOLT
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN - 2ND HAND
    BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN - 2ND HAND
    PROULX ANNIE
    ISBN: 9781857029406
    Title: BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN - 2ND HAND
    Author: PROULX ANNIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy, sunned spine. First edition.

    The first separate book appearance of this story by the author of THE SHIPPING NEWS and POSTCARDS. Basis for the award-winning film. Fine in pictorial wraps (with "French-flaps") as issued.


    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • BURIED GIANT - 2ND HAND
    BURIED GIANT - 2ND HAND
    ISHIGURO KAZUO
    ISBN: 9780571315031
    Title: BURIED GIANT - 2ND HAND
    Author: ISHIGURO KAZUO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy in like dustjacket.

    The Romans have long since departed, and Britain is steadily declining into ruin. But at least the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased. The Buried Giant begins as a couple, Axl and Beatrice, set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen for years. They expect to face many hazards - some strange and other-worldly - but they cannot yet foresee how their journey will reveal to them dark and forgotten corners of their love for one another. Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge and war.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $30.00

    Price: $30.00
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