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  • CHILDHOOD OF JESUS - 2ND HAND
    CHILDHOOD OF JESUS - 2ND HAND
    COETZEE J M
    ISBN: 9781922079701
    Title: CHILDHOOD OF JESUS - 2ND HAND
    Author: COETZEE J M
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

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

    The child is silent. For a while he too is silent. Then he speaks. 'Please believe me - please take it on faith - this is not a simple matter. The boy is without mother. What that means I cannot explain to you because I cannot explain it to myself. Yet I promise you, if you will simply say Yes, without forethought, without afterthought, all will become clear to you, as clear as day, or so I believe. Therefore: will you accept this child as yours?'

    David is a small boy who comes by boat across the ocean to a new country. He has been separated from his parents, and has lost the piece of paper that would have explained everything. On the boat a stranger named Simon takes it upon himself to look after the boy. On arrival they are assigned new names, new birthdates. They know little Spanish, the language of their new country, and nothing about its customs. They have also suffered a kind of forgetting of old attachments and feelings. They are people without a past. Simon's goal is to find the boy's mother. He feels sure he will know her when he sees her. And David? He wants to find his mother too but he also wants to understand where he is and how he fits in. He is a boy who is always asking questions.

    The Childhood of Jesus is not like any other novel you have read. This beautiful and surprising fable is about childhood, about destiny, about being an outsider. It is a novel about the riddle of experience itself.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $75.00

    Price: $75.00
  • CHILDREN ACT - 2ND HAND
    CHILDREN ACT - 2ND HAND
    MCEWAN IAN
    ISBN: 9780385539708
    Title: CHILDREN ACT - 2ND HAND
    Author: MCEWAN IAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

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

    Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife.
    There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now, her marriage of thirty years is in crisis. At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: for religious reasons, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, Adam, is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents share his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely held faith?

    In the course of reaching a decision Fiona visits Adam in hospital - an encounter which stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both.

    Imprint: NAN A TALESE
    RRP: $22.00

    Price: $22.00
  • CHILDS PLAY with EUSTACE & THE PROWLER - 2ND HAND
    CHILDS PLAY with EUSTACE & THE PROWLER - 2ND HAND
    MALOUF DAVID
    ISBN: 9780701139025
    Title: CHILDS PLAY with EUSTACE & THE PROWLER - 2ND HAND
    Author: MALOUF DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy, monor foxint to top edge, in a near finedust jacket. First edition.

    In the streets of an ordinary Italian town, the people go about their everyday lives. In an old apartment block above them, a young man pores over photographs and plans, dedicated to his life's most important project. Day by day, an imagination, he is rehearsing for his greatest performance. Yet when his moment comes, nothing could have prepared him for what happens. . .

    Imprint: CHATTO & WINDUS
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
  • CHRISTINA STEAD : A BIOGRAPHY - 2ND HAND
    CHRISTINA STEAD : A BIOGRAPHY - 2ND HAND
    ROWLEY HAZEL
    ISBN: 9780855613846
    Title: CHRISTINA STEAD : A BIOGRAPHY - 2ND HAND
    Author: ROWLEY HAZEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy, gift inscription has been crossed out on title page, in a like dustjacket. First edition hardcover.

    This critical biography of Australian novelist Christina Stead, drawing on her private correspondence and conversations with intimate friends, paints a picture of a passionate and intense woman for whom fame came too late in life, and sheds new light on the impulses behind her writing. It describes her tempestuous early years in parochial Sydney, her escape to London, the discovery of love with Bill Blake, Paris in the 1920s and the move to New York. After the war they returned to Europe but moved restlessly from place to place. Then, in 1965, "The Man Who Loved Children" was reissued, turning Stead into an international celebrity.

    Imprint: WILLIAM HEINEMAN
    RRP: $22.00

    Price: $22.00
  • CITIES OF THE PLAIN - 2ND HAND
    CITIES OF THE PLAIN - 2ND HAND
    MCCARTHY CORMAC
    ISBN: 9780330344487
    Title: CITIES OF THE PLAIN - 2ND HAND
    Author: MCCARTHY CORMAC
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    a very good copy,
    pages tanned, previous owners name to half title in a very good, clean and bright dust jacket. First edition.

    In Cities of the Plain, two men marked by the boyhood adventures of All the Pretty Horses and The Crossing now stand together, between their vivid pasts and uncertain futures, to confront a country changing beyond recognition. In the fall of 1952, John Grady Cole and Billy Parham are cowboys on a New Mexico ranch encroached upon from the north by the military. On the southern horizon are the mountains of Mexico, where one of the men is drawn again and again, in this story of friendships and passion, to a love as dangerous as it is inevitable.


    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • CIVILIZATION : The West and the Rest  - 2NDHAND
    CIVILIZATION : The West and the Rest - 2NDHAND
    FERGUSON NIALL
    ISBN: 9781594203053
    Title: CIVILIZATION : The West and the Rest - 2NDHAND
    Author: FERGUSON NIALL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dustjacket. First edition.

    Western civilization s rise to global dominance is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five centuries. All over the world, more and more people study at Western-style universities, work for Western-style companies, vote for Western-style governments, take Western medicines, wear Western clothes, and play Western sports. Yet six hundred years ago the petty kingdoms of Western Europe seemed like miserable backwaters, ravaged by incessant war and pestilence. It was Ming China or Ottoman Turkey that had the look of world civilizations. How did the West overtake its Eastern rivals? And has the zenith of Western power now passed?
    In Civilization: The West and the Rest, acclaimed historian Niall Ferguson argues that, beginning in the fifteenth century, the West developed six powerful new concepts that the Rest lacked: competition, science, the rule of law, modern medicine, consumerism, and the work ethic. These were the killer applications that allowed the West to leap ahead of the Rest; opening global trade routes, exploiting new scientific knowledge, evolving representative government, more than doubling life expectancy, unleashing the industrial revolution, and hugely increasing human productivity. Civilization shows exactly how a dozen Western empires came to control three-fifths of mankind and four-fifths of the world economy.
    Yet now, Ferguson argues, the days of Western predominance are numbered because the Rest have finally downloaded the six killer apps the West once monopolized while the West has literally lost faith in itself.
    Chronicling the rise and fall of empires alongside the clashes of civilizations, Civilization recasts world history with verve and wit. Boldly argued but also teeming with memorable characters, this is Ferguson at his very best."

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $30.00

    Price: $30.00
  • CLERKENWELL TALES - 2ND HAND
    CLERKENWELL TALES - 2ND HAND
    ACKROYD PETER
    ISBN: 9781856197069
    Title: CLERKENWELL TALES - 2ND HAND
    Author: ACKROYD PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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

    'I am sister to the day and night. I am sister to the woods.'

    Sister Clarisse, a nun in the House of St Mary at Clerkenwell, experiences visions. She dreams of the English King. Are her prophecies the babblings of the crazed? Or can she 'see' a future in which Henry Bolingbroke overthrows Richard II?

    This clever and colourful novel begins with The Nun's Tale, and continues with The Friar's Tale, The Merchant's Tale and The Clerk's Tale-. Thus, story by story, Peter Ackroyd builds his portrait of medieval London. The people are disenchanted by the Church, with its wealth and corruption, its Pope in Rome and its Pope in Avignon. But heresy is dangerous- almost as dangerous as rebellion.

    This is a novel about spies and counter-spies, radicals and idealists, murderers and arsonists, sects and secret societies...


    Imprint: CHATTO & WINDUS
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • COLD LIGHT  - 2ND HAND
    COLD LIGHT - 2ND HAND
    MOORHOUSE FRANK
    ISBN: 9781742753881
    Title: COLD LIGHT - 2ND HAND
    Author: MOORHOUSE FRANK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

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

    The Edith Trilogy Volume 3

    It is 1950, the League of Nations has collapsed and the newly formed United Nations has rejected all those who worked and fought for the League. Edith Campbell Berry, who joined the League in Geneva before the war, is out of a job, her vision shattered. With her sexually unconventional husband, Ambrose, she comes back to Australia to live in Canberra. Edith now has ambitions to become Australia's first female ambassador, but while she waits for a Call from On High, she finds herself caught up in the planning of the national capital and the dream that it should be 'a city like no other'. When her communist brother, Frederick, turns up out of the blue after many years of absence, she becomes concerned that he may jeopardise her chances of becoming a diplomat. It is not a safe time to be a communist in Australia or to be related to one, but she refuses to be cowed by the anti-communist sentiment sweeping the country. It is also not a safe time or place to be 'a wife with a lavender husband'. After pursuing the Bloomsbury life for many years, Edith finds herself fearful of being exposed. Unexpectedly, in mid-life she also realises that she yearns for children. When she meets a man who could offer not only security but a ready-made family, she consults the Book of Crossroads and the answer changes the course of her life.

    Intelligent, poignant and absorbing, Cold Light is a remarkable stand-alone novel, which can also be read as a companion to the earlier Edith novels Grand Days and Dark Palace.



    Imprint: KNOPF
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • COLD MOUNTAIN - 2ND HAND
    COLD MOUNTAIN - 2ND HAND
    FRAZIER CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780871136794
    Title: COLD MOUNTAIN - 2ND HAND
    Author: FRAZIER CHARLES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. Reprint.

    A soldier wounded in the Civil War, Inman turns his back on the carnage of the battlefield and begins the treacherous journey home to Cold Mountain, and to Ada, the woman he loved before the war began.As Inman attempts to make his way across the mountains, through the devastated landscape of a soon-to-be-defeated South, Ada struggles to make a living from the land her once-wealthy father left when he died. Neither knows if the other is still alive.

    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $15.00

    Price: $15.00
  • CON MEN AND CUTPURSES : SCENES FROM THE HOGARTHIAN UNDERWORLD - 2ND HAND
    CON MEN AND CUTPURSES : SCENES FROM THE HOGARTHIAN UNDERWORLD - 2ND HAND
    MOORE LUCY
    ISBN: 9780713993929
    Title: CON MEN AND CUTPURSES : SCENES FROM THE HOGARTHIAN UNDERWORLD - 2ND HAND
    Author: MOORE LUCY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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

    This text is a collection of historical accounts of 18th-century roguery, criminality and skull-duggery. It features a diverse gallery of criminals, ranging from infamous thieves and murderers, whores and highway men, pirates and fraudsters. With extracts from popular journalism and biographical accounts, this volume presents the 18th-century criminal underworld in the idiomatic language of the time.

    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • CONVERSATIONS AT CURLOW CREEK - 2ND HAND
    CONVERSATIONS AT CURLOW CREEK - 2ND HAND
    MALOUF DAVID
    ISBN: 9780701165710
    Title: CONVERSATIONS AT CURLOW CREEK - 2ND HAND
    Author: MALOUF DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy, pages tanned, previous owners name to half title, in like dust jacket. First edition. Signed by the author

    The year is 1827, and in a remote hut on the high plains of New South Wales, two strangers spend the night in talk. One, Carney, an illiterate Irishman, ex-convict and bushranger, is to be hanged at dawn. The other, Adair, also Irish, is an officer of the police who has been sent to supervise the hanging. As the night wears on, the two discover unexpected connections between their lives, and learn new truths. Outside the hut, Adair's troopers sit uneasily, reflecting on their own pasts and futures, waiting for the morning to come.

    With ironic humour and in prose of starkly evocative power, the novel moves between Australia and Ireland to explore questions of nature and justice, reason and un-reason. , the workings of fate, and the small measure of freedom a man may claim in the face of death.


    Imprint: CHATTO & WINDUS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • COST OF LIVING : EARLY AND UNCOLLECTED STORIES - 2ND HAND
    COST OF LIVING : EARLY AND UNCOLLECTED STORIES - 2ND HAND
    GALLANT MAVIS
    ISBN: 9781408806104
    Title: COST OF LIVING : EARLY AND UNCOLLECTED STORIES - 2ND HAND
    Author: GALLANT MAVIS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. First edition

    Mavis Gallant is admired and beloved as one of the masters of the modern short story. Selected from early collections and the New Yorker , where many of the author's stories have appeared over the last fifty years, and with an introduction, this title reveals a writer coming into her own.


    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $15.00

    Price: $15.00
  • CRANE : PROSE AND POETRY - 2ND HAND
    CRANE : PROSE AND POETRY - 2ND HAND
    CRANE STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9780940450172
    Title: CRANE : PROSE AND POETRY - 2ND HAND
    Author: CRANE STEPHEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dust jacket.


    Here in one volume are all of Stephen Crane's best-known works, including the novels The Red Badge of Courage, about a young and confused Union soldier under fire for the first time; Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, a vivid portrait of slum life and a young girl's fall; George's Mother, about New York's Bowery and its effect on a young workingman; The Third Violet, about a bohemian artist's country romance; and The Monster, a novella about sacrifice and rescue. The stories collected here include masterpieces like "The Open Boat," "The Blue Hotel," and "The Bride Comes to the Yellow Sky," as well as tales of childhood in small-town America. In his journalism, the best of which is presented here, Crane covered the Spanish-American and Grego-Turkish wars, traveled through Mexico and the West, and reported on the seamier sides of New York City life. The volume concludes with The Black Riders and War Is Kind, collections of epigrammatic free verse that look back to Emily Dickinson and forward to Imagism.

    Imprint: LIBRARY OF AMERICA
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • CRAVE : THE FEAST OF THE FIVE SENSES - 2ND HAND
    CRAVE : THE FEAST OF THE FIVE SENSES - 2ND HAND
    LEFEBVRE LUDO
    ISBN: 9780060012854
    Title: CRAVE : THE FEAST OF THE FIVE SENSES - 2ND HAND
    Author: LEFEBVRE LUDO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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

    For top chef Ludo Lefebvre, cooking is a sensual process that involves all five senses at every stage of preparation. In Crave, Lefebvre offers more than one hundred original, elegant, and unbelievably delicious recipes that teach us the joy -- and skill -- of cooking with the senses.

    In dishes such as his signature Glazed Langoustines with Ceylon Cinnamon, he shows that through our senses we can bring creativity and a sense of playfulness to cooking while still preserving the great traditions behind cuisine. Lefebvre brings a whole new level to the sense of taste with groundbreaking techniques for contrasting and balancing spices; he shows how to choose meat and produce and how to test food through touch; he teaches the difference between the sound of butter and oil that's ready for cooking and the sound of burning; he offers visual cues that can enhance technique and presentation; and he introduces recipes that tantalize the powerful sense of smell to heighten both the flavor and experience of a dish.

    Along with his desire to put delightful recipes into the hands of the home chef, Lefebvre wants us to expand our perception and understanding of the cooking process. "I want people to cook with love. I want them to be aware of what they're doing," says Lefebvre. "The act of cooking can be as much of a pleasure as eating, and if you really cook with your senses, you begin to find that cooking isn't work -- it's play."

    These inspiring recipes will encourage you to slow down and become fully absorbed as you learn to cook with and for all five senses:

    See: Oysters on the Half Shell with Red Beet Jelly and Shallot Cream
    Touch: Fried Stuffed Tomato Beignets
    Smell: Chicken Etouffée in Dried Verbena and Curry Leaves
    Hear: Roast Beef with Long Pepper and Spiced French Fries
    Taste: Lemon Sorbet with Saffron

    With Lefebvre's highly original interpretation of French cuisine and his sensual, almost spiritual, approach to every culinary endeavor, Crave invites us to make home cooking a rich, sensual, and rewarding experience.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY : The STruggle for Global Justice - 2ND HAND
    CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY : The STruggle for Global Justice - 2ND HAND
    ROBERTSON GEOFFREY
    ISBN: 9780713991970
    Title: CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY : The STruggle for Global Justice - 2ND HAND
    Author: ROBERTSON GEOFFREY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dustjacket. Reprint

    This text explains, without legal jargon, exactly what the rules of international human rights are and what they should be, how they have developed, and in what courts and tribunals they may be asserted and vindicated. There is a discussion of the development of human rights as philosophy, then as law. A series of chapters deal with particular late-1990s issues, also explaining the procedures for asserting the rules in different courts and tribunals. A concluding chapter makes proposals for the future, suggesting a shift from diplomacy to institutions which can recognize and enforce human rights rules. The book includes an analysis of the war crimes trials at the Hague, the first occasion since Nuremburg on which the international community has attempted to punish violators of human rights.



    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • CRY FOR THE DEAD - 2ND HAND
    CRY FOR THE DEAD - 2ND HAND
    WRIGHT JUDITH
    ISBN: 9780195542967
    Title: CRY FOR THE DEAD - 2ND HAND
    Author: WRIGHT JUDITH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy.some foxing to top edge of text block, in a near fine, gently rubbed, dust jacket. Reprint.

    Judith Wright was an Australian national treasure. In The Cry for the Dead, she creates a harrowing evocation of the difficulties faced by the early settlers and the suffering of Australia's Indigenous people

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $75.00

    Price: $75.00
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