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  • DINO : LIVING HIGH IN THE DIRTY BUSINESS OF DREAMS - 2ND HAND
    DINO : LIVING HIGH IN THE DIRTY BUSINESS OF DREAMS - 2ND HAND
    TOSCHES NICK
    ISBN: 9780436532023
    Title: DINO : LIVING HIGH IN THE DIRTY BUSINESS OF DREAMS - 2ND HAND
    Author: TOSCHES NICK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy, half title page has been clipped , in a very good, rubbed , dust jacket. First edition.

    This biography of the 'fifties superstar Dean Martin takes an irreverent inside look at American entertainment from the 1930s to the 1980s. It examines the underworld secrets, the hidden regions of the American dream racket and the despair of a man driven into his own shadow by fame. There is also material on Sinatra, Monroe, Jerry Lewis, and the Hollywood / White House connection. By the author of "Hellfire", a biography of Jerry Lee Lewis.

    Imprint: SECKER & WARBURG
    RRP: $22.00

    Price: $22.00
  • DISQUIET - 2ND HAND
    DISQUIET - 2ND HAND
    LEIGH JULIA
    ISBN: 9780241015322
    Title: DISQUIET - 2ND HAND
    Author: LEIGH JULIA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy, signed and dated by the author, in a near fine dust jacket.

    When Olivia returns to the grand chateau in France she once called home, with her two children in tow, their arrival is unexpected. They have journeyed from Australia, escaping unspoken horrors, but home is not what it was . . . ' A powerful and disquieting novella, a work of fiction so infused with the practices of film that, while each scene is fully and even vividly realised in words, it also translates quite naturally into film, into a visually rich action taking place before the inner eye.' J. M. Coetzee, Nobel Prize-winning author of Disgrace 'Disquiet is the work of an artist who looks for truth in fear and trembling . . . It testifies to the power and seriousness of one of the most talented Australian writers to appear in ages.' Peter Craven, The Australian ' Leigh creates images which are new and memorable. She has a wonderful eye for details . . . Julia Leigh has written an extraordinary book.' Miranda France, Literary Review 'Hypnotic . . . It's difficult to imagine a reader who will not be electrified by this haunting, masterfully told story. Indeed, it's difficult to imagine a reader who will not be changed by it

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • DOCTOR GLAS - 2ND HAND
    DOCTOR GLAS - 2ND HAND
    SODERBERG HJALMAR
    ISBN: 9780385722674
    Title: DOCTOR GLAS - 2ND HAND
    Author: SODERBERG HJALMAR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy.

    Doctor Glas, an epistolary novel by Hjalmar Söderberg, tells the story of a physician in 19th-century Sweden who deals with moral and love issues.

    Imprint: ANCHOR DOUBLEDAY
    RRP: $10.00

    Price: $10.00
  • DOUBLE FOLD : LIBRARIES AND THE ASSAULT ON PAPER - 2ND HAND
    DOUBLE FOLD : LIBRARIES AND THE ASSAULT ON PAPER - 2ND HAND
    BAKER NICHOLSON
    ISBN: 9780375504440
    Title: DOUBLE FOLD : LIBRARIES AND THE ASSAULT ON PAPER - 2ND HAND
    Author: BAKER NICHOLSON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. Reprint.

    In an expose of contemporary library policies, the best-selling author of Vox describes how such institutions have dismantled collections of original bound newspapers and so-called brittle books to replace them with microfilmed copies, exploring the hidden reasons for such policies and calling for the preservation of irreplaceable records.

    Imprint: RANDOM US
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • DOUBLE LIFE OF STEPHEN CRANE - 2ND HAND
    DOUBLE LIFE OF STEPHEN CRANE - 2ND HAND
    BENFEY CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9780233988207
    Title: DOUBLE LIFE OF STEPHEN CRANE - 2ND HAND
    Author: BENFEY CHRISTOPHER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good in like dust jacket. First edition.

    This is the first reassessment of Stephen Crane in more than a quarter of a century. The novelist-journalist born in 1871, six years after the war he memorialized in his universally acclaimed 'The Red Badge of Courage', died of tuberculosis at the age of twenty-eight.


    Imprint: ANDRE DEUTSCH
    RRP: $15.00

    Price: $15.00
  • DREAM STUFF - 2ND HAND
    DREAM STUFF - 2ND HAND
    MALOUF DAVID
    ISBN: 9780701169428
    Title: DREAM STUFF - 2ND HAND
    Author: MALOUF DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy, top edge tanned, in a near fine dust jacket. First edition.

    From the image of a small boy entranced by his mother's GI Escort, yet still hoping for the return of a father 'missing in action', to the portrait of an adult writer trying to piece together a defining image of his late father, these outstanding stories conjure up with sharp intensity the memories and events that make a man.

    These powerfully vivid stories by a great writer range over more than a century of Australian life, from green tropical lushness to 'blacksoil country', from scrub and outback to city streets-evoking dark shadows beneath a bright sun, and lives shaped by the ghosts of history and the rhythms of unruly nature.

    Imprint: CHATTO & WINDUS
    RRP: $15.00

    Price: $15.00
  • DREAMHOUSE - 2ND HAND
    DREAMHOUSE - 2ND HAND
    GRENVILLE KATE
    ISBN: 9780702219597
    Title: DREAMHOUSE - 2ND HAND
    Author: GRENVILLE KATE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy, pages tanned, boards a little sunned, in a very good dust jacket.
    First edition. Signed.

    It should have been a perfect summer, but for Louise and Rennie their dreamhouse is the stuff of nightmares. Kate Grenville's extraordinary, disturbing novel evokes the mystery and menace underpinning everyday life.


    Imprint: UNI OF QUEENSLAND PRESS
    RRP: $30.00

    Price: $30.00
  • DYING TRADE - 2ND HAND
    DYING TRADE - 2ND HAND
    CORRIS PETER
    ISBN: DYING
    Title: DYING TRADE - 2ND HAND
    Author: CORRIS PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy., pages tanned , bourds rubbed, in avery good dust jusket. First edition. Signed. The first in the iconic Cliff Hardy series and the only on to be published in hardcover.

    The villain was in custody as they say, but villains were coming out of the woodwork and the past was sending out tentacles which were winding around the necks of people living and dying in the present. It's a dying trade I'm in. Meet Cliff Hardy. Smoker, drinker, ex-boxer. And private investigator. When the wealthy Bryn Gutteridge hires Hardy to help his sister, it looks as if blackmail is the problem. Until the case becomes more brutal, twisted and shocking than even Hardy could have guessed.

    Imprint: MCGRAW
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • EAT FRESH : COOKING THROUGH THE SEASONS - 2ND HAND
    EAT FRESH : COOKING THROUGH THE SEASONS - 2ND HAND
    LANGBEIN ANNABEL
    ISBN: 9780731814183
    Title: EAT FRESH : COOKING THROUGH THE SEASONS - 2ND HAND
    Author: LANGBEIN ANNABEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy,

    We all know that food tastes best when it is grown and eaten in its own natural season. Few of us have the opportunity to grow our own food, but increasingly we desire to eat sustainably, and enjoy food at its natural best. EAT FRESH - COOKING THROUGH THE SEASONS, delivers Annabel's signature style of accessible, simple yet stylish food, and brings a new freshness and flair to the way we cook and eat today.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $15.00

    Price: $15.00
  • EMBRACE OF UNREASON :  FRANCE 1914-1940 - 2ND HAND
    EMBRACE OF UNREASON : FRANCE 1914-1940 - 2ND HAND
    BROWN FREDERIC
    ISBN: 9780307595157
    Title: EMBRACE OF UNREASON : FRANCE 1914-1940 - 2ND HAND
    Author: BROWN FREDERIC
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine, small remainder mark to bottom edge, in a near fine dust jacket.

    "From acclaimed biographer and cultural historian, author of For the Soul of France ("Masterful history...hard to put down."-Henry Kissinger); Zola ("Magnificent." --The New Yorker); andFlaubert ("Impeccable."-James Wood, cover, The New York Times Book Review)-a brilliant reconsideration of the events and the political, social, and religious movements that led to France's embrace of Fascism and anti-Semitism. Frederick Brown explores the tumultuous forces unleashed by the Dreyfus Affair, and examines how the clashing ideologies and the blood-soaked political scandals and artistic movements following the horror of World War I resulted in the country's era of militant authoritarianism; and how rioting, violent racism, and nationalistic fervor overtook France's sense of reason, sealed its fate, and led to the rise of the Vichy government. We see how the French intelligentsia turned away from the humanistic traditions and rationalistic ideals of the Enlightenment in favor of submission to authority that stressed patriotism, militarism, and xenophobia; how French conservatives attempted to rebuild and reshape the country's collective identity as the German threat loomed, as mistrust of the parliamentary Republic increased (a result of its illegal financial mismanagement of the building of the Panama Canal, and nostalgia for a monarchial government and the glories of wartime martyrdom); how the generation that came of age in the trenches, under fire, offered a new vision, and saw salvation in the surrender of reason to instinct. Brown masterfully brings to life Europe's-and France's-darkest modern years"--

    Imprint: KNOPF
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • EMINENT OUTLAWS : Gay Writers Who Changed America - 2ND HAND
    EMINENT OUTLAWS : Gay Writers Who Changed America - 2ND HAND
    BRAM CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9780446563130
    Title: EMINENT OUTLAWS : Gay Writers Who Changed America - 2ND HAND
    Author: BRAM CHRISTOPHER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

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

    In the years following World War II a group of gay writers established themselves as major cultural figures in American life. Truman Capote, the enfant terrible, whose finely wrought fiction and nonfiction captured the nation's imagination. Gore Vidal, the wry, withering chronicler of politics, sex, and history. Tennessee Williams, whose powerful plays rocketed him to the top of the American theater. James Baldwin, the harrowingly perceptive novelist and social critic. Christopher Isherwood, the English novelist who became a thoroughly American novelist. And the exuberant Allen Ginsberg, whose poetry defied censorship and exploded minds. Together, their writing introduced America to gay experience and sensibility, and changed our literary culture.

    But the change was only beginning. A new generation of gay writers followed, taking more risks and writing about their sexuality more openly. Edward Albee brought his prickly iconoclasm to the American theater. Edmund White laid bare his own life in stylized, autobiographical works. Armistead Maupin wove a rich tapestry of the counterculture, queer and straight. Mart Crowley brought gay men's lives out of the closet and onto the stage. And Tony Kushner took them beyond the stage, to the center of American ideas.

    With authority and humor, Christopher Bram weaves these men's ambitions, affairs, feuds, loves, and appetites into a single sweeping narrative. Chronicling over fifty years of momentous change-from civil rights to Stonewall to AIDS and beyond-EMINENT OUTLAWS is an inspiring, illuminating tale: one that reveals how the lives of these men are crucial to understanding the social and cultural history of the American twentieth century.


    Imprint: TWELVE
    RRP: $18.00

    Price: $18.00
  • EVERY MOVE YOU MAKE - 2ND HAND
    EVERY MOVE YOU MAKE - 2ND HAND
    MALOUF DAVID
    ISBN: 9780701180485
    Title: EVERY MOVE YOU MAKE - 2ND HAND
    Author: MALOUF DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy, bottom of boards a trifling rubbed, in a near fine dust jacket. First edition. Signed.

    Bookish boys and taciturn men, strong women and wayward sons, fathers and daughters, lovers and husbands, a composer and his muse, a builder-architect and his legacy - here are their stories, whole lives brought vividly into focus and so powerfully rooted in the landscape that you can almost feel the heat and the dust. His canvas is the vast Australian continent from the mysterious, glittering Valley of Lagoons behind the Great Divide in Far North Queensland, to bohemian Balmain and the Centre at Uluru, but always there are enticing glimpses of a world beyond, and the stories are tender, subtle, unsettlingly intimate.

    A young man going off to war tries to make sense of his place in the world he is leaving; a composer's life plays itself out as a complex domestic cantata; an accident on a hunting trip speaks volumes, which its inarticulate victim never could; and, in the funniest, most surprising story of all, a down-to-earth woman stubbornly tries to keep her feet on the ground at Ayers Rock.

    Malouf's men and women are together but curiously alone, looking for something they seem to have missed, or missed out on, in life, puzzling over the space they'll leave behind when the waters close over them...



    Imprint: CHATTO & WINDUS
    RRP: $30.00

    Price: $30.00
  • EZARD : CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN FOOD - 2ND HAND
    EZARD : CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN FOOD - 2ND HAND
    EZARD TEAGE
    ISBN: 9781740660006
    Title: EZARD : CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN FOOD - 2ND HAND
    Author: EZARD TEAGE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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

    Known for his bold and imaginative cooking style, Teage Ezard terms his food 'Australian freestyle' with Chinese and Thai as the primary influences. This book showcases a number of his dishes, as well as providing instruction on the various techniques involved.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • FABER BOOK OF EXPLORATION - 2ND HAND
    FABER BOOK OF EXPLORATION - 2ND HAND
    ALLEN BENEDICT (ED)
    ISBN: 9780571206964
    Title: FABER BOOK OF EXPLORATION - 2ND HAND
    Author: ALLEN BENEDICT (ED)
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy,pages tanned, in a near fine dust jacket. First edition.

    What does it feel like to walk off the edge of a map? To emerge dazed, dying yet triumphant, from the Amazon? Benedict Allen's anthology of human exploration ranges across various terrains - hot and cold deserts, mountains and plains, jungles and high seas - and presents the words of those who, through the centuries - be they Vikings or missionaries, conquistadors or botanists - have set off into 'the unknown'.

    'Immaculately edited and shrewdly considered . . . a hugely readable compendium.' Independent on Sunday

    'A monumental feat of compilation and editing, and will satisfy every armchair traveller.' Literary Review

    'A generous, handsome volume, that will provide hours upon hours of absorption and revelation.' The Times

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $28.00

    Price: $28.00
  • FIRE : A WORLD OF FLAVOUR  -  2ND HAND
    FIRE : A WORLD OF FLAVOUR - 2ND HAND
    MANFIELD CHRISTINE
    ISBN: 9781920989392
    Title: FIRE : A WORLD OF FLAVOUR - 2ND HAND
    Author: MANFIELD CHRISTINE
    Format: SLIP CASE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy, issued without dust jacket, in a gently rubbed slipcase. First edition.

    With an insatiable appetite for travel, food and new experiences, Christine Manfield has traversed the globe in search of inspiration. Her quest has taken her from Istanbul to Tokyo, and from Hanoi to Marrakech. Her book is full of fresh ideas for your next meal...or your next big trip.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $100.00

    Price: $100.00
  • FIRST SALUTE : A View of the American Revolution - 2nd hand
    FIRST SALUTE : A View of the American Revolution - 2nd hand
    TUCHMAN BARBARA
    ISBN: FIRSTSALUTE
    Title: FIRST SALUTE : A View of the American Revolution - 2nd hand
    Author: TUCHMAN BARBARA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    Avery good copy in like dust jacket.

    In The First Salute, one of America’s consummate historians crafts a rigorously original view of the American Revolution. Barbara W. Tuchman places the Revolution in the context of the centuries-long conflicts between England and both France and Holland, demonstrating how the aid to the American colonies of both these nations made the triumph of independence possible. She sheds new light on the key role played by the contending navies, paints a magnificent portrait of George Washington, and recounts in riveting detail the decisive campaign of the war at Yorktown. By turns lyrical and gripping, The First Salute is an exhilarating account of the birth of a nation.


    Imprint: GUILD PUBLISHING
    RRP: $15.00

    Price: $15.00
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