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  • ELIZABETHS LONDON : Everyday Life in Elizabethan London - 2ND HAND
    ELIZABETHS LONDON : Everyday Life in Elizabethan London - 2ND HAND
    PICARD LIZA
    ISBN: 9780297607298
    Title: ELIZABETHS LONDON : Everyday Life in Elizabethan London - 2ND HAND
    Author: PICARD LIZA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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

    This Picture of the London of Queen Elizabeth (1558-1603) is the result of Liza Picard's curiosity about the practical details of daily life that almost every history book ignores. As seen in her two previous, highly acclaimed books -- Restoration London and Dr. Johnson's London -- she has immersed herself in contemporary sources of every kind.


    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $40.00

    Price: $40.00
  • 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
  • EMPIRE OF THE CZAR : A JOURNEY THROUGH ETERNAL RUSSIA - 2NDHAND
    EMPIRE OF THE CZAR : A JOURNEY THROUGH ETERNAL RUSSIA - 2NDHAND
    CUSTINE MAARQUIS DE
    ISBN: 9780385249584
    Title: EMPIRE OF THE CZAR : A JOURNEY THROUGH ETERNAL RUSSIA - 2NDHAND
    Author: CUSTINE MAARQUIS DE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket.

    More than 150 years after its publication, the Marquis de Custine's colorful account of his journey through Russia is more relevant today than ever before.

    Imprint: DOUBLEDAY
    RRP: $40.00

    Price: $40.00
  • EVELYN WAUGH : A BIOGRAPHY - 2ND HAND
    EVELYN WAUGH : A BIOGRAPHY - 2ND HAND
    HASTINGS SELENA
    ISBN: 9780395718216
    Title: EVELYN WAUGH : A BIOGRAPHY - 2ND HAND
    Author: HASTINGS SELENA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket

    An elegant, well-wrought, and objective biography of a complex but relentlessly unlikable figure. Posterity's picture of Evelyn Waugh has memorialized his frankly piggish demeanor as much as his elegant, barbed prose, and Hastings's sympathetic yet clear-sighted appraisal is likely to leave such impressions intact. Having broken free early from the stifling conventionality of an Edwardian childhood that is deftly sketched by Hastings (Nancy Mitford, 1986), Waugh liberated himself at public school and Oxford into his lifelong traits of snobbery, selfishness, barely veiled misogyny, and reactionism. Waugh's mundane origins notwithstanding, he managed to reinvent himself with spectacular success as spokesman for England's gilded nobility; hence one of the major satisfactions of any life of Waugh is the evocation of a vanished world of privilege. Hastings sets about this task with aplomb, bringing expertly to life personalities from Waugh's expansive acquaintance, famous (including Cyril Connolly and Nancy Mitford) and obscure (such as Alastair Graham, the ``original'' of Brideshead's Sebastian Flyte), in a series of vivid pen-portraits that delineate both their relationship to Waugh and how he represented--or as often misrepresented--them in his own writing. Hastings gives a full and revealing picture of Waugh's midlife conversion to Catholicism and the decisive impact this had on his subsequent self-image and work; her analysis of the sources and merits of Waugh's writing, too, is insightful and judicious. In the end, however, perhaps the strongest impression left by this biography is of a writer who like no other great (or nearly great) artist was possessed of so little basic human sympathy. (63 b&w photos, not seen)

    Imprint: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN [USA]
    RRP: $40.00

    Price: $40.00
  • 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
  • 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
  • FOLDING STAR - 2ND HAND
    FOLDING STAR - 2ND HAND
    HOLLINGHURST ALAN
    ISBN: 9780701159139
    Title: FOLDING STAR - 2ND HAND
    Author: HOLLINGHURST ALAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy, remainder mark to bottom of text block, in a very good, slightly scuffed dust jacket. First edition hard cover.

    Edward Manners - thirty three and disaffected - escapes to a Flemish city in search of a new life. Almost at once he falls in love with seventeen-year-old Luc, and is introduced to the twilight world of the 1890s Belgian painter Edgard Orst.

    Imprint: CHATTO & WINDUS
    RRP: $22.00

    Price: $22.00
  • FOOD : A CULINARY HISTORY - 2ND HAND
    FOOD : A CULINARY HISTORY - 2ND HAND
    FLANDRIN JEAN-LOUIS / MONTANARI MASSIMO
    ISBN: 9780231111546
    Title: FOOD : A CULINARY HISTORY - 2ND HAND
    Author: FLANDRIN JEAN-LOUIS / MONTANARI MASSIMO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket.

    When did we first serve meals at regular hours? Why did we begin using individual plates and utensils to eat? When did "cuisine" become a concept and how did we come to judge food by its method of preparation, manner of consumption, and gastronomic merit?

    Food: A Culinary History explores culinary evolution and eating habits from prehistoric times to the present, offering surprising insights into our social and agricultural practices, religious beliefs, and most unreflected habits. The volume dispels myths such as the tale that Marco Polo brought pasta to Europe from China, that the original recipe for chocolate contained chili instead of sugar, and more. As it builds its history, the text also reveals the dietary rules of the ancient Hebrews, the contributions of Arabic cookery to European cuisine, the table etiquette of the Middle Ages, and the evolution of beverage styles in early America. It concludes with a discussion on the McDonaldization of food and growing popularity of foreign foods today.

    Imprint: COLUMBIA UNI PRESS
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • FOOL OF LOVE - 2ND HAND
    FOOL OF LOVE - 2ND HAND
    LEES-MILNE JAMES
    ISBN: 9781854870667
    Title: FOOL OF LOVE - 2ND HAND
    Author: LEES-MILNE JAMES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

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


    Imprint: ROBINSON
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • FRANK ZAPPA - 2ND HAND
    FRANK ZAPPA - 2ND HAND
    MILES BARRY
    ISBN: 9781843540922
    Title: FRANK ZAPPA - 2ND HAND
    Author: MILES BARRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy. This title is now out of print.

    Barry Miles knew Frank Zappa intimately and was present at the recording of some of his most important albums. This sparkling biography brings Zappa the musician and composer, Zappa the controversialist, and Zappa the family man (despite his love of groupies, he was married for more than 30 years) together for the first time.

    Barry Miles' biography follows Zappa from his sickly Italian-American childhood in the 1940s - when his father used DDT to clean the kitchen - to his death from cancer in the 1990s. Zappa's initial desire was to be a classical composer, but he soon came to realize that his ambition was more likely to lead to starvation than stardom, so he decided to join a band that played music people actually want to listen to. In the mid 1960s Zappa became the leader of a noisy band called 'The Mothers of Invention' who went on to be one of the most internationally famous rock groups of the era.



    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $15.00

    Price: $15.00
  • FRENCH - 2ND HAND
    FRENCH - 2ND HAND
    PIGNOLET DAMIEN
    ISBN: 9781920989170
    Title: FRENCH - 2ND HAND
    Author: PIGNOLET DAMIEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy, issued without dust jacket. First edition.

    A chef dedicated to the improvement and refinement of his craft, Damien Pignolet has made his name with immaculately prepared and simply presented food inspired by French classical and provincial cooking.

    Keen to pass on his knowledge of the techniques and methods he has honed over the years, he has devoted himself to writing this comprehensive collection of timeless French recipes specifically adapted for Australian ingredients and tastes. Here are essential recipes for everything from basic brown stock and foolproof mayonnaise to rustic country terrines and hearty braises, not to mention an extensive journey into the magic of the French pastry kitchen. While staying true to the French tradition, Damien takes prides in making sure his recipes are suited to home cooking in a domestic kitchen. His clear, unfussy instructions and friendly advice will give you the confidence to expand your culinary repertoire.

    Complemented by Earl Carter's beautifully rich and lavish photography, this is a cookbook to be used and treasured.

    Imprint: LANTERN BOOKS
    RRP: $40.00

    Price: $40.00
  • FRENCH DESIGNS ON COLONIAL NEW SOUTH WALES - 2ND HAND
    FRENCH DESIGNS ON COLONIAL NEW SOUTH WALES - 2ND HAND
    PERON FRANCOIS
    ISBN: 9781876154721
    Title: FRENCH DESIGNS ON COLONIAL NEW SOUTH WALES - 2ND HAND
    Author: PERON FRANCOIS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy, book plate attched to front paste down, in a near fine dust jacket. This is one of 150 hardback copies in blind-stamped cloth binding.

    Francois Peron's memoir on the English Settlements in New Holland, Van Diemen's Land and the Archiprlagosof the Great Pacific Ocean.

    Translated and editied with an introduction, notes and appendices by Jean Fornasiero and John West-Sooby.

    Imprint: FRIENDS OF THE STATE LIBRARY OF SA
    RRP: $75.00

    Price: $75.00
  • FRENCH LESSONS - 2ND HAND
    FRENCH LESSONS - 2ND HAND
    NORTH JUSTIN
    ISBN: 9781740665377
    Title: FRENCH LESSONS - 2ND HAND
    Author: NORTH JUSTIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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

    Containing more than 300 simple recipes, this comprehensive and colorful volume on French cooking helps demystify this popular continental cuisine. A guide to the essential ingredients and equipment is followed by 23 individual lessons, each based on a particular course or technique. Savory chapters on stocks and soups, sauces, steaming, braising, and grilling are coupled with information on sweeter courses, such as sorbets, fruit, and chocolate. Step-by-step instructions and suggestions for menu accompaniments enable even novice cooks to whip up a spectacular le déjeuner and present an impressive meal.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
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