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Silence: A Christian History

Silence: A Christian History

Diarmaid MacCulloch

$51.95  $15.00
A provocative history of the role of silence in Christianity by the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author In this essential work of religious history, the New York Times bestselling author of Christianity explores the vital role of silence in the Christian story. How should one speak to God? Are our prayers more likely to be heard if we offer them quietly at home or loudly in church? How can we really know if God is listening? From the earliest days, Christians have struggled with these questions. Their varied answers have defined the boundaries of Christian faith and established the language of our most intimate appeals for guidance or forgiveness. MacCulloch shows how Jesus chose to emphasize silence as an essential part of his message and how silence shaped the great medieval monastic communities of Europe. He also examines the darker forms of religious silence, from the church's embrace of slavery and its muted reaction to the Holocaust to the cover-up by Catholic authorities of devastating sexual scandals. A groundbreaking work that will change our understanding of the most fundamental wish to be heard by God, Silence gives voice to the greatest mysteries of faith.

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The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia

The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia

Frank Bongiorno

$45.00  $15.00
It was the era of Hawke and Keating, Kylie and INXS, the America's Cup and the Bicentenary. It was perhaps the most controversial decade in Australian history, with high-flying entrepreneurs booming and busting, torrid debates over land rights and immigration, the advent of AIDS, a harsh recession and the rise of the New Right. It was a time when Australians fought for social change - on union picket lines, at rallies for women's rights and against nuclear weapons, and as part of a new environmental movement. And then there were the events that left many scratching their heads: Joh for Canberra... the Australia Card... Cliff Young. In The Eighties, Frank Bongiorno brings all this and more to life. He uncovers forgotten stories - of factory workers proud of their skills who found themselves surplus to requirements; of Vietnamese families battling to make new lives for themselves in the suburbs. He sheds new light on 'both the ordinary and extraordinary things that happened to Australia and Australians during this liveliest of decades'. The Eighties is contemporary history at its best.

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The First Copernican: Georg Joachim Rheticus and the Rise of the Copernican Revolution

The First Copernican: Georg Joachim Rheticus and the Rise of the Copernican Revolution

Dennis Richard Danielson

$54.95  $15.00
In May, 1539, a young, German mathematician named Georg Joachim Rheticus traveled hundreds of miles across Europe in the hopes of meeting and spending a few days with the legendary astronomer, Nicolas Copernicus, in Frombork, Poland. Two and a half years later, Rheticus was still there, fascinated by what he was discovering, but largely engaged in trying to convince Copernicus to publish his masterwork - De revolutionibus  (On the Revolutions of the Heavens), the first book to posit that the sun was the center of the universe.  That he was finally able to do so just as Copernicus was dying became a turning point for science and civilization.  That he then went on to a legendary career of his own - he founded the field of trigonometry, for example - will be one of the many surprises in this eye-opening book, which will restore Rheticus to his rightful place in the history of science.

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Library of Dreams: Treasures from the National Library of Australia

Library of Dreams: Treasures from the National Library of Australia

The National Library of Australia

$22.99  $14.99
Library of Dreams interprets and celebrates a diverse selection of treasures from the rich and varied collections of the National Library of Australia. The book examines over 50 of the most popular items, page by page, in the Library's collections, including: James Cook's 'Endeavour' journal; William Bligh's notebook and list of mutineers; the only surviving Australian convict uniform; the original manuscript of 'Waltzing Matilda'; William John Will's diary; Jrn Utzon's models for the design of the Sydney Opera House; and the manuscripts relating to the trial of Lindy Chamberlain. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this souvenir publication examines what makes a national treasure and inspires readers to take a closer look at what libraries reveal about Australia's heritage. The publication will appeal to a broad range of readers, in particular those with an interest in Australian history and anyone who loves beautiful, rare objects and appreciates Australian culture.

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The Men Who United the States: The Amazing Stories of the Explorers, Inventors and Mavericks Who Made America

The Men Who United the States: The Amazing Stories of the Explorers, Inventors and Mavericks Who Made America

Simon Winchester

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Having recently become a naturalised American citizen, Winchester pays tribute with this book to the explorers, inventors and eccentric men who welded states into a nation. Structured around the five classic elements – wood, earth, water, fire, metal – he divides the parts by theme, not chronology. Whether writing about Lewis and Clark, or Colonel Eisenhower, Yellowstone or New York, steam boats or interstate highways, Winchester’s erudition is entertaining and easy to read – and he finds some great stories to tell! Lindy

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Catholicism

Catholicism

Robert Barron

$44.99  $10.00
What is the Catholicism? A 2,000 living tradition? A worldview? A way of life? A relationship? A mystery? In Catholicism Father Robert Barron examines all these questions and more, seeking to capture the body, heart and mind of the Catholic faith.

Starting from the essential foundation of Jesus Christ's incarnation, life, and teaching, Father Barron moves through the defining elements of Catholicism – from sacraments, worship, and prayer, to Mary, the Apostles, and Saints, to grace, salvation, heaven, and hell – using his distinct and dynamic grasp of art, literature, architecture, personal stories, Scripture, theology, philosophy, and history to present the Church to the world.

Paired with his documentary film series of the same title, Catholicism is an intimate journey, capturing "The Catholic Thing" in all its depth and beauty. Eclectic, unique, and inspiring, Father Barron brings the faith to life for a new generation, in a style that is both faithful to timeless truths, while simultaneously speaking in the language of contemporary life.

Includes over 100 black and white and color photos.

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The Renaissance: A Short History

The Renaissance: A Short History

Paul Johnson

$29.95
The Renaissance holds an undying place in our imagination, its great heroes still our own, from Michelangelo and Leonardo to Dante and Chaucer. This period of profound evolution in European thought is credited with transforming the West from medieval to modern and producing the most astonishing outpouring of artistic creation the world has ever known. But what was it? In this masterly work, the incomparable Paul Johnson tells us. He explains the economic, technological, and social developments that provide a backdrop to the age s achievements and focuses closely on the lives and works of its most important figures. A commanding short narrative of this vital period, The Renaissance is also a universally profound meditation on the wellsprings of innovation.

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Lincoln in the World: The Making of a Statesman and the Dawn of American Power

Lincoln in the World: The Making of a Statesman and the Dawn of American Power

Kevin Peraino

$47.95  $15.00
A captivating look at how Abraham Lincoln evolved into one of our seminal foreign-policy presidents-and helped point the way to America's rise to world power.

This is the story of one of the most breathtaking feats in the annals of American foreign policy-performed by one of the most unlikely figures. Abraham Lincoln is not often remembered as a great foreign-policy president. He had never traveled overseas and spoke no foreign languages. And yet, during the Civil War, Lincoln and his team skillfully managed to stare down the Continent's great powers-deftly avoiding European intervention on the side of the Confederacy. In the process, the United States emerged as a world power in its own right.

Engaging, insightful, and highly original, Lincoln in the World is a tale set at the intersection of personal character and national power. The narrative focuses tightly on five distinct, intensely human conflicts that helped define Lincoln's approach to foreign affairs-from his debate, as a young congressman, with his law partner over the conduct of the Mexican War, to his deadlock with Napoleon III over the French occupation of Mexico. Bursting with colorful characters like Lincoln's bowie-knife-wielding minister to Russia, Cassius Marcellus Clay; the cunning French empress, Eugenie; and the hapless Mexican monarch Maximilian-Lincoln in the World draws a finely wrought portrait of a president and his team at the dawn of American power.

In the Age of Lincoln, we see shadows of our own world. The international arena in the 1860s could be a merciless moral vacuum. Lincoln's times demanded the cold, realistic pursuit of national interest, and, in important ways, resembled our own increasingly multipolar world. And yet, like ours, Lincoln's era was also an information age, a period of rapid globalization. Steamships, telegraph wires, and proliferating new media were transforming the world. Global influence required the use of "soft power" as well as hard.

Anchored by meticulous research into overlooked archives, Lincoln in the World reveals the sixteenth president to be one of America's indispensable diplomats-and a key architect of America's emergence as a global superpower. Much has been written about how Lincoln saved the Union, but Lincoln in the World highlights the lesser-known-yet equally vital-role he played on the world stage during those tumultuous years of war and division.

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So You Think You're Irish

So You Think You're Irish

Margaret Kelleher

$19.95  $10.00
Test your Irish knowledge with So You Think You're Irish ! With over 500 multiple choice questions about everything from the Blarney Stone to James Joyce, So You Think You're Irish will test your IQ (Irish Quotient, that is), and determine how much of the Emerald Isle you really have in you. The Irish are a strong bunch of people, and those who attest to their Irish heritage stand staunchly behind their knowledge of the reason. But, how do they really know unless they pass this test? Test your Celtic qualifications in these categories: Irish-Americans; Beliefs, Legends, Superstitions, and Remedies; Irish History; and Ireland Today. This book is filled with fun facts, short quizzes, long historical text, and Irish history tests where you can try your knowledge on for size. From food to superstition, history to language, county Mayo to Staten Island, this book asks the questions every knowledgeable Irish person should be able to answer. In So You Think You're Irish, even the non-Irish will have fun taking quizzes and learning things about their own heritage they may not have known. Pick up a copy of So You Think You're Irish and quiz your friends to see if they really know their stuff.

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Sweetgirl

Sweetgirl

Travis Mulhauser

$27.99  $6.00
Percy is sixteen and used to her mama disappointing her. But this time her mama’s been gone for nine days and she’s been seen up at Shelton Potter’s farmhouse. Which can only mean she’s strung out on meth again, and who knows when she’ll be back.

A blizzard rolls in and Percy jumps in her pickup and sets off for the farmhouse. She finds Shelton and a woman passed out on the floor, sleeping off the latest binge. But no sign of her mama. Percy heads upstairs and finds a neglected baby girl, in urgent need of care and attention. Percy knows she has no choice. She has to take the baby and get her to a hospital as soon as she can. But the blizzard shows no sign of stopping and soon her pickup is snowed in.

Now she’s on foot and before long two-bit criminal Shelton wakes up and heads out with four of his associates, on the hunt for whoever has taken the baby... Taut, darkly humorous and told in Percy’s unflinching voice, Sweetgirl is a moving exploration of courage and sacrifice that is horrifying, tender, and hopeful.

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Viking Raiders

Viking Raiders

Chris Blake

$9.99  $4.00
Join Tom on an incredible treasure hunt through time and battle history's mightiest warriors. The third book in a new time-travelling series - perfect for fans of Beast Quest. When ten-year-old Tom accidentally smashes a statue in a museum he releases Isis, a young Egyptian mummy who has been imprisoned for thousands of years. To break an ancient curse, the duo must travel back in time to find six hidden amulets - battling Gladiators, Knights, Greeks, Vikings, Pirates and Egyptian Warriors! On their third journey, Tom and Isis set sail in the freezing cold on a Viking longboat. Will they succeed in their treasure hunt before the terrifying Vikings begin their next raid? FREE collectable Gaming Cards and fascinating facts with every book!

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Secret Keeping for Beginners

Secret Keeping for Beginners

Maggie Alderson

$29.99  $5.00
Is it ever better to tell? Even the closest families have secrets... it's when they are shared that things begin to change. The lives of three very different sisters collide in this witty new novel from bestseller Maggie Alderson.

Recently divorced Rachel is juggling her new dream job in interior design PR with the demands of two young daughters. She's full of creative ideas but - even with a colourful childminder or two - some days she can't make it into the office on time and in matching shoes. Her life is balanced more precariously than she cares to admit. tessa, a talented muralist, is feeling flat. Her kids are growing up  and she's feeling upstaged by her husband's new-found celebrity as the host of a reality tV fireplace restoration show. 

But everything turns on its head when she gets a surprise from her past. Youngest sister Natasha leads a glamorous jetsetting life - she's one of Vogue's favourite make-up artists who regularly creates the looks for the biggest shows in Paris and Milan. Single and childless, she's been focused on her career - but when the lie she's concealed for years threatens to come to light, the truth will make her question everything. 

Meanwhile their mother, Joy, a hippy vegetarian caterer, is carefully ignoring the letters that keep arriving at her door. Into the mix comes Simon, Rachel's urbane boss, hiding secrets of his own. And everything lurking beneath the surface of this seemingly happy family is about to come out...

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Daughter of the House

Daughter of the House

Rosie Thomas

$29.99  $5.00
The Great War is over and London lies on the brink of an uncertain future. With the misery and horror of war in the past, hope begins to emerge for the women who have waited at home, as for the first time, they have taken steps towards political, economic and personal independence. But the men who fought and survived the trenches believe the future is theirs by right, and any woman who has celebrated her freedom must now redouble her efforts to keep it.

Nancy Wix is just such a woman. Born into a down-at-heel family, Nancy has always known that the visions she has seen since she was a child will set her apart from her peers. A chance encounter with a gifted medium reveals a way in which she might take hold of her future and she grasps the opportunity with a desperate intensity - for this is the age of spiritualism, and Nancy's gift will see her star rise in a time when decimated families are desperate to hold on to their dead sons.

As the roaring twenties dawn, Nancy strives to break free from the rigid bonds of society and find her own place. The only thing that could hold her back is her love for an unattainable man...

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Cursed Victory: A History of Israel and the Occupied Territories

Cursed Victory: A History of Israel and the Occupied Territories

Ahron Bregman

$24.95  $10.00
Cursed Victory tells the story of Israel's troubled presence in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, the Golan Heights and the Sinai Peninsula since its sweeping victory in the 1967 Six Day War. Drawing on countless high-level interviews, never-before-seen letters and top secret memos, distinguished Israeli historian Ahron Bregman traces the evolution of the military occupation over four decades. Cursed Victory provides vivid portraits of the key players in this unfolding drama, including Moshe Dayan, Bill Clinton and Yasser Arafat, yet always reminds the reader how diplomatic negotiations in Madrid, New York and Oslo impacted the daily lives of millions of Arabs.

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Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington

Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington

Terry Teachout

$39.99
Edward Kennedy 'Duke' Ellington was arguably the greatest jazz composer of the twentieth century - and an impenetrably enigmatic personality whom no one, not even his closest friends, claimed to understand. His music, too, was powerful and entirely original. Andre Previn compared him to Stravinsky and Prokofiev, Percy Grainger to Bach and Delius. But in fact he was very much his own man. The grandson of a slave, Ellington dropped out of high school to become a musical showman of incomparable suavity, as comfortable in Carnegie Hall as in the nightclubs where he honed his famous style. When he raised his fingers, the music that blazed out had its own unique richness and range. He wrote hundreds of compositions, many of which remain beloved standards, and sought inspiration in an endless string of transient lovers, concealing himself behind a smiling mask of flowery language and ironic charm. In this revealing biography, Terry Teachout skillfully peels away the countless layers of Ellington's evasion to tell the unvarnished truth about a creative genius and musical pioneer

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The Slightly Annoying Elephant

The Slightly Annoying Elephant

David Walliams ,  Tony Ross

$24.99
Number one bestselling author David Walliams presents his first picture book for children of 3 and up, illustrated by artistic genius Tony Ross. What's big, blue, bossy, and turns up uninvited? A slightly annoying elephant, of course! Introducing a magnificently warm and funny picture book from two remarkable talents. Adopt your copy today!

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Abraham Lincoln: An Illustrated Life and Legacy

Abraham Lincoln: An Illustrated Life and Legacy

Thomas F. Schwartz ,  Thomas Cussans

$54.95  $20.00
The sixteenth president of the United States was an exceptionally astute politician who has left a compelling story and legacy that continues to intrigue scholars and historians today. He led the nation through its greatest constitutional, military, and moral crisis - the Civil War. Inside the luxurious padded cover of Abraham Lincoln, discover removable facsimiles of rare documents of historic importance. Inside a fascinating political journey, explore his life in the White House from 1861-65, learn more about the Gettysburg Address and why it has been the most quoted speech throughout U.S. history, and finally read the details surrounding his assassination in 1865. Luxurious padded cover reminds readers that extra care has been taken to produce this exceptional work of literary art. Perfect for scholars, historians, and any home library. Abraham Lincoln is a terrific compilation and resource about one of the nation's most powerful men.

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Simple Sabotage: A Modern Field Manual for Detecting and Rooting Out Everyday Behaviors That Undermine Your Workplace

Simple Sabotage: A Modern Field Manual for Detecting and Rooting Out Everyday Behaviors That Undermine Your Workplace

Robert M. Galford ,  Bob Frisch ,  Cary Greene

$29.99  $10.00
The official handbook for stamping out unintentional sabotage in any working group, inspired by the infamous Simple Sabotage Field Manual released by the Office of Strategic Services in 1944 to train the European resistance movement in tactics of sabotage.

In 1944, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) - the predecessor of today's CIA - issued the Simple Sabotage Field Manual that detailed sabotage techniques designed to demoralize the enemy. One section focused on eight incredibly subtle - and devastatingly destructive - tactics for sabotaging the decision-making processes of organizations.

While the manual was written decades ago, these sabotage tactics thrive undetected in organizations today: Insist on doing everything through channels; Make speeches.  Talk as frequently as possible and at great length; Refer all matters to committees; Bring up irrelevant issues as frequently as possible; Haggle over precise wordings of communications; Refer back to matters already decided upon and attempt to question the advisability of that decision; Advocate caution and urge fellow-conferees to avoid haste that might result in embarrassments or difficulties later on; Be worried about the propriety of any decision.

Everyone has been faced with someone who has used these tactics, even when they have meant well. Filled with proven strategies and techniques, this brief, clever book outlines the counter-sabotage measures to detect and reduce the impact of these eight classic sabotage tactics to improve productivity, spur creativity, and engender better collegial relationships.

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Time: Albert Einstein: The Enduring Legacy of a Modern Genius

Time: Albert Einstein: The Enduring Legacy of a Modern Genius

Richard Lacayo ,  Time Magazine

$29.95  $10.00
TIME invites readers to explore the life and times of one of history's greatest minds, the genius selected by TIME as the Most Infl uential Person of the 20th Century. The book provides an illuminating overview of Albert Einstein's life, work and theories, presented for the everyday reader. It also explores the great physicist's life beyond the laboratory as an engaged citizen in an era of world confl ict, and it features scores of now little-recalled photographs.

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The Cherry Harvest: A Novel

The Cherry Harvest: A Novel

Lucy Sanna

$29.99  $8.00
The war has taken a toll on the Christiansen family. With food rationed and money scarce, Charlotte struggles to keep her family well fed. Her teenage daughter, Kate, raises rabbits to earn money for college and dreams of becoming a writer. Her husband, Thomas, struggles to keep the farm going while their son, and most of the other local men, are fighting in Europe.When their upcoming cherry harvest is threatened, strong-willed Charlotte helps persuade local authorities to allow German war prisoners from a nearby camp to pick the fruit.But when Thomas befriends one of the prisoners, a teacher named Karl, and invites him to tutor Kate, the implications of Charlotte's decision become apparent - especially when she finds herself unexpectedly drawn to Karl. So busy are they with the prisoners that Charlotte and Thomas fail to see that Kate is becoming a young woman, with dreams and temptations of her own - including a secret romance with the son of a wealthy, war-profiteering senator. And when their beloved Ben returns home, bitter and injured, bearing an intense hatred of Germans, Charlotte's secrets threaten to explode their world.

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In Search of Beauty: Hilda Rix Nicholas' Sketchbook Art

In Search of Beauty: Hilda Rix Nicholas' Sketchbook Art

Karen Johnson

$19.95  $10.00
Like so many Australian women artists of her era, Hilda Rix Nicholas (1884-1961) has been rediscovered by contemporary art historians. For the first time, In Search of Beauty showcases her two sketchbooks held by the National Library of Australia. The child of a creative Melbourne household, Hilda was always with pencil in hand, persuading obliging cousins and neighbours to pose for her. Travelling to Europe in 1907, she trained at some of the finest studios in London and Paris. The experience would not only help the young student to develop her artistic skills but would also nurture a lifetime love of capturing the essence of Australia on canvas. Studies from her early years in Melbourne and in Europe provide glimpses into Hilda's coming of age. In Search of Beauty features page after page of glorious, full-colour works of art, introduced by a thoughtful biography of the artist.

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Just the Way We are

Just the Way We are

Claire Robertson ,  Jessica Shirvington

$24.99
A celebration of families of every kind! Meet Anna, Chiara, Henry, Izzy and Jack. Their families might not look like your family, but that's okay ...they're perfect, just the way they are! From bestselling author Jessica Shirvington and much-loved illustrator Claire Robertson comes a gorgeous, heart-warming new picture book, celebrating families of every shape and size! Ages: 2-5 PRAISE for JUST THE WAY WE ARE: 'a beautiful children's picture book ...[Shirvington] has filled a gap in the market' - The Never Ending Bookshelf 'a vibrant and joyous book that will inspire young readers to understand and appreciate the 'normality' of their own and others' families' - Reading Time 'a beauty for looking at diversity among families! ...Going straight to my favourites pile!' - Children's Books Daily

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The Theory of Death: Decker & Lazarus #23

The Theory of Death: Decker & Lazarus #23

Faye Kellerman

$29.99  $8.00
The gripping new crime novel in the Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus series from New York Times bestselling author Faye Kellerman. It has been almost a year since Greenbury's last murder. Detective Peter Decker has enjoyed the slower pace of his new job with the upstate police department. Then he receives a phone call from his captain. A male body has been found in the local woods. It appears to be a suicide - single shot to the head, gun by his side - but until the coroner makes the final determination, Decker and his partner Tyler McAdams must treat the scene as a suspicious crime. Identifying the body takes Decker and McAdams into the indecipherable upper echelons of mathematics at Kneed Loft College - a sphere of scheming academics, hidden cyphers and most dangerous of all, a realm of underworld crime where even the most conscientious students can become cold and calculating. It will take all of Decker's wits and McAdams's brains to penetrate enigmatic formulas and codes to solve a dark, twisted tale created by depraved masterminds.

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The Fire Child

The Fire Child

S. K. Tremayne

$29.99  $8.00
When Rachel marries dark, handsome David, everything seems to fall into place. Swept from single life in London to the beautiful Carnhallow House in Cornwall, she gains wealth, love, and an affectionate stepson, Jamie. But then Jamie's behaviour changes, and Rachel's perfect life begins to unravel. He makes disturbing predictions, claiming to be haunted by the spectre of his late mother - David's previous wife. Is this Jamie's way of punishing Rachel, or is he far more traumatized than she thought? As Rachel starts digging into the past, she begins to grow suspicious of her husband. Why is he so reluctant to discuss Jamie's outbursts? And what exactly happened to cause his ex-wife's untimely death, less than two years ago? As summer slips away and December looms, Rachel begins to fear there might be truth in Jamie's words: 'You will be dead by Christmas.'

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The Turnbull Gamble

The Turnbull Gamble

Wayne Errington ,  Peter Van Onselen

$29.99  $10.00
The Liberal Party took a risk replacing Tony Abbott with Malcolm Turnbull. They had seen how voters could turn when the ALP tore down a first-term prime minister. But MPs were desperate, having witnessed the collapse in polling during Abbott's prime ministership. By the time Turnbull called the election it was still unclear what he wanted to achieve. He seemed strangely underprepared for a job that he had fought so long to win. Turnbull leads a party whose culture he doesn't share. While the narrow election victory may have justified the gamble to place him in office, does Turnbull have the leadership qualities needed to break the cycle of division and instability of the last decade?

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Social Class in the 21st Century

Social Class in the 21st Century

Mike Savage

$22.99  $10.00
A fresh take on social class from the experts behind the BBC's 'Great British Class Survey'. Why does social class matter more than ever in Britain today? How has the meaning of class changed? What does this mean for social mobility and inequality? In this book Mike Savage and the team of sociologists responsible for the Great British Class Survey look beyond the labels to explore how and why our society is changing and what this means for the people who find themselves in the margins as well as in the centre. Their new conceptualization of class is based on the distribution of three kinds of capital - economic (inequalities in income and wealth), social (the different kinds of people we know) and cultural (the ways in which our leisure and cultural preferences are exclusive) - and provides incontrovertible evidence that class is as powerful and relevant today as it's ever been.

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Out In The Army: My Life As A Gay Soldier

Out In The Army: My Life As A Gay Soldier

James Wharton

$32.99  $10.00
Seeking escape from the quiet countryside of North Wales, the young James Wharton joined the British Army with adventure on his mind - and he found it. At basic training, boozing and brawling accompany the daily trials of army life but all the while James faces a battle of his own: he is gay and finding the courage to tell not only his family and friends but his fellow soldiers will be the biggest challenge of all. Written with searing honesty, James charts his incredible journey from punch bag to poster boy, along the way describing the troubles and trials of coming to terms with his sexuality. Late nights in the clubs of Soho to early mornings guarding the Queen; rocket attacks in the deserts of Iraq to tank rides with Prince Harry on the plains of Canada - this is James's life out in the army.

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The Wit and Wisdom of Sir Alex Ferguson

The Wit and Wisdom of Sir Alex Ferguson

Chris Riley

$14.99  $5.00
When Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement as manager of Manchester United Football Club on 9th May he was calling time on the most successful career in British and world football club history. During his 27 years at the helm of the world's most famous football club he has shown himself to be a paragon of leadership, an incomparable man-manager and an unparalleled wielder of the notorious hairdryer. In that span he has also proved himself to be the most entertaining of communicators and the sharpest of commentators on the game and its characters and components. In short, Sir Alex is the complete football philosopher, with some excellent lessons to teach about management in all walks of life. From dealing with unsettled football players to demolishing opposition managers, this is The Wit and Wisdom of Sir Alex Ferguson.

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The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think

The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think

Brian Hare ,  Vanessa Woods

$32.95  $10.00
For readers of Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz, this New York Times bestseller offers mesmerizing insights into the interior lives of our smartest petsIn the past decade, we have learned more about how dogs think than in the last century. Breakthroughs in cognitive science, pioneered by Brian Hare, have proven dogs have a kind of genius for getting along with people that is unique in the animal kingdom. This dog genius revolution is transforming how we live and work with our canine friends, including how we train them. Does your dog feel guilt? Is she pretending she can't hear you? Does she want affection or just your sandwich? In The Genius of Dogs, Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods lay out what discoveries at the Duke Canine Cognition Lab and other research facilities around the world are revealing about how your dog thinks and how we humans can have even deeper relationships with our best four-legged friends.

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Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World

Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World

Daniel Hannan

$44.95  $15.00
British politician Daniel Hannan's Inventing Freedom is an ambitious account of the historical origin and spread of the principles that have made America great, and their role in creating a sphere of economic and political liberty that is as crucial as it is imperiled.

According to Hannan, the ideas and institutions we consider essential to maintaining and preserving our freedoms-individual rights, private property, the rule of law, and the institutions of representative government-are the legacy of a very specific tradition that was born in England and that we Americans, along with other former British colonies, inherited.

By the tenth century, England was a nation-state whose people were already starting to define themselves with reference to inherited common-law rights. The story of liberty is the story of how that model triumphed. How it was enshrined in a series of landmark victories-the Magna Carta, the English Civil War, the Glorious Revolution, the U.S. Constitution-and how it came to defeat every international rival.

Today we see those ideas abandoned and scorned in the places where they once went unchallenged.Inventing Freedom is a chronicle of the success of Anglosphere exceptionalism. And it is offered at a time that may turn out to be the end of the age of political freedom.

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Going Up: To Cambridge and Beyond: A Writer's Memoir

Going Up: To Cambridge and Beyond: A Writer's Memoir

Frederic Raphael

$49.99  $15.00
The manager's name was Love. His first-floor flat was diagonally across the private road and the rose beds from ours. Each weekday morning, at eight fifteen, he hooked open his lattice-paned bedroom window and did exercises, in a white sleeveless vest and white drawers. So begins the extraordinary life story of one of Britain's most celebrated writers, Frederic Raphael. Going Up is a journey from Chicago to Putney, to Charterhouse, on up to Cambridge, and beyond to Hollywood and France, recording experiences that were absorbed in his opulent novels and screenplays. Raphael is the author of over twenty novels, the most celebrated being The Glittering Prizes and its sequels, following the aspirations and changing lives of a group of Cambridge students through to middle age. The Glittering Prizes became a critically acclaimed six-part BBC television series for which Raphael would win a Royal Television Society Writer of the Year Award. He also won an Oscar for his screenplay for the 1965 movie Darling.Going Up is a dazzling piece of virtuoso prose writing that is fabulously indiscreet but also deeply moving, and punctuated throughout by Raphael's indefatigable wit and incomparable erudition.

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Double Cross in Cairo: The True Story of the Spy Who Turned the Tide of War in the Middle East

Double Cross in Cairo: The True Story of the Spy Who Turned the Tide of War in the Middle East

Nigel West

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As part of the infamous Double Cross operation, Jewish double agent Renato Levi proved to be one of the Allies' most devastating weapons in World War Two. 

ln 1941, with the help of Ml6, Levi built an extensive spy-ring in North Africa and the Middle East. But, most remarkably, it was entirely fictitious. This network of imagined informants peddled dangerously false misinformation to Levi's unwitting German handlers. His efforts would distort any enemy estimates of Allied battle plans for the remainder of the war.  His communications were infused with just enough truth to be palatable, and just enough imagination to make them irresistible. ln a vacuum of seemingly trustworthy sources, Levi's enemies not only believed in the CHEESE network, as it was codenamed, but they came to depend upon it. And, by the war's conclusion, he could boast of having helped the Allies thwart Rommel in North Africa, as well as diverting whole armies from the D-Day landing sites. He wielded great influence and, as a double agent, he was unrivalled. 

Until now, Levi's devilish deceptions and feats of derring-do have remained completely hidden.  Using recently declassified files, Double Cross in Cairo uncovers the heroic exploits of one of the Second World War's most closely guarded secrets.

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Ninja: 1,000 Years of the Shadow Warrior

Ninja: 1,000 Years of the Shadow Warrior

John Man

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The first major pop history of the Japanese stealth assassins, John Man's Ninja is a meticulously researched, entertaining blend of mythology, anthropology, travelogue, and history of the legendary shadow warriors.Spies, assassins, saboteurs, and secret agents, Ninja have become the subject of countless legends that continue to enthrall us in modern movies, video games, and comics - and their arts are still practiced in our time by dedicated acolytes who study the ancient techniques.Ninja: 1,000 Years of the Shadow Warrior, by British historian John Man, is as colorful and intriguing as the warriors it so vividly brings to life.

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Pets by Royal Appointment: The Royal Family and Their Animals

Pets by Royal Appointment: The Royal Family and Their Animals

Brian Hoey

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The Royals say they can do without many things, but not their animals. They are suspicious of practically everyone outside their own family, so the only creatures they really trust are not of the human variety. For countless monarchs and their consorts, cats, dogs, horses, even the occasional parrot, have acted as constant, faithful companions, unquestioning allies and surrogate children for generations.

The only time The Queen and Princess Anne have been known to shed tears in public was when one of their favourite horses died. And Her Majesty's corgis, the most disliked creatures at Court, even have their own 'Royal' cemeteries in all the Royal residences and each has its own 'minipalace' immediately outside their mistress's sitting room in Buckingham Palace. Members of the Royal Family, from The Queen to her youngest grandchild, are taught to ride almost as soon as they can walk and, even at the age of eighty-six, Her Majesty still rides every weekend at Windsor - and refuses to wear a hard hat. 

This engrossing book traces the fascination of the Royals with their animals with intimate details of each of the present and early members of the family's favourite pets, with anecdotes relating to each of them and their idiosyncrasies. Pets by Royal Appointment makes essential reading for Royal watchers and pet lovers alike.

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The Book of William: How Shakespeare's First Folio Conquered the World

The Book of William: How Shakespeare's First Folio Conquered the World

Paul Collins

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Shakespeare's First Folio, the first complete collection of his plays, was almost never printed. Its eventual publication went practically unnoticed, and many of the original 750 copies were gone before the turn of the eighteenth century. But a hundred years later the plays were rediscovered, beginning the long, surprising process that secured Shakespeare's legacy. Paul Collins follows this book's journey through the centuries, as it lies undiscovered for decades, burns, sinks, is bought and sold, and ultimately becomes untouchable.

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The News: A User's Manual

The News: A User's Manual

Alain de Botton

$49.95  $18.00
From the author of The Art of Travel, a thought-provoking look at the manic and peculiar position that news has achieved in our lives. 'What does the news do to our brains, our souls, and our views of one another?' We spend an inordinate amount of time checking on it.

It moulds how we view reality, we're increasingly addicted to it on our luminous gadgets, we check it every morning when we wake up and every evening before we sleep - and yet the news has rarely been the focus of an accessible, serious, saleable, book-length study. Until now. Mixing snippets of current news with philosophical reflections, The News will blend the timeless with the contemporary, and bring the wisdom of thousands of years of culture to bear on our contemporary obsessions and neuroses.

There will be illustrations for this book - a shot of Emma Watson having an ice cream, a portrait of Jesus by Duccio (both were playing a similar role in their respective societies, the book will allege) - and examples of news stories will be drawn from across the world. The News ranges across news categories - from politics to murders, from economics to celebrities, from the weather to paparazzi shows - in search of answers to the questions: 'What do we want from this?' and 'Is it doing us any good?'

After The News, we'll never look at a celebrity story, the report on a tropical storm, or the sex scandal of a politician in quite the same way again.

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Space: Exploring the Moon, the Planets, and Beyond

Space: Exploring the Moon, the Planets, and Beyond

Olivier de Goursac

$35.95  $10.00
Photographs from NASA coupled with artist's renderings of faraway planets beautifully illustrate the reaches of space, both near and far.

Space exploration - the final frontier - has always excited the world's imagination, especially children's. Now they can see for themselves everything the universe has to offer. Covering everything from the first rockets to landing on the Moon to new knowledge of other planets to what a colony on Mars would look like, this book will satisfy the curiosity of young space enthusiasts and pique the interest of those learning about space exploration for the first time. Photographs from NASA coupled with artist's renderings of faraway planets beautifully illustrate the reaches of space, both near and far.

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Science Fiction 101: Exploring the Craft of Science Fiction

Science Fiction 101: Exploring the Craft of Science Fiction

Robert Silverberg ,  Greg Bear

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Before Robert Silverberg won multiple Hugo and Nebula awards and became Grand Master of science fiction, he was a young man learning the art and craft of writing the genre. In Science Fiction: 101, Silverberg reveals the roots of modern science fiction with thought-provoking essays about some of the field's most groundbreaking stories--included in this volume--which inspired him and taught him to write. These insightful analyses, along with the skills and strategies Silverberg developed to build his successful career, make this an indispensable volume for readers interested in science fiction history. Featuring Thirteen Classic Stories by Brian W. Aldiss, Alfred Bester, James Blish, Philip K. Dick, Damon Knight, C. M. Kornbluth, Henry Kuttner, C. L. Moore, Frederik Pohl, Bob Shaw, Robert Sheckley, Cordwainer Smith, and Jack Vance

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Snapshots: Encounters with Twentieth-Century Legends

Snapshots: Encounters with Twentieth-Century Legends

Herbert Kretzmer

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In his diverse career as a journalist and wordsmith, Herbert Kretzmer has interviewed and profiled some of the twentieth century's greatest figures in theatre, literature, show business and sport. His meetings with these legends are touching, funny and devastatingly honest, providing brief but lasting snapshots of their lives. Brought together for the first time, these portraits offer unique insights into some of the extraordinary talents and personalities who have shaped our culture. Kretzmer's intimate interviews allow us to meet such charismatic individuals as Truman Capote, Petula Clark, Billy Wilder, Cassius Clay, Anita Loos, John Osborne, Joan Plowright, Nicol Williamson, Peter Shaffer, J. P. Donleavy and many others. They are people who achieved greatness by virtue of their innovations, personalities and flair, and in these glimpses into their lives they share their hopes and opinions, anecdotes and memories.

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Tennis Maestros: The Twenty Greatest Male Tennis Players of All Time

Tennis Maestros: The Twenty Greatest Male Tennis Players of All Time

John Bercow

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At the highest echelons of tennis, a few names stand out. Dominating the rankings, these famous big hitters are unarguably among the finest players in the world, with multiple Grand Slams to their credit. But how do today's champions compare with those of earlier eras? From 'Big' Bill Tilden and Pancho Gonzalez to Rod Laver and Pete Sampras, who makes the grade as the greatest male singles player of all time?

Better known as the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow has enjoyed a successful dual career in the tennis world as competitive junior player and qualified coach. Ideally placed to argue the merits of the maestros, in this fascinating guide he sets out to determine just who is the greatest of the greats.  It is no easy task. Court surfaces and ball speeds have changed, racket technology has revolutionised the game, and trying to distinguish the best from the rest is as challenging as it is enjoyable. 

Drawing on published records of past glories, and o ffering his own analysis and reasoning, Bercow describes the accomplishments of twenty all-time tennis heroes and suggests a hall of fame from the unashamed vantage point of the lifelong enthusiast. Let the debate begin!

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Aids: Don't Die of Prejudice

Aids: Don't Die of Prejudice

Norman Fowler

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Eighteen million people around the world live with HIV but do not know they are infected. Endangering both themselves and countless others, they represent a public health challenge that affects not only Africa but every part of the world, including Europe and the United States.

We stand at a tipping point in the AIDS crisis - and unless we can increase the numbers tested and treated, we will not defeat it. In spite of the progress since the 1980s there are still over 1.5 million deaths and over 2 million new HIV infections a year. 

Norman Fowler has travelled to nine cities around the globe to report on the position today. What he discovered was a shocking blend of ignorance, prejudice, bigotry and intolerance. In Africa and Eastern Europe, a rising tide of  discrimination against gays and lesbians prevents many from coming forward for testing. In Russia, drug users are dying because an intolerant government refuses to introduce the policies that would save them. Extraordinarily, Washington has followed suit and excluded financial help for proven policies on drugs, and has turned its back on sex workers.

In this lucid yet powerful account, Norman Fowler reveals the steps that must be taken to prevent a global tragedy. Aids: Don't Die of Prejudice is both an in-depth investigation and an impassioned call to arms against the greatest public health threat in the world today.

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Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love

Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love

Dava Sobel

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Inspired by a long fascination with Galileo, and by the remarkable surviving letters of his daughter Maria Celeste, a cloistered nun, Dava Sobel has crafted a biography that dramatically recolors the personality and accomplishments of a mythic figure whose early-seventeenth-century clash with Catholic doctrine continues to define the schism between science and religion - the man Albert Einstein called the father of modern physics - indeed of modern science altogether. 

It is also a stunning portrait of Galileo's daughter, a person hitherto lost to history, described by her father as  a woman of exquisite mind, singular goodness, and most tenderly attached to me. Moving between Galileo's grand public life and Maria Celeste's sequestered world, Sobel illuminates the Florence of the Medicis and the papal court in Rome during the pivotal era when humanity's perception of its place in the cosmos was about to be overturned.

During that same time, while the bubonic plague wreaked its terrible devastation and the Thirty Years' War tipped fortunes across Europe, Galileo sought to reconcile the Heaven he revered as a good Catholic with the heavens he revealed through his telescope. Filled with human drama and scientific adventure, Galileo's Daughter is an unforgettable story.

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Tabloid Secrets: The Stories Behind the Headlines at the World's Most Famous Newspaper

Tabloid Secrets: The Stories Behind the Headlines at the World's Most Famous Newspaper

Neville Thurlbeck

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Both as chief reporter and news editor for nearly twenty years at the now defunct News of the World, Neville Thurlbeck is uniquely placed to give an insider's view of life on the paper. Thurlbeck served up some of the most famous, memorable and notorious headlines in the paper's existence; headlines that lit up the world of tabloid journalism and included names such as David Beckham, Jeffrey Archer, Fred and Rose West, Gordon Brown and Robin Cook, among many others.

In Tabloid Secrets, he reveals for the very first time how he broke the award-winning stories which thrilled, excited and shocked the nation, and secured the paper up to fifteen million readers every week. His journalism led him into encounters with Cabinet ministers, rent boys, sports stars, serial killers, drug lords and on one occasion a devil-worshipping police officer. Stories that will fascinate the reader and ensure that this book is a real page turner.

Thurlbeck's undercover, investigative work is revealed in great detail, with the methods and subterfuge explained. It also describes how the reporter was recruited to MI5, the characters he met and the type of work he carried out there.Ultimately, Tabloid Secrets is a journey through a world which has vanished for good, by the best-known reporter of recent times. It is a vivid, surprising and wildly entertaining insider account of a Fleet Street which is suddenly no more.

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All in This Together: My Five Years Stalking Dave and Nick

All in This Together: My Five Years Stalking Dave and Nick

Ann Treneman

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In this uproarious collection, Ann Treneman, the caustic and witty parliamentary sketch-writer for The Times, tells the true, unvarnished story of Britain's first coalition government since the Second World War.As well as the headline acts - David Cameron and his Flashman alter ego, Nick Clegg's struggle to stop looking sad, Ed 'Two Kitchens' Miliband's heroic attempts to relaunch himself - she was there to see UKIP shed its fruitcakes, the Speaker be compared to a dwarf, and the Greens go surge-tastic.With an eye for the absurd, an ear always attuned to the jargon junkies of politics, and a nose for what's really going on underneath the talk, Ann Treneman chronicles the events that everyone in Parliament would much rather forget: the AV referendum; the chaos of the tuition-fee vote; the Omnishambles Budget; the train wreck that was Lords reform; the dramatic Syria vote; and, of course, the panic-stricken campaign over the Scottish Neverendum. Floods, horsemeat, badgers and bile, it's all here - a tragicomic coalition tale.'Gorgeous George' Osborne may have said 'we're all in this together', but now they really are - in this hilarious book.

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Collecting Ladies: Ferdinand Von Mueller and Women Botanical Artists

Collecting Ladies: Ferdinand Von Mueller and Women Botanical Artists

Penny Olsen

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Von Mueller was the powerhouse of 19th century botany in Australia, well-connected (and sometimes well-disliked!) full of energy and passion for the wonders of the new continent. But one of his greatest talents was in encouraging others, and in the 1870s he began to advertise for lady plant collectors and illustrators. With his assistance, some of our finest botanical illustrators began, or furthered, their art at a time when women typically had no formal recourse to science. With profiles of 14 of these women, and plentifully illustrated, this is a marvelous book for anyone interested in history, science or art. One of the series of books published by the National Library, drawing on its extensive collections. Lindy

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Around 1870, Ferdinand von Mueller, the greatest Australian botanist of the nineteenth century, began to advertise in several newspapers across Australia for lady plant collectors. This was at a time when women typically had little recourse to science, or contact with men outside their circle of friends, making Mueller's network of ladies quite extraordinary. Collecting Ladies profiles 14 of Mueller's coterie of women collectors. Included are Fanny Charsley, Louisa Atkinson, Annie Walker and Ellis Rowan for whom Mueller made time to assist in pursuit of their own passions. He identified the plants they painted and provided letters of introduction to publishers and scientists. Together, these ladies produced some of the most beautiful books and botanical art to come out of Australia in the nineteenth century, covering all the Australian colonies.


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