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Best Australian Political Cartoons 2017

Best Australian Political Cartoons 2017

Russ Radcliffe

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The year in politics as observed by Australia's funniest and most perceptive political cartoonists.

With Dean Alston, Peter Broelman, Pat Campbell, Andrew Dyson, John Farmer, First Dog on the Moon, Matt Golding, Fiona Katauskas, Mark Knight, Jon Kudelka, Bill Leak, Alan Moir, Peter Nicholson, Bruce Petty, David Pope, David Rowe, John Spooner, Ron Tandberg, Andrew Weldon, Cathy Wilcox, Paul Zanetti, and many more.


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The Number Games

The Number Games

Adam Spencer

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Following on from his Big Book of Numbers (2014), World of Numbers (2015), and Time Machine (2016), Australia's funniest mathematician is back with a brand new book of number puzzles and trivia!

Featuring hundreds of mind-bending, head-scratching, intelligence-testing number games, puzzles, and quizzes - plus tonnes of hilarious and fascinating number-based trivia - this is a book that will make you think, laugh, and cry (and quite possibly stare in amazement as your kids solve things before you do!).

We all know how important it is to nourish and train our bodies, but our minds need exercising too. So keep your brains active and lively, and test yourselves against your friends and family, with 2017's biggest and best book of numerical fun.


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The Doldrums and the Helmsley Curse

The Doldrums and the Helmsley Curse

Nicholas Gannon

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ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— This sequel to my favourite children’s book in 2015, The Doldrums, does not disappoint! Archer returns from his boarding school in the hope of finally meeting his famous grandparents. However rumours fly that their disappearance was faked, and Archer is determined to prove their innocence. Along with his friends, he braves poisonous plants, blizzards and menacing strangers. Not to mention chocolate geniuses, cross mothers and fried grasshoppers! Absolutely charming adventure, with stunning illustrations. Lindy Jones

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Archer B Hemsley and friends are back and yearning for adventure in this second beautifully told, stunningly-illustrated story from author-illustrator Nicholas Gannon.

After two years, Archer B. Helmsley's famous explorer grandparents are finally coming home. They had been missing - abandoned on an iceberg - and Archer and his best friends, Adelaide L Belmont and Oliver Grub, led an adventurous mission to rescue them.

Archer is overjoyed by his grandparents return. However, he seems to be the only one. Rumours begin to surface that Archer's grandparents weren't abandoned after all. People are claiming that they made it all up. Well, Archer knows those rumours are false, and with the help of his best friends and new neighbour, Kana, he is going to prove it. Off the foursome set, into a snowstorm and beyond, to restore his grandparent's reputation.


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Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales

Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales

P. D. James

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Gathered together for the first time, these six exquisite tales are all based on revenge, meted out by the unseen forces of natural justice, rather than legal institutions. Bullying schoolmasters receive their comeuppance, unhappy marriages and childhoods are avenged, a murder in the small hours of Christmas Day puts an end to the vicious new lord of the manor, and from the safety of his nursing home, an octogenarian exerts fitting retribution. Brilliantly crafted, utterly satisfying!
 
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As a companion volume to The Mistletoe Murder: And Other Stories, a further six of P D James's ingenious short stories are published here together for the first time.

As the six murderous tales unfold, the dark motive of revenge is revealed at the heart of each. The punishment inflicted on the guilty is fittingly severe, meted out by the unseen forces of natural justice, rather than the institutions of the law. Once again, P D James shows her expert control of the short-story form, conjuring motives and scenarios with complete conviction, and each with a satisfying twist in the tail.


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Saga Land: The Island of Stories at the Edge of the World

Saga Land: The Island of Stories at the Edge of the World

Richard Fidler ,  Kari Gislason

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Iceland holds a particular fascination for Fidler, and he first met Gislason as a guest on his radio program. They became firm friends and Fidler learned that the powerful Sagas – sweeping stories of blood and family, feuds and love – are true tales of the medieval Vikings who settled on Iceland. They decide to travel to the places mentioned in the Sagas, but also to try to solve a mystery – is Gislason descended from the greatest Saga writer of them all? An enticing and enchanting read! Lindy Jones

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A gripping blend of family mystery, contemporary stories and the beautiful and bloody Viking tales, set against the starkly stunning landscape of Iceland.

Broadcaster Richard Fidler and author Kari Gislason are good friends. They share a deep attachment to the sagas of Iceland - the true stories of the first Viking families who settled on that remote island in the Middle Ages.

These are tales of blood feuds, of dangerous women, and people who are compelled to kill the ones they love the most. The sagas are among the greatest stories ever written, but the identity of their authors is largely unknown. Together, Richard and Kari travel across Iceland, to the places where the sagas unfolded a thousand years ago.

They cross fields, streams and fjords to immerse themselves in the folklore of this fiercely beautiful island. And there is another mission: to resolve a longstanding family mystery - a gift from Kari's Icelandic father that might connect him to the greatest of the saga authors.

'Wise and unassuming, humorous and remarkably affecting all at the same time, The Promise of Iceland is an enchanting reflection of a fascinating life and a profound exploration of the human condition.' Krysi Egan, Stilts

We already know Fidler is an interviewer of great empathy, now we know he mirrors that skill on the page, too.' Andrew McMillan, The Australian


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The Templars: The Rise and Fall of God's Holy Warriors

The Templars: The Rise and Fall of God's Holy Warriors

Dan Jones

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The Knights Templar were the wealthiest, most powerful - and most secretive - of the military orders that flourished in the crusading era.

Their story - encompassing as it does the greatest international conflict of the Middle Ages, a network of international finance, a swift rise in wealth and influence followed by a bloody and humiliating fall - has left a comet's tail of mystery that continues to fascinate and inspire historians, novelists and conspiracy theorists.


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A Spot of Folly: Ten and a Quarter New Tales of Murder and Mayhem

A Spot of Folly: Ten and a Quarter New Tales of Murder and Mayhem

Ruth Rendell ,  Sophie Hannah

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These are previously uncollected short stories from the master of psychological suspense, full of murder, mischief, magic and mayhem! Atmospheric, gripping and always with a twist, these tales are a real treat for any fan – and a wonderful entrée for the reader who has never ventured into the mind-turning worlds of Rendell’s dark imagination!

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New and uncollected tales of murder, mischief, magic and madness. Ruth Rendell was an acknowledged master of psychological suspense: these are ten (and a quarter) of her most chillingly compelling short stories, collected here together for the first time. In these tales, a businessman boasts about cheating on his wife, only to find the tables turned. A beautiful country rectory reverberates to the echo of a historical murder. A compulsive liar acts on impulse, only to be lead inexorably to disaster. And a wealthy man finds there is more to his wife's kidnapping than meets the eye.

Atmospheric, gripping and never predictable, this is Ruth Rendell at her inimitable best. The stories are: Never Sleep in a Bed Facing a Mirror; A Spot of Folly; The Price of Joy; The Irony of Hate; Digby's Wives; The Haunting of Shawley Rectory; A Drop Too Much; The Thief; The Long Corridor of Time; In the Time of his Prosperity; and Trebuchet.


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Bletchley Park Brain Teasers: Over 100 Puzzles, Riddles and Enigmas Inspired by the Greatest Minds of World War II

Bletchley Park Brain Teasers: Over 100 Puzzles, Riddles and Enigmas Inspired by the Greatest Minds of World War II

Sinclair McKay

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Do you fancy finding out if you have a talent for morse code? Or discovering whether your crossword hobby might have seen you recruited into the history books? If so, and you're a Bletchley Park history buff or a fan of the GCHQ Quiz Book, then this is the book for you.

When scouring the land for top-level code-breakers, the Bletchley Park recruiters left no stone unturned. From mathematical geniuses to sixth-form students who could read orchestral scores, chess masters, linguists, and Egyptologists who could interpret hieroglyphics, code-breakers were gathered from all around the country. Once selected, the chosen few had to complete various tests - chess puzzles, crosswords, secret language translations, complex riddles and more - to see if they had what it takes to join the country's elite code-breaking team. Now you can see if you have what it takes too.

Accompanied by nuggets of historical fascination such as the story of David Omand who was asked to translate an essay written in made-up Elvish and ended up as Director of GCHQ, or Jean Valentine, who volunteered in Dundee aged 18, disclosed that she loved the challenge of a cryptic crossword and found herself whisked down to Bletchley, these brain-teasing puzzles and riddles will give you a taste of what it felt like to be tested by the keenest minds in the country.


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The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities: A Yearbook of Forgotten Words

The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities: A Yearbook of Forgotten Words

Paul Anthony Jones

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This is the perfect gift for anyone who loves the oddities of language! A book to dip into, with a page-a-day format, exploring intriguing, obscure or delightful words.

Maybe the word illustrates the date (for instance on 1 Jan: quaaltagh, the first person you meet on New Year's Day) or it aims to entertain or elucidate, unearthing etymology or trivia as it goes along. Light hearted, but always with a fine dash of scholarship!


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The Best Australian Science Writing 2017

The Best Australian Science Writing 2017

Michael Slezak ,  Emma Johnston

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Now in its seventh year, this collection once again brings together the cream of Australian scientific writing. Authors include Cordelia Fine, Peter Singer, Ann Jones, John Pickrell, Elizabeth Finkel, John Long and nearly 30 other writers on a diverse set of subjects. From Indigenous astronomy to cuttlefish in Sydney Harbour, the rights of aliens to robotics and artificial intelligence, the origins of our national highways to the mass deaths off our coastline, this is a banquet of lively, insightful, informative and sometimes even challenging articles. Lindy Jones

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The annual collection celebrating the finest voices in Australian science writing.

From the furthest reaches of the universe to the microscopic world of our genes, science offers writers the kind of scope other subjects simply can't match. Good writing about science can be moving, funny, exhilarating, or poetic, but it will always be honest and rigorous about the research that underlies it.

Now in its seventh year, The Best Australian Science Writing brings together knowledge and insight from Australia's brightest thinkers as they explore the intricacies of the world around us. This lively collection of essays covers a wide range of subjects, and challenges our perceptions of the world and how we exist within it.


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The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass Extinctions

The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass Extinctions

Peter Brannen

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Five times our world has stood on the brink of Armageddon. It's been scorched, frozen, poison-gassed, smothered and pelted by asteroids. We are very lucky to be alive...

Over the past decade there has been a revolution in our understanding of global apocalypses. Armed with new technology, scientists have uncovered a myriad of clues in the fossil record about what caused these catastrophes - a record rife with weird and wonderful creatures like dragonflies the size of seagulls and fishes with guillotines for mouths.

Diving into deep time, The Ends of the World reveals how these near extinctions gave rise to our modern world and gives us a terrifying glimpse of what may lie ahead.


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Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold

Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold

Stephen Fry

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The Greek myths are the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia, and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney.

They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. In Stephen Fry's hands, the stories of the titans and gods become a brilliantly entertaining account of ribaldry and revelry, warfare and worship, debauchery, love affairs and life lessons, slayings and suicides, triumphs and tragedies.

You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia's revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis.

Thoroughly spellbinding, informative and moving, Stephen Fry's Mythos perfectly captures these stories for the modern age - in all their rich and deeply human relevance.


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Escaping Hitler: Stories of Courage and Endurance on the Freedom Trails

Escaping Hitler: Stories of Courage and Endurance on the Freedom Trails

Monty Halls

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"I was on a train and a German soldier began shouting at me and poking me in the ribs with his machine gun. I just thought that was it, the game was up... "

Downed airman Bob Frost faced danger at every turn as he was smuggled out of France and over the Pyrenees. Prisoner of war Len Harley went on the run in Italy, surviving months in hiding, then a hazardous climb over the Abruzzo mountains, with German troops hot on his heels. These are just some of the stories told in heart-stopping detail as Monty Halls takes us along the freedom trails out of occupied Europe, from the immense French escape lines to lesser-known routes in Italy and Slovenia.

Escaping Hitler features spies and traitors, extraordinary heroism from those who ran the escape routes and offered shelter to escapees, and great feats of endurance. In Operation Galia, the SAS fought for 40 days behind enemy lines in Italy and then, exhausted and pursued by the enemy, exfiltrated across the Apennine mountains. And in Slovenia, Australian POW Ralph Churches and Briton Les Laws orchestrated the largest successful Allied escape of the entire war.

Mixing new research, interviews with survivors and his own experience of walking the trails, Monty brings the past to life in this dramatic and gripping slice of military history.


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Paradise in Chains: The Bounty Mutiny and the Founding of Australia

Paradise in Chains: The Bounty Mutiny and the Founding of Australia

Diana Preston

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This deeply researched book examines the First Contact history of Britain and the South Pacific (particularly Tahiti) and weaves the stories of the infamous mutiny on the Bounty with the establishment of the Port Jackson penal colony. It juxtaposes the reality of colonisation with the perceived romantic notion of the noble savage in paradise. Quoting extensively from primary sources, it traces Bligh’s adventures and misfortunes, the fate of the mutineers, as well as Arthur Phillip’s governorship, and Mary Bryant’s epic escape by open boat. A solid history. Lindy Jones

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Celebrated historian Diana Preston presents betrayals, escapes, and survival at sea in her account of the mutiny of the Bounty and the flight of convicts from the Australian penal colony.

The story of the mutiny of the Bounty and William Bligh and his men's survival on the open ocean for 48 days and 3,618 miles has become the stuff of legend. But few realise that Bligh's escape across the seas was not the only open-boat journey in that era of British exploration and colonisation. Indeed, 9 convicts from the Australian penal colony, led by Mary Bryant, also traveled 3,250 miles across the open ocean and some uncharted seas to land at the same port Bligh had reached only months before.

In this meticulously researched dual narrative of survival, acclaimed historian Diana Preston provides the background and context to explain the thrilling open-boat voyages each party survived and the Pacific Island nations each encountered on their journey to safety.

Through this deep-dive, readers come to understand the Pacific Islands as they were and as they were perceived, and how these seemingly utopian lands became a place where mutineers, convicts, and eventually the natives themselves, were chained.


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Gandhi: An Illustrated Biography

Gandhi: An Illustrated Biography

Pramod Kapoor

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A champion of civil rights and a leading light in India's struggle for independence, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was one of the iconic figures of the 20th century.

He is best remembered for continually challenging British supremacy through acts of non-violent civil disobedience, and he willingly subjected himself to prison for his beliefs. But he was a complex and controversial man, someone whose behaviour in his personal life - especially as a father and a husband - was often at odds with his own teachings.

A master of conflict resolution, he was adept at forging alliances with his fiercest critics, yet he could be uncompromising in his treatment of family members and loyal followers.

This intimate pictorial biography unpicks the nuances of Gandhi's life and character, charting his evolution from fun-loving schoolboy to the man revered throughout India as the 'Father of the Nation'.

Drawing on contemporary accounts and a myriad letters, documents, illustrations and photographs - including many which have rarely, if ever, been published - it reveals a man of contradictions, a fascinating personality whose complexities are sometimes obscured by the enormity of his achievements.


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Queen Victoria's Match-making: The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe

Queen Victoria's Match-making: The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe

Deborah Cadbury

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ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— After the death of her consort Albert, Victoria felt it was her sacred duty to uphold his vision of disseminating British constitutional monarchy to other royal houses of Europe through matrimonial ties. To that end she had very decided ideas about who their grandchildren should marry. This captivating book follows the grandchildren who eventually married rulers of various countries. From the doomed to the defiant and the dutiful, this is an enjoyably readable and deeply researched history that shows the human heart and politics rarely ever mix well! Lindy Jones

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A captivating exploration of the role in which Queen Victoria exerted most international power and influence: her role as matchmaking grandmother.

By the 1890s, Queen Victoria had over thirty grandchildren and to maintain and increase royal power in Europe, she knew she had to manoeuvre them into a series of dynastic marriages. In her sights was royalty from across the world. Yet for all their seeming obedience, her grandchildren often had plans of their own, plans fuelled by strong wills and romantic hearts. Her matchmaking plans were only further complicated by their coinciding with tumultuous international upheavals; revolution and war were in the air and after her death, her most carefully laid plans fell to ruin.

Queen Victoria's Matchmaking travels through the most glittering, decadent palaces of Russia and Europe, weaving in scandals, political machinations and family tensions, to enthralling effect. It is at once an intimate portrait of the royal family and an examination of the conflict caused by the power, love and duty that shaped the marriages that Queen Victoria arranged. At the heart of it all is Queen Victoria herself: doting grandmother one moment, determined manipulator the next.


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Burke and Wills: The triumph and tragedy of Australia's most famous explorers

Burke and Wills: The triumph and tragedy of Australia's most famous explorers

Peter FitzSimons

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'They have left here today!' he calls to the others. When King puts his hand down above the ashes of the fire, it is to find it still hot. There is even a tiny flame flickering from the end of one log. They must have left just hours ago.

MELBOURNE, 20 AUGUST 1860. In an ambitious quest to be the first Europeans to cross the harsh Australian continent, the Victorian Exploring Expedition sets off, farewelled by 15,000 cheering well-wishers. Led by Robert O'Hara Burke, a brave man totally lacking in the bush skills necessary for his task; surveyor and meteorologist William Wills; and 17 others, the expedition took 20 tons of equipment carried on six wagons, 23 horses and 26 camels

Almost immediately plagued by disputes and sackings, the expeditioners battled the extremes of the Australian landscape and weather: its deserts, the boggy mangrove swamps of the Gulf, the searing heat and flooding rains. Food ran short and, unable to live off the land, the men nevertheless mostly spurned the offers of help from the local Indigenous people.

In desperation, leaving the rest of the party at the expedition's depot on Coopers Creek, Burke, Wills and John King made a dash for the Gulf in December 1860. Bad luck and bad management would see them miss by just hours a rendezvous back at Coopers Creek, leaving them stranded in the wilderness with practically no supplies.

Only King survived to tell the tale.

Yet, despite their tragic fates, the names of Burke and Wills have become synonymous with perseverance and bravery in the face of overwhelming odds. They live on in our nation's history - and their story remains immediate and compelling.


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The Harbour: A City's Heart, a Country's Soul

The Harbour: A City's Heart, a Country's Soul

Scott Bevan

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ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— This is a joyful celebration of the feature that characterises Sydney: its fabulous harbour. Bevan decided to get to know it by kayaking into all its little coves and bays, talking to the people he encountered and discovering its moods and stories. Each chapter is devoted to an area, from the Parramatta River, along the North Shore, over to Manly, across the heads, and along the southern and city reaches back towards Parramatta River. A very likeable book, written in an easy and conversational style, and full of fascinating tales of past and present! Lindy Jones

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"The finest harbour deserves the finest book … A colourful, fascinating and enduring account of the greatest waterway in the hemisphere." Simon Winchester

"Sydney Harbour. I know what it looks like. I know what it feels like. Now with this wonderful book, I know its story. This book is a joy to read. And essential for anyone who loves Sydney Harbour ... and who doesn't?" Ken Done

In the bestselling tradition of Peter Ackroyd's The Thames, a celebration of one of the world’s great waterways.

Everyone knows Sydney Harbour. At least, we think we do.

Everyone can see the harbour, whether we've ever been to Sydney or not. By as little as a word or two, the harbour floats into our mind’s eye. The Bridge. The Opera House. Fireworks on New Year’s Eve. When we see those images, we feel a sense of belonging. No matter who we are, or where we’re from, we see the harbour and we feel good.

In this beautiful, authoritative and meditative journey, Scott Bevan takes us from cove to cove - by kayak, yacht and barge - to gather the harbour’s stories, past and present, from boat builders, ship captains and fishermen to artists, divers, historians and environmentalists, from signs of ancient life to the submarine invasion by the Japanese.

This is the ultimate story of Sydney Harbour – a city’s heart and a country's soul.

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The Best Australian Essays 2017

The Best Australian Essays 2017

Anna Goldsworthy

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The Best Australian Essays showcase the nation's most eloquent, insightful and urgent non-fiction writing.

In her first time as editor, award-winning author Anna Goldsworthy chooses brilliant pieces that provoke, unveil, engage and enlighten, and get to the heart of what's really happening in Australia and the world. Previous contributors include Helen Garner, J.M. Coetzee, Karen Hitchcock, Tim Flannery, Robyn Davidson, Richard Flanagan, Clive James, Don Watson, Tim Winton and Caroline Baum.


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Tracker

Tracker

Alexis Wright

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ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— 
A biography can be written in a standard form: subject born, raised, educated, worked and died. And that will be fine for most people. But not Tracker Tilmouth. He was a polarising, intelligent, charismatic ideas man, whose sense of humour was legendary and devastating.

This fine new book by Alexis Wright is composed of stories taken from different interviews that Wright conducted with Tracker and people he suggested she should speak with. It follows a rough chronology from Tracker’s earliest days through to his knockabout teens, cultural education, tertiary ‘whitefella’ education and lifelong involvement in Indigenous institutions. 

The structure is powerful: one person tells a story, perhaps mentioning someone else, who in turn tells their version, and then perhaps Tracker has his say—so in the end the reader gets a nuanced impression of a very complex character. It’s an appropriate way of telling Tracker’s story: every voice is given its chance to speak—something true (we are told) to Aboriginal culture. 

This book will obviously appeal to those with an interest in Indigenous affairs, but it should also interest anyone who likes to read about influential figures in this country’s history, as well as to those fascinated by the process of storytelling.
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New book by celebrated Aboriginal author Alexis Wright, author of Carpentaria and The Swan Book.

A collective memoir of one of Aboriginal Australia's most charismatic leaders and an epic portrait of a period in the life of a country, reminiscent in its scale and intimacy of the work of Nobel Prize-winning Russian author Svetlana Alexievich.

Miles Franklin Award-winning novelist Alexis Wright returns to non-fiction in her new book, Tracker, a collective memoir of the charismatic Aboriginal leader, political thinker, and entrepreneur who died in Darwin in 2015. Taken from his family as a child and brought up in a mission on Croker Island, Tracker Tilmouth returned home to transform the world of Aboriginal politics. He worked tirelessly for Aboriginal self-determination, creating opportunities for land use and economic development in his many roles, including Director of the Central Land Council. He was a visionary and a projector of ideas, renowned for his irreverent humour and his anecdotes.

His memoir has been composed by Wright from interviews with Tilmouth himself, as well as with his family, friends, and colleagues, weaving his and their stories together into a book that is as much a tribute to the role played by storytelling in contemporary Aboriginal life as it is to the legacy of a remarkable man.


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Fools and Mortals

Fools and Mortals

Bernard Cornwell

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A dramatic new departure for international bestselling author Bernard Cornwell, FOOLS AND MORTALS takes us into the heart of the Elizabethan era, long one of his favourite periods of British history.

Fools and Mortals follows the young Richard Shakespeare, an actor struggling to make his way in a company dominated by his estranged older brother, William. As the growth of theatre blooms, their rivalry - and that of the playhouses, playwrights and actors vying for acclaim and glory - propels a high-stakes story of conflict and betrayal.

Showcasing his renowned storyteller's skill, Bernard Cornwell has created an Elizabethan world incredibly rich in its portrayal: you walk the London streets, stand in the palaces and are on stage in the playhouses, as he weaves a remarkable story in which performances, rivalries and ambition combine to form a tangled web of intrigue.


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The Best Australian Stories 2017

The Best Australian Stories 2017

Maxine Beneba Clarke

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‘The best short fiction writers place their pens down and leave you with a haunting: a deep shifting of self, precipitated by impossibly few words.’ —Maxine Beneba Clarke

In The Best Australian Stories 2017, Maxine Beneba Clarke – author of the critically acclaimed memoir The Hate Race and award-winning short story collection Foreign Soil – selects the most remarkable short fiction of the past year.

A woman sails to unfamiliar shores to start her life with a stranger. A boy goes to school one day and returns home twenty years older. The government erects a wall across the country and right down the middle of a marital bed.

Diverse in style and voice, these exceptional stories have been chosen by Clarke because they ‘push and pull at our hearts, demanding entry into their chambers’.

Contributors include Dominic Amerena, Madeline Bailey, Tony Birch, Verity Borthwick, Raelee Chapman, Elizabeth Tien An Flux, Cassie Hamer, John Kinsella, Julie Koh, Melissa Lucashenko, Myfanwy McDonald, Jennifer Mills, Joshua Mostafa, Ryan O'Neill, David Oberg, Allee Richards, Mirandi Riwoe, Josephine Rowe, Joe Rubbo, Beejay Silcox and Ellen van Neerven.


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Sherlock Holmes: The Australian Casebook: All New Holmes Stories

Sherlock Holmes: The Australian Casebook: All New Holmes Stories

Christopher Sequiera

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So where did Sherlock, and his companion Watson, spend those lost years after the 1891 confrontation with Moriarty at the infamous Reichenbach Falls? Obviously, in the Antipodes, where the great sleuth was able to solve a number of intriguing crimes! A range of Australian authors including Kerry Greenwood, Meg Keneally, LJM Owen, Doug Elliott and others take it upon themselves to relate Holmes’ triumphs. Whether it’s murders in city or the bush, robbery, extortion or kidnapping, even bunyips, Holmes unlocks their mysteries. Highly entertaining!

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A beautiful illustrated hardcover collection of original Australian mystery stories by popular writers and devoted Sherlockians, including Kerry Greenwood, Meg Keneally, Samuel Wagan Watson, Lucy Sussex, Kaaron Warren and many more. It's 1890. Holmes' fame has spread even to the colonies and he and his stalwart chronicler Watson are swept up in an array of mysteries 'down under'. They find themselves summoned from location to location, dealing with the exciting and unique mysteries of this strange island continent.


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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

Walter Isaacson

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Leonardo. Illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted, and at times heretical. Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science, based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work. He shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation and imagination. His life reminds us of the importance of instilling, in ourselves and our children, received knowledge and a willingness to question it - to be imaginative and to think different.

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'To read this magnificent biography of Leonardo da Vinci is to take a tour through the life and works of one of the most extraordinary human beings of all time in the company of the most engaging, informed, and insightful guide imaginable. Walter Isaacson is at once a true scholar and a spellbinding writer. And what a wealth of lessons there are to be learned in these pages.' David McCullough

Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo's astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo's genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology.

With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history's most creative genius. His creativity, like that of other great innovators, came from having wide-ranging passions. He peeled flesh off the faces of cadavers, drew the muscles that move the lips, and then painted history's most memorable smile. He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea, and produced illusions of changing perspectives in The Last Supper.

Isaacson also describes how Leonardo's lifelong enthusiasm for staging theatrical productions informed his paintings and inventions. Leonardo's delight at combining diverse passions remains the ultimate recipe for creativity. So, too, does his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted, and at times heretical.

His life should remind us of the importance of instilling, both in ourselves and our children, not just received knowledge but a willingness to question it-to be imaginative and, like talented misfits and rebels in any era, to think different.


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Not for the Faint-hearted: A Personal Reflection on Life, Politics and Purpose 1957-2007

Not for the Faint-hearted: A Personal Reflection on Life, Politics and Purpose 1957-2007

Kevin Rudd

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In 2007, Kevin Rudd became only the third Labor prime minister since WWII, after Whitlam and Hawke, to win government from opposition. In doing so he also defeated, and unseated, John Howard, the longest-serving conservative prime minister since Menzies.

So who was the man behind the phenomenal success of the Kevin07 campaign? This is an optimistic book, written with passion, conviction and insight. It is the first in a two-volume autobiography. It covers the unlikely rise of the 'boy from Eumundi' to the most powerful office in the land.


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Phantom Architecture: The Fantastical Structures the World's Great Architects Really Wanted to Build

Phantom Architecture: The Fantastical Structures the World's Great Architects Really Wanted to Build

Philip Wilkinson

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A skyscraper one mile high, a dome covering most of downtown Manhattan, a triumphal arch in the form of an elephant: some of the most exciting buildings in the history of architecture are the ones that never got built. These are the projects in which architects took materials to the limits, explored challenging new ideas, defied conventions and pointed the way towards the future.

Some of them are architectural masterpieces, some simply delightful flights of fancy. It was not usually poor design that stymied them - politics, inadequate funding or a client who chose a `safe' option, rather than a daring vision, were all things that could stop a project leaving the drawing board.

These unbuilt buildings include the grand projects that acted as architectural calling cards, experimental designs that stretch technology, visions for the future of the city, and articles of architectural faith. Structures like Buckminster Fuller's dome over New York, or Frank Lloyd Wright's mile-high tower, can seem impossibly daring. But they also point to buildings that came decades later, to the Eden Project and the Shard.

Some of those unbuilt wonders are buildings of great beauty and individual form, like Etienne-Louis Boullee's enormous spherical monument to Isaac Newton; some, such as the city plans of Le Corbusier, seem to want to teach us how to live; some, like El Lissitsky's `horizontal skyscrapers' and Gaudi's curvaceous New York hotel, turn architectural convention upside-down; some, such as Archigram's Walking City and Plug-in City, are by turns bizarre and inspiring. All are captured in this magnificently illustrated book.


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Monash and Chauvel: How Australia's Two Greatest Generals Changed the Course of World History

Monash and Chauvel: How Australia's Two Greatest Generals Changed the Course of World History

Roland Perry

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Monash and Chauvel is a gripping narrative history that follows the extraordinary campaigns of the two most outstanding battlefield commanders of the First World War across all the Allied armies: John Monash and Harry Chauvel.

John Monash commanded the Australian forces on the Western Front at the most critical time of the war, 1918. With his German Jewish heritage, Monash was an outsider who had risen to his position through his ground-breaking military achievements. Almost uniquely among Allied generals on the Western Front, he learned the lessons of past failures and devised the tactics that allowed his Australian troops to break through the stalemate of trench warfare, masterminding crucial battles, including Amiens, Mont St Quentin, Peronne, and at the Hindenburg Line that broke the German Army in France. In the war against the Ottoman Empire in the Middle East, Harry Chauvel led the 34,000-strong Desert Mounted Column.

Chauvel was an Empire man, who considered himself as British first, Australian second. His attitude changed in the course of the war, when he realised he would have to ignore the directives of his British superiors and take the initiative in planning battle tactics himself if he was to defeat the Turks. He did this at Romani in the Sinai in August 1916; at Beersheba on 31 October 1917; and in the final 1918 drive to push the Turks right out of the Middle East after 400 years of brutal rule over the Arab tribes.

By the end of the war Monash and Chauvel had brought a distinctly Australian sensibility to their areas of operation, involving flexibility, innovation and a deep respect for the troops they led, which was in turn reciprocated by their men.

Their impact on the war was immense and, in this fascinating and compelling account, bestselling author Roland Perry does full justice to their extraordinary careers and the soldiers under their command.

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Mrs. M

Mrs. M

Luke Slattery

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From one of Australia's foremost journalists, Luke Slattery, comes a bravura literary achievement, a rich and intense novel of an imagined history of desire, ambition and dashed dreams, and a portrait of one passionate, unforgettable woman - Elizabeth Macquarie.

Elizabeth Macquarie, widow of the disgraced former Governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie, is in mourning - not only for her husband, but the loss of their shared dream to transform the penal colony into a bright new world.

Over the course of one long sleepless night on the windswept isle of Mull, she remembers her life in that wild and strange country; a revolution of ideas as dramatic as any in history; and her dangerous alliance with the brilliant, mercurial Francis Greenway, the colony's maverick architect.

A stirring, provocative and thrilling novel of passion, ideas, reforming zeal and desire.


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Little Secrets

Little Secrets

Anna Snoekstra

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For fans of Gilly Macmillan's The Perfect Girl, Kate Moretti's The Vanishing Year and Anna's chilling debut novel, Only Daughter. Little Secrets examines what happens to the people in a small town when they feel threatened by an unknown danger. Full of twists and turns, this dark examination of human nature is a fast-paced thriller.

What happens when ambition trumps the truth?

A town reeling in the wake of tragedy...

An arsonist is on the loose in Colmstock, Australia, most recently burning down the town's courthouse and killing a young boy who was trapped inside.An aspiring journalist desperate for a story...

The clock is ticking for Rose Blakey. With nothing but rejections from newspapers piling up, her job pulling beers for cops at the local tavern isn't enough to even cover rent. Rose needs a story-a big one.A bizarre mystery...

In the weeks after the courthouse fire, porcelain replicas of Colmstock's daughters begin turning up on doorsteps, terrifying parents and testing the limits of the town's already fractured police force.

Rose may have finally found her story. But as her articles gain traction and the boundaries of her investigation blur, Colmstock is seized by a seething paranoia. Soon, no one is safe from suspicion. And when Rose's attention turns to the mysterious stranger living in the rooms behind the tavern, neighbour turns on neighbour and the darkest side of self-preservation is revealed.

`A smart and compulsive thriller that perfectly evokes the claustrophobia of small-town Australian life. I couldn't put it down!' Bestselling Australian author of The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion


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Beneath Another Sky: A Global Journey into History

Beneath Another Sky: A Global Journey into History

Norman Davies

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Norman Davies's account of a global circumnavigation, of the places he visited and the history he found there, from Abu Dhabi to Singapore, the settlement of Tasmania to the short-lived Republic of Texas. 

As in Vanished Kingdoms, Davies's historical gaze penetrates behind the present to see how things became as they are, and how peoples came to tell themselves the stories which make up their identities. Everywhere, it seems, human beings have been travelling - pushing out others or arriving in terra nullius - since the beginning of recorded time.

To whom is a land truly native? As always, Norman Davies has his eye on the historical horizon as well as on what is close at hand, and brilliantly complicates our view of the past.


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Culture Trails

Culture Trails

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ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— Fancy a weekend exploring Gothic Tasmania? Or perhaps a couple of days discovering the Cuba of Ernest Hemingway? Maybe you prefer the live music scene in Adelaide, or tracing Harry Potter through London, or immersing yourself in Renaissance Florence? What about the art islands of Naoshima, Art Nouveau in Budapest or artisan Marrakesh? These and more are here in this fully illustrated book. Detailed itineraries, maps and tips to make the most of your time – everything you need to plan (or dream about) a perfect weekend of cultural activity! Lindy Jones

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Hemingway's Cuba, jazz in New Orleans, the Italian Renaissance: whether it's art, music, literature or cinema, there's something for everyone in this follow-up to Wine Trails and Food Trails.

We present ideas and itineraries for 52 weekends of culture heaven, packed with expert recommendations, maps and advice on how to get there and where to stay.

We've searched the globe to find 52 cultural enclaves where the arts have had a profound, lasting impact and local culture is being protected and nurtured; where old customs hold true and new ones are being forged; and where the past is melding with the future in fascinating ways.

Highlights include: Aboriginal art in Australia's Northern Territory  On a classical high in Vienna  Confronting Soviet ghosts in Bulgaria  Exploring a Latin American literary legacy  Myths and legends of old Hong Kong  Discovering Havana's music scene  Copenhagen's design and urban environment  Oxford's storytellers  Ancient religion of Ethiopia  Finnish sauna culture  Picasso on the Riviera  Walking in the footsteps of Vikings  Rajasthan's open-air art galleries  Medici Florence  Bob Marley reggae trail  Taiwanese folklore reimagined  Vintage Hollywood  Deep South blues trail.


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The World: A Traveller's Guide to the Planet

The World: A Traveller's Guide to the Planet

Lonely Planet

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This is the second edition of the wildly popular guide to every country on the globe. Set out in the same format as the famous travel guides, this is the perfect book for deciding where you might like to go next. It includes detailed maps, essential facts, excellent photographs and country highlights; it also has a feature that enables you to choose your destination according to your interests. A wonderful reference book to launch a thousand dreams!

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Every country in the world, in one guidebook: Lonely Planet's The World. A Traveller's Guide to the Planet. We've taken the highlights from the world's best guidebooks and put them together into one 900+ page whopper to create the ultimate guide to Earth.

This user-friendly A-Z gives a flavour of each country in the world, including a map, travel highlights, info on where to go and how to get around, as well as some quirkier details to bring each place to life. In Lonely Planet's trademark bluespine format, this is the ultimate planning resource. From now on, every traveller's journey should start here... Nearly 1000 colour photos of must-visit highlights  More than 200 colour maps  The guidebook every traveller needs to own.


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Lonely Planet's Atlas of Adventure

Lonely Planet's Atlas of Adventure

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Don't just walk on the wild side - hike, climb, cycle, surf and even parachute. Lonely Planet's Atlas of Adventure is an encyclopedia for thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies, featuring the best outdoor experiences, country-by-country, across the world - making it the ultimate introduction to an exciting new world of adventure.

There are numerous ways to explore our planet and the Atlas of Adventure showcases as many of them as possible in over 150 countries. We tracked down our adventure-loving gurus and asked them to share their tips on where to go and what to do. Colourful, awe-inspiring images are accompanied by authoritative text from Lonely Planet's travel experts.

Highlights include: Mountaineering and trekking in Argentina  Mountain biking and bushwalking in Australia  Diving and paddling in Cambodia  Trail running and canoeing in Canada  Surfing and volcano diving in El Salvador  Ski-exploring and dogsledding in Greenland  Cycling and snowsports in Japan  Riding with eagle hunters and pack-rafting in Mongolia  Dune boarding and hiking in Namibia  Tramping and black-water rafting in New Zealand  Kloofing and paragliding in South Africa  Sailing and walking in the United Kingdom  Hiking and climbing in the United States.


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Signs of Australia: Vintage Signs from the City to the Outback

Signs of Australia: Vintage Signs from the City to the Outback

Brady Michaels ,  Dale Campisi

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Once upon a simpler time, hand-painted and hand-crafted signs brought colour and vibrancy to Australian towns and cities - advertising everything from dining rooms, milk bars, and CWA halls to Peter's ice cream, oatmeal, stout, Chinese restaurants, and Shelley's famous drinks.

Now faded and slowly disappearing, they tell the story of life over two centuries, recording a distinctly Australian vernacular language. A keen photographer of the everyday, Brady Michaels has recorded an impressive array of signs from across Australia - from the earliest ads for household goods and services, to more recent but now defunct video lending libraries and internet cafes.

These beautifully composed and nostalgic images are accompanied by brief commentary by Dale Campisi, who ponders the significance of these fading and disappearing signs - artful, kitsch, and at times hilarious - lovingly preserved through Brady's lens.


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The Secret Life of Whales

The Secret Life of Whales

Micheline Jenner

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Marine biologist Micheline Jenner discovered humpback breeding grounds off the Kimberley coast, has swum through orange golfball-sized pygmy blue whale poo to uncover a feeding spot, and is one of very few people to witness a humpback whale giving birth.

In The Secret Life of Whales she reveals the unknown world of these giants of the deep and shares insights from her work with humpback, blue and pygmy blue whales, taking us from Australia to Antarctica and beyond.

Enlightening and eye-opening, The Secret Life of Whales reveals fascinating information about how whales live, tapping into Jenner's world-leading research and infectious enthusiasm for these magnificent creatures.

'Australia's whales are lucky to have had observers, admirers and protectors like Micheline Jenner. But so are the citizens of this island nation, for the Jenners have not only advanced our scientific knowledge, they've enriched our culture.' Tim Winton


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Painting by Numbers: The Life and Art of Ferdinand Bauer

Painting by Numbers: The Life and Art of Ferdinand Bauer

David Mabberley

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Ferdinand Bauer was a supreme botanical artist, best known for accompanying Flinders on his circumnavigation of Australia. His work was technically accomplished, but also possessed a sensitivity that elevated his illustrations to art, rather than mere scientific recording. Bauer had an unparalleled memory for colour, and used codes for the various shades in conjunction with his preliminary drawings, which he could later complete in life-identical colour.
This absorbing and superbly produced book is plentifully illustrated, with fascinating insights into
the man and his achievements. Lindy Jones
 
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Ferdinand Bauer is seen by many as the greatest natural history painter of all time. Hand-picked by Joseph Banks, in 1801-1805 Bauer accompanied Matthew  Flinders during his circumnavigation of Australia, and lived in New South Wales and Norfolk Island.

Already celebrated in Europe for the precision and beauty of his paintings, it was during this commission that Bauer perfected the technique of sketching and colour-coding in the field, and then colouring later - painting by numbers.

This fascinating new study of Bauer's work includes reproductions of never-before-published works from collections in Europe and Australia. Written by one of the world's foremost botanical scholars, Painting by Numbers reveals Bauer's innovative colour-coding technique for the first time.


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Molly the Pirate

Molly the Pirate

Lorraine Teece ,  Paul Seden

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Molly lived a long way from the sea, but every day she wished she was a pirate. So starts this joyful and humorous tale of a little girl with a big imagination. With a tiny bit of make-believe, her dusty backyard is transformed into the blue and rolling sea, her pets into loyal companions, the chooks into buccaneers, and an ordinary morning into an energetic adventure. Illustrations by Paul Seden are bright and exuberant. A jaunty tale for ages 3-6. Lindy Jones

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Molly the Pirate is a swashbuckling tale that will delight anyone who ever wanted to be a pirate. Young Molly's imagination knows no bounds when she transforms her Australian backyard into an adventure playground on the high seas.

Molly conjures up a pirate ship on her inland horizon and takes her loyal cat and dog along for the ride as she rows across the choppy ocean to the unsuspecting pirates. On board, she meets a feisty crew of salty buccaneers who look suspiciously like her own farmyard chickens. They are no match for Molly's daring exploits as she walks the plank, dances jolly jigs, scrambles up the rigging (or is that a clothesline?) and steers the ship like a true seafaring adventurer.

Paul Seden's witty illustrations pop off the page. His visual storytelling is a standout and children will love searching for objects from Molly's real world that take on a hilarious new purpose in this jaunty pirate story. Age range 3 to 6

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Dinosaur Atlas

Dinosaur Atlas

Lonely Planet Kids

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ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— If you have a budding paleontologist in your life, then this is the perfect gift to foster and inspire their enthusiasm for dinosaurs! Maps unfold to reveal a wealth of information about various dinosaurs which have been discovered around the world, flaps lift up to show photographs of fossils, life-sized reproductions allow the reader to get an idea of scale. There are stories about famous fossil hunters, current theories and discoveries, and wonderfully expressive illustrations. An engaging and eye-catching book for ages 6-10! Lindy Jones

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It's time to explore lost prehistoric lands and the huge variety of dinosaurs that roamed them with Lonely Planet Kids' Dinosaur Atlas.

Kids can unfold maps and lift the flaps to reveal amazing illustrations and facts about how dinosaurs lived and where they were discovered. They'll also learn about famous paleontologists and measure themselves against life-size bones, teeth and claws.

From from giant sauropods and horned dinosaurs, to duckbills and ferocious theropods, kids will discover how the dinosaurs evolved, what they looked like and how they hunted. Plus, we've included the latest finds and theories. Created in consultation with Dr David Button, a dinosaur expert at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and featuring iconic illustrations by James Gilleard.


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How Animals Build

How Animals Build

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ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— Animals are the most amazing architects, and this colourful and interesting book shows the young reader some of the fabulous constructions of the natural world! With lots of flaps to encourage children to interact with the book, it reveals the secrets of animal homes. Whether bee hives or pufferfish beds, spider webs or ant colonies, beaver lodges or rabbit warrens, bird nests or mouse holes, this combines fun with education. Lindy Jones

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This beautifully illustrated hardback explores the incredible world of animal architects. Kids can lift the flaps and open gatefolds to discover amazing animal homes up high, underground, on land and under the sea.

From spider webs and rabbit warrens, to bird nests and ant colonies, we reveal the secrets to these extraordinary structures and how they're built. Do bees need cement mixers to build hives? Do beavers use cranes to construct dams? No, of course not! Like many animals, they're building geniuses who don't need building site tools to create incredible work. Welcome to nature's very own, super-clever world of construction.

Themed topics include: Apartment Block with Branches  Dig, Diggers, Dig!  Number 1 Bunny Street  A Winning Design  It's Buzzing in Here!  Nest Neighborhoods  This Way to Waterworld  Extreme Builders  Mouse House Here Created in consultation with Michael Leach: wildlife expert, speaker, photographer, filmographer and author of over 20 books on subjects ranging from big cats and owls to great apes and bears.


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The Animal Book

The Animal Book

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ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— This is colourful and informative compendium presents a variety of the special creatures on our planet. Not just the usual mammals - birds, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and insects also feature. With striking illustrations by Dawn Cooper, crisp photographs, interesting text and key facts, it also includes information about our relationship with and impact upon the animals. An engaging book that manages to educate and entertain at the same time! Lindy Jones

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Get ready for a walk on the wild side through every continent on Earth! Kids can discover the animal kingdom like never before in this beautiful encyclopedia, featuring over 100 incredible creatures, from the grey wolf and green anaconda, to the bald eagle and emperor penguin.

Packed with facts and illustrations, it also explores our relationship with these animals and how we're affecting their lives and habitats, like elephants hunted for their tusks in Africa and reindeer helping Arctic communities deliver food and supplies. Animals are all around us, but sometimes we forget just how remarkable they are.

In The Animal Book, we take a look at some of the world's most diverse and fascinating mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects and invertebrates, from those you can spot in your back garden, to more endangered species in jungles, deserts and freezing oceans. Dawn Cooper's wonderful illustrations are combined with fantastic photographs and expert authorship by Ruth Martin. 

About Lonely Planet Kids: Come explore! Let's start an adventure. Lonely Planet Kids excites and educates children about the amazing world around them. Combining astonishing facts, quirky humour and eye-catching imagery, we ignite their curiosity and encourage them to discover more about our planet. Every book draws on our huge team of global experts to help share our continual fascination with what makes the world such a diverse and magnificent place - inspiring children at home and in school.


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Tilly's Reef Adventure

Tilly's Reef Adventure

Rhonda Garward

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Tilly is a baby Green Turtle who hatches on a far north beach and makes her way into the Great Barrier Reef. There she comes into contact with a range of other creatures and threats, none more dangerous than a plastic bag she mistakes for her natural prey, jellyfish. Fortunately for her, she is rescued by a group of children who are cleaning up their local beach. With vivid colours and vivacious illustrations, this is a beautiful book with an important environmental message gently delivered. Perfect for ages 4-7. Lindy Jones

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Tilly's Reef Adventure is a delightful lift-the-flap book about a baby Green Turtle who, against the odds, makes it into the ocean and begins her journey in the seas of the Great Barrier Reef, meeting friends and foe along the way. After surviving some adventures on the reef, she finds herself caught in a plastic bag that she has mistaken for a jellyfish. She is washed up on a beach where she is saved just in time by children who are cleaning up rubbish along the shore.
 
At the back of the book, there is extra information about the reef, including threats to the reef and how you can help keep it, as well as other parts of our environment, healthy and free of rubbish. Age range: 4-7

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M is for Mutiny!: History by Alphabet

M is for Mutiny!: History by Alphabet

John Dickson ,  Bern Emmerichs

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This relates colonial Australian history in an audacious and sophisticated picture book format. Whose history is it – the European settlers or the Indigenous people who had been here for 60 000 years? Why and how did the British insist on their cultural superiority? Explaining these questions and many more in a sequence of alphabetical entries, this is a fine way of enticing young readers into exploring some of our more interesting stories. Energetic and finely detailed illustrations. Ages 7+


In the late 18th century, ragtag groups of Europeans started to arrive in Australia. Most were convicts, some were soldiers, a few had just run out of choices. They blundered onto an ancient land that had been peopled for 60,000 years. They wanted to make it just like home. They cleared the land, they fenced it, they paved it and they put buildings on it. All the while, the country's first peoples watched on, bewildered by these clumsy immigrants and their mysterious ways...

M is for Mutiny! is a taste of the intriguing history of Australia and the many entry points for children to explore further. Why did Sir Joseph Banks hate bananas? Did anyone like William Bligh? Where is Yemmerrawanne?

"M is for Mutiny! is a breath of historical fresh air that informs and entertains. This book is a perfectly child-friendly exploration and explanation of Australian settlement, often funny yet factual and accessible. It is beautifully illustrated, and written with an historian's sense of balance and a writer's sense of bravery. It presents an alphabetical over-view that favours neither black nor white in any sense of those words, and leaves much to the imagination of the reader inspired by word and picture." - Dave Metzenthen

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The River of Consciousness

The River of Consciousness

Oliver Sacks

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In his previous books, Oliver Sacks had addressed questions of the brain and mind through the lens of case histories of individuals with neurological disorders. Recently, however, he had been reflecting on his experiences with such patients in the context of a lifetime of medical practice, and in light of recent neuroscientific evidence and theories. The River of Consciousness will be a broader and more direct look at how the brain and mind work, as always, incorporating Sacks' rich historical and personal context.

Advances in neuroscience have revolutionized our ability to visualize the brain in action. For the first time we are able to close the gap between the philosophical questions which have consumed the world's thinkers since the eighteenth century and the true physiological basis of perception and consciousness.

Here Sacks examines questions of memory, time, and consciousness. How do we think, how do we remember? Do different individuals have different speeds or ways of thinking? Is memory reliable? How do the neural correlates of memory differ for true memories and false memories? How do we construct our sense of time, our visual world? What is consciousness, neurologically speaking? And most importantly, what is creativity?

Sacks completed the research for this book before he died, and with instructions on how it was to be put together. This is a remarkable culmination of a lifetime's research into the way the brain works.


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Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics

Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics

Tim Marshall

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ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— Geopolitics is a fascinating concept, and this engaging book examines ten countries in terms of their geography to explain the politics of the lines drawn on the map of the world. Artificial borders do not always take account of physical features and even in a time of advanced technology, sometimes geography will be the greatest influence. Russia, China, USA, Western Europe, Africa, Middle East, India/Pakistan, Japan/Korea, Latin America and the Arctic are all analysed in clear and effortless prose – and what might have determined their past will still impact upon their future. Lindy Jones

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THE INTERNATIONAL AND SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER; All leaders are constrained by geography. Their choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas and concrete. Yes, to understand world events you need to understand people, ideas and movements... but if you don't know geography, you'll never have the full picture.

To understand Putin's actions, for example, it is essential to consider that, to be a world power, Russia must have a navy. And if its ports freeze for six months each year then it must have access to a warm water port - hence, the annexation of Crimea was the only option for Putin.

To understand the Middle East, it is crucial to know that geography is the reason why countries have logically been shaped as they are - and this is why invented countries (e.g. Syria, Iraq, Libya) will not survive as nation states.

Spread over ten chapters (covering Russia; China; the USA; Latin America; the Middle East; Africa; India and Pakistan; Europe; Japan and Korea; and Greenland and the Arctic), using maps, essays and occasionally the personal experiences of the widely travelled author, Prisoners of Geography looks at the past, present and future to offer an essential guide to one of the major determining factors in world history.


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Stormtroopers: A New History of Hitler's Brownshirts

Stormtroopers: A New History of Hitler's Brownshirts

Daniel Siemens

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The first full history of the Nazi Stormtroopers whose muscle brought Hitler to power, with revelations concerning their longevity and their contributions to the Holocaust Germany's Stormtroopers engaged in a vicious siege of violence that propelled the National Socialists to power in the 1930s.

Known also as the SA or Brownshirts, these ordinary men waged a loosely structured campaign of intimidation and savagery across the nation from the 1920s to the Night of the Long Knives in 1934, when Chief of Staff Ernst Rohm and many other SA leaders were assassinated on Hitler's orders.

In this deeply researched history, Daniel Siemens explores not only the roots of the SA and its swift decapitation but also its previously unrecognized transformation into a million-member Nazi organization, its activities in German-occupied territories during World War II, and its particular contributions to the Holocaust.

The author provides portraits of individual members and their victims and examines their milieu, culture, and ideology. His book tells the long-overdue story of the SA and its devastating impact on German citizens and the fate of their country.


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Young Hitler: The Making of the Fuhrer

Young Hitler: The Making of the Fuhrer

Paul Ham

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When Adolf Hitler went to war in 1914, aged 25, he lived through what he would later call the 'most stupendous experience of my life'. Twice decorated for bravery, the future dictator thrilled to battle, relished violence and was willing to give everything for his beloved Fatherland. He heard of Germany's defeat as he lay immobilised in a hospital bed, temporarily blinded from mustard gas. He opened his eyes on a terrible new world, of Germany's loss and humiliation, the flight of the Kaiser, a Marxist uprising in Bavaria and the destruction of his beloved army.

Hitler would never accept Germany's defeat or the terms of the peace settlement. Out of his fury arose an unquenchable thirst for revenge, against the 'November criminals' who had signed the armistice; against the socialists whom he blamed for stabbing the army in the back; and, most violently, against the Jews, on whom he would load the blame for all Germany's woes and whom he considered a direct threat to the German master race of his imagination. The seeds of that hatred lay in Hitler's youthful experiences, growing up in Linz, Vienna and Munich, and as a young soldier in the Great War.

By peeling back the layers of Hitler's childhood, war record and early political career, Paul Ham conjures the ordinary man beneath the myth and seeks to solve the riddle behind the enigma of the Nazi leader.

What turned 'a Viennese bum', as Goring later damned him, into one of the most brutal dictators in human history? How had Hitler's first war, the defining years of his life, affect his rise to power? In a broader sense, was Hitler a freak of history? Or rather an extreme example of a recurring 'type' of demagogue, who thrives in chaos, revolution and economic collapse? Who will do and say anything to seize power? And who personifies in his words and actions the darkest prejudices of humankind?


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Dear Lindy: A Nation Responds to the Loss of Azaria

Dear Lindy: A Nation Responds to the Loss of Azaria

Alana Valentine

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ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— Anyone who remembers the 80s remembers Lindy Chamberlain and the legal battles (not to mention the media ones) over the death of her baby daughter Azaria. Lindy received thousands of letters from people all round the country, and they are now in 199 boxes in the National Library. Renowned playwright, Alana Valentine, wrote a moving play based upon a selection of these, and now presents a further collection. Ranging from outrage to compassion, eccentricity to support, these epistles represent a nation’s preoccupation with big issues. A fascinating microcosm of Australian society, compelling and at times, heart wrenching. Lindy Jones

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'This book shows just how far, wide, and deep the story has gone' - Lindy Chamberlain-CreightonAs Lindy mourned the death of her baby daughter Azaria, taken by a dingo from a campsite at Uluru in 1980, she was tried and convicted in the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory.

The court of public opinion had already made its ruling, shown in the thousands of hurtful, supportive, accusatory or sympathetic letters Lindy received.

The letters featured in this book were painstakingly collected and filed by Lindy over the past 37 years, and include anonymous vitriol, eccentric rants, words of prayer and support, and every other possible response.


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Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters

Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters

Margo Neale

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Although conceived as a catalogue accompanying the major exhibition at he National Museum, this splendid book is also a special record of one of the most important Indigenous story sequences. It aims to both share and preserve knowledge, and vibrantly documents artworks and the stories of the sisters who flee from one water source to the next, pursued by a lustful shape-shifter. Spinetinglingly beautiful – and an important resource for anyone who wishes to learn about the spiritual, cultural and ecological pathways of this extensive songline. Lindy Jones

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This book is a companion to the National Museum of Australia's blockbuster Indigenous-led exhibition, Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters.

It explores the history and meaning of songlines, the Dreaming or creation tracks that crisscross the Australian continent, of which the Seven Sisters songline is one of the most extensive.

Through stunning artworks (many created especially for the exhibition), story, and in-depth analysis, the book will provide the definitive resource for those interested in finding out more about these complex pathways of spiritual, ecological, economic, cultural, and ontological knowledge - the stories `written in the land'.


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The Baker's Alchemy

The Baker's Alchemy

John Stephenson

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ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— Ignacy Wadowski has taken a new and much younger wife. He is besotted, and whilst Jadwiga is attentive and dutiful, she has not allowed him into her bed. Enlisting the aid of a white witch's potion to renew his youthful vigour, Ignacy is surprised to find it is his youth that is renewed! He hatches a mischievous plan to seduce his wife, who succumbs to his wiles, but of course this leads to trouble, and twisty moral conundrums… A jolly read, full of playfulness, inventive details and entertaining wordwit. Lindy Jones

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In a corner of old Poland, near a great forest touched by magic, a baker receives a secret to help his ailing marriage. Enchantment comes but there is also a price to pay.

In a marvel of plotting, a spiral of double-identity comedy, cakes, music and moral conundrums which require the invention of photography, a Count's soiree, a squad of Cossacks and a balloon ride to Rome to sort them out, The Baker's Alchemy brings charm and triumph again to the institution of marriage.

'With its nostalgia for lost youth, rich with puns and word-play, The Baker's Alchemy is like a Brothers Grimm tale for adults, only much funnier. Strange and highly entertaining.'  - Mark O'Flynn, author of The Last Days of Ava Langdon

'The Baker's Alchemy has the gleam of a ramarkable imagination and the authenticity of a folk tale. A writer at the top of his powers.' - Barry Oakley, novelist and playwright

'I enjoyed The Baker's Alchemy immensely. The tale embodies a quite wonderful use of language, wry humour and intimate knowledge of the Polish primeval forest. The subtle dislocation of reality in the service of magic is gloriously creative.'  - Michael Moran, author


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Atlantic Black

Atlantic Black

A. S. Patric

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ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— Katerina Klova and her mother are sailing on the Aquitania to Paris, where she anticipates being reunited with her father and her beloved brother Kornel, who is soon to graduate from a military academy. When her mother suffers from a psychotic episode, Katerina is free to wander the ship, meeting unsettling characters and witnessing inexplicable incidents. Set over the course of New Year's Eve 1938, this extraordinary literary fiction is full of rich and strange imagery, and is an unflinching examination of fragility, darkness and impending tragedy. Lindy Jones

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In this haunting new novel, Katerina Klova and her mother are crossing the Atlantic by ocean liner. When Anne suffers a psychotic breakdown, Katerina is left alone on a ship full of strangers who span classes and stations, all of whom carry their ambitions, fears and obsessions with them. For a seventeen-year-old girl, the daughter of an ambassador, it’s an exciting, frightening world to navigate.

Through the eyes of Katerina and her own family’s place within a fracturing world, we see the way damage, yet also hope, are passed from one generation to another. A.S. Patrić’s  writing in Atlantic Black is achingly tender, the tone merciless but heartbreaking in its compassion.

The story takes place over one day and night, New Year’s Eve, 1939. The RMS Aquitania steams across the Atlantic ocean. On the horizon the world is about to explode.

 ‘A powerful and mesmerising voyage into darkness. Atlantic Black creates an indelible portrait of humanity sailing towards war.’

Heather Rose, Winner of the 2017 Stella Prize

‘I am still walking the slick decks of Atlantic Black, looking for a way out for both myself and Katerina. She is a singular character – such a perfect and excruciating balance of acting and being acted upon. A brilliant and devastating novel that will not let me go.’

Myfanwy Jones, author Leap


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A Long Way from Home

A Long Way from Home

Peter Carey

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Australia’s master novelist takes us on the race of a lifetime.

Carey's most ambitious novel since True History of the Kelly Gang - a celebration and interrogation of the Australia of Peter's childhood. He takes us on a wild ride around the country in 1954 by way of the famous Redex car trial, during which our protagonist, Willy Bachhuber, learns the poignant truth of his troubled past.

We're in Bacchus Marsh in the 1950s. The striking Irene Bobs is ahead of her time, a fearless, big-hearted, independently minded woman. Irene loves fast driving. Her husband, Titch Bobs, is the best car salesman in western Victoria. Together they enter the Redex Trial, a brutal race around the ancient continent over roads no car will ever quite survive. 

Her next door neighbour, the lanky fair-haired Willy, seems to be constantly in flight from his own life. He lacks social confidence but is extremely well read, so much so that he's a radio quiz champ. And he has a particular fondness for maps, joining the team as navigator.

This energetic story starts in one way and then takes you someplace else. Often funny, the more so as the world gets stranger, and always a page-turner, as you learn a history these characters never knew themselves.

In Australia of the 1950s amid the consequences of the age of empires, this vivid and lively novel reminds us how Europeans took possession of a timeless culture – the high purpose they invented and the crimes they committed along the way.

Peter Carey has twice won the Booker Prize for his explorations of Australian history. A Long Way from Home is his late-style masterpiece.


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Outsiders: Five Women Writers Who Changed the World

Outsiders: Five Women Writers Who Changed the World

Lyndall Gordon

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Mary Shelley, Emily Bronte George Eliot, Olive Shreiner, Virginia Woolf: five writers who wrote influential novels which still powerfully resonate with readers today.

All of them lost their mothers at young ages, and with no close female role model they had to invent their own idea of womanhood. This group biography links their creativity to their outsider status, and how each was able to create their own identities, in life and literature. Deeply researched, thoughtful and revealing.

We have long known their individual greatness but in linking their creativity to their lives as outsiders, this group biography throws new light on the genius they share. 'Outsider', 'outlaw', 'outcast': a woman's reputation was her security and each of these five lost it. As writers, they made these identities their own, taking advantage of their separation from the dominant order to write their novels.

All five were motherless. With no female model at hand, they learnt from books; and if lucky, from an enlightened man; and crucially each had to imagine what a woman could be in order to invent a voice of their own. They understood female desire: the passion and sexual bravery in their own lives infused their fictions.What they have in common also is the way they inform one another, and us, across the generations. Even today we do more than read them; we listen and live with them.

Lyndall Gordon's biographies have always shown the indelible connection between life and art: an intuitive, exciting and revealing approach that has been highly praised and much read and enjoyed. She names each of these five as prodigy, visionary, outlaw, orator and explorer and shows how they came, they saw and left us changed.


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Two Kinds of Truth  (#20 Harry Bosch)

Two Kinds of Truth (#20 Harry Bosch)

Michael Connelly

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Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando police and is called out to a local drug store where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town's three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big business world of prescription drug abuse.

Meanwhile, an old case from Bosch's LAPD days comes back to haunt him when a long-imprisoned killer claims Harry framed him, and seems to have new evidence to prove it. Bosch left the LAPD on bad terms, so his former colleagues aren't keen to protect his reputation. He must fend for himself in clearing his name and keeping a clever killer in prison.

The two unrelated cases wind around each other like strands of barbed wire. Along the way Bosch discovers that there are two kinds of truth: the kind that sets you free and the kind that leaves you buried in darkness.

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Working Class Man: A Memoir of Running Out of Time

Working Class Man: A Memoir of Running Out of Time

Jimmy Barnes

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It's a life too big and a story too extraordinary for just one book.

Jimmy Barnes has lived many lives - from Glaswegian migrant kid to iconic front man, from solo superstar to proud father of his own musical clan.

In this hugely anticipated sequel to his critically acclaimed bestseller, Working Class Boy, Jimmy picks up the story of his life as he leaves Adelaide in the back of an old truck with an unknown band called Cold Chisel.

A spellbinding and searingly honest reflection on success, fame and addiction, this self-penned memoir reveals how Jimmy Barnes used the fuel of childhood trauma to ignite and propel Australia's greatest rock'n'roll story.

But beyond the combustible merry-go-round of fame, drugs and rehab - across the Cold Chisel, solo and soul years - this is a story about how it's never too late to try to put things right.

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True Stories: Complete Short Non-Fiction

True Stories: Complete Short Non-Fiction

Helen Garner

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Helen Garner visits the morgue, and goes cruising on a Russian ship. She sees women giving birth, and gets the sack for teaching her students about sex. She attends a school dance and a gun show. She writes about dreaming, about turning fifty, and the storm caused by The First Stone. Her story on the murder of the two-year-old Daniel Valerio wins her a Walkley Award.

Garner looks at the world with a shrewd and sympathetic eye. Her non-fiction is always passionate and compelling. True Stories is an extraordinary book, spanning fifty years of work, by one of Australia’s great writers.


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The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power

The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power

Niall Ferguson

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Historians love to write about rulers — kings, emperors, presidents — or about vast social forces like migration, industrialisation. But what if they are all missing the point? 

Thinking about our own lives, isn't it clear that what makes the world go round are families, colleagues, teams, associations: in other words, networks? Many old Italian towns have the same central structure: a large square where people gather and a tower where the town's elite ruled from.

Throughout history you can express the battle between the two as a battle of networks - who knows who, who works with who: guilds, families, fellowships, clans, cabals all cooperating to make sometimes huge changes. Sometimes the power lies with those lurking in the tower and sometimes with those in the square. Access to information, to credit, to ideas, to news - all constantly shift.

Whether in the Renaissance or in the present day what makes the world work is an astonishing tangle of networks - and this was as true for the effort that went into discovering the New World as it is now for fighting elections or just talking to friends online.

In his enormously enjoyable new book, Niall Ferguson celebrates the myriad ways in which the battle between rival networks makes history happen.


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Stories: Collected Short Fiction

Stories: Collected Short Fiction

Helen Garner

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This handsome hardback edition of Helen Garner’s collected short fiction celebrates the seventy-fifth birthday of one of Australia’s most loved authors.

These stories—that delve into the complexities of love and longing, of the pain, darkness and joy of life—are all told with her characteristic sharpness of observation, honesty and humour.

Each one a perfect piece, together they showcase Garner’s mastery of the form.


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John Curtin's War: The coming of war in the Pacific, and reinventing Australia

John Curtin's War: The coming of war in the Pacific, and reinventing Australia

John Edwards

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This is the first volume in a major new biography on Curtin. His struggle for power against Joe Lyons and Bob Menzies, his dramatic use of it when he took office in October 1941, and his determination to be heard in Washington and London as Japan advanced, is a political epic unmatched in Australian experience. Using much new material this vivid, landmark biography places Curtin as a man of his times, puzzling through the immense changes in Australia and its region released by the mighty shock of the Pacific War.

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This tremendous counter-point to John Howard's The Menzies Era is volume one of a major new biography of arguably our greatest (and one of our most underrated) Prime Ministers, who shaped modern Australia.

Curtin was Menzies' great rival, taking over from him as Prime Minister at the start of the war with arguably a greater political legacy. Curtin - who died in office - is one of our more intriguing Prime Ministers. A slightly timid socialist boozer with a wall-eye - from WA to boot - he was the utter opposite of Menzies. Yet this quiet man made our nation into modern Australia.

We think of Australia as being made in WW1, at Gallipoli, but in this landmark work of history, John Edwards shows that the Depression and WW2 were the central events to the creation of our nation. The Depression (covered in this book) taught Curtin and the nation how cruelly Britain's bankers could treat its colonies, and how great the consequent suffering. Inspired, we became the world's greatest social democratic country. WW2 (covered in volume two) taught us that we couldn't rely on Britain for militarily support either, but that America might be our new best friend.

This is a major achievement, replete with tremendous scholarship and great detail, worthy of its two volumes. These two books will be the definitive word on the subject.


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Puzzle Ninja: Pit Your Wits Against The Japanese Puzzle Masters

Puzzle Ninja: Pit Your Wits Against The Japanese Puzzle Masters

Alex Bellos

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The Japanese logic puzzle is one of the most addictive products known to man. Bellos has collected over 200 of their most ingenious puzzles, rated easy to excruciating, and introduces 20 new types of addictive problems.

The Japanese logic puzzle is one of the most addictive products known to man. Alex Bellos travelled to Tokyo to meet the puzzle masters behind these habit-forming brainteasers and brought back over 200 puzzles that will flex, stretch, and blow your mind. Can you beat the puzzle masters to become a puzzle ninja?

Puzzles are so enjoyable. They get your brain sparking and the competitive spirit flowing. Solving them is one of life's simple pleasures. The puzzle masters of Japan create the world’s most satisfying puzzles, so Alex Bellos travelled to Tokyo to meet them. These enigmatologists include the godfather of Sudoku, the winner of the World Puzzle Championships, an inspiring teacher who uses games to enliven his students’ maths lessons, and the puzzle poet whose name has become a Sudoku solving technique. They use noms de guerre – Edamame, Lenin, Teatime, Sesame Egg – and each has a distinctive style. What unites them are their megawatt brains and the beauty of their hand-crafted puzzles, which will challenge and sharpen your mind.

Bellos has collected over 200 of their most ingenious puzzles, rated easy to excruciating, and introduces 20 new types of addictive problems including Shakashaka and Marupeke. Arm yourself with pencil, eraser and laser-like focus. Let's get puzzling...

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The Joy Of Mathematics: Marvels, Novelties, and Neglected Gems That Are Rarely Taught in Math Class

The Joy Of Mathematics: Marvels, Novelties, and Neglected Gems That Are Rarely Taught in Math Class

Alfred S. Posamentier ,  Charles Li ,  Christian Spreitzer ,  Robert Geretschlager

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Wouldn't it be great if all school teachers (from kindergarten through high school) would share the joy of mathematics with their students, rather than focus only on the prescribed curriculum that will subsequently be tested?

This book promises to help teachers and all readers do just that by revealing some wonders of mathematics often missing from classrooms. Here's your chance to catch up with the math gems you may have missed in your school years.

Using jargon-free language and many illustrations, these veteran math educators explore five areas: arithmetic, algebra, geometry, probability and the ways in which mathematics can reinforce common sense. Among other things, you'll learn  the rule of 72, which enables you to quickly determine how long it will take your bank account to double its value at a specific interest rate. Other handy techniques include an automatic algorithm for multiplying numbers mentally and a clever application that will allow you to convert from miles to kilometres (or the reverse) mentally.

A delightful presentation of geometric novelties reveals relationships that could have made your study of geometry more fun and enlightening. In the area of probability there is a host of interesting examples – from the famous Monty-Hall problem to the counterintuitive probability of two people having the same birthday in a crowded room.

Finally, the authors demonstrate how math will make you a better thinker by improving your organising abilities and providing useful and surprising solutions to common mathematics problems. You'll come away with a grasp of math you never thought possible and a true appreciation for this  queen of the sciences.


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The Oceans: A Deep History

The Oceans: A Deep History

Eelco J. Rohling

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The 4.4-billion-year history of the oceans and their role in Earth's climate system It has often been said that we know more about the moon than we do about our own oceans. In fact, we know a great deal more about the oceans than many people realise.

Scientists know that our actions today are shaping the oceans and climate of tomorrow--and that if we continue to act recklessly, the consequences will be dire.

In this timely and accessible book, Eelco Rohling traces the 4.4-billion-year history of Earth's oceans while also shedding light on the critical role they play in our planet's climate system.

Beginning with the formation of primeval Earth and the earliest appearance of oceans, Rohling takes readers on a journey through prehistory to the present age, vividly describing the major events in the ocean's evolution -- from snowball and greenhouse Earth to the end-Permian mass extinction, the breakup of the Pangaea supercontinent, and the changing climate of today.

Along the way, he explores the close interrelationships of the oceans, climate, solid Earth processes, and life, using the context of Earth and ocean history to provide perspective on humankind's impacts on the health and habitability of our planet -- and on what the future may hold for us.

An invaluable introduction to the cutting-edge science of paleoceanography, The Oceans enables you to make your own informed opinions about the environmental challenges we face as a result of humanity's unrelenting drive to exploit the world ocean and its vital resources.


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God: A Human History

God: A Human History

Reza Aslan

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In God, Reza Aslan sheds new light on mankind's relationship with the divine and challenges our perspective on faith and the birth of religion.

From the origins of spiritual thought to the concept of an active, engaged, divine presence that underlies all creation, Aslan examines how the idea of god arose in human evolution, was gradually personalised, endowed with human traits and emotions, and eventually transformed into a single Divine Personality- the God known today by such names as Yahweh, Father, and Allah.

Bold, wide-ranging and provocative, God challenges everything we thought we knew about the origins of religious belief, and with it our relationship with life and death, with the natural and spiritual worlds, and our understanding of the very essence of human existence.


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A Thoroughly Unhelpful History of Australian Sport

A Thoroughly Unhelpful History of Australian Sport

Titus O'Reily

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When it comes to sport, Australians are mad. It's the closest thing we have to a culture.

From Don Bradman's singular focus to Steven Bradbury's heroic not falling over, sport has shaped our sense of self. But how did we get here? Part history, part social commentary and a lot of nonsense, Titus O'Reily, Australia's least insightful sports writer, explains. Sport is important - gloriously stupid, but important. To understand Australia you must understand its sporting history. With this guide you sort of, kind of, will.

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Covering League, Aussie Rules, Tennis, Cricket, Football, Swimming, Netball, Union, Quidditch and many more, Titus looks at how sport has united Australians and given them something to do in their spare time. Part history, part social commentary and part the ravings of a madman, Titus examines-

League vs Union, what it says about you as a person.

Why it's the AFL's fault that Victorians are so awful.

How soccer is the biggest threat to Australia since Communism.

Can you not like sport and be an Australian?

The etiquette of watching sport.

Cricket, is not boring, OK Sharon?

Horse racing, not just about betting but mostly about betting.

The Olympics or why Australia is only important every four years.

A Thoroughly Unhelpful History of Australian Sport by Titus O'Reily at 131 York Street Sydney
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The Best Australian Poems 2017

The Best Australian Poems 2017

Sarah Holland-Batt

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The Best Australian Poems reveal the impressive depth, diversity and boldness of this country's poetic talent.

For the second year in a row, award-winning poet, critic and academic Sarah Holland-Batt selects Australia's finest poems, from both rising stars and well-known figures, presenting a dazzling array of themes and styles. Previous contributors include Judith Beveridge, Stephen Edgar, Fiona Wright, Clive James, Lisa Gorton, Robert Adamson, Dorothy Porter, John Kinsella, David Malouf, Cate Kennedy and Les Murray.


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Chronicles of a Liquid Society

Chronicles of a Liquid Society

Umberto Eco

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Umberto Eco was an international cultural superstar. A celebrated essayist as well as novelist, in this, his last collection, he explores many aspects of the modern world with irrepressible curiosity and wisdom.

A crisis in ideological values, a crisis in politics, unbridled individualism - the familiar backdrop to our lives – a 'liquid society' where it's not easy to find a polestar, though stars and starlets are not lacking.

In these pieces, written by Eco as articles for his regular column in l'Espresso magazine, he brings his dazzling erudition and keen sense of the everyday to bear on topics such as popular culture and politics, being seen, conspiracies, the old and the young, mobile phones, mass media, racism, good manners and the crisis in ideological values. It is a final gift to his readers - astute, witty and illuminating.


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Goodnight, Mr Panda

Goodnight, Mr Panda

Steve Antony

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'An ideal book for kids to learn about the importance of good manners.' Sun 'There's a new pre-school politeness tsar in town.' The Times Mr Panda and his friends are getting ready for bed. But some won't brush their teeth, others won't have a bath, and one won't even wear pyjamas! It's down to Mr Panda to show them how to do bedtime properly. Steve Antony's Mr Panda has taken the children's book world by storm, selling over 600,000 copies since it was first published.

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Asterix: Asterix and the Chariot Race: Album 37

Asterix: Asterix and the Chariot Race: Album 37

Jean-Yves Ferri ,  Didier Conrad

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The next action-packed adventure from Asterix and Obelix!

The roads across Italy are in disrepair. Defending his name, and to prove Rome's greatness, Senator Lactus Bifidus announces a special one-off chariot race. Julius Caesar insists a Roman must win, or Bifidus will pay. Open to anyone from the known world, competitors arrive from far and wide, including Asterix and Obelix. With Bifidus secretly scheming, who will win this almighty chariot race?

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The Big Earth Book

The Big Earth Book

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Earth, fire, air, water – these four elements created the world and everything in it! A combination of geography, science and history, this energetically illustrated book explains everything from plate tectonics to tsunami, how human society developed to how animals learnt to fly, fireworks to music, global warming to civil engineering – a cornucopia of knowledge for the enquiring mind. Aimed at ages 7-10

Written by Mark Brake, a science writer and broadcaster who's worked for NASA, the BBC and the National Science Museum of Thailand, and created in consultation with Dr Mike Goldsmith, a research scientist and writer with a PhD in astrophysics from Keele University in the UK.

Highlights include: Earth: How the Earth was formed  The structure of the Earth  Plate tectonics and rocks  Earthquakes and volcanoes  Humans in the stone age  Hunter-gatherers and farming  Fossils and digging for treasure  DNA: the code of life Fire: Ingredients for fire  Fire and humans  The history of fire  The dangers of wildfire  The Great Fire of London  Gunpowder and fireworks  The combustion engine  Carbon and global warming Air: What's air made of?  The Northern Lights  How animals learned to fly  Dinosaurs in the air  Birds and bats  The history of flight  Speech and language  Music and instruments  Weather and climate Water: The origins of water  Rivers and oceans  The water cycle  The Hanging Gardens of Babylon  Canals, bridges and dams  Exploring the seas  The age of exploration  Tsunamis and waterfalls.


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The Incredible Cabinet of Wonders

The Incredible Cabinet of Wonders

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Twelve collectors create their perfect cabinet of curiosities: a toymaker, sailor, naturalist, monster hunter, doctor, miniaturist, archaeologist, treasure seeker, costume maker, musician, scientist and make-believer. Each is illustrated by a different artist, and features various unusual and astonishing objects. Peek behind lift out flaps to see what's revealed, and read the story attached to the artifact. A book guaranteed to provide hours of wonder and entertainment!

What objects will they find? And what stories will they tell? The 12 themed collections are: Toy Maker's Cabinet Sailor's Cabinet Monster Hunter's Cabinet Naturalist's Cabinet Miniaturist's Cabinet Doctor's Cabinet Treasure Hunter's Cabinet Archaeologist's Cabinet Costume Maker's Cabinet Musician's Cabinet Scientist's Cabinet Make Believer's Cabinet Each cabinet is illustrated by a different artist and features photos of every astonishing and unusual artefact.


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1947: When now begins

1947: When now begins

Elisabeth Asbrink ,  Fiona Graham

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Somewhere on the timeline, the war ends. Somewhere else, a new age begins - the one we call now.

The shift does not happen overnight, from one day to the next; instead, the world vibrates for a number of years. People try to find their way to homes no longer there. People run from their deeds, and most of them get away.

Among the millions in flight across Europe looking for a new home in 1947 are Elizabeth Asbrink's parents.

In 1947, production of the Kalashnikov rifle begins, Christian Dior creates the New Look, Simone de Beauvoir writes The Second Sex, the first computer bug is discovered, the CIA is set up, Hassan Al-Banna draws up the plan that remains the goal of jihadists to this day and a UN committee is given four months to find a solution to the problem of Palestine.

In 1947, Asbrink chronicles the creation of the world we now inhabit, as the forces that will go on to govern our lives during the next 70 years first make themselves known.

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Alone: Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk: Defeat Into Victory

Alone: Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk: Defeat Into Victory

Michael Korda

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Combining epic history with rich family stories, Michael Korda chronicles the outbreak of World War II and the great events that led to Dunkirk.

In an absorbing work peopled with world leaders, generals, and ordinary citizens who fought on both sides of World War II, Alone brings to resounding life perhaps the most critical year of twentieth-century history. For, indeed, May 1940 was a month like no other, as the German war machine blazed into France while the supposedly impregnable Maginot Line crumbled, and Winston Churchill replaced Neville Chamberlain as prime minister in an astonishing political drama as Britain, isolated and alone, faced a triumphant Nazi Germany.

Against this vast historical canvas, Michael Korda relates what happened and why, and also tells his own story, that of a six-year-old boy in a glamorous movie family who would himself be evacuated. Alone is a work that seamlessly weaves a family memoir into an unforgettable account of a political and military disaster redeemed by the evacuation of more than 300,000 men in four days – surely one of the most heroic episodes of the war. Features 12 maps; 68 illustrations.


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Dissent: The Student Press in 1960s Australia

Dissent: The Student Press in 1960s Australia

Sally Percival Wood

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A passionate portrayal of Australia's social awakening - the people, the politics, and the power of the student press.

The 1960s was a decade of profound change, marked by an accumulating tension between political conservatism and social restlessness. During this time, university campuses became sites of dissent, amplified by the proliferation of tertiary institutions, producing the best-educated generation in Australian history.

Student newspapers began probing the Vietnam War and resisting conscription, challenging racism and the absence of Aborigines at university, stirring gender politics, and testing the limits of obscenity. With erudition, wit, and daring creativity - and enabled by new printing technology - student newspapers played an immensely important role in Australia's social, cultural, and political transformation, the results of which still resonate throughout Australia today.

In Dissent, historian Sally Percival Wood encapsulates the spirit of the era, delving into the people, the places, and the politics of the time to reveal how this transformation took place. From 1961, when Monash University opened, to 1972, when the Whitlam government came to power, Dissent shows just how profoundly the political conservatism emblematic of post-war Australia struggled to adapt to this new generation, with its new, sometimes alarming, audacity - and goes on to ask - has the student press lost its nerve?


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Ducks for Dark Times

Ducks for Dark Times

Michael Leunig

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A collection of cartoons about many strange and lovely things- kind words for dark days; simple poems concerning wonderful mysteries; reflections on sadness, joy, dismay, sanity, soup and beauty. Also- doubts, confessions, laments and tributes. Spirited depictions of dogs, ducks, teapots and trees, with various peculiar attempts to shine some light on dark and troubled times.

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Under The Cold Bright Lights

Under The Cold Bright Lights

Garry Disher

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ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— Re-hired into the force to work cold cases, DI Alan Auhl’s laconic style sees him shrug off jibes from younger officers. Easing back into it, the first case is ‘Slab Man’, the gruesome discovery of a skeleton under a residential concrete slab. There are also new developments in two cases Auhl had investigated before his five-year hiatus: a dead farmer, and a doctor whose wives and girlfriends keep dying. When an unexpected turn of events makes it personal, everything changes. Disher is always enjoyable! Craig Kirchner

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Gripping page turning thriller from one of Australia’s most celebrated literary crime writers.

The young detectives call Alan Auhl a retread, but that doesn’t faze him. He does things his own way - and gets results.

He still lives with his ex-wife, off and on, in a big house full of random boarders and hard-luck stories. And he’s still a cop, even though he retired from Homicide some years ago.

He works cold cases now. Like the death of John Elphick - his daughters still convinced he was murdered, the coroner not so sure. Or the skeleton that’s just been found under a concrete slab. Or the doctor who killed two wives and a girlfriend, and left no evidence at all.

Auhl will stick with these cases until justice is done. One way or another.


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The Midnight Line (#22 Jack Reacher)

The Midnight Line (#22 Jack Reacher)

Lee Child ,  Jeff Harding

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Jack Reacher takes an aimless stroll past a pawn shop in a small Midwestern town. In the window he sees a West Point class ring from 2005. It's tiny. It's a woman cadet's graduation present to herself. Why would she give it up? 

Reacher's a West Pointer too, and he knows what she went through to get it. Reacher tracks the ring back to its owner, step by step, down a criminal trail leading west. Like Big Foot come out of the forest, he arrives in the deserted wilds of Wyoming. All he wants is to find the woman. If she's OK, he'll walk away. If she's not a he'll stop at nothing.

He's still shaken by the recent horrors of Make Me, and now The Midnight Line sees him set on a raw and elemental quest for simple justice. Best advice- don't get in his way.


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Carrington's Letters: Her Art, Her Loves, Her Friendships

Carrington's Letters: Her Art, Her Loves, Her Friendships

Dora Carrington ,  Anne Chisholm

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'Your letters are a great pleasure. I lap them down with breakfast and they do me more good than tonics, blood capsules or iron jelloids' Lytton Strachey

Dora Carrington was considered an outsider to Bloomsbury, but she lived right at its heart. Known only by her surname, she was the star of her year at the Slade School of Fine Art, but never achieved the fame her early career promised. For over a decade she was the companion of gay writer Lytton Strachey, and killed herself, stricken without him, when he died in 1932. She was also a prolific and exuberant correspondent.

Carrington was not consciously a pioneer or a feminist, but in her determination to live life according to her own nature - especially in relation to her work, her passionate friendships and her fluid attitude to sex, gender and sexuality - she fought battles that remain familiar and urgent today. She was friends with the greatest minds of the day and her correspondence stars a roster of fascinating characters - Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Rosamund Lehmann, Maynard Keynes to name but a few.

Carrington's Letters introduces the maverick artist and electric personality to a new generation for the first time with exclusive correspondence never before published. Unmediated, passionate, startlingly honest and very playful, reading Carrington's letters is like having her whisper in your ear and embrace you gleefully.


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Warren Mundine in Black and White

Warren Mundine in Black and White

Warren Mundine

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The highly anticipated and revealing memoir from one of Australia's most significant Indigenous leaders.

Overcoming segregation, discrimination, personal hardship and political betrayal... Nyunggai Warren Mundine tells it all in black and white.

Mundine’s raw, intimate success story shines a bright and inspiring light, showing there is no limit to what you can achieve. His curriculum vitae runs into pages of honours, appointments and awards. So it’s extraordinary to consider that, as an Aboriginal boy in the 1950s, he was a second-class citizen, born into a world of segregation and discrimination that few Australians today are truly aware of.

From the poverty of a family living in a tent beside a river, to the depths of depression and an attempted suicide, to the heights of political power as National President of the Australian Labor Party and adviser to five prime ministers, both Labor and Liberal, this is a stirring story of an Indigenous family woven into the very fabric of Australia and its politics.

Arguably the most controversial and influential of all Aboriginal leaders, Warren Mundine challenges conventional wisdom. One of 11 children in a poor Catholic family, he has been on a remarkable journey - from his early life in country NSW with only one pair of shoes and a single bed shared with three of his brothers, to today where he frequents the highest echelons of power and business. Once an outsider, now an insider, he is regarded by many as one of Australia’s national treasures.

Mundine is one of the most significant and engaging personalities in today’s political spectrum. He offers an insider’s perspective on behind-the-scenes betrayals during his time as advisor to five prime ministers, with startling revelations, exclusive insights and a controversial take on the differences between Liberal and Labor. His memoir - an optimistic and inspirational tale - speaks to a changing Australia, answering the big question on everyone’s minds: what’s next?

Warren Mundine in Black + White is the book that makes you proud to be Australian.

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Can You Hear the Sea?: My Grandmother's Story

Can You Hear the Sea?: My Grandmother's Story

Brenda Niall

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ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— This gentle memoir of Niall's beloved grandmother shows how an ordinary person can still have a lasting impact and quietly shape their own place in the world. Agnes Maguire left Liverpool in 1888, aged 19, married a Riverland grazier in 1893 and was widowed in 1908. Whilst her family ‘back home' became important industrialists, and her brothers-in-law became wealthy, she herself was at best comfortable and towards the end of her life reduced in circumstances. Still she fostered a fierce love of reading in her many descendants, which has endured. An affectionate tribute. Lindy Jones

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Brenda Niall has turned her biographer's eye to a personal subject - her grandmother, Aggie.

She tells the story of a fiercely independent and intelligent woman who braved a new country as a single woman, teaching in a country school, before marrying a Riverina grazier, whose large powerful family was wary of the newcomer with ideas of her own.

Aggie dealt with hardships and loneliness after the early and drawn-out death of her husband, and brought up her seven children to be happy - all with a calm determination. But it was the memory box and her longing for the sea that captured the imagination of her granddaughter.


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The Wages of Desire: A World War II Mystery (Inspector Lamb #2)

The Wages of Desire: A World War II Mystery (Inspector Lamb #2)

Stephen Kelly

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In the late summer of 1941, as the war in Europe drags on, long-buried secrets begin to surface in the Hampshire village of Winstead, when the body of a young woman - a former conscientious objector - is found shot to death in the church cemetery.

The woman's only connection to Winstead seems to be that she lately had joined a group of conscripted workers who are building a prisoner of war camp on an abandoned farm near the village. But Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Lamb, who is called in to solve the case, has his doubts.

The mystery deepens when workers at the farm find the remains of a child in the foundation of the old farmhouse, and a tramp who had been squatting in the wood near the church turns up dead. Lamb soon begins to suspect that the crimes might be related to a tragic event that occurred in Winstead more than twenty years earlier - the suicide of a village woman who took her life in despair after her husband abandoned her and took their young twin sons with him.

As Lamb pieces together the connections between the crimes, he draws closer to the source of evil in Winstead's past and present and, in the end, must risk his own life to uncover the truth.


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The Unexpected Truth About Animals: A Menagerie of the Misunderstood

The Unexpected Truth About Animals: A Menagerie of the Misunderstood

Lucy Cooke

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History is full of strange animal stories, invented by the brightest and most influential - from Aristotle to Disney - and they reveal as much about us and the things we believe as they do about the animals they misrepresent.

We once thought that eels were born from sand, that swallows migrated to the moon, and that bears gave birth to formless lumps that were licked into shape by their mothers.

In The Unexpected Truth About Animals, zoologist Lucy Cooke unravels many such myths, revealing the fascinating - and often hilarious - facts she uncovered while chasing hyenas, spying on tobogganing penguins and stalking drunken moose.

You'll learn why sloths risk their lives to poo, how bats joined the Allies in the Second World War, and the mystery of the beaver's balls. And you'll discover that even the most outlandish theories may have some truth in them after all.


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Darwin's Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory

Darwin's Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory

James T. Costa

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How Darwin found universal evolutionary truths in simple yet ingenious home-spun experiments.

James T Costa takes readers on a journey from Darwin's youth and travels on the HMS Beagle to Down House, his bustling home of forty years. To test his insights into evolution, Darwin devised an astonishing array of hands-on experiments using his garden and greenhouse, surrounding meadows and woodlands, even taking over the cellar, study, yard, and hallways of his home-turned-field-station.

Darwin engaged his children, friends, and neighbours as assistants and encouraged fellow naturalists to follow his lead. His inventive experiments yielded universal truths about nature and evidence for his revolutionary arguments in On the Origin of Species and other watershed works.

We accompany Darwin in his myriad pursuits against the backdrop of his enduring marriage, chronic illness, grief at the loss of three children, and joy in scientific revelation. At each chapter's end, Costa shows how we too can investigate the wonders of nature at work, with directions on how to re-create Darwin's experiments. Features 60 line drawings.


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Mask of the Sun - The Science, History and Forgotten Lore of Eclipses

Mask of the Sun - The Science, History and Forgotten Lore of Eclipses

John Dvorak

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Mask of the Sun recounts the forgotten lore behind this amazing phenomenon and reveals the humanism behind the science of both lunar and solar eclipses.

What do Virginia Woolf, the rotation of hurricanes, Babylonian kings and Einstein's General Theory Relativity all have in common? Eclipses.

Always spectacular and, today, precisely predicable, eclipses have allowed us to know when the first Olympic games were played and, long before the first space probe, that the Moon was covered by dust. Eclipses have stunned, frightened, emboldened and mesmerised people for thousands of years. They were recorded on ancient turtle shells discovered in the Wastes of Yin in China, on clay tablets from Mesopotamia and on the Mayan Dresden Codex.

They are mentioned in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey and at least eight times in the Bible. Columbus used them to trick people, while Renaissance painter Taddeo Gaddi was blinded by one. Sorcery was banished within the Catholic Church after astrologers used an eclipse to predict a pope's death.

In Mask of the Sun, acclaimed writer John Dvorak the importance of the number 177 and why the ancient Romans thought it was bad to have sexual intercourse during an eclipse (whereas other cultures thought it would be good luck). Even today, pregnant women in Mexico wear safety pins on their underwear during an eclipse.

Eclipses are an amazing phenomena-unique to Earth-that have provided the key to much of what we now know and understand about the sun, our moon, gravity, and the workings of the universe. Both entertaining and authoritative, Mask of the Sun reveals the humanism behind the science of both lunar and solar eclipses.

With insightful detail and vividly accessible prose, Dvorak provides explanations as to how and why eclipses occur-as well as insight into the forthcoming eclipse of 2017 that will be visible across North America.


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A World of Three Zeroes: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Carbon Emissions

A World of Three Zeroes: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Carbon Emissions

Muhammad Yunus

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The 2006 co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and bestselling author of Banker to the Poor and Creating a World Without Poverty outlines his radical economic vision for tackling inequality, joblessness and environmental degradation, and explains the worldwide movement already working to make it a reality.

Muhammad Yunus is the Bangladeshi economist who invented microcredit, founded Grameen Bank, and earned a Nobel Peace Prize for his work towards alleviating poverty. Here he argues that the capitalist system is broken. In its current form, it inevitably leads to rampant inequality, massive unemployment and devastating environmental destruction. To save humankind and the planet, we need a new economic system based on a more realistic vision of human nature - one that recognises altruism and generosity as driving forces that are just as fundamental and powerful as self-interest.

Is this a pipe dream? Not at all. In the decade since Yunus first began to articulate his ideas for a new type of capitalism, thousands of companies, non-profits and individual entrepreneurs around the world have embraced them. From Albania to Colombia, India to Germany, newly created businesses and enterprises are committed to reducing poverty, improving health care and education, cleaning up pollution and serving other urgent human needs in ingenious, innovative ways.

A World of Three Zeroes describes the new civilisation that is emerging from the economic experiments that Yunus's work has helped to inspire, offering a challenge to young people, business and political leaders, and ordinary citizens to embrace his mission and improve the world for everyone.


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The Drover's Wife: A Collection

The Drover's Wife: A Collection

Frank Moorhouse

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Since Henry Lawson wrote his story 'The Drover's Wife' in 1892, Australian writers, painters, performers and photographers have created a wonderful tradition of Drover's Wife works, stories and images.

The Russell Drysdale painting from 1945 has become an Australian icon.Other versions of the Lawson story have been written by Leah Purcell, Murray Bail, Madeleine Watts, Barbara Jefferis, Mandy Sayer, David Ireland and others, up to the present, including Ryan O'Neill's graphic novel.

In essays and commentary Frank Moorhouse examines our ongoing fascination with this story and has collected some of the best pieces of writing on the subject, to create a remarkable, gorgeous book.


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Deadlier: 100 of the Best Crime Stories Written by Women

Deadlier: 100 of the Best Crime Stories Written by Women

Sophie Hannah

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100 of the best crime stories written by women, selected and introduced by Sophie Hannah. From Agatha Christie and Daphne du Maurier, to Val McDermid and Margaret Atwood, women writers have long been drawn to criminal acts. Here, award-winning author Sophie Hannah brings together 100 of her favourite examples. Deadlier includes prize-winners, bestsellers and rising stars, so whether you take your crime cosy or hard-boiled, this big, beautiful anthology will keep you reading long into the night.

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The Getaway (#12 Diary of a Wimpy Kid)

The Getaway (#12 Diary of a Wimpy Kid)

Jeff Kinney

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Greg Heffley and his family are getting out of town. With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffleys decide to escape to a tropical island resort for some much needed rest and relaxation. A few days in paradise should do wonders for Greg and his frazzled family. But the Heffleys soon discover that paradise isn't everything it's cracked up to be. Sunburn, stomach troubles, and venomous critters all threaten to ruin the family's vacation. Can their trip be saved, or will this island getaway end in disaster?

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The Cities Book

The Cities Book

Lonely Planet

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This is a fully revised and updated edition of the best-selling title. It celebrates 200 of the world’s most exciting, intriguing and inspiring urban centres. Plenty of photographs to capture the essence of the cities, lots of recommendations and tips from travel experts about what to see and experience, highlights and tales to bring the locations to life. Whether planning or dreaming, this is a fabulous book for any traveller!

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Lonely Planet's bestselling The Cities Book is back. Fully revised and updated, it's a celebration of 200 of the world's most exciting urban destinations, beautifully photographed and packed with trip advice and recommendations from our experts - making it the perfect companion for any traveller deciding where to visit next.
- Highlights and itineraries help travellers plan their perfect trip
- Urban tales reveal unexpected bites of history and local culture
- Discover each city's strengths, best experiences and most famous exports
- Includes the top ten cities for beaches, nightlife, food and more
- Lonely Planet co-founder Tony Wheeler shares his all-time favourite cities
- Fully revised and updated with the best cities to visit right now


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Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2018

Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2018

Lonely Planet

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Now in its 13th edition, this guide has proved its worth for the discerning traveller! It ranks the ten best countries, regions and cities to visit in the coming year, gives top travel lists that will bring fresh perspectives on exploring the world, and maps out monthly events not to be missed. Written with passion, experience and an eye for the unforgettable – the book to have to plan the best holiday possible!

Our annual bestseller, Lonely Planet's Best in Travel, ranks the hottest, must-visit countries, regions and cities for the year ahead. Drawing on the knowledge and passion of Lonely Planet's staff, authors, and online community, it presents a year's worth of inspiration to take travelers out of the ordinary and into the unforgettable - and firmly sets the travel agenda for 2018.

As self-confessed travel geeks, our staff collectively rack up hundreds of thousands of miles each year, exploring almost every destination on the planet. Every year, we ask ourselves: Where are the best places in the world to visit right now? It's a very hotly contested topic at Lonely Planet and dominates more discussion than any other.

Best in Travel 2018 is our definitive answer. Now in a larger, hardback format, it makes the perfect gift for any traveller looking where to go next. Inside, you'll discover the: Top ten countries, regions and cities  Best value destinations  Best culture trips for families  Best new openings and experiences  Best new places to stay  Top destination races, from walks and marathons to cycles and swims  Top vegetarian and vegan destinations  Top small-ship expedition cruises  Best places for cross-generational family trips  Best private islands that everyone can use.


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2018 Australasian Sky Guide

2018 Australasian Sky Guide

Nick Lomb

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Compact and easy to use, this popular guide by well-known astronomer and author Dr Nick Lomb has been providing stargazers with everything they need to know about the southern night sky for over 25 years. The 2018 guide contains monthly astronomy maps, viewing tips and highlights, and details of the year's exciting celestial events. Wherever you are in Australia or New Zealand, easy calculations allow you to estimate local rise and set times for the Sun, Moon, and planets. The 2018 Australasian Sky Guide also provides information on the solar system, updated with the latest findings from space probes. Published annually, the Australasian Sky Guide continues to be a favourite with photographers, event planners, sports organisers, teachers, students - and anyone who looks up at the stars and wants to know more. Highlights for 2018: Total eclipses of the Moon in January and JulyMars near its rival Antares in FebruaryMars closest to Earth for 15 years in JulyAll five naked eye planets visible in July and OctoberPossible naked eye comet in December.

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Jacob's Room is Full of Books: A Year of Reading

Jacob's Room is Full of Books: A Year of Reading

Susan Hill

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When we spend so much of our time immersed in books, who's to say where reading ends and living begins? The two are impossibly and gloriously wedded, as Hill shows in Jacob's Room Is Full of Books. Considering everything from Edith Wharton's novels through Alan Bennett's diaries, Virginia Woolf and the writings of twelfth century monk Aelred of Rievaulx, Susan Hill charts a year of her life through the books she has read, reread or returned to the shelf. From beneath a shady tree in a hot French summer, or the warmth of a kitchen during an English winter, Hill reflects on what her reading throws up, from writing and writers to politics and religion, as well as the joy of dandies or the pleasure of watching a line of geese cross a meadow. Full of wry observations and warm humour, as well as strong opinions freely aired, this is a rare and wonderful insight into the rich world of reading from one of the nation's most accomplished authors.

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Books that Changed History: From The Art of War to Anne Frank's Diary

Books that Changed History: From The Art of War to Anne Frank's Diary

Dorling Kindersley ,  James Naughtie

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Turn the pages of the most famous books of all time and marvel at the stories behind them. Over 75 of the world's most celebrated, rare and seminal books are examined and explained in this stunning treasury.

Books that Changed History is a unique encyclopedia spanning the history of the written word, from 3000 BCE to the modern day. Chronological chapters show the evolution of human knowledge and the changing ways in which books are made. Discover incredible details about history's most influential books including the Mahabharata, Shakespeare's First Folio, Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl and Penguin's first ever paperbacks.

From Darwin's groundbreaking On the Origin of Species to Louis Braille's conception of the Braille system that we still use today, these are the books that have had the biggest impact on history. Every book is presented with breathtaking photography and fascinating biographies of those who created them.

Books that Changed History gathers dictionaries, diaries, plays, poems, treaties and religious texts into one stunning celebration of the undisputed power of books.

With a foreword by James Naughtie.


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Bad Dad

Bad Dad

David Walliams ,  Tony Ross

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The new heart-warming and hilariously brilliant story from number one bestselling author David Walliams. Beautifully illustrated by artistic genius, Tony Ross.

Dads come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

There are fat ones and thin ones, tall ones and short ones.
There are young ones and old ones, clever ones and stupid ones.
There are silly ones and serious ones, loud ones and quiet ones.
Of course, there are good dads, and bad dads...

A high-speed cops and robbers adventure with heart and soul about a father and son taking on the villainous Mr Big – and winning!

This riches-to-rags story will have you on the edge of your seat and howling with laughter!

Bad Dad is a fast and furious, heart-warming story of a father and son on an adventure – and a thrilling mission to break an innocent man into prison!

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Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything

Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything

Lydia Kang ,  Nate Pedersen

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Journey back to a time when doctors tried to jolt your paralysed muscles awake with a strychnine-laced enema. When a physician wrote you a prescription for the mercury-based 'Thunderclapper' pill to relieve your constipation. When surgeons promised to improve your virility with goat-testicle implants.

A tour of medicine's most outlandish misfires, Quackery dives into 67 'treatments,' exploring their various uses and why they thankfully fell out of favour - some more recently than you might think.


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New Views: The World Mapped Like Never Before

New Views: The World Mapped Like Never Before

Alastair Bonnett

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Modern satellite and geographical technology has enabled the world to be researched in new and incredible detail. From measuring species diversity to monitoring land shifts, our physical and sociological world is mapped like never before. New Views includes 50 specially commissioned maps that examine our world in a beautifully visual and fascinating way. Alastair Bonnett accompanies each map with a vivid essay that provides detailed insight into how the planet has changed and what it may look like in the future. From examining new deserts and charting airspace, to revealing emerging lands and measuring each continent's natural treasures. Each map showcases an important part of our world's history, sociology and of course, geography. New Views is an exciting, insightful and beautiful exploration of our world.

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No Front Line: Australia's Special Forces at War in Afghanistan

No Front Line: Australia's Special Forces at War in Afghanistan

Chris Masters

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Australia's foremost investigative journalist goes deep into the heart of our Special Forces long war in Afghanistan.

The soldiers of the SAS, the Commandos and Special Operations Engineer Regiment are Australia's most highly trained soldiers. Their work is often secret, their bravery undeniable and for thirteen years they were at the forefront of Australia's longest war. Shunning acclaim, they are the Australian Defence Forces' brightest and best skilled.

In an extraordinary investigation undertaken over ten years, Chris Masters opens up the heart of Australia's Special Forces and their war in Afghanistan. He gives voice to the soldiers, he takes us to the centre of some of the fiercest combat Australia has ever experienced and provides the most intimate examination of what it is like to be a member of this country's elite fighting forces. But he also asks difficult questions that reveal controversial clouds hanging over our Special Operations mission in Afghanistan.

For Australia, there is no more important war to examine in detail. Afghanistan lives in our recent past and will continue to occupy our future. Masterfully told, No Front Line will find a place as one of Australia's finest books on contemporary soldiering.

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Clear to the Horizon

Clear to the Horizon

Dave Warner

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ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— In 1999, three young women disappear from a Perth nightclub. Snowy Lane has been hired by one girl's family and though he works tirelessly on the case, it is never solved. Years later, a mining magnate's daughter goes missing, a body is found in the desert, a petty thief's haul includes an astonishing clue and Snowy, hired to find the heiress, links up with Broome policeman Dan Clement to try and catch the killer. But is there more than one? Everything unfolds with more turns than a crocodile's death-roll… Evocative writing elevates this above the norm! Lindy Jones

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In 1999, a number of young women go missing in the Perth suburb of Claremont. One body is discovered. Others are never seen again.

Snowy Lane (City of Light) is hired as a private investigator but neither he nor the cops can find the serial killer. Sixteen years later, another case brings Snowy to Broome, where he teams up with Dan Clement (Before It Breaks) and an incidental crime puts them back on the Claremont case.

Clear to the Horizon is a nail-biting Aussie-style thriller, based on one of the great unsolved crimes in Western Australia's recent history. Its twists and turns will keep you guessing to the end.


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The Accident on the A35

The Accident on the A35

Graeme Macrae Burnet

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ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— After you’ve finished the first two novels in this trilogy, you’ll feel you could never live in the dreary French border town of Saint-Louis - or perhaps you’d love to! In these quiet novels, Macrae Burnet has found a wonderful niche: the unprepossessing underdog. No mastermind detectives or villains here. Death even visits Saint-Louis with lacklustre menace. In this second instalment Detective Gorski, whose personal world has been bent out of shape with the departure of his wife and daughter, investigates a seemingly straightforward death by car accident. The Afterword is also dryly amusing and gives insight to the tone and influences that Macrae Burnet brings to his work across this trilogy - beautifully crafted writing with a 'European classic' feel. His affinity and fascination with the awkward and ill-at-ease sees him craft a story that is pitch-perfect. I look forward to the third novel. Craig Kirchner

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From the author of the Man Booker–shortlisted His Bloody Project, this is the spellbinding follow-up to Graeme Macrae Burnet’s debut noir novel The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau.

The methodical but troubled Chief Inspector Georges Gorski visits the wife of a lawyer killed in a road accident, the accident on the A35. The case is unremarkable, the visit routine. 

Mme Barthelme—alluring and apparently unmoved by the news—has a single question: where was her husband on the night of the accident? The answer might change nothing, but it could change everything. And Gorski sets a course for what can only be a painful truth.

But the dead man’s reticent son is also looking for answers. And his search will have far more devastating consequences.


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Revolution

Revolution

Emmanuel Macron

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The bestselling memoir by France's president, Emmanuel Macron.

Some believe that our country is in decline, that the worst is yet to come, that our civilisation is withering away. That only isolation or civil strife are on our horizon. That to protect ourselves from the great transformations taking place around the globe, we should go back in time and apply the recipes of the last century.

Others imagine that France can continue on its slow downward slide. That the game of political juggling — first the Left, then the Right — will allow us breathing space. The same faces and the same people who have been around for so long.

I am convinced that they are all wrong. It is their models, their recipes, that have simply failed. France as a whole has not failed.

In Revolution, Emmanuel Macron, the youngest president in the history of France, reveals his personal story and his inspirations, and discusses his vision of France and its future in a new world that is undergoing a ‘great transformation’ that has not been known since the Renaissance.

This is a remarkable book that seeks to lay the foundations for a new society — a compelling testimony and statement of values by an important political leader who has become the flag-bearer for a new kind of politics.


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One Enchanted Evening

One Enchanted Evening

Charlotte Smith

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Every woman has a dress that holds her precious memories of that one enchanted evening... Charlotte Smith owns literally thousands. Having lived life to the full in London, Paris and New York, when she finally settled in Australia she inherited a vintage clothing collection of more than 3000 priceless pieces from her beloved Quaker godmother, Doris Darnell.Along with masterpieces by Chanel to Dior, she also inherited something even more precious - her godmother's book of stories. Her inheritance was not just a collection of beautiful treasures but a glimpse into the lives of the women who wore them - stories of love, loss and everything in between. In Dreaming of Dior and Dreaming of Chanel, Charlotte shared some of these treasures and their stories. Now, in One Enchanted Evening she some of her most sublime evening dresses from a collection that has since grown to more than 8000 pieces, including a glorious array of Australian originals. Step inside her magical wardrobe to experience much more than one enchanted evening...

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The House of Worth, 1858-1954: The Birth of Haute Couture

The House of Worth, 1858-1954: The Birth of Haute Couture

Chantal Trubert-Tollu ,  Francoise Tetart-Vittu

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ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— How did 20 year old Englishman Charles Frederick Worth, who arrived in Paris with 40 francs in his pocket, rise to become the first fashion designer and found a family business that lasted for nearly a century? By clothing women of wealth in exquisite garments, which were beautifully constructed, finely detailed and in the most luxurious fabrics. He combined technical knowledge with marketing flair and this sumptuous book is an authoritative history and tribute to his brilliance, with hundreds of glorious illustrations. Truly stunning! Lindy Jones

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Swan Lake

Swan Lake

Anne Spudvilas

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'Anne Spudvilas is one of Australia's most talented visual artists. Her illustrations are full of emotion and beauty. Anne's Swan Lake is simply enchanting and sublime!' Li Cunxin, author of Mao's Last Dancer and Artistic Director, Queensland Ballet The iconic ballet Swan Lake, the tragic love story of a princess transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer, has been revered for more than a century. In this atmospheric adaptation, Anne Spudvilas reimagines the classic tale of passion, betrayal and heartbreak in the dramatic riverscape of the Murray-Darling.

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In the Midst of Winter

In the Midst of Winter

Isabel Allende

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New York Times bestseller Isabel Allende returns with a beautifully crafted, multi-generational novel of struggle, endurance and friendship against the odds.

Amid the biggest Brooklyn snowstorm in living memory, an unexpected friendship blossoms between three people thrown together by circumstance. Richard Bowmaster, a lonely university professor in his sixties, hits the car driven by Evelyn Ortega, a young, undocumented migrant from Guatemala.

But what at first seems an inconvenience takes an unforeseen and darker turn when Evelyn comes to him and his neighbour Lucia Maraz, desperately seeking help. Sweeping from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala to turbulent 1970s Chile and Brazil, and woven with Isabel Allende's trademark humanity, passion and storytelling verve, In the Midst of Winter is a mesmerizing and unforgettable tale.

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The Passage of Love

The Passage of Love

Alex Miller

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Sitting in a New York park, an old man holds a book and tries to accept that his contribution to the future is over.

Instead, he remembers a youthful yearning for open horizons, for Australia, a yearning he now knows inspired his life as a writer. Instinctively he picks up his pen and starts at the beginning...

At twenty-one years, Robert Crofts leaves his broken dreams in Far North Queensland, finally stopping in Melbourne almost destitute. It's there he begins to understand how books and writing might be the saving of him. They will be how he leaves his mark on the world. He also begins to understand how many obstacles there will be to thwart his ambition.

When Robert is introduced to Lena Soren, beautiful, rich and educated, his life takes a very different path. But in the intimacy of their connection lies an unknowability that both torments and tantalises as Robert and Lena long for something that neither can provide for the other.

In a rich blend of thoughtful and beautifully observed writing, the lives of a husband and wife are laid bare in their passionate struggle to engage with their individual creativity.

Alex Miller is magnificent in this most personal of all novels filled with rare wisdom and incisive observation.

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The Vanishing Box (#4 Stephens & Mephisto)

The Vanishing Box (#4 Stephens & Mephisto)

Elly Griffiths

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What do a murdered Brighton flowerseller, the death of Cleopatra and a nude tableau show have in common? One thing's for sure - it could be the most dangerous case yet for Stephens and Mephisto.

The fourth Stephens and Mephisto mystery from the author of the bestselling Dr Ruth Galloway series - a must-read for fans of Bryant and May.

Christmas 1953. Max Mephisto and his daughter Ruby are headlining Brighton Hippodrome, an achievement only slightly marred by the less-than-savoury support act: a tableau show of naked 'living statues'. This might appear to have nothing in common with DI Edgar Stephens' investigation into the death of a quiet flowerseller, but if there's one thing the old comrades have learned it's that, in Brighton, the line between art and life - and death - is all too easily blurred...

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Renoir's Dancer: The Secret Life of Suzanne Valadon

Renoir's Dancer: The Secret Life of Suzanne Valadon

Catherine Hewitt

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In the 1880s, Suzanne Valadon was considered the Impressionists' most beautiful model. But behind her captivating facade lay a closely-guarded secret. Born in poverty in rural France, as a teenager Suzanne began, in Montmartre, posing for - and having affairs with - some of the age's most renowned painters. Then Renoir caught her indulging in a passion she had been trying to conceal: the model was herself a talented artist. Some found her vibrant still lifes and frank portraits as shocking as her bohemian lifestyle. At eighteen, she gave birth to an illegitimate child, future painter Maurice Utrillo. But her friends Toulouse-Lautrec and Degas could see her skill. Rebellious and opinionated, she refused to be confined by tradition or gender, and in 1894, her work was accepted to the Salon de la Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts, an extraordinary achievement for a working-class woman with no formal art training. Renoir's Dancer tells the remarkable tale of an ambitious, headstrong woman fighting to find a professional voice in a male-dominated world.

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Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir

Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir

Amy Tan

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From New York Times bestselling author Amy Tan, a memoir on her life as a writer, her childhood and the symbiotic relationship between fiction and emotional memory.

In Where the Past Begins, bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement Amy Tan is at her most intimate in revealing the truths and inspirations that underlie her extraordinary fiction. By delving into vivid memories of her traumatic childhood, confessions of self-doubt in her journals, and heartbreaking letters to and from her mother, she gives evidence to all that made it both unlikely and inevitable that she would become a writer. Through spontaneous storytelling, she shows how a fluid fictional state of mind unleashed near-forgotten memories that became the emotional nucleus of her novels.

Tan explores shocking truths uncovered by family memorabilia - the real reason behind an I.Q. test she took at age six, why her parents lied about their education, mysteries surrounding her maternal grandmother - and, for the first time publicly, writes about her complex relationship with her father, who died when she was fifteen. Supplied with candour and characteristic humour, Where the Past Begins takes readers into the idiosyncratic workings of her writer's mind, a journey that explores memory, imagination, and truth, with fiction serving as both her divining rod and link to meaning.

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The Art of the Good Life: Clear Thinking for Business and a Better Life

The Art of the Good Life: Clear Thinking for Business and a Better Life

Rolf Dobelli

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Since antiquity, i.e. for at least 2,500 years and probably much longer, people have been asking themselves what it means to live a good life. How should I live? What constitutes a good life? What's the role of fate? What's the role of money? Is leading a good life a question of mindset, or is it more about reaching your goals? Is it better to actively seek happiness or to avoid unhappiness? Each generation poses these questions anew, and somehow the answers are always fundamentally disappointing. Why? Because we're constantly searching for a single principle, a single tenet, a single rule. Yet this holy grail - a single, simple path - doesn't exist.

Over the past few decades, a silent revolution has taken place within various fields of thought. Within science, politics, medicine and many other areas, scholars have come to realise that the world is far too complicated to summarise in one big idea or handful of principles. We need a toolkit of mental models in order to understand the world. It's high time somebody compiled a similar toolkit designed for practical living. Voila. Here you'll find fifty-two such intellectual tools - they may not guarantee you a good life, but they'll give you a better chance.

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The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: A History of Now

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: A History of Now

Michael Burleigh

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In the decades since the end of the Second World War, it has been widely assumed that the western model of liberal democracy and free trade is the way the world should be governed. However, events in the early years of the twenty-first century – first, the 2003 war with Iraq and its chaotic aftermath and, second, the financial crash of 2008 – have threatened the general acceptance that continued progress under the benign (or sometimes not so benign) gaze of the western powers is the only way forwards. And as America turns inwards and Europe is beset by austerity politics and populist nationalism, the post-war consensus looks less and less secure. But is this really the worst of times?

In a forensic examination of the world we now live in, acclaimed historian Michael Burleigh sets out to answer that question. Who could have imagined that China would champion globalization and lead the battle on climate change? Or that post-Soviet Russia might present a greater threat to the world’s stability than ISIS? And while we may be on the cusp of still more dramatic change, perhaps the risks will – in time – bring not only change but a wholly positive transformation.

Incisive, robust and always insightful, The Best of Times, The Worst of Times is both a dazzling tour d’horizon of the world as it is today and a surprisingly optimistic vision of the world as it might become.

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The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

Masha Gessen

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In The Future is History Masha Gessen follows the lives of four Russians, born as the Soviet Union crumbled, at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children or grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia, each with newfound aspirations of their own - as entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers and writers, sexual and social beings. Gessen charts their paths not only against the machinations of the regime that would seek to crush them all (censorship, intimidation, violence) but also against the war it waged on understanding itself, ensuring the unobstructed emergence of the old Soviet order in the form of today's terrifying and seemingly unstoppable mafia state. The Future is History is a powerful and urgent cautionary tale by contemporary Russia's most fearless inquisitor.

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Enemies and Neighbours: Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel, 1917-2017

Enemies and Neighbours: Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel, 1917-2017

Ian Black

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A century after Britain's Balfour Declaration promised a Jewish 'national home' in Palestine, veteran Guardian journalist Ian Black has produced a major new history of one of the most polarising conflicts of the modern age.

Drawing on a wide range of sources - from declassified documents to oral testimonies and his own decades of reporting - Enemies and Neighbours brings much-needed perspective and balance to the long and unresolved struggle between Arabs and Jews in the Holy Land.

Beginning in the final years of Ottoman ruleand the British Mandate period, when Zionist immigration transformed Palestine in the face of mounting Arab opposition, the book re-examines the origins of what was a doomed relationship from the start. It sheds fresh light on critical events such as the Arab rebellion of the 1930s; Israel's independence and the Palestinian catastrophe (Nakba in Arabic) of 1948; the watershed of the 1967 war; two Intifadas; the Oslo Accords and Israel's shift to the right. It traces how - after five decades of occupation, ever-expanding Jewish settlements and the construction of the West Bank 'separation wall' - hopes for a two-state solution have all but disappeared, and explores what the future might hold.

Yet Black also goes beyond the most newsworthy events - wars, violence and peace initiatives - to capture thereality of everyday life on the ground in Jerusalem and Hebron, Tel Aviv,Ramallah, Haifa and Gaza, for both sides of an unequal struggle. Lucid, timelyand gripping, Enemies and Neighbours illuminates a bitter conflict that shows no sign of ending - which is why it is so essential that we understand it.

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The Bettencourt Affair: The World's Richest Woman and the Scandal That Rocked Paris

The Bettencourt Affair: The World's Richest Woman and the Scandal That Rocked Paris

Tom Sancton

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Heiress to the nearly forty-billion-dollar L’Oréal fortune, Liliane Bettencourt is the world’s richest woman and the fourteenth wealthiest person. But her gilded life has taken a dark yet fascinating turn in the past decade. At ninety-four, she’s now embroiled in what has been called the Bettencourt Affair, a scandal that dominated the headlines in France. Why? It’s a tangled web of hidden secrets, divided loyalties, frayed relationships, and fractured families, set in the most romantic city - and involving the most glamorous industry - in the world.

The Bettencourt Affair started as a family drama but quickly became a massive scandal, uncovering L’Oréal’s shadowy corporate history and buried World War II secrets. From the Right Bank mansions to the Left Bank artist havens; and from the Bettencourts’ servant quarters to the office of President Nicolas Sarkozy; all of Paris was shaken by the blockbuster case, the shocking reversals, and the surprising final victim.

It all began when Liliane met François-Marie Banier, an artist and photographer who was, in his youth, the toast of Paris and a protégé of Salvador Dalí. Over the next two decades, Banier was given hundreds of millions of dollars in gifts, cash, and insurance policies by Liliane. What, exactly, was their relationship? It wasn’t clear, least of all to Liliane’s daughter and only child, Françoise, who became suspicious of Banier’s motives and filed a lawsuit against him. But Banier has a far different story to tell...

The Bettencourt Affair is part courtroom drama; part upstairs-downstairs tale; and part characterdriven story of a complex, fascinating family and the intruder who nearly tore it apart.

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The White King: Charles I, Traitor, Murderer, Martyr

The White King: Charles I, Traitor, Murderer, Martyr

Leanda de Lisle

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Barely forty years after the England's golden age under Elizabeth, the country was at war with itself, split between loyalty to the Crown and Parliament, with armies raised in Scotland and Ireland, and fighters arriving from Europe to wage war on English soil for the last time in England's history. The English Civil War would set family against family, friend against friend, and its casualties were immense?a greater proportion of the population than in World War I. England had become a failed state.

At the head of the disintegrating kingdom was the figure of the king: Charles I. In this vivid portrait?newly informed by previously unseen manuscripts, including royal correspondence between the king and his queen, some of it written in code?Leanda de Lisle depicts a man who was not cruel enough for his cruel times. He would not persecute his opponents in the bloody style of his Tudor antecedents, or throw his servants to the wolves to save his own skin in the time-honored royal style. He was tutored by his father in the rights and obligations of kings, but had none of his father's political subtlety and experience in survival. In a court of remarkable women he was happily married?but to a French Catholic princess, which caused consternation to his protestant subjects. Principled and high minded, he would pay a terrible price for the personal honor he so valued, and for having enemies more ruthless than he was. Nothing, however, would reflect on his character as much as the scene at his terrible death, speaking on the scaffold as a ?martyr of the people."

In his own destruction Charles did not sow the seeds of the monarchy's destruction but its rebirth. England's revolution lasted eleven unhappy years and the Crown was then restored, to national rejoicing. Today England enjoys rule by parliament and monarch while the Church of England has the bishops Charles was determined to preserve. More radical religious experimenters took their faith to the New World and the seeds of a republic, leaving England to mend its wounds and restore its fortunes and future as the world's preeminent constitutional monarchy.

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Snowdrift and Other Stories

Snowdrift and Other Stories

Georgette Heyer

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Previously titled Pistols for Two, this collection includes three of Heyer's earliest short stories, published together in book form for the very first time. A treat for all fans of Georgette Heyer, and for those who love stories full of romance and intrigue.Affairs of honour between bucks and blades, rakes and rascals; affairs of the heart between heirs and orphans, beauties and bachelors; romance, intrigue, escapades and duels at dawn. All the gallantry, villainy and elegance of the age that Georgette Heyer has so triumphantly made her own are exquisitely revived in these wonderfully romantic stories of the Regency period.

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The Dark Flood Rises

The Dark Flood Rises

Margaret Drabble

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Francesca Stubbs holds our hand as we take a walk through old age and death. Fran brings us to drinks with her friends, dropping off suppers for her ex-husband, warm and cosy in his infirmity. She visits her daughter, holed up as the waters rise in a sodden West Country, and texts her son in Lanzarote, as he deals with the estate of his deceased girlfriend.

The questions of what constitutes a good death preoccupy this glittering novel. The Dark Flood Rises asks momentous questions as it entertains and enthralls. In her beautifully imagined novel, Margaret Drabble is at her incisive best, exploring the end of life with her trademark humour, composure and wisdom.

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Winter

Winter

Ali Smith

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From the peerless author of Autumn and How to be both - the second novel in the Seasonal quartet.

Winter? Bleak. Frosty wind, earth as iron, water as stone, so the old song goes. The shortest days, the longest nights. The trees are bare and shivering. The summer's leaves? Dead litter.

The world shrinks; the sap sinks. But winter makes things visible. And if there's ice, there'll be fire.

In Ali Smith's Winter, lifeforce matches up to the toughest of the seasons. In this second novel in her acclaimed Seasonal cycle, the follow-up to her sensational Autumn, Smith's shape-shifting quartet of novels casts a merry eye over a bleak post-truth era with a story rooted in history, memory and warmth, its taproot deep in the evergreens: art, love, laughter.

It's the season that teaches us survival.

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A Pleasure to be Here: The Best of Clarke and Dawe 1989-2017

A Pleasure to be Here: The Best of Clarke and Dawe 1989-2017

John Clarke

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Drawn from John Clarke's and Bryan Dawe's weekly broadcasts, these timelessly funny scripts will delight readers as they revisit the scandals and stuff-ups of our lifetimes. Politics was never so preposterous. All the old favourites are here- Bob Hawke, Margaret Thatcher, Bob Collins ('the front fell off'), Paul Keating, Alan Bond, John Howard, Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull.

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End Game (#5 Will Robie)

End Game (#5 Will Robie)

David Baldacci

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End Game is the fifth book in the thrilling Will Robie series by international number one bestselling author David Baldacci. Will Robie, highly trained assassin and the US government's most indispensable asset, is called to London. An imminent terrorist attack threatens the Underground and with the US next in line, Robie is the perfect choice to stop it before it begins. He knows he has one chance to succeed. One chance to save London lives. One chance to make it safely home to find out what has happened to fellow agent Jessica Reel following their last deadly mission together. But Robie is about to learn that even if he succeeds, the worst is yet to come. The game has started. Now only he can end it...

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Hardcore 24 (Stephanie Plum #24)

Hardcore 24 (Stephanie Plum #24)

Janet Evanovich

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Headless bodies have started appearing across town in Trenton, New Jersey. At first, it's just corpses from a funeral home and the morgue that have had the heads removed. Then a homeless man is murdered and dumped behind a church. Stephanie Plum knows that she's the only one with a prayer of catching this killer. If that's not enough, Diesel's back in town. The six-foot-tall, blond-haired hunk accepts no limits - that includes locked doors, closed windows and underwear. Trenton's hottest cop, Joe Morelli, isn't pleased at his arrival, nor is Ranger, the high-powered security consultant with his own plans for Stephanie. Jersey's favourite bounty hunter is stuck in the middle with more questions than answers. Who is behind the startling epidemic of mutilated corpses? And is the enigmatic Diesel's sudden appearance a coincidence or the cause of recent deadly events?

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The House

The House

Simon Lelic

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What if you found your perfect home... but your perfect home turned out to be the scene of the perfect crime?

Londoners Jack and Syd moved into the house a year ago. It seemed like their dream home: tons of space, the perfect location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it.

So when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, Jack and Syd chose to ignore it. But that was a mistake.

Because someone has just been murdered. Right outside their back door.

And now the police are watching them...

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Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine

Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine

Joe Hagan

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Over the course of five decades, Jann Wenner has put an indelible stamp on American culture. As founding editor of Rolling Stone, Wenner and his trailblazing magazine came to embody the freewheeling excesses of the sixties, shaping and reporting on a countercultural narrative that still exists today. As a subject, however, Wenner has proved controlling and elusive, successfully avoiding the inquiries of biographers and resisting biography… until now. In Joe Hagan’s long-awaited bombshell – Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine – Wenner opens up his personal and professional life to the scrutiny of a biographer/journalist for the first time. Sticky Fingers is based on Hagan’s extensive interviews with Wenner and on original source reporting, and it draws from Wenner’s vast archive of correspondence and rare documents, items that have never been made available to a journalist before.

In Sticky Fingers, Hagan reports on the mercurial editor by securing on-the-record interviews with iconic subjects who know Wenner well, including Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Bono, Art Garfunkel, Elton John, Cameron Crowe, Keith Richards, Pete Townsend, Yoko Ono, Lorne Michaels, Michael Douglas, Billy Joel, Bette Midler, David Geffen, Tom Wolfe, Annie Leibovitz, and Danny Fields, among others. Their candid and revealing comments depict the extremes Wenner has been willing to visit in pursuit of both pleasure and success, and help to explain how Rolling Stone became a locus of power and influence and headline-making news, from Altamont to Fear and Loathing to the University of Virginia rape case.

Hagan also reports on the legendary excesses that have defined Rolling Stone, unearthing stunning revelations about the private lives and secret histories of the principals in Wenner’s orbit – among them Hunter S. Thompson, Annie Leibovitz, John Lennon, Mick Jagger, and a Hall-of-Fame cast of rock ‘n’ rollers (Wenner himself is not spared). Many dramas at the heart of contemporary music history, including feuds over money (Wenner with Lennon), confrontations over coverage (Wenner with Dylan), secret deals and pacts (Wenner with Jagger), epic infidelities and sex triangles (including love affairs that nearly destroyed Rolling Stone), tempestuous relationships that led to stunning betrayals, and drug overdoses that nearly resulted in death, are told in these pages for the very first time.

Sticky Fingers gives readers a nuanced portrait of a man who helped define a generation, and provides an explosive chronicle of an era.

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Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist's Memoir

Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist's Memoir

Irvin D. Yalom

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The must-read new memoir from one of psychiatry's most important figures.

Irvin D. Yalom has made a career of investigating the lives of others. In this profound memoir, he turns his writing and his therapeutic eye upon himself. He opens his story with a nightmare - He is twelve, and is riding his bike past the home of an acne-scarred girl. Like every morning, he calls out, hoping to befriend her, 'Hello, Measles!' But in his dream, the girl's father makes Yalom understand that his daily greeting has hurt her. For Yalom, this was the birth of empathy; he would not forget the lesson.

As Becoming Myself unfolds, we see the development of the compassionate and insightful thinker whose books have been a beacon to so many. This is not simply one man's life story - Yalom's reflections on his life and growth are an invitation for us to reflect on the origins of our own selves and the meanings of our lives.


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What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses

What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses

Daniel Chamovitz

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A captivating journey into the inner lives of plants - from the colours they see to the schedules they keep.

How does a Venus flytrap know when to snap shut? Can a fern get jet lag? Do roses remember the romance springtime?

In What a Plant Knows, renowned biologist Daniel Chamovitz presents a beguiling exploration of how plants experience our shared Earth in terms of sight, smell, touch, hearing, memory, and even awareness. Combining cutting-edge research with lively storytelling, he explains the intimate details of plant behaviour, from how a willow tree knows when its neighbours have been commandeered by an army of ravenous beetles, and why an avocado ripens when you give it the company of a banana in a bag (it's the pheromones). And he settles the debate over whether the beloved basil on your kitchen windowsill cares whether you play Led Zeppelin or Bach.

Whether you are a green thumb, a science buff, a vegetarian, or simply a nature lover, this rare, inside look at the life of plants will surprise and delight you.

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Thank You for Being Late: An Optimists Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations

Thank You for Being Late: An Optimists Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations

Thomas L. Friedman

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We all sense it - our lives are speeding up at a dizzying rate.

Thank You for Being Late exposes the tectonic movements that are reshaping the world today and explains how to get the most out of them. Friedman's thesis is that the planet's three largest forces - Moore's law (technology), the market (globalization) and Mother Nature (climate change and biodiversity loss) - are all accelerating at once. An extraordinary release of energy is reshaping everything from how we hail a taxi to the fate of nations to our most intimate relationships.

Thank You for Being Late is a work of contemporary history that serves as a field manual for how to think about this era of accelerations and how we can anchor ourselves in the eye of this storm. It's also an argument for 'being late' - for pausing to appreciate this amazing historical epoch we're passing through and reflecting on its possibilities and dangers.

Written with his trademark vitality, wit, and optimism, and with unequalled access to many of those at the forefront of the changes he is describing all over the world, Thank You for Being Late is Friedman's most ambitious book - and an essential guide to the present and the future.

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Between Eternities: and Other Writings

Between Eternities: and Other Writings

Javier Marias ,  Margaret Jull Costa

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A new and exhilarating collection of writings from the author of The Infatuations and A Heart So WhiteInternationally renowned writer Javier Marias is a tireless examiner of the world around us, an enthusiastic debunker of pretensions of every kind, and a true polymath. This new collection of essays shows the full extent of his curiosity and wit, ranging from the literary to the philosophical to the autobiographical, from football to cinema, comic books to mortality to 'Why Almost No One Can Be Trusted'.

Trenchant and wry, subversive and penetrating, Marias demonstrates a dazzling intellectual vigour, showing with exhilarating verve why he is so often said to be Spain's greatest living writer.

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The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone

The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone

Jaclyn Moriarty ,  Kelly Canby

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I was ten years old when my parents were killed by pirates. This did not bother me as much as you might think - I hardly knew my parents.

Bronte Mettlestone's parents ran away to have adventures when she was a baby, leaving her to be raised by her Aunt Isabelle and the Butler. She's had a perfectly pleasant childhood of afternoon teas and riding lessons - and no adventures, thank you very much.

But Bronte's parents have left extremely detailed (and bossy) instructions for Bronte in their will. The instructions must be followed to the letter, or disaster will befall Bronte's home. She is to travel the kingdoms and empires, perfectly alone, delivering special gifts to her ten other aunts. There is a farmer aunt who owns an orange orchard and a veterinarian aunt who specialises in dragon care, a pair of aunts who captain a cruise ship together and a former rockstar aunt who is now the reigning monarch of a small kingdom.

Now, armed with only her parents' instructions, a chest full of strange gifts and her own strong will, Bronte must journey forth to face dragons, Chief Detectives and pirates - and the gathering suspicion that there might be something more to her extremely inconvenient quest than meets the eye...

From the award-winning Jaclyn Moriarty comes a fantastic tale of high intrigue, grand adventure and an abundance of aunts.

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Epic Adventure (#13 Tom Gates)

Epic Adventure (#13 Tom Gates)

Pichon,Liz

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The next instalment of the hilarious and best-selling Tom Gates series.

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All Things Made New: Writings on the Reformation

All Things Made New: Writings on the Reformation

Diarmaid MacCulloch

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The most profound characteristic of Western Europe in the Middle Ages was its cultural and religious unity, a unity secured by a common alignment with the Pope in Rome, and a common language - Latin - for worship and scholarship. The Reformation shattered that unity, and the consequences are still with us today. In All Things Made New, Diarmaid MacCulloch, author of the New York Times bestseller Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, examines not only the Reformation's impact across Europe, but also the Catholic Counter-Reformation and the special evolution of religion in England, revealing how one of the most turbulent, bloody, and transformational events in Western history has shaped modern society.

The Reformation may have launched a social revolution, MacCulloch argues, but it was not caused by social and economic forces, or even by a secular idea like nationalism; it sprang from a big idea about death, salvation, and the afterlife. This idea - that salvation was entirely in God's hands and there was nothing humans could do to alter his decision - ended the Catholic Church's monopoly in Europe and altered the trajectory of the entire future of the West.

By turns passionate, funny, meditative, and subversive, All Things Made New takes readers onto fascinating new ground, exploring the original conflicts of the Reformation and cutting through prejudices that continue to distort popular conceptions of a religious divide still with us after five centuries. This monumental work, from one of the most distinguished scholars of Christianity writing today, explores the ways in which historians have told the tale of the Reformation, why their interpretations have changed so dramatically over time, and ultimately, how the contested legacy of this revolution continues to impact the world today.

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The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth

The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth

William Boyd

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A philandering art dealer tries to give up casual love affairs - seeking only passionate kisses as a substitute. A man recounts his personal history through the things he has stolen from others throughout his life. A couple chart the journey of their five year relationship backwards, from awkward reunion to lovelorn first encounter. And, at the heart of the book, a 24-year old young woman, Bethany Mellmoth, embarks on a year-long journey of wishful and tentative self-discovery.

The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth depicts the random encounters that bring the past bubbling to the surface; the impulsive decisions that irrevocably shape a life; and the endless hesitations and loss-of-nerve that wickedly complicate it. These funny, surprising and moving stories are a resounding confirmation of Boyd's powers as one of our most original and compelling storytellers.

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The Kites

The Kites

Romain Gary ,  Miranda Richmond Mouillot

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Set in Normandy before and during WW II, The Kites is narrated by a young orphan Ludo Fleury, who is madly in love with Lila de Bronicki, a charming and self-absorbed Polish aristocrat. Despite the looming war, Ludo remains obstinately in love with Lila, and becomes involved in the Resistance.

Ludo's uncle and guardian, the colourful Ambroise Fleury, a passionate amateur kite-maker, is deported to Auschwitz, while Ambroise's best friend, Marcellin Duprat, one of France's greatest chefs, battles the Occupation with an unrelenting love of haute cuisine, and Julie Espinoza, a Parisian madame refashions herself as a collaborationist countess, running a Resistance network under the noses of the Nazis. Written by one of the greatest and best-loved French authors, The Kites is both a ripping good story and a sobering reflection on the tragic human tendency to search for an enemy. It's funny and heartbreaking, dark and optimistic, tender and unsparing.

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The Chaser Quarterly: The Chaser Annual 2017

The Chaser Quarterly: The Chaser Annual 2017

The Chaser

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It's back, better than ever. Featuring a full wrap of all the news, sport, entertainment and Trump jokes from a year that will forever be remembered as Oh my God, remember 2017? The Chaser Annual 2017 also features original writing by some of Australia's top comedy writers, with overviews of the year ahead in global politics and finance. Plus Cassie Sainsbury provides a comprehensive guide to making a quick buck sponsored by Sony Headphones.

The perfect gift for fans of The Chaser, as well as people who like reading slightly out of date topical comedy.

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Ada: Comedian, Dancer, Fighter

Ada: Comedian, Dancer, Fighter

Kaz Cooke

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Kaz Cooke invites you to an audience with the amazing Ada. She's a showgirl and a story teller with a trunk full of stories and secrets. A funny, tender novel about an extraordinary woman who made the very best of everything life threw at her.

‘It’s not every day a handsome young man appears on your doorstep to ask if you’re a respectable woman...’

Miss Ada Delroy and her famous vaudeville troupe stormed five continents, enchanting royalty, miners and larrikins alike with her wit, illusions, and breathtaking dances.

‘I had a diamond pendant near as big as an emu egg off the Maharajah of What's-His-Name. They named a racehorse after me, and a pigeon and a potato soup on an Orient steamship.'

Under the costume made from 100 yards of billowing silk was a woman who couldn’t help being both fabulous and disreputable. Down on her luck in a rented room in Melbourne, morphia cocktail in hand, Ada receives a visitor. Is she ready to share her secrets?

Inspired by photos of real 1890s vaudevillians, Kaz Cooke brings to life a forgotten world of cunning clairvoyants and trained cockatoos; of fierce loyalties and mixed lollies; the glamour of the stage and the muck of the road. Funny, inventive and lovingly researched, Ada is the story of an extraordinary woman in the toughest of times, with the courage to make herself the star.

‘I’ll tell you what I loved about being a theatrical. You’re a custodian of magic, a purveyor of glamour, a repository of mystery. You’re someone.’

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A Sea-Chase

A Sea-Chase

Roger McDonald

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At sea can be a beautiful and ferocious place to find yourself – alone and together.

Growing up in inland Australia, Judy, a young teacher, has rarely seen the sea. But when she flees a rioting classroom one dismal Friday, a dud and a failure, she gets drunk and wakes up on a boat.

Overnight her life changes; she is in love with being on the water and in love with Wes Bannister who lives on the boat. Sailing was not something Judy had ever thought about wanting, but now she craved it. Wind was the best teacher she’d had, by far…

From then on, Judy believes that the one trusted continuation of herself is with Wes, and always will be, but then events at sea challenge their closeness. Must they become competitors against each other in the push to be equals? It seems they must.

A Sea-Chase is a novel that vividly tracks ambition, self-realisation, and lasting love tied up in a sea story. The idea that nobody who sets off to do something alone, without family, friends, rivals, and a pressing duty to the world, ever does so alone, finds beautiful, dramatic expression in Roger McDonald's tenth, and most surprising novel.


A Sea-Chase by Roger McDonald at 131 York Street Sydney
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The Tea Gardens

The Tea Gardens

Fiona McIntosh

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Spirited doctor Isla Fenwick is determined to work at the coalface of medicine in India before committing to life as a dutiful wife. With hopes of making a difference in the world, she sails to Calcutta to set up a midwifery clinic. There she will be forced to question her beliefs, her professionalism and her romantic loyalties. On a desperate rescue mission to save the one person who needs her the most, she travels into the foothills of the Himalayas to a tea plantation outside Darjeeling. At the roof of the world, where heaven and earth collide, Isla will be asked to pay the ultimate price for her passions. From England's seaside town of Brighton to India's slums of Calcutta and the breathtaking Himalayan mountains, this is a wildly exciting novel of heroism, heartache and healing, by the bestselling author of The Chocolate Tin.

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Eaves Of Destruction (#5 Fixer Upper)

Eaves Of Destruction (#5 Fixer Upper)

Kate Carlisle

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Lighthouse Cove's annual Victorian Home and Garden Tour is only six weeks away, and handywoman Shannon Hammer has been busy with preparations. The competition is fierce this year, and so Shannon she hires three new crew members to help, including Amanda, an expert carpenter who specialises in delicate decorative woodwork. But Amanda has ulterior motives for coming to Lighthouse Cove that could have deadly consequences. When a snarly building inspector is murdered, Shannon and Amanda must work together to catch a killer.

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Murder on the Orient Express (Film Tie-In)

Murder on the Orient Express (Film Tie-In)

Agatha Christie

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Agatha Christie's most famous murder mystery, reissued with a new cover to tie in with the hugely anticipated 2017 film adaptation.

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.

Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer - in case he or she decides to strike again.

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Deep Freeze (#10 Virgil Flowers)

Deep Freeze (#10 Virgil Flowers)

John Sandford

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Class reunions: a time for memories - good, bad, and, as Virgil Flowers is about to find out, deadly - in the thrilling new novel in the number one New York Times-bestselling series Virgil knows the town of Trippton, Minnesota, a little too well. A few years back, he investigated the corrupt - and as it turned out, homicidal - local school board, and now the town's back in view with more alarming news: A woman's been found dead, frozen in a block of ice. There's a possibility that it might be connected to a high school class of twenty years ago that has a mid-winter reunion coming up, and so, wrapping his coat a little tighter, Virgil begins to dig into twenty years' worth of traumas, feuds, and bad blood. In the process, one thing becomes increasingly clear to him. It's true what they say: High school is murder.

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Date with Malice (#2 Samson & Delilah)

Date with Malice (#2 Samson & Delilah)

Julia Chapman

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When a pensioner turns up at the Dales Detective Agency and tells Samson O'Brien that someone in her old people's home is trying to kill her, he dismisses her fears as the ramblings of a confused elderly lady. But after several disturbing incidents at Fellside Court, he begins to wonder if perhaps there is something malicious at the heart of the retirement community after all. With Christmas around the corner, Samson is thrown into an investigation that will require all of his detective skills. And the help of the tempestuous Delilah Metcalfe in order to infiltrate the local community, which Samson turned his back on so long ago. Against the background of a Yorkshire winter, Samson and Delilah must work together to uncover the malevolence that is threatening the lives of Bruncliffe's senior citizens; a malevolence that will come perilously close to home.

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Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions (#3 Kopp Sisters)

Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions (#3 Kopp Sisters)

Amy Stewart

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The best-selling author of Girl Waits with Gun and Lady Cop Makes Trouble continues her extraordinary journey into the real lives of the forgotten but fabulous Kopp sisters.

Deputy sheriff Constance Kopp is outraged to see young women brought into the Hackensack jail over dubious charges of waywardness, incorrigibility, and moral depravity. The strong-willed, patriotic Edna Heustis, who left home to work in a munitions factory, certainly doesn't belong behind bars. And sixteen-year-old runaway Minnie Davis, with few prospects and fewer friends, shouldn't be publicly shamed and packed off to a state-run reformatory. But such were the laws - and morals - of 1916.

Constance uses her authority as deputy sheriff, and occasionally exceeds it, to investigate and defend these women when no one else will. But it's her sister Fleurette who puts Constance's beliefs to the test and forces her to reckon with her own ideas of how a young woman should and shouldn't behave.

Against the backdrop of World War I, and drawn once again from the true story of the Kopp sisters, Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions is a spirited, page-turning story that will delight fans of historical fiction and lighthearted detective fiction alike.

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The Best Film I Never Made: And Other Stories about a Life in the Arts

The Best Film I Never Made: And Other Stories about a Life in the Arts

Bruce Beresford

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This entertaining collection of pieces from the acclaimed director of Breaker Morant, Driving Miss Daisy and Mao's Last Dancer features memoirs, brief lives and revealing accounts of the film world.Alongside unsung heroes from behind the camera and producers of dubious repute are Madeleine St John and Clive James, Margaret Olley and Jeffrey Smart, as well as a particularly seductive 1963 EH Holden - and Bruce Beresford's father, whose strange and startling decline in old age is charted in a brilliant, poignant essay.Opinionated, wry and engaging, The Best Film I Never Made will provoke and delight in equal measure. It is the ideal gift not only for cinema buffs but for anyone interested in music, art or literature.

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Tell Tale

Tell Tale

Jeffrey Archer

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Author of the best-selling Clifton Chronicles, Jeffrey Archer, gives us fourteen gripping and rewarding short stories for readers to return to time and again.

Find out what happens to the hapless young detective from Naples who travels to an Italian hillside town to solve a murder and the pretentious schoolboy whose discovery of the origins of his father's wealth changes his life forever. Follow the stories of the woman who dares to challenge the men at her Ivy League university during the 1930s, and another young woman who thumbs a lift and has an encounter of a lifetime. From the master of the short story, these refreshingly original tales prove why Archer has been described by The Times as `probably the greatest storyteller of our age'.

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The Maths Behind...

The Maths Behind...

Colin Beveridge

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The Maths Behind over 60 everyday phenomena. Have you ever wondered why traffic jams often turn out to have no cause when you get to the end of the queue? There's a mathematical explanation for that. Or ever considered whether some lotteries might be easier to win than others? There's a formula for that too. If you've ever been curious about the mathematical strings that hold our world together, then look no further than The Maths Behind.

This intriguing and illuminating book takes a scientific view of your everyday world, and can give you the answers to all the niggling questions in your life, along with many you never even thought to ask. From the science behind roller coasters, to the maths behind how to consistently win at Monopoly (and become very unpopular with your family), this is a fascinating look at the mathematical forces that run beneath our everyday transactions.

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The Calculus Story: A Mathematical Adventure

The Calculus Story: A Mathematical Adventure

David Acheson

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Calculus is the key to much of modern science and engineering. It is the mathematical method for the analysis of things that change, and since in the natural world we are surrounded by change, the development of calculus was a huge breakthrough in the history of mathematics. But it is also something of a mathematical adventure, largely because of the way infinity enters at virtually every twist and turn... In The Calculus Story David Acheson presents a wide-ranging picture of calculus and its applications, from ancient Greece right up to the present day. Drawing on their original writings, he introduces the people who helped to build our understanding of calculus. With a step by step treatment, he demonstrates how to start doing calculus, from the very beginning.

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The Secret Life of Cows

The Secret Life of Cows

Rosamund Young

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At Kite's Nest Farm the cows (as well as the sheep, hens, and pigs) all roam free. They make their own choices about rearing, grazing and housing. Left to be themselves the cows exhibit personalities as diverse as our own.

Fat Hat prefers men to women. Chippy Minton refuses to sleep with muddy legs and always reports to the barn for grooming before bed. Jake's vice is sniffing the carbon monoxide fumes from the Land Rover exhaust pipe. Gemima greets all humans with an angry shake of the head and is fiercely independent.

In this affectionate, heart-warming chronicle, Rosamund Young shows that cows love, play games, bond and form life-long friendships.

They'll seek out willow when they are injured and stinging nettles when pregnant. They babysit for one another; invent games; take umbrage' and grieve.

The reason most of us don't know about this is because modern farming leaves no room for the natural behaviour celebrated here. This charming, gorgeously illustrated book shows the domestic cow in a entirely different light.

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The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World

The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World

David Eagleman ,  Anthony Brandt

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Our relentless drive to create makes us unique among living creatures. What is special about the human brain that enables us to innovate? Why don't cows choreograph dances? Why don't squirrels build elevators to their treetops? Why don't alligators invent speedboats?Weaving together the arts and sciences, neuroscientist David Eagleman and composer Anthony Brandt explore the need for novelty, the simulation of possible futures, and the social components that drive the inventiveness of our species. Taking us on a tour of human creativity from Picasso to concept cars to umbrellas to lunar travel, Brandt and Eagleman explore the cognitive software that generates new ideas, and illuminate the key facets of a creative mentality. Through understanding our ability to innovate - our most profound, mysterious, and deeply human capacity - we can meet the challenge of remaking our constantly shifting world.

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A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes

Adam Rutherford

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'A brilliant, authoritative, surprising, captivating introduction to human genetics. You'll be spellbound' Brian CoxThis is a story about you. It is the history of who you are and how you came to be. It is unique to you, as it is to each of the 100 billion modern humans who have ever drawn breath. But it is also our collective story, because in every one of our genomes we each carry the history of our species - births, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration and a lot of sex. In this captivating journey through the expanding landscape of genetics, Adam Rutherford reveals what our genes now tell us about human history, and what history can now tell us about our genes. From Neanderthals to murder, from redheads to race, dead kings to plague, evolution to epigenetics, this is a demystifying and illuminating new portrait of who we are and how we came to be.'A thoroughly entertaining history of Homo sapiens and its DNA in a manner that displays popular science writing at its best' Observer 'Magisterial, informative and delightful' Peter Frankopan'An extraordinary adventure... From the Neanderthals to the Vikings, from the Queen of Sheba to Richard III, Rutherford goes in search of our ancestors, tracing the genetic clues deep into the past' Alice Roberts

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I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life

I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life

Ed Yong

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE 2017 AND THE ROYAL SOCIETY INSIGHT INVESTMENT SCIENCE BOOK PRIZE 2017. Your body is teeming with tens of trillions of microbes. It's an entire world, a colony full of life. In other words, you contain multitudes.They sculpt our organs, protect us from diseases, guide our behaviour, and bombard us with their genes. They also hold the key to understanding all life on earth.In I Contain Multitudes, Ed Yong opens our eyes and invites us to marvel at ourselves and other animals in a new light, less as individuals and more as thriving ecosystems. You'll never think about your mind, body or preferences in the same way again. 'Super-interesting... He just keeps imparting one surprising, fascinating insight after the next. I Contain Multitudes is science journalism at its best' Bill Gates

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What's Next?: Even Scientists Can't Predict the Future - or Can They?

What's Next?: Even Scientists Can't Predict the Future - or Can They?

Jim Al-Khalili

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Thought the science of the future was all hoverboards and space travel? Think again. Every day, scientists come up with the ingenious solutions and surprising discoveries that will define our future. So here, Jim Al-Khalili and his crack team of experts bin the crystal ball and use cutting-edge science to get a glimpse of what's in store. From whether teleportation is really possible (spoiler: it is), to what we'll do if Artificial Intelligence takes over, The Future takes on the big questions. And along the way, it'll answer questions like Will we find a cure to all diseases? An answer to climate change? Will bionics make us into superheroes?

Touching on everything from genetics to transport, and nanotechnology to teleportation, The Future is a fascinating, fun and informative look at what's in store for the human race.

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Karl, the Universe and Everything

Karl, the Universe and Everything

Karl Kruszelnicki

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Learn about Dr Karl, the universe and everything, and discover how air-conditioning is sexist, how you can kill a spinning hard drive by shouting at it and how space junk is threatening our future capabilities for space travel.

Could there be life on one of Saturn's moons? How much power could you collect from all the lightning on Earth? Why do books have book-smell? Why is 10 per cent of the Earth's land area prone to sinkholes?

Why are some people chronically late? What would happen if the Earth stopped spinning? Why do most people hardly remember anything from the first half-a-dozen years of their life?

How close are we to the Artificial Uterus? Why do some songs turn into "earworms" and stick inside your brain? Why does your hotel room access card get wiped so easily?

And is your home WiFi really spying on you?

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The Grade Cricketer: Tea and No Sympathy

The Grade Cricketer: Tea and No Sympathy

Dave Edwards ,  Dave Edwards ,  Sam Perry

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'A sequel to The Grade Cricketer? It's like junk time in a second innings - something you just have to be part of.' Gideon Haigh. Is life without cricket worth living? It's a question asked and answered by the Grade Cricketer, as he faces a cricket-free future after a devious plan goes horribly wrong. Hilarious, ridiculous and completely true to life to anyone who's ever spent time in a dressing room, Tea and No Sympathy takes us on a skeweringly funny sporting misadventure through the world of grade cricket and the flawed, damaged and occasionally appalling people who play it, from the creators of the bestselling novel The Grade Cricketer.

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Lenin 2017: Remembering, Repeating, and Working Through

Lenin 2017: Remembering, Repeating, and Working Through

V. I. Lenin ,  Slavoj Zizek

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Lenin's originality and importance as a revolutionary leader is most often associated with the seizure of power in 1917. But, Zizek argues in his new study and collection of original texts, Lenin's true greatness can be better grasped in the very last couple of years of his political life. Russia had survived foreign invasion, embargo and a terrifying civil war, as well as internal revolts such as at Kronstadt in 1921. But the new state was exhausted, isolated and disorientated in the face of the world revolution that seemed to be receding. New paths had to be sought, almost from scratch, for the Soviet state to survive and imagine some alternative route to the future. With his characteristic brio and provocative insight, Zizek suggests that Lenin's courage as a thinker can be found in his willingness to face this reality of retreat lucidly and frontally.

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The Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty

David McAllister ,  Gabriela Tylesova

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The story of The Sleeping Beauty spills over with fairies and princes, passion and despair, magnificence and splendour, and the ballet version of this classic tale is the most romantic and spectacular of all. Australian Ballet Creative Director David McAllister's impressive 2015 production of The Sleeping Beauty, ornamented by internationally celebrated designer Gabriela Tylesova's lavish costumes and sets, cast a spell of delight on its audiences, and was a sellout success. Now David McAllister and Gabriela Tylesova weave their magic again, transporting the enchantment of their 2015 production of The Sleeping Beauty to the pages of this book. David's text and Gabriela's illustrations recreate the world of this favourite ballet for readers to enjoy again and again. Based on the spectacular Australian Ballet production of The Sleeping Beauty.

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100 Nasty Women of History: Brilliant, badass and completely fearless women everyone should know

100 Nasty Women of History: Brilliant, badass and completely fearless women everyone should know

Hannah Jewell

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100 fascinating and brilliantly written stories about history's bravest, baddest but little known 'nasty' women from across the world. In the final debate of the 2016 US presidential election, Donald Trump leaned into the microphone as Hillary Clinton spoke about social security and called his opponent 'such a nasty woman'. The phrase has stuck around and has since become something of a badge of honour for women around the world. What better time than now, then, for us to look back and learn a thing or two from the 'nasty' women of the past? Compiled and written by BuzzFeed writer Hannah Jewell, 100 Nasty Women of History contains profiles of women from across every century, race and continent, united in the fact that they were all a bit 'nasty'. From 3rd-century Japanese Empress Jingu to 20th-century British social reformer Octavia Hill, these are the women who were bold and powerful, but maybe put people (men's) backs up by being so. 100 Nasty Women of History is an accessible, intelligent, hilarious (and sometimes sweary) guide to the history-making women whom you probably don't know - but definitely should.

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The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President

Bandy X. Lee

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The consensus view of two dozen psychiatrists and psychologists that Trump is dangerously mentally ill and that he presents a clear and present danger to the nation and our own mental health.

This is not normal.

Since the start of Donald Trump's presidential run, one question has quietly but urgently permeated the observations of concerned citizens: What is wrong with him? Constrained by the American Psychiatric Association's "Goldwater rule," which inhibits mental health professionals from diagnosing public figures they have not personally examined, many of those qualified to answer this question have shied away from discussing the issue at all. The public has thus been left to wonder whether he is mad, bad, or both.

In THE DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP, twenty-seven psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health experts argue that, in Mr. Trump's case, their moral and civic "duty to warn" America supersedes professional neutrality. They then explore Trump's symptoms and potentially relevant diagnoses to find a complex, if also dangerously mad, man.

Philip Zimbardo and Rosemary Sword, for instance, explain Trump's impulsivity in terms of "unbridled and extreme present hedonism." Craig Malkin writes on pathological narcissism and politics as a lethal mix. Gail Sheehy, on a lack of trust that exceeds paranoia. Lance Dodes, on sociopathy. Robert Jay Lifton, on the "malignant normality" that can set in everyday life if psychiatrists do not speak up.

His madness is catching, too. From the trauma people have experienced under the Trump administration to the cult-like characteristics of his followers, he has created unprecedented mental health consequences across our nation and beyond.

It's not all in our heads. It's in his.

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I Can't Breathe: The Killing that Started a Movement

I Can't Breathe: The Killing that Started a Movement

Matt Taibbi

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The incredible story of the death of Eric Garner, the birth of the 'Black Lives Matter' movement and the new fault lines of race, protest, policing and the power of people.

On July 17, 2014, Eric Garner died in New York City after a police officer put him in what has been described as a "chokehold" during an arrest for selling "loosies," or single cigarettes. The final moments of his life were captured on video and seen by millions, sparking an international series of protests that built into the transformative "Black Lives Matter" movement. Weeks after Garner's death, two New York City police officers were killed by a young black man from Maryland, in what he claimed was revenge for Garner's death. Those killings in turn led to police protests, clashes with New York's new liberal mayor, and an eventual work slow-down.

Matt Taibbi, bestselling author and othe best polemic journalist in Americao explores the roots and aftermath of Eric Garner's death and tells a compelling story of the crime, the grand jury, the media circus, the murder of the police, and the protests from every side. The result is a riveting work of literary journalism that breaks new ground and provides a masterful narrative of urban America, the perversion of its policing and a brilliant examination of the racial tensions that threaten to tear it apart.

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Auschwitz Testimonies: 1945-1986

Auschwitz Testimonies: 1945-1986

Primo Levi ,  Leonardo De Benedetti ,  Fabio Levi ,  Domenico Scarpa

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In 1945, soon after liberation, Soviet authorities in control of the Kattowitz (Katowice) camp in Poland asked Primo Levi and his fellow captive Leonardo De Benedetti to compile a detailed report on the sanitary conditions in Auschwitz. The result was an extraordinary testimony and one of the first accounts of the extermination camps ever written. The Report on the Monowitz Camp, published in a medical journal in 1946, marked the beginnings of Levi's lifelong work as writer, analyst and witness.

In the subsequent four decades, Levi never ceased to recount his experiences in Auschwitz in a wide variety of texts, many of which are assembled together here for the first time, alongside other testimony from De Benedetti. From early research into the fate of their companions to the deposition written for Eichmann's trial, from the 'letter to the daughter of a fascist who wants to know the truth' to newspaper and magazine articles, Auschwitz Testimonies is a rich mosaic of memories and critical reflections of great historic and human value.

Underpinned by his characteristically clear language, rigorous method and deep psychological insight, this collection of testimonies, reports and analyses reaffirms Primo Levi's position as one of the most important chroniclers of the Holocaust. It will find a wide readership, both among the many readers of Levi's work and among all those who wish to understand one of the greatest human tragedies of all time.

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The Tunnels: The Untold Story of the Escapes Under the Berlin Wall

The Tunnels: The Untold Story of the Escapes Under the Berlin Wall

Greg Mitchell

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In the summer of 1962, one year after the rise of the Berlin Wall, a group of daring young West Germans risked prison, Stasi torture and even death to liberate friends, lovers, and strangers in East Berlin by digging tunnels under the Wall.

Then, as the world’s press heard about the secret projects, two television networks raced to be the first to document them from the inside, funding two separate tunnels for exclusive rights to film the escapes. In response, President John F. Kennedy and his administration, wary of anything that might raise tensions and force a military confrontation with the Soviets, maneuvered to quash both documentaries.

As Greg Mitchell's riveting narrative unfolds, we meet extraordinary characters: the legendary cyclist who became East Berlin’s most wanted man; the tunneller who had already served four years in the East German gulag; the Stasi informer who betrays the ‘CBS tunnel’; the young East Berliner who escapes with her baby, then marries one of the tunnellers; and an engineer who would later help build the tunnel under the English Channel.

Capturing the hopes and fears of everyday Berliners, the chilling reach of the Stasi secret police, and the political tensions of the Cold War, The Tunnels is breaking history, a propulsive read whose themes still reverberate today.

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The Ascent to Power, 1996: The Howard Government Volume 1

The Ascent to Power, 1996: The Howard Government Volume 1

Tom Frame

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The Ascent to Power, 1996 takes a critical look at the Howard Government's rise to power; its policies and priorities, successes and shortcomings in what Paul Kelly calls the `foundational year'. This first of four volumes on the Howard Government's nearly 12 years in office draws on unpublished documents from John Howard's papers held at UNSW Canberra. It covers the 1996 election, relationships with the Australian Public Service and Senate crossbenchers, reversing the budget `black hole' and gun law reform following the Port Arthur massacre. With contributions from John Howard, other politicians, media commentators, key public servants and academics, The Ascent to Power, 1996 will inform future assessments of the Howard Government and its place in Australian history.`

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Pax Romana: War, Peace and Conquest in the Roman World

Pax Romana: War, Peace and Conquest in the Roman World

Adrian Goldsworthy

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The Pax Romana is famous for having provided a remarkable period of peace and stability, rarely seen before or since. Yet the Romans were first and foremost conquerors, imperialists who took by force a vast empire stretching from the Euphrates in the east to the Atlantic coast in the west. Their peace meant Roman victory and was brought about by strength and dominance rather than co-existence with neighbours. The Romans were aggressive and ruthless, and during the creation of their empire millions died or were enslaved.

But the Pax Romana was real, not merely the boast of emperors, and some of the regions in the Empire have never again lived for so many generations free from major wars. So what exactly was the Pax Romana and what did it mean for the people who found themselves brought under Roman rule?

Acclaimed historian Adrian Goldsworthy tells the story of the creation of the Empire, revealing how and why the Romans came to control so much of the world and asking whether the favourable image of the Roman peace is a true one. He chronicles the many rebellions by the conquered, and describes why these broke out and why most failed. At the same time, he explains that hostility was only one reaction to the arrival of Rome, and from the start there was alliance, collaboration and even enthusiasm for joining the invaders, all of which increased as resistance movements faded away.

A ground-breaking and comprehensive history of the Roman Peace, Pax Romana takes the reader on a journey from the bloody conquests of an aggressive Republic through the age of Caesar and Augustus to the golden age of peace and prosperity under diligent emperors like Marcus Aurelius, offering a balanced and nuanced reappraisal of life in the Roman Empire.

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A Dog's Way Home: The Heartwarming Story of the Bond Between Man and Man's Best Friend

A Dog's Way Home: The Heartwarming Story of the Bond Between Man and Man's Best Friend

W. Bruce Cameron

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From W. Bruce Cameron, author of the beloved bestseller and major Hollywood movie A Dog’s Purpose, comes this beautifully told, charming tale that explores the unbreakable bond between us and our pets.

Lucas Ray is shocked when, while attempting to rescue stray cats from an abandoned building slated for demolition, an adorable puppy jumps out of a crawl space and into his arms. Even though the apartment he shares with his mother, a disabled veteran, doesn’t allow dogs, Lucas can’t resist taking Bella home.

Bella is inexplicably drawn to Lucas, even if she doesn’t understand the necessity of games like No Barks. As it becomes more difficult to hide her rapidly growing presence from neighbours, Lucas begins to sneak Bella into the veteran’s hospital where he works and his mother receives treatment. There, the happy-go-lucky dog naturally brings joy and comfort where it is needed most.

After Bella is picked up by Animal Control for being a pit bull, a breed banned in Denver, Lucas has no choice but to send her to a foster home until he can figure out what to do. But Bella, distraught at the separation, doesn’t plan to wait. With four hundred miles of dangerous Colorado wilderness between her and Lucas, Bella sets off on a seemingly impossible and completely unforgettable adventure home.

A classic story of unwavering loyalty and incredible devotion, A Dog’s Way Home is a fantastic and exhilarating journey of the heart.

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Future Home of the Living God

Future Home of the Living God

Louise Erdrich

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Louise Erdrich, the New York Times bestselling, National Book Award-winning author of LaRose and The Round House, paints a startling portrait of a young woman fighting for her life and her unborn child against oppressive forces that manifest in the wake of a cataclysmic event.

The world as we know it is ending. Evolution has reversed itself, affecting every living creature on earth. Science cannot stop the world from running backwards, as woman after woman gives birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of humans. Thirty-two-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker, adopted daughter of open-minded Minneapolis liberals, is as disturbed as the rest of America around her. But for Cedar, this change is profound and deeply personal. She is four months pregnant.

Cedar feels compelled to find her birth mother, Mary Potts, an Ojibwe living on the reservation, to understand both her and her baby's origins. As Cedar goes back to her own biological beginnings, society around her begins to disintegrate, fueled by a swelling panic about the end of humanity. There are rumors of martial law, of Congress confining pregnant women, of a registry, and rewards for those who turn these wanted women in.

It will take all Cedar has to avoid the prying eyes of potential informants and keep her baby safe.

A chilling dystopian novel both provocative and prescient, Future Home of the Living God is a startlingly original work from one of our most acclaimed writers: a moving meditation on female agency, self-determination, biology, and natural rights that speaks to the troubling changes of our time.

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Our Souls at Night (Film Tie-In)

Our Souls at Night (Film Tie-In)

Kent Haruf

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Our Souls at Night is a deeply affecting love story, adapted into a film starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford. This is a love story. A story about growing old with grace. Addie Moore and Louis Waters have been neighbours for years. Now they both live alone, their houses empty of family, their quiet nights solitary. Then one evening Addie pays Louis a visit. Soon to be a major film starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. Their brave adventures form the beating heart of Our Souls at Night, Kent Haruf's exquisite final novel.

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Five Escape Brexit Island

Five Escape Brexit Island

Bruno Vincent

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'Escape first, talk about politics later!' said George.

From the author of Number One Christmas bestseller, Five on Brexit Island, join the Five in their next hilarious adventure in this bestselling series for grown-ups!

It's a year after the Brexit vote. The four housemates and Timmy are on a visit to see their evil genius cousin Rupert. Rupert owns a chunk of the Jurassic Coast, part of which he has turned into an island and declared independence from Britain. Its fifteenth-century Dorset castle is a tourist attraction, but a computer hack puts the ancient fortifications into lockdown and plunges the Five into peril. Can our intrepid friends escape to the safety of mainland Europe?

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Five Get Gran Online

Five Get Gran Online

Bruno Vincent

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'What operating system does your PC run on?' 'Electricity,' said Gran.

From the author of Number One Christmas bestseller, Five on Brexit Island, join the Five in their next hilarious adventure in this bestselling series for grown-ups!

The Five go north to see their grandmother who is alone over the Easter weekend. They're shocked to find it's been so long that they don't recognise her at all. While they're there, they try to help her with her computer. They try first to fix her iTunes account, and then her internet banking - after all it's the least they can do! However everything they touch turns to dust. They end up getting her cut off from the internet, the gas and the electricity, and reduced to a World War II-style privations - that is until the toddler from next door comes in and fixes everything. They return home somewhat with their tails between their legs, only to discover that with their help Gran has learned to make videos, and has become an internet sensation.

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Five Get On the Property Ladder

Five Get On the Property Ladder

Bruno Vincent

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Enid Blyton's books are beloved the world over and The Famous Five have been the perennial favourite of her fans. Now, in this new series of Enid Blyton for Grown-Ups, George, Dick, Anne, Julian and Timmy turn their attention to finding a property they can call their very own.

Join the Five as they struggle to get their feet (and paws) on the first rung of the property ladder. Luckily cousin Rupert is on hand to help. But not before they've had some very exciting adventures. Who knew that it was all going to be so difficult?

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Five at the Office Christmas Party

Five at the Office Christmas Party

Bruno Vincent

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Everyone tensed and leaned forward, wondering who this new arrival could be. A stripper? Surely not. A music act? Please no.'From the author of Number One Christmas bestseller, Five on Brexit Island, join the Five in their next hilarious adventure in this bestselling series for grown-ups!

The Five set out to give the best office Christmas party ever, in the most traditional of fashions. But on no budget at all. Will they succeed, and make everyone happy? Or will all the emergency services be called before the night is out?

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Kilted Yoga: Yoga Laid Bare

Kilted Yoga: Yoga Laid Bare

Finlay Wilson

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An eccentric, fun and motivational guide to the fundamentals of yoga - based on the sensational Kilted Yoga video from the yogi who broke the internet 43 million views in just five days!

Get ready to lose yourself in the wilds of Scotland and reconnect with the natural world in this gorgeous little book that will make you look at yoga in a whole new way - kilt optional!

After recovering from an accident, Finlay Wilson found yoga was the best way to rebuild his strength. Now a qualified yoga instructor himself, he's decided to bring a modern take to this ancient practice, laying it bare - often quite literally. Feast your eyes on his yoga moves and discover why his Kilted Yoga video became an instant global sensation.

Finlay introduces you to the fundamentals of yoga through four progressive sequences to help you develop your practice. Combining stunning photography of the Scottish highlands with practical advice, Kilted Yoga is the inspiration you've been waiting for - join the movement here.

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Five Go Down Under

Five Go Down Under

Sophie Hamley

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The Famous Five have gone on their greatest adventure yet - a trip Down Under to Oz for some gap year fun.

Enid Blyton's books are beloved the world over and The Famous Five have been the perennial favourite of her fans. Now, in this new Enid Blyton for Grown-Ups, Julian, George, Dick, Anne and Timmy head Down Under for some relaxing holiday fun. But will it be the adventure they had hoped for?

Setting up camp in Bondi they soon meet the Sydney Six, a couple of guitar-strumming Kiwis and a rogue South African and find themselves in the thick of Sydney's real estate perils and the attempts of their omnipresent cousin Rupert Kirrin to buy up the local media.

But when the sun, surf and bluebottles have their revenge and things don't quite go to plan, it's time to head for the country for a spot of sheep-shearing and quad-bike riding. Will the country be kinder to them or will their close calls with the Australian wildlife have them heading back to the city before you can say decaff soy latte?

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Betoota's Australia

Betoota's Australia

The Betoota Advocate

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A relatively comprehensive guide to the Great Southern Land by arguably Australia's oldest newspaper. Now in its 11th edition, this full-colour guide to contemporary Australia has been touted as the most comprehensive insight into the lucky country since Microsoft's Encarta. Initially written for those venturing for the first time beyond Betoota's city limits, Betoota's Australia has become the go-to bible for anyone looking to uncover the real Australia behind the headlines.

The places, the people, the politics, the language, the sport and much more are here perfectly articulated by what is arguably our country's oldest newspaper, The Betoota Advocate, which can boast more readers than The Australian.

It's the type of quality publication we've come to expect from a news organ never hamstrung by editorial standards, and features pictures, profiles and fairly up-to-date maps, as well as some frankly incredible facts and stats. Compiled by the paper's editors - former News of the World deputy editor Errol Parker and the home-grown Clancy Overell - Betoota's Australia brings the Great Southern Land to life.

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The Red Coast

The Red Coast

Di Morrissey

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In The Red Coast, Di Morrissey returns to the red earth of the Kimberley with a passionate story of resistance and resilience under its soaring blue skies.

After the upheaval which separated Jacqui Bouchard from her beloved son, she has finally settled in Broome, a magical remote town on the northwest coast of Australia.

But when a proposed mining development is unveiled, the town begins to tear itself apart. Rifts run deep, as friends, families and lovers are faced with a battle that could change their lives irrevocably.

As everyone takes sides, Jacqui confronts her own dilemma - to stay or leave? Who to trust? . . . Who to love?

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Every Breath You Take (#3 Under Suspicion)

Every Breath You Take (#3 Under Suspicion)

Mary Higgins Clark ,  Alafair Burke

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Laurie Moran’s professional life is a success - her television show Under Suspicion is a hit, both in the ratings and its record of solving cold cases. But her romantic break from former host Alex Buckley has left her with on-air talent she can’t stand - Ryan Nichols - and a sense of loneliness, despite her loving family.

Now Ryan has suggested a new case. Three years ago, Virginia Wakeling, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and one of the museum’s most generous donors, was found in the snow, after being thrown from the museum’s roof on the night of its most celebrated fundraiser, the Met Gala. The leading suspect then and now is her much younger boyfriend and personal trainer, Ivan Gray.

Ivan runs a trendy, successful boutique gym called Punch - a business funded in no small part by the late Virginia - which happens to be the gym Ryan frequents. Laurie’s skepticism about the case is upended by a tip from her father’s NYPD connection, and soon Laurie realizes there are a bevy of suspects - including Virginia’s trusted inner circle.

As the Under Suspicion crew pries into the lives of a super wealthy real estate family with secrets to hide, danger mounts for several witnesses - and for Laurie.

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Spook Street (#4 Slough House)

Spook Street (#4 Slough House)

Mick Herron

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Never outlive your ability to survive a fight.

Twenty years retired, David Cartwright can still spot when the stoats are on his trail.

Jackson Lamb worked with Cartwright back in the day. He knows better than most that this is no vulnerable old man. 'Nasty old spook with blood on his hands' would be a more accurate description.

'The old bastard' has raised his grandson with a head full of guts and glory. But far from joining the myths and legends of Spook Street, River Cartwright is consigned to Lamb's team of pen-pushing no-hopers at Slough House.

So it's Lamb they call to identify the body when Cartwright's panic button raises the alarm at Service HQ.

And Lamb who will do whatever he thinks necessary, to protect an agent in peril...

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The Darkest Day (#1 Inspector Barbarotti)

The Darkest Day (#1 Inspector Barbarotti)

Hakan Nesser

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The Darkest Day is the first novel in the five part Inspector Barbarotti series from renowned Swedish crime author Hakan Nesser. It's December in the quiet Swedish town of Kymlinge, and the Hermansson family are gathering to celebrate father Karl-Erik and eldest daughter Ebba's joint landmark birthdays. But beneath the guise of happy festivities, tensions are running high, and it's not long before the night takes a dark and unexpected turn... Before the weekend is over, two members of the Hermansson family are missing, and it's up to Inspector Barbarotti - a detective who spends as much of his time debating the existence of God as he does solving cases - to determine exactly what has happened. And he soon discovers he'll have to unravel a whole tangle of sinister family secrets in the process...

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City of Friends

City of Friends

Joanna Trollope

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The twentieth stunning book from the lauded bestselling author, Joanna Trollope.

The day Stacey Grant loses her job feels like the last day of her life. Or at least, the only life she'd ever known. For who was she if not a City high-flyer, Senior Partner at one of the top private equity firms in London?

As Stacey starts to reconcile her old life with the new - one without professional achievements or meetings, but instead, long days at home with her dog and ailing mother, waiting for her successful husband to come home - she at least has The Girls to fall back on. Beth, Melissa and Gaby. The girls, now women, had been best friends from the early days of university right through their working lives, and for all the happiness and heartbreaks in between.

But these career women all have personal problems of their own, and when Stacey's redundancy forces a betrayal to emerge that was supposed to remain secret, their long cherished friendships will be pushed to their limits...

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Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd (#8 Flavia de Luce)

Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd (#8 Flavia de Luce)

Alan Bradley

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Twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce is back at Buckshaw at last, but her homecoming is overshadowed by news of her father's illness.Forbidden from visiting Colonel de Luce in hospital, Flavia busies herself in the village, but she soon makes a macabre discover: the corpse of a reclusive woodcarver hanging upside down on the back of a door, in a house empty but for a curiously uncurious cat. While the local constabulary are stumped, Flavia is soon piecing together a puzzle that connects a death by murderous gulls on a desolate island, a local woman said to be a witch, and a beloved children's author who terrified his own son - plus, of course, a certain tortoise-shell cat...

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A Late Frost (#11 Orchid)

A Late Frost (#11 Orchid)

Sheila Connolly

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The usually quiet town of Granford, Massachusetts, is even drowsier during the colder months. But this year it's in for a jolt when Monica Whitman moves into town. She's a dynamo who wants to make friends fast in her new home, and she throws herself into community activities. Meg Corey, now Chapin after her marriage to Seth Chapin, is intrigued by the new arrival, who has already sold the town board on a new, fun way to bring in visitors during the off-season: WinterFare, which will feature local foods (such as Meg's apples) and crafts, as well as entertainment. Tragically, Monica falls ill and dies after the event in what looks like a case of food poisoning. When all the food served at WinterFare has been tested, including Meg's apples, it becomes clear that there's a more sinister explanation to the older woman's sudden demise. Meg's investigation uncovers a bushel of potential suspects, one of whom is rotten to the core.

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A Rescue For A Queen (#11 Ursula Blanchard)

A Rescue For A Queen (#11 Ursula Blanchard)

Fiona Buckley

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The eleventh enthralling adventure to feature Ursula Blanchard, reluctant spy in the service of Queen Elizabeth I February, 1571. Ursula is once more plunged into affairs of the state when she escorts her foster daughter Margaret to the Netherlands to meet her suitor. The queen's spymaster, Sir William Cecil, learns that the wealthy Italian banker Roberto Ridolfi will be hosting their forthcoming wedding - a man who he fears may once again be plotting to put Mary Queen of Scots on the English throne. But Ursula is also about to come face-to-face with her greatest enemy - and the exiled Countess of Northumberland is not the only figure from Ursula's past to put in a surprising appearance.

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Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar

Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar

Alexei Sayle

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Alexei Sayle reveals his true vocation: proprietor of an imaginary sandwich shop. Blending politics, comedy, philosophy and memoir, this is the Godfather of Alternative Comedy at his most anarchic and irresistibly entertaining Alexei Sayle has been telling people he runs a sandwich bar on Gray's Inn Road that doesn't exist since the mid-1970s .From behind this imaginary counter Alexei dispenses wisdom and focaccia to his famous customers as he explores his love of pretending, reveals why he disappeared from our TV screens in the 1990's, lobbies for eleven-hour long episodes of Newsnight and discusses rampant nepotism in coveted careers. And from drawing striking comparisons between capitalism and all-you-can-eat buffets to discussing the hidden depths of Taylor Swift, this flight of fancy packs a surprising punch and will leave you hungry for more.

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Memoirs

Memoirs

Mike Willesee

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After thousands of stories, a legend finally tells his own.

Mike Willesee has been Australia's most revered television journalist for over fifty years. And behind the lens, a businessman, powerbroker, trailblazer and enduring enigma.

Son of a minister in the Whitlam cabinet, Willesee was a football star before finding fame as a crusading journalist, and Vietnam War correspondent, for This Day Tonight and Four Corners. Later, as creator of A Current Affair, his interviews became news in themselves, attracting blockbuster ratings, wielding huge political power and transforming him into an icon.

In life, Willesee was a husband and father of six. He made a fortune in radio and television then lost it saving the Sydney Swans and battling his demons.

After a live on-air interview with gunmen secured the release of two children being held hostage, Willesee left ACA. He made acclaimed documentaries on subjects as diverse as stigmata and ancient tribes. He survived a plane crash, found God and fought cancer. But he never stopped seeking truth.

Memoirs is that truth - the extraordinary story of Mike Willesee's epic life.

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Antiques Roadshow: 40 Years of Great Finds

Antiques Roadshow: 40 Years of Great Finds

Paul Atterbury ,  Marc Allum

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A collection of the timeless, the priceless and the unforgettable, this beautiful compendium accompanies the beloved BBC One TV series.

Antiques Roadshow has graced our screens for forty years and has become one of the nation's most beloved television programmes and a national institution. It has featured thousands of unique stories over the years, and introduced many incredible characters and unforgettable moments. In this anniversary celebration, Paul Atterbury and Marc Allum look back at the quintessential moments from the show's illustrious history, providing a look at the history behind the very best and most intriguing objects that have appeared on the show.

Antiques Roadshow: 40 Years of Great Finds reveals the astonishing stories behind findings such as the discovery of the Lalique vase which had been bought for a pound at a car boot sale and left in the loft, only to be valued and sold for £25,000; the twenty-three original Beatrix Potter drawings; a brooch designed by the great Victorian architect William Burges; a poignant letter written by a doomed passenger on the Titanic, and legendary 1970s glam rocker Marc Bolan's distinctive Gibson Flying V guitar.

Beautifully illustrated, and featuring a wealth of artifacts from the show, this is a truly revealing book, unearthing moments from history through each of the extraordinary objects discovered on the programme.

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Forensics and Police Through Time: Australia in Context: Part 1. Nineteenth Century

Forensics and Police Through Time: Australia in Context: Part 1. Nineteenth Century

Louise Steding

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In Forensics and Police through Time, forensic advances, developments in policing and major related events are presented side by side in Australian history. When in their historic and geographic contexts, past investigative methods, outcomes and the many contributors themselves may be better understood. In this volume, the chronology spans from the initial European settlement of Australia to the close of the nineteenth century. It follows the emergence of various forensic specialties, the development of techniques, and their application in early criminal investigations.

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Doctor Who: 100 Illustrated Adventures

Doctor Who: 100 Illustrated Adventures

BBC

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A brand new guide illustrated with over 100 pieces of original fan art, showcasing the best stories from 54 years of Doctor Who. Profiling 100 of the most beloved Doctor Who TV stories, this book is filled with essential information and original art drawn by fans themselves. From thousands of entries, the illustrations inside were chosen as winning pieces as part of an official Puffin Doctor Who fan art compeition held in early 2017.

Spanning the First Doctor's era to the Twelfth, this stunning book is a must-have Christmas gift and keepsake for any Doctor Who fan.

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Tales of Terror (Doctor Who)

Tales of Terror (Doctor Who)

Jacqueline Rayner

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A spine-chilling new collection of twelve illustrated adventures, packed with terrifying Doctor Who monsters and villains, just in time for Halloween . . . Written by Jacqueline Rayner, Mike Tucker, Paul Magrs, Richard Dungworth, Scott Handcock and Craig Donaghy, each story stars an incarnation of the Doctor on a brand new adventure in time and space. Each also features a frightening nemesis for the Doctor to face, plus appearances from favourite friends such as Sarah Jane, Jo, Ace and Donna. Illustrated by Rohan Daniel Eason, Tales of Terror will delight, excite and frighten Doctor Who fans everywhere.

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Dr Tenth: Christmas Surprise (Doctor Who) (Roger Hargreaves)

Dr Tenth: Christmas Surprise (Doctor Who) (Roger Hargreaves)

Adam Hargreaves

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The greatest mash-up in the Whoniverse continues with this Christmas adventure starring the Tenth Doctor!

Doctor Who meets Roger Hargreaves' Mr Men in this fun and charming Christmas story; a seasonal special to compliment the twelve Dr Men titles in the ongoing series written and illustrated by Adam Hargreaves.

A new keepsake hardback format makes this the perfect Christmas gift for any Doctor Who fan.



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Oathbringer (#3 Stormlight Archive)

Oathbringer (#3 Stormlight Archive)

Brandon Sanderson

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GALAXY BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Humanity faces a new desolation with the return of the Voidbringers, a foe whose numbers are as great as their thirst for vengeance. Let the games begin! This is the eagerly awaited third volume in this series from the bestselling author who completed Robert Jordan’s epic Wheel of Time series and is quickly cementing himself as one of the greats. Easily the most EPIC series out there at the moment and potentially ever. Rich in imagination, detailed world-building, clever magic and heroic characters, this is a must-read series for all lovers of Epic Fantasy. Craig Slater

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From the bestselling author who completed Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series comes a new, original creation that matches anything else in modern fantasy for epic scope, thrilling imagination, superb characters and sheer addictiveness.

In Oathbringer, the third volume of the New York Times bestselling Stormlight Archive series, humanity faces a new Desolation with the return of the Voidbringers, a foe whose numbers are as great as their thirst for vengeance.

The Alethi armies commanded by Dalinar Kholin won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost: The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, and now its destruction sweeps the world and its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the true horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that their newly kindled anger may be wholly justified.

Nestled in the mountains high above the storms, in the tower city of Urithiru, Shallan Davar investigates the wonders of the ancient stronghold of the Knights Radiant and unearths the dark secrets lurking in its depths. And Dalinar realizes that his holy mission to unite his homeland of Alethkar was too narrow in scope. Unless all the nations of Roshar can put Dalinar's blood-soaked past aside and stand together - and unless Dalinar himself can confront that past - even the restoration of the Knights Radiant will not avert the end of civilization.

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Seventh Decimate (#1 Great God's War)

Seventh Decimate (#1 Great God's War)

Stephen Donaldson

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The war between Amika and Belleger has raged for generations. Its roots lie in the distant past, beyond memory. Sorcerers from both sides rain destruction down on the battlefield, wielding the six deadly Decimates of fire, earth, wind, water, lightning, and pestilence.

Prince Bifalt hopes that Belleger's new weapons technology, the rifle, will provide a decisive advantage. But when Belleger's sorcerers are mysteriously deprived of their magical abilities, leaving them unable to defend against Amika, he must set aside his own deep hatred of sorcery and work to solve this new enigma.

Grasping at any chance to save his beloved homeland, Prince Bifalt of Belleger sets out on a hazardous journey across the unmapped wastelands to the east. With Elgart, his last comrade, Bifalt pursues the long-hidden trail of the one object that might be able to turn the tide of the endless war - a book entitled The Seventh Decimate.

The events that unfold force Prince Bifalt to weigh his stubbornness, his patriotism, and his hatred for sorcerers against his sense of loyalty and of what he knows to be right. And as he learns, Amika and Belleger may simply be pawns within an even larger struggle...

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A Plague of Giants (#1 Seven Kennings)

A Plague of Giants (#1 Seven Kennings)

Kevin Hearne

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From the east came the Bone Giants. From the south, the fire-wielding Hathrim.It was an invasion that sparked war across the six nations of Teldwen. Now the kingdom's only hope is the discovery of a new form of magic - one that will call the wondrous beasts of the world to fight by the side of humankind.In the start of a thrilling new series, the New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles creates an unforgettable fantasy world of warring giants and elemental magic.

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The Mongrel Mage (#19 Recluce)

The Mongrel Mage (#19 Recluce)

L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

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For over a thousand years, Order and Chaos have molded the island of Reduce. The Saga of Reduce chronicles the history of this world with world building detail and an ingenious and disciplined magic system. L. E. Modesitt, Jr. returns to his longest and bestselling fantasy series with volume nineteen, which marks the beginning of a new story arc. In the world of Reduce, powerful mages can wield two kinds of magic - the white of Chaos or the black of Order. Beltur, however, has talents not seen in hundreds of years that blend both magics. On the run from a power hungry white mage, Beltur is taken in by Order mages, who set him on the path to discover and hone his own unique gifts and in the process find a home. However, when the white mage he fled attempts to invade his newly adopted city, Beltur must hope his new found power will be enough to save them all.

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Oathbringer (#3 Stormlight Archive)

Oathbringer (#3 Stormlight Archive)

Brandon Sanderson

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In Oathbringer, the third volume of the New York Times bestselling Stormlight Archive, humanity faces a new Desolation with the return of the Voidbringers, a foe with numbers as great as their thirst for vengeance.

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost: The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction, and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

Nestled in the mountains high above the storms, in the tower city of Urithiru, Shallan Davar investigates the wonders of the ancient stronghold of the Knights Radiant and unearths dark secrets lurking in its depths. And Dalinar realizes that his holy mission to unite his homeland of Alethkar was too narrow in scope. Unless all the nations of Roshar can put aside Dalinar's blood-soaked past and stand together-and unless Dalinar himself can confront that past-even the restoration of the Knights Radiant will not prevent the end of civilization.

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The Fall of Dragons (#5 Traitor Son Cycle)

The Fall of Dragons (#5 Traitor Son Cycle)

Miles Cameron

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The Red Knight's final battle lies ahead... but there's a whole war still to fight first.He began with a small company, fighting the dangerous semi-mythical creatures which threatened villages, nunneries and cities. But as his power - and his forces - grew, so the power of the enemy he stood against became ever more clear. Not the power of men... but that of gods, with thousands of mortal allies.Never has strategy been more important, and this war will end where it started: at Lissen Carak. But to get there means not one battle, but many - to take out the seven armies which stand against them and force Ash, the huge black dragon, to finally take to the field himself...

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Perfect Shadow (#0.5 Night Angel Trilogy)

Perfect Shadow (#0.5 Night Angel Trilogy)

Brent Weeks

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For the first time in print as a special hardcover edition, Brent Weeks's blockbuster novella Perfect Shadow tells the origin story of the Night Angel trilogy's most enigmatic character: Durzo Blint. Also includes the short story, I, Nightangel.

Gaelan Starfire is a farmer, happy to be a husband and a father; a careful, quiet, simple man. He's also an immortal, peerless in the arts of war. Over the centuries, he's worn many faces to hide his gift, but he is a man ill-fit for obscurity, and all too often he's become a hero, his very names passing into legend: Acaelus Thorne, Yric the Black, Hrothan Steelbender, Tal Drakkan, Rebus Nimble.

But when Gaelan must take a job hunting down the world's finest assassins for the beautiful courtesan-and-crimelord Gwinvere Kirena, what he finds may destroy everything he's ever believed in.

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Siege Line (#6 Shadow Ops)

Siege Line (#6 Shadow Ops)

Myke Cole

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In Myke Cole's latest high-octane, action-packed military fantasy, the fate of undead Navy SEAL James Schweitzer will be decided--one way or another... The Gemini Cell took everything from Jim Schweitzer: his family, his career as a Navy SEAL, even his life. Hounded across the country, Schweitzer knows the only way he can ever stop running, the only way his son can ever be safe, is to take the fight to the enemy and annihilate the Cell once and for all. But the Cell won't be easily destroyed. Out of control and fighting a secret war with the government it once served, it has dispatched its shadowy Director to the far reaches of the subarctic in search of a secret magic that could tip the balance of power in its favor. Schweitzer must join with the elite warriors of both America and Canada in a desperate bid to get there first--and avert a disaster that could put the Cell in control.

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Road Brothers (Broken Empire)

Road Brothers (Broken Empire)

Mark Lawrence

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A volume of short stories by the bestselling author of THE BROKEN EMPIRE series, Mark Lawrence This is a collection of fourteen stories of murder, mayhem, pathos, and philosophy, all set in the world of the Broken Empire.

Within these pages, you will find tales of men such as Red Kent, Sir Makin, Rike, Burlow and the Nuban, telling of their origins and the events that forged them. There is Jorg himself, striding the page as a child of six, as a teenage wanderer and as a young king. And then there is a tale about Prince Jalan Kendeth - liar, cheat, womaniser and coward.

To the new reader, welcome to a lawless world where wit and sword are the most useful weapons, and danger lurks as much in candle-lit palaces as in dark alleys and dense woodland. To those who have already journeyed with Jorg, we hope you will enjoy renewing old acquaintances with your favourite characters.

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Jade City

Jade City

Fonda Lee

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GALAXY BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Two crime families, one source of power: jade. Jade is the lifeblood of the city of Janloon. The stone enhances a warrior’s natural strength and speed. Jade is mined, traded, stolen and killed for, controlled by the ruthless. Well crafted and well written, this is a great little read! Think: 80s kung fu movie (but with substance) meets urban fantasy in a dark alley, then drown it in ancient myth and magic, and you're on the right track. Craig Slater

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Two crime families, one source of power: Jade.

Jade is the lifeblood of the city of Janloon - a stone that enhances a warrior's natural strength and speed. Jade is mined, traded, stolen and killed for, controlled by the ruthless No Peak and Mountain families.

When a modern drug emerges that allows anyone - even foreigners - to wield jade, simmering tension between the two families erupts into open violence. The outcome of this clan war will determine the fate of all in the families, from their grandest patriarch to even the lowliest motorcycle runner on the streets.

Jade City is an epic tale of blood, family, honour, and of those who live and die by ancient laws in a changing world.

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Blood of the Lost (#10 Rylee Adamson)

Blood of the Lost (#10 Rylee Adamson)

Shannon Mayer

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My name is Rylee and I am a Tracker.

When children go missing, and the Humans have no leads, I'm the one they call. I am their last hope in bringing home the lost ones. I salvage what they cannot.

My final salvage, and this time I must rescue the entire world.

Orion has fooled the entire human population with his lies, and they follow him like mindless zombies. They are the lost ones now.

I have my allies and my loved ones with me, but while they will fight to their death, it is still not enough. I must seal the Veil closed and send the demons back forever.

There is only one thing left for me to do. Face Orion alone.

But Orion knows my weakness. And he has stolen her away leaving me with a choice no mother should ever face.

Save my daughter... or... save the world?

Starring the irresistible, ass-kicking heroine Rylee Adamson, Blood of the Lost is the final book in USA Today-bestselling author Shannon Mayer’s sexy, exciting, and laugh-out-loud series, a dangerously addictive paranormal romance.

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Blade of Empire (#2 Dragon Prophecy)

Blade of Empire (#2 Dragon Prophecy)

Mercedes Lackey ,  James Mallory

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USA Today and New York Times bestselling authors Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory continue The Dragon Prophecy, which began with Crown of Vengeance. Set in a masterful fantasy world filled with elves and demons, unicorns and goblins, and mages and warriors, Blade of Empire continues the legend of Vieliessar Farcarinon, the first High King.As Vieliessar confronts the first waves of the forces of Darkness, her destined Bondmate, Runacar, leads a rag-tag group to war. For centuries, the Elves have hunted the Otherfolk - minotaurs, gryphons, dryads, and more - considering them beasts. But they have a complex society, Runacar discovers, and though he is an Elf, takes it as his mission to help them reclaim their lands from his former friends and allies.The Dragon Prophecy is a tale of loyalty and betrayal, of love and loss, of sacrifice and salvation. And of the never-ending battle between Light and Dark.

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An Unkindness of Magicians

An Unkindness of Magicians

Kat Howard

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There is a dark secret that is hiding at the heart of New York City and diminishing the city's magicians' power in this fantasy thriller by acclaimed author Kat Howard.In New York City, magic controls everything. But the power of magic is fading. No one knows what is happening, except for Sydney-a new, rare magician with incredible power that has been unmatched in decades, and she may be the only person who is able to stop the darkness that is weakening the magic. But Sydney doesn't want to help the system, she wants to destroy it. Sydney comes from the House of Shadows, which controls the magic with the help of sacrifices from magicians.

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The Tethered Mage (#1 Swords and Fire)

The Tethered Mage (#1 Swords and Fire)

Melissa Caruso

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A spellbinding new fantasy series that combines thrilling intrigue, engaging characters and a captivating new magic system.

Control the magic, control the world.

In the Raverran Empire, magic is scarce and those born with power are strictly controlled - taken as children and conscripted into the Falcon Army.

Zaira has lived her life on the streets to avoid this fate, hiding her mage-mark and thieving to survive. But hers is a rare and dangerous magic, one that could threaten the entire empire.

Lady Amalia Cornaro was never meant to be a Falconer. Heiress and scholar, she was born into a treacherous world of political machinations. But fate has bound the heir and the mage. And as war looms on the horizon, a single spark could turn their city into a pyre.

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A Pocketful of Crows

A Pocketful of Crows

Joanne M. Harris

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A perfect autumn and Christmas read, this combines the harshness of nature with the spookiness of a ghost story and the comfort of a great folk tale, in one beautifully told novella.

I am as brown as brown can be,

And my eyes as black as sloe;

I am as brisk as brisk can be,

And wild as forest doe.

(The Child Ballads, 295)

So begins a beautiful tale of love, loss and revenge. Following the seasons, A Pocketful of Crows balances youth and age, wisdom and passion and draws on nature and folklore to weave a stunning modern mythology around a nameless wild girl.

Only love could draw her into the world of named, tamed things. And it seems only revenge will be powerful enough to let her escape.

Beautifully illustrated by (TBC), this is a stunning and original modern fairytale.

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Elite (#2 Hunter)

Elite (#2 Hunter)

Mercedes Lackey

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Joy knows she'll be facing more dangerous Othersiders than ever before as a new member of the Elite Hunter unit, but if anyone is up to the challenge it's her. She's been Hunting these monsters since she was a child, and has a pack of eleven fiercely protective magical Hounds. Then the rules change. 

Monsters unlike any Joy's ever seen or even heard of are breaking through Apex City's barriers and the Hunters are scrambling to find new ways to fight them - all the while hiding the true danger Apex faces from the Cits, who are ignorant of the severity of the Othersiders' attacks.

The leaders of Apex must come together to protect the city, but tensions have never been higher between the Hunters and the powerful PsiCorps, with each group competing to be the primary protector of the city. The conflict escalates even further when Joy starts discovering bodies of Psimons while patrolling the city sewers--on a special assignment from her uncle, who commands the Hunters.

Someone is killing Psimons and if Joy doesn't uncover the true culprit she might just take the fall for it. Chaos erupts when Ace, the murderous Hunter who tried to kill Joy at her Elite trials, escapes from the Army's captivity and defects to the Othersiders.

Joy has no idea what Ace might be capable of with the help of the cunning Folk, but she may be about to find out; Othersider forces are gaining strength and momentum just beyond the barriers. A storm is approaching Apex City, and unless Joy and her fellow Hunters put up the fight of their lives it might just sweep them all away.


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The Silent War (#37 Horus Heresy)

The Silent War (#37 Horus Heresy)

Laurie Goulding

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While loyalist and traitor forces clash on a thousand battlefields across the galaxy, a very different kind of war is being fought in the shadows - a war of subtlety and subterfuge, unknown to many, but one that surely holds the key to victory for either side. Rogal Dorn and his Legion prepare to defend the Solar System against the armies of the Warmaster Horus, even as Malcador the Sigillite charges his many agents and spies with missions of the utmost secrecy. The future of the Imperium is being shaped by unseen hands... This Horus Heresy anthology contains thirteen short stories by various authors including James Swallow, John French, Chris Wraight and many more. It also contains Anthony Reynolds' return to the hallowed halls of the Imperial Palace in his novella The Purge.

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Strange Weather

Strange Weather

Joe Hill

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A stunning collection of short novels from bestseller Joe Hill, this new collection from an award-winning author makes compelling and powerful reading.

Four short novels from the author of The Fireman and Horns, ranging from creepy horror to powerful explorations of our modern society.

One autumnal day in Boulder, Colorado, the clouds open up in a downpour of nails, splinters of bright crystal that tear apart anyone who isn't safely under cover. 'Rain' explores this escalating apocalyptic event, as clouds of nails spread out across the country and the world. Amidst the chaos, a girl studying law enforcement takes it upon herself to resolve a series of almost trivial mysteries... apparently harmless puzzles that turn out to have lethal answers.

In 'Loaded' a mall security guard heroically stops a mass shooting and becomes a hero to the modern gun movement. Under the hot glare of the spotlights, though, his story begins to unravel, taking his sanity with it...

'Snapshot, 1988' tells the story of an kid in Silicon Valley who finds himself threatened by The Phoenician, a tattooed thug who possesses a Polaroid that can steal memories...

And in 'Aloft' a young man takes to the skies to experience parachuting for the first time... and winds up a castaway on an impossibly solid cloud, a Prospero's island of roiling vapour that seems animated by a mind of its own.

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The Official Grimoire: A Magickal History of Sunnydale (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

The Official Grimoire: A Magickal History of Sunnydale (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Willow Rosenberg ,  Willow Rosenberg

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This grimoire from the baddest witch around will teach potential slayers and aspiring wiccans everything they'll ever need to know about magic in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Every good witch has a grimoire, and Willow Rosenberg is no exception. The Official Grimoire is the first and only truly comprehensive collection of every magical moment from all seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, humorously narrated by beloved resident witch Willow Rosenberg. Completely illustrated and annotated by the rest of the gang, this book of spells is a unique keepsake for fans of the Buffy-verse and an incredible celebration of the show's 20-year legacy.

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The Art of Harry Potter

The Art of Harry Potter

Titan Books

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Since the debut of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the Harry Potter film franchise has become one of the most popular and successful in the world. Beautifully crafted and presented in a deluxe, large-format with lavish production values, these pages present a visual chronicle of the work by artists and filmmakers to bring the wizarding world to life onscreen.

Bursting with hundreds of rare and unpublished works of art, including production paintings, concept sketches, storyboards, blueprints, and more, this collectible book is the definitive tome on the visual legacy of the Harry Potter films. Fans will recognize beloved characters, creatures, locations, and more as they embark on a journey through the wizarding world, from Gringotts to the Quidditch pitch.

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Harry Potter A History of Magic: The Book of the Exhibition

Harry Potter A History of Magic: The Book of the Exhibition

British Library

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Harry Potter: A History of Magic is the official book of the exhibition, a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between Bloomsbury, J.K. Rowling and the brilliant curators of the British Library. It promises to take readers on a fascinating journey through the subjects studied at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – from Alchemy and Potions classes through to Herbology and Care of Magical Creatures.

Each chapter showcases a treasure trove of artefacts from the British Library and other collections around the world, beside exclusive manuscripts, sketches and illustrations from the Harry Potter archive. There's also a specially commissioned essay for each subject area by an expert, writer or cultural commentator, inspired by the contents of the exhibition – absorbing, insightful and unexpected contributions from Steve Backshall, the Reverend Richard Coles, Owen Davies, Julia Eccleshare, Roger Highfield, Steve Kloves, Lucy Mangan, Anna Pavord and Tim Peake, who offer a personal perspective on their magical theme.

Readers will be able to pore over ancient spell books, amazing illuminated scrolls that reveal the secret of the Elixir of Life, vials of dragon's blood, mandrake roots, painted centaurs and a genuine witch's broomstick, in a book that shows J.K. Rowling's magical inventions alongside their cultural and historical forebears.

This is the ultimate gift for Harry Potter fans, curious minds, big imaginations, bibliophiles and readers around the world who missed out on the chance to see the exhibition in person.

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Ain't Got Time to Bleed: Medical Reports on Hollywood's Greatest Action Heroes

Ain't Got Time to Bleed: Medical Reports on Hollywood's Greatest Action Heroes

Andrew Shaffer ,  Steven Lefcourt

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Discover how some of the silver screen’s most iconic action heroes would really fare after being shot, stabbed, and dropped off buildings in this witty look at the real science behind Hollywood injuries.

Hollywood action heroes shrug off bullet wounds like mosquito bites and jump through panes of glass as if their skin is made of asbestos. But how long would these gun-toting badasses last in the real world? Ain’t Got Time to Bleed catalogs the injuries endured by some of the best-known characters in the action-movie genre and uses authentic medical research to assess their real-life chances of survival. Featuring full-color illustrations that reveal how these hard-boiled icons would really look after being put through the Hollywood wringer, Ain’t Got Time to Bleed delivers twenty-nine hilariously grisly diagnoses that will change the way you watch action movies forever.

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Xanathar's Guide to Everything (D&D)

Xanathar's Guide to Everything (D&D)

Wizards RPG Team

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Explore a wealth of new rules options for both players and Dungeon Masters in this supplement for the world’s greatest roleplaying game.

The beholder Xanathar—Waterdeep’s most infamous crime lord—is known to hoard information on friend and foe alike. The beholder catalogs lore about adventurers and ponders methods to thwart them. Its twisted mind imagines that it can eventually record everything!

Xanathar's Guide to Everything is the first major expansion for fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons, offering new rules and story options:

Over twenty-five new subclasses for the character classes in the Player’s Handbook, including the Cavalier for the fighter, the Circle of Dreams for the druid, the Horizon Walker for the ranger, the Inquisitive for the rogue, and many more.
 
Dozens of new spells, a collection of racial feats, and a system to give your character a randomized backstory.
 
A variety of tools that provide Dungeon Masters fresh ways to use traps, magic items, downtime activities, and more—all designed to enhance a D&D campaign and push it in new directions.
Amid all this expansion material, Xanathar offers bizarre observations about whatever its eyestalks happen to glimpse. Pray they don’t come to rest on you.

Beauty and guile are in the eyes of the beholder!


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Artemis

Artemis

Andy Weir ,  Andy Weir

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The #1 New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible near-future adventure.

You grew up on the moon, of course you have a dark side...

Jazz is a small time criminal, subsidising work as a porter on the moon with smuggling a little contraband. But it's never enough.

When she's offered the chance to get rich quick she jumps at it. But planning the perfect crime in 1/6th gravity was never going to be easy, especially as there is a conspiracy at the heart of Artemis. At first it was about the money, then it was about control. Now it's about survivala

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At the Sign of Triumph (#9 Safehold)

At the Sign of Triumph (#9 Safehold)

David Weber

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The Church of God Awaiting's triumph over Charis was inevitable. Despite its prosperity, the Charis was a single, small island realm. lt boasted less than two percent of the total population of Safehold. How could it possibly resist total destruction? The Church had every reason to be confident of a swift, crushing victory, an object lesson to other rebels. But Charis had something far more powerful than simple numbers. It had a king, a crown prince, and a navy prepared to die where they stood in its defence. It had the Brethren of Saint Zherneau, who knew the truth about Safehold's founding. Who knew that the Church of God Awaiting was a monstrous lie. And it had Merlin Athrawes, last survivor of long-vanished Earth. Merlin, the cybernetic avatar of a woman dead over a thousand years, who was determined to break the Church's grip upon the human mind and soul. So after eight years of war, it is not Charis but the Church that stands upon the brink of defeat. But the Church still commands immense resources, and faced with the unthinkable - it's decided that it, too, must embrace the forbidden technology which has carried Charis so far. In the end, it is simple, for only one can survive. The lines are drawn, the navies and armies have been raised, and all of Safehold is poised for the final battle between those who believe in freedom and those who would crush it forever.

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1636: The Ottoman Onslaught (#22 Ring of Fire)

1636: The Ottoman Onslaught (#22 Ring of Fire)

Eric Flint

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The modern West Virginia town of Grantville has been displaced in time to continental Europe in 1632. Now four years have passed. The long-feared attack on Austria by the Ottoman Empire has begun. Armed with new weapons inspired by the time-displaced Americans of Grantville, the Turks are determined to do what they were unable to do in the universe the Americans came from: capture Vienna.

The Ottomans have the advantage of being able to study the failings and errors of their own campaigns in a future they can now avoid. They are led by the young, dynamic, and ruthless Murad IV, the most capable emperor the Ottomans have produced in a century. They are equipped with weapons that would have seemed fantastical to the Turks of that other universe: airships, breech-loading rifles, rockets—even primitive tanks.

And this time they won’t have to face massive reinforcements from Austria’s allies. The emperors of the United States of Europe and Austria share the same problem. They have one too many enemies, one too few allies, and only one general to cover the gaps. In fact, the only force Emperor Gustav Adolf can think of sending to Austria is the USE's Third Division. Fortunately, their general is Mike Stearns. And what this uptime labor organizer sets out to do gets done.

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Ready Player One

Ready Player One

Ernest Cline

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It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune - and remarkable power - to whoever can unlock them. 

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved—that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt - among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life - and love - in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

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The Fall of the House of Cabal (#5 Johannes Cabal)

The Fall of the House of Cabal (#5 Johannes Cabal)

Jonathan L. Howard

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Johannes Cabal, a necromancer of some little infamy, has come into possession of a vital clue that may lead him to his ultimate goal: a cure for death. The path is vague, however, and certainly treacherous as it takes him into strange territories that, quite literally, no one has ever seen before. The task is too dangerous to venture upon alone, so he must seek assistance, comrades for the coming travails.So assisted - ably and otherwise - by his vampiric brother, Horst, and by the kindly accompaniment of a criminologist and a devil, he will encounter ruins and diableries, mystery and murder, the depths of the lowest pit and a city of horrors. London, to be exact.Yet even though Cabal has risked such peril believing he understands the dangers he faces, he is still underestimating them. He is walking into a trap of such arcane complexity that even the one who drew him there has no idea of its true terrors. As the snare closes slowly and subtly around them, it may be that there will be no survivors at all.The Fall of the House of Cabal is the fifth book in Jonathan L. Howard's acclaimed Johannes Cabal series.

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Dogs of War

Dogs of War

Adrian Tchaikovsky

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My name is Rex. I am a good dog. Rex is also seven foot tall at the shoulder, bulletproof, bristling with heavy calibre weaponry and his voice resonates with subsonics especially designed to instil fear. With Dragon, Honey and Bees, he's part of a Multiform Assault Pack operating in the lawless anarchy of Campeche, south-eastern Mexico. Rex is a genetically engineered Bioform, a deadly weapon in a dirty war. He has the intelligence to carry out his orders and feedback implants to reward him when he does. All he wants to be is a Good Dog. And to do that he must do exactly what Master says and Master says he's got to kill a lot of enemies. But who, exactly, are the enemies? What happens when Master is tried as a war criminal? What rights does the Geneva Convention grant weapons? Do Rex and his fellow Bioforms even have a right to exist? And what happens when Rex slips his leash?

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Beyond the Empire (#3 Indranan War)

Beyond the Empire (#3 Indranan War)

K. B. Wagers

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The adrenaline-fueled, explosive conclusion to the Indranan War trilogy by K. B. Wagers.

Gunrunner-turned-Empress Hail Bristol was dragged back to her home planet to take her rightful place in the palace. Her sisters and parents have been murdered, and the Indranan Empire is reeling from both treasonous plots and foreign invasion.

Now, on the run from enemies on all fronts, Hail prepares to fight a full-scale war for her throne and her people, even as she struggles with the immense weight of the legacy thrust upon her. With the aid of a motley crew of allies old and new, she must return home to face off with the same powerful enemies who killed her family and aim to destroy everything and everyone she loves. Untangling a legacy of lies and restoring peace to Indrana will require an empress's wrath and a gunrunner's justice.

Beyond the Empire is the adrenalin-fueled conclusion to the Indranan War space adventure trilogy by K. B. Wagers - perfect for fans of Star Wars.

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Treknology: The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive

Treknology: The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive

Ethan Siegel

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An analytical look at the iconic technologies from the Star Trek universe, how they work in that world, and how they have - or haven't - crossed over into the real world.

The name Star Trek conjures images of faster-than-light spacecraft, holographic crew members, and phasers set to stun. Some of these incredible devices may still be far from our reach, but others have made the leap from science fiction to science fact and now you can learn the science and engineering of what makes them tick.

Treknology looks at over twenty-five iconic inventions from the complete history of the Star Trek television and film universe. Author Ethan Siegel explores and profiles these dazzling technologies and their role Star Trek, the science behind how they work, and how close we are to achieving them in the real world today.

This stunning collection is packed with 150 superb film and television stills, prop photography, and scientific diagrams to pull you into another world. Brace yourself for a detailed look at the inner workings of Star Trek's computing capabilities, communications equipment, medical devices, and awe-inspiring ships. This book is one that no fan of Star Trek, or future tech, will want to miss.

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Ultimate LEGO Star Wars

Ultimate LEGO Star Wars

DK

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The definitive, encyclopedia guide to the LEGO (R) Star Wars (TM)galaxy, showcasing the vast collection of LEGO Star Wars sets and minifigures released over the last 20 years. Comes in a slide case with two exclusive prints.

This is a complete, unrivalled encyclopedia of the LEGO Star Wars theme. Fans will have an all-encompassing companion to the LEGO Star Wars cultural phenomenon. Produced in large format and featuring beautiful imagery, this is an indispensable guide for young fans and a stunning reference work for adults. With behind-the-scenes material, it tells the complete story of LEGO Star Wars, from the earliest concepts in the late 1990s to the creation of the most recent sets for The Force Awakens (TM) and Rogue One (TM). Created with the LEGO Star Wars team and presented in a stunning slipcase with two exclusive prints.

Exclusive prints are Minifigure development art for a First Order Flametrooper (SKU 75166) and Classic Aayla Secura (SKU 75182). Sections of the book are: Characters and creatures, locations, and vehicles and equipment. LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Brick and Knob configurations and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group.  (c) 2017 The LEGO Group. Produced by Dorling Kindersley under license from the LEGO Group. (c) & TM 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd.

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The Princess Diarist (Star Wars)

The Princess Diarist (Star Wars)

Carrie Fisher

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The most talked about memoir of 2016 is now in paperback

When Carrie Fisher discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved - plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Now her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a teenager with an all-consuming crush on her co-star, Harrison Ford.

With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diarist is Fisher’s intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time – and what developed behind the scenes. Fisher also ponders the joys and insanity of celebrity, and the absurdity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty, only to be surpassed by her own outer-space royalty. Laugh-out-loud hilarious and endlessly quotable, The Princess Diarist brims with the candour and introspection of a diary while offering shrewd insight into the type of stardom that few will ever experience.

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The Caldera (#7 Brotherband)

The Caldera (#7 Brotherband)

John Flanagan

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Stig is contesting the annual Maktig competition to decide Skandia's greatest warrior. But an unexpected visitor arrives with a request Stig, Hal and the brotherband can't refuse- a rescue mission of epic proportions. Pirates have kidnapped the son of the Empress of Byzantos, a city-state far to the south. The brotherband sets sail to recover the boy, only to find that the pirates' fortress seems impenetrable, sitting atop towering cliffs above the deep lagoon - the caldera - of a volcanic crater. Culminating in a battle for survival on the high seas, The Caldera sees the Herons take on one of their most difficult missions yet as the fate of an empire rests on their shoulders. BONUS RANGER'S APPRENTICE STORY INSIDE!

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Have Sword Will Travel

Have Sword Will Travel

Sean Williams ,  Garth Nix

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When Odo and Eleanor stumble upon an ancient sword in a river outside their village, something very unexpected happens... the sword starts to talk! Much to Odo's dismay he discovers that he's awoken a famous enchanted blade called Biter, and thus has instantly become a knight. Eleanor would love to become a knight - but she's not the one with the sword. Unearthing Biter is only the start of their troubles; soon boy, girl and sword must depart on a noble quest to save their kingdom from threats - in both human and dragon form.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

J. K. Rowling ,  Olivia Lomenech Gill

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Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic!

This glorious new edition of Newt Scamander's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (considered a classic throughout the wizarding world) features an extraordinary array of magical creatures, from Acromantula to Yeti via ten different breeds of dragon – all beautifully illustrated in full colour by the brilliantly inventive, Greenaway Medal shortlisted Olivia Lomenech Gill.

Famed Magizoologist Newt Scamander's years of adventure and exploration have yielded a work of unparalleled importance, admired by scholars, devoured by young witches and wizards, and even made available to Muggles in the early years of this century. With this dazzling illustrated edition, readers can explore the magical fauna of five continents from the comfort of their own armchairs. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is essential reading at Hogwarts.

This new edition features the fully updated 2017 text – which includes new profiles of six magnificent beasts that inhabit North America and a new foreword by J.K. Rowling, writing as Newt Scamander.

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This Mortal Coil

This Mortal Coil

Emily Suvada

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A breathtaking debut about one girl's quest for answers in a genetically and technologically advanced future.

When a lone soldier, Cole, arrives with news of Lachlan Agatta's death, all hope seems lost for Catarina. Her father was the world's leading geneticist, and humanity's best hope of beating a devastating virus. Then, hidden beneath Cole's genehacked enhancements she finds a message of hope: Lachlan created a vaccine.

Only she can find and decrypt it, if she can unravel the clues he left for her. The closer she gets, the more she finds herself at risk from Cartaxus, a shadowy organization with a stranglehold on the world's genetic tech. But it's too late to turn back.

There are three billion lives at stake, two people who can save them, and one final secret that Cat must unlock. A secret that will change everything.

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Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic

Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic

British Library

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An irresistible romp through the history of magic, from alchemy to unicorns, ancient witchcraft to Harry's Hogwarts - packed with unseen sketches and manuscript pages from J.K. Rowling, magical illustrations from Jim Kay and weird, wonderful and inspiring artefacts that have been magically released from the archives at the British Library. This spellbinding book takes readers on a journey through the Hogwarts curriculum, including Herbology, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Astronomy, Divination and more. Discover the truth behind making the Philosopher's Stone, create your very own potion and uncover the secret of invisible ink. Learn all about the history of mandrake roots and dragons, discover what witches really used their brooms for, pore over incredible images of actual mermaids and read about real-life potions, astronomers and alchemists. The perfect gift for aspiring witches and wizards and any Harry Potter fan. Celebrating twenty years of Harry Potter magic, and produced in association with the British Library to support their major exhibition, Harry Potter: A History of Magic.

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