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Rob Mundle

$49.99 hb

White Beech: The Rainforest Years
Germaine Greer
$39.99 hb

Captain James Cook is one of the greatest maritime explorers of all time. Over three remarkable voyages into the Pacific in the late eighteenth century, Cook unravelled the mystery surrounding the existence of the great south land, Terra Australis Incognita. He became the first explorer to circumnavigate New Zealand and prove that it comprised two main islands. He discovered the Hawaiian Islands and much more. Through the combination of hard-won skills as a seafarer, the talents of a self-taught navigator and surveyor, and an exceptional ability to lead and care for his men, Cook contributed to changing the shape of the world map more than anyone else.

One day in December 2001, sixty-two year old Germaine Greer found herself confronted by an irresistible challenge in the shape of sixty hectares of dairy farm in south-east Queensland. After a century of logging, clearing and downright devastation, the farm had been abandoned to its fate. She did not think for a minute that by restoring the land she was saving the world. Once the process of rehabilitation had begun, however, chance proved to be a dead certainty. Greer describes herself as an old dog who succeeded in learning a load of new tricks, inspired and rejuvenated by her passionate love of Australia and of Earth.

Sir Henry Parkes: The Australian Colossus
Five times Premier of New South Wales, married three times and on three occasions declared bankrupt, Sir Henry Parkes’ legacy was defined by his fervour for federation. Convinced that the future for the colonies lay in their unification, his passion for the cause charted a path for the initially controversial federation movement. Amongst his other achievements he convinced Florence Nightingale to send trained nurses to Australia, and conceived the international rabbit competition which led to the Pasteur affair and put Australia at the forefront of microbiology.

Stephen Dando-Collins

$45.00 hb

The Bread and Butter Project
Paul Allam & David McGuinness

$39.99 pb

Paul Allam and David McGuinness, founders of the Bourke Street Bakery, joined forces with government and community groups to establish The Bread & Butter Project, an accredited social enterprise and wholesale bakery providing training and employment for refugees and asylum seekers.  Woven throughout the recipes are the stories of the migrants being trained, providing an important insight into many of the cultures living in Australia today, and an enriching culinary exploration through the recipes of these migrants’ homelands.

Ned Kelly: The Story of Australia’s Most Notorious Legend
Peter FitzSimons
$49.95 hb *BiP Price $39.95

New Suburban: Reinventing the Family Home in Australia and New Zealand
Stuart Harrison
$70.00 hb

Ned Kelly has been at the heart of Australian culture and identity since he and his gang were tracked down in bushland by the Victorian police and came out fighting, dressed in bulletproof iron armour. Historians still disagree over virtually every aspect of Ned’s brushes with the law: was he a remorseless killer or a crusader against oppression and discrimination? Peter FitzSimons brings the history of Ned Kelly and his gang exuberantly to life, weighing in on all of the myths, legends and controversies generated by this compelling and divisive Irish-Australian rebel.

The suburban ideals of ample space indoors, gardens for outdoor living and entertaining are no longer confined to outer urban areas. They are present in the suburbs and inner city: new innovative and adaptable homes with space to live and play are being created both near and far. New Suburban showcases thirty houses that offer brilliant alternatives through intelligent and original architecture.

The Garden at Stonefields
Paul Bangay
$100.00 hb

A Smile for My Parents
Heather Henderson

$29.99 hb

Heather Henderson is the only daughter of Sir Robert Menzies, Australia’s longest-serving Prime Minister and founder of the Liberal party. After the success of Letters to My Daughter, a collection of letters Menzies wrote to Heather from the 1950s to the 1970s, now comes A Smile for My Parents, an engaging memoir recounting charming and insightful stories and memories of Dame Pattie and Sir Robert and their family and friends.

This is celebrated landscape designer Paul Bangay’s inspirational story of creating Stonefields, one of Australia’s most beautiful country gardens.  The book  reveals the triumphs and trials of designing and building this extraordinary house and garden, Bangay’s most challenging and personal project yet. The stunning photographs by Simon Griffiths capture the unique beauty of each area of the garden.  The book also features extracts from Bangay’s personal diary, an intimate and compelling account of dealing with drought, bushfires and the threat of mining in contemporary rural Australia.

Murder in Mississippi
John Safran
$29.99 pb

Holy Fool: Artworks
Michael Leunig

$49.99 hb

John Safran once spent an uneasy couple of days with one of Mississippi’s most notorious white supremacists. A year later, he heard that the man had been murdered, and that the killer was black. He immediately returned to the US to cover the trial. Over six months, Safran became entwined in the lives of those connected with the murder, including white separatists, black campaigners, lawyers, investigators, neighbours, even the killer himself. And the more he talked with them, the less simple the crime, and the world, seemed.


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At the heart of Michael Leunig’s work lies the idea of the holy fool—a character who does not conform to social norms of behaviour because of mental disability or as a deliberate choice, but is regarded as having a compensating divine blessing or inspiration. The holy fool is the protagonist in most of Leunig’s paintings and cartoons. In Holy Fool over 240 of his artworks are collected together for the first time, ranging from paintings, to sculpture, from prints to drawings.

Carry a Big Stick: A Funny, Fearless Life of Friendship, Laughter and MS
Tim Ferguson
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A Singular Vision: Harry Seidler
Helen O’Neill
$49.99 hb

Along with Paul McDermott and Richard Fidler, Tim was part of the provocative and very funny Doug Anthony Allstars. Then Tim woke up one morning and his whole left side wouldn’t work. An eventual diagnosis of multiple sclerosis meant an end to the frenetic, high-energy life he was living. Carry a Big Stick is a chance for Tim to tell his story. Diagnosis changed a lot of things but Tim’s quick wit and sense of humour weren’t affected. This inspiring memoir shows us that you can laugh in the face of adversity.

Harry Seidler was a key figure in the establishment of postwar modern design in Australia. Born in Austria to an affluent Jewish family he escaped the looming Nazi threat and reached England, where he was interned as an enemy alien and was sent to Canada. During his internment he virtually taught himself architecture. His parents moved to Australia after the war, and in 1948, Harry came to Australia to design a house for them. The house he built represented a huge shift in Australian modern domestic architecture.

Bonkers: My Life in Laughs
Jennifer Saunders’ brilliant comic creations have brought joy to millions for three decades. This is her funny, touching and disarmingly honest memoir, filled with stories of friends, laughter and occasional heartache—but never misery. From her childhood on RAF bases, where her father was a pilot, to her life-changing encounter with a young Dawn French, on to success and family, and a battle with cancer, Bonkers charts her extraordinary story, including the slip-ups and struggles along the way.

Jennifer Saunders

$39.99 hb


Philip Ziegler

$32.99 pb

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban
Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb
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By the 1940s Laurence Olivier had achieved international stardom. His affair with Vivien Leigh led to a marriage as glamorous and as tragic as any in Hollywood history. He was as accomplished a director as he was a leading man. And yet, at the height of his fame, he accepted a pittance to become the founding Director of the National Theatre. Off-stage, Olivier was generous, yet almost insanely jealous of those few contemporaries whom he deemed to be his rivals; charming but with a ferocious temper.

The Icing on the Cake
Annabel Morley
$29.95 pb

In 2009 Malala Yousafzai began writing an anonymous blog about life in the Swat Valley. When her identity was discovered, she began to appear in the media, campaigning for education for all. On 9th October 2012, Malala was shot by a member of the Taliban on her way home from school. Remarkably, she survived. I Am Malala tells the inspiring story of a schoolgirl who was determined not to be intimidated by extremists. Malala speaks of her continuing campaign for every girl’s right to an education, shining a light into the lives of those children who cannot attend school.

Evoking an English childhood from a bygone era, Annabel Morley brings back to life the magic and charm of growing up in a bohemian artistic and quintessentially English family. Her grandmother was Dame Gladys Cooper and her father was the renowned actor Robert Morley CBE. The family house in Berkshire is the backdrop to a wonderful array of events and personalities. Often surrounded by the greats of theatre such as Vivien Lee, Lawrence Olivier and Spencer Tracy, Annabel recounts these times with wit and affection.

Equal Justice: My Journey as a Woman, a Soldier and a Muslim
Rabia Siddique
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One Leg Too Few: The Adventures of Peter Cook & Dudley Moore
One Leg Too Few is the first full-length dual biography of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, and the first to be written with the consent and cooperation of both of their estates.  It is a book about an extraordinary relationship: a friendship, a partnership—almost, at times, a marriage. Like a lot of marriages it ended badly, but for nearly twenty years, between the first date and the inevitable divorce, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore were the funniest thing on three continents.  One Leg Too Few is the story of that relationship, and the comedy that came from it.

William Cook

$49.95 hb

Her upbringing as a Muslim in 1970s suburban Perth gave Rabia Siddique an abiding passion for equality and social justice. After the World Trade Centre bombing in September 2001 she joined the British army as a military lawyer. She was taken hostage in Iraq as she tried to negotiate the release of two kidnapped British soldiers. After their release, her colleague received a Military Cross. Rabia received nothing. Now back in Perth, her perspective as a feminist, a social justice crusader, a lawyer, a soldier, a former hostage, a terrorism prosecutor and a Muslim is unique.

Kerry Stokes: Self-Made Man
Margaret Simons
$45.00 hb

The Beatles: All These Years Vol. 1 - Tune In
The Beatles have been at the top of the music industry for fifty years. But who really were the Beatles, and how did they and everything else in the 1960s fuse so explosively? Mark Lewisohn’s three-part biography is a contextual history built upon impeccable research and written with energy, style, objectivity and insight. This first volume covers the crucial and lesser-known early period—the Liverpool and Hamburg years of a hungry rock-and-roll band, when all the sharp characters and situations take shape.

Mark Lewisohn

$50.00 hb

Unlike his rival magnates, Kerry Stokes built his empire from nothing.  Kerry Stokes: Self-Made Man  is the story behind one of Australia’s most powerful men. Plucked from an orphanage as an infant, Kerry Stokes grew up in the slums and streets of post-Depression Melbourne with his itinerant, adoptive parents. Today he is one of Australia’s most successful business moguls. Mysterious and elusive, Stokes is the archetypal self-made man, driven by the determination to escape his past and the legacy of disadvantage.

Twiggy: The High-Stakes Life of Andrew Forrest
Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest is a swashbuckling entrepreneur in the finest West Australian tradition. He took on BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto at their own game—and won. Andrew Burrell traces Twiggy’s business triumphs and disasters to reveal the complicated man behind the myth. Why do his mining ventures attract so much controversy? And what do his philanthropic schemes tell us about him and his plans for the future? With the value of iron ore now integral to the health of the federal budget, Twiggy’s business affects all Australians.

Andrew Burrell

$29.99 pb

Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life
Graham Nash, lead singer and principal songwriter of the Hollies, then member of supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, made the incredible and possibly unique journey from 1960s Manchester to Swinging London to sunny California. And along the way he created many of the iconic songs which defined a generation. Nash tells it all: growing up in poverty in post-war Manchester, founding the Hollies and friendships with all the great British bands of the 1960s. From London to Laurel Canyon, the story is extraordinary.

Graham Nash

$45.00 hb

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Moving Among Strangers: Randolph Stow and My Family
Gabrielle Carey
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Under a Mackerel Sky: A Memoir
Rick Stein
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As her mother Joan lay dying, Gabrielle Carey wrote a letter to Joan’s childhood friend, the reclusive novelist Randolph Stow. Like her mother, Stow had grown up in Western Australia. After early literary success and a Miles Franklin Award win in 1958 he left for England and a life of selfimposed exile. Carey becomes fascinated by his connection with her mother, but before she can meet him he dies. She then embarks on a journey from Western Australia to the English seaside town of Harwich to understand her family’s past and Stow’s place in it.

The wry, perceptive and evocative memoir of one of Britain’s best-loved cooks. Rick Stein’s formative years in the 1950s were shaped by the Oxfordshire farm he was brought up on and his family’s much-loved holiday home in Cornwall. His father’s suicide when Stein was eighteen years old precipitated his escape for two years to Australia. Working in an abattoir and on the railways, he struggled to find his place in the world. Success followed hopelessness, and his hugely impressive career as a restaurateur and entrepreneur was followed by those of broadcaster, food champion and writer.

Roth Unbound: A Writer and his Books
Philip Roth is one of the most renowned writers of his generation, yet there has been no major critical work about him, until now. Claudia Roth Pierpont delves into the many complexities of Roth’s work and the controversies it has raised. She provides insights and anecdotes previously accessible only to a very few, touching on Roth’s family, his inspirations, his critics, the full range of his fiction, and his literary friendships with such figures as Saul Bellow and John Updike.

Claudia Roth Pierpoint

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Provence, 1970: M. F. K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard and the Reinvention of American Taste
Luke Barr
$39.95 hb

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage
Ann Patchett
$29.99 pb

In the winter of 1970, the iconic culinary figures James Beard, M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, Richard Olney, Simone Beck, and Judith Jones found themselves together in the South of France. They cooked and ate, talked and argued, about the future of food in America, the meaning of taste, and the limits of snobbery. The conversations among this group were chronicled by M. F. K. Fisher in journals and letters—some of which were later discovered by Luke Barr, her great-nephew. In Provence, 1970, he captures this seminal season, complete with gossip, drama, and contemporary relevance.

Flaws in the Ice: In Search of Douglas Mawson
David Day
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This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a blend of literature and memoir which reveals the experiences that shaped Ann Patchett as a daughter, wife, friend and writer.  She shares moving stories about her tumultuous childhood, her painful early divorce, the excitement of selling her first book, her joyous discovery of opera, the gradual loss of her beloved grandmother, starting her own bookshop in Nashville, her love for her very special dog and, of course, her eventual happy marriage.

David Day answers the difficult questions about Mawson that have hitherto lain buried: from questions about his intimate relationship with Lady Scott, and his leadership of the ill-fated Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-14, to his conduct during the legendary trek that led to the death of his two companions.  He also explores how Mawson subsequently concealed his failures and deficiencies as an expedition leader, and created for himself a heroic image that has persisted for a century.

Colette’s France: Her Life and Loves
Jane Gilmour
$45.00 hb

Colette’s France is a beautifully illustrated biography of the French writer Colette, a key figure in French radical, artistic, and intellectual life in the early twentieth century. Her lively life story moves along through her many different relationships and homes—from Burgundy to Paris to Brittany to St. Tropez and more—revealing her deep and personal love of France and the natural world. Colette’s life and writing spans a special time in French literary history: the renowned artistic period of Belle Époque Paris.

Absent Without Leave: The Private War of Private Stanley Livingston
Paul Livingston
$27.99 pb

Priscilla: The Hidden Life of an Englishwoman in Wartime France
Nicholas Shakespeare
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Absent Without Leave is the account of a man involved in some of the most famous battles of WWII. It is also the story of a man and his mates who were torn between duty to their country and their struggling families. Over the years of WWII, Stanley and his friends Roy Lonsdale and Gordon Oxman would be court-martialled four times for abandoning their training units to be with their families and the women they loved. The men were not running from battle or responsibility, but rather to the service of their families.

When Nicholas Shakespeare stumbled across a box of documents belonging to his late aunt he was completely unaware of where this discovery would take him. The Priscilla he remembered was very different from the glamorous, morally ambiguous young woman who emerged from the many love letters and journals, surrounded by suitors and living the dangerous existence of a British woman in a country controlled by the enemy. He had heard rumours that Priscilla had fought in the Resistance, but the truth turned out to be far more complicated.

The Crossroad: A Story of Life, Death and the SAS
When Mark Donaldson was awarded the Victoria Cross in 2009 he was the first Australian to receive our highest award for bravery since Keith Payne’s medal in 1969. He showed extraordinary courage when he rescued an Afghan interpreter under heavy fire during a bloody ambush in Afghanistan. From teenage rebellion to the stark realities of combat in the mountains and valleys of Afghanistan, Donaldson’s book is the frank and compelling story of a man turning his destiny around by sheer determination and strength of mind.

Mark Donaldson, VC

$39.99 hb

The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos
Patrick Leigh Fermor

$49.99 hb *BiP Price $44.95

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth
Chris Hadfield’s book is an inspirational memoir of space exploration and hard-won wisdom, from an astronaut who has spent a lifetime making the impossible a reality. He has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie’s Space Oddity in space.

A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water were the first two volumes in a projected trilogy that would describe the walk undertaken by Patrick Leigh Fermor from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. The concluding volume never appeared. The curious thing was that he had not only written an early draft of the last part of the walk, but that it predated the other two. While it remains unfinished, The Broken Road completes an extraordinary journey.

Chris Hadfield

$32.99 pb

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Starvation in a Land of Plenty
Michael Cathcart
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Between 23rd April and 28th June 1861, Wills documented the torments and disappointments that led to his and Burke’s destruction. Surprising to many, though, Wills was not the second-in-command but, rather, the party’s ‘surveyor, astronomical and meteorological observer’. His entries would go on to help historians understand the circumstances that led to the tragic end of the expedition. Today, the diary is held by the National Library of Australia and forms the foundation of Starvation in a Land of Plenty.

The Ancient Paths: Discovering the Lost Map of Celtic Europe
Graham Robb
$29.99 pb

The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka
Clare Wright
$45.00 hb

When Graham Robb made plans to cycle the legendary Via Heraklea, he had no idea that the line he plotted, stretching from the south-western tip of the Iberian Peninsula, across the Pyrenees and towards the Alps, would change the way he saw a civilization. It was an ancient path that took him deep into the world of the Celts: their gods, their art, and, most of all, their sophisticated knowledge of science. Minutely researched and rich in revelations, The Ancient Paths brings to life centuries of our distant history and reinterprets pre-Roman Europe.

The story of the Eureka Stockade is one of Australia’s foundation legends, but until now it has been told as though only half the participants were there. What if the hot-tempered, free-wheeling gold miners were actually husbands and fathers, brothers and sons? As Clare Wright reveals, there were thousands of women on the goldfields and many of them were active in pivotal roles. The stories of how they arrived there, why they came and how they sustained themselves make for fascinating reading in their own right.

One Summer: America 1927
Bill Bryson

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The Reef: A Passionate History - The Great Barrier Reef in Twelve Extraordinary Tales
Iain McCalman
$45.00 hb

Bill Bryson travels back in time to a forgotten summer when America, in five eventful months, changed the world for ever. In the summer of 1927 America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day, a semi-crazed sculptor with a mad plan to carve four giant heads into an inaccessible mountain called Rushmore, a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial, and a youthful aviator named Charles Lindbergh who started the summer wholly unknown and finished it as the most famous man on earth.

Iain McCalman argues that the Great Barrier Reef has been created by human minds as well as coral polyps, by imaginations as well as natural processes. He charts our shifting perceptions of it, from the terrifying labyrinth that almost sank Cook’s  Endeavour  to a fragile global treasure. The Reef describes twelve key encounters between people, places, ideas and biosystems. In the nineteenth century the region was infamous for shipwrecks; later, the whole world caught the fiery debate between Darwinists and creationists over the origins of this colossal structure.

The Men Who United The States
Simon Winchester
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A Country Too Far: Writings on Asylum Seekers
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The Men Who United The States is a fascinating popular history that illuminates the men who toiled fearlessly to discover, connect, and bond the citizenry and geography of the U.S.A. from its beginnings. Simon Winchester follows in the footsteps of America’s most essential explorers, thinkers, and innovators, such as Lewis and Clark and the leaders of the Great Surveys; the builders of the first transcontinental telegraph and the powerful civil engineer behind the Interstate Highway System. Throughout, he ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded, and to what degree.

Rosie Scott & Tom Keneally

$29.99 pb

One of the central moral issues of our time is the question of asylum seekers. In this landmark anthology, twenty-seven of Australia’s finest writers have focused their intelligence and creativity on the theme of the dispossessed, bringing a whole new perspective of depth and truthfulness to what has become a fraught, distorted war of words. This anthology confirms that the experience of seeking asylum—the journeys of escape from death, starvation, poverty or terror to an imagined paradise—is part of the Australian mindset and is deeply embedded in our culture and personal histories.

Russian Roulette: A Deadly Game - How British Spies Thwarted Lenin’s Global Plot
Giles Milton
$39.99 hb

In 1917, after the Russian Revolution, an unlikely and eccentric band of British spies was smuggled into the new Soviet Russia to thwart Lenin’s plan to destroy British rule in India. Their boss, Mansfield Cumming, was a monocled, one-legged sea captain with a passion for secret inks and homemade explosives. Living in disguise and constantly switching identities, they would infiltrate Soviet commissariats, the Red Army and the Cheka, and would come within a whisker of assassinating Lenin.

Dreaming Too Loud: Reflections on a Race Apart
Geoffrey Robertson
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North Korea Undercover: Inside the World’s Most Secret State
John Sweeney
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Internationally recognised as one of the world’s leading human rights lawyers, Geoffrey Robertson regularly returns to the land of his birth and his youth. The speeches and essays collected in this book provoke, disturb and entertain. There are insights into Australian education, the story of wrongly jailed Aboriginal mother Nancy Young, encounters with Vaclav Havel, Rupert Murdoch, Michael Kirby, John Mortimer and Julian Assange, reflections on worldwide problems such as torture, terrorism and the Catholic church, and much else besides.

In March 2013 John Sweeney posed as a university professor to gain unprecedented access to North Korea. He saw the reality behind the world’s most secretive state. He spoke to people who had seen the horrific dark side of the regime and saw things which had been hidden for years from the eyes of the western world. Sweeney also visited South Korea and met defectors from the North who told him the other side of the story: dire poverty, hideous torture, infanticide of disabled babies and stick-limbed children dying of famine.

Kings Cross: A Biography
Louis Nowra
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Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City
Russell Shorto
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Louis Nowra reveals stories about ‘the Cross’ and unveils a cast of characters—some household names, others little-known— that not even a writer could conjure up. King’s Cross is a noholds barred place, where backpackers, prostitutes, strippers, chefs, mad men, poets, beggars, booksellers, doctors, gangsters, sailors, musicians, drug traffickers, eccentrics, judges and artists live side by side. Part flaneur, part historian and part eyewitness, Louis Nowra is the best possible guide to a place both real, and a state of mind.

Despite its relatively small size, Amsterdam has influenced the modern world to a degree that few other cities have. Russell Shorto concentrates on two significant periods— the late-1500s to the mid-1600s and then from the Second World War to the present. Seventeenth-century Amsterdam was the wellspring of liberalism, and today it is still a city that takes individual freedom very seriously. Amsterdam takes the city’s dramatic past and present and populates it with a whole host of colourful characters.

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First Victory: 1914 - HMAS Sydney’s Hunt for the German Raider Emden
In the opening months of the First World War the German raider Emden and her skilled and gallant captain wrought havoc on the maritime trade of the British Empire, capturing and sinking ships at will. Australia, sending wool, wheat, gold and men across the Indian Ocean to sustain the Mother Country, had a vital interest in bringing Emden to her end. The battle, when it came, was short and bloody, an emphatic first victory at sea for HMAS Sydney and the newborn Royal Australian Navy.

Mike Carlton

$45.00 hb

Horrie the War Dog: The Story of Australia’s Most Famous War Dog
Roland Perry
$27.99 pb

1914: The Year the World Ended
In July 1914 European nations were poised to plunge the world into a war that would kill or wound thirty-seven million people, tear down the fabric of society and uproot ancient political systems. Paul Ham tells the story of the outbreak of the Great War from German, British, French, AustriaHungarian, Russian and Serbian perspectives. 1914: The Year the World Ended seeks to answer the most vexing question of the twentieth century: why did European governments decide to condemn the best part of a generation of young men to the trenches and four years of slaughter?

In the Libyan desert in the middle of World War Two, signaller Private Jim Moody found a starving puppy on a sand dune. Moody called the dog Horrie. His exceptional hearing picked up the whine of enemy aircraft two minutes before his human counterparts and repeatedly saved the lives of the thousand-strong battalion. As the Japanese forces began their assault in Asia Moody smuggled Horrie back to Australia. When, after the war, quarantine officers pounced and demanded that the dog be put down, there was a huge public outcry. Could Moody devise a scheme to save him?

Paul Ham

$49.95 hb

Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China
Jung Chang
$32.95 pb

Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914
Max Hastings
$32.99 pb

Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) is the most important woman in Chinese history. She ruled China for decades and brought a medieval empire into the modern age. At the age of sixteen, Cixi was chosen as one of the emperor’s numerous concubines. When he died in 1861, their fiveyear-old son succeeded him to the throne. Cixi at once launched a palace coup against the regents appointed by her husband and made herself the real ruler of China. She reigned during extraordinary times and had to deal with a host of major national crises.

Ranging across Europe from Paris to St. Petersburg, from Kings to corporals, Catastrophe describes how tensions across the continent kindled into a blaze of battles; not the stalemates of later trench-warfare but battles of movement and dash where Napoleonic tactics met with weapons from a newly industrialised age. Max Hastings’ analysis of the powerbrokering, vanity and bluff in the diplomatic maelstrom reveals who was responsible for the birth of this catastrophic world in arms. Mingling the experiences of humbler folk with the statesmen on whom their lives depended, Hastings asks: whose actions were justified?

The Reporter and the Warlords: An Australian at large in China’s Republican Revolution
Set against a background of the birth of modern China, this is the true story of Australian journalist, Bill Donald, and his role in those turbulent events in the first half of the twentieth century. With an unshakeable belief in China’s potential, Donald was drawn into the republican revolution as it swept aside the last imperial dynasty. In his relentless pursuit of China’s destiny, he tracked down Russia’s Baltic Fleet, cured a warlord of his opium addiction, and confronted the kidnappers of the nation’s leader.

Craig Collie

$32.99 pb

The Real Great Escape: The Story of the First World War’s Most Daring Mass Breakout
Jacqueline Cook
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Elizabeth of York: The First Tudor Queen
Alison Weir
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The first successful mass tunnel escape from a POW camp occurred at the Holzminden, Lower Saxony, camp in July 1918. A group of intrepid Allied officers hatched a daring breakout plan—twenty-nine officers escaped and melted into the darkness of the German countryside. Ten escapees eventually managed to reach England. Jacqueline Cook called for contributions from descendants of Holzminden POWs, who opened their treasure chests to offer personal anecdotes, wartime journals and unpublished photographs and artwork.

Elizabeth of York was the wife of Henry VII and mother of Henry VIII; she would have ruled England, but for the fact that she was a woman. The probable murders of her brothers, the Princes in the Tower, left her heiress to the royal House of York. In 1486, to consolidate his position, Henry VII, married Elizabeth, thus uniting the red and white roses of Lancaster and York. After marriage, her ambition to be queen satisfied, she proved herself a model consort, mild, pious, generous, fruitful—and beautiful.

Jack’s Journey: An Anzac’s Descent into Death, Disaster and Controversy at Gallipoli
Kit Cullen
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The King’s Grave: The Search for Richard III
Philippa Langley & Michael Jones

$39.99 hb

On 1st May 1915 Jack Collyer and other members of No. 15 Platoon 4th Battalion were ordered to go to the aid of about sixty Royal Marines who were trapped in an isolated trench. Most of the Anzac soldiers were killed or wounded during the rescue, including Jack. However the historical record of the action was corrupted by Charles Bean, who omitted any reference to the 4th Battalion in the Official History. Instead, he gave the credit for saving the Marines to his brother’s unit, the 3rd Battalion.

On 22 August 1485 Richard III was killed at Bosworth Field, the last king of England to die in battle. Richard’s body was displayed for two days in nearby Leicester and then hurriedly buried. Fifty years later the king’s grave was lost and Richard III’s reputation buried under a mound of Tudor propaganda. Now Richard III’s remains have been uncovered beneath a car park in Leicester. Philippa Langley reveals the story of the search for the king’s grave, and Michael Jones tells of Richard’s fifteenth-century life and death.

Leningrad: Siege and Symphony
Brian Moynahan
$34.99 pb

Brian Moynahan sets Shostakovich’s most famous work against the tragic canvas of the siege itself and the years of repression and terror that preceded it. Drawing on extensive primary research in archives as well as personal letters and diaries, he vividly tells the story of the cruelties heaped on a city of exquisite beauty, and of its no less remarkable survival in the maelstrom of Stalin’s purges and the Nazis’ brutal invasion of Russia. Leningrad: Siege and Symphony is a moving account of one of the most tragic periods of the twentieth century.

Shackleton’s Epic: Recreating the World’s Greatest Journey of Survival
Tim Jarvis
$45.00 hb

In 1916, Ernest Shackleton’s ship the Endurance was trapped in pack ice, his supplies were running out, his men were exhausted, cold and desperate. Shackleton sailed across 1,300 kilometres of hostile ocean in a tiny, leaking boat, then trekked across unmapped ice and snow to reach a rescue station. In 2012, British-Australian explorer Tim Jarvis set off to recreate Shackleton’s epic journey, using the same equipment, eating the same unpalatable food, facing the same hostile ocean and desolate conditions.

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The Library: A World History
James W. P. Campbell
$95.00 hb

In its highest form the library became a total work of art, combining painting, sculpture, furniture and architecture. From their designs for the libraries of ancient Rome to those of the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, architects have sought to outdo each other by producing ever more spectacular settings. Each age and culture has moulded libraries to reflect its own priorities and preoccupations—mirroring the history of civilization itself.

Virginia Woolf ’s Garden: The Story of the Garden at Monk’s House
Caroline Zoob
$49.99 hb

Monk’s House in Sussex is the former home of Leonard and Virginia Woolf. It was bought by them in 1919 as a country retreat, somewhere they came to read, write and work in the garden. They created a brilliant patchwork of garden rooms, linked by brick paths and secluded behind flint walls and yew hedges. The author has selected quotations from the writings of the Woolfs which reveal how important a role the garden played in their lives, as a source of both pleasure and inspiration.

A Reader’s Book of Days: True Tales from the Lives and Works of Writers
Tom Nissley
$29.95 hb

Australian Coastal Gardens
Myles Baldwin
$89.99 hb

At once a love letter to literature and a charming guide to the books most worth reading, A Reader’s Book of Days features bite-size accounts of events in the lives of great authors for every day of the year. The book notes the days on which famous authors were born and died; it also includes lists of recommended reading for every month of the year as well as snippets from book reviews as they appeared across literary history.

The coastal gardens of Australia are as varied as the geography of the continent itself. Myles Baldwin travels around the country, from the gentle landscape of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula to an old copper mining town in South Australia and beyond. On his journey he finds a diverse range of gardens, but all entirely appropriate to their location and often difficult conditions. The book includes an extensive plant guide, compiled by Myles based on his many years’ experience of working on the coast and his conversations with horticulturists.

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
Nick Hornby
$27.99 pb

Melbourne Precincts
Dale Campisi
$34.95 hb

This new collection of Nick Hornby’s columns from the Believer magazine features his experience of buying and reading, and sometimes not reading, books. Hornby takes into account the role that books actually play in the lives of readers. Whether plunging into a biography of Dickens whilst his children are destroying something in the room next door, or devouring a whole series of children’s books whilst on holiday, Hornby is the intelligent, committed but sceptical reader we would all like to be.

The Best 100 Poems of Dorothy Porter
Dorothy Porter
$24.99 hb

Melbourne is as an eclectic city full of top-quality restaurants, stylish shops and laneways hiding doors to cocktail bars, galleries and the hippest boutiques. Divided into itineraries by suburbs, Dale Campisi’s book picks out the very best of Melbourne’s shopping, eating and drinking experiences for locals and tourists alike. Interviews with Melbourne locals who represent the city’s creative community also highlight favourite haunts, and the extra touring and accommodation tips make this a handy guidebook, as well as being a beautiful keepsake.

Dorothy Porter was one of Australia’s truly original writers, renowned for her passionate, offbeat poetry and verse novels. The Best 100 Poems of Dorothy Porter draws from her life’s work to present the many facets of Porter the poet, from stretching the fabric of ancient mythology to delving into the beauty of the natural world, or inking an intimate message on your heart. This elegant hardback is the perfect gift for Porter fans and newcomers alike.

Mapping Our World

National Library of Australia

$49.99 pb

Cluetopia: The Story of 100 Years of the Crossword
David Astle
$29.99 pb

Mapping Our World contains descriptions of over 100 maps, atlases, globes and scientific instruments gathered from the National Library and international lenders. The book is about the European idea of Australia, from ancient prophecies of a great southern land to the mapping of Australia by Matthew Flinders in 1814. The book describes European philosophical ideas from antiquity to the Anglo-French rivalry symbolised by Flinders and Nicolas Boudin.

The Vatican: All the Paintings
Anja Grebe
$79.99 hb *BiP Price $69.95

Cluetopia celebrates the centenary of the crossword, whizzing fans through 100 years of remarkable clues, across the world, seeking the inside stories. Travel to New Guinea, Venezuela and Metropolis: every destination arising from a clue. With almost 100 mini-chapters, each one with a clue to crack, Cluetopia is a book for word lovers and puzzle fans. A holiday for the head, Cluetopia is fun, wild and wordy.

Nick Bilton

Hatching Twitter: How a Fledgling Startup Became a Multi-billion Dollar Business and Accidentally Changed the World
$32.99 pb

Every Old Master painting on display in the Vatican, as well as hundreds of additional masterpieces and treasures in the papal collection, is included in this deluxe slipcased volume with companion DVD. In addition, 180 of the most iconic and significant paintings and other pieces of art are highlighted with 300-word essays by art historian Anja Grebe. The Vatican: All the Paintings is a complete treasure-trove of one of the most exquisite and important art collections in the world.

Origami Architecture
Yee is a master paper crafter who has dedicated his life to creating scale paper models of the world’s most famous buildings. This kit features three of his most popular designs, each a stunning example of architectural and engineering genius: The Eiffel Tower, The White House, and The Sydney Opera House. Once completed, the paper models can be displayed as three-dimensional buildings or folded flat for easy storage. The perfect gift for architecture enthusiasts and paper crafters.


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The full story of Twitter’s hatching has never been told before. It is a drama of betrayed friendships and high-stakes power struggles, as the founders went from everyday engineers to wealthy celebrities featured on magazine covers and TIME’s list of the world’s most influential people. New York Times columnist and reporter Nick Bilton takes readers behind the scenes as Twitter grew at exponential speeds. He has written an intimate portrait of four friends who accidentally changed the world, and what they all learned along the way.

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Vanity Fair 100 Years: From the Jazz Age to Our Age
edited by

Lonely Planet’s Beautiful World
Lonely Planet
$54.99 hb

Graydon Carter

$80.00 hb

Vanity Fair 100 Years showcases a century of personality and power, art and commerce, crisis and culture—both highbrow and low. From its inception in 1913, through the Jazz Age and the Depression, to its reincarnation in the boom-boom Reagan years, to the image-saturated Information Age, Vanity Fair has presented the modern era as it has unfolded, using wit, imagination, peerless literary narrative and bold, groundbreaking imagery from the greatest photographers, artists and illustrators of the day.

Forty years of passion and experience has been poured into Lonely Planet’s Beautiful World. Witness fiery volcanic eruptions, wind-sculpted icebergs in the Antarctic, mind-blowing migrations of wildlife large and small, and natural wonders from Belize’s Great Blue Hole to Yellowstone in Wyoming. Journey to the planet’s most magnificent places with this thought-provoking portrait of our world. See nature as you have never seen it before and renew your relationship with the place we call home.

The Fashion Book: New Edition
Phaidon Editors
$59.95 hb

The Fashion Book: New Edition is a massive A-Z encyclopedia which contains profiles of hundreds of the biggest and brightest influencers in the fashion world, including designers, photographers, style icons, models and retailers. It presents the giants of fashion history such as Coco Chanel alongside designers of today such as Alexander Wang. Photographers such as Richard Avedon are joined by Terry Richardson, while Kate Moss and Lady Gaga join the ranks of the most influential style icons.

Provence and the Côte d’Azur: Discover the Spirit of the South of France
Janelle McCulloch
$49.99 pb

Art / Fashion in the 21st Century
Mitchell Oakley Smith & Alison Kubler

$59.95 hb

After twenty years exploring Provence and the French Riviera, Janelle McCulloch has discovered all of its gems and shares them in this beautiful guide. From the architecture of Nice, the breathtaking gardens of Menton, to the lavender fields of Saint-Rémy-deProvence that inspired Vincent Van Gogh,  Provence and the Côte d’Azur  has a wonderful sense of place and joie de vivre. This is a book for all lovers of art, design, gardens, architecture and style, and for anyone wanting to discover a different side to the south of France.

Over the last decade major international artists have worked with top fashion houses to produce contemporary masterpieces that challenge the traditional boundary between the two dynamic cultures of art and fashion. Art / Fashion in the 21st Century features concise essays with profiles of the key designers and interviews with the leading lights of the art-fashion crossover phenomenon. This is essential reading for all those interested in the very cutting edge of both art and fashion.

Naples: A Way of Love

Carla Coulson & Lisa Clifford

$49.99 hb

Obsessive Creative
Collette Dinnigan

Photographer Carla Coulson and writer Lisa Clifford know this dazzling, magical city intimately: in this book they take you on a journey through the Naples most tourists never see. Walk with them down hidden cobblestoned alleyways lit by shrines to the saints and into ancient crypts filled with skulls; taste the myriad sweets and pastries for which the city is famous, and learn the art of arrangiarsi—all fuelled by pizza, the city’s signature dish, and coffee, always coffee.

$100.00 hb

Collette Dinnigan’s Obsessive Creative  provides an intimate insight into her life and work. What inspires her to create clothes worn by the most glamorous women in the world, from film stars to royalty? How has her bohemian childhood shaped her? How does she unwind? How does she juggle the roles of mother and businesswoman? Obsessive Creative  takes you behind the scenes of the world of high fashion, from the studio where Dinnigan’s sublimely beautiful clothes are made to backstage at the Paris shows.

Clan: Bangarra Dance Theatre
Stephen Page & Greg Barrett

$59.99 hb

Le Shop Guide: The Best of Paris for the Fashion Traveller
Chloe Quigley & Daniel Pollock
$39.99 pb

Clan  honours the twenty-fifth year of the Bangarra Dance Theatre. The company creates contemporary theatrical experiences that are influenced by timeless stories and customs. The land shapes the people, the people shape the language, the language shapes the songs, and the songs then determine the dance— and the spirit flows through it all. The  intimate and dramatic collection of photographs in Clan captures the personal, the professional and the sacred moments of artistic expression.

French women know how to dress. This book tells you where they shop. The authors have scoured the streets of Paris to find the coolest, the chicest and the very best shops in this fashionable city. Here is pure shopping gold: names, addresses, opening hours and website details of over 100 places for clothes, bags, shoes, flea markets, department stores and vintage goods. The most chic and cute cafes and food stops are also included to break up the shopping day.

The Telling Room: A Tale of Passion, Revenge and the World’s Finest Cheese
Michael Paterniti
$27.99 pb


Alexa Chung

In the picturesque Spanish village of Guzman, in the summer of 2000, Ambrosio Molinos de las Heras recounted an odd and compelling tale about a cheese made from an ancient family recipe. Reputed to be among the finest in the world, one bite could conjure long-lost memories. But then, Ambrosio said, things had gone horribly wrong...Michael Paterniti is soon sucked into the heart of an unfolding mystery, a blood feud that includes accusations of betrayal and theft, death threats, and a murder plot.

$29.99 hb

A collection of Alexa’s writing, doodles and photographs, It combines stories of early style inspirations such as her grandpa and the Spice Girls with discussion of figures of obsession like Jane Birkin and Annie Hall. Alexa reflects on heartbreak, how to get dressed in the morning, the challenges of taking a good selfie and more. Witty, charming and with a refreshingly down-to-earth attitude, It is a musthave for anyone who loves fashion, worries about growing up, or loves just about everything Alexa Chung.
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A Fork in the Road: Tales of Food, Pleasure and Discovery on the Road
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James Oseland, editor-in-chief of Saveur magazine, has compiled a collection of tales from some of the world’s best chefs. Featuring contributions from Curtis Stone, Neil Perry, Madhur Jaffrey, Annabel Langbein and many others, Oseland’s selection demonstrates how travel, food and eating combine to shape our lives and experiences.

James Oseland

$26.99 hb

David & Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants
Malcolm Gladwell
$29.99 pb

Far From the Tree: A Dozen Kinds of Love
Andrew Solomon
$32.95 pb

In David & Goliath Malcolm Gladwell takes the reader on a scintillating and surprising journey to uncover the hidden dynamics that shape the balance of power between the small and the mighty. Drawing on the stories of remarkable underdogs, history, science, psychology and his unparalleled ability to make the connections others miss, David & Goliath is an illuminating book that overturns conventional thinking and conveys the incredible leverage of the unexpected.

Andrew Solomon’s investigation of the most intense challenges that parenthood can bring compels us all to re-examine how we understand human difference. In this seminal new study of family, Solomon tells the stories of parents who learn to deal with their exceptional children and find profound meaning in doing so. He documents repeated triumphs of human love and compassion to show that the shared experience of difference is what unites us.

Game of Knowns: Science is Coming...
Karl Kruszelnicki
$32.99 hb

Heaven on Earth: Timeless Prayers of Wisdom and Love
Stephanie Dowrick has a rare understanding of what prayer is and how steadfastly it can support you, whatever your faith, background or journey. Some of the world’s most beautiful words are gathered here; so are many of the most uplifting and consoling. From prayers to be shared with family, friends or community, to prayers that take you within to your own soul’s depths, this is a collection to be used and cherished.

Stephanie Dowrick

$29.99 hb

In Game of Knowns, Dr Karl tells us why psychopaths make good kings, how smart phones dumb down our conversations, explains why the left side of your face is the most attractive, how the female worker bee gets a raw deal, and why we drink beer faster when it is served in a curved glass. He also gives us the low-down on comets, explains the magic of hoverboards, solemnly shares why dark matter matters, and discloses the scientific basis of wealth distribution.

Rod Laver: A Memoir
Rod Laver
$39.99 hb

In Praise of Ageing
Patricia Edgar

$32.99 pb

Rod Laver is arguably the best tennis player the world has ever seen. He is the only male player to have won the Grand Slam in the Open era and the only player to have won two Grand Slams. He writes vividly of his life, from the early days growing up in a Queensland country town, to breaking into the amateur circuit and eventually the professional circuit. He also writes movingly about the stroke he suffered in 1998, and of his beloved wife of more than forty years, Mary, who died last year after a long illness.

Australians are staying healthy and living longer than ever before. In Praise of Ageing tells the stories of eight people who have lived well into their nineties and beyond. These people will inspire you, entertain you and motivate you to be connected, interested, risk-taking and inventive. And they will convince you that fifty is now the start of the second half of life and not the beginning of the end.

To the Letter: A Journey Through the Mail
Simon Garfield
$29.99 hb

Tony Greig: Love, War and Cricket
Joyce Greig & Mark Greig
$39.99 hb

This enthralling memoir begins in Tony Greig’s birthplace, South Africa, as his mother Joyce embarks on a wartime love affair with a man not her husband. Greig’s life encompassed more than half-a-century of cricket, from schoolboy cricket in his beloved South Africa, to his early days in Sussex, through to his captaincy of England and on to his involvement in World Series Cricket. A legend beyond the cricket pitch, Greig’s enthralling story is told by the people who knew him best, his mother Joyce and his son Mark.

Simon Garfield explores how we have written to each other over the centuries and what our letters reveal about our lives. He uncovers a host of engaging stories, including the tricky history of the opening greeting, the ideal ingredients for invisible ink, and the sad saga of the dead letter office. To the Letter is a wonderful celebration of letters in every form, and a passionate rallying cry to keep writing.

Best Australian Political Cartoons 2013
edited by

Russ Radcliffe

$29.95 pb

Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever
Reed Albergotti & Vanessa O’Connell
$29.99 pb

Lance Armstrong won a record-smashing seven Tours de France. Then, in January 2013, the legend imploded. He admitted doping, but he didn’t say who had helped him dope or how he skilfully avoided getting caught. Wheelmen reveals the broader story of how Armstrong and his supporters used money, power, and cutting-edge science to conquer the world’s most difficult race, and shows how the Americans methodically constructed an international operation of spies and revolutionary technology to reach the top.

A perceptive study of the past political year is presented in this collection of Australian cartoons created by such sardonic luminaries as Judy Horacek, Jon Kudelka, Sean Leahy, David Pope, Andrew Weldon, and Cathy Wilcox. Moving from irony to anger, these cartoons skewer the pomposity, the glib rhetoric, the untruths, and often outright lies put forth by the political elite. Containing more than 160 examples of the cartoonist’s art, this book is a tribute to the artistry, power and vitality of these comic artists.

Working Dogs
$39.95 hb

Andrew Chapman & Melanie Faith Dove
Working Dogs is a photographic documentary of the Australian working dog by Andrew Chapman in partnership with Melanie Faith Dove. From mustering sheep in Tasmania’s lush pasture to the stockyards of the Western Australian wheat belt, this book celebrates the hardworking champions of the farm and outback. See the Smithfield, the Koolie, the Heeler, the Kelpie and the Collie at work, at play, as puppies, and in training.

Great Racetracks of the World
Trevor Marmalade & Jim A. McGrath
$59.95 hb

Racing has gone global, and Great Racetracks of the World is a comprehensive guide to all the courses that run Group or Listed races, complete with stunning photographs of seminal moments on the course. Containing current information about the tracks, detailed descriptions and key information on starting positions and draws, this book is also a comprehensive history, offering all the best tales of the turf as well as a summary of the great races and legendary champion horses.

Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition
Ben Schott
$19.99 hb

Ben Schott explores the idiosyncrasies of the human German. He provides new expressions for: a secret love of bad food, Sunday afternoon depression, delight at the changing of the seasons, and the ineffable pleasure of a cold pillow.

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My Little French Kitchen
Rachel Khoo
$39.99 hb

The Paris Gourmet
Trish Deseine’s extensive black book of foodie addresses in Paris and online is an essential resource for stocking your kitchen with indispensible cooking utensils and table trimmings, procuring the best ingredients, or dining at her most treasured restaurants. Her practical advice covers everything from selecting produce at the market to a sampling of her favourite French recipes. In  The Paris Gourmet, Trish Deseine serves up a definitive guide to French cuisine, divulging her secrets on all aspects of Gallic food and entertaining.

Trish Deseine

$45.00 pb

The Little French Kitchen is Rachel Khoo’s love letter to her adopted country. Taking time out from her base in Paris, she travelled to the four corners of France, eager to find out what local dishes and ingredients she could track down on her adventures. And so this book is about the trips that Rachel made around French villages and towns, the people who welcomed her into their homes, farms and food shops, and all the little culinary quirks that she stumbled upon along the way.

The Food of Vietnam
Luke Nguyen
$69.95 hb

Asian After Work
Adam Liaw
$39.99 pb

Join Luke Nguyen on a culinary and cultural journey through the country of his heritage to discover the people and recipes that have endeared Vietnam to the millions of travellers who visit each year. Nguyen’s The Food of Vietnam follows his trip from northern Vietnam down to the south, through marketplaces and kitchens of strangers and family alike to find the best recipes Vietnam has to offer.

Asian After Work is a cookbook for busy people. Taking a simple and practical approach Adam Liaw shows how anyone can create authentic and affordable Asian dishes at home. From Chicken Kra-Pow, Black Pepper Beef and Grilled Prawns with Salty Lime, to Lychee and Coconut Granita, Leche Flan and Sesame and Honey Ice Cream, Asian After Work brings you family favourites and new creations. Fast, fresh and easy Asian food.

The Agrarian Kitchen
When Rodney Dunn, former food editor of Australian Gourmet Traveller, moved from Sydney to Tasmania, he and his wife Severine set about establishing a sustainable farm-based cooking school. The Agrarian Kitchen struck a chord with people seeking respite from fastpaced lives and a meaningful connection with the food we eat and the land that produces it. This collection of recipes celebrates the simple pleasures of cooking and eating in tune with the seasons, and the rhythm of a life lived close to the earth.

Rodney Dunn

$59.99 hb

Colour of Maroc

Rob and Sophia Palmer

$59.99 hb *BiP Price $49.95

Love Italy
Guy Grossi

Colour of Maroc is a collection of delicious Moroccan recipes, traditional and contemporary, interwoven with stories and anecdotes inspired by people, food and travel experiences as seen through the eyes of Rob Palmer, an Australian photographer and Sophia, his French-Moroccan wife. Food is their gateway into the heart of Morocco. Their passion for Morocco is a delight to share as they are guided by Sophia’s friends and family through overflowing cities and remote dusty villages, exploring this country of vitality and contrasts.

$100.00 hb

Join Guy Grossi as he travels around Italy, tasting the best of Italian food and meeting the passionate artisans who produce it. Discover the wonderful characters behind the ingredients, and the traditional methods that have been passed down through the generations. There are 150 recipes to enjoy, including Slow-cooked veal shoulder with porcini, Bresaola with gorgonzola, honey and fennel, Crispy polenta chips with truffle mayonnaise and Vanilla panna cotta, strawberries and aged balsamic. This is irresistible, authentic Italian food you can make at home.

Stefano Manfredi’s Italian Food
Stefano Manfredi
$59.99 hb

Maggie’s Christmas
Maggie Beer
$49.99 hb

The Manfredi family arrived in Australia in 1961 from Lombardy in the north of Italy. Young Stefano brought the food and memories from the kitchen of his mother and grandmother to his new home. He has been an award-winning chef and restaurateur since the early 1980s, translating the flavours and recipes of his childhood into contemporary Italian food. Stefano Manfredi’s Italian Food  chronicles the food and wine from each Italian region and the dishes that make them famous.

Simply Good Food
Neil Perry
$49.99 hb

Maggie Beer invites you to join her Christmas celebrations in South Australia’s beautiful Barossa Valley. From roasting the perfect turkey and transforming leftovers into fabulous meals, to turning ripe summer fruits into luscious desserts and creating a glamorous formal dinner to welcome in the New Year in style, Maggie shares her most cherished recipes. With plenty of advice for stress-free entertaining, Maggie shows you how to celebrate this special time of year with panache and joy.


Karen Martini

Simply Good Food  showcases 105 recipes from renowned Australian chef Neil Perry in a collection of the simple, produce-driven recipes he likes to cook for friends and family.  The featured dishes are an expression of Perry’s belief in cooking with top-quality, sustainably produced seasonal ingredients. Many of the recipes can be prepared either as individual dishes or enjoyed as part of a shared table, and he has grouped together Mexican, Asian-inspired and Mediterranean banquet suggestions.

$39.99 pb

Chef, restaurateur, television presenter, columnist and busy working mum, Martini understands the way people cook at home. In  Everyday, she makes coming up with new meal ideas easy, sharing her best no-fuss recipes for all the delicious salads, pastas, pizzas, curries, roasts, one-pot dinners, puddings, cakes and biscuits you’ll ever need.  With a typical Martini twist on classics, recipes include Roasted cauliflower salad with almonds and feta, Spaghetti bolognese with Italian sausage, Curried roast vegetable pasties and Prawn and chorizo tortillas.

Eat: The Little Book of Fast Food
Nigel Slater
$45 hb

This beautiful, easy-to-use book contains over 500 recipe ideas and is an essential reference for everyday cooking. Based on his own supper-time improvisations, Slater demonstrates how to make fast and tasty meals with the ingredients you have to hand. Full of inventive food ideas for the time-poor cook, he includes recipe variations and alternatives to suit any household. Enjoy sizzling chorizo with potatoes and shallots; a sharp and fresh green soup; a Vietnamese-inspired prawn baguette, or a one-pan Sunday lunch.

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Demon Dentist
David Walliams
$19.99 pb

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
Kate DiCamillo & K. G. Campbell
$19.95 hb

Walliams has been hailed as a successor to Roald Dahl, and rightly so. His books are outrageously funny and leave their young readers in stitches. In Demon Dentist strange things are happening in the dead of night. Children who put a tooth under their pillow for the tooth fairy wake up to find a slug or a live spider crawling beneath their pillow. Evil is at work! But who or what is behind it? Read this hilarious book and find out. [8+]

After an unfortunate accident involving a vacuum cleaner, a squirrel develops some amazing and surprising powers. Flora soon discovers that Ulysses’ new-found powers (including a penchant for poetry) lead them into some hilarious adventures. A laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters interspersed with comic-style graphic sequences and full-page illustrations. [7+]

The Year My Life Broke
John Marsden
$12.99 pb

Creatures of Magic

Sports-mad Josh and his family have hit hard times and they’ve moved into the most boring street in the most boring town in Australia. Tarrawagga is a hole and Josh is not happy. His mum says, ‘It’s always about people, Josh. Get to know some people, then it won’t be so bad.’ But no-one at school wants to know him...yet! Funny, gripping and full of surprises, The Year My Life Broke could be the most real book you read this year. [12+]

Maree Fenton-Smith & Lilli Piri

$19.95 pb

Anna and Greta’s new neighbours have two children and they also have some peculiar mice-friendly cats among other weird, intriguing things. When the girls discover their neighbours are good witches, or Creatures of Magic as they prefer to be called now, they become involved in a spooky but quietly humorous adventure. Ideal for future readers of Harry Potter, and definitely for those who love cats. [8+]

Anh Do

$12.99 pb

Ash Road Text Classics
Ivan Southall
$12.95 pb

Meet Weir Do. No, that’s not a typo, that’s his name! Weir Do is the new kid in school. With an unforgettable name, a crazy family and some seriously weird habits, fitting in won’t be easy...but, with comedian and author of The Happiest Refugee Anh Do doing the writing, it will be very, very funny. A fun, lenticular cover and loads of hilarious visual jokes from illustrator Jules Faber. [7+]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 8: Hard Luck
Jeff Kinney
$14.99 pb

An Australian classic from Carnegie Medal-winner Ivan Southall, back in print at long last. It is hot, dry and sweaty on Ash Road, where Graham, Harry and Wallace are getting their first taste of independence, camping, just the three of them. When they accidentally light a bushfire no-one would have guessed how far it would go. An enthralling story of courage and survival in the face of seemingly insurmountable danger. [12+]

Greg Heffley is on a losing streak. His best friend Rowley Jefferson has ditched him, and finding new friends is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortune, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around or is Greg’s life destined to be just another hard luck story? [8+]

Ruby Red Shoes Goes to Paris
Kate Knapp
$19.99 hb

Tom Gates 6: Extra Special Treats (Not)
Liz Pichon
$15.99 pb

Ruby and her beloved grandmother Babushka are off to Paris. In this, their second book, they meet Babushka’s brother, Monsieur Gaspar Galushka, who loves hats as much as Ruby loves red shoes, and his grandson Felix, who whisks Ruby off to zip around the streets of Paris on his red scooter. It is the adventure of a lifetime, filled with memories that Ruby will treasure forever. Gorgeous pictures and an equally delightful story. [4+]

Book six in this wildly popular series finds Tom and Derek hoping for snow—to have a snowball fight, of course! Another funny and cleverly illustrated volume of adventures for kids who like a laugh. Tom Gates is an instantly likeable character with a fantastic sense of humour. This new instalment will not disappoint. [9+]

Truly Tan 3: Spooked!
Jen Storer
$16.99 pb

Ranger’s Apprentice 12: The Royal Ranger
John Flanagan
$17.95 pb

Tan and the Chosen Few have another mystery on their hands. Animal statues around Peppercorn Valley have been mysteriously disappearing. What could the thief want with a stone emu or flamingo? It is a good thing Tan has the mind of a Great Detective. The third book in the Truly Tan series. [8+]

After a senseless tragedy destroys his life, Will is obsessed with punishing those responsible even if it means leaving the Ranger Corps. His worried friends must find a way to stop him taking such a dark path. The solution? Will takes on a rebellious, unwilling apprentice and has to make some difficult choices along the way. Book twelve in this much-loved Australian series. [9+]

Ruby Redfort 3: Catch Your Death
Lauren Child
$19.99 hb

Hey Jack: That’s a Big Book!
Sally Rippin
$24.95 pb

Ruby Redfort is an undercover agent, code-cracker and thirteen-year-old genius. In this third instalment of her fabulous adventures, tigers are roaming the streets of Twinford, and it looks like someone has deliberately released some very rare and very dangerous animals. The question is: will Ruby ever make it out alive? [10+]

Jack’s best friend Billie B Brown had two Big Books and they were super-sellers. Now it is Jack’s turn to have his very own massive collection! Jack has a huge imagination and he brings a sense of fun and humour to each down-to-earth, real-life story. Boys can enjoy and relate to Jack’s adventures, without anything girly getting in the way! [6+]

Billie B Brown Treasury
Sally Rippin
$29.95 hb

Billie B Brown has six sparkly pens, one big packet of marshmallows and a brand-new soccer ball. Do you know what the B in Billie B Brown stands for? Find out in this collection of ten favourite stories, in full-colour for the first time! [6+]

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The Rig
Joe Ducie
$16.95 pb

Dear Blue Sky
Mary Sullivan

$9.99 pb

Caught stealing the medicine his mother needs, fifteenyear-old Will Drake—a good kid at heart—is sent to The Rig, a maximum security juvenile prison stranded in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. Every movement on The Rig is tracked and escape impossible, but Will, who has a history of such breakouts, knows nothing is completely impossible. An action-packed and gripping new adventure for older readers. [13+]

Cassie’s brother is away, fighting in the war in Iraq. Meanwhile her family are falling apart and her best friend no longer has time for her. In her loneliness Cassie turns to a surprising source of comfort: Blue Sky, an Iraqi girl she meets through her blog. Cassie takes strength from Blue Sky’s courage and is inspired to stop running away from the pain and to reclaim her life. [12+]

Mortality Doctrine 1: The Eye of Minds
James Dashner
$19.95 pb

Alex Rider 10: Russian Roulette
Anthony Horowitz
$22.95 hb

From the author of the bestselling Maze Runner series comes a new edge-of-your seat adventure set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams. For Michael and the other gamers, the VirtNet can make their wildest fantasies become real. And the more hacking skills they have, the more fun. Who wants to play by the rules anyway? The first book in an exciting new series. [12+]

An international contract killer has been given his orders. His next target is a fourteen-year-old spy—you guessed it—Alex Rider! The man’s name is Yassen Gregorovich and he knows Alex well. The two of them share a secret from the past. This is the eagerly anticipated prequel to the best-selling Alex Rider series. [13+]

The Last Thirteen
James Phelan

$7.50 pb (Book 1) / $14.99 pb (Book 2)

Heroes of Olympus 4: The House of Hades
Rick Riordan
$19.99 pb

Kidnapped from school and finding out his parents are not who he thinks they are, Sam is suddenly running from danger at every turn. With his life and identity shattered, Sam’s salvation is tied to an ancient prophecy—can he find the thirteen others who will help him in his quest? The first and second exciting books in a planned series of thirteen. [12+]

Greek mythology brought to life in the twenty-first century. The last book in the series left our heroes— demigods Annabel and Percy—hanging on a knife’s edge, in a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The stakes are higher than ever and time is running out fast. This is the fourth book of Rick Riordan’s exciting Heroes of Olympus adventure series, . [12+]

More Than This
Patrick Ness
$27.95 hb *BiP Price $24.95

The Pull of Gravity
Gae Polisner
$16.95 pb

The opening sequence of this extraordinary novel in which Seth, the boy at the heart of the book, drowns is truly breath-taking. But it is when Seth wakes up in an abandoned English town he once called home that Patrick Ness’ skills as a Carnegie Medal-winning writer takes us deeper into a broken world, and throws up questions that compel you to keep reading. An engaging, thoughtful, and ultimately very moving novel. [15+]
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Worlds collide in this tale of Mice and Men and Yoda and Road trips. The best laid plans certainly do go oft awry when Nick and Jaycee grant the dying wish of their friend Scoot to find his father and return to him his signed copy of the Steinbeck classic. Along the way there is adventure, humour, sadness and love and Yoda’s wisdom—‘Go to the centre of gravity’s pull, and find your planet you will.’ If you have not read Of Mice and Men this book will have you wanting to pick a copy up straight away. [13+]

Picture Me Gone
Meg Rosoff

The Tragedy Paper
Elizabeth LaBan

$19.99 pb

$16.95 pb

Mila and her father are on a road trip, looking for his best friend. A sensitive, quirky and very clever girl, Mila soon discovers that adults do not have all the answers. She sees clues no one else notices and facts that everyone else overlooks. A brilliantly atmospheric exploration of a young twelve-year-old trying to comprehend the world and people around her. From Meg Rosoff, prizewinning author of How I Live Now. [13+]

Each year at an exclusive boarding school in upstate New York graduating students uphold an old tradition— they must swear an oath of secrecy and leave behind a treasure for incoming seniors. Duncan inherits the room and secrets of Tim Macbeth, uncovering a clandestine romance and unravelling the truth behind one of the biggest mysteries in the school’s history. Ideal for fans of John Green. [15+]

All The Truth That’s In Me
Julie Berry
$19.99 pb

The Fault in Our Stars Gift Edition
John Green
$24.99 hb

Four years ago Judith and Lottie disappeared. No one knows what happened, but two years later Judith returns—damaged and unable to speak. Her family and the people she once knew shun her and she longs for her childhood love, Lucas. When her town is attacked, things take a turn, and the truth begins to unravel. Judith struggles with the decision whether to stay silent or to find her lost voice. [15+]
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A special hardback gift edition of one of Books in Print’s favourite young adult novels of all time. [15+]
‘Damn near genius...Simply devastating... Fearless in the face of powerful, uncomplicated, unironized emotion.’ ~TIME ‘Electric...Filled with staccato bursts of humour and tragedy.’ ~Jodi Picoult

$24.95 hb

John Burningham
In the grand tradition of Burningham’s classic Mr Gumpy’s Outing, with a wonderfully cosy ending, Boy and Girl head out for a picnic together, meeting all manner of creatures along the way. An adventurous and whimsical picture book that prompts children to interact with each page, finding things that get lost along the way. [3+]

The Swap
$24.95 hb

Jan Ormerod & Andrew Joyner
Caroline Crocodile’s baby brother dribbles, but all Mama Crocodile ever says is how absolutely gorgeous he is. Caroline goes to the Baby Shop to swap her dribbly brother for a different baby croc, however it seems that there is something not quite right with each one of them. A funny, sweet tale of being happy with what you’ve already got. [3+]

Kissed by the Moon
Alison Lester
$19.99 hb

This Little Piggy Went Dancing
Margaret Wild & Deborah Niland
$19.99 hb

Part poem, part lullaby, this gentle story celebrates a baby’s wonder at our beautiful world. From much-loved Australian Children’s Laureate Alison Lester comes a beautiful, timeless picture book to share and treasure. [2+]

Do you remember the little piggy who went to market? Did someone wiggle your toes? A playful take on the traditional This Little Piggy nursery rhyme that will delight young children. This fun and lively picture book is perfect to read aloud. [2+]

Rules of Summer
Shaun Tan
$24.99 hb

Baby Bedtime
$24.99 hb

Mem Fox & Emma Quay
A lullaby to babies everywhere, this book is a lyrical tribute to the little people in our lives. A charming, heartwarming tale of love and elephants from Mem Fox and Emma Quay. Written in gentle, rhythmic rhyme, Baby Bedtime is the perfect winding-down story to read aloud before bed. [1+]

A thought-provoking, deceptively simple picture book about two boys, brothers perhaps, and one extraordinary summer they share. Visually breath-taking, the book brims with wisdom and quietly, humorously, reflects on lessons learned. [6 - adult]

Sugarlump and the Unicorn Wombat Goes to School
$24.99 hb

Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks
$24.99 hb

Jackie French & Bruce Whatley
When our favourite wombat discovers a new hole, it unexpectedly leads her to the local school. The children learn that wombats love carrots and grass, while Mothball learns that lunch boxes contain very few carrots! [3+]

Sugarlump the rocking horse wishes to see the world. One day a magical, glittering unicorn grants his wish and turns him into a real horse. But Sugarlump soon learns to be careful what he wishes for as he realises how much he misses the children he left behind. Luckily the unicorn has one more wish to grant. [3+]

Starting School
$24.99 hb

Jane Godwin & Anna Walker
This gorgeous book focuses on the experiences and feelings of five very different children as they begin school for the first time. Jane’s simple words and ideas with Anna’s gentle illustrations will encourage children to feel comfortable about taking this big step. [4+]

My First Animalia
Graeme Base

$19.99 hb

A playful introductory format of Graeme Base’s classic picture book Animalia for the very young. There is so much inside to find and name. Turn the pages and lift the flaps in this beautiful keepsake edition to rediscover the world of Animalia through fresh eyes— it’s the alphabet as only Graeme Base knows how! [4+]

Once Tashi Met a Dragon
$24.99 hb

Anna Fienberg, Barbara Fienberg & Kim Gamble
Beautifully illustrated in colour, this picture book adventure sees Tashi ride a white tiger to the top of the mountain to see why the dragon is not sending the rains to his village. He will need plenty of clever ideas to solve the hurdles encounters along the way. [4+]

Little Yellow Digger Bag of Books
Betty and Alan Gilderdale
$20.00 pack

All five adventures together in a really cool gift bag— perfect for boys who love machines! The pack includes Little Yellow Digger, Little Yellow Digger Saves the Whale, Little Yellow Digger and the Bones, Little Yellow Digger Goes to School and Little Yellow Digger at the Zoo. [3+]

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Just So Stories
$39.95 hb

The Knowledge Encyclopedia
Dorling Kindersley
$39.99 hb

Rudyard Kipling & Robert Ingpen
Kipling’s classic tales of how things in the world came to be as they are, with an unforgettable cast of extraordinary animal characters brought to life in stunning new illustrations by the awardwinning Australian artist Robert Ingpen. [5+]

A huge, fantastically-illustrated encyclopedia that shows you the world as you have never seen it before. This book offers a fascinating and ground-breaking visual approach to learning about the wonders of our world, and makes tough subjects not only easy to follow, but utterly absorbing. An incredible reference the whole family will return to time and again.

The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-cat

Guinness World Records 2014
Guinness World Records
$19.99 hb

$42.99 hb *BiP Price $32.95

Julia Donaldson & Charlotte Voake

Have you ever wondered what happened to the Owl and the Pussy-cat after they got married? Beautifully illustrated by Charlotte Voake, this new rhyme is full of enchanting lyricism and promises to be as important and successful as Edward Lear’s original nonsense poem. [3+]

The ever-popular Guinness World Records book brings together thousands of the planet’s most awe-inspiring people, pets and products, including new record-holders such as a skateboarding goat, a fifteen-metre-long robot dragon, the world’s furriest cat and a king-size drumkit that needs five people to play it!

LEGO Minifigure Year by Year
Dorling Kindersley
$49.99 hb

Lizzy Bennet’s Diary
Marcia Williams

$19.95 hb

Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, this beautifully illustrated secret diary introduces young readers to Miss Eliza Bennet’s world. With flaps to lift, letters to pull out and read (including one from Mr Darcy!) and much more, it is the perfect gift for young girls. [10+]

This is a visual history of the amazing LEGO minifigure phenomenon, with three minifigures included. Perfect for any LEGO fan, this visual chronicle is filled with more than 2,000 of the rarest, most significant and popular minifigures, complete with stunning photos and additional information on key favourites.

Lonely Planet Not-For-Parents: The Real Wonders of the World
Lonely Planet
$29.99 hb

The Secret Garden
$24.95 pb

Frances Hodgson Burnett & Inga Moore
Orphaned Mary discovers a secret garden, locked and hidden for ten years. With the help of a boy called Dickon and her spoilt, invalid cousin, Colin, she brings the garden back to life, revealing the mystery behind it. Unabridged, this is a gorgeous book for bedtime reading—a gift to be treasured. [7+]

A journey of discovery to find the most awe-inspiring places and experiences on the planet. Combining traditional world wonders with some lesser-known ones, and filled with intriguing facts, colourful illustrations and amazing photography, this is a great book for 8 to 12 year-olds.

Fashionably Me: A Journal That’s Just My Style
Karen Phillips
$19.99 pb

The Orchard Book of Greek Myths
Geraldine McCaughrean & Emma Chichester Clark
$24.99 hb

The ideal gift for young fashionistas. A 100-page prompted journal that encourages girls to write, doodle and dream about fashion. Includes idea-starters to help readers think about style in a healthy, confidence-building way.

A twenty-first anniversary edition of this highlyrespected introduction to the best-loved Greek stories. With Geraldine McCaughrean’s elegant retellings and Emma Chichester Clark’s glorious illustrations, this collection will form an essential part of every child’s library. [6+]

George Beard & Harold Hutchins

Captain Underpants Super-Silly Sticker Studio: Epic Colour & Stick Book
$19.99 pb

Captain Underpants is back in an epic colouring and sticker activity book which includes six colourful textas, twelve sticker sheets and glow-in-the-dark stickers. This pack will keep you busy with hours of silly holiday fun.

The Babar Collection
Jean de Brunhoff

$69.95 hb

Animation Studio
Helen Piercy

This charming collection of five illustrated classics follows the adventures of Babar the elephant as he becomes king of his people, builds a city, founds a family and even meets Father Christmas. This cloth-bound edition in a gorgeous slipcase is a sweet gift for someone special. [3+]

$29.95 kit

Packed with inspirational ideas and tips, Animation Studio is the one-stop guide to stop-motion moviemaking on your mobile phone or digital camera. Complete with interactive reversible mini film set, this kit has everything the aspiring director needs to make successful animations.

The Original Winnie-the-Pooh Collection
A. A. Milne & E. H. Sheperd
$99.95 4 vol. box set

Star Wars: Build R2-D2
Claudio Dias
$24.99 kit

Beautiful, high-quality editions of the original Sheperdillustrated titles Winnie-the-Pooh, The House At Pooh Corner, Now We Are Six and When We Were Very Young. A special gift for the young and young at heart, or for the collector of fine books. [3+]

Featuring specialty printing, lights, authentic R2-D2 sounds, and a highly detailed model, Star Wars: Build R2-D2 brings everyone’s favourite cheeky droid to life! The kit includes all you need to build a 30cm model and more.

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The Signature of All Things
Elizabeth Gilbert
$29.99 pb *BiP Price $24.95

The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt

$32.99 pb *BiP Price $27.95

Alma Whittaker is born into a perfect Philadelphia winter in January 1800. Her father, Henry Whittaker, is a bold and charismatic botanical explorer who was a vagrant in Sir Joseph Banks’ Kew Gardens and a deckhand on Captain Cook’s HMS Resolution. An independent girl with a thirst for knowledge, it is not long before Alma comes into her own within the world of botany. As Alma’s careful studies of moss take her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she comes to love draws her in the opposite direction, into the realm of the spiritual, the divine and the magical. What unites this couple is a shared passion to understand the workings of the world.

Aged thirteen, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and clings to the thing that most reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld. As he grows up, his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle. The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America, a sweeping story of loss and obsession, of survival and self-invention, of the deepest mysteries of love, identity and fate.

We Are Water
Wally Lamb

$29.99 pb

The Lowland
Jhumpa Lahiri

The Oh children have different responses to their mother’s upcoming wedding and her new partner. But when Viveca, who specializes in outsider art, discovers a painting by Josephus Jones, a self-taught African-American artist of the 1950s and 1960s, in the Oh family home in Three Rivers, Connecticut, the already difficult relationship between Orion, Annie, and Viveca becomes even more fraught. Jones’ canvases, and the story of his prematurely shortened life, come to play an unexpected role in the life of the Oh family.

$29.99 pb

From Subhash’s earliest memories, his brother was there. In the suburban streets of Calcutta where they wandered, Udayan was always in his older brother’s sight. As the two brothers grow older their lives, once so united, begin to diverge. Udayan becomes drawn to the Naxalite cause, the Communist movement sweeping West Bengal. Subhash wins a place on a PhD programme in the United States and moves to Rhode Island, never to live in India again—yet his life will be shaped from afar by his brother’s acts of passionate political idealism.


Carlos Ruiz Zafón

$29.99 pb

Bellman & Black: A Ghost Story
Diane Setterfield
$29.99 pb

Barcelona, 1980. Óscar Drai finds himself drawn to an old dilapidated mansion where he meets the captivating and elusive Marina. She leads him to the cemetery to witness a mysterious ritual: on the fourth Sunday of every month, a veiled woman alights from a carriage and lays a single rose on an unmarked grave. Óscar and Marina are swept on a journey into the city’s dark underground of labyrinthine sewers, corrupt policemen, ageing aristocrats, forgotten societies and criminal depravity.

As a boy, William Bellman kills a rook with his catapult. The bird’s death is soon forgotten amidst the riot of boyhood games. When, as a man, tragedy strikes, and the stranger in black comes, William starts to wonder if all his happiness is about to be eclipsed. Desperate to save the one precious thing he has left, he enters into a strange bargain. When Bellman & Black, London’s first mourning emporium, is born, William believes the past can finally be forgotten.

An Officer and a Spy
Robert Harris

Perfect North
Jenny Bond

$32.95 pb *BiP Price $27.95

$29.99 pb *BiP Price $25.95

On a freezing January morning in Paris, the Jewish army officer, Alfred Dreyfus, is stripped of his rank in front of a baying crowd of 20,000, and deported for life to Devil’s Island. Among those watching his humiliation is intelligence officer Georges Picquart. A few months later, Picquart discovers that the Germans still have a spy operating in France. He mounts a sophisticated surveillance operation to trap the traitor. But the results are far more alarming than he ever expected, opening up a trail of corruption and deceit that leads him all the way to the highest ranks of the French army and government.

In 1897 Nils Strindberg and two fellow adventurers take up the challenge to conquer the North Pole. Nils leaves his fiancée Anna and his brother Erik behind in Stockholm anxiously hoping for his return. In 1930, when the men’s remains are discovered on the frozen island of Kvitøya, young journalist Knut Stubbendorff uncovers journals filled with love letters from Nils to Anna. Desperate to know more about the man who left his love to embark on a doomed quest, Stubbendorff is determined to find Anna, but she does not want to be found.

The Last Kings of Sark
Rosa Rankin-Gee
$29.99 pb

The Valley of Amazement
In fin-de-siècle Shanghai, Violet Minturn grows up at Hidden Jade Path, the city’s most exclusive courtesan house. But when revolution comes, she is separated from her mother and forced to become a ‘virgin courtesan.’ But her successes belie her private turmoil. Violet’s need for answers propels her on a quest of discovery. Spanning fifty years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement dramatises the collapse of China’s imperial dynasty and the secret life of the courtesan house.

Amy Tan

$29.99 pb

Jude flies in a private plane to Sark, a tiny car-free Channel Island. She has been hired to give tuition to Pip, a rich local boy. Pip is adamant that he doesn’t need a tutor. His enigmatic mother Esme casts a shadow over the house. Enter Sofi: the family’s holiday cook, a magnetic, mercurial Polish girl with appalling kitchen hygiene. When the father of the family goes away on business, something surprising brings Jude, Pip and Sofie together. Compelling, dark and funny.

The Antibiography of Robert F. Menzies
A soon-to-be-elected Australian prime minister invokes the spirit of Sir Robert Menzies and, astonishingly, the Great Man rises from the grave. But the revived Menzies is rarely listened to and hardly visible. Discontented, he runs westward, becoming larger and more powerful as he goes. The story lands in the lap of the Antibiographer, whose book on Menzies is years behind schedule. Will he be able to track down the Menziean colossus and save his reputation? A witty, irreverent and intelligent satire of Australian politics.

A Naked Singularity
Sergio de la Pava

Bernard Cohen

$32.99 pb

$32.99 pb

Casi is a child of Colombian immigrants who lives in Brooklyn and works in Manhattan as a public defender. He has never lost a trial. We watch what happens when his sense of justice and even his sense of self begin to crack—and how his world then slowly devolves. The novel is narrated in a distinct, frequently hilarious voice, with a striking human empathy at its centre. Its panoramic reach takes the reader through crime and courts, immigrant families and urban blight, media savagery and media satire, scatology and boxing, and even a breathless heist worthy of any crime novel.

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The Pure Gold Baby
Margaret Drabble
$29.99 pb

Tongue in Chic
Kirstie Clements

$29.95 pb

The Pure Gold Baby will both raise you up and break your heart, as it follows Anna, a child of special, unknowable qualities, who also presents profound parental challenges. For her mother Jess, still in her early twenties, living alone in North London and hoping to embark on an adventurous career, her arrival will prove life-transforming. Over decades, we observe her as she touches the lives and loves of those around her. Margaret Drabble writes with great beauty, wisdom and stealthy power about parenthood, about friendship and ultimately about the ways in which we care for one another.

Kirstie Clements’  Tongue in Chic is a witty and salacious exposé of the world of glossy fashion magazines—a tellall by the ultimate insider. True events revolve around the fictitious  Chic  magazine, where an average day involves counting calories (preferably other people’s), masterful justification of spending half an annual salary on a blue fox fur, and keeping a kohl-lined eye on the competition. Tongue in Chic delivers an eye-opening account of the tantalising, addictive and crazy world of high fashion.

Three Brothers
Peter Ackroyd

No Place Like Home
Caroline Overington

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Three Brothers follows the fortunes of brothers Harry, Daniel and Sam Hanway, born on a post-war council estate in Camden Town. Each boy is forced to make his own way in the world—a world of dodgy deals and big business, of criminal gangs and crooked landlords, of newspaper magnates, backbiters and petty thieves. London is the backdrop and the connecting fabric of these three lives, reinforcing Ackroyd’s grand theme that place and history create, surround and engulf us.

Shortly after 9:30 in the morning, a young man walks into Surf City, Bondi’s newest shopping complex. He’s wearing a dark grey hoodie and a bomb around his neck. Just a few minutes later the boy, known as Ali Khan, is locked in a shop with four hostages. For police chaplain Paul Doherty, called to the scene by Superintendent Boehm, it is a story that will end as tragically as it began. Is Ali the embodiment of evil, or simply an innocent boy from Tanzania, betrayed at every turn, who just wants a place to call home?

Goat Mountain
David Vann

At Break of Day
Elizabeth Speller

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Three generations of men hunt for deer on Goat Mountain. One hot autumn day, a grandfather, son and grandson discover a poacher on their land. The eleven-year-old studies the poacher through the scope of his father’s rifle—and pulls the trigger.  Goat Mountain is an intensely powerful novel about how these men, and their boy, deal with the poacher’s death, and with his body. David Vann explores our most primal urges, the ties that bind us, and the consequences of our actions—what we owe for what we have done.

In the summer of 1913 young Jean-Baptiste dreams of leaving his Picardy home; Frank has come to London to take up an apprenticeship; organ scholar Benedict is enthralled by the sensations of his synaesthesia; Harry has turned his back on his wealthy English family and moved to New York. Three years later, on 1st July 1916, they are in uniform waiting for dawn on the Somme battlefield. Each one is accompanied by regrets, fears and secrets as they move towards the line.

The Two Hotel Francforts
David Leavitt
$29.99 pb

Ghost Moth

Ghost Moth transports the reader to two hot summers, twenty years apart. In Northern Ireland, in 1949, Katherine must choose between solid, reliable George Bedford and Tom McKinley, who makes her feel alive. The reverberations of that summer still clamour to be heard in 1969. Northern Ireland has become a tinderbox but tragedy also lurks closer to home. As Katherine and George struggle to save their marriage and silence the ghosts of the past, their family and city stand on the brink of collapse.

Michèle Forbes

$24.99 pb

In the summer of 1940 Lisbon was one of the only neutral ports left in Europe, a city filled with spies, crowned heads and refugees of every nationality. Awaiting safe passage to New York, two couples meet: Pete and Julia Winters, Americans fleeing their sedate life in Paris; and Edward and Iris Freleng, elegant, bohemian and independently wealthy. The hidden threads of their lives—Julia’s status as a Jew, Pete and Edward’s affair, and Iris’ desperate efforts to save her marriage—begin to come loose. This journey will change the four of them irrevocably, as Europe sinks into war.

Happy Eva After
Chris Harrison

The First Phone Call from Heaven
Mitch Albom
$29.99 hb

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A small town on Lake Michigan gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. The people calling are all departed loved ones. They say they are calling from heaven. As the mysterious phone calls increase, outsiders flock from around the world in the hope of sharing the blessing. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out. Albom’s new novel is an allegory about the power of belief—and a page-turner that will touch your soul.

Happy Eva After is a seriously witty novel about a bloke, his wife, his dog, an alluring young woman with a mysterious past, and the nuances of the English language. Sebastian Pink, a language teacher, is married to Sarah, a career woman now desperate for a baby. Sarah and Sebastian have grown apart and Sebastian’s social life has shrunk to work; walking his dog, Claude; and the daily cryptic crossword. When an alluring Czech student called Eva becomes one of Sebastian’s students he finds himself drawn into a sordid suburban tangle based mainly on his own misinterpretations and feverish imagination.


One More Slip

Jennifer DuBois

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Marion von Adlerstein

$29.99 pb

When Lily Hayes arrives in Buenos Aires for her semester abroad, she is enchanted by everything she encounters. Her studious roommate Katy is a bit of a bore, but Lily didn’t come to Argentina to hang out with other Americans. Five weeks later, Katy is found brutally murdered in their shared home, and Lily is the prime suspect. As the case takes shape Lily appears alternately sinister and guileless through the eyes of those around her: the media, her family, the man who loves her and the man who seeks her conviction.

It is the 1960s and times are changing. Hemlines are getting shorter, stockings are being discarded and women are doing it for themselves. At the advertising agency of Bofinger, Adams, Rawson & Keane, three women, Desi, Bea and Isabel are making their way in a man’s world. For them jingles and catchphrases are easy; having a life outside the office is so much harder. Adulterous affairs, pining for an overseas love and exacting revenge on a former fiancée all take their toll. But the changing social landscape means there are surprises in store and that love can be found in the most unexpected places.

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Divorced and unemployed, Tom Keely has lost faith in everything precious to him. Holed up in a grim high-rise, Keely looks down at a society from which he’s retired hurt and angry. He has done fighting the good fight, and well past caring. But even in his seedy flat, ducking the neighbours, he’s not safe from entanglement. All it takes is an awkward encounter in the lobby. A woman from his past, a boy the likes of which he’s never met before. Two strangers leading a life beyond his experience and into whose orbit he falls despite himself. What follows is a heart-stopping, groundbreaking novel for our times—funny, confronting, exhilarating and haunting. Inhabited by unforgettable characters, Eyrie asks how, in an impossibly compromised world, we can ever hope to do the right thing. ‘Eyrie is a remarkable book; it brings the sweltering city so vividly to life. Tom, his mother Doris, Gemma and Kai are among the most memorable characters Tim has produced.’ ~Leonie. ‘Dear Tim, if you can’t write a nail-biting drama about the Wild West, who can? If your characters are scoured and scarred by what life throws at them, so be it. I loved Eyrie.’ ~Sue.

Tim Winton

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2013 Man Booker Prize Winner
The Luminaries
Eleanor Catton
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Vividly set in the gold rush of the mid-1860s,  The Luminaries is a Victorian novel in its length, attention to detail and its involved plot. When the Scotsman Walter Moody arrives in the New Zealand gold town of Hokitika in 1866, he unwittingly disrupts a secret meeting of twelve men in the smoking room of the Crown Hotel. Crosbie Wells, hermit and drunkard, has been murdered. Annie Wetherall, a whore, has tried to commit suicide, and the wealthy prospector Emery Staines has disappeared. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky. Eleanor Catton’s prize-winning novel richly evokes a mid-19th century world of shipping and banking and gold rush boom and bust. It is also a ghost story, and a gripping mystery.

Coal Creek
Alex Miller

$29.99 pb *BiP Price $25.95

The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Richard Flanagan
$32.95 pb

Richard Flanagan’s story of Dorrigo Evans, an Australian doctor haunted by a love affair with his uncle’s wife, journeys from a crumbling pre-war beachside hotel to a wartime Thai jungle prison, from the Changi gallows to a chance meeting of lovers on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Narrow Road to the Deep North is about the impossibility of love. At its heart is one day in a Japanese slave labour camp in August 1943. As the day builds to its horrific climax, Dorrigo Evans battles and fails in his quest to save the lives of his fellow POWs; a man is killed for no reason, and a love story unfolds. A very powerful novel of the cruelty of war, the tenuousness of life and the unattainable nature of love.

Bobby Blue is caught between loyalty to his only friend, Ben Tobin, and his boss, Daniel Collins, the new Constable at Mount Hay.  Bobby understands the people and the ways of Mount Hay; Collins studies the country as an archaeologist might, bringing his coastal values to the hinterland. Increasingly bewildered and goaded to action by his wife, Constable Collins takes up his shotgun and his Webley pistol to deal with Ben. Bobby’s love for Collins’ wilful young daughter Irie is exposed, leading to tragic consequences for them all.

The Birdwatcher
William McInnes

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Christos Tsiolkas

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Danny Kelly has only ever wanted one thing: to be an Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer. Everything he has ever done has been for that moment of glory, of vindication, when the world will see him for what he is: the fastest, the strongest and the best. His parents struggle to send him to the most prestigious private school with the finest swimming program; Danny loathes it there, but his coach is the best and knows Danny is, too. Danny’s win-at-all-costs ferocity gradually wins favour with the coolest boys—he’s Barracuda, he’s the psycho, he’s everything they want to be but don’t have the guts to get there. He’s going to show them all. Barracuda is an unflinching look at modern Australia, at our hopes and dreams, our friendships, and our families. It is about class and sport and politics and migration and education, and asks what it means to be a good person and what it takes to become one.

David is a birdwatcher, and Clare’s father was one. David has a bad history with girlfriends because he spends all his time and money chasing birds around Australia so he can add them to his list. His girlfriends have become more interested in buying houses and having babies, rather than spending days waiting for an unlikely sighting of a storm-tossed vagrant bird. Clare, who is divorced and the mother of a teenage daughter, has sworn off men completely, and is reasonably happy with her decision. She never expected to meet someone like David. They try to stay apart, but like a pair of birds dancing around each other they might have to give in to their feelings.


Shame and the Captives
Tom Keneally

William Burr is hunting mahogany pirates in British Honduras when he receives a letter from the Chief Police Magistrate in Hobart Town, with the offer of a reward for the capture of a notorious outlaw. He arrives in Van Diemen’s Land in 1830 to find a world of corruption, brutality and mystical beauty. Burr is soon rushing headlong through the wilderness, where he will discover not only the violent truth of British settlement, but also the love of a woman, and the friendship of an Aboriginal tracker, himself an outcast on an island of outcasts.

Lenny Bartulin

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Will keeping the Japanese, Korean and Italian POWs of the Second World War alive in Australia keep Australian POWs alive wherever they are? Many of the townspeople in Gawell, New South Wales, have husbands, sons, brothers who are away at war, missing, imprisoned or perhaps dead. How do they treat these POWs in their midst? Alice is a young woman living with her father-inlaw on his farm as her husband fights in the war. When Giancarlo, an Italian immigrant from the POW camp, is assigned to work on their farm, Alice discovers the world is much larger and more complex than she had thought.

The Full Ridiculous
Mark Lamprell

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Michael O’Dell is hit by a car. When he does not die, he is surprised and pleased. After his misfortune he cannot concentrate, or control his anger and grief, or work out what to do about anything much. His wife Wendy is heroically supportive but his teenage children don’t help his postaccident angst. A strange policeman starts harassing the family and ordinary mishaps take on a sinister desperation. Mark Lamprell’s extraordinary debut examines the terrible truth: sometimes you can’t pull yourself together until you’ve completely fallen apart.

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