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Australian Fiction Roll With It Nick Place PB $24.99 March
Burial Rites Hannah Kent PB $32.99 May
Tony ‘Rocket’ Laver is a policeman with issues. Being the sixth policeman to shoot a suspect in four months is all the politicians need to get involved. When the inquiry begins, Laver is moved to the mountain bike squad while in inner city Melbourne, major crime is in the air. Lives might be in danger, but nobody will listen to a cop on a bike. Add a nerdy supermarket-assistant manager and Nazi-like police rookies and you’ve got what it takes for a blackly funny action-packed crime thriller.
Based on a true story, Burial Rites is a superb debut novel which explores the case of the last woman to be publicly beheaded in Iceland in 1829. Agnes Magnúsdóttir has been charged with the brutal murder of her former employer. A young assistant priest has been appointed her spiritual guardian in an attempt to salvage her soul. As he learns more about Agnes and as the days to the beheading draw closer, they realize all is not what it first seemed.
The Rosie Project Graeme Simsion PB $29.99 March
The Memory Trap Andrea Goldsmith PB $29.99 May
Don Tillman is getting married. He just doesn’t know who to yet. But he has designed the Wife Project to help him find the perfect partner. She will most definitely not be a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also fiery and intelligent and beautiful and she is on a quest of her own to find her biological father – a search that Don, a professor of genetics, might just be able to help her with.
Nina Jameson has been happily married to Daniel for 12 years. When her life in London falls apart, she accepts a job in her hometown of Melbourne. There she joins her sister, Zoe, embroiled in her own problems with Elliot. And she finds herself caught up in age-old conflicts of two friends from her past. A rich and compelling story of marriage, music, the illusions of love and the deceits of memory, The Memory Trap’s characters are real, flawed and touchingly human.
Letters to the End of Love Yvette Walker PB $22.95 April In a village in Cork in 1969, a Russian painter and his Irish novelist wife write letters to one another as they try to come to terms with a fatal illness. On Australia’s west coast in 2011, a bookseller writes to her estranged partner in an attempt to understand what has happened to their relationship. In Bournemouth in 1948, a retired English doctor writes letters to the love of his life. Told in a series of letters, this is a novel about love and what it means when it might be coming to an end.
The Secret Lives of Men Georgia Blain PB $27.95 April In these 13 short stories, Georgia Blain examines human nature in all its richness. The men in these tales frequently linger at the edges – their longings and failures exerting a subterranean pull on the women in their lives. In The Secret Lives of Men, a woman revisits her hometown and learns a long-held secret about her first boyfriend and in The Other Side of the River, we watch as a woman makes a snap decision about her life’s future direction, with devastating consequences for her family.
Fiction The Woman Upstairs Claire Messud PB $29.99 April
All That Is James Salter PB $29.99 April
Nora Eldridge teaches in Cambridge where the children and the parents adore her; but her passion is art. Then Reza Shahid appears in her classroom. Sirena, his mother, is a glamorous installation artist on the brink of success. For that year, Nora is admitted into their charmed circle, but the liberation from the shackles of her old life is not quite what it seems and she is about to suffer a betrayal more monstrous than anything she could have imagined.
After his experiences as a naval officer during World War II, Philip Bowman returns to America and finds a position as a book editor. He soon inhabits a world where marriages fail, alcohol reigns, writers struggle and publishers hustle. This publication is a literary event - a major new novel from the universally acclaimed master James Salter. Here is a sweeping, seductive love story set in postWorld War II America that tells of one man’s great passions and regrets over the course of his lifetime.
The Chef Martin Suter PB $27.99 March
Schroder Amity Gaige PB $27.99 March
As the financial crisis tightens its grip on Europe, the gilded world of Zurich’s leading restaurant, Chez Huwyler, seems immune to plunging stock markets and collapsing banks. But behind the scenes, even the rarefied world of haute cuisine is feeling the bite and so Maravan – a Tamil dishwasher and culinary genius – and Andrea – a beautiful waitress – find themselves out of a job and needing to find another way to survive.
Attending a New England summer camp as an adolescent, Erik Schroder – a first generation East German immigrant – adopts a new name in the hopes that it will help him fit in. Years later, Eric escapes through the New England countryside with his six-year-old daughter, Meadow, in an attempt to outrun the authorities amidst a custody battle with his wife, who will soon discover that her husband is not who he says he is.
Instructions For A Heatwave Maggie O’Farrell PB $29.99 March It’s July 1976 and in London, it hasn’t rained for months. Robert Riordan tells his wife Gretta that he’s going to buy a newspaper. When he doesn’t come back the search for Robert brings Gretta’s children back home, each with different ideas as to where their father might have gone. None of them suspects that their mother might have an explanation that even now she cannot share.
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald Therese Anne Fowler PB $29.99 April Before F. Scott Fitzgerald was a literary darling, he was a young WWI army lieutenant who fell hard for a spirited Southern belle named Zelda Sayre. The life he and Zelda would lead together made them legends, even in their own time. Set amidst the glamour of the Jazz Age and The Lost Generation’s vivid world abroad, this novel brings Zelda and Scott’s romantic, tumultuous, extraordinary journey to life.
Fiction Snapper Brian Kimberling HB $27.99 May
Paris Edward Rutherfurd PB $32.99 May
Set in a brilliantly observed rural Indiana, Snapper is a book about bird watching, a woman who won’t stay true and a pick-up truck that won’t start. Kimberling’s vision of small-town life is as characterful as Garrison Keillor’s Lake Wobegon, but bristling with the tensions of race, class, poverty and prejudice. Here is a birdwatcher’s guide to the human heart - an unconventional coming of age story from an unforgettable new voice that will appeal to fans of David Vann and Annie Proulx.
City of love. City of splendour. City of terror. City of dreams. This is an epic novel of the most romantic city in the world. The story of Paris bursts to life in the intrigue, corruption and glory of its people. Edward Rutherfurd illuminates Paris as only he can: capturing the romance and everyday drama of the men and women who, in two thousand years, transformed a humble trading post on the muddy banks of the Seine into the most celebrated city in the world.
The Childhood of Jesus J M Coetzee HB $34.99 March
Levels of Life Julian Barnes HB $24.95 April
David is a small boy who comes by boat across the ocean to a new country. He has been separated from his parents and has lost the piece of paper that would have explained everything. On the boat a stranger named Simón takes it upon himself to look after the boy. On arrival his goal is to find the boy’s mother. David wants to find his mother too, but he also wants to understand where he is and how he fits in. A beautiful and surprising fable.
The Burgess Boys Elizabeth Strout PB $24.99 April Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their hometown as soon as they possibly could, but their absence is upended when their sister – the sibling who stayed behind – calls them home. Her teenage son has landed himself in a world of trouble, so the brothers return, where the long-buried tensions that have shaped their relationship begin to surface in unexpected ways that will change them forever.
Part history, part fiction, part memoir, Levels of Life is a powerfully personal and unforgettable book, and an immediate classic on the subject of grief. It opens in the nineteenth century with balloonists, photographers and Sarah Bernhardt, whose adventures lead seamlessly into an entirely personal account of the author’s own great loss. Julian Barnes’s new book is about putting two things, and two people, together, and about tearing them apart.
A Delicate Truth John Le Carre PB $29.99 May A counter-terrorist operation, codenamed “Wildlife” is being mounted on the British colony of Gibraltar. Its purpose is to capture a jihadist armsbuyer. Even the Minister’s personal private secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for the operation. Was Operation Wildlife the success it was cracked up to be or a human tragedy that was ruthlessly covered up? When confronted, Toby must choose between his conscience and duty to his Service.
Australian Cayley & Son Penny Olsen HB $49.99 March The classic field guide What Bird Is That? has been known to bird enthusiasts throughout Australia for decades, ever since it was first published in 1931. It was written and illustrated by Neville William Cayley (1886 - 1950), son of artist Neville Henry Cayley (1854 - 1903) who, before him, had also had dreams of publishing a ‘big bird book’, but it never came to fruition. Cayley and Son charts the lives and works of this Australian father and son.
Australia and Appeasement Christopher Waters HB $39.95 March The strategic, political and moral threats posed by the rise of fascist regimes in Germany and Italy were so severe that all the democratic governments faced a myriad of challenges during the 1930s. Australia was no exception. Focusing on five leading figures in the Australian governments of the 1930s, Christopher Waters examines their responses to the rise of Hitler and the growing threat of fascism in Europe.
Great Anzac Stories Graham Seal PB $29.99 March Great Anzac Stories gathers iconic stories of Australians at war – on the front line and at home. We admire the courage of the men who fought at Fromelles, the Rats of Tobruk, the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels and the secret submariners. We remember the nurses working in impossible conditions and the support efforts on the home front. Great Anzac Stories uncovers the distinctive character of the Australian digger.
Glorious Days: Australia 1913 National Museum of Australia PB $44.95 March The year 1913 was a fascinating and important time for Australians, although the events of the following year have tended to cast a retrospective shadow over it. This richly illustrated book, which supports an exhibition of the same name at the National Museum of Australia, takes the reader into life in Australia in 1913.
Future Proofing Australia Senator Brett Mason and Daniel Wood PB $29.99 March Future Proofing Australia is a selection of essays by distinguished thinkers and doers, boldly confronting the future and mapping out a path for our country. The contributors understand that ideas matter. They want to see Australia identify, confront and overcome significant challenges affecting our country. Future Proofing Australia is designed to inform, challenge and lift the level of public debate.
Anzacs in Arkhangel Michael Challinger PB $24.95 March As World War I was coming to a close, a small group of Australian men signed up for more fighting. Yet this time they were fighting the Russian Bolsheviks in Arkhangel, a small town in far north Russia. Seconded to help to protect the British from a rear guard attack, these 150 Aussies became embroiled in what was to become the Russian revolution. Two of these Australians soldiers went on to win Victoria Crosses and are perhaps our most neglected war heroes.
History The Love-charm of Bombs Lara Feigel PB $29.99 March
Unsuitable for Publication Yvonne Ward PB $29.99 April
When the first bombs fell on London in August 1940, the city was transformed overnight into a battlefront. For most Londoners, it heralded gruelling nights of sleeplessness and fear, but for Graham Greene and some of his contemporaries, this was a bizarrely euphoric time when London became the setting for intense love affairs and surreal beauty. This book is a powerful wartime chronicle told through the eyes of five prominent writers.
When Queen Victoria died, two gentlemen took on a monumental task: producing a book from her vast correspondence. But it was not the full story. Unsuitable for Publication reveals how key aspects of Victoria's life were deemed unfit for public consumption. Yvonne Ward reveals how and why these excisions were made and how they have skewed our image of Victoria ever since. Absorbing and original, this is a fascinating piece of historical detective work.
Engineers of Victory Paul Kennedy HB $45.00 March
The Conquest of Everest George Lowe & Huw Lewis-Jones HB $49.95 April
One explanation for the result of WWII is simply that the Allies had more military power than the Axis. According to Professor Kennedy, however, the vital turning point comes down to one year: 1943. The Allies were required to devise strong and creative responses to the problems associated with German and Japanese dominance. Engineers of Victory tells the five interlocking narratives of the individuals behind these plots.
The Great Divide Peter Watson PB $34.99 March Peter Watson offers a groundbreaking new exploration of the progress of human history. He compares and contrasts the development of humankind between the “Old World” and the “New” and like Jarod Diamond’s Guns, Germs and Steel, Watson’s remarkable book offers a fascinating, highly readable overview of how human civilization has grown and expanded. This masterful study offers uniquely revealing insights into what it means to be human.
Published to mark the 60th anniversary of the conquest of Mount Everest, this visually spectacular book features a trove of original photographs and other rare materials from the George Lowe collection, complemented by classic images from the final ascent. Stunning landscapes, candid portraits and action shots describe the historic expedition as never before seen.
Return of a King William Dalrymple PB $29.99March In 1839, 18,000 British troops marched into Afghanistan. Three years later, only one man emerged to tell the tale. Return of a King is the definitive analysis of the first Afghan war. With access to a whole range of previously undiscovered sources, including including the autobiography of Shah Shuja himself, prize-winning and bestselling historian William Dalrymple’s masterful retelling of Britain’s greatest imperial disaster is a powerful and important parable of neo-colonial ambition.
Biography Boomer & Me Jo Case PB $24.95 April Leo is having trouble fitting in. Whether it’s pulling his pants down in the schoolyard or compulsively saluting Mazdas because the company sponsors his football team, Leo can never seem to say or do the right thing. Jo struggles to help him find his place as she juggles work and the ordinary demands of motherhood. A bittersweet, blackly funny story of a boy and his very 21st century family – and why being different isn’t a disability – it just takes a bit of getting used to.
Madness: A Memoir Kate Richards PB $29.99 March An insight into what it’s like to live with psychosis over a period of 10 years, in which bouts of acute illness are interspersed with periods of sanity. The sanctity of life is at times precious and at times precarious and always fragile. It’s a story of learning to manage illness with courage and creativity, of achieving balance and living well. It is for everyone living within the world of madness, for everyone touched by this world and for everyone seeking to further their understanding of it.
Coolidge Amity Shlaes HB $45.00 March In this riveting biography, Amity Shlaes traces Coolidge’s rise from a tiny town in New England to a youth so unpopular, he was shut out of college fraternities at Amherst College up through Massachusetts politics. After a divisive period of government excess and corruption, Coolidge restored national trust in Washington and achieved what few other peacetime presidents have – he left office with a federal budget smaller than the one he inherited.
Welcome to Your New Life Anna Goldsworthy PB $29.99 April When Anna Goldsworthy, pianist and perfectionist, falls pregnant with her first child, her excitement is tempered by the daunting journey ahead. In Welcome to Your New Life, she shares the dizzying wonder and crippling anxiety that come with creating new life. This captivating memoir combines warmth and humour to reveal the love that binds families together.
The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things Paula Byrne HB $45.00 March This new biography explores the forces that shaped the interior life of Britain’s most beloved novelist and her long struggle to become a published author. The woman who emerges is far tougher, more socially and politically aware and altogether more modern than the conventional picture of dear Aunt Jane would allow. This lively and scholarly biography brings Austen dazzlingly into the 21st century.
Mad Girl’s Love Song Andrew Wilson HB $29.99 March Before she met Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath had lived a complex, creative and disturbing life. Mad Girl’s Love Song traces through these early years and examines how a range of factors conspired against her. Drawing on exclusive interviews with friends and lovers who have never spoken openly about Plath before and using previously unavailable archives and papers, this is the first book to focus on the early life of the 20th century’s most popular and enduring female poet.
Politics & Economics On Politics Alan Ryan HB $65.00 April
Meme Wars Kalle Lasn PB $29.99 March
In this extraordinary book Ryan engages with the great thinkers of the past to explain their ideas with a lucidity which makes the book compelling reading. At a time when we feel that the problems of the globe will overwhelm our ability to control them, he provides a guide to the ways in which the problems of politics have been thought about by the greatest minds of our civilization.
Over the last 20 years, Adbusters magazine has challenged consumerism, championed the environment and provided a platform for some of our greatest thinkers. In 2011, they instigated Occupy Wall Street, sparking a huge international movement. Now Kalle Lasn, editor and founder of Adbusters, brings us this thought provoking book, which provides the building blocks for a new way of looking at and changing our world.
Why Australia Prospered Ian W McLean HB $47.95 March
Freeloading Chris Ruen PB $27.95 March
This book is the first comprehensive account of how Australia attained the world’s highest living standards within a few decades of European settlement and how the nation has sustained an enviable level of income to the present. Beginning with the Aboriginal economy at the end of the 18th century, Ian McLean argues that Australia’s remarkable prosperity across two centuries was reached and maintained by several shifting factors.
The Art of Controversy: Political Cartoons and their Enduring Power Victor S. Navasky HB $39.95 April A former editor of The New York Times Magazine and the longtime editor of The Nation, Victor S. Navasky guides readers through some of the greatest cartoons ever created. He reveals how political cartoons have not only been capturing the zeitgeist throughout history, but shaping it as well.
Chris Ruen argues that the practice of using unlicensed digital content should be called what it is: freeloading. He examines the near pervasive problem of internet piracy and the moral and monetary dilemmas to which it gives rise. Through original research and extensive interviews Freeloading dissects this issue. It is also a reminder that for every action there are consequences – a call to embrace practical, sensible solutions that protect artists and consumers alike.
The Spanish Ambassador’s Suitcase Matthew Parris and Andrew Bryson HB $29.99 March Heard the one about the Spanish Ambassador who arrived in the Saharan desert fully suited and with a mysterious suitcase? Or the horse they gave Prime Minister John Major in Turkmenistan – which hapless embassy officials had to rescue from the Moscow railway? These and other ‘funnies’ throw a revealing light on how the British have viewed the world – and on how the world has viewed the British.
Philosophy & Psychology The Slow Fix Carl Honore PB $29.99 March
The Silence of Animals John Gray HB $39.99 April
People have long been in search of a quick fix, but the problems facing us today are bigger and more urgent than ever before. The Slow Fix offers real, life-changing solutions to tackling these problems and extends the movement defined by Carl Honore in his global bestseller, In Praise of Slow. The Slow Fix will help you make sense of what is going wrong – and right – in the world, and gives inspiration, ideas and practical tools to help fix your own life and everything around you.
Drawing on an extraordinary array of memoirs, poems, fiction and philosophy, Gray makes us re-imagine our place in the world. We twist and turn to avoid acknowledging that we too are animals, separated from the others perhaps only by our selfconceit and our insistence that human life has a meaning that their lives lack. In modern times, we have created this meaning through the myth of progress – the faith that, alone among our fellowcreatures, we are ascending to a higher form of life.
Changeology Les Robinson PB $27.95 March
Iphigenia in Forest Hills: Anatomy of a Murder Trial Janet Malcolm PB $19.95 March
Changeology dispels many of the myths that prevent socialchange projects from succeeding, replacing them with the best of what we know from social and motivational psychology and with lessons from projects that have worked. With an emphasis on key topics such as climate change, poverty, obesity, AIDS and tobacco and drug use, this book is aimed at a worldwide audience of people who are acting to make change in their corporations, cities and neighbourhoods, as well as in their own lives.
The Boxer and The Goal Keeper Andy Martin PB $19.99 March Jean-Paul Sartre is the author of possibly the most notorious one-liner of 20thcentury philosophy: ‘Hell is other people’. Albert Camus was The Outsider. The two men first came together in occupied Paris and quickly became friends, comrades and mutual admirers. They ended up on opposite sides in a war of words over just about everything. Martin reconstructs the intense and antagonistic relationship that was ‘doomed to failure’.
“She couldn’t have done it and she must have done it.” This is the enigma at the heart of Janet Malcolm’s riveting new book about a murder trial in the insular Bukharan-Jewish community of Forest Hills, Queens, which captured national attention. With the intellectual and emotional precision for which she is known, Malcolm looks at the trial from every conceivable angle. Surely one of the most keenly observed trial books ever written.
Office Politics Oliver James PB $34.95 March Success at work now depends less and less on how good you are at specific skills and more and more on office politics. With only 11 per cent of people now employed in making things, such as the manufacturing industry, the great majority of us work in jobs where relationships are crucial. Intelligence tests account for about one quarter of how well people do in their careers; office politics skills accounts for most of the rest. Includes reallife stories, questionnaires and advice.
Science & Nature Earthmasters Clive Hamilton PB $24.99 March
The Universe Within Neil Turok PB $27.99 March
What if there was a magic bullet to fix our ailing planet? Clive Hamilton investigates the huge risks of reaching for desperate measures to save the planet and uncovers the worrying motives of those promoting them. We have reached the end of the epoch of climate stability that allowed human civilisation to flourish and the end of the era of ‘progress’. In his characteristically lucid and passionate style, Clive Hamilton spells out the implications for all of us.
A groundbreaking book about the future of science. World-renowned physicist Neil Turok delivers this year’s Massey Lectures – a visionary look at the way the human mind can shape the future. Turok calls for creatively re-inventing the way advanced knowledge is developed and shared. Scientific research, training and outreach are vital to our future economy, as well as powerful forces for peaceful global progress. Elegantly written, deeply provocative and highly inspirational.
The Heretics Will Storr PB $29.99 March
The World Until Yesterday Jared Diamond PB $29.99 March
Will Storr was in the tropical north of Australia, excavating fossils with a celebrity creationist, when he asked himself a simple question. Why don’t facts work? Why did the obviously intelligent man beside him sincerely believe in Adam and Eve, the Garden of Eden and a 6000-year-old Earth, in spite of the evidence against them? Using a unique mix of highly personal memoir, investigative journalism and the latest research , Storr reveals how the stories we tell ourselves about the world invisibly shape our beliefs.
A Universe from Nothing Lawrence Krauss PB $19.99 March ‘Why is there something rather than nothing?’ is the question atheists and scientists are always asked and until now there has not been a satisfying answer. Today, exciting scientific advances provide new insight into this mystery. A mindbending trip back to the beginning of the beginning, this book presents recent evidence on how our universe evolved – and the implications for how it’s going to end.
Diamond reveals how tribal societies offer a window into how our ancestors lived for millions of years and provides unique, often overlooked, insights into human nature. He explores how tribal peoples approach problems, from childrearing to old age to conflict resolution to health and discovers that we have much to learn from traditional ways of life. Panoramic in scope and brilliantly original, The World Until Yesterday provides a mesmerizing firsthand picture of the human past.
Animal Wise Virginia Morell PB $29.99 March Did you know that ants teach, earthworms make decisions, rats love to be tickled and chimps grieve? Did you know that some dogs have thousand-word vocabularies and that birds practise songs in their sleep? Virginia Morell probes the moral and ethical dilemmas of recognising that even ‘lesser animals’ have cognitive abilities such as memory, feelings, personality and self-awarenesstraits that many in the 20th century felt were unique to human beings.
Design & Fashion The Vogue Factor Kirstie Clements PB $29.95 March Many girls dream of being editor of Vogue. Here, Kirstie Clements, a girl from the wrong side of Sydney, tells of her audacious beginnings on the reception desk at the grand magazine and her rise to reigning editor for more than a decade. It is an insider’s account of the beauty and fashion industry, the truth about starving models, the glitz and glamour of the business and how current media regimes are killing off the fashion bible.
Kate Spade New York: Things We Love Kate Spade HB $49.95 March Within the four walls of Kate Spade New York, personal style is applauded and cultural curiosity is encouraged. Long before the days of pin boards and social sharing, the brand’s in-house creative team began amassing a collection of things we love on their website. Now, Things We Love has come to life in celebration of the brand’s 20th anniversary.
Paris Haute Couture Anne Zazzo HB $90.00 March Parisian haute couture has been a source of endless admiration and fascination. Its emphasis on exquisite design and meticulous craftsmanship has put it at the forefront of the fashion industry. This chronological study traces the history of the couture houses of Paris, examining the role of the designer and the extraordinary craftsmanship behind the finished creations.
Paris Street Style: A Guide to Effortless Chic Isabelle Thomas PB $29.95 March One city always seems to win the award for mostwanted style – Paris. French fashion writers Isabelle Thomas and Frederique Veysset break down the ‘je ne sais quai’ of Paris street style, describing the essential elements that should be in everyone’s wardrobe. Paris Street Style is an inspirational fashion guide that will allow you, no matter where you are from, to cultivate an everyday style of timeless glamour.
The Master of Us All: Balenciaga, His Workrooms, His World Mary Blume HB $35.00 March An innovative and admired figure in the history of fashion, Balenciaga was, said Christian Dior, ‘the master of us all’. But unlike today’s designers, Balenciaga was a man hidden from view – to the point that some journalists wondered if he existed at all. However, Florette Chelot, who worked with him for more than 30 years, knew him very well indeed. Blume tells the story of the man through her eyes.
Hello World: Where Design Meets Life Alice Rawsthorn HB $45.00 May Hello World explores design’s influence on our lives. It describes how warlords, scientists, farmers, hackers, activists and professional designers have used the complex process of design to different ends throughout history. At a time when we face colossal changes, unprecedented in their speed, scale and intensity, Hello World explains how design can help us to make sense of them and to turn them to our advantage.
The Arts Anyone Who Had a Heart Burt Bacharach PB $32.99 May Burt Bacharach is one of the most celebrated and legendary song-writers of the 20th century. Throughout his 60-year career he has worked with artists from Dionne Warwick to Dr Dre, Marlene Dietrich to Elvis Costello. Anyone Who Had a Heart traces in his own words the life and times of the man who created the music that has become the soundtrack for the lives of his millions of devoted fans all over the world.
Babble Charles Saatchi HB $24.95 March Charles Saatchi – famously – refuses to be interviewed, but his 60+ essays in Babble give a revealing insight into his forthright and often controversial views on a wide-ranging number of topics. From ‘The hideousness of the art world’, ‘Being thick is no obstacle to being a successful artist’ and ‘Painting is a blind man’s obsession’; to ‘Socialising for party duds’, ‘Love may be blind, but marriage is an eyeopener’ and ‘If it can’t be explained by science, try a séance’.
Lovers in Art Bettina Schumann HB $39.99 April Drawing on five centuries of artistic expression, this lushly illustrated celebration of romance is the perfect keepsake for lovers young and old. How many ways can you paint a kiss? Ask Picasso, Lichtenstein, Klimt and Fragonard. Rediscover the great love stories of mythology through the works of Botticelli, Titian and Canova. For lovers of art, or just lovers, this book gloriously illustrates the endless facets of love.
A Map of the World Antonis Antoniou HB $85.00 March This is a compelling collection of work by a new generation of original and sought-after designers, illustrators and mapmakers. It showcases specific regions, characterises local scenes, generates moods and tells stories beyond sheer navigation. From accurate and surprisingly detailed representations to personal, naive and modernistic interpretations, the featured projects from around the world range from maps and atlases to cartographic experiments and editorial illustrations.
Vitamin D2: New Perspectives in Drawing Phaidon HB $79.95 May An up-to-the-minute survey of contemporary drawing featuring 115 artists from around the world, Vitamin D2 allows the reader to look at the medium in detail and study drawing’s unique properties in relation to itself, to contemporary art and to the world at large. Both a reference book for the art world and an accessible introduction for newcomers to the scene.
The Art of Clean Up Ursus Wehrli HB $19.95 March Swiss comedian and cabaret artist Ursus Wehrli loves organisation in the extreme. In The Art of Clean Up, Wehrli arranges a bowl of alphabet soup, a group of pool-goers, a spruce branch, and other elements of our chaotic world into neat rows sorted by colour, size, shape or type. This eyecatching work reassembles the everyday world as you know it. An inexpensive gift book, it will appeal not only to designers and artists, but to anyone willing to see the world in a new way.
Gardening From MarieAntoinette’s Garden Elisabeth de Feydeau HB $59.95 May
Small Space Organics Josh Byrne PB $45.00 March
When Marie-Antoinette took over the PetitTrianon, she transformed the gardens into an enchanted landscape. Using archival documents and architect Richard Mique’s original plans from 1777, Elisabeth de Feydeau’s fascinating reconstruction plunges the reader into the eighteenth century, showcasing newly-discovered species and the cosmetic uses of many of the garden’s plants, alongside anecdotes from the royal court.
This book follows the development of a small urban garden in Fremantle, Western Australia. Illustrated with technical diagrams, sketches and before-andafter photos, Small Space Organics charts a process for creating innovative, sustainable and stylish ways to incorporate organic food production into urban residential landscapes. It includes step-by-step instructions on how to create your own urban organic food garden.
Philosophy in The Garden Damon Young PB $24.99 March
12 Gardens Jenny & Neil Delmage PB $39.99 April
In Philosophy in the Garden, Damon Young explores one of literature’s most intimate relationships: authors and their gardens. For some, the garden provided a retreat from workaday labour; for others, solitude’s quiet counsel. For all, it played a philosophical role: giving their ideas a new life. Philosophy in the Garden is a philosophical companion to the garden’s labours and joys.
In Australia’s dry climate, how do you create and maintain a beautiful yet waterwise garden? Neil and Jenny Delmage have been setting the standard in garden design for more than 20 years, creating sustainable, biodiverse, waterwise – and gorgeous – gardens. Their innovative ideas and tried-and-tested methods produce stunning gardens that fit the natural environment.
Collecting Ladies Penny Olsen PB $39.99 April Around 1870, botanist Ferdinand von Mueller began to advertise in newspapers across Australia for ‘lady’ plant collectors. This was at a time when women typically had little recourse to science, making Mueller’s network of ladies quite extraordinary. Together, these ladies produced some of the most beautiful books and botanical art to come out of Australia in the 19th century.
A Botanical Life: Robert David Fitzgerald Penny Olsen PB $34.99 April Robert David Fitzgerald was among the last of the Victorian-era gentlemen scientists: an avid naturalist and ornithologist. Fitzgerald devoted his leisure time to botanical illustration and documented the orchids of Australia, publishing his discoveries in his acclaimed work, Australian Orchids. A Botanical Life presents a short biography, followed by a portfolio section of more than 100 images of flowers painted by Fitzgerald.
Architecture & Interiors A Place Called Home Jason Grant HB $45.00 April
Design Your Home Shaynna Blaze PB $39.99 March
Let acclaimed Sydney stylist and blogger Jason Grant show you how to become your own stylist and transform your house into a beautiful home. In his first book, A Place Called Home, Jason Grant shares insider information on how to decorate your home just like a stylist. Fun and accessible, the book is filled with lots of clever tricks and ideas, as well as information on where to source things from including a directory of all of Jason’s favourite places to shop.
With a great understanding of what makes a home work well and a keen eye for colour detail, Shaynna Blaze shares her many years of experience as an interior designer to help you find the perfect solutions for getting the most out of the place you live in. Her down-to-earth approach and stylish ideas, as seen on high-rating TV shows Selling Houses Australia and The Block, mean that anyone – whatever their budget – can create their dream home.
Home Chic India Mahdavi PB $39.95 April
Living in Australia Robin Boyd HB $59.95 March
Home Chic is bursting with personal tips on how to transform every room in your home with flair. Interior design icon India Mahdavi has solutions for every home’s shortcomings, from low ceilings to noisy neighbours. Her tips make it all seem easy. With pointers that include faux pas to avoid, do’s and don’ts, classic versus luxury detail, ingenious storage ideas and time-saving tips, this household bible will equip you with all you need to transform your home room by room.
Originally published in 1970, Living in Australia provided Boyd with an opportunity to describe his own approach to design. This edition includes new colour photographs by John Gollings and essays by renowned architects Kerstin Thompson and Rachel Neeson reflecting upon the importance of Boyd’s work. This book is deemed to be Boyd’s design manifesto as he articulates his design principles.
Decorating With Style Abigail Ahern HB $34.95 March Decorating with Style encourages you to take risks with interior design, embrace what you love and fill your home with infectiously fabulous stuff. Proving that style has nothing to do with money and everything to do with confidence, Abigail goes back to basics to help you determine your own style. Packed with original ideas and easy DIY projects, this hands-on guide offers all the tips you need to create a stylish home.
Rock the Shack HB $85.00 March More people live in cities than in the country. Yet, at the same time, more and more city dwellers are yearning for rural farms, mountain cabins, or seaside homes. These kinds of refuges offer modern men and women a promise of what urban centres usually cannot provide: quiet, relaxation, being out of reach, getting back to basics, feeling human again. The book is a survey of such contemporary refuges from around the world – from basic to luxury.
Food From India: Food, Family and Tradition Kumar & Suba Mahadevan HB $59.99 April From the talented chef behind Sydney’s most iconic Indian restaurants, Abhi’s and Aki’s, comes a spicy blend of contemporary food and authentic cooking. This book offers a full range of traditional curries, contemporary seafood dishes and interesting vegetarian meals. From India is a beautiful, surprising and flavoursome trip from the regional fare.
Spice Trip Stevie Parle & Emma Grazette HB $49.95 March
A Bite of the Big Apple Monica Trapaga HB $39.99 March Join Monica Trápaga on her journey of discovery as she explores her American, Hispanic and Filipino roots in a city on the other side of the world. She shares both the recipes she discovers there and family treasures from the Trápaga vault, all illustrated with her beautiful collages, drawings and photographs. Monica shows you how to infuse even the simplest act with a little of her carnival creativity.
How to Boil an Egg Rose Carrarini HB $39.95 March
Stevie Parle and Emma Grazette have been on an incredible spice trip to all corners of the world to discover the secrets of six essential everyday spices and poured the best recipes, therapies and mementoes from their journey onto the pages of this book for us all to take home and use. With over 100 thoroughly tested recipes from an incredible journey, let Spice Trip transform your cooking and your life.
The Smitten Kitchen Deb Perelman HB $49.95 March Deb Perelman is a firm believer that there are no bad cooks, just bad recipes. And now, with the same warmth, candour and can-do spirit her blog is known for, Deb presents her first cookbook: more than 100 recipes – almost entirely new, plus a few favorites from the site – all gorgeously illustrated with hundreds of her beautiful colour photographs.
A collection of simple and unusual recipes for cooking eggs. English chef Rose Carrarini of Rose Bakery has chosen her favourite classic and contemporary ways of using eggs, including all the basics, as well as muffins, pancakes, gratins, cakes and puddings. This book shows how tasty and versatile eggs can be and will enable readers to recreate some of the most popular dishes served in Rose Bakery.
Cooked Michael Pollan PB $29.99 May In a culture of celebrity chefs and food reality shows, we nonetheless year-on-year wade ever deeper into a great swamp of processed foods. The more we watch food on television, the less food we actually prepare and cook. Cooked is an extremely funny and surprising plea to Pollan’s readers to take control of their own fates and revel again in what should be a lifetime’s engagement with the almost magical activity of making food.
Travel All the Buildings in New York James Gulliver Hancock HB $29.95 April All the Buildings in New York is a love letter to New York City, told through James Gulliver Hancock’s unique and charming drawings of the city’s diverse architectural styles and cityscape. New Yorkers and tourists alike will savor this one-of-a-kind volume that uniquely celebrates the energy and spirit of the city that never sleeps.
Paris Line By Line Robinson HB $26.95 March A brilliant souvenir of the City of Light for people of all ages, back in print for the first time in 40 years. In the early 1960s, Robinson, an illustrator celebrated for his drawings of buildings, documented Paris in his signature style. More than 40 years after its original publication, Paris, Line By Line returns to print. Page after page is filled with Robinson’s beautiful, precise drawings: be it an aerial view of the Right Bank or the hustle and bustle of the Champs-Elysees.
The Last Train To Zona Verde Paul Theroux PB $29.99 April
Mr Snack and The Lady Water Brendan Shanahan PB $24.99 April
Having travelled down the right-hand side of Africa in Dark Star Safari, Paul Theroux sets out this time from Cape Town, heading northwards in a new direction up the left-hand side, through South Africa and Namibia, heading for the Congo in search of the end of the line. A final African adventure from the writer whose gimlet eye and effortless prose have brought the world to generations of readers, This is Paul Theroux’s ultimate safari.
After a decade spent on the road, renowned travel writer Brendan Shanahan is back with a collection of darkly funny and unexpected travel writing. Roadsoiled and a touch deviant, Shanahan’s account of his ‘lost years’ are a comic master class, essential reading for anyone who has ever stared at themselves in a hotel mirror at 3am and asked ‘Where am I?’
A Sense of Direction Gideon Lewis-Kraus PB $22.95 May Irreverent, moving, hilarious, and thoughtprovoking, A Sense of Direction is Lewis-Kraus’s dazzling riff on the perpetual war between discipline and desire, and its attendant casualties. Across three pilgrimages and many hundreds of miles, he completes an idiosyncratic odyssey to the heart of a family mystery and a human dilemma: How do we come to terms with what has been and what is – and find a way forward, with purpose?
Paris Sketchbook Jason Brooks PB $35.00 April Although Jason Brooks is best known for his beautiful fashion imagery, travel has been a recurrent theme in his work and his adventures continue to inspire and inform his visual repertoire. Brooks developed a fascination for Paris, drawing and painting beautiful travel journals that demonstrate his passion for all things Parisian. This book is a whimsical take on Paris, part guide book, part illustrated journal and will appeal to both travellers and fashionistas.
Picture Books Open This Little Book Jesse Klausmeier HB $22.95 March
Flora and The Flamingo Molly Idle HB $22.95 March
What will you find when you open this little book? A fun story? Sweet characters? Enticing pictures? Yes! But much more. Open this book and you will find...another book...and another...and another. Debut author Jesse Klausmeier and master book creator Suzy Lee have combined their creative visions to craft a seemingly simple book about colours for the very youngest readers.
In this wordless book with lift-the-flaps, a flamingo and a girl explore the trials and joys of friendship through an elaborate synchronized dance. Beautiful and emotional, as well as funny and lighthearted, these irresistible, well-developed characters will win your heart with their performance.
I Am an Artist Marta Altes HB $26.99 March
A Really Super Hero Charlotte Lance HB $19.99 April
The perfect book for anyone who loves making art – and making a mess! Meet the boy who can’t stop creating art! He loves colours, shapes, textures and EVERYTHING inspires him. But there’s just one problem: his mum isn’t quite so enthusiastic. In fact, she seems a little cross! But this boy has a plan to make his mum smile. He’s about to create his finest piece yet and on a very grand scale.
“I want to be a hero and a really super one, so my mum sewed my undies with an S upon the bum.” Sometimes superheroes get everything right and effortlessly save the world and sometimes ... they don’t. A wonderfully warm and funny celebration of imagination, play and the importance of having a good sidekick. An utterly charming book for every little girl who wants to be a super hero and for every parent who keeps that dream alive.
Books Always Everywhere Jane Blatt & Sarah Massin HB $22.99 April A joyful celebration of the physical book in all its glory! For the very young, books can be anything from a chair, to a tower, to a hat – but the best thing they can be... is a book... and it’s never too soon to share a good book with your little ones. Debut author Jane Blatt’s simple text is brought to life by Sarah Massini’s delightful and nostalgic illustrations of babies and toddlers discovering the new, magical world of books.
Ted Leila Rudge HB $27.95 April A story about finding your perfect place. Ted is a smart dog, with his own jumper. But he has lived at the pet store for as long as he can remember and nobody seems to notice him. Will Ted ever find the perfect place to live? Quirky, funny and perfect for the animal lover in all of us, Ted comes complete with your very own Ted plush.
Picture Books Building Our House Jonathan Bean HB 27.95 March
I’ve an Uncle Ivan Ben Sanders HB $24.95 April
In this unique construction book for kids who love tools and trucks, readers join a girl and her family as they pack up their old house in town and set out to build a new one. From empty lot to finished home, every stage of their year-and-a-half-long building project is here. And at every step their lucky kids are watching and getting their hands dirty, in page after page brimming with machines, vehicles and all kinds of house-making activities!
A free-wheeling rhyme illustrated in a nostalgic 1950s style that introduces readers to Uncle Ivan, his extended family and 14 different modes of transport. Ivan has a niece on skates, who has two hitchhiking brothers. They have a cousin on a scooter, whose sister drives a Mini … And so it goes until we meet the whole family, who are travelling to a secret destination on every form of transport from unicycles to bi-planes to trams!
If You Hold a Seed Elly MacKay HB $21.99 March
Doug Unplugged Dan Yaccarino HB $24.99 March
As a young boy holds the seed, followed by sowing it in the ground, readers will not only journey through the rainy seasons of spring, the bright sunny days of summer, the windy days of fall and the cold wait of winter – they will also visualize the growth from sprout to flourishing tree and from little boy to young man. Readers are left with the message that wishes take time (similar to a growing tree), but by seeing them through, they will surely come to be.
Doug is a robot. Each morning his parents plug him in and start the information download. After a morning spent learning facts about the city, Doug suspects he could learn even more by going outside and exploring it. And so Doug . . . unplugs. He learns amazing things by doing and seeing and touching and listening. This story of robot rebellion is a reminder that the best way to learn about the world is to go out and be in it.
Don’t Let the Pigeon Finish This Activity Book! Mo Willems PB $17.95 May From the acclaimed creator of the Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus series comes a whole new level of Pigeon hilarity! There are pages and pages of highly interactive activities – you can make a pigeon finger puppet, build a paper bus and you can even create your OWN Pigeon book! He does love the attention. Follow the Bus Driver’s lead as you write, colour, doodle, draw and create!
The Dark Lemony Snicket Illustrated by Jon Klassen HB $24.99 March Laszlo is afraid of the dark. The dark lives in the same house as Laszlo but mostly it spends its time in the basement. It doesn’t visit Laszlo in his room. Until one night it does. With emotional insight and poetic economy, Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen bring to light a universal and empowering story about conquering fear. Join a brave boy on his journey to meet the dark and see why it will never bother him again.
Children’s Fiction Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made Stephan Pastis HB $17.95 March Take 11-year-old Timmy Failure – the clueless, comically self-confident CEO of the best detective agency in town, perhaps even the nation. Add his impressively lazy business partner, a very large polar bear named Total. Throw in the Failuremobile – Timmy’s mum’s Segway – and what you have is Total Failure, Inc., a global enterprise destined to make Timmy so rich his mother won’t have to stress out about the bills anymore.
W.A.R.P: The Reluctant Assassin Eoin Colfer PB $19.99 April
Amelia Bedelia: Fiftieth Anniversary Edition Peggy Parish HB $16.99 March When Mrs. Rogers leaves Amelia Bedelia alone in the house on her first day of work, anything can happen. And it does! Amelia Bedelia sets about her duties and no one could possibly accuse her of not following directions. But when Amelia Bedelia draws the drapes or dresses a chicken, the results are hilariously different than might be expected!
My Happy Life Rose Lagercrantz PB $15.99 May
Riley has been pulled into the FBI's covert Witness Anonymous Relocation Program. He and young FBI Agent Chevie Savano are forced to flee assassin-forhire Albert Garrick, who pursues Riley through time and will not stop until he has hunted him down. Barely staying one step ahead, Riley and Chevie must stay alive and stop Garrick returning to his own time with knowledge and power that could change the world forever.
East of the Sun, West of the Moon Jackie Morris HB $19.95 April From the moment she saw him, she knew the bear had come for her. How many times had she dreamt of the bear... Now, here he was, as if spelled from her dreams. It is the beginning of an extraordinary journey for the girl. This beautiful, mysterious story of love, loyalty and above all, freedom, is inspired by the Norwegian fairytale and is magically told and illustrated by Jackie Morris.
Dani is probably the happiest person she knows – she’s going to start school. Then things get even better – she meets Ella Frida by the swings. After that, Dani and Ella Frida do everything together. They stick together through wet and dry, thick and thin. But then something happens that Dani isn’t prepared for and suddenly she is very, very sad. But with the help of her Dad, a couple of hamsters, a bookmark and some letters, Dani overcomes the bad times.
Doll Bones Holly Black HB $27.95 May Twelve-year-old Zach is too old to play with toys, according to his father. But even though he stops playing with his action figures, it’s no good. There’s one toy that still wants to play with him. A doll that’s made from the bones of a dead girl. The only way to end the game is to lay the doll to rest forever. It’s time to grow up. A chilling tale about ghosts, growing up and the power of stories, written by the bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles, Holly Black.
Young Adult The Nightmare Affair Mindee Arnett HB $21.99 April
Stagefright Carole Wilkinson PB $18.95 March
Dusty Everhart is, quite literally, a Nightmare. The only one at her school for magickind, too, as if it wasn’t bad enough that she has to break into houses and invade people’s dreams – such as those of the gorgeous Eli Booker. And he just happens to be dreaming of murder – a murder that comes true. Now Dusty has to follow the clues and stop the killer before more people turn up dead – and before she becomes the next target.
Velvet stood outside the gates of Yarrabank High, knowing that this was going to be the beginning of a miserable year. In fact, the rest of her life was destined to be a complete write-off. She used to have it all – private school, luxury holidays, great friends – but then her world fell apart, sending her crashing to grubby, sports-mad Yarrabank High. Could things get any worse? Sure they could. Velvet is yet to meet her cultural studies class.
Portraits of Celina Sue Whiting PB $16.95 April
Life in Outer Space Melissa Keil PB $18.95 March
‘It’s as if the wooden chest is luring me, urging me to open it - daring me almost. Open me up. Look inside. Come on, just for a second; it won t hurt.’ Celina O’Malley was sixteen years old when she disappeared. Now, almost 40 years later, Bayley is sleeping in Celina’s room, wearing her clothes, hearing her voice. What does Celina want? And who will suffer because of it? A ghost story. A love story. A story of revenge.
Sam Kinnison is a geek and he’s totally fine with that. He has his horror movies, his nerdy friends, World of Warcraft – and until Princess Leia turns up in his bedroom, worry about girls he won’t. Then Camilla Carter arrives on the scene. She’s beautiful, friendly and completely irrelevant to his plan. Sam is determined to ignore her, except that Camilla has a plan of her own – and he seems to be a part of it.
All This Could End Steph Bowe PB $19.99 March Nina’s family robs banks – even she and her 12year-old brother Tom are in on the act now. After yet another move, Nina is fed up and wants things to change. This time she’s made a friend she’s determined to keep: Spencer loves weird words and will talk to her about almost anything. Spencer and Nina both need each other as their families fall apart, but Nina is on the run and doesn’t know if she will ever see Spencer again.
This is What Happy Looks Like Jennifer E. Smith PB $19.99 April When movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email, they strike up an unforgettable correspondence, discussing – almost – everything. When Graham finds out that Ellie’s hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, he decides to take their relationship into the real world. But can it really work between a movie star and an ordinary girl? And why does Ellie want to avoid the spotlight at all costs?
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