• Alphamaniacs
    Alphamaniacs
    Are you a word person? A curiosity seeker? An explorer? Take a look at these twenty-six extraordinary individuals for whom love of language is an extreme sport. Step right up and read the genuine stories of writers so intoxicated by the shapes and sound of language that they collected, dissected, and constructed verbal wonders of the most extraordinary kind. Jean-Dominique Bauby wrote his memoirs by blinking his left eyelid, unable to move the rest of his body. Frederic Cassidy was obsessed with the language of place, and after posing hundreds of questions to folks all over the United States, amassed (among other things) 176 words for dust bunnies. Georges Perec wrote a novel without using the letter e (so well that at least one reviewer didn't notice its absence), then followed with a novella in which e was the only vowel. A love letter to all those who love words, language, writing, writers, and stories, Alphamaniacs is a stunningly illustrated collection of mini-biographies about the most daring and peculiar of writers and their audacious, courageous, temerarious way with words.

    ISBN: 9780763690663
    Publication date: 01/05/2020
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Fleischman, Paul
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • Art of Winnie the Pooh
    Art of Winnie the Pooh
    Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood are some of the world's most beloved characters in children's literature. But before they appeared in many millions of books and in nearly fifty languages, they started life in the 1920s as the product of a unique collaboration between A. A. Milne and E. H Shepard; author and illustrator wove images and text together in a way that was utterly original for the time. For Shepard, it was a process that he relished, creating artwork for new editions right up until his death in 1976 at the age of ninety-six. In this beautifully presented, full-colour volume, readers will not only discover the story behind this remarkable partnership, but also follow the evolution of Shepard's work, from those first tentative sketches through to the illustrations we know and love, and even on to the characters' later incarnations at Disney.

    ISBN: 9781910552773
    Publication date: 07/09/2017
    Price: $51.99
    Author: Campbell, James
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $51.99
  • Assassins Cloak An Anthology of the Worlds Greatest Diarists
    Assassins Cloak An Anthology of the Worlds Greatest Diarists
    'A diary is an assassin's cloak which we wear when we stab a comrade in the back with a pen', wrote William Soutar in 1934. But a diary is also a place for recording everyday thoughts and special occasions, private fears and hopeful dreams. The Assassin's Cloak gathers together some of the most entertaining and inspiring entries for each day of the year, as writers ranging from Queen Victoria to Andy Warhol, Samuel Pepys to Adrian Mole, pen their musings on the historic and the mundane.

    Spanning centuries and international in scope, this peerless anthology pays tribute to a genre that is at once the most intimate and public of all literary forms.

    This new updated edition is published to mark the twentieth anniversary of the book's original publication.

    ISBN: 9781786899118
    Publication date: 05/11/2020
    Price: $55.00
    Author: Taylor, Irene
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $55.00
  • Banjo
    Banjo
    A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson is rightly recognised as Australia's greatest storyteller and most celebrated poet, the boy from the bush who became the voice of a generation. He gave the nation its unofficial national anthem 'Waltzing Matilda' and treasured ballads such as 'The Man from Snowy River' and 'Clancy of the Overflow', vivid creations that helped to define Australia's national identity.

    But there is more, much more to Banjo's story, and in this landmark biography, award-winning writer Grantlee Kieza chronicles a rich and varied life, one that straddled two centuries and saw Australia transform from a far-flung colony to a fully fledged nation.

    Born in the bush, as a boy Banjo rode his pony to a one-room school along a trail frequented by outlaw Ben Hall. As a young man he befriended Breaker Morant, and covered the second Boer War as a reporter. He fudged his age to enlist during World War I, ultimately driving an ambulance before commanding a horse training unit during that conflict. Newspaper editor, columnist, foreign correspondent and ABC broadcaster, he knew countless luminaries of his time, including Rudyard Kipling, Winston Churchill, Field Marshal Haig and Henry Lawson. The tennis ace, notorious ladies' man, brilliant jockey and celebrated polo player was an eye-witness to countless key moments in Australian history, and saw Carbine and Phar Lap race.

    Extensively researched and written with Kieza's trademark verve, Banjo is a lively and captivating portrait of this truly great Australian.

    ISBN: 9780733335914
    Publication date: 01/02/2020
    Price: $36.99
    Author: Kieza, Grantlee
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $36.99
  • Becoming Dr Seuss Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination
    Becoming Dr Seuss Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination
    The definitive, fascinating, all-reaching biography of Dr. Seuss.

    Dr. Seuss is a classic American icon. Whimsical and wonderful, his work has defined our childhoods and the childhoods of our own children. The silly, simple rhymes are a bottomless well of magic, his illustrations timeless favorites because, quite simply, he makes us laugh. The Grinch, the Cat in the Hat, Horton, and so many more, are his troupe of beloved, and uniquely Seussian, creations.

    Theodor Geisel, however, had a second, more radical side. It is there that the allure and fasciation of his Dr. Seuss alter ego begins. He had a successful career as an advertising man and then as a political cartoonist, his personal convictions appearing, not always subtly, throughout his books-remember the environmentalist of The Lorax? Geisel was a complicated man on an important mission. He introduced generations to the wonders of reading while teaching young people about empathy and how to treat others well.

    Agonizing over word choices and rhymes, touching up drawings sometimes for years, he upheld a rigorous standard of perfection for his work. Geisel took his responsibility as a writer for children seriously, talking down to no reader, no matter how small. And with classics like Green Eggs and Ham, and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, Geisel delighted them while they learned. Suddenly, reading became fun.

    Coming right off the heels of George Lucas and bestselling Jim Henson, Brian Jay Jones is quickly developing a reputation as a master biographer of the creative geniuses of our time.

    ISBN: 9781524742799
    Publication date: 18/08/2020
    Price: $38.00
    Author: Jones, Brian Jay
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Best Loved Oscar Wilde
    Best Loved Oscar Wilde
    Those whom the gods love grow young.



    Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (1854-1900), one of Ireland's most beloved writers, was a playwright, poet, novelist and author of fairy stories and political essays. A complex man with many sides, he was both a revolutionary thinker and a flamboyant dandy and man about town. His wit and razor-sharp observation made him the toast of society on both sides of the Atlantic before scandal and notoriety stripped him of his position and his freedom.



    Best-Loved Oscar Wilde gathers a selection of Wilde's celebrated writing, chosen and introduced by John Wyse Jackson.

    ISBN: 9781788490771
    Publication date: 06/08/2018
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Wyse Jackson, John
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $24.99
  • Best of Us a Memoir
    Best of Us a Memoir
    From New York Times bestselling author Joyce Maynard, a memoir about discovering strength in the midst of great loss--"heart wrenching, inspiring, full of joy and tears and life." (Anne Lamott)

    In 2011, when she was in her late fifties, beloved author and journalist Joyce Maynard met the first true partner she had ever known. Jim wore a rakish hat over a good head of hair; he asked real questions and gave real answers; he loved to see Joyce shine, both in and out of the spotlight; and he didn't mind the mess she made in the kitchen. He was not the husband Joyce imagined, but he quickly became the partner she had always dreamed of.

    Before they met, both had believed they were done with marriage, and even after they married, Joyce resolved that no one could alter her course of determined independence. Then, just after their one-year wedding anniversary, her new husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. During the nineteen months that followed, as they battled his illness together, she discovered for the first time what it really meant to be a couple--to be a true partner and to have one.

    This is their story. Charting the course through their whirlwind romance, a marriage cut short by tragedy, and Joyce's return to singleness on new terms, The Best of Us is a heart-wrenching, ultimately life-affirming reflection on coming to understand true love through the experience of great loss.

    ISBN: 9781635571790
    Publication date: 01/11/2017
    Price: $23.99
    Author: Maynard, Joyce
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.99
  • Bibliophile An Illustrated Miscellany
    Bibliophile An Illustrated Miscellany
    Book lovers, rejoice! In this love letter to all things bookish, Jane Mount brings literary people, places, and things to life through her signature and vibrant illustrations. Readers will:

    Tour the world's most beautiful bookstores.
    Test their knowledge of the written word with quizzes.
    Find their next great read in lovingly curated stacks of books.
    Sample the most famous fictional meals.
    Peek inside the workspaces of their favourite authors.

    A source of endless inspiration, literary facts and recommendations, and pure bookish joy, Bibliophile is sure to enchant book clubbers, English majors, poetry devotees, inspiring writers, and any and all who identify as bookworms.

    ISBN: 9781452167237
    Publication date: 01/09/2018
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Mount, Jane
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $39.99
  • Book Collectors of Daraya A Band of Syrian Rebels, Their Underground Library, and the Stories that Carried Them Through a War
    Book Collectors of Daraya A Band of Syrian Rebels, Their Underground Library, and the Stories that Carried Them Through a War
    'There is no jail that can imprison the free word, nor is there a siege tight enough that can prevent the spread of information.' MAZEN DARWISH, Syrian human rights activist, in a speech given on April 23, 2016, following his release from jail in 2015.

    In 2012 the rebel suburb of Daraya in Damascus was brutally besieged by Syrian government forces. Four years of suffering ensued, punctuated by shelling, barrel bombs and chemical gas attacks. People's homes were destroyed and their food supplies cut off; disease was rife.

    Yet in this man-made hell, forty young Syrian revolutionaries embarked on an extraordinary project, rescuing all the books they could find in the bombed-out ruins of their home town. They used them to create a secret library, in a safe place, deep underground. It became their school, their university, their refuge. It was a place to learn, to exchange ideas, to dream and to hope.

    Based on lengthy interviews with these young men, conducted over Skype by the award-winning French journalist, Delphine Minoui, The Book Collectors is a powerful testament to freedom, tolerance and the power of literature.

    'This is an urgent and compelling account of great bravery and passion. Delphine Minoui has crafted a book that champions books and the individuals who risk everything to preserve them.' Susan Orlean, author of The Library Book

    ISBN: 9781529012323
    Publication date: 27/10/2020
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Minoui, Delphine
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Book Of Chinese Proverbs
    Book Of Chinese Proverbs
    Chinese culture is one of the oldest in history and the amount of wisdom collected during that time is bigger than the Great Wall of China. From Confucius to Laozi to Sun Tzu, numerous Chinese philosophers and their teachings have influenced Chinese culture, but permeated in many different parts of the world. The Book of Chinese Proverbs features over 2000 of the greatest ones, organized to be accessible and informative for today's audience and giving more insights to China and its rich culture.

    ISBN: 9781578268269
    Publication date: 31/12/2019
    Price: $30.00
    Author: De Ley, Gerd
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $30.00
  • Bowie's Books
    Bowie's Books
    'What is your idea of perfect happiness?'
    'Reading.'

    'What is the quality you most like in a man?'
    'The ability to return books.'

    Three years before he died, David Bowie made a list of the one hundred books that had transformed his life - a list that formed something akin to an autobiography. From Madame Bovary to A Clockwork Orange, the Iliad to the Beano, these were the publications that had fuelled his creativity and shaped who he was.

    In Bowie's Books, John O'Connell explores this list in the form of one hundred short essays, each offering a perspective on the man, performer and creator that is Bowie, his work as an artist and the era that he lived in.

    Bowie's Books is much more than a list of books you should read in your lifetime: it is a unique insight into one of the greatest minds of our times, and an indispensable part of the legacy that Bowie left behind.

    ISBN: 9781526605801
    Publication date: 14/11/2019
    Price: $37.99
    Author: O'Connell, John
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $37.99
  • Boy Behind the Curtain
    Boy Behind the Curtain
    'Being a copper's son, I've always got one eye out for trouble. I can't help it. But I don't go looking for it anymore.' In Tim Winton's fiction, chaos shapes the lives of his characters. So too Winton's own life. The extraordinarily powerful true stories that make up The Boy Behind the Curtain take us behind the scenes, revealing the accidents, both serendipitous and traumatic, that have influenced his view of life and fuelled his distinctive artistic vision. By turns impassioned, funny, joyous, astonishing, this is Winton's most personal book to date, an insight into the man who's held us enthralled for three decades and helped us reshape our view of ourselves. Behind it all, from risk-taking youth to surprise-averse middle age, has been the crazy punt of staking everything on becoming a writer.

    ISBN: 9780143785996
    Publication date: 14/08/2017
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Winton, Tim
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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