• A Writer of Our Time The Life and Work of John Berger
    A Writer of Our Time The Life and Work of John Berger
    The first intellectual biography of the life and work of John Berger
    John Berger was one of the most influential thinkers and writers of postwar Europe. As a novelist, he won the Booker Prize in 1972, donating half his prize money to the Black Panthers; as a TV presenter he changed the way we looked at art in Ways of Seeing; as a storyteller and political activist he defended the rights and dignity of workers, migrants and the oppressed around the world. In 1953 he wrote: 'Far from dragging politics into art, art has dragged me into politics.' He remained a revolutionary up to his death in January, 2017.
    In A Writer of Our Time, Joshua Sperling places Berger's life and works within the historical narrative of postwar Britain and beyond. The book also explores, through the work, the larger questions that vexed a generation: the purpose of art, the nature of creative freedom, the meaning of commitment. Drawing on extensive interviews, close readings and a wealth of archival sources only recently made available, the book brings the many different faces of John Berger together and shows him as one of the most vital, and brilliant, thinkers and storytellers of our time.

    ISBN: 9781786637420
    Publication date: 20/11/2018
    Price: $42.99
    Author: Sperling, Joshua
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $42.99
  • Adventures of a Young Naturalist
    Adventures of a Young Naturalist
    In 1954, a young television presenter was offered the opportunity of a lifetime - to travel the world finding rare and elusive animals for London Zoo's collection, and to film the expeditions for the BBC.

    This is the story of those voyages. Staying with local tribes while trekking in search of giant anteaters in Guyana, Komodo dragons in Indonesia and armadillos in Paraguay, he and the rest of the team battled with cannibal fish, aggressive tree porcupines and escape-artist wild pigs, as well as treacherous terrain and unpredictable weather, to record the incredible beauty and biodiversity of these regions. The methods may be outdated now, but the fascination and respect for the wildlife, the people and the environment - and the importance of protecting these wild places - is not.

    Written with his trademark wit and charm, Zoo Quest is not just the story of a remarkable adventure, but of the man who made us fall in love with the natural world, and who is still doing so today.

    ISBN: 9781473664968
    Publication date: 27/02/2018
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Attenborough, Sir David
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.99
  • Adventures of Maud West Lady Detective
    Adventures of Maud West Lady Detective
    Maud West ran her detective agency in London for more than thirty years, having starting sleuthing on behalf of society's finest in 1905. Her exploits grabbed headlines throughout the world but, beneath the public persona, she was forced to hide vital aspects of her own identity in order to thrive in a class-obsessed and male-dominated world. And - as Susannah Stapleton reveals - she was a most unreliable witness to her own life.

    Who was Maud? And what was the reality of being a female private detective in the Golden Age of Crime?

    Interweaving tales from Maud West's own 'casebook' with social history and extensive original research, Stapleton investigates the stories Maud West told about herself in a quest to uncover the truth.

    With walk-on parts by Dr Crippen and Dorothy L. Sayers, Parisian gangsters and Continental blackmailers, The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective is a portrait of a woman ahead of her time and a deliciously salacious glimpse into the underbelly of 'good society' during the first half of the twentieth century.

    ISBN: 9781509867301
    Publication date: 11/06/2019
    Price: $37.99
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.99
  • All About Anne
    All About Anne
    In this book, the Anne Frank Foundation has answered the questions asked most frequently about Anne Frank, the persecution of Jews and World War II.The Anne Frank Foundation has compiled the questions asked by children and young people over several years. In this book we answer the questions asked most frequently about Anne Frank, the persecution of Jews and World War II.But you might have a few more questions too? Sometimes the answers can be found in Anne's life story, sometimes in the special half pages with extra information. With about a hundred photographs, as well as the beautiful illustrations created by Huck Scarry for this book, you are given an impressive picture of Anne's life, her diary and the Secret Annex. Everything about Anne for your essay or your presentation.

    ISBN: 9781760682187
    Publication date: 01/05/2018
    Price: $19.99
    Author: Metselaar, Menn
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $19.99
  • Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India
    Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India
    Like one in six people in India, Sujatha Gidla was born an untouchable. While most untouchables are illiterate, her family was educated by Canadian missionaries in the 1930s, making it possible for Gidla to attend elite schools and move to America at the age of twenty-six. It was only then that she saw how extraordinary - and yet how typical - her family history truly was. Her mother, Manjula, and uncles Satyam and Carey were born in the last days of British colonial rule. They grew up in a world marked by poverty and injustice, but also full of possibility. In the slums where they lived, everyone had a political side, and rallies, agitations, and arrests were commonplace. The Independence movement promised freedom. Yet for untouchables and other poor and working people, little changed. Satyam, the eldest, switched allegiance to the Communist Party. Gidla recounts his incredible transformation from student and labor organizer to famous poet and founder of a left-wing guerrilla movement. And Gidla charts her mother's battles with caste and women's oppression.
    Page by page, Gidla takes us into a complicated, close-knit family as they desperately strive for a decent life and a more just society.

    A moving portrait of love, hardship, and struggle, Ants Among Elephants is also that rare thing: a personal history of modern India told from the bottom up.

    ISBN: 9781911547228
    Publication date: 06/09/2018
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Gidla, Sujatha
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.99
  • Australia Day
    Australia Day
    Australia is poised at a critical moment of its history - but the time to act is now. Since publishing his critically acclaimed, Walkley Award-winning, bestselling memoir Talking to My Country in early 2016, Stan Grant has been crossing the country, talking to huge crowds everywhere about how racism is at the heart of our history and the Australian dream. But Stan knows this is not where the story ends. Everywhere he goes, he is asked the same questions: What can we do? How can we change the story? In The Urgency of Now, Stan weaves a story of history, memoir, politics, struggle, survival and hope. Expressing a cautious optimism, he wants to show us that there is something we can all do, that there is a path forward, a way towards true reconciliation. There is a huge opportunity facing Australia - an opportunity to fix past wrongs and set an optimistic path for the future and true reconciliation. It's the right thing to do. But we have to do it NOW.Praise for Talking to My Country:'A story so essential and salutary to this place that it should be given out free at the ballot box' The Australian'Deeply disturbing, profoundly moving' Hobart Mercury'Grant will be an important voice in shaping this nation' The Saturday PaperTalking to My Country won the 2016 Walkley Book Award and the Special Award at the 2016 Heritage Awards, and was shortlisted in the 2016 Queensland Literary Awards, the Nib Waverley Library Awards and the ABIA Awards

    ISBN: 9781460753187
    Publication date: 19/02/2018
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Grant, Stan
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Autumn Light: Japans Season of Fire and Farewells
    Autumn Light: Japans Season of Fire and Farewells
    For decades now, Pico Iyer has been based for much of the year in Nara, Japan, where he and his Japanese wife, Hiroko, share a two-room apartment. But when his father-in-law dies suddenly, calling him back to Japan earlier than expected, Iyer begins to grapple with the question we all have to live with: how to hold on to the things we love, even though we know that we and they are dying.

    In a country whose calendar is marked with occasions honouring the dead, this question has a special urgency and currency. Iyer leads us through the autumn following his father-in-law's death, introducing us to the people who populate his days: his ailing mother-in-law, who often forgets that her husband has died; his absent brother-in-law, who severed ties with his family years ago but to whom Hiroko still writes letters; and the men and women in his ping-pong club, who, many years his senior, traverse their autumn years in different ways. And as the maple leaves begin to redden and the heat begins to soften, Iyer offers us a singular view of Japan, in the season that reminds us to take nothing for granted.

    ISBN: 9781526611482
    Publication date: 16/04/2019
    Price: $32.99
    Author: Iyer, Pico
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.99
  • Backyard to Backpack
    Backyard to Backpack
    What if you followed your heart to a life that made you truly happy?

    When her daughter Emmie was 6 years old, Evie Farrell left her corporate career, sold or donated almost everything she owned, rented out her house and, hand-in-hand with Emmie, began an epic two-and-a-half-year backpacking adventure that would change their lives forever. Evie farewelled a nasty break-up, long hours in a demanding job, a hefty mortgage and snatched hours with her daughter for a new life lived outside the lines, spending every day with Emmie exploring the world beyond the suburbs.

    They camped on the Great Wall of China, hung in train doorways in Sri Lanka, swam with mantas in Indonesia, donated much-needed blood in Cambodia, spotted wild orangutans and pygmy elephants in Malaysian Borneo, prayed in Buddhist temples in Taiwan and were chased by monkeys everywhere. In their journey toward happiness and self-acceptance, they learnt more about each other and the beautiful world around them than Evie ever expected.

    Backyard to Backpack is the inspirational true story that will have you asking yourself, what might be if you took a chance, stepped off the path of expectation and created your own adventure?

    ISBN: 9781760524692
    Publication date: 05/08/2019
    Price: $36.99
    Author: Farrell, Evie
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $36.99
  • Bad Blood Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
    Bad Blood Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
    Shortlisted for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2018

    "You will not want to put this riveting, masterfully reported book down. No matter how bad you think the Theranos story was, you'll learn that the reality was actually far worse." Bethany McLean, bestselling coauthor of The Smartest Guys in the Room and All the Devils Are Here

    A New York Times bestseller to be adapted into a film with Jennifer Lawrence to star.

    In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup 'unicorn' promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood tests significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at $9 billion, putting Holmes's worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: the technology didn't work.

    For years, Holmes had been misleading investors, FDA officials, and her own employees. When Carreyrou, working at the Wall Street Journal, got a tip from a former Theranos employee and started asking questions, both Carreyrou and the Journal were threatened with lawsuits. Undaunted, the newspaper ran the first of dozens of Theranos' articles in late 2015. By early 2017, the company's value was zero and Holmes faced potential legal action from the government and her investors.

    In Bad Blood John Carreyrou tells the story of Theranos, and encourages us to consider the possible repercussions of our blind faith in a small group of brilliant individuals.

    PRAISE FOR BAD BLOOD

    "A dazzling story of deception in Silicon Valley. . .It is a tale of heroic cupidity on a scale that made the very best and the very brightest look like the very, very foolish . . . You will not be able to put this book down." Washington Post

    "Chilling . . . Reads like a West Coast version of All the President's Men." New York Times Book Review

    "Carreyrou presents the scientific, human, legal and social sides of the story in full. Although some of it was previously reported in his extensive coverage, he unveils many dark secrets of Theranos that have not previously been laid bare." Nature

    "His [Carreyrou's] unmasking of Theranos is a tale of David and Goliath." Financial Times

    ISBN: 9781509868087
    Publication date: 21/03/2019
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Carreyrou, John
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Becoming
    Becoming
    In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America-the first African-American to serve in that role-she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

    In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her-from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it-in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations-and whose story inspires us to do the same.

    ISBN: 9780241334140
    Publication date: 13/11/2018
    Price: $55.00
    Author: Obama, Michelle
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $55.00
  • Beekeeper of Sinjar
    Beekeeper of Sinjar
    In The Beekeeper of Sinjar, the acclaimed poet and journalist Dunya Mikhail tells the harrowing stories of women from across Iraq who have managed to escape the clutches of ISIS. Since 2014, ISIS has been persecuting the Yazidi people, killing or enslaving those who won't convert to Islam. These women have lost their families and loved ones, along with everything they've ever known. Dunya Mikhail weaves together the women's tales of endurance and near-impossible escape with the story of her own exile and her dreams for the future of Iraq.

    In the midst of ISIS's reign of terror and hatred, an unlikely hero has emerged: the Beekeeper. Once a trader selling his mountain honey across the region, when ISIS came to Sinjar he turned his knowledge of the local terrain to another, more dangerous use. Along with a secret network of transporters, helpers, and former bootleggers, Abdullah Shrem smuggles brutalised Yazidi women to safety through the war-torn landscapes of Iraq, Syria, and Western Turkey.

    This powerful work of literary nonfiction offers a counterpoint to ISIS's genocidal extremism: hope, as ordinary people risk torture and death to save the lives of others.

    ISBN: 9781788161268
    Publication date: 02/08/2018
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Mikhail, Dunya
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $27.99
  • Bells of Old Tokyo
    Bells of Old Tokyo
    In The Bells of Old Tokyo, Anna Sherman explores Japan and revels in all its wonderful particularity. As a foreigner living in Tokyo, Sherman's account takes pleasure and fascination in the history and culture of a country that can seem startlingly strange to an outsider.

    Following her search for the lost bells of the city - the bells by which its inhabitants kept time before the Jesuits introduced them to clocks - to her personal friendship with the owner of a small, exquisite cafe, who elevates the making and drinking of coffee to an art-form, here is Tokyo in its bewildering variety. From the love hotels of Shinjuku to the appalling fire-storms of 1945 (in which many more thousands of people died than in Hiroshima or Nagasaki), from the death of Mishima to the impact of the Tohoku earthquake of 2011.

    For fans of The Lonely City, and Lost in Translation, The Bells of Old Tokyo is a beautiful and original portrait of Tokyo told through time.

    ISBN: 9781529000467
    Publication date: 14/05/2019
    Price: $37.99
    Author: Sherman, Anna
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.99
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