• Abundance
    Abundance
    Annie Dillard has spent a lifetime examining the world around her with eyes wide open, drinking in all things intensely and relentlessly. She conjures currents of magic and wisdom, illuminating the seemingly ordinary moments of a life lived fearlessly - as a breathless teenager, as a roving young adult and as a writer - with her unique wit, boundless curiosity and fierce, undeniably singular voice. Whether observing a sublime lunar eclipse or a moth consumed in a candle flame, the trembling of lily pads on a pond or hundreds of red-winged blackbirds taking flight, Dillard's awe at the fragility of the natural world rejuvenates and inspires pleasure and heartache. Precise in language and deeply meditative in spirit, this is a landmark collection from one of America's masters. A winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Annie Dillard is a formative figure in contemporary non-fiction and The Abundance a remarkable showcase of her enigmatic genius.

    ISBN: 9781782117711
    Publication date: 07/04/2016
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Dillard, Annie
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $39.99
  • All Day at the Movies
    All Day at the Movies
    Wry, moving, beautifully observed and politically astute, this latest novel from one of our finest chroniclers pinpoints universal truths through very New Zealand lives. Life isn't always like it appears in the movies. In 1952, Irene Sandle takes her young daughter to Motueka. Irene was widowed during the war and is seeking a new start and employment in the tobacco fields. There, she finds the reality of her life far removed from the glamour of the screen. Can there be romance and happy endings, or will circumstances repeat through the generations? Each subsequent episode in this poignant work follows family secrets and the dynamics of Irene's children. The story doesn't just track their lives, but also New Zealand itself as its attitudes and opportunities change : and reverberate : through the decades. '...she is at a literary point when age is all gain u consummate craft, passion aplenty, the complex resonance of memory, and the edginess that comes from knowing about loss' u New Zealand Books

    ISBN: 9781775538905
    Publication date: 01/08/2016
    Price: $38.00
    Author: Kidman, Fiona
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • All That Man Is
    All That Man Is
    Nine men. Each of them at a different stage of life, each of them away from home, and each of them striving - in the suburbs of Prague, beside a Belgian motorway, in a cheap Cypriot hotel - to understand just what it means to be alive, here and now. Tracing an arc from the spring of youth to the winter of old age, All That Man Is brings these separate lives together to show us men as they are - ludicrous and inarticulate, shocking and despicable; vital, pitiable, hilarious, and full of heartfelt longing. And as the years chase them down, the stakes become bewilderingly high in this piercing portrayal of 21st-century manhood.

    ISBN: 9780224099776
    Publication date: 22/09/2016
    Price: $40.00
    Author: Szalay, David
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Americas War for the Greater Middle East
    Americas War for the Greater Middle East
    LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD A searing reassessment of U.S. military policy in the Middle East over the past four decades from retired army colonel and New York Times bestselling author Andrew J. Bacevich, with a new afterword by the author From the end of World War II until 1980, virtually no American soldiers were killed in action while serving in the Greater Middle East. Since 1990, virtually no American soldiers have been killed in action anywhere else. What caused this shift? Andrew J. Bacevich, one of the country s most respected voices on foreign affairs, offers an incisive critical history of this ongoing military enterprise now more than thirty years old and with no end in sight. During the 1980s, Bacevich argues, a great transition occurred. As the Cold War wound down, the United States initiated a new conflict a War for the Greater Middle East that continues to the present day. The long twilight struggle with the Soviet Union had involved only occasional and sporadic fighting. But as this new war unfolded, hostilities became persistent. From the Balkans and East Africa to the Persian Gulf and Central Asia, U.S. forces embarked upon a seemingly endless series of campaigns across the Islamic world. Few achieved anything remotely like conclusive success. Instead, actions undertaken with expectations of promoting peace and stability produced just the opposite. As a consequence, phrases like permanent war and open-ended war have become part of everyday discourse. Connecting the dots in a way no other historian has done before, Bacevich weaves a compelling narrative out of episodes as varied as the Beirut bombing of 1983, the Mogadishu firefight of 1993, the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and the rise of ISIS in the present decade. Understanding what America s costly military exertions have wrought requires seeing these seemingly discrete events as parts of a single war. It also requires identifying the errors of judgment made by political leaders in both parties and by senior military officers who share responsibility for what has become a monumental march to folly. This Bacevich unflinchingly does. A twenty-year army veteran who served in Vietnam, Andrew J. Bacevich brings the full weight of his expertise to this vitally important subject. America s War for the Greater Middle East is a bracing after-action report from the front lines of history. It will fundamentally change the way we view America s engagement in the world s most volatile region. Praise for America s War for the Greater Middle East Bacevich is thought-provoking, profane and fearless. . . . [His] call for Americans to rethink their nation s militarized approach to the Middle East is incisive, urgent and essential. TheNew York Times Book Review Bacevich s magnum opus . . . a deft and rhythmic polemic aimed at America s failures in the Middle East from the end of Jimmy Carter s presidency to the present. Robert D. Kaplan, The Wall Street Journal A critical review of American policy and military involvement . . . Those familiar with Bacevich s work will recognize the clarity of expression, the devastating directness and the coruscating wit that characterize the writing of one of the most articulate and incisive living critics of American foreign policy. The Washington Post [A] monumental new work. The Huffington Post An unparalleled historical tour de force certain to affect the formation of future U.S. foreign policy. Lieutenant General Paul K. Van Riper, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)"

    ISBN: 9780553393958
    Publication date: 07/02/2017
    Price: $40.00
    Author: Bacevich, Andrew J.
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals are
    Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals are
    What separates your mind from an animal's? Maybe you think it's your ability to design tools, your sense of self, or your grasp of past and future; all traits that have helped us define ourselves as the preeminent species on Earth. But in recent decades, these claims have been eroded, or disproven outright, by a revolution in the study of animal cognition. Take the way octopuses use coconut shells as tools; elephants that classify humans by age, gender, and language; or Ayumu, the young male chimpanzee at Kyoto University whose photographic memory puts that of humans to shame. Based on research involving crows, dolphins, parrots, sheep, wasps, bats, whales, and of course chimpanzees and bonobos, Frans de Waal explores the scope and the depth of animal intelligence, revealing how we have grossly underestimated their abilities. People often assume there is a cognitive ladder, from lower to higher forms, with human intelligence at the top. But what if it is more like a bush, with cognition taking different forms that are often incomparable to ours? Would you presume yourself dumber than a squirrel because you're less adept at recalling the locations of hundreds of buried acorns?
    Or judge your perception of your surroundings as more sophisticated than that of a echolocating bat? De Waal tells of the rise and fall of a view of animals as stimulus-reponse beings, and opens our eyes to their complex and intrricate minds. With astonishing stories of animal cognition, expert science and De Waal's deeply enquiring mind, Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? challenges everything you thought you knew about animal-and human-intelligence.

    ISBN: 9781783783045
    Publication date: 01/09/2016
    Price: $39.99
    Author: De Waal, Frans
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $39.99
  • Autumn
    Autumn
    A breathtakingly inventive new novel from the Man Booker-shortlisted and Baileys Prize-winning author of How to be both Fusing Keatsian mists and mellow fruitfulness with the vitality, the immediacy and the colour-hit of Pop Art - via a bit of very contemporary skulduggery and skull-diggery - Autumn is a witty excavation of the present by the past. The novel is a stripped-branches take on popular culture, and a meditation, in a world growing ever more bordered and exclusive, on what richness and worth are, what harvest means. Autumn is the first installment in Ali Smith's novel quartet Seasonal: four standalone books, separate yet interconnected and cyclical (as the seasons are), exploring what time is, how we experience it, and the recurring markers in the shapes our lives take and in our ways with narrative. From the imagination of the peerless Ali Smith comes a shape-shifting series, wide-ranging in timescale and light-footed through histories, and a story about ageing and time and love and stories themselves.

    ISBN: 9780241207017
    Publication date: 20/10/2016
    Price: $34.00
    Author: Smith, Ali
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $34.00
  • Back with the Human Condition
    Back with the Human Condition
    Love. Work. Death. Complaints. It's the human condition. Whether you wrestle with it, bear it aloft, taste a little schmeck of it on your tongue or pass it along to some other unfortunate, you can't hope to fathom where you came upon it or whether there's a returns policy. Some say poetry is pulled unknowingly out of us, like birdsong. These people are annoying, seeing mystery for mystery's sake. Criticism is pulled unknowingly out of us like birdsong. Small talk is. Sleeptalk is. The first attempt at a phone message is. Poetry takes graft, craft and chisel-work. Especially limericks. 'From its brilliant, sorrowful subversions to its irreverent, exuberant nonsense, the voice here is gorgeously idiosyncratic. A cavorting, satirical imagination hits levels of comedic joy that stand out from any crowd.' -Emma Neale 'Such brio, such zip!' -Steve Braunias

    ISBN: 9781776560844
    Publication date: 13/10/2016
    Price: $25.00
    Author: Ascroft, Nick
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Barkskins
    Barkskins
    'One of the greatest American writers' Independent From Annie Proulx, the Pulitzer Prize---winning author of The Shipping News and "Brokeback Mountain," comes her masterwork: an epic, dazzling, violent, magnificently dramatic novel about the taking down of the world's forests. In the late seventeenth century two penniless young Frenchmen, Rene Sel and Charles Duquet, arrive in New France. Bound to a feudal lord, a "seigneur," for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters - barkskins. Rene suffers extraordinary hardship, oppressed by the forest he is charged with clearing. He is forced to marry a Mi'kmaw woman and their descendants live trapped between two inimical cultures. But Duquet, crafty and ruthless, runs away from the seigneur, becomes a fur trader, then sets up a timber business. Proulx tells the stories of the descendants of Sel and Duquet over three hundred years - their travels across North America, to Europe, China, and New Zealand, under stunningly brutal conditions; the revenge of rivals; accidents; pestilence; Indian attacks; and cultural annihilation.
    Over and over again, they seize what they can of a presumed infinite resource, leaving the modern-day characters face to face with possible ecological collapse. Proulx's inimitable genius is her creation of characters who are so vivid - in their greed, lust, vengefulness, or their simple compassion and hope - that we follow them with fierce attention. Annie Proulx is one of the most formidable and compelling American writers, and Barkskins is her greatest novel, a magnificent marriage of history and imagination.

    ISBN: 9780008191764
    Publication date: 14/06/2016
    Price: $36.99
    Author: Proulx, Annie
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $36.99
  • Beast
    Beast
    Beast by Paul Kingsnorth is the second book in his Buccmaster Trilogy, which began with the acclaimed ('A resonant, eloquent ballad of English identity, pride and fierce independence. It is a thrilling story. Read it out loud. It is like nothing else.' Mark Rylance) and prize-winning (Booker Prize longlisted, Goldsmiths Prize shortlisted, winner of Gordon Burn Prize) novel, The Wake. Edward Buckmaster is a man alone on a west country moor. What he has left behind we don't yet know, but will discover; what he faces is a battle with himself, the elements, and with something he begins to see on the margins of his vision: some creature that is tracking him, the pursuit of which will become an obsession. This short, shocking, exhilarating novel confirms Paul Kingsnorth as one of the most daring and rewarding English novelists writing in the Modernist tradition of Ted Hughes and William Golding.

    ISBN: 9780571322077
    Publication date: 07/07/2016
    Price: $32.99
    Author: Kingsnorth, Paul
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $32.99
  • Beside Herself
    Beside Herself
    'All of my best lines are accidents', Chris Price writes in this book, and proceeds to prove that she has the knack of putting herself in harm's way and the skill to build from there. Beside Herself plays with character, and with language, and with the way the one works on the other. Pronouns and personae shift and dance in this book in the same way that meanings do - 'After the expected, the unexpected. / After the unexpected, the formal handrail / and the overflow.' Price has always been attentive to the unlooked-for delights of language - she is a master of the riddling word-play poem - and uses this play in the service of something larger, an exploration of character and persona and perspective: 'I am every character - every, every character'. These characters appear from a variety of times, places and fictions, from contemporary Wellington to medieval England. A selection of beautifully crafted, riddling poems of persons and personae, truths and falsehoods, frank identities and masked selves, Beside Herself is a playful triumph. I'm ...compelled by Chris Price's technical finesse, her wit, the way she takes on and takes in so much from such diverse places, and threads it to something so splendidly her own.
    - Vincent O'Sullivan

    ISBN: 9781869408466
    Publication date: 21/03/2016
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Price, Chris
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Big Smoke New Zealand Cities 1840-1920
    Big Smoke New Zealand Cities 1840-1920
    The pursuit of city life is one of the most important untold stories of New Zealand. The Big Smoke is the first comprehensive history to tell this story, presenting a dynamic and highly illustrated account of city life from 1840 to 1920.It explores such questions as: what did cities look like and how did they change; why were women especially drawn to live in cities; in what ways did Maori experience and shape cities; how far was the street a living room and stage for city life; and why did New Zealand so quickly became a nation of townspeople?At a time of national debate over housing and the growth of our cities, Ben Schrader's superb new history reveals how our urban origins have shaped the people we are today.

    ISBN: 9780947492434
    Publication date: 01/10/2016
    Price: $59.99
    Author: Schrader, Ben
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $59.99
  • Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space
    Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space
    "This is empirical poetry. A fascinating tale of human curiosity beautifully told, and with black holes and lasers too." (Robin Ince). Travel around the world 100 billion times. A strong gravitational wave will briefly change that distance by less than the thickness of a human hair. We have perhaps less than a few tenths of a second to perform this measurement. And we don't know if this infinitesimal event will come next month, next year or perhaps in thirty years. In 1916, Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves: miniscule ripples in the very fabric of space-time generated by unfathomably powerful events. If such vibrations could somehow be recorded, we could observe our universe for the first time through sound: the hissing of the Big Bang, the whale-like tunes of collapsing stars, the low tones of merging galaxies, the drumbeat of two black holes collapsing into one. For decades, astrophysicists have searched for a way of doing so...In 2016, a team of hundreds of scientists at work on a billion-dollar experiment made history when they announced the first ever detection of a gravitational wave, confirming Einstein's prediction.
    This is their story, and the story of the most sensitive scientific instrument ever made: Ligo. Based on complete access to Ligo and the scientists who created it, Black Hole Blues provides a first-hand account of this astonishing achievement: a compelling, intimate portrait of cutting-edge science at its most awe-inspiring and ambitious.

    ISBN: 9780099569589
    Publication date: 23/03/2017
    Price: $28.00
    Author: Levin, Janna
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
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