Autumn 2009 - Hill of Content Bookshop

Autumn 2009 - Hill of Content Bookshop




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Darwin’s Island

Steve Jones

PB $35.00 (March)

The Origin of Species is

the most famous book in

science but its stature

tends to obscure the

genius of Darwin’s other

works. In this beautifully

written, witty and

illuminating book, Steve

Jones explores the

domestic Darwin, the sage of Kent, and brings his

work up to date.

Darwin: A Life

In Science

Michael White

PB $24.95 (April)

Here Michael White

lucidly explains the

enormous impact of

Darwin’s thinking on

topics such as natural

selection, evolution and

genetics. In so doing, he

brings readers up-to-date

with how Darwinism has moulded modern

scientific thought.

Darwin’s Armada

Iain McCalman

HB $49.95 (March)

Charles Darwin, Joseph

Hooker,Thomas Huxley

and Alfred Wallace – these

four remarkable men did

what one alone could not

– combed the world for

evidence of evolution by

natural selection, and then

fought tirelessly in the

social and intellectual battle that followed the

famous publication 150 years ago.

The Origin

of Species

(Anniversary Edition)

Charles Darwin

HB $65.00 (March)

This exciting anniversary

edition has a new

introduction (with scholarly

references) by William

Bynum, the cover design is

by Damien Hirst and it

replaces the existing 1968

Penguin edition.

Charles Darwin

In Australia

Frank & Jan


HB $49.95 (March)

In 1836 Charles

Darwin spent two

months in Australia. He

visited Sydney, travelled

on horseback to

Bathurst, visited Hobart

and called into King George Sound.This book, based

on Darwin’s diary and extracts from his field notes,

letters and published material, is the definitive

account of this part of the Beagle’s voyage.

Darwin: A Life

in Poems

Ruth Padel

PB $34.95 (March)

In these extraordinary

poems, using multiple

viewpoints – even, at one

point, the orangutan at

London Zoo – poet Ruth

Padel follows the

development of Darwin’s

thought, the drama of the discovery of evolution,

and fluctuating emotions in Darwin the husband,

the naturalist and the tender father, in a powerful

tribute to her great-great-grandfather.


The Statute

of Liberty

Geoffrey Robertson

PB $19.95 (March)

Here Geoffrey Robertson

puts the case for an

Australian Bill of Rights

cogently and dramatically,

proving with evidence

from other countries how

a statute of liberty helps

ordinary citizens and

improves standards of governance and public


Country Houses of


Alice Bennett &

Georgia Warner

HB $60.00 (March)

Tucked into the folds

of Tasmania’s wild

landscape is an array of

beautiful and historic

homes from a time

when life was simpler

and grander.This book is a glorious pictorial

celebration of Tasmania’s finest private residences.

The Landy Era

Len Johnson

PB $32.95 (March)

World-class athletics was

something that happened

overseas, not in Australia.

But on 13 December 1952

all that changed when

John Landy ran a mile at

Melbourne’s Olympic Park

in 4:02. In those few

minutes, Landy reignited

the race for the sub-four minute mile and inspired a

generation of Australian athletes to challenge the

world at distance running.

David Williamson:

Behind the Scenes

Kristin Williamson

HB $49.95 (April)

Written by his wife

Kristin here is the

ultimate portrait of one

of Australia’s most

significant and

celebrated cultural

figures whose plays have

defined his times and his country.

The Best Australian

Political Writing


Eric Beecher

PB $34.99 (April)

Edited by Crikey

Publisher Eric Beecher,

this collection includes

razor-sharp commentary

on Labor’s first year in

power; the rise and rise

of Malcolm Turnbull, the

Apology, the controversy over the Henson case,

climate change and the economic crisis, among


On the Home Front

Kate Darian-Smith

PB $32.99 (April)

For the people of

Melbourne, the years of

World War II were a time

of social dislocation and

increased government

interference in all

aspects of their daily

lives.This study examines

the experiences of

families living at a time when food and clothing

were rationed and adequate housing was hard to

come by.


Madame Brussels:

This Moral


L.M. Robinson

PB $17.95 (March)

‘Female pest’, entrepreneur

and jilted lover, Caroline

Hodgson is Madame

Brussels. L.M. Robinson

charts the story of

Melbourne’s ‘Queen of

Harlotry’ through the decadent 1880s and the

tumultuous 1890s, through courtroom dramas, love

affairs and a war between heaven and hell.

First Fleet Artist

Linda Groom

HB $49.95 (April)

In George Raper,

midshipman on the

Sirius of the First Fleet,

talent and opportunity

magnificently coalesced

to produce what is now

one of the National

Library’s most treasured collections – the Ducie

Collection of First Fleet Art. Raper’s enviable ability

to observe and depict the captivating beauty of

Australian birds and plants was heightened by his

youthful enthusiasm.

And So It Went

Bob Ellis

PB $35.00 (May)

In this latest excoriating

review of Australian

political life, Ellis takes us

deep into the abyss during

11 years of the Howard

Government and then,

slowly but surely, out into

the sunshine again as it

becomes clear that the ALP not only can, but will

win the 2007 election. For many people the cherry

on the political cake was witnessing Maxine

McHugh taking the seat of Bennelong.

Dear Editor: The

Collected Letters

of Oscar Brittle

Glenn Fowler et al

PB $29.95 (April)

In an eighteen month

campaign to wrest control

of the debates in the

nation’s newspapers, Oscar

Brittle became (arguably)

the most significant and

powerful contributor to public debate in

contemporary Australia.This book is a collection of

published letters, published replies, email exchanges

between Oscar and editors, as well as the rejected

letters, all interspersed with gorgeous illustrations.

The Supply Party

Martin Edmond

PB $32.95 (March)

Dr Ludwig Becker was

appointed as official artist,

naturalist and observer to

the Burke and Wills

expedition. Becker painted

the scenery, fauna and flora

that he encountered while

taking part in the expedition.This is the story of

the supply party, its difficulties, problems and

experiences as it made its way to Cooper Creek.

To The Bitter End

Peter Hartcher

PB $35.00 (May)

Revealing, penetrating and

explosive, this is the real

story of the downfall of John

Howard and the rise of

Kevin Rudd.With

unprecedented access to the

key players and countless

hours of confidential

interviews Hartcher’s book is a penetrating,

riveting and above all revealing exploration of a

year when the political stakes had never been


Australian Fiction

The Iron Heart

Marshall Browne

PB $29.95 (March)

Franz Schmidt arrives in

Berlin in January 1939 to

take up the position of

Chief Auditor at the

Reichsbank, the financial

heart of the Third Reich.As

the Gestapo’s reach

extends throughout the

freezing city, Schmidt’s brief becomes clear. He

must steal a copy of the Reich’s financing blueprint

in an attempt to prevent the country’s march to

war. Iron Heart confirms all Browne’s reputation

as one of Australia’s foremost crime writers.

Things We Didn’t

See Coming

Steven Amsterdam

PB $24.95 (March)

It’s the anxious eve of the

millennium.The car is

packed to capacity, and as

midnight approaches, a

family flees the city in a fit

of panic and paranoid,

conflicting emotions. In

Things We Didn’t See Coming, Steven Amsterdam

links together nine luminous narratives through

the mind of one peripatetic and resourceful


Parliament of Sims

Jill Sparrow &

Paul Voermans

PB $35.00 (March)

Parliament of Sims is an

adventure story for

thoughtful readers that

imagines the history of

Australia’s next forty years

and propels the reader into

a political future alive with

possibilities. Narrated by Ursula the AI, political

conspiracy and intrigue sits alongside the antics of

computer gamers and the struggle of


A Most Immoral


Linda Jaivin

PB $32.99 (March)

Inspired by a true story‚ A

Most Immoral Woman is a

surprising‚ witty and erotic

tale of obsession set in the

“floating world” of

Westerners in China and

Japan at the turn of the

twentieth century.At its heart stands an original

and devastatingly honest woman‚ as seen from the

perspective of the extraordinary man who was

drawn to love her.

The Women in Black

Madeleine St John

PB $29.95 (April)

Sydney in the 1950s. On the

second floor of the famous

F. G. Goode department

store, in Ladies’ Cocktail

Frocks, the women in black

are girding themselves for

the Christmas rush.With

the lightest touch and the most tender of comic

instincts, Madeleine St John conjures a vanished

summer of innocence. The Women in Black is a

great novel, a lost Australian classic.

The Virtuoso

Sonia Orchard

PB $27.99 (March)

London‚ November 1945: at a

bohemian party‚ a young

music student meets a

charismatic concert pianist.

The two immediately

become lovers‚ and the affair

unleashes an overwhelming passion as grand and

sublime as the music they both love. This assured‚

beautifully written debut novel is inspired by the

brilliant life of Australian pianist Noel Mewton-


Australian Fiction


Sonya Hartnett

PB $29.95 (March)

Here is Plum Coyle, on the

threshold of adolescence,

striving to be new. Her

fourteenth birthday is

approaching: her old life

and her old body will fall

away, and she will become

graceful, powerful, at ease.

Butterfly is a gripping, disquieting, beautifully

observed novel that confirms Hartnett as one of

Australia’s finest writers.


David Malouf

HB $29.95 (April)

With learning worn lightly

and in his own lyrical

language, David Malouf

revisits Homer’s Iliad.

Focusing on the

unbreakable bonds between

men – Priam and Hector,

Patroclus and Achilles, Priam

and the cart-driver hired to retrieve Hector’s body.

Pride, grief, brutality, love and neighbourliness are


The Book of Emmett

Deborah Forster

PB $23.95 (April)

Emmett Brown is as dark as

Heathcliff, and as

unpredictable. Sometimes

he’s an inspiration, but not

often. He’s a man of booze

and obsessions: one of them

is his ‘System’, an attempt to

bend the laws of probability.

But when the lottery numbers and horses fail him,

so do love and reason, and he becomes an ogre to

his wife and children.A stunning first novel from a

Melbourne author.


Andrea Goldsmith

PB $32.99 (May)

Four friends reunite in

Melbourne where they

first met at University.As

they deal with the reality

of their present lives and

their memories of the past

none will be unchanged

by the reunion.Andrea Goldsmith has created a

story of love, power, friendship and betrayal that is

as gripping as it is exquisitely insightful.

The Lost Life

Steven Carroll

PB $29.99 (April)

England‚ September 1934.Two

young lovers have trespassed

into the rose garden of an

abandoned house in the

English countryside. Hearing

the sound of footsteps‚ they

hide‚ and then witness the

poet T.S. (“Tom”) Eliot and his

close friend Emily enter the garden and bury a

mysterious tin in the earth. The Lost Life is a moving‚

lyrical novel about poetry and inspiration‚ the

incandescence of first love and the yearning for a life

that may never be lived.

Dog Boy

Eva Hornung

PB $32.95 (March)

Abandoned in a big city

at the onset of winter, a

hungry four-year-old boy

follows a stray dog to her

lair.There in the rich

smelly darkness, in the

rub of hair, claws and

teeth, he joins four

puppies suckling at their mother’s teats.And so

begins Romochka’s life as a dog.


The Kindly Ones

Jonathan Littell

PB $34.95 (March)

This Faustian story with a

terrifying twist is the

fictional memoir of a

former SS intelligence

officer, who has reinvented

himself as a family man

and factory owner in postwar

France.With its

brilliant, frightening, furious, apocalyptic vision,

The Kindly Ones is a literary tour de force, a

winner of the Prix Goncourt and already an

explosive bestseller across Europe.

The Paris Enigma

Pablo de Santis

PB $24.99 (March)

In turn of the century

Europe‚ the city of Paris

marvels at a new spectacle:

the Eiffel Tower.As visitors

are drawn to glimpse this

centrepiece‚ twelve of the

greatest European detectives

have gathered in the city to

discuss their most famous cases and debate the

nature of misery. When one is found viciously

murdered‚ however‚ the symposium becomes an

elite task force dedicated to solving the outrage.

The Day I Killed

My Father

Mario Sabino

PB $27.95 (April)

Part psychological thriller,

part intellectual puzzle, this

novel plays on some of

humankind’s most

profound archetypes and

fables, all the while lulling

the reader with the

brilliance of its voice. In charming and chilling

prose, Sabino draws the reader directly into the

mind of a man who has committed patricide. It is

the unforgettable debut of Mario Sabino, one of

Brazil’s most exciting novelists.

Leaving the World

Douglas Kennedy

PB $32.95 (March)

When a young girl

disappears, prompting a

high-profile police

investigation Jane (a former

Harvard professor, now

living as a recluse) is drawn

in. Convinced that the

person at the heart of the

case is much closer to her new community than

anyone realises, she has to make a decision – stay

hidden or bring to light a shocking truth.

Bruno, Chief of Police

Martin Walker

PB $29.95 (March)

Captain Bruno Courreges

goes by the grand title of

Chief of Police, though in

truth he’s the only

municipal policeman on

staff in the small town of St

Denis in the beautiful

Perigord region of south

west France. He has a gun but never wears it; he

has the power to arrest but never uses it. But that

might all be about to change...

About Face

Donna Leon

PB $32.95 (April)

At a dinner party Comissario

Brunetti meets Franca

Marinello, the wife of a

prosperous Venetian

businessman. He’s charmed

– perhaps too charmed,

suggests his wife Paola – by

her love of Virgil and

Cicero, but shocked by her connections to a vulgar

man with Mafia connections and a violent past.

Another wonderful Comissario Brunetti novel, from

best-selling author Donna Leon.


Rhyming Life

and Death

Amos Oz

HB $35.00 (April)

Reality and fiction blend in

an ingenious short novel

from this celebrated author.

Witty but elegiac, playful

and sexy but somehow

deadly serious, it’s about a

bored writer who goes to a reading and has a brief

sexual skirmish with a female reader. Or does he?

Brodeck’s Report

Philippe Claudel

PB $29.95 (April)

The report that Brodeck is

writing into the lynching of

an artist, a flamboyant

outsider who has deeply

disturbed the fragile

equilibrium of the town he

briefly settled in, becomes a

report into the catastrophe of

his own life. Brodeck himself also an outsider, has

recently returned from a concentration camp.This

immensely powerful chronicle of fear and loathing has

been hailed as one of the outstanding European

novels of the last decade.

The Children’s Book

A.S. Byatt

PB $34.95

HB $59.95 (May)

By the author of Possession,

this is a marvellous,

gripping, panoramic novel

of family secrets, set against

a backdrop of a bohemian,

artistic late Victorian world,

about the damage wrought

by writers of children’s books on their children –

about predators and innocents, war and peace, art

and society.

The Secret Intensity of

Everyday Life

William Nicholson

PB $29.95 (April)

Laura is content enough

with her marriage, children

and part-time job – until a

long-ago lover comes back

into her life. Suddenly she

remembers how once her

life was passionate and

realises how the excitement has faded. Nicholson’s

multi-stranded novel shows that life is euphoric and

tragic, serious and ridiculous, brilliantly entertaining

and, ultimately, deeply moving.

The Selected Works

of T.S. Spivet

Reif Larsen

PB $34.95 (May)

This captivating,

loveable novel of

stunning originality and

poignancy about a 12-

year-old genius

mapmaker is set to be

an international

bestseller. The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet is

exhilarating, funny, endlessly charming and

poignant. It is a journey through life’s mysteries

great and small, and about how on earth a boy

with a telescope, four compasses and a theodolite

should set about solving them.

Atlas of Unknowns

Tania James

PB $32.95 (May)

James’s poignant, funny,

blazingly original debut is a

story about sisterhood, the

tantalising dream of

America, and the secret

histories and hilarious

eccentricities of families



The Little Stranger

Sarah Waters

PB $32.99 (May)

In a dusty post-war summer

in rural Warwickshire, a

doctor is called to a patient

at Hundreds Hall. Home to

the Ayres family for over

two centuries, the Georgian

house, once grand and

handsome, is now in

decline. But are the Ayreses haunted by something

more sinister than a dying way of life? Little does

Dr Faraday know how terrifyingly, their story is

about to become entwined with his. From the

author of Fingersmith comes a chilling ghost story.


Kazuo Ishiguro

PB $29.99 (May)

In a sublime story cycle,

Ishiguro explores ideas of

love, music and the passing

of time. From the Piazzas of

Italy to the Malvern Hills

the characters we

encounter range from

young dreamers to café

musicians to faded stars, all

of them at some moment of reckoning. Gentle,

intimate and witty, Nocturnes is marked by a

haunting theme: the struggle to keep alive a sense

of life’s romance, even as one gets older,

relationships flounder and youthful hopes recede.

The Winter Vault

Anne Michaels

PB $32.99 (April)

From the author of the

acclaimed Fugitive Pieces

comes a mesmerising love

story that juxtaposes

historical events with the

most intimate moments of

individual lives.

Still Alice

Lisa Genova

PB $29.95 (March)

Still Alice is a compelling

debut novel about a

woman’s sudden descent

into early onset Alzheimer’s

disease, written by a firsttime

author who holds a

Ph.D. in neuroscience.

Reminiscent of A Beautiful

Mind this work packs an emotional punch.

In the Kitchen

Monica Ali

PB $32.95 (May)

In The Kitchen is Monica

Ali’s stunning follow-up to

Brick Lane. It opens with

a mysterious death in the

cellars of a smart,

cosmopolitan hotel and

over the course of the

ensuing pages, peels back

the layers of polyglot London to reveal the melting

pot which exists below. Once again it confirms

Monica Ali not only as a great modern storyteller,

but also an acute observer of vagaries of a

contemporary culture.

Jeff in Venice,

Death in Varanasi

Geoff Dyer

PB $32.95 (May)

Every two years the art

world descends on Venice

for the opening of the

Biennale.Among them is

Jeff Atman, whose

dedication to the cause of

Bellini-fuelled party-going is

only intermittently disturbed by the obligation to file

a story.When he meets Laura, he is rejuvenated,

ecstatic. Here is a wildly original novel from a fearless

and funny writer that explores the underbelly of

erotic fulfillment and spiritual yearning.


Man on Wire


$29.95 (March)

An amusing and engaging

look at tightrope walker

Philippe Petit’s daring, but

illegal, high-wire routine

performed between New

York City’s World Trade

Center’s twin towers in

1974.This documentary

plays like a heist film, with as much anxiety and

daring going into the planning as the feat itself.

Bustin’ Down

The Door


$49.95 (April)

Bustin’ Down the Door

chronicles a tumultuous

two-year period of

competitive and cultural

clashes in the mid-

Seventies in surfing’s

Mecca – Hawaii’s North

Shore of Oahu – as a small

crew of Australians and South Africans set out with

attitude and determination to change the world of



The Life & Work of

Dr Hunter S. Thompson


$34.95 (April)

Gonzo is directed by Alex

Gibney, director of Enron:

The Smartest Guys in the

Room.While Gibney

shaped the screen story,

every narrated word in

the film springs from the typewriters of Thompson

himself – given life by Johnny Depp.

Waltz with Bashir


$29.95 (April)

One night in September

1982, Christian militia

members invaded refugee

camps in the heart of

Beirut and massacred

more than three thousand

Palestinians while Israeli

soldiers surrounded the

area.Ari Folman was one

of these soldiers.A fully animated documentary,

Waltz with Bashir is Folman’s attempt to decipher

the horror of that night.

Asterix at the

Olympic Games


$29.95 (April)

One of France’s most

memorable comic book

heroes, Asterix the Gaul

is back again, this time

helping a fellow villager

win the heart of a Greek

princess. Starring French

great Gerard Depardieu

as the portly yet affable Obelix.

Barack Obama:

Yes We Can


$19.95 (April)

Barack Obama splashed

onto the political scene

with an inspirational,

rousing speech at the

Democratic National

Convention in July 2004.

From that night on,

Obamamania was very real.

He is bold and audacious; his rhetoric fiery,

convincing and very compelling. He encourages

cross-over appeal, discourse and affiliation.


How Fiction Works

James Wood

PB $27.95 (April)


A.S. Byatt & Wood (Ed)

PB $34.95 (March)

A packed, provocative

anthology on a subject

close to us all, with

analyses of memory (and

forgetting) ranging from

childhood recollections to

the latest neuroscience,

Plato to Freud, medieval

poets to London taxi


In the tradition of E. M.

Forster’s Aspects of the

Novel and Milan Kundera’s

The Art of the Novel,

How Fiction Works is a

scintillating and searching

study of the main

elements of fiction, such as

narrative, detail, characterisation, dialogue, realism

and style.A deep, practical anatomy of the novel

from ‘the strongest ... literary critic we have’

(New York Review of Books).

The Words to Remember

It: Memoirs of Child

Holocaust Survivors

Caroline Jones (Ed)

PB $35.00 (May)

In 1987 in Sydney, a

number of child survivors

formed a group so that

they could meet in a safe

environment to share their

stories of the holocaust

and begin to process their grief. Later a member of

the group organised creative writing sessions for

members. In this moving collection, the 32

members of the group share the stories of their

experiences of loss, and of their ultimate


My Mistress’s

Sparrow is Dead

Jeffrey Eugenides (Ed)

PB $24.99 (March)

No other aspect of the

human experience regularly

inspires such an outpouring

of poetry‚ prose and

philosophy as love. From

passionate declarations to

clinical analysis‚ writers of

every age have been fascinated‚ tormented and

inspired by love.This beautifully produced

collection of short stories combines the best of

contemporary and classic fiction on the theme of

love‚ from Catullus to Alice Munro.

Alpha Beta

John Man

PB $27.95 (May)

The idea behind the

alphabet – that language

with all its wealth of

meaning can be recorded

with a few meaningless

signs – is an extraordinary

one. So extraordinary, in

fact, that it has occurred

only once in human history: in Egypt about 4000

years ago. Alpha Beta follows the emergence of

the western alphabet as it evolved into its present

form, contributing vital elements to our sense of

identity along the way.

The Canterbury

Tales: A Retelling

Peter Ackroyd

HB $55.00 (May)

A motley group of

travellers meet at a

London Inn on their way

to Canterbury, where they

agree to take part in a

storytelling competition.

As they make their way

on the road, they drink,

laugh, flirt, argue, interrupt and try to outdo each

other with their tales. Peter Ackroyd’s modern

retelling of this drama infuses The Canterbury

Tales with new and vigorous life. Here are the best

stories ever told, reborn for a new generation.


This is Water

David Foster Wallace

HB $24.99 (May)

Only once did Wallace

give a public talk on his

views on life, during a

commencement address

given in 2005.The speech

is reprinted for the first

time in book form.The

speech captures Wallace’s

electric intellect as well as his grace in attention to


Why Poetry Matters

Jay Parini

PB $29.95 (March)

Poetry doesn’t matter to

most people, observes Jay

Parini at the opening of

this book. But, undeterred,

he commences a deeply

felt meditation on poetry,

its language and meaning,

and its power to open

minds and transform lives. By the end of the book,

Parini has recovered a truth often obscured by our

clamorous culture: without poetry, we live only

partially, not fully conscious of the possibilities that

life affords.

The Library at Night

Alberto Manguel

PB $36.95 (April)

Maps & Legends:

Reading and Writing

Along the Borderlands

Michael Chabon

PB $29.95 (March)

The author of the Pulitzer

Prize-winning The Amazing

Adventures of Kavalier &

Clay pens a work of literary

non-fiction – a series of

linked essays in praise of

reading and writing.

Inspired by the process of

creating a library for his

15th-century home near the

Loire, in France, Manguel,

the acclaimed writer on

books and reading, has

taken up the subject of

libraries in this captivating

meditation on their meaning and significance.

Angels and Ages

Adam Gopnik

HB $34.95 (March)

In this bicentennial twin

portrait of Abraham

Lincoln and Charles

Darwin, the brilliant New

Yorker essayist Adam

Gopnik shows how these

two giants altered the way

people think about death

and time – about the very nature of earthly


60 Classic Australian


Geoff Page

PB $34.95 March

This is a superb

introduction to poetry from

the nineteenth century to

the present.With insight

and insider knowledge, poet

Geoff Page emphasises the

contribution made by the

notable generation of Australian poets who

emerged during and just after World War II. It also

includes several contemporary poems which are

likely to become classics. Each poem is followed by

a lively essay discussing its merits.

The Arts

Modern Interior


Mariana R.

Eguaras Etchetto


PB $49.95 (March)

In modern design

excessive decoration

has been replaced by

the well thought-out arrangement of spaces, and

furniture with pure lines, which meets specific

needs.Whatever the size of the room, the

prevailing concepts are balance and harmony –

characteristics which make the home a place

where people will feel comfortable.

The Art Instinct

Denis Dutton

HB $49.95 (April)

The Japanese tea

ceremony is regarded as a

performance art.While

some cultures produce

carving, but no drawing,

the need to create art of

some form is found in

every human society. In

The Art Instinct, Denis Dutton explores the idea

that this need has an evolutionary basis: how the

feelings that we all share when we see a wonderful

landscape or a beautiful sunset, evolved as a useful

adaptation in our hunter-gather ancestors.

Dreams Homes:


Andreas von


HB $89.95


Features 100

inspirational country

homes from around

the world. Comprehensively illustrated with 800

photographs from a world renowned photographer.

French Style

At Home

Sebastien Siraudeau

HB $59.95 (March)

France is the world’s

style destination, and

photographer Sebastien

Siraudeau has scoured

the hexagon to uncover

eighty of its most

charming boutique

guesthouses, each rich in the design details that

epitomise French style.

Hunting with


Chris Synder

PB $24.95 (March)

Welcome to Hollywood,

where Iris Burton – a

powerful, hugely

successful talent agent –

built an empire of child

stars, and destroyed

anything that got in her

way. Chris Snyder’s poignant, funny and eyeopening

memoir of working for Burton describes

launching the careers of numerous child stars such

as Drew Barrymore, River Phoenix, Mary Kate and

Ashley Olsen, Kirstin Dunst and many more.

10,000 Years of Art

PB $16.95 (April)

This pocket guide to world

art is an accessible and

informative compendium

that presents 500

masterworks from all

cultures from 8,000 BC to

the present day. Concise

descriptive texts set each

work in context, explaining its place in the history

of art.

The Arts

That’s Opera: 200

Years of Italian


Gabriele Dotto

HB $115.00 (April)

This is the catalogue

accompanying the

worldwide exhibition

celebrating two

centuries of Italian

Opera. It includes numerous illustrations such as

the designs for the world premieres of Tosca and

La Boheme, as well as the costumes from the

debuts of Madame Butterfly and Falstaff.


Harper: An

Illustrated Life

Charley Harper

HB $400.00


This beautiful large format title is the definitive

monograph of artist Charley Harper’s six decade

long career. Renowned New York based designer

Todd Oldham rediscovered Charley’s work in 2001,

and collaborated closely with him, combing

through his extensive archive to edit and design

this stunning release.

Midsummer Nights

Jeanette Winterson (Ed)

HB $39.95 (May)

In 2009, the Glyndebourne

Festival of Opera reaches

its 75th year. In

commemoration of this

event, the author has

brought together some of

the best loved and most

critically acclaimed authors

to pen stories inspired by


The Lost Mona Lisa

R.A. Scotti

PB $35.00 (May)

Late on the afternoon of

Sunday, 20 August 1911, three

men strolled through the

Louvre. Disguising

themselves as museum staff

they hid until nightfall.

Sixteen hours later the most

famous painting in the world,

the Mona Lisa, had vanished. It took twenty-four

hours for anyone in the museum to notice. Here is

the extraordinary true story of the biggest art theft

in history.

Lowside of the Road:

A Life of Tom Waits

Barney Hoskyns

PB $35.00 (May)

Spanning Tom Waits’

extraordinary 40-year-career

this book is Barney

Hoskyns’ unique take on

one of rock’s great enigmas.

Like Dylan and Neil Young,

Waits is a chameleonic

survivor who has achieved long-term success while

retaining cult credibility and outsider mystique.The

definitive biography of a notoriously private

performer is the most up-close, comprehensive and

affectionate book on Tom Waits.

Jorn Utzon’s

Sydney Opera


Katarina Stube

& Jan Utzon

HB $90.00 (May)

The only book to have

the commendation of

Utzon himself, this

book is a photographic

essay on the building of Sydney’s iconic Opera

House.Also included are sketches, drawings and

formerly unpublished photographs from Utzon’s

own archives.


Journey to the Edge

of the World

Billy Connolly

HB $49.99 (April)

In the summer of 2008

Billy Connolly set sail on

a ten-week journey from

the Atlantic to the Pacific,

by way of the North West

Passage – the fabled route

deep within the Arctic Circle that has thwarted

explorers for centuries. By plane, rail, road and

boat, along coastlines and across sweeping

landscapes Billy’s adventure embraces a memorable

mix of bizarre encounters, incredible wildlife,

forgotten languages and big game hunting.

The Best Travel

Writing 2009

James O’Reilly (Ed)

PB (May) $37.95

These 29 stories cover the

globe, from riding

horseback across Mongolia

to discovering

Hemingway’s ghost in

Cuba to driving the long

red road through

equatorial Africa.The

points of view and perspectives are global, and

themes encompass high adventure, spiritual

growth, romance, hilarity and misadventure, service

to humanity and encounters with exotic cuisine.

Venturing in Italy

Barbara Euser

PB $31.95 (April)

Italy is the top tourist

destination in Europe.

But while the pleasures

of Tuscany, Milan,Venice,

Florence and Rome are

well known and well

documented, Puglia

remains relatively

undiscovered. Venturing

in Italy collects 30 true stories that explore every

aspect of this fascinating region.

Paris from the Ground


James McGregor

HB $59.95 (April)

Paris is the most personal of

cities.There is a Paris for the

medievalist, and another for

the modernist – a Paris for

expatriates, philosophers,

artists, romantics and

revolutionaries of every

stripe. James H. S. McGregor brings these multiple

perspectives into focus throughout this concise,

unique history of the City of Light.

The Best Women’s

Travel Writing 2009

Faith Adiele

PB $37.95 ( A)pril

A new instalment from this

best-selling, award-winning

series that presents the finest

accounts of women who have

travelled to the ends of the

earth to discover new places,

peoples and themselves. From

breaking the gender barrier on a soccer field in

Kenya to learning the art of French cooking in a

damp cellar in the Loire Valley to hitchhiking

through Mexico in the 1960s, the points of view and

perspectives are global and the themes eclectic.

One for the Road

Janelle McCulloch

PB $29.95 (April)

Realising that she’d lost

sight of her life under years

of lists, Janelle McCulloch

set out on an odyssey to

the very home of

happiness – the United

States.This book is a mix of

travel, soul-searching and

signposts, philosophical and real, One for the Road

is a road-trip ode to carpe diem, to living for the

day. It’s a journey that everyone should take at least

once in their lifetime.


Andiamo: Glimpses

of Italy

Kelly Barber

HB $29.95 (April)

Andiamo is a richly

illustrated visual tour that

captures the unique

charm of Italy. Striking

photographs and lively

anecdotes bring this

captivating country to life

in a fresh way. Kelly Barber is a Melbourne-based


England’s Thousand

Best Houses

Simon Jenkins

PB $34.95 (May)

England’s houses are a

treasure trove of riches and

a unique, living record of

the nation’s history. Simon

Jenkins’s lavishly illustrated

guide selects the finest

homes throughout the land,

from Cornwell to Cumbria, in a glorious

celebration of English life.

England’s Thousand

Best Churches

Simon Jenkins

PB $34.95 (May)

England’s Thousand Best

Churches is a celebration

of the most glorious and

lasting monuments in

England.The author

travelled the country to

select the finest churches

of all periods and styles, revealing not only an

unparalleled collection of English art, but the

history of a people.

Sideways: Travels

with Kafka, Hunter S.

& Kerouac

Patrick O’Neil

PB $32.95 (March)

Three times during his

twenties Patrick O’Neil

threw in a desk job, ended

relationships and flung

himself at the world.With

the words of his literary

heroes ringing in his ears, he set off determined to

pursue adventure and a grander, more romantic vision

of life. Despite frequent peril on the road O’Neil

found like minds, inspiration and enlightenment and

discovered that the way forward isn’t always straight


The Liquid Continent:

A Mediterranean


Nicholas Woodsworth

HB $29.95 each (March)

Volume 1:Alexandria

Volume 2:Venice

Volume 3: Istanbul

A three volume

travelogue around the

ancient ports on the

coast of the Mediterranean. Nicholas Woodsworth

senses an intimacy, a garrulous warmth and near

tribal sociability that is shared by all the others on

this sea. In lyrical prose, he uncovers what it is

about these cities that makes them special.

Paris: Made by


Pia Jane Bijkerk

PB $36.95 (May)

There’s a new trend

among the young

designers and

decorators of Paris:

an embracing of an

aesthetic called fait

main. Literally, this means made by hand, but in this

case it includes not only new items fashioned by

hand but vintage objects and found objects that are

valued as they are, or that may have been

reworked.What unites them is the handprint of a

talented creator. Included here are shops and

artists studios that embody this style.


The Roots of


John Newton

HB $69.95 (March)

The Roots of Civilisation

takes a closer look at the

plants that most of us

take for granted, but

which have changed the

world, for better and for

worse.The story of these

plants is also the story of human survival and

ingenuity, the invention of agriculture, the greed of

men and their rulers and the founding of trade

routes and empires.

One Magic


Lolo Houbein

PB $45.00 (March)

One Magic Square

shows how you can

start your own

productive food

garden on a single

square metre. By

following these plot designs you can keep your

labour pleasurable as your self-sufficiency

increases.Take control of your own fresh food

supply! Food gardening is the most intelligent adult

endeavour on earth – Lolo Houbein shows you

how to do it, and why you should.

The Brother


Andrea Wulf

PB $27.95 (April)

This is the story of a

handful of men who would

foster a national obsession

and change the gardens of

Britain forever.These men

– friends, rivals, enemies,

united by a passion for plants included Joseph

Banks, Daniel Solander and the Swede Carl

Linnaeus, whose standardised botanical

nomenclature popularised botany. Here is a

wonderfully readable investigation of the origins of

the modern garden in 18th-century England.

Gardens of

Eden: Among

the World’s

Most Beautiful


Holly Kerr Forsyth

HB $59.99


The Heart of the


David Kirkpatrick

PB $39.95 (March)

David Kirkpatrick designs

for the individual, not for

fashion. Each of his

designs is unique,

offering a practical

solution for every vision

of the ideal garden and a

mood for every season. This book is a collection of

20 very different garden designs, from a sleek,

modern Mediterranean-inspired courtyard to a

rambling family yard.

Gardens of Eden

is not simply a

stroll through the world’s most beautiful gardens; it

is a romp through history and an armchair ride

around the world.This lavishly illustrated book

takes the reader on a colourful journey through

more than 50 of the world’s loveliest gardens.


Kevin Collins

PB $49.95 (March)

This definitive book

includes all 78 known

species of Banksia (some

only recently discovered). It

explains how to find,

recognise and grow them,

including dealing with pests

and diseases.Throughout the book is the story of

how they were discovered and named.All species

are photographed and there are portraits of all the

principal players in the history of Banksia.


Velvet Pears: Four

Seasons at

Foxglove Spires

Susan Southam

HB $65.00 (April)

A lavishly illustrated and

deeply personal story of

the creation of an

idiosyncratic Australian

country garden, Velvet

Pears is an inspirational book that is also full of

practical ideas.Author Susan Southam created her

garden at Foxglove Spires on the land of an old dairy

paddock. She now lives there, with her family, in

harmony with the seasons; cooking, eating, celebrating

and decorating with her vast garden’s bounty.

The Garden Visitor’s


Louisa Jones

PB $49.95 (April)

This new book by

renowned garden writer

Louisa Jones offers

practical information and

advice on how best to look

at and appreciate gardens

and landscapes throughout the world. She provides

addresses and contact numbers of selected gardens

and designers and explores ten types of garden,

from cottage to conceptual, historic, naturalistic,

modernist, Mediterranean-inspired and more.

Old Growth:

Australia’s Remaining

Ancient Forests

Peter McConchie

HB $65.00 (March)

This is a collection of

photographs that

showcases Australia’s most

beautiful – and most

endangered – old growth

trees.These haunting landscapes are in equal parts

a tribute and call to action. Printed on recycled

paper using vegetable-based soy inks.

Growing Stuff: An

Alternative Guide

To Gardening

Black Dog

PB $54.95 (April)

Growing Stuff:An

Alternative Guide to

Gardening is a vibrant

and quirky guide for

anyone wishing to

transform their minimal outdoor space.With easyto-follow

instructions on the basics of growing

flowers, herbs, vegetables and more this book

provides an excellent introduction to the world of


An Orchard Invisible:

A Natural History of


Jonathan Silvertown

HB $49.95 (May)

The story of seeds, in a

nutshell, is a tale of

evolution. Seeds are a

perpetual reminder of the

complexity and diversity of

life on Earth. In this book

Silvertown presents the oft-ignored seed with the

natural history it deserves, one nearly as varied and

surprising as the Earth’s flora itself.

The Thrifty


Alys Fowler

PB $34.95 (March)

Forget makeover

culture; forget the

garden centre and all

your gardening

preconceptions, this is

a witty, wise and

practical take on to how to create a stylish garden.

The Thrifty Gardener is about creating the garden

of your dream regardless of resources or limited


Food & Wine

Serendip: My Sri

Lankan Kitchen

Peter Kuruvita

HB $59.95 (April)

Serendip takes us on a

rich and rewarding

journey through the

traditional cuisine of Sri

Lanka, its culture of

family and ceremony.

Acclaimed chef Peter Kuruvita, from Flying Fish in

Sydney, reaches deep into the kitchen experiences

he has had with his grandmother, and the markets

of this lush green island, to bring us this evocative

collection of Sri Lankan recipes and stories.

Curry: Classic &


Vivek Singh

HB $60.00 (April)

Groundbreaking and

accessible contemporary

curries, marrying eastern

and western techniques

and ingredients, sit sideby-side

with an aweinspiring

collection of classic regional curries,

many never previously published.This wonderful

combination of old and new make this a curry

book like no other.

My Cousin Rosa

Rosa Mitchell

HB $59.95 (April)

When a young girl and

her family move from

Sicily to country

Australia, it is a

surprisingly small step

in kitchen miles. My

Cousin Rosa captures

the atmosphere, experiences and recipes of Rosa

Mitchell’s Sicilian kitchen. Rosa’s food is very

special: soulful, traditional, family-orientated and

utterly authentic. In this beautiful book, she shares

her thoughts on life – both Australian and Sicilian!

Foxey’s Hangout

Cathy Gowdie

HB $45.00 (April)

Illustrated throughout with

lush photography and

featuring a seasonal recipe

for each month, Foxey’s

Hangout reveals a year in

the life of a winemaker

beyond the façade of the

cellar door.

Vefa’s Kitchen

Alexaidou Vefa

HB $69.95 (May)

This book is expected to

become the bible of

authentic Greek cooking.

With over 800 recipes it

includes regional specialties

that reveal the rich variety

of Greek cooking from the

mountains to the coast.

New Bistro

Fran Warde

HB $45.00 (April)

Fran Warde introduces 12

chefs at the forefront of

France’s bistro revolution.

The chefs herald from

every region of France,

and for each of them Fran

outlines their approach to

French country cooking and introduces four of

their recipes. In addition she includes more than

50 of her own recipes, inspired by bistros and

eateries from all over France.

Food & Wine

American Food


Molly O’Neill

PB $45.00 (March)

Food writer Molly O’Neill

gathers the very best from

more than 250 years of

American culinary history.

This literary feast includes

classic accounts of iconic

American foods: Henry

David Thoreau on the watermelon; Herman

Melville, with a mouth-watering chapter on clam

chowder; H. L. Mencken on the hot dog and M.F.K.

Fisher in praise of the oyster.Also featured are

Ralph Ellison,William Styron,A. J. Liebling and

Waverly Root.

South-West France:

The Wines &


Paul Strang

HB $90.00 (May)

South-west France is a

wine lover’s paradise that

cultivates an astonishing

array of grape varieties, and

produces a fascinating

assortment of wines. In this book, Paul Strang

covers the region with a keen expertise, providing

a history of its wine industry and introducing

readers to a region that seems to defy


Table Talk

A.A. Gill

PB $24.99 (March)

A.A. Gill reviews are

famously as much

ruminations on society at

large as they are about the

restaurants themselves. So

alongside the concepts,

customers and cuisines, ten

years of writing about restaurants has yielded

insights on everything from yaks to cowboys,

picnics to politics. Here is an idiosyncratic

selection of Gill’s writing about food, taken from

his Sunday Times and Tatler columns.

A Platter of Figs

David Tanis

HB $59.95 (March)

For six months each year,

David Tanis is the head

chef at Chez Panisse where

he has worked alongside

Alice Waters since the

1980s in creating a

revolution in sustainable

American cuisine.The other six months,Tanis lives

in Paris where he hosts intimate dinners for friends

and paying guests, and prepares the food in a small

kitchen equipped with nothing more than an old

stove, a little counter space and a handful of well

used pots and pans.

Fresh: A Perishable


Susanne Freidberg

HB $59.95 (April)

Local livelihoods; global

trade; the politics of taste,

community and

environmental change: all

enter into this lively,

surprising, yet sobering tale

about the nature and cost of our hunger for


Eric Kayser’s New

French Recipes

Eric Kayser

HB $59.95 (March)

Inspired by the hearty

and nutritious

ingredients that he uses

in his bakeries, Eric

Kayser has created 50

new recipes that

celebrate super food ingredients such as whole

grains, seeds, dried fruit and nuts.


The Noble Revolt: The

Overthrow of Charles I

John Adamson

PB $45.00 (April)

Highly praised on release in

hardcover this book traces

the careers and fortunes of

the small group of English

noblemen who risked their

lives and fortunes to

challenge the king’s attempt to create an

authoritarian monarchy in the Stuart kingdoms

during the 1630s.

Sweet Water and


Sian Rees

HB $59.95 (April)

When the Napoleonic Wars

ended in 1815, British

diplomats negotiated antislave-trade

treaties and a

‘Preventive Squadron’ was

formed to cruise the West

African coast. In six

decades, this small fleet liberated 150,000 Africans

and lost 17,000 of its own men in doing so.This is

the tale of their exciting and arduous campaign.

The Purpose of

The Past

Gordon Wood

PB $32.95 (March)

Wood examines how the

historian’s craft has

changed radically over the

past 40 years.This work

offers insight into what

great historians do, how

they can stumble, and what

strains of thought have dominated the marketplace

of ideas in historical scholarship.

The Fall of the West

Adrian Goldsworthy

HB $69.99 (April)

In telling the story from

beginning to end,

Goldsworthy rescues the

era from the mealymouthed

and diffident: this is a redblooded

account of

barbarian invasions, palace

coups, scheming courtiers

and corrupt emperors who set the gold standard

for dissipation.This is an accessible narrative with

colourful characters whose story reveals the true

reasons for the fall of Rome.

A History of Histories

John Burrow

PB $29.95 (March)

This is the extraordinary

story of how we have

understood and interpreted

the past. From the ‘father

of history’ Herodotus to

Medieval chroniclers, and

from Gibbon’s epic

depiction of the Roman

Empire to today’s TV dons, this unique and

gripping book explores the defining accounts of

the great and terrible events in history, showing

what they tell us about their times, and ours.

The Inheritance

of Rome: A History

of Europe from 400

to 1000

Christopher Wickham

HB $69.95 (March)

From the collapse of the

Roman imperial system to

the establishment of the

new European dynastic

states, this book’s most

striking achievement is to make sense of a time

where many generations of Europeans experienced

invasion and turbulence, but also long periods of

continuity, creativity and achievement.


Warlord: Churchill

At War

Carlo d’Este

HB $65.00 (April)

D’Este’s startlingly fresh

biography examines

Winston Churchill

through the prism of

military service as both a

soldier and commander.A

descendant of the great

Duke of Marlborough

who, despite never having himself risen above the

rank of lieutenant colonel, came eventually at age

65 to direct Britain’s military campaigns during the

defining conflict of the twentieth century.

Madresfield: The Real


Jane Mulvagh

PB $32.95 (April)

The story of the real

Brideshead: one home, one

family, and a thousand

years. Madresfield Court is

an arrestingly romantic

stately home in

Worcestershire. It has been

continuously owned and lived in by the same

family, the Lygons, back to the time of the

Domesday Book, and, unusually, remains in the

family’s hands to this day.

The Kit-Cat Club

Ophelia Field

PB $24.99 (April)

The Kit-Cat Club was

founded in the late 1690s

when Jacob Tonson‚ a

bookseller of lowly birth‚

forged a partnership with

the pie-maker Christopher

(Kit) Cat.What began as

an eccentric publishing

rights deal developed into a unique gathering of

intellects and interests‚ then into the unofficial

centre of Whig power during the reigns of William

& Mary‚ Anne and George I.

I Wish I’d Been There

Hollinshead & Rabb

(Ed) PB $26.99 (April)

Contributors including Tom

Holland, John Julius

Norwich, Margaret

MacMillan and John

Keegan examine the

moment in history they

would most like to have

witnessed: such as the

death of Alexander the Great, Christmas 800CE

when Charlemagne was crowned Holy Roman

Emperor, Hannibal’s legendary crossing of the Alps

and the German surrender in 1945.

The Artist, the

Philosopher and the


Paul Strathern

HB $69.95 (April)

Leonardo da Vinci, Niccolo

Machiavelli and Cesare

Borgia.As each fascinating

life unfolds so does the

Italian Renaissance – in all

its artistic beauty, political

complexity and martial

brutalism. In this masterful study, Paul Strathern

details the incidental convergence of three of

Renaissance Italy’s most brilliant minds.

Last Rites

John Lukacs

HB $49.95 (March)

This is a fascinating and

delightful book of history

by a passionate, authentic,

brilliant and witty man.

Lukacs begins with a

concise rendering of a

historical understanding

of our world (essential

reading for any historian), then follows with

trenchant observations on his life from his native

Hungary and his formative memories of May and

June 1940 and of Winston Churchill.


Byron in Love

Edna O’Brien

PB $35.00 (March)

Edna O’Brien’s vivid

biography is beautifully

spare, exemplary in its

concision and focuses

upon the diverse and

colourful women in

Byron’s life. Its narrative

core is the triangular

relationship between him, his wife and his halfsister

that brought him his timeless notoriety.

Nothing to be

Frightened Of

Julian Barnes

PB $24.95 (May)

A brilliant, discursive, very

funny book about death

and the fear of death, god,

nature, nurture and the

author’s childhood, this is

the closest thing to a

memoir Barnes will ever

write. Included in the

New York Times Top 10

Books of 2008.

Cyrano: The Life

& Legend of

Cyrano de Bergerac

Ishbel Addyman

PB $24.95 (April)

A death-defying soldierpoet

in the age of the

musketeers, Cyrano’s

duelling skills were

unparalleled, and his wit

was every bit as keen as

his sword’s edge. Part

murder mystery, part literary detective story,

Addyman presents a fascinating insight into the

heroically courageous, sparklingly witty and

unfailingly good-humoured man behind the legend.

The Zookeeper’s Wife

Diane Ackerman

PB $22.95 (April)

When Germany invaded

Poland, bombers

devastated Warsaw – and

the city’s zoo along with it.

With most of their animals

dead, zookeepers Jan and

Antonina Zabinski began

hiding Jews in the empty

cages. Jan kept ammunition and explosives buried

in the elephant enclosure.With her exquisite

sensitivity to the natural world, Diane Ackerman

engages us wholeheartedly in the lives of the zoo

animals, their keepers and their hidden visitors.

Love’s Civil War

Victoria Glendinning

HB $34.95 (April)

The love affair between the

writer Elizabeth Bowen and

the elegant and charming

diplomat Charles Ritchie

blossomed quickly after

their first meeting in 1941

and continued over the next

three decades until Bowen’s

death. Published for the first time and

accompanied by extracts from Ritchie’s remarkably

candid diaries, the love letters of Elizabeth Bowen

reveal a passionate, intelligent, eloquent, strongminded

and wonderfully funny woman.

The Last American Man

Elizabeth Gilbert

PB $24.99 (April)

In this rousing examination

of contemporary American

male identity, acclaimed

author and journalist

Elizabeth Gilbert explores

the fascinating true story of

Eustace Conway. In 1977, at

the age of 17, Conway left

his family’s comfortable

suburban home to move to the Appalachian

Mountains. For more than two decades he has lived

there, making fire with sticks, wearing skins from

animals he has trapped and trying to convince

Americans to give up their materialistic lifestyles.

Economic Thought

The Return of

Depression Economics

Paul Krugman

PB $26.95 (March)

Brilliantly crafted in his

trademark style – lucid,

lively and supremely

informed – this will

become a cornerstone of

the debate over how to

respond to our current

economic predicament.What better guide could

we have to the 2008 financial crisis and its

resolution than the newest Nobel Laureate in

Economics, columnist and author Paul Krugman?

Filthy Lucre:

Economics for those

who Hate Capitalism

Joseph Heath

PB $32.95 ( May)

In Filthy Lucre, Joseph

Heath draws on everyday

examples to skewer the six

favourite economic

fallacies of the right, before

impaling the six favourite

fallacies of the left. Heath leaves no sacred cows

untipped as he breaks down complex arguments

and shows how the monetary world really works.

Lords of Finance: The

Bankers who broke

the World

Liaquat Ahamed

HB $55.00 (March)


Richard Thaler

PB $26.95 (March)

Citing decades of cuttingedge

behavioural science

research, the authors

demonstrate that sensible

choice architecture can

successfully nudge people

towards the best decisions

without restricting their


With penetrating insights

for today, this vital history

of the world economic

collapse of the late 1920s

offers unforgettable

portraits of the four men

whose personal and professional actions as heads

of their respective central banks changed the

course of the 20th century.

Bad Money

Kevin Phillips

PB $32.95 (March)

In Bad Money, Phillips

describes the

consequences of our

misguided economic

policies, our mounting

debt, our collapsing

housing market, our

threatened oil and the

end of American

domination of world


The Two Trillion

Dollar Meltdown

Charles R Morris

PB $27.95 (March)

We are living in the most

uncertain financial

environment in recent

history. In The Two Trillion

Dollar Meltdown, Morris

explains how we got here

and what we can expect

next.With insight and clarity, he cuts through the

guff to provide an indispensable guide to

confusing times.

Modern Thought

How to Love

Gordon Livingston

PB $24.99 (April)

Best-selling author

Gordon Livingston – a

physician of the human

heart, a philosopher of

human psychology –

offers an urgently needed

meditation on how best

to love.As in his previous

books, here is Livingston’s unerring sense of what

is important, his unapologetic directness and his

embracing compassion.

Reason, Faith and


Terry Eagleton

HB $49.95 (April)

There is little joy in this

book for the anti-God

brigade (Dawkins and

Hitchens) – nor for many

conventional believers.

Instead, Eagleton offers his

own vibrant account of

religion and politics in a book that ranges from the

Holy Spirit to the recent history of the Middle East,

from Thomas Aquinas to the Twin Towers.

On Kindness

Adam Phillips &

Barbara Taylor

HB $29.95 (March)

Instead of embracing the

benefits of altruism, as a

species we seem to be

becoming fundamentally

antagonistic to each

other, with motives that

are generally self-seeking.

This book explains how

and why this has come about and argues that the

affectionate life – a life lived in instinctive

sympathetic identification with the vulnerabilities of

others – is the one we should all be inclined to live.

The Pleasure and

Sorrows of Work

Alain De Botton

HB $45.00 (April)

Equally intrigued by work’s

pleasures and its pains,

Alain de Botton heads out

into the under-charted

worlds of the office, the

factory, the fishing fleet

and the logistics centre,

ears and eyes open to the

beauty, interest and sheer strangeness of the

modern workplace.Along the way he tries to

answer some of the most urgent questions we can

ask about work:Why do we do it? What makes it

pleasurable? What is its meaning?

Between the Monster

and the Saint

Richard Holloway

PB $24.95 (April)

In his new book Richard

Holloway holds a mirror

up to the human

condition.The reflection

isn’t always pretty. But by

drawing on a selection of

writings from history,

philosophy, science, poetry, theology and literature,

Holloway shows us how we can stand up to the

seductive power of the monster and draw closer to

the fierce challenge of the saint.

The Craftsman

Richard Sennett

PB $26.95 (April)

In this provocative and

enlightening book, Richard

Sennett explores the idea

of craftsmanship – the

desire to do a job well for

its own sake – as a

template for living. Pure

competition, he shows,

will never produce good work. Instead, the values

of the craftsman can enrich our lives and change

the way we anchor ourselves in the world around


Modern Thought

The Life You Can

Save: Acting Now to

End World Poverty

Peter Singer

PB $34.95 (March)

According to the World

Bank 1.4 billion people

live on less than US$1.25

per day.This entails a vast

amount of suffering and

avoidable loss of life.With

his trademark clarity and intellectual flair Peter

Singer’s new book shows us that not only is a

solution possible but also that we have a moral

obligation to be part of it.

The Thoughtful


Linda Grant

PB $32.99 (May)

The Thoughtful Dresser

tells us how a woman’s hat

saved her life in Nazi

Germany, looks at the role

of department stores in

giving women a public

place outside the home,

savours the sheer joy of finding the right dress.

Here is the thinking woman’s guide to our

relationship with what we wear: why we want to

look our best and why it matters.

Six Months in Sudan

James Maskalyk

PB $34.95 (May)

In 2006 Maskalyk, a

physician, joined Doctors

Without Borders and was

assigned to a small

Sudanese village located

between two military

compounds. Six Months

in Sudan is the riveting

memoir of a young doctor trying to heal a village

on the brink of devastation.

Cradle to Cradle

Michael Braungart &

William McDonough

PB $24.95 (April)

A groundbreaking,

passionately argued and

visionary call to arms in

which the authors explain

how products can be

designed from the outset

so that, after their useful

lives, they will provide nourishment for something

new – continually circulating as pure and viable

materials within a ‘cradle to cradle’ model.

Arabian Plights: The

Future Middle East

Peter Rodgers

PB $29.95 (March)

Former Australian

diplomat Peter Rodgers

argues that the most

direct way of cleaning up

the mess that is today’s

Middle East is to remove

the Israeli-Palestinian

conflict as the prop both for Arab illiberalism and

for foreign meddling.

The Well-Dressed Ape

Hannah Holmes

PB $35.00 (March)

The well-dressed ape, aka

Homo sapiens, is a strange

mammal. It mates

remarkably often, will eat

to the point of

undermining its own

health, marks its territory

with doors and fences and

yet if it’s too isolated it becomes depressed. It

thinks of itself as complex, intelligent, and superior

to other animals – but is it, really? In this humorous

and edifying book, Holmes explores how the

human animal fits into the natural world.


Guantanamo Boy

Anna Perera

PB $19.99 (March)

Khalid isn’t too excited

about visiting his family in

Karachi‚ but his Mum and

Dad shame him in to

going. So he goes‚ and one

day opens the door to an

unthinkable nightmare.

Kidnapped by unknown

assailants‚ he is forced to go to a place no child

should ever see. In the tradition of The Boy in the

Striped Pyjamas‚ this is the story of one boy’s

experience of the war against terror.

How to Build

an A

Sara Midda

HB $22.95


It’s a book, it’s a

puzzle – and best

of all, it’s a way to

learn your ABCs.

Sara Midda’s

delightful new book comes with 11 fully safetytested

EVA pieces that can be pushed together to

build all the letters of the alphabet (in uppercase

and lowercase) and the accompanying book shows

children the way.


Emily Gravett

HB $26.99



canines of every

shape, size and

colour are


through this

irresistible book.With playful pencil and

watercolour illustrations everyone will long to bark

along with the Chihuahua and tickle the

Dalmatian’s tummy.A wonderfully satisfying book

with a twist in the tail.

Darius Bell and the

Glitter Pool

Odo Hirsch

PB $15.95 (March)

Darius Bell’s family have

bestowed a special gift,

once every 25 years, on

the town where they live.

Now it is Darius’ father’s

turn but there is no

money left. Darius is

determined to preserve the family honour, and

when an earthquake reveals a glorious cave, with

the most beautiful minerals lining the walls, he

thinks he has found the answer...

Picture This

Alison Jay

Board Book

$12.95 (March)

Simple in format,

with vibrant folkart


paintings of

everyday items

and a single, largetype

word on each page, Picture This is the ideal

first word book for the very young.

Bugs in a Blanket

Beatrice Alemagna

HB $16.95 (May)

What happens when

the bugs who live at

the bottom of the

garden throw a party?

Here is an

entertaining tale of

difference and

tolerance that all children can relate to featuring

Beatrice Alemagna’s charming mixture of textiles,

appliqué and collage.


Moon Man

Tomi Ungerer

HB $24.95 (April)

A classic story by one of

the world’s best-loved and

acclaimed storytellers,

examining themes of

loneliness, difference and

acceptance.This warm and

witty, beautifully illustrated

fable about the lonely

Moon Man’s first visit to

Earth has been re-released in English for a new

generation of readers to enjoy!

The Donkey Who

Carried the Wounded

Jackie French

PB $14.99 (April)

Most Australians know of

Simpson and his donkey‚

who became heroes at

Gallipoli, but few know

where the donkey came

from‚ what happened to

him after the war, or that

another man carried on rescuing the wounded with

the donkey after Simpson died. Jackie French brings

this story to life for young readers.

The Composer

Is Dead

Lemony Snicket

HB $24.99 (May)

There’s dreadful news

from the symphony hall

– the composer is dead!

Perhaps you can solve

the crime yourself. Join

the Inspector as he

interrogates all the

unusual suspects.Then

listen to the accompanying audio recording

featuring Lemony Snicket and the San Francisco

Symphony. Hear for yourself exactly what took

place on that fateful, well-orchestrated evening.

See Inside:



HB $19.99 (May)

Looking at famous

buildings from across

the ages each

illustration opens up

to reveal the

building’s interior as

well as fascinating

facts such as how they were built and their

histories. Buildings include the Empire State

Building, Guggenheim Museum, Himeji Castle,

Versailles Palace, Blue Mosque, Notre Dame

Cathedral and more.


Picture Atlas

HB $19.99 (May)

Children can explore

the world one flap at

a time with this

colourful new atlas.

With a page for each

continent, children

will love lifting the

flaps to discover the

interesting animals,

buildings, foods and cultures that they would find

there.An interactive book to help children learn

about the world.

I See Travel


HB $34.95

I See Travel Journal

is a fantastic, coollooking


activity book,

designed for small

hands to enjoy,

while giving the adults time out. It is full of

relevant travel games, puzzles, stickers, glue, multi

colour pen and all sorts of fun stuff to entertain a

child on a plane, bus or train on their way to






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