• About a Girl: a Mother's Powerful Story of Raising Her Transgender Child
    About a Girl: a Mother's Powerful Story of Raising Her Transgender Child
    ISBN: 9780143785156
    Title: About a Girl: a Mother's Powerful Story of Raising Her Transgender Child
    Author: ROBERTSON REBEKAH

    In 2000, Rebekah Robertson gave birth to twin boys, George and Harry. But as they grew older, their preferences began to show, and by the age of three it was clear Georgie was drawn to anything that was pretty or had a skirt that could swirl.

    Before long Georgie began to insist that she was a girl and became distressed that she had to hide who she really was when she started school. Soon the bullying started and she would come home in floods of tears, begging her mother to help her.

    Rebekah and her husband, conflicted about how to proceed and overwhelmed by fear, united in their determination to help her live freely and fearlessly. To ensure Georgie had access to medical support they sought permission for her to begin puberty-blocking medication. Their case was the start of the long road to justice for transgender children in Australia and became the basis of the 2013 landmark decision to remove the Family Court's jurisdiction.

    Georgie would go on to become one of the brightest stars of the Australian youth leadership landscape through her advocacy work. And Rebekah would found Transcend, a support network for transgender kids and their families in Australia.

    Part memoir and part inspirational message of hope for those navigating a similar path, About a Girl is a thought-provoking and profoundly moving true story. Above all, it is a celebration of family and the values that unite us all.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Back Story: a Memoir
    Back Story: a Memoir
    ISBN: 9780007351749
    Title: Back Story: a Memoir
    Author: MITCHELL DAVID

    David Mitchell, who you may know for his inappropriate anger on every TV panel show except Never Mind the Buzzcocks, his look of permanent discomfort on C4 sex comedy Peep Show, his online commenter-baiting in The Observer or just for wearing a stick-on moustache in That Mitchell and Webb Look, has written a book about his life. As well as giving a specific account of every single time he's scored some smack, this disgusting memoir also details: * the singular, pitbull-infested charm of the FRP ('Flat Roofed Pub') * the curious French habit of injecting everyone in the arse rather than the arm * why, by the time he got to Cambridge, he really, really needed a drink * the pain of being denied a childhood birthday party at McDonalds * the satisfaction of writing jokes about suicide * how doing quite a lot of walking around London helps with his sciatica * trying to pretend he isn't a total **** at Robert Webb's wedding * that he has fallen in love at LOT, but rarely done anything about it * why it would be worse to bump into Michael Palin than Hitler on holiday * that he's not David Mitchell the novelist. Despite what David Miliband might think Gold title * David will fully promote to his army of Twitter followers, now exceeding 890k in number * Peep Show has attracted 1.8 million viewers and has 1 million DVD sales. Over 10 million viewers have watched his Soap Box YouTube channel. * Will also appeal to his Observer readership, where he has been a columnist since 2009 * The audience is huge: David's TV appearances include Have I Got News For You, QI, Would I Lie to You? And 10'clock Live. He is also and regular on Radio 4, appearing on Desert Island Discs, Just a Minute and presently on The Unbelievable Truth.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
    $20.00
  • Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction
    Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction
    ISBN: 9781471182303
    Title: Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction
    Author: SHEFF DAVID

    #1 New York Times bestseller
    &
    With a new afterword

    Now a Major Motion Picture
    Starring Steve Carell * Timothée Chalamet * Maura Tierney * and Amy Ryan

    & "A brilliant, harrowing, heartbreaking, fascinating story, full of beautiful moments and hard-won wisdom. This book will save a lot of lives and heal a lot of hearts." -- Anne Lamott

    "'When one of us tells the truth, he makes it easier for all of us to open our hearts to our own pain and that of others.' That's ultimately whatBeautiful Boy is about: truth and healing." -- Mary Pipher, author ofReviving Ophelia
    &
    What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted David Sheff's journey through his son Nic's addiction to drugs and tentative steps toward recovery. Before Nic became addicted to crystal meth, he was a charming boy, joyous and funny, a varsity athlete and honor student adored by his two younger siblings. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole, and lived on the streets. David Sheff traces the first warning signs: the denial, the three a.m. phone calls--is it Nic? the police? the hospital? His preoccupation with Nic became an addiction in itself. But as a journalist, he instinctively researched every treatment that might save his son. And he refused to give up on Nic.
    &
    "Filled with compelling anecdotes and important insights . . . An eye-opening memoir." --Washington Post


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Beauty
    Beauty
    ISBN: 9781760876524
    Title: Beauty
    Author: LEE BRI

    You were either fit and trim or you weren't working hard enough. Your body was how you conveyed wealth and status to your peers, it was a personality trait, a symbol of goodness and values: an ethical ideal. In recent decades women have made momentous progress fighting the patriarchy, yet they are held to ever-stricter, more punishing physical standards. Self-worth still plummets and eating disorders are more deadly for how easily they are dismissed. In Beauty Bri Lee explores our obsession with thinness and asks how an intrinsically unattainable standard of physical 'perfection' has become so crucial to so many. What happens if you try to reach that impossible goal? Bri did try, and Beauty is what she learned from that battle: a gripping and intelligent rejection of an ideal that diminishes us all.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Becoming
    Becoming
    ISBN: 9780241334140
    Title: Becoming
    Author: OBAMA MICHELLE

    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.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • Combat Civilian: A Personal View of Humanitarian Relief
    Combat Civilian: A Personal View of Humanitarian Relief
    ISBN: 9781912575848
    Title: Combat Civilian: A Personal View of Humanitarian Relief
    Author: GREENALL GILBERT

    Gilbert Greenall is an unlikely person to find on the front lines of any humanitarian emergency. This memoir tells the story of how a privileged old Etonian and former Guards officer broke the rules, made new ones and took a different path in life to become one of the world's leading humanitarians.From the jungles of Cambodia rescuing refugees during the final days of the Khmer Rouge in 1979 to the chaos of Baghdad in 2016, this is a powerful story of the response to human catastrophe over four decades. Greenall charts the changes in humanitarian assistance, revealing contradictions and triumphs, from the uncoordinated activities of a few small charities to the multi-billion dollar operations of today.

    He takes the reader through wars, famines, earthquakes, floods, and volcanic eruptions, yet there is time for humorous observation of misadventure and the absurdity of some decision making. This is a fast moving narrative, an emotional journey and above all an adventure story, but nevertheless includes an observation of the military risks and political constraints.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Come A Memoir
    Come A Memoir
    ISBN: 9781760875022
    Title: Come A Memoir
    Author: THERESE RITA

    Bold, brave and darkly funny, COME is the extraordinary story of Melbourne sex worker Rita Therese and the love, sex and death she has experienced in her life so far.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Constellations: Reflections from Life
    Constellations: Reflections from Life
    ISBN: 9781509892778
    Title: Constellations: Reflections from Life
    Author: GLEESON SINEAD

    "These brilliant essays read as if Gleeson has made a vow to her readers to illuminate what it means to live in a human body--for better or for worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health--all the days of her life. Come for the dark jokes and existential dread. Stay for the beauty and tenderness."
    --Jenny Offill, author of Weather

    "Nimbly written, balletic in style, heartfelt, spirited, and thoughtful, Sin ad Gleeson's Constellations is a powerful, inspiring gift to readers everywhere."
    --Jami Attenberg, author of All This Could Be Yours


    NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE GUARDIAN * OBSERVER * IMAGE * IRISH TIMES * NEW STATESMAN * IRISH INDEPENDENT

    A #1 Irish bestseller, Sin ad Gleeson's essays chronicle--in crystalline, tender, powerful prose--life in a body as it goes through sickness, health, motherhood, and love of all kinds.

    I have come to think of all the metal in my body as artificial stars, glistening beneath the skin, a constellation of old and new metal. A map, a tracing of connections and a guide to looking at things from different angles.

    We treat the body as an afterthought, until it no longer can be. Until the pain or the pleasure is too great. Sin ad Gleeson's life has been marked by terrible illness, including leukemia and debilitating arthritis. As a child, she bathed in the springs of Lourdes, ever hopeful that her body would cooperate, ever looking forward to the day when she could take her body for granted. But just as she turns inward to explore her own pain, and then the marvel of recovery, and then the arrival of her greatest joys--falling in love, becoming a mother--she turns her gaze outward. She delves into history, art, literature, and music, plotting the intimate experience of life in a women's body across a wide-ranging map. From Nick Cave to Taylor Swift, Botticelli to Frida Kahlo, Louisa May Alcott to Lucy Grealy, Constellations is an investigation into the different ways of seeing, both uniquely personal and universal in its resonances.

    In the tradition of some of our finest life writers, Gleeson explores--in her own spirited, generous voice--the fierceness of being alive. She has written "a book that] every woman should read" (Eimear McBride).

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years
    Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years
    ISBN: 9781509809592
    Title: Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years
    Author: MANDELA NELSON; LANGA MANDLA

    In 1994, Nelson Mandela became the first president of democratic South Africa. Five years later, he stood down. In that time, he and his government wrought the most extraordinary transformation, turning a nation riven by centuries of colonialism and apartheid into a fully functioning democracy in which all South Africa's citizens, black and white, were equal before the law.Dare Not Linger is the story of Mandela's presidency, drawing heavily on the memoir he began to write as he prepared to finish his term as president, but was unable to finish. Now, the acclaimed South African writer, Mandla Langa, has completed the task using Mandela's unfinished draft, detailed notes that Mandela made as events were unfolding and a wealth of previously unseen archival material. The result is a vivid and often inspirational account of Mandela's presidency years in which he overcame the challenges of transition and made a reality of his cherished vision for a liberated South Africa.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Day Like Today: Memoirs
    Day Like Today: Memoirs
    ISBN: 9780007415595
    Title: Day Like Today: Memoirs
    Author: HUMPHRYS JOHN

    For thirty-three years, John Humphrys has presented Radio 4's Today, Britain's most popular news programme. Now the veteran broadcaster writes his memoirs to mark his retirement from the BBC.
    Famed for his tough interviewing, his deep suspicion of authority in all its forms, his passionate commitment to various causes and his ferocious intellect, his book will chart the course of John's life from his Cardiff childhood through the ups and downs of his life as a journalist covering Watergate and apartheid South Africa, his time presenting BBC Nine O'Clock News and his thirty-three years holding politicians to account on Radio 4's Today - the nation's most popular news programme.

    The book will offer a behind-the-scenes account of working on the Today Programme with his insights and stories about major politicians, figures in the news, celebrities, the BBC, as well as his trenchant view on the role of the media in politics and the health of the political system. It gives an unmissable view of some of the great events of the last sixty years from his unique perspective.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Delayed Life: The True Story of the Librarian of Auschwitz
    Delayed Life: The True Story of the Librarian of Auschwitz
    ISBN: 9781529106053
    Title: Delayed Life: The True Story of the Librarian of Auschwitz
    Author: KRAUS DITA


    The powerful, heart-breaking memoir of Dita Kraus, the real-life Librarian of Auschwitz


    Born in Prague to a Jewish family in 1929, Dita Kraus has lived through the most turbulent decades of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Here, Dita writes with startling clarity on the horrors and joys of a life delayed by the Holocaust. From her earliest memories and childhood friendships in Prague before the war, to the Nazi-occupation that saw her and her family sent to the Jewish ghetto at Terezín, to the unimaginable fear and bravery of her imprisonment in Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, and life after liberation.


    Dita writes unflinchingly about the harsh conditions of the camps and her role as librarian of the precious books that her fellow prisoners managed to smuggle past the guards. But she also looks beyond the Holocaust - to the life she rebuilt after the war: her marriage to fellow survivor Otto B Kraus, a new life in Israel and the happiness and heartbreaks of motherhood.


    Part of Dita's story was told in fictional form in the Sunday Times bestseller The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe. Her memoir tells the full story in her own words.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Diving into Glass: A Memoir
    Diving into Glass: A Memoir
    ISBN: 9780143793786
    Title: Diving into Glass: A Memoir
    Author: LLEWELLYN CARO

    Caro Llewellyn was living her dream life in her adopted home of New York, directing an international literary festival. Then one day, running in Central Park, she lost all sensation in her legs. Two days later she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

    Caro was no stranger to tragedy. Her father Richard contracted polio at the age of twenty and spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair. Dignified, undaunted and ingenious, he was determined to make every day count, not least seducing his nurse while still confined to an iron lung, then marrying her.

    But when Caro was herself blindsided by illness, cut loose from everything she depended on, she couldn't summon any of the grace and courage she'd witnessed growing up. She was furious, toxic, humiliated. Only by looking back at her father's extraordinary example was she able to rediscover her own grit and find a way forward, rebuilding her life shard by shard.

    An emotionally brutal memoir of family, vulnerability and purpose, Diving into Glassis a searing, often funny portrait of the realities of disability and an intimate account of two lives filled with vigour and audacity.

    'Caro Llewellyn's portrait of her father is a tour de force. It is entirely unpredictable and consistently exhilarating. I read it in one transfixed sitting.' Janet Malcolm

    'Disturbing, compelling, portentous, obsessive, repetitious, persistent, prophetic, packed with shocks of recognition.' Annie Proulx

    'Indefatigable and unsinkable, Llewellyn keeps her story on pace as if her very life, and her father's legacy, depended on it. Inspiring and uplifting.' Mary Norris, author of Between You & Me

    'Llewellyn has landed herself alongside the great memoirists of our time. A riveting marvel.' Elizabeth Flock, author of The Heart is a Shifting Sea

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Doll
    Doll
    ISBN: 9781787300934
    Title: Doll
    Author: KADARE ISMAIL & HODGSON JOHN (TRANSLATOR)


    From the winner of the first ever Man Booker International Prize: 'a novelist of dazzling mastery' (Independent)


    At the centre of young Ismail's world is the unknowable figure of his mother. Naïve and fragile as a paper doll, she is an unlikely presence in her husband's great stone house, with its hidden rooms and infamous dungeon, and is constantly at odds with her wise and thin-lipped mother-in-law. But despite her lightness and unchanging youthful nature, she is not without her own enigmas.


    Most of all, she fears that her intellectual son - who uses words she doesn't understand, publishes radical poetry, falls in love freely and seems to be renouncing everything she embodies of the old world - will have to exchange her for a superior mother when he becomes a famous writer.


    Dedicated to the memory of his mother and circling back to his childhood in Albania, The Doll is Ismail Kadare's delicate and disarming tale of home and creative longing, of writerly aspiration, and of personal and political freedom.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $34.00
    $34.00
  • Dreaming Land
    Dreaming Land
    ISBN: 9780908321490
    Title: Dreaming Land
    Author: EDMOND MARTIN

    So here I am walking again an old path made new by the very fact that I am upon it once more, accompanied by familiar hordes: the fecund majority of the dead, the myriad of the living in all of their many forms, defunct, mutant, revenant or otherwise, traversing memory’s infinite field.

    In the evocative prose that makes him one of our finest writers, Martin Edmond recalls his experiences of growing up in rural New Zealand in the 1950s and 60s. The son of schoolteachers, Edmond’s early life was shaped by his father’s developing career and the moves it dictated: from Ohakune, to Greytown, to Huntly, to Heretaunga.

    The Dreaming Land shows us the making of a thinker and a writer. Edmond documents the people, locations, and events that made a lasting impression on him, and maps the development of his mental landscape – a landscape marked by curiosity, empathy and the capacity for acute observation.

    It is a book that is at once personal and universal, charting formative moments yet filled with details that resonate more broadly. The Dreaming Land pushes at the boundaries of what can be remembered to create a narrative which absorbs, illuminates and enchants.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Eggshell Skull
    Eggshell Skull
    ISBN: 9781760295776
    Title: Eggshell Skull
    Author: LEE BRI

    A well-established legal doctrine that a defendant must 'take their victim as they find them'. If a single punch kills someone because of their thin skull, that victim's weakness cannot mitigate the seriousness of the crime.

    But what if it also works the other way? What if a defendant on trial for sexual crimes has to accept his 'victim' as she comes: a strong, determined accuser who knows the legal system, who will not back down until justice is done?

    Bri Lee began her first day of work at the Queensland District Court as a bright-eyed judge's associate. Two years later she was back as the complainant in her own case.

    This is the story of Bri's journey through the Australian legal system; first as the daughter of a policeman, then as a law student, and finally as a judge's associate in both metropolitan and regional Queensland-where justice can look very different, especially for women. The injustice Bri witnessed, mourned and raged over every day finally forced her to confront her own personal history, one she'd vowed never to tell. And this is how, after years of struggle, she found herself on the other side of the courtroom, telling her story.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Erratics
    Erratics
    ISBN: 9781460758250
    Title: Erratics
    Author: LAVEAU-HARVIE VICKI

    When her elderly mother is hospitalized unexpectedly, Vicki travels to her parents' isolated ranch home in Alberta, Canada, to help her father. She has been estranged from her parents for many years (the reasons for which rapidly become clear) and is horrified by what she discovers on her arrival. Her mother has always been mentally unstable, but for years camouflaged her delusions and unpredictability. Over the decades she has managed to shut herself and her husband away from the outside world. Vicki's father, who has been systematically starved and kept virtually a prisoner in his own home, begins to realize what has happened to him and embarks upon plans of his own to combat his wife. Vicki quickly realizes how dangerous, and potentially life-threatening, her mother's behavior is. She fears for her father's life and her own safety if her mother returns home. The power play between her parents takes a dramatic turn and leaves Vicki embroiled in situations that are ludicrous, heart-breaking, and frightening.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Everybody Died, So I Got a Dog: The Funny, Heartbreaking Memoir of Losing a Family & Gaining a Dog
    Everybody Died, So I Got a Dog: The Funny, Heartbreaking Memoir of Losing a Family & Gaining a Dog
    ISBN: 9781473671386
    Title: Everybody Died, So I Got a Dog: The Funny, Heartbreaking Memoir of Losing a Family & Gaining a Dog
    Author: DEAN EMILY


    'Like a master class in memoir writing. Honest, perceptive and properly funny'
    Neil Gaiman

    'A wonderful and very special book'
    Adam Kay, author of This is Going to Hurt


    'Glamorous. Heart-breaking. Hilarious. Feminist. Life-changing'
    Katherine Ryan


    'Heartwarming and heartbreaking all at the same time Genuinely couldn't put it down'
    Alan Carr


    'Incredibly moving, always funny and brilliantly written. I urge everyone to read it'
    Frank Skinner


    'I can't begin to express how much I love it'
    Caroline Criado-Perez, author of Invisible Women


    'LOVELY. Sad and funny and warm and DOGS'
    Marian Keyes


    'I read it in one sitting - it's so blinking good'
    Lorraine Kelly


    'Funny, sparklingly honest and heart-breaking'
    Bel Mooney, Daily Mail

    'A book that will leave you smiling but with a lump in your throat'
    Mail on Sunday, '100 Hottest Summer Books 2019'


    * * *


    The funny, heart-breaking, wonderfully told story of love, family and overwhelming loss which led Emily Dean to find hope and healing in the dog she always wanted.


    Growing up with the Deans was a fabulous training ground for many things: ignoring unpaid bills, being the most entertaining guest at dinner, deconstructing poetry. It was never home for the dog Emily craved.


    Emily shared the lively chaos with her beloved older sister Rachael, her rock. Over the years the sisters bond grew ever closer. As Rachael went on to have the cosy family and treasured dog, Giggle, Emily threw herself into unsettled adventure - dog ownership remaining a distant dream.


    Then, tragically, Rachael is diagnosed with cancer. In just three devastating years Emily loses not only her sister but both her parents as well.


    This is the funny heart-breaking, wonderfully told story of how Emily discovers that it is possible to overcome the worst that life can throw at you, that it's never too late to make peace with your past, and that the right time is only ever now, as she finally starts again with her very own dog - the adorable Shih-tzu named Raymond.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Everyday Madness: On Grief, Anger, Loss & Love
    Everyday Madness: On Grief, Anger, Loss & Love
    ISBN: 9780008300333
    Title: Everyday Madness: On Grief, Anger, Loss & Love
    Author: APPIGNANESI LISA

    'The small translucent bottle of shampoo outlived him. It was the kind you take home from hotels in distant places. For over a year it had sat on the shower shelf where he had left it. I looked at it every day.' After the death of her partner of thirty-two years, Lisa Appignanesi was thrust into a state striated by rage and superstition in which sanity felt elusive. The dead of prior generations loomed large and haunting. Then, too, the cultural and political moment seemed to collude with her condition: everywhere people were dislocated and angry. In this electrifying and brave examination of an ordinary enough death and its aftermath, Appignanesi uses all her evocative and analytic powers to scrutinize her own and our society's experience of grieving, the effects of loss and the potent, mythical space it occupies in our lives. With searing honesty, lashed by humour, she navigates us onto the terrain of childhood, the way it forms our feelings of love and hate, and steers us towards a less tumultuous version of the everyday. This book may be short, but life, death, madness, love, and grandchildren, are all there - seen through the eyes of a writer who is ever aware of the historical and current vagaries of woman's condition.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Everything I Know About Love
    Everything I Know About Love
    ISBN: 9780241982105
    Title: Everything I Know About Love
    Author: ALDERTON DOLLY

    'With courageous honesty, Alderton documents the highs and the lows - the sex, the drugs, the nightmare landlords, the heartaches and the humiliations. Deeply funny, sometimes shocking, and admirably open-hearted and optimistic' Daily Telegraph


    'A sensitive, astute and funny account of growing up millennial' Observer


    'The book we will thrust into our friends' hands . . . that will help heal a broken heart. Alderton's wise words can resonate with women of all ages. She feels like a best friend and your older sister all rolled into one and her pages wrap around you like a warm hug' Evening Standard


    'I loved its truth, self awareness, humour and most of all, its heart-spilling generosity' Sophie Dahl


    'Steeped in furiously funny accounts of one-night stands, ill-advised late-night taxi journeys up the M1, grubby flat-shares and the beauty of female friendships, as Alderton joyfully booze-cruises her way through her twenties' Metro


    'Alderton proves a razor-sharp observer of the shifting dynamics of long term female friendship' Mail on Sunday


    'It's so full of life and laughs - I gobbled up this book. Alderton has built something beautiful and true out of many fragments of daftness' Amy Liptrot



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • F*cked At 40 Life Beyond Suburbia, Monogamy & Stretch Marks
    F*cked At 40 Life Beyond Suburbia, Monogamy & Stretch Marks
    ISBN: 9781786782694
    Title: F*cked At 40 Life Beyond Suburbia, Monogamy & Stretch Marks
    Author: LEIGH TOVA

    For every woman that has ever felt trapped.& A funny, raw and empowering& mid-life-crisis-with-a-difference, vlogger, mother, lover businesswoman and social media phenomenon Tova Leigh explores what the hell you are supposed to do when you find yourself living a life you don't remember signing up for.&

    "I was bored, angry, tired and sad. I felt all alone yet I had nothing to complain about. I had a good job, a husband who as far as I could tell wasn't shagging his assistant, three children who apart from being the occasional assholes were pretty good kids; a house, a dog and everything else we are told as little girls we should aspire to. But inside, I was growing restless. I was sick of having the same dull conversations about meal plans and kid-friendly holidays. I was frustrated with having the same married sex I'd been having for the past seven years, or not having any sex at all. I didn't want to be looked at as just a 'mom'. I wanted to be desired, to make someone's hair stand on end and go crazy for me. I didn't want to live by some label that didn't represent me. I looked at my messy SUV after my yoga class one morning and I wanted to vomit on it all. I panicked, thinking about how I am slowly approaching middle age and the menopause and I wondered how many years do I have left of being 'f**ckable' before everything starts going downhill?"&

    We have many sides to us, most of the time we think we must choose just one character and stick to it. But the truth is, we can be all of them without having to choose. I am finally able to show the world that I am a bit of an idiot who dances around her kitchen in her knickers and makes silly videos with her husband, as well as a responsible parent and a businesswoman who runs her own company.&

    When you find authenticity it's hard to go back. It's like opening a door to the truth and starting to breathe a new type of air. This discovery is what prompted me to write. It's my way of saying HERE I AM. I don't think we should be sorry for who we are. None of us.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Fierce Femmes & Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl's Confabulous Memoir
    Fierce Femmes & Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl's Confabulous Memoir
    ISBN: 9780994047137
    Title: Fierce Femmes & Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl's Confabulous Memoir
    Author: THOM KAI CHENG

    The highly sensational, ultra-exciting, sort-of true coming-of-age story of a young Asian trans girl, pathological liar, and kung-fu expert who runs away from her parents' abusive home in a rainy city called Gloom. Striking off on her own, she finds her true family in a group of larger-than-life trans femmes who live in a mysterious pleasure district known only as the Street of Miracles. Under the wings of this fierce and fabulous flock, the protagonist blossoms into the woman she has always dreamed of being, with a little help from the unscrupulous Doctor Crocodile. When one of their number is brutally murdered, she joins her sisters in forming a vigilante gang to fight back against the transphobes, violent johns, and cops that stalk the Street of Miracles. But when things go terribly wrong, she must find the truth within herself in order to stop the violence and discover what it really means to grow up and find your family.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $47.00
    $47.00
  • Forged from Silver Dollar : One Family's Epic Tale of Survival in Tumultuous Twentieth-century China
    Forged from Silver Dollar : One Family's Epic Tale of Survival in Tumultuous Twentieth-century China
    ISBN: 9780733632310
    Title: Forged from Silver Dollar : One Family's Epic Tale of Survival in Tumultuous Twentieth-century China
    Author: FENG LI

    Li Feng grew up in Mao's communist China with her mother's motto burning in her ears - success demands two things: unconditional sacrifice and absolute mental focus. Finally breaking free of her mother's overbearing clutches and fleeing to Sydney as an adult, Li struggled to make sense of her own lost childhood by piecing together her family's history. What she found was a heartbreaking tale of love and loss that echoed across four generations of women - from Silver Dollar, who fought to regain her dignity and change her destiny after being sold into a loveless marriage at the age of 13; to Ming Xiu, who was forced to make a choice no mother should ever have to make following the execution of her husband; to Li's mother Rong, who grew up as an outcast on the periphery of society but never gave up hope of a better life for herself and for her daughters. Despite economic and political upheaval, these women battled to offer their children a better future through sheer determination in the face of unimaginable adversity. FORGED FROM SILVER DOLLAR is an inspiring true story about modern China, iron will and the strength of a mother's love.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Fourteen
    Fourteen
    ISBN: 9781760851088
    Title: Fourteen
    Author: MOLLOY SHANNON

    Fourteen is this generation's Holding the Man - a moving coming-of-age memoir about a young man's search for identity and acceptance in the most unforgiving and hostile of places: high school. This is a story about my fourteenth year of life as a gay kid at an all-boys rugby-mad Catholic school in regional Queensland. It was a year in which I started to discover who I was, and deeply hated what was revealed. It was a year in which I had my first crush and first devastating heartbreak. It was a year of torment, bullying and betrayal - not just at the hands of my peers, but by adults who were meant to protect me. And it was a year that almost ended tragically. I found solace in writing and my budding journalism; in a close-knit group of friends, all growing up too quickly together; and in the fierce protection of family and a mother's unconditional love. These were moments of light and hilarity that kept me going. As much as Fourteen is a chronicle of the enormous struggle and adversity I endured, and the shocking consequences of it all, it's also a tale of survival. Because I did survive. ‘Teenagers should read this book, parents should read this book. Human beings, above all, should read this book.' Rick Morton bestselling author of One Hundred Years of Dirt ‘I love this book … a beautifully written account of a young man struggling with his sexuality, overcoming shocking abuse and finding his way to pride.' Peter FitzSimons, bestselling author ‘Shannon is unflinching in recounting the horror, but he is also funny, empathetic and, above all, full of courage.' Bridie Jabour, author of The Way Things Should Be ‘A slice of life as experienced quite recently in the “lucky country”.' The Hon Michael Kirby, AC CMG

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Ginger Child: On Family, Loss & Adoption
    Ginger Child: On Family, Loss & Adoption
    ISBN: 9781786497260
    Title: Ginger Child: On Family, Loss & Adoption
    Author: FLANERY PATRICK

    A raw and heart-wrenching literary memoir about a queer couple's attempt to adopt a child.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Girls
    Girls
    ISBN: 9781760782238
    Title: Girls
    Author: HIGGINS CHLOE

    "An astounding new voice whose work mines the slippery regions between grief, sex, love, parents and children. This book is a rare find." (Felicity Castagna) "An urgent, poetic and skinless howl of a book." (Lee Kofman)In 2005, Chloe Higgins was seventeen years old. She and her mother, Rhonda, stayed home so that she could revise for her HSC exams while her two younger sisters, Carlie and Lisa, went skiing with their father. On the way back from their trip, their car veered off the highway, flipped on its side and burst into flames. Both her sisters were killed. Their father walked away from the accident with only minor injuries. This book is about what happened next.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Glossy Years: Selective Memoirs
    Glossy Years: Selective Memoirs
    ISBN: 9780241342879
    Title: Glossy Years: Selective Memoirs
    Author: COLERIDGE NICHOLAS

    'I adored it. Coleridge is both self-deprecating and shrewd as he regales us with his rollicking ride as editor and tastemaker in the world of British glossy magazines: an irresistible read' Tina Brown

    Diana touched your elbow, your arm, covered your hand with hers. It was alluring. And she was disarmingly confiding.
    "Can I ask you something? Nicholas, please be frank..."


    Over his thirty-year career at Cond Nast, Nicholas Coleridge has witnessed it all. From the anxieties of the Princess of Wales to the blazing fury of Mohamed Al-Fayed, his story is also the story of the people who populate the glamorous world of glossy magazines. With relish and astonishing candour, he offers the inside scoop on Tina Brown and Anna Wintour, David Bowie and Philip Green, Kate Moss and Beyonce; on Margaret Thatcher's clothes legacy, and a surreal weekend away with Bob Geldof and William Hague. Cara Delevingne, media tycoons, Prime Ministers, Princes, Mayors and Maharajas - all cross his path.


    His career in magazines straddles the glossies throughout their glorious zenith - from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s to the digital iterations of the 21st century. Having cut his teeth on Tatler, and as Editor-in-Chief of Harpers & Queen, he became the Mr Big of glossy publishing for three decades.


    Packed with surprising and often hilarious anecdotes, The Glossy Years also provides perceptive insight into the changing and treacherous worlds of fashion, journalism, museums and a whole sweep of British society. This is a rich, honest, witty and very personal memoir of a life splendidly lived.


    'Coleridge writes like a dream' Observer



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $65.00
    $65.00
  • Good Boy: A Life in Seven Dogs
    Good Boy: A Life in Seven Dogs
    ISBN: 9781250261878
    Title: Good Boy: A Life in Seven Dogs
    Author: BOYLAN JENNIFER FINNEY


    From bestselling author of She's Not There, New York Times opinion columnist, and human rights activist Jennifer Finney Boylan, Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs, a memoir of the transformative power of loving dogs.


    This is a book about dogs: the love we have for them, and the way that love helps us understand the people we have been.


    It's in the love of dogs, and my love for them, that I can best now take the measure of the child I once was, and the bottomless, unfathomable desires that once haunted me.


    There are times when it is hard for me to fully remember that love, which was once so fragile, and so fierce. Sometimes it seems to fade before me, like breath on a mirror.


    But I remember the dogs.


    In her New York Times opinion column, Jennifer Finney Boylan wrote about her relationship with her beloved dog Indigo, and her wise, funny, heartbreaking piece went viral. In Good Boy, Boylan explores what should be the simplest topic in the world, but never is: finding and giving love.


    Good Boy is a universal account of a remarkable story: showing how a young boy became a middle-aged woman--accompanied at seven crucial moments of growth and transformation by seven memorable dogs. "Everything I know about love," she writes, "I learned from dogs." Their love enables us pull off what seem like impossible feats: to find our way home when we are lost, to live our lives with humor and courage, and above all, to best become our true selves.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $59.00
    $59.00
  • Grace & Grit A Love Story
    Grace & Grit A Love Story
    ISBN: 9781611808490
    Title: Grace & Grit A Love Story
    Author: WILBER KEN

    Coming soon as a Major Motion Picture

    Heartfelt, deeply moving, and incredibly real, this narrative shares the five-year journey of philosopher Ken Wilber and his wife, Treya Killam Wilber, through Treya's illness, treatment, and death. Ken's wide-ranging commentary--which questions conventional and New Age approaches to illness and reaches beyond the experience to find wisdom in pain--is combined with Treya's journals to create a portrait of health and healing, wholeness and harmony, and suffering and surrender. This edition includes a new preface by the author.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00

    $40.00
  • Greetings From Bury Park (Blinded by the Light Film tie-in)
    Greetings From Bury Park (Blinded by the Light Film tie-in)
    ISBN: 9781526612083
    Title: Greetings From Bury Park (Blinded by the Light Film tie-in)
    Author: MANZOOR SARFRAZ

    Sarfraz Manzoor was two years old when his family emigrated from Pakistan to join his father in Bury Park, Luton. His teenage years were a constant battle to reconcile being both British and Muslim. But when his best friend introduced him to Bruce Springsteen, his life changed for ever. In this affectionate and timely memoir, Manzoor retraces his journey from the frustrations of his childhood to his reaction to the tragedies of 9/11 and 7/7.Original, darkly tender and wryly amusing, this is an inspiring tribute to the power of music to transcend race and religion and a moving account of a relationship between father and son

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Happiness Project Tenth Anniversary Edition
    Happiness Project Tenth Anniversary Edition
    ISBN: 9780062888747
    Title: Happiness Project Tenth Anniversary Edition
    Author: RUBIN GRETCHEN

    Gretchen Rubin's year-long experiment to discover how to create true happiness. Drawing on cutting-edge science, classical philosophy, and real-world examples, Rubin delivers an engaging, eminently relatable chronicle of transformation. This special 10th Anniversary edition features a Conversation with Gretchen Rubin, Happiness Project Stories, a guide to creating your own happiness project, a list of dozens of free resources, and more.


    "An enlightening, laugh-aloud read. . . . Filled with open, honest glimpses into Rubin's] real life, woven together with constant doses of humor."--Christian Science Monitor

    Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. "The days are long, but the years are short," she realized. "Time is passing, and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter." In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.


    In this lively and compelling account--now updated with new material by the author--Rubin chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. Among other things, she found that novelty and challenge are powerful sources of happiness; that money can help buy happiness, when spent wisely; that outer order contributes to inner calm; and that the very smallest of changes can make the biggest difference.


    This updated edition includes:


    - An extensive new interview with the author


    - Stories of other people's life-changing happiness projects


    - A resource guide to the dozens of free resources created for readers


    - The Happiness Project Manifesto


    - An excerpt from Gretchen Rubin's bestselling book The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles that Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People's Lives Better, Too)




    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Heavy: An American Memoir
    Heavy: An American Memoir
    ISBN: 9781526605764
    Title: Heavy: An American Memoir
    Author: LAYMON KIESE

    *Named a Best Book of 2018 by the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, NPR, Broadly, Buzzfeed (Nonfiction), The Undefeated, Library Journal (Biography/Memoirs), The Washington Post (Nonfiction), Southern Living (Southern), Entertainment Weekly, and The New York Times Critics*

    *WINNER of the Andrew Carnegie Medal and FINALIST for the Kirkus Prize *

    In this powerful and provocative memoir, genre-bending essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon explores what the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies, and deception does to a black body, a black family, and a nation teetering on the brink of moral collapse.

    Kiese Laymon is a fearless writer. In his essays, personal stories combine with piercing intellect to reflect both on the state of American society and on his experiences with abuse, which conjure conflicted feelings of shame, joy, confusion and humiliation. Laymon invites us to consider the consequences of growing up in a nation wholly obsessed with progress yet wholly disinterested in the messy work of reckoning with where we've been.

    In Heavy, Laymon writes eloquently and honestly about growing up a hard-headed black son to a complicated and brilliant black mother in Jackson, Mississippi. From his early experiences of sexual violence, to his suspension from college, to his trek to New York as a young college professor, Laymon charts his complex relationship with his mother, grandmother, anorexia, obesity, sex, writing, and ultimately gambling. By attempting to name secrets and lies he and his mother spent a lifetime avoiding, Laymon asks himself, his mother, his nation, and us to confront the terrifying possibility that few in this nation actually know how to responsibly love, and even fewer want to live under the weight of actually becoming free.

    A personal narrative that illuminates national failures, Heavy is defiant yet vulnerable, an insightful, often comical exploration of weight, identity, art, friendship, and family that begins with a confusing childhood--and continues through twenty-five years of haunting implosions and long reverberations.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00

    $25.00
  • Help Me! One Woman's Quest to Find Out If Self-Help Really Can Change Your Life
    Help Me! One Woman's Quest to Find Out If Self-Help Really Can Change Your Life
    ISBN: 9781509888535
    Title: Help Me! One Woman's Quest to Find Out If Self-Help Really Can Change Your Life
    Author: POWER MARIANNE

    Marianne Power was stuck in a rut. Then one day she wondered: could self-help books help her find the elusive perfect life? She decided to test one book a month for a year, following their advice to the letter. What would happen if she followed the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People? Really felt The Power of Now? Could life be transformed? Because she honestly did want all the things these books promised. To find a Love that Lasts and to unearth The Secret to making your dreams come true.What begins as a clever experiment becomes an achingly poignant story. Because self-help can change your life - but not necessarily for the better...

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
    $20.00
  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family & Culture in Crisis
    Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family & Culture in Crisis
    ISBN: 9780008220563
    Title: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family & Culture in Crisis
    Author: VANCE J D


    SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE


    'The political book of the year' Sunday Times


    'You will not read a more important book about America this year' Economist


    Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis--that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.


    The Vance family story begins hopefully in post-war America. J. D.'s grandparents were "dirt poor and in love," and moved north from Kentucky's Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility.


    But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance's grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history.


    A deeply moving memoir with its share of humour and vividly colourful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
    $27.00
  • History of Silence
    History of Silence
    ISBN: 9780143569473
    Title: History of Silence
    Author: JONES LLOYD

    Stone by stone the basilica was being dismantled in order to be put back together again. Each stone was painted with a number and laid with care onto pallets spread over the ground . . . I kept thinking about those numbered stones. Some purpose began to take shape. I began to wonder if I might re-trace and recover something of my own past, to reassemble it in the manner of the basilica. It was a matter of looking to see if any of the original building blocks remained, and where might I find them.

    LLoyd Jones is one of New Zealand's best known contemporary writers. He has published essays and children's books but his best known works include the novels The Book of Fame.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Hitch 22: A Memoir
    Hitch 22: A Memoir
    ISBN: 9781742376042
    Title: Hitch 22: A Memoir
    Author: HITCHENS CHRISTOPHER

    Over the last thirty years Christopher Hitchens has established himself as one of the world's most influential public intellectuals. His originality, bravery, range and wit made him first a leading iconoclast of the political left, and then later a formidable advocate of secular liberalism. As a socialist he opposed the war in Vietnam, after September 11 he emerged as one of the fiercest advocates of war in Iraq. In this long-awaited and candid memoir, Hitchens re-traces the footsteps of his life to date, from his childhood in Portsmouth with his adoring, tragic mother and reserved naval officer father; to his life in Washington DC, the base from which he would launch fierce attacks on tyranny of all kinds. Along the way, he recalls the girls, the boys and the booze; the friendships and the feuds; the grand struggles and lost causes; and the mistakes and misgivings that have characterised his life. HITCH-22 is, by turns, moving and funny, charming and irascible and inspiring. Agree or disagree, love him or hate him, readers of HITCH-22 have all agreed on one thing: they can't ignore him. This provocative memoir is an indispensable companion to the life and thought of an outstanding political writer.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Hollywood's Eve: Eve Babitz & the Secret History of L.A.
    Hollywood's Eve: Eve Babitz & the Secret History of L.A.
    ISBN: 9781501125805
    Title: Hollywood's Eve: Eve Babitz & the Secret History of L.A.
    Author: ANOLIK LILI

    Los Angeles in the 1960s and 70s was the pop culture capital of the world--a movie factory, a music factory, a dream factory. Eve Babitz was the ultimate factory girl, a pure product of LA, and Vanity Fair writer "Lili Anolik decodes, ruptures, and ultimately intensifies Eve's singular irresistible glitz" (The New Yorker).

    The goddaughter of Igor Stravinsky and a graduate of Hollywood High, Eve Babitz posed in 1963, at age twenty, playing chess with the French artist Marcel Duchamp. She was naked; he was not. The photograph made her an instant icon of art and sex. Babitz spent the rest of the decade rocking and rolling on the Sunset Strip, honing her notoriety. There were the album covers she designed: for Buffalo Springfield and the Byrds, to name but a few. There were the men she seduced: Jim Morrison, Ed Ruscha, Harrison Ford, to name but a very few.

    Then, at nearly thirty, her It girl days numbered, Babitz was discovered--as a writer--by Joan Didion. She would go on to produce seven books, usually billed as novels or short story collections, always autobiographies and confessionals. Under-known and under-read during her career, she's since experienced a breakthrough. Now in her mid-seventies, she's on the cusp of literary stardom and recognition as an essential--as the essential--LA writer. Her prose achieves that American ideal: art that stays loose, maintains its cool, and is so simply enjoyable as to be mistaken for simple entertainment.

    For Babitz, life was slow days, fast company until a freak fire turned her into a recluse, living in a condo in West Hollywood, where author Lili Anolik tracked her down in 2012. Hollywood's Eve, equal parts biography and detective story "brings a ludicrously glamorous scene back to life, adding a few shadows along the way" (Vogue) and "sends you racing to read the work of Eve Babitz" (The New York Times).

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Homesick: Why I Live in a Shed
    Homesick: Why I Live in a Shed
    ISBN: 9781787478657
    Title: Homesick: Why I Live in a Shed
    Author: DAVIES CATRINA


    The story of a personal housing crisis that led to a discovery of the true value of home.


    *'You will marvel at the beauty of this book, and rage at the injustice it reveals' George Monbiot*


    *'Incredibly moving. To find peace and a sense of home after a life so profoundly affected by the housing crisis, is truly inspirational' Raynor Winn, bestselling author of The Salt Path*


    Aged thirty-one, Catrina Davies was renting a box-room in a house in Bristol, which she shared with four other adults and a child. Working several jobs and never knowing if she could make the rent, she felt like she was breaking apart.


    Homesick for the landscape of her childhood, in the far west of Cornwall, Catrina decides to give up the box-room and face her demons. As a child, she saw her family and their security torn apart; now, she resolves to make a tiny, dilapidated shed a home of her own.


    With the freedom to write, surf and make music, Catrina rebuilds the shed and, piece by piece, her own sense of self. On the border of civilisation and wilderness, between the woods and the sea, she discovers the true value of home, while trying to find her place in a fragile natural world.


    This is the story of a personal housing crisis and a country-wide one, grappling with class, economics, mental health and nature. It shows how housing can trap us or set us free, and what it means to feel at home.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings
    Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings
    ISBN: 9781471167744
    Title: Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings
    Author: JUKES HELEN

    ''This book& has found a special place in my heart. It''s& as strange, beautiful and unexpected, as precise and exquisite in its movings, as bees in a hive. I loved it''& Helen Macdonald, author of& H IS FOR HAWK
    ''Everyone should own& A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings, which moved and delighted me more than a book about insects had any right to ... Jukes is a gloriously gifted writer and her book ought to become a key text of this bright moment in our history of nature writing'' Alex Preston,& Observer
    ''Finely written and insightful'' Melissa Harrison,& Guardian
    &
    A fascinating, insightful and inspiring account of a novice beekeeper''s year of keeping honeybees, which will appeal to readers of& H is For Hawk& and& The Outrun

    Entering her thirties, Helen Jukes feels trapped in an urban grind of office politics and temporary addresses - disconnected, stressed. Struggling to settle into her latest job and home in Oxford, she realises she needs to effect a change if she''s to create a meaningful life for herself, one that can accommodate comfort and labour and love. Then friends give her the gift of a colony of honeybees - according to folklore, bees freely given bring luck - and Helen embarks on her first full year of beekeeping. But what does it mean to ''keep'' wild creatures? In learning about the bees, what can she learn of herself? And can travelling inside the hive free her outside it? &

    As Helen grapples with her role in the delicate, awe-inspiring ecosystem of the hive, the very act of keeping seems to open up new perspectives, deepen friendships old and new, and make her world come alive.& A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings is at once a fascinating exploration of the honeybee and the hive, the practices of honey-gathering and the history of our observation of bees; and a beautifully wrought meditation on responsibility and care, on vulnerability and trust, on forging bonds and breaking new ground.

    ''This is classic modern nature-writing; a synthesis of scientific learning, observation and the author''s response. If you care for the wellbeing of bees and the planet and for the state of the human heart, then this book, with its deft and beautiful prose, is for you... And like all good nature writing, it also - quietly, clearly and insistently - requires us, too, to respond'' Countryfile Magazine

    ''An intimate exploration of the heart and home, and a tantalising glimpse into an alien culture. A brave and delicate book, rich and fascinating'' Nick Hunt, author of Where the Wild Winds Are

    ''Subtly wrought personal journey into the art and science of beekeeping. Helen Jukes evokes both the practical minutiae of the work, and the findings of researchers who have illuminated bee ethology over the centuries'' nature

    ''A mesmeric, lovely, quietly powerful book. A gentle but compelling account of the redemption that comes from relationship and attention'' Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast

    ''A profound, funny and sometimes deeply moving book that describes a year of inner city bee keeping, while dancing between& the history of bees and us& and what it means to be human in our modern world''& Julia Blackburn, author of Threads: The Delicate Life of John Craske

    ''A& very human story about the aliens gathering & in her back garden - bees, fascinating but almost unknowable. Their wildness& and her duty to them help open up a desk rat''s& uninspiring life to all the possibilities of love, care, connection and sheer wonder. It is a lovely, entirely personal journey into the very heart of the hive'' Michael Pye

    ''I raced through this really terrific, down-to-earth read. The existential threat to our entire ecosystem posed by the problems facing bees can be hard to grasp, but Helen manages to make this a very personal, human story that, hopefully, might inspire others to action'' Luke Turner, The Quietus

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
    $27.00
  • Horror Stories A Memoir
    Horror Stories A Memoir
    ISBN: 9780525511984
    Title: Horror Stories A Memoir
    Author: PHAIR LIZ

    When Liz Phair shook things up with her musical debut, Exile in Guyville-making her as much a cultural figure as a feminist pioneer and rock star-her raw candor, uncompromising authenticity, and deft storytelling inspired a legion of critics, songwriters, musicians, and fans alike. Now, like a Gen X Patti Smith, Liz Phair reflects on the path she has taken in these piercing essays that reveal the indelible memories that have stayed with her.

    For Phair, horror is in the eye of the beholder-in the often unrecognized universal experiences of daily pain, guilt, and fear that make up our humanity. Illuminating despair with hope and consolation, tempering it all with her signature wit, Horror Stories is immersive, taking readers inside the most intimate junctures of Phair's life, from facing her own bad behavior and the repercussions of betraying her fundamental values, to watching her beloved grandmother inevitably fade, to undergoing the beauty of childbirth while being hit up for an autograph by the anesthesiologist.

    Horror Stories is a literary accomplishment that reads like the confessions of a friend. It gathers up all of our isolated shames and draws them out into the light, uniting us in our shared imperfection, our uncertainty and our cowardice, smashing the stigma of not being in control. But most importantly, the uncompromising precision and candor of Horror Stories transforms these deeply personal experiences into tales about each and every one of us.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • How to Be a Family: How I Dragged My Kids Around the World to Find a New Way to Be Together
    How to Be a Family: How I Dragged My Kids Around the World to Find a New Way to Be Together
    ISBN: 9780316552622
    Title: How to Be a Family: How I Dragged My Kids Around the World to Find a New Way to Be Together
    Author: KOIS DAN

    In this eye-opening, heartwarming, and very funny book, the fractious, loving Kois family goes in search of other places on the map that might offer them the chance to live away from home-- but closer together. Over a year the family lands in New Zealand, the Netherlands, Costa Rica, and small-town Kansas. The goal? To get out of their rut of busyness and distractedness and to see how other families live.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
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