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PHOTOGRAPHY
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40 years of passion and experience has been poured into Lonely Planet's Beautiful World.

We witness fiery volcanic eruptions; wind-sculpted icebergs in the Antarctic; mind-blowing migrations of wildlife large and small; natural wonders from Belize's Great Blue Hole to Yellowstone in Wyoming; also the imprint that humanity has made on the planet.





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RAY MARTIN'S WORLD
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by Paul Bangay, Simon Griffiths
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SPORT
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Click here for more details or to orderBLACK CAVIAR
by Gerard Whateley


The illustrated edition of Gerard Whateley’s acclaimed bestseller includes three new chapters and more than 160 photographs

This is the complete story behind Australian turf’s most glorious statistic: 25 starts for 25 wins. Revered for her unparalleled speed, perfectly complemented by a champion’s heart and courage, Black Caviar has returned racing to its glory days and secured a reputation that will echo for as long as horses are sent out to race.

Now with three new chapters documenting a magnificent sporting comeback and the emotional events leading to Black Caviar’s shock retirement this full-colour edition celebrates her immortal achievements.

With exclusive access to those at the heart of the events and written by acclaimed journalist and broadcaster Gerard Whateley, Black Caviar documents the career of the racehorse who transcended the track to become an Australian icon.


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HOME & GARDEN

GYPSY
by Sibella Court
GARDEN
by Jennifer Stackhouse
GARDENING AUSTRALIA'S FLORA
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FASHION
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by Collette Dinnigan



In this Limited Edition, each copy will be numbered and signed, will have a unique illustrated cover and will be accompanied by a limited edition Collette Dinnigan silk scarf designed especially for the book.

In this much-anticipated book from Collette Dinnigan, the Australian designer and fashion icon provides an intimate insight into her life and work.

For the first time, this intensely private woman opens up about what makes her tick. What inspires her to create clothes worn by the most glamorous women in the world, from film stars to royalty? How has her bohemian childhood shaped her? What has made her so successful? What drives her creativity and her famed attention to detail? How does she unwind? How does she juggle the roles of mother and businesswoman?

Obsessive Creative takes you behind the scenes of the world of high fashion, from the studio where Collette's sublimely beautiful clothes are made, to backstage at the Paris shows, from the red carpet to a beading factory in India. Lavishly illustrated with photographs from top international fashion photographers and from Collette's own family albums, this is an intensely personal account of her life and times.

The name Collette Dinnigan conjures up images of romance, style, luxury and femininity - meet the woman behind the name.

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by Collette Dinnigan



In this much-anticipated book from Collette Dinnigan, the Australian designer and fashion icon provides an intimate insight into her life and work.

For the first time, this intensely private woman opens up about what makes her tick. What inspires her to create clothes worn by the most glamorous women in the world, from film stars to royalty? How has her bohemian childhood shaped her? What has made her so successful? What drives her creativity and her famed attention to detail? How does she unwind? How does she juggle the roles of mother and businesswoman?

Obsessive Creative takes you behind the scenes of the world of high fashion, from the studio where Collette's sublimely beautiful clothes are made, to backstage at the Paris shows, from the red carpet to a beading factory in India. Lavishly illustrated with photographs from top international fashion photographers and from Collette's own family albums, this is an intensely personal account of her life and times.

The name Collette Dinnigan conjures up images of romance, style, luxury and femininity - meet the woman behind the name.

"When I design a collection there is always a story. I imagine the mood, the time, the place, who will be wearing the clothes, who else might be there. Anything might inspire me - fields of flowers, a flock of birds, old mosaics, or even a row of striped deckchairs."

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COOKING

SEASONAL KITCHEN
by Serge Dansereau
HISTORIC HESTON
by Virginia Brilliant
LAROUSSE GASTRONOMIQUE
by Prosper Montagne
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TASCHEN
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by Carlo McCormick



Graffiti and unsanctioned art - from local origins to global phenomenon.

In recent years street art has grown bolder, more ornate, more sophisticated and in many cases, more acceptable. Yet unsanctioned public art remains the problem child of cultural expression, the last outlaw of visual disciplines. It has also become a global phenomenon of the 21st century.

Made in collaboration with featured artists, Trespass examines the rise and global reach of graffiti and urban art, tracing key figures, events and movements of self-expression in the city's social space, and the history of urban reclamation, protest, and illicit performance.

The first book to present the full historical sweep, global reach and technical developments of the street art movement, Trespass features key works by 150 artists, and connects four generations of visionary outlaws including more...

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TASCHEN'S 100 FAVOURITE MOVIES OF THE 90'S A HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY: FROM 1839 TO THE PRESENT
by Steven Heller
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by Marc Guetta, Patrick Guetta, Alison A. Nieder
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RENOIR
by Peter H. Feist, Pierre-August Renoir
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  NEW YORK: PORTRAIT OF A CITY
by Reuel Golden
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BOX SETS
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by J.K. Rowling


A fabulous opportunity to own all seven Harry Potter titles - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - in a fantastic hardcover boxed set.


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by L. (Lyman) Frank Baum


The definitive Oz experience: Immerse yourself in the wonder of Oz in this keepsake collection of fifteen titles from L. Frank Baum's cherished American fairy tale series.

This lavishly packaged boxed set includes fifteen classic and beloved Oz tales in five hardcover volumes:

  • Volume 1: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Marvelous Land of Oz, Ozma of Oz
  • Volume 2: Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, The Road to Oz, The Emerald City of Oz
  • Volume 3: The Patchwork Girl of Oz, Tik-Tok of Oz, The Scarecrow of Oz
  • Volume 4: Rinkitink in Oz, The Lost Princess of Oz, The Tin Woodman of Oz
  • Volume 5: The Magic of Oz, Glinda of Oz, The Royal Book of Oz

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by Stephenie Meyer


Contains 1 copy each of Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn and The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner.

This stunning set, complete with all four books plus the standalone story of Bree Tanner, makes the perfect gift for fans of the bestselling vampire love story.

Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, the Twilight Saga captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires.

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by Suzanne Collins


Twenty-four are forced to enter. Only the winner survives.

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Each year, the districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death - televised for all of Panem to see.

When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Stunning and exclusive editions of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay in a collectible boxed set.

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by Orson Scott Card


This boxed set contains paperback editions of Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind.

Ender's Game

Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut--young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.

Speaker for the Dead

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by J.R.R. Tolkien



Since they were first published, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings have been two books people have treasured. Steeped in unrivalled magic and otherworldliness, these works of sweeping fantasy have touched the hearts of young and old alike. Between them, nearly 150 million copies have been sold around the world. And no editions have proved more popular than the two that were illustrated by award-winning artist, Alan Lee - the Centenary edition of THE LORD OF THE RINGS and the 60th Anniversary edition of THE HOBBIT.

Now, for the first time, paperback editions of these two beautifully illustrated works have been collected together into one boxed set of four books. Readers will be able to follow the complete story of the Hobbits and their part in the quest for the Ring - beginning with Bilbo's fateful visit from Gandalf and culminating in the dramatic climax between Frodo and Gollum atop Mount Doom - while also enjoying over seventy full-page colour paintings and numerous illustrations which accompany this epic tale.


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