General Interest

  • Brain Bend

    What's more fun than solving a maze? Colouring it in afterward! Brain Bend is a unique book featuring 25 wild, vibrant, architecturally themed mazes, along with black-and-white versions of the same artwork for colouring in.

    Artist and illustrator Mister Mourao's stunning, mind-bending designs, which range in style from joyfully freeform to impressively structured, offer a stimulating visual challenge to maze and colouring enthusiasts. Includes maze solutions at the back of the book. Perforated pages make it easy to remove the designs, and high-quality, heavy, uncoated paper make them a pleasure to solve and colour.

  • Bridge Player's Companion
    Bridge is an intelligent and multi-faceted game that requires skill, concentration and practice. Use this unique visual guide to master the rules, principles and key strategies of one of the best-loved card games in the world.

    The Bridge Player's Companion features over 300 clearly illustrated examples of bid structures and how to rank, decode and defend them, from opening bids to endgame strategy
  • Cats: Best in Show Cards

    Find out who's the cat that got the cream with this beautifully illustrated set of cards.

    Does a Persian need more grooming than a Birman? Has a Turkish Van got a louder purr than a British Shorthair? Is a Siamese more independent than a Ragdoll?

    With 30 cat cards, each with scores in 6 categories, to choose from, you'll have hours of fun playing Best in Show.

  • Characters
    This author has meticulously researched the signage and typography of Melbourne – that have helped to shape the character of the city. From architecture and advertising to cultural history and much more, this is a book that will appeal to historians and designers alike.

    Featuring a treasure trove of long overlooked examples, Stephen Banham reveals how typography is a rich form of cultural expression, redefining the way we look at our surroundings one letter at a time.

    Rather than presenting the new, this offers a whole new way of looking at the familiar.
  • Clash of the Titians

    Canvas crunch time! Whose impasto impresses the most? Was Monet the greatest painter, or does Manet's brushwork beat them all? Who was the greatest Renaissance wonder?

    Pit 32 Old Masters against each other in a trump card battle encompassing hundreds of years of amazing art history and learn about the greatest artists ever to have lived!

  • Collage and Keep

    Collage and Keep is a visual journal and keepsake where the reader is encouraged to participate in collage based activities that explore and reflect on their own experience and perspective of life. Whilst some pages seek a more personal engagement, for example relating to memory or desire, others simply provide a space to 'recreate your favourite book cover' or produce a 'collage quilt' using collected ephemera from friends and family.

    Including helpful tips and basic principles of collage, the reader is guided to source materials from their everyday world and to look for what is beautiful, inspiring or unusual to them.

    • Collage your three greatest achievements
    • Create your perfect view
    • Make a paperchain of people you connect with
    • Collage a home video of your happiest memories
    • Fill the cabinet full of things that you are curious about
    • Create footprints using photos of places you've been

  • Cool Architecture

    Cool Architecture tells you everything you need to know about architecture around the world, from the simple dwellings created by the earliest humans to today's most innovative buildings, via forbidding medieval strongholds, great 18th-Centruy palaces and the classic Art Deco skyscrapers of New York.

    Learn about the great architectural movements and the personalities that created them, and explore the most iconic buildings in the world, from the Parthenon in Greece to the (current) world's tallest skyscraper, the Khalifa Tower in Dubai. This book is a perfect introduction to what's cool about the fascinating world of architecture.

  • Crash Detectives

    Christine Negroni takes the reader inside crash investigations from the early days of the jet age to the present, including the search for answers about what happened to the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

    As Negroni dissects each accident, she explores the common themes and, most importantly, what has been learned from them to make planes safer. Indeed, as Negroni shows, virtually every aspect of modern pilot training, airline operation and aircraft design has been shaped by lessons learned from disaster. Along the way, she also details some miraculous saves, when quick-thinking pilots averted catastrophe and kept hundreds of people alive.

    Tying in aviation science, performance psychology and extensive interviews with pilots, engineers, human factors specialists, crash survivors and others involved in accidents all over the world, The Crash Detectives is an alternately terrifying and inspiring book that might just cure your fear of flying, and will definitely make you a more informed passenger.

  • Create Your Own Website Using WordPress in a Weekend

    Author Alannah Moore draws on her extensive experience to show how, in just a weekend, almost anyone can create a website in WordPress that looks professional and is entirely tailored to their needs and preferences.

    Through carefully structured step-by-step tutorials, the book takes the reader through every stage of the web design process, covering domain registration, planning, plugins and choosing the right theme.

  • Daily Dishonesty

    Daily Dishonesty features a colourful collection of nearly 150 lies, beautifully illustrated by Lauren Hom.

    Covering topics from diets to breakups, these gorgeously lettered, funny little mantras are relatable, tongue-in-cheek and beautiful.

  • Dali Pop-Ups

    The art of Salvador Dali, like the man himself, defies easy description. Enigmatic, playful, deceptive, outrageous, and above all adventurous, he will be remembered as one of the most important artists of the twentieth century.

    Here seven of Salvador Dali's mind-bending images are re-imagined as superbly crafted pop-ups.

  • Designer's Web Handbook

    Web guru Patrick McNeil teaches you the fundamentals of great web design. He explains how to make a website not only look good, but work as well.

    This book will help you avoid making costly mistakes so that your designs work the way you want them to. You'll Learn:

    • How to start/plan a web design project
    • How to identify and properly use the different components to a web page
    • The specifications of designing for the web, like screen resolution or file size limitations
    • Both lessons and inspiration for actually designing your website
    • How to maintain your website in the long run
    • How to track your website's performance
    • And so much more!

  • Extraordinary Comebacks
    201 inspiring stories of courage, triumph and success prove that, with commitment and perseverance, you can do anything: Andre Agassi, Lucille Ball, Winston Churchill, Bill Gates, Quincy Jones, Dr John Nash, Georgia O'Keefe, Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Llama, Oprah Winfrey, Neil Young, etc.
  • Fix Your Bike

    Fix Your Bike is a straightforward, stylish and no-fuss approach to DIY bike maintenance and safety. By teaching you the basics in plain terms with straightforward, step-by-step instructions, you can simply just get on with riding your bike.

    Speedy, easy and proficient, it is full of shortcuts, tricks and techniques that all cyclists should know to help them get back (and remain) on the road. Smart and beautifully illustrated, this book will aid and encourage you in all areas of bike maintenance – from puncture repair to gear care, brake-tightening to chain-fixing – to bring out the best in your bike.

  • Florence

    The most comprehensive book on the paintings and frescoes of Florence with more than 2,000 beautifully reproduced artworks from the city's great museums and churches. Every painted work that is on display in the Uffizi Gallery, The Pitti Palace, the Accademia and the Duomo is included, plus many or most of the works from 28 of the city's other magnificent museums and churches.

    The research and text are by Ross King, Anja Grebe (author or The Louvre and The Vatican), Cristina Acidini (former Superintendent of the public museums of Florence) and Msgr. Timothy Verdon (Director of the artworks for the Archdiocese of Florence).

  • Fractal 3D Magic

    This ground-breaking 3D showcase offers a rare glimpse into the dazzling world of computer-generated fractal art.

    The eye-popping gallery displays mathematical formulas transformed into stunning computer-generated 3D anaglyphs. More than 200 intricate designs, visible in three dimensions thanks to the enclosed 3D glasses, will engross maths and optical illusions enthusiasts alike.

  • Hello, Melbourne

    From the creator of Hello, Sydney! comes a new look-and-find adventure and this time we’re off the to city voted most liveable in the world, Melbourne.

    Hello, Melbourne! is a celebration of this great Australian city. With its colourful laneways and bustling shopping arcades, the bookish wonders of the State Library and the sights and smells of world famous Lygon Street, there is so much to see in this town. With the help of your tour guides – a charm of magpies – you’ll feel like a true Melburnian.

  • Here and Now

    Here and Now provides a quick and enjoyable way of achieving a mindful state with a soothing tone and reference to modern life, and 25 exercises that bring about a sense of mindful awareness.

    Each exercise features an engaging illustration that gently guides you towards a state of mindfulness as you interact with the page. The exercises are focussed around the themes of breathing, deep relaxation, compassion, gratitude and interconnectedness, to mention just a few. The pages can be returned to again and again and used at any time to comfort, calm and inspire.

    The book's refreshing and unique take on mindfulness will appeal to those who already have some experience of the practice, whilst its light-hearted and friendly approach makes it a simple and compelling guide for beginners.

  • How Smart Are You? Test Your Math IQ

    Every day our numerical skills are tested in different ways, from shopping to budgeting to bill paying. But not everyone is comfortable with numbers.

    This collection of challenging tests and puzzles will help you hone your math skills. Each quiz can be taken in just a few minutes and is easily scored.

    Entertaining and enlightening, it is useful to have on-hand anytime and anywhere, be it the long commute, a waiting room, or an evening at home.

  • How to Be Cool

    From creative to classic to downright crazy, 151 things every cool cat needs to know – a step at a time.

    • Captioned colour illustrations for the 151 things
    • Step-by-steps for how-tos like fighting with nunchakus or teasing up a bouffant hairdo >
    • Examples for identification purposes like identifying men's facial hair, picking a supervillain pet or decoding tattoo symbolism