General Interest

  • How to Greet a Queen

    Her Ladyship gives practical and invaluable advice on every aspect of royal etiquette: how to behave correctly at formal occasions, and indeed how to follow royal etiquette and guidelines.

    She deals with basic good manners in a range of situations, both formal and informal occasions, whether at home, at work, or abroad. She will teach the reader such necessities as how to meet and greet The Queen and other royals; elegant ways of sitting down, standing up, and getting in and out of cars; and how not to look as if you are bored to death.

    $19.99
  • Inspirational Quotes Illustrated

    Featuring more than 100 artists and 130 quotes, Lesley Riley has created the ultimate book of "quotespiration."

    With quotes from artists, authors, philosophers and cultural icons, there are words of wisdom to speak to everyone from every walk of life. Each quote is paired with a powerful piece of art created by artists from all backgrounds to serve as creative prompts for anyone in the need of an art-making jumpstart. You'll find digital art, collage, art-journal pages, quilt art, assemblage and much more to inspire the artist in you.

    When we look at art we are looking for ourselves. Lesley Riley
    Toss in a stone and begin your own ripple of influence. Joy Cooper

    $46.99
  • Latin for Gardeners

    Latin for Gardeners is an informative, entertaining and beautifully illustrated unraveling of the mysteries of botanical Latin. Over 3000 Latin names are listed alphabetically, showing how botanical Latin can reveal where a plant originally comes from (and thus its preferred growing conditions), along with such properties as its shape, form, colour, taste and smell. Each name is clearly defined and accompanied by a pronunciation guide, and the pages are filled with attractive botanical illustrations.

    Fascinating feature spreads retell the adventures of important plant hunters such as Sir Jospeh Banks and Alexander von Humboldt, and explain how their discoveries affect the way our gardens look today. Individual plants are also profiled throughout, showing how their names can illuminate their hidden histories.

    Aided by this book, every gardener, and their garden, will benefit from uncovering the wealth of information that lies within the remarkable world of Latin binomials.

    $34.99
  • Little Book of Perfumes

    In The Little Book of Perfumes, the authors choose their 100 greatest fragrances of all time. Some are very famous, some hardly known, for women and men.

    There is Jicky (1889), unisex coeval of the Eiffel Tower and 'a towering masterpiece'; Chanel's Number 5 (1921), perhaps the world's most famous perfume, 'stretching deliciously like a sleepy panther'; Knize Ten which 'everyone should own because there is only one like it' and White Linen (1978), 'a canonical expression of the American ideal of sex appeal'.

    This is a perfect gift, a perfect browse.

    $19.99
  • Make Up

    Celebrated makeup artist and Max Factor Brand Ambassador Liz Kelsh shares the secrets that have made her one of the most sought-after makeup artists in Australia today.

    In this straightforward, refreshingly honest guide to makeup, she aims to empower today's women to be their own makeup artist. Each chapter has thorough step-by-step basic directions for makeup application and easy-to-follow photographs and line drawings.

    Covering everything from choosing the right foundation, tips on blusher, bronzer, eyelashes and lipstick, right through to the most common beauty mistakes, you'll find everything you need to get that celebrity and runway look as well as great everyday looks.

    $39.99
  • Mammoth Book of Weird Records

    Everyone's heard of Usain Bolt, but how many people know about Dineka Maguire? Like Bolt, the Irish woman is a world record holder but in the rather lesser known sport of bog snorkelling.

    She is just one of the hundreds of unsung heroes featured in this book chronicling the people who go to bizarre lengths to break world records in the weirdest categories; people who devote hours of intense training to spitting dung, eating cockroaches, sniffing feet or tossing tuna in the hope of one day being recognised as the best in the world. This astonishing compendium of the weirdest, wackiest and most disgusting world records will amuse and astound in equal measure.

    Entries include:

    • Longest ear hair
    • Fastest marathon while wearing a deep-sea diving suit
    • Farthest distance skateboarding by a goat
    • Most bees on body
    • Most milk crates balanced on head
    • Fastest 5 km run while dressed as a penguin and juggling
    • And many more ...

    $19.99
    $14.99
  • Mammoth Quiz Book

    A comprehensive category killer, that comes with over 6000 varied questions on every topic imaginable – and you might not imagine.

    Includes 400 quizzes that are a mixture of general knowledge and specialist rounds all aimed at the popular pub or society quiz market on science and technology; popular culture; and, celebrities and trivia.

    $12.99
  • Man Caves

    Ever wondered what men get up to in their sheds? Celebrating the Australian cultural phenomenon of the shed and highlighting its historical importance, Man Caves lifts the tin roofs off over 50 of the best.

    From tinkerers and collectors to your average Aussie bloke, each shed hints at the traits of its proud owner and offers inspiration for men dreaming of a bigger and better man cave of their own.

    $24.99
    $10.00
  • Man Vs Maths

    Could we solve queuing with an equation? How do algorithms control our news? What is the secret behind encryption codes? Mathematics is inescapable. Wherever you go, whatever you do, however you live your life, mathematics plays a role. From controlling a city's traffic to finding love, spending money online to building a skyscraper, the mathematics at play in our world is fascinating. Yet despite its ubiquity, for many of us, how the maths of today really works remains complex.

    Timothy Revell distils these complexities in this essential guide to modern-day mathematics. Along the way we discover how social media trends work, why the universe has a favourite number and what this means for you. Man vs Maths shows you how understanding a little more mathematics can help improve your life.

    $29.99
  • Man Vs Money

    Where is all the money? How does a country go bust? Should I get paid in Bitcoin? Wherever you go, whatever you do, however you live your life, money plays a role. From buying a sandwich to earning a wage, going on holiday to playing the lottery, how money and economics governs our world is fascinating. And it's just about to get more curious; the arrival of modern banking, crowd funding, investments at the touch of a smartphone and virtual currencies means, for many of us, it is even more complex.

    Stewart Cowley distils the complexities that power our world in this guide to modern-day money and our relationship with it. Along the way we discover how the statistics that govern our world are based on guesswork, why stock markets are like a wandering drunken man, what you need to live like a millionaire and why cooking has made man the dominant species on the planet. Man vs Money shows you how understanding a little more economics can improve your life.

    $29.99
  • Maths Squared

    For many of us, mathematics is a subject to be feared – a daunting world of schoolroom numbers and equations. Yet we often wish in everyday life that we could remember all those handy mathematical tools and tips that were once explained to us – Maths Squared provides the bite-sized solution.

    Maths Squared is an ideal reintroduction to the mysterious and magical world of numbers. Across 10 chapters and 100 topics, it takes you on a whistlestop tour from the essentials of numbers and arithmetic to the strange outer limits where mathematics and philosophy merge. Along the way, it looks at many of the key problems that have led to mathematical breakthroughs, and some of those which remain unsolved.

    Using accessible yet authoritative text complimented by colour illustrations, infographics and photographs, Maths Squared is the ideal primer or refresher for those who want to learn more about the fascinating language of numbers and equations that describes the Universe.

    $19.99
  • Modern Furniture Classics
    Richly illustrated with more than 250 photographs, this catalogues the passionate talents of international furniture designers and manufacturers from the 20th and 21st centuries.

    From the handmade vernacular styles of the Arts and Crafts Movement through to today's experimental work, this chronological journey focuses on more than 240 classics of modern furniture design, including influential pieces by Philippe Starck, Henry van der Velde, Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier, Matthew Rice, Frank Gehry and others.

    It's an accessible and authoritative celebration of over 100 years of the craft.
    $39.99
    $12.99
  • Monet's Garden in Art

    This book focuses on Monet's garden at Giverny as seen through his paintings, offering a revealing insight into the artist and his work.

    Monet's garden was a private haven where domestic pleasure, artistic vision and aesthetic delight converged. It became as powerful a passion in his life as painting – he chose his planting schemes as carefully as he chose colours for his palette. It was also the inspiration for his art, and the subject of some of his greatest paintings.

    Exploring his vision of the world of beauty he brought into being, Debra Mancoff shows how Monet's endeavours as a gardener were part of his identity as a painter and how his artistic vision drew strength from his passion for his garden.

    $34.99
  • Moviemakers
    Freer traces cinema's evolution from the silent era to now through the lives & works of 50 great directors, from D.W. Griffith (U.S. cinema's founder) to Quentin Tarentino.

    Each chapter offers an account of a director's life, with accounts of colourful episodes & techniques (Curtiz pinching a baby to make it cry on cue) & development of the director's style, list of must-see films, b&w photo.
    $39.95
    $9.99
  • My Little One
    Delightful pairings of colour photos of a baby and a kitten whose waking and sleeping poses mirror each other shows their kinship to be closer than you'd think.

    The perfect gift for all who treasure the connection between animals and humans.
    $19.95
    $4.99
  • Paraphernalia

    This is a unique and quirky exploration of the stories and meanings behind the everyday objects that shape our lives. From keys and handkerchiefs to sweets and rubber bands, the curious objects we surround ourselves with, though often seemingly mundane, have a magical quality.

    Their surprising power to disturb, soothe, seduce or absorb give these quirky objects histories and meanings we rarely ponder. Yet we would be lost without them. Take bags, for example. Why do most women carry handbags, while men rely on pockets? Why do so many houses have bags of bags? And why do we 'let the cat out the bag' or 'give someone the sack'? What significance do our bags hold for us?

    In this highly imaginative and entertaining book, Steven Connor embarks on a historical, philosophical and linguistic journey that explores our relationships with the curious things with which we have a forgotten but daily intimacy.

    $21.99
  • Physics Squared

    Physics is the oldest and deepest of all the sciences, revealing profound truths about the way in which the Universe operates. It may have taken us many centuries to realise it, but physical principles underpin all of the other sciences and much of modern technology, making an understanding of basic physics invaluable.

    Physics Squared takes you on a whistlestop journey – across 10 chapters and 100 topics, it guides you from the laws of motion and the basic mechanics of the everyday world, through hugely important fields such as electricity and nuclear physics, to the quantum physics and relativity theories that describe the Universe.

    With accessible yet authoritative text complimented by new colour illustrations, infographics and photos, Physics Squared is the ideal primer or refresher for those who want to learn more about the science that governs our Universe, to gain a better understanding of how the world we live in works.

    $19.99
  • Ponsonby's Curious Compendium: Insects & Spiders

    Insects and spiders hold a powerful allure – their design is so complex and their scale so entrancingly minute.

    This compact book, itself hardly bigger than the world’s biggest beetle (which is over 130 mm long, by the way), contains a generous selection of engravings, every one crammed with detail and enhanced by informative text.

    $29.99
    $17.99
  • Priceless
    Priceless reveals the hidden psychology of value.

    Price consultants advise retailers on how to convince consumers to pay more for less, and negotiation coaches offer similar advice for businesspeople cutting deals. The new psychology of price dictates the design of price tags, menus, rebates, sale ads, phone plans, supermarket aisles, real estate offers, wage packages and corporate buyouts.

    Priceless should prove indispensable to anyone who negotiates.
    $45.00
    $14.99
  • Psy-Q

    Debunking tabloid speculation, revisiting old favourites such as the Stanford Prison Experiment and unearthing bleeding edge research unknown to the general reader, renowned psychologist Ben Ambridge blows away the received wisdom to reveal the psychology behind our daily lives.

    With wit and humour aplenty, he explains whether your blue eyes make you more or less trustworthy, how analogies can help cure cancer, whether Rorschach's famous inkblot tests really work, what your love for heavy metal (or Mozart) says about you, how psychology could help solve the obesity crisis and countless other revealing, entertaining and downright astonishing tests of your Psy-Q.

    $21.99