General Interest

  • 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
  • Paris Dreaming

    Katrina Lawrence first fell in love with Paris at the age of five, and since then her roads have continually led her back to this most beautiful of cities.

    Taking us on a journey around Paris's most spectacular sights, hidden secrets and most beguiling nooks and crannies, Katrina tells us the story of why this city has been her constant inspiration through all stages of life. Musing on everything Parisian, from femininity to feminism, politics to perfume, and of course, those stylish Parisiennes who captivate us, from Brigitte Bardot and Madame de Pompadour to Simone de Beauvoir and Catherine de Medici, Katrina shares the essential life lessons that Paris has taught her.

    Written with warmth, gaiety, elegance and insight, Paris Dreaming is the ultimate chic, personal and charming memoir – not just for women who love Paris, but for anyone in search of that elusive good life.

    $34.99
  • Parisian Cabinet of Curiosities

    This handsome volume celebrates a world-famous temple to taxidermy and the natural world, where extraordinary curiosities highlight the intersection of science and art. With an abundance of preserved flora and fauna, taxidermy, and otherworldly creations, the Deyrolle boutique is dedicated to showcasing the beauty of nature.

    A family venture founded in the spirit of discovery, Deyrolle has a 185-year history that is a Pandora's box of scientific and aesthetic discoveries. Deyrolle flourished under the nineteenth-century passion for natural history, garnering celebrity devotees from Dali to Nabokov, and quickly established itself as a center for education and research.

    A vocal advocate of sustainability and responsible business practices in the fields of taxidermy and entomology, Deyrolle works only with creatures that have expired from natural causes, raising awareness for causes such as World Rhino Day, Deyrolle combines science and art, lightheartedness and engagement.

    This book provides fascinating insight into the history and day-to-day workings of this unique Parisian institution.

    $44.99
  • 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
  • Psychology Squared

    Psychology is one of the most important applied sciences, investigating everything from the way we interact with each other to the means by which we perceive and interpret the world around us. This is vital to selfunderstanding, but to the outsider psychological concepts can all too often seem like a blur of jargon and buzzwords. Ever wondered how your thought process works? Why you act the way you do? How you learn and remember?

    Psychology Squared is the key to a better understanding of the way your mind works. With 100 topics divided into 10 chapters, it guides the reader from basic concepts, through the current thinking about areas such as cognition, problem solving and emotion, to the latest ideas about psychological problems and interventions.

    Psychology Squared is the ideal primer or refresher for those who want to get to grips with exactly what makes us tick-previously complex topics are made much more engaging and comprehendible with infographics and accessible text.

    $19.99
  • Rogerson's Book of Numbers

    Rogerson's Book of Numbers tells the stories behind our iconic numbers. It provides a dazzling mass of information for those intrigued by the many roles numbers play in folklore and popular culture, in music and poetry, and in the many religions, cultures and belief systems of our world.

    The stories unfold from millions to zero: from the number of the beast (666) to the seven deadly sins, the 12 signs of the zodiac to the four suits of a pack of cards. Along the way you will discover why Genghis Khan built a city of 108 towers, how Dante forged his Divine Comedy on the number 11 and why 13 is so unlucky in the west while 14 is the number to avoid in China.

    This is your pocket guide to the numerical mysteries of the universe.

    $19.99
  • Ron Mueck
    This catalogue is the definitive reference book on Ron Mueck's sculptures over 20 years of work. It features photos of his emblematic works, some of which have never been published before, and includes spectacular exhibition views of the new works presented at the Fondation Cartier.

    Analytical texts explore his work from the perspective of classical and modern art history, and invite readers to discover Ron Mueck's intimate universe.
    $59.99
  • Rules for My Daughter

    Rules For My Daughter is a collection of traditional, humorous and urbane fatherly advice for young women and girls.

    From internet dating ('Never trust a profile pic') to the practical ('The right friends will appreciate a well-timed burp. Your grandmother will not.') to aiming high ('There's more to life than being a passenger.' – Amelia Earhart), this endearing book of rules and quotations is the quintessential instruction manual for becoming a confident and industrious young woman.

    $19.99
  • Rules for My Son

    Rules For My Son is a collection of traditional, humorous and urbane fatherly advice for boys.

    From the sartorial ('Men should not wear sandals. Ever.') to the practical ('Keep a copy of your letters. It makes it easier for your biographer') to even a couple of sure-fire hangover cures ('There is no better remedy than a dip in the ocean'), the book of rules, photos and accompanying quotations is the quintessential instruction manual for becoming a Good Man – industrious, thoughtful, charming and, of course, well-dressed.

    $19.99
  • Science is Beautiful

    Our understanding of disease and the powers of medicine today are unparalleled, and their documentation has increased signficantly.

    Science is Beautiful collects the most fascinating microscopic photographs of our diseases along with the medicines we use to treat them. These photographs are profoundly fascinating – and also beautiful. Featured are some of the most illuminating microscopic images of bacteria, viruses and cancers ever captured, now made possible by electron micrograph technology. But there are also dazzling images of the crystals, powders and potions that we take to cure ourselves, including magnified versions of aspirin, insulin, morphine and caffeine.

    This collection of images, as beautiful as any artwork, can be enjoyed purely as a visual voyage but also as a way to understand more of the science behind the image, whether it's the work of a meningitis virus, our chromosomes in a cancer cell or the breakdown of painkillers. Each image includes the scale of the photography as well as the scientific details in layman's terms.

    $44.99
  • Scotty's Top Aussie Sheds

    Scott Cam loves his shed-so much so that he has two of them. And it got him to thinking. There are thousands of people around with a love of sheds and plenty of their sheds are better than mine. So why not run a competition to find the best?

    After his nationwide search, Scotty's Top Aussie Sheds presents 20 of the most fascinating examples of our humble, and not so humble, backyard icon. You'll be inspired by the owners' fascinating stories, and by the stunning images of their pride and joy-and you might even join Scotty on his mission: to make sheds great, make them essential and make them loved again.

    $34.99
  • Strayapedia

    Patriotically basted in the goon trough of Australian values, this book is as fundamentally Strayan as bowling your final over underarm, not asking awkward questions about what's in your meat pie and naming a swimming pool after Harold Holt.

    Conveniently omitting all areas not relating to Australia, Strayapedia provides definitive alternative facts about Tony Abbott, AC/DC, Canberra, Kylie Minogue, the Hills hoist, Bob Hawke, Hey Hey It's Saturday, Ned Kelly, koalas, Akubras and Shane Warne – among many other certified dinky-di topics.

    If you want to pass a citizenship test, or win a trivia night hosted by Cory Bernardi, Strayapedia is as valuable as a tiny apartment in Sydney.

    $29.99
  • Talk About Contemporary Dance
    This introduction to contemporary dance explores the discipline in all its facets, from opera to hip-hop and from circus skills to fashion. A chronology of the key dates in the history of dance, from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present, provides context on how the art form has evolved over time.

    With profiles of contemporary dance's 30 most influential supporters and choreographers from Merce Cunningham to William Forsythe, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker to Akram Khan and Trisha Brown to Pina Bausch.
    $49.95
    $9.99