General Interest

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Science is Beautiful: Botanical Life

    The plant world has always been appreciated for its visual appeal, but its true beauty can be revealed when you look under the electron microscope.

    This collection unearths some of the most wonderful microscopic images of flowers, trees and grasses ever created, now made possible by technology. We get to see the wonder of pollen, seeds, petals, algae and leaves. The images are as beautiful as any art.

    This stunning collection of images 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 lavender leaf oil gland, the inside of a pine pollen, flower stamen sculptures deep inside a tree bark, or the wonderful patterns of lichen. Each image will include the scale of the photography as well as the scientific details in layperson's terms.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • The Cell

    The microscopic cell is Earths greatest success story, and the common ancestor we share with all other organisms. Formed over three and a half billion years ago, life exploded from this minuscule powerhouse, first throughout the seas and then, over millions of years, across the lands to create the complex living forms populating the planet today.

    Yet, how has such a minute organism been so powerful? What has enabled it both to create and break down life on earth over billions of years? And, how have cells interacted to create an extraordinary diversity of plant, aquatic, terrestrial, and avian life?

    Jack Challoner shines a spotlight on the passage of the cell through time to explore how a continual myriad of interactions and symbiotic relationships have been, and continue to be, the extraordinary catalyst for life.

  • The Flowers

    Lisa Cooper's The Flowers gives us the opportunity to peer into the practices and vistas of someone who works with flowers daily as a leading floral designer and artist. Through anecdote, gentle instruction and photographic essays the reader will be taken from Cooper's studio workspace, to the growers' farms – the pictorial documentation of the flower growers captures the subjects within their 'natural' working environment, surrounded by a landscape of roses, knee-deep in camellias – and then on to the flowers displayed and arranged in the vase.

    For Cooper, there is no higher medium for the expression of human emotion than flowers, and her presentation of 17 floral designs also constitutes a collection of stories from her own personal 'garden of live flowers': the people – family, friends, growers, artists, gardeners and florists – who have influenced and inspired her.

  • The Way Mum Does It

    The Way Mum Does It is a jam-packed collection of household and life advice – a handy go-to guide for tips on everything from health and beauty, cleaning and repairs, to travel and gardening, food and finances. Like having your mum or your grandmother or best friend at your side, these pearls of wisdom will guide and rescue you with ingenious, practical and simple-to-follow advice.

    Do you need to know how to keep an avocado for up to six months? Freeze food safely? Get a nasty stain out of your carpet? Discover the secret uses of bicarb? Make your own beauty products with common household ingredients? Use Epsom salts effectively in your garden? Repair friendships and deal with tricky in-laws?

    Reflecting real-life experiences and advice from Australian women – including tips from some of our favourite personalities – this is the book that everyone will want on their bookshelf.

  • Tips from Your Nana
    Wanting to grow your own vegies? Wondering how to make jam?

    Well, snuggle up under your patchwork quilt with a glass of elderflower champers and Nana (and friends) will show you how.

    This is a quirky, must-have household bible to keep close at hand.

    With simple instructions and pointers from those who have 'been there, done that', it is a practical step-by-step guide covering a wide range of lifestyle basics.

    Full of irresistible ideas, from old-fashioned lemonade to homemade body scrub, the book doesn't call for special ingredients.
  • Universal Crammer
    Everything you learnt at school, but have since forgotten. This book is a reminder of all the facts, theories and more that seemed so important before exam day but have now slipped all our minds. Divided into classroom subject-themed chapters. Flex your dormant brain muscles and see how much you can remember from those days of staring at the white board/black board (depending on whether you're from the era of computers or exercise books).The ideal nostalgia present!
  • What If Einstein Was Wrong?

    What if...? are the two words that sow the seeds for human speculation, experimentation, invention, evolution, revolution and change.

    What If Einstein Was Wrong? challenges a team of scholars to experiment with 50 topical science speculations, at a time when the hunt for the Higgs boson particle is threatening to undermine the foundations of our knowledge. Consider what time travel, warp speed, artificial gravity or the loss of Schrodinger's cat could mean to us, and en route accumulate the knowledge you need to debate the shape that our science might take in the future.

  • Who Are You? Test Your Personality

    A collection of 40 tests designed to answer who you are, how you got that way, and what, if anything, you can or should do to change.

    Each quiz can be taken in just a few minutes and is easily scored. Perfect for a handbag, briefcase, or knapsack! This entertaining and enlightening quiz book is great to have on hand anytime and anywhere, be it a long commute, a waiting room, or an evening at home.

  • Zero Waste

    We have a worldwide trash epidemic. But wwhat if there were a simple – and fun – way for you to make a difference? What if you could take charge of your own waste, reduce your carbon footprint and make an individual impact on an already fragile environment?

    A zero waste lifestyle is the answer – and Shia Su is living it. Every single piece of unrecyclable garbage Shia has produced in one year fits into a mason jar – and if it seems overwhelming, it isn’t! In Zero Waste, Shia demystifies and simplifies the zero waste lifestyle for the beginner, sharing practical advice, quick solutions and tips and tricks that will make trash-free living fun and meaningful. Learn how to:

    • Build your own zero waste kit
    • Prepare real food – the lazy way
    • Make your own DIY household cleaners and toiletries
    • Be zero waste even in the bathroom!
    • And more!

    Be part of the solution! Implement these small changes at your own pace, and restructure your life to one of sustainable living for your community, your health and the earth that sustains you.