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            Paris or Die: A Memoir
             

            Paris or Die: A Memoir (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Tuttle, Jayne

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              1 Dec 19

            Losing your heart in Paris can sometimes mean also losing your head.

            ISBN 9781741176742
            Published AU 1 Dec 2019
            Publisher Explore Australia
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            J. G. Ballard
              

            J. G. Ballard (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Wilson, D. Harlan

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            Prophetic short stories and apocalyptic novels like The Crystal World made J. G. Ballard a foundational figure in the British New Wave. Rejecting the science fiction of rockets and aliens, he explored an inner space of humanity informed by psychiatry and biology and shaped by Sur...realism. Later in his career, Ballard's combustible plots and violent imagery spurred controversy--even legal action--while his autobiographical 1984 war novel Empire of the Sun brought him fame. D. Harlan Wilson offers the first career-spanning analysis of an author who helped steer SF in new, if startling, directions. Here was a writer committed to moral ambiguity, one who drowned the world and erected a London high-rise doomed to descend into savagery--and coolly picked apart the characters trapped within each story. Wilson also examines Ballard's methods, his influence on cyberpunk, and the ways his fiction operates within the sphere of our larger culture and within SF itself.
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            ISBN 9780252082955
            Released AU 15 Dec 2017
            Publisher University of Illinois Press
            Interest Age General Audience
            Series Modern Masters of Science Fiction
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            Call Me Burroughs: A Life
              

            Call Me Burroughs: A Life (Hardback)

            By Miles, Barry

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            Fifty years ago, Norman Mailer asserted, William Burroughs is the only American novelist living today who may conceivably be possessed by genius. Few since have taken such literary risks, developed such individual political or spiritual ideas, or spanned such a wide range of medi...a. Burroughs wrote novels, memoirs, technical manuals, and poetry. He painted, made collages, took thousands of photographs, produced hundreds of hours of experimental recordings, acted in movies, and recorded more CDs than most rock bands. Burroughs was the original cult figure of the Beat Movement, and with the publication of his novel Naked Lunch, which was originally banned for obscenity, he became a guru to the 60s youth counterculture. In CALL ME BURROUGHS, biographer and Beat historian Barry Miles presents the first full-length biography of Burroughs to be published in a quarter century-and the first one to chronicle the last decade of Burroughs's life and examine his long-term cultural legacy. Written with the full support of the Burroughs estate and drawing from countless interviews with figures like Allen Ginsberg, Lucien Carr, and Burroughs himself, CALL ME BURROUGHS is a rigorously researched biography that finally gets to the heart of its notoriously mercurial subject.
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            ISBN 9781455511952
            Released AU 28 Jan 2014
            Publisher Little, Brown
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            Wish You Were Here: The Offical Biography of Douglas Adams
             

            Wish You Were Here: The Offical Biography of Douglas Adams (Paperback)

            By Webb, Nick

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            The definitive and offical biography of author Douglas Adams whose 'Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy' has now sold in excess of 17 million copies.

            ISBN 9781853981623
            Released AU 15 Oct 2010
            Publisher Woodslane Pty Ltd
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            Native Son: The Writer's Memoir
             

            Native Son: The Writer's Memoir (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Ihimaera, Witi

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            "This is the second volume of memoir by this remarkable Maori writer and of the living myths that inspired him at the begining of his career"--Publisher information.

            ISBN 9780143773030
            Published AU 3 Sep 2019
            Publisher Random House
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            Pravda Ha Ha: True Travels to the End of Europe
             

            Pravda Ha Ha: True Travels to the End of Europe (Hardback)

            By MacLean, Rory

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              7 Jan 20

            An unsettling, poignant and darkly comic expose of Putin's Russia and European disintegration from the highly acclaimed travel writer. In 1989 the Berlin Wall fell. In that euphoric year Rory MacLean travelled from Berlin to Moscow, exploring lands that were - for most Brits and ...Americans - part of the forgotten half of Europe. Thirty years on MacLean retraces his original journey, backwards, travelling from revanchist Russia through Ukraine's bloodlands, to illiberal Hungary, Poland, Germany and the UK, across countries confronting old ghosts and new fears. Along the way he shoulders an AK-47 to go hunting with Moscow's Chicken Tsar, plays video games with a St Petersburg cyber-hacker who cracked the US election, drops by the Che Guevara High School of Political Leadership in a non-existent nowhereland and meets the Warsaw doctor who tried to stop a march of 70,000 nationalists. Finally, on the shores of Lake Geneva, he waits patiently to chat with Mikhail Gorbachev. As Europe sleepwalks into a perilous new age, MacLean explores how opportunists - both within and without Russia, from Putin to Home Counties populists - have made a joke of truth, exploiting refugees and the dispossessed, and examines the veracity of historical narrative from reportage to fiction and fake news. He asks what happened to the optimism of 1989 and, in the shadow of Brexit, chronicles the collapse of the European dream.
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            ISBN 9781408896525
            Released AU 7 Jan 2020
            Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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            The Monk of Mokha
               

            The Monk of Mokha (Trade Paperback / Paperback, Large type / large print edition)

            By Eggers, Dave

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            From the bestselling author of The Circle and What Is the What, the true story of a young Yemeni-American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana'a by civil war. Mokhtar Alkhanshali grew up in San... Francisco, one of seven siblings brought up by Yemeni immigrants in a tiny apartment. At age twenty-four, unable to pay for college, he works as a doorman, until a statue of an Arab raising a cup of coffee awakens something in him. He sets out to learn the rich history of coffee in Yemen and the complex art of tasting and identifying varietals. He travels to Yemen and visits countless farms, collecting samples, eager to bring improved cultivation methods to the countryside. And he is on the verge of success when civil war engulfs Yemen in 2015. The US Embassy closes, Saudi bombs began to rain down on the country, and Mokhtar is trapped in Yemen. Desperate to escape, he embarks on a passage that has him negotiating with dueling political factions and twice kidnapped at gunpoint. With no other options, he hires a skiff to take him, and his coffee samples, across the Red Sea. A heart-pounding true story that weaves together the history of coffee, the ongoing Yemeni civil war, and the courageous journey of a young man--a Muslim and a US citizen--following the most American of dreams.
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            ISBN 9780525595380
            Released AU 30 Jan 2018
            Publisher Random House
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            Becoming Beauvoir: A Life
             

            Becoming Beauvoir: A Life (Hardback)

            By Kirkpatrick, Kate

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            `One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman', wrote Simone de Beauvoir. This is a woman who was also to become a philosopher, a novelist, an existentialist, and a feminist icon. Her novels won prestigious literary prizes and The Second Sex transformed the way we think about sex... and gender. She was also the long-term lover of Jean-Paul Sartre, but it was to film-maker Claude Lanzmann that she wrote `You are my destiny, my eternity, my life ...' in letters which only came to light in 2018. Kate Kirkpatrick draws on previously unavailable diaries and letters, including those written to Lanzmann. The new personal details about her life revealed for the first time by the book can only deepen the mystery and our fascination with her. Why did this `feminist icon' edit her image so much? Why did she lie about her relationship with Sartre so often, or claim not to be a philosopher? Perhaps with so much that's new here we'll get a little closer to understanding who Beauvoir really was.
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            ISBN 9781350047174
            Released AU 22 Aug 2019
            Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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            Mutual Admiration Society: How Dorothy L. Sayers and Her Oxford Circle Remade the World For Women

            Mutual Admiration Society: How Dorothy L. Sayers and Her Oxford Circle Remade the World For Women (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Moulton, Mo

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            In Mutual Admiration Society Royal Historical Society fellow Mo Moulton relates the remarkable friendship of renowned crime novelist Dorothy L. Sayers and five other women at the vanguard of equal rights, who were among the first to receive full degrees from Oxford University.

            ISBN 9781472154446
            Released AU 12 Nov 2019
            Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
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            Constellations: Reflections From Life

            Constellations: Reflections From Life (Hardback)

            By Gleeson, Sinead

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            An extraordinarily intimate memoir in a series of bodily encounters that have made Sinead Gleeson the woman and the writer she is today, for readers of The Last Act of Love and I Am, I Am, I Am.

            ISBN 9781509892730
            Released AU 18 Apr 2019
            Publisher Pan Macmillan
            Interest Age 18+ years
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