The Vatican: All the Paintings is organised and divided into 23 sections representing the museums and areas of the Vatican, including the Pinacoteca, the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms, the Borgia Apartments, the Vatican Palaces, St. Peter's Basilica, and more.
180 of the most iconic and significant paintings and other pieces of art are highlighted with 300-word discussions by art historian Anja Grebe on the key attributes of the work, what to look for when viewing the work, the artist's inspirations and techniques, biographical information on the artist, the artist's impact on art history and more.
All 1,206 works of art are annotated with the name of the painting and artist, the date of the work, the birth and death dates of the artist, the medium that was used, the size of the work and the catalogue number (if applicable).
The design of the book enables the reader to carefully examine and enjoy the 180 full- and half-page featured paintings as well as the rest of the collection of paintings, which appear four and six to a page. Several gatefolds through the book show triptychs, ceilings and frescos at an even larger size. Larger works of art like ceilings and frescos include overall views and details of the masterpieces.
About the Author
Anje Grebe teaches Art History at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg/Germany. She is taking part in numerous international research projects and exhibitions and has published extensively on medieval and modern Art History. Grebe is one of the authors of The Louvre: All the Paintings. She lives in Erlangen, Germany.
Bestselling author Daniel Goleman returns with a groundbreaking look at the secret to high performance and fulfillment: attention.
For more than two decades, psychologist and journalist Daniel Goleman has been scouting the leading edge of the human sciences for what's new, surprising, and important. In Focus,he delves into the science of attention in all its varieties, presenting a long overdue discussion of this little-noticed and under-rated mental asset that matters enormously for how we navigate life.
Goleman boils down attention research into a three parts: inner, other, and outer focus. Goleman shows why high- achievers need all three kinds of focus, as demonstrated by rich case studies from fields as diverse as competitive sports, education, the arts, and business. Those who excel rely on what Goleman calls Smart Practices such as mindfulness meditation, focused preparation and recovery, positive emotions and connections, and mental 'prosthetics' that help them improve habits, add new skills, and sustain excellence.
About the Author
Daniel Goleman, a former science journalist for the New York Times, is the author of many books, including the international bestseller Emotional Intelligence. He co-founded the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning at the Yale University Child Studies Center (now at the University of Illinois at Chicago). He lives in Massachusetts.
The definitive story of Amazon.com, one of the most successful companies in the world, and of its driven, brilliant founder, Jeff Bezos.
**Shortlisted for the 2013 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award**
Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To achieve that end, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now...
Brad Stone enjoyed unprecedented access to current and former Amazon employees and Bezos family members, giving readers the first in-depth, fly-on-the-wall account of life at Amazon. Compared to tech's other elite innovators - Jobs, Gates, Zuckerberg - Bezos is a private man. But he stands out for his restless pursuit of new markets, leading Amazon into risky new ventures like the Kindle and cloud computing, and transforming retail in the same way Henry Ford revolutionized manufacturing.
The Everything Store is the revealing, definitive biography of the company that placed one of the first and largest bets on the Internet and forever changed the way we shop and read.
About the Author
Brad Stone is an American journalist and writer. Before writing for Bloomberg Businessweek, he was a technology correspondent for the New York Times. He has also worked at Newsweek. He lives in San Francisco.
Become a Key Person of Influence (Australian Edition) - The 5 Step Sequence to Becoming One of the Most Highly Valued and Highly Paid People in Your Industry by Daniel Priestley
The 5 Step Sequence to becoming one of the most highly valued and highly paid people in your industry. By Daniel Priestley – Entrepreneur behind several successful start-ups.
In every industry there are ‘Key People of Influence’:
Their names come up in conversation … for all the right reasons
They attract opportunities … the right sort
They earn more money … and it isn’t a struggle
Key People enjoy a special status in their chosen field because they are well connected, well known, well regarded and highly valued. They get invited to be a part of the best teams and projects and they can often write their own terms.
Key People also have more fun. They get invited on trips away. People buy them dinner and drinks. They are treated with respect and others listen when they speak.
Many People wait around thinking it takes years to become a Key Person in their field however relying on time in the industry alone is too much of a risky strategy.
Getting into the inner circle of your industry involves a different approach. This book covers a very specific “5 Step Sequence” to fast tracking your way into the inner circle of your industry and becoming a Key Person of Influence … fast.
Over the last 10 years the management Gurus have told you to “systemise” and “stay behind the scenes”. They tell you NOT to raise your profile and show the world how special you are from fear of being in too much demand.
The reality is that the greatest entrepreneurs on earth spend most of their time positioning themselves as the most important person in their industry. Think of Branson, Soros, Buffett, Jobs and Trump; they all do their best to be known as the Key Person in their industries.
In truth, unimportant people don’t make millions.
Unimportant people don’t need systems because they don’t win the business, they don’t attract the team and they don’t hear about the big-break opportunities. Your main job as an entrepreneur is to become a Key Person of Influence and maintain it.
About the Author
This book is written by Daniel Priestley, a successful entrepreneur and event producer. After seeing more than 100,000 business people networking at his events, Daniel started to notice that some people were magnets for opportunity while others seemed to walk away empty handed over and over again.
From his experience working along side some of the worlds most successful entrepreneurs, authors and speakers Daniel knew there were 5 keys to becoming a Key Person of Influence in any field fast.
Daniel Priestley is passionate about the changing nature of business and work. In 2006 he predicted an "Entrepreneur Revolution" would begin to take hold where regular people could start great small businesses based upon their passion rather than working in stale offices of big corporations.
He believes that never in history has there been a better time to tap into your passion and inspiration to form an enterprise that sets you free from "work". However, before you can truly make it a success you need to become known as a Key Person of Influence in that field.
Antiques Roadshow's Marc Allum brings together a treasure trove of stories, anecdotes and facts from the wonderful world of antiques.
From the mythical artefacts of the ancient world to prized 80s pop memorabilia - and the dedicated collectors who revere these objects - The Antiques Magpie brings together a treasure trove of stories, anecdotes and facts from the wonderful world of antiques.
The Antiques Magpie divulges closely-guarded insider tips on how to discover fakes and forgeries; explains how boom and bust can have a devastating impact on the antiques market, and why a Chinese five-clawed dragon, rather than four, can make a porcelain vase worth millions.
Sure to delight and surprise, Marc Allum's Magpie examines the most respected design icons throughout history, explores conundrums like who invented glass, reveals the most expensive antiques ever sold, the subtle differences between collecting and hoarding and much, much more...
A treasury of classic verse from Australia's most famous poet, Banjo Paterson. Includes 'Waltzing Matilda', 'The Man from Snowy River', 'Clancy of the Overflow' and many more. Banjo Paterson is Australia's most famous poet. Ballads such as 'The Man from Snowy River', 'Clancy of the Overflow', 'The Man from Ironbark', 'Mulga Bill's Bicycle' and 'Waltzing Matilda' have become part of our Australian heritage.
Known as a poet of the bush, Banjo's iconic verse captures the landscape, hardship, resilience and humour of Australian life at the turn of the nineteenth century. This is a treasury is of Banjo's most loved poems, as well as some of his lesser-known works. The poems appear in chronological order and cover Australian bush life, as well broader topics such as war and Federation. This beautifully illustrated collection offers a unique glimpse into our national history and identity, as told by one of our most iconic and best-loved voices.
About the Author
Oslo Davis is an illustrator and cartoonist living in Melbourne. He has drawn for various publications worldwide, including the New York Times, Meanjin, The Age, The Big Issue, Sleepers Almanac, Desktop Magazine, Australian Book Review and Art Gallery Guide. Oslo Davis draws cartoons for the Age, as well as a weekly cartoon called Overheard in the Sunday Age. In 2011 Oslo was a Walkley Award finalist in the cartoon category. Oslo also completed a number of drawings for the Golden Plains music festivals, for NGV Australia and for the Melbourne Immigration Museum. In 2012 he wrote, directed and drew a short animation titled Melbhattan.
Recent scientific breakthroughs have revealed that what we think and feel changes the brain. Dr Rick Hanson's Hardwiring Happiness is the first book to show how to transform the simple positive experiences of daily life into neural structures that promote lasting health, contentment, love and inner peace.
To keep our ancestors alive, our brain evolved a 'negativity bias', which allows positive experiences to flow through it like water through a sieve.
Yet positive experiences are the building blocks necessary for health, happiness and fulfilling relationships.
Drawing on neuroscience and wisdom from the contemplative traditions, Hardwiring Happiness shows us how to overcome that negativity bias and get those good experiences into the brain where it can use them.
Revolutionary yet profoundly practical, this important book offers us the tools we need to heal old wounds, increase our motivation, handle stress, develop our inner resources and, ultimately, transform our lives.
In 100 years, surfing in Australia has morphed from exotic Pacific Island curio to regimented training for life savers, from counter culture revolution to respectable mainstream sport.
Along the way, it has shaped our coastal migrations, spawned vast business empires and design innovations, produced sports stars and spectacular casualties in equal measure, helped the beach overtake the bush as our national, natural habitat of choice.
No other sport has been through such profound cultural shifts or had such far-reaching influence on our national identity. Australia's Century of Surf marks the centenary of the great Hawaiian Olympic swimmer and surfer Duke Kahanamoku's historic visit to Australia in 1914.
Duke was not the first to ride a surfboard in Australia, just one of the historical misnomers uncovered in this comprehensive and insightful text. But Duke's historic surfboard riding displays in the summer of 1914/15 set in motion a great wave of oceanic obsession that continues to this day.
The story of Australian surfing is largely one of schisms - between freedom seeking beach-goers and censorial puritans, between the quasi-militaristic regiments and volunteerism of surf life savers and the selfish pleasure-seeking pursuits of board riders, the generational and attitudinal gulf between longboarders and shortboarders, professionals and so-called "soul" surfers, territorial tensions between locals and tourists.
Many of our most dramatic cultural conflicts have been played out on the nation's beaches - from the pitched battles between rockers and surfers in the '60s, to the teen gender politics of Puberty Blues and the racial clashes of the Cronulla riots.
About the Author
Tim Baker is the bestselling author of Bustin' Down The Door, High Surf, Occy: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Mark Occhiluipo and Surf For Your Life with Mick Fanning. He also edited the anthology Waves: Great Stories from the Surf. He has twice won the Surfing Hall of Fame culture award. He is a former editor of Tracks and Surfing Life magazines. He lives in Currumbin, Qld.
Creating Positive Change
Learn the art of self-enquiry told simply through the heart and mind of Marie to expose, self love, self acceptance and total self expression. Learning the workings of the brain, reconnecting to the sensory body, getting a grip on emotions and using them all as tools, where constant expansion is in every moment. Become the master of all you were born with, to create the life you want to create.
Discover unconscious layers of beliefs and conditionings based from your past, which create walls that don't even exist. Open yourself up to possibilities so you can live a life of fulfillment no matter where you were born, how much money you have or who you are with.
Learning inner love for outer peace is something each one of us has the power to create. Be curious to be curious you might just be surprised to find something you didn't even know existed. Choose to evolve, that is the luxury of being human. About the Author Marie has spent her adult life looking for a gemstone 'opal', only to discover the world within was where the fortune was to be found.
After the breakdown of her 20 year marriage Marie was exposed to the unconscious weights of child sexual abuse, being raped as a teen , the fear of her family's history of bipolar disease and many other beliefs and conditionings which shadowed her true nature. Peeling the layers of who she perceived herself to be has exposed her to live a life of expansion where joy, love and compassion are now her constant.
Through her incredibly popular seminars and healing sessions, Segal has been actively sought out for her valued advice, and now, she answers the twenty-four most important questions about your journey to wellness in this essential guide.
Segal's answers will help you restore your health, improve your relationships, tune in to your energy center, and confidently create your reality. As you tap into your intuition and let go of old patterns, you will discover a hidden wellspring of energy and a greater capacity to experience joy, presence of being, and sacred connections. Dedicated to bringing these healing powers to people from all walks of life, Segal combines her personal insights, real life examples, and interactive tools to help you heal, transform, and flourish in everything you do.
Designed to lead you down the path of lifelong energy and wellbeing, The Secret of Life Wellness goes beyond prescriptive advice; it creates a healing way of life.
A collection of sublime prayers and teachings from a variety of traditions; an inclusive "How To" book on achieving spiritual joy and peace
Here is a prayer book that offers you the wisest, most comforting of prayers, while also guiding you on how to pray. Whatever your experience of prayer, you will find a new depth of inspiration and support in these pages. From the most ancient heartfelt prayers to those newly written by the author herself, this is a collection that meets us where we are - and takes us where we most want to go.
As a writer and spiritual leader who has supported and guided many thousands of people to live more hopefully, Stephanie Dowrick has a rare understanding of what prayer is and how steadfastly it can support you, whatever your faith background or journey. Some of the world?s most beautiful words are gathered here; so are many of the most uplifting and consoling. From prayers to be shared with family, friends or community, to prayers that take you within to your own soul?s depths, this is a collection to be used and cherished.
About the Author
Stephanie Dowrick, PhD, writes critically acclaimed and much-loved best selling books. Her books include In the Company of Rilke, Forgiveness and Other Acts of Love, Creative Journal Writing, Choosing Happiness, Seeking the Sacred and A Kinder Life. Her latest book is Heaven on Earth. Formerly a publisher and also a trained psychotherapist, Stephanie Dowrick writes and teaches on a variety of spiritual, psychological and ethical issues. Her particular gift is anticipating key social issues and writing about them in ways that are encouraging and transformative.
She also writes widely in the Australian media and has been a frequent guest on ABC Radio. She was ordained in 2005 as an Interfaith Minister, is an Adjunct Fellow at the University of Western Sydney, and a regular speaker for Breast Cancer Network Australia. Born in New Zealand, Dr Stephanie Dowrick lived in London for many years where she founded The Women's Press. She has lived in Sydney since 1983 and is the mother of two adult children.
Lose weight • Reach goals • Feel fantastic
The Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation has already helped Australians lose over 700,000 kilos!
Now you can go behind the scenes and hear 75 people's amazing life-changing success stories. From the mother and daughter who each lost more than 60 kilos to the bushfire survivor who discovered her 'inner mongrel'; from the 'big guy' dad who lost 45 kilos so he could enjoy being with his kids to the woman who wanted to get fit before 50 and then achieved a personal best in a marathon - these 12WBTers bare all to inspire others to stop making excuses and work their way towards being the best version of themselves.
Alongside these journeys, Michelle also shares:
Skills and drills to help you get your head right, eat well and exercise regularly 18 sensational recipes Motivational advice ... and the occasional kick up the butt!
About the Author
Michelle Bridges has worked in the fitness industry for over twenty years as a professional trainer and group fitness instructor. Her key role in Network Ten's hit TV series The Biggest Loser combined with her highly successful online exercise and mindset program, the 12 Week Body Transformation, has connected her with hundreds of thousands of Australians, making her this country's most recognised and influential health and fitness expert. Her bestselling books include Crunch Time, Crunch Time Cookbook, Losing the Last 5 Kilos, 5 Minutes a Day, The No Excuses Cookbook, Everyday Weight Loss and Your Best Body.
This beautiful 2014 Lunar & Seasonal Diary written by Stacey Demarco, is the ultimate all-in-one southern hemisphere moon companion,giving lunar and seasonal timings,proven spells,consultant Goddesses and Gods and easy-to-understand daily advice on the moon's phases.
An elegant place to write your appointments,this diary offers practical magical suggestions for getting the most out of the energies of each season and your whole year! There are tips and techniques for everything from increasing your wealth,busting that rut,improving your relationships and increasing your vitality,to removing obstacles and even conceiving a child.
For both the complete novice and the experienced practitioner, the 2014 Lunar Diary offers simple,yet powerful information that will set the year to be your best ever!
Seasonal spell castings,invocations and timings
Southern hemisphere lunar timings for Full,New & Dark Moons
Powerful Goddess or God invocations each month
Original spells for specific moon phases
The best times to clear obstacles,attract a partner, blessing crystals,cut your hair, even detox or balance your weight!
Ways you can your knowledge of the seasons to improve your month and year
Plus a full explanation of the ancient Wheel of the Year and how it can be utilised for greater spiritual,mental and physical success
This is not the usual run-of-the-mill moon diary...it is not full of confusing astrological information or northern hemisphere timings...it is for you, the modern person who wants to get more out of your year and discover how full of magic the moon and earth cycles really are.
This gorgeous set of 52 cards (22 Theme cards, 30 Oracle Cards) plus booklet by international bestselling dream author Rose Inserra, will guide you through the symbolic world of dreams.
The 22 Theme cards offer interpretations of the most common dream scenarios, from flying to intimacy.
The 30 Oracle cards and accompanying guidebook will help the reader interpret secret messages from the subconscious mind and give valuable insights into their personal life.
An intuitive self-help tool in helping people face real life issues through dream meaning!
A practical set of cards using a step by step guide of emotions surfacing from dreams and what to do about them in waking life.
Includes an easy to follow guide book that allows the reader to interpret their own dreams and that of their friends and family.
Rose Inserra is the bestselling author of, Dictionary of Dreams, selling over 500,000 copies.
Beautifully illustrated cards that are gorgeous and lush. The imagery was designed to represent the dreamlike states we all experience.
This 36 card deck with accompanying guidebook will help you fulfill your desire to truly understand astrology. The cards make learning quick and easy through interaction with Zodiac Signs, House and Planet cards. Now, something that was once complicated will become fun!
With the Astrology Reading Cards, you'll be able to give readings to others and yourself to unlock such questions as; How will I find my partner? Will I receive money in the future? What sort of career would suit me?
This card deck was designed by an international leading astrologer as a simple, easy-to-use pack that utilizes the archetypal energies of astrology to answer questions about the Present and the Future. Select a card from each of 3 separate sets; the Zodiac Signs, the Planets and the Houses; and then use the guidelines in the book to interpret the answer; just like going to a professional astrologer.
Simply Good Food showcases 105 recipes from renowned Australian chef Neil Perry in a collection of the simple, produce-driven recipes he likes to cook for friends and family.
In Simply Good Food, renowned Australian chef Neil Perry presents a collection of the simple, produce-driven recipes he likes to cook for friends and family. The featured dishes are influenced by many different cuisines, but they are all an expression of Neil Perry's belief in cooking with top-quality, sustainably produced, seasonal ingredients. The recipes illustrate just how easy and enjoyable it is to cook fresh, healthy food at home.
In this evocatively photographed and elegantly styled book you will find a dish for any kind of gathering, from an intimate family meal to a dinner party. Many of the recipes can be prepared either as individual dishes or enjoyed as part of a shared table, and Neil Perry has grouped together Mexican, Asian-inspired and Mediterranean banquet suggestions. With 105 recipes encompassing everything from a small but perfectly formed selection of cocktail recipes through to Chicken with pancetta, Thai-style squid salad and Raspberry and champagne jelly with spiced berry compote, Simply Good Food has your kitchen table covered.
About the Author
Neil Perry is one of Australia's leading and most influential chefs. He has managed several award-winning restaurants in Australia, and today concentrates on his flagship brand, the Rockpool Group, which includes Rockpool Sydney; Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney, Melbourne and Perth; Spice Temple Sydney and Melbourne; and The Waiting Room, Melbourne. Neil has been creating menus for Qantas since 1997, redefining in-flight dining and service, and is the author of seven cookbooks: Rockpool, Good Food, The Food I Love, Simply Asian, Balance & Harmony, Rockpool Bar & Grill and Easy Weekends. Neil has been a television presenter on the LifeStyle Channel, and appeared as an Iron Chef on Iron Chef Australia.
Emily, mother of four, felt she was always saying, ‘No, you can't eat that!' to her children, so she discovered a new and healthy way of cooking without using added sugar, white flour or butter.
Packed with helpful hints, Healthy Home Cooking for Kids allows children to enjoy all their favourite foods. Emily's creations look and taste like 'normal' biscuits, cakes and desserts, but are made from healthy ingredients that are high in fibre, low in sugars and saturated fats, and are free of preservatives, additives, and artificial flavours and colours.
Healthy Home Cooking for Kids includes recipes for snack time, main meals and sides, fruit snacks for everyday and birthday party treats.
The whole family will love these delicious recipes. They are easy and fun to make, the ingredients are accessible and will suit many dietary needs. For all those parents not wanting to deprive their children of yummy treats, Healthy Home Cooking for Kids is for you!
About the Author
Emily is the author of Have Your Cake, a healthy baking cookbook, where all recipes are made with no butter, no white flour and no added sugar, yet still look and taste as delicious as traditional baked alternatives. Emily has a passion for creating recipes that are healthy and nutritious for our bodies and at the same time are irresistible and delicious to eat. Emily is the mother of four young children aged five, nine, eleven and thirteen. She lives in Melbourne with her family.
The definitive cookbook of Italian food from the godfather of Italian cooking.
In 1961 the Manfredi family, father Luigi, mother Franca and sons Stefano and Franco, arrived in Australia from Lombardy in the north of Italy. Stefano brought the food and memories from the kitchen of his mother and grandmother, one of Lombardy's finest cooks, to his new home.
Manfredi has been an award-winning chef and restaurateur since the early 1980s translating the flavours and recipes of his childhood into contemporary Italian food. He has published thousands of recipes for Fairfax over his 20 years of contributing to both Good Living and Spectrum and this magnificent volume is the culmination of Stefano's culinary journey.
About the Author
Stefano Manfredi's Italian Food chronicles the food and wine from each Italian region and the dishes that make them famous. With over 500 recipes from the traditional to the modern this monumental and definitive cookbook will become an instant classic. It is a cookbook that will share the bookshelves with titles such asThe Silver Spoon, David Thompson's Thai Food and Stephanie Alexander's The Cook's Companion.
Stefano Manfredi is one of Australia's leading exponents of modern Italian cuisine. He has influenced the way we eat since he first opened The Restaurant Manfredi in 1983, which a decade later earned the coveted three hats by The Sydney Morning Herald's Good Food Guide. For over two decades, Manfredi has owned and operated restaurants in Sydney, most notably the award-winning Restaurant Manfredi (1983-1996) and bel mondo (1996-2002). His inclusion as one of Italy's internationally recognised chefs in the first English translation of The Silver Spoon (2005) firmly cemented his reputation as the leader of Modern Italian cooking. He has written on food and cooking since 1988, published four books, presented many master classes and has made numerous television appearances both here and overseas. In 2011, Manfredi opened Osteria Balla Mafredi at The Star in Sydney.
Don't have time to cook? Don't know what to have for dinner? Want to learn how to make simple and delicious Asian food? Asian After Work is the answer.
Asian After Work is a cookbook for busy people.
Taking a simple and practical approach, and using easy-to-find ingredients, Adam Liaw shows how anyone can create authentic and affordable Asian dishes at home without spending hours in the kitchen.
From Chicken Kra-Pow, Black Pepper Beef and Grilled Prawns with Salty Lime, to Lychee and Coconut Granita, Leche Flan and Sesame and Honey Ice Cream, Asian After Work brings you family favourites and new creations that you'll come back to again and again.
If you love Asian food, let Asian After Work be your guide to the delicious and exciting world of Asian home cooking. Fast, fresh and easy Asian food.
About the Author
Adam Liaw is a cook, author and television presenter, best known as the winner of MasterChef Australia. A former lawyer, Adam worked in the corporate world for more than a decade, and he is acutely aware of the challenges facing the working cook. His best-selling debut cookbook, Two Asian Kitchens, was praised by critics and food lovers alike, and he is a regular contributor to numerous publications, including The Sydney Morning Herald and Feast magazine.
He is also a columnist for The Wall Street Journal's Scene Asia. On television, Adam hosts the popular SBS food and travel series Destination Flavour and Destination Flavour: Japan. With Asian After Work, Adam shares his love for Asian food and shows it is the answer for anybody who wants fast, simple and healthy food to complement a busy lifestyle. Adam lives with his family in Sydney, Australia.
The funny, heart-warming and at times exhausting behind-the-scenes story of Matthew Evans' transformation from high-profile food critic to television's Gourmet Farmer.
How do you go from being an urban dag to a country boy without any experience of the bush?
In 2008 Matthew Evans, one of Australia's most powerful food critics, stepped off the Sydney treadmill to farm 20 acres in Australia's southernmost shire.
What is it really like to take the plunge, leaving a whole world of familiar people, places and work behind? How does it feel to use a cordless drill for the first time, to plant a vegetable garden, to milk a cow, to slaughter a chook for dinner? And what if a TV show is filming the whole process?
This is the story of that transformation. The story of a life more in tune with the seasons and more connected to the soil. A life that is as rewarding as it is exhausting. The story of a family trying to turn a living from the noble and ancient art of growing things on the land.
About the Author
Matthew Evans is a former chef and food critic turned Tasmanian smallholder. He fattens pigs, milks a cow, tends a garden and writes about food from his office overlooking the silver birches atop his cottage on Puggle Farm, in the gorgeous Huon Valley. Matthew is the author of eight books on food, including the authoritative Real Food Companion. He writes regularly for Feast magazine, presents a television show, Gourmet Farmer, on SBS, and runs a small artisan food store in Hobart with a cheesemaker mate, Nick Haddow. The shop specialises in old and rare breed pork products from Matthew's Fat Pig Farm, amongst other goodies.
From the bestselling author of Wild Swans and Mao: The Unknown Story, the extraordinary story of the woman who single-handedly dragged China into the modern age
Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) is the most important woman in Chinese history. She ruled China for decades and brought a medieval empire into the modern age.
At the age of 16, in a nationwide selection for royal consorts, Cixi was chosen as one of the emperor's numerous concubines and sexual partners. When he died in 1861, their 5-year-old son succeeded to the throne. Cixi at once launched a palace coup against the regents appointed by her husband and made herself the real ruler of China - behind the throne, literally, with a silk screen separating her from her officials who were all male.
In this ground-breaking biography, Jung Chang vividly describes how Cixi fought against monumental obstacles to change China. Under her the ancient country attained virtually all the attributes of a modern state: industries, railways, electricity, telegraph, and an army and navy with up-to-date weaponry. It was she who abolished gruesome punishments like 'death by a thousand cuts' and put an end to foot-binding. She inaugurated women's liberation, and embarked on the path to introduce parliamentary elections to China. Jung Chang comprehensively overturns the conventional view of Cixi as a die-hard conservative and cruel despot.
Cixi reigned during extraordinary times and had to deal with a host of major national crises: the Taiping and Boxer Rebellions, wars with France and Japan - and the invasion by 8 allied powers including Britain, Germany, Russia and the United States. Jung Chang not only records the Empress Dowager's conduct of domestic and foreign affairs, but also takes the reader into the depths of her splendid Summer Palace and the harem of Beijing's Forbidden City, where she lived surrounded by eunuchs - with one of whom she fell in love, with tragic consequences. The world Jung Chang describes here, in fascinating detail, seems almost unbelievable in its extraordinary mixture of the very old and the very new.
Based on newly available, mostly Chinese, historical documents such as court records, official and private correspondence, diaries and eye-witness accounts, this biography will revolutionise historical thinking about a crucial period in China's - and the world's - history. Packed with drama, fast-paced and gripping, it is both a panoramic depiction of the birth of modern China and an intimate portrait of a woman: as the concubine to a monarch, as the absolute ruler of a third of the world's population, and as a unique stateswoman.
About the Author
Jung Chang is the best-selling author of Wild Swans (1991), which has sold more than 10 million copies, and Mao: The Unknown Story (2005, with Jon Halliday), which was described by Time Magazine as 'an atom bomb of a book'. Her books have been translated into more than 40 languages. She was born in China in 1952, and came to Britain in 1978. She lives in London.
The wry, perceptive and brilliantly evocative memoir of one of Britain's best-loved cooks
Rick Stein's childhood in 1950s rural Oxfordshire and North Cornwall was idyllic. His parents were charming and gregarious, their five children much-loved and given freedom typical of the time. As he grew older, the holidays were filled with loud and lively parties in his parents' Cornish barn. But ever-present was the unpredicatible mood of his bipolar father, with Rick frequently the focus of his anger and sadness.
When Rick was 18 his father killed himself. Emotionally adrift, Rick left for Australia, carrying a suitcase stamped with his father's initials. Manual labour in the outback followed by adventures in America and Mexico toughened up the naive public schoolboy, but at heart he was still lost and unsure what to do with his life.
Eventually, Cornwall called him home. From the entrepreneurial days of his mobile disco, the Purple Tiger, to his first, unlikely unlikely nightclub where much of the time was spent breaking up drink-fuelled fights, Rick charts his personal journey in a way that is both wry and perceptive; engaging and witty.
About the Author
Rick Stein's passion for using good-quality local produce and his talent for creating delicious flavour combinations in his books and restaurants have won him a host of awards, accolades and fans. As well as presenting a number of television series, he has published many best-selling cookery books, including French Odyssey, Coast to Coast, Far Eastern Odyssey and Rick Stein's Spain.Rick is a firm supporter of sustainable fishing techniques and farming, which he strives to maintain in Padstow, Cornwall, where he runs an acclaimed restaurant and a seafood cookery school, as well as a delicatessen, patisserie and hotel. In 2003 Rick was awarded an OBE for services to West Country tourism. He divides his time between Padstow and Australia, where he opened a restaurant, Rick Stein at Bannister's, in 2009.
May 27, 2015 brings the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir Henry Parkes. After he died, the London Times described him as 'a colonial colossus.' Henry Parkes received little schooling and worked on a rope-walk, breaking stones, as an ivory and bone turner, ironmonger, labourer and on the wharves before trying business life and ultimately politics.
He and his first wife travelled to Australia on an assisted passage. Parkes steadily educated himself, reading voraciously and widely, including all the great poets. There has never been anyone else like Sir Henry Parkes in Australian public life. Not only was he the father of federation. His friends included Thomas Carlyle, fellow poet Lord Tennyson and British Prime Minister Gladstone. He convinced Florence Nightingale to send trained nurses to Australia.
He conceived the international rabbit competition which led to the Pasteur affair and put Australia at the forefront of microbiology. He encouraged talented men to enter politics. Yet he shunned the limelight, rarely attending social functions. Whenever he received begging letters, (which he did, daily), Parkes always wrote back enclosing money. No wonder he went bankrupt three times!
Yet he was Premier of NSW 5 times, leaving its finances well in the black every time. He married three times, the last time to a 23-year-old beauty. Clearly, Parkes loved women, and they loved him. He encouraged women to attend political meetings, even though they didn't have the vote. NSW Parliament House dining room was managed by a husband and wife; when the husband died, Parliament wanted to fire his widow, but Parkes stood up for her, saying she was perfectly capable of managing the dining room on her own, which she did for years to come.
But not everyone loved Sir Henry; he had a long-running feud with poet Henry Lawson's mother after Parkes wouldn't give young Lawson the help she demanded and he constantly wrestled with political aspirants chasing his seat.
About the Author
Stephen Dando-Collins is the author of the acclaimed Captain Bligh's Other Mutiny and a successful series of popular histories about the legions of ancient Rome published in the US, UK, and Australia. Pasteur's Gambit was shortlisted for the science prize in the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards and won the Queensland Premier's Science Award. Crack Hardy, his most personal history, received wide acclaim. Mistaken Identity tells another episode of previously undiscovered Australian history.
The astonishing true story of a young woman's adventures, and misadventures, in the dangerous world of Nazi-occupied France.
'A most strange and compelling book driven by the writer's unsparing search for truth: now an optimistic hunt for a family heroine, now a study in female wiles of survival, now a portrait of one very ordinary person's frailty in the face of terrible odds.' John le Carré
When Nicholas Shakespeare stumbled across a box documents belonging to his late aunt he was completely unaware of where this discovery would take him. The Priscilla he remembered was very different from the glamorous, morally ambiguous young woman who emerged from the many love letters and journals, surrounded by suitors and living the dangerous existence of a British woman in a country controlled by the enemy. He had heard rumours that Priscilla had fought in the Resistance, but the truth turned out to be far more complicated.
As he investigated his aunt's life, dark secrets emerged. Nicholas discovered the answer to the questions he'd been puzzling over: What caused the breakdown of Priscilla's marriage to a French aristocrat? Why had she been interned in a prisoner-of-war camp and how had she escaped? And who was the 'Otto' she was having a relationship with as Paris was liberated?
Priscilla's story show us the precariousness of life in occupied France, when loyalties were compromised and life could change in an instant. It gives us an intimate insight into women's lives in times of conflict and asks us to consider what we might do to survive in similar circumstances.
About the Author
Nicholas Shakespeare was born in Worcester in 1957 and grew up in the Far East and Latin America. He is a prize-winning novelist and biographer and Priscilla draws on his talents in both genres.
Ned Kelly - The Story of Australia's Most Notorious Legend by Peter FitzSimons
Love him or loathe him, Ned Kelly has been at the heart of Australian culture and identity since he and his gang were tracked down in bushland by the Victorian police and came out fighting, dressed in bulletproof iron armour made from farmers' ploughs.
Historians still disagree over virtually every aspect of the eldest Kelly boy's brushes with the law. Did he or did he not shoot Constable Fitzpatrick at their family home? Was he a lawless thug or a noble Robin Hood, a remorseless killer or a crusader against oppression and discrimination? Was he even a political revolutionary, an Australian republican channelling the spirit of Eureka?
Peter FitzSimons, bestselling chronicler of many of the great defining moments and people of this nation's history, is the perfect person to tell this most iconic of all Australian stories. From Kelly's early days in Beveridge, Victoria, in the mid-1800s, to the Felons' Apprehension Act, which made it possible for anyone to shoot the Kelly gang, to Ned's appearance in his now-famous armour, prompting the shocked and bewildered police to exclaim ‘He is the devil!' and ‘He is the bunyip!', FitzSimons brings the history of Ned Kelly and his gang exuberantly to life, weighing in on all of the myths, legends and controversies generated by this compelling and divisive Irish-Australian rebel.
About the Author
Peter FitzSimons is a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald. He is also a regular TV commentator, a former radio presenter (very successfully, with Mike Carlton on Radio 2UE) and is also a former national representative rugby union player. Peter is the author of over 20 books - including Tobruk, Kokoda, Batavia, Mawson and the Ice Men of the Heroic Age and biographies of Nancy Wake' Kim Beazley' Nick Farr-Jones' Les Darcy, Steve Waugh and John Eales. Peter is Australia's biggest-selling non-fiction author of the last ten years.
This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is an irresistible blend of literature and memoir revealing the big experiences and little moments that shaped Ann Patchett as a daughter, wife, friend and writer.
Here, Ann Patchett shares entertaining and moving stories about her tumultuous childhood, her painful early divorce, the excitement of selling her first book, driving a Winnebago from Montana to Yellowstone Park, her joyous discovery of opera, scaling a six-foot wall in order to join the Los Angeles Police Department, the gradual loss of her beloved grandmother, starting her own bookshop in Nashville, her love for her very special dog and, of course, her eventual happy marriage.
About the Author
Ann Patchett is the author of six novels and three books of non-fiction. She has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction three times; with The Magician’s Assistant in 1998, winning the prize with Bel Canto in 2002, and was most recently shortlisted with State of Wonder in 2012. She is also the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, Karl, and their dog Sparky
White Beech is a memoir, a slice of Australian history and an exuberant exploration of our botanical heritage
Greer describes herself as an old dog who succeeded in learning a load of new tricks, inspired and rejuvenated by her passionate love of Australia and of Earth, most exuberant of small planets.
'For years I had wandered Australia with an aching heart. Everywhere I had ever travelled across the vast expanse of the fabulous country where I was born I had seen devastation, denuded hills, eroded slopes, weeds from all over the world, feral animals, open-cut mines as big as cities, salt rivers, salt earth, abandoned townships, whole beaches made of beer cans...'
One bright day in December 2001, sixty-two-year-old Germaine Greer found herself confronted by an irresistible challenge in the shape of sixty hectares of dairy farm, one of many in south-east Queensland that, after a century of logging, clearing and downright devastation, had been abandoned to their fate.
She didn't think for a minute that by restoring the land she was saving the world. She was in search of heart's ease. Beyond the acres of exotic pasture grass and soft weed and the impenetrable curtains of tangled Lantana canes there were Macadamias dangling their strings of unripe nuts, and Black Beans with red and yellow pea flowers growing on their branches ... and the few remaining White Beeches, stupendous trees up to forty metres in height, logged out within forty years of the arrival of the first white settlers. To have turned down even a faint chance of bringing them back to their old haunts would have been to succumb to despair.
Once the process of rehabilitation had begun, the chance proved to be a dead certainty. When the first replanting shot up to make a forest and rare caterpillars turned up to feed on the leaves of the new young trees, she knew beyond doubt that at least here biodepletion could be reversed.
About the Author
Germaine Greer is an Australian academic and journalist, and a major feminist voice of the mid-twentieth century. She gained her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1967. Greer's ideas have created controversy ever since The Female Eunuch became an international bestseller in 1970. She is the author of many other books including Sex and Destiny: The Politics of Human Fertility (1984); The Change: Women, Ageing and the Menopause (1991); Shakespeare's Wife (2007); and The Whole Woman (1999). Germaine Greer spends several months of the year at Cave Creek, in the Gold Coast hinterland.
Something For The Animal Lovers
Pets are gorgeous, loveable and a lifetime commitment.
Full of adorable pets of all shapes and sizes, A Pet Isn’t Just for Christmas is endorsed by the RSPCA and with beautiful, full-colour photographs, a timely reminder that animals deserve our love and attention every day of the year.
Royalties from each sale go direct to the RSPCA.
I have to confess a big bias here. I completely support the work of the RSPCA and believe it's so important to make considered and practical decisions about companion animals. My beloved cat came from the RSPCA as an adult cat some foolish person had handed in. She was a delightful cat who converted non-cat people, but that is what Burmese do apparently. It was also my responsibility to give her a good, safe and happy life. It was her choice to love me back in her own devoted way. A big blessing for both of us.
About the Author
The RSPCA is a community-based charity that works to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection.
Portraits of 40 prize-winning pedigrees
Sit? Rollover? Beg? There'll be no crowd-pleasing tricks performed by the canine beauties on these pages, as their stunning portraits are enough to warrant your attention. Featuring 40 of the world's most loved and unique pedigrees, from the French Bulldog to the English Cocker, the German Shepherd to the Alaskan Malamute, Beautiful Dogs showcases man's best friend as you've never seen him before. Each photograph is accompanied by a description of the breed, covering such information as phsyical attributes, origins and uses. An illuminating introduction also explores the history of the dog as faithful companion, working animal and show-stopping pedigree, while delightful reportage photography offers a glimpse of the stars as they prepare for their moment in front of the photographer's lens. A coffee-table book that will delight and astound in equal measure, Beautiful Dogs is the perfect git for all lovers of things canine.
About the Author
Caroline Coile is an award-winning author of 34 books on dogs, including the Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds, the top-selling breed encyclopedia in the US, and the leading dog show primer, Show Me! She's also a columnist for Dog World and AKC Family Dog as well as a guest on American television and radio shows. Caroline earned her PhD at Florida State University, specialising in canine senses, genetics and behaviour. When she's not writing or speaking about dogs, she's out walking her three Salukis and her sort-of-if-you-squint Russel Terrier.
Portraits of 40 stunning breeds
From Minerva's sacred companion to the intellectual leader of Winnie the Pooh's Hundred Acre Wood, these most mysterious members of the bird kingdom have long been revered as feathery embodiments of wisdom, as well as admired for their breathtaking beauty.
The latest title in the successful Beautiful series, Beautiful Owls nests together some of the most striking examples of stunning strigiformes, from the Mexican Striped to the Abyssinian Eagle Owl, the Sunda Scops to the Burrowing Owl. Stylishly lit and photographed against studio backgrounds, this perfect parliament will have you mesmerised by their elegance, arrested by their gaze. Also included is a succinct introduction to owls, exploring their position at the top of the perch throughout the ages, and reportage photography from conservation centres around the UK. Whether you're a creature of the night or simply a lover of superb photogrpahy, Beautiful Owls will simply enthral with every turn of the page.
About the Author
Marianne Taylor is a writer and editor with a lifelong passion for natural history. She was previously an editor for Birdwatch magazine, and since 2007 has authored more than a dozen books on wildlife and science. Her bestselling books incude RSPB British Birds of Prey and Owls.