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The Driver: Australia and New Zealand on the back of a truck, Alice Mabin
1 The Driver: Australia and New Zealand on the back of a truck
Alice Mabin Australia Alice Mabin 2016 0646952447 / 9780646952444 Hardcover New Book 34.0 x 28.8 x 2.0 cm Alice Mabin 
The Driver by Alice Mabin documents the reality of the daily grind for 110 different trucking companies and drivers with stunning images featuring every state and territory in Australia and New Zealand. This is the never before-seen real life tale of the captivating lives of truck drivers. “It was important to me that the stalwart cooperation of the truckies, their families, and the trucking companies were respected and represented fully. This is why it was so vital to feature each state and territory across Australia and New Zealand,” asserted the author, Alice Mabin. “I absorbed so much on this legendary journey. I learned how to drive a road train, change tyres, fix fuel leaks, tie down freight, and to cook on the side of the road”. Al, who also has a drone license spent time with the Heart of Australia truck and documented its travels throughout outback Queensland which features in the book. 228 pages. 
Price: 69.95 AUD
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Irish Fairy and Folk Tales: Leatherbound Pocket Edition, Barnes and Noble
2 Irish Fairy and Folk Tales: Leatherbound Pocket Edition
Barnes and Noble USA Barnes & Noble 2015 1435155939 / 9781435155930 Hardcover New Book 17.8 x 10.2 cm 
The small size means it will fit in a pocket or bag. This special pocket edition of features an elegant bonded-leather binding, distinctive gilt edging, and decorative endpapers. It's the perfect gift for anyone interested in Irish folklore. 
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An Illustrated Introduction to Ancient Egypt, Charlotte Booth
3 An Illustrated Introduction to Ancient Egypt
Charlotte Booth UK Amberley Publishing 2014 1445633655 / 9781445633657 Soft cover New Book 
The Ancient Egyptians were not that different from people today and were driven by love, romance, good health, and family. They got drunk and had hangovers and 'called in sick' to work, with elaborate excuses. They suffered with familiar illnesses and were treated with not-so-familiar remedies. The environment the Egyptians lived in formed their religious beliefs, their diet, and the way they lived and died. This beautifully illustrated, accessible introduction to Ancient Egypt covers all the major aspects of religion, daily life, childhood, politics and finally death rites, through the words and possessions of the people who lived there. 
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American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms, Chris Kyle and William Doyle
4 American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms
Chris Kyle and William Doyle USA William Morrow 2014 0062242725 / 9780062242723 Soft cover New Book 20.3 x 13.5 x 1.9 cm 
Now in paperback!: The #1 NYT bestselling author of AMERICAN SNIPER and former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle explores U.S. history through the lens of the nation's most iconic guns. Drawing on his legendary firearms knowledge and combat experience, U.S. Navy SEAL and #1 bestselling author of American Sniper Chris Kyle dramatically chronicles the story of America-from the Revolution to the present-through the lens of ten iconic guns and the remarkable heroes who used them to shape history: the American long rifle, Spencer repeater, Colt .45 revolver, Winchester 1873 rifle, Springfield M1903 rifle, M1911 pistol, Thompson submachine gun, M1 Garand, .38 Special police revolver, and the M16 rifle platform Kyle himself used. American Gun is a sweeping epic of bravery, adventure, invention, and sacrifice. Featuring a foreword and afterword by Taya Kyle and illustrated with more than 100 photographs, this new paperback edition features a bonus chapter, "The Eleventh Gun," on shotguns, derringers, and the Browning M2 machine gun. 
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A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus's Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich, Christopher B. Krebs
5 A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus's Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich
Christopher B. Krebs USA W W Norton & Co 2012 0393342921 / 9780393342925 Soft cover New Book 20.9 x 13.8 x 1.9 cm 
This, the riveting story of the Germania, tells of its incarnations and exploitations through the ages. The pope wanted it, Montesquieu used it and the Nazis pilfered an Italian noble's villa to get it: the Germania, by the Roman historian Tacitus, took on a life of its own as both an object and an ideology. When Tacitus wrote a not-very-flattering little book about the ancient Germans in 98 AD, at the height of the Roman Empire, he could not have foreseen that the Nazis would extol it as "a bible" and that Heinrich Himmler would vow to resurrect Germany on its grounds. But the Germania inspired - and polarised - readers long before the rise of the Third Reich. In this elegant and captivating history, Christopher B. Krebs traces the wide-ranging influence of the Germania over a five-hundred year span, showing us how an ancient text rose to take its place among the most dangerous books in the world. 
Price: 23.95 AUD
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Manuka: The Biography of an Extraordinary Honey, Cliff Van Eaton
6 Manuka: The Biography of an Extraordinary Honey
Cliff Van Eaton New Zealand Exisle Publishing 2014 1775591638 / 9781775591634 Soft cover New Book Trade Paperback 
Not so long ago, in a small island nation in the South Pacific, beekeepers produced a most peculiar honey. It was much darker than the clover honey everyone put on their toast in the morning, and it tasted very different. In fact, the honey was a problem: it was hard to get out of the combs, and even harder for beekeepers to sell. Today that honey, manuka from New Zealand, is known around the world. It fetches high prices, and beekeepers do everything in their power to produce as much of it as possible. Wound dressings containing manuka honey are used in leading hospitals, and it has saved the lives of patients infected with disease-causing bacteria that are resistant to standard antibiotic drugs. In so doing it has forced the medical profession to rethink its position on the therapeutic properties of natural products. This book chronicles the remarkable 'rags-to-riches' story of manuka honey, as seen through the eyes of a New Zealand beekeeping specialist who watched it unfold from the very beginning. It's a great tale of science, in which an inquisitive university lecturer found something totally unexpected in a product everyone had written off. It's also an entertaining account of the way that seemingly simple discovery caught the international media's attention, helping enterprising New Zealanders to develop manuka honey-based products and take them all around the globe. But above all else it's a story of hope for the future, sounding a note of optimism in a world that for good reason feels saddened and sometimes even afraid about the future of the special relationship we humans have always had with those marvellous creatures, the honey bees. 
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The Six Wives of Henry VIII, David Loades
7 The Six Wives of Henry VIII
David Loades UK Amberley Publishing 2014 1445618974 / 9781445618975 Soft cover New Book 19.8 x 12.4 x 2.7 cm 
The story of Henry VIII and his six wives has passed from history into legend - taught in the cradle as a cautionary tale and remembered in adulthood as an object lesson in the dangers of marrying into royalty. The true story behind the legend, however, remains obscure to most people, whose knowledge of the affair begins and ends with the aide memoire 'Divorced, executed, died, divorce, executed, survived'. David Loades' masterly book recounts the whole sorry tale in detail from Henry's first marriage, to his brother's widow Catherine of Aragon, to more or less contented old age in the care of the motherly Catherine Parr. 
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Greek and Roman Myths: The World's Greatest Myths and Legends, Edited by Jake Jackson
8 Greek and Roman Myths: The World's Greatest Myths and Legends
Edited by Jake Jackson UK Flame Tree Publishing 2014 0857758195 / 9780857758194 Soft cover New Book 19.8 x 13.0 x 1.5 cm 
The classical gods of Rome uncoiled from the fertile imaginations of the ancient Greeks whose gods were passionate and violent, jealous of their powers and subject to both mighty outbursts of love and all-consuming bouts of vengeful war. The dark forces of the ancient world were held at bay by the resourceful and emerging civilisation that formed the basis of Western culture, providing a tradition of fabulous tales that are retold in this new book. FLAME TREE 451: From mystery to crime, supernatural to horror and myth, fantasy and science fiction, Flame Tree 451 offers a healthy diet of werewolves and mechanical men, blood-lusty vampires, dastardly villains, mad scientists, secret worlds, lost civilisations and escapist fantasies. Discover a storehouse of tales gathered specifically for the reader of the fantastic. 10 illustrations 
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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: Abridged Edition, Edward Gibbon
9 The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: Abridged Edition
Edward Gibbon UK Penguin Classics 2005 0140437649 / 9780140437645 Soft cover New Book 19.8 x 12.8 x 3.3 cm 
Spanning thirteen centuries from the age of Trajan to the taking of Constantinople by the Turks, DECLINE & FALL is one of the greatest narratives in European Literature. David Womersley's masterly selection and bridging commentary enables the readerto acquire a general sense of the progress and argument of the whole work and displays the full variety of Gibbon's achievement. This abridgement is based on David Womersley's definitive three volume penguin classics edition. Complete chapters from each volume, linked by extended bridging passages, vividly capture the style, argument and structure of the whole work. About the Author: Edward Gibbon (1737-94) studied briefly at Magdalen College, Oxford and at Lausanne, Switzerland before being elected to Parliament in 1774. DECLINE & FALL was written over 12 years and established his reputation as a pre-eminent Classical historian. 
Price: 32.95 AUD
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Anne of Cleves: Henry VIII's Discarded Bride, Elizabeth Norton
10 Anne of Cleves: Henry VIII's Discarded Bride
Elizabeth Norton UK Amberley Publishing 2010 1445601834 / 9781445601830 Soft cover New Book 
The first major biography of Henry VIII least favourite wife - but the one who outlived them all. 'I like her not!' was the verdict of Henry VIII on meeting his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, for the first time. Anne could have said something similar on meeting Henry and, having been promised the most handsome prince in Europe, she was destined to be disappointed in the elderly and corpulent king. Henry also felt that Anne was not as she had been described, complaining that he had been sent a Flander's mare. Forced to proceed with their wedding for diplomatic reasons, Henry and Anne tried to make the best of the situation, but attempts to consummate the match were farcical. Henry could not bring himself to touch his new bride and Anne, entirely ignorant of such matters, did not even notice that there was a problem. After only seven months of marriage Henry was so desperate to rid himself of Anne that he declared himself impotent in order to secure a divorce. Anne was also eager to end her marriage and, with her clever handling of Henry obtained one of the biggest divorce settlements in English history. Following her divorce, Anne made good use of her many properties, including Richmond Palace, Hever Castle and the house at Lewes now known as 'Anne of Cleves' House'. Anne of Cleves is often portrayed as a stupid and comical figure. The real Anne was both intelligent and practical, ensuring that, whilst she was queen for the shortest period, she was the last of all Henry VIII's wives to survive. Henry's chief minister, Thomas Cromwell lost his head for his role in the Cleves marriage, but Anne's shrewdness ensured she kept hers. Even after Henry's death, Anne managed to work to her own advancement, attempting to annul her divorce in order to ensure her financial security as a dowager queen. Anne of Cleves led a dramatic and often dangerous life but, for all this, of Henry VIII's six wives, she is truly the wife that survived. 
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The Illustrated Six Wives of Henry VIII, Elizabeth Norton
11 The Illustrated Six Wives of Henry VIII
Elizabeth Norton UK Amberley Publishing 2015 1445642875 / 9781445642871 Soft cover New Book 23.5 x 16.5 x 0.8 cm 
Henry VIII had the most controversial love life of the Tudor period, and he remains Britain's most famous king because of it. His pursuit of a male heir for his throne led him to cast aside five consecutive wives and bring about the reformation of the Catholic Church, changing the face of British history as he broke from the pope and tradition. But who were the women who were instrumental in causing this change? Why was Catherine of Aragon divorced and Anne Boleyn beheaded, and what happened to the last wife, Catherine Parr? Elizabeth Norton provides a lavishly illustrated guide to the six wives of Henry VIII, exploring their private lives as well as the reasons behind the fundamental changes they caused in Tudor history. With a chapter on each wife, and an extra section on his mistresses, this is the ultimate companion to the six wives of Henry VIII. 
Price: 29.95 AUD
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Plume of the Arawas [used book][rare], Frank O. V. Acheson
12 Plume of the Arawas [used book][rare]
Frank O. V. Acheson USA Walter Neale 1930 1st Hardcover Good No Jacket Book 20.2 x 13.8 x 3.0 cm 
The Brown Man of the Southern Pacific - navigator, warrior, mystic, bard - the intellectual and spiritually-minded Brown Man of Caucasian descent and ancient lineage known to the world as the Maori of New Zealand - he it is who is told of in this novel. The scene is laid principally in the picturesque region around Taupo Lake and Tongariro Mountain, in the heart of the North Island of New Zealand, a region still owned and inhabited by the Ngati-Tuwharetoa Tribe, whose ancestor, the "Plume of the Arawas," is the hero of the story. 
Price: 39.00 AUD
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Egyptian Symbols, Heike Owusu
13 Egyptian Symbols
Heike Owusu USA Sterling 2008 1402746237 / 9781402746239 Soft cover New Book 19.1 x 14.3 x 2.0 cm 
Travel back in time to explore the magical world of ancient Egypt, a culture rich in symbolic ceremonies, and a strong belief in the afterlife and rebirth. This unique visual reference presents an in-depth look into more than 300 symbols used as part of their life and rituals, including plants, animals, sacred signs, gestures, and actions. After learning the meaning behind some of the more well-known representations-like the mummy, pyramid, and scarab-improve your knowledge of the country's many deities and important rulers, such as Cleopatra, Nefertiti, and Tutankhamen. 
Price: 19.95 AUD
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The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld [used book], Herbert Asbury
14 The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld [used book]
Herbert Asbury UK Arrow Books 2003 0099436744 / 9780099436744 Soft cover Good Book B-format 
The Gangs of New York is a tour through a now unrecognisable city of abysmal poverty and habitual violence centred around the infamous slum of Five Points, with its rival Irish and American gangs. Cobbled from legend, memory, police records, the self-aggrandizements of aging crooks, popular journalism, and solid historical research, this is a powerful account of New York City's tumultuos past. Asbury presents the definitive work on this subject, an illumination of the gangs of old New York that ultimately gave rise to the modern Mafia and its depiction in cult films like The Godfather. 
Price: 8.00 AUD
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The Outback Vs the Wild West # Sequel to The Wild West in Australia and America, Jack Drake
15 The Outback Vs the Wild West # Sequel to The Wild West in Australia and America
Jack Drake Australia Boolarong Press 2012 1921920513 / 9781921920516 Soft cover New Book 23.0 x 16.5 cm 
In this volume Drake, focuses on the famous pastoral explorers, drovers and trail drivers; the poddydodgers, horse-thieves and rustlers; the wars of the land grabbers with Australian Aborigines and the American Indians; the clashes of lawless western entrepreneurs with the laws of the bit cities in the east; the colourful females who ventured our into a man's world and made their names, the transport by puffing billies and famous stage coach lines and buckjumpers, roughriders and rodeos. 
Price: 29.95 AUD
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The Wild West in Australia and America, Jack Drake
16 The Wild West in Australia and America
Jack Drake Australia Boolarong Press 2012 1921920475 / 9781921920479 Soft cover New Book 23.0 x 16.5 cm 
In this volume of The Wild West, Drake tells stories about the squattocracy, the cattle kings and the land barons; mounted police, sheriffs and posses in the pursuit of their elusive prey; bushrangers and outlaws and why they are so loved in popular fantasy; stockmen, ringers and cowboys; early white settlement and both friendly and hostile contact with indigenous peoples; and six shooters, gun slingers, snider rifles and infamous shoutouts. 
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Mary Boleyn: The True Story of Henry VIII's Favourite Mistress, Josephine Wilkinson
17 Mary Boleyn: The True Story of Henry VIII's Favourite Mistress
Josephine Wilkinson UK Amberley Publishing 2010 1848685254 / 9781848685253 Soft cover New Book 
The scandalous true story of Mary Boleyn, infamous sister of Anne, and mistress of Henry VIII. Mary Boleyn, 'the infamous other Boleyn girl', began her court career as the mistress of the king of France. Francois I of France would later call her 'The Great Prostitute' and the slur stuck. The bete-noir of her family, Mary was married her off to a minor courtier but it was not long before she caught the eye of Henry VIII and a new affair began. Although a bright star at Henry's court, she was soon eclipsed by her highly spirited and more accomplished sister, Anne, who rapidly took her place in the king's heart. However, the ups and downs of the Boleyn sisters were far from over. Mary would emerge the sole survivor of a family torn apart by lust and ambition, and it is in Mary and her progeny that the Boleyn legacy rests. 
Price: 26.95 AUD
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Wrapping Culture: Politeness, Presentation and Power in Japan and Other Societies [used book][hard to get], Joy Hendry
18 Wrapping Culture: Politeness, Presentation and Power in Japan and Other Societies [used book][hard to get]
Joy Hendry UK Oxford University Press 1995 0198280289 / 9780198280286 Soft cover Good Book 23.5 x 15.7 x 1.3 cm 
Wrapping Culture examines problems of intercultural communication and the possibilities for misinterpretation of the familiar in an unfamiliar context. Starting with an examination of Japanese gift-wrapping, Joy Hendry demonstrates how our expectations are often influenced by cultural factors which may blind us to an appreciation of underlying intent. She extends this approach to the study of polite language as the wrapping of thoughts and intentions, garments as body wrappings, constructions and gardens as wrapping of space. Hendry shows how this extends even to the ways in which people may be wrapped in seating arrangements, or meetings and drinking customs may be constrained by temporal versions of wrapping. Throughout the book, Hendry considers ways in which groups of people use such symbolic forms to impress and manipulate one another, and points out a Western tendency to underestimate such nonverbal communication, or reject it as mere decoration. She presents ideas that should be valid in any intercultural encounter and demonstrates that Japanese culture, so often thought of as a special case, can supply a model through which we can formulate general theories about human behavior. 
Price: 30.00 AUD
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Egypt: How A Lost Civilization Was Rediscovered [used book], Joyce Tyldesley
19 Egypt: How A Lost Civilization Was Rediscovered [used book]
Joyce Tyldesley UK BBC Books 2007 0563522577 / 9780563522577 Hardcover Good Good Book Royal 
For nearly two thousand years after the last pharaoh ruled Egypt the wonders of this ancient culture remained hidden, seemingly lost and forgotten for ever. Then, in the late eighteenth century, Napoleon's invasion of the country sparked an explosion of interest in ancient Egypt that burns as strongly today as ever. The obsession with anything and everything Egyptian has inspired many to dedicate their lives to the search for treasure in Egypt's sands. All of these explorers, collectors and archaeologists can be loosely classified as 'Egyptologists' and this relatively new science has been blessed with more than its fair share of intriguing characters, some of whom, by virtue of their larger-than-life personalities, curious habits or spectacular finds, have come to dominate the story of the rediscovery of ancient Egypt - the story of this book. In "Egypt: How A Lost Civilization was Rediscovered", highly respected author and archaeologist Joyce Tyldesley follows these real-life Indiana Joneses in their quest for the splendid monuments, tombs and artefacts that have unlocked many of the secrets of this mesmerizing civilization. From the nail-biting race to crack the hieroglyphic code to Howard Carter's dramatic discovery of the golden treasures in Tutankhamen's tomb - surely the most heart-stopping moment in the history of archaeology - we experience the excitement, emotion and intrigue of this gripping adventure story. Praise for Joyce Tyldesley: 'Tyldesley has added a new, more human dimension...her book should be required reading.' - "Sunday Times" on "Ramses: Egypt's Greatest Pharaoh". 
Price: 9.00 AUD
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Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China [used book], Jung Chang
20 Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China [used book]
Jung Chang UK Flamingo 1993 0006374921 / 9780006374923 Soft cover Good Book B-format 
Through the lives of three different women - grandmother, mother and daughter - this book tells the story of 20th-century China. At times scarcely credible in the details it reveals of the suffering of millions of ordinary Chinese people, it is an unforgettable record of tyranny, hope and ultimate survival under conditions of extreme harshness. In 1924, at the age of 15, the author's grandmother became the concubine of a powerful warlord, whom she was seldom to see during the ten years of their "marriage". Her daughter, born in 1931, experienced the horrors of Japanese occupation in Manchuria as a schoolgirl, and after their surrender joined the Communist-led underground fighting Chiang Kai-Shek's Kuomintang. She rose to be a senior Communist official, but was imprisoned three times. Her husband, also a high official and one of the very first to join the Communists, was relentlessly persecuted, imprisoned and finally sent to a labour camp where, physically broken and disillusioned, he lost his sanity. The author herself grew up during the Cultural Revolution, at the time of the personality cult of Mao and the worst excesses of the Gang of Four. She joined the Red Guard but after Mao's death she was to become one of the first Chinese students to study abroad. 
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