Non-Fiction Catalogue: March 2020
All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in March 2020.
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Until next time, good reading!
The Physics Book
Explore the laws and theories of physics in this accessible introduction to the forces that shape our Universe, our planet, and our everyday lives. Using a bold, graphic-led approach, The Physics Book sets out more than 80 key concepts and discoveries that have defined the subject and influenced our technology since the beginning of time. With the focus firmly on unpicking the thought behind each theory – as well as exploring when and how each idea and breakthrough came about – seven, themed chapters examine the history and developments in areas such as Energy and Matter, and Electricity and Magnetism, as well as quantum, nuclear, and particle physics. Eureka moments abound – from Pythagoras’ observations of the pleasing harmonies created by vibrating strings, and Galileo’s experiments with spheres, to Isaac Newton’s apple and his conclusions about gravity and the laws of motion. You’ll also learn about Albert Einstein’s revelations about relativity; how the accidental discovery of cosmic microwave background radiation confirmed the Big Bang theory; the search for the Higgs boson particle; and why most of our Universe is missing. If you’ve ever wondered exactly how physicists formulated – and proved – their abstract concepts, The Physics Book is the book for you.
Science | HC | $39.99
Rewording the Brain: How cryptic crosswords can improve your memory
and boost the power and agility of your brain
Master wordsmith and crossword guru David Astle shows how cryptic crosswords can boost your brain power and improve your memory and cognitive capacity. Recent studies have shown that puzzle-solving and wordplay are among the most effective ways to boost the power and agility of your brain. A cryptic crossword a day can help keep memory loss at bay. Why? The answer lies in the art of teasing out a clue, a discipline that calls for logic, interpretation, intuition and deduction as well as the ability to filter nuance and connotation. All these challenges and more are found in the cryptic crossword. And all are invaluable in increasing your brainpower and improving your memory and cognitive capacity. In this entertaining and essential book, cryptic crossword guru David Astle explains how your brain responds to and benefits from attempting these crosswords. A growing body of research suggests cryptic crosswords are the ideal workout for your brain, and Astle shows how regular training of this kind can be fun as well as fundamental. If you’ve always been intimidated by cryptic crosswords, fear not! Rewording the Brain is an accessible guide to developing and sharpening your puzzle talents. Novices and expert solvers alike will gain plenty of cryptic insights. There has never been a better time to start solving, nor a better teacher than the legendary DA. Also included are 50 cryptic crosswords hand-picked to keep your brain abuzz, ranging from beginner friendly to fiendishly complicated!
Science/Puzzles | PBK | $19.99
The Globotics Upheaval: Globalisation, Robotics and the Future of Work
Automation, artificial intelligence and robotics are changing our lives quickly – but digital disruption goes much further than we realise. Richard Baldwin, one of the world’s leading globalisation experts, argues that the inhuman speed of this transformation threatens to overwhelm our capacity to adapt. When technology enables people from around the world to be a virtual presence in any given office, globotics will disrupt the lives of millions of skilled workers much faster than automation, industrialisation and globalisation disrupted lives in previous centuries. What measures will people and governments take in response to such a tectonic economic and cultural shift? How do we avoid the prospect of undermining the very foundations of prosperity? Whilst the changes are now inevitable, there are strategies that humanity can use to adapt to this new world, employing the indispensable skills that no machine can copy: creativity and independent thought. The Globotics Upheaval will help each of us prepare for the oncoming wave of the advanced robotic workforce.
Science/Economics | PBK | $22.99
Hidden Places (Inspired Traveller’s Guides)
Wander off the beaten track to uncover the world’s most secret destinations: discover an ancient gateway to the Mayan underworld, a mysterious underwater monument sunken off the Ryukyu Islands in Japan, or a prehistoric village covered for centuries by a huge sand dune in the Orkney Islands. Travel journalist Sarah Baxter’s evocative words instantly transport you to twenty-five of the world’s most obscured places. From remote locations that visitors must trek and wade just to catch a glimpse of, to forgotten cities only recently revealed and places purposefully hidden as sanctuaries from persecution, each destination has a very human story at its heart. Savour a moment to delight in the serenity and seclusion of the secret escapes collected in this beautifully illustrated guide, full of surprise, wonder and sights otherwise unseen.
Travel | HC | $29.99
Literary Places (Inspired Traveller’s Guides)
An enlightening journey through the key locations of literature’s best and brightest authors, movements, and moments – brought to life through comprehensively researched text and stunning, hand-drawn artwork. Travel journalist Sarah Baxter provides comprehensive and atmospheric outlines of the history and culture of 25 literary places around the globe, as well as how they intersect with the lives of the authors and the works that make them significant. Full-page colour illustrations instantly transport you to each location. You’ll find that these places are not just backdrops to the tales told, but characters in their own right. Travel to the sun-scorched plains of Don Quixote’s La Mancha, roam the wild Yorkshire moors with Cathy and Heathcliff, or view Central Park through the eyes of J D Salinger’s antihero. Explore the lush and languid backwaters of Arundhati Roy’s Kerala, the imposing precipice of Joan Lindsay’s Hanging Rock, and the labyrinthine streets and sewers of Victor Hugo’s Paris. Delve into this book to discover some of the world’s most fascinating literary places and the novels that celebrate them.
Travel | HC | $29.99
the 50 most important forms, genres and styles, each explained in half a minute
This introductory guide to literature is split into seven chapters that cover: the History of Literature – from Sanskrit to Modernism; the Novel – in all its glorious genres; Literary Prose – non-fiction from diaries to philosophies; Poetry – from the sonnet to the haiku; Drama – interesting theatrical forms and genres; Literary Devices – the techniques authors use in their works; and Literary Styles – the features and history of different styles of writing. Each topic is summarised in 300 words and contains a small bibliography for you to expand your bookworm horizons. You can also brush up on literary terms ahead of that book-club meeting, as each chapter features its own glossary. Interspersed throughout the book are profiles of key literary figures that have impacted one of our most beloved hobbies. Literature is not just any written work; it is work that has stood the test of time, which is most widely thought to be of lasting merit. Just how particular books are elevated, to literary status, reflects the values and judgements of society and mirrors the development of civilisation. This book is a broad overview of the multitude of voices used to describe our human experience.
Literature | HC | $27.99
Race of Aces: WWII’s Elite Airmen and the Epic Battle to Become the Masters of the Sky
Bruning, John R
In 1942, an outspoken Army Air Force general, overlooked for prestigious combat commands in Europe, was given a chance at redemption: General George Kenney was to go to the Pacific theatre and forge Douglas MacArthur’s defeated air force into a brawny offensive unit that could pave the way for victory over Japan. When Kenney took the job, he was told not to expect reinforcements, supplies, or even spare parts. He spent his first days in command cowering in a mud-filled slit trench as Japanese planes rained bombs down on his New Guinea base, getting to know his pilots and tending to their shattered spirits. With the Nazis sweeping across Europe and the nation reeling from the carnage of Pearl Harbor, these fighters represented the fading hope of America’s future and Kenney was stunned by their state. Race of Aces is the incredible story of how he and a handful of elite American pilots inspired the country to believe that we could defeat the most formidable enemy America had ever faced – and the inconceivable price they paid to do it. The race began with a bet. No one wagered the deadliest fighter pilot – or ‘ace’ – of WWI, could beat his score of twenty-six enemy planes destroyed; and, if someone did, the WWI ace would give him a bottle of bourbon. Seizing on the challenge to motivate his despondent troops, Kenney unleashed what became a wild three-year sprint for fame, glory and the chance to be called America’s greatest fighter pilot. Five men rose from the pack to compete for the crown, and as their scores mounted, they captured the national spotlight. These young warriors hailed from vastly different backgrounds. Though few had given any initial indication that they would be contenders in the race, they transformed themselves in combat from farm boys and would-be dentists into devastating artists of the modern dogfight. As the press coverage riveted the nation, some of the men grew obsessed, others manipulated the race in their favour, and others resented the growing perception that General Kenney had his own favoured ace who was given special treatment. The war with Japan seethed into one of daily skirmishes and, with the casualties mounting, the aces wondered who would survive to take home the prize and who would be outlived by their glory. Spanning the vast seas and blistering skies of the Pacific theatre, Race of Aces is not just a gripping story teeming with white-knuckled action but also a fascinating, unvarnished look at the masterminds and gladiators that led America to triumph in its most dire hour and how they blurred the boundaries between honourable duty, selfless devotion, and the quest for personal glory.
Aviation history | HC | $39.99
Rune Reading Your Life: a Toolkit for Insight, Intuition, and Clarity
Learn the ancient art of reading runes to inspire, empower, and jumpstart your journey to self-discovery and fulfilment. Reveal the wisdom of the runes – 24 Norse symbols, from the ancient word runa, meaning ‘secret’ or ‘mystery’ – to connect with your true self, master the art of being present, and fearlessly welcome your future’s unfolding. Like pulling an angel card, consulting a horoscope, or reading tarot, choosing runes with a question or intention in mind allows us to draw on the divinatory magic of these ancient symbols. We can make space for dialogue with our inner selves, convert intentions into actions, and open ourselves to being more aware and awake than we ever thought possible. This approachable, accessible, and empowering introduction to the runes shows you how. In three practical sections, Rune Reading Your Life provides an introduction to the 24 runic symbols and their history, explains their ancient meanings, and reveals their modern interpretations. It guides readers on a 30-day transformational rune reading practice, showing how to read, interpret, and apply runic wisdom to everyday life.
Spirituality | HC | $34.99
Going Dark: the Secret Social Lives of Extremists
By day, Julia Ebner works at a counter-extremism think tank, monitoring radical groups from the outside. But two years ago, she began to feel she was only seeing half the picture; she needed to get inside the groups to truly understand them. She decided to go undercover in her spare hours – late nights, holidays, weekends – adopting five different identities, and joining a dozen extremist groups from across the ideological spectrum. Her journey would take her from a Generation Identity global strategy meeting in a pub in Mayfair, to a Neo-Nazi Music Festival on the border of Germany and Poland. She would get relationship advice from ‘Trad Wives’ and Jihadi Brides and hacking lessons from ISIS. She was in the channels, when the alt-right began planning the lethal Charlottesville rally, and spent time in the networks that would radicalise the Christchurch terrorist. In Going Dark, Ebner takes the reader on a deeply compulsive journey into the darkest recesses of extremist thinking, exposing how closely we are surrounded by their fanatical ideology every day, the changing nature and practice of these groups, and what is being done to counter them.
Extremism | TP | $29.99
The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis
Figueres, Christiana & Rivett-Carnac, Tom
The defining book on the climate crisis that shows us how we can and will survive. The Future We Choose is a passionate call to arms, written by former UN Secretary for Climate Christiana Figures and Tom Rivett-Carnac, her UN political strategist. They outline two scenarios for our future: how life on Earth will be by 2050, if we fail to meet the Paris Agreement climate targets; or how it will look and feel to live in a carbon neutral, regenerative world. Each of us must confront the crisis head on, with determination and optimism. Practical and empowering, The Future We Choose features ten things we can do today to make a difference. The Future We Choose is for all of us, teenagers to adults, who feel powerless to stop the climate emergency. This is the final hour: it can be our finest hour. We can solve our climate emergency, but we must act now. ‘The Paris Agreement was a landmark for humanity. In this timely and important book, two of the principle creators of that agreement show us why and how we can now realise its’ promise. I hope it is widely read and acted on’ – Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace.
Science/Society and culture | TP | $27.99
Kangaroo Squadron: American Courage in the Darkest Days of World War II
The dramatic untold story of the first US Army unit to cross the Pacific, and strike back at the Japanese after Pearl Harbor. In early 1942, while most of the American military was still in disarray from the devastating attacks on Pearl Harbor and the Philippines, a single squadron advanced to the far side of the world to face America’s new enemy. Based in Australia with poor supplies and no ground support, the pilots and crew faced tropical diseases while confronting numerically superior Japanese forces. Yet, the outfit, dubbed the Kangaroo Squadron, proved remarkably resilient and successful, conducting long-range bombing raids, armed reconnaissance missions, and rescuing General MacArthur and his staff from the Philippines. Before now, the story of their courage and determination in the face of overwhelming odds has largely been untold. Using eyewitness accounts based on personal diaries, letters, new interviews, and memoirs as well as Japanese sources, historian Bruce Gamble brings to vivid life this dramatic true story. But the Kangaroo Squadron’s story doesn’t end in World War II. One of the B-17s crash landed, on its first mission, has recently been recovered from jungle swamps. The intertwined stories of the Kangaroo Squadron and the ‘Swamp Ghost’ are filled with thrilling accounts of aerial combat, an epic jungle survival story, and the powerful mystique of an abandoned bomber that compelled men to possess it at any cost.
Military history | TP | $27.99
Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe
Brian Greene takes readers on a breathtaking journey from the big bang to the end of time and invites us to ponder meaning in the face of this unimaginable expanse. He shows us how, despite the universe’s tendency toward entropy, remarkable structures form: planets, stars, and galaxies provide islands in a sea of disorder; biochemical mechanisms animate life; neurons, information, and thought give rise to complex consciousness, which in turn creates cultures and their timeless myths and creativity. Through a series of nested stories Greene provides us with a clearer sense of how we came to be, a finer picture of where we are now, and a firmer understanding of where we are headed. Science has proven to be modern society’s greatest source for meaning, and Brian Greene takes us on a grand tour of the universe while always keeping his eye on one central question: What does it all mean?
Science | HC | $49.99
When Galaxies Collide
Why is the Milky Way blue? Why isn’t a black hole dark? How many stars can you see with your naked eye?* How much hotter are blue stars than red ones?** Humans are the only known astronomers in the universe. When we look up at the night sky, we are linked to our ancestors. Away from city lights, we can see what generations of people before us have wondered at and weaved stories around. But all that will change. The Andromeda Galaxy is rushing towards us at 400,000 kilometres an hour. When Galaxies Collide will guide you to look at the night sky afresh. It peers 5.86 billion years into the future to consider the fate of Earth and its inhabitants. Will the solution be to live in space without a planet to call home? Will one of the other 100 billion planets spawn life? Learn how to watch this space. In 2018, Lisa Harvey-Smith was appointed as the inaugural Australian Women in STEM Ambassador by the Australian Federal Government.
* 9,000, but only half of that from any given point on Earth.
** 38,000 degrees vs 3,000.
Science | PBK | $19.99
Brief Answers to the Big Questions
The world-famous cosmologist and bestselling author of A Brief History of Time leaves us with his final thoughts on the universe’s biggest questions in this brilliant posthumous work. Is there a God? How did it all begin? Can we predict the future? What is inside a black hole? Is there other intelligent life in the universe? Will artificial intelligence outsmart us? How do we shape the future? Will we survive on Earth? Should we colonise space? Is time travel possible? Throughout his extraordinary career, Stephen Hawking expanded our understanding of the universe and unravelled some of its greatest mysteries. But even as his theoretical work on black holes, imaginary time and multiple histories took his mind to the furthest reaches of space, Hawking always believed that science could also be used to fix the problems on our planet. And now, as we face potentially catastrophic changes here on Earth – from climate change to dwindling natural resources to the threat of artificial super-intelligence – Stephen Hawking turns his attention to the most urgent issues for humankind. Wide-ranging, intellectually stimulating, passionately argued, and infused with his characteristic humour, Brief Answers to the Big Questions, the final book from one of the greatest minds in history, is a personal view on the challenges we face as a human race, and where we, as a planet, are heading next.
Science | PBK | $22.99
She-Merchants, Buccaneers and Gentlewomen: British Women in India 1600–1900
An extraordinary and illuminating book that tells the incredible stories of the first British women to set foot in India – 250 years before the Raj. The first British women to set foot in India did so in the very early seventeenth century, two and a half centuries before the Raj. Women made their way to India, for exactly the same reasons men did – to carve out a better life for themselves. In the early days, India was a place where the slates of ‘blotted pedigrees’ were wiped clean; bankrupts given a chance to make good; a taste for adventure satisfied – for women. They went and worked as milliners, bakers, dressmakers, actresses, portrait painters, maids, shopkeepers, governesses, teachers, boarding house proprietors, midwives, nurses, missionaries, doctors, geologists, plant collectors, writers, travellers, and – most surprising of all – traders. As wives, courtesans and she-merchants, these tough adventuring women were every bit as intrepid as their men, the buccaneering sea captains and traders in whose wake they followed; their voyages to India were extraordinarily daring leaps into the unknown. The history of the British in India has cast a long shadow over these women; Memsahibs, once a word of respect, is now more likely to be a byword for snobbery, and even racism. And it is true: prejudice of every kind – racial, social, imperial, religious – did cloud many aspects of British involvement in India. But was not invariably the case. In this landmark book, celebrated chronicler, Katie Hickman uncovers stories, until now hidden from history: here is Charlotte Barry – who, in 1783, left London a high-class courtesan and arrived in India as Mrs William Hickey, a married ‘lady’; Poll Puff who sold her apple puffs for ‘upwards of thirty years, growing grey in the service’; Mrs Hudson who, in 1617, was refused as a trader in indigo by the East Indian Company, and instead turned a fine penny in cloth; Julia Inglis, a survivor of the siege of Lucknow; Amelia Horne, who witnessed the death of her entire family during the Cawnpore massacres of 1857; and Flora Annie Steel, novelist and a pioneer in the struggle to bring education to purdah women. For some, it was painful exile, but for many it was exhilarating. Through diaries, letters and memoirs (many still in manuscript form), this exciting book reveals the extraordinary life and times of hundreds of women, who made their way across the sea and changed history.
History | TP | $32.99
The Story of More: How we got to climate change and where to go from here
From the bestselling author of Lab Girl: a passionate scientist’s uniquely personal take on the defining issue of our time. Hope Jahren is an award-winning geobiologist, a brilliant writer, an inspiring teacher, and one of the seven billion people with whom we share this earth. In The Story of More, Jahren illuminates the link between human consumption habits and our imperilled planet. In short, highly readable chapters, she takes us through the science behind the key inventions – from electric power to large-scale farming and automobiles – that, even as they help us, release untenable amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. She explains the current and projected consequences of greenhouse gases – from super storms to rising sea levels – and the actions that all of us can take to fight back. At once an explainer on the mechanisms of warming and a lively, personal narrative given to us in Jahren’s inimitable voice, The Story of More is the essential pocket primer on climate change that will leave an indelible impact on everyone who reads it.
Science | PBK | $22.99
How to be a Fascist
Democracy is difficult, flawed and unstable. It involves barely distinguishable political parties taking part in lengthy, overcomplicated and expensive decision-making processes. Trying to engage so many people with political issues seems to lead only to complexity and disagreement. So, why bother? Doesn’t fascism guarantee a more effective and efficient management of the state? In this short, bitingly ironic book, Michela Murgia explores the logic that is attracting increasing numbers of voters to right-wing populism. Ending with a ‘fascistometer’ to measure the reader’s own authoritarian inclinations, How to be a Fascist is a refreshingly direct, polemical book that asks us to confront the fascist in our governments, in our societies, and in our own minds.
Polemics | PBK | $16.99
30-Second Numbers: the 50 key topics for understanding numbers and how we use them
Nic Daeid, Niamh & Cole, Christian
We know that we use numbers pretty often, some of us confidently, others reluctantly. But are we aware of just how essential they are to almost every decision we make? Counting and measuring when we’re shopping, travelling, studying or playing are just the beginning; the applications of numbers are endless, from assessing variables and analysing data to the calculations and predictions of advanced artificial intelligence. 30-Second Numbers explores number categories, the science of measuring, how guesstimates work, and the visualisation of numbers, taking you behind the digits into the world of statistics, probability, risk and ratios. Numbers are our way of imposing order on the world, and each of the 50 topics here uses just 300 words and one picture to give you a sense of control, helping you to understand trends in statistical data, how algorithms are used and the methods involved in machine learning. With this book, numbers need never be daunting again.
Mathematics | HC | $27.99
A Jane Austen Tarot Deck: 53 Cards for Divination and Gameplay
Noted Jane Austen artist Jacqui Oakley brings her beautiful work to the world of tarot with this sublime and whimsical package. Featuring 53 characters (including Elizabeth Bennet, Mr Darcy, Elinor Dashwood, and more) and objects (such as well-trimmed bonnets and a stack of novels) from Austen’s books, each card doubles as a playing card and tarot card. With Mr Wickham from Pride and Prejudice as the Devil, a teapot representing strength, and Austen herself as the Magician, it’s perfect for both long-time and new Austen fans. Oversized, sleek, and sophisticated, this deck comes in a hinged cigar box decorated with foil stamping and a wafer seal enclosure, and is accompanied by a booklet containing a brief overview of tarot and a guide to the cards, and the world of Austen.
Tarot | Cased | $32.99
Explaining Humans: What Science Can Teach Us about Life, Love and Relationships
How proteins, machine learning and molecular chemistry can teach us about the complexities of human behaviour and the world around us. Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of eight, Dr Camilla Pang struggled to understand the world around her. Desperate for a solution, Camilla asked her mother if there was an instruction manual for humans that she could consult. But, without the blueprint to life she was hoping for, Camilla began to create her own. Now, armed with a PhD in Bioinformatics, Camilla dismantles our obscure social customs and identifies what it really means to be human using her unique expertise and a language she knows best: science. Through a set of scientific principles, this book examines life’s everyday interactions including: Decisions and the route we take to make them; Conflict and how we can avoid it; Relationships and how we establish them; Etiquette and how we conform to it. Explaining Humans is an original and incisive exploration of human nature and the strangeness of social norms, written from the outside looking in. Camilla’s unique perspective of the world, in turn, tells us so much about ourselves – about who we are and why we do it – and is a fascinating guide on how to lead a more connected, happier life.
Science/Society and culture | HC | $32.99
Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet
From bestselling author and illustrator Kate Pankhurst, descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst, comes another ‘smart, informative, inclusive and accessible’ book about trailblazing women (Fiona Noble, The Bookseller). This time, it’s women who have been making decisions that have helped protect our natural world from way before it was on a political agenda. Discover their untold stories. Tackle the plastic problem with Isatou Ceesay, by recycling waste into beautiful objects. Marvel at the intelligence of chimpanzees with Jane Goodall. Learn why it’s important to shop fair trade and cruelty-free with Anita Roddick and The Body Shop. Resist devastating deforestation and plant seeds of change with Wangari Maathai. We’re in an age, when young people like Greta Thunberg are calling for those in power to ‘wake up’ and take action. But everyone has a part to play. Written with hope and encouragement, this book shows that all actions, big and small, can be powerful in the fight against climate breakdown.
History/Biography | PBK | $14.99
Humble Pi: a Comedy of Maths Errors
We would all be better off, if everyone saw mathematics as a practical ally. Sadly, most of us fear maths and seek to avoid it. This is because mathematics doesn’t have good ‘people skills’ – it never hesitates to bluntly point out when we are wrong. But it is only trying to help! Mathematics is a friend which can fill the gaps in what our brains can do naturally. Luckily, even though we don’t like sharing our own mistakes, we love to read about what happens when maths errors make the everyday go horribly wrong. Matt Parker explores and explains near misses and mishaps with planes, bridges, the internet, and big data as a way of showing us not only how important maths is, but how we can use it to our advantage. This comedy of errors is a brilliantly-told series of disaster stories with a happy ending. Matt Parker, the brilliant stand-up mathematician (and the author of Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension (PBK, $24.99)), shows us what happens, when maths goes wrong in the real world.
Mathematics | PBK | $22.99
The Case for the Green New Deal
The GND has the potential of becoming one of the largest global campaigns of our times, and it started in Ann Pettifor’s flat. In 2008, the first Green New Deal was devised by Pettifor and a group of English economist and thinkers, but was ignored within the tumults of the financial crash. A decade later, the ideas was revived within the democratic socialists in the US, forefront by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The Green New Deal demands a radical and urgent reversal of the current state of the global economy: including total de-carbonisation and a commitment to fairness and social justice. Critics on all sides have been quick to observe that the GND is a pipe dream that could never be implemented, and would cost the earth. But, as Ann Pettifor shows, we need to rethink the function of money, and how it works within the global system. How can we bail out the banks, but not the planet? We have to stop thinking about the imperative of economic growth – nothing grows for ever. The program will be a long-term project, but it needs to start immediately.
Science/Politics | HC | $29.99
Australian Code Breakers: Our top-secret war with the Kaiser’s Reich
The extraordinary story of a headmaster turned cryptographer, and our top-secret war with the Kaiser’s Reich. On 11 August 1914, just days after war had been declared, Australian Captain J T Richardson boarded a German merchant vessel fleeing Melbourne’s Port Phillip and audaciously seized a top-secret naval codebook. The fledgling Australian Navy had an opportunity to immediately change the course of the war. But what exactly had they found? Enter the Australian code breakers… Recruited by savvy top brass, maths whiz and German speaker Frederick Wheatley worked night and day to fathom the basic principles of the code and start tracking the German Navy’s powerful East Asia Squadron, led by the brilliant Maximilian von Spee. Soon, Melbourne was a hub of international Allied intelligence. This is the untold story of how a former Australian headmaster and his mostly female team cracked one of Germany’s most complex codes, paving the way for the greatest Allied naval victory of World War I.
Military history | TP | $34.99
For Your Convenience: a Classic 1930s Guide to London Loos
A facsimile guide to the Gents Loos of London, published originally in 1937 by Routledge. Hailed as the first queer city guide, For Your Convenience was first published in 1937. Ostensibly a guide to where a gentleman may find ‘relief’ in the metropolis after ‘three cups of tea’, for those ‘in-the-know’ the information held between its pages offers a much more tantalising prospect. Now, faithfully reproduced for the first time in over eighty years, this fascinating book works as both a wry and playful slice of social history as well as a fascinating insight into the perils and pleasures of a most specific activity for men who loved men. The book could be read at as an entertaining, straight forward guide to London’s public conveniences but yet to our more sceptical eye it is patently a guide to where men could meet like-minded men in an era when homosexuality was illegal. It remains a classic whether taken at face value or not.
Guide | HC | $19.99
A Woman of No Importance: the Untold Story of Virginia Hall, WWII’s Most Dangerous Spy
In September 1941, a young American woman strides up the steps of a hotel in Lyon, Vichy France. Her papers say she is a journalist. Her wooden leg is disguised by a determined gait and a distracting beauty. She is there to spark the resistance. By 1942, Virginia Hall was the Gestapo’s most urgent target, having infiltrated Vichy command, trained civilians in guerrilla warfare and sprung soldiers from Nazi prison camps. The first woman to go undercover for British SOE, her intelligence changed the course of the war – but her fight was still not over. This is a spy history like no other, telling the story of the hunting accident that disabled her, the discrimination she fought and the secret life that helped her triumph over shocking adversity.
Biography | PBK | $22.99
Truganini: Journey through the apocalypse
The haunting story of the extraordinary Aboriginal woman behind the myth of ‘the last Tasmanian Aborigine’. Cassandra Pybus’ ancestors told a story of an old Aboriginal woman who would wander across their farm on Bruny Island, in south-east Tasmania, in the 1850s and 1860s. As a child, Cassandra didn’t know this woman was Truganini, and that Truganini was walking over the country of her clan, the Nuenonne. For nearly seven decades, Truganini lived through a psychological and cultural shift, more extreme than we can imagine. But her life was much more than a regrettable tragedy. Now, Cassandra has examined the original eyewitness accounts to write Truganini’s extraordinary story in full. Hardly more than a child, Truganini managed to survive the devastation of the 1820s, when the clans of south-eastern Tasmania were all but extinguished. She spent five years on a journey around Tasmania, across rugged highlands and through barely penetrable forests, with George Augustus Robinson, the self-styled missionary who was collecting the survivors to send them into exile on Flinders Island. She has become an international icon for a monumental tragedy – the so-called extinction of the original people of Tasmania. Truganini’s story is inspiring and haunting – a journey through the apocalypse. ‘For the first time a biographer who treats her with the insight and empathy she deserves. The result is a book of unquestionable national importance.’ – Professor Henry Reynolds, University of Tasmania.
History | TP | $32.99
Anzac Girl: the War Diaries of Alice Ross-King
Simpson, Kate & Racklyeft, Jess (illustrator)
The true story of Anzac girl Sister Alice Ross-King, who sailed to war in December 1914 and became the most decorated woman in Australia. It was 1914, when Sister Alice Ross-King left Australia for the war. Nursing was her passion – all she had ever wanted to do. But Alice couldn’t have imagined what she would see. She served four long years and was brave, humble and endlessly compassionate. Using extracts from Alice’s actual diaries – kept in the Australian War Memorial – this true story captures the danger, the heartache and the history of the young nurse; who would, one day, become the most decorated woman in Australia.
History | HC | $24.99
Infinite Powers: the Story of Calculus – the Language of the Universe
A magisterial history of calculus (and the people behind it) from one of the world’s foremost mathematicians. This is the captivating story of mathematics’ greatest ever idea: calculus. Without it, there would be no computers, no microwave ovens, no GPS, and no space travel. But before it gave modern man almost infinite powers, calculus was behind centuries of controversy, competition, and even death. Taking us on a thrilling journey through three millennia, Professor Steven Strogatz charts the development of this seminal achievement from the days of Archimedes to today’s breakthroughs in chaos theory and artificial intelligence. Filled with idiosyncratic characters from Pythagoras to Fourier, Infinite Powers is a compelling human drama that reveals the legacy of calculus on nearly every aspect of modern civilisation, including science, politics, medicine, philosophy, and much besides. Shortlisted for the Royal Society Science Book Prize 2019.
Mathematics/History | PBK | $22.99
The Road to Conscious Machines: the Story of AI
In this definitive guide, to AI past and present – one of the world’s leading researchers shows why our fears for the future are misplaced. In the past twenty years, AI has transformed from a niche field with questionable reputation to the most speculated-about pursuit in contemporary culture. But how much of our perception of AI as self-aware, conscious and autonomous beings is a pipe dream cooked up by the charlatans and snake-oil salesmen of science? In The Road to Conscious Machines, Michael Wooldridge tells the story of AI, from its origins in the first Turing computers to DeepMind and newer innovations that will shape the next few decades. Mythbusting AI’s capabilities as logical, rational, intelligent, independent actors, Wooldridge makes a convincing case that most AI engineers are – like everyone – just figuring things out as they go along. In this deft and detailed survey of AI’s booms and busts, Wooldridge brings a healthy injection of humility to an overhyped field. AI appeals to fundamental questions about what it means to be human; so too do the failures and limitations of its past.
Science | HC | $35.00
The Mathematics of the Gods and the Algorithms of Men: a Cultural History
A masterful cultural history of mathematics from a bestselling Italian mathematician and philosopher. Is mathematics a discovery or an invention? Have we invented numbers, or do they truly exist? What sort of reality could we attribute to them? Mathematics has always been a way of understanding and ordering the world: from sacred ancient texts and pre-Socratic philosophers to twentieth-century logicians such as Russell and Frege, and beyond. In this masterful, elegant book, mathematician and philosopher Paolo Zellini offers a brief cultural and intellectual history of mathematics, from ancient Greece to India to our contemporary obsession with algorithms, showing how mathematical thinking is inextricably linked with philosophical, existential and religious questions – and, indeed, with our cosmic understanding of the world.
Mathematics | HC | $35.00