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            The History of Magic: From Alchemy to Witchcraft, from the Ice Age to the Present
             

            The History of Magic: From Alchemy to Witchcraft, from the Ice Age to the Present (Hardback)

            By Gosden, Chris

            • RRP: $60.96
            • $60.96
            • Internationally sourced

            Three great strands of practice and belief run through human history. In religion, the primary human relationship is with one god or many gods. Science distances people from the world. Magic is human beings participating in the universe directly, and the universe influencing and ...shaping us. Magic preceded religion and science. And many people believe in magic: we might swear at the printer or believe that the mind of a patient influences recovery. But over the last few centuries, magic has developed a bad reputation. Professor Chris Gosden restores it to its place in the history of the world, exploring its positive qualities and asking what it can offer the world today. From the curses and charms of ancient Greek, Roman and Jewish magic, to the shamanistic traditions of Eurasia, indigenous America and Africa, the alchemy of the Renaissance, colonial dismissals of magic as backward, and quantum physics today, his colourful history provides the missing part of the story of civilisation. Drawing on decades of research around the world, with incredible breadth and authority, and stunning detail - from the first known horoscope, through the statue ordered into exile, to the power of tattoos - Gosden shows what magic can offer and how we might use it to rethink our relationship with the world.
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            ISBN 9780241294819
            Released NZ 29 Sep 2020
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Sapiens Graphic Novel: Volume 1
              

            Sapiens Graphic Novel: Volume 1 (Hardback)

            By Harari, Yuval Noah; Illustrated by Casanave, Daniel; By Vandermeulen, David

            • RRP: $48.00
            • $37.44
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            • Pub Date
              17 Dec 20

            The first volume of the graphic adaptation of Yuval Noah Harari's global phenomenon and smash Sunday Times #1 bestseller, with gorgeous full-colour illustrations and a beautiful package - the perfect gift for the curious beings in your life. One hundred thousand years ago, at lea...st six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one-homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us? In this first volume of the full-colour illustrated adaptation of his groundbreaking book, renowned historian Yuval Harari tells the story of humankind's creation and evolution, exploring the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be human . From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens challenges us to reconsider accepted beliefs, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and view specific events within the context of larger ideas. Featuring 256 pages of full-colour illustrations and easy-to-understand text covering the first part of the full-length original edition, this adaptation of the mind-expanding book furthers the ongoing conversation as it introduces Harari's ideas to a wider new readership.
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            ISBN 9781787332812
            Released NZ 17 Dec 2020
            Publisher Vintage
            Interest Age 14+ years
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            What Is Life?: Understand biology in five steps

            What Is Life?: Understand biology in five steps (Hardback)

            By Nurse, Sir Paul

            • RRP: $30.00
            • $23.40
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            Life is all around us, abundant and diverse. It is truly a marvel. But what does it actually mean to be alive, and how do we decide what is living and what is not? After a lifetime of studying life, Nobel Prize-winner Sir Paul Nurse, one of the world's leading scientists, has tak...en on the challenge of defining it. Written with great personality and charm, his accessible guide takes readers on a journey to discover biology's five great building blocks, demonstrates how biology has changed and is changing the world, and reveals where research is headed next. To survive all the challenges that face the human race today - population growth, pandemics, food shortages, climate change - it is vital that we first understand what life is. Never before has the question 'What is life?' been answered with such insight, clarity, and humanity, and never at a time more urgent than now. 'Paul Nurse is about as distinguished a scientist as there could be. He is also a great communicator. This book explains, in a way that is both clear and elegant, how the processes of life unfold, and does as much as science can to answer the question posed by the title. It's also profoundly important, at a time when the world is connected so closely that any new illness can sweep from nation to nation with immense speed, that all of us - including politicians - should be as well-informed as possible. This book provides the sort of clarity and understanding that could save many thousands of lives. I learned a great deal, and I enjoyed the process enormously.' -Sir Philip Pullman 'A nearly perfect guide to the wonder and complexity of existence.' -Bill Bryson 'Nurse provides a concise, lucid response to an age-old question. His writing is not just informed by long experience, but also wise, visionary, and personal. I read the book in one sitting, and felt exhilarated by the end, as though I'd run for miles - from the author's own garden into the interior of the cell, back in time to humankind's most
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            ISBN 9781922310262
            Published NZ 1 Nov 2020
            Publisher Scribe Publications
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            The Official History of Britain: Our Story in Numbers as Told by the Office for National Statistics
             

            The Official History of Britain: Our Story in Numbers as Told by the Office for National Statistics (Hardback)

            By Starling, Boris; With Bradbury, David

            • RRP: $37.99
            • $28.49
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            • Pub Date
              6 Jan 21

            A wonderfully written and entertaining book which places Britain under the microscope and asks who we are today and how we've changed as a nation.

            ISBN 9780008412197
            Released NZ 6 Jan 2021
            Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
            Interest Age General Audience
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            The Light Ages: A Medieval Journey of Discovery
             

            The Light Ages: A Medieval Journey of Discovery (Hardback)

            By Falk, Seb

            • RRP: $64.99
            • $48.77
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            The Middle Ages were a time of wonder. They gave us the first universities, the first eyeglasses and the first mechanical clocks as medieval thinkers sought to understand the world around them, from the passing of the seasons to the stars in the sky. In this book, we walk the pat...h of medieval science with a real-life guide, a fourteenth-century monk named John of Westwyk - inventor, astrologer, crusader - who was educated in England's grandest monastery and exiled to a clifftop priory. Following the traces of his life, we learn to see the natural world through Brother John's eyes: navigating by the stars, multiplying Roman numerals, curing disease, and telling the time with an astrolabe. We travel the length and breadth of England, from Saint Albans to Tynemouth, and venture far beyond the shores of Britain. On our way, we encounter a remarkable cast of characters: the clock-building English abbot with leprosy, the French craftsman-turned-spy, and the Persian polymath who founded the world's most advanced observatory. An enthralling story of the struggles and successes of an ordinary man and an extraordinary time, The Light Ages conjures up a vivid picture of the medieval world as we have never seen it before.
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            ISBN 9780241374252
            Released NZ 29 Sep 2020
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Past Mistakes: How We Misinterpret History and Why it Matters
             

            Past Mistakes: How We Misinterpret History and Why it Matters (Hardback)

            By Mountain, David

            • RRP: $36.99
            • $28.85
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            • Pub Date
              5 Jan 21

            From the fall of Rome to the Wild West, Mountain brings colour and perspective to historical mythmaking

            ISBN 9781785786624
            Released NZ 5 Jan 2021
            Publisher Icon Books Ltd
            Interest Age General Audience
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            Things I Learned on the 6.28: A Guide to Daily Reading
             

            Things I Learned on the 6.28: A Guide to Daily Reading (Hardback)

            By Abell, Stig

            • RRP: $49.99
            • $38.99
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            • Pub Date
              12 Jan 21

            A book to help make books part of your life

            ISBN 9781529337211
            Released NZ 12 Jan 2021
            Publisher John Murray Press
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Feminisms: A Global History
             

            Feminisms: A Global History (Hardback)

            By Delap, Lucy

            • RRP: $48.77
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            How has feminism developed? What have feminists achieved? What can we learn from the global history of feminism? Feminism is the ongoing story of a profound historical transformation. Despite being repeatedly written off as a political movement that has achieved its aim of female... liberation, it has been continually redefined as new generations of women campaign against the gender inequity of their age. In this absorbing book, historian Lucy Delap challenges the simplistic narrative of 'feminist waves' - a sequence of ever more progressive updates - showing instead that feminists have been motivated by the specific concerns of their historical moment. Drawing on an extraordinary range of examples from Japan to Russia, Egypt to Germany, Delap explores different feminist projects to show that those who are part of this movement have not always agreed on a single programme. This diverse history of feminism, she argues, can help us better navigate current debates and controversies. A tour de force from an award-winning expert, Feminisms shows that a rich relationship to the past can infuse today's activism with a sense possibility and inspiration.
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            ISBN 9780241398142
            Released NZ 9 Oct 2020
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 16+ years
            Series Pelican books
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            Out of Our Minds: What We Think and How We Came to Think It
             

            Out of Our Minds: What We Think and How We Came to Think It (Paperback)

            By Fernandez-Armesto, Felipe

            • RRP: $24.99
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            • Pub Date
              2 Feb 21

            An extraordinary journey through the history of human imagination, from the dawn of civilisation to the present day

            ISBN 9781786077851
            Released NZ 2 Feb 2021
            Publisher Oneworld Publications
            Interest Age General Audience
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            1434: The Year a Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance

            1434: The Year a Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance (Paperback, edition)

            By Menzies, Gavin

            • RRP: $27.99
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            In his bestselling book 1421:The Year China Discovered the World, Gavin Menzies revealed that it was the Chinese that discovered America, not Columbus. Now he presents further astonishing evidence that it was also Chinese advances in science, art, and technology that formed the b...asis of the European Renaissance and our modern world.
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            ISBN 9780007269556
            Released NZ 1 Jul 2009
            Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
            Interest Age General Audience
            Availability
            82 In stock at publisher; delivery usually 15-20 working days due to covid19 delays
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