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Biography Ali: A Life Jonathan Eig Anthony Powell Hilary Spurling Charles Darwin A. N. Wilson HB $49.99 The most comprehensive biography of Muhammad Ali that has ever been published, based on more than 500 interviews with those who knew him best. In Jonathan Eig's ground- breaking biography we get a stunning portrait of one of the most significant personalities of the second half of the twentieth century. An epic tale of a fighter who became the world's most famous pacifist, Ali: A Life does full justice to an extraordinary man. HB $55.00 Acclaimed literary biographer Hilary Spurling turns her attention to Anthony Powell, an iconic figure of English letters. Equally notorious for his literary achievements and his lacerating wit, Powell famously authored the twelve-volume, twenty- five year magnum opus, A Dance to the Music of Time. This fascinating portrait of mid-20th-century Britain has never been out of print. Powell comes into focus as never before in this authoritative biography. HB $49.99 Darwin was both a brilliant naturalist and a man of burning ambition. Was Darwin's master work, On the Origin of Species, really what it seemed? Or was it a consolation myth for the Victorian middle classes? Charles Darwin is a radical reappraisal of one of the great Victorians, a book which isn't afraid to challenge the Darwinian orthodoxy while bringing us closer to the man, his revolutionary idea and the wider Victorian age. John Curtin's War John Edwards Becoming Myself Irvin D. Yalom Can You Hear the Sea? Brenda Niall HB $49.99 John Curtin became Australia’s prime minister eight weeks before Japan launched war in the Pacific. Curtin’s struggle for power, his dramatic use of it, and his determination to be heard in Washington and London as Japan advanced, is a political epic. John Edwards’ vivid, landmark biography places Curtin as a man of his times, puzzling through the immense changes in Australia and its region released by the mighty shock of the Pacific War. PB $35.00 The must-read new memoir from one of psychiatry’s most important figures. Irvin D. Yalom has made a career of investigating the lives of others. In this profound memoir, he turns his writing and his therapeutic eye upon himself. As Becoming Myself unfolds, we see the development of the compassionate and insightful thinker whose books have been a beacon to so many. HB $29.99 Brenda Niall has turned her biographer’s eye to a personal subject—her grandmother, Aggie. She tells the story of a fiercely independent and intelligent woman who braved a new country as a single woman, teaching in a country school, before marrying a Riverina grazier, whose large powerful family was wary of the newcomer with ideas of her own. But it was the memory box and her longing for the sea that captured the imagination of her granddaughter.