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  • ROYAL VISITS TO AUSTRALIA
    ROYAL VISITS TO AUSTRALIA
    CONNORS JANE
    ISBN: 9780642278708
    Title: ROYAL VISITS TO AUSTRALIA
    Author: CONNORS JANE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Out of Australia’s total population of around nine million, an estimated seven million people turned out to catch a glimpse of the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II in 1954. Sixty years later, in April 2014, television news bulletins, newspapers and social media were awash with stories of the royal visit of Prince William, his wife Catherine and their baby son George. The frequent, whirlwind royal tours of today are a far cry from those to Australia between 1867 and 1954. These stretched over months, bursting with events such as civic receptions, state banquets, military reviews, cricket matches, agricultural shows, processions, schoolchildren’s pageants and the laying of foundation stones. Occasionally shambolic, quarrelsome and raucous affairs, they were always intensely patriotic. While most of the visits described in this book are from the British Royal Family, royals from other countries appear too, including ‘Our Mary’ of the Danish Royal Family, proudly claimed by Australians as their own.

    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $12.95
  • SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS
    SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS
    FROST MARK
    ISBN: 9781447293866
    Title: SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS
    Author: FROST MARK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the co-creator of the landmark television series Twin Peaks comes a novel that deepens the mysteries of that iconic town in ways that not only enrich the original series but readies fans for the upcoming Showtime episodes.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $16.95
  • STREETS OF PAPUNYA : THE REINVENTION OF PAPUNYA PAINTING
    STREETS OF PAPUNYA : THE REINVENTION OF PAPUNYA PAINTING
    JOHNSON VIVIEN
    ISBN: 9781742232430
    Title: STREETS OF PAPUNYA : THE REINVENTION OF PAPUNYA PAINTING
    Author: JOHNSON VIVIEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Some of Australia’s most exciting contemporary art comes from the daughters of the ground-breaking Papunya Tula artists of the 1970s, the founding fathers of the desert art movement. Streets of Papunya is the story of the women painters of Papunya today, rising stars of a new art centre called Papunya Tjupi Arts. Among them are some of the first women in the desert to join the original Papunya art movement, who continue Papunya’s rich history as the birthplace of contemporary Indigenous art. Western Desert art expert Vivien Johnson reveals the whole history of Papunya as a site of art production, from Albert Namatjira’s final paintings, executed in Papunya days before his death in 1959, through Papunya’s glory days of the 1970s and ‘80s, the dark time when it was known as ‘carpetbagging capital of the desert’ to its inspirational renaissance, as its leading painters reinvent Papunya painting for the twenty-first century.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $19.99
  • VANILLA ICE CREAM
    VANILLA ICE CREAM
    GRAHAM BOB
    ISBN: 9781406350098
    Title: VANILLA ICE CREAM
    Author: GRAHAM BOB
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A wild, young sparrow rises from the dust outside an Indian food stall surrounded by swaying palms. The sparrow flies off just where he pleases, following the food.

    He journeys south through the lush rice paddies and across the rough sea and all the way into a bright new day where, the wild sparrow's world collides with little Edie's.

    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $27.95

    Price: $10.00
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