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  • STEADY HAND : GOVERNOR HUNTER AND HIS FIRST FLEET SKETCHBOOK
    STEADY HAND : GOVERNOR HUNTER AND HIS FIRST FLEET SKETCHBOOK
    GROOM LINDA
    ISBN: 9780642277077
    Title: STEADY HAND : GOVERNOR HUNTER AND HIS FIRST FLEET SKETCHBOOK
    Author: GROOM LINDA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    History looks back on John Hunter with mixed reviews. Some biographers are critical of his leadership style as the Governor of Port Jackson (Sydney). Others say he was a failure at sea. Linda Groom, however, disagrees on both counts, claiming that Hunter was an outstanding seaman whose mere survival as governor was an achievement for his time. Hunter grew up in Leith, near Edinburgh. In 1754 he joined the Royal Navy and in 1768, when Hunter was 30, he was made master. By 1786 he was captain, and appointed by Lord Howe to the Sirius, flag ship of the First Fleet. In October 1788 Governor Arthur Phillip ordered the Sirius to sail from Port Jackson to Cape Town for supplies. Hunters decision to take the easterly route past Cape Horn made for a record fast passage, even though the Sirius had to dodge icebergs, lost men to scurvy and was nearly wrecked in violent weather off the south of Tasmania. Hunter began his sketchbook in the same year he made his life-saving journey to Cape Town. Twenty-six of Hunters paintings in his sketchbook were copied from paintings by one of his midshipmen, George Raper. This was not only a compliment from the captain to his midshipman but demonstrates his willingness to learn from his work, quite a reversal of the usual naval hierarchy. Although many of the works in the sketchbook are copies, Hunter brings his own (often humorous) interpretation to them.

    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $14.99
  • STEAM TRAIN DREAM TRAIN - SOUND BOOK
    STEAM TRAIN DREAM TRAIN - SOUND BOOK
    RINKER SHERRI DUSKEY
    ISBN: 9781452128252
    Title: STEAM TRAIN DREAM TRAIN - SOUND BOOK
    Author: RINKER SHERRI DUSKEY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The New York Times bestselling team behind Steam Train, Dream Train returns with the sounds of a train headed off to dreamland!

    The dream train pulls into the station, and one by one the train cars are loaded: polar bears pack the reefer car with ice cream, elephants fill the tanker cars with paints, tortoises stock the auto rack with race cars, bouncy kangaroos stuff the hopper car with balls.

    Lightly abridged and revised from the original text, this playful board book includes a sound bar with five sounds - whistle, chugga, hiss, giggle, yawn - that bring interactive fun to the setting of the hit picture book.

    Imprint: CHRONICLE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $13.95
  • 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
  • TENNISON
    TENNISON
    LA PLANTE LYNDA
    ISBN: 9781471140518
    Title: TENNISON
    Author: LA PLANTE LYNDA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the creator of the award-winning ITV series Prime Suspect, starring Helen Mirren, comes the fascinating back story of the iconic DCI Jane Tennison.

    In 1973 Jane Tennison, aged 22, leaves the Metropolitan Police Training Academy to be placed on probationary exercise in Hackney where criminality thrives. We witness her struggle to cope in a male-dominated, chauvinistic environment, learning fast to deal with shocking situations with no help or sympathy from her superiors. Then comes her involvement in her first murder case.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $13.95
  • 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
  • YEAR OF PRACTICULTURE
    YEAR OF PRACTICULTURE
    ANDERSON ROHAN
    ISBN: 9781743790540
    Title: YEAR OF PRACTICULTURE
    Author: ANDERSON ROHAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Rohan Anderson left his desk job in the city for the richer pleasures of living a simpler life on the land. Over the years he has developed his own principle of practical living. Practiculture is a lifestyle choice. ItÂs about direct involvement in the day to day elements of living, and at the heart of it, the rewarding choice to grow, hunt and forage beautiful, healthy, sustainable food.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $19.99
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