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  • ATLANTIC : A VAST OCEAN OF A MILLION STORIES
    ATLANTIC : A VAST OCEAN OF A MILLION STORIES
    WINCHESTER SIMON
    ISBN: 9780007341399
    Title: ATLANTIC : A VAST OCEAN OF A MILLION STORIES
    Author: WINCHESTER SIMON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    The definitive biography of the world's most important body of water - the Atlantic. One hundred and ninety million years ago, the shifting of two of the world's tectonic plates led to the creation of an immense chasm. This giant gash in the flanks of the planet slowly opened up and eventually evolved into the most important and most travelled ocean in our world. In this utterly original biography, Simon Winchester explores the life of the Atlantic; it's birth, its relationship with mankind, and what lies in store for it once man has left the stage. He charts the development of the first settlements by the Oceanside - the communities of Celts and Vikings and whose lives depended on the sea - and delves into the age of exploration, venturing to forgotten worlds. The building of some of the world's most beautiful port cities - London, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Casablanca - is also examined, along with the creation of settlements and colonies in and around the sea. Completely unique and highly readable, Atlantic takes its reader on a wonderful journey through time, along the waves of our planet's most significant ocean.


    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ATLAS OF LOST CITIES : A TRAVEL GUIDE TO ABANDONED AND FORSAKEN DESTINATIONS
    ATLAS OF LOST CITIES : A TRAVEL GUIDE TO ABANDONED AND FORSAKEN DESTINATIONS
    DE TOCQUEVILLE AUDE
    ISBN: 9780316352024
    Title: ATLAS OF LOST CITIES : A TRAVEL GUIDE TO ABANDONED AND FORSAKEN DESTINATIONS
    Author: DE TOCQUEVILLE AUDE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The uniquely designed Atlas of Lost Cities details the destinies of 44 once-thriving urban centers that are now vacant ruins and empty ghost towns.

    Like humans, cities are mortal. They are born, they thrive, and they eventually die. In ATLAS OF LOST CITIES, Aude de Tocqueville tells the compelling narrative of the rise and fall of such notable places as Pompeii, Teotihuac n, and Angkor. She also details the less well known, including Centralia, an abandoned Pennsylvania town consumed by unquenchable underground fire; Nova Citas de Kilamba in Angola, where housing, schools, and stores were built for 500,000 people that never came; and Epecuen, a tourist town in Argentina now swallowed up by water. Original artwork shows the location of the lost cities, as well as a depiction of how they looked when they thrived.

    Imprint: BLACK DOG LEVENTHAL
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • ATTRITION : FIGHTING THE FIRST WORLD WAR
    ATTRITION : FIGHTING THE FIRST WORLD WAR
    PHILPOTT WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780349000077
    Title: ATTRITION : FIGHTING THE FIRST WORLD WAR
    Author: PHILPOTT WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The First World War was too big to be grasped by its participants. In the retelling of their war in the competing memories of leaders and commanders, and the anguished fiction of its combatants, any sense of order and purpose, effort and achievement, was missing.

    Drawing on the experience of front line soldiers, munitions workers, politicians and those managing the vast economy of industrialised warfare, ATTRITION explains for the first time why and how this new type of conflict born out of industrial society was fought as it was. It was the first mass war in which the resources of the fully-mobilised societies strained every sinew in a conflict over ideals - and the humblest and highest were all caught up in the national enterprise.

    In a stunning narrative, this brilliant and necessary reassessment of the whole war cuts behind the myth-making to reveal the determination, organization and ambition on all sides.

    Imprint: ABACUS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AU REVOIR TO ALL THAT : FOOD WINE AND THE END OF FRANCE
    AU REVOIR TO ALL THAT : FOOD WINE AND THE END OF FRANCE
    STEINBERGER MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781596913530
    Title: AU REVOIR TO ALL THAT : FOOD WINE AND THE END OF FRANCE
    Author: STEINBERGER MICHAEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A rich, lively book about the upheaval in French gastronomy, set against the backdrop of France's diminishing fortunes as a nation. France is in a rut, and so is French cuisine. Twenty-five years ago it was hard to have a bad meal in France; now, in some cities and towns, it is a challenge to find a good one. For the first time in the annals of modern cooking, the most influential chefs and the most talked-about restaurants in the world are not French. Within France, large segments of the wine industry are in crisis, cherished artisanal cheeses are threatened with extinction, and bistros and brasseries are disappearing at an alarming rate. But business is brisk at some establishments: Astonishingly, France has become the second-most-profitable market in the world for McDonald's. How did this happen? To find out, Michael Steinberger takes an enviable trip through the traditional pleasures of France. He talks to top chefs--Alain Ducasse, Paul Gagnaire, Paul Bocuse--winemakers, farmers, bakers, and other artisans. He visits the Elysee Palace, interviews the head of McDonald's Europe, marches down a Paris boulevard with Jose Bove, and breaks bread with the editorial director of the powerful and secretive Michelin Guide. He spends hours with some of France's brightest young chefs and winemakers, who are battling to reinvigorate the country's rich culinary heritage. The result is a sharp and funny book that will give Francophiles everywhere an entirely new perspective--political, economic, personal, and cultural--on the crisis in the country and food they love.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AUSTRALIA : A GERMAN TRAVELLER IN THE AGE OF GOLD
    AUSTRALIA : A GERMAN TRAVELLER IN THE AGE OF GOLD
    GERSTACKER FRIEDRICH
    ISBN: 9781743054192
    Title: AUSTRALIA : A GERMAN TRAVELLER IN THE AGE OF GOLD
    Author: GERSTACKER FRIEDRICH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Friedrich Gerstacker, the most illustrious and prolific of German travel writers, set foot in Australia in March 1851, having walked across the Andes, traipsed the goldfields of California, and sailed over the Pacific in search of new adventures. Gerstacker found adventures aplenty in Australia. He rowed and trekked down the Murray, absorbed the excitement triggered by the discovery of gold, visited his countrymen in South Australia, and trained his outsider's eyes on a colonial society gripped by profound change. In this translated edition of Gerstacker's book 'Australien', his lively travelogue is made available for the first time in English. Rarely has Australia's colonial past been presented with such insight, humour and entertainment.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AUSTRALIA OF THE FRENCH EXPLORERS
    AUSTRALIA OF THE FRENCH EXPLORERS
    MOUCHET FREDERIC / BLOOMFIELD NOELENE
    ISBN: 9782757209943
    Title: AUSTRALIA OF THE FRENCH EXPLORERS
    Author: MOUCHET FREDERIC / BLOOMFIELD NOELENE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Six major French expeditions to the Australian coast took place over the course of the 18th and 19th centuries. Through contemporary photographs, expedition drawings and historical commentary, this book plunges us into the impressive and bewildering universe of an Australia still intact, loyal to the environment these seafaring explorers came upon over 200 years ago.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $65.00

    Price: $65.00
  • AUSTRALIAN CONFEDERATES
    AUSTRALIAN CONFEDERATES
    SMYTH TERRY
    ISBN: 9780857986559
    Title: AUSTRALIAN CONFEDERATES
    Author: SMYTH TERRY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the summer of 1865, when a Confederate warship sailed into the port of Melbourne, 42 men secretly enlisted to fight for the South in the American Civil War.

    On the notorious raider Shenandoah – scourge of the Yankee merchant fleet – they sailed off to adventure and controversy, and fired the last shot of the war.

    When the Shenandoah - a sleek steamer/sailer and one of the fastest ships afloat - dropped anchor in Hobsons Bay, the fledgling colony of Victoria was taken by surprise, and the Confederates had no way of knowing whether they would be hailed as heroes or hanged as pirates.

    To the rebels' surprise, Melbourne took them to its heart. Victorians came in their thousands to visit the ship, and its officers were feted as celebrities. They were wined and dined by the city's elite, attended a ball held in their honour , mixed it with Yankee sympathisers in a barroom brawl, and charmed the ladies of Melbourne and Ballarat with their grand Southern manners.

    Meanwhile, in defiance of the law against foreign warships recruiting in a neutral port, 42 men were smuggled aboard in dead of night and, once at sea, signed up to join the Confederate Navy.
    For Australia – not yet a nation – 1865 was a watershed year in an age of gold rushes, bushrangers, disputes between rival colonies, and fears of foreign invasion. For war-torn America, it was the turning point in the deadliest conflict in that nation's history. After the defeat at Gettysburg, the tide had turned against the Confederacy but the South was determined to fight on, and, in the war at sea, the Shenandoah was the last best hope.

    The Shenandoah's mission was to damage the North's economy by attacking its commercial fleet, and, under the command of the enigmatic Captain James Waddell, the raider went on to wipe out almost the entire New England whaling fleet.

    On learning that Robert E. Lee had surrendered, Waddell refused to believe the cause was lost. The Shenandoah continued harrying the Yankee fleet and fired the last shot of the war after capturing, burning and ransoming 38 Union ships and taking more than 1,000 prisoners. On accepting at last that the war had ended, the Confederates sailed around the world to England, pursued as pirates by Union warships, and surrendered to the neutral British.

    Some 120 Australians are known to have fought in the American Civil War, on both sides. Looking back, it is an uncomfortable thought that Australians could sympathise with a society based on the obscenity of slavery, yet while officialdom in the colonies backed the Union and British neutrality, public opinion generally favoured the South. The gold rush era, during which the Shenandoah arrived, tended to glorify rebel causes, and the Southerners had no difficulty finding willing recruits.

    Of the 42 men who signed on in Melbourne as petty officers, seamen and marines, some returned home, others dropped out of sight and one died aboard ship – the last man to die in the service of the Confederacy. This is their story.

    Imprint: EBURY
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AUSTRALIAN DESPERADOES : The Incredible Story of How Australian Gangsters Terrorised California
    AUSTRALIAN DESPERADOES : The Incredible Story of How Australian Gangsters Terrorised California
    SMYTH TERRY
    ISBN: 9780143782377
    Title: AUSTRALIAN DESPERADOES : The Incredible Story of How Australian Gangsters Terrorised California
    Author: SMYTH TERRY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    They were the Australians who made American history. In the roaring days of the 1850s California gold rush, San Francisco was the most dangerous town in America, made so by a notorious criminal gang known as the Sydney Coves.

    The Coves – San Francisco's first organised-crime gang – were Australians: men and women with criminal careers in Australia who had come to the US, mostly illegally, during the gold rush. The Coves had come not to dig for gold but to unleash a crime wave the likes of which America had never seen. Robbery, murder, arson and extortion were the Coves' stock-in-trade, and it was said that the leader of the gang, Jim Stuart, had killed more men than any man in California.

    The gang’s base, in the waterfront district, came to be known as Sydney Town. The area was a no-go zone for police – many of whom were in Stuart’s pocket anyway – so, just as Capone would one day rule Chicago, the Coves ruled San Francisco. And more than once, just to make sure there was no doubt that Frisco was their town, they burnt it down.

    The Coves were hated and feared by the respectable citizens of San Francisco – who derisively called them 'Sydney Ducks' but never to their faces – and, realising that the forces of the law could not, or would not, take them on, decided lynch law was the only solution, and formed a vigilante group.

    The streets of San Francisco became a battlefield as the Coves and the vigilantes fought for control of the city, with gunfights and lynchings almost daily spectacles as the police stood idly by. Jim Stewart was arrested in Sacramento for killing a sheriff, but escaped to be involved in one the most celebrated cases of mistaken identity in the annals of American crime. When the smoke cleared, the Coves' reign of terror was over. Some were strung up from storefronts in the street, some fell in a deadly gunfight with Jonathan R. Davis, one of the fastest guns in the west, others escaped capture and returned to Australia.

    The story of the Sydney Coves is little-known, fascinating and well worth telling.

    Imprint: EBURY
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AUSTRALIAN HISTORY IN 7 QUESTIONS
    AUSTRALIAN HISTORY IN 7 QUESTIONS
    HIRST JOHN
    ISBN: 9781863958226
    Title: AUSTRALIAN HISTORY IN 7 QUESTIONS
    Author: HIRST JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'If there are genuine questions about Australian history, there is something to puzzle over. The history ceases to be predictable - and dull.'

    From the author of The Shortest History of Europe, acclaimed historian John Hirst, comes this fresh and stimulating approach to understanding Australia's past and present.

    Hirst asks and answers questions that get to the heart of Australia's history:

    • Why did Aborigines not become farmers?
    • How did a penal colony change peacefully to a democracy?
    • Why was Australia so prosperous so early?
    • Why did the Australian colonies federate?
    • What effect did convict origins have on national character?
    • Why was the postwar migration programme a success?
    • Why is Australia not a republic?

    Engaging and enjoyable, and written for the novice and the expert alike, Australian History in 7 Questions explains how we became the nation we are today.



    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE : THE CAMPAIGN IN THE MIDDLE EAST 1916-1918
    AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE : THE CAMPAIGN IN THE MIDDLE EAST 1916-1918
    BRADLEY PHILLIP
    ISBN: 9781760111892
    Title: AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE : THE CAMPAIGN IN THE MIDDLE EAST 1916-1918
    Author: BRADLEY PHILLIP
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Throughout history, mounted troops have been known as elite men of arms and the Australian Light Horse is a part of that legendary tradition. Part cavalry and part infantry and often recognised by the emu feathers in their slouch hats, the light horsemen were described by the official historian, H.S. Gullett, as 'in body and spirit the true product of the Australian countryside'. They remain, today, the embodiment of the digger ethos.

    After the Gallipoli campaign most of the Australian Light Horse, commanded by Major General Harry Chauvel, remained in Egypt to defend the Suez Canal. After thwarting the Turkish advance at Romani in August 1916 the Light Horse led the advance into Palestine with sparkling victories at Magdhaba and Rafa. Twice checked at Gaza despite their bold courage, the light horsemen then broke that stalemate following the legendary charge at Beersheba on 31 October 1917. The fall of Jerusalem, the perilous raids on Amman, the trials of the Jordan Valley and the final breakthrough to Damascus followed before Turkey surrendered on 30 October 1918.

    In Australian Light Horse their story is brought to vivid life through the diaries, letters and photographs of the light horsemen who took part in the bloody battles of the desert campaigns of the Sinai and Palestine from April 1916 to October 1918.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • AUSTRALIANS AT THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918
    AUSTRALIANS AT THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918
    BURNESS PETER
    ISBN: 9781743363782
    Title: AUSTRALIANS AT THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918
    Author: BURNESS PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australia's contribution to the Great War has become part of the core of its national identity, and this work from the Australian War Memorial's Peter Burness offers a compact, thoroughly-illustrated and authoritative survey of the founding of the ANZAC tradition.
    From the shores of Gallipoli, through the trenches of France and Belgium, to the Light Horse in the Middle East, Australians at the Great War: 1914-1918 showcases photographs, artworks, posters, maps and artefacts from the War Memorial's comprehensive archive, along with detailed historical and anecdotal passages...

    Both as a testament to the courage of Australians at war, and as a guide to Australia's cultural legacy, Australians at the Great War: 1914-1918 is the perfect introduction.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AUSTRALIANS VOLUME 3 : FLAPPERS TO VIETNAM
    AUSTRALIANS VOLUME 3 : FLAPPERS TO VIETNAM
    KENEALLY THOMAS
    ISBN: 9781925267280
    Title: AUSTRALIANS VOLUME 3 : FLAPPERS TO VIETNAM
    Author: KENEALLY THOMAS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In the third volume of Thomas Keneally's unique history of Australia - where he shines a light on the lives and deeds of our countrymen and women, both known and unknown - he takes up the story at the end of the Great War and explores our development as a nation during the tumultuous 20th century.


    As in the two previous volumes of Australians, Thomas Keneally brings history to vivid and pulsating life. He traces the lives and the deeds of Australians known and unknown as the nation emerged from World War I into a decade of profound change through the Great Crash, the rise of Fascism and growth of the Communist Party. He explains how Australia was inexorably drawn into a war that led her forces into combat throughout Asia, Africa, Europe and the Pacific. At home an atmosphere of fear grew with the fall of Singapore and the bombing of Darwin, the Japanese advance and then the arrival of General MacArthur.

    The 1950s-depicted by some as an age of full employment, by others as the age of suburban spread and boredom under the serene prime ministership of Robert Menzies-were as complicated as Menzies himself. Most Australians believed there would be nuclear war before the end of the decade. The Korean War and British testing of the atomic bomb in South Australia were seen as preludes. With the defection of the Soviet spy Ivan Petrov, Australians were convinced they were living in the last of days. On the street, the face of Australia was undergoing an Italian, Greek and Slavic-led change. And in even greater upheaval, Asian trade and immigration were coming our way as we advanced towards a war in Vietnam and the firming of the American alliance.

    The result of masterly writing and exhaustive research, this volume of Australians brings our more recent history to vibrant and robust life.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • AUSTRALIAS FEW AND THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN
    AUSTRALIAS FEW AND THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN
    ALEXANDER KRISTEN
    ISBN: 9781742234151
    Title: AUSTRALIAS FEW AND THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN
    Author: ALEXANDER KRISTEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Jack Kennedy (Sydney), Stuart Walch (Hobart), Dick Glyde (Perth), Ken Holland (Sydney), Pat Hughes (Cooma and Sydney), Bill Millington (Adelaide), John Crossman (Newcastle) and Des Sheen (Canberra): eight Australian Spitfire and Hurricane pilots of the Battle of Britain. Only one survived.During the summer and autumn of 1940, the Luftwaffe launched their campaign to gain superiority over the RAF, especially Fighter Command. The result was the first major battle of World War II (or any war) fought entirely in the air. The Luftwaffe's defeat by 'The Few' marked a turning point in the Allies' favour. The Battle of Britain is one of the most significant battles of the war, and until now, the role of the Australian 'Few' has received little attention. Kristen Alexander gives a personal account of eight Australian participants, drawing heavily on primary source material and original research. She follows these young men from childhood, through their education, training, personal relationships and flying careers, to death in combat (in the case of seven of the eight men), and beyond that to commemoration.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • BABYLON : Legend History and the Ancient City
    BABYLON : Legend History and the Ancient City
    SEYMOUR MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781784536916
    Title: BABYLON : Legend History and the Ancient City
    Author: SEYMOUR MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    For two thousand years the real, physical metropolis lay buried while another, ghostly city lived on through ideas as varied as the legendary Hanging Gardens, the career of the biblical Daniel, and even the Apocalypse. More recently, the site of Babylon has been the centre of major excavation, yet the spectacular results of this work have done little to displace the many other fascinating ways in which the city has endured and reinvented itself in culture. Saddam Hussein, for one, notoriously exploited the Babylonian myth to associate himself and his regime with its glorious past. Why has Babylon so creatively fired the human imagination, with results both good and ill? Why has it been enthralling to so many, and for so long?In exploring answers, Michael Seymour ranges extensively over space and time and embraces art, archaeology, history and literature.


    From Hammurabi and Nebuchadnezzar, via Strabo and Diodorus, to the Book of Revelation, Bruegel, Rembrandt, Voltaire, William Blake and modern interpreters like Umberto Eco, Italo Calvino and Gore Vidal, the author brings to light a carnival of disparate sources dominated by powerful and intoxicating ideas such as the Tower of Babel and the city of sin. Babylon: Legend, History and the Ancient City weighs idea against reality, fiction against fact, conjuring the fascinating story of this ancient metropolis and its legacy to brilliant life as never before.

    Imprint: I B TAURIS
    RRP: $37.99

    Price: $37.99
  • BARBARIANS : Lost Civilizations
    BARBARIANS : Lost Civilizations
    BOGUCKI PETER
    ISBN: 9781780237183
    Title: BARBARIANS : Lost Civilizations
    Author: BOGUCKI PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Beginning in the Stone Age and continuing through the collapse of the Roman empire, Peter Bogucki describes the increasing complexity, technological accomplishments, and distinctive practices of the non-literate peoples known as Barbarians.

    Imprint: REAKTION BOOKS
    RRP: $37.99

    Price: $37.99
  • BASTARD OF A PLACE : THE AUSTRALIANS IN PAPUA
    BASTARD OF A PLACE : THE AUSTRALIANS IN PAPUA
    BRUNE PETER
    ISBN: 9781741144031
    Title: BASTARD OF A PLACE : THE AUSTRALIANS IN PAPUA
    Author: BRUNE PETER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    '. . . Brune's book is a timely reminder that despite the warmest alliances, nations sometimes have to stand up and save themselves.' - The Weekend Australian Financial Review'


    In 1942 and early 1943 Papua New Guinea was 'a bastard of a place' to fight a war. Peter Brune gives us the final, all-encompassing story of the five battles that changed Australia forever. Peter's compelling narrative resonates with the voices of both the well-trained AIF volunteer, and the young Militia conscript who triumphed together. He interviewed hundreds of these soldiers and himself travelled the treacherous terrain and bloody battlegrounds where so many of their mates perished. Peter reveals the inside story of how Generals MacArthur and Blamey sacrificed many of the senior Australian field commanders as scapegoats to protect their own positions.

    A Bastard of a Place restores Milne Bay, Gona, Buna and Sanananda to their rightful place beside Kokoda to what they should collectively be for all Australians sacred ground.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
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