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  • ART OF TIME TRAVEL : Historians and Their Craft
    ART OF TIME TRAVEL : Historians and Their Craft
    GRIFFITHS TOM
    ISBN: 9781863959407
    Title: ART OF TIME TRAVEL : Historians and Their Craft
    Author: GRIFFITHS TOM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Writing good history is a high-wire act of balance and grace. Historians scour their own societies for vestiges of past worlds, for cracks and fissures in the pavement of the present, and for the shimmers and hauntings of history in everyday action.

    In The Art of Time Travel, eminent historian and award-winning author Tom Griffiths explores the craft of discipline and imagination that is history. Through portraits of fifteen historians at work, including Inga Clendinnen, Judith Wright, Geoffrey Blainey and Henry Reynolds, he observes how a body of work is constructed out of a life-long dialogue between past evidence and present experience.

    Riveting, beautiful and elegantly written, this landmark book conjures fresh insights into the history of Australia and revitalises our sense of thehistorian's craft - what Tom Griffiths calls 'the art of time travel'.



    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD : THE HEROIC CENTURY OF THE FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION
    AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD : THE HEROIC CENTURY OF THE FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION
    BLANCHARD JEAN-VINCENT
    ISBN: 9780802743879
    Title: AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD : THE HEROIC CENTURY OF THE FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION
    Author: BLANCHARD JEAN-VINCENT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: MAY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    The remarkable story of the French Foreign Legion, its dramatic rise throughout the nineteenth century, and its most committed champion, General Hubert Lyautey. An aura of mystery, romance, and danger surrounds the French Foreign Legion, the all-volunteer corps of the French Army, founded in 1831. Famous for its physically grueling training in harsh climates, the legion fought in French wars from Mexico to Madagascar, Southeast Asia to North Africa. To this day, despite its reputation for being assigned the riskiest missions in the roughest terrain, the mystique of the legion continues to attract men from every corner of the world. In At the Edge of the World, historian Jean-Vincent Blanchard follows the legion's rise to fame during the nineteenth century--focusing on its campaigns in Indochina and especially in Africa--when the corps played a central role in expanding and protecting the French Empire. As France struggled to be a power capable of rivaling the British, the figure of the legionnaire--deadly, self-sacrificing, uncompromisingly efficient--came to represent the might and morale that would secure a greater, stronger nation. Drawing from rare, archival memoirs and testimonies of legionnaires from the period and tracing the fascinating career of Hubert Lyautey, France's first resident-general in Morocco and a hero to many a legionnaire, At the Edge of the World chronicles the Foreign Legion at the height of its renown, when the corps and its archetypically handsome, moody, and marginalized recruits became both the symbols of a triumphant colonialism and the stuff of legend.

    Imprint: WALKER AND CO
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • 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 CURSED PLACES : A TRAVEL GUIDE TO DANGEROUS AND FRIGHTUL DESTINATIONS
    ATLAS OF CURSED PLACES : A TRAVEL GUIDE TO DANGEROUS AND FRIGHTUL DESTINATIONS
    LE CARRER OLIVIER
    ISBN: 9781631910005
    Title: ATLAS OF CURSED PLACES : A TRAVEL GUIDE TO DANGEROUS AND FRIGHTUL DESTINATIONS
    Author: LE CARRER OLIVIER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Oliver Le Carrer brings us a fascinating history and armchair journey to the world's most dangerous and frightful places, complete with vintage maps and period illustrations in a handsome volume.

    This alluring read includes 40 locations that are rife with disaster, chaos, paranormal activity, and death. The places gathered here include the dangerous Strait of Messina, home of the mythical sea monsters Scylla and Charybdis; the coal town of Jharia, where the ground burns constantly with fire; Kasanka National Park in Zambia, where 8 million migrating bats darken the skies; the Nevada Triangle in the Sierra Nevada mountains, where hundreds of aircraft have disappeared; and Aokigahara Forest near Mount Fuji in Japan, the world's second most popular suicide location following the Golden Gate Bridge.

    Imprint: BLACK DOG LEVENTHAL
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • 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 : BRUCE POSTLE
    AUSTRALIA : BRUCE POSTLE
    POSTLE BRUCE
    ISBN: 9781925344257
    Title: AUSTRALIA : BRUCE POSTLE
    Author: POSTLE BRUCE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For more than five decades, multi-award-winning press photographer Bruce Postle captured significant moments in Australian life.

    In Australia, Bruce Postle captures the places, people and characteristics that make Australia unique. From the sunburnt centre to the roaring surf, charismatic heroes to memorable rogues, and mateship to larrikinism, the images in this collection remind us of what it means to live in the lucky country.

    Imprint: AFFIRM PRESS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AUSTRALIA AND THE MONARCHY
    AUSTRALIA AND THE MONARCHY
    HILL DAVID
    ISBN: 9780857987556
    Title: AUSTRALIA AND THE MONARCHY
    Author: HILL DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australia and the British monarchy have always made for an odd couple: the young, rebellious, egalitarian nation wed to the ancient symbol of colonial power. How have the royals come to be as popular now as they ever were? David Hill tells the story of this relationship from the beginning.

    Many histories have largely ignored the enduring role of the British monarchy in the political and cultural life of Australia. In this wide-ranging book, David Hill traces the highs and lows by setting his sights on watershed moments in Australian history. It is a relationship rife with contradictions. Queen Victoria became a towering influence in Australia and was more revered the longer she reigned u even though she never visited the place. The growth of the 1990s republican movement existed alongside the public adoration of Princess Diana. Ever since Australia was claimed as the territory of King George III in 1770, the pulse of the nation can be measured by its level of attachment to an aristocratic bloodline living on the other side of the world.
    With the recent rise in popularity for William, Kate and Prince George, the monarchy looks set to enter the hearts and minds of a new generation of Australians. As one of our most popular writers of Australian history, David Hill is our reliable and entertaining guide to this most peculiar state of affairs.

    Imprint: WILLIAM HEINEMAN
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 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 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 : A SHORT HISTORY
    AUSTRALIANS : A SHORT HISTORY
    KENEALLY THOMAS
    ISBN: 9781760292430
    Title: AUSTRALIANS : A SHORT HISTORY
    Author: KENEALLY THOMAS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A masterly history of Australia and its people by an author of outstanding literary skill whose own humanity permeates every page.

    Australians, Thomas Keneally's widely acclaimed three volume history of the Australian people from origins to Vietnam, gave us a robust, vibrant and page-turning narrative that brought to life the vast range of characters who have formed our national story.

    Australians: a short history brings these three volumes together and reintroduces us to the rich assortment of contradictory, inspiring and surprising characters who made a young and cocky Australia.

    It is the story of the original Australians and European occupation of their land through the convict era to pastoralists, bushrangers and gold seekers, working men, pioneering women, the rifts wrought by World War I, the rise of hard-nosed radicals from the Left and the Right, the social upheavals of the Great Crash and World War II, the Menzies era, the nation changing period of post-war migration and Australia's engagement with Asia. This is a truly masterly history of Australia and its people by an author of outstanding literary skill whose own humanity permeates every page.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • 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
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