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  • 1787 : THE LOST CHAPTERS OF AUSTRALIAS BEGINNINGS
    1787 : THE LOST CHAPTERS OF AUSTRALIAS BEGINNINGS
    BRODIE NICK
    ISBN: 9781743791608
    Title: 1787 : THE LOST CHAPTERS OF AUSTRALIAS BEGINNINGS
    Author: BRODIE NICK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    For over 200 years Australia’s official history has focused on English colonisation and ‘discovery’, with tales of British explorers and first generation white Australians navigating the vast and unfriendly land. But what of the millennia before the English claimed Australia as their own and wrote the history books. 1787 traces the journey of Australia before the infamous 1788 date, to explore just how ‘discovered’ the southern continent was by not only the Indigenous Australians who had lived and prospered for thousands of years, but also the sailors, traders, fishermen and many others who had visited our shores.

    This is not about voyages of ‘discovery’, cartography, geography, or hero-captains and their sailing ship adventures. This is a bigger history—of the rise and fall of empires, the shifts in global economies, and their impact on Australia. By charting the encounters with Australia and its original people by several major groups of visitors, primarily the Portuguese, Dutch, Malay, French, and British from the late Middle Ages, 1787 reveals the stories of first encounters between Indigenous Australians and foreigners, placing Indigenous Australians back into our known history rather than a timeless pre-historical one. It’s a fascinating story that shifts focus away from post-colonial history and engages the reader in the eventful and lively stories of Australia as a vast and active land participating in a global history.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ABORIGINAL SELF DETERMINATION : THE WHITEMANS DREAM
    ABORIGINAL SELF DETERMINATION : THE WHITEMANS DREAM
    JOHNS GARY
    ISBN: 9781921421860
    Title: ABORIGINAL SELF DETERMINATION : THE WHITEMANS DREAM
    Author: JOHNS GARY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Land rights, welfare and culture have locked aborigines out of the good life. Land has become a burden, welfare has become disabling, bad behaviour is mistaken for culture. There is a way out. Aborigines must abide by the same rules as every other Australian -- seek out opportunities, study hard, and free themselves from a culture of bad behaviour.

    This is in contrast to the white man’s dream of Aboriginal self-determination. This grand experiment has failed. Aborigines, especially those in remote Australia, need an exit strategy from the dream. The exit strategy outlined in this book destroys the rallying cry for culture. Instead, it shows that the way to self-determination is through individual dignity.

    Imprint: CONNORCOURT
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ADANI AND THE WAR OVER COAL
    ADANI AND THE WAR OVER COAL
    BERESFORD QUENTIN
    ISBN: 9781742235936
    Title: ADANI AND THE WAR OVER COAL
    Author: BERESFORD QUENTIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Coal is the political, economic and cultural totem for debates about climate change. Yet Australian politicians have had a love affair with coal, which has helped lock our politics – and our country – into the fossil fuel age.

    This searing book takes apart the pivotal role of the Adani Carmichael mine in the conflict over coal. We see the rise of a fossil fuel power network linking mining companies, mining oligarchs, the big four banks, right-wing think tanks, lobby groups, the conservative media and all sides of Australian politics. On the other side, we have one of the biggest social movements ever seen in Australia in the form of #StopAdani uniting to try to save the Great Barrier Reef, native title rights and to fight the corrupt politics of coal.

    Looking into the social, environmental and economic elements of this big fight, as well as the background of Gautam Adani himself, this book tells the full story of one of the lightning rod issues of our time.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • ADELAIDE
    ADELAIDE
    GOLDSWORTHY KERRYN
    ISBN: 9781742232621
    Title: ADELAIDE
    Author: GOLDSWORTHY KERRYN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A painting, a frog cake, a landmark, a statue, a haunting newspaper photograph, a bucket of peaches, pink shorts in parliament, concert tickets, tourist maps.

    Kerryn Goldsworthy's Adelaide is a museum of sorts, a personal guide to the city through a collection of iconic objects. Adelaide navigates her southern home, discovering its identifying curios and passing them to the reader to touch, inspect and marvel at. These objects explore the beautiful, commonplace, dark and contradictory history of Adelaide: the heat, the wine, the weirdness, the progressive politics and the rigid colonial formality, the sinister horrors and the homey friendliness. They all paint a lively portrait of her home city as remembered, lived in, thought about, missed, loved, hated, laughed at, travelled to and from, seen from afar and close up by assorted writers, citizens and visitors but mainly as it exists in her memory and imagination.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ADELAIDE : LIGHT AND STONE
    ADELAIDE : LIGHT AND STONE
    WESTON PAUL
    ISBN: 9780648151906
    Title: ADELAIDE : LIGHT AND STONE
    Author: WESTON PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    See wonderful Adelaide and its environs afresh, by both night and day. Enjoy the familiar scenes and discover the obscure in this expansive and insightful collection of images.

    Photographed by a local and printed locally, the journey through this book takes you to the heart of what people love about our city including its new iconic architecture, the many old stone buildings, its Botanic Gardens, white-sand beaches and beautiful surrounding countryside. All packed into a neat and high quality collector’s item for you, or a good friend


    Imprint: CONSIGNMENT STOCK
    RRP: $40.91

    Price: $45.00
  • ADELAIDE CENTRAL MARKET : Stories People and Recipes
    ADELAIDE CENTRAL MARKET : Stories People and Recipes
    ROBERTS FIONA / SPAIN KATIE
    ISBN: 9781743056035
    Title: ADELAIDE CENTRAL MARKET : Stories People and Recipes
    Author: ROBERTS FIONA / SPAIN KATIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: December 2018 New Release


    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $79.95
    Price: $79.95
  • ADELAIDE REMEMBER WHEN
    ADELAIDE REMEMBER WHEN
    BYRNE BOB
    ISBN: 9781742232201
    Title: ADELAIDE REMEMBER WHEN
    Author: BYRNE BOB
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Remember childhood visits to the Adelaide Zoo with a ride in the elephant cart? School lunches and a glass bottle of sun-warmed milk? spending Saturday night at Downtown or Tilt to play arcade games or go rollerskating? rides at Magic Mountain or Dazzleland, dances at local clubs with local bands, early TV shows and sleeping on the lawn on a hot Adelaide summer night?
    Adelaide Remember When is the city we remember, in pictures and words. The best of Bob Byrne's hit Facebook page and much more, Adelaide Remember When is a bumper book that shows us bits of Adelaide we've forgotten, local identities and landmarks we loved and reminds us that the best parts of the city haven't changed.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • ADELAIDE SPORTING SITES
    ADELAIDE SPORTING SITES
    WHIMPRESS BERNARD / CARUSO SANTO
    ISBN: 9781643167947
    Title: ADELAIDE SPORTING SITES
    Author: WHIMPRESS BERNARD / CARUSO SANTO
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An illustrated history of present and past sporting sites around Adelaide including such places as Adelaide Oval, Football Park, Memorial Drive, Rowley Park Speedway, Hindmarsh Stadium, Morphetville Racecourse, Mallala, Oakbank, the parklands, the Torrens and Port rivers, the metropolitan beaches and many more.

    Imprint: CONSIGNMENT STOCK
    RRP: $40.00

    Price: $40.00
  • ADELAIDES JUBILEE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION 1887-1888
    ADELAIDES JUBILEE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION 1887-1888
    ISBN: 9781876906122
    Title: ADELAIDES JUBILEE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION 1887-1888
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A history of the Adelaide's grand scale, international industrial exhibition, celebrating the 50th anniversary of settlement, and honoured Queen Victoria's jubilee. A riot of patriotism/imperialism riddled its course with the pomp and jingoism of the period. The purpose-built building, the six-month exhibition, and the uses and fate of the building complete this collective memory of a now-absent building. Containing contributions by thirty-seven historians it looks at the exhibition and its impact on South Australia.

    Imprint: DIRECT FROM SUPPLIER
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • AFTER THE BLAST : AN AUSTRALIAN OFFICER IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN
    AFTER THE BLAST : AN AUSTRALIAN OFFICER IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN
    CALLENDER GARTH
    ISBN: 9781863957380
    Title: AFTER THE BLAST : AN AUSTRALIAN OFFICER IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN
    Author: CALLENDER GARTH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very Australian story of heroism and healing.

    In 2004 Garth Callender, a junior cavalry officer, was deployed to Iraq. He quickly found his feet leading convoys of armoured vehicles through the streets of Baghdad and into the desert beyond. But one morning his crew was targeted in a roadside bomb attack. Garth became Australia's first serious casualty in the war.

    After recovering from his injuries, Garth returned to Iraq in 2006 as second-in-command of the Australian Army's security detachment in Baghdad. He found a city in the grip of a rising insurgency. His unit had to contend with missile attacks, suicide bombers and the death by misadventure of one of their own, Private Jake Kovco.

    Determined to prevent the kinds of bomb attacks that left him scarred, Garth volunteered once more in 2009 – to lead a weapons intelligence team in Afghanistan. He was helicoptered to blast zones in the aftermath of attacks, and worked to identify the insurgent bomb-makers responsible.

    Revealing, moving, funny and full of drama, Garth Callender's story is one of a kind.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ALL FALL DOWN
    ALL FALL DOWN
    CONDON MATTHEW
    ISBN: 9780702253539
    Title: ALL FALL DOWN
    Author: CONDON MATTHEW
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The gripping finale to Three Crooked Kings and Jacks and Jokers brings to a close Matthew Condon's best-selling true-crime trilogy.

    In 1983, the soon-to-be-knighted Police Commissioner Terry Lewis continues to turn a blind eye to the operation of The Joke, a highly organised system of graft payments from illegal gambling, prostitution and illicit drugs. As the tentacles of this fraudulent vice network spread, the fabric holding together the police, judiciary and political system starts to unravel. All Fall Down offers an unprecedented insight into the Fitzgerald Inquiry and Lewis's subsequent years in prison, and explores the real story behind the dramatic exit of Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen. Drawing from interviews with key players who have, until now, been afraid to speak publicly, All Fall Down celebrates the bravery of those unsung heroes who risked everything to expose the truth.

    This epic trilogy provides the definitive account of an unforgettable period in Queensland's history. The devastating consequences of those decades of corruption still reverberate today.

    Imprint: UNI OF QUEENSLAND PRESS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ALLURE OF FUNGI
    ALLURE OF FUNGI
    POULIOT ALISON
    ISBN: 9781486308576
    Title: ALLURE OF FUNGI
    Author: POULIOT ALISON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2018 NEW RELEAS

    Although relatively little known, fungi provide the links between the various organisms and ecosystems that underpin our functioning planet. The Allure of Fungi presents fungi through multiple perspectives – those of mycologists and ecologists, foragers and forayers, naturalists and farmers, aesthetes and artists, philosophers and Traditional Owners. It explores how a history of entrenched fears and misconceptions about fungi has led to their near absence in Australian ecological consciousness and biodiversity conservation.

    Through the combination of engaging text and stunning photography, the author reflects on how aesthetic, sensate experience deepened by scientific knowledge offers the best chance for understanding fungi, the forest and human interactions with them.

    Imprint: CSIRO PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • ANTIPODES : IN SEARCH OF THE SOUTHERN CONTINENT
    ANTIPODES : IN SEARCH OF THE SOUTHERN CONTINENT
    STALLARD AVAN JUDD
    ISBN: 9781925377323
    Title: ANTIPODES : IN SEARCH OF THE SOUTHERN CONTINENT
    Author: STALLARD AVAN JUDD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Antipodes: In Search of the Southern Continent is a new history of an ancient geography. It reassesses the evidence for why Europeans believed a massive southern continent existed, and why they advocated for its discovery.

    When ships were equal to ambitions, explorers set out to find and claim Terra Australis said to be as large, rich and varied as all the northern lands combined. Antipodes charts these voyages voyages both through the imagination and across the High Seas in pursuit of the mythical Terra Australis. In doing so, the question is asked: how could so many fail to see the realities they encountered? And how is it a mythical land held the gaze of an era famed for breaking free the shackles of superstition?

    That Terra Australis did not exist that didn’t stop explorers pursuing the continent to its Antarctic obsolescence, unwilling to abandon the promise of such a rich and magnificent land till it was stripped of every ounce of value it had ever promised. In the process, the southern continent an imaginary land became one of the shaping forces of early modern history.

    Imprint: MONASH UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
  • ANZAC TREASURES : THE GALLIPOLI COLLECTION OF THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
    ANZAC TREASURES : THE GALLIPOLI COLLECTION OF THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
    PEDERSEN PETER
    ISBN: 9781742667232
    Title: ANZAC TREASURES : THE GALLIPOLI COLLECTION OF THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
    Author: PEDERSEN PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A beautifully produced, lavishly illustrated commemorative volume drawing on the Memorial's unique collection of Gallipoli-related objects, photographs, artworks, diaries, letters, maps and personal memorabilia.

    This landmark publication commemorates the centenary of the Great War's Gallipoli campaign, 25 April 1915 to 9 January 1916. ANZAC Treasures approaches the subject of Gallipoli not only from a military perspective but also in terms of its social impact and its role in commemoration and nation building. It does so through the Memorial's immensely rich and varied National Collection, which provides a tangible link to ANZAC and gives an unparalleled insight into its many facets. The legend and reality of ANZAC are encapsulated within the relics, photographs, artworks, documentary records, personal diaries and letters that are displayed to dramatic and moving effect in a beautifully designed and produced commemorative volume.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ARSONIST : A Mind on Fire
    ARSONIST : A Mind on Fire
    HOOPER CHLOE
    ISBN: 9780670078189
    Title: ARSONIST : A Mind on Fire
    Author: HOOPER CHLOE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Arsonist takes readers inside the hunt for a fire-lighter. After Black Saturday, a February 2009 day marked by 47 degree heat and firestorms, arson squad detectives arrived at a plantation on the edge of a 26,000-hectare burn site. Eleven people had just been killed and hundreds made homeless. Here, in the Latrobe Valley, where Victoria's electricity is generated, and the rates of unemployment, crime and domestic abuse are the highest in the state, more than thirty people were known to police as firebugs. But the detectives soon found themselves on the trail of a man they didn't know.

    The Arsonist tells a remarkable detective story, as the police close in on someone they believe to be a cunning offender; and a puzzling psychological story, as defence lawyers seek to understand the motives of a man who, they claimed, was a na'f that had accidentally dropped a cigarette.

    It is the story not only of this fire - how it happened, the people who died, the aftermath for the community - but of fire in this country. What it has done, what it has meant, what it might yet do. Bushfire is one of Australia's deepest anxieties, never more so than when deliberately lit. Arson, wrote Henry Lawson, expresses a malice 'terrifying to those who have seen what it is capable of. You never know when you are safe.'

    As she did in The Tall Man, Chloe Hooper takes us to a part of the country seldom explored, and reveals something buried but essential in our national psyche. The bush, summertime, a smouldering cigarette - none of these will feel the same again.

    Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ARSONIST : A Mind on Fire
    ARSONIST : A Mind on Fire
    HOOPER CHLOE
    ISBN: 9780143795551
    Title: ARSONIST : A Mind on Fire
    Author: HOOPER CHLOE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Arsonist takes readers inside the hunt for a fire-lighter. After Black Saturday, a February 2009 day marked by 47 degree heat and firestorms, arson squad detectives arrived at a plantation on the edge of a 26,000-hectare burn site. Eleven people had just been killed and hundreds made homeless. Here, in the Latrobe Valley, where Victoria's electricity is generated, and the rates of unemployment, crime and domestic abuse are the highest in the state, more than thirty people were known to police as firebugs. But the detectives soon found themselves on the trail of a man they didn't know.

    The Arsonist tells a remarkable detective story, as the police close in on someone they believe to be a cunning offender; and a puzzling psychological story, as defence lawyers seek to understand the motives of a man who, they claimed, was a na'f that had accidentally dropped a cigarette.

    It is the story not only of this fire - how it happened, the people who died, the aftermath for the community - but of fire in this country. What it has done, what it has meant, what it might yet do. Bushfire is one of Australia's deepest anxieties, never more so than when deliberately lit. Arson, wrote Henry Lawson, expresses a malice 'terrifying to those who have seen what it is capable of. You never know when you are safe.'

    As she did in The Tall Man, Chloe Hooper takes us to a part of the country seldom explored, and reveals something buried but essential in our national psyche. The bush, summertime, a smouldering cigarette - none of these will feel the same again.

    Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $29.99
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