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  • TRUE GIRT : THE UNAUTHORISED HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA
    TRUE GIRT : THE UNAUTHORISED HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA
    HUNT DAVID
    ISBN: 9781863958844
    Title: TRUE GIRT : THE UNAUTHORISED HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA
    Author: HUNT DAVID
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    First there was Girt. Now comes ... True Girt

    In this side-splitting sequel to his best-selling history, David Hunt takes us to the Australian frontier. This was the Wild South, home to hardy pioneers, gun-slinging bushrangers, directionally challenged explorers, nervous indigenous people, Caroline Chisholm and sheep. Lots of sheep.

    True Girt introduces Thomas Davey, the hard-drinking Tasmanian governor who invented the Blow My Skull cocktail, and Captain Moonlite, Australia's most famous LGBTI bushranger. Meet William Nicholson, the Melbourne hipster who gave Australia the steam-powered coffee roaster and the world the secret ballot. And say hello to Harry, the first camel used in Australian exploration, who shot dead his owner, the explorer John Horrocks.

    Learn how Truganini's death inspired the Martian invasion of Earth. Discover the role of Hall and Oates in the Myall Creek Massacre. And be reminded why you should never ever smoke with the Wild Colonial Boy and Mad Dan Morgan.

    * * Due to popular demand, stock of the True Girt tea towel advertised in our Summer Reading Guide is now exhausted. We apologise to anyone who missed out * *

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • UNDER THE BURNING SUN : A HISTORY OF COLONIAL SOUTH AUSTRALIA 1836-1900
    UNDER THE BURNING SUN : A HISTORY OF COLONIAL SOUTH AUSTRALIA 1836-1900
    GIBBS R M
    ISBN: 9781921601859
    Title: UNDER THE BURNING SUN : A HISTORY OF COLONIAL SOUTH AUSTRALIA 1836-1900
    Author: GIBBS R M
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    South Australia has a reputation for being different. Conceived as a 'province' fully formed, it was the only colony to be founded by an Act of the British parliament. The ideals present at its founding in 1836 included enlightened aspirations towards the Aboriginal inhabitants. In colonial times it succeeded in becoming the granary of the Australian continent, though limited resources often handicapped it. Adelaide, the colony's capital, exercised an influence over the colony unmatched by the capitals in other Australian colonies. This book seeks to explore the South Australian experience to the time of Australia's federation in 1901.

    Imprint: TO BE ALLOCATED
    RRP: $79.99

    Price: $79.99
  • UNEARTHED : THE ABORIGINAL TASMANIANS OF KANGAROO ISLAND
    UNEARTHED : THE ABORIGINAL TASMANIANS OF KANGAROO ISLAND
    TAYLOR REBE
    ISBN: 9781862547988
    Title: UNEARTHED : THE ABORIGINAL TASMANIANS OF KANGAROO ISLAND
    Author: TAYLOR REBE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It is relatively well known that the Palawa community of Tasmania is mostly descended from the Aboriginal Tasmanian women who sealers took to the Bass Strait Islands in the early nineteenth century. But few people know that sealers also took Tasmanian women to Kangaroo Island, establishing a cross-cultural community before the settlement of South Australia. Aboriginal Tasmanian descendants are still living on Kangaroo Island today and this book is their story. Beginning in the sealing days, it tells how they became successful farmers, but how many grew up unaware of their Aboriginal ancestry, and are still struggling to face questions of identity today. 'This is a powerful and passionate exploration of cross-cultural history, and it is also an intriguing detective story. Taylor skilfully interweaves experience and memory, narrative and genealogy, politics and place so that this island saga becomes a history of the national psyche.' - Tom Griffiths, Australian National University







    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • UNKNOWN WARRIOR - SEARCH FOR AUSTRALIAS GREATEST ACE - ALEC LITTLE
    UNKNOWN WARRIOR - SEARCH FOR AUSTRALIAS GREATEST ACE - ALEC LITTLE
    ROSEL MIKE
    ISBN: 9781921875748
    Title: UNKNOWN WARRIOR - SEARCH FOR AUSTRALIAS GREATEST ACE - ALEC LITTLE
    Author: ROSEL MIKE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: AUSTRALIAN SCHOLARLY
    RRP: $34.95
    Price: $34.95
  • UP CAME A SQUATTER : THE LIFE AND TIMES OF NIEL BLACK 1839-1880
    UP CAME A SQUATTER : THE LIFE AND TIMES OF NIEL BLACK 1839-1880
    BLACK MAGGIE
    ISBN: 9781742235066
    Title: UP CAME A SQUATTER : THE LIFE AND TIMES OF NIEL BLACK 1839-1880
    Author: BLACK MAGGIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2016 NEW RELEAS

    Niel Black, a Scot from Argyllshire, arrived in Melbourne in September intending to make his fortune. Ambitious and determined, Black became one of the most successful and energetic squatters in the Western District of Victoria – a livestock breeder and a Member of the Legislative Council. He was also a correspondent extraordinaire, and his letters to family, fellow pastoralists, colonial officials, and his chief UK business partner, Thomas Steuart Gladstone (and first cousin of the British prime minister), offer a unique insight into the time. Black’s letters and journals, now held at the State Library Victoria, are the inspiration for this revelatory book written by his great-granddaughter.

    Battles with local Aboriginal people, other settlers, Commissioners of Crown Lands and bush-fires, along with droughts, family feuds, multiple trips back to Scotland to find a wife and Black’s rise to gentrified excess are all vividly brought to life.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • VAN DIEMENS LAND : AN ABORIGINAL HISTORY
    VAN DIEMENS LAND : AN ABORIGINAL HISTORY
    JOHNSON MURRAY
    ISBN: 9781742234212
    Title: VAN DIEMENS LAND : AN ABORIGINAL HISTORY
    Author: JOHNSON MURRAY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The history of Aborigines in Van Diemens Land is long. The first Tasmanians lived in isolation for as many as 300 generations after the flooding of Bass Strait. Their struggle against almost insurmountable odds is one worthy of respect and admiration, not to mention serious attention. This broad-ranging book is a comprehensive and critical account of that epic survival up to the present day. Starting from antiquity, the book examines the devastating arrival of Europeans and subsequent colonisation, warfare and exile. It emphasises the regionalism and separateness, a consistent feature of Aboriginal life since time immemorial that has led to the distinct identities we see in the present, including the unique place of the islanders of Bass Strait. Carefully researched, using the findings of archaeologists and extensive documentary evidence, some only recently uncovered, this important book fills a long-time gap in Tasmanian history.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • WARNING : THE STORY OF CYCLONE TRACY
    WARNING : THE STORY OF CYCLONE TRACY
    CUNNINGHAM SOPHIE
    ISBN: 9781922079367
    Title: WARNING : THE STORY OF CYCLONE TRACY
    Author: CUNNINGHAM SOPHIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The sky at the top end is big and the weather moves like a living thing. You can hear it in the cracking air when there is an electrical storm and as the thunder rolls around the sky...

    When Cyclone Tracy swept down on Darwin at Christmas 1974, the weather became not just a living thing but a killer. Tracy destroyed an entire city, left seventy-one people dead and ripped the heart out of Australia's season of goodwill.
    For the fortieth anniversary of the nation's most iconic natural disaster, Sophie Cunningham has gone back to the eyewitness accounts of those who lived through the devastation-and those who faced the heartbreaking clean-up and the back-breaking rebuilding. From the quiet stirring of the service-station bunting that heralded the catastrophe to the wholesale slaughter of the dogs that followed it, Cunningham brings to the tale a novelist's eye for detail and an exhilarating narrative drive. And a sober appraisal of what Tracy means to us now, as we face more-and more destructive-extreme weather with every year that passes. Compulsively readable and undeniably moving, Warning is the essential non-fiction book of 2014.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • WARRIOR : A LEGENDARY LEADERS DRAMATIC LIFE AND VIOLENT DEATH ON THE COLONIAL FRONTIER
    WARRIOR : A LEGENDARY LEADERS DRAMATIC LIFE AND VIOLENT DEATH ON THE COLONIAL FRONTIER
    CONNORS LIBBY
    ISBN: 9781760110482
    Title: WARRIOR : A LEGENDARY LEADERS DRAMATIC LIFE AND VIOLENT DEATH ON THE COLONIAL FRONTIER
    Author: CONNORS LIBBY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'An enduring record of one of our greatest heroes.' Sam Watson, activist and writer..In the 1840s, white settlement in the north was under attack. European settlers were in awe of Aboriginal physical fitness and fighting prowess, and a series of deadly raids on homesteads made even the townspeople of Brisbane anxious...Young warrior Dundalli was renowned for his size and strength, and he was given the task by his elders to lead the resistance against the ever increasing incursions on their traditional lands. Their response was embedded in Aboriginal law and Dundalli became one of their greatest lawmen. For twelve years, with his band of warriors he had the settlers in thrall, evading capture again and again, until he was finally arrested and publicly executed...Warrior is the extraordinary story of one of Australia's little-known heroes, one of many Aboriginal men to die protecting their country. It is also a fresh and compelling portrait of life in the early days of white settlement of Brisbane and south east Queensland.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CAR INDUSTRY?
    WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CAR INDUSTRY?
    PORTER IAN
    ISBN: 9781925321500
    Title: WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CAR INDUSTRY?
    Author: PORTER IAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The Australian car industry is almost 120 years old, and has become been part of the nation's industrial and social fabric. In 1949 the federal government encouraged the industry to invest here so the country could make weapons of defence. Carmakers would not otherwise have made the investment because the market was too small, and it still is. But with protection in the early years and co-investment more recently, the industry thrived, and dragged Australia out of the farm era and into the ranks of industrialised countries.

    The taxpayer investment has paid off handsomely, in jobs, in technology diffusion, and in social cohesion. It has also paid off financially. These days, income tax paid by automotive workers repays the taxpayer three times over. The industry has provided a great return on the taxpayer investment.

    But this was not good enough for prime minister Tony Abbott, his austerity-minded treasurer, Joe Hockey, or his acting prime minister, Warren Truss. They decided to bully the carmakers into leaving so the government could save a few budgetary dollars and redirect a small proportion of the money to Truss's farming constituents.

    What Happened to the Car Industry?
    tells this story more in sorrow than in anger. Accompanied by superb cartoons by Mark Knight and John Spooner, it is an indictment of political folly and industrial vandalism.



    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • WHERE ARE OUR BOYS?
    WHERE ARE OUR BOYS?
    WOODS MARTIN
    ISBN: 9780642278715
    Title: WHERE ARE OUR BOYS?
    Author: WOODS MARTIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In 1914, the newspaper map or newsmap began to supply readers with the geographical backdrop to the Great War, an important tool in explaining the progress of the war to the public at home. Day by day, for every campaign and battle, readers across the nation were deluged with maps, both in the pages of newspapers and pasted up in town and city streets, allowing them to follow Australian and Allied exploits. Drawn from scant news cables, out of date cartography, and the writer’s imagination, a semi-fictional war story emerged, of ANZAC successes and, sometimes, disasters.

    ‘Our boys’ were in Egypt, Palestine, Gallipoli, Belgium, Germany and France, in towns and villages most Australians had never heard of. Soon, these places were being discussed, with growing expertise, over maps in homes, pubs, churches and clubs. Those following the war at home were never allowed too close, as censorship rules dictated when maps could be published. Yet Where Are Our Boys? is not simply about propaganda. Maps in newspapers tracked the war’s many campaigns and the exploits of our boys, but most importantly allowed those at home to feel close to their brothers, husbands, fathers, uncles, neighbours and cousins. Maps naturally became central to commemorating events, people and places.

    The war produced more maps than any time before in history, giving us along the way some of the most beautiful, and sometimes misleading, maps ever published. Where Are Our Boys? tells the story of how the war was fought and won from the opening salvos in 1914 to Gallipoli and victory on the Western Front. In the end, though, these maps were needed most to help understand the conflict and to comprehend the great human costs.

    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • WHITLAM LEGACY
    WHITLAM LEGACY
    BRAMSTON TROY
    ISBN: 9781862879041
    Title: WHITLAM LEGACY
    Author: BRAMSTON TROY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The election of the Whitlam government in 1972 marked a turning point in 20th century Australia. Shaking off the vestiges of two decades of conservative rule, Gough Whitlam brought new ideas, new policies and new people to the task of governing. This book provides an account of the government that changed Australia forever.

    Imprint: FEDERATION PRESS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • WHY WARRIORS LIE DOWN AND DIE
    WHY WARRIORS LIE DOWN AND DIE
    TRUDGEN RICHARD IAN
    ISBN: 9780987387400
    Title: WHY WARRIORS LIE DOWN AND DIE
    Author: TRUDGEN RICHARD IAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Why Warriors Lie Down and Die is essential reading for anyone interested in Indigenous peoples. It offers deep insights for those who want a greater understanding of the issues involved in achieving true reconciliation, and provides hope and new direction for those searching for the answers as to why "the problems" seem to persist in Aboriginal communities.

    In Arnhem Land, as in Indigenous communities across Australia, the situation is dire. Indigenous health in Australia is now so bad that 45% of Aboriginal men and 34% of women die before the age of 45. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are also massively over-represented in the criminal justice system. Western Australia incarcerates the Aboriginal people of its State at 9 times the rate of Apartheid South Africa.

    Why Warriors Lie Down and Die provides a fresh analysis of this crisis and offers examples of how Indigenous people can once again take control of their own lives.
    Finding the real causes requires the reader to look at it from the other side of the cultural / language divide - the side where the Yolngu people live. The book Why Warriors Lie Down and Die takes us to that side.

    Told using a blend of critical and exploratory thinking, deep understanding of Yolngu culture, personal experience and powerful story-telling, Why Warriors is used by universities and schools across the country. This is a book for every Australian and is considered by many to be the essential handbook for people working in cross-cultural environments with Aboriginal peoples.

    Imprint: TO BE ALLOCATED
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • WIFE DROUGHT
    WIFE DROUGHT
    CRABB ANNABEL
    ISBN: 9780857984289
    Title: WIFE DROUGHT
    Author: CRABB ANNABEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'I need a wife'

    It's a common joke among women juggling work and family. But it's not actually a joke. Having a spouse who takes care of things at home is a Godsend on the domestic front. It's a potent economic asset on the work front. And it's an advantage enjoyed – even in our modern society – by vastly more men than women.

    Working women are in an advanced, sustained, and chronically under-reported state of wife drought, and there is no sign of rain.

    But why is the work-and-family debate always about women? Why don't men get the same flexibility that women do? In our fixation on the barriers that face women on the way into the workplace, do we forget about the barriers that – for men – still block the exits?

    The Wife Drought is about women, men, family and work. Written in Annabel Crabb's inimitable style, it's full of candid and funny stories from the author's work in and around politics and the media, historical nuggets about the role of ‘The Wife' in Australia, and intriguing research about the attitudes that pulse beneath the surface of egalitarian Australia.

    Crabb's call is for a ceasefire in the gender wars. Rather than a shout of rage, The Wife Drought is the thoughtful, engaging catalyst for a conversation that's long overdue.

    Imprint: EBURY
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WOOLLOOMOOLOO : A BIOGRAPHY
    WOOLLOOMOOLOO : A BIOGRAPHY
    NOWRA LOUIS
    ISBN: 9781742234953
    Title: WOOLLOOMOOLOO : A BIOGRAPHY
    Author: NOWRA LOUIS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It was no wonder I was glad to be down in Woolloomooloo. The Old Fitzroy reminded me of how Kings Cross used to be.

    Told in his vivid and entertaining style, Louis Nowra writes Woolloomooloo’s biography, drink in hand, from the vantage point of the Old Fitzroy Hotel, the cosy, eccentric and wonderful pub on Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo. It’s a world of sex, sin, sly grog, sailors, razor gangs, larrikins, workers, artisans, murderers, fishermen, activists, drinkers, fashion designers, tradies, artists and the downright dangerous. It’s also a story of courage, resilience, tolerance, compassion. And though the pub has a real theatre, it’s the cast of real-life characters that are the stars of this show.

    Woolloomooloo’s past wraps around its present. Louis – often accompanied by Coco the Chihuahua and other two-legged locals, often walks the streets, uncovering history – some official, some never revealed. He stumbles across pockets of beauty and charm, and the derelict and abandoned. Unforgettable – and unspellable – Woolloomooloo in this book is a place as fascinating as its name.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • WORST WORDS : A COMPENDIUM OF CONTEMPORARY CANT GIBBERISH AND JARGON
    WORST WORDS : A COMPENDIUM OF CONTEMPORARY CANT GIBBERISH AND JARGON
    WATSON DON
    ISBN: 9780857983442
    Title: WORST WORDS : A COMPENDIUM OF CONTEMPORARY CANT GIBBERISH AND JARGON
    Author: WATSON DON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Dr Don Watson - with his trademark wit and wisdom - says enough already! The English language is complex and evolving, and can win minds, hearts and nations. Why don't we try using it? Depending where you are on the change continuum, a quick pulse check will be in order and a scan of the forthcoming weather events before you move forward with your shark mitigation strategies. Were any animals were harmed in the above statement? The level of customer-centric vigilance remains below acceptable benchmarks and weasel words continue to fill our mailboxes, inboxes, ears and minds. Don Watson will make you cringe with recognition, and perhaps shame, and encourage you to rise up against this language that is obliterating all song, meaning and beauty from communication.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WRITING LIFE : Helen Garner and Her Work
    WRITING LIFE : Helen Garner and Her Work
    BRENNAN BERNADETTE
    ISBN: 9781925498035
    Title: WRITING LIFE : Helen Garner and Her Work
    Author: BRENNAN BERNADETTE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Helen Garner is one of Australia’s most important, and some would say, most admired living writers. That admiration is inspired by a sense that she is honest, authentic and fearless in the pursuit of her craft. But Garner also courts controversy, not least because she refuses to be constrained by the rules of literary form. She appears to write so much of herself into her non-fiction, and many of her own experiences inform her fiction.

    But who is the ‘I’ in Helen Garner’s work?

    Dr Bernadette Brennan has had access to previously unavailable papers in Garner’s archive, and she provides a lively and rigorous reading of the books, journals and correspondence of one of Australia’s most beloved women of letters. A Writing Life is the first full-length study of Garner’s work, a literary portrait that maps Garner’s writing against the different stages of her life.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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