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  • SURFING AUSTRALIA : A Complete History of Surfboard Riding in Australia
    SURFING AUSTRALIA : A Complete History of Surfboard Riding in Australia
    JARRATT PHIL
    ISBN: 9781743793688
    Title: SURFING AUSTRALIA : A Complete History of Surfboard Riding in Australia
    Author: JARRATT PHIL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The definitive guide to Australia's surfing history, published in conjunction with Surfing Australia.

    Australian surf culture is over a century old, and it still hasn't grown up. From its roots as an illegal pastime to its current incarnation as a professional sport, surfing's enduring appeal has always been the carefree, quintessentially Australian lifestyle that goes with it. Australian surf culture has always had competing impulses of chaos and order. For every Boot Hill Gang there is a Surf Life Saving Association; for every tragic drug disqualification, a World Title winner. From Tommy Tanna, Alick Wickham and Freddie Williams's pioneering surf lifestyles to the hedonism of 1950s beach culture, the Coolangatta Kids of the 1970s, to the eventual professionalised machine that surfing in Australia has now become, this is the complete, no-holds-barred history of both sides of the story.

    With forewords by Mark Richards and Layne Beachley, Australia's World Champion surfers, this book is the definitive history of surfing in Australia.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • SYDNEY
    SYDNEY
    FALCONER DELIA
    ISBN: 9781921410925
    Title: SYDNEY
    Author: FALCONER DELIA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    "Sydney may look golden, but this is the sunniness of Mozart, whose bright notes, especially at their most joyous, seem to cast themselves out across a great abyss."

    Sydney has always been the sexiest and most gaudy of our cities. In this book, the third in a series in which leading Australian authors write about their hometowns, novelist Delia Falconer conjures up its sandstone, humidity, and jacarandas. But she goes beyond these to find a far more complex city: beautiful, violent, half-wild, and at times deeply spiritual. It is a slightly unreal place, haunted by a past that it has never quite grasped, or come to terms with. Here, in her first non-fiction book, she proves herself an adept memoirist. She twines the stories of the people that have made Sydney the twenty-first century city it is today. Mad clergymen, amateur astronomers, Indigenous weather experts, crims and victims, photographers and artists: their stories are surprising, funny, and moving.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • TALKING TO MY COUNTRY
    TALKING TO MY COUNTRY
    GRANT STAN
    ISBN: 9781460751985
    Title: TALKING TO MY COUNTRY
    Author: GRANT STAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The acclaimed national bestseller - moving, passionate, deeply felt and powerful.

    In July 2015, as the debate over Adam Goodes being booed at AFL games raged and got ever more heated and ugly, Stan Grant wrote a short but powerful piece for The Guardian that went viral, not only in Australia but right around the world, shared over 100,000 times on social media. His was a personal, passionate and powerful response to racism in Australia and the sorrow, shame, anger and hardship of being an indigenous man. 'We are the detritus of the brutality of the Australian frontier', he wrote, 'We remained a reminder of what was lost, what was taken, what was destroyed to scaffold the building of this nation's prosperity.'

    Stan Grant was lucky enough to find an escape route, making his way through education to become one of our leading journalists. He also spent many years outside Australia, working in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa, a time that liberated him and gave him a unique perspective on Australia. This is his very personal meditation on what it means to be Australian, what it means to be indigenous, and what racism really means in this country.

    Talking to My Country is that rare and special book that talks to every Australian about their country - what it is, and what it could be. It is not just about race, or about indigenous people but all of us, our shared identity. Direct, honest and forthright, Stan is talking to us all. He might not have all the answers but he wants us to keep on asking the question: how can we be better?

    Winner of the 2016 Walkley Book Award and the 2016 National Trust Heritage Award, and shortlisted for the 2016 NIB Waverley Library Award and the 2016 Queensland Literary Award.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • TEACHER : One Woman's Struggle to Keep the Heart in Teaching
    TEACHER : One Woman's Struggle to Keep the Heart in Teaching
    STROUD GABBIE
    ISBN: 9781760295905
    Title: TEACHER : One Woman's Struggle to Keep the Heart in Teaching
    Author: STROUD GABBIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2018 NEW RELEASE

    A powerful and moving memoir about how the current system is letting down children and parents, and breaking dedicated teachers. Devastating, heart-breaking, enraging.


    Watching children learn is a beautiful and extraordinary experience. Their bodies transform, reflecting inner changes. Teeth fall out. Knees scab. Freckles multiply. Throughout the year they grow in endless ways and I can almost see their self-esteem rising, their confidence soaring, their small bodies now empowered. Given wings.

    They fall in love with learning.

    It is a kind of magic, a kind of loving, a kind of art.

    It is teaching.

    Just teaching.

    Just what I do.

    What I did.

    Past tense.


    In 2014, Gabrielle Stroud was a very dedicated teacher with over a decade of experience. Months later, she resigned in frustration and despair when she realised that the Naplan-test education model was stopping her from doing the very thing she was best at: teaching individual children according to their needs and talents. Her ground-breaking essay 'Teaching Australia' in the Feb 2016 Griffith Review outlined her experiences and provoked a huge response from former and current teachers around the world. That essay lifted the lid on a scandal that is yet to properly break - that our education system is unfair to our children and destroying their teachers.

    In a powerful memoir inspired by her original essay, Gabrielle tells the full story: how she came to teaching, what makes a great teacher, what our kids need from their teachers, and what it was that finally broke her. A brilliant and heart-breaking memoir that cuts to the heart of a vital matter of national importance.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • THERE IT IS AGAIN : Selected Non-Fiction
    THERE IT IS AGAIN : Selected Non-Fiction
    WATSON DON
    ISBN: 9780143787006
    Title: THERE IT IS AGAIN : Selected Non-Fiction
    Author: WATSON DON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From birds, to love letters, imagined apologies, politicians, pokies and the horses, Don Watson brings his distinctive voice and way of seeing to a myriad of subjects.

    Speechwriter, historian, essayist, word doctor; Don Watson has a gift for gently guiding us to the nub of a matter and a grinding of the teeth, an aha or a chuckle with his fine facility with words.

    Over the years Don has written on politics and politicians – Australian and North American, sport, birds and nature, horse-racing, history and military events. Sometimes in celebration of a moment or a creature of beauty and other times because he deplores something he has seen and must take a stand.

    At the heart of all of his work is the knowledge that words, with meaning, matter.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • THIS HOUSE OF GRIEF : THE STORY OF A MURDER TRIAL
    THIS HOUSE OF GRIEF : THE STORY OF A MURDER TRIAL
    GARNER HELEN
    ISBN: 9781925240689
    Title: THIS HOUSE OF GRIEF : THE STORY OF A MURDER TRIAL
    Author: GARNER HELEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Anyone can see the place where the children died. You take the Princes Highway past Geelong, and keep going west in the direction of Colac. Late in August 2006, soon after I had watched a magistrate commit Robert Farquharson to stand trial before a jury on three charges of murder, I headed out that way on a Sunday morning, across the great volcanic plain.

    On the evening of 4 September 2005, Father's Day, Robert Farquharson, a separated husband, was driving his three sons home to their mother, Cindy, when his car left the road and plunged into a dam. The boys, aged ten, seven and two, drowned. Was this an act of revenge or a tragic accident? The court case became Helen Garner's obsession. She followed it on its protracted course until the final verdict.

    In this utterly compelling book, Helen Garner tells the story of a man and his broken life. She presents the theatre of the courtroom with its actors and audience - all gathered to witness to the truth - players in the extraordinary and unpredictable drama of the quest for justice.

    This House of Grief is a heartbreaking and unputdownable book by one of Australia's most admired writers



    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $23.99
    Price: $23.99
  • THIS TIME : Australia's Republican Past and Future
    THIS TIME : Australia's Republican Past and Future
    JONES BENJAMIN T
    ISBN: 9781760640347
    Title: THIS TIME : Australia's Republican Past and Future
    Author: JONES BENJAMIN T
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this crisp yet comprehensive book, Benjamin T. Jones explores Australia’s long republican history and boldly charts a path to an independent future.

    With republicans leading every government around the nation, now is the time to discuss not only why Australia should become a republic, but what kind of republic it should be.

    In This Time, Benjamin reveals the fascinating early history of the republican movement of the 1850s and its larger-than-life characters. He discusses Australia’s past as a predominantly Anglo monoculture and why we need a new model for a transformed nation. He demolishes monarchist arguments and discusses what went wrong in 1999 and the way forward from here, including the best method for appointing an Australian head of state.


    Imprint: REDBACK
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • THOROUGHLY UNHELPFUL HISTORY OF AUSTRALIAN SPORT
    THOROUGHLY UNHELPFUL HISTORY OF AUSTRALIAN SPORT
    OREILY TITUS
    ISBN: 9780143785217
    Title: THOROUGHLY UNHELPFUL HISTORY OF AUSTRALIAN SPORT
    Author: OREILY TITUS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When it comes to sport, Australians are mad. Completely, irrationally insane. It’s the closest thing we have to a culture. From Don Bradman’s singular focus to Steven Bradbury’s heroic not falling over, sport has shaped our sense of self.

    But how did we get here? Part history, part social commentary and a lot of nonsense, Titus O’Reily, Australia’s least insightful sports writer, explains.

    Covering Australian Rules, League, Union, soccer, cricket, the Olympics and much more, Titus tackles the big topics, like:

    · How not to cheat the salary cap
    · The importance of kicking people in the shins
    · The many shortcomings of the English

    Titus takes you through the characters, the pub meetings, the endless acronyms, the corruption and the alarming number of footballers caught urinating in public.

    Sport is important – gloriously stupid, but important. To understand Australia you must understand its sporting history. With this guide you sort of, kind of, will.

    Imprint: MICHAEL JOSEPH
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • THOSE DRY STONE WALLS - STORIES FROM SOUTH AUSTRALIAS STONE AGE
    THOSE DRY STONE WALLS - STORIES FROM SOUTH AUSTRALIAS STONE AGE
    MUNDAY BRUCE
    ISBN: 9781743051252
    Title: THOSE DRY STONE WALLS - STORIES FROM SOUTH AUSTRALIAS STONE AGE
    Author: MUNDAY BRUCE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Beautiful stone was nature's gift to South Australia, and an irresistible building material for early settlers. Many stone walls, without mortar or with no more than mud as glue, have defied gravity and the elements all these years. Or did gravity combine with deft balance to sustain them?

    Join Bruce and Kristin Munday as they traverse South Australia in search of these walls, finding historic masterpieces and insights into rural life in the years following settlement. Those Dry-stone Walls is rich with beautiful imagery of these walls, the stories behind them, and advice to inspire you to follow in the footsteps of our early settlers and start building your own.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • THOSE WILD RABBITS : How They Shaped Australia
    THOSE WILD RABBITS : How They Shaped Australia
    MUNDAY BRUCE
    ISBN: 9781743054574
    Title: THOSE WILD RABBITS : How They Shaped Australia
    Author: MUNDAY BRUCE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Those Wild Rabbits highlights not only the damage done by rabbits but also Australia's missed opportunities for real rabbit control. It recognises the bush's paradoxical love affair with an animal that was at one time a significant rural industry and is still recalled with nostalgia. More importantly, it offers hope for a brighter future.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • THREE CROOKED KINGS
    THREE CROOKED KINGS
    CONDON MATTHEW
    ISBN: 9780702238918
    Title: THREE CROOKED KINGS
    Author: CONDON MATTHEW
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Three Crooked Kings is the shocking true story of Queensland and how a society was shaped by almost half a century of corruption. At its core is Terence Murray Lewis, deposed and jailed former police commissioner. From his entry into the force in 1949, Lewis rose through the ranks, becoming part of the so-called Rat Pack with detectives Glendon Patrick Hallahan and Tony Murphy under the guiding influence of Commissioner Frank Bischof.

    The next four decades make for a searing tale of cops and killings, bagmen and blackmail, and sin and sleaze that exposes a police underworld which operated from Queensland and into New South Wales. This gripping book exposes the final pieces of the puzzle, unearths new evidence on cold cases, and explores the pivotal role that whistleblower Shirley Brifman, prostitute and brothel owner, played until her sudden death.

    Based on extensive and unprecedented access to Terry Lewis and his personal papers, as well as hundreds of interviews with key players and conspirators, Three Crooked Kings is the first of two explosive books. Awarded journalist and novelist Matthew Condon has crafted the definitive account of an era that changed a state and is still reverberating to this day.

    Imprint: UNI OF QUEENSLAND PRESS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • TIME FOR PLAY : RECREATION AND MORAL ISSUES IN COLONIAL SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    TIME FOR PLAY : RECREATION AND MORAL ISSUES IN COLONIAL SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    MOLYNEUX DENIS
    ISBN: 9781743053744
    Title: TIME FOR PLAY : RECREATION AND MORAL ISSUES IN COLONIAL SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    Author: MOLYNEUX DENIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    The Eight Hour movement, established in the middle of the 1800s, began the transition for workers from an industrial revolution work ethic to a more balanced approach to the working week. The young colony of South Australia was at the forefront of these changes. The last four decades of the ninetenth century witnessed a significant growth of leisure hours for South Australians, especially working class males. It was accompanied by an upsurge in both formal and informal recreation activity. This owed much to major advances in communication during the period - in personal transport by road, rail, steamship and, later, the ubiquitous bicycle; to the network of telegraph stations, and to the growth of newspapers and specialist journals. These developments stimulated a demand for recreation activities. However, not all sections of the South Australian community looked favourably on these developments. Religious and political forces combined to target the new leisure, particularly when it touched on the 'social evils' of intemperance, gambling and improper behaviour on Sundays. A further constraint was contemporary attitudes to matters of dress and conduct: these were particularly severe on women. 'Time for Play' examines these developments in the colony, and shows how they improved the lot of first the working class, and eventually, society as a whole.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $34.95

    Price: $34.95
  • TIMELINE OF AUSTRALIAN FOOD
    TIMELINE OF AUSTRALIAN FOOD
    OCONNELL JAN
    ISBN: 9781742235349
    Title: TIMELINE OF AUSTRALIAN FOOD
    Author: OCONNELL JAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A Timeline of Australian Food takes readers on a tasty and sometimes surprising culinary journey through 150 years of Australian food.

    Lavishly illustrated, this tasty book looks at what we’ve eaten, how we’ve shopped, and how we’ve produced and prepared our food, decade by decade, through depression, war, and decades of abundance.

    Within the lifetime of today’s Baby Boomers, there have been revolutionary changes in how we eat. The standard Anglo–Irish staples of meat and potatoes haven’t disappeared, but they’ve been joined by pizza and pho, kimchi and kebabs. And once we had two takeaway options – fish and chips – but now they’re endless.

    Never bland, this is history in digestible chunks with big helpings of tasty trivia and a generous dash of nostalgia. How did Tim Tams get their name? Why was Australia’s first commercial olive oil produced in a prison? Why were revolving restaurants so popular? You’ll come back wanting a second helping.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • 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.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • TURNING POINTS : Chapters in South Australian History
    TURNING POINTS : Chapters in South Australian History
    FOSTER R / SENDZIUK P [ED]
    ISBN: 9781743051191
    Title: TURNING POINTS : Chapters in South Australian History
    Author: FOSTER R / SENDZIUK P [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    How distinctive is South Australia after all?' South Australia has often been represented as 'different': free of convicts, more enlightened in its attitudes toward Aboriginal people, established on rational economic principles, and progressive in its social and political development. Some of this is true, some of it is not, but mostly the story is more complex. In this book, eminent historians explore these themes by examining some key 'turning points' in South Australia's history. Henry Reynolds considers the question of Aboriginal rights to land. Bill Gammage illustrates the nature of Aboriginal land management. Paul Sendziuk unravels the myth of the colony's convict-free origins, while Robert Foster and Amanda Nettelbeck reveal a surprisingly strong sense of 'nationalism' in colonial South Australia. Susan Magarey traces the histories of two crucial events in the advancement of women. Neal Blewett examines the political innovations of Don Dunstan. Jill Roe looks at life in the country in twentieth-century South Australia, and Mark Peel life in the city, in particular the migrant experience after World War Two. Finally, John Hirst asks: 'How distinctive was South Australia after all?'

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
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