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  • SCANDAL IN BOHEMIA
    SCANDAL IN BOHEMIA
    HAIGH GIDEON
    ISBN: 9780143789574
    Title: SCANDAL IN BOHEMIA
    Author: HAIGH GIDEON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As enigmatic in life as in death, Mollie Dean was a woman determined to transcend. Creatively ambitious and sexually precocious, at twenty-five she was a poet, aspiring novelist and muse on the peripheries of Melbourne's bohemian salons - until one night in 1930 she was brutally slain by an unknown killer in a laneway while walking home.

    Her family was implicated. Those in her circle, including her acclaimed artist lover Colin Colahan, were shamed. Her memory was anxiously suppressed. Yet the mystery of her death rendered more mysterious her life and Mollie's story lingered, incorporated into memoir, literature, television, theatre and song, most notably in George Johnston's classic My Brother Jack.

    In A Scandal in Bohemia, Gideon Haigh explodes the true crime genre with a murder story about life as well as death. Armed with only a single photograph and echoes of Mollie's voice, he has reassembled the precarious life of a talented woman without a room of her own - a true outsider, excluded by the very world that celebrated her in its art. In this work of restorative justice, Mollie Dean emerges as a tenacious, charismatic, independent woman for whom society had no place, and whom everybody tried to forget - but nobody could.

    Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • SCANDALOUS FREDDIE MCEVOY : The true story of the swashbuckling Australian rogue
    SCANDALOUS FREDDIE MCEVOY : The true story of the swashbuckling Australian rogue
    WALKER FRANK
    ISBN: 9780733639876
    Title: SCANDALOUS FREDDIE MCEVOY : The true story of the swashbuckling Australian rogue
    Author: WALKER FRANK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: October 2018 New Release

    Swashbuckler, daredevil racing-car champion, Winter Olympian, gambler, smuggler, scoundrel, stud and suspected Nazi agent who died a mysterious death - this is the fascinating story of the scandalous Freddie McEvoy.

    Born in Melbourne in 1907, Freddie's life took him from socialising with a young Errol Flynn in Sydney and on to the French Riviera in the heady years leading up to World War II.

    With his dashing good looks and charm, Freddie lived a swashbuckling life, quickly figuring out his path to easy fortune was through lonely rich women. World War II didn't stop Freddie's hedonistic pursuits - he skipped enlistment for Australia and Britain to party on in Hollywood, where he renewed his friendship with the now infamous Errol Flynn. Always short of cash, Freddie smuggled guns and diamonds on his yacht between California and Mexico and was rumoured to have worked as a spy.

    It was a life lived large and Freddie's death in 1951 was under the most mysterious circumstances off the coast of Morocco: his body was found naked and scalped . . .

    Frank Walker, bestselling author of The Tiger Man of Vietnam and Maralinga, has for the first time uncovered the complete, outrageous and incredible true story of Freddie McEvoy, Australia's daredevil lothario.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • SEARCHING FOR THE BEAUMONT CHILDREN : AUSTRALIAS MOST FAMOUS UNSOLVED MYSTERY
    SEARCHING FOR THE BEAUMONT CHILDREN : AUSTRALIAS MOST FAMOUS UNSOLVED MYSTERY
    WHITICKER ALAN J
    ISBN: 9781740311069
    Title: SEARCHING FOR THE BEAUMONT CHILDREN : AUSTRALIAS MOST FAMOUS UNSOLVED MYSTERY
    Author: WHITICKER ALAN J
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: WILEY
    RRP: $29.95
    Price: $29.95
  • SELLING STUDENTS SHORT
    SELLING STUDENTS SHORT
    HIL RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781743318898
    Title: SELLING STUDENTS SHORT
    Author: HIL RICHARD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    More students than ever before go to university, and what they experience there is vastly different from even a decade ago. The hi-tech libraries, designer lecture theatres, funky cafes and elaborate sporting facilities hide a reality very different to all the marketing hype.

    Class sizes have blown out, facilities are often inadequate, technology has increasingly replaced face-to-face teaching, and staff are weighed down by impossible workloads. Students work long hours in often low paid, casual jobs, feel lonely and isolated, and their education leaves them in debt for years.

    Richard Hil lifts the lid on today's university experience, drawing on numerous studies as well as interviews with 150 students around the country. Far from producing rounded citizens and flexible, job-ready graduates, Hil argues universities are turning out individuals often unable to obtain relevant work and lacking in some of the most basic professional requirements, and without the analytical and critical skills that once were the hallmark of a university education.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • SENSE AND NONSENSE IN AUSTRALIAN HISTORY
    SENSE AND NONSENSE IN AUSTRALIAN HISTORY
    HIRST JOHN
    ISBN: 9780977594931
    Title: SENSE AND NONSENSE IN AUSTRALIAN HISTORY
    Author: HIRST JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $24.95
    Price: $24.95
  • SERVING IN SILENCE?: Australian LGBT servicemen and women
    SERVING IN SILENCE?: Australian LGBT servicemen and women
    RISEMAN NOAH
    ISBN: 9781742235851
    Title: SERVING IN SILENCE?: Australian LGBT servicemen and women
    Author: RISEMAN NOAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Most people have heard of the United States' infamous "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, yet few know about Australia's own history of LGBT military service. In Serving in Silence? lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender servicemen and women share their personal stories for the first time.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • SHADOW OF THE THYLACINE : ONE MANS EPIC SEARCH FOR THE TASMANIAN TIGER
    SHADOW OF THE THYLACINE : ONE MANS EPIC SEARCH FOR THE TASMANIAN TIGER
    BAILEY COL
    ISBN: 9781743464854
    Title: SHADOW OF THE THYLACINE : ONE MANS EPIC SEARCH FOR THE TASMANIAN TIGER
    Author: BAILEY COL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The thylacine is the largest known carnivorous marsupial of modern times. It's commonly known as the Tasmanian tiger because of its striped back and is believed by most experts to have become extinct in the 20th century. Yet in 1967, Col Bailey sighted a Tasmanian tiger along the shores of the Coorong, in South Australia. Then in 1993, a chance encounter with an elderly bushman unlocked a wealth of previously untold information that led Col into the vast and untrodden wilderness of Tasmania's Weld Valley. In Shadow Of The Thylacine, Col tells of his search for the Tasmanian tiger, revealing why he believes that this shy animal still exists in remote areas of Australia.

    Imprint: FIVE MILE PRESS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • SHOW : Another Side of Santamaria's Movement
    SHOW : Another Side of Santamaria's Movement
    AARONS MARK / GRENVILLE JOHN
    ISBN: 9781925322316
    Title: SHOW : Another Side of Santamaria's Movement
    Author: AARONS MARK / GRENVILLE JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In late 1942, on the recommendation of 26-year-old Bob Santamaria, Australia's Catholic bishops took the first steps in creating a clandestine church organisation to smash the Communist Party's massive trade union base. Before long, The Movement, as it was known, developed into a sophisticated intelligence agency, with its tentacles reaching into every corner of politics and also working closely with official intelligence agencies, especially the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO). Santamaria based his Movement (also called The Show) completely on the Communist Party, copying its spectacularly successful union-organising machinery. Within a decade, it had defeated communist power in many major unions. He also adopted the communists' strategy of infiltrating the Labor Party, and embarked on an aggressive program to transform it into a Catholic political machine, helping spark the great Labor Split of the mid-1950s.

    Ironically, in modelling the Movement on his enemy, Santamaria imported its most odious characteristic- Stalinism. He rapidly embraced the characteristics of a Stalinist leader, actively cultivating his own 'cult of personality'. Over time, this infected The Movement, as it adopted authoritarian practices and imposed anti-democratic policies on the unions it controlled, mirroring the communists' modus operandi. As in the Communist Party, this inevitably caused internal battles and catastrophic splits that undermined and, eventually, destroyed The Movement.

    Weaving together a rich story from previously secret archives of both The Movement and the Communist Party, ASIO's massive files, and extensive oral history interviews, The Show exposes a previously unseen side of Santamaria's Catholic Movement.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • SILENT INVASION : China's influence in Australia
    SILENT INVASION : China's influence in Australia
    HAMILTON CLIVE
    ISBN: 9781743794807
    Title: SILENT INVASION : China's influence in Australia
    Author: HAMILTON CLIVE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 2008 Clive Hamilton was at Parliament House in Canberra when the Beijing Olympic torch relay passed through. He watched in bewilderment as a small pro-Tibet protest was overrun by thousands of angry Chinese students. Where did they come from? Why were they so aggressive? And what gave them the right to shut down others exercising their democratic right to protest? The authorities did nothing about it, and what he saw stayed with him.

    In 2016 it was revealed that wealthy Chinese businessmen linked to the Chinese Communist Party had become the largest donors to both major political parties. Hamilton realised something big was happening, and decided to investigate the Chinese government’s influence in Australia. What he found shocked him.

    From politics to culture, real estate to agriculture, universities to unions, and even in our primary schools, he uncovered compelling evidence of the Chinese Communist Party’s infiltration of Australia. Sophisticated influence operations target Australia’s elites, and parts of the large Chinese-Australian diaspora have been mobilised to buy access to politicians, limit academic freedom, intimidate critics, collect information for Chinese intelligence agencies, and protest in the streets against Australian government policy. It’s no exaggeration to say the Chinese Communist Party and Australian democracy are on a collision course. The CCP is determined to win, while Australia looks the other way.

    Thoroughly researched and powerfully argued, Silent Invasionis a sobering examination of the mounting threats to democratic freedoms Australians have for too long taken for granted. Yes, China is important to our economic prosperity; but, Hamilton asks, how much is our sovereignty as a nation worth?

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • SLATER FIELD GUIDE TO AUSTRALIAN BIRDS  -  2ND EDITION
    SLATER FIELD GUIDE TO AUSTRALIAN BIRDS - 2ND EDITION
    SLATER PETER
    ISBN: 9781877069635
    Title: SLATER FIELD GUIDE TO AUSTRALIAN BIRDS - 2ND EDITION
    Author: SLATER PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    This guide to the identification and classification of all the birds so far recorded in Australia is designed for use in the field, to slip easily into a hip-pocket, backpack, or glovebox. The illustrations have been planned to enable easy comparison between similar species. The text emphasises the best way to differentiate each species, with a key sentance setting out the most helpful characteristics to watch for. In the "Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds", more than 750 species are described and illustrated in 157 superbly painted plates. The concise and informative text details the different plumages of male and female birds, variations between adult and juvenile birds, information on seperate sub-species or races, together with their range. The book also includes species distribution maps, which enable the watcher to tell at a glance whether the particular bird is within its area, or is perhaps a rare visitor. In addition, the eggs of all species that actually breed in Australia are illustrated. A concise description of the nest is given as well. "The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds" is a must for naturalists and enthusiasts alike visiting Australia.

    Imprint: NEW HOLLAND
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • SMALL WRONGS : How we really say Sorry in Love Life and Law
    SMALL WRONGS : How we really say Sorry in Love Life and Law
    ROSSMANITH KATE
    ISBN: 9781743794111
    Title: SMALL WRONGS : How we really say Sorry in Love Life and Law
    Author: ROSSMANITH KATE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Kate Rossmanith studied people for a living, and thought she understood human nature well. But in the wake of her daughter’s birth, the vulnerability and intensity of parenthood took her completely by surprise. Faced with a debilitating insomnia, she spent hours awake reflecting on her own upbringing and the unwelcome role remorse can play in even the most devoted parents’ lives.

    Increasingly fascinated with the concept of remorse, she was drawn to the criminal courts, observing case after case. She talked to criminals, lawyers and judges alike, trying to answer the fundamental question: how can you know whether a person is ever truly sorry?

    But it soon became clear the project was creating seismic shifts in Kate’s own life. The more she learnt, the more she saw how her relationship with her father, who for many years was a distant and often angry man, was steeped in remorse. The more she learnt, the more she saw the faultlines in her marriage, widening under the strains of parenthood. And ever present was a family history sketched across war-torn Europe, with the seeds of heartache taking root in Australia.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • SONGLINES : Tracking the Seven Sisters
    SONGLINES : Tracking the Seven Sisters
    NEALE MARGO
    ISBN: 9781921953293
    Title: SONGLINES : Tracking the Seven Sisters
    Author: NEALE MARGO
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    This book is a companion to the National Museum of Australia’s blockbuster Indigenous-led exhibition, Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters. It explores the history and meaning of songlines, the Dreaming or creation tracks that crisscross the Australian continent, of which the Seven Sisters songline is one of the most extensive. Through stunning artworks (many created especially for the exhibition), story, and in-depth analysis, the book will provide the definitive resource for those interested in finding out more about these complex pathways of spiritual, ecological, economic, cultural, and ontological knowledge — the stories ‘written in the land’.

    Imprint: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUST
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • SORRY WE HAVE NO SPACE
    SORRY WE HAVE NO SPACE
    WAKIM JOSEPH
    ISBN: 9781922168795
    Title: SORRY WE HAVE NO SPACE
    Author: WAKIM JOSEPH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: CONNORCOURT
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • SOUTH AUSTRALIA : State of Transformation
    SOUTH AUSTRALIA : State of Transformation
    SPOEHR JOHN [ED]
    ISBN: 9781743056059
    Title: SOUTH AUSTRALIA : State of Transformation
    Author: SPOEHR JOHN [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: December 2018 New Release


    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $49.95
    Price: $49.95
  • SOUTH AUSTRALIA ON THE EVE OF WAR
    SOUTH AUSTRALIA ON THE EVE OF WAR
    OPPENHEIMER MELANIE [ED]
    ISBN: 9781743054741
    Title: SOUTH AUSTRALIA ON THE EVE OF WAR
    Author: OPPENHEIMER MELANIE [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In August 1914 South Australians - much like their fellow Australians around the country - enthusiastically displayed their patriotism when war was announced. It's a story we know well, but what do we know of South Australia in the lead up to the First World War? What was it like to live there at the time? What were South Australians talking about?

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • SPORTING CHANCE : Australian Sporting Scandals and the Path to Redemption
    SPORTING CHANCE : Australian Sporting Scandals and the Path to Redemption
    OREILY TITUS
    ISBN: 9780143785224
    Title: SPORTING CHANCE : Australian Sporting Scandals and the Path to Redemption
    Author: OREILY TITUS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: November 2018 New Release

    In Sport, the term 'good bloke' doesn't mean what it says. Like 'fun run', it in fact often means the exact opposite.

    Titus O'Reily, the sports historian Australia neither needs nor deserves, examines why our nation's sportspeople can do terrible things yet be so readily forgiven.

    In this Great Southern Land, a sportsman can be excused almost any sin if he is elevated to the mythical status of being a 'good bloke'. So, what does it take to earn the title of 'good bloke'? And can female athletes be good blokes too?

    With ridiculous tales from Australia's chequered sporting history, A Sporting Chance dissects the scandals big and small, the mistakes made in covering them up and the path athletes tread back to redemption.

    From the corrupt cop who gave us the race that stopped a nation, to the Australian boxing champion who refused to train - not to mention the sandpaper-loving Australian Test cricket team - Titus reveals the key archetypes at the heart of our greatest sporting scandals.

    In his own rambling and at times incoherent style he asks the question- are Australians really that forgiving of their sporting heroes? Or, with the rise of social media, women's sport and the drive towards greater equality, are the good blokes of Australia's sporting landscape becoming an endangered species?

    'An indispensable voice for serious fans, who need to be reminded to take sport a little less seriously.' Inside Sport

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $34.99
    Price: $34.99
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