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  • ARSONIST : A Mind on Fire   **Special Price**   **Signed Copies Available**
    ARSONIST : A Mind on Fire **Special Price** **Signed Copies Available**
    HOOPER CHLOE
    ISBN: 9780143795551
    Title: ARSONIST : A Mind on Fire **Special Price** **Signed Copies Available**
    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
  • ASHTONS HOTEL : The Journal of William Baker Ashton First Governor of the Adelaide Gaol
    ASHTONS HOTEL : The Journal of William Baker Ashton First Governor of the Adelaide Gaol
    HARRIS RHONDDA
    ISBN: 9781743054826
    Title: ASHTONS HOTEL : The Journal of William Baker Ashton First Governor of the Adelaide Gaol
    Author: HARRIS RHONDDA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    South Australia was meant to be the perfect colony: free settlers, no crime, and no mental illness. But good intentions go awry. Within three years plans for a permanent gaol were well established, along with a governor to oversee it: William Baker Ashton. This is the first published edition of his journal.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $39.95
    Price: $39.95
  • ATOMIC THUNDER : THE MARALINGA STORY
    ATOMIC THUNDER : THE MARALINGA STORY
    TYNAN ELIZABETH
    ISBN: 9781742234281
    Title: ATOMIC THUNDER : THE MARALINGA STORY
    Author: TYNAN ELIZABETH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In September 2016 it will be 60 years since the first British mushroom cloud rose above the plain at Maralinga in South Australia. The atomic weapons test series wreaked havoc on Indigenous communities and turned the land into a radioactive wasteland.

    In 1950 Australian prime minister Robert Menzies blithely agreed to atomic tests that offered no benefit to Australia and relinquished control over them – and left the public completely in the dark. This book reveals the devastating consequences of that decision. After earlier tests at Monte Bello and Emu Field, in 1956 Australia dutifully provided 3200 square kilometres of South Australian desert to the British Government, along with logistics and personnel.

    How could a democracy such as Australia host another country’s nuclear program in the midst of the Cold War? In this meticulously researched and shocking work, journalist and academic Elizabeth Tynan reveals how Australia allowed itself to be duped. Maralinga was born in secret atomic business, and has continued to be shrouded in mystery decades after the atomic thunder stopped rolling across the South Australian test site. This book is the most comprehensive account of the whole saga, from the time that the explosive potential of splitting uranium atoms was discovered, to the uncovering of the extensive secrecy around the British tests in Australia many years after the British had departed, leaving an unholy mess behind.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AUSTRALIA : A Cultural History
    AUSTRALIA : A Cultural History
    RICKARD JOHN
    ISBN: 9781921867606
    Title: AUSTRALIA : A Cultural History
    Author: RICKARD JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    John Rickard’s Australia: A Cultural History, first published in 1988, is still the only short history of Australia from a cultural perspective. It has also acquired a reputation as an introduction to the development of Australian society and was listed by the historian and public intellectual John Hirst in his ‘First XI: The best Australian history books’.

    Although arranged chronologically, this book is not a chronicle, still less a laborious detailing of governors and governments: rather, it focuses on the transmission of values, beliefs, and customs amongst the diverse mix of peoples who are today’s Australians. The story begins with sixty thousand years of Aboriginal presence and their continuing material and spiritual relationship with the land, and takes the reader through the turbulent years of British colonisation and the emergence, through prosperity, war, and depression, of the cultural accommodations which have been distinctively Australian. This third edition concludes with a critical review of the challenges facing contemporary Australia and warns readers that ‘we may get the future we deserve’.

    Imprint: MONASH UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
  • AUSTRALIA REIMAGINED : Towards a More Compassionate, Less Anxious Society
    AUSTRALIA REIMAGINED : Towards a More Compassionate, Less Anxious Society
    MACKAY HUGH
    ISBN: 9781743534823
    Title: AUSTRALIA REIMAGINED : Towards a More Compassionate, Less Anxious Society
    Author: MACKAY HUGH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A courageous and passionately argued treatise on how we harness the power of the new era to create a stronger, fairer society.

    Australia's unprecedented run of economic growth has failed to deliver a more stable or harmonious society. Individualism is rampant. Income inequality is growing. Public education is under-resourced. The gender revolution is stalling. We no longer trust our major institutions or our political leaders. We are more socially fragmented, more anxious, more depressed, more overweight, more medicated, deeper in debt and increasingly addicted - whether to our digital devices, drugs, pornography or 'stuff'.

    Yet esteemed social researcher Hugh Mackay remains optimistic. Twenty-five years ago, he revolutionised Australian social analysis with the publication of Reinventing Australia. Now he takes another unflinching look at us and offers some compelling proposals for a more compassionate and socially cohesive Australia. You might not agree with everything he suggests, but you'll find it hard to get some of his ideas out of your head.

    Argued with intelligence and passion, this book is essential reading for everyone who loves Australia enough to want to make it a better place for all of us.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AUSTRALIA REMEMBER THIS TOO!
    AUSTRALIA REMEMBER THIS TOO!
    BYRNE BOB
    ISBN: 9781742236148
    Title: AUSTRALIA REMEMBER THIS TOO!
    Author: BYRNE BOB
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australia Remember This Too! is a photographic celebration of nostalgia, particularly for Baby Boomers, 114,000 of whom follow the ‘Australia Remember When’ Facebook page, sharing their photos and memories.

    Remember Mike Willesee’s A Current Affair from the ’70s? Fairy bread with hundreds and thousands at every birthday party? Remember takeaway fish and chips with lots of salt and vinegar and Dad carefully dividing a brick of ice cream into equal portions to go with Mum’s homemade preserved peaches? Oh, sweet memories! Take a wonderfully sentimental trip down memory lane with Bob Byrne as he shows us bits of Australia we’d forgotten, identities and landmarks we loved and let him remind us that some of the best things about Australia haven’t changed.

    Including the best of Bob Byrne’s hit Facebook page and much more, Australia Remember This Too! is a trip back in time which will at once bring a smile to your face, cause a lump in your throat and bring a tear to your eye! Enjoy the memories!

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AUSTRALIA REMEMBER WHEN
    AUSTRALIA REMEMBER WHEN
    BYRNE BOB
    ISBN: 9781742234564
    Title: AUSTRALIA REMEMBER WHEN
    Author: BYRNE BOB
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Remember grabbing a copy of the late edition afternoon paper from the paper boy? Watching a Graham Kennedy skit on TV? Did you buy a 45rpm single or a 33rpm album at your local record shop? And play it on your record player? If you answered yes to any of these questions chances are you are part of the Baby Boomer generation. How time has flown! It all seems just like yesterday. Take a pleasantly sentimental trip down memory lane with Bob Brown as he shows us bits of Australia we’ve forgotten, identities and landmarks we loved and let him remind us that some of the best things about Australia haven’t changed.

    The best of Bob Byrne’s hit Facebook page and much more, Australia Remember When is a bumper book that shows us bits of Australia we’ve forgotten, local identities and landmarks we loved and reminds us that the best parts of Australia haven’t changed.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AUSTRALIAN BIRD GUIDE
    AUSTRALIAN BIRD GUIDE
    MENKHORST PETER ET AL
    ISBN: 9780643097544
    Title: AUSTRALIAN BIRD GUIDE
    Author: MENKHORST PETER ET AL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australia's avifauna is large, diverse and spectacular, reflecting the continents impressive range of habitats and evolutionary history.

    With specially commissioned paintings of over 900 species, The Australian Bird Guide is the most comprehensive field guide to Australian birds ever seen. The guide features close to 250 stunning colour plates, with particular emphasis on providing the fine detail required to identify difficult groups and distinctive plumages. Comprehensive species accounts have been written by a dedicated team of ornithologists to ensure identification details, distribution and status are current and accurate.

    The Australian Bird Guide sets a new standard in field guides, providing an indispensable reference for all birders and naturalists looking to explore Australias magnificent and unique birdlife.

    Imprint: CSIRO PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • AUSTRALIAN DESPERADOES : The Incredible Story of How Australian Gangsters Terrorised California
    AUSTRALIAN DESPERADOES : The Incredible Story of How Australian Gangsters Terrorised California
    SMYTH TERRY
    ISBN: 9780143782377
    Title: AUSTRALIAN DESPERADOES : The Incredible Story of How Australian Gangsters Terrorised California
    Author: SMYTH TERRY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    They were the Australians who made American history. In the roaring days of the 1850s California gold rush, San Francisco was the most dangerous town in America, made so by a notorious criminal gang known as the Sydney Coves.

    The Coves – San Francisco's first organised-crime gang – were Australians: men and women with criminal careers in Australia who had come to the US, mostly illegally, during the gold rush. The Coves had come not to dig for gold but to unleash a crime wave the likes of which America had never seen. Robbery, murder, arson and extortion were the Coves' stock-in-trade, and it was said that the leader of the gang, Jim Stuart, had killed more men than any man in California.

    The gang’s base, in the waterfront district, came to be known as Sydney Town. The area was a no-go zone for police – many of whom were in Stuart’s pocket anyway – so, just as Capone would one day rule Chicago, the Coves ruled San Francisco. And more than once, just to make sure there was no doubt that Frisco was their town, they burnt it down.

    The Coves were hated and feared by the respectable citizens of San Francisco – who derisively called them 'Sydney Ducks' but never to their faces – and, realising that the forces of the law could not, or would not, take them on, decided lynch law was the only solution, and formed a vigilante group.

    The streets of San Francisco became a battlefield as the Coves and the vigilantes fought for control of the city, with gunfights and lynchings almost daily spectacles as the police stood idly by. Jim Stewart was arrested in Sacramento for killing a sheriff, but escaped to be involved in one the most celebrated cases of mistaken identity in the annals of American crime. When the smoke cleared, the Coves' reign of terror was over. Some were strung up from storefronts in the street, some fell in a deadly gunfight with Jonathan R. Davis, one of the fastest guns in the west, others escaped capture and returned to Australia.

    The story of the Sydney Coves is little-known, fascinating and well worth telling.

    Imprint: EBURY
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AUSTRALIAN DREAMING : 40000 Years of Aboriginal History
    AUSTRALIAN DREAMING : 40000 Years of Aboriginal History
    ISAACS JENNIFER
    ISBN: 9781741102581
    Title: AUSTRALIAN DREAMING : 40000 Years of Aboriginal History
    Author: ISAACS JENNIFER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australian Dreaming is the first Aboriginal history of the Australian continent and its people, as told by Aboriginal storytellers. It recounts epic travels of the Great Spirit Ancestors and tells how they created the animals and plants and gave birth to the earliest people of this land.

    Imprint: NEW HOLLAND
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • AUSTRALIAN GYPSIES : THEIR SECRET HISTORY
    AUSTRALIAN GYPSIES : THEIR SECRET HISTORY
    SAYER MANDY
    ISBN: 9781742234670
    Title: AUSTRALIAN GYPSIES : THEIR SECRET HISTORY
    Author: SAYER MANDY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Today, roughly 100,000 Gypsies call Australia home, yet their experiences have never been included in any official histories of the country. In this volume, award-winning memoirist and novelist Mandy Sayer weaves together a wide-ranging history of Gypsies in Australia. Given their blessing to tell their stories, Sayer also demolishes some longstanding but baseless myths along the way.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AUSTRALIAN MOMENT : How We Are Made for These Times
    AUSTRALIAN MOMENT : How We Are Made for These Times
    MEGALOGENIS GEORGE
    ISBN: 9780143783503
    Title: AUSTRALIAN MOMENT : How We Are Made for These Times
    Author: MEGALOGENIS GEORGE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    There's no better place to be during economic turbulence than Australia. Brilliant in a bust, we've learnt to use our brains in a boom. Despite a lingering inability to acknowledge our achievements at home, the rest of the world asks: how did we get it right?

    George Megalogenis, one of our most respected political and economic writers, reviews the key events since the 1970s that have forged institutional and political leadership and a canny populace. He examines how we developed from a closed economy racked by the oil shocks, toughed it out during the sometimes devastating growing pains of deregulation, and survived the Asian financial crisis, the dotcom tech wreck and the GFC to become the last developed nation standing in the 2000s. As a result, whatever happens next, we're as well positioned as any to survive the ongoing rumblings of the Great Recession.

    Drawing on newly declassified documents, fresh interviews with our former prime ministers and a unique ability to bring the numbers to life, Megalogenis describes how, at just the right time, the Australian people became more farsighted than our politicians. We stopped spending before the rest of the world, and at the top of a boom voted out a government that was throwing around the biggest bribes ever offered.

    The Australian Moment is packed with original insight, challenging our often partisan selective memories and revealing how our leadership and community have underestimated each other's contribution to the nation's resilience.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AUSTRALIAN NATIVE TITLE ANTHROPOLOGY
    AUSTRALIAN NATIVE TITLE ANTHROPOLOGY
    PALMER KINGSLEY
    ISBN: 9781760461874
    Title: AUSTRALIAN NATIVE TITLE ANTHROPOLOGY
    Author: PALMER KINGSLEY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: PRINT ON DEMAND


    Imprint: AUST. NATIONAL UNI PRESS
    RRP: $50.00
    Price: $50.00
  • AUSTRALIANS : A Short History
    AUSTRALIANS : A Short History
    KENEALLY THOMAS
    ISBN: 9781760632359
    Title: AUSTRALIANS : A Short History
    Author: KENEALLY THOMAS
    Format: TRADE PAPER 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: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • AUSTRALIAS ANCIENT ABORIGINAL PAST
    AUSTRALIAS ANCIENT ABORIGINAL PAST
    JOHNSON MURRAY
    ISBN: 9781925003710
    Title: AUSTRALIAS ANCIENT ABORIGINAL PAST
    Author: JOHNSON MURRAY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This book places the Aboriginal occupation of Australia within a broad framework of human evolution and habitation. The author discusses the pioneering studies that delve into the mists of antiquity, and he engages with current controversies, including the extinction of mega fauna, land management practices, and social development over many millennia. The extraordinary achievements of Australian Aborigines are revealed in all their complexity and the evidence surrounding the identity of Australia’s first occupants is re-examined. The discovery of the ‘Hobbits’ of the island of Flores show that proto-humans were edging towards the great southern continent; their capacity to cross the sea implies intelligence and organisation, but how far did their footsteps extend?

    This is just one of many challenging questions brought to life in this absorbing account of Australia’s pre-contact history.

    Imprint: AUSTRALIAN SCHOLARLY
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • AUSTRALIAS BOLDEST EXPERIMENT : WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION IN THE 1940S
    AUSTRALIAS BOLDEST EXPERIMENT : WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION IN THE 1940S
    MACINTYRE STUART
    ISBN: 9781742231129
    Title: AUSTRALIAS BOLDEST EXPERIMENT : WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION IN THE 1940S
    Author: MACINTYRE STUART
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this landmark book, Stuart Macintyre explains how a country traumatised by World War I, hammered by the Depression and overstretched by World War II became a prosperous, successful and growing society by the 1950s.

    An extraordinary group of individuals, notably John Curtin, Ben Chifley, Nugget Coombs, John Dedman and Robert Menzies, re-made the country, planning its reconstruction against a background of wartime sacrifice and austerity. The other part of this triumphant story shows Australia on the world stage, seeking to fashion a new world order that would bring peace and prosperity.This book shows the 1940s to be a pivotal decade in Australia.

    At the height of his powers, Macintyre reminds us that key components of the society we take for granted work, welfare, health, education, immigration, housing are not the result of military endeavour but policy, planning, politics and popular resolve.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
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