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  • AUSTRALIANS VOLUME 1 : ORIGINS TO EUREKA
    AUSTRALIANS VOLUME 1 : ORIGINS TO EUREKA
    KENEALLY THOMAS
    ISBN: 9781742374505
    Title: AUSTRALIANS VOLUME 1 : ORIGINS TO EUREKA
    Author: KENEALLY THOMAS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In this volume of a unique history of Australia where people are always centre stage, bestselling author Thomas Keneally brings to life the vast range of characters who have formed our national story. Convicts and Aborigines, settlers and soldiers, patriots and reformers, bushrangers and gold seekers, it is from their lives and their stories that he has woven a vibrant history to do full justice to the rich and colourful nature of our unique national character. The story begins by looking at European occupation through Aboriginal eyes as we move between the city slums and rural hovels of eighteenth century Britain and the shores of Port Jackson. We spend time on the low-roofed convict decks of transports, and we see the bewilderment of the Eora people as they see the first ships of turaga, or 'ghost people'. We follow the daily round of Bennelong and his wife Barangaroo, and the tribulations of warrior Windradyne. Convicts like Solomon Wiseman and John Wilson find their feet and even fortune, while Henry Parkes' arrival as a penniless immigrant gives few clues to the national statesman he was to become. We follow the treks of the Chinese diggers - the Celestials - to the goldfields, and revolutionaries like Italian Raffaello Carboni and black American John Joseph bring us the drama of the Eureka uprising. Were the first European mothers whores or matriarchs? Was the first generation of Australian children the luckiest or unluckiest on the planet? How did this often cruel and brutal penal experiment lead to a coherent civil society? To answer these and many more questions Tom Keneally has brought to life the high and the low, the convict and the free of early Australian society. This is truly a new history of Australia, by an author of outstanding literary skill and experience, and whose own humanity permiates every page.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • AUSTRALIANS VOLUME 3 : FLAPPERS TO VIETNAM
    AUSTRALIANS VOLUME 3 : FLAPPERS TO VIETNAM
    KENEALLY THOMAS
    ISBN: 9781925267280
    Title: AUSTRALIANS VOLUME 3 : FLAPPERS TO VIETNAM
    Author: KENEALLY THOMAS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In the third volume of Thomas Keneally's unique history of Australia - where he shines a light on the lives and deeds of our countrymen and women, both known and unknown - he takes up the story at the end of the Great War and explores our development as a nation during the tumultuous 20th century.


    As in the two previous volumes of Australians, Thomas Keneally brings history to vivid and pulsating life. He traces the lives and the deeds of Australians known and unknown as the nation emerged from World War I into a decade of profound change through the Great Crash, the rise of Fascism and growth of the Communist Party. He explains how Australia was inexorably drawn into a war that led her forces into combat throughout Asia, Africa, Europe and the Pacific. At home an atmosphere of fear grew with the fall of Singapore and the bombing of Darwin, the Japanese advance and then the arrival of General MacArthur.

    The 1950s-depicted by some as an age of full employment, by others as the age of suburban spread and boredom under the serene prime ministership of Robert Menzies-were as complicated as Menzies himself. Most Australians believed there would be nuclear war before the end of the decade. The Korean War and British testing of the atomic bomb in South Australia were seen as preludes. With the defection of the Soviet spy Ivan Petrov, Australians were convinced they were living in the last of days. On the street, the face of Australia was undergoing an Italian, Greek and Slavic-led change. And in even greater upheaval, Asian trade and immigration were coming our way as we advanced towards a war in Vietnam and the firming of the American alliance.

    The result of masterly writing and exhaustive research, this volume of Australians brings our more recent history to vibrant and robust life.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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 SECOND CHANCE
    AUSTRALIAS SECOND CHANCE
    MEGALOGENIS GEORGE
    ISBN: 9780143783640
    Title: AUSTRALIAS SECOND CHANCE
    Author: MEGALOGENIS GEORGE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Most nations don't get a first chance to prosper. Australia is on its second. For the best part of the nineteenth century, Australia was the world's richest country, a pioneer for democracy and a magnet for migrants. Yet our last big boom was followed by a fifty-year bust as we lost our luck, our riches and our nerve, and shut our doors on the world. Now we're back on top, in the position where history tells us we made our biggest mistakes. Can we learn from our past and cement our place as one of the world's great nations? Our country's most insightful big-picture commentator, George Megalogenis crunches the numbers and weaves our history into a riveting argument, brilliantly chronicling our dialogue with the world and bringing welcome insight into the urgent question of who we are, and what we can become. 'Megalogenis slaps history and politics and culture like mortar in and around his knowledge of economics and numbers to build compelling, even thrilling, theses about the country of his birth and where it stands in the world.' Tony Wright, Saturday Age 'Timely and significant . . . With characteristic lucidity, Megalogenis examines the connection between our collective prosperity and Australia's tendency at different times either to embrace or resist migrants.' James Ley, Weekend Australian

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BACKLASH : AUSTRALIAS CONFLICT OF VALUES OVER LIVE EXPORTS
    BACKLASH : AUSTRALIAS CONFLICT OF VALUES OVER LIVE EXPORTS
    JONES BIDDA & DAVIES JULIAN
    ISBN: 9780994516503
    Title: BACKLASH : AUSTRALIAS CONFLICT OF VALUES OVER LIVE EXPORTS
    Author: JONES BIDDA & DAVIES JULIAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ‘A LITMUS TEST FOR WHO WE ARE AS A PEOPLE.’ Andrew Wilkie MP

    Backlash is an in-depth investigation of the live export trade. The book reveals the backstory of this powerful industry and the campaign to bring it to an end, including aspects of the inner political story that have not been told until now.

    Bidda Jones, head of science and strategy at RSPCA Australia, and Julian Davies have worked in close collaboration to bring to life these extraordinary events including the continuing backlash against the 2011 suspension of the trade to Indonesia. The book examines the ethical, economic and social factors that surround this compelling and controversial issue.

    Imprint: FINLAY LLOYD PUBLISHERS
    RRP: $22.00

    Price: $22.00
  • BALANCING ACT : Australia Between Recession and Renewal
    BALANCING ACT : Australia Between Recession and Renewal
    MEGALOGENIS GEORGE
    ISBN: 9781863959087
    Title: BALANCING ACT : Australia Between Recession and Renewal
    Author: MEGALOGENIS GEORGE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What has gone wrong with our politics? And what do our governments need to do so that Australia is not globalisation’s next victim?

    Balancing Act is a passionate look at the politics of change and renewal, and a bold call for active government. Megalogenis argues that both sides of politics are clinging defensively to an old model because it tells them a reassuring story of Australian success. But that model has been exhausted by capitalism’s extended crisis and the end of the mining boom. Trusting to the market alone has left us with gridlocked cities, growing inequality and a corporate sector that feels no obligation to pay tax. It is time to redraw the line between market and state.

    This edition also contains Megalogenis’s other best-selling Quarterly Essay, Trivial Pursuit: Leadership and the End of the Reform Era, as well as a substantial new afterword that brings the story up to date.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BATTLEGROUND : WHY THE LIBERAL PARTY SHIRTFRONTED TONY ABBOTT
    BATTLEGROUND : WHY THE LIBERAL PARTY SHIRTFRONTED TONY ABBOTT
    ERRINGTON WAYNE / VAN ONSELEN PETER
    ISBN: 9780522869712
    Title: BATTLEGROUND : WHY THE LIBERAL PARTY SHIRTFRONTED TONY ABBOTT
    Author: ERRINGTON WAYNE / VAN ONSELEN PETER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Tony Abbott came to the prime ministership lauded as the most effective leader of the opposition since Whitlam. Why then did he fail to succeed in the job to which he had aspired for decades??Frontbenchers leaked about cabinet processes to the media while backbenchers complained about the lack of access to their leader.?


    Abbott's long apprenticeship in religion, journalism and political life prepared him for neither the mundane business of managing people nor the commanding heights of national leadership. Public?goodwill evaporated after a tough first budget. Inside the Liberal Party individual ambitions and a succession of poor polls fuelled increasing concern that the next election was unwinnable.


    Battleground chronicles the paradox of the Abbott prime ministership: steadfast loyalty when pragmatism was required; social values at odds with community attitudes; stubbornness when tactics and strategy were essential. All would bring him undone.

    Imprint: MELBOURNE UNI PRESS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BATTLERS AND BILLIONAIRES : THE STORY OF INEQUALITY IN AUSTRALIA
    BATTLERS AND BILLIONAIRES : THE STORY OF INEQUALITY IN AUSTRALIA
    LEIGH ANDREW
    ISBN: 9781863956079
    Title: BATTLERS AND BILLIONAIRES : THE STORY OF INEQUALITY IN AUSTRALIA
    Author: LEIGH ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • BEHIND THE STREETS OF ADELAIDE - 3 VOLUME SET
    BEHIND THE STREETS OF ADELAIDE - 3 VOLUME SET
    NICHOLAS JEFF
    ISBN: 9780994533005
    Title: BEHIND THE STREETS OF ADELAIDE - 3 VOLUME SET
    Author: NICHOLAS JEFF
    Format: BOXED SET
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Behind the Streets of Adelaide Dr Jeff Nicholas pays tribute to the 62 men and women named in Adelaide’s streets. He mines their ‘biographical archaeology’ with rigour and intellectual acuity, and illuminates each respective story with a lyrical turn of phrase.

    Contents

    Vol. 1. Born of reform: a pantheon of dissent
    Vol. 2. From Rundle to Morphett
    Vol. 3. From Wellington to Mann.



    Imprint: CONSIGNMENT STOCK
    RRP: $324.50

    Price: $324.50
  • BEST OF BOB BYRNES BOOMER COLUMNS
    BEST OF BOB BYRNES BOOMER COLUMNS
    BYRNE BOB
    ISBN: 9781742235271
    Title: BEST OF BOB BYRNES BOOMER COLUMNS
    Author: BYRNE BOB
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Beautifully nostalgic Adelaide stories – originally published in Bob Byrne’s hugely popular Boomer column in the Adelaide Advertiser – now available in one bumper book.

    Remember eating AMSCOL ice cream at the Royal Show? The Birdman Rally at the Bay? When Burger King was on Anzac Highway? Or ‘Futuro’ the ‘flying-saucer’ building in North Adelaide in the ’70s and ’80s? Take a gloriously sentimental trip down memory lane with Bob Byrne as he shows us – through his Boomer articles and images – the Adelaide of yesteryear that we still dearly love.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BEYOND THE LADIES LOUNGE : AUSTRALIAS FEMALE PUBLICANS
    BEYOND THE LADIES LOUNGE : AUSTRALIAS FEMALE PUBLICANS
    WRIGHT CLARE
    ISBN: 9781922182579
    Title: BEYOND THE LADIES LOUNGE : AUSTRALIAS FEMALE PUBLICANS
    Author: WRIGHT CLARE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Clare Wright's award-winning research challenges the myth that the Australian pub is a male domain, revealing the enduring and dynamic presence of female publicans behind the bar. Wright takes the reader on a pub crawl through this history: from Sarah Bird, the 27-year-old convict who was Australia's first female licensee, to Big Poll the Grog Seller, the miners' darling on the goldfields, to Cheryl Barassi and Dawn Fraser in recent years. Handsomely illustrated and weaving oral history interviews, archival sources, folk songs, bush ballads and other popular literature throughout the narrative, this groundbreaking book exposes the remarkable visibility and dominance of women in Austalian hotel-keeping culture.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BIGGEST ESTATE ON EARTH HOW ABORIGINES MADE AUSTRALIA
    BIGGEST ESTATE ON EARTH HOW ABORIGINES MADE AUSTRALIA
    GAMMAGE BILL
    ISBN: 9781743311325
    Title: BIGGEST ESTATE ON EARTH HOW ABORIGINES MADE AUSTRALIA
    Author: GAMMAGE BILL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Across Australia, early Europeans commented again and again that the land looked like a park. With extensive grassy patches and pathways, open woodlands and abundant wildlife, it evoked a country estate in England. Bill Gammage has discovered this was because Aboriginal people managed the land in a far more systematic and scientific fashion than we have ever realised.

    For over a decade, Gammage has examined written and visual records of the Australian landscape. He has uncovered an extraordinarily complex system of land management using fire and the life cycles of native plants to ensure plentiful wildlife and plant foods throughout the year. We know Aboriginal people spent far less time and effort than Europeans in securing food and shelter, and now we know how they did it.With details of land-management strategies from around Australia, The Biggest Estate on Earth rewrites the history of this continent, with huge implications for us today. Once Aboriginal people were no longer able to tend their country, it became overgrown and vulnerable to the hugely damaging bushfires we now experience. And what we think of as virgin bush in a national park is nothing of the kind.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BREAKING THE BOUNDARIES : AUSTRALIAN ACTIVISTS TELL THEIR STORIES
    BREAKING THE BOUNDARIES : AUSTRALIAN ACTIVISTS TELL THEIR STORIES
    ALLEN YVONNE
    ISBN: 9781743054185
    Title: BREAKING THE BOUNDARIES : AUSTRALIAN ACTIVISTS TELL THEIR STORIES
    Author: ALLEN YVONNE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What makes an activist? What makes one person speak out against injustice while another will be content to get angry at the TV news? What makes the activist so determined to make her or his voice heard, often against powerful odds?

    This book looks for answers in the personal stories of 46 Australians, young and old, fighting to be heard in a range of areas including human rights, gender issues, and the environment.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BUSH HERITAGE : RESTORING NATURE STEP BY STEP
    BUSH HERITAGE : RESTORING NATURE STEP BY STEP
    MARTIN SARAH
    ISBN: 9781742235042
    Title: BUSH HERITAGE : RESTORING NATURE STEP BY STEP
    Author: MARTIN SARAH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2016 NEW RELEAS

    With a plan to own or manage one per cent of Australia by 2025, Bush Heritage Australia is an organisation with big ambitions.

    Started by Bob Brown in 1991, Bush Heritage was born from an urgent mission: to protect pristine land from logging. After buying two blocks of land in Tasmania’s Liffey Valley, Brown built a philanthropic organisation to help pay for them. As donations flowed in and the organisation grew, Bush Heritage set its sights on acquiring tracts of land across the country, repairing environmental degradation and bringing native plants and wildlife back to health.

    Twenty-five years later, with more than one million hectares in its care, Bush Heritage’s achievements are celebrated in this book along with its growth from humble beginnings into a large non-profit with benefactors all over the world. Central to this story are the ecologists, researchers, land managers, local Indigenous groups, staff, donors and a brigade of volunteers who have helped the organisation to thrive.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • CALEDONIA AUSTRALIS : SCOTTISH HIGHLANDERS ON THE FRONTIER OF AUSTRALIA
    CALEDONIA AUSTRALIS : SCOTTISH HIGHLANDERS ON THE FRONTIER OF AUSTRALIA
    WATSON DON
    ISBN: 9781741667660
    Title: CALEDONIA AUSTRALIS : SCOTTISH HIGHLANDERS ON THE FRONTIER OF AUSTRALIA
    Author: WATSON DON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Scottish Highlanders on the frontier of Australia. After their military defeat in 1745 the Scottish Highlanders suffered a worse humiliation. They were displaced from their ancestral lands and became curiosities: objects of romantic nostalgia, charity, scorn, anthropology - and emigration.

    This is a tale of their dispossession. It also tells the rout of another people, the Kurnai of Gippsland in south-eastern Australia. And prominent among those who did the routing were emigrant Highlanders like the explorer Angus McMillan. Don Watson writes about the frontier on which those two cultures met. It is a story full of tragic ironies and myths which linger to this day.

    First published in 1984 and recognised as a significant revisionist work, CALEDONIA AUSTRALIS is all the more intriguing and instructive now as debate continues to rage over Aboriginal native title, practical reconciliation and the way Australian history should be written, taught and understood.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • CALL OF THE REED WARBLER : A New Agriculture - A New Earth
    CALL OF THE REED WARBLER : A New Agriculture - A New Earth
    MASSY CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780702253416
    Title: CALL OF THE REED WARBLER : A New Agriculture - A New Earth
    Author: MASSY CHARLES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2017 NEW RELEAS

    This ground-breaking book will change the way we think of, farm and grow food. Author and radical farmer Charles Massy explores transformative and regenerative agriculture and the vital connection between our soil and our health. It is a story of how a grassroots revolution - a true underground insurgency - can save the planet, help turn climate change around, and build healthy people and healthy communities, pivoting significantly on our relationship with growing and consuming food. Using his personal experience as a touchstone - from an unknowing, chemical-using farmer with dead soils to a radical ecologist farmer carefully regenerating a 2000-hectare property to a state of natural health - Massy tells the real story behind industrial agriculture and the global profit-obsessed corporations driving it. He shows - through evocative stories - how innovative farmers are finding a new way and interweaves his own local landscape, its seasons and biological richness. At stake is not only a revolution in human health and our communities but the very survival of the planet. For farmer, backyard gardener, food buyer, health worker, policy maker and public leader alike, Call of the Reed Warbler offers a tangible path forward for the future of our food supply, our Australian landscape and our earth. It comprises a powerful and moving paean of hope.

    Imprint: UNI OF QUEENSLAND PRESS
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
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