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  • 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
  • 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 AUSTRALIAN POLITICAL CARTOONS 2018
    BEST AUSTRALIAN POLITICAL CARTOONS 2018
    RADCLIFFE RUSS
    ISBN: 9781925713565
    Title: BEST AUSTRALIAN POLITICAL CARTOONS 2018
    Author: RADCLIFFE RUSS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: November 2018 New Release

    With Dean Alston, Peter Broelman, Pat Campbell, Andrew Dyson, John Farmer, First Dog on the Moon, Matt Golding, Fiona Katauskas, Mark Knight, Jon Kudelka, Alan Moir, David Pope, David Rowe, Andrew Weldon, Cathy Wilcox, Paul Zanetti, and many more . . .

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • BIBLE IN AUSTRALIA : A Cultural History
    BIBLE IN AUSTRALIA : A Cultural History
    LAKE MEREDITH
    ISBN: 9781742235714
    Title: BIBLE IN AUSTRALIA : A Cultural History
    Author: LAKE MEREDITH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Koby Abberton emerges like a shark on to the sand at Maroubra Beach. Tattooed from shoulder to shoulder, his body bares letters like teeth: ‘My brothers keeper’.

    In this surprising and revelatory history of the Bible in Australia, Meredith Lake gets under the skin of a text that’s been read, wrestled with, preached and tattooed, and believed to be everything from a resented imposition to the very Word of God.

    The Bible in Australia explores how in the hands of Bible-bashers, immigrants, suffragists, evangelists, unionists, writers, artists and Indigenous Australians, the Bible has played a contested but defining role in this country.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • 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
  • BLOOD ON THE WATTLE : Massacres and Maltreatment of Aboriginal Australians since 1788
    BLOOD ON THE WATTLE : Massacres and Maltreatment of Aboriginal Australians since 1788
    ELDER BRUCE
    ISBN: 9781741100082
    Title: BLOOD ON THE WATTLE : Massacres and Maltreatment of Aboriginal Australians since 1788
    Author: ELDER BRUCE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Draws together, in a single volume, most of information about the massacres of the Aboriginal people which has been recorded in books and journals. It also creates a level of awareness of the scale of the massacres, so that this dimension of Australian history can become part of the Australian consciousness.

    Imprint: NEW HOLLAND
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BLUE COLLAR FRAYED : Working Men in Tomorrow's Economy
    BLUE COLLAR FRAYED : Working Men in Tomorrow's Economy
    RAYNER JENNIFER
    ISBN: 9781760640002
    Title: BLUE COLLAR FRAYED : Working Men in Tomorrow's Economy
    Author: RAYNER JENNIFER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ‘I remember with incredible clarity the question that rang through his words and hung in the air between us, the query that hurt my head and heart as his baggy eyes held mine: Where does someone like me fit, now?’

    Jennifer Rayner knows a thing or two about blue-collar blokes. Her brother, her dad and her grandfather all make a living with their hands. But blue-collar jobs for Australian men are disappearing at a rapid rate, and this is not just a product of unstoppable economic forces – it’s also the result of our failure to acknowledge the importance of those jobs and the people who do them. The men now losing their jobs in heavy industry or trades will not easily find new work in Australia’s growing service industries; the evidence shows they are disengaging from the workforce instead.

    Drawing on extensive research and dozens of interviews, Rayner argues that there can be blue-collar jobs in our future economy; in fact, we can’t keep building a fair and prosperous Australia without them. Humane and clear-eyed, Blue Collar Frayed is a vital contribution to our national conversation.

    Imprint: REDBACK
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BOOM AND BUST
    BOOM AND BUST
    KURMELOVS ROYCE
    ISBN: 9780733638725
    Title: BOOM AND BUST
    Author: KURMELOVS ROYCE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australia's mining boom is a period of history economists and politicians still talk about with a sense of awe. At the time the accepted wisdom was that China's economy would never stop growing and Australia's mines would always be there to supply them. Australia rode this once-in-history event through 25 straight years of economic growth. We even managed to sidestep the worst of the Global Financial Crisis in 2008, and it was because of the boom Australia could call itself an economic miracle. No one thought it would end.

    Until it did. Today the country is grappling with what that means at a time when inequality is rising and dissatisfaction with politics is at its highest since the Whitlam government dismissal. The mining boom, when it has been written about previously, is usually only considered as a question of economics. These discussions point to the infrastructure the boom built, the people who moved in to try their luck and ended up staying, and the question of whether a sovereign wealth fund would have ensured Australia's vast mineral wealth could be put to use for its people, rather than multinational corporations.

    This book is different. Its focus is not economic, but the lived experience of people who came into vast wealth, only to watch it dry up. It sketches that feeling at the dizzying height of the boom, a time when anything seemed possible, when distant, dusty towns on the Australian periphery got rich overnight and could command the whole nation's attention. It tells the stories of the winners, and the losers, who bought into the mining boom's promise of easy money. It also examines the fall, when the boom that would never end, ended and took away the six-figure salaries that had made it so good for so long.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BOYS FROM ST FRANCIS : Stories of the remarkable Aboriginal activists, artists and athletes who grew up in one seaside home
    BOYS FROM ST FRANCIS : Stories of the remarkable Aboriginal activists, artists and athletes who grew up in one seaside home
    MALLETT ASHLEY
    ISBN: 9781743055809
    Title: BOYS FROM ST FRANCIS : Stories of the remarkable Aboriginal activists, artists and athletes who grew up in one seaside home
    Author: MALLETT ASHLEY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: October 2018 New Release

    This remarkable true story pays tribute to a band of Aboriginal boys who grew up together in one group home. Many of them went on to become fiercely effective advocates for Aboriginal causes, achieving significant progress not just for themselves, but for Aboriginal people, changing their world for the better.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $34.95

    Price: $34.95
  • BUFFALO MEN
    BUFFALO MEN
    WHIMPRESS BERNARD / COOPER IAN
    ISBN: 9780244359461
    Title: BUFFALO MEN
    Author: WHIMPRESS BERNARD / COOPER IAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "Essentially the story is an extended family history but what makes it fascinating is the richness of the lives of the principal characters, Joe and Rueben Cooper. Joe, as a pioneer settler in the Northern Territory, made a living principally as a buffalo hunter, timber miller and miner, and was an influential figure who befriended notable men of his time such as anthropologist Baldwin Spender, administrator John Gilruth and missionary Father Gsell, who later became Bishop of Darwin. Rueben is acknowledged today as one of the founders of Australian Rules football in Darwin and perhaps the Territory's finest player before the Second World War." - Preface

    Imprint: CONSIGNMENT STOCK
    RRP: $22.49

    Price: $24.99
  • BUSH : TRAVELS IN THE HEART OF AUSTRALIA
    BUSH : TRAVELS IN THE HEART OF AUSTRALIA
    WATSON DON
    ISBN: 9781926428697
    Title: BUSH : TRAVELS IN THE HEART OF AUSTRALIA
    Author: WATSON DON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Most Australians live in cities and cling to the coastal fringe, yet our sense of what an Australian is - or should be - is drawn from the vast and varied inland called the bush. But what do we mean by 'the bush', and how has it shaped us?

    Starting with his forebears' battle to drive back nature and eke a living from the land, Don Watson explores the bush as it was and as it now is: the triumphs and the ruination, the commonplace and the bizarre, the stories we like to tell about ourselves and the national character, and those we don't. Via mountain ash and mallee, the birds and the beasts, slaughter, fire, flood and drought, swagmen, sheep and their shepherds, the strange and the familiar, the tragedies and the follies, the crimes and the myths and the hope - here is a journey that only our leading writer of non-fiction could take us on.

    At once magisterial in scope and alive with telling, wry detail, The Bush lets us see our landscape and its inhabitants afresh, examining what we have made, what we have destroyed, and what we have become in the process.

    No one who reads it will look at this country the same way again.

    Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BUSH FOOD
    BUSH FOOD
    ISAACS JENNIFER
    ISBN: 9781864368161
    Title: BUSH FOOD
    Author: ISAACS JENNIFER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK



    Imprint: NEW HOLLAND
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • 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: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • CAMBRIDGE HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA : VOLUME 1 - INDIGENOUS AND COLONIAL AUSTRALIA
    CAMBRIDGE HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA : VOLUME 1 - INDIGENOUS AND COLONIAL AUSTRALIA
    BASHFORD ALISON / MACINTYRE STUART
    ISBN: 9781107452008
    Title: CAMBRIDGE HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA : VOLUME 1 - INDIGENOUS AND COLONIAL AUSTRALIA
    Author: BASHFORD ALISON / MACINTYRE STUART
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Volume 1 of The Cambridge History of Australia explores Australia's history from ancient times through to Federation in 1901. It begins with an archaeological examination of the continent's Indigenous history, which dates back 50,000 years. This volume examines the first European encounters with Australia and its Indigenous people, and the subsequent colonisation of the land by the British in the late eighteenth century, providing insight into the realities of a convict society and how this shaped the nation's development. Part I traces the dynamic growth in Australia's economy, demography and industry throughout the nineteenth century, as it moved towards a system of liberal democracy and one of the most defining events in its history: the Federation of the colonies in 1901. Part II offers a deeper investigation of key topics, such as relations between Indigenous people and settlers, and Australia's colonial identity. It also covers the economy, science and technology, law and literature.


    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $52.99

    Price: $52.99
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