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  • 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
  • CANBERRA
    CANBERRA
    DALEY PAUL
    ISBN: 9781742233185
    Title: CANBERRA
    Author: DALEY PAUL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE



    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CARDINAL : The Rise and Fall of George Pell
    CARDINAL : The Rise and Fall of George Pell
    MILLIGAN LOUISE
    ISBN: 9780522871340
    Title: CARDINAL : The Rise and Fall of George Pell
    Author: MILLIGAN LOUISE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    George Pell is the most recognisable face of the Australian Catholic Church. He was the Ballarat boy with the film-star looks who studied at Oxford and rose through the ranks to become the Vatican's indispensable 'Treasurer'. As an outspoken defender of church orthodoxy, 'Big George's' ascendancy within the clergy was remarkable and seemingly unstoppable.

    The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse has brought to light horrific stories about sexual abuse of the most vulnerable and provoked public anger at the extent of the cover-up. George Pell has always portrayed himself as the first man in the Church to tackle the problem. But questions about what the Cardinal knew, and when, have persisted.

    The nation's most prominent Catholic is now the subject of a police investigation into allegations spanning decades that he too abused children. Louise Milligan is the only Australian journalist who has been privy to the most intimate stories of complainants.

    She pieces together a series of disturbing pictures of the Cardinal's knowledge and his actions, many of which are being told here for the first time.

    Conspiracy or cover-up? Cardinal uncovers uncomfortable truths about a culture of sexual entitlement, abuse of trust and how ambition can silence evil.

    Imprint: MELBOURNE UNI PRESS
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • CHANGI BOOK
    CHANGI BOOK
    GRANT LACHLAN [ED]
    ISBN: 9781742231617
    Title: CHANGI BOOK
    Author: GRANT LACHLAN [ED]
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the tradition of The Anzac Book comes this fascinating collection of accounts of life inside the notorious Shangi prison camp. The camp is synonymous with suffering and hardship, and the Australian prisoner of-war experience in the Second World War. But the Changi story is also one of ingenuity, resourcefulness and survival. With cartoons, paintings, essays and photographs from POWs, The Changi Book provides a unique view of life in the camp: Medical innovation Machinery and tools made from spare parts and scrap Black markets Sports and gambling Entertainment A library and university Seventy years after its planned publication, material for The Changi Book was rediscovered in the Australian War Memorial archives andappears here for the first time along with insights from the Memorial's experts.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $16.99
  • CHARLATAN
    CHARLATAN
    JINKS CATHERINE
    ISBN: 9780143785545
    Title: CHARLATAN
    Author: JINKS CATHERINE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    The story of a nineteenth century court case involving Thomas Guthrie Carr, a notorious, larger-than-life character who made his living as a mesmerist, phrenologist, public speaker and some say charlatan.

    Thomas Guthrie Carr is charged by Eliza Gray with mesmerising her and raping her while she was under his influence. But if mesmerism and Mr Carr are shams, was Eliza raped?

    In the tradition of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Charlatan is the story of a notorious nineteenth-century court case involving a larger-than-life character. With a driving narrative and novelistic pacing, this scrupulously researched account of the life of Thomas Guthrie Carr, stage mesmerist – who lied, fought and sleazed his way around Australia and New Zealand between 1865 and 1886 – is more than just a fascinating piece of social history. It’s also a mystery, a piece of true crime, and a delicately humorous portrait of a man whose eye for the main chance and ferocious pursuit of publicity made him an oddly contemporary figure.

    With a star-studded supporting cast, including the Duke of Edinburgh, the Mad Dentist of Wynyard, the Nunawading Messiah, and a host of shady mesmerists, spiritualists, phrenologists and hired goons, Charlatan delves deep into a side of colonial history not often explored, and unearths a Victorian celebrity who should never have been forgotten …

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • CITY STREETS : Progressive Adelaide 75 Years On
    CITY STREETS : Progressive Adelaide 75 Years On
    CAMPBELL LANCE
    ISBN: 9781743054130
    Title: CITY STREETS : Progressive Adelaide 75 Years On
    Author: CAMPBELL LANCE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1936, Hermann Baring captured the State and its capital in pictures. For all time. Inspired by his work, photographer Mick Bradley and writer Lance Campbell set out in Baring's footsteps. In images and words, City Streets is progressive Adelaide today. This is a unique book about a unique city. For all time.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $79.95

    Price: $79.95
  • CODE BREAKERS : Inside the Shadow World of Signals Intelligence in Australias Two Bletchley Parks
    CODE BREAKERS : Inside the Shadow World of Signals Intelligence in Australias Two Bletchley Parks
    COLLIE CRAIG
    ISBN: 9781743312100
    Title: CODE BREAKERS : Inside the Shadow World of Signals Intelligence in Australias Two Bletchley Parks
    Author: COLLIE CRAIG
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    At the height of World War II in the Pacific, two secret organisations existed in Australia to break Japan's military codes. They were peopled by brilliant and idiosyncratic cryptographers, including some with achievements in mathematics and the Classics and others who had lived or grown up in Japan. These men patiently and carefully unravelled the codes in Japanese signals, ultimately playing a crucial role in the battles of Midway and the Coral Sea, as well as Macarthur's push into the Philippines. An intercept station in the Queensland bush brought about the end of Admiral Yamamoto.

    But this is more than a story of codes. It is an extraordinary exploration of a unique group of men and their intense personal rivalries and loathing, of white-anting and taking credit for others' achievements. It is also the story of a fierce inter-national and inter-service political battle for control of war-changing intelligence between a group of cryptographers based at the Monterey apartment block in Melbourne's Albert Park and General MacArthur's counter group that eventually established its headquarters in suburban Brisbane. What happened between these two groups would have consequences for intelligence services in the years to follow.

    Code Breakers brings this surprising and very secret world and the men who operated in it to rich life for the first time.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • COLOURING THE RAINBOW : BLAK QUEER AND TRANS PERSPECTIVES
    COLOURING THE RAINBOW : BLAK QUEER AND TRANS PERSPECTIVES
    HODGE DINO [ED]
    ISBN: 9781743053935
    Title: COLOURING THE RAINBOW : BLAK QUEER AND TRANS PERSPECTIVES
    Author: HODGE DINO [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Colouring the Rainbow uncovers the often hidden world of Queer and Trans Blak Australia and tells it like it is.

    Twenty-two First Nations people reveal their inner reflections and outlooks on family and culture, identity and respect, homophobia, transphobia, racism and decolonisation, activism, art, performance and more, through life stories and essays. The contributors to this ground-breaking book not only record the continuing relevance of traditional culture and practices, they also explain the emergence of homonormativity within the context of contemporary settler colonialism.

    Colouring the Rainbow is a real, searing and celebratory exploration of modern culture in post-apology Australia.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $34.95

    Price: $34.95
  • CONCISE HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA
    CONCISE HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA
    MACINTYRE STUART
    ISBN: 9781107562431
    Title: CONCISE HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA
    Author: MACINTYRE STUART
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australia is the last continent to be settled by Europeans, but it also sustains a people and a culture tens of thousands years old. For much of the past 225 years the newcomers have sought to replace the old with the new.

    This book tells how they imposed themselves on the land and describes how they brought technology, institutions and ideas to make it their own. The fourth edition incorporates the far-reaching effects of an export and investment boom in the early years of the twenty-first century that lifted Australia to unprecedented prosperity. The sale of minerals and energy enabled the economy to withstand the global financial crisis of 2007-08 but there was no agreement on how the wealth was to be managed and its benefits distributed.

    The book describes a continuing search for solutions to climate change, the unauthorised arrival of refugees, Indigenous disadvantage and generational change.

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • CREATING CITIES
    CREATING CITIES
    WESTBURY MARCUS
    ISBN: 9780992568740
    Title: CREATING CITIES
    Author: WESTBURY MARCUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Creating Cities as a book weaves together the lessons of these actual transformations, the ideas and observations that led to it and makes compelling case that makers and doers make places and need places (and place leaders) that respond to their needs. The shift from mass culture to maker-culture means that city builders and civic leaders need to re-imagine the new possibilities of places.

    Imprint: TO BE ALLOCATED
    RRP: $27.50

    Price: $27.50
  • CRIME AND PUNISHMENT : OFFENDERS AND VICTIMS IN A BROKEN JUSTICE SYSTEM
    CRIME AND PUNISHMENT : OFFENDERS AND VICTIMS IN A BROKEN JUSTICE SYSTEM
    MARKS RUSSELL
    ISBN: 9781863957175
    Title: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT : OFFENDERS AND VICTIMS IN A BROKEN JUSTICE SYSTEM
    Author: MARKS RUSSELL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    If the goal of our justice system is to reduce crime and create a safer society, then we must do better.

    According to conventional wisdom, severely punishing offenders reduces the likelihood that they'll offend again. Why, then, do so many who go to prison continue to commit crimes after their release? What do we actually know about offenders and the reasons they break the law?

    In Crime & Punishment, Russell Marks argues that the lives of most criminal offenders – and indeed of many victims of crime – are marked by often staggering disadvantage. For many offenders, prison only increases their chances of committing further crimes. And despite what some media outlets and politicians want us to believe, harsher sentences do not help most victims to heal.

    Drawing on his experience as a lawyer, Marks eloquently makes the case for restorative justice and community correction, whereby offenders are obliged to engage with victims and make amends. Crime & Punishment is a provocative call for change to a justice system in desperate need of renewal.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DANCING WITH STRANGERS - TEXT CLASSICS
    DANCING WITH STRANGERS - TEXT CLASSICS
    CLENDINNEN INGA
    ISBN: 9781925498738
    Title: DANCING WITH STRANGERS - TEXT CLASSICS
    Author: CLENDINNEN INGA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2017 NEW RELEAS

    Dancing with Strangers is Inga Clendinnen's seminal account of the moment in January 1788 when the First Fleet arrived in Sydney Harbour and a thousand British men and women, some of them convicts and some of them free, encountered the Australians living there.

    'These people mixed with ours,' wrote a British observer after landfall, 'and all hands danced together.' What followed would shape relations between the peoples for the next two centuries.


    Winner, Kiriyama Prize 2004 Winner, Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction, NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2004 Winner, Best History Book, Queensland Premier's Literary Awards 2004

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $12.95

    Price: $12.95
  • DARK EMU : BLACK SEEDS - AGRICULTURE OR ACCIDENT
    DARK EMU : BLACK SEEDS - AGRICULTURE OR ACCIDENT
    PASCOE BRUCE
    ISBN: 9781922142436
    Title: DARK EMU : BLACK SEEDS - AGRICULTURE OR ACCIDENT
    Author: PASCOE BRUCE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Dark Emu puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for precolonial Aboriginal Australians. The evidence insists that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using domesticated plants, sowing, harvesting, irrigating and storing behaviours inconsistent with the hunter-gatherer tag. Gerritsen and Gammage in their latest books support this premise but Pascoe takes this further and challenges the hunter-gatherer tag as a convenient lie. Almost all the evidence comes from the records and diaries of the Australian explorers, impeccable sources.

    Imprint: MAGABALA
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • DAUGHTERS OF THE DREAMING
    DAUGHTERS OF THE DREAMING
    BELL DIANE
    ISBN: 9781876756154
    Title: DAUGHTERS OF THE DREAMING
    Author: BELL DIANE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: SPINIFEX PRESS
    RRP: $34.95
    Price: $34.95
  • DEAR LIFE : ON CARING FOR THE ELDERLY
    DEAR LIFE : ON CARING FOR THE ELDERLY
    HITCHCOCK KAREN
    ISBN: 9781863958165
    Title: DEAR LIFE : ON CARING FOR THE ELDERLY
    Author: HITCHCOCK KAREN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this powerful book, Karen Hitchcock shines a light on ageism in our society. Through unforgettable case studies, she shows what care for the elderly and dying is really like - both the good and the bad. With honesty and deep experience, she looks at end-of-life decisions and over-treatment, frailty and dementia.

    Dear Life is a moving and controversial argument against the creeping tendency to see the elderly as a 'burden' - difficult, hopeless, expensive and homogenous. While we rightly seek to curb treatment when it is futile, harmful or against a patient's wishes, this can sometimes lead to limits on care that suit the system rather than the person. Doctors may declare a situation hopeless when it may not be so.

    We must plan for a future when more of us will be old, Hitchcock argues, with the aim of making that time better, not shorter. And we must change our institutions and society to meet the needs of an ageing population. Dear Life is a landmark book by one of Australia's most powerful writers.

    'The elderly, the frail are our society. They are our parents and grandparents, our carers and neighbours, and they are every one of us in the not-too-distant future ...... They are not a growing cost to be managed or a burden to be shifted or a horror to be hidden away, but people whose needs require us to change' - Karen Hitchcock, Dear Life



    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
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