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  • 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
  • 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
  • CAMBRIDGE HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA : VOLUME 2 - THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA
    CAMBRIDGE HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA : VOLUME 2 - THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA
    BASHFORD ALISON / MACINTYRE STUART
    ISBN: 9781107452039
    Title: CAMBRIDGE HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA : VOLUME 2 - THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA
    Author: BASHFORD ALISON / MACINTYRE STUART
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Volume 2 of The Cambridge History of Australia covers the period 1901 to the present day.

    It begins with the first day of the twentieth century, which saw the birth of the Commonwealth of Australia. In Part I the fortunes of the nation-state are traced over time: a narrative of national policies, from the initial endeavours to protect Australian living standards to the dismantling of protection, and from maintenance of the integrity of a white settler society to fashioning a diverse, multicultural one. These chapters relate how Australia responded to external challenges and adapted to changing expectations.

    In Part II some distinctive features of modern Australia are clarified: its enduring democracy and political stability, engagement with a unique environment, the means whereby Australians maintained prosperity, the treatment and aspirations of its Indigenous inhabitants.

    The changing patterns of social relations are examined, along with the forms of knowledge, religion, communication and creativity.

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $52.99

    Price: $52.99
  • 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
  • CATCH : The Story of Fishing in Australia
    CATCH : The Story of Fishing in Australia
    CLARK ANNA
    ISBN: 9780642279064
    Title: CATCH : The Story of Fishing in Australia
    Author: CLARK ANNA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In every coastal town in Australia, there’s a bait shop and a boat ramp, and, in garages around the country, fishing rods are strung up waiting for their next outing. Many of us have a special fishing spot, and families pass on tips from generation to generation and exchange fishy tales of amazing catches and near misses.

    Bringing her personal passion for throwing in a line, author Anna Clark celebrates the enduring pleasure of fishing in The Catch: The Story of Fishing in Australia. This book charts the history of fishing, from the first known accounts of Indigenous fishing and early European encounters with Australia’s waters, to the latest fishing fads; from the introduction of trout and fly fishing to the challenges of balancing needs of commercial and recreational fishers.

    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • CHANGING JOBS : The Fair Go in the New Machine Age
    CHANGING JOBS : The Fair Go in the New Machine Age
    CHALMERS JIM / QUIGLEY MIKE
    ISBN: 9781863959445
    Title: CHANGING JOBS : The Fair Go in the New Machine Age
    Author: CHALMERS JIM / QUIGLEY MIKE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For many Australians, rapid progress in artificial intelligence, robotics and automation is a growing anxiety. What will it mean for jobs? What will it mean for their kids’ futures? More broadly, what will it mean for equality in this country?

    Jim Chalmers and Mike Quigley believe that bursts in technology need not result in bursts of inequality, that we can combine technological change with the fair go. But first we need to understand what’s happening to work, and what’s likely to happen.

    This is a timely, informative and authoritative book about the changing face of work, and how best to approach it – at both a personal and a political level.

    Publisher’s note: ‘Jim and Mike have written an essential guide to the future of work in Australia as the wave of automation rolls in. Their crisp book combines expertise with a sense of social justice, a rare and useful mix.’

    Imprint: REDBACK
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CHARLATAN
    CHARLATAN
    JINKS CATHERINE
    ISBN: 9780143785545
    Title: CHARLATAN
    Author: JINKS CATHERINE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • COLONIALISM AND ITS AFTERMATH : A History of Aboriginal South Australia
    COLONIALISM AND ITS AFTERMATH : A History of Aboriginal South Australia
    BROCK PEGGY / GARA TOM
    ISBN: 9781743054994
    Title: COLONIALISM AND ITS AFTERMATH : A History of Aboriginal South Australia
    Author: BROCK PEGGY / GARA TOM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The colonial process in South Australia began decades before formal annexation with unregulated interactions between coastal Aboriginal people and European sealers and whalers.

    Despite catastrophic interventions in the lives of Aboriginal people during and following colonisation, many communities retain strong identities and cultural and linguistic knowledge, rooted in a deep connection to the land.

    Colonialism and its Aftermath traces the ongoing impact of colonialism on Aboriginal individuals, communities and cultures, the disruptions and displacements it has caused, and Aboriginal responses to these challenges.

    Peggy Brock is Emeritus Professor of History at Edith Cowan University, Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

    Tom Gara has been a professional historian for over twenty-five years specialising in Aboriginal history.

    Contributors:
    Diane Bell, Peggy Brock, Jennifer Caruso, Deane Fergie, Robert Foster, Mary-Anne Gale, Tom Gara, Des Hartman, Luise Hercus, Rani Kerin, Skye Krichauff, Christine Lockwood, Rod Lucas, Ingereth Macfarlane, Paul Monaghan, Amanda Nettelbeck, Chris Nobbs, Carol Pybus, Lester-Irabinna Rigney, Tikari Rigney and Phyllis Williams

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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: $45.99

    Price: $45.99
  • 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
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