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  • BIG PICTURE : Towards an Independent Foreign Policy: Australian Foreign Affairs: Issue 1
    BIG PICTURE : Towards an Independent Foreign Policy: Australian Foreign Affairs: Issue 1
    PEARLMAN JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9781760640279
    Title: BIG PICTURE : Towards an Independent Foreign Policy: Australian Foreign Affairs: Issue 1
    Author: PEARLMAN JONATHAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ‘We need to determine a foreign policy of our own – one that looks after Australia’s interest in the new order; an order which will have China as its centre of gravity.’ –Paul Keating

    Australia’s top thinkers on foreign affairs address the most significant foreign affairs dynamics affecting Australia today, including the rise of China and the election of Donald Trump. The world is changing, and so is Australia’s place in it. What do we need to know? What do we need to think about?

    Paul Keating discusses changes occurring in the United States, Europe and Asia and how Australia should respond.

    Allan Gyngell looks at the collapse of long-held beliefs underlying Australian foreign policy and the need to prepare for growing uncertainty.

    George Megalogenis analyses Australia’s changing demographics and the rapid increase in migrants from China and India – a development that comes with both challenges and benefits.

    Linda Jakobson examines China’s evolving reach and ambitions under Xi Jinping and what this could mean for Australia and the region.

    The Big Picture is an essential exploration of Australia’s position in the world today.

    ‘There has never been a more critical time for Australia to contemplate its place in the world. My intention is that Australian Foreign Affairs will serve as a forum for our most adventurous and deepest strategic thinkers to interrogate foreign policy’ —Morry Schwartz, Publisher, Australian Foreign Affairs

    ‘Australia is increasingly affected by events beyond its borders, especially as global power and wealth shifts towards Asia. The challenges facing Australia and the region are varied and complex, but they are also fascinating. There is a strong need and appetite for a publication that explores these challenges and debates the ways Australia should respond.’ —Jonathan Pearlman, Editor, Australian Foreign Affairs

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 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
  • BITTER FRUIT
    BITTER FRUIT
    GRAHAM-STEWART MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780646936390
    Title: BITTER FRUIT
    Author: GRAHAM-STEWART MICHAEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are warned that this book may contain images of people who are deceased.

    Bitter Fruit is a brand new title from Michael Graham-Stewart, showcasing a collection of early photographs, many previously unpublished, focusing on Indigenous Australians. Presented in a beautiful hardcover, this is a breathtaking document of the Australian experience.

    The photographs reproduced in this book were collected over the past decade or so. During this time, online archives have grown in number and size, raising questions about what should be made available to the general public, and who should decide. At the same time, it has become easier to find information about the people who took the photographs, the places they were taken, and, most importantly, the individuals depicted.

    If this book has a purpose, it is to offer a sequence other than the familiar one, to broaden and to texture our sense of the histories of the place we know today as Australia. In these photographs, we can find evidence of wrongdoing and suffering, but also of resistance, adaptation, and continuity. Then, too, the images frequently reveal the agency of their 'subjects' - a force that can transcend the problems associated with the moment of making.


    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $110.00

    Price: $110.00
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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: 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: $39.95

    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
  • 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
  • CHOOSING OPENNESS : A Lowy Institute Paper
    CHOOSING OPENNESS : A Lowy Institute Paper
    LEIGH ANDREW
    ISBN: 9780143788317
    Title: CHOOSING OPENNESS : A Lowy Institute Paper
    Author: LEIGH ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Across the developed world, global engagement has become a major political fault line. Populists say that we should hunker down in the face of difference, that trade is a zero-sum game, and that foreign investment will cost us in the long run. They say openness is the cause of the growing income gap.

    The siren song of populism, global uncertainty and rising inequality presents real challenges to globalists. Choosing Openness argues that Australia’s past prosperity has flowed from our willingness to build bridges to the world, not walls against it. Maintaining our engagement with the world demands stronger advocacy for trade, investment and immigration. It requires smarter policies to ensure that we maximise the spoils of globalisation and share them fairly across the community.

    From 1914 to 1945, the world turned inwards, as fear shut down flows of people and goods across national borders. A century later, can we make a better choice?

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $9.99

    Price: $9.99
  • 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
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