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  • 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
  • DEATH AND LIFE OF AUSTRALIAN SOCCER
    DEATH AND LIFE OF AUSTRALIAN SOCCER
    GORMAN JOE
    ISBN: 9780702259685
    Title: DEATH AND LIFE OF AUSTRALIAN SOCCER
    Author: GORMAN JOE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: AUGUST 2017 NEW RELEASE

    In The Death and Life of Australian Soccer, journalist and historian Joe Gorman explores the rise and fall of Australia's first national football competition and shows how soccer came to practise and embody multiculturalism long before it became government policy. Drawing on archival research and interviews with players, supporters and club officials, he tells the incredible and oft-unknown stories of Australian soccer- how Charles Perkins rose from the soccer fields of Adelaide to the halls of administrative power, all the while becoming Australia's best-known Indigenous leader; how the Whitlam government embraced the first-ever Australian team to qualify for a FIFA World Cup; and how soccer played a role in creating the Australian Institute of Sport. Gorman also takes an unflinching look at the issues in the world game, from globalisation, assimilation and violence to unionism and privatisation. With rare intimacy and detail he explains how a long-forgotten journalist and the nation's leading soccer statistician quietly recorded it all over decades. The Death and Life of Australian Soccer is a fascinating and timely account of the first Australian sport to truly galvanise every ethnic, regional, metropolitan, gender and political group across the country. It examines the myths and legends of Australian sport and offers new ways of understanding the great changes that shaped the nation. This is more than a book about soccer - it is the riveting story of Australia's national identity.

    Imprint: UNI OF QUEENSLAND PRESS
    RRP: $32.95

    Price: $32.95
  • DEATH OF HOLDEN : The End of an Australian Dream
    DEATH OF HOLDEN : The End of an Australian Dream
    KURMELOVS ROYCE
    ISBN: 9780733638824
    Title: DEATH OF HOLDEN : The End of an Australian Dream
    Author: KURMELOVS ROYCE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2017 NEW RELEAS

    Holden is one of the few brands that has an emotional grip on Australia. The impending closure of the Holden factory in Adelaide is not just the end of a business - it's the end of an era, of a story, and of a great Australian dream.

    When Holden signalled that it would close its Adelaide factory, it struck at the very heart of Australian identity. Holden is our car made on our shores. It's the choice of patriotic rev heads and suburban drivers alike. How could a car that was so beloved - and so popular - be so unprofitable to make?

    The story of the collapse of Holden is about the people who make and drive the cars; it's about sustaining industry in Australia; it's about communities of workers and what happens when the work dries up. And if it's not quite about the death of an icon - because Holdens will remain on Australian roads for a long time to come - then it's about what happens when an icon falls to its knees in front of a whole nation.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS
    DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS
    BENNS MATTHEW
    ISBN: 9781460750827
    Title: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS
    Author: BENNS MATTHEW
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    A highly entertaining, scurrilous and fascinating book on Australian con men (and women) and all their dirty, devious tricks.

    There are con men you fear and con men you hate, and con men with amazing stories who take your breath away with their dirty tricks and sheer brazen effontery. How do they get away with it?

    Written by bestselling author Matthew Benns, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a rollicking rollcall of all the worst and most outrageous scammers and dodgy dealers, a true crime book that will have readers gasping in disbelief at the sheer effrontery of these Aussie crooks and amazed at the gullibility of their victims. Con artists often revel in the image of a larrikin but this book will push beneath the veneer to delve into the true nature of the evil these people do and the long lasting damage, emotional and financial, suffered by their victims.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • DISCOVERING ABORIGINAL PLANT USE : THE JOURNEYS OF AN AUSTRALIAN ANTHROPOLOGIST
    DISCOVERING ABORIGINAL PLANT USE : THE JOURNEYS OF AN AUSTRALIAN ANTHROPOLOGIST
    CLARKE PHILIP A
    ISBN: 9781925078220
    Title: DISCOVERING ABORIGINAL PLANT USE : THE JOURNEYS OF AN AUSTRALIAN ANTHROPOLOGIST
    Author: CLARKE PHILIP A
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The author argues that we can better understand a people if we know how they see and use plants. In Discovering Aboriginal Plant Use, Clarke dips into his field journals to provide a rich account of journeys, as both anthropologist and ethnobotanist, that span the temperate, arid and tropical zones of Australia and neighbouring landmasses. He describes the cultural and natural heritage of each region, on the plants used by Aboriginal people that contribute to their distinctiveness.

    Imprint: ROSENBERG PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • DISMISSAL
    DISMISSAL
    KELLY PAUL / BRAMSTON TROY
    ISBN: 9780143574088
    Title: DISMISSAL
    Author: KELLY PAUL / BRAMSTON TROY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This ground-breaking new book will reveal the story of Australia's greatest political crisis with fresh interviews, the discovery of new archival material and a dramatic reinterpretation of events that will surprise readers. The treasure trove of new information already discovered by Paul Kelly and Troy Bramston deepens our understanding of what we know about the Dismissal, reveals startling new information and contradicts some recently published claims.

    This fresh new account will be dispassionate in its analysis, vivid in its narrative and brutal in its conclusions. It will divulge the role played by key political, judicial and vice-regal figures. It will expose the true motivations, the extent of the deceit and the scale of the collusion. It will recount the stunning climax on Remembrance Day 1975. And, for the first time, the book will reveal what happened next, as a second crisis began to unfold.



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • DISPOSABLE LEADERS : Media and Leadership Coups from Menzies to Abbott
    DISPOSABLE LEADERS : Media and Leadership Coups from Menzies to Abbott
    TIFFEN RODNEY
    ISBN: 9781742235202
    Title: DISPOSABLE LEADERS : Media and Leadership Coups from Menzies to Abbott
    Author: TIFFEN RODNEY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Since 1970 seventy-three political leaders within the major parties have been forcibly removed from their leadership positions. And at the heart of the turmoil is the media, with its 24-hour news cycle making political leadership evermore precarious.

    Disposable Leaders is an engaging and insightful analysis of the high-drama leadership challenge – a regular event that is now central to Australian politics. Not only does Rodney Tiffen explore some of the most intriguing federal leadership struggles that have dominated recent Australian politics in detail, he also examines all of the 73 successful leadership challenges that have occurred since 1970. In doing so Tiffen also shines a light on the central role the media plays in the revolving-door leadership that has become the new normal in modern Australian politics.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • DREAMING AND OTHER ESSAYS
    DREAMING AND OTHER ESSAYS
    STANNER W E H
    ISBN: 9781863955171
    Title: DREAMING AND OTHER ESSAYS
    Author: STANNER W E H
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    W.E.H. Stanner's words changed Australia. Without condescension and without sentimentality, in essays such as 'The Dreaming' Stanner conveyed the richness and uniqueness of Aboriginal culture. In his Boyer Lectures he exposed a 'cult of forgetfulness practised on a national scale,' regarding the fate of the Aborigines, for which he coined the phrase 'the great Australian silence'.

    And in his essay 'Durmugam' he provided an unforgettable portrait of a warrior's attempt to hold back cultural change. 'He was such a man,' Stanner wrote. 'I thought I would like to make the reading world see and feel him as I did.' The pieces collected here span the career of W.E.H. Stanner as well as the history of Australian race relations. They reveal the extraordinary scholarship, humanity and vision of one of Australia's finest essayists.Their revival is a significant event.

    With an introductory essay by Robert Manne.



    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • DRIVING DISUNITY : The Business Council Against Aboriginal Community
    DRIVING DISUNITY : The Business Council Against Aboriginal Community
    NOLAN LINDY
    ISBN: 9780648136507
    Title: DRIVING DISUNITY : The Business Council Against Aboriginal Community
    Author: NOLAN LINDY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    At the Beginning of the 21st century, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples were united and one million Australians had marched in support. Corporate reputations were in tatters, after appointing a mining magnate - who'd accused Aborignal Peoples of 'cannibalism and infanticide' - to head the Business Council of Australia. Now the situation is reversed. Aboriginal Peoples are divided and corporations smell of roses. How did it happen?

    Imprint: CONSIGNMENT STOCK
    RRP: $19.00

    Price: $19.00
  • ECONOMY IS NOT A SOCIETY : WINNERS AND LOSERS IN THE NEW AUSTRALIA
    ECONOMY IS NOT A SOCIETY : WINNERS AND LOSERS IN THE NEW AUSTRALIA
    GLOVER DENNIS
    ISBN: 9781863957472
    Title: ECONOMY IS NOT A SOCIETY : WINNERS AND LOSERS IN THE NEW AUSTRALIA
    Author: GLOVER DENNIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In modern Australia, productivity is all that matters, our leaders tell us. Economic growth above all else. But is this really what we, the people, want? Does it make our lives and our communities better?

    If the high priests of economics wish to take credit for the growth in Australia's economy over the last three decades, they must also wear the blame for the social destruction that has accompanied it - the devastation of once prosperous industrial centres and the suburbs they sustained, as factories closed and workers were forced to abandon their trades. The social costs of this 'economic modernisation' have been immense, but today are virtually ignored. The fracturing of communities continues apace.

    An Economy Is Not a Society is a passionate and personal J'accuse against the people whose abandonment of moral policy-making has ripped the guts out of Australia's old industrial communities, robbed the country of productive capacity, reversed our national ethos of egalitarianism and broken the sense of common purpose that once existed between rulers and ruled. Dennis Glover argues that those in power - on both the Right and the Left - must abandon the idea that a better society is purely about offering individuals more dollars in their pockets. What we desperately need is a conversation about the lives, jobs and communities we want for ourselves and our families. Only in this way can our broken political system begin to be repaired.



    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • ELEPHANTS AND EGOTISTS : IN SEARCH OF SAMORN OF THE ADELAIDE ZOO
    ELEPHANTS AND EGOTISTS : IN SEARCH OF SAMORN OF THE ADELAIDE ZOO
    SUMERLING PATRICIA
    ISBN: 9781743053997
    Title: ELEPHANTS AND EGOTISTS : IN SEARCH OF SAMORN OF THE ADELAIDE ZOO
    Author: SUMERLING PATRICIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Samorn, the Adelaide Zoo's last elephant, was adored by generations of zoo visitors. A gift from the Thai government in 1956, she was transferred thirty-five years later to Monarto Zoo to live out her days. When she died there in 1994 there was an outpouring of sadness from all who knew or grew up with her. 'Elephants and Egotists' is a tribute to Samorn, but also tells of other elephants sent to South Australia and the colourful characters who decided their fate. Elephants, particularly those in Southeast Asia, are now a critically endangered species needing our concern and immediate action. As Sir David Attenborough asks: 'The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?'

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • EUROPEAN QUEST TO FIND TERRA AUSTRALIS IMCOGNITA : QUIROS TORRES AND JANSZOON
    EUROPEAN QUEST TO FIND TERRA AUSTRALIS IMCOGNITA : QUIROS TORRES AND JANSZOON
    MILLER BARBARA
    ISBN: 9781925023824
    Title: EUROPEAN QUEST TO FIND TERRA AUSTRALIS IMCOGNITA : QUIROS TORRES AND JANSZOON
    Author: MILLER BARBARA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: AUST CONSERVATION DEPT
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • EUROPEANS IN AUSTRALIA : A HISTORY - VOLUME 1 - THE BEGINNING
    EUROPEANS IN AUSTRALIA : A HISTORY - VOLUME 1 - THE BEGINNING
    ATKINSON ALAN
    ISBN: 9781742234960
    Title: EUROPEANS IN AUSTRALIA : A HISTORY - VOLUME 1 - THE BEGINNING
    Author: ATKINSON ALAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It is the duty of historians to be, wherever they can, accurate, precise, humane, imaginative - using moral imagination above all - and even-handed.

    The first of three volumes of the landmark, award-winning series The Europeans in Australia gives an account of early settlement by Britain. It tells of the political and intellectual origins of this extraordinary undertaking that began during the 1780s, a decade of extraordinary creativity and the climax of the European Enlightenment.

    Volume One, The Beginning, examines the forces that led to the penal colony at Port Jackson and the first twenty-five years of white settlement. Atkinson examines, as few historians have done before, the political and intellectual origins of this extraordinary undertaking. It began during the 1780s, a decade of extraordinary creativity and the climax of the European Enlightenment. The purpose of settlement might seem uninspiring, but the fact that this was to be a community of convicts and ex-convicts raised profound questions about the common rights of the subject, the responsibility of power, and the possibility of imaginative attachment to a land of exile. Atkinson explores the imagery and technique of European power as it made its first impact on Australia. He argues that the Europeans were not simply conquerors motivated by brutal or short-term colonising imperatives. The Europeans' culture was ancient and infinitely complex, thickly woven with ideas about spirituality, authority, self, and land, all of which influenced the development of Australia. The possession of land and conflict with Aboriginal peoples were at issue, but so were the ancient habits of Europeans themselves.

    The culmination of an extraordinary career in the writing and teaching of Australian history, The Europeans in Australia grapples with the Australian historical experience as a whole from the point of view of the settlers from Europe. Ambitious and unique, it is the first such large, single-author account since Manning Clark's A History of Australia.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • EUROPEANS IN AUSTRALIA : A HISTORY - VOLUME 2 - DEMOCRACY
    EUROPEANS IN AUSTRALIA : A HISTORY - VOLUME 2 - DEMOCRACY
    ATKINSON ALAN
    ISBN: 9781742234977
    Title: EUROPEANS IN AUSTRALIA : A HISTORY - VOLUME 2 - DEMOCRACY
    Author: ATKINSON ALAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The second of three volumes of the landmark, award-winning series The Europeans in Australia gives an account of early settlement by Britain. It tells of the political and intellectual origins of this extraordinary undertaking that began during the 1780s, a decade of extraordinary creativity and the climax of the European Enlightenment.

    Volume Two, Democracy, takes the story from around 1815 to the early 1870s. By exploring the nineteenth-century ‘communications revolution’ Atkinson casts new light on the way Australia first found its place in a ‘global’ world. This volume is more than a story of geography and politics. It describes the way people thought and felt. Throughout the trilogy Atkinson traces subtle and sudden shifts of ‘common imagination’ by analysing the lives of both powerful and ordinary Australians. He sets out the ideas and the imagery that moved and marked the people. This book, like all his work, is grounded in thorough and rigorous scholarship yet imbued with compassion and insight. Written ‘from the inside’, it is – as he says – history ‘caught up with the flesh and memory it describes’.

    The culmination of an extraordinary career in the writing and teaching of Australian history, The Europeans in Australia grapples with the Australian historical experience as a whole from the point of view of the settlers from Europe. Ambitious and unique, it is the first such large, single-author account since Manning Clark’s A History of Australia.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
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