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  • DAMNED WHORES AND GODS POLICE
    DAMNED WHORES AND GODS POLICE
    SUMMERS ANNE
    ISBN: 9781742234908
    Title: DAMNED WHORES AND GODS POLICE
    Author: SUMMERS ANNE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sexual harassment, domestic violence and date rape had not been named, although they certainly existed, when Damned Whores and God's Police was first published in 1975.

    That was before the Sex Discrimination Act of 1984 and before large numbers of women became visible in employment, in politics and elsewhere across society. It's hard to imagine an Australia where these abuses were not yet fully understood as obstacles to women's equality, yet that was Australia in 1975. It was in this climate that Anne Summers identified 'damned whores' and 'God's police', the stereotypes that characterised all women as being either virtuous mothers whose function was to civilise society or bad girls who refused, or were unable, to conform to that norm and who were thus spurned and rejected by mainstream Australia.

    These stereotypes persist to this day, argues Anne Summers in this updated version of her classic book which, in the 40 years since it was first published, has sold well over 100,000 copies and been set on countless school and university syllabuses. Who are today's damned whores? And why do women themselves still want to be God's Police?
    And although sexual harassment, domestic violence and date rape are well understood today they are nevertheless still with us and seem to be increasing.

    The fight is far from over.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
    DARK EMU
    PASCOE BRUCE
    ISBN: 9781921248016
    Title: DARK EMU
    Author: PASCOE BRUCE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ‘Dark Emu injects a profound authenticity into the conversation about how we Australians understand our continent ... [It is] essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what Australia once was, or what it might yet be if we heed the lessons of long and sophisticated human occupation.’ Judges for 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

    Dark Emu puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for pre-colonial 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 in Dark Emu comes from the records and diaries of the Australian explorers, impeccable sources.

    Bruce’s comments on his book compared to Gammage’s: “ My book is about food production, housing construction and clothing, whereas Gammage was interested in the appearance of the country at contact. [Gammage] doesn’t contest hunter gatherer labels either, whereas that is at the centre of my argument.”

    Winner – Book of the Year in the 2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards
    Winner – Indigenous Writer's Prize in the 2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards
    Shortlisted – History Book Award in the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards
    Shortlisted – 2014 Victorian Premier's Award for Indigenous Writing


    Imprint: MAGABALA
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: SPINIFEX PRESS
    RRP: $34.95
    Price: $34.95
  • DEEP TIME DREAMING : Uncovering Ancient Australia
    DEEP TIME DREAMING : Uncovering Ancient Australia
    GRIFFITHS BILLY
    ISBN: 9781760640446
    Title: DEEP TIME DREAMING : Uncovering Ancient Australia
    Author: GRIFFITHS BILLY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Deep Time Dreaming is the passionate product of that journey. In this original, important book, Griffiths investigates a twin revolution- the reassertion of Aboriginal identity in the second half of the twentieth century, and the simultaneous uncovering of the traces of ancient Australia by pioneering archaeologists.

    Deep Time Dreaming is about a slow shift in national consciousness. It explores what it means to live in a place of great antiquity, with its complex questions of ownership and identity. It brings to life the deep time dreaming that has changed the way many Australians relate to their continent and its enduring, dynamic human history.

    'When John Mulvaney began his fieldwork in January 1956, it was widely believed that the first Australians had arrived on this continent only a few thousand years earlier. In the decades since, Australian history has been pushed back into the dizzying expanse of deep time. The human presence here has been revealed to be more ancient than that of Europe, and the Australian landscape, far from being terra nullius, is now recognised to be cultural as much as natural, imprinted with stories and law and shaped by the hands and firesticks of thousands of generations of Indigenous men and women. The New World has become the Old a'


    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • DIRTY SECRETS : OUR ASIO FILES
    DIRTY SECRETS : OUR ASIO FILES
    BURGMANN MEREDITH [ED]
    ISBN: 9781742231402
    Title: DIRTY SECRETS : OUR ASIO FILES
    Author: BURGMANN MEREDITH [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Well-known Australians mavericks, activists, movers and shakers reflect on their own ASIO files.

    In this moving, funny and sometimes chilling book, leading Australians open their ASIO files and read what the state's security apparatus said about them. Writers from across the political spectrum including David Stratton, Phillip Adams, Peter Cundall, Michael Kirby, Gary Foley and Anne Summers confront and in some cases reclaim their pasts.Reflecting on the interpretations, observations and proclamations that anonymous officials make about your personal life is not easy at least for some. Yet we see outrage mixed with humour and writers reflect on the way their political views have or havent changed.

    Surrounded by influential Australians and piles of paper from our recent past, activist, politician and writer Meredith Burgmann has produced a book where those being watched look right back.

    Imprint: UNSW PRESS
    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
  • DRAGON AND KANGAROO : Australia and China's Shared History from the Goldfields to the Present Day
    DRAGON AND KANGAROO : Australia and China's Shared History from the Goldfields to the Present Day
    MACKLIN ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780733634031
    Title: DRAGON AND KANGAROO : Australia and China's Shared History from the Goldfields to the Present Day
    Author: MACKLIN ROBERT
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The fascinating story of the Chinese presence in and influence on this country - our intertwined history from before Captain Cook to the present day.

    Chinese 'presence' in Australia extends from well before the time of Captain Cook - trading with northern Australia long before Europeans came here - right through to the present day, with Chinese activities ranging from being the main customer for our iron ore, to their very extensive intelligence operations here.

    Robert Macklin, bestselling and critically acclaimed author of HAMILTON HUME and DARK PARADISE, has traced a new history of the two nations. Macklin's engrossing narrative reaches from pre-colonial times, to John Macarthur's 'coolie' shepherds, the only Chinese bushranger, Sam Pu, and the multiple atrocities committed against the Chinese in the gold rush; through to the 20th century, where the two Australians - 'Morrison of Peking' and William Donald - played a significant role in the downfall of the last Chinese emperor and the creation of the first republic, before World War II and decades of Cold War brinkmanship; to our current economic bonds and Australia's role in the dangerous geopolitics of the South China Sea.

    DRAGON AND KANGAROO is an absorbing account of a vastly underestimated part of Australia's story: this is our shared history, from an immensely important - and entirely new - angle.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • DRAMA IN SILENT ROOMS : A History of Radio Drama in Australia From 1920s to 1970s
    DRAMA IN SILENT ROOMS : A History of Radio Drama in Australia From 1920s to 1970s
    PHILP PETER
    ISBN: 9780646943251
    Title: DRAMA IN SILENT ROOMS : A History of Radio Drama in Australia From 1920s to 1970s
    Author: PHILP PETER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Drama in Silent Rooms is the history of the Australian radio drama - play and serial, produced by the ABC, commercial radio networks and independent radio production studios. Drama in Silent Rooms covers the radio drama story from day one, when the first play was produced in Melbourne by 3LO and concludes with the final broadcast of Australia's most famous serial, Blue Hills. However an epilogue is included of every event that has occurred in radio drama up until 2016.

    The story is told by the leading actors, writers, producers and management of production studios., people like Ruth Cracknell, Rod Taylor, Dinah Shearing, Lyndall Barbour, Leonard Teale, Bud Tingwell, Patricia Kennedy, Morris West, Donovan Joyce,and Grace Gibson. The author has also been given rare access to personal letters and documents from key players in the radio drama industry.
    Drama in Silent Rooms documents the social, political land industrial events that shaped this industry. The author argues that the Australian radio play and serial was far greater than mass entertainment: It was a legitimate form of art. The Australian radio actor was regarded as the best in world and that is why actors from Britain, US and Canada came to Sydney and Melbourne to play in our radio productions. Australian radio drama had an international distribution market.

    Drama in Silent Rooms is also a registry of every major radio play and serial made; has an extensive index and lists all major awards prersented during its era.

    Drama in Silent Rooms is a story for those who want to read about their favurite popular serials; those interested in the serious classical productions and students who wish to study this extraordinary period. The author desrcibes Australian radio drama as ' as a unique cultural and artistic moment in Australia's history'.


    Imprint: CONSIGNMENT STOCK
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • DYSTOPIA IN THE DESERT : The Silent Culture of Australia's Remotest Aboriginal Communities
    DYSTOPIA IN THE DESERT : The Silent Culture of Australia's Remotest Aboriginal Communities
    PURTILL TADHGH
    ISBN: 9781925333862
    Title: DYSTOPIA IN THE DESERT : The Silent Culture of Australia's Remotest Aboriginal Communities
    Author: PURTILL TADHGH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Ngaanyatjarra Lands, deep in Western Australia, are home to the country’s most remote Aboriginal communities. Beset by social problems, the communities and their residents are detached from mainstream Australia by factors of distance and culture. But the Ngaanyatjarra region remains obscure for other reasons. Its peculiar operational culture, which arises from the curious relationship between community members and whitefella staff, has become almost impossible for mainstream Australians – including bureaucrats and academics – to understand.

    This study, written by a former community manager, is the first of its kind. It lays bare the strange ways of the Ngaanyatjarra region. It takes in psychological, economic, political and anthropological aspects of the community system, and reveals a self-sustaining and possibly unreformable situation. The region, the author claims, has surpassed the merely ‘dysfunctional’: it has become a disturbing independent society, characterised by a negative coherency and a dystopian functionality. This is an in-depth look at the odd and alternative world of Australia’s Western Desert.

    Imprint: AUSTRALIAN SCHOLARLY
    RRP: $44.00

    Price: $44.00
  • 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
  • EMPORIUM : SELLING THE DREAM IN COLONIAL AUSTRALIA
    EMPORIUM : SELLING THE DREAM IN COLONIAL AUSTRALIA
    BARNARD EDWIN
    ISBN: 9780642278685
    Title: EMPORIUM : SELLING THE DREAM IN COLONIAL AUSTRALIA
    Author: BARNARD EDWIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A new wonder cure... the latest fashion... a revolutionary gadget.... few can resist the siren song of advertising, and our colonial ancestors were as susceptible as we are. Perhaps that electric hair brush really could help to cure baldness, and wouldnt it be wonderful if those strange new cannabis cigarettes did relieve asthma? Advertisements appeared in the first issue of Australias first newspaper in 1803, as unscrupulous manufacturers and retailers vied with each other in making more and more outrageous claims. Emporium explores the highways and byways of this neglected aspect of nineteenth-century life in a book that takes readers on a fascinating journey into the hearts and homes of colonial Australians. Advertisements for condoms? It was just a matter of knowing what to look for.

    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $12.99
  • 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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