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  • 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
  • CASE TO ANSWER : The story of Australias first European war crimes prosecution
    CASE TO ANSWER : The story of Australias first European war crimes prosecution
    BEVAN DAVID
    ISBN: 9781862543232
    Title: CASE TO ANSWER : The story of Australias first European war crimes prosecution
    Author: BEVAN DAVID
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On Australia Day 1990, a seventy-three-year-old man was plucked from the Adelaide suburbs and accused of helping massacre nearly nine hundred men, women and children in Nazi-occupied Ukraine. The trial of Ivan Polyukhovich stretched across the world as witnesses gathered to testify from Ukraine, Israel and North America. Australian investigators, lawyers, magistrates and judges had to deal with memories half a century old, and the customs and language of an isolated Soviet village that knew nothing of western criminal justice. 'A Case to Answer' is compelling courtroom drama. David Bevan describes the events that led to Polyukhovich's arrest, his near fatal shooting, and the extraordinary manoeuvrings as Australia's legal system is tested to the limit.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $34.95

    Price: $34.95
  • 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
  • COLONIAL SETTLERS ON THE RIVER TORRENS
    COLONIAL SETTLERS ON THE RIVER TORRENS
    IRVINE ROGER
    ISBN: 9781743056042
    Title: COLONIAL SETTLERS ON THE RIVER TORRENS
    Author: IRVINE ROGER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: December 2018 New Release


    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $39.95
    Price: $39.95
  • 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
  • COMPLETE GUIDE TO AUSTRALIAN BIRDS
    COMPLETE GUIDE TO AUSTRALIAN BIRDS
    ADAMS GEORGE
    ISBN: 9780143787082
    Title: COMPLETE GUIDE TO AUSTRALIAN BIRDS
    Author: ADAMS GEORGE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: November 2018 New Release

    This book is the most up-to-date guide to Australian birds available. Written in everyday language, with crisp, brilliant digital images taken in the wild, this authoritative guide includes-
    - The first entry and photograph of the previously believed extinct Night Parrot
    - The recently recognised as a full specie Lesser Sooty Owl
    - The Thick-billed Grasswren
    - All seven species of Quail-thrush
    - The Paperbark Flycatcher
    - Rare photographs of the male Superb Lyrebird in courtship display
    - The Bustard in courtship plumage
    - The male Magnificent Riflebird in its courtship dance
    - The first photograph of a nesting colony of Australian Swiftlets taken in a deep, dark cave in tropical Queensland . . . and much more.

    Beyond a field guide, this book is divided into 27 chapters, with each chapter opening with fascinating background information. The easily accessible information on each bird includes- common and scientific names, size, description, behaviour, preferred habitat, feeding habits, voice, status and breeding. Distribution maps are arranged next to the photographic illustrations of the bird.

    A binocular icon indicates 'hot spots' to find particular birds.

    All wild birds that have been regularly recorded on the Australian mainland, Tasmania and offshore continental islands and oceans, including sub-species where the differences are recognisable in the field, have been included and photographed.

    Features over 1400 photographs by some of Australia's best wildlife photographers, including Colin Cock, Michael Schmid, Eric Sohn Joo Tan, Duade Patton, John Anderson, Alwyn Simple, Peter Jacobs, Andrew Bell, Tony Ashton, Nolan Caldwell, Chris Wiley, Maureen Goninan, Marlene Lyelle and George Adams to name but a few.

    This book will be enjoyed by beginners and seasoned 'birdos' alike.

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $45.00
    Price: $45.00
  • 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
  • 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
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