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  • DEATH OF HOLDEN : THE END OF AN AUSTRALIAN DREAM
    DEATH OF HOLDEN : THE END OF AN AUSTRALIAN DREAM
    KURMELOVS ROYCE
    ISBN: 9780733635786
    Title: DEATH OF HOLDEN : THE END OF AN AUSTRALIAN DREAM
    Author: KURMELOVS ROYCE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • DEPENDS WHAT YOU MEAN BY EXTREMIST : Going Rogue with Australian Deplorables
    DEPENDS WHAT YOU MEAN BY EXTREMIST : Going Rogue with Australian Deplorables
    SAFRAN JOHN
    ISBN: 9781926428772
    Title: DEPENDS WHAT YOU MEAN BY EXTREMIST : Going Rogue with Australian Deplorables
    Author: SAFRAN JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Expecting skinheads, John Safran rocked up to a far-right rally in Melbourne. What he found led him into the mad world of misfits who helped propel the second coming of Pauline Hanson and foreshadowed the era of Trump.

    No one turns up where they’re not wanted quite like John Safran. In this hilarious and disorienting adventure he gets among our diverse community of white nationalists, ISIS supporters, anarchists and more, digging away at the contradictions that many would prefer be left unexamined. Who is this black puppet-master among the white nationalists? And this Muslim fundamentalist who geeks out on Monty Python? Is there a secret radicalisation network operating in John’s own Jewish suburb? And ultimately – is hanging with all these radicals washing off on John himself?

    Populated by an extraordinary cast of ‘ordinary’ Australians, Depends What You Mean by Extremist is a startling, confronting portrait of contemporary Australia. We all think we know what’s going on in our own country, but this larger-than-life, timely, and alarmingly insightful true story will make you think again . . .

    Drinking shots with nationalists and gobbling falafel with radicals, John Safran was there the year the extreme became the mainstream.

    Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • 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
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • FAMILY
    FAMILY
    JOHNSTON CHRIS
    ISBN: 9781925321678
    Title: FAMILY
    Author: JOHNSTON CHRIS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: PUBLICATION DELAYED

    Melbourne's apocalyptic cult The Family and their guru, Anne Hamilton-Byrne : one of very few female cult leaders : captured international headlines throughout the 1980s and 1990s. In 1987, police dramatically rescued the cult's abused children, all with bleached blonde hair, from a lakeside property near Melbourne. They were to be part of Hamilton-Byrne's future master race : there were 28 children in total. Her followers unquestioningly believed she was 'the one true master.' The survivors have suffered ever since, while Hamilton-Byrne lives with dementia in a nursing home, with only one minor criminal charge to her name, but an estate worth many millions. How did this happen? What were the circumstances and the contexts that made such atrocities possible? Who profited and who suffered? Who tried to stop it? Why did Hamilton-Byrne's supporters believe she was Jesus Christ reincarnated in the female form? What became of the children after they were finally rescued?

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • FATAL SHORE
    FATAL SHORE
    HUGHES ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780099448549
    Title: FATAL SHORE
    Author: HUGHES ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1787, the twenty-eighth year of the reign of King George III, the British Government sent a fleet to colonize Australia. An epic description of the brutal transportation of men, women and children out of Georgian Britain into a horrific penal system which was to be the precursor to the Gulag and was the origin of Australia. The Fatal Shore is the prize-winning, scholarly, brilliantly entertaining narrative that has given its true history to Australia.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FEEL OF STEEL
    FEEL OF STEEL
    GARNER HELEN
    ISBN: 9780330362894
    Title: FEEL OF STEEL
    Author: GARNER HELEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "Although I have been married three times, I have never been a bride. What me, in a big white dress? In a veil? The closest I ever got to the fantasy was back in the eighties, when I used to admire the white gypsophila crowns that Susan Renouf wore to parties: I drew a curious satisfaction from their ethereal, circular, brow-pressing beauty.
    Twenty years later all that's left is the frisson I get from the coronet shape that salad leaves briefly take when I tip them out of the whizzer on to a tea towel."

    Cities, friends, lost loves, Antarctica, the joy of being a grandmother, weddings, fencing... Such is the array of subjects in Helen Garner's second non-fiction collection. Some pieces were published in The Age, some are previously unpublished, but woven together they present as an evocative memoir, and offer a wonderfully personal portrait of an always unconventional talent.In word-perfect and often hilarious prose, Helen Garner reminds us of the human condition, in all its various guises.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $24.95

    Price: $24.95
  • FIELD GUIDE TO SPIDERS OF AUSTRALIA
    FIELD GUIDE TO SPIDERS OF AUSTRALIA
    WHYTE ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780643107076
    Title: FIELD GUIDE TO SPIDERS OF AUSTRALIA
    Author: WHYTE ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2017 NEW RELEASE

    This definitive guide, written by experts in the field, offers a window into a fascinating world. Notorious species such as the Redback and the Sydney Funnel-web sit alongside less well known but equally intriguing spiders such as the ant-mimics and net-casting spiders. Each is illustrated with beautiful photographs of the subjects.

    Imprint: CSIRO PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
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