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  • FAIR AND THE FOUL : Inside Our Sporting Nation
    FAIR AND THE FOUL : Inside Our Sporting Nation
    HILL DAVID
    ISBN: 9780857987570
    Title: FAIR AND THE FOUL : Inside Our Sporting Nation
    Author: HILL DAVID
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    If anyone is qualified to talk about sport in Australia, it's David Hill. In this book, with the benefit of his years of personal experience both playing and working in the sporting world, he vividly narrates its rise in Australia since the end of the nineteenth century, from the first cricket tour of England in 1868 by an Australian team - an Aboriginal team - to our earliest successes at the Olympics in 1896, when Edwin Flack was the only Australian competitor and won two gold medals, to the golden age of the 1950s when Australia ruled the world in tennis, swimming and athletics.

    In this book David also recalls his battles as president of the North Sydney Bears with tobacco sponsorship lobby groups; his coup as managing director of the ABC in buying the broadcast rights for the AFL; his gargantuan efforts to clean up soccer as chairman of Soccer Australia. And he takes us through the shift in sport from the relative innocence of the amateur era to its commercialisation, which, through the years, has undoubtedly contributed to the uglier sides of our national obsession- the corruption, the drugs, the sexism and racism. Have we plunged to a nadir in recent times, or are these characteristics of our sporting nation an inevitable and permanent effect of the need to succeed?

    This book is a riveting, personal take on a subject that so many Australians follow fanatically - a must-read for sports lovers, but also a compelling, revealing account for those who have never quite understood the appeal of our national obsession.

    Imprint: WILLIAM HEINEMAN
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • 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
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • FIELD GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF AUSTRALIA 9TH EDITION
    FIELD GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF AUSTRALIA 9TH EDITION
    PIZZEY GRAHAM / KNIGHT FRANK
    ISBN: 9780732291938
    Title: FIELD GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF AUSTRALIA 9TH EDITION
    Author: PIZZEY GRAHAM / KNIGHT FRANK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The definitive and most respected guide to Australian bird identification and a must for both experts and amateurs. First published in 1980, Graham Pizzey's field guide combines a depth and breadth of knowledge with beautiful, full-colour illustrations by Frank Knight. This 9th edition is even more user-friendly than the 8th edition. The species entries are ordered as per the new taxonomic order of C&B 2008 and the guide is more suitable to be used as a quick reference due to the inclusion of associated colour-tabs. It has also been brought up-to-date with the inclusion of a number of new species, encompassing significantly more Vagrants (very occasional visitors to Australia, mostly storm assisted) which will have their own discrete Vagrants section at the back of the book. It also contains a longer Quick Reference Guide than the 8th edition, spanning over a few pages, with presenting images alongside the species group names.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $45.00
    Price: $45.00
  • FIGHT LIKE A GIRL
    FIGHT LIKE A GIRL
    FORD CLEMENTINE
    ISBN: 9781760292362
    Title: FIGHT LIKE A GIRL
    Author: FORD CLEMENTINE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Personal and fearless - a call to arms for feminists new, old and as yet unrealised by one of our most outspoken feminist writers.

    Online sensation, fearless feminist heroine and scourge of trolls and misogynists everywhere, Clementine Ford is a beacon of hope and inspiration to thousands of Australian women and girls. Her incendiary debut Fight Like A Girl is an essential manifesto for feminists new, old and soon-to-be, and exposes just how unequal the world continues to be for women. Crucially, it is a call to arms for all women to rediscover the fury that has been suppressed by a society that still considers feminism a threat.

    Fight Like A Girl will make you laugh, cry and scream. But above all it will make you demand and fight for a world in which women have real equality and not merely the illusion of it.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • FIGHTING HISLAM : Women Faith and Sexism
    FIGHTING HISLAM : Women Faith and Sexism
    CARLAND SUSAN
    ISBN: 9780522870350
    Title: FIGHTING HISLAM : Women Faith and Sexism
    Author: CARLAND SUSAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Muslim community that is portrayed to the West is a misogynist’s playground; within the Muslim community, feminism is often regarded with sneering hostility.

    Yet between those two views there is a group of Muslim women many do not believe exists: a diverse bunch who fight sexism from within, as committed to the fight as they are to their faith. Hemmed in by Islamophobia and sexism, they fight against sexism with their minds, words and bodies. Often, their biggest weapon is their religion.

    Here, Carland talks with Muslim women about how they are making a stand for their sex, while holding fast to their faith.

    At a time when the media trumpets scandalous revelations about life for women from Saudi Arabia to Indonesia, Muslim women are always spoken about and over, never with. In Fighting Hislam, that ends.

    Imprint: MELBOURNE UNI PRESS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • FLYING KANGAROO : GREAT UNTOLD STORIES OF QANTAS
    FLYING KANGAROO : GREAT UNTOLD STORIES OF QANTAS
    EAMES JIM
    ISBN: 9781760113551
    Title: FLYING KANGAROO : GREAT UNTOLD STORIES OF QANTAS
    Author: EAMES JIM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Brings to full and rich life the extraordinary characters, events and challenges that have made Qantas an Australian icon.


    'Everyone who has ever flown will enjoy The Flying Kangaroo. These are stories of passion and dedication, of risk and resilience, of excellence and Australian larrikinism, of inventiveness and determination. They reflect my pride for an airline that connected the world and became a national icon.' - Captain Richard Champion de Crespigny, Pilot in Command QF 32

    From its earliest days, Qantas has attracted its fair share of unusual challenges and unique characters. These are the stories of a great airline and the people who made it told by a man who has Qantas blood running through his veins. Full of nostalgia for a company in its prime, they are hilarious, heroic, and sometimes even odd. They are about the brilliant risk takers who made Qantas the safest airline in the world, the special demands of flying VIPs, the peccadillos of chairmen and CEOs, the hazard of overseas postings, and the ever present dangers of the skies. But above all, these are the stories of how a uniquely Australian image was brought to the best airline in the English speaking world.

    Rich and warm-hearted, The Flying Kangaroo is a reminder why Qantas remains very much a part of our national psyche.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • FOR THE TRUE BELIEVERS : GREAT LABOR SPEECHES THAT SHAPED HISTORY
    FOR THE TRUE BELIEVERS : GREAT LABOR SPEECHES THAT SHAPED HISTORY
    BRAMSTON TROY [ED]
    ISBN: 9781862879478
    Title: FOR THE TRUE BELIEVERS : GREAT LABOR SPEECHES THAT SHAPED HISTORY
    Author: BRAMSTON TROY [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Graham Freudenberg, Australia’s greatest speechwriter, says “the Australian Labor Party was built on speeches.” This book brings together great Labor speeches which give voice to the party’s enduring values and achievements, and place it and its principal figures at the centre of historic events.

    There are speeches that stir the imagination and inspire, speeches that appeal to humanity, speeches of sorrow and redemption, speeches that urge moderation and caution, speeches that call for courage in the face of adversity, speeches that seek to mute the trumpet sound of war, speeches that attack the forces of conservatism, and speeches which celebrate and mourn the party’s fallen.

    * Chris Watson articulates Labor’s purpose as “a light upon a mountain” – four decades before
    * Ben Chifley’s famed “light on the hill” speech John Curtin tells a hushed parliament that “a great naval battle is proceeding”
    * Gough Whitlam declares “It’s time” for a new Labor government
    * Bob Hawke’s urges South Africa’s apartheid leaders to listen to “the spirit of men and women yearning to be free”
    * Paul Keating’s belief in Labor as “the people who can dream the big dreams and do the big things”
    * Kevin Rudd says “We are Sorry” to the stolen generations of Aboriginal Australians

    Imprint: FEDERATION PRESS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • FORGOTTEN PEOPLE : LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE APPROACHES TO RECOGNISING INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
    FORGOTTEN PEOPLE : LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE APPROACHES TO RECOGNISING INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
    FREEMAN DAMIEN
    ISBN: 9780522869637
    Title: FORGOTTEN PEOPLE : LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE APPROACHES TO RECOGNISING INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
    Author: FREEMAN DAMIEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Foreword by Noel Pearson

    It is easy to assume that constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians is a project of the left in Australia, and something that the right staunchly opposes.

    This collection challenges that assumption. It frames indigenous constitutional recognition in the context of conservative and liberal philosophical thought, and demonstrates that there may indeed be a set of reforms for constitutional recognition that can achieve the symbolic and substantive change sought by indigenous leaders, while at the same time addressing the critical concerns of constitutional conservatives and classical liberals. More than that, this collection demonstrates the genuine goodwill that many Australians share for the cause of indigenous recognition that is both practically useful and symbolically powerful.

    Prestigious Australian leaders and thinkers from diverse fields, including defence, business, journalism, law and religion, share their thoughts on what recognition means to them and how it might be achieved. Authors including The Australian's Chris Kenny,Major General Michael Jeffery, Cardinal George Pell, Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson, Australian Christian Lobby's Lyle Shelton, former Australian Business Council president Graham Bradley, and former Menzies Research Centre director Julian Leeser, offer compelling arguments in support of recognition. Malcolm Mackerras and Lloyd Waddy reflect on their experiences during the 1967 referendum and the 1998 constitutional convention. Constitutional arguments are provided by prominent lawyers, including ACU's Greg Craven, Sydney University's Anne Twomey and UNSW's Fergal Davis.

    Imprint: MELBOURNE UNI PRESS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • FORGOTTEN WAR
    FORGOTTEN WAR
    REYNOLDS HENRY
    ISBN: 9781742233925
    Title: FORGOTTEN WAR
    Author: REYNOLDS HENRY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Winner of the 2014 Victorian Premier's Award for non-fiction

    Australia is dotted with memorials to soldiers who fought in wars overseas. Why are there no official memorials or commemorations of the wars that were fought on Australian soil between Aborigines and white colonists? Why is it more controversial to talk about the frontier war now than it was one hundred years ago? Forgotten War continues the story told in Henry Reynolds seminal book The Other Side of the Frontier, which argued that the settlement of Australia had a high level of violence and conflict that we chose to ignore. That book prompted a flowering of research and fieldwork that Reynolds draws on here to give a thorough and systematic account of what caused the frontier wars between white colonists and Aborigines, how many people died and whether the colonists themselves saw frontier conflict as a form of warfare. It is particularly timely as we approach the centenary of WWI.

    This powerful book makes it clear that there can be no reconciliation without acknowledging the wars fought on our own soil.View the table of contents here.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • FRENCH LIVES IN AUSTRALIA
    FRENCH LIVES IN AUSTRALIA
    BERTI ERIC / BARKO IVAN
    ISBN: 9781925333039
    Title: FRENCH LIVES IN AUSTRALIA
    Author: BERTI ERIC / BARKO IVAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: AUSTRALIAN SCHOLARLY
    RRP: $39.95
    Price: $39.95
  • FROM CORNER TO CORNER : THE LINE OF HENRY COLLESS
    FROM CORNER TO CORNER : THE LINE OF HENRY COLLESS
    MITCHELL ADRIAN
    ISBN: 9781743053690
    Title: FROM CORNER TO CORNER : THE LINE OF HENRY COLLESS
    Author: MITCHELL ADRIAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Henry Colless, one of the old pioneers. In his mid-teens he set out as a carrier across the Blue Mountains and then further along the track to the northwest. He was still a teenager when he helped his father and his brother establish legendary Come-by-Chance. He was one of the early settlers in Bourke, and later became one of its leading lights; and he drove a great mob of cattle across the corner country to establish the first station at Innamincka. This is his story.

    'The Collesses. Theirs is the story of Australia itself. Convicts, bushrangers, cattle thieves, pioneers, punters, graziers, ANZACs; floods and droughts, boom and bust, they lived right through it all. Their story is every bit as comprehensive as Dorothea Mackellar's "I love a sunburnt country". They were right in the thick of our founding cultural history; they helped to make it, helped make this land. From Bird's Eye Corner to the far corner country. Henry Colless's line - corner to corner, through the middle of everything. And it is not a line without trace. George, William, Henry, they each handed on their sterling character - a more telling legacy than money can buy.'


    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.95
  • GAY AND LESBIAN THEN AND NOW : AUSTRALIAN STORIES FROM A SOCIAL REVOLUTION
    GAY AND LESBIAN THEN AND NOW : AUSTRALIAN STORIES FROM A SOCIAL REVOLUTION
    REYNOLDS ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781863958509
    Title: GAY AND LESBIAN THEN AND NOW : AUSTRALIAN STORIES FROM A SOCIAL REVOLUTION
    Author: REYNOLDS ROBERT
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Over seventy years, Australia has quietly undergone one of the biggest social revolutions in its history. Once viewed as criminals, sinners or sick, lesbians and gay men are increasingly accepted as equal, and the majority of Australians support same-sex marriage. This rapid transformation in social attitudes has widened the space for lesbians and gays to live ordinary and visible lives in ways that were once barely imaginable.

    Through the intimate life stories of thirteen gay and lesbian Australians ranging in age from twenty to eighty, Gay and Lesbian, Then and Now reveals the remarkable shifts from one generation to the next. From the underground beats of 1950s Brisbane and illicit relationships in the armed services, to Grindr, foster parenting and weddings in the twenty-first century, Robert Reynolds and Shirleene Robinson trace the intimate personal impact of this quiet revolution in social attitudes.

    Gay and Lesbian, Then and Now reveals the legacies of homophobia, the personal struggles and triumphs involved in coming out, the inconsistent state of social progress, and the many different ways of being gay or lesbian in Australia - then and now.



    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • GAY SYDNEY : A HISTORY
    GAY SYDNEY : A HISTORY
    WOTHERSPOON GARRY
    ISBN: 9781742234830
    Title: GAY SYDNEY : A HISTORY
    Author: WOTHERSPOON GARRY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Garry Wotherspoon's Gay Sydney: A history is an updated version of his 1991 classic, City of the Plain: History of a Gay Sub-culture, written in the midst of the AIDS crisis. In this vivid book Wotherspoon traces the shifts that have occurred since then, including majority support for marriage equality and anti-discrimination legislation. He also ponders the parallel evaporation of a distinctly gay sensibility and the disappearance of once-packed gay bars that have now become cafes and gyms.
    This book also tells the story of gay Sydney across a century, looking at secret, underground gay life, the never-ending debates about sex in society and the role of social movements in the '60 and '70s in effecting social change.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • GEOLOGY OF AUSTRALIA
    GEOLOGY OF AUSTRALIA
    JOHNSON DAVID
    ISBN: 9781107432413
    Title: GEOLOGY OF AUSTRALIA
    Author: JOHNSON DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    .This book documents the rich and spectacular heritage of the Australian continent over the last 4400 million years. Now in its third edition, The Geology of Australia provides a comprehensive overview of Australia's geology, landscapes and Earth resources. Beginning with the Precambrian rocks that hold clues to the origins of life and the development of an oxygenated atmosphere, it goes on to cover the warm seas, volcanism and episodes of mountain building that formed the eastern third of the Australian continent. This illuminating history details the breakup of the supercontinents Rodinia and Gondwana, the times of previous glaciations, the development of climates and landscapes in modern Australia, and the creation of the continental shelves and coastlines. This third edition features two new chapters on geological time and Paleozoic orogenic rock systems and mountain building, and new and updated illustrations and full-colour images.

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $89.99

    Price: $89.99
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