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  • 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
  • DEFENDING AUSTRALIA : Australian Foreign Affairs Issue 4: AFA4
    DEFENDING AUSTRALIA : Australian Foreign Affairs Issue 4: AFA4
    PEARLMAN JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9781760640774
    Title: DEFENDING AUSTRALIA : Australian Foreign Affairs Issue 4: AFA4
    Author: PEARLMAN JONATHAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: October 2018 New Release

    The fourth issue of Australian Foreign Affairs examines the challenge of defending Australia at a time of regional uncertainty and fast-changing military technology. It explores the nation's main vulnerabilities and the capabilities needed to secure against them, including the consequences of a nuclear arms race in Asia.

    Australian Foreign Affairs is a new periodical brought to you by the publishers of Black Inc. and Quarterly Essay. It is published three times a year, in February, July and October. It seeks to explore - and encourage - debate on Australia's place in the world and global outlook.

    Essay topics
    The next war- How to attack Australia and how to defend it
    An army of spies- A probe into Australia's expanding intelligence agencies
    Should Australia go nuclear? Preparing for an Asian arms race
    Weapons of choice- What does Australia have and what does it need?

    And also
    Six book reviews
    Correspondence on issue 3, including responses from the authors

    AND MUCH MORE

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • DESTINY : How Port Adelaide put itself on the national stage
    DESTINY : How Port Adelaide put itself on the national stage
    ASHTON NORMAN
    ISBN: 9781743055946
    Title: DESTINY : How Port Adelaide put itself on the national stage
    Author: ASHTON NORMAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: October 2018 New Release

    This fascinating book tracks Port's tumultuous, often controversial journey to the AFL: from 1981, when Victoria's VFL began to evolve into a national competition, to 1994, when Port Adelaide finally won its licence, beating out the teams who'd become bitter rivals along the way. Norman Ashton digs deep into the archives of the time.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $34.95
    Price: $34.95
  • 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
  • ELECTIONS MATTER : Ten Federal Elections that Shaped Australia
    ELECTIONS MATTER : Ten Federal Elections that Shaped Australia
    BONGIORNO FRANK
    ISBN: 9781925523157
    Title: ELECTIONS MATTER : Ten Federal Elections that Shaped Australia
    Author: BONGIORNO FRANK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In a world of fake news and populist politics, elections can seem like theatre. With growing rates of informal votes and a perceived narrowing of differences between the major parties, do Australian elections really matter?

    Taking ten examples, this book argues that elections do matter (even when you think they don’t). It is not just elections with memorable jingles or triumphant campaigns from opposition to government that can shape the nation. Could it be that the Labor loss in 1969 formed the country more than the famous win in 1972? Or did the return of the Coalition in 1954 have more impact than securing government in 1949?

    Elections Matter looks at prime ministers and policies that never were and examines how the democratic process could have produced a different country. Had key elections taken a different turn, Australia might have had a different constitution, a different head of state, a different health and education system and a different foreign policy approach. This book looks at ten elections that formed Australia.

    Imprint: MONASH UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.95
  • 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
  • EUROPEANS IN AUSTRALIA : A HISTORY - VOLUME 3 - NATION
    EUROPEANS IN AUSTRALIA : A HISTORY - VOLUME 3 - NATION
    ATKINSON ALAN
    ISBN: 9780868409979
    Title: EUROPEANS IN AUSTRALIA : A HISTORY - VOLUME 3 - NATION
    Author: ATKINSON ALAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is the third and final volume of the landmark, award-winning series The Europeans in Australia that gives an account of settlement by Britain. It tells of the various ways in which that experience shaped imagination and belief among the settler people from the eighteenth century to the end of World War I.

    Volume Three, Nation, tells the story of Australian Federation and the war with a focus, as ever on ordinary habits of thought and feeling. In this period, for the first time the settler people began to grasp the vastness of the continent, and to think of it as their own. There was a massive funding of education, and the intellectual reach of men and women was suddenly expanded, to an extent that seemed dazzling to many at the time. Women began to shape public imagination as they had not done before. At the same time, the worship of mere ideas had its victims, most obviously the Aboriginal people, and the war itself proved what vast tragedies it could unleash.

    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: UNSW PRESS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
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