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  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • DOGS IN AUSTRALIAN ART   **Special Price**
    DOGS IN AUSTRALIAN ART **Special Price**
    MILLER STEVEN
    ISBN: 9781743054086
    Title: DOGS IN AUSTRALIAN ART **Special Price**
    Author: MILLER STEVEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Dogs in Australian Art looks at Australian art through the lens of dog painting, showcasing over 150 masterworks that illustrate the deep bond between Australians and their best friends. Steven Miller's whimsical text argues that all the major shifts which occurred in Australia art, and which have traditionally been attributed to the environment or historical factors, really occurred because of dogs. His book is also a study of how the various dog breeds have been depicted from colonial times until the present. It features over 80 dog breeds.

    This fully revised and expanded edition of Steven Miller's beautiful bestselling doggie book features many new paintings. A rich journey through Australia's art history via the lens of man's best friend.



    Steven Miller is head of the Research Library and Archive of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He has published widely on art, with his book on Australian culture between the two world wars (Degenerates and Perverts) winning the NSW Premier's Australian History Award in 2006. He lives in Sydney and is the proud owner of Finbar, a Welsh Terrier.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $14.99
  • 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
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