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  • 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
  • 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
  • FATAL COLLISIONS : SOUTH AUSTRALIAN FRONTIER & THE VIOLENCE OF MEMORY
    FATAL COLLISIONS : SOUTH AUSTRALIAN FRONTIER & THE VIOLENCE OF MEMORY
    FOSTER R / HOSKING R / NETTLEBECK A
    ISBN: 9781862545335
    Title: FATAL COLLISIONS : SOUTH AUSTRALIAN FRONTIER & THE VIOLENCE OF MEMORY
    Author: FOSTER R / HOSKING R / NETTLEBECK A
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • 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 INSECTS IN AUSTRALIA - Third Edition
    FIELD GUIDE TO INSECTS IN AUSTRALIA - Third Edition
    ZBOROWSKI PAUL
    ISBN: 9781877069659
    Title: FIELD GUIDE TO INSECTS IN AUSTRALIA - Third Edition
    Author: ZBOROWSKI PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This Third Edition has more than 300 colour photographs that show the insects in their natural habitat, and the line drawings clearly illustrate subtle differences where identification is tricky.Whether you're an amateur insect enthusiast, a student or an entomologist, this updated and revised third edition of A Field Guide to Insects in Australia will help you to identify insects from all the major insect groups. With more photographs and up to date information, it will enable you to differentiate between a dragonfly and a damselfly or a cricket and a grasshopper. You'll find cockroaches, termites, praying mantids, beetles, cicadas, moths, butterflies, ants and bees.

    Imprint: NEW HOLLAND
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • 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
  • FIERCE COUNTRY : True Stories from Australias Unsettled Heart 1830 to Today
    FIERCE COUNTRY : True Stories from Australias Unsettled Heart 1830 to Today
    ORR STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9781743055748
    Title: FIERCE COUNTRY : True Stories from Australias Unsettled Heart 1830 to Today
    Author: ORR STEPHEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2018 NEW RELEASE

    The Fierce Country holds no malice, but neither pity. It just sits, and bakes, and waits. We do the rest. We provoke it when we mine above its aquifers. Weaken it, and ourselves, when we leave mountains of asbestos to blow away in the wind. Misunderstand it when we see it as nothing more than a resource. Resent it when it takes our children. The Fierce Country, perhaps, is in our minds as much as anything.' The open spaces and isolated places outside Australia's cities have unsettled us from first European settlement to today - often with very good reason. In this nail-biting book combining the notorious and little-known, acclaimed author Stephen Orr has collected true stories that have shaped and continue to haunt the Australian psyche: mysteries, disappearances, mistreatment and murder. Fatal conflicts between an Aboriginal tracker and the police employers hunting his community. An itinerant conman picking up tips for the perfect murder from a famous novelist around a campfire on the Rabbit-Proof Fence. A schoolteacher and her students kidnapped en masse in 1970s rural Victoria. And that fateful day when Peter Falconio pulled over beside a desert highway. Together these tales chart an undercurrent of shifting cultural tensions as Australians find, lose and question who we are.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $27.95

    Price: $27.95
  • 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
  • FIRST FLEET
    FIRST FLEET
    MUNDLE ROB
    ISBN: 9780733335440
    Title: FIRST FLEET
    Author: MUNDLE ROB
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A biography of unprecedented expedition under sail

    The role of the sailor through history should never be underestimated. Over centuries battles were won and new lands discovered and settled by their skills and nerve. Rob Mundle is back on the ocean to tell one of the great stories of an expedition under sail: the extraordinary eight-month, 17-000-nautical mile voyage of the First Fleet. With customary sweep and swell, Mundle puts you alongside 48-year-old Captain Arthur Phillip on the quarterdeck of the Royal Navy escort, HMS Sirius, as he commands his small armada of 11 ships, carrying over 1420 men, women and children, to the other side of the world.

    Imprint: ABC PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • FIRST STONE
    FIRST STONE
    GARNER HELEN
    ISBN: 9780330355834
    Title: FIRST STONE
    Author: GARNER HELEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The First Stone is at once an account of one of Australia's most explosive sexual harassment cases and an investigation into soul of sexual politics. To provide the framework of her inquiry, Helen Garner uses the very public case of a University of Melbourne college master accused of sexual harassment by two of his students. After reading about the charge in the newspaper, Garner, a longtime feminist, impulsively wrote a letter of support to the accused man. The letter was made public and in the wake of much criticism over her support of the man, Garner set out to explore the women's claims. Along the way she uncovers issues that challenge her notions of feminism, political activism, gender relations, and power dynamics. With a journalist's eye for detail, Garner leads the reader into a riveting examination of the nature of sex and power in contemporary society.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • FOOTBALL SOLUTION : How Richmond's premiership can save Australia
    FOOTBALL SOLUTION : How Richmond's premiership can save Australia
    MEGALOGENIS GEORGE
    ISBN: 9780143791720
    Title: FOOTBALL SOLUTION : How Richmond's premiership can save Australia
    Author: MEGALOGENIS GEORGE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: AUGUST 2018 NEW RELEASE

    When Richmond won the 2017 AFL premiership, thousands celebrated the return to glory of one of the games oldest and most successful clubs.

    But outside of the suburb of Richmond – who cares?

    Megalogenis is a Richmond nut, but he’s also the foremost interpreter of our national narrative. In Richmond’s victory, he argues, we can understand our past, diagnose some of the ills of the present, and see a path towards our future.

    Football is more than a game, it’s Australia’s bellwether. It tells us more about ourselves than any other institution in the land. Richmond has more members than the federal Labor and Liberal parties combined. As many people are members of AFL clubs as are members of private sector unions. The AFL is one of the biggest, richest and most influential organisations in our culture, expected to take a leading stand on racism, depression, marriage equality, domestic violence. At a time when politics is increasingly conducted like a sport - full of one-eyed supporters and captain’s calls - sport has been filling the vacuum left by the loss of respect for parliament, media and the church.

    Megalogenis tells a characteristically sweeping, revealing story about how Australian Rules contains the DNA of the gold-rush prosperity in which it was conceived; came of age in the depression that followed, spawning the world’s first mega-rivalry (Richmond/Collingwood); absorbed the changes immigration brought after World War II; and became the mega-business it is now. And Richmond is the key to it all – by revising its leadership structures, and by embracing diversity, it points to the solution to our national impasse.

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • 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 REBELS OF EUREKA -  STELLA PRIZE 2014
    FORGOTTEN REBELS OF EUREKA - STELLA PRIZE 2014
    WRIGHT CLARE
    ISBN: 9781922182548
    Title: FORGOTTEN REBELS OF EUREKA - STELLA PRIZE 2014
    Author: WRIGHT CLARE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winner of the 2014 Stella Prize.

    It's one of Australia's foundation legends - yet the story has always been told as if half the participants weren't there. But what if the hot-tempered, free-spirited gold miners we learned about at school were actually husbands and fathers, brothers and sons? What if there were women and children right there beside them, inside the Stockade, when the bullets started to fly? And how do the answers to these questions change what we thought we knew about the so-called 'birth of Australian democracy'? Who, in fact, were the midwives to that precious delivery? Ten years in the research and writing, inimitably bold, entertaining and irreverent in style, Clare Wright's The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka is a fitting tribute to the unbiddable women of Ballarat - women who made Eureka a story for us all. 'A rare and irresistible combination of impeccable scholarship with a lively, warm, engaging narrative voice.' Stella Prize committee

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • 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
  • FRAGILE NATION : Vulnerability Resilience and Victimhood
    FRAGILE NATION : Vulnerability Resilience and Victimhood
    AHMED TANVEER
    ISBN: 9781925501346
    Title: FRAGILE NATION : Vulnerability Resilience and Victimhood
    Author: AHMED TANVEER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A glimpse into the inner lives of psychiatrist Dr Ahmed's patients in the melting pot of outer Sydney. The stories vary from closet gay Muslims to health food fundamentalists. It is an account of the modern condition viewed through the microcosm of the consulting room. Funny, insightful, heartbreaking and inspiring, this gripping book will entertain and challenge.

    Imprint: CONNORCOURT
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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