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  • ATOMIC THUNDER : THE MARALINGA STORY
    ATOMIC THUNDER : THE MARALINGA STORY
    TYNAN ELIZABETH
    ISBN: 9781742234281
    Title: ATOMIC THUNDER : THE MARALINGA STORY
    Author: TYNAN ELIZABETH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In September 2016 it will be 60 years since the first British mushroom cloud rose above the plain at Maralinga in South Australia. The atomic weapons test series wreaked havoc on Indigenous communities and turned the land into a radioactive wasteland.

    In 1950 Australian prime minister Robert Menzies blithely agreed to atomic tests that offered no benefit to Australia and relinquished control over them – and left the public completely in the dark. This book reveals the devastating consequences of that decision. After earlier tests at Monte Bello and Emu Field, in 1956 Australia dutifully provided 3200 square kilometres of South Australian desert to the British Government, along with logistics and personnel.

    How could a democracy such as Australia host another country’s nuclear program in the midst of the Cold War? In this meticulously researched and shocking work, journalist and academic Elizabeth Tynan reveals how Australia allowed itself to be duped. Maralinga was born in secret atomic business, and has continued to be shrouded in mystery decades after the atomic thunder stopped rolling across the South Australian test site. This book is the most comprehensive account of the whole saga, from the time that the explosive potential of splitting uranium atoms was discovered, to the uncovering of the extensive secrecy around the British tests in Australia many years after the British had departed, leaving an unholy mess behind.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AUSTRALIA : A Cultural History
    AUSTRALIA : A Cultural History
    RICKARD JOHN
    ISBN: 9781921867606
    Title: AUSTRALIA : A Cultural History
    Author: RICKARD JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    John Rickard’s Australia: A Cultural History, first published in 1988, is still the only short history of Australia from a cultural perspective. It has also acquired a reputation as an introduction to the development of Australian society and was listed by the historian and public intellectual John Hirst in his ‘First XI: The best Australian history books’.

    Although arranged chronologically, this book is not a chronicle, still less a laborious detailing of governors and governments: rather, it focuses on the transmission of values, beliefs, and customs amongst the diverse mix of peoples who are today’s Australians. The story begins with sixty thousand years of Aboriginal presence and their continuing material and spiritual relationship with the land, and takes the reader through the turbulent years of British colonisation and the emergence, through prosperity, war, and depression, of the cultural accommodations which have been distinctively Australian. This third edition concludes with a critical review of the challenges facing contemporary Australia and warns readers that ‘we may get the future we deserve’.

    Imprint: MONASH UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
  • AUSTRALIA REIMAGINED : Towards a More Compassionate, Less Anxious Society
    AUSTRALIA REIMAGINED : Towards a More Compassionate, Less Anxious Society
    MACKAY HUGH
    ISBN: 9781743534823
    Title: AUSTRALIA REIMAGINED : Towards a More Compassionate, Less Anxious Society
    Author: MACKAY HUGH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A courageous and passionately argued treatise on how we harness the power of the new era to create a stronger, fairer society.

    Australia's unprecedented run of economic growth has failed to deliver a more stable or harmonious society. Individualism is rampant. Income inequality is growing. Public education is under-resourced. The gender revolution is stalling. We no longer trust our major institutions or our political leaders. We are more socially fragmented, more anxious, more depressed, more overweight, more medicated, deeper in debt and increasingly addicted - whether to our digital devices, drugs, pornography or 'stuff'.

    Yet esteemed social researcher Hugh Mackay remains optimistic. Twenty-five years ago, he revolutionised Australian social analysis with the publication of Reinventing Australia. Now he takes another unflinching look at us and offers some compelling proposals for a more compassionate and socially cohesive Australia. You might not agree with everything he suggests, but you'll find it hard to get some of his ideas out of your head.

    Argued with intelligence and passion, this book is essential reading for everyone who loves Australia enough to want to make it a better place for all of us.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AUSTRALIA REMEMBER WHEN
    AUSTRALIA REMEMBER WHEN
    BYRNE BOB
    ISBN: 9781742234564
    Title: AUSTRALIA REMEMBER WHEN
    Author: BYRNE BOB
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Remember grabbing a copy of the late edition afternoon paper from the paper boy? Watching a Graham Kennedy skit on TV? Did you buy a 45rpm single or a 33rpm album at your local record shop? And play it on your record player? If you answered yes to any of these questions chances are you are part of the Baby Boomer generation. How time has flown! It all seems just like yesterday. Take a pleasantly sentimental trip down memory lane with Bob Brown as he shows us bits of Australia we’ve forgotten, identities and landmarks we loved and let him remind us that some of the best things about Australia haven’t changed.

    The best of Bob Byrne’s hit Facebook page and much more, Australia Remember When is a bumper book that shows us bits of Australia we’ve forgotten, local identities and landmarks we loved and reminds us that the best parts of Australia haven’t changed.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AUSTRALIAN BIRD GUIDE
    AUSTRALIAN BIRD GUIDE
    MENKHORST PETER ET AL
    ISBN: 9780643097544
    Title: AUSTRALIAN BIRD GUIDE
    Author: MENKHORST PETER ET AL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australia's avifauna is large, diverse and spectacular, reflecting the continents impressive range of habitats and evolutionary history.

    With specially commissioned paintings of over 900 species, The Australian Bird Guide is the most comprehensive field guide to Australian birds ever seen. The guide features close to 250 stunning colour plates, with particular emphasis on providing the fine detail required to identify difficult groups and distinctive plumages. Comprehensive species accounts have been written by a dedicated team of ornithologists to ensure identification details, distribution and status are current and accurate.

    The Australian Bird Guide sets a new standard in field guides, providing an indispensable reference for all birders and naturalists looking to explore Australias magnificent and unique birdlife.

    Imprint: CSIRO PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • AUSTRALIAN DESPERADOES : The Incredible Story of How Australian Gangsters Terrorised California
    AUSTRALIAN DESPERADOES : The Incredible Story of How Australian Gangsters Terrorised California
    SMYTH TERRY
    ISBN: 9780143782377
    Title: AUSTRALIAN DESPERADOES : The Incredible Story of How Australian Gangsters Terrorised California
    Author: SMYTH TERRY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    They were the Australians who made American history. In the roaring days of the 1850s California gold rush, San Francisco was the most dangerous town in America, made so by a notorious criminal gang known as the Sydney Coves.

    The Coves – San Francisco's first organised-crime gang – were Australians: men and women with criminal careers in Australia who had come to the US, mostly illegally, during the gold rush. The Coves had come not to dig for gold but to unleash a crime wave the likes of which America had never seen. Robbery, murder, arson and extortion were the Coves' stock-in-trade, and it was said that the leader of the gang, Jim Stuart, had killed more men than any man in California.

    The gang’s base, in the waterfront district, came to be known as Sydney Town. The area was a no-go zone for police – many of whom were in Stuart’s pocket anyway – so, just as Capone would one day rule Chicago, the Coves ruled San Francisco. And more than once, just to make sure there was no doubt that Frisco was their town, they burnt it down.

    The Coves were hated and feared by the respectable citizens of San Francisco – who derisively called them 'Sydney Ducks' but never to their faces – and, realising that the forces of the law could not, or would not, take them on, decided lynch law was the only solution, and formed a vigilante group.

    The streets of San Francisco became a battlefield as the Coves and the vigilantes fought for control of the city, with gunfights and lynchings almost daily spectacles as the police stood idly by. Jim Stewart was arrested in Sacramento for killing a sheriff, but escaped to be involved in one the most celebrated cases of mistaken identity in the annals of American crime. When the smoke cleared, the Coves' reign of terror was over. Some were strung up from storefronts in the street, some fell in a deadly gunfight with Jonathan R. Davis, one of the fastest guns in the west, others escaped capture and returned to Australia.

    The story of the Sydney Coves is little-known, fascinating and well worth telling.

    Imprint: EBURY
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AUSTRALIAN DREAMING : 40000 Years of Aboriginal History
    AUSTRALIAN DREAMING : 40000 Years of Aboriginal History
    ISAACS JENNIFER
    ISBN: 9781741102581
    Title: AUSTRALIAN DREAMING : 40000 Years of Aboriginal History
    Author: ISAACS JENNIFER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australian Dreaming is the first Aboriginal history of the Australian continent and its people, as told by Aboriginal storytellers. It recounts epic travels of the Great Spirit Ancestors and tells how they created the animals and plants and gave birth to the earliest people of this land.

    Imprint: NEW HOLLAND
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • AUSTRALIAN GYPSIES : THEIR SECRET HISTORY
    AUSTRALIAN GYPSIES : THEIR SECRET HISTORY
    SAYER MANDY
    ISBN: 9781742234670
    Title: AUSTRALIAN GYPSIES : THEIR SECRET HISTORY
    Author: SAYER MANDY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Today, roughly 100,000 Gypsies call Australia home, yet their experiences have never been included in any official histories of the country. In this volume, award-winning memoirist and novelist Mandy Sayer weaves together a wide-ranging history of Gypsies in Australia. Given their blessing to tell their stories, Sayer also demolishes some longstanding but baseless myths along the way.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AUSTRALIAN MOMENT : How We Are Made for These Times
    AUSTRALIAN MOMENT : How We Are Made for These Times
    MEGALOGENIS GEORGE
    ISBN: 9780143783503
    Title: AUSTRALIAN MOMENT : How We Are Made for These Times
    Author: MEGALOGENIS GEORGE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    There's no better place to be during economic turbulence than Australia. Brilliant in a bust, we've learnt to use our brains in a boom. Despite a lingering inability to acknowledge our achievements at home, the rest of the world asks: how did we get it right?

    George Megalogenis, one of our most respected political and economic writers, reviews the key events since the 1970s that have forged institutional and political leadership and a canny populace. He examines how we developed from a closed economy racked by the oil shocks, toughed it out during the sometimes devastating growing pains of deregulation, and survived the Asian financial crisis, the dotcom tech wreck and the GFC to become the last developed nation standing in the 2000s. As a result, whatever happens next, we're as well positioned as any to survive the ongoing rumblings of the Great Recession.

    Drawing on newly declassified documents, fresh interviews with our former prime ministers and a unique ability to bring the numbers to life, Megalogenis describes how, at just the right time, the Australian people became more farsighted than our politicians. We stopped spending before the rest of the world, and at the top of a boom voted out a government that was throwing around the biggest bribes ever offered.

    The Australian Moment is packed with original insight, challenging our often partisan selective memories and revealing how our leadership and community have underestimated each other's contribution to the nation's resilience.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AUSTRALIANS : A Short History
    AUSTRALIANS : A Short History
    KENEALLY THOMAS
    ISBN: 9781760632359
    Title: AUSTRALIANS : A Short History
    Author: KENEALLY THOMAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A masterly history of Australia and its people by an author of outstanding literary skill whose own humanity permeates every page.

    Australians, Thomas Keneally's widely acclaimed three volume history of the Australian people from origins to Vietnam, gave us a robust, vibrant and page-turning narrative that brought to life the vast range of characters who have formed our national story.

    Australians: a short history brings these three volumes together and reintroduces us to the rich assortment of contradictory, inspiring and surprising characters who made a young and cocky Australia.

    It is the story of the original Australians and European occupation of their land through the convict era to pastoralists, bushrangers and gold seekers, working men, pioneering women, the rifts wrought by World War I, the rise of hard-nosed radicals from the Left and the Right, the social upheavals of the Great Crash and World War II, the Menzies era, the nation changing period of post-war migration and Australia's engagement with Asia. This is a truly masterly history of Australia and its people by an author of outstanding literary skill whose own humanity permeates every page.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • AUSTRALIAS ANCIENT ABORIGINAL PAST
    AUSTRALIAS ANCIENT ABORIGINAL PAST
    JOHNSON MURRAY
    ISBN: 9781925003710
    Title: AUSTRALIAS ANCIENT ABORIGINAL PAST
    Author: JOHNSON MURRAY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This book places the Aboriginal occupation of Australia within a broad framework of human evolution and habitation. The author discusses the pioneering studies that delve into the mists of antiquity, and he engages with current controversies, including the extinction of mega fauna, land management practices, and social development over many millennia. The extraordinary achievements of Australian Aborigines are revealed in all their complexity and the evidence surrounding the identity of Australia’s first occupants is re-examined. The discovery of the ‘Hobbits’ of the island of Flores show that proto-humans were edging towards the great southern continent; their capacity to cross the sea implies intelligence and organisation, but how far did their footsteps extend?

    This is just one of many challenging questions brought to life in this absorbing account of Australia’s pre-contact history.

    Imprint: AUSTRALIAN SCHOLARLY
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • AUSTRALIAS SECOND CHANCE
    AUSTRALIAS SECOND CHANCE
    MEGALOGENIS GEORGE
    ISBN: 9780143783640
    Title: AUSTRALIAS SECOND CHANCE
    Author: MEGALOGENIS GEORGE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Most nations don't get a first chance to prosper. Australia is on its second. For the best part of the nineteenth century, Australia was the world's richest country, a pioneer for democracy and a magnet for migrants. Yet our last big boom was followed by a fifty-year bust as we lost our luck, our riches and our nerve, and shut our doors on the world. Now we're back on top, in the position where history tells us we made our biggest mistakes. Can we learn from our past and cement our place as one of the world's great nations? Our country's most insightful big-picture commentator, George Megalogenis crunches the numbers and weaves our history into a riveting argument, brilliantly chronicling our dialogue with the world and bringing welcome insight into the urgent question of who we are, and what we can become. 'Megalogenis slaps history and politics and culture like mortar in and around his knowledge of economics and numbers to build compelling, even thrilling, theses about the country of his birth and where it stands in the world.' Tony Wright, Saturday Age 'Timely and significant . . . With characteristic lucidity, Megalogenis examines the connection between our collective prosperity and Australia's tendency at different times either to embrace or resist migrants.' James Ley, Weekend Australian

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BACKLASH : AUSTRALIAS CONFLICT OF VALUES OVER LIVE EXPORTS
    BACKLASH : AUSTRALIAS CONFLICT OF VALUES OVER LIVE EXPORTS
    JONES BIDDA & DAVIES JULIAN
    ISBN: 9780994516503
    Title: BACKLASH : AUSTRALIAS CONFLICT OF VALUES OVER LIVE EXPORTS
    Author: JONES BIDDA & DAVIES JULIAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ‘A LITMUS TEST FOR WHO WE ARE AS A PEOPLE.’ Andrew Wilkie MP

    Backlash is an in-depth investigation of the live export trade. The book reveals the backstory of this powerful industry and the campaign to bring it to an end, including aspects of the inner political story that have not been told until now.

    Bidda Jones, head of science and strategy at RSPCA Australia, and Julian Davies have worked in close collaboration to bring to life these extraordinary events including the continuing backlash against the 2011 suspension of the trade to Indonesia. The book examines the ethical, economic and social factors that surround this compelling and controversial issue.

    Imprint: FINLAY LLOYD PUBLISHERS
    RRP: $22.00

    Price: $22.00
  • BALANCING ACT : Australia Between Recession and Renewal
    BALANCING ACT : Australia Between Recession and Renewal
    MEGALOGENIS GEORGE
    ISBN: 9781863959087
    Title: BALANCING ACT : Australia Between Recession and Renewal
    Author: MEGALOGENIS GEORGE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What has gone wrong with our politics? And what do our governments need to do so that Australia is not globalisation’s next victim?

    Balancing Act is a passionate look at the politics of change and renewal, and a bold call for active government. Megalogenis argues that both sides of politics are clinging defensively to an old model because it tells them a reassuring story of Australian success. But that model has been exhausted by capitalism’s extended crisis and the end of the mining boom. Trusting to the market alone has left us with gridlocked cities, growing inequality and a corporate sector that feels no obligation to pay tax. It is time to redraw the line between market and state.

    This edition also contains Megalogenis’s other best-selling Quarterly Essay, Trivial Pursuit: Leadership and the End of the Reform Era, as well as a substantial new afterword that brings the story up to date.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BAREFOOT INVESTOR FOR FAMILIES : The only kids' money guide you'll ever need
    BAREFOOT INVESTOR FOR FAMILIES : The only kids' money guide you'll ever need
    PAPE SCOTT
    ISBN: 9781460756874
    Title: BAREFOOT INVESTOR FOR FAMILIES : The only kids' money guide you'll ever need
    Author: PAPE SCOTT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2018 NEW RELEAS

    The new book from Scott Pape, the Barefoot Investor. The Barefoot Investor: The Only Money Guide You'll Ever Need is a phenomenon, sprinting through one million copies to become one of the best selling Australian books ever. Why is it so successful? It's simple, funny and practical. And it has changed people's lives.

    The eagerly anticipated follow-up, The Barefoot Investor for Families, sticks to the same script. It's aimed fairly and squarely at parents, grandparents, and basically anyone who read that book and said:

    'Why the hell wasn't I taught this years ago?'

    Scott lays out ten money milestones kids need to have nailed before they leave home, and it's all structured around one family 'money meal' each week (so roughly 20 minutes).

    If you follow the roadmap, with tailor-made lessons for each age group, your kids will know how to do things like:

    Learn the life-changing value of hard work

    Set up a fee-free bank account (or jam jars!)

    Go on a Treasure Hunt around the house, and sell some of their 'stuff' second-hand

    Save your parents $100 on household bills

    Even ...

    Learn to cook at least two low-cost, delicious, nutritious meals from scratch.

    Scott's mission is to make sure your kids are financially strong so they never, ever get sucked into the traps that middle-aged bankers have devised to rob them of their money and their confidence.

    There are only ten things every kid needs to know about money, and you can teach them over dinner, once a week.

    It's that simple.

    Start now - it's never too early or too late.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BATTLEGROUND : WHY THE LIBERAL PARTY SHIRTFRONTED TONY ABBOTT
    BATTLEGROUND : WHY THE LIBERAL PARTY SHIRTFRONTED TONY ABBOTT
    ERRINGTON WAYNE / VAN ONSELEN PETER
    ISBN: 9780522869712
    Title: BATTLEGROUND : WHY THE LIBERAL PARTY SHIRTFRONTED TONY ABBOTT
    Author: ERRINGTON WAYNE / VAN ONSELEN PETER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Tony Abbott came to the prime ministership lauded as the most effective leader of the opposition since Whitlam. Why then did he fail to succeed in the job to which he had aspired for decades??Frontbenchers leaked about cabinet processes to the media while backbenchers complained about the lack of access to their leader.?


    Abbott's long apprenticeship in religion, journalism and political life prepared him for neither the mundane business of managing people nor the commanding heights of national leadership. Public?goodwill evaporated after a tough first budget. Inside the Liberal Party individual ambitions and a succession of poor polls fuelled increasing concern that the next election was unwinnable.


    Battleground chronicles the paradox of the Abbott prime ministership: steadfast loyalty when pragmatism was required; social values at odds with community attitudes; stubbornness when tactics and strategy were essential. All would bring him undone.

    Imprint: MELBOURNE UNI PRESS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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