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  • 1787 : THE LOST CHAPTERS OF AUSTRALIAS BEGINNINGS
    1787 : THE LOST CHAPTERS OF AUSTRALIAS BEGINNINGS
    BRODIE NICK
    ISBN: 9781743791608
    Title: 1787 : THE LOST CHAPTERS OF AUSTRALIAS BEGINNINGS
    Author: BRODIE NICK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For over 200 years Australia’s official history has focused on English colonisation and ‘discovery’, with tales of British explorers and first generation white Australians navigating the vast and unfriendly land. But what of the millennia before the English claimed Australia as their own and wrote the history books. 1787 traces the journey of Australia before the infamous 1788 date, to explore just how ‘discovered’ the southern continent was by not only the Indigenous Australians who had lived and prospered for thousands of years, but also the sailors, traders, fishermen and many others who had visited our shores.

    This is not about voyages of ‘discovery’, cartography, geography, or hero-captains and their sailing ship adventures. This is a bigger history—of the rise and fall of empires, the shifts in global economies, and their impact on Australia. By charting the encounters with Australia and its original people by several major groups of visitors, primarily the Portuguese, Dutch, Malay, French, and British from the late Middle Ages, 1787 reveals the stories of first encounters between Indigenous Australians and foreigners, placing Indigenous Australians back into our known history rather than a timeless pre-historical one. It’s a fascinating story that shifts focus away from post-colonial history and engages the reader in the eventful and lively stories of Australia as a vast and active land participating in a global history.

    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 2020 : The Year that changed us
    2020 : The Year that changed us
    THE CONVERSATION
    ISBN: 9781760761325
    Title: 2020 : The Year that changed us
    Author: THE CONVERSATION
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In January 2020, Australia went from battling one of its worst-ever bushfire seasons to preparing for COVID-19 to hit its shores. What ensued was crisis: a pandemic, political upheaval, an international human rights movement, global recession and localised emergencies dwarfed by a world spinning on an axis of turmoil.

    These essays from leading thinkers and contributors to The Conversation examine what will be one of the most significant and punishing years in the 21st century. 2020: The Year That Changed Us explores the key lessons from this remarkable year and kickstarts the discussion about what comes next.

    Contributors include:
    Michelle Grattan
    Peter Martin
    Raina MacIntyre
    Joëlle Gergis
    Peter Greste
    Thalia Anthony
    Shino Konishi
    Fiona Stanley

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIANS : A History since 1788
    ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIANS : A History since 1788
    BROOME RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781760528218
    Title: ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIANS : A History since 1788
    Author: BROOME RICHARD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'In this book Richard Broome has managed an enviable achievement. The vast sweeping story of Aboriginal Australia from 1788 is told in his typical lucid and imaginative style . This is an important work of great scholarship, passion and imagination.' - Professor Lynette Russell, Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies, Monash University

    In the creation of any new society, there are winners and losers. So it was with Australia as it grew from a colonial outpost to an affluent society.

    Richard Broome tells the history of Australia from the standpoint of the original Australians: those who lost most in the early colonial struggle for power. Surveying over two centuries of Aboriginal-European encounters, he shows how white settlers steadily supplanted the original inhabitants, from the shining coasts to inland deserts, by sheer force of numbers, disease, technology and violence. He also tells the story of Aboriginal survival through resistance and accommodation, and traces the continuing Aboriginal struggle to move from the margins of a settler society to a more central place in modern Australia.

    Broome's Aboriginal Australians has long been regarded as the most authoritative account of black-white relations in Australia. This fifth edition continues the story, covering the impact of the Northern Territory Intervention, the mining boom in remote Australia, the Uluru Statement, the resurgence of interest in traditional Aboriginal knowledge and culture, and the new generation of Aboriginal leaders.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ACCIDENTAL PRIME MINISTER
    ACCIDENTAL PRIME MINISTER
    SMETHURST ANNIKA
    ISBN: 9780733646942
    Title: ACCIDENTAL PRIME MINISTER
    Author: SMETHURST ANNIKA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: September 2021 New Releas

    The first definitive biography of Australia's thirtieth prime minister, Scott Morrison.

    Nine months after the spill that catapulted him to the prime ministership, Scott Morrison won the 2019 election, shocking politicians and political pundits (and, quite possibly, himself). Yet, unlike his predecessors, little was really known about the former marketing man whose hard-nosed political instincts and 'daggy dad persona' saw him become the thirtieth Prime Minister of Australia. Voters knew what he allowed them to see - a policy embrace of slogans like 'Stop the Boats'; his deft rebuttal of media enquiries; his love for Jen and his two daughters; that he liked to cook a curry on Saturday nights; and that his faith and the Cronulla Sharks were a big part of his life. But a man is more than sound bites and social media posts. So who the bloody hell is Scott Morrison?

    In this revealing biography, political journalist Annika Smethurst uncovers the man behind the headlines and slogans to show us what makes Scott Morrison tick. Taking us from his childhood, as the son of a local policeman, to a meeting that would lead to marriage to his teenage sweetheart, The Accidental PM will tell the personal and the political. There are questions about Morrison's early business career and his preselection that, when answered, will paint a clearer picture of the man leading our country and give greater insight into how he won the 'miracle' election.

    Whether Morrison's ego and temperament will see him falter in hard times or whether he will use the lessons of his life to end the revolving door of PMs to become one of Australia's best prime ministers is still to be discovered. But knowing the man will allow us all to know the path he will lead us on.

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ADELAIDE
    ADELAIDE
    GOLDSWORTHY KERRYN
    ISBN: 9781742237060
    Title: ADELAIDE
    Author: GOLDSWORTHY KERRYN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    *INCLUDES NEW AFTERWORD* Any place you have experienced first-hand is a museum of memory, one whose exhibits conjure up, in widening ripples of association, a whole city: a red paddle-boat, a photograph of three children on a hot day, a marble Venus fetchingly half-naked in the shade. Kerryn Goldsworthy's acclaimed Adelaide is a museum of sorts, a personal guide to the city through a collection of objects, iconic and everyday. Goldsworthy navigates her southern home, discovering its identifying curios and passing them to the reader to touch, inspect and marvel at. These objects explore the beautiful, commonplace, dark and contradictory history of Adelaide: the heat, the wine, the weirdness, the progressive politics and the rigid colonial formality, the sinister horrors and the homey friendliness. They paint a lively portrait of her home city – as remembered, lived in, thought about, missed, loved, hated, laughed at, seen from afar and close up by assorted writers, citizens and visitors – as it exists in her memory and imagination. In a new afterword, Goldsworthy ponders changes and revelations since Adelaide was first published in 2011 including, inevitably, the record-breaking heat of a 46.6-degree day.

    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ADELAIDE HILLS
    ADELAIDE HILLS
    MCNALLY SHANE
    ISBN: 9781925556544
    Title: ADELAIDE HILLS
    Author: MCNALLY SHANE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For visitors, the experience is breathtaking as these low-lying hills go from rolling farmland and natural bushland to sweeping vineyards, cherry farms and apple orchards. Then every few minutes, there's a town that offers a history lesson, photo opportunity, coffee or tea break, wine tasting and world-class dining and accommodation. The Adelaide Hills rise only 700 metres at the highest point. What they lack in height, though, they more than make up for in depth. They start just over five kilometres from the Adelaide CBD but take in more than 1000 square kilometres - making them ideal for a quick visit, a Devonshire tea, a drive to a local winery for lunch or an entire week lost in pristine valleys with access to busy country towns and tiny villages that have barely changed in more than 150 years. From Hahndorf which seamlessly blends tourism and culture to the restaurants and art of Stirling, the thriving rural centre of Mount Barker and dozens of townships established in the mid 1800s, the Adelaide Hills has a built heritage and lifestyle that matches its natural beauty. The rich history of the Adelaide Hills can be seen in every town and most of the roads that link them. Country cottages buried in thick woods and farmland are there for the observant traveller, so are stately mansions off the main road and even the odd ruin that's been kept in its original form for posterity. The living heritage continues to evolve, with the Adelaide Hills reviving an almost lost winemaking history to become a thriving wine district boasting some of Australia's best and most popular wineries and around 50 cellar doors. This book looks at what makes the Adelaide Hills an Australian treasure, with just enough words to inform and entertain without getting in the way of hundreds of images of the stunning landscape. It looks at the significant towns and the features that draw people to visit the Adelaide Hills - the wineries of course but also the walking trails, the conservation parks and a rich calendar of traditional, multicultural, artistic, sporting and culinary events that run throughout the four distinct seasons.

    Imprint: Melbourne Books
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AGAINST ALL ODDS : The inside account of the Thai cave rescue and the courageous Australians at the heart of it
    AGAINST ALL ODDS : The inside account of the Thai cave rescue and the courageous Australians at the heart of it
    CHALLEN CRAIG / HARRIS RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781760899455
    Title: AGAINST ALL ODDS : The inside account of the Thai cave rescue and the courageous Australians at the heart of it
    Author: CHALLEN CRAIG / HARRIS RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'I just want to warn you. You're going to dive to the end of the cave. You're going to see these kids. They're all looking healthy and happy and smiley. Then, you're going to swim away, and they're probably all going to die.'

    In June 2018, for seventeen days, the world watched and held its breath as the Wild Boars soccer team were trapped deep in a cave in Thailand. Marooned beyond flooded cave passages after unexpected rains, they were finally rescued, one-by-one, against almost impossible odds, by an international cave-diving team which included Australians Dr Richard Harris and Dr Craig Challen.

    These two men were chosen for their medical expertise and cave diving knowledge, but this dangerous rescue asked so much more of them. They had to remain calm under extreme pressure and intense scrutiny, adapt to constantly changing circumstances and importantly, build trust among the rescue team and with the young boys and their coach, whose lives were in their hands.
    Here is the story of these two Australian men who became international heroes - it is a story of determination, cunning and triumph that will long be remembered.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ALAS FOR THE PELICANS : FLINDERS BAUDIN & BEYOND
    ALAS FOR THE PELICANS : FLINDERS BAUDIN & BEYOND
    CHITTLEBROUGH / DOOLEY / GLOVER / HOSKING
    ISBN: 9781743057995
    Title: ALAS FOR THE PELICANS : FLINDERS BAUDIN & BEYOND
    Author: CHITTLEBROUGH / DOOLEY / GLOVER / HOSKING
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1802 a Frenchman and an Englishman famously encountered each other off the southern shores of 'Terra Australis'. The voyages of discovery of Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders opened the way for the increasingly rapid invasion and colonisation of the Australian continent. This collection of essays, images and poems examines some of the cultural contexts of their voyages and the ramifications of their discoveries over the ensuing years. Flinders himself poignantly noted that the arrival of Europeans in the waters surrounding Kangaroo Island also heralded the passing of what he romantically termed the golden age of the pelicans.

    'There are four small islands in the eastern branch [of Nepean Bay]; one of them is moderately high and woody, the others are grassy and lower; and upon two of these we found many young pelicans unable to fly … Alas, for the pelicans! Their golden age is past; but it has much exceeded in duration that of man.' - Matthew Flinders, A Voyage to Terra Australis


    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • ANIMALS MAKE US HUMAN
    ANIMALS MAKE US HUMAN
    KAMINSKY LEAH / KENEALLY MEG
    ISBN: 9781760899813
    Title: ANIMALS MAKE US HUMAN
    Author: KAMINSKY LEAH / KENEALLY MEG
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A response to the devastating 2019-20 bushfires, Animals Make Us Human both celebrates Australia's unique wildlife and highlights its vulnerability. Through words and images, writers, photographers and researchers reflect on their connection with animals and nature. They share moments of wonder and revelation from encounters in the natural world- seeing a wild platypus at play, an echidna dawdling across a bush track, or the inexplicable leap of a thresher shark; watching bats take flight at dusk, or birds making a home in the backyard; or following possums, gliders and owls into the dark.

    Hopeful, uplifting and deeply moving, this collection is also an urgent call to action, a powerful reminder that we only have one world in which to coexist and thrive with our fellow creatures. By highlighting the beauty and fragility of our unique fauna, Australia's favourite writers, renowned researchers and acclaimed photographers encourage readers to consider it in a new light.

    Featuring- Barbara Allen, Robbie Arnott, Tony Birch, James Bradley, Mark Brandi, Geraldine Brooks, Anne Buist, Melanie Cheng, Claire G. Coleman, Ceridwen Dovey, Chris Flynn, Nayuka Gorrie, Dan Harley, Ashley Hay, Toni Jordan, Leah Kaminsky, Paul Kelly, Meg Keneally, Tom Keneally, Cate Kennedy, David Lindenmayer, Ella Loeffler, Maia Loeffler, Jen Martin, Angela Meyer, Sonia Orchard, Favel Parrett, Marissa Parrott, Bruce Pascoe, Jack Pascoe, Sue Pillans, Nick Porch, Holly Ringland, Euan Ritchie, Antoinette Roe, Kirli Saunders, Graeme Simsion, Tracy Sorensen, Shaun Tan, Lucy Treloar, Karen Viggers, Emma Viskic, John Woinarski, Clare Wright.

    And photographers- Tim Bawden, Kristian Bell, Rohan Bilney, Justin Bruhn, Andrew Buckle, Matt Clancy, Amy Coetsee, Craig Coverdale, Angus Emmott, Jayne Jenkins, Vivien Jones, Sue Liu, Michael Livingston, Caleb McElrea, Nick Monaghan, Richard Pillans, Gillian Rayment, Linda Rogan, David Maurice Smith, Steve Smith, Colin Southwell, Georgina Steytler, Wayne Suffield, Heather Sutton, Peter Taylor, William Terry, Patrick Tomkins, Matt Wright.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ARCADIAN ADELAIDE
    ARCADIAN ADELAIDE
    ANDERSON THISTLE WHITELOCK DEREK
    ISBN: 9781743056189
    Title: ARCADIAN ADELAIDE
    Author: ANDERSON THISTLE WHITELOCK DEREK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Scottish actress Thistle Anderson's firecracker of a polemic against her adopted hometown of Adelaide, published to roars of outrage and laughter in 1905, proves beyond doubt that people of the past were - just like us - fond of a good piss-take.

    This barbed satirical spray reveals the City of Churches as 'less holy than might be supposed', with more opium dens and prostitutes per capita than Melbourne, wines that are 'the worst ever made' (!), the local men 'caricatures' with inferior facial hair, the local women 'cats'. Thistle’s fondness is reserved for the fruit, the flour, the cabmen ... and the return ticket to Melbourne.

    This hilarious little volume, intended by its author as 'a playful skit', is to be taken with a pinch of salt ... or perhaps savoured, stubbornly, with a glass of excellent Adelaide wine.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AUSTRALIA DAY
    AUSTRALIA DAY
    GRANT STAN
    ISBN: 9781460759974
    Title: AUSTRALIA DAY
    Author: GRANT STAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'As uncomfortable as it is, we need to reckon with our history. On January 26, no Australian can really look away.'

    Since publishing his critically acclaimed, Walkley Award-winning, bestselling memoir Talking to My Country in early 2016, Stan Grant has been crossing the country, talking to huge crowds everywhere about how racism is at the heart of our history and the Australian dream. But Stan knows this is not where the story ends.

    In this book, Australia Day, his long-awaited follow up to Talking to My Country, Stan talks about our country, about who we are as a nation, about the indigenous struggle for belonging and identity in Australia, and what it means to be Australian.

    A sad, wise, beautiful, reflective and troubled book, Australia Day asks the questions that have to be asked, that no else seems to be asking. Who are we? What is our country? How do we move forward from here?

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 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
  • AUSTRALIAN BIRD GUIDE   -   Revised Edition
    AUSTRALIAN BIRD GUIDE - Revised Edition
    MENKHORST PETER
    ISBN: 9781486311934
    Title: AUSTRALIAN BIRD GUIDE - Revised Edition
    Author: MENKHORST PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winner of the 2018 ABIA Small Publisher's Adult Book of the Year Winner of the 2017 Whitley Medal Australia’s avifauna is large, diverse and spectacular, reflecting the continent’s 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. This Revised Edition includes updated maps, artwork and species accounts, reflecting current knowledge of the biology and distribution of Australia’s birds. It features around 4700 specially commissioned colour illustrations of over 900 species, 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. A new easier-to-use index is also included. The Australian Bird Guide sets a new standard in field guides, providing an indispensable reference for all birders and naturalists looking to explore Australia’s magnificent and unique birdlife.

    Imprint: CSIRO PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • AUSTRALIAS GAME
    AUSTRALIAS GAME
    HESS ROB
    ISBN: 9781743796573
    Title: AUSTRALIAS GAME
    Author: HESS ROB
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: September 2021 New Releas

    Australia’s Game is the definitive history of Australian football, tracing the evolution of the game from its earliest, rudimentary forms – in the period preceding the first recorded game, in 1858 – to the totally professional game of the modern era. The authors, all passionate about the history of Australian football, have provided readers with the fine detail of every important evolutionary point in the game’s development, in every state and territory. Australia’s Game also explores historical AFL issues including a deeper discussion on Australian women in the AFL as both supporters and players, as well as new evidence on the theory that the game was developed as an offshoot of an Aboriginal game.

    The book traces the pathway to the national game, including forensic detail on how the Victorian Football League, on its knees in the eighties, with several clubs on the verge of bankruptcy, made the bold step to creating the monolithic national League.

    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $60.00
    Price: $60.00
  • AUSTRALIAS ORIGINAL LANGUAGES :  An Introduction
    AUSTRALIAS ORIGINAL LANGUAGES : An Introduction
    DIXON R M W
    ISBN: 9781760875237
    Title: AUSTRALIAS ORIGINAL LANGUAGES : An Introduction
    Author: DIXON R M W
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'A must read for all who would like to understand the languages and culture of Indigenous Australians.' - Dr Ernie Grant, Elder of the Jirrbal nation

    When Captain Cook landed at Botany Bay, about 250 distinct languages were spoken across the continent. Yet Australian Indigenous languages actually share many common features.

    Bob Dixon has been working with elders to research Australian languages for half a century, and he draws on this deep experience to outline the common features. He provides a straightforward introduction to the sounds, word building, and wide-ranging vocabulary of Indigenous languages, and highlights distinctive grammatical features. He explains how language is related to culture, including kinship relationships, gender systems and naming conventions.

    With examples from over 30 languages and anecdotes illustrating language use, and avoiding technical terms, Australia's Original Languages is the indispensable starting point for anyone interested in learning about the original languages of Australia.

    'Written in an accessible, easy to read style, Professor Dixon's new book is an informative and entertaining introduction to Australia's "original" languages.' - Dr Joe Blythe, Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BANQUET : The Untold Story of Adelaide's Family Murders
    BANQUET : The Untold Story of Adelaide's Family Murders
    MARSHALL DEBI
    ISBN: 9781760893002
    Title: BANQUET : The Untold Story of Adelaide's Family Murders
    Author: MARSHALL DEBI
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: September 2021 New Releas

    Only one suspect has been charged and convicted for The Family Murders of Adelaide, the City of Corpses. Award-winning investigative journalist, Debi Marshall, interrogates these long cold cases.

    Debi Marshall believes it is time to expose all messy business that lies behind the sophisticated facade of Adelaide. The bodies in the barrel, the body in the deep freeze, the bodies in the Torrens, the disappearance of the Beaumont children - Debi brings these crimes together as she goes places most writers will not go, putting herself face-to-face with psychopaths and in front of top cops, scientists and judiciary.

    After the Foxtel and podcast series, Frozen Lies aired, many sources revealed new information that lead to Debi returning to South Australia to read court transcripts, follow up untapped leads and conduct some spine-chilling interviews.

    This book takes aim at some big targets from government, public service and the judiciary and will for the first time reveal details provided by confidential sources.

    Imprint: Random House Publishing
    RRP: $34.99
    Price: $34.99
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