Aussie books to get excited about in the second half of 2019

 Special price Read reviewSalt: Selected Stories and Essays

Salt: Selected Stories and Essays

Bruce Pascoe

A collection of stories and essays by the award-winning author of Dark Emu, showcasing his shimmering genius across a lifetime of work.

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The Wife and the Widow

The Wife and the Widow

Christian White

Brilliant and beguiling, The Wife and The Widow takes you to a cliff edge and asks the question: how well do we really know the people we love?

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Tell Me Why: The Story of My Life and My Music

Tell Me Why: The Story of My Life and My Music

Archie Roach

One of the most powerful and highly anticipated life stories to be told in Australian history. A breathtakingly powerful memoir by beloved Australian music legend Archie Roach - stolen child, musical and lyrical genius and the...

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 Special priceHalliday Wine Companion 2020

Halliday Wine Companion 2020

James Halliday

The annual bible for lovers of Australian wine, detailing the best wineries and vintages of the key regions.

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Songspirals: Sharing Women's Wisdom of Country Through Songlines

Songspirals: Sharing Women’s Wisdom of Country Through Songlines

Laklak Burarrwanga, Ritjilili Ganambarr, Merrkiyawuy Ganambarr-Stubbs, Banbapuy Ganambarr, Sarah Wright

'We want you to come with us on our journey, our journey of songspirals. Songspirals are the essence of people in this land, the essence of every clan. We belong to the land and it belongs to us. We sing to the land, sing about...

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Here Until August: Stories

Here Until August: Stories

Josephine Rowe

A masterful collection of horizons and departures, heartbreak and seduction, from an internationally acclaimed Australian author.

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Snake Island

Snake Island

Ben Hobson

Vernon and Penelope never want to see their son Caleb again. Not after he bashed his wife and ended up in gaol. A lifetime of careful parental love wiped out in a moment. But when Vernon, a retired teacher, hears that Caleb is...

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Fixed It

Fixed It

Jane Gilmore

Violence and the representation of women in the media.

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 Read reviewFrom Here on, Monsters

From Here on, Monsters

Elizabeth Bryer

A Naomi Alderman, Paul Auster or Emily St John Mandel for Australian letters - Elizabeth Bryer is a powerful new voice: an imagination like no other.

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The Last Voyage of Mrs Henry Parker

The Last Voyage of Mrs Henry Parker

Joanna Nell

The Last Voyage of Mrs Henry Parker is a love letter to the memories we make over the course of a lifetime, and how the heart remembers what matters, even when the mind has long forgotten.

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Growing Up Queer in Australia

Growing Up Queer in Australia

Benjamin Law

I marked the day in my adolescent diary with a single blank page.The mantle of "queer migrant" compelled me to keep going - to go further.I never "came out" to my parents. I felt I owed them no...

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 Special priceThe Old Lie

The Old Lie

Claire G. Coleman

A thrilling and ambitious new novel from the author of the bestselling and prize-winning Terra Nullius

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See You at the Toxteth

See You at the Toxteth

Peter Corris

For almost four decades Peter Corris was known as 'the godfather of Australian fiction', and Cliff Hardy has been Australia's favourite private investigator since he solved his first case in 1980. This selection of...

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Going Under

Going Under

Sonia Henry

Dr Katarina 'Kitty' Holliday thought that once she finished medical school and found gainful employment at one of Sydney's best teaching hospitals that her dream was just beginning. The hard years, she thought, were finally over....

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Inside the Greens

Inside the Greens

Paddy Manning

A revelatory examination of the history and future of the Australian Greens

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Week Light: Super-Fast Meals to Make You Feel Good

Week Light: Super-Fast Meals to Make You Feel Good

Donna Hay

Australia's bestselling cookbook author and most trusted home cook, Donna Hay, returns with a beautiful new cookbook that you'll want to use every night of the week.      

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Dead Man Switch

Dead Man Switch

Tara Moss

Bestselling author Tara Moss returns to crime fiction with a stunning new series, and a stunning new heroine. Meet PI Billie Walker -- smart and sexy, with a dash of Mae West humour, she's a hard-boiled detective with a...

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Wolfe Island

Wolfe Island

Lucy Treloar

The stunning new novel from the award-winning author of Salt Creek is Barkskins or The Son meets The Road...

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Banking Bad

Banking Bad

Adele Ferguson

How corporate greed broke our trust and failed Australia.

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 Read reviewWomen, Men and the Whole Damn Thing

Women, Men and the Whole Damn Thing

David Leser

'How to find the right words to frame this horror? How to understand why men do what they do to women? How to comprehend this malign force that seems to seep from the male psyche and infect us all? . . . That is the central hope,...

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State of Fear

State of Fear

Tim Ayliffe

Catching the world's most wanted terrorist was supposed to be someone else's job...

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Mother of Pearl

Mother of Pearl

Angela Savage

A luminous and courageous story about the hopes and dreams we all have for our lives and relationships, and the often fraught and unexpected ways they may be realised.Angela Savage draws us masterfully into the lives...

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Kitty Flanagan's 488 Rules for Life: The Thankless Art of Being Correct

Kitty Flanagan’s 488 Rules for Life: The Thankless Art of Being Correct

Kitty Flanagan

488 Rules for Life is Kitty Flanagan's way of making the world a more pleasant place to live. Applying truth and wit to modern problems. An antidote to stupidity. 

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On Drugs

On Drugs

Chris Fleming

A memoir of intoxication like no other, On Drugs explores Chris Fleming's experience of drug addiction, which begins while he is a student before escalating into a life-threatening compulsion.A philosopher by...

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 Special price Read reviewThe Pillars

The Pillars

Peter Polites

A thrilling new novel from the author of critically acclaimed DOWN THE HUME.

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The Pretty Girl Killer

The Pretty Girl Killer

Andrew Byrne

The complete true story of one of the world's most horrifying serial killers, who terrorised both Australia and America

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Where the Dead Go

Where the Dead Go

Sarah Bailey

Four years after the events of Into the Night, DS Gemma Woodstock is on the trail of a missing girl in a small coastal town.

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 Read reviewThe Returns

The Returns

Philip Salom

Elizabeth posts a 'room for rent' notice in Trevor's bookshop and is caught off-guard when Trevor answers the ad himself. She expected a young student not a middle-aged bookseller whose marriage has fallen apart. But Trevor is...

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The Joy of High Places

The Joy of High Places

Patti Miller

They didn't know it, but Patti Miller and her brother, Barney, shared something in common - a passion for the illuminating joy of wild nature - with all its challenges and dangers. In this extraordinary book, Patti tells the story...

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Taking Tom Murray Home

Taking Tom Murray Home

Tim Slee

The winner of the inaugural Banjo Prize, Taking Tom Murray Home is a funny, moving, bittersweet Australian story of fires, families and the restorative power of community.      

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 Special priceHow Powerful We Are

How Powerful We Are

Sally Rugg

Sally Rugg is one of Australia's most influential campaigners for social change and How Powerful We Areis her manifesto for championing what you believe is right.    

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Pills, Powder, and Smoke: Inside the Bloody War on Drugs

Pills, Powder, and Smoke: Inside the Bloody War on Drugs

Antony Loewenstein

Like the never-ending war on terror, the drugs war is a multi-billion-dollar industry that won't go down without a fight. Pills, Powder, and Smoke explains why.

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 Special priceArab, Australian, Other: Stories on Race and Identity

Arab, Australian, Other: Stories on Race and Identity

Randa Abdel-Fattah, Sara Saleh

An anthology that aims to smash the stereotypes of Arabs in Australia that too often proliferate in mainstream media.

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Paris and Other Disappointments

Paris and Other Disappointments

Adam Rozenbachs

A memoir about family, travel and why the Eiffel Tower is a real letdown in person, based on the sold-out Comedy Festival show.

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Church of the Open Sky

Church of the Open Sky

Nat Young

Tall tales from the surf.

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The Heart of the Ritz

The Heart of the Ritz

Luke Devenish

Four women join forces to survive the invasion of Paris with conviction, courage -- and style.     

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 Read reviewThe Trespassers

The Trespassers

Meg Mundell

The Trespassers is a beguiling novel that explores the consequences of greed, the experience of exile, and the unlikely ways strangers can become the people we hold dear.

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White Tears/Brown Scars

White Tears/Brown Scars

Ruby Hamad

When white people cry foul it is often people of colour who suffer. White tears have a potency that silences racial minorities. White Tears/Brown Scars blows open the inconvenient truth that when it comes to...

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Tough Customer: Chasing a better deal for battlers

Tough Customer: Chasing a better deal for battlers

Allan Fels

Allan Fels has never been one to shy away from a fight, whether it is taking on the big end of town, transforming cartels or challenging low paid workers being ripped off. In this book he opens up about his daughter's...

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Secret: The Making of Australia's Security State

Secret: The Making of Australia’s Security State

Brian Toohey

Brian Toohey draws on decades of inquiries into national security to examine governing by stealth.

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A Lot with a Little

A Lot with a Little

Tim Costello

In this evocative memoir, Tim Costello explores the people and experiences that have shaped him into a socially active fighter for the world's most challenging issues. Tracing each defining stage of his life with stark insight and...

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Storytime

Storytime

Jane Sullivan

In Storytime, author and literary critic Jane Sullivan takes us from Wonderland to Narnia, Moomintroll to Mr Toad and from Winnie the Pooh to the Magic Pudding, to find out why her favourite childhood books were so vitally...

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On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal

On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal

Naomi Klein

In her most galvanising book yet, Naomi Klein makes the case for a radical New Deal.

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Project Rainfall: The Secret History of Pine Gap

Project Rainfall: The Secret History of Pine Gap

Tom Gilling

At the height of the Cold War the chief of one of Australia's spy agencies joined three CIA men at a remote site in Central Australia to toast the success of a top secret project known in US intelligence circles...

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The Crow Eaters: A Journey Through South Australia

The Crow Eaters: A Journey Through South Australia

Ben Stubbs

Outsiders think of South Australia as being different, without really knowing much about it. Combining his own travel across the million-square kilometres of the state with an investigation of its history, Ben Stubbs seeks to find...

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Don Dunstan

Don Dunstan

Angela Woollacott

The first major biography of Don Dunstan, one of the few state premiers to stride the national stage and make a lasting mark on Australian life.

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Quarterly Essay 75: Annabel Crabb on Politics, Work and Gender

Quarterly Essay 75: Annabel Crabb on Politics, Work and Gender

Annabel Crabb

In this Quarterly Essay, Annabel Crabb deploys political observation, workplace research and her characteristic humour and intelligence to argue that gender equity cannot be achieved until men are as free to leave...

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The Burnt Country

The Burnt Country

Joy Rhoades

The stunning new novel from the author of The Woolgrower's Companion, whom the Australian Women's Weekly described as ‘a wonderful new voice in literary rural fiction'.

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Fallen

Fallen

Lucie Morris-Marr

The dramatic story of the trial of 'God's treasurer' for child sex abuse, and the conviction that sent ripples around the world.

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 Read reviewDolores

Dolores

Lauren Aimee Curtis

'A glowing, beating heart of a book' Megan Hunter, author of The End We Start From

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Meet Me at Lennon's

Meet Me at Lennon’s

Melanie Myers

Olivia Wells is struggling with her university studies, her relationship with her father and her love life. Throwing herself into her thesis research, she stumbles across details of a young woman found murdered on the banks of the...

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Sex in the Brain: How your brain controls your sex life

Sex in the Brain: How your brain controls your sex life

Amee Baird

What controls our sex lives? Our brains.  Yet there is surprisingly little research into the ways our brains influence  our sex drive. Research mainly takes place when something goes wrong through ...

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The Collaborator

The Collaborator

Diane Armstrong

Is he a hero or a traitor? Based on astonishing true events set in the darkest days of World War II in Budapest, this is an enthralling story of heroism, vengeance, passion, and betrayal. It is also the story of three women linked...

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Australianama: The South Asian Odyssey in Australia

Australianama: The South Asian Odyssey in Australia

Samia Khatun

An evocative and gracefully written reflection on cultural encounters between Aboriginals and Indians in the Outback, from the nineteenth century.

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Hollow Earth

Hollow Earth

John Kinsella

Fascinated by caves and digging holes since childhood,  Manfred discovers a path through to another realm via a Neolithic copper mine at Mount Gabriel in Schull, Ireland. 

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Out of Time

Out of Time

Steve Hawke

From the author of The Valley comes this immensely readable love story, and family story, that explores the difficult ethical and emotional terrain of dementia, and each person's right to decide when it is their time to die.

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Beyond the Bump

Beyond the Bump

Sally Shepherd

Beyond the Bump is a thoughtful and practical guide that aims to help new mums feel calm, confident and equipped to face the physical, emotional and mental hurdles they may encounter post birth.    

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The Day the Lies Began

The Day the Lies Began

Kylie Kaden

Big Little Lies meets The Party. Kylie Kaden is the freshest, new voice in domestic noir.

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Smashed Avocado: How I Cracked the Property Market and You Can Too

Smashed Avocado: How I Cracked the Property Market and You Can Too

Nicole Haddow

At thirty, journalist Nicole Haddow had unstable income, no financial plan and only credit-card debt to her name. But less than two years' later she was a home-owner.      

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Poster Boy: A Memoir of Art and Politics

Poster Boy: A Memoir of Art and Politics

Peter Drew

Packed full of Peter Drew's memorable images, Poster Boy is an intelligent, funny and brutally honest dive into the stew of individual, family and national identity. It's about politics and art, and why we need them both. And it's...

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 Read reviewLapse

Lapse

Sarah Thornton

Small town secrets and divisions come bubbling to the surface in Sarah Thornton's gripping debut crime novel.

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The Father Hood: Inspiration for the New Dad Generation

The Father Hood: Inspiration for the New Dad Generation

Luke Benedictus, Andrew McUtchen, Jeremy Macvean

It's official: Dads need a rebrand. The Father Hood celebrates the rapidly-growing tribe of hands-on dads who are discovering that fatherhood is the making of them.

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Night Fishing: Stingrays, Goya and the Singular Life

Night Fishing: Stingrays, Goya and the Singular Life

Vicki Hastrich

A luminous and remarkable memoir of a singular life in art and nature.

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Life Sentence: My Last Eighteen Months

Life Sentence: My Last Eighteen Months

Roberta Williams, Carl Williams

In 2007 Carl Williams was convicted of three murders and sentenced to 35 years' jail. Yet his role in the Melbourne Gangland Wars went far beyond a handful of killings, however brutal, and had made him one of the most infamous...

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Heart and Soul: My Story

Heart and Soul: My Story

Paul Gallen, David Riccio

Paul Gallen's career in rugby league is extraordinary. For his club, his state and his country he's given everything he's got, and then some. 

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Pain and Prejudice: A Call to Arms for Women and Their Bodies

Pain and Prejudice: A Call to Arms for Women and Their Bodies

Gabrielle Jackson

The health version of Invisible Women, this book lifts the lid about how at every level of medicine, medical research, government funding, and education, women's minds and bodies are controlled by a lack of access to everything.

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The Golden Country: Australia's Changing Identity

The Golden Country: Australia’s Changing Identity

Tim Watts

A topical and provocative exploration of Australian identity by Federal MP and author Tim Watts.

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On a Wing and a Prayer: The Race that Stopped the World

On a Wing and a Prayer: The Race that Stopped the World

Di Websdale-Morrissey

The thrilling tale of an aviation escapade dreamed up by Melbourne's Lord Mayor in the 1930s: a London to Melbourne air race that captured the world's attention and told a remarkable Australian story.

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The Enchantment of the Long-haired Rat

The Enchantment of the Long-haired Rat

Tim Bonyhady

A surprising and absorbing new work of scientific, historical and environmental investigation, featuring one of Australia's most misunderstood native animals, the long-haired rat.

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About a Girl

About a Girl

Rebekah Robertson

Rebekah Robertson's extraordinary personal story of raising her transgender child, Georgie Stone, who has become a voice not just for other transgender kids - but for an emerging generation.

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James Hardy Vaux's 1819 Dictionary of Criminal Slang and Other Impolite Terms as Used by the Convicts of the British Colonies of Australia with Additional True Stories, Remarkable Facts and Illustrations

James Hardy Vaux’s 1819 Dictionary of Criminal Slang and Other Impolite Terms as Used by the Convicts of the British Colonies of Australia with Additional True Stories, Remarkable Facts and Illustrations

Simon Barnard

From the award-winning author and illustrator Simon Barnard comes an embellished version of Australia's first ever dictionary, published on its 200-year anniversary

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Wild

Wild

Nathan Besser

An absolute romp, lead by Daniel Defoe and Jonathan Wild, through the criminal underbelly of thriving 17th century London.

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On the Chin: A Boxing Education

On the Chin: A Boxing Education

Alex McClintock

The sporting memoir of an unlikely pugilist's attempt to take on Australia's amateur boxing circuit.

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The Operators

The Operators

Barry Heard

The Operators is a thrilling yarn of wit, man bags, and old-fashioned ingenuity in the face of a changing world from master storyteller Barry Heard.

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Amnesia Findings

Amnesia Findings

Anna Jacobson

Now I knit myself back into a human. It's hard work relearning the steps -- slip-stitch, drop-stitch, pick-up stitch, loop. I get into a rhythm. The pattern is complex -- I drop a few stitches. The holes form gaps in my...

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The Near and the Far Volume II: More stories from the Asia-Pacific region

The Near and the Far Volume II: More stories from the Asia-Pacific region

David Carlin, Francesca Rendle-Short

In the outer suburbs of Perth, Australia, a seven-year-old discovers ballroom dancing. In Jakarta, Indonesia, a poet tries to move on with his life after splitting up with his boyfriend. In the Philippines' Quezon City, a nurse...

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 Read reviewThe Wooleen Way

The Wooleen Way

David Pollock

A remarkable memoir detailing a heroic and unswerving commitment to renew the severely degraded land on Wooleen, a massive pastoral property in Western Australia's southern rangelands.

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 Special priceSand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World

Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World

Tyson Yunkaporta

What happens when global systems are viewed from an Indigenous perspective? How does it affect the way we see history, money, power and learning? Could it change the world?

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When You're Not OK: A Toolkit for Tough Times

When You’re Not OK: A Toolkit for Tough Times

Jill Stark

When You're Not OK is an emotional first-aid kit for your body, mind, and soul, written by someone who's been there too.

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Heide

Heide

Pi.O.

Heide is an epic poem about history, painting, painters, patrons and the people who made art happen in Australia -- from Louis Buvelot to Edith Rowan, Tom Roberts and Robert Streeton to Vassilief, Nolan, Tucker, Joy...

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Ian Fairweather: A Life in Letters

Ian Fairweather: A Life in Letters

Claire Roberts, John Thompson

A self-portrait by one of Australia's greatest artists, a man mistakenly portrayed as a hermit

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Lucky Ticket

Lucky Ticket

Joey Bui

A debut collection of stories announcing an intelligent, vibrant and highly original Australian-Vietnamese voice in contemporary literature.

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The Shared Table: Vegetarian and vegan feasts to cook for your crowd

The Shared Table: Vegetarian and vegan feasts to cook for your crowd

Clare Scrine

Any meal is only as good as the company with whom it's shared, which is why this book unites food and its local community.      

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Being Black 'n Chicken, and Chips

Being Black ‘n Chicken, and Chips

Matt Okine

When his mum is suddenly diagnosed with advanced breast and brain cancer, Mike knows it's a long shot, but if he manages to achieve his dreams, maybe it'll give his mum enough strength to beat an incurable disease.   ...

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The Devil's Grip

The Devil’s Grip

Neal Drinnan

From the bucolic majesty, privilege and snobbery of the Western District's prized pastoral lands and dynasties to the bleak, loveless underworld of orphanages, rodeo stables and homeless shelters, The Devil's...

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