Australian Non-Fiction 2014

Small Wonders

Small Wonders

Stanley Breeden, Kaisa Breeden

Award-winning nature photographers Stanley and Kaisa Breeden explore Australia's small animal life to reveal the wonder and beauty of looking closely into nature. Their specially developed digital photography techniques make it...

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The Europeans in Australia: Volume Three - Nation

The Europeans in Australia: Volume Three - Nation

Alan Atkinson

This volume explores the impact of European power on Australia. It argues that the Europeans were just conquerors, that their own cultures were infinitely complex, thickly-woven with ideas about spirituality, authority, self and...

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The Secrets Of The Anzacs: The Untold Story Of Venereal DiseaseIn The Australian Army, 1914-1919

The Secrets Of The Anzacs: The Untold Story Of Venereal DiseaseIn The Australian Army, 1914-1919

Raden Dunbar

Here is a truly astonishing statistic: during World War I, about 60,000 soldiers in the Australian Imperial Force were treated by army doctors in Egypt, Europe, and Australia for venereal diseases - almost the same number of...

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 Special priceTriumph and Demise

Triumph and Demise

Paul Kelly

Featuring a new introduction in response to Julia Gillard's memoir, this revised edition brings Paul Kelly's masterpiece on the Rudd-Gillard years up to the present. Drawing on more than sixty on-the-record interviews with all the...

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Other States of Mind

Other States of Mind

Natasha Bernard

Nearly half of our population will experience changes in their mental state at some stage in their lives ... depression, anxiety, bipolar, OCD, PND-there are so many clinical names thrown around to describe our thoughts, feelings...

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Australia 1901 - 2001: A Narrative History

Australia 1901 - 2001: A Narrative History

Andrew Tink

Andrew Tink's superb book tells the story of Australia in the twentieth century, from Federation to the Sydney 2000 Olympics. A century marked by the trauma of war and the despair of the depression, balanced by extraordinary...

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Between Us: Women Of Letters

Between Us: Women Of Letters

Michaela McGuire, Marieke Hardy

Our biggest and most exciting Women of Letters collection yet! Between Us features the warmth, intelligence and letters we've come to expect from Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire, but also includes several People of Letters...

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Horses in Australia: An illustrated history

Horses in Australia: An illustrated history

Nicolas Brasch

This beautifully illustrated book celebrates the horse in Australia past and present. From Cobb & Co to Black Caviar, from the Walers of World War I to The Man from Snowy River, it showcases our best historical and...

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The Best Australian Science Writing 2014

The Best Australian Science Writing 2014

Ashley Hay, Ian Lowe

The annual collection celebrating the finest Australian science writing of the year. Why are Sydney's golden orb weaver spiders getting fatter and fitter? Could sociology explain the recent upsurge in prostate cancer...

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Holidays

Holidays

William McInnes

From bestselling author William McInnes, a book about the languid, unending holidays of summer; it's about going away and staying at home, about sunburn, seagulls, family and friends.

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Australians Volume 3: Flappers to Vietnam

Australians Volume 3: Flappers to Vietnam

Thomas Keneally (Author)

This third volume brings Australia's more recent history to vibrant life.

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The Nashos' War: Australia's National Servicemen And Vietnam

The Nashos' War: Australia’s National Servicemen And Vietnam

Mark Dapin

On 10 March 1965, the first nasho's birthdate was drawn from a lottery barrel at the Department of Labour and National Service in Melbourne��

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The Wife Drought

The Wife Drought

Annabel Crabb

For decades, feminism has argued the case for getting women into the workplace. Affirmative action, support schemes, paid maternity leave...all valuable devices, and yet still we agonise over why women aren't better represented in...

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Best Australian Essays 2014

Best Australian Essays 2014

Robert Manne

In The Best Australian Essays 2014, Robert Manne assembles his picks of contemporary non-fiction writing. This sharp collection of essays about the human condition evinces lucid insight, shrewd understanding and heartbreaking...

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Best Australian Political Cartoons 2014

Best Australian Political Cartoons 2014

Russ Radcliffe

The year in politics as observed by Australia's funniest and most perceptive political cartoonists. With Dean Alston, Peter Broelman, Warren Brown, Pat Campbell, Andrew Dyson, John Farmer, firstdogonthemoon, Matt Golding,...

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The Bush

The Bush

Don Watson

The bush: few terms are as powerful, and few as hard to define. Far from a conventional history of it, this is an idiosyncratic, highly original and insightful journey through Australian landscape, history and culture.

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 Read reviewBlood & Guts: Dispatches from the Whale Wars

Blood & Guts: Dispatches from the Whale Wars

Sam Vincent

Confrontations between Japanese whalers and Sea Shepherd activists make for exciting news reports during the Australian summer. But the sensational headlines and dramatic footage - eco warriors pitted against the might of the...

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Battarbee and Namatjira

Battarbee and Namatjira

Martin Edmond

Battarbee and Namatjira is the biography of two artists Rex Battarbee and Albert Namatjira, one white Australian from Warrnambool in Victoria, the other Aboriginal, of the Arrernte people, from the Hermannsburg Mission...

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Trendyville: The Battle for Australia's Inner Cities

Trendyville: The Battle for Australia’s Inner Cities

Graeme Davison, Renate Howe and David Nicholls

This book is an in-depth examination of the causes and consequences of urban protest in a democracy. It shows how it changed the built environment as well as its participants, and resonated in many of our institutions including...

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The Writing Life

The Writing Life

David Malouf

Who else, but a writer, is really able to interrogate the work of other writers? From Christina Stead, Les Murray and Patrick White to Proust, Shakespeare and Charlotte Bronte, David Malouf reads and examines the work of writers...

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A Rightful Place: Race, Recognition and a More Complete Commonwealth

A Rightful Place: Race, Recognition and a More Complete Commonwealth

Noel Pearson

Over the next two years, Australians will decide if and how Aboriginal people will be recognised in the Constitution. Professor Greg Craven writes: 'We have a committed Prime Minister, and a committed opposition. We have a...

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 Read reviewOnly In New York

Only In New York

Lily Brett

Lily Brett's love affair with new York began as an outsider in her late teens when she was posted on assignment there as a rock journalist for Australia's Go-Set magazine. In her early forties, following the collapse of her first...

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Charles Bean: War Correspondent

Charles Bean: War Correspondent

Ross Coulthart

On the eve of the centenary of Gallipoli Ross Coulthart tells the real story of the iconic Australian war correspondent. CEW Bean's wartime reports and photographs mythologised the Australian soldier and helped spawn the notion...

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A-z Of Convicts In Van Diemen's Land

A-z Of Convicts In Van Diemen’s Land

Simon Barnard

Seventy-three thousand convicts were transported to the British penal colony of Van Diemen's Land in the first half of the nineteenth century. They played a vital role in the building of the settlements, as well as the running of...

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Refugees: Why seeking asylum is legal and Australia's policies are not

Refugees: Why seeking asylum is legal and Australia’s policies are not

Jane McAdam, Fiona Chong

If you listen to some politicians and voices in the media, you might well believe that asylum seekers are 'illegal'. You might think that they should wait their turn in the so - called 'queue'. You might think that they pose a...

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 Read reviewThe Dangerous Bride: A Memoir of Love, Gods and Geography

The Dangerous Bride: A Memoir of Love, Gods and Geography

Lee Kofman

Lee Kofman, rebellious daughter of ultra-orthodox Jews, has always sought her own way. True to her Bohemian dream where love can coexist with sexual freedom, she decided to experiment with an open marriage... despite the fact that...

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A Fig at the Gate: The Joys of Friendship, Gardening and the Gaining of Wisdom

A Fig at the Gate: The Joys of Friendship, Gardening and the Gaining of Wisdom

Kate Llewellyn

A deeply satisfying diary of gardening, family, friends, ageing and renewal.

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Well May We Say...The Speeches That Made Australia

Well May We Say…The Speeches That Made Australia

Sally Warhaft

Memorable speeches define a people and a place: they define a nation. It is impossible to imagine Australia's past without Peter Lalor's rallying cry at the Eureka Stockade or Ned Kelly's last words from the dock. Or to imagine...

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What Did You Do in the Cold War Daddy?: Personal Stories from a Troubled Time

What Did You Do in the Cold War Daddy?: Personal Stories from a Troubled Time

Ann Curthoys, Joy Damousi

The Cold War was a turbulent time to grow up in. Family ties were tested, friendships were torn apart and new beliefs forged out of the ruins of old loyalties. In this book, through twelve evocative stories of childhood and early...

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Flying on Broken Wings: A Journey of Unimaginable Betrayal, Resilience and Hope

Flying on Broken Wings: A Journey of Unimaginable Betrayal, Resilience and Hope

Carrie Bailee

This is the story of one young woman's heroic journey to survive, escape and soar above her shocking childhood experiences, and her powerful struggle for freedom and a beautiful life in Australia.

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Australia's Few and the Battle of Britain

Australia’s Few and the Battle of Britain

Kristen Alexander

Jack Kennedy (Sydney), Stuart Walch (Hobart), Dick Glyde (Perth), Ken Holland (Sydney), Pat Hughes (Cooma and Sydney), Bill Millington (Adelaide), John Crossman (Newcastle) and Des Sheen (Canberra): eight Australian Spitfire and...

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It's Not You, Geography, It's Me

It’s Not You, Geography, It’s Me

Kristy Chambers

From the author of the bestselling Get Well Soon! My (Un)Brilliant Career as a Nurse comes a hilarious - and brutally honest - memoir about mental illness and depression. For someone who hates exercise, Kristy Chambers is pretty...

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My Story

My Story

Julia Gillard

Here, in her own words, Julia Gillard reveals what life was really like as Australia's first female prime minister.

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 Read reviewDress, Memory: A Memoir of My Twenties in Dresses

Dress, Memory: A Memoir of My Twenties in Dresses

Lorelei Vashti

A charming coming-of-age memoir in which every dress tells a story. Dress, Memory is about a decade in dresses. Perceptive and poignant, humorous and heartwarming, it's the story of growing up and growing into yourself. It's about...

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The World's Longest Taxi Fare

The World’s Longest Taxi Fare

Larry O'Toole

Motor Service Provider, Charlie Heard, was engaged to carry three ladies on a daring outback adventure in 1930. Ada Beal, Lil Wilmot and Eileen Glenny were Charlie's intrepid passengers. He drove them in his Hudson...

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Class Act

Class Act

Maxine McKew

In Class Act Maxine McKew calls for a ceasefire in the education wars-the largely irrelevant arguments over national curricula and governance issues. - See more at:...

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Salad Days

Salad Days

Ronnie Scott

Salad Days is a fascinating and lyrical look at a particular moment in our history and society, and an important contribution to an ongoing debate about how we eat.

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Kevin Rudd: Twice Prime Minister

Kevin Rudd: Twice Prime Minister

Patrick Weller

Beginning with Rudd's childhood in rural Queensland, examines the people, places and politics that shaped him into the leader he is today. A frank analysis of Kevin Rudd's leadership style and his government's first term in...

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I Spy a Great Reader: How to Unlock the Literary Secret and Get Your Child Hooked on Books

I Spy a Great Reader: How to Unlock the Literary Secret and Get Your Child Hooked on Books

Jackie French

Australian Children's Laureate, book lover and dyslexia sufferer Jackie French gives a wonderful insight into how you can help your child discover a world of books. Does your child love books, but can't stay still long enough to...

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The Good Fight: Six Years, Two Prime Ministers and Staring Down the Great Recession

The Good Fight: Six Years, Two Prime Ministers and Staring Down the Great Recession

Wayne Swan

A highly personal account of the Rudd and Gillard governments from the heart of the Cabinet and the real story of how Australia avoided the Great Recession from the man recognised as the best treasurer in the world

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Ambon: The truth about one of the most brutal POW camps in World War II and the triumph of the Aussie spirit

Ambon: The truth about one of the most brutal POW camps in World War II and the triumph of the Aussie spirit

Roger Maynard

In February 1942 the Indonesian island of Ambon fell to the might of the advancing Japanese war machine. Among the captured Allied forces was a unit of 1150 Australian soldiers known as Gull Force, who had been sent to defend the...

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Three Quarter Man: Pranks, Passion and Paralympics

Three Quarter Man: Pranks, Passion and Paralympics

Sam Bramham

Sam had his right leg amputated at the age of five but has never let his disability get in the way of his dreams, or to quell his larrikin spirit. He caused an international incident at one Paralympics after convincing a pesky...

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Dick Hamer: The Liberal Liberal

Dick Hamer: The Liberal Liberal

Tim Colebatch

He was the reforming leader who made Victoria a leader in social equality, the arts, and the environment. He and his government built the underground rail loop, decriminalised homosexuality, abolished capital punishment, and...

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Hell-Bent: Australia's Leap Into The Great War

Hell-Bent: Australia’s Leap Into The Great War

Douglas Newton

Most histories of Australia's Great War rush their readers into the trenches. This history is very different. For the first time, it examines events closely, even hour-by-hour, in both Britain and Australia during the last days of...

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The Fights of My Life

The Fights of My Life

Greg Combet, Mark Davis

The Fights of My Life is the story of a man who faces up to the power structures of politics, big business and the media. His latest target is the labour movement, arguing that the Labor Party and the trade unions must...

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I, Migrant: A Comedian's Journey From Karachi to the Outback

I, Migrant: A Comedian’s Journey From Karachi to the Outback

Sami Shah

An intelligent, hilarious and moving memoir - from Karachi to Western Australia. Read I, Migrant and laugh til you cry. Despite nearly being killed by a kangaroo and almost lynched and run out of town after his comedy was...

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Tim Winton: Critical Essays

Tim Winton: Critical Essays

Lyn McCredden, Nathanael O'Reilly

Includes bibliographical references (pages 330-331) and index.

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The Hard Sell

The Hard Sell

Dee Madigan

In The Hard Sell, creative director Dee Madigan uses her trademark humour and down-to-earth approach to unveil the world of political advertising.

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The Political Bubble: Why Australians Don't Trust Politics

The Political Bubble: Why Australians Don’t Trust Politics

Mark Latham

Australians once trusted the democratic process. While we got on with our lives, we assumed our politicians had our best interests at heart. Not anymore. That trust has collapsed.

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Victoria at War: 1914-1918

Victoria at War: 1914-1918

Michael McKernan

Bestselling military historian Michael McKernan commemorates the generosity, devotion, sacrifice and spirit of a community pushed towards breaking point through stories from the home front and battlefront.

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Downsize With Style: A 5-Step Process to Create a Happy Home and Refine Your New Lifestyle

Downsize With Style: A 5-Step Process to Create a Happy Home and Refine Your New Lifestyle

Bettina Deda

Downsize with Style is a practical guide for empty nesters to successfully manage their downsizing project. The book is based on an easy-to-follow 5-step process.

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Australian History In 7 Questions

Australian History In 7 Questions

John Hirst

'If there are genuine questions about Australian history, there is something to puzzle over. The history ceases to be predictable - and dull.' From the author of The Shortest History of Europe, acclaimed historian John Hirst,...

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Essays from Near and Far

Essays from Near and Far

James Dryburgh

'Essays from Near and Far' is a first collection of literary essays on wide-ranging topics by Tasmanian James Dryburgh, with a foreword from poet and environmentalist Pete Hay.

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The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka

The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka

Clare Wright

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...

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Rules of Engagement

Rules of Engagement

Kim Williams

From FOXTEL to News Corp, film to football, opera to business, Kim Williams is a builder of Australian institutions. He has worked with some of the very best in their fields - Rupert Murdoch, Kerry Packer, Kevin Sheedy, Gail Kelly...

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 Read reviewWarning: The Story Of Cyclone Tracy

Warning: The Story Of Cyclone Tracy

Sophie Cunningham

The sky at the top end is big and the weather moves like a living thing. You can hear it in the cracking air when there is an electrical storm and as the thunder rolls around the sky...When Cyclone Tracy swept down on Darwin at...

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The Good the Bad and the Unlikely: Australia's Prime Ministers (Updated and Revised)

The Good the Bad and the Unlikely: Australia’s Prime Ministers (Updated and Revised)

Mungo MacCallum

Good drinkers, bad swimmers and unlikely heroes Since Australia's birth in 1901, twenty-eight politicians have run the national show. Their time at the top has ranged from eight days for Frank Forde to eighteen years for Bob...

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 Read reviewThe Whitlam Mob

The Whitlam Mob

Mungo MacCallum

A delightful portrait gallery that evokes a turbulent time. In The Whitlam Mob, Mungo gives a sharp, witty and very personal account of the main characters of the Whitlam years - from Gough and Margaret to Lionel Murphy,...

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 Read reviewA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo

Luke Ryan

A year-long regimen of chemotherapy and radiotherapy wasn't quite what Luke Ryan had in mind when he turned 22. Especially having been through the same rigmarole when he was 11! Needless to say, Luke Ryan is eyeing off 33 warily....

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Hockey: Not Your Average Joe

Hockey: Not Your Average Joe

Madonna King

Will this man be Australia's next Prime Minister? The son of an immigrant and a Bondi beauty queen, Joe Hockey is one of Australia's most popular politicians with one of the nation's toughest jobs.

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The Rise and Fall of Australia: How a great nation lost its way

The Rise and Fall of Australia: How a great nation lost its way

Nick Bryant

A forensic look at the Lucky Country, from the inside and outside. Never before has Australia enjoyed such economic, commercial, diplomatic and cultural clout. Its recession - proof economy is the envy of the world. It's the...

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 Read reviewHave You Seen Simone?: The Story Of An Unsolved Murder

Have You Seen Simone?: The Story Of An Unsolved Murder

Virginia Peters

'Beneath the palm tree she'd perished like a stone fruit amongst the leaves and insects: her flesh bruised a variety of shades, from black through to yellow; her facial features, for all their lovely detail, completely...

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Tony Windsor: The Biography

Tony Windsor: The Biography

Ruth Rae

A revealing, in-depth look at the life of Tony Windsor, one of the most a widely admired, straight-talking and honourable men in Australian politics.

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 Read reviewThe Life of I

The Life of I

Anne Manne

Far from being the work of a madman, Anders Breivik's murderous rampage in Norway was the action of an extreme narcissist. As the dead lay around him, he held up a finger asking for a Band-Aid.

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The Lost Legions of Fromelles: The True Story of the Most Dramatic Battle in Australia's History

The Lost Legions of Fromelles: The True Story of the Most Dramatic Battle in Australia’s History

Peter Barton

Controversial and groundbreaking, this is the most authoritative book ever written on the battle of Fromelles - worst day in Australia's entire military history.

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The Professionals: Strategy, Money And The Rise Of The PoliticalCampaigner In Australia

The Professionals: Strategy, Money And The Rise Of The PoliticalCampaigner In Australia

Stephen Mills

During 2010-11, Stephen Mills conducted on-the-record interviews with every living national campaign director of the two major political parties. Their experience covers the 15 federal election campaigns from 1974 to the present...

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The Luck of the Irish: How a Shipload of Convicts Survived the Wreck of the Hive to Make a New Life in Australia

The Luck of the Irish: How a Shipload of Convicts Survived the Wreck of the Hive to Make a New Life in Australia

Babette Smith

The Luck of the Irish is a fascinating portrait of colonial life in the mid-19th century, which reveals how the Irish helped lay the foundations of the Australia we know today.

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 Read reviewStop the Presses: How Greed, Incompetence (and the Internet) Wrecked Fairfax

Stop the Presses: How Greed, Incompetence (and the Internet) Wrecked Fairfax

Ben Hills

A decade ago Fairfax Media was one of the most powerful institutions in the country; staffed by gun reporters, funded by its 'rivers of gold', offering up high quality, fearless journalism. Since then, it has become a car wreck...

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 Read reviewWhere Song Began: Australia's Birds And How They Changed TheWorld

Where Song Began: Australia’s Birds And How They Changed TheWorld

Tim Low

Renowned for its unusual mammals, Australia is a land of birds that are just as unusual, just as striking, a result of the continent's tens of millions of years of isolation. Compared with birds elsewhere, ours are more likely to...

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 Read reviewTravelling Without Gods

Travelling Without Gods

Cassandra Atherton

Wide - ranging in theme and context, it explores the imaginative effects of his writing. A tribute to Chris on the occasion of this eightieth birthday, in many ways it suggests an alternative cultural history of Australia since...

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 Read reviewLast Bets: A true story of gambling, morality and the law

Last Bets: A true story of gambling, morality and the law

Michaela McGuire

On a Sunday evening in July 2011, 40 - year - old Anthony Dunning was pinned to the floor of Melbourne's Crown casino by security staff. Four days later, he died in the intensive care unit of the Alfred Hospital. The incident was...

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 Read reviewThe Prince: Faith, Abuse and George Pell: Quarterly Essay 51

The Prince: Faith, Abuse and George Pell: Quarterly Essay 51

David Marr

David Marr's explosive bestseller, now expanded and updated. The leading Catholic in the nation and spiritual adviser to Tony Abbott, Cardinal George Pell has played a key role in the greatest challenge to face his church for...

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Life Chances: Stories of growing up in Australia

Life Chances: Stories of growing up in Australia

Janet Taylor

Presents the real life stories of five young people who were all born in the same place at the same time and who all seem to be flourishing at age 21 but who have had very different life experiences along the way. The book enables...

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Menzies at War

Menzies at War

Anne Henderson

In the months following his resignation as PM in late August 1941, Menzies swayed between relief at his release from the burdens of office as PM and despair that his life at the top had come to so little. Many followers of...

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The Independent Member for Lyne: A Memoir

The Independent Member for Lyne: A Memoir

Rob Oakeshott

From deep inside the last Parliament, Rob Oakeshott reveals the real story of being an independent during the Gillard government. From his apprenticeship in the NSW Parliament to the last days of the Gillard government, this is...

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The Women's Health Book

The Women’s Health Book

The Royal Women's Hospital

As a woman, looking after your health is the most important step you can take towards creating a healthy, happy family and a thriving community. But in today's busy world, with so many demands on your time, it's not always easy to...

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Dirty Secrets: Our ASIO files

Dirty Secrets: Our ASIO files

Meredith Burgmann

In this moving, funny and sometimes chilling book, leading Australians open their ASIO files and read what the state's security apparatus said about them. Writers from across the political spectrum including Mark Aarons,...

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 Read reviewThe Feel-Good Hit of the Year: A Memoir

The Feel-Good Hit of the Year: A Memoir

Liam Pieper

Hilarious, compelling and sometimes heartbreaking, The Feel-Good Hit of the Year is a memoir about family, drugs and learning how to live with yourself, from a sharp and original new Australian voice.

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 Read reviewShy: A Memoir

Shy: A Memoir

Sian Prior

Shy. It's a shy word, a timid little word that begs to remain unnoticed. Only three letters long, and it begins with an exhortation to silence. Shhh. Reserved is different. It's for tall men with jutting jaws. Prime ministers can...

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 Read reviewFunemployed

Funemployed

Justin Heazlewood

Funemployed goes beyond the press releases and the hype to show what it's really like to be a working artist in Australia. Through candid interviews, brutal honesty and lacerating wit, Justin Heazlewood (aka The Bedroom...

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The Dealer is the Devil: Inside the Aboriginal art trade

The Dealer is the Devil: Inside the Aboriginal art trade

Adrian Newstead

With vivid portraits of artists, dealers and scamsters, the book races from pre-contact and colonial days to the heady celebrations of the Sydney Olympics and the devastating impact of the global financial crisis. Newstead's...

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Power Failure: The Inside Story Of Climate Politics Under Rudd And Gillard

Power Failure: The Inside Story Of Climate Politics Under Rudd And Gillard

Philip Chubb

One of the most bitterly contested political issues of recent times has been climate change, and how - or indeed whether - Australia should act to mitigate its effects. Different policy approaches have been developed and discarded...

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Australian Notebooks

Australian Notebooks

Betty Churcher

In Australian Notebooks, Betty Churcher revisits some of the artworks she most cherishes - a seminal Picasso, early works of the Heidelberg School, a striking portrait by Lucian Freud - and invites us to look afresh at the...

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 Read reviewThe Poet's Wife

The Poet’s Wife

Mandy Sayer

In the follow-up to her bestselling memoir, Dreamtime Alice, Mandy Sayer tells the story of the ten years she and Yusef Komunyakaa spent together, first as lovers, then as husband and wife.

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Under the Microscope

Under the Microscope

Earl Owen

Earl Owen was the first surgeon to be able to reverse vasectomies and complete fallopian tube ligatures (using his microsurgical prowess). And he designed the chairs in the Sydney Opera House! He has done more in his eighty years...

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The Black War: Fear, Sex and Resistance in Tasmania

The Black War: Fear, Sex and Resistance in Tasmania

Nicholas Clements, Henry Reynolds

At its core, The Black War is a story about two peoples who just wanted to be free of each other...sooner or later Europeans and Aborigines were bound to clash, but it was Tasmania's unique circumstances that turned this...

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Calling the Shots: Aboriginal Photographies

Calling the Shots: Aboriginal Photographies

Jane Lydon (ed.)

Historically, photographs of Indigenous Australians were produced in unequal and exploitative circumstances. Today, however, such images represent a rich cultural heritage for descendants, who see them in distinctive and positive...

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Natural Curiosity: Unseen Art of the First Fleet

Natural Curiosity: Unseen Art of the First Fleet

Louise Anemaat

Parrots and lorikeets swoop down, vivid, bright and colourful. Black swans glide through the air. Owls stare out from pages, wide-eyed. A sense of awe swept through natural history circles in eighteenth-century London when the...

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Jacks And Jokers

Jacks And Jokers

Matthew Condon

The much-anticipated sequel to the bestselling Three Crooked Kings. Here we read about the shocking true story of Queensland and how a society was shaped by almost half a century of corruption. The story continues as Terry Lewis...

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Don Dunstan: Intimacy and Liberty: A political biography

Don Dunstan: Intimacy and Liberty: A political biography

Dino Hodge

This book records the change in public discourse over issues of homosexuality - from morality to state security and then civil liberties. Don Dunstan worked as a member of parliament for more than twenty-five years, and then...

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Dangerous Allies

Dangerous Allies

Malcolm Fraser, Cain Roberts

Dangerous Allies examines Australia's history of strategic dependence and questions the continuation of this position. It argues that international circumstances, in the world and in the Western Pacific especially,...

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Darwin

Darwin

Tess Lea

Darwin is a survivor, you have to give it that. Razed to the ground four times in its short history, it has picked itself up out of the debris to not only rebuild but grow. Darwin has known catastrophes and resurrections; it has...

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Diary of a Foreign Minister

Diary of a Foreign Minister

Bob Carr

Six years after vacating his position as the longest - serving Premier of New South Wales, Bob Carr returned to politics in his dream job: as Foreign Minister of Australia and a senior federal cabinet minister. For 18 months he...

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Sheila: The Australian Beauty Who Bewitched British Society

Sheila: The Australian Beauty Who Bewitched British Society

Robert Wainwright

Born on a NSW sheep station, she wedded earls and barons, was feted by London and New York society, and when she died was a Russian princess.

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Bully for Them: Outstanding Australians on Hard Lessons Learned at School

Bully for Them: Outstanding Australians on Hard Lessons Learned at School

Fiona Scott-Norman

In candid and entertaining interviews, leading lights from across Australian life recount how they were bullied and shunned at school just for being different. Not only did they survive the ordeal but their experiences helped...

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Prisoner X

Prisoner X

Rafael Epstein

Prisoner X, just 34 years old, was slumped in a small bathroom, separated from his cell by a transparent door. Kept in one of the most technologically sophisticated solitary jail cells, at the behest of one of the world's most...

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Lost Boys of Anzac

Lost Boys of Anzac

Peter Stanley

Australians remember the dead of 25 April 1915 on Anzac Day every year. But do we know the name of a single soldier who died that day? What do we really know about the men supposedly most cherished in the national memory of war?...

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Anzac's Long Shadow: The Cost Of Our National Obsession: Redbacks

Anzac’s Long Shadow: The Cost Of Our National Obsession: Redbacks

James Brown

In Anzac's Long Shadow, James Brown, a former army officer and brilliant young thinker, describes how Australia is investing too much time, money and emotion in the Anzac legend. He argues that when a legend comes to...

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 Read reviewThe Tainted Trial of Farah Jama

The Tainted Trial of Farah Jama

Julie Szego

In the style of literary non-fiction comes a compelling, true story that will appeal to mystery, crime and "CSI" aficionados and anyone interested in justice for all in the midst of cultural diversity.

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Playing To Win

Playing To Win

Michael Gordon

Playing to Win is an insider's view of how the Hawthorn Football Club won its 11th premiership in 2013 and, in the process, established itself as Australia's most successful football club over the past 60 years. From an unexpected...

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Australia and the Vietnam War

Australia and the Vietnam War

Peter Edwards

In this landmark book, award-winning historian Peter Edwards skilfully unravels the complexities of the global Cold War, decolonisation in Southeast Asia and Australian domestic politics to provide new, often surprising, answers...

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