Australian non-fiction highlights for schools and libraries, November 2017

One Enchanted Evening

One Enchanted Evening

Charlotte Smith

Every woman has a dress that reminds her of one unforgettable evening ...Charlotte Smith owns literally thousands. Having lived life to the full in London, Paris and New York, when she settled in Australia she...

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Feeling is the Thing that Happens in 1000th of a Second

Feeling is the Thing that Happens in 1000th of a Second

Christian Ryan

A book which centres on the most significant all-time figure in cricket words and pictures, photographer Patrick Eagar

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An Activist Life

An Activist Life

Christine Milne

Former Greens leader Christine Milne tells her story through 18 objects, interweaving the personal and political to recount a truly inspirational life.

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The Best Film I Never Made: And Other Stories about a Life in the Arts

The Best Film I Never Made: And Other Stories about a Life in the Arts

Bruce Beresford

This entertaining collection of pieces from the acclaimed director of Breaker Morant, Driving Miss Daisy and Mao's Last Dancer features memoirs, brief lives and revealing accounts of the film world.Alongside unsung...

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Can You Hear the Sea?: My Grandmother's Story

Can You Hear the Sea?: My Grandmother’s Story

Brenda Niall

An insightful and moving story of life in nineteenth and early twentieth century Australia, from one of the country's most celebrated biographers.

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 Read reviewDomestic Interior

Domestic Interior

Fiona Wright

The poems in Domestic Interior draw together varieties of suburban experience and imagination, charting places that are vibrant, plangent and comical. Award-winning poet and essayist Fiona Wright shows her...

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The Drover's Wife: A Collection

The Drover’s Wife: A Collection

Frank Moorhouse

A celebration of a great Australian love affair, 'The Drover's Wife' in the Australian imagination: stories, performances and images.

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The Footy Lady: The Trailblazing Story of Susan Alberti

The Footy Lady: The Trailblazing Story of Susan Alberti

Stephanie Asher

No tragedy, no challenge, has proved too hard for Susan Alberti. The woman from the working-class suburbs has battled boardrooms, courts, lymphoma and adult diabetes; and was one of the driving forces behind the AFL's move into...

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Tracker

Alexis Wright

New book by Miles Franklin-winning author Alexis Wright, author of Carpentaria and The Swan Book - a memoir in story form of the charismatic Indigenous leader Tracker Tilmouth, and an epic portrait of a important period in the...

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I Love Poetry

I Love Poetry

Michael Farrell

Michael Farrell is the most adventurous and
 experimental of contemporary Australian poets, continually pushing the boundaries of
 what poetry can do. Highly regarded for the playful rhythms and comic, gestural...

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More Great Properties of Country Victoria: The Western District's Golden Age

More Great Properties of Country Victoria: The Western District’s Golden Age

Richard Allen, Kimbal Baker

This fascinating and beautiful book, sequel to the bestselling Great Properties of Country Victoria, takes us into the private world of twelve notable properties. Through their early histories we follow their fortunes;...

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No Front Line: Australian Special Forces at War in Afghanistan

No Front Line: Australian Special Forces at War in Afghanistan

Chris Masters

Australia's foremost investigative journalist goes deep into the heart of our Special Forces long war in Afghanistan.

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A Pleasure to be Here: The Best of Clarke and Dawe 1989-2017

A Pleasure to be Here: The Best of Clarke and Dawe 1989-2017

John Clarke

Drawn from John Clarke's and Bryan Dawe's weekly broadcasts, these timelessly funny scripts will delight readers as they revisit the scandals and stuff-ups of our lifetimes. Politics was never so preposterous. All the...

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Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters

Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters

Margo Neale

This stunning companion to the National Museum of Australia's blockbuster Indigenous-led exhibition, Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters, explores the history and meaning of songlines, the Dreaming or creation tracks...

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Voyage of the Southern Sun: An Amazing Solo Journey Around the World

Voyage of the Southern Sun: An Amazing Solo Journey Around the World

Michael Smith

University dropout Michael Smith built a multimillion-dollar business fitting out movie theatres around the world, before restoring Melbourne's Sun Theatre and becoming one of the country's last independent cinema operators.

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 Special priceWorking Class Man

Working Class Man

Jimmy Barnes

In this hugely anticipated sequel to his critically acclaimed bestseller, Working Class Boy, Jimmy picks up the story of his life as he leaves Adelaide in the back of an old truck with a then unknown band called Cold Chisel.

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Pentridge: Voices from the Other Side

Pentridge: Voices from the Other Side

Rupert Mann

Members of the last generation of inmates and staff return to the now-forgotten prison to tell the true and brutal story of Pentridge before developers bury it forever.

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 Special pricePainting by Numbers: The life and art of Ferdinand Bauer

Painting by Numbers: The life and art of Ferdinand Bauer

David Mabberley

Ferdinand Bauer is seen by many as the greatest natural history painter of all time. This fascinating new study of Bauer's work includes reproductions of never-before-published works from collections in Europe and Australia....

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 Special priceBurke and Wills: The triumph and tragedy of Australia's most famous explorers

Burke and Wills: The triumph and tragedy of Australia’s most famous explorers

Peter FitzSimons

The iconic Australian exploration story - brought to life by Peter FitzSimons, Australia's storyteller.

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The Good Country: The Djadja Wurrung, The Settlers and the Protectors

The Good Country: The Djadja Wurrung, The Settlers and the Protectors

Bain Attwood

In this superbly researched book Bain Attwood eschews the generalisations of national and colonial history to provide a finely grained local history of the......

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