Summer Reading Guide: Australian stories

 Special priceAny Ordinary Day

Any Ordinary Day

Leigh Sales

As a journalist, Leigh Sales often encounters people experiencing the worst moments of their lives in the full glare of the media. But one particular string of bad news stories - and a terrifying brush with her own mortality -...

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 Special price Read reviewThe Arsonist

The Arsonist

Chloe Hooper

On the day that became known as Black Saturday, one man deliberately lit two fires near the small town of Churchill, Gippsland, then sat on the roof of his house and watched the flames. The Arsonist, by the acclaimed author of The...

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 Special priceAustralian Bush Superfoods

Australian Bush Superfoods

Lily Alice, Thomas O'Quinn

A cookbook and guide featuring Australian native ingredients

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Books That Saved My Life: Reading for Wisdom, Solace and Pleasure

Books That Saved My Life: Reading for Wisdom, Solace and Pleasure

Michael McGirr

A profound, funny and uplifting collection of reminiscences about a life in books.     

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 Read reviewClose to Home: Selected Writings

Close to Home: Selected Writings

Alice Pung

This delightful collection brings together Alice Pung's most loved writing, on migration, family, identity, art and more. Warm, funny, moving and unfailingly honest, this is Alice Pung at her best - an irresistible delight for...

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The Getting of Garlic

The Getting of Garlic

John Newton

The white colonisers of Australia suffered from Alliumphobia, a fear of garlic. Local cooks didn't touch the stuff and it took centuries for that fear to lift. This food history of Australia shows we held onto British assumptions...

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 Special priceGermaine: The Life of Germaine Greer

Germaine: The Life of Germaine Greer

Elizabeth Kleinhenz

Arguably the most significant and influential Australian woman of her time.      

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 Special priceHenry and Banjo

Henry and Banjo

James Knight

The fascinating lives and turbulent times of Henry Lawson and Andrew 'Banjo' Paterson - the two men who wrote Australia's story.

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 Special priceKing of the Air: The Turbulent Life of Charles Kingsford Smith

King of the Air: The Turbulent Life of Charles Kingsford Smith

Ann Blainey

Charles Kingsford Smith was the most commanding flyer of the golden age of aviation. In three short years, he broke records with his astounding and daring voyages -- the first trans-Pacific flight from America to Australia, the...

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 Special priceKerry O'Brien, A Memoir

Kerry O'Brien, A Memoir

Kerry O'Brien

Walkley award winning ABC journalist, Kerry O'Brien, reflects on social and political upheavals he has witnessed and the personalities who have made history.

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 Special priceMy Country: Stories, Essays & Speeches

My Country: Stories, Essays & Speeches

David Marr

David Marr is the rarest of breeds: one of Australia's most unflinching, forensic reporters of political controversy, and one of its most subtle and eloquent biographers. In Marr's hands, those things we call reportage and...

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Nurses of Australia: The Illustrated Story

Nurses of Australia: The Illustrated Story

Deborah Burrows

From the First Nation caregivers who healed, birthed and nursed for millennia to the untrained and ill-equipped convict men and women who cared for the sick in the fledgling colony of New South Wales, nursing has been practised in...

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A Painted Landscape: Across Australia from Bush to Coast

A Painted Landscape: Across Australia from Bush to Coast

Amber Creswell Bell

Surveying 50 artists working in various mediums and depicting varied terrains, A Painted Landscape showcases an incredible diversity of landscapes and in doing so, dispels the myth that Australia is all 'beach and bush'....

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The Peter Norman Story

The Peter Norman Story

Andrew Webster, Matt Norman

The inspirational story of athlete Peter Norman - the greatest Australian hero you don't know.

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Power of the Pedal: The Story of Australian Cycling

Power of the Pedal: The Story of Australian Cycling

Rupert Guinness

In Power of the Pedal, cycling journalist Rupert Guinness reveals 200 years of the bike in Australia, covering not only its place in Australian everyday life but also the big races, here and abroad. Along the way, read about...

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 Special priceSailing with Cook: Inside the Private Journal of James Burney RN

Sailing with Cook: Inside the Private Journal of James Burney RN

Suzanne Rickard

Sailing with Cook: Inside the Private Journal of James Burney RN is about the young James Burney's experience of shipboard life and the momentous events that took place during the second voyage of exploration when he sailed with...

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 Special priceSpeaking Up

Speaking Up

Gillian Triggs

As president of the Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs advocated for the disempowered, the disenfranchised, the marginalised. She withstood relentless political pressure and media scrutiny as she defended the defenceless for...

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A Sporting Chance

A Sporting Chance

Titus O'Reily

Ridiculous Australian tales of sporting stuff-ups and forgiveness by the bestselling author of A Thoroughly Unhelpful History of Australian Sport.   

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Steam Australia: Locomotives that Galvanised the Nation

Steam Australia: Locomotives that Galvanised the Nation

Tim Fischer

If you are passionate about steam locomotives, or know someone who is, then Steam Australia is the perfect companion. Tim Fischer takes readers into the fascinating and grand story of steam transportation over ten vital...

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 Special priceSuburbia: The Familiar and Forgotten

Suburbia: The Familiar and Forgotten

Warren Kirk

Warren Kirk's photos will strike a chord with anyone who's grown up in the Australian suburbs in the past 50 years. Somehow both achingly familiar and unimaginably strange, these luminous images continue his 30-year project of...

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 Special priceTransformations

Transformations

Vanessa Finney

With their collecting boxes, notebooks and paintbrushes, Harriet and Helena Scott entered the masculine worlds of science and art and became two of nineteenth-century Australia's most prominent natural history painters....

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Truth, Love & Clean Cutlery: A New Way of Choosing Where to Eat in Australia

Truth, Love & Clean Cutlery: A New Way of Choosing Where to Eat in Australia

Jill Dupleix

Of all the qualities that distinguish a truly outstanding restaurant or food experience, perhaps truth, love and care are the most important: a passion for creating food that is so good it will never be forgotten; an environment...

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 Special priceUnfettered and Alive

Unfettered and Alive

Anne Summers

The inspiring autobiography of one of Australia's most influential women, from cadet journalist to policy maker to change agent at large.

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 Special priceValiant for Truth: The Life of Chester Wilmot, War Correspondent

Valiant for Truth: The Life of Chester Wilmot, War Correspondent

Neil McDonald, Peter Brune

Chester Wilmot brought the triumphs and tragedies of warfare into the homes of millions. He was a renowned Australian war correspondent, broadcaster, journalist and writer. Bestselling authors Neil McDonald and Peter Brune unite...

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The Western Front Diaries of Charles Bean

The Western Front Diaries of Charles Bean

Peter Burness

Australia's official First World War correspondent Charles Bean saw more of the Australian army's activities and battles on the Western Front than anyone. Bean's private wartime diaries form a unique and personal record of his...

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Wilderness: Celebrating Australia’s protected places

Wilderness: Celebrating Australia’s protected places

The Wilderness Society

The Wilderness Society present a new, limited edition coffee table book. Wilderness - Celebrating Australia's protected places is filled with breathtaking photographs of Australia's majestic, saved landscapes.The book...

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You Daughters Of Freedom: The Australians Who Won the Vote and Inspired the World

You Daughters Of Freedom: The Australians Who Won the Vote and Inspired the World

Clare Wright

For the ten years from 1902, when Australia's suffrage campaigners won the vote for white women, the world looked to this trailblazing young democracy for inspiration. Clare Wright's epic new history tells the story of...

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Banjo

Banjo

Grantlee Kieza

Balladeer, bushman, soldier, foreign correspondent - the remarkable life of Australia's greatest storyteller.    

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Black Snake

Black Snake

Leo Kennedy, Mic Looby

Author Leo Kennedy is the great-grandson of Sergeant Michael Kennedy. Raised in the shadow of his great-grandfather's murder, Leo witnessed the deep psychological wounds inflicted on successive generations of his family - and the...

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By Sea & Stars: The Story of the First Fleet

By Sea & Stars: The Story of the First Fleet

Trent Dalton

Dazzling, poetic and vivid storytelling from one of Australia's greatest writers, which tells the bloody, brutal and enthralling story of the epic journey of the First Fleet.

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Dark Emu (new edition)

Dark Emu (new edition)

Bruce Pascoe

Contradicts the conventional wisdom that native peoples were primitive hunter-gatherers

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 Read reviewDeep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia

Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia

Billy Griffiths

'People would have known about Australia before they saw it. Smoke billowing above the sea spoke of a land that lay beyond the horizon. A dense cloud of migrating birds may have pointed the way. But the first Australians were...

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Green Nomads Wild Places

Green Nomads Wild Places

Bob Brown, Paul Thomas

Green Nomads Wild Places is a celebration of Australia’s wildness. 

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 Read reviewGrowing Up Aboriginal in Australia

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia

Anita Heiss

This groundbreaking anthology aims to enlighten, inspire and educate about the lives of Aboriginal people in Australia today.

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 Read reviewHappy Never After: why the happiness fairytale is driving us mad (and how I flipped the script)

Happy Never After: why the happiness fairytale is driving us mad (and how I flipped the script)

Jill Stark

Jill Stark was living the dream. She had a coveted job as a senior journalist, she was dating a sports star, and her first book had just become a bestseller. After years of chasing the fairytale ending, she'd finally found it. And...

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The Nameless Names

The Nameless Names

Scott Bennett

Few Australians realise that of the 62,000 Anzac soldiers who died in the Great War, over one-third are still listed as `missing.' With no marked graves, the only reminders of their sacrifice are the many names inscribed on ageing...

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On Air

On Air

Mike Carlton

On Air is Mike Carlton's story, no holds barred.

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One Hundred Years of Dirt

One Hundred Years of Dirt

Rick Morton

Social mobility is not a train you get to board after you've scraped together enough for the ticket. You have to build the whole bloody engine, with nothing but a spoon and hand-me-down psychological distress.

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Steve Smith's Men: Behind Australian Cricket's Fall

Steve Smith’s Men: Behind Australian Cricket’s Fall

Geoff Lemon

A frank, fearless and often humorous account of the 2018 ball tampering scandal in the Australian cricket team, from a writer who was there for every ball and every statement.

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 Read reviewTeacher: One Woman's Struggle to Keep the Heart in Teaching

Teacher: One Woman’s Struggle to Keep the Heart in Teaching

Gabbie Stroud

A woman's struggle to keep the heart in teaching

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 Read reviewAxiomatic

Axiomatic

Maria Tumarkin

Winner of the Melbourne Prize Best Writing Award 2018This boundary-shifting fusion of thinking, storytelling, and meditation takes as its starting point five axioms:‘Give Me a Child...

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The Land Before Avocado

The Land Before Avocado

Richard Glover

The new book from the bestselling author of Flesh Wounds. A funny and frank look at the way Australia used to be - and just how far we have come. 

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 Read reviewThe Power of Hope

The Power of Hope

Kon Karapanagiotidis

A powerful, inspiring memoir from Kon Karapanagiotidis, founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, which argues that by putting community, love and compassion at the centre of our lives, we have the power to change our...

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No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison

No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison

Behrouz Boochani, Omid Tofighian

An account of life inside Manus detention centre, from journalist and asylum-seeker Behrouz Boochani.  

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