Summer Reading Guide: History

Agent Sonya

Agent Sonya

Ben MacIntyre

The incredible story behind the greatest female spy in history from one of Britain's most acclaimed historians.

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The Glamour Boys

The Glamour Boys

Chris Bryant

We like to think we know the story of how Britain went to war with Germany in 1939, but there is one part of the story that has never been told.

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In Search of the Woman Who Sailed the World

In Search of the Woman Who Sailed the World

Danielle Clode

In Search of the Woman who Sailed the World is an ode to the sea, to science and to one remarkable woman who, like all explorers, charted her own course for others to follow.

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 Special priceDominion: A History of England Volume V

Dominion: A History of England Volume V

Peter Ackroyd

The fifth instalment in Peter Ackroyd's acclaimed and bestselling six-volume History of England.

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Great Diaries

Great Diaries

DK, Kate Williams

Travel back in time and witness both everyday life and great moments in history in this fascinating compilation of diaries through the ages.   

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The Invention of China

The Invention of China

Bill Hayton

A provocative account showing that China -and its 5,000 years of unified history-is a national myth, created only a century ago with a political agenda that persists to this day.

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The Freedom Circus

The Freedom Circus

Sue Smethurst

Written by award-winning author and journalist Sue Smethurst, whose husband is Mindla and Michael's grandson, The Freedom Circus is an epic story of courage, hope, humanity, survival and, ultimately, love. 

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The Haunting of Alma Fielding

The Haunting of Alma Fielding

Kate Summerscale

London, 1938. Alma Fielding, an ordinary young woman, begins to experience supernatural events in her suburban home.

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Moonlite

Moonlite

Garry Linnell

Charismatic, intelligent and handsome, George Scott is unlike any other bushranger. Born into a privileged life in famine-wracked Ireland, Scott's family loses its fortune and is forced to flee to New Zealand. There, Scott joins...

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 Special priceMr Guilfoyle's Honeymoon: The Gardens of Europe & Great Britain

Mr Guilfoyle’s Honeymoon: The Gardens of Europe & Great Britain

Edmee Cudmore, Diana Hill

A celebration of William Guilfoyle-botanist, landscape designer, tourist and writer

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 Special pricePower 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 priceSpinning Tops & Gumdrops: A Portrait of Colonial Childhood

Spinning Tops & Gumdrops: A Portrait of Colonial Childhood

Edwin Barnard

Spinning Tops & Gumdrops captures a time when 'imagination, skill, and daring' was the source of  children's play.

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 Read reviewThe Palace Letters

The Palace Letters

Professor Jenny Hocking

What role did the queen play in the governor-general Sir John Kerr's plans to dismiss prime minister Gough Whitlam in 1975, which unleashed one of the most divisive episodes in Australia's political history?

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 Special priceThe Secret Code-Breakers of Central Bureau

The Secret Code-Breakers of Central Bureau

David Dufty

This is a rich historical account of a secret and little-understood side of the war, interwoven with lively personalities and personal stories. It is the story of Australia's version of Bletchley Park, of talented and dedicated...

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 Special priceTroy

Troy

Stephen Fry

Following Mythos and Heroes, this third volume from Stepehn Fry retells the epic tale of Troy.

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Philip and Alexander: Kings and Conquerors

Philip and Alexander: Kings and Conquerors

Adrian Goldsworthy

A joint biography that investigates how, during their lifetimes, Philip and Alexander of Macedon transformed a weak kingdom in northern Greece into a globe-spanning empire, and in so doing changed the course of human history.

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Songlines: The Power and Promise

Songlines: The Power and Promise

Margo Neale, Lynne Kelly

Weaving deeply personal storytelling with extensive research on mnemonics, Songlines: The Power and Promise offers unique insights into Indigenous traditional knowledges, how they apply today and how they could help all peoples...

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 Special priceUnder the Rainbow

Under the Rainbow

Richard Broinowski

Tells the life story of E.W. Cole, a colourful and much loved figure of 19th century Melbourne. Best remembered for his Funny Picture Books, his sense of the absurd and his marketing genius, his wonderful arcade was the...

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Digging Up Armageddon

Digging Up Armageddon

Eric H. Cline

A vivid portrait of the early years of biblical archaeology from the acclaimed author of 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed.   

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The Bible in Australia: A cultural history

The Bible in Australia: A cultural history

Meredith Lake

Tells the revelatory story of the Bible in Australia, from the convict era to the Mabo land rights campaign, Nick Cave, the Bra Boys and beyond. At a time when public discussion of religion is deeply polarised, Meredith Lake...

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 Special priceThe Golden Maze

The Golden Maze

Richard Fidler

Beloved ABC broadcaster and bestselling author of Ghost Empire and Saga Land, Richard Fidler is back with a personally curated history of the magical city that is Prague.

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 Special priceThe 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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The Invention of Medicine

The Invention of Medicine

Robin Lane Fox

A striking reappraisal of the beginnings of medicine, by one of the world's leading ancient historians.   

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Land of Wondrous Cold

Land of Wondrous Cold

Gillen D'Arcy Wood

A history of the first race to Antarctica that weaves the great polar discoveries of the nineteenth century with scientific breakthroughs of the modern era Antarctica, the ice kingdom hosting the South Pole, looms large in the...

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Living on Stolen Land

Living on Stolen Land

Ambelin Kwaymullina

Living on Stolen Land is a prose-styled look at our colonial-settler ‘present'. This book is the first of its kind to address and educate a broad audience about the colonial contextual history of Australia, in a highly...

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People of the River

People of the River

Grace Karskens

A landmark history of Australia's first successful settler farming area, which was on the Hawkesbury-Nepean River. Award-winning historian Grace Karskens uncovers the everyday lives of ordinary people in the early colony, both...

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