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Best Australian Political Cartoons 2016Cover Image, Art Making

Russ Radcliffe (editor)
Scribe
ISBN 9781925321760      
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 29.99
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The year in politics as observed by Australia's funniest and most perceptive political cartoonists, including work by Dean Alston, Bill Leak, First Dog on the Moon, Jon Kudelka, and more.


Australians: A Short HistoryCover Image, Jellyfish

Thomas Keneally 
Allen & Unwin
ISBN 9781760292430
Hardback 2016
Price $AU 49.99
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Australians: A Short History brings three volumes of Keneally's acclaimed Australians series together and reintroduces us to the rich assortment of contradictory, inspiring and surprising characters who made a young and cocky Australia. It is the story of the original Australians and European occupation of their land through the convict era to pastoralists, bushrangers and gold seekers, working men, pioneering women, the rifts wrought by World War I, the rise of hard-nosed radicals from the Left and the Right, the social upheavals of the Great Crash and World War II, the Menzies era, the nation changing period of post-war migration and Australia's engagement with Asia. This is a truly masterly history of Australia and its people.


A Single TreeCover Image, Patissiers

Don Watson
Hamish Hamilton
ISBN 9781926428819     
Hardback 2016
Price $AU 45.00
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This collection comprises diary extracts, memoirs, journals, letters, histories, poems and fiction, and follows the same loose themes of The Bush. The science of the landscape and climate, and the way we have perceived them. Our deep and sentimental connection to the land, and our equally deep ignorance and abuse of it. The heroic myths and legends. The enchantments. The bush as a formative and defining element in Australian culture, self-image and character.


Swallowed by the Sea: The Story of Australian ShipwrecksCover Image, Lure of the Thylacine

Graeme Henderson
National Library Australia
ISBN 9780642278944     
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 45.00
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Stories of Australia's greatest and most tragic shipwrecks, lost in raging storms, on jagged reefs, under enemy fire, or through human error, treachery or incompetence.  The violent wrecking of ships is only part of the story. Maritime archaeologist Graeme Henderson has personally located and dived many of the shipwrecks in this book. Alongside historical paintings and photographs of original objects, the book includes colour underwater photographs of the dive sites with specially written recollections by members of the diving crew.  From English and Dutch trading vessels in the seventeenth century to emigrant ships in the nineteenth century and the great warships of the Second World War, Swallowed by the Sea explains how each ship was wrecked and discovered, and what remains of the wrecks today.


The Road to RuinCover Image, Road to Ruin

Niki Savva
Scribe
ISBN 9781925321401    
Trade Paperback 2016
Price $AU 32.99
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Abbott and Credlin had played it harder and rougher than anybody else to get where they wanted to be. But they proved incapable of managing their own office, much less the government. Then, when it was over, when it was crystal-clear to everyone that they had failed, when everyone else could see why they had failed, she played the gender card while he played the victim. In The Road to Ruin, prominent political commentator, author, and columnist for The Australian Niki Savva reveals the ruinous behaviour of former prime minister Tony Abbott and his chief of staff, Peta Credlin. Based on her unrivaled access to their colleagues, and devastating first-person accounts of what went on behind the scenes, Savva paints an unforgettable picture of a unique duo who wielded power ruthlessly but not well.


Credlin & Co.Cover Image, Credlin and Co

Aaron Patrick
Black Inc.
ISBN 9781863958097
Trade Paperback 2016
Price $AU 29.99
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Tony Abbott and his chief of staff, Peta Credlin, ran a brilliant campaign in opposition. But their approach led to disaster in government. When Abbott became prime minister, he and Credlin ruthlessly controlled ministers, backbenchers, the public service and the media. They shut out voices that questioned Abbott's way. Everything started to unravel. Credlin & Co. is the story of a relationship that determined the fate of a government. It shows in stunning detail the disastrous consequences of power abused, and the broken people left in its wake.


Talking to My Country

Cover Image, Talking to My Country

Stan Grant
Harper Collins
ISBN 9781460751978
Hardback 2016
Price $AU 29.99
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In July 2015, Stan Grant wrote a short but powerful piece for The Guardian that went viral, not only in Australia but right around the world, shared over 100,000 times on social media. His was a personal, passionate and powerful response to racism in Australia and the sorrow, shame, anger and hardship of being an indigenous man. Stan Grant spent many years outside Australia, working in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa, a time that liberated him and gave him a unique perspective on Australia. This is his very personal meditation on what it means to be Australian, what it means to be indigenous, and what racism really means in this country. Talking to My Country is that rare and special book that talks to every Australian about their country - what it is, and what it could be. 


Island HomeCover Image, Island Home

Tim Winton
Hamish Hamilton
ISBN 9781926428741
Hardback 2015
Price $AU 35.00
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For over thirty years, Tim Winton has written novels in which the natural world is as much a living presence as any character. Island Home is the story of how that relationship with the Australian landscape came to be, and how it has determined his ideas, his writing and his life. It is also a passionate exhortation for all of us to feel the ground beneath our feet. Much more powerfully than a political idea, or an economy, Australia is a physical entity. Where we are defines who we are, in ways we too often forget to our detriment, and the country's. Wise, rhapsodic, exalted - Island Home is not just a brilliant, moving insight into the life and art of one of our finest writers, but a compelling investigation into the way our country makes us who we are.


Born to Rule: The Unauthorised Biography of Malcolm Turnbullcover image born to rule

Paddy Manning
Melbourne University Press
ISBN 9780522868807
Hardback 2015
Price $AU 45.00
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Turnbull's privileged existence, helped by marrying into one of Sydney's most storied families, obscures a tough childhood and precocious talent. Left or right? Many Liberals believe Turnbull, admirer of Jack Lang, mentored by Neville Wran, feted by Paul Keating;joined the wrong party. Popular or unpopular? Years at the top of preferred leader polls do not dispel a sense Turnbull is not one of us. The future PM? On-again, off-again, for more than a decade Turnbull has seemed destined for the country's top job. Now, perhaps, it is closer than ever. If Prime Minister, what would Turnbull do? Turnbull has been the subject of many profiles, but the full story of his life has never been told. In an unauthorised biography, Sydney journalist Paddy Manning reveals the true character of one of Australia's most celebrated overachievers: journalist, lawyer, businessman, politician.


Australia Remember Whencover image remember when

Bob Byrne
Newsouth
ISBN 9781742234564
Paperback 2015
Price $AU 35.00
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Remember grabbing a copy of the late edition afternoon paper from the paper boy? Watching a Graham Kennedy skit on TV? Did you buy a 45rpm single or a 33rpm album at your local record shop? And play it on your record player? If you answered yes to any of these questions chances are you are part of the Baby Boomer generation. How time has flown! It all seems just like yesterday. Take a pleasantly sentimental trip down memory lane with Bob Byrne as he shows us bits of Australia we've forgotten, identities and landmarks we loved and let him remind us that some of the best things about Australia haven't changed. The best of Bob Byrne's hit Facebook page and much more, Australia Remember When is a bumper book that shows us bits of Australia we've forgotten, local identities and landmarks we loved and reminds us that the best parts of Australia haven't changed.


Kin: A Real People's History of Our Nationcover image, kin

Nick Brodie
Hardie Grant
ISBN 9781742708621
Paperback 2015
Price $AU 29.95
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Join historian and archaeologist, Nick Brodie as he traces his family back to their first arrivals in Australia . As their lives intersect, Kin provides a unique historical insight into Australia's past: colonies grow and wars are fought as Nick follows his people and their children across land and sea, in their everyday occupations and through their hardships and most memorable events. From convicts, goldminers and sailors, to high country horsemen, nurses and soldiers- and almost everyone in between. Kin is about generations of real people living real lives


The Story of Australia's People: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Australia (Vol.1)Cover Image, Story of Australias People Vol 1

Geoffrey Blainey
Penguin
ISBN 9780670078714
Hardback 2015
Price $AU 49.99
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The vast continent of Australia was settled in two main streams, far apart in time and origin. The first came ashore some 50,000 years ago when the islands of Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea were one.The long Aboriginal occupation of Australia witnessed spectacular changes. Over millennia, the Aboriginal people mastered the land's climates, seasons and resources. Traditional Aboriginal life came under threat the moment Europeans crossed the world to plant a new society in an unknown land. That land in turn rewarded, tricked, tantalised and often defeated the new arrivals. In this book Professor Geoffrey Blainey has changed his view about vital aspects of the Indigenous and early British history of this land, and looked at other aspects for the first time. Compelling, groundbreaking and brilliantly readable, The Story of Australia's People: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Australia is the first instalment of an ambitious two-part work, and the culmination of the lifework of Australia's most prolific and wide-ranging historian.


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