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Talking to my Country
Cover Image, Jellyfish

Stan Grant
Harper Collins
ISBN 9781460751985
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 19.99
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In July 2015, as the debate over Adam Goodes being booed at AFL games raged and got ever more heated and ugly, 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. 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. It is not just about race, or about indigenous people but all of us, our shared identity. Stan might not have all the answers but he wants us to keep on asking the question: how can we be better? Winner of the 2016 Walkley Book Award and the 2016 National Trust Heritage Award, and shortlisted for the 2016 NIB Waverley Library Award and the 2016 Queensland Literary Award.


In Search of Good Government
Cover Image, Jellyfish

Laura Tingle
Black Inc
ISBN 9781863959285     
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 22.99
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With the politics of rage and resentment dominating many Western nations, Laura Tingle’s calm, perceptive analysis is more relevant than ever. What has happened to good government? Can Malcolm Turnbull apply the lessons of the past to put things right?  When leaders surf the wave of discontentment all the way to power, how do they deal with our great expectations? In her crisp, profound and witty essays, Laura Tingle seeks answers to these questions.


True GirtCover Image, Jellyfish

David Hunt
Black Inc.
ISBN 9781863958844
Trade Paperback 2017
Price $AU 32.99
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In this side-splitting sequel to his best-selling history Girt, David Hunt takes us to the Australian frontier. This was the Wild South, home to hardy pioneers, gun-slinging bushrangers, directionally challenged explorers, nervous indigenous people, Caroline Chisholm and sheep. Lots of sheep. True Girt introduces Thomas Davey, the hard-drinking Tasmanian governor who invented the Blow My Skull cocktail, and Captain Moonlite, Australia's most famous LGBTI bushranger. Meet William Nicholson, the Melbourne hipster who gave Australia the steam-powered coffee roaster and the world the secret ballot. And say hello to Harry, the first camel used in Australian exploration, who shot dead his owner, the explorer John Horrocks. If Manning Clark and Bill Bryson were left on a desert island with only one pen, they would write True Girt.


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.


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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