Summer 2012

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The First Fleet

In 1787 a convoy of eleven ships, carrying about 1500 people, set out from England for Botany Bay. According to the conventional account, it was a shambolic affair: under-prepared, poorly equipped and ill-disciplined. Robert Hughes condemned the organisers’ “muddle and lack of foresight”, while Manning Clark described scenes of “indescribable misery and confusion”. 

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Sir Douglas Mawson, born in 1882 and knighted in 1914, remains Australia’s greatest Antarctic explorer. On 2 December 1911, his Australasian Antarctic Expedition left Hobart to explore the virgin frozen coastline below Australia, 2000 miles of which had never felt the tread of a human foot. He was on his way to fulfil a national […]

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A Simpler Time

A memoir of love, laughter, loss and billycarts. It still amazes me what they allowed us to do without their supervision or help while remaining deeply loving parents. Climb trees from the age of four or five? No problem. Drive the tractor from the age of eight or nine onwards? Good luck to you. Haul […]

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Tea with Arwa

Born of Palestinian migrants, Arwa did not have a country that she could call home. Just before her ninth birthday her parents came to Australia to give their daughters the greatest gift they could, the right of citizenship and a country that they could call their own, a place were they could belong. 

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That Galant Gentleman

When Professor Ken Dutton was invited to inspect an old hand-written volume in the University of Newcastle Library, and if possible advise on its provenance, he little suspected that he was setting out on a journey of discovery, which would completely absorb him for several years.

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The Wild West

The Australian Outback and the American Wild West were two of the last frontiers in the territorial conquests and expansions of the 19th century.  These frontier territories were wild, lawless and extremely colourful.  Although the American Wild West has been celebrated repeatedly in Hollywood films and countless books, we Australians have been much slower to […]

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The Address Book

Performer Jane Clifton had a classic army brat upbringing, constantly on the move as the family followed the postings of her English officer father from Gibraltar to England, Germany to Malaysia and eventually to Australia. Always the new kid in town, Jane became adept at fitting in anywhere. 

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The Russian Master

Art expert Davenport Jones has moved into the heady world of the international art market in London and now works as a senior executive in the old and established firm of Londy’s. The novel is a hilarious account of Davenport’s passage through his world and his pursuit of a cache of valuable avant-garde paintings by […]

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My Life – Fidel Castro

For years, people have tried to persuade the leader of the Cuban Revolution to tell his own life story. Here, finally, Ignacio Ramonet has succeeded.

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Still Bleating about the Bush

Contains stories previously published in Bleating about the Bush and Back at Sundown, as well as new material. audio excerpt for Still Bleating about the Bush Cat no: 2962  

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Bitten by the Bullbug

Follows on from Lennie’s autobiography covering the first years of her life on Cape York Peninsula, ‘Leaves from the Peninsula’.

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Icing on the Damper

This is the real life story of the Outback that will make you proud to be Australian. The Mahood family are battlers who never ask for something for nothing and who never give up. Join the Mahood’s in the desert at Mongrel Downs’ somewhere West of Alice Springs. Or at the cattle camp in Central […]

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Poor Fellow My Country

In Poor Fellow My Country, Xavier Herbert has returned to that region made peculiarly his own in Capricornia, Northern Australia.  Ranging over a period of some six years, the story is set during the late 1930s and early 1940s; but it is not so much a tale of this period as Herbert’s analysis (and indictment) […]

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