Winter 2008

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Desert Queen

In the 1890s‚ when a woman’s role was seen as marrying well and raising a family‚ Daisy Bates reinvented herself from humble governess to heiress – traveller and ‘woman of science’. [click to continue…]

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The Great Arch

A deeply moving novel linking two centuries, two world wars and two generations inspired by the building of the Sydney Harbour Bridge – this is an epic story of faith, obsession and love and an ordinary man, an ordinary life, made grand.

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Not Without his Sons

Auvergne Station in the Northern Territory has received passing mention by many authors but, until now, no one has fully chronicled the turbulent history of this huge cattle spread. [click to continue…]

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Dig 3ft NW

It was the greatest expedition of its time. [click to continue…]

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The Fair Dinkum Queensland Exposed

Little known facts about Queensland, some history, yarns, bush poetry, humour and myths. [click to continue…]

In John Winston Howard, a frank and engrossing portrait of the Prime Minister, Wayne Errington and Peter van Onselen contend that John Howard is the first professional politician the country has seen, who has left a deep and lasting impact on modern politics, government and the country. [click to continue…]

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The Stopping Place

Ruby works at the library. Shelving, mainly. Not in the archive; that’s Mrs Atkinson’s magical white-gloved domain, where she stands watch over the historical photos and the special files of the lost boys who went to war. [click to continue…]

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The Comfort of Figs

As a burgeoning city emerges from its landscape, so too does a bridge that will transform it from a sleepy country town. Three young men work on the construction of this iconic steel bridge. [click to continue…]

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Landscape of Farewell

A profound and moving story about the land, the past, exile and acceptance, this deeply intelligent and thoughtful novel is a worthy successor to Miller’s much-loved and critically admired Journey to the Stone Country. [click to continue…]

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Mother Lode

These are beautiful stories, skilfully written – emotionally wrenching at times but with plenty of humour. A book about death and families that is wise and strong and life-affirming. [click to continue…]

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Silver in the Sun

When handsome young Ian Richardson inherits Kanimbla, a vast merino stud property in Queensland’s Murrawee district, there’s great speculation about whether he’ll sell up and take the money and run back to England.

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My Steve

My Steve is an uplifting, humorous and heart-breaking account of Terri’s relationship with Steve, the work they carried out together, and their unswerving commitment to wildlife conservation.

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Van Diemen’s Land

Van Diemen’s Land is a new, groundbreaking history of the settlement of Tasmania. James Boyce’s book is filled with new facts and new ideas about one of the most dramatic episodes in the history of British colonialism.

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I Am Melba

I Am Melba – how a Melbourne girl defied her father and left her husband to become the most famous singer of the age. Growing up in Melbourne, Nellie Mitchell showed musical promise and dreamed of fame, but her father had more orthodox plans in mind.

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The Secret War – A True History Of Queensland’s Native Police

For many Aboriginal people, white colonisation arrived with the armed men of the Native Police: a brutal force that operated on the 19th-century frontier, killing large numbers of Indigenous people.

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The Lost Dog

Tom Loxley is holed up in a remote bush shack trying to finish his book on Henry James when his beloved dog goes missing.

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Gangland Australia

Gangland Australia is a book about organized crime and the professional criminals who have recklessly cut a swathe through Australia over the last 200 years.

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The Faraday Girls

As a child, Maggie Faraday grew up in a lively, unconventional household in Tasmania, with her young mother, four very different aunts and eccentric grandfather.

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The Gospel of Gods and Crocodiles

Missionary Amen Morley arrives on a tropical island to find a community largely untouched by the modern world.

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The Australians

In this fascinating collection, John Hirst has assembled the key assessments of the national character of Australia and Australians. There are insiders and outsiders.

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