Tony Saunders

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Dislocation

War and its aftermath change the lives of everyone they touch. In 1946 the Japanese War Crime Trials begin in Tokyo, where General MacArthur is initiating his grand strategy for converting Japan to a democracy, and a bastion against Asian communism. Bill Liston, an Australian law lecturer conscripted to assist in the prosecutions, is embroiled in the dubious legal manoeuverings and questionable summary justice.

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The Truckie Who Loved Trains

From a one truck start in 1946, within 25 years he built TNT to be the largest transport company in Australia.

This is the story of an evolution. It covers the dramatic change in Australian transport over the twenty five years after World War Two. In that time so many important changes occurred. [click to continue…]

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Cliffy

Cliff Young’s victory in the 1983 Westfield Sydney to Melbourne Ultra-marathon was second only to the America’s Cup as the biggest sports story of the 1980s. Cliffy, with his laconic country style and shuffling gait, captured the hearts of the Australian public like few before or since. [click to continue…]

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Dislocation

War and its aftermath change the lives of everyone they touch. In 1946 the Japanese War Crime Trials begin in Tokyo, where General MacArthur is initiating his grand strategy for converting Japan to a democracy and a bastion against Asian communism. [click to continue…]

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Inkonkoni

An exciting tale of comradeship, revenge and war.

Born in the Western Victorian town of Hamilton in 1852, Archie Adams grows to be a skilled horseman with an unusual aptitude for mathematics, which he is encouraged to pursue at Hamilton’s Mechanics Institute and the Ballarat School of Mines.

On Thursday 27th September 1877, Archie’s mate and soon to be brother-in-law, is shot during a mine payroll robbery. Archie assures his dying friend he will track the murderers and bring them to justice. [click to continue…]

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Colonel Lionel Rose

Colonel Rose was a war hero in WW1 and WW2 but achieved his greatest fame in the Northern Territory in the 1950s when he was Chief Veterinary Officer. He found a cure for the bitter pleuro- pneumonia disease and founded the live cattle trade of Australia with Asia. [click to continue…]

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Black Saturday

Black Saturday tells of human emotion in the face of fire, the tragedy of loss and the triumph of the human spirit. A book to honour those who have lost their lives and a show of solidarity to those who must pick up the pieces and carry on in the aftermath of this disaster. [click to continue…]

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The Best Hated Man in Australia

They don’t make politicians like ‘Jack’ Brookfield anymore. From mining underground in Broken Hill he ‘rose like a meteor in public life’ to be possibly the most extreme anti-politician ever to be elected in this country. The Great War and the years that followed saw unprecedented political turmoil in Australia and Brookfield was in the thick of it. [click to continue…]

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We Built This Country

We Built This Country is a broad-brush look at builders’ labourers and their unions since the convict era. Builders’ labourers build this country socially and culturally as well as with concrete. McQueen pictures them as ‘improvising nomads’ who contributed to the Australian legend. We follow the membership as it shifts between ‘Weird Mobs’ of Irish and Italians. [click to continue…]

Murders of miners and missionaries by Papuan warriors and reprisal massacres by patrol officers and magistrates were common in British New Guinea in the late 19th century. In 1901 the charismatic star of the London Missionary Society, the tough and experienced Reverend Chalmers, was lured into an ambush on Goaribari Island. Chalmers was known during his long career as ‘the Livingstone of New Guinea’. He and his party of twelve were beheaded and eaten. More than twenty Goaribaris were killed in a government reprisal raid. Another missionary, Harry Dauncey, found 10,000 skulls in the Goaribari Island’s Long Houses in 1901. Even as late as 1957, Australian government officials on one occasion confiscated 78 skulls on Papua’s Casuarina Coast.  [click to continue…]

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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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A Prescription for Change

In A Prescription for Change: The Terry White Story, veteran journalist Tony Koch colourfully charts the drive, integrity and family support that have guided White through a fascinating life in business and politics. Growing up in a poor family, Terry White showed ambition from a young age, enrolling himself in a private school – initially […]

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Pygmonia

A recent chapter in the history wars has returned a colonial-era mystery to the limelight: the existence of several tribes of Pygmy Aboriginal peoples in the Cairns and Yarrabah Peninsula regions in Queensland. Despite a general belief in their extinction, their descendants still live around Cairns, as archaeologist Peter McAllister found on a recent research […]

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Mosquito Creek

Huge floodwaters have engulfed a remote Victorian goldfield, reducing the prospect of digging up a fortune from very slim to impossible, and adding disease to the many possibilities of sudden death in harsh conditions. As sickness starts to take its toll and calls mount for the rescue of diggers stranded by the raging torrent, Sergeant […]

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Riverfolk – Life Along the Murray

Take a journey up the Murray with Allan Nixon, bestselling author of the Bushies and Beaut Utes series and long-time friend to the mighty river in Riverfolk: Life Along the Murray.

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Everyone and Phar Lap

Peter FitzSimons has been described as Australia’s finest sports writer. His first collection of sports writing, Everyone but Phar Lap, was a national bestseller, and his columns in the Sydney Morning Herald are a must-read for all sports fans.

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The Costello Memoirs

The Costello Memoirs is a frank and fearless look inside the engine-room of the Liberal Party and the Howard Government.

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Deep Water

Stripped of his private detective licence and devastated by the murder of his partner Lily Truscott, Cliff Hardy travels to the US to help Lily’s brother’s tilt for a world boxing title.

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The French Explorers and Sydney

The early years of Sydney were witnessed by seven expeditions of French exploration between 1788 and 1831.

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The Big Fella – The Rise and Rise of BHP Billiton

BHP is part of Australia’s DNA; but it remains an enigma. The Big Fella: The rise and rise of BHP Billiton is the compelling story of how BHP and its partner Billiton rose from the humblest beginnings in the Australian Outback and on the Indonesian island of Belitung to starry heights on the great bourses […]

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