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  • A Sense of Balance

    by John Howard ...
    On how our sense of balance has defined us as a nation and will safeguard our future.In the years that John Howard served in the national parliament he came to understand the special character of Australia; to appreciate its strengths and weaknesses; and most importantly to respect the sense of balance in the formulation of public policy that has long defined us as a nation and made Australia an ... Read more

    $5.99 AUD

  • The Grit in the Pearl

    The Scandalous Life of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll (The shocking true story behind A Very British Scandal, starring Claire Foy and Paul Bettany)

    by Lyndsy Spence ...
    The shocking true story behind A Very British Scandal, starring Claire Foy and Paul Bettany Margaret, Duchess of Argyll’s life was one of complexity and controversy. Born Ethel Margaret Whigham, the only child of a Scottish self-made millionaire and a beautiful high-society woman, her childhood was rich and splendid – but empty. She was a daddy’s girl with an absent father, living with a jealous ... Read more

    $9.99 AUD $1.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Elizabeth

    An intimate portrait from the writer who knew her and her family for over fifty years

    A personal account of the life and character of Britain's longest-reigning monarch, from the writer who knew her family best'Compelling . . . Fascinating' DAILY MAIL'The writer who got closest to the human truth about our long-serving senior royals' THE TIMES__________Gyles Brandreth first met the Queen in 1968, when he was twenty.Over the next fifty years he met her many times, both ... ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD


  • Firefox Down

    by Craig Thomas ...
    Book 2 - The Mitchell Gant Thrillers
    Firefox is down and on thin ice…The unputdownable thriller from a modern masterBadly damaged and rapidly losing fuel after a brutal dogfight, stolen Cold War super-plane Firefox is forced to land on a frozen lake twenty miles from the Norwegian frontier. When the ice breaks, pilot Mitchell Gant has no choice but to abandon the aircraft and run for his life.As NATO races against the Soviets to ... Read more

    $7.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Twilight of Democracy

    The Failure of Politics and the Parting of Friends

    A FINANCIAL TIMES, ECONOMIST AND NEW STATESMAN BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020'The most important non-fiction book of the year' David HareIn the years just before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall, people from across the political spectrum in Europe and America celebrated a great achievement, felt a common purpose and, very often, forged personal friendships. Yet over the following deca... ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Palace Papers

    The Sunday Times bestseller

    by Tina Brown ...
    ***With new material about the death of Queen Elizabeth and the new reign of King Charles III*The Amazon No.1 Bestseller**The Sunday Times BestsellerTHE ROYAL BOOK OF THE YEAR'Eye-poppingly revealing. . . impeccable sources, historical heft and canny insights served up with a zingy wit. There are many royal biographers, but few as good as this. She turns gossip into the first draft of history.' T. ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Memory Keeper of Kyiv

    The most powerful, important historical novel of 2022

    by Erin Litteken ...
    Perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and The Beekeeper of Aleppo."A powerfully moving debut . . . Ukraine’s tragic history painfully echoes its current crisis, and on every page the Ukrainian spirit shines out, unbowed, unbent and unbroken.” Kate Quinn, author of The Diamond EyeIn the 1930s, Stalin’s activists marched through the Soviet Union, espousing the greatness of collective ... Read more

    $5.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Tea with Hitler

    The Secret History of the Royal Family and the Third Reich

    by Dean Palmer ...
    After the Second World War, war crimes prosecutors charged two of King George VI’s closest German relatives with ‘crimes against humanity’. American soldiers discovered top-secret documents at Marburg Castle that exposed treacherous family double-dealing inside the Royal Family. Two of the King’s brothers had flirted dangerously with the Nazi regime in duplicitous games of secret diplomacy.To ... Read more

    $1.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Winter Hawk

    by Craig Thomas ...
    Book 3 - The Mitchell Gant Thrillers
    A trapped double-agent, an impending world war and a race to space… Winter Hawk is Craig Thomas at the height of his powers.With the Nuclear Arms Reduction Treaty set to be ratified by the US and the USSR in Geneva, it seems that international relations have finally stabilised.But when a double agent reveals that the Soviets are preparing to launch a series of laser weapons into space, the West is ... Read more

    $7.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Origins of Totalitarianism

    by Hannah Arendt ...
    series Penguin Modern Classics
    'How could such a book speak so powerfully to our present moment? The short answer is that we, too, live in dark times' Washington PostHannah Arendt's chilling analysis of the conditions that led to the Nazi and Soviet totalitarian regimes is a warning from history about the fragility of freedom, exploring how propaganda, scapegoats, terror and political isolation all aided the slide towards total ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Life After Life

    The global bestseller, now a major BBC series

    by Kate Atkinson ...
    The PRIZE-WINNING BESTSELLER, now a major BBC1 DRAMA SERIES starring Thomasin McKenzie, Sian Clifford and James McArdle*,* directed by BAFTA award-winning John Crowley.'Dazzling, witty, moving, joyful, mournful, profound... one of the best novels I've read this century' Gillian Flynn, bestselling author of GONE GIRL'A box of delights ... it grips the reader's imagination on the first page and ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Cilka's Journey

    The Sunday Times bestselling sequel to The Tattooist of Auschwitz

    Her beauty saved her life - and condemned her.In 1942 Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other women prisoners. Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly given, equals survival.After liberation, Cilka is charged as a ... Read more

    $4.99 AUD

  • The Spy and the Traitor

    The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War

    by Ben MacIntyre ...
    *The No.1 Sunday Times Bestseller**Shortlisted for the 2018 Baillie Gifford Prize**Bill Gates' Top 5 Books for 2020*'THE BEST TRUE SPY STORY I HAVE EVER READ' JOHN LE CARR****ÉA thrilling Cold War story about a KGB double agent, by one of Britain's greatest historians - now with a new afterwordOn a warm July evening in 1985, a middle-aged man stood on the pavement of a busy av... ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • The Land Before Avocado

    The new book from the bestselling author of Flesh Wounds. A funny and frank look at the way Australia used to be - and just how far we have come.'It was simpler time'. We had more fun back then'. 'Everyone could afford a house'.There's plenty of nostalgia right now for the Australia of the past, but what was it really like?In The Land Before Avocado, Richard Glover takes a journey to an almost ... Read more

    $17.99 AUD $14.99 AUD

  • The Battle of the Bismarck Sea

    'Readers look for and admire good writers and great writing. They will find it, in spades, in The Battle of the Bismarck Sea.' - The Canberra TimesIn the thick of World War II, during the first week of March 1943, Japan made a final, desperate lunge for control of the South West Pacific. In the ensuing Battle of the Bismarck Sea, a force of land-based Australian and American planes attacked a ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • Triumphant Warrior

    The Legend of the Navy's Most Daring Helicopter Pilot

    by Peter D. Shay ...
    The true story of Bronze Star recipient Allen Weseleskey and his high-risk rescue mission, carried out under heavy fire in Vietnam. Includes photos.When the going is fast and rough, I will not falter. I will be uncompromising in every blow I strike. I will be humble in victory. I am a United States Navy Flyer. —from “A Navy Flyer’s Creed”Barely a month after the start of the Tet Offensive in 1968, ... Read more

    $21.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Towards the Flame

    Empire, War and the End of Tsarist Russia

    TLS BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2016FINANCIAL TIMES BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2015WINNER OF THE PUSHKIN HOUSE RUSSIAN BOOK PRIZE 2016'Magisterial... reveals how much is at stake for world order in Ukraine and Syria.' Rachel Polonsky'As much as anything, World War I turned on the fate of Ukraine'The decision to go to war in 1914 had catastrophic consequences for Russia. The result was... ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Killing Streets

    Uncovering Australia's first serial murderer

    series The Australian Crime Vault
    **WINNER OF THE 2020 DANGER PRIZE**From the acclaimed author of THE SUITCASE BABY and THE SUICIDE BRIDE, the fascinating story of a series of horrific murders that began in 1930s Sydney - and a killer who remained at large for over two decades.In December 1932, as the Depression tightened its grip, the body of a woman was found in Queens Park, Sydney. It was a popular park. There were houses in ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • Between Giants

    The Battle for the Baltics in World War II

    by Prit Buttar ...
    During World War II, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia found themselves trapped between the giants of the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. Over the course of the war these states were repeatedly occupied by different forces, and local government organizations and individuals were forced to choose between supporting the occupying forces or forming partisan units to resist their occupation. Devastated ... Read more

    $19.99 AUD

  • The Suitcase Baby

    The heartbreaking true story of a shocking crime in 1920s Sydney

    series The Australian Crime Vault
    SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 NED KELLY AWARD, DANGER PRIZE AND WAVERLEY LIBRARY NIBTrue history that is both shocking and too real, this unforgettable tale moves at the pace of a great crime novel.In the early hours of Saturday morning, 17 November 1923, a suitcase was found washed up on the shore of a small beach in the Sydney suburb of Mosman. What it contained - and why - would prove to be ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

  • The Subterranean Railway

    How the London Underground was Built and How it Changed the City Forever

    Since the Victorian era, London's Underground has had played a vital role in the daily life of generations of Londoners. In The Subterranean Railway, Christian Wolmar celebrates the vision and determination of the nineteenth-century pioneers who made the world's first, and still the largest, underground passenger railway: one of the most impressive engineering achievements in history.From the ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • Coronation: A History of the British Monarchy

    by Roy Strong ...
    The definitive history of coronations and the Royal Family, from acclaimed writer Roy Strong.’What is the finest sight in the world? A Coronation.What do people talk most about? A Coronation.What is delightful to have passed? A Coronation.’Horace Walpole, 1761As a boy of sixteen, Roy Strong watched the grand procession carrying Queen Elizabeth II to her coronation. The spectacle was considered the ... Read more

    $26.99 AUD

  • The Murderer's Bride

    A mystery of tragedy and family secrets in Edwardian Sydney

    series The Australian Crime Vault
    The charlatan Alicks Sly murdered his wife, Ellie, and killed himself with a cut-throat razor in a house in Sydney's Newtown in early 1904, leaving their children to a wretched fate. He wasn't the only man to murder his wife - or try - that year. Life in the big city could be harsh and brutal, and so could marriage.Sociologist Tanya Bretherton traces the brutal story of Ellie, one of several ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Agent Sonya

    Lover, Mother, Soldier, Spy

    by Ben MacIntyre ...
    THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLERDiscover the incredible true story of WW2's most extraordinary spy - from the bestselling author of The Spy and the Traitor.'His best book yet' The Times________________From planning an assassination attempt on Hitler in Switzerland, to spying on the Japanese in Manchuria, to preventing nuclear war (or so she believed) by ... ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD