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  • The Travels of Reverend Ólafur Egilsson

    The Story of the Barbary Corsair Raid on Iceland in 1627

    A seventeenth-century minister tells his story of abduction by pirates, and a solo journey from Algiers to Copenhagen, in this remarkable historical text.In summer 1627, Barbary corsairs raided Iceland, killing dozens and abducting almost four hundred people to sell into slavery in Algiers. Among those taken was Lutheran minister Olafur Egilsson.Reverend Olafur—born in the same year as William ... Read more

    $23.75 AUD $1.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The New Kingdom

    Global bestselling author of River God, Wilbur Smith, returns with a brand-new Ancient Egyptian epic

    A brand-new Ancient Egyptian novel from the master of adventure fiction and global number 1 bestselling author, Wilbur Smith.In the heart of EgyptUnder the watchful eye of the godsA new power is risingIn the city of Lahun, Hui lives an enchanted life. The favoured son of a doting father, and ruler-in-waiting of the great city, his fate is set. But behind the beautiful façades a sinister evil i... ... Read more

    $16.05 AUD

  • King Leopold's Ghost

    A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa

    With an introduction by award-winning novelist Barbara KingsolverIn the late nineteenth century, when the great powers in Europe were tearing Africa apart and seizing ownership of land for themselves, King Leopold of Belgium took hold of the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. In his devastatingly barbarous colonization of this area, Leopold stole its rubber and ivory ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD $9.99 AUD

  • Breaker Morant

    The epic story of the Boer War and Harry 'Breaker' Morant: drover, horseman, bush poet - murderer or hero?Most Australians have heard of the Boer War and of Harry 'Breaker' Morant, a figure who rivals Ned Kelly as an archetypal Australian folk hero. But Morant was a complicated man. Born in England and immigrating to Queensland in 1883, he established a reputation as a rider, polo player and poet ... Read more

    $19.99 AUD

  • Half of a Yellow Sun

    THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION ‘WINNER OF WINNERS’Winner of the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2007, this is a heartbreaking, exquisitely written literary masterpieceUgwu, a boy from a poor village, works as a houseboy for a university professor. Olanna, a young woman, has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos to live with her charismatic new lover, the professor. And Richard, a shy English ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • Tale Gunner

    The Lighter Side of South African Military Life

    by AJ Brooks ...
    Nothing quite beats that rawness of military humour. It’s the same the world over. This hilarious collection of South African military anecdotes will—for the less sensitive reader—have you doubled up with mirth.It is an ingrained tradition for South Africans to stand around a fire in the bright sunlight or on warm evenings of summer and barbeque or braai as we all say. Naturally the drink of ... Read more

    $9.89 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Rising Heart: One Woman's Astonishing Journey from Unimaginable Trauma to Becoming a Power for Good

    'The best and the worst of our shared humanity...breathtaking and heartbreaking.' The Hon. Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVOOne woman's astonishing journey from unimaginable trauma to becoming a power for good.In 1999, Sierra Leone was in the midst of a brutal civil war where mindless violence, vicious amputation and the rape of young enslaved women were the everyday weapons of bloody conflict.It was also ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD $9.99 AUD

  • A Human Being Died That Night

    Forgiving Apartheid's Chief Killer

    While working for South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Committee, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela interviewed former police colonel Eugene De Cock, who commanded a unit believed to have killed a number of anti-apartheid activists. De Cock was charged with, among other crimes against humanity, six murders and sentenced to 212 years in prison. A Human Being Died That Night is about the complexities of ... Read more

    $15.94 AUD

  • Born A Crime

    Stories from a South African Childhood

    by Trevor Noah ...
    WINNER OF THE THURBER PRIZEThe compelling, inspiring, (often comic) coming-of-age story of Trevor Noah, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.One of the comedy world's brightest new voices, Trevor Noah is a light-footed but sharp-minded observer of the absurdities of politics, race and identity, sharing jokes and insights drawn from the wealth of ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

  • The Sound of Thunder

    The Courtney Series 2

    by Wilbur Smith ...
    series Courtney series #2
    In the same way Sean saw it coming, he recognised it as the murderous rage which before had nearly killed a man, but still he could not prepare himself. And then it was upon him and the roaring filled his head.Some will win. And some will lose.Sean Courtney returns from the African wilds to find war has been declared between the British Empire and the Transvaal Republic. Not only that, but a ... Read more

    $11.54 AUD

  • Ancient Egypt: History in an Hour

    Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.Learn about the Egyptian gods, mummification and how the Egyptians built the only wonder of the ancient world still standing – the Pyramids of Giza.Exploring the historic rise of Egyptian civilizationand its continued influence on the world today, Ancient Egypt in an Hour is an excellent companion to a mysterious and enthralling period of ... Read more

    $6.99 AUD

  • I Built No Schools in Kenya

    A Year of Unmitigated Madness

    In September 2010, Kirsten Drysdale was tricked. Her friend called with a job offer too curious to refuse: a cruisey-gig as a dementia carer for a rich old man in Kenya. All expenses-paid, plenty of free time to travel or do some freelance reporting. There seemed no good reason to say no... so she got on a plane.Only Kirsten’s friend hadn’t given her the full story. It was only on arrival in ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Divided by History

    Roots of Sudanese Conflict

    by Peter Dixon ...
    Do you wonder how the past affects today’s violent conflict?Tragic turmoil in Sudan and South Sudan reminds us how fragile peace can be.Sudanese civil wars were not ended by formation of a new state. Violence has continued in South Sudan and we see today that the North is by no means peaceful.Current politics matter. Yet the origins of today’s violence stretch back into past centuries. And much of ... Read more

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  • Riotous Assembly

    by Tom Sharpe ...
    When Miss Hazelstone of Jacaranda Park kills her Zulu cook in a sensational crime passionel, the gallant members of the South African police force are soon on the scene: Kommandant van Heerden, whose secret longing for the heart of an English gentleman leads to the most memorable transplant operation yet recorded; Luitenant Verkramp of the Security Branch, ever active in the pursuit of Communist ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Africa Lost

    Rhodesia's COIN Killing Machine

    series SOFREP
    The Lost Chapter of Special Operations History: Rhodesia.Some of the most explosive combat in Special Operations history is almost completely unknown to the Western World. Everyone knows about Navy SEALs and Green Berets but nobody knows about the deep recce, sabotage, and direct action missions conducted by the Rhodesian SAS. The Rhodesian Light Infantry was a killing machine, participating in ... Read more

    $5.08 AUD

  • Shake Hands With The Devil

    The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda

    THE NUMBER ONE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLERWINNER OF THE GOVERNOR GENERAL'S AWARD'Indisputably the best account of the whole terrible Rwandan genocide.' R. W. Johnson, Sunday Times'Angry, accusatory and extremely moving.' Caroline Moorhead, SpectatorWhen Lieutenant General Roméo Dallaire received the call to serve as force commander of the UN mission to Rwanda, he thought he was... ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • A History of Egypt

    James Henry Breasted (August 27, 1865 December 2, 1935) was an American archaeologist and historian who focused his career on Egypt and did research into the rise of civilization in the Near East. In 1905, as a member of the University of Chicagos faculty, Breasted was promoted to professor in the first chair in Egyptology and Oriental History in the United States. In 1905, Breasted published A ... Read more

    $2.98 AUD

  • Three Sips of Gin

    Dominating the Battlespace with Rhodesia's famed Selous Scouts

    by Timothy Bax ...
    There is nothing that terrorized Russian and Chinese-backed guerillas fighting Rhodesia's bush war in the 1970s more than the famed Selous Scouts. The very name of the unit struck fear into the very heart and soul of even the most battle-hardened guerillas. Too afraid to even whisper the name amongst themselves, they referred to soldiers of the unit simply as Skuzapu, or pickpockets. It was not ... Read more

    $5.16 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • South Africa: History in an Hour

    Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.With the passing of Nelson Mandela, ‘the father of the nation’, comes the end of an era, and the moment to look back on his remarkable saving, and remaking, of South Africa. After years of oppression and racial inequality, concentrated violence and apartheid, Mandela led the country to unite ‘for the freedom of us all’ as the country’s first ... Read more

    $5.99 AUD

  • The Great Siege, Malta 1565

    Clash of Cultures: Christian Knights Defend Western Civilization Against the Moslem Tide

    The indispensable account of the Ottoman Empire’s Siege of Malta from the author of Hannibal and Gibraltar.In the first half of the sixteenth century, the Ottoman Empire was thought to be invincible. Suleiman the Magnificent, the Ottoman sultan, had expanded his empire from western Asia to southeastern Europe and North Africa. To secure control of the Mediterranean between these territories and ... Read more

    $22.87 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Marching with the Devil

    Legends, Glory and Lies in the French Foreign Legion

    by David Mason ...
    David Mason graduated from the Australian National University with a law degree and an honours degree. Like those around him, he could easily have settled for a life of share portfolios, good suits, new cars and big houses. But David wanted more – he wanted a challenge, an adventure, something beyond the ordinary that would test him physically and mentally. He looked around to see what he could do ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

  • Africa: A History

    Most of us still know less about Africa's past and peoples than we do about the continent's wild animals. And what we do know is colored by romance - safaris and treks and camel caravans, Solomon's mine and Tutankhamun's curse, the shores of Tripoli and the snows of Kilimanjaro. Yet the ancestor of all humankind may have lived in Africa. The world's longest-lived, literate civilization was African ... Read more

    $14.96 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Lost Worlds

    Between 5,000 and 6,000 years ago, in a few favored areas of the world, humankind mastered the formulas that released it from the Stone Age. For the first time in history, people became civilized. This globe- and time-trotting book vividly describes how a number of major civilizations - the Mayans, the Egyptians, the Khmers, the Etruscans, and more - emerged, thrived, faded, but left a mark on our ... Read more

    $14.96 AUD

  • Empires of the Sea

    The Final Battle for the Mediterranean, 1521-1580

    by Roger Crowley ...
    In 1521, Suleiman the Magnificent, ruler of the Ottoman Empire at the height of its power, despatched an invasion fleet to the island of Rhodes. This was the opening shot in an epic struggle between rival empires and faiths, and the ensuing battle for control of the Mediterranean would last sixty years.Empires of the Sea tells the story of this great contest. It is a fast-paced tale of spiralling ... Read more

    $13.63 AUD