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  • The Kelly Hunters

    The desperate manhunt to bring down Australia's most notorious outlawWhen Ned Kelly and his band of young tearaways ambushed and killed three brave policemen in a remote mountain camp in 1878, they sparked the biggest and most expensive manhunt Australia had seen. The desperate search would end when Kelly and his gang, wearing suits of armour, tried to derail a train before waging their final ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • 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

    $16.99 AUD

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  • Dark Emu

    Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture, New Edition

    by Bruce Pascoe ...
    ‘Dark Emu injects a profound authenticity into the conversation about how we Australians understand our continent ... [It is] essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what Australia once was, or what it might yet be if we heed the lessons of long and sophisticated human occupation.’ Judges for 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary AwardsDark Emu puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of ... Read more

    $10.88 AUD

  • Mary Ann and Captain Piper

    The remarkable true story of the convicts' daughter who became the toast of colonial Sydney

    by Jessica North ...
    The fascinating story of the daughter of First Fleet convicts who managed to overcome her humble origins to become the mistress of the grandest home in colonial Sydney.'An astonishing story of lust and love in early colonial Australia, shocking, entrancing and utterly enthralling.' - Sue Williams, author of Elizabeth and ElizabethBorn on Norfolk Island to First Fleet convicts, Mary Ann was ... Read more

    $21.66 AUD

  • The Scrap Iron Flotilla

    Five Valiant Destroyers and the Australian War in the Mediterranean

    by Mike Carlton ...
    When the Second World War broke out in September 1939, the British asked Australia for help. With some misgivings, the Australian government sent five destroyers to beef up the British Royal Navy in the Mediterranean.HMAS Vendetta, Vampire, Voyager, Stuart and Waterhen were old ships, small with worn-out engines. Their crews used to joke they were held together by string and chewing gum; when the ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • A Voyage to Terra Australis

    Account of an Expedition in South Pacific 1801-1810

    A Voyage to Terra Australis is a two-volume sea voyage journal written by English mariner and explorer Matthew Flinders. It describes his circumnavigation of the Australian continent in the early years of the 19th century, and his imprisonment by the French on the island of Mauritius from 1804–1810. The book tells in great detail of his explorations and included maps and drawings of the profiles ... Read more

    $1.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • 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

  • The Passing of the Aborigines

    A Lifetime spent among the Natives of Australia

    by Daisy Bates ...
    DAISY BATES:  "As the years passed, I was more and more convinced that it was impossible to leave these people, to be deaf to their appeal for human kindliness, and of the hopelessness of any movement except one of help and comfort to the individual, and personal example. So savage and so simple, so much astray and so utterly helpless were they, that somehow they became my responsibility. All ... Read more

    $2.99 AUD

  • Spies and Sparrows

    ASIO and the Cold War

    by Phillip Deery ...
    In the wake of the Second World War and the realisation that the Soviet Union had set up extensive espionage networks around the world, Australia responded by establishing its own spy-hunting agency: ASIO. By the 1950s its counterespionage activities were increasingly supplemented by attempts at countersubversion — identifying individuals and organisations suspected of activities that threatened ... Read more

    $19.99 AUD

  • Murder, Misadventure and Miserable Ends

    Tales from a Colonial Coroner's Court

    Murder, manslaughter, suicide, mishap - the very public business of determining death in colonial Sydney.Murder in colonial Sydney was a surprisingly rare occurrence, so when it did happen it caused a great sensation. People flocked to the scene of the crime, to the coroner's court and to the criminal courts to catch a glimpse of the accused.Most of us today rarely see a dead body. In nineteenth ... Read more

    $20.99 AUD

  • Buckley's Chance

    by Garry Linnell ...
    He fought Napoleon’s army and survived.He was sent to the gallows and escaped the noose.Now he is in chains and on his way to the other side of the world. What happens next will become one of the most remarkable survival stories in history.The 19th century has just begun. The world is at war. England, ruled by a mad king, is exiling thousands of criminals to an old land that has become its newest ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Ancient History of Fiji Islands

    This book deals with the ancient history of Fiji.The Fiji is an island country in the South Pacific Ocean that gained its independence in 1970. This former British colony consisting of an archipelago, the most important in Polynesia, lies between 15° and 20° South.The first western contact with Fiji was made in 1643 when Captain Abel Tasman entered Fijian waters and sighted several islands and ... Read more

    $5.99 AUD

  • Connection

    Aboriginal Child Artists Captivate Europe

    series David Clark
    Western Australia, 1946: When teacher Noel White arrives at government-run Carrolup Native Settlement, he cannot communicate with the traumatised Aboriginal children, as they are so fearful. The children, forcibly removed from their families as part of government policy, live in squalor.Noel connects with the children through his empathy and unique education programme, and inspires them to create ... Read more

    $9.99 AUD

  • Semut

    The Untold Story of a Secret Australian Operation in WWII Borneo

    March 1945. A handful of young Allied operatives are parachuted into the remote jungled heart of the Japanese-occupied island of Borneo, east of Singapore, there to recruit the island’s indigenous Dayak peoples to fight the Japanese. Yet most have barely encountered Asian or indigenous people before, speak next to no Borneo languages, and know little about Dayaks, other than that they have been – ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • No Hearts of Gold

    by Jackie French ...
    SOME GIRLS ARE BORN TO BE LOVED,SOME ARE BORN TO BE USEFUL,AND SOME ARE BORN TO BE BAD ...Indulged and wealthy Kat Fitzhubert is sold in an arranged marriage to a colony across the world. Lady Viola Montefiore is the dark-skinned changeling of a ducal family, kept hidden and then shipped away. Titania Boot is as broad as a carthorse, and as useful.On the long sea voyage from their homeland of ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • Destination Buchenwald

    The astonishing survival story of Australian and New Zealand airmen in a Nazi death camp

    by Colin Burgess ...
    The harrowing story of the Allied airmen who experienced the true horrors of Nazism firsthand.It was the summer of 1944 as liberating Allied forces surged towards Paris following the D-Day landings. For a large group of downed airmen being held in that city’s infamous Fresnes Prison, they were about to face evacuation into the blackest, bloody heart of Germany and experience the most acute evil of ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • The Great Australian Loneliness

    A Classic Journey Around and Across Australia

    'This is the story of a journalist's journey round and across Australia... It was in July 1930 that I first set out, a wandering "copy-boy" with swag and typewriter, to find what lay beyond the railway lines...'Ernestine Hill's classic account of travelling in the Australian outback, in a pilgrimage of many years and 100,000 miles."The most picturesque account of our outback that has yet been ... Read more

    $9.01 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Cowra Breakout

    by Mat McLachlan ...
    The riveting story of the missing piece of Australia's World War II history, told by bestselling historian Mat McLachlan (Walking with the Anzacs, Gallipoli: The Battlefield Guide).During World War II, in the town of Cowra in central New South Wales, Japanese prisoners of war were held in a POW camp. By August 1944, over a thousand were interned and on the icy night of August 5th they staged one ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • Mr Stuart's Track

    by John Bailey ...
    On 14 May 1858, an expedition of discovery led by John McDouall Stuart departed from a copper mine located on the very edge of the known world in the North Flinders Ranges. The Australian continent stretched for another 2,000 kilometres to the north and 2,500 to the west and no white man had the slightest idea of what was there. It was to be the first of six expeditions mounted by Stuart, then ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • The Lucky Country: Popular Penguins

    Popular Penguins

    by Donald Horne ...
    'Australia is a lucky country, run mainly by second-rate people who share its luck.'First published in 1964 The Lucky Country caused a sensation. The book was a wake-up call to an unimaginative nation, an indictment of a country mired in mediocrity and manacled to its past.Popular PenguinsHe just wanted a decent book to read . . .Not too much to ask, was it? It was in 1935 when Allen Lane stood on ... Read more

    $9.99 AUD

  • The Convict Valley

    The bloody struggle on Australia's early frontier

    by Mark Dunn ...
    In 1790, five convicts escaped Sydney by boat and were swept ashore near present-day Newcastle. They were taken in by the Worimi people, given Aboriginal names and started families. Thus began a long and at times dramatic series of encounters between Aboriginal people and convicts in the second penal settlement in Australia.The fertile valley of the Hunter River was the first area outside the ... Read more

    $22.43 AUD

  • 100 Tales from Australia's Most Haunted Places

    by Ben Pobjie ...
    From the ghostly black horse of Sutton Forest to the butcher of Adelaide Street, a haunted Brisbane lift to the chilling experiments carried out by Doctor Blood of the North Kapunda Hotel, Australia abounds in spooky stories that are all unnervingly based in fact and tied to real places you can visit or avoid. In 100 Tales from Australia's Most Haunted Places, comedy writer and general scaredy-cat ... Read more

    $9.99 AUD

  • Ship of Death

    'The Tragedy of the 'Emigrant'

    by Jane Smith ...
    When 276 poor British emigrants sail away from Plymouth on the ship Emigrant in April 1850, seeking a better life in Australia, they know nothing of the ordeal that lies ahead. For four terrible months at sea, they endure cramped and squalid conditions, insufferable heat, bitter cold … and a mounting death toll from the dreaded disease that rages through the ship: typhus.When the Emigrant arrives ... Read more

    $9.89 AUD

  • The Ship That Never Was

    The Greatest Escape Story Of Australian Colonial History

    The greatest escape story of Australian colonial history by the son of Australia’s best-loved storytellerIn 1823, cockney sailor and chancer James Porter was convicted of stealing a stack of beaver furs and transported halfway around the world to Van Diemen's Land. After several escape attempts from the notorious penal colony, Porter, who told authorities he was a 'beer-machine maker', was sent to ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD