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Australia & Oceania

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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

  • Flash Jim

    The astonishing story of the convict fraudster who wrote Australia's first dictionary

    by Kel Richards ...
    The astonishing story of James Hardy Vaux, writer of Australia's first dictionary and first true-crime memoirIf you wear 'togs', tell a 'yarn', call someone 'sly', or refuse to 'snitch' on a friend then you are talking like a convict.These words, and hundreds of others, once left colonial magistrates baffled and police confused. So comprehensible to us today, the flash language of criminals and ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Australia's Most Notorious Convicts: From thieves and bushrangers to murderers and cannibals

    Thousands of convicts were transported to Australia. Of these, some managed to escape incarceration and went on to achieve notoriety in their new land. A few tried to invent a Robin Hood reputation, taking the side of the poor settler against those in authority. Some committed crimes so heinous they were both feared and despised by the general population. Their lives were desperate, their fate ... Read more

    $4.99 AUD

  • Banks

    Lust, science, adventure -- Joseph Banks and his voyages of discoveryThe extraordinary life of one of the world's most famous and notorious adventurersSir Joseph Banks was a man of passion whose influence spanned the globe. A fearless adventurer, his fascination with beautiful women was only trumped by his obsession with the natural world and his lust for scientific knowledge.Fabulously wealthy, ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • James Cook

    The story behind the man who mapped the world

    The name Captain James Cook is one of the most recognisable in Australian history - an almost mythic figure who is often discussed, celebrated, reviled and debated.But who was the real James Cook?This Yorkshire farm boy would go on to become the foremost mariner, scientist, navigator and cartographer of his era, and to personally map a third of the globe. His great voyages of discovery were ... Read more

    $19.99 AUD

  • The World Before Us

    How Science is Revealing a New Story of Our Human Origins

    by Tom Higham ...
    'Fascinating and entertaining. If you read one book on human origins, this should be it' Ian Morris, author of Why the West Rules - For Now'The who, what, where, when and how of human evolution, from one of the world's experts on the dating of prehistoric fossils' Steve Brusatte, author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs50,000 years ago, we were not the only species of human in the world. There ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Battle of Long Tan

    As featured in The Vietnam Years

    The truth about the battle that came to define our Vietnam War - from the men who were there.18th August, 1966. 1pm…D Company entered the plantation. They thought that, if they were lucky, they were closing in on perhaps 30 or 40 VC. They were horribly wrong.Over twelve long, bloody and brutal hours, 105 Australian soldiers and three New Zealanders fought off mortar attacks and heavy machine-gun ... Read more

    $4.99 AUD

  • Dark Paradise

    Norfolk Island - isolation, savagery, mystery and murder

    'A fascinating read' DAILY TELEGRAPHAren't remote South Pacific islands supposed to be paradise? Perhaps, from a distance, Norfolk Island looks a peaceful place lush with tall pines. But look closer and that idyllic facade is shattered.For all of the 240 years we have known it, Norfolk's story has been one of darkness, pain, rage and horror. Long-buried bones and axes hint at the violence before ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • No Front Line

    Australian special forces at war in Afghanistan

    The soldiers of the SAS, the Commandos and Special Operations Engineer Regiment are Australia's most highly trained soldiers. Their work is often secret, their bravery undeniable and for thirteen years they were at the forefront of Australia's longest war. Shunning acclaim, they are the Australian Defence Forces' brightest and best skilled.In an extraordinary investigation undertaken over ten ... Read more

    $21.66 AUD

  • 44 Days

    75 Squadron and the Fight for Australia

    'Brilliantly researched and sympathetically told, 44 DAYS is more than just a fitting tribute to brave but overlooked heroes. It's also a top read.' DAILY TELEGRAPHIn March and April 1942, RAAF 75 Squadron bravely defended Port Moresby for 44 days when Australia truly stood alone against the Japanese. This group of raw young recruits scrambled ceaselessly in their Kittyhawk fighters to an ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

  • Gough and Me

    My Journey from Cabramatta to China and beyond

    When Gough Whitlam moves into her street in Cabramatta in 1957, eight-year-old Christine has little idea how her new neighbour, one of the most visionary and polarising political leaders of Australia, would shape the direction of her life. Born to working-class parents and living in a fibro house built by her truck-driver father, Christine simply dreams that one day she might work as a private ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Australian Light Horse

    The magnificent Australian force and its decisive victories in Arabia in World War I

    by Roland Perry ...
    series Hachette Military Collection #2
    First raised during the Boer War, the Light Horse attracted many from the outback - men who knew how to survive and fight in hot and dry country, and who had a special bond with their horses.Battle-hardened at Gallipoli, by the time the men arrived in Palestine they were more than ready to play their critical role in Colonel Lawrence's defeat of the Turks (in the face of the British High Command's ... Read more

    $9.99 AUD

  • Vietnam

    The Australian War

    by Paul Ham ...
    For the first time this is the full story of Australia's involvement in our longest military campaign 'Surely God weeps,' an Australian soldier wrote in despair of the conflict in Vietnam. But no God intervened to shorten the years of carnage and devastation in this most controversial of wars. the ten-year struggle in the rice paddies and jungles of South Vietnam unleashed the most devastating ... Read more

    $22.99 AUD

  • The Making of Australia

    by David Hill ...
    This is the story of how a struggling convict settlement grew into six dynamic colonies and then the remarkable nation of Australia. Told through the key figures who helped build it into the thriving nation it is today, David Hill once again offers up Australian history at its most entertaining and accessible.In his latest book, David Hill traces the story of our nation from its European ... Read more

    $12.99 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

    $4.99 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

    $15.99 AUD

  • Burke and Wills

    The triumph and tragedy of Australia's most famous explorers

    The iconic Australian exploration story - brought to life by Peter FitzSimons, Australia's storyteller.'They have left here today!' he calls to the others. When King puts his hand down above the ashes of the fire, it is to find it still hot. There is even a tiny flame flickering from the end of one log. They must have left just hours ago.MELBOURNE, 20 AUGUST 1860. In an ambitious quest to be the ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • The Fatal Shore

    by Robert Hughes ...
    An award-winning epic on the birth of AustraliaIn 1787, the twenty-eighth year of the reign of King George III, the British Government sent a fleet to colonise Australia.Documenting the brutal transportation of men, women and children out of Georgian Britain into a horrific penal system which was to be the precursor to the Gulag and was the origin of Australia, The Fatal Shore is the definitive, ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Red Lead

    The legendary Australian ship's cat who survived the sinking of HMAS Perth and the Thai-Burma Railway

    by Roland Perry ...
    Just after midnight on 1 March 1942, Australia's most renowned cruiser, HMAS Perth, was sunk by Japanese naval forces in the Sunda Strait off the coast of Java. Of the 681 men aboard, 328 survived the sinking and made it to shore-and one cat. Her name was Red Lead, and she was the ship's cat, beloved by the crew and by the Perth's legendary captain Hector Waller.But surviving shellfire, torpedoes ... Read more

    $20.45 AUD

  • Convict Colony

    The remarkable story of the fledgling settlement that survived against the odds

    The British plan to settle Australia was a high-risk venture. We now take it for granted that the first colony was the basis of one of the most successful nations in the world today. But in truth, the New World of the 18th century was dotted with failed colonies, and New South Wales nearly joined them.The motley crew of unruly marines and bedraggled convicts who arrived at Botany Bay in 1788 in ... Read more

    $20.45 AUD

  • Please Gamble Irresponsibly

    The rise, fall and rise of sports gambling in Australia

    by Titus O'Reily ...
    Australians lose more money gambling than any other country. But how did we get here? In his inimitable, hilarious style, sports historian Titus O’Reily charts the rise, fall and rise of sport gambling in Australia.We’ll gamble on anything, from two flies crawling up a wall to less important things like federal elections. And thanks to the internet, phones and gambling-tax loving governments, ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Return to Uluru

    A killing. A hidden history. A story that goes to the heart of the nation.When Mark McKenna set out to write a history of the centre of Australia, he had no idea what he would discover. One event in 1934 – the shooting at Uluru of Aboriginal man Yokunnuna by white policeman Bill McKinnon, and subsequent Commonwealth inquiry – stood out as a mirror of racial politics in the Northern Territory at ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • The Tin Ticket

    The Heroic Journey of Australia's Convict Women

    Historian Deborah J. Swiss tells the heartbreaking, horrifying, and ultimately triumphant story of the women exiled from the British Isles and forced into slavery and savagery-who created the most liberated society of their time.Agnes McMillan and Janet Houston were convicted for shoplifting. Bridget Mulligan stole a bucket of milk; Widow Ludlow Tedder, eleven spoons. For their crimes, they would ... Read more

    $10.33 AUD