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  • Gun Alley

    Murder, Lies and Failure of Justice

    by Kevin Morgan ...
    In the early morning of New Year's Eve 1921, 12-year-old Alma Tirtschke's naked body was found in Gun Alley, a dead-end Melbourne lane. She had been raped and strangled. In an atmosphere of public frenzy, the police were pushed to find a culprit and charged saloonkeeper Colin Ross with her murder. Rapidly convicted, and with his appeals to higher courts rejected, Ross was hanged - protesting his ... Read more

    $8.79 AUD

  • The Girl From Aleppo: Nujeen’s Escape From War to Freedom

    Previously published as ‘Nujeen’The story that is inspiring the world.Read about Nujeen who escaped the hell of war in Aleppo and travelled to Europe in a wheelchair.‘She is our hero. Everyone must read her story. She will inspire you’ MALALA YOUSAFZAINujeen Mustafa has cerebral palsy and cannot walk. This did not stop her braving inconceivable odds to travel in her wheelchair from Syria in search ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • East West Street

    Winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize

    THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017WINNER OF THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE and THE JQ-WINGATE LITERARY PRIZETHE SUNDAY TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLER'A monumental achievement: profoundly personal, told with love, anger and great precision' John le Carré'One of the most gripping and powerful books imaginable' SUNDAY TIMESWhen he receives an invitation to deliver a lecture in the ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • The Brilliant Boy

    Doc Evatt and the Great Australian Dissent

    by Gideon Haigh ...
    Longlisted for the 2022 Indie Book AwardsChosen as a ‘Book of the Year’ in The Australian, The Australian Financial Review and The Australian Book Review.In a quiet Sydney street in 1937, a seven year-old immigrant boy drowned in a ditch that had filled with rain after being left unfenced by council workers. How the law should deal with the trauma of the family’s loss was one of the most complex ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • Watching Out

    reflections on justice and injustice

    ‘When put to the test, most people have difficulty identifying what justice is, especially when there is tension between proper process and a desired result. Due process is inherent in our conception of justice. But bad process can yield the right result, just as good process can produce the wrong result. The legal system is designed to produce justice. We call it the justice system — sometimes un ... Read more

    $25.51 AUD

  • Bad People – and How to Be Rid of Them

    A Plan B for Human Rights

    Twenty years ago Geoffrey Robertson inspired the global justice movement with his ground-breaking book, Crimes Against Humanity. Since then, the movement has stalled, as nationalism takes hold and populist governments retreat from international courts and refuse to comply with their rulings.But there is an alternative. The Plan B for human rights looks back to national laws to name, blame and ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Equality and Discrimination Law in Australia: An Introduction

    Equality and Discrimination Law in Australia: An Introduction explores four decades of anti-discrimination laws in Australia. Beth Gaze and Belinda Smith argue that effective laws protecting against and deterring discrimination are vital for a fair future, and emphasise the theoretical and social contexts that underpin this area of the law. The text is divided into three sections: the first ... Read more

    $81.39 AUD

  • The Wrong Carlos

    Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution

    A Columbia Law School team’s in-depth examination of one man’s 1989 wrongful conviction and execution for murder.In 1989, Texas executed Carlos DeLuna, a poor Hispanic man with childlike intelligence, for the murder of Wanda Lopez, a convenience store clerk. His execution passed unnoticed for years until a team of Columbia Law School faculty and students chose to investigate his case and found ... Read more

    $22.87 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Law of the Land

    The Evolution of Our Legal System

    National Book Award Finalist: “A learned, thoughtful, witty legal history for the layman” (The New Yorker).What do the thoughts of a ravenous tiger have to do with the evolution of America’s legal system? How do the works of Jane Austen and Ludwig van Beethoven relate to corporal punishment? In The Law of the Land, Charles Rembar examines these and many other topics, illustrating the surprisingly ... Read more

    $21.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Chamberlain Case

    the legal saga that transfixed the nation

    by Ken Crispin ...
    A baby disappears from a tent near Uluru in the sandy desert of central Australia. The Aboriginal trackers say she has been taken by a dingo. But amidst a melange of sinister rumours, suspicion falls on the parents, Lindy and Michael Chamberlain. There are no eyewitnesses, no body, no confession, no motive — and, apparently, credible evidence of their innocence. Yet the mother is convicted of ... Read more

    $21.33 AUD

  • The Trials of Portnoy

    how Penguin brought down Australia’s censorship system

    Fifty years after the event, here is the first full account of an audacious publishing decision that — with the help of booksellers and readers around the country — forced the end of literary censorship in Australia.For more than seventy years, a succession of politicians, judges, and government officials in Australia worked in the shadows to enforce one of the most pervasive and conservative ... Read more

    $25.51 AUD

  • Raging Heart: The Intimate Story of the Tragic Marriage of O.J. and Nicole Brown Simpson

    by Sheila Weller ...
    Raging Heart is so revealing that the book itself became part of the actual O.J. Simpson murder trial. It is the only book to trace the path of O.J. and Nicole’s fatal love story through the eyes of the people who really knew them. Acclaimed journalist Sheila Weller gained the unprecedented cooperation of Nicole Brown Simpson’s family, and had exclusive access to O.J. and Nicole’s friends who ... Read more

    $10.22 AUD

  • 1215 and All That

    Magna Carta and King John

    by Ed West ...
    A concise, entertaining history of the world-changing medieval document known as the Magna Carta.1215 is one of the most famous dates in English history, and with good reason, since it marks the signing of the Magna Carta by King John and the English barons, which altered the entire course of English and world history.John Lackland was born to King Henry II and Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitane in ... Read more

    $21.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Clarence Darrow

    attorney for the damned

    Drawing on untapped archives and full of fresh revelations, here is the definitive biography of America’s legendary defence attorney and progressive hero.Clarence Darrow is the lawyer every law student dreams of being: on the side of right, loved by many women, played by Spencer Tracy in Inherit the Wind. His days-long closing arguments delivered without notes won miraculous reprieves for men ... Read more

    $20.45 AUD

  • The Fraternity of the Estranged

    The Fight for Homosexual Rights in England, 1891-1908

    Originally passed in 1885, the law that had made homosexual relations a crime remained in place for 82 years. But during this time, restrictions on same-sex relationships did not go unchallenged. Between 1891 and 1908, three books on the nature of homosexuality appeared. They were written by two homosexual men: Edward Carpenter and John Addington Symonds, and a third, Havelock Ellis.At this time, ... Read more

    $10.22 AUD

  • The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia

    History, Principle and Interpretation

    The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia examines the body of constitutional jurisprudence in an original and rigorous yet accessible way. It begins by exploring the historical and intellectual context of ideas surrounding the Constitution's inception, and closely examines its text, structure, principles and purposes in that light. The book then unpacks and critically analyses the High ... Read more

    $98.22 AUD

  • The Story of Law

    by John M. Zane ...
    Written for the layman as well as the attorney, The Story of Law is the only complete outline history of the law ever published. “It is,” too, noted journalist William Allen White of the original edition, “the sort of book that any lawyer could take home and give to his children in their teens and twenties as a justification of his career.” Moreover, The Story of Law has well been termed “the ... Read more

    $11.76 AUD

  • Addressing Modern Slavery

    Long after slavery was officially abolished, the practice not only continues but thrives. An estimated 40 million people are modern-day slaves, more than ever before in human history. Whether they are women in electronics or apparel sweatshops, children in brick kilns or on cocoa farms, men trapped in bonded labour working on construction sites, or girls forced into domestic servitude or sex work, ... Read more

    $17.04 AUD

  • Code Wars

    10 Years of P2P Software Litigation

    The content industry spent the better part of the last decade seeking to hold P2P software providers liable for the infringements of their users. Its emphatic victories against the providers of Napster, Aimster, Grokster, Morpheus and Kazaa led directly to a massive shakeout of large commercial file sharing software operators, and might have been expected to wipe out unfiltered P2P file sharing ... Read more

    $7.34 AUD

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    a life

    The definitive account of an icon who shaped gender equality for all women.In this comprehensive, revelatory biography — fifteen years of interviews and research in the making — historian Jane Sherron De Hart explores the central experiences that crucially shaped Ginsburg’s passion for justice, her advocacy for gender equality, and her meticulous jurisprudence. At the heart of her story and ... Read more

    $29.80 AUD

  • Sleeping Dogs: A true story of the Lindbergh baby kidnapping

    On the night of March 1, 1932, the infant son of famed aviator Charles A. Lindbergh and his wife Anne Morrow, the daughter of a diplomat, was kidnapped from the family's hilltop estate in Hopewell, NJ. The ensuing investigation involved not only crime fighters at the highest levels, but also members of organized crime, small-time crooks and swindlers, politicians and hangers-on who surfaced from ... Read more

    $13.77 AUD

  • Madame Bovary on Trial

    In 1857, following the publication of Madame Bovary, Flaubert was charged with having committed an "outrage to public morality and religion." Dominick LaCapra, an intellectual historian with wide-ranging literary interests, here examines this remarkable trial. LaCapra draws on material from Flaubert’s correspondence, the work of literary critics, and Jean-Paul Sartre’s analysis of Flaubert. ... Read more


  • Kennedy's Avenger

    Assassination, Conspiracy, and the Forgotten Trial of Jack Ruby

    **NOW A NATIONAL BESTSELLERNew York Times** bestselling authors Dan Abrams and David Fisher bring to life the incredible story of one of America’s most publicized—and most surprising—criminal trials in history.No crime in history had more eyewitnesses. On November 24, 1963, two days after the killing of President Kennedy, a troubled nightclub owner named Jack Ruby quietly slipped into the Dallas ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

  • Is Eating People Wrong?

    Great Legal Cases and How they Shaped the World

    Great cases are those judicial decisions around which the common law develops. This book explores eight exemplary cases from the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia that show the law as a living, breathing and down-the-street experience. It explores the social circumstances in which the cases arose and the ordinary people whose stories influenced and shaped the law as well as the ... Read more

    $33.65 AUD