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  • Around the World with a King

    Around the World with a King, is an eyewitness account of Hawaiian King Kalakaua's journey around the world in 1881.William Armstrong accompanied the King as a member of His Majesty's Government and Royal Commissioner for Immigration. His account of this remarkable circumnavigation, the first ever for a monarch, is told with humor and insight, although not always with sympathy for the King's ... Read more

    $5.99 USD

  • Island at the End of the World

    The Turbulent History of Easter Island

    On a long stretch of green coast in the South Pacific, hundreds of enormous, impassive stone heads stand guard against the ravages of time, war, and disease that have attempted over the centuries to conquer Easter Island. Steven Roger Fischer offers the first English-language history of Easter Island in Island at the End of the World, a fascinating chronicle of adversity, triumph, and the enduring ... Read more

    $26.99 USD

  • The Other Side of the Mountain

    How a Tycoon, a Pastoralist and a Convict Helped Shape the Exploration of Colonial Australia

    by Ian W Shaw ...
    In the early 1800s the Great Australian Unknown would be slowly revealed, in part by formal government expeditions, but also by runaway convicts, little known and privately funded explorers, and pastoralists seeking both knowledge of what lay beyond and land to occupy. Through extensive research, and with engaging storytelling, The Other Side of the Mountain brings three of these men’s stories ... Read more

    $8.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Moonlite

    The Tragic Love Story of Captain Moonlite and the Bloody End of the Bushrangers

    by Garry Linnell ...
    A gay bushranger with a love of poetry and guns.A grotesque hangman with a passion for flowers and gardening.A broken young man desperate for love and respect.These men – two of them lovers – are about to bring the era of Australia’s outlaws to a torrid and bloody climax.Charismatic, intelligent and handsome, George Scott was born into a privileged life in famine-wracked Ireland. His family lost ... Read more

    $18.99 USD

  • Melbourne

    Series series The City Series
    Melbourne's a city you get to know from the inside out—you have to walk it to love it. My favourite time to do this is at night. That's when you capture glimpses of people—eating, laughing, talking, arguing, watching TV, and reading—through half-open terrace house doors and is a city of inside places and conversation. Of intimacy. Melbourne begins on Black Saturday, the day that ... Read more

    $9.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Castaway

    The extraordinary survival story of Narcisse Pelletier, a young French cabin boy shipwrecked on Cape York in 1858

    In 1858, 14-year-old Narcisse Pelletier sailed from Marseilles in the French trader Saint-Paul. With a cargo of Bordeaux wine, they stopped in Bombay, then Hong Kong, and from there they set sail with more than 300 Chinese prospectors bound for the goldfields of Ballarat and Bendigo. Around the eastern tip of New Guinea, however, the ship became engulfed in fog, struck reefs and ran aground ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • The Eureka Stockade


    by Gregory Blake ...
    Series series A Shot of History
    The Eureka Stockade is the epic account of the battle for the Eureka Stockade, an iconic moment in Australian history.On the chilly dawn morning of 3 December 1854 British soldiers and police of the Victorian colonial government attacked and stormed a crudely-built fortification erected by insurgent gold miners at the Eureka lead on the Ballarat Gold Diggings. The fighting was intense, the carnage ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • The Immortal Irishman

    The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero

    by Timothy Egan ...
    In the New York Times bestseller The Immortal Irishman, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Timothy Egan illuminates the dawn of the great Irish American story, with all its twists and triumphs, through the life of one heroic man.A dashing young orator during the Great Hunger of the 1840s, Thomas Francis Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • Voyages

    From Tongan Villages to American Suburbs

    "Most Americans are unaware that the United States is a major terminus for the people of Tonga, an island nation in the South Pacific. Small examines Tongan migration to the United States in a transnational perspective, stressing that many of the new migrant populations seem to successfully manage dual lives, in both the old country and the new. To that end, she describes life in contemporary ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • Elizabeth Macarthur

    A Life at the Edge of the World

    ‘An intimate portrait of a woman who changed herself and Australia…Michelle Scott Tucker makes Elizabeth Macarthur step off the page.’ David Hunt , Author of GirtIn 1788 a young gentlewoman raised in the vicarage of an English village married a handsome, haughty and penniless army officer. In any Austen novel that would be the end of the story, but for the real-life woman who became an Australian ... Read more

    $8.99 USD

  • Entanglements of Empire

    Missionaries, Maori, and the Question of the Body

    The first Protestant mission was established in New Zealand in 1814, initiating complex political, cultural, and economic entanglements with Māori. Tony Ballantyne shows how interest in missionary Christianity among influential Māori chiefs had far-reaching consequences for both groups. Deftly reconstructing cross-cultural translations and struggles over such concepts and practices as civilization ... Read more

    $21.99 USD

  • Voyagers

    The Settlement of the Pacific

    An award-winning scholar explores the sixty-thousand-year history of the Pacific islands in this dazzling, deeply researched account.One of the Best Books of 2021 — Wall Street JournalThe islands of Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia stretch across a huge expanse of ocean and encompass a multitude of different peoples. Starting with Captain James Cook, the earliest European explorers to visit ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • Australian Tragic

    Gripping tales from the dark side of our history

    by Jack Marx ...
    A compelling collection of tales from Australia's dark heart - of catastrophe and misfortune, intrigue and passion, betrayal and tragedy.AUSTRALIAN TRAGIC ranges across our past and our present: the heartbreaking story of the fire at Luna Park; the unstoppable opportunist who snatched innocent men and women from Palm Island to be part of P. T. Barnum's 'Greatest Show on Earth'; a world-class boxer ... Read more

    $17.99 USD

  • The History of Tahiti

    Tahiti is situated in South Latitude 17°40' and West Longitude 149° 25'. In other words, upon the opposite side of the world from the middle of Africa, and nearly at the center of the Pacific Ocean. In outline, it is figure-8 shaped, being a twin island, consisting of two oval land masses joined by the low, narrow isthmus of Taravao. The major axis of the island extends from northwest to southeast ... Read more

    $3.99 USD

  • The Bomber Mafia

    A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War

    Dive into this “truly compelling” (Good Morning America) New York Times bestseller that explores how technology and best intentions collide in the heat of war—from the creator and host of the podcast Revisionist History.In The Bomber Mafia*,* Malcolm Gladwell weaves together the stories of a Dutch genius and his homemade computer, a band of brothers in central Alabama, a British psychopath, and ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • The Fatal Shore

    The epic of Australia's founding

    by Robert Hughes ...
    **NATIONAL BESTSELLER • This incredible true history of the colonization of Australia explores how the convict transportation system created the country we know today."One of the greatest non-fiction books I’ve ever read ... Hughes brings us an entire world." —Los Angeles Times**Digging deep into the dark history of England's infamous efforts to move 160,000 men and women thousands of miles to the ... Read more

    $14.99 USD $12.99 USD

  • The Outback Calls You Back

    One man's journey into Outback Australia rekindles distant memories. Forty two years earlier in 1976, the land was harsh and unforgiving, in 2018 he finds that not much has changed, the land is still harsh and unforgiving, some towns have grown while others have become a ghost of their past. This is the true story of a camping trip to the outback that didn't go according to plan. ... Read more


  • The Secret Life of Lobsters

    How Fishermen and Scientists Are Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Favorite Crustacean

    by Trevor Corson ...
    “Lobster is served three ways in this fascinating book: by fisherman, scientist and the crustaceans themselves. . . . Corson, who worked aboard commercial lobster boats for two years, weaves together these three worlds. The human worlds are surely interesting; but they can’t top the lobster life on the ocean floor.” — Washington PostIn this intimate portrait of an island lobstering community and ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Final Patrol

    True Stories of World War II Submarines

    by Don Keith ...
    During World War II, the U.S. Navy's submarine service suffered the highest casualty percentage of all the American armed forces, losing one in five submariners.But despite the odds, these underwater warriors accounted for almost 60 percent of Japanese shipping losses, and were a major factor in winning the war. 16 U.S. submarines - and one German U-Boat - that saw action during WWII are now open ... Read more

    $14.99 USD $12.99 USD

  • In the South Seas

    The author of Treasure Island shares true stories of his travels in the Pacific in these portraits of nineteenth-century Tahiti, New Zealand, and beyond.Setting sail from San Francisco in June 1888, the author of Kidnapped and other classic adventure fiction embarked on a journey of his own. Having endured periods of illness and isolation in his earlier years, Robert Louis Stevenson was determined ... Read more

    $6.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Taking Hawaii

    How Thirteen Honolulu Businessmen Overthrew the Queen of Hawaii in 1893, With a Bluff

    The true story of a queen deposed, a five-year police state, an attempted counter-coup, and the end of an independent nation.On a January afternoon in 1893, men hunkered down behind sandbagged emplacements in the streets of Honolulu, with rifles, machine guns, and cannon ready to open fire. Troops and police loyal to the queen of the sovereign nation of Hawaii faced off against a small number of ... Read more

    $12.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Helmet for My Pillow: From Parris Island to the Pacific, A Marine Tells His Story

    by Robert Leckie ...
    Here is one of the most riveting first-person accounts to ever come out of the Second World War. Robert Leckie was 21 when he enlisted in the US Marine Corps in January 1942. In Helmet for My Pillow we follow his journey, from boot camp on Parris Island, South Carolina, all the way to the raging battles in the Pacific, where some of the war's fiercest fighting took place. Recounting his service ... Read more

    $1.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Sea of Glory

    America's Voyage of Discovery, The U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842

    **"A treasure of a book."—David McCulloughThe harrowing story of a pathbreaking naval expedition that set out to map the entire Pacific Ocean, dwarfing Lewis and Clark with its discoveries, from the New York Times bestselling author of Valiant Ambition and In the Hurricane's Eye.**A New York Times Notable BookAmerica's first frontier was not the West; it was the sea, and no one writes more ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Last Woman Hanged

    Two husbands, four trials and one bloody execution: Winner of the 2015 Davitt Award for Best Crime Book (Non-fiction) -- the terrible true story of Louisa Collins.In January 1889, Louisa Collins, a 41-year-old mother of ten children, became the first woman hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol and the last woman hanged in New South Wales. Both of Louisa's husbands had died suddenly and the Crown, convinced ... Read more

    $8.99 USD