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  • Burning Bushby Stephen J. Pyne

    Henry Holt and Co. 2014; US$ 8.99

    Stephen J. Pyne is a professor at Arizona State University West and theauthor of seven books, including Fire in America, and Fire on the Rim. more...

  • Champagne From Six to Sixby Peter M. Shea

    SBPRA 2014; US$ 2.99

    In mid-19th-century Australia, like its counterparts in California and Chile, there was a focus on the rush for gold. Given the sobriquet "diggers," men arrived in the tens of thousands from all points of the globe. In often remote bush settings, makeshift towns quickly sprouted in the foothills, valleys, and plateaus leading to the Blue Mountains... more...

  • Mawson's Remarkable Menby David Jensen

    Allen & Unwin 2015; US$ 29.99

    Who were the men who set off with Douglas Mawson on his heroic exploration of Antarctica? A fascinating and illuminating memoir of the intrepid adventurers who helped shape the legend. more...

  • Mateshipby Nick Dyrenfurth

    Scribe Publications Pty Ltd. 2015; US$ 20.99

    A ?mate? is a mate, right? Wrong, argues Nick Dyrenfurth in this provocative new look at one of Australia?s most talked-about beliefs. In the first book-length exploration of our secular creed, one of Australia?s leading young historians and public commentators turns mateship?s history upside down. Covering more than 200 years of white-settler history,... more...

  • The Many Deaths of Mary Dobie: Murder, Politics and Revenge in Nineteenth-Century New Zealandby David Hastings

    Auckland University Press 2015; US$ 21.88

    ‘Dreadful murder at Opunake?, said the Taranaki Herald, ‘Shocking outrage?, cried the Evening Post in Wellington when they learned in November 1880 that a young woman called Mary Dobie had been found lying under a flax bush near Opunake on the Taranaki coast with her throat cut so deep her head was almost severed. In the midst of tensions between... more...

  • Minding her own businessby Catherine Bishop

    NewSouth 2015; US$ 24.99

    A history that populates the streets of colonial Sydney with entrepreneurial businesswomen earning their living in a variety of small - and sometimes surprising - enterprises.There are few memorials to colonial businesswomen, but if you know where to look you can find many traces of their presence as you wander the streets of Sydney. From milliners... more...

  • Life of George Bassby Miriam Estensen

    Allen & Unwin 2005; US$ 27.26

    A full account of the life, times and mysterious disappearance of George Bass, one of Australia's most significant maritime explorers, from the author of the highly acclaimed Discovery and The Life of Matthew Flinders. more...

  • The Literacy Warsby Ilana Snyder

    Allen & Unwin 2008; US$ 29.95

    Is there a crisis in literacy education in Australia? Or are claims our children are being taught by methods that don't work just a beat up by political conservatives? The Literacy Wars cuts through the passionate claims and counterclaims to explain what's happening in our classrooms and why they've become a battleground. more...

  • Alice on the Lineby Doris Blackwell; Douglas Lockwood

    New Holland Publishers (Australia) 2008; US$ 9.95

    This true story of life at the Alice at the turn of the century is not only a book of great historical interest, it reflects a deep love for the country and the people. more...

  • Evolution in the Antipodesby Tom Frame

    University of NSW Press 2009; US$ 31.95

    Charles Darwin liked and loathed Australia. The father of evolution paid the continent a flying visit during in 1836, and was glad to put the place behind him. Yet Australia's astonishing wildlife influenced him deeply, and his revolutionary theories still resonate profoundly in Australian society. Two hundred years after Darwin's birth, at... more...