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Almost Sincerely
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Debut book from Zoe Norton Lodge, Writer and Presenter on ABC's The Checkout, Co-founder of Story Club "Zoe Norton Lodge is an outstanding talent and the very brightest of rising stars on the Australian creative landsc

Norton Lodge, Zoe

Australia's Most Murderous Prison

BEHIND THE WALLS OF GOULBURN JAIL An unprecedented spate of murders in the 1990s - seven in just three years - earned Goulburn Jail the ominous name of 'The Killing Fields'. Inmates who were sentenced or transferred to the 130-year-old tower

Phelps, James

Australia's Most Unbelievable True Stories
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Did you know that in 1932 the Australian army was called out to wage war on an invading army of 20,000...emus? Or that the first royal personage to arrive in Australia was the King of Iceland and he came as a convict?

Haynes, Jim

Australia's Second Chance

Australia was the only OECD country not to have gone into recession during the GFC. Our standard of living is one of the highest in the world, and we're a multicultural mix of talented migrants from all over the world. We've been here before: a

Megalogenis, George

Australian Bush Pubs

From the authors of Australias favourite bush camping and 4WD guides comes a striking review of Australias iconic bush pubs. No-one is in a better position to know which are the countrys most extraordinary bush pubs - or to write about and p

Lewis, Craig & Savage, Cathy

Back Country

In 1981 John Blay was awarded the Parks Writers Award. It started a life-long investigation of south-eastern Australia?s forests. Accompanied only by a fickle Zachary B. de Mule he set out on foot through the challenging escarpment country of D

Blay, John

Because a White Man'll Never Do It

Kevin Gilbert's powerful expose of past and present race relations in Australia is an alarming story of land theft, attempted racial extermination, oppression, denial of human rights, slavery, ridicule, denigration, inequality and paternalism.

Gilbert, Kevin

Beyond Belief
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This is a major work of non-fiction by one of Australia's most respected authors. Hugh Mackay takes on one of the biggest topics of our time: the declining role of religion in our society. In this he follows writers such

Mackay, Hugh

Big White Lie
332 pages.

Fitzgerald, John

Bob Ellis: in His Own Words

"Bob Ellis: In His Own Words showcases the best of Ellis's celebrated and much-loved essays, speeches, diaries and scripts, in addition to previously unpublished work, archival photos, and reflections from close friends and family. Compiled

Ellis, Bob (Director)

Breaking the Boundaries

What makes an activist? What makes one person speak out against injustice while another will be content to get angry at the TV news? What makes the activist so determined to make her or his voice heard, often against powerful odds? This book

Allen, Yvonne, Noble, Joy

Breaking the Ice: How We Will Get Through Australia's Methamphetamine Crisis

'The so-called war on drugs has been a colossal failure, and this book offers further proof that we must treat drug use as a public health issue, not as a crime' Sir Richard Branson This landmark book, from Matt Noffs and his team at the No

Noffs, Matt

Bruce Postle: Australia

Postle, Bruce

Bush Heritage Australia
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With a plan to own or manage one per cent of Australia by 2025, Bush Heritage Australia is an organisation with big ambitions. Started by Bob Brown in 1991, Bush Heritage was born from an urgent mission: to protect pri

Martin, Sarah


Bestselling writer and organised-crime expert Keith Moor takes us behind the headlines of the world's biggest seizure of ecstasy to expose a sophisticated mafia network in Australia. In 2007, Melbourne customs officials intercepted 15 millio

Moor, Keith


An implicit sense of public service and 'otherness' has now come to permeate Canberra's identity to a point that there is a great smugness, arrogance even, that the rest of Australia can hate us - but they'll never know how good it is to liv

Daley, Paul

Certain Maritime Incident
Paperback , 234mm. 304 pages.

Kevin Tony

City Dreamers
40 illustrations 272

I became an urban historian because I believed that our cities deserved more of our curiosity and idealism. City Dreamers restores Australian cities, and those who created them, to their rightful place in the national imagin

Davison, Graeme

Damned Whores and God's Police
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Sexual harassment, domestic violence and date rape had not been named, although they certainly existed, when Damned Whores and God's Police was first published in 1975. That was before the Sex Discrimination Act of 198

Summers, Anne

Dancing with Empty Pockets

"In the nineteenth century, the word bohemians initially conjured the primitive, exotic and mysterious power of gypsies, but in a few short years would be used to describe any nomadic or vagabond character - with strong overtones of poverty

Moore, Tony


Darwin is a survivor, you have to give it that. Razed to the ground four times in its short history, it has picked itself up out of the debris to not only rebuild but grow. Darwin has known catastrophes and resurrections; it has endured misc

Lea, Tess

Dear Life: On Caring for the Elderly

In this powerful book, Karen Hitchcock shines a light on ageism in our society. Through unforgettable case studies, she shows what care for the elderly and dying is really like - both the good and the bad. With honesty and deep experience, s

Hitchcock, Karen

Dying for a Chat: Penguin Specials

We put much store in freedom of choice, but when it comes to our own medical diagnosis and treatment, are we equipped to make the best decisions? And are healthcare professionals properly prepared to guide us? Alarmingly, oncologist and award

Srivastava Ranjana

Ern Mallery Affair

Dear Sir, When I was going through my bother's things after his death, I found some poetry he had written. I am no judge of it myself ' In 1943, Max Harris, editor of the literary journal Angry Penguins, received a letter containing a collec

Heyward, Michael

Evil Life
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As powerful today as it ever was, the Mafia's involvement in organised crime in Australia is long and deep. Despite denials by major policing organisations of its existence in this country, the key Mafia families in Au

Small, Clive, Gilling, Tom

Fair Game: The Incredible Untold Story of Scientology in Australia
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As astonishing as it is compelling - Steve Cannane's extraordinary insight into Scientology in Australia is investigative journalism at its very best. From Rugby League players trying to improve their game, to Hollywo

Cannane, Steve

Faith, Love and Australia
black & white illustrations 240

With a final vote on same-sex marriage expected within months, Faith, Love and Australia is a timely book that puts the definitive case for same-sex marriage. Written by Tony Abbott's chief prime ministerial speec

Ritchie, Paul

Five Bells
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In a country known as one of the most queer-friendly nations in the world, most Australians support LGBTI rights, federal laws protect queer people from discrimination, transgender Australians are recognized legally as

Papalexandris, Jenny, Skyring, Fiona

Full Bore

A chance encounter in an auction house is the jumping-off point for William's inimitable take on our sport-obsessed nation, Australian popular culture and the artefacts and memorabilia that both make us cringe with recognition and laugh with

McInnes, William

Gay and Lesbian, Then and Now: Australian Stories from a Social Revolution

"Over seventy years, Australia has quietly undergone one of the biggest social revolutions in its history. Once viewed as criminals, sinners or sick, lesbians and gay men are increasingly accepted as equal, and the majority of Australians su

Reynolds, Robert, Robinson, Shirleene

Generation Less: How Australia is Cheating the Young

'A country that makes no room for the young is a country that will forfeit a fair future. This must not become Australia.' Today's young Australians are the first generation since the Great Depression to be worse off than their parents. In o

Rayner, Jennifer

Gittins' Gospel
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Almost everything you need to know about how Australia and the world works. And where it's going. Can any other economics guru claim to write the column in a daily newspaper that people turn to first?
Or to pack the


Good Life

Social researcher and psychologist Hugh Mackay has spent 40 years asking Australians about their lives, loves, hopes, ambitions, fears and passions. In The Good Life, he asks and answers the ultimate question: What makes a life worth living?

Mackay, Hugh

Good Life
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"No one can promise you that a life lived for others will bring you a deep sense of satisfaction, but it's certain that nothing else will." Hugh Mackay has spent his entire working life asking Australians about their

Mackay, Hugh

Great Australian Journeys
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'Graham Seal has the knack of the storyteller' - Warren Fahey AM..Australia's history is one of epic journeys, intrepid explorers, and mysterious disappearances in far flung places. From perilous sea voyages to the dis

Seal, Graham

Great Australian Scandals and Dust-ups

Evans, Eamon

chiefly colour illustrations 66

Award-winning cartoonist Jon Kudelka shares his sketchy love letter to Australia's southernmost capital city with a series of watercolours from the heart.

Kudelka, Jon


Remember those long, languid holidays when the only decisions to be made were what to pack in the Esky and who should get the front seat on the drive to the beach?Let William McInnes reignite your nostalgia for holidays past, and give you a

McInnes, William

How to Pass a Test
black & white illustrations 134

'The measure of how well a school suits your child, and consequently how successful it is in educating your child, does not come from looking up an unreliable and highly variable ranking on the internet. It comes

Edwards, Lynne

In the South
From two wooden boats and the people associated with them - stories of youth and remembered youth, design and artistic craftsmanship, backyard builders, teacher-mentors, sprung planks, loss and the rescue of ageing boats. Flowing from the shoals of N
Heriot, Geoff

Joe Cinque's Consolation
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In October 1997, a clever young law student at ANU made a bizarre plan to murder her devoted boyfriend after a dinner party at their house. Some of the dinner guests - most of them university students - had heard rumou

Garner, Helen

Larrikins, Bush Tales and Other Great Australian Stories

Yarns, legends, myths, jokes and anecdotes are our national lifeblood. The home-grown and borrowed tales, told and re-told over generations, offer an insight into the larger national story of which every Australian has a part...Was Breaker M

Seal, Graham

Little Fish Are Sweet

"Little Fish Are Sweet takes the reader behind the scenes of Matthew's Condon's epic six-year, three-book journey, as he fights intimidation and legal threats while relentlessly pursuing the truth. Investigating the web of cold murder cases

Condon, Matthew

Lucky Country?
black & white illustrations 256

Can we reinvent The Lucky Country? In 1964, Donald Horne described Australia as 'a lucky country run mainly by second-rate people who share its luck' in his iconic book. Now, more than five decades later, internat

Lowe, Ian

Men and Women of Australia!

This is a revised and updated edition of speechmaker Michael Fullilove's much-loved anthology of our greatest modern speeches. Speeches new to this edition include Kevin Rudd's Apology to Australia's Indigenous Peoples, Nelson Mandela's addr

Fullilove, Michael

Mount Buggery to Nowhere Else

From Dismal Swamp to Useless Loop, Intercourse Island to Dead Mans Gully, Mount Buggery to Nowhere Else, Australia has some of the strangest, funniest, weirdest and most out-of-place names going - now described and explained in one humorous

Evans, Eamon

No Small Change: The Road to Recognition for Indigenous Australia

In 1967, Australians voted overwhelmingly in favour of altering two aspects of the Constitution that related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Although these seemed like small amendments, they provided an impetus for real chan

Brennan, Frank

Not Quite Australian: How Temporary Migration Is Unsettling the Settler Society

Permanent migration has long been vital to the story of Australia. From the arrival of early settlers to waves of post-war immigration, the symbolic moment of disembarking onto Australian soil is an image deeply embedded in our nation's cons

Mares, Peter

Outback Wrangler Stories 1

" Any animal, anywhere, any time.' u Matt Wright Wildlife expert and chopper pilot Matt Wright was born for a life of action and adventure. Raised in the wilds of Papua New Guinea and outback Australia, he would catch turtles before school f

Wright, Matt

People Like Us
352 pages.

Aly, Waleed

Portrait of Australia

For 30 years AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC journalists have revealed the rich diversity of a nation. From schoolyards to parliament and the outback to the ocean, they have reported on Australia and Australians, both ordinary and extraordinary, going


Rise and Fall of Australia

A forensic look at the Lucky Country, from the inside and outside. Never before has Australia enjoyed such economic, commercial, diplomatic and cultural clout. Its recession-proof economy is the envy of the world. It's the planet's great lif

Bryant, Nick


The story of Australia, told from the woolsheds. 'For much of its history Australia has been described as riding on the sheep's back ...but if the country rode on anyone's back, it was on the aching, creaking, flexing spines of Australian sh

McHugh, Evan

Single Tree

A Single Tree assembles the raw material underpinning Don Watson's award-winning The Bush. These diverse and haunting voices span the four centuries since Europeans first set eyes on the continent. Each of these varied contributors - settler

Watson, Don

Skin Deep

Skin Deep looks at the preoccupations of European-Australians in their encounters with Aboriginal women and the tropes, types and perceptions that seeped into everyday settler-colonial thinking. Early erroneous and uninformed accounts of Abo

Conor, Liz

Special Relationship

Australia and the British monarchy have an undeniably special relationship, yet they have always made for an odd couple: the rebellious, egalitarian nation wedded to an ancient symbol of social inequality. So what is the magic the royals hol

Hill, David

Tall Man
Paperback 288

Prime Minister's Literary Award Shortlist 2009 The Tall Man is the story of Palm Island, the tropical paradise where one morning Cameron Doomadgee swore at a policeman and forty minutes later lay dead in a watch-house cell. It is t

Hooper, Chloe

This House of Grief

Anyone can see the place where the children died. You take the Princes Highway past Geelong, and keep going west in the direction of Colac. Late in August 2006, soon after I had watched a magistrate commit Robert Farquharson to stand trial b

Garner, Helen

Under the Influence
234(Ht mm) 153(Wdt mm) , Paperback 256

Jordan, Trevor, Fitzgerald, Ross & Trevor Jordan

UpRiver : Untold Stories of the Franklin River Activists

Hungerford, Alice

What Happened to the Car Industry?

"The Australian car industry is almost 120 years old, and has become been part of the nation's industrial and social fabric. In 1949 the federal government encouraged the industry to invest here so the country could make weapons of defence.

Porter, Ian, Knight, Mark, Spooner, John

Where Did Fair Go?

Wright, John

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On 23 August 1966, approximately 200 Gurindji stockmen and their families walked off Wave Hill Station in the Northern Territory, protesting against poor working conditions and the taking of their land by pastoralists.

Meakins, Felicity, Charola, Erika