This is an original take on a classic story - how a child of immigrants moves between two cultures. In place of piety and predictability, however, Unpolished Gem offers a vivid and ironic sense of both worlds. It combines the story of Pung's life growing up in suburban Footscray with the inherited stories of the women in her ... read more
This is the inspiring life story of Louisa Lawson: poet, publisher, feminist and social reformer - and mother of Henry Lawson. Louisa Lawson was acknowledged as Australia's foremost feminist writer in the 1800's. Henry's view of his mother was as a domineering, interfering mother, and painted her as a careless, uncaring and s... read more
Tells the story of the life and work of Michael Kirby, Australia's most famous modern judge. This title charts his public life from his first forays as a student politician in the early 1960s, to his appointments as foundation chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission in 1975, and Justice of the High Court of Australia (1996-2009).
At twenty-something, Alice is hungry for the milestones of young womanhood: leaving home, choosing a career, finding friendship and love on her own terms. But with each step she takes away from home, she feels the sharp tug of invisible threads: the love and worry of her Chinese-Cambodian parents, who want more than anything ... read more
Geoffrey Rush, in his speech as Australian of the Year, put out a call to the writers of Australia, saying that he wanted to see the 'stories of people wanting to come here at great peril to their lives, with such extraordinary bravery', adding that: 'we're not finding that human scale in the story and I think it'd be good if... read more
In 1958, Elyne Mitchell's The Silver Brumby was published to acclaim and quickly became a much-loved classic of Australian children's literature. Now, for the centenary of Elyne's birth, her daughter Honor Auchinleck tells the story of the exceptional woman, and mother, behind the mask of the famous author. Writer, daughter o... read more
Who was Isabella Mary Kelly? Media sensationalism and colourful folklore labelled her a 'wanton with a whip' and a 'bitter sadistic hell-cat of a woman'. Legends of her infamous adventures with convicts and bushrangers were told. With care and attention to detail, Maurie Garland strips back the layers of rumour and misinforma... read more
This is the extraordinary story of 12 months in the life of controversial broadcaster Derryn Hinch. Diagnosed with cancer and given a year to live. Finally got an organ transplant and then spent five months under house arrest for defying suppression orders and naming serial sex offenders. His thoughts on life, death, the cour... read more
'Outback Women's Stories' is a compilation of significant Australian women of simple but important character traits - strength, fortitude and courage. Australia has grown from penal colony to modern nation and important player on the global stage, and during this period there have been many women who have courageously taken o... read more
|Author:||Hans Wilhelm Finger|
On 14 February 1842 Leichhardt arrived in Sydney, Australia. His aim was to explore inland Australia and he was hopeful of a government appointment in his fields of interest. In 1848 Ludwig Leichhardt and his companions vanished during his second attempt at crossing Australia from east to west. No trace of his expedition has... read more
Since 2009 leading AFL journalist Mike Sheahan has interviewed some of Australian football's biggest names on his Fox Sports program Open Mike. With his compassionate interview style, Sheahan manages to open up even the most reticent of guests, offering fascinating insights into the inner workings of some of AFL's most famous names.
On a November afternoon in 2010, Gurrumul sat in a studio in Sydney to be photographed for the cover of Rolling Stone. The studio was 3000 kilometres from where he was born on Echo Island off the coast of East Arnhem Land. A bare three years had passed since the release of Gurrumul, his critically acclaimed debut solo album. ... read more
In this book you will be taken back to a significant time in Australian history, wherin a brilliant and dignified Aboriginal man William Cooper bravely challenged the norms of his country. This Yorta Yorta man brought change and fought for the human rights of several groups of people who were victims of persecution. Inspiring... read more
Part memoir, part personal history of Australia over the last thirty years, this is a biographical trip told through sport, families and the author's own experiences. He weaves in and around the events that have held a fascination for Australia. Some of these events would be considered momentous, some small and personal. They... read more
William McInnes is a talented writer and a natural storyteller. A tail-end baby boomer, he recalls summer holidays that seemed to go on forever, when he and his mates would walk down to fish in the bay; a time when the Aussie battler stood as the local Labor candidate and looked out for his mates; and a time when the whole fa... read more
Presents the stories of outback heroes, from escaped convict William Buckley, through to the trainer of stock horses that starred in the 2000 Olympics opening ceremony. This collection of true stories of courage and ingenuity, aims to remind how the Australian character was forged through encounters with the bush, desert and outback.
Is the story of how from 1956 to 1958 Len Beadell and his team made the first road to cross Central Australia fro east to west.
Ros Moriarty is a white woman married to an Aboriginal man. Over the course of many visits to her husband's family, she was fascinated to discover that the older tribal women had a deep sense of happiness and purpose that transcended the abject material poverty, illness and increasing violence of their community - a happiness... read more
'If you had worked with them, if you had driven with them, if you had had a drink with them, if you helped them when broken down, you would have been proud to be one of them and called them mates.' Meet Ray Gilleland, pioneer trucker in postwar Australia. A time when trucks were viewed as an 'upstart industry' that threatened... read more