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Bluestocking in Patagonia
Mary Gilmore's Quest for Love and Utopia at the World's End
Anne Whitehead
9781925283617
2018-05-30
A$9.99
King Tide Publishing

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In the 1890s in a bizarre social experiment, a band of over 500 Australians - mostly men and just three single women - sailed to South America to create a communal Utopia, a New Australia, in the jungles of Paraguay. One of them was a red-headed schoolteacher Mary Cameron, a poet and feminist, who left the writer Henry Lawson behind, despairing on the wharf. Politics in the Australian colony were soon tumultuous. Mary, rejected by one man she loved, married another, had a son, and she and her near-illiterate shearer husband Will Gilmore left Paraguay for the vast Patagonian sheep estancias of southern Argentina to earn their passages home.
Anne Whitehead chronicles the full history of the Australian experiment in Paraguay, including an account of the descendants of those who remained, in her award-winning Paradise Mislaid: In Search of the Australian Tribe of Paraguay (1998). In this second work she focuses on Mary's four years at the colony and, in particular, on her two fraught and previously little-known years in Patagonia.
Mary's independent spirit soon offended the strict rules of the estancia ruling class and she was forced to leave her husband for the tough frontier town of Río Gallegos. Speaking little Spanish, she supported her child for almost six months. Dame Mary later became an Australian national icon, campaigned for many causes including Aboriginal rights and she is on the $10 note today.
In a remarkable blend of biography and travel writing, Anne Whitehead follows in Mary's footsteps in South America, searching out places where she lived and traces of her stay, during a period of severe economic depression and political repression in Argentina, just as there was in Mary's experience. She brings to life a testing time in one of the harshest places on earth.
'Patagonia is a rich source of curious incidents and eccentric people, and Whitehead makes the most of these, describing the Welsh towns of Trelew and Puerto Madryn... a robbery pulled off by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; Charles Darwin's forays from the Beagle; W.H. Hudson's delight in the birds of the region, and the search for the giant sloth carried out by Mr Hesketh Prichard of the Daily Express. She mentions Bruce Chatwin, who turned up unannounced at the great estancia of Killik Aike, where the Gilmores had lived for some months, only to be sent away "with a flea in his ear" by its current owners. Mary Gilmore left Killik Aike abruptly too... [Her] letters reflect a courageous, resourceful and strong-willed woman... "Yea! I have lived" was how she began one poem, and reading Anne Whitehead's spry account of her life, it is hard not to agree.' - Times Literary Supplement
'I quickly fell under the spell of Whitehead's intelligent writing... a biography that compassionately embraces the artistic, emotional and political aspect of Mary Gilmore's life' - Age
'This splendid and fascinating book is brilliantly balanced as part memoir, part well-researched recreation of the young Mary Gilmore as inamorata of Henry Lawson, as radical wife, Paraguayan and Patagonian settler, and as abidingly Australian soul.' - Thomas Keneally
'Bluestocking in Patagonia is a very beautiful book. In the first place, Whitehead writes with considerable flair, and with a fine eye for detail. The text is intelligently crafted, switching between Australia and South America, past and present, self and other... Yet Bluestocking in Patagonia is important for other reasons. This book is as much about Whitehead's effort to retrace Gilmore's steps as about Gilmore herself and is, in this respect, a fine blend of history and travel writing: a combination we also find in Whitehead's earlier book on the Paraguaya


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Brave Truth
Powerful untold stories of the struggle for post-apartheid freedom.
Geraldine Coy
9781742983820
2013-11-30
A$9.99
Global Publishing Group

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Discover the Untold Stories of Apartheid Through Brave Truth
Fourteen years since fleeing South Africa, leading social commentator on authentic leadership in ethical performance, Geraldine Coy, has finally told her touching and confronting story on apartheid in South Africa, in Brave Truth.
The human atrocity that was Apartheid in South Africa has been well documented over the decades. However none are more compelling than the front line account told in Brave Truth.
Geraldine Coy's book, Brave Truth reveals a first-hand look at what it was like to live through the volatility of an apartheid world, and the aftermath that followed it.
As a member of a Commission of Enquiry that published a report on findings of violence and atrocities, Geraldine and her family received numerous death threats and consequently had to flee the country and settle in Australia.
Geraldine reveals, for the first time, uncensored stories of those who were there and the courage and determination that kept them going after facing unspeakable events.
Whilst this focus is unparalleled in its raw cruelty in the context of our current society, the story is set into the context of Geraldine's life.
Geraldine emerged in a new South Africa firstly as a student activist and matured into a mediator advocating peaceful resolution of conflict across all communities. Geraldine's own foreword to the book hints at the work she was involved in, and the people with whom she was so privileged to work.
"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others" Nelson Mandela
"I have found that without the mutual obligation of us all to each other, to build a future based on respect for our rights; to live as we choose to live; to have a home which we can call a safe place; and the right to bring our children up in a world where their opportunities will be as broad as their dreams and as real as their efforts, we won't be able to take the next step toward this goal."
"I have tried to demonstrate that true compassion is a firm and rational decision made with sound reasoning, and does not falter even in the face of those who behave badly. That does not mean that I have ever shied away from the need for those responsible for bad behaviour to be held accountable in some form or another."
In this book, readers will be invited into the truth behind the real cause(s) of violence and the perpetration of terrible acts of retribution within communities driven by despair and poverty. The complexities of these communities, their history forged in the Apartheid regime, the values of their traditional leadership and the emergence of a new local order, thrown into a melting pot of controversy, all prevented the development of anything close to a safe society.


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Bright Swallow

Vivian Bi
9781925736120
2019-02-15
A$9.99
Hybrid Publishers

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Bright Swallow, a young girl labelled as of 'bad origins' in Mao's Cultural Revolution, becomes motherless at fifteen in 1972. Determined to live a full life like her mother had known, she seizes every chance, creates choices where there appear to be none and finally has the world open up to her. The memoir distinguishes itself from other accounts of this period in being a story of hope. It celebrates resilience, the power of literature, music and the imagination; and pays tribute to the people who retained the fundamental decency that can easily disappear in adverse circumstances. Mao's China is now history, but similar dark regimes and mad ideologies still exist. There is much suffering from discrimination, humiliation and injustice at this moment. This is why this memoir has been written.


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Brilliant Artists in Trio

John Bryson
9781922219367
2014-07-01
A$3.99
John Bryson

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Brilliant Artists in Trio
A volume of three feature pieces.
1. Janet Baker, the Wind in Her Hair.
Opera's Dame Janet, now retired from the stage to song performance, takes to sea on a yacht, the better to understand the rhythms of Elgar's Sea Pictures, of which she is already the world's authority.
She was playing with the sound of the waves from the bow, it seemed to me, "Never before under sail', she said. It was very close to song.
2. St Brigid and the Wizard.
Paula Dawson is an artist who works with holograms. Most famous of her works is a virtual re-creation of her 1989 New Year's Eve party room the following morning, in which the debris recalls the actions in time past.
Here, she builds a hologram of the Holy Spirit, for the worshippers in St Brigid's Church, working throughout the night on a tremor-insulated stage near Adelaide.
3. Max Gillies, the Character Onstage.
Watches one of the finest character actors in the world, perform political satire to live audiences.
Gillies' own face is not as well known as those he has played behind, and whenever bailed up by some passing admirer he is deeply pleased, but his eyes cloud as if with a passing fear that he may be asked to prove himself now with a short performance as Ronald Regan or the Queen of England, right here on the footpath.


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Broken
A Memoir
Emma White
9781925556148
2017-06-01
A$9.99
Melbourne Books

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Four and a half months after her boyfriend became a paraplegic in a motorbike accident, he and Emma travelled to Australia, Emma's home country, and embarked upon a 18,000 kilometre backpacking trip.
This story takes the reader on a whirlwind trip around Australia. A young woman struggling to accept her boyfriend's paralysis, and a paraplegic man backpacking during a time many spinal injured patients remain in hospital.
Written with honesty, insight and dark humour, Emma examines the dynamics of the relationship, impact of the injury, difficulties faced learning to live in a wheelchair in a challenging country, and encountering perceptions of the disabled.
Ultimately, this is a compelling love story.
I believe not only people experiencing spinal injuries, their family and friends would be interested in my book, but also people interested in travel and memoir. Kev and I were a typical young couple working ski seasons, and my book shows that life can change quickly and dramatically. - Emma White


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Can My Pony Come Too?

Rosemary Esmonde Peterswald
9781925281682
2016-03-15
A$5.99
Ballynastragh Pty Ltd

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'It's always hot in Australia. And you can ride your horses to school and tie them up under a gumtree,' my mother told us with a knowing smile, as we stared at her in awe.
Gathered on a cold, misty morning in their Georgian mansion on the shores of Lough Derg in depressed 1950s' Ireland, with debts mounting, this seemed like a dream for the prominent Esmonde family, including the teller of this captivating memoir, then seven-year-old, Rosemary.
Hardship awaits down under, but Rosemary and her family bravely fight back, seizing every opportunity and experience with courage and humour.
Rosemary's remarkable story has many twists and turns as she moves from Tipperary to remote rural New South Wales, post war Canberra, as a young bride to Papua New Guinea, apple orcharding and setting up a successful business in Tasmania and sailing the Mediterranean (where she and her husband, Rob are compiling their fifth photographic coffee table book on sailing, seafood and wine). Come with her as we meet her illustrious ancestors (including two Victoria Cross recipients), encounter exotic countries and fascinating people, always living her life to the brim.


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Career Interrupted
How 14 Successful Women Navigate Career Breaks
Norah Breekveldt
9781922129871
2015-10-07
A$9.99
Melbourne Books

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How do women defy the odds and get their careers back on track after a break? How do women manage the mummy mafia at the school gate? Is there a motherhood penalty? Can women really have it all - a successful career and a rewarding family life? Does overseas experience really accelerate your career in Australia? How do you recreate your career after a setback?
 
In Career Interrupted fourteen high-achieving women talk openly about their challenges in carving out a successful career after a break. These women come from all walks of life - from battlers to privileged backgrounds, from small business to big corporations, from large corporates to small business, from professional services to the community sector. Several women had children and talk candidly about what it's like to be in the throes of mother guilt and come out the other side; some are expatriates who returned to Australia to rebuild their career, yet others had to re-establish their career after a misstep.
 
These stories are interwoven with the latest research from thought leaders around the obstacles and pitfalls in leaving the workforce for a time, and include practical and proven strategies to overcome these hurdles.
 
Career Interrupted contributes to the discussion and debate in business and the broader community about how to develop workplaces where the contribution of everyone, including women, is recognised, nurtured and optimised. It explores the shared experiences of women who have had to navigate a break in their career and provides a beacon for other women about to embark on a similar journey.
 
Her Excellency Frances Adamson, Australian Ambassador to the People's Republic of China;
Anna Burke, Federal member for Chisolm;
Lisa Croxford, Capability Development Manager, Herbert Smith Freehills;
Lucinda Dunn OAM, Artistic Director, Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy;
Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea, Scientist, Bruce Lefroy Centre, Murdoch Children's Research Institute;
Jennifer Keyte, Seven News Melbourne Weekend News Presenter;
Dr Sharon Lierse, Lecturer, Charles Darwin University;
Samone McCurdy, PhD candidate and Program Consultant, Monash University;
Lucinda Nolan, Deputy Police Commissioner, Victoria Police;
Kelly O'Dwyer, Federal Member of Parliament for Higgins and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer;
Dr Hannah Piterman, Consultant, advisor and author, co-founder of Gender Worx;
Moira Rayner, Lawyer and former WA Anti-corruption Commissioner;
Lucy Roland, Marketing specialist and Communications Coach;
Jodie Sizer, Principal, PwC Indigenous Consulting;
Tracey Spicer, Journalist and newsreader;
Dr Helen Szoke, Chief Executive, Oxfam Australia;
Dr Jennifer Whelan, Director, Psynapse Psychometrics and Research Fellow, Melbourne Business School.
 
'These stories offer inspiration and give insight into how success was achieved by many women despite the ongoing barriers to equality. They provide plenty of ideas for anyone wishing to have a career break, for any reason.' - Kate Jenkins, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner


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Carys
Diary of a Young Girl, Adelaide 1940-42
Carys Harding Browne; Ann Barson
9781925706307
2018-03-01
A$9.99
ETT Imprint

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In 1940, a seventeen year old girl Carys Harding Browne comes of age in Adelaide, Australia. At this time young clever men meet together at St, Mark's University College to share their love of poetry. By December 1940, St. Marks is leased to the Royal Australian Airforce as an embarkation depot. The Second World War is in earnest. This story is about young people growing up and falling in love against the backdrop of war where dances, friendship and the arts become a consolation in a fragile and uncertain time. It is, above all, the diary of a young girl finding herself amidst the impact of war.
This is a literary time capsule, a fastidious, vivid and shameless record of two pivotal years in Adelaide's history. Carys was part of a fast set which drank sherry, danced until dawn, fell in and out of love, read the latest books, saw all the shows, frolicked in the parklands and loved to thrill-seek. Some among this decadent generation were to become famous names. Pre-war, theirs was an antipodean Scott Fitzgerald life; their wild joie de vivre being piqued as the young poets and promising university students signed up and left to fight, several soon to die. Carys was too unruly to be given her dream job as a journalist but, as this wonderful book reveals, she was a very gifted diarist. - Samela Harris


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Childhood at Brindabella
My First Ten Years
Miles Franklin
9780648096320
2017-07-01
A$9.99
ETT Imprint

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'For a long time I have been intending to write down earliest memories to discover how many I retain clear-cut before my memory is too moth-eaten. I meant to do this as a diary for myself alone, as sailors in the doldrums erect full-rigged ships in bottles just because the mind is an instrument that sanity cannot leave idle. I must find some kind of exercise for a mind unused except on chores or with the triffle-traffle of housewives.'
Miles Franklin wrote this delightful autobiography in 1952-1953. She was unable to arrange for publication before her death in 1954 and the MS. came to Angus and Robertson Ltd from her executors, the Permanent Trustee Co. Ltd of New South Wales. It was first published in 1963.


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Cody's Law

Fin J Ross
9780987341983
2014-11-01
A$3.99
Clan Destine Press

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The brutal bashings of a five-year-old Cody Hutchings by his step-father promoted a major change in state legislation in Australia.
After Stuart John McMaster was found guilty manslaughter, the Victorian State Government introduced the new offence of child homicide.
Welcome to Crime Shots - short, sharp, true crime stories from Australia's past and present.


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Confessions of a Homegrown Alien
An Australian Memoir
Jan Smith
9781925416282
2016-02-01
A$9.99
ETT Imprint

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Jan Smith's Confessions... is finally out! Self-acknowledged victim of too many books and too much liveliness, this is an almost intergalactic memoir where small town life at Eumundi, Queensland meets the political changes of war-time Australia, Catholics and Protestants hold an uneasy truce, and Irish black humour abounds: By English standards there wasn't a Right in Australia, just men who'd stopped being Left. We visit Brisbane and Longreach in less-than-fashionable 50s, then the urban thrall of Sydney and Woman magazine. Marriage, motherhood and the enigmas of the Bulletin. Separation, independence, even editor of Forum magazine, topped off with a home birth at 40...
But with city nights there was no question of mysterious and marvellous changes, boiled tongue in the press becoming jelled by morning, sick animals healing or dying, a hundred chickens doubled in size under their aluminium tent. The Pleiades and Orion's Belt struggled for attention in a petulant sky which ached to be properly black, even the moon you had to be quick about before it disappeared too, like the Russian Sputnik with the whimpering dog inside.
Jan Smith is the author of two novels, An Ornament of Grace (Sun Books, 1966) and The Worshipful Company (Cassell, 1969), and co-author, with Dr William Vayda, of Health for Life: Are You Allergic to the Twentieth Century? (Sphere Books 1981)
After dropping out of the University of Queensland and working as a cadet journalist on The Courier Mail Jan went to Sydney and joined Woman's Day magazine. After three years on Woman's Day, she was forced to resign because she had married a staff member, and for the next fifty years survived by freelancing, notably for The Bulletin and Pol magazine, apart from a year on Forum UK, the sex magazine, and Australian Business.
She now lives happily in King's Cross, Sydney, with her cat, doing what she'd have rather done all along.


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Cops, Crocs & Leopard-Skin Jocks

Bob Magor
9781742981567
2012-03-01
A$9.99
Bob Magor

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Wild encounters with crocodiles, mad Territorians, Asian crab poachers, Cyclone Tracy, petty-crooks, the NT police, magistrates, judges and murderers, family members, Fred Brophy and his boxing troupe and all levels of authority.
Meet Roy Wright, an old-style villain and barramundi poacher extraordinaire who, after a lifetime of dodging police, unbelievably goes straight(ish) in a legitimate mud crab business.
Author, Bob Magor, paints a warts-and-all true-life portrait of a bloke with a strong sense of an Aussie fair go, a bit-of-class larrikinism, and a stuff 'em attitude towards authority.
And as for the leopard-skin jocks? A man needs a trademark!


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Cynthia Nolan
A Biography
M. E. McGuire
9781925556032
2016-11-01
A$9.99
Melbourne Books

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Cynthia Reed, single mother, psychiatric nurse, novelist and connoisseur, married Sidney Nolan in Sydney in 1948. England served as their home base from 1953 till her death in 1976, territory charted in her four travel books.
This biography is drawn from her books in depth and from her intimate letters to her brother John and his wife, Sunday Reed between 1927, when she was nineteen, and 1944 when their correspondence ceased.
Her unpopularity in Australia in the sixties is accounted for and the stereotypes of the envious sister-in-law, the mad artist's wife and the nihilistic suicide dismantled.


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Daddy Who?

Craig Horne; Ross Wilson
9781925556353
2018-11-01
A$14.99
Melbourne Books

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Daddy Who? is the story of a phenomenon, a band that in eighteen short months changed the course of Australian rock history.
Author and musician Craig Horne was with Daddy Cool every inch of the way. With an insider's view, he tracks the journey from when they burst onto the scene in October 1970, with their infectious doo-wop mayhem, and follows their rapid rise to the top—when they were on the front cover of every newspaper and rock magazine in the country, and when radio churned out hits like 'Eagle Rock', 'Come Back Again' and 'Hi Honey Ho!' virtually nonstop.
The book reveals the madness of Daddy Cool's three US tours, from their showcase performance at LA's Whisky A Go Go, to New York's famed Madison Square Garden, and supporting the likes of Elvin Bishop, Fleetwood Mac, Deep Purple, Little Feat and Captain Beefheart.
"Daddy Who? is the first book to tell the complete story of the enduring legacy of one of the most unique and much loved bands Australia has ever produced.
Daddy Cool are one of the most impressive bands I've ever heard ... And 'Eagle Rock' is one of my favourite tracks of all time." — Sir Elton John, 1975


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Dare to Dream
The Story of One Man's Inspiring and Colourful Journey to Education in Adulthood
Peter Cliff
9781925367348
2016-05-01
A$9.99
Brolga Publishing

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Lack of opportunity is the common reason people give for their inability to attain their potential. This story invites the reader to take the colourful route of gaining an education in adulthood. In doing so we satisfy restless curiosity and obtain peace of mind. The author's story provides clues as to what might be obtained if good advice is followed with fortitude and tenacity. Worthwhile careers are only attained by hard work - what have we to lose?

 

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