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The Remarkable Mr Morrison
The Virtuosity and Versatility of Australia's Master Musician
Mervyn E Collins
9781922129628
2014-10-01
A$9.99
Melbourne Books

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The Remarkable Mr Morrison delves into the life and musicality of James Morrison, one of Australia's most internationally acclaimed musicians. It follows not only his transformation from tearful primary school boy to supremely confident performer, but also explores the nature and development of his giftedness.
James discovered his natural talent early and was playing international jazz festivals in his teens. He has a unique ability to play a variety of instruments to world-class standard, while maintaining an affable and effervescent approach to his multi-faceted life.
In his spare time he drives fast cars, flies planes, loves boating, abseiling and gadgetry and has completed several triathlons, but above all he is a musician par excellence.
This book critically examines his qualities, both musical and personal, and his rise to the highest echelons of every jazz genre.
The book has been written with the cooperation of James.


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The Russell Street Bombing

Vikki Petraitis
9780987553812
2014-11-01
A$3.99
Clan Destine Press

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In 1986 a bomb went off outside the main police headquarters in Russell Street Melbourne.
The Russell Street Bombing looks at the consequences of this shocking act of violence from the point of view of an entire city, the police force that was targeted, and in particular one 19-year-old victim.
Welcome to Crime Shots - short, sharp, true crime stories from Australia's past and present.


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The Secret Love Letters
A Family History
Dolores San Miguel
9781922129642
2014-10-24
A$9.99
Melbourne Books

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In The Secret Love Letters: A Family History, the author delves into the history of her Spanish ancestors, the once-illustrious San Miguels, and uncovers the forbidden love affair that tore the family apart.
Fay Johnston told her daughter of a collection of letters she had kept hidden away for over 60 years, promising to show them to her when the time was right. It was only after her mother died that Dolores found the letters, concealed beneath a large piece of wood deep within a storage cupboard. Through endless research and close analysis, Dolores pieced together nearly a hundred letters, newspaper ads, doctors' notes, and postcards to unravel the story of her parents' romance, kept secret for over two decades.
Dolores San Miguel, acclaimed author of The Ballroom: The Melbourne Punk and Post-punk Scene delivers a luminous, tightly woven account that places her own family saga in the wider context of early European immigration to Australia, as well as offering a fascinating glimpse into Melbourne life in the lead-up to World War 2.


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The Southpaw, The Diva & The Diggers
Australia's Forgotten Heroes
Peter Fenton
9781925367539
2017-02-22
A$9.99
Brolga Publishing

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During WWII Australia's sports lovers were denied access to national and international sport, something which had captivated them since long before Federation.
The popularity of racing and prize fighting during this time was amazing. Two of the most admired sports heroes were a dynamic southpaw boxer named Vic Patrick and a thoroughbred equine diva named Flight. Their careers which ran side by side had great similarities. Each was extremely talented, each created history and each showed a stark, remorseless courage which epitomised the war years.
This is their story, acted out in front of the Diggers, so many of whom were not only great soldiers but likeable larrikins and inveterate gamblers, lovers of the punt.


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The Stories Our Parents Found Too Painful To Tell

Rafael Rajzner; Henry R Lew
9780987101808
2011-06-01
A$9.99
Henry Lew

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This book is a retrieved version of the first Holocaust memoir published in Australia, in 1948. It is also one of the earliest memoirs ever written. The original book was written in Yiddish. It has now been adapted into English, with the voluntary assistance of 25 righteous translators, worldwide, a separate story in itself, which is also covered in the book. Even the most famous memoirs by Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel only gained significant recognition after they were translated into English after the Eichmann trial of 1961. Rajzer's book was buried with him when he died in 1953.


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The Tom Wills Picture Show

Martin Flanagan
9781925706628
2018-09-21
A$7.99
ETT Imprint

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Martin Flanagan, journalist at the Age, has often written of the great Wonders of Australian Sport, his love of the AFL, of the importance of Aboriginal players in the highest echelons of Australian sport. A few years ago he threw himself at the mysterious and distressed figure of Tom Wills - our early Colonial cricket celebrity, who put together the Aboriginal Cricket Team set for Great Britain in 1868 - and helped write the original Code for Australian Rules. A hero for several original clubs - Melbourne, Collingwood and Richmond for example. Yet things fall apart, as things have often done for our sporting stars...
So Flanagan went deeper: "I dared myself to actually picture Tom Wills in the various situations I knew him to have been in during his life and backed my fancy. It was like entering a creative delirium. Pictures appeared before me which I wrote down in scenes. If I do the same thing in ten years' time, I may come up with a different story but I doubt that will happen. I doubt the energy that accompanied the writing of this treatment will ever return."
And so we have his TOM WILLS PICTURE SHOW, shedding light on a most complex character...


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The Truckie Who Loved Trains
The Biography of Ken Thomas, Founder of Thomas Nationwide Transport
David Wilcox
9781925281637
2016-04-01
A$9.99
David Wilcox

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This is the story of Ken Thomas, educated with two university degrees but nothing about trucks, who was mislead into buying a truck by a sham relative at the end of the Second World War.
After this shaky start came problems with government regulations and road taxes. All the state governments wanted to protect their rail networks, so road and rail industries hated each other.
Ken's father was a steam engine driver and Ken could see that the entrepreneurial energy of the private transport companies, and the government railway networks should be partners, not enemies.
With practical, business like common sense, Ken led the way to achieve this, in Australia and overseas. Ken described this as a red-blooded, gutsy, period, culminating in an ambush in the TNT boardroom.
'In the transport game, there is no standing still.' - Ken Thomas


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To Beersheba 1917
With the Australian Light Horse
Tom Thompson; Ion Idriess
9781925706260
2017-10-01
A$7.99
ETT Imprint

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To help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Charge of the Australian Light Horse at Beersheba on October 31 1917, this book offers nearly 100 unpublished photographs taken in the field by brothers Guy and Barney Hayden, of the 12th Light Horse. Both Lieutenants, the Haydons were at the forefront of the skirmish and the attack itself, and like all the Walers, their great horses Midnight and Polo play their essential part, right to the Charge itself. With Guy Haydon's testimony and Trooper Ion Idriess' diary note on the great day's events, this book is a celebration of our Light Horse - and the world's final great Charge in World War One.


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To the Ends of the Earth
Mary Gaunt, Pioneer Traveller
Susanna de Vries
9781742984070
2014-03-12
A$9.99
Pirgos Press

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Travel writer, explorer and novelist.
'Gaunts never give up', the motto of Mary's ancestor, Prince John of Gaunt (1340-1399) was quoted by Mary's father, William Gaunt, to his children.
In the 1880s, Mary Gaunt was one of the first women admitted to Melbourne University. Miss Gaunt's desire to study law was denied since male academics believed women incapable of studying 'difficult' subjects. In 1909, Mary, now widowed, led her own expedition into the West African jungle, staying in remote villages to gather information for her book 'Alone in West Africa'. In 1913, in the absence of sealed roads, Mary travelled in a bone-shaking mule cart from Peking to the edge of the Gobi desert and returned to Europe on a Russian troop train. Her amazing experiences in China and Russia produced two more travel books. Mary donated her royalties to the Red Cross to help Belgian refugees. For many years she lived in Italy and, during World War Two, died in France.
Prelude: Outwitting Mussolini
1. 'Gaunts never give up'
2. Encountering prejudice at university
3. Finding Doctor Right
4. Mary postpones a visit to China
5. Africa - the 'Dark Continent'
6. Heading a band of naked warriors
7. 'Madame, you have the heart of a lion'
8. 'Murder Hill' and German Togoland
9. Black magic among the Ashanti
10. The male dinosaurs of LondonĂ­s RGS
11. Through Tsarist Russia to Peking
12. Inside the walls of the Forbidden City
13. A political assassination
14. The Great Wall of China
15. 'Behind every small foot is a jar of tears'
16. Chengde and the hunting palace of the Manchu
17. The temple of the Three Mountains
18. 'Please keep your last bullet for yourself'
19. Last days in China
20. Exploring the Amur River and Saghalien
21. On a troop train through Siberia
22. St Petersburg and after
23. Captured by Germans
24. The Gaunts in wartime
25. The final years of a cosmopolitan author


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Trailblazers
Caroline Chisholm to Quentin Bryce
Susanna de Vries
9781925280197
2015-04-01
A$9.99
Pirgos Press

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Caroline Chisolm's hard work and determination changed the history of female migration to Australia and ensured better conditions for families on migrant ships and offered them paid work.
Eliza Hawkins was a trailblazer, surviving a dangerous journey as the first European woman to cross the Blue Mountains to Bathurst, travelling by horse and cart.
Mary Gaunt from Ballarat dared to lead her own expeditions in West Africa and China, travelling from Peking to the edge of the Gobi desert in a mule cart and became a very popular travel writer and novelist.
Hilda Rix Nicholas fought for women painters to be taken seriously and held successful exhibitions in France and Britain, before returning to Australia to paint superb images of rural life in the Monaro.
Sister Anne Donnell was one of the first nurses to volunteer in World War One. Her letters made her famous, recounting the sufferings of Anzacs in a military hospital on Lemnos, where British administrative bungles kept the nurses and their patients short of sheets, bandages and drinking water.
Nell Tritton from Brisbane became personal assistant and translator to handsome Alexander Kerensky, the reformist Russian Prime Minister who was later deposed by Lenin. As Madame Kerensky she helped him escape assassins sent by Stalin. As the Nazis advanced on Paris Nell used her own money to purchase forged Spanish visas so her husband's Russian-Jewish employees and their families could escape from the invading Nazis.
Louise Mack worked in Tuscany and became the world's first female war correspondent in German-occupied Belgium. She wrote a bestselling war memoir and donated her royalties to help Belgian war victims before returning to Sydney, where she married an Anzac veteran.
Margaret Ogg and Vida Goldstein were ridiculed when they dared to claim that women were intelligent enough to sit in Parliament. Enid Lyons, mother of twelve, became Australia's first Cabinet Minister, but it took another 50 years for Julia Gillard to become Australia's first female Prime Minister.
A lawyer by profession, mother and grandmother, Dame Quentin Bryce blazed a trail for women by becoming Australia's first female Governor-General. After leaving office she returned to her home state of Queensland where she now heads a programme designed to combat domestic violence.


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Tripping Over
My life growing up in the shadow of a returned war hero
John Hickman
9780987094568
2013-12-10
A$3.99
John Hickman

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Tripping Over is a true story of life in post war England in the 1950s and 1960s. It tells the story of John, who grows up in the shadow of his dad, a returned war hero. John senses he is different but not in a good way and knows he has big shoes to fill. He is not coping well. Beleaguered and confused, poor judgement and clumsiness dog his every move.
 
When his parents visit the annual Earl's Court Motor Show to buy a new car but return with a boat instead - turmoil follows. Later he is almost killed on a disastrous wild horse ride on Rotten Row but is he really guilty of the police accusation of fraud? As a teenager John explores his sexuality, only to fall in love for all the wrong reasons.
 
John's self-deprecating reminisces are often illuminating as the reader accompanies him on his bittersweet journey of both triumph and disaster.
 
John's first book Reluctant Hero, is about his dad, Bill, who was a Lancaster bomber pilot in WW2. Tripping Over is its sequel. Sex, Lies and Crazy People, published in 2014, follows on from Tripping Over. They are all true stories.


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Turn Left at the Devil Tree

Derek Pugh
9780992355814
2017-06-01
A$4.99
Derek Pugh

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Accompanied by Turkey, his little 'hunting' dog, Derek Pugh founded several outstation schools in the most remote parts of Arnhem Land and gained a rare insight into a traditional way of life which has been witnessed by only a few outsiders.
By turns reflective, tragic and hilarious, Turn Left at the Devil Tree is a memoir of a visiting teacher among the Indigenous people and wildlife of the Top End of Australia. It is also a history - revealing some little known and disturbing events that were sanctioned from the highest levels of government.
Life there was "frustrating at times, but always a challenge and Derek has recorded his experiences beautifully in this delightful book". Ted Egan AO


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Unbroken
The Heroic True Story of a Group of Aussie POWs in WWII Europe
W R Beecroft
9781922175731
2016-05-01
A$9.99
Brolga Publishing

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It is 1941, and the German High Command has sent General Irwin Rommel and the Afrika Korps to bolster the faltering Italian ground forces in North Africa and take over the beleaguered fortress of Tobruk. The defenders hang on grimly, but prisoners are taken on both sides in the ebb and flow of battle.
In Greece and Crete, the reverse occurs; Commonwealth forces are overwhelmed by the might of the Wermacht, and many fall into the hands of the Germans. Many of the Australian and New Zealand prisoners eventually find themselves incarcerated in Campo 57, Gruppignano in north east Italy, under the iron fist of the notorious Colonel Calcaterra of the Caribinieri.
Unbroken is the true story of Australian POWs, their capture, their attempted escapes and their ultimate liberation.


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Venturing Into No Man's Land
Joseph Maxwell VC, World War I Hero
John Ramsland
9781922036896
2016-05-01
A$9.99
Brolga Publishing

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'A flash blinds me... We are lost in a chaos of flying mud... Smoke, filth, confusion, racket! I spit and splutter and swear... Oh Christ! I think I'm flamin' well dead.'
This is the compelling story of Lieutenant Joseph 'Darkie' Maxwell DCM, MC and Bar, VC - the second highest decorated Australian soldier of the First World War. Meticulously researched by historian John Ramsland, Maxwell's colourful life is traced from his childhood on the Hunter coalfields until his death at age 71 in a soldier's settlement home in Matraville Sydney. Maxwell was a vivid storyteller who wrote Hells Bells and Mademoiselles, telling of his experiences in the war. In telling Maxwell's story, Ramsland has uncovered many forgotten documents to piece together an extraordinary life of an extraordinary man.


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Vicarious Dreaming
With Jack Idriess on Madman's Island
Ernest Hunter
9781925706642
2019-05-01
A$9.99
ETT Imprint

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Millions of years in the making, sustaining human voyagers and societies for millennia, a couple of centuries of that by Europeans - the Great Barrier Reef - in maybe five or six decades the largest living structure visible from space will have become the largest dead one.
 
Vicarious Dreaming documents a series of personal voyages between Cooktown and the Torres Strait that are interwoven with accounts of exploration, exploitation and escape. The travels and tales coalesce around the works of Ion Idriess and the lives of solitary men at the edge of the world, drawn to the wild by folly and obsession, and to an island in the Howick Group that Idriess knew well and which was the site of his first book - Madman's Island. And as with the slow-motion ecological catastrophe that is the Reef's agonal decline there are players - and bystanders; stories of people and places, of life and death, of arrivals and departures, and of journeys that involve even the most remote, uninhabited spaces - the necklace of islands scattered along more than two thousand kilometres of Queensland's Coral Sea coast.
 
At once a journey into the far north of Australia and into the furthest depths of the human mind. A tale of Cape York's past and a new chapter in the exploration of its present. A dream narrative - maybe; a case study - perhaps; literary art, yes, absolutely, in its purest and most ambitious form. - Nicholas Rothwell

 

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