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The Murchison Murders

Arthur W. Upfield
9781925416138
2015-11-01
A$6.99
ETT Imprint

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Somewhere within Arthur Upfield's travelling dray were the clues to uncovering three acts of murder involving the grifter, Snowy Rowles. Once Upfield had published his crime thriller, The Sands of Windee, West Australian police gave chase, starting with the esteemed author of Bony...


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The News Man
Sixty Years of Television
Mal Walden
9781925367836
2017-02-22
A$9.99
Brolga Publishing

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'You'll never be a journalist's bootlace!'
This is the story behind the stories we think we know.
'The News Man' is a very personal look at the public face of news by one of Australia's most well-loved and respected news presenters of our time.
Mal Walden was seventeen when he applied for his first job in media. Starting out as a country radio announcer, he went on to work in Launceston and Melbourne before making the shift to television as a news anchor for channels Seven and Ten. At age seventy he gracefully crossed the finishing line to be recognised as the longest-serving newsman on Australian television.
Each year Mal maintained a journal in which he recorded his many serendipitous and life-changing moments. These memories form a record of not only his life as a newsman, but of the evolution of television news.


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The Only Way Home
One Woman, Two Donkeys and an Extraordinary Outback Journey of Healing and Renewal
Liz Byron
9781925868364
2020-02-01
A$14.99
Woodslane Press

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On a warm day in May 2004, Liz Byron set off from Cooktown with her two companions, donkeys Grace and Charley, on a self-imposed challenge to walk 2500 kilometres of the Bicentennial National Trail over 9 months. This epic journey was a rite of passage to mark leaving 40 years of marriage and embarking on life as a single woman at the age of 61. She foresaw that self-reliance, physical stamina and route-finding would be challenges, but couldn’t have known how the outback environment in Queensland was to test her to the limit. Years of drought had left much of her route a dusty wasteland, without food or water for her animals. Years of suffering from childhood abuse and a family tragedy had left her unwilling to ask for help. Walking became a meditation, an exercise in being in the moment even when that moment was 43 degrees or she hadn’t eaten for 7 hours. In her moving memoir, Liz reveals how she healed herself step-by-step on the way to her new home in northern NSW - by learning to trust her intuition, the wisdom of her animals and the kindness of strangers.


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The Origin, Career And Destruction Of the Kelly Gang

F. Hunter
9781925706611
2018-09-21
A$7.99
ETT Imprint

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In October 1878, Victorian Police were instructed to find the Kelly Gang, using the first ever photo I.D. ; but the Kellys found them first...
When Kennedy and Scanlon were gone the other two set about camp work. McIntyre, who had the cooking for the day in hand, had disembarrassed himself of his weapons, so when suddenly confronted by the Kelly Gang, and ordered to throw up his hands, he had no resource but obey. Lonergan, who was armed, instead of doing so, started running with apparently the idea of getting some vantage ground from which to shoot. He had only covered four or five yards when he was shot down, and expired a few minutes afterwards. That he meant to show fight was evident by the attempt to get out his revolver when running. According to the evidence given at the trial, the gang manifested some regret at having to shoot down so plucky a fellow. This, however, did not apparently alter their intentions in regard to the rest of the party...
One of the rarest of all Kellyana, The Origin, Career and Destruction of the Kelly Gang has been out of print in any form for over 100 years. Fully illustrated with contemporary engravings and photographs.


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The Other Side of No Man's Land
Arthur Wheen, World War I Hero
John Ramsland
9781922175991
2016-05-01
A$9.99
Brolga Publishing

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Arthur Wheen was the most daring, resourceful signaller in the 1st AIF. His extraordinary exploits in the epic Battles of Fromelles, Polygon Wood, Villers-Bretonneux and Peronne are told as well as his subsequent career as a Rhodes Scholar. In 1929 he became the first and best translator of Remarque's classical German war novel All Quiet on the Western Front that became an international bestseller and a Hollywood film in 1930.
On the other side of No Man's Land Wheen's experience paralleled incidents in the book. In the midst of the horrors of Fromelles, Wheen showed conspicuous bravery in laying and repairing telephone lines under extremely heavy fire across No Man's Land where there was indescribable loss of life. At night he volunteered to search for the wounded and showed fine courageous spirit in rescuing many under intense machine-gun and rifle fire. He wrote: 'The Morning Star is quenched with blood'.


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The Paperboy's War
An Autobiography 1
Ted Egan
9781925283884
2018-10-01
A$9.99
Kerr Publishing

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'I reckon throwing that rock through the window of Phelan's butcher shop was one of the best things I ever did. But I didn't think so at the time ...'
So begins the Ted Egan story. Old Phelan presented Ted's mother with a bill:
TO WINDOW BROKEN BY TEDDY EGAN
£5 5s 0d.
Ted was going to have to find the money.
He got it as a paperboy, shouting 'Herooda paper!' on street corners. Jumping on and off the No. 20 tram rattling out of the city of Melbourne into Coburg. Ducking back to the newsagency to get a Women's Weekly for a woman in the Ladies' lounge of Brown's Hotel.
In The Paperboy's War the well-known outback folklorist, singer, songwriter, historian, and television presenter recalls his early days, his priestly vocation, the warmth of family life, the agony of puberty, and Melbourne in the 1940s.
A great and terrible war raged, but here we see it from a unique perspective: the paperboy.
At home the Yanks were taking over leafy Parkville, the dance floors and the women's hearts. Even - black Yanks!
Nights at home would be spent tracing the exploits of brave Timoshenko at Stalingrad, speculating on how 'people who live in paper houses' like the Japanese couldn't cause too much trouble, and gaining an encyclopedic knowledge of divisional shoulder patches, enemy aircraft silhouettes and the classes of warships. Ted Egan rekindles the pride Australians felt for 'the Rats' at Tobruk and those who slugged it out on the Kokoda Trail.
But life and dreams go on, war or no war. Every schoolday the excruciatingly beautiful Norma would hop on the tram at The Grove. Br. 'Slick' Edwards at the Christian Brothers would read Man Shy and there arouse a love of words. The return of cousin Frank, the bronzed Anzac from the Middle East, provided a role model. Aunt Mary's tales of the Murchison Goldfields stirred a wish to travel.
And there was cousin Bill, who had run away to sea at 15, travelled the world and experienced the war at close quarters. He came back wearing Italian suits and gave the young Ted an idea. He too would be a sailor. Ted would leave Melbourne and go to Brazil, via Darwin.
Ted Egan was born in Melbourne and spent the first sixteen years of his life there, the years covered by this book, the first of three telling of his life.
He intended to drop in on the Northern Territorians for a month before going off to become a gaucho in South America, but ended up staying in the Territory for more than 40 years.
Ted Egan studied under lamplight in the outback, gaining a BA from ANU. He is working on a post-graduate historical account of the clash between Aboriginal and western culture when a group of Japanese fishermen and a white policeman were speared to death in 1932. He learned two Aboriginal languages and has taught Aboriginal Studies at Alice Springs High School.
He performs, writes, sings and records his own songs, and collects and records others. He is a television presenter and writer.
He is a member of the Prime Minister's Reconciliation Council.
Awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in 1993 for 'services to the Aboriginal community and contribution to the literary heritage of Australia through song and verse', he lives and works in Alice Springs.


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The Phillip Island Murder

Vikki Petraitis; Paul Daley
9780648293736
2018-04-01
A$7.99
Clan Destine Press

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The discovery of the body of Beth Barnard in her Phillip Island farmhouse in 1986, began a homicide investigation that rocked a peaceful community.
It also created an enduring mystery, for no one was ever brought to trial for her brutal death, and the main suspect disappeared - never to be seen again.
Beth Barnard, a popular and attractive 23-year-old, had been having an affair with a local married man.
On the night of her brutal murder, a car belonging to Vivienne Cameron - wife of Beth's lover - was found abandoned near the bridge that connects the famous tourist island to the mainland.
No trace of Vivienne was ever found, and her disappearance has never been adequately explained.
Nevertheless, a Coroner's Court found that Vivienne had killed her rival then jumped to her death into the waters of Westernport Bay. The case was closed but not forgotten.
Ever since their first edition of The Phillip Island Murder, in 1993, Vikki Petraitis and Paul Daley have been regularly contacted by people wanting to know more; people who, like the authors, let the case get under their skin.
More than three decades later the mystery, rumours and arm-chair solutions continue.


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The Real George Freeman
Thief, race-fixer, standover man and underworld crim
Tony Reeves
9781742982892
2013-05-01
A$9.99
Hybrid Publishers

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Sin City, 1970s. Crooked cops take the cream off the top of crime profits. Judges frequent illegal gambling dens. The winners of races are known before the horses have run. Heroin floods the streets, And the fight for the control of the trade sees men being gunned down left and right. This is the world of George Freeman.
Often portrayed as a charming celebrity gangster, he was in fact a calculated criminal motivated by greed and a lust for power and influence. One of Sydney's most notorious and unforgiving hard men, Freeman preferred others to do his dirty work. He dominated that city's underworld alongside Lennie McPherson, controlling a vast illegal gambling empire while keeping top cops, judges and politicians in his pocket.
Here, at last, we hear the truth about Freeman's links to the Mafia and drug trafficking, his secret addiction and the accusations of murder. In this compelling and unsettling account, award-winning writer Tony Reeves reveals George Freeman without the gloss.


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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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