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              Books by Grantlee Kieza

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              Banks

              Banks (Hardback)

              By Kieza, Grantlee

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              Lust, science, adventure - Joseph Banks and his voyages of discovery Explorer, naturalist and president of Britain's Royal Society, Sir Joseph Banks was a larger-than-life character best known for his promotion of science. In 1768 Banks joined Captain James Cook's expedition to t...he South Pacific. The 30,000 specimens he brought back generated enormous interest, as did the sometimes racy written account of the journey, which chronicled his frequent amorous exploits. Banks' passion for the new and unusual flora of Australia led him to recommend Botany Bay to parliament as an excellent place for a penal settlement, despite the fact the soil was poor and there was no fresh running water, but he later became the foremost expert on everything Australian. By award-winning bestselling writer Grantlee Kieza, Banks is a rich and rollicking biography of one of Britain's most colourful and successful scientists.
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              ISBN 9780733340505
              Published AU 5 Nov 2020
              Publisher ABC Books
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              Mrs Kelly: the astonishing life of Ned Kelly's mother

              Mrs Kelly: the astonishing life of Ned Kelly's mother (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Kieza, Grantlee

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              The astonishing life of Ned Kelly's mother While we know much about the iconic outlaw Ned Kelly, his mother Ellen Kelly has been largely overlooked by Australian writers and historians - until now, with this vivid and compelling portrait by Grantlee Kieza, one of Australia's most... popular biographers.When Ned Kelly's mother, Ellen, arrived in Melbourne in 1841 aged nine, British convict ships were still dumping their unhappy cargo in what was then known as the colony of New South Wales. By the time she died aged ninety-one in 1923, having outlived seven of her twelve children, motor cars plied the highway near her bush home north of Melbourne, and Australia was a modern, sovereign nation.Like so many pioneering women, Ellen, the wife of a convict, led a life of great hardship. Born in Ireland during a time of entrenched poverty and sectarian violence, she was a mother of seven when her husband died after months in a police lock-up. She lived through famine and drought, watched her babies die, listened through the prison wall while her eldest son was hanged and saw the charred remains of another of her children who'd died in a shoot-out with police. One son became Australia's most infamous (and ultimately most celebrated) outlaw; another became a highly decorated policeman, an honorary member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and a worldwide star on the rodeo circuit. Through it all, 'the notorious Mrs Kelly', as she was dubbed by Victoria's Assistant Police Commissioner, survived as best she could, like so many pioneering women of the time.By bestselling biographer Grantlee Kieza, Mrs Kelly is the astonishing story of one of Australia's most notorious women and her wild family, but it's also the story of the making of Australia, from struggling colony and backwater to modern nation.
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              ISBN 9780733338717
              Published AU 19 Mar 2018
              Publisher ABC Books
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              Sons Of The Southern Cross: rebels, revolutions, Anzacs and the spirit of Australia's fighting flag
               

              Sons Of The Southern Cross: rebels, revolutions, Anzacs and the spirit of Australia's fighting flag (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Kieza, Grantlee

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              Ever since the Southern Cross flag was 'born' in the minefields of Victoria it's been a symbol for a rebellious Australian spirit - from the battles of Eureka to those of Ned Kelly, from the birth of the Labor Party to the Anzacs at Galliopoli. The men and women involved took the... flag as their symbol. But as much as it became a metaphor for anti-establishment heroics, the flag also had a darker side; xenophobia, racism, intolerance and violence. Grantlee Kieza tells the story of the flag through the stories of the people who fought under it, the miners, the soldiers, the bushrangers, the journalists and politicians, who shaped Australia. He takes readers from the slums of Ireland to the goldfields of Victoria, and then on to the courtrooms, pubs and hideouts where revolutions were hatched. Through the raw and impassioned characters trying to make a life in a new nation, he brings Australia's renegade history vividly to life.
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              ISBN 9780733331565
              Published AU 16 Dec 2013
              Publisher ABC Books
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              Banjo

              Banjo (Hardback)

              By Kieza, Grantlee

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              Balladeer, bushman, soldier, foreign correspondent - the epic tale of Australia's greatest storyteller In Grantlee Kieza's landmark biography, we discover the real Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson. Australia's most celebrated poet and storyteller helped define our national traits o...f loyalty, mateship and laconic humour, but he did and was so much more. A soldier in the Boer War and WWI, the balladeer bushman was also a solicitor, newspaper editor, columnist, war and foreign correspondent and ABC broadcaster. Close friends with many luminaries of his time, including Rudyard Kipling, Winston Churchill, Field Marshal Haig, Breaker Morant and Henry Lawson, the tennis ace, notorious ladies man, brilliant jockey and celebrated polo player was eye witness to many of the great moments in Australian 20th century history. Extensively researched and written with Kieza's trademark verve, Banjo is a rich and captivating portrait of our most celebrated poet and a truly great Australian.
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              ISBN 9780733335891
              Published AU 22 Oct 2018
              Publisher ABC Books
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              Banjo

              Banjo (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Kieza, Grantlee

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              'a detailed and sympathetic account ... fascinating' -THE AUSTRALIAN A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson is rightly recognised as Australia's greatest storyteller and most celebrated poet, the boy from the bush who became the voice of a generation. He gave the nation its unofficial national an...them 'Waltzing Matilda' and treasured ballads such as 'The Man from Snowy River' and 'Clancy of the Overflow', vivid creations that helped to define Australia's national identity.But there is more, much more to Banjo's story, and in this landmark biography, award-winning writer Grantlee Kieza chronicles a rich and varied life, one that straddled two centuries and saw Australia transform from a far-flung colony to a fully fledged nation. Born in the bush, as a boy Banjo rode his pony to a one-room school along a trail frequented by outlaw Ben Hall. As a young man he befriended Breaker Morant, and covered the second Boer War as a reporter. He fudged his age to enlist during World War I, ultimately driving an ambulance before commanding a horse training unit during that conflict. Newspaper editor, columnist, foreign correspondent and ABC broadcaster, he knew countless luminaries of his time, including Rudyard Kipling, Winston Churchill, Field Marshal Haig and Henry Lawson. The tennis ace, notorious ladies' man, brilliant jockey and celebrated polo player was an eye-witness to countless key moments in Australian history, and saw Carbine and Phar Lap race. Extensively researched and written with Kieza's trademark verve, Banjo is a lively and captivating portrait of this truly great Australian.
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              ISBN 9780733335914
              Published AU 20 Jan 2020
              Publisher ABC Books
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              Macquarie

              Macquarie (Hardback)

              By Kieza, Grantlee

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              The most comprehensive biography yet of a towering figure of Australian colonial history Lachlan Macquarie is credited with shaping Australia's destiny, transforming the harsh, foreboding penal colony of New South Wales into an agricultural powerhouse and ultimately a functioning... society. He was also responsible for the death of several Aboriginal men, women and children, brutally killed in a military operation intended to create terror among local Indigenous people. So was Macquarie the man who sowed the seeds of a great nation, or a tyrant who destroyed Aboriginal resistance? In the most comprehensive biography yet of this fascinating colonial governor, acclaimed author Grantlee Kieza chronicles the life and times of a poor Scottish farm boy who fought wars on five continents, clawed his way to the top of the British military after suffering a broken heart and who saw magnificent potential in the prison refuse sent to the penal colonies of the Great South Land. Lover, fighter, hopeless romantic and ruthless autocrat, Lachlan Macquarie is a towering figure of Australian history.
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              ISBN 9780733335907
              Published AU 21 Oct 2019
              Publisher ABC Books
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              The Hornet: From Bullied Schoolboy To World Champion

              The Hornet: From Bullied Schoolboy To World Champion (Hardback)

              By Horn, Jeff; Kieza, Grantlee

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              One of the most remarkable stories in Australian sportinghistory . . . The story of Jeff Horn reads like a fairytale. It's the story of a boy who, slapped around by bullies, saw through tears in his eyes a vision of himself as a hero, a champ, someone other people might one day l...ook up to.Eleven years earlier, Horn had been targeted by bullies outside his high school and ordered to his knees. He refused to go down then and at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium on 2 July 2017, he refused to go down again. The battle between the humble Brisbane schoolteacher and one of the greatest boxers of all time, Filipino senator Manny Pacquiao, drew a record crowd to the stadium and a global audience of hundreds of millions. In the end, the Aussie underdog prevailed in one of the most incredible upsets in sporting history. But the fight was decided not amid the roar in the vast arena so much as in the chambers of Jeff Horn's heart, where the essence of his character lives with blood and fire beside his steel backbone.Jeff Horn's journey to victory will resonate with anyone who has ever felt downhearted or dejected, anyone who has ever been an outsider. It's the revenge of the nerd, the rise of the geek, the coronation of the wimpy kid who once spent his lunchtime in the library to avoid the tough guys. The now millionaire boxer's message is simple: never give up on your dreams, because if you push through tough times, amazing things can happen. Through his rise from the pit of despair to global sporting fame, Jeff Horn has proved to the whole world that anything is possible. Anything.
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              ISBN 9780733339349
              Published AU 30 Oct 2017
              Publisher ABC Books
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              The Hornet

              The Hornet (Paperback)

              By Horn, Jeff; With Kieza, Grantlee

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              'Jeff Horn's story ... could have been the script for a boxing movie' Inside Sport Jeff Horn took up boxing after being tormented as a teenager. Twelve years later on 2 July 2017, the humble schoolteacher became a world boxing champion at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium when he defeat...ed one of the greatest boxers of all time, Filipino senator Manny Pacquiao. The fight, which drew a record crowd of more than 50,000 to the stadium and a global audience of hundreds of millions, was one of the most incredible upsets in Australian sporting history.In the months after that monumental victory, Horn experienced the ultimate in joys and heartbreak. He and wife Jo became proud parents of their daughter Isabelle, he lost his world championship in a brutal battle with American Terence Crawford in Las Vegas and then scored a devastating first-round knockout of Anthony Mundine in one of the most talked-about Australian sporting events of 2018. In The Hornet, Jeff Horn's message is simple: never give up on your dreams because amazing things can happen. Anything is possible. Anything.
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              ISBN 9780733340437
              Published AU 15 Apr 2019
              Publisher ABC Books
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              Bert Hinkler
               

              Bert Hinkler (Paperback)

              By Kieza, Grantlee

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              Grantlee Kieza tells the thrilling story of Bert's life and with it the bigger story of how the world was changed forever by men like Hinkler. Fast paced and revealing, this is an overdue, full-blooded biography about one of Australia's most astonishing sons. He's all but been lo...st from history but once upon a time, Bert Hinkler, a small, unprepossessing man from Bundaberg was feted as one of the most daring aviators in the world. Mussolini's favourite pilot, Hinkler was an adventurer who along with early pioneers flew single handed across countries, continents and oceans--often with nothing more than a lunchbox and the page of an atlas to guide him. Whether as an aerial showman or as a World War I fighter pilot, Hinkler's exploits thrilled the world, drawing massive crowds, and in his time he enjoyed the fame and adulation of his peers like Charles Kingsford Smith and Amelia Earhart. But behind the headlines was a more private--and more complex man, who juggled two relationships with two different women on two continents.
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              ISBN 9780733332234
              Published AU 1 Jul 2013
              Publisher ABC Books
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              The Retriever: The True Story Of A Child Retrieval Expert And The Families He Has Reunited
               

              The Retriever: The True Story Of A Child Retrieval Expert And The Families He Has Reunited (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Kieza, Grantlee; Schafferius, Keith

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              The controversial and often heartrending story of the Australian private investigator who has reunited over a hundred abducted children with the desperate parent left behind.

              ISBN 9780733325410
              Published AU 1 Sep 2010
              Publisher ABC Books
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