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              Antarctica: A Biography

              Antarctica: A Biography (Trade Paperback / Paperback, 2nd edition)

              By Day, David

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              A groundbreaking history of human interaction with Antarctica, the last continent on earth. For centuries it was suspected that there must be an undiscovered continent in the southern hemisphere. But explorers failed to find one. On his second voyage to the Pacific, Captain James... Cook sailed further south than any of his rivals but failed to sight land. It was not until 1820 that the continent's frozen coast was finally discovered and parts of the continent began to be claimed by nations that were intent on having it as their own. That rivalry intensified in the 1840s when British, American and French expeditions sailed south to chart further portions of the continent that had come to be called Antarctica. On and off for nearly two centuries, the race to claim exclusive possession of Antarctica has gripped the imagination of the world. Science was enlisted to buttress the rival claims as nations developed new ways of asserting territorial claims over land that was too forbidding to occupy. Although the Antarctic Treaty of 1959 was meant to end the rivalry, it has continued regardless, as new nations became involved and environmentalists, scientists and resource companies began to compete for control. Antarctica: A biography draws upon libraries and archives from around the world to provide the first, large-scale history of Antarctica. On one level, it is the story of explorers battling the elements in the most hostile place on earth as they strive for personal triumph, commercial gain and national glory. On a deeper level, it is the story of nations seeking to incorporate the Antarctic into their national narratives and to claim its frozen wastes as their own.
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              ISBN 9781741669091
              Published AU 1 Aug 2013
              Publisher Random House
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              Maurice Blackburn: Champion of the people

              Maurice Blackburn: Champion of the people (Hardback)

              By Day, David

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              Maurice Blackburn brought into public life a rare character, complete indifference to personal consequences, an uncommon scholarship, great zeal for humanity, and a firm belief, which I am happy to share, that men are immeasurably more important than laws. -Robert Menzies Maurice... Blackburn served the people who suffered injustice ... He pleaded their cause, and he engaged in the study of how best he could serve them ... He would allow nothing to turn him from what he considered to be the right, and however unpopular he might become, however discomforting his attitude might be to his colleagues, the divine monitor within him impelled him to stand for what in his soul he believed. -John Curtin After his father died when Maurice Blackburn was a child, he was brought up by a mother who was descended from Melbourne's gentry and was determined to raise him as a gentleman who would achieve greatness as a judge or a prime minister. However, Blackburn had humbler aims. With the support of his wife, he wanted instead 'to make life better for the ordinary men and women of the country'. He went on to do so, defending the rights of working people as a leading barrister in the courts and as a politician in the parliaments of Melbourne and Canberra, and became much loved and admired across the political spectrum. A socialist and internationalist all his life, who was twice expelled from the Labor Party for his principles, Blackburn became a leading opponent of conscription in both world wars, a supporter of rights for women, an advocate for peace, and a tireless campaigner for transforming Australia so that it served the interests of all its people. Part love story, part gripping political thriller, the poignant story of the much-lauded Maurice Blackburn exposes a time when influence-peddling was rife, when political possibilities seemed limitless, and when a man of principle could still make a big difference to the course of Australian politics.
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              ISBN 9781925713787
              Published AU 19 Nov 2019
              Publisher Scribe Publications
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              Flaws in the Ice: In search of Douglas Mawson

              Flaws in the Ice: In search of Douglas Mawson (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Day, David

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              In Flaws in the Ice, prize-winning historian David Day searches for the real Douglas Mawson. After travelling south on his own six-week odyssey to the Antarctic, the author answers the difficult questions about Mawson that have hitherto lain buried - from questions about his inti...mate relationship with Lady Scott, and his leadership of the ill-fated Australiasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-14, to his conduct during the legendary trek that led to the death of his two companions. He also explores how Mawson subsequently concealed his failures and deficiencies as an expedition leader, and created for himself a heroic image that has persisted for a century. For many decades, there has been only one published, first-hand account of the expedition - the one written and orchestrated by Mawson himself. Only recently have alternative accounts become publicly available. The most important of these is the long-suppressed diary of Mawson's deputy, Cecil Madigan, who is scathing in his criticisms of Mawson's abilities, achievements, and character. At the same time, other accounts have appeared from leading members of the expedition that also challenge Mawson's official story. In this compelling and revealing new book, David Day draws upon all this new evidence, as well as on the vast research he undertook for his international history of Antarctica, and on his own experience of sailing to the Antarctic coastline where Mawson's reputation was first created. Flaws in the Ice will change perceptions of Douglas Mawson forever. Praise for Antarctica: 'Day's antarctica is an impressive piece of work, an impartial and deeply researched account of the politics of polar annexation.' The Time Literary supplement 'Day has done a remarkable job of collating information from rich and varied international sources. Thanks to Day, the intrigues and posturing that saturate the history of this distant land have now been exposed.' Nature
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              ISBN 9781922070746
              Published AU 23 Oct 2013
              Publisher Scribe Publications
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              An Atlas of Tolkien: An Illustrated Exploration of Tolkien's World

              An Atlas of Tolkien: An Illustrated Exploration of Tolkien's World (Paperback)

              By Day, David

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              A gorgeous four colour volume for true Tolkien fans.

              ISBN 9780753729373
              Released AU 24 Nov 2015
              Publisher OCTOPUS PUBLISHING GROUP
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              Series Tolkien
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              A Dictionary of Tolkien: An A-Z Guide to the Creatures, Plants, Events and Places of Tolkien's World

              A Dictionary of Tolkien: An A-Z Guide to the Creatures, Plants, Events and Places of Tolkien's World (Paperback)

              By Day, David

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              Full of beautiful illustrations, Tolkien: A Dictionary is an indispensible guide to the rich, mythical world of Middle-earth and the Undying Lands.

              ISBN 9780753728277
              Released AU 6 Oct 2014
              Publisher OCTOPUS PUBLISHING GROUP
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              Series Tolkien
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              The Battles of Tolkien: An Illustrate Exploration of the Battles of Tolkien's World, and the Sources that Inspired his Work from Myth, Literature and History

              The Battles of Tolkien: An Illustrate Exploration of the Battles of Tolkien's World, and the Sources that Inspired his Work from Myth, Literature and History (Paperback)

              By Day, David

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              An in-depth analysis of the major battles of Tolkien's works, from The Hobbit to The Lord of the Rings. Find out how each battle came about and how it shaped the course of Middle-earth's history in this beautifully-bound leatherette volume, the third title in a successful trilogy....
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              ISBN 9780753731093
              Released AU 25 Oct 2016
              Publisher OCTOPUS PUBLISHING GROUP
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              Series Tolkien
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              The Ring Legends of Tolkien: An Illustrated Exploration of Rings in Tolkien's World, and the Sources that Inspired his Work from Myth, Literature and History

              The Ring Legends of Tolkien: An Illustrated Exploration of Rings in Tolkien's World, and the Sources that Inspired his Work from Myth, Literature and History (Paperback)

              By Day, David

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              An in-depth guide to the inspiration and sources behind Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, including the rich history of the symbol of the ring and its origin in ancient storytelling tradition.

              ISBN 9780753734131
              Released AU 13 Oct 2020
              Publisher OCTOPUS PUBLISHING GROUP
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              The Hobbit Companion
               

              The Hobbit Companion (Hardback)

              By Day, David; Illustrated by Postma, Lidia

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              Exploring the brilliant web of verbal hocus-pocus that J.R.R. Tolkien delightedly spun in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, master hobbit investigator David Day reveals the myriad crafty puns and riddles, hidden meanings, and mythical associations beneath the saga's thrilling... surface.
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              ISBN 9781862059153
              Released AU 18 Oct 2012
              Publisher Pavilion Books
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              The Dark Powers of Tolkien: An illustrated Exploration of Tolkien's Portrayal of Evil, and the Sources that Inspired his Work from Myth, Literature and History

              The Dark Powers of Tolkien: An illustrated Exploration of Tolkien's Portrayal of Evil, and the Sources that Inspired his Work from Myth, Literature and History (Paperback)

              By Day, David

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              An in-depth and illustrated guide to the epic lives of Tolkien's villians.

              ISBN 9780753733073
              Released AU 9 Oct 2018
              Publisher OCTOPUS PUBLISHING GROUP
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              Series Tolkien
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              A Dictionary of Sources of Tolkien: The History and Mythology That Inspired Tolkien's World

              A Dictionary of Sources of Tolkien: The History and Mythology That Inspired Tolkien's World (Hardback)

              By Day, David

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              The history and mythology that inspired Tolkien's world.

              ISBN 9780753733936
              Released AU 29 Oct 2019
              Publisher OCTOPUS PUBLISHING GROUP
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