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            The Miracle Typist

            The Miracle Typist (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Silver, Leon

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            In the tradition of THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ, a heartbreaking true story of love, loss and survival against all odds during the Second World war. Conscripted into the Polish army as Hitler's ground and air forces are bearing down on his country, Jew Tolek Klings vows to return ...to his wife, Klara, and son, Juliusz. However, when the Luftwaffe's bombs start falling and the Polish cause looks hopelessly lost, Tolek finds himself under fire from his supposed brothers in arms. The Polish army is rife with anti-Semitism and he is relentlessly tormented. As the Germans cross the border, he is faced with a terrible dilemma: flee to protect his family - and risk being shot as a deserter - or ride out the war, hoping rumours of women and children being spared in the concentration camps are true. What follows is an odyssey that will take Tolek from a Hungarian internment camp, where his ability to type spares him from the frontline, on to Palestine, Beirut, Egypt, Tobruk and Italy. A broken telegram from Klara, ending with the haunting words, 'We trouble', pushes him to the brink.
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            ISBN 9781760854355
            Published AU 2 Sep 2020
            Publisher Simon & Schuster Australia
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            FitzRoy - Beyond the Rumours: Tenth Governor of New South Wales, First Governor-General of Australia
             

            FitzRoy - Beyond the Rumours: Tenth Governor of New South Wales, First Governor-General of Australia (Hardback)

            By Fergusson, Lyn M.

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            Was Governor FitzRoy the man popular history would have us believe? Sir Charles Augustus Fitzroy's tenure as Governor of New South Wales and Governor-General of Australia between 1846 and 1855 was plagued by rumour. Mention FitzRoy and he is either not remembered at all, remember...ed as the Governor who caused his wife's death or as a shameless womaniser. Are these damning comments justified? It was the time of Wentworth, Parkes and Lang, giant political figures in New South Wales' early history. FitzRoy's administration oversaw matters such as settlement of the contentious crown land issue and squatters' rights, discovery of gold, education and introduction of the railway. A man of the British Empire, he served firstly his King, then a young Queen Victoria as the Crown's Vice Regal representative at Prince Edward island, the Leeward Islands and finally, New South Wales. This commissioned biography portrays FitzRoy in a light not previously considered, from a personal, family oriented aspect, stretching from childhood to the battlefields of Waterloo. Going beyond the rumours set in motion in 1847, it reveals a worldly diplomat, a Governor who encouraged those around him to act on their beliefs.
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            ISBN 9780646912714
            Published AU 12 Dec 2013
            Publisher Pilar Publishing
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            Gough Whitlam: His Time
             

            Gough Whitlam: His Time (Hardback)

            By Hocking, Jenny

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            Recreates the excitement of Whitlam's historic win in 1972, forces that never accepted his ascendency &the tragedy that followed. Drawing on previously unseen archival material, interviews with family, colleague sand with the man himself, this second volume finally exposes the tr...uth about the Whitlam years.
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            ISBN 9780522857931
            Published AU 1 Sep 2012
            Publisher Melbourne University Press
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            Under Fire: How Australia's violent history led to gun control
             

            Under Fire: How Australia's violent history led to gun control (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Brodie, Nick

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            The gripping history of guns in Australia and how we came to control them.

            ISBN 9781743795620
            Published AU 1 May 2020
            Publisher Hardie Grant Books
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            On Our Doorstep: When Australia Faced the Threat of Invasion by the Japanese

            On Our Doorstep: When Australia Faced the Threat of Invasion by the Japanese (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Collie, Craig

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            'I can't understand the mentality of the Australian people,' said John Curtin. 'One day they are in a panic about the war and the next they want more race meetings.' Australia has a history of believing itself to be under threat of invasion. In 1942 that threat, in the form of in...vasion and occupation by the Japanese, seemed more imminent than the earlier fears. On Our Doorstep is the story of how Australia and Australians - the government, the military and the people - prepared to face this calamity, and the events that persuaded them of its probability. The Japanese had steamrolled through Malaya and Singapore, and bombed Darwin with the same ferocity they had dealt Pearl Harbor. Nothing could stop them. Their next step was inevitable, surely. Meanwhile, wartime leader John Curtin was battling with Winston Churchill to get Australian troops back to defend their homeland, and positioning to ensure America's help to fend off the approaching enemy. At home, people pitched in as best they could and in any way to frustrate the invader, all playing their part, torn between 'she'll be right' and near panic. Amid plans and rumoured plans to abandon the north to the enemy and deny Australia resources through scorched earth, particular attention was paid to northern Australia and the islands beyond. In the end, Japan found it had stretched itself beyond the reliability of its supply line, but had it ever intended to invade Australia?
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            ISBN 9781760632281
            Published AU 1 Sep 2020
            Publisher Allen & Unwin
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            The Big Book of Great Australian Bush Yarns
             

            The Big Book of Great Australian Bush Yarns (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Seal, Graham

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            'Aussies know how to spin a good yarn, and Graham Seal knows how to tell them' - Weekly Times Graham Seal is one of Australia's master storytellers. This bumper collection of yarns from the bush gathers some of our best stories since colonial times, retold in Graham's warm style.... It takes a certain character to make a living in the Australian bush. In the most difficult situations, laughter often comes to the rescue. Here are pioneers and battlers, convicts and settler's children, and a land that tests them with fire, flood and drought, in stories resonant with Australia's distinctive wry humour. Originally published as two bestselling collections: Great Australian Stories and Larrikins, Bush Tales and Other Great Australian Stories. 'Graham Seal has the knack of the storyteller.' - Warren Fahey AM
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            ISBN 9781760879280
            Published AU 1 Dec 2020
            Publisher Allen & Unwin
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            People of the River: Lost Worlds of Early Australia

            People of the River: Lost Worlds of Early Australia (Paperback)

            By Karskens, Grace

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            'A masterpiece of historical writing that takes your breath away' - Tom Griffiths 'A majestic book' - John Maynard 'Shimmering prose' - Tiffany Shellam Dyarubbin, the Hawkesbury-Nepean River, is where the two early Australias - ancient and modern - first collided. People of the R...iver journeys into the lost worlds of the Aboriginal people and the settlers of Dyarubbin, both complex worlds with ancient roots. The settlers who took land on the river from the mid-1790s were there because of an extraordinary experiment devised half a world away. Modern Australia was not founded as a gaol, as we usually suppose, but as a colony. Britain's felons, transported to the other side of the world, were meant to become settlers in the new colony. They made history on the river: it was the first successful white farming frontier, a community that nurtured the earliest expressions of patriotism, and it became the last bastion of eighteenth-century ways of life. The Aboriginal people had occupied Dyarubbin for at least 50,000 years. Their history, culture and spirituality were inseparable from this river Country. Colonisation kicked off a slow and cumulative process of violence, theft of Aboriginal children and ongoing annexation of the river lands. Yet despite that sorry history, Dyarubbin's Aboriginal people managed to remain on their Country, and they still live on the river today. The Hawkesbury-Nepean was the seedbed for settler expansion and invasion of Aboriginal lands to the north, south and west. It was the crucible of the colony, and the nation that followed.
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            ISBN 9781760292232
            Published AU 1 Sep 2020
            Publisher Allen & Unwin
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            Loving Country: A Guide to Sacred Australia
             

            Loving Country: A Guide to Sacred Australia (Hardback)

            By Pascoe, Bruce; Shukuroglou, Vicky

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              2 Dec 20

            A new, fully illusrtated book from award-winning author Bruce Pascoe and photographer Vicky Shukuroglou that offers a deeper understanding of Australia and how best to travel.

            ISBN 9781741176483
            Published AU 2 Dec 2020
            Publisher Explore Australia
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            Gallipoli: The Fatal Shore
              

            Gallipoli: The Fatal Shore (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Broadbent, Harvey; Foreword by Cosgrove, Peter

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            This book seeks to convey the story of Gallipoli to Australians of all ages. On 25 April, 1915, Allied troops stormed the cliffs of Gallipoli. Twenty-eight thousand Australians were killed and wounded in the bloody, eight-month campaign. Gallipoli is now regarded as a defining ep...isode in Australian history.
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            ISBN 9780143011330
            Published AU 30 Mar 2009
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 14+ years
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            Clearing Boundaries: The Rise of Australian Women's Cricket

            Clearing Boundaries: The Rise of Australian Women's Cricket (Hardback)

            By Bollen with Matt Bonser, Fiona

            • RRP: $59.99
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            Clearing Boundaries is the first ever coffee-table style book dedicated to women's cricket, and the first literary update on the history of the women's game in Australia for nearly 30 years. The project traces the strong lineage of females in cricket from the 19th century to the ...watershed 2020 T20 World Cup, told largely through the lens of the Australian Women's Cricket Team. Celebrating generations of trailblazers across five distinguishable 'eras' - from foundation to professionalism - Clearing Boundaries curates a collection of short stories covering memorable tours, matches, innings, spells and moments. The highly pictorial book presents over 200 images; many were previously inaccessible to the public, but have been brought back to life by the Bradman Museum's Holman Collection in conjunction with other private collections donated to the Museum. It also features the statistical records of every woman to represent the nation on the cricket field, and a foreword written by arguably Australia's greatest female cricketer, Belinda Clark AO.
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            ISBN 9780958598644
            Published AU 25 Nov 2020
            Publisher Churchill Press
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