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The Prince and the Assassin
Australia's First Royal Tour and Portent of World Terror
Steve Harris
9781925556155
2017-07-14
A$9.99
Melbourne Books

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The engrossing real life story of how Queen Victoria's favourite son, Prince Alfred, undertook the most ambitious Royal tour, only for Australia's overwhelming joy of having the first Royal on its shores jolted by his decadent behaviour, then shocked by an attempted assassination by a man trained as a priest.
 
The British Empire's youngest and most distant outpost found itself at the epicentre of a new crime and empirical fears about the first inter-continental terrorist group, a conspiracy and a 'lone wolf '. In a resulting 'reign of terror' extraordinary steps were taken to safeguard security with laws on treason and sedition which even the Queen felt went too far, and the would-be assassin was hastily executed in a miscarriage of justice led by opportunistic politicians.
 
This is an extraordinary and atmospheric weaving of the stories - some detailed for the first time - of royal intrigue, sexual appetite, religious bigotry, patriotic vengeance, naked ambition, national security and moral panic. They are stories of royals, immigrants, archbishops, republicans and the founding fathers of Australia and issues that remain with us today.
 
Drawing on Royal, British and Australian archives, the compelling narrative embraces a pivotal time in the evolution of Australia, and on the 150th anniversary reveals how a minute of madness rocked the country to its foundations, with a legacy which helped shape Australia's history and continues to influence and challenge us today.
 
Revelations & insights in The Prince and the Assassin:
- Prince Alfred's spare heir upbringing as 'the chosen one' and prospective King of Australia
- Sexually decadent royal behaviour
- An historic tour which became the model for 50 subsequent royal tours to Australia
- Religious bigotry, violence and death in early Australia
- How a young migrant trained and destined to be a priest became an assassin
- How the biggest crime in Australia shocked, shamed, terrorised and divided the country
- How Henry Parkes, 'founder of federation', suppressed and doctored evidence, hired private spies and criminals for political advantage
- Australia suppressing civil liberties, even making it a crime of treason to discuss republicanism and to not drink a toast to the Queen
- Australian Catholics accused of disloyalty and an Archbishop conspiring against the Government
- Australia's most sensational trial, one of injustice and vengeance for a crime not on the Empire's capital list
- Alfred appealing for his would-be killer to not be executed
- An Australian Government accused of promoting fear for political advantage and committing treason and fraud


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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 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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When We're Not Afraid
My 12,000Km Bike-Packing Ride Through South America
Leonie Katekar
9781877096266
2022-03-01
A$11.99
Melbourne Books

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Leonie Katekar left behind her past and confronted her fears by immersing herself in a foreign world and embarking on a 12,000km solo bike-packing expedition through South America.
When We're Not Afraid is told with an insight that enthrals and inspires how to confront fears that many of us have. It is a story for anyone disillusioned with their life and wanting to be brave enough to face the question - What would I do if I was not afraid?


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Wild Ride
Epic Cycling Journeys Through the Heart of Australia
Daniel Oakman
9781925556810
2020-07-01
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Melbourne Books

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This book tells the story of cyclists who were overcome by the need to venture into the wild on two wheels; the courageous men and women who undertook some of the most epic bicycle journeys of all time.
 
Wild Ride reminds us of a thrilling period of exploration all but forgotten in the age of the motorcar. Daniel Oakman takes us on a rich ride through 130 years of Australian cycling; from the overlanding heroes of Arthur Richardson and Francis Birtles, to the lesser known but no less amazing feats of Jerome Murif, Ted Ryko and Joe Pearson, through to modern-day bikepacking trailblazers such as Kate Leeming, Tegan Streeter and Tom Richards. Celebrity riders are here too; from the historic icons of Hubert ‘Oppy’ Opperman, Wendy Duncan and Shirley Law, to the more recent triumphs of actor Sam Johnson and his audacious quest to ride a unicycle 15,000 kilometres around the country.
 
You will be astounded by their journeys, retold here with sparkling clarity. Be inspired for your next pedal powered adventure.


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Written In the Sky

Mark Carr
9781925556780
2020-07-01
A$9.99
Melbourne Books

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Since childhood, Mark Carr wanted to fly, and fly he did ... firstly as a naval aviator, a jet instructor and later, pilot with Cathay Pacific Airways.
 
This ‘techno-biography’ is written for those who, like him, seemingly have hydraulic oil flowing through their veins. The book also gives readers of a non-flying background an insight into military and civil aviation.
 
Sit in the cockpit with Mark and gain a rare insight into how these amazing machines work, and how the men and women in the cockpits and flight decks operate them safely and efficiently.
 
His story is also entwined with historical context including his first-hand account of the infamous Australian Pilots’ Dispute of 1989 and life as an expatriate in Hong Kong.

 

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