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Amanka Stories
Saving the Last Apes
Lou Grossfeldt; David Blissett
9781925556742
2021-09-07
A$11.99
Melbourne Books

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Amanka is a word from one of the languages used by people living in the rural north west of Uganda. It’s a beautiful, rich word that means ‘family’. Yet, in the forests and villages of this part of Uganda – and across much of tropical Africa and Asia – families are at war. In the narrowing margins between forest and farm, human and non-human, there is a growing conflict. A deadly conflict.
The Amanka Book Project has been coordinated by writer, David Blissett and primate curator, Lou Grossfeldt. They celebrate our closest living relatives, by sharing the stories and experiences of the people who are working, fighting, and sometimes risking their lives to save them. The focus is on all ape species (gorilla, orangutan, chimpanzee, bonobo and the gibbon family). These are stories of sacrifice and courage and hope; tears and happiness; love and loss. In each chapter, Lou and David speak with people who devote their lives to the conservation and wellbeing of the apes. This includes scientists, researchers, caregivers, vets, filmmakers and conservation advocates. Many of the stories in this book have never been told before and will give readers a direct insight into the day-to-day heartaches, challenges and joys of working with these intelligent, sentient beings.
‘We wrote this book to raise awareness of the plight of our ape family and to share the stories of the unsung heroes who are trying to help them. All contributors have donated to this project and profits from book sales will be donated to various ape conservation and enrichment programs or projects’ - Lou Grossfeldt and David Blissett.


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An American Angler in Australia

Zane Grey
9780648739098
2021-10-01
A$9.99
ETT Imprint

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In 1936, the celebrated American author Zane Grey arrived in the sleepy New South Wales town of Bermagui, with the express reason of angling for the world's largest fish - Marlin, sharks and Swordfish. Here is his little classic of the chase.
Four miles out I sighted a long sickle fin cutting through a swell. Did I yell, "Marlin!"? I certainly did. An instant later Peter sighted another farther out, and this tail fin belonged to a large fish. I could not tell whether or not it indicated a black marlin. It stood up three feet or more, and that much would make a tail spread of over six feet. These marlin were riding the swells and they were moving fast. The tails would come up out of the top of a swell and cut the water at more than a ten-knot speed. Then they would vanish. It is always necessary to run the boat in the right direction to head the fish off. The Avalon is fast - she can do eighteen knots when opened up - but we could not catch up with the big fellow.


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Bad Habits

Sarah Evans
9780645042658
2021-10-01
A$6.99
Clan Destine Press

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A freezer full of body parts is the tip of the criminal iceberg for Perth cop Eve Rock.
The festive season has spawned a spate of murders, robberies and abductions, which actually reassures Eve that others' bad habits far exceed her own. It also gives her a watertight excuse to avoid hanging out with her dysfunctional family while spending time with her two gorgeous colleagues and would-be lovers, Quinn Fox and his son Adam. A win-win situation.
Butchered bodies used for questionable purposes, a murdered man in a skip, a brazen multi-million dollar haul from a high-end jewellers and posh art gallery are all in a day's work for Eve and her team.
Now usually Eve relishes getting stuck into solving crimes, but she's not so keen when she's the target and the boundaries between work and home become nastily blurred.
But who is trying to kill her this time? And why? And who are the strange people wandering around her temporary digs late at night? And why is her mum the nun acting more weird than usual?
And why is she such a pushover when it comes to the men in her life?
All will be revealed - but only if Eve can survive to work everything out.


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Bebo
A Portrait of My Mother
David Chandler
9781875703463
2021-11-29
A$29.99
David Chandler

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For this absorbing portrait of his mother, David Chandler drew on hundreds of letters that she sent and received, on his own warm memories, and the many and copious medical records from her hospitalizations in 1937 and 1963, afflicted with what were then called nervous breakdowns.
Gabrielle Chanler, nicknamed Bebo as a small child, was born into the upper reaches of New York society, deftly described in the novels of Edith Wharton, a life-long friend of Bebo's mother. Educated at a Catholic boarding school in London and in art schools in New York and Paris, Bebo added a "d" to her name when she married Porter Chandler, a lawyer who later became a became a partner in a New York law firm. David was the third of the Chandlers' four children.
In the 1930s Bebo campaigned against Prohibition, supported the Catholic Worker movement and served on the board of the Museum of Modern Art. After the war she worked with the Third Hour, an ecumenical movement.
For the last 10 years of Bebo was nourished by her companionable marriage, her wide circle of friends and by her profound religious faith. After her death of cancer in 1958 Bebo's friends and relatives recalled her intense intellectual curiosity, her convivial sense of the absurd, her interest in people, and her joie de vivre, which was especially intense because it was thrown off balance from time to time by what Bebo called "bouts of edginess and melancholy".


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Bebo
A Portrait of My Mother
David Chandler
9781875703470
2021-11-29
A$11.99
David Chandler

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For this absorbing portrait of his mother, David Chandler drew on hundreds of letters that she sent and received, on his own warm memories, and the many and copious medical records from her hospitalizations in 1937 and 1963, afflicted with what were then called nervous breakdowns.
Gabrielle Chanler, nicknamed Bebo as a small child, was born into the upper reaches of New York society, deftly described in the novels of Edith Wharton, a life-long friend of Bebo's mother. Educated at a Catholic boarding school in London and in art schools in New York and Paris, Bebo added a "d" to her name when she married Porter Chandler, a lawyer who later became a became a partner in a New York law firm. David was the third of the Chandlers' four children.
In the 1930s Bebo campaigned against Prohibition, supported the Catholic Worker movement and served on the board of the Museum of Modern Art. After the war she worked with the Third Hour, an ecumenical movement.
For the last 10 years of Bebo was nourished by her companionable marriage, her wide circle of friends and by her profound religious faith. After her death of cancer in 1958 Bebo's friends and relatives recalled her intense intellectual curiosity, her convivial sense of the absurd, her interest in people, and her joie de vivre, which was especially intense because it was thrown off balance from time to time by what Bebo called "bouts of edginess and melancholy".


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Bent Street 5.1
Soft Borders, Hard Edges
Sam Elkin; Yves Rees
9780645193534
2021-06-01
A$9.99
Clouds of Magellan

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In this midyear 2021 edition of Bent Street, guest editors Sam Elkin and Yves Rees from the Spilling the T Collective bring a special trans and gender diverse community focus: essays, poetry, polemic, memoir, fiction, and imagery that explores and celebrates gender diversity. In this edition, trans creatives bring an acute understanding of how embodied subjects construct and perform gendered selves - an understanding that though sometimes borne of pain and trauma, and sometimes met in joyful euphoria - creates memorable art ... foregrounding nuances often eluding the cis gaze. A distinctive trans lens dissecting how gender works - for all people, cis and trans - shines through in this special issue.


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Big Wars
Why Do They Happen and When Will the Next One Be?
John Storey
9781925736694
2021-09-07
A$11.99
Hybrid Publishers

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World War II was the biggest and most destructive war in history. For two centuries wars had grown ever larger, with the use of more terrible weapons and rising casualties, culminating in the cataclysmic global events of 1939–45. And then, quite suddenly, large international wars have all but disappeared. What caused wars to grow in size to such an extent and then shrink so precipitously? Is this a permanent state of affairs or could big wars make a comeback?
 
Lawyer and historian John P Storey explores these questions by looking at the evolution of military technology and tactics over the long history of warfare. From ancient bronze spears and chariots to World War II tanks and warplanes, from the nuclear weapons of the Cold War to the drones and robotics of the future, the changes in our methods of waging war has had, and will continue to have, a major impact on their size and destructiveness. The sobering conclusion Storey makes is that, based on past trends and the weapons in the pipeline for the future, there is a much higher risk of there being much bigger wars in the coming decades.


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Bodysurfing

Hugh McGinlay
9780645042610
2021-11-29
A$5.99
Clan Destine Press

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Shenanigans at the beach seem a fine idea to Catherine and her friends at the height of an Australian summer, until the discovery of a body in the water kicks sand in their plans.
With the town of Ocean Grove in the grips of a by-election, and the police
investigation lagging (according to Detective Houden) the scene is set for a coastal rollick as Catherine and Co overturn various rocks to uncover a killer.
Add in a troupe of seahorse poachers, some hardened criminals and a ranting eccentric, and you have a holiday cocktail of chaos and chips.
There’s plenty of time for fun though. After all a woman’s entitled to a holiday.


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Boxed

Stephen Johnson
9780645042689
2021-11-29
A$6.99
Clan Destine Press

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A captive woman, a lover betrayed, an idealistic journalist.
Three women - their fates strangely aligned by a killer obsessed with retribution.
Melbourne Spotlight journalist Kim Prescott is promoted to the TV reporting staff after the program's expose of the Tugga's Mob murders in Australia and New Zealand was a ratings bonanza.
The TV show's high progile now attracts stories.
One anonymous tip-off will horrify the nation all over again. Despite the scandal that nearly closed the greyhound racing industry, it seems live baiting is still going on.
The trail leads Kim and her camera crew to the Victorian gold-mining ghost town of Steiglitz. They find horrific scenes at a trainer's starting boxes - but not at all what they expect.
Meanwhile, production assistant Jo becomes the pawn of an activist with a vendetta, testing whether her loyalty lies with him or her current affairs team.
And, most desperate of all, hope finally flickers for a woman who scratches the record of her captivity into a cellar wall.


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Brave Adventures, Little Girl

Iresha Herath; Oscar Fa
9781922358387
2021-07-01
A$4.99
Little Steps Publishing

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Visiting her grandparents is always an adventure, and Anika can’t wait to show them what she’s learned in kindergarten. But things don’t always go to plan. Can her grandfather, Seeya, help Anika overcome the fear she sometimes feels when trying new things? And what fantastical stories will he tell of his adventures that can help her feel brave?


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Car Wars Down Under
The Untold Story of Australia's First Land Speed Record
Murray Hubbard
9781922473905
2021-10-01
A$9.99
ETT Imprint

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A rollicking ride through the early days of Australian Motorsport set in 1900-1918 in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast, the true story of bitter rivalry between two Brisbane car importers/dealers: E.G.Eager Son and Canada Cycle and Motor (CCM). There are four main characters: Fred Z. Eager, Alec Fraser Jewell, E.G.Eager and CCM managing director A.V.Dodwell.
The paths of speedsters Fred Eager and Alec Jewell collide on Christmas Day, 1916, on Southport Beach at the first attempt to set an Australian land speed record.
Whitey in the premier motorsport event of hill climbs so they decided to stage an event of their own, bespoke for Studebaker. This race would nullify Fred Eagers driving skills and suit the big-engined Studey: A straight line speed contest against the clock on the firm low-tide sand of Southport (Surfers Paradise) beach. Only one of them could win ... Or could they?


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Dark Cheer: Cryptids Emerging - Volume Blue

Atlin Merrick
9780645289909
2021-12-13
A$9.99
Improbable Press

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Tales for those who never outgrew goosebumps
Here are stories for lovers of chupacabras and hulders, griffins and gargoyles.
Here be darkly cheery tales of ancient creatures beneath still waters, in the attic, or the shadows right by the bed.
Herein an autistic hiker meets a cryptid who wants her camera; a Japanese tanuki seeks his fox daughter; and two women fall in love, never mind one's a swamp monster.
Here be stories of changelings, nix, and demons adopted, of hungry kraken and cryptids we'd see if only, if only we looked into treetops, behind doors, or in our own back gardens.
Here there be monsters.
Thank all the gods.


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Diary of a New Chum
And Other Lost Stories
Paul Wenz
9781922473660
2021-10-01
A$9.99
ETT Imprint

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Paul Wenz was born in France in 1869, lived in Australia, and wrote stories dealing mainly with his Australian experiences for the French. He wrote ten books from 'Nanima', his homestead in Forbes, New South Wales, including two collections of short stories and four Australian novels. He also translated Jack London and Joseph Conrad, both who came to visit him in Australia.
Diary of a New Chum and Other Lost Stories contains many stories never before published in English, and includes correspondence with authors such as Andre Gide, Miles Franklin and Christopher Brennan. Always the very essence of the Australia of Wenz's period, Diary of a New Chum and Other Lost Stories sparkles with irony and psychological insight and represents Paul Wenz at his powerful best.


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Ground Breaking
Soil Security and Climate Change
Philip Mulvey; Freya Mulvey
9781875703449
2021-08-01
A$39.99
Groundbreaking Press

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Practical solutions for agricultural management, enabling the restoration of landscape, climate and community.
Reaching zero emissions alone won't stop the Earth heating up.
There's another factor at play, even bigger than rising greenhouse gas levels: agricultural land use, and it is turning the world's bread baskets into deserts. In south west Western Australia, the 'Bunny Fence Experiment', the world's largest study of two contrasting land uses in the same vast region, showed strong evidence that clearing and cropping was the reason why rainfall over the Wheat Belt has dropped 20 per cent in the lifetime of some of us. This book tells of how what farmers do exports heat waves, dust and fire, south and south-eastward in Eastern Australia and north and north-westward in Western America.
You'd be forgiven for thinking there ought to be a law against it, but our lawmakers don't even acknowledge that under the air and the plants, there is anything but bedrock. Soil, the depleted carbon sink that still manages to feed us today, might as well be a vacuum in law, but it could be a saviour for our civilisations.
Ground Breaking has solutions too: manage land use, sequester carbon in soil, reduce bare ground and increase bush corridors.


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Ground Breaking
Soil Security and Climate Change
Philip Mulvey; Freya Mulvey
9781875703456
2021-08-15
A$11.99
Groundbreaking Press

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Practical solutions for agricultural management, enabling the restoration of landscape, climate and community.
Reaching zero emissions alone won't stop the Earth heating up.
There's another factor at play, even bigger than rising greenhouse gas levels: agricultural land use, and it is turning the world's bread baskets into deserts. In south west Western Australia, the 'Bunny Fence Experiment', the world's largest study of two contrasting land uses in the same vast region, showed strong evidence that clearing and cropping was the reason why rainfall over the Wheat Belt has dropped 20 per cent in the lifetime of some of us. This book tells of how what farmers do exports heat waves, dust and fire, south and south-eastward in Eastern Australia and north and north-westward in Western America.
You'd be forgiven for thinking there ought to be a law against it, but our lawmakers don't even acknowledge that under the air and the plants, there is anything but bedrock. Soil, the depleted carbon sink that still manages to feed us today, might as well be a vacuum in law, but it could be a saviour for our civilisations.
Ground Breaking has solutions too: manage land use, sequester carbon in soil, reduce bare ground and increase bush corridors.

 

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