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Discovering Newly Independent India
A Young Woman's Adventure
Lenore Blackwood
9781875703487
2021-12-01
A$34.99
Kerr Publishing

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A young Sydneysider in London, Lenore Blackwood, was getting work as an actress, pulling beers to pay the rent, and reading about Gandhi, Nehru, Menon and the very new Republic of India. Before the Hippie Trail opened, before Westerners in serious numbers heard the spiritual song of the ashram, or the material one of getting a foothold in the world's second biggest market, Lenore wanted to go where very few Westerners went.
For seven months in the 1950s she crossed the new nation from the Himalayas to Kerala and independent Ceylon. She visited cities like Bombay, Calcutta, Madras and Benares, cities whose names were already becoming extinct on the lips of the world. The diarist joined pilgrims to see the icy lingam of Shiva, one of the most arduous pilgrimages on Earth. She sought out be-by-herself walks through nature to see art: through exotic acacias and abandoned garden flowers, an elephant mother-and-infant's bath time, climbed to high places, and on to temples to rival those of Athens or Rome, and where the rulers' respect for the sculptors' trade surpassed them both. Welcome to the wonder Lenore Blackwood felt.
Yet most of this book is about people she met. Prem and his family stand out, then and for life thereafter.
This is a book for Westerners who find the sub-continent and its people fascinating, and fo rthe Indian diaspora.


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Discovering Newly Independent India
A Young Woman's Adventure
Lenore Blackwood
9781875703494
2021-12-01
A$9.99
Kerr Publishing

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A young Sydneysider in London, Lenore Blackwood, was getting work as an actress, pulling beers to pay the rent, and reading about Gandhi, Nehru, Menon and the very new Republic of India. Before the Hippie Trail opened, before Westerners in serious numbers heard the spiritual song of the ashram, or the material one of getting a foothold in the world's second biggest market, Lenore wanted to go where very few Westerners went.
For seven months in the 1950s she crossed the new nation from the Himalayas to Kerala and independent Ceylon. She visited cities like Bombay, Calcutta, Madras and Benares, cities whose names were already becoming extinct on the lips of the world. The diarist joined pilgrims to see the icy lingam of Shiva, one of the most arduous pilgrimages on Earth. She sought out be-by-herself walks through nature to see art: through exotic acacias and abandoned garden flowers, an elephant mother-and-infant's bath time, climbed to high places, and on to temples to rival those of Athens or Rome, and where the rulers' respect for the sculptors' trade surpassed them both. Welcome to the wonder Lenore Blackwood felt.
Yet most of this book is about people she met. Prem and his family stand out, then and for life thereafter.
This is a book for Westerners who find the sub-continent and its people fascinating, and fo rthe Indian diaspora.


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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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Hard Wired
Life, Death and Triathlon
Emma Carney; Jane E Hunt
9781876498146
2021-07-01
A$11.99
Ryan Publishing

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Fresh out of school and emerging as one of Australia's future distance running stars, Emma Carney discovered the sport of triathlon. The sport was never the same again. With an unmatched record, she devastated the international circuit. Defined by a relentless pursuit of sporting excellence, Emma was known to detest losing more than she loved to win.
At home in the cutthroat world of professional sport, Emma didn't expect a welcoming party waiting for her when she reached the pinnacle of triathlon. A fiercely independent athlete, fitting in and conforming was never her style. Rules annoyed her. Authority irritated her. And that complicated things…
Emma's is a life publicly defined by winning. But like sport, nothing is predictable. Success is fickle, life is fragile.
Emma's story reveals that international sporting success is about much more than winning. Courage is a constant. Hard work and dedication are vital, as are unwavering passion, belief, and desire. But there is more. Emma's story also raises questions: who is truly there when things go wrong, when the system fails? Who cares when you find yourself dying on the roadside, saving yourself only to then lose your sister, identity, self-belief and hope in everything you once believed in...?


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Her Voice
Greek Women and Their Friends
Varvara Athanasiou-Ioannou
9781875703418
2021-11-01
A$11.99
Kerr Publishing

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This book's introduction is clear about where culturally diverse women stand in the 2020s: 'while we have made some meaningful inroads towards equality, we are nowhere near enough to where we need to be.' Such women face the glass ceiling of their gender, and a cultural ceiling as well.
 
It assembles the voices of over 40 women from many walks of life, many of them high achievers, who detail the difficulties and the triumphs they have met within their lives. Their stories, strength and resilience inspire.
 
Her Voice arose from the Food for Thought network, founded 20 years ago in Melbourne, made up of Greek Australian women originally, but quickly drawing in other migrant women and daughters of migrants through friendship, love and the recognition of how much they had in common.
 
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"...a beautiful book! it's such a triumph - the content, the design, the intent." - Maggie Hamilton, Sydney
"...A monumental book, a gift not only to Greek women but to multicultural Australia, a historical reference point for future generations ... it should be read by all men and women ... Touching, and inspiring" - Bill Papastergiadis OAM, Melbourne 
"...Narrated with an authentic voice, this book is a treasure trove of life journeys." - Zografina Kopanidis, Melbourne 
"Varvara's story and her book is beautiful and inspiring, a true display of intelligence, determination and empowerment ... These small windows into other womens choices reminds me how important relatable role models and mentors are for our girls." - Dora Kordakis, Melbourne
"I couldn't put the book down because literally and metaphorically I heard their voices. I cried. I giggled. I rejoiced. I connected with all of them. A brilliant book of historic importance." - Maria Makris, Melbourne 
"Many thanks to Varvara for introducing me to so many wonderful and inspirational women. In particular, I found the key events that shaped and assisted each woman in her journey, to be very interesting! There is certainly valuable advice for younger women who read "Her Voice: Greek Women and their friends". - Sandra Keown
"...Amazing book ... a valuable resource for anyone who seeks to understand the role of women within our community and beyond and Varvara Ioannou deserves our heartfelt gratitude ... she is a national treasure ... many of the achievements of women are glossed over, effaced or obscured. This volume allows Greek women of all ages and others connected to our community to speak for themselves. What they choose to say about themselves and their worldview is significant." - Dean Kalimniou, Melbourne
"It is a wonderful book with a lot to offer and Varvara should be very proud of having brought it all to us women from all backgrounds but especially for women of Greek origin." - Marina Marangos, Brisbane


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Humans Being
Thirty Years of Queer Performance Photographs
Jamie James
9780645193596
2021-12-01
A$9.99
Clouds of Magellan

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Jamie James lives and works on Gadigal land, and is a freelance photographer with a commitment to inclusive image making. Their work foregrounds issues of social justice and the ethical representation of those on the edges, always keen to reject the 'centre'.


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I Have a Magic Ball

Nisrine El-Choueifati; Amy Calautti
9781922678935
2021-08-01
A$4.99
Little Steps Publishing

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'Grab a ball that's boring, find a ball that's plain, please grab a ball so you can play this game...'
With its beautiful illustrations, descriptive language and clever use of rhyme, children will be invited to imagine, interact and engage with the magic ball as it transforms from page to page. This book encourages interaction, so grab a ball, say the magic words and pass the ball as you turn each page to watch it turn to something strange.


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In Full Uniform

Bo Starsky
9780648958673
2021-06-23
A$3.99
Improbable Press

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Four tales about falling for a man in uniform.
 
Huan is a hopeless romantic living in Seattle. Arthur's a soldier shipping out to Iraq. Something sparks when their paths cross...
 
Being a British police officer is all Eli's ever known, then he meets Gloria Hole, a drag queen who's an expert at turning heads and causing trouble...
 
There's not much night life in Ezra's quaint hometown, there is the prim bookstore owner Vincent, who Ezra's determined to woo with book titles...
 
It's 1976 and Dov indulges once a year behind a gay bar across town. Then Detective Charles Blasted Coleman catches him in the act...
 
For four men and the men in uniform with whom they fall in love, what may seem the end of everything, turns out to be only the beginning.


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Jinx

Hugh McGinlay
9780645002195
2021-11-29
A$5.99
Clan Destine Press

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One spring morning a woman is found dead in a Brunswick alley adorned with symbols of the occult.
Catherine Kint, milliner, gin enthusiast and raconteur, has no reason to be involved until her friend is under investigation.
Armed with a sharp wit, a crime scene background and a barman named Boris, Catherine walks into a world of new age prophecies, curses and money.
Honestly, it would drive a girl to drink.


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Leanne Benjamin: Built For Ballet
An Autobiography
Leanne Benjamin; Sarah Crompton
9781925556735
2021-12-01
A$11.99
Melbourne Books

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This autobiography by Leanne Benjamin with Sarah Crompton reveals the extraordinary life and career of one of the world’s most important ballet dancers of the past 50 years.
Leanne was born and raised in the central Queensland town of Rockhampton in a tightly knit hard-working Catholic family. At the age of 3 she attended her first ballet class and at 16 she was accepted into the Royal Ballet School in London and at 18 danced her first leading role on the Royal Opera House stage in the school’s performance of Giselle that catapulted her to a stellar career.
The book takes you behind the scenes to find a real understanding of the pleasure and the pain, the demands and the intense commitment it requires to become a ballet dancer.
It’s a book for ballet-lovers which will explain from Benjamin’s personal point of view, how ballet has changed and is changing.
It’s a book of history: she was first taught by the people who created ballet in its modern form and now she works with the dancers of today, handing on all she has known and learnt.
But it’s also a book for people who are just interested in the psychology of achievement, how you go from being a child in small town Rockhampton in the centre of Australia to being a power on the world’s biggest stages — and how an individual copes with the ups and downs of that kind of career.
It’s a story full of big names and big personalities — Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, Kenneth MacMillan, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Darcey Bussell, Carlos Acosta to name a few. President Clinton, Michelle Obama, Diana Princess of Wales and David Beckham all make an appearance.
But it is also a book of small moments of insight: what makes a performance special, how you recover from injury, illness and childbirth; how you combine athletic and artistic prowess with motherhood, how a different partner can alter everything, what it’s like to fall over in front of thousands of people and what it’s like to triumph. Above all, it seeks to explain, in warm and human terms, why women get the reputation for being difficult in a world where being a good girl is too much prized. And what they can do about it.


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Life Interrupted

Karina Stell
9781922358332
2021-06-01
A$11.99
Little Steps Publishing

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'I've decided to write this book, as painful as it is for me, because I know there are others, like me, who have faced the unimaginable, and wondered how to begin living their lives again… When I hear of any cancer story now, I don't think of anatomy. I think about what it must have been like the day their life changed. The fear, the denial, the lack of hope that would come and go. I always want to internally say hello to them. To say via my own wounded heart to theirs, 'I know'.'
Karina Stell's moving memoir details the journey from her first to her fourth and final cancer diagnosis through to her ultimate palliation. She wrote this book for everyone who would find themselves on a similar journey, for their loved ones and for those who work in the haematology/oncology field who must never forget the importance of compassion and humanity in their care.
Karina passed away on 27th September, 2018. Her story is her legacy.


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Long Live Sandawarra

Mudrooroo
9781925706413
2021-07-01
A$9.99
ETT Imprint

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From the author of Wild Cat Falling and Balga Boy Jackson comes this novel from 1979:
 
Every revolution needs a leader and there is no question in Alan’s mind that he is that leader. For inspiration he goes to Noorak, the law holder of his people, and hears the heroic tales of Sandawara, the last of the warriors, who died defending his land and his people against the white man in the Kimberleys. So Alan names himself and becomes the new Sandawara and the rest of the unemployed teenage Aborigines of his mob take the names of Sandawara’s followers. In his crash pad, a broken-down old house, the new Sandawara plots and schemes the revolution.
 
The story of this mob of anti-heroes, of a farcical inefficient revolution, gives a vivid portrayal of the new and frightening world of rootless youth, who lack identity and purpose and shoot as easily as they love because neither act has meaning.


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Lovers and Others

Tom Lowenstein
9781925556711
2021-06-01
A$11.99
Melbourne Books

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This candidly written memoir, enlivened by the author's impish sense of humour, narrates the way in which, by chance and circumstance, Tom Lowenstein placed his career at the service of the Australian art world. The book describes Lowenstein's numerous David and Goliath battles with the Australian Government and the Australian Tax Office for a greater understanding and fairer treatment of the unique set of circumstances and numerous challenges faced by the country's creative sectors.
Lowenstein's interactions with his colourful and gregarious clients took him frequently out of the comfort of the corporate environment into the artists' homes and studios. The personalities of Charles Blackman, Colin Lanceley, Margaret Olley, John Olsen, Garry Shead, Tim Storrier, and many other luminaries of the art world are vividly brought out with unique insights and unexpected angles.
The book is richly illustrated with photographs from Lowenstein's personal archives documenting his long-standing friendships and reflecting its heady mixture of accounting, art, and wine.


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Merger
The Fitzroy Lions and the Tragedy of 1996
William Westerman
9781925556674
2021-06-01
A$11.99
Melbourne Books

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In 1996, the 113-year-old Fitzroy Football Club played its final game in the AFL. Financial pressures brought about by the steady professionalisation of the AFL respected neither the worth of the club's history nor the passion of its fans. Out of time and money, on 4 July 1996 Fitzroy was forced into a merger with the Brisbane Bears - creating the League's first, and thus far only, merged club.
MERGER tells the story of that fateful year, from boardroom drama and intrigue to the wind and mud of the Whitten Oval, capturing the profound tragedy of Fitzroy's doomed plight.
'The demise of Fitzroy is a deep wound rather than a scar. A tear in the fabric of the game that will never truly repair.' - from the Foreword by Gerard Whateley

 

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