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Australian Dictionary of Biography 1940-1980: A-De (Australian Dictionary of Biography)
John Ritchie (Editor)
0522845126
December 1993
Hardcover
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Stephen Murray-Smith
'. . . stylistically and intellectually cohesive, quite remarkably comprehensive . . . A remarkable gift to the nation'

Richard Davenport-Hines, Times Literary Supplement
'. . . truly a national record and a suggestive piece of social history'

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Australian Dictionary of Biography
John Ritchie
052284717X
May 1996
Hardcover
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Stephen Murray-Smith
'. . . stylistically and intellectually cohesive, quite remarkably comprehensive . . . A remarkable gift to the nation'

Richard Davenport-Hines, Times Literary Supplement
'. . . truly a national record and a suggestive piece of social history'

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Rabbit-Proof Fence: The True Story of One of the Greatest Escapes of All Time
Doris Pilkington
0786887842
November 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Following an Australian government edict in 1931, black aboriginal children and children of mixed marriages were gathered up and taken to settlements to be institutionally assimilated. In Rabbit-Proof Fence, award-wining author Doris Pilkington traces the story of her mother, Molly, one of three young girls uprooted from their community in Southwestern Australia and taken to the Moore River Native Settlement. There, Molly and her relatives Gracie and Daisy were forbidden to speak their native language, forced to abandon their heritage, and taught to be culturally white. After regular stays in solitary confinement, the three girls planned and executed a daring escape from the grim camp.

About the Author
Doris Pilkington is also the author of Caprice: A Stockman's Daughter....


Road from Coorain
Jill Ker Conway
0679724362
August 1990
Paperback
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Book Review
There is a clarity, elegance, and beauty to Conway's Road to Coorain that places it firmly at the apogee of autobiography along with such masterpieces as West With the Night by Beryl Markham, or An American Childhood, by Annie Dillard. From the first sentence, you will be drawn inexorably into the story of her childhood in New South Wales, Australia, and her gradual discovery of--and by--the larger world: the clarity of Conway's language satisfies like cold clear water after a day in the desert: the rhythm of her sentences has a timelessness and expansiveness akin to the Australian landscape itself. This is very likely a book you will remember the rest of your life. Highly Recommended.

From Publishers Weekly
At age 11, Conway ( Women Reformers and American Culture ) left the...


Australian Dictionary of Biography Volume 15
John Ritchie
0522848435
Mar 2000
Hardcover
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Stephen Murray-Smith
'. . . stylistically and intellectually cohesive, quite remarkably comprehensive . . . A remarkable gift to the nation'

Richard Davenport-Hines, Times Literary Supplement
'. . . truly a national record and a suggestive piece of social history'

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Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 16
Edited By John Ritchie
0522849970
Feb 2003
Hardcover
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Richard Davenport-Hines, Times Literary Supplement
"Truly a national record and a suggestive piece of social history."

Australian Historical Studies
"For consistency, interest, and sheer pleasure, the ADB may well be the best English-language biographical dictionary in the world."

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Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris
Sarah Turnbull
1592400825
August 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
A bestseller in Turnbull's native Australia, this cute firsthand look at the hardships of settling into a city infamously chilly to outsiders gives a glimpse of the true nature of Parisians and daily life in their gorgeous city. Though Turnbull tells readers less about love than new life, it was in falling for a Frenchman that the journalist found herself moving to Paris, for a few months that stretched into years. The cultural relationship is challenging enough, leaving aside the more intimate personal story (though readers do learn enough about Turnbull's now husband to understand her decision to stay), and she writes of finding work, making friends, surviving dinner parties and adapting to the rhythms and pace of life with a Parisian boyfriend with humor and a developing sense of wisdom. Of the struggle to...


Patrick White : A Life
David Marr
0394574354


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From Library Journal
An admirably readable biography of the Nobel Prize-winning author of Voss , The Tree of Man , and many other books, this work is full of detail on White's family and prosperous background, the events and people in his life, his writing habits, his religious beliefs, his cantankerousness and temper, his causes and doubts, his attraction to the theater, and much more. White helped Marr gain access to people and material, even authorizing him to collect his letters, "the backbone of this book." Marr deals intelligently with important issues (among them, White's rootedness in and dissatisfaction with Australia, his sense of himself as an outsider, his relation to his mother, and, in particular his homosexuality, which White considered central to his novelistic and theatrical ability), avoiding psychoanalytical...


Dictionary of Literary Biography
Gale Group
0787646474
Sept 2000
Hardcover
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The Power of Pen and Voice : Alice Henry's Life as an Australian-American Labour Reformer
Diane Kirkby
0521391024
April 26, 1991
Hardcover
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Review
"With insight, skill, and empathy, Kirkby contextualizes the life of a representative woman of the educated middle class who embraced the need to be self-supporting....In recovering Henry's 'industrial feminism,' Kirkby has made a major contribution to the debate over what constituted early twentieth-century feminism." The Journal of American History

Book Description
In this, the first biography of Alice Henry (1857-1943), Diane Kirkby presents us with an intelligent, formidable woman of great energy who was a pioneer in both the Australian and American labor movements early in this century and a feminist who fought for the rights of millions of women in both countries. Alice Henry The Power of Pen and Voice is sympathetically written and it is clear that in the course of the...


Seven Types of Ambiguity
Elliot Perlman
1594481431
November 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
By copping the title of William Empson's classic of literary criticism, Australian writer Perlman (Three Dollars) sets a high bar for himself, but he justifies his theft with a relentlessly driven story, told from seven perspectives, about the effects of the brief abduction of six-year-old Sam Geraghty by Simon Heywood, his mother Anna's ex-boyfriend. Charismatic, unemployed Simon is still obsessed with Anna nine years after their breakup—to the dismay of his present lover, Angelique, a prostitute. Anna's stockbroker husband, Joe, is one of Angelique's regulars, which feeds Simon's flame. When Angelique turns Simon in to the cops, he claims he had permission to pick Sam up; his fate hinges on whether Anna will back up his lie. Most of the perspectives are linked to Simon's shrink, Alex Klima, who writes to...


Warriors: Portraits from the Battlefield
Max Hastings
1400044413
January 2006
Hardcover
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From The Washington Post's Book World/washingtonpost.com
Warriors seem to have fallen out of fashion. We prefer victims. Who, after all, has heard of Army Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith, who won a posthumous Medal of Honor for repelling an Iraqi counterattack on Baghdad International Airport and killing some 50 enemy soldiers during the invasion of Iraq in 2003? Yet Pfc. Jessica Lynch remains a celebrity. Max Hastings wants to return attention to the warrior virtues, but without succumbing to the temptation to write hagiography. A retired British newspaperman who has fashioned a second career as a military historian focusing on World War II, Hastings calls Warriors "an old-fashioned book" because it focuses on "remarkable characters," not on weapons. He wrote it, he explains, because after reading his previous outing, Armageddon (2004),...


Dictionary of Literary Biography

0787660043
June 2002
Hardcover
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Someone Else's Country
Peter Docker
1920731571
Apr 2006
Paperback
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Songlines
Bruce Chatwin
0140094296
June 1988
Paperback
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Book Review
The late Bruce Chatwin carved out a literary career as unique as any writer's in this century: his books included In Patagonia, a fabulist travel narrative, The Viceroy of Ouidah, a mock-historical tale of a Brazilian slave-trader in 19th century Africa, and The Songlines, his beautiful, elegiac, comic account of following the invisible pathways traced by the Australian aborigines. Chatwin was nothing if not erudite, and the vast, eclectic body of literature that underlies this tale of trekking across the outback gives it a resonance found in few other recent travel books. A poignancy, as well, since Chatwin's untimely death made The Songlines one of his last books.

From Publishers Weekly
PW praised Chatwin's "entertaining" and "resonant" reflections on...


The Encyclopedia of Australian Art
Alan McCulloch, Susan McCulloch
0824816889
September 1994
Hardcover
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AC/DC: Two Sides to Every Glory: The Complete Biography
Paul Stenning
1842403087
November 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
AC/DC have been swaggering their way through the rock 'n' roll scene for more than 30 years. Starting with their roots in the Australian pub circuit, this book takes a thorough look at where the band came from, where they've been, and where they're going. Bon Scott and the Young brothers' earlier bands are discussed, as well as the trio's first collaboration, supplemented by rare photographs and interviews with more than 50 of the band's friends and colleagues. Previously unpublished details on Bon Scott's untimely death in 1980 and the strange circumstances around it are revealed, along with information on AC/DC's upcoming album, their first in five years.


Well Done, Those Men : Memoirs of a Vietnam Veteran
Barry Heard
1920769269
September 28, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Examining the effects of the Vietnam War on both the author and an entire generation of Australian war veterans, this autobiography tells the story of life before, during, and after Vietnam. From inadequate basic training to the horrors of the war itself, as well as the guilt, anxiety, and alienation felt upon returning home, the account documents the psychology, trauma, and ultimate redemption of one veteran of a lost war.


City Bushman
Christopher Lee
1920731709
Apr 2005
Paperback
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The Naked Island
Russell Braddon
1841581402
June 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Russell Braddon wrote The Naked Island in 1950. By 1968 it had been reprinted eleven times and sold one million copies in Britain alone. As the author states, 'It was written to tell the world what sort of people the Japanese can be. It was written to explain what they did in the war and what they might well do again.' There are numerous books on the war in the East but this is one of the greatest. Often hilarious, even amidst the horror, this is the story of what the Japanese did to those they captured. It is written in prose all the more effective for its dry understatement and sharp observation by a man who never lost his will to live even in the most terrible circumstances. Braddon's story is however not that simply of a prisoner of war. In his comments on the equally brutal Japanese treatment of native workers...


Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less than Four Minutes to Achieve It
Neal Bascomb
0618562095
April 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The attempt by three men in the 1950s to become the first to run the mile in less than four minutes is a classic 20th-century sports story. Bascomb's excellent account captures all of the human drama and competitive excitement of this legendary racing event. It helps that the story and its characters are so engaging to begin with. The three rivals span the globe: England's Roger Bannister, who combines the rigors of athletic training with the "grueling life of a medical student"; Australia's John Landy, "driven by a demand to push himself to the limit"; and Wes Santee from the U.S., a brilliant strategic runner who became the "victim" of the "[h]ypocrisy and unchecked power" of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). Although Bannister broke the record before Landy, Landy soon broke Bannister's record, and the climax...


Mawson's Will: The Greatest Survival Story Ever Written
Lennard Bickel
0812821777


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In the Time of Madness: Indonesia on the Edge of Chaos
Richard Lloyd Parry
0802118089
January 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Between 1996 and 1999, British foreign correspondent Parry repeatedly forayed into some of the worst strife rending the islands of Indonesia, a nation emerging tumultuously from the dictatorship of General Suharto. This boldly reported, introspective account—"a book about violence, and about being afraid"—is his attempt to make sense, however incompletely, of what happened in Java, Borneo and East Timor. In Borneo, Parry saw seven decapitated heads, among other horrors, when he went to report on "an ethnic war of scarcely imaginable savagery." He witnessed the collapse of the rupiah and the 1998 mass student protests in Jakarta on the occasion of Suharto's reappointment. As the East Timorese agitated for independence from Indonesian rule, Parry ventured into the East Timor jungle to meet with rebels....


The Woman I Am
Helen Reddy
1585424897
May 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
World-famous for I Am Woman and three other albums that went gold in the 1970s, Reddy was the daughter of hard-working, Australian vaudeville performers. Onstage with her parents since she was four, Reddy was 17 when she started getting her own singing gigs. She married at 19, but her husband was abusive when she became pregnant, so she moved out. Winning a ticket to America in a local singing contest, Reddy soon worked her way to the top of the charts. Unfortunately, her next husbands were also alcoholic and/or abusive, and Reddy struggled to recover financially and emotionally from each. While Reddy's career and husband problems are shared by many women in show business, her paranormal interests are distinctive. Reddy was 11 when she first experienced "astral projection"; later, she had a dream foretelling...


Conquerors' Road : An Eyewitness Report of Germany 1945
Osmar White
0521537517
March 27, 2003
Paperback
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Review
'Osmar White was not only one of the finest correspondents of the Second World War but a visionary writer and philosopher of courage and conviction. If you care about the future of civilisation then you must read this extraordinary book.' Phillip Knightley
'Conquerors' Road is compelling reading: candid and immediate, full of vivid witness detail, but inquiring and sceptical.' Philippa Hawker, The Age
'This book ought surely be considered a key document in the literature of the war and the Holocaust.' Tina Kane, Quadrant

Review
"Conqueror's Road...could be perused at any time with admiration: it is unsparingly detailed and unflaggingly elegant...The word 'classic' is overused today but Conqueror's Road is assuredly one." The Book Bulletin

"There really can be no substitute...


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