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The Road from Coorain
Jill Ker Conway
0679724362
Aug 1990
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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...


Slipping into Paradise: Why I Live in New Zealand
Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
0345466349
July 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Should you move to New Zealand? "The short answer," writes Masson in this breathless paean to his adopted home, "is 'Yes.' " Comprising two large islands, New Zealand is "the green gem in the middle of the South Pacific." Its physical beauty will be familiar to anyone who's seen The Lord of the Rings: the country boasts a temperate climate, beautiful beaches, towering mountains, exotic animals and lush vegetation. New Zealand's human inhabitants are just as remarkable, legendary for their modesty and warmth. When Masson, an American psychologist and author (The Pig Who Sang to the Moon, etc.), wants to interview the foreign minister, he finds him in the phone book. When he wants to chat with the country's most famous icon, Sir Edmund Hillary, he simply drops by his home. Though Masson is eager to portray New...


In a Sunburned Country [UNABRIDGED]
Bill Bryson (Narrator)
055350259X
June 6, 2000
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Book Review
Bill Bryson follows his Appalachian amble, A Walk in the Woods, with the story of his exploits in Australia, where A-bombs go off unnoticed, prime ministers disappear into the surf, and cheery citizens coexist with the world's deadliest creatures: toxic caterpillars, aggressive seashells, crocodiles, sharks, snakes, and the deadliest of them all, the dreaded box jellyfish. And that's just the beginning, as Bryson treks through sunbaked deserts and up endless coastlines, crisscrossing the "under-discovered" Down Under in search of all things interesting.

Bryson, who could make a pile of dirt compelling--and yes, Australia is mostly dirt--finds no shortage of curiosities. When he isn't dodging Portuguese man-of-wars or considering the virtues of the remarkable platypus, he visits southwest Gippsland, home of the world's...



Batavia's Graveyard: The True Story Of The Mad Heretic Who Led History's Bloodiest Mutiny
Mike Dash
0609807161
May 2003
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Book Review
In 1629, the Dutch merchantman Batavia grounded on a desolate atoll near Western Australia. Of the 200 survivors, 115 were subsequently murdered, in coldest blood, by a group of the ship's sailors and their psychopathic leader, Jeronimus Corneliszoon. Batavia's Graveyard is Mike Dash's unnerving, measured account of the incident. The victims included children, babies, and pregnant women; the crimes took place over a period of several months. Though the killings make a substantial, chilling tale in themselves, Dash adroitly places the shocking spree in larger context with illuminating discussions of 17th century medical practices, religious heresy, global politics, and shipboard sociology and daily life. Additionally, he draws dozens of portraits of the participants in this ghastly drama, most fascinatingly that of...


The History of New Zealand
Tom Brooking
0313323569
June 2004
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Review
“Brooking has produced an excellent volume that deserves to be well read by its target American audience....[t]his book communicates the dynamism and energy of New Zealand history. This is, after all, the story of a geographically isolated thin archipelago, located twelve hundred miles from its nearest neighbor, Australia, from whom it constantly seeks to differentiate itself. Although New Zealand was one of the last places on earth to be settled by humans and can boast a number of world "firsts," Brooking neither lapses into cliche nor is tempted towards stereotype.”–The Historian

Book Description
With its closest neighbor some 1,200 miles away, New Zealand is one of the most geographically isolated countries in the world. Its remoteness led to its relatively late...


A Concise History of New Zealand
Philippa Mein Smith
0521542286
Aug 2005
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Review
“Mein Smith's addition to the publisher's “Concise Histories” series is an exceptionally well-written, well-documented analysis of New Zealand's remarkable development from its earliest Maori beginnings through the discovery and settlement by Pakehas (Europeans) to the present...Helpful maps, illustrations, glossary, chronology, and bibliography make this an excellent undergraduate/graduate supplement...Highly recommended.” -CHOICE, W.W. Reinhardt, Randolph-Macon College

Book Description
In this new account of New Zealand's history, Philippa Mein Smith considers the rugged and dynamic land from its break from Gondwana 80 million years ago to the beginning of the twenty-first century. Mein Smith highlights the effects of the country's small size and isolation, from ...


A Concise History of Australia (Cambridge Concise Histories)
Stuart Macintyre
0521601010
August 24, 2004
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Review
From reviews of the first edition: 'At long last here is an accessible, sensible, learned and digestible history of Australia. It is a triumph of Stuart Macintyre's notable scholarship that he has come up with a book that is concise - not brief, not abbreviated - sharp and to the point ...this is a tremendously useful tool for locals and outsiders. It should sit on every Australian's bookshelf, next to the dictionary and the atlas.' Nick Richardson, Herald-Sun
'It's a lively, intelligent, opinionated and very well written one-volume history, traversing some well-covered territory of colonial and twentieth-century Australia with a fresh eye that doesn't fail to observe the big and small picture.' David Gaunt, Australian Bookseller & Publisher
'Macintyre has absorbed the considerable corpus of monographic and...


The New Zealand Treasury: A History
Malcolm McKinnon
1869402960
August 2003
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Book Description
Commissioned by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, this interpretive history tackles the history of New Zealand's most important department of state, the Treasury Department. The history of the complex interplay between New Zealand's government, economy, and people is detailed. McKinnon shows the perennial jousting of officials with ministers, the rise and fall of the accountants, the rise of the economists, and the impact of changes in the political scene and of events in the world economy.

From the Publisher
Recipient of the 2004 ARANZ Ian Wards Prize

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We, the Navigators: The Ancient Art of Landfinding in the Pacific
David Lewis, Derek, Sir Oulton (Editor)
0824815823
July 1994
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The Northern Mariner
"Intensely thorough... An exhaustive examination of the pre-European navigational system which should fill any scholar's need... Succeeds admirably."

Geopub Review
"This superb book can be recommended as good literature for both scholar and general reader."

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Wobblies!
Paul Buhle
1844675254
Apr 2005
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Book Review
Imagine being a workers' rights activist at the time of the Industrial Revolution. As shown in Wobblies!: A Graphic History of the Industrial Workers of the World, you had to have resolve as steely as anything produced on the factory floor. It's slightly ironic, then, to have these heroic, life-and-death tales of class warfare captured in the ephemeral medium of a comic book. Created as a collaboration between historians and graphic novelists, it is an engaging, informative, and sometimes uneven look at a time of violent social upheaval. The editors of this collection assume that their readers are at least somewhat familiar with the history of the Wobblies--this is not a children's primer. Many entries are similar, filled with pedantic text, but two in particular are superb, harnessing the potential power of the graphic...


The Future Eaters: An Ecological History of the Australasian Lands and People
Tim F. Flannery
0802139434
October 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
Who destroys or "eats" the future? Those who have not shared a past: coevolution is the key to survival of all species, maintains Flannery, a senior research scientist in mammalogy at the Australian Museum in Sydney. Just as human immunities have failed when confronted with previously isolated viruses, so entire ecosystems have crumbled with the introduction of man. Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia and New Guinea make for an interesting case study: though once conjoined, they later separated, developing disparate climates and soil types. Equally important, they were colonized at different times, with man reaching Australia 45,000 to 60,000 years ago and New Caledonia just 3500 years ago. Flannery posits that these virgin islands, which were replete with unexploited resources, naive, almost ``tame,''...


Australia
Barry Penney
1558687742
Sept 2003
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Book Description
Culture Smart! is a new series of travel guides written for the traveler on the go. Each volume is a quick, accurate guide to customs and etiquette. Outstanding features of CULTURE SMART! * All the essential cultural and etiquette points are covered, making you confident in a variety of situations. * You will know what to expect in each particular culture. * You will learn how to behave in specific social and business situations. * Essential attitudes and values are clearly explained. * You will find each topic a quick, easy read due to the concise writing style. * Laid out in a clear and easy-to-read format. * Each book has the same look, page count, and organization for reference use. * Small and light, it tucks into your pocket or purse for on-the-go use. * Your Culture Smart! books are written by a staff of...


Wise Women of the Dreamtime : Aboriginal Tales of the Ancestral Powers
K. Langloh Parker, Johanna Lambert
0892814772
July 1, 1993
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From Library Journal
Australian writer Lambert has done a masterful job of editing the traditional Aboriginal myths and stories collected by Katie Langloh Parker (1856-1940). Parker, whose life was saved by an Aboriginal girl as a child, spent most of her life on an outback ranch and befriended several Aboriginal women. From them she gathered tales that she translated into English and later published. Parker was meticulous in her effort to convey the true essence and meaning of each story. The 14 stories Lambert has chosen from Parker's collection concern ancestral powers, animal powers, magic, and healing. They provide an interesting perspective on major life themes as perceived by traditional Aboriginal women. Lambert has included her own insightful commentaries for each myth. This well-written anthology should be of value to...


From Nothing to Zero
Lonely Planet Publications
1740596684
Apr 2003
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Book Description
From Nothing to Zero presents edited extracts from letters written by asylum seekers held in Australia’s detention centres. These letters provide a rare glimpse into the world of refugees who have fled war and persecution in their own countries. Several of the contributing detainees have been held for more than three years, often with no end to their incarceration in sight.

This compelling book gives voice to people whose thoughts and experiences are only rarely heard.


The Pacific Islands: An Encyclopedia
Brij V. Lal (Editor), Kate Fortune (Editor)
082482265X
November 2000
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Book Description
The vast geographic expanse of the Pacific--with its elaborate geological history, the mysteries surrounding its settlement, the diversity of its cultures, its long and varied colonial histories--has been the subject of countless books and articles, but few attempts have been made to produce a comprehensive compendium of this remarkable region in all its variety and complexity. The Pacific Island: An Encyclopedia brings together in one place for the first time information on major aspects of Pacific island life (the physical environment, peoples, history, politics, economy, society, and culture) compiled by some of the worlds leading scholars from the Pacific, the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan. Unlike the conventional encyclopedias, which present the complex dialectics between the past and the present and...


Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's Founding
Robert Hughes
0394753666
February 1988
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Book Review
An extraordinary volume--even a masterpiece--about the early history of Australia that reads like the finest of novels. Hughes captures everything in this complex tableau with narrative finesse that drives the reader ever-deeper into specific facts and greater understanding. He presents compassionate understanding of the plights of colonists--both freemen and convicts--and the Aboriginal peoples they displaced. One of the very best works of history I have ever read. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal
For 80 years between 1788 and 1868 England transported its convicts to Australia. This punishment provided the first immigrants and the work force to build the colony. Using diaries, letters, and original sources, Hughes meticulously...


Straying from the Flock: Travels in New Zealand
Alexander Elder
0471718637
April 2005
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Book Description
An illuminating road trip through the history, life, and attractions of one of the most beautiful countries in the southern hemisphere
The beauty and grandeur of New Zealand has captured the imagination of movie-goers over the past couple of years, and the country is a dream destination for many around the world. Straying from the Flock is an intimate and personal account of one passionate traveler's visit to this incredible country, its mountains and beaches, fjords, rainforests, vineyards, and hidden eateries. Each of the fifty chapters describes one day in his travels-fishing, flying, cattle herding, befriending locals at every turn. Filled with colorful stories and memorable personalities, the book not only describes the trip of a lifetime, but captures a life-altering experience for its writer. From...


The Story of a Treaty
Claudia Orange
0046410538
Apr 2004
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Book Description
This accessible primer on the Treaty of Waitangi takes a fresh look at the treaty's origins, history, and meanings. Relations between the Europeans, Maori, and Pakeha are traced from the earliest years of European settlement to the signing of the treaty in 1840, through the land wars of the 1860s, and on to the present century. Discussed is the treaty's increasing importance as the Maori strive for autonomy and the Pakeha have begun to critically examine their history.

About the Author
Claudia Orange is the deputy editor of the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography and has previously taught history and race relations at Auckland University.


The Penguin History of New Zealand
Michael King
0143018671
January 2003
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The Pocket Aussie Fact Book
Margaret Nicholson
0143001418
Feb 2004
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Book Description
There is always something new to discover about Australia. This handy reference book gives you all the facts & figures in an easy to use format. Filled with information about Australia's history, its currency, its government, its native plants & animals & much more.


Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before
Tony Horwitz
0641681321

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Batavia's Graveyard : The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History's Bloodiest Mutiny [BARGAIN PRICE]
Mike Dash
B000212NT8
February 12, 2002
Hardcover
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Book Review
In 1629, the Dutch merchantman Batavia grounded on a desolate atoll near Western Australia. Of the 200 survivors, 115 were subsequently murdered, in coldest blood, by a group of the ship's sailors and their psychopathic leader, Jeronimus Corneliszoon. Batavia's Graveyard is Mike Dash's unnerving, measured account of the incident. The victims included children, babies, and pregnant women; the crimes took place over a period of several months. Though the killings make a substantial, chilling tale in themselves, Dash adroitly places the shocking spree in larger context with illuminating discussions of 17th century medical practices, religious heresy, global politics, and shipboard sociology and daily life. Additionally, he draws dozens of portraits of the participants in this ghastly drama, most fascinatingly that of...


New Zealand Sculpture: A History
Michael Dunn
1869402774
October 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
This intensive study of a rich and long-neglected aspect of New Zealand culture charts the growth of sculpture in this former British colony from the era of British imports, through a period of strong British influence, to the more confident art of the 20th century, which is inspired by a much wider range of sources and materials, and more personal forms of expression.

About the Author
Michael Dunn, professor and chair of the Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland, is the author of A Concise History of New Zealand Painting and Contemporary Painting in New Zealand.


Hell-Hole of the Pacific
Richard Wolfe
0143019872
Jan 2005
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Book Description
No settlement in New Zealand can claim a past as colourful and chequered as that of Kororareka, in the Bay of Islands, later to become Russell. In the 1830s it was such a wild place that it earned the name 'hell-hole of the Pacific'. Whalers, sealers, escaped convicts, seamen, and adventurers descended on the little Maori village. Drunkenness, debauchery, grog shops, and the oldest profession proliferated. It rivaled similar settlements around the Pacific, such as Sydney, San Francisco, and Hawaii. Richard Wolfe's new book reminds us that early periods of European settlement were often a torrid and eventful time. Includes a photo insert and maps of the area.


Convict Workers : Reinterpreting Australia's Past (Studies in Australian History)
Stephen Nicholas (Editor)
0521361265
June 29, 1989
Hardcover
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Book Description
In a radical new interpretation of Australia's past, based on exhaustive and detailed analysis of recORD this book shows that the convicts sent to Australia were not professional criminals, but ORD work skills, essential to the forging of a new economy and society. By illuminating the contribution of the convict workers to Australia's economic and social development, a fresh historical understanding of Australia's early history emerges.


Australian Art
Andrew Sayers
0192842145
July 2001
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Book Description
This comprehensive survey uniquely covers both Aboriginal art and that of European Australians, providing a revealing examination of the interaction between the two. Painting, bark art, photography, rock art, sculpture, and the decorative arts are all fully explored to present the rich texture
of Australian art traditions.

Well-known artists such as Margaret Preston, Rover Thomas, and Sidney Nolan are all discussed, as are the natural history illustrators, Aboriginal draughtsmen, and pastellists, whose work is only now being brought to light by new research. Taking the European colonization of the continent in 1788 as
his starting point, Sayers highlights important issues concerning colonial art and women artists in this fascinating new story of Australian art.


The Making of King Kong
Jenny Wake
1416505180
December 2005
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Book Description
King Kong is Universal Pictures' long-anticipated reimagining of the classic 1933 Merian C. Cooper film, directed by Peter Jackson, Academy Award®-winning director of The Lord of the Rings. Featuring stunning visual effects and a cast that includes Academy Award® nominee Naomi Watts, Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody, and Jack Black, King Kong is a groundbreaking masterpiece that breathes new life into a cinematic legend.This official companion to the movie takes readers behind the scenes with a fascinating, intimate view of every stage of production, from scriptwriting to costuming to digital effects. Packed with exclusive images and personal recollections from the filmmakers, actors, and crew, The Making of King Kong takes you on a captivating journey to Wellington, New Zealand,...

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