Autobiography/Bio/Non-Fiction

//Autobiography/Bio/Non-Fiction
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  • A unique study of Vietnam from prehistory to 1972 which places the Vietnam War and Western involvement in perspective. Geography and environment have had a profound effect on Vietnamese history - the Vietnamese have had to contend with the power of neighboring China, a coastline that facilitated French conquest and mountains that divide the Red River delta in the north from the Mekong River valley  in the south. Also covered is the legendary origin of the Vietnamese and their emergence before the advent of Chinese influence in the 1st century B.C.; the forces that shaped the centralised Vietnamese state during the era of independence after the expulsion of the Chinese in A.D. 939; and the century of French exploitation, during which nationalist movements arose in the north and south.
  • The reminiscences of a naive English girl 'in service' present a lively portrait of Australia in the 188s and 1890s against the background of Brisbane during the Jubilee, the Sydney Centennial celebrations and the Melbourne Exhibition, as well as a social whirl of dinners, balls and garden parties. Agnes came from England 'knowing no more than a babe unborn how it came to be in the world' to a country where there were 'beautiful flowers without any scent' and believed that snakes will 'never die until sunset, however early they are killed'. Her adventurous spirit led her from one great house to another - Governors and grooms, ladies and laundry-maids are all described with the same directness and humour. Illustrated with authentic photographs of the people and places mentioned in Agnes' narrative.
  • A wickedly perceptive account of a deer culler's life.  A deer culler is often solitary by choice, venturing 'into town' only when en route to another critical area or to blow his money on beer, women or whatever else he's been dreaming about all season!  Here is not only the rewards and punishments of such a career, but also the uproarious  oddity of the men who pursue it.
  • From the earliest times to the age of Macquarie.  The author does mean this literally, beginning with the migration from the hunting grounds of south East Asia. With black and white maps and illustrations.
  • Sir Alec Guinness (1914 - 2000) makes his observations on Britain, taken from his journal at the tumultuous times of Princess Diana's death, the election of Tony Blair and comments on his quintessentially English country life with Mrs Guinness.  A follow up to My Name Escapes Me, this volume covers 1996 - 1998.  Sir Alec offers frank and surprising reflections on appearing in Star Wars and hilarious reminiscences of Humphrey Bogart and Noel Coward.
  • A very readable and very lively portrayal of Australia's evolution, beginning with the Aborigines and the coming of white men, the First Fleet's progress to Botany Bay and Governor Phillip's harangue to the convicts in his charge. Convicts and settlers, architecture, exploration, immigrants and squatters, politics and culture, gold rushes, radicals and nationalists and world wars - it's all here. Illustrated with black and white photographs and sketches.

  • Wells intended that this book be read basically as a novel - as an account of our present knowledge of history without elaborations and complications. This edition was revised by Professor G.P. Wells, the son of the author.  Earlier chapters have been revised and five new chapters added as well as two new maps.
  • All the glamour and nostalgia of the big band era of the 1920s to the 1960s come to life in Jim Davidson's account. Here is Sydney in the Jazz Age; Davidson played the top hotels, the orchestra pits of the silent movies before his successful dance band played the dance halls of the 1930s.  World War II  brought the creation of the concert parties for the entertainment of Australian troops - and a lot of clashes with a Sergeant Peter Finch.  He later worked at the BBC, meeting the top English radio stars before returning to Australia to work at the ABC in the 60s - and he has a lot to say about that, as well. Illustrated with black and white photos sure to evoke memories of a simpler time.
  • Peter Fitzsimon's account of growing up on the rural outskirts of Sydney in the 1960s is first and foremost a tribute to family. It's also a salute to times and generations past, when praise was understated and love unstinting; work was hard and values were clear; when people stood by each other in adversity. Days were for doing. Here is a childhood full of mischief, camaraderie, eccentric characters, drama, love, loss and billy-carts.