Autobiography/Bio/Non-Fiction

//Autobiography/Bio/Non-Fiction
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  • First published in 1964 this book examines the integration of indigenous and white society that was begun over twenty years earlier. It examines the effects the policy had on the lives of the indigenous people and if it was an enlightened decision that took account of the wishes and needs of the indigenous people.  Dr. Reay asked a group of young anthropologists to examine the implications of the policy through research and fieldwork in various key communities. The findings provided a fascinating record of modern indigenous life and a jolt to those who assume that assimilation was going to be the last word. Illustrated with black and white photographs.
  • After making  a brilliant impact at the RSC in the 1960s, Ian Holm consolidated his reputation with work for Harold Pinter then turned to film, appearing in cult/popular classics such as Alien, Chariots of Fire, The Fifth Element and Lord Of The Rings. His varied career has seen him play an android, Napoleon, King Lear, Hercule Poirot, Lewis Carroll, a hobbit and much more.  Large Print edition.
  • Inside Aboriginal Australia, covering Arnhem Land, Kakadu, the Island of Yoi and Delissaville. Simpson gives his account of an expedition he made in the late 1940s to Kakadu and the Tiwi islands. His respect and affection for, and his understanding of, the indigenous people is plain yet the word usage of the time may seem derogatory. A simply-told story with great insight into the indigenous tribes that called Arnhem Land home. Illustrated with many black and white photographs and drawings.
  • Milligan takes his unwary reader from the outbreak of war in 1939 - 'it must have been something we said' -  through his attempts to avoid enlistment - 'time for my appendicitus, I thought' -  and his gunner training in Bexhill -'There was one drawback. No ammunition' - to the landing at Algiers in 1943 'I closed my eyes and faced the sun. I fell down a hatchway.' And of course, his mission to cause Hitler's downfall...'At Victoria station the R.T.O. gave me a travel warrant, a white feather and a picture of Hitler marked "This is your enemy". I searched every compartment, but he wasn't on the train...'  Loads of bathos, pathos and gales of ribald laughter, this is a barely sane helping of military goonery and superlative Milliganese.
  • Actress Judy Cornwell has delighted audiences for nearly fifty years and is very well-known for her role as Daisy in Keeping Up Appearances.  Her memoir describes her childhood growing up in Britain during the war, and then in Australia where her family emigrated. Retruning to England at the age of 12 she became a professional dancer and comedienne in her teens.  Her long and diverse career includes radio roles (The Navy Lark); film roles opposite greats such as Audrey Hepburn, Peter O'Toole and Dudley Moore; a season with the Royal Shakespeare Company and  a great many appearances on classic television shows such as Midsomer Murders, Marple, Doctor Who and Eastenders , not to mention her own comedy series Moody and Pegg. Illustrated with black and white photographs.
  • Menzies was Prime Minister of Australia from 1939-41 and 1949-66. This is a collection of reminiscent essays about Baldwin, Chamberlain, Atlee, DeValera, Roosevelt, Truman, JFK, and more lengthily about his friends Felix Frankfurter and Dean Acheson, as well as his hero Churchill. He reviews his participation in the Suez Committee of 1956 and upholds Eden's action.  Menzies seems to take himself less seriously than most statesmen in that he has an evident sense of humor.  He was virtually obsessed with retaining Australia's whites-only immigration policy, and opposed intervention from any quarter in Rhodesian and South African affairs because it would be a dangerous precedent. His 1960 correspondence with Verwoerd on such topics is included. The other essays - on the virtues of the monarchy, the British form of government, and cricket, are frankly Old Boyish.
  • From the author of I Can Jump Puddles.   It's time to visit Alan Marshall's Australia: sitting on the sliprail exchanging yarns, driving a buggy down long dusty trails. And meet such wonderful characters as Lance Skuthorpe, who tethered a bull in Bourke Street and offered five quid to anyone who could ride him for half a minute and Binjarrpooma, the terror of Arnhem Land.  Make a visit to an Australia that is now gone.
  • That was the cry - All in, Australians! This is the story of men, women and children at home during World War II and of their response to the extraordinary  demands made on them by the circumstances of war. There was collective and individual effort - shortages, rationing, longer and harder work hours, freely-given volunteer work, women enlisting in the work force in greater numbers than ever before and of 'Manpower' directives. There was also increased attendance at sporting events and other entertainments and record betting takings. In those first few weeks, Australia responded with nobility, sacrifice  and unity. Reports of crises abroad were accepted first at face value, then apathy, if not downright disbelief. As the direct threat to Australia receded there grew a determination to spend their high wages and to profit from the carnival atmosphere before the 'Yanks' went home. There was humor in coping with hardships, generosity and self-sacrifice. But there was also complacency, ignorance, selfishness and profiteering. And amid the universal rejoicing at the defeat of Japan, the first use of atomic weaponry passed almost unnoticed. Illustrated with archival photographs and advertisements. Suggested companion to: https://cosmiccauldronbooks.com.au/p/come-in-spinner-dymphna-cusack/
  • With his usual skill, Frank Clune weaves history and contemporary fact into an exciting and significant pattern that will delight armchair travellers who accompany him on this unusual tour through Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Austria and Greece, by plane, train and jeep. With black and white photographs.