Autobiography/Bio/Non-Fiction

//Autobiography/Bio/Non-Fiction
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  • Here is a hidden story and its telling is long overdue. A young Aboriginal girl is released from the spartan strictness of mission upbringing and sent to work as a domestic servant on a property in the wealthy farming district.  She is 16 and cut off from all help - a 24 hour captive of an aloof and puzzling family.  Her initial reactions are hurt and astonishment but her resourcefulness grows with her experience of life.  She's a survivor, despite petty tyranny and humiliating treatment, behaviour so callous it is hard to believe that this true account occurred only in the 1960s and not a hundred years ago.
  • A fascinating insight into the life and times of the men and women immortalised in the literature of King Arthur and the Round Table.  The authors present a detailed picture of the culture, weapons and places associated with Britain's most famous king, ranging from the true sixth century origins to the romances and chronicles of the Middle Ages. Featuring original illustrations researched by the authors and painted by Richard Hook, new colour photographs of the most famous sites, and numerous black and white illustrations including archaeological reconstructions. Included is a rare list of the original names of the 250 of Arthur's warriors, an examination of the 12 great battles fought against the Saxon invaders in the sixth century, and descriptions of the legendary and sometimes magical weapons attributed to the Celtic king and his men. A special feature, unique to this reassessment of Arthurian history and legend, is the inclusion of six new stories by the authors. Through this feature, familiar Arthurian adventures are retold in their true sixth century cultural context. Cover art by Richard Hook.
  • Explosive and controversial, Waterfront exposes, for the first time, the real story behind the bitter 1998 war on the wharves which divided Australians and changed the nature of the workplace forever. This shocking exposè reveals who was behind it and what it means for all Australians. It all began with a 'deep throat' phone call to John Coombs, the head of Australia's most militant union, the Maritime Union of Australia. The mystery caller warned him of a clandestine plot to destroy the union's hold on the waterfront. The controversial stand-off between the Patrick Stevedoring company and the Maritime Union became a battle for the hearts and minds of the average Australian. Veteran Sydney Morning Herald journalists Trinca and Davies covered the waterfront dispute from the very beginning and take us behind the headlines to tell the real story of this real-life political thriller. Illustrated with black and white photographs. A very scarce, autographed first printing;  a derogatory reference to Peter Costello caused this issue to be recalled and pulped.
  • Long before the tsunami struck on 26 December 2004, the villagers of Nam Khem had learnt they needed large amounts of luck and determination to get by. Dang and her neighbours were battling the government and a mining company for possession of their homes. After he became blind and lost his successful business, Puek and his wife Lek gave tourists beach-side massages. Nang collected coconuts to pay her husband's hospital bills after he was shot for lobster fishing in Burmese waters. And Wimon and Watcheree were just pleased to have two healthy children, since Wimon's mother seldom allowed the couple to sleep in the same bed. They were all in the path of the world's deadliest tsunami which killed over 200,00o people in 13 countries.  Erich Krauss arrived in the Thai village of Nam Khem on a relief truck 12 days after the disaster; wandering around the wreckage in a contamination suit, trying to deliver food and water, he found survivors desperate to tell him what their village had been like and how their lives had been changed forever. This is the story of four families from one Thai village, who started that day with little and ended with nothing.
  • The story of Australia began thousands of years ago when Pythagoras calculated that there must be a Great Southern Land to maintain the equilibrium of the Earth.  Australia is fortunate that in its history of discovery, exploration and settlement by Europeans is documented from the beginning. Some documentation is fragmentary but that makes an adventure in piecing together the whole story. The eventual discovery of the world's largest island unfolds with accounts of the many Spanish, Dutch and Portugese attempts to discover and chart the coast, the ships which met their doom on the reef-riddled shores and then settlement by the British - more an attempt to keep the French out as the British had no intention of exploring beyond the penal colony at Sydney Cove. This is the story of Australia's discovery and maritime exploration from the early, accidental encounters to the hydrographical surveys of the Royal Australian Navy.  Also included is a list of 1500 coastal features showing how each got its name.
  • Mrs. Gunn's timeless classic was first published in 1908.  Newly married, Jeannie Gunn accompanies her husband to 'The Elsey' the huge cattle station in the Northern Territory, several hundred miles from the nearest town.  She is one of the very few white women n the area and at first her presence is resented by the stockmen until her warmth and spirit win their affection and respect.  A rare chronicle of pioneer life in the outback, written with moving simplicity to convey the beauty and cruelty of the land, the isolation and loneliness, and the comradeship and kindness of the early settlers.

  • We Of The Never-Never: Newly married, Jeannie Gunn accompanies her husband to 'The Elsey' the huge cattle station in the Northern Territory, several hundred miles from the nearest town.  She is one of the very few white women n the area and at first her presence is resented by the stockmen until her warmth and spirit win their affection and respect.  A rare chronicle of pioneer life in the outback, written with moving simplicity to convey the beauty and cruelty of the land, the isolation and loneliness, and the comradeship and kindness of the early settlers. The Little Black Princess: an account of the early life of a small Aboriginal girl who took refuge with Mrs Gunn for a short time in 1902. The child is named Bett-Bett in the novel and though the name was changed, Bett-Bett is based on events surrounding an Aboriginal child at Elsey Station.[3] That child was said by Mrs. Gunn in 1937 to have been a niece of Ibimel Wooloomool, who she described as "the King or Chief of the Elsey River tribes".
  • Wages were cut by 20 per cent, but not the mortgage.  The dole was a pittance. People lived in shanty towns and camped in empty buildings. They stood in queues, seemingly forever, despised by bureaucrats and slowly losing their self respect...And there were weevils in the flour.  This book was five years in the making, taken from over 200 taped interviews - teachers and carpenters, soldier settlers, wharfies, Communist spokesmen, miners, swaggies, policemen and businessmen. There are interviews with those who were children at the time; housewives, husbands, single men and women. This is a grass roots study of a period of Australian history described by the people to whom it happened, who endured, suffered and made the best of it. But more than that, it is a study  in human understanding - as we learn to live someone else's life: to beg for food, to walk miles to find walk, faint with hunger, to jump trains, make clothes out of flour bags, live for days on half a case of rotten pears, to make do...and still preserve our human dignity.  The Sydney Morning Herald: 'The range of this book is immense...it should become a major work of reference in Australian social history.'
  • A detailed history of the heavy metal greats, chronicled from their beginnings as The New Yardbirds, the changes wrought over the years and the influences of the blues music from the early 1900s as well as the fantasy images from Tolkien that made Led Zeppelin the most unique rock band in music history. Includes interviews with band members and the author, previously unseen photographs and a unique double image cover.