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Edge of Time

Greg Johns sculptures 1977-2015

John Neylon, Greg Johns

Edge of Time provides detailed insights into the development, work and ideas of one of Australia's most distinctive public artists. It offers also a behind-the-scenes look at what is involved in making large public sculptures - and above all, in making sculpture which is authentically Australian. ...

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'Whaddaya Know?'

Writings for Syd Harrex

Ron Blaber

This collection of essays, stories, poetry and memoir is an acknowledgement of Syd Harrex's enormous influence in the world of literature and a tribute to his critical and creative endeavours. Those who have had the privilege of working with Syd might often marvel at what he has achieved, but perhaps from Syd's perspective achievement can be explained by the simple adage, 'Only Connect'. ...
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The Hands

An Australian pastoral

Stephen Orr

On a cattle station that stretches beyond the horizon, seven people are trapped by their history and the need to make a living. Trevor Wilkie, the good father, holds it all together, promising his sons a future he no longer believes in himself. The boys, free to roam the world's biggest backyard, have nowhere to go. ...

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Time for Play

Recreation and moral issues in colonial South Australia

Denis Molyneux

The Eight Hour movement, established in the middle of the 1800s, began the transition for workers from an industrial revolution work ethic to a more balanced approach to the working week. The young colony of South Australia was at the forefront of these changes. ...

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Giles Bettison

Pattern and perception

Margot Osborne, Giles Bettison

Giles Bettison's fascination with creating complex chromatic patterns in glass is inspired by sources in the visible world, and driven by a desire to reach out and engage the viewer's perception of beauty at an intuitive sensory level. He has said, 'Almost always, in everything, I aim for beauty and visual intrigue'. His contemporary reinvention of the ancient technique of murrine glass as a vehicle for his distinctive creative language has earned him international acclaim. In murrine Giles Bettison found an abstract glass language in which he could visualise his perceptions of beauty in everyday life.

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Sweet Boy Dear Wife

Jane Dieulafoy in Persia 1881-1886

Heather Rossiter

'What! That sweet boy is a woman?' asked the Shah.
'Indeed, your Majesty,' replied Colonel Dieulafoy, 'she is Madame Dieulafoy, my dear wife.'


Captivated by enamelled tiles and bricks used in Islamic buildings, Jane Dieulafoy's search in great cities and small villages, despite illness, religious fanatics and wild tribesmen, is an exciting story of risk and resolve. Blue-eyed Jane dressed as a boy to accompany her husband on digs in Persia, where women were veiled and enclosed. Her adventures led to the unexpected discovery of enamelled brick friezes in the 2500-year-old city of Susa. Displayed at the Louvre Museum in 1886, the Lion and Archer friezes created a sensation and remain today among the Louvre's greatest treasures.

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Nganampa Kampatjangka Unngu

Behind the canvas: The lives and stories of the Tjala artists

Tjala Arts

Tjala Arts, home to many of Australia’s highest profile visual artists, is at the forefront of the western desert painting movement. It is widely recognised as an art centre with an unwavering commitment to the traditional values of holding and celebrating Tjukurpa. This drives Tjala Arts' pursuit of artistic excellence.

This vivid collection of stories and artworks allows a unique and exquisite insight into the individual and family histories that make the Tjala Arts story so important in the nation's cultural landscape. ...

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A Very Normal Man

Vincenzo Cerami, Isobel Grave

A Very Normal Man is the first English translation of Vincenzo Cerami's first and most famous novel, Un borghese piccolo piccolo. The complex word play of the Italian title is untranslatable in English; it means literally a very little, very middle-class man. Little he may be, but Giovanni Vivaldi, to paraphrase Italo Calvino's words, is a victim who is also a monster. This is a revenge story whose protagonist tortures his enemy with the same attention to detail he'd apply to the files he's slogged over for half a lifetime in the office for pensions. And with the same detachment. ...
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From Corner to Corner

The line of Henry Colless

Adrian Mitchell

Henry Colless, one of the old pioneers. In his mid-teens he set out as a carrier across the Blue Mountains and then further along the track to the northwest. He was still a teenager when he helped his father and his brother establish legendary Come-by-Chance. He was one of the early settlers in Bourke, and later became one of its leading lights; and he drove a great mob of cattle across the corner country to establish the first station at Innamincka. ...
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Red Professor

The Cold War life of Fred Rose

Peter Monteath, Valerie Munt

Fred Rose's life takes us through rip-roaring tales from Australia's northern frontier to enthralling intellectual tussles over kinship systems and political dramas as he runs rings around his Petrov inquisitors. ...
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