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The Vanished Land

Disappearing dynasties of Victoria's Western District

Richard Zachariah

The Vanished Land is the Western District of Victoria stripped of its identity, its social elite of grazing dynasties departed for their own reasons.

The melancholic exodus has increased recently as the myriad pressures of holding inherited land have become intolerable in a nation never intimidated by ditching its past. This historic plain of fecundity demands an investigation of its ending as the home of a ruling class that for 150 years bestrode an Australia riding on the sheep's back.
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Over 60

Living life to the full

Joy Noble, David Bennett

Twenty-five people over sixty have written stories about travelling, restoring a historic ruin, tracking the history of a grandfather in the First World War, bike riding in the French Alps, searching for opals, singing in the Sydney Opera House, volunteering in a museum, and more. The choice is endless! ...
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Encountering Terra Australis

The Australian voyages of Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders

Jean Fornasiero, Peter Monteath, John West-Sooby

Encountering Terra Australis traces the parallel lives and voyages of the explorers Flinders and Baudin, as they travelled to Australia and explored the coastline of mainland Australia and Tasmania. ...
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Things My Garden Taught Me

With a few pointers from literature

Gabrielle Baldwin

Like every adventure, Things My Garden Taught Me is a tale of battles won and lost. With whimsy, reflection, and literary allusion Gabrielle Baldwin explores what she has learnt about life - and death - from her South Gippsland bush garden. ...
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Forever Horatio

An actor’s life

Edmund Pegge, Judi Dench

Hilarious, charming and self-effacing, meet Edmund Pegge, one of Australia's most prolific supporting actors.

Travelling between England and Australia and working on stage, in film and on television for over fifty years, Ed Pegge knows all the tricks and all the trials of a working actor's life.

He regales us with tales of the good times that intersperse the actor's lean spells.
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Bitter Fruit

Australian photographs to 1963

Michael Graham-Stewart, Francis McWhannell, Jonathan Dickson

Bitter Fruit is a brand new title from Michael Graham-Stewart, showcasing a collection of early photographs, many previously unpublished, focusing on Indigenous Australians. Presented in a beautiful hardcover, this is a breathtaking document of the Australian experience. ...

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Christopher Orchard

The uncertainty of the poet

Peter Goldsworthy, Margot Osborne, Roy Ananda

Christopher Orchard is the creator of the Bald Man, a stoic little character the artist has been drawing and redrawing for decades. Orchard's apparently effortless art is built on a commitment to rigorous studio practice, while as an educator, he has helped shape many careers. In Christopher Orchard: The uncertainty of the poet, we gain an insight into the influence of a man who is one of Australia's finest artists working today. ...

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Eight Seasons

Our family's journey with childhood leukaemia

Sandra Evans

When you face your child's mortality you learn a lot about people and about life ...

Tahlia is four when she is diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, a rapidly progressing form of childhood cancer. Her life is irrevocably changed, and her family is confronted with the many difficult challenges associated with childhood leukaemia. ...
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Fatal Collisions

The South Australian frontier and the violence of memory

Robert Foster, Rick Hosking, Amanda Nettelbeck

Fatal Collisions is about violence on the South Australian frontier and the ways in which it has been remembered in Anglo-Australian accounts of the past. The stories it tells take place in that fluid zone where history, memory and myth meet in popular consciousness.
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Colonialism and its Aftermath

A history of Aboriginal South Australia

Peggy Brock, Tom Gara

Colonialism and its Aftermath traces the ongoing impact of colonialism on Aboriginal individuals, communities and cultures, the disruptions and displacements it has caused, and Aboriginal responses to these challenges. ...
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Wakefield Press Book Bag

Love books? Love your local publisher? Want to shout it out to the world?

Now you can, with the Wakefield Press book bag.

This locally made, 100% cotton shoulder bag is perfect for carting your overgrown collection of books around. Fill with your favourite Wakefield Press titles! (Oh okay, or books from other publishers ... or indeed apples. A leg of lamb.)

Designed by the always wonderful Liz Nicholson of DesignBite, every sale of these pimpin' bags helps Wakefield out a little.

And you get to look cool, too. Win-win!

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