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Dogs in Australian Art - expanded edition

Steven Miller

Dogs in Australian Art looks at Australian art through the lens of dog painting, showcasing over 150 masterworks that illustrate the deep bond between Australians and their best friends. Steven Miller's whimsical text argues that all the major shifts which occurred in Australia art, and which have traditionally been attributed to the environment or historical factors, really occurred because of dogs. ...
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Hybrid Beauty

An architect, a missionary, and their improbable desires

Newell Platten

'One lives a life, then reflects upon it' - but rather than just write about himself as a successful architect in Adelaide, Newell Platten uses his story as preface to the adventures of his father Gil, finding compelling links in the guiding principles of their apparently very different lives.

A somewhat eccentric missionary in pre-war New Ireland, Gil spread the Methodist word in remote islands, building houses and roads, attending a wedding overtaken by volcanic eruption and escaping in a small boat from the Japanese invasion. Increasingly he saw how the so-called superstitious beliefs and customs of pre‑Christian cultures had given practical assistance in everyday matters in a way not replaced by Christianity, leaving his charges bereft in the advance of western modern life. His post-war return led to disillusionment.
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Breaking the Boundaries

Australian activists tell their stories

Yvonne Allen, Joy Noble

What makes an activist? What makes one person speak out against injustice while another will be content to get angry at the TV news? What makes the activist so determined to make her or his voice heard, often against powerful odds? This book looks for answers in the personal stories of 46 Australians, young and old, fighting to be heard in a range of areas including human rights, gender issues, and the environment. ...
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Calendar of Cakes

Recipes, tips and tricks from the South Australian Country Women's Association

Fiona Roberts, Jacqui Way

Lamingtons, anyone? Homemade, we mean, and created with love from the South Australian Country Women's Association's near-century of baking wisdom. Or perhaps it's a big day. How about a jaw-dropping five-layer pink ombre cake?

Calendar of Cakes offers a cake for every week of the year, plus cakes for special occasions. Easy-to-follow recipes using each season's freshest flavours, combined with a comprehensive baking guide and SACWA cooks' tips make this your cake cookbook of the year.

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Invisible Mending

Mike Ladd, Cathy Brooks

Mike Ladd's new collection, Invisible Mending ranges across genres including essay, memoir, short story and poetry. Based loosely on the ideas of scarring and healing, Invisible Mending extends from family intimacies to connection and disconnection in the Australian community, environmental damage and repair. It also has an international view. Parts of it were written at an artist's residency in Malaysia and while travelling through South America. ...

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A Brief Take on the Australian Novel

Jean-François Vernay

Grab the popcorn, sit back and let the story of Australian literature roll ...

From Jean-François Vernay, A Brief Take on the Australian Novel offers a sweeping view of Australian writing since colonialism. Written from an outsider's perspective, this single-authored overview will appeal to readers through its playful, jargon-free and potentially contentious account of the Australian novel. Vernay offers a unique and insightful perspective on Australian literature.

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Here Where We Live

Cassie Flanagan Willanski

Brave and beautifully written, the stories that make up Here Where We Live chart the relationships white Australians have with the land and the Indigenous people they share it with. ...

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Elephants and Egotists

In search of Samorn of the Adelaide Zoo

Patricia Sumerling

Samorn, the Adelaide Zoo's last elephant, was adored by generations of zoo visitors. A gift from the Thai government in 1956, she was transferred thirty-five years later to Monarto Zoo to live out her days. When she died there in 1994 there was an outpouring of sadness from all who knew or grew up with her. ...

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Ecstasy Lake

A Steve West novel

Alastair Sarre

Hidden in the outback, somewhere near Ecstasy Lake, is a massive gold deposit worth billions of dollars.

Steve West, mining engineer and ex-AFL footballer, is the third person to know about it. The second is his good mate Tasso - loud, brilliant, filthy rich and just possibly mad. The first has just been brutally murdered. ...

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On Being a Minister

Behind the mask

John Hill

'It’s hard to imagine a job that requires less education than that of government minister,' says John Hill. 'It’s also hard to imagine a job where the occupant is less likely to seek help than that of government minister.'

John Hill knew when he quit as a government minister that what he had learnt - often painfully - over 11 years was likely to disappear with him. So he wrote it down ...

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