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Bitter Fruit

Australian photographs to 1963

Michael Graham-Stewart, Francis McWhannell, Jonathan Dickson

The photographs reproduced in this book were collected over the past decade or so. During this time, online archives have grown in number and size, raising questions about what should be made available to the general public, and who should decide. At the same time, it has become easier to find information about the people who took the photographs, the places they were taken, and, most importantly, the individuals depicted. ...
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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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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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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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Theatre of Life

Photographic portraits

Alex Frayne

Theatre of Life is a collection of portraits by Australian artist and photographer Alex Frayne. The images represent a diverse array of characters captured in both formal and street settings, with an emphasis on the latter. Frayne provides detailed contextual analyses for each work as he tests the limits of the popular medium of photography. ...
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Venetian Voices

Christine V. Courtney, Valerio de Scarpis

Let Christine V. Courtney take you on a stroll over bridges and under cloisters, following Venetian locals and visitors as they pass through centuries. These verses capture the spirit and soul of the City of Water - a city so full of poetry itself. Courtney's pen weaves together fine threads of past and present, fact and fiction, into a rich tapestry of images, a Carne Vale of characters: artists, muses and mariners alike.†Venetian Voices†is a book to cherish, and to inflame our love affair with Venice.

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Discovering Dobell

Christopher Heathcote, William Dobell

Discovering Dobell offers an intimate glimpse of William Dobell, the artist whose heart remained anchored in the daily life of everyday people, from the streets of Depression-raked London to Sydney's Kings Cross.

Christopher Heathcote demonstrates how Dobell developed ideas from sketches to paintings. In some instances the book identifies previously unknown relationships between drawings, gouaches and important oils. ...
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Casting Off Tradition

Setting sail with visionary boatbuilder David Binks

Trevor Gill, James Hardy

From their first attempts to sail or row beyond the horizon thousands of years ago, men have been building boats from timber.

David Binks's childhood dream was to float and sail, making his first craft from a single wooden plank. When he began his boatbuilding apprenticeship at 17, David learnt the age-old technique of working with plank and rib. But within a year, the possibilities of fibreglass gripped his imagination and changed the boating world. David was at the forefront of the international revolution of boatbuilding, and the coming of age for boatbuilding and racing in Australia.
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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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