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Australia's Muslim Cameleers

Pioneers of the inland 1860s-1930s

Philip Jones, Anna Kenny

Between 1870 and 1920 as many as 2000 cameleers and 20,000 camels arrived in Australia from Afghanistan and northern India. Australia's Muslim Cameleers is a rich pictorial history of the ...
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Those Wild Rabbits

How they shaped Australia

Bruce Munday

A century ago Australia was home to 10 billion rabbits, thriving in their adopted home. Storyteller Bruce Munday finds the rabbit saga irresistible - the naive hopes of the early settlers, the frustration, environmental damage, cost to agriculture, dreams shattered, and the lessons learned and ignored. ...
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City Streets

Progressive Adelaide 75 years on

Lance Campbell, Mick Bradley

In 1936, Hermann Baring captured the State and its capital in pictures. For all time. Inspired by his work, photographer Mick Bradley and writer Lance Campbell set out in Baring's footsteps. ...

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Never a True Word

Michael McGuire

Politics - it's a place for shiny people with ugly souls. As a journalist Jack thought he'd met every shade of nutter, narcissist and bully to be found. But then he took a job in politics and discovered he'd only scratched the surface. Even better, it's Jack's job to maintain the pretence that all is normal, that our political masters have everyone's best interests at heart, that politics is not just a collection of attention-seeking egomaniacs looking for somewhere to park their character defects.

Yes, Jack is a political spin doctor. ...
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Datsunland

Stephen Orr

A long-deserted drive-in, waiting for a rerun of the one story that might give it life; a child who discovers his identity in a photograph hidden in his parents' room ...

Stephen Orr's stories are happy to let you in, but not out. In Datsunland, his characters are outsiders peering into worlds they don't recognise, or understand: an Indian doctor arriving in the outback, discovering an uncomfortable truth about the Australian dream; a family trying to have their son's name removed from a Great War cowards' list; a confused teenager with a gun making an ad for an evangelical ministry.
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South Australia on the Eve of War

Melanie Oppenheimer, Margaret Anderson, Mandy Paul

In August 1914 South Australians - much like their fellow Australians around the country - enthusiastically displayed their patriotism when war was announced. It's a story we know well, but what do we know of South Australia in the lead up to the First World War? What was it like to live there at the time? What were South Australians talking about? ...
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Lonnie's Lament

Towards a history of the vanishing present

Ken Bolton

'[We find] the familiar use of floating lines, repetition, loose jaunty rhythms, tonal shifts, proper names and explicit references to other poets ... a rabbit warren of ideas and tangents grounded in the act of composition. In fact, no other Australian poet, with the possible exception of Pam Brown, pays quite so much attention to the physical and mental act of actually writing poetry.' - Liam Ferney, Rabbit magazine
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Emigrants and Historians

Essays in honour of Eric Richards

Philip Payton

In this innovative and ambitious collection of chapters, Philip Payton brings together a distinguished team of international specialists to explore the entwined themes of Emigrants and Historians. ...

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The Navy-blue Suitcase

Curious tales from a travelling life

Sally van Gent

Growing up in her grandparents' house, Sally delights in her father's rare visits. But why does he leave so soon and where does he go? What are the secrets hiding in Sally's motherís navy-blue suitcase?

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The Beachcomber's Wife

Adrian Mitchell

It should have been a paradise, but paradise is what you lose, it is what you might have had.

An elderly woman who has lived for many years on a tropical island off the Queensland coast with her beachcomber husband waits for help from the mainland. For three harrowing days, alone. He has died, his body lies in their cabin just up from the beach, and while she awaits help she reviews her reclusive life there, of nearly 25 years with him. She is a woman with a glint in her mind's eye. ...
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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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