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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 mother’s 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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Willunga Almonds

Stories + Recipes

Helen Bennetts

Roasted with olive oil and thyme, coated in cinnamon and sugar, baked into frangipane, tossed through a salad, crushed into korma or just piled on a cheese board - the humble almond has endless delicious uses.

In Willunga Almonds Helen Bennetts celebrates this heritage and the almond's versatility with recipes from dips to desserts. ...
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The Third Brother

A story of family, and war

Penny Matthews

Researching your family's history can quickly become an obsession. Penny Matthews knew almost nothing about her uncle's older brother, Glen Murrie, except that he had died in the Second World War. An RAAF bomber pilot, he was killed on operations in the Pacific. Seventy years after his death he was just a name to her: a photograph, a poignantly brief entry on the family tree. ...
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Border Crossings

Diana Glenn, Graham Tulloch

Crossing borders, breaking boundaries, going beyond the limits, entering new territories – today these take many forms and are major preoccupations of our world. Whether the borders are real or imagined, historical or contemporary, physical or psychological, they continue to fascinate us. The twenty-two chapters in this book explore the phenomenon of border crossing in some of its manifold forms. ...
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Nature's Line

George Goyder, surveyor, environmentalist, visionary

Janis Sheldrick

George Goyder was the first European explorer to see great salt lakes in the inland in flood and to witness the amazing transformation that follows the breaking of drought. When he attempted to adapt the pattern of settlement to climatic reality by defining the border of the zone of reliable rainfall, his repeated warnings about the threat of drought were scorned. ...
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Margaret Flockton

A fragrant memory

Louise Wilson, Margaret Flockton

In 1894, a shy young Englishwoman dazzled the art world with her first exhibited work in New South Wales.
Her name was Margaret Flockton, and she would go on to become Australia's first and most celebrated professional botanical artist. Her illustrations were admired for both their scientific accuracy and their exquisite beauty. ...
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Richard Maurovic

Shaping life

Jennifer Palmer, Maggie Watson, Richard Maurovic

This monograph, featuring over 120 of his artworks, traces the remarkable career of the painter Richard Maurovic.

Described frequently as a super realist following in the footsteps of Jeffrey Smart, Maurovic has in fact drawn on a wide range of artistic influences from Piero della Francesca to the American Precisionists and Australian Modernist painters. ...

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The Road Less Travelled (and being curious)

Heather Caddick

Once again, Heather Caddick delves into her collection of forty years of travel adventures, including sashaying between Catholics and Protestants during Northern Ireland's turbulent times, feeding wild hyenas in Ethiopia, and tracking desert elephants in Namibia. ...
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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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Charles-Alexandre Lesueur

Painter and naturalist: A forgotten treasure

Gabrielle Baglione, Cédric Crémière, Jean Fornasiero

On 19 October 1800, Charles-Alexandre Lesueur set sail on a voyage of discovery to the Southern Lands led by Nicolas Baudin. He soon demonstrated his talents as a natural history artist. Driven by an insatiable curiosity, during a golden age for natural history and learned societies, he travelled constantly throughout his life. His sketchbooks and vellums provide a record of the animals, landscapes and indigenous people he encountered.
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