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Those Dry-stone Walls

Stories from South Australia's Stone Age

Bruce Munday, Kristin Munday

Join Bruce and Kristin Munday as they traverse South Australia in search of these walls, finding historic masterpieces and insights into rural life in the years following settlement. Those Dry-stone Walls is rich with beautiful imagery of these walls, the stories behind them, and advice to inspire you to follow in the footsteps of our early settlers and start building your own. ...

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Bush Mechanics

From Yuendumu to the world

Mandy Paul, Michelangelo Bolognese

Cars are a central feature of life in remote Aboriginal communities. Far from spare parts and sophisticated tools, bush mechanics keep cars running with what is available in the bush, including mulga wood, spinifex and sand. And while the increasing complexity of modern cars poses a challenge, even today the best tool available to travellers in Central Australia is the ingenuity of the bush mechanic. ...
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Jack's Daughter

Growing up German in World War II Broken Hill

Christine Ellis

Growing up during World War II was tough, especially if you lived on the wrong side of the mines that divided the Silver City of Broken Hill. If you were a girl? And German? You needed plenty of spirit!

Broken Hill had a spirit all its own: smart enough to exclude outsiders from the big bucks; strong enough to stop miners drinking beer for months when there was a point to be made; stubborn enough to force cinemas to lift their game. Tough housewives dictated the prices shops could charge. Beneath it all lay the cruelty of war. And a secret. ...
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Incredible Floridas

Stephen Orr

As Hitler's war looms, famous Australian artist Roland Griffin returns home from London with his family to live a simple life of shared plums and low-cut lawns in the suburbs.

In the yard: a daughter, and a son, Hal, growing up with a preoccupied father who is always out in his shed stretching canvases and painting outback pubs. An isolated man obsessed with other people and places. Everything is a picture, a symbol. Even Hal, the boy in the boat, drifting through a strange world of Incredible Floridas. ...
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Close to the Flame

The life of Stuart Challender

Richard Davis

Stuart Challender was the most talented Australian conductor of his generation, acclaimed in his homeland and beginning to build an international career in Europe and America when he died at the age of forty-four. After twelve years of study and work in European opera houses, he returned home to join Opera Australia. Just as invitations to conduct renowned international orchestras began to flow in, Stuart was diagnosed with AIDS. ...
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Surrogate

A novel

Tracy Crisp

Rachael Carter, a young nurse, is asked to house-sit by a colleague she barely knows. Dr Cate O'Reilly is travelling to Vietnam with her husband to adopt a baby. Before long the request has changed. The couple need a surrogate.

Rachael sees an opportunity to leave her own troubles behind, but is soon caught up in new struggles, both sexual and psychological. She discovers that this couple will do anything to see their dream of a child fulfilled. ...
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Game in Transit

A history of the rhino in South Australia

Geoff Brooks

GAME IN TRANSIT. These words are stamped on all Zoos SA rhino crates during transport.

This book, by longtime rhino admirer and carer Geoff Brooks, is the story of the rhinos brought to South Australia since the first, Mr Rhini, in 1886. The curious-looking animals brought to Monarto Zoo today are some of the remaining few of a species that is facing extinction due to poaching. ...
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Mallee Boys

Charlie Archbold

Sandy Douglas knows that life at fifteen is hard, but it's even harder when your mother died a year ago and nothing's gone right since. His brother Red, on the other hand, is eighteen now and working the farm. He's amped up on rage and always looking for a fight. And then there's their dad Tom. He does his best, but - really - he doesn't have a clue.

As Sandy and Red deal with girls, dirt biking, footy and friendship, both boys have to work out who they want to be, without their mum around. The Mallee, where they live, may seem like the middle of nowhere, but it turns out this is going to be one hell of a year. ...
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Margaret & David

5 stars

Amanda Duthie, Sandy George, Geoffrey Rush

In Margaret & David: 5 stars, Australian filmmakers, critics, distributors and festival directors pay tribute to Australia's most loved critics. Over 28 years, on The Movie Show and then on At The Movies, Margaret and David shaped the way Australians saw and talked about cinema - and themselves. ...
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Liz Williams

Body language

Margot Osborne, Grant Hancock, Liz Williams

Liz Williams: Body language reveals for the first time the remarkable achievement of Australian ceramicist Liz Williams.

Throughout her long career Williams worked in relative solitude in her Adelaide home studio, travelling overseas frequently to undertake residencies and to research artistic and ceramic traditions. Her use of clay and her distinctive approach to sculpting the figure made her art difficult to contextualise in terms of both contemporary styles of sculpture and ceramics. And so, while she exhibited regularly in private galleries and built a following of collectors, she rarely attracted the attention of art critics or curators of public art collections. ...
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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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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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