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A German traveller in the age of gold

Friedrich Gerstacker, Peter Monteath

Friedrich Gerstäcker, the most illustrious and prolific of German travel writers, set foot in Australia in March 1851, having walked across the Andes, traipsed the goldfields of California, and sailed over the Pacific in search of new adventures.

Gerstäcker found adventures aplenty in Australia. He rowed and trekked down the Murray, absorbed the excitement triggered by the discovery of gold, visited his countrymen in South Australia, and trained his outsider's eyes on a colonial society gripped by profound change. ...
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The Hounded

Simon Butters

On his fifteenth birthday, Monty is at rock bottom. Ignored by his parents, bullied at school, and with a brain that's prone to going walkabout, he's all by himself. Until he meets the black dog for the first time.

It's just like any other dog, except that only Monty can see it. And it talks. And Monty's not sure whether it's a friend - or a foe. But the black dog gets him talking to pretty, popular Eliza Robertson for the first time. It takes him to places he's never been. And eventually it will take him, and the people around him, to the very edge. ...
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Tadpoles in the Torrens: Teachers' Edition

Poems for young readers: Teachers edition

Jude Aquilina

Poems are happening all around us - when you're breezing along on your bike seeing people, houses, dogs and traffic as they flash by; when there's a possum on the wall at school and everyone's gathered around; or when the seagulls rise and fall with each ball bowled at the oval.

Tadpoles in the Torrens is alive with people, places and creatures from our everyday lives and from the quirky imaginations of poets.

'This Teachers' Edition of Tadpoles in the Torrens includes 40 exciting vignettes of engaging practice tried and tested by a raft of ALEA members as well as an academic position paper on the place of poetry in contemporary Australian primary school classrooms.
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The Australia of the French Explorers

Frederic Mouchet, Noelene Bloomfield

Six major French expeditions to the Australian coast took place over the course of the 18th and 19th centuries. Through contemporary photographs, expedition drawings and historical commentary, this book plunges us into the impressive and bewildering universe of an Australia still intact, loyal to the environment these seafaring explorers came upon over 200 years ago.
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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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