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Fifty

Maggie Tonkin

When Elizabeth Cameron Dalman founded Australian Dance Theatre in 1965, she set out to create a company that would be radical, daring and new. Fifty years later, ADT is not only Australia's oldest continuously running contemporary dance company, but also one of Australia's most recognised cultural exports.

To celebrate half a century of innovation in dance performance, Fifty traces the very different trajectories ADT has taken under the successive artistic direction of Elizabeth Cameron Dalman, Jonathan Taylor, Lenny Westerdijk and Anthony Steel, Leigh Warren, Meryl Tankard, Bill Pengelly and Garry Stewart. Each of these directors has pushed the boundaries of dance performance and explored new modes of movement, theatrical expression and artistic collaboration, creating a repertoire of groundbreaking works that have challenged and delighted audiences both in Australia and internationally. In Fifty Maggie Tonkin explores ADT's fertile - and at times tumultuous - history through interviews and archival research, and showcases the company's most noted works through stunning images.

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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.

Each story is set in a place where, as Borges described, 'heaven and hell seem out of proportion'. There is no easy escape from the world's most desperate car yard, or the school with a secret that permeates all but one of the fourteen stories in Datsunland. Here is a glimpse of inner lives, love, the astonishment of being ourselves.

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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. His new boss, Ray Sloan, is terrifying - and that's on his good days - and his former friends in the media regard him as a turncoat and a traitor. Elections, budgets and blackmail - it's all part of the bizarre world Jack now finds himself in.

If you are looking for a tale to reaffirm your faith in democracy, this probably isn't the one.

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The Long Campaign

Edited by Gus Worby, Tristan Kennedy and Simone Ulalka Tur

This collection celebrates the contribution to public intellectual life - in South Australia and beyond - of eleven respected Indigenous educators, community leaders and activists: the Duguid lecturers.

Their work, in turn, honours the dedication of Dr Charles and Phyllis Duguid in advancing the cultural, social and political interests of Indigenous Australians from the 1930s to the 1990s.

The Duguid Memorial Lectures, 1994–2014, offer telling insights into the endeavours of individuals, communities and movements dedicated to improving Indigenous education, health, cultural practice and community governance. They prepare the ground and point the way for generations of leaders to come.

The Duguids and the Duguid lecturers are partners in the long, continuing campaign for a reconciled Australia.

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South Australia on the Eve of War

Edited by 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?

South Australia on the Eve of War considers unique aspects of the state in this pre-war period, including the political reverberations of Federation, the town planning of what was then Australia's third-largest capital, Adelaide, and the shifting social positions of women, Indigenous Australians and minority groups.

These insights help us understand South Australia's response to the war that would consume the state and its people for the next four years.

With contributions from Melanie Oppenheimer and Margrette Kleinig, John Bannon, Margaret Anderson and Alison Mackinnon, Mandy Paul, Elspeth Grant, Jill Roe, Christine Garnaut, Margaret Allen, Peter Monteath, and Stephanie James.

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City Streets

Lance Campbell and Mick Bradley

City Streets coverWhen South Australia was 100 years old, Gustav Hermann Baring celebrated with style. His mammoth publication Progressive Adelaide - As It Stands To-day was both a catalogue of commerce and a labour of love.

In 1936, Hermann Baring captured the State and its capital in pictures. For all time. Inspired by Progressive Adelaide, photographer Mick Bradley and writer Lance Campbell set out in Baring's footsteps. In images and words, City Streets is progressive Adelaide today.

This is a unique book about a unique city. For all time.

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