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Things My Garden Taught Me

Gabrielle Baldwin

Most of the time, I can stand in the middle of what I have made and know that it is good.

Like every adventure, Things My Garden Taught Me is a tale of battles won and lost. With whimsy, reflection, and literary allusion Gabrielle Baldwin explores what she has learnt about life – and death – from her South Gippsland bush garden.

Gabrielle Baldwin has taught literature and conducted educational policy research at several Victorian universities. She now divides her time between inner-city Melbourne and South Gippsland, where she and her husband Peter have established a native garden.

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Encountering Terra Australis

Jean Fornasiero, Peter Monteath and John West-Sooby

Encountering Terra Australis traces the parallel lives and voyages of the explorers Flinders and Baudin, as they travelled to Australia and explored the coastline of mainland Australia and Tasmania. Unusually, the book takes its lead from the voyages of Baudin, rather than Flinders, providing a rather different interpretation than those presently circulating. Furthermore the authors have worked using their own totally fresh translation of Baudin's journals, sourcing original accounts including material which has never before been available in English.

Extensively illustrated in black and white.

Winner of the Frank Broeze Maritime History Prize

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Forever Horatio

Edmund Pegge

Looking back now it was significant that the man who played Hamlet became a professor of dentistry while I became a professional actor. It set a template for the way my career unfolded.

Hilarious, charming and self-effacing, meet Edmund Pegge, one of Australia's most prolific supporting actors.

Travelling between England and Australia and working on stage, in film and on television for over fifty years, Ed Pegge knows all the tricks and all the trials of a working actor's life.

He regales us with tales of the good times that intersperse the actor's lean spells.

With a foreword by life-long friend Dame Judi Dench, Forever Horatio is a celebration of the unexpected joys of being - as Edmund Pegge puts it - forever Horatio, never Hamlet.

Edmund Pegge has worked as an actor in England and Australia for five decades, travelling around the world to perform on stage, in film and television. He has worked with many famous actors and directors, and enjoyed numerous encounters and adventures. Also a cricket aficionado, he divides his time between England and his second home, Australia.

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Over 60

Edited by Joy Noble and David Bennett

Life after sixty can represent a third of our lives.

Sitting at home half asleep? A burden on society? Never!

Twenty-five people over sixty have written stories about travelling, restoring a historic ruin, tracking the history of a grandfather in the First World War, bike riding in the French Alps, searching for opals, singing in the Sydney Opera House, volunteering in a museum, and more. The choice is endless!

Joy Noble, AM, and David Bennett have both written and edited a number of books over the years. You guessed it; they are both over 60 and aiming to live life to the full.

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Game in Transit

Geoff Brooks

GAME IN TRANSIT. These words are stamped on all Zoos SA rhino crates during transport, a sign that precious cargo is on board.

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 has weathered ecological turmoil over many millions of years but is now facing extinction due to poaching. They are no longer anonymous specimens kept merely for display but valuable individuals, vital to the survival of their species. All have travelled to Australia from another country and, to keep their bloodline fresh and strong, many will eventually go elsewhere.

It is no longer possible to keep rhinos in isolation. They have become a species seemingly always in transit.

Geoff Brooks is one of Monarto Zoo’s longest serving employees and has been involved in the zoo’s rhino program since the arrival of the first rhino in 2000.

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