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Victor Harbor

Down beside the sea

Deb Kandelaars, Ron Kandelaars

It's a view imprinted on the retina of most South Australians - that majestic vista as you drive into Victor Harbor taking in the town, Granite Island and The Bluff.

This is a place of lazy summer holidays, rides on the horse-drawn tram, strolls around Granite Island with an ice cream, fish and chips on the lawn, a cosy winter weekend - a happy place to slow down and relax with loved ones.

In this beautiful book, you'll find all this and more as stories from history, newspapers, interviews and oral histories, along with hundreds of images, bring to life the people and places that make Victor Harbor a coveted destination and place to live. ...
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Maralinga

The struggle for return of the lands

Garry Hiskey

The British government notoriously conducted a series of atomic bomb tests in South Australia's Maralinga lands during the 1950s and 1960s. The traditional owners, the Anangu, were moved to Yalata, within a kilometre or so of the main highway from Adelaide to Perth. Estranged from their lands and unable to visit their sacred sites or attend to the ritual obligations owed to the lands, the Yalata community became a troubled one. ...
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Boomerang

Behind an Australian icon

Philip Jones

From Aboriginal history to kitschy souvenirs to the shelves of your local sports store, boomerangs have a fascinating place in history and popular culture. Author Philip Jones draws on the world's largest boomerang collection ...
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Landscapes of South Australia

Alex Frayne

Photographic artist Alex Frayne has travelled the length and breadth of South Australia to bring us this wondrous book of images from his big and beautiful, timeless and daunting back yard. ...
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Arcadian Adelaide

Thistle Anderson, Derek Whitelock, Katie Spain

Scottish actress Thistle Anderson's firecracker of a polemic against her adopted hometown of Adelaide, published to roars of outrage and laughter in 1905, proves beyond doubt that people of the past were - just like us - fond of a good piss-take.

This barbed satirical spray reveals the City of Churches as 'less holy than might be supposed', with more opium dens and prostitutes per capita than Melbourne, wines that are 'the worst ever made' (!), the local men 'caricatures' with inferior facial hair, the local women 'cats'. Thistle’s fondness is reserved for the fruit, the flour, the cabmen ... and the return ticket to Melbourne.
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The Duchess and the Captain's Wife

Herzogin Cecilie and her circle

Ulla-Lena Lundberg, Pamela Eriksson

An exciting find of photographs lies behind this book. Ulla-Lena Lundberg's text is a breathtaking true story about the young sea captain Sven Eriksson and his wife Pamela Bourne. Pamela’s unique photographs depict everyday life on the ship on the oceans. The crew, the officers, the sea form a triangle drama which captivates the reader far beyond the horizon of the past. ...
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The Southern Oscillation Index

Cath Kenneally

As a title for this new poetry collection, author, critic and broadcaster Cath Kenneally has borrowed the name of a meteorological phenomenon, which nicely suggests her yo-yo-ing between hemispheres over several years to visit expat children in London.

These poems reflect on travel, on staying at home, on the passing of time, and on our afflicted world. Both tough and gentle, nostalgic and sharply political, Kenneally's work is enlivened by flashes of gallows humour. ...
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Port Adelaide to Shanghai

Taking Australia's game to the world

Andrew Hunter

They said it couldn't be done. Port Adelaide's rivals called it a 'sideshow'. Yet within five years, Port Adelaide had attracted major sponsors from China, played three in-season AFL matches in Shanghai, and featured in a series of significant moments in the Australia-China relationship. This is the inside story.

It was not easy. Port Adelaide's engagement with China coincided with a period in which on-field performance fell below expectation, as well as a rapid deterioration in the Australia-China relationship. It took leadership, creativity, and resilience to see the job through. ...
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The Feeling of Bigness

Encountering Georgia O’Keeffe

Helen Parsons

In these poems, Helen Parsons reflects on the life of Georgia O'Keeffe: her art, her relationship with the photographer Alfred Stieglitz, and her love for the big spaces of New Mexico. ...
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Tom Moore

Abundant wonder

Lisa Slade, Mark Thomson, Adrian Franklin

Tom Moore is one of Australia's leading glass artists. Over his career he has carved out a singular voice within Australian glass art making. His engaging, sophisticated and technically challenging hybridised animal/plant sculptures - and the fantastical worlds they inhabit - are embedded in the history of glassmaking and scientific discovery. His artworks are disarmingly playful in their use of narrative to critique the pressing social and environmental concerns of our contemporary epoch. ...
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Pictorial History of Australia's Little Cornwall

Philip Payton

In the 1840s Cornish miners and their families came pouring into South Australia to take their part in the new colony's great copper boom. They came to lend their home-grown expertise to extracting the rich ore that gave South Australia a world-wide reputation as being the Copper Kingdom. ...
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The Original Mediterranean Cuisine

Medieval recipes for today

Barbara Santich

In The Original Mediterranean Cuisine, you will discover intriguing delights such as ginger and almond sauce, lamb with quinces and Platina's herb salad. Acclaimed culinary historian Barbara Santich tells the story of authentic medieval Mediterranean food, and brings to the table recipes translated and adapted for modern kitchens from fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Italian and Catalan manuscripts. ...
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