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Thwack!

The glorious sound of summer

Ashley Mallett

Cricket stories abound in Thwack!, from Jack Hobbs' adventures Down Under in the summer of 1907–08, to Bradman, Lillee, Warne, the Chappells, 'Tibby' Cotter, Viv Richards and Clive Lloyd. Imagine yourself in the stands watching Bradman versus Warne at the top of their form. Read the intriguing rise of Billy Birmingham, The 12th Man. What is lyricist Tim Rice's cricket story? And start with the most painful whack of them all - the story of Bumble and the pink box. ...
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Australian Cricket Digest 2020-21

Lawrie Colliver

Professional cricket tragic Lawrie Colliver has been producing the Australian Cricket Digest, his annual almanac for the game, for years.

The latest installment features Darren Lehmann on his heart attack and the Heat, Australia's win in the 2020 Women's World Twenty20 and reports on Australia going unbeaten at home in 2019-20. Take a look back on the great 1970-71 South Australian Shield winning team, that featured one of South Africa's greatest batsmen Barry Richards and reflect on Barry Jarman 1936-2020.
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One Magic Square

Grow your own food on one square metre

Lolo Houbein

One Magic Square shows how, with a ten-minute effort, you can start your own productive food garden on a single square metre. By following these plot designs you can keep your labour pleasurable as your self-sufficiency increases. Take control of your own fresh food supply! Food gardening is the most intelligent adult endeavour on earth - Lolo Houbein shows you how to do it, and why you should. ...

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Then Tina Met Will

Clementina Goldfinch and William Staker and the life journeys of their forebears

Cheryl Williss

In the 1860s and 1870s, the reason for the population spread across South Australia's Gulf St Vincent and down through Yorke Peninsula was twofold - opportunity for mining and the opening up of land for farming.

These two worlds collided when Tina met Will. ...
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Indigo Owl

Charlie Archbold

When Scarlet Bergen leaves her childhood home to be trained at the Arcadia Institute, harnessing her psychic Solitaire talents, it feels like the beginning of her future. But on the Institute steps, her father whispers a life-changing secret about the past. Her mother, a geneticist who disappeared when Scarlet was ten, had enemies ...

Scarlet vows to discover the truth about her mother - and is joined in her mission by fellow cadets with their own family secrets and special talents: tech-savvy Rumi, a tenacious truth-hunter, and Dylan, the aloof classmate who can literally read her mind.
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Kirsten Coelho

Wendy Walker, Glenn Barkley, Kirsten Coelho

Kirsten Coelho works in porcelain creating functional forms and vessels of a distilled and otherworldly perfection, which represent her preferred fusion of the formal with the abstract. Deeply grounded in North-Asian ceramic history and the powerful legacy of the British studio movement, her refined interpretations of humble domestic wares nevertheless possess a distinctly contemporary and Australian sensibility.

In Kirsten Coelho, the first major publication on a practice spanning thirty years, images of Coelho's impeccable vessels are interleaved with fragments of poetry and reproductions of paintings by Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, Russell Drysdale and Vilhelm Hammershøi. ...
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Road Rage

Fred Guilhaus

Close friends cycle to escape the pressures of big city living. A vehicle cuts them down from behind, causing serious injury. Is this road rage, car versus bike? Or is it a copycat terrorist attack?

Could road rage be spreading like a virus?

We discover how they became friends, as each opens up with personal stories. As they come to grips with their shattered lives, their friendships suffer.

How to cope with the aggressor? Is revenge the answer? Peel away the layers of friendship and who are we really?

Road Rage challenges notions of 'them and us', right and wrong. In the revelations of each life's journey, Fred Guilhaus paints a gripping tale of modern life, with remarkable twists and turns. ...
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Ethnographer and Contrarian

Biographical and anthropological essays in honour of Peter Sutton

Julie D. Finlayson, Frances Morphy

In Ethnographer and Contrarian Sutton's colleagues reflect on aspects of his life and work. The book begins with a set of biographical essays that provide an overview of Peter's life and career, including a fascinating account of his early years.

The second section focuses on his debate-changing and controversial book The Politics of Suffering. The essays reflect on the reactions to its original publication, or on its resonances with contributors' own experiences in the field.

The third set of essays address Sutton's ground-breaking analysis of social change and of the transition between 'classical' and 'post-classical' social formations in Aboriginal Australia, and the emergence of 'families of polity'. The volume concludes with a complete bibliography of Sutton's published works. ...
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More than Mere Words

Essays on language and linguistics in honour of Peter Sutton

Paul Monaghan, Michael Walsh

The contributors to More than Mere Words reflect on Sutton's important contribution to linguistics and the study of Australian languages. The first two chapters give a historical perspective on the study of Australia's Indigenous languages.

There follows a section on language as a reflection of connection to place, and then a set of essays on language in its socio-cultural contexts, spanning prehistory to the present.

The final part of the book charts the consequences of the colonial encounter through a consideration of language endangerment. The volume's title captures both the complexity of languages as systems embedded in their social contexts through space and time, and a sense that this celebration of Peter's life and career cannot simply be read as 'mere words'. ...
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Dreams They Forgot

Emma Ashmere

Two sisters await the tidal wave predicted for 1970s Adelaide after Premier Don Dunstan decriminalises homosexuality. An interstate family drive is complicated by the father's memory of sighting UFOs. Two women drive from Melbourne to Sydney to see the Harbour Bridge before it's finished. An isolated family tries to weather climate change as the Doomsday Clock ticks.

Emma Ashmere's stories explore illusion, deception and acts of quiet rebellion. Diverse characters travel high and low roads through time and place - from a grand 1860s Adelaide music hall to a dilapidated London squat, from a modern Melbourne hospital to the 1950s Maralinga test site, to the 1990s diamond mines of Borneo. ...
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Out of Copley Street

A working-class boyhood

Geoff Goodfellow

Australian literary icon Geoff Goodfellow is renowned for his brutally evocative poetry: famously performed on building sites, at factories and jails, and in mental institutions, as well as the traditional schools and literary festivals. Martin Flanagan says he reads 'like an angry red nerve'.

But this playful, tender, richly realised childhood memoir - his first prose collection - reveals the vulnerable side of the working-class boy from Copley Street. Growing up in Adelaide's inner-northern suburbs, Geoff inherits a quick mind and quicksilver tongue from his father, a tender but troubled war veteran (and talented glassblower) who struggled with alcoholism. Geoff's dad teaches him to make things with his hands, staunch loyalty to family, to charm and cajole - and perhaps most enduringly, to tell stories. ...
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Where Shadows Have Fallen

The descent of Henry Kendall

Adrian Mitchell

Henry Kendall was once regarded as Australia's finest poet, compared favourably with Wordsworth. His poetry was romantic, sentimental in its celebration of the Australian bush he loved. But he was more Henry Lawson than John Keats: a self-pitying wife deserter, cadger and drunkard. And it ran in the family.

In this intriguing work of literary investigation, celebrated author and historian Adrian Mitchell delves deep into Kendall's storied life and uncovers a dark past that casts new shadows on his legacy. He discovers that this habitually self-effacing poet had good reason to keep himself and his family out of the limelight. This is the true story of Henry Kendall, his parents and his grandparents - and he had every reason to dread it being made public.
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