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Cars We Used to Drive

Australians on the move, 1940s to 1960s

Don Loffler

In Cars We Used To Drive, Don Loffler, well-known Holden author, reveals his lifelong interest in all makes of cars on Australian roads in the years 1946 to 1966.

Don Loffler has assembled a remarkable collection of 280 colour slides and black-and-white photographs of owners and their cars, from Austin to Zeta. Makes like Morris, Vanguard, Wolseley, Oldsmobile and Hudson, which have long since disappeared from the new car scene ...
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Hometown Haunts

#LoveOzYA horror tales

Poppy Nwosu

One bite of an apple from a family shrine unearths hungry ghosts. A poison garden unfurls a polite boy's deepest, darkest desires. Interfering with an Indigenous burial site unleashes ancestral revenge, to a metal soundtrack. An underground dance party during Covid threatens to turn lethal. And on the edge of a coastal rainforest, a grieving sister waits to witness a mysterious 'unravelling'. ...
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Once Were Brothers

Mark Awerbuch

Mathis doesn't believe in coincidence, which can only mean he's been under tight surveillance. He knows why. Since his teenage days he's realised he's a potential target for those wishing to exploit his unique talents for venal or national security reasons.

It's why he's been so obsessed with secrecy. He'd hoped working in a dull job like accountancy would provide a further blanket of security. And for 30 years it had. ...
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The Establishment Boys

Barry Nicholls

Monday 9 May 1977 was an historic moment for world cricket. It was the day Kerry Packer announced he'd bought the cream of Australia's cricketing talent, to play in his own private competition.

Over the next two years, the game became bitterly divided between two parallel competitions: the rock-star realm of Packer's World Series Cricket and traditional Test cricket, now depicted as stodgy and obsolete. While Packer and his glamorous brigade won the war, Test cricket survived due to those who carried the Australian banner for the game: younger, poorly paid men representing their country. ...
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Wotan's Daughter

The life of Marjorie Lawrence

Richard Davis

Wotan's Daughter recounts the turbulent life and career of Marjorie Lawrence, one of Australia's most renowned opera stars. From humble beginnings in rural Victoria, Lawrence rose to become one of the pre-eminent Wagner singers of her generation, acclaimed and honoured in Europe and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York where she shared roles with the legendary Kirsten Flagstad. ...
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Port Adelaide

The history of a 'commodious harbour'

John Couper-Smartt

This much-anticipated new edition of the definitive history of Port Adelaide (first published in 2003, long out of print), boasts a wealth of new material and images - and a stunning new design. Covering everything from the original Kaurna inhabitants and culture, the region's natural environment, and its role as a centre of shipping and industry, to the seaside, sport and recreation, and religion, this marvellous book is a treasure trove of information. ...
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Broken Spear

The untold story of Black Tom Birch, the man who sparked Australia's bloodiest war

Robert Cox

Black Tom Birch was the most feared and hated man in Van Diemen's Land. For four years he kept the colony in a state of terror. He was responsible for the deaths of dozens of settlers. He burnt their buildings and destroyed their livestock and crops. Newspapers raged against him. One demanded he be lynched on capture. ...
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Doing the Impossible

3 Minutes World Silence

Mary Cassini

In 1983, Mary Cassini attended a Silent Vigil for Peace. It gave her an idea that changed her life. She decided that at 11 am local time around the world people should stop and share three minutes of silence to be mindful of the future and wish for peace. ...
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Australian Cricket Digest 2021-22

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 include: Patrick Cummins, Player of the Year; Bharat Sunderesan's review of the Indian Test series win against Australia; Andrew Faulkner writing about Bradman and his long involvement with Kensington CC (an outstanding piece), dispelling quite a few myths about the legend; David Frith's fond remembrance of Ray Lindwall, one of Australia's greatest ever fast bowlers, on the centenary of his birth; and Barry Nicholls' no-nonsense book reviews - and much more.
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Kunmanara Jangala Carroll

Ngaylu nyanganyi ngura winki (I can see all those places)

Belinda Briggs, Alison Milyika Carroll, Luke Scholes

Kunmanara Carroll, a Luritja, Pintupi and Pitjantjatjara man based in Pukatja, worked from Ernabella Arts. Carroll was born in 1950, in Haasts Bluff, and later moved to Papunya when the new settlement was created there. He went to school in Papunya before moving to Areyonga, where he finished school, and then travelling on donkey with his family to Eagle Bore, a homeland just north of Ernabella. ...
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Sweet River

Jack Hibberd

'In Sweet River's wash of water and words, there's an implicit message. Humanity might be the great polluter, the river's enemy, but it will all live on, preserved in language - language that seems to lighten Hibberd's usual dismal subjects - decay and death. We get the full gloomy monty in this collection, ending with a joyless Ode To Joy. But there's always the sweet river, pristine and beautiful, memorably mirrored by a master wordsmith. The title poem is pure lyric.' - Barry Oakley
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Road Tripping with Pearl Nash

Poppy Nwosu

The summer is finally here, and Pearl Nash is on a mission to save her slowly disintegrating friendship with a whirlwind end-of-year road trip that is definitely, absolutely, most positively going to solve all her problems.

Except, instead of her best friend Daisy's feet on her dash, suddenly Pearl ends up stuck in the middle of the desert beside Obi Okocha, a boy with a mega-watt smile and an endlessly irritating attitude. ...
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