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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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Beyond the Stage

Creative Australian stories from the Great War

Anna Goldsworthy, Mark Carroll

In the beautifully illustrated Beyond the Stage, essays by leading Australian artists and academics examine the impact of the Great War and its aftermath on creativity and performance in South Australia. ...
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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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A Most Surprising Man

The Life of Victor Marra Newland

Mary Anne Fitzgerald

Victor Marra Newland OBE MC DCM - hunter, soldier and entrepreneur - was descended from Australian pioneers. In 1838 his English grandfather the Rev'd Ridgway Newland landed in the new colony of South Australia. His father Simpson Newland opened up the New South Wales outback with sheep stations on the Darling and Paroo rivers. At the dawn of the 20th century, with Australia's unknown frontiers already claimed, Marra looked to Africa to make his fortune. In 1904 he started British East Africa's first safari company in partnership with another Australian, Leslie Tarlton. Along the way he fought in the Boer War and later in the East Africa campaign in World War One. ...
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Alas, for the Pelicans!

Flinders, Baudin and beyond

Anne Chittleborough, Gillian Dooley, Brenda Glover

In 1802 a Frenchman and an Englishman famously encountered each other off the southern shores of 'Terra Australis'. The voyages of discovery of Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders opened the way for the increasingly rapid invasion and colonisation of the Australian continent. This collection of essays, images and poems examines some of the cultural contexts of their voyages and the ramifications of their discoveries over the ensuing years. Flinders himself poignantly noted that the arrival of Europeans in the waters surrounding Kangaroo Island also heralded the passing of what he romantically termed the golden age of the pelicans. ...
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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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