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Aldo Iacobelli

I love painting

John Neylon, Aldo Iacobelli

Aldo Iacobelli, one of Australia's most distinctive artists, has tapped into a rich vein of imagination to produce iconic images that capture a sense of guarded wonder, or at times, a deep anxiety ...
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Alexander Sadlo

Experimental journey - an artist in three countries

Adam Dutkiewicz, Gaynor Sadlo, Alexander Sadlo

Alexander Sádlo was the pioneer of optical geometrical painting in Australia, and his presence in Adelaide and at the Contemporary Art Society had an osmotic effect on a later generation of painters who are now credited with bringing Hard Edge, Colour Field and Op Art to the fore in Australia.
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Ali Whitelock Package

Buy all 3 of Ali Whitelock's books for $44.95

Poking Seaweed with a Stick and Running Away from the Smell
Alison Whitelock dreamed of shooting her father with a sawn-off shotgun. Her brother planned to use the longest knife in the cutlery drawer, and her mother tried to poison him with out-of-date tranquillisers. This wee book is a bittersweet account of growing up in Scotland in the strange and brutal kingdom we call home. But Poking Seaweed with a Stick is anything but a tale of childhood suffering; it is an enchanted Scottish tale that will have you smiling through your tears and laughing till you cry.

And My Heart Crumples Like a Coke Can
Raw and beautiful and completely devoid of pretension, Ali Whitelock's poems will speak to anyone who's ever messed up, been confused, wished they'd done things differently; to anyone who's had an affair and regretted it, who's been loved completely but was too blind to see it.

The Lactic Acid in the Calves of Your Despair
Political, profound, profane. These poems of defiant disobedience crash through the barriers erected to keep us contained. Writing with humour and tenderness, Ali Whitelock takes us through the parched landscape of life, death, love, fear, regret and the unbearable sadness of losing a dog.
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Alice Springs

From singing wire to iconic outback town

Stuart Traynor

In 1870 a colonial government, on the brink of collapse, made an audacious move. South Australia's squabbling politicians briefly put aside their differences and took the bold decision to run an iron wire to the middle of nowhere and beyond. Stringing the Overland Telegraph Line across the silent heart of the continent was a momentous event in the country's history. It connected Adelaide to a global network of cables and wire: those travelling up and down the track through central Australia were seldom out of earshot of its hum. Alice Springs was its most important repeater station. ...

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All the Kings' Men

A history of the Hindmarsh Cricket Club

Denis Brien

All the Kings' Men records the story of the oldest continuously operating cricket club still in existence in South Australia - the Hindmarsh Cricket Club which now operates under the name of West Torrens - and the stories of the people who built it.

This book also traces the evolution of Club cricket in the Adelaide metropolitan area from the birth of the colony until 1900. It highlights the development of cricket through significant and progressive changes in society, such as industrial relations, transport, education, the telegraph, the press, politics, class and the economy. ...
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All This is So

John Roe

In the world of All This is So, people fish, picnic, plant trees, pick flowers, watch plays, laugh at Punch and Judy, perform music and own dogs; they fall in love, fear death, cherish their children, make mistakes and commit crimes. So is it our world? Not quite, or not quite yet. ...
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Almost an Island

The story of Robe

Liz Harfull

For a small place, tucked away on South Australia's rugged Limestone Coast, Robe has played a remarkable role in history. Here you will find pioneering settlers and aviators, fishermen braving wild seas in small wooden boats, famous painters and poets, chefs and winemakers, and meet some of the families drawn to this breathtaking virtual island. ...
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Alternative Interventions

Aboriginal homelands, Outback Australia and the Centre for Appropriate Technology

Alan Mayne

Not all interventions in Aboriginal Australia are inspired by external agents, politics or ideology. Some arise from simple, pragmatic responses to community needs where people and their aspirations are central.

Historian Alan Mayne unravels a story of people, place and relationships. At once both personal and intensely political, this is a journey of ideas into action; intervention through innovation.
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Amazing True Stories of Female Executions

Geoffrey Abbott

The fairer sex get it in the neck in these grisly tales from the gallows, guillotine and gas chamber. Amazing True Stories of Female Executions is brimming with macabre tales of martyrs, murderesses and madwomen from around the world. ...
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Ambulances and Dreamers

Bel Schenk

Ambulances and Dreamers creates a world where people search for the thing they need the most - love, music, food or each other. It's a book for the disappointed and the desolate in all of us. ...
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