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Murder, Misadventure & Miserable Ends by Catie Gilchrist

Murder, Misadventure & Miserable Ends by Catie Gilchrist

Did you know that in colonial Sydney all taverns, alehouses, inns, hotels and public houses were legislated to ...
Life As Told by a Sapiens to a Neanderthal by Juan José Millás Spain & Juan Luis Arsuaga

Life As Told by a Sapiens to a Neanderthal by Juan José Millás Spain & Juan Luis Arsuaga

Think of your great-grandparents, then go back in time hundreds of generations. We modern Homo sapiens are more ...
The Two-Headed Whale by Sandy Winterbottom

The Two-Headed Whale by Sandy Winterbottom

The Two-Headed Whale is a story of two tales. The first follows the journey of Sandy who is a lecturer in climate ...
Silk and Venom by James O’Hanlon

Silk and Venom by James O’Hanlon

As someone who has been tasked with removing any evidence of spiders from our house so that our youngest daughter ...
Divine Might by Natalie Haynes

Divine Might by Natalie Haynes

There is a newish – and very welcome – tradition whereby writers focus on the females in Greek myths. Haynes wears ...
Good Life Growing by Hannah Moloney

Good Life Growing by Hannah Moloney

Most people would know Hannah Moloney as a presenter on Gardening Australia on ABC TV. She is the one with the ...
Getting To Know The Birds In Your Neighbourhood by Darryl Jones

Getting To Know The Birds In Your Neighbourhood by Darryl Jones

You don’t have to be a twitcher to use this book. In fact, it’s not designed for the knowledgeable bird lover or ...
The Echidna Strategy by Sam Roggeveen

The Echidna Strategy by Sam Roggeveen

Know your think tanks. Sam Roggeveen is from the Lowy Institute – conservative and business friendly. The ...
Tiwi Story by Mavis Kerinaiua & Laura Rademaker

Tiwi Story by Mavis Kerinaiua & Laura Rademaker

Tiwi Story utilises primary sources by including oral histories left in the vernacular, interspersed with chapters ...
Seafaring by Victor Briggs

Seafaring by Victor Briggs

We, the (perhaps older) people of wider/whiter Australia, really have been shortchanged by our school educators ...
The Memory of Trees by Viki Cramer

The Memory of Trees by Viki Cramer

Australia’s south-west is home to the richest flora diversity on the continent, but it is also one of the world’s ...
Hands of Time: A Watchmaker’s History of Time by Rebecca Struthers

Hands of Time: A Watchmaker’s History of Time by Rebecca Struthers

In Hands of Time we get Rebecca Struther’s highly personalised take on the history of time measurement. This is ...
Big Meg by Tim Flannery & Emma Flannery

Big Meg by Tim Flannery & Emma Flannery

The famous 1970s novel and film Jaws explored our collective and ancient fear and fascination of giant sharks. Big ...
Revealing Secrets by John Blaxland & Clare Birgin

Revealing Secrets by John Blaxland & Clare Birgin

This very specialised book on the history of Australian Signals Intelligence might not appeal to every reader. It ...
100 Weirdest Tales From Across Australia by Ben Pobjie

100 Weirdest Tales From Across Australia by Ben Pobjie

This is the sort of collection to give readers literary indigestion, not because it is so rich, but just because ...
Reaching Through Time by Shauna Bostock

Reaching Through Time by Shauna Bostock

Many Aboriginal families in Australia have white ancestors on the family tree, but few have two generations of ...
Woman’s Lore by Sarah Clegg

Woman’s Lore by Sarah Clegg

From women clutching amulets to ward off a deadly monster during childbirth, to modern feminists lauding Lilith, ...
The Chipilly Six by Lucas Jordan

The Chipilly Six by Lucas Jordan

I found this a most interesting book about the action that took place on the Chipilly Spur in Northern France in ...
Man-made by Tracey Spicer

Man-made by Tracey Spicer

  From facial recognition, smart fridges, and Siri to 'harnessing the power of AI', surely the defining ...
Back To Bangka by Georgina Banks

Back To Bangka by Georgina Banks

This is actually two stories - one deals with the past, the other with the present. It is about history, memory ...
What Birdo Is That? by Libby Robin

What Birdo Is That? by Libby Robin

If nominative determinism is a thing, then perhaps someone with the surname ‘Robin’ was always destined to write a ...

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