Coming soon
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Curlews on Vulture Street
September 2022
Acclaimed urban ecologist Darryl Jones reveals the not-so-secret lives of the most common birds that share our towns and cities.
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Darwin Spitfires
August 2022
It has been 80 years since the bombing of Darwin. This anniversary edition of Darwin Spitfires offers a detailed and fascinating history of this unparalleled attack.
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Provocations
August 2022
Jeff Sparrow is one of Australia’s leading public intellectuals. From great controversies to the heroes and villains of our time, Provocations raises arguments that matter.
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Living Democracy
August 2022
Whether you’re a concerned community member, or someone who is already active in social or environmental campaigning, this book will inspire and inform you, and get you fired up to co-create a common, more equitable future.
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Australia’s China Odyssey
August 2022
The story of the complex and crucial relationship between Australia and China, charting the highs and lows through the prism of the prime ministers who have handled relations with Beijing since Whitlam in 1972.
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Lessons from History
July 2022
Leading historians tackle the biggest challenges that face Australia and the world and show how the past provides context and knowledge that can guide us in the present.
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Forgotten War
July 2022
Influential historian Henry Reynolds returns with this new edition of Forgotten War, which questions the conspicuous absence of the frontier wars from our official military history and public memory.
New releases
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The Art of Coalition
June 2022
The Art of Coalition focuses on the relationship between the Liberal and National parties during the Howard years, and the lessons and challenges of this partnership today.
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Veiled Valour
June 2022
Tom Frame reveals the background to the war crimes allegedly committed by Australian Special Forces in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2013.
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Future Superhuman
May 2022
Strap in for an exhilarating, and starkly honest, take on the promise and peril of life in the 21st century.
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An Uncommon Hangman
May 2022
The gruesome and compelling tale of Robert ‘Nosey Bob’ Howard, the longest-serving executioner for the colony of NSW.
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Root & Branch
May 2022
Exquisitely written, Eda Gunaydin’s essays unsettle neat descriptions of inheritance, belonging and place.
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The Secret of Emu Field
May 2022
Liz Tynan, the award-winning author of Atomic Thunder, reveals the little-known story of Emu Field, the first British atomic test site in South Australia, pre-dating Maralinga by three years.
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Sneaky Little Revolutions

edited by Nadia Wheatley

April 2022
From her wild bohemian years on Hydra to her radical feminist writings, Charmian Clift is a larger-than-life personality of Australian literature.
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Andrew Andersons
March 2022
The first book published on acclaimed Australian architect Andrew Andersons, written by well-known arts administrators Leon Paroissien and Bernice Murphy.
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Waiting for Gonski
March 2022
Written by two teachers, Waiting for Gonski examines how Australia has failed its schools and offers inspired solutions to help change education for the better.
UNSW authors
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Inside Australia's Anti-Terrorism Laws and Trials
Andrew Lynch, Nicola McGarrity, George Williams
March 2015
Most tellingly, the book asks whether seeing these anti-terror laws as normal is a danger in itself.
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Everything You Need to Know About the Uluru Statement from the Heart
June 2021
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Everything you Need to Know About the Referendum to Recognise Indigenous Australians
February 2015
This book explains everything that Australians need to know about the proposal to recognise Aboriginal peoples in the Constitution.
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A Charter of Rights for Australia
George Williams, Daniel Reynolds
August 2017
Australia does not have a bill or charter of rights, which means there is no comprehensive law that enshrines human rights in Australia – even though these laws are standard in the rest of the developed world. So what does this mean for the rights of Australian citizens?
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Artificial Intimacy
May 2021
Top evolutionary biologist Rob Brooks offers an innovative perspective on human behaviour, AI technologies and the future of sex.
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Sex, Genes and Rock 'n' Roll: How evolution has shaped the modern world
June 2011
Why are people getting fatter? Why do so many rock stars end up dead at 27?
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Carbon Justice
November 2021
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Running the City
August 2017
Leading Australian curator Felicity Fenner profiles activity-based and pop-up contemporary public art projects from Australia and around the globe. Running the City explores art projects that bring together diverse disciplines and cultures – including running, cycling, architecture, and guerilla gardening.
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The Ascent to Power, 1996
Edited by Tom Frame
November 2017
The Ascent to Power, 1996 takes a critical look at the Howard Government's rise to power; its policies and priorities, successes and shortcomings in what Paul Kelly calls the 'foundational year'.
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Back from the Brink, 1997-2001
Edited by Tom Frame
November 2018
The years 1997–2001 were eventful ones for the Howard Government. This second volume of the Howard Government series explores these tumultuous years.
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Trials and Transformations, 2001-2004
Edited by Tom Frame
December 2019
Few periods in Australian political history have generated more controversy than 2001–2004.
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The Desire for Change, 2004-2007
Edited by Tom Frame
January 2021
The Liberal-National Party Coalition was elected to office on 2 March 1996 and continued in power until 3 December 2007 making John Howard the second-longest serving Australian Prime Minister. This book is the final in a four-volume series examining the four Howard Governments.
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Moral Injury
Edited by Tom Frame
November 2015
This collection of essays from ex-soldiers, military historians, chaplains and psychologists examines the unseen wounds sustained by Australians deployed to armed conflict, peacekeeping missions, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
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The Long Road
Edited by Tom Frame
April 2017
Helping neighbours and partners stabilise their political systems and work towards peace and security is a core activity for the modern Australian Defence Force.
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Anzac Day Then & Now
Edited by Tom Frame
April 2016
Peter Stanley, Jeffrey Grey, Carolyn Holbrook, Ken Inglis, Tom Frame and others explore the rise of Australia's unofficial national day.
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Ethics Under Fire
September 2017
Events at Abu Ghraib prison and the 1968 My Lai Massacre show that the behaviour of the military can descend into barbarism. How strong is the military's commitment to avoiding such atrocities? Ethics Under Fire – a timely and compelling book – asks questions and raises issues the Australian Army can't ignore.
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On Ops
July 2016
No-one in the Australian government or Army could have predicted that in the 25 years following the end of the Cold War Army personnel would be deployed to Rwanda, Cambodia, Somalia, Bougainville, East Timor, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Solomon Islands. In a constructive critique of the modern Australian Army,  'On Ops'
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Offshore
May 2016
What has happened on Nauru and Manus since Australia began its most recent offshore processing regime in 2012?
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Refugee Rights and Policy Wrongs
July 2019
Everyone has the right to seek asylum under international law. However, successive governments in Australia have declared the need to 'stop the boats' whatever the cost, be it human, economic, moral or legal.
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Asylum by Boat
September 2017
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British India, White Australia
March 2020
*Highly Commended — Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2021*
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Law in War
April 2020
During the Great War law was used in everyday life as a tool to discriminate, oppress, censor and deprive many Australians of property, liberty and basic human rights.
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Level Up Your Essays
March 2021
Level Up Your Essays  is the essential guide to essay writing for university students. Written by the people who mark your essays, it will show you step-by-step how to write high-quality essays that will get you top marks.
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Evolution in the Antipodes
January 2009
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Gun Control
September 2019
'A masterpiece of analysis of the politics of transformative change.' — Otago Daily Times
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Widening Minds
December 2017
Since 1967 more than 25,000 students have graduated from UNSW after studying at Duntroon, HMAS Creswell , the Australian Defence Force Academy. Tom Frame examines the productive 50-year partnership between UNSW and the Australian Defence Force.
Art, Design & Architecture
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Picturing a Nation
March 2021
The untold story of a major Australian artist. Regarded in his day as an important Australian impressionist painter, A.H. Fullwood (1863–1930) was also the most widely viewed British–Australian artist of the Heidelberg era.
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A Forger's Progress
November 2014
Talented, well trained and confident in his own abilities and worth, Australia's first government architect was also hot-headed and tactless.
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Fantasy Modern
November 2013
Australian painter and theatre artist Loudon Sainthill and his partner, entrepreneur and gallery director Harry Tatlock Miller, were at the heart of avant-garde artistic and literary circles in mid-twentieth century Melbourne, Sydney and London.
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L. Bernard Hall
May 2013
View the table of contents here .
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Set in Stone
April 2011
Set in Stone Set in Stone is the first book to explore this iconic cultural site and the ground-breaking works that emerged from its rough sandstone walls.
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Glass
December 2021
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Sustainable House
October 2010
Whether you're planning to build or renovate, whether you live in an apartment or a house, Sustainable House
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Andrew Andersons
March 2022
The first book published on acclaimed Australian architect Andrew Andersons, written by well-known arts administrators Leon Paroissien and Bernice Murphy.
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Bruce Rickard
Edited by Julie Cracknell, Peter Lonergan, Sam Rickard
December 2018
Bruce Rickard was one of the most significant Australian architects of the twentieth century. A key member of the Sydney School, his practice spanned 60 years and he produced some of the most notable and recognisable houses of the period.
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Janet Laurence
Prudence Gibson
December 2015
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The Idea of Art
August 2015
Curator Anthony Bond began building a contemporary international art collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney in 1984. The collection now features many important artists, including Anselm Kiefer, Antony Gormley, Francis Bacon, Anish Kapoor and Doris Salcedo.
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Painting by Numbers
Mr David J Mabberley
November 2017
This fascinating new study of Bauer's work includes reproductions of never-before-published works from collections in Europe and Australia. Written by one of the world's foremost botanical scholars, Painting by Numbers reveals Bauer's innovative colour-coding technique for the first time.
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Botanical Revelation
David J. Mabberley
December 2019
Acclaimed author David Mabberley provides a ground-breaking analysis of early European understanding of Australia's flora.
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Tatau
September 2018
A strikingly designed and richly illustrated retelling of the unique history of Samoan tattooing, from 3000 years ago to today.
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Running the City
August 2017
Leading Australian curator Felicity Fenner profiles activity-based and pop-up contemporary public art projects from Australia and around the globe. Running the City explores art projects that bring together diverse disciplines and cultures – including running, cycling, architecture, and guerilla gardening.
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Sidney Nolan
June 2015
Digging through the myths around Australia's most famous artist, many of which he created himself as a masterful self-promoter, this book is the biography that Sidney Nolan deserves.
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JJ Clark
Andrew Dodd
April 2012
Australian history
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Waiting for Gonski
March 2022
Written by two teachers, Waiting for Gonski examines how Australia has failed its schools and offers inspired solutions to help change education for the better.
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Gudyarra
November 2021
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Gum
November 2021
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Symbols of Australia
November 2021
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Australia & the Pacific
October 2021
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Wounded Country
September 2021
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Tongerlongeter
August 2021
During Tasmania’s gruesome Black War of 1823-31, Tongerlongeter led the most effective Aboriginal resistance campaign in Australian history. His Oyster Bay Nation of southeast Tasmania and his ally Montpelliatta’s Big River Nation of central Tasmania embarked on 710 attacks, killing 182 colonists and wounding a further 176.
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French Connection
July 2021
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Everything You Need to Know About the Uluru Statement from the Heart
June 2021
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Smuggled
May 2021
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Radicals
April 2021
The Sixties — an era of protest,free love, civil disobedience, duffel coats, flower power, giant afros and desert boots, all recorded on grainy black and white footage — marked a turning point for change. A time when radicals found their voices and used them.
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Amnesia Road
March 2021
'At both ends of the world, I have found confusion and profound disagreement about how to read the story of the past, about who should write or speak it, and what parts of it should be written or spoken about at all.'
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Coming of Age in the War on Terror
February 2021
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Truth-Telling
February 2021
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For Gallantry
Craig Blanch
December 2020
From the frozen wastes of Antarctica to the burning ruins of the Bali bombings, For Gallantry tells the stories of the 28 Australians awarded the nation's highest non-combat awards for bravery: the Imperial George Cross and its Australian Honours and Awards replacement, the Cross of Valour.
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Canberra
November 2020
A strong sense of 'otherness' defines Canberra to a point where there is a smugness, bordering on arrogance, that the rest of Australia can hate – but they'll never know just how good it is to live here.
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Perth
November 2020
David Whish-Wilson's Perth is a place where deeper historical currents are never far beneath the surface. Like the Swan River that can flow in two directions at once, Perth strikes perfect harmony with the city's contradictions and eccentricities.
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Adelaide
November 2020
Any place you have experienced first-hand is a museum of memory, one whose exhibits conjure up, in widening ripples of association, a whole city: a red paddle-boat, a photograph of three children on a hot day, a marble Venus fetchingly half-naked in the shade.
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The Bible in Australia
November 2020
WINNER of the Nonfiction Award 2020 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature
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Darwin
November 2020
This is a book about the textures, colours, sounds and frontier stories of Darwin, Australia's smallest and least-known capital city.
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Sydney
November 2020
Sydney has always been the sexiest and brashest of our cities, but perhaps the most misunderstood. In this new edition of Sydney , Delia Falconer conjures up its sandstone, humidity and jacarandas, its fireworks, glitz and magic. But she discards lazy stereotypes to reveal a complex city: beautiful, violent, half-wild, and at times deeply spiritual.
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Melbourne
November 2020
Melbourne's a city you get to know from the inside out – you have to walk it to love it. My favourite time to do this is at night. That's when you capture glimpses of people – eating, laughing, talking, arguing, watching TV and reading – through half-open terrace house doors and windows … It is a city of inside places and conversation. Of intimacy.
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Hobart
November 2020
MONA has done a lot more than just rescue a flagging tourism economy. It has changed the city's body language, teaching it to stand up straight and look others squarely in the eye, even putting a swagger in its step.
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Brisbane
November 2020
Brisbane reveals a city of wooden houses where mango trees abound, where the serpentine river seems to be of the city and yet somehow not, where ghostly memories of demolished landmarks like Cloudland and The Bellevue Hotel hover and where the chime of the City Hall clock echoes through time and place.
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Rooted
November 2020
*Included in ABR's Books of the Year 2020* Bugger, rooted, bloody oath…
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Australian Women Pilots
November 2020
There's a lot of aeroplanes and aviators down in that water. Thank God I'm not one of them.
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Windfall
September 2020
We've had a decade of distraction and inaction on climate change, but what made things go so very wrong in Australia? And what can the rest of the world learn from our mistakes – and opportunities?
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Wild Nature
August 2020
An epic journey of discovery into the heart of a vast and contested Australian wilderness.
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Law in War
April 2020
During the Great War law was used in everyday life as a tool to discriminate, oppress, censor and deprive many Australians of property, liberty and basic human rights.
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Pathfinders
March 2020
There are few Aboriginal icons in White Australia history.
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British India, White Australia
March 2020
*Highly Commended — Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2021*
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Fighting For Our Lives
February 2020
'An incredible testimony to the darkest hours of Australia's queer history – and the organisation that helped change everything. A story of devastation, resistance and, ultimately, survival, every Australian should know.' — Benjamin Law
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Caroline's Dilemma
November 2019
Shortlisted for the 2020 Ernest Scott Prize for History
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Never Say Die
November 2019
The inspirational story of the past, present and future of Australian women's football – its players, fans, and the game they love.
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Parragirls
Edited by Lily Hibberd, with Bonney Djuric
September 2019
Parragirls ' Parragirls Parragirls is able to deliver something that is at once rigorous in its detailed presentation of a clear model, and accessible through its compelling narrative.' — Eugenia Flynn,  The Saturday Paper
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Refugee Rights and Policy Wrongs
July 2019
Everyone has the right to seek asylum under international law. However, successive governments in Australia have declared the need to 'stop the boats' whatever the cost, be it human, economic, moral or legal.
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Bedlam at Botany Bay
June 2019
*Winner of the Australian History Prize in the NSW Premier's History Awards 2020*
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The Snowy
May 2019
The Snowy: A History tells the extraordinary story of the mostly migrant workforce who built one of the world's engineering marvels.
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The Seventies
March 2019
WINNER of the 2020 Ernest Scott Prize for History Shortlisted for the 2020 NSW Premier's Literary Awards  Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction
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Paper Emperors
March 2019
*WINNER of the 2020 Colin Roderick Award* *Longlisted for the 2020 Stella Prize*
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Honeysuckle Creek
November 2018
Honeysuckle Creek reveals the pivotal role that the tracking station at Honeysuckle Creek, near Canberra, played in the first moon landing. Andrew Tink gives a gripping account of the role of its director Tom Reid and his colleagues in transmitting some of the most-watched images in human history as Neil Armstrong took his first step.
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The Getting of Garlic
October 2018
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This Whispering in Our Hearts Revisited
August 2018
'How is it our minds are not satisfied? What means this whispering in the bottom of our hearts?'
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Wild Sea
June 2018
SHORTLISTED for ACT Book of the Year Latitude 54° 02′ South, Longitude 37° 14' West:
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The Sydney Wars
May 2018
*Winner of the  Les Carolyn Literary Prize* *Longlisted for the 2019 CHASS Australia Book Prize*
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River Dreams
March 2018
In the beginning, there was the river — before the beach, before the drain, before the dredging, before the dams, before numerous other actions that altered the stream.
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Australian Gypsies
October 2017
Since the arrival of the First Fleet there have been Gypsies in Australia, yet their experiences have never been included in any official histories. In  Australian Gypsies
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Asylum by Boat
September 2017
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Beautiful Balts
June 2017
170,000 Displaced Persons arrived in Australia between 1947 and 1952 – the first non-Anglo-Celtic mass migrants.
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Hidden in Plain View
May 2017
Contrary to what you may think, local Aboriginal people did not lose their culture and die out within decades of Governor Phillip's arrival in Sydney in 1788.
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The Honest History Book
April 2017
In Australia's rush to commemorate all things Anzac, have we lost our ability to look beyond war as the central pillar of Australia's history and identity?
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Green Bans, Red Union
February 2017
Revised edition of a landmark book Green Bans ,  Red Union
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Atomic Thunder
September 2016
*Winner of the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Australian History 2017*
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The Europeans in Australia
Alan Atkinson
July 2016
'It is the duty of historians to be, wherever they can, accurate, precise, humane, imaginative - using moral imagination above all – and even-handed.' - Alan Atkinson
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The Worst Woman in Sydney
July 2016
Matriarch of the criminal underworld … or the Robin Hood of inner Sydney?
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Unnecessary Wars
April 2016
'Australian governments find it easy to go to war. Their leaders seem to be able to withdraw with a calm conscience, answerable neither to God nor humanity.'
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Who Bombed the Hilton?
April 2016
I unpick and put in chronological order thousands of pieces of paper — lay out the facts as they arrived the first time, unadorned, uninterpreted, flying in from dozens of sources and every corner of the world.
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Gay Sydney
March 2016
Garry Wotherspoon's  Gay Sydney: A History  is an updated version of his 1991 classic,  City of the Plain: History of a Gay Sub-culture
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Damned Whores and God's Police
March 2016
Sexual harassment, domestic violence and date rape had not been named, although they certainly existed, when  Damned Whores and God's Police
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The Oldest Foods on Earth
February 2016
'This is a book about Australian food, not the foods that European Australians cooked from ingredients they brought with them, but the flora and fauna that nourished the Aboriginal peoples for over 50,000 years. It is because European Australians have hardly touched these foods for over 200 years that I am writing it.'
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Inside the Vault
February 2016
Celebrating the history and art of Australian coinage for the first time, Inside the Vault Inside the Vault includes never-before-seen design sketches and images of key Australian coins along with stunning images of important events and people in the history of Australian coinage.
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Radical Newcastle
Edited by James Bennett, Nancy Cushing, Erik Eklund
April 2015
Radical Newcastle brings together short illustrated essays from leading scholars, local historians and present day radicals to document both the iconic events of the region's radical past, and less well known actions seeking social justice for workers, women, Aboriginal people and the environment
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A Forger's Progress
November 2014
Talented, well trained and confident in his own abilities and worth, Australia's first government architect was also hot-headed and tactless.
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Australia 1901 - 2001
November 2014
Tink's story is driven by people, whether they be prime ministers, soldiers, shop-keepers, singers, footballers or farmers; a mix of men or women, Australian-born, immigrants and Aborigines. He brings the decades to life, writing with empathy, humour and insight to create a narrative that is as entertaining as it is illuminating.
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Sydney Beaches
October 2014
Shark attacks and sewage slicks, lifesavers and surfers, amusement parks and beach camps — the beach is Sydney's most iconic landscape feature. From Palm Beach in the north to Cronulla in the south, Sydney's coastline teems with life. People from around the city escape to the beaches to swim, surf, play, and lie in the sun.
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The Europeans in Australia
Alan Atkinson
September 2014
This is the third and final volume of the landmark, award-winning series  The Europeans in Australia  that gives an account of settlement by Britain. It tells of the various ways in which that experience shaped imagination and belief among the settler people from the eighteenth century to the end of World War I.
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Dirty Secrets
May 2014
Well-known Australians – mavericks, activists, movers and shakers – reflect on their own ASIO files.
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Piranesi's Grandest Tour
February 2014
The majestic works of eighteenth-century Italian printmaker Giovanni Battista Piranesi have never ceased to inspire artists, printmakers and architects.
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Coast
November 2013
From Eden to Byron Bay, the New South Wales coast is more than 2000 kilometres long, with 130 estuaries, 100 coastal lakes, and a rich history.
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Kings Cross: A biography
October 2013
Louis Nowra burrows beneath the sensationalist Underbelly 'sex and sin' narrative, revealing stories and a cast of characters – some household names others little-known - that not even a writer could conjure up.
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Australian Lithuanians
May 2012
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Transit of Venus
November 2011
"In his new book, Transit of Venus, 1631 to the Present , Dr Nick Lomb — an astronomer at the Sydney Observatpry and the author of the Australian Sky Guide The Bulletin
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Set in Stone
April 2011
Set in Stone Set in Stone is the first book to explore this iconic cultural site and the ground-breaking works that emerged from its rough sandstone walls.
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The Other Side of the Frontier
August 2006