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Long Flight Home

Lainie Anderson

The First World War is over and air mechanic Wally Shiers has promised to return home to his fianc閑, Helena Alford. But Wally never reckoned on charismatic fighter pilot Ross Smith, and an invitation to compete in the world's most audacious air race.

A ?0,000 prize has been offered for the first airmen to fly from England to Australia. Smith is banking on an open-cockpit Vickers Vimy, a biplane with a fuselage that looks ominously like a coffin.

And who can resist a hero? Wally writes to Helena to say he won't be home for another year - and the love of his life is left holding her hand-stitched wedding dress ...
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Flight to Fame

Victory in the 1919 Great Air Race, England to Australia

Ross Smith, Peter Monteath

Flight to Fame, a classic adventure story, tells the hair-raising tale of the world-first flight from England to Australia, in the words of the pilot, (Sir) Ross Smith.

In March 1919, Australia's prime minister announced a prize of ?0,000 for the first successful flight from Great Britain to Australia in under 30 days. Late that same year, the victorious pilots, Ross and Keith Smith, landed in Darwin to international acclaim. The New York Times gushed: 'Captain Ross Smith has done a wonderful thing for the prestige of the British Empire. He must be hailed as the foremost living aviator.' Their achievement was the forerunner to the age of international air travel. ...
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Magic Little Meals

Making the most of homegrown produce

Lolo Houbein, Tori Arbon

Warm, witty and wise, this practical garden-to-table cookbook will help you to not just grow your own food - but eat it, too.

Put yourself in the expert hands of gardening guru Lolo Houbein, author of the international hit One Magic Square, and organic farmer Tori Arbon, of urban food-growing workshops Magic Harvest. ...
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Among the Pigeons

Why our cats belong indoors

John L. Read

During the last century, global domestic cat numbers rocketed past 200 million, along with a surge in cat diseases and numbers of feral cats and sick, injured and malnourished cats. Cat shelters are overflowing. Hundreds of thousands of cats are euthanised every year by despondent animal welfare workers. Misplaced sentimentality, sometimes promoted by corporate greed of cat food companies, has exacerbated this situation through promoting irresponsible feeding of strays.

Ecologist and author John Read has travelled the world consulting cat experts and collating the most recent science. In Among the Pigeons he balances the allure of indoor cats with the animal welfare, human health, and conservation issues they create when allowed to roam. But he also presents solutions, from breeding ideal indoor pet cats to development of humane and targeted tools to control feral cats.
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Blooms and Brushstrokes

A floral history of Australian art

Penelope Curtin, Tansy Curtin

Blooms and Brushstrokes takes you on a unique journey through the history of Australian art, one flower at a time, examining the blooms depicted in still lifes, floral portraits, decorative interiors and botanical illustrations by a long line of Australian artists. Mother-and-daughter team Penelope and Tansy Curtin start this fascinating journey in the late eighteenth century, when the traditions adhering to the Western art canon were transplanted into the newly colonised Australia. They follow it through the rapidly developing artistic styles of the early twentieth century, to the new media of the contemporary period. ...

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The David Roche Foundation

Robert Reason

The David Roche Foundation guidebook presents a sweeping panorama of the magnificent interiors and European art collection that make up David Roche's residence 'Fermoy House' and museum in North Adelaide. Room by room, discover some of the 3500 objects David Roche acquired during more than six decades of collecting. Senior curator Robert Reason provides a new short biography of the fascinating Mr Roche, describing also his extraordinary contribution to the international canine world as a breeder, exhibitor and judge. ...
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The Australian War Memorial

A century on from the vision

Steve Gower

In this book, Steve Gower, the highly successful director of the Australian War Memorial from 1996 to 2012, gives a comprehensive account of the development of the Memorial from its inception just over a century ago. ...
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Smoke

Miriel Lenore

Welcome to the Victorian town of Boort, where poet Miriel Lenore spent her childhood. With characteristic humour and compassion, Lenore has created a series of vivid and moving portraits of Australian rural life in the 1930s. As a child, and as a returning adult, she observes the weaving together of individual lives, the unravelling that comes with war and tragedy, and the pragmatism and everyday reality of country life. Miriel Lenore's voice is clear, forthright and transparent, and her use of form flexible and persuasive. ...
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This Excellent Machine

Stephen Orr

Clem Whelan's got a problem: trapped in the suburbs in the Sunnyboy summer of 1984 he has to decide what to do with his life. Matriculation? He's more than able, but not remotely interested. Become a writer? His failed lawyer neighbour Peter encourages him, but maybe it's just another dead end? To make sense of the world, Clem uses his telescope to spy on his neighbours. From his wall, John Lennon gives him advice; his sister (busy with her Feres Trabilsie hairdressing apprenticeship) tells him he's a pervert; his best friend, Curtis, gets hooked on sex and Dante and, as the year progresses and the essays go unwritten, he starts to understand the excellence of it all.

His Pop, facing the first dawn of dementia, determined to follow an old map into the desert in search of Lasseter's Reef. His old neighbour, Vicky, returning to Lanark Avenue - and a smile is all it takes. Followed by a series of failed driving tests; and the man at his door, claiming to be his father. ...
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Heysen to Heysen

Selected letters of Hans Heysen and Nora Heysen

Catherine Speck

The prominent Australian artist Nora Heysen has been said to have worked in the shadow of her father Hans Heysen, one of Australia's most recognised landscape painters. Letters between the two, however, reveal a different story.

Heysen to Heysen is a showcase of letters between Nora and Hans Heysen from the collection of the National Library of Australia. Accompanied by carefully selected images and text by leading art historian Catherine Speck, the publication lifts the lid on a vista of Australian art. ...
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Making Friends with Alice Dyson

Poppy Nwosu

Alice Dyson knows exactly how she'll be spending her final year of high school: with her head down, concentrating on her textbooks and homework. She's focused on the future, and nothing is going to get in her way.

Until a bizarre encounter with the school's most notorious troublemaker derails all her plans, turning Alice into the unwilling centre of attention and her life into one enormous complication.

And even worse? Now Teddy Taualai won't leave her alone.

A romantic story about rumours, friendship, and discovering who you really are. ...
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Silliness

A serious history

Peter Timms

Silliness is to be savoured. It exposes the cracks in our reasoning, raising a gleeful two-finger salute to convention and common sense. In a world awash with stupidity and cruel politics, silliness is childish, anarchic, mischievous, rude and sometimes shocking.
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