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Australia

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In this Very Short Introduction, Kenneth Morgan provides a wide-ranging thematic introduction to modern Australia, examining the main features of its history, geography and culture since the beginning of European settlement in New South Wales in 1788. It highlights the distinctive features of Australian life by placing contemporary developments in historical perspective, by paying attention to Australia's indigenous culture, and by making connections between Australia and the wider world.

Morgan also balances his discussion of the successful growth of Australian institutions and democratic traditions with the struggles that occurred in the making of modern Australia--in other words, between the optimistic approach to life in the Antipodes and the more negative view of the "black armband tradition."

About the Author

Kenneth Morgan is Professor of History at Brunel University, London, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.


A Companion To Australian Literature Since 1900

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Australian literature is one of the richest bodies of work in world literature, dealing not only with "local" Australian issues but also with themes and questions at the forefront of global literary discussion. This comprehensive new Companion takes a fresh look at Australian literature since 1900, taking a broad view of what literature is and viewing it with Australian cultural and societal concerns in mind. Especially relevant here is the heightened role accorded to Australia's indigenous people -- both in literature and in public discourse in the wider sense -- following the landmark 1992 Mabo decision on Aboriginal land rights. Thus two full chapters are devoted to indigenous literature and indigenous issues, which also inform many of the other chapters. Attention to other multicultural connections -- in chapters on Asian-Australian and Jewish-Australian literature and Australian-New Zealand literary relations -- reveal dimensions that few have fully examined. At the same time, the competing pull of Australia's continued connection to Great Britain is given its due.There are chapters on internationally prominent authors such as Patrick White, Peter Carey, David Malouf, and Christina Stead, as well as those of growing reputation such as Gerald Murnane and Tim Winton and less-publicized yet crucially important writers such as Xavier Herbert and Dorothy Hewett. There are also chapters on prose fiction, poetry, drama, children's literature, science fiction, and regional literature, as well as on women's writing and gay and lesbian writing. Together, the articles demonstrate that Australian literature is part of world literature, going beyond Eurocentric ideas of national literary history to reveal the full, resplendent variety of Australian writing. Nicholas Birns teaches literature at the New School in New York City and is editor of Antipodes: A North American Journal of Australian Literature and author of Understanding Anthony Powell (2004). Rebecca McNeer is Associate Dean at Ohio Southern University and has published on Shakespeare, Virginia Woolf, and Australian literature


The Breweries Of Australia

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The Breweries of Australia is a unique colonisation. From its small and scattered origins in convict settlements, the brewing industry has been vital in the development of hundreds of country towns, and is now one of Australia's largest and most important industries. In this encyclopaedic book, Keith Deutsher gives in detail the history of all the breweries, large and small, established in towns across Australia.

He records: all the known facts about each brewery the trials and tribulations of the brewers, their failures and successes descriptions of the difficulties of brewing in the hot Australian climate, and the relative inexperience of many of the brewers. the brewing dynasties and takeovers the change in preference from old English style ales to lager beers the human dramas many humorous anecdotes the battles with the Temperance Movement the origin of the X in XXXX the beginning and the rise of the boutique breweries. Breweries in every state in Australia are alphabetically listed by towns (with a location map for each state). The book includes chapters on Norfolk Island, a comprehensive review of the modern day boutique breweries, and gives details of complex takeovers by international breweries. There are summaries of all breweries. The book is a unique and invaluable reference for all interested in breweries, beer, Australian social history and the development of country townships. The Breweries of Australia is comprehensively illustrated with maps, cartoons, early brewery photographs and beer labels.

About the Author

Keith Deutsher, a retired businessman, has been connected with the brewing industry for many years as the manufacturer of the plastic six—ring beer can carrier.

He has also long been a collector, first of coins and banknotes, then vintage wines, Australian paintings and antique Wedgwood ceramics. He was the founder and foundation president of the Wedgwood Society of Australia and is currently President Emeritus of that society, an Honorary Life Member of the Wedgwood Society of New South Wales and a retired Honorary Member of the Board of Governors of the Wedgwood International Seminar of the United States. Keith is also a Life Member of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, and a Founder Benefactor of the Art Foundation of Victoria.

More recently, he has concentrated on collecting the beer labels of Australian breweries, and has devoted himself to researching and recording the history of all known Australian breweries. Keith is a keen gardener and traveller, and for relaxation enjoys classical music and a game of snooker.


South Africa And The Boer-british War

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This collection of literature attempts to compile many of the classic, timeless works that have stood the test of time and offer them at a reduced, affordable price, in an attractive volume so that everyone can enjoy them.


Celebrating Australia

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A beautiful collection of poems about celebrations.

Australia Day, ANZAC Day, Boxing Day and birthdays. Weddings, Chinese New Year, the first day of spring and Ramadan. So many special occasions! So much to celebrate. In this vibrant new poetry collection, Lorraine Marwood explores the many ways we celebrate in Australia!

About the Author

Lorraine Marwood was born and raised in rural Victoria and has lived for most of her married life on a dairy farm with her husband and their six children. Lorraine is an award-winning poet who has been widely published in literary magazines across Australia, as well as magazines in the UK, USA, New Zealand and Canada. She has also published several children's novels and collections of poetry.

Her titles with Walker Books Australia include A Ute Picnic and Other Australian Poems, Ratwhiskers and Me, published in 2008 and Star Jumps which was short-listed for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2010, Lower Primary Category; received a Notable mention in the Children's Book Council of Australia Awards, 2010; and won the Prime Minister's Literary Awards, Children's Fiction, 2010.



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