by Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller: but even when he stays safely in his own study at home, he can't contain his curiosity about the world around him. A Short History of Nearly Everything is his quest to find out everything ...
Scottish Convicts Exiled Beyond the Seas
by Lucy Frost
In the early 19th century crofters and villagers streamed into the burgeoning cities of Scotland, settling in the crowded and damp tenements of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Orphan girls, single mothers, women with feckless husbands and widows all ...
by Melissa Bellanta
From the true-blue Crocodile Hunter to the blue humour of Stiffy and Mo, from the Beaconsfield miners to The Sentimental Bloke, Australia has often been said to possess a 'larrikin streak'. Today, being a larrikin has positive connotations and we ...
A Biography of Our Greatest War Heroine 1912-2011
by Peter FitzSimons
In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. By the end of the Second World War, she was the Gestapo's most wanted person. As a naive, young journalist, Nancy Wake witnessed a horrific scene of Nazi violence ...
by Gerard Windsor
During the Tet Offensive in Vietnam in February 1968 an Australian infantry company assaulted a North Vietnamese bunker complex. In the longest sustained attack fought by Australians during the Vietnam War the soldiers went forward again and ...
The Bombing of Darwin, February 1942
by Peter Grose
The bombing of Darwin on 19 February 1942 is the battle Australia tries to forget. Although there was much to be proud of that day - courage, mateship, determination and improvisation - the dark side of the story lingers: looting, desertion and a ...
The Story of Science and the Royal Society
by Bill Bryson
Edited and introduced by Bill Bryson, and with contributions from Richard Dawkins, Margaret Atwood, David Attenborough, Martin Rees and Richard Fortey amongst others, this is a remarkable volume celebrating the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society.
The Race Between the English and the French to Complete the Map of Australia
by David Hill
The thrilling race between Frenchman Nicolas Baudin and Englishman Matthew Flinders to chart the map of Australia. On the afternoon of 8 April 1802, in the remote southern ocean, two explorers had a remarkable chance encounter. Englishman Matthew ...
The Unfinished Revolution
by Peter FitzSimons
Eureka Stockade - the Unfinished Revolution ...The Eureka Stockade was Australia's answer to the Boston Tea Party, to the French people's storming of the Bastille. It was the moment when the diggers sense of outraged justice united them into a ...
by Anna Funder
In the former East there was one agent of the Stasi, the secret police, for every six citizens. What did it do to people to be so watched? And what sort of people were they, all those watchers? In her internationally acclaimed debut, Anna Funder ...
Under Attack from the V-Weapons During WWII
by Christy Campbell
The Second World War was entering its darkest period when Allied intelligence revealed there were new horrors in store, and this time they were targeting civilians on home soil, no less. A secret arms race using the cutting edge of technology to ...
One Australian's War on Terror
by John Cantwell & Greg Bearup
As a country boy from Queensland, John Cantwell signed up to the army as a private and rose to the rank of major general. He was on the front line in 1991 as Coalition forces fitted bulldozer blades to tanks and buried alive Iraqi troops in their ...
The Life of Billy Sing
by John Hamilton
The Anzac battlefield on Gallipoli was made for snipers. Scrub, cliffs, spurs and hills meant that both Anzac and Turkish positions often overlooked one another. The unwary or unlucky were prey to snipers on both sides, and the sudden crack of a ...
by Henrik Eberle
Between 1925 and 1945 thousands of ordinary Germans of both sexes and all ages wrote letters to Hitler. Lost for decades, a large cache of these letters was recently discovered in the KGB Special Archive in Moscow, having been carted off to ...
The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle
by Lady Almina
Lady Fiona Carnarvon became the chatelaine of Highclere Castle - the setting of the hit series Downton Abbey - eight years ago. In that time she's become fascinated by the rich history of Highclere, and by the extraordinary people who lived there ...
The Only First Hand Account of the Navy SEAL Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden
by Mark Owen & Kevin Maurer
For the first time anywhere, a first-person account of the planning <br>and execution of the Bin Laden raid from inside the US Navy SEAL <br>team who carried out the extraordinary mission to kill the terrorist <br>mastermind. <br>From the streets ...
Britain's royals are the official face of the state and the centre of a worldwide media circus. This entertaining "Rough Guide to the Royals" explores the paradox of one of the world's oldest monarchies. It casts a quizzical eye over the current ...
by Ross Coulthart
During the First World War, thousands of Aussie diggers and other Allied troops passed through the French town of Vignacourt, two hours north of Paris. Many had their photographs taken by Louis and Antoinette Thuillier as souvenirs while they ...
by Paul Cleary & Paul Cleary
By February 1942 the Japanese had invaded the Dutch East Indies as part of their push south. All that stood in the way of their moving significant resources to take part in the main fighting in Papua New Guinea was a force of 700 Australian ...
To Say Nothing of the Dog!
by Jerome K. Jerome
'Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need - a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, ...