Earl Grey's Daughters: The women who changed Australia, Jonathon Fairall
Between 1848 and 1850, over 4000 orphaned girls arrived in Australia under the Earl Grey Scheme; refugees from the Great Famine in Ireland. Earl Grey's Daughters, The women who changed Australia, tells the story of one of these girls. Who was she? Why did she and the others make the perilous voyage to the far side of the world? What happened to them in their new land? Did they make a difference?
Windfall: Unlocking a fossil-free future, Ketan Joshi
In Windfall, renewable energy expert Ketan Joshi examines how wind power inspired the creation of a weird, fabricated disease, and why the speed with which emissions could have been reduced — like putting a price on carbon — was hampered by a flurry of policy disasters. He then plots a way forward to a future where communities champion equitable new clean tech projects, where Australia grows past a reliance on toxic fuels, and where the power of people is used to rattle fossil fuel advocates from their complacency.
Climate Action A campaign manual for greenhouse solutions, Mark Diesendorf
Climate Action is a campaign manual that draws upon positive case studies of successful grass-roots social movements from the last few decades, and presents a menu of strategies for activists and citizens who want to pressure governments and businesses to create a framework for big and rapid reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
Inner Child Journeys, Robin Grille
Inner Child Journeys offers a whole new twist to parenting—as a path of personal growth, grounded in neuroscientific principles. Here’s what parenting manuals don’t tell us: if we don’t understand our own childhoods, we cannot understand our children. This ground-breaking book shows how to unlock your natural intuition by tapping your embodied memories. But it is also much more: a guide for transforming your greatest challenges as a parent or teacher into fruitful opportunities for personal healing and growth.
How to Win an Election, Chris Wallace
How to Win an Election spells out the ten things a political leader and their party must excel at to maximise the chance of success, and against which they should be accountable between and during elections. Better performance in even a few of the areas canvassed in this book can change an election outcome, so full attention should be paid to each of them, all the time, every time, without fail, Wallace argues – in real time when it counts. How To Win An Election is a crucial insurance policy against overconfident leaders imposing learner errors on their supporters over and over again, and for getting the best results from Australia's democratic system. 'Ten Commandments for politicians – are you listening Labor? – who have forgotten the basics.' — Laurie Oakes
The Best Australian Science Writing 2018, John Pickrell
This popular yearly anthology gives a snapshot of the very best science writing Australia has to offer, including everything from the most esoteric philosophical questions about ourselves and the universe, through to practical questions about the environment in which we live. Australia's brightest authors, journalists and scientists to challenge perceptions of the world we think we know. This year's selection includes the best of Australia's science writing talent: Jo Chandler, Andrew Leigh, Michael Slezak, Elizabeth Finkel, Bianca Nogrady, Ashley Hay, Joel Werner, Margaret Wertheim and many more.
Beneath the Darkening Sky, Majok Tulba
When the rebels come to Obinna's village, they do more than wreak terror for one night. Lining the children up in the middle of the village, they measure them against the height of an AK-47. Those who are shorter than the gun are left behind. Those who are taller are taken. Obinna and his older brother Akot find themselves the rebel army's newest recruits. A searing new Australian literary talent with a novel combining McCarthy's The Road with Conrad's Heart of Darkness.
The Miracle Typist, Leon Silver
In the tradition of THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ, a heartbreaking true story of love, loss and survival against all odds during the Second World war. Conscripted into the Polish army as Hitler’s forces draw closer, Jewish soldier Tolek Klings vows to return to his wife, Klara, and son, Juliusz. What follows is an extraordinary odyssey that will take Tolek – via a daring escape from a Hungarian internment camp – to Palestine, where his ability to type earns him the title of ‘The Miracle Typist’, then on to fight in Egypt, Tobruk and Italy. This heartbreakingly inspiring true story is brought vividly to life by Tolek’s son-in-law, Melbourne writer Leon Silver.
Flames of Extinction: The race to save Australia’s threatened wildlife, John Pickrell
In Flames of Extinction, award-winning science writer John Pickrell investigates the effects of the 2019–2020 bushfires on Australian wildlife and ecosystems. Journeying across the firegrounds, Pickrell explores the stories of creatures that escaped the flames, the wildlife workers who rescued them, and the conservationists, land managers, Aboriginal rangers, ecologists and firefighters on the frontline of the climate catastrophe. He also reveals the radical new conservation methods being trialled to save as many species as possible from the very precipice of extinction.
Slicing the Silence: Voyaging to Antarctica, Tom Griffiths
In the summer of 2002-03, acclaimed writer and historian Tom Griffiths voyaged the Southern Ocean to Antarctica. He was on board the first Australian ship to ' slice the silence' of a year, arriving at Casey Station to deliver the new team of 'winterers' and take away the old. The author interveaves his own diary entries with rich and engaging essays on Antarctic history, science and culture.
Chasing Shadows, Leila Yusaf Chung
In the evening, Abu Fadi peeled oranges and apples and recounted stories of Palestine, orange groves and the house with the large wooden door that awaited their return. He pulled a black metal key out of his pocket and said, ‘See, children, this big key is to open our front door. I locked the house before I left. Everything is waiting for us in Palestine.
Your Sleepless Baby, Rowena Bennett
For those sleepless parents and babies the world over, in Your Sleepless Baby Rowena Bennett describes effective, drug-free solutions for infant sleep problems. Whatever your parenting style, you'll find solutions to match. You'll discover medical, developmental and behavioural reasons for babies experiencing broken sleep, trouble falling asleep and unusual sleeping patterns.
Sustainable Food, Michael Mobbs
In this companion book to the bestselling Sustainable House, attention is turned to reducing the carbon emissions associated with growing, processing, transporting, selling, and disposing of food. Using the author's personal experiences as its anchor, this handbook contains practical advice on establishing community and backyard vegetable gardens, keeping chooks (chickens) and bees, and reducing water usage, along with insights into dealing with councils, sidelining supermarkets, and what people eat and why. A template is provided for those wishing to learn sustainability measures and put them into practice.