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Curious Recollections

Life in the Curiosity Show

Rob Morrison

Every child who grew up in Australia in the 70s and 80s remembers Curiosity Show, the science show that encouraged kids to build their own experiments at home. Running for 18 years, it was a groundbreaking television production, winning awards and screening into homes around the world.

As the show experiences a renaissance online, co-host Rob Morrison delves into its weird and wonderful past. From a flight to Antarctica, to being an expert witness on dingos in the Lindy Chamberlain case, to using a sex doll to win a scientific debate, Rob's recollections from this era - and of his long partnership with Deane Hutton - are imbued with his famous sense of fun. He also takes us behind the cameras, sharing how he got into the television business and small tips and tricks to engage with viewers all around the world.
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The First Wave

Exploring early coastal contact history in Australia

Gillian Dooley, Danielle Clode

Written for a general audience, The First Wave brings together a variety of contributions from thought-provoking writers, including both original research and creative work. Our contributors explore the dynamics of these early encounters, from Indigenous cosmological perspectives and European history of ideas, from representations in art and literature to the role of animals, food and fire in mediating first contact encounters, and Indigenous agency in exploration and shipwrecks. ...
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Arms for Adonis

Charlotte Jay

Sarah Lane, abandoning her French lover for the brilliant Lebanese sunshine, believes that the day will belong to her alone. But when a street bomb hurls her into the arms of a dangerously handsome Syrian colonel, she finds herself trapped once again. ...
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A Hank of Hair

Charlotte Jay

Gilbert Hand hasn't been the same since his wife died. He's moved to a dull but respectable hotel where silence seems to brood in the hall and stairway. In a secret drawer he discovers a long, thick hank of human hair, and his world narrows down to two people - himself and the murderer. ...
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The Red Devil

The story of South Australian aviation pioneer, Captain Harry Butler, AFC

Les Parsons, Samantha Battams

Captain Harry Butler, AFC, was a national hero in the early 1920s. Hailed as a top aviator, his legacy continues to this day, yet he has been largely forgotten.

Harry Butler returned from war with two aircraft and dreams of starting an industry. With his little crimson monoplane, Red Devil, Captain Butler inspired many thousands as he performed aerial shows in support of Peace Loan efforts. He made the first airmail crossing over a significant body of water in the Southern Hemisphere; established, with the famous engineer Harry Kauper, the first passenger flight business in South Australia; took the first aerial photographs; and set up what became the first Commonwealth Government airport in Adelaide.
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Flight of Hope

A doctor’s fight for his right to personalised medicine

Mark Awerbuch

'This great detective story tells of a doctor unprepared to accept conventional medical wisdom when he was fit only for palliation, and tenacious enough to search for answers elsewhere. This was the nastiest form of leukaemia, one so rare and unresponsive to conventional treatments that many are experimental. Mark was 67 at time of diagnosis. His remarkable story of survival reminds us that chronology is but one measure of age, and a poor one at that. Whatever eventuates in his life, he will be measured by his courage, conviction and single-mindedness.' - Professor Mathew Vadas, AO, Executive Director Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology ...
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Fire and Flavour

Nu's food

Nu Suandokmai, Nigel Hopkins, Tony Lewis

Fire and Flavour: Nu's Food serves up a truly authentic taste of a style of cooking - and daily life - that is fast disappearing, even in rural Thailand.

Discover the traditional Thai cuisine Nu learned in his mother's kitchen - and make it yourself with delicious, simple recipes designed to be recreated by the home cook. From tasty snacks like sun-dried salty fish to luscious desserts like ice cream kati (coconut ice cream), these varied recipes include warming curries, cool seafood dishes and - of course - Nu's own take on the classic pad thai.
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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 fiancée, 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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