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30 Days On Australia's Railways

RRP $14.95

An entertaining look at railway events in Australia in the month of September—from 1848, when a meeting was called to start a railway company in New South Wales, to 2013, when the great Bayer-Garrett AD6029 steam engine was restored to working order.Author David Burke has crafted a ‘diary’ which documents, day by day, major happenings to do with railways in Australia—from the days of steam, to diesel, to diesel-electric and electrification, covering the first trains that ran between New South Wales and Queensland, and to Melbourne.

About the Author

David Burke is a documentary filmmaker and former 60 MINUTES writer/producer who came to Paris in 1986 for what he thought would be a year, but turned into more than twenty. Besides Writers in Paris, he has written two editions of HarperCollinss Access Paris, a travel guide to Mediterranean France, and numerous articles for magazines and web sites.

He and his wife, producer/director Joanne Burke, have also made seven documentaries over these years and are working on a eighth.

He now divides his time between Paris and New York.


Pastoral Australia

RRP $34.99

Pastoral Australia tells the story of the expansion of Australia's pastoral industry, how it drove European settlement and involved Aboriginal people in the new settler society. The rural life that once saw Australia "ride on the sheep's back" is no longer what defines Australians, yet it is largely their history as a pastoral nation that has endured in heritage places and which is embedded in their self-image as Australians.

The challenges of sustaining a pastoral industry in Australia make a compelling story of their own. Developing livestock breeds able to prosper in the Australian environment was an ongoing challenge, as was getting wool and meat to market.

Many stock routes, wool stores, abattoirs, wharf facilities, railways, roads, and river and ocean transport systems that were developed to link the pastoral interior with the urban and market infrastructure still survive. Windmills, fences, homesteads, shearing sheds, bores, stock yards, traveling stock routes, bush roads and railheads all changed the look of the country. These features of the landscape are symbols of a pastoral Australia, and of the foundations of a national identity, which will endure long into the future.

Key features
Outlines the history of pastoralism from 1788 to 1967 in an accessible way
Links the history to the many and varied surviving sites and landscape features created by it, which are now part of the heritage
Tells the story of involvement of Aboriginal people in pastoralism, particularly in northern Australia
Puts pastoralism into the context of Australia's development as a nation


Australia: In Bed With A Sheikh!

RRP $20.99

Irresistible, Seductive Sheikhs - Sarah Hillyard was persuaded to become travelling companion of sheikh Tareq al-Khaima and, as he tries to win her with no promise of commitment, Sarah decides to see how the self-contained Sheikh will react if she turns the tables and becomes the seducer. When Sharif al Kader's betrothed eloped with a pilot, he acted swiftly with all the pride and arrogance of a desert king - abducting the pilot's sister, Leah, as a replacement in the wedding bed! When Emily Ross is imprisoned on Sheikh Zageo's island palace, she will do anything to prove her innocence. If the price is giving herself to him, it's one she'll have to pay...


Travels With A Donkey In The Cevennes

RRP $13.99

Robert Louis Stevenson was one of the greatest authors of the nineteenth century. Stevenson still ranks as one of the most translated authors in history. Classic books such as Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are still widely read today and have been made into many critically acclaimed films throughout the years.Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes is considered a classic in outdoor literature. The travelogue records Stevenson's 12-day hiking journey through the Cevennes mountains in 1878.


Australia And Oceania

RRP $13.95

Australia is a large island in the South Pacific Ocean. It's neighbours are the thousands of islands of Oceania.

What is the Outback? It is a vast region in the centre of Australia. Most of it is a hot, dry desert.

Inside, you'll find :

  • The largest butterfly in the world
  • Maps, a time line, photos and a desert with some of the biggest rocks on Earth
  • Surprising, true facts that will shock and amaze you
  • Clean new design for easy readability and comprehension
  • Updated text presented in a lively, continuous narrative
  • New centre-spread sidebar feature presenting material in a fun, creative way
  • Excellent age-appropriate introduction to curriculum-relevant subjects
  • Important Words glossary clarifies subject-specific vocabulary
  • Resources section encourages independent study
  • Index makes navigating subject matter easy



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