Storm Whale

A captivating and beautifully illustrated story about three sisters who find a stranded whale on the beach. With a powerful, poetic text, wonderful to read aloud, and illustrations full of life and movement, Storm Whale celebrates the majesty and vulnerability of nature and our place in it.

Hark, It's Me. Ruby Lee!

Ruby Lee is a little girl with a very big imagination. Every week Ruby's teacher, Mrs Majestic-Jones, asks special people to do special jobs in her class. Ruby would do anything to be the messenger, as she's the best in her class at announcing. But will her wild imagination get in the way? A delightful story about an adorable and irrepressible heroine from CBCA award-winning author Lisa Shanahan and Illustrators Australia award-winner Binny.

Figgy Takes the City

This is the third and final story in the award-winning Figgy series. Both Nana and Figgy, receive scholarships to attend the Hope College in Ghana's big city, Accra. Figgy and Nana will have to leave behind the village and family they love, meet lots of new people and learn new things. Figgy does not want to go, but Grandma Ama says she must. But Nana begins acting strange and he will not tell Figgy what he is doing when he disappears from school on the weekends.


The story reveals the resilience of the human spirit and the universal importance of home and finding safe shelter. This story of compassion and connectivity is more important than ever, given the current global political climate. Themes: birds, migration, geography, refugees, natural disasters, hope, resilience, home, safety.


This is a story of Jelena Dokic's survival. How she survived as a refugee, twice. How she survived on the tennis court to become World No. 4. But, most importantly, how she survived her father, Damir Dokic, the tennis dad from hell. From war-torn Yugoslavia to Sydney to Wimbledon, she narrates her hellish ascent to becoming one of the best tennis players in the women's game, and her heart-breaking fall from the top. Her gutsy honesty will leave you in awe. Her fight back from darkness will uplift you. Most of all, Jelena's will to survive will inspire you.

The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders

Libraries are filled with magic. From the Bodleian, the Folger and the Smithsonian to the fabled libraries of middle earth, Umberto Eco's mediaeval library labyrinth and libraries dreamed up by John Donne, Jorge Luis Borges and Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Stuart Kells explores the bookish places, real and fictitious, that continue to capture our imaginations. The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders is a fascinating and engaging exploration of libraries as places of beauty and wonder. It's a celebration of books as objects and an account of the deeply personal nature of these hallowed spaces by one of...

No Front Line: Australia's Special Forces at War in Afghanistan

In an extraordinary investigation undertaken over 10 years, Chris Masters opens up the heart of Australia's Special Forces and their war in Afghanistan. He gives voice to the soldiers, he takes us to the centre of some of the fiercest combat Australia has ever experienced and provides the most intimate examination of what it is like to be a member of this country's elite fighting forces. But he also asks difficult questions that reveal controversial clouds hanging over our Special Operations mission in Afghanistan.

Mischka's War: a European Odyssey of the 1940s

In 1943, Mischka Danos witnessed a terrible sight in the Latvian woods—a pit filled with Jews killed by the Germans. Mischka escaped conscription to the Waffen-SS by going on exchange to Germany and later discovered he was part-Jewish. His was no ordinary life. He escaped death in the firebombing of Dresden. He lived in occupied Germany before reuniting with his mother in Denmark. He was a member of the Heidelberg school of physics. Resettled in the US, he fell in love with and married Sheila Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick pieces together her late husband's story through diaries, correspondence...

The Enigmatic Mr Deakin

Alfred Deakin—scholar, spiritualist, prime minister—was instrumental in creating modern Australia. In the first biography of Deakin in more than half a century, the acclaimed political historian Judith Brett deftly weaves together his public, private and family lives. She brings out from behind the image of a worthy, bearded father of federation the principled and passionate, gifted and eccentric figure whose legacy continues to shape the contours of the nation's politics.

Indigenous and Other Australians since 1901

Not 'dying out' as predicted, Aboriginal numbers recovered and—along with Torres Strait Islanders—they became an articulate presence, aggrieved at colonial authority's interventions into family life and continuing dispossession. This book narrates their recovery—not only in numbers but in cultural confidence and critical self-awareness. Pointing to Indigenous leaders, it also reassesses the contribution of government and mission 'protection' policies and the revised definitions of 'Aboriginal'. Rowse explains why Australia has conceded a large Indigenous Land and Sea Estate, and argues that...
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