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In a Sunburned Country

In a Sunburned Country

by Bill Bryson

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 335 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The intrepid, ever-resourceful Bill Bryson revels in Australia's eccentric characters, dangerous flora and fauna and other oddities in this wildly funny, effortlessly informative travelogue. (AUS83, $15.99)

Bradt Australian Wildlife

Bradt Australian Wildlife

by Stella Martin

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 196 PAGES

A guide not just to kangaroo and koala, this compact, illustrated survey, featuring 250 color photographs, takes in habitats, parks and conservation, marsupials, birds and bats. (AUS248, $26.99)

Aboriginal Australians

Aboriginal Australians

by Stephen Muecke

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 127 PAGES

A lively shirt-pocket encyclopedia, illustrating the culture, history and art of the Aborigines. (AUS230, $15.95)

Eyewitness Guide Australia

Eyewitness Guide Australia

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 587 PAGES

Featuring hundreds of innovative maps, color photographs and choice recommendations for excursions and sightseeing. (AUS101, $30.00)

Australia Map

Australia Map

by ITMB

  • 2010
  • MAP

A handy, folded map at a scale of 1:3,500,000. (AUS23, $12.95)

 
Culture Smart! Australia

Culture Smart! Australia


by Barry Penney

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice. (AUS189, $9.95)

Eyewitness Guide Sydney

Eyewitness Guide Sydney


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

This superb guide to Sydney features color photography, dozens of excellent neighborhood maps and a district-by-district synopsis of the city's attractions. (AUS25, $23.00)

A Commonwealth of Thieves, The Improbable Birth of Australia

A Commonwealth of Thieves, The Improbable Birth of Australia


by Thomas Keneally

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Keneally illuminates the birth of New South Wales with drama and flair, richly evoking the social conditions in London, long sea voyage and the conditions in Australia. (AUS177, $16.00)

First Footprints, The Epic Story of the First Australians

First Footprints, The Epic Story of the First Australians


by Scott Cane

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 328 PAGES

In tandem with an ABC documentary of the same name, anthropologist Scott Cane produced this informative history to expose a long list of Aboriginal "firsts." The native tribes, he writes, were not only the first humans in Australia, they were the first oceanic mariners and may claim the first art galleries. (AUS284, $29.95)

The Reef, A Passionate History

The Reef, A Passionate History


by Iain McCalman

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 352 PAGES

McCalman, a historian at the University of Sydney, brings to life the explorers and scientists, beachcombers, divers, indigenous peoples and castaways who first experienced the Great Barrier Reef. (AUS277, $27.00)

The Songlines

The Songlines


by Bruce Chatwin

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Rory Stewart provides the introduction to this 25th anniversary edition of Bruce Chatwin's celebrated travelogue. Chatwin transforms a journey through the Outback into an exhilarating, semi-fictional meditation on our place in the world. (AUS01, $16.00)

Aboriginal Art

Aboriginal Art


by Wally Caruana

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 239 PAGES

This well-illustrated survey focuses on the spiritual and geographic sources of art and ritual traditions in Australia. With 187 well produced black-and-white and color illustrations. (AUS14, $21.95)

Australia

Australia


by Thomas Keneally

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

This epic history of Australian art begins with early aboriginal paintings from the 1800s and leads up to contemporary works by modern artists, exploring the inescapable link between the dramatic landscapes and the art scene. (AUS276, $75.00)

Inside Tracks

Inside Tracks


by Robyn Davidson

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

The astounding story of Robyn Davidson, as captured by National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan. Davidson spent an entire year crossing the Outback with a dog and four camels to keep her company. Her award-winning account of the journey, Tracks (AUS15), is now a major motion picture, and the book includes scenes from the film. (AUS274, $45.00)

Tracks, A Woman's Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback

Tracks, A Woman's Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback


by Robyn Davidson

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

The true-life story of a woman's trek across the Australian Outback -- an adventurous tale shot through with a feel for the landscape and empathy for the Aborigines she meets along the way. (AUS15, $15.95)

My Place

My Place


by Sally Morgan

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1987
  • PAPER
  • 440 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

A deeply moving autobiography of three generations in Australia, which artfully evokes Aboriginal culture. Morgan, who spent her childhood in Perth, didn't discover her Aboriginal background until she was in her teens. (AUS19, $19.95)

Stilwater: Finding Wild Mercy in the Outback

Stilwater: Finding Wild Mercy in the Outback


by de Grenade, Rafael

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A vividly descriptive account of a woman's experiences as a cattle rancher at the Stilwater cattle station in Queensland; de Grenade contrasts the startling, pastoral beauty of the land and wildlife with the harshness of ranch life. (AUS279, $16.00)

The Road from Coorain

The Road from Coorain


by Jill Ker Conway

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 238 PAGES

An absorbing account of a young rural girl's coming of age in post-war Sydney. Conway paints a vivid picture of isolation and beauty -- and of the challenges of a bright, ambitious woman growing up Australian. (AUS03, $14.95)

Australia, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Australia, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by Robert Ross

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Arranged geographically, this collection of works by mostly local writers, including Patrick White, Peter Carey and other luminaries introduces the cultures, geography and mindset of Australia. (AUS38, $13.95)

Moonlight Downs

Moonlight Downs


by Adrian Hyland

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 322 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The Ned Kelly Award-winning first Emily Tempest investigation set in the Australia. Emily, a half-white, half-Aboriginal woman returns to her hometown in the Outback only to find that the tribe's elderly leader has been murdered. (AUS251, $14.00)

True History of the Kelly Gang

True History of the Kelly Gang


by Peter Carey

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 386 PAGES

Carey's powerful, daring novel, steeped in the colonial history of late 19th-century Australia, won him a second Booker (the first was for Oscar & Lucinda). Outlaw, folk hero, thief and patriot, the Irish immigrant Ned Kelly and his clan figure large in the Australian mindset. (AUS119, $15.95)

Chasing Kangaroos

Chasing Kangaroos


by Tim Flannery

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

In this ode to the kangaroo, Flannery weaves his own coming of age as a scientist with tales of the strange marsupial, past and present. (AUS186, $14.00)

The Snorkeller's Guide to the Coral Reef, From the Red Sea to the Pacific Ocean

The Snorkeller's Guide to the Coral Reef, From the Red Sea to the Pacific Ocean


by Paddy Ryan

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

This take-along guide covers coral reefs, fish, invertebrates and plants of the Indo-Pacific and includes 200 color photographs. (DIV18, $21.99)

Australia: The East, Travellers' Wildlife Guides

Australia: The East, Travellers' Wildlife Guides


by Les Beletsky

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 544 PAGES

Featuring 650 full-color illustrations of common fish, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and birds of Australia and an overview of parks and preserves including the Great Barrier Reef. (AUS167, $29.95)

Australian Birds

Australian Birds


by Pocket Naturalist

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PLASTIC CARD

A laminated card featuring commonly encountered Australian birds. (AUS99, $6.95)

Australian Wildlife

Australian Wildlife


by Raymond Leung | James Kavanaugh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PLASTIC CARD

This handy fold-out guide features illustrations of almost 150 species of Australian animals. Laminated and pocket-sized, it easily slips into your daypack. (AUS111, $6.95)

Birds of Australia, A Photographic Guide

Birds of Australia, A Photographic Guide


by Iain Campbell

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 392 PAGES
  • COMING IN MAY

This full-color guide profiles all 714 species of Australian birds. Its 1,100 photos are accompanied by maps, habitat profiles and descriptions of the birds' sizes, plumages, distributions, behaviors and voices. (AUS278, $35.00)

Field Guide to the Birds of Australia

Field Guide to the Birds of Australia


by Ken Simpson | Nicholas Day

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 440 PAGES

A handbook and field guide to Australia's birds with 2,000 vivid color illustrations, each accompanied by a brief description and revised range map. (AUS06, $39.95)

Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia

Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia


by Peter Menkhorst | Frank Knight

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A comprehensive guide to 376 species (kangaroos, bandicoots, koalas, wombats, and more), featuring 376 full color illustrations. (AUS117, $50.00)

Fishwatcher's Field Guide, Great Barrier Reef

Fishwatcher's Field Guide, Great Barrier Reef


by Idaz Greenberg

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • PLASTIC CARD

A double-sided, laminated card covering the reef fish of Australia, Papua New Guinea and the tropical Pacific. (DIV41, $7.50)

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