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Book Opens Gateway to China

Confucius Says No, by Leonard Yong, RRP $29.95


“Leonard’s book is a valuable key to understanding our regional neighbours.” – The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG (Former High Court Judge of Australia)

Leonard Yong’s latest book was recently launched to acclaim at the Union Club in Sydney by The Hon Michael Kirby. Among a large gathering, Mr Kirby spoke at length of strengthening ties between Australia and China, and heartily recommended Confucius Says No for those interested in nurturing this burgeoning relationship with our great neighbours. He also gave determined words on recognising the tumultuous history of the Chinese in Australia, and supported efforts to obtain an apology on behalf of those Chinese who had suffered under the White Australia policy.

“This book offers an insightful and pragmatic view of Confucianism as a driver of China’s economic success.” – The Hon Bob Carr, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs

Leonard Yong’s latest book Confucius Says No argues persuasively that the key to understanding the Chinese, and doing business successfully in China, is to understand Confucianism and to recognise the resurgent hold of Confucian thought on the Chinese mind. Now the world’s largest manufacturer, China will inevitably become the world’s largest economy. How Australia engages with its greatest trading partner will determine the economic future for decades to come.

The author provides an expert’s insight to conducting business in Asia. He invites modern readers to turn to the immortal wisdom of Confucius—not just for vision into the future of China and the World, but to guard against delinquent governance and poor policy, in the wake of global financial crises.

Leonard Yong is one of the most respected authorities on corporate governance, and former Chief Internal Auditor at the Australian Industry Development Corporation (AIDC).

“It is essential reading if you care about Australia’s future.” – Malcolm Kerr OAM

Confucius Says No is now available in all good bookstores, and can also be ordered from Halstead Press by email at, or by phone on (02) 9211 3033.

Confucius Says No, by Leonard Yong, RRP $29.95


Featured Title: The Invisible Thread

The Invisible Thread – One Hundred Years of Words
Edited by Irma Gold
RRP $28.95


Containing works from more than 70 eminent Australian writers, this sterling anthology of Canberra and its surrounds has recently launched to great acclaim. Editor Irma Gold has found unexpected connections in the threads spun by these strikingly different writers, illuminating and provoking in equal measure. Featuring a sparkling array of Australian talent: Miles Franklin, AD Hope, Judith Wright, Manning Clark, Don Watson, Les Murray, CEW Bean, Kate Grenville, Omar Musa, and many more stellar writers…

” . . . representative of the best that Canberra writers can do when interacting with this special city over its one hundred years.” — FRANK MOORHOUSE

”Although Melbourne’s the official city of literature, in fact Canberra punches above its weight in terms of the number of writers we’ve had here, and the literary landscape here, which is incredibly rich and diverse.” – IRMA GOLD (in The Sydney Morning Herald)

Ann-Mari Jordens’ Hope

Cover from "Partimento" by Christina Cordero

Sceptics, supporters, students and the plain curious will find something in Hope.

First recorded for the National Library, author and historian Ann-Mari Jordens brings to the page the voices of people escaping persecution and conflict in world troublespots since WWII.

A rare chance to hear in their own words why and how people left families and homes and what they found resettling in Australia.

It’s also the story of ordinary Australians—individuals, community groups and government workers—who gave welcome and support. Through the accounts, Jordens also tracks shifts in government policy from Chifley to Fraser to present times.

Vivid accounts, simple language, maps, photographs and an index give the context usually lacking in coverage of this issue.

A foreword by outspoken Jesuit priest, Fr Frank Brennan, and preface by the UNHCR’s Director for Australia and the Pacific, Richard Towle, help clarify what too often polarises Australia.

Cover from Partimento by Christina Cordero, courtesy of Beaver Galleries

Featured Title: Word Up

Word Up: a Lexicon and Guide to Communication in the 21st Century
by Mark McCrindle with Emily Wolfinger

Word Up, Halstead Press

“Mark McCrindle deserves a medal. Mapless, he’s entered the alien terrains of text-speak, web slang, Gen-Z dialect, among other domains, and returned with a guidebook should we ever lose our way.” — David Astle, columnist, cross-word compiler and co-host of SBS TV’s Letters and Numbers.

Word Up is a revealing, entertaining and sometimes confronting snapshot of Australia today—across the generations.  Word Up explains how we use and mangle our language in the classroom, the media, in politics or the pub. Let social researcher Mark McCrindle help you understand what the other gens are on about.

Featured Title: Canberra – City in the Landscape

Canberra: City in the Landscape
Ken Taylor


It is 100 years since Walter Burley Griffin won the 1911 international design competition to create a city in the landscape for Australia’s national city.

At a time when Burley Griffin’s vision is under siege in some quarters, highly regarded author, academic and landscape planning consultant,Professor Ken Taylor, brings his sharp eye and considerable understanding to the unique features of Canberra’s landscape design.

His book is also an account of the far-sighted people who brought the vision to life. In 1912 Walter BurleyGriffin wrote of his plan for  ‘a city like no other’. Yet many Australians would be unaware that it was Prime Minister Menzies who, many years later, played a part in ensuring Australia had a fitting capital.

Canberra: City in the Landscape helps us understand this grand design and how it came about.

The Monster is back

Monster That Ate Canberra coverThe loveable, hungry Monster That Ate Canberra is back.

By popular demand a sculpture of Alexander the Bunyip now graces the new Gungahlin Public Library.

And to celebrate, a new updated edition of the Monster That Ate Canberra has been released by Halstead Press, 39 years after author and illustrator Michael Salmon first let the Bunyip loose on the capital’s iconic buildings.

To  mark the return of the Monster, the National Library of Australia hosted Bunyip DayMore than 300 school children, teachers and friends of the Library enjoyed stories, cartoons and other fun with author / illustrator Michael SalmonDirector-General of the NLA, Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, welcomed the author but was relieved that the Bunyip—with his tendency to munch on large buildings—was nowhere in sight!

Michael Salmon said he was surprised and delighted when he first heard about a street sculpture to honour the Bunyip.

‘I never expected Alexander Bunyip  to have a bronze sculpture’ he said ‘but it’s wonderful news.’

Parents, children and grandchildren have all enjoyed the antics of Alexander Bunyip as he turns Lake Burley Griffin into his very own billabong, mistakes the National Art Gallery for a ‘big, fat, juicy hamburger’ and Parliament House for a pizza. Perhaps it’s also the final page image of a familiar silver-haired PM tucked into bed with teddy and a copy of ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ that accounts for the enduring appeal of the Monster to adults and children.

The ACT government commissioned the sculpture, by Anne Ross, but the idea to memorialise Canberra’s own monster, came from the local community—Alan Kerlin, President of the Gungahlin Community Council.

In another local link Michael Salmon dedicates the book to his grandfather, Canon W. J. Edwards, first headmaster of Canberra Grammar School, 1928.

The Monster that Ate Canberra by Michael Salmon
Halstead Press. Paperback,
32 pp, Illustrated
 RRP $16.95

Featured Title: The Annotated Such is Life

The Annotated Such is Life
Joseph Furphy
RRP $36.95

The Annotated Such is Life

One of Australia’s best loved classics and is in constant demand by students and general readers.

The prose classic of Australian Literature. Joseph Furphy’s novel of the bush and the outback is a tour de force of genius and originality, published in 1903 and reprinted dozens of times. A book of wit, learning and unforgettable characters and bush philosophy.

The Halstead Classics edition is the best ever published, with the fullest annotation. Learn more about the fascinating world of Joseph Furphy at ABC Radio’s Hindsight program.