Confucius Says No by Leonard Yong

RRP $29.95

Leonard Yong, one of the most respected authorities on corporate governance, keeps a close eye on Asia and the global economy. His latest book Confucius Says No was recently launched by The Hon Michael Kirby, and features a foreword by The Hon Bob Carr. It is an easy introduction to doing business in China, with analysis of China’s place in the world economy and the significance of Confucian thought in modern business.

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 it’s 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)

View photos from The Invisible Thread launch.

Watch the book trailer here.

Hope — Refugees and their Supporters in Australia since 1947
by Ann-Mari Jordens
RRP $28.95


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

First recorded for the National Library, author and historian, Ann-Mari Jordens, now 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

See more at ABC TV’s 7.30 or listen to Ann-Mari Jordens interview on Waleed Aly Drive



Courts & the Media:
Challenges in the Era
of Digital and Social Media

Patrick Keyzer
Jane Johnston
Mark Pearson


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Dogs & Doggerel
by Barbara Blackman

Best-selling author Barbara Blackman unleashes her subversive sense of humour in this unusual collection of verse about the dog in our language and our lives. Whimsical sketches by artist Cheryl Westenberg capture the humour and pathos of this collection.

Not necessarily for children Barbara says, but dog loathers and lovers will recognise themselves and their canines in this unusual new book.

ABC TV talks to Barbara Blackman and canine friend ‘Jack’ at home while arts writer Helen Musa takes a peek at a Doggerel soiree.

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

“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.

Canberra: City in the Landscape

by 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 Burley Griffin 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 Landscapehelps us understand this grand design and how it came about.

The Monster That Ate Canberra
by Michael Salmon


It’s 40 years since he first chomped his way through the Capital but The Monster that Ate Canberra by Michael Salmon has remained a big favourite with children and adults.

He’s back in a special new updated edition from Halstead Press to celebrate a sculpture in his honour. Read more


Australia’s Oldest House by Sue Rosen

Listen to author Sue Rosen on ABC Radio’s Hindsight May 2011.

“Rosen has upset the applecart”

… Elizabeth Farrelly, SMH 10-11 July 2010

“Lusciously illustrated, nicely written and a bloody good read”

… Phillip Adams, Late Night Live ABC RN

Experiment Farm Cottage is languishing in obscurity and poor heritage practice has kept it there.

Built in the earliest days of the colony by surgeon John Harris, the cottage—with its quintessential Aussie veranda and significance to two centuries of Australian homes—deserves a better place in our heritage.

In her latest book, Sue Rosen reveals the mismanagement and red tape behind the story and the damage done when ‘experts’ refuse to engage with historians. Rosen’s book reminds us why such places matter.

It  ‘… reads like an epic battle between the historians and the architects’ (Elizabeth Farelly, Spectrum, SMH, 10-11 July 2010).

Listen to Sue Rosen on ABC Radio National’s  Hindsight , 1 May 2011, on By Design and in conversation with Phillip Adams on Late Night Live.

The Haneef question won’t go away.

Just days before Christmas, lawyers for Mohamed Haneef confirm that he will receive ‘substantial compensation’ from the Australian government for his wrongful detention on terrorism related charges.

Haneef: A Question of Character by Jacqui Ewart follows Mohamed Haneef’s ordeal from the beginning.


“Police and politicians had sent the media into a feeding frenzy of hostility towards the defendant.

… Geoffrey Robertson, QC.

I’m not the big fish

…Mick Keelty, former Federal Police Commissioner.

Without evidence and without a charge, Federal authorities held and interrogated Dr Mohamed Haneef for 11 days in 2007 after he lent his mobile SIM card to a cousin. His case dominated front pages for weeks. With access to the main players, only Ewart’s book reveals all the uncomfortable facts.

Jacqueline Ewart is the one journalist who stuck with the infamous Mohamed Haneef case from day one. After a gifted journalistic career Ewart is now senior lecturer at Brisbane’s Griffith University.

Jacqui Ewart talks about the Haneef case on ABC Radio

Follow the compensation announcement online.

Read the full text of Geoffrey Robertson’s Introduction to Haneef: A Question of Character.

History at the Cross Roads: Australians and the past by Paul Ashton and Paula Hamilton


Australia’s passion for the past simply gets stronger. More people are researching family history and visiting museums than ever before.

History books are one of the strongest-selling categories.

Paula Hamilton and Paul Ashton visit each room in the ‘house of history’ using national research, personal interviews and close observations of social and educational trends to illuminate our attitudes to the past.



Not a Poor Man’s Field by Michael Waterhouse

This big richly illustrated book tells a between-the-wars story of gold, aviation, race relations and Australia’s inept colonial administration.


The High Commissioner of Papua New Guinea—His Excellency Charles Lepani— and Ross (Climate Change) Garnaut heaped praise on Michael Waterhouse’s fascinating book about Australia and PNG’s long inter-connected history. A ‘wonderful book, rich in insights into the human condition.’ …Ross Garnaut.



This vividly told story of a little-known chapter in Australia and PNG relations is available now.

Read the PNG High Commissioner’s comments on election claims and Australia/PNG relations here.

Find out more about Not a Poor Man’s Field and how it came to be written.





Wild Cattle Wild Country: Old mates and memories from the Top End


by Anne Marie Ingham

Click here for Wild Cattle and the NT History Award

Forget about butchers and fast food outlets.  Ingham’s Wild Cattle, Wild Country shows where the meat really came from. Not so long ago, the US hamburger market couldn’t get enough of wild shorthorn cattle from northern Australia, chased across dangerous country by men  using horses, helicopters and 4-wheel drives.

The Top End is fenced in now. Managed Brahman herds have taken over from the wild shorthorns and buffalo. The legendary Toyota bull catcher with its “bionic arm” has gone to the National Museum in Canberra. Wild Cattle, Wild Country reminds us of the hard working, hard living stories of those days.


An Irish Woman in Czarist Russia by Jean Lombard

“a remarkable story of survival and courage”

… Frank O’Shea

Canberra Times

Headstrong child of a Russian heiress and an Irish diplomat, Kathleen ffrench lived a storybook life, in a world on the brink of destruction. While her Australian cousins raised sheep, she toured Europe with barons and princesses. Escaping the horrors of War and her Bolshevik prison, she became the first woman to drive into Eastern Siberia, searching for her missing lover.

To order, visit the Australian Book Group’s catalogue here.


The Annotated Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

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.

To order, visit the Australian Book Group’s catalogue here.