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A Souvenir Of Melbourne Australia

RRP $12.95

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Illustrated tourists' guide to Melbourne. Full-colour photographs are accompanied by information about various aspects of the region, including the arts, sport, Phillip Island, Healesville Sanctuary, historical legacies, shopping, nightlife and the city. Includes map. Photographer/publisher produces books, postcards, and musical CDs and cassettes with an Australian theme.


Australian Wildlife

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The world's third-largest island nation has a wide range of wildlife - there are over 450 species of mammals, 300 species of lizards, 110,000 species of insects, not to mention 800 species of bird. Eco-tourists, adventurers, and nature lovers will find Australian Wildlife to be the essential pocket-sized, folding guide to use as they travel.

This beautifully illustrated guide highlights over 140 familiar species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. A map of prominent vegetation zones found in Australia has been included.

Laminated for durability, this guide will conveniently fit into a pocket when you want to reach for your camera or binoculars.

About the Author

Zoologist James Kavanagh has researched and written more than 450 publications pertaining to wildlife observation and outdoor recreation. His unique talent is in taking complex information and synthesizing the salient points to make knowledge about nature and the outdoors more accessible to novices, and to present quick, portable reference information for more experienced wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts.

His books have sold more than 5 million copies worldwide.


Counter-tourism: A Pocketbook

RRP $14.99

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The subtitle - 50 Odd Things to do in a Heritage Site (and other places) - says it all. This is a book to take with you next time you visit a historic or heritage site. Its 50 'tactics' are designed to transform the way you look at these places and to get you thinking about the way the industry packages 'heritage'. It's also an interesting and provocative present for parents, grandparents and anyone else who becomes a tourist from time to time. Although you're encouraged to try them anywhere, many of the tactics work best in a castle, stately home or similar 'attraction'. Among the ideas, you'll find 'Photograph all the stains' and 'Visit heritage sites as if you were a member of a bomb disposal team' - some come with more elaborate instructions but others are as simple as that. The 'tactics' are interspersed with thoughts and commentaries that appear on blue plaques. These soon reveal that the Pocketbook is just the tip of the iceberg. There's a whole radical philosophy underpinning Crab Man's approach to heritage, which has its own 'proper' book (Counter-Tourism: The Handbook). Counter-Tourism is definitely not about 'sneering at tourism'. While the Pocketbook does collect some of the best 'Heritij' cliches and nonsense (including "Explore England's England" and the fabulous "Hop on one leg in beautiful surroundings"), we're encouraged to "Embrace the cock-ups and the accidental poetry - they may tell us much more - than yet another information board or guide in a three-cornered hat".


A Larger Australia

RRP $24.99

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In the ABC 2015 Boyer Lectures, one of Australia's most influential foreign policy experts examines our country's place in the world.

For most of Australia's history, the world was run by nations like our own. But now the international order that has prevailed since the end of the Second World War is fraying. Global institutions are showing their age. Our great and powerful friends are becoming less great and powerful. Rising powers such as China are challenging the old order. Wealth and power are shifting eastwards, towards us. The tyranny of distance is being replaced by the predicament of proximity.

Award-winning historian and author Michael Fullilove argues that we must shape our international environment. This requires us to be smarter and shrewder – but also larger. Australia needs to be a big, confident, ambitious country, open to the world, with an effective political system, the instruments to influence the balance of power and the confidence to have our own head of state. Stirring, timely and important, A Larger Australia tells us it is time for Australians to think big.

The ABC Boyer Lectures is an annual series of lectures delivered by prominent Australians who are invited by the ABC Board to express their thoughts on major social, cultural, scientific or political issues. The ABC Boyer Lectures are named after the late Sir Richard Boyer, a former chairman of the ABC.

About the Author

Michael Fullilove is the executive director of the Lowy Institute in Sydney. A Rhodes Scholar and former prime-ministerial adviser, he writes widely on global issues for publications such as the Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, the New York Times, the Financial Times and Foreign Affairs. His previous books include Reports from a Turbulent Decade (2013), co-edited with Anthony Bubalo, and Rendezvous with Destiny (2013), which was awarded the 2014 Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction.



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