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1 Abrami, Janka 'ZAT IZZ APPLES, SIR'. (Signed Copy)
Brunswick, Victoria, Australia Globe Press 1986 0959367195 / 9780959367195 First Edition Softcover Good+ 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
xi, + 203pp. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Short inscription, signed by author on half-title page, otherwise leaves clean. Sketch-art illustrated [Sharman Fineberg] card wrapper lightly splayed and creased on upper foredge corner. Foxing flecks on rear [text] panel. Janka Abrami has written a moving account of a family of Polish Jews, the Hakari's, who on arriving in Melbourne via Israel in 1955, settle in South Melbourne, and begin the process of 'blending' into the Australian way of life...Contents include: Intro., Part 1: 19 chapters. Part 2: 14 chapters. Book weight approx. 310g. Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 10.34 AUD
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2 Adams, Brian PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST: A Biography of William Dobell
Richmond, Victoria, Australia Hutchinson 1983 009148040X / 9780091480400 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Good+ Good + 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 
332pp., unpaginated colour-art plates throughout. Intext, candid and b/w art halftone plates. Book clean, square. Spine firm., gilt title there-on. Front free endpaper excised, small splash spot on block edge, otherwise leaves clean. Nominal shelfwear and bump on backstrip. Art-illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket edgeworn, closed tears and creases. Tiny stain on foot of rear panel. The biography of Australian art icon, Sir William Dobell, b. 24 September 1899, Newcastle, N.S.W., d. 14 May 1970, Wangi, N.S.W. His prizes, awards and exhibition list cover several pages, but include three highly prestigious Archibald Prizes for Portraiture . . . Contents include: Prelims., 12 chapters, Postscript, Chapter notes, Prizes & Exhibitions, Dobell paintings in Australian Public Collections, Biblio., Index. Book weight approx. 1250g. [1.25KG.] * Buyers outside Australia - This item will incur extra postage charges as it weighs over 1KG. Please email for quote. 
Price: 20.04 AUD
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OPEN SEASON, Akermanis, Jason, with Smart, Gary
3 Akermanis, Jason, with Smart, Gary OPEN SEASON
Prahran, VIC, Australia Hardie Grant Books 2010 1740668243 / 9781740668248 First Edition, First Impression Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good + Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
viii, + 296pp., plus 2 x 8 page, colour, photographically-illustrated sections. Book clean, square. Spine firm, white title there-on. Plain black boards undamaged. Leaves clean. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket negligibly edge-creased and surface scuffed only. "No longer restrained by contractual obligations and free to speak at last, Aker reveals a no-holds-barred look at a stellar sporting career, including behind-the-scenes details of his falling out with Leigh Matthews, his move from the Brisbane Lions to the Western Bulldogs and his explosive final season, which was cut short amid very public controversy. Interwoven through the highs and lows of an outstanding professional professional life is his personal story . . . " Book weight approx. 630g. 
Price: 13.16 AUD
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IAN GAWLER : The Dragon's Blessing, Allenby, Guy
4 Allenby, Guy IAN GAWLER : The Dragon's Blessing
Crows Nest, N.S.W., Australia Allen & Unwin 2008 1741756081 / 9781741756081 First Edition Softcover Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
viii, + 342pp., plus 16 page, b/white and colour, photographic section. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean, a hint of tanning to edges, soft corner crease to several. Illustrated card wrapper nominally edgeworn, soft corner crease to rear. "In 1974, Dr Ian Gawler, an ambitious young veterinarian and athlete, developed bone cancer in his right leg . . . In 1984, Ian Gawler's legendary bestseller 'You Can Conquer Cancer' was published. Today, Gawler is a world-renowned pioneer in the therapeutic application of mind-body medicine and meditation and The Gawler Foundation offers residential programs and day workshops to cancer patients and their families . . . This is an honest, unflinching and illuminating portrait of an unorthodox, compassionate and courageous Australian . . . " Book weight approx. 485g. 
Price: 20.68 AUD
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SACKED COACH : Life . . . Football . . . Death, Alves, Stan, with Davies, Col
5 Alves, Stan, with Davies, Col SACKED COACH : Life . . . Football . . . Death
Melbourne, VIC, Australia Crown Content 2002 1863503978 / 9781863503976 First Edition Softcover Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
viii, + 292pp., plus 1 x 8 page b/white photographically-illustrated section. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean, small corner crease to several at rear. Illustrated card wrapper has soft corner crease to rear panel, negligible edgewear. "Stan Alves led the embattled Saints to their first grand final appearance in 26 years. The following year his sacking stunned the Australian sporting public . . . Understandably devastated, Stan let go of intense feelings of anger and bitterness, and turned adversity into triumph." Book weight approx. 445g. 
Price: 11.28 AUD
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PLEASURE AND PAIN : My Life, Amphlett, Chrissy, with Writer, Larry
6 Amphlett, Chrissy, with Writer, Larry PLEASURE AND PAIN : My Life
Sydney, N.S.W., Australia Hachette Australia 2007 0733622232 / 9780733622236 First Thus Softcover Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
336pp., b/white, candidly-illustrated, unpaginated halftone plate sections. Book clean and square. Spine firm, a soft reading crease on same. Illustrated card wrapper mildly bumped and edgeworn, with a crease on lower rear foredge corner. Textblock clean and unmarked. Chrissy Amphlett (born 25/10/1959) was a true legend of Australian rock 'n' roll, giving spell-binding performances as the lead singer of the Divinyls. Gripping and searingly honest; this is her story. Chrissy Amphlett died on 21st April, 2013, in New York. Contents include: Prelims., 23 chapters, Acks. Book weight approx. 405g. 
Price: 18.80 AUD
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7 Andrews, Natalie CLARA'S WITCH
North Fremantle, Western Australia Fremantle Arts Centre Press 2004 1920731628 / 9781920731625 First Edition Softcover, 8vo Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
269pp. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated card wrapper lightly bumped, plus minor crease on lower foredge corner. A fictionalised, biographical account of the story of 'Clara McGovern', a moving narrative of struggle and ultimate triumph over a life profoundly affected by a traumatic and abusive childhood...Book weight approx. 310g. Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 15.48 AUD
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AN AUSTRALIAN EXPERIENCE : Words from the Vietnam Years (Signed Copy), Ashbolt, Allan
8 Ashbolt, Allan AN AUSTRALIAN EXPERIENCE : Words from the Vietnam Years (Signed Copy)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Australian Book Society 1974 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good Good + 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall Signed by Author
400pp. Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over slightly bumped spine. Plain black boards very good. Signed by the author Allan Ashbolt, along with a stamped number '67', on title page. Textblock tanned. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket mildly edgeworn and abraded, with a pinhole-size biopredation hole on inner side of front foredge fold. Noted for his long career with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and his controversial political views, this book by Allan Ashbolt (1921-2005) covers the period of the 1960s and early 1970s when he was a leading activist in the Australian anti-war movement, and an outspoken critic of governmental policies . . . Contents include: Prelims., three 'parts', Appendix. Book weight approx. 330g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 40.99 AUD
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9 Bakaloff, Jordan ONLY ONE LIFE: An Autobiography
Victoria, Australia Privately 1992 0646112651 / 9780646112657 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Fine Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
[viii] + 192pp., plus [viii]. Art-illustrated endpapers. Unpaginated [16 page] colour-plate section, plus intext b/white halftone plate illustrations; facsimiles and happy snaps. Book clean and square. Spine tight. Bright gilt titles. Leaves unmarked. Boards undamaged. Caricature-art illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket lightly edgeworn only. The author, Jordan Bakaloff, takes us on the journey of his life, from his birth in the Rhodope Mountains of Bulgaria, post-World War One, childhood, arrival in Australia 1949, his restaurants, including the famous Troika in Hampton, Victoria, with its bevy of international personalities and some of his 'tempestuous' personal relationships . . . Jordan Bakaloff passed away in 2009. Book weight approx. 520g. 
Price: 14.10 AUD
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ONLY ONE LIFE: An Autobiography, Bakaloff, Jordan
10 Bakaloff, Jordan ONLY ONE LIFE: An Autobiography
Victoria, Australia Privately 1992 0646112651 / 9780646112657 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
[viii] + 192pp., plus [viii]. Art-illustrated endpapers. Unpaginated [16 page] colour-plate section, plus intext b/white halftone plate illustrations; facsimiles and photographic illustrations. Book clean, square. Spine tight. Bright gilt titles. Leaves unmarked. Boards undamaged. Caricature-art illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket mildly edge-creased only. The author, Jordan Bakaloff, takes us on the journey of his life, from his birth in the Rhodope Mountains of Bulgaria, post-World War One, childhood, arrival in Australia 1949, his restaurants, including the famous Troika in Hampton, Victoria, with its bevy of international personalities and some of his 'tempestuous' personal relationships . . . Jordan Bakaloff passed away in 2009. Book weight approx. 520g. 
Price: 14.10 AUD
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SPUN OUT : The Shane Warne Story, Barry, Paul
11 Barry, Paul SPUN OUT : The Shane Warne Story
Sydney, N.S.W., Australia Bantam 2006 1863255966 / 9781863255967 First Edition, First Impression Hardcover and Dustjacket Near Fine Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
x, + 541pp., two unpaginated, colour and b/white, candidly-illustrated halftone plate sections. Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over nominally bumped spine. Plain black boards undamaged. Text-block unmarked. Subject-portrait illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket mildly edgeworn only. Not sanctioned by Shane Warne in any way, this biography of the record-breaking Australian cricketer is made up of the recollections of 'ex-schoolmates', 'teachers', 'ex-team-mates', an 'army' of officials acquaintances and others . . . plus, no doubt, a lot from the public record. It is, in the author's words, " . . . the real thing: guts and glory, warts and all." Contents include: Prelims., Author's Note, Prologue, 27 chapters, References, Acks. (photos and text), Index. Book weight approx. 1.1 KG. * Buyers outside Australia - This item will incur extra postage charges as it weighs over 1KG. Please email for quote. 
Price: 28.20 AUD
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THE WEAPONS DETECTIVE : The Inside Story of Australia's Top Weapons Inspector, Barton, Rod
12 Barton, Rod THE WEAPONS DETECTIVE : The Inside Story of Australia's Top Weapons Inspector
Melbourne, VIC, Australia Black Inc/Schwartz Publishing 2006 0975076957 / 9780975076958 First Edition Softcover Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
x., + 278pp., plus 8 page, b/white, photographically-illustrated section. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated card wrapper nominally edgeworn only. " . . . tells of a professional life replete with adventure, urgency and achievement. From the chaos of Somalia to the inner sanctums of the UN, Barton has more than once been in the eye of the historical storm . . . describes the fascinating chess-game of weapons inspection, with its mixture of detective work, scientific analysis and mind-games . . . reveals an unsung Australian hero and sheds new light on a vital chapter of contemporary history." Includes Foreword, Cast of Characters, Notes, and Index. Book weight approx. 460g. 
Price: 16.03 AUD
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STILL IN THE BUSH, Beadell, Len
13 Beadell, Len STILL IN THE BUSH
Adelaide, South Australia Rigby Limited 1975 0727000209 / 9780727000200 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
(vii) + 175pp., locality map endpapers. Unpaginated b/white halftone plates throughout (all called-for plates extant and attached). Book clean. Lightly bumped spine firm, and very slightly canted. Plain green boards undamaged. Textblock unmarked. Colour, photographically-illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket mildly edgeworn only. Adventurous Australian outback surveyor Len Beadell (1923-1995) tells, in his inimitable style, of his primary involvement in the earliest days of the development of the Woomera Rocket Range, in the far north-west of South Australia . . . Contents include: Prelims., 17 chapters. Book weight approx. 470g. 
Price: 22.56 AUD
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A WOMAN'S WORK: The Story of a Mallee Farmer's Wife from 1913, Beaton, Florence
14 Beaton, Florence A WOMAN'S WORK: The Story of a Mallee Farmer's Wife from 1913
Red Cliffs, Victoria, Australia Author, via the Sunnyland Press 1985 0959053808 / 9780959053807 First Edition Softcover (Side-stapled) Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
92pp., b/white halftone plate frontispiece and like plates throughout (family sources), plus several small sketch-illustrations. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Side-stapled format. Monochrome illustrated limp card wrapper very good, with just a hint of biopredation on sub-title. Staples as new. Monochrome facsimile on inner rear wrap. Textblock has a former owner's name on half-title page, else leaves unmarked. Centred on the lives of Frank and Clara McNabb, pioneering farmers at Carwarp in the Mallee region of north-west Victoria. In part it is a story of a farmer's life, but mainly it is intended to convey something of the farmer's wife's life and how she managed in her home, quite apart from the working side of the farm . . . Contents include: Prelims., Foreword, 18 chapters. Book weight approx. 235g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 33.84 AUD
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WOMAN IN THE MIRROR : An Australian Autobiography.  (Signed Copy), Bell, Isabel Grace
15 Bell, Isabel Grace WOMAN IN THE MIRROR : An Australian Autobiography. (Signed Copy)
Richmond, Vic, Australia Spectrum Publications 1999 086786284x / 9780867862843 First Edition Softcover Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed and Inscribed By Author
vii, + 208pp., numerous b/white illustrations: photographic, plus historical and archival documents, throughout. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Author's signed gift inscription to inside front cover, otherwise leaves clean. Cameo, subject-illustrated card wrapper has tiny corner crease to front panel, else nominally edgeworn and scuffed. " . . .is a panorama of events and experiences in a life lived 'under the shadow of the Almighty' . . . as a historian, Isabel ponders the mysteries of ancestral links, especially when there is a lack of written records. Hundreds of remarkable photographs and historic documents add a rich, sometimes nostalgic dimension to her life story, which includes comprehensive family trees at the conclusion of the book . . . " Contents include: Preface, 16 chapters, Epilogue, Martin Family Tree, Morris Ancestry, Sessions Ancestry, James Family Tree. Book weight approx. 300g. Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 22.04 AUD
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DON'T DIE WITH THE MUSIC IN YOU, Bennett, Wayne, with Crawley, Steve
16 Bennett, Wayne, with Crawley, Steve DON'T DIE WITH THE MUSIC IN YOU
Sydney, N.S.W., Australia ABC Books 2007 0733322190 / 9780733322198 Revised Softcover Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
222pp. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated card wrapper negligibly scuffed only. A book full of anecdotes, inspiration and homespun philosophies by respected Australian Rugby League coach and personality, Wayne Bennett. Contents include: Introduction, Forewords, Coaching, Winning, Rugby League, Teamwork, Role Models, Duty of Care, Epilogue. Book weight approx. 226g. Postage charge will be reduced as this book will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 11.28 AUD
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NO EASY WAY, Bettye Le Marquand
17 Bettye Le Marquand NO EASY WAY
Victoria Privately Published 1991 First Edition Card Softcover Very Good. 8vo 
44pp. Book square, clean. Author's stamp on title page, else leaves clean. Monochrome illustrated (author portrait on rear), card wrapper undamaged. The autobiography of a determined girl, suffering severe brain damage at birth (Jan 2, 1943) and with stoic resilience and external assistance has lived a complete and fulfilling life. Book weight approx. 100gms. Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 8.52 AUD
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GLASS AFTER GLASS: Autobiographical Reflections, Blackman, Barbara
18 Blackman, Barbara GLASS AFTER GLASS: Autobiographical Reflections
Ringwood, Victoria, Australia Viking (Penguin) 1997 0670872725 / 9780670872725 First Edition, First Impression Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
407pp., unpaginated b/white halftone plate sections. Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over lightly bumped spine. Plain blue boards bumped on foredge corners. Textblock lightly tanned, else unmarked. Art-illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket slightly edgeworn and bumped. Known widely as the wife of leading Australian artist Charles Blackman (1928 - ), Barbara Blackman was much more than that - model, writer, poet, broadcaster, child psychologist, oral historian, theatre co-founder, and mother - all while sight impaired . . . Contents include: Prelims., Prologue, 4 'parts', Credits, Index. Book weight approx. 900g. *Customers outside Australia - This item will incur extra postage charges as it will weigh over 1KG. with packing. Please email for quote. 
Price: 16.92 AUD
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THROUGH THE WALL: Reflections on Leadership, Love and Survival, Bligh, Anna
19 Bligh, Anna THROUGH THE WALL: Reflections on Leadership, Love and Survival
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia HarperCollins Publishers 2015 0732299535 / 9780732299538 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Near Fine Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
x, + 326pp., unpaginated, illustrated sections (mostly candid colour plates). Book clean and square. Slight bump on head of spine. Plain white boards undamaged. Textblock pristine. Photographic author-portrait, loose-plastic protected dustjacket lightly edgeworn, a security sticker affixed to verso of rear panel. From a less than ideal childhood with an alcoholic father, through to being the first female popularly elected Premier of Queensland, faced with leading her state through confronting natural disasters, only to suffer electoral defeat a year later, then to face her own mortality with cancer - this is Anna Bligh's story . . . Contents include: Prelims., Prologue, 12 chapters, Epilogue, Acks. Book weight approx. 625g. 
Price: 24.44 AUD
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UP WE GREW : Stories Of Australian Childhoods, Bone, Pamela
20 Bone, Pamela UP WE GREW : Stories Of Australian Childhoods
Carlton South, VIC, Australia Melbourne University Press 2005 0522851185 / 9780522851182 Reprint Softcover Very Good + 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
xi, + 248pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated card wrapper softly corner creased on lower front panel. From the rear panel: "Taking as a starting point her own story of growing up in a small town on the Murray River after the war, Pamela Bone illuminates the influences that shape us from early life : family, friendships, school. Then, through a series of candid interview she broadens out her investigation, considering how some famous and less well-known Australians coped with the death of a parent, divorce, differentness; talent, opportunity, money, or the lack thereof . . . " Book weight approx. 286g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 11.28 AUD
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