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10 books about Australia
Pick up one of these featured titles on Australia in May 2021.
The Exiles: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline
Category: Cultural Heritage
This book was published last year by Custom House and takes approximately 12.8 hours to read.
The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Orphan Train returns with an ambitious, emotionally resonant historical novel that captures the hardship, oppression, opportunity and hope of a trio of women's lives--two English convicts and an orphaned Aboriginal girl -- in nineteenth-century Australia. Seduced by her employer's son, Evangeline, a naïve young governess in early nineteenth-century London, is discharged when her pregnancy is discovered and sent to the notorious Newgate Prison. After months in the fetid, overcrowded jail, she learns she is sentenced to "the land beyond the seas," Van Diemen's Land, a penal colony in Australia. Though uncertain of what awaits, Evangeline knows one thing: the child she carries will be born on the months-long voyage to this distant land. During the journey on a repurposed slave ship, the Medea, Evangeline strikes up a friendship with Hazel, a girl little older than her former pupils who was sentenced to seven years transport for stealing a silver spoon. Canny where Evangeline is guileless, Hazel--a skilled midwife and herbalist--is soon offering home remedies to both prisoners and sailors in return for a variety of favors. Though Australia has been home to Aboriginal people for more than 50,000 years, the British government in the 1840s considers its fledgling colony uninhabited and unsettled, and views the natives as an unpleasant nuisance. By the time the Medea arrives, many of them have been forcibly relocated, their land seized by white colonists. One of these relocated people is Mathinna, the orphaned daughter of the Chief of the Lowreenne tribe, who has been adopted by the new governor of Van Diemen's Land. In this gorgeous novel, Christina Baker Kline brilliantly recreates the beginnings of a new society in a beautiful and challenging land, telling the story of Australia from a fresh perspective, through the experiences of Evangeline, Hazel, and Mathinna. While life in Australia is punishing and often brutally unfair, it is also, for some, an opportunity: for redemption, for a new way of life, for unimagined freedom. Told in exquisite detail and incisive prose, The Exiles is a story of grace born from hardship, the unbreakable bonds of female friendships, and the unfettering of legacy.
A Kid's Guide to Australia by Jack L Roberts
Category: Australia & Oceania
This book was published 4 years ago by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform and takes approximately 1.3 hours to read.
A Kid's Guide to Australia takes young readers on an exciting and colorful adventure to the amazing country of Australia, where they will learn about the country's history, culture, wildlife, and more. Designed primarily for recreational, high-interest reading, the book is also a great resource for students to use to research geography topics or writing assignments. It is one in a series of books about countries and cultures around the world published by Curious Kids Press.
Learning about Australia (Searchlight Books (TM) -- Do You Know the Continents?) by Lisa Owings
Category: Environmental Economics
This book was published 6 years ago by LernerClassroom and takes approximately 1.3 hours to read.
Presents general information about the continent of Australia, looking at its states, cities, landforms, climate, natural resources, people, cultures, and economics.
Fodor's Essential Australia (Full-color Travel Guide) by Fodor's Travel Guides
This book was published 2 years ago by Fodor's Travel and takes approximately 22.9 hours to read.
Ready to experience Australia? The experts at Fodor's are here to help. Fodor's Essential Australia travel guide is packed with customizable itineraries with top recommendations, detailed maps of Australia, and exclusive tips from locals. Whether you want to dive the Great Barrier Reef, scale the Sydney Harbour Bridge, sail the Whitsunday Islands, or explore Aboriginal art in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, this up-to-date guidebook will help you plan it all out. This new edition has been FULLY-REDESIGNED with a new layout and beautiful images for more intuitive travel planning! Fodor's Essential Australia includes: - AN ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE GUIDE that visually captures the top highlights of Australia. - SPECTACULAR COLOR PHOTOS AND FEATURES throughout, including special features on diving the Great Barrier Reef, understanding Aboriginal Art, hiking in the Blue Mountains, driving the Convict Trail in Tasmania, and exploring Australia's renowned wine regions. - INSPIRATIONAL "BEST OF" LISTS that identify the best things to see, do, eat, drink, and more. - MULTIPLE ITINERARIES for various trip lengths to help you maximize your time. - MORE THAN 70 DETAILED MAPS AND A FREE PULLOUT MAP to help you plot your itinerary and navigate confidently. - EXPERT RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS with options for every taste. - TRIP PLANNING TOOLS AND PRACTICAL TIPS including guides to getting around, saving money and time, beating the crowds; and a calendar of festivals and events. - LOCAL INSIDER ADVICE on where to find under-the-radar gems including: Western Australia's Best Beaches, Tasmania's Top Hikes, 10 Unique Places to Stay, and 20 Things to Eat and Drink in Australia. -HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL OVERVIEWS to add perspective and enrich your travels. - COVERS: Sydney, New South Wales, Melbourne, Victoria, Tasmania, Brisbane, Adelaide, the Northern Territory, Perth, and Western Australia and includes the Great Barrier Reef, the Blue Mountains National Park, the Gold Coast, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Bondi Beach, Daintree National Park, Cairns, and more. ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts. Fodor's has been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for over 80 years. Planning on visiting New Zealand? Check out Fodor's Essential New Zealand.
Beautiful World Australia by Lonely Planet
Category: Street Photography
This book was published 2 years ago by Lonely Planet and takes approximately 9.1 hours to read.
Immerse yourself in Australia with this stunning collection of photographs and discover the nation's extraordinary range of landscapes and environments, cultures, creatures and people - from world-famous wineries and white-sand beaches to buzzing cities and ancient rainforests. Beautiful World Australia is the perfect way to lose yourself in the country. Striking photos fill each page, while special gatefolds open to reveal magnificent panoramas. If you've been, retrace your steps and relive the time you spent there. If you haven't, this book is the perfect way to start planning an adventure. We've divided the contents into states and territories. On your journey across Australia you'll explore the tropical paradise of the Whitsunday Islands and their impossibly white beaches, the Great Ocean Road and its star attraction, the 12 Apostles, snow-covered mountains, hip and happening Melbourne with its street art-filled laneways, migrating humpback whales and east coast surfing communities. As you continue further, you'll discover the Great Barrier Reef and the incredible variety of life it harbours, as well as indigenous animals like the Tasmanian devil. You'll then discover the cowboys of Queensland cattle country, Aboriginal culture and craftwork, vineyards adorning the southern hills, the vast emptiness of the Outback and much more. About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our content online, on mobile, video and in 14 languages, 12 international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Category: Family Saga
This book was published 8 years ago by Scribner and takes approximately 11.5 hours to read.
"A novel set on a remote Australian island, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore"--
It's All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels by Robert Penn
Category: Exercise & Fitness
This book was published 9 years ago by Bloomsbury USA and takes approximately 6.9 hours to read.
"The bicycle is one of mankind's greatest inventions and the most popular form of transport in history. Robert Penn has ridden one most days of his adult life. In his late 20s, he pedaled around the world. Yet, like cyclists everywhere, the utilitarian bikes he currently owns don't even hint at this devotion. Robert needs a new bike, a customized machine that reflects how he feels when he's riding it - like an ordinary man touching the gods. It's All About the Bike is the story of a journey to design and build a dream bike. En route, Robert explores the culture, science and history of the bicycle. From Stoke in his native UK, where an artisan hand builds his frame, to California, home of the mountain bike, where Robert tracks down the perfect wheels, via Portland, Milan, and back to the UK to Coventry (birthplace of the modern bicycle, natch), this is the narrative of our love affair with cycling. It's All About the Bike is, like Penn's dream bike, a tale that's greater than the sum of its parts but those parts are nothing to sneeze at. His components set the standard in reliability, craftsmanship and beauty. A cheerful and charming tour guide, Penn tells how the bicycle has changed the course of human history, from the invention of the "people's nag" to the bike's role in the emancipation of women, and from the engineering marvel of the tangent-spoked wheel to the enduring allure of the Tour de France. It's the story of why we ride, and why this simple machine remains central to life today"--
Over in Australia: Amazing Animals Down Under by Marianne Berkes
This book was published 10 years ago by Dawn Publications and takes approximately 1.1 hours to read.
A counting book in rhyme presents various Australian animals and their offspring, from a mother crocodile and her "little hatchling one" to a huge father emu and his "little chicks ten." Includes related facts and activities.
We estimate total reading time by multiplying a book's page count by an average reading speed of 2 minutes per page. Summaries sourced from Google Books.
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