Perth, 1899: a respected public servant mistakes a bottle of cyanide for his heart medicine, swallows it and dies. Months later on the other side of the country, a prisoner of Pentridge gaol with the same name as the deceased reads of the inquest with alarm. He writes to the coroner with his suspici..
How a motley crew of merchant seamen walked 600 miles to save 7000 gallons of rum
By the bestselling author of The Ship That Never Was
When, in 1796, Calcutta-based Scottish merchants Campbell & Clark dispatched an Indian ship hurriedly renamed the Sydney Cove to the colony of New South Wale..
Patented in 1898 and produced from 1900, Georg Luger 's iconic semi-automatic pistol became synonymous with Germany 's armed forces throughout both world wars.
Initially chambered for the 7.65 21mm round, from 1902 the Luger was designed for DWM 's 9 19mm round, which even today remains the most po..
In 1967-68, the United States Marine Corps (USMC) was on the front line of the defence of South Vietnam's Quang Tri province, which was at the very heart of the Vietnam conflict. Facing them were the soldiers of the North Vietnamese Army (NVA), men whose organization and equipment made them a very d..
During the 19th century, US forces confronted the Seminole people in a series of bitter wars over the fate of Florida. After the refusal of the Seminoles to move west to the Creek Reservation in Mississippi, the US government sent troops to bring Florida under federal control, marking the beginning ..
How has a Christian movement, founded at the turn of the twentieth century by the son of freed slaves, become the fastest-growing religion on Earth? Neo-Charismatic Pentecostalism has some 600 million followers worldwide, and by 2050 their numbers will grow to 1 billion: that's one in ten people. Th..
REMAINDER MARKED -From an award-winning scholar, the extraordinary sixty-thousand-year history of how the Pacific islands were settled. A Wall Street Journal Book of the YearHighlights a dizzying burst of new research The EconomistTakes readers on a narrative odyssey Wall Street JournalI would not b..
REMAINDER MARKED -Why have Western societies that were once overwhelmingly Christian become so secular Looking to the feelings and faith of ordinary people, the award-winning author of Protestants Alec Ryrie offers a bold new history of atheism.
We think we know the history of faith: how the ratio ..
REMAINDER MARKED -In a beautiful literary exploration, Sally Bayley tracks the evolution – and the potential twenty first century death of – the diary, mourning what it means to lose the art of writing simply for oneself.
Diaries hold all manner of things: they allow us a moment to be completely p..
REMAINDER MARKED -Beloved ABC broadcaster and bestselling author of Ghost Empire and Saga Land, Richard Fidler is back with a personally curated history of the magical city that is Prague.
In 1989, Richard Fidler was living in London as part of the provocative Australian comedy trio The Doug Anthon..
REMAINDER MARKED -‘A riveting tale, brilliantly told Philippe Sands
The little-known story of Hitler’s war on modern art and the mentally ill.
In the first years of the Weimar Republic, the German psychiatrist Hans Prinzhorn gathered a remarkable collection of works by schizophrenic patients tha..
REMAINDER MARKED -The story of the seventh- and eighth-century Muslim conquests, when armies inspired by the new religion of Islam burst out of Arabia to build the Islamic Empire. This book delivers drama through sublime writing, but mainly through marvellous images... As sharp as the Arabian desert..