The first volume of The Pax Britannica Trilogy about the rise and fall of the Victorian Empire. Beginning in 1837 at Queen Victoria's accession to the throne, Jan Morris explores the history of this vast empire, while weaving in anecdotes of the daily life of a range of civil servants from the dedicated paternalists to the corrupt self-servers. Excellent and engaging introduction to the subject.
Joe Bennett left England for a one-year job in New Zealand. Fifteen years later, he's still there. This hilarious books sees Bennett travel the length and breadth of the country, to find out just what it is that has kept him on the other side of the world for so long.
This historical guide to New Zealand and the South Pacific focuses heavily on the period beginning with the arrival of the first Europeans, with only brief histories of the various cultures before that. Strongest on recent political history.
In this beautiful, haunting book, first published in 1987, Chatwin travels across Australia seeking to unravel the mysteries of Aboriginal songlines. These ancient tracks tell the story of the land and hold the secrets of its past. A modern travel classic.
Davidson describes an unimaginable journey she took across seventeen thousand miles of Australian desert. A classic piece of travel writing with a stubborn heroine and plenty of insightful observations.
In search of the apparently endangered 'Kiwi bloke', Polly Evans travels around the country on an enormous motorbike. Although descriptions of said vehicle take up a disproportionately large amount of the book, her descriptions of the New Zealand countryside and people are a real pleasure to read.
Another excellent history of the foundation of the penal colony in New South Wales and its effect on the colonisation of Australia. This account focusses on the first four years of the 'Sydney Experiment' and how this helped create modern Australia.
Marking the centenary of Australia as a nation in 2001, this history of the country focusses less on its origins and more on the major events that occurred between 1901 and 2001, and how Australia became the nation that it is today. Well written and thoroughly researched.
This lyrical account of Lindqvist's journey across Australia explores the country's traumatic past and reveals the shocking treatment of the Aborigines, from first contact with settlers to the present day.
This is the powerful and touching story of Sally Morgan's journey to discover her Aboriginal ancestry. As well as her own autobiography, this book includes the stories of three of her relatives. Essential reading for anybody interested in Aboriginal and Australian history.
An exceptionally well-written account of the 1860 expedition that set out to find the undiscovered depths of Australia. Travelling from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria in the far north, Burke and Wills conducted one of the most fascinating explorations in 19th century history.
This delightful and amusing account of a year spent working on a community project in the Solomon Islands aptly depicts the exquisite beauty of the islands and warmth of its people. A charming, fun read.
This strange and fascinating book tells the history of the last two centuries of this unique island. Shakespeare introduces a bizarre cast of characters, from Errol Flynn to the King of Iceland. A tremedously entertaining book.