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Alan J. Jones: The Clives of Sandyford, Staffordshire – The Legend of the Clives

Self-published, Australia, 2023
Cover and internal design Alan J. Jones
Cover photograph courtesy of the Trustees of the Dorothy Clive Garden

As with his monograph, 13th Corps – A Short History – 1st Battalion North Staffordshire Rifle Volunteers (1858-1908), published in 2022, in this work about the Clive family Alan Jones has written about the place where he was born and lived as a young boy.

Alan J. Jones talks about The Clives of Sandyford, Staffordshire
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Craig Cormick – Colonial Settlement: France vs Britain

What if History of Australia series
Big Sky Publishing, Australia, 2022
Cover and internal design and illustrations by Cheri Hughes

This book is just the sort of make your own adventure that primary school children love. It presents the facts as we know them about the first European settlement of Australia and then suggests that things could have gone very differently had the French beaten the English to the post.

Barbie spoke to Craig Cormick about Colonial Settlement: France vs Britain
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David Conley – Mythology series

That Book About Greek Mythology Part 1
That Book About Greek Mythology Part 2
That Book About Norse Mythology Part 1
That Book About Norse Mythology Part 2
Written, illustrated and published by David Conley, Canberra, Australia, 2022

I wouldn’t normally bundle four books together but these belong so well as a set that I am doing so on this occasion. It’s something akin to the Labours of Heracles to create a set of books retelling the complex stories of Greek and Norse mythology suitable for and appealing to young children.

David Conley discusses his Mythology series
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Steven Miller – The Exhibitionists

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia, 2021
Design Dominic Hofstede (Mucho)

No-one could be better placed to produce a history of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, celebrating its 150th year, than long serving Chief Archivist Steven Miller.

Catchily titled, The Exhibitionists is at once a social history of those years and an examination of the changes in the nature and purpose of the gallery – this one and, by association, others in Australia.

Barbie spoke to Steven Miller about The Exhibitionists
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Melanie King – The Secret History of English Spas

Bodleian Library Publishing, UK, 2021
Cover design Dot Little, Bodleian Library

This book is a pleasure both to hold and to read, its exquisite production just what we might expect from the Bodleian. The aim of this press is to make accessible things which otherwise might be the province of academic research, to bring to the public some of the ‘riches of Oxford’s libraries’ (https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/about/work-with-us/bodleian-library-publishing). I for one am deeply grateful for this.

Barbie spoke to Melanie King about The Secret History of English Spas
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