First of all I am a writer. My passions are sustainability and human rights.
I have had the great honour of editing books for over 15 years – each one derived from a place of passion, obsession and deep thought. I have edited books that went on to win accolades such as the Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History; Premier's Literary Awards; The Age Book of the Year; The Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing and various self-publishing awards.
Satirical column on the art of writing called 'Writing Bootcamp'.
Edited squillions of books for too many publishing houses to mention and many self-published authors.
Academic Books, The Laws of Australia
Wrote updates for Amnesty actions and letters to supporters.
Made bad coffee.
Learned to write copy.
After renovating his inner-city Sydney terrace and making it almost entirely self-sufficient in energy, water and waste disposal, Michael Mobbs realised his house was sustainable, but he wasn’t. While his house saves 100,000 litres of dam water a year, the same amount of water is used to produce ten days’ worth of food for the average Australian. In this companion book to the bestselling Susta... read more
In the evening, Abu Fadi peeled oranges and apples and recounted stories of Palestine, orange groves and the house with the large wooden door that awaited their return. He pulled a black metal key out of his pocket and said, 'See, children, this big key is to open our front door. I locked the house before I left. Everything is waiting for us in Palestine.This is the story of Lavi, a middle-age... read more
When Obinna's village is attacked by the rebel army, he witnesses violence beyond the capacity of his imagination and comprehension, including the murder of his father. Along with his older brother, Obinna is taken along with the army when they leave, to be shaped into an agent of this horror - to become a child soldier. Marched through minefields and thrown into battlefields, enduring daily e... read more
This book is a call to action on climate change, filled with clear and detailed information on the strategies we need to adopt to ensure a sustainable future for the planet. Unlike other books on the subject, it brings together both the technology and policy issues to provide a truly interdisciplinary approach.Mark Diesendorf provides a guide to our future energy options, outlining the enormou... read more
Listen to a short interview with Tom GriffithsHost: Chris Gondek | Producer: Heron & CraneFrom Scott and Shackleton to sled dogs and penguins, stories of Antarctica seize our imagination. In December 2002, environmental historian Tom Griffiths set sail with the Australian Antarctic Division to deliver the new team of winterers. In this beautifully written book, Griffiths reflects on the histor... read more
Historica's Women covers the period from the year 1000 until the present, with feature stories, timelines listing the significant events for each period, contemporary quotations, black-and-white and full-color illustrations, and quirky "time out" facts. These elements combine to make a fascinating historical resource...includes DVD ROM.
Remarkable and comprehensive, this essential guide provides advice and step-by-step instructions on achieving an environmentally friendly home. Fully revised and updated, this new edition provides tips for working with councils, builders, and engineers while renovating not only kitchens, bathrooms, gardens, and waste systems but also water and energy supplies. Covering the latest revolutions t... read more
To aid in the minimization of environmental impact, this book offers valuable advice on how to help keep homes cool in the summer and warm in the winter with little or no reliance upon appliances. Illustrated with more than 100 inspiring contemporary examples of low-energy housing design, this fully updated edition contains practical and clever suggestions to make any home—in any climatic zone... read more
Being a parent is like being on a roller coaster ride. There are plenty of ups and downs, enjoyment and frustrations. As a parent I have experienced my share of testing times along with the many joys of parenting. The most challenging times were when my children were babies, toddlers and teenagers. I was already a registered nurse and midwife by the time my children came along. As a result of ... read more
Imagine a world where war, tyranny, human rights abuses and ecological destruction are relics of the past. What if the means to create such a reality were in the hands of mothers and fathers, and all those involved in the care and education of children? Parenting for a Peaceful World is a fascinating look at how parenting customs have shaped societies and major world events. It reveals how chi... read more
In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, this revised edition of the bridge’s biography features new illustrations and updated text detailing recent events related to the bridge, including the Bicentennial and the Olympics. Telling the extraordinary story of the bridge’s design and construction as well as the drama surrounding its official opening, it also discuss... read more
What happens when artists are asked the questions usually addressed to planners and administrators? In this book, artists, architects, writers, designers, and curators come together to reimagine Sydney’s relationship to its environment. They envision a future where public art plays a vital role in Sydney’s food, water, energy, and waste management, and explore new collaborative and creative pl... read more
Writer, artist, war hero, saint, viper – Arthur Wheen has been described as an ideal companion whose letters ‘disclose a delightful range of wit, oblique fancy, irreverent humour and erudition.’ (Australian Dictionary of Biography)This story of his life, told through letters, begins in 1915 with his enlistment in the AIF. Wheen became the only soldier in his battalion to win the Military Medal... read more
Preeminent scientist Charles Birch credits many pivotal scholars in the science and science-religion worlds with shaping his thinking and his world view. In Science and Soul he recalls the leaders in the sciences and science-religion field who most influenced him. Vignettes and quotes reveal their thoughts, personalities and interactions and unveil the ways in which shared thinking and ideas e... read more
This dazzling exploration of Australian indigenous art is destined to become the definitive work on the world's oldest living artistic tradition. From rock shelters dating back 20,000 years to politically inspired contemporary prints, the artwork of the aboriginal cultures is recognized for its mastery, beauty, and cultural significance. Drawing from Australia's most outstanding collections--T... read more
Every manager from the CEO down needs to have a basic understanding of commercial contracts and their ramifications. The current climate of business is one of heightened awareness of risk. This series of books gives managers and employees an understanding of how organizations need to deal with these risks. Failure to detect such risks can have a devastating effect on the organization. By gaini... read more
1606 marked the first European sighting of Australia, when the Dutch ship Duyfken landed on Cape York. This gripping book tells the stories of the seafaring explorers, shipwrecks and mutinies that followed, including the voyages of Torres and La Perouse, Dampier and D'Entrecasteaux. These are tales of adventure, discovery and navigational triumph in the face of hardship, starvation and fear at... read more
Historica shows the evolution of people's lives over the last thousand years, & shows how dramatically the world has changed. In the year 1000 most people lived in rural areas, cities were small & grew around cathedrals or fortresses or castles; transportation was by horse & cart; breakfast for most people was a small meal of bread & cheese at sunrise; most people were illiterate; education wa... read more
In recent years, thousands of Australians have been moved to act in support of asylum seekers and refugees and against the Australian government's immigration policy and practice. In Acting from the Heart, over 50 people who reflect the diversity of this movement describe how and why they became involved. The contributors shared a sense of disbelief and outrage that 'Australian values' suddenl... read more
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