Books make the best Christmas gifts – everyone knows that. We’ve published some wonderful titles this year that are just perfect for the book worm, political junkie or history buff in your family.
And remember – support your local bookshop this Christmas! Don’t have a bookshop nearby? Then buy online from a great Australian bookseller such as Readings (free shipping and gift wrapping!)
Here are our gift ideas (for more Black Inc. books, visit our website):
Her Father's Daughter tells the story of Alice and her father, a survivor of Cambodia’s killing fields. Set in Melbourne, China and Cambodia, it is an unforgettable memoir of memories lost and found, of leaving home, of love and worry, of history and how it echoes down the years.
Australians now officially have the best living conditions in the world. So how did it happen and why don’t we care? Award-winning journalist Peter Hartcher shows how Australia made its own luck – and why we are now in danger of throwing our success away.
Australians see themselves as a relaxed and tolerant bunch. But scratch the surface and you’ll uncover an extraordinary level of fear. Cronulla. Henson. Hanson. Wik. Haneef. The boats. …
David Marr's best writing on Australia’s greatest fears.
The funniest novel of 2011.
From the writer for 30 Rock, The Office and American Dad comes this razor-sharp evisceration of celebrity culture and literary fame.
What makes for a happy life?
Amid the constant chatter of today’s world, with its 24-hour news cycles, Twitter and mobile communications, David Malouf returns to the ancient question of what makes us happy.
Edited by Ramona Koval
Includes essays by Paul Kelly on Frank Sinatra, Robert Manne on Julian Assange, Inga Clendinnen on cricket memories, Anna Krien on the saga of the St Kilda schoolgirl, Peter Robb on Italian food, Anthony Lane on News of the World, Gail Bell on rats and Richard Flanagan on photography, plus many more.
Edited by Cate Kennedy
Includes stories by Chris Womersley, Karen Hitchcock, Nicholas Jose, Debra Adelaide, Mark Dapin, Marele Day, Louis Nowra, Rodney Hall, Favel Parrett, Mark O’Flynn, Jennifer Mills, Tim Richards, Gretchen Shirm, Michael Sala, Joanne Riccioni, Julie Chevalier, Russell King and many more.
The Best Australian Poems 2011
Edited by John Tranter
Includes poems by Robert Adamson, Ali Alizadeh, Jude Aquilina, Ken Bolton, Pam Brown, joanne burns, Sarah Day, Bruce Dawe, Kate Fagan, Michael Farrell, Angela Gardner, Geoff Goodfellow, Lisa Gorton, Jennifer Harrison, Sarah Holland-Batt, Jill Jones, Cate Kennedy, Andy Kissane, Mike Ladd and many more.
In 1835 James Boyce brings to life the founding of Melbourne. He traces the power plays in Hobart, Sydney and London, the key personalities of Melbourne’s early days and conjures up the Australian frontier – its complexity, its rawness and the way its legacy is still with us today. A stunning work of Australian history.