New Books Network

Joy McCann, “Wild Sea: A History of the Southern Ocean” (NewSouth Publishing, 2018)
In her new book, Wild Sea: A History of the Southern Ocean (NewSouth Publishing, 2018), historian Joy McCann explores the history of the vast Southern Ocean, from icy Antarctica to the southern coastlines of Australia, South America, and South Africa.  From the journals of navigators centuries ago to scientific instruments today, the ocean has been... Read More
Meredith Lake, “The Bible in Australia: A Cultural History” (NewSouth Publishing, 2018)
In her new book, The Bible in Australia: A Cultural History (NewSouth Publishing, 2018), historian Meredith Lake explores the various, often surprising ways Australians throughout history have read, utilized, and fought over the Bible. In ways both religious and deeply secular, the Bible has played a contested but defining role in the country’s political, social,... Read More
Francesca Merlan, “Dynamics of Difference in Australia: Indigenous Past and Present in a Settler Country” (UPenn Press, 2018)
In her new book, Dynamics of Difference in Australia: Indigenous Past and Present in a Settler Country (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018), Francesca Merlan, Professor of Anthropology at the Australian National University, explores a variety of relationships between indigenous and nonindigenous people in Australia since Europeans’ arrival.  Based on archival research and extensive... Read More
Joëlle Gergis, “Sunburnt Country: The History and Future of Climate Change in Australia” (Melbourne UP, 2018)
In her new book, Sunburnt Country: The History and Future of Climate Change in Australia (Melbourne University Press, 2018), Joëlle Gergis, a climate scientist and writer from the University of Melbourne, explores the long history of Australia’s climate, centuries before official weather records began.  As the world’s climate continues to change, Australians will... Read More
Chris Brickell, “Teenagers: The Rise of Youth Culture in New Zealand” (Auckland UP, 2017),
In his new book, Teenagers: The Rise of Youth Culture in New Zealand (Auckland University Press, 2017), Chris Brickell, Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Head of the Department of Sociology, Gender & Social Work at the University of Otago, explores the lives of teenagers in New Zealand from the 19th century through the 1960s.  While... Read More
Michael Belgrave, “Dancing with the King: The Rise and Fall of the King Country, 1864–1885” (Auckland UP, 2017)
In his new book, Dancing with the King: The Rise and Fall of the King Country, 1864–1885 (Auckland University Press, 2017), Michael Belgrave, Professor of History at Massey University, tells the story of the negotiations, or diplomatic “dance,”  between the Māori of the Rohe Pōtae (the King Country in the western part of... Read More