Books About Australia

Top Selected Products and Reviews

"Detailed" - by RetiredGrannaT
Able to utilize this book to complete a cultural fair project with a Middle School student
"sturdy and perfect for travel" - by Joseph B. Connolly
The way maps used to be, readable, sturdy and perfect for travel.
"An accurate portrayel of Australia and all things Aussie." - by Russell Stoewe (Florida)
I read this book after having just finished visiting Australia for 12 days. I heard about the book from one of our tour guides and only wish that I had know about it in advance. It is a mixture of history text, travelogue, and the author's personal adventures. All of these are held together by his dry humor which abounds throughout. During the course of his travels he manages to find a variety of out of the way and interesting things which he describes in such a way as to make me wish that I had seen them with him. Obviously, he visited a multitude of locations for which I lacked the time but where our paths "crossed" I can only say that his descriptions and impressions mirrored mine so I can safely assume that the locations which we did not duplicate are equally accurately ... full review
"Five Stars" - by Melissa Kocelko
Very detailed
"I love it" - by SAC
I am very big on buying lots of books for all the kids and people in my life and this book does not disappoint. Great illustrations and content.
"My heart" - by PollyAnna (Hickory, NC)
THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS by M. L. Stedman is not a book for light-weight readers. It is important to know going into this book that it is deep and incredibly heart-wrenching. It deals with loss--extreme loss--and not only the feelings that come from experiencing such incredible loss, but the actions such losses lead to that never would have occurred without the deep pain and soul-wrenching sorrow experienced.

I saw that THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS is being made into a movie--or has already been made into a movie. It apparently will be released on September 2 this year. [...] I bought the book online; it was here two days later. I read it in 3 days. I would have finished it on the 2nd day, but we had a birthday party to go to.

I don't know how Stedman got the idea for this book, the research required, or anything beyond the fact ... full review
"An accurate portrayel of Australia and all things Aussie." - by Russell Stoewe (Florida)
I read this book after having just finished visiting Australia for 12 days. I heard about the book from one of our tour guides and only wish that I had know about it in advance. It is a mixture of history text, travelogue, and the author's personal adventures. All of these are held together by his dry humor which abounds throughout. During the course of his travels he manages to find a variety of out of the way and interesting things which he describes in such a way as to make me wish that I had seen them with him. Obviously, he visited a multitude of locations for which I lacked the time but where our paths "crossed" I can only say that his descriptions and impressions mirrored mine so I can safely assume that the locations which we did not duplicate are equally accurately ... full review
"Five Stars" - by Debra Banasiak
Great series teaching children about the world through the eyes of another child.
"Natural Wonder" - by Melanie Gilbert (Boston, MA USA)
Robyn Davidson’s first courageous and creative act was walking 1,700 miles across the vast Australian desert with her dog and four camels; her second was writing this book. Davidson made her journey at the tender age of 27; I read about it another 41 years later, yet the telling is still as fresh and vivid as if she made the trip yesterday.

For all its drama and danger, though, this is not a pretentious book. Davidson doesn’t over explain or make a big deal about taking on such an audacious and arduous trek: it's simply something she wants to do, and she does it. She keeps the focus on the journey, the landscape and her animal companions, narrating events like rampaging male camels in heat, dwindling water and supplies, and her and her animals many brushes with disaster. These mini dramas occur even as she relentlessly pushes on toward her goal ... full review
"Perfect for PreK-K" - by SherriC
Exactly what I was looking for with my Kindergartener. Simple explanations, great photos. I'm looking forward to purchasing the other continent books in this set as well.
"Fabulous story" - by Single mom
One of our favorite picture books -- a fun story, new Aussie vocabulary, and great rhymes. Perfect for the 2 to 4 crowd.
"An Absolute Fun Read" - by Jenny Bynum (Indiana)
I have had the privilege of reading and reviewing for this author before and I couldn't pass up a chance to read more about Theodore and his adventures.

This story is so much fun to read and the illustrations are absolutely fantastic!! I loved how not only we got to go on this epic adventure with Theodore but we also got the chance to learn with him too.

The illustrations are so eye popping cute and they were so much fun to look at. I highly recommend this fun read for children and parents alike.
"Learn about Aussie Animals" - by Cindy S. (New London, CT United States)
A fun rhyming book. Great way for young readers to learn about Australia's unique animals.
"Give it a chance — Moriarty delivers in a huge way!" - by Romance Addict (TX)
I've read through many of the negative reviews of Truly, Madly Guilty and had to post a five-star one of my own, because I think all the negative reviews really get this book wrong. I understand the feeling many readers have through the first, say, third of the book — that it's moving too slowly, nothing much is happening, there are too many details about characters that it's hard to care about.

But if you just give Moriarty, the story and the characters a little leeway, a chance to unfold, you will be richly rewarded. The suspense revolving around the question of what, exactly, happened at the barbecue really kept me reading, and it's true that the "big reveal" comes late — around page 250 or so in the hardcover version of the book. But that's NOT the big point of the book. It's just a piece of the puzzle. The characters ... full review
"Intriguing and different!" - by Brenda Telford
Frances Welty, popular romance writer who'd just felt her first rejection, had thought her career and future were assured at fifty-five years of age. The impulsive booking at Tranquillum House, a health and wellness resort (which was expensive), had her questioning her own decisions on the long and tiring drive from Sydney. Her arrival showed her a beautiful old home built in the 1800s, renovated to within an inch of its life, with a staircase reminiscent of the Titanic (in the film with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet; which made Frances smile) – perhaps she might enjoy it after all.

Meeting the other eight guests – Carmel, Tony, Lars, Napolean and his wife Heather and daughter Zoe, Jessica and her husband Ben – felt strange. But even stranger was the fact the course started with five days of silence. Not a word to be spoken; no eye contact – five days! ... full review