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A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen's Land


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* Review coverage in newspapers such as the Australian, Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Launceston Examiner * Review coverage in literary and education publications such as ABR, the Monthly and Viewpoint * Review coverage in specialist history publications such as Inside History * Online review coverage on education and history focused sites such as Reading Time * Sample copy available via each Penguin sales rep * Advertisements in literary and current affairs publications such as ABR, Big Issue, Griffith Review and the Monthly, and on their associated websites * Advertisements in YA / education publications such as history teacher association journals in Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales and Queensland. * Promotions at teacher / librarian conferences like CBCA and VATE and HTAV middle years conference * Online promotion and giveaways with targeted subscriber groups including history lovers such as the History Channel * Significant budget for Christmas catalogues * Advertisements in bookseller newsletters and catalogues * Banner advertising on bookseller websites * Book trailer will be available for hosting on bookseller websites * Feature title in Text's education newsletters and website * Book trailer to be available on Text's website, YouTube, the author website and on bookseller sites * History teaching notes tailored to the Australian Curriculum (a focus on years 7-9 content) available for download at

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'Simon Barnard brings Tasmania's remarkable convict story to life.' -- James Boyce, author of Van Diemen's Land 'A big, beautiful, funny, fascinating thrill-ride of convict esoterica.' -- Nick Cave 'A rich and compelling account of the lives of the men, women and children who were transported to Tasmania for crimes ranging from stealing bread to poisoning family members.' Australian Education Union Magazine 'A lively, detailed and richly illustrated account of the lives of convicts sent to Van Diemen's land.' Herald Sun 'Australian convict history is a crowded field, but Barnard's detailed and vivid illustrations breathe fresh life into it...Every school library should own the A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen's Land...not to mention interested adults.' Australian Book Review 'Barnard's impressive craftsmanship has produced a truly handsome book design that pays loving homage to its 19th century sources...School students often complain about the dullness of Australian history. Barnard's highly entertaining book is the perfect antidote to the usual sober textbook treatment of the convict era.' Reading Time 'In a time when we, as descendants no longer wish to wash away the 'convict stain', this book is a wonderful history for as wide as possible an audience.' Tasmanian Times

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