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We speak with David Thomas, author of The Ebb and Flow of the Ghurid Empire, about his interest in the archaeology of Afghanistan, digging robber holes and the future of archaeology.


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What sparked your interest in archaeology?

Travelling across Europe as a kid with my parents – we visited a lot of great museums. One year, they gave me a book called Archaeology of the World by Courtlandt Canby, which has a picture of Machu Picchu on the front cover – I was hooked after reading that.

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Kimbearlea-Smith.jpgWe have been thrilled this year to have as part of our team Kimberlea Smith, who joined us as a publishing intern through the Australian Publishers Association Internship Program, funded by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. Since joining SUP in July, Kimberlea has worked across our list on a range of marketing, editorial and production tasks, all with incredible energy, meticulousness and curiosity. It has been fantastic for us to have an extra pair of hands and eyes -- and her questions and insights have helped us to see our publishing practices afresh. Kimberlea's internship finishes this week. As we say thanks and good luck, we asked her to tell us about her experience as a publishing intern, her plans for the future, and her dream literary road-trip companion.


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It has been quiet on this blog recently, but not in the SUP office. We've been busy planning for 2018, steering assorted books through editorial and production -- and launching some exciting new releases.
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Simon Chapman (left) and First Dog on the Moon (aka Andrew Marlton) sign books and cartoons at the launch of Wind Turbine Syndrome: A Communicated Disease.

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We speak with Christine Townend about her journey as a political activist for animal welfare, uncovering the motivation for her new book A Life for Animals. Townend also discusses the changes she has observed in society's attitude towards animal welfare within Australia and the major concerns she sees that still need to be addressed in this area.
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As a big fan of beetroot and all things plant-based, I was at first planning on trying one of the beetroot recipes from The Art of Living in Australia. Alas, none of the four beetroot dishes listed in the book attracted my interest. There is a recipe for beetroot and macaroni salad, two for some form of beetroot stew and mashed potatoes, and finally one for beetroot in white sauce. They all sounded somewhat bland, though they were probably quite exotic to the original audience of The Art of Living in Australia. Philip Muskett complains in the book about

the crude cookery which is bestowed on the ordinary vegetables at present in daily use. That there is any monotony in an endless recurrence of boiled potatoes, boiled cabbage, boiled this and boiled that, never seems to occur to the vast majority of people in this country, who seem incapable of understanding that these different vegetables are worthy of being served in an infinite number of ways. (pp.102–3)

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What do the Sydney Push, John Passmore and countless Sydney University alumni have in common? Apart from a love of books and ideas, they were all influenced by the outspoken and controversial Australian philosopher John Anderson (1893-1962). SUP is delighted to complete its series of Anderson’s lectures with the release of Art & Reality, the seventh and final volume collecting his unique approach to philosophy.

john anderson 1926 National archive.jpgJohn Anderson at the University of Sydney, c. 1926. National Library of Australia.

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Are some recipes best left to the annals of time? There's only one way to find out …

The finished product!

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