Help needed ------ Searching for Maralinga book.

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I have been trying to purchase a copy of the book....."Maralinga: Australia's Nuclear Waste Cover-up" by Alan Parkinson.

I have extensively searched the internet and have run an EO Classified Advertisement for the past 6 weeks without success.
Purchase is my first preference, alternatively a loan of a copy.

Does anybody know where a copy of this book may be obtained from?
Help would be very much appreciated.
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Reply By: lindsay - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 18:30

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 18:30
I have a copy here, don't want to sell but suppose you could borrow. send me your email and I will contact. In Northern Vic.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 18:36

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 18:36
Wow, that was quick. Thanks Lindsay.
I will purchase if possible, but take you up on a secured loan if necessary. My email is celerysoup1(at)bigpond(dot)com
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 15:11

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 15:11
Hi Lindsay,

Many thanks for your generous offer of loan however I have finally found a purchase source in the UK.

Mind you, I have had two orders subsequently advise that they could not supply and one order from USA simply not arrive,
so my fingers are crossed on the UK consignment. If that fails I may have to come back to you for a loan.

I have sent you an email re above.
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Reply By: Michael A (VIC) - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 18:47

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 18:47
I have had success using this website when looking for hard to find books. Abebooks.com.
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Follow Up By: Michael A (VIC) - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 18:48

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 18:48
Meant to say, you set up a watch list and then when a copy becomes available you will get a notification by email.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 19:42

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 19:42
Thanks Michael, I have had a watch list going with AbeBooks and two others for 3 months now with no result. This book is rare indeed!

Actually did find a copy 3 months ago in USA and ordered it at $140!!
It was claimed to be dispatched but never arrived. My bank has reversed the transaction.
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 19:02

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 19:02
Allan,

Leura Books (google them) offer to try to track down copies of hard-to-get books.

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 20:02

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 20:02
Thanks Val, no luck with Leura as yet.
I am very surprised, i would have thought that once read, few would wish to retain this book.
Following our trip I have been doing much study on Maralinga, even reading a novel by Judy Nunn. There is quite a bit unpublished it would seem.
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Reply By: Member - John - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 19:03

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 19:03
What an amazing site this is...........Incredible
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Reply By: TomH - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 19:23

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 19:23
Or this one

url=http://www.bookworld.com.au/books/maralinga-frank-walker/p/9780733631900?gclid=CjwKEAiAxNilBRD88r2azcqB2zsSJABy2B96gICXyQ_BrBETB3BN_FHPHP93ZX1cY5KldgtolOB9NBoCwZPw_wcB]Book seller[/url]
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Follow Up By: TomH - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 19:24

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 19:24
Link doesnt work for some reason but it is there if you go to site and type name in
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 19:30

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 19:30
Thanks Tom, I already have frank Walker's book, I am looking for another by Alan Parkinson.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 19:59

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 19:59
Hi Allan


I have a copy.


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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 20:02

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 20:02
I should have also mentioned that is also another good book that may want to get hold of and was only released around September last year, just after our last visit......

It is titled "Maralinga" by Frank Walker.



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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 20:08

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 20:08
I'm sure you do Stephen. Now find me a copy mate.

Yes, I already have Frank Walker's book. And even 'Maralinga', a novel by Judy Nunn. Plus several article downloads.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 20:45

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 20:45
Hey Allan

Just found another interesting book on ebay.....The Long Road to Maralinga.........Operation Buffalo 1956

I have just ordered my copy, so if you are quick, they still have one available....and they are new, not used


Regards to Roz..



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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 21:45

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 21:45
Thanks Stephen.

That is a new one on me, and I too have now ordered a copy.

I'll pass your regards on to Roz. She is at choir tonight.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 00:27

Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 00:27
Stephen, Roz sends greetings and we both wish you and Fiona a great year.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 18:57

Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 18:57
Stephen, I just ordered "Long Road......" from Bookworld who showed it 'in stock' then got an email from them saying it would not be available until March!

Where did you order from?
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 19:21

Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 19:21
Hi Allan

Thats a bugger, but I ordered mine from Bookery in the UK.

They claim customer satisfation is their aim and I should have the wook within 10 - 13 working days, so fingers crossed.

If you and Roz have nothing on in August, heading back again via the Far West Coast.


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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 20:02

Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 20:02
Hey Allan

I just checked and the place that I purchased my book from still have one available, so if you are still after it, get in before it has been sold.




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Reply By: OBJ - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 20:17

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 20:17
You're not trying to put me off my forthcoming trip there are you Alan?

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 20:23

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 20:23
Not at all OBJ.
From the above you can see the interest that a visit generated in myself.

And the "typo" is perfectly acceptable O. lol
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Reply By: OBJ - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 20:19

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 20:19
Apologies ... Allan .... first one was a typo ... :)
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Reply By: Bob R4 - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 21:49

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 21:49
I feel like I'm eavesdropping, and apologise. However it's terrific to see this forum work in such a constructive way. Thanks guys
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Follow Up By: Member - reggy 2 (VIC) - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 22:18

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 22:18
Hi there
I found a copy at our local library they had to get it in good reading.
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Reply By: BunderDog - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 22:53

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 22:53
Here you go, listed on Bookfinder.com

Maralinga
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 00:22

Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 00:22
Another dead end. When you try to process an order you are informed... "Sorry, this edition is not available".
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Reply By: Krooznalong - Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 14:14

Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 14:14
G'day Allan
Have you tried Westprint?- they're always advertising old books in their newsletter.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 14:32

Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 14:32
Thanks mate, Yes I did try Westprint in the beginning and just rechecked now, but no listing.
They do stock Frank Walker's book on Maralinga but I already have that one.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 14:32

Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 14:32
Gday Allan,
Tried this mob in Brisbane?
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 15:14

Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 15:14
Thanks Phil,

Just went to your linked QBD bookshop and behold, they have it listed as "available" so I ordered it.

I just have a funny feeling that I tried QBD some time ago, ordered the book against their listing, then had them inform me a week later that it was not in fact available. If not QBD then it was someone else.
We will see in due course. Thanks for your help Phil.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 15:20

Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 15:20
I checked to too and I stopped once I got to the credit card section!
They list their phone number in the contact section too.
Fingers crossed!
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Reply By: cruza25 - Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 15:38

Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 15:38
https://www.bookfound.com/details/book/4079378

try here ...

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 15:49

Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 15:49
Thanks mate,

I have ordered a copy from QBD (see above) and await confirmation of shipping.

I went to your link Bookfound and have asked them for confirmation that it is actually available. I have been disappointed before!
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Reply By: cruza25 - Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 15:46

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The Antique Bookshop & The Antique Bookshop & Curios
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Reply By: Member - Trouper (NSW) - Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 19:02

Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 19:02
If all else fails go to your local library as I did. Took them a week but hey well worth it

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Follow Up By: Member - Trouper (NSW) - Friday, Jan 16, 2015 at 12:26

Friday, Jan 16, 2015 at 12:26
Allan, Just spoke to my better half and she said that she saw it for sale recently a the ABC Bookshop in Nowra NSW. Maybe worth contacting your shop up there, see if they have it or can get it in for you or contact the Nowra shop.

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 15:17

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 15:17
Thanks Jeff,

ABC Bookshops advise that they do not stock the book I'm chasing but they do stock a book called "Maralinga", a novel by Judy Nunn.
It is possibly the book that your 'better half' saw and incidentally that I already posses.
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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 15:23

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Thanks everyone for your help.

I have finally located a copy in the UK and they have advised that it has shipped to me.
Mind you, an ordered copy was claimed to be shipped fro USA in October last year and has not arrived. My bank has reversed that charge upon my complaint.

Chasing this book has dominated my life for four months. It had better be worth reading!
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 20:14

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 20:14
bugger - sorry I only just read this post and never saw your Classifieds ad. Sorry I have blinkers and just do my work, not "view" the site!! LOL
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 21:19

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Never mind Michelle. But what happened to multi-tasking? lol
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 20:13

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Sorry Al, you should have contacted me directly and I would have sent you mine. Interesting but such a difficult, slog of a read that I will never put myself through the pain of reading it again so I would have sent you mine to keep. I bought it 2 years ago off Booktopia and read it in the July just before the August Maralinga Mystery Tour.
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Follow Up By: lindsay - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 20:42

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Very interesting book, fair bit of politics but a good read if you are interested. Actually Alan Parkinsons boots are under the plinth at Tarrinaki (not sure of the spelling) We were there whilst it was still controlled by defence.
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 20:48

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Alan P spent too much of the book covering his arse and it was too longwinded to make his point but he had a point for sure. I felt sorry for him by the end but he is a terrible documenter. I struggled for 3 weeks to read that blasted book it was soooo boring but I was about to go there (Maralinga) and I was interested to know the facts so I soldiered on.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 21:43

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Yes, I believe that Alan Parkinson was not nominated for a literary award and there are likely to be some who wished it were more than his boots under the Taranaki obelisk.

But don't burn your copy just yet Michelle. I have yet to actually receive my copy from the bookseller.

Michelle, I am now determined to read that book in less than 3 weeks...... there has to be something I can beat you at!!!!! lol
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 23:04

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Haha, you crack me up Allan :)
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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 at 16:04

Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 at 16:04
SUCCESS AT LAST!!!!!

After several false starts I am finally in possession of the book thanks to 'Wordery'.
A business 'True to Their Word'. LOL

The Wordery warehouse is in the UK but it seems that they bulk transport from the UK then post from the Aussie agency. Whatever, I now have something to read.

Many thanks to all of you for your help. This is a great Forum.

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Follow Up By: cruza25 - Sunday, Feb 01, 2015 at 14:43

Sunday, Feb 01, 2015 at 14:43
Allan,
Glad you got a copy, hope you enjoy it. I got it from my local library and started reading it yesterday. I also got the Frank Walker book.
I have put the place on my must visit list, maybe next year though as this year is booked out already. Not too far from Adelaide.

Whats the best book that tells the whole story from the begining ? Or are there any online sites. Any good links.

thanks

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Sunday, Feb 01, 2015 at 17:52

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Thanks Cruza,

Frank Walker's book 'Maralinga' gives a pretty wide coverage of the subject without engaging in politics.
Just Google 'Maralinga' for online sites but none provide a comprehensive story.

The best information you will get is from The Maralinga caretaker, Robin Mathews, when you visit but some advanced reading will not go astray.

Interesting that this year is booked out. Obviously it is getting popular.

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