Featuring the Australian Local History Series by author John Hoehn

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Commando Kayak
ISBN 9783033017177
Author: John Hoehn
A4. 87'500 words + 77 illustrations. HD Gloss cardback
Proven both for white-water and sea-going use, this craft was adopted by the Australian army 'Z' Force as the most suitable folboat for raids, patrols and rescue work in and around the Pacific War islands. They showed their effectiveness on many of the 40 odd Commando raids e.g. Rimau, Copper (Muschu) and Python.
With 1024 ordered by the military, it was regarded as the best performer for WWII. The first two were rushed by Colonel Mott to Major Ivan Lyon's secret Camp-X in 1942 to train commandos for ‘Operation Jaywick’. Ten more were then sent to Cairns, Fraser Island and Mount Martha training camps.
The book has many images of folboats in action plus original and army plans & 'secret' documents about testing and use. It also has a handy index.
Published after the release of these documents from the National Archives of Australia & 6 years of research by the author, it covers the invention and development from 1924 to WWII & the Vietnam War. It is now recognised that these Australian built craft played a major role with our commandos for many years.
This work received several excellent reviews, including one from the worldwide ‘U.S. “Seakayaker” monthly magazine.
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Tuesday Table
ISBN 97803033017863
Author: John Hoehn
15 x 23 cm. 88'600 words plus 23 Illustrations. HD Gloss cardback
Prefaced by James Halliday, Australia's leading wine writer.

Whilst enjoying more than 180 courses, this group which met at Hermann Schneider's Restaurant in South Yarra in the 1960s and 70's, tasted and commented on about 450 of the finest Australian and European wines. They were Australia's top wine show judges, winemakers, merchants and well known personalities.
Among them were Max Lake, Rudy Komon, Len Evans, Doug Seabrook, Doug Crittenden, John Campton, Reg Egan and Alan McCulloch. Special guests included artists Leonard French and Fred Williams.
This work details their analysis and comments on the wines.
Their lively discourse on fine wines, cuisine and the arts are recorded in an easy reading style. The book also recounts Hermann's career achievements.
It also recalls meetings of the Single Bottle Club, founded by Len Evans in 1977: A group of prominent enthusiastic people.
Sketch portraits and photographs of many personalities are included in the illustrations section, plus two art-colour pages.
This has become a useful comparative indexed reference, for outstanding wine, cuisine and local personalities.
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Ask for Sixpence
ISBN 9780646552118
Author: John Hoehn
15 x 23 cm. 136'100 words & 18 Photographs. HD gloss cardback
This is a true story from the suburbs of Melbourne.

Despite being exploited and maltreated by elders, a first generation Australian boy tries to understand them.
His mother stays at arm's length. His father, decidedly gauche, shows no interest. His stepfather's unusual attitude, influenced by his aberrant and traumatic past, is partly explained through some diary notes written in 1926 that the boy finds at the back of a bedroom drawer.
Hence, he tries to make some rationale from other relationships.
The boy narrates hilarious, tense and decisive moments as he encounters people around him.
Later, as part of a family saga, he is made aware of a very special ancestor from the 14th century who had made the supreme sacrifice of his life for fellow man at the battle of Sempach against the Hapsburgs in 1386, and so becomes the boy's real hero.
The book is well illustrated with photographs of the principal characters. The whole excellently captures and depicts an Australian boy's way of life.