NAPOLEON’S AUSTRALIA

RRP: $35

Yep, you read it right – or you will if you grab this book – France’s diminutive boss-man in the early 19th century had big plans to invade Australia, turf out the Poms, and convert our predecessors into advocates of French cuisine. It sounds ludicrous, but Napoleon Bonaparte was very serious about conquering the then relatively young English colony, and renowned Aussie writer Terry Smyth writes a cracking account of this little known ‘nearly’ part of Australian history. Proving that love is indeed grand, Bonaparte’s designs on Australian conquest stemmed from his great love, Josephine, who was an avid fan of all things Australian. The story is brilliant and well worth a read.

RRP: $35

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