Gift ideas for Christmas

Two new books to add to your Christmas list!

How to Shame the Devil, by Ros Thomas

Her silence did not mean yes.

Art Lambkin, newly confined to a nursing home, is terrified of being erased from the outside world. Determined to remain relevant, he engages in a correspondent’s war on the Letters Page of his daily newspaper, pitting his acerbic wit against a rogue gallery of bigots, windbags and egomaniacs. But when a woman surfaces from Art’s long-ago past, he soon becomes the villain in a scandal that threatens to destroy everything—and everyone—he knows.

Ros Thomas was a 2020 INSPIRE Writer-in-Residence at the National Trust ‘s Samson House in Fremantle. It was here that she put the finishing touches to her first novella, How to Shame the Devil.

We’re pleased to offer copies of her book for sale from our West Perth office.

Usually $29.99, National Trust members can buy the book at the special price of $25.00. Free collection from the Old Observatory, 4 Havelock Street, West Perth.

Alternatively we will post within Australia for $9.00.

To buy a copy, please visit our office Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, or call (08) 9321 6088.

Swan River Colony: The First Twenty-One Years,
by Pamela Statham-Drew

The British flag had been planted … the name of King George IV had been invoked … the Swan River Colony was launched. What now?

This book shows how the colonists managed the extraordinary task of creating a new home in a foreign territory so very far from all they had ever held dear.

The author examines the economic performance of the colonists during the whole pre-convict period, from the 1820s to the 1850s. What did they and their families achieve? What obstacles were in their way?

Pamela Statham-Drew, an economic historian who has written extensively about Western Australia’s yesterdays, offers a range of answers.

Meticulously researched and beautifully illustrated, this book is destined to become a classic for all people interested in the early history of Western Australia.

Copies are $40.00 plus $5.00 postage and can be ordered by emailing Nick Drew or calling 0409 290 895.

Give the gift of membership

And don’t forget the special offer we have to encourage you to treat someone to a whole year of discovery and fun with National Trust membership this Christmas!

Buy a one-year gift membership this Christmas and we’ll waive the $35 joining fee. Plus, existing National Trust members who buy a gift membership for someone special will receive a free ticket to a member event of their choice in 2022.

You can sign up online or by contacting us on or (08) 9321 6088.