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SUGGESTED READING LIST ..

 
The difficulty in preparing a suggested reading list is twofold. Firstly, it supposes that the author is knowledgable enough to determine the needs of the reader, which is rarely the case. Secondly, a suggested reading list may result in other equally suitable and interesting titles being ignored. 

Having recognised this, it is with some hesitation that I make out the list, but I do so based on inadvertent pressure from many customers who have asked the proverbial question - "I am interested in ....what should I read". To answer the question, I need to know the specific interests of the reader, and the information content level to which the reader aspires.Therefore, in order to present a suggested reading list here on the internet, I need to establish several categories of interest, and take it from there. Some of the titles listed may not necessarily be the first purchase within the interest range indicated, but they certainly should find their way into the reader's library at some stage. The list could well be the starting point for an impressive and informative library for the discerning reader. 

Please remember that the list is my personal preference only. I believe I am knowledgeable enough to make the list, but stress again that it is my personal preference, and there is opportunity for argument - which in this instance I do not encourage. 

So, here goes.(The heading presumes the interest). For further details of books within the interest, enter on the heading, or the book.

FISHES - AUSTRALIAN TEMPERATE SEAS
COASTAL FISHES OF SOUTH-EASTERN AUSTRALIA. Rudie H. Kuiter.
SEA FISHES OF SOUTHERN AUSTRALIA - Barry Hutchins.

FISHES - AUSTRALIAN TROPICAL SEAS
FISHES OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF AND CORAL SEA
John E.Randall, Gerald R.Allen, & Roger C.Steene.

FISHES - AUSTRALIA COAST TEMPERATE AND TROPICAL
GUIDE TO SEA FISHES OF AUSTRALIA - Rudie Kuiter.
GRANT'S GUIDE TO FISHES

MARINE LIFE - GENERAL, AUSTRALIA
AUSTRALIAN SEASHORES - W.J. Dakin (Isobel Bennett) 

MARINE LIFE - TEMPERATE, AUSTRALIA
AUSTRALIAN MARINE LIFE - The Plants and Animals of Temperate Waters.Dr. Graham J. Edgar 
UNDER SOUTHERN SEAS - The Ecology of Australia's Rocky Reefs. Edited by Neil Andrew.

MARINE LIFE - TROPICAL, AUSTRALIA
CORAL SEA REEF GUIDE. Bob Halstead.
INDO-PACIFIC CORAL REEF GUIDE - Dr Gerald Allen & Roger Steene.
CORAL REEF ANIMALS OF THE INDO-PACIFIC. Gosliner,  Behrens and Williams.
INDIAN OCEAN REEF GUIDE. Helmut Debelius.

FISHES - ASIA AND CENTRAL WESTERN PACIFIC
SOUTH-EAST ASIA TROPICAL FISH GUIDE - Rudie Kuiter and Helmut Debelius.
MICRONESIAN REEF FISHES - Robert Myers.

SHARKS
SHARKS AND RAYS - New book in the IKAN series, available soon.
SHARKS IN QUESTION.  Victor Springer & Joy Gold.
SHARKS AND RAYS OF AUSTRALIA - CSIRO  (Now out of print)
SHADOWS IN THE SEA (Out of print)
SHARKS - SILENT HUNTERS OF THE DEEP. (Out of print).

INVERTEBRATES
RED SEA INVERTEBRATES - Peter Vine.

NUDIBRANCHS
NUDIBRANCHS AND SEA SNAILS - Helmut Debelius.

DANGEROUS MARINE LIFE
DANGEROUS MARINE CREATURES - Carl Edmonds.
DANGEROUS SEA CREATURES - Neville Coleman

SHELLS
AUSTRALIAN MARINE SHELLS - Barry Wilson Australian and Indo-Pacific Marine Gastropod Molluscs, Volume 1 and 2
WHAT SHELL IS THAT Neville Coleman (Out of print).

CORALS
CORALS OF THE WORLD - Three Volumes.  J.E.N. Veron and Mary Stafford-Smith
INDO PACIFIC CORAL REEF FIELD GUIDE. Allen and Steene.

GREAT BARRIER REEF
GREAT BARRIER REEF (Reader's Digest Book of) .

MARINE MAMMALS
WHALES, DOLPHINS AND PORPOISES, Carwardine, Hoyt, Fordyce, and Gill.
DUGONGS, WHALES, DOLPHINS AND SEALS. Bryden, Marsh and Shaughnessy.

GENERAL DIVING
Peter Stone's DIVE AUSTRALIA
THE UNDERWATER EXPLORER - The Diver's Guide to Interacting with Marine Life. Kohler.
THE DIVERS HANDBOOK - Alan Mountain.
THE LIVING SEA - Jacques Cousteau.

HISTORY OF DIVING
There are a number of excellent books covering he history of diving, but most are out of print.
See CLASSIC DIVE BOOKS.
Tom Byron's HISTORY OF SPEARFISHING AND SCUBA DIVING IN AUSTRALIA.
DEEP, DEEPER, DEEPEST. Man's Exploration of the Sea. Robert F. Marx.
STARS BENEATH THE SEA

TECHNICAL AND ADVANCED DIVING
THE TECHNICAL DIVING HANDBOOK. Gary Gentile.
THE SIMPLE GUIDE TO REBREATHER DIVING.  Steve Barsky, Mark Thirlow and Mike Ward.
INTERNATIONAL BOOK OF MIXED GAS DIVING- Heinz K.J. Lettnin.
DEEPER INTO DIVING - John Lippmann.
THE ESSENTIALS OF DEEPER SPORT DIVING - John Lippmann.

DIVING MEDICINE
DIVING MEDICINE FOR SCUBA DIVERS. Edmonds, McKenzie, and Thomas.
DIVING PHYSIOLOGY IN PLAIN ENGLISH . Jolie Bookspan
DIVING AND SUB-AQUATIC MEDICINE. Carl Edmonds

DIVE DESTINATIONS - AUSTRALIA
See website dedicated to this interest.

DIVE DESTINATIONS - REST OF THE WORLD
See website dedicated to this interest.

PHOTO PICTORIAL
WITHIN A RAINBOWED SEA - Chris Newbert.
IN A SEA OF DREAMS - Chris Newbert & Birgitte Wilms.
CORAL SEAS, Roger Steene.
CORAL REEFS - NATURE'S RICHEST REALM - Roger Steene.

UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY
ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO COMPOSITION. Jim Church
THE MANUAL OF UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY. De Couet & Green.
ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO NIKONOS SYSTEMS. Jim Church.

UNDERWATER VIDEO
See website with list of titles.

AUSTRALIAN SHIPWRECKS
See website dedicated to this interest.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPWRECKS
See website dedicated to this interest.

GREAT READS
THETIS - THE ADMIRALTY REGRETS
STARS BENEATH THE SEA
GOLDFINDER - Keith Jessop.

FINALLY - I will try and keep this page updated as new relevant titles come on the market, or good old ones become 'out of print'. I will also try to find time to expand the 'suggested reading' list to include older, out of pirnt books that you may be able to find in a second-hand shop, or even through our second-hand website.

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