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Cake in a Hat Box

When Constable Stenhouse is shot dead on a lonely road in Western australia and his Aboriginal tracker has vanished, clues are thin on the ground. [click to continue…]

Steve Strevens has lived on the Murray for almost 40 years. During that time he has fished and swum in its waters, climbed and swung from its trees, collected firewood from its forests, kicked a footy along the flats nearby, and made some of his most important decisions sitting on its banks. [click to continue…]

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The Country Undertaker

When Mick Eames, footballer and spare parts man, moved his family to Holbrook in the late 1940s, he had no idea that the job of town undertaker would fall his way. Instead of the immaculately attired attendants and battery- operated lowering devices of the city, Mick Eames’ lot was much simpler. [click to continue…]

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Lenin’s Kisses

Lenin’s Kisses is a brilliant novel about modern China. Blind, deaf and disfigured, the 197 citizens of the Village of Liven enjoy a peaceful lifestyle, spared from the government’s watchful eye. But when an unseasonal snowstorm wipes out the grain crops, a county official convinces the villagers to set up a travelling freak-show showcasing their disabilities. [click to continue…]

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Floundering

Tom and Jordy have been living with their gran since the day their mother, Loretta, left them on her doorstep and disappeared.

Now Loretta’s returned, and she wants her boys back.

Tom and Jordy hit the road with Loretta in her beat-up car. The family of three journeys across the country, squabbling, bonding, searching and reconnecting. [click to continue…]

A collection of fables in which the intuition of animals is set against the hubris of man, Anson Cameron is part court jester, part acclaimed writer of short stories and novels and part national conscience.

A cola company uses the last wild polar bears as billboards. A boy is forced to compose poems for cats. A dog starts a race- riot. A zebra shames two armies. A zoologist vivisects a gorilla to disprove evolution and has his own brain placed in the ape’s head. [click to continue…]

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Bitter Greens

Charlotte-Rose de la Force has been banished from court by the Sun King, Louis XIV, after a series of scandalous love affairs. She is comforted by an old nun, Sœur Seraphina, who tells her the tale of a young girl who, a hundred years earlier, is sold by her parents for a handful of Bitter Greens …

After Margherita’s father steals a handful of greens – parsley, wintercress and rapunzel – from the walled garden of the courtesan, Selena Leonelli, they give up their daughter to save him from having both hands cut off. [click to continue…]

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The Mountain

In 1968 Papua New Guinea is on the brink of independence, and everything is about to change. Amidst the turmoil filmmaker Leonard arrives from England with his Dutch wife, Rika, to study and film an isolated village high in the mountains. The villagers’ customs and art have been passed down through generations, and Rika is immediately struck by their paintings on a cloth made of bark. [click to continue…]

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Melbourne Remade

Come on a journey beyong the city’s beloved laneways and read the palimpsest that is Melbourne.

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Outback Spirit

Five kids orphaned by a terrible accident … a struggling family living in the most isolated spot on earth … a single dad battling to cope in a house falling down around his ears … a desperately ill woman in the middle of nowhere.

In the great Outback traditions of mateship, resilience and generosity come these stories of ordinary people who, against seemingly insurmountable odds, help out those who inhabit Australia’s vast untamed frontiers. [click to continue…]

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The Fortunes of Ruby White

Ruby White has burnt her bridges. She has no job, no direction in life, and just enough money to last a month if she eats only rice and her cat catches his own meals. When her best friend, Anise, holds a dress-up party, Ruby drowns her sorrows and meets Damien, whose vampire costume belies his […]

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The Helicopter’s Coming

This book is the story of a family; of Mother and Father, and their eight sons and two daughters who grew up on a sheep and cattle property in far South-West Queensland. It’s a mixture of Mad as Rabbits, Little House on the Prairie and On Our Selection. In a humorous yet moving way, it […]

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Men of Bad Character

When Rose’s eighteen-year relationship ends in the most shocking and unexpected way, she emerges from years of what she thought was a loving relationship and realises the extent to which she was being emotionally manipulated and controlled.

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So Greek – Confessions of a Conservative Leftie

“People were supposed to remember who they were and where they lived. They were supposed to remember who loved them and who did not and where their grandmothers were born. Martin Jeremiah Westley didn’t remember any of it, including the fact that he was Martin Jeremiah Westley.”

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Ray – Stories of My Life

Ray Martin needs no introduction. Well known as the face of the Midday Show, A Current Affair, 60 Minutes, Carols by Candlelight… If you trust anyone on Australian television, you trust Ray Martin. But Ray’s was a less than stellar introduction to the glamorous world of television. Before he had even got to high school, […]

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A Few Right Thinking Men

Rowland Sinclair is an artist and a gentleman. In Australia’s 1930s, the Sinclair name is respectable and influential, yet Rowland has a talent for scandal. Even with thousands of unemployed lining the streets, Rowland’s sheltered world is one of exorbitant wealth, culture and impeccable tailoring.

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Peril Under the Pandanus

This time CrimeWriters Queensland go to the beach – and come up with 19 new stories that keep the crime wave of great local reading on a deep Pacific roll.

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Inkonkoni

An exciting tale of comradeship, revenge and war. Born in the Western Victorian town of Hamilton in 1852, Archie Adams grows to be a skilled horseman with an unusual aptitude for mathematics, which he is encouraged to pursue at Hamilton’s Mechanics Institute and the Ballarat School of Mines. On Thursday 27th September 1877, Archie’s mate […]

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All That I Am

Ruth Becker, defiant and cantankerous, is living out her days in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. She has made an uneasy peace with the ghosts of her past – and a part of history that has been all but forgotten. Another lifetime away, it’s 1939 and the world is going to war. Ernst Toller, self-doubting […]

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One Way Road

Professional road cyclist Robbie McEwen will do whatever it takes to win on a bike. He is proud of his reputation as a ‘competitive little bugger’ and ‘a bit of a hard bastard in the peloton’, yet he is at pains to point out that what he’s channelling is not rage or aggression but a […]

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