Summer 2014

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Outlaws of the Kimberley Underworld

One hundred years ago, as the Boer War came to an end, the rugged Kimberley Range formed the roughest and most remote cattle-country in Australia. It was five days hard ride from the nearest township of Wyndhdam to Smokey’s Kimberley Underworld hideout. The police patrols sent out to arrest King Smokey faced a daunting task. The few passes through the forbidding King Leopold Ranges were guarded by fierce Aboriginal warriors known as munjons. The munjons waged a bitter war with the white stockmen; but for every spearing of the cudeas’ cattle, there were savage reprisals and massacres. [click to continue…]

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Me & Rory MacBeath

Adelaide, 1977. The year Elvis died. And the year twelve-year-old Jake Taylor meets Rory MacBeath. Until then, Jake’s world was small, revolving around his street, his school, and the courthouse where his mum, Harry, was a barrister. His best friend lives only a few houses away.

For them daylight is for spinning a cricket ball, riding bikes around the neighbourhood and swimming at the pool until their skin is wrinkled and the zinc on their noses has washed away. But then Rory MacBeath moves into the red-brick house at the end of Rose Avenue and everything changes. [click to continue…]

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Fish-Hair Woman

“Fish-Hair Woman” is a novel of many rooms running between love and war. In 1987 the Philippine government fights a total war against communist insurgency. The village of Iraya is militarised. The days are violent and the nights heavy with fireflies in the river where the dead are dumped. With her twelve-metre hair, Estrella the Fish-Hair Woman trawls the corpses from the water, which now tastes of lemongrass. She falls in love with the visiting Australian writer Tony McIntyre who disappears in the conflict. [click to continue…]

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The Coroner’s Conscience

Louise Genson is a beautiful merchant banker. She has everything to live for. But her dead body is found in her beloved Le Mans Jaguar at the bottom of Sydney Harbour. The coroner begins what promises to be a sensational enquiry. [click to continue…]

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Her Sister’s Eye

To the Aboriginal families of Mundra this saying brings either comfort or pain. To Nana Vida it is what binds the generations. To the unwilling savant Archie Corella it portends a fate too cruel to name. for Sophie Salte, whose woman’s body and child’s mind make her easy prey, nothing matters while her sister Murilla is there to watch over her. [click to continue…]

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Deep South

A wonderful collection of twenty-four short stories that celebrate the history, culture and creativity of Tasmania.

Tasmania is another country — a lush, sometimes foreboding island with a people fiercely protective of its history, culture and creativity. [click to continue…]

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The Midnight Dress

When a teenage girl disappears, a small town is awash with rumours: everyone is talking about the dress she wore, a midnight-blue dress made from the remnants of other dresses, a dress of stories …

For her whole life, Rose Lovell has moved from town to town with her alcoholic father. When they wash up in a coastal sugarcane town, Rose wonders if this time it will be different. [click to continue…]

Leading authors reflect on events throughout Australian history, starting 14000 years ago when rising sea levels closed the land bridge between mainland Australia and Tasmania, through to the traumatic events of September 2001. [click to continue…]

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The Accident

A rainy night. A car crash.

After the accident Sarah moves to a new school. A new place where no one knows what happened to her or her brother — where she doesn’t have to deal with the history that’s pulling the rest of her family apart.

Will is keeping his head down at home, just trying to get by. [click to continue…]

Here, largely in his own words, is the incredible story of Australian land rights advocate Edward Koiki Mabo, from his childhood on the Island of Mer through to his struggle within the union cause and the black rights movement. [click to continue…]

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The Bookman’s Tale

Shattered by the death of his wife Amanda, antiquarian bookseller Peter Byerly is drifting through life aimlessly when he stumbles on the Victorian miniature that so forcefully reminds him of her. Peter becomes obsessed with learning the picture’s origins.

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The Midnight Promise

Ten delicious stories from an extraordinary new voice in Australian literary crime. Each story an investigation. Or a human puzzle. Or just a job to be done. At the centre, John Dorn.

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Crocodile Dreaming

A one-armed Aboriginal boy and his foster-parents fight for the suvival of their Arnhem Land cattle station.

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Bradman’s Band

Ex-Test player Ashley Mallett is a well-known figure who doesn’t hesitate to speak up on cricket issues. Author of a biography of Clarrie Grimmett – The Bradman of Spin –

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Dante and Johnno are unlikely childhood friends, growing up in the bustle of steamy, wartime Brisbane. Later, as teenagers, they learn about love and life amidst the city’s pubs and public libraries, backyards and brothels, Moreton Bay figs and tennis parties.

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Worse Things Happen at Sea

Worse Things Happen at Sea celebrates in words and images the wonderful, messy, haphazard nature of family life – bringing babies home from hospital…

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Holiday in Cambodia

Beyond the killing fields and the temples of Angkor is Cambodia – a country with a genocidal past and a wide, open smile. A frontier land where anything is possible – at least for the tourists.

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The House on River Terrace

Ben Fielding is the sixteen year old son of a conservative politician. He is a dreamer and an artist whose friendship with the wild spirited atreet kid, Jess, draws him inevitably into conflict with his father.

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The Australian Light Horse

The Australian Light Horse was a unique force, first raised during the Boer War, and then reformed for World War I. Most of the men were from the outback, had a special bond with their horses (which were all brought from Australia) – and they knew how to survive and fight in the desert. The […]

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The Mayne Inheritance

Opening with a macabre mid-nineteenth century murder, The Mayne Inheritance unfolds like a gothic thriller. Was it the murder victim’s money that founded patriarch Patrick Mayne’s Queen Street business empire? Were the whispered accusations of murder and genetic madness true?

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