Summer 2016

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The Heat

Wyatt needs a job.

A bank job would be nice, or a security van hold-up. As long as he doesn’t have to work with cocky idiots and strung-out meth-heads like the Pepper brothers. That’s the sort of miscalculation that buys you the wrong kind of time. So he contacts a man who in the past put him on the right kind of heist. And finds himself in Noosa, stealing a painting for Hannah Sten.

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Playing the Game

Born on a remote island to a migrant Chinese father and an indigenous mother, Julius Chan overcame poverty, discrimination and family tragedy to become one of Papua New Guinea’s longest-serving and most influential politicians. His 50-year career, including two terms as Prime Minister, spans a crucial period of the country’s history, particularly its coming of age from an Australian colony to a leading democratic nation in the South Pacific.

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The Floating Garden

Sydney, Milsons Point, 1926. Entire streets are being demolished for the building of the Harbour Bridge. Ellis Gilbey, landlady by day, gardening writer by night, is set to lose everything. Only the faith in the book she s writing, and hopes for a garden of her own, stave off despair. As the tight-knit community splinters and her familiar world crumbles, Ellis relives her escape to the city at 16, landing in the unlikely care of self-styled theosophist Minerva Stranks.

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Confronting and at times terrifying, this is a first-hand account of Domenico ‘Mick’ Cacciola’s life as a Licensing, Special Branch and CIB detective over four decades.

Who’s Who in the Zoo captures the colour and grit of policing in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, which in its heyday was the sleazy epicentre of illegal gambling and prostitution.

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In the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick, a female narrator, who remains unnamed and is of indeterminate (European) origin, is trying to come to terms with the absence of Jack, the man she loves. He has suffered a partial memory loss. In a bar she meets Bernice, a radio personality, on the shady side of her thirties and flirting with IVF. Finding a job as a gardener, she discovers that her co- worker, Mitali, has an unresolved and angry mourning that attracts other deaths into its orbit.

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Ghost River

Archie Kemp knows trouble when he sees it, and he sees it when 13-year-old Sonny Brewer moves in next door. But life for the dirt- poor kid of an alcoholic father in hard-knocks Collingwood can be brutal, violent even, so it’s lucky for Sonny he finds a friend in Archie’s stepson, Ren … and both boys find freedom and adventure along the winding banks of the Yarra.

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Thea Astley

Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather is the long-overdue biography of Australian author Thea Astley (1925–2004). Over a fifty-year writing career, Astley published more than a dozen novels and short story collections, including The Acolyte, The Slow Natives and, finally, Drylands in 1999. She was the first person to win multiple Miles Franklin awards – four in total. With many of her works published internationally, Astley was a trailblazer for women writers.

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Great Expectations

Rather than relaxed and comfortable, Australians are disenchanted with politics and politicians. In this brilliant short book – an expanded version of her acclaimed Quarterly Essay – Laura Tingle shows that the reason for this goes to something deep in Australian culture: our great expectations of government.

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Before Rupert

The unauthorised biography of Australia’s first media magnate.

Following the News of the World phone-hacking scandal, Rupert Murdoch said his greatest regret was that he had let his father down. Popular history views Sir Keith Murdoch (1885–1952) as a fearless war correspondent – author of the famous letter that led to the evacuation of the Anzac force from Gallipoli – and a principled journalist and dedicated family man who, on his death, left a single provincial newspaper to Rupert. But is there another side to the story of Keith’s success and the origins of News Corporation?

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This volume comprises twelve papers dealing with various aspects of Moreton Bay history, from pre-European settlement to the 1990s.

While Moreton Bay Matters presents a largely chronological history of this important region, it has intentionally set out to record the episodes that have either been ignored or forgotten. By so doing, this volume reveals the close links between the indigenous peoples, the convicts and missionaries, the fisherman and the whalers, the government authorities. [click to continue…]

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Griffith, The Law and The Australian Constitution

Sir Samuel Griffith belonged to an age in which a person could fully explore their diverse interests and make a significant contribution to the community in not one but many fields.

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Moving Among Strangers

As her mother Joan lies dying, Gabrielle Carey writes a letter to Joan’s childhood friend, the reclusive novelist Randolph Stow. This letter sets in motion a literary pilgrimage that reveals long-buried family secrets. Like her mother, Stow had grown up in Western Australia. After early literary success and a Miles Franklin Award win in 1958 […]

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This stunning and intoxicating novel speaks of passion and obsession, ranging in setting from an Australian rainforest to Boston and Toronto. A mysterious and elusive love affair haunts the lives of three women in Australia.

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A Few Days in the Country and Other Stories

ONE DAY, Alice said, ‘Eric Lane wants to take me to-’ For the first time, her mother attended, standing still. Eric was brought to the house, and Eric and Alice were married before there was time to say ‘knife’.

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Hello, Beautiful!

I realise that, despite all the references to my longing to be a writer, two things are apparent. The first is that I don’t actually do much writing; the second is that my teenage reflections display absolutely no talent for it. My Diary is prima facie evidence of self-delusion on a grand scale.

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On Bunyah

Les Murray lives in Bunyah, near Taree in New South Wales. He has published some thirty books. His work is studied in schools and universities around Australia and has been translated into several foreign languages. In 1996 he was awarded the T.S. Eliot Prize for poetry, in 1998 the Queen’s Gold Medal for poetry, and […]

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Anchor Point

When her mother disappears into the bush, ten-year-old Laura makes an impulsive decision that will haunt her for decades. Despite her anger and grief, she sets about running the house, taking care of her younger sister, and helping her father clear their wild acreage to carve out a farm.

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Move Over the Top with Jim

From the Gabba to the Ekka, from a day on the beach with Fred at Sufferer’s Paradise’ to a rainbow cake supper at Auntie Vera’s country police station, Hugh Lunn tells more hilarious, over-the- top stories about his now famous Annerley Junction family.

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Peripheral Vision

A teenager on the tram meets an old man claiming to be Jesus Christ. Six young women band together on a night prowl. A Filipino immigrant clashes with his eldest sister, who has brought him to Australia for a better life. And in a future where dogs have risen up against their owners, a mother […]

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Nona & Me

Rosie and Nona are sisters. Yapas. They are also best friends. It doesn’t matter that Rosie is white and Nona is Aboriginal: their family connections tie them together for life.

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