Winter 2005

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Cape York Peninsula

The Cape York Peninsula is arguably the most exotic wilderness region in Australia. Its history is as colourful as its geography and as steamy as its climate. [click to continue…]

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The Broken Shore

Joe Cashin was different once. He moved easily then; was surer and less thoughtful. But there are consequences when you’ve come so close to dying. [click to continue…]

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The Homesteader

It’s damned hard work, homesteading. And when there are men who’ll do anything to keep you from settling, it can be your last chance…. [click to continue…]

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One True Love

Susanne Thorne is an orphan of means – which is why her aunt, Bette Hollander, is willing to welcome the young heiress into her home in far-away Scotland, and to encourage a friendship with her handsome, charming and dissolute son, Louis.

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A Guest of the Emperor

An official of the Japanese Embassy in 1988 asked Russell Savage had he ever visited Japan. “Oh, yes,” said R.S., “in 1944-45.” “You must have been a member of a delegation?” “Oh, no, I was a guest of the Emperor!” “You mean you stayed at the Palace?” “No, I was a prisoner of war…” [click to continue…]

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Velocity

Velocity tells the moving but often hilarious story of Mandy Sayer’s childhood and adolescence, a life lived on the edges – of society, of poverty, of certainty, of love.

Conceived the night her jazz musician father swallows a block of hash during a police raid, Mandy Sayer’s early years are a child’s paradise of laughter and music and ‘grown-up’ fun in steamy beer gardens. [click to continue…]

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Runaway

Munro’s stories unravel layers of the past and different versions of the truth: her characters learn that if you look too closely at anything – the past, the truth – it may crumble. [click to continue…]

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Spreading Wings

Sammy Adams is always on the look-out for a new business opportunity. When he hears from his son David about the new-fangled supermarkets that are becoming all the rage in America, he immediately starts looking for a suitable site in South London. [click to continue…]

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Secrets of the Sea

Ben Coulson, Sam’s middle son, has turned his back on whaling to follow other pursuits. His father is convinced that this is a mere excuse to carouse, gamble and womanise and has little time for him. [click to continue…]

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The Marsh Birds

Dhurgham As-Samarra’i is a twelve-year-old boy, the youngest child in a middle-class Baghdadi family. He finds himself at the Great Mosque in Damascus in Syria, not knowing what has happened to his parents and sister who fled Baghdad with him. The only thing he knows is that he was told if the family became separated they were to meet at the Mosque. Along, he waits and waits.

this is the story of what befalls Dhurgham after he realises his family won’t be turning up; it is the story of his journey into adulthood, his journey through bitterness to forgiveness, and his journey from Iraq to Syria, to Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and beyond. [click to continue…]

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Patrol in the Dreamtime

Colin Macleod was a young public servant when, some forty years ago, he went to the Northern Territory in search of adventure. He took a job as a patrol officer, registering full-blood aborigines as wards of the State.

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Blackbird House

In a rare and gorgeous departure, beloved novelist Alice Hoffman weaves a web of tales, all set in Blackbird House. This small farm on the outer reaches of Cape Cod is a place that is as bewitching and alive as the characters we meet:

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Bushman of the Red Heart

Bushman of the Red Heart celebrates not only Ben, but also his parents Liz and Sam Nicker and their work in Central Australia from the Arltunga Goldfields in 1903 to Ryan’s Well/Glen Maggie from 1914-1930.

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Jody’s Journal

The first term at boarding school in Queensland is a new experience for Jody, Billy and Robert. They invite their friends the twins Jennifer and Doug, home for the holidays.

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From Gallipoli to Gaza

From Gallipoli to Gaza brings together, for the first time, poems written by men who served in the Middle East in world War One. The soldier-poets whose works appear in this unique collection include Rupert Brooke, Leon Gellert, A.P. Herbert, ‘Banjo’ Paterson, James Griffyth Fairfax, Harley Matthews, Clem Attlee, T.E. Lawrence, Edwin ‘Trooper Gerardy’ Gerard […]

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The Teeth of the Tiger

In a nondescript office building in suburban Maryland, the firm Hendly Associates does a profitable business in stocks, bonds and international currencies, but its true mission is quite different: to identify and locate terrorist threats, and then deal with them, in whatever manner necessary.

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The Spirit of Kokoda – Then and Now

Australia lost its innocence in 1942. Japan had conquered Asia and the Pacific, and was at our doorstep. Our finest troops were fighting in the Middle East.

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A Bunch of Strays

A genuine bush novel that has grown out of Marie Mahood’s decades of personal experience in the Australian Outback. Mick and Marion fall in love in the Kimberleys.

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The Merry Mistress

Little Nell Gwyn grew up in a London slum. From a cockney sparrow, quick with a curse and quicker with a laugh, she became the most successful comedy actress of her day.

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The Photograph

Searching through a little-used cupboard at home, TV history man Glyn Peters chances upon a photograph he has never seen. Taken in high summer, many years before, it shows his wife, Kath, holding hands with another man.

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