Winter 2009

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Floodtide

‘The denuded earth of the iron-ore loading yards, the huge jetties thrusting their way out into the clear blue sea, [click to continue…]

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A Fraction of the Whole

Most of his life, Jasper Dean couldn’t decide whether to pity, hate, love, or murder his certifiably paranoid father, Martin, a man who overanalyzed anything and everything and imparted his self-garnered wisdom to his only son. [click to continue…]

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Robert Helpmann – A Servant of Art

Robert Helpmann achieved so much in the arts in one life that he should be more highly regarded in Australia than he is—but then, he didn’t play cricket, he danced. [click to continue…]

Continuing the story of Susan Duncan’s bestselling and much-loved memoir, Salvation Creek, The House picks up after Bob and Susan marry and, two years later, move from her Tin Shed into his ‘pale yellow house on the high, rough hill’, Tarrangaua, built for the iconic Australian poet, Dorothea Mackellar. [click to continue…]

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Aussie Actually

Lois Nicholls is 3 months pregnant. With husband and clingy toddler in tow, she sets off from Durban, South Africa, to a sweltering Brisbane, arriving on Australia Day 1997.   [click to continue…]

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The Costello Memoirs

The Costello Memoirs is a frank and fearless look inside the engine-room of the Liberal Party and the Howard Government. [click to continue…]

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With Bags and Swags

Back in the 1940s life was very different. On leaving school, teenagers were expected to get a good, steady job but Melbourne school friends Wendy Law and Shirley Duncan wanted to travel. [click to continue…]

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The Blue Plateau – A Landscape Memoir

The Blue Plateau is a lyrical natural history of the Blue Mountains, and a memoir of one man’s attempt to belong there. [click to continue…]

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The Diamond Anchor

An unexpected letter from her childhood friend Grace forces May to relive their extraordinary past and confront the events that drove them apart fifty years earlier. [click to continue…]

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The China Garden

When her mother dies, Laura returns to her coastal hometown. At the reading of the will, Laura discovers that her mother had a child that she adopted out. [click to continue…]

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Charles Kingsford Smith and those Magnificent Men

Sir Charles Kingsford Smith is one of Australia?s most loved heroes.

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Choir Man

He is the man who brought you the award-winning Choir of Hard Knocks – made up of the homeless and the disadvantaged – the judge on Battle of the Choirs, a highly renowned opera singer and conductor who has worked with some of Australia?s most talented performers. But Jonathon Welch’s own story is less well […]

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Deep Water

Stripped of his private detective licence and devastated by the murder of his partner Lily Truscott, Cliff Hardy travels to the US to help Lily’s brother’s tilt for a world boxing title.

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The Naked Truth – A Life in Parts

The Naked Truth is the very personal story of Graeme Blundell – Australia’s first sex icon (by chance), a founder of the Melbourne’s theatre groups La Mama and Playbox, which showed audiences that actors could speak in Australian English, and now an acclaimed writer and journalist.

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The French Explorers and Sydney

The early years of Sydney were witnessed by seven expeditions of French exploration between 1788 and 1831.

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Infiltration

For two years police detective Colin McLaren disappeared off the face of the earth, eventually surfacing in Griffith as a dodgy art dealer with a pretty girlfriend, and talking his way into the Mafia.

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The Big Fella – The Rise and Rise of BHP Billiton

BHP is part of Australia’s DNA; but it remains an enigma. The Big Fella: The rise and rise of BHP Billiton is the compelling story of how BHP and its partner Billiton rose from the humblest beginnings in the Australian Outback and on the Indonesian island of Belitung to starry heights on the great bourses […]

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The Lost Mother

In 1933, the artist Constance Parkin saw Summers’ mother, a ten-year-old school girl, at Mass one Sunday morning in Brighton.

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Truth

Stephen Villani is the acting head of the Victoria Police homicide squad.

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17 Browning Street

An intriguing local history told by an old rooming house in West End.

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