Winter 2012

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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 revolutionary and poet, sits in a New York hotel room settling up the account of his life. [click to continue…]

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Colonel Lionel Rose

Colonel Rose was a war hero in WW1 and WW2 but achieved his greatest fame in the Northern Territory in the 1950s when he was Chief Veterinary Officer. He found a cure for the bitter pleuro- pneumonia disease and founded the live cattle trade of Australia with Asia. [click to continue…]

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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 fierce determination and razor-sharp focus. Here, in his own words, Robbie reveals what has made him one of the most successful road cyclists of the last 20 years, winning over 200 professional races and three Tour de France green jerseys. [click to continue…]

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Black Saturday

Black Saturday tells of human emotion in the face of fire, the tragedy of loss and the triumph of the human spirit. A book to honour those who have lost their lives and a show of solidarity to those who must pick up the pieces and carry on in the aftermath of this disaster. [click to continue…]

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The Hard Light of Day

A story of a whitefella-blackfella friendship that offers hope for the future.

Two years after artist Rod Moss arrived in Alice Springs to teach painting, he met an Indigenous couple who had set up camp in the gully beside his flat. Over the next twenty- five years, his friendship with Xavier and Petrina Neil and the friendships that grew from it with the families of Whitegate, an Arrernte camp on the outskirts of town, would nourish and challenge Moss beyond his imagining. [click to continue…]

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Dead Heat

The national parks where Ranger Jo Lockwood works, on the edge of the NSW outback, are untamed stretches of dry forest cut through with wild rivers. She’s often alone, and she likes it that way until she discovers the body of a man, brutally murdered, in a vandalised campground.

Detective Senior Sergeant Nick Matheson knows organised crime and gang violence from the inside out. He s so good at undercover work that his colleagues aren’t sure which side he’s really on. His posting to Strathnairn is supposed to be a return to normal duties, but the murder victim in the campground is only the first of Jo’s discoveries. [click to continue…]

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No One’s Son

In his book No One’s Son, Tewodros recounts the challenges and triumphs of surviving a poverty-stricken childhood on the streets of Ethiopia. The backdrop of civil war and the boundaries of tradition strands him between his mother’s despair and his father’s pride. As he struggles with loneliness and the need for love, his enduring courage brings him the loyalty of friends and mentors along the way. [click to continue…]

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Top Homicide cop Darian Richards has been seeking out monsters for too long. He has promised one too many victim’s families he will find the answers they need and it’s taken its toll. Now retired, a series of disappearances see him return to the gun. [click to continue…]

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No Regrets – Edith Piaf

Edith Piaf was one of the most greatly loved singers of the twentieth century.

As she moved from her youth singing in the streets to the glamour of the Paris music-halls, Piaf formed lasting friendships with such figures as Maurice Chevalier, Jean Cocteau and Marlene Dietrich; she wrote many of her own songs, aided the Resistance in the Second World War, and mentored younger singers like Yves Montand and Charles Aznavour. [click to continue…]

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The Devil’s Milk

Capital, as Marx once wrote, comes into the world “dripping from head to foot, from every pore, with blood and dirt.” He might well have been describing the long, grim history of rubber. From the early stages of primitive accumulation to the heights of the industrial revolution and beyond, rubber is one of a handful of commodities that has played a crucial role in shaping the modern world, and yet, as John Tully shows in this remarkable book, laboring people around the globe have every reason to regard it as “the devil’s milk.” [click to continue…]

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A Question of Power

A gripping courtroom drama and a fearless work of investigative journalism, A Question of Power is the story of a man who spent his life gaining power only to be accused of its ultimate abuse.

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Small towns don’t feel small when you grow up there. That comes later. The world as you know it seems wide. You feel close to it, the smells, the seasons, the secret places. But slowly, imperceptibly, like childhood itself, that comfortable, familiar, reassuring world starts to slip away.

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It is 1872 in Sydney and gold fever is running high, high enough to inspire swells and diggers alike to set sail for exotic New Guinea. They call New Guinea Isla del Oro – Island of Gold. But even to reach these mythical gold fields they first have to navigate the treacherous seas of the […]

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Over the Top with Jim

In 1950s’ Brisbane the Cold War is hot news, and so were the cakes at ‘Lunns for Buns’, Fred and Olive’s famous Annerley Junction cake shop. Enter one Jim Egoroff: Russian agent, all- round tough guy (aged 9) and the boy Hugh Lunn (also aged 9) is destined to make his ‘left-hand’ man.

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A Forger’s Tale

Born to fortune but spurned by fate, a single act of folly launches young Henry into an extraordinary spiral of calamity.

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Newton’s Ark

December 20, 2047 – the day the human race faces extinction. With a little more than two years to prepare, President Paul Carlson struggles with the awful choices he must make to ensure the survival of the American people. Meanwhile, wealthy industrialist James Newton embarks on his own audacious and radical plan to save humanity.

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Miles Off Course

In early 1933, Rowland Sinclair and his companions are ensconced in the superlative luxury of The Hydro Majestic at Medlow Bath, where trouble seems distant indeed. And then Harry Simpson vanishes.

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The Grand Hotel

Robbed of his zest for life by the absurd innovations of his local council, including knocking down the only pub in his beloved home town and roofing over a section of the creek to protect swimmers from the rain, artist Noel Lea exiles himself in the hills above Mangowak, on the southwest Victorian coast. He […]

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Two Greeks

Ten-year-old Andy senses that his peculiar little family is on the brink of collapse. His father, Cypriot migrant Haralambos Stylianou, rules his quarter-acre kingdom like a tyrant. His mother is waiting for the advent of no-fault diverse when she will shuck off Harry Stylianou’s crazy bullying and live in peace.

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In 1835 an illegal squatter camp was established on the banks of the Yarra River. In defiance of authorities in London and Sydney, Tasmanian speculators began sending men and sheep across Bass Strait – and so changed the shape of Australian history. Before the founding of Melbourne, British settlement on the mainland amounted to a […]

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