Winter 2013

A comprehensive account of the history of Queensland from the Dreaming till 1915.

 

Audio excerpt for The History of Queensland from the Dreaming to 1915

Cat no: 2587
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The Anatomy of Wings

Trying to make sense of the sudden death of her teenage sister Beth, she looks to the adult world around her for answers. As she recounts the final months of Beth’s life, Jennifer sifts through the lies and the truth, but what she finds are mysteries, miracles and more questions. [click to continue…]

This anthology collects the best examples of Australian gothic short stories from colonial times. Demonic bird cries, grisly corpses, ghostly women and psychotic station-owners populate a colonial landscape which is the stuff of nightmare. [click to continue…]

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Scorched

This companion to the author’s best selling Wild Spirit takes the reader through the unforgiving Sahara Desert with Annette Henderson and her husband Win on their way to Gabon and their life-long love affair with Africa. [click to continue…]

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Australian Cowboys, Roughriders & Rodeos

Thoroughly researched and incorporating colourful slabs of oral history, this book records a hitherto unknown part of Australia’s sporting culture and heritage and its present- day romantic lifestyle. Rodeo in Australia is a sport that is often misunderstood. [click to continue…]

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The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

First published in 1886, it was an overnight sensation, selling hundreds of thousands of copies around the world and being translated into eleven languages. Over a century later, Hansom Cab has lost none of its page-turning power. [click to continue…]

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Cliffy

Cliff Young’s victory in the 1983 Westfield Sydney to Melbourne Ultra-marathon was second only to the America’s Cup as the biggest sports story of the 1980s. Cliffy, with his laconic country style and shuffling gait, captured the hearts of the Australian public like few before or since. [click to continue…]

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Inheritance

Inheritance, by Balli Kaur Jaswal, is a nation’s coming- of-age story, seen through the sharp lens of a traditional Punjabi family as it gradually unravels. Set in Singapore between 1970 and 1990 Inheritance follows the familial fissures that develop after teenaged Amrit disappears. Although her absence is brief, she returns as a different person. [click to continue…]

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Steeplechase

Bec Reich is recovering from surgery when Emily calls, so naturally she thinks she is hallucinating. [click to continue…]

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Mullumbimby

When Jo Breen uses her divorce settlement to buy a neglected property in the Byron Bay hinterland, she is hoping for a tree change and a blossoming connection to the land of her Aboriginal ancestors. [click to continue…]

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The Brisbane Line

The “Brisbane line” was an alleged plan to abandon Northern Australia in the event of a Japanese invasion. The allegation was made during an election campaign in October 1942 when Edward Ward, the Minister for Labour and National Services accused the previous government of planning this strategy.

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A Man’s got to have a Hobby

William McInnes is a talented writer and a natural storyteller. A tail-end baby boomer, he recalls summer holidays that seemed to go on forever, when he and his mates would walk down to fish in the bay; a time when the Aussie battler stood as the local Labor candidate and looked out for his mates; […]

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The Making of Modern Australia

From the joy of returned servicemen reunited with their families to the trepidation of migrants embarking on new lives, to falling in and out of love, to our beliefs and changing attitudes…

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Gone

A young man is released from a Sydney prison, his hands empty, his identity gone. He catches a southbound train out of town, then hitchhikes west. He hasn’t been home for fì fteen years.

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True North

Growing up in suburban Perth in the 1920s, the two Durack girls were fascinated by tales of the pioneering past of their father and grandfather overlanding from Queensland in the 1880s and setting up four vast cattle stations in the remote north.

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Boy, Lost

Kristina Olsson’s mother lost her infant son, Peter, when he was snatched from her arms as she boarded a train in the hot summer of 1950. She was young and frightened, trying to escape a brutal marriage but, despite the violence and cruelty she’d endured, she was not prepared for this final blow, this breathtaking […]

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A Flower Between the Cracks

A Flower Between the Cracks is an extraordinarily powerful account of a mother’s love and a daughter’s immeasurable courage.

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The Rosie Project

Don Tillman is getting married. He just doesn’t know who to yet. But he has designed the Wife Project, using a sixteen-page questionnaire to help him find the perfect partner. She will most definitely not be a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also fiery and intelligent […]

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The Brisbane River

J G Steele’s analyses the Brisbane River’s dual personality and describes the many ways in which it has influenced the existence of those who live beside it.

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The Illusion of Separateness

The characters in Simon Van Booy’s The Illusion of Separateness discover at their darkest moments of fear and isolation that they are not alone, that they were never alone, that every human being is a link in a chain we cannot see.

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