Winter 2014

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Confessions of a People Smuggler

Dawood Amiri is an ethnic Hazara who, as a young man, made the fateful decision to flee the terror being inflicted on his people and seek asylum in Australia. He arrived in Indonesia in 2010, but was eventually captured when he was about to board a boat headed for Christmas Island. After a long stint in detention, where immigration processes failed to help him, he escaped and began working for people-smugglers to aid his fellow asylum-seekers and to raise money for his own passage to Australia. [click to continue…]

Qantas pilot 1967-2007. Captain Bill Anderson’s flying career spans forty years, amassing a to total of 22,139 hours of longhaul flight time. This is his second book, another candid and honest look at the working life of pilots and ground staff in a major world airline. [click to continue…]

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The Promise

In this breathtaking new work, Tony Birch affirms his position as one of Australia’s finest writers of short-form fiction.

Using his unflinching creative gaze, he ponders love and loss and faith. A trio of amateur thieves are left in charge of a baby moments before a heist. A group of boys compete in the final of a marbles tournament, only to find their biggest challenge was the opponent they didn’t see coming. [click to continue…]

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The Sons of Clovis

Making full use of his skills as novelist, poet and scholar, David Brooks has created a page-turning literary history with the narrative tension of a thriller.

In the mid-1940s, writers James McAuley and Harold Stewart submitted a series of poems to the modernist literary magazine, Angry Penguins, under the fictitious name Ern Malley. [click to continue…]

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Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest is the public face of Australia’s once-in-a- lifetime mining boom. A swashbuckling entrepreneur in the finest West Australian tradition, Twiggy took on mining giants BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto at their own game – and won. Yet he has also been embroiled in two of the most heated debates in recent Australian history: over the treatment of Aboriginal people and the mining super- profits tax. [click to continue…]

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The Missing Masterpiece

The Missing Masterpiece is a satirical spoof on the snobbish world of art collectors. Ian Callinan uses his insider knowledge to have some wicked fun at the expense of our State art galleries. [click to continue…]

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Foreign Soil

In Melbourne’s western suburbs, in a dilapidated block of flats overhanging the rattling Footscray train lines, a young black mother is working on a collection of stories.

The book is called Foreign Soil. Inside its covers, a desperate asylum seeker is pacing the hallways of Sydney’s notorious Villawood detention centre; a seven-year-old Sudanese boy has found solace in a patchwork bike; an enraged black militant is on the warpath through the rebel squats of 1960s Brixton, a Mississippi housewife decides to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her son from small- town ignorance; a young woman leaves rural Jamaica in search of her destiny; and a Sydney schoolgirl loses her way. [click to continue…]

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Welcome to Your New Life

When Anna Goldsworthy, pianist and perfectionist, falls pregnant with her first child, her excitement is tempered by the daunting journey ahead. In Welcome to Your New Life, she shares the dizzying wonder and crippling anxiety that come with creating new life. Should she indulge her craving for sausage after sixteen years of not eating meat? [click to continue…]

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A History of Silence

As Christchurch lies in ruins after the catastrophic earthquake of February 2011, Lloyd Jones begins a search for his past, a search that takes him through childhood memories of puzzling events to Pembroke Dock in Wales and finally to the discovery of a devastating court transcript. [click to continue…]

I’ve always loved independent women, outspoken women, eccentric women, funny women, flawed women. When someone says about a woman, ‘I’m sorry, that’s just wrong,’ I tend to think she must be doing something right.” [click to continue…]

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Memories Along the Boggo Track

History of the settlement and development of Brisbane suburbs in the area south of the Brisbane River from Clarence Corner to Rocklea.

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ANZAC Day on Mount Everest

When a catastrophic avalanche killed three of their party in 2001 the Australian Army Alpine expedition’s plan to conquer Everest teetered on the very brink of disaster. One of the dead was little Kathleen Hackett, only eight-years-old, and the Army brass, together with outraged Australian media, subjected the traumatised team to intense scrutiny. The expedition […]

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Grace’s Table

Grace has not had twelve people at her table for a long time. Hers isn’t the kind of family who share regular Sunday meals. But it isn’t every day you turn seventy. As Grace prepares the feast, she reflects on her life, her marriage and her friendships.

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Meatloaf in Manhattan

In these sixteen tales, Robert Power captures the joys and frailties of seemingly ordinary lives with extraordinary perception and wit. The stories take us from a Manhattan diner to a train station in Vietnam, from the Wild West to small town Australia, in a dazzling display of faith in language and in life.

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The Italians at Cleat’s Corner Store

In 1949, the arrival of an Italian family sets tongues wagging in the village of Leyton, an English farming community still recovering from the war. For seventeen-year-old Connie, however, the newcomers provide a tantalising glimpse of the wider world – a world beyond the gossip and petty concerns traded over the counter of Cleat’s Corner […]

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The World According to Monsanto

The result of a remarkable three-year-long investigation that took award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Marie- Monique Robin across four continents (North and South America, Europe, and Asia), The World According to Monsanto tells the little- known yet shocking story of this agribusiness giant – the world’s leading producer of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) – and […]

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The Unknowns

Eric Muller has been trying to hack the girlfriend problem his whole life. But his attempts to decode women – including a journal of “research” about the girls in his high school class that fell into the wrong hands, with catastrophic results – only confirm that he’s better at programming computers than interacting with human […]

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Rascal of the South Pacific

Rusden wrote of his maritime experiences in an autobiography which recounts a colorful life in the South Pacific. Over a period of 50 years he captained some 28 vessels ranging from cruising yachts to luxury motor yachts and larger cargo vessels.

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Three Crooked Kings

In 1949, a young Terence Murray Lewis graduated from the police academy, ready to start his career in law enforcement. Over the next four decades, he rose to the pinnacle of power as the knighted Commissioner of Police in Queensland before his spectacular downfall and imprisonment after the Fitzgerald Inquiry in the late 1980s. The […]

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Bitter Wash Road

When Hirsch heads up Bitter Wash Road to investigate the gunfire, he finds himself cut off without back-up. A pair of thrill killers has been targeting isolated farmhouses on lonely backroads, but Hirsch’s first thought is that ‘back-up’ is nearby – and is about to put a bullet in him. That’s because Hirsch is a […]

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