Winter 2015

Reginald Wingfield Spence Brown is delighted when his first granddaughter is born. But just after the little girl’s first Christmas, her loved and respected grandfather disappears from family life.

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My Year Without Matches

Disillusioned and burnt out by her job, Claire Dunn quits a comfortable life to spend a year off the grid in a wilderness survival program. Her new forest home swings between ally and enemy as reality – and the rain – sets in.

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A ‘mate’ is a mate, right? Wrong, argues Nick Dyrenfurth in this provocative new look at one of Australia’s most talked-about beliefs.

In the first book-length exploration of our secular creed, one of Australia’s leading young historians and public commentators turns mateship’s history upside down. Did you know that the first Australians to call each other ‘mate’ were business partners? Or that many others thought that mateship would be the basis for creating an entirely new society, namely a ‘socialist’ one? For some, the term ‘mate’ is ‘the nicest word in the English language’; while for others it represents the very worst features in our nation’s culture: conformity, bullying, corruption, racism, and misogyny. So what does mateship really mean?

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This House of Grief

“Anyone can see the place where the children died. You take the Princes Highway past Geelong, and keep going west in the direction of Colac. Late in August 2006, soon after I had watched a magistrate commit Robert Farquharson to stand trial before a jury on three charges of murder, I headed out that way on a Sunday morning, across the great volcanic plain.”

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Jacks and Jokers

In Three Crooked Kings we read about the shocking true story of Queensland and how a society was shaped by almost half a century of corruption. In Jacks and Jokers, the story continues as Terry Lewis becomes police commissioner and the era of corruption at the highest levels of the police and government continues. As the Queensland police become more connected with their colleagues in Sydney, the rise of heavy drugs and crime escalates. Tony Murphy and Glen Hallahan, two of the original ‘crooked kings’, become more enmeshed with ‘The Joke’, which is run by bagman Jack Herbert.

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Confessions of a Thirteenth Man

For years, John Harms dreamed he would play Test cricket. He dreamed of sweet off-drives, long-haul flights and days of champagne punting. Reality, however, intervened in the form of an observable absence of ability, a peerless resistance to hard work and a complete lack of style. So he became a Test tourist in his own way: on a shoestring budget, at the wheel of his dodgy Camira, he followed the Ashes series around Australia. To perform this difficult feat he needed to overcome the distraction of a dangerous and clever woman named Grace.

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Savage Harvest

The mysterious disappearance of Michael Rockefeller in New Guinea in 1961 has kept the world and his powerful, influential family guessing for years. Now, Carl Hoffman uncovers startling new evidence that finally tells the full, astonishing story.

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What role does Neanderthal DNA play in our genetic makeup? How did the theory of eugenics embraced by Nazi Germany first develop? How is trust passed down in Africa and silence inherited in Tasmania? How are private companies like uncovering, preserving and potentially editing the past?

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Working for Rupert

In this memoir, Hugh Lunn tells of his 17 years before the masthead on the Australian as Rupert Murdoch’s “foreign correspondent” in Queensland. Hugh is Clark Kent but never Superman as he battles editors, colleagues and executives in News Corporation’s most remote, exotic outpost of world empire. And hovering constantly over Hugh’s life is Rupert; every now and again, when he’s least expected, dropping in for his “terror from the sky” visits.

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Ransacking Paris

What does it mean to fulfil a dream long after it seems possible? When Patti Miller arrives to write in Paris for a year, the world glows ‘as if the light that comes after the sun has gone down has spilled gold on everything’. But wasn’t that just romantic illusion? Miller grew up on Wiradjuri land in country Australia where her heart and soul belonged. Mother of grown-up boys with lives of their own, what did she think she would find in Paris that she couldn’t find at home?

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Touch Me

For Xavier McLachlan, rugby is life, until he meets Nuala Magee. Has there ever been a girl like her? She’s feisty, she’s troubled, she’s dangerous.

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The Promise Seed

An elderly man, living alone in the suburbs, thinks back on his life – the missed opportunities, the shocking betrayals, the rare moments of joy.

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Across the Seas

Today, Australia’s response to asylum-seeking ‘boat people’ is a hot- button issue that feeds the political news cycle. But the daily reports and political promises lack the historical context that would allow for informed debate. Have we ever taken our fair share of refugees? Have our past responses been motivated by humanitarian concerns or economic […]

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Daniel Mannix, Archbishop of Melbourne from 1917 until his death, aged ninety-nine, in 1963, was a towering figure in Melbourne’s Catholic community. But his political interventions had a profound effect on the wider Australian nation too.

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Boy’s Home to Broadway

At the age of just six Palmer’s family was torn apart when his father left to fight in WWII and his mother died from pneumonia. He and his five siblings were put in the care of the Salvation Army for the next five years.

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Black Rock White City

Black Rock White City is a novel about the damages of war, the limits of choice and the hope of love.

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Call me Eve. It’s the name I call myself when I think back to that time when I was a young wife – so very young, so very hungry. I picked the fruit and ate and drank until I was drunk with freedom and covered in juice and guilt.’

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The Rise & Fall of Great Powers

Who is Tooly Zylberberg? How did she end up running a second- hand bookstore in Wales? The Russian émigré Humphrey teaches her to play chess, but how does he fit in? Or Sarah who turns up without warning and then disappears again? And what about Venn, the shadowy and charismatic figure who seems to be […]

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