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Rain Birds

Alan and Pina have lived contentedly in isolated – and insular – Boney Point for thirty years. Now they are dealing with Alan’s devastating early-onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis. As he is cast adrift in the depths of his own mind, Pina is left to face the consequences alone, until the arrival of a flock of black cockatoos seems to tie him, somehow, to the present. [click to continue…]

“I have had a charmed life! I have been electrocuted, thrown by bucking horses, had a snake in my pants, been horned out of the yards by wild cattle, caught in a windmill, bashed, machine-gunned, torpedoed and chased by an elephant. [click to continue…]

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Sunlight and Seaweed

Acclaimed scientist Tim Flannery investigates exciting new technologies currently being developed to address our most pressing environmental threats in a book that presents a positive future for us and our planet.

Climate change, food production and toxic pollution present huge challenges, but, as Flannery shows, we already have innovative, practical and inspiring solutions. Solar energy has, until now, been limited to supplying power only when the sun is shining. But new technology using concentrated sunlight to provide intense heat energy that can be effectively stored overcomes this problem, providing clean renewable power around the clock. [click to continue…]

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Thirty Days

One minute my wife was there. In a flash she was gone. In the ten months of Kerryn’s dying, I prepared myself for everything except for her death. Now that she is gone, I am desperate to know her as I never knew her.

Thirty Days is a portrait of grief, of a marriage and of a family. It is the moving memoir of Mark’s wife of 33 years, Kerryn Baker, who died ten months after her diagnosis, aged 55, from stomach cancer.

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If there are genuine questions about Australian history, there is something to puzzle over. The history ceases to be predictable—and dull.

From the author of The Shortest History of Europe, acclaimed historian John Hirst, comes this fresh and stimulating approach to understanding Australia’s past and present. [click to continue…]

Fairy tales speak to the heart. They are the foundation stories that embody darkness and light, good and evil, and use magic to convey essential truths. In Once Upon a Time in Oz, Griffith Review holds up an enchanted mirror to explore the role of fairy and folk tales across cultures in this country, and create new ones. [click to continue…]

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The Best Australian Stories

In The Best Australian Stories 2013, Kim Scott assembles the most exceptional short fiction of the last year and invites readers to build ‘a rare and intimate relationship’ with these talented writers, one that is ‘essential to storytelling in print, whether on paper or screen.’ [click to continue…]

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Plains of Promise

In this brilliant debut novel, Alexis Wright evokes city and outback, deppening our understanding of human ambition and failure, and making the timeless heart and soul of this country pulsate on the page. Black and white cultures collide in a thousand ways as Aboriginal spirituality clashes with the complex brutality of colonisation at St Dominic’s Mission.

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On the Wallaby

In this book Gerry Walsh continues to revisit and explore the largely neglected but important aspects of life in the Australian bush – the deeds of colourful pioneers, bizarre incidents and little known or forgotten facts about rural life that he wrote about in The Bush and the Never Never, published in 2004.

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Butcher’s Hill or Lakeland is about halfway between Cooktown and Laura in the centre of the Cape York Peninsula. This history is a celebration of the explorers, settlers, battlers and dreamers who struggled against adversity to develop this region. It is an inspiring saga that will make Queenslanders proud of their heritage of more than 150 years. Historian Lennie Wallace has a gift for telling human, all too human stories. 

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The Kingdom Where Nobody Dies

Twenty years after the first boy vanished along the Brisbane River, psychologist Madeleine Jeffries is called home to help untangle a chain of similar disappearances. To do so she must confront secrets and guilt from her own past.

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A Guest of the Emperor

An official of the Japanese Embassy in 1988 asked Russell Savage had he ever visited Japan. “Oh, yes,” said R.S., “in 1944-45.” “You must have been a member of a delegation?” “Oh, no, I was a guest of the Emperor!” “You mean you stayed at the Palace?” “No, I was a prisoner of war…” This […]

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Flynn’s Outback Angels: Casting the Mantle

AIM nurses in the outback 1901 to World War II. This book is about John Flynns angels of the Australian Outback in the early 20th century and the vital roles they palyed in fulfilling his dreams for a mantle of safety over the isolation of the bush.

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Up From the Mission

Up from the Mission charts the life and thought of Noel Pearson, from his early days as a native title lawyer to his position today as one of Australia’s most influential figures.

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Fog A Dox

Trapped at home and under strict orders from the doctors, young Maria is forces to watch the wild world she loves from her window. In a nearby forest, Albert Cutts and his dingo-dog Brim live quiet lives until a simple act of kindness changes everything.

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A Most Peculiar Act

Set in a 1940s Darwin fringe camp, A Most Peculiar Act follows the exploits and adventures of sixteen-year-old Sugar and her resistance to the ludicrous policy of assimilation.

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Gilly & I – Larrikins in the Canefields

What The Summer of the Seventeenth Doll did for the tragic legend of the macho canecutter, Gilly and I does for the comic legend of that worried, self-made man, the canegrower – David Myers, CQU Press

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Murder & Misadventure

What would it be like to stand in the dock at your own murder trial and to realise that the jury cannot hear even a shred of the evidence? What became of Marjorie Norval, the attractive social secretary to the wife of a Queensland premier, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances in the 1930’s.

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A Bushman Remembers

When hard work was a way of life… James Mahoney remembers life on a mixed farm, cooking in camp ovens, problems with wooden handles, gates, fences, and snakes, and cooling off under the willows with billy tea after a hard morning’s work. And he recalls learning how to plough a straight furrow, making money from […]

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The Spirit of Kokoda – Then and Now

Australia lost its innocence in 1942. Japan had conquered Asia and the Pacific, and was at our doorstep. Our finest troops were fighting in the Middle East.

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