Desoree Sneddon

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Bonobo Handshake

Australian scientist Vanessa Woods through she had found her true love: chimpanzees. But in a reckless moment, she accepts a marriage proposal from a man she barely knows and agrees to join him on a research trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo. [click to continue…]

Lesley Williams was forced to leave the Cherbourg Aboriginal Settlement and her family at a young age to work as a domestic servant. Apart from pocket money, Lesley never saw her wages – they were kept ‘safe’ for her and for countless others just like her. She was taught not to question her life, until desperation made her start to wonder, where is all that money she earned? And so began a nine-year journey for answers.

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In the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick, a female narrator, who remains unnamed and is of indeterminate (European) origin, is trying to come to terms with the absence of Jack, the man she loves. He has suffered a partial memory loss. In a bar she meets Bernice, a radio personality, on the shady side of her thirties and flirting with IVF. Finding a job as a gardener, she discovers that her co- worker, Mitali, has an unresolved and angry mourning that attracts other deaths into its orbit.

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Tree Palace

Shane, Moira and Midge, along with young Zara and Rory, are ‘trants’ — itinerants roaming the plains north-west of Melbourne in search of disused houses to sleep in, or to strip of heritage fittings when funds are low. When they find their Tree Palace outside Barleyville, things are looking up. At last, a place in which to settle down.

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