Elizabeth Oats

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Draw Your Weapons

How to live in the face of so much suffering? What difference can one person make in this beautiful, imperfect, and imperilled world?’

In Draw Your Weapons, Sarah Sentilles offers an impassioned defence of life lived by peace and principle. Through a dazzling combination of memoir, history, reporting, visual culture, literature and theology, Sentilles tells the true stories of a conscientious objector during World War II and a former prison guard at Abu Ghraib. [click to continue…]

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Some Tests

It begins with the normally healthy Beth – aged-care worker, wife of David, mother of Lettie and Gem – feeling vaguely off-colour. A locum sends her to Dr Yi for some tests. ‘There are a few things here that aren’t quite right,’ says Dr Yi, ‘and sometimes it is these little wrongness’s that can lead us to the bigger wrongs that matter.’

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Until a hundred and seventy years ago many people chose death over the ordeal of surgery. Now hundreds of thousands undergo operations every day. Anaesthesia has made it possible.

But how much do we really know about what happens to us on the operating table? Can we hear what’s going on around us? Is pain still pain if we are not awake to feel it, or don’t remember it afterwards?

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Destination Simple

Simplify your life – from the inside out.

Brooke McAlary knows first-hand the power of simplifying and living with less. After being diagnosed with postnatal depression, she embraced a slower, more intentional life and rediscovered her health, energy and passion. [click to continue…]

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Crim Wife

How far would you go for love? Some women commit crimes to help their lovers, while others spend years on the run. Tanya Levin gave up her career as a prison social worker to pursue romance with an inmate. From her first day over on the visitors’ side of the fence, she became a Crimwife. Some women make the leap in the chaos of their loved one’s arrest; others, like Levin, choose a relationship knowing the stakes. Crimwife is a glimpse inside a secret and brutal world, where convicted men live by unwritten codes and expect their women to do the same. [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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Sorry To Disrupt The Peace

Helen Moran is thirty-two years old, single, childless, college-educated and employed part-time as a guardian of troubled young people in New York. She’s accepting a delivery from IKEA in her shared studio apartment when her uncle calls to break the news: Helen’s adoptive brother is dead. [click to continue…]

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Swallow the Air

When May’s mother dies suddenly, she and her brother Billy are taken in by Aunty. However, their loss leaves them both searching for their place in a world that doesn’t seem to want them. While Billy takes his own destructive path, May sets off to find her father and her Aboriginal identity. Her journey leads her from the Australian east coast to the far north, but it is the people she meets, not the destinations, that teach her what it is to belong.

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An exquisite, compelling story of courage, destiny and the search for home.

Lithuania,1913. Haunted by memories of the pogroms, Jacob Frank leaves his village in the hope of a better life, and boards a ship bound for New York. Twenty-five years later, his daughter Bertha sets sail for South Africa to marry a man she has never met, unaware of the tumult that lies ahead. In time, her granddaughter Shelley, following those very steps in reverse, flees the violence of apartheid to live in America, before at last finding home in Australia.

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In Praise of Ageing

Retirement is not the time to cut all ties and head off to live in a warm climate but rather to ask: Who do I want to be near? How will my relationships be reaffirmed? What do I care about? What can I create and contribute to the world?

Meet Jim Brierley, who was still jumping out of planes aged eighty-eight. And Muriel Crabtree, whose exhibition of pastels was opened by the Governor-General shortly after Crabtree died aged 102.

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Heat and Light

Over three parts, Ellen van Neerven takes traditional storytelling and gives it a unique, contemporary twist. In ‘Heat’, we meet several generations of the Kresigner family and the legacy left by the mysterious Pearl.

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Holiday in Cambodia

Beyond the killing fields and the temples of Angkor is Cambodia – a country with a genocidal past and a wide, open smile. A frontier land where anything is possible – at least for the tourists.

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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 Mountain

In 1968 Papua New Guinea is on the brink of independence, and everything is about to change. Amidst the turmoil filmmaker Leonard arrives from England with his Dutch wife, Rika, to study and film an isolated village high in the mountains. The villagers’ customs and art have been passed down through generations, and Rika is […]

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The Address Book

Performer Jane Clifton had a classic army brat upbringing, constantly on the move as the family followed the postings of her English officer father from Gibraltar to England, Germany to Malaysia and eventually to Australia. Always the new kid in town, Jane became adept at fitting in anywhere. 

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Mercy, Mater & Me

Observations of a life over 60 years reveal what it ws like to leave Ireland, arrive in Australia in 1947 as a Sister of Mercy, train as a nurse – and end up as Administrator of Brisbane’s Mater Hospital. 

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It is 1919. The Great War has ended, but the Spanish flu epidemic is raging across Australia. Schools are closed, state borders are guarded by armed men and train travel is severely restricted. There are rumours it is the end of the world.

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The Old School

Sydney, 1992. Nhu ‘Ned’ Kelly is a young detective making her way in what was, until recently, the best police force money could buy. Now ICAC has the infamous Roger Rogerson in the spotlight, and the old ways are out.

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Five Drops of Blood

On Sunday 1 March 1998 four directors of the Cat Protection Society of Queensland drove to their chairperson’s house to discuss their agenda.

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At seven, she discovers that love isn’t necessarily forever. At twenty one, she finds love but it escapes her.

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