Hugh Taylor

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A Short History of Richard Kline

“I woke with a gasp. And lay in the dark, open-mouthed, holding my breath. That feeling . . . that feeling was indescribable. For a moment I had felt as if I were falling . . . falling into bliss.”

All his life, Richard Kline has been haunted by a sense that something is lacking. He envies the ease with which others slip into contented suburban life or the pursuit of wealth. As he moves into middle age, Richard grows angry, cynical, depressed.

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They were going to tell stories. Let’s go away for the weekend, said Megan, and leave our phones behind and turn off the computers and television and stop time because time is moving too fast and soon we’ll all be saying where the hell did our lives go? We’ll cook some food and drink some wine and each tell a story.

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The Rosie Effect

Greetings. My name is Don Tillman. I am forty-one years old. I have been married to Rosie Jarman, world’s most perfect woman, for ten months and ten days.

Marriage added significant complexity to my life. When we relocated to New York City, Rosie brought three maximum-size suitcases. We abandoned the Standardised Meal System and agreed that sex should not be scheduled in advance.

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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…]

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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 Bookman’s Tale

Shattered by the death of his wife Amanda, antiquarian bookseller Peter Byerly is drifting through life aimlessly when he stumbles on the Victorian miniature that so forcefully reminds him of her. Peter becomes obsessed with learning the picture’s origins. [click to continue…]

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The Midnight Promise

Ten delicious stories from an extraordinary new voice in Australian literary crime. Each story an investigation. Or a human puzzle. Or just a job to be done. At the centre, John Dorn. [click to continue…]

This anthology collects the best examples of Australian gothic short stories from colonial times. Demonic bird cries, grisly corpses, ghostly women and psychotic station-owners populate a colonial landscape which is the stuff of nightmare. [click to continue…]

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The Rosie Project

Don Tillman is getting married. He just doesn’t know who to yet. But he has designed the Wife Project, using a sixteen-page questionnaire to help him find the perfect partner. She will most definitely not be a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also fiery and intelligent and beautiful. And on a quest of her own to find her biological father—a search that Don, a professor of genetics, might just be able to help her with. [click to continue…]

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The Voyage

Frank Delage, piano manufacturer from Sydney, travels to Vienna, a city immersed in music, to present the Delage concert grand. He hopes to impress with its technical precision, its improvement on the old pianos of Europe. [click to continue…]

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Top Homicide cop Darian Richards has been seeking out monsters for too long. He has promised one too many victim’s families he will find the answers they need and it’s taken its toll. Now retired, a series of disappearances see him return to the gun.

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A Question of Power

A gripping courtroom drama and a fearless work of investigative journalism, A Question of Power is the story of a man who spent his life gaining power only to be accused of its ultimate abuse.

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A Forger’s Tale

Born to fortune but spurned by fate, a single act of folly launches young Henry into an extraordinary spiral of calamity.

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Among the Islands

Twenty-five years ago, a young curator of mammals from the Australian Museum in Sydney set out to research the fauna of the Pacific Islands. Starting with a survey of one of the most inaccessible islands in Melanesia—Woodlark, in the Trobriands Group—that young scientist found himself ghost-whispering, snake wrestling, Quadoi hunting and plunged waist-deep into a […]

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Master Mariner

Captain Harold Chesterman was one of the many quiet contributors to our society – heroes, really – who have lived amongst us without widespread recognition.  Master Mariner follows this remarkable man’s professional association with the sea from when he was one of the few Australian lads enrolled in a British maritime training college, through his […]

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That Galant Gentleman

When Professor Ken Dutton was invited to inspect an old hand-written volume in the University of Newcastle Library, and if possible advise on its provenance, he little suspected that he was setting out on a journey of discovery, which would completely absorb him for several years.

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The Donald Friend Diaries

At age fourteen, Donald Friend declared: ‘Have done quite a lot of painting lately, and have made up my mind that I shall be an artist. And I shall be famous!’ Friend achieved his aim. He also left behind more than two million words of brilliant, intimate diary entries—one of the greatest acts of autobiography in […]

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The Second Father

From Brisbane’s sleazy Sin Triangle to drug busts in the wild far north, former undercover cop Domenico ‘Mick’ Cacciola tells his incredible tale of underworld crime and police corruption. After joining the Queensland Police Force in the 1960s, Mick risked his life infiltrating illegal gambling dens.

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True Grit & Dry Wit

In this impressive new collection, Ryle Winn introduces eight real-life heroes, each with an extraordinary tale to tell.  We meet a fencing contractor who proves you can’t judge a book by its cover; two octogenarian sisters with a tragic family secret;

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The Great Fletch

When a passing French tennis superstar gave the young Ken Fletcher his tennis racquet, he didn’t know what he’d started.

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