Pierce Bragg

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Scatter, Adapt, and Remember

Climate change. Pandemics. Catastrophic Volcanoes. Should we just give up and accept our doom? Absolutely not. Homo Sapiens will survive the next mass extinction. [click to continue…]

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The Glass Kingdom

In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

Ben and his sidekick, Mikey, work the Target Ball stand in a ramshackle carnival travelling up the east coast. Ben is trying to put his time in the army behind him and make some money. Mikey— AKA Mekong Delta, Fremantle’s answer to Fifty Cent—wants to work on his flow and impress girls.

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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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Meatloaf in Manhattan

In these sixteen tales, Robert Power captures the joys and frailties of seemingly ordinary lives with extraordinary perception and wit. The stories take us from a Manhattan diner to a train station in Vietnam, from the Wild West to small town Australia, in a dazzling display of faith in language and in life. [click to continue…]

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Me & Rory MacBeath

Adelaide, 1977. The year Elvis died. And the year twelve-year-old Jake Taylor meets Rory MacBeath. Until then, Jake’s world was small, revolving around his street, his school, and the courthouse where his mum, Harry, was a barrister. His best friend lives only a few houses away.

For them daylight is for spinning a cricket ball, riding bikes around the neighbourhood and swimming at the pool until their skin is wrinkled and the zinc on their noses has washed away. But then Rory MacBeath moves into the red-brick house at the end of Rose Avenue and everything changes. [click to continue…]

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The Conversation

A novel brimming with mystery, confessions, food and philosophy.

Two strangers meet in a restaurant in a piazza in the Italian city of Trieste. Stephen, an Australian engineer living in Paris, and Irena, an Italian translator, share a meal and exchange stories in an atmosphere of geniality and refinement. [click to continue…]

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Desert Tsunami

This is a book that will change the way you think about Australia’s interior. The common perception of a dry, sunbaked region where nothing will grow and where nobody could ever have wanted to live is challenged by archaeologist and social historian Peter Thorley. He describes how, long ago, when the first human inhabitants entered the region, it was greener, food was plentiful and rivers and lakes held water all year round. [click to continue…]

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The Captains

From Australia’s first Test cricket captain Dave Gregory, through to the current captain Ricky Ponting, Malcolm Knox’s new book tells the colourful story of how Australian cricket has evolved since its earliest days, how the captain has influenced or stood apart from that evolution, and how the captaincy itself has changed over time. [click to continue…]

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Seventh Time Lucky

A man stepped out from behind a rock. He looked decidedly friendly and identified himself without having to say a word – the Partisans’ red star on his cap said it all. “Jesus Christ!” I blurted out. “We’ve made it!”

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Martin Westley Takes a Walk

“People were supposed to remember who they were and where they lived. They were supposed to remember who loved them and who did not and where their grandmothers were born. [click to continue…]

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Chapter and Verse

This book brings together a selection of separately published short stories, plus some fragments of poetry, by award-winning editor and writer Peter Richardson,

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A Fraction of the Whole

Most of his life, Jasper Dean couldn’t decide whether to pity, hate, love, or murder his certifiably paranoid father, Martin, a man who overanalyzed anything and everything and imparted his self-garnered wisdom to his only son.

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Confessions and Memoirs

This book is the third issue of the annual Australian anthology of new writing. Best Stories Under the Sun, edited by Wilding and Myers.

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Fiddlers

It started with the blind violinist – shot twice through the head at point-blank range in the alley outside his dingy restaurant.

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Head Over Heels

Sam Bailey wanted a life on the land just like his father. He had it all planned – he’d finish his education, have a few years in the big wide world and then return home to take the reins from his dad, get married and raise a family.

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The Ragged Thirteen

The Ragged Thirteen were expert horsemen and cattle-duffers, dines on cleanskin, indulged in rum and bare-knuckle fighting and recited the bush verse of Olgilvie and Barcroft Boake.

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End in Tears

A lump of concrete dropped deliberately from a little stone bridge over a relatively unfrequented road kills the wrong person. The driver behind is spared. But only for a while….

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Killing Superman

Now in his thirties in Brisbane, Scott Goodwin has spent half his life chasing a shadow superman, believing his apparently dead father is alive somewhere. Scott meets journalist Emily Duval who might help him.

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Keep the Branding Iron Hot

In 1950 Pat Underwood was given the chance of a lifetime. The legendary Tom Quilty offered him the management of his Bedford station in the East Kimberley.

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The Water Dreamers

The Water Dreamers is the story of the settlement of Australia: of the scarcity of water and the need to fill an imagined silence with the sounds of civilisation. From the moment the First Fleeters stepped ashore, water determined progress.

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