Yvonne Matta

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Pastel Orphans

As a small boy, Henrik watches his world crumble around him as Germany falls under Nazi control and his Jewish friends are sent away. In his own unique telling, Henrik confides in the reader the events surrounding World War II as his family in plunged into fear and uncertainty.

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Fish-Hair Woman

“Fish-Hair Woman” is a novel of many rooms running between love and war. In 1987 the Philippine government fights a total war against communist insurgency. The village of Iraya is militarised. The days are violent and the nights heavy with fireflies in the river where the dead are dumped. With her twelve-metre hair, Estrella the Fish-Hair Woman trawls the corpses from the water, which now tastes of lemongrass. She falls in love with the visiting Australian writer Tony McIntyre who disappears in the conflict. [click to continue…]

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Like a House on Fire

In Like a House on Fire, Kennedy once again takes ordinary lives and dissects their ironies, injustices and pleasures with her humane eye and wry sense of humour. In ‘Laminex and Mirrors’, a young woman working as a cleaner in a hospital helps an elderly patient defy doctor’s orders. [click to continue…]

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The Rest is Weight

In ‘The Wind and Other Children’, a girl searches for her lost grandmother while her parents quarrel at home; in ‘Extra Time’, a man contemplates inertia after toxic contamination changes life in a remote Australian town; a woman imagines a mother’s love for her autistic son in ‘The Air you Need’; and in ‘Hello, Satan’, a boy awaits his destiny at a roundabout at midnight, on the edge of a small town. [click to continue…]

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Newton’s Ark

December 20, 2047 – the day the human race faces extinction.

With a little more than two years to prepare, President Paul Carlson struggles with the awful choices he must make to ensure the survival of the American people.

Meanwhile, wealthy industrialist James Newton embarks on his own audacious and radical plan to save humanity. [click to continue…]

World-famous writer and national treasure Colleen McCullough has always resisted the idea of writing an autobiography – books on the subject of the self tend to be “stuffed to pussy?s bow with boring bits”. But her mind has a life of its own. Here, finally, is its portrait. Among the personal reminiscences and thought-provoking musings in Life Without the Boring Bits lie clues as to the shaping of this extraordinary mind: the confused, impulsive, thoughtlessly cruel mother; the miserly absentee father; the far-reaching effects bureaucrats can have on the lives of strangers; the riddle of Time … [click to continue…]

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Another Beautiful Day

If you like stories about the North you will like this book.  Blackheath & Thornburgh College, in “The Towers”, is ninety years young; ninety years of growing future North Queenslanders; [click to continue…]

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Tea with Arwa

Born of Palestinian migrants, Arwa did not have a country that she could call home. Just before her ninth birthday her parents came to Australia to give their daughters the greatest gift they could, the right of citizenship and a country that they could call their own, a place were they could belong.  [click to continue…]