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Graham Chittleborough uses his own life story as an ecologist to illuminate what our grandchildren may face if we do not mend our environmentally unfriendly ways.
‘What Graham Chittleborough has done in masterly fashion is to combine two genres and garnish the whole with piquant experiences of Australian politics and bureacracy. This is a striking account…Read more »
Michael Hardy and Woody Decker have a talent for creating disaster. While testing a replica Roman catapult they accidentally fire a brick through the church window, and so a month of mayhem is unleashed. The school library burns down, the principal is knocked unconscious, a huge dog runs amok, a wedding is totally wrecked and a regiment of garden gnomes…Read more »
by Geoff Havel
Max is back, with more crucial facts of life that every kid should know…Like, you can be extra nice for a while, but then you get tired of it. And, even if you feel fine, you get mad if someone keeps telling you that you’re angry. And, parents have no idea how embarrassing they can be. Now, Max has to learn some facts about where babies come from…Read more »
by Norman Jorgensen with illustrations by Brian Harrison-Lever
The door of the boatshed creaked slowly open and a young boy peered inside. His face lit up in wonder as he looked around.
When Tom Stevenson meets the Captain he enters an extraordinary world of blisters and barnacles, pirates and gun-runners, shipwrecks and sea creaturesRead more »
Firelick is the second collection by award winning poet Morgan Yasbincek. Taking fire — the element that has no state of rest — as its central trope, the collection restlessly explores the charged connections between language, desire and image, taking the reader on a compelling journey into a life lived and lives imagined. Read more »
In the first moment after
that visceral watching inward,
a white bird wavered towards me
like a flicker of unwilled seeing,
and I knew we only dream the
atmospheres of pleasure and pain.
In this impressive third collection, as with his last book Body-Flame, Michael Heald achieves:
‘a singular, individual feeling for the world…Read more »
by Nathan Hobby
Michael Sullivan comes of age on the eve of the new millennium in a small country town in the fur-ravaged western third of Australia. The fur infestation began before he was born: it was always there. Like jungle reclaiming an abandoned city, black plumes of fur burst open cracks in the concrete and soar menacingly over derelict buildings. The state…Read more »
Much has been written on the Anzac legend and the 60,000 Australians who lost their lives in the Great War. Little has been said about the hundreds of thousands who were left to grieve for their loved ones, denied bodies over which to mourn. The Gates of Memory is a beautifully written and provocative cultural history that explores the meanings, for…Read more »
by Craig Silvey
‘… the novel has the charm of early work such as Gustave Flaubert’s Novembre and Jack Kerouac’s The Subterraneans.’ — The Weekend Australian.
‘ … both sad and hilarious…a daring and moving work.’ — The West Australian.
‘Written with wry humour and great depth of perception, this moving and often hilarious novel is a must-read.’…Read more »
by Hanifa Deen
In 1993 Hanifa Deen set out on a journey of the heart and mind to show the human face of Australian Muslims. These are ordinary people from diverse backgrounds and cultures, people who mow their lawns, worry about their mortgages and love their children. Ten years later, in the wake of September 11 and the Bali bombing, she revisits those people and…Read more »
Whisky Charlie Foxtrot Reading
Annabel Smith’s Whisky Charlie Foxtrot was shortlisted for the 2013 Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA). The winner, Fish-Hair Woman was announced on Friday night. Here’s a reading Annabel prepared for her presentation at the Wheeler Centre award ceremony.