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With its sense that the stunning paintings from the Western Desert bear more than meets the eye, Christine Watson’s Piercing the Ground stands as a highly original and groundbreaking elucidation of Kutjungka painting and a significant addition to what is known as ‘the anthropology of art’. A fitting tribute to her indigenous mentors, this book should…Read more »
Shadow Lines is the story of Jessie Argyle, born in the remote East Kimberley and taken from her Aboriginal family at the age of five, and Edward Smith, a young Englishman escaping the rigid structures of London. In a society deeply divided on racial lines, Edward and Jessie met, fell in love and married against strong opposition. Despite unrelenting…Read more »
by Norman Jorgensen with illustrations by Brian Harrison-Lever
Early on Christmas morning the guns stop firing. A deathly silence creeps over the pitted and ruined landscape. A young soldier peers through a periscope over the top of the trench. Way out in no-man’s-land, he sees a small red shape moving on the barbed wire. A brightly coloured robin is trapped. One wing is flapping helplessly.
An eloquent counterpoint…Read more »
Punctuated by dogs and chooks and the daily tragicomedy of small town life, Bantam follows Mick and his mates as they court disaster and struggle to hold on in the roller-coaster ride of life on the dole. Read more »
Bryn and his family have just moved to a new house by the lake. The area is beautiful, teeming with wildlife. But soon there are scars on the landscape where the houses are being built — bulldozers tear at the earth, the sound of machinery rends the air. Once again the Min Min stirs…And this time, it has chosen Bryn. Read more »
by Geoff Havel
There are facts of life that we all know, like weekends always start ten minutes after the bell rings on Friday because your teacher keeps you in. Weekends go fast and the school week goes slow and parents are always right — even when they’re wrong. A hilarious story about getting through the weekend and learning the facts of life, whether you want…Read more »
Charlie is fifteen. She’s just moved to a new school and nothing is going right. She’s hanging around with a girl she can’t stand, her mother is a grief-stricken, wine-sodden mess, and she has no one to talk to except the pages of her diary. Everything seems hopeless. And then she meets Kate. Kate is sixteen, she’s a singer, and she’s wonderful. She’s…Read more »
by Julie Goyder
When an old man with Alzheimer’s Disease fell in love with a nurse who he seemed to confuse with his fiancee of long ago, sharing of stories enriched both their lives. The relationship enlivened ‘Joe’ and challenged the nurse, author Julie Goyder, to rethink her understanding of ‘people like Joe’. Their ‘storying’ moved well beyond protocol or politeness…Read more »
‘Young adult fiction that manages to deal with a sensitive issue yet doesn’t thrust too much teenage anguish upon us…A story about change, agency and responsibility, with a pleasant mix of stylistic neatness and thematic uncertainty.’ — Sydney Morning Herald
‘This novel is written in a manner that is both honest and touching, as it does not…Read more »
by Errol Broome
There’s only one thing worse than walking home from school with Mum. That’s when your mum’s the teacher. Nobody wants to talk to you.
When Sebastian moves to the city with his family, he finds it tough. But a chance encounter with the old man next door, and his pigeons, opens up a whole new and unexpected world. Read more »
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