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Purple Prose introduces fifteen new works of non-fiction by Australian women writers, each responding to the colour purple. In their hands, purple takes on many meanings. From a story about King George’s coronation gown to pigeon fanciers and the Dockers’ Purple Haze, this is a book for women readers everywhere.
Purple Prose features new…Read more »
When WWII ended, the men who fought and died were not forgotten – but what of their wives and families? For the War Widows’ Guild the fight for rights and recognition had just begun.
This is the story of how one courageous group of women made a difference to the lives of Australia’s war widows of yesterday and today. Read more »
by Alice Nelson
On 27 January 2015 the world commemorated the 70-year anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. As the last living witnesses of that terrible time pass away, award-winning writer Alice Nelson presents a powerful collection of fourteen narratives by Australian Holocaust survivors told in their voices. Each individual’s account of the war…Read more »
by Liz Byrski
In the aftermath of the Battle of Britain, airmen filled a small town where pioneering plastic surgeon Archibald McIndoe established revolutionary surgical and therapeutic treatments.
For the child Liz Byrski, growing up in East Grinstead, the burnt faces of these airmen filled her nightmares.
In her late sixties, Liz returned to make peace wRead more »
by Robert Drewe
From a floury encounter on a baker’s work table to the art of sitting backwards on chairs, from budgie training to spontaneous human combustion, this collection showcases the non-fiction writing of one of Australia’s best-loved authors.
These pieces encompass suburban portraits and coastal living, affectionate nostalgia and the absurdity of…Read more »
In this warm, lively, salty account of living on and by the sea, Drummond writes of fishing and feuds, of life as an apprentice fisherwoman, and of all the fish that got away.
Salt Story pays homage to sea-dogs, fisherwomen, oystermen and storytellers everywhere.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
‘Too few writers capture the essence of now: the flavour…Read more »
This is the story of Charles ‘Chic’ Stringer, written by his widow Margaret RoseRead more »
Before he became a multi-award-winning restauranteur and chef, Vu Do was an eight-year-old boy who fled Vietnam in a small wooden boat. Alone and without his parents, he and 67 others risked piracy, rough seas and starvation before landing in Malaysia for a two-year stay in a refugee camp.
In just over fifteen years, Vu Do has made a new home in…Read more »
There is nothing like the Antarctic for sending the schemes of mice and men all to blazes.
George Murray Levick’s journal demonstrates the courage and endurance of the men who took part in Scott’s British Antarctic Expedition. This very personal document provides insight into the extraordinary world in which they lived and their courage in…Read more »
In summer clothes, with only eight weeks worth of provisions, six men found themselves trapped at Terra Nova Bay. These men, members of the the ill-fated British Antarctic Expedition, were forced to winter in a snow cave eating only penguin and seal meat before trekking the 230 miles back to base campRead more »