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No Free Kicks is an inspiring story of growing up in twentieth century Australia. Here are men like Mowan, afraid of no one, who rode his horse into the local pub to demand a drink, women like Jackbam, Minnie, Ruby and Lily who battled the odds for the wellbeing of their families, and the remarkable Hayward brothers, Maley, Bill and Eric, who set…Read more »
This intriguing collection provides a glimpse into how Australians have been influenced by their schooling. Whether in poverty or wealth, city or country, Australia or overseas, school days can define how, as adults, we connect to our peers and friends, parents, communities and society. With stories by Greg Chappell, Frank Moorhouse, Justice Robert…Read more »
by Janet Blagg
Each story in this anthology of childhood memories is vivid, authoritative and immediate, bringing us the privileged view of family life and relationships from a child’s perspective. Each writer has a different voice, and a different way of remembering. Between them, we see glimpses of suburban, bush, mountain and city life; large families and small…Read more »
Desperate Hearts tells the story of Katherine Summers and her three sisters growing up in London’s East End in the 1960s. Their violent father is caught up in the gangland world of dodgy deals, murder and the notorious Kray brothers. Times get tough, Katherine’s father forces her mother into prostitution, and the family falls apart when her mother…Read more »
by Jeff Hatwell
An epic tale of two ordinary individuals thrown into the extraordinary and surreal world of the Gallipoli campaign as soldiers of the First AIF in WWI. Percy Black and Harry Murray were plain hard-working Australians whose paths crossed in Western Australia when they enlisted in support of country and empire. The powerful narrative paints a complex…Read more »
‘… a notable contribution to the tragic story of the stolen generation. Like no other book it brings together a compelling personal story with sharp objective analysis. I highly recommend it’ — Henry Reynolds.
The self proclaimed ‘sacred task’ — of this book is to collect and sift through the remnants of history and memory. The authors slip beneath…Read more »
Survivors provides a unique eyewitness record of some of the greatest feats of human endurance: being lost in a vast ocean in a small boat and overcoming the greatest odds in the very harshest conditions.
These extraordinary survival stories include that of Captain William Bligh who, following the infamous Bounty mutiny, successfully navigated…Read more »
by Andra Kins
The voices of four generations of women weave and blend in this powerful memoir of journey and arrival. Oma, the author’s grandmother, is travelling to Australia as a displaced person; her journal full of sharp observations, uncertainty and longing. Her daughter Gunta, a gifted painter and passionate writer, refuses Australia, its landscapes, colours…Read more »
by B R Coffey
A rich and lively selection of autobiographical stories and short fiction about the lives of ordinary Australians by a range of outstanding writers. From childhood to adolescence, work and marriage to old age, these stories provide a compelling, often moving, sometimes funny, insight into Australian life. Read more »
by Tim Chappell & Janina Milek
Born in Poland in 1921 Janina Milek was transported with her family to Siberia in the freezing winter of 1940. She worked hard in the labour camps for nearly two years until the changing fortunes of the war offered relative freedom. There followed eight years as a refugee, in camps in Uzbekistan, Persia, Northern Rhodesia and Tanganyika. At every stage…Read more »
Light Horse Boy at Bologna
Fremantle Press illustrators are again set to shine at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in March 2014. Drawings from Light Horse Boy will feature in the Australian Publishers Association exhibition Hello! from Australia while The Last Viking and Dreamers will feature in the exhibition’s book showcase.