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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 »
by Annie Boyd
The elegant, ultra-modern S.S. Koombana arrived in Western Australia in March 1909. After only three years of Nor’-West service, the ship and her entire complement disappeared in a late-summer cyclone off the Pilbara coast. The vessel has never been found and the tragedy remains unexplained.
Koombana Days is the story of the ship and of the…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 »
John Darraga Watson is renowned for his straight talking and strong leadership in events that shaped the national struggle for Indigenous land rights. Born on Mt Anderson Station in the Kimberley region of Western Australia in the 1930s, Watson never learned to read or write, but he learned early about hard work, his law and culture and that he was…Read more »
This beautifully illustrated book is the history of pre-Gold Rush Perth through the eyes of pioneer lawyer and photographer Alfred Hawes Stone.
Court & Camera is a unique glimpse of Perth just three decades after its foundation. Its unparalleled images show the emergence of landmark buildings alongside ordinary dwellings and scenes from everyday…Read more »
There are a thousand ways to connect to country. Kimberley Stories is one of them. Once known, never forgotten, the Kimberley gets under your skin.
Kimberley Stories tunes readers into one of Australia’s most intriguing and exotic regions via the work of talented authors and artists.
Interweaving fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry…Read more »
Susan Swingler is the step-daughter of one of Australia’s most revered writers – Elizabeth Jolley. Abandoned by her father Leonard at the age of four, Susan had no contact with the Jolley family until they found and reclaimed her at the age of twenty-one. Why they were kept apart is the subject of this startling new memoir.
The House of Fiction…Read more »
by Niall Lucy & John Kinsella
Moondyne Joe was colonial Australia’s ultimate escape artist. His daring and repeated breakouts drove the Governor to build him a special cellRead more »
In the proudly ancient Yolngu heartlands larrakitj were used to contain the bones of the deceased during mortuary ceremonies. Today, artists from Arnhem Land’s Buku-Larrnggay Mulka arts centre produce modern larrakitj for the education of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
Collected for a decade, the larrakitj collection of 110 Yolngu memorial…Read more »
by Andrew Relph
For the national year of reading, here is a book that, in Phillip Adams’s words, brings ‘a new perspective’ to the art of reading.
As a child, Relph had a reading disability; now he is a psychoanalyst and professional conversationalist whose memoir explores why our relationships with authors and characters can be as vital as any we form in…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.