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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 »
If you could have just one wish for your children what would you wish for, over and beyond everything else? The answer is almost universal: ‘Above all else, I want them to be happy.’
George W Burns
These solution-focused and easy-to-read essays are by 27 of the world’s top experts in Positive Education. You too can help children develop…_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 World War I.
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…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 »
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 »