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  • Purple Prose

    by Liz Byrski & Rachel Robertson

    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 »

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  • Many Hearts, One Voice: The story of the War Widows’ Guild in Western Australia

    by Melinda Tognini

    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 »

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  • After This: Survivors of the Holocaust speak

    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 »

    Price $24.99 Add to cart

  • In love and war: nursing heroes

    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 »

    Price $27.99 Add to cart

  • Swimming to the Moon

    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 »

    Price $29.99 Add to cart

  • Better than OK: Helping young people to flourish at school and beyond

    by Dr Helen Street & Neil Porter

    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 »

    Price $29.99 Add to cart

  • No Ordinary Determination

    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 »

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  • Koombana Days

    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 »

    Price $39.99 Add to cart

  • Salt Story

    by Sarah Drummond

    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 »

    Price $24.99 Add to cart

  • Kimberley Stories

    by Sandy Toussaint

    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, lyrics…Read more »

    Price $24.95 Add to cart

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Byrski tours South West WA

Liz Byrski is heading to Busselton, Margaret River and Albany to talk about In Love and War: nursing heroes. The bestselling author of Gang of Four and Belly Dancing for Beginners will appear at Barefoot Books on 29 July, Margaret River Bookshop on 30 July and at The Garrison with Paperbark Merchants on 1 August.

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