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  • 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 »

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  • 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

    This is a book of up-to-date strategies for helping children flourish. These solution-focused and easy-to-read essays are by 27 of the world’s…_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 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 »

    Price $24.99 Add to cart

  • 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

  • Never Stand Still

    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 »

    Price $35.00 Add to cart

  • Court & Camera

    by Jacqueline O'Brien & Pamela Statham-Drew

    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 »

    Price $49.99 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…Read more »

    Price $24.95 Add to cart

  • The House of Fiction

    by Susan Swingler

    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 FictionRead more »

    Price $24.95 Add to cart

  • The Ballad of Moondyne Joe

    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 »

    Price $27.95 Add to cart

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From the Catalogue

Broome Launch

Broome residents are in for a double dose of Peter Docker in the coming weeks. Docker will launch his third novel, Sweet One, at Broome Library on Wednesday 23 July followed by a performance at Corrugated Lines.