‘In almost all respects I found Australian ranching customs and traditions far more intriguing, more dangerous, more “western” than those of North America’ — Professor Jim Hoy, Emporia State University, Kansas.
Previously overshadowed in the public imagination by notions of American cowboys and the wild west, Big Mobs gives Australian stockmen…Read more »
by Jan Gothard
Down syndrome is the most common cause of intellectual disability in Australia and renowned child health expert Professor Fiona Stanley calls Greater Expectations THE book to read if you have a child with Down syndromeRead more »
by Alan Carter
Shortlisted for a 2010 UK Debut Dagger Award and winner of the Ned Kelly Best First Fiction Award, Prime Cut is what crime reviewer Graeme Blundell calls a classily written story with ‘mordant wit and a fine sense of place’.
Meet Cato Kwong — disgraced cop and ex-poster boy for the police force. Banished to the stock squad after the fallout…Read more »
‘[T]his haunting, wise book heralds the arrival of a remarkable Australian talent’ — The Age, Pick of the Week.
In my defence I can only put forward this disclaimer: I don’t consider myself to be a promiscuous person. Promiscuity implies a degree of carelessness whereas I was very particular about who I slept with.
When it comes to…Read more »
by Ron Elliott
Twelve-year-old orphan David Donald lives with his grandfather on a farm outside the tiny town of Dungarin. David’s grandfather was once a talented off-spin bowler and one-time coach of the state team. He trains his grandson in the art of spin bowling. Then David, in the custody of his shyster uncle Michael, crosses the Nullarbor, to become the stuff…Read more »
by Wayne Ashton
The year is 1947 – Carlos slips over the orphanage wall in search of the village girl who has captured his heartRead more »
by Wayne Ashton
‘… a lush, sensual and beautifully written tale of love and heartache. A book to be savoured.’ — The Weekend Australian
‘… a stunning book’ — The Age
Under a Tin-Grey Sari is a sensual love story set in 1967 in the bustling city of Chittagong, East PakistanRead more »
Under Corporate Skies is about what happens to communities when they stand in the way of corporate profits. It is the story of a tiny town pitted against a strong corporate neighbour.
With the help of international campaigner, Erin Brockovich, the small town of Yarloop in Western Australia is preparing a civil class action against Alcoa World Alumina…Read more »
by A.J. Betts
Oliver’s world has shrunk. It’s all about Year 12 finals. It’s about that magic 80% average he needs to get into uni, get his dream job and get cashed up. If only he can find a quiet place to study – away from the chaos and mess of living with two small kids and his Mum’s booming muffin business.
A study break in a small coastal town seems…Read more »
Joel and Craggs are in it together. They drink together, they nick stuff together and, when Craggs turns violent, they face the consequences together too. That’s until Joel’s dad makes a deal with the cops. Craggs is off to juvenile detention and Joel to solitary confinement. Ninety days of fending for himself in a remote bush shack, till one day the…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.