It’s tough being a Detective Senior Sergeant in the Sex Crimes unit. DSS Stevie Hooper is fighting to balance the seamier side of being a cop with her role as a mother. And her latest case is not going to make it any easier. It starts with a deserted house, an abandoned baby and an elderly neighbour who has the answers, but cannot speak. Then the…Read more »
‘Goldie Goldbloom promises to be one of Australia’s most important and imaginative voices of the future … a masterpiece of characterisation.’ — Good Reading Magazine
‘… an assured debut written in beautifully precise language.’ — The Age
Gin, the albino, marries to escape the confines of an asylum. Toad, a small man who wears…Read more »
‘Young adult fiction that manages to deal with a sensitive issue yet doesn’t thrust too much teenage anguish upon us … A story about change, agency and responsibility, with a pleasant mix of stylistic neatness and thematic uncertainty.’ — Sydney Morning Herald
‘This novel is written in a manner that is both honest and touching, as it…Read more »
by Peter Cowan
Richard is a young writer running from his hometown of Perth in search of a freer existence in Melbourne. His best friend is an ex-boxer turned black marketeer and his girlfriend is an old-fashioned “tart” with heart. Against the background of post-war censorship and isolation, Richard struggles to find cultural nourishmentRead more »
It’s never too late to run away from home! Helen burns her bed and her bridges when she leaves home to run a second hand bookshop. But can you ever really discard the past? For starters there are thousands of musty books to sort through. Then her sons return home with more baggage than a Qantas 747 and on top of all that the drunk who sold her the…Read more »
by Jon Doust
Sent to boarding school at a young age, Jack Muir decides he’s a survivor. He gets by with a quick wit and a fast mouth. Others aren’t so lucky. This story from stand-up comedian and writer, Jon Doust, is humorous and deeply poignant — a close-to-the-bone tale of how underdogs survive the system.
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‘From the opening sentence…Read more »
by W J Peasley
‘Peasley’s description of the events…is informative, compassionate, exciting and at times deeply moving.’ —Don Grant, Australian Book Review
‘The intriguing story of [the rescue of an elderly couple believed to be the last Australian nomads] and how they survived alone for the previous 30 years or so in the unrelenting western Gibson Desert…Read more »
by Peter Docker
Written in hotel rooms while working as a professional actor in various indigenous film, television and theatre productions, Peter Docker’s Someone Else’s Country is a deeply sensitive and at times intensely visceral engagement with contemporary indigenous culture … it is also a powerful historical document, which has at its heart the struggle…Read more »
Consuming Pleasures traces the international and Australian history of licit and illicit drug use.
It examines why we consume and what we consume, as well as the way in which consumption is regulated in the era of global free trade.
It also looks at drug use from an Australian perspective, going back to our own opium-growing industry and the racist…Read more »
by Kim E Beazley &
Get the inside story of one of Australia’s longest serving and most influential Ministers in Federal Parliament. Kim E Beazley threw off the shackles of a poor childhood to become a teacher, a Union Leader and the Member for Fremantle in the Federal Parliament between 1945 and 1977. During his time in Parliament he led the reform of Australian education…Read more »