You won’t be immune to a frisson of fear as you peruse these gripping stories of piracy on the China seas. After all, piracy is as prevalent today as it was in the early nineteenth and twentieth centuriesRead more »
It only takes a few blood stained moments for Tessa’s life to change forever. Her brother is dead, and her mum is so deeply enmeshed in grief she might as well be too.
Tessa is left with no-one to turn to but Ned. He’s been her greatest support and staunchest ally, privy to her deepest secrets. It is Ned whose brutal honesty keeps her focussed…Read more »
Pat Giles was dedicated to improving the lives of the disadvantaged. As an ALP Senator in the Hawke and Keating governments, she entered Parliament, not as a raw recruit, but as an experienced trade unionist, policy maker, feminist campaigner and grassroots activist.
This is the story of a woman whose determination never faltered, whose work ethicRead more »
by Niall Lucy
Ideas are in short supply and critical thinking is under attack. That’s according to Niall Lucy in his latest book, Pomo Oz. Pitting his humour and intellect against the conservative power brokers, Lucy champions the notion that free thought, not free trade, is the basis of democracy. These exciting and provocative essays challenge the reader to…Read more »
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.
Praise for the book
‘From the opening sentence…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.