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sensitive and at times intensely visceral engagement with contemporary indigenous culture … it is also a powerful historical document, which has at its heart the struggle…Read more »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 »
In this collection of three long narrative poems, Temperton conjures up the highs and lows of the coastal environment to explore the effects of nature’s “Powerful forces at work” on human existence. An impressive third collection written with flair, passion and the ability to look unpleasant realities in the eye. Read more »
Kim Scott captures the ambiguities, the troubles and the rewards which accompany the brutal and delicate nuances of relations when particles of one culture pass, as if through a fine sieve, into the heart of another culture.
‘True Country, Kim Scott’s first novel, is superb’ — Sydney Morning Herald
‘This vital, often…Read more »
by Alice Nelson
The Last Sky recounts the story of Maya Wise – a young wife alone in Hong Kong. British rule is coming to an end and so is Maya’s marriage. She drifts, wandering aimlessly through the crowded city streets. Captivated by an elderly Chinese man and his caged nightingale, she follows him home. But Ken Tiger is a man with a past. As Maya draws out…Read more »
by Chris Pash
It’s the end of the seventies and one young reporter is bearing witness to the final days of Australia’s whaling industry.
Thirty years after the last whale was captured and slaughtered in Australia, Chris Pash, tells the very human story of the characters and events that brought whaling to an end. This fair and balanced account portrays the…Read more »
by A.J. Betts
Living alone with his silent father and the shadow cast by his long-dead mother, Dustin waits. All he wants is to slip under the radar and survive what’s left of high school; get through his work at the photo lab, get by. Beyond that lies real life. Then one Sunday, a single photo gets stuck in the processor and it changes everything. The bike in…Read more »
by Simon Haynes
Get another helping of misadventures with Hal Spacejock and Clunk!
Hal and his sidekick are looking for a job to earn some cash to settle their bills, and they find just the thing on Planet Dismolle. And when Hal ducks out for a quick coffee date with an attractive young woman, he thinks his luck has finally changedRead more »
From the Catalogue
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.