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Jane Fraser reports from Stackwood on the first Fremantle Book Club meet featuring Holden Sheppard and Gillian O'Shaughnessy

We’re so excited to be a part of the Fremantle Book Club. As publishers, we have the privilege of working alongside new and emerging Western Australian authors every day, but what we don’t always get the chance to do is to hang out with WA readers. That’s why our first Fremantle Press Book Club get-together at Stackwood was particularly cherished by us all.

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Local author Jon Doust puts the South West of WA on the world stage in his third novel for adults

Local author Jon Doust has plans to launch his new novel Return Ticket at the Albany Library on Thursday 16 April and at Oranje Tractor on Saturday 18 April. Timed to coincide with the eleventh anniversary of his debut adult novel Boy on a WireReturn Ticket brings back the much-loved character of Jack Muir to complete Doust’s critically acclaimed One Boy’s Journey to Man trilogy.

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New podcast episode: poet Bron Bateman on writing, memory and the female body

Bron Bateman says she makes sense of the world through writing. She is an observer of her own life, absorbing every experience with all senses so she can articulate it in poetry. She’s also the ideal interviewee. She wants to answer every question put to her, no matter how difficult, because, she says, it’s only by doing this that we can truly reach each other as writers and as humans. In this podcast, we talk to Bron about her writing process in relation to her new poetry collection, Of Memory and Furniture.

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Read this and be smarter: a new crime novel plumbs the history of one of Perth's political low points to show our nationalist past was not so long ago

True West is a new crime novel by David Whish-Wilson set in late 1980s Perth against the backdrop of hate crimes associated with Jack van Tongeren’s Australian Nationalist Movement that included the firebombing of Asian businesses, as well as the dog-whistle comments made by then federal Liberal opposition leader John Howard associated with ‘slowing down’ Asian immigration. In the novel Lee Southern has fled to Perth after he betrayed the Knights bikie gang in Geraldton. Lee works as a rogue truck driver but before too long he finds himself captured by neo-nazis and must do their bidding if he is to protect those last few things he holds dear.

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