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Tales from Port Vic & other stories is a collection of imaginative stories with a twist at the end. In the first section are stories from the author’s childhood in Port Victoria, stories based on fact but with a vivid imaginative component included. The second section contains family stories, from Margaret’s own wider family and those of a couple of friends. The third section is of fictional stories based on historical facts. The final section is inspired by the TV series Antiques Roadshow and some stories from British magazines. They imagine how some of the treasures of the TV series originated and came to be today. Margaret Bolton’s other books include Not Another Nun’s Story, Mother & Son and Start With a Coffee.
978 1 74027 945 1, 102pp, $20.00

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David Brelsford was born in Nottinghamshire and came to Australia in 1965. He worked for many years as a postman before becoming a library technician. He lived in Sydney, Hawaii, Queanbeyan and Brisbane before retiring to Launceston, Tasmania, in 2007. He is married with three sons and – to date – one grandson. A long-distance runner, he has undertaken charity runs for motor neurone disease research.
978 1 76041 177 0, 106pp, $20.00

* David Brelsford / Crossroads

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Sometimes dramatic, sometimes delicate, always to the point, Tessa Bremner’s collection of short stories presents a very poignant view of the lives of her characters and their struggle to have their voices heard above the noise of cultural sensibilities. In her storytelling, Bremner draws on a lifetime in theatre to make her characters three-dimensional and all too real.
978 1 74027 236 0, 58pp, $18.00

* Tessa Bremner / An Affair With Mr Renoir

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Wong could easily confuse you by being Right, but Right and Wrong may also be Wright. Florian could put you off buying second-hand furniture for life, and if Elsa was in the ether, you would never dare attend a seance again. You could begin to doubt the authenticity of every rock musician. You might even start to investigate the possibility of time travelling in Ancient Greece; perhaps take sides in the War of the Roses; be wary of psychiatrists and natural medicine; be suddenly enthusiastically into junk food; believe you need to take a closer look at the secret life of your cat; be suspicious of genius concert pianists; and finally, in desperation, consider becoming a bar attendant Downside (as a career change) besides catching a brief glimpse of Heaven in passing - if you believe a fraction of one of the stories in this book.
‘These stories have instant appeal. Tony Brennan has the true short-story teller’s gift of inviting our immediate attention, captivating our interest throughout and finally but delightfully surprising us. If you enjoy the wryly told, slightly (or not so slightly) fantastical tale with a dash of the macabre, then these stories are for you. Told with sly humour and sharp wit, they are to be savoured and enjoyed. I found myself laughing out aloud as I became caught up with weird, outlandish adventures and sometimes absurd struggles of the varied and various protagonists. This is skilful writing and I thoroughly recommend it.’ - Caroline Rouse Thornton.
978 1 76041 179 4, 134pp, $22.50

* Tony Brennan / Is There Anyone There?

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'With sharp satire and fierce feminism, Pamela Burton’s years of legal practice are put to devastating use in this interrogation of a murder mystery, and the rollicking incompetence of ASIO super sleuths. The stench of rot from Operation Fishnet and its web of corrupt and greedy men, with an eye to illegal immigration and boatloads of contraband, unravels in a fascinating courtroom drama. A Foreign Affair, with its intricate knowledge of a spy operation in disarray, and the petty foolishness of the men in power, feels like the ultimate Canberra insider’s revenge, with a feminist twist in the knife!' - Virginia Haussegger AM
Pamela Burton is a Canberra lawyer and writer. She draws on her professional legal knowledge and personal experience in this compelling spy thriller that has the reader wondering what is truth and what is fiction, as the story unfolds through court dramas and bold investigative journalism. She is the author of The Waterlow Killings: The Story of a Family Tragedy (MUP, 2012), winner of the Sisters in Crime 13th Davitt Award for Best True Crime; From Moree to Mabo: The Mary Gaudron Story (UWAP, 2010), long-listed for the 2012 National Biography Award; and Deviant, under the pen name Georgia Dale, a satirical fiction (Ginninderra Press, 2000).
'The whole national capital could become a movie set if an enterprising director picks up this eminently filmable novel.' - Canberra Times
978 1 76041 129 9, 304pp, $37.50

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Barcroft Boake’s star blazed briefly and brightly as an Australian bush poet for little more than a year before he took his own life by hanging himself by his stockwhip in 1892 on the shore of Sydney Harbour. Barcroft’s life was touched by romance, adventure and, finally, tragedy. In Where the Dead Men Lie, his story is told as an imaginative work of fiction, to bring the characters to life. Barcroft rode with Charlie McKeahnie, who is reputed to be one of the famed mountain horsemen Banjo Paterson had in mind when he wrote The Man From Snowy River. Barcroft also fell in love with Charlie’s sisters. It has been suggested he killed himself for the love of a McKeahnie girl. After Barcroft left the McKeahnie homestead in 1888, he headed north, seeking excitement and adventure as a stockman and a drover, travelling as far as the Diamantina River in Queensland. Throughout his travels he wrote regularly to his father. Luckily, a number of his original and interesting letters have been preserved and they have been woven into the story. Was it May, or was it Jean McKeahnie that he truly loved? Why did he kill himself, just as he was gaining recognition as a poet? These are the questions this book tries to answer.
978 1 74027 135 6, 224pp, $30.00

* Hugh Capel / Where the Dad Men Lie: The story of Barcroft Boake, Bush Poet of The Monaro

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In the summer of 18S9,]ames leaves his sweetheart, Sally, to seek adventure as a stockman in the Snowy Mountains high country. Before the summer is over, the Kiandra gold rush has broken and his life has taken a direction he could never have foreseen. The Snowy River Diggings at Kiandra saw one of the shortest but most turbulent rushes in Australia’s gold rush history. In April 1860, at the height of the rush, ten thousand men and women were scouring the district in search of gold. Within less than two years, the township that sprang up amongst the slush and snow had faded to a half-empty shanty town. For a brief period, Kiandra became the haunt of some of Australia’s most notorious bushrangers, including Frankie Gardiner, and was so renowned for lawlessness and robberies that it was dubbed Mount Rascal. Disputes amongst the miners were rife. River men were pitched against ground sluicers and a mob of ruffians known as The Boys intimidated anyone who stood in their way. Complaints about Gold Commissioner Cooper’s biased decisions and drunken antics eventually led to a Parliamentary Inquiry in 1862. James falls in with a young radical, Davy Hughes, who provokes the ire of The Boys and Commissioner Cooper by challenging their authority and championing against injustice. The arrival of Kitty McCrae changes Davy’s and ]ames’s lives forever. Sally joins the three of them briefly for summer, before the events of the following spring bring tragedy.
‘A very accurate and well researched history of Kiandra in the 1860/61 gold rush, interwoven with believable fictional characters.’ - Paddy Kerrigan, Kiandra historian
Kiandra Gold is well named: it glitters like the mineral that lies at the heart of the story. And what a story: murder, love, mystery, the tough leathery life of the diggings in the high country, sublime scenery, and a gritty realisation of a world we have lost. Any historian would be proud to claim the research. I couldn’t put it down.’ - Professor Iain McCalman, historian and author
978 1 74027 234 6, 334pp, $35.00

* Hugh Capel / Kiandra Gold

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In his first journey, Hamlin Baylis Wells, thirty years an undercover detective, has a major decision to make. His immaculate career and religious convictions are at odds with an impulsive decision not to declare a large sum of money found during a police operation. In the resulting journey of self-discovery, he finds a way to atone for his decision. Hamlin’s last journey is full of twists and turns for the former policeman. The property for homeless men he established in south-east South Australia is a resounding success due to his efforts and those of his friend Father Kelly. Before Father Kelly’s death, there are hints about the incoming priest, who was known as a bully and a schemer. After a violent confrontation, Hamlin walks away to Tasmania, where an inheritance awaits him and he and Sally, his neighbour, become lovers. He resumes his Army Reserve activities with the Medical Corps and is also accepted as a St John Ambulance volunteer. But danger enters his life in the form of an old and bitter enemy from his police days.
978 1 74027 960 4, 88pp, $20.00

* Ray Clift / The Journeys of Hamlin Baylis Wells

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In the first of these linked stories, Smithy’s cupboard has always been his refuge despite its different locations and uses. It serves him well in his childhood days on the Wimmera area broad-acre farm in Victoria where he was born and grew up. He plays with his toy soldiers inside the secret place. As he grows to observe wild life and later hunt game, he makes hides. His career in the army leads him to join the SAS as one of Australia's top snipers. His clever use of hides and secret areas makes him well known and respected, and he is drawn deeply into CIA operations. A family tragedy changes his outlook and leads him into a crime of vengeance. He uses various means to assist him in his own personal therapy and he frequently seeks the confessional, yet perdition ticks away inside his mind like a noisy metronome. In ‘She Walks the Line’, Dave Smith’s daughter Suzie in the USA on tour with her country and western band. She impersonates Johnny Cash and June Carter with her rendition of ‘She Walks the Line’. However, she also has a top secret mission: after courageously disarming a crazed man outside the entrance to the White House, she has been recruited to gather intelligence for the Secret Service. Suzie falls in love with an agent who has a lot of military experience and an undiscovered enemy lurking. Extreme danger, coupled with great humour, follows Suzie, with twists, turns and dramas which she overcomes in her uncompromising fashion. The spirit of her mother offers encouragement and cautions her about aping her father, but in the end she knows what she must do to stop the stalker, because Suzie Smith is her father’s daughter, his Doppelganger, who also meditates in a cupboard.
978 1 74027 962 8, 132pp, $22.50

* Ray Clift / Smithy & Suzie

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Always in Denial
Denial, justification and revenge dance through this novella, a page-turning story, topical yet as old as mankind, about the shame of sexual abuse. Lies follow John Taylor all of his life and create a pattern which he had not foreseen. A sinful person is believed to be virtuous; a wronged person gets revenge. The author, a former South Australian police officer and court sheriff officer, has drawn on the stories of people he has encountered on both sides of the law. The reader must decide how much of it is fiction.
Shaken & Stirred
Mavis Allen has led an uneventful life as a caring housewife. She accepts her stable and long-lasting but uninspiring marriage until she starts to question her life. Her marriage breaks down, bringing dramas over which she has no control. She embarks on a new and challenging journey which brings a spirit possession and murder. She finds happiness at last and vows never to return to being a down-trodden housewife. Yet her journey is not over. She is still shaken and stirred.
Shalom, Samuel
1943. Before the five-year-old boy sat freezing on the steps of the old mansion known as the Kent Town Salvation Army Boys’ Home, before he watched his alcoholic mother die, there was only Uncle Harry Solomon, who cared for him and taught him to play a harmonica and taught him to dance. The admission staff at the mansion welcomed Samuel into the warmth of the home. When the child played and danced, Allan Parsons spotted his genius within seconds and became his mentor and protector. In time, the boy discovered some of the secrets in his life and later the Solomons of Melbourne and New York took Samuel under their wing and his journey began. But that was later. He had within him a survival instinct which embraced his new life and showed him the way forward through a gamut of emotions, a way to win a scholarship, a way to find his destiny. The way forward was foreshadowed by two simple words written on a scrap of paper and found in his clothes in 1943: Shalom, Samuel.
978 1 74027 964 2, 190pp, $27.50

* Ray Clift / Three in One

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Edgar Williams grows up in Geelong, Victoria, in comfortable surrounds. His education at a private college enables him to enter the prestigious Australian Naval Academy. He graduates with flying colours and serves on the aircraft carrier HMAS Sydney III. Although Edgar is a champion boxer, the commander treats him badly. Edgar wonders what he has done wrong. When he wakes up after a vivid sexual dream and resorts to an unusual way of relieving himself, he is spotted by the ship’s spy. The commander relishes shaming Edgar in front of others and Edgar regretfully leaves the service. Adapting to civilian life, Edgar returns to his childhood love - the English language - and finds employment as an editor at a publishing house. As a successful publisher later in life, Edgar discovers the reason why his former commander hated him. The Publisher is a poignant, whimsical, sometimes satirical tale of a man who overcomes a shameful stigma and eventually finds his vocation.
978 1 76041 152 7, 66pp, $18.00

* Ray Clift / The Publisher

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The year is 1982 and Adolf Hitler has been living anonymously on the south coast of New South Wales for almost thirty years, waging small wars with his neighbours and the local council. Until one day, during the height of the Falklands War, his old comrade Martin Bormann comes to visit, bearing a secret that will affect both their destinies.
‘Author Craig Cormick plays with an eclectic selection of current events and popular culture with the expertise of someone who has practised and perfected his craft.’ – The Canberra Times
‘Craig Cormick has a flair for animating the past. Any gaps that are left in history’s pages have been filled with colourful characters and intriguing subplots.’ – The Canberra Times
978 1 74027 864 5, 150pp, $$25.00

Craig Cormick / Uncle Adolf

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The Complete and Utter Truth About the World and Everything In It is a collection of dark-humoured short stories, sometimes whimsical, sometimes passionate, about a variety of relationships set in different times and cultures. The stories tell of things going wrong in the pursuit of pleasure, a child’s understanding of suicide, wanting someone who doesn’t want you, infidelity, an adolescent girl and her changing relationship with her family, the conflict of love and lust with social status in times gone by, how to discuss what happens when people take their clothes off, and Planet Earth as seen by an alien.
Ian Coulls has published a series of twelve books in the field of education. He has been a recording engineer and producer, documentary filmmaker and, as a songwriter/musician, has recorded five of his own CDs.
978 1 76041 046 9, 60pp, $18.00

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Twenty-eight writers reflect in fiction, non-fiction and poetry on the past, present and future of Port Adelaide.
‘Port Adelaide is not so different from many country towns whose fortunes have come and gone. For all the hype about making it into something new and glitzy, I suspect the ghosts have other ideas. It is the home of people who recognise there is more to life than material ownership and still enjoy buying their vegetables from a greengrocer and stamps from cheerful ladies in the post office.’ - Brenda Eldridge
978 1 74027 711 2, 122pp, $20.00

Brenda Eldridge (editor) / The Heart of Port Adelaide

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Here is a book to delight all readers - a refreshingly diverse mix of poetry, fiction and non-fiction by more than forty South Australian writers. It not only explains a lot about the evergreen allure of collecting in general but also reveals much about each individual contributor and their own collections, and about different understandings of that slippery word 'collecting'.
978 1 74027 813 3, 166pp, $25.00

Brenda Eldridge (editor) / Collecting Writers

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When Miss Truelove discovers hatboxes full of papers after her mother’s death, mysteries of her past begin to resolve. She is compelled to tell the story of her eccentric father, Charles Truelove, and the scandals surrounding his name. The Choir of Gravediggers takes us back to late nineteenth century Melbourne; a cemetery and a church, choral singing, grave-trafficking, pet incineration, a shipwreck, competitive flower arranging, and one man struck by lightning. Based on extensive primary research, this historical novella is an impressive work of fiction.
The Choir of Gravediggers is a funny, buoyant story about the vigour of those who deal with death.’ - Brenda Walker
978 1 76041 145 9, 48pp, $16.00

* Mel Hall / The Choir of Gravediggers

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'In this collection the reader discovers an inquisitive mind equally as concerned for world issues as for the dull conformity that can settle over small towns. Antonia's writing artfully moves from well researched topics to finely tuned observations of everyday life.' - Hilary Beaton
'Her insights have touched on a range of important issues and her insights are always engaging, revealing and pure in their honesty about life.' - Tara Vickers, producer, Radio National
'In my opinion Antonia Hildebrand stands out as one of the top dozen or so short story writers in contemporary Australia.' - Chas Eales, Radio 91.3 FM
'Sometimes Hildebrand moves beyond reality, but she does not so much create a fantasy, as show the familiar landscape through the distorting mirror of a fairground tent.’ - Robin Hillard
978 1 76041 160 2, 148pp, $25.00

* Antonia Hildebrand / To Breathe & other stories

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The characters in this collection are often dislocated, outsiders looking for something more from their experience - some finding it, some learning from it, some losing it. The stories are blackly humorous, twisting the reader towards an offbeat kind of compassion that lives in the heart for days.
‘I now see why I like your stories so much: they do a Brechtian thing - that is, they resist sentimentality and faux romanticism by stripping away much of the artifice we construct to create stories about ourselves and others. They are unsettling and “defamiliarising” as was Brecht’s way, so as to expose the power relationships without the flab.’ - Phillip Edmonds, Wet Ink Magazine
'…absorbing and intriguing, often leaving the reader with unanswered questions still in their mind - and that's no bad thing.' - InDaily
978 1 74027 798 3, 70pp, $18.00

* Robert Horne / Love the Hurt

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Life is a wonderful, exciting, sometimes dangerous and often totally boring trip. I have certainly had a taste of all these slices of the human experience and thankfully have managed not to overdose in any particular compartment. I strive to write as honestly and openly as possible, but will never get drawn into discussing the source of inspiration for any particular tale. They are all true in some way. We all have our own truth. That is the way with mankind.
978 1 74027 909 3, 84pp, $20.00

* Rex Jacobs / When Dead's Not Quite & other stories

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Set in times ranging from the mediaeval to present day and in places as far apart as Australia, Europe and North America, these eighteen short stories reveal life in its bewildering, sometimes funny, and at times achingly sad moments. All is witnessed through the eyes of diverse, often flawed characters: a professional cyclist who must choose between his wife and his career, a cellist performing in the streets of a war-torn city as mortars explode around him, a boy hiding behind fantasy to compensate for an absent father, a yachtsman fighting both his conscience and a storm on Port Phillip Bay.
On Letting Paddy Fly: ‘Refreshingly unselfconscious and very compelling’ – Melvyn Sterne, editor of Carve Magazine
On ‘For a Yellow Jersey’: ‘I felt I was in the saddle all though this long short story, so gripping – on a high technical and emotional level – was this vivid and informative piece of writing… Fit for the New Yorker at least!’ – Allan Prior, author of over 300 BBC television scripts, notably for Z Cars and Softly, Softly, and 20 novels.
978 1 76041 076 6, 156pp, $25.00

* David King / Letting Paddy Fly

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An eclectic collection of short stories tackling subjects as varied as psychological mind games, the effects of war on those left behind, the vagaries of heterosexual and lesbian love, self-abortion, and murder, told through characters as diverse as a retired Light Horseman, a lighthouse keeper’s wife, and an old Aboriginal man, and set in periods from the nineteenth century to the late 2020s.
978 1 74027 629 0, 68pp, $18.00

* Myra King / City Paddock

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Being bullied for the colour of her skin is the least of fourteen-year-old Velvet Brown’s problems. Velvet was born with a terrifying second sight. She ‘sees’ the crazies, the psychopaths, those monsters sliding among us, hidden behind normal-looking faces. There’s a double murder in her small-minded town and Velvet has seen the ‘monsters’ - the murderers. But she can’t download on her best friend, Kaleen Pingelly, or even go to the police. No one will believe her. And when love spins into her life in the shape of a sixteen-year-old racing cyclist, a guy so hot he makes Lycra look cool, Velvet's problems rise to yet another level. To save herself and Kaleen from danger, Velvet must find evidence enough to prove to others what only she can see.
‘If you love horses, and a friendship you can believe in, and a little romance, and a little mystery, and a tale that keeps you guessing as you turn the pages, you've come to the right place.’ – Roisin Meaney, number one best-selling Irish author 
‘A pacy exciting ride through a plot layered with crime, special abilities, mystery - and horses.’ - Paddy O’Reilly, award-winning Australian author
Myra King is a Pushcart nominee. She has won the UK Global and been shortlisted for the US Glass Woman Prize and the Scarlett Stiletto. For many years she wrote for Hoofs and Horns, Rider and National Rider.
978 1 76041 036 0, 162pp, $25.00

* Myra King / The Journey of Velvet Brown

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Romance, adventure, humour, intrigue, murder, quirky twists… You’ll find them all in Chris Leckonby’s collected short stories, some of them prize-winners.
978 1 74027 978 9, 180pp, $25.00

* Chris Leckonby / Sowing the Seeds

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Shattered by his internment with the rest of the Vienna Mozart Boys Choir in September 1939, Joseph Geinler is sent to live out the world war in a tiny Western Australian wheatbelt town. A personal dream and the help of some unlikely friends leads him to set out on a remarkable journey in an attempt to reach his homeland and end the Second World War.
978 1 74027 420 3, 88pp, $20.00

Murray McNair / Captain Kreel's Contraband

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During a two-day respite in World War I in France, destiny entangles the lives of three young men: Patrick, who is Anglo-Irish, and Harry, an Australian, accidentally meet Karl, an enemy soldier. Karl is seriously injured and the two allies are forced to measure their humanity against their military training. Should they comfort the German? Should they let him die alone? As the story unfolds, it reveals details about the differences in the civilian lives of the three young men. Decisions are made and, for a little while, the war is only about three young men. Siege of Contraries contains painful memories about survivor guilt and judgements about the importance of nationalities.
Winner, People’s Choice Award, SA Writers Festival 2011
978 1 74027 602 3, 88pp, $20.00

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Two women stepped from the steamship Orient onto Australian soil on a hot December day in 1879. Beatrice Beauchamp epitomises the younger middle-class English woman settler unused to the unpleasant. Yet she combats tragedy, and meets challenge and difference with a level of equanimity not commonly expected from one with a genteel upbringing. We share her despair and her fears as from the first day she must call on a personal strength and resolve previously untested. In that, she finds a staunch supporter in Mary Lee. Mrs Mary Lee has been written into many history books. Her political conviction, dedication and determination in campaigning for women’s rights led to her being acknowledged by Premier Kingston as most influential in gaining South Australian women the right to vote and not only that, to take a seat in Parliament. Other states followed suit. Yet, despite all her achievements, little has been known of her personal life…
Elizabeth Mansutti, former Chairperson of the SA Writers’ Centre, local historian, author, poet, playwright and author of Mary Lee – Let her name be honoured, which inspired this novel, writes, ‘Mary Lee was described by a contemporary as “fiery”. I suspect that in Beatrice she found an acquaintance of similar ilk, and by framing that partnership in this story the author creates the vehicle for satisfying our curiosity about Mary Lee and her significant social contribution. I think it a clever move that is complemented by the finely drawn descriptions of the colonial society of that period.’
978 1 76041 001 8, 344pp, $35.00

* Maureen Mitson / Beatrice's Commonsensical Approach

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When Emma Bentham disappears without explanation, two men are thrown into turmoil - David Chess, who was having an affair with Emma and her husband Daniel, a technician in David’s university department. Has Emma left them both for someone else? David’s sorrow at losing Emma leads him into strange and perilous behaviours, and into the orbit of a third man demented over his own abandonment and bent on violent retribution that will ruin lives. Set in Canberra in 2001, Emma’s Farewell explores obsession and loss and violence, and its impact on ordinary families.
978 1 76041 162 6, 266pp, $32.50

* J. Olsen / Emma's Farewell

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A collection of stories emanating from the experience of growing up, living and working in Australia’s third metropolis. ‘Denying the Faith’ and ‘This Clown’ record the fearful impressions of a childhood spent in Irish Catholic suburbia, reflected upon later in life when the fear has subsided but the guilt remains. ‘Going to Kanga’s’ and ‘Suburban Odyssey’ recall the experiences of a taxi driver both fascinated and annoyed by the alcohol-fuelled passengers who helped him make a living in a job that was only meant to be temporary while his real career was being identified. And ‘Throwing Up in Toowoomba’ takes a brief exit from Brisbane, but only for a fraught weekend, to detail the inner turmoil of a young and insecure man learning the brutal lessons of the heart in a period not so long ago.
978 1 74027 757 0, 66pp, $18.00

* Errol O'Neill / Denying the Faith

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'In this story it’s possible to make a beginning and end; it should be understood, though, the lines are arbitrary…' So says Gunnar Abt at the Alexanderplatz police headquarters after the murder of a young communist in 1934. His response raises one of history’s big questions: how do we make sense of the actions of ordinary people under a regime whose unspeakable deeds ensured that there were no longer any ordinary people? Lakeland is a hybrid novel, a fictional recreation told in prose and verse of the lives of multiple characters in one family. Inspired by real events, the story moves in and out of Nazi Germany, across the two hemispheres and through generations of exile and emigration. In the first years of the twentieth century, Anna, a young woman from a middle-class family, gives birth, unmarried, to twins. While she keeps her son, her illegitimate daughter Helene is raised by the state and later ‘adopted’ by her aunt so as to be allowed to marry Hans, an affluent Prussian industrialist. Hans is captured by the Russians in 1945 and imprisoned near Leningrad, where he dies in a gulag. Helene twice flees with her children, first to the Communist East then to West Germany, where in the early 60s her daughter Sieglinde meets and marries an Australian. He takes her to Sydney, then to Melbourne, where they have a family of their own, rapidly producing seven children who know little of their mother’s past. Lakeland cross-cuts between the intimacies of family life and the world at large. Capturing incidents of love and doubt, loss and reunion, rupture and resistance, the many voices together build a collective memoir that speaks of what we may work to conceal but can never escape.
'O'Shaughnessy ventures more widely, shifting from verse to prose and back with a skill that makes a complex exercise look simpler than it is… The advent of O'Shaughnessy is a very welcome one.' - Sydney Morning Herald
978 1 76041 044 5, 158pp, $25.00

* Maureen O'Shaughnessy / Lakeland

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‘This delightful suite of stories reflects on the writing lives of women today. Here Virginia Woolf casts her shadow, and also sheds her light on the stresses and the joys of creating fiction. Piquant and pithy, these are explorations of how it is for the woman writer with or without a room of her own.’ - Carmel Bird
'…courageous and moving and funny and perceptive…' - Scribd.
978 1 74027 789 1, 58pp, $18.00

* Mary Pomfret / Writing in Virginia's Shadow

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Cleaning out the closet is typically a woman’s task. It is also a perfect metaphor for the creative endeavour as it rummages through junk – items long discarded or abandoned – for signs of renewal. In the tradition of the great female storytellers – Alice Munro, Doris Lessing, Katherine Mansfield, Virginia Woolf – Mary Pomfret reveals the dramatic, consequential and often painful intimacies harboured within the seemingly innocuous details of family life.’ – Sue Gillett
‘Mary Pomfret’s fiction explores uncanny inner landscapes of memory and desire. Her stories challenge the amnesia behind everyday existence and after a reading we are reacquainted with our strangely familiar, vulnerable and eminently human better selves.’ – Ian Irvine
‘Mary Pomfret’s stories speak to the heart of family darkness, sibling rivalry, filial love and lost innocence, without for an instant being melodramatic or overwrought. These beautiful, compelling tales are peopled with complex characters and told by a writer who makes the domestic sublime.’ – Alice Pung
Born in Manchester in the north of England and the eldest of eight children, Mary Pomfret lives in central Victoria and works as a freelance writer. She spent much of her childhood in Tasmania, including the mining town of Rosebery on Tasmania’s west coast. As a young adult she lived and worked in Alice Springs. Her short stories have been published in a variety of literary journals and anthologies, both nationally and internationally. Her special interest is women’s writing.
978 1 74027 856 0, 74pp, $18.00

* Mary Pomfret / Cleaning Out the Closet

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Bella was only seventeen when her mother Elie died. Jack and Katie were even younger. Each dealt with the loss in different ways: Bella became the surrogate mother, the responsible one; Katie the arty rebellious eternal wild child; and Jack never settled, changing jobs and girlfriends, looking for the next adventure. When Bella discovers Elie’s diary stashed away among her father’s belongings, she and her siblings spend the next year reading it together and within its pages are given the chance to remember their childhood through their mother’s eyes, challenge family narratives and discover the secrets and wisdom she didn’t have time to tell them. It is a gift from her to challenge the past and face the future with a new perspective. Whispers on the Trampoline is a beautiful tale about a mother who turned everyday events into magical stories; and the chance, over a dozen years later, for her three children to finally finish the story she started telling.
978 1 76041 107 7, 144pp, $25.00

* Sarah Radford / Whispers on the Trampoline

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Set in urban contemporary Sydney, My Year With Sammy is the complex and poetic story of a memorable child.
‘Parenting and grandparenting are journeys without a compass. In My Year with Sammy, Libby Sommer gives us a raw, heart-rending, insightful and intimate story of one family immersed in the messiness of living with a child who is different. This is recommended reading in juxtaposition with the academic and "how-to" material that is on the market. Something beautiful breaks through from the darkness.’ - Colleen Keating, author of A Call to Listen
‘Sammy is a wild, stubborn girl who is also endearing and fascinating. This is a compelling story of the challenges and joys of parenting, but at the heart of this book is an unforgettable portrait of a determined and unusual child. I loved this intimate, funny and very moving novel.’ - Andy Kissane
‘The strength of Libby Sommer’s work is its engagement with the contemporary mores and sexual manners of urban Australian life. Her writing is notable for its sensitivity, honesty and humour. She is a chronicler of our times.’ - Amanda Lohrey
My Year With Sammy was shortlisted in Seizure’s 2015 Viva Novella Competition and in the UK’s 2014 Mslexia Competition.
'Libby Sommer writes about this sort of child with more delicacy and intelligence than any other writer on this topic that I've ever read….sharp and subtle observations of Australian society.' - Sydney Morning Herald
978 1 76041 064 3, 138pp, $22.50

Libby Sommer

* Libby Sommer / My Year With Sammy

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Janis Spehr is a traveller and dreamer. Landscape, history and the visual arts are important starting points for her writing and her short fiction has been widely published. She is currently writing a collection of stories, The light at the edge of the sky, based on the life of the German photographer Gisele Freund.
978 1 74027 882 9, 70pp, $18.00

* Janis Spehr / Leaving Ray

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Rebellious teenager Phillip is sent to live with Kate, who raised him as a child when his mother Venice was in thrall to heroin. Set in coastal Victoria and then in Paris, Sea Pictures charts Phillip’s coming of age as well as Kate’s life in her local community and her relationship with the glamorous and volatile Venice. Janis Spehr is highly educated in an utterly useless area and has worked, with no great distinction, at a wide range of jobs. She currently lives and travels in a small caravan and writes whenever she can.
978 1 76041 123 7, 82pp, $20.00

* Janis Spehr / Sea Pictures

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Eighteen sharp short stories.
978 1 76041 054 4, 80pp, $20.00

* Peter Strawhan / Thanks, Mum

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'Simon Stuart writes with a deep understanding of the subtle, extraordinary, pivotal moments to be found in everyday life. With these six wonderfully understated yet moving stories, he invites the reader to join him on a journey through the often chaotic and emotionally harsh everyday worlds of characters who reveal themselves in the fragments of the past that they bring to their present. Crafted with sensitivity and empathy, these are stories of resilience, strength and triumph. For as flawed and bruised by life as Stuart’s characters may be, they refuse to be defeated. Rather, they have the courage to remain resilient and hopeful, finding solace and insight in the fleeting moments of beauty that flicker in the shadows of everyday life. A stunning first collection of stories from an outstanding new writer.' - Michael de Valle
978 1 74027 847 8, 58pp, $18.00

* Simon Stuart / Beauty in the Ruins

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A rich cripple commissions a portrait to create for her an ideal mate. A successful doctor confronts his past life in a deserted cottage. A young idealistic teacher is caught in a web of power in a decaying country town. In these gripping gothic tales, individuals' fears and fantasies come startlingly to life to confront them. A disturbing and original new voice in Australian writing.
'Leigh Swinbourne brings a fresh and contemporary approach to the tropes and conventions of the gothic tradition.' - Sagacity
978 1 74027 674 0, 154pp, $22.50

* Leigh Swinbourne / The Shark and other stories

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A young woman suddenly confronts the life she walked away from. A loving husband must make a pact with the devil to keep his wife. A passionate collector must choose between a priceless work of art and a human life. These are among ten stories of individuals caught between worlds, forced to make stark unpalatable choices to survive.
‘…an unusually assured and compact short-story collection… Swinbourne’s fiction provides and entertains, teases and disturbs, with admirable, and unpretentious, vitality.’ - The Age
978 1 74027 876 8, 156pp, $22.50

* Leigh Swinbourne / Away and other stories

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This is a collection of short stories for people who like a good yarn – a story they can finish in one go, without having to mark the page and come back to a few days later, only to realise that they have forgotten the plot and have to start all over again. You can tuck a short story collection into your bag, to read on the train or the bus. You can read it in your coffee break, you can read it in bed and know that you can finish before going to sleep. These stories are about ordinary people doing ordinary things but often finding themselves in extraordinary situations.
978 1 74027 886 7, 76pp, $18.00

* Edna Taylor / Skeleton in the Cupboard

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Edna Taylor’s second book of short stories is about a scarecrow, a dog and a cat, a UFO and dreams. Brief encounters and an anonymous gift, plus strange happenings which can turn one’s life onto unexpected pathways and into a completely new direction. Which only goes to prove that ordinary can turn into extraordinary in the blink of an eye.
978 1 76041 024 7, 112pp, $22.50

* Edna Taylor / Brief Encounters

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Blood flows on the war-torn streets of Masar e-Sharif. To try to cope with that, and barbarous Taliban rule, Soraya illegally reads and attends a secret girls’ school. But when her mother is killed in a missile attack, all Soraya’s girlish dreams and aspirations appear to be crushed forever. One night, her father mentions a cousin living in the rich country of Australia and tells her she will be going there. To give hope to their family, her captive brother’s note says, she must journey to that beautiful, peaceful land of Australia. The first thing she will notice, the people smuggler informs her, is how hospitable Australians are. They will wave and shout their greetings, and helpful officials will be at the dock to assist her. Towards God is the journeying, Muhammed says to her as she leaves for Islamabad airport. So Soraya dares to dream again. Wouldn’t you?
978 1 74027 288 9, 140pp, $22.50

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* Steve Tolbert / Dreaming Australia

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In the title story, seventeen-year-old Jacob returns to Bali. Once terrified of surfboards, he’s there to surf wild for four people, including his brother killed in the 2002 Bali bombing.
'...reassuringly local while addressing universal themes and incorporating Asian references.' - Sunday Tasmanian
978 1 74027 353 4, 88 pages, $$20.00

Steve Tolbert

* Steve Tolbert / Surfing for Wayan & other stories

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A thrilling novel for young adults. Both of them fleeing the outside world, eighteen-year-old Jackson and reclusive Pete meet on the remote east coast of Flinders Island. Unfortunately, the place is not remote enough.
'Steve Tolbert has intertwined two contrasting worlds and produced a riveting and engrossing novel. It evokes powerfully both the violence and police corruption of the drug scene in the Melbourne underworld as well as it does the natural beauty of Flinders Island and the integrity of the people who live there. The writing is superb and has left me with a longing to visit Flinders Island while allowing me the illusion that I know so much about it already.' - Viewpoint
978 1 74027 407 4, 158pp, $25.00

Steve Tolbert

* Steve Tolbert / Packing Smack, Talking Wombats

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Michael O’Leary’s life as a ‘weird and wacky’ word-fixated student changes after his mother is killed and his father badly wounded in a Jemaah Islamiah (JI) terrorist attack. In the company of his alter ego, Bounty Hunter Clint, Michael travels to Bali and Central Java intent on confronting JI operatives. At each stage of his mission, the seventeen-year-old meets mysterious people. None occupy his mind - and quickly his dreams - more than Sugi, a Muslim girl who may or may not be working with the ‘enemy’.
978 1 74027 639 9, 158pp, $25.00

Steve Tolbert

* Steve Tolbert / O'Leary, JI Terrorist Hunter

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This novella projects the forest-dark world of ancient folklore into modern middle-class domesticity.
1 74027 066 5, 56pp, $15.00

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Zenda Vecchio / Mavis

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If you love someone, you give them parts of yourself and that’s dangerous. If they go away, they take part of you with them.
One summer’s day, thirteen-year-old Kirsty-Lee comes home from school to find her father has left them. This novel explores the ways in which she comes to terms with this and the subsequent changes in her family.
Zenda Vecchio is an award-winning writer whose numerous short stories have been published in a variety of literary journals and magazines. Becoming Kirsty-Lee is her second novel for adolescents.
‘…a poignant novella… This book will touch all those who have experienced their own grief and many will find it hard not to shed a tear at this girl’s story.’ - ReadPlus
‘…an inspiring book.’ - Tamba
'The story is written in deceptively simple language but tells a tale of devastating emotional complexity and harsh insights into what it actually means to grow up.' - Polestar
978 1 74027 735 8, 84pp, $18.00

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* Zenda Vecchio / Becoming Kirsty-Lee

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'When I was a little girl, I hurt my arm and my mother took me to a different doctor, one I’d never been to before. He called me an ugly duckling. My mother laughed when he said it but I didn’t mind. Just as long as I had been hatched from a swan’s egg. Because, then, eventually, I would turn into a swan and nothing else would matter.'
This is seventeen-year-old Ruth's story of her determination to find a place for herself in a world very different from the one she had imagined as a child.
Zenda Vecchio is an award-winning South Australian author whose numerous short stories and poems have been published in a variety of literary journals and magazines. She has had two novels for adolescents published but this is her first novel for adults.
‘…engrossing…rich and rewarding…lingers in the reader’s minds and emotions.’ - Studio
‘…fascinating, accessible…inspirational…’ - Tamba
978 1 74027 867 6, 250pp, $30.00

* Zenda Vecchio / The Swan's Egg

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‘Words are magic. I have delighted in them all my life - an early memory is of myself on my swing long before I went to school chanting words aloud, fitting them together into patterns, my mind exploding with images. I have been doing it ever since. And some words are more magic than others. Their sound. The pictures they make. Not words and pictures. For me words are pictures. Kestrel. Sunfish. Japonica. Spangles. Spindrift. Oh, most of all, Spindrift. It’s why I’ve called this collection of my stories Spindrift.’
Zenda Vecchio is an award-winning South Australian writer whose numerous short stories and poems have been published in a variety of literary journals and magazines. This is another collection, maybe the definitive one, of her short stories.
'…the stories are shared with readers by means of the author's unpretentious and deeply insightful understanding of the complexities she is dealing with.' - Tamba
978 174027 906 2, 128pp, $22.00

* Zenda Vecchio / Spindrift

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The poet Sylvia Plath wrote in ‘Black Rook in Rainy Weather’, ‘let spotted leaves fall as they fall / without ceremony or portent’. If I think of my stories as leaves, then they are leaves from many different trees. Or maybe they are just many different colours. These stories are selected from four collections published by Ginninderra Press and are my attempt to give every one of them - my stories, that is - another chance to fall willy-nilly into what I hope are your expectant hands.
978 1 74027 957 4, 176pp, $25.00

* Zenda Vecchio / Spotted Leaves: Selected Stories

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This thrilling novel follows the life of a young woman, Nancy Overton, as she flees from a brutal marriage. She is pursued by her ex-husband, who has always threatened to kill her if she left him. She hides away on a Queensland cattle station, where she meets Joe, the owner’s son, but even there her ex-husband finds her and makes several attempts on her life. Good friends help to keep her safe but over time she changes from the innocent victim into a strong resilient woman who is well able to care for herself, and she fights back. With this new-found confidence, she pursues a singing career and achieves international success. She is reluctant to commit to any new relationship but in the end she cannot deny her love for Joe.
‘...an absorbing plot with believable characters facing modern day situations with courage and resilience.’ - ARPA News
978 1 74027 574 3, 230pp, $26.00

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Ken Vincent / Chains of Fear

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Do we love our friends? I believe we do, and in many cases it is a deeper love than the dutiful love we express for our family or the passionate love for our partners. Phillip Ward, Eric Hardwick and Robert McKenzie share such a love and in doing so share their life stories. Eric’s from that of a young child where he experienced the horrors of chronic neglect and abuse coupled with the unfathomable kindness of sometimes complete strangers. Phillip’s story is that of privilege and follows the Vietnam War where the three served together. It is a time when their friendship is confirmed and grows into love. Robert is the chronicler and he plays the pivotal role of bringing all three together.
978 1 74027 793 8, 298pp, $30.00

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Ken Vincent / A Different Love

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When the Campbell family move to the country, eleven-year-old Jane spends all her spare time watching the horses in the paddock next door. Realising they need to do something about her obsession, her parents sign her up for riding lessons. When they see that Jane has a flair for riding, her parents decide she should have a horse of her own - Tammy. With her new friends at the local pony club, Jane has many adventures, some of them dangerous and exciting.
978 1 76041 067 4, 148pp, $22.50

* Ken Vincent / Tammy

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In the summer of 1928, the body of Michael Walsh is brought home to Norwood from Mount Gambier, where he died on a train. That night his wife, Rose, attacks his coffin with an axe. Rose’s estranged daughter, Mary, returns for the funeral. Mother and daughter are reconciled but as Michael is buried, dark secrets are resurrected. The Blue Roses of Orroroo is a humorous account of rape, incest and Stolen Generations related by Rose Walsh, a not always reliable witness, as she strives to rescue her family from destitution and, fuelled by kerosene and roses, to restore her own self-esteem. Blue Roses won the Three Day Novel Writing Race conducted by the Salisbury Writers’ Festival in 2007. The novel was expanded and entered in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Competition in 2009, reaching the semi-finals. One reviewer (USA) wrote, ‘The historical setting is well researched and seamlessly presented. Although set in a small Australian town the themes are universal. Style-wise, this is above your average best-seller.’ Another reviewer (Canada) said, ‘Written with heart and humour. A book that dares to start with horse shit is going to be good.’
Winner, People’s Choice Award, SA Writers Festival 2013
978 1 74017 673 3, 290pp, $27.50

* Margaret Visciglio / The Blue Roses of Orroroo

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Something is killing the sheep on Epsom Downs. With her father sprawled on the sofa in an alcoholic haze, Lizzie Epsom and her siblings set out in the family ute armed with guns and spotlight to save the farm. However, it is not the expected wild dogs that they find on the edge of Magnetic Hill but a creature far more threatening. Soon Lizzie holds the fate of an entire species in her hands. At stake are not only the lives and livelihood of the community of Bullyacre but also Australia’s global reputation and balance of trade. Incidents proliferate as Bullyacre is brought to national and international attention. Is the Beast of Magnetic Hill marsupial and, if so, does the Beast’s survival transcend human interests?
Margaret Visciglio’s second novel is not only hilarious but confrontational, addressing the ethics surrounding the extinction of the Tasmanian tiger, ecological versus pastoralist interests, the reaction of a rural community to an overwhelming threat, and how education should be addressed in the twenty-first century.
978 1 74027 845 4, 222pp, $25.00

* Margaret Visciglio / On the Edge

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Terra nullius means ‘empty land’. It is the title of the first story in this collection, which is related by Hugh Foulkes, bullock driver to Captain Charles Sturt, as the men of the expedition wait at Depot Glen for Sturt's return from his final push in search of the mythical inland sea. To the early explorers, the land appears empty and they try to ignore the presence of the indigenous people who inhabit the vast plains through which they pass. The explorers and colonists believe the land is theirs for the taking. Subsequent stories in the collection illustrate how Australia was populated by migrants from many places, their reactions to their new home and the blending of their diverse cultures. There are stories that celebrate migrants of British background, of Greek and Italian and Chinese origins. And the last story tells the story of a refugee family that is as pertinent today as it was in 1956, the year in which it is set.
978 1 74027 932 1, 76pp, $18.00

* Margaret Visciglio / Terra Nullius

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Hidden in deep grass, beyond the line of the distant ridge, half-remembered hopes fall prey to savage chance and lie broken or, finding fresh earth, rise again with tender growth. The stories of Wheelbarrow Ridge are each a landscape, populated by searchers who yearn for the horizon that they have never crossed, or whose need for understanding leaves no intimate stone unturned. But as the sun rises and sets upon each story, what the searchers find lies outside their expectations.
Tom Williams resides in the Blue Mountains, where he has written about wilderness for forty years. He is the recipient of international awards for adventure writing and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2013. Wheelbarrow Ridge is his first collection of short fiction.
978 1 76041 083 4, 116pp, $22.50

* Tom Williams / Wheelbarrow Ridge & other stories

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On a Queensland farm in the aftermath of World War II, Harry Vance’s dream becomes his daughter-in-law’s nightmare. Reminiscent of Chekhov’s landlocked characters, those whose lives are circumscribed by Harry and his farm, Rosewood, long for empowerment and freedom of choice. Volatile energies and unspoken desires simmer beneath the surface of the Vances’ world, which crumbles under irresistible pressures, bequeathing a legacy that enters the psyche as heartbreaking landscapes and haunting dreamscapes.
‘...written in a poet’s prose, dense with imagery and unexpected turns of language and thought…explores the implications of white settlement, the effect on an extended family of two world wars, changes in rural life and the gap between dreams and reality that can, if wide enough, wreck someone’s life.’ - Sydney Morning Herald
‘...a poetic work of fiction, rich in imagery and metaphor, composed of dramatic cameos that work together to create a whole.’ - Queensland Review
‘…you cannot photograph a garden of the mind. But if you can write as well as Jena Woodhouse, you can evoke it, and the landscape in which it is set and the lives lived there…’ - Idiom
‘Tolstoy famously wrote that happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. It is one of Woodhouse’s many strengths that she writes so discerningly and sensitively about families, the different personalities inhabiting those families, and their own individual desires and dreams.’ - Australian Women’s Book Review
978 1 74027 556 9, 200pp, $25.00

Jena Woodhouse / Farming Ghosts

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'In this collection, Jena Woodhouse explores the taunting allure of dreams of flight. In a diverse range of stories arranged in two parts, she delicately traverses the aspirations which everyone harbours, which can either transport or engulf. The twin worlds of water and sky therefore are hauntingly invoked as being symbolic of these polar opposites. Evocative literary references pepper a text which is also distinguished by the poet's sensibility, by an arresting insight into character, and by inventive shifts in narrative perspective. This is a richly nuanced collection from an accomplished writer of immense style and grace.' - Robyn Sheahan-Bright
‘This book, true to its title, is inlaid with images of mental and physical flight - flight from home to away, from old relationships to new, with echoes of the old emerging in the new.’ - Scope
‘…rich but immediately accessible…’ - Australian Women’s Book Review
978 1 74027 726 6, 168pp, $25.00

Jena Woodhouse / Dreams of Flight

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