Melinda Smith / First... Then... : poems from planet autism
The poems in First… Then… explore many different voices from ‘planet autism’ – from verbal and non-verbal autistic children to autistic men and women, to parents, carers and siblings. The focus is on the experience of living with autism, but you do not need to know or be an autistic person to enjoy this book.
Craig Cormick / A Funny Thing Happened At 27,000 Feet
Craig Cormick’s award-winning collection of short stories pokes a sharp satirical stick into the eye of the age of terror, through stories that refuse to conform to the political rhetoric and media sensationalism of our times. His humour and the aim of his pen are deadly!
Michael Thorley / Sleeping Alone
‘Michael Thorley’s poetry combines wit and emotional depth. His ability to handle both traditional and free verse forms is subtle but very impressive and his range is broad and deep.’ - Suzanne Edgar
Rose Helen Mitchell / Siege of Contraries
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.
Libby Sommer / My Year With Sammy
Set in urban contemporary Sydney, My Year With Sammy is the complex and poetic story of a memorable child.
Craig Cormick / Uncle Adolf
‘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
Colleen Keating / Fire on Water
“Colleen Keating’s second collection of poetry teases and tantalises. It explores the inexpressible with delightful moments of discovery. Colleen gives us a spirit of hope in a troubled world.” - Decima Wraxall
Pippa Kay / Keeping it in the Family
'Pippa Kay does not shrink from reality when it is cruel or sordid, but neither does she wallow. Though there is drama aplenty, and ugliness, there is pathos too. This is not misery-lit. In these stories, the author neither condemns nor excuses. This is their great strength.' - Janita Cunnington
Margaret Visciglio / The Blue Roses of Orroroo
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.’
Jennifer Horsfield / Building a City: C.S. Daley and the story of Canberra
Canberra residents have little reason to know Charles Daley’s name or be aware of the details of his life in Victoria as a teacher, botanist, writer and historian. But they might be more familiar with the name of his eldest son, Charles Studdy (C.S.) Daley, whose close connection with the story of Canberra for over fifty years is the subject of this book.
Craig Cormick / Backseat Drivers
Backseat Drivers is a hilarious and biting satire on the intersection and byways of the past, the present and the future.
Melissa Bruce / Picnic at Mount Disappointment
‘It is rare to find a story that takes us into that liminal territory of adolescence with such force and such heart. Desire, disappointment, betrayal and forgiveness written in libretto, an ode to the tumult of coming of age.’ - Gabrielle Carey, co-author, Puberty Blues