The Boy and the Crocodile is the legend of East Timor, about how the island of Timor got its curious shape. Illustrated by children from the Familia Hope Orphanage in East Timor, including many who lost their parents in the country’s violent struggle for independence. ALL proceeds from sales go to the orphanage.
In this affecting novella and collection of stories, Leah Swann burrows deep into the souls of her characters to reveal universal complexities, frailties and strengths. From searching for love to coping with grief, Bearings provides a map of the human condition, deftly drawn by an exciting new Australian talent with a sharp eye for instinctive behaviours and emotional truths.
Slow Tracks is a guide to regional Victoria that just happens to end up at some of the finest racetracks in the state (where the only jumps are leaps of joy). Led by locals, it explores the charm and character of country Victoria and revels in the people and places that make it unique. From tractor pulls to unforgettable swimming holes, it takes you places where the going is good and the only dead-cert is that you’ll have a good time.
The Last Thread is Michael Sala’s fascinating life in fiction. From his early years in the Netherlands to growing up in Australia during the 1980s, Michael recalls the secret surrounding his estranged Greek father and how scandalous events from the past fractured his family.
The Slow Guide to Melbourne is a lifestyle guide for Melburnians who want to slow down and live it up. An alternative to guidebooks, it celebrates all that is local, natural, traditional, sensory and most gratifying about living in this corner of the world.
Weaving in and around two women is a lattice of interconnecting stories drawing in their husbands, families, neighbours and strangers, each linked to one another by fate or circumstance. Having Cried Wolf is a contemplative and affecting collection – one that marks the arrival of an original literary talent, Gretchen Shirm.
From 1984 to 2007, Smash Hits became the biggest selling pop magazine in Australia. It had more fizz than a bag of sherbet and millions of teenagers were hooked on its mix of song words, interviews, posters, letters and Bitz. This is the unofficial insider's guide to that pre-internet pop phenomenon, written by three former Smash Hits writers and editors. It's the story of both the greatest pop publication on the planet and a generation of Australian pop fans. It might just be your story…
Nothing defies cultured Australia’s sense of itself more than the bogan. Part travelogue, part social critique, The Bogan Delusion explores the cultural and social landscape of Australia in 2011. It reveals, with searing analysis and sharp wit, that the bogan so widely feared is nothing more than a bogey: a convenient excuse for many to never venture beyond the cafe-lined cocoon of the inner city. What is believing in the bogan doing to Australia?
Set largely in Washington DC immediately after September 11, these are engrossing stories that tap into the zeitgeist of disconnection, isolation and the loss of meaningful identity after these world-changing events. With sharp, insightful prose that illuminates the frailty of human relationships, Known Unknowns is an arresting collection that marks the arrival an exciting new literary talent.