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To Silence

Subhash Jaireth
9781922186850
2015-11-01
A$9.99
Puncher & Wattmann

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Don't be deceived by this tardis of a book, its three small monologues contain multitudes. Through the gently detailed lives of its subjects whole civilisations emerge: the fifteenth-century India of the dying and illiterate poet, Kabir; the Stalinist Russia of Chekhov's younger sister, Maria; and the early seventeenth-century, Inquisition-ravaged Italy of the Calabrian theologian and poet, Tommaso Campanella. The characters, at the end of their lives, are haunted by their pasts, and in prose of simple, meditative, elegiac beauty, Jaireth suggests that this nostalgia is neither a longing for a lost place or a lost time, but is, rather, a homelessness in time - his own included - an uneasiness that has driven all that they have and have not done. The book is ultimately about the mystery of creation itself, the silence from which all things come and to which they inevitably return.
- John Hughes
Subhash Jaireth lives in Canberra. Between 1969 and 1978 he spent nine years in Moscow. He has published three books of poetry: Yashodhara: Six Seasons without You (Wild Peony, 2003), Unfinished Poems for Your Violin (Penguin Australia, 1996) and Before the Bullet Hit Me (Vani Prakashan, 1994, in Hindi).


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To the Death, Amic

John Bryson
9781922219664
2014-07-01
A$6.99
John Bryson

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A novel written true to the histories, and true to the memories of Enric Torres i Barbo, whose life and philosophies this novel takes for its guide.
Twin boys Enric and Josep, at ten years of age, served as spies and couriers in the Resistance by the Republican Spanish against the invasion of Fascist forces in Spain, then from Italy and Germany during the Civil War.
In Catalonia the war begins in Barcelona.
THE MAZE of alleys and passageways of the old city as we passed through were not at all quiet. The closer we came to the Ronda Universitat the more gunfire we could hear. Not only from the direction of the Placa de Catalunya, it bounced from a building behind us, which made us crouch and whirl, and then from laneways where there was no one, as if the sound of war could stalk the town of its own accord.
The twins will go on, for the Resistance, to gather intelligence, to running propaganda leaflets and contraband across the French border, to guiding fugitives over the Pyrenees.
Of this time in his childhood Enric has said, 'It was so cold up there, I tell you, I pee icicles.'


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Towards a Better World

Stephanie Claire
9781925706871
2020-01-01
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ETT Imprint

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Set in 1920s Sydney, the heyday of Theosophy and other 'new religions', Towards a Better World explores a time bursting with new and exciting ideas - but also with rumours concerning clergy and young boys. Based on family stories and careful research, Stephanie Claire tells the story of a group of young Theosophists and their new friend Ed Best, who mix in a heady world featuring luminaries such as activist and orator Annie Besant, 'new world Teacher', Krishnamirty, and the dominating figure of Bishop Charles Leadbeater, resident at The Manor in Mosman, Sydney, where ideals and realities may collide.
 
Stephanie Claire's literary output includes biographies, children's books, radio programs and short stories.


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Tracks of the Heart

Heather Garside
9780992492496
2014-11-01
A$3.99
Clan Destine Press

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Three short stories of rural romance that will take you on journeys of heartbreak, terror and and a woman's tentative struggles to reclaim her identity.
Playing With Fire
Lisa is forced to revisit a tortured love affair when she recognises her companions on an outback train journey - an ill-fated family from her past.
Bushwhacked
Brittany's quest for adventure on an isolated cattle station goes horribly wrong when she and Scott, the head stockman, are abducted on a lonely county road.
Coming Home
Kirsty leaves a destructive marriage to return to her parent's cattle station, but has to contend with her father's new manager - the boyfriend she deserted years before in favour of the city.


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Traffic

Robin Gregory
9780648523611
2020-12-01
A$6.99
Clan Destine Press

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Melbourne Private Investigator, Sandi Kent, has her hopes for an easy December dashed when two complicated cases crash into her lap.
Sandi is hired by her volatile ex-girlfriend to rescue a young South Korean woman from an illegal brothel. And then - in a curiously parallel case - is engaged by a lawyer friend seeking defence angles for a Colombian immigrant charged with murdering a sex worker.
As Sandi juggles the demands of her clients, she becomes embroiled in the city's seamy underworld of human trafficking, drugs and murder.
And soon more lives, including her own, are at risk.  


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Travesty

Hayden Bradford
9781742984391
2014-07-01
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Hayden Bradford

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'This book is hilarious, quirky and completely out of left field,' said somebody.
From debut author Hayden Bradford comes a rip roaring yarn which could be the funniest book published this year.
'Travesty' is an unashamedly hilarious tale of a bloke so hard done by in his life, he could only have been born from the imagination of another bloke. His mother named him Travesty as she believed his birth signalled the beginning of one long, drawn out disaster for her. But without warning, Travesty's life comes to an abrupt and ridiculously funny end. He is then delivered to Heaven. How does that happen to an atheist?
Hitch yourself a ride on Travesty's crazy journey on Earth and in Heaven!
'You know when you are sitting alone laughing out loud you have a classic. Great laugh,' said another someone.


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Tugga's Mob

Stephen Johnson
9780648556787
2019-12-01
A$9.99
Clan Destine Press

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What happens on tour stays on tour was the mantra for the southern hemisphere backpackers who swarmed Europe in the 1980s. Foreign countries had to be explored and devoured in every way possible.
 
Waikato-born Judy Williams worked hard for her big OE: London, Paris, Rome, Gallipoli; and her adventures were dutifully recorded in her diary.
 
A diary that also recorded how the obsessive Tugga Tancred and his Kiwi mates turned Judy's trip of a lifetime into a nightmare of sly sexual harassment. Their bad behaviour went unnoticed, or was ignored by fellow passengers like Australian Andrew Hackett who chose to party hard with Tugga's Mob. After all, they were in Europe for a good time, not a long time.
 
And what a time it was, until Tugga's fixation ultimately led to murder: a crime that went unpunished for 30 years.
 
But few things remain hidden forever. The rediscovery of Judy's hand-written diary sparks a trail of revenge that the original perpetrators never see coming.
 
'With... penetrating insights into the world of newsgathering, Tugga's Mob is the story of a forgotten crime that refuses to stay buried...' - Garry Disher


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Under the Knife

Andrea Goldsmith
9781742982755
2013-01-01
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Andrea Goldsmith

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Alexander Otto has it all - eminence as a surgeon, admiring colleagues, a loving family. Yet from the opening lines of this modern tragedy, he is a man on the run. What secrets lie beneath the successful veneer of Alexander Otto's life? Edwina Frye is Otto's biographer, she is also having an affair with him. As she writes the official biography, she writes a parallel life of Alexander which develops into a disturbing fiction of betrayal and revenge. UNDER THE KNIFE does not take comfortable sides as it swings between the slippery poles of truth and fiction, love and obsession, resplendent public achievements and unpardonable private transgressions.


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Underground

Mudrooroo
9781925706000
2017-08-15
A$7.99
ETT Imprint

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By the firelight, a mysterious storyteller weaves a captivating tale of sea journeys, vampire women, and Aboriginal Dreaming. Around the campfire the gold diggers listen and journey with George as he plunges underground to rescue his ship's captain from the horrific and mesmerising vampire woman.
Jangamuttuk, the Master of the Ghost Dreaming, sends his son, George, to rescue Wadawaka from the 'ghost' vampire woman who has taken him as her 'Dark Lord' and imprisoned him in her underground kingdom. Will George, in either his human form or as his Dreaming animal-self Dingo, be able to withstand Amelia's powers; will he survive the underground caverns; can he tear Wadawaka and himself from the violent but seductive power of the vampire woman? And who is the strange but familiar ghost woman accompanying the new colonial governor?
Underground is the 3rd in the Master of The Ghost Dreaming quartet, beautifully and insistently portrays the enduring reality of Aboriginal Dreaming in a fascinating story of initiation, maternal longing, and colonial violence.


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Unnatural Order

Liz Porter
9780994353856
2016-03-23
A$3.99
Clan Destine Press

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It's 1988 and Germany is a country still at war with its own recent history.
Australian expat journalist Caroline James, sexually entranced by her German lover, goes to live with him near Stuttgart.
But Caroline soon misses the job and London life she gave up to be with Karl, and discovers the darker side of romance with an obsessive man.
It also doesn't take long to realise they have little in common beyond mutual sexual passion.
So why doesn't she leave?
Is there more to her decision to stay, than the lead on a potential news story?
A local woman accused of killing her own child seems to be the victim of simmering prejudices until Caroline's research unearths dark secrets from Germany's recent history.
Caroline's professional curiosity turns personal as every investigative step she takes drags her deeper into the horrors of the past.


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Unnaturals

Dean J Anderson
9780992329594
2014-12-01
A$4.99
Clan Destine Press

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Unnaturals tried to kill Mason Douglas and his family.
Big mistake.
He became The Butcher, a cold relentless Hunter with a vendetta that took him across the world.
And now, on his return home to Australia - to mend his heart, soul and family - his destiny collides with a millennia-old struggle between strange Gods. Their prize is Earth. Their warriors are warring races of Unnaturals: the Bloodells and the Darkells.
As an unlikely alliance forms between Natural and Unnatural - between the Douglas clan and the Darkells - Mason's family grows in unexpected ways... not all of whom are human.
Sparks fly, lust inspires, and love ignores all the boundaries as the very definition of family changes.
Prepare to push your boundaries.


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Until Death

Sandy Curtis
9780987271754
2014-11-01
A$3.99
Clan Destine Press

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Is she a killer?
Libby Daniels wakes from a drug-induced sleep to see two men crouched over her mother's battered body. Already in shock, she flees when overhearing the men say, 'Libby killed her'.
His past will put them both in danger...
Conor Martin can't ignore the woman who takes refuge on his doorstep. He's been alone too long, hiding too long, afraid too long, not to recognise her desperation... and her need for love.
Trust is hard to give...
until past and present collide in a violent attack that forces them to confront their enemies... and their deepest fears.


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Up and Down Australia

Arthur W. Upfield; Kees de Hoog
9781925416442
2016-06-22
A$9.99
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Arthur William Upfield is well known as the creator of Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte (Bony) who features in 29 crime detection novels, most set in the Australian outback. It is not well known that he also wrote about 250 short stories and articles, drawing on his experiences in the bush between 1911 and 1931.
Up and Down Australia is the first published collection of Upfield's short works. Kees de Hoog has selected 33 fiction stories, including the only known Bony short story. There are humorous yarns, crime stories, comedies and dire tales about the dangers of living and working in the bush.
You will not simply be entertained and informed by reading these stories, but you will sample life in the Australian outback during the early decades of the twentieth century.


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Venom House

Arthur W. Upfield
9781922384607
2020-06-01
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The Answerth family's mansion seems to deserve its nickname of Venom House - perhaps because of its forbidding setting, an island in the centre of a man-made lake, its treacherous waters studded by the skeletons of long-dead trees. Perhaps it's because of the unquiet ghosts of the Aboriginals slaughtered by the Answerth ancestors. Whatever the reason, most people are content to give Venom House and its occupants a wide berth... until a couple of corpses turn up in the lake...
 
The strength of Upfield's accomplishment in this book is so overwhelming it makes the reader cower. The characters are well-developed, the conversation vernacular for the Australian outback, and the development compelling. The story is the nearest Upfield comes to a story that would have made Edgar Allen Poe envious, Upfield maintains a kind of corpse-like humour which is very amusing... The whole book is first-class Upfield and first-class crime fiction. - from The Spirit of Australia by Ray Browne.


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Waiting

Philip Salom
9781922186904
2015-12-08
A$9.99
Puncher & Wattmann

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Waiting is a story of two odd couples in prose as marvellously idiosyncratic as its characters.
Big is a hefty cross-dresser and Little is little. Both are long used to the routines of boarding house life in the inner suburbs of Melbourne, but Little, with the prospect of an inheritance, is beginning to indulge in the great Australian dream, which has Big worried. Little's cousin, Angus, is a solitary man who designs lake-scapes for city councils, and strangely constructed fireproof houses for the bushfire zone. A handy man, he meets Jasmin an academic who races in her ideas as much as in her runners. Her head is set on publishing books on semiotics and her heart is turned towards her stalled personal life. All four are waiting, for something if not someone.
'Philip Salom and I once watched a golf tournament together. A mutual friend was caddying and we talked along the fairways, discussed things in the long grass and conversed among the trees to the sound of light applause. I knew Philip was a poet but it was obvious to me by the final round that he was also a wonderful storyteller. As you are about to see, I was right.' - John Clarke
'Philip Salom's Waiting is a strangely compelling bittersweet tale of the marginalised and the searching. From a rooming house to the world of academia, the novel shimmers with a cast of larger-than-life characters - Big and Little, Angus and Jasmin. Weirdly moving, tender, and insightful.' - Antoni Jach
'Stories with flashes of poetry and sudden insight and such profound compassion that they should be labelled 'WARNING: Could make the reader kinder.' Send a copy to a politician.' - Sue Woolfe

 

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