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Monster

Ashleigh Synnott
9781922571045
2021-02-17
A$9.99
Puncher & Wattmann

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Charting surreal and yet familiar worlds where hope and horror co-exist, Monster is ruthless, weird, dark and funny. These 32 stories explore loss, addiction, love and breakdown with unsentimental economy. Stories concern mothers losing or leaving children, relationships dangling by a thread or exploding. Some characters are institutionalised, others are profoundly lonely. Some just wander around - lost, while others are filled with shocking violence. There is joy here, too, and a kind of blazing intimacy in this debut collection of tough, tender and unflinching stories.
 
Ashleigh Synnott lives in Sydney. Her stories, poems and essays have appeared in publications such as Meanjin, Overland, the Long Paddock, and Antipodes. Monster is her first book.
 
"Synnott has a rare gift for mixing light and dark, a love of outsiders and of inner worlds that soon becomes addictive. The stories in Monster pierce the skin, pick at wounds, and break through to the mysteries of embodiment and desire with a strange power. This is a writer who's not afraid to aim for the guts." - Jennifer Mills
 
"Monster takes us into unexpected corners of the imagination, a place inhabited by misfits and dreamers, innocents and lost souls, who take us by out necks and shake us around." - Debra Adelaide
 
"An astonishing writer. Synnott's immense empathy for her outsiders and her fearless ear reminded me of George Saunders." - Delia Falconer
 
"Strange, haunting, beautiful." - Sunil Badami
 


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Mostly Guilty
A Low-flying Barrister's Working Life
Michael Challinger
9781925736557
2021-03-01
A$11.99
Hybrid Publishers

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A book for the general reader rather than lawyers, this often tongue-in-cheek account of Michael Challinger's interactions with the criminals he defends gives a first-hand account of the quirky nature of human beings.
Mostly Guilty deals with the workings of the lowest level of the Australian legal system. It's about the down-to-earth cases that happen daily in Magistrates' Courts. It does so through the experiences and anecdotes of a low-flying criminal barrister. While the cases are from Victoria, the book makes reference to other states and has relevance and interest Australia-wide.
The style is light, punchy and informal, with lots of direct speech and many funny yarns. Some of the book is tongue-in-cheek (and even politically incorrect) but it also makes serious points throughout. It's entertaining as well as informative.
The chapters are short, and generally deal with specific offences (shop theft, for example) or areas of law (bail). Others  recount particular cases in an ironic or colourful way. Most cases are of low to medium criminality so the light-hearted tone is not inappropriate.
Most legal memoirs are by big-shot advocates or retired judges. Mostly Guilty is different, and doesn't take itself too seriously.
 
Michael Challinger still practises as a criminal barrister at the Melbourne Bar. He spent eight years as a lawyer in Papua New Guinea and also practised in London. He's a music lover and keen traveller, having visited more than 120 countries. He lives in Melbourne.


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Penola
A Convict's Perilous Journey
Roy Jaques
9780648875512
2021-02-01
A$9.99
Roy Jaques

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A prominent brewery tycoon in Lincolnshire has a beautiful 16-year-old daughter, Baroness Penola Bloomfield, who goes to a fortune teller because she admires the young officer who has moved into the estate next to her father's. The gypsy warns her there is trouble ahead due to an indiscretion.
 
Penola is sent to the Colony of Australia as a convict, incurring extreme hardship during a very slow voyage: rape, pregnancy, starvation and eventually shipwreck before giving birth to a son while unconscious on the beach.
 
A whaling ship takes her to Hobart. A judge who wants to marry her has her released into his custody. The judge's sister wants a baby from the relationship but his brother does not want a child from a convict girl in the family. The brother wants to kill her but plans rape by a native African, at gunpoint.
 
Penola escapes, meets Captain Bligh who gets her out of trouble, she then continues to Sydney on a well-known whaling ship. She has massive drama in Sydney: murder, marriage, court case, and then finds her shipwrecked child... that's only the half of it, now read the book.


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Pirate Booty

Jack Brightside
9780645042634
2021-02-17
A$4.99
Improbable Press

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Pirates aren’t supposed to get lovesick, but that’s what’s happened to Dread Pirate Captain Louis, master of the good ship Boattega.
 
Unaware he’s already stolen the dread pirate's heart, Captain Montgomery Montgomery, ambitious head of the anti-piracy task force and woke af, is intent on reforming the sexy bad boy.
 
What happens next includes a shocking lack of boundaries, inexperience in love, a bitey pet possum, mermaids that won't leave and then kind of do, and the promise of Spanish treasure untold.
 
And pirate booty. A lot of pirate booty.
 
And isn't that the REAL treasure?


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Sharpest
Volumes 1 & 2
Lowell Tarling
9781922473677
2021-03-17
A$11.99
ETT Imprint

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Lowell Tarling recorded Martin Sharp's life, and his effect on his friends, over twenty years. Now two volumes in one, in advance of the film of these books - GHOST TRAIN...
 
Sharp: The Road to Abraxas - Part One, 1942-1979
Sharper: Bringing It All Back Home - Part Two, 1980-2013
 
'Like the Ancient Mariner, it's also a ghastly tale. I could understand the events at Luna Park a bit. I was trying to understand them and then suddenly there was this poetic language working to say: this is a crucificion, Golgotha, death by fire. And then it starts to fit into Apocalyptic vision. It was Abraxas if you like - the dark face and the light face. To look upon Abraxas is blindness. To know it is sickness. To worship it is death. To fear it is wisdom. To assist it not is redemption. I don't know what it means. I've never been able to work it out. You get a Pop Art Parallel. It was the Year of the Child, the place of Golgotha, the Place of the Skull, and the Ghost Train. You then get these events that are caused by plotting, not caring for kids, carelessness, living a human life - the way of the world.' - Martin Sharp, 4 March 1984


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Shy Love Smiles and Acid Drops
Letters from a Difficult Marriage
Jane Sinclair
9781925736595
2021-02-01
A$11.99
Hybrid Publishers

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When I was five my mother followed her lover, Arthur Boyd, to London, taking me with her. My book covers the two years we lived there before returning to Australia in 1962, when my mother was three months pregnant to an Englishman.
 
As an adult, Jane Sinclair discovered the exchange of letters from 1961 to 1962 between her parents Jean Langley, artist, and John Sinclair, music critic. Jane was five years old when Jean left her husband and took her to London to be close to her lover.
 
Set in England and Australia, at a time when their friends John and Sunday Reed were high-profile arts patrons at their property Heide during a period of sexual liberation and a flowering of the arts, the complex relationship between Jane’s parents emerges through an exchange of long, often heartbreaking letters and journal entries.
 
The powerful words are strengthened by photographs from that period. The distinctive cover design was painted by the author.
 
Letter from Jean to John, 18 Oct 1961: There is no news except that a shocking little upstart called Brett Whiteley won an important art prize in Paris. There is a beautiful Nolan exhibition on (American Sketch Book). Also on show are some pages of his writings and I was most moved. Charles Blackman has his show in about two weeks.


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Strangest Day So Far

G. V. Pearce
9780648958659
2021-01-01
A$5.99
Improbable Press

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Life-changing injuries, a shared hospital room, a monster at the door - can you think of a better way to fall in love?
Ronan Cox sets aside his peculiar past to pursue his military career. Then he's shot down over an Iraq desert, meets an eldritch being, and wakes up in an American hospital.
Byron Slain, aka Benjamin Williams, aka the tattooed, pierced pretty boy in the bed beside Ronan's, has his own strange story, but no time to tell it when a clawed cryptid comes scratching at their hospital door.
And then things start getting really strange.


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Stuck

Diane Harding
9781922358660
2021-02-01
A$4.99
Little Steps Publishing

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Elephant, Hippo, Bear, Zebra, Snake and Duck go for a walk.
Oops! Elephant falls in a hole.
What can they do to get Elephant out?
Then ... Disaster! They all fall in.
Who can get them out now?


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Taking Off
How To Be Paid To Travel
Merrian Styles
9781925370218
2021-02-01
A$11.99
Global Publishing Group

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International author, speaker and world traveller, Merrian Styles shares her experiences living as an expat for over twenty years, travelling to over 25 destinations worldwide. In this book the author shares decades of tips and strategies that are essential for survival and successful living and working abroad. Merrian is renowned as the "Expat Expert".
 
You'll learn:
- What it takes to be paid to travel
- Strategies from the greats, how they did it, how I did it, and how you can too
- The essential keys to successful living and working overseas
- How intuition, insight and self-evaluation contribute to your success
- How to feel on top of the world regardless of where you are living
- The critical top 10 tips for your safety and survival while travelling abroad
- The everlasting benefits and rewards of taking that leap into the unknown.
 


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The Ballroom
The Melbourne Punk and Post-Punk Scene
Dolores San Miguel
9781925556681
2021-02-01
A$9.99
Melbourne Books

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The Ballroom is a brutally frank memoir of what has become known as one of the most pivotal, fascinating and influential periods of Australian musical and cultural history.
 
The story is illustrated with original flyers and candid photos, some never before seen or published.


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The Dream Team Returns

Natalie Rose; Nick Walsh
9781922358806
2021-02-01
A$4.99
Little Steps Publishing

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Mia and her Grandfather return to the parallel world of Nilimbia to a curious welcome by their hybrid guides. As they tour the realm they are rewarded with glimpses of grandness, moments of magic, and flashes of colourful history between Nilimbia and the Land Down Under. When Mia creates a dream to save an endangered species she is appointed Dream Weaver. The acts of a few change everything though, and a mission to prove her skills forces Mia to make some difficult decisions. Can Mia follow her heart and imagination to unite the magic of Nilimbia and bring humans and hybrids together?


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The Grief Journey
Inspirational Stories & Strategies to Move & Motivate You to Successful Healing
Karen Coombs
9781925370232
2021-02-01
A$11.99
Global Publishing Group

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Life's never just about happiness, it's about meaning…
 
We all suffer from loss and grief at some stage in our life, whether that's from losing a job or business, or health, mobility, fertility, to losing family, pets, your home or even one's sense of self and dignity. All losses lead to grief in varying degrees for the person experiencing it.
 
International author and bereavement nurse educator, Karon Coombs has sensitively interviewed these well-known people about their personal experiences around loss. These inspiring stories will give you courage and help you work out ways to manage your grief journey. This book is full of easy and practical advice that will guarantee your road to successful recovery.
 
You'll learn:
- Essential strategies to help rebuild your life after loss
- Tips and secrets from well-known people that will help you on your journey
- How to break through the emotions of anger, sadness, fear and guilt to find forgiveness
- Five golden rules to create meaning from your loss
- Practical strategies to manage your waves of grief
- About the challenges of intimacy and sex after loss
- Why being of service to others can help heal your soul
 
Be inspired to find meaning and happiness today!


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The Only One in the World
A Sherlock Holmes Anthology
Narrelle M Harris
9780648958635
2021-05-01
A$6.99
Clan Destine Press

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'Well, I have a trade of my own. I suppose I am the only one in the world. I'm a consulting detective, if you can understand what that is.' - Sherlock Holmes to Dr John Watson, A Study in Scarlet.
Since his first appearance in 1887, Sherlock Holmes has been the quintessential English sleuth, alongside his loyal companion and biographer, Doctor John Watson.
But what if they had come from some other place in the world, or another time? How would they differ from Conan Doyle's creations? How similar might they remain?
Holmes and Watson are herein re-imagined in new cultural contexts, in different genders and sexualities, and in stories rich in foreign detail that still reflect their origins.
Fourteen writers with cultural or historic expertise explore the possibilities in stories set in Germany, C17th England, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Russia, India, Poland, USA, Ancient Egypt, Viking Iceland, and even the entire world.
You will discover how the Great Detective remains singular in every world!


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The Secure Board
How To Be Confident That Your Organisation Is Cyber Safe
Anna Leibel; Claire Pales
9780648973683
2021-03-14
A$9.99
27 Lanterns Pty Ltd

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With the collective global spend on cyber security projected to reach $433bn by 2030, the impact of cyber risk - be it reputational, financial or regulatory - must now be front of mind for all Directors.
 
Written for current and aspiring Board members, The Secure Board provides the insights you need to ask the right questions, to give you the confidence your organisation is cyber-safe. Designed to be read either in its entirety or as a reference for a specific cyber security topic on your upcoming board agenda, The Secure Board sets aside the jargon in a practical, informative guide for Directors.
 
"I recommend The Secure Board as essential reading for all leaders. It will equip you with the knowledge and foresight to protect your information and your people." - David Thodey AO, Chair of CSIRO
 
"[This book] will challenge you to stop, to reflect and then re-set some of your governance thinking. Anna and Claire, you have made a great contribution to the development of all Directors who choose to pick up this book." - Ken Lay AO APM FAICD, Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria
 
Claire Pales is a best-selling author, a podcast host and Director of The Security Collective, a consulting company committed to growing and coaching information security professionals, CIOs and Boards, and helping businesses to establish exceptional information security practices. She has 17 years of experience in the security industry and leading award-winning cyber strategies throughout Australia and Asia.
 
Anna Leibel is the founder of 110% Consulting, a Non Executive Director and senior executive across the financial services, management consulting, telecommunications and technology industries. With more than two decades in leading customer, business and digital change, she is a sought after advisor to Boards and Chief Executives on transformation, data, cyber, leadership and culture.


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Understanding Oscar

Jade Chapman; Naya Lazareva
9781922358813
2021-02-01
A$4.99
Little Steps Publishing

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Oscar is a little bit different from his brothers, and has a different way of interacting with the world. Sometimes that can be hard on his brothers, but Banjo discovers that a little understanding can go a long way.
 
"Understanding Oscar is a delightful and insightful look into daily family life when a child has autism. It shows the joys as well as the challenges and will be a great help for parents and siblings alike" - Professor Jonathan Carapetis, Executive Director, Telethon Kids Institute

 

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