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Behind the canvas: The lives and stories of the Tjala artists

Tjala Arts

Tjala Arts, home to many of Australias highest profile visual artists, is at the forefront of the western desert painting movement. It is widely recognised as an art centre with an unwavering commitment to the traditional values of holding and celebrating Tjukurpa. This drives Tjala Arts' pursuit of artistic excellence.

This vivid collection of stories and artworks allows a unique and exquisite insight into the individual and family histories that make the Tjala Arts story so important in the nation's cultural landscape. ...

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A Very Normal Man

Vincenzo Cerami, Isobel Grave

A Very Normal Man is the English translation of Vincenzo Cerami's first and most famous novel, Un borghese piccolo piccolo. The complex word play of the Italian title is untranslatable in English; it means literally a very little, very middle-class man. Little he may be, but Giovanni Vivaldi, to paraphrase Italo Calvino's words, is a victim who is also a monster. This is a revenge story whose protagonist tortures his enemy with the same attention to detail he'd apply to the files he's slogged over for half a lifetime in the office for pensions. And with the same detachment. ...
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From Corner to Corner

The line of Henry Colless

Adrian Mitchell

Henry Colless, one of the old pioneers. In his mid-teens he set out as a carrier across the Blue Mountains and then further along the track to the northwest. He was still a teenager when he helped his father and his brother establish legendary Come-by-Chance. He was one of the early settlers in Bourke, and later became one of its leading lights; and he drove a great mob of cattle across the corner country to establish the first station at Innamincka. ...
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Red Professor

The Cold War life of Fred Rose

Peter Monteath, Valerie Munt

Fred Rose's life takes us through rip-roaring tales from Australia's northern frontier to enthralling intellectual tussles over kinship systems and political dramas as he runs rings around his Petrov inquisitors. ...
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Man of the Moment

Ken Clezy

Magnus Anderson, a world-weary Sydney obstetrician separated from his wife, is smitten by Sally, a beautiful but straitlaced Australian midwife. On her way to a woefully under-staffed mission hospital in Africa she convinces Magnus to join her as a short-term volunteer, despite his doubts. ...
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Bystanders

Echoes of stories past

Valerie Volk

Who remembers the onlookers on the sidelines of big events? Such bystanders as the deposed queen Vashti, the blood-stained murdering grandmother Athaliah, the bluff soldier in King David's army, or the desperately searching mother Phoebe? In Bystanders Valerie Volk has created fifteen absorbing characters on the edges of familiar Biblical events. With psychological insight and compassion, she gives a new perspective on stories we thought we knew. ...
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Making a Stand

Erica Jolly

The poems in Making a Stand demand our attention. As contemporary as the daily news cycle, they treasure the past, predict a future of consequence. Responding to government ministers, media commentators, scientists, artists, and more, Erica Jolly's language rings with both emotion and sharply honed critique.
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Our Mothers

As we remember them

Judy Macpherson Kent, Anne Cramond Sutcliffe, Andrew Collett

In this sequel to the popular book Our Fathers, twenty-five sons and daughters who shared a classroom fifty years ago relate their mothers' stories. Some mothers performed war service before retiring to the kitchen. Others had professional careers and juggled work with family duties. A few had miraculous escapes from war-torn Europe, then struggled with a new language and society. ...
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Glass

Art design architecture

Margaret Hancock Davis, Brian Parkes

Glass: Art design architecture showcases 23 outstanding projects by contemporary Australian artists, designers and architects. It represents a cross-section of current creative practices and relationships to this versatile material. ...
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Never Carry Your Own Briefcase

John M. Allgrove

Never Carry Your Own Briefcase is the always personal, often humorous story of a much-travelled Australian Trade Commissioner. In a career spanning more than thirty-four years, John Allgrove's assignments took him to Calcutta, Bombay, Athens, Cairo, Hong Kong, Taipei, Bangkok, Paris, Jakarta, Seoul and Frankfurt, before he retired after his final posting in Singapore in 1995. His children were born in Hong Kong, Taipei, Bangkok and Paris. ...
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