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A Wild Kind of Tune

Miriel Lenore

The title of this poetry narrative - A Wild Kind of Tune - captures perfectly the imaginative journey into the poignant psycho-geography of Miriel Lenore's maternal great-grandmother, Caroline. In a wild tale arcing from 1845 to the present, in poetry underpinned by meticulous research, we inhabit settler society with all its attendant joys, hardship and grief as we careen with Caroline through her journey of love, loss and horror into madness.
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Pictures in my Heart

Seeking refuge - Afghanistan to Australia

Fiona Hamilton, Julian Burnside

Pictures in my Heart explores the lives of a group of Afghan refugees who arrived in Australia by boat in 1999 and 2001. They lived and worked in the regional city of Murray Bridge in South Australia on Temporary Protection Visas while awaiting permanent protection. When an important figure in their community committed suicide, they began to participate in a health program that culminated in the artworks, stories and photographs in this book.

Pictures in my Heart is a deeply personal account of what these men and their families endured, both in Afghanistan and Australia, and how they persevered.
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The Profilist

A novel

Adrian Mitchell

In The Profilist, Adrian Mitchell paints a compelling picture of the early years of the Australian colonies, in the imagined voice of the artist Samuel Thomas Gill - or someone very like him. ...
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For the Love of Rhinos (and this life)

Heather Caddick

As a child Heather Caddick studied clouds, seeing a world of possibilities unfolding in their ghostly shapes, like mirages. This collection of stories spans a forty-year compulsion to reach the next mirage, whether on horseback to Maree droving 500 head of cattle, or sharing a picnic rug with a curious Savannah baboon and his family in the Fantale Crater in Ethiopia. ...
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Awakening

Four lives in art

Eileen Chanin, Steven Miller

This book explores the lives of four exceptional women and looks at their roles in the awakening in Australia of modern art. Four short biographies trace the parallel lives of sculptor Dora Ohlfsen, publisher and patron Louise Dyer, publicist Clarice Zander and artist Mary Cecil Allen. ...
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Once Upon a Distant Journey

Hendrik Gout

These yarns take you on journeys across Australia from the outback to the sea. We feel for ourselves the relationship between man and motorbike, between humanity and nature, between people who love each other - and those met only fleetingly.

Hendrik takes us down roads packed with beauty and delight and others with obstacles and surprises. His quirky sense of humour and intimate knowledge of this Wide Brown Land offers fresh ways of identifying with the country, its history, its people, geography, and uniquely Australian culture. ...
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First Things First

Selected Letters of Kate Llewellyn 1977-2004

Ruth Bacchus, Barbara Hill, Kate Llewellyn

Collected here for the first time are selected letters from the private correspondence of one of Australia's most loved authors, Kate Llewellyn (The Waterlily, A Fig at the Gate). Written with her distinctive ardour and enthusiasm, skipping some words, shortening others, she discusses poetry, art, sex and gardening with painters and writers. ...
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Silver Lies, Golden Truths

Broken Hill, a gentle German and two world wars

Christine Ellis

Reinhold (Jack) Schuster was an illegal German immigrant. A trained soldier in the German Armeekorps, he sat out both world wars in the Australian outback of Broken Hill. Jack's story debunks the myth that salutes the mining town as the birthplace of solidarity - by exposing divisiveness, prejudice and powerlessness. ...
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Almost an Island

The story of Robe

Liz Harfull

For a small place, tucked away on South Australia's rugged Limestone Coast, Robe has played a remarkable role in history. Here you will find pioneering settlers and aviators, fishermen braving wild seas in small wooden boats, famous painters and poets, chefs and winemakers, and meet some of the families drawn to this breathtaking virtual island. ...
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Tom Price

From stonecutter to Premier

Stephanie McCarthy

How is it possible that an impoverished Welsh stonecutter could rise to the position of the first Labor Premier of South Australia? ...
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