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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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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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