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A Royal Murder

A Rebecca Keith mystery

Sandra Winter-Dewhirst

The duffle bag appeared to be made from expensive silk, embossed with what Rebecca thought was Chinese calligraphy. She was in no doubt that the bag contained a body. The protruding bloodied leg was a giveaway.

A macabre murder during the Women's Australian Open golf tournament at one of Australia's most prestigious golf courses sees food and wine journalist and amateur golfer Rebecca Keith on the murder trail once more. Fortunately, Rebecca's sleuthing takes her on a journey of eating and drinking through many of Adelaide's bars and restaurants. Little does Rebecca know that her visits to nearby Barossa Valley and Kangaroo Island will reveal clues that will become crucial in the hunt for a killer. ...

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The Popeye Murder

A Rebecca Keith mystery

Sandra Winter-Dewhirst

Rebecca wondered if she was looking at an elaborate hoax. She wasn't.

Along with a dozen other journalists and food-industry celebrities, she had just witnessed the unveiling of the baked head of one of Adelaide's most celebrated chefs. The head of Leong Chew sat on a pewter platter. The cloche had just been removed, revealing Leong Chew, clearly not at his best.


As editor of Taste, the food and wine liftout of Adelaide's daily newspaper, Rebecca Keith has a life of long lunches and social engagements. That is, until one of the city's most respected chefs is found murdered. ...

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Valour and Violets

South Australia in the Great War

Robert Kearney, Sharon Cleary

Close to 35,000 South Australians enlisted for service overseas during the Great War. Around 5500 never came back. Countless more returned with physical and psychological injuries that would affect them for the rest of their lives.

Valour and Violets brings together for the first time the stories of the campaigns and battles in which South Australians served, set against the backdrop of the South Australian home front. Here are the stories of Frederick Prentice, the first of three Indigenous South Australians to be awarded the Military Medal; Thomas Baker, the gunner who became an ace pilot; and Sister Margaret Graham, awarded the Royal Red Cross for her contribution to army nursing. Here too are lesser known stories, such as that of Alexandrina Seager, who formed the Cheer-Up Society back home and worked every single day during the war, despite losing her youngest son at Gallipoli. Or Clara Weaver of Rosewater, who not only lost five sons to the war but also her husband, George, who died at home before the war ended. ...

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Geoff Brock

The man who saved a city

Greg Mayfield

Love him or hate him there's no denying Geoff Brock has made a name for himself in South Australian politics. As the Independent MP for Frome following his shock win in the 2009 by-election he has represented the city of Port Pirie and those living in the Flinders Ranges, Upper Yorke Peninsula and Clare Valley.

Geoff Brock made a huge impact with his negotiations over the Nyrstar lead smelter, lifeblood of Port Pirie. But his story began many years earlier on the plains of the Mid North, where he roamed with his itinerant worker father who struggled to feed his family.

What is the driving force behind the man who was bullied at school, who overcame a stutter and who, as political kingmaker, eased Premier Jay Weatherill and his team into power? What has he achieved as Minister for Regional Development and Minister for Local Government? And what is his vision for the future?
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The Day They Shot Edward

Wendy Scarfe

It is 1916. The Australian community is riven over a referendum to conscript more troops for the killing fields of Europe. Nine-year-old Matthew's family, divided politically and sinking into poverty, reflects the social conflict. Handsome, generous Edward is at the centre of the family friction. Gran hates the war as Edward does, Mother flirts with him to escape the misery of her marriage, and young Matthew adores him.

As patriotic frenzy takes hold, police informers spy on Edward and track his anti-conscription activities. ...
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Horsey

Christopher Barnett

'... a work of raw, brutal power and of intense spiritual refinement, as visual and visceral as it is delicate and sensuous ... a tumult of battle for soul, for survival. All the while the sense is one of standing alongside the teller, listening as [the poet] proclaims what the edge of life and the threat of the void ahead most utterly feels like. Immense forces are ranged against the small, the human, the chances of victory seem forbidding, but all the while there is also an unyielding effort to wrestle them at least to a halt.' - Angelo Loukakis
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Like New Wine

A Christian romance

Ken Clezy

Obstetrician Magnus Anderson, enticed to work in a mission hospital in Africa by the beautiful Sally Harms, is reluctantly back in Sydney. His estranged wife is critically ill and needs his support; Sally lives half a world away. Only a chance meeting reunites them and as old friends they feel a spark grow. But challenges remain. With his wife recovering, and Sally refusing to marry a non-Christian, Magnus is forced to not only question his ruined marriage, but his lack of faith as well. ...
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Seaton Bent

Royal Adelaide Golf Club 1992-2017

David Black

A history of the prestigious Royal Adelaide Golf Club (RAGC), focusing on the last 25 years, featuring hundreds of colour photographs and stories of the members, staff and events held there. ...
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Bush Mechanics

From Yuendumu to the world

Mandy Paul, Michelangelo Bolognese

Cars are a central feature of life in remote Aboriginal communities. Far from spare parts and sophisticated tools, bush mechanics keep cars running with what is available in the bush, including mulga wood, spinifex and sand. And while the increasing complexity of modern cars poses a challenge, even today the best tool available to travellers in Central Australia is the ingenuity of the bush mechanic. ...
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Jack's Daughter

Growing up German in World War II Broken Hill

Christine Ellis

Growing up during World War II was tough, especially if you lived on the wrong side of the mines that divided the Silver City of Broken Hill. If you were a girl? And German? You needed plenty of spirit!

Broken Hill had a spirit all its own: smart enough to exclude outsiders from the big bucks; strong enough to stop miners drinking beer for months when there was a point to be made; stubborn enough to force cinemas to lift their game. Tough housewives dictated the prices shops could charge. Beneath it all lay the cruelty of war. And a secret. ...
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Incredible Floridas

Stephen Orr

As Hitler's war looms, famous Australian artist Roland Griffin returns home from London with his family to live a simple life of shared plums and low-cut lawns in the suburbs.

In the yard: a daughter, and a son, Hal, growing up with a preoccupied father who is always out in his shed stretching canvases and painting outback pubs. An isolated man obsessed with other people and places. Everything is a picture, a symbol. Even Hal, the boy in the boat, drifting through a strange world of Incredible Floridas. ...
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