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Surrogate

A novel

Tracy Crisp

Rachael Carter, a young nurse, is asked to house-sit by a colleague she barely knows. Dr Cate O'Reilly is travelling to Vietnam with her husband to adopt a baby. Before long the request has changed. The couple need a surrogate.

Rachael sees an opportunity to leave her own troubles behind, but is soon caught up in new struggles, both sexual and psychological. She discovers that this couple will do anything to see their dream of a child fulfilled. ...
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Game in Transit

A history of the rhino in South Australia

Geoff Brooks

GAME IN TRANSIT. These words are stamped on all Zoos SA rhino crates during transport.

This book, by longtime rhino admirer and carer Geoff Brooks, is the story of the rhinos brought to South Australia since the first, Mr Rhini, in 1886. The curious-looking animals brought to Monarto Zoo today are some of the remaining few of a species that is facing extinction due to poaching. ...
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Mallee Boys

Charlie Archbold

Sandy Douglas knows that life at fifteen is hard, but it's even harder when your mother died a year ago and nothing's gone right since. His brother Red, on the other hand, is eighteen now and working the farm. He's amped up on rage and always looking for a fight. And then there's their dad Tom. He does his best, but - really - he doesn't have a clue.

As Sandy and Red deal with girls, dirt biking, footy and friendship, both boys have to work out who they want to be, without their mum around. The Mallee, where they live, may seem like the middle of nowhere, but it turns out this is going to be one hell of a year. ...
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Turning Points

Chapters in South Australian history

Robert Foster, Paul Sendziuk

South Australia has often been represented as 'different': free of convicts, more enlightened in its attitudes toward Aboriginal people, established on rational economic principles, and progressive in its social and political development. Some of this is true, some of it is not, but mostly the story is more complex.

In this book, eminent historians explore these themes by examining some key 'turning points' in South Australia's history. ...

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Margaret & David

5 stars

Amanda Duthie, Sandy George, Geoffrey Rush

In Margaret & David: 5 stars, Australian filmmakers, critics, distributors and festival directors pay tribute to Australia's most loved critics. Over 28 years, on The Movie Show and then on At The Movies, Margaret and David shaped the way Australians saw and talked about cinema - and themselves. ...
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Liz Williams

Body language

Margot Osborne, Grant Hancock, Liz Williams

Liz Williams: Body language reveals for the first time the remarkable achievement of Australian ceramicist Liz Williams.

Throughout her long career Williams worked in relative solitude in her Adelaide home studio, travelling overseas frequently to undertake residencies and to research artistic and ceramic traditions. Her use of clay and her distinctive approach to sculpting the figure made her art difficult to contextualise in terms of both contemporary styles of sculpture and ceramics. And so, while she exhibited regularly in private galleries and built a following of collectors, she rarely attracted the attention of art critics or curators of public art collections. ...
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The Vanished Land

Disappearing dynasties of Victoria's Western District

Richard Zachariah

The Vanished Land is the Western District of Victoria stripped of its identity, its social elite of grazing dynasties departed for their own reasons.

The melancholic exodus has increased recently as the myriad pressures of holding inherited land have become intolerable in a nation never intimidated by ditching its past. This historic plain of fecundity demands an investigation of its ending as the home of a ruling class that for 150 years bestrode an Australia riding on the sheep's back.
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Over 60

Living life to the full

Joy Noble, David Bennett

Twenty-five people over sixty have written stories about travelling, restoring a historic ruin, tracking the history of a grandfather in the First World War, bike riding in the French Alps, searching for opals, singing in the Sydney Opera House, volunteering in a museum, and more. The choice is endless! ...
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Encountering Terra Australis

The Australian voyages of Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders

Jean Fornasiero, Peter Monteath, John West-Sooby

Encountering Terra Australis traces the parallel lives and voyages of the explorers Flinders and Baudin, as they travelled to Australia and explored the coastline of mainland Australia and Tasmania. ...
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Things My Garden Taught Me

With a few pointers from literature

Gabrielle Baldwin

Like every adventure, Things My Garden Taught Me is a tale of battles won and lost. With whimsy, reflection, and literary allusion Gabrielle Baldwin explores what she has learnt about life - and death - from her South Gippsland bush garden. ...
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Wakefield Press Book Bag

Love books? Love your local publisher? Want to shout it out to the world?

Now you can, with the Wakefield Press book bag.

This locally made, 100% cotton shoulder bag is perfect for carting your overgrown collection of books around. Fill with your favourite Wakefield Press titles! (Oh okay, or books from other publishers ... or indeed apples. A leg of lamb.)

Designed by the always wonderful Liz Nicholson of DesignBite, every sale of these pimpin' bags helps Wakefield out a little.

And you get to look cool, too. Win-win!

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