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Never a True Word

Michael McGuire

Politics - it's a place for shiny people with ugly souls. As a journalist Jack thought he'd met every shade of nutter, narcissist and bully to be found. But then he took a job in politics and discovered he'd only scratched the surface. Even better, it's Jack's job to maintain the pretence that all is normal, that our political masters have everyone's best interests at heart, that politics is not just a collection of attention-seeking egomaniacs looking for somewhere to park their character defects.

Yes, Jack is a political spin doctor. ...
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Datsunland

Stephen Orr

A long-deserted drive-in, waiting for a rerun of the one story that might give it life; a child who discovers his identity in a photograph hidden in his parents' room ...

Stephen Orr's stories are happy to let you in, but not out. In Datsunland, his characters are outsiders peering into worlds they don't recognise, or understand: an Indian doctor arriving in the outback, discovering an uncomfortable truth about the Australian dream; a family trying to have their son's name removed from a Great War cowards' list; a confused teenager with a gun making an ad for an evangelical ministry.
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South Australia on the Eve of War

Melanie Oppenheimer, Margaret Anderson, Mandy Paul

In August 1914 South Australians - much like their fellow Australians around the country - enthusiastically displayed their patriotism when war was announced. It's a story we know well, but what do we know of South Australia in the lead up to the First World War? What was it like to live there at the time? What were South Australians talking about? ...
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Lonnie's Lament

Towards a history of the vanishing present

Ken Bolton

'[We find] the familiar use of floating lines, repetition, loose jaunty rhythms, tonal shifts, proper names and explicit references to other poets ... a rabbit warren of ideas and tangents grounded in the act of composition. In fact, no other Australian poet, with the possible exception of Pam Brown, pays quite so much attention to the physical and mental act of actually writing poetry.' - Liam Ferney, Rabbit magazine
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Emigrants and Historians

Essays in honour of Eric Richards

Philip Payton

In this innovative and ambitious collection of chapters, Philip Payton brings together a distinguished team of international specialists to explore the entwined themes of Emigrants and Historians. ...

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The Navy-blue Suitcase

Curious tales from a travelling life

Sally van Gent

Growing up in her grandparents' house, Sally delights in her father's rare visits. But why does he leave so soon and where does he go? What are the secrets hiding in Sally's mother’s navy-blue suitcase?

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The Beachcomber's Wife

Adrian Mitchell

It should have been a paradise, but paradise is what you lose, it is what you might have had.

An elderly woman who has lived for many years on a tropical island off the Queensland coast with her beachcomber husband waits for help from the mainland. For three harrowing days, alone. He has died, his body lies in their cabin just up from the beach, and while she awaits help she reviews her reclusive life there, of nearly 25 years with him. She is a woman with a glint in her mind's eye. ...
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Willunga Almonds

Stories + Recipes

Helen Bennetts

Roasted with olive oil and thyme, coated in cinnamon and sugar, baked into frangipane, tossed through a salad, crushed into korma or just piled on a cheese board - the humble almond has endless delicious uses.

In Willunga Almonds Helen Bennetts celebrates this heritage and the almond's versatility with recipes from dips to desserts. ...
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The Third Brother

A story of family, and war

Penny Matthews

Researching your family's history can quickly become an obsession. Penny Matthews knew almost nothing about her uncle's older brother, Glen Murrie, except that he had died in the Second World War. An RAAF bomber pilot, he was killed on operations in the Pacific. Seventy years after his death he was just a name to her: a photograph, a poignantly brief entry on the family tree. ...
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Border Crossings

Diana Glenn, Graham Tulloch

Crossing borders, breaking boundaries, going beyond the limits, entering new territories – today these take many forms and are major preoccupations of our world. Whether the borders are real or imagined, historical or contemporary, physical or psychological, they continue to fascinate us. The twenty-two chapters in this book explore the phenomenon of border crossing in some of its manifold forms. ...
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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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