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Casting Off Tradition

Trevor Gill
Foreword by Sir James Hardy

From their first attempts to sail or row beyond the horizon thousands of years ago, men have been building boats from timber.

David Binks's childhood dream was to float and sail, making his first craft from a single wooden plank. When he began his boatbuilding apprenticeship at 17, David learnt the age-old technique of working with plank and rib. But within a year, the possibilities of fibreglass gripped his imagination and changed the boating world. David was at the forefront of the international revolution of boatbuilding, and the coming of age for boatbuilding and racing in Australia.

Introduced by one of Australia's most famous sailors, America's Cup and Admiral's Cup legend Sir James Hardy, Casting Off Tradition is a story of vision, ingenuity, drama, champion sailors, colourful characters and adventure.

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Venetian Voices

Christine V. Courtney

Let Christine V. Courtney take you on a stroll over bridges and under cloisters, following Venetian locals and visitors as they pass through centuries. These verses capture the spirit and soul of the City of Water - a city so full of poetry itself. Courtney's pen weaves together fine threads of past and present, fact and fiction, into a rich tapestry of images, a Carne Vale of characters: artists, muses and mariners alike. Venetian Voices is a book to cherish, and to inflame our love affair with Venice.

'A prize listener for the distinctive inflection of word and voice, Courtney has defined atmospheres, historical ambiances, striking personalities with the confident brushstrokes of a master painter.' - Valerio de Scarpis


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Venetian Voices Limited Edition

Christine V. Courtney

Limited edition leather bound with gold edges, numbered and signed by the author

Let Christine V. Courtney take you on a stroll over bridges and under cloisters, following Venetian locals and visitors as they pass through centuries. These verses capture the spirit and soul of the City of Water - a city so full of poetry itself. Courtney's pen weaves together fine threads of past and present, fact and fiction, into a rich tapestry of images, a Carne Vale of characters: artists, muses and mariners alike. Venetian Voices is a book to cherish, and to inflame our love affair with Venice.

'A prize listener for the distinctive inflection of word and voice, Courtney has defined atmospheres, historical ambiances, striking personalities with the confident brushstrokes of a master painter.' - Valerio de Scarpis


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Eight Seasons

Sandra Evans

When you face your child's mortality you learn a lot about people and about life ...

Tahlia is four when she is diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, a rapidly progressing form of childhood cancer. Her life is irrevocably changed, and her family is confronted with the many difficult challenges associated with childhood leukaemia.

This is a powerful and honest story, told through the eyes of a mother, about a little girl's strength and courage. This journey not only leaves the family with a new perspective of what life is about, but is an inspiration to all who come across it.

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Discovering Dobell

Christopher Heathcote

Discovering Dobell offers an intimate glimpse of William Dobell, the artist whose heart remained anchored in the daily life of everyday people, from the streets of Depression-raked London to Sydney's Kings Cross.

Christopher Heathcote demonstrates how Dobell developed ideas from sketches to paintings. In some instances the book identifies previously unknown relationships between drawings, gouaches and important oils.

Discovering Dobell features the artist's controversial and recognisable portraits of Joshua Smith, Dame Mary Gilmore and Helena Rubinstein, alongside other vital strands of his output, including affectionate images of grinning ockers, struggling young mothers, cheeky street children at play, and haughty women intent on keeping-up-appearances. This overview is rounded out with Dobell's experimental drawings and paintings from New Guinea, as well as his little-known ventures into abstract form.

This book introduces the creative achievements of this great Australian painter for a new generation of art lovers.

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