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The Curse of the Night Parrot

John Grant

The discovery of the near-mythical night parrot lures smugglers to the heart of the Australian outback. It falls to lone wildlife officer Ric Butler to investigate but when a malevolent boss repeatedly undermines his efforts Butler proves he isn't the kind of guy to let a thing drop because he's told to. ...
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Code Red

Marissa Slaven

In the exciting sequel to Code Blue, Atlantic (Tic) Brewer returns to the North East Science Academy and things go from bad to worse. She canít seem to stay out of trouble, and when her past catches up with her, it will take help from all of her old friends, and some new ones, as well as nerves of steel for Tic to survive. ...
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Passion Play

The Oberammergau tales

Valerie Volk

A politician, a cooking contest winner, a troubled clergyman, a much-married socialite, a TV evangelist - what could they have in common? Why do they (and half a million others) travel to Oberammergau, the small German village that has staged a Passion Play every tenth year since 1634?

In a four-day bus trip, very different people are drawn together for diverse reasons, similar to the varied group whom Chaucer brought to life in his Canterbury Tales. But these travellers do not tell invented stories to entertain each other; they reveal to us with raw and often painful honesty their own lives and motives. ...
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Bad Art Mother

Edwina Preston

Good mothers are expected to be selfless. Artists are seen as selfish. So what does this mean for a mother with artistic ambitions?

Blending wit and pathos, love and fury, ambition and loss, this is an extraordinary novel of love and art, set in the Melbourne milieu of Georges and Mirka Mora, Joy Hester, and John and Sunday Reed. ...
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A Matter of Cats

Elizabeth Hutchins

When your cat is a precious reminder of your mother, it's a shock to hear your new friend's father urge the visitors to his wildlife sanctuary, 'Get rid of your cats!'

Kate's involvement with Mala Sanctuary and its captivating native inhabitants begins after she rescues an injured koala. Grunt brings together two diverse families, each facing challenging issues. Will the problems they face strengthen their friendships - or lead to tragedy? ...
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Matthew Flinders: The Man behind the Map

Gillian Dooley

Born at the end of the Age of Enlightenment and growing up as Romanticism took hold of European culture, Matthew Flinders was the embodiment of these seemingly irreconcilable movements. His achievements as a navigator and leader are impressive, but he was much more than an action hero, idolised by generations of admirers. ...
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Dancing Before Storms

Five revolutions that made today's world

Robert T. Harris

Dancing Before Storms is about times of anger and upheaval, the connections between them, and the personal stories of men and women who had power and influence but were overtaken by events.

Is revolution brewing again? What can we learn from the violence of the past? ...
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Australia's Muslim Cameleers

Pioneers of the inland 1860s-1930s

Philip Jones, Anna Kenny

Between 1870 and 1920 as many as 2000 cameleers and 20,000 camels arrived in Australia from Afghanistan and northern India. Australia's Muslim Cameleers is a rich pictorial history of these men, their way of life and the vital role they played in pioneering transport and communication routes across outback Australia's vast expanses. Many of the images and artefacts in this fascinating account are published here for the first time, and the book contains a biographical listing of more than 1200 cameleers. ...
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Uncanny Angles

Sean Williams

Nothing takes flight without something solid to push against. And flying looks easy until you take that leap of faith into the arms of gravity and try to soar.

These fourteen stories from New York Times bestselling author Sean Williams explore the limits of human experience through the lenses of romance, horror, humour, speculation and mystery, giving the reader glimpses of worlds they've never seen before ≠- worlds haunting, memorable and seductive. ...
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Libby Lawrence is Good at Pretending

Jodi McAlister

Nineteen-year-old Libby Lawrence is good at pretending. Problem is, she's not entirely sure how to stop. Which is good for her role in the campus production of Much Ado About Nothing ... but poses problems in her personal life. Libby must discover who she wants to be Ö and how to stop pretending. ...
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Grace back on Court

Maddy Proud

Netball nerd Grace Parker leads a busy life. Not only are there the usual challenges of high school, but Grace and her once enemy Amber Burns are trialling for the state under 15 netball team, dreamy aspiring rockstar Sebastian King is paying her a lot of attention, and Grace must decide between doing the right thing by her new netball friend Daisy, or going to the Kings of Linwood concert on Saturday night with her besties Mia and Stella. She thinks she has the solution, but will they understand? ...
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Murder in the Colony

South Australian homicides, 1836-1886

Paul Tucker

When South Australia was first established in December 1836, it was meant to be the perfect colony. Barely six months after proclamation, the state's first murder was recorded. ...
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