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Troop Train

Elizabeth Hutchins

It's February 1942 and the Second World War is raging.

Japanese planes are bombing Darwin, Australia fears an invasion, and the train track leads straight through the desert to Adelaide. Fourteen-year-old Rosemary Lister begins a diary to share the upheavals and tensions of her new life in the country, storing memories for her father, missing in Singapore. ...
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A Photographic Memory

George S. Hutton's Port Adelaide and surrounds, 1924 to 1984

Erina Hutton

This beautiful book brings together six decades of photographs of Port Adelaide, Semaphore and surrounds, as captured by professional photographer George Hutton (whose business was based in Exeter and then Largs Bay). These images chart the changing streetscapes, industry, fashion and way of life in these historic beachside suburbs from the 1920s to the 1980s. They also chronicle the long career of this much-loved neighbourhood photographer.

Lovingly compiled and annotated by George's daughter, Erina Hutton, this is an original and absorbing book.
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Damned Murder?

Burt Surmon

Age has not wearied this coterie of bon vivants, gambolling in the rolling hills, vineyards and wineries of the romantic Clare Valley. But the Valley's dark secrets are revealed when firebrand Milton Manning's half-undressed body is discovered in the mud by the dam. Accident? Murder? Or simply a weak heart that gave up? ...
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Recruited

Lauren Anderson

When Olivia Gesso skydives into a recruiting job with Kava Tech - a hip start-up where twenty-somethings binge drink, gamble, and code their way to luxury cars and fat bonuses - it's almost hard to remember how she got there. No one would have expected an eco-warrior hellbent on saving the seeds of an extinct tree to find her way into this silicon jungle, serving as high-heeled bait for geeky coders. But student debt and desperation have driven Olivia farther from her life-changing work on a remote Indian Ocean island than she ever thought possible. ...
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The Philodendrist Heresy

Jed Brody

Danielle Gasket's search for ancestral secrets is imperiled by warring factions that agree about nothing but their desire for her death. Her home is a dystopian city beneath the earth's surface. People have lived underground for so long that knowledge of the surface is preserved only in dwindling communities of persecuted heretics. According to the heretics, a prophet called 'the philodendrist' (tree lover) led people underground to repent for their violent conquest of the natural world. ...
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Code Blue

Marissa Slaven

Atlantic (Tic) Brewer never knew her father, a hydrologist who died at sea before she was born. Tic's small home on the Edge is threatened by rising seas as sixteen-year-old Tic prepares to attend a ground-breaking science academy. There she meets Phish and Lee, who like her dedicate their lives to saving all humanity. ...
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Blood on the Typewriter

The world of Philip White

Robbie Brechin

This gonzo biography of iconic wine writer, arts lover and eccentric Philip White - or, 'Whitey' - tells the story of an unconventional life, lived large. Son of an Old Testament manic street preacher, he filled the family pot with rabbits when money was scarce, left home and dove headlong into bohemia when he was 17, and was in Paul Kelly's first band, The Debutantes, among other adventures. ...
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Sunburnt Veils

Sara Haghdoosti

Sunburnt Veils is a smart, funny, character-based exploration of Islamophobia through a heroine who's the kind of girl who reads at parties, but pushes herself to take a visible stand after a fellow student calls in a bomb threat on her first day of university, after she leaves a bag in a lecture theatre to take a phone call. ...
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Sincerely, Ethel Malley

Stephen Orr

In the darkest days of World War II, Ethel Malley lives a quiet life on Dalmar Street, Croydon. One day she finds a collection of poems written by her late (and secretive) brother, Ern. She sends them to Max Harris, co-editor of modernist magazine Angry Penguins. He reads them and declares Ern an undiscovered genius. Determined to help publish the poems, Ethel moves in with Max and soon becomes a presence he can't understand, or control. He gets the feeling something's not quite right. About Ethel. About Ern. Then two poets come forward claiming they wrote Ern's poems. ...
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The Level-headed Revolutionary

Essays, stories and poems by Brian Medlin

Gillian Dooley, Wallace McKitrick, Susan Petrilli

Brian Medlin (1927-2004) - philosopher, activist, socialist, bushman, environmentalist, poet and author of short stories - wrote much more than he published during his lifetime.

This collection includes five of his essays, dealing with how to stay sane and constructive in the face of environmental crisis ...
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Maddening, Self-indulgent Crap

Words by Peter Goers

Peter Goers

South Australian broadcaster, columnist, theatre guru and critic Peter Goers has been known and loved for his sardonic wit and laconic flair for decades. This collection - which borrows its title from a review Goers once gave a Fringe show in the 80s, and now happily turns on himself - gathers the best of his Fringe shows, columns ('the very few I've taken a little pride in'), and a modicum of memoir. ...
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Prospect Hill

Memories of a burned village

Caire Smith, Heather Burke, Jordan Ralph

When Prospect Hill was devastated by the Ash Wednesday bushfires of 1983, the community found refuge in their cultural heritage. Memories of the 1983 disaster still resonate in the lives of the inhabitants of Prospect Hill, highlighting what they lost and what they saved and their responses to a fire that wrought havoc on their lives. ...
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