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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 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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That Thing I Did

Allayne L. Webster

Five misfits hit the road in a haunted hearse, on a madcap road-trip from their prison-bordering suburb behind the 'Mullet-Proof Fence' to small-town Mount Gambier.

After Taylor Kennedy makes a fatal Facebook error and is dumped by his best friend, he's befriended by his eccentric next-door neighbour. Aspiring pornographer Chip drives a funeral hearse and talks to dead people, and he wants Taylor's help. ...
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Bill Cook

A deeper beauty

Andrew Hill, Josephine Caust, Bill Cook

Obsessed by the human form, Bill Cook bucked the 1970s trend of abstract art, focusing instead on figurative painting and drawing. Over a career spanning five decades, he has produced a substantial oeuvre in a range of media and style. ...
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Remembering Bishop Hale

Jane Lydon

Over his long career Mathew Blagden Hale (1811-1895) participated in key aspects of nineteenth century Australian colonialism. Hale was ordained as a priest in the Church of England at the age of 26, an exciting time for idealistic young Britons following the abolition of slavery in 1833 ...
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