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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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The Miscreants

Christopher Hawkes

When their mother throws herself off the balcony of their Islington council flat, brothers Harry and Ethan are set adrift.

Years later, Harry moves to Canada to escape friendships and drug deals that have gone sour, and Ethan enrols in university, hoping to find answers to life's biggest questions. ...
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Flying with Cranes (and other stories)

Heather Caddick

Flying with Cranes (and other stories) is the third collection of short stories by world traveller and environmentalist Heather Caddick showcasing the human condition and the perilous future for animals fighting to survive in the wild. ...
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Preparing for Business

Geoff Goodfellow

Award-winning poet Geoff Goodfellow is back with another vivid, affecting, laconically dark-witted collection that pulls no punches as it masterfully chronicles Australian life. ...
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New South Australian Architecture

Peter Barnes, Lance Campbell, John Nowland

'Architectural photography plays an important role as a visual record of our constantly evolving built environment. For architects it is one of the final parts of the process: the expression of our design work through someone else's creative viewpoint. ...
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Kangaroo Island

Alison Higgs

An image as an expression of a journey, and a comment on a moment.

Separated from the mainland by the 30 kilometres of treacherous water known as Backstairs Passage, Kangaroo Island is Australia's third-largest island. The coast, wild and rugged in parts, has cliffs and rocky outcrops formed by a beating from the Southern Atlantic, interspersed with tranquil soft white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. ...
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The Diary of Emily Caroline Creaghe, Explorer

Emily Caroline Creaghe, Peter Monteath

'We none of us ate any salt meat, or anything that would tend to give us a thirst. We are now on what is called the 'Table-land', a flat piece of country on the top of a very high mountain. We are now in unexplored country where no white man has been before, so it is uncertain when we may see water again.'

So reads part of the entry in Caroline Creaghe's diary for Monday 23 April 1883. By that time, as a sole female member of an exploring party, she was already well acquainted with the privations and harshness of travel in Australia's north. Ahead lay territory unknown to Europeans, as well as numerous tests of endurance, strength and courage. ...
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Australian Rural Entrepreneurs

Redefining the Future

Kerry Anderson

In rural Australia, the entrepreneurs walk quietly among us, forging new opportunities and strengthening our communities, one business at a time. Previously isolated by the tyranny of distance, they are now digitally connected to the world. ...
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A Star on Her Door

The life and career of June Bronhill

Richard Davis

For four decades June Bronhill was a household name in Britain and Australia. Whilst her name, her face and her voice became synonymous with the title role in Lehar's The Merry Widow and Maria in The Sound of Music, Bronhill's career covered grand opera, comic opera, musicals, straight plays, variety, radio, concerts, television and recording. Extraordinary talent brought her success, fame and the devotion of a legion of fans, but there was a private June the public seldom saw. This is the story of one of Australia's most beloved stars and of the woman beyond the starlight. It explores her journey to stardom from outback Broken Hill to Covent Garden and London's West End, the triumphs and disappointments of her career, her shattered relationships and the battles she fought against ill health culminating in career-destroying deafness. ...
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