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Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in western Victoria. Together they enter the Redex Trial, a brutal race around the ancient continent over roads no car will ever quite survive. This thrilling, high-speed story is often funny and always a page-turner, even as you learn a history these characters never knew themselves. Set in the 1950s amid the consequences of the age of empires, this brilliantly vivid and lively novel reminds us how Europeans took possession of a timeless culture—the high purpose they invented and the crimes they committed along the way.
Forever Young is set against the tumultuous period of change and uncertainty that was Australia in 1977. Whitlam is about to lose the federal election, and things will never be the same again. The times they are a changing. Radicals have become conservatives, idealism is giving way to realism, relationships are falling apart, and Michael is finally coming to accept that he will never be a rock and roll musician.
The Life of Houses explores, with a poet’s eye for detail, the hidden tensions in one of Australia’s establishment families. These tensions come to the surface during a week in summer when Anna sends her daughter Kit to stay with her parents, and the unmarried sister who cares for them, in their old and decaying house by the sea. Kit barely knows her grandparents; her mother is estranged from the family and hasn't taken her to visit them. Recently separated from her husband, Anna sends Kit to them now so she can pursue a new love affair.
Forty two-year old Kennard Stirling, son of a wealthy family, has spurned his inheritance in favour of a small town on the rural NSW coast, where he spends his days helping the elderly and needy members of the community. In his spare time he works on his own hobby—a project to rejuvenate various bush blocks, which are fertilised by the murdered remains of itinerants, drifters and economic losers that Stirling has judged not to offer anything to society....
Aldo Benjamin, relentlessly unlucky in every aspect of life, has always faced the future with despair and optimism in equal measure. His latest misfortune, though, may finally have brought him undone. There's still hope, but not for Aldo. His mate Liam hasn't been doing much better—a failed writer with a rocky marriage and a dangerous job he never wanted—until he finds inspiration in Aldo's exponential disaster. What begins as an attempt to document these improbable but inevitable experiences becomes a profound exploration of fate, fear and friendship.
Two women awaken from a drugged sleep to find themselves imprisoned in a broken-down property in the middle of nowhere. Strangers to each other, they have no idea where they are or how they came to be there with eight other girls, guarded by two inept yet vicious armed jailers and a 'nurse'. Doing hard labour under a sweltering sun, the prisoners soon learn what links them—in each girl's past is a sex scandal with a powerful man. They pray for rescue—but when the food starts running out it becomes clear that the girls can only rescue themselves.
Net Needle is the new collection of poems from Robert Adamson—Australia’s foremost lyric poet. David Wheatley, from the TLS (Times Literary Supplement) describes Net Needle as ‘one of the finest Australian poets at work today’. He has avidly followed Bob Adamson’s work since his early days, as he has probed the inner and outer landscapes of his environment with inspirited precision.
Michael Farrell was born and raised in rural NSW and as the title Cocky’s Joy suggests, many of the poems in this collection are rooted in the bush, which they present as connected to the rest of the world in magical and often hilarious ways. Farrell’s experimentalism doesn’t prevent him from offering moving tributes, to women and lovers, and to scenes recalled from the past. In fact, it is precisely his eye for metaphor and the unexpected combination, for punning and the letter—in both its verbal and visual aspects—that gives his poetry its humour and energy.
Charged with fierce imagination and swift lyricism, Holland-Batt’s cosmopolitan poems reflect a predatory world rife with hazards both real and imagined. Opening with a vision of a leveret’s agonising death by myxomatosis and closing with a lover disappearing into dangerous waters, this collection careens through diverse geographical territory—from haunted post-colonial landscapes in Australia to brutal animal hierarchies in the cloud forests of Nicaragua. Engaging everywhere with questions of violence and loss, erasure and extinction, The Hazards inhabits unsettling terrain, unafraid to...
The new volume of poems by Les Murray AO—his first in five years—continues his use of molten language. From 'The Black Beaches' to 'Radiant Pleats, Mulgoa', from 'High Speed Trap Space' to '1960 Brought the Electric', this is verse that renews and transforms our sense of the world. In the words of Clive James: “No poet has ever travelled like this, whether in reality or simply in mind. Seeing the shape or hearing the sound of one thing in another, he finds forms.”
The Ladder is Simon West's third collection of poetry, and his first in four years. Many earlier preoccupations return—the natural environment, Italian art and the dimensions of place. There is a new focus on worldly and artistic responsibility and a fascination with the certain poise of being in between. At the collection's heart are the building blocks of language, along with the more literal ones of Rome, where some of these poems were written during a residency at the Whiting studio in 2012.
Julie Cotter examines the portraits by the Australian Impressionist artist Tom Roberts focusing upon the extraordinary range of subjects, their lives and their historical significance. The book places to the fore a body of work that comprises some 280 portraits representing approximately 35 per cent of Robertss total output. Roberts explores the diversity of Australian identity in his depiction of members of Sydney and Melbourne society as well as portraits of pastoralists, farmhands, pearl divers and itinerants. The book culminates in a chapter devoted to Australia's major history painting...
Drawing on extensive original research, Sheila Fitzpatrick provides the first in-depth account of Stalin's dedicated comrades-in-arms, who not only worked closely with their leader, but constituted his social circle. Key team members were Stalin's number-two man, Molotov, the military leader Voroshilov, the charismatic and entrepreneurial Ordzhonikidze, the wily security chief Beria, and the deceptively simple Khrushchev, who finally disbanded the team in 1957 to become sole leader of the Soviet Union.
This is the first book-length biography of Thea Astley, one of our most critically acclaimed writers. She was the first woman to win the Miles Franklin Award multiple times—four in total. With many of her works published internationally, Astley was a trailblazer for women writers. Karen Lamb has drawn on an unparalleled range of interviews and correspondence to create a detailed picture of Thea the woman, as well as Astley the writer. She has sought to understand Astleys private world and how that shaped the distinctive body of work that is Thea Astleys literary legacy.
In Second Half First Modjeska looks back on the past 30 years and how they have shaped her. From a childhood in England to her time as a young newlywed in Papua New Guinea (PNG)—arriving as a single woman in Sydney in the 1970s and building close friendships, and the lovers who sometimes derailed her—to returning to PNG to found a literacy program, this is an intensely personal account of an examined life. In it Modjeska asks candid questions about love and independence, ageing, death, the bonds of friendship and family. The result is an intellectually provocative and deeply moving memoir.
For over thirty years, Tim Winton has written novels in which the natural world is as much a living presence as any character. Island Home is the story of how that relationship with the Australian landscape came to be, and how it has determined his ideas, his writing and his life. It is also a passionate exhortation for all of us to feel the ground beneath our feet. A brilliant, moving insight into the life and art of one of our finest writers, and a compelling investigation into the way our country makes us who we are.
In light of the latest research, Geoffrey Blainey AC retells the story of our history up until 1850. Traditional Aboriginal life came under threat the moment Europeans crossed the world to plant a new society in an unknown land. That land in turn rewarded, tricked, tantalised and often defeated the new arrivals. The meeting of the two cultures is one of the most difficult and complex in recorded history....
During the Cold War, the Communist leadership of the Soviet Union closed down many Jewish organisations and declared Zionism an ideological enemy. Soviet Jews often suffered hardships, not being allowed to enlist in universities, work in certain professions or participate in government. Because of this, for three critical decades, Australian Jews and their community leaders were deeply involved in the international campaign to enable Jews to leave the oppressive Soviet Union....
Out of relentless research, Monteath and Munt present an engrossing portrait of Fred Rose. His life takes us through rip-roaring tales from Australia's northern frontier to enthralling intellectual tussles over kinship systems and political dramas as he runs rings around his Petrov inquisitors. More than any other injustices, the abuse of Aboriginal people leads him into the Communist Party in 1942. His move to academic life in what he insisted on calling the German Democratic Republic made him a dissident against anthropological orthodoxies in the Soviet Bloc as he had been in Australia.
The book, the first in a trilogy dealing with Ned and his community, questions the assumptions made by the Ned Kelly myth. The Fitzpatrick Affair, the Stringybark Creek murders, the Euroa and Jerilderie bank robberies and the Kelly gang's Glenrowan last stand are told factually without mythical embellishment. Ned's Jerilderie Letter is presented in annotated form contrasting the facts against what Ned writes. The book discusses the work of several pro Kelly authors pointing out the flaws in their published works. This volume examines Ned's bushranging deeds, motives and behaviour in the...