by Paddy O'Reilly
What happens when three ordinary people undergo radical medical treatments that make them international curiosities? They become wonders.
Leon has a small visible mechanical heart; Kathryn has been cured of a rare genetic disorder but is now covered in curly black wool; while performance artist Christos has metal wings implanted into his back. Brought together by a canny entrepreneur, ‘The Wonders’ are transformed into a glamorous, genre-defying, twenty-first century freak show. But what makes them objects of fascination also places them in danger.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo
A Memoir of Getting Cancer – Twice!
by Luke Ryan
A year-long regimen of chemotherapy and radiotherapy wasn’t quite what Luke Ryanhad in mind when he turned twenty-two. Especially having been through the same rigmarole when he was eleven. Needless to say, Luke is eyeing off thirty-three warily.
Clearly there’s only one course of action to take when you’ve been handed two life-threatening diagnoses in twenty-two years: comedy. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo is a warm-hearted and hilarious memoir from someone who has laughed in the face of more adversity than most of us will encounter in a lifetime.
Luke’s is a life marked by cancer, not defined by it. These are tales of growing up, getting sick, getting better, getting sick again, dating while bald, partying while on chemo and keeping your semen in the freezer. But, above all, it’s a story about the redemptive power of family when everything else is falling apart.
‘Roaringly, gut-achingly funny. Who knew a book about having the life slowly drained out of you could be so utterly life-affirming?’
– Benjamin Law
A Revolution in the Making
3D Printing, Robots and the Future
by Guy Rundle
Just as you were getting comfortable with a digital world, here comes the material revolution, a transformation in the production and distribution of, well, everything. 3D printing has broken out of its limited industrial uses and landed on a million desktops. New materials, such as graphene, will make it possible to print out complex and durable machines at costs approaching zero.
Guy Rundle talks to the people at the frontline of this mind-boggling new world, and paints a vivid picture of how life will change as today’s emerging technologies become mainstream. There will be enormous implications not just for Australia, but for the global economy, international relations and the fundamental structures of our lives.READ MORE
Life as an artist in Australia
by Justin Heazlewood
Funemployed goes beyond the press releases and the hype to show what it’s really like to be a working artist in Australia.
Through candid interviews, brutal honesty and lacerating wit, Justin Heazlewood (aka The Bedroom Philosopher) provides a fascinating portrait of life in Australia for artists and aspiring artists alike.
Part confessional and part rogue self-help book, Funemployed is a wholly fascinating insight for everyone who appreciates the arts in Australia.
Run for Your Life
by Jill Jolliffe
Unwillingly given up by her birth mother and adopted into a violent household, Jill Jolliffe found the course of her life set before she even had time to choose. She ran away as a teenager and has been running ever since.
Jolliffe became a thorn in the establishment’s side and earned herself a hefty ASIO file. Following her instincts, she became a foreign correspondent – risking her life to report on Indonesia’s occupation of East Timor, exposing sex-trafficking rackets in Portugal and ducking bullets while covering a war in Angola.
Over time she realises that the recurring pattern of her career has been reporting the stories of young women in distress, as though trying to free her younger self from the chains of being a ‘Forgotten Australian’. In the course of writing her memoir, an unexpected meeting with her birth mother takes her life full circle.
by Emily Bitto
On her first day at a new school, Lily befriends one of the daughters of infamous avant-garde painter Evan Trentham. He and his wife are trying to escape the stifling conservatism of 1930s Australia by inviting other like-minded artists to live and work at their family home. Lily becomes infatuated with this wild, makeshift family and longs to truly be a part of it.
As the years pass, Lily observes the way the lives of these artists come to reflect the same themes as their art: Faustian bargains and spectacular falls from grace. Yet it’s not Evan, but his own daughters, who pay the price for his radicalism.
The Strays is an engrossing story of ambition, sacrifice and compromised loyalties from an exciting new talent.
Praise for The Strays
‘The Strays deftly weaves together the past and the present in a compelling exploration of belonging, loyalty and ambition.’
– Paddy O’Reilly
‘This is a beautifully written novel: intelligent, lyrical and wondrous. Bitto is an elegant writer who knows how to sustain suspense.’
– Kalinda Ashton
‘The Strays is a perfectly crafted novel … an immediately engaging and tender story taking hold of the reader from the first pages. Emily Bitto is without doubt a writer to remember and follow in the future.’
– Tony Birch
Flying on Broken Wings
A journey of unimaginable betrayal, resilience and hope.
by Carrie Bailee
SOLD. She was nine years old.
Carrie Bailee fled Canada and came to Australia when she was twenty. Assisted by a number of Australian women, she was ultimately encouraged to apply for refugee status in order to stay in this country. Thus began her battle to be granted asylum in Australia. Carrie stood before the refugee review tribunal and revealed the dark underbelly of child sexual abuse and organised crime rings in our first-world, affluent neighbourhoods. This is the story of one young woman’s heroic journey to survive, escape and soar above her shocking childhood experiences, and her powerful struggle for freedom and a beautiful life in Australia.