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Anchor Point

Alice Robinson

When her mother disappears into the bush, ten-year-old Laura makes an impulsive decision that will haunt her for decades. Despite her anger
and grief, she sets about running the house, taking care of her younger sister, and helping her father clear their wild acreage to carve out a farm.

But gradually they realise that while they may own the land, they cannot tame it – nor can they escape their past.

Anchor Point is an eloquent and arresting Australian novel no reader will easily forget.

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A Revolution in the Making

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.

 

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Funemployed

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.

Justin explores every dark corner of the arts. From starting out to giving up; running a business to burning out; the trappings of fame to the advantages of failure; the obstacles and opportunities.

This is a landmark book, written with the raw passion of someone with over a decade in the ‘trade’. Part confessional and part rogue self-help book, Funemployed is a wholly fascinating insight for everyone who appreciates the arts in Australia.

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The Strays

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.

 

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Bully for Them

Edited by Fiona Scott-Norman

One of the most difficult things about being bullied is the feeling that nobody else knows what it’s like.

Twenty-two of Australia’s most talented and successful people know exactly what it’s like.

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Changing Gears

Greg Foyster

Greg Foyster quits his job in advertising and decides to live more simply. Looking for inspiration, he and his partner Sophie cycle from Melbourne to Far North Queensland (via Tasmania, naturally) scouting out ideas. Featuring eye-opening encounters with DIY downshifters and leading figures in sustainability, Changing Gears is a jaunty adventure that explores an important question for the future: can we be happier with less?

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Out of Shape

Mel Campbell

From corsets to skinny jeans, we have always fretted about our body shapes. In this bold and entertaining book, Mel Campbell reveals how, when it comes to clothes and sizing, the past and present are cut from the same cloth.

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Creative Writing for Beginners

Colin Batrouney

An absorbing novel exploring love, creativity and ego. Crafted with intelligence and poise, Colin's second book also celebrates the redemptive power of fiction.   

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Left Hand Drive

Craig McGregor

Combining memoir, social commentary, and musings from his private notebooks, two-time Walkley Award winner Craig McGregor reflects on some of the most compelling and defining events of modern times.

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A Flower Between the Cracks

Helen Sage

When Helen’s daughter is involved in a catastrophic car accident, her life and the lives of her family are irrevocably changed. 

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Come a Little Bit Closer

Ian 'Peewee' Wilson

Joyful Strains collects twenty-seven memoirs from writers describing their expatriation to Australia.

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Joyful Strains

Kent MacCarter & Ali Lemer (Eds.)

Joyful Strains collects twenty-seven memoirs from writers describing their expatriation to Australia.

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Staunch

by Ginger Briggs

The remarkable true story of Andy, who spent his adolescence in institutions and foster homes, and his unique friendship with his carer, Mez.

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The Bedroom Philosopher Diaries

by Justin Heazlewood

A collection of hilarious and melancholic reports from
Justin Heazlewood, aka The Bedroom Philosopher, and his wealth of experience as a touring Folkstar.

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The Last Thread

by Michael Sala

This is Michael Sala’s fascinating life in fiction. From his early years in the Netherlands to growing up in Australia during the 1980s, Michael recalls the secret surrounding his estranged Greek father and how scandalous events from the past fractured his family.

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A Break in the Chain

by Tangea Tansley

This novel is a brilliant imagining of three generations of real-life Kozminskys, bringing alive Melbourne of the past in a tantalising tale of fortune and faith, love and betrayal.

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1001 Australian Nights

by Dave Graney

Legendary rock showman Dave Graney takes us on a journey of self-discovery. Spanning three decades, this ain't no standard rock'n'roll trip; it's an education. This is Graney up close, out there and on his game.

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The Bogan Delusion

by David Nichols

Nothing defies cultured Australia's sense of itself more than the bogan. Part travelogue, part social critique, David Nichols explores the cultural and social landscape of Australia. But what is the idea of bogans really doing to us all?

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Two Steps Forward

by Irma Gold

Located in familiar Australian settings, this collection of stories brilliantly weaves together authentic characters and adverse scenarios.

This is the final collection in the Long Story Shorts series.

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Bearings

by Leah Swann

In this affecting novella and collection of stories, Leah Swann burrows deep into the souls of her characters to reveal universal complexities, frailties and strengths. 

This is the fifth collection in the Long Story Shorts series.

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Having Cried Wolf

by Gretchen Shirm

Small towns harbour secrets. Rising and returning like the tides lapping the coastal town of Kinsale, the stories in this collection revolve around Alice and Grace, friends since childhood, who grow to live vastly different lives.

This is the fourth collection in the Long Story Shorts series.

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Known Unknowns

by Emmett Stinson

Set largely in Washington DC immediately after September 11, these are engrossing stories that tap into the zeitgeist of disconnection, isolation and the loss of meaningful identity after these world-changing events.

This is the third collection in the Long Story Shorts series.

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Under Stones

by Bob Franklin

Dip into the world of Bob Franklin's fiction at your own risk. The calm surface belies a swift undertow and snags galore. These are not horror stories in the traditional sense; they are more unsettling than that.

This is the first collection in the Long Story Shorts series.

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Pop Life

by Marc Andrews, Claire Isaac and David Nichols

Pop Life is an insiders’ view of the Australian pop lovers’ bible, Smash Hits, from its bubbly beginnings to digital demise.

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Don't Peak at High School

by Fiona Scott-Norman

A host of celebrities including Charlie Pickering, Adam Goodes, Brendan Cowell, Penny Wong, Bindi Cole, Marieke Hardy, Eddie Perfect, Adam Boland, Judith Lucy, Kate Miller-Heidke, Wendy Harmer and Paul Capsis shine light into the dark basements of their past to inspire and reassure teenagers while providing precious insight for parents and teachers.

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Rock and Hard Places

by Andrew Mueller

Andrew Mueller couldn't decide between being a rock journalist, travel writer or foreign correspondent, so he hit upon the idea to be all three at once.

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Paradise Updated

by Mic Looby

There are precious few places still untouched by tourism. Paradise Lost? More like Paradise Packaged, Marketed and Sold in Easy-to-Enjoy Portions. And if there's money to be made shining light into the darkest corners of the world, SmallWorld wrote the book on it.

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The Mighty Bras

by Paul Connolly

In the summer of 2003, a mob of mature Melbourne women threw caution, asthma inhalers and orthopaedic inserts to the wind and formed a football (soccer) team to play in the lower division of the metropolitan league.

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