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the strays

Congratulations Emily Bitto!The Strays has been shortlisted for the 2015 Stella Prize

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.

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April 2015

Motherhood & Creativity

Edited by Rachel Power

Do women still live with the idea that they have to choose between following their creative dreams and having children? If you succeed at one, does that mean you are failing at the other? In Motherhood & Creativity, some of Australia’s most respected actors, writers, artists and singers speak frankly about the wrench between motherhood and their creative lives.

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March 2015

Anchor Point

by 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.


February 2015

Moving Tigers

by Bob Franklin

Jean and her boyfriend travel to Nepal on a volunteering holiday, a Himalayan adventure and a chance to find themselves. But instead Jean finds herself tumbling into a vivid and unexplained psychosis.