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Life's Snakes and Ladders by Joan Krohn

Life's Snakes and Ladders

by Joan Krohn

Memoir

In the 1930s Australia was in the grip of the Great Depression, a time when many people were hungry and homeless. Although Joan Krohn was born into this era, fate was kind to her.

The Convict and the Soldier by John Lynch

The Convict and the Soldier

by John Lynch

Historical Fiction
Historical Novel

The story is set in the 1850s and begins in County Clare, Ireland. A young Irishman Michael Keogh, a shipwright, returns home to assist Edmund, father in his small farm. Simultaneously, a wealthy British Army Officer, John Hall, arrives at a posti...

Building Bridges by Joe Reich

Building Bridges

by Joe Reich

Action
Fiction

Melbourne, 1970. Arnold is a first year resident at the Royal. It is a year of bridging: from medical student to doctor, child to adult, from mindless obedience to independent thought.

Health and Hygiene: Seven steps to avoid food poisoning by Kylie Irving

Health and Hygiene: Seven steps to avoid food poisoning

by Kylie Irving

Health

This book contains tips and hints for anyone who is new to preparing and cooking food, as well as a refresher for those who have been cooking for years.

Kings Run by Ray King

Kings Run

by Ray King

Memoir

This richly varied account of a life spanning seven decades is more than a memoir about success in business. From the author's early years growing up in a medium sized town in Western Victoria during and immediately after the Second World War it t...

John Jess Seeker of Justice by Elizabeth McCarthy

John Jess Seeker of Justice

by Elizabeth McCarthy

Biographic

“The truth must be found out and it must be told. Otherwise the people of Australia will repudiate this parliament forever.” —John Jess, 1967

Luca Goes to Dudesville by Maria Demasi

Luca Goes to Dudesville

by Maria Demasi

Children's

Luca goes to dudesville takes young readers on a journey into the imaginary world of Dudesville, where 8-year-old Luca learns important lessons about life, virtues and resilience.

A Migrant's Hopeful Dawn by Sotirios Demosthenes Manolopoulos

A Migrant's Hopeful Dawn

by Sotirios Demosthenes Manolopoulos

Memoir

Sotirios 'Sam' Manolopoulos migrated to Australia in 1955 after a childhood in western Greece marred by poverty and war. Though Sam arrived in his adopted nation Australia with little more than the clothes on his back, he began his odyssey possess...

The Arab Club; Four Women and a Man by Tim Lowe

The Arab Club; Four Women and a Man

by Tim Lowe

Australian Fiction

I loved her concept of us as the Arab Club. She explained how, to Arab men, four is the ideal number of wives. One wife means not enough sex for the man and too much sex for the wife. Two wives will fight and if there are three wives two of them w...

Some Touch of Pity by Lawrence Pope

Some Touch of Pity

by Lawrence Pope

Australian Studies

What to do when Victoria's oldest scientific institution, the Royal Melbourne Botanic Gardens, plans to exterminate struggling native flying foxes while telling the public the opposite?

Brothers in Exile by Leon Isackson

Brothers in Exile

by Leon Isackson

Historical

An exciting journey through Australian history from 1812 to 1937, as the author sets out to solve the secrets of a mysterious grandmother he never knew.

The Day Was Made for Walking by Noel Braun

The Day Was Made for Walking

by Noel Braun

Memoir

Noel Braun yearns to walk the Camino, the ancient pilgrimage route that leads across France and Spain to Santiago de Compostela. Since the suicide of Maris, his beloved wife of forty-two years, he has struggled to find himself.

My Brother Sean by Sean Hampsey

My Brother Sean

by Sean Hampsey

Memoir

This story, (the first of a trilogy) covers the period in Ireland of The Hampsey family, leading up to the late 50s until their arrival as £ 10 pound migrants in Australia, November 1960.

A Flight Against All Odds: Scotland to Australia in 1968 by Kate Clements

A Flight Against All Odds: Scotland to Australia in 1968

by Kate Clements

Biographic

It's not everyone's idea of a honeymoon - a 12000 mile flight from Scotland to Australia in a single engine, canvas covered plane. Even less idyllic if the pilot has only 44 hours flying experience and the navigator learned her job via a do-it-yo...

The Real Middle Earth - The Origin of The Lord of the Rings by Michael Muhling

The Real Middle Earth - The Origin of The Lord of the Rings

by Michael Muhling

Historical

JRR Tolkien's inspiration for his best-selling books, The Lord of the Rings, has always been a mystery.

Inclusion: Battling for Disability by Christine Baxter

Inclusion: Battling for Disability

by Christine Baxter

Medical
Biographic

A few months after her arrival in Australia, eighteen year old Chris Baxter reads a letter addressed to her boyfriend's mother that sets the course for the rest of her life.

Real and Reel by Brian McFarlane

Real and Reel

by Brian McFarlane

Biographic
Memoir

A light-hearted, ironic account of a lifetime's addiction. It is one person's story, but it may strike familiar sparks among many others.

Pearls of Wisedom Book Two by Glenda Wise

Pearls of Wisedom Book Two

by Glenda Wise

Children's

Scattered amongst these Pearls of 'Wisedom' volumes are sixty Pearl Fairies who stand proudly amongst quotes, sayings and various random writings, both profound and nonsensical.

Pearls of Wisedom Book One by Glenda Wise

Pearls of Wisedom Book One

by Glenda Wise

Children's

Scattered amongst these Pearls of 'Wisedom' volumes are sixty Pearl Fairies who stand proudly amongst quotes, sayings and various random writings, both profound and nonsensical.

The Magic Bracelet by Glenda Wise

The Magic Bracelet

by Glenda Wise

Children's

The Royal Kingdom of Fairy Green gets through a lot of food — special fairy food— and special Bee Tea.
Today was the day to collect their food supplies from the forest.

Return to Middle Castle by Glenda Wise

Return to Middle Castle

by Glenda Wise

Children's

The Royal Kingdom of Fairy Green is in trouble.
The magic fairy dust might disappear.
And all fairy food — and Bee Tea — might vanish.

The Fairy Who Couldn't Fly by Glenda Wise

The Fairy Who Couldn't Fly

by Glenda Wise

Children's

Fairy Green's power could be lost.
Fairy Green would be no more.
It's time for Fairy Bels to find her parents and save Fairy Green, and help the little Earth children to dream again.

The Circle of Stars by Glenda Wise

The Circle of Stars

by Glenda Wise

Children's

Fairy Bels is living in her own house near the Great Hall of Dreams and she can now fly with the other fairies.
But she knows that her story has really only just begun.

Corner Spiral by Dave Crawford

Corner Spiral

by Dave Crawford

Sci Fi

Young scientist Allan Braith is recruited by methane breathing aliens to check on a planet that has been seeded with living material brought from Earth. Allan is accompanied by Midnight, a small living spaceship. Midnight is only a few weeks old b...

Short Eternities by James Martin

Short Eternities

by James Martin

Poetry

Short Eternities is not one poetry collection, but eight — a sequence that sums up the calculated insight and undying optimism of poet James Martin.

My Passion My Calling by Lorna Ramirez

My Passion My Calling

by Lorna Ramirez

Memoir
Inspirational Stories

This authentic story about a Filipino migrant family settling in Melbourne in 1977 is a fascinating read, as it tells of the emotions, the ups and downs, the government assistance in those days, the practicalities, the difficulties, the sudden cha...

The Invisible Journey by Addison Russell

The Invisible Journey

by Addison Russell

Australian Fiction

Erin is at an unexpected place and time in her life. She has everything she's always wanted: marriage, two gorgeous children, an adorable dog and loving in-laws and friends. But now she finds that something is missing.

The Eden Effect by David Finchley

The Eden Effect

by David Finchley

Thriller

If you want to find out, come to the small Victorian town of Eden. Here you will meet Martin Brophy, who carries with him the scars of a horrific emotional trauma suffered in childhood.

The Power of Creating through Affirmations by Laurie Leah Levine

The Power of Creating through Affirmations

by Laurie Leah Levine

Self Help

Affirmations have the power to help us feel better and to create a more positive future for ourselves and our loved ones.

The Panache of the Pastry Chef by Duncan Campbell

The Panache of the Pastry Chef

by Duncan Campbell

Cookbook

Confection temptation — sweet surrender — sticky endings… These three epitomise the pastry chef's endeavour to satisfy and maintain clients' needs. The pastry chef's world is one of mystique, magic and endurance. Their showmansh...

New Earth by Kerry Anderson

New Earth

by Kerry Anderson

Sci Fi

As part of the Elite, Steele Dyason goes undercover as a favour to his father on the planet Fervra.

Abigail and the Terror by Jacqui L. Rennie

Abigail and the Terror

by Jacqui L. Rennie

Historical Fiction

In the seventeenth century colonial town of Salem, Pastor Parris household grows larger with the coming of his niece, the young Abigail, cousin of his daughter, Betty.

The Rainbow Snail by Robyn Neil

The Rainbow Snail

by Robyn Neil

Children's

The story of an ordinary snail, who finds out he's not so ordinary after all.

From Wireless to Wallabies: a life of Norman McCance by Janet Werkmeister

From Wireless to Wallabies: a life of Norman McCance

by Janet Werkmeister

Biographic

Norman McCance was one of the stars of early radio in Melbourne. He became immensely popular during the second half of the 1920s for his broadcasts of wrestling matches for radio station 3LO, now known as 774 ABC

When Tears Ran Dry by Vivian Waring

When Tears Ran Dry

by Vivian Waring

Australian Fiction

In the mid-sixties Therrie receives a letter from an unknown soldier serving overseas. Falling hopelessly in love, she is catapulted on a course of love and adventure, unprepared for heartache and pain long after the Vietnam War is over.

The Secret Fire by Laurie Jo Moore

The Secret Fire

by Laurie Jo Moore

Historical

This book tells the gripping stories of twelve men who were imprisoned in the death camps in Laos. It tells the truth about the hidden war in Laos.

Wallaby Stew: Inspiring Stories from Down Under by Di Perkins

Wallaby Stew: Inspiring Stories from Down Under

by Di Perkins

Inspirational Stories

Di Perkins, influenced by the ABC television program Australian Story, has collected equally inspirational stories as told to her by young adults...

The Longest Journey by Amanda Stuart

The Longest Journey

by Amanda Stuart

Psychology

In The Longest Journey: finding the true self, Amanda Stuart describes how clients, men and women, addressed a range of difficulties, including anxiety and depression.

Out of the Shadows by L. J. Saunders

Out of the Shadows

by L. J. Saunders

Australian Fiction

…Life becomes complicated for Lee Cross who is trying to gain Native Title for the Jabirr Jabirr people and their country.

My Innermost Thoughts by Lorna Ramirez

My Innermost Thoughts

by Lorna Ramirez

Self Help

Lorna Ramirez wrote this book so she could share her wisdoms with others. She has been an observer of human behaviour and emotions and has built up her own personal philosophies throughout her life.

Dark Side of the Mind by Frances O'Brien

Dark Side of the Mind

by Frances O'Brien

Psychology

This true story of John, a young schizophrenic man, the eldest of four boys, who grew up in Canberra at the time Walter Burley Griffin was designing the lake, in a happy home where he had fun, got up to mischief with his brothers and was regarded...

The Rainbow Snail Finds a Friend by Robyn Neil

The Rainbow Snail Finds a Friend

by Robyn Neil

Children's

When a strange little snail lands in the Rainbow snail's garden what will happen to him and who will welcome him into their world?

Australia's Water Markets by Manabu Kondo

Australia's Water Markets

by Manabu Kondo

Educational

An evaluation of Australia's water market as a new global standard for managing water resources.

The Code of the Apocalypse by Dr Martin Cole

The Code of the Apocalypse

by Dr Martin Cole

Thriller

21st December 2012 came and went. Apparently, the world had survived the foretold Apocalypse.

England's Ethnic Cleansing of  the Jews by Leonie Star

England's Ethnic Cleansing of the Jews

by Leonie Star

European History

William Duke of Normandy conquers England in 1066. Jews follow him, arriving as traders. They have financial expertise and money-lending capabilities that are much needed in the medieval economy.

Careering into Corrections by Cleo Lynch

Careering into Corrections

by Cleo Lynch

Memoir
Relationships

The disintegration of a marriage and a plummeting in financial and social status when in her late forties, leaves the author stranded with a limited income...

Book of the Weak by Joe Reich

Book of the Weak

by Joe Reich

Australian Fiction
Satire

Dr Moss Lane Lives the so-called good life, with a busy medical practice, an attractive wife and a modern luxury home in the Melbourne suburbs.

A Project in Ammonia by R.B. Ward

A Project in Ammonia

by R.B. Ward

Australian Fiction

An adventure in physical, management and social engineering and contradicts turgeon's Law (ninety percent of everything is crud) by what happens when an unlikely group of four people.

Love Under Occupation by Christine de Matos

Love Under Occupation

by Christine de Matos

Memoir
Australian History

In 1946, a devastated and defeated Japan was occupied by Australian forces based in the prefecture of Hiroshima.

Left of Tomorrow - A Journey of Stroke Recovery by Wendy J. Lyons

Left of Tomorrow - A Journey of Stroke Recovery

by Wendy J. Lyons

Memoir

It comes as a great shock, when suddenly from one minute† to† the next, we are who we are, and then we are not… 'What? You had a stroke? Well, it could not have been very serious…

Beginning in Ammonia by R.B. Ward

Beginning in Ammonia

by R.B. Ward

Historical Fiction

So the Ammonia Factory at Muddy River Bay is now operating. Of course, now the hard slog of building it, and the excitement of commissioning it, are over, everyone expects life will be quieter.

Lalor's Lore by Kerry S. Hill

Lalor's Lore

by Kerry S. Hill

Fiction

If you want a read that is funny, fast, informative, and not quite politically correct, then follow the 1960s and 70s law-enforcement career of Nicholas John Lalor from the wilds of Tasmania, where he deals with Noops and Phantom Flushers, to the ...

A Commisioning in Ammonia by R.B. Ward

A Commisioning in Ammonia

by R.B. Ward

Australian Fiction

Continues the adventure… Which began as getting a project approved And then building an ammonia-based fertilizer factory.

Little Bit Different by Rick Anderson

Little Bit Different

by Rick Anderson

Memoir

This story is an inspirational account of a young boy growing up in Melbourne during the 1950s… It tells how he escaped from a traumatic home life with a limited education, how he rode a bicycle 33 km a day to and from his first job and how...

Acrobats of Reason by Graham Butchart

Acrobats of Reason

by Graham Butchart

Thriller

Acrobats of Reason is the compelling story of Martin Wilson-Jones, his struggle to survive Indonesia’s corporate world and the steady erosion of his own principles.

Billy Two by Gary Boyd

Billy Two

by Gary Boyd

Australian Fiction

The Australian outback is a vast emptiness most people never get the chance to visit. Many that do are overcome by the isolation, the incredible distances and for the most part its deafening silence. However, those lucky ones who live there love the

Choices by Jeff Edwards

Choices

by Jeff Edwards

Thriller

When Dan Travers is faced with the prospect of losing his job in humiliating circumstances, and possibly going to jail, he makes a desperate choice.

Dual Carriageway by John Considine

Dual Carriageway

by John Considine

Australian Fiction

Set in Sussex in the United Kingdom in the early part of the twenty-first century, this novel follows the often difficult life of Shane Willing.

Under the Linden Tree by Margaret Reid

Under the Linden Tree

by Margaret Reid

Memoir
WWII History

Under the Linden Tree is the true story of Rudolf as he relates his life experiences in therapy sessions over a period of years.

Golden Raub - William's Story by Victor Bibby

Golden Raub - William's Story

by Victor Bibby

Biographic

Unmarked and forgotten graves, an old pickle jar, a stamp shoe worn to a slipper, abandoned mines in Victoria and remotest Queensland, floods and rebellion.

Transgression by Geraldine Wooller

Transgression

by Geraldine Wooller

Australian Fiction

Eleanor is returning to Italy after a fifteen-year absence. She is out to lay old ghosts to rest and to examine at a distance the grief that stalks her.

Leaf by Leaf by James Martin

Leaf by Leaf

by James Martin

Poetry

Just as there are ninety-two days in the Southern Hemispheric autumn, so too are there ninety-two portraits in Leaf by Leaf.

Grandma's Gap Years by Mary Steel

Grandma's Gap Years

by Mary Steel

Travel
Memoir

Travel abroad in the 1950s ? what was it like? Why did you go? How did you get there? Who did you meet? Did it change your outlook? How did you cope without a credit card or mobile?

Trapped Beneath the Ice by Mary Wicks

Trapped Beneath the Ice

by Mary Wicks

Children's
Fiction

Crossbeak, Bonnet and Bone, a family of three Grey Whales, are trapped beneath the ice with no means of escape. In order to survive they must have air and they can find no breaks in the ice through which they can breathe

Lament for the Dead by Margaret M. Ford

Lament for the Dead

by Margaret M. Ford

Crime
Fiction

“Now then. Let's get started.” Monster Man scrapes the chair a little further forward and settles himself. “I'm going to tell you a story. Are you sitting comfortably? Good. Then I'll begin. Once upon a time …”

Beneath the Stone by Margaret M. Ford

Beneath the Stone

by Margaret M. Ford

Thriller

-Southern Italy, 1943: The German army is quickly losing ground to the Allied assault and retreating towards Rome. The quiet town of Vietri sul Mare has been spared from the ravages of war — until the arrival of an SS officer amidst the conf...

Antarctica to Footscray Arch Hoadley A Man of Inspiration and Courage by Jack A. Hoadley

Antarctica to Footscray Arch Hoadley A Man of Inspiration and Courage

by Jack A. Hoadley

Biographic

This fascinating biography of an inspiring and inspired Australian has been researched by his son Jack Hoadley, who was seeking the father that he lost when only thirteen years of age.

Gaining a Sense of Self by Karen Laura-Lee Wilson

Gaining a Sense of Self

by Karen Laura-Lee Wilson

Memoir

Many years later when I asked how she felt when the doll was accidentally smashed she replied ?I could have killed you?. She meant it. Six decades on she still had not forgiven me.

Sighting of a Dolphin by Rosslyn Thomas

Sighting of a Dolphin

by Rosslyn Thomas

Fiction
Fantasy

Matthew’s mother disappears one night, but leaves behind Fluke, a plastic dolphin, who becomes Matthew’s constant companion.

O'Malley MHR by Larry Noye

O'Malley MHR

by Larry Noye

Australian History

He well and truly does. Colour went with King O'Malley. He breezes into the Melbourne Centennial Exhibition of 1888 to have international pressmen rocking with laughter as he tells his stories.

Key Clicks and High Tension by Barry Abley

Key Clicks and High Tension

by Barry Abley

Historical Fiction

Tom Adams was fascinated with telegraphy from an early age and was invited to witness the transmission of the first shore to ship message in the Southern Hemisphere.

Escape from Oppression by Miriam Aviva Micheel

Escape from Oppression

by Miriam Aviva Micheel

Biographic

Escape from Oppression is a true story, set against the backdrop of Germany in the 1930s and 1940s.

Before I Forget by Allan Stanton

Before I Forget

by Allan Stanton

Biographic
Australian History

Allan Stanton's dreams of becoming a professional golfer were cut short in June 1967 when he was called up for National Service in the Australian Army

From the Dreaming to the Dreamers by Gavin Dickson

From the Dreaming to the Dreamers

by Gavin Dickson

Australian History
Sport

The Australian Wrestling Tradition
An exploration of the origin and history of the world?s oldest sport

The Dictates of Destiny by Royce Hall

The Dictates of Destiny

by Royce Hall

Memoir

The Dictates of Destiny is an intriguing story concerning a most unusual and complex man.View the movie trailer at http://www.dictatesofdestiny.com/

ADHD to the Power of Three by Carolyn Angelin

ADHD to the Power of Three

by Carolyn Angelin

Biographic
Medical

A mother's story of raising triplets Carolyn Angelin wants a quiet life, a husband, couple of kids, a house in the 'burbs, and a dog. Is that too much to ask?