It's 1970s Adelaide, an elderly transport magnate, living in a retirement village with his much younger attractive wife, dies suddenly from a heart attack.
It's 1970s Adelaide, an elderly transport magnate, living in a retirement village with his much younger attractive wife, dies suddenly from a heart attack.
How did a runt from an impoverished U.S. farm family come to be a sensitive, but highly-trained, killer?
Our vulnerabilities in life and the courage to face contempt… All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948 Article 1.
This book provides practical guidance to all people who are on the path to becoming leaders. The author focuses on the foundations of leadership — trust and care.
The time: 1999. The location: The mountainous district of Ermera, East Timor. The Participants: Locals from the various Timorese factions; Indonesian Police and Military; International Electoral Observers; United Nations personnel, paid staff,...
In January 2016, Christina's life is turned upside down when a mysterious white envelope is placed inside her hand by Julian, her husband of twenty-one years.
2001. East Timor remains a dangerous place. Memories of pro‑Indonesian savagery linger, a resurgent militia threatens, and a secret war rages between Indonesia and Australia.
At almost fifteen, Jess exists alone in a life which has known few luxuries.
A desperate attempt one night to free herself from her past is only the beginning of a new roller coaster ride of abuse and betrayal. She is thrust among strangers w...
Cold Deep Waters on the shores of Botany Bay Australia becomes the setting and sympathetic home for the secret Hanover line. A family cast adrift, torn between two vastly different worlds.
Harry Stevens, the Middle-Eastern war hero from Hitch-Hikers, the first book in the Firebird series, thought that having dinner at the pub and chatting up the waitress was a safe and pleasant way to pass an evening, but circumstances conspire to d...
Harry Stevens, a Middle Eastern war hero, thought that recovering in Eden with his huge and mystical cat, Jasper, after his catamaran is bashed around by a storm, would be a delightful break from his sailing voyage around Australia.
For Whom the River Runs is a novel set in a small country town in 1954. It is a tragic tale of power and prejudice and the trials and tribulations of two boys whose innocence is tested by an environment jaundiced by the harsh realities of manipula...
Andrii Antonenko was born in the Ukraine in 1922 shortly before the Communist purges of the Kulaks. He and his family were sent to work camps in the frozen steppes of the far North when he wasn't even a teenager.
The Silk Roads created a vast trading empire which made China the wealthiest of nations. This also made China the prize other nations strived to plunder.
Life, loves, disappointments and reflections.
I know firsthand how limiting it can be growing up and living a life with a body that is abnormally big. I have been there. Hated it. It is definitely not a time I look upon with fond memories.
In 1902, three Australian volunteers who served with the British Army during the Anglo Boer War were tried and sentenced for executing Boer combatants. Lieutenants Harry 'Breaker' Morant and Peter Handcock were executed and George Witton sentenced...
“Shafts of memory like light from thunderclouds before a storm swept over them. There had been another time and another place when they had walked this path together.”
Nineteen-year-old Darryl Bishop was away droving when his birth-date was drawn from the Tenth National Service Ballot, 1969. On the 13th May 1971, Private Bishop departed Australia on HMAS Sydney, having earned his place in the Fourth Royal Austra...
Rick Hore-Lacy, law-student-turned-horse-trainer who became an Aussie legend in the sport of horse racing. The outspoken larrikin caused a furor in the Elite horse racing industry by breaking conventions with his vociferous opinions and infamous a...
In 1961, and one month following the disappearance of Michael C. Rockefeller off the southern coast of what was then known as Dutch Western New Guinea, Indonesia invaded and annexed the territory and commenced the systematic slaughter of indigenou...
In the 1860's in the Colony of Victoria, Tabu an aborigine goes 'walkabout' after a violent tribal fight during which his brother is killed. He rescues the wife of a drover/farmer — Michael, who is an escaped Convict.
Since the suicide of Maris, his beloved wife of forty-two years, Noel Braun struggled to find himself. All his life assumptions were overturned and he lost his sense of identity. Endeavouring to find some anchorage, he embarked on a spiritual ques...
Steven is a dynamic marketing man, Jewish but not religious. When he begins developing a new business strategy for an established chain of Church-run op-shops, he quickly forms a strong working relationship with Frances, one of the board members.
George Hutchinson grew up in western Sydney, Australia in the 1930s and 1940s — a time of great local and global change.
David's two teenage sons won't do their homework and don't like the bolognaise sauce he has cooked, his bicycle tyre is flat, the current subject of romantic interest hasn't phoned back and a school pullover has been lost.
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.
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.
Bill O'Brien was born out in the country at Bedellick, past the village of Hall, towards Yass, along Spring Range Road, where his father selected land, as a pioneer of the area. His grandfather, John, arrived in Australia from Limerick, Ireland, i...
The mighty water-wheel at Laxey mines in the Isle of Man has been set in motion. In its great shadow, Sarah and Patrick have fallen in love. It is a love that must be kept secret, for Patrick is Irish.
Join theological student, Andrew, who is recovering from a cancer scare, and his friend, Tony, on a Pilgrimage tour of the Holy Land. They visit places which ring a loud Christian bell and others which evoke a mere tinkle.
After being forced out of his previous livelihood, Warren Hill recovers a wrecked vessel considered to be near-unsalvageable, intending to transform it into a vessel tailor-made for collecting trochus shells off the Queensland coast.
“We often feel overwhelmed by tragedy, both on a global scale and from our own personal hardships. However, by surrendering to defeatism and negativity we do nothing towards building a better world. Worse still, at a personal level we fall i...
Have you ever wondered that?
What if I was to tell you that all the crap stuff you go through, consider bad, sucky and downright shit is actually doing you good?!
Although you may not see it now, every negative has a positi...
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
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.
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.
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.
Bindi only has three legs and cannot play, nor chase, nor climb with her brothers — or can she? Find out what happens after she meets a seagull with only one leg!
Kaha is overweight and doesn't have the energy to chase chooks, play catch or jump through hoops with his brothers and sisters. Will he achieve his goal of becoming healthy and happy?
Kim has finally got her life just how she wants it. She has the job she wanted, has bought her home, which she currently shares with her best friend. She just wants to focus on advancing her career and having a bit of fun.
Once upon a time there was a young frog who was dissatisfied with his lot in life. He yearned to fly around the world and do exciting things. Much to his surprise a good fairy drops by his pond and grants him his wish.
In the 1930s, the Great Depression caused chaos around the world. Unemployment in Australia reached a staggering 30%. Unemployed Sydney Harbour Bridge construction worker Harry E Kelly left his home, wife and four year old daughter ...
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...
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...
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…
World War II is ending. The enemy is advancing. In the far north-eastern reaches of the Empire, the German citizens are terrified. The victorious Russian army is determined to sweep the area clean of German settlement and reports of atrocities are...
Dad's Animals is a fun, quirky book based on a true story…
A contemporary story of fractured pasts, intriguing encounters, insularity, professional harassment and the capacity to live for others.
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.
JRR Tolkien's inspiration for his best-selling books, The Lord of the Rings, has always been a mystery.
This is a story of a family saga in an historical setting. It starts with the arrival of white men that came from England and settled on the shores of a new land. The story centres on the Parramatta Region of New South Wales, Australia.
In the early 1800's a French veteran of Napoleon Bonaparte's wars escapes to New Zealand from the penal settlement of New South Wales. After being captured, he chances his way into the inner-sanctum of a powerful Maori tribe.
Sabotage!! Sabotage!! You will be shot,' yelled the duty guard officer while at the same time contorting his face, making him look like a monster I had seen in a horror movie, and also rapidly moving the stiffened palm of his hand across his throa...
Earth shattering. Life changing. World altering. Such profound phrases, but they all seem monumentally inadequate when attempting to articulate the impact that Andrew's illness has had. Not only on us as individuals and life partners, but on our ...
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
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.
An extraordinary story of romance and adventure in the wake of a tragic cruise-ship disaster. Separated lovers survive, each believing the other to have perished, living on separate islands in the Pacific Ocean.
In Valerie's lifelong search for her identity, and her sense of belonging, she will discover not only her parentage, but also her family history. What she uncovers is a wealth of true ancestral stories of pioneering and determination.
In 1961, the temperature hit ninety degrees Fahrenheit before lunchtime. It was going to be a scorcher as surfers and campers flocked to Narrabeen, one of Sydney's northern beaches. Late afternoon a typical southerly buster whipped up a sandstorm....
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 truth must be found out and it must be told. Otherwise the people of Australia will repudiate this parliament forever.” —John Jess, 1967
As one of the earliest properties pioneered north of the twenty-sixth parallel in the Roebourne District of the Pilbara, Karratha Station harbours a fascinating history.
Emily Moore, an everyday housewife with a loving husband and family, until one day an unexpected encounter with an intruder turns her life on its head. Was it a chance brush with fate, or did she fit his criteria?
It's the 1980's, and two families, the Costas and the Delaneys find themselves grappling the onslaught of life in a Melbourne suburb. Lost relationships, lost innocence and lost beauty, ubiquitous in a world where all that is precious can disappea...
Clancy lives with his family in a small country town near the Woomera rocket range, which also happens to be where his father works.
His father takes him to the rocket range to show him a chimpanzee they are about to send into space.
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...
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?
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...
Throughout the ages the possession of an unremarkable sword has seemingly been the magic that allowed dynasties to flourish. When a modern tyrant seeks to find the sword and use its power, The Fund find themselves in a race to locate this treasure...
Hero is a black puppy of uncertain breed, the runt of a litter born in a severe storm. He was frightened of almost everything from the time he was little. Although at first not keen to do so, Ned's parents allow him to keep the little puppy as his...
Those viewing the works of Elizabeth McCarthy (née Jess) for the first time are about to enter the world of a new reality and embark on a journey, one that may feel in part familiar but is in fact a new and novel world.
Wondering how you can get to sing that song you always wanted to without running out of breath, and sing it all in tune? Need to sing at your best friend's wedding or maybe in a school production?
An evaluation of Australia's water market as a new global standard for managing water resources.
21st December 2012 came and went. Apparently, the world had survived the foretold Apocalypse.
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.
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?
A collection of letters and photographs exchanged between students from the tsunami devastated Aceh province, and children from international destinations.
The foreword has been written by the Indonesian President, Dr Susilo Bambang Yu...
The year is 1865 and brothers Will and Tully Lees return to West Virginia from the American Civil War, lucky to survive the bloody struggle. The brothers feel they should help their family in their efforts to get on with their lives and bring the ...
Lisa, an Australian girl on holidays with her parents in Chile, makes friends with a local girl named Ximena who is no ordinary girl because her best friends are dolphins!
Short Eternities is not one poetry collection, but eight — a sequence that sums up the calculated insight and undying optimism of poet James Martin.
In 1946, a devastated and defeated Japan was occupied by Australian forces based in the prefecture of Hiroshima.
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.
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.
This collection of poetry, commentary and thoughts is drawn from a lifetime of observation and discovery of the unspoken knowledge that's always been with me. In this book you'll find humour, joy and pain. I do hope you'll find it an engaging read.
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 story of an ordinary snail, who finds out he's not so ordinary after all.
The phrase Taming the Juggernaut suggests that it is necessary to repair the workings of the capitalistic system we are all living within. Rather than adjusting the mathematical formulas, which is occurring automatically, these ideas are directed ...
Genocide in the African country of Sontaria causes a surge of escaping refugees to seek sanctuary in neighbouring Namola.
What will happen when a Bully Bug lands in the Rainbow Snail's garden and starts to wreck everything in sight?
Experience the collision of two very different worlds. The first, as seen through the eyes of Rod, a fighter pilot and Hydie, a teenage girl, is one of titanic spaceships, hibernation, time travel, super computers and eerie outcomes from rampant g...
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.
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.
Affirmations have the power to help us feel better and to create a more positive future for ourselves and our loved ones.
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...
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?
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.
It's exciting to fight battles, to rescue damsels in distress, and to make important decisions. But children grow up fast as well.
Semi-autobiographical, telling the story of two intertwined journeys — an Earthly one and a spiritual one.
Shy looked back over his shoulder. He'd expected to see Missy following him but instead, in the distance, he could see the empty white branch shining in the moonlight.
Missy was nowhere to be seen…
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...
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.
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 is a true story, set against the backdrop of Germany in the 1930s and 1940s.
The Australian Wrestling Tradition
An exploration of the origin and history of the world?s oldest sport