new release: School Days of a Methodist Lady: A journey through girlhood

The Anzacs: 100 Years On in Story and Song

The Anzacs: 100 Years On in Story and Song combines never-before-seen diaries, private letters, rare photographs and deeply moving songs, along with the sheet music and lyrics. Ted Egan engages our hearts as well as our minds to present a touchingly personal, historical account of World War 1 and its aftermath.

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"This frank and searching narrative is in fact a compelling social document. The author demonstrates a remarkable ability to recall the details of her life in the middle of the 20th century in Australia, and to construct from her joys and sorrows a memoir that is warm, thoughtful and inspirational."

— Carmel Bird, fiction and non-fiction writer, leading teacher of fiction and memoir-writing.

School Days of a Methodist Lady: A journey through girlhood

In 1958, Jill left her home in the Victorian town of Kyabram to attend Methodist Ladies’ College (MLC) as a boarder. In this coming-of-age memoir she interleaves her MLC story with lively vignettes of her early school years, the family newsagency, church, and country community life. This is a deeply personal account of teenage struggles with parental and sibling relationships and with MLC’s discipline, study demands, tough living conditions and rigorous religious education. Jill’s daily life as a school boarder, her rebellions, emotional highs and lows, and encounters with Dr Wood, MLC’s charismatic principal and pastor, are described with honesty, hilarity and sharp critical insight.

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Two worlds collide and a man, no hero, is falsely convicted of a terrible crime and finds an unlikely saviour. The Tainted Trial of Farah Jama takes us deep into the law and the life of Somalis in Australia to show how justice was not done. This brave, complex and sharp-eyed book is a gripping read from first page to last.

— James Button, award-winning journalist and author

The Tainted Trial of Farah Jama

How did a young Somali man end up in gaol for the rape of a woman he had never met, in an over-28s nightclub he was too young to be admitted to, in a Melbourne suburb he had never visited? In the style of literary non-fiction comes a gripping true story that will appeal to mystery, crime and ‘CSI’ aficionados and anyone interested in justice for all, in the midst of cultural diversity.

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A testament of a young woman’s courage when trapped in one of the worst Australian forest fires. A must-read!

— Sir James Galway, World-renowned flautist

Forged with Flames

As the Ash Wednesday bushfires raged around her in a small Victorian town in February 1983, a young mother stood between her two young daughters and the massive fireball heading straight for them… Ann tells her dramatic story with candour and disarming humour beginning with her working-class childhood growing up in a village in Lancashire, England. Her fateful decision to marry the young Australian from Melbourne took her to the other side of the world for the adventure of a life time. Twelve years later, her peaceful family life was shattered. This story takes us far beyond the drama of Ash Wednesday. Her reflections and insights are profoundly illuminating and inspirational. This is a story about living and loving, about hope and determination, about facing your worst demons and staring them down.

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I Confess: Revelations in Exile

This is a gripping, previously untold story, which throws a chill light on the secrets and lies that flourish in the fertile soil of dehumanising beliefs and practices – in this case in the Islamic Republic of Iran. This is a memoir by Sydney‐based doctor and writer/translator, Kooshyar Karimi, who in 2000 managed to flee, with his family, escaping certain torture and death which stalked him on a daily basis in his native Iran. Karimi’s sin was his Jewishness and the fact that he helped desperate girls and women, who had been raped, terminate the resulting pregnancies. Kooshyar Karimi is a father, a doctor, a writer, and translator. In 1998, he is kidnapped from the streets, blindfolded, and tortured. When he is eventually released, it is only as a spy for the Islamic Secret Service. This is the story of his survival.

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'Moving effortlessly from the oral to the written, from folktale to modern-day fable, and from the earthly to the transcendent, this beautiful, life-affirming book probes the heart and soul of a remarkable culture, while paying homage to the universal power of story.'

— Arnold Zable, Award winning writer, storyteller, educator, and human rights advocate

The Honey Thief

From the authors of the bestseller The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif comes their latest book, The Honey Thief. A superb collection of spellbinding tales from Afghanistan that portray a vivid landscape of hardship and brotherhood, catastrophes and miracles. These tales of peasants, poisoners and kings leap into life to reveal the rich storytelling traditions of Afghanistan.

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"I was greatly moved when I read this book. Its importance and its power lies in the fact that it is the story of all refugees."

— Julian Burnside, QC, AO, Social justice advocate and author

The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif

The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif traces an Afghan refugee's extraordinary journey - from his early life as a shepherd boy in the mountains of Northern Afghanistan, to his forced exile after being captured and tortured by the Taliban, to incarceration in an Australian detention centre... and finally, to freedom.

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"Must say it was pretty harrowing, and gruelling in places, but it certainly left me wanting to know how the surgeon could possibly pick up the pieces of his life afterwards ... I certainly think this should be of great interest to the reading public, and controversial as well."

— Lindy Jones, Senior Buyer - Abbey's Bookshop, Sydney

Blood on My Hands: A surgeon at war

The year is 1999, and a fresh hell is being created before our eyes. It is hardly to be credited that the enlightened nations of Europe are allowing this nightmare to occur only sixty minutes by jet from Paris and London. The forces of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic have swept into Kosovo on the Balkan Peninsula leaving a trail of death and heartbreak. Scenes of Milosevic’s ‘ethnic cleansing’ play out on television screens all over the world; haunted figures huddled behind barbed wire fences, bodies heaped in ditches.

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"I was greatly moved when I read this book. Its importance and its power lies in the fact that it is the story of all refugees."

— Julian Burnside, QC, AO, Social justice advocate and author

The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif (hardcover edition)

The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif traces an Afghan refugee's extraordinary journey - from his early life as a shepherd boy in the mountains of Northern Afghanistan, to his forced exile after being captured and tortured by the Taliban, to incarceration in an Australian detention centre... and finally, to freedom.

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