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The Cherry Picker’s Daughter

by Kerry Reed-Gilbert

“Australia has waited too long to read this book of courage and truth. It heralds a timely change in our thinking on Aboriginal activism.”

Jeanine Leane, Wiradjuri writer and academic

“Thank you, Kerry, for sharing your story––so much pain and hurt, but such life-affirming strength and love too.”

Kate Grenville, award-winning author

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Lost Letters from Vienna

by Sue Course

Lost Letters from Vienna evokes several different epochs: the grand life of wealthy Jewish families in Vienna before the First World War; the coming of the Nazis and the desperate efforts to find a way out; and life as refugee immigrants in Melbourne. Sue Course’s story parallels, in many ways, that of my own family; but by weaving it into candid accounts of her personal life and those of her relatives, she has written a lively and engaging book.”

Peter Singer AC, Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University and University of Melbourne

 

“Sue Course’s book is a unique insight into the discrimination and suffering of generations of Jewish families in Europe in the first half of the 20th century. It is drawn from 86 years of letters between members of her family who fled the Nazis and sought refuge in four continents. As one of the last remaining members of the migrant Jewish families born in pre-war Vienna, Sue tells a refugee family’s story of love, heartbreak, death, amazing escapes, hard work, success, love and ultimately happiness and fulfilment.”

Michael Smith, former editor, The Age

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Crossing the Great Divide

by Rod Moss

“When I read Rod Moss’s masterpiece The Hard Light of Day, I marvelled at the wonderful goodness and profound humanism of the man who wrote it. Ditto when I read One Thousand Cuts. Where could such a man come from, I wondered. Many readers who felt as I did will look eagerly for answers in Crossing the Great Divide. They won’t be surprised that Moss’ rich life confirms the ancient insight that wisdom comes only to people who were neither wise nor prudent when they were young. In his early and middle years, Moss’ ferocious hunger for experience – physical, intellectual, artistic and spiritual, in their many forms – was tempered by a sense of humanity as it existed in himself and others that went deep even then. The idiosyncratic, gritty but sensuous, realism of Moss’ paintings shows also in his prose, enlivening while disciplining its attention to the details of events, persons and places he describes. I know of no one like him.”

Raimond Gaita, author and philosopher

 

Crossing the Great Divide is a monumental achievement. Epic in scope, it encompasses a life-journey recorded in luminous detail, driven by an unwavering intellectual curiosity, and graced by unsparing self-reflection and humanity. It is both a portrait of a young man as aspiring artist, working his way towards his calling, and the reflections of the mature artist, who has truly crossed the divide between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples, and found a way to express his findings, and his vision, as a painter, craftsman, lateral thinker and writer.”

Arnold Zable, author

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I’m Fine (and other lies)

by Megan Blandford

“A warm, honest and deeply personal account of the new parenthood rollercoaster, canvassing all the joys and unvarnished challenges it can bring. It is a testament to the power of individual stories in breaking down the stigma that persists, for some, around postnatal depression and mental illness.”

Georgie Harman, Chief Executive Officer, Beyond Blue

“Motherhood is hard. Read this book. It will help. And if you still need more help, please please ask. It’s out there. ”

Caroline Overington, journalist and author

“Megan Blandford has penned a raw and visceral account of living with depression, told with powerful honesty and beautifully crafted words that will linger long after you turn the final page.”

Valerie Khoo, CEO Australian Writers’ Centre

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Blood Sisters

by Caroline de Costa

“Blood Sisters tackles the difficult material of sex-trafficking and exploitation of women with both a sensitivity and a forthrightness that is hugely admirable. Deep characterisation, shifting points of view and skilful plotting make Blood Sisters a deft and fast-paced crime novel that is a cut above.”

David Whish-Wilson, author

“De Costa has created a unique and engaging character in Cass Diamond. Tough, funny, and multi-layered, Cass has quickly become one of my favourite detectives in Australian crime fiction.”

Emma Viskic, award-winning author

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Missing Pieces

by Caroline de Costa

An engrossing complex tale weaving crimes of the past with those of the present. Whether it is in the lush surrounds of Cairns and the suburbs of Brisbane, Detective Cass Diamond never ceases to sparkle as she searches for the truth.“.

Carmel Shute, Sisters in Crime

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A Long Way from No Go

by Dr Tjanara Goreng Goreng with Julie Szego

Tjanara: a warrior whistleblower, a hero. You can only admire Tjanara when you read her story. A Long Way from No Go, it’s a must-read for all.“.

Aunty Kerrry Reed-Gilbert, Wiradjuri Elder, poet and artist,
Chairperson, First Nations Australia Writers Network

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Tears for Tarshiha

by Dr Olfat Mahmoud

Olfat Mahmoud has long been a passionate, compassionate and articulate voice for Palestinian refugees. Her account of the agony of dispossession and exile – not least the horror of the murderous assaults on the Sabra Shatila and Borj el-Barajneh camps in Lebanon in the 1980s which she so bravely lived through – is both scarifying and deeply moving. No one of any humanity could fail to be touched by this book.“.

Gareth Evans, former Australian Foreign Minister

“For too long, Palestinians have remained largely invisible in our media and demonised as terrorists. It’s therefore wonderfully refreshing to read the history, reflections and passions of Olfat Mahmoud and understand what exile still means for millions of Palestinians around the world, refused access to their former homeland. I commend this book for its humanity and quest for justice. The Middle East will not see peace until these issues are resolved.”

Antony Loewenstein, independent journalist, film-maker, author of Disaster Capitalism: Making A Killing Out Of Catastrophe and My Israel Question

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Nagaland

by Ben Doherty

“Delightfully engrossing page-turner that provides a fascinating insight into Nagaland, its rich tapestry of legends, history and culture. Ben Doherty’s intimate understanding of the Naga people is evident in the flair and passion of his writing. A riveting and poignant read”.

Nim Gholkar, author

“I have come across some extraordinary real life stories of inspiration, love, and tragedy with my travels in India as a journalist. But NAGALAND is exceptional. Ben’s skilful storytelling engages emotionally in the life of an amazing man, his defiance for the sake of love, and his devotion to place and to culture. In my opinion, it is a must read.”

Som Patidar, journalist

“Ben Doherty has found a universal Romeo and Juliet love story in one of the remotest and least-known arts of the world, and tells it beautifully”.

Hamish McDonald, world editor, The Saturday Paper and author of Demokrasi: Democracy in Indonesia and The Polyester Prince: The Rise of Dirubhai Ambani

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Once a Copper: The Life and Times of Brian ‘The Skull’ Murphy

by Vikki Petraitis

“This book captures the gritty reality of the life of Brian ‘The Skull’ Murphy, almost the last of the ‘old school’ coppers. The legend of ‘The Skull’ lives on in this unique book.”

Robin Bowles, award-winning true crime writer, Australia’s True Crime Queen

“A very compelling insight into the [Victorian] Police Force of yesterday … I kept thinking of what Winston Churchill said in the British Parliament: The opposition occupies the benches in front of you, but the enemy sits behind you.”

Les Twentyman OAM, National youth advocate

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Choose Somebody Else

by Yvonne Fein

“There is a sage-like quality to Fein’s stories: a deep commitment to tradition, mingled with moral fury and a complex understanding of our world as it spins out of control.”

Bram Presser, author

“Yvonne Fein’s collection of short stories is plump with Jewish humour, a touch of magic realism and a bisl (little) pathos. She interweaves modern life, colourful characters and Jewish history into a vividly evocative tapestry.”

Jeanette Leigh, author and journalist

“A blend of light and dark, of wry humour and fierce reminders.”

Clare Allan, Writers Victoria

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The Power of Good People: Surviving Sri Lanka’s Civil War

by Para Paheer with Alison Corke

“Every Australian should read this book, so they can understand the horrors which cause people to flee…”

Julian Burnside QC AO, refugee advocate

“This is a deeply personal and moving story of human resilience, patience, compassion and gratitude. May it move others to empathy and provide insight into the desperate circumstances which force a person to flee their home and become a refugee. Accounts like these are so important in changing Australia’s inhumane immigration policies.”

Senator Richard Di Natale, leader of the Australian Greens

“Para Paheer’s lived experience combines conflict, suffering, courage, tragedy, compassion, and hope. It must be read, precisely because it is heart-wrenching; because the discomfort it elicits may goad us to abandon apathy, embrace sympathy, and thereby discover our common humanity.”

Professor Neil DeVotta, Wake Forest University

“Ali’s voice is calm, factual, avoids hysteria, and is all the more compelling for this.  I’ve read other stories of trauma, such as Anne Frank’s Diary, The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif, and I am Malala. This book belongs up there with them.”

Dr Bob Rich, writer and psychologist

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The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree

by Shokoofeh Azar

Included in The Age‘s Best Books of 2017

“This is magic realism flipped. The magical world is shot through with real­ism. The writing is ravishing: shimmeringly poet­ic. Even as the story progresses and the mood darkens, the narrator holds beauty as close as a talisman.”

Miriam Cosic, The Weekend Australian Book Reviews

“I was swept away by [this book]. In fact it reminded me of what a book can be – how it can devastate you and console you simultaneously – and I loved the thread of philosophical questioning throughout. I couldn’t start another book afterwards, for days. I had to think, to let it all sink in.”

Dani Powell, Artistic Director, NT Writers’ Festival – Alice Springs

“It is incredible. It reminded me of Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, but altogether different. I have never read such a voice before. It is playful, poetic and deeply melancholy at the same time. Azar writes about the blunt force of Iranian history with the lightness of a feather’s touch. Transcendental, brilliant and beautiful.”

Alice Pung, author

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The Mouth That Roared

by Les Twentyman and Robert Hillman

“Les Twentyman is a legend, a true guardian angel in the wilds of western suburbia where so many are forgotten or maligned. Filled with his characteristic humour, wit and knack for telling a good tale, this is a book that should be read by policymakers, politicians and opinion columnists. They might learn something from the Braybrook boy who didn’t finish high school, but who truly understands the heart and humanity behind our most vulnerable and voiceless.”

Alice Pung, author

“Les Twentyman is one of Australia’s great storytellers. This book is funny, honest and inspirational; it teaches us about character, leadership and community – the essence of Les’s life.”

Paul Kennedy, ABC journalist

“A good read for people with compassionate souls.”

Christine Flood, Warcry

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The Assassin on the Bangkok Express

by Roland Perry

“Roland Perry uses his knowledge of the world of espionage, geopolitics and organised crime to bring an authentic feel to his words.”

Jon Andrews, journalist

“A ripped from the headlines plot…meticulously researched…”

The Age

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Hippy Days, Arabian Nights: From life in the bush to love on the Nile

by Katherine Boland

“This sparkling memoir will take you deeply into the lives of back-to-the-earth, self-sustaining hippies of the 70s, 80s and 90s and a passionate relationship between a feminist free-thinker and an Egyptian man twenty-seven years her junior. Artist Katherine Boland lived on the edge of social mores that most of us cling to. She tells her extraordinary story with humour, insight and a painterly eye.

Jill Sanguinetti, educator and author

“A wonderful depiction of living without bounds and loving without fear. Katherine writes like she lives: courageously, passionately and without regret.”

Kimina Lyall, journalist

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With Just One Suitcase

by Cheryl Koenig

“Our richness as a migrant nation endures through the stories of our forebears, told and retold to new generations. This is one such story among many that make us who we are today”

Tanya Plibersek, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Women & Education and Training

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Crooked Vows

by John Watt

“Offered to us as a tale of turmoil in a Catholic soul, John Watt’s novel is also a deeply-felt study of the human struggle for liberty; of the price we might be willing to pay, and why we should”

Robert Hillman, author

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The Tainted Trial of Farah Jama

by Julie Szego

“A compelling story I couldn’t put down”

Simone Sinna, Goodreads

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Blood on my Hands: A Surgeon at War
by Craig Jurisevic

“A book that challenged the way I perceived victims of war. A moving story well written”

Megan Aney, Goodreads

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School Days of a Methodist Lady: A journey through girlhood
by Jill Sanguinetti

“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, author and educator

 

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The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif
by Najaf Mazari & Robert Hillman

“An antidote to the mindless bigotry I hear regularly in the media and from Australians about this issue. I can only be grateful that someone has had the good sense to make this book required reading for the young people of this country. With any luck this type of literature may slowly bring about a change in the way the general public views the part they can play in the plight of those less fortunate in the world who only ask for a chance in this “lucky country”

Claire Smith, Goodreads

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