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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


I’m Fine (and other lies)

by Megan Blandford

“I could kiss this book. This brilliant and incredibly candid book woke me up, making me reappraise all the mothers in my life and wonder how many struggle to cope and how they could have been helped. This is not a dry book offering self-help and useless facts, but a memoir of a harrowing experience described with honesty and humour. And so she delivers a spectacularly frank book that lets sunlight into all the dark places. As she describes her depression she tells it as a dialogue, her depressed doubting self heckling down every moment of positive help or chance. Therein lies some of the best writing on depression that I’ve ever encountered. In this book there is no fat narrative padding, no indulgent pain-porn or wallowing in the suffering. I’m Fine (and other lies) leaves you with this thought: the secret to coping is to not hide. As a testament to the strength and fragility of mothers (and the burdens they carry in plain sight that we choose not to see), perhaps I’m Fine is the Mother’s Day read we all owe ourselves. Beautifully written, moving and powerful, it is a challenge to the stigma of not just postnatal depression, but all mental illness.”

Robert O’Hearn, non-fiction specialist, Booktopia


“This is a wonderful account of Megan’s personal story of becoming a mother, and highlights the many unknown realities that many mums face on the journey into motherhood. Beautifully written, elements of her story will certainly resonate with other mothers, and importantly remind them that they are not alone in what can often be a lonely and challenging time.”

Dr Nicole Highet, Founder and Executive Director of the Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE)


“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


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


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


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


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



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

“With echoes of Rushdie annd Garcia Marquez, Nagaland takes the reader on a lyrical exploration of person and place. This enchanting work of fiction explores a lesser known corner of India through the protagonists’ gripping and wondrous journey, while revealing Doherty as a writer with serious talent”.

 Nick McKenzie, The Age

“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


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


Choose Somebody Else

by Yvonne Fein

“Yvonne Fein’s stories are uncompromising in their expression of human emotions ranging from cold bigotry to empathy, despair to elation, and from rage to love. Fein knows how to tell a story with imagination, compelling dialogue and sustained tension. Informed by a deep knowledge of Jewish lore, and enhanced by years of refining her craft, her tales are driven by a deep yearning to step with compassion and understanding, beyond the shadows of a time when humanity sank to the lowest levels of depravity.”

Arnold Zable, author

“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

“[Fein’s] book is utterly delightful, inspirational and deeply thought-provoking. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It was a privilege to immerse myself in your delicately crafted words. In all the books I have to read as a reviewer, being able to immerse myself in yours was an absolute joy.”

Alan Gold, author and reviewer

“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

“Fein is a masterly evocative storyteller. With poignant observation, and surgically economic language she imbues her stories in universal and at times mythical narratives. She traverses easily between references to biblical metaphors, cultural literary history, Hassidic folk tales and post WW2 western popular culture. Underpinning the geography, often of her familiar Jewish Melbourne and the socio/political context of her tales are the psychological and emotional scars perpetrated upon the survivors and the second-generation Holocaust survivors. Although the past haunts the present, the future remains surprisingly uncertain in these beautifully crafted stories. This collection of short stories is an important contribution to the canon of contemporary (Jewish) literature.”

Dr Victor Majzner, painter

“These fiercely intense stories carry a serious punch. Although they vary in subject matter – from the travails of a glutton, to the rites of passage of an Australian Jewish Princess, to fantastical stories of Jewish mysticism – they share a terrific energy, a narrative drive, and ultimately a unifying thread. That thread renders the formation of the life of the second-generation survivor, that ‘lucky’ person, born to survivors of the Shoah, who was born to the torments of knowing and half-knowing what it has meant to be a Jew in the Twentieth Century. Most acutely and succinctly, in her closing story, Fein writes of the Israeli kibbutznik whom terrorists murder at the Munich Olympics: ‘Yossi had come home not to a parade but in a box’. I read these twelve words, knew the world can never manage to love us for long, yet I was ambushed by pain and I wept. Fein’s title beckons towards that heavy knowing. ‘If the Jews are the chosen people,’ she cries to God, ‘choose somebody else!’”

Howard Goldenberg, author and doctor

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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

“An uplifting collaboration that reveals how random acts of kindness can turn a story of trauma, torture and tragedy into one of hope.”

Michael Gordon, journalist

“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

“I began to read with trepidation at the weight of the subject, and finished at a single sitting with the images of this storm-tossed Odyssey firmly fixed in my heart.”

Gordon Weiss, UN official and author

‘Amid the polemics of the political debate about asylum in this country, it is too easy to forget that, at the very heart of this issue, lies not some political theory, some abstraction, but people. This issue is not about boats to be stopped nor borders to be protected, it is not about ‘illegals’ jumping queues nor national security. It is about people. People like Para.’

Ben Doherty, journalist

“One of the most touching elements in this extraordinary story is Para’s chance friendship with an Australian grandmother who takes him into her family. This book is a collaboration between them and a powerful example of how people can really connect across cultures, class, age and gender to do good where politicians and bureaucracies have failed. I highly recommend it.”

Frances Harrison, author

“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


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

“If this book were a painting, the canvas would be too large to fit into a gallery. With all the beauty and the horror, the supernatural and the realistic, the love and the hatred, if ever there was a book that needs to be read more than once, this is it.”

Erich Mayer, ArtsHub

“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

“This book is alive … it speaks to us about the human condition and about how we live our lives in the most profound, beautiful, eloquent, complex, messy at times, chaotic, traumatic, extraordinary fashion – and in that sense, it is a real book of life. A true book that affirms life through some of the most extraordinary suffering that you can experience.”

Professor Baden Offord, Curtin Centre for Human Rights

“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

“Elements of magic realism that appear in the form of portentous dragonflies, forest jinns and mermaids suffuse the narrative and dictate the fate of the characters in a way that stands in stark contrast to the material circumstances that alter their lives—the desecration of Western-influenced cultural materials, the merciless interrogations, and the mass executions of political prisoners. It recalls The Lovely Bones, which utilises the perspective of an omniscient child narrator to great effect, and Life of Pi, which adroitly obscures fact with fiction.”

Sonia Nair, writer and book critic

“Stylistically similar to Eka Kurniawan’s acclaimed Beauty is a Wound. Many scenes, most memorably Azar’s handling of Beeta’s fate, blend heavy darkness with allegorical flights of imagination, marking the author as an assured fabulist. She brings to colourful life an extended family replete with beauty, humour and tragedy.”



The Mouth That Roared

by Les Twentyman and Robert Hillman

The Mouth that Roared grabs you by the collar and takes you places you wouldn’t normally willingly go and leaves you grateful for the experience. Above all, it is Les Twentyman’s old-style, no-bullshit storytelling and his distinctive voice that animates this story of his life growing up in a working class family in the western suburbs of Melbourne and his outreach work helping young addicts and strugglers to find meaning and hope. Crucial to his work is his ability to see the world through the eyes of the marginalised.”

Fiona Capp, the Sydney Morning Herald

“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 is a front-line urban lifesaver, rescuing the drowning from their addictions. If you want to know the truth about Australia, and what’s gone wrong, ‘The Mouth that Roared’ is a compelling read.”

Chris Smith, Radio 2GB

“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

“Well done Les on a great book, every Australian should purchase a copy and read this truly inspirational book if they get the chance, after all there are a lot of social workers in Australia but there is only one Les Twentyman!”

Brad Crawford, State Manager of AirAsia


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


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

by Katherine Boland

“I know it’s only May but this is my book of the year. It’s an absolutely beautiful book.”

Ann Creber, The Good Life, 3MR

“This book is by turns funny, poignant, moving and jaw-dropping. Sometimes sad and often joyful, it is a memoir of a vibrant woman who meets challenges head-on. A towering read!”

Emma Kathryn, Goodreads

“Everyone will love it, relate to it, and want to recommend it to their friends. The book is funny at times, sad, heartbreaking, and full of many adventures. It exceeded all my expectations.”

Jennifer, Goodreads

“Everyone will love it, relate to it, and want to recommend it to their friends. The book is funny at times, sad, heartbreaking, and full of many adventures.  It exceeded my expectations on what a memoir would entail!”

Jennifer Holmes, The Girly Bookclub

“An enthralling and moving memoir, one that keeps the reader amused, frustrated, indignant at times, but above all, inspired. Katherine is one of those wonderfully rare and brilliant women, who jump in, feet first.”

Stan Gorton, Narooma News

“An honest account that I enjoyed immensely.”

Ian Lipke, Queensland Reviewers Collective

“Katherine Boland’s motto: “Feel the fear and do it anyway,” perfectly describes her absorbing story of courageous lifestyle choices. Told with exquisitely crafted prose and a whimsical sense of humour, the captivating imagery – which takes you from the uniqueness of the Australian bush to the exoticism of faraway Egypt – will have you wishing you lived in Katherine’s shoes! A gripping story of true love with an admirable resolution. This should be read by many!”

Cheryl Koenig OAM, 2009 NSW Woman of the Year, author & motivational speaker

“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

“A humorous and thought provoking memoir. It kept me reading to see what would happen – how they would end up. The insight into this culture, as well as the hippy-culture of her earlier life were fascinating.”

Annie Steven, the Big Book Club


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


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


The Tainted Trial of Farah Jama

by Julie Szego

“A compelling story I couldn’t put down”

Simone Sinna, Goodreads


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


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



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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