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The Trapeze Act

The Trapeze Act

Libby Angel

$29.99
Loretta's mother was a trapeze artist in Europe, the star of the famed Rodzirkus circus, before she walked out on her drunken husband and his debts while on tour in Australia. But a life in 1960s suburban Adelaide was always going to be difficult, even if she does land herself the most handsome young barrister of the town, and Leda's behaviour raises more than a few eyebrows. Leda's father, handsome barrister Gilbert Lord, has no interest in his past, but hidden in a wardrobe are the journals of his ivory merchant great-great-grandfather who led an expedition to Australia's desert interior to search for elephants. For Loretta, growing up in her mother's flamboyant and often outrageous shadow, life is stifling and at times brutal. But the harder she tries to separate herself from her mother, the more she longs for her attention and love-and the more she finds that the past is inextricably woven into her own life and who she is. The Trapeze Act weaves stories of the circus and the doomed ivory expedition through a novel that is at once a heartbreaking tale of the search for acceptance and a celebration of the lustre and magic of life.
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The Florentine Bridge

The Florentine Bridge

Vanessa Carnevale

$29.99
Young Australian artist Mia Moretti has been cancer free for nine months. But her battle with the illness has taken its toll, leaving her depressed and tormented by overwhelming fears. What's more, she can't seem to paint anymore. Mia needs a fresh start so when a surprise opportunity to travel to Tuscany presents itself, she takes it. With any luck, this trip will help her find whatever it is she needs to open her heart and start painting again. What she doesn't count on is meeting Luca, a handsome Italian mechanic. With his smile, his warmth and his inspirational outlook on all the good things life has to offer, he sweeps her off her feet. As Mia slowly lets down her walls and allows Luca in, her passion for life is reignited and her new perspective begins to inspire her art. But just when she's ready to let go of her past, will a tragedy threaten her new life with Luca? Full of heart and hope, a love story about la dolce vita in Tuscany.
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The River House

The River House

Janita Cunnington

$19.99
The River House is a spellbinding debut novel, resonant of childhoods past and the beauty of the Australian countryside

It is the late 1940s, and the Broody River runs through a maze of sandbanks into the Coral Sea. On its southern bank lies the holiday town of Baroodibah. But its northern shore is wild – unsettled except for the River House, an old weatherboard box on stumps where the Carlyle family take their holidays.

For four-year-old Laurie Carlyle the house and its untold stories fire the imagination. It is a place of boating trips and nature collections, of the wind howling, the sheoaks sighing and the pelicans soaring into the blue sky.

But when a squabble between Laurie and her older brother Tony takes an unexpected turn, she detects the first hints of family discord. As the years pass, the River House holidays seem to shine a light on the undercurrents in the family: the secret from her mother’s past, the bitterness between Tony and their father Doug, and her sister Miranda’s increasingly erratic and dangerous behaviour...

Following the family’s story through the decades, The River House is a richly nostalgic novel about love and betrayal, personal tragedy and thwarted ambition, illusion and remorse. Above all it is about change, and the slow but relentless march of time.
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The Secret Heiress

The Secret Heiress

Luke Devenish

$19.99
A fabulous fortune. Beautiful, identical twins. Dark shadows fall across the golden summer of 1886. Naive country girl Ida Garfield longs to escape the farm. When Miss Matilda Gregory, the elegant mistress of Summersby House, offers Ida employment as a housemaid, Ida leaps at the chance. Yet it's not for her servant's skills that she's wanted. It's her inquisitiveness... But before Ida starts her first day, Miss Gregory is found dead. Fearing her one chance of bettering herself lost, Ida goes to the funeral, hoping that someone else from Summersby will still want her. Someone does. Handsome blond Englishman Mr Samuel Hackett is the late Miss Gregory's fiance. He expresses a keen need for a housemaid - and a friend. But Miss Gregory's will brings to light an extraordinary deception and a terrible wrong from the past. Summersby has a secret heiress, whose name is also Matilda Gregory... A strange, ethereal girl with an irrevocably broken memory. Who is this mysterious heiress, and why is Ida bound forever to the truth? A tale of dark shadows and extraordinary deception.
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The Grass is Greener

The Grass is Greener

Loretta Hill

$19.99
The grass always seems greener on the other side ...until you get there. For generations Bronwyn Eddings's family has thrived in the legal profession and a position at their prestigious firm is hers by right. Only problem is- she does not want it. Her best friend Claudia has always dreamed of being a lawyer, but tragedy struck and she took up the reins of her father's vineyard instead. It was supposed to be temporary ...now there's no end in sight. Bronwyn wants Claudia's life so badly. Claudia can't imagine anything better than Bronwyn's job. So the friends hatch a crazy plan to swap places. Both are determined to be the person they always thought they could never be. But achieving your dreams isn't easy - and falling in love with the men who oppose them is not a good idea ...
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The Coffee Palace

The Coffee Palace

Adele Ogier Jones

$25.99
Set in the years 1896-1914, this book begins in the Coffee Palace in Berrigan, NSW, which opened in time for the arrival of the railway in that town. Within the story of the family that built the Berrigan Coffee Palace, various stories emerge - of the family in Tasmania, and its musicians who have become part of the cultural scene for Australian rural towns; of a shipwreck of the 'Helen' in the Cork harbour; of Chartist men and a clockmaker in England; and through it all, a snapshot of daily life in the Riverina town in the years leading to Federation .
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Our Tiny, Useless Hearts

Our Tiny, Useless Hearts

Toni Jordan

$22.99
Henry has ended his marriage to Caroline and headed off to Noosa with Mercedes' grade three teacher, Martha. Caroline, having shredded a wardrobe-full of Henry's suits, has gone after them. Craig and Lesley have dropped over briefly from next door to catch up on the fallout from Henry and Caroline's all-night row. And Janice, Caroline's sister, is staying for the weekend to look after the girls because Janice is the sensible one. A microbiologist with a job she loves, a fervent belief in the beauty of the scientific method and a determination to make a solo life after her divorce from Alec. Then Craig returns through the bedroom window expecting a tryst with Caroline and finds Janice in her bed, Lesley storms in with a jealous heart and a mouthful of threats, Henry, Caroline and Martha arrive back from the airport in separate taxis-and let's not even get started on Brayden the pizza guy. Janice can cope with all that. But when Alec knocks on the door things suddenly get complicated. Harnessing the exquisite timing of the great comedies to the narrative power and emotional intelligence for which she is famous, Toni Jordan brings all her wit, wisdom and flair to this brilliant, hilarious novel.
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Writing the Dream

Writing the Dream

Various Writers

$26.99
A collection of 24 stories written by talented authors. No two writers are the same, but they have one thing in common: they are storytellers at heart and their deepest desire is to be heard. Writing the Dream shares the stories of twenty-four Australian writers, from emerging to established authors. Some are traditionally published, while others have taken the self-publishing route. Some have faced rejection after rejection, while others have had a dream path. But, while their writing journeys are different, all of them strive to create, entertain, inspire and inform. And all of them have unique and creative voices that deserve to be heard. With contributors including Anna Jacobs, Juliet Marillier, Natasha Lester, Jenn J McLeod, and a host of other talented writers, the stories in Writing the Dream are set to strike an inspirational chord in every hopeful writer's heart.
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Blueberry

Blueberry

Glenna Thomson

$32.99
Blueberry is a heart-warming debut novel about starting over, as a little blueberry orchard in the hills offers one woman the chance to change her life forever... Greer O'Reilly needs to start over. Her professional success belies private sadness and domestic overload. She's torn between her career and motherhood. Her partner of twelve years has left her. And up ahead is her new home - a beautiful though neglected blueberry orchard in the hills of north-east Victoria. But when she and her six-year-old daughter Sophie arrive at the property to take possession, there's an unforeseen complication - the former owner, 81-year-old artist and jazz lover Charlie Chandler, refuses to move out. Charlie is dying and desperate to spend his last days in his old home. With Greer at the beginning of her new life, and Charlie at the end of his, the unlikely pair soon form a close bond. One that will offer the strength and inspiration Greer needs - because the next twelve months will either make or break her...
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And Then... The Great Big Book of Awesome Adventure Tales: Volume 1

And Then... The Great Big Book of Awesome Adventure Tales: Volume 1

Ruth Wykes ,  Kylie Fox

$27.00
A host of Australia's best genre fictioneers - and one bold Kiwi - were invited to submit stories to the first anthology of adventure stories commissioned by Clan Destine Press. The authors could write in any genre but there a couple of must-haves: the stories had to feature 'a dynamic duo' and include something Australian (or Kiwi). Thirty-two authors did exactly what we asked of them, in terms of page-turning yarns; and many also took advantage of the offer to write from 5000 to 15,000 words. And Then... The Great Big Book of Awesome Adventure Tales is the result. Or, to be precise, the three-volume And Then... is the result - and is now available. The three Great Big Books of Awesome Adventure Tales feature historical, futuristic and contemporary settings, and the adventures are real-world, far-out, sf, horror, fantasy and mystery. The Authors include: Sulari Gentill, Jason Nahrung, Mary Borsellino, Andrew Nette, Cameron Ashley, Alan Baxter, Fin J Ross, Jason Franks, Emilie Collyer and Lindy Cameron.
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And Then... The Great Big Book of Awesome Adventure Tales: Volume 2

And Then... The Great Big Book of Awesome Adventure Tales: Volume 2

Ruth Wykes ,  Kylie Fox

$27.00
A host of Australia's best genre fictioneers - and one bold Kiwi - were invited to submit stories to the first anthology of adventure stories commissioned by Clan Destine Press. The authors could write in any genre but there a couple of must-haves: the stories had to feature 'a dynamic duo' and include something Australian (or Kiwi). Thirty-two authors did exactly what we asked of them, in terms of page-turning yarns; and many also took advantage of the offer to write from 5000 to 15,000 words. And Then...The Great Big Book of Awesome Adventure Tales is the result. Or, to be precise, the three-volume And Then...is the result - and is now available. The three Great Big Books of Awesome Adventure Tales feature historical, futuristic and contemporary settings, and the adventures are real-world, far-out, sf, horror, fantasy and mystery. The Authors include: Amanda Wrangles, Sophie Masson, Dan Rabarts, Lucy Sussex, Kat Clay, Michael Pryor, Peter M Ball, Maria Lewis, Evelyn Tsitas and Alison Goodman.
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And Then... The Great Big Book of Awesome Adventure Tales: Volume 3

And Then... The Great Big Book of Awesome Adventure Tales: Volume 3

Ruth Wykes ,  Kylie Fox

$27.00
A host of Australia's best genre fictioneers - and one bold Kiwi - were invited to submit stories to the first anthology of adventure stories commissioned by Clan Destine Press. The authors could write in any genre but there a couple of must-haves: the stories had to feature 'a dynamic duo' and include something Australian (or Kiwi). Thirty-two authors did exactly what we asked of them, in terms of page-turning yarns; and many also took advantage of the offer to write from 5000 to 15,000 words. And Then...The Great Big Book of Awesome Adventure Tales is the result. Or, to be precise, the three-volume And Then...is the result - and is now available. The three Great Big Books of Awesome Adventure Tales feature historical, futuristic and contemporary settings, and the adventures are real-world, far-out, sf, horror, fantasy and mystery. The Authors include: Tansy Rayner Roberts, James Hopwood, Sarah Evans, Narrelle M Harris, Keith McArdle, Kelly Gardiner, Kerry Greenwood & David Greagg, Amanda Pillar, Tor Roxburgh and Jack Dann & Steven Paulsen.
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