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She is presently working on her second novel. At age 5, Annah and her family moved to Port Moresby, and the setting of The Beloved is informed by her experiences growing up there. When Roberta "Bertie" Lightfoot is struck down with polio, her world collapses. But Mama doesn't tolerate self-pity, and Bertie is nobody if not her mother's daughter — until she sets her heart on becoming an artist.

Through drawing, the gifted and perceptive Bertie gives form and voice to the reality of the people and the world around her. While her father is happy enough to indulge Bertie's driving passion, her mother will not let art get in the way of the future she wishes for her only daughter.

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In the family moves to post-colonial Port Moresby, a sometimes violent frontier town, where Bertie, determined to be the master of her own life canvas, rebels against her mother's strict control. In this tropical landscape, Bertie thrives amid the lush pallette of colours and abundance, secretly learning the techniques of drawing and painting under the tutelage of her mother's arch rival. But Roberta is not the only one deceiving her family. As secrets come to light, the domestic varnish starts to crack, and jealousy and passion threaten to forever mar the relationship between mother and daughter.

Confined to the hospital with its iron lungs and fierce matrons, her mother, Lily May, rescues her and declares she will walk again, and she does, through hard work and sheer determination. Her mama, fierce like a lioness, knows best and wants the best for her children. In the Lightfoot family move to Port Moresby. Lily May is firmly resolved that her daughter will pursue the future she wants for her. But Bertie, equally determined, is a talented artist and sees that as her future: around this conflict emerges a ferocious battle with her mother to define her own identity.

Art threatens to irreparably damage the relationship between mother and daughter, and contributes to fracturing of the entire family dynamic. Drusilla Modjeska is one of Australia's most acclaimed writers. She was born in England but lived in Papua before arriving in Australia in She is also the author of the bestselling Stravinsky's Lunch. The Mountain is her first novel. In Papua New Guinea is on the brink of independence, and everything is about to change.

Amidst the turmoil filmmaker Leonard arrives from England with his Dutch wife, Rika, to study and film an isolated village high in the mountains. The villagers' customs and art have been passed down through generations, and Rika is immediately struck by their paintings on a cloth made of bark. Rika and Leonard are also confronted with the new university in Moresby, where intellectual ambition and the idealism of youth are creating friction among locals such as Milton — a hot-headed young playwright — and visiting westerners, such as Martha, to whom Rika becomes close.

But it is when Rika meets brothers Jacob and Aaron that all their lives are changed for ever. Drusilla Modjeska's sweeping novel takes us deep into this fascinating, complex country, whose culture and people cannot escape the march of modernity that threatens to overwhelm them.

It is a riveting story of love, loss, grief and betrayal. As ambitious in its reach as it is perceptive and accomplished, The Mountain stakes out new territory in our fictional landscape. This is a big novel in every sense, whose length and span reflect its serious intent and intellectual heft. This is a mesmeric tale of love and loss, of large joys and deep sorrows, of devotion and disloyalty. She spent her early twenties working as a park ranger in the Red Centre and now lives in Melbourne, where she works as an agricultural journalist.

On the outskirts of an Australian country town in the s, a lonely farmer trains his binoculars on a family of kookaburras that roost in a tree near his house.

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Harry observes the kookaburras through a year of feast, famine, birth, death, war, romance and song. As Harry watches the birds, his next door neighbour has her own set of binoculars trained on him. Ardent, hard-working Betty has escaped to the country with her two fatherless children. Betty is pleased that her son, Michael, wants to spend time with the gentle farmer next door. But when Harry decides to teach Michael about the opposite sex, perilous boundaries are crossed. It is a hymn to the rhythm of country life — to vicious birds, virginal cows, adored dogs and ill-used sheep.

On one small farm in a vast, ancient landscape, a collection of misfits question the nature of what a family can be. Yet the apparent simplicity and clarity of the story belies a deceptively complex, and successful, realisation of its narrative.

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Driving the story is the intersection of the rhythms of nature and s regional Australian life. Lily Brett was born in Germany and came to Melbourne with her parents in She is one of Australia's most loved, prolific and successful authors.

She has published six works of fiction, seven books of poetry, and three essay collections to much critical acclaim in Australia and around the world. Lily Brett is married to the Australian painter David Rankin.

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They have three children and live in New York. Lola Bensky is a nineteen-year-old rock journalist who irons her hair straight and asks a lot of questions. A high-school dropout, she's not sure how she got the job — but she's been sent by her Australian newspaper right to the heart of the London music scene at the most exciting time in music history: Lola spends her days planning diets and interviewing rock stars. In London, Mick Jagger makes her a cup of tea, Jimi Hendrix possibly propositions her and Cher borrows her false eyelashes.

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In Los Angeles, she discusses being overweight with Mama Cass and tries to pluck up the courage to ask Cher to return those false eyelashes. Lola has an irrepressible curiosity, but she begins to wonder whether the questions she asks these extraordinary young musicians are really a substitute for questions about her parents' calamitous past that can't be asked or answered. As Lola moves on through marriage, motherhood, psychoanalysis and a close relationship with an unexpected pair of detectives, she discovers the question of what it means to be human is the hardest one for anyone — including herself — to answer.

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Brian Castro makes use of the close focus and intensity of the novella in his new work of fiction, Street to Street, which is based on the life of the early twentieth-century Sydney poet Christopher Brennan. Brennan wrote some of the most powerful and ambitious poems in Australian poetry; he was a literary figure of great erudition in both classical and modern poetry. He died an impoverished alcoholic at the age of sixty-one.

In the tradition of Atonement and Birdsong, the Durance sisters leave Australia to nurse on the front during WWI and discover a world beyond their imaginings. Naomi and Sally Durance are daughters of a dairy farmer from the Macleay Valley. Bound together in complicity by what they consider a crime, when the Great War begins in they hope to submerge their guilt by leaving for Europe to nurse the tides of young wounded. They head for the Dardanelles on the hospital ship Archimedes. Their education in medicine, valour and human degradation continues on the Greek island of Lemnos, then on the Western Front.

Here, new outrages - gas, shell-shock - present themselves. Naomi encounters the wonderful, eccentric Lady Tarlton, who is founding a voluntary hospital near Boulogne; Sally serves in a casualty clearing station close to the front. They meet the men with whom they would wish to spend the rest of their lives. Inspired by the journals of Australian nurses who gave their all to the Great War effort and the men they nursed. The Daughters of Mars is vast in scope yet extraordinarily intimate. A stunning tour de force to join the best First World War literature, and one that casts a penetrating light on the lives of obscure but strong women caught in the great mill of history.

Stedman was born and raised in Western Australia, and now lives in London. The Light Between Oceans is her first novel published by Random House Australia, and has so far been translated into nearly thirty languages. It has been a bestselling book around the world, including Australia, Italy, Denmark and America, where it reached no. It was recently voted Best Historical Novel of by members of Goodreads.

This mesmerising Australian novel has been a bestselling book around the world, and Hollywood movie rights were recently snapped up by Dreamworks, with David Heyman Harry Potter set to produce. Tom Sherbourne is a young lighthouse keeper on a remote island off Western Australia.

The only inhabitants of Janus Rock, he and his wife Isabel live a quiet life, cocooned from the rest of the world. Then one April morning a boat washes ashore carrying a dead man and a crying infant — and the path of the couple's lives hits an unthinkable crossroads.

Only years later do they discover the devastating consequences of the decision they made that day — as the baby's real story unfolds…. Jacqueline Wright worked for many years as a teacher and linguist in the Pilbara and Kimberley on Indigenous Australian Aboriginal language, interpreting and cultural programs. In she took on the regional literature position promoting and developing literary activities and improving opportunities for writers in the north-west of Western Australia.

Now she swings two part-time jobs working as publishing intern at Magabala Books and a sports producer at ABC radio, Broome. In the midst of a bitter custody battle, an eight year old girl goes missing. Anna Funder is the author of the international bestseller Stasiland , which won the Samuel Johnson Prize and was published in 20 countries and translated into 16 languages.

Anna Funder grew up in Melbourne and Paris and lives in Sydney with her husband and family.

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