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Lyrical Lee, Bush Balladeer

Paula Xiberras
27.04.15 8:46 am

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When I called Lee Kernaghan recently for a chat about his new autobiography he mentions his respect for ANZAC hero, Tassie’s own Teddy Sheean, for whom there is a song on his album ‘Spirit of the ANZACS’. This is Lee, always giving others their due and just like his dad always told him, to ‘beware of your own publicity and don’t get a swell head!’

The Kernaghan name means ‘victorious’ and Lee ‘pasture’ or ‘meadow’ appropriate monikers indeed for a musician and man who has kept close to his origin on the land but at the same time has achieved victory in practically everything he has put his talents to.

Although it is the release of Lee’s autobiography that we are scheduled to speak of it would be amiss not to mention it is the second week his album ‘Spirit of the Anzacs’ has remained number one on the charts.  An autographed deluxe edition was presented to Prince Harry, a fact of which Lee is very proud, to Lee it is very important and right the ANZACS be honoured.

The fact that the genesis of the album came to Lee on reading the Anzac letters of the diggers landing at Gallipoli demonstrates a pattern in Lee’s creative process. For one, he’s a great reader, that extends from the classics to modern literature although there is a special affinity with those great Australian writers Henry Lawson and Banjo Patterson, particularly the former. It’s this extensive reading that sparks Lee’s creative ideas in writing music.

Lee started reading Lawson and Patterson when he was at a crossroad in his career, musically, successful but not yet finding his niche. When he was encouraged to explore these great storytellers, he discovered these were his own people and they told the stories he wanted to tell and so was born ‘Boys from the Bush’. If prompted Lee will admit this song which started it all has special meaning for him.

It was always going to be music for Lee and as he tells me he only wore a tie for four months! When he dabbled in a career in real estate.

Lee had always had a special relationship with Tasmania, every time he’s toured he’s had sell out shows in Hobart and Launceston and of course that relationship has solidified more with Lee personally choosing the Tasmania’s own Wolf Brothers to tour with him and be his band, after seeing them compete in Australia’s Got Talent. Lee calls the Wolfe Brothers one of the greatest bands on the planet!

The Nashville’s song writing process which so many artists pursue doesn’t have any attraction for Lee, he finds the brief case, nine to five regime too clinical and prefers to sit in a shack that he so beautifully puts it in his novel ‘holds the DNA of its former occupants (true country people) in a rickety old chair.’ Writing in places like this brings out Lee’s true creativity.

Lee himself has definitely found his niche and one could say what need has Lee for a real estate career when he is king of all of Australian country.

Lee’s book ‘Boy from the Bush’ is out now as is his CD ‘Spirit of the Anzacs’.

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The Lost Boys of ANZAC

Paula Xiberras
24.04.15 7:21 am

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If ANZAC John Charles Barrie was called Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up, by his grandmother then his granddaughter Judy Osborne might be a Tinkerbell in creating magic by bringing his book, written in 1930, down from its fairy dusted shelf to publication, especially in this the centenary anniversary of the Gallipoli landing. It’s ironic too that John Charles Barrie was related to the English author James M. Barrie from whom he may have inherited his writing talent. This is not where the allusions to the novel Peter Pan end, with parallels that might be drawn with the novel’s characters of the lost boys, who fell out of their prams and went to Neverland. It doesn’t take much imagination to make the connection with the young men who went to the Neverland of war.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Judy Osborne recently about her grandad John Charles Barrie who as well as being an ANZAC was a fine horseman, famer, builder of model ships and author. Judith who has visited Tasmania several time, as recently as spending two weeks in Launceston about 14 months ago, notes the further Tasmanian connection with her grandad’s family emigrating to Tasmania from Scotland before settling in Victoria.

Judy’s grandad passed away a year before she was born but she seemed destined to get to know him in the process of bringing to life his book, which befitting a modern day Tinkerbell has a fairy tale history of how it came to be published. The book was put on the shelf by her grandad, then in her grandmother safe keeping until it passed to her mother and 26 years ago the book came into Judy’s hands, since then it’s travelled through the family to their common pride.

The unique thing about the book says Judith, is that it is probably the only Anzac memoir written completely by a soldier who was on the frontline.

From very early on John Charles Barrie was keen to do two things ‘to be a soldier and a farmer’ two careers his Mum didn’t want for him, so she encouraged him to take on a bank clerk position which in no way deterred him and he went on to do five years of training and becoming an officer before he joined the 8th battalion that left Australia from Port Melbourne on the HMS Benalla. They joined the New Zealand ships in Albany and sailed off together for additional training before landing at Gallipoli.

Given that Barrie was a fine soldier Judy also highlights some of her grandad’s adventures that further establishes the link of adventurous spirit between him and the other Barrie’s fictional hero. In one such situation when he was unfit for service and was placed in a Weymouth depot as a machine gun instructor. Judy quotes from the book:

“He was so good at this job that he inadvertently rendered himself indispensable. His commanding officer would not let him leave, even after he was declared fit.  He desperately wanted to get back to his battalion on the front line. Eventually he went AWOL, not to get away from the war, but to get back to it. With the aid of an accomplice in the London office, and using very unorthodox means, and a great deal of stealth, he stowed away on two trains and a ship, and finally got back to his battalion”

Judy says ‘despite all of its ‘horrors’ it was largely in the trenches of the first world war that our peculiar but beautiful Aussie humour was conceived.’

Some of those horrors are reflected in the following passage by Barrie on page 48 of the book.

‘When a shell burst a few feet from us, and I felt a blow like a sledge hammer on my left shoulder and another on my right leg, and I toppled over. I tried to pick myself up, but my left arm was broken and crumpled up under me, and I flopped again. I managed to sit up and found Captain Sergeant sitting up also. I asked him if he were hit. He smiled and said,

“Yes, but it’s nothing,” and fell back dead.’

On a lighter note ,Judy’s grandad also demonstrated some ingenuity such as his solution to the loud parties that went on next door to him at Weymouth where ‘a young officer’ ‘partying every night until 2 or 3am with a gramophone blaring and keeping everybody awake’

‘he went on to acquire an acetylene gas generator a length of rubber hose and a brace and bit, drilled a hole in the wall between the two rooms poked the hose through attached the other end to the gas generator and shoved the generator under the bed. grandpa went to bed that night and waited for the party to start when it was in full swing he turned on the gas and let them have it causing an uproar in the next room and a stampede out of there he allowed them to check his room where they found nothing except him in his pyjamas!’

Judy says: “Grandpa was very proud that he had the distinction of being the first officer in the British army to conduct a gas attack.”

After the war Barrie fulfilled his other ambition of being a farmer buying a soldiers settlement and was also made an honorary colonel.

Judy adds that her Grandad’s book is not a glorification of war and she says ‘I do wish we could live in a world without war’.

At the same time says Judy ‘we should not ignore and must not forget the sacrifices that our forefathers and others made’

‘and we must not forget those lost boys that found themselves in the Neverland of war and like Peter Pan never had the chance to grow up.

Memoirs of an ANZAC by John Charles Barrie is out now published by Scribe Publishing.

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Beyond the Myth of Self Esteem ... launched

Paul Arnott
21.04.15 3:17 pm

John Smith’s new book, Beyond the Myth of Self Esteem, was launched last Thursday night in Melbourne by the host of ABC local radio’s Sunday Nights program, John Cleary.

John Smith, who founded the Christian motor cycle group God’s Squad, addresses a number of myths about self-esteem currently in Australian society.

He attacks head on the ‘You must feel good look good myth.’  He writes that ‘a feel good manoeuvre is deluding ourselves and others into believing that we are competent in virtually every situation we encounter, quashing feelings of inferiority or embarrassment.’ He suggests, that it’s only when we own our lack of knowledge or experience that we open the door to gaining the very skills and qualities we’d like to have.’

Launching the book John Cleary said he hoped that many people would benefit from what John Smith had written and the book was utterly consistent with his passionate commitment to tackle the hard issues facing Australian society.

Eureka Street magazine writes that Beyond the Myth of Self Esteem ‘contends, with considerable ethical heft, that we ignore the pain or needs of others, the better to get off on our own gloriousness.’

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Standing on Their Shoulders: Heroes of the Faith for Today

kKarina Woolrich, Acorn Press
21.04.15 8:25 am

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Acorn Press Limited – http://www.acornpress.net.au
New Book Information
Title: Standing on Their Shoulders: Heroes of the Faith
for Today
Author: Rhys Bezzant
Edition: 1st edition
Formats: paperback and eBook
Publication date: 16 May 2015
Launch details: Brisbane
RRP: $19.95 (paperback)
$7.99 (eBook; will vary depending on retailer)

Acorn website quick link:
http://acornpress.net.au/publications/standing-on-their-shouldersheroes-
of-the-faith-for-today/

Being a Christian means being part of a bigger story, for God has worked in the course of history
to make a people for himself. There is great joy in being part of this story, because we are spared
the anxiety of creating ourselves out of nothing. Rather than going it alone, we stand on the
shoulders of those before us in the faith, and consequently see further.

The studies in this book tell the stories of twelve great heroes of the faith from the last two
thousand years of history. Sometimes their strengths drove their story, sometimes their
weaknesses, but their lives left others profoundly changed. From each of these flawed but
faithful mentors, we can draw courage and receive spiritual nurture as we contend for the faith
today.

Author biography

Rhys Bezzant grew up and studied in Melbourne, with significant periods of research in
Germany and the United States. He has worked for the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical
Students, served as an Anglican minister and counts it as his chief blessing to be a talent scout
for future ministers of the gospel. On faculty at Ridley College since 2004, Rhys teaches Church
History, Theology and Christian Worship and directs the Jonathan Edwards Center Australia. He
is serious about drinking coffee, mentoring and travel, and he enjoys walks with his Staffordshire
terrier, Gustav.

Commendations
‘This lively and accessible book tells the stories of twelve people whom God used – flaws and all
– to build his kingdom. It is a rich resource for individuals and small groups seeking to
understand and learn from church history.’ - Joanna Cruickshank, Senior Lecturer in History, Deakin University

‘Dr Bezzant has written a remarkable work that brings to life the great heroes of our faith. From
the resilience of Athanasius of Alexandria to the passion of Billy Graham, Standing on Their
Shoulders is a treasury of wisdom, inspiration and transforming grace.’ - Guy Mason, Lead Pastor, City on a Hill

‘This short volume introduces us to some of the most important dramatis personae in Christian
history and neatly crystallises their impact on the church, its people and its doctrines. The astute
pastoral insights found throughout this book make it a valuable resource for all readers.’ - Tim Patrick, Principal, Bible College SA

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Never to Return ... Launched

Gordon Brown
20.04.15 5:00 am

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This book must go into the Guiness Book of Records as the first book published at the age of 95.

It is a rollicking good yarn which imagines over 7000 boys, waifs, strays, vagabonds and petty thieves hoovered up from the slums of Britain and after many months at sea confined in cramped and overcrowded quarters, deposited at Point Puer opposite the dreaded convict settlement of Port Arthur.

Of these 7000 boys only three ever escaped.

Marjorie Davey’s novel ‘Never to Return’ tells the ficitional story of one of those escapees.

He meets up with another escapee, a young Aboriginal boy who helps him survive. Encounters with settlers and bushrangers follow.

This book is in the best tradition of Richard Flanagan and I am sure Steven Speilberg will soon come knocking on Marjorie’s door.

I loved this book and am pretty sure you will too ...

The Media Release ...

HOBART, Australia – Author Marjorie Mcardell Davey has recently released “Never to Return” (published by Xlibris AU), a novel that recreates the drama, hardship and intrigue of one of Australia’s most fascinating and perhaps terrifying historical sites – Point Puer Boys’ Prison. 

Much has been written about the main adult penal settlement at Port Arthur in Tasmania, but “Point Puer” is described as “the first reformatory built exclusively for juvenile male convicts in the British Empire. Three thousand boys, some as young as nine years old, were sentenced to this prison between 1834 and 1849.” When Davey visited Point Puer several years ago, she wondered what happened to the three teenage boys who were the only ones who successfully escaped what had been the remotest penal colony in the world at that time.

In her debut novel, “Never to Return,” Davey imagines the incredible journey of one of those boys, as he braves the rugged Tasmanian bush. A friendship develops between two characters that may not have occurred under ordinary circumstances. It is a tale of high adventure, extreme survival, unlikely friendships and the strong desire for freedom.  She masterfully blends history and fiction to recreate an incredible survivor story set against a notorious episode in Australia’s history. 

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The first contemporary thriller from Echo Publishing

Scott Eathorne Quikmark Media
16.04.15 6:33 am

The first contemporary thriller from Echo Publishing, Something is Rotten, a suspenseful morality tale.

When budding writer Brent Taylor dies a horrific death in the Auckland University Library, his friend, sex worker Jade Amaro, refuses to believe it is suicide. She seeks help from Sam Hallberg, a former government advisor on terrorism, now working as a mechanic.

As Sam reluctantly agrees to look into the death, a hunt for a lost manuscript leads him ever deeper into a complex case of corruption and deceit. Meanwhile, Sam’s friend, brilliant business journalist Lynette Church, embarks on an investigation of dirty political dealings with major global implications, and with ties to the Iraq War.  It soon becomes clear that something is indeed very rotten…

Beginning in New Zealand, then winding its way around the globe, this clear-sighted and tense thriller will have you on the edge of your seat. The first crime fiction release from Echo Publishing, Something is Rotten is a superbly written morality tale with Shakespearean twists and turns. The book is authored by Adam Sarafis, the creation of Auckland-based authors Linda Olsson and Thomas Sainsbury.

Scott Eathorne
Quikmark Media
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Griffith Review 48: Enduring Legacies

Susan Hornbeck, Associate Publisher, Griffith REVIEW
16.04.15 5:35 am

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Enduring Legacies
Edited by JULIANNE SCHULTZ & PETER COCHRANE
Edition 48 • APRIL 2015 • RRP $27.99 / NZ $35.00

Anniversaries can be more than occasions for remembrance; they may transform our understanding of what is being commemorated. -Tim Bonyhady, from Enduring Legacies

2015 is a seminal year in Australian history, marking the centenary of the Gallipoli offensive, the seventieth anniversary of the end of the Second World War in the Pacific, and the fortieth anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War.

Political agendas require a national story that is simple, fixed and inviolable. In the next four years, more than $300 million will be spent on commemorating the Centenary of Anzac . . . but the increasingly politicised nature of commemorative ceremonies raises significant questions about the mythologised treatment of warfare. Modern Australia is a product of the great wars of last century. They transformed the society in ways we don’t often recognise.

We need to move away from celebration and commemoration of the Anzac legend. We need to reflect, not only on the actions of those wars, but on their consequences and enduring legacies. Long after the triumph and tragedy of the battlefield subsides, there persists the enduring human, political, economic and military costs of war. The battles are important, but the lessons to be learnt in their aftermath need to be interrogated to explain how we got to where we are.

Griffith Review: Enduring Legacies draws together distinguished soldiers, military historians, academics and popular writers to challenge myths and explore the multifaceted legacies of the wars of the twentieth century, providing new insights, graphic portraits and telling analysis of their consequences.

The legacies of Anzac story-making, whether praising Australian virtues or highlight in loss and sacrifice, are in many respects efforts to render meaningful the unfathomable pain and anguish experienced by generations of Australians as a consequence of war. - Stephen Garton, from Enduring Legacies

Contributors include John Clarke, Clare Wright, Tim Rowse, Jenny Hocking, Peter Cochrane, Tim Bonyhady, Peter Stanley, Frank Bongiorno, Joy Damousi, Cory Taylor, Jim Davidson, Barry Hill, Marina Larsson, Rosetta Allan, Gerhard Fischer, Laura Jan Shore, Ben Stubbs, Gerard Windsor, Ross McMullin, Jill Brown, David Walker, Jeannine Baker, Craig Cliff, Paul Ham, Meredith McKinney, David McKnight, Tom Bamforth, Stephen Garton, David Carlin, James Brown, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Christopher Pugsley and Greg Lockhart.

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Gunter Grass, Writer Who Pried open Germany’s past, but hid his own, dies aged 87

Stephen Kinzer, New York Times
14.04.15 8:15 pm

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Gunter Grass, once Patron to Future Perfect, Tasmanian-artists-in-protest at Ten Days on the Island a decade ago, has died.

Read the New York Times Tribute = and related articles, here

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Eduardo Galeano, leading voice of Latin American left, dies aged 74

Guardian
14.04.15 8:12 pm

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Best known for his 1971 book Open Veins of Latin America, the Uruguayan writer and journalist was one of the region’s noted anti-capitalist voices

Read more, The Guardian here

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Hobart Bookshop: Immune Systems

Hobart Bookshop
08.04.15 1:28 pm

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The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to the launch of Andy Jackson’s new collection, Immune Systems.

Join us for an evening which will include the launch as well as readings from Andrew Bourke and Jane Williams.

In Immune Systems Andy Jackson captures and interrogates the complexity of contemporary India with lyric beauty and an unflinching, yet tender, gaze. In the title suite of poems he explores ‘medical tourism’ − a booming industry in India − from the perspective of a Westerner undergoing surgery and recovery. Through various medical and social interactions, he experiences confusion, insight, anger, small epiphanies and the sheer humanity of other bodies. Political and economic problems inherent in the medical tourism inform the poetry, but the focus is always the human encounter. Similarly in a series of ghazals, Jackson reveals how the metaphysical is embodied in the everyday. The larger questions of love, death, body and spirit live in the seemingly ordinary, while the beautifully cadenced verse is grounded by an assured conversational tone. Immune Systems is a thought-provoking and poignant expansion of his poetic craft and themes.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: 5.30pm Wednesday April 22nd

Free event, all welcome.

The Hobart Bookshop
22 Salamanca Square
Hobart Tasmania 7000
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Writers’ Retreat with Maggie MacKellar

Hobart Bookshop
07.04.15 3:21 pm

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The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to forward you the following invitation.

Event: Writers’ Retreat with Maggie MacKellar

Brockley Estate Heritage Homestead, May 22-25

Me Time Experiences invites you to spend four days with writer Maggie MacKellar at the Brockley Estate Heritage Homestead developing your writing and receiving feedback from Maggie.

The retreat price ($1499 per person) includes all meals, three nights’ accommodation at Brockley Estate, return transfers from Hobart to the Estate, and the small-group writing sessions.

For more details you can download the PDF flyer from our website, and for any further enquiries, please contact Me Time at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or on 0414 317 950 (Sharon) or 0427 320 118 (Pauline).


The Hobart Bookshop
22 Salamanca Square
Hobart Tasmania 7000
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Acclaimed author John Kinsella releases new collection of short fiction, Crow’s Breath

Scott Eathorne Quikmark Media
07.04.15 12:51 pm

‘Energetic and ruthless. Kinsella’s writing is stunningly good’ Australian Book Review

Winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry and shortlisted in the Steele Rudd Prize for a collection of short fiction, John Kinsella returns with Crow’s Breath (Transit Lounge, 1 May 2015), a not-to-be-missed addition to the canon of one of Australia’s most original and incisive writers.

A man who never sleeps takes a cross-continent train journey into landscape and memory. A gregarious woman and a reclusive man move to an Irish village where history and tradition (the famine pit nearby, the festival of Halloween) enact their dark forces. In an Australian town dying from the encroachment of salinity, a young girl attempts to bring life to a dead dog. Whether documenting love or horror, or finding quotidian absurdities in Australia or the world , the powerful stories in Crow’s Breath capture the precariousness of everything we most value with unsettling tenderness and beauty.

John Kinsella’s most recent volumes of poetry are The Vision of Error: A Sextet of Activist Poems (Five Islands Press, 2013) and Sack (Fremantle Press and Picador, UK 2014). His collection, Jam Tree Gully (WW Norton, 2012), won the 2013 Prime Minister’s Prize for Poetry. His volume of stories In the Shade of the Shady Tree (Ohio University Press, 2012) was shortlisted for the Steele Rudd Award. Tide, a collection
of stories, was published by Transit Lounge in 2013. He is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University, a Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia, and Professor of Sustainability and Literature at Curtin University. For a review copy or to speak with John please contact me.

Scott Eathorne
Quikmark Media
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Preston South, VIC 3072
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ASA Bulletin

Australian Society of Authors
03.04.15 8:09 am

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Competition Policy Review attacks Australian authors

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Hobart Bookshop: Robbed. Paul Keating

Hobart Bookshop
31.03.15 11:11 am

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• The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to the launch of John Tully’s new novel, Robbed of Every Blessing.

Join us as Tim Thorne launches the book, which will be available for sale and signing.

Ireland, early 1800s. The Napoleonic Wars have ended, leaving an already disjointed country in peril. Maurice O’Dwyer, a young Irishman, considers the lifeless body of an English tithe-collector slain under a rain-filled sky. From that moment it seems his fate is sealed: he and his young simpleton brother, Padraig, are exiled to Australia, An Astrail, to the convict-filled island of Van Diemen’s Land - leaving behind his love, his land, and his liberty. However, in the bush Maurice discovers that there are allies in the most unlikely of places.

When: Wednesday April 15th, 5.30pm
Where: The Hobart Bookshop

• The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to help us celebrate the release of David Day’s new book, Paul Keating: The Biography.

Join us in the shop for the event and to meet David Day; books available for sale and signing.

In the tradition of his bestselling Curtin and Chifley comes David Day’s exhaustive biography of one of our most fascinating prime ministers. Paul Keating was one of the most significant political figures of the late twentieth century, firstly as treasurer for eight years and then Prime Minister for five years. Although he has spent all of his adult life in the public eye, Keating has eschewed the idea of publishing his memoirs and has discouraged biographers from writing about his life. Undaunted, best-selling biographer David Day has taken on the task of giving Keating the biography that he deserves. Based on extensive research in libraries and archives, interviews with Keating’s former colleagues and associates, and walking the tracks of Keating’s life, Day has painted the first complete portrait of Paul Keating, covering both the public and private man.

When: Thursday April 16th, 5.30pm  
Where: The Hobart Bookshop

Free event, all welcome.

The Hobart Bookshop
22 Salamanca Square
Hobart Tasmania 7000
ph 03 6223 1803 | fax 03 6223 1804
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FIRST DAVID IRELAND NOVEL IN 18 YEARS TO BE SERIALISED BY ISLAND MAGAZINE

Kate Harrison, Island Marketing
28.03.15 6:08 am

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The first David Ireland novel in 18 years will be serialised by Island magazine, it was announced today.

The novel, titled The World Repair Video Game, will be published in five instalments, beginning with the next issue of Island magazine (#140), available from March 30.
 
Bemused by the renewed interest in his work, following the reissuing of some of his previous novels in the Text Classics series, David Ireland said: ‘This is the first time any of my novels has been serialised. I’m greatly looking forward to having a copy in my hands and seeing how it looks. Serialising is such a great tradition. I’m in good company, thanks to Island magazine.’
 
‘Fortunately, it is a novel that benefits from reading slowly,’ said Island editor, Matthew Lamb, ‘with time to recover and ponder between each instalment, and with the opportunity to re-read before moving on to the next. It helps that Ireland’s novel is not plot-driven, but is animated rather by the interplay of ideas and character.’

The World Repair Video Game
 
Geordie Williamson, Island’s fiction editor, introducing the novel in an article in Saturday’s Weekend Australian, states: ‘Like The Chantic Bird, his 1968 debut, [The World Repair Video Game] tells the story of an outsider who constructs a personal philosophy that runs at widdershins to ‘ordinary’ society and then lives by it, making him either a madman or the clear-eyed ruler of a sovereign state. But where that first novel was charged with a young man’s energy, a punkish joie de vivre, this new work is characterised by the calm and quiet maturity of its narrator.’
 
In his column in the Weekend Australian, Stephen Romei, writes: ‘As someone who has read a bit of the author’s unpublished work, I’d classify The World Repair Video Game as classic late-Ireland: obsessive, creepy, philosophical, funny. It’s important to remember, reading any of Ireland’s novels, that he is a great satirist. The story is told in diary form by middle-aged Kennard Stirling, a family black sheep, an outsider, who lives on a bush block with his dog and who, you sense from the outset, is up to something awful, and not for the first time.’
 
Williamson adds: ‘Once again, Ireland has imagined an anti-hero appropriate to our times. Kennard is a deep ecologist in the sense that he does not place humans (or, at least, all humans) at the heart of calculations about the proper use and value of nature. Indeed, those who have previously criticised the author for the determined coarseness of his language will be stilled by the exquisite prose Kennard is granted to describe his private Eden. He relays an unfeigned love of animals and trees that stands quite apart from his pessimistic beliefs regarding the probable future of our race.’
 
This announcement comes on the back of several other announcements at Island magazine over the past month, and it is very much the culmination of these changes at the magazine that the David Ireland project is being introduced.

PRINT-ONLY
 
Earlier this year, it was announced that Island would be going print-only, with no online content or digital edition, but with a website and social media focused on providing subscriptions to the print issues. This was accompanied by a 200% increase in the print-run, and a more widely established national distribution. 

MONA PARTNERSHIP
 
This idea of establishing Island as a print artefact coincides with the announcement that Island had forged a literary partnership with David Walsh and the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).
 
In an introductory note to the next issue of Island - due out next week - Walsh writes: ‘my lust for literature, and my lust for collecting, has led me to seek a trophy journal.’ Lamb and Walsh see the partnership as essentially using MONA as a framing device to help put Island magazine – as a print artefact – on show, to help amplify its explorations of all aspects of literary culture.

MARSHALL MCLUHAN
 
This forthcoming issue of Island will also publish an edited excerpt from a recently uncovered book-length manuscript by renowned media theorist, Marshall McLuhan.
 
Completed in 1976, but unpublished due to illness and death, “The Future of the Library” successfully predicts the impact of information technology on libraries, but – perhaps more interestingly – it also shows the impact of libraries on information technology and publishing, in ways that are still relevant to us today.
 
In this essay, McLuhan states: ‘In industry there is an old saying: “If it works, it is obsolete.” We have been saying for some years that the book and printing are obsolete. Many people interpret this to mean that printing and the book are about to disappear. Obsolescence, in fact, means the opposite. It means that a service has become so pervasive that it permeates every area of a culture like the vernacular itself. Obsolescence, in short, ensures total acceptance and ever wider use.’

ISLAND 140
 
It is this logic that is behind Island’s move to go print-only. Moreover, it is McLuhan’s idea that media forms that have been previously rendered obsolete may very well be retrieved by the establishment of new media forms, that is behind Island’s attempt to retrieve the form of the serial novel, by publishing David Ireland’s The World Repair Video Game. 

Island 140 will be published on Monday 30 March 2015.

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Hobart Bookshop: Off The Cliff

Hobart Bookshop
25.03.15 2:30 pm

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Please join us at the launch of Jasmine Lawrence’s new collection of poetry, Off The Cuff.

When: Friday April 10th, 5.30pm
Where: The Hobart Bookshop

Free event, all welcome.

The Hobart Bookshop
22 Salamanca Square
Hobart Tasmania 7000
ph 03 6223 1803 | fax 03 6223 1804
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Watch Clive James read his poem ... Early to Bed

The Observer
18.03.15 9:00 am

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Watch Clive read here

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Terry Pratchett in quotes: 15 of the best

Guardian. Image: Wikipedia here
13.03.15 8:40 am

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Read those quotes, The Guardian, here

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Marshall McLuhan manuscript from 1976 uncovered, Island magazine to publish excerpt

Kate Harrison, Island Marketing
12.03.15 10:00 am

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A previously unpublished manuscript by Marshall McLuhan – the founding father of modern media communications theory – has been uncovered.  

Written in 1976, with Robert K. Logan, the manuscript titled “The Future of the Library: An old figure in a new ground”, was to be the culmination of McLuhan’s work on media ecology.

A 6000 word edited excerpt, abstracted from the 60,000 word manuscript, will be published in Australian literary quarterly, Island magazine (issue 140, due out on March 30), with kind permission from the Marshall McLuhan Estate.

McLuhan’s work on media ecology began in the 1950s, with the publication of The Mechanical Bride: Folklore of Industrial Man. Although it was not until the publications of the early 1960s – with The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man and Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, which launched such ideas as ‘the medium is the message’ and ‘global village’ – that McLuhan became internationally famous.

McLuhan, who predicted the internet 30 years before it came into existence, wrote “The Future of the Library” with Robert Logan during the mid-1970s, before the onset of home computers, and yet he was able to accurately foresee the changes rapid that libraries would undertake over the next 35 years, in light of the development of information technology.

Significantly, McLuhan offers a suggestion for what a library of the future could still look like.

‘What is most interesting about this manuscript,’ said Island editor, Matthew Lamb, ‘is not just that McLuhan had the foresight to see what has happened over the past 35 years, but that his suggestions for how we should address these changes is still relevant. In fact, what McLuhan had to say about our present moment from his vantage point of the past is far more interesting, prescient, and useful, than what most of our contemporary media commentators have to say today.’

This announcement comes on the back of recent announcements that Island is forming a literary partnership with David Walsh and the Museum of Old and New Arts (MONA), and with this coming issue, Island will be available only in a print edition, with no digital edition or online content.

‘The decision to go print-only is very much a result of a close reading of the work of Marshall McLuhan,’ said Lamb. ‘So it seemed appropriate to launch the first print-only, MONA-edition with a feature essay by McLuhan himself.’

As McLuhan writes, in this essay: ‘In industry there is an old saying: “If it works, it is obsolete.” We have been saying for some years that the book and printing are obsolete. Many people interpret this to mean that printing and the book are about to disappear. Obsolescence, in fact, means the opposite. It means that a service has become so pervasive that it permeates every area of a culture like the vernacular itself. Obsolescence, in short, ensures total acceptance and ever wider use.’

Island 140 will be published on 30 March 2015.

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Fullers Bookshop, 5.30pm Thursday: Henry Reynolds in conversation with Ian McFarlane

Peter Ingram-Jones
10.03.15 9:48 am

Author Ian McFarlane will be in conversation with Professor Henry Reynolds about his new book

Van Diemen’s Land
An Aboriginal History
Fullers Bookshop Thursday 12 March at 5.30 pm

Dr McFarlane’s controversial new history of Aborigines in Tasmania is a seminal work that corrects crucial assumptions in previous works. Arguably the most significant book to appear in Tasmanian publishing this year, it represents his strong desire to ensure that a proper history of the Tasmanian Aborigines be recorded.

Dr McFarlane lectures in history at UTAS at the North West Coast campus and has published widely in journals and has one previous book called Beyond Awakening. He fought in the Vietnam War and was a member of the Waterside Workers Union before becoming an academic.

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Simon’s Spellbinding Book

Paula Xiberras
09.03.15 5:46 am

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Simon Barnard, the author of ’The A-Z of Convicts’ is a former Tasmanian. The book is a mammoth project of over 20 years of research including, many camping trips in Tassie.  The volume captures in intricately-detailed illustrations by Simon himself, convicts and other characters in realistic poses.

Simon is a former art student who didn’t pursue his artistic studies finding that ‘the artist poses questions, while the illustrator answers them’.

The book aims and succeeds to be accessible to both adults and even reluctant younger readers, who might be challenged by a more textually and academically-dense volume. Such has the appeal been to younger readers and the encouragement for them to attempt illustration, that a young reader sent Simon a letter with his own illustrations.

One particularly fascinating area Simon explores is the rich history of The Ross Bridge in Tasmania, literally walking history as you encounter its carvings of people associated or related to the building of the bridge. There is also the symbolism inherent in the carving of a lion with a lamb underfoot thought to symbolise England (The Lion) and its dominance over the exiled convict (The Lamb).

Barnard also showcases a literary connection, the story of the convict Issac Solomon who was sent to Tasmania and is thought to be the inspiration for the character Fagin in Dickens’ ‘Oliver Twist’.

The book also contains lots of amazing trivia, perhaps overlooked by some texts; especially fascinating is Simon’s account of the Female Factory convicts and a particular group known as ‘The Flash Mob’, rebellious women who would dress up in forbidden jewellery and scarfs ...  and once completing their chores would ‘do their own thing’.

Such has been the success of this book that Simon is working on another book more specifically on convict tattoos, which is pardon the pun ‘lightly illustrated’ in this book.

In a time when we, as descendants no longer wish to wash away the ‘convict stain’, this book is a wonderful history for as wide as possible an audience. A nice touch is the alphabetical categorising of the topics included in the book.

The A-Z of Convicts Is out now published by Text Publishing.

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Chewing Gum Can Perform Miracles, Unless You’re Facing Dennis Lillee!

Paula Xiberras
07.03.15 3:41 am

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Ian Brayshaw enjoys Tasmania and has been here 3 times, twice with his wife and once with his son.  Ian recalls the best meal he ever had was in Tassie when he feasted on a fresh flathead at a resort at Coles Bay …

A journalist and former cricketer, Ian’s most recent book is ‘The Miracle Match’,  which tells the story of a domestic Gillette Cup cricket match played between Queensland and Western Australia in 1976 at the WACA on a seam-ingly (pardon the pun) bowler-friendly wicket

Western Australia and Queensland boasted the five big players at the time and some would say of any time: Greg Chappell, Dennis Lillee, Jeff Thompson, Rodney Marsh and Viv Richards.

The WA team was bowled out for a meagre 77 runs.

It seemed the game was all over … but you could never discount Dennis Lillee …

Lillee bowled the great Viv Richards for a duck; then Greg Chappell for single figures … and incredibly WA stole the victory. 

It was a time when cricket wasn’t as ‘sanitised’ as it is today and it was populated by some memorable characters.

It was a match to remember. Ian phoned Viv Richards to ask if he remembered ‘that’ match. Viv’s reply: ‘It was never far from his mind’.

It was also a time when cricketers were not professionals and had other careers;  they played. Ian says, for ’ the unbridled sheer joy of the game’. 

It was also a time that showcased the ferocious never-give-up spirit of Dennis Lillee; his skill in bowling, his will to win. Ian says it made him ‘the full package … stamina, fitness with hard work and talent’ that had the other ‘Ian’, in Ian Chappell, ‘doing handstands’ over his luck in having such players in his Test team.


Another great of the game beautifully drawn by Ian is Viv Richards, who Ian relates would come out to the wicket without a helmet bravely announcing it was ‘just him and his chewing gum’.

Then there was Rick Charlesworth who would later come to prominence as a hockey player and coach …  but as a Renaissance Man also boasted a medical degree and a political career.  Ian says he was a great competitor and feels privileged to have played with him.

Other greats featured in the match include Kim Hughes and Bruce Yardley; the latter admired by Ian admired for changing from fast bowling to spin.

Ian believes his career as a player has helped him as a journalist, giving him a certain authority and enabling him to establish connections in the sports world and opening doors to sports stars.

It is interesting to note that the ‘Brayshaw’ name comes from the old English via Lancashire and means ‘broad’ and ‘wide’ and ‘small wood’ … on the day of ‘The Miracle Match’ the bats were ‘small wood’ to the mighty eyes of Dennis Lillee.

‘The Miracle Match’ is out now published by Hardie Grant.

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Don’t miss this chance! Omar Musa to inspire audiences in Hobart

Amber Wilson, Tasmanian Writers’ Centre Communications Officer, http://www.tasmanianwriters.org
03.03.15 6:09 pm

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In a rare event for Hobart, renowned spoken word and hip-hop poet Omar Musa will be delivering a skills-based workshop followed by a raw, edgy performance and open mic night on Saturday, March 28.

The workshop and performance is presented by the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre in partnership with the Tasmanian Poetry Festival, and will be held at the new arts space the ARTS Factory in South Hobart.

The Malaysian-Australian rapper and poet from Queanbeyan is the former winner of the Australian Poetry Slam and the Indian Ocean Poetry Slam ( see his winning piece on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3u8dz50GbVk ). He has released three hip hop albums, two poetry books (including Parang), appeared on ABC’s Q&A and received a standing ovation at TEDx Sydney at the Sydney Opera House. He is currently working on a play, Bonegatherer. His first novel, Here Come the Dogs, was published in August 2014.

Omar will appeal to a wide range of audiences and the events have been priced to be accessible to everyone – only $30 for the workshop and $10 for the performance. Anyone is welcome to join in the open mic section of the night and deliver their own brand of street poetry.

“Omar is so inspiring and has a well-deserved and commanding following throughout the contemporary Australian poetry and writing scene. I encourage you all to mark the date in your diary,” Tasmanian Writers’ Centre director Chris Gallagher said.

Tasmanian Poetry Festival director Cameron Hindrum said Tasmania was a rich landscape for urban poetry to spring from.

“Tasmania has a great energy for edgy arts – it won’t be long before street poetry catches on here as a way that young people express themselves,” he said.

Tickets are selling fast through Eventbrite ...

for the workshop: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/spoken-word-with-omar-musa-workshop-tickets-15970028786

and performance: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/spoken-word-with-omar-musa-performance-and-open-mic-tickets-15970073921

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Hobart Bookshop: Never to Return

Hobart Bookshop. Pub: Feb 19
03.03.15 6:00 pm

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The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to the launch, by Gordon Brown, of Marjorie McArdell Davey’s new book, Never To Return.

This is a fascinating story of seven thousand boys - mostly teenagers - who passed through the children’s prison Point Puer, across the bay from Port Arthur. Only three ever escaped. This story is an account of what might have happened to them.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop
When: 6pm Thursday 19th March

Free event, all welcome.

The Hobart Bookshop
22 Salamanca Square
Hobart Tasmania 7000
ph 03 6223 1803 | fax 03 6223 1804
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http://www.hobartbookshop.com.au

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David Darcy’s Devoted Dogs

Paula Xiberras
03.03.15 6:32 am

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David Darcy first started visiting Tasmania a couple of years ago and now it’s become an annual event. David loves all parts of Tasmania especially Launceston and says given the opportunity he is happy ‘to rave about Tassie’ to everyone he can and he hopes to get back soon and this time stay for about two weeks.

David’s latest book is a companion book to his ‘Every Man and His Dog’, a book about men and their relationships with their dogs. This time David explores the relationship between women and their dogs called ‘A Girls Best Friend’.

The name David means ‘beloved’ and these companion volumes demonstrate to us that when it comes to people and their dogs it really is a case of the dogs being ‘beloved’ to and by their owners.

David says that the women’s story of their relationship with their dogs is a little different than that of the male as women don’t necessarily do what men do and ‘parade their dogs on the back of the ute’ because David jokes women treat their dogs like their children and they wouldn’t put their children on the back of their utes!

David says some women with dogs might be experiencing ‘empty nest syndrome’ and their dogs fill this gap. Giving further support to this idea is one owner documented in the book, called Veronica that said of her dog ‘his name was Dan, and he was human’.

Another factor that David found surprising was that about 90 percent of the dogs women own are rescue dogs. There are stories of some women paying great sums to bring dogs from overseas, enduring the dog’s extended period in isolation when the outcome was not known. Some even forgo their mortgage to pay for their dog and would gladly let their dog potentially tamper with even their most treasured objects around their house. Older owners remarked that now when so many medical advances were available people were able to provide the best for their dogs.

With a sprinkling of celebrities stories included in the book, it’s clear that famous or not, the relationship and devotion to their dogs is the same with the only difference being that the celebrities have the means to give their dog a little more of a comfy lifestyle!

While writing this book David introduced a little cat he rescued in the desert to his family and says the cat has changed his life for the better.

One can only wonder what this new acquisition might mean for David’s next book!

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The first full-length novel from A.S. Patrić, ‘Black Rock White City’

Scott Eathorne Quikmark Media
02.03.15 2:11 pm

‘I couldn’t put it down’ -Christos Tsiolkas, ‘‘Eminently readable’ -Books + Publishing

Black Rock White City (Transit Lounge, April 2015, $29.95) is a novel about the damages of war, the limits of choice, and the hope of love. During a hot Melbourne summer Jovan’s cleaning work at a bayside hospital is disrupted by acts of graffiti and violence becoming increasingly malevolent. For Jovan the mysterious words that must be cleaned away dislodge the poetry of the past. He and his wife Suzana were forced to flee Sarajevo and the death of their children. 

Intensely human, yet majestic in its moral vision, Black Rock White City is an essential story of Australia’s suburbs now, of displacement and immediate threat, and the unexpected responses of two refugees as they try to reclaim their dreams. It is a breathtaking roar of energy that explores the immigrant experience with ferocity, beauty and humour.

A. S. Patrić is the award winning author of Las Vegas for Vegans, published in 2012 by Transit Lounge & shortlisted for the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards. Alec lives in bayside Melbourne and is a St Kilda bookseller.

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MUSEUM OF OLD AND NEW ART (MONA) AND ISLAND MAGAZINE ...

Kate Harrison, Island Marketing
02.03.15 8:01 am

... PROPOSE A LITERARY PARTNERSHIP

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MONA founder David Walsh and Island magazine editor Matthew Lamb announced today that they are to form a literary partnership. 

In an introductory note to the next issue of Island - due out in late March - Walsh writes: ‘my lust for literature, and my lust for collecting, has led me to seek a trophy journal.’

Lamb and Walsh see the partnership as essentially using MONA as a framing device to help put Island magazine on show, to help amplify its explorations of all aspects of literary culture. So if Island is seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of MONA.

Each issue will be like a miniature fringe exhibition of ideas, words and images. Island will retain its creative autonomy and intellectual independence. MONA will be invited to submit bespoke content and ideas for Island to consider. Together the partners are taking their first big risk: starting with the next issue Island will become a print-only magazine, with no digital edition, and no online content from the magazine. 

There will still be a website through which to subscribe to the magazine or to locate retailers, but essentially, like any museum exhibit, the audience is asked to engage with the physical experience of the magazine as a print-artefact.

Lamb said he first approached Walsh after seeing The Red Queen exhibition in 2013 that explored the reasons behind why homo sapiens make art, because ‘it became clear to me that MONA is built primarily on ideas. And those ideas derive, in no small part, from David’s love of reading, of writing, of books, and of libraries.’

‘Whether this will be a long relationship is difficult to predict,’ Walsh writes, in his introductory note. ‘Of more significance is whether it is consensual: am I raping Island? Was Island in such a parlous predicament that it had to bend over and take one from me, all the time thinking of Tasmania?’ 

Lamb replies: ‘Did we bend over and take one from Walsh? That’s not entirely true. We were standing up against a wall at the time. I like to think, in that way, we have retained our dignity.’

Island is one of Australia’s leading literary magazines, a print-only quarterly of ideas, writing and culture. Based in Hobart, Tasmania, Island has been evolving within Australia’s media ecology for the past 35 years.

Island 140 will be published on 30 March 2015.

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A Short History of Richard Kline

Jessica Pearce, Black Inc. Books
02.03.15 3:23 am

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Black Inc. Media Release
Black Inc.
37–39 Langridge Street, Collingwood VIC 3066 Australia
tel: 03 9486 0288 / fax: 03 9486 0244
http://www.blackincbooks.com
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Black Inc. is an imprint of Schwartz Media Pty Ltd ABN 75 748 797 539

A Short History of Richard Kline is the much-anticipated literary novel by
Amanda Lohrey. Her first in over a decade, this is about one man’s search for
meaning in the modern world.

“I felt like a machine in which the battery had gone flat. And it was true that
simple things could recharge it for a while: a book; a walk in the bush; a swim.

But there were whole weeks when I felt oppressed by the sheer ordinariness of life,
its mindless repetition. Birth, death, decay, birth, death ... ”

Richard Kline is average, cynical, depressed. All his life he has been haunted by
a sense that something is lacking. He envies the ease with which some people
slip – seemingly unquestioningly – into contented suburban life or the pursuit
of wealth. As he moves into middle age, Richard feels increasingly angry and
empty.

But then a strange event, a profound epiphany, awakens him to a different way
of living. He finds himself driven, almost against his own will, to resolve the
discontent he has suffered since childhood. From pharmaceuticals to New Age
therapies to an encounter with a spiritual teacher, Richard embarks on a journey
toward enlightenment.

This audacious novel is an exploration of masculinity, the mystical and our very
human yearning for something more. It is hypnotic, nuanced and Lohrey’s
finest offering yet.

Praise for Amanda Lohrey

“A master storyteller” – West Australian

“Cool, clear, accomplished” – Age

“Full of gorgeously framed images and language that begs the reader to wholly
enter the lives she renders” – Canberra Times

“Lohrey achieves a kind of perfection” – Sydney Morning Herald

ISBN: 978-1-86395-718-2 • RRP $29.99
March 2015 Release • 272 pages
Also available as an ebook

Amanda Lohrey is the
author of many acclaimed
novels, as well as the award-winning short story
collection Reading Madam
Bovary. She has also
written two Quarterly Essays:
Groundswell and Voting for
Jesus. In 2012 she was awarded
the Patrick White Literary
Award.

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New adventure fiction book follows daughters outback search for ...

Scott Eathorne Quikmark Media
25.02.15 12:32 pm

New adventure fiction book follows daughters outback search for grandfather’s plane lost during WW2.

The adventure novel Fire Eye (Short Stop Press $29.99) follows the journey of a young woman as she seeks to find the wreckage of her grandfather’s plane that was lost during World War II. She engages a part-time adventurer to launch a search to find the aircraft that has a connection to the Torres Strait legend of the ruby, ‘Fire Eye’.

As they both journey deeper into the unforgiving Australian outback, they discover that they are not alone and it’s not just snakes that they should fear. Will she be able to honour her grandfather’s memory and solve her families secrets? An action-packed read with a hint of romance, Fire Eye is for adventure-seekers everywhere.

Tasmania-based author Peter d’Plesse is a private pilot who has explored the mountains, jungle and desert of the Australian landscape over many years.

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Transportation Press:  Transportation islands and cities launched. Welcome Iran!

Transportation Press
24.02.15 5:34 pm

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Transportation islands and cities is a collection of contemporary stories from Tasmania and London. Issue two will include writers from Tasmania, UK and Iran.

Issue one, Transportation Islands and Cities launched in Hobart, Nottingham and London to full houses, and has bumped Richard Flanagan off the number 1 best seller spot for the first time since his Booker Prize win.

As Peter Conrad, London based, Tasmanian born writer and Oxford don, said in his introduction to the collection “There are many kinds of transportation, not all of which involve prison ships. I first read a print-out of the work in this book last November on a flight from London to New York and, although I was aware of the plane battling through grim winter weather as we travelled ahead, they tugged me in a different direction – sometimes with a physical shock, as if I had plunged into the psychological equivalent of an air pocket. The stories, as my mother would have said, ‘took me back’.

Editor of Tasmanian Times, the inimitable Lindsay Tuffin launched the book in Hobart, you can watch his launch speech here:

http://walleahpress.com.au/garradunga/launch-transportation-islands-cities/

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