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  • Holocaust Islandby Graeme Dixon

    University of Queensland Press 2012; US$ 12.99

    This dynamic collection of poetry is the inaugural winner of the David Uniapon Award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers. Graeme Dixon's ballards speak out on comtemporary and controversial issues, from Black deaths in custody to the struggles of single mothers. Contrasted with these are poems of spirited humour and sharp satire. In ... more...

  • Of Muse, Meandering and Midnightby Samuel Wagan Watson

    University of Queensland Press 2012; US$ 12.99

    This is a striking debut volume by the winner of the Unaipon prize for unpublished Aboriginal writers. In a voice youthful, passionate and questioning, these poems reflect on growing up and on letting go; on urban dwellers in love and lust; and on the artist and his Murri community. The politics are unguarded and often amusing; and the language is... more...

  • The Tourby Denise Scott

    Hardie Grant Books 2012; US$ 12.99

    ‘I’d always thought spiritual enlightenment would involve candles, meditative music and maybe even a happy faced person wearing an orange robe banging a gong occasionally. Never in my wildest imaginings did I expect it would happen when I was on all fours vomiting my guts out beside a sugar cane field in far north Queensland on Mother’s... more...

  • Anonymous Premonitionby Yvette Holt

    University of Queensland Press 2012; US$ 12.99

    From an authentic, powerful indigenous voice comes this body of poetry that examines issues of identity and culture from a woman's point of view. Lyrical yet radical, uplifting yet uncompromising, this collection evokes pride, painful memories, the realities of Aboriginal life and death, and the power of sisterhood to act as a tribute to the resiliency... more...

  • Skin Paintingby Elizabeth Hodgson

    University of Queensland Press 2012; US$ 12.99

    Brave, haunting, and evocative, this powerful volume presents its poetry in the form of a memoir. From the poet?s early experiences in an institution and the effect of this on her family to the illustration of her strength and independence as an adult, this biographical collection helps make the Aboriginal experience accessible and resonant. Exploring... more...

  • The Missing Heirby Kylie Tennant

    Allen & Unwin 2012; US$ 11.81

    Kylie Tennant's novels are known for their vitality and social realism, and The Missing Heir is in the same tradition. Wicked pen-portraits of her forebears and parents set the scene before the narrative moves on to Kylie herself. more...

  • Hey Diddle Diddleby Sam Foster

    Summersdale 2008; US$ 9.99

    The true meanings and often surprising origins of 40 best-loved traditional nursery rhymes Many of the catchy songs we grew up with were not nonsense verses for the playground but served as satirical commentaries on political events of the day, spreading subversive messages at a time when illiteracy was commonplace in society and direct criticism... more...

  • Australian Poetry Since 1788by Geoffrey Lehmann; Robert Gray

    UNSW Press 2012; US$ 17.81

    A good poem is one that the world can’t forget or is delighted to rediscover. This landmark anthology of Australian poetry, edited by two of Australia’s foremost poets, Geoffrey Lehmann and Robert Gray, contains such poems. It is the first of its kind for Australia and promises to become a classic. Included here are Australia’s major... more...

  • Fare Thee Well, Hoddle Gridby Garry Kinnane

    Clouds of Magellan 2012; US$ 9.99

    Mid-50s to mid-60s Melbourne - a Wowserland of 6 o'clock closing, censorship, endless suburbia ... '... we could settle down. But that was the farthest thing from our minds. We didn't want security, we wanted adventure, risk, experience, we wanted to see and grasp the world ...' In 'Fare Thee Well, Hoddle Grid', Garry Kinnane... more...

  • Dreamtime Aliceby Mandy Sayer

    Allen & Unwin 2012; US$ 18.17

    A vivid, seductive, gorgeously written memoir that recounts the fascinating years Mandy Sayer spent performing on the streets of New York and New Orleans with her father. more...