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Slippin On The Lino

Author : Jane Grieve
ISBN : 9780980667400
Genre : Humor
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Jane Grieve was a career woman, having been actively engaged in the establishment of the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame at Longreach, Queensland, Australia, as its executive director up until the birth of her first child Sam when she was 36 years old. Her childhood being a dim memory, it was no small feat to move from suits, travel, a certain amount of glamour and being in charge of things to the shifting sands of motherhood - a world of being housebound, dressed in whatever, and then only if time allowed, and wondering, quite frankly, just who was in charge. Sam was followed in quite quick succession by Lou, then Jock. These then are the stories of Sam, Lou, Jock and the myriad of household pets, welcome and unwelcome, that attend the raising of children, on acreage, as if that made much difference. These stories will ring bells of truth for those in the thick of it, and memory for those who have survived. Jane hopes they will make you laugh and cry as being the mother of Sam, Lou and Jock enriched her life through both laughter and tears.

Hounds Of The Underworld

Author : Dan Rabarts
ISBN : PKEY:6610000259069
Genre : Fiction
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On the verge of losing her laboratory, her savings, and all respect for herself, Pandora (Penny) Yee lands her first contract as scientific consult to the police department. And with seventeen murder cases on the go, the surly inspector is happy to leave her to it. Only she’s going to need to get around, and that means her slightly unhinged adopted brother, Matiu, will be doing the driving. But something about the case spooks Matiu, something other than the lack of a body in the congealing pool of blood in the locked room or that odd little bowl. Matiu doesn’t like anything about this case, from the voices that screamed at him when he touched that bowl, to the way his hateful imaginary friend Makere has come back to torment him, to the fact that the victim seems to be tied up with a man from Matiu’s past, a man who takes pleasure in watching dogs tear each other to pieces for profit and entertainment. Hounds of the Underworld blends mystery, near-future noir and horror. Set in New Zealand it’s the product of a collaboration by two Kiwi authors, one with Chinese heritage and the other Māori. This debut book in The Path of Ra series offers compelling new voices and an exotic perspective on the detective drama.

Uncle Trev And The Whistling Bull

Author : Jack Lasenby
ISBN : 9781877579639
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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It's the 1930s. Our storyteller is crook in bed trying to get over a long sickness and wanting to go back to school, when Uncle Trev arrives to let Mum go out and do the shopping. Uncle Trev tells one story after another about the animals out on his farm, and about his neighbour Gotta Henry. He also goes through Mum's cupboards and helps himself to all her gingernut biscuits and Louise cake. If you think Mum should be grateful to get out of the house, she's not. When she comes home, she chases Uncle Trev and his dog, Old Tip, with her broom and threatens what she'll do to 'that man' next time he comes in.

The Devil S Music

Author : Jane Rusbridge
ISBN : 9781408803288
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It is 1958 and the Sputnik satellite has taken a dog up into space; back on earth, five-year-old Andy has a new sister, Elaine - a baby who, his father insists, is 'not quite all there'. While his parents argue over whether or not to send Elaine away, Andy sleeps beside her cot each night, keeping guard and watching as his mother - once an ambitious, energetic nurse - twists away into her private, suffocating sadness. Knots keep treasures safe, Andy's rope-maker grandfather tells him, and, as he listens to stories of the great Harry Houdini, Andy learns the Carrick Bend, the Midshipman's Hitch and the Monkey's Fist. Then a young painter, hired to decorate the family's house, seems to call Andy's mother back from the grief in which she is lost. But one day, at The Siding - the old railway carriage that serves as the family's seaside retreat - Andy is left in charge of his baby sister on a wind-chopped beach, where he discovers that not all treasures can be kept safe for ever. Three decades later Andrew returns from self-imposed exile to The Siding, the place where his life first unravelled. Looking back on the broken strands of his childhood, he tries, at last, to weave them together, aided by his grandfather's copy of The Ashley Book of Knots and the arrival of a wild-haired, tango-dancing sculptor - a woman with her own ideas about making peace with the past.

The Barrytown Trilogy

Author : Roddy Doyle
ISBN : 9781409078166
Genre : Fiction
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This volume brings together under one cover Roddy Doyle's three acclaimed novels about the Rabbite family from Dublin. The Commitments traces the rapid rise and even more rapid fall of Jimmy Rabbite Jr's unusual soul band. In The Snapper, Sharon Rabbite's pregnancy sparks off intense speculation among her friends and family, but she is determined to reveal the identity of the father in her own time. The Van, set during Ireland's 1990 World Cup attempt, follows the fortunes of Jimmy Sr and his friend Bimbo as they launch their travelling fish'n'chip shop on an unsuspecting Barrytown, learning much about themselves in the process.

Man Made The Lightning

Author : Jason Gadsden
ISBN : 9781435716285
Genre : Fiction
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I remember a time when some ones colour was to do with their mood, or how sick they were. When British was a proud boast and a flag flown not an insult to your neighbour. When being born British was said to be like being born with one foot in heaven, before Man Made Lightning and showed us our other foot was in hell. Ulti Zucken is an old man, living alone, unclean in a dirty little house, at the end of his rubbish-strewn garden. Barely seen and almost never heard. With an interest in troubled youth and macabre fascination in the demons they dream. Nathan Trait is a wanna-be journalist who will stop at something to get his story, although he has no idea how far that will be And the rest of them, who cares? Their all mashed up, and mixed up like the rest of us, they could be dragged off any street in any town. Lost in their self-importance, greed and loathing, blind to the one true law every action has a re-action.


Author : Lenka Janiurek
ISBN : 9780749025014
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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‘Freighted with memory, Watermarks is a treasure of lived experience’ Katharine Norbury, author of The Fish Ladder ‘An amazing piece of work’ Kate Saunders, The Times The fifth of eight children, her father a Polish immigrant bookseller, Lenka Janiurek first encounters tragedy with the death of her mother when she is just nine. This remarkable and rich memoir, from the 1960s to the present day, grapples with identity. Involving five brothers, two stepmothers, early success as a playwright, disastrous relationships, motherhood, extensive travel, and brushes with both extreme wealth and poverty, Janiurek’s story has been a search for a kind of freedom, partially provided by the comforting solace of swimming. Haunted by the despair, rage and addiction of men she has known best, she nevertheless explores and celebrates the beauty and pain of living life to the full. Watermarks is a stunning evocation of alienation, and the beautiful and restorative power of the natural world.

Cold Justice

Author : Katherine Howell
ISBN : 9781447203773
Genre : Fiction
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On an early morning walk, a young girl finds the body of her classmate, Tim Pieters, hidden amongst some bushes. The boy's family are desperate for answers but the killer is never found. Almost two decades later, political pressure sees the cold case reopened and Detective Ella Marconi inherits the job. Ella attacks the case with vigour, determined to shake off the memories of her last investigation, which ended with her being shot in the line of duty. But she knows it won’t be easy – after all this time the murderer is probably long gone and the memories of any witnesses are fading. Georgie Riley, the girl who found Tim’s body, is now a paramedic, trying to face up to her own demons. There's never been any reason to doubt her story, but when Ella receives an anonymous call insisting that Georgie has information about the Pieters’ case, she decides to dig deeper. As long-buried secrets and lies finally come to light, can Ella track down the killer before more people are hurt?

Two Shakes Of A Dead Lamb S Tail

Author : Noreen Reeves
ISBN : 9781493101856
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This is the story of a young, nave and courageous womans path of dreams, expectations, frustrations and disappointments along with a good dose of reality and a wicked sense of humour. A woman who wasnt afraid to bite the bullet and give everything a damn good go! She is a woman with fierce determination and self-belief blended with an amazing sense of loyalty, integrity and empathy who has allowed us to look through the window of her life warts and all.

The Night Raid

Author : Clare Harvey
ISBN : 9781471161858
Genre : Fiction
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Wartime secrets threaten one woman's life in the latest thrilling drama from the author of The Gunner Girl and The English Agent. World-renowned war artist Dame Laura Knight is commissioned to paint propaganda portraits of factory girls and is sent to the ordnance factories in her hometown of Nottingham. At first she relishes the opportunity for a nostalgia trip, but when she starts work on a portrait of two particular women, Violet Smith, and her co-worker Zelah Fitzlord, memories begin to resurface that she has spent half a lifetime trying to forget. Violet is an industrial conscript, and her wages help support a sprawling family back home in Kent. But working in munitions also meant freedom from a small-town mentality, and the disappointment of a first love turned sour. For Zelah, too, working in the gun factory meant escape: her dreams of the future were dashed in the carnage of the Plymouth Blitz, and she found refuge in the numbing repetition of manual work. But, just like war artist Laura, Violet and Zelah have something hidden, mistakes that they have tried to leave behind with their old selves. Will the night shift keep these women’s secrets, or will the past explode into the present and change all of their lives forever? Praise for Clare Harvey's novels: 'Will delight all those who love a good wartime story' DILLY COURT 'An irresistible tale of friendship, love and heartache during WW2 that had me enthralled' KATE FURNIVALL 'Heart-warming, enjoyable and full of surprises, I loved it' ELIZABETH CHADWICK 'Clare Harvey is an exceptional new talent. The Gunner Girl offers a stunningly realistic vision of the WW2 era, through the intertwined lives and loves of three very different women. The story is brought to life by razor sharp dialogue, an eye for period details and a taut plot which never becomes sentimental' KATE RHODES 'The Night Raid is utterly compelling and thrilling, and full of characters whose stories weave together flawlessly. A sure-fire hit!' ALEX BROWN

If I Can T Have You

Author : Federica Bosco
ISBN : 9781838932916
Genre : Young Adult Fiction
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For fans of Jenny Han and Holly Bourne, a charming young adult novel about first love and big dreams from bestselling Italian author Federica Bosco. Mia has always dreamed of getting into London's Royal Ballet School. Never mind that it is almost impossible to get in, or that there's no way Mia's single mother can afford the fees. To make matters worse, Mia is in love – with her best friend's brother. Patrick is the most beautiful boy in the world and completely unlike anyone else she knows. If only she could get him to see her as more than a little sister... Her passions for dance and for Patrick are too intense for Mia to give up either – but what will she do when fate forces her to make a choice?

True Stories

Author : Helen Garner
ISBN : 9781925626070
Genre : Literary Collections
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‘Garner is scrupulous, painstaking, and detailed, with sharp eyes and ears. She is everywhere at once, watching and listening, a recording angel at life’s secular apocalypses...her unillusioned eye makes her clarity compulsive.’ James Wood, New Yorker Helen Garner visits the morgue, and goes cruising on a Russian ship. She sees women giving birth, and gets the sack for teaching her students about sex. She attends a school dance and a gun show. She writes about dreaming, about turning fifty, and the storm caused by The First Stone. Her story on the murder of the two-year-old Daniel Valerio wins her a Walkley Award. Garner looks at the world with a shrewd and sympathetic eye. Her non-fiction is always passionate and compelling. True Stories is an extraordinary book, spanning fifty years of work, by one of Australia’s great writers. Helen Garner writes novels, stories, screenplays and works of non-fiction. In 2006 she received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature, and in 2016 she won the prestigious Windham Campbell Prize for non-fiction and the Western Australian Premier's Book Award. Her most recent book, Everywhere I Look won the 2017 Indie Book Award for Non-Fiction. ‘Her prose is wiry, stark, precise, but to find her equal for the tone of generous humanity one has to call up writers like Isaac Babel and Anton Chekhov.’ Wall Street Journal ‘[Garner’s] writing expresses a hard-won grace. It brings you closer to the world, and shows you how to love it.’ Monthly ‘Helen Garner is one of Australia’s greatest living writers and her collection of essays, diary entries and stories written over almost 50 years is just the thing for the lover of fine writing. A compilation of three non-fiction collections, True Stories: The Collected Short Non-Fiction covers everything from family, love and marriage, sex and motherhood to travel, writing and criminal trials. Her piercing intellect, fearlessness and compassion shine through in every word.’ Sydney Morning Herald, Can’t-Put-Down Titles for Summer ‘True Stories by Helen Garner—I mean, really. Helen. Helen Garner. Do you hear that sound? It is the sound of glitter cannons exploding in my heart.’ Marieke Hardy, Melbourne Writers Festival Staff Summer Reading List ‘Memoirist, fiction writer, faction writer, journalist? Australian critics and booksellers have stopped trying to pigeonhole Melburnian writer Helen Garner and now just give her prizes...These stories and essays are the work of a natural storyteller, of an unsparing yet sympathetic eye...It’s all wonderful stuff: unstinting honesty, clarity and charm. Dive in.’ North & South ‘This is the power of Garner’s writing. She drills into experience and comes up with such clean, precise distillations of life, once you read them they enter into you. Successive generations of writers have felt the keen influence of her work and for this reason Garner has become part of us all.’ Australian ‘As I leaf through the volumes, having just re-read both of them, I am still brought up short by another revelatory insight of the everyday...I could go on and on, but I am out of words. Many happy returns Helen Garner!’ Adelaide Advertiser ‘This collection of columns, essays and feature writing from the early 1970s to the present is a real treat, offering immersive journalism, humour, whimsy and analysis.’ Overland ‘Garner’s non-fiction is often driven by the question why. Ruthless and full-blooded, her journalism nevertheless displays the greatest nimbleness in its accommodation of ambivalence and uncertainty. Her short stories, on the other hand, have a tendency to rise seamlessly towards epiphany.’ Times Literary Supplement

Ten Bells Street At War

Author : Mary Collins
ISBN : 9780349416182
Genre : Fiction
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Can their friendship survive the struggles of war? 1940, the East End of London. Life is tough for the Ten Bells Street girls. Best friends from childhood, the three of them now find themselves scattered across London, surviving the war apart. Exiled from the East End, Rose has created a new life for herself and now works as a dancer in a club in Soho - but life in the West End has its problems too. With the arrival of the war, Becky has finally found work as a nurse, but as the bombs continue to fall she struggles to cope with the damage that surrounds her. And Bernie may have achieved her lifelong dream of becoming a professional photographer, but she's never felt more distanced from her family and her life in the East End. Separated by circumstances, the girls' friendship stands strong in the face of hardship as they fight for their place in a frightening new world. One way or another, love will pull them through...

Chocolate Girls

Author : Annie Murray
ISBN : 9780330527149
Genre : Fiction
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In Annie Murray's bestselling Chocolate Girls, three very different women work together at Cadbury's Bournville factory, and their lives become entwined by war and work – and a child called David. Edie marries young to escape her unhappy family home. Widowed at nineteen and, after losing her child from the marriage, she faces the war grieving and lonely. Then one night during the Blitz, an infant mysteriously abandoned during the bombing is handed into her care . . . Ruby, meanwhile, doesn't want to be left behind in the wedding stakes and settles for marriage with Frank. Finally there's Janet, kind-hearted and susceptible to male charm, who is hurt desperately by an affair with a married man. David, the child who steals Edie's heart as she brings him up through a time none of them will ever forget, is the love of all their lives. And when David is old enough to wonder who he really is, he leads Edie through struggle and heartache to a life and love she would never have dreamed of . . . Chocolate Girls is followed by the captivating sequel, The Bells of Bournville Green.

Peerless Flats

Author : Esther Freud
ISBN : 9780747594475
Genre : Fiction
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From the acclaimed author of Hideous Kinky, Peerless Flats confirms Freud as one of the best writers about childhood we have

The Van

Author : Roddy Doyle
ISBN : 9781440625350
Genre : Fiction
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Roddy Doyle’s acclaimed Booker Prize-nominated novel, “a darker portrayal of midlife crisis and an expansively farcical chain of misadventures” (The New York Times Book Review) Jimmy Rabitte, Sr., is unemployed, spending his days alone and miserable. When his best friend, Bimbo, also gets laid off, they keep busy by being miserable together. Things seem to look up when they buy a decrepit fish-and-chips van and go into business, selling cheap grub to the drunk and the hungry—and keeping one step ahead of the environmental health officers. Set during the heady days of Ireland’s brief, euphoric triumphs in the 1990 World Cup, The Van is a tender and hilarious tale of male friendship and family life.


Author : Timothy McGivney
ISBN : 9781608202638
Genre : Fiction
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Amidst a zombie outbreak, Walt, athletic and confident, meets shy and quiet Joey, the attraction between them both instant and electric. With strength in numbers, they band together alongside fellow survivors; Jill, an ex-porn star turned nurse who's made a startling discovery about her past; Ace, a disgruntled security guard who just can't live up to certain short comings; and Molly, the fiery redhead unwilling to give up on her dreams of stardom. In this apocalyptic new world of the dead, an anything-goes attitude has become the law of the land and lust, betrayal, true love and redemption are all just a gunshot away.

Goa Freaks

Author : Cleo Odzer
ISBN : IND:30000050670052
Genre : Drug traffic
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The Lost Christmas Puppy

Author : Linda Steliou
ISBN : 9781405918114
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Little Linda was three years old when she told Father Christmas a secret. 'What I want more than anything is to have a puppy of my own to love'. But with every Christmas that went by, no puppy appeared. Linda grew into a busy working mum and wife, and her dreams of a puppy were pushed to the back of her mind. It wasn't until a special visitor one Christmas Eve, that she began to remember the wish she had made sixty years earlier. . . Fans of Christmas at the Ragdoll Orphanage and The Lost Christmas Puppy will love this book full of charming and touching stories. This is an unforgettable true story about childhood, love, and how an animal can change anyone's life.

Fried Green Tomatoes Can T Wait To Get To Heaven And I Still Dream About You Three Bestselling Novels

Author : Fannie Flagg
ISBN : 9780812985467
Genre : Fiction
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Fannie Flagg has enchanted readers with her warm, wonderful, and witty books for nearly forty years. Now this delightful eBook bundle showcases three of her classic novels—full of heart and smart and refreshing as sweet tea on a hot summer day. FRIED GREEN TOMATOES AT THE WHISTLE STOP CAFE “It’s very good, in fact, just wonderful.”—Los Angeles Times Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is the now-classic novel of two women in the 1980s: of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale Mrs. Threadgoode tells is also of two women—of the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth—who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe Wobegon offering good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder. And as the past unfolds, the present—for Evelyn and for us—will never be quite the same again. . . . CAN'T WAIT TO GET TO HEAVEN “Funny and utterly charming.”—The Miami Herald It’s the strangest thing. One minute Elner Shimfissle is up in her tree, picking figs in Elmwood, Missouri, and the next thing she knows she is off on an adventure she never dreamed of, running into people she never in a million years expected to meet. Meanwhile, back in Elmwood Springs, Elner’s high-strung niece Norma faints and winds up in bed with a cold cloth on her head; Elner’s neighbor Verbena rushes immediately to the Bible; her truck driver friend, Luther Griggs, runs his eighteen-wheeler into a ditch; and the entire town is thrown for a loop. In this comedy-mystery, those near and dear to Elner discover something wonderful. I STILL DREAM ABOUT YOU “Undoubtedly [Flagg’s] wisest book, comic and compassionate.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch Meet Maggie Fortenberry, a still beautiful former Miss Alabama. To others, Maggie’s life seems practically perfect—she’s lovely, charming, and a successful agent at Red Mountain Realty. Still, Maggie can’t help but wonder how she wound up living a life so different from the one she dreamed of as a child. But just when things seem completely hopeless, and the secrets of Maggie’s past drive her to a radical plan to solve it all, Maggie discovers, quite by accident, that everybody, it seems, has at least one little secret. Praise for Fannie Flagg “A born storyteller.”—The New York Times Book Review “What [Flagg] writes about, time and again, are the touching, terrifying, heartbreaking, hysterical, extraordinary, everyday things that make us human.”—Southern Living “Courageous and wise.”—Houston Chronicle, on Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe “A thoroughly entertaining comic novel.”—Newsday, on Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe “The characters are endearing, the story is engaging. . . . A comforting and sometimes thought-provoking read.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram, on Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven “A fun and rollicking Nancy Drew mystery for grown-ups.”—The Birmingham News, on I Still Dream About You

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