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Katrina Beikoff: May Tang: A New Australian

Award-winning journalist Katrina Beikoff.

May Tang: A New Australian

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Born in the Year of the Snake, May Tang is like flowing water when she should have more fire. A dreamer, she will never be sensible and obedient like her elder sister Jie Jie or clever like her brother Peter, studying in Australia. But her parents are worried by rumoured events in China, and May finds herself on her way to a new life in Sydney. It is so different that May wonders if she will ever be able to love this new country.

Genre: Young Adults

Rights: Australia and New Zealand: Scholastic.


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‘There had been a few minutes when I was alone with her in the autopsy room. I ’d felt wild. Absent. Before I could stop myself I was leaning close to her, telling her everything. The words draining out of me as she lay there. Her long damp hair hanging off the back of the steel table. Glassy eyes fixed blindly on the ceiling. She was still so beautiful, even in death.’

In Sarah Bailey’s The Dark Lake, a beautiful young teacher has been murdered, her body found in the lake, strewn with red roses. Local policewoman Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock pushes to be assigned to the case, concealing the fact that she knew the murdered woman in high school years before. The lake holds the key to solving the murder, but it also has the power to drag Gemma down into its dark depths…


Cover image, Mark Isaacs, The Undesirables.
When it comes to asylum seekers on Nauru, we learn only what the Australian Government wants us to know. In the wake of The Nauru Files, see first-hand what is happening inside the Nauru detention centre through Mark Isaacs’ eyewitness account.

Mark Isaacs went to work inside the Nauru detention centre in 2012. As a Salvation Army employee, he provided humanitarian aid to the men interned in the camp. What he saw there moved him to write this book.

The Undesirables chronicles his time on Nauru, detailing daily life and the stories of the men held there; the self-harm, suicide attempts, and riots; the rare moments of joy; the moments of deep despair. He takes us behind the gates of Nauru and humanises a political debate usually ruled by misleading rhetoric.


Duncan McNab, “Getting Away with Murder”, cover.

SYDNEY’S SHAME

80 men murdered, 30 unsolved cases

From 1977 to the end of 1986, Duncan McNab was a member of the NSW Police Force. Most of his service was in criminal investigation. The many unsolved deaths and disappearances of young gay men are the crimes that continue to haunt him.


Julia Baird: Victoria, the Queen

Julia Baird, “Victoria the Queen”, cover.
Fifth in line to the throne at the time of her birth in 1819, Victoria was an ordinary woman thrust into an extraordinary role. Born into a world where women were often powerless, Victoria went on to rule the most powerful country on earth with a decisive hand. As a teenage queen, she eagerly grasped the crown. She loved sex and delighted in power. She was outspoken with her ministers.


Four Weeks One Summer: When It All Went Wrong by Nicholas Whitlam

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In the summer of 1936, over just four weeks, it all went wrong — for democracy and for Spain, even for the British royals. Politicians failed, and Hitler was emboldened to plan a new European war, and more.

Nicholas Whitlam majored in history at Harvard. Four Weeks One Summer, his third book, is the product of a long-held interest in the Spanish Civil War, the Olympic movement and the politics of the 1930s. On Nicholas Whitlam’s ALM page here, you can read Mark Colvin’s brilliant launch speech for this book.

Four Weeks One Summer: When It All Went Wrong is published by Australian Scholarly Publishing, at http://www.scholarly.info


Amanda Hampson, 'The French Perfumer', coverThe French Perfumer by Amanda Hampson

‘Shorthand typist required by English speaker in the South of France. Live-in, full board plus salary commensurate with experience.’

Iris Turner, an unworldly young Englishwoman, arrives in the French Riviera to take up a secretarial role for the mysterious Hammond Brooke. Living in a small, exclusive hotel among eccentric and unpredictable aristocrats and struggling to gain her employer’s trust, she soon realises that nothing is as it seems.

Initiated into the mysterious world of perfume, she finds herself entangled in a web of intrigue and deception. Gradually discovering the truth, she gains a new understanding of the meaning of love, loyalty and betrayal.

By the bestselling author of The Olive Sisters, this is a captivating and evocative novel full of surprising twists and turns.


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‘It’ s a treasure trove. It’ s previously unknown, candid images of our troops just out of the line. Men with the fear and experiences of battle written on their faces.’
— General Sir Peter Cosgrove

Investigative journalist Ross Coulthart, joint winner of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History 2015, brings together stunning images of Western Front diggers and the amazing stories behind them.

The collection of detailed glass plates has been hailed as one of the most important First World War discoveries ever made. Haunting images show diggers enjoying a brief respite from the horror of the trenches: having their portraits taken for a lark, for a keepsake or to send to loved ones. For all too many, this would be their only memorial, and to gaze into the eyes of these men is to meet a lost generation.

This fully revised and expanded paperback edition (though warning: it’s large and heavy!) offers a wealth of fresh information including more soldiers newly identified with the aid of their families.


webster-tear-cvr Amanda Webster: a Tear in the Soul. Born into privilege and wealth, Amanda Webster is a sixth generation Australian descended from white settlers and the third generation to grow up in Kalgoorlie. When she turned five Amanda started school and became friends with Aboriginal children fromthe nearby Kurrawang Mission. At that time the lives of the Aboriginal people were controlled by the Chief Protector and his local representatives, one of whom was Webster’s very own grandfather.

Forty years later, Webster returns to her hometown. She confronts her racist blunders, her cultural ignorance and her family’s secret past. And so begins her journey of reconcilication and friendship, taking her into a world she hardly knew existed.

A Tear in the Soul is a frank, beautifully written account of Webster’s personal journey towards the relisation that she, like generations of Australians, grew up with a distorted and idealised version of the past.


Cover image of Moods book.
Cover image of Moods book.
THE REMARKABLE STORY OF A CHAMPION AUSSIE HORSEMAN
Helen Thomas: Moods

In March 2016 Peter Moody, the man who took his ‘good mare’ Black Caviar to an unprecedented 25 straight victories, walked away from racing. Suspended for six months after he was found to have presented a horse on race day with an illegal level of cobalt in its system, the trainer made the drastic decision to close down his Caulfield stables altogether. How had it come to this? Articulate yet reticent, tough yet sensitive, Moody is an intriguing character. For the first time, discover what drives the man who will always be remembered as Black Caviar’s trainer, and a true Aussie legend.

HELEN THOMAS has worked as a journalist for more than thirty years in both radio and print. She is the manager of ABC NewsRadio as well as being a thoroughbred breeder and racehorse owner. For her books, see below.


Cover, Roger Rogerson, by Duncan McNab
Cover, Roger Rogerson, by Duncan McNab
‘This is a wicked individual.’ — former detective Michael Drury, The Australian

A new book by Duncan McNab!

THE VERDICT IS: GUILTY!

On 20 May 2014, former New South Wales police officers Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara murdered student Jamie Gao in cold blood. Both have been found guilty of murder and possession of 2.78 kg of ice, and sentenced to life imprisonment.

But this wasn’t Rogerson’s first trial or conviction. Once one of the most highly decorated police officers in New South Wales, he was dismissed from the police force in 1986, and jailed twice.

That was just the tip of the iceberg.

This is the eye-opening account of Rogerson’s life of crime — policing it and committing it — and reveals the full story of one of the most corrupt and evil men in Australia, and the events that led inexorably to the chilling murder of Jamie Gao in storage unit 803.

‘a poisoned, evil little man’ — a former detective inspector


mcnab-waterfront-cvr IT’S BEEN OVER TWO CENTURIES SINCE THE FIRST CROOKS ARRIVED ON AUSTRALIA’S WATERFRONT. BUSINESS IS STILL BOOMING … Ever since the First Fleet dropped anchor, Australia’s ports have been a breeding ground for many of Australia’s most notorious criminals, and a magnet for local and overseas crime syndicates.

From the rum trade of colonial times to modern-day drug smuggling and alongside the rise and dominance of waterfront unions, a criminal element has always found ways to survive and thrive. After a century of Royal Commissions, reports, denials and crackdowns, crime and wrongdoing in Australia’s ports remains organised, entrenched and incredibly profitable.

In Waterfront, investigative journalist and former police detective Duncan McNab chronicles the larger-than-life characters who have populated Australia’s docks, wharves and ports — and lifts the lid on the crime, politics, violence and corruption that has always been present on Australia’s waterfront.


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Stephen Daisley wins NZ$50,000 fiction prize at Ockham NZ Book Awards… Reviewer Sue Green writes: ‘It is four years since Stephen Daisley’s heartbreakingly beautiful debut novel Traitor. Many of us enjoyed the irony of this Western Australia-based Kiwi winning the $80,000 Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction with what was, at its heart, a very New Zealand story. So it was disconcerting to discover that this much-anticipated second book is wrought by his experience in the harsh environs of rural Western Australia. Shearer, truck driver, sheep and cattle station worker, Daisley, who moved to Australia more than twenty-five years ago, knows and loves this unforgiving country and its people. And it shows. Even such unlovely characters as the violent bigot Painter Hayes are drawn with compassion for a man of his place and time… ’
‘This is a brutal, unflinching work with moments of shocking violence. Yet it is rendered with the same compassion, the exquisite tenderness and eye for beauty in the harshest places which made Traitor so affecting and memorable.’


Have a Happy 2017! And here are some of our new books: Click on these underlined links to see more about each writer:


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Kirsten Tranter, Hold
    ‘A compelling story… so perfectly calibrated that it’s like being at the centre of an unfolding flower.’  — Amanda Lohrey

    ‘Sensual, spooky, and utterly beguiling: Hold is an enormously powerful work of art, an intimate portrait of grief and betrayal.’  — Ceridwen Dovey, author of Only the Animals

You can read Linda Morris‘s long 2016 interview with the author in The Melbourne Age here.


devenish-secret-cvrLuke Devenish, The Secret Heiress: A fabulous fortune. Beautiful, identical twins… Dark shadows fall across the golden summer of 1886. Naïve country girl Ida Garfield longs to escape the farm. When Miss Matilda Gregory, the elegant mistress of Summersby House, offers Ida employment as a housemaid, Ida leaps at the chance. Yet it’s not for her servant’s skills that she’s wanted. It’s her inquisitiveness.

But before Ida starts her first day, Miss Gregory is found dead. Fearing her one chance of bettering herself lost, Ida goes to the funeral, hoping that someone else from Summersby will still want her.

Someone does. Handsome blond Englishman Mr Samuel Hackett is the late Miss Gregory’s fiancé. He expresses a keen need for a housemaid — and a friend. But Miss Gregory’s will brings to light an extraordinary deception and a terrible wrong from the past. Summersby has a secret heiress, whose name is also Matilda Gregory, a strange, ethereal girl with an irrevocably broken memory. Who is this mysterious heiress, and why is Ida bound forever to the truth?


cmp-the-long-run-cvr Catriona Menzies-Pike: The Long Run How did women’s running go from being suspect to wildly popular? How does a high school klutz become a marathon runner? This fascinating book combines memoir and cultural history to explore the rich and contradictory topic of women and running.


lohrey-kline-cvr Amanda Lohrey: A Short History of Richard Kline ‘Lohrey convinces us because we know she has one foot firmly on solid ground. Her first fiction, “The Morality of Gentlemen” (1984), remains the finest political novel in the slender Australian sub-genre. Just as Aldous Huxley brought a scientific rigour to his experiments with psychedelics in “The Doors of Perception” — and just as English novelist, translator and critic Tim Parks, famed for his pugnacious opinions, recently applied his fine-grained scepticism to an account of learning to meditate in “Teach Us to Sit Still” — Lohrey brings all the sober acerbity with which she has judged worldly things to a book about moving beyond them.’ — Geordie Williamson, The Australian.


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“Sixty Minutes” journalist Ross Coulthart has shared top prize in the history category at the Prime Minister’s literary awards for his detailed, thoughtful and investigative biography of one of Australia’s greatest war correspondents, Charles Bean. Ross shared the prize with David Horner, who wrote an unofficial history of ASIO called The Spy Catchers.

 

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And now, in 2016, a glorious companion to The Lost Diggers: the book that made Ross Coulthart’s name. The Lost Tommies, mainly contemporary photos of British Tommies just before the horrific Battle of the Somme, is now at the top of Amazon’s Historial #1 on Amazon.co.uk historical biographies! Here’s part of the Sunday Times (London) notice: ‘But most of what is said about those we euphemistically call “the fallen” seems hollow when placed in proximity to this book. “We will remember them”, for example, is clearly false. They have vanished like melted snow, and but for this astonishing cache of pictures, we should not even know how they once looked. Whatever ideas you have about the Great War, The Lost Tommies will change them.’

 

Amanda Ortlepp:
ortlepp-tide-cvrRunning Against the Tide The past will always find you.
Erin Travers is running away from her life and taking her two sons with her to a small town on the ruggedly beautiful Eyre Peninsula. The close-knit township is full of happy childhood memories for Erin, but she’s bringing a whole lot of baggage with her. When the peaceful community is disrupted by theft and arson, rumours fly about who is responsible. In a small town where lives are tangled too closely together, old grudges flare, fingers are pointed and secrets are unmasked.
From the bestselling author of Claiming Noah, Running Against the Tide is brimming with malice and threat, and cements Amanda Ortlepp’s position as one of Australia’s most compelling storytellers.

Claiming Noah: ortlepp-cvr …Diana has given birth to a beautiful little boy, Noah. But when he is two months old Noah is abducted… and Diana and Liam’s nightmare begins. Where is Noah?


David Marr, cover of Faction Man
David Marr, cover of Faction Man

David Marr: Faction Man ‘Australians distrust Shorten almost as much as they distrust Abbott. That’s why this election will be fought on trust. It’s going to be dirty. At the heart of the contest will be Shorten’s character. All the way to polling day, Australians will be invited to rake over every detail of his short life and hidden career.’
David Marr is the author of Patrick White: A Life, Panic, The High Price of Heaven and Dark Victory (with Marian Wilkinson). He has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, the Saturday Paper, the Guardian and the Monthly, and been editor of the National Times, a reporter for Four Corners and presenter of ABC TV’s Media Watch. He is the author of four previous bestselling Quarterly Essays.


knox-twl-cvrMalcolm Knox: The Wonder Lover: What’s the worst thing that can happen to a man with three secret families? He falls in love.

‘It is a compulsive and thrilling read, a dazzling achievement. There is a word that should be used very rarely but I believe is absolutely right for this book: The Wonder Lover is superb.’ — Christos Tsiolkas, author of The Slap.


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Anne Gorman:
The Country Wife
‘In the tradition of Sara Henderson’s From Strength to Strength, comes a powerful true story of heartbreak and triumph.‘


Daisley: Coming Rain, cover
Daisley: Coming Rain, cover

Stephen Daisley: Coming Rain:
Stephen Daisley writes in lucid, rippling prose of how things work, and why; of the profound satisfaction in hard work done with care; of love and friendship, and the damage that both contain.


Robert Dessaix: What Days are For: A Memoir “The pleasure and elegance of all Dessaix’s writing is in the language, the erudition, the delicate, often unexpected and lovely connections, and the intimate, conversational voice…” – Agnes Nieuwenhuizen, in The Australian


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Peter Twohig: The Torch: A madcap, brilliantly shambolic and irresistibly fun novel about loss, discovery and living life to the full, The Torch is a ripper of a ride.


Barry Maitland: Crucifixion Creek Crucifixion: Just another day at the office for homicide detective Harry Belltree. Until he identifies the stabbing victim as his own brother-in-law, and journalist Kelly Pool suggests there’s a link between the three incidents. Harry can’t get involved, not officially. That’s why he goes off-grid to investigate. And that’s when things start to get complicated, and very dangerous. For both Harry and Kelly.


Fiona Palmer: The Saddler Boys

‘Fiona Palmer just keeps getting better’ — Rachael Johns

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The Saddler Boys — cover image

Schoolteacher Natalie has always been a city girl. She has a handsome boyfriend and a family who give her only the best. But she craves her own space, and her own classroom, before settling down into the life she is expected to lead. When Nat takes up a posting at a tiny school in remote Western Australia, it proves quite the culture shock, but she is soon welcomed by the inquisitive locals, particularly young student Billy and his intriguing single father, Drew.

As Nat’s school comes under threat of closure and Billy’s estranged mother turns up out of the blue, Nat finds herself fighting for the township and battling with her heart. Torn between her society life in Perth and the rural community that needs her, Nat must risk losing it all to find out what she’s really made of – and where she truly belongs.

‘Palmer’s passion for the land bleeds into the story, and her scenes are vivid and genuine, just as her characters are.’ — Book’d Out

‘Fiona Palmer has well and truly earned her place as a leading writer of one of Australia’s much-loved genres.’ — Countryman


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Katrina Beikoff: May Tang: A New Australian

Award-winning journalist Katrina Beikoff.

May Tang: A New Australian

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Born in the Year of the Snake, May Tang is like flowing water when she should have more fire. A dreamer, she will never be sensible and obedient like her elder sister Jie Jie or clever like her brother Peter, studying in Australia. But her parents are worried by rumoured events in China, and May finds herself on her way to a new life in Sydney. It is so different that May wonders if she will ever be able to love this new country.

Genre: Young Adults

Rights: Australia and New Zealand: Scholastic.


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‘There had been a few minutes when I was alone with her in the autopsy room. I ’d felt wild. Absent. Before I could stop myself I was leaning close to her, telling her everything. The words draining out of me as she lay there. Her long damp hair hanging off the back of the steel table. Glassy eyes fixed blindly on the ceiling. She was still so beautiful, even in death.’

In Sarah Bailey’s The Dark Lake, a beautiful young teacher has been murdered, her body found in the lake, strewn with red roses. Local policewoman Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock pushes to be assigned to the case, concealing the fact that she knew the murdered woman in high school years before. The lake holds the key to solving the murder, but it also has the power to drag Gemma down into its dark depths…


Cover image, Mark Isaacs, The Undesirables.
When it comes to asylum seekers on Nauru, we learn only what the Australian Government wants us to know. In the wake of The Nauru Files, see first-hand what is happening inside the Nauru detention centre through Mark Isaacs’ eyewitness account.

Mark Isaacs went to work inside the Nauru detention centre in 2012. As a Salvation Army employee, he provided humanitarian aid to the men interned in the camp. What he saw there moved him to write this book.

The Undesirables chronicles his time on Nauru, detailing daily life and the stories of the men held there; the self-harm, suicide attempts, and riots; the rare moments of joy; the moments of deep despair. He takes us behind the gates of Nauru and humanises a political debate usually ruled by misleading rhetoric.


Duncan McNab, “Getting Away with Murder”, cover.

SYDNEY’S SHAME

80 men murdered, 30 unsolved cases

From 1977 to the end of 1986, Duncan McNab was a member of the NSW Police Force. Most of his service was in criminal investigation. The many unsolved deaths and disappearances of young gay men are the crimes that continue to haunt him.


Julia Baird: Victoria, the Queen

Julia Baird, “Victoria the Queen”, cover.
Fifth in line to the throne at the time of her birth in 1819, Victoria was an ordinary woman thrust into an extraordinary role. Born into a world where women were often powerless, Victoria went on to rule the most powerful country on earth with a decisive hand. As a teenage queen, she eagerly grasped the crown. She loved sex and delighted in power. She was outspoken with her ministers.


Four Weeks One Summer: When It All Went Wrong by Nicholas Whitlam

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In the summer of 1936, over just four weeks, it all went wrong — for democracy and for Spain, even for the British royals. Politicians failed, and Hitler was emboldened to plan a new European war, and more.

Nicholas Whitlam majored in history at Harvard. Four Weeks One Summer, his third book, is the product of a long-held interest in the Spanish Civil War, the Olympic movement and the politics of the 1930s. On Nicholas Whitlam’s ALM page here, you can read Mark Colvin’s brilliant launch speech for this book.

Four Weeks One Summer: When It All Went Wrong is published by Australian Scholarly Publishing, at http://www.scholarly.info


Amanda Hampson, 'The French Perfumer', coverThe French Perfumer by Amanda Hampson

‘Shorthand typist required by English speaker in the South of France. Live-in, full board plus salary commensurate with experience.’

Iris Turner, an unworldly young Englishwoman, arrives in the French Riviera to take up a secretarial role for the mysterious Hammond Brooke. Living in a small, exclusive hotel among eccentric and unpredictable aristocrats and struggling to gain her employer’s trust, she soon realises that nothing is as it seems.

Initiated into the mysterious world of perfume, she finds herself entangled in a web of intrigue and deception. Gradually discovering the truth, she gains a new understanding of the meaning of love, loyalty and betrayal.

By the bestselling author of The Olive Sisters, this is a captivating and evocative novel full of surprising twists and turns.


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‘It’ s a treasure trove. It’ s previously unknown, candid images of our troops just out of the line. Men with the fear and experiences of battle written on their faces.’
— General Sir Peter Cosgrove

Investigative journalist Ross Coulthart, joint winner of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History 2015, brings together stunning images of Western Front diggers and the amazing stories behind them.

The collection of detailed glass plates has been hailed as one of the most important First World War discoveries ever made. Haunting images show diggers enjoying a brief respite from the horror of the trenches: having their portraits taken for a lark, for a keepsake or to send to loved ones. For all too many, this would be their only memorial, and to gaze into the eyes of these men is to meet a lost generation.

This fully revised and expanded paperback edition (though warning: it’s large and heavy!) offers a wealth of fresh information including more soldiers newly identified with the aid of their families.


webster-tear-cvr Amanda Webster: a Tear in the Soul. Born into privilege and wealth, Amanda Webster is a sixth generation Australian descended from white settlers and the third generation to grow up in Kalgoorlie. When she turned five Amanda started school and became friends with Aboriginal children fromthe nearby Kurrawang Mission. At that time the lives of the Aboriginal people were controlled by the Chief Protector and his local representatives, one of whom was Webster’s very own grandfather.

Forty years later, Webster returns to her hometown. She confronts her racist blunders, her cultural ignorance and her family’s secret past. And so begins her journey of reconcilication and friendship, taking her into a world she hardly knew existed.

A Tear in the Soul is a frank, beautifully written account of Webster’s personal journey towards the relisation that she, like generations of Australians, grew up with a distorted and idealised version of the past.


Cover image of Moods book.
Cover image of Moods book.
THE REMARKABLE STORY OF A CHAMPION AUSSIE HORSEMAN
Helen Thomas: Moods

In March 2016 Peter Moody, the man who took his ‘good mare’ Black Caviar to an unprecedented 25 straight victories, walked away from racing. Suspended for six months after he was found to have presented a horse on race day with an illegal level of cobalt in its system, the trainer made the drastic decision to close down his Caulfield stables altogether. How had it come to this? Articulate yet reticent, tough yet sensitive, Moody is an intriguing character. For the first time, discover what drives the man who will always be remembered as Black Caviar’s trainer, and a true Aussie legend.

HELEN THOMAS has worked as a journalist for more than thirty years in both radio and print. She is the manager of ABC NewsRadio as well as being a thoroughbred breeder and racehorse owner. For her books, see below.


Cover, Roger Rogerson, by Duncan McNab
Cover, Roger Rogerson, by Duncan McNab
‘This is a wicked individual.’ — former detective Michael Drury, The Australian

A new book by Duncan McNab!

THE VERDICT IS: GUILTY!

On 20 May 2014, former New South Wales police officers Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara murdered student Jamie Gao in cold blood. Both have been found guilty of murder and possession of 2.78 kg of ice, and sentenced to life imprisonment.

But this wasn’t Rogerson’s first trial or conviction. Once one of the most highly decorated police officers in New South Wales, he was dismissed from the police force in 1986, and jailed twice.

That was just the tip of the iceberg.

This is the eye-opening account of Rogerson’s life of crime — policing it and committing it — and reveals the full story of one of the most corrupt and evil men in Australia, and the events that led inexorably to the chilling murder of Jamie Gao in storage unit 803.

‘a poisoned, evil little man’ — a former detective inspector


mcnab-waterfront-cvr IT’S BEEN OVER TWO CENTURIES SINCE THE FIRST CROOKS ARRIVED ON AUSTRALIA’S WATERFRONT. BUSINESS IS STILL BOOMING … Ever since the First Fleet dropped anchor, Australia’s ports have been a breeding ground for many of Australia’s most notorious criminals, and a magnet for local and overseas crime syndicates.

From the rum trade of colonial times to modern-day drug smuggling and alongside the rise and dominance of waterfront unions, a criminal element has always found ways to survive and thrive. After a century of Royal Commissions, reports, denials and crackdowns, crime and wrongdoing in Australia’s ports remains organised, entrenched and incredibly profitable.

In Waterfront, investigative journalist and former police detective Duncan McNab chronicles the larger-than-life characters who have populated Australia’s docks, wharves and ports — and lifts the lid on the crime, politics, violence and corruption that has always been present on Australia’s waterfront.


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Stephen Daisley wins NZ$50,000 fiction prize at Ockham NZ Book Awards… Reviewer Sue Green writes: ‘It is four years since Stephen Daisley’s heartbreakingly beautiful debut novel Traitor. Many of us enjoyed the irony of this Western Australia-based Kiwi winning the $80,000 Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction with what was, at its heart, a very New Zealand story. So it was disconcerting to discover that this much-anticipated second book is wrought by his experience in the harsh environs of rural Western Australia. Shearer, truck driver, sheep and cattle station worker, Daisley, who moved to Australia more than twenty-five years ago, knows and loves this unforgiving country and its people. And it shows. Even such unlovely characters as the violent bigot Painter Hayes are drawn with compassion for a man of his place and time… ’
‘This is a brutal, unflinching work with moments of shocking violence. Yet it is rendered with the same compassion, the exquisite tenderness and eye for beauty in the harshest places which made Traitor so affecting and memorable.’


Have a Happy 2017! And here are some of our new books: Click on these underlined links to see more about each writer:


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Kirsten Tranter, Hold
    ‘A compelling story… so perfectly calibrated that it’s like being at the centre of an unfolding flower.’  — Amanda Lohrey

    ‘Sensual, spooky, and utterly beguiling: Hold is an enormously powerful work of art, an intimate portrait of grief and betrayal.’  — Ceridwen Dovey, author of Only the Animals

You can read Linda Morris‘s long 2016 interview with the author in The Melbourne Age here.


devenish-secret-cvrLuke Devenish, The Secret Heiress: A fabulous fortune. Beautiful, identical twins… Dark shadows fall across the golden summer of 1886. Naïve country girl Ida Garfield longs to escape the farm. When Miss Matilda Gregory, the elegant mistress of Summersby House, offers Ida employment as a housemaid, Ida leaps at the chance. Yet it’s not for her servant’s skills that she’s wanted. It’s her inquisitiveness.

But before Ida starts her first day, Miss Gregory is found dead. Fearing her one chance of bettering herself lost, Ida goes to the funeral, hoping that someone else from Summersby will still want her.

Someone does. Handsome blond Englishman Mr Samuel Hackett is the late Miss Gregory’s fiancé. He expresses a keen need for a housemaid — and a friend. But Miss Gregory’s will brings to light an extraordinary deception and a terrible wrong from the past. Summersby has a secret heiress, whose name is also Matilda Gregory, a strange, ethereal girl with an irrevocably broken memory. Who is this mysterious heiress, and why is Ida bound forever to the truth?


cmp-the-long-run-cvr Catriona Menzies-Pike: The Long Run How did women’s running go from being suspect to wildly popular? How does a high school klutz become a marathon runner? This fascinating book combines memoir and cultural history to explore the rich and contradictory topic of women and running.


lohrey-kline-cvr Amanda Lohrey: A Short History of Richard Kline ‘Lohrey convinces us because we know she has one foot firmly on solid ground. Her first fiction, “The Morality of Gentlemen” (1984), remains the finest political novel in the slender Australian sub-genre. Just as Aldous Huxley brought a scientific rigour to his experiments with psychedelics in “The Doors of Perception” — and just as English novelist, translator and critic Tim Parks, famed for his pugnacious opinions, recently applied his fine-grained scepticism to an account of learning to meditate in “Teach Us to Sit Still” — Lohrey brings all the sober acerbity with which she has judged worldly things to a book about moving beyond them.’ — Geordie Williamson, The Australian.


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“Sixty Minutes” journalist Ross Coulthart has shared top prize in the history category at the Prime Minister’s literary awards for his detailed, thoughtful and investigative biography of one of Australia’s greatest war correspondents, Charles Bean. Ross shared the prize with David Horner, who wrote an unofficial history of ASIO called The Spy Catchers.

 

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And now, in 2016, a glorious companion to The Lost Diggers: the book that made Ross Coulthart’s name. The Lost Tommies, mainly contemporary photos of British Tommies just before the horrific Battle of the Somme, is now at the top of Amazon’s Historial #1 on Amazon.co.uk historical biographies! Here’s part of the Sunday Times (London) notice: ‘But most of what is said about those we euphemistically call “the fallen” seems hollow when placed in proximity to this book. “We will remember them”, for example, is clearly false. They have vanished like melted snow, and but for this astonishing cache of pictures, we should not even know how they once looked. Whatever ideas you have about the Great War, The Lost Tommies will change them.’

 

Amanda Ortlepp:
ortlepp-tide-cvrRunning Against the Tide The past will always find you.
Erin Travers is running away from her life and taking her two sons with her to a small town on the ruggedly beautiful Eyre Peninsula. The close-knit township is full of happy childhood memories for Erin, but she’s bringing a whole lot of baggage with her. When the peaceful community is disrupted by theft and arson, rumours fly about who is responsible. In a small town where lives are tangled too closely together, old grudges flare, fingers are pointed and secrets are unmasked.
From the bestselling author of Claiming Noah, Running Against the Tide is brimming with malice and threat, and cements Amanda Ortlepp’s position as one of Australia’s most compelling storytellers.

Claiming Noah: ortlepp-cvr …Diana has given birth to a beautiful little boy, Noah. But when he is two months old Noah is abducted… and Diana and Liam’s nightmare begins. Where is Noah?


David Marr, cover of Faction Man
David Marr, cover of Faction Man

David Marr: Faction Man ‘Australians distrust Shorten almost as much as they distrust Abbott. That’s why this election will be fought on trust. It’s going to be dirty. At the heart of the contest will be Shorten’s character. All the way to polling day, Australians will be invited to rake over every detail of his short life and hidden career.’
David Marr is the author of Patrick White: A Life, Panic, The High Price of Heaven and Dark Victory (with Marian Wilkinson). He has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, the Saturday Paper, the Guardian and the Monthly, and been editor of the National Times, a reporter for Four Corners and presenter of ABC TV’s Media Watch. He is the author of four previous bestselling Quarterly Essays.


knox-twl-cvrMalcolm Knox: The Wonder Lover: What’s the worst thing that can happen to a man with three secret families? He falls in love.

‘It is a compulsive and thrilling read, a dazzling achievement. There is a word that should be used very rarely but I believe is absolutely right for this book: The Wonder Lover is superb.’ — Christos Tsiolkas, author of The Slap.


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Anne Gorman:
The Country Wife
‘In the tradition of Sara Henderson’s From Strength to Strength, comes a powerful true story of heartbreak and triumph.‘


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Daisley: Coming Rain, cover

Stephen Daisley: Coming Rain:
Stephen Daisley writes in lucid, rippling prose of how things work, and why; of the profound satisfaction in hard work done with care; of love and friendship, and the damage that both contain.


Robert Dessaix: What Days are For: A Memoir “The pleasure and elegance of all Dessaix’s writing is in the language, the erudition, the delicate, often unexpected and lovely connections, and the intimate, conversational voice…” – Agnes Nieuwenhuizen, in The Australian


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Peter Twohig: The Torch: A madcap, brilliantly shambolic and irresistibly fun novel about loss, discovery and living life to the full, The Torch is a ripper of a ride.


Barry Maitland: Crucifixion Creek Crucifixion: Just another day at the office for homicide detective Harry Belltree. Until he identifies the stabbing victim as his own brother-in-law, and journalist Kelly Pool suggests there’s a link between the three incidents. Harry can’t get involved, not officially. That’s why he goes off-grid to investigate. And that’s when things start to get complicated, and very dangerous. For both Harry and Kelly.


Fiona Palmer: The Saddler Boys

‘Fiona Palmer just keeps getting better’ — Rachael Johns

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The Saddler Boys — cover image

Schoolteacher Natalie has always been a city girl. She has a handsome boyfriend and a family who give her only the best. But she craves her own space, and her own classroom, before settling down into the life she is expected to lead. When Nat takes up a posting at a tiny school in remote Western Australia, it proves quite the culture shock, but she is soon welcomed by the inquisitive locals, particularly young student Billy and his intriguing single father, Drew.

As Nat’s school comes under threat of closure and Billy’s estranged mother turns up out of the blue, Nat finds herself fighting for the township and battling with her heart. Torn between her society life in Perth and the rural community that needs her, Nat must risk losing it all to find out what she’s really made of – and where she truly belongs.

‘Palmer’s passion for the land bleeds into the story, and her scenes are vivid and genuine, just as her characters are.’ — Book’d Out

‘Fiona Palmer has well and truly earned her place as a leading writer of one of Australia’s much-loved genres.’ — Countryman


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Also, we have moved our website to a ‘responsive’ WordPress blog site to allow us to sort our authors by WordPress Category, that is, by Genre. On a small screen, they may be at the very foot of the page.

A ‘responsive’ WordPress blog site resizes and redesigns itself automatically for smaller screens like pads or phone screens. Amazing! That‘s a bonus!

Genre pages sort automatically into standard alphabetical listing. Authors have their own pages, with the links A to Z, listed in the sidebar on a wide screen. We represent the work of many authors, so the list is quite long.


See the All About ALM page for more about us.

All About ALM

BEFORE we start: You must let us know if any agents or publishers have seen any versions of the work you may wish to submit to us. We do not wish you to submit any of your work to other agents or publishers.

To contact us, click the “Contact Us” link above, or send an email directly to:
          alphaalm8@gmail.com.

All About ALM: What does Australian Literary Management do?

1) We actively seek out publishers for the work of writers we represent: book and magazine publishers, film, theatre, radio and television producers, and others.

2) Drawing on over a quarter-century of experience, we supervise the detailed contract relationships between authors and publishers. We make sure our authors get a fair and profitable deal from publishers’ advances and sales royalties.

3) We carefully negotiate overseas rights, translation rights, film rights and opportunities, residual rights, and many other detailed contract matters.

4) We advise publishers how to best promote our authors’ work.

5) We act as a clearing house for publisher payments to authors, checking the promptness and accuracy of payments and passing them on authors after deducting our agency commission (usually a percentage of the authors’ earnings) and any reasonable expenses we might have incurred such as postage and photocopying. We do not charge a fee to join our agency, and we do not charge any other fees.

You might want to know how to bring your work to our attention.

Here’s how: Make sure that we are the only agents who are currently considering your work. Our time is precious, and we do not wish to spend hours reading your submission, only to find that some other agent has just accepted it. To repeat: if some other agent is currently considering your work, DO NOT send it to us.

If you have already sent your manuscript to the major publishers in Australia, and most of them have said no, please don’t send it to us as a last resort. Publishers generally refuse to read a manuscript twice, so we would have no chance of interesting them in your book if they have read it once and said no. So find an agent first, not last.

To save your time, we do not consider work by authors who are not Australian residents, we do not consider scripts of any kind, we do not consider children’s books by unpublished authors, and we do not consider work that has been self-published as either a paper book or an e-book. Please read this again, as some people do misunderstand it: it only applies to writers of scripts, and to writers of children’s books, and to self-published authors, not to general authors who have not had a particular manuscript published.

Australian Business Number: Australian Literary Management is a subsidiary of the company Transcripter Proprietary Limited. Their ABN is 12 061 102 083.

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Send your work

Phone us on (612+) 9818 8557, or, if it is difficult to phone, send us a plain enquiry email to check that we wish to see your work. Some kinds of writing are not of interest to us. Our email address:
          alphaalm8@gmail.com

Or, if you wish, send a one or two-page synopsis of your work.

Please include the word count and category of the work.

Also let me know if you are an Australian resident.

And you should let us know if any agents or publishers have seen any versions of the work. We cannot ask a publisher to look at your work if they have already read it and rejected it. Note: We do not look at work which is under submission to any other agent or publisher.

If we ask to see a sample of your writing, send a copy via email of a one-to-two-page synopsis of your book, together with a copy of the first chapter, and a copy of one other chapter, to our office. Do not send the whole work. If you wish, you may send by the slower and more expensive method of postal mail. Our postal mail address is: Australian Literary Management, 2-A Booth Street, Balmain NSW 2041, Australia. Please do not send any mail that requires a signature.

Please format your work as Rich Text Format (known as “RTF”; any word processor can “Save As” RTF). If you can’t manage that, send it as a Word file. If you wish to send by postal mail, send copies, NOT the originals. Always keep the originals in a safe place. We cannot be responsible for loss of material.

Here are some further points to think about:

1. Return postage: If you wish to send by the slower and more expensive method of postal mail, we ask that you enclose a self-addressed envelope for return of the material, large enough to enclose the material, with sufficient postage. Please make a note of this point: it is easy to overlook. When we receive a submission without return postage, it will not be returned. If you live outside Australia, you may ignore this point, but do not expect your typescript to be returned.

2. Binding: please don’t. We prefer that the material should be in the form of loose sheets, unbound, held together by string or cotton tape, or in a large folder or envelope.

3. Line spacing: the pages should have double-spaced lines of type, or one-and-a-half spaced lines, to make the pages easier to read. We do not accept single-spaced work. Most publishers have these same preferences. ‘Spacing’ here means spacing between the lines of type, not spacing between the words or letters.

4. Make sure that every item you send is clearly labelled with your name and address. With a manuscript, you do not need to put your name and address on every page: just on the front page. Please number all the pages, and include your name and the title of the work on all pages. Your word processor makes this easy to do by inserting an automatic Header on every page.

5. Do not send cassette tapes, CDs, or video tapes.

6. Do not send mail that needs to be signed for, like registered mail or person-to-person mail.

7. We can take up to six weeks to respond to a submission. Within one week of our receiving your submission we will send you an email confirming that we have received it, and giving you an estimate of when you can expect to hear from us regarding a decision about your submission. If you do not receive this email within a week, please re-send your work. We get a large volume of submissions via email, and occasionally some do not get through our servers.

8. If you choose to send by postal mail, please include (along with your submission) a regular size stamped self-addressed envelope or postcard with ‘acknowledgment of receipt’ written on the back. We will post this back to you as soon as we receive your submission.

9. We repeat: Do not send mail that needs to be signed for.

10. Please do not call in person with your submission. We cannot and will not accommodate personal visits.

11. Important: To help us and yourself, please think about all these points. Then think about the points below, and cut and paste the following five sentences into your email, right at the top:

— This is a submission of my own original literary work to Australian Literary Management.
— It is in Plain Text format, or Rich Text Format, or Word format.
— It is attached to this email.
— I have read and understood all the guidelines on the ALM internet site.
— No other agents or publishers have seen any version of this work, except as I explain below.

We will consider your synopsis and sample chapters and decide whether we wish to look at the full manuscript. This will take from four to six weeks. Please be patient — we get over a thousand submissions a year, and our staff are generally busy with other matters. If we say no, it doesn’t mean you can’t write well. It just means that we can’t handle your work at the moment.

Here are some questions you might have:

Q: Are there other literary agents in Australia?

A: There are over a dozen literary agents in Australia… here is the Internet site for the Australian Literary Agents’ Association, with members’ contact details, their code of practice, tips on how to find an agent, and dozens of useful literary contacts.

Q: Do you charge a fee to look at a manuscript?

A: No.

Q: Do I have to pay a fee to join your agency?

A: There is no fee to join our agency.

Q: What fees do you charge, then, to represent an author?

A: Like other agents, we charge an agency commission on our writers’ earnings. The usual commission is fifteen per cent. This applies for the life of any contract which we negotiate.

Q: Does this mean that if I join your agency, then later wish to leave, I can do so?

A: Of course — all our authors are free to leave the agency at any time. Keep in mind, though, that our agency commission applies for the life of any contract which we negotiate. This means in most cases that as long as a book is in print for which we have negotiated the publishing contract, we continue to earn our agency commission on the author’s royalties for the sales of that book.

Q: If I send say a hundred pages for you to consider, will you read them all?

A: We may look at a few pages, or we may read the whole thing. We assess manuscripts for our own purposes, and we have to be economical with our time.

Q: I think I need some guidance to help me improve my work. Will ALM read my manuscript and provide this kind of advice?

A: We usually do not comment on your work, or provide that kind of service. But we do have a list of freelance professional writers and editors we can call on to provide manuscript assessment services for you. The charge, for an average novel, is about $400. This service has no connection with ALM’s agency work, and a positive report does not oblige ALM to consider your work. There are many small businesses that offer similar manuscript assessment services, for approximately the same fee. They can usually be contacted through your local writers’ centre.

SAMPLE: Here, below, is a sample page from a hypothetical typescript which a writer might submit to an agent or publisher. It is meant to give a general idea of the kind of page layout that agents and publishers like, so use it as a model. You may click on it to enlarge it. Please note:

1. the plain and readable typeface,
2. the lack of hyphens (hint: turn off “Hyphenation”),
3. the flush-left or left-justified type (hint: turn off “Justification”),
4. the generous margins,
5. the generous line-spacing, and
6. the helpful information in the Running Header. Learn how to apply a Running Header to every page, containing your name and the page number.

Sample submission

Who are we?

Lyn Tranter, the proprietor of Australian Literary Management, spent her childhood in Australian country towns. After working in England and hitch-hiking through Europe and across Asia, she married the poet John Tranter in 1968, and has been actively involved in the Australian writing community throughout her adult life. She wrote a popular literary gossip column for the Australian under the nom de plume Elizabeth Swanson for many years, and worked for a decade as a literary publicist. In 1986 and again in 1987 she organised and accompanied reading tours by groups of Australian writers through some twenty venues across the USA. Her daughter Kirsten Tranter is a novelist, critic and journalist based in the USA.

Australian Literary Management was established by Caroline Lurie in 1980. Lyn joined the agency in 1990, and in 1993 became the sole owner. She has travelled widely overseas, building the agency’s reputation and establishing strong links with writers, publishers and other literary agencies. The agency has very few staff.

Here’s a photo of our office, in sunny Balmain, in Sydney. Click on the image to see a larger version. photo-of-alm-office