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Will Elliott is the critically acclaimed author of The Pilo Family Circus, which won the inaugural ABC Fiction Award and the Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist Award; it was also shortlisted for the International Horror Guild Award, the first Australian writer to be listed in the Novel Category — against the likes of Stephen King.
Meet Denton, a dreamy no-hoper — nearly thirty, unemployed and living with his mother. After a road rage incident, Denton is rescued by the seductive ‘Sister’ Sarah and quickly drawn into the ‘Sect of Bliss’ — thanks to Sarah’s ample attractions.
The Sect’s leader, Mason, is initially unimpressed by his new recruit, until he discovers Denton has unwittingly inherited a small fortune. Mason has no qualms about getting his hands on the money, even if it means disposing of Denton — permanently.
But Mason doesn’t bank on the characters ‘inside’ Denton: Mr Scott, who runs the logic department; Dream Master, the enigma creating Denton’s dreams; Len, who enjoys inventing nightmares; and Wetpatch, who runs amok with Denton’s libido. They realise that something is very wrong… and they will do whatever it takes to save him.
“This is a funny, clever book that is postmodern without being pretentious and meta without being contrived” — Bookseller and Publisher
Australia has a unique place in the history of outlaw motorcycle gangs, boasting the highest per capita membership in the world, and a biker culture where bombings, drive-by shootings, arson, beatings and murder are regular occurrences.
From the clubs’ beginnings in the swinging sixties, their entry into the amphetamine market in the 1970s, through to the 1984 Milperra Massacre that made world headlines, to the Sydney airport brawl between the Hell’s Angels and Comancheros and the brutal murder of Anthony Zervas, Outlaw Bikers in Australia tells how these “one per cent deviants” grew to dominate the recreational drug market and became major players in the international outlaw biker scene.
This is the dramatic true story of the rise and rise of Australia’s outlaw motorcycle clubs, illustrated with twenty photos, many in full colour.
Australian / New Zealand Rights: Pan Macmillan Australia
At 11am on August 13, 1940, with Australia having been at war for almost a year, a dual-controlled Hudson bomber, the A16-97, crashed into a hillside near Canberra airport.
In what is still Canberra’s worst disaster in terms of loss of life, all ten aboard died, including the chief of the general staff, Cyril Brudenell White, and three of Robert Gordon Menzies’ closest cabinet supporters: minister for the army Geoffrey Street, minister for air James Fairbairn and information minister Henry Gullett.
Perhaps the luckiest federal parliamentarian at the time was the minister for commerce, George McLeay, who had been offered a seat on the Hudson but turned it down. However, unlike the other three politicians, McLeay was neither a member of Menzies’ inner war cabinet nor one of the prime minister’s trusted friends.
“Since turning to writing, Andrew Tink, a former NSW Liberal MP, has produced two well-received biographies: William Charles Wentworth: Australia’s Greatest Native Son and Lord Sydney: The Life and Times of Tommy Townshend. In this important new book he explains in detail how the loss of Street, Fairbairn and Gullett destabilised the Menzies wartime government and how, as a direct but delayed consequence, Labor leader John Curtin became prime minister in October 1941… Air Disaster Canberra, a fascinating, well written and thoroughly researched book, provides convincing evidence, at least to this reviewer, that at the time of the crash it was Fairbairn — an accomplished pilot but with no direct experience of Hudson bombers — who was flying the plane.” — Ross Fitzgerald, The Australian.
NewSouth, 309pp, $45 (HB)
They were originally five. Elliot. Brian. Tallis. Cameron. And Dylan — charismatic Dylan — the mediator, the leader, the man each one turned to in a time of crisis. Five close friends, bonded in college, still coming together for their annual trip to Las Vegas. This year they are four. Four friends, sharing a common loss: Dylan’s tragic death. A common loss that, upon their arrival in Vegas, will bring with it a common threat: one that will make them question who their departed friend really was, and whether he is even worthy of their grief.
A Common Loss is Kirsten Tranter’s follow-up to her critically acclaimed debut, The Legacy. Yet again, Tranter’s weave of watertight prose and literary sensibilities shows her to be a born writer with a precocious control of storytelling and style.
Follow Kirsten’s internet diary: www.kirstentranter.com
A Common Loss: Fourth Estate / HarperCollins
“These photographs rank up there with one of the most important discoveries from the First World War.”
Ashley Ekins, Head of Military History, Australian War Memorial, Canberra
“A fascinating and important record of First World War history. There’s an intimacy about these photographs I’ve never seen before… it’s like looking back into time, looking into the eyes of men who’ve just been in battle.”
Australian War Memorial historian and First World War expert Peter Burness
During the First World War, thousands of Aussie diggers and other Allied troops passed through the small French town of Vignacourt, two hours north of Paris. Many of them had their photographs taken by Louis and Antoinette Thuillier as souvenirs while they enjoyed a brief respite from the carnage of the Western Front. For all too many of those soldiers, this was their last moment away from the lines before being sent to their deaths in battles that are now part of the mythology of Australian nationhood — Pozieres, Bullecourt, the mud and blood of the Somme. The weariness and horror of battle is reflected in their eyes, but the photos also capture a sense of camaraderie, high spirits and even a soupçon of romance.
The Lost Diggers is the riveting detective story of the hunt across northern France for a rumoured treasure trove of antique glass photographic plates that led investigative journalist Ross Coulthart to an ancient metal chest in a dusty attic in a small farmhouse. The nearly 4000 glass plates he and his team from Channel 7’s Sunday Night discovered are being hailed by experts as one of the most important First World War historical discoveries ever made.
Part thriller, part family history and part national archive, The Lost Diggers brings together these wonderful images and the amazing stories behind them, such as that of Jim Holland, the grandfather of Aussie actress Val Lehman and Joe Maxwell, awarded both the MC and VC and author of the memoir Hell’s Bells and Mademoiselles.
Publication will coincide with the launch of The Australian War Memorial’s exhibition of the lost diggers’ photo collection, Remember Me: The Lost Diggers of Vignacourt.
Chinese playwright, novelist and artist Gao Xingjian became a critic of the Communist regime as a young man. He fled Beijing and has lived for many years in France where his first novel, Soul Mountain, was first published and became a bestseller, going into five editions. In 2000 he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Mabel Lee’s English translation of Soul Mountain has been a success worldwide.
Gao’s second novel One Man’s Bible focuses the political horrors of the twentieth century through the lens of desire and memory. It has received rave reviews in the US.
In 2004 Gao published a collection of short stories, Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather. In September 2006 HarperCollins Australia released A Case for Literature, a collection of thought-provoking essays.
Mabel Lee is Gao’s English-language translator. She is represented by Australian Literary Management, and ALM is the lead agent for the English language translations of Gao’s writing.
You can read the first chapter of Soul Mountain on this website, as well as Mabel’s perceptive and informative Introduction to the book, the Swedish Academy’s bibliographical note published on the occasion of the 2000 Nobel Prize, and a note about the author.
Rights in the English language translation of Soul Mountain have been sold to HarperCollins Australia, HarperCollins US, and HarperCollins UK.
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