3: About ALM (new authors)

  MENU 3: About ALM (new authors)


  Scott Bennett

  The Nameless Names
  and Pozières

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Scott Bennett: The Nameless Names: Recovering the Missing Anzacs, cover image.
Scott Bennett:
‘On the Somme, on a quiet hill just outside Villers-Bretonneux, is the Australian National Memorial; its panels record 10,738 Australian soldiers missing in action over three years of fighting in that region. The Menin Gate records the 6,000 Australian soldiers missing in Belgium. In Turkey, the Lone Pine Memorial records the names of 4,900 Australian and New Zealand soldiers missing in the Gallipoli campaign…The Great War for Civilisation brutally erased them: dismembered by shellfire, buried without proper identification, shovelled into unmarked graves, or left to rot in no man’s land. They were consigned to a suspended state — no name, no body, no burial, no mourning — entombed in uncertainty.’

Jo Spurrier: A Curse of Ash and Embers…


A Curse of Ash and Embers, by Jo Spurrier, cover design.

A dead witch, a bitter curse, a battle of magic — Tales of the Blackbone Witches, Book One:

But the old witch is dead now, and somehow it’s Elodie’s job to clean up the mess. When she was hired at Black Oak Cottage, Elodie had no idea she’d find herself working for a witch; and her acid-tongued new mistress, Aleida, was not expecting a housemaid to turn up on her doorstep.

Jo Spurrier. photo

Jo Spurrier was born in 1980 and has a Bachelor of Science degree, but turned to writing because people tend to get upset when scientists make things up. She lives in Adelaide with her husband, two young sons and a formerly feral cat, and spends a lot of time playing with cars and trains… although she still occasionally daydreams about snow… Jo’s first novel, Winter Be My Shield, was shortlisted for the 2012 Aurealis Award for best fantasy novel.

Michael: by Tina Hutchence, with Jen Jewell Brown

Cover image for Michael, by Tina Hutchence

He died at only 37 but his fans are legion. INXS singer/songwriter Michael Hutchence was the celebrated frontman of a band that was the biggest in the world.

Michael’s big sister, Tina, adored him from the start. ‘My brother roamed the world with a book in his hand and another book in his suitcase,’ Tina writes, and throughout Michael a paper trail of the literature he loved gives clues to the man many see as an enigma.

‘Lost boy Michael, who was my dear friend, and who is very much missed. All respect and thanks to Tina for sharing these stories and keeping the memory alive.’

Simon Le Bon, singer / songwriter, Duran Duran

Grace Tobin:

Deal with the Devil. Cover image.

Deal with the Devil
is the story of the Leveson family from the journalist who was closest to them throughout the four-year police reinvestigation of Matt’s case.There is an unnerving insight into Atkins’ past from exclusive interviews with his exboyfriends, lovers and former friends. Above all, what emerges is a portrait of two parents bound by their public quest to achieve justice for their son.

Sydney Opera House: ‘Steps’
Sydney Opera House: ‘Steps’.
2018 Sydney Writers Festival Brochure: to read more, click this word
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  Joe Agresta

  My Life With Bart


Few have captured Australia’s imagination as vividly as racehorse trainer Bart Cummings. Winning an unprecedented a dozen Melbourne Cups in a career that spanned seven decades, his was a household name unequalled in racing.

But few know the name of Bart’s secret weapon — the man he entrusted to ride his best thoroughbreds every morning before dawn, as they worked towards the biggest races on the Australian turf.

For more than thirty years, Joe Agresta was the track work rider who told the trainer how his horses were feeling, physically and mentally. Saintly, Let’s Elope, So You Think, Shaftsbury Avenue, he knew them all. He rode them all. He might have failed in a short, 15-race career as a professional jockey, yet his innate horsemanship helped shape one of the world’s most influential stables. Without him, even the Cummings’ genius could not have trained the horses that shone through decades of Spring Carnivals.

Joe Agresta and Bart Cummings, at the races.

Eileen Ormsby: The Darkest Web
        (Click on the underlined name to view ALM’s page for that author, often with extra information about their new book. Click “Control+LeftArrow” to return.)
        The author Eileen Ormsby has spent the past five years exploring every corner of the dark web. This book will take you into the murkiest depths of the web’s dark underbelly: a place of hitmen for hire, red rooms, hurtcore sites and markets that will sell anything a person is willing to pay for — including another person.

Eileen Ormsby: The Darkest Web (cover image)

Allen & Unwin have recently published this provocative truecrime work and enquires can be made to Maggie Thompson.

Barry Maitland: The Promised Land
There have been twelve Brock and Kolla novels published so far in Australia, the USA, the UK and in translation. They feature two central characters, DCI David Brock and DI Kathy Kolla, homicide detectives in London’s Metropolitan Police. Now Barry has written his thirteenth novel in this series titled The Promised Land.

British Author George Orwell (Eric Blair)

Australian and New Zealand rights have been sold to Allen & Unwin who have previously published all Barry’s Brock & Kolla books. Allen & Unwin—Aust and NZ rights. All other enquiries to Lyn Tranter at ALM, Email:[See “Contact ALM”]

Mark McKenna, Moment of Truth
        “The time for pitting white against black, shame against pride, and one people’s history against another’s, has had its day. After nearly fifty years of deeply divisive debates over the country’s foundation and its legacy for Indigenous Australians, Australia stands at a crossroads — we either make the commonwealth stronger and more complete through an honest reckoning with the past, or we unmake the nation by clinging to triumphant narratives in which the violence inherent in the nation’s foundation is trivialised.”

Mark McKenna Moment of Truth.

Mark McKenna, photograph

Mark McKenna is one of Australia’s leading historians. He has written several highly acclaimed books, including From the Edge: Australia’s lost histories, An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark, and Looking for Blackfellas’ Point: An Australian History of Place. He is professor of history at the University of Sydney.

Cover image. Quarterly Essay #69, Mark McKenna Essay: Moment of Truth

QUARTERLY ESSAY presents significant contributions to the general debate. Each issue contains a single essay written at a length of about 25,000 words. It aims to present the widest range of political, intellectual and cultural opinion.

Front cover photo: National Museum of Australia

Glenda Guest’s new novel: A Week in the Life of Cassandra Aberline.

Life of Casandra Aberline, cover image

The train races along its rails, a silver and blue streak trying to make up time spent dallying in the dust…

After forty-five years in Sydney, Cassandra Aberline returns home to Western Australia in the same way she left: on the Indian Pacific. As they cross the emptiness of the vast Australian inland, Cassie travels back through her memories, too, frightened that she’s about to lose them forever — and with them, her last chance to answer the question that has held her to ransom almost all her life. By the author of Siddon Rock, winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for best first book.

Fiona Palmer: Sisters and Brothers

Australian author Fiona Palmer: Sisters and Brothers cover image.

Emma, a nurse and busy mother of three, has always dreamed of having a sister. Michelle, at 46, wonders if its too late to fall on love and find her birth parents. Sarah, career woman and perfectionist homemaker, struggles to keep up with the Joneses. Bill, 72, feels left behind after the death of his adored wife. Adam can’t stop thinking about the father he never had.

A poignant novel of family, secrets, connections and moments that may just be life-changing, ny beloved best-selling Australian author, Fiona Palmer. Sisters and Brothers will both break and warm your heart, in a way that only Australian storyteller Fiona Palmer can.

Secrets Between Friends: cover image

Three friends embark on a luxury cruise to celebrate their ten-year reunion. But long-held secrets can catch up with even the best of friends. Abbie had it all: a career, a loving boyfriend and a future, but a visit to the doctor bears scary news. Her world is tumbling down and she feels adrift at sea. Ricki, a dedicated nurse, harbours a dream she hasn’t chased. Is she actually happy or stuck in a rut? Jess, a schoolteacher and single mother to little Ollie, had a tough upbringing but found her way through with the help of her closest friend, Peter. But Peter has bought an engagement ring and is ready to propose to Ricki… Secrets Between Friends is a poignant story of romance, family dynamics and friendships from beloved Australian storyteller Fiona Palmer. (Click on the underlined Name)

Dark Lake cover image

 ‘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.

Paula Weston

“Jules looks down. Ryan is hanging on to the ladder with one hand and reaching down to his boot. Her pulse stutters when she sees the blade. It’s short and deadly looking and there’s no mistaking it for anything other than a weapon.”

Eighteen-year-old Julianne De Marchi is different. As in: she has an electrical undercurrent that stings and surges beneath her skin… but… she can’t control it. Then she meets Ryan Walsh. She doesn’t know he’s a soldier working for a secret unit that has her under surveillance…

Great writing, heart-burning characters, probing questions about where technology is taking us… Paula Weston does it again!

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

Four Weeks One Summer, cover image

Four Weeks One Summer, cover image

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

Cover image of Moods book.


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

‘This is a wicked individual.’ — former detective Michael Drury, The Australian

A new book by Duncan McNab!


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

Stephen Daisley, at the prize-giving for Coming Rain

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…’

        Have a Happy 2018! And here are some of our new books: Click on these underlined links to see more about each writer:

Cover image, Hold

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.

Luke 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.

cover image of the first American edition of “The Long Run”

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.

Amanda Ortlepp: Claiming Noah

…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: 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).

David Marr, photo

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.

The Wonder Lover : cover image
Malcolm 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.

Anne Gorman: cover image, Country Wife

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.

Stephen 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.

John Bryson
John BrysonJohn lectures in law, literary journalism, and fiction, acts on advisory panels to government, NGOs, and universities, and on literary judging panels. At the end of the millennium, a Schools of Journalism panel included him in ‘The 100 Journalists of the Century’. He was awarded the Order of Australia in 2014.

John Bryson achieved international acclaim with Evil Angels, his celebrated book on the disappearance of Azaria Chamberlain. It was also released as a major film starring Meryl Streep and Sam Neill. Hodder Headline Australia released a new edition of Evil Angels in 2000.

chamberlain-and-photo[Photo: the Chamberlains with a photo of Lindy and her baby.]

John Bryson’s novel, To the Death, Amic, was published by Viking/Penguin in Australia and the UK in 1994.

His Whoring Around was published by Penguin in 1981.

Australian author John Bryson: Lindy Chamberlain

A collection of reportage, Backstage at the Revolution and Twelve Other Reports, was published by Penguin in 1988.

He originated the production and wrote the courtroom scenario for the TV special Secrets of the Jury Room for SBSTV 2004.

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