Jennifer Spence: The Lost Girls

Jennifer Spence’s new book: A HAUNTING TALE OF LOVE AND LOSS
THAT WILL MAKE YOU THINK TWICE…

What would you do if you had the chance to change a pivotal moment from your past?

Jennifer Spence- Cover image for The Lost Girls
How far would you go to save someone you loved?

These are just two of the fateful choices a woman is forced to grapple with in this highly original and hauntingly evocative detective story of love and loss.

At the core of the enigmatic Stella’s story, past and present, is a mystery she is compelled to solve, a beautiful young woman who went missing fifty years ago – and a tragedy much closer to home she must try to prevent.

As Stella unravels the dark secrets of her family’s past and her own, it becomes clear that everyone remembers the past differently and the small choices we make every day can change our future irrevocably.

‘Wonderfully unsettling and compulsive … the twists had me frantically turning the pages’– EMMA VISKIC

‘A beautifully compelling book that dares to ask “What if?” with heart-busting yearning, wry humour and masterful storytelling’ — KATE MULVANY

Trevor Shearston, author page

Shearston, Trevor: cover image for Hare’s Fur

What a swift odd turn his life had taken. A teenage girl with a ring in her nose was sliding ware into his drying racks.

Russell Bass is a potter living on the edge of Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains. His wife has been dead less than a year and, although he has a few close friends, he is living a mostly solitary life. Each month he hikes into the valley below his house to collect rock for glazes from a remote creek bed. One autumn morning, he finds a chocolate wrapper on the path. His curiosity leads him to a cave where three siblings — two young children and a teenage girl — are camped out, hiding from social services and the police.

Although they bolt at first, Russell slowly gains their trust, and, little by little, this unlikely group of outsiders begin to form a fragile bond.

In luminous prose that captures the feel of hands on clay and the smell of cold rainforest as vividly as it does the minute twists and turns of human relationships, Hare’s Fur tells an exquisite story of grief, kindness, art, and the transformation that can grow from the seeds of trust.

At once touching and exuding charm [Hare’s Fur] still manages to pack a punch’ BOOKS & PUBLISHING [Five Stars]

International Rights: http://scribepublications.com.au

Shearston, Trevor, 2018, photo by Bette Mifsud.

 

David Marr: author page

David Marr: My Country

David Marr has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Saturday Paper, The Guardian and The Monthly, and he has served as editor of The National Times, reporter for Four Corners and presenter of ABC TV’s Media Watch.

David Marr’s books include Patrick White: A Life, The High Price of Heaven, Dark Victory (with Marian Wilkinson), and six bestselling Quarterly Essays: His Master’s Voice, Power Trip, Political Animal, The Prince, Faction Man and The White Queen.

‘David Marr is as brilliant a biographer and journalist as this country has produced.’ — Peter Craven.

David’s first book was Barwick (Allen & Unwin), a biography of the former Chief Justice of Australia, which won the 1981 NSW Premier’s Literary Award.

This was followed by The Ivanov Trail, the story of the spy scare in Canberra.

Then in 1991 the brilliant and universally critically acclaimed biography Patrick White — A Life was released by Random House in Australia, Jonathan Cape in Britain, and Random House in the USA. This biography of the Novel Prize winning novelist won seven major Australian awards.

In 1994 Patrick White — Letters was published in Australia followed by publications in the UK and USA.

The Henson Case, released by Text Publishing in 2008, examined the uproar caused by the withdrawal of some of Bill Henson’s photographs from a Sydney art gallery on the grounds that they may have been obscene.

My Country is published in Australia by Black Inc. at http://www.blackincbooks.com/

Michael, by Tina Hutchence: ALM front page


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

 

Michael: by Tina Hutchence: her author page

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. From a twelve-year-old holding him in her arms as a newborn, to being his teenage nanny, Tina remained Michael’s trusted confidant until his sudden death.

Tina’s intimate and detailed telling of her brother’s story — from faltering teenager with a lisp to raging rock star — blazes with love and adventure, and includes the acquired brain injury that changed everything for Michael; the risky schemes that saw him named in the Paradise Papers expose of 2017; his secret philanthropy in support of East Timor; and his bliss at the birth of his only child, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily.

‘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.

A cry from the heart celebrating the ‘lost boy of INXS’, Michael Hutchence, this personal and heartfelt biography reveals the incredible, rollercoaster life of Australia’s most enduring superstar and shares the private moments of an adored brother, son and father.

‘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

 

2018 ALM brochure for 2018 Sydney Writers Festival

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What a swift odd turn his life had taken. A teenage girl with a ring in her nose was sliding ware into his drying racks.

Russell Bass is a potter living on the edge of Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains. His wife has been dead less than a year and, although he has a few close friends, he is living a mostly solitary life. Each month he hikes into the valley below his house to collect rock for glazes from a remote creek bed. One autumn morning, he finds a chocolate wrapper on the path. His curiosity leads him to a cave where three siblings — two young children and a teenage girl — are camped out, hiding from social services and the police.

Although they bolt at first, Russell slowly gains their trust, and, little by little, this unlikely group of outsiders begin to form a fragile bond.

In luminous prose that captures the feel of hands on clay and the smell of cold rainforest as vividly as it does the minute twists and turns of human relationships, Hare’s Fur tells an exquisite story of grief, kindness, art, and the transformation that can grow from the seeds of trust.

At once touching and exuding charm [Hare’s Fur] still manages to pack a punch’ BOOKS & PUBLISHING [Five Stars]

Australian Rights: http://scribepublications.com.au 

Shearston, Trevor: cover image for Hare’s Fur

 


Jennifer Spence: The Lost Girls

Having previously written young adult books and a crime novel, Jenny has now completed a truly high concept commercial women’s fiction novel.
        The core of this work is the question she poses on how can we change events if we travel back in time. Can we change outcomes? Can we prevent tragedies from occurring? At what length will anyone go to ensure that something so dramatic as the death of a child can be stopped?
        The main character, Stella, journeys twenty years back in time. She moves into her house under the guise of a close relative who went missing when she was a teenager and has now turned up as an adult. Her mission is to try and change events that she knows will occur in the future.
        This is a carefully structured novel, full of suspense and twists. The voice is consistent and convincing and the writing is understated and elegant. It is a novel that would sit beside The Woman in the Window, Girl on a Train and more closely with the crime / time travel novel The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes.
        Rights have been sold to Fiona Henderson at Simon & Schuster. However any expression of interest can be forwarded to me, Lyn Tranter, at ALM. [lynalm8@gmail.com]

Author Jenny Spence.

Eileen Ormsby: The Darkest Web

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.
        Not for the faint-hearted, this work explores the stories of a kingpin willing to murder to protect his dark web drug empire; a corrupt government official determined to avoid exposure; the death of a dark web drugs czar who dies in mysterious circumstances in a Bangkok jail. It explores who is willing to sell poisons and weapons, identities and bank accounts to anyone with a wallet full of Bitcoin.
        Allen & Unwin have recently published this provocative truecrime work and enquires can be made to Maggie Thompson at [maggiet@allenandunwin.com]

Cover image, The Darkest Web

 

Jonathon Shannon: The First Snow

This debut novel is from a copywriter who works in advertising. I always believe if you have to know how to sell toothpaste then you know the value of words. Such is the case with this young author.
        The story is set in two countries — Iceland and Japan. It follows the lives of brother and sister Svana and Brynleifur. They were separated as young children when their parents divorced, and although siblings, they hardly know each other. Now in their early twenties they decide to embark on an adventure and spend a month travelling in Japan.
        On their arrival in Okinawa they meet Tristan, a young Australian man who is travelling in Japan, to further his studies in Japanese, before he begins university. He speaks the language and Svan and Bryn warm to him and realise what a great travel guide he would make. Tristan in turn is fascinated by the beautiful Svana. They fall in love.
        The work takes them on their month-long journey through Japan and its major cities culminating in Svana and Tristan climbing Mount Fuji. However Svana knows that she must return to Reykjavik, and Tristan, who is still recovering from a relationship breakup in Australia, decides that they must go their separate ways, but will write to each other.
        Arriving back in Iceland, Bryn discovers through seeing her passport that Svana has chosen to not take on the family name, but instead the surname of her mother. One interesting factor in Icelandic culture is the widespread use of the patronymic surname, that is, the tradition of children always taking on the “family” name, the name of the father. Svana and Bryn have an enormous row and separate.
        Unknown to Svana her brother is dying and when his will is read, he asks that she return to Mount Fuji and scatter his ashes there. She does so, and Tristan comes with her. We are left knowing that their relationship will flourish.
        The manuscript is still in draft form but will be submitted to publishers by July 2018. All enquiries to Lyn Tranter at ALM: [lynalm8@gmail.com]

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Sarah Hopkins: Beta Boy

When a new computer game or app comes out, people queue to be considered as “beta testers”. This mean that they get to use the game or app for free — before it goes public. They have to note bugs or glitches in the product and make the developers aware of these.
        Beta testing comes after Alpha testing. Alpha testing is done internally by the engineers, and Beta is done by a select group of members of the public. The reason for this is that the developers want to wait for the product to be tested on real people.
        This is Sarah Hopkins’ third book, and is a haunting work that blends speculative fiction and science fiction, and looks at incarceration, social engineering and the crimes adults can commit against children.
        The premise of the book is that a group of children who have had troubled lives are “rescued” from the legal system for crimes they have committed and placed in a school to deal with their specific needs. Daniel, the main character, has been dealing drugs and when he is due for sentencing, the likely jail term is dismissed on the provision that he attends this new school. When he arrives he is faced with a number of other children, mainly teenagers who have committed various crimes or come from disturbed homes. It is not an ordinary school, and lessons are conducted in an unconventional manner; and although Daniel believes he can leave at any time, the place is very isolated.
        The insight into why this school is here, and what it is for, is slowly revealed. In many ways it reminded me of Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go. In that novel we gradually find out that the school is designed to breed children for body parts, in Beta Boy we learn that Big Pharma are not bothering to test new drugs or medicines on animals (it is far too slow a process) but on children, and these schools are scattered around the globe.
        A fascinating and disturbing hypothesis written by a natural storyteller. All enquires to Lyn Tranter at ALM. [lynalm8@gmail.com]

Human Brain

 

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.

Promised Land, Cover Image

Now Barry has written his thirteenth novel in this series titled The Promised Land. Central to the plot of this brilliant crime novel is the discovery of a lost manuscript by the British writer George Orwell. Extensive tests are done and it becomes clear that this is in fact a work by Orwell.

The manuscript is delivered to Charles Pettigrew, the owner of a floundering publishing house that he inherited from his
father. He knows that if this is in fact a genuine Orwell novel, his business will be saved.

Australian and New Zealand rights have been sold to Allen & Unwin who have previously published all Barry’s Brock & Kolla books. The editor there, Ali Lavau, in her closing remarks on this work said:

It’s been an absolute pleasure to engage with your work again. It’s the promise of intricate plotting, ingenious twists, a strong sense of place and natural, fluent prose. And, oh boy does The Promised Land deliver. There are the murders in Hampstead, framed judges, psychopaths and most startling of all, Brock in prison. I am absolutely hooked.

Allen & Unwin—Aust and NZ rights. All other enquiries to Lyn Tranter at ALM, [lynalm8@gmail.com]

British Author George Orwell (Eric Blair)

 

Eileen Ormsby: Silk Road / and / The Darkest Web

Eileen Ormsby: Silk Road

silk-road-cvr-ormsby It was the ‘eBay of drugs’.
A BILLION DOLLAR EMPIRE.
Behind it, an FBI Most Wanted Man, the enigmatic crime czar DREAD PIRATE ROBERTS.

SILK ROAD lay at the heart of the ‘Dark Web’ — a parallel internet of porn, guns, assassins and drugs. Lots of drugs. With the click of a button LSD, heroin, meth, coke, any illegal drug imaginable, would wing its way by regular post from any dealer to any user in the world. How was this online drug cartel even possible? And who was the charismatic mastermind all its low roads led to?

The incredible true story!

Silk Road’s riseand fall, told with unparalleled insight into the main players — including alleged founder and kingpin Dread Pirate Roberts himself — by lawyer and investigative journalist Eileen Ormsby. A stunning crime story with a truth that explodes off the page.


Eileen Ormsby: The Darkest Web
Eileen Ormsby: The Darkest Web (cover image)

DARK: A kingpin willing to murder to protect his dark web drug empire. A corrupt government official determined to avoid exposure. The death of a dark web drugs czar in mysterious circumstances in a Bangkok jail cell, just as the author arrives there. Who’s behind the online markets that came after Silk Road, willing to sell poisons and weapons, identities and bank accounts, malware and life-ruining services online to anyone with a wallet full of Bitcoin?

DARKER: A death in Minnesota leads detectives into the world of dark web murder-for-hire where hundreds of thousands of dollars in Bitcoin is paid to arrange killings, beatings and rapes. Meanwhile, the owner of the most successful hitman website in history is threatening the journalists who investigate his business with a visit from his operatives — and the author is at the top of his list.

DARKEST… People with the most depraved perversions gather to share their obscene materials in an almost inaccessible corner of the dark web. A video circulates, and the pursuit of the monsters responsible for ‘Daisy’s Destruction’ leads detectives into the unimaginable horror of the world of hurtcore.

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. Enter the darkest web…

Glenda Guest: A Week in the Life of Cassandra Aberline

Glenda Guest: 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.

This story is about the complexities of memory, and the loss of memory. It is also about guilt, trust, and the breaking of trust. Primarily, it is about identity and how that changes in various circumstances.

Cassandra Aberline left her home in the wheatlands of Western Australia for Sydney in 1970. She is now sixty-four, lives in Surrey Hills, Sydney, and is teaching theatre skills after a long and distinguished career as an actor in Shakespearean and classical works.

Cassie has been given a diagnosis of early onset Altzheimers disease, and she is now returning to the west the same way as she left: by train on the Indian-Pacific. On this return journey she expects to work out what in her early life led to the specific event that made her leave. She cannot remember the specifics of that moment, if she pushed, or she left by choice.

“In the literary world there is a propensity for prize-winning authors to be elevated – or to elevate themselves – onto a special pedestal, complete with pretentious black-and-white profile photographs designed to make the subject appear as erudite and aloof as possible. Glenda Guest is not one such writer. She is approachable and refreshingly frank…” You may read more of this fascinating interview in the pages of Verity La.

Harry Blutstein

Cold War Games, Cover image.
The 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games have become known as the ‘Friendly Games’, but East-West rivalry ensured that they were anything but friendly. From the bloody semi-final water polo match between the USSR and Hungary, during which blood seen in the water, to the athletes who defected to the West, sport and politics collided during the Cold War. Harry Blutstein’s Cold War Games shows vividly how the USSR and US exploited the Melbourne Olympic Games for propaganda, turning athletic fields, swimming pools and other sporting venues into battlefields in which each fought for supremacy.

There were glimmers of peace and solidarity. War Games also tells the love story between Czechoslovak discus thrower Olga Fikotova and American hammer thrower Hal Connolly, and their struggle to overcome Cold War politics to marry.

Cold War Games is a lively, landmark book, with fresh information from ASIO files and newly discovered documents from archives in the USSR, US and Hungary, revealing secret operations in Melbourne, and showing just how pivotal the 1956 Olympic Games were for the great powers of the Cold War.
 

Joyce Morgan: Martin Sharp


Martin Sharp: cover image.

‘Martin wore tight pants that were striped red, white and blue, like a Union Jack, and an embroidered Afghan vest. In front of his face he carried, like a lollipop, a smile on a stick. As he went, he bowed to passers-by. Even on King’s Road, he stood out.’

Martin Sharp’s art was as singular as his style. He blurred the boundaries of high art and low with images of Dylan, Hendrix and naked flower children that defined an era. Along the way the irreverent Australian was charged with obscenity and collaborated with Eric Clapton as he drew rock stars and reprobates into his world.

In this richly told and beautifully written biography, Joyce Morgan captures the loneliness of a privileged childhood, the heady days of the underground magazine Oz as well as the exuberant creativity of Swinging London and beyond.

Sharp pursued his quixotic dream to realise van Gogh’s Yellow House in Australia. He obsessively championed eccentric singer Tiny Tim and was haunted by the awful deaths at Sydney’s Luna Park. Charismatic and paradoxical, he became a recluse whose phone never stopped ringing.

Martin Sharp, “Young Mo”, poster, 1978. Thanks to the Estate of the late Martin Sharp.

There was no one like Martin Sharp. When he died, he was described as a stranger in a strange land who left behind a trail of stardust.