Billarooby

Author: Jim Anderson
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ISBN: 9780994224484
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An 11-year old boy fantasises that Japanese prisoners of war in remote Billarooby, Australia, are honourable samurai. Vigilantism, drought and the Armstrong family's darkest past, drive his parents to desperate measures and bouts of madness. A coming-of-age of great poignancy as the story reaches its climax on the dried-up bed of the Lachlan Rive

Wakuwal Dream

Author: Peter Botsman
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ISBN: 9780994515735
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"The European invasion of the great South land is only a short while ago, measured against the beginning of time. The impact of the industrial revolution was tragic for the lives and families of many of the newcomers as well as for this continent's original inhabitants and for the land itself. Wakewal is a story of how faith kept ancient knowledge alive, how optimism endures in the face of ignorance and destruction, and how today's descendants of the both the newcomers and the first peoples are beginning a conversation, many generations overdue. In the form of spirit beings, the narrator describes personal and historical events seen as a faerie princess from Eire, as an eagle, as an octopus, as fire, as a willy-willy, as Waniulna, a sacred dog bounding across the continent and as b^ru the crocodile. A wild imagining of how things were, and how they got to be, now. The people in the story are from the folk lore of the newcomers and the ancient South land legends. They include figures many of us will recognise as symbolic of our own ancestors, whether black or white. Through it all, a magic is shared by the southern and European cultures - an understanding that goes deeper than the different religions and ideologies; that has its origins in the common spirit. The crucial concept is the oneness of land, animals, humans and flora and that it is not too late to share deep knowledge and lost understanding for the benefit of all the land and people."--Website.

Chipman S African Adventure

Author: Jim Anderson
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ISBN: 9780994224408
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Chipman's African Adventure by Jim Anderson is a psycho adventure - a blackly comic tale set in the imagined country of Bomzawe in West Africa in 1972.. It also contains a tender gay love story. Though essentially satirical, some people may find the ribald sexuality confronting. Chipman Smith is still in the closet when he arrives at the Hornbill Palace Hotel at Tlula Leisure Beach, but he is well and truly out of it by the time he leaves. Or is he? Mr. Smith will never be the same again, and neither will you, after reading Chipman's African Adventure.This blackly comic tale, set in an imagined West African country, balances throughout on the edge of laughter. Crescendos of absurdity and high camp drama supplant and transcend each other with accelerating speed. Fledgling lawyer Chipman longs for true love. Will he find it with Zach Shaler, the Nebraskan cowboy with Peace Corps dreams, with Drift, the mamba snake catcher, even though Drift is seriously obsessed with Toffee, his intoxicatingly beautiful girlfriend, or with neither? Chipman hopes he has nothing but a drinking problem when he arrives from Sydney. To his horror he finds himself dragged into the bizarre re-birthing rituals of Dr Starry Sanguini, a drug-crazed Australian psychotherapist with a shady past. These rituals rapidly metamorphose into psychedelic theatrical extravaganza. Chipman emerges in one piece, but is he more clear sighted than before or just a slave to Sanguini as guru and ringmaster? Chipman is a benighted but endearing hero, confronted by many moral and ethical dilemmas. His naivety and goodwill are offset by a shrewdness of intellect and an ability not only to observe but to participate in the beauty, brutality and seething sexual shenanigans of his seedy post-colonial environment. The satire is savage and so is the civil war which inevitably comes, but there is an unexpected and underlying tenderness shown in Chipman's dealings with Sanguini's troupe of international outlaws and generational refugees. It would be easy for a psycho adventure like this to fall into caricature. Instead, the protagonists have a depth of characterisation which makes it all touchingly down to earth and real. Not everyone escapes alive, sane or uncompromised from Tlula Leisure Beach. You will never guess the end.

Witch Girl And The Push

Author: Lyn Gain
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ISBN: 9780987506306
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The Author Lyn Gain is, as she notes, "out of the same stable" as Germaine Greer - the Sydney Push in the early sixties. She spent her first sixteen years waiting to find bohemia; the next sixteen years in the bosom of the Push; the next sixteen years in the social welfare advocacy movement; and the last sixteen years as a digital era sea-changer on the Mid North Coast of NSW, with a marginal attachment to academe. She is currently considering her options for the next sixteen years. The Book Witch Girl and the Push is a unique insider story of the Sydney Push, told by someone who was actually there. It explodes numerous myths and misconceptions which have been perpetuated by outside commentators. The book spans over 50 years of social, political and sexual change in Australia, from the late fifties American rock and roll perceived as contributing to a 'moral crisis' amongst 'the youth', to the modern day 'slut walks'. It is a fascinating and irreverent memoir from the present day perspective of Witch Girl, a nickname bestowed on the author as a bewitching 17 year old in the Royal George hotel in the early sixties. Witch Girl is both the heroine and narrator of the book which provides numerous frank, funny and fearless observations and sketches about people as diverse as: Cec Abbott (once head of the NSW Drug Squad); Premiers Nick Greiner and John Fahey; Supreme Court Chief Justice Murray Gleeson; feminist Eva Cox; radical trad, the Rev. Harry Herbert; and a vast array of eccentric Push characters and ex-lovers, as well as state government ministers, left wing unionists, prominent welfare advocates and some alternative life-stylers. This is a many layered book. The author cunningly disguises what is essentially a philosophical treatise as a story of sex, drugs, rock 'n roll and more sex, told in a charmingly frank, no-holds barred style. You will not get any looking down the nose in this tale. What you do get are the big questions, seriously considered, with answers so well pulled together it will leave an indelible impression as well as a way of finding your way through the most complex questions of right and wrong. There is plenty of reference to sex in the book, but there are no sex scenes.

Cassette Books

Author: Library of Congress. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
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Memoirs Of A Dedicated Amateur

Author: David Perry
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ISBN: 9780987506344
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Photography, experimental film and video making, cinematography and film directing, scriptwriting, painting, drawing, graphic arts, print making - exhibitions at leading art galleries, international film and video festivals. Any one of these would be a dream come true for a creative Australian, but Sydney-based David Perry has done them all. He is a "fair dinkum" polymath, multimedia artist and teacher - and, although a very modest man, he can now add the description "author" to his impressive list of achievements. In "Memoirs of a Dedicated Amateur," David Perry provides real inspiration through his honest account of the past 50 or more years, taking us on his career and personal journey, from being a printing apprentice to drawing, painting, photography and the forefront of independent and experimental film making. Along the way, he inspired now acclaimed Australian film directors, such as Phillip Noyce, and has achieved international recognition by a new generation of experimental film makers for his significant video works. "Memoirs of a Dedicated Amateur" also gives readers valuable knowledge and insights into the importance of personal relationships for artists, and how they can be affected by the passion, love, pain and sometimes guilt that evolves through the ending of relationships. This book is a "must read," not only for aspiring and practising film makers, photographers and all people with creative instincts or skills, but for anyone who follows the creative arts and who wants to know more about what motivates Australian artists and how they see things, and why they are an essential part of Australia's cultural heritage.

The Bird Of Time

Author: Gavan Bromilow
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ISBN: 9780987506368
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If the movement of tectonic plates and centrifugal forces were to shift the Earth's centre of gravity, it is impossible to predict how fast and how far it could shift, where continents and countries could end up. The Bird of Time deals seriously and intelligently with a major natural disaster in Asia, which sends millions fleeing south, east and west, while leaving many to try and survive in harrowing, impossible conditions, or perishing. The author takes us on an almost incredible journey with a small group of Indian farm workers on the sub-continent, led by an expatriate Australian, Griff, and his Indian partner, Rohini, as they experience murderous and unprecedented events, following a catastrophic natural disaster that changes the world. Griff's goal is to get his group safely to the refugee camps in Darwin, where local representatives of the Indian government-in-exile are based. Griff's quick understanding, skills and single-minded determination are what drive their efforts to survive.This is an action-packed, fast-moving story, throughout which the author's terse and taut prose drives the reader, mirroring the urgency of Griff's endeavors as he motivates and leads his group. It is also an inspiring story of fortitude and humanitarianism, in the face of temptation to become brutish and selfish plunderers.

World War Ii In Literature For Youth

Author: Patricia Hachten Wee
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810853010
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This comprehensive volume provides a wealth of information with annotated listings of more than 3,500 titles—a broad sampling of books on the war years 1939-1945. Includes both fiction and nonfiction works about all aspects of the war. Professional resources for educators aligned to the educational standards for social studies; technical references; periodicals and electronic resources; a directory of WWII museums, memorials, and other institutions; and topics for exploration complement this excellent library and classroom resource.