BOOKS

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THE ART OF TAXIDERMY

9781925603743, 288pp, $19.99

Lottie collects dead creatures and lovingly cares for them, hoping to preserve them, to save them from disintegration. Her father understands—Lottie has a scientific mind, he thinks. Her aunt wants it to stop, and she goes to cruel lengths to make sure it does. 

And her mother? Lottie’s mother died long ago. And Lottie is searching for a way to be close to her.

The Art of Taxidermy is a heartbreaking verse novel exploring love and death, grief and beauty, and the ways we try to make sense of it all.

Books are available from Text Publishing

Read an extract here

UNDERGROUND ROAD

978 1 743051924, 230pp, $24.95

Damien, Edith, Kenneth and Mary are residents of a single street whose lives are ordinary to the last degree and as such encompass addiction and domestic violence, quiet achievements and small acts of kindness and treachery. Jack and Mary, locked at uncomfortably close quarters on Jack's retirement, chafe and sulk and fret. Edith finds solace in her lonely life playing the pokies. Young Damien, terrified of his stepfather Marcus and the school bully, broods on revenge. And Kenneth, unhinged, wanders the streets. Lives intertwine and decisions are made. And the tension grows to its shattering climax.

 

'A sharply political novel, highlighting uncomfortable but necessary questions about justice, fairness and human rights.' - Francesca Rendle-Short

Books are available from Wakefield Press

FISHING

Fishing was published in Spring 2013 as part of a series of chapbooks that showcases South Australian poets.

Other poets in the Spring 2013 series include Jude Aquilina, Louise Nicholas, Helen Lindstrom and Ken Vincent.

The books are 20pp in length and retail for only $7.00 each.

Books can be purchased directly from Garron Publishing.

 

There are five series to date. The sixth is due to come out in October 2018.

For more information please visit www.garronpublishing.com

WASHDAY POCKETS

978 1 74027 644 3, 70pp, $18.50

 

Written in an accessible language, domestic relationships are examined in all their grittiness. It is an honest disclosure of domestic life where sorrow, loss and separation are interwoven with love, humour and an over-riding celebration of life.

 

'These poems tell many an intriguing story. They are alternately moving, funny, poignant and thought-provoking and most of all, highly recommended, to readers who enjoy strong, clever writing about subjects that really matter but which are so often overlooked.' Anne-Marie Taplin, Parenting Express

Books are available from Ginninderra Press

IN THE SHADOWS OF THE GARDEN

978 1 74027 584 2, 76pp, $18.00

 

Sharon Kernot presents an assortment of short stories that reside and crackle in the tense spaces of suburban Australia. She writes about poverty, addiction and difficult relationships. Her stories revolve around suburban streets; they dip into the local shopping mall, the welfare office, community centre and the neighbour’s house. There is much darkness in these pages but there is also light, laughter and hope.


‘These stories take the small moments of life, the small losses, and from them whole lives are given to us. We are grateful for the truth in these stories, which fill us with their larger overtones.’ - Thomas Shapcott

 

Books are available from Ginninderra Press
 

NEW VOICES

978 1 74027 641 2, 90pp, $22.50

 

​‘New Voices is a vibrant and varied collection of poems certain to entertain and inform its readers. Well-known poets, such as Steve Evans, Mike Ladd, Cathy Young, Jules Leigh Koch and Louise Nicholas, are published beside rising stars Ken Vincent, Helen Lindstrom, Sharon Kernot, Gary MacRae and others. W.H. Auden said, ‘As a rule, a sign that a beginner has a genuine original talent is that he[/she] is more interested in playing with words than in saying something...’ In New Voices, poets play with skill and abandon as they roll words along tricky mazes and toss language in the air - the oft-published alongside the first published, all juggling their own truths and observations to the music of poetry. Yes, there is something circus-like about New Voices. This is contemporary poetry at its best, speaking in new voices.’ - Jude Aquilina

 

Books are available from Ginninderra Press and North Eastern Writers Inc.
 

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