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Four on the Run

Maxie, Fergie, Flash and Lady are good friends who live in Mrs Brown’s farm shed. Life isn’t exciting, but they’re happy. Until the day they learn that Mrs Brown wants to sell them – to the scrap yard! So they decide to run away: and suddenly life becomes very exciting for the four lovable machines in a series of madcap adventures that will change everything. This is an exciting, funny chapter book, with warm and interesting characters who just happen to be machines! With lively, appealing illustrations by Cheryl Orsini, Four On the Run is a fresh and original adventure which is great both for reading aloud to pre-literate children and for young readers to read for themselves.

Title: Four On the Run (Sophie Masson, Christmas Press)
Release date: 1 September 2020
Contact: Christmas Press



Erris Cleary’s absence haunts the pages of this exquisite novella, a woman who complicates other lives yet confers unexpected blessings. Reviewed recently in ABR, Good Reading Magazine and more. Endorsed by Michelle de Kretser and Debra Adelaide, discover why reviewers are celebrating the release of this novella and order today.

“Beautifully conceived and composed, Murmurations presents a series of stories that intriguingly fold into each other. There is not a false note here, not a single word out of place, not one detail that is irrelevant. By the end of the novella, the hidden griefs, fears and desires of people who are connected but emotionally estranged are revealed in such subtle, unexpected ways, you will want to re-read it straight away, and then again, and again.”—Debra Adelaide

Title: Murmurations (Carol Lefevre, Spinifex Press)
Release date: 1 April 2020
Contact: Spinifex Press



Capital Culture

A short story collection. This was the top selling book at the Canberra Writers’ Festival. Capital Culture is home to compelling stories of ghosts, murder and mayhem, of humour, and of the prosaic rhythms of everyday suburbia. This eclectic range of short stories reveals much about  life in our capital.

You’ll be emotionally immersed as you learn about her society, her culture and her secrets exposed through a kaleidoscope of lenses. The vibe of Capital Culture, emanating from some of Canberra’s finest writers, collectively conveys the complexity and diversity of cultural life in this city. It’s a living, breathing, fascinating collection.

Contributors include Paul Daley, Marion Halligan, Craig Cormick, Andrew Leigh, Tim the Yowie Man, Marg Wade, Irma Gold, Tracey Hawkins and many more.

Title: Capital Culture (Various Authors, Aussie Writers)
Release date: 25 August 2019
Contact: Aussie Writers



Symphony for the Man

1999. Winter. Bondi. Harry’s been on the streets so long he could easily forget what time is. So Harry keeps an eye on it. Every morning. Then he heads to the beach to chat with the gulls. Or he wanders through the streets in search of food, clothes, Jules. When the girl on the bus sees him, lonely and cold in the bus shelter that he calls home, she thinks about how she can help. She decides to write a symphony for him.

So begins a poignant and gritty tale of homelessness and shelter, of the realities of loneliness and hunger, and of the hopes and dreams of those who often go unnoticed on our streets.

Optioned for film by Sparkplug Films, this SMH and The Age PICK OF THE WEEK shows us that amid the struggles to belong and fit in, we are reminded that small acts of kindness matter.

Title: Symphony for the Man (Sarah Brill, Spinifex Press)
Release date: 1 April 2020
Contact: Spinifex Press



Little Jiang

Mei Ling Pang was born at an inauspicious time on an inauspicious day, so wherever she goes misfortune seems to follow. When Little Jiang hops out of his grave and into Mei’s life – strange clothes, green skin, fangs and all – Mei believes her luck has gone from bad to worse, especially once her neighbours start turning into drooling, Chi-sucking Jiangshi.

But in her efforts to save her family’s restaurant from the Mega Morgue next door, and rescue Little Jiang from a Bagua Master’s rice ball blaster, an overeager policeman, and the good townsfolk of Honeywood, Mei might just find her luck really has changed – for the better.

A fresh and funny take on an old Chinese legend, this fast-paced, page-turning adventure for middle readers is full of heart.

Title: Little Jiang (Shirley Marr, Illus by Katy Jiang, Fremantle Press)
Release date: 1 October 2020
Contact: Fremantle Press





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