What really happens when a city girl becomes a farmer? – “Educating Alice” by Alice Greenup

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Educating Alice

Alice Greenup

What really happens when a city girl becomes a farmer′s wife? If you′re a fan of Rachael Treasure, you′ll love this memoir: a real-life outback love story that proves truth is even better than fiction …
′A girlfriend should know her place, Alice. First comes the mates, then the ute, then his hat, dogs, horses and last of all the girlfriend. Get that right and you might just stick around. Try to jump the queue and you′re history.′ The mouth smiled at me, but his eyes meant business.
′Well then, I′ll just have to be his mate.′
′Girls can′t be mates, Alice.′
′We′ll see.′

Includes a link so you can read a free excerpt => http://bit.ly/17PiK9h

Her Father’s Daughter – Culture and family ties

Her Father’s Daughter

Alice Pung

As she digs further into her father’s story, Alice embarks on a journey of painful discovery: of memories lost and found, of her own fears for the future, of history and how it echoes down the years. Set in Melbourne, China and Cambodia, Her Father’s Daughter captures a father-daughter relationship in a moving and astonishingly powerful way. => http://bit.ly/y9pXnq

From award-winning Australian author, Margaret Wild – The Dream of the Thylacine

The Dream of the Thylacine

Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks 

This arresting and beautiful picture book from Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks is a shimmering encounter with the Tasmanian tiger, a lament for a lost species, and a compelling evocation of the place of animals in Nature.

For more about the book plus acess Curriculum notes => http://bit.ly/mxTf4p

Recently released – the author says this is “far and away the greatest story in Australia’s history, if not the world’s.”

Batavia

Peter FitzSimons

The shipwreck of the Batavia combines in just the one tale the birth of the world’s first corporation, the brutality of colonisation, the battle of good versus evil, the derring-do of sea-faring adventure, mutiny, love, lust, blood-lust, petty fascist dictatorship, criminality, a reign of terror, murders most foul, sexual slavery, natural nobility, survival, retribution, rescue, first contact with native peoples and so much more. => http://bit.ly/m5iXQl

This week’s classic old favourite is from Nancy Cato

All the Rivers Run

A tale of romance and adventure, this is the story of Philadelphia Gordon, Philadelphia Gordon is an artist, a riverboat skipper and a beautiful, independent woman. Orphaned by a shipwreck, Philadelphia grows up on the banks of her beloved Murray River in Australia with her kindly uncle and strict aunt, seemingly destined for a conventional life. But then tragedy changes everything, and leads her to a successful career as a painter, and then to a meeting with the dashing captain of the paddle-steamer which bears her name. Cato’s previous books include “A Distant Land”, “Brown Sugar” and “The Heart of the Continent”.

more here => http://bit.ly/aFZtOX

15 Australian classics

The holiday break is a great time to put your nose in a book. The Herald’s literary editor, Susan Wyndham, lists 15 Australian classics for your consideration. => http://bit.ly/er0TrL

Most mentioned in the Australian media this week : Lisa Lang’s Utopian Ma

Set in 1880s Melbourne, before the Depression of the 1890s, it features eccentric entrepreneur Edward William Cole owner of the Cole’s Book Arcade. Cole advertises for a bride in the paper and swiftly marries the girl who meets his criteria. As the Depression hits and other tragedies come his way, Cole fights to keep his singular vision alive.

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For your Book Club – Fishing for Stars

Fishing for Stars has, at its heart, two passionate, unforgettable – but very different – women. One is exotic, damaged, and shrewd; the other beautiful, determined and zealous. Both are bitter rivals for the love of the same man.
The story is set in Australia, the Pacific Islands, Japan and Indonesia during the latter half of the twentieth century. Nick Duncan is an ingenuous male with a great deal more female on his hands than he can possibly hope to understand.
It is a story of ambition, destruction, love, tears and laughter, with a soupçon of hope thrown in.

Download the Book Club notes here => http://bit.ly/aP8BjK

King George VI and his speech therapist from Australia

Colin Firth talks about his upcoming film ‘The King’s Speech’, a drama about King George VI and his relationship with his Australian speech therapist.

More about the book here => http://bit.ly/bZ1z1q

A compelling tale of love, ambition and the destructive power of obsession – The Story of Danny Dunn

danny_dunnThe Story of Danny Dunn
by Bryce Courtenay

Set against a backdrop of Australian pubs and politics, The Story of Danny Dunn is an Australian family saga spanning three generations. It is a compelling tale of love, ambition and the destructive power of obsession, at a time of great change in Australia’s history.

Read here for more information

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