Who’s haiku of interesting Australians

So how do you capture something of the spirit of an interesting Aussie in just 17 syllables? You write about them in haiku poetry of course! but wait; there’s more… 221 more in fact. In total, 222 pithy little morsels about 222 Aussies – some famous, some infamous, some quiet achievers, some with more front than Myers, some alive, some dead, some nice, and some politicians. Then there’s some animals, some TV characters and one Aussie who didn't even exist. Raelene Laurie Newall delights with her salute to Aussies of all kinds. with [read more...]

My Naughty Poems

My Naughty Poems is a book of fun poems for people with an open mind and a sense of humour. Some of the poems in this book are crude but it is all intended to bring out the lighter side of the reader and a sense of fun. With this book I take everyday situations as I observe them and add my own twist to each poem. This book is all about having fun and enjoying the moment, so happy reading.

Just famous enough not to be noticed

An amazing personal adventure from a suburban childhood in Australia; to deal-making in Hollywood; organising world-class arts events; intrigue at the Vatican; a UNESCO start-up; roles as an international tourism CEO and recognition and demand as a leading educator, lecturer and executive business mentor by top corporate executives. Donovan’s memoir is an engrossing ricochet of interests and achievements which puts paid to the theory of career-planning. Extracted from over twenty-two thousand pages of personal business diary [read more...]

A Kind Providence

'The true story of a World War 2 Flight Mission which deserves to be known to history, to Australia, to anyone who wants to understand why so many of our best and greatest young people fought a war so dangerous and far from home. This is a love story, a vision of justice, and an unshakable faith.'

This is Home

Two icy blue beads are trained on her every move. If she steps one way and then quickly to the other, the little beads follow. Jess does it now, just to confirm. It’s a little bit like one of those creepy paintings in a horror film. The eyes follow her up to four metres away; she’s measured it several times. She’s always doing little experiments on the baby, recording her findings in the leather bound journal that she keeps in her underwear drawer. She’s never told Brad about the experiments; she hasn't even told her sister. Not that [read more...]

Russia & revolution : my father, the officer, the man

The Russian Revolution forever changed the lives of many in Russia, not least those who had been in the service of the Imperial forces. This book traces the life of a young naval o?cer from his graduation in 1918 in St Petersburg through the ensuing Civil War, to Shanghai in the 1930’s, Indonesia in the 1940’s and 1950’s and ?nally Australia. The ?fty year span of this odyssey takes place during some of the most momentous historical events of the 20th Century, such as the Russian Revolution, World War II and the subsequent painful [read more...]

The Reluctant Civilian

Frank is a decorated Vietnam combat soldier who returns to civilian life with few skills and an uncertain future. An orphan with no ties, he embarks on an itinerant journey doing odd jobs to support a meagre existence. During his travels, he finds himself caught unwittingly in an armed roadhouse hold-up resulting in murder. Unarmed and unable to assist, he flees in the bandits’ unattended getaway vehicle. In fear for his life, he finds himself ensconced in a sub-alpine wilderness, sparking a police manhunt. During his lonely [read more...]

All for the love of a horse

All for the Love of a Horse is about Catherine, a young 14 year old girl’s involvement with several horses; and a very clever old pony which outwits her and others on several occasions doing incredible things based on fact. Catherine longs to have a horse of her own she can enter and win events with. Her parents, Tom & Elizabeth, are heavily involved with horses, breaking them in and more, but seem too busy to notice Catherine’s desire. Mr Samm is their close old trainer friend (Mr Telford) who features heavily, as does Terry [read more...]

Inlaws and outlaws

In Australia in 1971-72, there were 10,000 adoptions. In NSW in 1969, roughly 2,000 young women, most of them unmarried, gave up their children for adoption. Helen Armstrong, aged 17, fell pregnant that year and was persuaded to have her baby son Simon adopted out. This theme is closely based on Kathleen James’ own story. Helen still carries a buried grief. Birth mothers had no contact with their children, and only minimal initial information was ever provided. Years later when Helen is divorced and beginning a new phase of life, with [read more...]

The histories of Caroline : the unknown history of a star

At 55 Caroline Landon is internationally famous both as an actor and an activist for environmental causes. But when she meets a congenial young woman of literary talents she decides to collaborate with her on a biography dealing with two aspects of her life which she has not revealed before. One is her upbringing by her grandparents after both her parents died young; the second an eventful period spent on a tropical island where a passionate affair involved her in a failed revolution. The histories of Caroline and her Russian [read more...]