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The Three Burials of Lotty Kneen
Krissy Kneen - 2021
Stern, domineering, fiercely loving, Lotty Kneen—born Dragitsa—was always tight-lipped about her early life and family history. She rebuffed Krissy’s curiosity and forbade her from taking the trip back to the old country that might have satisfied it.When her grandmother died recently, Krissy finally felt at liberty to explore the questions that had nagged at her for so long. In The Three Burials of Lotty Kneen Krissy sets out with a box containing her grandmother’s ashes, intending to trace the old woman’s early life in Slovenia and Egypt, and perhaps locate some remnants of family. Along the way she uncovers the extraordinary story of the colony of Slovene women who became the nannies of choice for the wealthy Italians of pre-war Alexandria—and identifies as best she can the places where Lotty’s restless, demanding spirit will be at peace.
Anna Goldsworthy - 2020
Eighteen-year-old Ruby leaves behind the family farm, her serious mother and roguish father, and heads for Adelaide. After a brief courtship, she enters into a hasty marriage with a soldier about to go to war – who returns a changed man.In this absorbing novel, Anna Goldsworthy recreates the world of Adelaide half a century ago, and portrays the phases of a woman’s life with intimacy and sly humour. We follow Ruby as she contends with her damaged husband and eccentric in-laws. We see her experience motherhood and changing social circumstances, until, in a moving twist, a figure from the past reappears, to kindle a late-life romance.In her captivating fiction debut, Goldsworthy evokes a woman’s life in a pre-feminist world. In this tender, funny book, she combines an Austenesque wit with Alice Munro’s feeling for human complexity.
The Ghost of Raven Hill
Emily Rodda - 1994
And her friends aren't thinking about them either. All they want to do is make some money.But mystery and adventure are both in store for the Teen Power gang, as they quickly find out. Very soon, they're up to their necks in trouble and wrestling with a puzzle they just have to solve. With a little help from the Raven Hill ghost, of course!The first great story in the Teen Power series.
Wendy Harmer - 2009
It's twenty years since they toured together as members of the gospel choir Sanctified Soul. How far have they all come since then? Do they still have anything in common?Elegant Meredith, motherly Nina and the determinedly single Annie are as unlikely companions as you could find. But like a matched set of 1950's kitchen canisters of Flour, Sugar and Tea, they always seem to end up together.When a tropical wedding beckons in Byron Bay, 2000 kilometres from their homes in suburban Melbourne, they make the alcohol-fuelled decision to drive a monster mobile home up the coast for the trip of a lifetime.Squabbles and secrets, tears and laughter - not to mention the possibility of finding Mr. Right along the way - this trip might tear them apart or it might just save their lives.
A Sunburnt Childhood
Toni Tapp Coutts - 2016
But there was no 'big house' here - Toni did not grow up in a large homestead. She lived in a shack that had no electricity and no running water. The oppressive climate of the Territory - either wet or dry - tested everyone. Fish were known to rain from the sky and sometimes good men drank too much and drowned trying to cross swollen rivers.Toni grew up with the Aboriginal people who lived and worked on the station, and got into scrapes with her ever-increasing number of siblings. She loved where she grew up - she was happy on the land with her friends and family, observing the many characters who made up the community on Killarney. When she was sent to boarding school all she wanted to do was go back to the land she loved, despite the fact that her parents' marriage was struggling as Bill Tapp succumbed to drink and June Tapp refused to go under with him.Toni's love of the natural world and of people alike has resulted in a tender portrait of a life that many people would consider tough. She brings vividly to the page a story seldom seen: a Territory childhood, with all its colour, characters and contradictions.
The Taste of River Water
Cate Kennedy - 2011
Everything that suffuses her well-loved prose is here: compassion, insight, lyrical precision, and the clear, minimalist eye that reveals how life can turn on a single moment. Musing on the undercurrents and interconnections between legacy, memory, motherhood and the natural world, the poems in the collection begin on the surface and then take us, gracefully and effortlessly, to a far more thought-provoking place.
Between Mexico and Poland
Lily Brett - 2002
This is the voice her readers have come to rely on - insistently honest, unflinching, self-mocking and always hilarious.In Mexico, she tries to write a novel, while the toilet explodes in the house, the gardener hoses her notes and the young maid questions her about plastic surgery. In Poland she retraces the steps of her much-loved character from Too Many Men, Ruth Rothwax, and finds herself surprised to hear Ruth's words coming out of her own mouth. In between she writes for the first time about the devastation of losing her New York home to fire and having to rebuild not only a life but a history. She also offers powerful insights into her adopted city New York, both before and after the tragic events of September 11.Brett's witty and audacious eye captures thos moments of humour, pain and love in life that move and haunt us all. Between Mexico and Poland is Lily Brett at her very best.
The Other Facts of Life
Morris Gleitzman - 1994
His unwilling father is sent to explain the facts of life to him - only to find the questions Ben asks are far tougher than he expected, and he doesn't have the answers. Ben mounts an inspired crusade that is both deadly serious - and very funny.
Her Outback Secret
Kristy Taylor - 2018
Sick of being broke, vet nurse Kylie Douglas is intent on selling the outback homestead she inherited so she can get back to her normal life in Brisbane with some cash to burn. She has never really been attracted to the strong silent type, but when she meets Jack she senses there is something different about him.Still grieving for his wife and unborn child, Jack Lawson is intent on buying the outback homestead to keep their memories close. Jack knows he needs to move on with his life, but can he if he has to leave the homestead behind?When the homestead starts to unearth its many secrets, Kylie and Jack's worlds collide as the past comes back to haunt them. Will her grandmother's biggest secret tear both their worlds apart?
Hannah And The Gnome
Melinda Smart - 2014
This picture book is packed with beautiful illustrations and is intended for little ones looking to read a book by their self for the very first time! Children's Book: Hannah And The Gnome for bedtime reading for children from 2-5, as well as independent reading for children 6-8 years. Do your children like beautiful picture books? Hannah And The Gnome is a sweet children's book written especially for you and your aged 2-8 children. The story is suitable as a read aloud book for preschoolers or a self-read book for beginner readers. Download your copy today! Take action today and download this book for a limited time discount! Tags: kids books, kids kindle books, kids kindle books, childrens books, childrens books for kindle free, childrens books by age 5-8, childrens books by age 9-12, kids reading, kids picture book, kids picture books free, childrens stories, childrens books for kindle free, childrens picture books, childrens picture books for kindle, childrens learning books, children book free, children book funny, children book series, children book collection, children book kindle unlimited, children book illustration, bedtime story books for kids by all ages, bedtime story preschool, bedtime story book, bedtime story free, bedtime story collection, kids poetry, beginner readers, beginner readers free, beginner readers children's books collection, bedtime story, values, growing up, friendship, illustration books, illustration for kids, fairy tales, fairy tales every child should know, fairy tales for kids, fairy tales for children, fairy tales for adults, fairy tales romance, fairy tales every child should know kindle edition, fairy tales every child should know free
There Was Still Love
Favel Parrett - 2019
A tender and masterfully told story of memory, family and love.Prague, 1938: Eva flies down the street from her sister. Suddenly a man steps out, a man wearing a hat. Eva runs into him, hits the pavement hard. His hat is in the gutter. His anger slaps Eva, but his hate will change everything, as war forces so many lives into small, brown suitcases.Prague, 1980: No one sees Ludek. A young boy can slip right under the heavy blanket that covers this city - the fear cannot touch him. Ludek is free. And he sees everything. The world can do what it likes. The world can go to hell for all he cares because Babi is waiting for him in the warm flat. His whole world.Melbourne, 1980: Mala Li ka's grandma holds her hand as they climb the stairs to their third floor flat. Inside, the smell of warm pipe tobacco and homemade cakes. Here, Mana and Bill have made a life for themselves and their granddaughter. A life imbued with the spirit of Prague and the loved ones left behind.Favel Parrett's deep emotional insight and stellar literary talent shine through in this love letter to the strong women who bind families together, despite dislocation and distance. It is a tender and beautifully told story of memory, family and love. Because there is still love. No matter what.
A Silly Milly Christmas
Sheri Wall - 2019
Pet owners will surely recognize her big dog antics!I have a Great Dane named MillyShe greets all the guests willy-nilly!Mistletoe hanging highBig dog kisses will flyOh Milly, you make Christmas silly!With plenty of rhyming and repetition, A Silly Milly Christmas is perfect for read alouds, early learning, elementary classrooms, and animal lovers everywhere. Great for ages 2-10.