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Morrison & Mr Moore

Michael Hyde

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Morrison is 17. Smart, sarcastic, annoying, and very angry.

Mr Moore, a school principal on the verge of retirement, has seen it all. Now coping with a wife who has Alzheimers, his plans for his life in retirement are in tatters. The last thing he needs is someone like Morrison.

What happens when two unlikely people find strength in each other?

This unique story is captivating and surprising, bringing tears and laugh-out-loud moments and brilliant insights into the nature of friendship and the problems of ageing at every age.

A novel of strength, hope, humility, and acceptance… and that kid who wears petticoats…

Batmanticism

Chad Parmenter

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Chad Parmenter's Batmanticism is an extraordinary collection of poems which explores classic poetic themes and forms while dressed in a cosplay mask, cape, and bat boots.

Do not be deceived.

These poems are masterful examples of poetic craftsmanship. Popular culture, or, rather, the way the author manipulates our imaginative response to the figures of popular culture, is used with surgical precision and delivers a collection which is moving, profound, humorous, and intriguing.

The Calibre of Justice

Phil Copsey

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Newly promoted to the rank of Senior Sergeant at his beloved Carlton Police Station and out of the firing line of day-to-day street policing, Tony Signorotto is hoping that the old street wars that raged between him and his mafia relatives are battles of the past.

Life should be less complicated now - until rumours circulate of a possible firearms raid on Victoria Police, which would release enough stolen handguns to flood the streets of every major city in Australia.

Fast-paced, and brilliantly plotted, Calibre of Justice is also frighteningly plausible!

Finishing Stroke

Peter Murphy

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Peter Murphy is one of Australia’s most respected poets. His new collection is a generous and ambitious project.

Reflective and joyful in equal measure, profound and playful, Finishing Stroke is rare in offering a deceptively playful immediacy which reveals more and more of its intellectual antecedents on reflection and re-reading.

His work is a linguistic and visual joy.

Decorating Pain

Rosie Bogumil

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Decorating Pain is a confronting collection by Rosie Bogumil, a five time winner of the prestigious Randolph Stowe Award, who is perhaps better known to spoken word fans as Rosie Bee.

In these searing poems, Rosie captures the raw reality of a life lived alongside depression, anxiety, eating disorders and PTSD, but she also records an uplifting account of the triumph of self-acceptance.

This first collection heralds a rich and skilful new poetic voice.

For Emma and Elvis

Charles Hall

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For Emma and Elvis follows Michael and Emma as they make their way through the turmoil of the sixties and seventies – the social and political upheavals, the joy and the grief – in Australia and the world.

Charles Hall conducts us through the fantasy world of the past where a packet of cigarettes, a gallon of petrol, or a 26 oz bottle of beer cost forty cents; where violence against women was a 'domestic', and therefore of no consequence; where young men, too young to vote, were sent to fight and die in Vietnam.

For Emma and Elvis is a radiant remembrance of a long-gone Australia, but it is also the story of relationships in turmoil, of the dissolution of trust, of the discovery of the true and lasting.

Convictions of the Heart

John L. Holgerson

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Convictions of the Heart is a new collection from US poet, John L. Holgerson. The collection is divided in two parts. The first part, Hydra, is Holgerson’s delicate paean to an island he fell in love with when he first visited in 1970 and to which he still returns. The second part, Other Places, Other People, moves the setting from the Aegean Sea to explore the loves and lives of the poet’s experience away from Hydra.

What unifies the whole collection is Holgerson’s masterful exploration of a fascination with memory, time, and experience and the shifting perspective that comes with arrival, leaving, recalling, returning.

This is an important collection from a masterful poet, at once challenging and reassuring, insightful and comforting.

Todd in Venice

Sophia Chapman

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Todd in Venice is a sparklingly playful script, full of linguistic acrobatics and sexual intrigue, where gender is as fluid as the reality of the city in which it is set. Inspired by Thomas Mann's Der Tod in Venedig (Death in Venice), Sofia Chapman takes her readers on a guided tour of Venice and humanity, by turns poignant, funny, provocative, and joyful.

Warmly received by audiences at its opening, Todd in Venice is a richly rewarding play to read, allowing a full appreciation of the skilful layering of meaning and language. Truly a delight!

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