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Contents Brandl & Schlesinger are pleased to present their current and forthcoming titles for 2013, each of which has been chosen for its quality of robust, thought‐provoking appeal to readers. Included are our new titles and selected backlist.
Brandl & Schlesinger John A. Scott: N – FICTION Dasia Black: Letter from my Father – MEMOIR Adrian Newstead: The Dealer is the Devil – NON‐FICTION/ART Damien Freeman : The Aunt’s Mirrors – MEMOIR Marc Hendrickx: Leonard Cohen – BIOGRAPHY Yoram Gross: My Animated Life – MEMOIR Jacob G Rosenberg: East of Time – MEMOIR/AUTOBIOGRAPHY Jacob G Rosenberg: Sunrise West – MEMOIR/AUTOBIOGRAPHY Mehmet Ozalp: 101 Questions You Asked about Islam – RELIGION Nick Athanasou: Palindrome – CRIME FICTION Nick Athanasou: The Person of the Man – FICTION Rhyll McMaster: Feather Man – FICTION Maria Strani‐Potts: The Cat of Portovecchio – FICTION James Cowan: Mysteries of the Dreaming – NON‐FICTION Igor Gelbach: Tsaplin’s testimony – FICTION Kellinde Wrightson: The Baby Farmer – TRUE CRIME Vrasidas Karalis: Demons of Athens – NON‐FICTION Dr John England: Kickstart – NON‐FICTION
Awards Jacob G. Rosenberg: Sunrise West 2008 Winner of New South Wales Premier’s Community Award 2008 Winner of the SA Arts Award for Non‐Fiction Jacob G. Rosenberg: East of Time 2007 Winner of National Biography Award 2006 Winner of the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Non‐Fiction 2006 Shortlisted for the Australian Gold Medal for Literature 2006 Shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Award for Non‐Fiction 2006 Shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Non‐Fiction 2006 Shortlisted for the SA Arts Award for Innovation in Fiction Rhyll McMaster: Late Night Shopping 2012 Shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards for Poetry 2012 Shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year for Poetry Rhyll McMaster: Feather Man 2008 Winner of the Barbara Jefferis Award 2008 Winner of the UTS Award 2008 Shortlisted for the Australian Gold Medal for Literature 2007 Shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction Chris Wallace‐Crabbe: The Universe Looks Down 2006 Shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year for Poetry Stephanie Bishop: The Singing 2006 Shortlisted for the Kathleen Mitchell Award 2006 SMH Best Young Writer of the Year Emily Maguire: Taming the Beast 2006 Shortlisted for the Kathleen Mitchell Award 2006 Nominated for the Inaugural Dylan Thomas Award David Brooks: Walking to Point Clear 2006 Shortlisted for the SA Arts John Bray Award for Poetry Geoff Page: Freehold 2006 Shortlisted for the SA Arts John Bray Award for Poetry
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Awards David Brooks: Walking to Point Clear 2006 Shortlisted for the SA Arts John Bray Award for Poetry Geoff Page: Freehold 2006 Shortlisted for the SA Arts John Bray Award for Poetry Aidan Coleman: Avenues & Runways 2006 Shortlisted for the Mary Gilmore Award for First book of Poetry 2006 Shortlisted for NSW Premier’s Award for Poetry Sarah Day: The Ship 2005 Winner of Queensland Premier’s Judith Wright Calanthe Award for Poetry 2005 Joint winner of the ACT Judith Wright Award 2004 Winner of Wesley Michel Wright Prize for Poetry Wayne Grogan: Junkie Pilgrim 2004 Winner of Ned Kelly Award for First Book of Crime Ouyang Yu: The Eastern Slope Chronicle 2004 Winner of SA Arts Award for Innovation in Fiction 2003 Shortlisted for NSW Premier's Literary Award Igor Gelbach: Notes from the Esplanade (Translated by Rae Mathew) 2004 Shortlisted for Victorian Premier's Award for Translation Steven K. Kelen: Goddess of Mercy 2003 Shortlisted for The Age Poetry Book of the Year 2003 Shortlisted for Victorian Premier's Literary Award 2003 Highly Commended for ACT Book of the Year John Tranter: Ultra 2003 Shortlisted for Tasmanian Pacific Region Poetry Prize 2002 Shortlisted for Judith Wright Calanthe Award for Poetry
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Awards Chris Wallace‐Crabbe: By and Large 2002 Shortlisted for Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Poetry 2002 Awarded Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal for Poetry 2002 Shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year Award for Poetry Gig Ryan: Heroic Money 2002 Shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Award for Poetry Rosemary Dobson: Untold Lives & Later Poems 2001 Winner of The Age Book of the Year Award 2001 Winner of The Age Book of the Year for Poetry 2001 Shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Poetry Richard Deutch: Heart with piano wire 2001 Shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year for Poetry Gerry Turcotte: Flying in Silence 2001 Shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year for Fiction Adam Aitken: Romeo and Juliet in Subtitles 2002 Shortlisted for SA Festival Awards 2000 Shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year for Poetry Lau Siew Mei: Playing Madame Mao 2001 Shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Award for Fiction 1999 Shortlisted for Queensland Premier's Literary Award George Alexander: Mortal Divide 1999 Winner of NSW Premier's Literary Award Fay Zwicky: The Gatekeeper's Wife 1999 Winner of WA Premier's Literary Award for Poetry 1998 Shortlisted for SA Festival Awards
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Adrian Newstead The Dealer is the Devil Adventures in Aboriginal Art
ISBN 978‐1‐921556‐25‐8 Non‐fiction $49.95 approx. 100,000 words with colour images World Rights Publication date: October 2013
The emergence of the modern Aboriginal art movement is the most exciting and transcendent chapters of contemporary Australian history. Within the space of just 40 years Indigenous artists transformed the perception of their culture from something of strictly ethnographic interest, into one of the great internationally acclaimed contemporary art movements of all time. They produced art works that collectors have been prepared to pay thousands, tens of thousands, and even hundreds of thousands of dollars to acquire. These works have found their way into major cities and art collections all over the world. This personal account of the story of the fluctuating fortunes and exponential success of the Aboriginal art movement is an incredibly exciting one with all of the elements one would expect of a complex drama, played out on a national and international stage. Political posturing, personal aggrandisement, commercial skulduggery and greed all play their part.
Adrian Newstead has worked to represent Aboriginal artists and promote their work to a National and International audience for more than 20 years. Through exhibitions, articles and publications he has made a continuing contribution to the increasing body of knowledge on the art, the artists and the industry that sustains them. He has coordinated more than 250 Aboriginal art exhibitions, has been a valuer of Australian Aboriginal art for the past 6 years and has acted as the agent for artists in negotiating copyright and licensing agreements. He has travelled extensively throughout Aboriginal Australia each year and has well‐established contacts with craft advisers, artists’ agents, exhibiting galleries, wholesalers, retailers and artists in most remote regions of Australia. His proven commitment to Aboriginal art and the fostering of greater economic independence of Aboriginal traditional and urban communities is on‐going.
See Adrian Newstead’s gallery website
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John A. Scott N
Fiction ISBN 978‐1‐921556‐20‐3 E‐book ~380 pp pb $32.95 World Rights Publication date: November 2013
N is a story of ordinary people at a time of crisis; how they survive, how they succumb, how they triumph. In 1942, with the Japanese army on Australia’s doorstep, the death of a moderate independent politician precipitates a crisis in the government and allows a core of extreme right‐wing politicians, backed by the military, to seize power. The coup has support from a consortium who have vested interests in maintaining strong links with Japan. They facilitate a Japanese invasion of Australia, ceding them land in Sydney including the harbour itself. A ‘phoney war’ is fought between Australian and Japanese forces. A central strand of the novel deals with the uncovering of this conspiracy. N centres on a small number of Australians – artists, writers, soldiers, public servants, internees – who are implicated in this deception and whose lives are torn apart by it.
John A Scott is the author of fifteen books of poetry and prose. His works have been published in the USA , UK and have appeared in French, German, Italian, Slovenian and Dutch translation. He has received Victorian Premier's prizes for both poetry and fiction. His screenplay for What I Have Written won an International Mystery Film Festival prize in Bologna and received an AFI nomination and an AWGIE award for best screenplay. His sequence of five short novels, Before I Wake, was shortlisted for the Banjo and the Miles Franklin awards and the Victorian Premier’s Prize. The Architect was shortlisted for the 2002 Biennial Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Fiction and the Miles Franklin award. In 2008 he received a Breaking New Ground award from the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the speculative historical romance, Inland Sea.
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Igor Gelbach Tsaplin’s testimony
Fiction ISBN 978‐1‐921556‐38‐8 352 pp pb $29.95 World rights Release date: August 2013
When and how did the Tsaplin case begin? With the 1942 murder of a British intelligence officer in Alexandria? In the chaotic days of the 1968 Prague Spring? At the 1973 interrogation in the Leningrad KGB office? And how was Tsaplin’s life altered by the novel he had translated? Forces of history and contingencies of fate drive Tsaplin across three continents to Melbourne, where some very old grievances and betrayals come to a head... “This is a novel of remarkable richness, swaying evocatively between fictive characters, modern European history and something that feels very close to autobiography. The threads of Middle Europe are woven into a new, haunting pattern, framed at last by the soothing richness of an Australian landscape. And Gelbach’s interacting characters are emotionally larger than civil life.” Chris Wallace‐Crabbe Igor Gelbach is a Russian writer living in Australia since 1989. He graduated as a physicist from Tbilisi State University in Georgia, and lived in Riga, Moscow, Tbilisi, Leningrad and Sukhumi on the Black Sea, rather like the characters of his novels, the artists and intellectuals. He was first published in 1986. In 2001, Gelbach was nominated for the Russian Booker Prize for Confessions of a Clay Man (English translation published by Brandl & Schlesinger) and was admitted into the prestigious St Petersburg Writers’ Guild as an overseas member. In 2003, his second novel, Notes from the Esplanade (English translation published by Brandl & Schlesinger) was short listed for the Victorian Premier’s Award for Literary Translation. Gelbach’s Blum Lost was published in 2004 by Amphora in St Petersburg. It was acclaimed as one of the best Russian novels of the decade and short listed for Andrei Bely Literary Award. Tsaplin’s testimony, the writing of which was supported by an Australia Council grant, was originally published by Rudomino Publishers in Moscow in 2008.
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Kellinde Wrightson The Baby Farmer The Adventurous Life of Frances Thwaites, Australia’s Most Notorious Female Serial Killer
True crime fiction c. 400 pages pb World Rights ISBN 978‐1‐921556‐42‐5 Publication: May 2013
The Baby Farmer is Frances Thwaites, a beautiful, respectable, but rebellious Chelsea girl whose fall from grace began in London in 1887 when she ran away with a soldier. As punishment her father sent her to Australia. She was nineteen and alone in a harsh colony where she worked as a servant and dressmaker before ending up on the streets and turning to the farming/minding of unwanted babies. When a baby in her care died she was tried for murder on the flimsiest of evidence, found guilty and hanged. She was 27 and the mother of two daughters who were adopted out, one to a wealthy family and the other to a poor couple. Their stories are later told in books 2 and 3 of The Baby Farmer trilogy. This fast‐paced novel captures the drama and hardship of early colonial life, especially for a young, destitute woman, who turned to petty theft and later the minding of unwanted babies to survive. The story is also told through Dickensian portraits of real characters from history – like the detestable and corrupt Det. Nixon who pursued Frances to rescue his career, the bitter Justice Holroyd who unfairly convicted Frances, and Jones the Hangman of Melbourne Gaol who slit his own throat rather than kill the hapless Frances.
Kellinde Wrightson holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Sydney, where she worked for a number of years, and is a qualified lawyer. She has won 20 awards and accolades and published widely in academic fields. The Baby Farmer is her first novel. She currently lives in Canada.
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Nick Athanasou Palindrome
Crime fiction 280 pp pb $29.95 ISBN 978‐1‐921556‐26‐5 World Rights Publication date: October 2013
Anna Taylor is found with her throat cut, at the drug discovery firm where she works. In an atmosphere of ruthless ambition, high stakes and ulterior motives, her former mentor, Philip Hamilton, an Oxford pathology professor, investigates her murder through a series of meticulous scientific methods. Many of her colleagues stand to gain in some way by her death. Was Anna killed to disguise the dangerous effects of a highly marketable anti‐cancer drug? Or was the motive professional jealousy? Palindrome is a cerebral detective fiction that focuses on a forensic crime. A falsification of pharmaceutical test results for an anti‐ cancer drug leads to a murder.
Nick Athanasou grew up in Sydney, graduating in medicine at Sydney University. He is Professor of Pathology at Oxford University and a Fellow of Wadham College. Athanasou’s scientific background adds strength and conviction to his forensic description and in creating the atmosphere of academia where much of Palindrome is set. He has published three novels, and received an Australia Council New Writing Award.
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Nikos Athanasou The Person of the Man
Fiction $26.95 68,000 words ISBN 978‐1‐921556‐07‐4 Rights: World
The Person of the Man takes the reader into the outwardly successful but severely flawed marriage of Alice, a lawyer and Martin, an ambitious Oxford academic. At the heart of their relationship is the ‘person of the man’ – a selfish weighing of the advantages each person brings to the marriage. Martin’s betrayal and the tragedy that follows leads Alice to realise that the person of the man is often hidden and that love cannot be analysed it can only be understood.
NIKOS ATHANASOU was born in Perth in 1953. He graduated in medicine at Sydney and has lived in London and Oxford since 1980. He is Professor in Musculoskeletal Pathology at the University of Oxford. His collection of short stories, Hybrids and his novel, The Greek Liar are both published by Brandl & Schlesinger.
Cover image: Garry Shead
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Damien Freeman The Aunt’s Mirrors
Memoir $26.95 68,000 words ISBN 978‐1‐921556‐46‐3 Rights: World
On the top shelf in his aunt’s dressing room, Damien Freeman discovered a collection of family memorabilia that told a story he had always assumed to be perfectly unexceptional. As he looked into the aunt’s mirrors, however, he realised that her house held the key to understanding the simple yet arresting values that had sustained seven generations of his family in Australia: the holiness of family life, love of ordinary people, commitment to communal life, attachment to objects, possibility of reclaiming the past, and reconciliation to the raging of family ghosts. The Aunt’s Mirrors reveals an unexpected story of how an immigrant family from Poland made a new life – whilst continuing an old one – in nineteenth‐century Beechworth, Grafton, Rylstone, and Sydney, through the shared sense of meaningfulness that permeated the lives of seven generations of this Australian Jewish family.
Damien Freeman was born in Sydney in 1976 and educated at the University of Sydney and Magdalene College, Cambridge. He has lectured in the Philosophy Faculty at Cambridge on Beauty, Art and Aesthetic Experience and at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney. His particular research interests are aesthetics, human value, the emotions, and psychoanalysis.
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Jacob G. Rosenberg East of Time
Memoir/Autobiography ISBN 1 876040 66 1 200 pp pb $26.95 Rights: World; North American Rights sold to Alabama University Press; Polish rights sold to Jacek Santorski; Israel rights sold to Kinneret Zmora Bitan Dvir Publishing Audio book available 2007 Winner National Biography Award 2006 Winner of the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Non‐Fiction 2006 Shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Non‐Fiction 2006 Shortlisted for the SA Arts Award for Innovation in Fiction 2006 Shortlisted for the Australian Gold Medal for Literature REPRINTED SIX TIMES East of Time is a rendezvous of history and imagination, of realities and dreams, hopes and disenchantments. This extraordinary book, by turns stark and poetic, unfolds in a succession of short reminiscences that weave together into a shimmering tapestry depicting a lost world. The setting is Lodz, Poland, during the author’s childhood, when he witnessed the grand belief in a just new world overtaken by the cataclysmic events of the 1930s, imprisoned between the walls of ghettos, and finally silenced at Auschwitz. “East of Time is the most ruthlessly honest book about the nature of humankind that I have ever read… Reading it has changed my life. How, after reading this book, can I ever again look into my heart and not weep?” Alex Miller “Only a writer of the first rank can weave his love of song lyrically into a story of suffering that knows no redemption without debasing the suffering that he recounts.” Raimond Gaita JACOB G. ROSENBERG (1922–2008) was a poet, storyteller and author who lived through one of history's darkest nightmares, and in his writings created a passionate and unique testament.
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Jacob G. Rosenberg Sunrise West
Memoir/Autobiography ISBN 1 876040 84 X 200 pp pb $26.95 Rights: World Audio book available 2008 Winner SA Arts Award for Non‐Fiction 2008 Winner of New South Wales Premier’s Community Award 2008 Short‐listed for New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award for Non‐Fiction Sunrise West is a sequel to East of Time but is also self‐contained and set in a vastly different series of landscapes. Sunrise West navigates between two worlds: the author’s wartime and post‐war experiences, in Europe and his subsequent life in Australia. The hallmark of the first world is darkness and light; that of the second, hope and restoration – but forever coloured by the past. Like its prize‐winning predecessor Rosenberg writes with passion, irony and dark humour – and above all, a compelling zest for life. “As with East of Time, the book is unputdownable. Second and third readings keep yielding more insights. Rosenberg is a writer whose experiences are richly allusive and layered” The Age “Rosenberg, who so believed in the necessity of words, also recognised the borderlines of language, and the necessity for silence. His taste for paradox made him an artful investigator of the human condition, an anatomist of the divided soul. Forever haunted by the ever present past, his pressing concern was with memory and remembrance – and what it meant to remain human in the midst of unimaginable adversity.” Alex Skovron “We are fortunate to have these two books, written so late in Jacob Rosenberg’s remarkable life. They seem as profound as anything in our autobiographical literature. In an age that buries books like landfill, it is reassuring to hear that Brandl & Schlesinger has just reprinted East of Time for the fifth time. Neither book should be out of print for long.” Peter Rose, ABR
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Dasia Black Letter from my Father
Fiction ISBN 978‐1‐921556‐19‐7 380 pp pb $26.95 World Rights
In Letter from My Father Dasia Black (born Ester Hadasa) tells of her struggle as a child to survive the loss of her family, her name and identity. Her story moves from her childhood in Nazi‐occupied Poland to Stuttgart in liberated Germany, then to her teenage and adult years in Australia. A letter from her lost father, a message of hope for his daughter written from the abyss of destruction, provides the resilience she needs to overcome further losses and finally reclaim her joy in life. Dasia Black writes her memoir from the perspective of an adult mental health professional, but with the innocence of the cruelly orphaned child.
Dasia Black was born in Poland in 1938, survived the Nazi occupation of her country and at the end of the War escaped with her adoptive family to West Germany. At the age of twelve she arrived in Sydney, where she completed her schooling and university studies. She has lectured on Child and Adolescent Psychology, Intercultural Education and the Psychology of Racism at the Australian Catholic University, Sydney for most of her professional life. She considers her seven‐year involvement in a teacher education programs for indigenous students in remote communities a most rewarding part of her professional life. She is now a psychologist in private practice.
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Yoram Gross My Animated Life
Autobiography 280 pp pb ISBN 978‐1‐921556‐09‐8 $29.95 Rights: World, Polish rights sold Yoram Gross’ recollections of his life, told simply and directly, cannot be read without emotion. This is the story of a youth who was forced to grow up during the Nazi occupation of his country, Poland. Although he saw death all around him, he reached out to life. Although he had to lie, he reached out to truth. Although surrounded by evil, he reached out to goodness. Despite the surrounding horrors, the book is surprisingly cheerful. How it was possible for the author to carry from this wartime Hell an enduring faith in humanity is his great personal victory. “Sometimes one is, however stupidly, tempted to think that every extraordinary Holocaust story has been told. The truth is that the last tale will not even have been written when the last survivor has passed from the earth. For the Holocaust generated an infinite variety of tortures and personal crises. Yoram Gross’s short, vivid book has its own force – it combines all the brio of youth with all the unjust and knife‐edge perils of being a young Jewish man hiding out and on the run. Gross’s later life, prefigured in his World War II experience, is another testimony to the wealth of talent that the Third Reich obliterated, the talent which in most cases was stolen out of the world, but which in his case, managed to survive. You will be engrossed by this book.” Thomas Keneally Born in 1926 in Krakow, Yoram (Jerzy) Gross is a screenwriter, film director and producer. He began his career in film in Lodz in 1947. In 1950 he left Poland for Israel where he made newsreels, documentaries and experimental animated films. His Joseph the Dreamer was Israel’s first full‐length animated feature. In 1968 he migrated to Australia, where he created such animated classics as Dot and the Kangaroo and Blinky Bill.
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Vrasidas Karalis Demons of Athens
Literary non‐fiction ISBN 978‐1‐921556‐41‐8 Publication date: May 2014 Length: 65,000 word
The narrator of the book starts a journey of discovery around the meaning of home, in a diary form, with a trip to Athens in the midst of the economic and social implosion of the country. He fuses fiction, reportage, and autobiography in an attempt to illustrate the social collapse in Greece after 2009 and its subsequent lack of creative imagination. The book consists of brief snapshots based on episodes that take place in Athens, ranging from people eating rotten food in garbage bins, to contemporary political discussions at the Greek parliament and the representation of the struggle of ordinary people to make their living. Demons of Athens belongs to the hybrid trans‐ generic literature which found its best expression in books such as Robert Byron’s The Road to Oxiana, Bruce Chatwin’s The Songlines and Jonathan Raban’s Coasting. Vrasidas Karalis is Professor and Chair of the Department of Modern Greek Studies at the University of Sydney. He has published extensively, with special emphasis on Greek and European literatures, Greek Cinema, Balkan culture, European Union and Greece. He has also worked on modern European political philosophy, Martin Heidegger, Hannah Arendt, Cornelius Castoriadis. He has also translated two novels by Patrick White and Greek poetry into English. He won the Greek literary prize on translation for Patrick White’s Voss. His literary work includes a book on Manoly Lascaris (2007) and two collections of poems in Greek.
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Rhyll McMaster Feather Man Fiction ISBN 1 876040 83 1 309 pp pb $26.96 Rights: World; UK and North American rights sold to Marion Boyars Publishers,
Mainland China rights sold to Anhui Literature and Art Publishing House Audio book available 2008 Winner of the Barbara Jefferis Award 2008 Winner of NSW UTS Award 2008 Shortlisted for the Australian Gold Medal for Literature 2007 Shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Award for Fiction From parochial Brisbane of the 1950s, Sookie tries to escape her eccentric childhood where sinister sexuality is on the loose, and paint her way to better chances in the swinging London of the 1970s. Vastly intelligent, this dark comedy of the fictions of the heart is an edgy and dangerous work of portraiture. “Brilliant, a fantastic achievement, full of the most terrific portraits . . . one of those books we will always remember . . . she joins a small group of writers who have created characters who are not necessarily sympathetic but we are totally on their side . . . a book of lasting power and beauty . . . and funny – I laughed out loud.” Rodney Hall “Highly original . . . extraordinarily well‐written . . . told within a brilliant and exact mise‐ en‐scene . . . wrapped in finely ironic and analytically acute prose . . . the way it is organized is very much what the Balzacs and Updikes of this world use to make their own structures . . . [she] shares with them a control of intention as [she] does also with Donna Tartt. . . I truly admire it.” Peter Porter Rhyll McMaster, born 1947, is a multi‐award winning respected poet who has published six books of poetry. Feather Man is McMaster’s first novel. McMaster is just completing her second novel. She lives in Sydney. See: http://www.rhyllmcmaster.com/
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Maria Strani-Potts The Cat of Portovecchio – Corfu Tales
Fiction ISBN 978‐1‐876040‐85‐7 276 pp pb $26.95 Rights: World, Greek rights sold to Kedros Publishing
Maria Strani‐Potts, a worldly insider, vividly captures the colour and texture of Corfu life post‐World War II. She offers insights into traditions, customs and history. Through all these lives stalks the cat of Portovecchio, Mamee, imperious and opportunistic, both loved and reviled by the villagers. She hunts for food as the aroma of cooking wafts through the air. Live lambs and turkeys disappear into roasts, stews and soups. Families enjoy just‐picked summer vegetables in fresh tomato sauce; octopus dipped in vinegar; lobster; grilled snapper; ‘small, stout, dark red’ salami in which ‘the white fat stands out against the ruby red meat like rich spotted marble’.
Maria Strani‐Potts was born in Corfu, Greece in 1946. She graduated from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at the University of London. She has lived in Ethiopia, Kenya, England, Greece, Czechoslovakia, Sweden and in Sydney, Australia, where she spent seven years with her husband, James Potts, who was director of the British Council. She spends her time between London and Corfu.
See Maria Strani‐Potts’ blog
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Marc Hendrickx Yesterday’s Tomorrow – Leonard Cohen
Non‐fiction/Biography ISBN 978‐1‐876040‐77‐2 148 pp pb $26.95 Rights: World English rights Other rights: Allied Authors Agency, Belgium, Flanders, Vanhalewyck, Netherlands, United Media, Spain, Milenio, Portugal, Guerra y Paz
Leonard Cohen is a lasting phenomenon. During the latter half of the twentieth century he, unlike any other, succeeded in reconciling literature and poetry with pop music. Marc Hendrickx digs deep into the work of Leonard Cohen finding original views on humanity, happiness, love, old age and death.
Working from his own perspective, Marc Hendrickx gives a lively insight on Leonard Cohen’s work and shows its depth and relevance for a new generation. This is essential reading for anyone interested in developing a deeper understanding of the continuing significance of Leonard Cohen.
Marc Hendrickx, born in 1964, is the author of biographies including Elvis Presley, Muhammad Ali, Keith Richards and books covering such subjects as Fawlty Towers, Gaia and the American Dream. Hendrickx scored an international bestseller with Elvis A. Presley – Music, Man, Myth. Since October 2005 he is the President of the Flemish Writers Association. He lives in Belgium.
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James Cowan Mysteries of the Dreaming The Spiritual Life of Australian Aborigines
Non‐Fiction ISBN 1 876040 28 9 $26.95 192 pp pb World Rights In Mysteries of the Dreaming, James Cowan brings to life Aboriginal spirituality in all its majesty. Men of Power, celestial journeys, meditational techniques, the complex calendar of ritual and ceremony and the role of the body as a spiritual icon are all explored in the context of this deeply religious, ancient race. “Cowan explores the major mythological beliefs of the Aborigines. He presents their spirituality as they would attempt to explain it. Highly recommended.” Publishers Weekly “James Cowan reveals an extremely complex religion, remarkable for its antiquity and continuity, and also its sophistication.” Sydney Morning Herald James Cowan (born 1942) is an Australian author of 30 books, amongst them the internationally acclaimed A Troubadour’s Testament and Letters from A Wild State. In 1998 he was awarded the prestigious Australian Literature Society’s Gold Medal for his novel, A Mapmaker’s Dream. His work has been translated into seventeen languages. James Cowan is the recipient of an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Grand Valley State University in Michigan for his life’s work. He has lectured throughout the world on themes related to his deep knowledge of traditional peoples, Aboriginal art, metaphysics, and literature.
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Mehmet Ozalp 101 Questions You Asked about Islam
Religion ISBN 1 876040 63 7 352 pp pb $26.95 Rights: World, French rights sold to Les Editions Tawhid
Islam is the religion of one in five people on earth, yet it is the most misunderstood. This book is an effort to create a better understanding about Islam. It answers 101 commonly asked questions and gives clear and concise information about the faith and practices of Islam.
“This book offers painstakingly precise and well sourced details about a myriad of aspects of Islamic belief and practice… offering education to a world that too often prefers stereotype and the culture of blame.” Professor Terence Lovat, Pro Vice‐Chancellor, The University of Newcastle
“This should be compulsory reading for anyone who feels they have a right to talk about Islam.” Bruce Elder, SMH Spectrum
Mehmet Ozalp was born in Turkey in 1968 and migrated to Australia in 1984. He has been involved in interfaith activities since 1991. He has written material for a number of courses on Islam. He lives in Sydney.
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Dr John England
Kickstart Recharge Your Life with a Pacemaker or Defibrillator
Health / Self‐help E‐book ISBN 978‐1‐921556‐40‐1 / 160 pp / $24.95 / World rights Publication date: October 2013
Kickstart is a collection of personal narratives drawn from Dr John England’s patients who are recipients of pacemakers and from the doctor’s own experience. As a cardiologist, and having had his own pacemaker for 37 years, Dr England has a unique insight into the issues facing pacemaker patients, from medical transparency and responsibility to the emotional support and encouragement which is so important in these cases. The book is informative, inspirational, and at times humorous. It is intended for new and old recipients, and contains detailed knowledge about the technology: its history, how it works and how to make the most of the available support.
Dr John England runs a private practice in the Blue Mountains where he looks after 500 people with pacemakers. He is currently ‘on’ his fifth pacemaker since his first was implanted in 1976. Dr England has actively campaigned for improved local health services in the Blue Mountains for many years. In 2003, he received the Centenary Medal for long and outstanding medical service to the Blue Mountains community.
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