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A novel of the cruelty of war, tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love. This is a short story collection that received widespread critical acclaim. As well as its fine writing, its carefully drawn characters, the use of place as both a locating medium and a metaphor for existential conflict, it also raises questions about the commonalities and the distinctiveness of lived experience. Laura travels the world before returning to Sydney, where she works for a publisher of travel guides. Ravi dreams of being a tourist until he is driven from Sri Lanka by devastating events.
Around these two superbly drawn characters, a double narrative assembles an enthralling array of people, places and stories — from Theo, whose life plays out in the long shadow of the past, to Hana, an Ethiopian woman determined to reinvent herself in Australia. This event has a shocking ricochet effect on a group of people, mostly friends, who are directly or indirectly influenced by the event. Tom Sherbourne is a young lighthouse keeper on a remote island off Western Australia. The only inhabitants of Janus Rock, he and his wife Isabel live a quiet life, cocooned from the rest of the world.
It follows characters affected by the Nazi regime in pre-war Germany and Britain. Courtenay is probably best known for The Power of One , but this one is my favourite Courtenay novel. Crammed together within the thin walls of Twelve-and-a-Half Plymouth Street are the Darcy family- Mumma, loving and softhearted; Hughie, her drunken husband; pipe-smoking Grandma; Roie, suffering torments over her bitter-sweet first love; while her younger sister Dolour learns about life the hard way.
His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the regional mining town of Corrigan.
Rebellious, mixed-race and solitary, Jasper is a distant figure of danger and intrigue for Charlie. So when Jasper begs for his help, Charlie eagerly steals into the night by his side, terribly afraid but desperate to impress. Incorporating death, parenting good and bad kinds , one labyrinth, first love, a handbook for criminals, a scheme to make everyone rich and an explosive suggestion box.
Sometimes heart-wrenching, sometimes playful, they cut to the truth of what it means to be a modern outsider.
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The book attempts to present a snapshot of life in Australia with its unique challenges, joys and opportunities. Some issues covered include diet, relationships, parenting, attitudes to ageing and dual identity. The protagonist in each story is an Indian born woman facing a clash of cultures, values and beliefs. She is joined on this journey by family, friends and neighbours. She spends her solitary days tending her bees and creating delicious honey products to fund orphaned children. A former nun, her life at Honeybee Haven has long been shaped by her self-imposed penance for terrible past events.
Nicola Moriarty is the little sister of Liane and Jaclyn Moriarty, and this is her first novel she has since written a few others. I loved this book. It made me cry a lot. Together, laughter, drama, and mayhem seem to follow them. But apart, each is dealing with her own share of ups and downs.
Lyn has organized her life into one big checklist, Cat has just learned a startling secret about her marriage, and Gemma, who bolts every time a relationship hits the six-month mark, holds out hope for lasting love. In this wise, witty, and hilarious novel, we follow the Kettle sisters through their tumultuous thirty-third year as they deal with sibling rivalry and secrets, revelations and relationships, unfaithful husbands and unthinkable decisions, and the fabulous, frustrating life of forever being part of a trio.
Thrilling, stressful, the kind of book you read in an afternoon. Something made of metal. In a land without boundaries, there are no rules. Every country would kill for this prize. A team of crack United States marines is sent to the station to secure the discovery.
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Their leader — Lieutenant Shane Schofield, call-sign: They are a tight unit, tough and fearless. They would follow their leader into hell. Now Lola, their larger-than-life grandmother, summons them home for her 80th birthday extravaganza and a surprise announcement — she wants them to revive their singing careers and stage a musical she has written.
Rehearsals get underway, and family secrets begin to be shared and revealed. But just as the rifts begin to close, the Alphabet Sisters face a test they never imagined. Fantastic novel with a lot of laugh out loud moments. Campaign Ruby by Jessica Rudd. A surprising, smart, charming novel that shows every day brings with it a second chance. The first in the Jack Irish crime fiction series. But construction of the final leg between Alice Springs and Darwin will not be without its complications, for much of the desert it will cross is Aboriginal land. Hired as a negotiator, Jessica Manning must walk a delicate line to reassure the Elders their sacred sites will be protected.
Natural disasters and the caprices of the wool industry shape her destiny and though she tries hard to fit in, she finds she is always the outsider. Adjusting to her new life, Cindy discovers that her new family comes with secrets and a mystery that haunts them all. She walks into the nursery, picks up a baby and places her carefully in a shopping bag.
She walks out to the car park, towards an old Ford Corolla. For a moment, she holds the child gently against her breast and, with her eyes closed, she smells her. Then she clips the baby into the car, gets in and drives off.
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This is where the footage ends. What happens next will leave a mother devastated, and a little boy adrift in a world he will never understand. This looks like a picture book but is probably best understood by adults. Shaun Tan reveals the quiet mysteries of everyday life: Set mainly in Sydney in the s, it relates the adventures of the seven mischievous Woolcot children, their stern army father Captain Woolcot, and flighty stepmother Esther. Selby is the only talking dog in Australia, and perhaps even the world. She was not to know that she was about to be struck down by a crippling disease, and the hurdles ahead would be more challenging than those she had evercome.
This book is wonderful. A great portrait of Australian primary schools and the friendships, rivalries, and jealousies that can occur at that age. I love the main character and the writing. Loved the book when I first read it in primary school, and still love it twenty years later. A great novel depicting a far more exciting childhood than mine: I love the whole Penny Pollard series. On a school excursion she meets someone just as rebellious as herself: Mrs Edith Bettany nearly eighty-one years old and a new friend for Penny.
It focuses on a boy named Colin Mudford, who is sent to live with relatives in England, while his brother is being treated for cancer. Her best friend Celia keeps disappearing, her absent father suddenly reappears, and her communication with her mother consists entirely of wacky notes left on the fridge.
But Elizabeth is on the verge of some major changes. She may lose her best friend, find a wonderful new friend, kiss the sexiest guy alive, and run in a marathon.
The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbours during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. A book that was studied by almost every Year 12 student in NSW of a certain generation and heralded as a modern classic. This is the year she meets her father, the year she falls in love, the year she searches for Alibrandi and finds the real truth about her family — and the identity she has been searching for.
The nurses quickly argued among themselves as to which one would ask for the first wish. Speaking up, the nursing assistant wished first. The floor nurse went next.
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A skilled nurse died and arrived before St. With that, he put the nurse on an elevator and sent her down to hell. The elevator doors opened and the nurse found herself in a sunny garden, where many former friends and colleagues warmly greeted her. She had a great time all day laughing and talking about old times. That night, she had an excellent supper in a fantastic restaurant.
She even met the devil, who turned out to be a pretty nice guy. Before she knew it, her day in hell was over and she returned to heaven. The day in heaven was okay. She lounged around on clouds, sang, and played the harp. At the end of the day, St. Peter came and asked for her decision.
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I know it sounds strange, but I choose hell. When the doors opened, she saw a desolate wasteland covered in garbage and filth. Her friends, dressed in rags, were picking up garbage and putting it in sacks. Yesterday, this place was beautiful. We had a delicious meal and a wonderful time laughing and talking. A Graduate Nurse throws up when the patient does. An experienced nurse calls housekeeping when a patient throws up. A Graduate Nurse loves to run to codes. An experienced nurse makes graduate nurses run to codes. A Graduate Nurse wants everyone to know they are a nurse.
A Graduate Nurse keeps detailed notes on a pad. An experienced nurse writes on the back of their hand, paper scraps, napkins, etc. A Graduate Nurse will spend all day trying to reorient a patient. An experienced nurse will chart the patient is disoriented and restrain them.
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