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Adoption Deception
Penny Mackieson

What is it like to be adopted, have your identity changed and never feel quite at home in your new family, despite being loved? What is it like to become a social worker and be faced with the challenges and consequences of other adoptions every day? What is it like to hear the moving National Apology for Forced Adoptions by Prime Minister Julia Gillard in 2013 only to be faced a few months...

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Ann Hannah, My (Un)Remarkable Grandmother
Betty McLellan

Ann Hannah was an ordinary, no-nonsense, practical woman. While a constant and caring presence in the life of her granddaughter Betty McLellan, she remained emotionally distant. 

In an effort to understand her grandmother, Betty has used Ann Hannah’s everyday expressions as a starting point to uncover the truth about her life. These words and phrases, heard countless times during Betty’s...

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Kath Williams
Zelda D' Aprano

Kath Williams was a trade unionist, and a communist, before taking on the mantle of feminist after World War II. With a trade unionist ex-husband who was elected to Federal Politics opposing her left wing campaigns, Kath emerged as a feisty and quietly determined woman. Her campaign of conviction was the major force behind the achievement of equal pay for women. This important social history...

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Fortunes of Mary Fortune, The
Lucy Sussex

After arriving in Australia with her young son in 1855, Mary Fortune went on to become Australia’s first female crime writer. Lucy Sussex’s detective work reveals something of this remarkable woman, but Mary Fortune’s writing is her best testimony. Its verve and quality recreate Melbourne in the grip of gold fever and of life on the goldfields. She depicts the harshness of life in her time,...

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Accidents of Composition

Accidents of Composition

Merlinda Bobis

The eyes catch a black bird close to an eerie sun. Instantly, a poem: an accident of composition. Or a tree, rock, light...



Helen Lobato

In Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed Helen Lobato argues that we do not know whether HPV vaccines will decrease the...

Lady of the Realm

Lady of the Realm

Hoa Pham

One day there will be peace in Vietnam. But not before more war.

Touched by the Lady of the Realm, Liên dreams of...

We Go Around in the Night and Are Consumed by Fire

We Go Around in the Night and Are Consumed by Fire

Jules Grant

This stunning literary debut, voiced by a lesbian gangster Donna and her streetwise daughter Aurora, is steeped in the...

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