Brothers Henryk and Adam Radecki’s relationship is one of fraught love and jealously. Henryk, unhappily married, becomes a rich and successful industrialist, while Adi, a devoted veterinary surgeon, finds and loses love. Their bond is tested throughout their lives, from the 1920s, against the background of Poland’s tragic and tumultuous relationship with Russia, through war, revolution and invasion, until 1954 in the Snowy Mountains of Australia.
Beautifully written, full of the detail of everyday life, its joys and suffering, The Tulip Tree is engrossing historical fiction at its best, a profoundly moving story of love, sacrifice and loyalty.
Sylvie is five. It’s the 1950s and she lives in Burley Point, a fishing village south of the Coorong on Australia’s wild southern coast. She worships her older brother Dunc. She tries to make sense of her brooding mother, and her moody father who abandons the family to visit The Trollop, Layle Lewis, who lives across the lagoon.
In the tradition of the novels of Anne Tyler and Eudora Welty, The Lost Child is a beautifully written story about family and identity and growing up. Sylvie is a charming narrator with a big heart and a sharp eye for the comic moment. As the years go by she learns how tiny events can change entire lives, and how leaving might be the only solution when the world will never be the same again.
Claire is overjoyed to meet the adult son she was forced to give up for adoption when she was a teenager. However, the intensity of that first encounter and the subsequent relationship that develops between mother and son, quickly upsets Claire’s hard-won equilibrium, and the fragile certainties that have underpinned her life begin to erode.
Written with great tenderness for the fraught world of the relinquishing mother and adopted child, The Last Taboo: A Love Story will leave you with insight and empathy for those caught up in secrets and taboos that are rarely admitted, and seldom discussed.
When Suzanne McCourt’s beloved old dog became frail and needy, she caught a glimmer of her own demise. Would she age so bravely? With such love and trust and dignity? This wise and wonderful little book will resonate with anyone who's ever loved and lost a dog. It deals with all the big dogly/human issues, including how to nose groins with impunity, droopy jowls and the current vogue for makeovers, and the big question: To be or not to be? With superb photography by Peter Derrett OAM, this book will make you laugh and cry.
Using the heart-warming ways of old dogs, we take an insightful journey through the meditative and mindful ways of our furry friends. A stunning array of photographs by Peter Derrett enhance the text. It is also a simple and clever guide to meditation, teaching us how to still our wild dog minds and find inner peace. It offers dog-proven ways to live in the moment, to live more happily and meaningfully, to live more mindfully. For those fully attuned to old dogs, it might even provide the meaning of life!
Residents of Venice are great dog lovers. In the tenements, in the Campos, in the cafes that line the canals, there are dogs of every description. With no traffic to worry about, they promenade morning and night. Join photographer, Peter Derrett, on a stroll through the city he loves. Meet dogs on Via Garibaldi and Strada Nuovo, watch them play in the Piazza and enjoy their constitutional at sunset on the Rialto. This book celebrates the essence of Venice. It is the perfect gift for travellers and dog lovers all over the world.
‘There is a discipline of vision in Suzanne McCourt’s poems, with a plain speaking style that is nevertheless beautifully and smartly stylish. When you meet the man whose ‘mouth is a steel trap rusted shut in complaint’ you won’t forget him or his type or the many other lost men in these breathtaking portraits of all the ways men grow and don’t grow, men whose mothers recall, ‘He was the most beautiful baby’. Pause and take a breath before you open this book because it will lift you up and rush you along in its swirling world of broken, heroic and beautiful characters.’
Kevin Brophy, author of This Is What Gives Us Time.