Barney and the Black Bushranger
Deeply researched, this is the third in the Secret History books about Barney Bean and Elsie No Name in the early NSW colony. This book tells the story of a black African convict, John Caesar, who became Australia’s first bushranger and was known as Black Caesar. Was he hero, slave or villain, or possibly all three? Did Mr Richard Johnson, the colony’s first chaplain, help him escape? And if he did, did he do wrong or right?
The Diary of William Shakespeare, Gentleman
For adults from 14 years and up.
Could the world’s most famous author stop writing when he retired? Part love story, part historical detective work, this is the story of the young Shakespeare told by the old one … and the book where I discovered evidence that … possibly, even probably, Shakespeare faked his own death. Read the book to find out why.
If Blood Should Stain the Wattle
The 6th in the Matilda series, written for adults from 12 upwards.
This is Australia from 1972-1975, with the Whitlam government sweeping away twenty-three years of Coalition tradition as seen through the eyes of a country town. It was a time of deep idealism throughout the nation – even if many of those ideals differed deeply.
In Gibbers Creek Jed must choose between old love, Nicholas, the new Labor Party MP, and Sam, from the Half Way to Eternity commune; Scarlett dreams of becoming a doctor, despite her wheelchair; Ra Zachariah waits for the end of the world – and the coming of a new one and is prepared to be ruthless to make sure it arrives.
And Matilda Thompson will see her father’s political dream from the 1890s made real; she will see mistakes, conspiracies, anguish and elation; and finally be proud that even as the nation is torn apart in the dismissal, no blood did stain the wattle.
Grandma Wombat (with Bruce Whatley)
Age range … everyone!
Our grandkids are always perfect. Even if you are a wombat. Especially if you are a wombat … and your grandson is as stroppy as you are.
Also look for:
Wombat Goes to School … perfect for kids about to start school or who need some extra enthusiasm for the years to come.