If Blood Should Stain the Wattle
The 6th in the Matilda series; for adults from 12 upwards.
This is Australia 1972-1975, with the Whitlam government sweeping away 23 years of coalition tradition, as seen through the eyes of a country town. It was a tome of deep idealism throughout the nation- even if many of those ideals differed deeply.
In Gibber’s Creek Jed must choose between old love, Nicholas, the new Labor MP, and Sam, from the Half Way to Eternity commune; Scarlet dreams of becoming a doctor, despite her wheelchair; Ra Zachariah waits for the end of the world- and the bringing of a new one, and will be ruthless to make sure it arrives. And Matilda Thompson will see her father’s political dream from the 1890’s made real; will see mistakes, conspiracies, anguish and elation; an finally be proud that even as the nation is torn apart in the dismissal, no blood will 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:
Emily’s Bush Christmas
Queen Victoria’s Christmas
The Diary of William Shakespeare, Gentleman
Part comedy, part love story, the threads of Shakespeare's life drawn from his plays. Could the world's greatest writer truly put down his pen forever to become a gentleman? He was a boy who escaped small town life to be the most acclaimed playwright of the land. A lover whose sonnets still sing 400 years later; a glover's apprentice who became a gentleman. But was he happy with his new riches? Who was the woman he truly loved?
Barney and the Secret of the Whales
For 8-14 year olds
Adventure, love, ships and Australia in the 1970’s at the Sydney Colony in the second of the Secret History series, gloriously illustrated by mark Wilson.
Other books that make good holiday reading;
Oracle: adventure, horses, ancient Greece, ages 10-16
Pharaoh: ditto, but ancient Egypt
They Came on Viking Ships: Vikings, a dog, love, adventure,
Let the Land Speak: how the land created the history of our nation. Adults.
Backyard Self-sufficiency: How to grow everything except chocolate in your backyard.