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BRIDGE OF CLAY
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BRIDGE OF CLAY

By Zusak, Markus

Sydney, NSW, Australia: Picador (Pan Macmillian), 2018. 583pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves unmarked. Illustrated card wrapper undamaged. A multi-generational family saga. From the rear cover: "The Dunbar boys bring each other up in a house run by their own rules. A family of ramshackle tragedy - their mother is dead, their father has fled - they love and fight, and learn to reckon with the adult world. It is Clay, the quiet one, who will build a bridge; for his family, for his past, for his sins. He builds a bridge to transcend humanness. To survive. A miracle and nothing less . . . " Book weight approx. 730g. . Reprint. Softcover. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$15.58

A BIG DAY AT BELLBIRD
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A BIG DAY AT BELLBIRD

By Vernon, Barbara

Sydney, N.S.W., Australia: Ure Smith, 1971. 189pp. Book clean. Bright gilt title over minimally bumped and canted spine. Plain blue boards nominally shelfworn only. Textblock lightly flecked on head, else leaves unmarked. Colour-art illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket slightly colour-faded on spine, else trivially edgeworn only. Barbara Mary Vernon (1916-1978) was the original head writer and script editor for the ABC television series "Bellbird", set in rural Australia. Running from 1967 to 1977, it had two million viewers by 1972. This title, the second by Barbara Vernon, follows on from "Bellbird: The Story of a Country Town" - a variation from the series, but with all the familiar characters . . . Contents include: Prelims., Author's Note. 9 chapters. Book weight approx. 345g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . First Edition. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$14.17

THE LAST DRY CREEK  (Signed Copy)
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THE LAST DRY CREEK (Signed Copy)

By Mahood, Marie

Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia : Central Queensland University Press, 2005. vii, + 183pp., small b/white chapter header and closer halftone plate illustrations. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Colour-art illustrated (Norah Kersh) card wrapper mildly bumped and edgeworn. Signed by author on half-title page, else textblock nominally bumped only. This title is the third in Marie Mahood's 'Serendipity Trilogy'. Set in the Northern Territory of the 1970s (a setting most familiar with the author), it continues the fortunes of two families of rural battlers - the Hardys and the Nelsons - one white and one Aboriginal . . . by now the children have grown to adulthood, and now must cross the last dry creek . . . Contents include: Prelims., Introduction, 42 chapters. Epilogue. Author Marie Mahood passed away in 2009. Book weight approx. 365g. . Signed by Author. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾".

$46.04

BEYOND RESOLUTION  (Signed Copy)
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BEYOND RESOLUTION (Signed Copy)

By Dee, Rose

Capalaba, Queensland, Australia: Even Before Publishing (Wombat Books) No publication date (S.L.V. suggests 2012). 227pp., illustrated publisher's promo and author portrait/bio at rear. Book clean. Spine firm, but slightly canted. Colour-illustrated card wrapper lightly bumped only. A handwritten inscription, "I hope you enjoy", signed by author on half-title page, else textblock unmarked. Life was on a downward spiral for Samara, with one bad choice after another. That is, until a chance encounter with a stranger on a Kings Cross, Sydney street provides the catalyst for a life-changing event. This is a story which provides a window into the joy of forgiveness, trust and peace . . . Contents include: Prelims., 12 chapters. Book weight approx. 290g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . Inscribed and Signed By Author. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$15.58

PASSIONATE SERVICE: A Novel Based on the Life of James Service - Pioneering Father of Australian Federation
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PASSIONATE SERVICE: A Novel Based on the Life of James Service - Pioneering Father of Australian Federation

By Pound, Jane and Fraser, Barbara

Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Hybrid Publishers, 2001. viii, + 213pp., intext, b/white sketch illustrations throughout. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Illustrated card wrapper mildly bumped only. Textblock unmarked. This book is a novelized account of the life of James Service (born Scotland, 1823) and the important role he played leading up to Australian Federation. Contents include: Prelims., Foreword, List of Illustrations, Acks., 18 chapters, Afterword. Bibliography. Book weight approx. 330g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . First Edition. Softcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$12.75

THE FACELESS MEN
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THE FACELESS MEN

By Beeby, Otto

Richmond, Victoria, Australia: Hutchinson of Australia, 1969. 183pp. Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over lightly bumped spine. Plain charcoal boards have a minor blind indentation on foot or rear board, else unmarked. An original seller's sticker affixed to front pastedown, several formerly dog-eared leaves, else textblock unmarked. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket price-clipped, edgeworn, and abraded on edges. Of Note: This jacket is under Hutchinson's 'John Long' imprint. 'The Faceless Men' by Australian journalist/author Otto Beeby (1906-1981) is his second thriller featuring Tony Spencer - a conman with a conscience . . . It's New Year's Eve in Kings Cross, the cosmopolitan play centre of Sydney, but for Tony what began as a good night ended with him in a dimly-lit cellar beaten by a self-appointed 'court of faceless men'. In his quest for revenge, Tony starts out on a trail of murder and violence which leads him from Bondi Beach in the early hours of New Year's Day, through almost every strata of city life . . . This thriller unfolds over 15 chapters. Book weight approx. 315g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . First Edition. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good/Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall.

$31.87

WE ALL HAVE SECRETS
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WE ALL HAVE SECRETS

By Bradley, Elsie

Glen Waverley, VIC, Australia: Sid Harta Publishers, 2015. 315pp., plus (iv). Book clean and square. Spine firm. Illustrated card wrapper nominally bumped only. Textblock unmarked. An endearingly intimate novel about women sharing secrets. Six women, all over 50, have met each month for over eight years to discuss books they have read. Bored with chicklit and fantasy, they decide to write their own book. One of the group, Lucy, is the first to say "Ten years ago I . . . " and reveals previously hidden secrets. The others feel free to be as honest when they tell their own stories which include lovers, swingers, death and divorce . . . Book weight approx. 390g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . First Edition. Softcover. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$21.25

THE ADVENTURES OF ONE ON THE RAILWAYS
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THE ADVENTURES OF ONE ON THE RAILWAYS

By Ashley, John Anthony

Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Author / FFFL Productions, 2009. 92pp., several b/white halftone plate illustrations. Book clean and square. Colour-plate illustrated card wrapper slightly wavy, else very good. Textblock unmarked. From the author of "The Gathering of The Fairy Horses" comes the story of 'One', a character who sees no bad in anyone. Set in the year 2010, within a multicultural "Aussie Land" the story follows the fortunes of 'One', who goes from a baby in an orphanage to a youth on a farm, to the army, prison service, catering school, and disability services to an employee in the railways services. Along the way he experiences many adventures. Contents include: Prelims., Foreword, 13 chapters. Book weight approx. 155g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight.. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$10.62

THE AUSTRALIAN TRILOGY (Bound as One)
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THE AUSTRALIAN TRILOGY (Bound as One)

By Courtenay, Bryce

Ringwood, VIC, Australia: Viking (Penguin), 2000. 531pp., line-drawn story-setting map. Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over lightly bumped red cloth spine. Undamaged, attached red ribbon bookmark. Illustrated boards undamaged. Textblock unmarked. The titles in this collected omnibus edition which bridges Australia's journey to nationhood are: The Potato Factory / Tommo and Hawk / Solomon's Song. A highly acclaimed trilogy by Bryce Courtenay, who died in 2012. Book weight approx. 1.53 KG. *Customers outside Australia - This item will incur extra postage charges as it weighs over 1KG. Please email for quote.. First Thus. Hardcover [Quarter-Cloth]. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$25.50

A STRAIGHT FURROW
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A STRAIGHT FURROW

By Kellaway, Frank

London: Cassell, 1960. 281pp. Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over lightly bumped spine. Plain blue boards undamaged. Trivial flecks on head, else textblock unmarked. Colour-art illustrated (C.W.B.) front panel, and b/white photographic author portrait on rear, loose-plastic protected dustjacket lightly edgeworn only. Debut fiction for Australian-born farmer/author/poet/RANVR Lieutenant/artist, Frank Kellaway (1922-2012). Set in a tiny Australian valley called Cockey's Creek, where cicadas scream and stately red gums grow. Here lives a half-Aboriginal farmer, who tills his 15 acres with horse and plough. Toss in an assortment of characters including unpredictable Clancy Haycock and the newly-arrived Goulds, and long-held secrets may soon be revealed . . . Book weight approx. 430g. . First Edition. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good +/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$28.33

THE MYSTERY OF THE BLACK PYRAMID
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THE MYSTERY OF THE BLACK PYRAMID

By Thiele, Colin

Montville, Queensland, Australia: Walter McVitty Books, 1996. 106pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean and unmarked, with faint edge-tanning. Art-illustrated (Lyn Wood) card wrapper very mildly edge-creased at head of rear panel. "Mark had been warned: the Black Pyramid, a huge outcrop of rock in a remote part of the Flinders Ranges, was not the sort of place people go to. Not if they can help it . . . " Juvenile fiction. Book weight approx. 170g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight.. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$11.33

THE HARD WORD : Ten Stories with Teeth
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THE HARD WORD : Ten Stories with Teeth

By Adam Carey, Simmone Howell, Sharon Shelley, John Southurst, Patrick Witton

Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Vandal Press, 1998. 133pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated card wrapper very good+. Ten short stories. Book weight approx. 135g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . First Edition. Softcover. Very Good +. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

$28.33

SILVER BRUMBY KINGDOM
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SILVER BRUMBY KINGDOM

By Mitchell, Elyne

Richmond, Vic, Australia: Hutchinson Group [Australia], 1977. 189pp., intext, b/white sketch illustrations throughout by Annette Macarthur-Onslow. Book clean, square. Vivid silver title over lightly bumped spine. Plain green boards undamaged. Textblock clean and unmarked. Colour-art illustrated (Annette Macarthur-Onslow), loose-plastic protected dustjacket minimally edgeworn, else very good. The fourth title in the (Sybil) Elyne Mitchell (1913-2002) popular 'Silver Brumby' series features Baringa, grandson of the famous silver brumby Thowra, who dreams of taking his mares to graze on the Quambat Flat plains as spring approaches. However Lightning, a rival stallion, is not far away . . . Book weight approx. 300g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Third Impression.. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good +/Very Good. Illus. by Annette Macarthur-Onslow.

$21.25

EYRIE
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EYRIE

By Winton, Tim

Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Hamish Hamilton (Penguin Books), 2013. 423pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Matt illustrated boards very good+. Leaves clean. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket undamaged. From the front flap: "Tom Keely's reputation is in ruins. And that's the upside. Divorced and unemployed, he's lost faith in everything precious to him . . . But even in his seedy flat, ducking the neighbours, he's not safe from entanglement . . . What follows is a heart-stopping, groundbreaking novel for our times - funny, confronting, exhilarating and haunting." Book weight approx. 800g. * Customers outside Australia - This item will incur extra postage charges as it will weigh over 1KG. with packing. Please email for quote.. First Edition, First Impression. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good +/Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$15.58

MAKING STORIES : How Eleven Australian Novels Were Written
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MAKING STORIES : How Eleven Australian Novels Were Written

By Grenville, Kate and Woolfe, Sue

St Leonards, N.S.W., Australia: Allen & Unwin, 1993. xv, + 293pp., b/white illustrations. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated (Michael Killalea) card wrapper very good+. From the rear panel: "Good writers make writing look easy - but is it? Anyone learning to write should be encouraged by 'Making Stories' - it shows that even our greatest novelists come to their books by a long and uncertain process. 'Making Stories' shows ten acclaimed Australian authors at work, painstakingly constructing their books from rough notes, dimly-glimpsed ideas, and trial and error. By referring to extracts from drafts and published versions of their novels, each author candidly discusses how he or she works, taking the reader step-by-step through the creative process to share the invisible hours of toil that shape a work of fiction. All faced problems and doubts, and solved them in sometimes startling ways." Contents include: Acks., How this book came about, How we transcribed manuscripts, Jessica Anderson - The Commandant; Peter Carey - Oscar and Lucinda; Helen Garner - The Children's Bach; Kate Grenville - Lillian's Story; David Ireland - A Woman of The Future; Elizabeth Jolley - Mr Scobie's Riddle; Thomas Keneally - The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith; Finola Moorhead - Remember the Tarantella; Patrick White - Memoirs of Many in One; Sue Woolfe - Painted Woman, Appendix: Teacher's Notes, Bibliography. Book weight approx. 400g. . First Edition, 1st Impression. Softcover. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$42.50

A RIVER TOWN (Large Print)
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A RIVER TOWN (Large Print)

By Keneally, Thomas

Compass Press, 1995. 463pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Small area of surface loss to front panel of gloss illustrated boards (title). From the rear panel: "Tom Shea leaves the confining social codes of his native Ireland for the wide-open space of Australia. Struggling to earn a store-keeper's living and support a growing family, he is beset by a sea of personal and societal troubles. But compassion triumphs as Tom sees beyond his community's prejudices and recognises the wisdom of his indomitable wife Kitty and the resources of another target of local prejudice, Punjabi herbalist Bandy Habash." Large Print edition. Book weight approx. 685g. . Large Print Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$14.17

PERDITA
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PERDITA

By Hibberd, Jack

Ringwood, VIC, Australia: McPhee Gribble (Penguin Books), 1992. 209pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean, small, soft corner crease to several. Illustrated card wrapper has a soft corner crease to lower front panel. From the rear cover: "On a winter's night, a dishevelled child, Perdita, is left bound with barbed wire to the cast-iron fence of a Melbourne orphanage. Her only succour is a solitary boiled egg and a pair of gherkins . . . Unfortunately Perdita is abducted from the orphanage and incarcerated in the Elwood Women's and Small Persons' Refuge - in fact, a notorious brothel . . . A novel of all-round human devolution yet still studded with humour, pith and irony." Book weight approx. 195g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . Second Impression. Softcover. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$9.92

HARRY : The Man 'n' the Myths
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HARRY : The Man 'n' the Myths

By Thomson, Mick

Glen Waverley, VIC, Australia: Sid Harta Publishers, 2008. 293pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated card wrapper lightly bumped on lower rear panel. From the rear cover: "Many years ago, after being kicked out of England and forced to flee Van Diemen's Land, Harry bumbled, stumbled, boozed and battled his way through much of Victoria's early history with the gung-ho attitude of the quintessential Aussie larrikin . . . " Book weight approx. 390g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . Reprint. Softcover. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$17.71

A CHRYSLER SEDAN & THREEPENNY ICECREAMS
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A CHRYSLER SEDAN & THREEPENNY ICECREAMS

By Davis, A.J

Bentleigh East, Victoria, Australia : A.J. Davis (Author), 2000. vi, + 154pp., b/white line-drawn illustrations intext. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated card wrapper has a short, soft crease, minimal edgewear. Fictional family and suburban life in 20th century Australia, seen through the eyes of young Tim, the main character. Book weight approx. 265g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . First Edition. Softcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$10.62

CROOKS, CARS AND CON MEN
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CROOKS, CARS AND CON MEN

By Morton, L. M.

Glen Waverley, VIC, Australia: Free Trader Publications, 2002. 227pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated card wrapper has a soft oblique crease to front panel. A young man's fight to find love and his own business in the 1950's. From the rear cover: "The story of two young people and their struggle to break free of their past. Kathy, a young girl with little education, living in a squalid shack with her ex-prostitute Mother and drunken Father. Matthew, a young man who would like to own his own business, being tempted by one of Sydney's crime bosses and hounded by the police for crimes he didn't commit . . . " Book weight approx. 200g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . Softcover. Very Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

$11.33

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