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A wonderful collection of twenty-four short stories that celebrate the history, culture and creativity of Tasmania.

This handsome collection, the first to bring together the finest stories about Tasmania, includes works by notable early Australian writers, such as Marcus Clarke and Tasma; internationally renowned practitioners, like Hal Porter, Carmel Bird and Nicholas Shakespeare; and a range of newer voices, from Danielle Wood and Rohan Wilson to Rachael Treasure.

These twenty-four superb stories showcase the island's colonial past, its darkness and humour, the unique beauty and savagery of its landscape.

A must-read for enthusiasts of Australian literature, Deep South comes with a critical introduction from the editors and biographical sketches of the contributors:

A. J. O., Carmel Bird, Roy Bridges, Marcus Clarke, Geoffrey Dean, Adrienne Eberhard, Henry J. Goldsmith, James Leakey, Tahune Linah, James McQueen, Hal Porter, Philomena van Rijswijk, Barney Roberts, Margaret Scott, Nicholas Shakespeare, H. W. Stewart, Tasma, Theresa Tasmania, Rachael Treasure, Price Warung, A. Werner, Rohan Wilson, Joan Wise and Danielle Wood.

Ralph Crane is the author or editor of sixteen academic books. He lives in Hobart and is Professor of English at the University of Tasmania.

Danielle Wood is the author of a novel, The Alphabet of Light and Dark (2003; winner of the Australian Vogel and Dobbie awards); a collection of short stories, Rosie Little's Cautionary Tales for Girls (2006); and a non-fiction work, Housewife Superstar: The Very Best of Marjorie Bligh (2011). She lives in Hobart and teaches at the University of Tasmania.

'[A] beautifully presented short-story collection....Co-editor Danielle Wood does have a wonderful contemporary story in the book, portraying a sleep-deprived new mother coming to terms with the changes in her world. Wood manages to merge the contours and endlessness of Tasmania with the mother's sense of being lost to herself.' Readings Monthly
Middle-aged stand-up comedian Josh Steinberg, formerly the star of his own popular TV series, finds himself struggling to keep his career alive, playing seedier and seedier clubs. Plump, balding, and plain-looking, he has never had much luck with women. That is, until Josh meets Holly Brannigan while performing his stand-up act in a comedy club. Holly, an attractive, intelligent, and divorced 50-year-old businesswoman, becomes instantly smitten with Josh and even finds his unconventional looks wildly sexy.

“... a surprising novel ... Filled with characters that seem as if they just walked out of a sitcom, Love Isf the Punch Line might just tickle your funny bone.”—Anne Clinard Barnhill, author of The Beautician's Notebook, At the Mercy of the Queen, and Queen Elizabeth's Daughter

“Outside observers might wonder what middle-aged romantics Josh Steinberg and Holly Brannigan see in each other, beyond the mirror image of their mutual loneliness ... Fireworks onstage. Fireworks off-stage. Fireworks in the bedroom. Then come the duds..."—B.A. East, author of Patchworks

“... Author Kathleen Jones successfully brings readers into the gritty, often brutal worlds of stand-up comedy and the Hollywood film industry, where talent means little unless it is combined with youth and beauty, and where love is often an illusion.”—Kathleen Duhamel, author of the Deep Blue Trilogy

“When aging comedian Josh meets business woman Holly, sparks fly, but it's not an easy road to happy ever after ... a sweet love story with lots of twists and turns that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride...”—Alicia Montgomery, author of the True Mates Series

“...relatable and relevant; edgy and witty. It is clearly well sequenced and flows as a good piece of writing should with plenty of moments to pause and chuckle along the way ... a quality piece that interested parties would truly appreciate”—Chris Sellars, BRM,NSCA-CPT,CSCS

“... an authentic romance novel. ... love builds not in a linear way, but in a realistic, fragmented pace. ... I liked how Jones treated the story and how the romance follows a different path. An enriching reading.”—Lisa Torquay, author of The Lass Defended the Laird

“...fascinating and different ... There are sorry-for-themselves male characters and strong women. ... lots of sex and also a religious theme. ... a page turner for sure. It ends somewhat happily. “—Marika E. Tamm,Freelance Editor

“... reminds you that ‘love conquers all’, and that ... love will go a long way to ensuring success. In this case, Holly's love for Josh carries him through his personal crisis to a new beginning.”—David Iggulden, Former Editor, Wolters Kluwer Canada

“... Holly and Josh aren't your typical young, beautiful lovers, They are real people with real feelings, and come complete with flaws that I can identify with. As I was reading, I was rooting for them to make it”.—Charlene Watters, Editor, Wolters Kluwer Canada

“A well-written novel of turbulent love and the catastrophic happenings of a Jewish comic. It is fast moving and very descriptive. The characters are easy to remember.”—Gordon Calvert, former employee, Wolters Kluwer Canada

“... unforgettable, and touching ... a story about disappointment, failure, and shame ... but also faith, courage, hope, and triumph. ... The path to true love can be a treacherous ... stretching the human character to its limit. ... ”—Sheila Mitchell, author of I Love You, Grandma!

“Brilliantly humorous, fun romance! ... Kathleen Jones is not only brilliant with her storylines, but she is also amazing at her imagery and scenes. Love is the Punch Line will keep you thoroughly entertained and I bet you even laugh out loud a few times!”—Stella Knights, author ofThe Dusty Rider Series
The empowerment of women it is one of the most remarkable revolutions of the past century. But like all good revolutions it is still not settled.

In a generation women have taken control of their economic fate, risen to the most powerful political positions in the land and climbed to the top of the corporate ladder. However, there still remains vast inequality between men and women across all measures, from economics to opportunity to security. Does access to power equate to actual power?

In WOMEN & POWER, Griffith REVIEW explores the changing relationship between women and power in public and private spheres, here and abroad.

Are women accepted as equal partners in politics in Australia? Would the introduction of quotas mean that men with higher merit are overlooked? Should a woman act as 'one of the boys' in order to get ahead? Can a woman be too good at sport? Are women their own worst enemy? Does the cut of Julia Gillard's jacket matter? WOMEN & POWER brings provocative and insightful perspectives on these questions and many more through a fascinating mix of memoir, reportage, essays and fiction.

Contributors include Anne Summers, Chris Wallace, Mary Delahunty, Jo Chandler, Mischa Merz, Tegan Bennett Daylight and many more.

Julianne Schultz AM is the founding editor of Griffith REVIEW, Australia's most awarded and extracted quarterly, produced by Griffith University and Text Publishing. She is a professor in the Griffith Centre for Cultural Research, a member of the boards of the ABC and the Grattan Institute, and chair of the Queensland Design Council. Julianne is an acclaimed author and in 2009 became a Member of the Order of Australia for services to journalism and the community.

'Griffith REVIEW is a wonderful journal. It's pretty much setting the agenda in Australia and fighting way above its weight.' Phillip Adams, ABC Radio National

Migration, demographic changes and new cultural references are re-shaping New Zealand. It is fast becoming a hub where Pacific and Tasman currents meet. As a result New Zealand is changing, responding to surging tides of people and ideas.

Isolated by ocean, New Zealand's ecosystem is particularly vulnerable to introduced species. The constant arrival of new flora and fauna, via humans, wind and sea, means the biodiversity is constantly changing. Humans too have been washing up on New Zealand's shores for centuries, leading to constant shifts in demographics, culture and economics, building on strong Maori and Pakeha traditions. Auckland is now one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. As a result, New Zealand is adjusting and evolving to create a new twenty-first century identity at the crossroads of the Pacific.

Griffith REVIEW 43: Pacific Highways, co-edited by Julianne Schultz and acclaimed New Zealand author Lloyd Jones, examines the shifting tides in New Zealand through a heady mix of essay, memoir, fiction and poetry by some of New Zealand's most exciting and innovative writers. Pacific Highways explores New Zealand's position as a hub between the Pacific, Tasman and Southern oceans, and examines the exchange of people and culture, points of resistance and overlap.

How New Zealand adapts to recent profound changes and moves forward is a matter of urgent consideration. The country's economic model is generating escalating environmental and cultural strains, but also presents great opportunities. A recent worldwide survey found the NZ education system is one of the worst at overcoming economic and social disadvantage. Auckland is home to more than a third of the (increasingly diverse) population, presenting challenges and opportunities for the whole country. Christchurch is finding inspiring new ways of reinvention. Pacific Highways asks what can be learnt, and what lessons does New Zealand offer the world?

New Zealand celebrates its unique cultural heritage, but with multiculturalism comes questions of identity, which many of the writers in Pacific Highways explore. Who decides who is a 'New Zealander'? How are Chinese immigrants accepted? Who are you if you are brought up with the strict codes and behavioural norms of your parents' country but live in another? Does immigration offer the capacity for reinvention?

New Zealand is an island nation, and oceans and rivers imbue Pacific identities. They run paths through major cities and offer courseways for stories. From migrating eels to tasty sea grapes, castaway sailors to volcanic rafts, waterways flow through the essays and stories of Pacific Highways.

Pacific Highways also celebrates the art and literature of New Zealand looking at the country's wealth of artistic and literary talent in critical essays, and includes short stories and poetry by many of New Zealand's best writers, from many backgrounds.

Pacific Highways, with support from the New Zealand Book Council and Creative New Zealand, is a profound overview of a complex Pacific nation with a polyphony of voices. It will challenge what you thought you knew, and inspire you to think again.

An immigrant's tale of an untamed country
Alexander Gibson, my father, was a young Englishman who with his brother settled in Australiain the 1920s. The brothers each married one of the Solomon sisters just prior to the Great Depression.The Taciturn Man begins just after the Second World War when Alexander took up a roughbush sheep-grazing block in isolation among the tall trees of New England (New South Wales).
I was born in 1937, and so I was just three years old when my father went to war, and age eightwhen he returned. Fortunately, by then I was old enough to absorb much of the material for thiscollection which I hope you will now enjoy.
Praise for "The Taciturn Man"
"A delightful memoir with all the emotions of life itself-seriousness, humor, joy and sadnessand more. The author's observations of people and lively writing style make ita great bedside book to be savored, rather than hurried through."
--Deborah K. Frontiera, author of Fighting CPS: Guilty Until Proven Innocentof Child Protective Services Charges
"The Taciturn Man is a trip through Australia's countryside that feels like a nostalgic summerbreeze as Gibson's personal narrative reveals its beauty, culture, and history through his ownexperiences and unique voice."
--Susan Violante, author of "Innocent War: Behind an Immigrant's Past"
About the AuthorGeoffrey Gibson grew up in rural Australia in the 1940s, earned his keep as a jackeroo (farmhand), had a brief stint in the Army, followed by thirty years as a suburban real estate agent inSydney. He has dabbled in politics, and in retirement now spends his time writing, surfing andmucking about with friends on the state's South coast.
From the World Voices Series
There seems no end to our hunger for the stories of real people facing impossible odds or dealing with the mundanity of life. Yet not every life story finds - or deserves - an audience in addition to Facebook.

Such is Life presents a dazzling selection of new memoir, personal essay and biography by some of the best Australian and international writers, with narratives that help make sense of the world and our conflicts about privacy, truth and perspective.

Award-winning author Lloyd Jones reveals how childhood rugby and a reverence for the All Blacks shaped his adult sensibilities and success beyond the Wellington suburbs.

Carrie Tiffany comes to terms with pain and shame; Shakira Hussein falls between identities and cultures in the wake of 9/11. Debra Adelaide learns the value of an official identity; Meera Atkinson's friendship transcends pubescent pop star fandom; and David Carlin attempts to write the history of Circus Oz.

In essays, Frank Moorhouse tests the boundaries of privacy and stigma; Peter Bishop salutes teachers - real and literary - who nurture our creative imagination; A.J. Brown gets behind the writing of his new biography of Michael Kirby; and Matthew Ricketson surveys recent political memoirs.

Marion Halligan, Toni Jordan and Anna Dorrington explore the legacy of mothers and children, while John Tranter, Brian Geach and Andrew Sant investigate rites of fatherhood.

Raimond Gaita and Kate Holden consider what is honoured or lost when adapting memories to book or film; plus Virginia Lloyd, Rosie Scott, Sheila Fitzpatrick and much more.

Acclaimed crime writer Tony Cavanaugh is back with a gripping new novel featuring Australia's answer to Michael Connelly's Hieronymus Bosch - Darian Richards.

Darian Richards is an ex-cop, a good one. He did whatever it took to solve a crime and stop the bad guy. Whatever it took! But after sixteen years as the head of Victoria's Homicide Squad, he'd had enough of promising victims' families he'd find the answers they needed. He had to walk away to save his sanity.

Now Police Commissioner Copeland Walsh has tracked Darian down. He needs him to help clear an old case. The death of Isobel Vine. The coroner gave an open finding. An open finding that never cleared the cloud of doubt that hovered over four young cops who were present the night Isobel died.

Twenty-five years later, one of those young cops is next in line to become police commissioner, so Copeland Walsh needs the case closed once and for all. In his mind there is only one man for the job. One man who would be completely independent. One man who has never bowed to political or police pressure. One man who knows how to get the job done - Darian Richards.

Darian is going back to stir a hornet's nest. But once Darian is on a case he won't back off tracking down evil, no matter who he has to take down.

'Cavanaugh has created a fascinating hero who is a law unto himself. Worthy of the world stage' - West Australian

'Cavanaugh's best novel to date' - Sunday Canberra Times

'Dark and powerful, this is Cavanaugh's best novel to date' - Newcastle Herald

'This is the Cavanaugh's fourth novel, and like the others is outstanding' - Illawarra Mercury

The Darian Richards Series

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