One of the great Australian classics, Away opens with a school performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the timeless Shakespearean themes of suffering, regeneration and reconciliation persist. It’s Christmas in 1967 and time to re-enact the rituals of the summer holiday. Three Australian families set out separately but are driven together by a storm. At times funny and yet painfully truthful, Away explores the comedy and tragedy of their lives.
Good with Maps
GOOD WITH MAPS: When the world map was full of gaps, the Amazon topped the list of places unknown to western explorers. In the twenty-first century are there any ‘unknowns’ left? On a trip to the Amazon, the writer ponders this and other questions as she struggles to deal with her father’s journey through Parkinson’s disease towards what is perhaps our last great unknown—death. Good with Maps is sad and confronting, but it’s also funny and thoughtful, celebrating the power of literature to transport us to places both real and imagined.
Caitlin and Oscar used to be mates, but not anymore. These days Caitlin texts boys to meet her in public parks while Oscar eats his lunch in the teachers’ staffroom. Today is different though. The unlikely pair share a haunting memory, so they make a pact to run. To completely disappear. Go full on missing.
A Ghost in my Suitcase
Twelve-year-old Celeste—’half French, half Chinese and all Australian’—travels to China to scatter her mother’s ashes. There she meets her grandmother, Por Por, a quirky and wise woman with an unusual skill. Por Por is a ghost-hunter and her services are much in demand.
When Celeste learns she may have inherited her grandmother’s talent, she must decide whether to acknowledge her gifts and use them to save her family and friends—and if she has the strength needed for the job.
Filled with fantastical characters from this world and the next, A Ghost in My Suitcase is a beautifully told tale of mystery, grief, difference and acceptance.