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Old Growth – John Kinsella (Transit Lounge Publishing)
John Kinsella drops us seamlessly into the worlds of men, women and children at pivotal moments in their lives. In the title story, a husband who has lost his wife plans to destroy the old-growth bush she loved and escape to the city, with alarming consequences. Elsewhere, racism at a small town supermarket is resisted through friendship; in an act of kindness a frightening stranger turns up in a family’s woodshed; a home-made telephone transmits a dark truth; a theatre director is seduced into the world of an obsessive rabbit trapper; and two sisters find their lives thrown out of kilter by a charismatic junkie.

Chaos to Calm – Shannah Kennedy & Lyndall Mitchell (Penguin Viking)
Clear your path to success and wellbeing. Feeling tired, stressed and out of control? Are you overwhelmed and suffering from low self-confidence? In Chaos to Calm, expert life coaches Shannah Kennedy and Lyndall Mitchell offer you a simple step-by-step approach to taking charge and living a more fulfilling life. Packed with advice, tools and exercises that will show you how to switch off, reach your potential and achieve your goals, this book will enable you to thrive and live each day with confidence!

Crimson Lake – Candice Fox (Penguin Randomhouse)
Six minutes – that’s all it took to ruin Detective Ted Conkaffey’s life. Accused but not convicted of Claire’s abduction, he escapes north, to the steamy, croc-infested wetlands of Crimson Lake. Amanda Pharrell knows what it’s like to be public enemy number one. Maybe it’s her murderous past that makes her so good as a private investigator, tracking lost souls in the wilderness. Her latest target, missing author Jake Scully, has a life more shrouded in secrets than her own – so she enlists help from the one person in town more hated than she is.

Spoonfed Generation – Michael Grose (Penguin Randomhouse)
It’s well established that parents in western countries such as Australia currently do too much for their kids, albeit with good intentions. All this well-intentioned activity may make for an easier life at home but it encourages children to be dependent on adults for longer. This is the exact opposite of what parents have done in the past, which is to develop their children’s independence and achieve the most important parenting outcome of all – their own redundancy. Spoonfed Generation will explain the importance of children’s independence and the vital stages to letting go.

From The Wreck – Jane Rawson (Transit Lounge Publishing)
From the Wreck tells the remarkable story of George Hills, who survived the sinking of the steamship Admella off the South Australian coast in 1859. Haunted by his memories and the disappearance of a fellow survivor, George’s fractured life is intertwined with that of a woman from another dimension, seeking refuge on Earth. This is a novel imbued with beauty and feeling, filled both with existential loneliness and a deep awareness that all life is interdependent.

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