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Win a copy of The Biggest Estate in Earth


“If we are to survive, let alone feel at home, we must begin to understand our country. If we succeed, one day we might become Australian”


The Biggest Estate on Earth by Bill Gammage has just been awarded the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for History.

To win a copy of the book (first edition hardcover) fill in the competition form below.  Competition closes 10th August. Only the winner will be contacted.

Congratulations to our Biggest Estate on Earth competition winner Irene



The Golden Lily


The Golden  Lily, book 2 in the Bloodlines series is out and a bestseller in the Young Adult category, so I’ve gone into the pre-blog archives and found what I wrote about Bloodlines, the first book in the series that was released August 2011.






Bloodlines is the first in a new series from Richelle Mead,  author of The Vampire Academy series. The characters carry over from the Academy books however you don’t have to have read them to read this.

Bloodlines delves into the world of the Alchemists and Vampires in the setting of a sun-drenched high school in Palm Springs USA.

There are, apparently, two different races of vampires, the Moroi, who are living vampires that age but still need the usual vampire blood drinking to survive, they don’t crisp up in the sun, but aren’t too crazy about it either. Then there are the Strigoi who are the vampires the Moroi fear – they are the dead ones that don’t age, and have an even bigger dislike of the sun. The vampires also have a magical ability (a bit like Edward, Alice and Jane from Twilight, but more element based). The Alchemists are identified by their gold tattoos, and are a secret group (you could call it a sect) who keep us regular humans safe from the world of vampires.

So that is who the book is about, and well the story is obviously one of those events that sees the four groups of ‘people’ together and the story of how they negotiate what happens without exposing themselves, solve a series of murders, and nicely set the series up for the next book. A good book that wasn’t the best vampire based book I’ve read, but it definitely didn’t suck!


Congratulations to our Bloodlines Competition Winner Erika



A Line of Dogs

 A Line of Dogs from Australian author Gary Morris

A Line of Dogs

1984. The Start of Ireland’s Great Famine where the vast majority of the population are dispossessed, starving and dying in great numbers.

The young and beautiful Mary McGrath must leave her ailing grandfather to work for distant wealthy relatives in London, where she is cruelly enslaved, abused and raped. But her tormentors have not counted on Mary’s iron will and her determination to find happiness and love.

Queenie Fogarty works the pubs of London in the world’s oldest profession. Cynical and outwardly hardened by the streets, she lives alone in London, until her heart is opened but the young woman who desperately needs her help and the wild Irishman she has grown to love.

Tim McGrath  despises everything British. his seething hatred spurs him on to robbery and violence, actions justified in his eyes as his ‘fight against the oppressors’. The ‘Young Irelanders’ rebel group draws him into their cause and he becomes inexorable tangled up in the fate of their leaders.

John Hammersley cares little for causes, just stealing to survive, until he falls desperately in love with Mary McGrath. he will need every gram of his considerable strength to survive the hardships and trials that lie before him in the Australian prison system and his eventual escape into the wilderness.

These four weld the strongest of partnerships, forged in blood, despair and hardship, but their friendship and love is put to the test many times as they struggle to find their place in a world gone mad with power and greed.


Congratulations to our Line of Dogs Competition Winner