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A Constant hum by Before the fire - before the front of flames roars over the hills--the ridge is thick with gums. After the fire, all the birds have gone. There is only ash and melted metal, the blackened husks of cars. And the lost people: on the TV news in borrowed clothes, in temporary accommodation on the outskirts of the city, or remembered in small offerings outside the town hall. A Constant Hum grapples with the aftermath of a devastating bushfire with an eye for telling detail. Some of these stories cut to the bone; others are empathetic stories of survival and hope.
Call Number: F BIS
Publication Date: 2019
Tirra Lirra by the river by Nora Porteous has spent most of her life waiting to escape. Fleeing from her small-town family and then from her stifling marriage to a mean-spirited husband, Nora arrives finally in London where she creates a new life for herself as a successful dressmaker. Now in her seventies, Nora returns to Queensland to settle into her childhood home. But Nora has been away a long time, and the people and events of her past are not at all like she remembered them. And while some things never change, Nora is about to discover just how selective her "globe of memory" has been.
Call Number: F AND
Publication Date: 1997
We of the Never Never by An Australian classic. Depicts the enduring hardships of life in the Australian outback and the battles against sexist and racial prejudices.
Call Number: F GUN
Publication Date: 1994-07-27
Matthew Flinders' Cat by Billy O'Shannessy, once a prominent barrister, is now on the street where he sleeps on a bench outside the State Library. Above him on the window sill rests a bronze statue of Matthew Flinders' cat, Trim. Ryan is a ten-year-old, a near street kid heading for all the usual trouble. The two meet and form an unlikely friendship. Appealing to the boy's imagination by telling him the story of the circumnavigation of Australia as seen through Trim's eyes, Billy is drawn deeply into Ryan's life and into the Sydney underworld. Over several months the two begin the mutual process of rehabilitation. Matthew Flinders' Cat is a modern-day story of a city, its crime, the plight of the homeless and the politics of greed and perversion. It is also a story of the human heart, with an enchanting glimpse into our past from the viewpoint of a famous cat.
Call Number: F COU
Publication Date: 2002-01-01