London, 1826: Gabriel Swift has left behind his father’s failures to study with Edwin Poll, the greatest of the city’s anatomists. But instead he finds himself drawn to his master’s nemesis, Lucan, the most powerful of the city’s resurrectionists and ruler of its trade in stolen bodies. Gabriel descends into London’s underworld, a place where everything and everyone is for sale, and where the taking of a life is easier than it might seem. Ten years later, another man teaches art in the penal colony of New South Wales, his spare time spent trapping and painting birds. But as becomes clear when he falls in love with one of his pupils, no one may escape their past forever, and the worst prisons are often those we make for ourselves.
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The Poet Who Forgot
AD Hope was already a world-renowned poet and Catherine Cole a young undergraduate student of Australian Literature when a polite note from student to poet sparked a lively correspondence between the two that would continue over...
A young woman translates the emotional distance from her mother, a Holocaust survivor, into her own passion for photography. A beautifully written psychological novel.
The Richard & Judy 2008 Summer read selection updated edition.London, 1826: Gabriel Swift has left behind his father's failures to study with Edwin Poll, the greatest of the city's anatomists. It is his chance to find advancement...
The Build Up
For Detective Dusty Buchanon, a female cop in the very male world of the Northern Territory Police Force, it always pays to expect the unexpected.During the stifling pre-monsoon season known as the Build Up, a body is found in a...
You bring your children up to escape sorrow. You spend your best years trying to stop them witnessing it on television, in you, in your neighbours' faces. Then you realise, slowly, that there is no escape, that they must steer...
Increasingly Catherine can't tell the difference between what is happening to her and what is happening around her. She lives her life like a romantic heroine. She throws her money, her energy, a lot of words and even years of her...