Modern Literature

//Modern Literature
  • This volume contains the following stories: Sticks, Stones: Chris Tsiolkas; Confession, Malla Nunn; Merlo Girls, Nick Earls; Dress, Medium; Maggie Alderson; Mirrored, Georgia Blain; Manuka, Alex Miller; The Amber Amulet, Craig Silvey; The Evolution of Sadie Smith, Rachael Treasure; The House on Hill Street, Judy Nunn; The Shedding Planner, Mark Dapin
  • 1610: Hermetic magic is about to transform into science - this is the year everything could change.  Robert Fludd, English physician and astrologer uses Jon Dee's method of foretelling the future. It appears to work but he doesn't like the centuries he's predicting. Someone will have to change the future. Rochefort, duellist, down-at-heel aristocrat and spy for the Duc de Sully, France's powerful finance minister, has troubles of his own - Dariole, a young man of his acquaintance who is lust walking on two legs and as irresponsible as an alley-cat. The last thing he needs is a mad English astrologer in his life. Continental Europe is briefly at peace - but Henry IV is planning to invade the German principalities. Five years earlier, in England, conspirators almost succeeded in blowing up King James and his Parliament. The seeds of the English Civil War and the Thirty  Years' War are being sown... For a man of no conscience, Rochefort is about to be caught between loyalty, love and blackmail - between kings, queens, politicians and Rosicrucians - and all this before he encounters the woman he has, unknowingly, crossed land and sea to meet. Robert Fludd is pulling the strings... And Rochefort does not take kindly to being someone's puppet. Cover art by Les Edwards.

  • The North Korean People's Army has crossed the 38th Parallel and invaded South Korea, viciously ambushing a routine American convoy. The shocking news reaches the beaches of Hawaii, where Captain Mark Isen is a 27 year old second-generation professional soldier. Commander of C Company, part of a light infantry division and like most of his peers, he's never seen combat. The Army's lightest, most mobile units are rushed to Korea. Charlie Company gets there weeks ahead of the Army heavy forces and in a matter of days, Isen's men are at war. And when the front-line grunts of C Company are exposed to the white heat of battle, Isen knows, before the first engagement is over, that his men will be outnumbered and outgunned in every battle they fight.

  • In 1819, a soldier of the 6th Light Dragoons, disillusioned with life, has a chance encounter with an eminent English poet that leads him to rethink his future.  He reunites with his depleted regiment and is charged with raising a new troop to go to India.  But what should have been a relatively simple operation becomes a dark and dangerous march through the jungle as the ill-equipped and inexperienced men race to confront the Burmese warboats.
  • A slave to her selfish, impecunious and ill-tempered father, Dorothy's life is drab, unrewarding and correct, until an 'incident' with a elderly free thinker and loss of memory drives her onto the streets of London. Her progress to the hop-fields of Kent and to the grimness of a fourth rate private school gave Orwell an opportunity to effect one of his earliest pieces of social reportage as with devastating accuracy he depicts the hypocrisy, poverty and spiritual starvation which accompany Dorothy on her odyssey through the England of the 1930s.

  • For the Pilasters, sex and love are weapons in a war for power and wealth and one explosive secret becomes the weak link that can bring down a dynasty. In 1866, a pupil at an exclusive public school drowns in a mysterious accident involving several boys. Among them are young Hugh Pilaster; his cousin Edward, the weak dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the darkly handsome son of a brutal South American land owner. The drowning and its aftermath initiate a spiralling circle of treachery that will last for three decades and entwine many lives.

  • Fire is always a potential enemy in Australia's Blue Mountains, where Howard Anderson and Julian Fane are building a holiday resort. Anderson is proud of the venture, but Fane secretly plots to burn it down as an insurance fraud. He's hired a 'burning man' - arsonist Steve Adams - to do the job. This isn't the first of Fane's insurance scams and even as he plots the new one, there are suspicions about his activities in the past. Adams acts as a hit-man to eliminate one snooper, but another investigator is already on the trail. As bushfires erupt in the Mountains during the extreme heat, Anderson knows there's a lot more wrong than a very active bushfire season - and it's not only a race to save his resort, but his daughter, from her new boyfriend Steve... From an original idea by Kit Denton; filmed in 1982 starring Tom Skerrit, Wendy Hughes James Mason and Ian Gilmour. Fun Fact: the boss of the Cosmic Cauldron was one of many Rural Service members who participated in the film.
  • The President is coming to London, but not to an entirely warm welcome. A fanatical mullah is offering a blessing to anyone who will assassinate the President, and though most London Muslims think the mullah has crossed the line, a few think otherwise. Urgently, Sean Dillon, General Charles Ferguson, and the rest of the small band known as the "Prime Minister's private army" are called in, augmented by an extraordinary new recruit, an intelligence captain and Afghan war hero named Sara Gideon. She has her own deep contacts, but the more she investigates, the more she discovers herself in a very dark place indeed. For the assassination plan is only the beginning...
  • A well-chosen compilation of essays, discourses and short stories.  In this volume: The Philosophic Mind; A Bevy of Lovers; Husbands and Wives; Law and Lawyers; The London Scene; To Lie Magnificently; A Little Learning; Essays in Invective; Some Observations on Food; The Latest Hour; The Aphorisms of Samuel and Tony Weller.
  • Set in Melbourne and England at the end of the 19th century, the difficult young man is Dominic, grandson of Alice and Austin and older brother of the narrator, Guy Langton.  Intense, proud and handsome, Dominic is considered eccentric by those who have no sympathy for him.  His uncontrollable spiritual energies and old fashioned chivalry clash with pre-1914 society.  When he is taken to his ancestral home in Somerset, he meets beautiful Sylvia Tunstall and his career temporarily reached the most promising heights. Yet the vulgarity of his social climbing Aunt Baba is that which unleashes the rebellion with which Dominic can really cause offense.
  • After the end of World War II, Australia's Directorate of War Graves Services uncovered an extraordinary document hidden in a bottle buried in a grave in Singapore. It was a summary of the secret diary of Dr. Rowley Richards, a P.O.W. and medical officer on the notorious Burma Railway. Richards, just 23 when the war broke out, witnessed the horror of camp life first-hand and through his work treating fellow prisoners suffering in the harsh conditions. In a series of diaries he recorded the everyday brutality of the P.O.W camps as well as the courage, humour and mateship of his comrades. Just before being transferred to prison in Japan, he buried a summary of his contraband writings. Astonishingly, it was returned to him intact.
  • Terry Delaney leads a relatively satisfying life as a security guard and as a passionate rugby player with a shot at pro-team success. But Terry's life is shaken beyond recognition when he falls obsessively in love with Danielle Kabbel, the daughter of his employer, Rudi Kabbel. Rudi, a half-mad/half-charming immigrant from Eastern Europe, suffers from visions of an impending apocalypse and from the demons of a tormented childhood. The family madness runs deep, from the Kabbel family patriarch, Stanek, a Nazi collaborator who betrayed his wife to save his own neck, to Rudi's traumatic childhood in which he was a pawn between the Nazis and the Russians. It is into this maelstrom of devastating history and present day insanity that Terry is drawn - to his own desperate peril.  
  • In the remote barren wasteland of North-western Australia, three  wandering thugs make a murderous bid to gain ownership of a newly discovered nickel fortune by crippling the legitimate owners' vehicles and setting the occupants adrift, without food or water, to die in the searing heat. The victims attempt the seemingly-impossible desert crossing, close-herded by the thugs.  But the killers have reckoned without the power of gratitude, when the victims receive assistance from someone they never expected to meet...
  • With contributions by Wordsworth, Shelley, Byron, Keats, Lamb, Dryden and many more of the great classical poets.  With beautiful engraving-style black and white illustrations.
  • The story of ex-quartermaster, James Hyde. From a modest store he established on the waterfront at Sydney in 1837 he develops his business which assumes overwhelming proportions and drains the lifeblood of his family, whose attempts to escape its grip are fruitless. Through his energy and foresight the years of the gold rush bring increased prosperity-but they also heighten the tension under which the family lives. But all the wealth in the world will not keep tragedy away - and the great house Hyde wanted is built - but to what end? This novel, written in 1929 by two young women graduates of Sydney University - Marjorie Barnard and Flora Eldershaw - was the judges' first choice in the Sydney Bulletin's competition for the best novel submitted by an Australian author and has gone into edition after edition.
  • In 1943, with the men off to war and the existence of baseball threatened, the All American Girls' Professional Baseball League was created.  This is a story on this event.  Scouts scoured the countryside to find the best women softball players and brought them to Chicago to create the first and only professional women's baseball league.  These pioneering women triumphed over the hardships of training, the ridicule and initial rejection by baseball fans and went on to assure themselves a place on sports history and the Baseball Hall of Fame. A novelisation of the film starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna.
  • At the Cauldron we don't generally go in for romance, but a romance written by a man and set in the provincial middle-class at the turn of the century was just too interesting an idea to pass up.  George  Pearson, the traveling draper, thinks his friend school-teacher Freddie Bates  needs to get married - to a nice little widow who 'knows the ropes'.  Freddie gets his nice little widow but the next ten years of his life are not all plain sailing. He gets involved in troubles such as never occurred in his bachelor days but the delicate silk strands that bind him to the unpredictable little woman who has taken him for her second husband are firm.

  • HMS Royston, Coastal Forces Depot Ship, is mother ship to a battered, war-worn bunch of MTB and MGBs. New on board is Sub-Lieutenant Royce, aged twenty, commissioned three months, sea experience three months in an Asdic trawler. His C.O. is Lieutenant Harston, aged 23. His predecessor has been killed in action forty-eight hours earlier and is now hardly remembered. The crew are all young, but old before their time. Royce realised that on the little ships it was a young man's war - the horizon was always near.