A War Within

Herb Hamlet

Falling on hard times, former socialite, Rebecca Sweeny, accepts a housekeeper position on a Dubbo sheep station where there is immediate chemistry between her and Cole Miller, the young owner. The feelings are immediate and complete, much to the disgust of his social climbing mother, Hilda. World War One intervenes. Spurred on by thoughts of glory, and physically strong from a lifetime of hard work, Cole is soon on his first overseas posting. Rebecca, left behind in her housekeeper's position, lives in hope that she will see Cole again, and guards a special secret through the anxious wait for his return. But nothing can prepare the couple for what lies ahead. As Cole faces the greatest battle of his life, Rebecca must make a heart-wrenching choice. This is a stirring, emotional, and inspiring saga of a couple torn apart by war, its unforgettable characters proving beyond doubt that love is stronger than fear. A War Within is also a harrowing tale of life in the trenches of Gallipoli and Pozieres by Australian soldiers and how the legendary "mateship" between Aussie diggers was forged.

Lonely in Littelhaven

Neil Holdsworth

“Lonely in Littelhaven” by Neil Holdsworth takes us back to the early 1960’s in North America as experienced by an Australian “innocent abroad”. This memoir does not describe or dwell on shocking or horrific events nor does it seek to shock with particularly foul language or examples of sexual depravity. The narrator is a mild-mannered, love-struck young man who meets some interesting characters during his 5 month stint in a small mid-western American town. The characters he meets provide an interesting contrast to the young man’s morality but at the end of the day this memoir probably tells us more about the narrator than any of the characters he describes.

It is essentially a story of separated love and the means by which love can be maintained, even enhanced, despite separation. However the author seems keen to point out the part that European refugees played in moulding the American character and culture by the addition of several fictional retrospectives inspired by the characters he has met and admired.

This book provides light entertainment for readers of any age with the occasional insight into the attitudes (and prices) of the 1960’s, and some reminders of the main political events of those times. It may even inspire those couples who find themselves apart to stay true to their belief in each other through life’s many distractions.

A Twist of Faith

John Cunnington

Orphaned at a young age, Sophia Shaw is placed in a Brisbane girl's home run by the sadistic, Matron Rooney. To cope she must rely on her own resources and a treasured family heirloom.

Later, after meeting the Ipswich larrikin, Chad Wrightson, she hopes her trials and tribulations of the past are behind her. Little did she know they were just beginning. 

With the outbreak of WW2, Chad enlists and is sent overseas with the Australian Imperial Force. Sophia is left alone and facing the most difficult decision of her young life. Obsessed with a plan, known only to a few, she embarks on a path that has unexpected repercussions.

What transpires is a journey of self-discovery where survival hinges on deception, luck, faith and hope.

Set during Australia's darkest days of World War 2, the story portrays the Australian ethos of the period. It also reflects the savage impact of war on the plethora of interesting and diverse characters who touch and influence Chad and Sophia as they strive to combat almost insurmountable odds.

Entrenched views on life are confronted. Values are challenged. The question is:-  will luck, faith and hope be enough?

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This collection of poems from Maurie O’Brien contains many fine tributes to Australia’s veterans and pioneers together with many humorous poetic anecdotes.

The collection will surely appeal to all those who respect and value the sacrifices made by Australians during the conflicts of World War I and II, whether at the front, behind the lines or at home.

There is some wonderful imagery and poignant poetry in the Anzac poems. There are words here to stir the soul and at times make the skin creep.

Maurie O’Brien is one of Australia’s most accomplished and respected bush poets and I am honoured to bring this collection to you.

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The Ring

Herb Hamlet

“The Ring” is an historical novel that follows the journey of a beautiful engagement ring from colonial Australia to South Africa, China, Japan and Borneo before arriving back in Australia 87 years later. The story is divided into five Books and encompasses the lives that were touched by the Ring before, during and after three major world conflicts, the Boer War, the Japanese invasion of China and World War 2.  This book will be enjoyed by most readers with an interest in world affairs and particularly the heroism of Australian soldiers during the Siege of Tobruk and in the Japanese POW camp at Sandakan. But more than that, it also gives the reader a fascinating glimpse into the treatment of the Afrikaner women and children by the British military during the latter part of the Boer War; and early on in the story an account of the life of Captain Thunderbolt, a real life Australian bushranger and highwayman. This is a well-researched book by the author of “Bluey’s War” with plenty of action based around actual events. 313 pages. Now available from Amazon as a paperback at https://www.amazon.com/dp/0995449368

640 Acres To Play!

James Oswald Chant

This is a FREE download courtesy of Jamie Ryan, grandson of the author.

ThIs is a delightful story of Australian rural life in the early twentieth century. It provides a fascinating insight of what it must have been like to grow up in the days when Australia and its people were rising from their pioneer origins into the nation the land is today.

James Chant endured a bout with polio at the age of six years which affected his life to an enormous degree. He was afflicted severely by this disease which left him weak in his muscles, but he never asked to be treated differently from others. Because of it his life was a long series of set backs and falls by the dozen, resulting in arm fractures, toe fractures, rib fractures, knee-cap fractures, and leg fractures! Even so he insisted that his life was good, interesting, rewarding and, by the forgiving grace of God, reasonably comfortable and successful.



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Ann Lehtmets

The story of Ann Lehtmets:

This is an amazing true story of survival against all odds. A book that everyone should read. It is a reminder of the depths to which society can sink under authoritarian rule. It is also a reminder of the capacity of the human spirit to endure and overcome hardship, cruelty and extreme privation over many years and yet to emerge intact and rejoin society and family.

Strong & Bold Publishing is proud to bring you this first edition of Sentence: Siberia as an e-book of 144,000 words and 404 pages.

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Will McClean

Lenny the talent scout dreams he has found an amazing singing duo in the hot, dry outback of Queensland. But then he wakes up to discover that his dream was really true! However he is disappointed when the amazing couple tell him that they are not interested in being rich and famous. The reasons they give reflect a point of view that is foreign to Lenny, but he respects them all the same. The author, Will McLean lives in Macclesfield, South Australia. The illustrator, Barney Lewis, lives on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Suitable for all ages but especially for children between the ages of 5 and 10. This book has an unusual message that some people may find disconcerting!

A Tale Of Two Noble Lovers – Part 3

Doug Wiggins

This is Part 3 of the story of Luigi Da Porto, the man who created ‘Romeo and Juliet’. This historical novel is set in Friuli and Venice in the early sixteenth century and tells the story of Luigi Da Porto’s love affair with Lucina Savorgnan and the events that influenced the creation of his novella entitled ‘Guilietta, a tale of two noble lovers’. That novella was the inspiration for Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’.
In Parts 1 & 2 we followed Luigi Da Porto's life and the interesting times he lived in from his departure as a soldier and military tactician to a man wracked by sorrow at his losses in life, both mental and physical. His world is a picture of Venice at the height of its powers, involved in a war that could have seen the end of the Venetian Republic, through personal highs and lows and the pain of serious battle injuries. We saw him through the loss of the love of his life, the beautiful Lucina Savorgnan and his fall into depression. In this final part of the story we see him finish his novella of Romeo and Juliet and see the other characters deal with the changing times. Enjoy being taken to a time of wonder in the “Serene Republic of Venice”, the pomp and ceremony, but also the gritty underside of life in the first part of the 16th century.
379 pages.

Still I Wonder

Will McClean

An interesting collection of contemporary Australian poems by writer and poet Will McClean, some of which reflect on his experiences while living in the USA.
In particular his title poem "Still I Wonder" evokes the perennial dilemma confronting all thinking people in the modern age; that of man's inhumanity to man.

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Clinging to the Edge

Anne Rogers

Australian bush poetry is a genre that specialises in dealing with Australian life and culture using rhyme and rhythm as an essential part of the narrative. It started out in the 1800’s almost exclusively as verse about the Australian ‘bush’ or ‘outback’ and of course about the people who lived and worked there. In more recent times the genre has come to include narrative verse on any topic relating to Australia.

Anne Rogers is an experienced practitioner of Australian bush poetry and in this volume has collected together forty poems, the main themes of which are nostalgia, humour, and respectful remembrance. The poems are presented in a fairly random order so as to provide some variety for the assiduous reader. But for those who wish to “cherry-pick” a poem to suit their mood the Table of Contents contains a letter N, H or RR in brackets alongside each title to help identify nostalgia, humour or respectful remembrance.

Anne was born and bred in the outback of New South Wales and spent the first 42 years of her life living and working on sheep and cattle stations in Western N.S.W., for the most part on the Darling river between Menindee and Wilcannia.

Welcome to the work of Anne Rogers, a quintessential Australian bush poet.

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MAKING BIOCHAR – With Technical Manual

Brian Lewis

“Making Biochar – With Technical Manual” was written by Brian Lewis based on the experience gained from 5 years of developing and trialling 3 different styles of biochar kilns in the Adelaide Hills region of South Australia.

The book provides a good introduction to biochar basics, distinguishes between the different types of kilns that can be used and provides detailed and practical instructions on the operation of a retort style biochar kiln together with a chapter on the economics of making and selling biochar.
Detailed drawings of two types of kiln, the retort style and the gasifier style, are included as a resource on the publisher's website.

A case study on using a retort kiln by a commercial winery is included. And a description of a Do-It-Yourself gasifier kiln is also included.

This book will be of interest to all biochar enthusiasts, small landowners, horticulturalists and anyone else interested in the improvement of soils by the addition of carbon and the potential for a biochar industry to contribute to the supply of carbon credits.

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A Tale of Two Noble Lovers – Part 2

Doug Wiggins

This is Part 2 of the story of Luigi Da Porto, the man who created ‘Romeo and Juliet’. This historical novel is set in Friuli and Venice in the early sixteenth century and tells the story of Luigi Da Porto’s love affair with Lucina Savorgnan and the events that influenced the creation of his novella entitled ‘Guilietta, a tale of two noble lovers’. That novella was the inspiration for Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’. 154 pages. $7.90

Read this book, send us your honest review to publish here and receive a free copy of Part 3.


Doug Wiggins

This is the story of Luigi Da Porto, the man who created ‘Romeo and Juliet’. This historical novel is set in Friuli and Venice in the early sixteenth century and tells the story of Luigi Da Porto’s love affair with Lucina Savorgnan and the events that influenced the creation of his novella entitled ‘Guilietta, a tale of two noble lovers’. That novella was the inspiration for Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’. 193 pages. CLICK ON IMAGE FOR DETAILS.

When you  have read this book please provide Amazon with your honest review, advise us and receive a free copy of Part 2.

IELTS Writing Band 9 Essays

Bruce Smart

Improved 2nd edition now available. This excellent book overcomes the weakness of other English writing guides by providing 40 high quality essays (10 Academic Task 1, 10 General Task 1 and 20 Task 2 essays) that are written by an educated native speaker. The essay topics have been chosen carefully so as to be relevant to modern day situations confronted by young adults. As a result the essays are quite interesting as well as being instructive.

Typically when IELTS students are shown these essays they are surprised by the directness and simplicity of the language. The essays provided are all of IELTS band 9 standard; however, the intention is not necessarily to allow students to reach that standard but to provide a pathway to write better quality essays that are of an academic standard and style. An important part of each essay is the accompanying "Essay Notes" section that explains the choices made by the writer.

It is also intended that this book, although directed at IELTS students, has a focus beyond the IELTS exam so as to provide students with writing skills that can also be used in study and in the workplace. This 2nd edition corrects some typographical errors and has an improved layout to help with legibility when using a Kindle. (204 pages). Available only from Amazon. CLICK ON IMAGE FOR MORE DETAILS. After purchase please provide a brief, honest review to Amazon of this book and advise us. We will then send you a free copy of any other book from our catalogue. Just name it!

Corroboree To The Sun

Ian Mudie

The poems that have been selected for this publication are representative of the main themes running through Ian Mudie’s poetry: viz: respect for and knowledge of the natural environment; respect for and understanding of the aboriginal peoples; pride in the Australian nation; and acknowledgement of the Australian character. However I have also included some whimsical poems that probably do not fit any of these themes. They are just so delightfully Mudie that I could not leave them out. (11 000 words).

Welcome to the work of Ian Mudie. A man well ahead of his time who produced a body of work that deserves to be kept alive. Kindle and epub versions are available from checkout for a combined price of $9.99.

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An Account of the Colony of South Australia

Frederick Sinnett

First printed in 1862 for the London Exhibition the Account is effectively South Australia’s first year book and documents and describes some amazing achievements, some severe obstacles and some remarkable discoveries over the 26 years since settlement in 1836. In addition it is written fluently and critically by a quite young private citizen named Frederick Sinnett with the endorsement of the Government of the colony at that time. (158 pages). $9.99


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Doug Wiggins

‘Branscombe’ is the first in a series of detective novels covering the adventures of retired Det. Sgt. John Branscombe. This first story is based in South Australia at the former police training centre of Fort Largs. It covers Branscombe’s involvement in the denouement of a corrupt police officer. However the entertainment value of the story lies in the relationships that Branscombe has with police officers and ex-partners, marital and otherwise.

Of particular interest is the relationship he stumbles into with a lesbian couple which leads him into a surprising situation. The story is tinged with humour and pathos and evolves quickly and effectively in many short chapters. (110 pages). $5.90. Now also available from Amazon as a paperback from https://www.amazon.com/dp/0992397936

A Short History of Marker’s Barn

Brian Lewis

Marker’s Barn is an outstanding surviving example of a mid-19th century wheelwright’s shop which demonstrates German design characteristics and typical use of local materials, and the typical way of life of the Macclesfield pioneers, the early need for wheelwrights, and the fact that several German "pioneer" settlers also settled in Macclesfield and established businesses here. It also has important associations with the early development and cultural diversity of Macclesfield, one of South Australia’s most significant early rural towns. (2 000 words)

Macclesfield Collections – Vol. 1

Brian Lewis

The poems are modern, relevant, sometimes amusing, sometimes nostalgic, but always sincere. Eminently readable they lack the forced cleverness of some modern poetry and just aim to tell a story with poetic simplicity and compassion. This volume will appeal to most thinking people, young or old. It may occasionally “ruffle some feathers” but after all that is what we expect from good poetry. It would be interesting to know the reaction of the Adelaide City Council to the three poems about Bonython Park. (6 000 words). Also available from Amazon as a Kindle book or a paperback. CLICK ON IMAGE FOR DETAILS.


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