“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.
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” 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
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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“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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