Something About Alaska

Something About Alaska cover
Something About Alaska cover
by J. A. Cooper

PB 224 | 198 x 128 | $19.99
ISBN: 9780987380975 | September 2022
Young Adult | Also available as ebook
MidnightSun Publishing
Distributed by NewSouth Books

‘It’s a wicked cold, the Alaska winter, and can kill a man in a second…’

Nearing 15, Zac Greene travels to Alaska to re-connect with the father he’s only ever known from a distance. But Zac’s dad is a lone wolf – a wounded soul who’d rather drown his regrets in a bottle of bourbon than confront the mistakes of his past. As Zac struggles to earn his father’s approval, things spiral out of control forcing Zac to take his chances with the Alaskan winter. Whatever hope remains for father and son quickly fades, as Zac is forced to hitchhike to escape the hostile weather and soon finds himself sharing a remote cabin with a total stranger… and his gun.

‘They say you don’t know your enemies from your friends until the ice breaks beneath your feet…’

‘A beautifully crafted coming-of-age story, set in the unforgiving Alaskan winter, that sensitively explores the power of forgiveness.’ Cameron Nunn, author of Echo in the Memory

Something About Alaska is like the Northern Lights: huge and wild, unpredictable and joyful, evocative and beautiful. A startling debut by J.A. Cooper.’ Rosanne Hawke

J. A. Cooper

J.A. Cooper
J.A. Cooper
Years ago, James Cooper travelled the world over and once spent three months tending sled dogs in Alaska. His work as a teacher took him from southern England to the remote Australian outback, and he completed his Ph.D. while living in a tin shed on 40 acres. Nowadays, his adventures mostly take place on the page. He loves reading and writing poetry and stories that reveal the extraordinary in the ordinary, and his work has appeared in such journals as Dappled Things, Light Poetry Magazine, and Continue reading J. A. Cooper

Wild Bush Days

Wild Bush Days cover
Wild Bush Days cover
Written by Penny Harrison, illustrated by Virginia Gray

HB 32 | 210 x 295 | $29.99 | ISBN: 9780987380906
August 2022 | Picture Book | MidnightSun Publishing
Distributed by NewSouth Books

Jessie Hickman was Australia’s bold, but little-known, Lady Bushranger. Raised in the circus during the early 1900s, she later turned to a life of crime and cattle hustling. She used her skills as a rough-rider and tightrope walker to elude police, often hiding in a cave, deep in the mountains. Continue reading Wild Bush Days

Penny Harrison

Penny Harrison
Penny Harrison
Penny Harrison has always lived in a world of stories. A journalist for more than 20 years, her work has appeared in a variety of leading magazines, newspapers and journals. Penny is the author of acclaimed picture books such as Extraordinary and the CBCA Notable Me & My Boots. Wild Bush Days is the story of her childhood. Penny grew up on a farm in the NSW Capertee Valley and spent much of her time exploring the bush, always dreaming up adventurous tales and the possibility of finding the Lady Bushranger’s cave. She now lives on the outskirts of Melbourne with her family and an ever-growing menagerie.

Virginia Gray

Virginia Gray
Virginia Gray
Born on Kangaroo Island in South Australia, Virginia developed at an early age a keen appreciation of nature in all its forms. Her family then moved to Adelaide where she continued her schooling, later training as a fashion illustrator. Moving to the UK, Virginia worked in London for many years as a fashion illustrator for Harrods, Selfridges and various advertising agencies. She adapted her style to illustrate children’s educational books, focussing on history, where her interest in costume detail and fashion proved very useful. Eventually Continue reading Virginia Gray

Random Acts of Unkindness

Random Acts of Unkindness
Random Acts of Unkindness
by Anna Mandoki

PB 352 | 234 x 153 | $29.99 | IBSN: 9780987226587
July 2022 | Fiction | Also available as ebook
MidnightSun Publishing
Distributed by NewSouth Books

In an all-too-recognisable Melbourne of the near future, the lives of three very different women become intertwined.

Emily is a researcher at the University, carrying out experiments on overcrowding in rats. Free-spirited Amala is an international student feeling the strong tug of home. Roz is a struggling photographer who has visions of the future, although she tries her best to ignore them.

When Roz foresees a terrible tragedy, she is finally driven to act. But can she turn things around once a direction has already been set? As events rapidly escalate Continue reading Random Acts of Unkindness

Anna Mandoki

Anna Mandoki
Anna Mandoki
Anna Mandoki is an Australian author and artist. She was born in the UK and lived and worked in London and Budapest before making her home in Melbourne, on beautiful Wurundjeri woi wurrung country.

Anna has a Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of York and a Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing from Melbourne’s RMIT. Her short fiction and non-fiction has appeared in various journals and anthologies including Island and Westerly, and has been broadcast on ABC Radio National. Random Acts of Unkindness is her first novel.

The Rider on the Bridge

The Rider on the Bridge cover
The Rider on the Bridge cover
by Scott Pearce

PB 192 | 234 x 153 | $29.99
ISBN: 9780987226556 | 18 May 2022
Fiction | Also available as ebook
MidnightSun Publishing
Distributed by NewSouth Books

‘It is a good story, although I cannot say it is true. Like most stories I suppose there is some truth in it, but the absence of truth does not diminish the story, does it?’ In late autumn, Kitten, so named by a girl he met long ago, sits and remembers an aching adolescence; not of lost love and romance, but of wild and unbound Continue reading The Rider on the Bridge

Scott Pearce

Scott Pearce
Scott Pearce
Scott Pearce is originally from Mooroolbark, Victoria. He received his PhD from Deakin University in 2016 and has published his academic research in journals and books, with a focus on the role of race and gender in the Western and Weird Western film/television genres. His first novel Faded Yellow by the Winter was published in 2019.

Scott has been teaching English and Literature at Alia College since 2003 and holds the all-time record for goals kicked in lunchtime soccer games. He lives in the Yarra Valley with his partner and their four children and enjoys early morning runs in the darkness, creating new reasons to never cut the lawn, and writing.

Scott’s novel, The Rider on the Bridge, was published by MidnightSun Publishing in May 2022.

Xenoflight

Xenoflight cover
Xenoflight cover
by Nean McKenzie

PB 240 pages | 198 x 128 | $17.99
IBSN: 9780987226518 | May 2022
Middle-Grade Fiction
Also available as ebook
MidnightSun Publishing
Distributed by NewSouth Books

Apart from her flying pet ferret Fernando and her auntie Carla, 13-year-old Nessa Santiago is alone. Her mother died in a circus accident and she has never known her father. But when the day finally comes for Nessa to meet him, everything goes wrong. Her auntie unexpectedly leaves in a helicopter and a menacing Cryptid Hunter, who captures unusual creatures like Fernando, shows up instead. In order to keep Fernando safe, Nessa must Continue reading Xenoflight

The Rat-Catcher’s Apprentice

The Rat-Catcher's Apprentice cover
The Rat-Catcher’s Apprentice cover
by Maggie Jankuloska

PB 192 | 198 x 128 | ISBN: 9781925227949 | $17.99
Middle-grade fiction | Also available as ebook
MidnightSun Publishing | March 2022
Distributed by NewSouth Books

It’s 1665. Rats have infested homes and alleys in Marie Perrin’s provincial French town. Twelve-year-old Marie is set to become a maid, although she hungers for adventure. However, one mistake alters her fate and as punishment she is forced to Continue reading The Rat-Catcher’s Apprentice

Maggie Jankuloska

Maggie Jankuloska
Maggie Jankuloska
Maggie Jankuloska was born in Ohrid, Macedonia. She has worked as a teacher/tutor in numerous settings. Maggie was one of the recipients of the 2018 Maurice Saxby Creative Writing Program. Her short fiction and non-fiction pieces have appeared in: The Age/Sydney Morning Herald, SBS Voices, Award Winning Australian Writing, n-SCRIBE and more. In 2020 she participated in the Written in the Time of COVID-19 public art display and was featured in the subsequent anthology. The Rat-Catcher’s Apprentice is Maggie Jankuloska’s first published novel. Continue reading Maggie Jankuloska

Tank Water

Tank Water cover
Tank Water cover
by Michael Burge

PB 300 | 234 x 153 | ISBN: 9781925227888 | $29.99
Novel | Also available as ebook
MidnightSun Publishing | October 2021
Distributed by NewSouth Books

James Brandt didn’t look back when he got away from his rural hometown as a teenager. Now, he’s returned to Kippen for the first time in twenty years because his cousin Tony has been found dead under the local bridge.

The news that Tony has left him the entire family farm triggers James’s journalistic curiosity — and his anxiety — both of which cropped up during his turbulent journey to adulthood. But it is the unexpected homophobic attack he survives that draws James into Continue reading Tank Water

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