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Plane Tree Drive

by Lynette Washington

PB 256 | 198 x 128 | ISBN: 9781925227345
$26.99 | Fiction | Also available as ebook
MidnightSun Publishing | November 2017
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Peer through the windows and doors on Plane Tree Drive to find a streetscape that is humorous, heartbreaking, real and surreal. Here, the loneliness of domestic isolation and the joy of connection weave together to form an interlaced map of suburban life.

‘With each story in this complex fresco, layers are peeled away and others added, slowly revealing a delicate portrait of hurts and hopes, vulnerability and strength. Plane Tree Drive is a stunning and sensitive exploration of people, place and relationships.’
–Michelle Wright, author of Fine

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Crush

Edited by Simone Corletto, Amy T. Matthews, Jess M. Miller and Lynette Washington

PB 368 | 198 x 128 | ISBN: 9781925227307
$26.99 | Fiction | Also available as ebook
MidnightSun Publishing | September 2017
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Bursting with affection, wit, loss, sex and a whole lot of love, the authors in this collection face the burning beauty of love and write of both the blaze and the ashes left behind. Crush will quicken the pulses of cynics and believers alike as it reimagines everything that makes the heart leap.

‘A delicious and captivating look at love in all its wonderful and varied forms. I’d love to read more from these fresh voices!’
–Rachael Johns

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A Cardboard Palace

by Allayne L. Webster

PB 144 | 198 x 128 | ISBN: 9781925227253
$17.99 | Fiction Ages 8-14 | Also available as ebook
MidnightSun Publishing | June 2017
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Jorge lives in a shanty town on the outskirts of Paris. Bill, a controller, has an army of child thieves at his command—and Jorge is one of them.

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Papa Sky

by Jane Jolly and Sally Heinrich

HB 32 | 300 x 250 | ISBN 9781925227291
$26.99 | Picture book
MidnightSun Publishing | October 2017
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Another stunning picture book from the award-winning team who brought you One Step at a Time, Honour Book in the CBCA Awards 2016.

Papa Sky sits where earth meets sky, until one night the wind blows him down, down, down through the cloud forest, where he lands with a bump.

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King of the Outback

THE STORY OF SIDNEY KIDMAN

Written by Kristin Weidenbach, illustrated by Timothy Ide

Timothy has illustrated a number of children’s books, among them: Max Fatchen’s A Country Christmas and Fiona McIntosh’s Fantastica: Shapeshifter series. He is also known for his court sketching work for the Adelaide TV news networks.

Kristin writes popular non-fiction focused on Australian history. She is the author of the picture book Meet Banjo Paterson and the adult titles Rock Star: the Story of Reg Sprigg and the Australian bestseller, Mailman of the Birdsville Track: the Story of Tom Kruse.

HB 32 | 260 x 290 | ISBN 9781925227246
$26.99 | Non-fiction picture book
MidnightSun Publishing | May 2017
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From the award-winning writer/illustrator team who brought you Tom the Outback Mailman. Sidney Kidman runs away from home at thirteen and travels to the outback on a one-eyed horse. He finds stray cows in the scrub, swims across rivers by hanging on to a bullock’s tail and dreams of having the biggest herd of cattle in Australia. Many years later, when the workers on Sid’s cattle station organise a giant rodeo for Sid’s birthday party the cattle from the bush take fright in the city. People panic and horses bolt. Can the Kidman stockmen save the day? King of the Outback tells the rags to riches story of one of Australia’s greatest pastoral pioneers.

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Olivia’s Voice

Written by Mike Lucas, illustrated by Jennifer Harrison

HB 32 | 210 x 297 | ISBN: 9781925227192
$26.99 | Picture book
MidnightSun Publishing | March 2017
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Today, like all days, Olivia wakes to a silent world. Outside her window, birds dance upon the branches of the giant gum tree. She follows the delicious smell of breakfast downstairs, walks to school with her friends and is greeted by her favourite teacher. In the music room, everyone knows which instrument she will choose.

This is Olivia’s Voice.

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Into Tordon

by Z.F. Kingbolt

PB 256 | 198 x 129 | ISBN: 9781925227147
$17.99 | Fiction Ages 8-14 | Also available as ebook
MidnightSun Publishing | November 2016
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Only champions dare to enter!

Thirteen-year-old Beth has been waiting for weeks to play in the championship of her favourite online game, Tordon. Now tribes of beastmen roar through her speakers. Game on! She plays to win, until her gaming nemesis Zane challenges her to a real-life risk that has them sucked into a strange world where they must push their skills to the limit just to survive!

Faced with riddles, a multitude of dangerous creatures, exotic cultures and scientific impossibilities, Beth and Zane are forced to take on challenge after challenge if they’re ever to return home.

‘a pacy, exciting read’ Books+Publishing

• The perfect Christmas present for reluctant as well as voracious young readers

• Z.F. Kingbolt is the pseudonym for 9 dedicated writers who are working as one.

Into Torden is due for release in November 2016 but you can buy the book on pre-order now.

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Wild Gestures

by Lucy Durneen

PB 208 | 198 x 129 | ISBN: 9781925227208
$24.99 | Short Stories | Also available as ebook $9.99
MidnightSun Publishing | Distributed by NewSouth

A daughter flies into a painting to escape her overprotective mother. An exchange student sees green lights in the sky above South America and fears the worst. Against the backdrop of an Italian bird market, a holidaying teenager makes her first attempt at seduction. And an affair that never happens is deconstructed while tigers pace in a European zoo.

Wild Gestures is the first collection from British writer Lucy Durneen, bringing together stories of loss, desire and opportunities missed, all orbiting the painful knowledge that the things we most long for remain the furthest from reach.

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We. Are. Family.

by Paul Mitchell

PB 288 | 198 x 129 | ISBN: 9781925227109 | September 2016 | $24.99| Fiction | Also available as an ebook | MidnightSun Publishing
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Kick the darkness until it bleeds

Three generations are forced to confront the pervasive violence that hangs over them like a ghost, and the distances to which they have carried their forebears’ pain.

We. Are. Family. is a sensitive and rugged episodic novel which ruminates on the damaging idea of Australian masculinity with tenderness and dry humour. Paul Mitchell unravels the twisting threads that tie us to the past and the trauma that is handed down through families.

Taking cues from Tim Winton’s The Turning, it is a cyclic meditation on the slow grind of life and the interconnectedness of identity and family.

‘Mitchell’s writing is challenging, exhilarating and touched with a deep sense of humanity’
Tony Birch

‘[Mitchell] succeeds in creating a domestic fiction that is at once panoramic and suffocating. It is in equal parts reminiscent of Christos Tsiolkas’ The Slap and Tim Winton’s The Turning.’
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Paul Mitchell’s wry and moving considerations of society’s undercurrents chronicle an unsettlingly recognisable Australia. His three poetry collections have received national prizes and wide acclaim, and his short story collection Dodging the Bull was included in the 2008 The Age Summer Read program. He is also a playwright, screenwriter and essayist.

Mitchell’s varied oeuvre explores the beauty in the seemingly mundane, the troubled history of Australian masculinity, and finds spirituality in the murky depths of life. He has continued this exploration with his sensitive and rugged first novel, We. Are. Family.

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First Person Shooter

by Cameron Raynes

PB 256 | 198 x 129 | ISBN: 9781925227079
$24.99 | Fiction | Also available as an ebook

MidnightSun Publishing | March 2016
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Jayden lives with his father on the edge of a small country town. He stutters and is addicted to video games.

His best friend Shannon knows how to handle a rifle. When her mum is released from prison, the town waits to see whether her sociopathic stepson Pete will exact revenge for the manslaughter of his father.

Caught with ammunition at school and suspended, Jayden’s world disintegrates. As a drug war erupts, Pete gears up for his violent assault.

Will it be left to Jayden to stop him?

‘A mind-blowing and evocative take on growing up fast, family disintegration and small-town deceits … a unique and compelling new voice in contemporary Australian writing.’
Kirsten Krauth author of just_a_girl

‘Menacing, brilliant, haunting.’
Sally Breen, author of Atomic City and The Casuals

‘a slice of Australian Gothic’
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Cameron Raynes is a prize-winning author who has chosen in First Person Shooter to explore the deeply personal experience of adolescent stuttering. Having survived bruising encounters with three psychopaths by the age of 30, Raynes turned away from welfare work and anthropology to find his voice as a writer. He teaches history at the University of South Australia and is the author of The Last Protector and the short story collection The Colour of Kerosene.

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Local Colour – Adelaide

by Sally Heinrich

32 Pages | 297 X 360 soft cover | ISBN 978-1-925227-06-2 | $24.99 | Non-Fiction | MidnightSun Publishing | Dec 2015

Join the colouring craze and learn a little about beautiful Adelaide and its surrounds while you unleash your creativity in bringing each of these intricate drawings to life with colour.

Whether you are a local or a visitor, it’s the ideal way to while away a few long lazy holiday afternoons, or to unwind and de-stress after a busy day. Lose yourself in an intricate web of Adelaide icons, in the branches of a jacaranda, diving under the ocean or wandering the banks of the Torrens. The completed coloured images make a perfect gift for overseas friends. Then again, they will probably want a copy of their own to colour from scratch…

This charming and well-researched colouring book also includes postcard versions of the illustrations, ready to colour and send.

The Illustrator

As well as being an illustrator, printmaker and writer, Sally Heinrich is an accomplished procrastinator. The illustrations in this book grew out of doodles she created when she really should have been meeting some deadlines. Despite this, she has managed to illustrate more than thirty books and her work has been recognised through fellowships from the Asialink Foundation, The May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust, Varuna – the Writers’ Centre, Arts SA and the Ian Reed Foundation. Her original artwork and linoprints have been exhibited in Australia and Asia including in the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, and is held in collections in many countries.

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An Ordinary Epidemic

How far will a desperate mother go to keep her loved ones safe?

by Amanda Hickie

PB 384 | 198 x 129 | ISBN 978-1-925227-03-1 | $28.99
Fiction | MidnightSun Publishing | May 2015
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Hannah is stuck in the middle of a deadly outbreak. As Sydney goes into lockdown, she attempts to quarantine her home and protect her family from the alarming infection around them. How far will a desperate mother go to keep her loved ones safe?

In An Ordinary Epidemic, fear and compassion collide as Hannah, Sean and their two boys struggle to survive while the epidemic spreads. But what happens when their water supply is cut — and then the power…?

An Ordinary Epidemic is a riveting, topical novel from a new voice in Australian writing.

Praise for An Ordinary Epidemic:

‘It’s utterly fascinating, a little gruesome and impossible to put down.’
Jessica Broadbent in Books+Publishing

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Breaking Beauty

In this stunning collection, twenty-seven brilliant writers ask: What is beauty?

Stories, edited by Lynette Washington

PB 240 | 198 x 129 | ISBN 978-1-925227-00-0 | $24.99
Fiction | MidnightSun Publishing | November 2014

Breaking Beauty puts one of the greatest obsessions of our time under the spotlight and shows that beauty rarely exists without its grubby underbelly. There is no light without darkness.

Our writers — sparkling talents both established and emerging — discover that beauty can be found in the most unusual and unexpected places… in suburban driveways, graveyards, finials, cupcakes, train stations, grape-vines and of course in the complexities of human relationships. They also find beauty in more conventional places like love, sex and the innocence of childhood.

The writers in Breaking Beauty attended the Creative Writing postgraduate program at the University of Adelaide, one of the pre-eminent creative writing programs in Australia. Many have received national awards and been published widely in Australia and internationally. This collection showcases some of our finest established and emerging writers.

  • Stories address the theme of beauty, looking at its grubby underside and unravelling its murky truth.
  • Including stories by both emerging and established writers such as Sean Williams, Heather Taylor Johnson and Stefan Laszczuk.
  • With advance praise from J.M. Coetzee, Cath Kenneally and Brian Castro.

Praise for Breaking Beauty:

‘The best of the writers in this collection take us outside out comfortable selves, to let us experience the world through sensibilities that are strange to us, even alien.’
J.M. Coetzee

‘…in these hands the form is stretched, bent and spun into reading gold.’
Cath Kenneally

‘…the psychological authenticity is exceptional, executed in economical prose.’
Brian Castro

With stories by Katherine Arguile Lesley Beasley Gillian Britton Rebekah Clarkson Jessica Clements Katherine Doube Annabel Evitts Ruby Ewens Matthew Gabriel Corrie Hosking Rosemary Jackson Melanie Kinsman Stefan Laszczuk Jo Lennan Gay Lynch Mary Lynn Mather Amy T. Matthews Rachael Mead Lilliana Rose Bernadette Smith Anna Solding Reg Taylor Heather Taylor Johnson Lynette Washington Bryan Whalen Sean Williams Kimberley Zeneth

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One Step at a Time

by Jane Jolly and Sally Heinrich

One Step at a Time is a story about a boy, a baby elephant and a landmine.

32 pages |300 x 250 hardback | ISBN 978-0-9873809-5-1 | $ 27.99 | Fiction | MidnightSun Publishing | March 2015

One Step at a Time is an exquisite picture book which tells a touching story about the relationship between a young boy, Luk, and his elephant, Mali. On the border of Thailand and Burma, Mali steps on a landmine. Luk supports her during her recovery. Mali is eventually fitted with a prosthesis and get a second chance at life. One Step at a Time is a ground-breaking story. Heinrich’s beautiful illustrations match Jolly’s light touch when it comes to writing about the sensitive subject of landmines. It is a story about love and friendship that will enthrall children around the world.

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Rock Star: The story of Reg Sprigg — an outback legend

by Kristin Weidenbach

Oil; uranium; geology; conservation; these are the catch-cries of our times and Reg Sprigg embodies them all. Reg is regarded as the greatest geologist of his generation and one of the best Australia has produced.

By the age of 30 he had discovered the oldest fossils in the world and some of its deepest under-sea canyons. He had worked at Australia’s first two uranium mines and searched for material to construct the world’s first atomic bomb.

By the time he was 40 he had helped found Santos and discovered the great Cooper Basin oil and gas fields—Australia’s largest on-shore petroleum province; he had set up the largest private geological consulting firm in the country; built his own boat and diving bell; and mastered the primitive art of scuba diving.

By the time he was 50 Reg had driven the first vehicle across the Simpson Desert and crossed the continent from north, south, east and west. He had established his own exploration company, Beach Petroleum; and also launched Arkaroola Wildlife Sanctuary, one of Australia’s first eco-tourism resorts.

The rest of his life he would devote to the unlikely bedfellows of mining and conservation, and to his insatiable love of geology.

Written in a lively, narrative style, Rock Star will make you laugh and cry and introduce you to a fascinating world that you never knew existed and won’t easily forget.

Well-written and generous with fact… an articulate, comprehensive biography of one of Australia’s most extraordinary menOutback magazine

a surprising, and altogether unexpected, delight… the South Australian geologist’s impact was nothing short of immenseSA Life magazine

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Peace, Love and Khaki Socks

by Kim Lock

One sultry October morning in Darwin, hemp-wearing army wife Amy Silva grips a trembling fist around two pink lines on a plastic stick. Struggling to come to terms with her rampant fertility, disillusioned with a haughty obstetrician, and infuriated by an inordinate amount of peeing, Amy finds solace in a decision to homebirth. After all, it worked for the cavewomen, right? But as a tropical cyclone threatens to whip down the main street, Amy finds herself facing more than biology.

An intimate tale of searching for peace, this is one woman’s struggle to turn the ordinary into something extraordinary.

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The Ludic Mode of Pangamonium

by Zanesh Catkin

The Ludic Mode of Pangamonium is an exegesis of the novel Pangamonium. It explores the ludic mode, which it considers an open play of signification characterised by freedom, reflexivity and subversion, and it explores the work of Nabokov, Calvino and Borges to explicate manifestations of play.

Pangamonium is also examined in the light of its mythic hero quest structure and its relationship to the discourses of Orientalism and Neocolonialism.

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Pangamonium

by Zanesh Catkin

Sometimes you have to get lost to find yourself

Francis is a journalist looking for a big story in the tiny kingdom of Panga. He finds himself attempting to liberate a bunch of child slaves making sex toys for the West. Toss in an African pilgrim named Easter on a quest to find his grandfather’s grave filled with pirate gold, a military regime oppressing the citizens of Panga, and a Bollywood romance — pandemonium ensues.

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The Hum of Concrete

by Anna Solding

The Hum of Concrete is an evocative novel about a city and its people.

Set in the multicultural city of Malmö, Sweden, The Hum of Concrete is the story of five people whose lives intersect. Consumed with despair, Palestinian Nassrin walks into the ocean with her baby in her arms. Susanna dares to take a stand against gay-bashers. By starlight, Bodil sees the city from the roof of a church. Estella meets her tough little half-brother for the first time. Lonely Rhyme seeks shelter in a tree full of fairy lights. And all round them, the hum of concrete.

With photographic precision, Anna Solding captures both light and shadow found in the fleeting beauty of everyday life. From the silences between people and the ordinariness of places, she conjures narrative jewels of intelligence and pleasure.

The Hum of Concrete was shortlisted for the 2010 Adelaide Festival Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript and the 2013 South Australian Readers’ and Writers’ Festival People’s Choice Award.

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