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Look inside Jonathan Sturm’s This Gardening Life (ISBN: 978-0-9874111-0-5)

In the early 1990s Jonathan wrote Complete Organic Gardening to considerable acclaim. It sold almost 40,000 copies, is long out of print and rarely to be found second-hand. Now the wait is over. The sequel is available from 23 June 2020.

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Look Inside Heather Goodare’s Foiled Creative Fire (ISBN: 978-0-9874111-5-0)

The origin of this book came about fairly soon after the author’s own experience of breast cancer, when she heard similar stories told by others in her support group, of traumatic life events followed by depression, followed by cancer. She began to explore the lives of women in history who experienced breast cancer, and found a similar pattern, from Anne of Austria (1601–1666) to Audre Lorde (1934–1992).

It tells the stories of women through the ages who experienced breast cancer, at times when modern medicine was not available to help: in spite of this, several of the women recovered well and went on to live productive lives. The novelist Fanny Burney was one of these, whose mastectomy was performed by Napoleon’s best surgeon; the Bloomsbury artist Vanessa Bell was another. In these two cases their creative fire was not foiled: they both went on to do more admirable work.

Another theme of the book is feminism: often these women were greatly talented, but they had to fight even to be able to work at their chosen occupation. Medical research on the subject of depression and anxiety followed by cancer has now caught up: it is established that there is a link. This book will be of interest to members of the general public who have experienced cancer, together with their doctors and nurses, and academics working in the field of cancer and the mind. It is unique in its approach to the subject.

Foiled Creative Fire is available wherever good books are sold from 1 July 2020


Look inside John Young’s Going Down Another Lane (ISBN: 978-0-9874111-2-9)

John Young left his British boarding school to emigrate alone to New Zealand in 1952 at 17, leaving a Britain reeling from the impact of WWII to make a life in the antipodes. For New Zealand and Australia this was a time of expansion and opportunity, and of exciting social change. Young's account of his life, from a forestry camp and serving in the Navy in New Zealand, to study at Oxford and an academic career in South Australia, to his final move to Tasmania to start a boatbuilding school, gives a fascinating insight into the society and ideas of his times.

It is now available for purchase in Australia on eBay.


Look inside Paul McGowan’s 99% True: Almost a National Bestseller (ISBN 978-1-7335833-1-2)

Paul McGowan tells all (and then some) in this riotous tale of misbegotten success that’s 99% true in all the best ways. From his not-so-innocent youth growing up in the shadow of Disneyland and summer evenings in the innocent 1950s, to his dope-smoking, snake-eating, draft-dodging, loony-bin misadventure through Europe, to his struggles to build a thriving enterprise from a stack of dusty albums€”see how the CEO of a worldwide company took fifty years to become an overnight success.

Unlike Paul, you may never get picked up by the Secret Service or carry the shame of bankruptcy, but you just might see yourself in his repeated failures or in his refusal to let life keep him down. You’ll laugh and you’ll cry as Paul describes the struggle of finding his place in a community you never knew existed. Through it all, you’ll discover what Paul did: life’s detours offer the best opportunities to find your way.

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Look inside Ruth Young’s The Palais Theatre: A Social History of Franklin’s Town Hall 1912 €“ 2012 (ISBN 978-0-9874111-0-5)

Franklin Hall, now the Palais Theatre, was built in the centre of the small riverside town of Franklin, in southern Tasmania, to hold 560 people. The arresting presence of the Theatre raises immediate questions in the mind of a thoughtful visitor: Why was it built? Why is it so large? What is its present purpose? How has it survived? This book, written to celebrate the Theatre’s centenary, aims to provide some of the answers. It explores the origin of Franklin Town Hall as the successor to the Huon Mechanics’ Institute of 1858, the enduring connections between the two buildings, the part both buildings on the same site have played in the lives of the local community, the ways in which the fortunes of the buildings have reflected the priorities and the aspirations of the people they served, the reasons for the survival of the building through a century of momentous change, and why it still fulfils the original purposes for which it was built.


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