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Looking for great books that aren't prominently displayed in bookstores?

Today's commercial publishing model makes it difficult for many promising new authors to achieve the exposure they deserve. Here, we list some of the best works Lorraine has reviewed recently. Some of these books can be purchased from our store. Some are available as downloadable electronic publications. Free extracts may be provided for some titles to give you a ''taste'' of the author's style.

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Awakening Kali

by T.S. Ghosh

Chhaya was shunned, as a child, for the dark skin her family considered ugly. She was imprisoned by a culture that devalued women, focusing on assembling dowries to transfer the burden of their keep to a husband via an arranged marriage. But then came Arun, and happiness, for a while… until the daily struggle to raise children through periods of civil unrest, food shortages and exhausting poverty finally overwhelmed the young mother.

Awakening Kali is a sad tale, beautifully told with deep compassion and understanding. It is a tale that will make readers ponder the sometimes devastating effects of social injustice, gender bias, and cultural bondage.

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by Nene Davies

Clearly based on the author's own experience of migration to Australia, ''Distance'' tells the story of Isobel Richardson's migration, with her husband, Leo, and three children, from Wales to Australia. While relating the trials of a family struggling to build a new life in a foreign land, the author also examines the complex relationship between a possessive and controlling mother and a loving daughter fighting for her independence and the right to a life of her own.

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A Chance to Say Goodbye

by Lisa J. Shultz

A touching and thought-provoking memoir about grieving the death of a parent.

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A Compulsion to Kill

by Robert Cox

Beginning in 1806 with Australia's first serial killers, John Brown and Richard Lemon, and ending with the story of the still unsolved Parkmount murders in 1866, A Compulsion to Kill tells eight true stories of serial killings that took place in Tasmania.

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Never Again

by Terence O'Neil

They were ''three blind mice'' three little boys thrust into a cruel world and denied the protection that law dictated was their due; denied the love and affection and the carefree days of happy play that should be every child's right.

Agatha Christie based a successful screen play on this story. But Terence O'Neil's  true story of abuse in the child welfare system is not told to entertain. His message is far too compelling to be clothed in the garg of fiction. This book should be compulsory reading for all involved in the care and protection of children.

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The Naked Room

by Diana Hockley

This superbly written, suspense-filled detective novel by Australian author, Diana Hockley, will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first word to the last. Highly recommended.

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Navigational Tips for Living in an Imperfect World

by Charles Bentley PhD and Marian Edmunds

This book was a pleasant surprise. Yes, it’s another self-help book. I’ve read so many, and found most of them to contain just more of the same. But the novel and very relevant approach Charles Bentley & Marian Edmunds took in Navigational Tips for Living in an Imperfect World genuinely impressed me.

A few of the quotations really struck a chord with me, and I related readily to Marian’s description of herself running everywhere. We do, don’t we?  And we also do “become confluent in the hope that mass acceptance will bolster (our) fragile sense of personal worth.”                 

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Not a Man

by M.A.McRae

Outstanding for its originality and depth, M.A. McRae’s Not a Man is an amazing work that will transport you to a foreign world. It will let you experience a lifestyle and culture that is most likely vastly different from any with which you are familiar.  The story of Shuki, a boy from the slums who is castrated to spend his life as a bed-boy, it is confronting and heart-wrenching - and by no means light reading. But if you appreciate learning about different cultures, beliefs and perspectives on life, this book will deeply satisfy.  

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Iron Rice Bowl

by Tom Kwok

Tom Kwok writes, at the end of his memoir: ''I wrote, last night, to thank my father for my life. I told him how, to trick the evil spirits, my family gave me a girl’s name. They called me Loo Shang, a name that meant ‘the way to get riches’.''

Enriched with extensive exposition of Chinese history, customs and beliefs, Iron Rice Bowl is the story of Chinaman Kwok Loo Shang's struggle to become the Australian, Tommy Kwok.

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