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Horse by Australian born Pulitzer Prize winning Geraldine Brooks: A richly detailed examination of the violence of America’s past

Anne Pender, University of Adelaide. In a letter accompanying the advance copy of her latest novel, Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks reveals the inspiration for Horse. The author was propelled into the research for this masterly work by a chance… Continue Reading →

SAVE OZ STORIES

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Save Oz Stories is a collection of responses from some of the country’s most highly regarded writers, including David Malouf and Geraldine Brooks, to an Australian Productivity Commission Report which recommends changes to copyright and importation rules which will effectively destroy the $2.2 billion Australian book industry. It adds to a long list of attacks by the Abbott/Turnbull conservative governments on journalism, whistle blowers, actors, artists and writers; essentially on all independent thought and creativity in a once proud, freedom loving country. The totalitarian instincts of the current Australian government defy belief. Esteemed Australian writer Richard Flanagan, who won the Mann Booker Prize Winner for his powerful book Narrow Road to the Deep North, writes: The Abbott and now Turnbull Government’s record drips with a contempt for writers and writing that leaves me in despair. They want to thieve our past work, and, by ending parallel importation restrictions and territorial copyright, destroy any future for Australian writers. You have to ask if, at heart, this is not profoundly political, because the disenfranchisement of the imagination is ever the disempowerment of the individual. There is, after all, both a bitter irony and a profound connection in a government that would condemn the wretched of the earth as illiterate, while hard at work to rob its own people of their culture of words. This is a government that despises books and views with hostility the civilisation they represent. This government, which again, and again, has brought Australia only global shame with its follies of cowardice and cruelty has no right now to destroy such a good in our nation as this: the voice of our experience, the words of our people, the tongue of our hope—our culture of writing. The Australian book industry has united to make digital copies available for free download and paperback copies available for free at Australian bookshops.

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THE SECRET CHORD

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Pre-orders are now available for Pulitzer Prize winning author Geraldine Brooks new book The Secret Chord, about the life of King David, due out in October. 1000 BC. The Second Iron Age. Anointed as the chosen one when just a young shepherd boy, his journey is a tumultuous one and the consequences of his choices will resound for generations. In a life that arcs from obscurity to fame, he is by turns hero and traitor, glamorous young tyrant and beloved king, murderous despot and remorseful, diminished patriarch. His wives love and fear him, his sons will betray him. For her research Brooks traveled to Israel with her youngest son Bizu. Although the landscape of the country had changed over the centuries, Ms. Brooks was able to look out over the actual sites of former battlefields. “There are certain similarities to all battlefields,” she said. “The way they smell, what bodies look like. Unfortunately, I have 10 years of experience with that.”

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