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  1. National Bestseller In the tradition of All The Light We Cannot See and The Nightingale, comes an incandescent debut novel about a young Dutch man who comes of age during the perilousness of World War II.Beginning in the summer of 1939, fourteen-year-old Jacob Koopman and his older brother, Edwin, enjoy lives of prosperity and quiet contentment. Many of the residents in their small Dutch town have some connection to the Koopman lightbulb factory, and the locals hold the family in high esteem. On days when they aren’t playing with friends, Jacob and Edwin help their Uncle Martin on his fishing boat in the North Sea, where German ships have become a common sight. But conflict still seems unthinkable, even as the boys’ father naively sends his sons to a Hitler Youth Camp in an effort to secure German business for the factory.When war breaks out, Jacob’s world is thrown into chaos. The Boat Runner follows Jacob over the course of four years, through the forests of France, the stormy beaches of England, and deep within the secret missions of the German Navy, where he is confronted with the moral dilemma that will change his life—and his life’s mission—forever. Epic in scope and featuring a thrilling narrative with precise, elegant language, The Boat Runner tells the little-known story of the young Dutch boys who were thrown into the Nazi campaign, as well as the brave boatmen who risked everything to give Jewish refugees safe passage to land abroad. Through one boy’s harrowing tale of personal redemption, here is a novel about the power of people’s stories and voices to shine light through our darkest days, until only love prevails.
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  2. New novel by Felicity Castagna, whose previous book, The Incredible Here and Now, won the 2015 Prime Ministers Award for Young Adult Fiction and was shortlisted for the CBCA and NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. The subject is very topical. No More Boats tackles the fear of refugees head on, portraying the anxieties of a man who was once a migrant himself, brought to breaking point by the Tampa crisis, when the nation itself is thrown into a xenophobic frame of mind. It is 2001. 438 refugees sit in a boat called Tampa off the shoreline of Australia while the TV and radio scream out that the country is being flooded, inundated, overrun by migrants. Antonio Martone, once a migrant himself, has been forced to retire, his wife has moved in with the woman next door, his daughter runs off with strange men, his deadbeat son is hiding in the garden smoking marijuana. Amidst his growing paranoia, the ghost of his dead friend shows up and commands him to paint ‘No More Boats’ in giant letters across his front yard. The Prime Minister of Australia keeps telling Antonio that we will decide who comes to this country and the circumstance in which they come, but Antonio’s not sure he wants to think about all those things that led him to get on a boat and come to Australia in the first place. A man and a nation unravel together.About the AuthorFelicity Castagna is the author of the award-winning novel The Incredible Here and Now, and its stage adaptation which will premiere at The National Theatre of Parramatta in 2017. Her collection of short stories Small Indiscretions was named an ABR book of the year. Her work has appeared on ABC Radio and TV as well as in national journals and newspapers. She holds a PhD from Western Sydney University and has served as the National Ambassador for Literacy and as a director at WestWords. She runs the storytelling series Studio Stories.
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  3. ‘The Boat raises the bar for Australian writing.’ PETER CRAVEN, Heat ‘Nam Le is . . . a disturber of the peace. ‘Consider the subjects of his stories- a child assassin in Colombia (‘Cartagena’), an ageing New York artist desperate for a reconciliation with his daughter (‘Meeting Elise’), a boy’s coming of age in a rough Victorian fishing town (‘Halflead Bay’), before the first atomic bomb falls in Japan (‘Hiroshima’), The suffocations of theocracy in Iran (‘Tehran Calling’). This astonishing range is topped and tailed by accounts of the uneasy reunion of a young Vietnamese writer in America with his ex-soldier father, and by the title story – the escape of a group of exhausted refugees from the Vietcong in a wallowing boat. ‘One might be permitted to think, after all this high seriousness and intensity, Nam Le can’t do funny. But this criminally talented 29-year-old can do that as well.’ BARRY OAKLEY, Australian Literary Review ‘Stunning’ The Times ‘A fearless new Australian voice that accepts no geographical limits- these are stories of leaping power and the most breath-taking grace and intimacy.’ HELEN GARNER ‘Wonderful stories that snarl and pant across our crazed world . . . an extraordinary performance. Nam Le is a heartbreaker, not easily forgotten.’ JUNOT DIAZ ‘The fiction debut of the year.’ JAMES LEY, Australian Book Review ‘The best book debut of 2008.’ New York Magazine ‘The runaway literary success of 2008.’ Weekend Australian
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  4. Incompetence, embarrassment and general disaster- no it’s not PMQs, it’s a trip down the Thames! Three hapless fellows and a world weary dog decide they need a holiday from their exhausting hypochondria. Hilarious mayhem ensues.
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  5. 'The Boat raises the bar for Australian writing.'PETER CRAVEN, Heat 'Nam Le is . . . a disturber of the peace. 'Consider the subjects of his stories: a child assassin in Colombia ('Cartagena'), an ageing New York artist desperate for a reconciliation with his daughter ('Meeting Elise'), a boy's coming of age in a rough Victorian fishing town ('Halflead Bay'), before the first atomic bomb falls in Japan ('Hiroshima'), The suffocations of theocracy in Iran ('Tehran Calling'). This astonishing range is topped and tailed by accounts of the uneasy reunion of a young Vietnamese writer in America with his ex-soldier father, and by the title story – the escape of a group of exhausted refugees from the Vietcong in a wallowing boat. Awards: - Dylan Thomas Prize (UK) 2009 - Winner Fiction - Commonwealth Writers' Prize Regional 2009 - Long-listed Best First Book - SMH Young Novelist 2009 - Winner - NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2009 - Winner Book of the Year - NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2009 - Winner New Writing - Australian Book Industry Awards 2009 - Short-listed Book of the Year - Australian Book Industry Awards 2009 - Short-listed Literary Fiction - Australian Book Industry Awards 2009 - Winner Newcomer of the Year - Qld Premier's Literary Award 2009 - Winner Australian Short Story Collection - Arts Queensland - Qld Premier's Literary Award 2009 - Short-listed Fiction - Victorian Premier's Literary Award 2009 - Short-listed Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction - Prime Minister's Literary Award 2009 - WINNERAbout The AuthorNam Le's first book, The Boat, received the Australian PrimeMinister's Literary Award, the Melbourne Prize (Best Writing Award),the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and thePEN/Malamud Award, among other honours. It was selected as a NewYork Times Notable Book and Editor's Choice, the best debut of 2008by the Australian Book Review and New York Magazine,and a book of the year by The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald,The Australian, The Herald Su
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  6. Conceived as a fairly serious guide to amateur boating on the Thames in 1889, Jerome K. Jerome's best-known novel ended up as a hilarious account of the misadventures of three friends and a dog as they attempt to relax and enjoy themselves amid unreliable weather forecasts, imaginary illnesses, repellent cooking, and an unopenable can of pineapple chunks.Three Men in a Boat was a terrific success for its author, and a surprisingly accurate portrayal of the age. George, Harris, and J., the narrator, were entertaining representatives of the new middle class, seeking to escape the dreary world of offices and desks during weekend trips out into the countryside. Jerome's heroes proved so popular that he brought them back for an equally picaresque bicycle tour of Germany, an adventure recorded in Three Men on the Bummel. The new Introduction by Jeremy Lewis describes the social context of the two books and the remarkable life of their author.
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  7. Beginning in the summer of 1939, fourteen-year-old Jacob Koopman and his older brother, Edwin, enjoy lives of prosperity and quiet contentment. Many of the residents in their small Dutch town have some connection to the Koopman lightbulb factory, and the locals hold the family in high esteem. On days when they aren’t playing with friends, Jacob and Edwin help their uncle Martin on his fishing boat in the North Sea, where German ships have become a common sight. But conflict still seems unthinkable, even as the boys’ father naively sends his sons to a Hitler Youth camp in an effort to secure German business for the factory. When war breaks out, Jacob’s world is thrown into chaos. The Boat Runner follows Jacob over the course of four years, through the forests of France, the stormy beaches of England, and deep within the secret missions of the German Navy, where he is confronted with the moral dilemma that will change his life-and his life’s mission-forever. Epic in scope and featuring a thrilling narrative with precise, elegant language, The Boat Runner tells the little-known story of the young Dutch boys who were thrust into the Nazi campaign, as well as the brave boatmen who risked everything to give Jewish refugees safe passage to land abroad.
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  8. Newnovel by Felicity Castagna, whose previous book, The Incredible Here and Now, won the 2015 Prime Ministers Award forYoung Adult Fiction and was shortlisted for the CBCA and NSW Premier’s LiteraryAwards. Thesubject is very topical. No More Boatstackles the fear of refugees head on, portraying the anxieties of a man who wasonce a migrant himself, brought to breaking point by the Tampa crisis, when thenation itself is thrown into a xenophobic frame of mind. Itis 2001. 438 refugees sit in a boat called Tampa off the shoreline of Australiawhile the TV and radio scream out that the country is being flooded, inundated,overrun by migrants. Antonio Martone, once a migrant himself, has been forcedto retire, his wife has moved in with the woman next door, his daughter runsoff with strange men, his deadbeat son is hiding in the garden smokingmarijuana. Amidst his growing paranoia, the ghost of his dead friend shows upand commands him to paint `No More Boats’ in giant letters across his frontyard. The Prime Minister of Australia keeps telling Antonio that we willdecide who comes to this country and the circumstance in which they come, but Antonio’s not sure he wants tothink about all those things that led him to get on a boat and come toAustralia in the first place. A man and a nation unravel together. Felicity Castagna is the author of the award-winningnovel The Incredible Here and Now, and its stage adaptation which willpremiere at The National Theatre of Parramatta in 2017. Her collection of shortstories Small Indiscretions was namedan ABR book of the year. Her work has appeared on ABC Radio and TV as well asin national journals and newspapers. She holds a PhD from Western SydneyUniversity and has served as the National Ambassador for Literacy and as adirector at WestWords. She runs the storytelling series Studio Stories. Read more about Felicity Castagna and her stunning work of fiction, No More Boats, here. `It is exciting to read a work of fiction that makesan explicit
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  9. Skiff off, Nigel!Incompetence, embarrassment, and general disaster-no it's not politics, it's a trip down the Thames! Three hapless fellows and a world weary dog decide they need a holiday from their exhausting hypochondria. Hilarious mayhem ensues.About the AuthorJerome Klapka Jerome (2 May 1859 – 14 June 1927) was an English writer and humorist, best known for the comic travelogue Three Men in a Boat (1889). Other works include the essay collections Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow (1886) and Second Thoughts of an Idle Fellow; Three Men on the Bummel, a sequel to Three Men in a Boat.
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  10. Martyrs to hypochondria and general seediness, J. and his friendsGeorge and Harris decide that a jaunt up the Thames would suit them toa 'T'. But when they set off, they can hardly predict the troubles thatlie ahead with tow-ropes, unreliable weather-forecasts and tins ofpineapple chunks – not to mention the devastation left in the wake ofJ.'s small fox-terrier Montmorency.About The AuthorJerome Klapka Jerome (1859 – 1927), was born in Walsall andmoved to London with his family when he was still a young boy. Hisunusual middle name was from a Hungarian friend of his father. Jeromeleft school at fourteen, after his the death of his mother. This wasnot unusual in those days in poor families and Jerome's family wascertainly poor. Jerome started work as a railway clerk but had anartistic nature and soon spent time acting with various theatrecompanies – as well as reading in the British Museum library. His stageexperiences led to his first book On the Stage – and Off and to hisdetermination to make a living as a writer. Three Men in a Boat,published in 1889, brought him success and worldwide fame. The criticsdidn't like Jerome's humour and easy-going style but the public did.The book was a huge bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic. Sales ofthe American edition reached a million copies, even though it was beingsold there illegally! The qualities the critics disliked have now madethe book a timeless classic.Three Men in a Boat is a fictional, and hugely exaggerated, versionof an actual boat trip up the River Thames that Jerome took with twofriends. After this book's success Jerome worked as a novelist,playwright and editor. He made lecture tours, especially in the USA andcaused a scandal by publicly criticising the racism in the SouthernStates. Three Men in a Boat was his only best-seller. It was so popularin Germany that clubs were started for people to make their own boatingtrips in the style of the trip taken by Jerome and his friends.
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  11. A dazzling, emotionally riveting debut collection: the seven stories in Nam Le's The Boat take us across the globe as he enters the hearts and minds of characters from all over the world.Whether Nam Le is conjuring the story of 14-year-old Juan, a hit man in Colombia; or an aging painter mourning the death of his much-younger lover; or a young refugee fleeing Vietnam, crammed in the ship's hold with 200 others, the result is unexpectedly moving and powerful. This is an extraordinary work of fiction that takes us to the heart of what it means to be human, and announces a writer of astonishing talent.
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  12. For readers of Khaled Hosseini and Chris Cleave, The Boat People is an extraordinary novel about a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage only to face the threat of deportation amid accusations of terrorism. When a rusty cargo ship carrying Mahindan and five hundred fellow refugees from Sri Lanka's bloody civil war reaches Vancouver's shores, the young father thinks he and his six-year-old son can finally start a new life. Instead, the group is thrown into a detention processing center, with government officials and news headlines speculating that among the boat people are members of a separatist militant organization responsible for countless suicide attacks-and that these terrorists now pose a threat to Canada's national security. As the refugees become subject to heavy interrogation, Mahindan begins to fear that a desperate act taken in Sri Lanka to fund their escape may now jeopardize his and his son's chance for asylum.Told through the alternating perspectives of Mahindan; his lawyer, Priya, a second-generation Sri Lankan Canadian who reluctantly represents the refugees; and Grace, a third-generation Japanese Canadian adjudicator who must decide Mahindan's fate as evidence mounts against him, The Boat People is a spellbinding and timely novel that provokes a deeply compassionate lens through which to view the current refugee crisis.About the AuthorSharon Bala is a member of the Port Authority writing group and her short fiction has been published in several Canadian magazines. The Boat People is her debut novel.
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  13. Martyrs to hypochondria and general seediness, J. and his friends George and Harris decide that a jaunt up the Thames would suit them to a ‘T’. But when they set off, they can hardly predict the troubles that lie ahead with tow-ropes, unreliable weather-forecasts and tins of pineapple chunks – not to mention the devastation left in the wake of J.‘s small fox-terrier Montmorency.
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  14. A dazzling, emotionally riveting debut collection: the seven stories in Nam Le’s The Boat take us across the globe as he enters the hearts and minds of characters from all over the world. Whether Nam Le is conjuring the story of 14-year-old Juan, a hit man in Colombia; or an aging painter mourning the death of his much-younger lover; or a young refugee fleeing Vietnam, crammed in the ship’s hold with 200 others, the result is unexpectedly moving and powerful. This is an extraordinary work of fiction that takes us to the heart of what it means to be human, and announces a writer of astonishing talent.
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  15. `Warm and wonderful…bursting with characters you’ll adore’ Miranda Dickinson A complete novel, first published as a four-part series.Summer Freeman returns to the waterside village of Summer Freeman returns to the waterside village of Willowbeck to rescue the Canal Boat Cafe, her late mother’s picturesque narrowboat, which has run into choppy waters. A family friend, Valerie, has been trying to keep things afloat, but the coffee machine is jammed, the cake offerings are paltry, and not all of the locals want to see the cafe succeed.Help comes from the boat next door, in the shape of handsome wildlife photographer, Mason and his naughty Border Terrier, who are showing more than a passing interest in Summer and her adorable Bichon Frise, Latte. But is Mason being honest about himself? Or does he have something to hide?As her life and the community of Willowbeck begin to entwine, Summer finds herself setting sail on a new adventure. Will the anchor of a steady life on land be too strong, or can Summer learn to cut loose and embrace life afloat?The Canal Boat Cafe was first published as a four-part e-book serial. This is the complete novel.
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