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  1. 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. Three Men in a Boat was an instant success when it appeared in 1889, and proved so popular that Jerome reunited his now older - but not necessarily wiser - heroes in Three Men on the Bummel, for a picaresque bicycle tour of Germany. With their benign escapism, authorial discursions and wonderful evocation of the late-Victorian 'clerking classes', both novels hilariously capture the spirit of their age.
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  2. “I did not intend to write a funny book, at first,” Jerome K. Jerome What could be better during the golden age of boating on the Thames than a relaxing row up the river? So think J., George and Harris – not forgetting Montmorency the dog – but little do they suspect the mishaps, the scrapes and the japes that lie along the way. From becoming impossibly lost in the maze at Hampton Court to battles with tins of pineapple chunks, all the while attempting to limit the destruction wrought by the mischievous Montmorency, Jerome K. Jerome's classic novel of humorous misadventures and comedic authorial digressions is a paean to the banalities of everyday life and has entertained readers for more than a century.
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  3. 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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  4. ‘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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  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. '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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  10. 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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