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Over The Water
William Lane
ISBN: 9781921924668
Trade PB 208pp
RRP: $26.99
All rights: Transit Lounge
Release date: 1 August 2014

Hauntingly beautiful and told with remarkable clarity, Over The Water is the story of an Australian outsider who finds teaching work in Bandung, a city in Java. Seduced by the sights, sounds, and magic of Indonesia Joe finds himself unwittingly drawn into the lives of three women. Firstly he rents a room in fellow teacher Lisa’s house, and discovers that she has a small harem of Indonesian boys living with her. Then there is Danu, a Javanese beauty who says she is trying to escape an arranged marriage. Both Danu and Joe find common ground in seeking aspects of themselves ‘over the water’ - for Danu this means the West, for Joe it means the East. Joe also feels a connection with Babette, a reclusive English woman who lives in a crumbling Dutch villa. She is an old friend of Joe’s elder brother, Emile, who once lived in Bandung. Her relationship with Emile has long ceased, but Joe makes a remarkable discovery. As Over the Water unfolds, Joe discovers that his identity is not only fragile, it is disturbingly arbitrary. Based at least in part on the author’s experiences of living in Indonesia, this compelling debut is the quintessential novel about East and West, and how our dreams manifest themselves.

‘A kind of Wake in Fright set in Indonesia, Lane paints an unsentimental portrait of wanderlust and the perils of freedom. But he doesn't stop there. With hallucinatory vision, he draws back the curtains to reveal the inevitable pull and power of a mythic undertow.’ - Courtney Collins, author of The Burial.

 

 
William Lane lives on the North Coast of NSW, where he is raising three children. After completing an Honours degree in Australian Literature, he travelled and worked in a number of different jobs. In addition to reading and writing, his interests include music and education. He is currently completing a doctorate on the Australian writer, Christina Stead. William has had several critical articles on Stead published in literary journals, and his short story, ‘Children’s Hospital’, appeared in the anthology Things that are Found in Trees and Other Stories (2012). Over the Water is his first novel.


 

The Upside of Down:
A Memoir
Susan Biggar
ISBN: 9781921924699
Trade PB 234x153mm
320pp $29.95
Release date: 1 September 2014
Rights Available: World excluding ANZ

Susan Biggar fell in love with a New Zealander. Maybe as an American, she saw Darryl as a ticket to an exhilarating, global life. When her first son arrived, he came with fierce blue eyes, a curly toe and cystic fibrosis. The doctors said he would be lucky to reach the age of thirty.
A job offer in Paris snatched the family from New Zealand, depositing them in the city of lights, romance, and a whole new medical world. When Susan’s second baby was also born with cystic fibrosis , the insignificant worries of her old life slipped away, shifting her from ‘normal mum’ to ‘gotta-figure-out-how-to-keep-the-kids-alive-mum.’
This, and all that followed, was not what she expected.
Set across the globe, in California, New Zealand, France and Australia, The Upside of Down is a story of belief, of learning that sometimes joy is a decision.

 

‘A rare combination of laugh-out-loud humour and an intensely honest exploration of
difficult issues. It's like Eat, Pray, Love but with children, a husband and health issues along for the ride! Anyone who has ever experienced illness in their family or considered an expatriate life will want to read this book.’ Andrea J. Miller, Shares in Life Foundation, NZ

Susan Biggar was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, but lived in Europe and New Zealand for a decade before settling in Melbourne, Australia. She holds degrees in Politics and International Policy from Duke and Stanford universities (BA/MA).She has written for many publications, including The Age, Good Weekend and The Big Issue. She now works in consumer health, encouraging a more patient centred health system with a greater role for those who rely on it. 

 

Chasing El Dorado:
A South American Adventure
Aaron Smith
ISBN: 9781921924767
Trade PB 234x153mm
304pp $29.95
Release date: 1 October 2014

Get ready for a risk-taking rollercoaster ride through the favelas of Rio Di Janeiro and the wayside towns and jungles of South America in search of the secrets of shamans and ayahuasca, the vine of the soul.
Aaron Smith’s often hilarious chronicle of love, danger and enlightenment, set in the one of most vibrant places on earth, is a true delight. Whether Aaron is being held at gunpoint in Rio; stranded on the Amazon River; interviewing musician Peter Gabriel for The Iquitos Times; dancing the samba at Carnival with the 60 Minutes team; undergoing initiation as a Matses warrior; tripping the light fantastic; or falling in love with his beautiful Brazilian wife-to-be, you are bound to ‘experience’, along with him, more than a glimmer of gold.
Like William Burroughs before him, Smith is on a journey to save his soul, but instead falls headfirst into the rich kaleidoscope of South American culture and ultimately discovers the truth that lies deep in the jungle or, sometimes, even closer to home.

 

Aaron Smith was born in 1969 near London. He grew up in Hobart, Tasmania and has grown older in various locations around the planet. He has worked as a freelance journalist for various publications, including inflight magazines, newspapers, adventure sports magazines and literary journals. He has previously written plays performed in various arts and comedy festivals in Australia which have been produced by various companies including Melbourne’s La Mama. Before writing Aaron was an actor, musician, truck driver and many other things in between. He is currently the editor of the Torres News, a weekly tabloid newspaper in the remote Torres Strait in far north Queensland, where he lives with his wife and daughter. More at: www.jetsetvagabond.com; www.goingstrait.com

 

 

Navigatio
Patrick Holland
Illustrations by Junko Azukawa
ISBN: 9781921924774
Hardback with jacket 205mm x135mm
224pp $29.95
Release date: 1 November 2014

Navigatio tells the story of Saint Brendan of Clonfert, a sixth century monk and adventurer, and his legendary quest for the Isle of the Blessed via a gauntlet of monsters, devils, angels, prophets and beautiful maidens. Brendan's battles with the sea and the cosmos bear out what William Faulkner once called ‘the human heart in conflict with itself’. This haunting parable of darkness and light, of temptation and belief, of voice and silence, is told with the utmost economy of words, making it a small masterpiece of compassionate perception.

'This is the spirit under sail. A beautiful mediation on losing one way and finding another. It is sensual and soulful. A rich and mellow book, one to take time over and savour in its many moods.' Michael McGirr, author of Things You Get For Free and Bypass

 

 


Patrick Holland is the award-winning author of The Source of the Sound, The Mary Smokes Boys, Riding the Trains in Japan and The Darkest Little Room. He lives in Brisbane, Australia. More at: www.patrickholland.com.au


Junko Azukawa has trained in traditional Japanese calligraphy, known as Shodo, since the age of five under her teacher in Toyama, Japan. Today she lives in Melbourne, Australia, sharing the beauty of human nature through her brush. www.junkoazukawa.com


 


 


 
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