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Black Rock White City
A.S. Patrić
ISBN: 978-1-921924-83-5
Trade PB 256pp
RRP: $29.95
Publication date: April 2015
All rights: Transit Lounge

Black Rock White City is a novel about the damages of war, the limits of choice, and the hope of love.

During a hot Melbourne summer Jovan’s cleaning work at a bayside hospital is disrupted by acts of graffiti and violence becoming increasingly malevolent. For Jovan the mysterious words that must be cleaned away dislodge the poetry of the past. He and his wife Suzana were forced to flee Sarajevo and the death of their children.

Intensely human, yet majestic in its moral vision, Black Rock White City is an essential story of Australia’s suburbs now, of displacement and immediate threat, and the unexpected responses of two refugees as they try to reclaim their dreams. It is a breathtaking roar of energy that explores the immigrant experience with ferocity, beauty and humour.

‘What impresses first about A.S. Patrić's novel is the assuredness of the writing, his accomplished and confident language. But what is most moving is the humanity of his story, the vividness and truth of his characters' emotional worlds. Black Rock White City is bold, mature and compassionate. I couldn't put it down.’ Christos Tsiolkas

‘Trauma writes itself into the body, and will sometimes write itself out again. Turning about an unraveling horror in a Melbourne hospital, a couple deeply scarred in the wartime crucible of Sarajevo try to right themselves in the strange light of a new land. Black Rock White City is a taut and compelling novel from one of the finest of Australia’s emerging writers.’ David Brooks

‘A joy to read someone with such an intense devotion to the architecture of writing.’
Cameron Woodhead, The Age



A.S. Patrić is the award winning author of Las Vegas for Vegans, published in 2012 by Transit Lounge. Las Vegas for Vegans was shortlisted for the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards’ Steele Rudd Prize. He is also the author of Bruno Kramzer and The Rattler & other stories. Alec lives in bayside Melbourne and is a St Kilda bookseller.


Immune Systems
Andy Jackson
ISBN: 978-1-921924-82-8
B-format with flaps 64pp
RRP: $23.95
Publication date: April 2015
All rights: Transit Lounge

In Immune Systems Andy Jackson captures and interrogates the complexity of contemporary India with lyric beauty and an unflinching, yet tender, gaze. In the title suite of poems he explores ‘medical tourism’ , a booming industry in India , from the perspective of a Westerner undergoing surgery and recovery. Through various medical and social interactions, he experiences confusion, insight, anger, small epiphanies and the sheer humanity of other bodies. Political and economic problems inherent in the medical tourism inform the poetry, but the focus is always the human encounter.

Similarly in a series of ghazals, Jackson reveals how the metaphysical is embodied in the everyday. The larger questions of love, death, body and spirit live in the seemingly ordinary, while the beautifully cadenced verse is grounded by an assured conversational tone.

Immune Systems is a thought-provoking and poignant expansion of his poetic craft and themes.

‘Andy Jackson has made a most delicately probing poetry out of the detritus of urban India. This is a humane and moving book.’ Anjum Hasan, author of Street on the Hill and Difficult Pleasures

‘Andy Jackson writes  exceptionally well about India. But, as though unsatisfied with merely writing about one of the world's most wonderfully complex social scenes, Jackson is drawn  to the country's medical system. This focus perfectly suits Jackson's terrific poetic gift for fusing the clinical with the affective. The poems in Immune Systems are succinct and absolutely engaging expressions of a humanity caught between the demands of the body and the vagrancy of the mind.’ Ali Alizadeh, author of Ashes in the Air and Transactions




Andy Jackson's collection, Among the regulars (papertiger media 2010) was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize and highly commended in the Anne Elder Award. He won the 2013 Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize with the thin bridge (Whitmore Press 2014). His poems have appeared in Best Australian Poems 2012 and 2013, Medical Journal of Australia, Meanjin, Southerly, Unusual Work, Australian Love Poems, Wordgatheringand Mascara Literary Review, and have been featured on Radio Australia, 3CR, 3RRR-FM, Radio National's Poetica, and at the Melbourne Immigration Museum. In 2010, he was an Asialink Resident at the University of Madras, Chennai, India, where he wrote the poems exploring medical tourism. Andy has performed at literary events and arts festivals in Australia, India, USA and Ireland, and has run a creative writing workshop at Brunswick Neighbourhood House in Melbourne since 2011. He writes about identity, embodiment and poetry at amongtheregulars.wordpress.com

This project has been assisted by the Australian government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.


Crow’s Breath
John Kinsella
ISBN: 978-1-921924-81-1
Trade PB 208pp
RRP: $25.95
Publication date: May 2015
All rights: Transit Lounge

Winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry and Christopher Brennan Award (for lifetime achievement in poetry) and shortlisted in the Steele Rudd Prize for a collection of short fiction, John Kinsella returns with a not-to-be-missed addition to the canon of one of Australia’s most original and incisive writers.

A man who never sleeps takes a cross-continent train journey into landscape and memory. A gregarious woman and a reclusive man move to an Irish village where history and tradition (the famine pit nearby, the festival of Halloween) enact their dark forces. In an Australian town dying from the encroachment of salinity, a young girl attempts to bring life to a dead dog. Whether documenting love or horror , or finding quotidian absurdities in Australia or the world , the powerful stories in Crow’s Breath capture the precariousness of everything we most value with unsettling tenderness and beauty.

‘Energetic and ruthless. Kinsella’s writing is stunningly good’ Australian Book Review
‘Kinsella knows how to distil stories to their essence’ Herald Sun





John Kinsella's most recent volume of poetry is The Vision of Error: A Sextet of Activist Poems (Five Islands Press, 2013) His collection, Jam Tree Gully (WW Norton, 2012), won the 2013 Prime Minister’s Prize for Poetry. His volume of stories In the Shade of the Shady Tree (Ohio University Press, 2012) was shortlisted for the Steele Rudd Award. Tide, a collection of stories, was published by Transit Lounge in 2013. He is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University, a Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia, and Professor of Sustainability and Literature at Curtin University.

This project has been assisted by the Australian government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.


The Horses
William Lane
ISBN: 978-1-921924-85-9
Trade PB, 288pp
RRP: $29.95
All rights: Transit Lounge

On the outskirts of Sydney, a boys' boarding school prides itself on the horses it keeps. David, a gifted working class student, receives a scholarship to attend. At the same time Gregory, a new master, is appointed. Both soon learn, from their different perspectives, that what is said bears little relation to what is done. The school isolates itself from the outside world and over the course of several months of rain, the atmosphere inside the school becomes increasingly lawless and violent. School buildings slip away in floods. Underlying differences between various parties in the school turn into open conflicts, and the school community begins breaking up. These tensions are focussed in the conflict between two masters, Val and Mr C. These two men loathe one another, and both recruit boys in the war of ideas they are waging.
The Horses seems unique in Australian literature, exploring with great subtlety the complex way in which class can perpetuate itself through the education of its children. Reminiscent of J. G. Ballard's High Rise, set in an apartment complex designed to isolate its residents from the outside world, and Patrick White's writing in its satirical impulse leavened by compassion for the individual, Lane's new novel is never anything less than startlingly fresh and original.

'A beautifully crafted novel on life in a boarding school, a culture dominated by rules of religion and by horsemanship as a way of training boys to be men. With humour and narrative tension Lane shows how cruelty grows in institutions if they are insulated, their leaders becoming pompous and self-satisfied. The Horses superbly illustrates the difficulty of blowing a whistle on such places let alone escaping from them. 'Stuart Rees, Founder, Sydney Peace Foundation.




William Lane lives in the Hunter Valley, 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).




On Brunswick Ground
Catherine de Saint Phalle
ISBN: 9781921924873
Trade PB $27.99
Publication date: 1 July 2015
Rights: World English language

'A fresh and sparkling book that strikes deep notes as it flows along.'

Helen Garner In the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick, a female narrator, who remains unnamed is trying to come to terms with the absence of Jack, the man she loves. In a bar she meets Bernice, a radio personality, in her late thirties and flirting with IVF. Finding a job as a gardener, she discovers that her co-worker, Mitali, has an unresolved mourning that attracts other deaths into its orbit. Later on, she befriends the resolutely mysterious bar owner, Sarah, and her daughter, Mary, who has, for potent (and as yet unrevealed) reasons, converted to Islam and donned a burqa.
The lives of these women are characterised by love and loss, and are woven together by their shared grieving at the senseless murder of Jill Meagher.
On Brunswick Ground traverses the world of longing, grief and personal loss with an assured and literary touch. It is novel that is also heart-warming, and affirming. Catherine de Saint Phalle truly understands the surprising ways in which tragedy and loss can tighten the bonds of friendship and community.

'Like the suburb it depicts, On Brunswick Ground teems with lives at once familiar and strange, all beautifully lit by the glint and warmth of Saint Phalle's prose. Shadowed by local tragedy, we come to care for these characters as much as much as they care for each other; with wry humour and in unexpected ways.' Roger Averill




Catherine de Saint Phalle has had five novels published in France. In 2003 she moved to Australia because the sky is bigger and the people are warmer. A French tutor, she also curates a small art gallery in Brunswick, where she is ensconced with her partner, a poet and bookseller.


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