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Trio
Geraldine Wooller

ISBN: 978-1-921-924-78-1
Trade PB 272pp
RRP: $27.99
Publication date: 1 February 2015
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Celia, Marcia, and Mickey meet and become friends in London. Searching for work and success in the theatre, they end up sharing a flat and a deep bond of friendship.
Set in Italy, London and Australia from the sixties to current times, Trio is the story of their complex personalities and relationships, of the betrayals and desires that threaten to undermine what is in hindsight most important to them. London is vibrantly alive in these pages, filled with music and drama, as is eighties and contemporary Perth, Australia, and Calabria, Italy. But at its heart this is a novel about love and friendship, loss and memory; about three unforgettable characters, and the special moments in all our lives that, through perceived hurt or fear, sometimes threaten to fall away and be lost forever. In this, her fourth novel, Geraldine Wooller captures with masterful wit and intelligence, and without a hint of sentimentality the essence of the human predicament.


‘Wooller’s language is the essence of realism, it has the indelible tinge of truth.’

Neville Cohn, Oz Arts Review

 

`A marvel of concise eloquence, artful storytelling and finely wrought insight.’

Alice Nelson, Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year 2009

 

 

 

 



Geraldine Wooller was born in Perth and started travelling at the age of twenty, living in London for two years, then later in Rome also for two years, and later in Sydney.In London she worked in the Earl’s Court Exhibition building’s cafeteria, in the industrial canteen, dishing Yorkshire Pudding and then Spotted Dick onto plates for the workers. Later she trained as a comptometer operator and earned her living thus for several years. In Rome in the late 1960s she worked as a bilingual secretary for an executive in an American company, where she ran up and down stairs in between taking down letters in almost indecipherable shorthand. In the 1970s she took out a degree in Italian and Linguistics from The University of Western Australia and subsequently completed a Diploma in Education. Since then she has worked in a number of positions in Western Australian universities and as a teacher of European languages. Still later she trained as a teacher of English as a Second Language and worked for some years as a teacher at Perth TAFE.
Trio is her fourth novel. Her second novel, The Seamstress, was shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award, the Western Australian Premier’s Award and long listed for The International Dublin IMPAC Award.

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




The Boatman: An Indian Love Story

John Burbidge

Trade PB 272pp

ISBN: 978-1-921924-80-4

RRP: $29.95

Publication date: 1 March 2015

 

‘A tender story of naked lust and obsessive craving as intoxicating as India itself. It made me want to return there.’ Benjamin Law

‘An engrossing, often disturbing, story, grippingly told. It is both every gay man's story and unlike any you've ever read.’ Robert Dessaix

The six years John Burbidge spent in India as a community development worker changed him in many ways, but one stands out from all the rest. It led him to confront a deeply personal secret - his attraction to his own sex. After taking the plunge with masseurs on a Bombay beach, he found himself on a rollercoaster ride of sexual adventuring. A complicating factor in his journey of self-discovery was the tightly knit community in which he lived and worked, with its highly regimented schedule and minimal privacy that forced him to live a double life.

Written with passion, integrity and humour, The Boatman is packed with incident, anecdote, adventure and above all, real and memorable people. Burbidge takes hold of India as few have done before, deftly interweaving the search for selfhood with an intimate exploration of Indian life and society. His story shows us how, when we dare to immerse ourselves in a culture radically different from our own, we may discover parts of ourselves we never knew existed.

 

 



Australian-born John Burbidge has lived and worked in Belgium, Canada, India and the United States. For many years, he was communications director for an international NGO engaged in community and organisational development, before becoming an independent writer/editor. His articles on a variety of subjects have appeared in magazines, newspapers, periodicals and books in several countries. He has edited volumes on civil society, rural development and memoirs, and is the author of a biography of Australian writer Gerald Glaskin. He lives with his husband in Washington State.




 


 
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