One September evening in 1785, the merchant Jonah Hancock hears urgent knocking on his front door. One of his captains is waiting eagerly on the step. He has sold Jonah’s ship for what appears to be a mermaid.
Author Jan Kershaw
Written and performed by Joanne Hartstone this cabaret show is fabulous – it’s entertaining, moving, amusing, has some great songs but more than anything it is thought provoking. There really was a woman who jumped off the Hollywood sign. Peg Entwistle jumped off the Hollywood sign in 1932. Although a successful performer on Broadway after less than a year in Los Angeles she was dead.
A cookbook providing a wonderful range of cakes to make throughout the year, compiled over two years by the South Australian Country Women’s Association with author Fiona Roberts and photographer Jacqui Way.
David Neiwart presents an eminently readable exploration of the rise of the Alternative Right in America, which culminated in the election of Donald Trump in 2016.
New teacher, Miss Corker is totally overwhelmed by class 4F who are the worst in the school and, recognising her weaknesses, they make life even more difficult for her.
Librarian Annie Spence uses letters to share her lifelong love affair with books and reading, and what particular books have meant to her.
It’s no wonder the Family Gala has been a great favourite for the past few years. It was a riot of music, songs, dance and amazing tricks with hoops on roller skates plus a juggling bear and that was just the first 3 acts!
UK historian, archaeologist and television presenter, Alexander Langlands, goes back in time to look at the art of traditional crafts and what we have lost through factory-style production, including the ability to think in a considered way about what we are making.
As the 30th anniversary of a murder approaches, an old child gang reunite, triggered by a letter each has received with a piece of chalk, and a drawing of a stick figure.
Historian Lucy Moore presents a delightful biography of Lady Ann Fanshawe, a civil war heroine, told through references to her receipt book and the family history she wrote for her son.
As a young woman from a good family, Maisie travels across the world to marry a distant cousin of whom she knows nothing, but things don’t turn out at all as she was expecting.
A fictional account of the life of author Charles Dickens in the time leading up to him writing one of his most enduring novels, “A Christmas Carol”.
An expose on Roman history, enlivened with stories of attacks and occupations and detailed research on the social, cultural, religious and archaeological history of Rome and its citizens.
An enjoyable collection of previously published pieces from award-winning author and historian Don Watson, who is also a humourist and was Paul Keating’s speechwriter and biographer.
The former global copy editor of Buzzfeed looks at language, how it changes, and how it is used in the art of communication, including the use of emojis in text messaging and social media.
An in depth biography of poet and artist Edward Lear, best known for his poem “The Owl and the Pussycat”, featuring wonderful illustrations, images of paintings and sketches, plus examples of Lear’s writing.
We take a look at the first four novels in Mills & Boon’s new sexually graphic series, DARE, which claims to ditch the old rules for romance fiction to suit the new millennium and its readers.
Private Peaceful, is adapted from the novel by Michael Murpurgo and through reminiscences tells the story of the life of a young WWI soldier, on the last night of his life.
Chooks SA’s aim is to assist female entrepreneurs and women-led start ups through networking, mentoring and advocacy. As their website says: ‘We apply a gender lens not rose coloured glasses. [and] We build ourselves up without tearing anyone else down’.