UTS Alumni Published Authors

August 2018

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Award Winners

The Permanent Resident by Roanna Gonsalves (UWA Publishing) won the NSW Premiers Award 2018 (Multicultural).

Refugee Stories by Abdul Hekmat published in The Monthly was a finalist for the prestigious Walkley Award 2018 Freelance Journalist of the Year Award.

New Releases

Adult Fiction

The Usual Story by Libby Sommer (Ginninderra Press)
Tango is a dance of passion. It draws partners into an intimate relationship. Sofia loves to tango but, as she dances, she is confronted by society’s infatuation with the young and the beautiful. In the painful aftermath of a brief affair, Sofia seeks to find out what she actually knows about herself and the past. She looks for answers in dark corners and begins to see the elusiveness of understanding and memory – the psychological space where recollection and loss collide. A delicately fragmented story of memory, intrigue and passion.

The Desert Nurse by Pamela Hart (Hachette Australia)
Amid the Australian Army hospitals of World War I Egypt, two deeply determined individuals find the resilience of their love tested to its limits. Its 1911, and 21-year-old Evelyn Northey desperately wants to become a doctor. Her father forbids it, withholding the inheritance that would allow her to attend university. At the outbreak of World War I, Evelyn disobeys her father, enlisting as an army nurse bound for Egypt and the disastrous Gallipoli campaign. Under the blazing desert sun, Evelyn develops feelings for polio survivor Dr William Brent, who believes his disability makes him unfit to marry. For Evelyn, still pursuing her goal of studying medicine, a man has no place in her future. For two such self-reliant people, relying on someone else for happiness may be the hardest challenge of all.

Non Fiction

Amazing Australian Women by Pamela Freeman and Sophie Beer (Hachette Australia)
A bright and colourful look at twelve incredible Australian women who helped shape our country, from politics and the arts to Indigenous culture, science and more.

For Younger Readers

Ghost Boy by Felicity Pulman (Random House Australia)
A time slip novel set partly in the grisly past of the Quarantine Station in Sydney. Froggy dreams about drowning. When his nightmare begins to come true, he is saved by the mysterious ghost boy, Tad. Froggy learns that his future lies in understanding the past, when Sydney was gripped by disease and there was death and disorder at the Quarantine Station. Tad has something to hide, and Froggy doesn’t trust him. Cassie could help, but she doesn’t like Froggy and she doesn’t believe in ghosts either! They will have to learn to trust each other if they want to solve the secrets of the past. The final test needs all of Froggy’s courage and strength. If he can find what has been lost for more than a hundred years, maybe he and Tad can both be set free. On the NSW Premier’s Reading List and Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge list.

The Most Marvellous Spelling Bee Mystery by Deborah Abela (Penguin Books)
The sequel to The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee. India Wimple is terribly, horribly shy but her loving family and country town encourage her to enter the world famous spelling bee. Abela’s previous book The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee is on the NSW Premiers’ Reading Challenge list 2018.

The Boy in the Big Blue Glasses by Susanne Gervay OAM (EK Books)
The day Ben got glasses, his world changed. A picture book about wires getting crossed. Adults say one thing and kids hear another. But kids can work it out, when they believe in themselves.

Blotch the Dog All Paws to Chile by Monica Lizama (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)
Meet Blotch, an Australian Jack Russell dog whose greatest happiness is hanging out with his owner, eleven-year-old Isabel. This plucky pup expertly narrates the various exploits they embark upon during their quest to find the orphaned Isabel a home. Blotch and Isabel trek to the ends of the earth, from Chile to Antarctica and beyond. But when Blotch gets separated from his owner, it will take a lot of courage and some helpful friends to bring him home.

Outside by Libby Hathorn (Hardie Grant Egmont Little Hare)
A Baroque wonderland waiting to be explored, a shimmery place of texture, luminosity, and colour, where time stands still and memories are born. Outside inspired an audio-visual and musical feast for young children and their families at the 2018 Sydney Writers Festival, featuring the book’s illustrations and song sheets with words derived from the text. The music was composed by Elena Kats Chernin and performed by James Crabb on the accordion, Jonathon Zwartz on the double bass, Christine Leonard on the saxophone, and sung by Astrid Connolly.