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New books by UTS Authors - featuring The Secret River mini-series by Kate Grenville

Highlighting some recent additions to our collection by UTS authors and editors.
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The Secret River

Kate Grenville, has a a Doctorate of Creative Arts from University of Technology Sydney

Description - About the book published in 2005
William Thornhill along with his wife Sal and their children arrive in the harsh land of New South Wales. It is the year 1806 and William has been transported for the term of his natural life. Eight years later William and his family lay claim to a hundred acres up the Hawkesbury. Aboriginal people already live there and other newly arrived settlers are finding their own ways to respond to them. William finds he soon has to make a very difficult choice that will affect his life.

The two-part mini series - Screening 14 & 21 June at 8.30pm on ABC
Based on Kate Grenville's multi-award-winning bestselling novel, the two part mini-series The Secret River tells the deeply personal story of Will and Sal Thornhill, early convict colonists in New South Wales. Screens on Sunday 14 June and Sunday 21 June at 8.30pm on ABC. CAST: Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Sarah Snook, Lachy Hulme, Tim Minchin, Trevor Jamieson.

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this video may contain images and voices of deceased persons.

Find out more about the The Secret River mini-series

Kate Grenville is one of Australia's best-known authors. She's published  nine books of fiction and four books about the writing process. Her best-known works are the international best-seller The Secret River,  The Idea of Perfection, The Lieutenant and Lilian's Story. In 2006 Kate was awarded a Doctorate of Creative Arts from UTS, Sydney. 

The Secret River ( 2005) has won many prizes, including the Commonwealth Prize for Literature and the Christina Stead Prize. It was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Award. Since publication it has become an international best-seller and has been translated into many languages. (It also formed the basis for a Doctorate of Creative Arts from University of Technology, Sydney.) It was adapted for the stage by Neil Armfield, Stephen Page and Andrew Bovell. The play was a box-office hit and won many prizes. A TV mini-series based on the novel will be broadcast in late 2015.  

For full biography see Kate Grenville - Australian Author - Official Web Site

Making Change Happen

Kevin Cook
Heather Goodall, University of Technology Sydney

"This book is a unique window into a dynamic time in the politics and history of Australia. The two decades from 1970 to the Bicentennial in 1988 saw the emergence of a new landscape in Australian Indigenous politics. There were struggles, triumphs and defeats around land rights, community control of organisations, national coalitions and the international movement for Indigenous rights. The changes of these years generated new roles for Aboriginal people. Leaders had to grapple with demands to be administrators and managers as well as spokespeople and lobbyists. The challenges were personal as well as organisational, with a cental one being how to retain personal integrity in the highly politicised atmosphere of the 'Aboriginal Industry'."--Back cover.

The Undesirables: Inside

Mark Isaacs, University of Technology Sydney

'How long will we be here?' one man asked. Nobody could answer him. Nobody knew. The intention was clear: this was the No Advantage policy. Take them to a distant island, lock them away, punish them, forget about them. Criminals were given a sentence to serve; these men were not even given that. Lost hope ebbed out of the men in uncontrollable sobs and tears.

Queue jumper, boat person, illegals. Asylum seekers are contentious front-page news but obtaining information about Australia's regional processing centres is increasingly difficult. We learn only what the government wants us to know.

Mark Isaacs worked for the Salvation Army inside the Nauru Detention Centre soon after it re-opened in 2012. He provided humanitarian aid to the men interned in the camp. What he saw there moved him to speak out.

The Undesirables chronicles his time on Nauru detailing daily life and the stories of the men held there; the self-harm, suicide attempts, and riots; the rare moments of joy; the moments of deep despair.

Mark's eyewitness account humanises a political debate usually ruled by misleading rhetoric.

Fixing the broken nightingale

Richard James Allen, graduated from University of Technology Sydney in 2005, winning the Chancellor's Award for the most outstanding doctoral thesis.

From the authors website "Fixing the Broken Nightingale contains poems of paradox, cynicism, tenderness, outrage and resignation, fleeting lust and enduring love, observation, invention and glimpses of enlightenment written by this widely published and charismatic author, whose earlier books include the critically lauded The Kamikaze Mind (Brandl & Schlesinger) and the NSW Premier’s Literary Award-nominated Thursday’s Fictions (Five Island Press), and whose previous work also includes multi-award-winning creativity for the screen, the stage and new media platforms."

For more on this unique artist’s work, please visit www.physicaltv.com.au

The railwayman's wife

Ashley Hay, has a Doctor of Creative Arts from University of Technology Sydney.

 In a small town on the land's edge, in the strange space at a war's end, a widow, a poet and a doctor each try to find their own peace, and their own new story. In Thirroul, in 1948, people chase their dreams through the books in the railway's library. Anikka Lachlan searches for solace after her life is destroyed by a single random act. Roy McKinnon, who found poetry in the mess of war, has lost his words and his hope. Frank Draper is trapped by the guilt of those his treatment and care failed on their first day of freedom. All three struggle with the same question: how now to be alive.