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New books by UTS Authors

Highlighting some recent additions to our collection by UTS authors and editors.
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The Uncanny Love of Jimmy Panagakos

Beth Hill, Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Social Inquiry)/International Studies, University of Technology Sydney

Description - Standing forlorn and dilapidated on Parramatta Road is a Milk Bar owned by the old and reclusive Jimmy Panagakos.

It is a remnant of a different time, a place of urban myth and mystery, a stumbling block for George, an entrepreneur and aspiring developer obsessed with revitalising the entire strip. It is a hiding place for Ella, his daughter, who seeks a different world from the one she has grown up in.

But there’s something strange going on between Jimmy and his Milk Bar that Ella can’t quite explain to anyone. Not to her father George who only sees a failing business, nor to her Aunty Fi who harbours her own secrets about Jimmy.

As George’s fixation on destroying the Milk Bar intensifies, Jimmy must decide whether to hold onto the past and an uncanny love, while Ella tries to find her place in the world, and Fi must finally reconcile her feelings for Jimmy.

The Uncanny Love of Jimmy Panagakos is a story of unrequited love, longing, and finding our place in the world, which explores dark desires and those hidden places of the human heart.

The Last Wilkies and Other Stories

Jon Steiner, Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing, University of Technology Sydney
Zoë Sadokierski, Lecturer, School of Design, University of Technology Sydney

DescriptionThe Last Wilkie’s and Other Stories is a quirky collection of short stories that are by turns funny, dark and troubling. Some are only a few sentences long; others span 10-15 pages. All are effortless to read and laced with a quick, sardonic wit that pokes fun at the life narratives we so earnestly attempt to create.

In ‘Jungle Train’, Steiner articulates a modern relationship nightmare—the narrator is stuck on a stuffy foreign train with a sullen girlfriend, her silently judging parents and no snacks—yet somehow she manages to triumph. In ‘Rights of Man’, a temper tantrum is narrated from the perspective of the toddler in absurdly formal and amusingly inadequate language. ‘Summit’ is a more poignant and serious story about the doomed trajectory of a relationship, while ‘Open for Inspection’ and ‘Gecko’ resonate with a deep sadness about the passing of things.

The term ‘quirky’ is often used in a dismissive way, yet neatly describes how Steiner’s stories combine emotional clout with comic relief. Steiner’s work has previously appeared in the UTS Writers’ Anthology and two Spineless Wonders publications, and he is clearly a writer who delights in approaching the short story format at new and challenging angles. -- Spineless Wonders

One Life : My Mother's Story

Kate Grenville, Doctor of Creative Arts, University of Technology Sydney

Description - Nance was a week short of her sixth birthday when she and Frank were roused out of bed in the dark and lifted into the buggy, squashed in with bedding, the cooking pots rattling around in the back, and her mother shouting back towards the house: Goodbye, Rothsay, I hope I never see you again!

When Kate Grenville’s mother died she left behind many fragments of memoir. These were the starting point for One Life, the story of a woman whose life spanned a century of tumult and change. In many ways Nance’s story echoes that of many mothers and grandmothers, for whom the spectacular shifts of the twentieth century offered a path to new freedoms and choices. In other ways Nance was exceptional. In an era when women were expected to have no ambitions beyond the domestic, she ran successful businesses as a registered pharmacist, laid the bricks for the family home, and discovered her husband’s secret life as a revolutionary.

One Life is an act of great imaginative sympathy, a daughter’s intimate account of the patterns in her mother’s life. It is a deeply moving homage by one of Australia’s finest writers. -- Text Publishing

Kate Grenville is one of Australia’s most celebrated writers. Her bestselling novel The Secret River received the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The Idea of Perfection won the Orange Prize. Some of Kate Grenville’s other novels include Searching for the Secret RiverSarah ThornhillThe LieutenantLilian’s Story and Dark Places.

One Hundred Letters Home

Adam Aitken, PhD in Creative Writing, University of Technology Sydney

Description - "Beautifully written, tightly structured, One Hundred Letters Home is as profoundly moving as it is intelligent and playful. There is the experience here of time's shifting nature, the way memory, need and desire work across the layers of narrative that shape a life, told, untold, remembered, misremembered and forgotten.

Memory's work rolls through Aitken's perfectly measured storytelling, vivid and mesmerising in its detail, in the detours and return, in a work that is as aware socially and politically, as it is compassionate and vulnerable.

This is a rare work of memoir, expansive in its cultural scope, in the precision of detail and acceptance of the failures of memory, self and family, common to all of us in their variation. Between laughter and tears, the underlying emotional grit and relentlessness of One Hundred Letters Home shifts things, changes you, as Aitken calls to account the past's ongoing presence in how we are to ourselves and each other."--Vagabond Press

Mick : a life of Randolph Stow

Suzanne Falkiner, Doctor of Creative Arts, University of Technology Sydney

Description - Randolph Stow was one of the great Australian writers of his generation. His novel To the Islands -- written in his early twenties after living on a remote Aboriginal mission -- won the Miles Franklin Award for 1958. In later life, after publishing seven remarkable novels and several collections of poetry, Stow's literary output slowed.

This biography examines the productive period as well as his long periods of publishing silence. In Mick: A Life of Randolph Stow, Suzanne Falkiner unravels the reasons behind Randolph Stow's quiet retreat from Australia and the wider literary world.

Meticulously researched, insightful and at times deeply moving, Falkiner's biography pieces together an intriguing story from Stow's personal letters, diaries, and interviews with the people who knew him best. And many of her tales -- from Stow's beginnings in idyllic rural Australia, to his critical turning point in Papua New Guinea, and his final years in Essex, England -- provide us with keys to unlock the meaning of Stow's rich and introspective works.

Finding Eliza : Power and Colonial Storytelling

Larissa Behrendt, Professor, Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, University of Technology Sydney

Description - Aboriginal lawyer, writer and filmmaker Larissa Behrendt has long been fascinated by the story of Eliza Fraser, who was purportedly captured by the local Butchulla people after she was shipwrecked on their island off the Queensland coast in 1836.

In this deeply personal book, Behrendt uses Eliza's tale as a starting point to interrogate how Aboriginal people -- and indigenous people of other countries -- have been portrayed in their colonisers' stories.

Exploring works as diverse as Robinson Crusoe and Coonardoo, Behrendt looks at the ideas embedded in these accounts, including the assumption of cannibalism and the myth of the noble savage.

Ultimately, Finding Eliza shows how these stories not only reflect the values of their storytellers but also reinforce those values -- and how, in Australia, this has contributed to a complex racial divide.

Short Fiction for an Absurd World

Bronwyn Anne Rodden, Master of Arts in Writing, University of Technology Sydney

Description - Finalist in the General Fiction Category of the Eric Hoffer Award 2015.

Jumping from something not out of place on The Twilight Zone to bizarre character pieces that evoke the most creative cinematic works from directors like Lynch, Tarantino, and Luhrmann, readers who appreciate treading far from the beaten path will be delighted and surprised by each story collected in this volume.

The mainstream reader may be left scratching his or her head trying to decipher the meaning behind each of these stories, but this is creative writing for the creative writer at its best: It's challenging, inspirational, and nearly impossible to predict. -- Back cover

Reinventing lettering : inspirational pieces by contemporary practitioners

Emily Gregory, Designer at UTS Library, B. Design (Visual Communications) Honours, University of Technology Sydney

Description - Jam-packed with beautiful and inspirational work, Reinventing Lettering is a visual treat. As such lively and versatile areas of graphic design, lettering and type invite innovation and reinvention. The "sweetshop" of techniques and media to choose from offer an open book for typographers, illustrators and designers. From no-tech to digital wonders, the old guard to avant garde, any and every approach goes.

More than a tantalizing collection of work, Reinventing Lettering is a mentor, encouraging you to explore new paths. Overviews of tools and techniques give you the basics; profiles of outstanding lettering designers give you the sparks. 

Examples of illustrated, hand-drawn, digitally drawn, 3D and found lettering from artists such as Jessica Hische, Marian Bantjes, Seb Lester and Yulia Brodskaya are all to be found in this vibrant book. -- Bloomsbury Publishing


Jane Messer, Doctor of Creative Arts, University of Technology Sydney

Description - Forced into an early retirement due to illness, Sam Rosen has lost any semblance of control over his life. His wife, Rhonda, confined to the carer role, is feeling her identity ebb slowly away as her former life retreats further and further into the past.

Their eldest son Mark is over-invested and as he lurches towards financial disaster, he can't bring himself to tell his wife Ingrid that they're losing money fast.

Middle child Liza has always been independent and content to scrape through on her child-care worker's wage in one of the most expensive property markets in the world. But when her biological clock goes off, she's out of time in a city where men are thin on the ground and grown-up ones even scarcer.

Baby of the family Jemma thinks that being mild-mannered will let her pass through life unharmed. And then, one night, everything changes.

Fast and funny, Hopscotch charts a year in the lives of the endearingly flawed Rosen family, and holds up a mirror to contemporary urban life in Australia, interrogating our endless capacity for self-destruction, longing and love, and asks why we think we could ever find happiness in a city that's roaring with dysfunction. -- Macmillan

Australia under surveillance : how should we act...

Frank Moorhouse, Writer in Residence 2009, UTS Writing Program, University of Technology Sydney

DescriptionASIO has kept a file on Frank Moorhouse since he was seventeen. Now Frank has decided it is time to report on ASIO.

This year ASIO has extended its surveillance powers, made the issuing of warrants easier and limited the freedom of journalists. At a time when the government has raised the terrorist alert level to ‘high' we are facing the question of what degree of terrorist threat we are prepared to endure so as to retain freedoms of expression and what might loosely be called the ‘traditional privacies'. 

The paradox is an old one: is a secret agency needed for our safety as a democracy? If so, how does a democracy manage a secret agency without losing control of it? What constitutes an offence against national security? And what are we to make of WikiLeaks and socially conscious hackers and whistleblowers?

Do we need a renewal of the bargain between the citizen and the secret agencies, as unreliable as it may be, as we all go into the glare and the maze of controlled and uncontrollable data collection and its consequences? We are entering a new era, where nothing can be assumed to be private, especially at the governmental level.

More than ever before, our future is unforeseeable, but if in the unforeseeable we see a glimmer of dangerous things, perhaps we should remember that positive things can also be unforeseeable. -- Random House

Frank Moorhouse is the winner of the 2001 Miles Franklin Award for Dark Palace. Check the Catalogue for other books by Frank Moorhouse.


Kathryn Heyman, Doctorate in Creative Arts, University of Technology Sydney

DescriptionWhat remains after everything is washed away? Funny, moving and utterly compelling, Floodline tells of the unexpected salvation that can be found on the edge of disaster.

When the city of Horneville is destroyed by a flood on the eve of a huge gay mardis gras, Mikey Brown – the feisty, sexy and dynamic host of a Christian shopping channel – knows exactly what she needs to do. Taking her sons with her, she sets out on a grand mercy mission.

The journey is more than a flood clean-up for Mikey – she wants to save the city and teach the godless inhabitants a lesson. Her husband was lost to her after attempting to ‘mission’ to this same festival and this is her chance to lay the past to rest.

Mustard – an enthusiastic, ebullient, 8 year old – doesn’t believe his father is dead. In fact, he is determined to find him and knows that Horneville is the place to start looking. If anyone can bring him back, Mustard can.

Down in the city, the floodwater surrounding the Horneville City Hospital is steadily rising, turning what has been a place of refuge into a disaster zone. Deep in the hospital chaos, Nurse Gina Donaldson is forced to make a life and death decision with shattering repercussions. The arrival of Mikey’s little troupe helps Gina find hope in the most unlikely places.

Both Mikey and Gina must stare down their pasts in order to find salavation, but will they have the courage? -- Author's website

UTS Library is dedicated to collecting the books of UTS Authors. If we have missed adding anything published in the last 3 years by UTS staff, students or alumni, please let us know by emailing Merrillie Redden.