Between 1916 and the late 1930s, Gertrude lived through two marriages, motherhood, WW1 and the Great Depression. She was a gutsy and dignified woman who coped with love, loss, and hard work using humour to build resilience. More educated than many women of that time, Gertrude sought wisdom and solace from books which made her question the expected roles of women. Gertrude was an extraordinary woman conscripted to live an ordinary life. This is a fictionalised story of my grandmother based on researched facts."...a beautifully observed and finely crafted novel based on the extraordinary life of an ordinary woman struggling to survive in early 1900s Australia."
- Peter Mason
Words, like disobedient tumbleweeds, can beguile, entrance and lead the readers down otherwise untrodden paths.
Noosa writers have combined their diverse talents to produce this cream of the crop anthology. Their six stories reach to far-flung pockets of the western world. From murder and mystery in an English village to the devastating effects of Chernobyl, readers soon find themselves on a journey of debauchery in the vineyards of Tuscany. The writers then take you to the drama of a siege in eastern Australia, and a satirical romp in a coastal town.
These imaginative narratives tumble from cover to cover grabbing your emotions in death, love, hate and greed as you find yourself drawn intothe windblown worlds of their mysteries.
Authors: Maria Benson, Grayham Bickley, Celia Esplin, Barbara Kelly, Laura Kippen, Rebecca S. Mason, Carien McGuin
The Provenance Diary
On a crusade to unravel his past, a street-wise magician is drawn into the murky underworld of Nazi stolen art and Cold War Berlin, where the more he discovers, the more people have to hide.
"A cleverly constructed tale of belonging, uncommonly imagined, eloquently told. In this multi-layered story, Erskine explores the great conundrum of the restitution of stolen art, while at the same time considering the deeply personal need for provenance."
Graham Ross, M.Ed, History, Linguistics
"Sleight of hand is the key here as Erskine utilises brevity to perfection, directing the story via the tightest prose, allowing reader the rare experience of word closeness; of kicking back and living the tale without barely blinking. Add to that some wonderfully outrageous characters who help unravel the various mysteries and the result is truly magical storytelling." John Hudspith, author, editor.
Author website: www.daviderskine.com
When Pelicans Turn Blue
‘One of the greatest gifts in life is imagination.’
When Pelicans Turn Blue may appear to be a frivolous notion to those who do not study their antics, but for the reader who dares to delve deeper the very essence of fanciful imagination, whimsical and incredible inventiveness is buried within.
Noosa Writers have combined their creative talents, to produce a book crammed with long stories telling truthful tales of family hardship and joyful triumph, short stories that amuse and amaze, and quirky poetic rhymes that will examine your conscience or bring tears to your eyes.
Whatever your taste in reading, When Pelicans Turn Blue is written for a sensitive palate of idiosyncratic humanity, with all its frailties, fortitude, love, excitement and emotion.
Was Leonardo da Vinci a genius ... or was he, literally, ahead of his time?
After finding a mysterious bracelet beside a human skeleton in a in Australia, teens Matt & Lissa, are inadvertently transported back to 15th Century Florence, Italy.
They get into strife with the locals, and the constabulary and stumble into a treacherous assassination plot upon two brothers of the most powerful family in Florence - the Medicis.
As they battle to return home, they question the true origin of their new-found friend, Leonardo da Vinci, and are convinced he is hiding an incredible secret.
But will they get back to the 21st Century? Or will they face spending years in a stinking, rat-infested dungeon … or worse!
Author website: www.kezartcreations.com.au
A stash of ephedrine is uncovered in the walls of a refrigerated container, in a transit terminal at The Port of Brisbane. Simon McNeil, ex-stuntman, discovers his business partner Toby viciously killed in a tanker, during a flawed police surveillance.
Accused of the murder and unable to trust anyone, Simon is forced to go on the run. He’s launched into an alien landscape in which he fights for both his life, and the lives of those close to him.
Hunted by both the Queensland Drug Squad and a dangerous biker called Janko, Simon calls on all his experience and reserve to survive, and bring Toby’s killers to justice.
One thing he knows for sure – his life will never be the same again.
Frozen In Time
When prominent barrister Sir David Mosley’s body is found after a severe snowstorm, it looks at first a clear case of mishap. During an investigation by a private detective hired by Mosley’s wife, Veronica, questions arise as to Sir David’s infidelity. But what is uncovered is more than just his extra marital affairs and leads to a more intriguing case. Frozen in Time is a collaboration of works put together by Noosa Writers; each author adding their own thoughts to the mystery of Mosley’s life. Other tales tell of sadness, love and laughter and feelings toward innate objects that will make the reader think. Also included are poems guaranteed to bring a smile to the reader’s face. Frozen in Time is Noosa Writers second book and promises to be the best yet.
‘So there I was, hurtling hysterically earthwards at 300 kilometres an hour, head down with a useless ripcord clenched tightly in my white-knuckled fist, nothing on the clock but the maker’s name, and barely ten seconds left to live.’
It was at this point that author Peter Mason came up with the bestselling idea of The Book of Narrow Escapes, a highly-amusing and occasionally terrifying collection of what might have been had the gods of luck been looking the other way.
Don’t just take our word for it - here’s what one reviewer wrote about the book on Goodreads….
"A collection of anecdotes of near-death experiences, lucky shaves with the law, and other kinds of "narrow escapes", Peter Mason's book is dotted with excellent illustrations using the puns of the stories and developing them just a bit further. The tongue-in-cheek style of story-telling employed resonates with me very well. If only there were a sequel! And if only more people knew of this book - I find it highly recommendable." (Thank you, Vanessa – Ed.)
Dead Elephant in the Bazaar
Dead Elephant in the Bazaar came hot on the heels of the previous book with the intention of completing a trilogy of Dead Elephant anthologies. The trilogy never happened, but their second book was a huge success, and lessons learned with the first one made it an easier task to go to publishing.
The genre of the book was murder, mystery and mayhem, and the contents reflected some surprising, if not alarming work by the group. From then on, it was plain sailing with the next three joint anthologies of short stories.
Dead Elephant in the Surf
Dead Elephant in the Surf was borne out of a desire to ‘do something with our writing’. The book was the first attempt by Noosa Writers—then called Noosa Scribes—at publishing a joint anthology of their short stories. The process of selection adopted was very democratic. Secret votes were delivered to a third party, and the chosen stories were worked on again and again to perfect them for publication.
Then came the selection of the order of stories for the contents page—written on slips of paper, and again democratically pulled out of a hat. But little did they know of the pitfalls of terminology they’d never come across before—pagination, leaves, ISBNs, etc.
While Sheila painted the rather unprofessional cover artwork, they eventually patched it all together with the help of a friend who’d done it all before, and off it went to the printers. The joy upon receipt of their very first published book, and seeing their work in print was incalculable. They were hooked.