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April new releases

This month we’re publishing a wide range of books offering perspectives from all over the world. Black and Blue by Veronica Gorrie is the remarkable memoir of an Aboriginal woman who became one of a rare few Aboriginal police officers in Australia, fighting through appaling institutional racism and sexism; The Invention of Miracles by Katie Booth tells the dual stories of Alexander Graham Bell’s world-changing invention of the telephone, and his dangerous war against sign language and deaf culture; Plunder by Menachem Kaiser is an improbable and profound story of family, legacy, and stolen Nazi treasure; Little Brother by Ibrahima Balde and Amets Arzallus Antia is a heartbreaking testimony that gives a voice, heart, and soul to the masses of refugees and asylum seekers struggling to achieve a better life for themselves and their families; The Walls Came Tumbling Down by Henriette Roosenburg is a World War II classic, the extraordinary memoir of a young resistance fighter; and Higher Ground is a prize-winning novel by German author Anke Stelling that takes a ferocious and funny look at motherhood, parenthood, family, and friendship thrust into battle.

Read about these titles below, and to win a copy head to our Facebook or Instagram and let us know which one you’d most like to read and why.

Black and Blue

The story of an Aboriginal woman who worked as a police officer and fought for justice both within and beyond the Australian police force.

A proud Gunai/Kurnai woman, Veronica Gorrie grew up dauntless, full of cheek and a fierce sense of justice. After watching her friends and family suffer under a deeply compromised law-enforcement system, Gorrie signed up for training to become one of a rare few Aboriginal police officers in Australia. In her ten years in the force, she witnessed appalling institutional racism and sexism, and fought past those things to provide courageous and compassionate service to…

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Little Brother

A heartbreaking and magnificent account of a poor and illiterate young West African’s odysssey.

Ibrahima, whose family live in a village in the West African country of Guinea, helps his father sell shoes at a street stall in the capital, Conakry. At the sudden death of his father, he becomes the head of the family and picks up various skills, always alone and away from home, although his dream is to be a truck driver in his country.

But when his little brother, Alhassane, suddenly disappears, heading for Europe in a bid to earn money for the family, Ibrahima leaves everything behind to try to find him…

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The Invention of Miracles

A revelatory revisionist biography of Alexander Graham Bell — renowned inventor of the telephone and powerful enemy of the deaf community.

When Alexander Graham Bell first unveiled his telephone to the world, it was considered miraculous. But few people know that it was inspired by another supposed miracle: his work teaching the deaf to speak. The son of one deaf woman and husband to another, he was motivated by a desire to empower deaf people by integrating them into the hearing world, but he ended up becoming their most powerful enemy, waging a war against sign language and deaf culture that still…

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Plunder

Menachem Kaiser’s brilliantly told story, woven from improbable events and profound revelations, is set in motion when the author takes up his Holocaust-survivor grandfather’s former battle to reclaim the family’s apartment building in Sosnowiec, Poland.

Soon, he is on a circuitous path to encounters with the long-time residents of the building, and with a Polish lawyer known as ‘The Killer’. A surprise discovery — that his grandfather’s cousin not only survived the war but also wrote a secret memoir while a slave labourer in a vast, secret Nazi tunnel complex — leads to Kaiser being adopted as a…

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The Walls Came Tumbling Down

In this gripping memoir, originally published in 1957, the Dutch author, codename ‘Zip’, recounts her extraordinary journey.

A young fighter for the resistance during World War II, Zip is captured and held prisoner as part of the ‘Night and Fog’ unit, political prisoners who wait out the war in a crowded, secret cell. During their long days and nights, each creates a secret embroidery telling the story of their war, including when they are moved from place to place, writing each other’s names in morse code out of contraband black thread. Upon liberation, Zip must find her way back to Holland…

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Higher Ground

A prize-winning novel about class, money, creativity, and motherhood, that ultimately reveals what happens when the hypocrisies we live by are exposed ...

Resi is a writer in her mid-forties, married to Sven, a painter. They live, with their four children, in an apartment building in Berlin, where their lease is controlled by some of their closest friends. Those same friends live communally nearby, in a house they co-own and have built together. Only Resi and Sven, the token artists of their social circle, are renting. As the years have passed, Resi has watched her once-dear friends become more and more…

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To win a copy of one of our new releases, head to our Facebook or Instagram. Entries close Friday 16 April. AU & NZ residents only.

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Black and Blue

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The Invention of Miracles

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