The Best Australian Trucking Stories


Author: Jim Haynes
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 1742693741
Category: History
Page: 282
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The trucker's job-so vital to our nation's everyday life-makes for a diverse treasure trove of stories. This first-ever collection of stories about Aussie truckers captures the humour, tragedy and fascinating history of their world, proving once again that truth is often stranger, funnier and more inspiring than fiction. The unlikely yarns and tales, collected by Jim Haynes, quickly transport the reader into the intriguing but often hard and lonely world of the long-distance truck driver. There are stories of endurance while crossing the Nullarbor in the early 1950s, of rescuing mates stranded in the desert and dumping wheat in protest at Parliament House, of repossessing vehicles in suburban Adelaide, and of men imprisoned during the long political battle to make the roads of Australia free to carry freight. Steeped in larrikinism, these are salt-of-the-earth Aussie voices from the most genuine characters to ever spin a yarn. Whether you're interested in one of the most significant social revolutions to have shaped our nation, or in these never-say-die modern pioneers who astound with their resourcefulness, or whether you're just after a laugh and a bloody good story, this book is for you.

Great Australian Outback Trucking Stories


Author: Bill Marsh
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
ISBN: 1460708865
Category: History
Page: 320
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'Marsh knows how to spin a yarn' - Gold Coast Bulletin Whether they're carting produce, stock, fuel, or even (unbeknown to them) dead bodies, there's one thing that can be said about outback truckies - they're a colourful bunch. Meet the outback truckies who brave interminable distances, searing heat, raging floodwaters and foot-deep bulldust to transport goods all across this vast land, serving as lifelines not just to those in the bush but those in cities as well. From the truckie who found a creative means of transporting penguins, to the one who refused to 'abandon ship' as his truck sank into a river, these real-life accounts show the lengths to which these enterprising and resourceful men and women will go to ensure their load arrives safely at their destination. Bill 'Swampy' Marsh is an award-winning writer and performer of stories, songs and plays. He spent most of his youth in rural south-western NSW and now lives in Adelaide. Swampy is one of ABC Books' bestselling authors of Australian stories; this is his nineteenth book.

Australia's Best Unknown Stories

And Tales You Thought You Knew...
Author: Jim Haynes
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781760291075
Category: History
Page: 384
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From remote outback and cattle stations to coastal towns comes a collection of amazing, eccentric and funny Australian stories, yarns and furphies - most completely unknown along with some you thought you knew.

The Best Australian Stories 2004


Author: Frank Moorhouse
Publisher: Black Inc.
ISBN: 9781863952453
Category: Fiction
Page: 218
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Best Australian Drinking Stories


Author: Jim Haynes
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781760632908
Category: Humor
Page: 304
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Rum, beer, scotch, wine, beer and more beer. For nearly 250 years Australian history has been punctuated with stories of booze and boozing. From Cook's voyages and the First Fleet to the Rum Rebellion, the mutiny of the 99th Regiment, the soldiers' riot of 1916, six o'clock closing and beyond, we've been a nation that likes a drink. With the eye of the master storyteller that he is, Jim Haynes has collected the best yarns, verses, stories and anecdotes of our boozy history.

The Best Australian Sea Stories

Our land is girt by sea
Author: Jim Haynes
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 1743432429
Category: History
Page: 336
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The deep blue sea has been an endless source of inspiration, wonder and imagination for explorers and writers alike. Australia's history and national character have been defined by the fact that we live on an isolated island continent girt by sea. The Best Australian Sea Stories is full of fascinating history, drama, and surprise. These stories trace the maritime history of Australia from the earliest times to today. From first-hand accounts of voyages from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to modern accounts of refugee 'boat people', the book is a dazzling compendium of the famous and obscure, the brave and the jinxed, human achievement and tragedy. From the mystery of the mahogany ship and the Dieppe map, which point to Portuguese discovery of Australia's entire east coast in 1522, to the poignancy of Matthew Flinders' wife waiting nine years while he charted the coast of the land he named 'Australia', survived shipwrecks and became a political prisoner of the French, this book is full of amazing stories of bravery and endeavour, war and salvation.

The Best Australian Yarns

and other true stories
Author: Jim Haynes
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 1743316836
Category: History
Page: 512
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Best Australian Yarns is a substantial and definitive collection of factual and fanciful Aussie stories, humor and anecdotes—the result of decades of researching popular Aussie culture and history and yarning to mates and other colorful characters from all parts of Australia and all walks of life. This collection includes tall stories from the bush, reminiscences from the racetrack and shearing shed, railway yarns, stories from the world of show business, Aboriginal legends and humor, digger yarns from both world wars, ghost stories, monsters, bunyips, and yowies... and many things you never knew about our amazing history and the characters who made it—the pioneers, heroes, convicts, bushrangers, eccentrics, and brave and forgotten men and women whose fascinating lives and achievements created the Aussie spirit that we all love. While the stories range from poignant to hilarious, many simply describe unusual coincidences, strange occurrences, or simple everyday humorous events with a refreshing understatement that vividly evokes a vanishing Australia where looking for a good laugh was a key component of a cheekier national character and a simpler lifestyle.

The Best Australian Stories

A Ten-year Collection
Author: ReadHowYouWant.com, Limited
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
ISBN: 1459624874
Category: Australian fiction
Page: 704
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The best of the best This essential book takes a decade of Best Australian Stories and selects the most outstanding short fiction by the country's finest writers. These stories range widely in style and subject matter: there is drama and comedy, subtlety and extravagance, tales of suspense, love, fantasy, grief and revenge. Together they showcase the strength and diversity of Australian fiction at its very best. Contributors include: Murray Bail, Dorothy Johnston, Anna Krien, Patrick Cullen, Nicholas Shakespeare, Nam Le, Robert Drewe, Mandy Sayer, Paddy O'reilly, Janette Turner Hospital, Delia Falconer, Kate Grenville, Peter Goldsworthy, Cate Kennedy, Eva Hornung, Gillian Mears, Steven Amsterdam, Tom Cho, Jessica Anderson, Campbell Mattinson, Luke Davies, Emily Ballou, Marion Halligan, Karen Hitchcock, Frank Moorhouse, Will Elliott, Amanda Lohrey, Tim Richards, Tara June Winch, Joan London, Liam Davison, Michael Meehan, Sonya Hartnett, Chloe Walker, Ryan O'Neill, Gerald Murnane and Tim Winton.

The Best Australian Stories 2001


Author: Peter Craven
Publisher: Black Inc.
ISBN: 9781863950831
Category: Australian fiction
Page: 385
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A collection of the best stories from Aust. writers in 2000.

The Best Australian Stories 2014


Author: Amanda Lohrey
Publisher: Black Inc.
ISBN: 1922231894
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
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‘The art of the story is mostly about the journey, and the economy of means with which the writers here carry us a great distance is at times breathtaking.’ – Amanda Lohrey In The Best Australian Stories 2014, Patrick White Award–winning author Amanda Lohrey selects the outstanding short fiction of the year. Sometimes fantastical, sometimes raw, and always a ‘shot of adrenaline to the mind and heart’, this collection features exciting new voices alongside the established and admired. The edges of reality blur in a corporate lawyer’s tale of working in a 1200-storey glass tower. A prized coffee table becomes the focus of a father’s anxieties and frustrations. Tense and fractured lines of communication shape the life of an interpreter on Christmas Island. Imaginative, remarkable, intimate – this unmissable anthology celebrates the art of consummate storytelling. Julienne Van Loon • Shaun Prescott • Lucy Neave • Anthony Panegyres • Nicola Redhouse • Edwina Shaw • Claire Corbett • Fiona Place • Kate Elkington • Arabella Edge • Claire Aman • Angela Meyer • J.Y.L. Koh • Rebekah Clarkson • Ryan O'Neill • Mark Smith • Anna Krien • David Brooks • Leah Swann • Kirsten Tranter • Lisa Jacobson • Melanie Joosten

The Best Australian Stories 2010


Author: Cate Kennedy
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
ISBN: 1458798658
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
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There is little to match the pleasurable, exhilarating rush when we know we are in the hands of a writer with authority. Their power is like a kind of charisma - we allow ourselves to be willingly, absolutely persuaded.' - Cate Kennedy In The Best Australian Stories 2010, Cate Kennedy presents a seductive line - up of the year's most exciting short fiction, featuring the best work from publications around the country alongside pieces published here for the first time. A literary feud unfolds, blow by comical blow, in the books pages of a Sydney newspaper. Ned Kelly's mother has her day in court. And as flood waters slowly rise in a small Australian town, a woman quietly watches and waits. By turns playful, heart - wrenching, intimate and exuberant, these twenty - nine stories reveal the strength and variety of Australian fiction today. The authors include first - timers as well as established masters, and the result is a stimulatingly diverse collection. Contributors include: Robert Drewe, Nam Le, Karen Hitchcock, Paddy O'Reilly, John Kinsella, Anna Krien, David Francis, Chris Womersley, Ryan O'Neill, Dorothy Simmons, Louise D'Arcy, Joshua Lobb, Tim Herbert, Michael Sala, Sherryl Clarke, A.S. Patric, Josephine Rowe, Mike Ladd, Meg Mundell, David Mence, Fiona McFarlane, Cory Taylor, Antonia Baldo, Suvi Mahonen, David Kelly, Joanne Riccioni, Stephanie Buckle, Gillian Essex, Michael McGirr.

The Best Australian Bush Stories


Author: Jim Haynes
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 1743314396
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 416
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Stories that take us from the Mallee to the back of Bourke and beyond . an indispensable collection about the enduring appeal of the Australian bush.

The Best Gallipoli Yarns and Forgotten Stories


Author: Jim Haynes
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 1925267563
Category: History
Page: 304
View: 5645
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They were shipped like sheep when the dawn was grey; And as the ships left Mudros Bay They squatted and perched where'er they could, And they laughed and swore as we knew they would. Knew they would- Knew they would; They laughed and swore as we knew they would. -Henry Lawson When 26,000 Anzac troops went ashore at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, most were going into battle for the first time. These are their yarns, poems and recollections. their stories of recruitment, their memories of life in the trenches, their accounts of the fighting and their evocations of coming home. Here are the stories of Australian nurses tending the wounded, the Light Horsemen who had to leave their mounts in Egypt, and the strange bond between the Australians and their Turkish enemy. This is a collection full of poignancy, horror and sadness, as well as dry Aussie humour from one of Australia's most successful storytellers. It reminds us that Gallipoli was more than a military campaign. These are the forgotten stories and yarns that give heart to the Anzac legend.

Best Australian Racing Stories

From Archer to Makybe Diva
Author: Jim Haynes
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781760633318
Category: History
Page: 368
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Did you know that Jorrocks raced till the grand old age of 19? Or that Melbourne Cup winner Grand Flaneur never lost a race? The Best Australian Racing Stories is chock-a-block with the victories and tragedies of these amazing champions and many more. Some of Australia's finest writers tell tall tales and true of the racing life from Australia's earliest colonial times to the present day. Whether you are a racing tragic, a lover of horses or a two-bob, once-a-year punter, you will love this horseracing celebration that ripples with all the laughter, romance, heartbreak and humanity of the sport of kings.

The Nullarbor Kid

Stories from my trucking life
Author: Ray Gilleland
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 1743318790
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 272
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He was a pioneer trucker in postwar Australia—a time when outback roads were little more than corrugated dirt goat tracks. This is a story of vast distances, ill-equipped machines, heat and dust, humor, and good mates. If you had worked with them, if you had driven with them, if you had had a drink with them, if you helped them when broken down, you would have been proud to be one of them and called them mates. Meet Ray Gilleland, pioneer trucker in postwar Australia, a time when trucks were viewed as an "upstart industry" that threatened existing railway systems. Ray was part of the new breed, determined not to be chained to the old ways. The Nullarbor Kid tells of the true adventures Ray and his mates had when the trucking industry was born, and the battle lines between government and truckers. Ray tells stories of trucks not suited for blistering Australian heat, long mountain climbs in low gear, and the vast distances that sapped the strength of driver and truck. Of tolls, inspectors, and regulations set to strangle the new industry, and drivers who fought back with every trick in the book, of incredible near misses that could have killed them, and through it all, the smell and noise and romance of long-haul driving. In this world, when the chips were down, indeed at all times, humor loomed large and real life adventure abounded.

The Best Australian Stories 2003


Author: Peter Craven
Publisher: Black Inc.
ISBN: 9781863950770
Category: Short stories
Page: 441
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Annual collection of short stories from Australian writers selected by literary critic Peter Craven. Companion to the Best Essays series. Contributors include Carmel Bird, James Bradley, Marion Campbell, Peter Corris, Sophie Cunningham and Frank Moorhouse. Includes contributor notes and original publication details for each story.

Die Männer von Bravo Two Zero


Author: Andy McNab
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783423205153
Category:
Page: 430
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Die Regeln des Sommers


Author: Shaun Tan
Publisher: Aladin
ISBN: 9783848900107
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 48
View: 7657
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»Nie die Regeln verletzen. Schon gar nicht, wenn du sie nicht verstehst.« Niemand weiß, woher diese Regeln kommen und wer sie sich ausgedacht hat. Sie sind einfach da und bestimmen unser Leben: als Geschwister, als Freunde, als Wegbegleiter. Shaun Tan erzählt von einem Sommer, in dem die Rivalitäten zweier Brüder immer bedrohlicher werden. Bis sie beschließen, dass ihre Liebe füreinander wichtiger ist als alle Regeln.

Die Detektive vom Bhoot-Basar


Author: Deepa Anappara
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3644003599
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
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Detektivarbeit ist kein Kinderspiel. Der neunjährige Jai schaut zu viele Polizei-Dokus, denkt, er sei klüger als seine Freundin Pari (obwohl sie immer die besten Noten bekommt) und hält sich für einen besseren Anführer als Faiz (obwohl Faiz derjenige mit zwei älteren Brüdern und einem echten Job ist). Als ein Junge aus ihrer Klasse verschwindet, beschließt Jai, sein Fernsehwissen zu nutzen, um ihn zu finden. Mit Pari und Faiz an seiner Seite wagt er sich in den verwinkelten Bhoot-Basar und dann weiter hinaus in die verbotenen Viertel der Stadt. Doch mehr und mehr Kinder verschwinden, und die Dinge in der Nachbarschaft werden kompliziert ... "Die Detektive vom Bhoot-Basar" erzählt von den Farben und Widersprüchen des heutigen Indien, von sozialen und religiösen Spannungen, Korruption und Ungerechtigkeit, vor allem aber von der unbesiegbaren Vitalität dreier Kinder, von deren Wagemut, Unschuld und überbordender Phantasie. Ein literarisches Debüt von besonderer emotionaler Tiefe, schon vor dem Erscheinen viele Male ausgezeichnet und bislang in 16 Sprachen übersetzt. Deepa Anappara bringt einen wahren Kriminalfall und eine mitreißende Coming-of-Age-Story zusammen mit der Magie einer großen Erzählung. Ein seltenes Glück.