February 26 - March 4, 2017: Issue 302

Old Books: February 2017 - read in full here: online!

At dawn and dusk. [Poems] by Daley, Victor J. (Victor James), 1858-1905, Published 1913

A manual of the grasses of New South Wales by Maiden, J. H. (Joseph Henry), 1859-1925 Published 1898

A New Year of Publishing at NLA!

By National Library of Australia Publishing
We are excited about the books we'll be publishing this year. In 2017, we'll be celebrating Banjo Paterson from two very different perspectives. Tania McCartney teams up again with illustrator Christina Booth to bring you This Is Banjo Paterson, a children's book about the life of the bush poet. And Jennifer Gall looks at the candid letters of Banjo's mother, Rose Paterson, to explore Banjo's childhood and a woman's lot in nineteenth-century rural Australia in Looking for Rose Paterson: How Family Bush Life Nurtured Banjo the Poet.

Mid-year, historian Anna Clark tackles Australia's story of fishing in The Catch, an absorbing account of fishing from Indigenous techniques to early industries through to present-day recreational fishing. We've been thrilled by her ability to meld her personal passion for fishing with the overarching story, and Rob Paxevanos is equally excited: the manuscript gave him goosebumps!

Micky of Ulladulla's Fishing Activities of Aboriginal People and Settlers, c. 1885, nla.cat-vn906861 

We have two great titles for military history lovers coming out this year. Peter Stanley brings us The Crying Years, a heavily illustrated and highly readable year-by-year account of life on the battlefields and at home during the Great War. And Craig Wilcox tells the story of Australian uniforms in Badge, Boot, Button. He explains how and why military uniforms—but also the uniforms of nurses, convicts, footballers, air hostesses, tram conductors, etc.—have evolved over time.

Sometimes we are lucky enough to work with authors who are also idols! In 2017, we'll be bringing out actor Noeline Brown's take on life in Australia in the 1960s. The pictures are incredible and Noeline's writing is as funny and sharp as you would expect. 

Environmentalist Bob Brown's book on the photography of Peter Dombrovskis is another visual stunner celebrating the Tasmanian wilderness both men have fought to protect. 

We welcomed Noeline and Bob to the Library a few times last year and were struck by their grace and warmth—qualities that happily come through in their writing!

It is shaping up as another action-packed year!
The Scandalous Life of Sasha Torte
by Lesley Truffle
On Sale: 23/01/2017

Revenge, redemption ... and pastry. The witty new novel from the author of Hotel du Barry, for fans of Jonas Jonasson.

In the winter of 1912 on the wild West Coast of Tasmania, Wolfftown's most notorious heiress and murderess, Sasha Torte, tells the tale of her own spectacular downfall.

Forsaken by her parents and raised by criminals and reprobates, Sasha becomes a world-famous pastry chef at the tender age of seventeen. Entanglement with the disreputable Dasher brothers leads to love, but also to a dangerous addiction.

Behind bars in Wolfftown's gaol, Sasha sips premium champagne as she recalls a life of seduction, betrayal, ghosts, opium and an indiscreet quantity of confectionary - and plots her escape.

The Scandalous Life of Sasha Torte is a wild romp of dastardly deeds, intrepid protagonists, dark villains, wild gangs, luxurious hotels ... and mouth-watering treats.
Urban Farmer
Justin Calverley
$33.99 on sale until 31 March, 2017!

Producing our own fruit, vegetables, herbs, eggs and honey is perfectly possible in a suburban space, and this practical guide will help urban dwellers develop a more sustainable existence. With a deep knowledge of permaculture and organic gardening, horticultural expert Justin Calverley shows you how to establish a diverse urban farm, whether in your own backyard, a courtyard or even a balcony.

Justin advocates observing and following nature’s cycles and patterns as the best way to a sustainable and productive garden.As well as growing fruit and veg, THE URBAN FARMER explains how to take up bee-keeping, chook care, propagation, maintaining your plot and preserving your patch’s bounty. So be inspired and get cracking with your own personal garden of Eden!

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Clarrie's Pig Day Out

Jen Storer

A very funny picture book about farmer Clarrie who gets his worms, no! his words, mixed up.

Clarrie is a farmer who loves his chickens and his dog, Bert. Clarrie also gets his worms, no! he means his words, mixed up.

So when Clarrie and Bert head out in his jar, whoops, he means car, it turns out to be a day filled with fun and surprises.

Young children will love seeing how Clarrie mixes up his words – and will enjoy correcting them, as well!

Ages: 3 years +

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 Avalon Library Hours
Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday 10am to 1pm
Sunday 2pm to 5pm
59a Old Barrenjoey Road
Phone: 9918 3013 Fax: 9918 7046
Web Address www.avalonlibrary.org.au


The Royal Australian Historical Society, the Madden Family and Halstead Press are pleased to announce the long awaited publication of Lesley Muir’s investigation into political corruption, developer donations and the impact of powerful lobby groups on the design and construction of Sydney’s metropolitan railway and tramway network in the 19th century.

With an introduction by Elizabeth Farrelly, ‘Shady Acres’ foreshadows the transport shortcomings that the city and its suburbs endure today.

Available mid-January 2017
Hardback, 25.5cm x 19cm, 320 pages, 92 illustrations (some colour), 39 maps and plans, comprehensive reference notes and index.

Collect your copy from History House – 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney or add $13 per copy for postage and packing.

The Brilliant Outsider

Robert Wainwright
Release date: 23/01/2017

The first full-length biography of George Ingle Finch – maverick Australian mountaineer, scientist, concert pianist and father of actor Peter Finch. George Ingle Finch, mountaineer, soldier, scientist, rebellious spirit, boy from the bush, was in his day one of the most famous men in the world. In 1922 he stood at the highest point on Everest, a feat not bettered for 30 years. He invented the predecessor to the puffer jacket and pioneered the use of oxygen in climbing. 

A World War I hero whose skills also helped save London from burning to the ground during the Blitz of World War II, he was a renowned scientist who was personally chosen by Nehru, the first Indian prime minister, to help lead his nation into the modern world. With a private life torn by war and misguided by social norms, a reputation as an outsider among the British alpine climbing establishment, and some rough and ready ‘colonial’ habits, Finch was a brilliantly colourful character – so why has he vanished from the pages of history? In this first full-length biography, Robert Wainwright surveys the man who is now best known as the father of Academy award-winning actor Peter Finch – but who was so much more.

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Mrs Kelly

Grantlee Kieza

The astonishing life of Ned Kelly’s mother Ellen Kelly was born during the troubles in Ireland. When she arrived in Melbourne in 1841 aged nine, British convict ships were still dumping their unhappy cargo in what was then known as the colony of New South Wales. When she died at the age of 91 in 1923, having outlived seven of her 12 children, motor cars plied the highway near her bush home north of Melbourne, and Australia was a modern sovereign nation.

The wife of a convict, Ellen, like so many Australian pioneering women, led a life of great hardship. She was a mother of seven when her husband died after months in a police lock-up, lived through famine and Australian drought, saw her babies die, listened through the prison wall while her eldest son was hanged and saw the charred remains of another of her children who’d died in a shoot-out with police.

One son became Australia’s most infamous (and ultimately popular) outlaw. Another became a highly decorated policeman, an honorary member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and a worldwide star on the rodeo circuit. By bestselling biographer Grantlee Kieza, MRS KELLY is the story of one of Australia’s most notorious women, but it is also the story of so many of Australia’s pioneering women, who knew only too well the hardships of pioneering life. More than that, it’s the story of the making of Australia, from struggling colony and backwater to modern nation.

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 Green Wing Press - The Red Light of Palm Beach

It is with great joy, and at least one small leap into the air, that we announce the launch of Green Wing Press Pty. Ltd, the hard copy publishing arm of which Pittwater Online News is now a subsidiary.

To commence this 'branch' of our ever expanding passion to create and share permanent records of our stories, we have the very great privilege of announcing the first book we will sell is Jervis Sparks's'The Red Light Of Palm Beach'.

Bridget and Jervis are doing well in Queensland and we know a lot here miss them. We will bring you more news soon... Jervis has kindly consented to allowing us to run a Profile on him in October and there is a lot to talk of there !

Copies may be purchased for a minuscule $25.00 by contacting us at greenwingpress@live.com.au and providing your details. Please put 'Red Light of Palm Beach' in your subject heading and provide details of a delivery or postage address. Once payment is confirmed you will own your own copy of this great book. You can also post a cheque/money order to the office; 724 Barrenjoey Road, Avalon, 2017, if this works better for you.

UPDATE: We have placed some copies of The Red Light Of Palm Beach at Barrenjoey Boating Services, at The Boat House, Palm Beach where you can buy them after a yummy breakfast or lunch.

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 Children's Storytime at Mona Vale Library

Mona Vale Library offers storytime for pre-school children every week during school terms. Children and their carers come and participate in a fun sing-a-long with our story teller as well as listen to several stories in each session, followed by some craft. Storytime is held in the Pelican Room of the library in front of the service desk. Storytime is free and no bookings are required. Storytime Sessions

Tuesdays  10.00am - 11.00am
Wednesdays  10.00am - 11.00am
Thursdays  10.00am - 11.00am