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Inkerman and Blunt are offering a 10% discount (and free postage) if you buy Australian Love Stories from their website before April 30.
Every so often, a book captures a reader’s imagination and takes on the quality of a stolen moment. Australian Love Stories is one of those gems, allowing readers the secret pleasure of a story at a time.—Amanda Ellis, The West Australian.
Destiny, heat and lust, cold betrayal, unrequited. It’s all here.
—Kerenlee Thompson, Kerenlee Thompson.com
Vintage Mother's Day Card: http://wordplay.hubpages.com/hub/Free-Printable-Mothers-Day-Cards#slide871182
"You mean Graham Street," said the barista, hot coffee roaring into a paper cup. He nodded at the customer beside me. "That's where we went. They call it Port Melbourne Primary now." And rolled his eyes.
"Yeah, we all went there. Just drive down the overpass. You can't miss it."
The customer stepped out into the rain with me, a stranger in his land, to point the way. Pleased to be asked.
Schools are such alive places. After two days, meeting around one hundred students, I was astonished at their attention, and their creativity. We talked about writing and inspiration, and what is most precious to us. One boy tried to tell me his most precious thing was a zombie.
"An imagined zombie," he laughed, delighting in my (feigned) horror.
"Surely the best kind," I replied.
Another boy told me he'd like a "golden hoverboard." A beautiful girl showed me a drawing of her most precious thing, her mother, and my heart went out to her. I kept thinking about everyone long after I'd left that Friday, and was happy when a student called Willow wrote to say she'd read Irina the Wolf Queen 'all day and all night' and loved how it was dreamy and mysterious.
(You can read WIllow's comments under 'what readers say.')
My thanks go to the warm and friendly teachers at Port Melbourne Primary, and to the librarian, Margaret Whitford, who facilitated the visit.
"Australian Love Stories... describes love at the domestic and intimate level but reveals Australians as a people who know about big love, a people who embrace difference, know about kindness and tolerance, offer succour to those in need, and attend to the environment that sustains us.
This book is a counterpoint to the Woolworth’s t-shirt. The t-shirt with the Australian flag across the top of it and below the flag, the line: If you don’t love it, leave it. Many think this is about racism but it is about so much more. It is about love and hate. It suggests if you dissent from a certain image of Australia you should go. Australian Love Stories suggests the opposite. It suggests that you stay and challenge bad behaviours precisely because you love the relationship you’re in, or the country in which you live. This book reveals Australia is so much more than a sporting nation, it is a nation of people who know what love is and who will stand in a state of love in order to transform hate. "
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