Hugh and Margaret Darcy are raising their family in Sydney amid the brothels, grog shops and run-down boarding houses of Surry Hills, where money is scarce and life is not easy. Filled with beautifully drawn characters that will make you laugh as much as cry, this Australian classic will take you straight back to the colourful slums of Sydney with convincing depth, careful detail and great heart.
"Great Narration of an Aussie classic"
Continuing the history of the Irish Darcys begun in Missus and continued in The Harp in the South, this third novel of the trilogy re-acquaints listeners with the vicissitudes of slum life in a Sydney suburb. An unforgettable family and a cast of unforgettable characters enliven a story that is sometimes tragic, but often humourous, in a time of poverty and destitution, hope and promise.
Missus takes us behind the lives of Hughie and Mumma, out of the gritty realism of inner city slum life and into the past of the stations,the bush and the country towns. We meet them as they were in the early 1920s, drifter Hugh Darcy, the unwilling hero who sweeps the dreamily innocent Margaret Kilker off her feet.
"First instalment of a very entertaining trilogy !!"
The game is called Beatie Bow, and the kids play it for the thrill of giving themselves a scare. It’s Beatie Bow, risen from the dead! When Abigail is drawn in, the game quickly changes from a harmless little scare to an extraordinary adventure, as she is transported to a place that is strangely familiar.... And in a Sydney she barely recognises, she’ll meet the real Beatie Bow and the family that will change her life.
"Good coming of age story with time travel"
Growing up in an Australian country town before World War I, Jackie Hanna and Cushie Moy are carefree and innocent in their love for each other, but Jackie is a dwarf, and his devotion to the beautiful Cushie is condemned by her parents. This is the story of their life-long odyssey, and of the triumph of a special kind of courage. In Swords and Crowns and Rings Ruth Park brilliantly captures the mood and tempo of Australian life from 1907 until 1931.
Wombat and his inseparable friends - the motherly and practical Mouse and Tabby Cat, whose pride, along with his tabby coat, is always being ruffled - were first introduced to children on ABC Radio in the 1950s and became instantly popular. When illustrator Noela Young brought the characters to life on paper, the books were born, and many of today's parents will have fond memories of these irresistible characters.
Lock the windows! Turn off the lights! Be prepared to shiver and shake when you listen to Really Scary Stories for Brave Children. Contains six scary, frightening and bloodcurdling stories by a selection of great Australian authors, including: 'The Room of Light' by Andrew Lansdown, 'Mel' by Sophie Masson, 'Sleeping Over at Lola's' by Gary Crew, 'Ribs' by Alison Stewart, 'Somebody Lives in the Nobody House' by Ruth Park and 'Sunset Crescent' by Victor Kelleher.