In these frustrating days of diesel and electric trains it is hard to remember the smell of coal smoke, the hiss of steam, and the sting of cinders flying into your eyes. With his passion for the olden days and his famous ear for a good yarn, Bill 'Swampy' Marsh has brought together another enthralling collection of funny, dramatic, and hilarious stories from drivers and gangers, firemen and guards, their families and everyone in between.
Without doubt, Judy was the worst of the seven, probably because she was the cleverest. Judy's father, Captain Woolcot, found his vivacious, cheeky daughter impossible - but seven children were really too much for him, and most of the time they ran wild at their rambling riverside home, Misrule. Step inside and meet them all: dreamy Meg and Pip, daring Judy, naughty Bunty, Nell, Baby, and the youngest - 'the General'. Come and share in their lives, their laughter and their tears.
I Can Jump Puddles is Alan Marshall's story of his childhood - a happy world in which, despite his crippling poliomyelitis, he plays, climbs, fights, swims, rides and laughs. His world was the Australian countryside early last century: rough-riders, bushmen, farmers and tellers of tall stories - a world held precious by the young Alan Marshall.
Funny, familiar and deeply moving, these true stories of Australian working horses stretch over three generations and every part of our continent. Teams of powerful, labouring Clydesdales, patient and spirited saddle horses, brave police mounts and talented Olympic competitors canter through its pages, their stories told first-hand by the owners who cared for and worked alongside them. Follow country tracks in a hawker's wagon, visit floodlit arenas with thumping music where horses perform with quiet trust, and trudge mountains where brumbies run.
A fantastic collection of farmyard stories for kids, including 'The Ugly Duckling' by Hans Christian Andersen. The stories are packed full of quacking ducks, baaing sheep, laughing kookaburras, warbling magpies and cute chooks.
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.