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THE 13TH STEP - SUSAN JOY KEARNEY

THE 13TH STEP

Sue's sense of humour and zest for life are reflected in her narration. The 13th Step is not about the predatory thirteenth step experienced by some in twelve-step programmes. In this book, Sue helps those who are ready to grasp life firmly and make the changes necessary to live fully. She writes with honesty and integrity about her life experiences and subsequent personal development to create change. She shares all the tools she used to transform her own life, hoping it may be of help to others.

Sue lives in a small, historical village in northern New South Wales, Australia. As a retired schoolteacher, she divides her time between writing, teaching drama, directing all-abilities amateur theatre, and working in her private kinesiology practice. She performed her first of many stand-up comedy routines at the Melbourne Comedy Festival at the age of sixty-one, proving lifetime dreams can come true. Her comedy is based on the joys of ageing. Her very happy and full life is spent playing golf with her partner, travelling in their caravan, and enjoying their very loving family of six - three dogs and a cat.

MEET & CHAT WITH THE AUTHOR - SUSAN JOY KEARNEY
SATURDAY 16th MARCH - 10am - 12 midday


MARYROSE CUSKELLY - "WEDDERBURN: A TRUE TALE OF BLOOD & DUST"

Wedderburn: A True Tale of Blood and Dust

The story of a grisly triple murder in Central Victoria in October 2014 - contemporary Australian true crime at its best

'An ugly story told beautifully. WEDDERBURN will hold you tightly in its grip, and leave an imprint when it lets you go.' Myfanwy Jones

'In WEDDERBURN, we see the trauma caused by the blackest of hearts. A desolate yet deeply affecting tale of savage crime in rural Australia.' Mark Brandi

'Maryrose Cuskelly has the rare gift of telling a true story with the excitement and vividness of fiction; she never forsakes the facts in this chilling and hypnotic book.' William McInnes

'The slaughter was extravagant and bloody. And yet there were people in the small town of Wedderburn in Central Victoria who, while they did not exactly rejoice, quietly thought that Ian Jamieson had done them all a favour.'

One fine Wednesday evening in October 2014, 65-year-old Ian Jamieson secured a hunting knife in a sheath to his belt and climbed through the wire fence separating his property from that of his much younger neighbour Greg Holmes. Less than 30 minutes later, Holmes was dead, stabbed more than 25 times. Jamieson returned home and took two shotguns from his gun safe. He walked across the road and shot Holmes' mother, Mary Lockhart, and her husband, Peter, multiple times before calling the police.

In this compelling book, Maryrose Cuskelly gets to the core of this small Australian town and the people within it. Much like the successful podcast S-Town, things aren't always as they seem: Wedderburn begins with an outwardly simple murder but expands to probe the dark secrets that fester within small towns, asking: is murder something that lives next door to us all?

MARYROSE CUSKELLY "WEDDERBURN: A TRUE TALE OF BLOOD & DUST"
AUTHOR TALK WITH WINE & CHEESE
THURSDAY 28th MARCH - 6.00pm
ON THE FOOTPATH
THIS IS A FREE EVENT. WE HAVE LIMITED SEATING: YOU ARE WELCOME TO BRING A FOLDING CHAIR


JARRAH DUNDLER - HEY BROTHER

Hey Brother

SYNOPSIS:

A genuine and compellingly portrayed family drama of a tough kid from rural Australia.

'A superb, unflinching portrait of a family in crisis, as seen through the eyes of a good kid on the brink of manhood...a truly compelling 'coming of age' story that is unsentimentally told. However, the ending was satisfyingly, subtly moving- and absolutely pitch-perfect. Highly recommended.' - Raven's Parlour

'Life, love, and loss in rural Australia, as experienced by one unfaltering young man. It's as wise and tender as any book I've read in years. Jarrah Dundler writes in unsentimental prose that heightens the book's sense of humour and builds pathos for its young hero. It kept me hooked for hours at a stretch.' Rohan Wilson, bestselling author of The Roving Party

'A devastating portrait of youth, rage and tenderness. Trysten Black is an enormous achievement and Dundler is a writer to watch.' Kristina Olsson, acclaimed author of Boy, Lost

Before leaving for war in Afghanistan, Shaun Black gives his little brother Trysten a mission of his own. Keep out of trouble.

Trysten tries, but with Mum hitting the bottle harder than ever and his dad not helping, Trysten responds the only way he knows how, with his fists - getting into a fight at school and lining up for another one with his uncle who's come to stay.

When the family receives news that Shaun will be home for Christmas, Trysten is sure that good times are coming. But when Shaun returns, Trysten soon realises he has a whole new mission - to keep Shaun out of trouble.

Hey Brother tells the story of a tough kid from the bush whose world comes crashing down on his shoulders. But with his own blend of fury, resilience and deadpan humour, Trysten proves to be up for every challenge.

'This is a wonderful coming of age tale with themes of family, the power of friendship and first love. Full of frailty, hope and wry humour, this is a powerfully written story with huge heart and a spirited hero in Trysten Black.' - Jenny Barry, owner, BooksPlus.

AUTHOR TALK WITH WINE & CHEESE
JARRAH DUNDLER - "HEY BROTHER"
WEDNESDAY 17th APRIL - 6.00pm
ON THE FOOTPATH
(Limited seating - You are welcome to bring a folding chair)


MAGGIE CHRISTENSEN - A SINGLE WOMAN

A Single Woman

Maggie is a great friend of us all at Annie's Books - she is a passionate writer and reader, and A SINGLE WOMAN is her ninth novel, and she has other online published works. Maggie is proudly self-published, and has become an expert on the navigation of the new world of self-publishing, helping many emerging authors avoid the many pitfalls along the way.

SYNOPSIS:

Isla Cameron. headmistress at an elite girl's school in Glasgow, is determinedly single, adroitly avoiding all attempts at matchmaking by a close friend. When she reconnects with Kirsty McLennan at a school reunion, she has no inkling her life is about to change. Widower Alasdair MacLeod is grieving for the wife he lost two years earlier, struggling as the single father of two teenagers, and frustrated by the well-meaning interference of his in-laws.

When a proposed school trip to France brings them together, they find a connection in the discovery that each is suffering the loss of a loved one, but neither are interested in forming a relationship.

As their friendship grows, Alasdair struggles with his growing attraction to the elegant schoolmistress, while Isla harbours concerns about the complications a relationship with him would bring.

Can Alasdair overcome his natural reserve, and can Isla open her heart to love again? Readers of Christensen's earlier books, The Good Sister and Isobel's Promise, will love reconnecting with Bel and Matt while enjoying Isla Cameron's unique story.

MAGGIE CHRISTENSEN - A SINGLE WOMAN
AUTHOR TALK WITH WINE & CHEESE
THURSDAY 16th MAY - 6.00pm
ON THE FOOTPATH - THIS IS A FREE EVENT
LIMITED SEATING - PLEASE FEEL FREE TO BRING A FOLDING CHAIR


JOSEPHINE MOON - BUDDHISM FOR MEAT EATERS

Buddhism for Meat Eaters

"An engaging, challenging and contemplative guide on how to live a compassionate life in a consumerist era.

For many years, Josephine Moon struggled with the question of eating meat; fervently wishing to live as a vegetarian yet requiring meat in her diet. From Josephine's philosophical, spiritual and physical battle with eating meat came, Buddhism for Meat Eaters - a book for animal lovers, the environmentally and ethically conscious, and generally thoughtful people who eat meat but perhaps aren't entirely comfortable doing so.

Open, honest and utterly without judgement, Buddhism for Meat Eaters encourages readers to be more mindful about their choices, rather than berating themselves for them, and offers ways for people to live ethically, honestly and guilt-free, whether as a carnivore, vegetarian or vegan. This highly practical guide also includes workbook-style activities and topics for consideration to guide you in your own journey to making wiser decisions on how you consume, how you live, and how to change the world around you."

BOOK LAUNCH - AUTHOR TALK WITH WINE & CHEESE

JOSEPHINE MOON - BUDDHISM FOR MEAT EATERS: Simple Wisdom for a Kinder World
IN CONVERSATION WITH MARY-LOU STEPHENS

WEDNESDAY 3RD JULY - 6.00pm
ON THE FOOTPATH
THIS IS A FREE EVENT
LIMITED SEATING - YOU ARE WELCOME TO BRING A FOLDING CHAIR


KATE FOSTER - AN INVITATION TO TRUST

An Invitation to Trust

An Invitation to Trust is a profound spiritual manifesto, a legacy of love and questioning that lays down a path to peace and happiness.

Trust yourself always. Even on the hard messy days.

MEET & CHAT WITH THE AUTHOR
KATE FOSTER - AN INVITATION TO TRUST
SUNDAY 7th JULY - 10am - 12 midday.


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