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21 March 2016

New Australian crime fiction

the dragon's skin by ross grayThe Dragon’s Skin

by Ross Gray

“David Edge is a Chinese Whisper.” So Constable Carol Porter is informed while digging into one of Edge’s cold cases, unsure whether she’s investigating the crime, the crim or the cop. To his former Homicide colleagues, he’s the star detective who went bad, or pretended to, while undercover.

According to rumour, he’s the ex-cop who killed notorious hitman “Whitey” Poynter and took over crime lord Jack Barker’s enterprises. To the ladies of The Rose Garden and The Crimson Grotto, he’s the Big Boss, a gentleman who looks after them better than Barker did.

To the tough-as-nails Maeve Maguffin, booted off the force for making a pass at her female superior, he’s the former rookie who puts work her way occasionally. To the kids at the drop-in centre, he’s the mystery man who lives upstairs, teaches self-defence and for whom they gladly run errands.

And to petty thief Ben Bovell, Edge is his only friend and his hero: the blond-haired blue-eyed saviour he can trust to keep his promise — the promise he extracts from Edge when Ben walks into his daughter’s day-care centre wearing a bomb and sets in motion a train of events that draws everyone into Edge’s unofficial investigations. Who is David Edge? David Edge is a Chinese Whisper …

Publishing 1 May 2016
Paperback ISBN 9781922198228 324 pages RRP $29.95
Ebook ISBN 9781922198235 RRP $7.99

New Australian poetry

White-out: selected published poems by Saxby PridmoreWhite-out: selected published poems 1986—2016

by Saxby Pridmore

“Saxby Pridmore writes with clarity and total lack of pretension. The rich range of his poetry embraces humour and self-deflation, admiration of bravery and acts of mercy we doubt we could emulate, and rueful reflections on the ways we bend to regulations that demean our best impulses and noblest ideals. These poems consider everything human: the swamps and exhilarations of relationships, through childhood, working life and ageing. They’re deft, poised, and compassionate. Many will stay in mind and invite revisiting the whole collection. It’s good to see this poet’s work so generously presented.”
— Michael Sharkey, Editor, Australian Poetry Journal

This anthology presents 200 of Saxby Pridmore's poems, selected from the 300+ poems that have been published in over 40 different literary magazines and journals, spanning 30 years of publication.

Publishing July 2016
Paperback ISBN 9781922198242
Ebook ISBN 9781922198259

News and events

The Orchid NurseryContact 2016, Brisbane, 25-28 March 2016

Contact 2016 is the 55th Australian National Speculative Fiction Convention and will be held from Friday 25 March to Monday 28 March 2016, at Hotel Jen, Brisbane. Contact 2016 is a community-run, national event, delivered by industry professionals and creatives who are passionate about speculative and cultural production.

The Orchid Nursery, by Louise Katz, has been shortlisted for the Norma K Hemming Award for excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class and disability in speculative fiction, which will be presented at the Ditmar Awards on Sunday 27 March. The book will be on sale throughout Contact 2016 from Pulp Fiction Books in the Traders’ Room, where Louise will also be signing copies on Monday 28 March.

Join Louise and other panellists at 9am on Monday 28 March for a discussion of “Faith and Fiction”: in the safety of alternative worlds, speculative fiction provides a space to interrogate our understanding of faith and human nature. How do our spiritual beliefs shape the stories we tell – and how do we engage with the ones we read?

For more information about Contact 2016, including how to buy tickets, visit

Nadya Golski at the Camelot lounge

If you missed the live rendition of Louise Katz’s adaptation of “Gonna take up my burden (far from the riverside)” from The Orchid Nursery at the book’s launch, you can catch it again this Saturday night when Nadya and the 101 Candles Orkestra perform live at the Camelot Lounge in Marrickville. For more information and bookings, go to the Camelot Lounge website

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