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The Furphy Anthology 2020

Authors: Various

Publisher: Hardie Grant Books

Joseph Furphy wrote the Australian literary classic, Such is Life, in 1903, under the pen name of Tom Collins, slang for a tall story. His brother John, a blacksmith, created water carts used by Australian troops during the First World War. Around these carts, stories were told, legs were pulled, rumours gathered momentum, and the term ‘furphy’ became part of the Australian lexicon.The Furphy Literary Award, established in 1992, became a national competition for the first time in 2020. More than 800 writers – from the established and experienced to first-timers – took up the challenge to tackle its topic of ‘Australian Life’.

This anthology includes well-known writers such as Cate Kennedy, Jenni Marazaki, Mira Robertson, Ruby Todd and Jean Flynn, along with emerging writers including Ya Reeves, Thomas MacAllister, Luke Martin and the IEU’s own journalist Sue Osborne.

Hello and Welcome

Author: Gregg Dreise

Publisher: Magabala Books

Feel the welcome as we celebrate Indigenous culture, Elders and future generations. Join the corroboree in the traditional Gamilaraay language of the Kamilaroi people as we listen and learn together.A wonderful companion to Gregg Dreise’s highly acclaimed My Culture and Me, this joyful picture book celebrates Australia’s Indigenous heritage and the diversity we enjoy today.Hello and welcome to our corroboree.Hello and welcome to our gathering.Father Sky, Mother Earth, together here with me.Different colours, different people, together in harmony.

Dr Karl’s Short Back and Science

Author: Karl Kruszelnicki

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

In Short Back & Science, Dr Karl combs through some of the greatest scientific conundrums of our age, such as what is killing half the bacteria on Earth every two days and why don’t mole rats get cancer? Why would anyone pay $40 million for a cup of tea, and how did a toilet seat help to end the First World War? Are bananas slippery, radioactive and loaded with potassium? What do clouds weigh? And why are there scientists running around naked in the Antarctic? Brushing aside any hype about coconuts and antioxidants, there is no one better to trim down to the facts than Australia’s most trusted scientist, Dr Karl.