Maria Tumarkin travels with her Australian-born teenage daughter, Billie, back to Russia and Ukraine to have her experience first-hand the seismic shifts of her family’s native country. For Maria the trip back is no simple stroll down memory lane. Splintered and scattered across the world, her generation has ended up inhabiting vastly different realities. Along with exploring the political and cultural fallout of a century of turmoil, Maria wanted to bring together the worlds of her mother and daughter – the different continents, histories and experiences they encompassed.

Otherland is the story of a six-week trip traversing three generations, three lifetimes and three profoundly different but profoundly interconnected relationships between mothers and daughters.

Daywalks Around Victoria


By Glenn Tempest. Features 36 daywalks that best represents Victoria’s diverse and often unique geographical regions. Many of these walks have been popular to generations of Victorian walkers, while others are almost unknown. A handful of these walks are easily among the best in Australia. Daywalks Around Victoria is the first book of its kind where each described walk can be freely downloaded as a GPX file for use in a hand-held navigation device, or as a KMZ file to be opened directly in Google Earth.
12 walks in the mountainous eastern ranges.
6 coastal walks.
9 walks in the Goldfields and Melbourne’s western gorges.
6 walks in the Grampians region.
3 desert walks.
Detailed walk descriptions.
Historical information.
Accurate contour maps.
Elevation profiles.

New York City 9


Lonely Planet Pocket guides give you the best of the city. These include top sights, what the locals love, and best of walks, food, art, shopping, views, nightlife and more. Pull out map at the back of the book plus maps throughout of specific areas. Your one stop guide to the best of New York. This is the latest edition published August 2014.

The Night Guest


One morning Ruth wakes thinking a tiger has been in her seaside house. Later that day a formidable woman called Frida arrives, looking as if she has blown in from the sea. In fact she’s come to care for Ruth. Frida and the tiger: both are here to stay, and neither is what they seem.
Which of them can Ruth trust? And as memories of her childhood in Fiji press upon her with increasing urgency, can she even trust herself?
This is a mesmerising novel about love, dependence, and the fear that the things you know best can become the things you’re least certain about. A powerfully distinctive narrative about identity and memory, the weight of a life and the approach of death. Short listed for the Miles Franklin Award.