Archive for September, 2007

Worm in the Bud

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

nullWhile Rose was looking forward to celebrating their 21st wedding anniversary, her husband, Lewis, remained cold and detached, his manner increasingly distant from the entire family. Rose knew that Lewis carried his wartime experiences deep within – experiences he chose not to share. But there always seemed to be an even deeper secret, something more personal.

The opening chapter fills the reader with a sense of foreboding that is not softened by the excellent and evocative imagery throughout this novel of a family farming in southern Tasmania in the 1960s.

Worm in the Bud – set in the farmlands of southern Tasmania.

Fiction – Romance: 1st Edition
Paperback, 296pp
ISBN: 1 92078712 7; 210 x 138 mm
RRp: $aud26.95
ISBN(13): 9781920787127

The Author see also: The Missing Wife
June Duncan Owen’s training and experience in history (MA from Sydney University), social work (University of Adelaide), teaching and farming inform her writing. Her previous book, The Missing Wife, was well received by readers throughout Australia.

June’s published works include
The Missing Wife, Indra Publishing 2004
Mixed Matches: Interracial Marriage in Australia, University of New South Wales Press, 2002
Writing and Selling Articles (Australian/New Zealand Guide), Hale & Iremonger, 1997
How to Write and Sell Articles, Penguin Books, 1992
The Heart of the City, Kangaroo Press, 1987.

Yoga, Meditation and the Guru

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

This attractively illustrated book introduces yoga as we in the West generally discover it, and leads us into a deeper knowledge of this method of self awareness.

Yoga, Meditation and the Guru is a journey through yoga from the yoga schools of Australia to the ancient origins in the Indus River Valley, 4,500 years ago. The development of yoga in the ancient texts and practices of India is interwoven with its migration to the West.

Dr Bilimoria takes the reader through the therapeutic aspects of yoga to the philosophical traditions in India. He completes the work with a critical review of yoga as practised in Western society generally, but with emphasis on the Australian experience.

The introduction to the therapeutic value and ethical considerations of yoga bring the reader to the search for a guru, where Dr Bilimoria offers his advice concerning some precautions to take, to avoid questionable practicioners.

Dec 1989 95pp
Paperback, 215 x 138 mm
ISBN 0 9587718 2 0
RRP $aud 14.95

The Author, Dr Purusottama Bilimoria, was educated in New Zealand and Australia and spent some time in India and USA, where he combined research and teaching. He has published in the areas of Indian philosophy, ethics, and comparative religions. His current research interests include post-colonial theory, on which he lectures in Bangalore, India and Melbourne, Australia. 

Volcanoes: Recovery from rage

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

nullIssues around rage are a common symptom to survivors of abuse, and have the potential to create havoc in their lives, involving their interpersonal relationships and their social interactive abilities. Coping mechanisms can be achieved.

Volcanoes: Recovery from Rage offers a road map to achieving change, taking the reader through acknowledgement, information and healing, and providing valuable management mechanisms for anger control.

This is an informative and comprehensive text for those who have experienced severe trauma and for professionals in the healing sector. In clear and precise language, Lindsey Fairfield takes us on a thorough analysis covering all aspects of the human journey through healing and returning to wholeness. Hetty Johnston, People’s Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse

Released through Indra Publishing
Sept 2003 Paperback, 224 x 138 mm
Personal growth, surviving abuse
1st Edition ISBN: 0 6463970 0 1
RRP $aud24-95
ISBN(13): 9780646397009

The Author
As an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse and a trained counsellor, Lindsey Fairfield is able to understand the need for acknowledgement, understanding and recognition of the validity of confused feelings experienced by survivors.

Lindsey conducts group sessions, teaching the process she developed to open up the spiral trap which intensifies the confused feelings resulting from childhood abuse. Focussed on recovery from the rage which is an extremely debilitating consequence of child abuse, Lindsey’s process has helped many survivors establish normal relationships and roles in our society which generally rejects anger.

Lindsey wrote this book from her personal experience as a survivor and as a counsellor, to help survivors develop the skills necessary for fitting comfortably in society, skills development which is missing from most counselling services.

The Water People

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

nullWhat did happen to sixteen people on that night in February nearly two hundred years ago??

There are many stories of people lost in the bush. Children who strayed, travellers who disappeared, explorers who never returned to their camps. But when sixteen individuals leave the realm of the living without a single trace and when the one person who witnessed all that happened chose to go to the grave in silence … then there is a mystery indeed. A dark and mysterious novel set in the early 1800s.

Molly McPhee and her daughter, Alice, visit Major Walden in his isolated country home. When Walden is called away on duty, he leaves his convict manservant, Halls, in charge. When he returns, Mollie is dead and Halls and Alice have gone. The indigenous Dharawal – the Water People – offer their explanation of what happened before Alice was swallowed up by the earth.

A nineteenth century mystery set on the shores of Botany Bay, Sydney.

The Water People is the second of Angela Badger’s historical novels from the early convict period. It is based on news reports and anecdotes from the period, which recount how a search party was lost during violent storms on the shores of Botany Bay. They had been searching for a convict who was believed to have abducted a woman after murdering her mother. Only the convict came out of the bush – manacled, exhausted and silent. He died under the lash and his secret died with him.

October 2004, 224 pp
Fiction: 1st Edition
ISBN: 1 92078705 4
Paperback, 210 x 138 mm
RRP: $aud24-95

The Author
Angela Badger was born in the New Forest, Hampshire, England. She emigrated to Australia in 1970 and maintains ongoing contact with UK. Her interest in Australian history is the main source of inspiration for her fiction. In The Water People, Angela fills the gaps in a brief item of news she found in a newsletter of early Sydney.

Angela’s books
The Water People, Indra
Charlotte Badger – Buccaneer, Indra
The Boy from Buninyong

Junior fiction
The River’s Revenge
Poles Apart

Angela is currently researching her next novel, set in southern New South Wales in the late nineteenth century. This novel promises to continue her easy to read style of presenting historical events as lived adventures involving real people.

When Dining With Tigers: Roads to Tiananmen

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

nullWhen Dining with Tigers is a fictional account of a young Chinese English teacher, nicknamed Moby, and his older Australian friend, retired journalist, Wilson. Their story begins in Sydney in 1986, when Moby is billetted at Wilson’s house, and ends in Beijing in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Moby’s understanding of the Australian, and particularly the Chinese-Australian, way of life slowly develops during his year in Sydney, refining his skills as an English teacher. His own family life in Beijing is presented by way of letters from his wife, who anxiously awaits the birth of her brother’s first child. Her fears of how her brother would react if the child is a girl, become a reality. The personal tragedies caused by the one-child policy make a disconcerting continuity with the family tragedies resultant from the Cultural Revolution.

Interwoven into their adventures and misadventures in Sydney and Beijing are analysis and commentary provided by the 16th century Chinese scholar, Wu Cheng-en and the heroes of his epic Journey to the West. Scholar Wu, who is cast as the narrator of Tigers, uses classical Chinese folk stories and legends to illustrate moral principles and cultural behaviours which are challenged by the circumstances in which Moby and Wilson find themselves. Wu Cheng-en’s heroes – the priest Tripitaka and his companions – argue the merits of how Moby, Wilson and the people among whom they live and work in Sydney and Beijing live out their roles.

Tigers takes the reader from mild street demonstrations in mid-80s Sydney, campaigning against the Australia Card, to the enormity of the demonstrations for liberalisation which culminated in Tiananmen Square on 4 June 1989. The familiar images of Tiananmen Square are recounted verbally, including what is probably the best written account of the young man confronting and stopping the tank, an image which still brings hope to oppressed peoples the world over.

215 x 138 mm Paperback, 376pp
Fiction; 1st Edition
ISBN 0 9585805 2 9
RRP $aud$22-95
ISBN(13) 978 0958580526

The Author
Frank Chan Loh was born in Malaysia, and migrated to Australia, already an acknowledged playwright. His radio plays have been performed on Radio Malaysia, and he has won short story competitions in England. When Dining With Tigers is Frank’s first novel.

Frank, who has an arts degree from the University of Queensland, lives in Sydney with his wife and their two sons. Frank has worked as a waiter and kitchen hand, a wine seller, a factory hand and recently retired from his role as a mathematics teacher. His broad knowledge of Chinese literature and tradition is complemented by his broad reading of Australian and international literature.

Frank, one of the male minority of Asian-Australian writers, has a unique style which reflects his interest in the difference between China and Australia in interpretation of family, nation and personal life.

True Stories of the Top End

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

nullTrue stories from the Northern Territory, not all of which found their way into the press of the time. From the humorous to the harrowing, including:

A crocodile trapper releases his catch in the local pub, just for a bit of a laugh.
Survivors are rescued from the wreckage of their homes in the aftermath of Cyclone Tracy.
Seven year old Nora Brown is kidnapped from her white foster family and returned to tribal land.
Hundreds of letters from armchair lawyers pass judgement on the infamous Chamberlain case.
And an incredible flight from colonial justice makes a folk hero of Nemarluk, the indigenous guerrilla warrior.

Paperback, 210 x 138 mm
Non-Fiction: 200pp;1st Edition
ISBN: 192078707 0
RRP $aud23.95
ISBN(13): 9781920787073

The Author
Ken White is a senior journalist with wide experience in Northern Australia and the neighbouring region. He worked in Darwin during the 1970s and 1980s, covering some of the most significant events in recent Australian history.

This is Ken’s second book to come out of his many years in Darwin. In it he reviews Northern Territory news-making events from very local humorous stories to events like Cyclone Tracy which generated nationwide, indeed worldwide, interest. Several of the stories in this collection provide previously unpublished background material on significant events in the Territory. Ken’s first book published by Indra is Criado: A Story of East Timor

Following his time in Darwin, Ken moved to Adelaide, and now lives in Melbourne.

Bougainville Campaign Diary

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

nullThe revealing journal of an ex-Papua New Guinea Defence Force Officer, detailing against the historical background, the inside story of military operations against the Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA).

This book is a sensitive treatment of civil war, from the inside. It provides a Melanesian perspective on a Melanesian war. Bougainville Campaign Diary describes the background to the secessionist crisis ( the discovery of copper, the establishment of the Bougainville Copper mine, and early seccessionist movements on the island.

The reader learns about the PNG military through Liria’s description of his own recruitment and training. As an Intelligence Officer, Liria briefed others on the BRA, and it is through his account of one of those briefing sessions that the reader learns about the BRA, and the support for the BRA among the Bougainvillean people.

As well as contributing to the history of the counter-insurgency campaign, the book is an entertaining account of life in uniform. Liria’s style is that of a natural raconteur. He shares the opportunities for humour, and is not afraid to tell his readers how he cried to see the burnt out villages of Bougainville, which could so easily have been villages in his own Southern Highlands district.

This is not a dry, academic work. It is a good read, and an informative one.

Dec 1993, 182pp
Paperback, 215 x 138 mm
Non-fiction, 1st Edition
ISBN 0 9587718 4 7
RRP $aud 19.95

The Author
Yauka Aluambo Liria is from Tunda village, Pangia District in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea. The second son of a traditional chief, Yauka was one of the first men in his area to attend school and become a military officer.

After joining the Papua New Guinea Defence Force in 1982, Yauka was commissioned into the rank of second lietenant on graduation from the Defence Academy in Lae in 1983. His military career included service as an infantry platoon leader, military arts instructor, defence intelligence analyst and in 1992, a Company Commander in the Bougainville counter-insurgency operations.

In 1993, after two tours of duty in Bougainville, Yauka, by then a captain, resigned from the Defence Force, to take up full-time studies at the University of Papua New Guinea. Bougainville Campaign Diary is Yauka’s first book.

Who Did this to Our Bali?

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

nullOn October 12, 2002, Bali seemed to crumble overnight, when hundreds of tourists and locals who were enjoying themselves became victims of two horrific bomb blasts. The bombs took the lives of 202 people – 88 of whom were Australians, and severely injured many more.

The Bali bombing brought Australians closer to the terror which had dominated world headlines for over a year. Dewi Anggraeni’s book – Who Did This To Our Bali? – presents a comprehensive summary of the event, the investigation and the main perpetrators.

Dewi’s work as an Indonesian journalist in Australia puts her in a unique position to observe and understand how the tragedy of the Bali bombing has played out in Australia, Bali and elsewhere in Indonesia.

Indonesians and foreign observers alike have been pondering whether “Indonesian Islam” remains as moderate, liberal and tolerant as many had believed. Part of this book is about Dewi’s own journey through this pondering.

Includes: Map of Eastern Indonesia;
Plan of Kuta, showing Sari Club and Paddy’s Bar;
4 colour plates of Kuta and the main perpetrators of the bombing

February 2004 200pp
Paperback, 210 x 138 mm
Non-Fiction category: war & revolution
1st Edition ISBN: 1 92078708 9
RRP $aud24-95
ISBN (13): 9781920787089

The Author
As a published writer of novels, short stories and essays, and an established role as a regional journalist, Dewi Anggraeni is well-known in both Australia and Indonesia, especially among those in both countries who maintain an interest in regional affairs.

Her major works have been published by Indra Publishing:
Who Did This To Our Bali?, 2003
Snake, 2003
Neighbourhood Tales: A Bilingual Collection, 2001
Journeys Through Shadows, 1998
Stories of Indian Pacific, 1992
Parallel Forces, 1988
The Root of all Evil, 1987

Dewi’s poetry, short stories and essays appear in anthologies from a range of publishers:
“Journey to My Cultural Home” in Weaving a Double Cloth; Stories of Asia Pacific Women in Australia (Ed. Myra Jean Bourke, Susanne Holzknecht and Annie Bartlett, Pandanus Books, 2002)
“Exposing Crimes Against Women” in The Last Days of President Suharto (Ed. Edward Aspinall, Herb Feith and Gerry van Klinken, Monash Asia Institute, 1999)
“Rejected by Ibu Pertiwi” in Motherlode (Ed. Stephanie Holt and Maryanne Lynch, Sybylla Feminist Press, 1997)
“From Indonesia to Australia and Back: Cultural Sensitivities” in Crossing Cultures: Essays on Literature & Culture of the Asia-Pacific (Ed.Bruce Bennett, Jeff Doyle, Satendra Nandan, Skoob Books, 1996)
“Illegal” in Our Heritage (Ed. Satyagraha Hoerip, Pustaka Binaman Pressindo, 1993)
“Irritations” in Striking Chords (Ed. Sneja Gunew and Kateryna O Longley, Allen & Unwin, 1992)
“Mal Tombé” in Beyond the Echo (Ed. Sneja Gunew and Jan Mahyuddin UQP, 1988)
“A Foreigner in East Gippsland” in Up From Below (Women’s Redress Press Inc., 1987)