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An Irish Blacksmith - The trial of Duncan O'Brady
By Preston Child
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,690. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
Discover the bloody past of Ireland; discover the new world called VanDiemen's Land in this bestselling series from Preston Child!
Beyond This Story
By Lee Murray
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,870. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: March 20, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
Beyond This Story is a collection of hyperfiction - fiction based on true events - written by New Zealand intermediate school students. It includes interpretations of disasters and epidemics, some unspeakable horrors, as well as discoveries and triumphs to delight and startle the world. All are told with insight and sensitivity in the fresh voices of New Zealand’s young writing talent.
Burke and Wills
By Raymond Boyd Dunn
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,270. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
It was an expedition, comprehensively equipped like no other exploratory party before it or since. Despite achieving its objective of crossing the vast Australian continent from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria, it ended in tragedy. It was plagued by poor decision making, harsh conditions and bad luck. The story is a tribute to brave men exploring the unknown. It is the story of the Dig Tree.
Unforgivable
By Sharon Robards
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,000. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Unforgivable is the story of a teenage girl and a young nun caught up in the great religious and social upheaval brought on by Vatican II, and a thriving adoption industry driven by society’s fierce disapproval of unmarried mothers.
A Gilded Mile
By Fay Anderson
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,510. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
Abandoned during the frenzy of the Gold Rush, a seven-year-old girl survives by scavenging and begging for food, while trying to avoid the coppers, drunks and predatory street gangs. Her extraordinary intellect has enabled her to subsist until now, but it will require all of her courage and a great deal of luck if she is to survive and prosper.
The Destiny of Darkie Dixon
By Raymond Boyd Dunn
Series: Outlaws of Australia, Book 7. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,500. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
Destiny, that amorphous but inevitable fate over which some say we have no control, was to deal unkindly with Darkie Dixon. That was not the name he was born with. It was not even a dignified Christian name. There was no way of knowing the identity which was bestowed upon him at birth! This is the story of his life ─ how his destiny was fulfilled.
The Downwinders
By Gilles Messier
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,240. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2013 by Petra Books. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
Australia, 1956. Luke van Houdt has escaped the ruins of war-torn Europe and settled into his new life Down Under, working for a prosperous electronics firm. The economy is booming, and life is good. But while working on a routine job, Luke stumbles upon a dark secret - one that will haunt him for the rest of his life.
Traffic Lights
By Eero Tarik
Price: Free! Words: 2,030. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
This short story was originally published for a competition that had a word limit of 1,500 words and is an example of live fiction - it was written and published on the day of the event happening. The story involves a major event in Australian political history during 2013.
Buckley's Chance
By Raymond Boyd Dunn
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,560. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
In the Australian vernacular “you’ve got Buckley’s Chance” or “you’ve got Buckley’s” means “you have no chance”, or “it’s nearly impossible”; despite the eventual outcome of his adventure, the phrase is believed to refer to the improbable survival of an escaped convict, William Buckley, who lived among the Aborigines of Victoria, Australia, for thirty-two years, before returning to civilization.
The Value of Their Deaths
By Michael C. Madden
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,290. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
A moving tribute to all those who served in the Great War, by award winning writer, Michael C. Madden. With their passing goes not our remembrance. (All author profits from the sale of this book are donated to the Victorian TPI Association)
The Dairy Cottage
By Topsy Baxter
Series: Cavendish Court, By the River, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 61,130. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Arriving on a convict ship in 1815 into New South Wales, Australia, Elizabeth must learn to survive her wrongful conviction and unwelcome conscription as dairy maid to the local dairy cottage. Her wretched situation requires all her strength and cunning to navigate the brutality of this convict settlement and strive to become free again and, hopefully, live the life she was meant to live.
Balls (September 1981)
By Mac Dyson
Series: The Fallen, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 7,160. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: September 10, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
A short story, complimentary to The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea, based on actual events, set two years later. Jude and Su have got embroiled in violent civil conflict that threatens to tear New Zealand-Aotearoa apart. Of course NZ being NZ it could only be about Rugby!
Lesson Plan - Letters of a Convict Girl - Grades 4-6
By Kate Walker
Price: Free! Words: 2,810. Language: Australian English. Published: August 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
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A Week-long Lesson Plan in Story & Language Assessment using the text 'Letters of a Convict Girl - Age 11' by Kate Walker. ~ Questions on content, language use and text interpretation. ~ Letter Writing Model and Task. ~ Suitable for classroom and home schooling.
Shipwrecked: the Saving of Eva Carmichael
By Rebecca Taylor
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,210. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
Eva Carmichael is a ship surgeons daughter, destined to become a house maid in an English country manor. Well that is what she thought! At the age of 16 Eva is sent against her will on a journey to the other side of the world, sailing on the ill-fated Loch Ard. Will Eva survive the colony of Australia and find employment? But more importantly will Eva survive the Loch Ard?
The Adventures of Ben Hall, Bushranger
By Raymond Boyd Dunn
Series: Outlaws of Australia, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,710. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
Before Ned Kelly, the infamous Australian bushranger, there was Ben Hall. In fact, it is thought by numerous people that many of Ben Hall’s exploits were copied by Ned. Hall operated in New South Wales, and his daring escapades earned him the title of ‘Brave Ben Hall’, making him a part of Australian folklore.
Chains of Freedom
By Jess Mountifield
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,940. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: June 19, 2013 by Red Feather Writing. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Kaihaitu has been trained for leadership since she was a small child but nothing quite prepared her for the arrival of the British Redcoats. With her father dead and other villagers sick she has to make a choice between her heart and her head
Outlaws of the Australian Bush
By Raymond Boyd Dunn
Series: Outlaws of Australia, Book 6. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 135,060. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
The Bushranger...the outlaw of the Australian Bush. The young men of the late 19th century, living outside the law, who found adventure on the back of a fast horse; an adventure fraught with danger; and the likelihood of finishing on the end of a rope. A compilation of 1.Bushranger 2. Birth of a Bushranger 3. Millie and the Bushranger 4. Bushranger's Gold 5. Adventures of Ben Hall 7. Darkie Dixon
Lord of the Manor in Australia
By Raymond Boyd Dunn
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,690. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Drama » European
George Greenfield is obsessed with creating a dynasty. He imagines the imposing structure he builds will be a monument to his memory. The gripping story takes you from the time of the Gympie gold rush, through two disastrous World Wars and world-wide depressions. Each generation must have a son. Can you imagine the angst caused because of the uncertainty of the sex of the eagerly-awaited child?
Bushranger's Gold
By Raymond Boyd Dunn
Series: Outlaws of Australia, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 33,370. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
The Sequel to “Millie and the Bushranger”… Millie recovers from the wound received during the shootout which killed her lover, Dandy Jack, and joins the surviving members of the gang to search for the cache hidden by Jack before he was killed.
Blackwell Down Under
By Troy D. Smith
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,420. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2013 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Caleb Blackwell found no luck in the California gold mines... but there is a new rush, in a place called Australia. Unfortunately, Blackwell arrives just in time to be caught up in one of the most violent uprisings in that land's history... Read the whole Blackwell series! "Blackwell's Run" was nominated for the 2011 Peacemaker Award for best western short story!