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Potatoes to Gold by Kylie Taylor
Price: Free! Words: 2,920. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand(5.00 from 6 reviews)
'Potatoes to Gold' is a short story set in the late 1890s, during the West Australian gold rush, and offers an insight into the living conditions that outback pioneering families endured. The story is told from the perspective of a bright, young girl, Cathleen Sophia, who reveals her love of the outback and her devotion to her grandmother. And her fear of one day having to leave them both.
Snow Gum River by Benedicte Parthenay
Price: Free! Words: 2,780. Language: Australian English. Published: May 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand(4.00 from 3 reviews)
Snow Gum River is a literary short fiction piece that unfolds around a Bushranging gang in New South Wales, Australia during the late 1800s. With the increasing effectiveness of the police, Margaret and Clarence find it growing more difficult to escape capture and punishment, forcing them to have to make decisions they never would have considered before.
Tempting Fate by Matt Eliason
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,510. Language: Australian English. Published: May 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
Some may say Henry has a death wish. While he is an accomplished daredevil tightrope walker in colonial Sydney, Australia he is set on achieving 'higher and longer' walks . Even when a devastating accident forces a change of direction, his imagination and drive see him soaring to heights beyond his wildest dreams while tempting and falling victim to fate itself...
Vendetta by Ian Welch
Price: $6.50 USD. Words: 74,320. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2014 by Write Words Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
Ethan is young man alone and destitute on the other side of the world. His Dad has been murdered, their business fails, his Mom unable to cope takes her own life. Rumors indicate one man is responsible. Ethan is desperate to learn the truth, but what can he do? He is dealing with a powerful adversary, a man who will stop at nothing to achieve his goals. Ethan is now being targeted.
Scarlet Runner by Lily Ennis
Price: Free! Words: 81,640. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, Fiction » Romance » Historical
The 1912 Waihi Strike tested the resolve of the worker, the town and the government. None could have forseen its devastating effects or the tragedy that would propel the strike into the annals of history. The story follows Archie and Mary struggling to find love against a turbulent industrial dispute. Battles were fought and lost, love won and lost, men died. The strike was never called off.
Ma's Garden by Elsie Johnstone
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 111,910. Language: Australian English. Published: April 7, 2014 by G. & E. Johnstone. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
In 1902 Christopher and Ethel ‘Ma’ Johnstone left the city with their young family to open a country newspaper. Ma’s Garden is a gentle tale about the first year of their new life, the people they meet, their tribulations, their celebrations. ‘Ma’ planted her garden on a barren block while Christopher trusted in his future. This story is the essence of a small town, not so different from today.
Thunder on the Veldt by Daphne Olivier
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 70,670. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2014 by Melange Books, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, Fiction » Literature » War
As war clouds gather over South Africa, Melinda Bellingham, daughter of a Johannesburg mining magnate, learns the shocking news that her father's suicide has left her penniless. When a relative offers her a home, she says goodbye to Jack Cartwright, the Australian digger she loves, and sets off for Ladysmith, unaware that the small town will soon be under siege.
Beyond This Story by Lee Murray
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,870. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: March 20, 2014. Categories: 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: 14,550. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
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: 76,940. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
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. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, 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 Scapegoat by Peter Blakeborough
Series: The Asker Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 127,290. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
Newlyweds Cedric and Doris Asker sail for New Zealand aboard the Elingamite. But they become separated when the ship sinks near the Three Kings Islands with the loss of many lives. The Askers strive to overcome tragedy, disaster, business failure, and a wrongful murder conviction.
The Dingo Cave by Sybilla Thompson
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 52,790. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2014 by Eugenius Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Two young girls. One black. One white. An unlikely friendship blossoms against the backdrop of war and prejudice in the Australian outback. The Dingo Cave becomes their magic place away from a cruel and barren world - a place where cultures hold hands and learn from one another in surprising and beautiful ways. A moving and dramatic tale that teaches that ‘friendship is a masterpiece of nature’ i
A Voice to be Heard by Dell Brand
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 135,400. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
The story of two young women determined to live outside the confines of the Victorian Age and who have a lasting impact on the fledgling town of Melbourne.
Rainbird's Awakening by Robert Menzies
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 103,780. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
Rainbird relates through her diary how her father had been a secret volunteer in a highly confidential undertaking by the Menzies Government in the 1950s. She tells how her brother Archer embarks on a mission to reveal the truth, and in so doing discovers a massive government cover-up. His quest to find the truth and gain compensation is met by intimidation, bloodshed and murder.
Ned Kelly's Son by Trevor Tucker
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 114,680. Language: Australian English. Published: January 31, 2014 by Dream Write Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
What are the odds that a chance meeting of like souls in 1958 would result in the resurrection of hidden accounts of a mother and her son, whose amazing lives challenge the legend of Australia’s most iconic bushranger?
Lost Souls by Jenny Haworth
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 101,120. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
Historical adventure and war 1899-1902 the Anglo-Boer War Imperial patriotism The siege of Mafeking The New Zealand contingents in South Africa and Zimbabwe Concentration camps World War II
Harry's War by Sean Q Lee
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 10,410. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand(5.00 from 1 review)
The idyllic life of an Australian country boy is turned upside down when his country decides to fight alongside Great Britain in World War One. From promising school boy to Gallipoli veteran, this is the heart wrenching story of Harry's war.
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. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, Fiction » Adventure » Action
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. Categories: 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.