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Lissie Pendle By Ian Burns
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Lissie Pendle is about trouble. But not trouble with a capital T. It's trouble which just...well, it just happens. Usually with the help of her little brother, or Scratcher and his friends, or... More > just....things. Lissie is busy, pre-occupied, if you like, coping with events and trying to sort out and put in their proper place (ie beside and slightly in awe of her) the various eligible boys of the town. In these endeavours she succeeds quite gloriously, although she's actually the only person who understands this. In the course of telling us about a number of pretty unusual events, such as the case of the killer koala, or what happened in old-fashioned trains' toilets, or when she met a lady who inserted capital letters into her conversation, or when there was blood instead of ink in the inkwell, or....well, a pile of other things, we discover an Australia of another time. When things were clear, including the air, and life was simpler and, yes, funnier.< Less
Beethoven! the musical play By Ian B G Burns
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Beethoven! is the story of a man’s pursuit of music, as he struggles against increasing deafness and other periodic ailments. Whilst he is a naturally gregarious person, and loves keenly a... More > number of ladies (even leading to proposals of marriage), his hearing problem makes him more and more isolated. Compounding this is his lack of money sense, and a sometimes–too–quick temper – which causes him to fall out with his friends and run through a string of servants. Fortunately his friends are extremely loyal on the whole, and stick with him, doing their best to help him where and when they can.< Less
Four Hander By Ian Burns
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A murder mystery where the murders are not the mystery. Four murderers in three of six countries. One, two, three women – four? They don’t know each other. Why did they do it? What... More > are their stories? How does a detective recently allocated to his last case get mixed up in it all? And are there coded clues in the text? Ranging from wartime Holland to central Australia and the Burma-Thai Railway, this story takes you on an eighty-year journey leading up to the days after the women leave prison. When they begin to receive text messages... Shocking, seductive, messages offering enormous rewards. In exchange for...? How will they respond? Who is sending the messages, and why? And what is it really all about?< Less
Possum and Python By Ian Burns
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CHILDREN 9-12 Possum and Python is a story from the rain forest, of birth and love and companionship - of a most unusual (but splendid) kind. You can also find out more about Ian's books at... More > and< Less
Thomas Bulford's English Companion By Ian Burns
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An extraordinary book, giving seminal insights into such diverse matters as Amazons and aardvarks, and the mythical or legendary Eve (of Eden), Helen (of Troy), and Joan (of Arc ). Of great... More > importance is the clever Table of Contents – located conveniently for Americans near the beginning of the book – setting out the subjects of the book’s twenty-seven categories, together with the page numbers that each of these categories begins on. As an additional aid the publishers have included an Index at the end of the book, listing, in very sensible alphabetical order, the countless selected words or phrases which are defined (1,654 times, or perhaps more), clarified, or otherwise articulated in the preceding pages, although not in the Table of Contents. Saying anything else, at this stage, would be entirely superfluous, and probably an insult.< Less
The Alone Man By Ian Burns
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ADULTS The Alone Man is a simple story full of understated insights that will have deep emotional resonance with readers all over the world. It tells of a pioneering man's life, and his love for his... More > land, his wife, his children. You can find out more about Ian's books at< Less
The Search for Quong By Ian B G Burns
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Quong was a creature of the olden olden days, even before grandmother. He was a short fellow, or, at least, that’s what they said, with long, thin legs and an even longer, thinner tail. His... More > face was fat and wrinkly, and big bushy eyebrows kept out the sun and flies. At least that’s what I think he looked like, though no–one has actually seen him that I’d believe. Which, of course, was the trouble. Some people say that there are no such things as quongs, that it’s a stupid name, and that if there were any there’d be pink elephants, too. But those people don’t think Father Christmas comes every year, either. Of course this is all nonsense. There must be quongs and we must find them. And, if this story’s any good, we will. So let’s begin the search!< Less
The Day and Night Machine By Ian Burns
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It’s Jess’s thirteenth birthday. She’s been in bed for nearly a year, the result of a car accident that killed her father. Surprisingly, she finds a birthday present from him, an... More > unusual gift for a girl and one which she, her mother, and her grandfather, puzzle over. In the course of playing with it, Jess discovers that it has some highly-unexpected properties. But then, purely by accident, she discovers its most amazing feature.< Less
The Wisdom of Harkishen Singh By Ian Burns
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A compilation of sayings - sometimes wise, sometimes inscrutable, sometimes humorous - of an Indian guru in post-WW2 India, as spoken to and recalled by his young protégé.
The Package on the Tram By Ian B G Burns
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A fantasy adventure set in Melbourne, the main characters being two young girls. They experience something amazing, puzzling, and life-threatening, and meet the world's largest dog - well, they more... More > than meet him! A terrible decision has to be taken by one of the girls.< Less