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'Press On is published in partnership with Arcadia. In 2010, four Press On books were published by Press On Publishing in association with Arcadia, the general books' imprint of Australian Scholarly Publishing. Authors Michael Wilding, Peter Corris, Phillip Edmonds and Inez Baranay began the first batch of Press On. Commissioned by Michael Wilding, eight more books join the series with new authors Morris Lurie, Garry Disher, Ross Fitzgerald, Trevor Jordan and Victoria Thompson. Felix Calvino's previously published A Hatful of Cherries Arcadia, 2009 has also taken on the Press On logo. Arcadia's 2011 Press On additions were launched at the Melbourne Writers Festival this year.' Source: (Sighted 15/11/2011).


y separately published work icon Wishart's Quest Peter Corris , Rundle Mall/Rundle Street : Press On , 2009 Z1572694 2009 single work novel mystery

'In a New England country town to give a paper, academic Tom Wishart is struck by an amateur painting in the local art gallery. It looks just like him. Wishart is a foundling who knows nothing about his parents. The clue given by this uncanny resemblance sets him on a quest to discover his origins.

'As the search reaches back in time, the turbulent, shadowy lives of Paul Bushell, son of the squattocracy and disgraced Vietnam deserter, and Diana Saunders, vanished Aboriginal sportswoman, come into view and are played out? Could these be his parents? How and why was he abandoned? The trail leads to Sydney, Vietnam, Manila and Hong Kong, but the answers are found in a isolated place in the Blue Mountains.' (Publisher's blurb)

Rundle Mall/Rundle Street : Press On , 2009
y separately published work icon The Prisoner of Mount Warning Michael Wilding , Rundle Mall/Rundle Street : Press On , 2010 Z1572702 2010 single work novel

'What were the 60s & 70s really about?

How authentic were those stoned revolutionaries?

'What if it was all a fraud?

When small-press bibliographer Charles Dorritt recovers from a breakdown by doing a creative writing course, he announces he is publishing his memoirs of torture and sex-slavery at the hands of the security services.

Plant is called to lunch with the arts editor of a metropolitan broadsheet, life style journalist Angela Dark, and political speechwriter Ghostly Sperrit, all of whom seem deeply concerned the revelations should not appear. They hire Plant to have a word with Dorritt, but Dorritt heads off to Byron Bay and Plant pursues him through the dope lands of northern New South Wales.

A past era of magic mushrooms, free love, American friends, and an alternative newspaper of deep level inauthenticity begins to emerge, something that no one but Plant is keen to see revealed.

From the same college but a different school as John Le Carré, Michael Wilding will open your eyes, and darken your mind, with this vision of the not-so-secret world.' (From the publisher's website.)

Rundle Mall/Rundle Street : Press On , 2010
y separately published work icon Leaving Home with Henry Phillip Edmonds , Melbourne : Press On , 2009 Z1572699 2009 single work novel 'Henry Lawson arises from the vaults of the National Library and hitches a road trip around contemporary Australia. His driver (and erstwhile narrator) Trevor is in search of the 'real' Australia, and they travel together through western New South Wales, on up into Queensland, retracing the past and imagining the present. Henry has a romantic moment in Nimbin, is charmed by the contradictions of Byron Bay, makes it to the Gold Coast, and eventually finishes up in his old home town of Sydney. This novel asks central questions about Australians and the myths they create for themselves. Are we an egalitarian people or individuals in the pursuit of pleasure?' (Publisher's blurb) Melbourne : Press On , 2009
y separately published work icon With the Tiger Inez Baranay , Uttar Pradesh New Delhi : HarperCollins Australia The India Today Group , 2008 Z1563716 2008 single work novel Author's note: This novel is closely based on Somerset Maugham's novel The Razor's Edge (1944). I have followed Maugham's structure exactly and named my characters for his. The title of each of my sections is a line used by Maugham in that section. Some other phrases in my text also correspond to his. the Action of The Razor's Edge begins in 1919 and is mainly set among Americans in Europe. With the Tiger begins in 1979 and its main characters are Australians." - from frontmatter North Melbourne : Arcadia , 2010
y separately published work icon Fools’ Paradise : Life in an Altered State Ross Fitzgerald , Trevor L. Jordan , North Melbourne : Arcadia , 2011 Z1803108 2011 single work novel humour satire '"Wake up, Australia," Grafton Everest exhorts viewers every morning on Australia-wide breakfast television. This doesn't please those he attacks like wily former premier Hoogstraden, whose biography Grafton is forced into writing. Grafton's day job as Professor of LifeSkills and Hospitality is under threat from the economically and sexually rapacious Vice-Chancellor Deirdre Morrow. And Lee Horton, head of Australia's newly privatised Secret Service trading as Spyforce Australia is worried too. He knows that Grafton has trouble lying. And nothing is more dangerous than a man who habitually tells the truth.' Source: (Sighted 02/09/2011). North Melbourne : Arcadia , 2011
y separately published work icon City of Longing Victoria Thompson , Melbourne : Arcadia , 2011 Z1813215 2011 single work novel

'He is mysterious and immensely wealthy, a banker. She is his apparent opposite, creative and idealistic. But she too is lost and unhappy. They are separated by oceans and continents and much more. Despite their seeming differences, they fall in love. They arrange to meet in New York. Afterwards they will fly to London and from there to Paris, his suite at The Ritz, and to his château in the South of France. But there are many surprises ahead, especially for the woman whose journey leads her to Morocco and finally to the Swiss Alps where she finds the answers she has been looking for.

This unconventional love story incorporates a contemporary backdrop of many elements — conspicuous wealth and globalisation; the harm and suffering caused by the politics of medicine; the world of art, myth and literature; the power of places and the ecstasy and agony of falling in love.' (Source: Australian Writers Network, October 2011.)

Melbourne : Arcadia , 2011
y separately published work icon The Colonial Queen Peter Corris , North Melbourne : Arcadia , 2011 Z1821969 2011 single work novel historical fiction '1886. Rosa Nightingale, prostitute, Lucas Ramsay, ex-soldier turned bandit, Stanley Stoneham, prizefighter, Alexander McPherson, alcoholic doctor, and Griffith Summerhill, police officer, are aboard the majestic Murray River paddleboat steamer The Colonial Queen. Rosa is fleeing her louche life and opium addiction and searching for her remittance man brother. Ramsay is on the run from the law after robbing a bank. Stoneham's fighting career is drawing to a close as he resorts to stopping off in the river towns for exhibition bouts. McPherson battles his demons and yearns for a life like that of his hero, fellow Scotsman Robert Louis Stevenson. Summerhill is on the trail of Ramsay. Their lives collide and intertwine as The Colonial Queen moves down the swift-flowing, ever-changing river.' (Trove record) North Melbourne : Arcadia , 2011
y separately published work icon The Magic of It Michael Wilding , Melbourne : Arcadia , 2011 Z1796281 2011 single work novel 'Revisiting his colonial past in Sydney, academic authority on magic Archer Major receives threatening letters. He gets creepy bookseller Mac Arber to hire Plant to investigate their source. When the letters continue, Major imports Plant to Oxford and sets him up in college. Unreconstructed radical Revill is the prime suspect. He claims Major ran a secret service project to neutralize dissidents by black magic, and ruined his career. And Major's dope-smoking wife, Lucy, seems to be having an affair with Revill. Until he is found dead.' (Publisher's blurb)
Melbourne : Arcadia , 2011
y separately published work icon Hergesheimer Hangs In Morris Lurie , Kew : Arcadia , 2011 Z1821974 2011 single work novel

'You are an unarmed man in the wilderness being hunted by men with guns and dogs.The ATM business? That number you pulled on the gullible art world? Those anonymous envelopes slipped under the door? Or deeper? Darker? A disappeared daughter? An absent son?

'Your name is Hergesheimer. This is your world. Deal with it.'

Source: (Sighted 17/11/2011).

Kew : Arcadia , 2011
y separately published work icon Play Abandoned Garry Disher , North Melbourne : Arcadia , 2011 Z1804079 2011 single work novel 'Every summer, the country families load the roof racks and motor south to the Bon Accord hotel. They find order here, beside the sea. Constancy in a changeable world.

'But this time ladders and workmen choke the foyer. There's foreign muck on the menu, posters proclaiming a Summer Festival of Writing. And child abductors are lurking on the sun blasted streets, in the tricky dunes. There's smoke in the hot inland winds. Everything's different this time. This time Marian Parr is not complete. She knows she should not have come.

'As love fractures, and old certainties crumble, Marian leans grieving against a balcony post, meddling with the cosmos.' (From the publisher's website.)
North Melbourne : Arcadia , 2011
y separately published work icon Always Hungry Inez Baranay , Melbourne : Arcadia , 2011 Z1815967 2011 single work novel

'Yearning for the lands of the old gods, escaping the pressures of New York, controversial cultural commentator Marisa comes to Amsterdam in search of escape and inspiration. A fiery transsexual cult figure follows her intent on a showdown. A mysterious blonde beauty has waited centuries to be ready for this.

'The tenth book in Inez Baranay's lively and varied career, Always Hungry is an erotic entertainment about ambition, mortality and relationships, a social comedy with a chilling edge, with questions about the rationalisations we all make when our way of life is based on the suffering of others.' (From the author's website.)

Melbourne : Arcadia , 2011
y separately published work icon Dislocation Ian Callinan , North Melbourne : Australian Scholarly Publishing , 2012 Z1929627 2012 single work novel thriller 'War and its aftermath change the lives of everyone they touch. In 1946 the Japanese War Crime Trials begin in Tokyo, where General MacArthur is initiating his grand strategy for converting Japan to a democracy, and a bastion against Asian communism. Bill Liston, an Australian law lecturer conscripted to assist in the prosecutions, is embroiled in the dubious legal manoeuverings and questionable summary justice. His fiancee Irene White remains in Brisbane. Both are brought into contact with survivors of the war years — an exotic Dutch commando, a martinet Land Army Officer, teenage prisoners of war rescued from the sinking of the Perth, military and legal careerists, and shattered Japanese civilians. Amongst all of this, Bill and Irene struggle to resolve their relationship and their future.' (Publisher's blurb)
North Melbourne : Australian Scholarly Publishing , 2012
y separately published work icon A Hatful of Cherries : Stories Félix Calviño , North Melbourne : Arcadia , 2007 Z1406161 2007 selected work short story 'Félix Calvino's short stories are subtle and soulful, of life growing up in the villages of northern Spain under Franco, and in Australia, where the ghosts and habits of the old country have not vanished.' (Publisher's blurb) North Melbourne : Arcadia , 2007
y separately published work icon Shark City James Murray , North Melbourne : Australian Scholarly Publishing , 2013 6581808 2013 single work novel thriller

'Shark City, a bullet-paced thriller set in Sydney and Bangkok, London and Glasgow, vividly captures the risks of working within the wilderness of mirrors that is covert operations. Returning to Sydney, his birth city, Ross Durman, a specialist contractor, believes he is again working for The Unit, the government agency from which he was expelled. His contact, a former comrade, Anton Van Dieman, reinforces the belief while outlining Durman's mission: to rescue the iconic ironman, Ian (Big Ig) Graeme, found guilty of drug smuggling and on death row in Bangkok...' (Publisher's blurb)

North Melbourne : Australian Scholarly Publishing , 2013
y separately published work icon Standing in the Shadow : Three Novellas Peter Corris , Melbourne - North : Arcadia , 2013 6581864 2013 selected work novella

'Standing in the Shadow explores the sexual underside of life in Sydney.'

Melbourne - North : Arcadia , 2013
y separately published work icon Asian Dawn Michael Wilding , Melbourne - North : Arcadia , 2013 6485374 2013 single work novel crime

'Gallery owner Alice Ackerman hires Plant to find her husband, missing in Asia. Plant gets embroiled with the expatriate language teacher Bowles with a penchant for cut-price Bangkok bar-girls, excitable Indian professor Ghosh, a Manila bookseller with impeccable CIA connections, and exotic cabaret singer Anna-Imelda. Drugged and seduced at the Eternal Night Club, kidnapped and imprisoned in Baguio City, PLant is deported from the Philippines. Fired from the case, he is visited in his rural hideaway by the menacing international publisher Starr, whose taste for dangerous sex may be the reason he is later found hanged in a Bangkok hotel. The action moves rapidly through Thailand, India, the Philippines and the Australian Gold Coast.' (Publisher's blurb)

Melbourne - North : Arcadia , 2013
y separately published work icon Alfonso Félix Calviño , Kew : Australian Scholarly Publishing , 2013 6976143 2013 single work novel

'Alfonso is a short novel set in Sydney between 1962 and 1971. The protagonist is a man from the northwest of Spain who migrates to Australia to escape poverty. When he arrives in Australia he confronts language problems, homesickness and isolation. He works as a carpenter and eventually buys an old house in Surry Hills, unaware of the cost and commitment associated with old houses and feuding neighbours. When the house is finished he meets a woman and they fall in love, but the woman leaves for England. The story then traces his search for love and in the process he finds a way to belong in his new country. More than a love story, this is a novella about the migrant experience in which all that is known is forfeited in the search for material security.'

Source: Author's blog ( (Sighted: 31/1/2014)

Kew : Australian Scholarly Publishing , 2013
y separately published work icon Rooms in the City Nicholas Hasluck , Kew : Australian Scholarly Publishing , 2014 7728958 2014 single work novel crime historical fiction

'Athens, November 1915. A city buffeted by the chaos of the war, a city swarming with spies and opportunists. When a British counter espionage unit is contacted by a man from Smyrna, it seems that a bold new plan is afoot to cut through the Turkish defences at nearby Gallipoli … until the finding of the man’s body in a room set aside for the meeting.

'Australian-born agent Robert Kaub is drawn into the investigation, and soon forced to confront memories of love and betrayal in pre-war Athens. An ominous note, an old coin from Ephesus, cryptic cables – Robert’s discoveries bring him eventually to a place where things could go either way for the Allied cause.

'Aegean battlefields. A besieged city. Deaths foretold. These are mirrored in a mystery shaped by the ill-fated attempt to capture Constantinople, a story tinted by the truths and untruths of war, a tragic tale akin to myth. ' (Publication summary)

Kew : Australian Scholarly Publishing , 2014
y separately published work icon The Only Case Ian Callinan , Kew : Australian Scholarly Publishing , 2014 7728917 2014 single work novel crime

'When Norton Asper, an architect at the top of his profession, forms a relationship with an exceptionally talented, radically alternative young interior designer, his friends are surprised. When she and her lover are murdered and he is found stunned and blood-stained at the scene, the police believe he is the killer. He will say nothing to anyone about his involvement. His silence is of deep concern. His lawyers need to know what has happened...' (Publication summary)

Kew : Australian Scholarly Publishing , 2014
y separately published work icon The Secret Seduction and the Enigma of Attraction Victoria Thompson , North Melbourne : Australian Scholarly Publishing , 2015 9215157 2015 single work novel

'‘May I?’

'She nodded.

'Andreas settled down beside Annabelle on the steps.

'They sat in silence, watching the harbour city below, their eyes following tiny coloured lights — boats scampering along the surface of the dark water. But it was the night sky with the stars and the moon, and the seagulls chasing insects caught in the upward lights, that held their fascination.

'Finally, they turned their gaze upon each other.

'‘We seem to have a profound affinity. Goethe wrote about the mystery of attraction and the atoms which link people to each other.’

'Annabelle’s eyes brightened. She listened with her whole being.

'‘It’s the title of one of his works, Elective Affinities,’ he continued, ‘the deep affinities between two people — that they choose each other. It’s very powerful. Have you read it?’

'Annabelle felt a shiver of recognition skimming along her skin.'

North Melbourne : Australian Scholarly Publishing , 2015

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— Appears in: Overland [Online] , May 2011;
Authors Press On Laurie Hergenhan , 2011 single work essay
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