HERE AT THE Makers Shed, we love books and wordsmithing in all its forms. Our small bookshop (scroll down to browse and purchase within Australia) stocks indie books from across the world, and a few mainstream titles by authors who commit to visiting us for our annual writers festival.
- High Country Book Club… read, meet and discuss featured titles on the 3rd Saturday of every month at The Makers Shed, 10am-12pm.
- High Country Writers Group… meet and discuss approaches to writing and publishing on the 3rd Saturday of every month at The Makers Shed, 1-3pm.
- High Country Writers Festival… an annual spring event!
- High Country Indie Book Award… read, vote and reward publishing excellence!
- Publishing Services and Writing Workshops… take a one-day or half-day class at The Makers Shed, and access low-cost book design, layout and marketing tools.
Surviving New England, by Callum Clayton-Dixon
Paperback non-fiction (price includes postage and handling). A history of Aboriginal resilience through the first forty years of the ‘Colonial Apocalypse’. This book highlights First Nations’ resistance to colonisation in the New England region, breaking through the “dominant myth of peaceful settlement”. Essential reading for history lovers.
Her Last Words, by Kim Kelly
Paperback fiction (price includes postage and handling). Just as she completes her first novel, Thisbe Chisolm is brutally killed. From the glamour of Bondi Beach to the streets of London, this is a tale of tragedy and betrayal, of a publishing industry grappling with change and a great love drowning in guilt-wracked grief. Haunting, whimsical and sharply observed.
Sundowner of the Skies, by Mary Garden
Paperback non-fiction (price includes postage and handling). When Oscar Garden flew from London to Australia in 1930 he had just 39 flying hours under his belt, but his feat captured the world’s imagination. This deeply personal study by his daughter Mary uncovers his tumultuous childhood in Scotland and the intergenerational trauma that impacted her own life.
The House of Youssef, by Yumna Kassab
Paperback fiction (price includes postage and handling). A collection of short stories exploring the lives of Lebanese migrants settled in Western Sydney, circling around themes of isolation, family and community, and nostalgia for the home country. Told with extreme minimalism, these tales are bursting with emotional intensity. RUNNER-UP OF THE 2020 HIGH COUNTRY INDIE BOOK AWARD!
You Had Me at Hola, by Leigh Robshaw
Paperback non-fiction (price includes postage and handling). In 1995 Leigh leaves home for the first time to backpack through Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru for three months. A lost soul with a deep-seated desire for love and adventure – and an obsession with Latin America – she is willing to embrace everything this fascinating continent has to offer. WINNER OF THE 2020 HIGH COUNTRY INDIE BOOK AWARD!
Kids in the Garden, by Mary Moody
Paperback non-fiction (price includes postage and handling). Introduce children to the joys of gardening: what to plant and when, how to prepare the soil and the right tools to use; and how to grow herbs, vegetables, salad greens, mushrooms and flowers. Includes simple recipes and craft!
The Cedar Tree, by Nicole Alexander
Paperback fiction (price includes postage and handling). In 1949, Stella O’Riain flees a property near the Strzelecki Desert, leaving the graves of her husband and baby. A century earlier, Irish cousins Brandon and Sean O’Riain also fled their homes as wanted criminals. A compelling story of love and faith, destiny and betrayal.
Untethered, by Hayley Katzen
Paperback non-fiction (price includes postage and handling). When an urban academic moves to a remote cattle property to live with her farmer girlfriend, she hopes to find home. But this is no happy-ever-after tree change. In a place where people live by their own rules, Hayley must confront her limitations and preconceptions to forge her own identity.
Four Hot Chips, by Jo-Ann Capp
Paperback non-fiction (price includes postage and handling). Jo-Ann and David Capp’s world is shattered when their five-year-old son Reid is diagnosed with Ewings sarcoma. As Reid’s condition deteriorates, so too does the health of Jo and David’s marriage. A story of family, work, social, financial and educational upheaval, told with a gripping honesty.
A Drop in the Ocean, by Jenni Ogden
Fiction paperback (price includes postage and handling). Anna runs a lab researching Huntington’s disease at a Boston university. When her long-standing grant is pulled, she takes a leap and agrees to spend a year monitoring a remote campsite on Turtle Island in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. What could be better for an introvert with shattered self-esteem?
Nobody Told Me My Legs Don’t Work, by Travis C. Yates
Non-fiction paperback (price includes postage and handling). The world Travis and his wife Renea spent ten-plus years creating is turned upside down when they find their seven-year-old Golden Retriever, Keegan, left paralysed from a stroke. This book follows a remarkable journey in the world uncertainty that comes with a “down dog”.
Infants of the Brush, by A. M. Watson
Paperback fiction (price includes postage and handling). Egan is sold to Master Armory for a few coins that his family desperately needs. As one of eight broomers, he quickly learns that life depends on obedience and the coins he earns. Broken and starving, the boys discover friendship as they struggle to save five guineas, the cost of a broomer’s independence.
Echo Hall, by Virginia Moffatt
Paperback fiction (price includes postage and handling). In the early nineties, newlywed Ruth Flint arrives at Echo Hall to find an unhappy house full of mysteries that its occupants won’t discuss. When her husband, Adam, is called up to the Gulf War, her shaky marriage is tested to the core. As Ruth discovers the secrets of Echo Hall, will she be able to bring peace to the Flint family?
The House by the Marsh, by William Blyghton
Paperback fiction (price includes postage and handling). One morning just before lunch Caroline stopped breathing. Bereft, a small madness fell upon William. Fleeing to his flat in London, he locked himself away. Then, quite by chance, although nothing is by chance, William came to live in Suffolk, in the house by the marsh, and here a sense of ease slowly enveloped him.
Just A Mum, by Shelley Argent
Paperback non-fiction (price includes postage and handling). When Shelley’s son, James, came out as a teenager in 1995, the only legal right he held in Queensland was to be gay without fear of arrest. Shelley knew James faced a lifetime of discrimination through no fault of his own; a situation untenable to her. She was determined her son would be considered equal.