High Country Books

AT THE MAKERS Shed, we love wordsmithing. Our small bookshop (scroll down to browse and purchase within Australia) stocks indie books and a few mainstream titles by authors who commit to visiting us for our annual writers festival

Puzzled, by Daniel Seed and Graeme Seed

Hardback non-fiction (price includes postage and handling). From French spies to Flemish painters, Lincoln’s beard to beer can patents, child labour laws to the Great Depression, ‘Puzzled’ is a captivating journey exploring the jigsaw puzzle phenomenon and how expensive collectibles became a mass-produced commodity enjoyed by millions.


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.


The Serpent Rising, by Mary Garden

Paperback non-fiction (price includes postage and handling). In 1973, Mary Garden (journalist and author of ‘Sundowner of the Skies’) abandoned a promising academic career to spend seven years in India at the feet of gurus. ‘The Serpent Rising’ is her own story of the heaven and hell she experienced as she fell under the spell of self-appointed ‘god-men’.


Hearing Maud, by Jessica White

Paperback non-fiction (price includes postage and handling). After losing most of her hearing at age four, Jessica turned to reading and writing for solace, eventually establishing a career as a writer. Via the story of Maud Praed, the deaf daughter of 19th century Queensland novelist Rosa Praed, Jessica began to understand her own experiences of deafness.


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). Mary Moody introduces children to the joys of gardening in this fun book: 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 to get your young people out there!


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.