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An Isolated Incident

An Isolated Incident is a psychological thriller about everyday violence, the media’s obsession with pretty dead girls, the grip of grief and the myth of closure, and the difficulties of knowing the difference between a ghost and a memory, between a monster and a man.

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Fishing for Tigers

Set among the louche world of Hanoi’s expatriate community, Fishing for Tigers is about a woman struggling with the morality of finding peace in a war-haunted city, personal fulfilment in the midst of poverty and sexual joy with a vulnerable youth.

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Your Skirt’s Too Short: Sex, Power, Choice

After many waves of feminism, where are we? Are young women really either massive sluts or helpless dolls? And anyway, what’s the definition of a slut?

Young women have a lot of questions. In Your Skirt’s Too Short: Sex, Power, Choice, a revised young adult edition of her book Princesses and Pornstars, Emily Maguire ignites discussion on issues relevant to teenagers. Drawing on her adolescence and the experiences faced by teens today, Maguire looks for answers and a way forward. This personal and illuminating book is a bridge to enable young women and men to understand the issues behind them and those ahead of them.

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Taming the Beast

Sarah Clark’s life is irrevocably changed at the age of fourteen when her English teacher, Mr Carr, seduces her after class. Their affair is illegal, erotic, passionate and dangerous – a vicious meeting of minds and bodies. But when Mr Carr’s wife discovers the affair he has to choose between them and moves to another city with his family.

 

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Smoke in the Room

Summer, Sydney, and holed up in a tiny flat off Broadway are idealistic American Adam, weary activist Graeme, and wild, misunderstood Katie. Each is searching for answers to life’s biggest questions – why are we here: what is love; what constitutes betrayal – and thrust together, over an intense two-week period, they begin to form answers. In doing so, they must first confront their darkest demons, both within and without…

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The Gospel According to Luke

Aggie Grey is a jaded sexual health counsellor who finds herself having to defend her business against the attacks of a radical new fundamentalist sect. Pastor Luke Butler is young, idealistic and out to capture the hearts and minds of Sydney’s disaffected youth; his first order of business is to shut down Aggie Grey’s clinic. Caught in the crossfire is 16-year-old Honey – pregnant, battered and ready to cling to whatever hope is offered.

Against a backdrop of religious terrorism and social decay, The Gospel According to Luke is a contemporary love story about belief, family, grief and hope.

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Princesses & Pornstars : Sex, Power, Identity

What’s it like being a young woman today? Feminists won the equal rights war back in the 70s, and young women today have it so much easier than their mothers, right? Wrong, argues Emily Maguire.

Princesses & Pornstars is a bold mix of personal story, interview reportage, analysis and polemic. It’s a call to arms for a generation that grew up thinking the struggle was over.

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