It’s AWARDS season!

The shortlist for the Queensland Literary Awards have been announced and we are thrilled that Pamela Rushby’s THE HORSES DIDN’T COME HOME has been shortlisted in the children’s fiction category.  The winners will be announced on September 4. We heartily congratulate Pamela on this wonderful accolade, that Jackie French has called “…a superb story about an extraordinary corner of our past.”

The last great cavalry charge in history took place at Beersheba in the Sinai Desert in 1917.  It was Australian soldiers and horses that took part in, and won, this amazing, unexpected, unorthodox victory.

The men proudly claimed it was their great-hearted horses that won the day.

But in the end, the horses didn’t come home…


“Highly recommended for upper primary to middle secondary readers, especially when schools and wider communities focus on the past and present contribution of the armed forces to Australian society.” – Magpies


The shortlist for the Inky Awards has also been announced. The Inkys are international awards for teen literature, voted for online by the readers of (a blog of the State Library of Victoria). Once again, we are proud to have one of our authors featured on the shortlist for the Gold Inky: Kelly Gardiner and her historical novel for yound adults,  ACT OF FAITH. The winners will be announced on October 24 and we wish Kelly Gardiner all the very best of luck!


“An absorbing historical novel with a clever heroine leading the way.” – The Sydney Morning Herald

“…part history lesson and part homage to a world where books and ideas are celebrated … Kelly Gardiner is to be congratulated for writing a thoroughly researched page-turner.” – The Sunday Telegraph


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