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The Land of Giant Pineapples

by Judy Rankin and Shayla Gray

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The land of giant pineapples is the story of eleven-year-old Shayla Gray, an average girl living on a small farm in Melbourne’s outer suburbs. On Shayla’s eleventh birthday, her fifteen-year-old sister, Willow, admits to seeing some peculiar movement in one of the paddocks around a group of pineapple palm trees they call Plantation Island. After an argument with her father, Willow disappears. Shayla is sure Willow’s disappearance has something to do with the ‘peculiar movement’ and sets out to find her sister and uncover the mystery.

Shayla will have to join forces with an Aboriginal wizard (she doesn’t know exists), use powers (she doesn’t know she has), and enter a world (she doesn’t think is real) in order to rescue Willow and help save the land of giant pineapples.

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The loyalty of a once-proud nation exploited by a pact it must honour; a war that divides families, friends and communities. Catelina Marés, a stubborn, beautiful and fiercely proud Catalan woman must fight for all she loves and cries out for while the twists of history and fate intervene. Will she keep what her heart holds dear?

And what of her childhood friend, grown into a man who chooses to put his country before all else. Will Mateo Amador lose everything and everyone he values to do his duty for his people?

Can love and duty co-exist; is allegiance more important than family; and must duty ultimately destroy?

Set against the backdrop of the Catalan Revolt during the Franco-Spanish War (1640 - 1659) this vivid tale of danger, honour and love will have you turning the pages until the last one, no matter the time.

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Geelong Writer's 2020 Anthology

"2020, what a year it has been. A very stressful year, I admit. But also a year of inner reflection, of discovering what is actually important in your life. I’d like to call it the year for creators, because what else can you do when you’re stuck inside, but create? Whether it be in the form of writing, art, knitting, or even gardening. There was definitely time this year to get your creative juices flowing.

This Anthology is the culmination of that creativity. Authors from all over Australia submitted amazing work that encompassed some level of reflection, from the inside looking out. Each story and poem offers a creatively considered view of new worlds, current times, as well as past events. Every Author in this Anthology should be proud of the work they created, for it is writers like you who prove how much power words can have." Editor, Sarah-Rose Mutch

Available through Geelong Writers group


It is said that cancer reaches far beyond the body it attacks. Liz, the youngest of four siblings, spent the majority of her early years in Victoria and Tasmania. In her thirties, she followed her heart to the coast of New South Wales. By age thirty-nine, she was a wife and mother on the verge of a new life as a theology student. And then she heard the two words no woman ever wants to hear: breast cancer.
It’s [Not] All About Liz! tells the true story of her battle with cancer through her eyes—and through those of her family. Liz; her older sister, Judy; her eldest daughter, Clara; and Joe, the family patriarch, each share a unique perspective on how Liz’s cancer impacted them.
The experience took her family and friends on a roller-coaster ride of emotion, one that contained moments of heartbreaking darkness— but also unexpected light.



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