Equitainment Newsletter - 11 April 2012
11 Apr 2012
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For all the many fans of the fabulous TV series McLeods Daughters, I thought I would let everyone know that they are on sale until the end of May. Currently selling for $24.95 per season, I'm not sure if they will revert back to the normal price after that, or perhaps be discontinued?Take a trip down memory lane and re-live all your favourite moments of this fabulous Aussie country classic. It impacted on so many people's lives when it was showing on TV ... we all stayed home just to make sure we never missed an episode.
I remember calling a friend for a chat one night when the show was at it's peak of popularity. Her three year old daughter answered the phone in a quite a state, breathlessly telling me the entire house was in turmoil as Claire had just died. Never one to miss a chance for theatrics, she then when on to tell me in graphic detail complete with sound effects (and I imagine elaborate hand-gestures) all about poor Claires final moments. As her mother and I had a mutual friend by the same name, naturally I was totally horrified. It was only when her mum finally wrestled the phone from her clutches and explained it was a Mcleods Daughters episode she was referring to, things became a little calmer.
This is a great opportunity to purchase entire seasons at a great price ($24.95 each) and they would also make a brilliant Mothers Day gift. They were so expensive before, the price of each season made them out of the reach for most people.
McLeods Daughters Complete Season One
McLeods Daughters Complete Season Two
McLeods Daughters Complete Season Three
McLeods Daughters Complete Season Four
McLeods Daughters Complete Season Five
McLeods Daughters Complete Season Six
McLeods Daughters Complete Season Seven
McLeods Daughters Complete Season Eight
I have recently heard from Karen Wood, the terrific author of the Diamond Spirit book series for young adults, and asked her what to expect in her latest release BRUMBY MOUNTAIN plus what is coming in the future.
"I’m really excited about Brumby Mountain because I really think it’s the best DS I’ve written so far. It has Jess and Luke galloping around the mountains in the snow, saving wild horses. Like the first three books it has a strong sense of place and a connection to the land where the story is set. It also goes right back to Luke’s origins and takes him back to the small town where he was born. I travelled to some fantastic places to research the book and met some wonderful people who are involved in saving Australia’s wild horses. I’m really hoping that the book will raise awareness of the plight of brumbies, their true ancestry and how they have helped us build a nation. I also hope it will debunk popular beliefs and romantic notions about brumby running." KAREN WOOD
Karen has also mapped out a story for an as yet un-named sixth book in the series all about Grace's story, although it hasn't yet gained approval from the publisher. If they do give her a tough time over it, I think we should all get a partition going to show our support for this terrific series.
We may also get to see a new series in the future; this time aimed at a slightly older teenage audience.
Bring it on Karen ... I can't wait!
Book One - Diamond Spirit
Book Two - Moonstone Promise
Book Three - Opal Dreaming
Book Four - The Golden Stranger
Book Five - Brumby Mountain
The DVD TV mini-series of KINGS IN GRASS CASTLES, the true story of one of Australia's greatest pioneering families, The Duracks, remains consistanly amongst my best-sellers. A new book has just been released telling the story of it's famous author Mary Durack and her equally talented sister Elizabeth.I always knew Dame Mary was an extraordinarily talented author, but I didn't realise that her sister Elizabeth collaborated on many of the books she wrote and was also a brilliant artist.
This book not only tells the personal story of these two remarkable women, but also the life of all those involved in the running of their remote family cattle stations in the East Kimberly region of WA, Argyle and Ivanhoe.
It was interesting to learn that MP (Mary and Elizabeth's father) was always convinced that the greatest wealth in the region was to be found under the ground, not on it. He spent considerable time and money exploring for oil, all with no success. By the time they discovered the world-famous Argyle diamonds in the region, sadly the Duracks involvement in the property had long passed.
TRUE NORTH by Brenda Niall
KINGS IN GRASS CASTLES - TV MINI-SERIES
One of the most collectible Australian childrens authors is Mary (Minnie) Grant Bruce, a firm favourite with both boys and girls and across all ages. I've just been lucky enough to pick up some rare editions for collectors to jump in and grab.Born in Sale, Victoria in 1878 Mary began writing at the age of six. At age 16 she entered and won the annual examinations of the Melbourne Shakespeare Society three times in a row and while still at school.
Much of Mary's childhood was spent on her uncle's cattle station in Victoria. This instilled in her an life long love of horses and many of her Billabong books are very horsy indeed. She also championed the cause of indigenous Australians at a time in our history when this was a rare occurance. Many of her stories feature Aborginal characters or are based on Aboriginal folklore, saving forever traditional stories that may otherwise have become lost to history.
Her most famous series is of course the classic Billabong books, but she also wrote many other stand-alone titles, many of which are now very hard to come by.
Here are the links to some of my most recent finds, but there are usually paperback copies of the Billabong books available on the website as well. Just type in MARY GRANT BRUCE in the authors search box on the website, and everything I currently have in stock will come up.
THE TOWER ROOMS
THE STONE AXE OF BURKAMUKK
A LITTLE BUSH MAID
CAPTAIN JIM (1930'S EDITION)
CAPTAIN JIM (1950'S EDITION)