Purchasing books

You can purchase these books using the Paypal “Add to Cart” buttons under the cover photos, or direct from the publisher via bank deposit or cheque (send your order and preferred payment method by E-mailing us here). Paperback price includes free postage within Australia.

All prices quoted on the Peggy Bright Books website are in Australian dollars.

Peggy Bright Books is only open to submissions by invitation at this stage.

When buying from our website, please note that it may take several days for your payment to clear, and that e-books are sent as an attachment by email to purchasers. Should you prefer instant reading gratification, all our titles are also available (in mobi format) through the Kindle Store on Amazon.

If you live outside Australia, and you want physical copies of books mailed to you, please contact us (editor@peggybrightbooks.com) with your address so we can calculate extra postage costs. Thank you.

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Author interview – Simon Petrie

Cover of Matters ArisingSpeedy Reader have an in-depth interview with Simon Petrie on his new book, Matters Arising from the identification of the body. Read the full interview here:
https://speedyreadercom.wordpress.com/2017/10/24/author-interview-simon-petrie/

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*New* A Life of Pride

Cover of "A Life Of Pride"Peggy Bright Books is pleased to offer for sale a limited number of A Life of Pride: The Story of Adventure from Broken Hill to Cricklewood by way of Darkest Africa by Alan G. Pride

Roaring out of the Australian Desert and across the Seas comes the true story of a Broken Hill boy who found thrills, adventure and romance in a life of speed, power and Pride!

Alan Pride had a life-long affinity with motor bikes, fast cars and steam engines, from trains to tramp steamers. Working as an engineer on the last remaining tramp steamers travelling from England to Africa and back, his life was often dangerous, hilarious and everything in between.

The knock-about kid from Broken Hill finally made his way back home to Australia, married the English Rose love of his life and raised a family, but the adventures and his passion for motorbikes and cars never stopped.

This book is in A4 format, 204 pages, lavishly illustrated with photos throughout.

Price $37.95 (includes postage in Australia)

(To buy e-copies of this book see the Kindle store on Amazon.)

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Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body

Cover of Matters ArisingSimon Petrie’s Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body was launched in June at the 2017 Australian National SF Convention, Continuum 13.

What the reviewers are saying about Matters Arising From the Identification of the Body by Simon Petrie:

Thoraiya Dyer (author of Crossroads of Canopy, Tor Books, 2017): “This is a story Asimov might have written if he’d been obsessed with Titan and Nordic crime instead of robots…Very much looking forward to the next one.”

Tsana Dolichva (author of Defying Doomsday, Twelth Planet Press, 2016): “As expected, the scientific background is something Petrie gets spot on in this novella. As well as a well-developed setting, I appreciated the additional layers to Scarf’s life…
[she had] a back story that wasn’t directly related to her job or this particular case… This ticked all my boxes… The mystery elements were intrinsically tied to the science fictional setting and the “solution” followed logically from what the reader had been presented with… I highly recommend Matters Arising From the Identification of the Body to fans of science fiction and mystery/crime stories.”

Dion Perry: “It is a plot driven story with good range of characters, an unusual off-world setting and sprinkle of future technology. I couldn’t stop reading it. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys thrillers. Even if you aren’t a SciFi buff, you’ll still enjoy this book.”

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Paperback $14.95

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An Eclectic Collection of Stuff and Things

Eclectic Collection coverEdwina Harvey’s new book of collected writings, An Eclectic Collection of Stuff and Things, was launched in June at the 2017 Australian National SF Convention, Continuum 13.

What reviewers are saying about An Eclectic Collection of Stuff and Things by Edwina Harvey:

Lorese Vera (Lecturer In English Language, University of Canberra): “I loved the dark suburban tales best in this sometimes creepy sometimes laugh out loud collection… I just loved the Vampire story with its lust for a particular kind of female blood … Creepy but somehow erotically fascinating… The dark tales are definitely adult while some of the lighter ones could be for children, or for grown-ups in a mood for some humour.”

Pascal Inard: “Edwina is a gentle and generous soul and her humour shines a light even in the darkest places… I feel the world is a better place for books such as this, and I must point out that Edwina is the first writer who has managed to make me read and enjoy a vampire story – no mean feat!”

Hazel-Anne Nair: “The book delivers what it promises: it is indeed an eclectic collection of dragons, talking horses, amorous aliens and randy satyrs. There is also stuff to feed your darkest conspiracy theory fears… One standout is “Only Women Bleed”. This story traverses the taboo line… and then treats the reader to a dark romance. Other stories of note are “Space Cow”, and “HG” – both tales of the many different types of relationships between men and women…All in all a thoroughly satisfying collection. I recommend it to anyone wanting to dip their toes into this very nice, but ultimately darker than you think, ocean.”

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Medtrek 6

Photo: Edwina Harvey, speaking on writing at Medtrek 6 SF convention, Penrith, NSW 28–30 July 2017. Edwina was a Guest of Honour at the convention.

Edwina Harvey speaking at Medtrek 6

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Two titles launched at Continuum 13

Book launch at ContinuumIon Newcombe, editor of Antipodean SF, with Edwina Harvey and Simon Petrie at the launch of Eclectic Collection of Stuff and Things (Edwina) and Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body (Simon) at Continuum 13, 9–12 June, 2017.

To buy a copy of Simon’s book, click here. To buy Edwina’s book, click here.

Both books are available in e-book (pdf, epub, or mobi) and paperback formats.

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Congratulations to Ditmar nominees

Peggy Bright Books would like to congratulate all of the nominees who made it onto the preliminary ballot for the Ditmar Awards, especially Adam Browne for his nomination in Best Artwork category for cover and internal artwork in The Tame Animals of Saturn; Simon Petrie for his nomination in the Best Novella or Novelette category for “All the Colours of the Tomato”, published in Dimension6 9; and Edwina Harvey for her nomination in the Best Short Story category for “There’s No Place Like Home”, published in Antipodean SF Issue 221. For a full listing of this year’s Ditmar categories and nominations please see: http://wiki.sf.org.au/2017_Ditmar_preliminary_ballot

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Other Stories and Other Stories

Adam Browne Other StoriesPeggy Bright Books is pleased to offer for sale a limited number of Adam Browne’s collection of short stories, called (appropriately enough) Other Stories and Other Stories, published by Satalyte Press, 2014. Each copy has been individually signed by the author.

From the back cover of Other Stories and Other Stories: the exquisitudinal stories herein contained, or barely contained — glittering, lacy, plangent with ideas and pungent with wordplay, all touching on — sometimes delicately, sometimes with fists, sometimes with greasy intimacy — diverse curious and amusing notions, such as an endeavour by British colonials to terraform Hell (contrast with the story dealing with the late Carl Linnaeus’s attempts to classify the species of Paradise); a planet wrapped in fabric where pirates boom and roar in galleoned steam irons; a look at what it will mean to be disabled in the future… etc., etc. — a book to be handled with care, so close is its resemblance to a clutch of Faberge eggs, their Faberge chicks waiting to be hatched by the warmth of the Reader’s startled regard.

Paperback: $25.99 (includes postage in Australia).

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Congratulations to Aurealis Awards finalists

Peggy Bright Books would like to congratulate all of the finalists in this year’s Aurealis Awards, especially Simon Petrie, finalist in the BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVELLA section for “All the Colours of the Tomato”, published in Dimension6 #9, coeur de lion.

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Review of Simon Petrie’s Rare Unsigned Copy

Suz’s Space has recently published a review of Simon Petrie’s first collection, Rare Unsigned Copy.

Rare Unsigned Copy – Simon Petrie

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Tame Animals of Saturn

Cover of Tame Animals of SaturnThe Tame Animals of Saturn, by Adam Browne, is a sumptuously-illustrated compendium of fantastical animals inspired by the imagined extraterrestrial menagerie of nineteenth-century Christian mystic, Jakob Lorber.

Limited signed edition. A4 size, 46pp including internal colour.

Reviews

“It’s a rare pleasure to come across a book this gnarly. The text is a scholarly yet transreal commentary on the imagined life story of someone who may or may not exist, very much like the author. No matter. The words are sparks from the flames that are the profuse illustrations. Elephants within your body cells, cities on a donkey’s back, a butterfly wing covered with eyes, a toothy head under your table. A full-on surrealist extravaganza, an art book like no other, a treasure.”
—Rudy Rucker

The Tame Animals of Saturn is a brilliant, utterly unique piece of writing that transports you to not so much another place as another state of mind. Adam Browne takes the reader on a guided tour around a madman’s Saturn. Beasts of immense proportions move ponderously across the land and skies, and Saturnians—like Earthlings, only more efficient—float lightly through enormous houses grown from vast trees. A place you would think strange enough, even before a luminously bearded Thomas Edison joins the fray.”
—Review by Stephanie McLeay, in Aurealis issue 90

Interview:  RMIT Blog Central interview of Adam Browne

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Paperback $26.95

    e-book $4.99. (Review PDF copies available on request. Please email us here.)

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Difficult Second Album

Difficult Second Album: more stories of Xenobiology, Space Elevators, and Bats Out Of Hell is a collection of speculative fiction, ranging from the deadly serious to the frankly frivolous, from the unusual mind of Simon Petrie.

Difficult Second Album includes several previously-released favourites, a healthy selection of new stories including a new Gordon Mamon space-elevator murder mystery novella, and the notorious ‘Suckers for Love’.

Review
“I came to a realisation while I was reading this book: Simon Petrie is my favourite (and hence best) living science fiction short story writer. Those stories which are science fiction (not quite all of them) deftly weave accurate science into their tapestries. Of course accurate science shouldn’t come as a surprise from someone whose day job is computational quantum chemistry, but I still found it enjoyable enough as to be notable. (And let’s face it, how much scientific accuracy is there in the combined science fictional oeuvre? Not enough.)” — Tsana Dolichiva. Full review here.

Paperback: $21.95 (includes postage in Australia). Ebook, available in ePub, Mobi, or PDF: $4.99.

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Use Only As Directed

Cover of Use Only As DirectedUse Only As Directed

A varied mix of 14 speculative fiction stories by some of the best Australian and New Zealand authors in the genre in settings that range from the back yard to the depths of space.

Edited by Simon Petrie and Edwina Harvey

Cover art by Lewis P. Morley

Authors: Stephen Dedman, Dirk Flinthart, Dave Freer, Michelle Goldsmith, Alex Isle, Lyn McConchie, Claire McKenna, Charlotte Nash, Ian Nichols, Leife Shallcross, Grant Stone, Douglas A Van Belle, Janeen Webb, M Darusha Wehm. 216 pages.

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$24.95
 

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The Back of the Back of Beyond ***FREE*** Sampler

Cover of The Back of the Back of BeyondThis ebook is a sample of Edwina Harvey‘s collection of short stories set in a rural Australian landscape you never knew existed. Shortlisted for the Best Collected Works category of the 2014 Ditmar Awards (for works published in 2013).

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To purchase the full book, in either eBook or paperback form, see this page.

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Needs More Dinosaurs ***FREE*** Sampler

Cover of Needs More DinosaursThis ebook is a sample of Sir Julius Vogel Award-winning author Simon Petrie‘s hard SF, fantasy and humorous SF/fantasy writing. His first collected work, Rare Unsigned Copy, Tales of Rocketry, Ineptitude and Giant Mutant Vegetables, his humorous SF novella, The Gordon Mamon Casebook, and his serious SF novella, Flight 404, can all be purchased through Peggy Bright Books.

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The Back of the Back of Beyond

Cover of The Back of the Back of BeyondThe Back of the Back of Beyond

Come and join the Party!

Through her short stories “No Pets Allowed”, “Get Me to The Worldcon on Time”, “My Sweet 286” and “Party”, Edwina Harvey introduced her readers to a world where flatmates discover the difficulties of raising young dragons in small suburban apartments, where “flying” to a science fiction convention takes on a whole new meaning, and where “the next door neighbours” on an Australian rural backblock are out of this world, but the parties are legendary.

Now collected here for the first time, these stories are interwoven with seven new tales set in the same universe.

Come and be introduced to a rural Australian landscape you never knew existed somewhere out in the back of the back of beyond.

Review: Bookonaut

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Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear ***FREE*** Sampler

Want to see what all the fuss is about for our Ditmar nominated anthology, Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear? Download our free sampler for a taste of all the great stories this anthology contains.

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CONGRATULATIONS to Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear author, Sean McMullen, whose story, Hard Cases, has been turned into a film.

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Flight 404 / The Hunt for Red Leicester

Cover of Flight 404Flight 404: The search for the missing passenger vessel, the Bougainvillaea, brings inverstigator Charmain Mertz back to the conservative world of her boyhood.

The Hunt for Red Leicester: Space elevator employee and reluctant detective Gordon Mamon must solve a cheesemaker’s murder.

Review:
Flight 404 is a serious and compelling tale … I was captive to the mystery and the story right until the end. More in this vein Mr Petrie please.”
“I loved [The Hunt for Red Leicester]. A perfect counterbalance to the heavier tale told in Flight 404.”
—Sean Wright, ‘Sean the Bookonaut’ website

Available as back-to-back novellas in one paperback (ISBN 9780980699838), $12.95 RRP including free postage in Australia.*

Cover of The Hunt for Red Leicester

In electronic format (pdf, epub, mobi), Flight 404 is offered standalone (ISBN 9780980699845, $2.50 RRP), while The Hunt for Red Leicester is featured in The Gordon Mamon Casebook (ISBN 9780980699852, $2.50 RRP).

Paperback $12.95

Flight 404 Ebook $2.50

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The Gordon Mamon Casebook Ebook $2.50

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Light Touch Paper – Stand Clear

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Light Touch Paper – Stand Clear
Matchless prose to fire your imagination! Offering 13 wonderous works of fiction from Joanne Anderton, Adam Browne, Sue Bursztynski, Brenda Cooper, Katherine Cummings, Thoraiya Dyer, Kathleen Jennings, Dave Luckett, Ian McHugh, Sean McMullen, Ripley Patton, Rob Porteous and Anna Tambour.

Reviews
“In all, Light Touch Paper Stand Clear definitely has a good strike rate of stories … This collection is a fine example of what a very loosely themed anthology can look like. Recommended.”
— Tehani Wessely, ASIF website.

“A diverse collection with something for everyone means that it may not be seen as outstanding by any particular readership. My impression is that it holds its own … it is a collection you could revisit and find joy in, depending on changing mood or taste. There’s not a piece that I think is padding in other words.”
—Sean Wright, ‘Sean the Bookonaut’ website

“… this baker’s dozen has got plenty of substance to its dough and the stories are all readily digestible.”
—Rod MacDonald, ‘SF Crowsnest’ website

“An eclectic collection containing stories from a variety of Australian and international authors, Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear is an engaging body of work that contains a number of excellent stories, quite a few memorable ones, and should have something to suit almost anyone.”
—Michelle Goldsmith, ‘Vilutheril Reviews’ website

“If anybody you know gets going about the dearth of quality Australian spec-fic being published at home, you needn’t counter with words; just point them toward this smashing collection of shorts … Read this. That is all.”
—Lachlan Huddy, ‘Aurealis XPress’ newsletter

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