Stephen Scourfield Publications

• Beautiful Witness
This is Stephen Scourfield’s world: Delhi in the rain, motorcycling in the Himalayas, attending a Turning of the Bones Ceremony, paddling in the Yukon, lotus weaving in Burma, hearing a lion’s roar in the Masai Mara, joining family meals in Italy.
Stephen Scourfield, author, travel editor and photographer, has
travelled extensively throughout the world and in Beautiful Witness he 
blends the stories of his assignments as travel editor of The West Australian newspaper with a sense of the personal journey of his own life. He takes us across a dizzying number of terrains, describing cultural norms and ceremonies with the sharp eye of the novelist, always with curiosity and empathy. As a gifted photographer, he then gives glimpse of places, people and moments from the book on the enclosed disk.
The relationship of humans to landscape has become a central
writing theme for this winner of a UN Media Award. But while Beautiful Witness represents just the last few years of the author’s travels, he delves back through his life to finds deeper echoes in these stories.
The printed book is available worldwide, through the UWA Publishing online shop, www.uwap.com.au. It is $A26.99, with free postage within Australia and a flat fee of $A10 for every country other than Australia. (International orders have Goods & Services Tax subtracted.) ISBN: 9781742585833

• As the River Runs
As The River Runs is a powerful ode to one of Australia’s most stunning regions, from an author who writes with red dust in his veins.
A secret plan is being cooked up to bring water from the monsoonal north of Australia to the south. But Government minister Michael Mooney needs to find out what opposition he might face around the river valley. He sends Kate Kennedy, his young, career-minded Chief of Staff, and political fixer Jack Cole on a ‘fact-finding’ trip.
Ex-greenie Dylan Ward is their guide. Respected by both the mining industry and Aboriginal elder Vincent Yimi, Dylan is unaware that he has been compromised until their journey takes some unexpected turns. But as they travel through the wild river country, Kate begins to see Dylan and the world around her in a new light.

The printed book is available worldwide, through the UWA Publishing online shop, www.uwap.com.au. It is $A26.99, with free postage within Australia and a flat fee of $A10 for every country other than Australia. (International orders have Goods & Services Tax subtracted.) ISBN: 978-1-74258-4904

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• Other Country
Other Country has been described as “raw, forceful and intensely masculine”. The author has been called “a wholly new, striking and original voice in Australian fiction.”
Set in the mythic, remote country of the Top End, Other Country tells the story of two young brothers, The Ace and Wild Billy, and their struggle to overcome the bitter legacy of their brutal father. Bound by blood and memories and trust, they are destined to clash - one bound by the past, the other straining towards the future. “And out of it all lead only two paths . . . to end up mean and empty like the Old Man, or not.”
Written with an authentic grittiness and an understated, dry humour, it is also an unforgettable story of the 'the other country' of the Top End, the implacable and unforgiving moods of the landscape and the laconic and tough characters who make this unforgiving country their home. 
This vivid, forceful, and invigorating novel announces the arrival of a very new, very different voice in Australian fiction.
The printed book is available worldwide, through the UWA Publishing online shop, www.uwap.com.au. It is $A22.99, with free postage within Australia and a flat fee of $A10 for every country other than Australia. (International orders have Goods & Services Tax subtracted.) ISBN: 978-1-74258-5031

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Other Country is published as an unabridged audio book, on CD and cassette, as a commercial title by Louis Braille Audio. See www.louisbrailleaudio.com

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• Unaccountable Hours (UWAP) 

Unaccountable Hours is a collection of three novellas that follow the fortunes of a maker of musical instruments, the ethical dilemma of a biologist and birdwatcher, and the romantic friendship between a young man and an aged woman - all firmly set in and defined by the surrounding landscape. In The Luthier, musician Alton Freeman devotes his life to crafting a violin that will reproduce the perfect sound of Bach’s Partitas and Sonatas, as played by his idol, musician Monica Erica Grenbaum. Ethical Man follows the biologist and birdwatcher Bartholomew Milner, who lives stringently according to his ‘Milner’s Ethic’, and is put to the ultimate ethical test whilst on a research expedition in the Australian outback. Like Water, tells the story of an unlikely friendship and subsequent romance that develops between two kindred spirits, Matthew and Beatrice - two soulmates born generations apart.
The printed book is available worldwide, through the UWA Publishing online shop, www.uwap.com.au. It is $A32.95, with free postage within Australia and a flat fee of $A10 for every country other than Australia. (International orders have Goods & Services Tax subtracted.) ISBN: 978-1-74258-291-7
Download for Kindle for $A9.99 at www.amazon.com/Kindle-eBooks

• Kimberley Stories (Fremantle Press)
Anthology edited by Sandy Toussaint
Stephen Scourfield writes a day on the Kimberley coast, from High Cliffy island and Montgomery Reef to Jar Island through its changing colours. 

 

• Connected
In his new book, Connected, published by St George Books, Scourfield brings together stories from around the world, drawing together fact and fiction.
From the Kimberley to India, from an English country town to the southern African mountain kingdom of Lesotho, there are connections which run around the planet and through Scourfield’s life.
In Connected, he them together in essays and short stories.
Some are quirky and humorous, some intensely personal, but all are tales not just of a traveller but follow the themes that form the basis of belief. 
The book is $19.95, including postage and handling in Australia, from St George Books. Phone: Australia (08) 9482 3111; international +61 8 9482 3111 (or email the author). ISBN: 978-0-867778-291-2

• Travel Etcetera: The World on Another Plane
From his most recent, travels, Stephen Scourfield brings together some of his most fascinating journeys and encounters in the book Travel Etcetera. From the giant tortoises of Mauritius to the carbon ledgers of India and mai tais of Hawaii. From the temples of Bangkok to the frigid history of the Yukon. The book looks at the world in a personal and often amused way. It is a literary journey that interprets the very nature of travel.
This book is $15 and now only available from the author. Email stephenscourfield@westnet.com.au

• Western Australia: An Untamed View
A photographic journey covering more than half a million kilometres and almost 20 years. From remote deserts to the cradle of life, from the oldest rocks on Earth to beaches with no footsteps. Complete with personal and informative text (see Writing section). Published in November 2003, by St George Books, Western Australia: An Untamed View has been widely acclaimed. 
This title is sold out and no reprint is planned at present.

• The Lighthouse Keepers (spoken word CD)A dramatic story which draws on the intriguing history of homing pigeons used to bring back messages from Australian lighthouses. At a remote lighthouse perched on a rocky island, two isolated families become embroiled in a bitter dispute. But this intense human story only unfolds in the controlled quietness of a birdkeeper’s loft, as carrier pigeons return with messages from Long Rock. The Lighthouse Keepers tells the story of the homing pigeons which carried messages back from remote Australian lighthouses. And it portrays human weaknesses that can have the most devastating results. 
This CD is $15 and now only available from the author. Email stephenscourfield@westnet.com.au 

• Are We Nearly There Yet?
A collection of essays, Are We Nearly There Yet? (1999/2000), sold out in five weeks. It was approved by the English Teachers Association and listed by the WA Education Department for use as a curriculum text in high schools. It received strong reviews and has also been adopted at University level for course use and as a library reference. It is the first of a planned trilogy of travel essay books by Stephen Scourfield.
This book is $15 and now only available from the author. Email stephenscourfield@westnet.com.au 

• Facing West
Stephen Scourfield’s text for a book which features the Australian images of Magnum and National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry, from New York. (PCB, 2000)

• Being Australian
A coffee table style book containing a personal, anecdotal text account of Western Australian life, with colour photography. (Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1998).

• North of Capricorn
A spectacular journey through the remote north of Western Australia, sold 10,000 copies. (WAN, 1995). 

• Out Boating
A guide to Western Australia’s waterways. (St George Books, 1989)

• Display prints of Stephen Scourfield's landscape photographs are also available by contacting stephenscourfield@westnet.com.au

• Other publications
He has also been involved in collating, editing and producing a number of other books: 
• Picture by Rod Taylor. With introductory essay and short stories by Stephen Scourfield. (2008)
• Australian Seeds: A Guide to their Collection, Identification and Biology. (CSIRO Publishing, 2006)
• 20 Years of Alston, 1985 – 2005. The work of cartoonist Dean Alston, with an introduction, and edited by, Stephen Scourfield. (WAN, 2005)
• Western Australia in the 20th Century. (WAN, 2000)
• Kings Park: Soul of a City. (WAN, 1996) 
• Eat with the Eagles, for which he wrote the text. (WAN Publishing, 1994)
• Annual Western Australian wine guides, various years.
• WA Restaurant Guide.

 


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