Everyone has a story.

The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into haves and have-nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity.

The Trial – Franz Kafka

‘Somebody must have laid false information against Josef K., for he was arrested one morning without having done anything wrong.’ From this first sentence onwards, Josef K. is on trial for his right to exist in a novel which, more than any other, is infinitely perceptive about the nature of terror. Idris Parry introduces his remarkable translation with an essay in which he points to the autobiographical elements in The Trial, in particular Kafka’s broken engagement to Felice Bauer.

The Solid Mandala – Patrick White

In The Solid Mandala Patrick White draws a telling and touching portrait of twin brothers. Waldo is the competent man of reason, he sees himself as the superior intellect. Arthur, accepted as a half-wit is the innocent, God’s fool, loving and outgoing in a blundering way. As they compete with and care for each other through half a century, their lives are inextricably intertwined – the two sides of a man’s nature forming a totality.

The Tree of Man – Patrick White

Stan Parker, with only a horse and a dog for companions, journeys to a remote scrubby patch of land that he has inherited in the Australian hills. When the land is cleared enough for a rudimentary house to be built, Stan brings his new wife, Amy, to the wilderness. Together they struggle to establish a home for themselves and their growing family. And together, but essentially apart, they face everything from the domestic upheavals of birth and death to natural disasters. In this chronicle of simple lives in joy and sorrow, Patrick White creates an evocative monument to human endurance.

Voss – Patrick White

Set in nineteenth-century Australia, “Voss” is White’s best-known book, a sweeping novel about a secret passion between the explorer Voss and the young orphan Laura.

As Voss is tested by hardship, mutiny, and betrayal during his crossing of the brutal Australian desert, Laura awaits his return in Sydney, where she endures their months of separation as if her life were a dream and Voss the only reality. Marrying a sensitive rendering of hidden love with a stark adventure narrative, “Voss” is a novel of extraordinary power and virtuosity from a twentieth-century master.


Sydney Neuro-Oncology Group (SNOG) Brain Tumour Support Group. North Shore Private Hospital. Holds meetings every two months with a guest speaker.

BrainLink Services

BrainLink Services Ltd (Melbourne) has advised: “We provide resources & information about services to people with Acquired Brain Injury, including people with brain tumours. We also keep a list of the (very few) support groups in Victoria, including our group in Blackburn for people with primary malignant tumours. We also hope to start another group next year, for people with benign tumours. BrainLink Services Ltd. The Nerve Centre 54 Railway Road Blackburn VIC 3130 Freecall: 1800 677 579 Fax: 03) 9845 2882 [email protected]

Austin Health

The Brain Tumour Support Service based at Austin Health provides a range of services to people affected by the diagnosis of a primary brain tumour including a monthly support group, information/education programs, individual support appointments and support for carers’. The Brain Tumour Support Group is held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month 11am-1pm at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre, 145 Studley Road, Heidelberg. Contact person is Di Legge (Brain Tumour Support Officer) 9496 3315 or [email protected]

Brain Tumour Patients Telephone Support Group

Freecall 1300 755 632 Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm or email [email protected]

The Cancer Council NSW provides the opportunity for you to talk with other people living with a brain tumour. Being telephone based you can join the group from anywhere in Australia. Brain Tumour patients telephone support group meetings are held on the FIRST and THIRD Monday of each month.

Cancer Connect

Cancer Connect – Telephone 13 11 20

The Cancer Council can put you in touch with a support person who has a similiar diagnosis. Volunteers are trained to provide practical information and emotional support. They do not give medical adv or provide professional counselling.

Floyd Collins

Floyd Collins sat on the hood of his Dodge putting on his walking shoes. The “hood” is a much more appropriate name to describe the flap that opens up to the engine than what the English would refer to as the “bonnet”, which is what you put on the head of a one year old English girl who’ll grow up to marry a gentleman of the aristocracy. Besides, it’s an American car; Floyd has maintained the original left hand drive and it drives like an American car should, all muscle and energy and James Dean swagger with the packet of Lucky Strikes under the turned up sleeve on the t-shirt.

I Found You

Princes priests and diplomats
are trying to explain
The times that we are living in
the rumbling in my brain