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Caroline Ambrus' adult books

 

MADE TO BE BROKEN — AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY

by Caroline Ambrus

For many years I was trapped in a horrifying, patriarchal nightmare where my father and then my husband tried to control me. When I became pregnant and disobeyed my parents, they kidnapped and imprisoned me. When I became a wife and displeased my husband, he with held money, bashed, abused and raped me, and when none of this worked, he threatened to kill me. I was pulled apart by these people and there wasn't any comfortable middle ground I could occupy. Eventually I suffered a nervous breakdown. I discovered the who I thought I was, wasn't, and I didn't know who I was, nor did I know where to start in order to get to know myself, or if there was even a self for me to get to know. It took me nearly seven years of recovery from the breakdown to find the answers.

irrePRESSible Press, 2016,

 

CAUGHT IN THE ACT — GOVERNMENT CRUELTY, COLLUSION AND COVER UP

by Caroline Ambrus

This is an account of the cruelty, collusion and cover-ups by the ACT Government from the perspective of the Canberrans who have been victimised. When a complaint is made to the Government about its wrongdoing, the complainant is usually meted out harsh treatment and denial. He or she cannot find help anywhere. The independence of the ACT judiciary is undermined by political interests and the old boy/girl networks. The agencies and instruments of accountability created by the Government to scrutinise its performance are underfunded, hamstrung by legislation or ignored. The Government aims to look good whilst it is behaving badly and its predatory behaviour is unchallenged.

irrePRESSible Press, 2014, free copy of "Caught in the ACT" download pdf file here

 

CAPITAL TYRANNY — GOVERNANCE GONE WRONG

by Caroline Ambrus

Self government of the ACT is unfinished business. It was imposed in a hurry on a reluctant population twenty years ago, without a senate. This meant that the legislature would not be able to restrain the ambitions of a majority government, should one ever be elected. Democracy, territorial style, was not feasible unless the minority parties could co-operate in governance. Then in 2004 the Labor Party was elected with a majority. Since then the Government has abused its power and the Liberal Party opposition has failed to challenge or modify its tyrannical tendencies. Capital democracy has withered.

irrePRESSible Press, 2009,

 

THE ARTFUL DOLE BLUDGER — WAS  IT ARTHUR OR MARTHA

by Caroline Ambrus and Robert Verdon

Arthur and Martha are two halves of a maladjusted whole who happen to share the same body. After becoming unemployed Martha applies for Newstart Allowance and Arthur applies for a Disability Pension. Things become complicated when Centrelink discovers that one of its customers is apparently double dipping.

irrePRESSible Press, 2005, ISBN 0 9587979 7 8, RRP $15

 

AGEING IS NOT FOR SISSIES anthology of writing from older citizens living in Queanbeyan and district

edited by Joan Lockwood and Vivien Arnold

For those of us who are priveleged enugh to have joined the ranks of the ageing, well done! Ageing is a lifetime achievement and is not for the faint hearted. The authors describe the humour and the pathos, the losses and the gains discovered in growing old.

irrePRESSible Press, 2000, ISBN 9587979 5 1, perfect bound, illustrated, RRP $15

 

I NEVER LIE TO YOU

written by Marianne del Gigante
illustrated by Caroline Ambrus

"The voice in I Never Lie to You turns what we think we know of fiction inside out. Strange as this may seem, one has only to begin reading to understand what I mean... I Never Lie to You, is an all-too brief journey along the mystical fringe of everyday life." Jamie Brown, Medium Rare Poetry Ensemble

irrePRESSible Press, 2000, ISBN 0 9587979 4 3, stitched, soft cover, RRP $15

 

THE ILLUSTRATED DOLE DIARY

written and illustrated by Caroline  Ambrus

This diary is an amusing account  of the author's experiences in dealing with the welfare system. It traces her efforts at finding work whilst trying to establish her publishing empire, all on  a veritable pittance.  Whilst the narrative is satirical, the diary exposes some very pertinent issues about the welfare safety net. 

irrePRESSible Press, 1997, ISBN 0 9586896 2 8, RRP $15

 

THE UNSEEN ART SCENE — 32 AUSTRALIAN WOMEN ARTISTS

edited by Caroline Ambrus

This book aims at challenging the art world's narrow  definition of what comprises art and who are the artists.  The women featured in this book have taken up this challenge and begin their campaign by publication. This reverses the art world tradition of  publication of an artist to celebrate the culmination of (usually) his career. 

irrePRESSible Press, 1995, ISBN 0 646 24437 X,  perfect bound, RRP $35

 

AUSTRALIAN WOMEN ARTISTS — FIRST FLEET TO 1945: HISTORY, HEARSAY AND HER SAY

Caroline Ambrus

The odds that women would make a success of any sort of career were very low. Women had to fight for the right to a career which, for each succeeding generation, took them back to square one.  This was particularly true for women artists. This comprehensive history traces the struggle of four generations of women to succeed in establishing viable careers in the arts.

irrePRESSible Press, 1992, ISBN  0 646 095137, casebound, RRP $55

 

THE LADIES' PICTURE SHOW — SOURCES ON  A CENTURY OF AUSTRALIAN WOMEN ARTISTS

compiled by Caroline Ambrus

In seeking information on women artists, the author discovered that there was little to be found. She went on a search for the past through libraries, archives and art galleries. The result is this book of sources on women artists  which has become a valuable reference source for art historians since its publication in 1984.

Hale and Iremonger, 1984, ISBN  0 86806 160  3, casebound, RRP $35