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Welcome to Boris Books! We are a Canberra (Australia) small press dedicated to publishing manuscripts by local Canberra writers in those genres that the larger publishing houses often do not consider.

Established in 1993, Boris Books has published a wide range of titles. Our range includes fiction, true-life adventure, poetry and song books.

Among Boris Books publications are the songbooks from the Shiny Bum Singers, whose work songs of the public service have taken Canberra (and the National Folk Festival) by storm. Their new book, Working for Clowns, in now available.

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Recent Publications

To find more information about these books, click on the image of the cover or on the More Information link. The nine books on our backlist are also available, as are the older Shiny Bum Singers' books.

Working for Clowns

More Public Service Songs

A new songbook for the Shiny Bum Singers' 21st birthday, with 55 new songs celebrating the politics and public service disasters of the last dozen years.

Format: A5, 72pp, illus. ISBN 978 1 876668 37 7. Price: $10.00 (Australian dollars)

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Fluttering Butterfly Fingers

Songs and Poems by Kerry Kennedy

This book contains 25 songs written by Kerry (some in collaboration with others) for the Shiny Bum Singers and 25 poems by Kerry on a variety of themes.

Format: A5, 64pp, illus. ISBN 978 1 876668 38 9. Price: $5.00 (Australian dollars)

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Rampant Bureaucracy

A Public Service Musical Melodrama

Shiny Bum Singers

The Shiny Bum Singers’ second musical melodrama explores the relationship between public servants and their political masters. A range of sensitive areas are ruthlessly probed, including penny-pinching and cut-backs, politicisation and whistle blowing, the Freedom of Information Act, the power of political advisers, and not least, the vexing question of How Did the Octogenarian Cross the Road. This book contains the full text of the script and the words of the songs.

Format: A5, 32pp, illus. ISBN 978 1 876668 26 6. Price: $5.00 (Australian dollars)

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Shiny Bum Singers

Work Songs of the Public Service

Here are the songs that are sung daily by our dedicated public servants as they congregate at their workstations, collected for you by the Shiny Bum Singers

"Their smash hit performances ... had everything: wit, parody and even a touch of pride."
Verona Burgess (Canberra Times)

The OmniBum, A4, vi+122pp. ISBN 978 1 876668 18 1. Price: $30.00 (Australian dollars)

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Poets Lunches

Boris Books has also published the books of poems for the most recent Australian National University Poets' Lunches and the ACT Writers Centre Poets' Lunches. They can be found on our Poets' Lunches page.

Boris Backlist

Our backlist includes nine books, still in print, including fiction, true-life adventure and poetry.

Shiny Bum Singers Backlist

The Shiny Bum Singers backlist includes the scripts for four musicals performed by the Shiny Bum Singers plus the original six small songbooks and a collection of carols drawn from those books, all still available.

How to Order

Personal Orders

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Goods and Services Tax

Goods and Services tax (GST) does NOT have to be paid by customers buying direct from us. The prices listed above do not include GST. Australian customers buying through bookshops or distributors may find that prices are 10% higher than given here due to GST.

Boris Books, ABN: 62 056 800 036

Last updated: 9th December 2023