Victoria University Library, in conjunction with the Australia-East Timor Association and the East Timor Students Association, hosted the book launch of Beloved Land: Stories, Struggles and Secrets from Timor-Leste by Gordon Peake at City Flinders Library.
Launched on 25 September, Beloved Land: Stories, Struggles and Secrets from Timor-Leste describes the hurdles that the people of Timor-Leste must overcome to build a nation from scratch. The book has garnered great reviews – Jill Jolliffe, author of Balibo, considered it to be 'A brilliant, serendipitous book about Timor-Leste that is the best work on the subject in recent times' and Sian Prior commented that ‘Beloved Land is clear-eyed and critical love letter to Timor-Leste. It's also a survival manual for bewildered Malae (foreigners) in this complex and resilient nation'.
Speaking at the book launch, Victoria University Librarian Mr Ralph Kiel highlighted how Victoria University's Strategic Plan is explicit in its commitment to Timor-Leste. He also mentioned that VU Library holds a Timor-Leste Collection, located in the Special Collections Room, P402, at the Footscray Park Campus Library of Victoria University. The Timor-Leste Collection is a selection of books formed around an initial donation in March 2012 from the Oxfam Australia Library. He also proposed to establish a digital collection when and if funds are made available to VU Library.