Great Australian Reads
Life in Ten Houses: A Memoir
The internationally celebrated writer Sonya Hartnett is firmly Melburnian but has restlessly moved from suburb to suburb in her search for the 'Last House' - that special corner of the world in which to settle and find...
The Misogyny Factor
In 2012, Anne Summers gave two landmark speeches about women in Australia, attracting more than 120,000 visits to her website. Within weeks of their delivery Prime Minister Julia Gillards own speech about misogyny and sexism went...
Boarding for a term in the wilderness, sixteen-year-old Sibylla expects the gruesome outdoor education program - but friendship complications, and love that goes wrong? They're extra-curricula.
Just Between Us: Australian Writers Tell the Truth About Female Friendship
Empathetic, supportive and respectful... Or competitive, manipulative and downright bitchy? Or somewhere in between?
A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists
A meditation on happiness - where and in what place and with who we can find our centre, a perceptive vision of where our world is headed, and a testament to the power of memory and imagination, this is the best of novels: both...
A gothic suspense novel that will keep you in its grip until the final page. Georgina Ferrars, a young woman living quietly with her uncle in London, wakes to find herself in a private asylum 200 miles away on Bodmin Moor in...
Brimming with cinematic references, Now Showing is best consumed with a tub of hot popcorn. For the price of two movie tickets, screenwriter Ron Elliott's criminally good mini novels bring cinema's best known...
Who We Were
Melbourne, 1938. Annabel's dream is to be a scientist. Falling in love is not part of her plan. But when she meets Bill Whitten she knows instantly that they are destined for each other. She has to wait for him to come back from...
Layla is only 14. As she sits in bed with a laptop, her mother Margot sleeps in the next room. But what separates them is more than just a wall. just_a_girl tears into the fabric of contemporary...
Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport
In the tradition of Helen Garner's The First Stone comes another closely observed, controversial book about sex, consent and power. At the centre of it is Anna Krien's account of the rape trial of a footballer. Both a...
I force myself to take the phone away from my ear and search for the last incoming call. I store the number under one word, 'sister'. I know I should have used her name but it is all I can think of in this moment. Sister. My...
The essential work on Tony Abbott is now an expanded, updated short book - and a crucial election-year companion.
The Secret Lives of Men
In these haunting stories, Georgia Blain explores human nature in all its richness: our motivations, our desires and our shortcomings. The men in these tales frequently linger at the edges - their longings & failures exerting a...
Welcome to Your New Life
When Anna Goldsworthy, pianist and perfectionist, falls pregnant with her first child, her excitement is tempered by the daunting journey ahead. In Welcome to Your New Life, she shares the dizzying wonder and crippling...
The Rosie Project
A first-date dud, socially awkward, and overly fond of quick-dry clothes, Don Tillman has given up on love. Until a chance encounter gives him an idea.
Based on a true story, Burial Rites is an astonishing and moving novel about the truths we claim to know and the ways in which we interpret what we're told. In beautiful, cut-glass prose, Hannah Kent portrays Iceland's...
My Beautiful Enemy
Arthur Wheeler is haunted by his infatuation with a Japanese youth he encountered in the enemy alien camp where he worked as a guard during WW2. Abandoning his wife and baby son, Arthur sets out on a doomed mission to rescue his...
Ghost Wife: A Memoir of Love and Defiance
Michelle Dicinoski has found the love of her life -- and now she just wants to get married and live happily ever after. The only problem is, she's in love with an American woman, Heather, and neither Australia nor America...
Ten years after the mysterious disappearance of her much-loved brother Eliot, Cate McConville finally returns to her family farm -- only to discover that her ageing parents want to sell up and sever her only remaining link to...
The Best Australian Essays 2012
In The Best Australian Essays 2012, Ramona Koval puts together a wide-ranging collection of the year's most thought-provoking non-fiction pieces.
The Best Australian Poems 2012
In The Best Australian Poems 2012, the illustrious poet John Tranter selects the most exceptional Australian poetry of the past year.
The Best Australian Stories 2012
In The Best Australian Stories 2012, Sonya Hartnett compiles the year's most compelling short fiction from Australian authors.
Whisky Charlie Foxtrot: A Novel
Whisky and Charlie are identical twins. But everything about them is poles apart. It's got so bad that Charlie can't even bear to talk to his brother anymore -- until a freak accident steals Whisky from his family, and Charlie has...
The Best 100 Poems of Les Murray
From his life's work so far, spanning more than four decades, Les Murray has selected these 100 poems, his personal best. Including classics such as 'The Broad Bean Sermon', 'An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow' and 'The Dream of...
The Man Who Invented Vegemite
Vegemite is perhaps Australia's most enduring cultural icon. But how did this pungent, salty, black paste, which for many Australians is how they start the day, come to be created? This book is the story of Cyril Callister, a...
The Lost Diggers
A must-have for fans of Australian World War I history. Ross Coulthart of 7s 'Sunday Night' brings together never-before-seen images of Western Front diggers and the amazing stories behind them in a beautiful collection that's...
The Amber Amulet
You're in safe hands - the Masked Avenger and Richie the Power Beagle are here to protect you! A charming story from the bestselling author of Jasper Jones.
Annual Fiction Edition: The Novella Project
The annual Griffith REVIEW fiction edition is devoted to novellas. Shorter than a novel, longer than a story, the novella is the perfect length to read on the page or as an e-book. The Novella Project is a competition to find the...
The Burning Library
Alarmed by the increasingly marginal status of Australian literature in the academy, Williamson has set out to reintroduce us to those key writers whose works we may have forgotten or missed altogether. His focus is on fiction...
The Words That Made Australia: How a Nation Came to Know Itself
This is not a book of documents, snippets or worthy speeches. Instead it presents the original essays and the moments of insight that told us what Australia is and could be. These are the essential statements -- from historians,...
Tales from the Political Trenches
At the 2007 federal election former journalist Maxine McKew won a spectacular victory against John Howard and wrote herself into Australian political history as only the second candidate to have ever defeated a sitting prime...
In the early 1900s, Sadie is forced to relinquish her young daughter. This single act has consequences that ripples through the generations. Her daughter, Edna, is raised in a Melbourne convent, by an enclosed order of nuns. In a...
Street to Street
Street to Street is one of Brian Castro's best books yet, a comic-tragic enactment of the anxieties of the writing life, in which the early twentieth-century Sydney poet Christopher Brennan plays a major role.
Crimwife: An Insider’s Account of Love Behind Bars
How far would you go for love? Some women commit crimes to help their lovers; others spend years on the run. Tanya Levin gave up her career as a prison social worker to pursue romance with an inmate. From her first day on the...
Good on Paper
Somewhere out there, among the wounded egos and frustrated ambitions, among the mangled manuscripts, murky motives and missed deadlines - the great Australian novel is waiting to be discovered. When the infamous Josh Henry...
It is 1939 and although Australia is about to go to war, it doesn't quite realise yet that the situation is serious. Deep in the working-class Melbourne suburb of Richmond it is business - your own and everyone else's - as usual....
Don’t Go Back to Where You Came from: Why Multiculturalism Works
Tim Soutphommasane boldly stakes a claim for the overwhelming success of multiculturalism in Australia. European governments are declaring multiculturalism a failure, with many conservatives in Australia hastening to agree. But is...
A tight, tense, heartstopping novel of modern warfare, where the stakes are high and the price is life in the tradition of le Carre's Absolute Friends
Las Vegas For Vegans
A. S. Patric's characters are searching for possibilities, truth and lies, the revelations of shadows, and the strange light that shines between tall buildings. Las Vegas for Vegans is original, assured, beautiful storytelling of...
Get Well Soon!: My (Un)Brilliant Career as a Nurse
My quest for a career started early, when I was four years old and gave myself a haircut to see if I liked that sort of thing. I liked it plenty, but my mother did not.
Gough Whitlam: His Time
Recreates the excitement of Whitlam's historic win in 1972, forces that never accepted his ascendency &the tragedy that followed. Drawing on previously unseen archival material, interviews with family, colleague sand with the man...
A breathtakingly brilliant debut novel in the tradition of Cormac McCarthy - inspired by Australia's last bushranger, young woman Jessie Hickman.
Speechless: A Year in My Father’s Business
Working for Rudd, James paints a colourful picture of the machinations of government, and shows how far the party has moved from the idealism and pragmatism of his father's generation. He ends on a note of hope for the Party's...
The Inheritance of Ivorie Hammer
A murder mystery and comedy of manners that is never what it seems
Elyne Mitchell: A Daughter Remembers
In 1958, Elyne Mitchell's The Silver Brumby was published to acclaim and quickly became a much - loved classic of Australian children's literature. Now, for the centenary of Elyne's birth, her daughter Honor Auchinleck tells the...
Fishing for Tigers
Six years ago, Mischa Reese left her abusive husband and suffocating life in California and reinvented herself in steamy, chaotic Hanoi. In Vietnam, she finds satisfying work and enjoys a life of relative luxury and personal...
Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East
Benjamin Law considers himself pretty lucky to live in Australia: he can hold his boyfriend's hand in public and lobby his politicians to recognise same-sex marriage. But as the child of migrants, he's also curious about how...
Hannah And Emil
Compelling, heart-breaking and life-affirming, this is a story of great love and courage in desperate times. Emil and Hannah live their lives amid the turmoil of 20th-century history. Emil, a German veteran of the Great War, has...
It is no surprise that the barbarity and evil that came in the wake of the wreck of the Batavia has inspired books, radio and TV documentaries, plays and an opera. Lust, jealously, greed, madness, deception, rape, murder - all the...
The Midnight Promise: A Detective’s Story in Ten Cases
In each of these ten delicious stories Zane Lovitt presents an intriguing investigation filled with humour and complex, beautifully observed characters. At their centre is John Dorn, solving not so much crimes as funny human...
Autumn Laing has long outlived the legendary circle of artists she cultivated in the 1930s. Now 'old and skeleton gaunt', she reflects on her tumultuous relationship with the abundantly talented Pat Donlon and the effect it had on...
In the Company of Strangers
Ruby and Cat's friendship was forged on an English dockside over sixty years ago when, both fearful, they boarded a ship bound for Australia. It was a friendship that was supposed to last a lifetime but when news of Cat's death...
Toyo: A Memoir
Toyo learned to ask nothing, to wait and count the days. But they passed and passed and still the doorway remained empty of his deep voice, calling out her name. Toyo is the story of a remarkable woman, a vivid picture of Japan...
Eat My Words: A Memoir of Politics, Pig-outs and Pickles
Mungo MacCallum started eating at an early age and just got back from lunch. In the meantime he has become one of Australia's wittiest and most incisive political journalists, written for everyone from the Australian Financial...
This book travels from the sulphur mines of early 20th century Sicily to the clubs of post war Paris
Liese Campbell has an engagement for the weekend: to stay with Alexander Colquhoun at his country seat in remote Australia. Liese is English. She's been working at her uncle's estate agency in Melbourne to pay off her debts....
Darkest Little Room
The darkest little room in the world is the human heart, she said at last. Even yours, perhaps, has black secrets that you would never let into the light.
Patricks Hollands haunting new novel arises from his experiences in...
Mine-field: The Dark Side of Australia’s Resource Rush
In Mine-Field, Paul Cleary counts the true human and economic costs of Australia's short-term mineral addiction.
Blueprints for a Barbed-wire Canoe
Bram and his fellow residents are drawn by a dream: the promise of a freeway leading to a new suburb north of the city. The houses are built, but the freeway never comes. One by one, the dreamers leave, until only a small,...
Originally published in 1939, Happy Valley is set in a small country town in the Snowy Mountains. Based on Patrick White's own experiences in the early 1930s as a jackaroo at Bolaro, near Adaminaby in south-eastern New South...
The Marmalade Files
An imaginative romp through the dark underbelly of politics by two veteran Canberra insiders.When seasoned newshound Harry Dunkley is slipped a compromising photograph one frosty Canberra dawn he knows he's onto something...
A lament but also a call to arms, Caravan Story is a thrilling piece of satire, a compulsively readable, extremely well-wrought Orwellian fable that I believe announces the arrival of Macauley as a major Australian writer, one who...
The Hum of Concrete
Consumed with despair, Palestinian Nassrin walks into the ocean with her baby in her arms. Susanna dares to take a stand against gay-bashers. By starlight, Bodil sees the city from the roof of a church. Estella meets her tough...
Watching the Climbers on the Mountain
A novel of passion and brooding suspense, Watching the Climbers on the Mountain is set in the remote Central Highlands of Queensland.
Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott
Quarterly Essay is a trailblazing Australian journal of politics and culture. Each issue contains a single essay written at a length of about 25,000 words, followed by correspondence on previous essays.
The Yalda Crossing
The Yalda Crossing takes this little-known episode in Australia's first-contact history and creates from it a gripping adventure about the desparate battle for land and its dreadful consequences, which live on to this day.
There Should Be More Dancing
From the author of the bestselling novel The Dressmaker. Margery Blandon has led a life of principles. Now she finds herself sitting on the 43rd floor of the Tropic Hotel, preparing to throw herself to her death. She was always a...
This collection announces the arrival of an exciting new talent in Australian fiction In short vignettes and longer stories, Rowe explores the idea of things that are left behind: souvenirs and scars, or memories, values and...
From the much-loved author of Shadowboxing comes a stunning debut novel in the tradition of Honey Brown, Chris Wommersley, and Kenneth Cook's Wake in Fright . If there's one thing Jesse knows when he sees it, it's trouble.
In the fourth part of Felix's story, continuing his adventures in World War Two, he faces perhaps his greatest challenge - to find hope when he's lost almost everything, including his parents. As Europe goes through the final...
Tom and Jordy have been living with their gran since the day their mother, Loretta, left them on her doorstep and disappeared. Now Loretta's returned, and she wants her boys back. Tom and Jordy hit the road with Loretta in her...
The Meaning of Grace
Grace Fisher, mother of three, one day decides her husband is a sore disappointment and moves the family from Melbourne to a coastal village in Victoria. But Ian's slow dissolution on the couch masked a depression that will harrow...
Jakarta, 1997, and the city is on the verge of a revolution. Even the Jordan children - Petra, Isaak, Kristina, and Paul - can feel it coming, shaking the edges of their privileged, protected expat world.
At forty-nine, Celeste has left behind the religion of her childhood, but her mother, Patricia, remains a devout Catholic. When Patricia is diagnosed with a terminal illness, Celeste reluctantly agrees to accompany her mother and...
Darkness on the Edge of Town
Vincent is nearly forty years old, with little to show for his life except his precious sixteen-year-old daughter, Gemma: sensitive, insightful and wise beyond her years. When a stranger crashes her car outside Vincent and Gemma's...
The Architecture of Song
'I lived many lives beneath that piano ...I heard ten thousand stories in that space. There I was privileged to observe, to gather -- and not only gather, to concentrate within myself -- so much that is usually denied a child of...
The Oldest Song in the World
Kate, a lonely city woman and reluctant student, is asked by her teachers to travel to the middle of the Australian desert to record a dying Aboriginal woman singing an ancient song. She accepts because she believes that she might...
The Daughters of Mars
In 1915 sisters Naomi and Sally Durance answer a call for nurses to join the war effort. They are escaping the family dairy farm in the Macleay Valley, and they carry a secret with them. Soon they are in Egypt, where they are put...
A Premier’s State
In May 1994, while I was going through pre - selection for the seat of Williamstown, I sat down at my desk at home and I wrote a note. I was thirty - nine years old and in that note I mapped out what I hoped would happen in my...
Mateship with Birds
On the outskirts of an Australian country town in the 1950s, a lonely farmer trains his binoculars on a family of kookaburras that roost in a tree near his house. Harry observes the kookaburras through a year of feast, famine,...
Set in Melbourne in the 1950s, a 11-year-old boy witnesses a murder when he is spying through a window of a strange house.
The short stories of Pierz Newton-John move through the full range of masculine experience, with an openness, not afraid to show men at their most lonely, sexual, loving, sometimes vulnerable, sometimes abusive. Tender moments...
Memory Of Salt
Alis father is a Turkish circus musician performing in Kabul when Alis mother, a young pediatrician from Melbourne, meets him in a bar. He plays the trumpet, the saz, the flute, hears voices that urge him to violence, sees angels...
The Stories That Changed Australia: 50 Years of Four Corners
In the fifty years it's been on air, Four Corners has broken more stories, triggered more headlines, generated more controversy and aired more high quality investigative journalism than any other program in Australia. In today's...
My Hundred Lovers
Lyrical and enigmatic, sensual and elegiac, My Hundred Lovers tells the history of one woman through her sensual and sexual experiences and relationships. A woman, on the eve of her sixtieth birthday, looks back on her story of...
An Oxford ethnologist, Leonard, travels to Papua in 1968 with his young Dutch wife, Rika, to take up a post at the university, and to further his research by filming the local Papuans in a remote village. Conservative and...
Love and Hunger: Thoughts on the Gift of Food
'What's important is the fact of eating together - the gathering at the table, the conviviality.' Love & Hunger is a distillation of everything Charlotte Wood has learned over more than twenty years about cooking and the pleasures...
The Rest is Weight
The award-winning stories in The Rest is Weight reflect Mills' years in Central Australia, as well as her travels to Mexico, Russia and China. The collection displays a confident diversity of narrative voices and a brevity in...
WON THE NED KELLY AWARD FOR BEST CRIME FICTION 2013It's September 1957, two days before the VFL grand final, and Detective Sergeant Charlie Berlin, former bomber pilot and ex-POW, finally has some time off. But there's...
Tony Speaks!: The Wisdom of the Abbott…
You've seen him wearing speedos, kissing babies, driving a mining truck and chatting to his flock. But who is the real Tony Abbott? As the Bible says, by his words you shall know him.
The Australian /Vogel's Literary Award winner 2012. GOLD COAST, 1991. The bottom has fallen out of Jason's life; he's now a high-school dropout, tired and wasted on the Gold Coast, with an explosive family secret still ringing in...
Left Turn: Political Essays for the New Left
Left Turn shows why the Left should be taken seriously. It is neither a policy document for a political party or a comprehensive list of ways to improve Australia. The essays are passionate, relevant, radical, controversial and...
Welcome to Normal
This collection of stories showcase the calibre and versatility of Nick Earls at his perceptive best. An Australian wine - maker tries to crack the Taiwanese market. Two holiday - makers in Spain decide to tell a lie about each...
Sweet Old World
Read Deborah Robertson's interview with Sian Prior about
Sweet Old World.
'He goes down the...
No Sex in the City
Twenty-eight-year old Esma has a Masters in human resources management, her own investment property, is well-travelled, has excellent taste in music, watches the ABC news, has The Guardian saved as an application on her iPhone,...
The Australian Moment: How We Were Made for These Times
There's no better place to be during economic turbulence than
Australia. Brilliant in a bust, we've learnt to use our brains in a
boom. Although the Great Recession continues to rumble around the
globe, we successfully...
The Italian Girl
A true story of love, loss and mothers and daughters across generations. In 2001 Rebecca Huntley's maternal grandmother; her Italian nonna &; died.
The Light Between Oceans
A boat washes up on the shore of a remote lighthouse keeper's island. It holds a dead man - and a crying baby. The only two islanders, Tom and his wife Izzy, are about to make a devastating decision. They break the rules and...
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