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Take Me to Paris, Johnny

Take Me to Paris, Johnny

John Foster, Peter Craven, John Rickard

First published in Australia in 1993. An unforgettable memoir of love, loss and humanity.

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Moral Hazard

Moral Hazard

Kate Jennings, Gideon Haigh

1990s Wall Streetego and hypocrisy run rife. An ex-radical feminist works as a corporate speechwriter to support her dying husband.

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Visitants

Visitants

Randolph Stow, Drusilla Modjeska

An investigation into a Patrol Officer s suicide in New Guinea leads to revelations about his secret past.

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Tourmaline

Tourmaline

Randolph Stow, Gabrielle Carey

Randolph Stow s most surreal and allegorical novel, a bleak but comic staging of human frailty and the need for belief.

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To the Islands

To the Islands

Randolph Stow, Bernadette Brennan

Set in the desolate outback landscape of Australia's north-west, the novel tracks the last days of a worn-out Anglican missionary. Fleeing his mission after an agonising confrontation, he immerses himself in the wilderness,...

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The Suburbs of Hell

The Suburbs of Hell

Randolph Stow, Michelle de Kretser

Inspired by a real-life serial killer, this disturbing psychological drama is the final work of one of Australia s greatest writers.

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The Girl Green as Elderflower

The Girl Green as Elderflower

Randolph Stow, Kerryn Goldsworthy

A novel by the 1979 Patrick White Literary Award winner. Crispin Clare has nearly died at the age of 24. Convalescing in Suffolk, he is drawn from his psychic isolation by his surroundings, his past and those around him. As a kind...

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In the Memorial Room

In the Memorial Room

Janet Frame, Simon Van Booy

Janet Frame's previously unpublished novel draws on her own experiences in Menton, France as a Katherine Mansfield Fellow. It is a wonderful social satire, a send-up of the cult of the dead author, and-in the best tradition of...

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Fear Drive My Feet

Fear Drive My Feet

Peter Ryan, Peter Pierce

A memoir of how 18yo intelligence operative, isolated in hostile territory, survived on his wits and through relationships with natives.

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I Saw a Strange Land

I Saw a Strange Land

Arthur Groom, Robyn Davidson

While living in Central Australia Arthur Groom fell under the spell of our harsh and fascinating country, captivated by its limitless distances and unbelievable colour. Hermannsburg, the home of artist Albert Namatjira and of...

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The Chantic Bird

The Chantic Bird

David Ireland, Geordie Williamson

'I'm only telling you this to let you know what a silly thing it is to live like I do. What it was, I got sacked from my seventeenth job for fighting or gambling - I don't know which - and because I was hardly ever there. I was...

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Isobel on the Way to the Corner Shop

Isobel on the Way to the Corner Shop

Amy Witting, Maria Takolander

A beautifully drawn portrait of madness, and of the way in which we discover other worlds through literature.

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The True Story of Spit MacPhee

The True Story of Spit MacPhee

James Aldridge, Phillip Gwynne

Hailed as Australia's Huckleberry Finn, this classic captures a time and place with a beautiful balance of realism and nostalgia.

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The Delinquents

The Delinquents

Criena Rohan, Nick Earls

Rohan's 1962 novel of rock 'n' roll, youthful rebellion and big dreams is a love story for the ages.

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The Idea of Perfection

The Idea of Perfection

Kate Grenville, Neil Armfield

Harley Savage is a large, rawboned, plain person with a ragged haircut and a white t-shirt coming unstitched along the shoulder. Douglas Cheeseman is a big-eared man who avoids his own reflection, and has bored his wife into...

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 Read reviewOwls Do Cry

Owls Do Cry

Janet Frame, Margaret Drabble

Owls Do Cry is one of the classics of New Zealand literature, and has remained in print continuously for fifty years. A fiftieth anniversary edition was published in 2007. Regarded by many as one of the best New Zealand...

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I for Isobel

I for Isobel

Amy Witting, Charlotte Wood

A portrait of the artist as a troubled young woman, this is an autobiographicalclassic from an Australian literary treasure.

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Out of the Line of Fire

Out of the Line of Fire

Mark Henshaw, Stephen Romei

Brilliantly seductive, effortlessly clever, this was the literary sensation of the year when it was first published in 1988.

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The Refuge

The Refuge

Kenneth Mackenzie, Nicolas Rothwell

A page-turning thriller. Its central question is not who murdered the beautiful emigre from war-torn Europe, but how and why?

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The Catherine Wheel

The Catherine Wheel

Elizabeth Harrower, Ramona Koval

Clemency James falls for the unpredictable Christian, and what follows is a relationship of intensity and conflict powerfully described.

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Diary of a Bad Year

Diary of a Bad Year

J. M. Coetzee, Peter Goldsworthy

A unique insight into the role of the fiction writer in society. A beautiful book, made up of the most ordinary things in the world, and makes them into a thing of music and magic.

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The House That Was Eureka

The House That Was Eureka

Nadia Wheatley, Toni Jordan

When Noel and Evie come together in adjoining terrace houses in Sydney's inner city, something more powerful than a dream sets the past back in motion. Winner of NSW State Literary Award 1985 and CBC Book of the Year Commended,...

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Homesickness

Homesickness

Murray Bail, Peter Conrad

A package tour of thirteen men and women travel the world, visiting museums, hotels and shops. They are like tourists anywhere, except that wherever they go - Africa, England. South America, New York of Russia - they find nothing...

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Bring Larks and Heroes

Bring Larks and Heroes

Thomas Keneally, Geordie Williamson

This novel is set in a remote British penal colony in the 1790s. It gives an insight into the settlement of hungry transports and corrupt soldiers, and tells the story of Corporal Phelim Halloran, and the demands made on him - by...

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My Brilliant Career

My Brilliant Career

Miles Franklin, Jennifer Byrne

This is not a romance--I have too often faced the music of life to the tune of hardship to waste time in snivelling and gushing over fancies and dreams; neither is it a novel, but simply a yarn--a real yarn. Oh!

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