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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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Catherine Wheel: Text Classics The

Catherine Wheel: Text Classics The

Harrower Elizabeth, 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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 Read reviewA Lifetime on Clouds

A Lifetime on Clouds

Gerald Murnane, Andy Griffiths

A Lifetime on Clouds is funny, honest and sweetly told: a less ribald, Catholic Australian Portnoy's Complaint.

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The Young Desire it

Kenneth Mackenzie, David Malouf

Published in London in 1937 to wide acclaim, The Young Desire It a stunning debut novel about coming of age: intimate & lyrical account of first love, & rich evocation of rural Western Australia. It won Australian Literature...

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 Read reviewLillipilly Hill: Text Classics

Lillipilly Hill: Text Classics

Spence Eleanor, Ursula Dubosarsky

Lillipilly Hill is the story of Harriet Wilmot and her family, who have come to live in an inherited house in the New South Wales town of Barley Creek at the end of the nineteenth century - a delightful...

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 Read reviewThe Women in Black

The Women in Black

Madeleine St.John, Bruce Beresford

Written by a superb novelist of contemporary manners, this is a fairytale which illuminates the extraordinariness of ordinary lives.

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Commandant: Text Classics The

Anderson, Jessica, Carmen Callil

He jumped down to the wharf and walked alone out of the torchlight to stand behind Letty. Frances looked from his face to her sister's, and once again felt the weakening flush of fear. She was too much at the mercy of her company,...

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 Read reviewCosmo Cosmolino

Cosmo Cosmolino

Helen Garner, Ramona Koval

The fragile domestic balance of a share house is exploded in this classic Australian novel about friendship, faith and miracles.

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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 Dig Tree

The Dig Tree

Sarah Murgatroyd, Geoffrey Blainey

In 1860 Robert O'Hara Burke led a cavalcade out of Melbourne. Accompanied by William Wills, he was prepared to risk everything to be the first European to cross the Australian continent. Sarah Murgatroyd reveals new historical and...

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Explorers: Text Classics The

Explorers: Text Classics The

Flannery Tim

The explorers of Australia tell an epic story of courage and suffering, of dispossession and conquest, of a moving frontier between European invaders and the Aboriginal custodians of the continent. This compelling anthology...

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An Iron Rose

An Iron Rose

Peter Temple, L A Carlyon

When Mac Faraday's best friend is found hanging, the assumption is suicide. But Mac is far from convinced.

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Dark Places: Text Classics

Dark Places: Text Classics

Grenville Kate, Louise Adler

The tale of a man who believes he has the right to conquer the mocking flesh of any woman.

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Stiff: Text Classics

Stiff: Text Classics

Maloney, Shane, Lindsay Tanner

My heart pumped hard and fast, fed by the jitter of adrenaline coursing through my veins. This was getting beyond a joke...Don't you just hate it when somebody tries to kill you and you don't know who or why?

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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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Plains: Text Classics The

Plains: Text Classics The

Murnane Gerald, Wayne Macauley

This haunting novel is a classic of Australian literature. A nameless young man arrives on the plains and begins to document the strange and rich culture of the plains families. As his story unfolds, the novel becomes, in the...

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Homesickness

Homesickness

Murray Bail, Peter Conrad

Thirteen men and women on a world tour, a package of pool-sides, museums, hotels and shops. But no matter where they go - Africa, England, South America, New York or Russia - they find nothing as they expected. Challenged by...

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Swords and Crowns and Rings

Swords and Crowns and Rings

Ruth Park, Alice Pung

Growing up in an Australian country town before World War I, Jackie Hanna and Cushie Moy are carefree and innocent in their love for each other. But Jackie is a dwarf, and his devotion to the beautiful Cushie is condemned by her...

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The Dying Trade

The Dying Trade

Peter Corris, Charles Waterstreet

A thrilling Australian classic that introduces the literary icon Cliff Hardy.

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Sydney Bridge Upside Down

Sydney Bridge Upside Down

David Ballantyne, Kate De Goldi

This is the great unread New Zealand novel--a gothic thriller, a coming-of-age story and a sinister family tragedy.

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The Glass Canoe

The Glass Canoe

David Ireland, Nicolas Rothwell

The story of a man who sees life through his beer glass--his 'glass canoe'.

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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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Ash Road: Text Classics

Ash Road: Text Classics

Southall, Ivan, Maurice Saxby

An action-packed Australian adventure story, about courage, friendship and survival in the face of a seemingly insurmountable bushfire.

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Strine

Strine

Afferbeck Lauder, John Clarke

How's your ebb tide? Do you sign on the dotted lion? Is your tea nature Orpheus Rocker? Who is Charlie Charm Puck in 'Waltzing Matilda'? There was never any book about Australian speech like Strine or about posh British speech...

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Careful, He Might Hear You

Careful, He Might Hear You

Sumner Locke Elliot, Robyn Nevin

It's the Great Depression. Six-year-old PS is an orphan. He lives in Sydney with his Aunt Lila. But all that is about to change. Now his Aunt Vanessa has decided to take proper care of him.

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The Fringe Dwellers

The Fringe Dwellers

Nene Gare, Melissa Lucashenko

First published in 1961A fictionalized account of the author's ten years living alongside Aboriginal peopleImmediately acclaimed as a groundbreaking novel.

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The Australian Ugliness

The Australian Ugliness

Robin Boyd, Christos Tsiolkas

There can be few other nations which are less certain than Australia as to what they are and where they are. Brilliant, witty, scathing, The Australian Ugliness is the classic postwar account of Australian society, how we live in...

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The Long Prospect

The Long Prospect

Elizabeth Harrower, Fiona McGregor

Originally published in 1958, The Long Prospect was described as ranking second only to Patrick White's Voss in postwar Australian literature.

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Down in the City

Elizabeth Harrower, Delia Falconer

Devastating debut novel from the author of The Watch Tower, hailed by The Washington Post as 'a brilliant achievement'.

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A Difficult Young Man

A Difficult Young Man

Martin Boyd, Sonya Hartnett

A Difficult Young Man (1955) charts the complex personal relationships in an upper middle class Anglo-Australian family. It won the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal in 1956

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The Cardboard Crown

The Cardboard Crown

Martin Boyd, Brenda Niall

A lost classic of Australian literature. Boyd is a deeply humane novelist, a writer of family sagas without peer.

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Middle Parts of Fortune: Text Classics The

Middle Parts of Fortune: Text Classics The

Manning Frederic, Simon Caterson

Ernest Hemingway called this breathtaking account of the Great War 'the finest and noblest book of men in war'.

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Such is Life

Such is Life

Joseph Furphy, David Malouf

A classic of the Australian outback, SUCH IS LIFE is the farcical, tragic reminiscences of Tom Collins, philosopher and rogue.

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The Jerilderie Letter

The Jerilderie Letter

Ned Kelly, Alex McDermott

The Jerilderie Letter is Ned Kelly's manifesto, the story of a widow's son outlawed. '

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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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Life and Adventures 1776-1801

Life and Adventures 1776-1801

John Nicol, Tim Flannery

At length, almost to our sorrow, we made the land upon the 3rd of June 1790, just one year all but one day from our leaving the river. We landed all our convicts safe.

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Terra Australis: Text Classics

Terra Australis: Text Classics

Flinders Matthew, Tim Flannery

First published in two-volumes in 1814, this is the enthralling account of the circumnavigation of Australia, by the man who gave our country its name. Edited and introduced by Tim Flannery, Flinders tells of meeting with...

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1788

1788

Watkin Tench, Tim Flannery

An extraordinary first-hand account of the early years of Australian settlement, 1788 is highly readable and hugely entertaining.

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The Getting of Wisdom

The Getting of Wisdom

Henry Handel Richardson, Dr. Germaine Greer

The classic Australian novel of school days, a compelling and frank account of a young girl's coming of age.

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