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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Janet Frame's previously unpublished novel draws on her own experiences in Menton, France as a Katherine Mansfield Fellow.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

This reprint of a classic Australia war memoir is an impressive story of endurance and quiet courage. Ryan was one of those Australian servicemen who patrolled the sparsely inhabited and little known areas of New Guinea, keeping...

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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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When Blackbirds Sing

When Blackbirds Sing

Martin Boyd, Chris Wallace-Crabbe

A masterful recreation of the vanished world of 1914, and a moving and powerful testament to the devastation of war.

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Happy Valley

Happy Valley

Patrick White, Peter Craven

Happy Valley is a place of dreams and secrets, of snow and ice and wind. In this remote little town, perched in its landscape of desolate beauty, everybody has a story to tell about loss and longing and loneliness, about their...

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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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To the Wild Sky

To the Wild Sky

Ivan Southall, Kirsty Murray

When their pilot dies mid-flight his six teenaged passengers face a terrifying reality, with only each other to rely on.

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The Long Green Shore

The Long Green Shore

John Hepworth, Lloyd Jones

In sublime prose, this gripping account follows Australian soldiers fighting the Japanese in New Guinea at the end of WWII.

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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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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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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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 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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 Read reviewLillipilly Hill

Lillipilly Hill

Eleanor Spence, 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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 Read reviewThey're a Weird Mob

They’re a Weird Mob

Nino Culotta, Jacinta Tynan

A hilarious snapshot of the immigrant experience, by a writer with a brilliant ear for the Australian way with words.

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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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Rose Boys

Rose Boys

Peter Rose, Brian Matthews

What exactly is the message of Robert Rose? One year after his death, twenty-six years after just another of our crashes, knowing the effect it had on his family and friends, and thousands of others who hardly knew him, I want...

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An Iron Rose

An Iron Rose

Peter Temple, L A Carlyon

First published in Australia by HarperCollins 1998 --t.p. verso.

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Eat Me

Eat Me

Linda Jaivin, Krissy Kneen

Introduced by Krissy Kneen First published in 1995, Eat Me became an instant international bestseller and caused a scandal in the US. Julia is a photographer, Chantal edits a fashion magazine, Helen is a feminist academic and...

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Dark Places

Dark Places

Kate Grenville, 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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Fairyland

Fairyland

Sumner Locke Elliot, Dennis Altman

The final book by Sumner Locke Elliott, the award-winning author of Careful, He Might Hear You.

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Dancing on Coral

Dancing on Coral

Glenda Adams, Susan Wyndham

A satirical journey from Sydney to New York, through the extremes of the '60sWon Australia's highest literary honour in 1987.

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Julia Paradise

Julia Paradise

Rod Jones, Emily Maguire

He would relive for a long time everything she said to him in the room at the mission. He would recall the way her voice had grown thicker and thicker, and how her head had begun to hang to one side from the exhaustion of her...

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The Watcher in the Garden

The Watcher in the Garden

Margo Lanagan, Joan Phipson

A complex and gripping novel of human relationships from one of Australia's foremost authors for young adults.

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The Odd Angry Shot

The Odd Angry Shot

William Nagle, Paul Ham

The Odd Angry Shot is the seminal account of Australian soldiers in the Vietnam War. Brief and bracing, tragic yet darkly funny, it portrays a close-knit group of knockabout SAS fighters: their mateship, homesickness and fears;...

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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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The Unknown Industrial Prisoner

The Unknown Industrial Prisoner

David Ireland, Peter Pierce

Winner of the Miles Franklin Award in 1971, this is a ruthless and comic portrait of working class Australia.

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I Own the Racecourse!

I Own the Racecourse!

Patricia Wrightson, Kate Constable

A children's classic about a boy with a disability, published in the US in 1968 as A Racecourse For Andy.

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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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Hills End

Hills End

Ivan Southall, James Moloney

First released in 1962, this groundbreaking adventure novel was among the first true 'young adult' literature ever published in Australia.

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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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Outbreak of Love

Outbreak of Love

Martin Boyd, Chris Womersley

The story of a marriage under threat, it is a comedy of manners which carries an undercurrent of unease, reflecting the contrasting issues of approaching war and the personal conflict between the head and the heart.

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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 Songs of a Sentimental Bloke

The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke

C. J. Dennis, Jack Thompson

Introduced by Jack Thompson The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke, a comic verse novel, was first published in book form in 1915 and sold more than sixty thousand copies in nine editions within a year. By the mid-1970s nearly three...

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Jonah

Jonah

Louis Stone, Frank Moorhouse

One side of the street glittered like a brilliant eruption with the light from a row of shops; the others, lined with houses, was almost deserted, for the people, drawn like moths by the glare, crowded and jostled under the...

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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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The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

Fergus W. Hume, Simon Caterson

The original blockbuster crime novel, The Mystery of a Hansom Cab sold hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide.

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