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Janet Frame's previously unpublished novel draws on her own experiences in Menton, France as a Katherine Mansfield Fellow.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

The Watch Tower

Elizabeth Harrower, Joan London

The Watch Tower is a novel of relentless and acute psychological power, from one of Australia's greatest writers.

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 Read reviewThe Commandant

The Commandant

Jessica Anderson, 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 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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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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Stiff

Stiff

Shane Maloney, 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 Even More Complete Book of Australian Verse

The Even More Complete Book of Australian Verse

John Clarke

In the author's own words: possibly the most important anthology ever published.

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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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Death in Brunswick

Death in Brunswick

Boyd Oxlade, Shane Maloney

A cult hit later made into a film starring Sam Neill, Death in Brunswick is a classic Australian comedy.

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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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The Plains

The Plains

Gerald Murnane, Wayne Macauley

In the two decades since its first publication, this haunting novel has earned its status as a classic. On the plains, the landowning families have preserved a rich and distinctive culture. Obsessed with their own habitat and...

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Sydney Bridge Upside Down

Sydney Bridge Upside Down

David Ballantyne, Kate De Goldi

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

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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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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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Wake in Fright

Wake in Fright

Kenneth Cook, Peter Temple

Wake in Fright is the original and greatest outback horror story. Bundanyabba and its citizens will forever haunt its readers.

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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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They Found a Cave

They Found a Cave

Nan Chauncy, John Marsden

Four English orphans - Cherry, Nigel, Brick and Nippy - migrate to Tasmania, to the care of their Aunt Jandie on her farm outside Hobart. Their arrival is greeted with enthusiasm by young farm boy Tas, and weeks of exploration...

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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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