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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 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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Katherine Mansfield - Selected Stories

Katherine Mansfield - Selected Stories

Katherine Mansfield, Emily Perkins

Mansfield is considered to be amongst the finest short-story writers of the twentieth century.These are twenty-three of her best stories.

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The Explorers: Text Classics

The Explorers: Text Classics

Tim Flannery

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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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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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 Home Girls

The Home Girls

Olga Masters, Geordie Williamson

Between the publication of The Home Girls , in 1982, and her death, Olga Masters was acclaimed as one of Australia's finest writers. Her short stories, distinguished by their acute observation of human behaviour, drew comparison...

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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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A Woman of the Future

A Woman of the Future

David Ireland, Kate Jennings

Introduced by Favel Parrett 'Mother's stomach bellied out like a sail. Young, she was unable to say no to anyone who asked her to make love. Her reasons for her behaviour were all her own; never, after she'd had me did she allow...

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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 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 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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Ash Road

Ash Road

Ivan Southall, 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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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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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 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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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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 Read reviewDown in the City

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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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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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 and...

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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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Maurice Guest

Maurice Guest

Henry Handel Richardson, Carmen Callil

Henry Handel Richardson's debut, published in London in 1908, is set in the music scene of turn-of-the-century Leipzig, a cosmopolitan centre for the arts drawing students from around the world-among them Maurice Guest, a young...

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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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Bush Studies

Bush Studies

Barbara Baynton, Helen Garner

First published 1902, Bush Studies is famous for an unsentimental depiction of frontier life with its particular difficulties for women.

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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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