The Age Book of the Year 2012 Shortlisted Books

Double Entry: How the Merchants of Venice Shaped the Modern World - and How Their Invention Could Make or Break the Planet

Double Entry: How the Merchants of Venice Shaped the Modern World - and How Their Invention Could Make or Break the Planet

Jane Gleeson-White

The rise and metamorphosis of double - entry bookkeeping is one of history's best - kept secrets and most important untold tales ... Through its logic we have let the planet go to ruin - and through its logic we now have a chance...

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Late Night Shopping

Late Night Shopping

Rhyll McMaster

These are poems that reflect many aspects of the human condition and the individual, from poems about love and death, the family, science, the natural world and historical figures such as Ned Kelly and Charles Darwin.

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First Light

First Light

Kate Fagan

The poems in First Light are both playful and intensely personal, combining an interest in language and the sound of words, with a sensual engagement with the world and the experiences of family life. Some poems are created by...

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 Read reviewForecast: Turbulence

Forecast: Turbulence

Janette Turner Hospital

FORECAST TURBULENCE is a breathtaking and exquisitely lyrical collection of nine short stories and one memoir piece from internationally acclaimed Australian author Janette Turner Hospital. Featuring a compelling and enigmatic...

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 Read reviewWhat the Family Needed

What the Family Needed

Steven Amsterdam

'Okay, tell me which do you want: to be able to fly or to be invisible?' This question leads to thirty years of discoveries, extraordinary strengths and closely guarded secrets. This narrative deals with a family whose members...

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Spirit House

Spirit House

Mark Dapin

Long ago, Jimmy Reubens was a POW on the Thai-Burma Railway. For more than four decades, he has staved off the ghosts of his past by drinking too much, outstaying his welcome at his local RSL, and bickering with his three closest...

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 Read reviewFoal's Bread

Foal’s Bread

Gillian Mears

Set in hardscrabble farming country and around the country show high-jumping circuit that prevailed in rural New South Wales prior to the Second World War, Foal's Bread tells the story of two generations of the Nancarrow family...

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 Read review1835: The Founding of Melbourne and the Conquest of Australia

1835: The Founding of Melbourne and the Conquest of Australia

James Boyce

In 1835 an illegal squatter camp was established on the banks of the Yarra River. In defiance of authorities in London and Sydney, Tasmanian speculators began sending men and sheep across Bass Strait - and so changed the shape of...

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 Special price Read reviewThe Meaning of Grace

The Meaning of Grace

Deborah Forster

Grace Fisher, mother of three, one day decides her husband is a sore disappointment and moves the family from Melbourne to a coastal village in Victoria. But Ian's slow dissolution on the couch masked a depression that will harrow...

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Surface to Air

Surface to Air

Jaya Savige

Focuses on such themes as: the archaeological exposure of history, both personal and cultural; the struggle for literal inspiration, in contemporary life, with issues ranging from consumerism to personal grievance and loss; and,...

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Kinglake-350

Kinglake-350

Adrian Hyland

On 7 February 2009 Sergeant Roger Wood found himself at the epicentre of the worst bushfire in Australia's history. Black Saturday. Black Saturday was a many-headed monster in whose wake stories of grief, heroism and desolation...

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The Welfare of My Enemy

The Welfare of My Enemy

Anthony Lawrence

Blending verse novella and book-length poem, The Welfare of My Enemy is a ground-breaking, haunted portrait of the phenomenon of Missing Persons. At times disturbing, always captivating, this new book showcases Lawrence's...

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 Read reviewFishing the River of Time

Fishing the River of Time

Tony Taylor

Fishing the River of Time is an elegant meditation on nature, life and family, written with warmth and wisdom. At age eighty, Tony Taylor journeys from Sydney to British Columbia to fish the Cowichan River with his eight-year-old...

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The Brokenness Sonnets 1-111

The Brokenness Sonnets 1-111

McKimmie, Mal

Mal Mc Kimmie's poems have been published in numerous literary journals and magazines. Five Islands Press, published McKimmie's first volume of poetry, Poetileptic, in 2005. ABC Radio National featured poems from this collection...

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