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 Read reviewLegend of a Suicide

Legend of a Suicide

David Vann

Roy is still young when his father, a failed dentist and hapless fisherman, commits suicide on the deck of his boat. Throughout his life, Roy returns to that moment, gripped by its memory and the shadow it casts over his...

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 Read reviewFather's Day

Father’s Day

Tony Birch

From the author of the much-loved Shadowboxing comes this new collection of short fiction. Tony Birch has an eye for life lived at the margins and in Father's Day he brings the streets of inner-city Australia to life with humour...

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 Read reviewBarley Patch

Barley Patch

Gerald Murnane

Discover the Australian novelist ranked by Ladbrokes as a top-five contender for the 2010 Nobel Prize.

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 Read reviewThe Essence of the Thing

The Essence of the Thing

Madeleine St.John

Nicola shouldn't have stepped out to buy cigarettes because the man she finds when she returns is not the same Jonathan. That Jonathan would never have simply, unilaterally, decided that she should 'move out'. So a shocked Nicola...

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Faber and Faber: Eighty Years of Book Cover Design

Faber and Faber: Eighty Years of Book Cover Design

Joseph Connolly

A guide to the designers, artists and authors who are at the heart of Faber's design story.

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 Read reviewSummertime

Summertime

J. M. Coetzee

Summertime shows us a great writer as he limbers up for his task. It completes the majestic trilogy of fictionalised memoir begun with Boyhood and Youth.

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 Read reviewVitamin 3-D: New Perspectives in Sculpture and Installation

Vitamin 3-D: New Perspectives in Sculpture and Installation

Adriano Pedrosa, Laura Hoptman, Jens Hoffmann

An up-to-the-minute survey of contemporary sculpture and installation featuring 117 artists.

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 Read reviewBetween Stations

Between Stations

Cheng Boey Kim

A travel memoir which explores the condition of the migrant writer living between the place of his birth, his adopted country, and the wider world.

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 Read reviewUnparalleled Sorrow: Finding My Way Back from Depression

Unparalleled Sorrow: Finding My Way Back from Depression

Barry Dickins

In 2008, award-winning Australian author, artist and playwright Barry Dickins was diagnosed with clinical depression. He took his medication and succumbed to the electro-convulsive therapy, which left him unable to grip a pen and...

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 Read reviewDocument Z: A Novel

Document Z: A Novel

Andrew Croome

1951. The Cold War is at its height. Vladimir and Evdokia Petrov are among a group of new arrivals at the Soviet Embassy in Canberra, working for the MVD, Moscow intelligence. Only three short years later, Vladimir has defected...

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 Read reviewUp from the Mission: Selected Writings

Up from the Mission: Selected Writings

Noel Pearson

Up from the Mission charts the life and thought of Noel Pearson, from his early days as a native title lawyer to his position today as one of Australia's most influential figures. This is writing of great passion and power, which...

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 Read reviewMy Driver

My Driver

Maggie Gee

Vanessa Henman, a British writer, is attending a Pan-African Writers' Conference in Uganda. She decides to pay her former cleaner, Mary Tendo, a surprise visit. A hilarious comedy of cultural errors.

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 Read reviewWhy She Loves Him

Why She Loves Him

Wendy James

These are tales of fugitive lives: dazzling portraits of women and men on the run, from their present, their past, their future - from themselves. Here is the complete collection of short fiction from Wendy James. Holding a...

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The Way We Live: With the Things We Love

The Way We Live: With the Things We Love

Stafford Cliff, Gilles de Chabaneix

Part of the Way We Live series, this book presents an exploration of the way people around the world live with the things they love. It showcases Gilles de Chabaneixs eagle-eye for a good idea or intriguing detail, offering an...

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The Thoughtful Dresser

The Thoughtful Dresser

Linda Grant

* A fascinating investigation into the relationship between people and clothes, on a human rather than design level

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 Read reviewBreath

Breath

Tim Winton

Breath is a story about the wildness of youth - the lust for excitement and terror, the determination to be extraordinary, the wounds that heal and those that don't - and about learning to live with its passing.

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 Read reviewThe Women in Black

The Women in Black

Madeleine St.John

Sydney in the 1950s. On the second floor of the famous F.G. Goode department store, in Ladies' Cocktail Frocks, the women in black are girding themselves for the Christmas rush. Madeleine St John conjures a vanished summer of...

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