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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 reviewParadise Updated

Paradise Updated

Mic Looby

Robert Rind is a legend in guidebook circles, an individual and resolutely old-school and not one to follow the corporate trail. When SmallWorld decides he has updated his last edition they send Mithra who fits the company sense...

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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 reviewDocument Z

Document Z

Andrew Croome

A masterful, taut and atmospheric novel of political espionage and intrigue, telling the story of the Petrov defection during the Cold War of the 1950s. Winner of the 2008 The Australian/Vogel Literary Award.

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 Read reviewAltermodern-Tate Triennial 2009

Altermodern-Tate Triennial 2009

Nicolas Bourriaud

The term 'Altermodern' describes art made in a global context which is a reaction against cultural standardisation and commercialisation. This book focuses on each of the four main facets of the Altermodern; it defines these as...

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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 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


Tim Winton

Tim Winton's Breath, winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, is a story about the wildness of youth and learning to live with its passing.

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