Historical fiction set in Australian cities

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From the Wreck

Jane Rawson

‘It's hard to find the right words to praise this novel. I think we need a whole new critical vocabulary to be invented. Rawson recreates a vanished historical world with utterly convincing characters as well as inhabits the...

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 Read reviewThe Golden Age

The Golden Age

Joan London

Written in Joan London’s customary clear-eyed prose, The Golden Age evokes a time past and a yearning for deep connection. It is a rare and precious gem of a book from one of Australia’s finest novelists.

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The Secret River

The Secret River

Kate Grenville

A universal and timeless story of love, identity and belonging

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The Portrait of Molly Dean

The Portrait of Molly Dean

Katherine Kovacic

An unsolved murder comes to light after almost seventy years...

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The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

Fergus Hume, Geordie Williamson

The original blockbuster crime novel, The Mystery of a Hansom Cab sold hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide.

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On The Beach

On The Beach

Nevil Shute

After the war is over, a radioactive cloud begins to sweep southwards on the winds, gradually poisoning everything in its path. An American submarine captain is among the survivors left sheltering in Australia, preparing with the...

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Nine Days

Toni Jordan

Multi-generational story about two families and the love affair that brings them together, told in the voices of nine people and the day that changes their life forever.

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Cairo

Chris Womersley

A summer of liberation leads to a teenage boy becoming caught up in the notorious heist of Picasso's Weeping Woman.

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The Getting of Wisdom: Text Classics

The Getting of Wisdom: Text Classics

Henry Handel Richardson, Dr. Germaine Greer

The classic Australian novel of school days, a compelling and frank account of a young girl's coming of age.

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The Floating Garden

The Floating Garden

Emma Ashmere

Sydney, Milsons Point, 1926. Entire streets are being demolished for the building of the Harbour Bridge. Ellis Gilbey, landlady by day, gardening writer by night, is set to lose everything. Only the faith in the book shes writing,...

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The Harp in the South: Popular Penguins

The Harp in the South: Popular Penguins

Ruth Park

Hugh and Margaret Darcy are raising their family in Sydney amid the brothels, grog shops and rundown boarding houses of Surry Hills, where money is scarce and life is not easy. This Australian classic will take you straight back...

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Johnno

Johnno

David Malouf

Semi-autobiographical, the novel perfectly captures the ragged modernisation of Brisbane and the sense of a generation locked in combat with the elusive Australian Dream.

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When the Lyrebird Calls

Kim Kane

When Madeleine is shipped off to stay with her eccentric grandmother for the holidays, she expects the usual: politics, early-morning yoga, extreme health food, and lots of...

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Cloudstreet

Cloudstreet

Tim Winton

From separate catastrophes two rural families flee to the city and find themselves sharing a great, breathing, shuddering joint called Cloudstreet, where they begin their lives again from scratch. For twenty years they roister and...

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 Read reviewThat Deadman Dance

That Deadman Dance

Kim Scott

In playful, musical prose, this book explores the early contact between the Aboriginal Noongar people and the first European settlers. The novel's hero is a young Noongar man named Bobby Wabalanginy.

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Bridget Crack

Bridget Crack

Rachel Leary

Van Diemen's Land, 1826. A desperate convict flees into the wilderness. But the land that hides her will show her no mercy. A brilliant literary debut from a writer of rare talent.

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The Sound of One Hand Clapping

The Sound of One Hand Clapping

Richard Flanagan

FROM THE WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2014In the winter of 1954, in a construction camp in the remote Tasmanian highlands, when Sonja Buloh was three years old and her father was drinking too much, her mother disappeared into a...

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 Read reviewThe Guy, the Girl, the Artist and His Ex

The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and His Ex

Gabrielle Williams

A rock chick. An artist with attitude. A girl with a past. A party animal. Four lives collide when one of the world's most famous paintings is stolen. It's a mystery that has the nation talking, but while Picasso's Weeping Woman...

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Runner

Runner

Robert Newton

Charlie's father is dead and Charlie has to leave school to support himself and his mother. Squizzy Taylor, the notorious underworld criminal, employs Charlie as his runner. Charlie has a quick mind and can outrun any boy around,...

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The Art of the Engine Driver

The Art of the Engine Driver

Steven Carroll

On a hot summer's night in the 1950s, the old and the new, diesel and steam, town and country all collide - and nobody will be left unaffected. The Art of the Engine Driver is a luminous and evocative tale of ordinary suburban...

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The Gift of Speed

The Gift of Speed

Steven Carroll

When the West Indies cricket team arrive in Australia in the summer of 1960, Michael at 16, is enthralled. As the summer unfolds, Michael realises that he has learnt many things, about his parents, his suburb, a girl and himself....

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 Read reviewThe Time We Have Taken

The Time We Have Taken

Steven Carroll

A luminous exploration of public and private reckoning in a Melbourne suburb during the upheavals of the 1970s. It is a celebration of the rhythms and the intricacies of suburban life, as well as a meditation on its limits.

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Grand Days

Grand Days

Frank Moorhouse

Set in Geneva in the inter-war period, this book conveys all the high idealism of that benighted period in European history. It charts the rite of passage of Edith Berry, from wilfulness and self-delusion to a more humble and...

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Dark Palace

Dark Palace

Frank Moorhouse

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Cold Light

Cold Light

Frank Moorhouse

Winner of the Queensland Literary Award. Shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and the Barbara Jefferis Prize.It is 1950, the League of Nations has collapsed and the newly formed United Nations...

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