Queensland Literary Awards 2012 Shortlists

Sea Hearts

Sea Hearts

Margo Lanagan

A mesmerising selkie novel from multi-award winning, internationally acclaimed Australian author, Margo Lanagan - one of the most exciting voices in speculative fiction.

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Her Father's Daughter

Her Father’s Daughter

Alice Pung

At twenty-something, Alice is hungry for the milestones of young womanhood: leaving home, choosing a career, finding friendship and love on her own terms. But with each step she takes away from home, she feels the sharp tug of...

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 Read reviewAll I Ever Wanted

All I Ever Wanted

Vikki Wakefield

Mim knows what she wants, and where she wants to go - anywhere but home, stuck in the suburbs with her mother who won't get off the couch, and two brothers in prison. She has set herself rules to live by, but she's starting to...

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 Special priceThree Summers

Three Summers

Judith Clarke

From multi-award-winning author Judith Clarke, this is a magnificent and deeply moving story about two girls, a life-long friendship, and the heart's search for the real true thing. Ages 14+.

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The Ink Bridge

The Ink Bridge

Neil Grant

A remarkable and gripping story about one refugee boy on a desperate journey from Afghanistan, and the Australian boy who befriends him.

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Australia - The Time Traveller's Guide

Australia - The Time Traveller’s Guide

Richard Smith

Australia: The Time Travellers Guide, is the landmark ABC TV series currently in early production that will be showcasing the deep, rich geological history of the Australian continent. In three...

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In the Shade of the Shady Tree: Stories of Wheatbelt Australia

In the Shade of the Shady Tree: Stories of Wheatbelt Australia

John Kinsella

Offers a collection of stories that set in the Western Australian wheatbelt, a vast grain-growing area that ranges across the southwestern end of the immense Australian interior. This book introduces many readers to a new...

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Shooting the Fox

Shooting the Fox

Marion Halligan (Author)

Shooting the Fox is brimming with surprising characters - the virgin and the pornographer, the adulterer, the translator, the defecting diplomat - and the inconveniences of modernity. In the end, though, it is a...

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Silence

Silence

Rodney Hall

A collection 'fictions' by one of Australia's finest writers. Winner of the Miles Franklin Award twice.

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Kumiko and the Shadow Catchers

Kumiko and the Shadow Catchers

Briony Stewart

Kumiko is used to having a dragon guarding her night and day. Since discovering the secret of the Shadow Catchers, a group of powerful sorcerers determined to steal magic at any cost Kumiko knows it's only a matter of time before...

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 Read reviewBrotherband 1: The Outcasts

Brotherband 1: The Outcasts

John Flanagan

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The Horses Didn't Come Home

The Horses Didn’t Come Home

Pamela Rushby

The last great cavalry charge in history took place at Beersheba in the Sinai Desert in 1917. It was Australian soldiers and horses that took part in, and won, this amazing, unexpected, unorthodox victory. The men proudly...

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Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines made Australia

Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines made Australia

Bill Gammage

Explodes the myth that pre-settlement Australia was an untamed wilderness, revealing the complex, country-wide systems of land management used by Aboriginal people.

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1835: The Founding Of Melbourne & The Conquest Of Australia

1835: The Founding Of Melbourne & 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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Yellow Gum's Conversion

Yellow Gum’s Conversion

Simon West

These new poems from Simon West centre, for the most part, on landscape: the actual, the figurative, the local, the European. With a sure feeling for place (especially forest), The Yellow Gums Conversion brings together...

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Crimson Crop

Crimson Crop

Peter Rose

Crimson Crop is Peter Roses fifth poetry collection and his first since 2005. This volume has at its core a series of elegies, several about his late father Bob Rose (a respected Australian Rules footballer and coach), thus...

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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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Outside

Outside

David McCooey

Takes the most basic of categories - day and night, inside and outside - and makes them the source of powerful meditations on the strangeness of our diurnal lives. This book encompasses reflections on such diverse topics as the...

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 Read reviewAll That I Am

All That I Am

Anna Funder

An award-winning author delivers an affecting and beautifully evocative debut novel, set in 1930's Europe and based on a true story, about a group of young German exiles who risk their lives to awaken the world to the terrifying...

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Welfare of My Enemy

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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There Goes the Neighbourhood: Australia and the Rise of Asia

There Goes the Neighbourhood: Australia and the Rise of Asia

Michael Wesley

For the first time in history, Australia will be uncomfortably close to the designs and demarches of competing great powers. Wesley points to the key economic and political issues that we need to be considering right now, as a...

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 Read reviewSeduced By Logic

Seduced By Logic

Robyn Arianrhod

Biography meets science in this gripping story of two influential pioneering women of mathematics - Emilie du Chatelet and Mary Somerville. Connected by their shared passion for maths, they provided a unique perspective on the...

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Cold Light

Cold Light

Frank Moorhouse

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Gone Viral: The germs that share our lives

Gone Viral: The germs that share our lives

Frank Bowden

Frank Bowden, a specialist in the field of infectious disease and sexual health, looks at one bug at a time, weaving around them the stories of his patients and their families, the doctors and the difficulties they face and the...

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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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Sex, Genes and Rock 'n' Roll: How evolution has shaped the modern world

Sex, Genes and Rock ‘n’ Roll: How evolution has shaped the modern world

Rob Brooks

Explores a platter of topics, from the frivolous to the tragic falling in love, making music, our obsession with rock n roll, mating, fertility, obesity, consumption, and more illustrating how evolution stands alongside economics,...

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