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Heat and Light

Ellen Van Neerven

In this award-winning work of fiction, Ellen van Neerven takes her readers on a journey that is mythical, mystical and still achingly real. Over three parts, she takes traditional storytelling and gives it a unique,...

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 Read reviewThe Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island

The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island

Chloe Hooper

The story of Palm Island, the tropical paradise where one morning Cameron Doomadgee swore at a policeman and forty minutes later lay dead in a watch-house cell. It is the story of that policeman, the tall, enigmatic Christopher...

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Swallow the Air

Swallow the Air

Tara June Winch

When May's mother dies suddenly, she and her brother Billy are taken in by an aunt. However their loss leaves them both searching for their place in a world that doesn't want them. May sets off to find her father and her...

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Unpolished Gem

Unpolished Gem

Alice Pung

Offers a vivid and ironic sense of two worlds. Combines the story of Pung's life growing up in suburban Footscray, with the inherited stories of the women in her family.

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Obernewtyn Chronicles Volume 1: Popular Penguins

Obernewtyn Chronicles Volume 1: Popular Penguins

Isobelle Carmody

In a world struggling back from the brink of apocalypse, life is harsh. But for Elspeth Gordie, born with enhanced mental abilities that would see her sterilised or burned if discovered, it is also dangerous. There is only...

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What Came Before

What Came Before

Anna George

My name is David James Forrester. I'm a solicitor. Tonight, at 6.10, I killed my wife. This is my statement.' In Melbourne's inner west, David sits in his car, dictaphone in hand. He's sick to his stomach but determined to record...

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Floundering

Romy Ash

Tom and Jordy have been living with their gran since the day their mother, Loretta, left them on her doorstep and disappeared. Now Loretta's returned, and she wants her boys back. Tom and Jordy hit the road with Loretta in her...

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Gwen Harwood: Selected Poems

Gwen Harwood: Selected Poems

Gwen Harwood

This new selection of Gwen Hardwood's work includes poems from The Present Tense, published shortly before her death in 1995, as well as poems not included in earlier editions of Selected Poems.

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The Delinquents

The Delinquents

Criena Rohan, Nick Earls

Rohan's 1962 novel of rock 'n' roll, youthful rebellion and big dreams is a love story for the ages.

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Hating Alison Ashley: Classic Australian Children's Classics

Hating Alison Ashley: Classic Australian Children’s Classics

Robin Klein

Alison Ashley. She was the most beautiful, graceful, elegant thing you ever saw in your life... And from the first day I HATED her. Rediscover the magic of our country's most memorable children's books in the Penguin Australia...

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The Well: Popular Penguins

The Well: Popular Penguins

Elizabeth Jolley

Driving one night along the deserted track that leads to the farm, Miss Hester Harper and Katherine run into a mysterious creature. They dump the body into the farm's deep well but the voice of the injured intruder will not be...

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Feeling Sorry for Celia

Feeling Sorry for Celia

Jaclyn Moriarty

Life is pretty complicated for Elizabeth Clarry. Her best friend, Celia, has disappeared; her absent father has reappeared and her communication with her mother depends entirely on fridge notes. But Elizabeth is on the threshold...

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 Read reviewNight Games: Sex, Power and Sport

Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport

Anna Krien

'The Pies beat the Saints and the city of Melbourne was still cloaked in black and white crepe paper when the rumour of a pack rape by celebrating footballers began to surface. By morning, the head of the sexual crimes squad...

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 Read reviewOnly the Animals

Only the Animals

Ceridwen Dovey

Perhaps only the animals can tell us what it is to be human. a trench on the Western Front a cat recalls her owner Colette's theatrical antics in Paris. In Nazi Germany a dog seeks enlightenment. A Russian tortoise once owned by...

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 Read reviewHot Little Hands

Hot Little Hands

Abigail Ulman

This exceptional collection of stories is about young women of different ages, from their early teens to their late twenties, coming to terms with what it means to desire, and be desired, with funny, surprising and sometimes...

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Hope Farm

Peggy Frew

'They were inescapable, the tensions of the adult world - the fraught and febrile aura that surrounded Ishtar and those in her orbit, that whined and creaked like a wire pulled too tight.'

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Steeplechase

Krissy Kneen

I force myself to take the phone away from my ear and search for the last incoming call. I store the number under one word, 'sister'. I know I should have used her name but it is all I can think of in this moment. Sister. My...

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Joe Cinque's Consolation

Joe Cinque’s Consolation

Helen Garner

In October 1997, a clever young student at the ANU murdered her boyfriend. She and her best friend were later charged with murder. Garner followed the trial in the ACT Supreme Court. This book is about how and why Joe Cinque died....

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 Read reviewLooking for Alibrandi: Australian Children's Classics

Looking for Alibrandi: Australian Children’s Classics

Melina Marchetta

A third generation Italian/Australian girl tells the story of her final school years and how she comes to terms with her family, her culture and her sexuality. Author's 1st novel

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The Muddleheaded Wombat

The Muddleheaded Wombat

Ruth Park, Noela Young

This paperback edition brings together four stories: The Muddleheaded Wombat; The Muddleheaded Wombat at School; The Muddleheaded Wombat on Holiday; The Muddleheaded Wombat in the Treetops. A delight to rediscover, or read for the...

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Damned Whores and God's Police

Damned Whores and God’s Police

Anne Summers

Sexual harassment, domestic violence and date rape had not been named, although they certainly existed, when Damned Whores and God's Police was first published in 1975. That was before the Sex Discrimination Act of 1984 and before...

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