Summer Reading Guide: Language, poetry & essays

The Anthology of Australian Prose Poetry

The Anthology of Australian Prose Poetry

Paul Hetherington, Cassandra Atherton

Prose poetry is a resurgent literary form in the English-speaking world and has been rapidly gaining popularity in Australia. Cassandra Atherton and Paul Hetherington have gathered a broad and representative selection of the best...

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Home Body

Home Body

Rupi Kaur

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Milk and Honey and The Sun and Her Flowers comes her greatly anticipated third collection of poetry.

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Rooted: An Australian history of bad language

Rooted: An Australian history of bad language

Dr Amanda Laugesen

From the defiant curses of the convicts and bullock drivers to the humour of Kath and Kim, Amanda Laugesen, director of the Australian National Dictionary Centre, takes us on a fascinating journey through the history of...

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Hansel and Greta: A Fairy Tale Revolution

Hansel and Greta: A Fairy Tale Revolution

Jeanette Winterson, Laura Barrett

Jeanette Winterson retells 'Hansel and Gretel'.

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Duckling: A Fairy Tale Revolution

Duckling: A Fairy Tale Revolution

Kamila Shamsie, Laura Barrett

Kamila Shamsie retells 'The Ugly Duckling'.

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Cinderella Liberator: A Fairy Tale Revolution

Cinderella Liberator: A Fairy Tale Revolution

Rebecca Solnit, Arthur Rackham

Rebecca Solnit reimagines a classic fairytale with a fresh, feminist Cinderella and new plot twists that will inspire young readers to change the world.

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Blueblood: A Fairy Tale Revolution

Blueblood: A Fairy Tale Revolution

Malorie Blackman, Laura Barrett

A Fairy Tale Revolution is here to remix and revive our favourite stories.

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The Madman's Library

The Madman’s Library

Edward Brooke-Hitching

A stunning new volume from Edward Brooke-Hitching, revealing some of the strangest books ever written and produced.

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 Special priceThe Rupi Kaur Boxed Set

The Rupi Kaur Boxed Set

Rupi Kaur

Available for the first time, #1 New York Times bestselling author, Rupi Kaur, presents a gorgeous boxed set of her books milk and honey and the sun and her flowers.

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Ex Libris

Ex Libris

Michiko Kakutani

From 'the most powerful book critic in the English-speaking world' (Vanity Fair) comes an inspiring and beautifully illustrated selection of the life-changing books that none of us should miss

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 Special price Read reviewMantel Pieces

Mantel Pieces

Hilary Mantel

A stunning collection of essays and memoir from twice Booker Prize winner and international bestseller Hilary Mantel, author of the Wolf Hall Trilogy.    

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 Special priceWatsonia: A Writing Life

Watsonia: A Writing Life

Don Watson

No other writer has journeyed further into the soul of Australia and returned to tell the tale... 

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Rebel without a Clause

Rebel without a Clause

Sue Butler

A fascinatingly idiosyncratic romp through the world of words by lexicographer and former Macquarie Dictionary publisher, Sue Butler.

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The Lost Spells

The Lost Spells

Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris

Kindred in spirit to The Lost Words but new in form, The Lost Spells is a pocket-sized treasure, a new collection of 'spells' - acrostic poetry and artwork - by beloved creative duo Robert Macfarlane and Jackie...

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Griffith Review 70: Generosities of Spirit

Griffith Review 70: Generosities of Spirit

Ashley Hay

Now more than ever we need empathy, and Griffith Review 70: Generosities of Spirit explores and celebrates generosities and kindnesses, those uplifting and memorable experiences that illuminate our lives. 

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maar bidi: next generation black writing

maar bidi: next generation black writing

Elfie Shiosaki, Linda Martin

In this beautifully crafted, evocative and poignant anthology of prose and fiction, a diverse group of young black writers are encouraged to find strength in their voices and what is important to them. 

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Lives of Houses

Lives of Houses

Kate Kennedy, Hermione Lee

A group of notable writers ... celebrate our fascination with the houses of famous literary figures, artists, composers, and politicians of the past

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 Special priceThe Fire of Joy

The Fire of Joy

Clive James

In the last book he completed before he died, Clive James offers a personal guide to the poems he found it impossible to forget.

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A Body of Water

A Body of Water

Beverley Farmer

A new edition of Beverley Farmer's out-of-print classic A Body of Water, which in its mixing of genres - essay, memoir, fiction, folk tale - opened up new frontiers for Australian literature 

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