Summer Reading Guide: Language, poetry & essays

Best Summer Stories

Best Summer Stories

Aviva Tuffield

Summer is the time for good stories. This lively new collection from Black Inc. draws together new and published short fiction from some of our country's most talented storytellers, showcasing the vibrancy and diversity of...

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The End of the End of the Earth

The End of the End of the Earth

Jonathan Franzen

A sharp and provocative new essay collection from the award-winning author of Freedom and The Corrections

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 Special priceHeroes

Heroes

Stephen Fry

The dazzling companion volume to the bestselling Mythos. There are heroes - and then there are Greek heroes

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Notes from a Public Typewriter

Notes from a Public Typewriter

Michael Gustafson, Oliver Uberti

When Michael Gustafson and his wife Hilary opened Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan, they put out a typewriter for anyone to use. They had no idea what to expect. Would people ask metaphysical questions? Write mean...

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 Read reviewThe Odyssey

The Odyssey

Homer, Emily Wilson

A lean, fleet-footed translation that recaptures Homer's nimble gallop and brings an ancient epic to new life.

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An Open Book

An Open Book

David Malouf

This is only David Malouf's third new poetry volume in nearly 40 years, so it is a significant publishing event. As one of Australia's greatest living poets, Malouf continues to meditate and reflect on themes of mortality and...

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Speeches of Note: A celebration of the old, new and unspoken

Speeches of Note: A celebration of the old, new and unspoken

Shaun Usher

From Shaun Usher, the author of the international bestseller Letters of Note, comes an obsessively curated, richly illustrated and sumptuously produced collection of speeches from throughout the ages.

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 Read reviewThe World Was Whole

The World Was Whole

Fiona Wright

The follow-up to Fiona Wright's essay collection Small Acts of Disappearance - winner of the Nita B. Kibble Award and the Queensland Literary Award for Non-fiction, shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the NSW Premier's Award for...

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The Writer's Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands

The Writer’s Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands

Huw Lewis-Jones

A team of distinguished and internationally acclaimed writers and illustrators share their personal insights into the maps they love, the maps they use and the maps that set them dreaming.

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Ancient Skies - Constellation Mythology of the Greeks

Ancient Skies - Constellation Mythology of the Greeks

David Weston Marshall

Ancient Skies brings the belief systems of the classical world to shining life.

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Collected Poems

Collected Poems

Les Murray

Les Murray's new and updated Collected Poems displays the full range of his poetic art.    

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Inadvertent

Inadvertent

Karl Ove Knausgaard, Ingvild Burkey

The second book in the Why I Write series provides generous insight into the creative process of the award-winning Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard

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Kafka's Last Trial: The Case of a Literary Legacy

Kafka’s Last Trial: The Case of a Literary Legacy

Benjamin Balint

The gripping story of the legal battle over the work of the most enigmatic writer of the twentieth century: a priceless lost cache of papers, an unprecedented international custody battle, and the unlikely trajectory of a trove of...

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Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts

Christopher de Hamel

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts invites the reader to accompany the author on exclusive private visits to a dozen very varied collections, in different parts of the world, to discover twelve great manuscripts and to explore...

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Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold

Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold

Stephen Fry

One of the most imaginative minds alive retells the greatest stories in history - the Greek Myths.

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Sea Prayer

Sea Prayer

Khaled Hosseini, Dan Williams

A heart-wrenching, exquisitely illustrated new story from Khaled Hosseini

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Words That Go Ping: The Ridiculously Wonderful World of Onomatopoeia

Words That Go Ping: The Ridiculously Wonderful World of Onomatopoeia

Barbara Lasserre

Barbara Lasserre brings the neglected world of onomatopoeia to life in this witty little gem of a book which will delight language lovers.

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