Text Classics

The Cockatoos

The Cockatoos

Patrick White, Gail Jones

An essential story collection from one of the foremost novelists of the twentieth century, now a part of the Text Classics series

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Memoirs Of Many In One

Memoirs Of Many In One

Patrick White, Sophie Cunningham

An essential late novel from one of the foremost novelists of the twentieth century, now a part of the Text Classics series

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Shooting Star: Text Classics

Shooting Star: Text Classics

Peter Temple, Adrian McKinty

Shooting Star is classic Peter Temple, and now a Text Classic.

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A Dutiful Daughter: Text Classics

A Dutiful Daughter: Text Classics

Thomas Keneally, Geordie Williamson

Australian literature's strangest novel, written by its most familiar novelist

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Fishing in the Styx: Text Classics

Fishing in the Styx: Text Classics

Ruth Park, Tegan Bennett Daylight

Following on from A Fence Around the Cuckoo, this is the second volume of autobiography by one of Australia's best storytellers, Ruth Park, author of The Harp in the South and the Miles Franklin-winning Swords and Crowns and...

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A Fence Around the Cuckoo: Text Classics

A Fence Around the Cuckoo: Text Classics

Ruth Park, Emily Perkins

The first volume of autobiography by celebrated writer Ruth Park, author of The Harp in the South, and winner of the Miles Franklin Award, the Age Book of the Year and the Colin Roderick Award.

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Kangaroo: Text Classics

Kangaroo: Text Classics

D. H. Lawrence, Nicolas Rothwell

A landmark D. H. Lawrence novel, considered to be among the best writing about Australia.

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A Stairway to Paradise: Text Classics

A Stairway to Paradise: Text Classics

Madeleine St John, Toni Jordan

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A Pure Clear Light: Text Classics

A Pure Clear Light: Text Classics

Madeleine St John, Rosalie Ham

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Whispering In The Wind: Text Classics

Whispering In The Wind: Text Classics

Alan Marshall, Shane Maloney

Featuring Australian folk heroes alongside witches, giants and princesses, and a bunyip, this forgotten fairy tale is a story of courage, persistence and humour.

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Myself When Young: Text Classics

Myself When Young: Text Classics

Henry Handel Richardson, Brenda Niall

The unfinished autobiography of one of the great Australian novelists-Henry Handel Richardson, the pen name of Ethel F. Lindesay Robertson. From the author of The Fortunes of Richard Mahoney and The Getting of Wisdom, comes this...

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Honour & Other People's Children: Text Classics

Honour & Other People’s Children: Text Classics

Helen Garner, Michael Sala

Two novellas, delving into our connections with those we love, and the pain of breaking those connections. Introduced by Michael Sala.

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Drylands: Text Classics

Drylands: Text Classics

Thea Astley, Emily Maguire

A powerful tale of a small town destinies shaped by violence, debts and disappointments. From one of Australia's most respected and acclaimed novelists.

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A Kindness Cup: Text Classics

A Kindness Cup: Text Classics

Thea Astley, Kate Grenville

An Australian town is about to celebrate its 20th anniversary. But one man is intent on reminding the town of its brutal past.

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The Multiple Effects of Rainshadow: Text Classics

The Multiple Effects of Rainshadow: Text Classics

Thea Astley, Chloe Hooper

A study in the psychology of isolation, and a portrait of the constant violence between white and black Australians, still alive today.

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Reaching Tin River: Text Classics

Reaching Tin River: Text Classics

Thea Astley, Jennifer Down

A young Australian woman, the daughter of an American musician, looks back on the people and forces that shaped her life.

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Australia In Arms: The Story of Gallipoli

Australia In Arms: The Story of Gallipoli

Philip Schuler

A crucial on-the-ground account of the Australian Imperial Forces' Gallipoli campaign by one of Australia's key World War I correspondents.

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Mystery Spinner: Text Classics

Mystery Spinner: Text Classics

Russell Jackson, Gideon Haigh

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The Tournament: Text Classics

The Tournament: Text Classics

John Clarke

The most unusual tennis tournament in history is about to start. Albert Einstein's seeded fourth. Chaplin, Freud and Van Gogh are also in the top rankings. World number one is Tony Chekhov. In all, 128 players, everyone from Louis...

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The Brush-Off: Text Classics

The Brush-Off: Text Classics

Shane Maloney, Michael Robotham

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Me and Mr Booker: Text Classics

Me and Mr Booker: Text Classics

Cory Taylor, Benjamin Law

The Text Classics edition of Cory Taylor's extraordinary debut novel, Me and Mr Booker, a sharply observed and darkly comic story about lust, deceit and the line between adolescence and adulthood.

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 Read reviewCame Back To Show You I Could Fly

Came Back To Show You I Could Fly

Robin Klein, Simmone Howell

An unlikely friendship, between a young boy Seymour and the older Angie, shows the human side of addiction.

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The Last Days of Chez Nous & Two Friends: Text Classics

The Last Days of Chez Nous & Two Friends: Text Classics

Helen Garner, Laura Jones

Two screenplays, showcasing Helen Garner's ability to get to the core of the small acts that define our relationships.

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Take Me To Paris, Johnny

Take Me To Paris, Johnny

John Foster, Peter Craven, John Rickard

First published in Australia in 1993. An unforgettable memoir of love, loss and humanity.

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Dog Boy: Text Classics

Dog Boy: Text Classics

Eva Hornung, Yann Martel

Abandoned in a big city at the onset of winter, a hungry four-year-old boy follows a stray dog to her lair. There he joins four puppies suckling at their mother's teats. And so begins Romochka's life as a dog. Romochka is ashamed...

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Moral Hazard: Text Classics

Moral Hazard: Text Classics

Kate Jennings, Gideon Haigh

1990s Wall Street--ego and hypocrisy run rife. An ex-radical feminist works as a corporate speechwriter to support her dying husband.

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Tourmaline

Tourmaline

Randolph Stow, Gabrielle Carey

Randolph Stow's most surreal and allegorical novel, a bleak but comic staging of human frailty and the need for belief.

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Isobel On The Way To The Corner Shop

Isobel On The Way To The Corner Shop

Amy Witting, Maria Takolander

A beautifully drawn portrait of madness, and of the way in which we discover other worlds through literature.

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Visitants

Visitants

Randolph Stow, Drusilla Modjeska

An investigation into a Patrol Officer's suicide in New Guinea leads to revelations about his secret past.

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Happy Valley: Text Classics

Happy Valley: Text Classics

Patrick White, Peter Craven

Based on Patrick White's own experiences in the early 1930s as a jackaroo at Bolaro, near Adaminaby in south-eastern New South Wales, Happy Valley paints a portrait of a community in a desolate landscape. It is a jagged and...

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Aunts Up The Cross

Aunts Up The Cross

Robin Dalton, Clive James

The author's story of her childhood, a secure and magic place surrounded by eccentric aunts and uncles, and an army of guests and hangers-on sharing a sprawling, disorderly house in the Bohemian hearts of Sydney's Kings Cross.

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To The Islands

To The Islands

Randolph Stow, Bernadette Brennan

Set in the desolate outback landscape of Australia's north-west, the novel tracks the last days of a worn-out Anglican missionary. Fleeing his mission after an agonising confrontation, he immerses himself in the wilderness,...

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The Idea of Perfection: Text Classics

The Idea of Perfection: Text Classics

Kate Grenville, Neil Armfield

Harley Savage is a large, rawboned, plain person with a ragged haircut and a white t-shirt coming unstitched along the shoulder. Douglas Cheeseman is a big-eared man who avoids his own reflection, and has bored his wife into...

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 Read reviewThe Commandant

The Commandant

Jessica Anderson, Carmen Callil

He jumped down to the wharf and walked alone out of the torchlight to stand behind Letty. Frances looked from his face to her sister's, and once again felt the weakening flush of fear. She was too much at the mercy of her company,...

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The Essence of the Thing: Text Classics

The Essence of the Thing: Text Classics

Madeleine St John, Helen Trinca

Nicola shouldn't have stepped out to buy cigarettes because the man she finds when she returns is not the same Jonathan. That Jonathan would never have simply, unilaterally, decided that she should 'move out'. So a shocked Nicola...

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The Even More Complete Book Of Australian Verse

The Even More Complete Book Of Australian Verse

John Clarke

In the author's own words: possibly the most important anthology ever published.

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 Read reviewA Lifetime On Clouds

A Lifetime On Clouds

Gerald Murnane, Andy Griffiths

A Lifetime on Clouds is funny, honest and sweetly told: a less ribald, Catholic Australian Portnoy's Complaint.

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 Read reviewCosmo Cosmolino

Cosmo Cosmolino

Helen Garner, Ramona Koval

The fragile domestic balance of a share house is exploded in this classic Australian novel about friendship, faith and miracles.

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The Odd Angry Shot

The Odd Angry Shot

William Nagle, Paul Ham

The Odd Angry Shot is the seminal account of Australian soldiers in the Vietnam War. Brief and bracing, tragic yet darkly funny, it portrays a close-knit group of knockabout SAS fighters: their mateship, homesickness and fears;...

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 Read reviewThey're A Weird Mob

They’re A Weird Mob

Nino Culotta, Jacinta Tynan

A hilarious snapshot of the immigrant experience, by a writer with a brilliant ear for the Australian way with words.

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 Read reviewOwls Do Cry: Text Classics

Owls Do Cry: Text Classics

Janet Frame, Margaret Drabble

Owls Do Cry is one of the classics of New Zealand literature, and has remained in print continuously for fifty years. A fiftieth anniversary edition was published in 2007. Regarded by many as one of the best New Zealand...

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In the Memorial Room: Text Classics

In the Memorial Room: Text Classics

Janet Frame, Simon Van Booy

Janet Frame's previously unpublished novel draws on her own experiences in Menton, France as a Katherine Mansfield Fellow. It is a wonderful social satire, a send-up of the cult of the dead author, and-in the best tradition of...

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The Women in Black: Text Classics

The Women in Black: Text Classics

Madeleine St John, Bruce Beresford

Written by a superb novelist of contemporary manners, this is a fairytale which illuminates the extraordinariness of ordinary lives.

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The Jerilderie Letter

The Jerilderie Letter

Ned Kelly, Alex McDermott

The Jerilderie Letter is Ned Kelly's manifesto, the story of a widow's son outlawed.

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Stiff

Stiff

Shane Maloney, Lindsay Tanner

My heart pumped hard and fast, fed by the jitter of adrenaline coursing through my veins. This was getting beyond a joke...Don't you just hate it when somebody tries to kill you and you don't know who or why?

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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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1788

1788

Watkin Tench, Tim Flannery

An extraordinary first-hand account of the early years of Australian settlement, 1788 is highly readable and hugely entertaining.

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Amy's Children

Amy’s Children

Olga Masters, Eva Hornung

The moving, uncliched story of Amy, who leaves her three children in their grandmother's care while she seeks work.

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I Is For Isobel

I Is For Isobel

Amy Witting, Charlotte Wood

A portrait of the artist as a troubled young woman, this is an autobiographical classic from an Australian literary treasure.

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Strine

Strine

Afferbeck Lauder, John Clarke

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Death In Brunswick

Death In Brunswick

Boyd Oxlade, Shane Maloney

A cult hit later made into a film starring Sam Neill, Death in Brunswick is a classic Australian comedy.

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The Fortunes Of Richard Mahony

The Fortunes Of Richard Mahony

Henry Handel Richardson, Peter Craven

He had never got within measurable distance of what he called life, at all...deep down in him, he knew, was an enormous residue of vitality...It was like a buried treasure, jealously kept for the event of his one day catching up...

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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 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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 Read reviewThe Young Desire It

The Young Desire It

Kenneth MacKenzie, David Malouf

Published in London in 1937 to wide acclaim, The Young Desire It a stunning debut novel about coming of age: intimate & lyrical account of first love, & rich evocation of rural Western Australia. It won Australian Literature...

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Katherine Mansfield: Selected Stories

Katherine Mansfield: Selected Stories

Katherine Mansfield, Emily Perkins

Mansfield is considered to be amongst the finest short-story writers of the twentieth century.These are twenty-three of her best stories.

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Julia Paradise

Julia Paradise

Rod Jones, Emily Maguire

He would relive for a long time everything she said to him in the room at the mission. He would recall the way her voice had grown thicker and thicker, and how her head had begun to hang to one side from the exhaustion of her...

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 Read reviewThe Watch Tower

The Watch Tower

Elizabeth Harrower, Joan London

The Watch Tower is a novel of relentless and acute psychological power, from one of Australia's greatest writers.

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Careful, He Might Hear You

Careful, He Might Hear You

Sumner Locke Elliot, Robyn Nevin

It's the Great Depression. Six-year-old PS is an orphan. He lives in Sydney with his Aunt Lila. But all that is about to change. Now his Aunt Vanessa has decided to take proper care of him.

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Such Is Life

Such Is Life

Joseph Furphy, David Malouf

A classic of the Australian outback, SUCH IS LIFE is the farcical, tragic reminiscences of Tom Collins, philosopher and rogue.

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The Long Prospect

The Long Prospect

Elizabeth Harrower, Fiona McGregor

Originally published in 1958, The Long Prospect was described as ranking second only to Patrick White's Voss in postwar Australian literature.

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An Iron Rose: Text Classics

An Iron Rose: Text Classics

Peter Temple, Les Carlyon

Another addictive crime thriller from the author of Truth and The Broken Shore.

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The Fringe Dwellers

The Fringe Dwellers

Nene Gare, Melissa Lucashenko

First published in 1961 A fictionalized account of the author's ten years living alongside Aboriginal people Immediately acclaimed as a groundbreaking novel.

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My Brilliant Career: Text Classics

My Brilliant Career: Text Classics

Miles Franklin, Jennifer Byrne

This is not a romance--I have too often faced the music of life to the tune of hardship to waste time in snivelling and gushing over fancies and dreams; neither is it a novel, but simply a yarn--a real yarn. Oh!

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Wake In Fright

Wake In Fright

Kenneth Cook, Peter Temple

Wake in Fright is the original and greatest outback horror story. Bundanyabba and its citizens will forever haunt its readers.

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The Australian Ugliness

The Australian Ugliness

Robin Boyd, Christos Tsiolkas

There can be few other nations which are less certain than Australia as to what they are and where they are. Brilliant, witty, scathing, The Australian Ugliness is the classic postwar account of Australian society, how we live in...

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The Explorers: Text Classics

The Explorers: Text Classics

Tim Flannery

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The Scarecrow

The Scarecrow

Ronald Hugh Morrieson, Craig Sherborne

Ronald Hugh Morrieson combines Boys' Own adventure, psychological thriller, small-town saga and family farce to produce a unique masterpiece.

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Down In The City

Elizabeth Harrower, Delia Falconer

Devastating debut novel from the author of The Watch Tower, hailed by The Washington Post as 'a brilliant achievement'.

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The Home Girls

The Home Girls

Olga Masters, Geordie Williamson

Between the publication of The Home Girls , in 1982, and her death, Olga Masters was acclaimed as one of Australia's finest writers. Her short stories, distinguished by their acute observation of human behaviour, drew comparison...

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Bush Studies

Bush Studies

Barbara Baynton, Helen Garner

First published 1902, Bush Studies is famous for an unsentimental depiction of frontier life with its particular difficulties for women.

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A Difficult Young Man

A Difficult Young Man

Martin Boyd, Sonya Hartnett

A Difficult Young Man (1955) charts the complex personal relationships in an upper middle class Anglo-Australian family. It won the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal in 1956

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Ash Road

Ivan Southall, Maurice Saxby

An action-packed Australian adventure story, about courage, friendship and survival in the face of a seemingly insurmountable bushfire.

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Swords And Crowns And Rings

Swords And Crowns And Rings

Ruth Park, Alice Pung

Growing up in an Australian country town before World War I, Jackie Hanna and Cushie Moy are carefree and innocent in their love for each other. But Jackie is a dwarf, and his devotion to the beautiful Cushie is condemned by her...

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Terra Australis

Terra Australis

Matthew Finders, Tim Flannery

First published in two-volumes in 1814, this is the enthralling account of the circumnavigation of Australia, by the man who gave our country its name. Edited and introduced by Tim Flannery, Flinders tells of meeting with...

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 Read reviewThe Watcher In The Garden

The Watcher In The Garden

Joan Phipson, Margo Lanagan

A complex and gripping novel of human relationships from one of Australia's foremost authors for young adults.

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