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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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Tobruk 1941

Tobruk 1941

Chester Wilmot

With a distinctive mix of vigour and intelligence that made him a celebrated correspondent during and after the Second World War, Wilmot here tells the sotyr of the fighting in and around Tobruk from January to December 1941.

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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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Selected Stories: Text Classics

Selected Stories: Text Classics

Amy Witting, Melanie Joosten

Amy Witting was a master of the short story, the genre in which she felt 'most at home'. Her subjects -childhood and school, marriage and loneliness, the cruelty of men and women - are rendered in a crisp, understated style, at...

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The Little Hotel

The Little Hotel

Christina Stead, Lisa Gorton

A diverse assortment of guests seeks solace at a cosmopolitan Swiss hotel. Stead highlights the changing fortunes of postwar Europe.

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A Little Tea, a Little Chat: Text Classics

A Little Tea, a Little Chat: Text Classics

Christina Stead, David Malouf

Robert Grant is a womanizing New York businessman, whose shady dealings unravel when he meets his match in Barbara Kent.

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Blue Skies: Text Classics

Blue Skies: Text Classics

Helen Hodgman, Danielle Wood

In Helen Hodgman's dazzlingly written debut a young woman is trapped in a small city on an island at the end of the world - by motherhood and an absent husband, by busybody in-laws and neighbours, by a drab society yet to throw...

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The Beauties and Furies: Text Classics

The Beauties and Furies: Text Classics

Christina Stead, Margaret Harris

Set in Paris between the wars. A love triangle, against this backdrop of political upheaval, that highlights women's growing independence.

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The Dyehouse

The Dyehouse

Mena Calthorpe, Fiona McFarlane

Set in 1950s Sydney, this ensemble novel reveals the lives of men and women working in a textile factory.

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A Change In The Lighting

A Change In The Lighting

Amy Witting, Ashley Hay

When her husband of three decades announces he has a younger lover and wants a divorce, Ella Ferguson realises how protected her life has been - she has 'seen no evil, heard no evil and spoken no evil'. Alone, enraged, she must...

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Madame Midas: Text Classics

Madame Midas: Text Classics

Fergus Hume, Clare Wright

When the suave French convict Gaston Vandeloup escapes to the goldfields of Ballarat, he is destined to meet the remarkable Madame Midas, who has made her fortune in Ballarat's fabulous mines. But her wealth makes her prey to...

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Last Days Of Chez Nous & Two Friends

Last Days Of Chez Nous & Two Friends

Laura Jones, Helen Garner

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

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Carry Me Down

Carry Me Down

M. J. Hyland, J. M. Coetzee

Spell-binding psychological thriller about a boy's obsessive and dangerous desire to see the truth. A singular tale of disturbed love, it announces M. J. Hyland's arrival as a great writer.

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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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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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For The Term Of His Natural Life

For The Term Of His Natural Life

Marcus Clarke, Rohan Wilson

Scarcely out of print since the early 1870s, For the Term of His Natural Life has provided successive generations with a vivid account of a brutal phase of colonial life.

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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 True Story Of Spit Macphee

The True Story Of Spit Macphee

James Aldridge, Phillip Gwynne

Hailed as Australia's Huckleberry Finn, this classic captures a time and place with a beautiful balance of realism and nostalgia.

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The Catherine Wheel

The Catherine Wheel

Elizabeth Harrower, Ramona Koval

Clemency James falls for the unpredictable Christian, and what follows is a relationship of intensity and conflict powerfully described.

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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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 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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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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Diary of a Bad Year: Text Classics

Diary of a Bad Year: Text Classics

J. M. Coetzee, Peter Goldsworthy

An eminent Australian writer is invited to contribute to a book entitled Strong Opinions . For him, troubled by Australia's complicity in the wars in the Middle East, it is a chance to air some urgent concerns: how should a...

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Eat Me: Text Classics

Eat Me: Text Classics

Linda Jaivin, Krissy Kneen

Introduced by Krissy Kneen First published in 1995, Eat Me became an instant international bestseller and caused a scandal in the US. Julia is a photographer, Chantal edits a fashion magazine, Helen is a feminist academic and...

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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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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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Homesickness: Text Classics

Homesickness: Text Classics

Murray Bail, Peter Conrad

Thirteen men and women travel the world on a package tour but wherever they go nothing is as it seems. Challenged by the unexpected, by differences and subtleties, Bail's tourists are in turn repelled and attracted-and all are...

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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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All The Green Year

All The Green Year

Don Charlwood, Michael McGirr

'The year I remember best from those days is 1929.

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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 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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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 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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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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