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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The Brush-Off: Text Classics

The Brush-Off: Text Classics

Shane Maloney, Michael Robotham

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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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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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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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Fear Drive My Feet

Fear Drive My Feet

Peter Ryan, Peter Pierce

A memoir of how 18yo intelligence operative, isolated in hostile territory, survived on his wits and through relationships with natives.

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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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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 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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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 Dig Tree: Text Classics

The Dig Tree: Text Classics

Sarah Murgatroyd, Geoffrey Blainey

Murgatroyd has brought together new scientific and historical evidence to tell the story of Burke and Wills, the explorers who set out to cross Australia from coast to coast. The Dig Tree describes vividly the remarkable courage,...

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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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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 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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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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 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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An Iron Rose: Text Classics

An Iron Rose: Text Classics

Jim Flynn, 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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The Explorers: Text Classics

The Explorers: Text Classics

Tim Flannery

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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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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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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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Happy Valley:Text Classics

Happy Valley:Text Classics

Patrick White, Peter Craven

Originally published in 1939, Happy Valley is set in a small country town in the Snowy Mountains. Based on Patrick White's own experiences in the early 1930s as a jackaroo at Bolaro, near Adaminaby in south-eastern New South...

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