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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

March 1941. The Allied forces have suffered one brutal defeat after another. For Hitler's forces the conquest of Egypt, and the rich oilfields of the Middle East, lie next on the horizon. All that stand in their way are a few...

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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 once...

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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

A Little Tea, a Little Chat

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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The Puzzleheaded Girl

The Puzzleheaded Girl

Christina Stead, Fiona Wright

Four interlinked novellas. Honor Lawrence, like many of Stead's vivid characters, highlights women's growing independence through her refusal to conform.

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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 off...

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The Beauties and Furies

The Beauties and Furies

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 come...

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Madame Midas

Madame Midas

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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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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Dog Boy

Dog Boy

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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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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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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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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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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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 Girl Green As Elderflower

The Girl Green As Elderflower

Randolph Stow, Kerryn Goldsworthy

A novel by the 1979 Patrick White Literary Award winner. Crispin Clare has nearly died at the age of 24. Convalescing in Suffolk, he is drawn from his psychic isolation by his surroundings, his past and those around him. As a kind...

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In the Memorial Room

In the Memorial Room

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 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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 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 Refuge

The Refuge

Kenneth Mackenzie, Nicolas Rothwell

A page-turning thriller. Its central question is not who murdered the beautiful emigre from war-torn Europe, but how and why?

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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 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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 Read reviewThe 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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 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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 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 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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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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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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Rose Boys

Rose Boys

Peter Rose, Brian Matthews

What exactly is the message of Robert Rose? One year after his death, twenty-six years after just another of our crashes, knowing the effect it had on his family and friends, and thousands of others who hardly knew him, I want...

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An Iron Rose: Text Classics

An Iron Rose: Text Classics

Peter Temple, Les Carlyon

First published in Australia by HarperCollins 1998 --t.p. verso.

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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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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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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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The Plains

The Plains

Gerald Murnane, Wayne Macauley

A young filmmaker arrives on the plains to document the strange, rich culture of his surroundings in this surreal, enigmatic love story.

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Homesickness: Text Classics

Homesickness: Text Classics

Murray Bail, Peter Conrad

A package tour of thirteen men and women travel the world, visiting museums, hotels and shops. They are like tourists anywhere, except that wherever they go - Africa, England. South America, New York of Russia - they find nothing...

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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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The Unknown Industrial Prisoner

The Unknown Industrial Prisoner

David Ireland, Peter Pierce

Winner of the Miles Franklin Award in 1971, this is a ruthless and comic portrait of working class Australia.

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 Special priceSydney Bridge Upside Down

Sydney Bridge Upside Down

David Ballantyne, Kate De Goldi

This is the great unread New Zealand novel--a gothic thriller, a coming-of-age story and a sinister family tragedy.

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The Glass Canoe

The Glass Canoe

David Ireland, Nicolas Rothwell

The story of a man who sees life through his beer glass--his 'glass canoe'.

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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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Strine

Strine

Afferbeck Lauder, John Clarke

How's your ebb tide? Do you sign on the dotted lion? Is your tea nature Orpheus Rocker? Who is Charlie Charm Puck in `Waltzing Matilda'? There was never any book about Australian speech like Strine or about posh...

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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 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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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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I Own The Racecourse!

I Own The Racecourse!

Patricia Wrightson, Kate Constable

A children's classic about a boy with a disability, published in the US in 1968 as A Racecourse For Andy.

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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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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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They Found a Cave: Text Classics

They Found a Cave: Text Classics

Nan Chauncy, John Marsden

Four English orphans-Cherry, Nigel, Brick and Nippy-migrate to Tasmania, to the care of their Aunt Jandie on her farm outside Hobart. Their arrival is greeted with enthusiasm by young farm boy Tas, and weeks of exploration and...

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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 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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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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Terra Australis

Terra Australis

Matthew Flinders, 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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The Getting Of Wisdom

The Getting Of Wisdom

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, Simon Caterson

The original blockbuster crime novel, The Mystery of a Hansom Cab sold hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide.

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