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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

Peter sets out into the Australian bush to find a princess to rescue from a dragon. A middle grade fairytale quest, championing kindness and tenacity.

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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

Gideon Haigh, Professor Russell Jackson

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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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Life and Adventures: Text Classics

Life and Adventures: Text Classics

John Morgan, Tim Flannery

William Buckley, soldier and escaped convict, is the legendary wild white man of colonial Australia. In 1803 he escaped from the official settlement in Victoria. For 32 years he lived with local Aborigines before giving himself up...

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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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All in the Blue Unclouded Weather

All in the Blue Unclouded Weather

Robin Klein, Amie Kaufman

The funny and realistic adventures of four spirited sisters, growing up in an Australian country town in the 1940s.

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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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Dresses of Red and Gold

Dresses of Red and Gold

Robin Klein, Fiona Wood

The irrepressible Mellings sisters' escapades continue as they encounter the challenges of puberty in small town Australia in the 1940s.

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The Sky in Silver Lace

The Sky in Silver Lace

Robin Klein, Alice Pung

Final Melling sisters novel--Grace, Heather, Cathy and Vivienne leave the freedom of rural Australia for new life in the city.

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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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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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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 Chantic Bird

The Chantic Bird

David Ireland, Geordie Williamson

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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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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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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 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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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The Quiet Earth

The Quiet Earth

Craig Harrison, Bernard Beckett

'I was sitting bolt upright in bed breathing fast and staring at the wall. The daylight was streaming into the motel room through the slats of the blinds. I seemed to have been awake, and asleep, for ages...' John Hobson, a...

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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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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 Plains

The Plains

Gerald Murnane, Wayne Macauley

A young man arrives on the plains to document the strange, rich culture of the landowning families. This quest becomes his life. Teju Cole calls Murnane 'a genius on the level of Beckett.'

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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

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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Maurice Guest

Maurice Guest

Henry Handel Richardson, Carmen Callil

Henry Handel Richardson's debut, published in London in 1908, is set in the music scene of turn-of-the-century Leipzig, a cosmopolitan centre for the arts drawing students from around the world-among them Maurice Guest, a young...

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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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 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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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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Jonah

Jonah

Louis Stone, Frank Moorhouse

One side of the street glittered like a brilliant eruption with the light from a row of shops; the others, lined with houses, was almost deserted, for the people, drawn like moths by the glare, crowded and jostled under the...

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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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