Text Classics

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

Moral Hazard

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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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 Suburbs of Hell

The Suburbs of Hell

Randolph Stow, Michelle De Kretser

Inspired by a real-life serial killer, this disturbing psychological drama is the final work of one of Australia s greatest writers.

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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Janet Frame's previously unpublished novel draws on her own experiences in Menton, France as a Katherine Mansfield Fellow.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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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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I Saw a Strange Land

I Saw a Strange Land

Arthur Groom, Robyn Davidson

While living in Central Australia Arthur Groom fell under the spell of our harsh and fascinating country, captivated by its limitless distances and unbelievable colour. Hermannsburg, the home of artist Albert Namatjira and of...

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The Chantic Bird

The Chantic Bird

David Ireland, Geordie Williamson

'I'm only telling you this to let you know what a silly thing it is to live like I do. What it was, I got sacked from my seventeenth job for fighting or gambling - I don't know which - and because I was hardly ever there. I was...

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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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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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The Idea of Perfection

The Idea of Perfection

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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When Blackbirds Sing

When Blackbirds Sing

Martin Boyd, Chris Wallace-Crabbe

A masterful recreation of the vanished world of 1914, and a moving and powerful testament to the devastation of war.

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Happy Valley

Happy Valley

Patrick White, Peter Craven

Happy Valley is a place of dreams and secrets, of snow and ice and wind. In this remote little town, perched in its landscape of desolate beauty, everybody has a story to tell about loss and longing and loneliness, about their...

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 Read reviewOwls Do Cry

Owls Do Cry

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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To the Wild Sky

To the Wild Sky

Ivan Southall, Kirsty Murray

When their pilot dies mid-flight his six teenaged passengers face a terrifying reality, with only each other to rely on.

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Out of the Line of Fire

Out of the Line of Fire

Mark Henshaw, Stephen Romei

Brilliantly seductive, effortlessly clever, this was the literary sensation of the year when it was first published in 1988.

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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 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 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

The Women in Black

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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Diary of a Bad Year

Diary of a Bad Year

J. M. Coetzee, Peter Goldsworthy

A unique insight into the role of the fiction writer in society. A beautiful book, made up of the most ordinary things in the world, and makes them into a thing of music and magic.

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The Dig Tree

The Dig Tree

Sarah Murgatroyd, Geoffrey Blainey

In 1860 Robert O'Hara Burke led a cavalcade out of Melbourne. Accompanied by William Wills, he was prepared to risk everything to be the first European to cross the Australian continent. Sarah Murgatroyd reveals new historical and...

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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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The Explorers: Text Classics

The Explorers: Text Classics

Tim Flannery

The explorers of Australia tell an epic story of courage and suffering, of dispossession and conquest, of a moving frontier between European invaders and the Aboriginal custodians of the continent. This compelling anthology...

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An Iron Rose

An Iron Rose

Peter Temple, L. A. Carlyon

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

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Eat Me

Eat Me

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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Dark Places

Dark Places

Kate Grenville, Louise Adler

The tale of a man who believes he has the right to conquer the mocking flesh of any woman.

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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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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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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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The Watcher in the Garden

The Watcher in the Garden

Margo Lanagan, Joan Phipson

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

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Homesickness

Homesickness

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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A Woman of the Future

A Woman of the Future

David Ireland, Kate Jennings

Introduced by Favel Parrett 'Mother's stomach bellied out like a sail. Young, she was unable to say no to anyone who asked her to make love. Her reasons for her behaviour were all her own; never, after she'd had me did she allow...

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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 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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 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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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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They Found a Cave

They Found a Cave

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...

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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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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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Happy Valley

Happy Valley

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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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

My Brilliant Career

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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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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Terra Australis: Matthew Flinders' Great Adventures in the Circumnavigation of Australia

Terra Australis: Matthew Flinders' Great Adventures in the Circumnavigation of Australia

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 Mystery of a Hansom Cab

The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

Fergus W. 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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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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