VCE English 2009

The Birds and Other Plays

The Birds and Other Plays

Aristophanes, Alan H. Sommerstein, David Barrett

Two cunning Athenians persuade the birds to build the utopian city of 'Much Cuckoo in the Clouds' in the sky, blockading the Olympian gods and installing themselves as new deities. The Knights is a venomous satire on Cleon, a...

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Home

Home

Larissa Behrendt

Illustrating through the lives of family members, the relentless pull of home across the generations, this is a multi-voiced novel.

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A Man for All Seasons

A Man for All Seasons

Robert Bolt

Robert Bolt's tense play of conscience, made into a film starring Paul Scofield, charts the dramatic events leading to the execution of Sir Thomas More in 1535. More enters into political and moral conflict with King Henry VIII...

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The Caucasian Chalk Circle

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Bertolt Brecht, Eric Bentley

Retells the tale of King Solomon and a child claimed by two mothers.

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Hard Times

Hard Times

Charles Dickens, Kate Flint

The Northern mill-town of Coketown is dominated by the figure of Mr Thomas Gradgrind, school headmaster and model of Utilitarian success. Feeding both his pupils and family with facts, he bans fancy and wonder from any young...

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The Shark Net

The Shark Net

Robert Drewe

Aged six, Robert Drewe moved with his family from Melbourne to Perth, the world's most isolated city - and proud of it. This sun-baked coast was innocently proud, too, of its tranquillity and friendliness. Then a man he knew...

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Romulus, My Father

Romulus, My Father

Raimond Gaita

This book won the 1998 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Non Fiction and has been on the bestsellers list consistently since it was first published in 1998. It is a deeply moving story written by Raimond Gaita about his...

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Generals Die In Bed

Generals Die In Bed

Charles Yale Harrison, Charles Yale Harrison Harrison

Drawing on his experiences in the First World War, Charles Yale Harrison tells a stark and poignant story of a young man sent to fight on the Western Front. It is an unimaginably harrowing journey, especially for one not yet old...

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Enduring Love

Enduring Love

Ian McEwan

One windy spring day in the Chilterns Joe Rose's calm, organised life is shattered by a ballooning accident. The afternoon, Rose reflects, could have ended in mere tragedy, but for his brief meeting with Jed Parry.   

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Island

Island

Alistair MacLeod

These slow, beautiful stories - resolute and resonant - are small masterpieces: apparently simple but actually crafted with enormous skill and precision.

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Fly Away Peter

Fly Away Peter

David Malouf

For three very different people brought together by their love for birds, life on the Queensland coast in 1914 is the timeless and idyllic world of sandpipers, ibises and kingfishers.

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The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts

The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts

Arthur Miller

Shows how the small city of Salem is stirred into madness by superstition, paranoia and malice, culminating in a violent climax, is a savage attack on the evils of mindless persecution and the terrifying power of false...

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Bombshells

Bombshells

Joanna Murray-Smith

Bombshells is a series of outrageous portraits of six women barely coping with the stresses of modern life.

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In the Lake of the Woods

In the Lake of the Woods

Tim O'Brien

On a lake deep in the Minnesota woods, Kathy Wade comforts her husband John, a rising political star, after a devastating electoral defeat. But it is clear that something is horribly wrong between them - too much has been hidden....

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Nineteen Eighty-Four

Nineteen Eighty-Four

George Orwell, Thomas Pynchon

Hidden away in the Record Department of the Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and...

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Great Short Works of Edgar Allan Poe: Poems, Tales, Criticism

Great Short Works of Edgar Allan Poe: Poems, Tales, Criticism

Edgar Allan Poe

The classic poems and spine-tingling stories of a Gothic American master collected in one volume.

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Inheritance

Inheritance

Hannie Rayson

The Myrtle twins, Dibs Hamilton and Girlie Delaney, are turning 80. As the family gathers to celebrate, speculation grows as to who will be the one to inherit the family property

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The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

J. D. Salinger

Holden Caulfield is a seventeen- year-old dropout who has just been kicked out of his fourth school. Navigating his way through the challenges of growing up, Holden dissects the 'phony' aspects of society, and the 'phonies'...

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Slessor Selected Poems

Slessor Selected Poems

Kenneth Slessor

One of Australia's finest poets, Kenneth Slessor would be outstanding in any company. His brilliance of technique gives an impression of unconscious mastery in poems that are always arresting in conception and illuminating in...

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Sky Burial

Sky Burial

Xinran

As a young girl in China Xinran heard a rumour about a soldier in Tibet who had been brutally fed to the vultures in a ritual known as a sky burial: the tale frightened and fascinated her.

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Jindabyne Dvd

Jindabyne Dvd

Lawrence Ray, Gabriel Byrne, Chris Haywood, Deborra-Lee Furness, John Howard

Stewart Kane, an Irishman living in the Australian town of Jindabyne, is on a fishing trip in isolated hill country with three other men when they discover the body of a murdered girl in the river....

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Look Both Ways Dvd

Look Both Ways Dvd

Watt Sarah

Meryl imagines disaster coming from every directiontrain crashes, man-eating sharks, baby-eating killer whales...and then there's Nick.

An innovative mix of animation and live action, set over a...

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