VCE Literature 2011

Lysistrata and Other Plays

Lysistrata and Other Plays

Aristophanes, Alan H. Sommerstein

Collecting three comedies that show Aristophanes tackling the consequences of war and social upheaval in Athens with his characteristic wit, this title shows the political and social crisis in Athens, Aristophanes was an eloquent,...

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The Boat

The Boat

Nam Le

The Boat takes us from a tourist in Tehran to a teenage hit man in Colombia; from the city of Hiroshima just before the bomb is dropped to the haunting waste of the South China Sea in the wake of another war. Each story is...

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Moral Disorder

Moral Disorder

Margaret Atwood

Come here, sit beside me, she seems to say. Then she takes us on an emotional journey through loneliness, love, loss and old age. This book deals with a Canadian woman who closely resembles herself.

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Border Ballads

Border Ballads

James Reed

First published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Running in the Family

Running in the Family

Michael Ondaatje

The much-loved, critically-acclaimed memoir from the Booker Prize-winning author of The English Patient

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 Read reviewThe Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island

The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island

Chloe Hooper

The story of Palm Island, the tropical paradise where one morning Cameron Doomadgee swore at a policeman and forty minutes later lay dead in a watch-house cell. It is the story of that policeman, the tall, enigmatic Christopher...

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My Brother Jack

My Brother Jack

George Johnston

Through the story of the two brothers, George Johnston created an enduring exploration of two Australian myths: that of the man who loses his soul as he gains worldly success, and that of the tough, honest Aussie battler, whose...

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The Aunt's Story

The Aunt’s Story

Patrick White

With the death of her mother, middle-aged Theodora Goodman contemplates the desert of her life. Freed of the trammels of convention she leaves Australia for a European tour and becomes involved in the residents of a small French...

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Wolf Notes

Wolf Notes

Judith Beveridge

Beveridge's poetry is remarkable for its attentiveness to the humble rituals of life. It discovers richness and grace in the smallest, the poorest, the most awkward of the most transient of beings.

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Selected Poems: Tennyson

Selected Poems: Tennyson

Alfred Lord Tennyson, Christopher Ricks

Contains poems which epitomize the Victorian age.

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Agamemnon's Kiss: Selected Essays

Agamemnon’s Kiss: Selected Essays

Inga Clendinnen

Inga Clendinnen writes about everything from the books that terrified her as a child to what history can teach us about ourselves and our own times. She describes visits to the beach and to a museum dedicated to the Holocaust. She...

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The Collected Stories of Katherine Mansfield

The Collected Stories of Katherine Mansfield

Katherine Mansfield, Ali Smith

Katherine Mansfield's clear and perceptive short stories revolutionized the genre. This collection represents the whole range of her writing from short sharp studies to longer, richer tales, encompassing her three major volumes...

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Don't Take Your Love To Town

Don’t Take Your Love To Town

Ruby Langford Ginibi

This is a story of extraordinary courage in the face of poverty and tragedy. She writes about the changing ways of life in Aboriginal communities - rural and urban; the disintegration of traditional lifestyles and the sustaining...

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The Death Of Napoleon

The Death Of Napoleon

Simon Leys

In this sardonic fable, Napoleon escapes from imprisonment on the Isle of St Helena. Leys writes an elegant, precise prose that ironically evokes the Napoleonic age. His tale can be read as a parable on the folly of hero-worship,...

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Ethan Frome

Ethan Frome

Edith Wharton, Elizabeth Ammons

Ethan Frome works his unproductive farm and struggles to maintain a bearable existence with his difficult, suspicious, and hypochondriac wife, Zeenie. But when Zeenie's vivacious cousin enters their household as a 'hired girl',...

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Collected Poems

Collected Poems

Les Murray

Displays the full range of Les Murray's poetic art. This volume includes all the poems he wants to preserve from his first book Ilex Tree to Poems the Size of Photographs, from 1965 to 2002.

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The Fox, The Captain's Doll, The Ladybird

The Fox, The Captain’s Doll, The Ladybird

D. H. Lawrence, Helen Dunmore, Dieter Miehl, David Ellis

Two young women living during the First World War find their solitary life interrupted. There exists a complex relationship between a German countess and a married Scottish soldier. A wounded prisoner of war has a disturbing...

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Silas Marner

Silas Marner

George Eliot, David Carroll, Q. D. Leavis

Wrongly accused of theft and exiled from a religious community many years before, the embittered weaver Silas Marner lives alone in Raveloe, living only for work and his precious hoard of money. But when his money is stolen and an...

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Two Brothers

Two Brothers

Hannie Rayson

From the award-winning author of Inheritance, Two Brothers is a riveting contemporary play that explores the minds of the men that lead us - and the secrets they hide.

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Istanbul

Istanbul

Orhan Pamuk, Maureen Freely

A portrait of Istanbul that guides us across the Bosphorus, through Istanbul's historical monuments and lost paradises, its dilapidated Ottoman villas, back streets and waterways. It also introduces us to the city's writers,...

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A Passage to India

A Passage to India

E. M. Forster, Pankaj Mishra

When Adela Quested and her elderly companion Mrs Moore arrive in the Indian town of Chandrapore, they quickly feel trapped by its insular and prejudiced 'Anglo-Indian' community. Determined to escape the parochial English enclave...

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Sixty Lights

Sixty Lights

Gail Jones

Sixty Lights is the captivating chronicle of Lucy Strange, an independent girl growing up in the Victorian world. From her childhood in Australia through to her adolescence in England and Bombay and finally to London, Lucy is...

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The Lady with the Little Dog and Other Stories, 1896-1904

The Lady with the Little Dog and Other Stories, 1896-1904

Anton Chekhov, Ronald Wilks

A collection of stories such as Peasants , The House with the Mezzanine and My Life , in which, the author paints a picture of the conditions of the poor and of their powerlessness in the face of exploitation and hardship.

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Beowulf

Beowulf

Seamus Heaney

Composed towards the end of the first millennium of our era, the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf is a Northern epic and a classic of European literature. In this new translation, Seamus Heaney has produced a work that is true, line by...

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Atonement

Atonement

Ian McEwan

A story that begins with three young people in the garden of a country house on the hottest day of 1935, and ends with three profoundly changed lives. A depiction of love and war, class, childhood and England, that explores shame...

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No Sugar

No Sugar

Jack Davis

The family problems of Western Australian Aborigines in the 1930s (4 acts, 12 men, 8 women).

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Brian Friel Plays 1: Philadelphia, Here I Come!; The Freedom of the City; Living Quarters; Aristocrats; Faith Healer; Translations

Brian Friel Plays 1: Philadelphia, Here I Come!; The Freedom of the City; Living Quarters; Aristocrats; Faith Healer; Translations

Brian Friel, Seamus Deane

With the production of Philadelphia, Here I Come! in 1964, Brian Friel established his claim to be the true heir of such distinguished predecessors as Yeats, Synge, O'Casey and Beckett.

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The Bacchae and Other Plays

The Bacchae and Other Plays

Euripides, Philip Vellacott

The plays of Euripides have stimulated audiences since the fifth century BC. Part of the series Euripides in Penguin Classics , this title contains plays such as Phoenician Women , Bacchae , Iphigenia at Aulis , Orestes , and...

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If On A Winter's Night A Traveller

If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller

Italo Calvino

You go into a bookshop and buy If on a Winter's Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino. You try to track down the original book you were reading but end up with a different narrative again. This remarkable novel leads you through many...

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After the Quake

After the Quake

Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin

For the characters in after the quake, the Kobe earthquake is an echo from a past they buried long ago. Satsuki has spent thirty years hating one man: did her desire for revenge cause the earthquake? 'When he gets angry, he causes...

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The Surgeon of Crowthorne: A Tale of Murder, Madness and the Oxford English Dictionary

The Surgeon of Crowthorne: A Tale of Murder, Madness and the Oxford English Dictionary

Simon Winchester

A book about the making of the Oxford English Dictionary and the love of words. It tells of the relationship between the dictionary editor and one of its main contributors (they were all volunteers) who corresponded for 17 years...

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Stasiland

Stasiland

Anna Funder

A book of travel, history and biography that reads like a documentary novel. Anna Funder tells astonishing stories from the underbelly of the former East Germany. As her narrative builds, Stasiland records heartbreaking...

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Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Mary Shelley, Maurice Hindle

Obsessed with the idea of creating life itself, Victor Frankenstein plunders graveyards for the material with which to fashion a new being, shocking his creation to life with electricity. But this botched creature, rejected by its...

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Slaughterhouse 5: The Children's Crusade A Duty-Dance With Death

Slaughterhouse 5: The Children’s Crusade A Duty-Dance With Death

Kurt Vonnegut

Centring on the infamous fire-bombing of Dresden in the Second World War, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we are afraid to know.

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 Special priceThe Dressmaker

The Dressmaker

Rosalie Ham

After twenty years away, Tilly Dunnage returns to Dungatar.

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The Hunter

The Hunter

Julia Leigh

An unnamed man, M, arrives at a remote house on the fringe of a vast wilderness and soon disappears into a world of silence and stillness. His one mission: to find the last thylacine, the fabled Tasmanian tiger. She is said to...

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This Boy's Life

This Boy’s Life

Tobias Wolff

A memoir of a young boy's unusual travels with his mother. The author recreates his boyhood experiences, relating how he and his mother travelled throughout the United States, and tracing his experiences and changes from young boy...

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Emma

Emma

Jane Austen, Fiona Stafford

Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, rich - and fiercely independent - is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of...

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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Anne Bronte, Stevie Davies

Gilbert Markham is deeply intrigued by Helen Graham, a beautiful and secretive young woman who has moved into nearby Wildfell Hall with her young son. He is quick to offer Helen his friendship, but when her reclusive behaviour...

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Bleak House

Bleak House

Charles Dickens, Dr. Nicola Bradbury, Terry Eagleton

As the interminable case of 'Jarndyce and Jarndyce' grinds its way through the Court of Chancery, it draws together a disparate group of people: Ada and Richard Clare, whose inheritance is gradually being devoured by legal costs;...

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Gwen Harwood Collected Poems

Gwen Harwood Collected Poems

Gwen Harwood, Gregory Kratzmann, Alison Hoddinott

Based on thorough research by editors who knew and corresponded with the late poet, this extraordinary collection contains poems from all of Harwood's published books, a large section of unpublished work, and illuminating...

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Wide Sargasso Sea

Wide Sargasso Sea

Jean Rhys, Andrea Ashworth, Angela Smith

Born into the oppressive, colonialist society of 1930s Jamaica, white Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway meets a young Englishman who is drawn to her innocent beauty and sensuality. After their marriage, however, disturbing rumours...

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Tom Stoppard

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is a play which, as it were, takes place in the wings of Hamlet, and finds both humour and poignancy in the situation of the ill-fated attendant lords. Its wit, stagecraft and verbal verve...

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Dance Of The Happy Shades

Dance Of The Happy Shades

Alice Munro

Alice Munro's territory is the farms and semi-rural towns of south-western Ontario. In these tales she deals with the self-discovery of adolescence, the joys and pains of love and the despair and guilt of those caught in a narrow...

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