VCE Literature 2012

 Read reviewWanting

Wanting

Richard Flanagan

Sir John Franklin, the most celebrated explorer of his age, and his wife, Lady Jane, adopt Mathinna, a young Aboriginal girl, to prove that a savage can be civilised - only to discover that within the most civilised can lurk the...

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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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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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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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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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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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The Broken Shore

The Broken Shore

Peter Temple

Joe Cashin was different once. He moved easily then; was surer and less thoughtful. But there are consequences when you've come so close to dying. For Cashin, they included a posting away from the world of Homicide to the quiet...

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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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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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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 Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Bertolt Brecht, John Willett, Ralph Manheim, R. Manheim

A reissue of Brecht's classic play written in exile. In this savage and witty parable, the rise of Hitler is recast as a small-time Chicago gangster's takeover of the city's greengrocery trade. Included are Brecht's own notes and...

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Everyman And Medieval Miracle Plays: Everyman And Medieval Miracle Plays

Everyman And Medieval Miracle Plays: Everyman And Medieval Miracle Plays

Various

The most comprehensive paperback edition of EVERYMAN available, with introduction and extensive notes.

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Chinatown

Chinatown

Polanski Roman

Roman Polanski's Chinatown has evolved from a classic mystery to a landmark film. Screen legend Jack Nicholson breathes life into sharp-tongued private eye Jake Gittes. Gittes is hired by a stunning...

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Mary And Max Dvd

Mary And Max Dvd

Elliot Adam, Eric Bana, Barry Humphries, Adam Elliot

A simple tale of pen-friendship between two very different people

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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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Lady Windermere's Fan

Lady Windermere’s Fan

Oscar Wilde

Sparkling repartee, epigrams, and dialogue enliven this witty Victorian comedy of manners in which a model of social rectitude learns from an unexpected source the difference between true morality and its appearance.

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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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A Parisian Affair and Other Stories

A Parisian Affair and Other Stories

Guy de Maupassant, Sian Miles

Include thirty-three tales that focus on the relationships between men and women, between brothers and sisters, and between masters and servants. This title explores the dualistic nature of the human character and reveals...

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 Read reviewThe Rip

The Rip

Robert Drewe

Internationally acclaimed as a novelist and memoirist, Robert Drewe returns to the short-story territory he has made his own. Set against a backdrop - the Australian coast - as randomly and imminently violent as it is beautiful,...

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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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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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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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Status Anxiety

Status Anxiety

Alain de Botton

Looking at history, philosophy, economics, art and politics, this book reveals the many ingenious ways that great minds have overcome their worries.

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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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A Moveable Feast

A Moveable Feast

Ernest Hemingway

Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway's most beloved works.

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12 Edmondstone Street

12 Edmondstone Street

David Malouf

David Malouf begins by describing, in loving evocative detail, the house in Brisbane where he was born and grew up, moving from room to room, always relating the smallest items in it to the life he remembers and his widening...

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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

Simon Winchester's The Surgeon of Crowthorne was an international bestseller and tells an extraordinary true story of murder, madness and an extraordinary friendship in the nineteenth century. It is the tale of James Murray, the...

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Aria

Aria

Sarah Holland-Batt

Sarah Holland-Batt's Aria, winner of the 2007 Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, is an impressive addition to this award winning series.

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60 Classic Australian Poems

60 Classic Australian Poems

Geoff Page

A companion to the 80 Great Poems: From Chaucer to Now , this title includes various poems that are followed by a short readable essay that discusses their merits and suggests why they might be considered 'classics'. It is...

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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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Selected Poems: Tennyson

Selected Poems: Tennyson

Alfred Lord Tennyson, Christopher Ricks

Contains poems which epitomize the Victorian age.

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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 French Lieutenant's Woman

The French Lieutenant’s Woman

John Fowles

Charles Smithson, a respectable engaged man, meets Sarah Woodruff as she stands on the Cobb at Lyme Regis, staring out to sea. Charles falls in love, but Sarah is a digraced woman, and their romance will defy all the stifling...

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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 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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 Special priceLove in the Time of Cholera

Love in the Time of Cholera

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Florentino Ariza has never forgotten his first love. He has waited nearly a lifetime in silence since his beloved Fermina married another man. But now her husband is dead. Finally Florentino has another chance to declare his...

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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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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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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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Mrs Dalloway

Mrs Dalloway

Virginia Woolf, Stella McNichol, Elaine Showalter

Past, present and future are brought together one momentous June day in 1923. Clarissa Dalloway, elegant and vivacious, is preparing for a party while reminiscing about her childhood romance with Peter Walsh, and dwelling on her...

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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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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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Accidental Death of an Anarchist

Accidental Death of an Anarchist

Dario Fo, Joseph Farrell, Simon Nye

Highly contentious and subversive at the time of its first production in Milan in 1970, this has since become one of Fo's best known and translated text. Based on a true story it throws in to relief the judicial and police...

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Copenhagen

Copenhagen

Michael Frayn

The story is of one of the most famous investigations ever conducted by science into the mysteries of the world - and its disastrous ending in the even stranger mysteries of the world within.

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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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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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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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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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In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

Truman Capote

Truman Capote's In Cold Blood is both a masterpiece of journalism and a powerful crime thriller. Inspired by a 300-word article in The New York Times, Capote spent six years exploring and writing the story...

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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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Max is Missing

Max is Missing

Peter Porter

Max is Missing is Peter Porter's first book of the new millennium, and an openly declared `late work'.

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Blake's Poetry and Designs

Blake’s Poetry and Designs

William Blake, Grant Johnson

The Second Edition of this revered Norton Critical Edition is the most comprehensive introduction to Blake's poetry and thought available.

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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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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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Collected Poems 1909-1962

Collected Poems 1909-1962

T. S. Eliot

'Each year Eliot's presence reasserts itself at a deeper level, to an audience that is surprised to find itself more chastened, more astonished, more humble.' Ted Hughes Poet, dramatist, critic and editor, T.

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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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 Special priceThe Dressmaker

The Dressmaker

Rosalie Ham

Reissued with a new cover to coincide with the release of Summer at Mount Hope. After twenty years away, Myrtle Tilly Dunnage returns to Dungatar.

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The Fact of a Doorframe: Poems 1950-2001

The Fact of a Doorframe: Poems 1950-2001

Adrienne Rich

The Fact of a Doorframe is the ideal introduction to Rich's opus, from her formative lyricism in A Change of Word (1951), to the groundbreaking poems of Diving into the Wreck (1973), to the searching voice of Fox (2001). This...

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