VCE Literature (Novels) 2015

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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 Read reviewThat Deadman Dance

That Deadman Dance

Kim Scott

In playful, musical prose, this book explores the early contact between the Aboriginal Noongar people and the first European settlers. The novel's hero is a young Noongar man named Bobby Wabalanginy.

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The Cat’s Table

Michael Ondaatje

From the acclaimed author of The English Patient comes a stunningly beautiful novel about a boy's life-changing journey from Ceylon to England in the 1950s. As the ship crosses the Indian Ocean the boys tumble from one adventure...

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All the Pretty Horses

All the Pretty Horses

Cormac McCarthy

Volume One of the Border Trilogy

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Love in the Time of Cholera

Love in the Time of Cholera

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Set on the Caribbean coast of South America, this love story brings together Fermina Daza, her distinguished husband, and a man who has secretly loved her for more than fifty years.

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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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Penguin English: Simply Stories:Persuasion(Cassette)

Penguin English: Simply Stories:Persuasion(Cassette)

Jane Austen

This volume, first published in 2006, is a comprehensive scholarly edition of Jane Austen's innovative final novel.

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Past the Shallows

Favel Parrett

Hauntingly beautiful and told with an elegant simplicity, this is the story of two brothers growing up in a fractured family on the wild Tasmanian coast. The consequences of their parents' choices shape their lives and ultimately...

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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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Harland's Half Acre

Harland’s Half Acre

David Malouf

From his poverty-stricken upbringing on a farm in Queensland, Frank Harland nurtures his artistic genius until the time comes when he can take possession of his dreams. Inextricably tangled with Frank is Phil Vernon, the only...

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The Turn of the Screw

The Turn of the Screw

Henry James, David Bromwich

A nameless young governess sent to a country house to take charge of two orphans, Miles and Flora. Unsettled by a dark foreboding of menace within the house, she soon comes to believe that something malevolent is stalking the...

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The Betrayal

The Betrayal

Helen Dunmore

Leningrad, 1952. Andrei, a young hospital doctor and Anna, a nursery school teacher, are forging a life together in the post-war, post-siege wreckage. But their happiness is precarious, like that of millions of Russians who must...

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Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?

Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?

Philip K. Dick

World War Terminus had left the Earth devastated. Through its ruins, bounty hunter Rick Deckard stalked, in search of the renegade replicants who were his prey. When he wasn't 'retiring' them with his laser weapon, he dreamed of...

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 Special priceThe Inheritance of Loss

The Inheritance of Loss

Kiran Desai

High in the Himalayas is a dilapidated mansion, home to three people. The judge, broken by a world too messy for justice, is haunted by his past. His orphaned granddaughter has fallen in love with her tutor, and the cook's heart...

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Red Badge of Courage

Red Badge of Courage

Stephen Crane

Henry Fleming dreams of the thrill of battle and performing heroic deeds in the American Civil War. But his illusions are shattered when he comes face to face with the bloodshed and horrors of war. Now he's a raw recruit, Henry...

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