Blue Skies by Helen Hodgman

This eerie, entertaining tale of suburban dissatisfaction in Tasmania (first published 1976) is the latest neglected Australian classic to be revived and championed by Text, following on from their successful rescue of Madeleine St John from relative obscurity. Danielle Wood, in the new introduction, calls it ‘a confronting snapshot of the social aridity of suburbia, the experience of marriage and motherhood, and life on the “heart-shaped island” south of the mainland’. Other fans include Julian Barnes, Auberon Waugh, Eva Hornung and Nicholas Shakespeare.