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The Life to Come

Miles Franklin Award 2018

by Michelle de Kretser

  • de Kretser is a master of immersive detail; she tells her story as much through a series of intimately recalled, gorgeously memorable images as she does her charming cast of characters
  • The Life to Come weaves...

  • Breath

    Miles Franklin Award 2009

    by Tim Winton

    Now a Major Motion Picture, Starring Simon Baker, Elizabeth Debicki, and Richard Roxburgh

    Breath is a story of risk, of learning one's limits by challenging death. On the wild, lonely coast of Western Australia,...


    The Great Fire

    Miles Franklin Award 2004, National Book Award for Fiction 2003

    by Shirley Hazzard

    A great writer's sweeping story of men and women struggling to reclaim their lives in the aftermath of world conflict

    The Great Fire is Shirley Hazzard's first novel since The Transit of Venus, which won the...


    Vernon God Little

    Man Booker Prize 2003, Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2003, Whitbread Book Award for First Novel 2003

    by Dbc Pierre

    In the town jail of Martirio - the barbecue sauce capital of Central Texas - sits fifteen-year-old Vernon Little, dressed only in New Jack trainers and underpants. He is in trouble. His friend Jesus has just...


    Eucalyptus

    Commonwealth Best Book Prize 1999, Miles Franklin Award 1999

    by Murray Bail

    Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book

    A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year

    On a property in New South Wales, a widower named Holland lives with his daughter, Ellen. Over the...


    Cloudstreet

    Miles Franklin Award 1992

    by Tim Winton

    From award-winning author Tim Winton comes an epic novel that regularly tops the list of best-loved novels in Australia.

    After two separate catastrophes, two very different families leave the country for the...