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Questions of Travel: A Novel

Miles Franklin Award 2013

by Michelle de Kretser

"It is not really possible to describe, in a short space, the originality and depth of this long and beautifully crafted book."--A.S. Byatt, Guardian Laura Fraser grows up in Sydney, motherless, with a cold,...


All That I Am: A Novel

Miles Franklin Award 2012

by Anna Funder

All That I Am is a masterful and exhilarating exploration of bravery and betrayal, of the risks and sacrifices some people make for their beliefs, and of heroism hidden in the most unexpected places.

When eighteen-year-old...


That Deadman Dance

Miles Franklin Award 2011

by Kim Scott

Set in Western Australia in the first decades of the nineteenth century, That Deadman Dance is a vast, gorgeous novel about the first contact between the Aboriginal Noongar people and the new European settlers....


Truth

Miles Franklin Award 2010

by Peter Temple

Inspector Stephen Villani, head of homicide in Melbourne, Australia, has a full agenda: a murdered woman in a penthouse apartment, three men butchered in a sadistic rampage, a tattoofaced drug dealer corrupting...


Disquiet

Encore Award 2009

by Julia Leigh

Olivia arrives at her mother?s chateau in rural France (the first time in more than a decade) with her two young children in tow. Soon the family is joined by Olivia?s brother Marcus and his wife Sophie?but...


Breath

Miles Franklin Award 2009

by Tim Winton

Tim Winton is Australia’s best-loved novelist. His new work,Breath, is an extraordinary evocation of an adolescence spent resisting complacency, testing one’s limits against nature, finding like-minded souls,...


Tender Morsels

World Fantasy Award for Best Novel 2009

by Margo Lanagan

Tender Morsels is a dark and vivid story, set in two worlds and worrying at the border between them. Liga lives modestly in her own personal heaven, a world given to her in exchange for her earthly life. Her...


The Slap: A Novel

Commonwealth Best Book Prize 2009

by Christos Tsiolkas

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In this powerful and riveting novel, literary phenomenon Christos...


The Broken Shore

Gold Dagger Award 2007

by Peter Temple

Peter Temple is currently being hailed as the finest crime writer in Australia, but it won't be long before he is recognized as what he really is--one of the nation's finest writers, period. Born in South Africa,...


Blade of Fortriu

The Bridei Chronicles #2

Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy novel 2005

by Juliet Marillier

Five Winters have passed since young king Bridei ascended the throne of Fortriu. Five years, in which the people have felt a contentment unknown for generations.

But the security of a people can vanish in a...


The Hamilton Case: A Novel

Encore Award 2004

by Michelle de Kretser

A flamboyant beauty who once partied with the Prince of Wales and who now, in her seventh decade, has "gone native" in a Ceylonese jungle. A proud, Oxford-educated lawyer who unwittingly seals his own professional...


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...


Dirt Music: A Novel

Miles Franklin Award 2002

by Tim Winton

Luther Fox, a loner, haunted by his past, makes his living as an illegal fisherman -- a shamateur. Before everyone in his family was killed in a freak rollover, he grew melons and played guitar in the family...


The Wounded Hawk

The Crucible #2

Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy novel 2001

by Sara Douglass

The Middle Ages. Finally, the Black Plague has passed and for a while it seems evil has been defeated. Europe recovers; prosperity returns, trade resumes, and people slowly recover from the effects of the plague....


True History of the Kelly Gang: A Novel

Man Booker Prize 2001, Commonwealth Best Book Prize 2001

by Peter Carey

“I lost my own father at 12 yr. of age and know what it is to be raised on lies and silences my dear daughter you are presently too young to understand a word I write but this history is for you and will contain...


Son of the Shadows

Sevenwaters #2

Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy novel 2000

by Juliet Marillier

Son of the Shadows is the sequel to Juliet Marillier's evocative first novel Daughter of the Forest. It continues the saga of beautiful Sorcha, the couragous yong woman who risked all to save her family from...


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...


Jack Maggs: A Novel

Commonwealth Best Book Prize 1998, Miles Franklin Award 1998

by Peter Carey

The Booker Prize-winning author of Oscar and Lucinda returns to the nineteenth century in an utterly captivating mystery. The year is 1837 and a stranger is prowling London. He is Jack Maggs, an illegal returnee...


Starman

The Wayfarer Redemption #3

Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy novel 1996

by Sara Douglass

Axis is the StarMan of prophecy and legend, destined to lead the three races of his world to unite as one people. The people of his world all know the Prophecy of the Destroyer, despite the failed attempts of...


Enchanter

The Wayfarer Redemption #2

Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy novel 1996

by Sara Douglass

The stunning sequel to The Wayfarer Redemption

Axis is a true hero, in every sense of the word. On his shoulders lies the double burden of prophecy and war. Having fulfilled the first part of the prophecy by...