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Careful, He Might Hear You: Text Classics

Miles Franklin Award 1963

by Sumner Locke Locke Elliot & Robyn Nevin

It's the Great Depression. Six-year-old PS is an orphan. He lives in Sydney with his Aunt Lila. But all that is about to change. Now his Aunt Vanessa has decided to take proper care of him. Careful, He Might...


Sydney Bridge Upside Down: Text Classics

by David Ballantyne & Kate De Goldi

A great, untamed story about childhood, a summer holiday and a sinister tragedy that looms over everything.


The Jerilderie Letter: Text Classics

by Ned Kelly

Outlaw, murderer, self-proclaimed victim, Ned Kelly is an Australian icon. But who was he? Kelly's extraordinary achievement is to have provided his own answer to that question. The Jerilderie Letter is his...


The Mystery of a Hansom Cab: Text Classics

by Fergus Hume & Simon Caterson

The Mystery of a Hansom Cab is the original blockbuster crime novel. Set in the marvellous Melbourne of the late nineteenth century it tells a devilishly tricky tale.


The Women in Black: Text Classics

by Madeleine St John & Bruce Beresford

Written by a superb novelist of contemporary manners, The Women in Black is a fairytale which illuminates the extraordinariness of ordinary lives.

The women in black are run off their feet, what with the Christmas...


They're a Weird Mob: Text Classics

by Nino Culotta & Jacinta Tynan

Just off the boat from Italy, Nino Culotta arrives in Sydney. He thought he spoke English but he's never heard anything like the language these Australians are speaking. They're a Weird Mob is an hilarious snapshot...


The Fortunes of Richard Mahony: Text Classics

by Henry Handel Richardson & Peter Craven

Richard Mahony is a restless man. Ballarat, England, Melbourne, Europe, the bush: elsewhere is always better. Searching for a place, a meaning, a life, Mahony and his wife Mary journey from wealth to poverty,...


My Brilliant Career: Text Classics

by Miles Franklin & Jennifer Byrne

Written with all the high spirits of youth, My Brilliant Career is the unforgettable tale of Sybylla Melvin, a headstrong country girl-passionate, endearing, stubborn, honest-and her fraught journey from rags...


The Commandant: Text Classics

by Jessica Anderson & Carmen Callil

The penal colony of Moreton Bay is under the command of Patrick Logan, a man not afraid of brutal discipline. But his rule is being questioned and the arrival of his sister-in-law Frances will change everything....


My Story: Only God Will be my Judge

by Lucille Griswold

In this story, a man coincidentally makes a tough choice on the same day that a terrible catastrophe occurs in the United States of America. The events that follow are beyond prediction and imagination and leave...


The Night Travellers

by Elizabeth Spencer

Elizabeth Spencer is "a master storyteller" (San Francisco Chronicle), her work called "dazzling" by Walker Percy. Whether she's writing short stories or novels, Spencer is acclaimed for holding her worlds up...


Accidents of Providence

by Stacia Brown

Praised by the likes of Margaret George, Kathleen Kent, and Sheri Holman, who calls it a "marvelous story written in searing prose," Accidents of Providence takes us into the streets of 1649 London and the...


The Midwife of Venice

by Roberta Rich

Not since Anna Diamant’s The Red Tent or Geraldine Brooks’s People of the Book has a novel transported readers so intimately into the complex lives of women centuries ago or so richly into a story of intrigue...


The Orchid House: A Novel

by Lucinda Riley

From beloved New York Times bestselling author Lucinda Riley, a “sweeping, poignant saga that will enthrall fans of The House at Riverton, Rebecca, and Downton Abbey” (Shelf Awareness).

Spanning from the...


The King's Agent

by Donna Russo Morin

To the casual observer, Battista della Paglia is an avid art collector, or perhaps a nimble thief. In reality, the cunning Italian is an agent for François, the King of France, for whom he procures the greatest...


The Detour

by Andromeda Romano-Lax

Ernst Vogler is twenty-six years old in 1938 when he is sent to Rome by his employer—the Third Reich's Sonderprojekte, which is collecting the great art of Europe and bringing it to Germany for the Führer....


The Death and Life of Miguel De Cervantes: A Novel

by Stephen Marlowe

This is the story of my death and life, in which fiction and that lesser truth, history, from time to time form a seamless whole. Speaking is the hero of Stephen Marlowe's brilliant new novel. He is Don Miguel...


The Search

by Maureen Myant

While examining the devastating effects of war on ordinary families, this tale provides an exploration of fear and loss, and of the bond between parents and children Czechoslovakia, 1942. Jan's father has...


The Last Storyteller: A Novel of Ireland

by Frank Delaney

“Riveting . . . Readers will quickly warm to [Frank] Delaney’s vividly described Ireland of the 1950s, its fully realized inhabitants, and the dynamic political and personal relationships that make for a...


The Rebel Wife: A Novel

by Taylor M Polites

Brimming with atmosphere and edgy suspense, The Rebel Wife presents a young widow trying to survive in the violent world of Reconstruction Alabama, where the old gentility masks continuing violence fueled by...