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A Hundred Small Lessons: A Novel

by Ashley Hay

Through the richly intertwined narratives of two women from different generations, Ashley Hay, known for her “elegant prose, which draws warm and textured portraits as it celebrates the web of human stories”...


Crimes of the Father

by Thomas Keneally

From one of our greatest living writers, a bold and timely novel about sin cloaked in sacrament, shame that enforces silence, and the courage of one priest who dares to speak truth to power.

Sent away from his...


A Loving, Faithful Animal

by Josephine Rowe

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  • Smart, literary-inclined readers who voraciously read and recommend books
  • Book clubs, particularly those focused on family relationships, travel, and Australian history
  • Groups or organizations centered...

  • See What I Have Done

    by Sarah Schmidt

    Lizzie Borden took an axe

    And gave her mother forty whacks.

    When she saw what she had done,

    She gave her father forty-one.

    Or did she?

    In this riveting debut novel, See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt recasts one...


    The Best of Adam Sharp

    by Graeme Simsion

    "This dazzling story about a former pianist who has a second chance in midlife with his former actress flame will do some major heart-warming this Spring — and readers will never foresee the incredible ending."...


    Owls Do Cry: A Novel

    by Janet Frame

    First published in New Zealand in 1957, Owls Do Cry, was Janet Frame’s second book and the first of her thirteen novels. Now approaching its 60th anniversary, it is securely a landmark in Frame’s catalog...


    The Waiting Room

    by Leah Kaminsky

    The Waiting Room is both haunted, and haunting.”—Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March

    The Waiting Room unfolds over the course of a single, life-changing day, but the story it tells...


    Nine Island

    by Jane Alison

    “Nine Island is a crackling incantation, brittle and brilliant and hot and sad and full of sideways humor that devastates and illuminates all at once.” —Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies

    Nine Island...


    Holden's Performance

    by Murray Bail

    Holden's Performance by award-winning author Murray Bail is the story of Holden Shadbolt, a guileless and matter-of-fact innocent as he passes through the cities and landscape of Australia. His reassuring silent...


    Camouflage

    by Murray Bail

    From the "world-class Australian novelist" (The New York Times) comes Camouflage, a deft, angular, and highly entertaining collection of stories. "The Seduction of My Sister" tells of the increasingly bizarre...


    Springtime: A Ghost Story

    by Michelle de Kretser

    When Frances met Charlie at a party in Melbourne, he was married with a young son. Now that the couple has moved to subtropical Sydney, a lusher and more chaotic city, Frances has an unshakable sense that the...


    Quicksand

    by Steve Toltz

    This fearlessly funny, outrageously inventive dark comedy about two lifelong friends is “a delightful literary novel…extraordinarily imaginative” (Psychology Today) from Man Booker Prize finalist Steve...


    Eyrie

    by Tim Winton

    Shortlisted for the 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award

    An exhilarating new book from Australia's most acclaimed writer

    Tim Winton is Australia's most decorated and beloved literary novelist. Short-listed twice...


    Goddess

    by Kelly Gardiner

    A sparkling, witty and compelling novel based on the tragic rise and fall of the beautiful seventeenth century swordswoman and opera singer, Julie d'Aubigny (also known as La Maupin), a woman whose story is...


    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...


    The Night Guest

    by Fiona McFarlane

    A mesmerizing first novel about trust, dependence, and fear, from a major new writer

    Ruth is widowed, her sons are grown, and she lives in an isolated beach house outside of town. Her routines are few and small....


    The Hanging Garden

    by Patrick White

    "Indisputably one of the century's greatest writers." —Annie Proulx

    "The Hanging Garden is a novel for our time--a story about parentless children, mistreated by a world that, by its lights, intends no harm...


    In the Casa Azul

    by Meaghan Delahunt

    Pursued from country to country by Stalin's GPU agents, Leon Trotsky finds refuge in Mexico City in 1937. There he encounters the fire and splendor of the artist Frida Kahlo who, with her husband Diego Rivera,...


    The Heat of the Sun

    by David Rain

    An exuberant debut that sweeps across the twentieth century—beginning where one world-famous love story left off to introduce us to another

    With Sophie Tucker belting from his hand-crank phonograph and a circle...


    The Bride Stripped Bare: A Novel

    by Nikki Gemmell

    A woman disappears, leaving behind an incendiary diary chronicling a journey of sexual awakening. To all who knew her, she was the good wife: happy, devoted, content. But the diary reveals a secret self, one...