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The Bus on Thursday

by Shirley Barrett

"A horror novel about a breast cancer survivor told in the voice of your funniest but most anxious friend, The Bus on Thursday is an appealing mix of genres that is both fluffy and deeply affecting at the same...

The Shepherd's Hut

by Tim Winton

From Tim Winton, Australia's most decorated and beloved novelist and the author of Cloudstreet, comes The Shepherd's Hut, the story of a young man on a thrilling journey of self-discovery in one of the harshest,...

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...

  • A River Rules My Life

    by Mona Anderson

    The original and all-time classic of high-country station life in New Zealand Mount Algidus, the author's home, was one of the great high-country sheep stations of Canterbury, New Zealand. It occupied a mountain...

    A Loving, Faithful Animal

    by Josephine Rowe


  • 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...

  • The Best of Adam Sharp

    by Graeme Simsion

    From the bestselling author of The Rosie Project comes a romantic novel about true love, second chances, and decades of great music.

    Two decades ago, Adam Sharp's piano playing led him into a passionate relationship...

    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...

    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...

    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...