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The Bay of Noon

by Shirley Hazzard

Long out of print, Shirley Hazzard's classic novel of love and memory

A young Englishwoman working in Naples, Jenny comes to Italy fleeing a history that threatened to undo her. Alone in the fabulously ruined...


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...


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,...


Lola's Secret: A Novel

by Monica Mcinerney

Praised as “Australia’s answer to Maeve Binchy, a modern-day Jane Austen” (The Sun Herald, Australia), Monica McInerney, internationally bestselling author of The Alphabet Sisters, returns with a poignant...


The Tower Mill

by James Moloney

A gripping family drama that plays out against a turbulent and controversial political era, this book tells the tale of Susan Kinnane. She is the precocious daughter of conservative parents who spurns the attention...


Allegro Agitato or Neurotically Yours

by Libor Mikeska

A delightfully witty novel of indulgence, wisdom and mystery. Although 'Allegro Agitato or Neurotically Yours' is initially structured around three intrinsically different Australians, who are still overwhelmed...


Barley Patch (Australian Literature Series)

by Gerald Murnane

Discover the Australian novelist ranked by Ladbrokes as a top-five contender for the 2010 Nobel Prize.Barley Patch takes as its subject the reasons an author might abandon fiction-or so he thinks-forever. Using...


Ransom

by David Malouf

In his first novel in more than a decade, award-winning author David Malouf reimagines the pivotal narrative of Homer’s Iliad—one of the most famous passages in all of literature.

 

This is the story of the...


Parrot and Olivier in America

by Peter Carey

Olivier is a French aristocrat, the traumatized child of survivors of the Revolution. Parrot the son of an itinerant printer who always wanted to be an artist but has ended up a servant. Born on different sides...


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...


Theft: A Love Story

by Peter Carey

Michael "Butcher" Boone is an ex-“really famous" painter, now reduced to living in a remote country house and acting as caretaker for his younger brother, Hugh. Alone together they've forged a delicate equilibrium,...


The Good Parents: A Novel

by Joan London

A two-time winner of Australia’s prestigious The Age Book of the Year Award, Joan London’s debut novel, Gilgamesh, was published to rapturous acclaim both in her native Australia and in the United States....


Mister Pip

Kiriyama Prize for Fiction 2008, Commonwealth Best Book Prize 2007

by Lloyd Jones

In a novel that is at once intense, beautiful, and fablelike, Lloyd Jones weaves a transcendent story that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the power of narrative to transform our lives.

On a...


Fish-Hair Woman

by Merlinda Bobis

In 1987, the Philippine government fights a total war against communist insurgency and the village of Iraya is militarized. The days are violent and the nights heavy with fireflies in the river where the dead...


His Illegal Self

by Peter Carey

Seven-year-old Che Selkirk was raised in isolated privilege by his New York grandmother. The son of radical student activists at Harvard in the late sixties, Che has grown up with the hope that one day his parents...


Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance

by Lloyd Jones

In tango, there are no wrong turns. But every dance begins with a backward step.

Taking his cue from the tango, the acclaimed author of Mister Pip has written a thrilling and sensuous novel about how we fall...


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...


The Scent of Belonging

by Rosie Abbott

The dominating physical presence of the countryside makes her feel small - a hill country landscape scarred with dark-green fissures of hidden valleys, suffused with cloying smells lurking in the heat. She shrinks...


Wasp Season

by Jennifer Scoullar

A distorted mirror to the human drama... This contemporary Australian thriller is on one level a story of family disintegration and social alienation. It concerns Beth, her estranged husband Mark, and his beautiful...


Transgression

by Geraldine Wooller

Eleanor is returning to Italy after a fifteen-year absence. She is out to lay old ghosts to rest and to examine at a distance the grief that stalks her. The journey leads her to seek out old acquaintances: some...