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As the Sparks Fly Upwards

by Richard Stamp

When Mark, a newly ordained young English Anglican priest feels called to work with one of the bush brotherhoods in the Australian outback he discovers that all of his recently acquired book learning is one...


I Know Precious Little

by Joe Reich

This novel details the coming together, and ultimate disintegration, of a group of friends. Where major relationship changes follow seemingly insignificant events. Set in Melbourne, against a backdrop of the...


Chasing Margaret

by Simon Klapish

Amelia Chloe Emmansard, the world's top female tennis player and darling of the Australian public, has already earned $80 million from the game, and she's not yet twenty. Despite her success, her earnings seem...


In and Out of Step

by Christine Knight

'Aren't you tired of a past littered with escapes? Think about the woman you're becoming!' Leonie said, trying to prevent Cassie's flight. The past denied and her dance championship dreams discarded, Cassie...


The Scarecrow: Text Classics

by Ronald Hugh Morrieson & Craig Sherborne

Neddy Poindexter's sister, Prudence, has turned sixteen and is the prettiest girl in Klynham. Neddy can't protect her from the men in town, but can he protect her from the killer on the loose?


The Plains: Text Classics

by Gerald Murnane & Wayne Macauley

A nameless young man arrives on the plains and begins to document the strange and rich culture of the plains families. As his story unfolds, the novel becomes, in the words of Murray Bail, 'a mirage of landscape,...


Dark Places: Text Classics

by Kate Grenville

Dark Places, a companion novel to Lilian's Story, is the tale of a man with a comically grand exterior who believes he has the right, and the duty, to conquer the mocking flesh of any woman. Even his own daughter....


A Difficult Young Man: Text Classics

by Martin Boyd & Sonya Hartnett

Handsome, proud, reprehensible, misunderstood. Dominic Langton is the dark heart of A Difficult Young Man. His brother Guy can scarcely understand where he fits into the pattern of things or what he might do...


The Slap: A Novel

by Christos Tsiolkas

The sensational international bestseller by Australia's "preeminent contemporary novelist" (The Age), in his United States debut Winner of the 2009 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Christos Tsiolkas's The Slap is...


Illywhacker

by Peter Carey

In Australian slang, an illywhacker is a country fair con man, an unprincipled seller of fake diamonds and dubious tonics. And Herbert Badgery, the 139-year-old narrator of Peter Carey's uproarious novel, may...


That Deadman Dance

Miles Franklin Award 2011

by Kim Scott

Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for the South East Asia and Pacific Region Acclaimed Australian writer Kim Scott draws on his Aboriginal heritage in a sweeping novel that reimagines the story of colonizer...


The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith

by Peter Carey

The Booker Prize-winning author of Oscar and Lucinda and The Tax Inspector now gives readers a hero, the malformed but ferociously wilful Tristan Smith, who becomes the object of the world's byzantine political...


The Tax Inspector

by Peter Carey

From Granny Catchprice, who runs her family business--and her family--with senility, cunning, and a handbag full of explosives to sixteen-year-old Benny, who dreams of transforming a failing automobile franchise...


My Life as a Fake: A Novel

by Peter Carey

Fiendishly devious and addictively readable, Peter Carey’s My Life as a Fake is a moral labyrinth constructed around the uneasy relationship between literature and lying. In steamy, fetid Kuala Lumpur in 1972,...


The Street Sweeper

by Elliot Perlman

How breathtakingly close we are to lives that at first seem so far away.

From the civil rights struggle in the United States to the Nazi crimes against humanity in Europe, there are more stories than people passing...


A Woman of the Inner Sea

by Thomas Keneally

Woman of the Inner Sea is Thomas Keneally’s strongest, most compelling work since his Booker Prize-winning Schindler’s List. Like that book, the story of Woman of the Inner Sea arises from a true incident,...


After Z-Hour

by Elizabeth Knox

Stranded by a South Island storm, six people usurp the stillness of an old house. As they tell the fragments of their story, a seventh voice responds: a young New Zealand serviceman who died in 1920, soon after...


Risk

by C.K. Stead

In Risk, acclaimed New Zealand author C.K. Stead "has the ability to set the scene in a few pithy lines and condense more telling details into a handful of pages than many writers manage in their entire chapters"...


The Donor

by Helen FitzGerald

The Donor, Helen FitzGerald's fifth novel, is a nail-biting psychological thriller about a single dad's horrorfying dilemma. Will, who has given up everything to raise his twin daughters, has a terrible choice...


A Descant for Gossips

by Thea Astley

This stylish reissue of one of Thea Astley’s finest early novels is a classic story of small-town life. Two schoolteachers are drawn to each other by their concern for a lonely young girl. As long as Vinny...