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Becoming Australian

by Chris Burlo

This book will make a wonderful gift for a friend or loved one who is migrating. It is specifically designed to be easily fully read during a flight to your destination.

If you are the one migrating and looking...


Locating Australian Literary Memory

by Brigid Magner

?Locating Australian Literary Memory? explores sites which are explicitly connected with Australian authors through material forms of commemoration such as houses, graves, statues and assorted artefacts. The...


By Reef and Palm

by Louis Becke

Louis Becke (AKA George Lewis Becke) was an Australian short-story writer and novelist. 

As a child Becke twice ran away and when he turned 16 he was a stowaway on a ship bound for Samoa. When he was 18 Becke...


Bait and Switch

by Ashley Sievwright

Eight stories of love, friendship, and indifference.

Ashley Sievwright is the author of The Shallow End, and Walter

'An impressively fresh voice in Australian fiction' ... 'evocative prose and cynical humour are...


Fault Lines

by Pierz Newton-John

What does it take to make a man?

The short stories of Pierz Newton John move through the full range of masculine experience, with an openness, not afraid to show men at their most lonely, sexual, loving, sometimes...


The Dead Aviatrix

by Carmel Bird

In prose that sparkles with wit, shocks with insight, and beguiles with the air of legend, these eight stories take the reader from post-apocalyptic Tasmania to the tragedy of surrogate pregnancy in the 1950s....


Permission to Lie

by Julie Chevalier

In Permission to Lie, Julie Chavalier casts a curious eye into many different worlds. Her characters ride the citybound bus route, spend the night in a nudist colony and wait tables. Quirky and beautifully-written,...


Flame Tip

by Karenlee Thompson

Flame Tip is a slim collection of short fictions that explore different realities and perceptions arising from the Tasmanian Black Tuesday bushfires of 1967. The pieces in this collection are as diverse in subject...


Cleaning the Stables

by Morris Lurie

Shortly before his death in 2014, an elderly man brought his publisher friend a crumpled purple folder filled with type-written pages. Cleaning the Stables he called it: a selection of stories, poems and a recipe...


Behind The Text

by Sue Joseph

Behind the Text is a celebration of the often forgotten genre of creative nonfiction, through research about and interviews conducted with eleven prolific award-winning Australian creative nonfiction authors,...


Collected Poems

by Timoshenko Aslanides

Timoshenko Aslanides' first book of poems, The Greek Connection, won him the British Commonwealth Poetry Prize for 1978 for the best first book of poems in English, published the previous year in the British...


A Touch of Genius

by Dvir Abramovich

"These brilliant writers, through their works, never fail to exert their power in spadefuls, and soar to heights of grace and excellence in confronting the great existential dramas of life."

In a collection of...


The Darkening Ecliptic

by Ern Malley

In 1944 the Australian literary world was rocked by a hoax which was to become a worldwide scandal. Ern Malley, deceased motor mechanic and poet, was the invention of two Sydney poets, James McAuley and Harold...


Up and Down the Real Australia

by Arthur W. Upfield & Kees de Hoog

Arthur William Upfield is well known as the creator of Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte (Bony) who features in 29 crime detection novels, most set in the Australian outback. It is not well known that he...


Assassinations

by Renate Yates

The stories of Renate Yates are admired for their exploration of the foibles, frailties and expectations of people. They are beautifully crafted and perceptive.

Renate Yates is also the author of three novels...


Selected Writings - Margaret Preston

by Margaret Preston & Elizabeth Butel

Never shy of voicing an opinion, artist Margaret Preston launched into print on a variety of subjects, from flower arranging and furnishing a bedroom, to Aboriginal art and design, Pokerwork and Wood-blocking....


Still Life with Allen Keys

by Brien Cole

The best of Brien Cole's work is the story of Morning Parrot Trees. And it is superb. The concreteness and fantasy of Fisher's search for the parrot flower are perfectly poised. This is imaginative writing of...


Up and Down Australia Again

by Arthur W. Upfield & Kees de Hoog

Arthur William Upfield is well known as the creator of Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte (Bony) who features in 29 crime detection novels, most set in the Australian outback. It is not well known that he...


Aphorisms

by Margaret Preston

No46: 'Why there are so many tables of still life in modern paintings is because they are really laboratory tables on which aesthetic problems can be isolated'

Margaret Preston's 92 Aphorisms have only appeared...


Up and Down Australia

by Arthur W. Upfield & Kees de Hoog

Arthur William Upfield is well known as the creator of Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte (Bony) who features in 29 crime detection novels, most set in the Australian outback. It is not well known that he...