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12 Edmondstone Street

By David Malouf

Each house, like each place, has its own topography, its own lore. A complex history comes down to us, through household jokes and anecdotes, odd family habits, and irrational superstitions, that forever shapes what we see and the way in which we see it.

Beginning with his childhood home, David Malouf moves on to show other landmarks in his + Read More..
Each house, like each place, has its own topography, its own lore. A complex history comes down to us, through household jokes and anecdotes, odd family habits, and irrational superstitions, that forever shapes what we see and the way in which we see it.

Beginning with his childhood home, David Malouf moves on to show other landmarks in his life, and the way places and things create our private worlds. Written with humour and uncompromising intelligence, 12 Edmondstone Street is an unforgettable portrait of one man's life.
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A Fringe of Leaves

By Patrick White

Returning to England in 1840, the "Bristol Maid" is shipwrecked on the Queensland Coast and Mrs Roxburgh is taken prisoner by a tribe of Aborigines. In the course of her escape, she is torn by loyalties - to her dead husband, to her rescuer, to her own and to her adoptive class.

A young Cornish woman, Mrs Ellen Roxburgh, + Read More..
Returning to England in 1840, the "Bristol Maid" is shipwrecked on the Queensland Coast and Mrs Roxburgh is taken prisoner by a tribe of Aborigines. In the course of her escape, she is torn by loyalties - to her dead husband, to her rescuer, to her own and to her adoptive class.

A young Cornish woman, Mrs Ellen Roxburgh, travels to the Australian colonies in the early 1830s with her much older husband, Austin, to visit the "black sheep" of the family, Austin's brother Garnet Roxburgh. After witnessing the brutalities of Van Diemens Land, the Roxburghs embark on their return trip to England on The Bristol Maid. However, the ship runs aground on the coral reef off Fraser Island on the coast of what is now Queensland.

Ellen is the only survivor from the leaky vessel in which the passengers and crew travel to the shore. She is rescued by the aboriginal people of the island, and she later meets Jack Chance, a convict who has escaped from Moreton Bay (now Brisbane), the brutal penal settlement to the south. It is Chance who escorts her through the dangerous coastal territory south to the outskirts of the settlement, but who refuses to accompany her further and returns to his exile. She returns to "civilisation" transformed and tormented by her experience with Garnet in Van Diemen's Land, with the aboriginal people, and with Chance.

The novel sets in sharp relief the distinctions between men and women, whites and blacks, the convicts and the free, and English colonists and Australian settlers. The contrast between Ellen's rural Cornish background and the English middle-class she has married into is also highlighted.

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After the Fire, a Still Small Voice

By Evie Wyld

After the departure of the woman he loves, Frank struggles to rebuild his life among the sugarcane and sand dunes that surround his oceanside shack. Forty years earlier, Leon is drafted to serve in Vietnam and finds himself suddenly confronting the same experiences that haunt his war-veteran father. As these two stories weave around each other—each narrated in + Read More..
After the departure of the woman he loves, Frank struggles to rebuild his life among the sugarcane and sand dunes that surround his oceanside shack. Forty years earlier, Leon is drafted to serve in Vietnam and finds himself suddenly confronting the same experiences that haunt his war-veteran father. As these two stories weave around each other—each narrated in a voice as tender as it is fierce—we learn what binds Frank and Leon together, and what may end up keeping them apart.

Frank last visited his family’s shack, on a Queensland beach, as a gas-huffing teen-ager, battered by his mother’s death and his father’s abusive neglect. He returns an alcoholic man, “the bloody feel of some bastard terrible thing swimming inside him,” having lashed out at his girlfriend until she left. The shack has served as a retreat before: for Frank’s grandfather, reeling from the Korean War, and for his father, who holed up there after serving in Vietnam.

Set in the unforgiving landscape of eastern Australia, Evie Wyld’s accomplished debut tackles the inescapability of the past, the ineffable ties of family, and the wars fought by fathers and sons.
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Amnesia

By Peter Carey

In this dark, suspenseful, and seriously funny novel, two-time Booker winner Peter Carey takes us to the place where the cyber underworld collides with international politics.

When Gaby Baillieux, Australia’s most formidable hacker, releases the Angel Worm virus into her country’s prison system, cell doors are opened and inmates walk free. Since those prisons use American software, the + Read More..
In this dark, suspenseful, and seriously funny novel, two-time Booker winner Peter Carey takes us to the place where the cyber underworld collides with international politics.

When Gaby Baillieux, Australia’s most formidable hacker, releases the Angel Worm virus into her country’s prison system, cell doors are opened and inmates walk free. Since those prisons use American software, the doors in thousands of jails in the United States are opened as well. Is this an accident—or a declaration of cyber war? Does it have anything to do with the largely forgotten Battle of Brisbane between American and Australian forces in 1942? Or with the CIA-influenced coup in Australia in 1975?

Disgraced writer Felix Moore—known to himself as “our sole remaining left-wing journalist”—is determined to write Gaby’s biography in order to find the answers that could save her, his career, and perhaps his country. But how to get Gaby—on the run, scared, confused, and angry—to cooperate?

“Nestled inside this brisk cyber caper is an aesthetically daring character study. . . . Carey imbues [the hacker’s] immersion in the world of coding and the Internet with a palpable, engrossing sense of joy and discovery.” The New Yorker
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Dream Stuff: Stories

By David Malouf

Here are nine haunting stories from the award-winning author of Remembering Babylon, in which history and geography, as well as the past and the present, combine and often collide, illuminating the landscape and revealing the character of Australia.

An eleven-year-old boy sees his father in his own elongated shadow only to realize that he will not return from the + Read More..
Here are nine haunting stories from the award-winning author of Remembering Babylon, in which history and geography, as well as the past and the present, combine and often collide, illuminating the landscape and revealing the character of Australia.

An eleven-year-old boy sees his father in his own elongated shadow only to realize that he will not return from the war. In a parting moment, a young woman hired to “marry” vacationing soldiers, grasps the weight of the word “woe.” When a failing farmer senselessly murders a wandering aborigine, he imperils his son but discovers in the spring of sympathy that follows the power to influence others. Wise and moving, startling and lyrical, Dream Stuff reverberates with the unpredictability of human experience, revealing people who are shaped by the mysterious rhythms of nature as well as the ghosts of their own pasts.
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Feather Man

By Rhyll McMaster

Set in Brisbane during the stultifying 1950s, this account of the betrayal of love throws us into the disordered world of Sookie, a young artist. As she transits warily to the London of the 'swinging' 70s, she comes up against those who would try to steal her very identity. Intelligent, mordantly funny, it is dark comedy with edges.

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Set in Brisbane during the stultifying 1950s, this account of the betrayal of love throws us into the disordered world of Sookie, a young artist. As she transits warily to the London of the 'swinging' 70s, she comes up against those who would try to steal her very identity. Intelligent, mordantly funny, it is dark comedy with edges.

"Brilliant, a fantastic achievement, full of the most terrific portraits." Rodney Hall
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Fly Away Peter

By David Malouf

In this shimmering work of imagination, one of Australia's most honored writers conjures a single still moment on the edge of the 20th century in which two unlikely people share a friendship. When Ashley Crowther returns to Australia to manage his father's property, he discovers a timeless landscape of kingfishers and ibises; he also meets Jim Saddler, the + Read More..
In this shimmering work of imagination, one of Australia's most honored writers conjures a single still moment on the edge of the 20th century in which two unlikely people share a friendship. When Ashley Crowther returns to Australia to manage his father's property, he discovers a timeless landscape of kingfishers and ibises; he also meets Jim Saddler, the young woodsman who becomes Ashley's guide to his inheritance. Together they discard the differences of personality and class to enter a partnership of wonder.

But when war breaks out in Europe, Jim and Ashley are drawn into obscene enterprise of the trenches, where death falls from the sky and burrows out of the earth. In telling the story of these men, Fly Away Peter combines overwhelmingly sensual imagery with an unblinking consciousness of the worst that history can inflict to produce a novel of phosphorescent beauty.
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Harland’s Half Acre

By David Malouf

Born on a poor dairy farm in Queensland, Frank Harland's life is centred on his great artistic gift, his passionate love for his father and four brothers and his need to repossess, through a patch of land, his family's past. The story spans Frank's life; from before the First World War, through years as a swaggie in the + Read More..
Born on a poor dairy farm in Queensland, Frank Harland's life is centred on his great artistic gift, his passionate love for his father and four brothers and his need to repossess, through a patch of land, his family's past. The story spans Frank's life; from before the First World War, through years as a swaggie in the Great Depression and Brisbane in the forties, to his retirement to a patch of Australian scrub where he at last takes possession of his dream.

Harland's Half Acre tells how a man sets out to recover the land his ancestors discovered and then lost and how, in fulfilment, this vision becomes a new reality.
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He Died With a Felafel in His Hand

By John Birmingham

John Birmingham has lived with eighty-nine people and kept notes on all of them. This is their story.

These hilarious tales of urban terror reveal the dark truth hidden behind three seemingly innocent words―a phrase that you have seen a hundred times before but will never view in the same light again: "Wanted to Share".

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John Birmingham has lived with eighty-nine people and kept notes on all of them. This is their story.

These hilarious tales of urban terror reveal the dark truth hidden behind three seemingly innocent words―a phrase that you have seen a hundred times before but will never view in the same light again: "Wanted to Share".

John Birmingham's rendering of a life in share houses will leave you laughing, cringing and reminiscing about your own brushes with the mad, bad residents of flat mate hell.

'This is the grunge version of Melrose – the characters move speedily from one bed to another in Birmingham's share-house hell ... Not recommended for landlords'.
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Johnno: A Novel

By David Malouf

Johnno is a semi-autobiographical novel written by Australian author David Malouf and was first published in 1975. It was Malouf's first novel.

It is an evocation of an Australian boyhood and early adulthood during the 1940s and 1950s. It recreates the sleazy tropical half-city that was wartime Brisbane and captures a generation locked in combat with the elusive Australian
Johnno is a semi-autobiographical novel written by Australian author David Malouf and was first published in 1975. It was Malouf's first novel.

It is an evocation of an Australian boyhood and early adulthood during the 1940s and 1950s. It recreates the sleazy tropical half-city that was wartime Brisbane and captures a generation locked in combat with the elusive Australian dream.
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Over the Top with Jim

By Hugh Lunn

Over the Top with Jim is the all-time biggest-selling memoir of an Australian childhood. Now available in a new edition, this is the unforgettable account of growing up in a working-class family in 1950s Australia - a story of boyhood friendship and adventure.
Over the Top with Jim is the all-time biggest-selling memoir of an Australian childhood. Now available in a new edition, this is the unforgettable account of growing up in a working-class family in 1950s Australia - a story of boyhood friendship and adventure.
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Perfect Skin: A Novel

By Nick Earls

Jon Marshall, a thirtysomething plastic surgeon, has come a long way. He's a partner in his own medical practice, owns a house in the suburbs, and cruises town in a BMW. He also has a six-month-old daughter, Lily, affectionately known as the Bean.

But Jon's life hasn't taken the path he thought it would in his twenties. Newly single, + Read More..
Jon Marshall, a thirtysomething plastic surgeon, has come a long way. He's a partner in his own medical practice, owns a house in the suburbs, and cruises town in a BMW. He also has a six-month-old daughter, Lily, affectionately known as the Bean.

But Jon's life hasn't taken the path he thought it would in his twenties. Newly single, he's facing the challenges of dating in a post-Duran-Duran world. His computer has been seized by surly software. He accidentally peed on his date's cat. And while the Bean reminds him of life's possibilities every day, his new running buddy, Ashley, reminds him that relationship rules were made to be broken.
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Pig City: From the Saints to Savage Garden

By Andrew Stafford

From cult heroes the Saints and the Go-Betweens to national icons Powderfinger and international stars Savage Garden, Brisbane has produced more than its share of great bands. But behind the music lay a ghost city of malice and corruption. Pressed under the thumb of the Bjelke-Petersen government and its toughest enforcers—the police—Brisbane’s musicians, radio announcers, and political activists + Read More..
From cult heroes the Saints and the Go-Betweens to national icons Powderfinger and international stars Savage Garden, Brisbane has produced more than its share of great bands. But behind the music lay a ghost city of malice and corruption. Pressed under the thumb of the Bjelke-Petersen government and its toughest enforcers—the police—Brisbane’s musicians, radio announcers, and political activists braved ignorance, harassment, and often violence to be heard. This updated, 10th anniversary edition features a scathing new introduction by the author, assessing the changing shape of Brisbane, its music, and troubling developments since the return of the state of Queensland to conservative governance.
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Praise

By Andrew Mcgahan

The Bukowski-inspired first novel that made McGahan a cult bestseller Down Under, "Praise" is urgent, raw, and piercingly truthful, as it explores the ground between dreams and the self-destruction of an entire generation.

An utterly frank and darkly humorous novel about being young in the Australia of the 1990s. A time when the dole was easier to get + Read More..
The Bukowski-inspired first novel that made McGahan a cult bestseller Down Under, "Praise" is urgent, raw, and piercingly truthful, as it explores the ground between dreams and the self-destruction of an entire generation.

An utterly frank and darkly humorous novel about being young in the Australia of the 1990s. A time when the dole was easier to get than a job, when heroin was better known than ecstasy, and when ambition was the dirtiest of words. A time when, for two hopeless souls, sex and dependence were the only lifelines.
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Slow Natives

By Thea Astley

The Slow Natives (1965) is a Miles Franklin Award-winning novel by Australian author Thea Astley, the first of her record number of four wins.

Torn apart by conflict, the Leversons--music teacher Bernard, bored with his marriage and career; his unfaithful wife, Iris; and their rebellious teenage son, Keith--rediscover new meaning in their lives and relationships through tragedy.

Set in sub-tropical + Read More..
The Slow Natives (1965) is a Miles Franklin Award-winning novel by Australian author Thea Astley, the first of her record number of four wins.

Torn apart by conflict, the Leversons--music teacher Bernard, bored with his marriage and career; his unfaithful wife, Iris; and their rebellious teenage son, Keith--rediscover new meaning in their lives and relationships through tragedy.

Set in sub-tropical Queensland, the novel examines the relationships between suburban Brisbanites including a priest, nuns and a couple and their teenage son.
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The Bath Fugues

By Brian Castro

Vintage Castro, a wonderfully wrought performance, intrigue, romance, comedy, deception - and a melancholy sadness which courts, but never surrenders to. despair. It takes the form of three interwoven novellas, the first centred on an ageing forger, the second on a Portuguese poet, opium addict and art collector, the third on a mysteriously well connected doctor, who has + Read More..
Vintage Castro, a wonderfully wrought performance, intrigue, romance, comedy, deception - and a melancholy sadness which courts, but never surrenders to. despair. It takes the form of three interwoven novellas, the first centred on an ageing forger, the second on a Portuguese poet, opium addict and art collector, the third on a mysteriously well connected doctor, who has built an art gallery in tropical Queensland.
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The Comfort of Figs

By Simon Cleary

A father, a son, and the bridge that divides them... 1939 As a burgeoning city emerges from its landscape, so too does a bridge that will transform it from a sleepy country town. Three young men work on the construction of this iconic steel bridge. Labouring high above the river in dangerous conditions, close bonds develop between them. + Read More..
A father, a son, and the bridge that divides them... 1939 As a burgeoning city emerges from its landscape, so too does a bridge that will transform it from a sleepy country town. Three young men work on the construction of this iconic steel bridge. Labouring high above the river in dangerous conditions, close bonds develop between them. But one slip can - and does - alter their lives forever. A generation later, Robbie, a young landscaper, grapples with his difficult relationship with his father, whose past is inextricably linked with the famous cantilevered bridge. Robbie is also battling to save his future with his girlfriend Freya, after a violent assault by a stranger sends her spiralling into herself. The Comfort of Figs is the engrossing story of the birth of a city and the burden of a family secret. Its legacy is two monuments - one of nature and one of engineering - both of them unforgettable.

"Simon Cleary's debut novel, The Comfort Of Figs, is as ambitious and meticulously constructed as the Queensland capital's Story Bridge on which it centres. With the thoroughness of an engineer's diagram, it plots the ways Robbie O'Hara builds, and fails to build, connections to the people in his life, particularly his father." Sydney Morning Herald
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The Forgotten Garden: A Novel

By Kate Morton

From the internationally bestselling author of The House at Riverton, an unforgettable new novel that transports the reader from the back alleys of poverty of pre-World War I London to the shores of colonial Australia where so many made a fresh start, and back to the windswept coast of Cornwall, England, past and present

A tiny girl is abandoned + Read More..
From the internationally bestselling author of The House at Riverton, an unforgettable new novel that transports the reader from the back alleys of poverty of pre-World War I London to the shores of colonial Australia where so many made a fresh start, and back to the windswept coast of Cornwall, England, past and present

A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book -- a beautiful volume of fairy tales. She is taken in by the dockmaster and his wife and raised as their own. On her twenty-first birthday they tell her the truth, and with her sense of self shattered and with very little to go on, "Nell" sets out on a journey to England to try to trace her story, to find her real identity. Her quest leads her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast and the secrets of the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is not until her granddaughter, Cassandra, takes up the search after Nell's death that all the pieces of the puzzle are assembled. At Cliff Cottage, on the grounds of Blackhurst Manor, Cassandra discovers the forgotten garden of the book's title and is able to unlock the secrets of the beautiful book of fairy tales.

This is a novel of outer and inner journeys and an homage to the power of storytelling. The Forgotten Garden is filled with unforgettable characters who weave their way through its spellbinding plot to astounding effect.

Morton's novels are #1 bestsellers in England and Australia and are published in more than twenty languages. Her first novel, The House at Riverton, was a New York Times bestseller.
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The Mayne Inheritance

By Rosamond Siemon

Opening with a macabre mid-nineteenth century murder, The Mayne Inheritance unfolds like a gothic thriller. Was it the murder victim’s money that founded patriarch Patrick Mayne’s Queen Street business empire? Were the whispered accusations of murder and genetic madness true?

For 150 years, scandal and mystery have surrounded the Maynes, a wealthy family who donated the magnificent site on + Read More..
Opening with a macabre mid-nineteenth century murder, The Mayne Inheritance unfolds like a gothic thriller. Was it the murder victim’s money that founded patriarch Patrick Mayne’s Queen Street business empire? Were the whispered accusations of murder and genetic madness true?

For 150 years, scandal and mystery have surrounded the Maynes, a wealthy family who donated the magnificent site on which the University of Queensland now stands.

'A gothic tale of murder, madness and scandal across the generations … Mad nuns, suspicious doctors, drownings, murder as foul as fevered imaginations can devise.' The Courier-Mail.
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The Persimmon Tree

By Bryce Courtenay

The persimmon tree is a symbol of life, a heartwood that will outlast everything man can make . . . It is 1942 in the Dutch East Indies, and Nick Duncan is a young Australian butterfly collector in search of a single exotic butterfly.

With invading Japanese forces coming closer by the day, Nick falls in love with + Read More..
The persimmon tree is a symbol of life, a heartwood that will outlast everything man can make . . . It is 1942 in the Dutch East Indies, and Nick Duncan is a young Australian butterfly collector in search of a single exotic butterfly.

With invading Japanese forces coming closer by the day, Nick falls in love with the beguiling Anna van Heerden. Their time together is brief, as both are forced into separate, dangerous escapes. They plan to reunite and marry in Australia but it is several years before their paths cross again, scarred forever by the dark events of a long, cruel war.

In The Persimmon Tree, Bryce Courtenay gives us a story of love and friendship set against the dramatic backdrop of the Pacific during the Second World War.