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My Brilliant Career
& My Career Goes Bung

by Miles Franklin

'I am given to something which a man never pardons in a woman. You will draw away as though I were a snake when you hear.'
With this warning, Sybylla confesses to her rich and handsome suitor that she is given to writing stories and bound, therefore on a brilliant career. ... more

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The Pea-Pickers

by Eve Langley

In The Pea-Pickers, a novel based on Eve Langley's own experiences, Steve and Blue are two girls who, dressed as men, are taken on as itinerant workers for the farmers of Gippsland. They pack apples and pick peas. But their disguise is partial - and their quest is for love ... more

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My Brother Jack


My Brother Jack

by George Johnston

'The thing I am trying to get at is what made Jack different from me. Different all through our lives, I mean, and in a special sense, not just older or nobler or braver or less clever.' Through the story of the two brothers, George Johnston created an enduring exploration of two Australian myths: that of the man who loses his soul as he gains worldly success, and that of the tough, honest Aussie battler ... more

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Sundowners



The Sundowners

by Jon Cleary

The epic tale of the outback Australian family, the Carmodys, The Sundowners is a novel filled with kindness and happiness, as well as toughness and danger and is set against the magnificent backdrop of the wild, harsh and beautiful Australian landscape ... more

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Come in Spinner

Come in Spinner
by Dymphna Cusack & Florence James

Set in a beauty salon at the Hotel South Pacific in wartime Sydney, it revolves around the lives and loves of three women - Deb, Guinea and Claire. Their romantic entanglements are further complicated by the tensions of war, with American troops in 'occupation' and at a time when anything could be obtained - for a price ... more

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Capricornia



Capricornia

by Xavier Herbert

'Capricornia will always be one of the greatest of Australian novels, a defining work in the search for what it is, or was, to be Australian.'
Australian Book Review ... more

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Coonardoo


Coonardoo

by Katharine Susannah Prichard

A tough, uncompromising novel about the difficult love between a white man and a black woman.

This frank and daring novel set on the edge of the desert still raises difficult questions about the history of contact between black and white, and its representation in Australian writing ... more

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Chant


The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith

by Thomas Keneally

When Jimmie Blacksmith marries a white woman, the backlash from both Jimmie's tribe and white society initiates a series of dramatic events ... more

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Battlers


The Battlers

by Kylie Tennant

The Battlers is the story of Snow, a drifter and wanderer, the waiflike Dancy the Stray, from the slums of Sydney, and the other outcasts who accompany them as they travel the country roads looking for work. ... more

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Timeless




The Timeless Land

by Eleanor Dark

The year 1788: the very beginning of European settlement. These were times of hardship, cruelty and danger. Above all, they were times of conflict between the Aborigines and the white settlers. All the while, beneath the veneer of British civilisation, lies the baffling presence of Australia, the 'timeless land'.

Storm of Time and No Barrier complete the Timeless Land trilogy ... more

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My Love Must Wait


My Love Must Wait
by Ernestine Hill

When Matthew Flinders, the first man to chart and circumnavigate Australia, set sail from England in July 1801, he left behind the intrigues of his homeland but also his young bride of only a few weeks, Ann Chappell. He didn't see her again for more than nine years... more

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The Cattle King

by Ion L. Idriess

At the age of 13 Sidney Kidman ran away from home with only five shillings in his pocket. He went on to become a horse dealer, drover, cattle buyer and bush jockey and he also ran a coach business ... more

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Clean Straw for Nothing





Clean Straw for Nothing
& A Cartload of Clay

by George Johnston

Set against the backdrop of a Greek island, Clean Straw for Nothing follows the story of successful war correspondent and retired journalist David Meredith as he abandons his career for a life in exile with his beautiful wife Cressida. In A Cartload of Clay, David Meredith travels back to Australia, rediscovering his deep affection for his native land after having been so long in Greece ...more



No Barrier


No Barrier

The Timeless Land Trilogy Book 3
by Eleanor Dark

The story of the Mannion family continues after the Bligh rebellion. As the young Mannions grow to maturity, so too the settlement at Sydney Cove develops into a town of substance ... more

Storm of Time and The Timeless Land complete the Timeless Land trilogy.

One Crowded Hour



One Crowded Hour
by Tim Bowden

For over twenty years, from the early 1960s, Neil Davis brought enduring images of the full horror of modern war directly from the battlefront to the world's television screens. Davis's former colleague, Tim Bowden, tells the life story of this remarkable and complex cinecameramen and journalist - a cool, utterly dedicated professional, a legendary gambler who often relied on his intuitive sixth sense to stay alive, and a man who was equally at home with presidents and street beggars ... more


Island of Angry Ghosts




Islands of Angry Ghosts
by Hugh Edwards

A fascinating story, in print since 1966, Islands of Angry Ghosts is a story in two parts. It traces and re-creates the final months of the Batavia and her crew, pieced together through journals, letters and trial records. It also follows the discovery and salvage of Batavia's wreck by Hugh Edwards and a crew of divers ... more


My Love Must Wait


Hell West and Crooked
by Tom Cole

'A real-life story of the pioneering days of the Top End that out-adventures anything fiction writers could hope to produce.'
The West Australian
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Because a White Man Will Never Do it



Because a White Man'll Never Do It
by Kevin Gilbert


First published in 1973, Gilbert's controversial account of Aboriginal affairs paints a disturbing image of the impact of the colonisation of Australia by Britain and the ongoing problems faced by the Aboriginal people. The book poses a solution directly addressing what Indigenous people really want: land, compensation, discreet non-dictatorial help and, most of all, to be left alone by white Australia ... more

Storm of Time



Storm of Time
The Timeless Land Trilogy Book 2
by Eleanor Dark

Sydney Cove, 1799, and three years since Governor Phillip departed. Against a background of continuing convict settlement, hunger, rebellion and the terrifying force of a barely understood land, the saga of Ellen Prentice and the Mannion family continues ... more

The Timeless Land and No Barrier complete the Timeless Land trilogy

Haxbys



Haxby's Circus
by Katherine Susannah Prichard

Welcome to Haxby's Circus — the lightest, brightest little show on earth. But away from the spotlight and superficial glamour of the circus the real, and sometimes tragic, lives of the performers are exposed: their hopes and dreams, successes and failures, the drudgery of life on the road ... more

'Katharine Susannah Prichard takes the raw material of our lives and transmutes it into the gold of literature'
Mary Durack