A Literary Map of Australia

Continuing our 130-year celebration as the ‘home to Australian stories’, Australian illustrator Oslo Davis created this pictorial map for us, in the vein of similar vintage iterations. In trademark ink and watercolour, Davis brings to life the people, places and stories that have shaped the HarperCollins literary landscape, by way of Angus & Robertson Publishers.

From the original voices of Banjo Paterson, Henry Lawson, May Gibbs, Miles Franklin and Norman Lindsay to wildly popular commercial bestsellers like Blinky Bill,  Flynn of the Inland and Colleen McCullough’s Tim, to landmark reference works such as the first Australian Encyclopedia and The Commonsense Cookery Book, HarperCollins has always been proud to publish Australian stories for Australian readers. Stories that reflect their experiences, their country and a society to which they could relate.A Literary Map of Australia
















Authors and books featured in our map include:

Banjo Paterson’s The Man From Snowy River

An iconic Australian classic and one of the most famous poems in Australian literature. Several films, a television series and a musical have been made from the story, proof of its enduring power to captivate Australians to this day.




Henry Lawson’s While the Billy Boils

Australia’s early twentieth-century outback, at its most unromantically bleak and harsh, has been immortalized by the short stories and poetry of Henry Lawson. Fifty-two of Henry Lawson’s stories and sketches that he had first published in newspapers and magazines from 1888 onwards were gathered in this collection, which would project Lawson into national fame.



Louise Mack’s Teens 

Teens was the first children’s book (and first novel) published by A&R in 1897. Illustrated with black and white drawings, it is reminiscent of Little Women and tells the story of 13-year-old year Lennie Leighton, the eldest of four sisters, all of whom wait eagerly every day to hear of their big sister’s adventures at school. In 2017 we will release a facsimile edition of the novel.



May Gibbs’ The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie

An enduring mythology of the Australian bush; much-loved Australian children’s classic that has never been out of print.






Norman Lindsay’s The Magic Pudding

Has become a classic of Australian children’s literature; the adventures of Sam Sawnoff, Barnacle Bill and Albert, the cut-and-come again pudding, who requires ‘politeness and constant eatin’.’ Never out of print since 1918.





Dorothy Wall’s The Complete Adventures of Blinky Bill

Blinky Bill is one of Australia’s most enduring and popular icons. These quintessential Australian children’s classics have never been out of print in Australia.




Xavier Herbert’s Capricornia

Capricornia (1938) is a novel by Xavier Herbert. Like his later work considered by many a masterpiece, the Miles Franklin Award winning Poor Fellow My Country, it provides a fictional account of life in ‘Capricornia’, a place clearly modelled specifically on Australia’s Northern Territory, and to a lesser degree on tropical Australia in general, (i.e. anywhere north of the Tropic of Capricorn) in the early twentieth century. Highly influenced by the Jindyworobak Movement, it also describes the inter-racial relationships and abuses of the period. ‘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


Kylie Tennant’s The Battlers

A tale of survival against the odds; awarded the Gold Medal of the Australian Literature Society and shared the S. H. Prior Memorial Prize.



Elyne Mitchell’s The Silver Brumby

The timeless classic that has captivated the hearts and imaginations of young readers since it was first published. Elyne Mitchell was born in 1913 and went on to become one of Australia’s most successful and popular authors.




Judith Wright’s Collected Poems

This definitive collection represents the impressive poetic achievement of one of Australia’s most highly respected and valued poets. Judith Wright’s Collected Poems is comprised of her work from 1942 to 1985, and includes her latest three books of poetry: Alive, Fourth Quarter and Phantom Dwelling.



The Commonsense Cookery Book

Still in print today! The Commonsense Cookery Book is the bible every home leaver takes with them when they fly the nest; the book you give to those who are just learning about food, and the book you can give to experts who want to go ‘back to basics’. It has step-by-step recipes for everything from how to make toast to more complex dishes, as well as detailed illustrations of techniques, including how to line a cake tin, how to poach eggs and how to roll up a Swiss roll sponge. With invaluable tips on measurements, cuts of meat, the meaning of cookery terms, dietary requirements and other essentials, this is the bible no Aussie kitchen should be without.


Charles Bean’s The Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-1918

From the AWM website: The Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-1918 is a 12-volume series covering Australia’s involvement in the First World War. The series was edited by the official historian Charles Bean, who also wrote six of the volumes, and was published between 1920 and 1942. The books, with their familiar covers, “the colour of dried blood” in the words of one reviewer, rapidly became highly regarded internationally. Bean’s work established the tradition and set the standard for all subsequent Australian official war histories.





Australian Encyclopaedia 1925-26

The first encyclopaedia of Australia: biographies of famous Australians, local geology, flora, fauna and a history of the continent.


Neville Cayley’s What Bird is That?

Neville Cayley’s What Bird is that? is Australia’s most popular bird-identification guide. this comprehensive and authoritative field guide, now in its second edition, has been fully revised and updated by prominent ornithologist terence Lindsey, who has added more than 30 new species and included additional information on identification and breeding. Each bird is illustrated in full colour.



E.V. Timms’ Forever to Remain

Injured serving in the Gallipoli campaign, E. V. Timms turned to writing. Forever to Remain was the first book of a hugely popular Australian saga.



 Ernestine Hill’s The Great Australian Loneliness

The Great Australian Loneliness is the account of a remarkable journey ? 100,000 miles across the Australian bush, a woman alone. From the Kimberley to Oodnadatta, Ernestine Hill experienced the strange loveliness of the outback. Her enchanting account of that epic journey has become a classic of travel writing.


 Miles Franklin’s Childhood at Brindabella

Provides new understanding of the separation of Aboriginal children from their families in 20th century Australia. The author takes into account legislation, policy debates and official reports relating to Aboriginal child separation practices throughout Australia. The book is readily accessible to lay person and specialist alike.





 Ion Idriess’ Flynn of the Inland

Since the early days of settlement, men, women and children have battled the harshness of outback Australia to survive, and in many cases to prosper. Medical assistance was often thousand of miles away, children wer e raised without the benefit of education, and people could go for months, even years in total isolation. The Australian Inland Mission, founded and led by the indomitable John Flynn, was the first organization to recognize the unique needs of outback Australians. Here we are given an account of Flynn’s struggles and achievements as he sought to bring safety and communication to outback Australia.

 Ivan Southall’s Ash Road

With three irresistible ingredients – the Australian bush, fire and unsupervised children – this popular book won the New York Times Book Review Children’s Book of the Year, 1966.

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  • Christine says:

    What a fantastic concept and what a collection of iconic authors and titles. So is it possible to purchase a copy of this? I’ve re-read the post and cannot see a reference to be able to purchase it.

    Thanks in advance,

    • Andrea says:

      Hi Christine,

      Sadly the map is not available to purchase.

      Glad you like it though!

      HCP Team Digital

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