|Author:||Dennis C. J.|
|Reading Level:||General Adult|
Introduced by Jack Thompson The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke, a comic verse novel, was first published in book form in 1915 and sold more than sixty thousand copies in nine editions within a year. By the mid-1970s nearly three hundred thousand copies had... read more
Spirited doctor Isla Fenwick is determined to work at the coalface of medicine in India before committing to life as a dutiful wife. With hopes of making a difference in the world, she sails to Calcutta to set up a midwifery clinic. There she will be forced to question her beliefs... read more
Crossing J.M. Coetzee's range of well-known writerly interests, including Beckett, with essays on Australian writers including Gerald Murnane, Patrick White and Les Murray. The subjects covered range from Daniel Defoe in the early eighteenth century to Coetzee's contemporary... read more
A charming story of a young boy and his dog adventuring through the outback. Prequel to the bestselling Red Dog. When a family tragedy means Mick is sent to the outback to live with his Granpa, it looks as if he has a lonely life ahead of him. The cattle station is a tough p... read more
It begins with the normally healthy Beth--aged-care worker, wife of David, mother of Lettie and Em--feeling vaguely off-colour. A locum sends her to Dr Yi for some tests. ''There are a few things here that aren''t quite right,'' says Dr Yi, ''and sometimes it is these little wrongnesse... read more
|Reading Level:||very good|
|Awards:||Short-listed for Indie Books Awards - Best Debut Fiction 2017 (Australia) and ABIA Awards - Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2017 (Australia) and ABIA Awards - Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year 2017 (Australia) and Davitt Awards - Best Adult Novel 2017 (Australia) and Davitt Awards - Best Debut Novel 2017 (Australia) and Ned Kelly Awards - Best First Fiction 2017 (Australia).|
A delightful novel of secrets and small town obsessions from Australian musician and songwriter, Holly Throsby.
One side of the street glittered like a brilliant eruption with the light from a row of shops; the others, lined with houses, was almost deserted, for the people, drawn like moths by the glare, crowded and jostled under the lights. It was Saturday night, and Waterloo, by immemorial habit, h... read more
This title features an introduction by Eric Lomax. Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. When she is captured she joins a group of other European women and children whom the Japanese force to march for miles through the jungle - an experience that... read more
"A gut punch of a book in the style of Le Guin, Atwood, and Butler. Claire G. Coleman's debut novel blazes with truth." -- Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble
Terra Nullius (def): land belonging to no one; no man's land
"Jacky was running. There was no thought in his he... read more
|Awards:||Shortlisted for Miles Franklin Literary Award 2016.|
A few weeks after finishing their final exams, high school sweethearts have an argument at a party. Joe wants to go--Jen begs him to stay. They fight in the corridor, following their usual script, and then he walks out and leaves her.
A few hours later she dies.
Three years on, a... read more
A profound, unputdownable, epic thriller set in Bombay - a standalone novel and a sequel to the international bestseller Shantaram"Roberts is brilliant at creating a sense of menace and projecting the constant tension of the escaped convict ... crucially, he is also a man who love... read more
|Awards:||Winner of Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature: Fiction Award 2004 and NSW Premier's Literary Award Christina Stead Prize for Fiction 2003 and Australian Literature Society Gold Medal 2003.|
I disapproved of bankers, on principle. Not that I knew any. Until this job, I had worked and made friends with people who shared my views. Mostly moral, mostly kind. An unlikely candidate, then, for the job of executive speechwriter, to be putting words in the mouths o... read more