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Author: Kate Grenville Genre: Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Historical & War
What if Elizabeth Macarthur—wife of the notorious John Macarthur, wool baron in the earliest days of Sydney—had written a shockingly frank secret memoir? And what if novelist Kate Grenville had miraculously found and published it? That’s the starting point for A Room Made of Leaves, a playful dance of possibilities between the real and the invented.   Marriage to a ruthless bully, the impulses of her heart, the search for power in a society that gave women none: this Elizabeth Macarthur manages her complicated life with spirit and passion, cunning and sly wit. Her memoir lets us hear—at last!—what one of...
Author: Melina Marchetta Genre: Children & Young Adults, Fantasy & Sci-Fi
2008 Printz Award Winner Melina Marchetta crafts an epic fantasy of ancient magic, exile, feudal intrigue, and romance that rivets from the first page. Finnikin was only a child during the five days of the unspeakable, when the royal family of Lumatere were brutally murdered, and an imposter seized the throne. Now a curse binds all who remain inside Lumatere’s walls, and those who escaped roam the surrounding lands as exiles, persecuted and despairing, dying by the thousands in fever camps. In a narrative crackling with the tension of an imminent storm, Finnikin, now on the cusp of manhood, is...
Author: Melina Marchetta Genre: Children & Young Adults, Fantasy & Sci-Fi
From master storyteller Melina Marchetta comes an exhilarating new fantasy springing from her celebrated epic, Finnikin of the Rock. Three years after the curse on Lumatere was lifted, Froi has found his home . . . or so he believes. Fiercely loyal to the Queen and Finnikin, Froi has been taken roughly and lovingly in hand by the Guard sworn to protect the royal family, and has learned to control his quick temper with a warrior's discipline. But when he is sent on a secretive mission to the kingdom of Charyn, nothing could have prepared him for what he finds in...
Author: Matthew Reilly Genre: Fantasy & Sci-Fi
The no. 1 bestseller from Australia's favourite novelist, author of the Scarecrow series and the Jack West Jr series with new novel Mr Einstein's Secretary out now. 'Audacious and staggeringly imaginative' - Weekend Australian THE END IS HERE Jack West Jr has made it to the Supreme Labyrinth. Now he faces one last race - against multiple rivals, against time, against the collapse of the universe itself - a headlong race that will end at a throne inside the fabled labyrinth. AN IMPOSSIBLE MAZE But the road will be hard. For this is a maze like no other: a maze of mazes. Uncompromising...
Author: Christine Piper Genre: Feel Good Fiction
Winner of the Australian/Vogel's Literary Award 2014. It is early 1942 and Australia is in the midst of war. While working at a Japanese hospital in the pearling port of Broome, Dr Ibaraki is arrested as an enemy alien and sent to Loveday internment camp in a remote corner of South Australia. There, he learns to live among a group of men who are divided by culture and allegiance. As tensions at the isolated camp escalate, the doctor's long-held beliefs are thrown into question and he is forced to confront his dark past: the promise he made in Japan and...
Author: Chris Hammer Genre: Suspence & Thrillers
Set in a fictional Riverina town at the height of a devastating drought, Scrublands is one of the most powerful, compelling and original crime novels to be written in Australia. Winner of the 2019 CWA Dagger New Blood Award for Best First Crime Novel In an isolated country town brought to its knees by endless drought, a charismatic and dedicated young priest calmly opens fire on his congregation, killing five parishioners before being shot dead himself. A year later, troubled journalist Martin Scarsden arrives in Riversend to write a feature on the anniversary of the tragedy. But the stories he hears from...
Author: Tara June Winch Genre: Contemporary Fiction
The yield in English is the reaping, the things that man can take from the land. In the language of the Wiradjuri yield is the things you give to, the movement, the space between things: baayanha. Knowing that he will soon die, Albert ‘Poppy’ Gondiwindi takes pen to paper. His life has been spent on the banks of the Murrumby River at Prosperous House, on Massacre Plains. Albert is determined to pass on the language of his people and everything that was ever remembered. He finds the words on the wind. August Gondiwindi has been living on the other side of the world for ten...
Author: Geraldine Brooks Genre: Historical & War
From the Pulitzer Prize winning author of March and People of the Book comes a vivid and unique new novel for lovers of sweeping historical fiction and books about iconic racehorses like Seabiscuit and Secretariat WINNER OF THE FICTION INDIE BOOK AWARDS 2023 WINNER OF THE ANISFIELD-WOLF BOOK AWARDS 2023 SHORTLISTED FOR THE ARA HISTORICAL NOVEL PRIZE 2022 SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKPEOPLE ADULT FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2023 WINNER OF THE DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE FOR FICTION 2023 'He tilted his desk lamp so that the light fell on the image. The head of a bright bay colt gazed out of the canvas,...
Author: Debra Adelaide Genre: Contemporary Fiction
From the bestselling author of The Household Guide to Dying comes a funny and moving account of life in the country. The Captain and his wife accidentally find themselves managing the Hotel Albatross. The Captain floats between the hotel's various bars: chatting to and chatting up customers, breaking up fights, and dealing calmly with the simmering tensions of a small town. His wife has her hands full with the day-to-day running of the hotel: mediating between family members fighting over wedding decorations, appeasing disgruntled staff members and dealing with the horror of what lies in room 101. She also dreams of getting...
Author: Chris Hammer Genre: Suspence & Thrillers
The latest stunning thriller from the bestselling author of Scrublands and The Tilt. Yuwonderie's seven founding families have lorded it over their district for a century, growing ever more rich and powerful. But now—in startling circumstances—one of their own is found dead in a ditch and homicide detectives Ivan Lucic and Nell Buchanan are sent to investigate. Could the murder be connected to the execution of the victim's friend thirty years ago—another member of The Seven—or even to the long-forgotten story of a servant girl on the brink of the Great War? What are the secrets The Seven are so desperate to keep...
Author: Charlotte Wood Genre: Non-Fiction
Charlotte Wood's online journal The Writer's Room has become essential reading for writers at all stages of their careers, and also pure reading pleasure for booklovers everywhere. Charlotte's interviews with a wide range of well-known writers range in topic from the subject matter of the writers' work to quite intricate - and intimate - revelations about the ways in which they work. Charlotte's subjects are frank about the failures and successes, the struggles and triumphs of the writing life, and extremely generous in their revelations. A must-read for writers and readers. 'For writers, an indispensable resource; for readers, a pure pleasure.' -...
Author: Rosalie Ham Genre: Contemporary Fiction
'A book that delights, appeals but never waivers in its brutal honesty. If you didn't laugh, you'd cry.' Sue Maslin, producer of The Dressmaker In a quiet farming town somewhere in country New South Wales, war is brewing. The last few years have been punishingly dry, especially for the farmers, but otherwise, it's all Neralie Mackintosh's fault. If she'd never left town then her ex, the hapless but extremely eligible Mitchell Bishop, would never have fallen into the clutches of the truly awful Mandy, who now lords it over everyone as if she owns the place. Now that Neralie has returned,...
Author: Henry Lawson Genre: Classics, Poetry
“Complete Works of Henry Lawson” Contains: •An aesthetic cover page. •A beginning click-able Table of Contents for all titles. •Inner click-able Tables of Contents for all individual books with multiple chapters. •Nicely organized chapters and text. Author’s works include: •SHORT STORIES IN PROSE AND VERSE •WHILE THE BILLY BOILS •VERSES POPULAR AND HUMOROUS •THE ROMANCE OF THE SWAG •SEND ROUND THE HAT •SKYLINE RIDERS AND OTHER VERSES •WHEN I WAS KING AND OTHER VERSES •THE RISING OF THE COURT AND OTHER SKETCHES IN PROSE AND VERSE •FOR AUSTRALIA •TRIANGLES OF LIFE AND OTHER STORIES •MY ARMY, O, MY ARMY! AND...
Author: Miles Franklin Genre: Classics
"My Brilliant Career" is the story of Sybylla, a headstrong young girl growing up in early 20th century Australia. Sybylla rejects the opportunity to marry a wealthy young man in order to maintain her independence. As a consequence she must take a job as a governess to a local family to which her father is indebted. "My Brilliant Career" is an early romantic novel by this popular Australian author.
Author: Melina Marchetta Genre: Children & Young Adults, Fantasy & Sci-Fi
Internationally bestselling and award-winning author Melina Marchetta weaves an accomplished and breathtaking blend of love, suspense and adventure in this unforgettable final volume in her epic fantasy series, The Lumatere Chronicles. Separated from the girl he loves and has sworn to protect, Froi and his companions travel through Charyn searching for Quintana and building an army that will secure her unborn child's right to rule. While in the valley between two kingdoms, Quintana of Charyn and Isaboe of Lumatere come face to face in a showdown that will result in heartbreak for one and power for the other. A dramatic...
Author: Debra Adelaide Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Short Stories
LONGLISTED FOR THE STELLA PRIZE 2014 Debra Adelaide's new collection of short stories intricately maps both the sublime and the mundane landscape of ordinary lives, with her trademark dark wit and luminous intelligence. In Glory in the Flower, distinguished but disillusioned British poet, Bill, crosses the world on the promise of a prestigious literary festival only to find himself roughing it with an unlikely group of amateur poets, with surprising results. One man's attempt to negotiate the Australian taxation system reads like a noir thriller in The Pirate Map, and the minefield of internet dating in Chance artfully balances the...
Author: Charlotte Wood Genre: Non-Fiction
The award-winning author of The Children and Animal People, explores the solitary and shared pleasures of cooking and eating in an ode to good food, prepared and presented with minimum fuss and maximum love. 'A love of food oozes from Charlotte's every pore in this wonderful book. Her recipes and ideas come with great practical advice but even better her warmth and emotional honesty reflect the generosity of food and continually made me smile (sometimes with nudging tears). 'So many tidbits shared, so many 'aha' moments and things I needed to know!' - Maggie Beer 'What's important is the fact of eating together...
Author: Charlotte Wood Genre: Literary Fiction
Joint winner of the Prime Minister's Literary Awards 2016 - Fiction category Winner of the 2016 Stella Prize She hears her own thick voice deep inside her ears when she says, 'I need to know where I am.' The man stands there, tall and narrow, hand still on the doorknob, surprised. He says, almost in sympathy, 'Oh, sweetie. You need to know what you are.' Two women awaken from a drugged sleep to find themselves imprisoned in a broken-down property in the middle of nowhere. Strangers to each other, they have no idea where they are or how they came to be there with eight...
Author: Terry Underwood Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Humour & Satire
In the Middle of Nowhere is a story of beating the odds, of the power of love and the strength of family ties to overcome every obstacle. Terry met John at St Vincents Hospital, where she was training to be a nurse and he was recuperating from a horse-riding accident. They wrote love letters to each other for five years before marrying. Terry's new home on the huge pastoral lease of Riveren consisted of a tent and a newly drilled bore. The newlyweds literally built their station from scratch, brick by brick, and raised and educated their four children on the...
Author: Glenda Guest Genre: Contemporary Fiction
After forty-five years in Sydney, Cassandra Aberline returns to her home town in the Western Australian wheat belt in the same way she left: on the Indian Pacific train. As they cross the emptiness of the vast Australian inland, Cassie travels back through her memories, too, frightened that she’s about to lose them forever—and with them, her last chance to answer the question that has haunted her almost all her life. ‘Platinum sounds expensive,’ she said. ‘But so worth it.’ The travel agent was a master at judging people. ‘And you get so much for it.’ He said a figure...