Get your copy of The Bodysurfers here. Liza used to say that she saw her past life as a string of roughly-graded balls, and so did Hilda have a linear conception of hers, thinking of it as a track with detours.
But for some years now I have likened mine to a globe suspended in my head, and ever since the shocking realisation that waste is irretrievalbe, I have been careful not to let this globe spin to expose the nether side on which my marriage has left its multitude of images. Nora Porteous has spent most of her life waiting to escape. Fleeing from her small-town family and then from her stifling marriage to a mean-spirited husband, Nora arrives finally in London where she creates a new life for herself as a successful dressmaker.
But Nora has been away a long time, and the people and events of her past are not at all like she remembered them. Get your copy of Tirra Lirra by the River here. Everyone has their cross to bear — their swag, their shiralee — and for Macauley, walking across New South Wales in search of work, it is his young daughter who has to suffer his resentment at having her in tow. But then, he discovers that the ties that bind can be as much a comfort as a burden, and what he thought of as his Shiralee could be the one thing that will save him from himself.
This classic Australian novel perfectly captures the spirit of the bush and the tough, resilient people of the outback.
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Get your copy of The Shiralee here. This astonishing range is topped and tailed by accounts of the uneasy reunion of a young Vietnamese writer in America with his ex-soldier father, and by the title story — the escape of a group of exhausted refugees from the Vietcong in a wallowing boat. But this criminally talented year-old can do that as well. Get your copy of The Boat here. In William Thornhill, a man of quick temper and deep feelings, is transported from the slums of London to New South Wales for the term of his natural life.
With his wife Sal and their children he arrives in a harsh land he cannot understand.
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But the colony can turn a convict into a free man. Eight years later Thornhill sails up the Hawkesbury to claim a hundred acres for himself. Aboriginal people already live on that river. And other recent arrivals—Thomas Blackwood, Smasher Sullivan and Mrs Herring—are finding their own ways to respond to them. Thornhill, a man neither better nor worse than most, soon has to make the most difficult choice of his life.
Inspired by research into her own family history, Kate Grenville vividly creates the reality of settler life, its longings, dangers and dilemmas. The Secret River is a brilliantly written book, a ground-breaking story about identity, belonging and ownership. Get your copy of The Secret River here. Treasured by readers around the world, this is the sweeping saga of three generations of the Cleary family.
Stoic matriarch Fee, her devoted husband, Paddy, and their headstrong daughter, Meggie, experience joy, sadness and magnificent triumph in the cruel Australian outback. For Meggie loves Father Ralph de Bricassart, a man who wields enormous power within the Catholic church …. As powerful, moving and unforgettable as when it originally appeared, The Thorn Birds remains a novel to be read … and read again. Get your copy of The Thorn Birds here.
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Arriving in Sydney just before WWII, Shannon, a dreamer and idealist takes on the world of politics, business, religion and men. At a remote ice station in Antarctica, a team of US scientists has made an amazing discovery. They have found something buried deep within a million-year-old layer of ice. Led by the enigmatic Lieutenant Shane Schofield, a team of crack United States Marines is sent to the station to secure this discovery for their country. They are a tight unit, tough and fearless.
They would follow their leader into hell. They just did. Get your copy of Ice Station here. As Voss is tested by hardship, mutiny, and betrayal during his crossing of the brutal Australian desert, Laura awaits his return in Sydney, where she endures their months of separation as if her life were a dream and Voss the only reality. Marrying a sensitive rendering of hidden love with a stark adventure narrative, Voss is a novel of extraordinary power and virtuosity from a twentieth-century master. Get your copy of Voss here. The occasion is a piano lesson, the first of many….
Get your copy of Maestro here. Once upon a time that was called , before all fishes in the sea and all living things on the land were destroyed, there was a man named William Buelow Gould, a white convict who fell in love with a black woman and discovered too late that to love is not safe.
Silly Billy Gould, invader of Australia, liar, murderer and forger, was condemned to the most feared penal colony in the British Empire and there ordered to paint a book of fish. Praise is an utterly frank and darkly humorous novel about being young in the Australia of the s. 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. Get your copy of Praise here. Abandoned in a big city at the onset of winter, a hungry four-year-old boy follows a stray dog to her lair. Weak and hairless, with his useless nose and blunt little teeth, Romochka is ashamed of what a poor dog he makes. Fortunately—because one day Romochka will have to learn how to be a boy. The story of the child raised by beasts is timeless. But in Dog Boy Eva Hornung has created such a vivid and original telling, so viscerally convincing, that it becomes not just new but definitive:.
Get your copy of Dog Boy here. From the sensuality of his early boyhood experiences, Porter travels ever-observantly through his Baimsdale school years to his first job as a cadet reporter. I also wanted to shame the publishers for letting something this valuable, and loved, drop out of print. In a world struggling back from the brink of apocalypse, life is harsh. But for Elspeth Gordie, born with enhanced mental abilities that would see her sterilised or burned if discovered, it is also dangerous.
There is only survival by secrecy, and so she determines never to use her forbidden powers. But it is as if they have their own imperative, and their use inevitably brings her to the attention of the totalitarian Council that rules the Land. On the verge of her fourteenth birthday, Plum knows her life will change.
But she has no idea how. Over the coming weeks, her beautiful neighbour Maureen will show her how she might fly. Her adored older brothers will court catastrophe in worlds that she barely knows exist. And her friends — her worst enemies — will tease and test, smelling weakness.
They will try to lead her on and take her down. Get your copy of Butterfly here. He taught his son always to make up his mind, and then change it. An impossible, brilliant, restless man, he just wanted the world to listen to him — and the trouble started when the world did. As a boy, Terry was the local sporting hero. Now that his father is dead, Jasper can try making some sense of his outrageous schemes to make the world a better place. Haunted by his own mysteriously missing mother and a strange recurring vision, Jasper has one abiding question: Is he doomed to become the lunatic who raised him, or a different kind of lunatic entirely?
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