|Awards:||Long-listed for Miles Franklin Literary Award 2015.|
Once an artist and teacher, Jen now spends her time watching the birds around her house and tending her lush sub-tropical garden near the small town where she grew up. The only person she sees regularly is Henry, who comes after school for drawing lessons.
When a girl in Henry's cla... read more
David Donald is a simple boy with an amazing bowling arm. He's a spinner who becomes the stuff of legend. His guardian, Uncle Michael, is also a spinner - a great Australian bullshit artist, a shyster and mythmaker. Together, David and Michael will rout the English and reveal more than a little about the shaping of the Australian psyche.
The Bus on Thursday by Shirley Barrett is a darkly humorous audiobook about one woman's post-cancer retreat to a remote Australian town and the horrors awaiting her.
It wasn't just the bad breakup that turned Eleanor Mellett's life upside down. It was the cancer. An... read more
Jaxie dreads going home. His mum?s dead. The old man bashes him without mercy, and he wishes he was an orphan. But no one?s ever told Jaxie Clackton to be careful what he wishes for. In one ter... read more
|Reading Level:||very good|
|Awards:||Winner of the Stella Prize 2013 Winner of the NSW Premier's Literary Awards' Christina Stead Prize 2013 Shortlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award 2013 Finalist of the Melbourne Prize for Literature for Best Writing Award 2012 Shortlisted for the VIC Premier's Literary Awards' Prize for Fiction 2013 Longlisted for The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2013 (formerly The Orange Prize) Longlisted for Nita B Kibble Literary Awards for Women Writers' Kibble Literary Award 2013|
On the outskirts of an Australian country town in the 1950s, a lonely farmer trains his binoculars on a family of kookaburras that roost in a tree near his house. Harry observes the kookaburras through a year of feast, famine, birth, death, war, romance and song.
As Harry watches the birds, his ... read more
Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in rural south eastern Australia. Together they embark upon the Redex Trial, a brutal car race around the continent, over roads no car can ever quite survive. Set during the 1950s in the dying embers of ... read more
|Awards:||Winner of Dobbie Award 2008 and Commonwealth Writer's Best First Book for the Pacific Region 2008.|
The Anatomy of Wings is a touching and funny novel by a fast-emerging Australian author who is catching the eye of awards judges around the country and publishers internationally. Ten-year-old Jennifer Day lives in a small mining town full of secrets. Trying to make sense of the sudden death of her te... read more
'There's no denying the beauty and opulence of Morrissey's rendering of place . . . She is a master of the genre' Weekend AustralianIn the 1930s, in an isolated and beautiful corner of southern Tasmania, a young wife arrives at her husband's secluded property - Arcadia. Stella, an... read more
'Looking back on it now, I can see it was instant. The second we locked eyes. Boom. Just like that. And despite the carnage it brought to all our lives, I don't regret it.'Mel is living the dream. She's a successful GP, married to a charming anaesthetist and raising a be... read more