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"I do not hesitate to declare that the natives of New South Wales possess a considerable portion of that acumen, or sharpness of intellect, which bespeaks genius." In 1788 Watkin Tench stepped ashore at Sydney Cove with the First Fleet. This curious young captain of the marines ... read more

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When her husband of three decades announces he has a younger lover and wants a divorce, Ella Ferguson realises how protected her life has been-she has 'seen no evil, heard no evil and spoken no evil'. Alone, enraged, she must come to terms with her failed marria... read more

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Awards:Winner of Australian Literature Society Gold Medal 1956.

Handsome, proud, reprehensible, misunderstood. Dominic Langton is the dark heart of A Difficult Young Man. His brother Guy can scarcely understand where he fits into the pattern of things or what he might do next. Martin Boyd's much loved novel is an elegant, witty and compelling family tale about the contradictions of growing up.

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Adrian Sherd is a teenage boy in Melbourne of the 1950s - the last years before television and the family car changed suburbia forever. Earnest and isolated, tormented by his hormones and his religious devotion, Adrian dreams of elaborate orgies with American film s... read more

A Lifetime on Clouds: Text Classics
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It was the end of an era; a year of 'outlandish happenings'; a time when everything seemed to change for Charlie Reeve, a daydreaming lad growing up in a small town on the Mornington Peninsula. His teacher and dad are giving him a hard time, his neighbour Squid ke... read more

All The Green Year - Text Classics
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Awards: 1977: Tasmanian Literary Awards for The Creek Way 1978: Grenfell Henry Lawson Awards, 2nd prize for A Dog that Squeaked 1979: Fellowship of Australian Writers, Qld (FAWQ), R. Carson Gold Award for The Snake and Bad Tom 1980: The South Pacific Association for Commonwealth Language and Literature Studies Award for The Rages of Mrs Torrens (jointly with Elizabeth Jolley) 1983: National Book Council Award for The Home Girls

Abandoned by her feckless husband during the Depression, Amy decides to leave her country town - and her three infant children - and try her luck in the big smoke. Life in wartime Sydney is far from easy, but for Amy there are the hard-won satisfactions of an office job and a house ... read more

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It's hot, dry and sweaty on Ash Road, where Graham, Harry and Wallace are getting their first taste of independence, camping, just the three of them. When they accidentally light a bushfire no one would have guessed how far it would go. All along Ash Road fathers go off to figh... read more

Ash Road: Text Classics
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50 years after its original publication, Aunts Up The Cross remains a perennial classic of Australian childhood. Growing up in the 1930s in a grand old home in Sydney's bohemian Kings Cross, Robin Dalton experienced a childhood of curiosity and wonder. Raised by a bevy of idiosy... read more

Aunts Up the Cross
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Fifty years after its first publication, Robin Boyd's bestselling The Australian Ugliness remains the definitive statement on how we live and think in the environments we create for ourselves. In it Boyd railed against Australia's promotion of ornament, decorative approach to d... read more

Australian Ugliness
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"A group of Jewish refugees are thrown together on board a dilapidated freighter charting a course for Australia. Fleeing terrible scenes of destruction in Europe, they are bound by a deep sense of loss and the uncertainty of their fate. As the ship lists, inner confl... read more

Between Sky  Sea: Text Classics
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"At the world's end, it is Sunday afternoon in February. Through the edge of the forest a soldier moves without any idea he's caught in a mesh of sunlight and shade. Corporal Halloran's this fellow's name. He's a lean boy taking long strides through the Sabbath... read more

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Barbara Baynton's short-story collection Bush Studies is famous for its stark realism - for not romanticising bush life, instead showing all its bleakness and harshness. Economic of style, influenced by the great nineteenth-century Russian novelists, Baynton presents the... read more

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