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 Australian Fiction

Series:Text Classics

"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 was a natural storytell... read more

1788 - Text Classics
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 Australian Fiction

Series:Text Classics
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.

A Difficult Young Man - Text Classics
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 Australian Fiction

Series:Text Classics Ser.
Reading Level:very good

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 keeps getting him into trouble, and his... read more

All The Green Year
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 Australian Fiction

Series:Text Classics
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 of her own. Until h... read more

Amy's Children
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 Australian Fiction

Series:Text Classics

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 approa... read more

Australian Ugliness
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Category:

 Australian Fiction

Series:Text Classics

"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 heat." A South Pacific penal colony in t... read more

Bring Larks And Heroes - Text Classics
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 Australian Fiction

Series:Text Classics
Reading Level:Teen - Grade 7-9, Age 12-14

Seymour is bored and lonely, and running from a gang of kids when he opens a back-lane gate. And there is Angie. She is older than Seymour, confident, cool and alluring, and she treats him with the affection of an older sister. Seymour is capt... read more

Came Back to Show You I Could Fly: Text Classics
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 Australian Fiction

Series:Text Classics Ser.
Awards:Winner of Miles Franklin Literary Award 1963.

Based on the childhood of Sumner Locke Elliot, this novel is set in the Great Depression. PB, an orphan, lives a secure working-class life in Sydney. That's all about to change, however, when his Aunt Vanessa arrives from London and scoops him up to raise him as her own child."

Careful, He Might Hear You - Text Classics
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 Australian Fiction

Series:Text Classics Ser.

'Helen Garner writes the best sentences in Australia.'Bulletin Janet is a skeptic, a journalist; Maxine revels in New Age fantasies; and Ray, a drifter, is a born-again Christian. The common ground is the house they share. But their fragile domestic balance is ... read more

Cosmo Cosmolino - Text Classics
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 Australian Fiction

Series:Text Classics
Awards:Winner of Victorian Premier's Literary Award 1995. Shortlisted for Miles Franklin Literary Award 1995.

This is Albion Gidley Singer at the pen, a man with a weakness for a good fact. The first fact is always the hardest: you have to begin somewhere, and such is the nature of this intractable universe that the only thing you can start with is yourself. Dark Places, a companion novel to Lilian’s Story, i... read more

Dark Places - Text Classics
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Category:

 Australian Fiction

Series:Text Classics

Introduced by Shane Maloney Down on his luck and hard up for cash, Carl works in the kitchen of a seedy rock 'n' roll joint in ethnically diverse Brunswick. The bouncers and bosses terrify him, he's desperately in love with a much younger Greek waitress, and to make matters worse his mother has come t... read more

Death in Brunswick - Text Classic
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 Australian Fiction

Series:Text Classics
Awards:Shortlisted for Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature: Fiction Award 2008 and Queensland Premier's Literary Awards: Best Fiction Book 2008 and Age Book of the Year 2008 and NSW Premier's Literary Award Christina Stead Prize for Fiction 2008.

"She pouts. I was expecting more of a story, she says. It is difficult to get into the swing when the subject keeps changing." An ageing writer fills his journal: he has opinions about everything. He is challenged by Anya, the smart, irreverent young woman he hires to type his notes. Anya's boyfriend ... read more

Diary of a Bad Year - Text Classics
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