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."
In the dying town of Drylands, Janet Deakin sells papers to lonely locals. At night, in her flat above the newsagency, she attempts to write a novel for a world in which no one reads--'full of people, she envisaged, glaring at a screen that glared glassily back'. Drylands is the story of the townsfolk's ...Show more
Two novellas, delving into our connections with those we love, and the pain of breaking those connections. Introduced by Michael Sala.In Honour, Kathleen and Frank are amicably separated, and share the parenting of their young daughter, Flo. But when Frank finds a new partner and wants a divorce, Kathle ...Show more
After the Great War, Richard Lovat Somers, a writer, and Harriet, his wife, leave disillusioned Europe for Australia. There Somers falls into the company of charismatic fascist 'Kangaroo'. The young writer struggles with his past and his personal ideology as he finds himself in a deadly tug-of-war betwe ...Show more
Simon and Flora Beaufort have three perfect children and a comfortable, happy life in London. When Flora takes the children for a month-long vacation in France, Simon stays home to work on his latest film project...what could go wrong? A Pure Clear Lightexamines a marriage at the moment it goes haplessl ...Show more
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize In The Essence of the Thing, Madeleine St John takes us deep into the territory of the human heart. Nicola should never have stepped out to buy that pack of cigarettes, because the man she discovers in her living room on her return is not the Jonathan she has been shar ...Show more
The most unusual tennis tournament in history is about to start. Einstein's seeded fourth. Chaplin, Freud and van Gogh are also in the top rankings. World number one is Tony Chekhov. In all, 128 of the world's most creative players - everyone from Louis Armstrong to George Orwell, Gertrude Stein to Coco ...Show more
Set in the leafy northern suburbs of Sydney during the 1940s, The Watch Tower is a novel of relentless and acute psychological power. Following their father's death, Laura and Clare are withdrawn from their elite private boarding school by their mother. As their mother slowly withdraws from them, the t ...Show more
A classic novel by a superb observer of contemporary manners, The Women in Black illuminates on every page the extraordinariness of ordinary lives. It's Sydney in the late 1950s, and the Ladies' Cocktail Frocks department of the famous F.G. Goode department store is bracing itself for the Christma ...Show more
Wake in Fright tells the tale of John Grant's journey into an alcoholic, sexual and spiritual nightmare. It is the original and the greatest outback horror story. Bundanyabba and its citizens will forever haunt its readers.