Book List in Order: 20 titles

  • When the tourist ship Malekula arrives at a tropic island in the the Pacific the crushing heat and the looming hurricane intensify the hostilities and frustrations of the egocentric people on board. And when the hurricane bursts on the island the hav...



  • In 1930 the superintendent of a mission on a Queensland island, driven mad by his wife’s death, goes on a murderous rampage. Fearing for their lives, the other whites arm a young Indigenous man and order him to shoot Uncle Boss dead. The Multiple E...


  • With her husband gone and her memory failing, Kathleen faces old age alone, until her children's callousness and self-absorption force her to take dramatic steps to retain her beloved freedom. By the author of The Slow Natives. ...


  • Torn apart by conflict, the Leversons--music teacher Bernard, bored with his marriage and career; his unfaithful wife, Iris; and their rebellious teenage son, Keith--rediscover new meaning in their lives and relationships through tragedy....


  • In The Genteel Poverty Bus Company, a lone man foils the capitalistic efforts of a developer-magnate, and the same developer's wife leaves her fat-cat husband for a mission at Bukki Bay in Inventing the Weather. ...


  • Leverson, the narrator at the centre of these stories, calls himself a 'people freak.' Seduced by north Queensland's sultry beauty and unique strangeness, he is as fascinated by the invading hordes of misfits from the south as by the old established ...


  • At the center of these eight interconnected tales of Australian life is the brooding narrator Leverson, a keen observer of the varied human types flooding into beautiful Queensland, whose every story explores human weakness and strength...







  • "A young Australian woman, the daughter of an American musician, looks back on the people and forces that shaped her life.Beautifully written."" - Publishers Weekly ""Intelligent, fresh, and new."" - Kirkus First published in 1990. Winner of the ...


  • The story of Taws, an Australian town about to celebrate its 20th anniversary. But one man is not about to celebrate. Returning from 15 years exile, he is intent on reminding the town of the brutal acts they perpetrated during their early years of se...




  • This novel about the Laffey family, set in turn-of-the-century Australia, is written by the author of "Well-Dressed Explorer", one of three of her novels which have won the Miles Franklin Award and "A Kindness Cup" which won the Australian Book of th...



  • On Kristi, a tiny Pacific island jointly ruled by France and England, a group of half-castes, native Melanesians, and sympathetic colonials grab for independence and Gavi Salway, grandson of an old-time planter, is torn between loyalties...




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    First published in 1960, this novel centres on three sensitive, emotional individuals in a narrow-minded country town. Two schoolteachers are drawn to each other by their shared qualities of honesty, tolerance, and dsire to understand. They also shar...






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    In her flat above Drylands' newsagency, Janet Deakin is writing a book for the world's last reader. Little has changed in her 50 years, except for the coming of cable TV. Loneliness is almost a religion, and still everyone knows your business. But th...