Adult Fiction

Twenty years after the first boy vanished along the Brisbane River, psychologist Madeleine Jeffries is called home to help untangle a chain of similar disappearances. To do so she must confront secrets and guilt from her own past.

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A Most Peculiar Act

Set in a 1940s Darwin fringe camp, A Most Peculiar Act follows the exploits and adventures of sixteen-year-old Sugar and her resistance to the ludicrous policy of assimilation.

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The Mothers

In 1917, while the world is at war, Alma and her children are living in a sleep-out at the back of Mrs Lovett’s house in working-class Footscray. When Alma falls pregnant, her daughter Molly is born in secret. As Molly grows up, there is a man who sometimes follows her on her way to school.

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TheTurner House

The Turners have lived on Yarrow Street for over fifty years. Their house has seen thirteen children grown and gone – and some returned; it has seen the arrival of grandchildren, the fall of Detroit’s East Side, the loss of a father.

The house still stands despite abandoned lots, an embattled city, and the inevitable shift outward to the suburbs.

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The Coroner’s Lunch

The Coroner’s Lunch beguiles and fascinates as it shows us not only an exotic place and an intriguing people, but also reveals their soul.
Set in Laos, once part of Indochina, recently taken over by the Communist Pathet Lao party, its protagonist, Dr Siri Paiboun, is a physician trained in Paris. for lack of other candidates – most of the educated class has fled – he has been appointed chief coroner.

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War and its aftermath change the lives of everyone they touch. In 1946 the Japanese War Crime Trials begin in Tokyo, where General MacArthur is initiating his grand strategy for converting Japan to a democracy, and a bastion against Asian communism. Bill Liston, an Australian law lecturer conscripted to assist in the prosecutions, is embroiled in the dubious legal manoeuverings and questionable summary justice.

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Swallow the Air

When May’s mother dies suddenly, she and her brother Billy are taken in by Aunty. However, their loss leaves them both searching for their place in a world that doesn’t seem to want them. While Billy takes his own destructive path, May sets off to find her father and her Aboriginal identity. Her journey leads her from the Australian east coast to the far north, but it is the people she meets, not the destinations, that teach her what it is to belong.

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The Broken Shore

Sir Samuel Griffith belonged to an age in which a person could fully explore their diverse interests and make a significant contribution to the community in not one but many fields.

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Their Brilliant Careers

In Their Brilliant Careers, Ryan O’Neill has written a hilarious novel in the guise of sixteen biographies of (invented) Australian writers. Meet Rachel Deverall, who unearthed the secret source of the great literature of our time – and paid a terrible price for her discovery. Meet Rand Washington, hugely popular sci-fi author (of Whiteman of LCor) and inverterate racist. Meet Addison Tiller, master of the bush yarn, “The Chekhov of Coolabah”, who never travelled outside Sydney. [click to continue…]

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The Glass Kingdom

In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

Ben and his sidekick, Mikey, work the Target Ball stand in a ramshackle carnival travelling up the east coast. Ben is trying to put his time in the army behind him and make some money. Mikey— AKA Mekong Delta, Fremantle’s answer to Fifty Cent—wants to work on his flow and impress girls.

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The Heat

Wyatt needs a job. A bank job would be nice, or a security van hold-up. As long as he doesn’t have to work with cocky idiots and strung-out meth-heads like the Pepper brothers. That’s the sort of miscalculation that buys you the wrong kind of time. So he contacts a man who in the past […]

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The Floating Garden

Sydney, Milsons Point, 1926. Entire streets are being demolished for the building of the Harbour Bridge. Ellis Gilbey, landlady by day, gardening writer by night, is set to lose everything. Only the faith in the book she s writing, and hopes for a garden of her own, stave off despair. As the tight-knit community splinters […]

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On Brunswick Ground

In the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick, a female narrator, who remains unnamed and is of indeterminate (European) origin, is trying to come to terms with the absence of Jack, the man she loves. He has suffered a partial memory loss. In a bar she meets Bernice, a radio personality, on the shady side of her […]

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Ghost River

Archie Kemp knows trouble when he sees it, and he sees it when 13-year-old Sonny Brewer moves in next door. But life for the dirt- poor kid of an alcoholic father in hard-knocks Collingwood can be brutal, violent even, so it’s lucky for Sonny he finds a friend in Archie’s stepson, Ren … and both […]

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This stunning and intoxicating novel speaks of passion and obsession, ranging in setting from an Australian rainforest to Boston and Toronto. A mysterious and elusive love affair haunts the lives of three women in Australia.

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A Few Days in the Country and Other Stories

ONE DAY, Alice said, ‘Eric Lane wants to take me to-’ For the first time, her mother attended, standing still. Eric was brought to the house, and Eric and Alice were married before there was time to say ‘knife’.

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Anchor Point

When her mother disappears into the bush, ten-year-old Laura makes an impulsive decision that will haunt her for decades. Despite her anger and grief, she sets about running the house, taking care of her younger sister, and helping her father clear their wild acreage to carve out a farm.

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A Loving, Faithful Animal

Your father, his head is a ghost trap. It’s all he can do to open his mouth without letting them all howl out. Even so, you can still see them, sliding around the dark behind his eyes . . .

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The country we were drive through was flat as an iron and bone dry. The sky was big, blue and empty, except for a flaming ball of sun, low in the sky. It had tracked us all day like a satellite and it looked about ready to explode.

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The Family Men

When you’re born into a dynasty of champions, any sin will be forgiven so long as you maintain the winning streak. But what if that’s not the life you want? Harry’s success as a footballer is predestined; the territory that comes with a superstar father, and all the Club asks in return is loyalty and […]

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