The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore

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Courtesy Harper Loneliness, loss of faith and alcoholism in 1950s Ireland are just some of the “cheerful” themes Brian Moore tackles in his portrayal of Judith Hearne. The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne was first published in 1955 under the simple title of Judith Hearne and was Moore’s first book penned under his own name. It is still regarded today as ...

Red Dust by Fleur McDonald

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Courtesy Allen & Unwin This outback saga combines crime and intrigue with romance and mateship as it tracks a young woman’s plight to succeed in what many consider a man’s world. Red Dust Red Dust is the story of Gemma Sinclair, a young Australian farmer who has just buried her husband after witnessing him die in a light aircraft crash that at ...

Lovesong by Alex Miller

Courtesy Allen & Unwin Deservedly shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards 2010, Lovesong by Alex Miller is a beautiful book celebrating the complexities of love. Miller wrote the book in two years for no other reason than his own pleasure and describes the final result as being more complicated that he first set out for it to be. There are stories ...

Indelible Ink by Fiona McGregor

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Courtesy Scribe Publication What Christos Tsiolkas did for Melbourne in his Booker-longlisted novel The Slap, Fiona McGregor has mirrored for Sydney in her latest novel Indelible Ink. Both thought-provoking books take an uncomfortable in-your-face look at a side of Australian society that is not pretty. Fitting then that Tsiolkas rates McGregor amongst his favourite Australian authors. About Indelible Ink When 59-year-old Marie King finds herself ...

The Plantation by Di Morrissey

Courtesy of Pan Macmillan Australian author Di Morrissey’s novel The Plantation is a family saga set amongst the rubber plantations of Malaysia pre- and post-World War II. Morrissey is well-renown for writing about Australians at home in their native country and abroad, and in true Morrissey style, The Plantation crisscrosses between modern-day Malaysia, the time before and during the war and independence when the ...

Worse Things Happen at Sea by William McInnes and Sarah Watt

Courtesy of Hatchette Worse Things Happen at Sea by Australian actor William McInnes and his wife, filmmaker and animator Sarah Watts, is a wonderful celebration of Australian life, families, relationships, parenting, renovating and much more. Each chapter, written by either William or Sarah, takes an intimate look at a stage or event in their lives that has ...

PERFECT PASSAGE OF PROSE… from a book I have read

Courtesy of Allen & Unwin Lovesong by Alex Miller, page 59 The change had slipped over the happy simplicity of their lives like the change of a season, the moment when you turn and quietly close a door and retreat a little into yourself. She had watched Sabiha falling in love and not knowing she was falling ...