Games of the Strong, by Glenda Adams

Games of the Strong, by Glenda Adams

Synopsis “I am always interested in versions of the truth,” notes Neila, the principal character of Games of the Strong, with characteristic understatement. Neila’s world, the Complex, is a place where nothing can be accepted at face value; where no...
Ask Hercules Quick, by Ursula Dubosarsky

Ask Hercules Quick, by Ursula Dubosarsky

Synopsis “Hercules Quick longs to buy a box of magic tricks he has seen in a toy shop window. The box costs a lot of money. ‘How much money do I have in my piggy bank?’ he asks. ‘Actually,’ says Aunt Alligator, ‘you don’t have...
Country Girl Again, by Jean Bedford

Country Girl Again, by Jean Bedford

Synopsis “Her stories tell of women living in a small country town, court in situations they are powerless to change. She writes of women trapped, women ostracised, women on the edge of madness, women alone with their guild and pain and desperation, women simply...
The Life, by Malcolm Knox

The Life, by Malcolm Knox

Synopsis “He looked into the Pacific and the Pacific looked back into him.” The Life tells the story of former-world-champion Australian surfer, Dennis Keith, from inside the very heart of the fame and madness that is ‘The Life’. Now bloated...
The Well Dressed Explorer, by Thea Astley

The Well Dressed Explorer, by Thea Astley

Synopsis “George Brewster is the well-dressed explorer. As his career in journalism takes him from city to city, from mistress to mistress, he takes with him his ever-patient wife. Fastidious, pompous and master of the cliche, throughout it all George persists...
Burning with Passion, by Emma Darcy

Burning with Passion, by Emma Darcy

Synopsis “February the fourteenth … a day made for romance…” ST. VALENTINE’S DAY is a special day for lovers all over the world. And this year it has a special significance for Caitlin Ross. This year she is sure that David Hartley will...
Across the Sea Wall, by Christopher Koch

Across the Sea Wall, by Christopher Koch

Synopsis “During the early 1950s, many young Australians made the traditional pilgrimage to Europe by ship. Meanwhile, a wave og post-war European migrants was coming the other way: ‘Displaced Persons’; refugees from the havoc of the Second World...
Edens Lost, by Sumner Locke Elliott

Edens Lost, by Sumner Locke Elliott

Synopsis “Come to us,” Mrs St. James had said. To seventeen-year-old Angus, alone, orphaned, restless, it is a tempting invitation. Talk of Hitler and war looms ominously in the air and Angus is bored with his dreary life in the city. Drawn by the...
Candy, by Luke Davies

Candy, by Luke Davies

Synopsis “Candy is beside me, drenched in sweat. She’s breathing gently, long slow breaths. I imagine her soul going in and out: wanting to leave, wanting to come back, wanting to leave, wanting to come back. The day will soon harden into what we need to...
On, Off, by Colleen McCullough

On, Off, by Colleen McCullough

Synopsis “At the heart of this blend of suspense, forensic science, eerie and sadistic sexuality, and good old-fashioned storytelling is a dedicated but lonely detective, Lieutenant Carmine Delmonico. The year is 1965, the setting a university town in...
Strike at the Heart, by Emma Darcy

Strike at the Heart, by Emma Darcy

Synopsis “At heart I’m the last of the great romantics.” Jackie Mulholland scorned Sunny King’s extravagant boasts. Everything about the Australian movie director who had become her next-door neighbor irritated her: his opulent mansion, his...
The All-the-Way Man, by Joyce Dingwell

The All-the-Way Man, by Joyce Dingwell

Synopsis “An involvement’s the last thing I want.” Tim Fortescue was a confirmed cynic when it came to women he wasn’t going to repeat his ancestor’s mistakes. And besides, his outback cattle station was strictly a man’s world. But...
A Whisper of Wings, by Paul Kidd

A Whisper of Wings, by Paul Kidd

Synopsis “A Whisper of Wings” chronicles a time of spiritual crisis in the lives of a non-human race of hunter/gatherers known as the Kashra. As disaster looms over their stagnant and calcified culture, two Messiahs arise — each one pure in their...
Kittyhawk Down, by Garry Disher

Kittyhawk Down, by Garry Disher

Synopsis “A missing two-year-old girl, and the body of an unidentified drowning victim have brought Homicide Squad Inspector Hal Challis, of the Peninsula Police Force, to Bushrangers Bay at the Australian seaside not far from Melbourne. All is not idyllic in...
Jungfrau, by Dymphna Cusack

Jungfrau, by Dymphna Cusack

Synopsis ‘Women are cursed, all right. If you wither on the virgin stem you go all pathological; if you go off the deep end you get some foul disease; and if you marry and have dozens of young you die of exhaustion.’ These seem to be the options for women in 1936, but...
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