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  • Thea Astleyby Karen Lamb

    University of Queensland Press 2015; US$ 12.99

    This is the first biography of one of Australia?s most beloved novelists, Thea Astley (1925?2004). Over a 50-year writing career, Astley published more than a dozen novels and short story collections, including The Acolyte , Drylands , and The Slow Natives , and was the first person to win multiple Miles Franklin Awards. With many of her works... more...

  • Kill the Messengerby Nakkiah Lui

    Currency Press 2015; US$ 17.99

    Kill the Messenger is based on a true story about a man in the author’s home suburb of Mount Druitt. One day, in unbearable pain due to undiagnosed stomach cancer, he went to the local hospital, where he was refused care. Then he went to a nearby park and hung himself. Then in 2012 Nakkiah’s grandmother fell through the unmended floor of... more...

  • Caress/Acheby Suzie Miller

    Currency Press 2015; US$ 17.99

    A brilliant surgeon can no longer bear to touch the living. Two voices connect fleetingly over the phone. A desperate mother begs to embrace her son one last time. A young woman seeks atonement.Disparate lives interweave, intersect, collide and connect in the most unexpected of ways in Caress / Ache. This is our world—where some long for the electrical... more...

  • Maninboby Ko Un; Brother Anthony of Taizé; Lee Sang-Wha

    Bloodaxe Books 2015; US$ 20.34

    ?Ko Un has long been a living legend in Korea, both as a poet and as a person. Allen Ginsberg once wrote, ‘Ko Un is a magnificent poet, combination of Buddhist cognoscente, passionate political libertarian, and naturalist historian.? Maninbo (Ten Thousand Lives) is the title of a remarkable collection of poems by Ko Un, filling thirty volumes, a... more...

  • Hello, Beautiful!by Hannie Rayson

    The Text Publishing Company 2015; US$ 29.99

    A memoir in parts, from one of Australia's best-loved playwrights. Hannie Rayson - writer, mother, daughter, sister, wife, romantic, adventuress, parking-spot optimist - has spent a lifetime giving voice to others in the many roles she has written for stage and television. In her new book, she shines the spotlight on herself. This collection of... more...

  • I, Clodia, and Other Portraitsby Anna Jackson

    Auckland University Press 2015; US$ 15.99

    ?I, Clodia? is the story of Clodia Metelli?poet and lover?and her relations with her far-away paramour Catullus, her husband Metellus Celer, her brother Publius Clodius, and her accuser Cicero. By giving Clodia?the "Lesbia" of Catullus?s famous love poetry?her own first-person narration, Anna Jackson upends and reinvigorates the beloved classical... more...

  • Open Houseby David Brooks

    University of Queensland Press 2015; US$ 12.99

    The poems in this striking new collection take a number of forms, drifting between nature and philosophy, evoking a meditative quality that is both contemplative and full of grace. Spare and honed, David Brooks?s poems range in scale, from investigations into microscopic detail observing the smallest creatures and textures underfoot as well as the... more...

  • Laden Choirsby Peter Wolfe

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    In 1973 the Australian novelist Patrick White won the Nobel Prize for Literature, the year that his great novel of family ties and change, The Eye of the Storm , was published and became a bestseller in America and Europe. Yet White is still not widely known or read, and few writers of today have provoked so many contradictory judgments. Now Peter... more...

  • The Indian Partition in Literature and Filmsby Rini Bhattacharya Mehta; Debali Mookerjea-Leonard

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 145.00

    This book presents an examination of fictional representations, in books and films, of the 1947 Partition that led to the creation of the sovereign nation-states of India and Pakistan. While the process of representing the Partition experience through words and images began in the late 1940s, it is only in the last few decades that literary critics... more...

  • Unreliable Memoirsby Clive James

    Pan Macmillan 2014; US$ 9.01

    With an introduction by P. J. O'Rourke 'Do not read this book in public. You will risk severe internal injuries from trying to suppress your laughter.' Sunday Times I was born in 1939. The other big event of that year was the outbreak of the Second World War, but for the moment that did not affect me. In the first instalment... more...