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1 1 y separately published work icon Five Nights in Paris : After Dark in the City of Light John Baxter , New York (City) : Harper Perennial , 14 Apr 2015 8757267 2015 single work autobiography

'The preeminent expat writer on Paris and author of The Most Beautiful Walk takes you on an unforgettable nocturnal stroll through five iconic Parisian neighborhoods and his own memories.

John Baxter enchanted readers with his literary tour of Paris in The Most Beautiful Walk in the World. Now, this expat who has lived in the City of Light for more than twenty years introduces you to the city’s streets after dark, revealing hidden treasures and unexpected delights.

As he takes you through five of the city’s greatest neighborhoods—Montmartre, Montparnasse, the Marais, and more—Baxter shares pithy anecdotes about his life in France, as well as fascinating knowledge he has gleaned from leading literary tours of the city by dark. With Baxter as your guide, you will discover the City of Light as never before, walking in the ghostly footsteps of Marcel Proust, the quintessential night owl for whom memory was more vivid than reality; Hungarian photographer Gyula Halász, known as Brassai, who prowled the midnight streets, camera in hand, with his friend Henry Miller; Louis Aragon and Philippe Soupault, who shared the Surrealists’ taste for the city’s shadowed, secret world; and Josephine Baker and other African-American performers who dazzled adventurous Parisians at late-night jazz clubs.

A feast for the mind and the senses, Five Nights in Paris takes you through the haunts of Paris’s most storied artists and writers to the scenes of its most infamous crimes in a lively off-the-beaten-path tour not found in any guidebook.' (Harper Collins)

10 108 y separately published work icon The Slap Christos Tsiolkas , Toronto : Harper Perennial , 2010 Z1739894 2008 single work novel (taught in 40 units)

'At a suburban barbecue, a man slaps a child who is not his own.

'This event has a shocking ricochet effect on a group of people, mostly friends, who are directly or indirectly influenced by the event.

'In this remarkable novel, Christos Tsiolkas turns his unflinching and all-seeing eye onto that which connects us all: the modern family and domestic life in the twenty-first century. The Slap is told from the points of view of eight people who were present at the barbecue. The slap and its consequences force them all to question their own families and the way they live, their expectations, beliefs and desires.

'What unfolds is a powerful, haunting novel about love, sex and marriage, parenting and children, and the fury and intensity - all the passions and conflicting beliefs - that family can arouse. In its clear-eyed and forensic dissection of the ever-growing middle class and its aspirations and fears, The Slap is also a poignant, provocative novel about the nature of loyalty and happiness, compromise and truth.' (Publisher's blurb)

2 6 y separately published work icon Destined to Live : One Woman's War, Life, Loves Remembered Sabina Wolanski , Diana Bagnall , Pymble : Harper Perennial , 2009 Z1496878 2008 single work autobiography

'An extraordinary story of courage, forgiveness and reconciliation. Sabina Wolanski was just 12 years old when her home town in Poland was invaded by Nazis. In her diary, along with innocent adolescent longings, she recorded what happened next: the humiliations and terrors, the murder of her beloved family and the startling story of her own survival. Leaving Europe after the war, Sabina forged a new life in Australia, juggling a thriving design business, her family, and an unorthodox love life. But as time wore on, she began asking herself why had she survived when so many died? And what kind of justice fitted such crimes? In May 2005, when Germany opened its controversial Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, in Berlin, Sabina was chosen to speak as the voice of the six million dead. In her speech she noted that although the Holocaust had taken everything she valued, it had also taught her that hatred and discrimination are doomed to fail. Her ability to survive, to love, and to live well, has been her greatest triumph. 'I couldn't put down this engaging, honest story of love, loss and survival.' (Harper Collins Australia)

1 7 y separately published work icon Callisto Torsten Krol , United States of America (USA) : Harper Perennial , 2009 Z1381130 2007 single work novel humour

'This blackly funny novel of our times follows what happens when Odell Deefus takes one wrong turn on the journey of his life and crashes into a world of oddballs, misfits, drug-dealers, religious fanatics and crooked cops, hypocrisy, torture and bloody murder.

'In Callisto, Odell Deefus discovers a vast web of corruption and deceit leading to the dark heart of America.' (Publisher's blurb)

2 13 y separately published work icon Secrets of the Sea Nicholas Shakespeare , New York (City) : Harper Perennial , 2008 Z1410813 2007 single work novel Following the death of his parents in a car crash, eleven-year-old Alex Dove is torn from his life on a remote farm in Tasmania and sent to school in England. Twelve years on he must return to Australia to deal with his inheritance. - back cover (London, 2007 imprint)
1 7 y separately published work icon Where the Sea Takes Us : A Vietnamese-Australian Story Kim Huynh , Pymble : Harper Perennial , 2008 Z1398193 2007 single work autobiography

'In the 1970s and 1980s, hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese families set out on perilous journeys in rickety boats to escape communist rule and seek out a better life. Kim Huynh's family was one of them.

'In this unique memoir, Kim traces his parents' precarious lives from their poor villages in central and south Vietnam, through relative affluence in Saigon, to their harrowing experiences after the American withdrawal and the fall of Saigon in 1975. As Kim explores his parents' stories, he unveils the tragedy, oppression and inner strength of ordinary people struggling to survive in a country beset by colonisation and ravaged by war.' (Publisher's blurb)

8 54 y separately published work icon The Unknown Terrorist Richard Flanagan , Toronto : Harper Perennial , 2008 Z1297994 2006 single work novel (taught in 1 units)

'Gina Davies, aka The Doll, is a 26-year-old pole dancer at the Chairman's Lounge in Sydney's Kings Cross. She's a flawed woman, racist, obsessed with money, who finds her life suddenly being destroyed by the things she has up until that moment most firmly believed in. The evening of the Mardi Gras, 2007. Three unexploded bombs have been found that day at Homebush Stadium, so the country is on high-alert. When wandering through the Mardi Gras' crowds the Doll runs into a good-looking, young dark man. They end up at his place. When she wakes, it's Sunday morning and he has gone. She is getting a coffee in a café opposite the apartment block she spent the night in when she sees armed police surround the building she has just left. Later in the day while shopping in the city she sees a story on a big video screen in which the news is of a suspected terrorist entering the same building she had spent the night in. That night, on television news, the story has altered a little. In an exclusive, the network has security camera footage of the terrorist entering the building the night before with an accomplice, a woman she recognises as herself. And so a case is brought against her by the media, and the hunt for her begins. From a 26-year-old pole dancer in the Chairman's Lounge, she quickly becomes the most wanted woman in Australia as every truth of her life is turned into a lie...' (Publisher's blurb)

1 y separately published work icon Colony Hugo Wilcken , London : Harper Perennial , 2007 Z1827823 2003 single work novel
2 11 y separately published work icon You Gotta Have Balls Lily Brett , New York (City) : Harper Perennial , 2007 Z1217844 2005 single work novel humour "Ruth Rothwax, the heroine of Lily Brett's Too Many Men, is back. The proprietor of a successful letter-writing business, Ruth has just branched out into a new greeting-card line. But it's not easy. Her father, Edek, is driving her crazy at the office. And the very people she thought would be most supportive - other women - are not. Instead of acting in one another's best interests, the women are catty and competitive, behaviors Ruth swears that she will never imitate. Until she meets the one woman who turns her aspirations of sisterly solidarity - and her life - upside down." "Fresh off the plane from Poland, Zofia is a buxom, sixty-something femme fatale with a talent for making balls. Meatballs, that is. When Edek asks his savvy daughter to fund his friend Zofia's restaurant, how can Ruth say no? But Ruth knows that gleam in Zofia's eye, and it means trouble is on the way for all of them." (Publisher's blurb).
1 10 y separately published work icon There, Where the Pepper Grows Bem Le Hunte , Pymble : Harper Perennial , 2006 Z1204835 2005 single work novel This is the story of Benjamin, who fled his native Poland during the Nazi occupation, aiming to fulfil his father's long-held dream of settling in Palestine. But along the way he and his fellow survivors are stranded in Calcutta, and somehow it becomes inevitable that he will stay...
There, Where the Pepper Grows is the moving story of a family set against the drama of real historical events. It brings East and West together in an unforgettable novel of a search for refuge, and a passionate plea for tolerance. (Publisher's blurb)
1 9 y separately published work icon Winter Journey : A Novel Diane Armstrong , Pymble : Harper Perennial , 2006 Z1178608 2005 single work novel 'A mother′s silence, a village with a terrible secret, and an Australian woman who travels to Poland to uncover the truth ... When forensic dentist Halina Shore arrives in Nowa Kalwaria to take part in a war crimes investigation, she finds herself at the centre of a bitter struggle in a community that has been divided by a grim legacy. What she does not realise is that she has also embarked on a confronting personal journey. Inspired by a true incident that took place in Poland in 1941, Diane Armstrong′s powerful novel is part mystery, part forensic investigation, and a moving and confronting story of love, loss and sacrifice.' (Publisher's blurb)
1 12 y separately published work icon Affection : A Novel Ian Townsend , Pymble : Harper Perennial , 2005 Z1191972 2005 single work novel historical fiction Attempts by two doctors to deal with an outbreak of plague in Townsville at the turn of the century reveals much about the workings of political and personal relationships.
1 4 y separately published work icon Gallipoli Jack Bennett , Pymble : Harper Perennial , 2005 Z370439 1981 single work novel historical fiction
2 y separately published work icon Yige Ren de Sheng Jing Gao Xingjian , ( trans. Mabel Lee with title One Man's Bible ) Sydney : Harper Perennial , 2004 Z1174164 1999 single work novel
1 2 y separately published work icon Sunday Best : A Memoir Robbi Neal , Pymble : Harper Perennial , 2004 Z1153505 2004 single work autobiography
1 4 y separately published work icon The Voices Susan Elderkin , London : Harper Perennial , 2004 Z1130138 2003 single work novel In the remote, blood-red landscape of the Australian bush, thirteen-year-old Billy Saint hears the haunting song of an Aboriginal girl. The song tugs at something deep, something larger and more powerful than himself. She has sung Billy up - and he is destined to love her for ever. In an Alice Springs hospital ten years later, recovering from gruesome wounds of mysterious origin, Billy attempts to explain the voices in his head. But only Cecily, the Aboriginal nurse, will listen. What unravels is a mesmerising account of the relationship between a man, the land he loves, and the spirits of the country, struggling to be heard before it's too late.' -- Book jacket
1 6 y separately published work icon The Last Ride Denise Young , Pymble : Harper Perennial , 2004 Z1118152 2004 single work novel (taught in 1 units)
4 39 y separately published work icon Due Preparations for the Plague Janette Turner Hospital , London : Harper Perennial , 2004 Z1029013 2003 single work novel thriller (taught in 2 units)

'Lowell tries not to think about the past, about the hijacking that killed his mother. Samantha, on the other hand, cannot let go. As a child she survived the hijacking of Air France 64, and as an adult she obsessively digs for answers, seeking a man called Salamander whom she believes holds key information.

'It is the death of Lowell's father, and his legacy of a blue sports bag crammed with documents and videotapes, that finally brings Lowell and Samantha together and unravels the interconnections between victims and perpetrators, saved and damned.

'But in this murky world of endless aliases and surveillance, who can be trusted? When does the quest for truth become a dangerous obsession? And what difference can the truth make?

'Janette Turner Hospital has crafted a taut and confronting novel that propels us into the chaos of terror and the cruelty - and unexpected hope - of survival. ' (Publication summary)

1 8 y separately published work icon The Snow Queen : A Novel Mardi McConnochie , Pymble : Harper Perennial , 2004 Z1026114 2003 single work novel historical fiction

'This beautiful fable-like story ranges from the rigid routines of the Imperial Dancers in pre-revolutionary Russia to exile in Australia at the outbreak of World War two. Russian-born Galina, who has danced for the tsar and for Diaghilev's famous ballet in Paris, operates a highly disciplined dance school - an outpost of Imperial Russia - in the dusty Adelaide of the 1940s and 1950s. From this humble base she goes on to form what becomes Australia's first professional ballet troupe. traveling the country it attracts a beautiful, talented young man. these two enact the story of the snow queen - the stern, beautiful woman who picks out a boy for herself, piercing his heart with a spike of ice, only to have her own pierced cruelly in return.' (Synopsis)

3 32 y separately published work icon The Bride Stripped Bare Nikki Gemmell , London : Harper Perennial , 2004 Z987747 2003 single work novel (taught in 4 units) A woman disappears, leaving behind an incendiary diary chronicling a journey of sexual awakening. To all who knew her, she was the Good Wife: happy, devoted, content. But the diary reveals a secret self, one who's discovered that her new marriage contains mysteries of its own. Inspired by a manuscript written by an anonymous Elizabethan woman who dared to speak of what women truly desire, she tastes for the first time the intoxicating power of knowing what she wants and how to get it. The question is, How long can she sustain a perilous double life?" "In writing The Bride Stripped Bare, the author decided to remain anonymous so she would feel absolutely free to explore a woman's inner world. As she writes in her afterword, "That doesn't mean this book is a memoir; it's many things to me, fiction and nonfiction, fantasy and fact, a quilt pieced together not only from my stories but those of my friends. (Source: Trove)