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y separately published work icon A Sydney Sovereign Tasma , Michael Ackland (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1993 Z956336 1993 selected work short story
y separately published work icon Clean Straw for Nothing [and] A Cartload of Clay George Johnston , North Ryde : Collins , 1989 6053636 1989 selected work novel North Ryde : Collins , 1989
y separately published work icon The Taxidermist's Dance : Stories Richard Lunn , North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1990 Z371925 1990 selected work short story North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1990
y separately published work icon The Seven Rivers Douglas Stewart , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1966 Z391442 1966 selected work prose autobiography travel North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1990
y separately published work icon The Far Road George Johnston , London : Collins , 1962 Z196517 1962 single work novel war literature North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1990
y separately published work icon Seven Poor Men of Sydney Christina Stead , London : Peter Davies , 1934 Z461354 1934 single work novel (taught in 18 units)

'Seven Poor Men of Sydney is a brilliant portrayal of a group of men and women living in Sydney in the 1920s amid conditions of poverty and social turmoil.

Set against the vividly drawn backgrounds of Fisherman's (Watson's) Bay and the innercity slums, the various characters seek to resolve their individual spiritual dilemmas; through politics, religion and philosophy.

Their struggles, their pain and their frustrations are portrayed with consummate skill in this memorable evocation of a city and an era.' (Publication summary)

North Ryde : Imprint , 1990
y separately published work icon Across the Sea Wall Christopher Koch , London Melbourne : Heinemann , 1965 Z822374 1965 single work novel

'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 War.

'Ilsa Kalnins, the Latvian showgirl, is one such refugee. Robert O'Brien is a sheltered young Australian, running away from the tedium and security of a country that is still almost wholly insular and Anglo-Saxon. Ilsa, disturbed and disturbing, exerts a fascination over Robert that changes the voyage and his life. He is never to reach Europe: instead they travel through India together. Ahead is catastrophe, as each seeks in the other answers that cannot be found.' (Publication summary)

North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1990
y separately published work icon Wild Cat Falling Colin Johnson , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1965 Z203627 1965 single work novel (taught in 13 units)

'Wild Cat Falling is the story of an Aboriginal youth, a 'bodgie' of the early sixties who grows up on the ragged outskirts of a country town, falls into petty crime, goes to gaol, and comes out to do battle once more with the society who put him there. Its publication in 1965 marked a unique literary event, for this was the first novel by any writer of Aboriginal blood to be published in Australia. As well, it is a remarkable piece of literature in its own right, expressing the dilemmas and conflicts of the young Aboriginal in modern Australian society with its memorable insight and stylishness.' (Publication summary)

North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1990
y separately published work icon Coonardoo : The Well in the Shadow Katharine Susannah Prichard , 1928 Z1081769 1928 single work novel (taught in 39 units) Set in North-West of Western Australia, it describes life on cattle stations and the relationship between the white owner of the station and Coonardoo, an Aboriginal woman. Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1990
y separately published work icon Come in Spinner Florence James , Dymphna Cusack , Melbourne : Heinemann , 1951 Z846941 1951 single work novel The action revolves largely around the Hotel South Pacific where the girls and the 'occupying' American troops meet in the vestibule, while upstairs in the Marie Antionette beauty salon the attendants Deb, Guinea and Claire, each with her own complicated romantic entanglement, work long hours to disguise the shortcomings of their rich, fat clientele. A book sharply observant of the new era ushered in by WWII. North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1990
y separately published work icon For Love Alone Christina Stead , New York (City) : Harcourt Brace , 1944 Z796198 1944 single work novel (taught in 5 units)

'Superbly evoking life in Sydney and London in the 1930s, For Love Alone is the story of the intelligent and determined Teresa Hawkins, who believes in passionate love and yearns to experience it. She focuses her energy on Jonathan Crow, an unlikeable and arrogant man whom she follows to London after four long years of working in a factory and living at home with her loveless family. Reunited with Crow in London, she begins to realise that perhaps he is not as worthy of her affections as originally thought and abandons her idealised vision of love for something quite different.' (From Melbourne University Publishing's website, new ed., 2011)

Bondi Junction : Angus and Robertson , 1990
y separately published work icon The Palace with Several Sides : A Sort of Love Story Christina Stead , Canberra : Brindabella Press , 1986 Z487257 1986 single work short story
— Appears in: Southerly , June vol. 47 no. 2 1987; (p. 115-125)
North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1990
y separately published work icon The Timeless Land Eleanor Dark , New York (City) : Macmillan , 1941 Z23820 1941 single work novel historical fiction (taught in 1 units)

'The year 1788: the very beginning of European settlement. These were times of hardship, cruelty and danger. Above all, they were times of conflict between the Aborigines and the white settlers.

'Eleanor Dark brings alive those bitter years with moments of tenderness and conciliation amid the brutality and hostility. The cast of characters includes figures historical and fictional, black and white, convict and settler. All the while, beneath the veneer of British civilisation, lies the baffling presence of Australia, the 'timeless land'.

'The Storm of Time and No Barrier complete the Timeless Land trilogy. ' (Publication summary)

Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1990
y separately published work icon Capricornia : A Novel Xavier Herbert , Sydney : Publicist Publishing Company , 1938 Z352152 1938 single work novel (taught in 7 units)

'Arriving in Capricornia (a fictional name for the Northern Territory) in 1904 with his brother Oscar, Mark Shillingworth soon becomes part of the flotsam and jetsam of Port Zodiac (Darwin) society. Dismissed from the public service for drunkenness, Mark forms a brief relationship with an Aboriginal woman and fathers a son, whom he deserts and who acquires the name of Naw-Nim (no-name). After killing a Chinese shopkeeper, Norman disappears from view until the second half of the novel.

'Oscar, the respectable contrast to Mark, marries and tries to establish himself on a Capricornian cattle station, Red Ochre, but is deserted by his wife and eventually returns for a time to Batman (Melbourne), accompanied by his daughter Marigold and foster son Norman, who has been sent to him after Mark's desertion.

'Oscar rejects the plea of a former employee, Peter Differ, to see to the welfare of his daughter Constance; Constance Differ is placed under the 'protection' of Humboldt Lace, a Protector of Aborigines, who seduces her and then marries her off to another man of Aboriginal descent. Forced into prostitution, Constance is dying of consumption when discovered by a railway fitter, Tim O'Cannon, who will take care of Constance's daughter, Tocky, until his own death in a train accident.
Hearing news in 1928 of an economic boom in Capricornia, Oscar returns to his station, where he is joined by Marigold and Norman, who has grown to manhood believing himself to be the son of a Javanese princess and a solider killed in the First World War. Soon after, he discovers his mother was an Aboriginal woman, and meets his father, with whom he will not reconcile until later in the novel. Norman then goes on a series of journeys to discover his true, Aboriginal self. On the second of these journeys, he meets and wanders in the wilderness with Tocky, who has escaped from the mission station to which she was sent after the death of O'Cannon. During this passage, she kills a man in self-defense, which leads to Norman's being accused of murder, at the same time his father is prosecuted for the death of the Chinese shopkeeper. At the end of the novel they are both acquitted, Heather and Mark are married, and Norman returns to Red Ochre, where he finds the body of Tocky and their child in a water tank in which she had taken refuge from the authorities.' (Source: Oxford Companion to Australian Literature)

Capricornia
North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1990
y separately published work icon Ride on Stranger Kylie Tennant , London : Gollancz , 1943 Z250915 1943 single work novel

'"Civilization is mad and getting madder every day".

'So says Shannon Hicks in Kylie Tennant's marvellous, harsh, satiric 1943 novel. Arriving in Sydney just before WWII, Shannon, a dreamer and idealist takes on the world of politics, business, religion and men.

'The consequences are challenging and unpredictable.'

Source: Publisher's Blurb (A&R Classics).

North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1990
y separately published work icon My Brother Jack : A Novel George Johnston , London Sydney : Collins , 1964 Z824887 1964 single work novel (taught in 13 units)

''The thing I am trying to get at is what made Jack different from me. Different all through our lives, I mean, and in a special sense, not just older or nobler or braver or less clever.'

'David and Jack Meredith grow up in a patriotic suburban Melbourne household during the First World War, and go on to lead lives that could not be more different. Through the story of the two brothers, George Johnston created an enduring exploration of two Australian myths: that of the man who loses his soul as he gains worldly success, and that of the tough, honest Aussie battler, whose greatest ambition is to serve his country during the war. Acknowledged as one of the true Australian classics, My Brother Jack is a deeply satisfying, complex and moving literary masterpiece. ' (Publication summary)

Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1990
y separately published work icon Intimate Strangers Katharine Susannah Prichard , London : Jonathan Cape , 1937 Z347296 1937 single work novel

'Set in the Depression, the story traces the destruction of a marriage and the choices a woman must make for a fulfilling life.'

Source: Blurb.

North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1990
y separately published work icon Jonah Louis Stone , London : Methuen , 1911 Z823874 1911 single work novel (taught in 1 units)

'Jonah, born a hunchback, is feared and revered in equal measure as the ruthless leader of the Push, a violent gang that terrorises the slums of Waterloo. Chook, a fellow member of the Push, is Jonah's loyal best friend. But after a chance encounter with his son, the result of a casual affair, Jonah decides to abandon the larrikin life and settle down. He marries Ada, the mother of his child, and takes advantage of an opportunity to open his own business. Chook, too, leaves the Push and finds love in the arms of factory worker, Pinkey. But can either man escape his awful past?'

Source: Publisher's blurb (Text Publishing edition).

Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1991
y separately published work icon The Salzburg Tales Christina Stead , London : Peter Davies , 1934 Z462682 1934 selected work short story

'A group of visitors to the Salzburg Festival, brought together by chance, decides to mark time by telling tales. Their sketches, anecdotes, fantasies, legends, tragedies, jokes and parodies combine to make The Salzburg Tales. ' (Publication summary : 2015 edition)

North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1991
y separately published work icon Letty Fox, Her Luck Christina Stead , New York (City) : Harcourt Brace , 1946 Z462885 1946 single work novel "One hot night last spring, after waiting fruitlessly for a call from my then lover, with whom I had quarrelled the same afternoon, and finding one of my black moods upon me, I flung out of my lonely room on the ninth floor (unlucky number) in a hotel in lower Fifth Avenue and rushed into the streets of the Village, feeling bad." "So begins Letty Fox's own story, a comic extravaganza about the crazy circus of her early life; about her moping mother, absent father, and two impossible sisters; about work and play, sex and men, and the seemingly unending search for a lasting relationship." (Publisher's blurb)
North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1991
y separately published work icon While the Billy Boils Henry Lawson , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1896 Z822461 1896 selected work short story Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1991
y separately published work icon Working Bullocks Katharine Susannah Prichard , London : Jonathan Cape , 1926 Z547635 1926 single work novel First published in1926, Working Bullocks describes life amongst Western Australian timber workers in the early twentieth century. An evocative tale of social relations, working culture and romantic bonds set in the context of the beauty and majesty of the great Karri forests. North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1991
y separately published work icon Return to Coolami Eleanor Dark , London : Collins , 1936 Z824242 1936 single work novel (taught in 2 units) North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1991
y separately published work icon Selected Stories Hal Porter , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1971 Z866397 1971 selected work short story satire North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1991
y separately published work icon No Barrier Eleanor Dark , Sydney : Collins , 1953 Z824213 1953 single work novel historical fiction

'The story of the Mannion family continues after the Bligh rebellion. As the young Mannions grow to maturity, so too the settlement at Sydney Cove develops into a town of substance. And later, the longings of young Miles Mannion are echoed in the efforts of the settlers to spread to the west. The discovery of a route over the Blue Mountains west of Sydney means there will be no further barrier.' (Publication summary)

North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1991
y separately published work icon Storm of Time Eleanor Dark , Sydney : Collins , 1948 Z824197 1948 single work novel historical fiction

'Sydney Cove, 1799, and three years since Governor Phillip departed. Against a background of continuing convict settlement, hunger, rebellion and the terrifying force of a barely understood land, the saga of Ellen Prentice and the Mannion family continues. Stephen Mannion marries the lovely Conor Moore and brings her back for Ellen to serve. Johnny Prentice goes bush - and re-emerges for one last confrontation with his old master. ' (Publication summary)

North Ryde : Collins , 1991
y separately published work icon The Honey Flow Kylie Tennant , London : Macmillan , 1956 Z251915 1956 single work novel North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1991
y separately published work icon Landtakers : The Story of an Epoch Brian Penton , Sydney : Endeavour Press , 1934 Z256694 1934 single work novel historical fiction

'First published in 1934, this novel tells the story of a British man who migrates to Australia in 1842 and is transformed by his colonial experiences.'

North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1991
y separately published work icon Age of Consent Norman Lindsay , London : Werner Laurie , 1938 Z287363 1938 single work novel North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1991
y separately published work icon Clean Straw for Nothing : A Novel George Johnston , London Sydney : Collins , 1969 Z825043 1969 single work novel

'Set against the backdrop of a Greek island, Clean Straw for Nothing follows the story of successful war correspondent and retired journalist David Meredith as he abandons his career for a life in exile with his beautiful wife Cressida. Johnston focuses on the developing relationship between David and Cressida, exploring the complex and reflective character of David as he questions the nature of success, sexual tensions, expatriation and ill-health. The questions are almost entirely unanswerable and the freedom David craves nearly impossible.'

— publisher's website

North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1991
y separately published work icon Flying Home : A Novel Morris Lurie , Collingwood : Outback Press , 1978 Z895445 1978 single work novel

'THE PAST also presses hard on the present in Morris Lurie's Flying Home [...] where one is invited to follow the spiritual journey of Leo Axelrod as he lays to rest the ghosts of his ancestors on a trip through Europe. Lurie deftly and occasionally amusingly conveys Leo's superficiality and a moodiness that too often affects the young woman who has accepted his impulsive invitation to take off for Greece with him.

'It is only when Leo abandons her and seeks his roots in Israel, also exorcising some of his emotional hang ups, that he is ready to truly live; but not before he undergoes a rather hilariously described guided bus tour where he gains an almost heroic stature.'

Source:

Sen, Veronica. 'Wizardry of Oz Evident in Tale of Pain', Canberra Times, 17 May 1992, p.25.

Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1991
y separately published work icon The Americans, Baby : A Discontinuous Narrative of Stories and Fragments Frank Moorhouse , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1972 Z396953 1972 selected work short story

A timeless collection of stories exploring physical and psychological boundaries, some tentatively and others with vigor. In The Americans, Baby the milieu is a Sydney under-40 population who, hoping that being earnest or outrageous will make them feel real, are left saturated with anxiety instead. An inherent resistance to American cultural intrusions and the risks that those from a great powerful land such as the US take when they meddle in another culture (they can be snared, seduced, destroyed) are explored with traditional Moorhouse flair and wit. These stories are timeless in their concerns, and explore ideology, idealism, conflict, relationships and sex.(Source: Google Books website).

Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1992
y separately published work icon Ralph Rashleigh, or, The Life of an Exile James Tucker , London : Jonathan Cape , 1929 Z869379 1929 single work novel Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1992
y separately published work icon The Sponge Divers Charmian Clift , George Johnston , Indianapolis : Bobbs-Merrill , 1955 Z840736 1955 single work novel Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1992
y separately published work icon On Our Selection! 'Steele Rudd' , Sydney : Bulletin , 1899 Z823579 1899 selected work short story humour Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1992
y separately published work icon The End of a Childhood and Other Stories Henry Handel Richardson , London : Heinemann , 1934 Z398299 1934 selected work short story Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1992
y separately published work icon His Natural Life For the Term of His Natural Life Marcus Clarke , 1870-1872 Z1032375 1870-1872 single work novel (taught in 15 units)

'Scarcely out of print since the early 1870s, For the Term of His Natural Life has provided successive generations with a vivid account of a brutal phase of colonial life. The main focus of this great convict novel is the complex interaction between those in power and those who suffer, made meaningful because of its hero's struggle against his wrongful imprisonment. Elements of romance, incidents of family life and passages of scenic description both relieve and give emphasis to the tragedy that forms its heart.' (Publication summary : Penguin Books 2009)

Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1992
y separately published work icon Images in Aspic Charmian Clift , George Johnston (editor), London : Horwitz , 1965 Z196026 1965 selected work prose Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1992
y separately published work icon Marngit : A Novel B. Wongar , North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1992 Z857242 1992 single work novel North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1992
y separately published work icon Wild Cat Falling Colin Johnson , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1965 Z203627 1965 single work novel (taught in 13 units)

'Wild Cat Falling is the story of an Aboriginal youth, a 'bodgie' of the early sixties who grows up on the ragged outskirts of a country town, falls into petty crime, goes to gaol, and comes out to do battle once more with the society who put him there. Its publication in 1965 marked a unique literary event, for this was the first novel by any writer of Aboriginal blood to be published in Australia. As well, it is a remarkable piece of literature in its own right, expressing the dilemmas and conflicts of the young Aboriginal in modern Australian society with its memorable insight and stylishness.' (Publication summary)

Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1992
y separately published work icon The Last Pack of Dingoes : Stories B. Wongar , Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1993 Z46725 1993 selected work short story

'Collection of short stories with themes based on traditional Aboriginal culture and the impact of white settlers.' (Publication summary)

Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1993
y separately published work icon The Recollections of Geoffry Hamlyn Henry Kingsley , Cambridge : Macmillan , 1859 Z840443 1859 single work novel Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1993
y separately published work icon The World is Round Louise Mack , London : T. Fisher Unwin , 1896 Z532275 1896 single work novel Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1993
y separately published work icon Kangaroo D. H. Lawrence , New York (City) : Thomas Seltzer , 1923 Z120344 1923 single work novel (taught in 2 units)

Kangaroo, set in Australia, is D. H. Lawrence's eighth novel. He wrote the first draft in just forty-five days while living south of Sydney, in 1922, and revised it three months later in New Mexico. The descriptions of the country are among the most vivid and sympathetic ever penned, and the book fuses lightly disguised autobiography with an exploration of political ideas at an immensely personal level. His anxiety about the future of democracy, caught as it was in the turbulent cross currents of fascism and socialism, is only partly appeased by his vision of a new bond of comradeship between men based on their unique separateness. Lawrence's alter ego Richard Somers departs for America to continue his search.

Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1993
y separately published work icon A Sydney Sovereign and Other Tales Tasma , New York (City) : F. F. Lovell , 1889 Z828942 1889 selected work short story novella Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1993
y separately published work icon Bush Studies Barbara Baynton , London : Duckworth , 1902 Z820571 1902 selected work short story (taught in 12 units)

'Bush Studies is famous for its stark realism—for not romanticising bush life, instead showing all its bleakness and harshness.

'Economic of style, influenced by the great nineteenth-century Russian novelists, Barbara Baynton’s short-story collection presents the Australian bush as dangerous and isolating for the women who inhabit it.' (Publication summary : Text Classics)

Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1993
y separately published work icon The Bush Undertaker and Other Stories Henry Lawson , Colin Roderick (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1970 Z386989 1970 selected work short story humour Includes a detailed bibliographic commentary on each story with particular attention to revisions. Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1994
y separately published work icon Ride on Stranger Kylie Tennant , London : Gollancz , 1943 Z250915 1943 single work novel

'"Civilization is mad and getting madder every day".

'So says Shannon Hicks in Kylie Tennant's marvellous, harsh, satiric 1943 novel. Arriving in Sydney just before WWII, Shannon, a dreamer and idealist takes on the world of politics, business, religion and men.

'The consequences are challenging and unpredictable.'

Source: Publisher's Blurb (A&R Classics).

North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1994
y separately published work icon The Battlers Kylie Tennant , London : Gollancz , 1941 Z250421 1941 single work novel (taught in 1 units)

'The flowers flared up from the ground unconquerable. The unrepentant gaiety of the weed, the burning blues and crimsons, set the hills glowing.

''It's a plant that's struck it lucky,' the Stray said thoughtfully. 'It hasn't got no right, but it's there.'

'The Battlers is the story of Snow, a drifter and wanderer, the waiflike Dancy the Stray, from the slums of Sydney, and the other outcasts who accompany them as they travel the country roads looking for work. Like the weed Patterson's Curse, they 'haven't got no right', but they are there. Based on her own experiences of life on the roads in the 1930s, Tennant tells the story of the motley crowd of travellers with compassion and humour. First published in 1941, The Battlers was awarded the Gold Medal of the Australian Literature Society and shared the S. H. Prior Memorial Prize. More than seventy years later, the book's message of survival against the odds is as relevant today as it was then. ' (Publication summary)

Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1994
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