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Some great Fiction Books, some Australian and some from all over the world.
An artist moves to New City in the 1970s primed to create. She’s swept up in the circles of other artists and finds herself perhaps too much under the sway or influence of an older man – a successful artist and the heir to an Italian tyre/motorcycle fortune.
All My Puny Sorrows
set in a rural Western Australia in the ’60s, amid events such as the Vietnam War, when racism is rife in the country, Charlie Buckton is awoken one night when the town’s token Indigenous troublemaker, Jasper Jones, knocks on his window and asks for his help. What follows is a series of events that leaves book-loving Charlie with the ability to see past his town’s narrow-minded prejudices, and with a better perception of what makes a person good.
Although the big-screen version of this story is told from California, the original novel takes place on the northern beaches of Sydney. An Australian ‘whodunnit’ mystery that takes place in a tranquil but wealthy beachside town.
Winton breathes life into the gumtrees, puts the azure into the ocean and the backstory is limitlessly beautiful, darkly exhilarating and a raw look into the lives of two sun-soaked, salt-crusted adolescents falling too fast into their coming-of-age.
Francesca Spinelli finds herself holding everything together for her younger brother and father at home, while barely being able to hold herself together among the young patriarchy of her new school.
Tomorrow, When the War Began
If you’re looking for a series that will keep you entrenched into the stories of the six Australian rebels taking on an army you finish the seven books in less than a week – John Marsden’s Tomorrow When The War Began is it.
A razor-sharp story of crime and loyalty, set in the brutality of the Australian bush. Australian Federal Police agent Aaron Faulk returns to his hometown after 20 years to solve the murder of his closest childhood friend amid the worst draught in a century. While he deals with the isolation, small-town gossip, and faces the truth of his past, the pace builds into a fantastic stomach-twisting finale that will leave you closing the novel wide-eyed.
Set in 1889, the book follows Louisa Collins, a 41-year-old mother of 10 children, the first woman hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol and the last woman hanged in New South Wales.
A witty and honest view into the mindset of Don Tillman, an autistic and highly intelligent genetics scientist who has decided it’s time to settle down and take a wife, and designs a 16-page Wife Project. I assure you that after reading this book, you’ll never perceive autism in the same way again.
A story of social class, self-doubt and first love.
Yuval Noah Harari
A history of the entire span of human existence, in less than 500 pages. He tackles big questions such as how our species emerged and how we developed religion, nations, money, books, and so much more.
Defines what it means to be introverted, how extroverts have come to dominate our culture, and the many contributions introverted people have brought us.
THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL
A hugely important, widely read diary of a young girl in Nazi-occupied Holland.
One of the most memorable entries in the crowded field of memoirs about unhappy families. Walls’s parents were idealistic and unconventional to an extreme, eventually sinking deeper and deeper into dysfunction.
The story of Chris McCandless, who walked into the Alaska wilderness and four months later was found dead. Krakauer explores what drove McCandless to set out on this journey.
When she was 15, Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban on her way to school. She went on to speak before the United Nations, become a symbol of peaceful protest, and win the Nobel Peace Prize.
The first and most famous instalment of Maya Angelou’s autobiography. It’s a powerful, inspiring tale of struggle and determination in the face of abandonment, violence, and racism.
books for children of all ages
An unexpected guest turns a rainy day into a heart-pounding adventure.
A story of true friendship between Wilbur the pig and Charlotte A. Cavatica, his spider saviour.
Feel what it’s like to travel to a strange new land.
He meows, quacks, oinks, and moos, but why can’t George the dog bark?
The heroic adventures of Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper in the mythical kingdom of Prydain.
A small world is perfectly created in this fantasy about the miniature people who live beneath the floors of quiet old houses.
A gentle rhyming delight in a story time classic.
Naughty monkeys prove a challenge for an innocent cap seller.
A down-trodden orphan is summoned to an elite academy of wizards to fulfil his destiny.
When his plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness, Brian and his single hatchet must survive the wild elements alone.
When his teacher introduces him to poetry, 11-year-old Lonnie Collins Motion finds a new way to talk about his friends, his family, and even his crabby foster mother. A verse novel for the ages.
Glowing colours add cheer to this story of the wonderful day when there is finally enough money to buy Mama a new chair.
illustrated by Lois Ehlert (1989)
The letters of the alphabet climb a coconut tree with riotous results. A rollicking introduction to the ABC’s.
A little stuffed bear searches in vain for the button that will help to get him adopted.
One cheeky monkey plus one man in a yellow hat equals a whole lot of trouble.
He’ll try to talk you into it, but whatever you do don’t give in to this snarky city fowl’s demands.
Toad’s a worrier and Frog’s laid back, but no matter what their differences, these two friends are there for one another.
Claudia chooses the Metropolitan Museum in New York City as the elegant hiding place for herself and her little brother when they run away from home.
A pair of hippopotami navigate the highs and lows of a perfect friendship.
A strange little Zen easy reader with a madcap energy entirely of its own.
A beloved bedtime classic, both lovely and soothing.
A young man struggles with both loving his new land and feeling homesick for the Japan he left behind.
Brought up by the Dead, Bod is hunted by an assassin, befriends a murdered witch, and prepares himself for life beyond the burying ground.
Methinks Sam’s friend doth protest too much.
With crayon firmly in hand Harold creates whole worlds for himself and his readers.
Shocking in its honesty, Harriet spies on friends and strangers alike until her secret observations get her in trouble.
The truly terrible children of Room 207 are about to meet their match in the odious Miss Viola Swamp!
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