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Fortunate Life

Fortunate Life

Author: A.B. Facey
Publisher: Fremantle Press
ISBN: 1925591417
Pages: 432
Year: 2018-04-21
Albert Facey’s story is the story of Australia.Born in 1894, and first sent to work at the age of eight, Facey lived the rough frontier life of a labourer and farmer and jackaroo, becoming lost and then rescued by Indigenous trackers, then gaining a hard-won literacy, surviving Gallipoli, raising a family through the Depression, losing a son in the Second World War, and meeting his beloved Evelyn with whom he shared nearly sixty years of marriage.Despite enduring unimaginable hardships, Facey always saw his life as a fortunate one.A true classic of Australian literature, Facey’s simply penned story offers a unique window onto the history of Australian life through the greater part of the twentieth century – the extraordinary journey of an ordinary man.
Fortunate Life

Fortunate Life

Author: A.B. Facey
Publisher: Fremantle Press
ISBN: 192559145X
Pages: 216
Year: 2018-04-21
Bert Facey saw himself as an ordinary man, but his remarkable story reveals an extraordinary life lived to the full. Bert Facey was a battler, ever optimistic and hopeful despite the hardships of his life. A true classic of Australian literature, his simply written autobiography is an inspiration. This edition has been specially adapted for young readers.
Taronga

Taronga

Author: Kelleher Victor
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0857970550
Pages: 204
Year: 2013-03-20
The great dome of the sky, black, star-sprinkled, arched above him, appearing at that moment so limitless, so vast and free, that the fences and cages of Taronga were dwarfed, reduced to the point where they barely seemed to exist.. Every so often, there comes a story so brilliant and lively and moving that it cannot be left in the past. Rediscover the magic of our country's most memorable children's books in the Penguin Australia Children's Classics series of stories too precious to leave behind.
Hating Alison Ashley: Australian Children's Classics

Hating Alison Ashley: Australian Children's Classics

Author: Robin Klein
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0857970518
Pages: 204
Year: 2013-03-27
Alison Ashley. She was the most beautiful, graceful, elegant thing you ever saw in your life... And from the first day I HATED her. Every so often, there comes a story so brilliant and lively and moving that it cannot be left in the past. Rediscover the magic of our country's most memorable children's books in the Penguin Australia Children's Classics series of stories too precious to leave behind.
The Magic Pudding

The Magic Pudding

Author: Norman Lindsay
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486452816
Pages: 136
Year: 2006
Bunyip Bluegum, an adventurous Australian koala bear, meets up with a sailor, a penguin, and their magic pudding, which is in constant danger of being stolen.
Australian Classics

Australian Classics

Author: Jane Gleeson-White
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
ISBN: 1459603060
Pages: 404
Year: 2010
What are the classic works of Australian literature? And what can they tell us about ourselves and the land we live in? Providing a selected overview of Australia's greatest literature, Australian Classics is an accessible companion to our literature and a story of writing in Australia from the nineteenth century to the present. Australian Classics celebrates many of the country's beloved novels, poems, short stories, children's books and seminal works of non-fiction. It also contains contributions on their favourite Australian books from many distinguished writers and readers, including Helen Garner, Les Murray and Tim Winton. Australian Classics is an impassioned and inspiring feast of the great writing that makes exalted readers of us all and a testament to the wide-ranging and remarkable literature of this continent
Playing Beatie Bow

Playing Beatie Bow

Author: Ruth Park
Publisher:
ISBN: 1459688554
Pages: 276
Year: 2014-10-28
A thrilling adventure story for children and young adults by Park Ruth, Playing Beatie Bow follows Abigail as she suddenly finds herself in the Sydney of a hundred years ago as the result of a scary game.
Australian Literature

Australian Literature

Author: Phyllis F. Edelson
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0307775488
Pages: 304
Year: 2010-12-08
Spanning more than a century, Australian Literature crystallizes a spirit, style, and ethos found nowhere else in world literature. These captivating selections in Australian Literature come from major voices, both famous and lesser known, and encompass short stories, memoirs, novels and aboriginal writings. Resonant or wryly witty, charming or disturbing, they explore themes deeply rooted in the Australian experience - shaping the land, the legacies of the convict past, the displacement of the aborigine, the search for a national identity, sex, love, and commitment. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Happy Valley: Text Classics

Happy Valley: Text Classics

Author: Patrick White
Publisher: Text Publishing
ISBN: 1921961171
Pages: 352
Year: 2012-08-22
Patrick White's magnificent debut novel - first published 1939, long out of print and now a Text Classic. Based on Patrick White's own experiences in the early 1930s as a jackaroo at Bolaro, near Adaminaby in south-eastern New South Wales, Happy Valley paints a portrait of a community in a desolate landscape. It is a jagged and restless study of small-town and country life. White was twenty-seven when Happy Valley was published by George C. Harrop in London. This mesmerising first novel gives us a prolonged glimpse of literary genius in the making. It won the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal in 1941, but White did not allow the novel to be republished in English in his lifetime. Its appearance now in the Text Classics series is a major literary event. Happy Valley is the missing piece in the extraordinary jigsaw of White's work. Patrick White was born in England in 1912 and taken to Australia, where his father owned a sheep farm, when he was six months old. He was educated in England and served in the RAF, before returning to Australia after the war. He was the first Australian to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, in 1973. He died in 1990. Peter Craven is one of Australia's best-known literary critics. He was founding editor of Scripsi, Quarterly Essay and the Best of anthologies. '[Patrick White] was a prophet, and from his sublime mountaintop, he sent down lightning bolts on our callow heads. Some of these bolts are vivid in Happy Valley, his first novel, published in 1939 and now reissued...The novel stands up well in the high company of its later brethren. It prefigures the greatness to come, and is a more adventurously wrought than many of our own age. White is a mesmerising narrator whose prose illuminates the most ordinary object and event in new and gripping ways.' Thomas Keneally, Guardian 'Happy Valley will be a joy for any fan. Here we see a sensibility not so much forming as finding, and owning, itself.' Weekend Australian 'This is a remarkable first novel, already discernible as the performance of a master whose apprentice work cannot be glimpsed. We are fortunate indeed that Text has reopened the front door in the house of Patrick White's fiction.' Canberra Times 'My favourite Australian novel was by a newcomer - well, a newcomer in 1939. A sardonic, grotesque, oddly moving ensemble of piece about thwarted lives in a dismal country town, Happy Valley presages the later Patrick White, but is also refreshingly original and feels as contemporary as the latest bestseller.' Jane Sullivan, Australian Book Review 'Happy Valley is a harsh and unsparing picture of a prematurely exhausting, life-denying Australia. It's a world full of violence, adultery and financial ruin, in which nothing will ever change. White's main focus, as in his great later novels, is the thwarted spiritual yearning of his characters. But this is also a superb anatomy of Australian society.' Metro (NZ)
The Slap

The Slap

Author: Christos Tsiolkas
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101432160
Pages: 496
Year: 2010-04-27
The basis for the NBC event series directed by Lisa Cholodenko and starring Uma Thurman, Peter Sarsgaard, and Zachary Quinto. In this powerful and riveting novel reminiscent of Liane Moriarty's Truly, Madly, Guilty, literary phenomenon Christos Tsiolkas unflinchingly exposes the inner workings of domestic life, friendship, and parenthood in the twenty-first century, and reminds us of the passions and malice that family loyalty can provoke. When a man slaps another couple’s child at a neighborhood barbecue, the event send unforeseeable shock waves through the lives of all who are witness to it. Told from the points of view of eight people who were present, The Slap shows how a single action can change the way people think about how they live, what they want, and what they believe forever. From the Trade Paperback edition.
I Am David

I Am David

Author: Anne Holm, L. W. Kingsland
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0152051619
Pages: 239
Year: 1965
Having escaped from the eastern European concentration camp where he has spent most of his life, twelve-year-old David struggles to cope with an entirely strange world as he flees northward to freedom in Denmark. Originally published as North to Freedom. An ALA Notable Book. Simultaneous.
Blueback

Blueback

Author: Tim Winton
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0857976354
Pages: 160
Year: 2014-06-25
The final volume in the iconic Penguin Australian Children's Classics series, Blueback is a deceptively simple allegory about a boy who matures through fortitude, and finds wisdom by living in harmony with all forms of life. A beautiful distillation of Winton's art and concerns.
A Fortunate Life

A Fortunate Life

Author: Albert Barnett Facey
Publisher:
ISBN: 0670076899
Pages: 203
Year: 2013

Blueback

Blueback

Author: Tim Winton
Publisher: Penguin Group Australia
ISBN: 1743484240
Pages: 160
Year: 2014-06-25
The final volume in the iconic Penguin Australian Children's Classics series, Blueback is a deceptively simple allegory about a boy who matures through fortitude, and finds wisdom by living in harmony with all forms of life. A beautiful distillation of Winton's art and concerns.
A Fortunate Soldier

A Fortunate Soldier

Author: Ken Perkins
Publisher: Brassey's
ISBN:
Pages: 198
Year: 1988