Lonely Planet have always covered New Zealand well, and this 14th edition is no exception, with comprehensive listings and excellent travel advice. From partying in Auckland to whalewatching in Kaikoura, this guide has it all.
In this beautiful, haunting book, first published in 1987, Chatwin travels across Australia seeking to unravel the mysteries of Aboriginal songlines. These ancient tracks tell the story of the land and hold the secrets of its past. A modern travel classic.
This is arguably Carey's best novel and one of our absolute favourites, a sprawling, comedic and epic tale of the untold love between two extraordinary people, set in 19th century England and Australia.
An excellent guide to the home country of Lonely Planet, this contains a thorough selection of must-see sights, restaurants and budget accommodation for all the major holiday destinations of Australia, along with useful pieces on the history of the country.
Another excellent history of the foundation of the penal colony in New South Wales and its effect on the colonisation of Australia. This account focusses on the first four years of the 'Sydney Experiment' and how this helped create modern Australia.
Sydney is the Australian city most deserving of a Time Out guide, with its fantastic shopping, restaurants and nightlife. This is a useful guide to the city, with comprehensive listings and a large section of the city's arts and entertainment.
The slapping of a three year old child is the trigger for a microscopic analysis of the hopes and fears of suburban Australians. While it is almost painfully intrusive into the minds of its characters, it never fails to grip and deals rigorously with the social and political reality of contemporary Australia.
A brilliant novel set in small town Australia during the 1960s. Charlie Bucktin is the geeky kid in class but his life is turned upside down when local bad boy Jasper Jones knocks on his window late one evening. Utterly absorbing and often very funny, Silvey's novel deals with racism, inhumanity and the awkward process of growing up. We cannot recommend this Australian To Kill a Mockingbird more highly.
Winner of the 2007 Commonwealth Writers Prize, 'Mr Pip' is a wonderful, though ultimately tragic, story of the inhabitants of a small village in the south Pacific, and the eccentric white man who comes among them, determined to reopen the school closed by civil war.