Keneally brings the First World War vividly to life in this profound novel of two Australian sisters who join the war effort as nurses and are sent first to the Dardanelles and then on to the Western Front. Whilst the focus of the novel takes in the whole canvas of the First World War, the relationship between the sisters provides an unusually fresh and intimate perspective. A searing novel from an exceptionally eloquent author.
A novel about a divorcee living in the Australian outback, writing a book on Henry James and losing his dog. Part mystery and part love story, this is a well-written and intricate novel long-listed for the Booker prize.
This wonderful romp, packed with martinis, plastic surgery, and the most fabulous parties Manhattan has ever seen follows the romance that blooms in the aftermath of a chance encounter with surgeon of note Harrison Hannifan, and the elusive but alluring Mimi. A glorious book, bringing all the best of a New York romance to life. Neurosis, drama, comedy, but most of all, love. A treat!
Undoubtedly one of Carey's most dazzling books, this earned him his second Booker Prize in 2001. He brings Ned Kelly, Australia's most famous bushranger, brilliantly to life. A modern Australian classic.
Though 'Theft' lacks some of the poetry and grace of his earlier novels, Carey still manages to succeed in creating unforgettable characters, this time in the form of the Boone brothers: artist Butcher Bones and his 'damaged two-hundred-and-twenty-pound brother' Hugh.
This epic, comic novel recounts the life of 139 year old confidence trickster Herbert Badgery, one of Carey's most vividly realised and inventive characters. Full of hilarious tales and an enormous supporting cast of characters, this is one of Carey's best works.
One of Carey's earliest novels, "Bliss" recounts the story of advertising excutive Harry Joy, who, following a heart attack, comes back to life only to be convinced he is actually in hell. Sharply comic and satirical.
This collection brings together stories from 'The Fat Man in History' and four previously uncollected stories: 'Joe', 'Concerning the Greek Tyrant', 'A Million Dollars' Worth of Amphetamines' and ' A Letter to Our Son'.
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.
A startling debut from this young New Zealand writer which explores the aftermath of an affair between a student and a teacher. It is superbly written, with an intricate, artful plot, although at times a little too stylised.
An engaging thriller about the effects of perceived terrorism on the life of an innocent party who, literally overnight, becomes enemy number one and a suspected 'home-grown' terrorist. Although it can feel a little unrealistic at times, it nevertheless provides an interesting perspective on modern society's fears.
Published for the first time since it was completed in 1963, this intensely personal novel is the beautiful and poetic story of a young woman living in England, longing to return to her native New Zealand. Recommended.
The harsh beauty and intense heat of the outback is brought into vivid perspective in this story of loner Skip, who enlists a stranger as her travelling companion as she searches the wilderness for her missing father.
Interesting publisher of lost classics, this time Capuchin Classics have resuscitated a story about a threatened Maori community on the coast of New Zealand. A natural, well-crafted novel that genuinely reflects the oral style of these people and their ancient social and cultural traditions.
This hugely entertaining and darkly comic novel features a wonderful cast of colourful characters and gleefully depicts the chaos that ensues when an unexpected visitor arrives on a remote Pacific island.