House of Books

About House of Books

Looking for the work of Thea Astley, Alan Marshall, Eleanor Dark,  Dymphna Cusack, Katharine Susannah Pritchard,  Xavier Herbert,  Kylie Tennant,  Miles Franklin, Marcus Clarke or Henry Handel Richardson? Or perhaps your  favourite book  by  Blanche d'Alpuget, Thea Astley, Nick Earls, Andrew Riemer, Judith Armstrong  or Rodney Hall - now long out of print?

At Allen & Unwin, we believe that good books should never die.

The House of Books aims to bring Australia's cultural and literary heritage to a broad audience by creating affordable print and ebook editions of the nation's most significant and enduring writers and their work. The fiction, non-fiction, plays and poetry of generations of Australian writers published before the advent of ebooks will now be available to new readers, alongside a selection of more recently published books.

The House of Books is an eloquent collection of Australia's finest literary achievements, and the digital revolution is helping bring us all closer to the books and writers of Australia's literary tradition.

The House of Books makes accessible a library of authors and their books at affordable prices to a whole new readership. Some books  have long been out of print, some have recently slipped into oblivion but the House of Books should be the first stop for all readers of Australian fiction and non-fiction.

Books will be available simultaneously as ebooks and print editions (using POD  - print on demand technology).

Ask your local bookseller for the print editions  - or they are available for purchase from the Allen & Unwin website.

Ebook editions are available from Readings, Pages & Pages and all Australian independent booksellers with an ebook platform, as well as from Kindle, Kobo, Google, Borders, Angus & Robertson, Dymocks, Booktopia, Collins and the Coop Bookshop.

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A Boat Load of Home Folk

by Thea Astley

Only the force of a hurricane could reveal the deepest currents of their ordinary lives.

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A Bough in Hell

by Dymphna Cusack

A compassionate and perceptive story of a woman's effort to escape from the nightmare of alcohol addiction.

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A Radical Life

by Russel Ward

A memoir from the influential and controversial historian of The Australian Legend

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Balloonist

by MacDonald Harris

An adventure story about an expedition by balloon to the North Pole in 1897.

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Banjo Paterson

by Selected and introduced by Richard Hall

A new and lively selection of poetry and prose that brings together all the old classics along with the not-so-well-known and the off-beat.

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Black Lightning

by Dymphna Cusack

Cusack's classic that broke new ground in its treatment of the values of present-day Australia and in its picture of the changing Aboriginal world.

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Black Sheep

by Nicholas Jose

Nicholas Jose's report on Australia's Far North has an engagingly anecdotal air, but the easygoing surface is a cover for a disturbing story of dispossession and genocide.' J.M. Coetzee

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Blood is a Stranger

by Roland Perry

A stylish and brilliantly paced thriller from a great Australian writer.

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Candelo

by Georgia Blain

The place, the impetuousness of youth, the heat of a desolate town. Choices made unthinkingly. Young lives that would never be the same again, and the secrets that come to light years after.

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Captain Starlight's Apprentice

by Kathryn Heyman

'A tale of passion and courage . Heyman weaves the strands together with an imaginative gusto that echoes the great Angela Carter . delightful.' - The Times

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Closed for Winter

by Georgia Blain

Something happened that day on the jetty . A haunting novel of family secrets.

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Coda

by Thea Astley

Thea Astley's brilliant satire on old age shimmers with grief and irony. One of Australia's most important novelists, Thea Astley, is at her most wickedly funny and pertinent in Coda.

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Disreputable People

by Penelope Rowe

A short story collection about families and the secrets they hold.

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Disturbing Element

by Xavier Herbert

Often comic, often tragic, Disturbing Element is the story of an Australian literary legend written in his own classic style.

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Dreamtime Alice

by Mandy Sayer

A vivid, seductive, gorgeously written memoir that recounts the fascinating years Mandy Sayer spent performing on the streets of New York and New Orleans with her father

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Dunciad Minor

by A. D. Hope

A literary satire first published in 1950, and notorious in its day.

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Eliza Fraser

by Kenneth Cook

From the violent, bawdy colonial past comes a tale of lust and adventure.

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Faces in the Rain

by Roland Perry

A stylish and brilliantly paced thriller from a great Australian writer.

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For the Term of His Natural Life

by Marcus Clarke

The classic novel of convict Australia, For the Term of His Natural Life is a novel of tremendous power, and also of suffering and inhumanity.

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Frill-Necked Frenzy

by Kenneth Cook

A collection of short stories, mostly humorous, mostly autobiographical, uniquely Australian.

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Girl with a Monkey

by Thea Astley

Thea Astley's first novel, back in print.

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Golden Miles

by Katharine Susannah Prichard

The second novel in Katharine Susannah Prichard's stirring saga about the lives of a remarkable woman and her family during the gold rush in Western Australia.

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Goodbye Girlie

by Patsy Adam-Smith

A much-loved Australian tells her own story.

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Green

by Nick Earls

Green charts the friendship of unlikely duo Phil Harris and Frank Green from their early med school days in 1981 to the present day, incorporating all the short stories and the novel World of Chickens.

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Hammers Over the Anvil

by Alan Marshall

A string of vignettes and short stories of life in a Victorian country township, told in the voice of the author as a boy.

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Hear the Train Blow

by Patsy Adam-Smith

The true story of a remarkable young girl growing up in the bush during the Great Depression.

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How Beautiful Are Thy Feet

by Alan Marshall

A compassionate story of workers in a shoe factory during the Depression

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Icebound in Antarctica

by David Lewis and Mimi George

Dr David Lewis tells of his latest expedition in which he sailed to Antarctica in the winter to be intentionally icebound. Much more than a sailor's tale of a voyage of exploration, it is a revelation of the human spirit under duress.

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In Mine Own Heart

by Alan Marshall

The moving account of Alan Marshall's attempts to establish himself as a writer during the Depression.

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Inside Outside

by Andrew Riemer

Andrew Riemer's masterful account of the changes in Australian society in the years after World War II, as experienced by the author and his family after leaving Hungary.

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Jackson's Track

by Daryl Tonkin and Carolyn Landon

An Australian classic: the life of the Gippsland timber miller who marries an Aboriginal woman.

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Jimmy Brockett

by Dal Stivens

A timeless political novel.

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Jungfrau

by Dymphna Cusack

Dymphna Cusack's ground-breaking novel about women's sexuality and aspirations in Australia.

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Just Relations

by Rodney Hall

Winner of the 1982 Miles Franklin Award.

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Keep Your Hands on the Wheel

by Kathryn Heyman

A superb, comic and moving evocation of sibling rivalry in a family with a dark secret.

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Lantana Lane

by Eleanor Dark

Eleanor Dark's last book, a beautifully observed study of life in a small town.

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Larger Than Life

by Xavier Herbert

A masterly and compelling collection of tales about Australia's North from one of the country's literary legends.

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Making Laws for Clouds

by Nick Earls

A brilliant, sometimes hilarious, sometimes painful, insight into how complicated being 18 really is.

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Monica Bloom

by Nick Earls

Step back into the 1980s, complete with cask wine, Bryan Ferry and the Bonanza Steakhouse.

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Monkeys in the Dark

by Blanche d'Alpuget

An exceptional portrayal of life and love in Indonesia among foreign residents after the 1965 coup.

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My Brilliant Career

by Miles Franklin

Miles Franklin's 1901 ground-breaking debut, and an instant sensation. Meet Sybylla Melvyn, the young girl hungering for life and love in outback New South Wales.

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My Career Goes Bung

by Miles Franklin

'Sybylla, with her touching charm, her impetuosity, her inappropriateness, ranks with the great romantic figures of the nineteenth century.' - The London Times

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Mystery Spinner

by Gideon Haigh

Chosen by The Times as one of the 50 Greatest Sports Books of All Time.

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Names for Nothingness

by Georgia Blain

What happens when the life you choose involves denying everyone you love?

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Nice Shootin', Cowboy

by Anson Cameron

A finely crafted collection of award-winning stories.

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Norman Lindsay: A Personal Memoir

by Douglas Stewart

Douglas Stewart's record of thirty years' close friendship with Australia's most controversial artist.

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Perfect Skin

by Nick Earls

Perfect Skin is a witty, moving and highly original snapshot of what it is to be thirysomething in a post-Duran Duran world.

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Picnic Races

by Dymphna Cusack

A comedy that brings to vivid life the ups and downs of a community in which everyone knows - and usually disapproves of - what everyone else is doing.

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Prelude to Christopher

by Eleanor Dark

'A terribly beautiful book' - Miles Franklin

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Program for a Puppet

by Roland Perry

A stylish and brilliantly paced thriller from a great Australian writer.

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Return to Coolami

by Eleanor Dark

An emotional novel that explores the psychological impact of four people thrown closely together during the course of a motor trip from Sydney to the interior of Australia.

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Say No to Death

by Dymphna Cusack

A great story of love and heroism.

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Selected Poems

by A. D. Hope

An important collection of poetry from one of Australia's greatest poets.

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Seven Emus

by Xavier Herbert

Bronco Jones, part-Aboriginal owner of Emu Station in the north of Western Australia, struggles against the machinations of a businessman and an anthropologist in this satirical portrait of anthropological exploitation of Aboriginal sacred sites.

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Silences Long Gone

by Anson Cameron

Black faith. White faith. Whose claim of spiritual allegiance to the land really matters?

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Soldiers' Women

by Xavier Herbert

Xavier Herbert's study of women liberated by the absence or relative scarcity of men during World War II.

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Southern Steel

by Dymphna Cusack

In the industrial city of Newcastle, New South Wales, lies a powerful firm that dominates the town. It is here that Dymphna Cusack sets a dramatic tale of family disunion, feminine rivalries, soldiers' lusts and lovers' ecstasies.

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Springtime in Taranaki

by Douglas Stewart

The story of Douglas Stewart's first twenty-five years until chance and literary ambition conspire to take him to Sydney.

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Such is Life

by Tom Collins

An Australian classic, first published in 1903. Described by its author as of 'temper democratic; bias, offensively Australian', Such is Life gives an illuminating portrait of humanity and of Australia.

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The Accomplice

by Kathryn Heyman

'You can almost smell the seasalt. a superb mix of lyricism and economy.' - Sunday Herald, UK

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The Big Ship

by Gideon Haigh

A biography of Warwick Armstrong, the spiritual forefather of Steve Waugh and his present-day all-conquering Australians, and a literally giant figure in the history of modern cricket.

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The Black Opal

by Katharine Susannah Prichard

The first of Katharine Susannah Prichard's mining novels, Black Opal is considered one of her earliest important novels.

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The Blind Eye

by Georgia Blain

'The Blind Eye captures brilliantly the enervating spirit of an emptied town.' - The Age

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The Breaking

by Kathryn Heyman

Two women. Two very different, heroic lives. Two Australias.

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The Complete Stories of Alan Marshall

by Alan Marshall

Sad stories, funny stories, warm stories, tragic stories - this collection is the very essence of the work of Australia's greatest storyteller.

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The Cross

by Mandy Sayer

A thriller, a love story, a tale of the city.

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The Custodians

by Nicholas Jose

A brilliantly vivid tapestry of the Australian predicament, rich in possibility, but shot through with accident and revelation. Through it all breathes the ancient reality of the land: its red earth and bright air painted with the sure hand of a master.' - Simon Schama

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The Fortunes of Richard Mahony

by Henry Handel Richardson

A superb, sprawling trilogy of a family fortune won and lost in gold-rush Australia.

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The French Tutor

by Judith Armstrong

Albertine is an exquisite rose. For a short, rampant period in spring, she puts out mouth-watering apricot-pink flowers. But her name signifies the unbearable: the likelihood that you are being deceived.

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The Getting of Wisdom

by Henry Handel Richardson

Laura, a spirited and unconventional heroine, attempts to adapt herself to the discipline of school and the unrelenting judgements of her classmates. The freedom of her country childhood seems far behind, as she struggles for dignity and true friendship

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The Habsburg Cafe

by Andrew Riemer

Andrew Riemer's return to the heartland of the Habsburg empire - Austria and Hungary - in 1991, having left there at the age of 10 in 1946.

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The Half-Burnt Tree

by Dymphna Cusack

A passionate, emotional and moving book which weaves the story of two people, each locked in their own tragedy yet linked by an indefinable thread.

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The Little Company

by Eleanor Dark

A novel of wartime Australia.

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The Man on the Headland

by Kylie Tennant

The Man on the Headland is the story of Kylie, her schoolmaster husband, Roddy, and her two children, both born during her time in Laurieton.

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The Missing Heir

by Kylie Tennant

A vivid, vital telling of Kylie Tennant's life

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The Seven Rivers

by Douglas Stewart

The classic account of fly-fishing in Australia and New Zealand. As Stewart makes clear, fishing is about much more than fish.

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The Slow Natives

by Thea Astley

Thea Astley is in top form in this 1965 Miles Franklin Award winner.

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The Sun in Exile

by Dymphna Cusack

Is it worse to be exiled from one's country than from one's heart?

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The Thompson Gunner

by Nick Earls

A gripping tale of a woman caught between two worlds, The Thompson Gunner is a compelling novel of self-discovery that will intrigue, surprise and linger well after the last page.

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This is the Grass

by Alan Marshall

The sequel to Alan Marshall's I Can Jump Puddles.

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To Ride a Fine Horse

by Mary Durack

Patsy Durack was born a poor boy in Ireland, but migrated to Australia in the mid-nineteenth century to build up a pastoral empire in the outback.

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Tuna

by Kenneth Cook

Written with compelling simplicity, Tuna recalls Hemingway's masterpiece The Old Man and the Sea.

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Turtle Beach

by Blanche d'Alpuget

Two women, two worlds. Together they must risk everything

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Unacceptable Behaviour

by Penelope Rowe

A short story collection about families and the secrets they hold.

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Velocity

by Mandy Sayer

A moving, tender and compelling story about a life lived on the edges of society, of poverty, of certainty, of love.

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Wanted Dead

by Kenneth Cook

The roar of Australia's violent past comes to life with a story of some of our most violent bushrangers.

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White Eye

by Blanche d'Alpuget

Animal rights activist Diana Pembridge is embroiled in a tangle of scientific corruption and sexual scandal when her friend, scientist Carolyn Williams, is found murdered.

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Wild Weeds and Windflowers

by Ric Throssell

Katharine Susannah Prichard was a writer of novels internationally acclaimed for their realism and power, a foundation member of the Australian Communist Party, a feminist. Her son, Ric Throssell, has drawn on the memories of a lifetime and a deep and intimate knowledge of his subject in this full and moving account of his mother's life.

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Winged Seeds

by Katharine Susannah Prichard

The final novel in Katharine Susannah Prichard's stirring saga about the lives of a remarkable woman and her family during the gold rush in Western Australia.

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Winter in Jerusalem

by Blanche d'Alpuget

A story of an Australian screenwriter in quest of her past as she returns to Israel, the land of her birth.

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