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A Fortunate Life
Born in 1894, Facey lived the rough frontier life of a sheep farmer, survived the gore of Gallipoli, raised a family through the Depression and spent sixty years with his beloved wife, Evelyn. Despite enduring hardships we can barely imagine today, Facey always saw his life as a 'fortunate' one.
Teacher Resource, Critical Essay
A Fortunate Life Teacher Resource
Year: 8
Facey, A. B.
Penguin Australia, 1981
A Mother's Disgrace
Adopted as a baby towards the end of World War II, Robert Dessaix grew up haunted by "a shaft of silence" surrounding the question of his natural mother's identity, and of his identity and sexuality.
A Mother's Disgrace
Dessaix, Robert
Angus & Robertson, 1994
Amy and Louis
Amy and Louis are best friends. They live next door to each other. When they want to play they call to each other across the room, across the yard or across the fence using a special word Amy’s mother taught her – Coo-ee.
Teacher Resource
Amy and Louis Teacher Resource
Year: 1
Gleeson, Libby; Blackwood, Freya
Scholastic Australia, 2006
An Imaginary Life
In the first century A. D. Publius Ovidius Naso, the most urbane and irreverant poet of imperial Rome, was banished to a remote village on the edge of the Black Sea. From these sparse facts, one of our most distinguished novelists has fashioned an audacious and supremely moving work of fiction.
An Imaginary Life
Malouf, David
Random House Australia, 1978
Are We There Yet?
Join Grace and her family on their adventurous and sometimes funny expedition. A warm, heartfelt story based on an actual journey undertaken by the much-loved, award-winning author and illustrator, Alison Lester.
Teacher Resource
Are We There Yet? Teacher Resource
Year: 3
Lester, Alison
Penguin Australia, 2004
As I Grew Older
Ian Abdulla's paintings and text offer a snapshot of an Aboriginal family living on a small stretch of the Murray River in South Australia in the 1950s and 1960s.
As I Grew Older
Abdulla, Ian
Working Title Press, 1993
Ash Road
This book deals with one of the big Australian themes – a bush fire and its effects on people especially those who have accidentally caused it.
Teacher Resource
Ash Road Teacher Resource
Year: 6
Southall, Ivan
Text Publishing, 1966
Australians: Origins to Eureka
In this volume of a unique history of Australia where people are always centre stage, bestselling author Thomas Keneally brings to life the vast range of characters who have formed our national story.
Australians: Origins to Eureka
Keneally, Thomas
Allen & Unwin, 1999
Commencing with a school performance of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', the Shakespearean themes of suffering and reconciliation persist as three families on separate holidays are united during a fierce storm.
Teacher Resource, Critical Essay
Away Teacher Resource
Year: 10
Gow, Michael
Currency Press, 1986
David Marr is perhaps the most erudite and readable of our current political commentators. His scathing and insightful biography of Sir Garfield Barwick has become a model of its kind. It is both just and balanced and, as a result, is readable and full of insight.
Marr, David
Allen & Unwin, 2005
Big Rain Coming
A lyrical story about waiting for the rain to come to an isolated Aboriginal community. Tension in the community builds as the rain clouds thicken and grow dark. Everybody waits. When will the rain come?
Teacher Resource
Big Rain Coming Teacher Resource
Year: Foundation
Germein, Katrina; Bancroft, Bronwyn
Penguin Australia, 2002
Births Deaths Marriages: True Tales
Births Deaths Marriage is about life and how we really live it. These true tales move from visits to nudist communes, to losing your virginity; to going to couples' counseling and coping with death in the family.
Births Deaths Marriages: True Tales
Blain, Georgia
Random House Australia, 2008
A stage success, this play tests the relationships between teenagers confronted with a tragedy that affects them all. It also shows how their relationship with their parents affects their responses. A great vehicle for discussion and school-sited performance.
Teacher Resource, Critical Essay
Blackrock Teacher Resource
Year: 11
Enright, Nick
Currency Press, 1996
Broken Song
'Broken Song' straddles a century of Australian history, from the race wars on the frontier to the modern era of aboriginal land rights, tracking Strehlow's creative and tragic life in translation.
Broken Song
Hill, Barry
Random House Australia, 2003
These poems are traces and markings through continuous topographies - streets, shores, bodies. They offer an experience of language underway, of jumping into the midst.
Jones, Jill
Salt Publishing, 2005
Brumby Innes
Written in the 1920s, 'Brumby Innes' confronts the turbulent relations between the sexes and the races in the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia.
Brumby Innes
Prichard, Katharine Susannah
Currency Press, 1940
Bush Studies
Written during the 1890′s, 'Bush Studies' presents a bleak and uncompromising, yet poignant and revealing image of life in the Australian bush. These are not the stories of mates gathered round the fire, but of the dark loneliness of women.
Teacher Resource, Critical Essay
Bush Studies Teacher Resource
Year: 11
Baynton, Barbara
Duckworth and Co., 1902
Café Scheherazade
"In Acland Street, St Kilda, there stands a cafe called Scheherazade." Thus begins Arnold Zable’s haunting meditation on displacement, and the way the effects of war linger in the minds of its survivors.
Café Scheherazade
Zable, Arnold
Text Publishing, 2001
Spanning three generations, 'Capricornia' tells the story of Australia's north. It is a story of whites and Aborigines and Asians, of chance relationships that can form bonds for life, of dispossession, murder and betrayal.
Herbert, Xavier
Angus & Robertson, 1938
The novel’s portrait of life in the precariously settled coastal town of Desperance centres on the powerful Phantom family, leader of the Westend Pricklebush people, and its battles with old Joseph Midnight’s renegade Eastend mob on the one hand, and the white officials of Uptow
Wright, Alexis
Giramondo Publishing, 2006