Australian Historical Fiction – Secondary and Older Readers

  The Secret Fate of Mary Watson by Judy JohnsonDrawing on the little-known history of lawless Far North Queensland and based on the true story of a remarkable woman and her intriguing diary, THE SECRET FATE OF MARY WATSON is a thrilling tale of peril and intrigue, infused with a heady combination of beauty and foreboding.

By the winner of a Victorian Premier′s Literary Award, 2007

ISBN: 9780732292508 RRP $32.99

  Act of Faith by Kelly GardinerEngland, 1640. Sixteen-year-old Isabella is forced to flee her home when her father′s radical ideas lead him into a suicidal stand against Oliver Cromwell′s army. Taking refuge in Amsterdam and desperate to find a means to survive, Isabella finds work with an elderly printer, Master de Aquila, and his enigmatic young assistant, Willem.

ISBN: 9780732292805 RRP 19.99 Teaching Notes Available

  The Art of the Engine Driver by Steven CarrollOn a hot summer′s night in the 1950s, the old and the new, diesel and steam, town and country all collide — and nobody will be left unaffected. As a passenger train leaves Spencer Street Station on its haul to Sydney, a family of three — Vic, Rita and their son Michael — are off to a party. George Bedser has invited the whole neighbourhood to celebrate the engagement of his daughter.

ISBN: 9780732288983 RRP 24.99

  Empire Day by Diane ArmstrongEmpire Day, 1948. A back street in Bondi is transformed as the fireworks of Cracker Night cast a magical glow over its humble cottages. But Australia as a whole is being transformed in this postwar era and the people of Wattle Street know that life will never be the same again. The ′reffos′ have moved in, and their strange ways are threatening the comfortable world of salt-of-the-earth locals like Pop Wilson, deserted mum Kath and sharp-tongued Maude McNulty

ISBN: 9780732290900  RRP 32.99

  Watercolours by Adrienne FerreiraEleven-year-old Novi just wants to blend in — not easy when you′re named after a silkworm and have the most eccentric family in town. A descendent of the first Italian silk growers in northern New South Wales, he is an obsessive artist with a habit of drawing the stories of the people around him, and a secret conviction that the river murdered his grandfather.

ISBN: 9780732292164 RRP $29.99


The Ballad of Les Darcy by Peter FitzSimons Torn between the duty he felt he owed his family, and the duty many felt he owed his country, Les made his choice … and faced the consequences.

And so unfolds a ballad of love, war, betrayal, mystery, patriotism and heroism; a ballad of a champion whose story still has the power to move the stoniest heart.

ISBN: 9780732289515 RRP $19.99

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