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The establishment of this paperback imprint of Angus Robertson was spearheaded by Beatrice Davis. It started with print runs of 20,000 in 1961 (Paper Empires: History of Book in Australia, 18).This paperback series, published by Angus and Robertson, contains both numbered and unnumbered volumes.

Includes

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y separately published work icon Sowers of the Wind : A Novel of the Occupation of Japan Sowers of the Wind T. A. G. Hungerford , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1954 Z151442 1954 single work novel war literature Sydney : Pacific Books , 1961
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y separately published work icon Coonardoo : The Well in the Shadow Katharine Susannah Prichard , 1928 Z1081769 1928 single work novel (taught in 39 units) Set in North-West of Western Australia, it describes life on cattle stations and the relationship between the white owner of the station and Coonardoo, an Aboriginal woman. Sydney : Pacific Books , 1961
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y separately published work icon The Sands of Windee Arthur W. Upfield , Z1515870 1931 single work novel crime detective

'An Inspector Bonaparte Mystery featuring Bony, the first Aboriginal detective. Why had Luke Marks driven specially out to Windee? Had he been murdered or had he,as the local police believed, wandered away from his car and been overwhelmed in a dust-storm? When Bony noticed something odd in the background of a police photograph, he begins to piece together the secrets of the sands of Windee. Here is the original background to the infamous Snowy Rowles murder trial.'

Sydney : Pacific Books , 1961
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y separately published work icon Death of a Swagman Arthur W. Upfield , New York (City) : Doubleday , 1945 Z258342 1945 single work novel crime detective mystery Sydney : Pacific Books , 1964
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y separately published work icon Into the Sun : A Blue Hills Novel Blue Hills in the Sun : a Blue Hills novel Gwen Meredith , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1961 Z1292451 1961 single work novel At Oolera, an isolated township in Central Australia, Sister Heather Jamieson of the A.I.M. answers a radio call for help from an injured stockman on Cooper Downs Station. There she is soon crossing swords with the owner, Ric Carson, who, accepting hardships for himself, invites no woman to share them. This warmly realistic novel gives a vivid picture of life in the Inland and of its impact on the British migrant who is a vital element in the Australian scene today. (Half-title page of Into the Sun) Sydney : Pacific Books , 1965
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y separately published work icon No Moon Tonight D. E. Charlwood , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1956 Z242793 1956 single work autobiography war literature Don Charlwood, a wartime navigator with the Royal Australian Air Force, was posted in the winter of 1942 to 103 Squadron at Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire. Here he tells the breath-taking true story of a wartime bomber crew facing the hazards of bombing strongly defended targets such as Essen, Dusseldorf and Berlin, and writes sympathetically and understandingly of the hopes and fears of the crews as squadron losses mounted. Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1956
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y separately published work icon The Devil's Steps Arthur W. Upfield , New York (City) : Doubleday , 1946 Z1174558 1946 single work novel detective Sydney : Pacific Books , 1967
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y separately published work icon The Battlers Kylie Tennant , London : Gollancz , 1941 Z250421 1941 single work novel (taught in 1 units)

'The flowers flared up from the ground unconquerable. The unrepentant gaiety of the weed, the burning blues and crimsons, set the hills glowing.

''It's a plant that's struck it lucky,' the Stray said thoughtfully. 'It hasn't got no right, but it's there.'

'The Battlers is the story of Snow, a drifter and wanderer, the waiflike Dancy the Stray, from the slums of Sydney, and the other outcasts who accompany them as they travel the country roads looking for work. Like the weed Patterson's Curse, they 'haven't got no right', but they are there. Based on her own experiences of life on the roads in the 1930s, Tennant tells the story of the motley crowd of travellers with compassion and humour. First published in 1941, The Battlers was awarded the Gold Medal of the Australian Literature Society and shared the S. H. Prior Memorial Prize. More than seventy years later, the book's message of survival against the odds is as relevant today as it was then. ' (Publication summary)

Sydney : Pacific Books , 1967
y separately published work icon My Love Must Wait : The Story of Matthew Flinders Ernestine Hill , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1941 Z843543 1941 single work novel historical fiction

'When Matthew Flinders, the first man to chart and circumnavigate Australia, set sail from England in July 1801, he left behind the intrigues of his homeland but also his young bride of only a few weeks, Ann Chappell. He didn't see her again for more than nine years. During that time he carried out incredible feats of seamanship and navigation, made the first charts of much of the coastline of Australia, and was shipwrecked and later held prisoner by the French on Mauritius.

'Meticulously researched and written with great insight and sensitivity, My Love Must Wait is both a tender portrayal of faithful devotion, and a stirring re-creation of the courage and endurance of one of history's greatest seamen. ' (Publication summary)

Sydney : Pacific Books , 1961
y separately published work icon The Cattle King : The Story of Sir Sidney Kidman Ion L. Idriess , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1936 Z1095091 1936 single work biography

'At the age of 13 Sidney Kidman ran away from home with only five shillings in his pocket. He went on to become a horse dealer, drover, cattle buyer and bush jockey and he also ran a coach business. Above all, Kidman created a mighty cattle empire of more than a hundred stations, fighting droughts, bushfires, floods and plagues of vermin to do so. His enterprise and courage won him a huge fortune and made him a legend. ' (Publication summary)

Sydney : Pacific Books , 1961
y separately published work icon Blue Hills Gwen Meredith , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1950 Z182689 1950 single work novel Sydney : Pacific Books , 1961
y separately published work icon On Our Selection, and, Our New Selection 'Steele Rudd' , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1953 Z228834 1953 selected work short story humour Publishers note indicates this compilation is based on the NSW Bookstall Company's editions of 1909. These comprised fewer stories than the first editions. Sydney : Pacific Books , 1961
y separately published work icon The Man from Snowy River and Other Verses A. B. Paterson , Sydney : Pacific Books , 1961 Z1472898 1961 selected work poetry Different compilation from 1895 selection of the same title. Comprises poems from several Paterson selections. Sydney : Pacific Books , 1961
y separately published work icon Drums of Mer Ion L. Idriess , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1933 Z105236 1933 single work novel historical fiction Sydney : Pacific Books , 1962
y separately published work icon Ralph Rashleigh, or, The Life of an Exile James Tucker , London : Jonathan Cape , 1929 Z869379 1929 single work novel Sydney : Pacific Books , 1962
y separately published work icon Sammy Anderson : Commercial Traveller H. D. Williamson , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1959 Z183253 1959 single work novel humour Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1962
y separately published work icon Winds of Evil Arthur W. Upfield , 1937 single work novel crime Sydney : Pacific Books , 1963
y separately published work icon Pink Flannel Ruth Park , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1955 Z91192 1955 single work novel Sydney : Pacific Books , 1963
y separately published work icon Gallows on the Sand : A Novel Morris West , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1956 Z527948 1956 single work novel

'Twenty chests of minted Spanish gold in a sunken galleon—this is the lure that brings historian Renn Lundigan to a tiny island off Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

'Renn enlists islander Johnny Akimoto to teach him scuba diving, but soon realises there's a far greater danger in the reef than the sharks. Gambling den owner Manny Mannix has followed him to the island, and now he threatens not only Renn and Johnny, but also the beautiful young scientist Pat Mitchell.

'Gallows on the Sand is a fast-paced story of high adventure, with the rich characterisation that made Morris West one of the bestselling writers of his day.'

Source: Publisher's blurb (Allen & Unwin, 2017).

Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1963
y separately published work icon Gold-Dust and Ashes : The Romantic Story of the New Guinea Goldfields Ion L. Idriess , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1933 Z114043 1933 single work prose Sydney : Pacific Books , 1964
y separately published work icon Beyond Blue Hills : The Ternna-Boolla Story Gwen Meredith , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1953 Z1062941 1953 single work novel Taken from the famous ABC Country Hour radio serial, Blue Hills, this novel takes the story a stage further to the coming of Ted and Emmie Lawson to Ternna-Boola and Nahweenah, to their first taste of sheep-station life in the back country, and to the ugly fact of colour prejudice. (Publisher's blurb) Sydney : Pacific Books , 1964
y separately published work icon Sandy's Selection and Back at Our Selection 'Steele Rudd' , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1957 Z123151 1957 selected work short story humour Sydney : Pacific Books , 1964
y separately published work icon Flynn of the Inland Ion L. Idriess , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1932 Z201072 1932 single work biography Sydney : Pacific Books , 1965
y separately published work icon The Wild White Man of Badu : A Story of the Coral Sea Ion L. Idriess , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1950 Z105033 1950 single work novel historical fiction Sydney : Pacific Books , 1965
y separately published work icon The Red Chief : As Told by the Last of his Tribe Ion L. Idriess , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1953 Z105445 1953 single work autobiography Indigenous story

Young warrior Red Kangaroo, by his mental and physical prowess, becomes a chief of his tribe - the revered and powerful Red Chief of the Gunnedah district. His story is handed down from generation to generation by its hero's tribe and given by the last survivor, Bungaree, to the white settlers of the district.

Sydney : Pacific Books , 1965
y separately published work icon My Mate Dick Ion L. Idriess , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1962 Z1097976 1962 single work autobiography Sydney : Pacific Books , 1965
y separately published work icon The Irishman : A Novel of Northern Australia Elizabeth O'Conner , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1960 Z221081 1960 single work novel Sydney : Pacific Books , 1965
y separately published work icon Mr Jelly's Business Arthur W. Upfield , Z1369402 1932 single work novel crime Sydney : Pacific Books , 1965
y separately published work icon Bushranger of the Skies Arthur W. Upfield , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1940 Z849009 1940 single work novel crime detective Sydney : Pacific Books , 1965
y separately published work icon In Crocodile Land : Wandering in Northern Australia Ion L. Idriess , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1946 Z848787 1946 single work biography travel Sydney : Pacific Books , 1966
y separately published work icon While the Billy Boils Henry Lawson , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1896 Z822461 1896 selected work short story Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1966-1967
y separately published work icon Keep Him My Country Mary Durack , London : Constable , 1955 Z419406 1955 single work novel Sydney : Pacific Books , 1966
y separately published work icon The Ridge and the River : A Novel T. A. G. Hungerford , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1952 Z869333 1952 single work novel war literature A novel based on the author's experiences while serving with the 2/8 Australian Commando Squadron in New Guinea, New Britain and Bougainville during World War II. Sydney : Pacific Books , 1966
y separately published work icon The Pacific Book of Bush Ballads Douglas Stewart (editor), Nancy Keesing (editor), Sydney : Pacific Books , 1967 Z385274 1967 anthology poetry Sydney : Pacific Books , 1967
y separately published work icon All the Green Year D. E. Charlwood , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1965 Z242695 1965 single work novel

'It was the end of an era; a year of ‘outlandish happenings’; a time when everything seemed to change for Charlie Reeve, a daydreaming lad growing up in a small town on the Mornington Peninsula.

'His teacher and dad are giving him a hard time, his neighbour Squid keeps getting him into trouble, and his best mate Johnno is busy seeing a girl—which leads Charlie to a nasty fight with Big Simmons.

'First published in 1965, and subsequently made into a popular ABC TV series, All the Green Year is the story of a boy’s journey towards adulthood—‘not only the humour of it but its drama and pain’, as the 96-year-old Don Charlwood writes in his revised afterword.

'This Text Classics edition of one of Australia’s most loved coming-of-age novels comes with a new introduction by Michael McGirr, author of the bestseller Things You Get for Free. (Publication summary : Text Classics)

Sydney : Pacific Books , 1967
y separately published work icon Jonah Louis Stone , London : Methuen , 1911 Z823874 1911 single work novel (taught in 1 units)

'Jonah, born a hunchback, is feared and revered in equal measure as the ruthless leader of the Push, a violent gang that terrorises the slums of Waterloo. Chook, a fellow member of the Push, is Jonah's loyal best friend. But after a chance encounter with his son, the result of a casual affair, Jonah decides to abandon the larrikin life and settle down. He marries Ada, the mother of his child, and takes advantage of an opportunity to open his own business. Chook, too, leaves the Push and finds love in the arms of factory worker, Pinkey. But can either man escape his awful past?'

Source: Publisher's blurb (Text Publishing edition).

Sydney : Pacific Books , 1967
y separately published work icon One Wet Season One Wet Season : A Saga of the Great North West Ion L. Idriess , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1949 Z843721 1949 single work prose travel Stories of the West Kimberley District, Western Australia. Sydney : Pacific Books , 1967
y separately published work icon The Time of the Peacock : Stories Mena Abdullah , Ray Mathew , New York (City) : Roy Publishers , 1965 Z519582 1965 selected work short story Most of the twelve stories in the collection are narrated by the small Indian girl, Nimmie, who weaves together the sometimes happy, sometimes sad, strands of a mixed Moslem and Hindu Indian-Australian home community in near physical isolation from city or town life. Sydney : Pacific Books , 1967
y separately published work icon Softly Tread the Brave : A Triumph Over Terror, Devilry, and Death by Mine Disposal Officers John Stuart Mould,G.C.,G.M., and Hugh Randal Syme, G.C., G.M. and Bar Ivan Southall , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1960 Z561248 1960 single work biography war literature Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1967
y separately published work icon The Great Australian Loneliness Ports of Sunset; Australian Frontier Ernestine Hill , London : Jarrold , 1937 Z280800 1937 single work autobiography travel An account of the author's five years of travel through the outback, from Adelaide to Darwin on the Birdsville Track, to the Red Centre and Arnhem Land. Sydney : Pacific Books , 1968
y separately published work icon Lightning Ridge : The Land of Black Opals Lightning Ridge Ion L. Idriess , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1940 Z140883 1940 single work autobiography Sydney : Pacific Books , 1968
y separately published work icon Henry Lawson's Humorous Stories Humorous Stories of Henry Lawson Henry Lawson , Cecil Mann , North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1967 Z387803 1967 selected work short story humour Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1968
y separately published work icon An Author Bites the Dust Arthur W. Upfield , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1948 Z62594 1948 single work novel crime mystery detective Sydney : Angus and Robertson Pacific Books , 1968
y separately published work icon The Bone Is Pointed Arthur W. Upfield , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1938 Z211356 1938 single work novel crime Sydney : Pacific Books , 1968
y separately published work icon The Road to Yesterday : Collected Stories Frank Dalby Davison , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1964 Z567502 1964 selected work short story Sydney : Pacific Books , 1968
y separately published work icon Capricornia : A Novel Xavier Herbert , Sydney : Publicist Publishing Company , 1938 Z352152 1938 single work novel (taught in 7 units)

Arriving in Capricornia (a fictional name for the Northern Territory) in 1904 with his brother Oscar, Mark Shillingworth soon becomes part of the flotsam and jetsam of Port Zodiac (Darwin) society. Dismissed from the public service for drunkenness, Mark forms a brief relationship with an Aboriginal woman and fathers a son, whom he deserts and who acquires the name of Naw-Nim (no-name). After killing a Chinese shopkeeper, Norman disappears from view until the second half of the novel.

Oscar, the respectable contrast to Mark, marries and tries to establish himself on a Capricornian cattle station, Red Ochre, but is deserted by his wife and eventually returns for a time to Batman (Melbourne), accompanied by his daughter Marigold and foster son Norman, who has been sent to him after Mark's desertion.

Oscar rejects the plea of a former employee, Peter Differ, to see to the welfare of his daughter Constance; Constance Differ is placed under the 'protection' of Humboldt Lace, a Protector of Aborigines, who seduces her and then marries her off to another man of Aboriginal descent. Forced into prostitution, Constance is dying of consumption when discovered by a railway fitter, Tim O'Cannon, who will take care of Constance's daughter, Tocky, until his own death in a train accident.
Hearing news in 1928 of an economic boom in Capricornia, Oscar returns to his station, where he is joined by Marigold and Norman, who has grown to manhood believing himself to be the son of a Javanese princess and a solider killed in the First World War. Soon after, he discovers his mother was an Aboriginal woman, and meets his father, with whom he will not reconcile until later in the novel. Norman then goes on a series of journeys to discover his true, Aboriginal self. On the second of these journeys, he meets and wanders in the wilderness with Tocky, who has escaped from the mission station to which she was sent after the death of O'Cannon. During this passage, she kills a man in self-defense, which leads to Norman's being accused of murder, at the same time his father is prosecuted for the death of the Chinese shopkeeper. At the end of the novel they are both acquitted, Heather and Mark are married, and Norman returns to Red Ochre, where he finds the body of Tocky and their child in a water tank in which she had taken refuge from the authorities. (Source: Oxford Companion to Australian Literature)

Capricornia
Sydney : Pacific Books , 1969
y separately published work icon Dead Men Rising : A Novel Kenneth Mackenzie , London : Jonathan Cape , 1951 Z182740 1951 single work novel war literature Fictional account of the Cowra breakout during the Second World War. Sydney : Pacific Books , 1969
y separately published work icon Smithy : The Kingsford-Smith Story Ward McNally , London : Robert Hale , 1966 Z1303714 1966 single work biography Sydney : Pacific Books , 1969
y separately published work icon His Natural Life For the Term of His Natural Life Marcus Clarke , 1870-1872 Z1032375 1870-1872 single work novel (taught in 15 units)

'Scarcely out of print since the early 1870s, For the Term of His Natural Life has provided successive generations with a vivid account of a brutal phase of colonial life. The main focus of this great convict novel is the complex interaction between those in power and those who suffer, made meaningful because of its hero's struggle against his wrongful imprisonment. Elements of romance, incidents of family life and passages of scenic description both relieve and give emphasis to the tragedy that forms its heart.' (Publication summary : Penguin Books 2009)

Sydney : Pacific Books , 1969
y separately published work icon Steak for Breakfast Elizabeth O'Conner , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1958 Z220974 1958 single work autobiography Sydney : Pacific Books , 1969
y separately published work icon A Curate in Bohemia Norman Lindsay , Sydney : N.S.W. Bookstall Company , 1913 Z302497 1913 single work novel Sydney : Pacific Books , 1970
y separately published work icon Long Pig Russell Foreman , New York (City) : McGraw-Hill , 1958 Z364160 1958 single work novel historical fiction Sydney : Pacific Books , 1970
y separately published work icon Halfway to Anywhere Norman Lindsay , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1947 Z286591 1947 single work novel Sydney : Pacific Books , 1970
y separately published work icon Here's Luck Lennie Lower , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1930 Z1174152 1930 single work novel humour (taught in 1 units) Sydney : Pacific Books , 1970
y separately published work icon A Second Helping Elizabeth O'Conner , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1969 Z872294 1969 single work autobiography Sydney : Pacific Books , 1970
y separately published work icon Tell Morning This Kylie Tennant , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1967 Z251317 1967 single work novel Sydney : Pacific Books , 1970
y separately published work icon Into the Smother : A Journal of the Burma-Siam Railway Ray Parkin , London : Hogarth Press , 1963 Z865512 1963 single work autobiography Sydney : Pacific Books , 1970
y separately published work icon Out of the Smoke : The Story of a Sail Ray Parkin , London : Hogarth Press , 1960 Z1201039 1960 single work autobiography Sydney : Pacific Books , 1970
y separately published work icon Grey Gladiator : H.M.A.S. Sydney with the British Mediterranean Fleet George Johnston , Sydney London : Angus and Robertson , 1941 Z972304 1941 single work non-fiction Action at Sea Lioness of the Seas Sydney : Pacific Books , 1971
y separately published work icon Seven Poor Men of Sydney Christina Stead , London : Peter Davies , 1934 Z461354 1934 single work novel (taught in 18 units)

'Seven Poor Men of Sydney is a brilliant portrayal of a group of men and women living in Sydney in the 1920s amid conditions of poverty and social turmoil.

Set against the vividly drawn backgrounds of Fisherman's (Watson's) Bay and the innercity slums, the various characters seek to resolve their individual spiritual dilemmas; through politics, religion and philosophy.

Their struggles, their pain and their frustrations are portrayed with consummate skill in this memorable evocation of a city and an era.' (Publication summary)

Sydney : Pacific Books , 1971
y separately published work icon The Advancement of Spencer Button Brian James , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1950 Z89154 1950 single work novel

'Bringing all the power and richness of his tale as a short story writer to this, his first novel, Brian James creates an unforgettable picture of a man who always did the right thing.

Spencer Button is a hero who completely lacks heroic qualities. At heart he is romantic and likes to cut a good figure; but he is conventional, careful and ambitious, and timidity and circumstance relentlessly mould him. The chief enemy to his development as a human being is, in fact, the Public Service - an ogre he has served since boyhood; and the assiduity with which he studies his advancement in the Department destroys him as a man. For Spencer Button is a State school teacher.

Iron humour and a fine sense of the ridiculous both make and heighten the tragedy that is Spencer Button. This is the unspectacular tragedy of everyday life, infinitely moving when realized. But upper-most is the irresistible humour of characters like Auntie May and Uncle Fred, of episodes like the inspection of Selkirk school and the coming of the new music master to Simmons Street.

Brian James has a penetrating grasp of character and an astonishing range of mood. Off-setting portraits of exquisite absurdity are scenes that are masterly in their macabre pathos: The downfall of Winnie Ogg, the object of Spencer's first romance; the disintegration of Mr Foll who sacrifices himself to his son's career. Spencer's courtship of Susie, their marriage and its formal banality, his discovery of the warmth and vitality he has missed - these are so acutely drawn as to be almost painful in their reality.

Pedagogic grievances and ambitions, jealousies and snobberies, eternal and never-changing, are shown against a panorama of Australian life from the nineties to the present day. It is an impressive picture of infinite variety, an arresting and challenging story that never fails as entertainment.' (Publisher's blurb)

North Ryde : Pacific Books , 1974
y separately published work icon Come in Spinner Florence James , Dymphna Cusack , Melbourne : Heinemann , 1951 Z846941 1951 single work novel The action revolves largely around the Hotel South Pacific where the girls and the 'occupying' American troops meet in the vestibule, while upstairs in the Marie Antionette beauty salon the attendants Deb, Guinea and Claire, each with her own complicated romantic entanglement, work long hours to disguise the shortcomings of their rich, fat clientele. A book sharply observant of the new era ushered in by WWII. North Ryde : Pacific Books , 1981

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