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Books for theatre lovers.

Monologues, two-handers, three-acts and ensembles: some book narratives are made for the transition to the stage. Likewise, some playhouse plotlines scream out (theatrically, of course) to be fleshed out in a more literary fashion. Here are some books that began on the boards, and some plays that leapt from the page.

  • The Drover's Wife is utterly authentic, brilliantly plotted, thoroughly harrowing and entirely of our times exploring race, gender, violence and inheritance.

  • Winner of the Miles Franklin Award and recognised as one of the greatest works of Australian literature, Cloudstreet is Tim Winton's sprawling, comic epic about luck and love, fortitude and forgiveness, and the magic of the everyday.

  • Avalanche is the book that's finally been written on IVF treatment: a courageous, compelling and ultimately wise account of a profoundly important and widespread experience. At the heart of this work is an exploration of who and how we love. It's a story we can all relate to – about the dreams we have, defeated or otherwise, for ourselves, our loves and relationships.

  • A beautiful new Vintage Classics edition to celebrate the 15th anniversary of this wise, blackly funny, radically imaginative novel

  • Beautiful clothbound edition of Victor Hugo's tale of injustice, heroism and love, ahead of the major new film starring Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe.

  • 'Wherever they's a fight so hungry people can eat, I'll be there. Wherever they's a cop beatin' up a guy, I'll be there.

  • The legendary Pelican Shakespeare series features authoritative and meticulously researched texts paired with scholarship by renowned Shakespeareans. Each book includes an essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare’s time, an introduction to the individual play, and a detailed note on the text used.

  • The gripping new thriller from the number-one Sunday Times bestselling author of The Thirst.

  • Alison Ashley. She was the most beautiful, graceful, elegant thing you ever saw in your life . . . And from the first day I hated her.

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