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Josephine Cox, Vagabonds, about a woman who returns to England from Australia with her children and is hounded by her cruel uncle; #3 in the Emma Grady trilogy.Mark Dapin, Spirit House (2013), about an Australian man's experiences in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp after the fall of Singapore during World War II, which he relates to his grandson many years later.The Maori initially welcomed European settlers, but as more and more flooded in, displacing the Maori, conflicts erupted into the Land Wars of the 1860s and 1870s.Native Australians, dubbed Aborigines by European settlers, did not fare well as colonization spread, but modern novelists recognize the positive aspects of their culture.For news on the latest reviews, author interviews and additions to this website, see the blog.Jump to: Australia Mysteries set in Australia New Zealand Mysteries set in New Zealand Australia and its surrounding islands were settled by colonists from the British Isles in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, beginning with a penal colony established on the site of the modern city of Sydney in 1788.Fletcher Anthony, Gods of the Inferno, about a present-day Australian woman on a shamanic pilgrimage and a Stone-Age tribe that migrates from Java to Australia; #2 in the Inheritors series.Fletcher Anthony, Spirits of the Earth, about a present-day Australian woman on a shamanic pilgrimage and a Stone-Age tribe that migrates from Java to Australia; #3 in the Inheritors series.
Joy Chambers, Mayfield, about an orphaned young woman who learns to fend for herself in 1860s New South Wales, the wealthy landowner she marries, and the outlaw who holds up their coach on their wedding day Marcus Clarke, For the Term of his Natural Life (1874), about convicts transported to Tasmania; contemporary when written. Clarke, Hannah (2010), about Hannah Stanley, an English woman convicted of theft and transported to New South Wales in 1788, where she spent the rest of her life; self-published.
Peter Carey, Oscar and Lucinda (1988), about an Anglican priest and an Australian heiress, both compulsive gamblers, whose lives are changed when he bets her that he can transport a glass church 400 miles across New South Wales; won the 1988 Man Booker Prize.