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Stead, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Stead is Sydney-born and is the niece of acclaimed Australian novelist Christina Stead. From childhood, Elizabeth was greatly inspired by her grandfather, David George Stead, pioneer naturalist, conservationist and storyteller. Elizabeth has published short fiction, and three previous novels, The Fishcastle, The Different World of Fin Starling and The Book of Tides.
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The Aunts' House

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Do you accept the life you’re given or fight for the life you want?


The Gospel Of Gods And Crocodiles

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Stranger than anything was Amen Morley. Stranger than anything they had ever known, with his sparse, colourless hair barely covering a skull burned pink by the sun and wild eyes and wet lips full of air and blubber and white cloth covering skin fatter than a sack of sago. Missionary Amen Morley arrives on a tropical island to find a community largely untouched by the modern world. A magnet for eccentric characters, the island paradise soon becomes a hotspot of conflicting cultures. The preachers are competing to save souls, while others have come to make a new beginning. There’s Herbert Glass, the English doctor who cures clocks, Missy Wing, the Chinese trader, and Sam Maitland, who the locals dub the ‘crocodile man’. The islanders are bemused by the behaviour of these strange intruders. But instead of being the ones doing the converting, the foreigners end up most transformed by this extraordinary place. The Gospel of Gods and Crocodiles is overflowing with subversive wit, brilliant observations and larger-than-life characters. This bold novel is suffused with Elizabeth Stead’s unique literary style and humour. Bookseller + Publisher - 5 star review: 'This is a thoroughly entertaining book, beautifully written, with a lightness of touch and a sense of humour reminiscent of Evelyn Waugh. Part fable, part black comedy and part love story, this is a book which challenges beliefs and traditional roles with humour and insight.'


The Sparrows of Edward Street

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In 'The Sparrows of Edward Street', acclaimed author Elizabeth Stead uses her clear eye and sharp wit to recreate a little-known corner of Australian post-war history.


The Sparrows of Edward Street

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Sydney, 1948: When Hanora Sparrow and her teenage daughters, Rosy and Aria, fall upon difficult times they must move to a housing commission camp on the outskirts of the city.