High Country Books

OUR BOOKSHOP STOCKS quality indie fiction and non-fiction, and titles by authors who commit to visiting us for our annual writer’s festival

Night Train to Varanasi, by Sean Doyle

Paperback non-fiction (price includes postage and handling). Blending erudition, humour and paternal angst, this is a beautifully nuanced exploration of a father–daughter relationship set against the backdrop of one of the world’s most intense cultural experiences. A compelling rollercoaster about parenting, ageing and the challenges of India.


The Breaking, by Irma Gold

Paperback fiction (price includes postage and handling). In Thailand, Hannah meets a fierce and gutsy Australian expat who sweeps her into thrilling adventures rescuing elephants. As they head deeper and deeper into the fraught world of elephant tourism, their lives become tangled in ways Hannah never imagined. But how far will they go to save a life?


Tank Water, by Michael Burge

Paperback fiction (price includes postage and handling). James Brandt didn’t look back when he got away from his rural hometown as a teenager. Now he has returned to Kippen for the first time in twenty years because his cousin Tony has been found dead under the local bridge. A coming-of-age story and crime thriller with a large and gentle heart.



The Food Solution, by Dr Gundula Rhoades

Paperback non-fiction (price includes postage and handling). Do you suffer from one of the many modern-day diseases? Are you overwhelmed by the state of the planet? Don’t despair… there is hope! Dr Gundula Rhoades shows you how, by making just one lifestyle change, you can reclaim your health and save the planet from your kitchen.


The Full Mandy, by Mandy Nolan

Paperback non-fiction (price includes postage and handling). A collection of Mandy’s provocative and humorous columns, courting controversy with topics close to her heart: social justice, feminism, climate change, kids and family, ageing and body image. Acerbic, gently mocking, heart-wrenching and most times downright funny.


Small Mercies, by Richard Anderson

Paperback fiction (price includes postage and handling). A husband and wife living on a severely drought-afflicted property take a brief break, only to find that their relationship is parched, too. Told with enormous heart, this is a story of a couple who feel they must change to endure, and of the land that is as important as their presence on it.


Red Herrings for Breakfast, by Annabet Ousback

Paperback non-fiction (price includes postage and handling). Annabet and her brother Anders grew up in the boatshed on Balmoral Beach, exposed to irrational discipline from their parents. He became an international restaurateur; she a children’s clothing designer. Despite their outward success, neither could escape the legacy of their upbringing.


Too Much Lip, by Melissa Lucashenko

Paperback fiction (price includes postage and handling). Wise-cracking Kerry Salter has spent a lifetime avoiding her hometown and prison. But now her Pop is dying and she’s an inch away from the lockup, so she heads south on a stolen Harley. Gritty and darkly hilarious, Too Much Lip offers redemption and forgiveness where none seems possible.


Hearing Maud, by Jessica White

Paperback non-fiction (price includes postage and handling). After losing most of her hearing at age four, Jessica turned to reading and writing for solace, eventually establishing a career as a writer. Via the story of Maud Praed, the deaf daughter of 19th century Queensland novelist Rosa Praed, Jessica began to understand her own experiences of deafness.


Rural Dreams, by Margaret Hickey

Paperback fiction (price includes postage and handling). Funny, heartbreaking and true, the characters in this short story collection are the people we know and grew up with. Some of them might even be us. Written through the lens of landscape, Rural Dreams highlights the richness of life on the land and showcases the beauty of lives lived outside city walls.


Puzzled, by Daniel Seed and Graeme Seed

Hardback non-fiction (price includes postage and handling). From French spies to Flemish painters, Lincoln’s beard to beer can patents, child labour laws to the Great Depression, ‘Puzzled’ is a captivating journey exploring the jigsaw puzzle phenomenon and how expensive collectibles became a mass-produced commodity enjoyed by millions.


Surviving New England, by Callum Clayton-Dixon

Paperback non-fiction (price includes postage and handling). A history of Aboriginal resilience through the first forty years of the ‘Colonial Apocalypse’. This book highlights First Nations’ resistance to colonisation in the New England region, breaking through the “dominant myth of peaceful settlement”. Essential reading for history lovers.


You Had Me at Hola, by Leigh Robshaw

Paperback non-fiction (price includes postage and handling). In 1995 Leigh leaves home for the first time to backpack through Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru for three months. A lost soul with a deep-seated desire for love and adventure – and an obsession with Latin America – she is willing to embrace everything this fascinating continent has to offer. WINNER OF THE 2020 HIGH COUNTRY INDIE BOOK AWARD!


Kids in the Garden, by Mary Moody

Paperback non-fiction (price includes postage and handling). Mary Moody introduces children to the joys of gardening in this fun book: what to plant and when, how to prepare the soil and the right tools to use; and how to grow herbs, vegetables, salad greens, mushrooms and flowers. Includes simple recipes and craft to get your young people out there!


Untethered, by Hayley Katzen

Paperback non-fiction (price includes postage and handling). When an urban academic moves to a remote cattle property to live with her farmer girlfriend, she hopes to find home. But this is no happy-ever-after tree change. In a place where people live by their own rules, Hayley must confront her limitations and preconceptions to forge her own identity.


Four Hot Chips, by Jo-Ann Capp

Paperback non-fiction (price includes postage and handling). Jo-Ann and David Capp’s world is shattered when their five-year-old son Reid is diagnosed with Ewings sarcoma. As Reid’s condition deteriorates, so too does the health of Jo and David’s marriage. A story of family, work, social, financial and educational upheaval, told with a gripping honesty.


A Drop in the Ocean, by Jenni Ogden

Fiction paperback (price includes postage and handling). Anna runs a lab researching Huntington’s disease at a Boston university. When her long-standing grant is pulled, she takes a leap and agrees to spend a year monitoring a remote campsite on Turtle Island in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. What could be better for an introvert with shattered self-esteem?


Nobody Told Me My Legs Don’t Work, by Travis C. Yates

Non-fiction paperback (price includes postage and handling). The world Travis and his wife Renea spent ten-plus years creating is turned upside down when they find their seven-year-old Golden Retriever, Keegan, left paralysed from a stroke. This book follows a remarkable journey in the world uncertainty that comes with a “down dog”.


Infants of the Brush, by A. M. Watson

Paperback fiction (price includes postage and handling). Egan is sold to Master Armory for a few coins that his family desperately needs. As one of eight broomers, he quickly learns that life depends on obedience and the coins he earns. Broken and starving, the boys discover friendship as they struggle to save five guineas, the cost of a broomer’s independence.


Echo Hall, by Virginia Moffatt

Paperback fiction (price includes postage and handling). In the early nineties, newlywed Ruth Flint arrives at Echo Hall to find an unhappy house full of mysteries that its occupants won’t discuss. When her husband, Adam, is called up to the Gulf War, her shaky marriage is tested to the core. As Ruth discovers the secrets of Echo Hall, will she be able to bring peace to the Flint family?


The House by the Marsh, by William Blyghton

Paperback fiction (price includes postage and handling). One morning just before lunch Caroline stopped breathing. Bereft, a small madness fell upon William. Fleeing to his flat in London, he locked himself away. Then, quite by chance, although nothing is by chance, William came to live in Suffolk, in the house by the marsh, and here a sense of ease slowly enveloped him.