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

Benevolence, by Julie Janson

Paperback fiction (price includes postage and handling). At an early age Muraging is given over to the Parramatta Native School by her Darug father. Fleeing the school in pursuit of love, she embarks on a journey of discovery and a search for a safe place to make her home. Spanning 1816–35, this tale is set around the Hawkesbury River area, the home of the Darug people.


The Widow of Walcha, by Emma Partridge

Paperback non-fiction (price includes postage and handling). All Mathew Dunbar ever wanted was to find love and have a family. That’s why, just months after meeting Natasha Darcy, the much-loved grazier didn’t hesitate to sign over his multi-million-dollar estate to her. When Mathew died in an apparent suicide soon afterwards, one of the most extraordinary trials began.


The Last Station, by Nicole Alexander

Paperback fiction (price includes postage and handling). Benjamin Dalhunty and his son Julian anxiously await the arrival of the Lady Matilda, the first paddle-steamer to navigate the river in more than two years. Julian wants more from life than the crumbling sheep station, but as the eldest son his future has been set since birth.


The Night Dragon, by Matthew Condon

Paperback non-fiction (price includes postage and handling). In 2017, Vincent O’Dempsey was sentenced to life in prison for the brutal murders of Barbara McCulkin and her two young daughters. This book tells how a famous cold case, a deadly fire and a quest for justice spanning four decades finally brought down one of Australia’s worst killers.


Missing, by Tom Patterson

Paperback non-fiction (price includes postage and handling). In 1972 Mark May is eighteen. He is bright, beautiful and has a scholarship to study law. Ten years later he descends alone into remote gorge country in north-western New South Wales. He lives in rough camps and stays for thirty-five years. Then, on a feeling, his brothers go looking for him.


Write Regardless! by Michael Burge

Paperback non-fiction (price includes postage and handling). Designed for writers who have rejection letters piling up, or those who simply don’t want to approach publishers, Write Regardless! includes this journalist and author’s top tips on how to set up a social media platform and manage the publication process; and the benefits of print on demand services.


The Serpent Rising, by Mary Garden

Paperback non-fiction (price includes postage and handling). Winner of the 2021 High Country Indie Book Award. In 1973, Mary Garden abandoned a promising academic career in Auckland to spend seven years in India at the feet of gurus. Her memoir tells the riveting story of the heaven and hell she experienced under the spell of self-appointed ‘god-men’.


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.


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.