The Stories of Oz Bookstore features a small but growing selection of the best Australian stories. We pride ourselves on being a no-fuss online store, with fast deliveries of great books, that we always keep in stock. We are located on the Mid North Coast of NSW, near Coffs Harbour, and are dedicated to keeping Australia's history alive.
Postage in Australia is just $3.90 per book. Here are just some of our titles, including some free downloads. More titles are available here.
TODAY ONLY: Use the discount code OZSTORIES (must be all in upper case) to get 10% off your order and free shipping!
Whistler's Bones by Greg Barron
$19.99 plus 3.90 postage.
306 Pages, Trade (large) Paperback.
At the age of fifteen, Charlie left his home in Bendigo and signed on as a drover with Nat Buchanan. Two years later he was a key man on one of Australia’s greatest cattle drives – the Durack family’s epic journey from Cooper’s Creek, Queensland – to the Kimberley.
Stumbling on Charlie’s largely unknown story, and filling in the gaps with fiction, the author has created a novel unique in Australian literature. An unprecedented adventure, and a passionate love story, Whistler's Bones is both a celebration of the good things in the settlement of Northern Australia, and a damning indictment of the bad.
Review in Country Update Magazine:
This is a work that takes the true diarised story of Charlie Gaunt, the Durack family and an epic droving trip of more than two years of unrelenting deprivation – from western Qld to the Kimberley, nearly 5000 ks, in the 1880’s – and upholsters it with fiction, recreating a genesis of Australia’s pastoral history.
Confronting and uncomfortable, and raising more questions than it answers, it seems unbelievable to contemplate this was a real way of life when the west was the last frontier – yet it was. Chapters are preceded by true diary entries and notes that chill and fill the reader with dread yet instil empathy for the hero, the vanquished or the victim, forged to a ruthlessness none so young should ever know.
"An absolute epic story. Loved reading every word and had a lot of trouble putting it down. A fabulous read." M Watson
"Got it, reading it, great book. Can't wait to get to the next chapter. Really enjoying it." S Flanagan
"Just finished reading. Awesome book - they were tough back then." G Davies
"Nearly finished it now and what a great, well researched story. Pretty close to a 10 out of 10 read." S Lucas
"Great read, just finished, couldn't put it down ... highly recommend." P Hynd
"This is a FANTASTIC book. I thoroughly recommend it to everyone. Well done Greg." M Finlay-Franken
"A great story, listened to the interview on Conversations on ABC radio months ago." D Drinkall
"I really enjoyed this book on my Kindle." D Walker
"Well worth reading. A fantastic story." P Firth
"Just read this book ... loved it!" M Balderson
"Reading the book now and it's great." D Pownall
"A great book tells it like it was no sugar coating." L Dunne
"I have just finished reading this book, it is amazing, confronting, and also interesting." G Baker
Read the first three chapters for free here.
Galloping Jones (and other true stories from Australia's history) PAPERBACK
Trade Paperback. 186 pages. $15.90 plus 3.90 postage and handling.
Galloping Jones was a bare-knuckle-fighting larrikin who could tame any horse. Moondyne Joe escaped prison using an ingenious plan that made a whole colony laugh. Caroline Coleman was a settler who raised her children in Western Queensland, and buried her husband behind the store they built near the Thomson River. Nemarluk was an Aboriginal freedom fighter, who terrorised the Daly River region of the Northern Territory.
Based on the popular weekly Stories of Oz history posts, these sketches of Australia’s past will inform and entertain you. Above all, they will remind you of what life was like, in the days before highways and smart phones.
Click here to read a sample chapter.
Galloping Jones - The Ballad of Tom Coolon - The Eulo Queen - The Katherine Terrace Gunman - Nemarluk the Outlaw - Jack and Kate - Nat Buchanan - Catherine Coleman – Pioneer - The “Petticoat” Drovers - The Leviathan - The Town on the Flood Plain - The Girder that Wouldn’t Fit - The McGree Brothers of Taylors Arm - The Nackeroos - The Siege of Dagworth - The Battle of Long Tan - Bennelong - So who the hell was Alice anyway? - Paddy Cahill - Steele Rudd - Buckley’s Chance - A Night in the Woodend Lockup - Moondyne Joe - Elizabeth Woolcock - Mary Watson of Lizard Island - Assisted Immigration - Barbara of the Kaurareg - Charlotte Badger - The Ethel Pirates - The Wreck of the Tryal - The Big Australian - The Opalton Heist - Territory Gold - The Loaded Dog
(Image of stockman credit: National Library of Australia)
Dad and Dave by Steele RuddSale
The brand new Stories of Oz edition of Steele Rudd's two Australian classics: On Our Selection and Our New Selection in a 298 page paperback.
Arthur Davis was six years old when he and his brothers and sisters, walking beside a cart piled high with furniture and farm equipment, found themselves at “Shingle Hut” on the Darling Downs. Their father had arrived a few weeks earlier and knocked up a rough slab hut. Before long – through drought, flood and very occasional plenty – the family had swelled to thirteen children.
By the age of twelve Arthur was earning a living ‘picking up’ at a nearby woolshed, and honing his skills as a jockey. After a stint as a drover, with his brother, his mother arranged for him to apply for the civil service. His application was successful and he soon found himself in the ‘foreign’ world of turn-of-the-century Brisbane.
After a few years in the city he missed the bush so much that he began to read everything he could about life in the outback. Eventually, he had a go at writing his own stories. His first sketch of life growing up in his boisterous family, ‘Starting the Selection,’ was published in the Bulletin Magazine in 1895, championed by J.F. Archibald, the catalyst behind so much great Australian literature. ‘On Our Selection’ was published in full by the magazine in 1899, followed by ‘Our New Selection’ in 1903.
Camp Leichhardt by Greg Barron (Paperback)Sale
- Preorders have been sent and orders are now LIVE.
- Shipping now reduced to just $3.90/book.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Ben Mulligan is a cop from the Northern Territory town of Katherine, with more than his share of problems. When he heads down to Camp Leichhardt, a Grey Nomad camp on the Roper River, to fish and get away from the stresses of life, he finds that all is not what it seems.
Ben uncovers a criminal conspiracy that will destroy lives and wreak havoc on local communities. With the beautiful Malea as his ally, he has to face his past head on, and tackle a cartel intent on making money at any cost. Yet, in doing so, he risks everything, even his own future.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Crime, terrorism, history, international politics and the wide open spaces of outback Australia are all passionate interests of author Greg Barron. He has lived in North America, New South Wales and worked in and around Katherine, Northern Territory, for almost a decade. He once crossed Arnhem Land on foot, and has a passion for the Top End landscape.
His books, published by HarperCollins Australia and Stories of Oz Publishing, are all gutsy pageturners. Rotten Gods was long listed for the prestigious Ned Kelly awards, and has been lauded as "one of the most sophisticated geopolitical thrillers ever written." Savage Tide was described by ABC Radio reviewer Rob Minshull as; "Both supremely intelligent and written at breathtaking pace."
Camp Leichhardt is the first of Greg's Australian stories to see print, and was serialised in 2016 to wide acclaim. Rotten Gods, Savage Tide, Voodoo Dawn and Lethal Sky all feature Marika Hartmann, the Australian intelligence agent who won the hearts of readers all over the world.