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Amos Tutuola From My Life in the Bush of Ghosts Chinua Achebe 1 From Arrow of God 2 From What Has Literature Got to Do with It7 3 From Anthills of the Savannah Christopher Okigbo Siren Limits Wole Soyinka 1 Abiku 2 From The Lion and the Jewel Buchi Emecheta From The Joys of Motherhood Niyi Osundare Harvestcall Ben Okri Incidents at the Shrine Ama Ata Aidoo 1 The Message 2 Motherhood and the Numbers Game 12 15 21 26 30 33 34 44 xvn 1


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Okot p Bitek From Song of Lawino Ngugi wa Thiong o 1 From A Grain of Wheat 2 From Decolonising the Mind 68 73 79

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M G Vassanji Leaving Abdulrazak Gurnah From Paradise

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Nadine Gordimer Six Feet of the Country Athol Fugard with John Kam and Winston Ntshona From Sizwe Bansi is Dead Lauretta Ngcobo From And They Didn t Die Mbulelo Mzamane My Cousin Comes to Jo burg J M Coetzee From Foe Bessie Head From A Question of Power Tsitsi Dangarembga From Nervous Conditions 96 104 111 117 123 131 137


Jamal Mahjoub From Navigation of a Rainmaker 145

Charles Harpur A Mid Summer Noon in the Australian Forest Marcus Clarke Preface to Poems of the Late Adam Lindsay Gordon Adam Lindsay Gordon The Sick Stockrider Henry Kendall The Last of His Tribe A B Banjo Paterson The Man from Snowy River Henry Lawson 1 The Drover s Wife 2 Middleton s Rouseabout Mary Gilmore Old Botany Bay Bernard O Dowd Australia


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Steele Rudd (Arthur Hoey Davis) Starting the Selection Barbara Baynton The Chosen Vessel Miles Franklin From My Brilliant Career Henry Handel Richardson [Ethel Florence Lindesay Robertson) Proem to Australia Felix Kenneth Slessor



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1 South Country

2 The Night Ride A D Hope Australia James McAuley Terra Austrahs Christina Stead The Schoolboy s Tale Day of Wrath Patrick White 1 The Prodigal Son 2 From The Tree of Man Judith Wright Train Journey Ray Lawler From Summer of the Seventeenth Doll Alan Seymour From The One Day of the Year Oodgeroo Noonuccal [Kath Walker) We Are Going Gwen Harwood Suburban Sonnet Peter Porter Phar Lap in the Melbourne Museum Les Murray 1 Blood 2 Quintets for Robert Morley Bruce Dawe 1 Life Cycle 2 Homecoming Dorothy Hewett From Testament David Williamson From The Club Peter Carey Do You Love Me 7 John Tranter From The False Atlas


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Murray Bail The Drover s Wife Frank Moorhouse The Drovers Wife Barbara Jeffens The Drover s Wife Mudrooroo Narogin (Colin Johnson) They Give Jacky Rights Jack Davis From Kullark Helen Garner The Life of Art Robert Drewe Stingray Sally Morgan A Black Grandmother Kate Grenville From Joan Makes History Tim Winton Neighbours David Malouf From Remembering Babylon

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Frances Brooke From The History of Emily Montague Major John Richardson From Wacousta Catharine Parr Traill From The Backwoods of Canada Sara Jeannette Duncan From The Imperialist Bliss Carman Low Tide on Grand Pre Stephen Leacock From Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town Emily Carr From Klee Wyck E J Pratt From Brebeuf and His Brethren Sinclair Ross From As for Me and My House Hugh MacLennan From Barometer Rising 310 312 314 319 321 322 326 331 334 338

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Elizabeth Smart from By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept Earle Birney 1 Bushed 2 Mappemounde James Reaney Maps AlPurdy 1 Elegy for a Grandfather 2 Roblin s Mills Eh Mandel Grandfather s Painting David Thauberger George Bowenng Grandfather Margaret Laurence From The Diviners Margaret Atwood 1 Progressive Insanities of a Pioneer 2 From Survival A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature 3 The Age of Lead 4 Morning in the Burned House Gwendolyn MacEwen From Terror and Erebus Robertson Davies From Fifth Business Phyllis Webb Marvell s Garden Robert Kroetsch 1 Stone Hammer Poem 2 From The Moment of the Discovery of America Continues Alice Munro The Photographer Ruby Wiebe Where is the Voice Coming From7 Alistair MacLeod As Birds Bnng Forth the Sun Audrey Thomas From Intertidal Life Daphne Marlatt From Ana Historic Timothy Findley From Lemonade Thomas King The One about Coyote Going West Jeannette C Armstrong This Is a Story


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Bonnie Burnard Music Lessons Susan Swan From The Biggest Modern Woman of the World George Elliott Clarke How Exile Melts to One Hundred Roses Aritha van Herk From No Fixed Address Evelyn Lau From Fresh Girls

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C L R James From Beyond a Boundary Louise Bennett Dear Departed Federation Jean Rhys 1 The Day They Burned the Books 2 I Used to Live Here Once V S Reid From New Day Roger Mais From Brother Man George Lamming 1 From In the Castle of My Skin 2 From The Pleasures of Exile Sam Selvon From The Lonely Londoners V S Naipaul 1 Man man 2 From A House for Mr Biswas Derek Walcott 1 Rums of a Great House 2 From Dream on Monkey Mountain 3 From The Muse of History 4 From Omeros Wilson Harris 1 From Palace of the Peacock 2 From Tradition and the West Indian Novel Denis Williams From Other Leopards The Mighty Sparrow (Shnger Francisco) Dan is the Man in the Van 452 456 457 462 463 468 472 477 482 483 488 498 500 512 519 524 532 537 543

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(Edward) Kamau Brathwaite 1 Ananse 2 Negus 3 From History of the Voice Mervyn Morns 1 The Pond 2 Narcissus Michael Gilkes From Prospero s Island Earl Lovelace From The Dragon Can t Dance Erna Brodber From Jane and Louisa Will Soon Come Home Zee Edgell From Beka Lamb Jamaica Kincaid In the Night Olive Senior Summer Lightning Lorna Goodison I Am Becoming My Mother John Agard Mek Four Valerie Bloom Language Barrier Grace Nichols One Continent/To Another Jean Binta Breeze Spring Cleaning

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Katherine Mansfield The Garden Party Mary Ursula Bethell Pause R A K Mason On the Swag A R D Fairburn 1 Imperial 2 Tapu Robin Hyde The Last Ones 588 599 599 600 602 602

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Allen Curnow 1 House and Land 2 Landfall in Unknown Seas James Baxter 1 On the Death of Her Body 2 Jerusalem Sonnet I 3 The Ikons Hone Tuwhare Speak to Me Brother Frank Sargeson I ve Lost My Pal Janet Frame From Faces in the Water Witi Ihimaera 1 The Whale 2 This Life is Weary Albert Wendt 1 A Resurrection 2 Towards a New Oceania Ken Hulme From The Bone People Patricia Grace From Potiki Epeli Hau ofa The Seventh and Other Days Bill Manhire From South Pacific Subramam Mangolds



Mulk Raj Anand From Untouchable R K Narayan From The Man Eater of Malgudi Raja Rao From Kanthapura Attia Hosain Gossamer Thread Nissim Ezekiel 1 Background Casually 2 The Patriot 684 688 696 703 708 710

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Dom Moraes Sinbad A K Ramanujan Small Scale Reflections on a Great House Jayanta Mahapatra Grandfather Kamala Das An Introduction Keki Daruwalla Death of a Bird Nayantara Sahgal Martand Anita Desai From In Custody Eunice De Souza 1 Marnages Are Made 2 Women in Dutch Paintings Salman Rushdie From Midnight s Children Arrutav Ghosh From The Shadow Lines Vikram Seth From A Suitable Boy Agha Shahid Ah 1 Postcard from Kashmir 2 A Wrong Turn Sujata Bhatt A Different History Meena Alexander House of a Thousand Doors Githa Hanharan The Remains of the Feast

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Patrick Fernando The Fisherman Mourned by His Wife Yasmine Gooneratne 1 Big Match 1983 2 This Language This Woman Punyakante Wijenaike From Giraya Lakdasa Wikkramasinha Don t Talk to Me about Matisse Jean Arasanayagam Passages 761 762 764 765 771 772

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Rajiva Wijesinha

From Days of Despair Richard De Zoysa Apocalypse Soon Shyam Selvadurai From Funny Boy

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Kaiser Haq A Myth Reworked 784


Ahmed All From Twilight in Delhi Bapsi Sidhwa From Ice Candy Man Alamgir Hashmi 1 So What If I Live in a House Made by Idiots7 2 Inland 786 790 798 798


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Lloyd Fernando From Scorpion Orchid Lee Kok Liang Five Fingers Ee Tiang Hong 1 Heeren Street Malacca 2 Arnval Wong Phui Nam Prospect in Spring Mohamad Bin Haji Salleh Do Not Say K S Mamam From The Return Shirley Geok hn Lim 1 Christmas in Exile 2 On Reading Coleridge s Poem 802 809 812 813 814 814 816 822 822


Edwin Thumboo Gods Can Die 823

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Lee Tzu Pheng Excluding Byzantium On Objections to Living Near a Home for the Elderly Sick Philip Jeyaretnam Making Coffee 824



Nick Joaquin From The Woman Who Had Two Navels 829^


S P Somtow From Jasmine Nights 834


Louise Bennett Colonisation in Reverse Sam Selvon Working the Transport Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Myself in India Zulfikar Ghose 1 This Landscape These People 2 The Attack on Sialkot V S Naipaul From A Way in the World Anne Ranasinghe At What Dark Point Joy Kogawa From Obasan Daphne Marlatt Arriving at Shared Ground Through Difference Bharati Mukherjee Loose Ends Yasmme Gooneratne Bharat Changes His Image Rienzi Crusz Roots Michael Ondaatje 1 From Running in the Family 2 From In the Skin of a Lion 844 845 849 856 858 860 865 867 874 875 883 892 892 894

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Linton Kwesi Johnson Doun de Road David Dabydeen Two Cultures Salman Rushdie From Imaginary Homelands Fred D Aguiar Letter from Mama Dot M Nourbese Philip She Tnes Her Tongue Her Silence Softly Breaks Caryl Phillips From Crossing the River Rohinton Mistry Squatter

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