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About the Text Classics
About the Text Classics

The visionary Diana Gribble founded Text in 1990. She wanted to create an independent publishing house that would find books to enlighten, challenge and entertain us.


In keeping with this vision, Text Classics are iconic books by our most loved writers.


The Text Classics series is designed to unearth some of the lost marvels of our literature, and to allow readers to rediscover wonderful books they have never forgotten. These books are milestones in the Australian experience. We have chosen them in the conviction that they still have much to say to us, undiminished in their power to delight, challenge and surprise us.  

Celebrating the 100th Text Classic
Celebrating the 100th Text Classic

Written with unerring skill and insight, The Dyehouse is a masterly portrait of postwar Australia, when industrial work was radically transformed by new technologies and society changed with it. It vividly brings to life the people of an inner-Sydney company in the mid-1950s.


This powerful and affecting novel was first published in 1961, and is the hundredth book in the Text Classics series. The new edition comes with an introduction by Fiona McFarlane, acclaimed author of The Night Guest.

Buy 5 for $50, with Free Delivery in Australia
Buy 5 for $50, with Free Delivery in Australia

Buy 5 or more Text Classics for $10 each. Normally $12.95.


And if you're new to the site, become a member and get a Text tote for free with your first order. 


Choose from this brilliant list of books by extraordinary Australian and New Zealand writers—including Elizabeth Harrower, Kenneth Cook, David Ballantyne, Amy Witting and Madeleine St John.

Find a Classic Set Near You
Find a Classic Set Near You

Did you know there are thirty-seven Text Classics set in New South Wales? Or that twenty-two have won major awards? You can now filter the Classics based on setting as well as genre.


And you can sort them by author, introducer, Text Classic publication date or their very first publication date—the first in 1788,  in fact, when Watkin Tench wrote his fascinating account of arriving with the First Fleet.


Try out the new sorting features now.

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