‘Build-a-Book’ - The Literature Series

Instead of buying the whole book, you can choose from a list of chapters to build your own book. This way you only pay for what you need. You can come back and build new books at any time.

• PDF only
• Choose from over 50 single chapters about the study of literature

• New chapters added regularly 

• Only $2 per chapter (PDF)

Although the chapters are based on ones written for the NSW HSC English courses, they are generic in nature and are suitable for any student and/or teacher studying and/ or teaching all English curriculums around the world.

You can build a book in two ways:

• Website-Qwiller.com.au:Click on the titles you are interested in from the chapter titles available. When you check out, you will be able to download each chapter title from the invoice automatically generated.

• Order form: select the chapter titles you are interested in and an ebook in the form of a PDF will be made up for you and sent to your nominated email address.

Chapters are available from the following areas:

Each chapter contains the following:

• Detailed analysis of literary texts, including:

– key ideas and concepts

– narrative elements, such as characters, text structure and summary, themes and setting

– language forms and features

• Background information including analysis of purpose and audience, personal context of author and social, cultural and historical context of the text 

• Key term definitions

• ‘How to’ activities that guide writing

• Modelled responses to support writing.

Novels & Short Stories

1. Wrack by James Bradley

2. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

3. Swallow the Air by Tara June Winch

4. Small Island by Andrea Levy

5. The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender by Marele Day

6. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

7. Vertigo by Amanda Lohrey

8. Selected Short Stories of Henry Lawson

9. Feed by MT Anderson

10. The Story of Tom Brennan by JC Burke

11. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

12. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

13. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

14. Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

15. Clay by Melissa Harrison

16. Sixty Lights by Gail Jones

17. A Room of One’s Own and Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf

Non Fiction

1. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

2. The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara

3. Speeches by various speakers

4. Stasiland by Anna Funder

5. ‘Remembrance’ – Australian War Memorial website

6. Unpolished Gem by Alice Pung 7. Romulus, My Father by Raimond Gaita

8. The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton


1. Selected Poems of Rosemary Dobson

2. Selected Poems of Robert Frost

3. Selected Poems of Robert Gray

4. Selected Poems of Komninos

5. Selected Poems of AB 'Banjo' Paterson

6. Selected Poems of Douglas Stewart

7. Selected Poems of Oodgeroo Noonuccal

8. Selected Poems of Wilfred Owen

9. Selected Poems from At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners edited by Ken Watson

10. Selected Poems from Immigrant Chronicle by Peter Skrzynecki

11. Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson

12. The Simple Gift by Steven Herrick 

13. Selected Poems of WH Auden 


1.Life of Pi by Ang Lee

2. Frank Hurley – The Man Who Made History by Simon Nasht

3. Go Back to Where You Came From

– Series 1, Episodes 1, 2 and 3 by Ivan O’Mahoney

4. One Night the Moon by Rachel Perkins

5. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon by Ang Lee

6. Run Lola Run by Tom Tykwer

7. A Beautiful Mind by Ron Howard

8. The Black Balloon by Elissa Down

9. Billy Elliot by Stephen Daldry

10. Strictly Ballroom by Baz Luhrmann

11. Ten Canoes by Rolf de Heer

12. Wag the Dog by Barry Levinson


1. Away by Michael Gow

2. Rainbow’s End by Jane Harrison

3. The Tempest by William Shakespeare

4. Summer of the Seventeenth Doll by Ray Lawler

5. The Shoe-horn Sonata by John Misto

6. Namatjira by Scott Rankin

7. The Merchant of Venice by WilliaShakespeare

8. A Man with Five Children by Nick Enright

9. All My Sons by Arthur Miller

10. Educating Rita by Willy Russell

11. Shafana and Aunty Sarrinah by Alana Valentine

12. As You Like It by William Shakespeare

13. The Crucible by Arthur Miller 

14. The Seagull by Anton Chekhov

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