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.

• PDFs only
• Choose from over 60 single chapters about the study of literature
• New chapters added regularly
• Chapters are hybrid writing/study guides 
• Content based on analysis of personal, social, cultural historical context, purpose and audience, key ideas and concepts, text structure & summary, characters, setting and language forms and features
• Only $3 per chapter (PDF)

All the chapters 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:

• 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.

Titles of Build a Book chapters


- The Awakening by Kate Chopin

- Swallow the Air by Tara June Winch

- Small Island by Andrea Levy

- The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender by Marele Day

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

- Vertigo by Amanda Lohrey

- Feed by MT Anderson

- The Story of Tom Brennan by JC Burke

- The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

- The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

- Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

- Clay by Melissa Harrison

- Sixty Lights by Gail Jones

- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

- Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

- Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett

- Emma by Jane Austen

- An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro

- The China Coin by Allan Baillie

- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Short Stories

- Selected short stories from The Penguin Henry Lawson Short Stories by Henry Lawson

  • ‘The Drover’s Wife’
  • ‘The Union Buries Its Dead’
  • ‘Shooting the Moon’
  • ‘Our Pipes’
  • ‘The Loaded Dog’

- Selected short stories from The Penguin Henry Lawson Short Stories by Henry Lawson

  • ‘The Drover’s Wife’
  • ‘The Bush Undertaker’
  • ‘In a Dry Season’
  • ‘The Loaded Dog’

Non Fiction

- A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

- The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara

- Speeches by various speakers

  • John F Kennedy – ‘Inaugural Address, 1961’
  • Indira Gandhi – ‘The True Liberation of Women, 1980’
  • Severn Cullis-Suzuki – ‘Address to the Plenary Session, Earth Summit, 1992’
  • Paul Keating – ‘Funeral Service of the Unknown Australian Soldier, 1993’
  • Aung San Suu Kyi – ‘Nobel Lecture, 2012’
  • Barack Obama – ‘Inaugural Address, 2013’

- Stasiland by Anna Funder

- ‘Remembrance’ – Australian War Memorial website

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

- The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton

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

- Selected stories from The Boy Behind the Curtain by Tim Winton

  • ‘Havoc: A Life in Accidents’
  • ‘Betsy’
  • ‘Twice on Sundays’
  • ‘The Wait and the Flow’
  • ‘In the Shadow of the Hospital’
  • ‘The Demon Shark’
  • ‘Barefoot in the Temple of Art’

- I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai & Christina Lamb

- The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal

- Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov

- Toyo by Lily Chan


- Selected poems from Rosemary Dobson Collected by Rosemary Dobson

  • ‘Young Girl at a Window’
  • ‘Wonder’
  • ‘Painter of Antwerp’
  • ‘Traveller’s Tale’
  • ‘The Tiger’
  • ‘Cock Crow’
  • ‘Ghost Town: New England’

- Selected poems from Rosemary Dobson Collected by Rosemary Dobson

  • ‘Young Girl at a Window’
  • ‘Over the Hill’
  • ‘Summer’s End’
  • ‘The Conversation’
  • ‘Cock Crow’
  • ‘Amy Caroline’
  • ‘Canberra Morning’

- Selected poems from The Poetry of Robert Frost by Robert Frost

  • ‘The Tuft of Flowers’
  • ‘Mending Wall’
  • ‘Home Burial’
  • ‘After Apple-Picking’
  • ‘Fire and Ice’
  • ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’

- Selected poems from Coast Road by Robert Gray

  • ‘Journey: The North Coast’
  • ‘The Meatworks’
  • ‘North Coast Town’
  • ‘Late Ferry’
  • ‘Flames and Dangling Wire’
  • ‘Diptych’

- Selected poems from Coast Road by Robert Gray

  • ‘Journey, the North Coast’
  • ‘Flames and Dangling Wire’
  • ‘Harbour Dusk’
  • ‘Byron Bay: Winter’
  • ‘Description of a Walk’
  • ‘24 Poems’

- Selected poems from Komninos by the Kupful by Komninos

  • ‘back to melbourne’
  • ‘hillston welcome’
  • ‘cobar, july 1993’
  • ‘eat’
  • ‘noura from narooma’
  • ‘thomastown talk’

- Selected poems from Banjo Paterson Collected Verse by AB 'Banjo' Paterson

  • ‘Clancy of the Overflow’
  • ‘In Defence of the Bush’
  • ‘Old Pardon, the Son of Reprieve’
  • ‘A Bush Christening’
  • ‘Mulga Bill’s Bicycle’
  • ‘Saltbush Bill, J.P.’

- Selected poems from Selected Poems by Douglas Stewart by Douglas Stewart

  • ‘Lady Feeding the Cats’
  • ‘Wombat’
  • ‘The Snow-Gum’
  • ‘Nesting Time’
  • ‘The Moths’
  • ‘The Fireflies’
  • ‘Waterlily’
  • ‘Cave Painting’

- Selected Poems from War Poems and Others by Wilfred Owen by Wilfred Owen

  • ‘The Next War’
  • ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’
  • ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’
  • ‘Insensibility’
  • ‘Futility’
  • ‘Strange Meeting’

- Selected Poems from At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners edited by Ken Watson (ed)

  • Sujata Bhatt, ‘The Stare’
  • Carol Ann Duffy, ‘Head of English’
  • Carol Ann Duffy, ‘Yes, Officer’
  • UA Fanthorpe, ‘Reports’
  • UA Fanthorpe, ‘Not My Best Side’
  • Gwyneth Lewis, ‘Peripheral Vision’
  • Gwyneth Lewis, ‘Good Dog!’

- Selected poems from At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners edited by Ken Watson (ed

  • Sujata Bhatt, ‘The Stare’
  • Carol Ann Duffy, ‘Originally’
  • ‘Yes, Officer’
  • Miroslav Holub, ‘Brief Thoughts on Laughter’
  • Gwyneth Lewis, ‘Flyover Elegies’
  • Mudrooroo, ‘City Suburban Lines’
  • Dennis O’Driscoll, ‘In Office’

- Selected poems from Immigrant Chronicle by Peter Skrzynecki

  • 'Felix Skrzynecki'
  • 'St Patrick's College'
  • 'Ancestors'
  • '10 Mary Street'
  • 'Migrant hostel'
  • 'In the folk museum'
  • 'Post card'

- Selected poems from The Complete Poems by Emily Dickinson

  • 'This is my letter to the world'
  • 'I died for beauty but was scarce'
  • 'I had been hungry all the years'
  • 'I gave myself to him'
  • 'A narrow fellow in the grass'
  • 'A Word dropped careless on a Page'
  • 'What mystery pervades a well'
  • 'The saddest noise, the sweetest noise'

- The Simple Gift by Steven Herrick

- Selected poems from W.H. Auden Collected Poems by WH Auden

  • ‘O what is that sound which so thrills the ear’
  • ‘Spain’
  • ‘Epitaph on a Tyrant’
  • ‘In Memory of W.B. Yeats’
  • ‘September 1, 1939’
  • ‘The Unknown Citizen’
  • ‘The Shield of Achilles’

- Selected poems from Selected Poems by Kenneth Slessor

  • ‘Wild Grapes’
  • ‘Gulliver’
  • ‘Out of Time’
  • ‘Vesper-Song of the Reverend Samuel Marsden’
  • ‘William Street’
  • ‘Beach Burial’

- Selected poems from Contemporary Asian Australian Poets by Adam Aitken, Kim Cheng Boey and Michelle Cahill (eds)

  • Merlinda Bobis, ‘This is where it begins’
  • Miriam Wei Wei Lo, ‘Home’
  • Ouyang Yu, ‘New Accents’
  • Vuong Pham, ‘Mother’
  • Jaya Savige, ‘Circular Breathing’
  • Maureen Ten (Ten Ch’in Ü), ‘Translucent Jade’

- Selected poems from Contemporary Asian Australian Poets by Adam Aitken, Kim Cheng Boey and Michelle Cahill (eds)

  • Merlinda Bobis, ‘This is where it begins’
  • Eileen Chong ‘My Hakka Grandmother’
  • Ee Tiang Hong, ‘Some New Perspectives’
  • Ouyang Yu, ‘The Double Man’
  • Jaya Savige, ‘Circular Breathing’
  • Maureen Ten (Ten Ch’in Ü), ‘Translucent Jade’

- Selected poems from Inside my Mother by Ali Cobby Eckermann

  • ‘Trance’
  • ‘Unearth’
  • ‘Oombulgarri’
  • ‘Eyes’
  • ‘Leaves’
  • ‘Key’

- Selected poems Collected Poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes

  • ‘The Negro Speaks of Rivers’
  • ‘Aunt Sue’s Stories’
  • ‘A Song to a Negro Wash-woman’
  • ‘I, Too’
  • ‘The Weary Blues’
  • ‘Theme for English B’
  • ‘Night Funeral in Harlem’

- Selected poems from The Striped World by Emma Jones

  • ‘Waking’
  • ‘Farming’
  • ‘Tiger in the Menagerie’
  • ‘Window’
  • ‘Equator’
  • ‘Hush’
  • ‘Painted Tigers’

- Selected poems by Oodgeroo Noonuccal from NESA NSW Syllabus website

  • ‘The Past’, ‘China…Woman’
  • ‘Reed Flute Cave’
  • ‘Entombed Warriors’
  • ‘Visit to Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall’
  • ‘Sunrise on Huampu River’
  • ‘A Lake Within a Lake’

- Selected poems from Selected Poems by Oodgeroo Noonuccal

  • ‘Municipal Gum’
  • ‘Artist Son’
  • ‘The Past’
  • ‘China...Woman’
  • ‘Reed Flute Cave’
  • ‘Entombed Warriors’
  • ‘Visit to Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall’

- Selected poems from My People by Oodgeroo Noonuccal

  • ‘Last of His Tribe’
  • ‘The Young Girl Wanda’
  • ‘The Unhappy Race’
  • ‘Corroboree’, ‘Gifts’
  • ‘We Are Going’
  • ‘The Past’

- Selected poems from TS Eliot: Selected Poems by TS Eliot

  • ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’
  • ‘Preludes’
  • ‘Rhapsody on a Windy Night’
  • ‘The Hollow Men’
  • ‘Journey of the Magi’

- Selected poems from Earth Hour by David Malouf

  • ‘Aquarius’
  • ‘Radiance’
  • ‘Ladybird’
  • ‘A Recollection of Starlings: Rome '84’
  • ‘Eternal Moment at Poggia Madonna’
  • ‘Towards Midnight’
  • ‘Earth Hour’
  • ‘Aquarius II’


- Life of Pi by Ang Lee

- One Night the Moon by Rachel Perkins

- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon by Ang Lee

- Run Lola Run by Tom Tykwer

- A Beautiful Mind by Ron Howard

- The Black Balloon by Elissa Down

- Billy Elliot by Stephen Daldry

- Strictly Ballroom by Baz Luhrmann

- Ten Canoes by Rolf de Heer

- Wag the Dog by Barry Levinson

- The Castle by Rob Sitch

- The Truman Show by Peter Weir

- Good Night, and Good Luck by George Clooney


- Away by Michael Gow

- Rainbow’s End by Jane Harrison

- Summer of the Seventeenth Doll by Ray Lawler

- The Shoe-horn Sonata by John Misto

- Namatjira by Scott Rankin

- A Man with Five Children by Nick Enright

- All My Sons by Arthur Miller

- Educating Rita by Willy Russell

- Shafana and Aunty Sarrinah by Alana Valentine

- The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Seagull by Anton Chekhov

- Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw

- A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

- Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas

Shakespearean drama

- The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

- The Tempest by William Shakespeare

- As You Like It by William Shakespeare

- A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

- King Henry IV, Part I by William Shakespeare


- Go Back to Where You Came From – Series 1, Episodes 1, 2 and 3 and The Response by Ivan O’Mahoney

- Waste Land by Lucy Walker

- Frank Hurley – The Man Who Made History by Simon Nasht

- Reindeer in my Saami Heart by Janet Merewether

- Unfolding Florence by Gillian Armstrong

Comparative studies

Shakespearean drama (S) and film (f)

King Richard III by William Shakespeare


Looking for Richard by Al Pacino

Prose fiction (pf) and film (f)

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf


The Hours by Stephen Daldry

Prose fiction (pf) and prose fiction (pf)

The Stranger by Albert Camus


The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud

Poetry (p) and drama (d)

− Selected poems from John Donne: A Selection of His Poetry by John Donne

  • ‘The Sunne Rising’
  • ‘The Apparition’
  • ‘A Valediction: forbidding mourning’
  • ‘This is my playes last scene’
  • ‘At the round earths imagin’d corners’
  • ‘If poysonous mineralls’
  • ‘Death be not proud’
  • ‘Hymne to God my God, in my sicknesse’


- W;t by Margaret Edson

Poetry (p) and film (f)

− Selected poems from The Complete Poems by John Keats

  • ‘La Belle Dame sans Merci’
  • ‘To Autumn’
  • ‘Bright star! would I were steadfast as thou art’
  • ‘Ode to a Nightingale’
  • ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’
  • ‘When I have fears that I may cease to be’
  • ‘The Eve of St Agnes, XXIII’


Bright Star by Jane Campion

Poetry (p) and poetry (p)

− Selected poems from Ariel by Sylvia Plath

  • ‘Daddy’
  • ‘Nick and the Candlestick’
  • ‘A Birthday Present’
  • ‘Lady Lazarus’
  • ‘Fever 103°’
  • ‘The Arrival of the Bee Box’


− Selected poems from Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes

  • ‘Fulbright Scholars’
  • ‘The Shot’
  • ‘A Picture of Otto’
  • ‘Fever’
  • ‘Red’
  • ‘The Bee God’

Shakespearean drama (S) and prose fiction (pf)

The Tempest by William Shakespeare


Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

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