In addition to his many works of art, Norman Lindsay was the author of eleven novels. These novels were, "Curate in Bohemia" 1913, "Redheap" 1930, " Miracles by Arrangement" 1932, " Saturdee" 1932, "Pan in the Parlour" 1933, "The Cautious Amorist" 1934, " Age of Consent" 1935, "Cousin from Fiji" 1945, "Halfway to Anywhere" 1947, "Dust or Polish" 1950, and "Rooms and Houses". There were also two children's books, the most famouse being "The Magic Pudding" 1918, and the second "The Flyaway Highway" 1936. Other books included an autobiography: My Mask 1970, and "Reminiscences: Bohemians of the Bulletin".

The following is a list of books by Norman Lindsay. Please note that being listed here does not mean we have them for sale, rather the information is provided for your genral knowledge on Norman Lindsay. You will find any Norman Lindsay books that we currently have for sale listed under 'Books' in our 'Items to Buy' section.

 A Curate in Bohemia - Norman Lindsay Curate in Bohemia 1913
Urban comedy of manners and sex in Melbourne's cafe society of the 1890s. Norman Lindsay's first novel, originall published in 1913, is introduced in this edition by Barry Oakley. He comments that Lindsay Tis a Janus figure in Australian culture: in art looking resolutely backwards, but in the ironies and energies of his fiction showing the way ahead'.
Redheap - Norman Lindsay 1930 Redheap  1930 

Australian authors who published in London were occasionally caught in the Customs’ censorship net when their books were sent to Australia. One such was Norman Lindsay, whose novel Redheap was published by the prestigious London firm of Faber. In 1930, acting on a tip-off from London, a Customs official discovered 2000 copies in Sydney, bound for bookshops throughout Australia.

The novel was described as containing ‘serious reflections on the morality’ of a fictitious Australian country town that bore a striking resemblance to Creswick, where the author spent his childhood. In 1930, the minister announced that the novel was a prohibited import. It was the first time an Australian novel had been banned. There were protests about the ban and Lindsay was quoted in the press as saying that if such actions were allowed to continue, there ‘could be no hope of culture here’.

Redheap remained on the prohibited list until 1958, though it was freely available in Britain, the USA and other countries. Ure Smith eventually republished it in 1959

Miracles by Arrangement - Norman Lindsay Miracles by Arrangement 1932 London : Faber and Faber, 1932
Saturdee - Norman Lindsay Book Saturdee 1932
The adventures of a normally rambunctious youth in early twentieth-century England. Saturdee is more consistently amusing than Tom Sawyer, it is more lifelike, a more authentic picture of boyhood.
Saturdee evokes brilliantly the drama, humour and tremendous adventure of boyhood. The high comedy of this timeless story, in its depiction of the antics of boys and the strange ways of their elders, is brilliantly captured in the author's illustrations, which are as alive and observant as his prose.
Pan in the Parlour - Norman Lindsay Book Pan in the Parlour 1933 Humourous, satiric novel set in an Australian country town. This is the first edition. The UK edition was published the following year.
The Cautious Amorist - Norman Lindsay The Cautious Amorist 1934 This uproariously funny novel begins when the liner S.S. Minorca is wrecked and the beautiful and voluptuous Sadie Patch finds herself in an open boat with James Carrol, a cynical journalist, Patrick Plunket, an amorous and virile stoker, and the Rev. Fletcher Gibble.
Drifting ashore on the desert island they are faced with commencing a new life from very primitive beginnings. All is well in their Garden of eden for a short time and then as each man becomes more and more aware of Sadie's obvious charms, discord breaks out amongst them.
How she copes with the three Don Juans is the theme of this saucy and provocative novel.
Norman Lindsay's book has already appeared in more than twenty printings.
Age of Consent - Norman Lindsay Age of Consent 1935 Age of Consent, by Norman Lindsay, is a delightfully wonderful novel about a bashful painter and his lovely, ripening model. An Australian artist named Bradly, a sort of nomadic hermit, and his dog Edmund travel from town to town painting new landscapes. At the beginning of the novel and throughout it we find Bradly living on a tight budget, but this becomes a problem when he has an unexpected visitor that comes to stay. While painting landscapes in a new town he encounters a young woman that happens across the landscape he's painting at the time and he shouts at her to stop. He quickly paints her figure onto the canvas and reckons that the painting is better for it. Bradly is soon inspired to do more figure painting and as the book continues the so does he. There are many other characters and interactions throughout the novel that are very humorous and somewhat quaint
Cousin from Fiji - Norman Lindsay Cousin from Fiji 1945 High life in Ballarat and low life in Melbourne as Hilary Shadlet pursues the charming Cecelia or falls into the company of the terrible Conkey Tonks, while Uncle George cherishes both his beard and Gussie Maguire, and Grandma Domkin indomitable hoses the neighbours — that is The Cousin from Fiji; one of the funniest, yet one of the most substantial, of Norman Lindsay's novels.
I made the mistake of beginning this manuscript on a train bound for Washington, wrote Bennett Cerf in a report to the US publishers of The Cousin from Fiji. Inside of twenty minutes I was laughing so hard that fellow occupants of the car (I think one was a Senator) dropped their stockmarket reports and regarded me with obvious indignation. Embarrassed, I put the book aside until I could enjoy it to my heart's content in seclusion ... I only know that I laughed myself sick over it.
Halfway to Anywhere - Norman Lindsay Halfway to Anywhere 1947 Bill and Waldo, still at school and the victims of parental authority, wake up one morning to find that girls are not at all what they'd supposed.
Previously, the boys had always ignored the fair sex. Indeed, they had rather despised them. Now, abruptly, they find girls both mysterious and desirable — downright disturbing, in fact.
Shyness inhibits them; ill-fortune and the tyranny of parents dog their efforts to discover more about these delectable creatures; and misadventure and high comedy pursue them as they in turn pursue the girls of their choice.
Pure comedy blends with astute psychological insight to make this amusing sequel to Saturdee a truly delicious book. It is both hilarious and wise: hilarious in its humour and wit; wise in its understanding of the youthful heart and mind.
Dust or Polish - Norman Lindsay Dust or Polish 1950 Long before the younger generation of Sydney emigrated en masse to the inner-city suburb of Paddington, Norman Lindsay was fascinated by its lanes, its tenements, it curious old shops that sold curious old treasures or junk, its people who never observed the rules of more respectable suburbs.
A complete change from his novels of boyhood and adolescence, more sophisticated, set in Sydney instead of rustic Victoria, Dust or Polish is the unusual and highly entertaining story of Rita, a showgirl who tires of stage life and finds a new career and romance in the secondhand furniture business. There's absorbing interest in Rita's efforts to learn the tricks of the trade, and rich humour in her struggle for power with the gin-soaked Mrs Dibble. On both fronts, Rita is supported by Peter Bodfish, an inspired but eccentric furniture restorer who is often a disconcerting ally. Another staunch friend is Dr Grimsby, who patience is finally rewarded. All of Norman Lindsay's famous gusto and vitality is demonstrated in this thoroughly satisfying novel.
Rooms and Houses - Norman Lindsay Book Rooms and Houses In the midst of mismanaging his marriage to Cora, artist Jim Partridge meets up with his former model, the ‘gorgeous young’ Julia… only to discover that Cora has met up with her former lover, Herbert Pomeroy!

All of the characters in this novel seem doomed to illicit entanglement. Their exploits are recorded with the wit and candour that distinguished Norman Lindsay’s earlier novels, notably, Redheap, The Cousin from Fiji, and Age of Consent.

Partridge, the ‘hero’ of Rooms and Houses, is a struggling young artist torn between dedication to his art and dedication to the pursuit of female beauty. Which, in his case, are often one and the same thing. The escapades of his career are fraught with terrible dangers and terrible transports. The lives of his friends are no less dogged by a continuous round of bewildering, bewitching situations.

We are treated here to a picturesque array of characters who rival those in Tom Jones for a natural sense of fun. The promiscuous Miss Smackle with her haughty manners is as much a source of amusement as the hearty and vociferous de Bovis, staunch ally and Partridge. Partridge himself comes in for comic treatment when he is obliged to marry in secret the daughter of a friend and colleague. The settling is early twentieth-century Melbourne, depicted at a pace and with a sparkle that is eternally modern.

Rooms and Houses is an affectionate account of the modes and mores of the period, and a sustained lesson in spontaneity and fun in human relationships. Its authenticity is guaranteed… for this is the author’s own story.

The Magic Pudding - Norman Lindsay The Magic Pudding 1918

Norman Lindsay's best known children's book, and one which many Australian children enjoy during their younth is The Magic Pudding. The book was written in 1917 as Norman believed that children preferred food to fairies, Norman Lindsay concocted a recipe for success that has lingered for ninety years. Here are the adventures of Sam Sawnoff, Barnacle Bill and Albert, the cut-and-come again pudding, who requires ′politeness and constant eatin′.′ The Magic Pudding was first published in 1918, it is still in print and has been translated into Japanese, German, French and Spanish as well as having been published in Britain and the United States. It is regarded as a classic of children's literature.

The Flyaway Highway - Norman Lindsay The Flyaway Highway 1936 Egbert Tomkins, Murial Jane Jones and Silvander Dan band together to search the Flyaway Highway for adventure. They are amply rewarded with such incidents as "The Heretic Murder Mystery Adventure", "The Adventure of the Scream in the Night", "The Adventure of the Baronial Restaurant" and many, many more. The adventures come to life vividly with the sixty- three line illustrationswhich compliment Lindsay's lyrical prose.