50 Great Books By Australian Women In 2012

Sea Hearts

Sea Hearts

Margo Lanagan

A mesmerising selkie novel from multi-award winning, internationally acclaimed Australian author, Margo Lanagan - one of the most exciting voices in speculative fiction.

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 Read reviewThe Convent

The Convent

Maureen McCarthy

In the early 1900s, Sadie is forced to relinquish her young daughter. This single act has consequences that ripples through the generations. Her daughter, Edna, is raised in a Melbourne convent, by an enclosed order of nuns. In a...

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 Read reviewThe Happiness Show

The Happiness Show

Catherine Deveny

At thirty-eight, Lizzie Quealy thinks she has things sorted: a happy relationship, a couple of gorgeous kids, a steadfast best friend and a job she loves. But when Lizzie bumps into Tom, an old flame from her globe-trotting...

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 Read reviewThe Fine Colour of Rust

The Fine Colour of Rust

P. A. O'Reilly

If you loved A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, you'll love The Fine Colour of Rust.

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 Read reviewSufficient Grace

Sufficient Grace

Amy Espeseth

Ruth and her cousin Naomi live in rural Failing, Wisconsin, part of a community of Pentecostal fundamentalists. While their families perceive constant danger in the outside world, they are blind to the destruction and devastation...

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 Read reviewNine Days

Nine Days

Toni Jordan

It is 1939 and although Australia is about to go to war, it doesn't quite realise yet that the situation is serious. Deep in the working-class Melbourne suburb of Richmond it is business - your own and everyone else's - as usual....

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 Special priceGough Whitlam: His Time

Gough Whitlam: His Time

Jenny Hocking

This is the much - anticipated second volume of former Labor Prime Minister Gough Whitlam's biography. In the first volume acclaimed biographer Jenny Hocking illuminated Whitlam's path to power, and here she recreates the...

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 Read reviewLike a House on Fire

Like a House on Fire

Cate Kennedy

From prizewinning short-story writer Cate Kennedy comes a new collection to rival her highly acclaimedDark Roots. In Like a House on Fire, Kennedy once again takes ordinary lives and dissects their ironies and injustices and...

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 Read reviewDarkness on the Edge of Town

Darkness on the Edge of Town

Jessie Cole

Vincent is nearly forty years old, with little to show for his life except his precious sixteen-year-old daughter, Gemma: sensitive, insightful and wise beyond her years. When a stranger crashes her car outside Vincent and Gemma's...

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 Read reviewLove and Hunger: Thoughts on the Gift of Food

Love and Hunger: Thoughts on the Gift of Food

Charlotte Wood

'What's important is the fact of eating together - the gathering at the table, the conviviality.' Love & Hunger is a distillation of everything Charlotte Wood has learned over more than twenty years about cooking and the pleasures...

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 Read reviewA Cook's Life

A Cook’s Life

Stephanie Alexander

With her Cook's Companion front and centre in half a million kitchens, Stephanie Alexander is the very definition of a household name. Each day thousands turn to this 'food Bible' for definitive recipes, encouragement and advice....

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Mateship with Birds

Mateship with Birds

Carrie Tiffany

On the outskirts of an Australian country town in the 1950s, a lonely farmer trains his binoculars on a family of kookaburras that roost in a tree near his house. Harry observes the kookaburras through a year of feast, famine,...

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 Read reviewSweet Old World

Sweet Old World

Deborah Robertson

'He goes down the stairs, singing Johnny Cash. It's a song about a man who's fallen real low, but he's not low, he's forty-three years old today, there's still time. You never know what is waiting, you just never know. This...

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 Read reviewFriday Brown

Friday Brown

Vikki Wakefield

Silence, a street kid, finds Friday and she joins him in a gang led by beautiful, charismatic Arden. When Silence is involved in a crime, the gang escapes to a ghost town in the outback. In Murungal Creek, the town of never...

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 Read reviewAfter the Darkness

After the Darkness

Honey Brown

Trudy and Bruce Harrison have a happy marriage, a successful business, and three teenage children. One fateful day they take the winding coastal route home, and visit the Ocean View Gallery, perched on the cliff edge. It's not...

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Unnatural Habits

Unnatural Habits

Kerry Greenwood

Phryne is back in a thrilling mystery that takes her into dark convents and dank cellars in a frantic search for missing girls

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 Read reviewWhisky Charlie Foxtrot: A Novel

Whisky Charlie Foxtrot: A Novel

Annabel Smith

Whisky and Charlie are identical twins. But everything about them is poles apart. It's got so bad that Charlie can't even bear to talk to his brother anymore -- until a freak accident steals Whisky from his family, and Charlie has...

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In Falling Snow

In Falling Snow

Mary-Rose MacColl

Iris is getting old. A widow, her days are spent living quietly and worrying about her granddaughter, Grace, a headstrong young doctor. It's a small sort of life. But one day an invitation comes for Iris through the post to a...

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 Read reviewMy Hundred Lovers

My Hundred Lovers

Susan Johnson

Lyrical and enigmatic, sensual and elegiac, My Hundred Lovers tells the history of one woman through her sensual and sexual experiences and relationships. A woman, on the eve of her sixtieth birthday, looks back on her story of...

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Honestly: Notes on Life

Honestly: Notes on Life

Nikki Gemmell

Gemmell certainly knows how to be controversial' - DAILY TELEGRAPH Celebrating a year of thought - provoking and fascinating columns in THE AUSTRALIAN WEEKEND MAGAZINE, HONESTLY is a collection of writing on a diverse range of...

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 Read reviewThe Mountain

The Mountain

Drusilla Modjeska

An Oxford ethnologist, Leonard, travels to Papua in 1968 with his young Dutch wife, Rika, to take up a post at the university, and to further his research by filming the local Papuans in a remote village. Conservative and...

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Scared Yet?

Scared Yet?

Jaye Ford

Are you paying attention now, Livia? When Livia Prescott fights off a terrifying assault in a deserted car park, the media hail her bravery. And after a difficult year - watching her father fade away, her business struggle and her...

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 Read reviewTriptych


Krissy Kneen

A solitary young woman called Lilly pursues online adventure among the anonymous torsos of Chatroulette, and finds a soul mate. Leda's first love brings tenderness, heartbreak and a powerful sexual awakening at the behest of...

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 Read reviewTrue North: The Story of Mary and Elizabeth Durack

True North: The Story of Mary and Elizabeth Durack

Brenda Niall

Through war, love affairs, children and old age, the Duracks' creative lives were always shaped by the enduring power of the Kimberley region. With unprecedented access to hundreds of private family letters, unpublished memoirs,...

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 Read reviewLola Bensky

Lola Bensky

Lily Brett

It's the swinging sixties, and nineteen-year-old Lola Bensky who is heavier than she'd like to be, takes no crap and knows how to work a set of false eyelashes is a music journalist for Rock-Out in Australia.

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Holier Than Thou

Holier Than Thou

Laura Buzo

From the author of Good Oil, this extraordinary, bittersweet novel portrays a slice of Australian city life through an unforgettable girl named Holly who is navigating the nuances and complexities of being in her early 20s.

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 Read reviewReaching One Thousand: A Story of Love, Motherhood and Autism

Reaching One Thousand: A Story of Love, Motherhood and Autism

Rachel Robertson

'This is the best kind of memoir - there is a beautiful calm clarity that drew me in, and held me until the end. - Georgia Blain When Ben is a baby, Rachel puts his behavioural quirks down to eccentricity. He likes to count...

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 Read reviewThe Engagement

The Engagement

Chloe Hooper

Liese Campbell has an engagement for the weekend: to stay with Alexander Colquhoun at his country seat in remote Australia. Liese is English. She's been working at her uncle's estate agency in Melbourne to pay off her debts....

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The Mothers' Group

The Mothers' Group

Fiona Higgins

An explosive, enthralling debut novel about motherhood, friendship and love.

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 Read reviewThe Light Between Oceans

The Light Between Oceans

M. L. Stedman

A boat washes up on the shore of a remote lighthouse keeper's island. It holds a dead man - and a crying baby. The only two islanders, Tom and his wife Izzy, are about to make a devastating decision. They break the rules and...

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 Read reviewThe Reluctant Hallelujah

The Reluctant Hallelujah

Gabrielle Williams

When Dodie's parents go missing just as final year exams are about to start, she convinces herself they're fine. But when the least likely boy in class holds the key - quite literally - to the huge secret her parents have been...

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 Read reviewFloundering


Romy Ash

Tom and Jordy have been living with their gran since the day their mother, Loretta, left them on her doorstep and disappeared. Now Loretta's returned, and she wants her boys back. Tom and Jordy hit the road with Loretta in her...

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Bitter Greens

Bitter Greens

Kate Forsyth

Charlotte-Rose de la Force, exiled from King Louis XIV's court, has always been a great teller of tales. Selena Leonelli, once the exquisite muse of Tiziano, is terrified of time. Margherita, trapped in a doorless tower and...

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Miles Off Course

Miles Off Course

Sulari Gentill

A Simon & Schuster eBook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every reader.

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The Mistake

The Mistake

Wendy James

The past isn't dead. It isn't even past Jodie Garrow is a teenager from the wrong side of the tracks when she falls pregnant. Scared, alone and desperate to make something of her life, she makes the decision to adopt out her baby;...

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 Read reviewMemory Of Salt

Memory Of Salt

Alis father is a Turkish circus musician performing in Kabul when Alis mother, a young pediatrician from Melbourne, meets him in a bar. He plays the trumpet, the saz, the flute, hears voices that urge him to violence, sees angels...

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Us and Them: On the Importance of Animals

Us and Them: On the Importance of Animals

Anna Krien

In this dazzling piece of reportage, Anna Krien investigates the contemporary animal kingdom and our place in it. From pets to food, from wildness to science experiments, Krien also reveals how animals are faring in this new world...

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 Read reviewPilgrimage


Jacinta Halloran

At forty-nine, Celeste has left behind the religion of her childhood, but her mother, Patricia, remains a devout Catholic. When Patricia is diagnosed with a terminal illness, Celeste reluctantly agrees to accompany her mother and...

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Losing it

Losing it

Julia Lawrinson

To avoid Losing It in the bushes with some random guy in a heavy-metal T-shirt after too many tequila shots, four best friends make a bet: to lose it before schoolies week and preferably in a romantic, sober way that they won't...

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Find and Keep: 26 Projects to Spark Your Imagination

Find and Keep: 26 Projects to Spark Your Imagination

Beci Orpin

A stunning craft book filled with unique and fresh ideas and bright, beautiful photography. Sick of all those dowdy, generic craft books? Be inspired with Beci Orpin's beautiful new book, Find & Keep, with projects that are...

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Get Well Soon!: My (Un)Brilliant Career as a Nurse

Get Well Soon!: My (Un)Brilliant Career as a Nurse

Kristy Chambers

My quest for a career started early, when I was four years old and gave myself a haircut to see if I liked that sort of thing. I liked it plenty, but my mother did not.

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Toyo: A Memoir

Toyo: A Memoir

Lily Chan

Toyo learned to ask nothing, to wait and count the days. But they passed and passed and still the doorway remained empty of his deep voice, calling out her name. Toyo is the story of a remarkable woman, a vivid picture of Japan...

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 Read reviewFishing for Tigers

Fishing for Tigers

Emily Maguire

Six years ago, Mischa Reese left her abusive husband and suffocating life in California and reinvented herself in steamy, chaotic Hanoi. In Vietnam, she finds satisfying work and enjoys a life of relative luxury and personal...

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Crimwife: An Insider's Account of Love Behind Bars

Crimwife: An Insider’s Account of Love Behind Bars

Tanya Levin

How far would you go for love? Some women commit crimes to help their lovers; others spend years on the run. Tanya Levin gave up her career as a prison social worker to pursue romance with an inmate. From her first day on the...

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 Read reviewThe Rest is Weight

The Rest is Weight

Jennifer Mills

The award-winning stories in The Rest is Weight reflect Mills' years in Central Australia, as well as her travels to Mexico, Russia and China. The collection displays a confident diversity of narrative voices and a brevity in...

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 Read reviewOne Way or Another: The Story of a Girl Who Loved Rock Stars

One Way or Another: The Story of a Girl Who Loved Rock Stars

Nikki McWatters

I looked down at this man who adorned the bedroom walls of girls all over the world. His eyes were spinning, his makeup was melting and he had the goofiest grin on his handsome face. This was what the Vulture Club was about. This...

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 Read reviewTarcutta Wake

Tarcutta Wake

Josephine Rowe

This collection announces the arrival of an exciting new talent in Australian fiction In short vignettes and longer stories, Rowe explores the idea of things that are left behind: souvenirs and scars, or memories, values and...

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What Katie Ate

What Katie Ate

Katie Quinn Davies

Wildly successful food blogger and photographer Katie Quinn Davies' debut book, What Katie Ate, is a collection of simple and mouth-watering recipes made from seasonal ingredients, including much-loved classics from her blog,...

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 Read reviewAm I Black Enough for You?

Am I Black Enough for You?

Anita Heiss

Winner of the Vic Premier's Award for Indigenous Writing.The story of an urban-based high achieving Aboriginal woman working to break down stereotypes and build bridges between black and white Australia. I'm Aboriginal. I'm just...

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