Melbourne Writers Festival 2012

 Read reviewThe Forrests

The Forrests

Emily Perkins

An extraordinary literary novel, this is prize-winning author Emily Perkins's greatest work to date

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 Read reviewThe Snow Child

The Snow Child

Eowyn Ivey

Alaska, the 1920s. Jack and Mabel have staked everything on a fresh start in a remote homestead, but the wilderness is a stark place, and Mabel is haunted by the baby she lost many years before. When a little girl appears...

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 Read reviewDirt

Dirt

David Vann

Galen and his mother survive on old family money-an inheritance that his Aunt Helen and cousin Jennifer, are determined to get their hands on. When the family takes a trip to an old cabin in the Sierras, tensions come to a climax...

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 Read reviewSilver: Return to Treasure Island

Silver: Return to Treasure Island

Andrew Motion

July, 1802. In the marshy eastern reaches of the Thames lies the Hispaniola, an inn kept by Jim Hawkins and his son. Young Jim spends his days roaming the mist-shrouded estuaries, running errands for his father and listening to...

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 Special priceBeasts of No Nation

Beasts of No Nation

Uzodinma Iweala

A stunning novel about a child-soldier in Africa that introduces a brilliant young writer and will be much discussed.

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 Read reviewGaysia: Adventures in the Queer East

Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East

Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law considers himself pretty lucky to live in Australia: he can hold his boyfriend's hand in public and lobby his politicians to recognise same-sex marriage. But as the child of migrants, he's also curious about how...

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The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession

The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession

David Grann

Acclaimed New Yorker writer and author of the breakout debut bestseller The Lost City of Z offers a collection of spellbinding short stories. Throughout, Grann's hypnotic accounts display the power--and often the willful...

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 Read reviewThe Engagement

The Engagement

Chloe Hooper

From the author of the highly acclaimed A Child's Book of True Crime comes a dazzling, intense, and erotic second novel set in an isolated mansion in the country. Liese has an engagement for the weekend: to stay with Alexander,...

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 Read reviewLeaving Alexandria: A Memoir of Faith and Doubt

Leaving Alexandria: A Memoir of Faith and Doubt

Richard Holloway

With this long-awaited memoir, Richard Holloway gives a wise, poetic and fiercely honest account of his life. In his years as a priest Richard touched many lives, but behind his confident public face lay a troubled mind. In 2000...

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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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 Read reviewRunning Dogs

Running Dogs

Ruby J. Murray

Jakarta, 1997, and the city is on the verge of a revolution. Even the Jordan children - Petra, Isaak, Kristina, and Paul - can feel it coming, shaking the edges of their privileged, protected expat world.

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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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 Read reviewThe Cook

The Cook

Wayne Macauley

The Cook feeds our hunger to know what goes on in the kitchen, while skewering our culture of food worship.

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 Read reviewThe Street Sweeper

The Street Sweeper

Elliot Perlman

Lamont Williams, recently released from prison and working as a hospital janitor, strikes up an unlikely friendship with a patient, an elderly Jewish Holocaust survivor who starts to tell him of his extraordinary past. Meanwhile...

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 Read reviewAnimal People

Animal People

Charlotte Wood

'He could not find one single more word to say. I just want to be free. He could not say those words. They had already withered in his mind, turned to dust.

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 Read reviewA Tiger in Eden

A Tiger in Eden

Chris Flynn

Beautiful beaches, sexy young backpackers, cheap drinks: southern Thailand in the mid-1990s is the perfect place for a holiday. It's also the perfect place for Billy loyalist hard man, NO SURRENDER chest tattoo, on the run from...

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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 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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How Did You Get This Number

How Did You Get This Number

Sloane Crosley

A sparkling second book from the bestselling author of I Was Told There'd Be Cake in which Crosley leaves her familiar stomping ground of Manhattan to travel The World: elegant writing, mordant wit and genuine insight.

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 Read reviewI Was Told There'd Be Cake

I Was Told There’d Be Cake

Sloane Crosley

From accidentally despoiling an exhibit at the Museum of Natural History to baking a cookie in the shape of her boss's face to win her approval, Sloane Crossley can do no right.

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The Lost City of Z: A Legendary British Explorer's Deadly Quest to Uncover the Secrets of the Amazon

The Lost City of Z: A Legendary British Explorer’s Deadly Quest to Uncover the Secrets of the Amazon

David Grann

A blockbuster adventure about life, death and obsession in the Amazon

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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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Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities

Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities

Martha C. Nussbaum

Argues, thinking about the aims of education has gone disturbingly awry in the United States and abroad. This title offers a manifesto that should be a rallying cry for those who cares about the deepest purposes of education.

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The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen

The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen

Kwame Anthony Appiah

In this landmark work, a leading philosopher demonstrates the revolutionary power of honor in ending human suffering.

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Swallow

Swallow

Sefi Atta

In the 1980s in Lagos, the government's war against indiscipline and austerity measures are in full swing. A succession of unfortunate events leads Tolani, a bank secretary, to be persuaded by her roommate Rose to consider drug...

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 Read reviewBlood

Blood

Tony Birch

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2012 MILES FRANKLIN LITERARY AWARD Jesse has sworn to protect his sister, Rachel, no matter what. It's a promise that cannot be broken. A promise made in blood.

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The Marmalade Files

The Marmalade Files

Steve Lewis, Chris Uhlmann

An imaginative romp through the dark underbelly of politics by two veteran Canberra insiders.When seasoned newshound Harry Dunkley is slipped a compromising photograph one frosty Canberra dawn he knows he's onto something big. In...

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 Read reviewBeneath the Darkening Sky

Beneath the Darkening Sky

Majok Tulba

When Obinna's village is attacked by the rebel army, he witnesses violence beyond the capacity of his imagination and comprehension, including the murder of his father. Along with his older brother, Obinna is taken along with the...

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 Read reviewLegend of a Suicide

Legend of a Suicide

David Vann

Roy is still young when his father, a failed dentist and hapless fisherman, commits suicide on the deck of his boat. Throughout his life, Roy returns to that moment, gripped by its memory and the shadow it casts over his...

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First Australians: An Illustrated History

First Australians: An Illustrated History

Rachel Perkins, Marcia Langton

The dramatic story of the collision of two worlds that created contemporary Australia. Told from the perspective of Australia's first people, it vividly brings to life the events that unfolded when the oldest living culture in the...

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Silence

Silence

Rodney Hall

A collection 'fictions' by one of Australia's finest writers. Winner of the Miles Franklin Award twice.

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The Wreckage

The Wreckage

Michael Robotham

Set in the turbulent aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis, The Wreckage pits Vincent Ruiz against powerful agents who will stop at nothing to bury secrets...

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 Read reviewAs I Was Saying

As I Was Saying

Robert Dessaix

As I Was Saying is a swirling conversation with the reader on everything from travel to dogs and cats, from sport and swearing to the pleasures of idleness. Punctuated at regular intervals by talks Dessaix has given on a wide...

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The Younger Man

The Younger Man

Zoe Foster

When Abby enjoys a memorable night with a delicious 22-year-old, she easily waves him out of her life the next morning. She doesn't have time for these sorts of distractions. And he's only 22, after all! A child. But the charming...

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 Read reviewA History of Books

A History of Books

Gerald Murnane

This new work by Gerald Murnane is a fictionalised autobiography told in thirty sections, each of which begins with the memory of a book that has left an image on the writer's mind. The titles aren't given but the reader follows...

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 Read reviewCaribou Island

Caribou Island

David Vann

Gary, driven by thirty years of diverted plans, and Irene are trying to rebuild their life together. Across the water on the mainland, Irene and Gary's grown daughter, Rhoda is starting her own life. She fantasizes about the...

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The Second World War

The Second World War

Antony Beevor

A magisterial, single-volume history of the greatest conflict the world has ever known by our foremost military historian

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Night Letters

Night Letters

Robert Dessaix

Every night for twenty nights in a hotel room in Venice, an Australian man recently diagnosed with an incurable disease writes home to a friend reflecting on questions of mortality. First time in paperback.

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