20 Australian Books to read in your 20s

The Monkey's Mask

The Monkey’s Mask

Dorothy Porter

The Monkey's Mask is a totally unique experience. It's poetry. It's a crime thriller. It's where high art meets low life, passion meets betrayal, and poetry faces profanity on the streets of a harsh modern city. Dorothy Porter's...

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Loaded

Loaded

Christos Tsiolkas

Ari is 19, Greek, gay, unemployed and looking for something to take him away from his aimless existence in suburban Melbourne. Caught between the traditional Greek world of his parents and friends and the alluring destructive...

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Its Raining In Mango

Its Raining In Mango

Thea Astley

Wresting his family from the easy living of 19th-century Sydney, Cornelius Laffey takes them to northern Queensland where thousands of hopefuls are digging for gold in the mud. They confront the horror of Aboriginal dispossession,...

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Candy

Candy

Luke Davies

A love story and a novel about addiction. From the heady narcissism of the narrator's first days with his new lover, Candy, and the relative innocence of their shared habit, Candy charts their decline.

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The Women in Black

The Women in Black

Madeleine St.John

Sydney in the 1950s. On the second floor of the famous F.G. Goode department store, in Ladies' Cocktail Frocks, the women in black are girding themselves for the Christmas rush. Madeleine St John conjures a vanished summer of...

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A Fraction of the Whole

A Fraction of the Whole

Steve Toltz

From the New South Wales bush to bohemian Paris, from sports fields to strip clubs, from the jungles of Thailand to a leaky boat in the Pacific, A Fraction of the Whole follows the Deans on their freewheeling, scathingly funny and...

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 Read reviewA Lifetime On Clouds

A Lifetime On Clouds

Gerald Murnane, Andy Griffiths

A Lifetime on Clouds is funny, honest and sweetly told: a less ribald, Catholic Australian Portnoy's Complaint.

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 Special price Read reviewNight Games: Sex, Power and Sport

Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport

Anna Krien

In the tradition of Helen Garner's The First Stone comes another closely observed, controversial book about sex, consent and power. At the centre of it is Anna Krien's account of the rape trial of a footballer. Both a...

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 Read reviewButterfly

Butterfly

Sonya Hartnett

On the verge of her fourteenth birthday, Plum knows her life will change. But she has no idea how. Over the coming weeks, her neighbour Maureen will show her how she might fly. And her friends will tease and test, smelling...

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Tirra Lirra by the River

Tirra Lirra by the River

Jessica Anderson

A novel that tells of one woman's remarkable life. Nora Porteous flees her small-town family and stifling marriage and creates a new life for herself in London. In her seventies, she returns to Queensland to settle in her...

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The Man Who Loved Children

The Man Who Loved Children

Christina Stead

Sam and Henny Pollit are a warring husband and wife, he a fully blown narcissist and she spoiled and prone to fits of despair. Christina Stead's masterpiece about family life is acknowledged as a contemporary classic of Australian...

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 Read reviewAffection: A Memoir Of Love, Sex & Intimacy

Affection: A Memoir Of Love, Sex & Intimacy

Krissy Kneen

Krissy Kneen was raised by a very protective, quite eccentric family who avoided any mention of sexuality. Perhaps it was no coincidence that she became obsessed by the very idea of sex. After leaving home she plunged into a world...

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Swallow The Air

Swallow The Air

Tara June Winch

When May's mother dies suddenly, she and her brother Billy are taken in by an aunt. However their loss leaves them both searching for their place in a world that doesn't want them. May sets off to find her father and her...

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