2018 literary prize winners

The Friend

The Friend

Sigrid Nunez

Elegiac and searching, The Friend is both a meditation on loss and a celebration of human-canine devotion.   

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The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke

The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke

Jeffrey C. Stewart

The definitive biography of Alain Locke, the first African American Rhodes Scholar and Harvard PhD in philosophy, Howard University philosophy scholar, and architect of the Harlem Renaissance, who mentored a generation of artists...

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Indecency

Indecency

Justin Phillip Reed

Intricate, intimate, difficult, and confrontational poems that push at the boundaries of selfhood, skin, culture, sexuality, and blood.

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The Emissary

The Emissary

Yoko Tawada, Margaret Mitsutani

Yoko Tawada's new novel is a breathtakingly light-hearted meditation on mortality and fully displays what Rivka Galchen has called her brilliant, shimmering, magnificent strangeness

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The Long Take

The Long Take

Robin Robertson

The powerful new collection from award-winning poet Robin Robertson follows a demobbed soldier as he goes in search of freedom and repair in post-war America.       

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Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy

Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy

Serhii Plokhy

A dramatic, minute-by-minute account of one of the most shattering events of the Cold War, from an award-winning writer and historian.   

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 Read reviewAxiomatic

Axiomatic

Maria Tumarkin

Winner of the Melbourne Prize Best Writing Award 2018This boundary-shifting fusion of thinking, storytelling, and meditation takes as its starting point five axioms:‘Give Me a Child...

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Segu

Segu

Maryse Conde, Barbara Bray

Conde depicts the Bambara of 1797, a kingdom in Africa flourishing before thecoming of Islam and slavery. The tale follows the Traore family, a noble clanentrusted by the king. The four Traore sons embody the contemporaneous...

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Love Poems And Death Threats

Love Poems And Death Threats

Samuel Wagan Watson

Love Poems and Death Threats breaks new ground for Indigenous Australian writing and adds to Samuel Wagan Watson's reputation as one of our most exciting poets.

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 Special price Read reviewPulse Points: Stories

Pulse Points: Stories

Jennifer Down

Pulse Points is the collected stories by Jennifer Down, author of Our Magic Hour and one of Australia's newest and most promising literary talents.

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Milkman

Milkman

Anna Burns

This beautiful and painful novel by Orange Prize shortlisted Anna Burns blends shades of early Edna O'Brien with Eimear McBride's exquisite ability to capture voice.    

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 Read reviewThe Life to Come

The Life to Come

Michelle de Kretser

Michelle de Kretser's fifth novel is both a delicious satire on the way we live now and a deeply moving examination of the true nature of friendship.

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Crossing the Lines

Crossing the Lines

Sulari Gentill

Sulari Gentill, author of the 1930s Rowland Sinclair Mysteries, jumps to the post-modern in Crossing the Lines. A successful writer, Madeleine, creates a ....

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The Dark Lake

The Dark Lake

Sarah Bailey

The Dark Lake is a brooding, suspenseful and explosive debut that will grip you from the first page to the last.  

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Whiteley on Trial

Whiteley on Trial

Gabriella Coslovich

Offers a tale of obsession, greed and ego, where the richly diverse worlds of art, horse-racing, high finance, the luxury car trade and a humble tradesman collide - and no one is entirely innocent. Except perhaps the tradesman.

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The Enigmatic Mr Deakin

The Enigmatic Mr Deakin

Judith Brett

Alfred Deakin-scholar, spiritualist, prime minister-was instrumental in creating modern Australia. In the first biography of Deakin in more than half a century, the acclaimed political historian Judith Brett deftly weaves together...

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The Seabird's Cry: The Lives and Loves of Puffins, Gannets and Other Ocean Voyagers

The Seabird’s Cry: The Lives and Loves of Puffins, Gannets and Other Ocean Voyagers

Adam Nicolson

The full story of seabirds from one of the greatest nature writers. The book looks at the pattern of their lives, their habitats, the threats they face and the passions they inspire - beautifully illustrated by artist Kate...

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 Read reviewThe High Places

The High Places

Fiona McFarlane

These wide-ranging stories resonate in the way of only the finest writing and the most pleasurable reading. There are storylines that seem straightforward on the surface but have a dozen things circling underneath, others that sit...

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 Read reviewThe Trauma Cleaner

The Trauma Cleaner

Sarah Krasnostein

Winner of the Victorian Prize for Literature 2018Winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Writing for Non-fiction 2018Winner of the Dobbie Literary Award 2018<br...

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The English Patient

The English Patient

Michael Ondaatje

Winner of the Golden Man Booker PrizeA beautiful new limited edition paperback of The English Patient, published as part of the Bloomsbury Modern Classics list.A small cargo plane will come...

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The Agonist

The Agonist

Shastra Deo

Winner of the 2016 Thomas Shapcott Prize for Poetry.

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The Gallows Pole

The Gallows Pole

Benjamin Myers

From his remote moorland home, David Hartley assembles a gang of weavers and land-workers to embark upon a criminal enterprise that will capsize the economy and become the biggest fraud in British history. They are the Cragg Vale...

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Solar Bones

Solar Bones

Mike McCormack

This masterpiece of a novel, narrated in a single sentence, is an international literary sensation, winner of the 2016 Goldsmiths Prize and BGE Irish Book of the Year

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 Read reviewHome Fire

Home Fire

Kamila Shamsie

A contemporary reimagining of Sophocles' Antigone, Home Fire is an urgent, fiercely compelling story of loyalties torn apart when love and politics collide - confirming Kamila Shamsie as a master storyteller of our times.

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Flights

Flights

Olga Tokarczuk, Jennifer Croft

A literary and imaginative book that explores subjects such as anatomy and psychology through narratives and reflections on travel and the body, and life and death.

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Kumukanda

Kumukanda

Kayo Chingonyi

Translating as 'initiation', kumukanda is the name given to the rites a young boy from the Luvale tribe must pass through before he is considered a man. In this book, the poems explore this passage: between two worlds, ancestral...

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Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan's Disaster Zone

Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan’s Disaster Zone

Richard Lloyd Parry

Ghosts of the Tsunami is a classic of literary non-fiction, a heart-breaking and intimate account of an epic tragedy, told through the personal accounts of those who lived through it.  

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To Be a Machine

To Be a Machine

Mark O'Connell

In To Be a Machine, Mark O'Connell presents us with the first full-length exploration of transhumanism: its philosophical and scientific roots, its key players and possible futures. From charismatic techies seeking to enhance the...

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Less

Less

Andrew Sean Greer

A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, Less is the winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Caroline Fraser

Millions of readers of the 'Little House' books believe they know Laura Ingalls Wilder - the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains as her family chased their American dream. But the true story...

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The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea

The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea

Jack E. Davis

Winner of the 2017 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction - the tragic collision between civilization and nature in the Gulf of Mexico becomes a uniquely American story in this environmental epic.

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Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America

Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America

James Forman

An original and consequential argument about race, crime, and the law Today, Americans are debating our criminal justice system with new urgency. Mass incarceration and aggressive police tactics -- and their impact on people of...

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Tracker

Alexis Wright

Winner of the Stella Prize 2018Miles Franklin-winning author Alexis Wright has crafted a memoir in story form of the charismatic Indigenous leader Tracker Tilmouth, and an epic portrait of a important...

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 Read reviewChemistry

Chemistry

Weike Wang

A novel about a young Chinese woman whose graduate studies in chemistry go off track and lead her to discover the truths about her goals and desires.  

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 Read reviewThe Choke

The Choke

Sofie Laguna

It is quite a feat to write characters with such nuance . . . in harnessing her storytelling facility to expose the flaws in the system with what is becoming trademark.....

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 Special price Read reviewSaga Land

Saga Land

Richard Fidler, Kari Gislason

A gripping blend of family mystery, contemporary stories and the beautiful and bloody Viking tales, set against the starkly stunning landscape of Iceland.

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Wimmera

Wimmera

Mark Brandi

In the long, hot summer of 1989, Ben and Fab are best friends. Growing up in a small country town, they spend their days playing cricket, yabbying in local dams, wanting a pair of.....

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Native: Art and Design with Australian Plants

Native: Art and Design with Australian Plants

Kate Herd, Jela Ivankovic-Waters

This richly illustrated book is the ideal source when seeking the perfect feature plant for a space of any size. With stunning photography of gardens old and new, this book captures the most creatively inspiring Australian plants...

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 Read reviewAustralia Day

Australia Day

Melanie Cheng

An important and illuminating debut fiction collection about Australian life and identity.

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 Read reviewArgosy

Argosy

Bella Li

This innovative first full-length collection from Australian poet Bella Li draws inspiration from the surrealist collage novels of Max Ernst, is an arresting and utterly unique assemblage of poetry, collage and photography.

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Night Sky with Exit Wounds

Night Sky with Exit Wounds

Ocean Vuong

A haunting debut that is simultaneously dreamlike and visceral, vulnerable and redemptive, and risks the painful rewards of emotional honesty.

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