2019 literary prize winners

 Read reviewThe Glad Shout

The Glad Shout

Alice Robinson

The Glad Shout is an extraordinary novel of rare depth and texture. Told in a starkly visual and compelling narrative, this is a deeply moving homage to motherhood and the struggles faced by women in difficult times. ...

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 Read reviewThe Spill

The Spill

Imbi Neeme

In 1982, a car overturns on a remote West Australian road. Nobody is hurt, but the impact is felt for decades.

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Middle England

Middle England

Jonathan Coe

From the acclaimed author of The Rotters' Club and The Closed Circle comes a novel for today's strange times. Beginning nine years ago on the outskirts of Birmingham and London, Middle England tracks a brilliantly vivid cast of...

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Soldiers

Soldiers

Tom Remiger

Winner of the 2019 Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel, Soldiers is a raw and empathetic portrait of young soldiers as they come of age in the chaos of war.

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The Yellow House

The Yellow House

Sarah M. Broom

A brilliant, haunting and unforgettable memoir of home and family, from a stunning new talent, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans.     

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Supper Club

Supper Club

Lara Williams

A savagely funny and perceptive coming-of-age debut novel - a battle cry for the #metoo generation.

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Ducks, Newburyport

Ducks, Newburyport

Lucy Ellmann

An utterly original novel, longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize in which one woman navigates, through compelling inner monologue, the tension and disquiet of contemporary America.

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The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

Hallie Rubenhold

In this devastating narrative of five lives, historian Hallie Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, and gives these women back their stories.

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Trust Exercise

Trust Exercise

Susan Choi

Captivating and brilliant, Trust Exercise is a novel about the treacherous terrain of adolescence, how we define consent, and what we lose, gain, and never get over as we navigate our way into adulthood's...

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 Read reviewThe Shepherd's Hut

The Shepherd’s Hut

Tim Winton

The Shepherd's Hut is an exquisite, brutal coming of age novel. It tells the story of Jaxie, a boy on the run from his past, and explores the way love and hate combine to form a young man's beliefs.

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Fleche

Fleche

Mary Jean Chan

Fleche (the French word for 'arrow') is an offensive technique commonly used in fencing, a sport of Mary Jean Chan's young adult years, when she competed locally and internationally for her home city, Hong Kong.   ...

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The Volunteer

The Volunteer

Jack Fairweather

In the Summer of 1940, after the Nazi occupation of Poland, an underground operative called Witold Pilecki accepted a mission to uncover the fate of thousands of people being interred at a new concentration camp on the border of...

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The Confessions of Frannie Langton

The Confessions of Frannie Langton

Sara Collins

All of London is abuzz with the case of Frannie Langton, accused of murdering her employers. Frannie claims she cannot recall what happened, even if remembering could save her life. But she does have a tale to tell: a story of her...

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Any Ordinary Day

Any Ordinary Day

Leigh Sales

As a journalist, Leigh Sales often encounters people experiencing the worst moments of their lives in the full glare of the media. But one particular string of bad news stories - and a terrifying brush with her own mortality -...

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 Special priceThe Testaments

The Testaments

Margaret Atwood

In this electrifying sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood answers the question that has tantalised readers for decades: What happened to Offred?

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Underland: A Deep Time Journey

Underland: A Deep Time Journey

Robert Macfarlane

From the best-selling, award-winning author of Landmarks and The Old Ways, a haunting voyage into the planet's past and future.

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The Western Wind

The Western Wind

Samantha Harvey

But will he be able to unravel what happened to the victim, Thomas Newman, the wealthiest, most capable and industrious man in the village?Moving back in time towards the moment of Thomas Newman's death, the story is related by...

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Baron Wenckheim's Homecoming

Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming

Laszlo Krasznahorkai, Ottilie Mulzet

The defining master-work of the Man Booker International winner's spectacular career.

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Sight Lines

Sight Lines

Arthur Sze

Sze, in drawing connections between the pastoral and the catastrophic, speaks to a contemporary condition in which we are constantly fragmented and made whole again as we are presented with a saturation of narratives. In his...

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Call Me Evie

Call Me Evie

J.P. Pomare

An incredible literary thriller for readers of bestsellers such as Gone Girl, Before I Go to Sleep and Girl on the Train from an exciting new Australian voice.   

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 Read reviewCrudo

Crudo

Olivia Laing

A blisteringly funny and remarkably tender debut novel from Olivia Laing, one of the finest non-fiction writers of her generation. Winner of the James Tait Black Award 2019, shortlisted for The Goldsmiths Prize 2018

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Say Nothing

Say Nothing

Patrick Radden Keefe

From award-winning New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe, a stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussions.

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Firefly

Firefly

Henry Porter

A devastatingly timely thriller following the refugee trail from Syria to Europe, Firefly is a sophisticated, breathtaking race against time.   

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 Read reviewThe Lost Man

The Lost Man

Jane Harper

Three brothers, one death, no answers... For readers who loved The Dry and Force of Nature, Jane Harper once again creates a powerful story of suspense, set against a dazzling landscape.

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 Read reviewThe Ruin

The Ruin

Dervla McTiernan

The Ruin is the first in an exciting new crime series featuring DI Cormac Reilly.  

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Milkman

Milkman

Anna Burns

Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is...

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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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Idaho

Idaho

Emily Ruskovich

One hot August day a family drives to a mountain clearing to collect birch wood. The two daughters, June and May, aged nine and six, drink lemonade, swat away horseflies, bicker, sing snatches of songs as they while away the...

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The Lie And How We Told It

The Lie And How We Told It

Tommi Parrish

A friendship fumbles and falls apart after an uncertain encounter in this graphic novel from a remarkable new voice.

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An American Marriage

An American Marriage

Tayari Jones

An explosive love story about a marriage interrupted.

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 Read reviewThe Biographer's Lover

The Biographer’s Lover

Ruby J Murray

The Biographer's Lover is a novel about Australia's complex relationship with memory, and the role gender plays in the ways we represent not only national myths but our private versus our public selves

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 Read reviewPink Mountain on Locust Island

Pink Mountain on Locust Island

Jamie Marina Lau

An unpredictable and innovative debut novel from a provocative new voice in Australian fiction

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Flames

Flames

Robbie Arnott

Two siblings traverse the southern island to try to find their way back to each other in this tale about grief and love and the bonds of family.

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Rosewater (Wormwood, Book 1)

Rosewater (Wormwood, Book 1)

Tade Thompson

Rosewater is the start of a vibrant and compellingly told trilogy by one of science fiction's most engaging new voices - perfect for fans of N. K. Jemisin's The Fifth Season, Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice and Jeff Vandermeer's...

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 Read reviewFriday Black

Friday Black

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Fresh, exciting, vital and contemporary, Friday Black will appeal to people who love Colson Whitehead's Underground Railroad, the TV show Black Mirror, the work of Kurt Vonnegut and George Saunders, and anyone looking for stories...

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Coach Fitz

Coach Fitz

Tom Lee

One of the strangest and most appealing novels you will read this year!

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 Read reviewTaboo

Taboo

Kim Scott

From the two-times winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, comes a work charged with ambition and poetry, brutality and mystery about a young woman cast into a drama that has been playing for over two hundred years ...

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The Hunter and Other Stories of Men

The Hunter and Other Stories of Men

David Cohen

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 Read reviewEggshell Skull

Eggshell Skull

Bri Lee

A fiercely intelligent, heartbreakingly honest memoir and feminist call to arms in the tradition of Fight Like A Girl

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 Read reviewThe Lost Flowers of Alice Hart

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart

Ringland

An enchanting and captivating novel, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart is an irresistible, deeply moving, and romantic story of a young girl, daughter of an abusive father, who has to learn the hard way that she can break the...

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Family: New vegetable classics to comfort and nourish

Family: New vegetable classics to comfort and nourish

Hetty McKinnon

Veggies and family favourites take a starring role in this new collection of crowd-pleasing meals, simple sweets and family stories from Hetty McKinnon.

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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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 Read reviewGrowing Up Aboriginal in Australia

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia

Anita Heiss

This groundbreaking anthology aims to enlighten, inspire and educate about the lives of Aboriginal people in Australia today.

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 Read reviewThe Lebs

The Lebs

Michael Mohammed Ahmad

A confronting new novel from award winning Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist Michael Mohammed Ahmad.

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Interval

Interval

Judith Bishop

The much anticipated second volume from award-winning poet Judith Bishop.

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The Trauma Cleaner

The Trauma Cleaner

Sarah Krasnostein

A poignant and powerful celebration of one remarkable woman's unrelenting drive to make order from chaos .

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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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 Read reviewDeep Time Dreaming

Deep Time Dreaming

Billy Griffiths

'People would have known about Australia before they saw it. Smoke billowing above the sea spoke of a land that lay beyond the horizon. A dense cloud of migrating birds may have pointed the way. But the first Australians were...

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 Read reviewThe Great Believers

The Great Believers

Rebecca Makkai

The Carnegie Medal-winning novel of hope and heartbreak amidst the AIDs crisis, for fans of A Little Life and The Lacuna.

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The Overstory

The Overstory

Richard Powers

2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winnerShortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018, a wondrous, exhilarating novel about nine strangers brought together by an unfolding natural catastrophe.'The best novel ever...

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The Erratics

The Erratics

Vicki Laveau-Harvie

This is a memoir about a dysfunctional family, about a mother and her daughters. But make no mistake. This is like no mother-daughter relationship you know. 

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Be With

Be With

Forrest Gander

Forrest Gander's first book of poems since his Pulitzer finalist Core Samples from the World: a startling look through loss, grief, and regret into the exquisite nature of intimacy

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Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions, and Criticisms

Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions, and Criticisms

Michelle Tea

A queer countercultural icon divulges on all things artistic, romantic, and neurotic in this collection of essays.

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Bring Out the Dog: Stories

Bring Out the Dog: Stories

Will Mackin

Winner of the 2019 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for a Debut Short Story Collection. A mesmerizing debut collection that reveals what it's like to be a member of an elite special operations team, where missions take place behind...

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 Read reviewThe Madonna of the Mountains

The Madonna of the Mountains

Elise Valmorbida

Maria faces a stony path, but one she will surely climb to the summit. In this sumptuous and elegant novel you will taste the bigoli co l'arna, touch the mulberry leaves cut finer than organdie, and feel the strain of one woman...

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Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America

Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America

Eliza Griswold

A literary page-turner about the costs of fracking - and one woman's quest to protect her family.

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Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

David W. Blight

An acclaimed historian's definitive biography of the most important African-American figure of the 19th century, Frederick Douglass, who was to his century what Martin Luther King, Jr. was to the 20th century --

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 Read reviewLenny's Book of Everything

Lenny’s Book of Everything

Karen Foxlee

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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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 Read reviewThe Arsonist

The Arsonist

Chloe Hooper

On the day that became known as Black Saturday, one man deliberately lit two fires near the small town of Churchill, Gippsland, then stood on the roof of his house and watched the flames. The Arsonist, by the acclaimed author of...

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 Read reviewWelcome to Country

Welcome to Country

Marcia Langton

A completely new and inclusive guidebook to Indigenous Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

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 Read reviewA Song Only I Can Hear

A Song Only I Can Hear

Barry Jonsberg

Rob has a huge crush on the new girl at school. But Rob is painfully shy and suffers severe panic attacks. How is her heart to be won? Another wonderful and heart-warming comedy drama from the award-winning author of My Life as an...

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Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry

Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry

Imani Perry

An intimate look into the life and writings of a young Black woman who altered the world

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 Read reviewFeel Free: Essays

Feel Free: Essays

Zadie Smith

Arranged into four sections--In the World, In the Audience, On the Bookshelf, and Feel Free--this collection poses questions we may immediately recognize.

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The Carrying: Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry

The Carrying: Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry

Ada Limon

The #1 bestselling new collection from National Book Award finalist Ada Limon are 'Exquisite poems about love, fertility, desire, this natural world we move through, the political climate, so much more' Roxane Gay

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The Madonna of the Mountains

The Madonna of the Mountains

Elise Valmorbida

Maria faces a stony path, but one she will surely climb to the summit. In this sumptuous and elegant novel you will taste the bigoli co l'arna, touch the mulberry leaves cut finer than organdie, and feel the strain of one woman...

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 Read reviewBridge Of Clay

Bridge Of Clay

Markus Zusak

The magnificent, highly anticipated new novel from the author of the international bestseller, The Book Thief.

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 Read reviewCatching Teller Crow

Catching Teller Crow

Ambelin Kwaymullina, Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Winner of the Prize for Young Adult Writing at the 2019 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards. Told in two unforgettable voices, this gripping novel interweaves themes of grief, colonial history, violence,...

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The Almighty Sometimes

The Almighty Sometimes

Kendall Feaver

Diagnosed with a severe mental illness as a child, Anna was prescribed a cocktail of pills. Now a young adult, she's wondering how life might feel without them. But as she tries to move beyond the labels that have defined her, her...

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Heavy: An American Memoir

Heavy: An American Memoir

Kiese Laymon

In this powerful and provocative memoir, genre-bending essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon explores what the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies, and deception does to a black body, a black family, and a nation teetering on the...

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 Special priceMilkman

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 Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Stuart Turton

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Assurances

Assurances

J.O. Morgan

A war-poem both historic and frighteningly topical, Assurances begins in the 1950s during a period of vigilance and dread in the middle of the Cold War: the long stand-off between nuclear powers, where the only defence was the...

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The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey

The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey

Rowan Ricardo Phillips

An energetic, lyrical, genre-defying account of the 2017 tennis season by one of our most exciting young poets

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