2021 literary prize winners

The Promise

The Promise

Damon Galgut

Masterful new fiction from twice Booker-shortlisted author Damon Galgut

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Winter In Sokcho

Winter In Sokcho

Elisa Shua Dusapin

As if Marguerite Duras wrote Convenience Store Woman--a beautiful, unexpected novel from a debut French-Korean author

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 Read reviewHell of a Book

Hell of a Book

Jason Mott

An astounding work of fiction - resoundingly powerful, endlessly quotable and funny as hell - with its sights set on getting to the heart of racism in America. In short, this is one Hell of a Book.

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Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty

Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty

Patrick Radden Keefe

The story of the Sackler Dynasty, Purdue Pharma, and their involvement in the opioid crisis that has created millions of addicts, even as it generated billions of dollars in profit.

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 Read reviewLucky's

Lucky’s

Andrew Pippos

An exuberant, magical Australian saga of family, love and second chances.

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Piranesi

Piranesi

Susanna Clarke

From the New York Times bestselling author of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, an intoxicating, hypnotic new novel set in a dreamlike alternative reality.

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 Read reviewTruganini: Journey Through the Apocalypse

Truganini: Journey Through the Apocalypse

Cassandra Pybus

Cassandra Pybus's ancestors told a story of an old Aboriginal woman who would wander across their farm on Bruny Island, in south-east Tasmania, in the 1850s and 1860s. As a child, Cassandra didn't know this woman was Truganini,...

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 Read reviewThe Rain Heron

The Rain Heron

Robbie Arnott

From a 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year and the author of the highly praised novel Flames comes another beguiling, transformative work of fiction confirming Robbie Arnott as one of Australia's most exciting...

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 Read reviewThe Labyrinth

The Labyrinth

Amanda Lohrey

A moving tale of grief, community and the possibility of starting over, by an award-winning Australian author.     

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At Night All Blood is Black

At Night All Blood is Black

David Diop, Anna Moschovakis

A Times historical fiction book of the year, new in paperback - the prize-winning story of a Senegalese soldier in the trenches, told in hypnotic, powerful prose.

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 Read reviewThe Bass Rock

The Bass Rock

Evie Wyld

Three women, hundreds of years apart, slip into each other's lives in a novel of darkness, violence and madness.  

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The Night Watchman

The Night Watchman

Louise Erdrich

Based on the extraordinary life of National Book Award-winner Louise Erdrich's grandfather who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington DC.

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 Read reviewWitness

Witness

Louise Milligan

From the best-selling author of CARDINAL comes a searing examination of the power imbalance in our legal system - where exposing the truth is never guaranteed and, for victims, justice is often elusive.

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 Read reviewThe Animals in That Country

The Animals in That Country

Laura Jean McKay

Out on the road, no one speaks, everything talks.

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English Pastoral: An Inheritance

English Pastoral: An Inheritance

James Rebanks

A poetic, practical, raw and almost miraculously detailed picture of [an] ancient way of life struggling to survive and to be reborn - New Statesman

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Entangled Life

Entangled Life

Merlin Sheldrake

A mind-altering adventure through the world of fungi for readers of Robert Macfarlane and Other Minds

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 Special price Read reviewLuster

Luster

Raven Leilani

Razor sharp. provocatively page-turning and surprisingly tender, Luster is a painfully funny coming-of-age story told by a fresh new voice.

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Tell Me Why: The Story of My Life and My Music

Tell Me Why: The Story of My Life and My Music

Archie Roach

A powerful memoir of a true Australian legend: stolen child, musical and lyrical genius, and leader.

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The Mirror and the Light

The Mirror and the Light

Hilary Mantel

The long-awaited sequel to Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, and the stunning conclusion to Hilary Mantel's Man Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall trilogy.

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 Read reviewBody Count: How Climate Change is Killing Us

Body Count: How Climate Change is Killing Us

Paddy Manning

Shocking and undeniable, Manning reveals what climate change really looks like, telling the moving stories of victims, their families and doctors - putting names and faces to the people who have already paid the ultimate price for...

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 Read reviewSong of the Crocodile

Song of the Crocodile

Nardi Simpson

A captivating Australian saga from the winner of the 2018 black&write! fellowship.   

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 Special priceWe Begin at the End

We Begin at the End

Chris Whitaker

This is a book that will make you laugh, it will make you cry and it will break your heart. A triumph of a novel from the award-winning author of Tall Oaks.

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Now That I See You

Now That I See You

Emma Batchelor

In diaries and letters, Now That I See You unfolds a love story that, while often messy and uncomfortable, is a poignant and personal exploration of identity, gender, love and grief.

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Amnesia Road: Landscape, Violence and Memory

Amnesia Road: Landscape, Violence and Memory

Luke Stegemann

Offers a powerful literary consideration of historic violence in two different parts of the world, the seldom-visited mulga plains of south-west Queensland and the backroads of rural Andalusia. The book is also an unashamed...

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Case Notes

Case Notes

David Stavanger

The highly anticipated follow up to the award-winning collection The Special, this electric new body of work by poet David Stavanger is a mix tape of free verse, lyric poetry, found text and flash fiction documenting lived...

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The Burning Island

The Burning Island

Jock Serong

A historic seafaring adventure with a father-daughter twist, from beloved Australian storyteller Jock Serong, in an appealing new format

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 Read reviewFuture Girl

Future Girl

Asphyxia

Future Girl explores what it means to come of age as a Deaf teenager, against the backdrop of a near-future Melbourne on the brink of environmental catastrophe.

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Small in the City

Small in the City

Sydney Smith

A little boy offers advice to his cat, which is lost in the city, from taking shortcuts through safe alleys to finding a friend in the park.

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As Fast As I Can

As Fast As I Can

Penny Tangey

One girl. One dream. A few hurdles. Ten-year-old Vivian is determined to win a medal at the Olympic Games one day. Problem is, she hasn't found a sport she's any good at yet.

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Sterling Karat Gold

Sterling Karat Gold

Isabel Waidner

Sterling Karat Gold is Kafka's The Trial written for the era of gaslighting - a surreal inquiry into the real effects of state violence on gender-nonconforming, working-class and black bodies.

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The Good Sister

The Good Sister

Sally Hepworth

A quirky, rich and shocking story of unexpected love by bestselling author of The Mother-in-Law, Sally Hepworth.

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Consolation

Consolation

Garry Disher

Australia's favourite country cop, Hirsch, is back in this new edition of Consolation, the follow-up to Peace and Bitter Wash Road.

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The Second Son

The Second Son

Loraine Peck

The breakout blockbuster Australian crime of 2021. Warring families on the streets of Western Sydney, a debt that must be paid in blood, and a love story surviving against the odds.

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Hiakai

Hiakai

Monique Fiso

A breathtaking account of Maori food - its traditions, ingredients and tikanga - from our brightest culinary star.

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