25 bestselling books at Melbourne Writers Festival 2016

 Read reviewBlack Rock White City

Black Rock White City

A.S. Patric

Intensely human, yet majestic in its moral vision, Black Rock White City is an essential story of Australia's suburbs now, of displacement and immediate threat, and the unexpected responses of two refugees as...

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The Hollow of the Hand

The Hollow of the Hand

P. J. Harvey, Seamus Murphy

The debut book by artist and writer PJ Harvey, in collaboration with film-maker and photographer Seamus Murphy, emerges as a one-of-a-kind collection of poetry and images.

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 Read reviewThe Hate Race

The Hate Race

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Suburban Australia. Sweltering heat. Three bedroom blonde-brick. Family of five. Beat-up Ford Falcon. Vegemite on toast. Maxine Beneba Clarke's life is just like all the other Aussie kids on her street. Except for this one,...

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East West Street: Non-fiction Book of the Year 2017

East West Street: Non-fiction Book of the Year 2017

Philippe Sands, QC

A uniquely personal exploration of the origins of international law, centring on the Nuremberg Trials, the city of Lviv and a secret family history

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The Unwinding: Thirty Years of American Decline

The Unwinding: Thirty Years of American Decline

George Packer

America is in crisis. In the space of a generation, it has become more than ever a country of winners and losers, as industries have failed, institutions have disappeared and the country's focus has shifted to idolise celebrity...

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 Read reviewFangirl

Fangirl

Rainbow Rowell

Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they're off to university and Wren's decided she doesn't want to be one half of a pair any more - she wants to dance, meet boys, go...

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Quarterly Essay 63: Enemy Within - American Politics in the Time of Trump

Quarterly Essay 63: Enemy Within - American Politics in the Time of Trump

Don Watson

In Enemy Within, Don Watson takes a memorable journey into the heart of the United States in the year 2016 - and the strangest election campaign that country has seen.

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The Easy Way Out

The Easy Way Out

Steven Amsterdam

A brand new novel everyone will be talking about from the award-winning author of Things We Didn't See Coming and What the Family Needed.

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 Read reviewCarry On

Carry On

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell continues to break down boundaries with Carry On, an epic fantasy following the triumphs and heartaches of Simon and Baz from her beloved bestselling book, Fangirl.

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Thatcher Stole My Trousers

Thatcher Stole My Trousers

Alexei Sayle

Elegantly written and painfully funny--here is the second volume of memoirs from the acclaimed stand-up comedian, novelist and actor, Alexei Sayle.

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The Girl With the Dogs: Penguin Special

The Girl With the Dogs: Penguin Special

Anna Funder

The Girl with the Dogs is a poignantly beautiful novella about what's really precious in life, from Miles Franklin Award-winning Anna Funder, author of All That I Am

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 Read reviewThe Natural Way of Things

The Natural Way of Things

Charlotte Wood

The Natural Way of Things is a fascinating and brilliant addition to Charlotte Wood's acclaimed fiction, thematically and stylistically quite a departure for her, but every inch as gripping, insightful and emotionally engaging as...

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The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World

The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World

Michael Marmot

There are dramatic differences in health between countries and within countries. But this is not a simple matter of rich and poor. A poor man in Glasgow is rich compared to the average Indian, but the Glaswegian's life expectancy...

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The Science of Appearances

The Science of Appearances

Jacinta Halloran

A brilliant story of family and heredity, of the things that bind us and that wrench us apart

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Tell The Truth, Shame The Devil

Tell The Truth, Shame The Devil

Melina Marchetta

Melina Marchetta's gripping new novel Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil is part family saga, part crime fiction, and wholly unputdownable.Chief Inspector Bish Ortley of the London Met, divorced and still...

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Drawing Blood

Drawing Blood

Molly Crabapple

From Molly Crabapple comes Drawing Blood, a memoir that will change the way you think about art, sex, politics, and survival in our times.

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The Lesser Bohemians

The Lesser Bohemians

Eimear McBride

One night in London an eighteen year old girl, recently arrived from Ireland to study drama, meets an older actor and a tumultuous relationship ensues. Set across the bedsits and squats of mid-nineties north London, this novel...

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Walking Towards Ourselves: Indian Women Tell Their Stories

Walking Towards Ourselves: Indian Women Tell Their Stories

Catriona Mitchell

Walking Towards Ourselves gets behind the headlines and finds out what it means to be an Indian woman today. Walk in the shoes of some of India's foremost women writers and thinkers, and go on a journey into their intimate lives,...

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Dark Emu

Dark Emu

Bruce Pascoe

Dark Emu puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for precolonial Aboriginal Australians. The evidence insists that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using...

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In Certain Circles

Elizabeth Harrower

Internationally acclaimed novel by the award-winning author of The Watch Tower. Now available for the first time in paperback.

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Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently

Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently

Steve Silberman

Winner of the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, this Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller upends conventional thinking about autism and suggests a broader model for acceptance, understanding and full participation...

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The Magicians: (Book 1)

The Magicians: (Book 1)

Lev Grossman

Quentin Coldwater's life is changed forever by an apparently chance encounter: when he turns up for his entrance interview to Princeton he finds his interviewer dead - but a strange envelope bearing Quentin's name leads him down a...

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The Killing Season Uncut

The Killing Season Uncut

Sarah Ferguson, Patricia Drum

Australians came to the ABC's The Killing Season in droves, their fascination with the brutal Rudd - Gillard struggle as enduring as the saga itself. This is the book that brings you the uncut version of ...

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The High Mountains of Portugal

The High Mountains of Portugal

Yann Martel

The long-awaited new novel from the Booker Prize-winning author of the worldwide phenomenon Life of Pi

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