30 favourites from 2019

 Read reviewDamascus

Damascus

Christos Tsiolkas

In Damascus, Tsiolkas has written a masterpiece of imagination and transformation: an historical novel of immense power and an unflinching dissection of doubt and faith, tyranny and revolution, and cruelty and...

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 Read reviewYoung Dark Emu: A Truer History

Young Dark Emu: A Truer History

Bruce Pascoe

The highly-anticipated junior version of Bruce Pascoe's multi award-winning book.

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No Friend but the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison

No Friend but the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison

Behrouz Boochani, Omid Tofighian

Written in secrecy on a contraband mobile phone from Manus detention centre by journalist Behrouz Boochani, No Friend but the Mountains became the bestselling, award-winning book of 2018.

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 Read reviewFleishman Is in Trouble

Fleishman Is in Trouble

Taffy Brodesser-Akner

A blistering satirical novel about marriage, divorce and modern relationships, by one of the most exciting new voices in American fiction

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Bluey: The Beach (A Lift-the-Flap Book)

Bluey: The Beach (A Lift-the-Flap Book)

Bluey

Join Bluey for a fun day at the beach. What will you discover along the way?

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 Read reviewThe Dutch House

The Dutch House

Ann Patchett

A masterpiece from the Orange Prize-winning, New York Times number one bestselling author of Commonwealth and Bel Canto: a story of love, family, sacrifice, and the power of place

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Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Lori Gottlieb

From a New York Timesbest-selling writer, psychotherapist, and advice columnist, a brilliant and surprising new book that takes us behind the scenes of a therapist's world--where her patients are in crisis (and so is she) --

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The History of Philosophy

The History of Philosophy

A. C. Grayling

The first truly authoritative and accessible history of philosophy to cover both Western and Eastern traditions.

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Bluey: Fruit Bat (A Glow-in-the-Dark Book)

Bluey: Fruit Bat (A Glow-in-the-Dark Book)

Bluey

Join Bluey on a dreamy night-time adventure. What will you see in the dark?

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Kitty Flanagan's 488 Rules for Life

Kitty Flanagan’s 488 Rules for Life

Kitty Flanagan

488 Rules for Life is Kitty Flanagan's way of making the world a more pleasant place to live. Applying truth and wit to modern problems. An antidote to stupidity. 

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Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over

Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over

Alison Roman

Feeding friends - and feeding yourself - is an unfussy affair with social media superstar and newly minted New York Times columnist Alison Roman.

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The Crayons' Christmas

The Crayons' Christmas

Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers

A brand-new Crayons book from the #1 New York Times best-selling duo Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers. This hilarious interactive book has letters, games, ornaments, a poster and even a pop-up Christmas tree - perfect for the...

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 Read reviewThe White Girl

The White Girl

Tony Birch

The new novel from Miles-Franklin-shortlisted author Tony Birch.

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Mr Chicken All Over Australia

Mr Chicken All Over Australia

Leigh Hobbs

Australia is full of big things, and Mr Chicken wants to see them all. A triumph from the 2016-2017 Australian Children's Laureate.

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The Drover's Wife

The Drover’s Wife

Leah Purcell

The Drover's Wife is utterly authentic, brilliantly plotted, thoroughly harrowing and entirely of our times exploring race, gender, violence and inheritance.

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 Read reviewYear of the Monkey

Year of the Monkey

Patti Smith

From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year.

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 Read reviewFinding the Heart of the Nation

Finding the Heart of the Nation

Thomas Mayor

An important and unique book that takes us into the lives of Indigenous people today, and offers constructive ideas about how we can live together, moving beyond the injustices of the past.

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The Painted Ponies

The Painted Ponies

Alison Lester

A little girl whose family runs a travelling show falls in love with some wild ponies...but what will she do when she realises they long to be set free?

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Agent Running in the Field

Agent Running in the Field

John le Carré

The greatest chronicler of the age turns his incisive gaze to the tumultuous present in this superb new thriller.

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 Read reviewSand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save The World

Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save The World

Tyson Yunkaporta

What happens when global systems are viewed from an Indigenous perspective? How does it affect the way we see history, money, power and learning? Could it change the world?

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Penny Wong: Passion and Principle

Penny Wong: Passion and Principle

Margaret Simons

A revelatory portrait of one of the most talented, poised and respected women in Australian politics, written by one of Australia's foremost biographers.

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Buckley's Chance

Buckley’s Chance

Garry Linnell

The greatest Australian story never told - until now.

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 Read reviewThe Godmother

The Godmother

Hannelore Cayre, Stephanie Smee

With a gallery of traffickers, dealers, police officers and politicians who are more real than life itself, a sharp and amusing gaze on everyday survival in contemporary France, and an unforgettable woman at its centre, Hannelore...

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Eddie Woo's Magical Maths

Eddie Woo’s Magical Maths

Eddie Woo

This fun and absorbing maths activity book from one of Australia's most recognisable mathematicians will delight and inspire young readers.

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Invisible Women

Invisible Women

Caroline Criado Perez

She exposes the gender data gap - a gap in our knowledge that is at the root of perpetual, systemic discrimination against women, and that has created a pervasive but invisible bias with a profound effect on women's lives.

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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

Ocean Vuong

Brilliant, heartbreaking, tender, and highly original - poet Ocean Vuong's debut novel is a sweeping and shattering portrait of a family, and a testament to the redemptive power of storytelling

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Superpower: Australia's Low-Carbon Opportunity

Superpower: Australia’s Low-Carbon Opportunity

Ross Garnaut

We have unparalleled renewable energy resources. We also have the necessary scientific skills. Australia could be the natural home for an increasing proportion of global industry. But how do we make it happen?  

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 Read reviewFrom Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage

From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage

Judith Brett

Lively and inspiring, From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage is a landmark account of the character of Australian democracy by the celebrated historian Judith Brett, the prize-winning biographer of Alfred Deakin.  

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A House in the Mountains

A House in the Mountains

Caroline Moorehead

From the Sunday Times-bestselling author of Village of Secrets, comes the extraordinary story of four courageous women who helped form the Italian Resistance during WW2

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Myths and Legends of the World

Myths and Legends of the World

Lonely Planet Kids, Julia Iredale, Alli Brydon

Get ready to travel through time with 21 dazzling stories of daring and deceit, reward and punishment. Meet gods and goddesses, serpents, coyotes, talking fish and clever spiders, and discover different versions of how the world...

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