50 Great Reads by Australian Women in 2014

The Strays

The Strays

Emily Bitto

On her first day of school, Lily Struthers meets Eva, one of the daughters of the infamous avant-garde artist Evan Trentham. He and his wife are attempting to escape the stifling conservatism of 1930s Australia by inviting other...

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 Read reviewThe Lost Child

The Lost Child

Suzanne McCourt

In the tradition of the novels of Anne Tyler and Eudora Welty, The Lost Child is a beautifully written story about family and identity and growing up. Sylvie is five. It's the 1950s and she lives in Burley...

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Nona & Me

Clare Atkins

Rosie and Nona are sisters. Yapas. They are also best friends. It doesn't matter that Rosie is white and Nona is Aboriginal: their family connections tie them together for life. Born just five days apart in a remote corner of the...

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Class Act

Class Act

Maxine McKew

In Class Act Maxine McKew calls for a ceasefire in the education wars-the largely irrelevant arguments over national curricula and governance issues. - See more at:...

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Dame Maggie Scott: A Life In Dance

Dame Maggie Scott: A Life In Dance

Michelle Potter, Graeme Murphy

A wonderful celebration of the life of Dame Maggie Scott, recognizing her contribution to dance over the last 67 years.

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 Read reviewThe Dangerous Bride: A Memoir of Love, Gods and Geography

The Dangerous Bride: A Memoir of Love, Gods and Geography

Lee Kofman

Lee Kofman, rebellious daughter of ultra-orthodox Jews, has always sought her own way. True to her Bohemian dream where love can coexist with sexual freedom, she decided to experiment with an open marriage... despite the fact that...

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 Read reviewDress, Memory: A Memoir of My Twenties in Dresses

Dress, Memory: A Memoir of My Twenties in Dresses

Lorelei Vashti

A charming coming-of-age memoir in which every dress tells a story. Dress, Memory is about a decade in dresses. Perceptive and poignant, humorous and heartwarming, it's the story of growing up and growing into yourself. It's about...

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 Read reviewShy: A Memoir

Shy: A Memoir

Sian Prior

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Margaret & Gough: The Love Story That Shaped a Nation

Margaret & Gough: The Love Story That Shaped a Nation

Susan Mitchell

This is the compelling story of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, his wife Margaret and their 70-year relationship - personal and political, private and public. It is a story of how two extraordinary people, side by side, led...

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My Story

My Story

Julia Gillard

Here, in her own words, Julia Gillard reveals what life was really like as Australia's first female prime minister.

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 Read reviewLaurinda

Laurinda

Alice Pung

Few genres are more enthralling than the school story. In Laurinda, the acclaimed Alice Pung tells an involving, original story that captures the drama and pain of school life today, as well as revealing much about the choices of...

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The Empress Lover

The Empress Lover

Linda Jaivin

A witty, playful, intriguing and ultimately very moving novel of identity and loss. 'Stories are the only thing that defy death. Stories are truth. I hereby give you mine...' Peking, 1944: Sir Edmund Backhouse is a man of many...

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Grace's Table

Grace’s Table

Sally Piper

'A wise and tender novel about food, friendship and marriage.' Kristina Olsson, author of Boy, Lost Grace has not had twelve people at her table for a long time. Hers isn't the kind of family who share regular Sunday meals. But it...

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Heat and Light

Ellen Van Neerven

In this award-winning work of fiction, Ellen van Neerven takes her readers on a journey that is mythical, mystical and still achingly real. Over three parts, she takes traditional storytelling and gives it a unique,...

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 Read reviewRazorhurst

Razorhurst

Justine Larbalestier

Kelpie and Dymphna are accustomed to the mean streets of 1930s Sydney, but this is a day that will test their courage, their loyalty, and their ability to survive both the ill-intentions of the living and the ever-presence of the...

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Wild Things

Wild Things

Brigid Delaney

A controversial novel of power, prestige and pack mentality exposes the dark underbelly of college life at a prominent university. St Anton's university college is a cradle for privileged young men and women. With its Elysian lush...

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Mothers Grimm

Mothers Grimm

Danielle Wood

A sly, cheeky and blackly comic novel about mothering, heartache, heartbreak, desire, love and death.

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 Read reviewThe Claimant

The Claimant

Janette Turner Hospital

A brilliant and compulsively readable story of truth, lies and identity from one of Australia's finest writers. 'So then, here it is. The unadorned un - self - flattering gospel, the never - before - told story our intricately...

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 Read reviewGap

Gap

Rebecca Jessen

From the winner of the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards - Best Emerging Author category, Gap combines a gripping crime thriller with a style evocative of Dorothy Porter's cult classic, The Monkey's Mask.

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Nest

Inga Simpson

A gripping and thought-provoking novel about finding the lost child in all of us.

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 Read reviewThe Family Men

The Family Men

Harris Catherine

With piercing insight, The Family Men subverts the usual choices between winning and losing, guilt and innocence, courage and cowardice. Is true honour to be found in forging your own path or staying loyal to your pack?

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