50 Great Reads by Australian Women in 2014

 Read reviewThe Best 100 Poems Of Gwen Harwood,

The Best 100 Poems Of Gwen Harwood,

Gwen Harwood

Described by Peter Porter as the 'outstanding Australian poet of the twentieth century', Gwen Harwood's work is defined by a moving sensuality, a twinkling irreverence, and a sly wit. Harwood published over 420 works in her...

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Australian Notebooks

Australian Notebooks

Betty Churcher

In Australian Notebooks, Betty Churcher revisits some of the artworks she most cherishes - a seminal Picasso, early works of the Heidelberg School, a striking portrait by Lucian Freud - and invites us to look afresh at the...

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Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies

Liane Moriarty

The hotly anticipated new novel from the author of the New York Times No. 1 Bestseller The Husband's Secret.

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 Read reviewStrays

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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The Wife Drought

The Wife Drought

Annabel Crabb

For decades, feminism has argued the case for getting women into the workplace. Affirmative action, support schemes, paid maternity leave...all valuable devices, and yet still we agonise over why women aren't better represented in...

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 Read reviewNona & Me

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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 Read reviewWarning: The Story Of Cyclone Tracy

Warning: The Story Of Cyclone Tracy

Sophie Cunningham

The sky at the top end is big and the weather moves like a living thing. You can hear it in the cracking air when there is an electrical storm and as the thunder rolls around the sky...When Cyclone Tracy swept down on Darwin at...

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 Read reviewThe Life of I

The Life of I

Anne Manne

Far from being the work of a madman, Anders Breivik's murderous rampage in Norway was the action of an extreme narcissist. As the dead lay around him, he held up a finger asking for a Band-Aid.

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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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My Year Without Matches: Escaping The City In Search Of TheWild

My Year Without Matches: Escaping The City In Search Of TheWild

Claire Dunn

Disillusioned and burnt out by life as a city 'greenocrat', Claire Dunn quit her job, her partner and her comfortable life to embark on a year-long wilderness survival skills program on the mid north coast of NSW. Her new forest...

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 Read reviewShy: A Memoir

Shy: A Memoir

Sian Prior

Shy. It's a shy word, a timid little word that begs to remain unnoticed. Only three letters long, and it begins with an exhortation to silence. Shhh. Reserved is different. It's for tall men with jutting jaws. Prime ministers can...

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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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Gravity: Inside the PM's Office During Her Last Year and Final Days

Gravity: Inside the PM’s Office During Her Last Year and Final Days

Mary Delahunty

Up close and personal with Australia's first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, during the most dramatic and harsh period in recent Australian politics.

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 Read reviewDeeper Water

Deeper Water

Jessie Cole

A profound and sensuous novel of grace and beauty from a stunning young Australian talent.

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Through The Cracks

Through The Cracks

Honey Brown

Four-year-old Nathan Fisher disappears from the bank of a rocky creek. Did he drown or was he taken? The search for the missing boy grips the nation.

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 Read reviewGame Day

Game Day

Miriam Sved

Mick Reece and Jake Dooley begin their first professional season playing AFL, but they've little notion of what they're getting into.

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 Read reviewLaurinda

Laurinda

Alice Pung

Laurinda is an exclusive school for girls. At its hidden centre of power is The Cabinet, a triangle of girls who wield power over their classmates -- and some of their teachers. Entering this world of wealth and secrets is Lucy...

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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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 Read reviewHeat And Light

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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The Lost Girls,

The Lost Girls,

Wendy James

Jane worships her older cousin Angie. She spends her summer vying for Angie's attention. Then Angie is murdered. Jane and her family are shattered. Thirty years later, a journalist arrives with questions about the tragic event....

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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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Drones and Phantoms

Drones and Phantoms

Jennifer Maiden

Winner of the Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal 2015 Drones and Phantoms is a powerful successor to Maiden's prize-winning collection Liquid Nitrogen, and again features...

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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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 Read reviewNest

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,

Catherine Harris

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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 Read reviewSpringtime: A Ghost Story

Springtime: A Ghost Story

Michelle de Kretser

A rare, beguiling and brilliant ghost story from the Miles Franklin Award winning author.

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 Read reviewWonders

Wonders

Paddy O'Reilly

Challenging our ideas about celebrity, disability and the value of human life, The Wonders is a boldly inventive, acute and moving novel from one of Australia's finest authors.

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 Read reviewCaptives

Captives

Angela Meyer

Captives opens with a husband pointing his gun at his wife. There's a woman who hears ‘the hiss of Beelzebub behind people's voices', a photographer who captures the desire to suicide, a man locked in a toilet...

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 Read reviewWhen the Night Comes

When the Night Comes

Favel Parrett

Running away from the mainland was supposed to make their lives better. But for Isla and her brother, their mother's sadness and the cold damp greyness of Hobart's stone streets, seeps into everything. Then, one morning, Isla sees...

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