50 great reads by Australian Women in 2016

 Read reviewTruly Madly Guilty

Truly Madly Guilty

Liane Moriarty

Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One playful dog. It's an ordinary weekend in the suburbs. What could possibly go wrong? 

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 Read reviewOur Magic Hour

Our Magic Hour

Jennifer Down

Katy's unexpected suicide forever changes life for her best friend Audrey, and their group of close friends in their twenties.

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 Read reviewThe Birdman's Wife

The Birdman’s Wife

Melissa Ashley

A woman overshadowed by history steps back into the light . . .Artist Elizabeth Gould spent her life capturing the sublime beauty of birds the world had never seen before. But her legacy was eclipsed by the fame of her...

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 Read reviewThe Island Will Sink

The Island Will Sink

Briohny Doyle

With this gripping postmodern novel in the vein of Michel Houellebecq and Phillip K. Dick, Briohny Doyle gives us a glimpse of a grave new world we all might soon face, and in so doing announces herself as a serious literary...

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Lemons in the Chicken Wire

Lemons in the Chicken Wire

Alison Whittaker

Winner 2015 black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowship - a partnership between the State Library of Queensland's black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing Project and Magabala BooksFrom a...

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 Read reviewThe Love of a Bad Man

The Love of a Bad Man

Laura Elizabeth Woollett

The Love of a Bad Man is a collection of short stories that imagine the lives of thirteen women, all of whom were the lovers, mistresses, or wives of various 'bad' men in history. Beautifully observed, fascinating, and at times...

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After the Carnage

After the Carnage

Tara June Winch

A single mother resorts to extreme measures to protect her young son. A Nigerian student undertakes a United Nations internship in the hope of a better future. A recently divorced man starts a running group with members of an...

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 Read reviewThe Good People

The Good People

Hannah Kent

The Good People is the long-awaited new novel from Hannah Kent. In the year 1825, in a remote valley lying between the mountains of south-west Ireland, near the Flesk river of Killarney, three women are brought together by...

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 Read reviewGoodwood

Goodwood

Holly Throsby

It wasn't just one person who went missing, it was two people. Two very different people. They were there, and then they were gone, as if through a crack in the sky. After that, in a small town like Goodwood, where we had what...

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Music and Freedom

Music and Freedom

Zoë Morrison

A gripping and beautifully written novel in the tradition of Elizabeth is Missing and the work of Elizabeth Harrower. The winner of the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction 2016.

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 Read reviewThe Museum of Modern Love

The Museum of Modern Love

Heather Rose

A mesmerising literary novel about a lost man in search of connection - a meditation on love, art and commitment, set against the backdrop of one of the greatest art events in modern history, Marina Abramovic's The Artist is...

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A Distant Journey

A Distant Journey

Di Morrissey

In 1962 Cindy drops out of college to impulsively marry an Australian grazier, moving from the glamorous world of Palm Springs, California, to an isolated sheep station on the sweeping plains of the Riverina in New South Wales.

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 Read reviewTell 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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Dead in the Water

Dead in the Water

Tania Chandler

Dead in the Water is about trying to escape the cycle of trauma. It delves into the darkness beneath the surface of fear, betrayal, and revenge, to find a glimmer of hope.

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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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Finding Eliza: Power and Colonial Storytelling

Finding Eliza: Power and Colonial Storytelling

Larissa Behrendt

A vital Aboriginal perspective on colonial storytelling Indigenous lawyer and writer Larissa Behrendt has long been fascinated by the story of Eliza Fraser, who was purportedly captured by the local Butchulla people after she was...

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The Promise of Things

The Promise of Things

Ruth Quibell

Some of our strongest, most lasting relationships are hidden in plain view-those we have with objects. What do our possessions do for us? And how do they do it? In The Promise of...

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 Read reviewAvalanche

Avalanche

Julia Leigh

At the age of 38 acclaimed novelist Julia Leigh made her first visit to the IVF clinic, full of hope. So started a long and costly journey of nightly injections, blood tests, surgeries and rituals.Writing in the...

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Yassmin's Story

Yassmin’s Story

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Frank, fearless, funny, articulate and inspiring, Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a dynamo, a young Muslim dynamo offering a bracing breath of fresh air - and hope.At 21, Yassmin found herself working on a remote Australian...

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 Read reviewFight Like a Girl

Fight Like a Girl

Clementine Ford

Personal and fearless - a call to arms for feminists new, old and as yet unrealised by one of our most outspoken feminist writers. 

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Dying: A Memoir

Dying: A Memoir

Cory Taylor

Dying: A Memoir is a breathtaking book about vulnerability and strength, courage and humility, anger and acceptance. It is a deeply affecting meditation on dying, but it is also a funny and wise tribute to life.

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Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga Story

Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga Story

Dr Elizabeth Tynan

In 1950 Australian prime minister Robert Menzies blithely agreed to atomic tests that offered no benefit to Australia and relinquished control over them - and left the public completely in the dark. This book reveals the...

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 Read reviewPosition Doubtful: Mapping Landscapes and Memories

Position Doubtful: Mapping Landscapes and Memories

Kim Mahood

Imagine the document you have before you is not a book but a map. It is well-used, creased, and folded, so that when you open it, no matter how carefully, something tears, and a line that is neither latitude nor longitude opens in...

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Everywhere I Look

Everywhere I Look

Helen Garner

Helen Garner is one of Australia's greatest writers. Her short non-fiction has enormous range. Spanning fifteen years of work, Everywhere I Look is a book full of unexpected moments, sudden shafts of light, piercing intuition,...

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 Read reviewThe High Places

The High Places

Fiona McFarlane

These wide-ranging stories resonate in the way of only the finest writing and the most pleasurable reading. There are storylines that seem straightforward on the surface but have a dozen things circling underneath, others that sit...

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 Read reviewWasted: A Story of Alcohol, Grief and a Death in Brisbane

Wasted: A Story of Alcohol, Grief and a Death in Brisbane

Elspeth Muir

In 2009 Elspeth Muir's youngest brother finished his last university exam and went out with some mates to get drunk. Later that night he wandered to the Story Bridge. He put his phone, wallet, T-shirt and thongs on the walkway,...

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Kings Rising

Kings Rising

C. S. Pacat

Book 3 of the Captive Prince trilogyHis identity now revealed, Damen must face his master Prince Laurent as Damianos of Akielos, the man Laurent has sworn to kill.On the brink of a momentous battle, the...

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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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 Read reviewThe Permanent Resident

The Permanent Resident

Roanna Gonsalves

A woman who can't swim wades into a suburban pool. An Indian family sits down to an Australian Christmas dinner. A single mother's offer to coach her son's soccer team leads to an unexpected encounter. A recent migrant considers...

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Comfort Food

Comfort Food

Ellen van Neerven

Following on from the success of her award-winning fiction debut, Heat and Light, Ellen van Neerven announces herself as a talented poet with this intoxicating collection. Moving between places and cultures, Comfort Food...

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Fine

Michelle Wright

The dazzlingly accomplished stories in this collection range from a vivid moment of a young girl counting the 'water hours', to a scorching tale of schoolyard bullying; a sleep-deprived mother; grandparents of a child at risk...

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 Read reviewThe Paper House

The Paper House

Anna Spargo-Ryan

Anna Spargo-Ryan's astonishing debut: the stylistically brilliant, fearless and heartbreaking story of a woman grieving the death of her child.

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 Read reviewThe Healing Party: A Novel

The Healing Party: A Novel

Micheline Lee

An electrifying debut novel about faith and lies, the spirit and the flesh.When her mother is diagnosed with a terminal illness, Natasha returns to the home she fled many years before. But her father, a Charismatic...

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Out of the Ice

Ann Turner

A tense, eerie thriller set in the icy reaches of Antarctica

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Our Tiny, Useless Hearts

Our Tiny, Useless Hearts

Toni Jordan

A romantic comedy about sex, marriage and the benefits and drawbacks of being a grownup.

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 Read reviewBetween a Wolf and a Dog

Between a Wolf and a Dog

Georgia Blain

Ester is a family therapist with an appointment book that catalogues the woes of the middle class. She spends her days helping others find happiness, but her own family relationships are tense and frayed. Estranged from both her...

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 Read reviewWhere the Trees Were

Where the Trees Were

Inga Simpson

A beautiful new novel about the innocence of childhood and the scars that stay with you for life, from the award winning author of Mr Wigg and Nest.

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 Read reviewA Loving, Faithful Animal

A Loving, Faithful Animal

Josephine Rowe

It is New Year's Eve, 1990, and Ru's father has disappeared again. Haunted by the horrors of the Vietnam War, Jack has been an erratic - and at times violent - presence in his family's life. Meanwhile, Ru's sister, Lani, is...

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 Read reviewAn Isolated Incident

An Isolated Incident

Emily Maguire

An Isolated Incident is a psychological thriller about everyday violence, the media's obsession with pretty dead girls, the grip of grief and the myth of closure, and the difficulties of knowing the difference between a ghost and...

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 Read reviewGeorgiana Molloy: The Mind That Shines

Georgiana Molloy: The Mind That Shines

Bernice Barry

In 1829, estranged from her family and living in an isolated Scottish village, Georgiana Kennedy makes a sudden decision to marry Captain John Molloy of the Rifle Brigade - a handsome hero with a mysterious past. Together, they...

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 Read reviewPortable Curiosities

Portable Curiosities

Julie Koh

A young girl sees ghosts from her third eye, located where her belly button should be. A one-dimensional yellow man steps out of a cinema screen, hoping to lead a three-dimensional life. A journalist goes on assignment to report...

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 Read reviewSkylarking

Skylarking

Kate Mildenhall

'A brave, beautiful and richly textured book that delicately explores the fault lines in love and friendship.' --Lucy Treloar A spellbinding tale of friendship and desire, memory and truth, which questions what it is to remember...

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Troppo

Troppo

Madelaine Dickie

Troppo's a story about black magic, big waves and mad Aussie expats. Set in Sumatra, it's told from the perspective of Penny, a young surfer who's landed a job managing a resort for the notorious Aussie Shane.<br...

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Of Ashes and Rivers That Run to the Sea

Of Ashes and Rivers That Run to the Sea

Marie Munkara

Heartbreaking, darkly funny and deeply moving, Of Ashes and Rivers that Run to the Sea is a fearless account of being a young woman caught between two worlds.

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 Read reviewThe Long Run

The Long Run

Catriona Menzies-Pike

No one ever expected Catriona Menzies- Pike to run a marathon. She hated running, and was a hopeless athlete. When she was twenty her parents died suddenly - and for a decade she was stuck. She started running on a whim, and...

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Letter to Pessoa

Letter to Pessoa

Michelle Cahill

"Line by line, Cahill's writing is musical, assured: cumulatively, her seriousness is evident, her ambition impressive." - Hilary MantelLetter to Pessoa is the first collection of short stories by...

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Dying in the First Person: A Novel

Dying in the First Person: A Novel

Nike Sulway

Samuel and Morgan are twin brothers separated by several oceans. Once, when they were children together, they shared not only a family and a childhood, but a secret imaginary world that had a language of its own: Nahum. But that...

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Chasing Asylum

Chasing Asylum

Eva Orner

Filmmaker Eva Orner takes us on a personal, gripping and compelling journey to show us how she came to make her documentary about Australia's asylum seeker policies.

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We're All Going to Die

We’re All Going to Die

Leah Kaminsky

An inspiring and joyful book about celebrating life in the face of death. The one certainty about life is that everybody is going to die. Yet again and again, we deny this central fact of our lives. We ignore it,...

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 Read reviewTruly Madly Guilty

Truly Madly Guilty

Liane Moriarty

Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One playful dog. It's an ordinary weekend in the suburbs. What could possibly go wrong? 

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