A reading list for International Women's Day 2019

 Read reviewThe Little Girl on the Ice Floe

The Little Girl on the Ice Floe

Adelaide Bon, Ruth Diver

A powerful and personal account of the devastating consequences of childhood rape: a valuable voice for the #MeToo conversation

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Shout: The True Story of a Survivor Who Refused to be Silenced

Shout: The True Story of a Survivor Who Refused to be Silenced

Laurie Halse Anderson

A personal story of the lifelong impact of rape and a call to action in the age of #MeToo and #TimesUp

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The Gunners

The Gunners

Rebecca Kauffman

Achieving bold emotional complexity, The Gunners explores just how much one moment, one decision, or one person can change us

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 Read reviewThe Glad Shout

The Glad Shout

Alice Robinson

After a catastrophic storm destroys Melbourne, Isobel flees to higher ground with her husband and young daughter. Food and supplies run low, panic sets in and still no help arrives. To protect her daughter, Isobel must take...

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Choice Words: A Collection of Writing about Abortion

Choice Words: A Collection of Writing about Abortion

Louise Swinn

Choice Words: A Collection of Writing About Abortion is a cri de coeur, a passionate appeal, from writers, thinkers, musicians, actors, comedians, activists and political staffers, offering personal stories of abortion alongside...

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Freshwater

Freshwater

Akwaeke Emezi

As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these selves - now protective, now hedonistic - seize control of Ada, her life spirals in a dark and dangerous direction. Narrated from the perspectives of the various selves...

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Daisy Jones and The Six

Daisy Jones and The Six

Taylor Jenkins Reid

A thrilling story told in the form of an extended oral history, Daisy Jones and the Six transports the reader to the world of '70's rock 'n roll; creative chaos, musical alchemy and an iconic sound.

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No Apologies

No Apologies

Joanne Brookfield

Joanne Brookfield has spent two decades working in the world of comedy, as both a journalist and a stand-up comedian. Over coffee, wine, laughter and tears, she's talked with the women of comedy about every aspect of their lives,...

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 Read reviewBoys Will be Boys

Boys Will be Boys

Clementine Ford

Clementine Ford reports that one of the questions she is most asked in person and online is 'How do I raise my son to be a feminist? How do I make sure he's a supporter rather than a perpetrator?' That is a...

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Mouth Full of Blood: Essays, Speeches, Meditations

Mouth Full of Blood: Essays, Speeches, Meditations

Toni Morrison

A vital new non-fiction collection from one of the most celebrated and revered writers of our time.

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Watch Us Rise

Watch Us Rise

Renee Watson, Ellen Hagan

A stirring and unputdownable read about what it means to be a woman today. Perfect for fans of Moxie and The Hate U Give. 

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A Love Story for Bewildered Girls

A Love Story for Bewildered Girls

Emma Morgan

Grace has what one might call a 'full and interesting life' which is code for not married and has no kids. Her life is the envy of her friends, but all this time she has been waiting in secret for love to hit her so hard that she...

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 Read reviewToo Much Lip

Too Much Lip

Melissa Lucashenko

A dark and funny new novel from the multi-award-winning author of Mullumbimby.

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 Read reviewMemories of the Future

Memories of the Future

Siri Hustvedt

A provocative, wildly funny and engrossing novel by the internationally acclaimed author of WHAT I LOVED, illustrated with her own drawings.

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The Burning

The Burning

Laura Bates

The compelling YA debut from Laura Bates, founder of The Everyday Sexism Project, bestselling author of Girl Up and leading voice for women's rights

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 Read reviewQueenie

Queenie

Candice Carty-Williams

A darkly comic and unflinchingly raw depiction of a young woman trying to navigate her way in the world, QUEENIE is about identity, independence and carving your own path. For fans of Dolly Alderton, Bryony Gordon and Dawn...

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 Read reviewUnlike the Heart: A Memoir of Brain and Mind

Unlike the Heart: A Memoir of Brain and Mind

Nicola Redhouse

After the birth of her first child, Nicola Redhouse experiences an unrelenting anxiety that quickly overwhelms her. Her immense love for her child can't protect her from the dread that prevents her leaving the house, opening the...

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 Read reviewWitches: What Women Do Together

Witches: What Women Do Together

Sam George-Allen

An exploration of the work women do together.   

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 Read reviewBaz & Benz

Baz & Benz

Heidi McKinnon

From the creator of I JUST ATE MY FRIEND, this is a gorgeous and hilarious exploration of enduring friendship.

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You Daughters of Freedom: The Australians Who Won the Vote and Inspired the World

You Daughters of Freedom: The Australians Who Won the Vote and Inspired the World

Clare Wright

For the ten years from 1902, when Australia's suffrage campaigners won the vote for white women, the world looked to this trailblazing young democracy for inspiration. Clare Wright's epic new history tells the story of...

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 Read reviewWhat I Like About Me

What I Like About Me

Jenna Guillaume

Maisie Martin is a clever, shy, funny, confused 16-year-old. She's ready for the summer of her life. Until everything starts going wrong...

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I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes With Death

I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes With Death

Maggie O'Farrell

The Sunday Times No. 1 Bestseller - an extraordinarily intimate memoir of the the brushes with death that have made Maggie O'Farrell the woman and the writer she is today.

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 Read reviewEggshell Skull

Eggshell Skull

Bri Lee

A fiercely intelligent, heartbreakingly honest memoir and feminist call to arms in the tradition of Fight Like A Girl

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Uprooted

Uprooted

Naomi Novik

From the author of the Temeraire series comes this hugely imaginative, engrossing and vivid fantasy novel, inspired by folk and fairy tales. It is perfect reading for fans of Robin Hobb and Trudi Canavan.  

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 Read reviewAxiomatic

Axiomatic

Maria Tumarkin

Janet Malcolm meets The Empathy Exams, in a genre-bending work on how we understand the traumas we inherit.

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Tilt

Tilt

Kate Lilley

Tilt follows the skewed itinerary of attachment and loss, possession and dispossession; the movement of people and things, from Greta Garbo's Manhattan exile to the Green Bans of 1970s Sydney to the precarious passages of...

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape

What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape

Sohaila Abdulali

Neither a memoir nor an academic study but a deeply personal and meticulously researched rallying cry and required reading for us all.

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My Sister, the Serial Killer

My Sister, the Serial Killer

Oyinkan Braithwaite

A blackly comic novel about lies, love, Lagos, and how blood is thicker - and more difficult to get out of the carpet - than water.   

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Ghost Wall

Ghost Wall

Sarah Moss

A masterclass in the art of the short, unnerving novel; a story of forbidden borders, haunted landscapes and bodies in danger.

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 Read reviewA Superior Spectre

A Superior Spectre

Angela Meyer

A Superior Spectre is a highly accomplished debut novel about our capacity for curiosity, and our dangerous entitlement to it, and reminds us the scariest ghosts aren't those that go bump in the night, but those that are born and...

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Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity

Elizabeth Wein

Only in wartime could a stalwart lass from Manchester rub shoulders with a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a special operations executive. When a vital mission goes wrong, and one of the friends has to bail out of a...

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Motherhood

Motherhood

Sheila Heti

A provocative novel about the desire and duty to procreate, from the author of the critically acclaimed How Should A Person Be?

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 Read reviewThe Silence of the Girls

The Silence of the Girls

Pat Barker

The legend of The Iliad retold from the perspective of a woman: queen turned war prize, witness to history.

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I Just Ate My Friend

I Just Ate My Friend

Heidi McKinnon

First published in Australia in 2017 by Allen & Unwin --Title page verso.

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 Read reviewAmelia Westlake

Amelia Westlake

Erin Gough

Winner of the Ethel Turner Prize for Young Adult's Literature at the 2019 NSW Premier's Literary AwardsWinner of the Readings Young Adult Book Prize 2018From Ampersand Prize-winning author...

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 Read reviewThe Pisces

The Pisces

Melissa Broder

Profoundly modern, deeply disturbed and darkly comic, The Pisces is about a heartbroken PhD student who over one summer falls in dangerous, ecstatic, love with a merman

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 Read reviewThe Fortress

The Fortress

S.A. Jones

Jonathon Bridge has the corner office, the tailored suits and the impeccable pedigree. He has a fascinating wife, a child on the way and a string of nubile lovers on the side. He's a man who's going places. His world is our world:...

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 Read reviewPink Mountain on Locust Island

Pink Mountain on Locust Island

Jamie Marina Lau

An unpredictable and innovative debut novel from a provocative new voice in Australian fiction

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 Read reviewOn the Come Up

On the Come Up

Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died right before he hit big, Bri's got massive shoes to fill. But when her mom unexpectedly loses her job...

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 Read reviewSmall Wrongs: How we really say sorry in love, life and law

Small Wrongs: How we really say sorry in love, life and law

Kate Rossmanith

H is for Hawk meets Helen Garner: this fascinating memoir brings extraordinary insight to the huge topics of justice, love and remorse.

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The Power

The Power

Naomi Alderman

The Power is speculative fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, taking us on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality while exposing our own world.

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The Madonna of the Mountains

The Madonna of the Mountains

Elise Valmorbida

Maria faces a stony path, but one she will surely climb to the summit. In this sumptuous and elegant novel you will taste the bigoli co l'arna, touch the mulberry leaves cut finer than organdie, and feel the strain of one woman...

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 Read reviewEducated

Educated

Tara Westover

An extraordinary memoir about a woman's discovery of education, its transformative power and the price she has to pay for it.

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 Read reviewThe Geography of Friendship

The Geography of Friendship

Sally Piper

When three young women set off on a hike through the wilderness they are anticipating the adventure of a lifetime. Over the next five days, as they face up to the challenging terrain, it soon becomes clear they are not alone and...

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 Read reviewNormal People

Normal People

Sally Rooney

When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years. This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person's life - a...

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 Read reviewStaying: A Memoir

Staying: A Memoir

Jessie Cole

A searing memoir by acclaimed novelist Jessie Cole, about surviving the suicide of loved ones, and finding a place to heal.

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 Read reviewThe Lost Flowers of Alice Hart

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart

Holly Ringland

An enchanting and captivating novel, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart is an irresistible, deeply moving, and romantic story of a young girl, daughter of an abusive father, who has to learn the hard way that she can break the...

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Traumata

Traumata

Meera Atkinson

In this extraordinary book, Meera Atkinson explores the ways trauma reverberates over a lifetime, unearthing the traumatic roots of our social structures and our collective history. 

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