A reading list for the Sydney Writers' Festival 2019

 Read reviewBridge Of Clay

Bridge Of Clay

Markus Zusak

The magnificent, highly anticipated new novel from the author of the international bestseller, The Book Thief.

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 Read reviewThe World Was Whole

The World Was Whole

Fiona Wright

The follow-up to Fiona Wright's essay collection Small Acts of Disappearance - winner of the Nita B. Kibble Award and the Queensland Literary Award for Non-fiction, shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the NSW Premier's Award for...

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Less

Less

Andrew Sean Greer

A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, Less is the winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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The Library Book

The Library Book

Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean re-opens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, and delivers a dazzling love letter to the beloved institution of libraries.

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Blakwork

Blakwork

Alison Whittaker

A stunning mix of memoir, reportage, fiction, satire, and critique composed by a powerful new voice in poetry. Alison Whittaker's Blakwork is an original and unapologetic collection from which two things emerge; an...

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 Read reviewThe Female Persuasion

The Female Persuasion

Meg Wolitzer

When Greer Kadetsky meets Faith Frank, inspirational woman, activist, and campaigner for women's rights, one snowy night at college, she is fired with energy and zest for the future.   

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Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger

Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger

Rebecca Traister

From Rebecca Traister, the New York Times bestselling author of All the Single Ladies comes a vital, incisive exploration into the transformative power of female anger and its ability to transcend into a political movement.<br...

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 Read reviewYou Know You Want This

You Know You Want This

Kristen Roupenian

From the author of the global sensation Cat Person comes You Know You Want This, a compulsive short story collection about sex, dating and modern life that will thrill you before it chills you.  

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 Read reviewMelmoth

Melmoth

Sarah Perry

From the author of the bestselling The Essex Serpent comes a darkly inventive and deeply moving novel that speaks urgently to our times.

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 Read reviewThe Great Believers

The Great Believers

Rebecca Makkai

A dazzling new novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris.

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 Read reviewLanny

Lanny

Max Porter

Everyday lives conjure a tapestry of fabulism and domesticity. This village belongs to the people who live in it and to the people who lived in it hundreds of years ago. 

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Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and the Other Thing

Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and the Other Thing

Ashleigh Wilson

The first authorized biography of this iconic twentieth-century artist, illustrated with classic artworks, rare notebook sketches and candid family photos.

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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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 Special priceThe Mars Room

The Mars Room

Rachel Kushner

Through Romy - and through a cast of astonishing characters populating Mars Room - Rachel Kushner presents not just a bold and unsentimental panorama of life on the margins of contemporary America, but an excoriating attack on the...

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 Read reviewWaiting for Elijah

Waiting for Elijah

Kate Wild

In 2009, in the NSW country town of Armidale, a mentally ill young man is shot dead by a police officer. Senior Constable Andrew Rich claims he ‘had no choice' other than to shoot 24-year-old Elijah Holcombe - Elijah had run...

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Severance

Severance

Ling Ma

Maybe it's the end of the world, but not for Candace Chen, a millennial, first-generation American and office drone meandering her way into adulthood in Ling Ma's offbeat, wryly funny, apocalyptic satire, Severance.

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Everything Under

Everything Under

Daisy Johnson

'Daisy Johnson is a new goddamn swaggering monster of fiction.' Lauren GroffWords are important to Gretel, always have been. She hasn't seen her mother since the age of sixteen, though - almost a lifetime ago - and those memories...

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Woo's Wonderful World of Maths

Woo’s Wonderful World of Maths

Eddie Woo

Eddie Woo is on a mission: to show us that maths is the language of the universe.

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Speaking Up

Speaking Up

Gillian Triggs, Bolinda Studios, Ben Johnson

As president of the Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs advocated for the disempowered, the disenfranchised, the marginalised. She withstood relentless political pressure and media scrutiny as she defended the defenceless for...

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Fox 8

Fox 8

George Saunders, Chelsea Cardinal

An enchanting and darkly comic fable of human greed and nature, from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of Lincoln in the Bardo, exquisitely illustrated by Chelsea Cardinal    Fox 8 has always been...

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How to Lose a Country

How to Lose a Country

Ece Temelkuran

An urgent call to action from one of Europe's most well-regarded political thinkers. How to Lose a Country: The Seven Warning Signs of Rising Populism is a field guide to spotting the insidious patterns and mechanisms of the...

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 Read reviewThe Nowhere Child

The Nowhere Child

Christian White

A little girl went missing years ago. That child is you. A dark and gripping debut psychological thriller that won the 2017 Victorian Premier's Literary Award, previously won by THE DRY and THE ROSIE...

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Sympathy

Sympathy

Olivia Sudjic, Alice Laurent

An electrifying debut novel of obsessive love, family secrets, and the dangers of living our lives online

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Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them): A Practical Perspective on Death and Dying

Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them): A Practical Perspective on Death and Dying

Sallie Tisdale

How many of us know how to die, or how to support a loved one in a 'good death'? You get ready to die the way you get ready for a trip. Start by realizing you don't know the way.

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Well May We Say...The Speeches That Made Australia

Well May We Say…The Speeches That Made Australia

Sally Warhaft

Memorable speeches define a people and a place: they define a nation. It is impossible to imagine Australia's past without Peter Lalor's rallying cry at the Eureka Stockade or Ned Kelly's last words from the dock. Or to imagine...

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How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

Alexander Chee

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel is Alexander Chee's exploration of the entangling of life, literature and politics, and how the lessons learned from a life spent reading and writing fiction have changed him.

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 Read reviewHalibut on the Moon

Halibut on the Moon

David Vann

International bestselling and award winning author David Vann's new novel, Halibut on the Moon is a portrait of a devastating mind held captive by depression.

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2062: The World that AI Made

2062: The World that AI Made

Toby Walsh

What does a world of smart machines actually look like? AI expert Toby Walsh predicts the state of work, war, politics, economics, everyday life and death in the not-too-distant future, when we will live with machines as...

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 Read reviewAnd Fire Came Down

And Fire Came Down

Emma Viskic

Winner of the Davitt Award (Adult Novels) 2018Deaf since early childhood, Caleb Zelic used to meet life head-on. Now he's struggling just to get through the day. His best mate is dead, his ex-wife,...

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The Orchardist's Daughter

The Orchardist’s Daughter

Karen Viggers

Sixteen-year-old Mikaela has grown up isolated and homeschooled on an apple orchard in southeastern Tasmania, until an unexpected event shatters her family. Eighteen months later, she and her older brother Kurt are running a small...

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On Patrick White: Writers on Writers

On Patrick White: Writers on Writers

Christos Tsiolkas

In this passionate and electrifying short book, Christos Tsiolkas writes about his year spent reading Patrick White, of his ‘discovery and rediscovery of White as a writer.' The result is a vivid introduction to and...

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 Read reviewExploded View

Exploded View

Carrie Tiffany

A fearless and masterful new novel from the Stella Prize-winning author of Mateship with Birds

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 Read reviewFriday Black

Friday Black

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Friday Black heralds the arrival of a thrilling new American literary star.     

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 Read reviewCedar Valley

Cedar Valley

Holly Throsby

From the author of the bestselling novel, Goodwood, comes a compelling mystery set deep within the hearts of Cedar Valley and its inhabitants.  

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Trigger Warnings

Trigger Warnings

Jeff Sparrow

Donald Trump is the Thing-that-should-not-be.

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Shitstorm

Shitstorm

Lenore Taylor, David Uren

The inside story of the Rudd government's first term in office. It is a tenure that will be forever defined by the global financial crisis, or - to use the Prime Minster's term - the 'shitstorm' that engulfed the nation and the...

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 Read reviewTeacher: One Woman's Struggle to Keep the Heart in Teaching

Teacher: One Woman’s Struggle to Keep the Heart in Teaching

Gabbie Stroud

A woman's struggle to keep the heart in teaching

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On Hate

On Hate

Tim Soutphommasane

How is hate shaping our society? With the troubling rise of nationalist populism and the return of race politics, it's time to question the powers at play. On Hate is an urgent call for citizens to defend democracy against...

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The Rosie Result

The Rosie Result

Graeme Simsion

The hilarious, challenging and inspiring ending to the Rosie trilogy that will have readers cheering for joy.   

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Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492-1900

Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492-1900

Simon Schama

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZESELECTED AS A BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 BY THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, MAIL ON SUNDAY AND OBSERVERBelonging is a magnificent cultural history abundantly alive with energy, character and colour.

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The Road to Ruin: How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin Destroyed Their Own Government (Updated Edition)

The Road to Ruin: How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin Destroyed Their Own Government (Updated Edition)

Niki Savva

In the original edition of The Road to Ruin, prominent political commentator, author, and columnist for The Australian Niki Savva revealed the ruinous behaviour of former prime minister Tony Abbott and his chief of staff, Peta...

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Kindred

Kindred

Kirli Saunders

Kindred, Kirli Saunders debut poetry collection, is a pleasure to lose yourself in.

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Sisters of No Mercy

Sisters of No Mercy

Vincent Silk

Mega-storm Martha has wreaked havoc and it's harder than ever to find a home. Hapless Pinky, Del - mother-hen and mentor - and the ever-resourceful and sometime sleuth Almond are members of Sisters of No Mercy. A band of...

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The Distance Home

The Distance Home

Paula Saunders

The Distance Home is the story of a family - its secrets, betrayals, cruelties and kindnesses - and how our childhoods dictate the adults we become.

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Any Ordinary Day

Any Ordinary Day

Leigh Sales

As a journalist, Leigh Sales often encounters people experiencing the worst moments of their lives in the full glare of the media. But one particular string of bad news stories - and a terrifying brush with her own mortality -...

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The Restorer

The Restorer

Michael Sala

* Longlisted for the 2018 Miles Franklin Literary Award, Michael Sala's The Restorer is an explosive and powerful story one troubled family's attempts to rebuild their broken lives

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 Read reviewCrimson

Crimson

Niviaq Korneliussen, Anna Halager

This is the story of a group of friends, on the cusp of adulthood, exploring life, seeking authenticity and establishing their own queer identities. It's a beautiful novella, intriguing not only because of its unique setting in...

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The Lost Arabs

The Lost Arabs

Omar Sakr

Visceral and energetic, Omar Sakr's poetry confronts notions of identity and belonging head-on. Braiding together sexuality and divinity, conflict and redemption, The Lost Arabs is a seething, urgent collection from a distinct new...

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Confessions of the Fox

Confessions of the Fox

Jordy Rosenberg

'Quite simply extraordinary... Imagine if Maggie Nelson, Daphne du Maurier and Daniel Defoe collaborated.' Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent

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The Fish Girl

The Fish Girl

Mirandi Riwoe

Winner of the 2017 Seizure Viva La Novella PrizeSparked by the description of a ‘Malay trollope' in W. Somerset Maugham's story, The Four Dutchmen, Mirandi Riwoe's novella, The Fish...

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Not Just Lucky

Not Just Lucky

Jamila Rizvi

'Feisty and inquisitive - a fresh take on modern feminist issues.' Julia Gillard Australian women are suffering from a crisis of confidence about work. Accustomed to being overlooked and undervalued, even when women do get to...

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Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America

Beth Macy

A portrait of the devastating opioid crisis in America from a New York Times bestselling author and journalist who has lived through it.

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The Beekeeper of Sinjar: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq

The Beekeeper of Sinjar: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq

Dunya Mikhail, Max Weiss

In The Beekeeper of Sinjar, the acclaimed poet and journalist Dunya Mikhail tells the harrowing stories of women from across Iraq who have managed to escape the clutches of ISIS.   

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Home: Drawings by Syrian Children

Home: Drawings by Syrian Children

Ben Quilty

A collection of drawings by Syrian children, the most vulnerable victims of a brutal civil war, curated by Archibald Prize winner Ben Quilty, with a Foreword by Man Booker Prize winner Richard Flanagan.

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The Girl On The Page

The Girl On The Page

John Purcell

Two women, two great betrayals, one path to redemption. A punchy, powerful and page-turning novel about the redemptive power of great literature, from industry insider, John Purcell.

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The House: The Dramatic Story of the Sydney Opera House and the People Who Made It

The House: The Dramatic Story of the Sydney Opera House and the People Who Made It

Helen Pitt

The extraordinary story of the 20th century's most recognisable building, with new insights into the controversy and drama that surrounded its construction.

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Down The Hume

Down The Hume

Peter Polites

A confronting and powerful novel from an exciting new voice - for lovers of Christos Tsiolkas (Loaded) and Luke Davies (Candy).

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 Read reviewThe Town

The Town

Shaun Prescott

With this long-awaited and utterly unique debut novel, Shaun Prescott announces himself as a compelling new voice. The Town is magnetic, revealing the true depth of Australia: the good, the bad, and the captivatingly ugly.

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The Toymaker

The Toymaker

Liam Pieper

A person is defined by the secrets they keep. Adam Kulakov likes his life. He's on the right side of middle age; the toy company he owns brightens the lives of children around the world; and he has more money than he can ever...

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The Lucky One

The Lucky One

Caroline Overington

Keep your secrets. Tell your lies. The gripping new psychological thriller from the author of the bestselling The One Who Got Away. An old castle ...

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 Read reviewNo Country Woman

No Country Woman

Zoya Patel

'I was born in a hospital in Suva, Fiji. I can't recall ever seeing the building on my trips back to the city, first as a child or later as an adult. I imagine it in shades of blue and brown, the plastic waiting room chairs...

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 Read reviewShell

Shell

Kristina Olsson

A big, bold and hauntingly beautiful story that captures a defining moment in Australia's history.

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On Disruption

On Disruption

Katharine Murphy

The internet has shaken the foundations of life- public and private lives are wrought by the 24-hour, seven-day-a-week news cycle that means no one is ever off duty. On Disruption is a report from the coalface of that change- what...

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One Hundred Years of Dirt

One Hundred Years of Dirt

Rick Morton

Social mobility is not a train you get to board after you've scraped together enough for the ticket. You have to build the whole bloody engine, with nothing but a spoon and hand-me-down psychological distress.

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My Country: Stories, Essays & Speeches

My Country: Stories, Essays & Speeches

David Marr

David Marr is the rarest of breeds: one of Australia's most unflinching, forensic reporters of political controversy, and one of its most subtle and eloquent biographers. In Marr's hands, those things we call reportage and...

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Bibi: The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu

Bibi: The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu

Anshel Pfeffer

A penetrating biography of the controversial Israeli Prime Minister.

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The Football Solution: How Richmond's premiership can save Australia

The Football Solution: How Richmond’s premiership can save Australia

George Megalogenis

In a characteristically sweeping and entertaining story, George Megalogenis reveals how football has been shaped by the nation that invented it and how the game we love, in turn, might help resolve Australia's political impasse.

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 Read reviewOrchid & the Wasp

Orchid & the Wasp

Caoilinn Hughes

An anarchic and hilarious portrait of a downwardly mobile family in post-crash Dublin

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 Read reviewThe Place on Dalhousie

The Place on Dalhousie

Melina Marchetta

From the bestselling author of Looking for Alibrandi comes this perfectly crafted novel about families, relationships and the true nature of belonging.

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 Read reviewThe Lebs

The Lebs

Michael Mohammed Ahmad

A confronting new novel from award winning Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist Michael Mohammed Ahmad.

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 Read reviewThe Scholar

The Scholar

Dervla McTiernan

From the author of the critically acclaimed bestseller The Ruin comes a compulsive new crime thriller featuring DS Cormac Reilly.   

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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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Godspeed: A Memoir

Godspeed: A Memoir

Casey Legler

'I swim for every chance to get wasted - after every meet, every weekend, every travel trip. This is what I look forward to and what I tell no one- the burn of it down my throat, to my soul curled up in my lungs, the sharpest pain...

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The Runaways

The Runaways

Fatima Bhutto

Anita lives in Karachi's biggest slum. Her mother is a maalish wali, paid to massage the tired bones of rich women. But Anita's life will change forever when she meets her elderly neighbour, a man whose shelves of books promise an...

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 Read reviewThe Trauma Cleaner

The Trauma Cleaner

Sarah Krasnostein

Winner of the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction at the 2019 NSW Premier's Literary Awards Winner of the Victorian Prize for Literature 2018Winner of the Victorian Premier's...

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 Read reviewThe Arsonist

The Arsonist

Chloe Hooper

On the day that became known as Black Saturday, one man deliberately lit two fires near the small town of Churchill, Gippsland, then stood on the roof of his house and watched the flames. The Arsonist, by the acclaimed author of...

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Diving into Glass

Diving into Glass

Caro Llewellyn

An emotionally brutal memoir of family, vulnerability and purpose, Diving into Glass is a searing, often funny portrait of the realities of disability and an intimate account of two lives filled with vigour and audacity. ...

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Destination Flavour: People and Places

Destination Flavour: People and Places

Adam Liaw

Celebrate Adam Liaw's favourite food, people and stories from across Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Singapore and Scandinavia, and peek behind the scenes of the acclaimed TV series Destination Flavour.

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The Dead Still Cry Out: The Story of a Combat Cameraman

The Dead Still Cry Out: The Story of a Combat Cameraman

Helen Lewis

An extraordinary true story about the author's father, Mike Lewis, a British paratrooper and combat cameraman who filmed the liberation of Bergen-Belsen.

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The Witch Who Courted Death

The Witch Who Courted Death

Maria Lewis

This time reinventing witches and ghosts with a much-needed feminist twist, The Witch Who Courted Death is a brand new title from the bestselling author of Who's Afraid?

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Imperfect

Imperfect

Lee Kofman

By the time she was eleven and living in Russia, Lee Kofman had undergone several major operations on both a defective heart and injuries sustained in a bus accident. Her body harbours a constellation of disfiguring scars that...

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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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Quarterly Essay 67: Moral Panic 101 - Equality, Acceptance and the Safe Schools Scandal

Quarterly Essay 67: Moral Panic 101 - Equality, Acceptance and the Safe Schools Scandal

Benjamin Law

Are Australian schools safe? And if they're not, what happens when kids are caught in a bleak collision between ill-equipped school staff and a confected media scandal?

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On Kate Jennings: Writers on Writers

On Kate Jennings: Writers on Writers

Erik Jensen

‘Kate says she doesn't know what to say about writing. When people ask, she tells them to prepare for a life of failure.'

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The Ink Stain (The Monsarrat Series Book 4)

The Ink Stain (The Monsarrat Series Book 4)

Tom Keneally, Meg Keneally

Monsarrat and Mrs Mulrooney are sent to Sydney to investigate corruption that may go right to the top - to the office of the governor - and threaten the colony's fundamental rights to freedom of speech.   

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 Read reviewThe Artist's Portrait

The Artist’s Portrait

Julie Keys

Murderer, narcissist, sexual deviant or artistic genius and a woman before her time: Who really is Muriel Kemp?

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 Read reviewWintering

Wintering

Krissy Kneen

From 2018 Stella Prize-shortlistee Krissy Kneen, an evocative and mysterious novel about inexplicable disappearances and thylacines set in the remote south of Tasmania

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The Way Things Should be

The Way Things Should be

Bridie Jabour

A warm and genuine novel about the hopes, expectations, failings and disappointments of millennials.

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 Read reviewThe Fragments

The Fragments

Toni Jordan

From the award-winning, bestselling author of Addition and Nine Days, a superbly crafted and captivating literary mystery about a lost book and a secret love.     

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Fled

Fled

Meg Keneally

She becomes the leader in a grand plot of escape, but is survival any more certain in a small open boat on an unknown ocean? Meg Keneally's debut solo novel is an epic historical adventure based on the extraordinary life of...

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 Read reviewThe Rip

The Rip

Mark Brandi

An urban crime novel that slowly and masterfully hooks you in... then shocks with the horrific crime and the dread that the characters you care about aren't going to make it out alive.   

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Hidden in Plain View

Hidden in Plain View

Paul Irish

Aboriginal people are prominent in accounts of early colonial Sydney, yet we seem to skip a century as they disappear from the historical record and reemerge in early in the twentieth century. Paul Irish's Hidden in Plain View...

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 Special price Read reviewThe Lost Man

The Lost Man

Jane Harper

For readers who loved The Dry and Force of Nature, Jane Harper has once again created a powerful story of suspense, set against a dazzling landscape.

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A Massacre In Mexico: The True Story Behind the Missing 43 Students

A Massacre In Mexico: The True Story Behind the Missing 43 Students

Anabel Hernandez

On September 26, 2014, 43 male students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College went missing in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. According to official reports, the students commandeered several buses to travel to Mexico City to...

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 Read reviewThe Year of the Farmer

The Year of the Farmer

Rosalie Ham

A darkly satirical novel of a small country town battling the elements and one another, from the bestselling author of The Dressmaker.   

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 Read reviewAustralia Day

Australia Day

Stan Grant

As uncomfortable as it is, we need to reckon with our history. On January 26, no Australian can really look away. There are the hard questions we ask of ourselves on Australia Day.  

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 Read reviewTalking To My Country

Talking To My Country

Stan Grant

An extraordinarily powerful and personal meditation on race, culture and national identity by one of Australia's leading journalists.

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Auntie Rita

Auntie Rita

Jackie Huggins, Rita Huggins

Rita Huggins was stolen from her country as a child, and taken to the Cherbourg Aboriginal Reserve. From that time, Rita had the desire to make something better for herself, her family, and the Aboriginal people. The 1960s ushered...

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A Hundred Small Lessons

A Hundred Small Lessons

Ashley Hay

From the author of the highly acclaimed The Railwayman's Wife comes an emotionally resonant and profound new novel of two families, interconnected through the house that bears witness to their lives.

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Troll Hunting: Inside the World of Online Hate and Its Human Fallout

Troll Hunting: Inside the World of Online Hate and Its Human Fallout

Ginger Gorman

Topical and gripping, Troll Hunting is an extraordinary first-person investigation of a disturbing new online reality that goes well beyond cyberbullying

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Storm and Grace

Storm and Grace

Kathryn Heyman

... she is screaming, the way he wanted, the way he promised she would ... World-famous freediver Storm Hisray hits Grace Cain like a bolt from the blue. Instantly smitten, she abandons her life in the...

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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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The Fireflies of Autumn: And Other Tales of San Ginese

Moreno Giovannoni

Tuscany as you have never seen it before . . .

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The Land Before Avocado

The Land Before Avocado

Richard Glover

The new book from the bestselling author of Flesh Wounds. A funny and frank look at the way Australia used to be - and just how far we have come. 

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Witches: What Women Do Together

Sam George-Allen

An exploration of the work women do together.   

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The Girl With the Dogs: Penguin Special

The Girl With the Dogs: Penguin Special

Anna Funder

The Girl with the Dogs is a poignantly beautiful novella about what's really precious in life, from Miles Franklin Award-winning Anna Funder, author of All That I Am

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Islands

Peggy Frew

A stunning literary novel from the author of the Stella Prize shortlisted Hope Farm.  

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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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Europe: A Natural History

Europe: A Natural History

Tim Flannery

About 100 million years ago, the interaction of three continents-Asia, North America and Africa-formed the tropical island archipelago that would become the Europe of today, a place of exceptional diversity, rapid change and high...

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Prize Fighter

Future D. Fidel

A Congolese refugee getting by in the Australian suburbs, Isa has a background that seems unimaginable in his new country - a childhood as a boy soldier. Now, Isa's a brilliant boxer, but his most difficult opponent isn't in the...

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First Person

Richard Flanagan

Kif Kehlmann, a young penniless writer, is rung in the middle of the night by the notorious con man and corporate criminal, Siegfried Heidl. About to go to trial for defrauding the banks of $700 million, Heidl offers Kehlmann the...

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Ruby Moonlight

Ruby Moonlight

Ali Cobby Eckermann

Ruby Moonlight, a novel of the impact of colonisation in mid north South Australia around 1880. The main character, Ruby, refugee of a massacre, shelters in the woods where she befriends an Irishman trapper. The poems convey how...

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 Read reviewIn the Garden of the Fugitives

In the Garden of the Fugitives

Ceridwen Dovey

Originally published in 2018 by Hamish Hamiltion, an imprint of Penguin Books, Australia --Title page verso.

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 Read reviewThe Life to Come

The Life to Come

Michelle de Kretser

Michelle de Kretser's fifth novel is both a delicious satire on the way we live now and a deeply moving examination of the true nature of friendship.

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City of Trees

Sophie Cunningham

A rich and insightful collection of personal essays about life, death and our connection to the environment from bestselling Australian author Sophie Cunningham

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Boy Swallows Universe

Trent Dalton

An utterly wonderful novel of love, crime, magic, fate and coming of age, set in Brisbane's violent working class suburban fringe - from one of Australia's most exciting new writers.

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The Night Dragon

The Night Dragon

Matthew Condon

The Night Dragon is the fifth volume in Matthew Condon's chronicle of Queensland crime and corruption in the 20th Century.    

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 Read reviewTerra Nullius

Terra Nullius

Claire G. Coleman

In the near future Australia is about to experience colonisation once more. What have we learned from our past? A daring debut novel from the winner of the 2016 black&write! writing fellowship.

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The Belles

The Belles

Dhonielle Clayton

Welcome to the dark decadence of Dhonielle Clayton's sharp tale of beauty, obsession and magic. . .

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Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire - The Sunday Times Bestseller

Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire - The Sunday Times Bestseller

Akala

A searing modern polemic and Sunday Times bestseller from the BAFTA- and MOBO award-winning musician and political commentator, Akala. 

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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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Room for a Stranger

Melanie Cheng

A moving portrait of an improbable friendship and multicultural Australia more broadly, from the winner of the 2018 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction. 

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 Read reviewGrowing Up African in Australia

Growing Up African in Australia

Maxine Beneba Clarke, Magan Magan, Ahmed Yussuf

Welcome to African Australia. Compiled by award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke, with curatorial assistance from writers Ahmed Yussuf and Magan Magan, this anthology brings together the regions of Africa, and the African...

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Rusted Off: Why Country Australia is Fed Up

Rusted Off: Why Country Australia is Fed Up

Gabrielle Chan

A big story from a small town.Telling the story of Australia as it is today, Gabrielle Chan has gone hyper-local. In Rusted Off, she looks to her own rural community's main street for answers to the big questions...

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 Read reviewNo More Boats

No More Boats

Felicity Castagna

The new novel by Felicity Castagna, whose previous book, The Incredible Here and Now, won the 2015 Prime Minister's Award for Young Adult Fiction and was shortlisted for the CBCA and NSW Premier's Literary Awards.

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America Is Not the Heart

America Is Not the Heart

Elaine Castillo

A giant, soulful, heartbreaking debut of a Filipino family shaped and pulled apart by politics, class, sex, the need to leave and the longing to go back...

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The Year of the Beast

Steven Carroll

One of Australia's finest and most critically acclaimed writers returns with a powerful novel that goes back to the very beginning of the story, to bring his sweeping Glenroy series to a magnificent close.

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 Read reviewAccidental Feminists

Accidental Feminists

Jane Caro

Western women over fifty are a revolutionary generation. They are the first in history to have been in paid work for most of their lives. The power and freedom of this financial independence is unprecedented. But this financial...

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No Friend But the Mountains

No Friend But the Mountains

Behrouz Boochani, Omid Tofighian

An account of life inside Manus detention centre, from journalist and asylum-seeker Behrouz Boochani.  

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Blak Brow

Blak Brow

Paola Balla, Karen Jackson, Kim Kruger, Pauline Whyman, Tony Birch, Bridget Caldwell

Blak Brow is the very special Issue 40 of The Lifted Brow - an edition created entirely and independently by a First Nations collective of editors, curators, academics, designers, and activists. It is filled with new work by First...

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An Elegant Young Man

An Elegant Young Man

Luke Carman

For a long time Western Sydney has been the political flash-point of the nation, but it has been absent from Australian literature. Luke Carman's first book of fiction is about to change all that: a collection of monologues and...

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The Politics of Identity: Who Counts as Aboriginal Today?

The Politics of Identity: Who Counts as Aboriginal Today?

Bronwyn Carlson

In this award - winning work Carlson explores the complexities surrounding Aboriginal identity today. Drawing on a range of historical and research literature, interviews and surveys, The politics of identity explores Aboriginal...

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 Read reviewWatching Out: Reflections on Justice and Injustice

Watching Out: Reflections on Justice and Injustice

Julian Burnside

Rich with fascinating case studies, and eloquent in its defence of civil society, Watching Out is a beacon of legal liberalism in an intemporate age.

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 Read reviewPlease Explain

Please Explain

Anna Broinowski

After eighteen years in the political wilderness, Pauline Hanson is back and more powerful than ever. Please Explain is a compelling, intimate look at how an Ipswich fish and chip shop lady changed the nation - and how she speaks...

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 Read reviewFrom Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: How Australia Got Compulsory Voting

From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: How Australia Got Compulsory Voting

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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On Father

On Father

John Birmingham

A son's homage to his father. 

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About the Author Is Dead

About the Author Is Dead

Pascalle Burton

Paul Bowles said 'whatever one writes is in a sense autobiographical, of course. Not factually so, but poetically so.' The poems here connect with nerves in bodies, pixels on screens, letters in words and the air's water content....

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Man Out of Time

Stephanie Bishop

From the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of The Other Side of the World comes a brilliant and provocative new novel about inheritance and self-destruction.

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 Read reviewCommon People

Common People

Tony Birch

From the 2016 Victorian Premier's Literary Award-winning author of Ghost River.

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Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944

Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944

Antony Beevor

On 17 September 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany's parachute forces, heard the growing roar of aero engines. He went out on to his balcony above the flat landscape of southern Holland to watch the vast air...

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Daring to Drive

Daring to Drive

Manal Al-Sharif

A gripping memoir about a young woman from Saudi Arabia who becomes the accidental leader of a wildly subversive movement to put women behind the steering wheel.

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Merchants of Truth: Inside the News Revolution

Merchants of Truth: Inside the News Revolution

Jill Abramson

Merchants of Truth by Jill Abramson, former editor of The New York Times, is the gripping and definitive in-the-room account of the revolution that has swept the news industry over the last decade and reshaped our world.

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Rewording the Brain

Rewording the Brain

David Astle

Master wordsmith and crossword guru David Astle shows how cryptic crosswords can boost your brain power and improve your memory and cognitive capacity.   

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