Australian authors share their best books of 2014

 Read reviewWe Are All Completely Beside Ourselves: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014

Karen Joy Fowler

Rosemary's young, just at college, and she's decided not to tell anyone a thing about her family. Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone - vanished...

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 Special priceLet Me Be Frank With You: A Frank Bascombe Book

Let Me Be Frank With You: A Frank Bascombe Book

Richard Ford

In Let Me Be Frank With You, Ford returns with four deftly linked Christmas stories narrated by the iconic Bascombe.

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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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 Read reviewMullumbimby

Mullumbimby

Melissa Lucashenko

A darkly funny novel of romantic love and cultural warfare from one of Australia's most admired Indigenous voices. When Jo Breen uses her divorce settlement to buy a neglected property in the Byron Bay hinterland, she is hoping...

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Love Poems And Death Threats

Love Poems And Death Threats

Samuel Wagan Watson

Love Poems and Death Threats breaks new ground for Indigenous Australian writing and adds to Samuel Wagan Watson's reputation as one of our most exciting poets.

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 Read reviewMerciless Gods

Merciless Gods

Christos Tsiolkas

A collection of thrilling, original and imaginative stories from the award-winning, bestselling author of The Slap and Barracuda - a showcase all of his immense and unique story-telling talents.

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 Read reviewHere Come the Dogs

Here Come the Dogs

Omar Musa

Revelatory and incendiary, Here Come the Dogs is a window into the youth of contemporary multicultural Australia, through the lives of three disaffected, hedonistic, aspirational and sometimes violent young men on the...

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My Feet Are Hungry

My Feet Are Hungry

Chris Wallace-Crabbe

This sparkling new collection marks the eightieth birthday of our most elegantly metaphysical poet. Over the years Chris Wallace-Crabbe has inspired countless other writers and readers through the imaginative effects of his...

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When We Have Wings

When We Have Wings

Claire Corbett

The dream of being able to fly is now physical reality but only the rich and powerful can afford the surgery, drugs, and gene manipulation to become fliers. Peri, a poor girl from the regions, will sacrifice anything to get her...

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 Read reviewLetters to the End of Love

Letters to the End of Love

Yvette Walker

Three stories, three secrets, three marriages.

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The Martian

The Martian

Andy Weir

I'm stranded on Mars. I have no way to communicate with Earth. I'm in a Habitat designed to last 31 days. If the Oxygenator breaks down, I'll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I'll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches,...

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 Read reviewThe Signature of All Things

The Signature of All Things

Elizabeth Gilbert

For use in schools and libraries only. Traces the multi-generational saga of the Whittaker family, whose progenitor makes a fortune in the quinine trade before his daughter, a gifted botanist, researches the mysteries of evolution...

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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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When 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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Gone Girl

Gone Girl

Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl's toxic mix of sharp-edged wit with deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.

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 Read reviewThe Secret Maker Of The World: Stories

The Secret Maker Of The World: Stories

Abbas El-Zein

With a sharp eye for the ridiculous, El-Zein's collection cleverly illuminates stereotypes and contemplates global truths. These are worldly stories in the best sense, and wise ones.

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Just Kids

Just Kids

Patti Smith

Winner of the 2010 Non-Fiction National Book Award Patti Smith's evocative, honest and moving coming-of-age story of her extraordinary relationship with the artist Robert Mapplethorpe

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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 reviewThe Watch Tower

The Watch Tower

Elizabeth Harrower, Joan London

The Watch Tower is a novel of relentless and acute psychological power, from one of Australia's greatest writers.

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 Read reviewThe Night Guest

The Night Guest

Fiona McFarlane

The hypnotic tale of a psychological battle on unequal terms and a superbly drawn portrait of two very particular women - a beautifully written, unnerving and acutely moving debut.

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The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka

The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka

Clare Wright

Ten years in the research and writing, inimitably bold, entertaining and irreverent in style, Clare Wright's The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka is a fitting tribute to the unbiddable women of Ballarat-women who made Eureka a story for...

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Testament Of Youth: Film Tie In

Testament Of Youth: Film Tie In

Vera Brittain

A film tie-in edition of Vera Brittain's classic autobiography, published to coincide with the major motion picture adaptation starring Dominic West, Emily Watson, Colin Morgan and Kit Harington.

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The Blue Flower

The Blue Flower

Penelope Fitzgerald, Candia McWilliam

From the Booker Prize-winning author of `Offshore' comes this unusual romance between the poet Novalis and his fiancee Sophie, newly introduced by Candia McWilliam.

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The Kraus Project

The Kraus Project

Jonathan Franzen

A great American writer's confrontation with a great European critic - a personal and intellectual awakening.

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Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-62

Mao’s Great Famine: The History of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-62

Frank Dikotter

An unprecedented, groundbreaking history of China's Great Famine Winner of the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize 2011

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 Read reviewThe Childhood Of Jesus

The Childhood Of Jesus

J. M. Coetzee

The Childhood of Jesus is not like any other novel you have read. This beautiful and surprising fable is about childhood, about destiny, about being an outsider. It is a novel about the riddle of experience itself.

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 Read reviewThe Promise

The Promise

Tony Birch

In this breathtaking new work, Tony Birch affirms his position as one of Australia's finest writers of short-form fiction. A trio of amateur thieves are left in charge of a baby moments before a heist. A group of boys compete in...

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 Read reviewThe Luminaries

The Luminaries

Eleanor Catton

The astonishing and epic novel that won the 2013 Man Booker Prize

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 Read reviewWhere Song Began: Australia's Birds And How They Changed TheWorld

Where Song Began: Australia’s Birds And How They Changed TheWorld

Tim Low

Renowned for its unusual mammals, Australia is a land of birds that are just as unusual, just as striking, a result of the continent's tens of millions of years of isolation. Compared with birds elsewhere, ours are more likely to...

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 Read reviewEarth Hour

Earth Hour

David Malouf

In his first full volume of poetry since Typewriter Music in 2007, David Malouf once again shows us why he is one of Australia's most enduring and respected writers.  

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Kin

Kin

Anne Elvey

Traversing diverse timescales and geographies, resolute in its attentiveness to social and ecological wrongs, Kin is nonetheless open to surprise and pitched towards the potential for renewal and reconnection. This collection...

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Open City

Open City

Teju Cole

A novel about national identity, race, liberty, loss and surrender. It follows a young Nigerian doctor as he wanders aimlessly along the streets of Manhattan.

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The Tribe

The Tribe

Michael Mohammed Ahmad

The Tribe is a collection of three novellas portraying life in an extended Muslim Allawite Lebanese-Australian family, as seen by one of its youngest members.

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