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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The Bush

The Bush

Don Watson

The bush: few terms are as powerful, and few as hard to define. Far from a conventional history of it, this is an idiosyncratic, highly original and insightful journey through Australian landscape, history and culture.

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I Refuse

I Refuse

Per Petterson, Don Bartlett

Two men meet by accident on a bridge early one morning. Once they were best friends - but Tommy and Jim haven't seen each other for 35 years. Back then, Tommy and his sister were abandoned by their mother and later by their...

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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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To This Day

To This Day

Shane Koyczan (Author), Kathleen Jennings (Author/Contributor), Phil Lesnie (Illustrator), Gary Venn (Illustrator), Armin Greder (Illustrator)

I'm not the only kid who grew up this way surrounded by people who used to say that rhyme about sticks and stones as if broken bones hurt more than the names we got called.

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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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 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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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 reviewThe Wonders

The 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 reviewLetters to the End of Love

Letters to the End of Love

Yvette Walker

Three stories, three secrets, three marriages.

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Game

Game

Trevor Shearston

A moving and brilliant literary novel about the last days of legendary bushranger Ben Hall.

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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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 Special pricePoetry Notebook: 2006-2014

Poetry Notebook: 2006-2014

Clive James

Renowned critic and bestselling writer Clive James sets down his thoughts on the art form which matters to him most: poetry

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Hell-Bent: Australia's Leap Into The Great War

Hell-Bent: Australia’s Leap Into The Great War

Douglas Newton

Most histories of Australia's Great War rush their readers into the trenches. This history is very different. For the first time, it examines events closely, even hour-by-hour, in both Britain and Australia during the last days of...

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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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On Being Blue

On Being Blue

William H. Gass, Michael Gorra

On Being Blue is a book about everything blue-sex and sleaze and sadness, among other things-and about everything else.

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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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A Time to Keep Silence

A Time to Keep Silence

Patrick Leigh Fermor, Karen Armstrong

A wonderful insight into the calm and contemplative world of the monastery from a premier travel writer.

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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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Lila

Lila

Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson, one of the greatest novelists of our time, returns to the town of Gilead in an unforgettable story about a girl who lived on the fringes of society in fear, awe, and wonder.

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In Certain Circles

In Certain Circles

Elizabeth Harrower

Long-lost final novel by the award-winning author of THE WATCH TOWER.Never before published. Not to be missed!

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The Strays

The 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 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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A-z Of Convicts In Van Diemen's Land

A-z Of Convicts In Van Diemen’s Land

Simon Barnard

Seventy-three thousand convicts were transported to the British penal colony of Van Diemen's Land in the first half of the nineteenth century. They played a vital role in the building of the settlements, as well as the running of...

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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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 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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Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir

Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir

Roz Chast

An alphabet of things to avoid, Do Not Want showcases the fears, phobias, and anxieties that occupy the fertile imagination of Roz Chast.

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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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At Last: The Final Patrick Melrose Novel

At Last: The Final Patrick Melrose Novel

Edward St Aubyn

A powerful reflection on pain, acceptance, and the treacheries of family, At Last is the stunning culmination of the Melrose books, a work of glittering dark comedy and profound emotional truth.

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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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Challenge

Challenge

Paul Daley

Blistering and blackly comic, Challenge puts us into the shoes of a man whose life is slipping away as he confronts the abyss of modern Australian politics.

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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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Poems 1957-2013

Poems 1957-2013

Geoffrey Lehmann

Geoffrey Lehmann's distinguished career as a poet culminates in this volume of collected work from 1957-2013. Displaying the breadth and depth of his poetry, Lehmann explores human nature in settings as diverse as ancient Rome and...

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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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Sputnik's Cousin

Sputnik’s Cousin

Kent MacCarter

The poems and non-fiction collected in Sputniks Cousin rinse, relent and tumble in the slipstream of modernity. The indefatigable nature of objects how they reverberate in the proximity of others and become polished from...

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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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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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Bapo

Bapo

Nicholas Jose

The stories in Bapo feature a cast of characters, artists, diplomats, entrepreneurs, refugees, families at the crossroads. They are all held by the past in some way, its hope, idealism, romance, adventure - and aware of...

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 Read reviewNavigatio

Navigatio

Patrick Holland, Junko Azukawa

Navigatio tells the story of Saint Brendan of Clonfert, a sixth century monk and adventurer, and his legendary quest for the Isle of the Blessed via a gauntlet of monsters, devils, angels, prophets and beautiful maidens....

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