Australian authors share their best books of 2015

 Read reviewThe Green Road

The Green Road

Anne Enright

The children of Rosaleen Madigan leave the west of Ireland for lives they never could have imagined in Dublin, New York and various third-world towns. In her early old age their difficult, wonderful mother announces that she's...

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 Read reviewThe Story of the Lost Child: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 4

The Story of the Lost Child: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 4

Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein

The Story of the Lost Child is the long-awaited fourth volume in the Neapolitan Novels. The quartet traces the friendship between Elena and Lila, from their childhood in a poor neighbourhood in Naples, to their thirties, when...

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 Read reviewHot Little Hands

Hot Little Hands

Abigail Ulman

This exceptional collection of stories is about young women of different ages, from their early teens to their late twenties, coming to terms with what it means to desire, and be desired, with funny, surprising and sometimes...

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Reckoning: A Memoir

Reckoning: A Memoir

Magda Szubanski

If you had met my father you would never, not for an instant, have thought he was an assassin.

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The World Without Us

The World Without Us

Mireille Juchau

Told from the perspective of six, interconnected characters, The World Without Us is a tale of love in all its forms, a mystery and an elegy for a denatured landscape. It is about the ways we become lost to ourselves, and the...

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 Read reviewSmall Acts of Disappearance

Small Acts of Disappearance

Fiona Wright

Small Acts of Disappearance is a collection of ten essays that describes the authors affliction with an eating disorder which begins in high school, and escalates into life-threatening anorexia over the next ten years. Fiona...

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 Read reviewThe Bone Clocks

The Bone Clocks

David Mitchell

The dazzling new novel from the author of Cloud Atlas, at once the kaleidoscopic story of an unusual woman's life, a metaphysical thriller and a profound meditation on mortality and survival.

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Modern Love

Modern Love

Lesley Harding, Kendrah Morgan

Much has been written about the lives and art of Heide, but finally the remaining members of the inner circle have entrusted the truth to be told through this intimate biography of John and Sunday Reed. Equal parts romance and...

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Six Bedrooms

Tegan Bennett Daylight

Coming of age in the nineteen-eighties: hot afternoons on school ovals, the terrifying promise of losing your virginity. Sneaking booze from your mother's pantry, your first Mardi Gras parade, the painful sophistication and...

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A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories

A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories

Lucia Berlin

The stories in A Manual for Cleaning Women make for one of the most remarkable unsung collections in twentieth-century American fiction.

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Something For The Pain: A Memoir of the Turf

Something For The Pain: A Memoir of the Turf

Gerald Murnane

As a boy, Gerald Murnane became obsessed with horse racing. He had never ridden a horse, nor seen a race. Yet he was fascinated by photos of horse races in the Sporting Globe, and by the incantation of horses' names in radio...

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 Read reviewSix Square Metres: Reflections From A Small Garden

Six Square Metres: Reflections From A Small Garden

Margaret Simons

Life lessons from the ground up.

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The Cartel

The Cartel

Don Winslow

DEA agent Art Keller has been fighting the war on drugs for thirty years in a blood feud against Adan Barrera, the head of El Federacion, the world's most powerful cartel, and the man who brutally murdered Keller's partner....

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 Read reviewOnly The Animals

Only The Animals

Ceridwen Dovey

Perhaps only the animals can tell us what it is to be human. a trench on the Western Front a cat recalls her owner Colette's theatrical antics in Paris. In Nazi Germany a dog seeks enlightenment. A Russian tortoise once owned by...

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 Read reviewThe Natural Way of Things

The Natural Way of Things

Charlotte Wood

The Natural Way of Things is a fascinating and brilliant addition to Charlotte Wood's acclaimed fiction, thematically and stylistically quite a departure for her, but every inch as gripping, insightful and emotionally engaging as...

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No Great Mischief

No Great Mischief

Alistair MacLeod

In 1779, driven out of his home, Calum MacDonald sets sail from the Scottish Highlands with his extensive family.

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A World of Other People

A World of Other People

Steven Carroll

Joint winner of the 2014 Prime Minister's Literary Award (with Man Booker Prize winner Richard Flanagan), A World of Other People is a life-affirming evocation of love in war time, when every decision, and every day, matters.

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The Lost Life

The Lost Life

Steven Carroll

England, 1934. Two young lovers have trespassed into a rose garden of an abandoned house in the English countryside. They witness the poet T.S. (Tom) Eliot and his friend Emily Hale, enter the garden and bury a small tin together....

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Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot

Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot

Mark Vanhoenacker

Here, anew, is the simple wonder that remains at the heart of an experience which modern travellers, armchair and otherwise, all too easily take for granted: the transcendent joy of motion, and the remarkable new perspectives that...

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A Fifty-year Silence

A Fifty-year Silence

Miranda Richmond Mouillot

After surviving World War II by escaping the Nazi occupation, Miranda Richmond Mouillot's grandparents, Anna and Armand, bought an old stone house in a remote, picturesque village in the south of France. Five years later, Anna...

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 Special price 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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Please Don't Leave Me Here

Please Don’t Leave Me Here

Tania Chandler

It was the Thursday before Christmas 1994, and police discovered the body of a man beaten to death in her apartment. Fourteen years later, Brigitte is married to the detective who investigated the murder, which she claims to have...

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The Kite Runner: Tenth anniversary edition

The Kite Runner: Tenth anniversary edition

Khaled Hosseini

Afghanistan, 1975: Twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the local kite-fighting tournament and his loyal friend Hassan promises to help him. But neither of the boys can foresee what will happen to Hassan that afternoon, an...

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The Waiting Room

The Waiting Room

Leah Kaminsky

The Waiting Room captures the sights, sounds, accents and animosities of a country overflowing with stories. Dina is a family doctor living in the melting-pot city of Haifa, Israel. Born in Australia in a Jewish enclave of...

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A Hunger: with The Simplified World and The Incoming Tide

A Hunger: with The Simplified World and The Incoming Tide

Petra White

This volume opens with a full-length book of new poems by Petra White, A Hunger. Bound-in with it are her two prior books, The Simplified World and The Incoming Tide. The new poems of A Hunger are as lucid as they are...

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 Read reviewThe Life of Houses

The Life of Houses

Lisa Gorton

The Life of Houses is the new novel by the acclaimed poet Lisa Gorton, whose first book of poetry, Press Release, won the Victorian Premier's Award for Poetry, and whose second collection, Hotel Hyperion, was...

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The Fly Trap

The Fly Trap

Fredrik Sjoberg

The author finds happiness in the little things. Millions of them, in fact. He tells us about living on a remote Swedish island, blissful long summer nights, lost loves, unexpected treasures, art, nature, slowness, and how freedom...

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Eat First, Talk Later

Eat First, Talk Later

Beth Yahp

A dazzling memoir from a talented Malaysian writer about family and home, and a searing portrait of the country of her birth. In this riveting memoir Beth persuades her ageing parents on a road trip around their former home,...

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A Glass Of Blessings

A Glass Of Blessings

Barbara Pym, John Bayley

Barbara Pym was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1978 and is the quintessential VMC author. Following on from the huge success of JANE AND PRUDENCE, this novel was loved by Philip Larkin who declared it 'the subtlest of her...

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Excellent Women

Excellent Women

Barbara Pym, Alexander McCall Smith

Probably Pym's most famous novel 'I'd sooner read a new Barbara Pym than a new Jane Austen' Philip Larkin

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The Dog Of The South

The Dog Of The South

Charles Portis

From Arkansas down to New Mexico and eventually leading to Honduras, a man is on the hunt for his wife who is following her first husband by a trail of credit card receipts.

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True Grit

True Grit

Charles Portis

Frank Ross is killed by one of his own workers. Tom Chaney shoots him down in the street. Ross' 14-year-old daughter Mattie finds that the authorities are doing nothing to find Chaney. Then she hears of Rooster - a man, she's...

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Norwood

Norwood

Charles Portis, Barrett Whitener (Premiere Public Speaking, Washington, DC)

Norwood is the long-unavailable and brilliantly inimitable first novel by Portis.

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Dinner with the Devil

Dinner with the Devil

Helen Macrae

In 1896 a small group of Melbourne's first women doctors opened a makeshift hospital in a borrowed church hall. They wanted to give 'poor women the opportunity of being treated by their own sex, and in the presence of women only'....

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A Year of Marvellous Ways: The Richard and Judy Bestseller

A Year of Marvellous Ways: The Richard and Judy Bestseller

Sarah Winman

A Year of Marvellous Ways is the much anticipated and utterly beguiling new novel from Sarah Winman, author of the international bestseller When God Was A Rabbit

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Weatherland: Writers and Artists under English Skies

Weatherland: Writers and Artists under English Skies

Alexandra Harris

The story of English culture over a thousand years can be told as the story of changing ideas about the weather. Writers and artists across the centuries, looking up at the same skies and walking in the same brisk air, have felt...

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The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers

The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers

Delia Falconer

In 1876, Captain Frederick Benteen of Custer's 7th Cavalry survived Little Bighorn, but has never been forgiven by the public. Twenty years later, he receives a letter from an ambitious boy offering to restore his reputation.

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The Hazards

The Hazards

Sarah Holland-Batt

Engaging everywhere with questions of violence and loss, erasure and extinction, The Hazards inhabits unsettling terrain, unafraid to veer straight into turbulence.

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The Fox Petition

The Fox Petition

Jennifer Maiden

New poems by Australia's foremost political poet, written in response to the social crises that confront us now. Jennifer Maiden's new collection deals with xenophobia and the rejection of otherness, whether immigrant or...

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 Read reviewClade

Clade

James Bradley

Adam is in Antarctica, marking the passage of the solstice. Across the globe, his wife Ellie is waiting for the results of her IVF treatment. So begins the story of one family in a changing world, where the apocalyptic mingles...

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Every Hill Got A Story

Every Hill Got A Story

Central Land Council

Nyinanyi ngurangka - being on country - is not a ‘lifestyle choice' but a hard-won right, a spiritual and cultural duty, a constant battle, a source of happiness and opportunity and the meaning of life all at the same time.

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Mountains Of The Mind: A History Of A Fascination

Mountains Of The Mind: A History Of A Fascination

Robert Macfarlane

'The most exhilarating history of mountaineering - less the tale of how mountains got climbed than the story of why they became objects of such fascination to us ... a riveting read' Jeremy Paxman, Guardian

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The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot

The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot

Robert Macfarlane

Following the tracks, holloways, drove-roads and sea paths that form part of a vast ancient network of routes criss-crossing the British Isles and beyond, Robert Macfarlane discovers a lost world - a landscape of the feet and the...

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The Wild Places

The Wild Places

Robert Macfarlane

'A love song to these islands, an elegant and heartfelt testimony to the value of landscape that we remain in acute danger of destroying forever' Observer

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A Few Days In The Country & Other Stories

A Few Days In The Country & Other Stories

Elizabeth Harrower

Essential reading for Harrower fans, these collected stories range from caustic satires to gentler explorations of friendship.

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Blue Fasa

Blue Fasa

Nathaniel Mackey (University of California at Santa Cruz)

A stellar new collection of poems by the Balanchine of the architecture dance (The New York Times), and winner of the National Book Award in poetry.

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Inside My Mother

Inside My Mother

Ali Cobby Eckermann

‘...an outstanding achievement that will, with its skill and elegance, deeply enrich Australian poetry and whoever reads it.' Judges' citation, 2013 NSW Premier's Literary Award for PoetryAli Cobby...

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Golden Boys

Golden Boys

David Vatousios, Sonya Hartnett

First published by Penguin Group (Australia) 2014.

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A Guide to Berlin, A

A Guide to Berlin, A

Gail Jones

Brave and brilliant, A Guide to Berlin traces the strength and fragility of our connections through biographies and secrets.

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King of the Road

King of the Road

Nigel Bartlett

When David's 11-year-old nephew goes missing and he finds the finger pointed at him, he has no choice but to strike out on his own - an unlikely vigilante running away from the police and his own family, and running towards what...

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The Beginning of Spring

The Beginning of Spring

Penelope Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald's novel of pre-revolutionary Moscow, shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Featuring an introduction by Andrew Miller.

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Happiness

Happiness

Harrison

Martin Harrison (1949-2014) prepared and delivered this final manuscript at the end of a prolific creative life. With the vulnerability of a lover, the poet peels back one cover of truth after another; reckless for the evidence of...

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Journey to Horseshoe Bend

Journey to Horseshoe Bend

Strehlow

Journey to Horseshoe Bend was first published in 1969 and has been out of print for almost forty years. An Australian literary classic, it was written by TGH (Ted) Strehlow, author of the monumental Songs of Central...

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 Read reviewNight Games: Sex, Power And Sport

Night Games: Sex, Power And Sport

Anna Krien

'The Pies beat the Saints and the city of Melbourne was still cloaked in black and white crepe paper when the rumour of a pack rape by celebrating footballers began to surface. By morning, the head of the sexual crimes squad...

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 Read reviewThe Tall Man

The Tall Man

Chloe Hooper

The story of Palm Island, the tropical paradise where one morning Cameron Doomadgee swore at a policeman and forty minutes later lay dead in a watch-house cell. It is the story of that policeman, the tall, enigmatic Christopher...

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Notes of a Native Son

Notes of a Native Son

James Baldwin

This collection of essays look at the issue of race - attempting to retrieve black people from the abstractions of liberals and racists.

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 Read reviewYes Please

Yes Please

Amy Poehler

The highly anticipated memoir of actress, comedienne and writer, Amy Poehler.

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How To Grow Up: A Memoir

How To Grow Up: A Memoir

Michelle Tea

In How to Grow Up, Tea shares her awkward stumble towards the life of a Bonafide Grown-Up: healthy, responsible, self-aware, stable. She writes about passion, about her fraught relationship with money, about adoring Barney's while...

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Submission

Submission

Michel Houellebecq

As the 2022 Presidential election approaches, two candidates emerge as favourites, Marine Le Pen of the Front National, and Muhammed Ben Abbes of the nascent Muslim Fraternity. Forming a controversial alliance with the mainstream...

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 Read reviewLetter to George Clooney

Letter to George Clooney

Debra Adelaide

Debra Adelaide's new collection of short stories intricately maps both the sublime and the mundane landscape of ordinary lives, with her trademark dark wit and luminous intelligence. Australian author.

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Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music

Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music

Rob Young

An attempt to isolate the 'Britishness' of British music - a wild combination of pagan echoes, spiritual quest, imaginative time-travel, pastoral innocence and electrified creativity - Electric Eden will be treasured by anyone...

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Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life

Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life

Emily Nagoski

Researchers have spent years trying to develop a pink pill for women to function like Viagra does for men. So where is it? This book makes crystal clear, that pill will never exist - but as a result of the research that's gone...

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Griffith Review 49: New Asia Now

Griffith Review 49: New Asia Now

Julianne Schultz, Jane Camens

The Asian century is in full swing, generating unprecedented economic and social power. In coming decades this will profoundly change the world, and the lives of all those living in the world's most populous region.New...

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A Brief History of Seven Killings

A Brief History of Seven Killings

Marlon James

The winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize. Set against the backdrop of 1970s reggae culture, disco, sex and excess comes this remarkable re-imagining of the attempted assassination of Bob Marley

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 Read reviewBetween The World And Me

Between The World And Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates

In a work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a new framework for understanding our nation's history and current...

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A Woman on the Edge of Time: a son's search for his mother

A Woman on the Edge of Time: a son’s search for his mother

Jeremy Gavron

Like Sylvia Plath, who died in eerily similar circumstances two years earlier just two streets away, Hannah Gavron was a writer. This book not only documents the too-short life of an extraordinary woman; it is a searching...

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 Read reviewPurity

Purity

Jonathan Franzen

A magnum opus for our morally complex times from the author of Freedom and The Corrections.

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Eating My Grandmother: A Grief Cycle

Eating My Grandmother: A Grief Cycle

Krissy Kneen

Bereft after her grandmother's death, Krissy Kneen began writing these poems in an attempt to make sense of her loss. This powerful work offers a kaleidoscope of fitful dreams, tender memories and heart-struck musings that shine...

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Poetry 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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On Bunyah

On Bunyah

Les Murray

On Bunyah's poems and images (both full colour and black and white) depict Les Murray's rural home town and its surrounding landscape as only he knows it. Chosen from Murray's entire career, this book contains some of his...

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Dept. of Speculation

Dept. of Speculation

Jenny Offill (Y)

The second novel from an LA Times First Fiction Prize finalist, Dept. of Speculation is an annihilating, electrifying account of marriage and motherhood, love and madness

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The Scent Of Eucalyptus

The Scent Of Eucalyptus

Barbara Hanrahan

Mingling fact and fantasy, innocent lyricism and harsh realism, this is a rich portrait of a child's world set in an ordinary suburban house in an Australian city. The author has also written Sea-Green , The Albatross , Kewpie...

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Pontoon

Pontoon

Garrison Keillor

A fresh and funny Lake Wobegon novel about a woman with a secret life. After Evelyn dies in her sleep, it is revealed she has been in love for years with a Las Vegas man. Pontoon is a heartfelt and comic work by one of America's...

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Beyond Words

Beyond Words

Carl Safina

Carl Safina's childhood by the long island shore launched a life-long passion for animals. In his new book, Safina delves deeply into the lives of animals, witnessing their profound capacity for perception, thought, and emotion....

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Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

William Finnegan

A deeply rendered self-portrait of a lifelong surfer by the acclaimed New Yorker writer

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Net Needle

Net Needle

Robert Adamson

Robert Adamson has been nourished for much of his life by Australia's Hawkesbury River. His poems relate to nature, myth and his fishing background.

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Cocky's Joy

Cocky’s Joy

Farrell

Michael Farrell has a reputation as the most adventurous and experimental of contemporary Australian poets, since he continually pushes the boundaries of what our poetry can...

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Fitzroy: The Biography

Fitzroy: The Biography

Pi O

Pi O grew up in 'the Narrows' of Fitzroy and, in-and-on that 'tainted corner' along that 'terrible mile' known thru-out Australia as Gertrude St. and Brunswick St. opposite the Champion and Rob Roy Hotels.

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Heart Starter

Heart Starter

John Tranter

Heart Starter is John Tranter's twenty-fourth book of poems. It is made up of three parts: some poems related to The Best of the Best American Poetry 2013, some poems related to The Open Door: One Hundred Poems, One Hundred Years...

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Breezeway

Breezeway

John Ashbery

New collection of poetry from the Pulitzer Prize winning US poet.

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Bloodhound: Searching For My Father

Bloodhound: Searching For My Father

Ramona Koval

A personal quest to uncover the truth about her parents and her birth, by the daughter of Holocaust survivors.

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 Read reviewLife or Death

Life or Death

Michael Robotham

**Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award 2015**

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The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia

The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia

Frank Bongiorno

It was the era of Hawke and Keating, Kylie and INXS, the America's Cup and the Bicentenary. It was perhaps the most controversial decade in Australian history, with high-flying...

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Betsy and the Emperor: The true story of Napoleon, a pretty girl, a Regency rake and an Australian colonial misadventure

Betsy and the Emperor: The true story of Napoleon, a pretty girl, a Regency rake and an Australian colonial misadventure

Anne Whitehead

After Napoleon was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, he was sent into exile on Saint Helena. He became an 'eagle in a cage', reduced from the most powerful figure in Europe to a prisoner on a rock in the South Atlantic....

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H is for Hawk

H is for Hawk

Helen Macdonald

As a child, Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer, learning the arcane terminology and reading all the classic books. Years later, when her father died and she was struck deeply by grief, she became obsessed with the...

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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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Born in a Tent: How camping makes us Australian

Born in a Tent: How camping makes us Australian

Garner

Born in a Tent takes the story from the campfire to the gas bottle, from a tarp slung on saplings to polymer tents and aluminium poles. It reveals how deeply our camping holidays connect us to the land, to the past, and to one...

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 Read reviewLila

Lila

Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson, one of the greatest novelists of our time, returns to the town of Gilead in one of the most acclaimed novels of 2014

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 Read reviewThe Good Man Jesus And The Scoundrel Christ

The Good Man Jesus And The Scoundrel Christ

Philip Pullman

In this ingenious and spellbinding retelling of the life of Jesus, Philip Pullman reimagines the most influential story ever told. Charged with mystery, compassion and great power, it says something new about who Jesus was and...

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 Read reviewStone Mattress: Nine Wicked Tales

Stone Mattress: Nine Wicked Tales

Margaret Atwood

A collection of highly imaginative short pieces that speak to our times with deadly accuracy.

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 Read reviewThe Blue Guitar

The Blue Guitar

John Banville

Oliver Orme used to be a painter, well known and well rewarded, but the muse has deserted him. He is also, as he confesses, a petty thief; he does not steal for gain, but for the thrill of it. HIs worst theft is Polly, the wife of...

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Golden Age

Golden Age

Jane Smiley

The final novel in Jane Smiley's masterpiece - the Last Hundred Years trilogy.

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 Read reviewThe Wonder Lover

The Wonder Lover

Malcolm Knox

The compartments in our father's life were not the separations he needed to build to preserve his sanity. They were his sanity. When he fell in love... when he fell to the abjection he deserved, the walls began dissolving.

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Don't Think About Purple Elephants

Don’t Think About Purple Elephants

Susan Whelan, Gwynneth Jones

Sometimes Sophie worries - not during the day when she is busy with family and friends, but at night when everything is calm and quiet. Her family all try to help, but somehow they just make her worries worse. Until her mother...

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On Purpose: Why Great Leaders Start with the Plot

On Purpose: Why Great Leaders Start with the Plot

Karen James, Wiley

A witty, insightful guide to rediscovering Purpose and leading like you mean it On Purpose is a modern-day business book for those who want to steer their work and life back on course. When your head and heart connect...

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The Callahan Split: No One Knows You Better Than Your Sister

The Callahan Split: No One Knows You Better Than Your Sister

Lisa Heidke

In tennis, as in life, nothing ever goes truly to plan. Samantha and Annie Callahan are successful doubles champions -- the toast of the Olympics, Wimbledon, and Flushing Meadow. But their winning partnership...

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The Short Long Book

The Short Long Book

Martin Flanagan

A portrait of Michael Long, the man who changed the Australian game.In 1995, Aboriginal footballer Michael Long gave the AFL its ‘Mandela moment'. He quietly revolutionised Australian sport by refusing...

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 Read reviewHeat And Light

Heat And Light

Ellen Van Neerven

In this award-winning work of fiction, Ellen van Neerven takes her readers on a journey that is mythical, mystical and still achingly real. Over three parts, she takes traditional storytelling and gives it a unique,...

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Southeast Asia in the Age of Commerce, 1450-1680: Volume One: The Lands below the Winds

Southeast Asia in the Age of Commerce, 1450-1680: Volume One: The Lands below the Winds

Anthony Reid

From 1450 to 1680, when the Renaissance and early capitalism were transforming Europe, changes were occuring in Southeast Asia. Volume one explored the physical, material, cultural and social structures of the region; this volume...

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 Read reviewGhost River

Ghost River

Tony Birch

The river is a place of history and secrets. For Ren and Sonny, two unlikely friends, it's a place of freedom and adventure. For a group of storytelling vagrants, it's a refuge. And for the isolated daughter of a cult reverend,...

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Fainting with Freedom

Fainting with Freedom

Ouyang Yu

Fainting with Freedom displays Ouyang Yu's characteristic wrestlings with absurdity, the quotidian and the pain of history, while maintaining a distinctly different take on what constitutes 'the self'. The poems shimmer with...

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 Read reviewMy Brilliant Friend: The Neapolitan Novels, Book One

My Brilliant Friend: The Neapolitan Novels, Book One

Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein

My Brilliant Friend is a ravishing, wonderfully written novel about a friendship that lasts a lifetime.  The story of Elena and Lila begins in a poor but vibrant neighbourhood on the outskirts of Naples. The two...

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All My Puny Sorrows

All My Puny Sorrows

Miriam Toews

Elf and Yoli are two smart, loving sisters. Elf is a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, happily married: she wants to die. Yoli is divorced, broke, sleeping with the wrong men: she desperately wants to keep her older...

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The Goblin Emperor

The Goblin Emperor

Katherine Addison

The youngest half-goblin son of the Emperor lived his life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court. But when his father and the three sons in line for the throne die in an accident, he must take his place as the only surviving...

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The Children Act

Ian McEwan

Fiona Maye, a leading High Court judge, renowned for her fierce intelligence and sensitivity is called on to try an urgent case. For religious reasons, a seventeen-year-old boy is refusing the medical treatment that could save his...

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The Book of Strange New Things

The Book of Strange New Things

Michel Faber

Peter Leigh is a missionary called to go on the journey of a lifetime. Leaving behind his beloved wife, Bea, Peter sets out on a quest to take the word of God to the farthest corners of the galaxy. His mission will challenge...

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Meanjin Vol 74, No 4

Meanjin Vol 74, No 4

Jonathan Green

The summer 2015 issue of Meanjin has a wonderful essay from author and academic Margaret Simons based on an extraordinary novella-length love letter from Germaine Greer to Martin Amis.

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