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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 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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 Special price Read reviewSix Bedrooms

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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 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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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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 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 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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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 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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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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Journey to Horseshoe Bend

Journey to Horseshoe Bend

TGH 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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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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 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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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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Dept. of Speculation

Dept. of Speculation

Jenny Offill

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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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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 Read reviewLife or Death

Life or Death

Michael Robotham

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

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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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Born in a Tent: How camping makes us Australian

Born in a Tent: How camping makes us Australian

Bill 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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 Special priceGolden 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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 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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 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 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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