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 Story of the Lost Child

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: The Lives of John and Sunday Reed

Modern Love: The Lives of John and Sunday Reed

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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 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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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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 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: Winner of the International Dublin Literary Award 2001

No Great Mischief: Winner of the International Dublin Literary Award 2001

Alistair MacLeod

In 1779, driven out of his home, Calum MacDonald sets sail from the Scottish Highlands with his extensive family. After a long, terrible journey he settles his family in 'the land of trees', and eventually they become a separate...

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The Lost Life: A Novel

The Lost Life: A Novel

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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A Fifty-Year Silence: Love, War and a Ruined House in France

A Fifty-Year Silence: Love, War and a Ruined House in France

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 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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 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 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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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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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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 Read reviewClade

Clade

James Bradley

A provocative, urgent novel about time, family and how a changing planet might change our lives, from James Bradley, acclaimed author of The Resurrectionist and editor of The Penguin Book of the Ocean.<br...

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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

Why do so many feel compelled to risk their lives climbing mountains? During the climbing season, one person a day dies in the Alps, and more people die climbing in this season in Scotland than they do on the roads. This title...

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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

Explores our ideas of the wild. This book also tells the story of a friendship, and of a loss. It mixes history, memory and landscape in a strange and beautiful evocation of wildness and its vital importance.

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Young Eliot: From St Louis to The Waste Land

Young Eliot: From St Louis to The Waste Land

Robert Crawford

Quoting extensively from poetry and prose as well as drawing on new interviews, archives, and previously undisclosed memoirs, this book shows how T S Eliot's background in Missouri, Massachusetts and Paris made him a lightning...

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A Few Days in the Country and Other Stories

A Few Days in the Country and 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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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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A Guide to Berlin

A Guide to Berlin

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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 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: Death and Life on Palm Island

The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island

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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 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

As an aspiring young writer in San Francisco, Michelle lived in a scuzzy communal house; she drank, smoked, and snorted anything she got her hands on; she dated men and women and sometimes both at once; and she forged a literary...

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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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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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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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The Other Side of the World

The Other Side of the World

Stephanie Bishop

The winner of the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction 2015. An unforgettable story of a woman struggling with motherhood, and her husband's attempt to create a new life for them in Australia.

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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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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

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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Net Needle

Net Needle

Robert Adamson

'Could it possibly be close to forty years ago when Bob Creeley and Robert Duncan first brought back the news about an extraordinary young Australian poet? I've avidly followed Bob Adamson's work since those days, as he has probed...

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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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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 the World

Where Song Began: Australia’s Birds and How They Changed the World

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

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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 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 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 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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 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 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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 Read reviewMy Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant Friend

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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 Read reviewThe Children Act

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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