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 Four

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

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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 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

Kendrah Morgan, Lesley Harding

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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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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The 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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Suite for Percy Grainger

Suite for Percy Grainger

Jessica L. Wilkinson

'Suite for Percy Grainger: a biography' is an experimental poetic work on the life and times of one of Australia's most innovative and diversely accomplished musicians and composers, Percy Grainger. Alongside his immense musical...

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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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 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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The Kite Runner: Tenth anniversary edition

The Kite Runner: Tenth anniversary edition

Khaled Hosseini

Over 21 million copies sold worldwide

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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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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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The Fox Petition

The Fox Petition

Jennifer Maiden

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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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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

In her new poetry collection, Inside My Mother, Indigenous poet Ali Cobby Eckermann explores the trauma created by family separation, felt as an interminable void in its darkest aspects, but in other ways a magical place 'beyond...

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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

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It is March 1913, and the grand old city of Moscow is stirring herself to meet the beginning of spring. Change is in the air, and nowhere more so than at 22 Lipka Street, the home...

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Journey to Horseshoe Bend

Journey to Horseshoe Bend

TGH Strehlow

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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Special priceThe 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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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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 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 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: The Neopolitan Novels, Book One

My Brilliant Friend: The Neopolitan 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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 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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