Australian Debut Fiction 2014

 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 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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 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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 Read reviewArms Race & Other Stories

Arms Race & Other Stories

Nic Low

Data theft, internet memes, advertising, terrorism, indigenous sovereignty, drone warfare, opium addiction, syphilis, the moon landing, mining, oil slicks, climate change, giant octopuses: nothing is spared in this collection. Nic...

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 Read reviewGap

Gap

Rebecca Jessen

From the winner of the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards - Best Emerging Author category, Gap combines a gripping crime thriller with a style evocative of Dorothy Porter's cult classic, The Monkey's Mask.

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 Read reviewGame Day

Game Day

Miriam Sved

Mick Reece and Jake Dooley begin their first professional season playing AFL, but they've little notion of what they're getting into.

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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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The Weaver Fish

The Weaver Fish

Robert Edeson

Cambridge linguist Edvard Tossentern, presumed dead, reappears after a balloon crash. When he staggers in from a remote swamp, gravely ill and swollen beyond recognition, his colleagues at the research station are overjoyed. But...

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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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 Read reviewChasing Shadows

Chasing Shadows

Leila Yusaf Chung

In the evening, Abu Fadi peeled oranges and apples and recounted stories of Palestine, orange groves and the house with the large wooden door that awaited their return. He pulled a black metal key out of his pocket and said, 'See,...

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Wild Things

Wild Things

Brigid Delaney

A controversial novel of power, prestige and pack mentality exposes the dark underbelly of college life at a prominent university. St Anton's university college is a cradle for privileged young men and women. With its Elysian lush...

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 Read reviewThe Return

The Return

Silvia Kwon

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 Read reviewThe Lost Child

The Lost Child

Suzanne McCourt

In the tradition of the novels of Anne Tyler and Eudora Welty, The Lost Child is a beautifully written story about family and identity and growing up. Sylvie is five. It's the 1950s and she lives in Burley...

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Grace's Table

Grace’s Table

Sally Piper

'A wise and tender novel about food, friendship and marriage.' Kristina Olsson, author of Boy, Lost Grace has not had twelve people at her table for a long time. Hers isn't the kind of family who share regular Sunday meals. But it...

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The Italians at Cleat's Corner Store

The Italians at Cleat’s Corner Store

Jo Riccioni

Populated with a cast of charming characters, *The Italians at Cleat's Corner Store* is a beautifully observed tale of small-town life, exploring love, prejudice, and identity in the wake of World War II.

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Asking for Trouble

Asking for Trouble

Peter Timms

An uncertain and diffident boy, Harry struggles to survive a suburban upbringing in the 1950s - the era of Menzies and the menace of Reds under the bed, the excitement of the Melbourne Olympics and the arrival of television in...

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