Australian Fiction 2014

The Mystery Of The Venus Island Fetish

The Mystery Of The Venus Island Fetish

Dido Butterworth, Tim Flannery

Originally published: Australia: The Text Publishing Company, 2014.

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In the Shadow of a Hero

In the Shadow of a Hero

Jenny Herbert

In the vast outback, Alfred Howitt finds the remains of explorers Burke and Wills with remarkable ease and efficiency. But the ageless and alien country shatters his Quaker beliefs, and he must confront his capacity for deceit.

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Best Australian Stories 2014

Best Australian Stories 2014

Amanda Lohrey

In The Best Australian Stories 2014, author Amanda Lohrey selects the outstanding short fiction of the year. Featuring a diverse selection, with new and innovative voices alongside the established and familiar, this anthology...

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Burial Rites (Gift Edition)

Burial Rites (Gift Edition)

Hannah Kent

Winner of the 2014 ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year, the Leading Edge Indie Debut Fiction Award, and the ABA Book of the Year

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 Read reviewNavigatio

Navigatio

Patrick Holland, Junko Azukawa

Navigatio tells the story of Saint Brendan of Clonfert, a sixth century monk and adventurer, and his legendary quest for the Isle of the Blessed via a gauntlet of monsters, devils, angels, prophets and beautiful maidens....

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Three Stories

Three Stories

J. M. Coetzee

Three Stories - 'His Man and He' (written as Coetzee's acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize for Literature), 'A House in Spain' and 'Nietverloren' - is the work of a master at his peak. These are stories that embody the essence...

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 Read reviewMerciless Gods

Merciless Gods

Christos Tsiolkas

A collection of thrilling, original and imaginative stories from the award-winning, bestselling author of The Slap and Barracuda - a showcase all of his immense and unique story-telling talents.

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Joan Makes History

Joan Makes History

Kate Grenville

This wonderfully irreverant novel rewrites 200-odd years of Australia's past. Joan is a wife and mother of no great distinction but in the life of her imagination she is in the front line of events, cheerfully altering the course...

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Loving Daughters: UQP Modern Classics

Loving Daughters: UQP Modern Classics

Olga Masters

With this, her first novel, Olga Masters was immediately hailed for her powerful and original fiction. Loving Daughters is a brilliant, unsentimental portrait of two sisters -- one artistic and restless, the other houseproud, her...

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Poor Fellow My Country

Poor Fellow My Country

Xavier Herbert

'Poor Fellow My Country is an Australian classic, perhaps THE Australian classic' - The Times Literary Supplement. From Australia's oldest publisher comes the longest Australian novel ever published. The winner of the 1975 Miles...

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To Name Those Lost

To Name Those Lost

Rohan Wilson

From the bestselling author of The Roving Party, comes a moving father and son story set amidst the beauty and the violence of the poor and preyed upon of our colonial past.

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When the Night Comes

When the Night Comes

Favel Parrett

Running away from the mainland was supposed to make their lives better. But for Isla and her brother, their mother's sadness and the cold damp greyness of Hobart's stone streets, seeps into everything. Then, one morning, Isla sees...

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Coal Creek

Coal Creek

Alex Miller

The new novel from Australia's highly acclaimed literary treasure is an extraordinarily powerful exploration of tragedy, betrayal, the true nature of friendship and the beauty of lasting love.

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Australian Love Stories

Australian Love Stories

Cate Kennedy

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Killing Adonis

Killing Adonis

J. M. Donellan

Killing Adonis is a tragicomic tale about love, delusion, corporate greed and the hazards of using pineapple cutters while hallucinating.

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Bapo

Bapo

Nicholas Jose

The stories in Bapo feature a cast of characters, artists, diplomats, entrepreneurs, refugees, families at the crossroads. They are all held by the past in some way, its hope, idealism, romance, adventure - and aware of...

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 Read reviewDemons

Demons

Wayne Macauley

They were going to tell stories. Let's go away for the weekend, said Megan, and leave our phones behind and turn off the computers and television and stop time because time is moving too fast and soon we'll all be saying where the...

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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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Mothers Grimm

Mothers Grimm

Danielle Wood

A sly, cheeky and blackly comic novel about mothering, heartache, heartbreak, desire, love and death.

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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 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 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 reviewNest

Nest

Inga Simpson

A gripping and thought-provoking novel about finding the lost child in all of us.

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 Read reviewDeeper Water

Deeper Water

Jessie Cole

A profound and sensuous novel of grace and beauty from a stunning young Australian talent.

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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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Eyrie

Eyrie

Tim Winton

From the Booker shortlisted author of Dirt Music and Cloudstreet, Eyrie is a heart-stoppingly moving novel for our times.

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 Read reviewClaustrophobia

Claustrophobia

Tracy Ryan

Claustrophobia is the taut, compelling story of a young Perth wife who sets about to protect her husband by stalking his ex-lover, but unexpectedly falls into a passionate affair and a world of lies.

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Luigi's Freedom Ride

Luigi’s Freedom Ride

Alan Murray

An irrepressibly optimistic, sweetly funny story, Luigi's Freedom Ride is about life, bicycles and the joy of the journey - showing how even a small life, lived in the shadow of great events, can be rich in contentment and...

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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 reviewA Million Windows

A Million Windows

Gerald Murnane

This new work of fiction by one of Australia's most highly regarded authors focuses on the importance of trust, and the possibility of betrayal, in storytelling as in life. It tests the relationship established between author and...

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The Place at Whitton

The Place at Whitton

Tom Keneally

Tom Keneally's first novel, published after his years in a seminary, released here with a preface reflecting on fifty years of publication.

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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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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 Promise

The Promise

Tony Birch

In this breathtaking new work, Tony Birch affirms his position as one of Australia's finest writers of short-form fiction. A trio of amateur thieves are left in charge of a baby moments before a heist. A group of boys compete in...

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 Read reviewThe Loud Earth

The Loud Earth

Elisabeth Murray

A recluse lives in a mountain cabin above a lakeside tourist town. Acquitted of the brutal murder of her parents, she remains guilty in the eyes of the town. Shut away from their fear and anger, her world is reduced to the...

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In Certain Circles

In Certain Circles

Elizabeth Harrower

Long-lost final novel by the award-winning author of THE WATCH TOWER.Never before published. Not to be missed!

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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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Joyful

Joyful

Robert Hillman

In this extraordinary comedy of grief, Robert Hillman evokes his characters, from the merely unconventional to the frankly deranged, with kindness, grace and wit. Joyful is a gift that will leave the reader deeply moved and filled...

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 Read reviewThe Claimant

The Claimant

Janette Turner Hospital

A brilliant and compulsively readable story of truth, lies and identity from one of Australia's finest writers. 'So then, here it is. The unadorned un - self - flattering gospel, the never - before - told story our intricately...

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Saree

Saree

Sumudu Dharmapala

A breathtaking story of beauty, oppression and freedom... and of an enduring love that can never be broken.

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 Read reviewThe Return

The Return

Silvia Kwon

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 Read reviewThe Childhood Of Jesus

The Childhood Of Jesus

J. M. Coetzee

The Childhood of Jesus is not like any other novel you have read. This beautiful and surprising fable is about childhood, about destiny, about being an outsider. It is a novel about the riddle of experience itself.

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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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The Book Thief

The Book Thief

Markus Zusak

Set during World War II in Germany, Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel shares stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the...

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John A. Scott

The accidental death of MP Norman Cole precipitates a hung parliament allowing a core of extreme right-wing politicians to seize power. Telford, a high-ranking but unworldly public servant, is approached by Cole's wife who...

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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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The Empress Lover

The Empress Lover

Linda Jaivin

A witty, playful, intriguing and ultimately very moving novel of identity and loss. 'Stories are the only thing that defy death. Stories are truth. I hereby give you mine...' Peking, 1944: Sir Edmund Backhouse is a man of many...

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 Read reviewThe Secret Maker of the World: Stories

The Secret Maker of the World: Stories

Abbas El-Zein

With a sharp eye for the ridiculous, El-Zein's collection cleverly illuminates stereotypes and contemplates global truths. These are worldly stories in the best sense, and wise ones.

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One Boy Missing

One Boy Missing

Stephen Orr

Detective Bart Moy, newly returned to the country town where his ailing, cantankerous father still lives, finds nothing. As far as he can tell no one in Guilderton is missing a small boy. Still, he looks deeper into the butcher's...

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The Husband'S Secret

The Husband’S Secret

Liane Moriarty

We all have secrets. But not like this...

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 Read reviewMeatloaf in Manhattan

Meatloaf in Manhattan

Robert Power

As deviously weighty as a good pop song. -  Anson Cameron, author of Stealing Picasso, Nice Shootin, Cowboy and Silences Long Gone. In these sixteen tales, Robert Power captures the joys and frailties of seemingly...

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 Read reviewTree Palace

Tree Palace

Craig Sherborne

Shane, Moira and Midge, along with young Zara and Rory, are 'trants'-itinerants roaming the plains north-west of Melbourne in search of disused houses to sleep in, or to strip of heritage fittings when funds are low. When they...

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The Voyage

The Voyage

Murray Bail

Frank Delage, piano manufacturer from Sydney, travels to Vienna, a city immersed in music, to present the Delage concert grand. He hopes to impress with its technical precision, its improvement on the old pianos of Europe.

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Carrots and Jaffas: A Novel

Carrots and Jaffas: A Novel

Howard Goldenberg

Carrots and Jaffas tells the story of two red-headed identical twins whose oneness is ruptured when one of them is kidnapped. Their startling intimacy is both a strength and a fault line in their being, and once...

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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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Burial Rites

Burial Rites

Hannah Kent

Based on a true story, Burial Rites is a deeply moving novel about freedom and the ways we will risk everything for love. In beautiful, cut-glass prose, Hannah Kent portrays Iceland's formidable landscape, and...

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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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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 reviewEarth Hour

Earth Hour

David Malouf

In his first full volume of poetry since Typewriter Music in 2007, David Malouf once again shows us why he is one of Australia's most enduring and respected writers.  

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