Australian fiction 2016

The Best Australian Stories 2016

The Best Australian Stories 2016

Charlotte Wood

'The paint itself is part of the painting's meaning; the words do not merely tell, but are the story...' -Charlotte Wood

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Extinctions

Extinctions

Josephine Wilson

Humorous, poignant and galvanising by turns, Extinctions is a novel about all kinds of extinction - natural, racial, national and personal - and what we can do to prevent them.

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While the Moon Burns: The Frontier Series 11

While the Moon Burns: The Frontier Series 11

Peter Watt

Read Peter Watt's latest instalment of the Frontier series, ahead of the epic conclusion From the Stars Above (November 2017).

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The Waterfowl Are Drunk!

The Waterfowl Are Drunk!

Kate Liston-Mills

A series of funny and heart-warming short stories set in the author's hometown, Pambula, on the far south coast of New South Wales.

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 Read reviewThe Permanent Resident

The Permanent Resident

Roanna Gonsalves

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On the Blue Train

On the Blue Train

Kristel Thornell

From the winner of the Dobbie Literary Award, the Barbara Ramsden Award and the Andrew Eiseman Award. Yes, she said, finally. Breaks are important. There are times when it's wiser to...

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Wild Island

Wild Island

Jennifer Livett

My name is Harriet Adair, and forty years ago on that ship I was Jane Eyre's companion. That voyage also brought me friendship with another intrepid Jane: Lady Franklin. Her husband, Sir John, the Arctic Lion, was...

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Family Skeleton

Family Skeleton

Carmel Bird

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The Easy Way Out

The Easy Way Out

Steven Amsterdam

A brand new novel everyone will be talking about from the award-winning author of Things We Didn't See Coming and What the Family Needed.

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Letter to Pessoa

Letter to Pessoa

Michelle Cahill

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 Read reviewThe Love of a Bad Man

The Love of a Bad Man

Laura Elizabeth Woollett

The Love of a Bad Man is a collection of short stories that imagine the lives of thirteen women, all of whom were the lovers, mistresses, or wives of various 'bad' men in history. Beautifully observed, fascinating, and at times...

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The Science of Appearances

The Science of Appearances

Jacinta Halloran

A brilliant story of family and heredity, of the things that bind us and that wrench us apart

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 Read reviewWe. Are. Family.

We. Are. Family.

Paul Mitchell

Three brothers are forced to confront the quiet, pervasive violence of their family's past and the distances to which they have all carried their father's pain into their ..

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The Schooldays of Jesus

The Schooldays of Jesus

J. M. Coetzee

The Schooldays of Jesus, the startling sequel to J. M. Coetzee's widely praised The Childhood of Jesus, will beguile its readers. With the mysterious simplicity of a fable, it tells a story that raises the most direct questions...

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The Bonobo's Dream

The Bonobo’s Dream

Rose Mulready

Atmospheric and poetic, The Bonobo's Dream is speculative fiction at its finest, probing the limits of what it means to be human in a world spun from myths and castles in the air.

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Populate and Perish

Populate and Perish

George Haddad

Winner of the 2016 Seizure Viva La Novella Prize. With a razor-sharp wit, incisive social critiques and intensity of feeling, Populate and Perish announces George Haddad as a vital new voice in Australian fiction.

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Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms

Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms

Anita Heiss

A story about a love that transcends all boundaries, from one of Australia's best loved authors.

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After the Carnage

After the Carnage

Tara June Winch

A collection of prodigious depth and variety, After the Carnage marks the remarkable evolution of one of our finest young writers.

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 Read reviewThe Island Will Sink

The Island Will Sink

Briohny Doyle

With this gripping postmodern novel in the vein of Michel Houellebecq and Phillip K. Dick, Briohny Doyle gives us a glimpse of a grave new world we all might soon face, and in so doing announces herself as a serious literary...

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 Read reviewSkylarking

Skylarking

Kate Mildenhall

'A brave, beautiful and richly textured book that delicately explores the fault lines in love and friendship.' --Lucy Treloar A spellbinding tale of friendship and desire, memory and truth, which questions what it is to remember...

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The Windy Season

The Windy Season

Sam Carmody

An energetically wonderfully Australian story: set in Geraldton, WA, there are sharks, fishermen and accidents with evocative, memorable descriptions of the sea, fishing and the emptiness of loss.

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 Special priceTruly Madly Guilty

Truly Madly Guilty

Liane Moriarty

It was just an ordinary backyard barbeque on a Sunday afternoon. Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One yapping dog. What could possibly go wrong?

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 Read reviewTheir Brilliant Careers: The Fantastic Lives of Sixteen Extraordinary Australian Writers

Their Brilliant Careers: The Fantastic Lives of Sixteen Extraordinary Australian Writers

Ryan O'Neill

Absurd, original and highly addictive ... In Their Brilliant Careers, Ryan O'Neill has written a hilarious novel in the guise of sixteen biographies of (invented) Australian writers. Meet Rachel Deverall, who discovered the...

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Troppo

Troppo

Madelaine Dickie

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The Revelations of Carey Ravine

The Revelations of Carey Ravine

Debra Daley

A beautiful historical mystery for fans of Sarah Waters, Amitav Ghosh's The Sea of Poppies, and Jamaica Inn.

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Landscape with Landscape

Landscape with Landscape

Gerald Murnane

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 Read reviewRuins

Ruins

Rajith Savanadasa

In the bustling streets, overcrowded hospitals and glittering nightclubs of Colombo, five family members find their bonds stretched to breaking point in the aftermath of the Sri Lankan civil war.

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 Read reviewFine

Fine

Michelle Wright

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 Read reviewThe Toymaker

The Toymaker

Liam Pieper

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The Sound

The Sound

Sarah Drummond

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Where the Light Falls

Where the Light Falls

Gretchen Shirm

An expat photographer returns to Australia to make sense of his traumatic childhood and the disappearance of his former girlfriend.

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 Read reviewThe Paper House

The Paper House

Anna Spargo-Ryan

Anna Spargo-Ryan's astonishing debut: the stylistically brilliant, fearless and heartbreaking story of a woman grieving the death of her child.

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 Read reviewThe Healing Party

The Healing Party

Micheline Lee

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 Read reviewWood Green

Wood Green

Sean Rabin

Michael, an aspiring writer who has recently finished his PhD, takes a job as the secretary to his literary hero, Lucian Clarke, a reclusive novelist with a mysterious cosmopolitan past, who lives in a cottage in a...

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Carrying the World

Carrying the World

Maxine Beneba Clarke

A haunting visit to the International Museum of Slavery, in Liverpool England. A feisty young black girl pushing back against authority. The joy and despair of single parenthood. A love-hate relationship with words.

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Our Tiny, Useless Hearts

Our Tiny, Useless Hearts

Toni Jordan

A romantic comedy about sex, marriage and the benefits and drawbacks of being a grownup.

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The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

Dominic Smith

An utterly gripping story set between 17th century Holland, 1950s Manhattan and 2000s Sydney, following a trail of art, forgery and deception.

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Take Me To Paris, Johnny

Take Me To Paris, Johnny

John Foster, Peter Craven, John Rickard

First published in Australia in 1993. An unforgettable memoir of love, loss and humanity.

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 Read reviewDodge Rose

Dodge Rose

Jack Cox

Eliza travels to Sydney to deal with the estate of her Aunt Dodge, and finds Maxine, a hitherto unknown cousin, occupying Dodge's apartment. When legal complications derail plans to live it up on their inheritance, the women's...

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 Read reviewBetween a Wolf and a Dog

Between a Wolf and a Dog

Georgia Blain

Ester is a family therapist with an appointment book that catalogues the woes of the middle class. She spends her days helping others find happiness, but her own family relationships are tense and frayed. Estranged from both her...

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Dying in the First Person: A Novel

Dying in the First Person: A Novel

Nike Sulway

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 Read reviewWhat The Light Hides

What The Light Hides

Mette Jakobsen

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False Nostalgia

False Nostalgia

Aden Rolfe

False Nostalgia is rare among poetry collections, a work which is both lyrical and philosophical. It explores the way memory works, and the role memory plays in our sense of identity, and what we take to be the significant moments...

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Emperor of the Eight Islands: Books 1 and 2 in The Tale of Shikanoko series

Emperor of the Eight Islands: Books 1 and 2 in The Tale of Shikanoko series

Lian Hearn

In this magnificent new epic, destined to become a classic, bestselling Australian author Lian Hearn transports us to a mythical Japanese world set 300 years before Tales of the Otori.

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 Read reviewA Loving, Faithful Animal

A Loving, Faithful Animal

Josephine Rowe

It is New Year's Eve, 1990, and Ru's father has disappeared again. Haunted by the horrors of the Vietnam War, Jack has been an erratic - and at times violent - presence in his family's life. Meanwhile, Ru's sister, Lani, is...

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 Read reviewOne

One

Patrick Holland

From the award-winning author of The Mary Smokes Boys, One is a novel of minimalist lyrical beauty that traverses the intersections between violence and love. It asks what right one man has to impose his will on another, and...

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 Read reviewThe High Places

The High Places

Fiona McFarlane

These wide-ranging stories resonate in the way of only the finest writing and the most pleasurable reading. There are storylines that seem straightforward on the surface but have a dozen things circling underneath, others that sit...

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Comfort Zone

Comfort Zone

Lindsay Tanner

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 Read reviewFear Is The Rider

Fear Is The Rider

Kenneth Cook

A nail-biting chase into the outback, towards the devil lurking at its center. Adrenaline-fuelled reading.

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Asylum

Asylum

John Hughes

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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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 Read reviewOur Magic Hour

Our Magic Hour

Jennifer Down

Katy's unexpected suicide forever changes life for her best friend Audrey, and their group of close friends in their twenties.

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Seeing The Elephant: A Novel

Seeing The Elephant: A Novel

Portland Jones

A poignant story of a remarkable relationship between Frank Stevens, an Australian soldier sent to the Vietnamese Highlands to recruit and train the local hill tribes during the Vietnam War, and his Vietnamese translator, Minh....

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 Read reviewWildlight

Wildlight

Robyn Mundy

'You spend your whole time on an island looking out to sea. It's a kind of meditation. Perhaps what you're really facing is yourself.'

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Running Against the Tide

Running Against the Tide

Amanda Ortlepp

The past will always find you.

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Kings Rising (Captive Prince Trilogy, Book 3)

Kings Rising (Captive Prince Trilogy, Book 3)

C.S. Pacat

Book 3 of the Captive Prince trilogy

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Napoleon's Roads

Napoleon’s Roads

David Brooks

A writer questions the architecture of words, struggling to capture his ideas before they are lost; a husband excavating beneath his house becomes mesmerised by silence and disappears in search of solitude; a lighthouse keeper...

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Hotel du Barry

Hotel du Barry

Lesley Truffle

London's luxurious Hotel Du Barry has been left unscathed by WW1 and the party has just begun: tainted love, murderous desires and gin. It's THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL with a dash of Gatsby. When a laughing baby is found amongst...

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The River House

The River House

Janita Cunnington

THE BOOK CLUB PICK OF 2016! The River House is a spellbinding debut novel, resonant of childhoods past and the beauty of the Australian countryside. It is the late 1940s, and the Broody River runs through a maze of sandbanks into...

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Mercy Street

Mercy Street

Evans

A tender, sweet and funny novel from bestselling novelist Tess Evans. A delightful, sweet and funny novel from bestselling novelist Tess Evans, MERCY STREET tells the heartwarming story of curmudgeonly pensioner George, who, since...

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Leaving Elvis: And Other Stories

Leaving Elvis: And Other Stories

Michelle Michau-Crawford

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WATTLE CREEK

WATTLE CREEK

McCallum

Damien McAllister is a man on the brink. Spending long, hard days on a farm he has no affection for, and his nights ignoring the criticisms of his mother, Damien can no longer remember what he's living for. But in a small town...

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