Australian fiction 2017

Rural Liberties

Rural Liberties

Neal Drinnan

Moralla, a fading seaside town on the 'beautifully uncivilised' Sapphire Coast of New South Wales, has won Australia's Tidy Towns award for two years running. Now Rebecca Moore-the most beautiful, talented girl in town-is dead and...

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Balga Boy Jackson

Balga Boy Jackson

Mudrooroo

Balga Boy Jackson is the long awaited new novel of Mudrooroo. He returns to his roots to give us a vivid life story of an Australian Black Boy - naturally with a pun, Balga is the Australian grass tree called in Western Australia,...

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The Red Coast

The Red Coast

Di Morrissey

In The Red Coast, Di Morrissey returns to the red earth of the Kimberley with a passionate story of resistance and resilience under its soaring blue skies.

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 Read reviewBorder Districts

Border Districts

Gerald Murnane

A new work by a master of contemporary Australian fiction, highly regarded overseas, but little-known here. Giramondo's publication of Border Districts, and the retrospective volume Collected Short Fiction (early next year) is a...

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 Special priceA Long Way from Home

A Long Way from Home

Peter Carey

A Long Way from Home is Peter Carey's late style masterpiece; a thrilling high speed story that starts in one way, then takes you to another place altogether. Set in the 1950s in the embers of the British Empire, painting a...

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 Read reviewAtlantic Black

Atlantic Black

A.S. Patric

The new novel from Miles Franklin award-winning author A.S. Patrić.

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 Read reviewThe Passage of Love

The Passage of Love

Alex Miller

Critically acclaimed, two-time winner of the Miles Franklin award, winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize and numerous other literary awards, Miller's new work is an exquisitely personal novel of love and creativity.

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Stories: The Collected Short Fiction

Stories: The Collected Short Fiction

Helen Garner

This new edition of Helen Garner's collected short fiction celebrates the seventy-fifth birthday of one of Australia's most loved authors.

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 Read reviewFirst Person

First Person

Richard Flanagan

What is the truth? In this blistering story of a ghostwriter haunted by his demonic subject, the Man Booker Prize winner turns to lies, crime and literature with devastating effect

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Two Steps Forward

Two Steps Forward

Graeme Simsion, Anne Buist

Two Steps Forward is the feelgood novel of the year from Graeme Simsion, author of the Rosie books and his wife, Anne Buist.

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Drawing Sybylla

Drawing Sybylla

Odette Kelada

Drawing Sybylla is a novel about the challenges women writers have faced in pursuing the writing life.

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 Read reviewTerra Nullius

Terra Nullius

Claire G. Coleman

In the near future Australia is about to experience colonisation once more. What have we learned from our past? A daring debut novel from the winner of the 2016 black&write! writing fellowship.

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Soon

Lois Murphy

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 Read reviewRain Birds

Rain Birds

Harriet McKnight

Alan and Pina have lived contentedly in isolated - and insular - Boney Point for thirty years. Now they are dealing with Alan's devastating early-onset Alzheimer's diagnosis.

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 Read reviewThe Book Of Dirt

The Book Of Dirt

Bram Presser

An extraordinary and absorbing novelisation of one family's tale of Holocaust survival and a grandson's unrelenting dedication to ensuring his ancestor's stories will never be forgotten.

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A Second Life

A Second Life

Stephen Wright

Winner of the 2017 Seizure Viva La Novella Prize

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The Fish Girl

The Fish Girl

Mirandi Riwoe

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The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree

The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree

Shokoofeh Azar

This book is an extraordinarily powerful and evocative literary novel set in Iran in the period immediately after the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Using the lyrical magic realism style of classical Persian storytelling, Azar draws...

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 Read reviewThe Town

The Town

Shaun Prescott

With this long-awaited and utterly unique debut novel, Shaun Prescott announces himself as a compelling new voice. The Town is magnetic, revealing the true depth of Australia: the good, the bad, and the captivatingly ugly.

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 Read reviewTaboo

Taboo

Kim Scott

From the two-times winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, comes a work charged with ambition and poetry, brutality and mystery about a young woman cast into a drama that has been playing for over two hundred years ...

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 Read reviewCommon People

Common People

Tony Birch

From the 2016 Victorian Premier's Literary Award-winning author of Ghost River.

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On The Java Ridge

On The Java Ridge

Jock Serong

A literary novel about politics and seeking asylum, with the pace and tension of a political thriller. Plus some of the most compelling writing about the sea since Patrick O'Brian.

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 Read reviewPulse Points: Stories

Pulse Points: Stories

Jennifer Down

Pulse Points is the collected stories by Jennifer Down, author of Our Magic Hour and one of Australia's newest and most promising literary talents.

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 Read reviewSiren

Siren

Rachel Matthews

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The Art of Navigation

The Art of Navigation

Rose Michael

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The Lone Child

The Lone Child

Anna George

A gripping, atmospheric novel from the acclaimed author of What Came Before that asks: how much should you do to help a stranger's child?

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 Read reviewAustralia Day

Australia Day

Melanie Cheng

An important and illuminating debut fiction collection about Australian life and identity.

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Colombiano

Colombiano

Rusty Young

Colombiano is an epic tale of rural villages held to ransom, of jungle drug labs, cocaine supermarkets, witch doctors and buried millions, of innocent teenage love, barbaric torture and meticulously planned revenge.

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 Read reviewHalf Wild

Half Wild

Pip Smith

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Wimmera

Wimmera

Mark Brandi

In the long, hot summer of 1989, Ben and Fab are best friends. Growing up in a small country town, they spend their days playing cricket, yabbying in local dams, wanting a pair of.....

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Me and Mr Booker: Text Classics

Me and Mr Booker: Text Classics

Cory Taylor, Benjamin Law

The Text Classics edition of Cory Taylor's extraordinary debut novel, Me and Mr Booker, a sharply observed and darkly comic story about lust, deceit and the line between adolescence and adulthood.

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 Read reviewThe Last Man in Europe

The Last Man in Europe

Dennis Glover

What was Orwell's world like? Is Orwell's world still our world? Is Big Brother still watching you?

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Disappearing off the Face of the Earth

Disappearing off the Face of the Earth

David Cohen

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 Read reviewThe Last Garden

The Last Garden

Eva Hornung

From the author of the award-winning Dog Boy, a powerful literary work about frailty, redemption, and the healing power of animals.

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Sad Girls

Sad Girls

Lang Leav

Sad Girls is the much anticipated debut novel from international best-selling author Lang Leav. A beautifully written and emotionally charged coming of age story, where young love, dark secrets, and tragedy collide.

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Jean Harley was Here

Jean Harley was Here

Heather Taylor Johnson

Jean Harley Was Here is a touching and original exploration of love, relationships, and the ways in which we need each other.

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 Read reviewAche

Ache

Eliza Henry-Jones

The much anticipated new novel - about how a family, and a rural community, recover from a terrible bushfire - from a stunning young Australian writer, Eliza Henry Jones�..

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 Read reviewNo More Boats

No More Boats

Felicity Castagna

The new novel by Felicity Castagna, whose previous book, The Incredible Here and Now, won the 2015 Prime Minister's Award for Young Adult Fiction and was shortlisted for the CBCA and NSW Premier's Literary Awards.

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 Read reviewClosing Down

Closing Down

Sally Abbott

Conjuring a dark future for Australia, Closing Down gives us a glimpse into a world fractured by a financial crisis and the effects of global climate change. The inaugural winner of The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers.

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The Traitor's Girl

The Traitor’s Girl

Christine Wells

I think I'm in danger. It's a matter of some urgency. You must please come at once.' After receiving a mysterious summons from her long-lost grandmother, Australian teacher ..

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The Hot Guy

Mel Campbell, Anthony Morris

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This Water: Five Tales: Five Tales

This Water: Five Tales: Five Tales

Beverley Farmer

This is likely to be the last work by Beverley Farmer, one of Australia's great prose stylists, and a pioneer of women's writing, in her exploration of feminine concerns, and her use of different literary forms - novel, short...

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Blindness and Rage: A Phantasmagoria

Blindness and Rage: A Phantasmagoria

Brian Castro

Blindness and Rage is a novel told in 34 cantos, somewhat in the manner of Pushkin's great Russian novel in verse, Eugene Onegin. Castro's hero.....

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Storyland

Storyland

Catherine McKinnon

An ambitious, remarkable and moving novel about who we are: our past, present and future, and our connection to this land.

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 Read reviewThe Trapeze Act

The Trapeze Act

Libby Angel

A vivid and vibrant debut novel about the influence of family, the magic of storytelling and a mother-daughter relationship unlike any other.

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 Read reviewAn Uncertain Grace

An Uncertain Grace

Krissy Kneen

From one of Australia's most daring literary voices, An Uncertain Grace is a moving, insightful and imaginative exploration of gender and sexual politics.

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Gwen: A Novel

Gwen: A Novel

Goldie Goldbloom

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 Read reviewFrom the Wreck

From the Wreck

Jane Rawson

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Down The Hume

Down The Hume

Peter Polites

A confronting and powerful novel from an exciting new voice - for lovers of Christos Tsiolkas (Loaded) and Luke Davies (Candy).

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Selling the Dream

Selling the Dream

Hugh Mackay

Bestselling author Hugh Mackay expands his fiction repertoire with this blistering satire about the advertising world.

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Storm and Grace

Storm and Grace

Kathryn Heyman

... she is screaming, the way he wanted, the way he promised she would ... World-famous freediver Storm Hisray hits Grace Cain like a bolt from the blue. Instantly smitten, she abandons her life in the...

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Love, Lies and Linguine

Love, Lies and Linguine

Hilary Spiers

This is a great read. The sisters are wonderful characters filled with life, and the story has lots of quirky village characters. Hester and Harriet would be a perfect addition to your...

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Blueberry

Blueberry

Glenna Thomson

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Good Night Papa: Short Stories from Japan and Elsewhere

Good Night Papa: Short Stories from Japan and Elsewhere

Simon Rowe

Good Night Papa: Short Stories from Japan and Elsewhere is a collection of fifteen tales about people with problems and the clever - and unorthodox - ways they use to resolve them. .

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 Read reviewBarking Dogs

Barking Dogs

Rebekah Clarkson

Rebekah Clarkson has created a compelling, slow-burning portrait of a town in the midst of major change as it makes the painful transformation from rural idyll to aspirational suburbia. What looked like redemption is now profound...

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