Australian fiction 2019

Red Can Origami

Red Can Origami

Madelaine Dickie

Ava has just landed a job as a reporter in Gubinge, a tiny tropical town in Australia's north. From the rodeos and fishing holes of northern Australia, to the dazzling streets of night-time Tokyo, Ava is swept in pursuit of the...

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Hide

Hide

S.J. Morgan

Like a dark unsettling road movie, Hide takes us on a chilling ride from 80s urban Britain to the menace of the Australian outback.

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Field of Poppies

Field of Poppies

Carmel Bird

Atmospheric and beguiling Field of Poppies is a novel the seduces the reader with mysteries and beauties but also speaks of something much larger.

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Damascus

Damascus

Christos Tsiolkas

In Damascus, Tsiolkas has written a masterpiece of imagination and transformation: an historical novel of immense power and an unflinching dissection of doubt and faith, tyranny and revolution, and cruelty and...

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 Read reviewThe Weekend

The Weekend

Charlotte Wood

The brilliant new novel from Charlotte Wood, acclaimed author of The Natural Way of Things .

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The Death of Jesus

The Death of Jesus

J. M. Coetzee

An extraordinary new novel from one of the world's greatest living writers, two-time Booker Prize winner and Nobel Laureate J.M Coetzee, that can be read as a stand-alone or a follow up novel to The Childhood of Jesus and The...

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Cilka's Journey

Cilka’s Journey

Heather Morris

Her beauty saved her life - and condemned her.

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The Sea & Us

The Sea & Us

Catherine de Saint Phalle

From the Stella shortlisted author of Poum and Alexandre, this is a heartwarming novel about longing, absence and the people we unexpectedly come to love.

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 Read reviewMaybe the Horse Will Talk

Maybe the Horse Will Talk

Elliot Perlman

Warm, dramatic, and at times laugh-out-loud funny, with the narrative pull of a thriller, Maybe the Horse Will Talk is a love story, a reflection on contemporary marriage, and on friendship.

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 Read reviewAct of Grace

Act of Grace

Anna Krien

The exhilarating debut novel from the award-winning author of Night Games.

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 Read reviewBruny

Bruny

Heather Rose

The brilliant and explosive new novel from the author of the award-winning The Museum of Modern Love.

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The Orange Grove

The Orange Grove

Kate Murdoch

An eighteenth-century tale of politics and intrigue, love and betrayal, among the French Aristocracy Blois, 1705

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Paris Savages

Paris Savages

Katherine Johnson

A story of love, bravery, culture, and the fight against injustice, Paris Savages brings a little-known part of history to blazing life, from award-winning novelist Katherine Johnson.

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 Read reviewThere Was Still Love

There Was Still Love

Favel Parrett

The profoundly moving new novel from the critically acclaimed and Miles Franklin shortlisted author of Past the Shallows and When the Night Comes. A tender and masterfully told story of memory, family and love.

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Being Black 'n Chicken, and Chips

Being Black ‘n Chicken, and Chips

Matt Okine

When his mum is suddenly diagnosed with advanced breast and brain cancer, Mike knows it's a long shot, but if he manages to achieve his dreams, maybe it'll give his mum enough strength to beat an incurable disease.   ...

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Wearing Paper Dresses

Wearing Paper Dresses

Anne Brinsden

A tremendously polished, heartbreaking debut perfect for fans of Rosalie Ham's The Dressmaker, Joy Rhoades' The Woolgrower's Companion, Madeleine St John's The Women in Black or Colleen McCullough's Thornbirds.

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 Read reviewThe Old Lie

The Old Lie

Claire G. Coleman

A thrilling and ambitious new novel from the author of the bestselling and prize-winning Terra Nullius

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 Read reviewHere Until August: Stories

Here Until August: Stories

Josephine Rowe

A masterful collection of horizons and departures, heartbreak and seduction, from an internationally acclaimed Australian author.

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 Read reviewWolfe Island

Wolfe Island

Lucy Treloar

The stunning new novel from the award-winning author of Salt Creek is Barkskins or The Son meets The Road...

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 Read reviewLucky Ticket

Lucky Ticket

Joey Bui

A debut collection of stories announcing an intelligent, vibrant and highly original Australian-Vietnamese voice in contemporary literature.     

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New Australian Fiction 2019

New Australian Fiction 2019

Rebecca Starford, Kill Your Darlings

A new collection of short stories featuring some of Australia's best-loved writers alongside exciting new voices

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 Read reviewThe Trespassers

The Trespassers

Meg Mundell

The Trespassers is a beguiling novel that explores the consequences of greed, the experience of exile, and the unlikely ways strangers can become the people we hold dear.

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Mother of Pearl

Mother of Pearl

Angela Savage

A luminous and courageous story from Angela Savage about the hopes and dreams we all have for our lives and relationships, and the often fraught and unexpected ways they may be realised.

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 Read reviewMinotaur

Minotaur

Peter Goldsworthy

A gritty and clever thriller from long-time Penguin author Peter Goldsworthy.

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The Ex

The Ex

Nicola Moriarty

She wants him back. She wants you gone. Luke is The One. After everything she's been through, Georgia knows she deserves someone like him, to make her feel loved. Safe.

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 Read reviewA Constant Hum

A Constant Hum

Alice Bishop

A young and exciting new literary voice, emerging from one of Australia's worst natural disasters

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 Read reviewShepherd

Shepherd

Catherine Jinks

Compulsive and terrifying adult fiction from renowned Australian author Catherine Jinks

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The Roadhouse

The Roadhouse

Kerry McGinnis

When aspiring actress Charlie Carver learns that her cousin Annabelle has died, she immediately leaves Melbourne to fly home to the remote family roadhouse east of Alice Springs. 

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 Read reviewDaughter of Bad Times

Daughter of Bad Times

Rohan Wilson

A suspenseful, truthful and compelling novel from the critically acclaimed author of The Roving Party. 

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 Read reviewThe Electric Hotel

The Electric Hotel

Dominic Smith

From the award-winning author of the acclaimed bestseller The Last Painting of Sara de Vos comes a luminous new novel tracing the intertwined fates of a silent film director and his muse. 

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 Read reviewThis Taste for Silence

This Taste for Silence

Amanda O'Callaghan

Subtle, compelling and unsettling, Amanda O'Callaghan's stories work at the edges of the sayable, through secrets, erasures and glimpsed moments of disclosure. They shimmer with unspoken histories and characters who have a...

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 Read reviewRoom for a Stranger

Room for a Stranger

Melanie Cheng

A moving portrait of an improbable friendship and multicultural Australia more broadly, from the winner of the 2018 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction. 

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 Read reviewBodies of Men

Bodies of Men

Nigel Featherstone

A beautifully evocative tale of two men whose lives are brought together in tragedy - for lovers of books by Kevin Powers and Sebastian Barry.

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 Read reviewSimpson Returns

Simpson Returns

Wayne Macauley

A satirical and surreal twist on the Anzac legend of Simpson and his donkey

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The Sparkle Pages

The Sparkle Pages

Meg Bignell

A wonderfully original and heartfelt comic novel about one woman's mission to reignite the passion in her marriage - and rediscover herself.

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After She Left

After She Left

Penelope Hanley

When young Irish artist Deirdre O'Mara emigrates from the remote Blasket Islands to Sydney's The Rocks in the 1920s, she makes an indelible mark on conservative society with her surrealist art and bohemian ways. Just after the...

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The Place on Dalhousie

The Place on Dalhousie

Melina Marchetta

From the bestselling author of Looking for Alibrandi comes this perfectly crafted novel about families, relationships and the true nature of belonging.

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 Read reviewInvented Lives

Invented Lives

Andrea Goldsmith

Knowing what you want is hard. Accepting what is possible is harder still.

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The Chocolate Maker's Wife

The Chocolate Maker’s Wife

Karen Brooks

Australian author Karen Brooks rewrites women back into history with this breathtaking, scrupulously researched tale set in 17th century London.

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 Read reviewThe Artist's Portrait

The Artist’s Portrait

Julie Keys

Murderer, narcissist, sexual deviant or artistic genius and a woman before her time: Who really is Muriel Kemp?

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Stone Country

Stone Country

Nicole Alexander

From nineteenth-century Adelaide and the red dirt of mid-north South Australia, to the cattle stations and buffalo plains of the far north Ross Grant's journey is one of desire, adventure and determination, to the heart of stone...

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Typhoon Kingdom

Typhoon Kingdom

Matthew Hooton

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 Read reviewHare's Fur

Hare’s Fur

Trevor Shearston

A jewel of a novel about an ageing potter who, out collecting rock for glazes, finds three kids living in a cave

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 Read reviewA Universe of Sufficient Size

A Universe of Sufficient Size

Miriam Sved

An historical novel for readers of Heather Morris, Anna Funder and Anthony Doerr, based on the true story of five Jewish mathematicians on the eve of the Second World War.

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The Aunts' House

The Aunts' House

Elizabeth Stead

Elizabeth Stead brings her classic subversive wit and personal insight to this nostalgic portrait of wartime Sydney. In Angel Martin, she has created a singular and irrepressible character. A true original.

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The Age of Discretion

The Age of Discretion

Virginia Duigan

Told with great humour and heart, the accomplished Virginia Duigan delivers a provocative and profoundly relatable story that proves living is not reserved for the young.

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 Read reviewThe Shining Wall

The Shining Wall

Melissa Ferguson

The Shining Wall is at once a frightening parable of our unjust world of haves and have-nots, a richly imagined yet thrilling story of technological control and the fight for survival, and a paean to female friendship and power.

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No One

No One

John Hughes

Part crime novel, part road movie, part love story, No One takes its protagonist to the very heart of a nation where non-existence is the true existence, where crimes cannot be resolved and guilt cannot be...

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 Read reviewThe Hollow Bones

The Hollow Bones

Leah Kaminsky

A lyrical and poignant cautionary tale, The Hollow Bones brings to life one of the Nazi regime's little-known villains through the eyes of the animals he destroyed and the wife he undermined in the name of science and cold...

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The War Artist

The War Artist

Simon Cleary

A timely and compelling novel about the legacy of war, the power of art and the possibility of atonement.

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 Read reviewThe Rip

The Rip

Mark Brandi

An urban crime novel that slowly and masterfully hooks you in... then shocks with the horrific crime and the dread that the characters you care about aren't going to make it out alive.   

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 Read reviewIslands

Islands

Peggy Frew

A stunning literary novel from the author of the Stella Prize shortlisted Hope Farm.  

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Small Blessings

Small Blessings

Emily Brewin

Through the unlikeliest of friendships comes a second chance.

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 Read reviewThe Year of the Beast

The Year of the Beast

Steven Carroll

One of Australia's finest and most critically acclaimed writers returns with a powerful novel that goes back to the very beginning of the story, to bring his sweeping Glenroy series to a magnificent close.

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Heart of the Grass Tree

Molly Murn

Heart of the Grass Tree is an exquisite, searing and hope-filled debut about mothers and daughters and family stories, about country and its living history.  

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The Tom Wills Picture Show

The Tom Wills Picture Show

Martin Flanagan

Tom Wills is the young man with at least two, and possibly four, different versions of Australian history running through his head. No-one in his time understood him. How could they? He didn't understand himself. All he knew was...

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Driving into the Sun

Driving into the Sun

Marcella Polain

For Orla, living in the suburbs in 1968 on the cusp of adolescence, her father is a great shining light, whose warm and powerful presence fills her world. But in the aftermath of his sudden death, Orla, her mother and her sister...

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Zebra: And Other Stories

Zebra: And Other Stories

Debra Adelaide

Tantalising, poignant, wry, and just a little fantastical, this subversive collection of short fiction - and one singular novella - from bestselling author Debra Adelaide reminds us what twists of fate may be lurking just beneath...

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The Mother-in-Law

The Mother-in-Law

Sally Hepworth

From the bestselling author of The Family Next Door comes a new page-turner about that trickiest of relationships and what happens when it all goes wrong.  

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The Time is Now, Monica Sparrow

The Time is Now, Monica Sparrow

Matt Howard

Four isolated people. Thrown together by family and circumstance. A humorous and heart warming story of second chances and new beginnings.

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The Flight of Birds

The Flight of Birds

Joshua Lobb

The Flight of Birds is a novel in twelve stories, each of them compelled by an encounter between the human and animal worlds. The birds in these stories inhabit the same space as humans, but they are also apart, gliding above us....

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Isinglass

Isinglass

Martin Edmond

He did this amazing wall painting, this mural...It was a city, a Paul Klee or a Max Ernst city, a city of the mind perhaps, or of antiquity. A dream city. It was a wonderful thing. It took a few days and nights to do, beautiful...

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A Season On Earth

A Season On Earth

Gerald Murnane

A masterwork from Australia's greatest cult literary figure, published for the first time as the author originally intended

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