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 Last Paradise

The Last Paradise

Di Morrissey

In the ashes of her marriage, she finds the truth about his past and the courage to start again in... The Last Paradise. 

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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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The House of Youssef

The House of Youssef

Yumna Kassab

The House of Youssef is a collection of short stories set in Western Sydney. The stories explore the lives of Lebanese migrants who have settled in the area, circling around themes of isolation, family and community, and nostalgia...

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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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 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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 Special priceThe Burnt Country

The Burnt Country

Joy Rhoades

The stunning new novel from the author of The Woolgrower's Companion, whom the Australian Women's Weekly described as ‘a wonderful new voice in literary rural fiction'.

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 Read reviewThe Breeding Season

The Breeding Season

Amanda Niehaus

A breathtaking debut that explores love, science, loss and the so-called feminine ideal.

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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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 Special priceWild

Wild

Nathan Besser

An absolute romp, lead by Daniel Defoe and Jonathan Wild, through the criminal underbelly of thriving 17th century London.

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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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The Heart of the Ritz

The Heart of the Ritz

Luke Devenish

Four women join forces to survive the invasion of Paris with conviction, courage -- and style.     

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Undara

Undara

Annie Seaton

Within the treacherous caves of Undara, a betrayal will test the bonds of friendship and family. A page-turning new eco-adventure for readers who love Di Morrissey.      

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Dolores

Dolores

Lauren Aimee Curtis

'A glowing, beating heart of a book' Megan Hunter, author of The End We Start From

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 Read reviewFrom Here On, Monsters

From Here On, Monsters

Elizabeth Bryer

A Naomi Alderman, Paul Auster or Emily St John Mandel for Australian letters - Elizabeth Bryer is a powerful new voice: an imagination like no other.

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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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 Read reviewThe Pillars

The Pillars

Peter Polites

A thrilling new novel from the author of critically acclaimed DOWN THE HUME.

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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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Lyre

Lyre

Stuart Cooke

Lyre is a sonic, sculptural cornucopia of new and startling forms. Stuart Cooke proposes that all kinds of life - animal, plant and otherwise - have their own modes of expression, each of which can each be translated into a...

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 Special priceThe Warming

The Warming

Craig Ensor

Hauntingly beautiful, The Warming depicts a nomadic existence, where love and hope are the only means of enduring a world that has turned against humanity.

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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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Love And Other Battles: A heartbreaking, redemptive family story for our time

Love And Other Battles: A heartbreaking, redemptive family story for our time

Tess Woods

Three generations of women. Three heartbreaking choices. One unforgettable story.      

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The Desert Midwife

The Desert Midwife

Fiona McArthur

What if the love of your life forgot who you were?     

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The Best Kind of Beautiful

The Best Kind of Beautiful

Frances Whiting

A warm-hearted novel from the author of Walking on Trampolines about music, grief, relationships, gardens, love, laughter and family.

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The Subjects

The Subjects

Sarah Hopkins

A literary, and terrifyingly credible, novel about our juvenile justice system written by a lawyer working in the field.

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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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 Special price 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 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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 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 Rosie Result

The Rosie Result

Graeme Simsion

The hilarious, challenging and inspiring ending to the Rosie trilogy that will have readers cheering for joy.   

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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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The Greatest Gift

The Greatest Gift

Rachael Johns

Mother: female parent of a child Mum: the woman who nurtures, raises and loves a child Radio host Harper Drummond lives for her career. Every day she ..

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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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 Read reviewHeart of the Grass Tree

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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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 Glad Shout

The Glad Shout

Alice Robinson

The Glad Shout is an extraordinary novel of rare depth and texture, by the acclaimed writer of Anchor Point, Alice Robinson. After a catastrophic storm destroys Melbourne, Isobel flees to higher ground with her husband and young...

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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 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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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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