Australian fiction debuts of 2020

Man in Armour

Man in Armour

Siobhan McKenna

How much money is enough? How powerful do you want to be? And what price will it extract from you?     

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 Read reviewFlyaway

Flyaway

Kathleen Jennings

A captivating debut novel that transforms the familiar Australian landscape into a place of monsters and magic, cruelty and fear.     

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 Read reviewKokomo

Kokomo

Victoria Hannan

Winner of the 2019 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. Both tender and fierce, heartbreaking and funny, Kokomo is a story about how secrets and love have the power to bring us together and tear us...

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 Read reviewA Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing

A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing

Jessie Tu

Jena Lin plays the violin. She was once a child prodigy and now uses sex to fill the void left by fame. She's struggling a little. Her professional life comprises rehearsals, concerts, auditions and relentless practice; her...

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The Fogging

Luke Horton

A compelling tale of the slow disintegration of a relationship and the unravelling of a man.

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The Things She Owned

The Things She Owned

Katherine Tamiko Arguile

Beautiful and mysterious, The Things She Owned explores the complexity of lives lived between cultures, the weight of crossgenerational trauma, and a mother and daughter on a tortuous path to forgiveness.

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The Safe Place

Anna Downes

Superbly tense and oozing with atmosphere, The Safe Place combines the modern suspense of The Girl on the Train with the gothic mind-games of Rebecca.     

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The Spill

Imbi Neeme

In 1982, a car overturns on a remote West Australian road. Nobody is hurt, but the impact is felt for decades.

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 Read reviewIn the Time of Foxes

In the Time of Foxes

Jo Lennan

With an exhilarating span of people and places, In the Time of Foxes shows the short story collection at its most entertaining and rewarding, and introduces Jo Lennan as an irresistible new storyteller.

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Night Lessons in Little Jerusalem

Night Lessons in Little Jerusalem

Rick Held

A powerful debut novel based on a true story for those who loved The Tattoist of Auschwitz and All the Light We Cannot See

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A Treacherous Country

A Treacherous Country

K.M. Kruimink

Winner of the 2020 The Australian/Vogel’s Literary AwardSet in the 1800s, Gabriel Fox is newly arrived to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) from England. Drawn by the promise of his...

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The Octopus and I

The Octopus and I

Erin Hortle

A stunning debut novel set on the Tasmanian coast that lays bare the wild, beating heart at the intersection of human and animal, love and loss, and fear and hope.

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The Adversary

Ronnie Scott

A story about sexuality, the ache of friendship and love, and sticky summers at the pool, this exhilarating debut novel captures the heartbeat of one transformative summer where alliances are made and broken.

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 Read reviewThe Loudness of Unsaid Things

The Loudness of Unsaid Things

Hilde Hinton

If you loved Boy Swallows Universe and Lost and Found, you will love this debut novel. A stunning story about family, loneliness and isolation that will make you laugh, cry and be a bit kinder to those who are lost.

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No Small Shame

No Small Shame

Christine Bell

From the harshness of a pit village in Scotland to the upheaval of wartime Australia, No Small Shame tells the moving story of love and duty, loyalty and betrayal, and confronting the past before you can seek a future.

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The Salt Madonna

Catherine Noske

The Crucible meets The Natural Way of Things in this stunning novel from debut author Catherine Noske.

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The Inland Sea

Madeleine Watts

Written with down-to-earth lucidity and ethereal breeziness, this is an unforgettable debut about coming of age in a world that seems increasingly hostile

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Melting Moments

Anna Goldsworthy

Sometimes events occur as one might wish but sometimes they do not.

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Sticks and Stones

Sticks and Stones

Katherine Firkin

It's winter in Melbourne and Detective Emmett Corban is starting to regret his promotion to head of the Missing Persons Unit, as the routine reports pile up on his desk. So when Natale Gibson goes missing, he's convinced this is...

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The Coconut Children

Vivian Pham

Growing up can feel like a death sentence

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Where the Truth Lies

Where the Truth Lies

Karina Kilmore

She was slipping away. The further she fell, the closer the clouds seemed to come. Wispy transparent slipstreams of white. Cirrus. Pain smashed her head. Floating ...

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 Read reviewA Couple of Things Before the End: Stories

A Couple of Things Before the End: Stories

Sean O'Beirne

This brilliant collection mixes the storytelling originality of George Saunders and Lydia Davis with a sensibility all its own, taking the reader on an extraordinary tour of old and new Australia - and into a very frightening...

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Wild, Fearless Chests

Wild, Fearless Chests

Mandy Beaumont

Brutal. Uncompromising. Magnificent. Complex. Unforgettable. A timely debut short story collection that breaks open the idea of women from a powerful new Australian literary voice.

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Shirl

Wayne Marshall

A lonely yowie emerges from the bush to attend the Desperate and Dateless Ball. Mysterious creatures descend from the sky to place a ban on footy. A shark named Bruce turns up in the local swimming pool. A fisherman enjoying a...

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Cherry Beach

Laura McPhee-Browne

Beautifully written and intimate, Cherry Beach is a revelatory story of friendship and desire.  

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The Origin of Me

Bernard Gallate

A beguilingly original and satirical debut novel of friendships, imagination, and the bodies we live in

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The Light After the War

The Light After the War

Anita Abriel

Inspired by the true story of one woman's extraordinary journey to forge a new life after escaping a train bound for Auschwitz

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Jane in Love

Jane in Love

Rachel Givney

Jane Austen time-travels to the future and falls in love. But will she choose happiness in the present, or her career as a writer in the past?

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Maggie's Going Nowhere

Maggie’s Going Nowhere

Rose Hartley

Maggie's Going Nowhere is a fierce and funny debut introducing a thoroughly relatable and offbeat heroine. If you enjoy Fleabag, you'll adore Maggie!

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