Australian First Nations fiction

 Read reviewSong of the Crocodile

Song of the Crocodile

Nardi Simpson

A captivating Australian saga from the winner of the 2018 black&write! fellowship.   

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Where The Fruit Falls

Where The Fruit Falls

Karen Wyld

An ancient ocean roars under the red dirt. Hush. Be still for just a moment. Hear its thunder-ing waves crashing on unseen shores.

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 Read reviewThe Yield

The Yield

Tara June Winch

The 2020 winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, Tara June Winch's The Yield is the story of a people and a culture dispossessed. But it is as much a celebration of what was and what endures, and a powerful...

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 Read reviewToo Much Lip

Too Much Lip

Melissa Lucashenko

Too much lip, her old problem from way back. And the older she got, the harder it seemed to get to swallow her opinions. The avalanche of bullshit in the world would drown her if she let it; the least she could do was raise her...

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 Read reviewThe White Girl

The White Girl

Tony Birch

In The White Girl, Tony Birch has created memorable characters whose capacity for love and courage are a timely reminder of the endurance of the human spirit.      

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Carpentaria

Carpentaria

Alexis Wright

Alexis Wright is one of Australia's finest Aboriginal writers. Carpentaria is her second novel, an epic set in the Gulf country of north-western Queensland, from where her people come. The novel's portrait of life in the...

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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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The Drover's Wife

The Drover’s Wife

Leah Purcell

The Drover's Wife is utterly authentic, brilliantly plotted, thoroughly harrowing and entirely of our times exploring race, gender, violence and inheritance.

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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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Bloke

Bloke

Pascoe Bruce

The novel's about a bloke called Bloke but it's the women who explain manhood and his identity.

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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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Swallow the Air

Swallow the Air

Tara June Winch

When May's mother dies suddenly, she and her brother Billy are taken in by an aunt. However their loss leaves them both searching for their place in a world that doesn't want them. May sets off to find her father and her...

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 Read reviewMullumbimby

Mullumbimby

Melissa Lucashenko

A darkly funny novel of romantic love and cultural warfare from one of Australia's most admired Indigenous voices. When Jo Breen uses her divorce settlement to buy a neglected property in the Byron Bay hinterland, she is hoping...

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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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 Read reviewCommon People

Common People

Tony Birch

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

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 Read reviewThe Promise

The Promise

Tony Birch

In this breathtaking new work, Tony Birch affirms his position as one of Australia's finest writers of short-form fiction. A trio of amateur thieves are left in charge of a baby moments before a heist. A group of boys compete in...

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 Read reviewGhost River

Ghost River

Tony Birch

The river is a place of history and secrets. For Ren and Sonny, two unlikely friends, it's a place of freedom and adventure. For a group of storytelling vagrants, it's a refuge. And for the isolated daughter of a cult reverend,...

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Blood

Tony Birch

From the much-loved author of Shadowboxing comes a stunning debut novel in the tradition of Honey Brown, Chris Wommersley, and Kenneth Cook's Wake in Fright .  

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Shadowboxing

Shadowboxing

Tony Birch

Shadowboxing is a collection of ten linked stories in the life of a boy growing up in the inner-Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy in the 1960s. A beautifully rendered time capsule, it captures a period of decay, turmoil and change...

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 Read reviewFather's Day

Father’s Day

Tony Birch

From the author of the much-loved Shadowboxing comes this new collection of short fiction. Tony Birch has an eye for life lived at the margins and in Father's Day he brings the streets of inner-city Australia to life with humour...

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 Read reviewThat Deadman Dance

That Deadman Dance

Kim Scott

In playful, musical prose, this book explores the early contact between the Aboriginal Noongar people and the first European settlers. The novel's hero is a young Noongar man named Bobby Wabalanginy.

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Benang: From the Heart

Benang: From the Heart

Kim Scott

I tell you that this story of my own is part of a much older story... one of a perpetual billowing from the sea, with its rhythm of return, return, remain... I offer these words, especially to those of you I embarrass, and who...

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True Country

True Country

Kim Scott

Billy, a young school teacher, arrives in Australia's remote far north in search of his own history, his Aboriginality, and his future. He finds himself in a region of abundance and beauty but also of conflict, dispossession and...

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Tiddas

Tiddas

Anita Heiss

A story about what it means to be a friend ... Five women, best friends for decades, meet once a month to talk about books ... and life, love and the jagged bits in between. Dissecting each other's lives seems the most natural...

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Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms

Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms

Anita Heiss

Over 1000 Japanese soldiers break out of the No.12 Prisoner of War compound on the fringes of Cowra. In the carnage, hundreds are killed, many are recaptured, and some take their own lives rather than suffer the humiliation of...

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The Swan Book

Alexis Wright

Shortlisted for the 2014 Miles Franklin Award

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A Most Peculiar Act

A Most Peculiar Act

Marie Munkara

A Most Peculiar Act casts a sardonic eye at the protectionist policies of the early 20th century from the perspective of an Aboriginal fringe-camp dweller by the name of Sugar.    

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Purple Threads

Purple Threads

Jeanine Leane

Based of Jeanine Leane's own childhood, these funny, endearing, and thought-provoking stories offer a snapshot of a unique Australian upbringing.      

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Mazin Grace

Mazin Grace

Dylan Coleman

Growing up on the Mission isn't easy for clever Grace Oldman. When her classmates tease her for not having a father, she doesn't know what to say. Pappa Neddy says her dad is the Lord God in Heaven, but that doesn't help when the...

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Home

Home

Larissa Behrendt

Illustrating through the lives of family members, the relentless pull of home across the generations, this is a multi-voiced novel.

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Black is the New White

Black is the New White

Nakkiah Lui

Love, politics and other things you shouldn't talk about at dinner.

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No Sugar

No Sugar

Jack Davis

The family problems of Western Australian Aborigines in the 1930s (4 acts, 12 men, 8 women).

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