Best Fiction of 2009

 Read reviewJasper Jones

Jasper Jones

Craig Silvey

Charlie Bucktin is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his sleep-out. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the mining town of Corrigan. Jasper takes Charlie to his secret glade in the bush, and it's here that...

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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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Figurehead

Figurehead

Patrick Allington

Ted Whittlemore has washed up in the Concertina Rest Home in Adelaide. But his wandering mind returns again and again to Cambodia in the 1970s and to Khmer Rouge leader Nhem Kiry. Whittlemore once put his faith in Kiry; in the...

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 Read reviewThe Virtuoso

The Virtuoso

Sonia Orchard

Inspired by the real-life Australian pianist Noel Mewton-Wood, vividly evoking the music world of London in the 1940s and 50s. The narrator has a brief but passionate affair with the pianist and sees Noel's career one of unimpeded...

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 Read reviewThings We Didn't See Coming

Things We Didn’t See Coming

Steven Amsterdam

It's the anxious eve of the millennium. The car is packed to capacity, and as midnight approaches, a family flees the city in a fit of panic, paranoid and conflicting emotions. The ensuing journey spans decades and offers a...

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 Read reviewThe Year of the Flood

The Year of the Flood

Margaret Atwood

The long-awaited new novel from Margaret Atwood. The Year of the Flood is a dystopic masterpiece and a testament to her visionary power.

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Lush Life

Lush Life

Richard Price

The highly-acclaimed new crime thriller by the award-winning writer on The Wire

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 Read reviewThe Book of Flights

The Book of Flights

J. M. G. Le Clezio

Young Man Hogan?s journey begins in the dazzling streets of a nameless necropolis, and leads across fleeting landscapes - deserts, seas, mountains, islands, cities and great plains - to countless entertainments and adventures in...

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Siddon Rock

Siddon Rock

Glenda Guest

When Macha came home from the war she walked into town as naked as the day she was born, except for her well worn boots, a slouch hat, and the .303 rifle she held across her waist. She patrols Siddon Rock by night, watching over...

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Buddenbrooks

Buddenbrooks

Thomas Mann, H.T. Lowe-Porter

The Buddenbrook clan is everything you'd expect of a nineteenth-century German merchant family - wealthy, esteemed, established. In this, Mann's first novel, his astounding, semi-autobiographical family epic, he portrays the...

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Inspector Singh Investigates: A Bali Conspiracy Most Foul: Number 2 in series

Inspector Singh Investigates: A Bali Conspiracy Most Foul: Number 2 in series

Shamini Flint

An exciting new international crime series with a truly memorable detective hero

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Ghost Poetry Project

Ghost Poetry Project

Nathan Curnow

A unique exploration of fear, courage, and the power of mystery and myth and one poet's attempt to find a language of guts and daring.

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 Read reviewLittle White Slips

Little White Slips

Karen Hitchcock

The 13 stories in this collection are deeply personal, strikingly feminine, heartbreakingly beautiful, and frequently hilarious. With stories encompassing growing up, love, betrayal, sex, marriage, self-image, and our...

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 Read reviewBarley Patch

Barley Patch

Gerald Murnane

Discover the Australian novelist ranked by Ladbrokes as a top-five contender for the 2010 Nobel Prize.

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 Read reviewLook Who's Morphing

Look Who’s Morphing

Tom Cho

This is a collection of stories about transformation, with the storyteller and his family shifting through identities drawn from comics, video games, daytime TV, porn flicks and movies, in fantasies of sexual and physical power.

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Sum: Tales from the Afterlives

Sum: Tales from the Afterlives

David Eagleman

What happens to us when we die? And what does that tell us about being human?

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Truth

Truth

Peter Temple

Inspector Stephen Villani stands in the bathroom of a luxury apartment high above the city. In the glass bath, a young woman lies dead, a panic button within reach. Villani's life is his work. But now, over a few summer days, as...

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