Books with a rich sense of place

The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories

The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories

Jhumpa Lahiri

This collection brings together forty writers that have shaped her love of the Italian language and profound appreciation for its literature.

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The Island of Sea Women

The Island of Sea Women

Lisa See

The new novel from Lisa See, the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, about female friendship and family secrets on a small Korean island.

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 Read reviewWe, The Survivors

We, The Survivors

Tash Aw

A murderer's confession - devastating, unblinking, poignant, unforgettable - which reveals a story of class, education and the inescapable workings of destiny.

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The Old Drift

The Old Drift

Namwali Serpell

A sweeping, epoch-defining novel of three families who are plagued by a curse over the course of generations, following them from India, Italy and England until their tangled fates converge in Zambia

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 Read reviewThe Forest of Wool and Steel

The Forest of Wool and Steel

Natsu Miyashita

Million-copy bestselling winner of the Japan Booksellers Award, chosen as the title bookshop staff most wanted to hand-sell: A feel-good, uplifting novel for fans of A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler.

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 Read reviewThe Dry

The Dry

Jane Harper

The Dry is the highest selling Australian debut in 2016.

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The Glass Woman

The Glass Woman

Caroline Lea

Rich in character and description, The Glass Woman is atmospheric about superstitions & everything they conceal.   

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Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing

Delia Owens

Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Celeste Ng, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder.

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The Night Tiger

The Night Tiger

Yangsze Choo

A captivating and magical story set in 1930s Malaysia about a dancehall girl and an orphan boy who are brought together by a series of unexplained deaths and an old Chinese superstition about men who turn into tigers.

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 Read reviewBangkok Wakes to Rain

Bangkok Wakes to Rain

Pitchaya Sudbanthad

An intoxicating collage of lives intersecting around a building in Bangkok.

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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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Blue Lake

Blue Lake

David Sornig

I'm here already, in the bleak, awful hour on Dudley Flats in which the final dereliction of Elsie Williams will come to pass. I'm beginning with it, so you won't be under any illusion as to how it ends.

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 Read reviewFlames

Flames

Robbie Arnott

Two siblings traverse the southern island to try to find their way back to each other in this tale about grief and love and the bonds of family.

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Olive Kitteridge

Olive Kitteridge

Elizabeth Strout

Olive Kitteridge might be described by some as a battle axe or as brilliantly pushy, by others as the kindest person they had ever met. Olive herself has always been certain that she is 100% correct about everything - although,...

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Faithful Place (Dublin Murder Squad Book 3)

Faithful Place (Dublin Murder Squad Book 3)

Tana French

A compelling psychological mystery from one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction

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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 reviewLost Children Archive

Lost Children Archive

Valeria Luiselli

The moving, powerful and urgent English-language debut from one of the brightest young stars in world literature

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Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found

Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found

Cheryl Strayed

At twenty-six, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's rapid death from cancer, her family disbanded and her marriage crumbled. With nothing to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her...

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 Read reviewCedar Valley

Cedar Valley

Holly Throsby

From the author of the bestselling novel, Goodwood, comes a compelling mystery set deep within the hearts of Cedar Valley and its inhabitants.  

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Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Joan Didion

Joan Didion's savage masterpiece, which, since first publication in 1968, has been acknowledged as an unparalleled report on the state of America during the upheaval of the Sixties Revolution.

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Stiff

Stiff

Shane Maloney, Lindsay Tanner

My heart pumped hard and fast, fed by the jitter of adrenaline coursing through my veins. This was getting beyond a joke...Don't you just hate it when somebody tries to kill you and you don't know who or why?

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Loaded

Loaded

Christos Tsiolkas

Ari is nineteen, Greek, gay, unemployed, looking for something - anything - to take him away from his aimless existence in suburban Melbourne. Torn between the traditional Greek world of his parents and friends and the alluring,...

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Saga Land: The Island Stories at the Edge of the World

Saga Land: The Island Stories at the Edge of the World

Richard Fidler, Kari Gislason

A new friendship. An unforgettable journey. A beautiful and bloody history.This is Iceland as you've never read it before ...

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 Read reviewWilam: A Birrarung Story

Wilam: A Birrarung Story

Aunty Joy Murphy, Andrew Kelly, Lisa Kennedy

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 Read reviewCity of Trees

City of Trees

Sophie Cunningham

A rich and insightful collection of personal essays about life, death and our connection to the environment from bestselling Australian author Sophie Cunningham

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Monkey Grip

Monkey Grip

Helen Garner

An elegant hardback edition of the novel that launched Helen Garner's career.      

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Mirror Sydney

Mirror Sydney

Vanessa Berry

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 Read reviewLittle Gods

Little Gods

Jenny Ackland

A rare, original and stunning novel about a remarkable girl who learns the hard way that the truth doesn't always set you free - with echoes of Jasper Jones, Seven Little Australians and Cloudstreet.

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 Read reviewPosition Doubtful: mapping landscapes and memories

Position Doubtful: mapping landscapes and memories

Kim Mahood

Imagine the document you have before you is not a book but a map. It is well-used, creased, and folded, so that when you open it, no matter how carefully, something tears, and a line that is neither latitude nor longitude opens in...

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 Read reviewThe World Was Whole

The World Was Whole

Fiona Wright

The follow-up to Fiona Wright's essay collection Small Acts of Disappearance - winner of the Nita B. Kibble Award and the Queensland Literary Award for Non-fiction, shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the NSW Premier's Award for...

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 Read reviewPink Mountain on Locust Island

Pink Mountain on Locust Island

Jamie Marina Lau

An unpredictable and innovative debut novel from a provocative new voice in Australian fiction

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Golden Hill

Golden Hill

Francis Spufford

New York, a small town on the tip of Manhattan Island. 1746. One rainy evening, a charming young stranger fresh off the boat from England pitches up to a counting house on Golden Hill Street, with a suspicious yet compelling...

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Milkman

Milkman

Anna Burns

This beautiful and painful novel by Orange Prize shortlisted Anna Burns blends shades of early Edna O'Brien with Eimear McBride's exquisite ability to capture voice.    

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His Bloody Project

His Bloody Project

Graeme Macrae Burnet

A brutal triple murder in a remote northwestern crofting community in 1869 leads to the arrest of a young man by the name of Roderick Macrae. There's no question that Macrae landed the savage blows, but what drove him to commit...

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 Read reviewState of Wonder

State of Wonder

Ann Patchett

Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author returns with a provocative and assured novel of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the Amazon rainforest.

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 Read reviewThe Madonna of the Mountains

The Madonna of the Mountains

Elise Valmorbida

Maria faces a stony path, but one she will surely climb to the summit. In this sumptuous and elegant novel you will taste the bigoli co l'arna, touch the mulberry leaves cut finer than organdie, and feel the strain of one woman...

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Make Me a City

Make Me a City

Jonathan Carr

How does a place become a city? Whose stories will survive and whose will be lost? How do you know if you truly belong?

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The Shepherd's Life: A Tale of the Lake District

The Shepherd’s Life: A Tale of the Lake District

James Rebanks

Some people's lives are entirely their own creations. James Rebanks' isn't. The first son of a shepherd, who was the first son of a shepherd himself, he and his family have lived and worked in and around the Lake District for...

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The Salt Path

The Salt Path

Raynor Winn

The Salt Path is an honest and inspiring true story of coming to terms with grief and the healing power of the natural world. Ultimately, it is a portrayal of home, and how it can be lost, rebuilt, and rediscovered in the most...

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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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The Glorious Heresies

The Glorious Heresies

Lisa McInerney

A big, bold debut from a true new Irish talent.

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Little

Little

Edward Carey

From little beginnings: the extraordinary story of a singular, diminutive crumb of a servant girl turned entertainment mogul.

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The Summer Book

The Summer Book

Tove Jansson, Esther Freud

An elderly artist and her six-year-old grand-daughter are away on a summer together on a tiny island in the gulf of Finland. As the two learn to adjust to each other's fears, whims and yearnings, a fierce yet understated love...

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 Read reviewSing, Unburied, Sing

Sing, Unburied, Sing

Jesmyn Ward

An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing examines the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power - and limitations - of family bonds.  

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Elmet

Elmet

Fiona Mozley

Brutal and beautiful in equal measure, Elmet is a compelling portrayal of a family living on the fringes of contemporary society, as well as a gripping exploration of the disturbing actions people are capable of when pushed to...

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 Read reviewThe Good People

The Good People

Hannah Kent

In the year 1825, in a remote valley lying between the mountains of south-west Ireland, near the Flesk river of Killarney, three women are brought together by strange and troubling events.

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