Emerging Writers Festival 2019

 Read reviewGrowing Up African in Australia

Growing Up African in Australia

Maxine Beneba Clarke, Magan Magan, Ahmed Yussuf

Welcome to African Australia. Compiled by award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke, with curatorial assistance from writers Ahmed Yussuf and Magan Magan, this anthology brings together the regions of Africa, and the African...

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 Read reviewThe Fragments

The Fragments

Toni Jordan

From the award-winning, bestselling author of Addition and Nine Days, a superbly crafted and captivating literary mystery about a lost book and a secret love.     

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 Read reviewThe Shining Wall

The Shining Wall

Melissa Ferguson

The Shining Wall is at once a frightening parable of our unjust world of haves and have-nots, a richly imagined yet thrilling story of technological control and the fight for survival, and a paean to female friendship and power.

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Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories

Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories

Michael Earp, Jax Jacki Brown, Claire G. Coleman, Benjamin Law, Christos Tsiolkas

A ground-breaking collection of YA short stories by 12 of Australia's finest writers from the LGBTQIA+ community. What does it mean to be queer? 

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When One Person Dies The Whole World Is Over

When One Person Dies The Whole World Is Over

Mandy Ord

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#Metoo: Stories from the Australian Movement

#Metoo: Stories from the Australian Movement

Miriam Sved, Christie Nieman, Maggie Scott, Natalie Kon-yu

Movement. Moment. Backlash. Tide. Presenting the first anthology charting the #MeToo movement in Australia full of real women's stories and timely analysis.

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 Read reviewThe Nancys

The Nancys

R.W.R. McDonald

A schoolgirl and her uncle and his boyfriend have two weeks to solve a murder in a small town style forgot...

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The Art of Navigation

The Art of Navigation

Rose Michael

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 Read reviewThe Relic of the Blue Dragon (Children of the Dragon, Book 1)

The Relic of the Blue Dragon (Children of the Dragon, Book 1)

Rebecca Lim

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Shakespeare's Library: Unlocking the Greatest Mystery in Literature

Shakespeare’s Library: Unlocking the Greatest Mystery in Literature

Stuart Kells

From acclaimed author and ardent bibliophile Stuart Kells comes an exploration of the quest to find the personal library of the world's most famous author

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People from the Pit Stand Up

People from the Pit Stand Up

Sam Duckor-Jones

Sam Duckor-Jones's wonderfully fresh, funny, dishevelled poems are alive with art-making and fuelled by a hunger for intimacy.

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The Race for the Red Dragon (Children of the Dragon, Book 2)

The Race for the Red Dragon (Children of the Dragon, Book 2)

Rebecca Lim

Qing sat bolt upright, her head tilted to one side as if she were listening intently. Then the interior of the van went black and a single shot rang out, loud as a cannon.

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Jungle Without Water

Jungle Without Water

Sreedhevi Iyer

This debut short story collection from an Australian author delves into the shifting boundaries and human displacement of our era.  

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Milk Teeth

Milk Teeth

Rae White

Winner of the 2017 Thomas Shapcott Prize for Poetry.

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Drawing Sybylla

Drawing Sybylla

Odette Kelada

Drawing Sybylla is a novel about the challenges women writers have faced in pursuing the writing life.

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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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All The Beginnings: A Queer Autobiography of the Body

All The Beginnings: A Queer Autobiography of the Body

Quinn Eades

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 Read reviewHighway Bodies

Highway Bodies

Alison Evans

Highway Bodies is a unique zombie apocalypse story featuring a range of queer and gender non-conforming teens who have lost their families and friends and can only rely upon each other.

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 Read reviewThe Lebs

The Lebs

Michael Mohammed Ahmad

A confronting new novel from award winning Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist Michael Mohammed Ahmad.

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 Read reviewLittle Stones

Little Stones

Elizabeth Kuiper

Hannah lives in Zimbabwe during the reign of Robert Mugabe: it's a country of petrol queues and power cuts, food shortages and government corruption. Yet Hannah is lucky. She can afford to go to school, has never had to skip 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 reviewAustralia Day

Australia Day

Melanie Cheng

Awarded the 2018 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction, Melanie Cheng's Australia Day paints a vivid and absorbing panorama of contemporary Australia

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Blakwork

Blakwork

Alison Whittaker

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No Friend But the Mountains

No Friend But the Mountains

Behrouz Boochani, Omid Tofighian

An account of life inside Manus detention centre, from journalist and asylum-seeker Behrouz Boochani.  

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 Read reviewOur Tiny, Useless Hearts

Our Tiny, Useless Hearts

Toni Jordan

One house, one weekend, and three couples in various states of marital disarray. A witty satire about fidelity and modern relationships.

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 Read reviewAxiomatic

Axiomatic

Maria Tumarkin

Janet Malcolm meets The Empathy Exams, in a genre-bending work on how we understand the traumas we inherit.

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Swimsuit

Swimsuit

Rachel Ang

Jenny catches up with a former flame at the local pool. The sun is bright and casts dark shadows in the water. There is violence even in this mundane place - a whirlpool through which Jenny swims, even as it pulls her under.

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The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders

The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders

Stuart Kells

The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders is a love letter to libraries not just as mere collections of books, but as magical, fabled places.

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Rallying

Rallying

Quinn Eades

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 Read reviewOne True Thing

One True Thing

Nicole Hayes

When is a secret not a secret? When your whole life is public. Frankie is used to being a politician's daughter, but with her mum now running for Premier, life's a whole lot crazier than usual. All Frankie wants is to lose herself...

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Wraith

Wraith

Rebecca Lim

The sudden reappearance of Mercy in Gia Basso's life, in a new and terrifying incarnation, draws Gia into a desperate struggle to locate Lucifer - who holds Ryan Daley captive in order to keep him from Mercy, his beloved, forever....

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 Read reviewThe Whole of My World

The Whole of My World

Nicole Hayes

Desperate to escape her grieving father and harbouring her own terrible secret, Shelley disappears into the intoxicating world of AFL. Joining a motley crew of footy tragics - and, best of all, making friends with one of the star...

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 Read reviewBeautiful Revolutionary

Beautiful Revolutionary

Laura Elizabeth Woollett

The thrilling new novel, inspired by Jim Jones's Peoples Temple, from the author of The Love of a Bad Man.

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 Read reviewThe Helpline

The Helpline

Katherine Collette

A big-hearted comedy about what happens when being the brainiest person in the room doesn't mean things work out the way you imagined

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Fury

Fury

Rebecca Lim

Hell hath no fury like an angel scorned...

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 Read reviewA Shadow's Breath

A Shadow’s Breath

Nicole Hayes

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The Tribe

The Tribe

Michael Mohammed Ahmad

The Tribe is a collection of three novellas portraying life in an extended Muslim Allawite Lebanese-Australian family, as seen by one of its youngest members.

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 Read reviewThe Hot Guy

The Hot Guy

Mel Campbell, Anthony Morris

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I'm Fine (and Other Lies)

I’m Fine (and Other Lies)

Megan Blandford

I'm Fine (and other lies) is a touching true story of motherhood: the challenges it presents, and the hope that can be found within it.

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 Read reviewTin Heart

Tin Heart

Shivaun Plozza

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 Read reviewWimmera

Wimmera

Mark Brandi

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 Read reviewNeon Pilgrim

Neon Pilgrim

Lisa Dempster

During a culture-shocked exchange year in Japan, fifteen-year-old Lisa Dempster's imagination is ignited by the story of the henro michi, an arduous 1200 kilometre Buddhist pilgrimage through the mountains of Japan. Perfectly...

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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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Australia's Great War 1917

Australia’s Great War 1917

Kelly Gardiner

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Stone Girl

Stone Girl

Eleni Hale

Winner of the Readings Young Adult Book Prize 2019A heartbreaking novel of raw survival and hope, and the children society likes to forget. A stunning and unforgettable debut YA. 

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 Read reviewWhat the Woods Keep

What the Woods Keep

Katya de Becerra

Katya de Becerra's stunning debut combines mystery, science fiction, and dark fantasy in a twisty story that will keep you mesmerized right up to the final page.   

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 Read reviewThe Love of a Bad Man

The Love of a Bad Man

Laura Elizabeth Woollett

The Love of a Bad Man is a collection of short stories that imagine the lives of thirteen women, all of whom were the lovers, mistresses, or wives of various 'bad' men in history. Beautifully observed, fascinating, and at times...

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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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 Read reviewMisrule

Misrule

Jodi McAlister

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 Read reviewThe Nowhere Child

The Nowhere Child

Christian White

A little girl went missing years ago. That child is you. A dark and gripping debut psychological thriller that won the 2017 Victorian Premier's Literary Award, previously won by THE DRY and THE ROSIE...

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Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde

Jane Rawson

Lives turned upside down by a bureaucratic error in this Kafkaesque work of neo-absurdism.

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Mercy

Mercy

Rebecca Lim

Mercy is an angel, doomed to return repeatedly to Earth, taking on a new 'persona' each time she does, in an effort to resolve a cataclysmic rift between heavenly beings. Mercy meets Ryan, whose sister was kidnapped two years ago....

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 Special priceWriting Speculative Fiction: Creative and Critical Approaches

Writing Speculative Fiction: Creative and Critical Approaches

Eugen Bacon

In this engaging and accessible guide, Eugen Bacon explores writing speculative fiction as a creative practice, drawing from her own work, and the work of other writers and theorists, to interrogate its various subgenres.

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Sexy Female Murderesses

Sexy Female Murderesses

Grills Eloise

Grills slices up figures of history, autobiography and speech, in a delightful springtime bloodbath for famously evil and evilly famous women-dead or alive, young and old. Burn your house down, poison your whole family, shoot your...

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I Dont Understand How Emotions Work

I Dont Understand How Emotions Work

Fury

I Don't Understand How Emotions Work is an experimental graphic memoir that questions the legitimacy of identity, memory and emotion.

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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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Exile

Exile

Rebecca Lim

All Mercy knows is that she is an angel, exiled from heaven for a crime she can't remember committing. So when she 'wakes' inside the body and life of eighteen-year-old Lela Neill, Mercy has only limited recall of her past life....

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Bottled

Bottled

Chris Gooch

Jane is sick of her dead-end life in the suburbs, and desperate for a change. Her old friend Natalie made it out, living in Japan as a fashion model. Now, as Natalie comes back to town on business, Jane sees a way for her friend...

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 Read reviewThe 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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 Read reviewThe Book Of Dirt

The Book Of Dirt

Bram Presser

An extraordinary and absorbing novelisation of one family's tale of Holocaust survival and a grandson's unrelenting dedication to ensuring his ancestor's stories will never be forgotten.

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Inlandia

Inlandia

K a Nelson

In this debut collection, Judith Wright Poetry Prize winner, K A Nelson surveys a life lived in inland Australia. Inlandia traces the inner self, recording discoveries as she feels the place out and comes to an understanding of...

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Four Dead Queens

Four Dead Queens

Astrid Scholte

Keralie is the best pickpocket in all of the kingdoms of Quadara, but when she steals a comm disk and realizes a royal murder plot is afoot, she must learn who to trust and fast.

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The Literature of the Iranian Diaspora

The Literature of the Iranian Diaspora

Sanaz Fotouhi

Sanaz Fotouhi here traces the origins of the emerging body of diasporic Iranian literature in English, and uses these origins to examine the socio-political position and historical context from which they emerged.

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Lemons in the Chicken Wire

Lemons in the Chicken Wire

Alison Whittaker

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From Grains To Gold

From Grains To Gold

Magan Magan

From Grains to Gold is a collection of poems about grief. Each chapter is dedicated to a stage of grief: Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

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Imminence

Imminence

Ms Mariana Dimopulos, Alice Whitmore

Dimópulos shows her remarkable gift for weaving uncanny details into complex narrative thread. With arresting guile and grace, Imminence explores the dark inner rooms of the human soul.

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Poukahangatus

Poukahangatus

This collection speaks about beauty, activism, power and popular culture with compelling guile, a darkness, a deep understanding and sensuality.

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All My Goodbyes

All My Goodbyes

Mariana Dimopulos, Alice Whitmore

This highly acclaimed contemporary Argentinian novel is the first in Giramondo's 'Literature of the South' series, featuring innovative fiction and non-fiction by writers of the.....

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 Read reviewIronheart

Ironheart

Jodi McAlister

Ironheart is the second page-turning book in Jodi McAlister's thrilling Valentine series.

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 Read reviewSee You at Breakfast?

See You at Breakfast?

Guillermo Fadanelli, Alice Whitmore

Set in modern - day Mexico City, See You at Breakfast is the story of four characters, leading lives of quiet desperation, who are thrown together by a despicably violent act. Cristina is an optimistic prostitute managing work,...

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 Read reviewAnchor Point

Anchor Point

Alice Robinson

When her mother disappears into the bush, ten - year - old Laura makes an impulsive decision that will haunt her for decades. Despite her anger and grief, she sets about running the house, taking care of her younger sister, and...

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 Read reviewValentine

Valentine

Jodi McAlister

Valentine is the first in a page-turning young adult series featuring Pearl and Finn, from explosive new talent Jodi McAlister.

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 Read reviewThe Last Days of Jeanne d'Arc

The Last Days of Jeanne d'Arc

Ali Alizadeh

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Music Our Bodies Can't Hold

Music Our Bodies Can’t Hold

Andy Jackson

Each of these poems is a portrait of someone with or reputed to have had Marfan Syndrome. Many of the poems emerge out of personal interviews, while others are portraits of public figures: Abraham Lincoln, Akhenaten, Mary Queen of...

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 Read reviewFrom the Wreck

From the Wreck

Jane Rawson

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The Memory Artist

The Memory Artist

Katherine Brabon

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Body of Work

Body of Work

Elena Gomez, Fiona Hile

Poetry. Women's Studies.  I once wrote to a poetry advice column because I was afraid of my emotions and the havoc they wreaked on me. I called them 'a huge problem' but Diana Hamilton comforted me and wrote: 'Feeling...

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The Darkest Web

The Darkest Web

Eileen Ormsby

Hitmen for hire, drugs for sale. Inside the dangerous world that lurks beneath the bright, friendly light of your internet screen

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Kings Rising (Captive Prince Trilogy, Book 3)

Kings Rising (Captive Prince Trilogy, Book 3)

C. S. Pacat

Book 3 of the Captive Prince trilogy

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Prince's Gambit (Captive Prince Trilogy, Book 2)

Prince’s Gambit (Captive Prince Trilogy, Book 2)

C. S. Pacat

Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos, but when his half-brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a...

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 Read reviewCaptive Prince (Captive Prince Trilogy, Book 1)

Captive Prince (Captive Prince Trilogy, Book 1)

C. S. Pacat

Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos, but when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a...

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Ida

Ida

Alison Evans

Ida is an intelligent, diverse and entertaining novel that explores love, loss and longing, and speaks to the condition of an array of overwhelming, and often illusory, choices.

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Every Move

Every Move

Ellie Marney

Watts and Mycroft are back in another crime-fighting romance and this time they may not make it out alive...

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 Read reviewEvery Breath

Every Breath

Ellie Marney

What if Sherlock Holmes was the boy next door? A smart, sexy, thriller for teenagers. 'Quirky and real, fast-paced and full of great characters...I was hooked from the first page.' - Cath Crowley

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Bonesland

Bonesland

Brendan Lawley

Shortlisted for the 2017 Text Prize, Bonesland is an authentic look at the small-town agonies of adolescence that introduces a unique new voice to the LoveOzYA community.

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Every Word

Every Word

Ellie Marney

Sparks fly when Watts follows Mycroft to London in this second sophisticated thriller about the teen crime-fighting pair. They're investigating the carjacking death of the rare books conservator, which appears to be linked to the...

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Behind The Night Bazaar

Behind The Night Bazaar

Angela Savage

Who said crime doesn't pay? Australian expat Jayne Keeney lives in Thailand and works in Bangkok. When she heads north to Chiang Mai to visit her good friend Didier, she soon discovers that the local police have an especially cosy...

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The Half-child

The Half-child

Angela Savage

Jayne Keeney has been hired to investigate the alleged suicide of a young Australian woman in a Thai coastal town. Maryanne Delbeck's father refuses to believe she took her own life. Her death is not the only mystery awaiting...

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 Read reviewThe Dying Beach

The Dying Beach

Angela Savage

A new case for expat private investigator Jayne Keeney. As Jayne and Rajiv holiday in Krabi, Jayne can't stop her mind straying to thoughts of the future: a successful business, perhaps even a honeymoon. Who would have thought she...

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The Paris Wedding

The Paris Wedding

Charlotte Nash

Ten years ago, Rachael West chose not to move to Sydney with high-school sweetheart Matthew. Instead she stayed on the family wheat farm, caring for her seriously ill mother and .

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Saving You

Saving You

Charlotte Nash

Saving You is the beautiful, emotionally compelling page-turner by Charlotte Nash, bestselling Australian author of The Horseman and The Paris Wedding. If you love the stories of Jojo Moyes and Fiona McCallum you will devour this...

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