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 Read reviewSunbathing: A Novel

Sunbathing: A Novel

Isobel Beech

A powerful debut that explores life, death and the restorative power of friendship under the warm summer sun of Umbria.

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Fever

Fever

Jonathan Bazzi

A multi-award winning Italian debut, from a bold new voice in contemporary queer literature.

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Four Treasures of the Sky

Jenny Tinghui Zhang

A powerful, sweeping debut about a smuggled Chinese girl fighting to find her place in the 1880s American West

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Shit Cassandra Saw

Shit Cassandra Saw

Gwen E. Kirby

In this collection, virgins escape from being sacrificed, witches refuse to be burned, whores aren't ashamed, and every woman gets a chance to be a radioactive cockroach warrior who snaps back at catcallers --

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Cleopatra and Frankenstein

Cleopatra and Frankenstein

Coco Mellors

For readers of Modern Lovers and Conversations with Friends, an addictive, humorous, and poignant debut novel about the shock waves caused by one couple's impulsive marriage.

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 Read reviewLosing Face: A Novel

Losing Face: A Novel

George Haddad

A stunning, thought-provoking novel about facing up to your family and your future

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Ruth & Pen

Emilie Pine

The brilliant debut novel from Emilie Pine, author of the international bestseller Notes to Self

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 Read reviewAbomination

Abomination

Ashley Goldberg

A compelling and compassionate debut about friendship, faith, family and identity.

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Hush

Hush

Kate Maxwell

A gripping, beautifully written and taboo-busting debut novel about motherhood and female identity, for readers of Anna Hope's EXPECTATION and Sheila Heti's MOTHERHOOD.

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 Read reviewNo Hard Feelings

No Hard Feelings

Genevieve Novak

Hungover, underpaid and overwhelmed, this isn't where Penny expected to be as she reached her late twenties. A sharp, smart and witty look at adulting - Fleabag meets Sorrow and Bliss.

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Six Days in Rome

Six Days in Rome

Francesca Giacco

A young artist travels to Rome to heal a broken heart in this visceral, decadent and deeply evocative debut novel.

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Portrait of a Thief

Portrait of a Thief

Grace D. Li

A cinematic, entertaining and fast-paced debut novel that is part-Ocean's Eleven, part-The Social Network and part-Crazy Rich Asians, Portrait of a Thief is an addictive mix of heist and unlikely friendships by way of the politics...

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 Read reviewWoman, Eating

Woman, Eating

Claire Kohda

A stunning, literary twist on the vampire novel that covers race, social isolation, unrequited love and the struggle to care for ageing parents

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Memphis

Memphis

Tara M Stringfellow

A spellbinding ode to Memphis, as well as a celebration of the strength and defiance of three generations of a Southern black family who live there

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 Read reviewVladimir

Vladimir

Julia May Jonas

A provocative, razor-sharp, and timely debut novel about a beloved English professor facing a slew of accusations against her professor husband by former students - a situation that becomes more complicated when she herself...

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Peach Blossom Spring

Peach Blossom Spring

Melissa Fu

An epic, powerful and intensely personal debut about war, migration, family, and the search for a place to call home. For fans of Pachinko, Wild Swans and All the Light We Cannot See

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Ennis Cehic

An electrifying collection of stories from the febrile imagination of a young writer who traverses culture, genre and form.

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Happy Stories, Mostly

Happy Stories, Mostly

Norman Erikson Pasaribu, Tiffany Tsao

A blend of science fiction, absurdism and alternative-historical realism, Happy Stories, Mostly is a collection of twelve stories that queer the norm. A powerful puff of fresh air, the stories talk to each other as pieces of a...

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 Read reviewHovering

Hovering

Rhett Davis

From the winner of the 2020 Victorian Premier's Award for an Unpublished Manuscript comes a genre bending tour-de-force debut

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 Read reviewSon of Sin

Son of Sin

Omar Sakr

Poet Omar Sakr's debut novel is a fierce and fantastic force that illuminates the bonds that bind families together as well as what can break them.

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Aue

Aue

Becky Manawatu

Here is a novel that is both raw and sublime, a compelling new voice in New Zealand fiction. Haere mai, Becky Manawatu.

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 Read reviewWhen We Were Birds

When We Were Birds

Ayanna Lloyd Banwo

A gorgeously immersive, mesmerising and life-affirming literary debut - a love story and a ghost story set in modern day Trinidad

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The School for Good Mothers

The School for Good Mothers

Jessamine Chan

Frida Liu is a struggling mother. She remembers taking Harriet from her cot and changing her nappy. She remembers giving her a morning bottle. Can this mistake cost her everything? THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD MOTHERS is an explosive...

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Wahala

Wahala

Nikki May

Fabulous debut novel: a multi-cultural 'Sex and the City' with a killer edge: for fans of Expectaction, Queenie and My Sister the Serial Killer

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Brown Girls

Brown Girls

Daphne Palasi Andreades

A fiercely poetic coming-of-age novel following a group of young women of colour in Queens, New York

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Olga Dies Dreaming

Olga Dies Dreaming

Xochitl Gonzalez

A dazzling debut about a status-driven wedding planner for New York's elite grappling with her absent mother and her Puerto Rican roots in the wake of Hurricane Maria

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How High We Go in the Dark

How High We Go in the Dark

Sequoia Nagamatsu

From funerary skyscrapers to hotels for the dead, How High We Go in the Dark follows a cast of intricately linked characters spanning hundreds of years as humanity endeavours to restore the delicate balance of the world. 

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Beasts of a Little Land

Beasts of a Little Land

Juhea Kim

An expansive epic spanning the turbulent decades of Korea's fight for independence, perfect for fans of Min Jin Lee's Pachinko

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Daughter of the Moon Goddess

Daughter of the Moon Goddess

Sue Lynn Tan

A captivating debut fantasy inspired by the legend of the Chinese moon goddess. A young woman's quest to free her mother pits her against the most powerful immortal in the realm, setting her on a dangerous path...

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