Favourite reads of 2021 so far

 Read reviewBorn Into This

Born Into This

Adam Thompson

Engaging, thought-provoking stories from a young Tasmanian Aboriginal author who addresses universal themes - identity, racism, heritage destruction - from a wholly original perspective.  

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 Read reviewOne Hundred Days

One Hundred Days

Alice Pung

From one of Australia's most celebrated authors comes a mother-daughter drama exploring the faultlines between love and control.

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A Feather on the Breath of God

A Feather on the Breath of God

Sigrid Nunez

From Sigrid Nunez, the National Book Award-winning and bestselling author of The Friend, comes this mesmerising story about the tangled nature of relationships between parents and children, between language and love.   ...

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Consent

Consent

Annabel Lyon (Author)

A smart, mature writer's novel about sex and power in the modern world - as if Deborah Levy wrote Cat Person.

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 Read reviewGunk Baby

Gunk Baby

Jamie Marina Lau

The brand new novel from the Stella Prize shortlisted author of Pink Mountain on Locust Island

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 Read reviewWe Run the Tides

We Run the Tides

Vendela Vida

An achingly beautiful and wickedly funny story of female friendship, betrayal, and a mysterious disappearance, set in the changing landscape of San Francisco

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 Read reviewSigns and Wonders: Dispatches from a Time of Beauty and Loss

Signs and Wonders: Dispatches from a Time of Beauty and Loss

Delia Falconer

The celebrated, Walkley Award-winning author on how global warming is changing not only our climate but our culture.

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 Read reviewEarthlings

Earthlings

Sayaka Murata, Ginny Tapley Takemori

Natsuki isn't like the other girls. She has a wand and a transformation mirror. She might be a witch, or an alien from another planet. Together with her cousin Yuu, Natsuki spends her summers in the wild mountains of Nagano,...

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Terminal Boredom: Stories

Terminal Boredom: Stories

Izumi Suzuki

The first English language publication of the work of Izumi Suzuki, a legend of Japanese science fiction and a countercultural icon.

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 Read reviewThe Woman in the Purple Skirt

The Woman in the Purple Skirt

Natsuko Imamura

Clever, bewildering and darkly comic, The Woman in the Purple Skirt is the story of two women whose lives are set to become terribly entwined.

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Coal Black Mornings

Coal Black Mornings

Brett Anderson

A brilliant, beautifully written memoir from Suede founder and lead singer Brett Anderson.

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Afternoons with the Blinds Drawn

Afternoons with the Blinds Drawn

Brett Anderson

The essential second volume of memoirs by Brett Anderson, which reveals the key years of the Suede story

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The Project

The Project

Courtney Summers

The next pulls-no-punches thriller from New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author Courtney Summers, about an aspiring young journalist determined to save her sister from a cult.

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 Special price Read reviewWild Abandon

Wild Abandon

Emily Bitto

A breathtaking new novel from the Stella Prize-winning author of The Strays.

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 Special price Read reviewCrossroads

Crossroads

Jonathan Franzen

Set in a historical moment of moral crisis, Crossroads - the first instalment of the trilogy A Key to All Mythologies - is the stunning foundation of a sweeping investigation of human mythologies, as the Hildebrandt family...

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 Read reviewHow to Make a Basket

How to Make a Basket

Jazz Money

A powerful and lyrical collection of poetry by the winner of the 2020 David Unaipon Award.

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 Read reviewLight Perpetual

Light Perpetual

Francis Spufford

1944. It's a Saturday lunchtime on Bexford High Street. The Woolworths has a new delivery of aluminum saucepans, and a crowd has gathered to see the first new metal in a long time. Everything else has been melted down for the war...

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Freedom Day: Vincent Lingiari and the Story of the Wave Hill Walk-Off

Freedom Day: Vincent Lingiari and the Story of the Wave Hill Walk-Off

Thomas Mayor, Rosie Smiler, Samantha Campbell

When many voices are joined together, with courage, change can happen. In 1966, more than two hundred courageous Aboriginal people walked off the Wave Hill Cattle Station in the Northern Territory. Led by Vincent Lingiari,...

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 Read reviewShe Who Became the Sun

She Who Became the Sun

Shelley Parker-Chan

She Who Became the Sun reimagines the rise to power of the Ming Dynasty's founding emperor.

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 Read reviewThe View Was Exhausting

The View Was Exhausting

Mikaella Clements, Onjuli Datta

The epic love story of the summer, for fans of Daisy Jones and the Six.

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Still Life

Still Life

Sarah Winman

By the bestselling, prize-winning author of When God was a Rabbit and Tin Man, Still Life is a beautiful, big-hearted, richly tapestried story of people brought together by love, war, art, flood... and the ghost of E.M. Forster.

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The Last Graduate

The Last Graduate

Naomi Novik

The exciting follow up to the Sunday Times bestselling A Deadly Education. Once you enter the Scholomance there are only two way out: you graduate or you die.

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 Read reviewStone Fruit

Stone Fruit

Lee Lai

An exhilarating and tender debut graphic novel that is an ode to the love and connection shared among three women and the child they all adore.

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Nightbitch

Nightbitch

Rachel Yoder

For readers of Jenny Offill and Curtis Sittenfeld, this is a funny, provocative, pin-sharp novel that redefines modern motherhood

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 Read reviewReal Estate

Real Estate

Deborah Levy

Fearless and essential - the highly anticipated final instalment in Deborah Levy's critically acclaimed 'Living Autobiography'

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 Read reviewExit Through the Gift Shop

Exit Through the Gift Shop

Maryam Master

Ana's on a wild roller-coaster of life and death, kindness and cruelty, ordinary and extraordinary. And she's got a few things to do before she exits...

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 Read reviewThe Vanishing Half

The Vanishing Half

Brit Bennett

From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Mothers, a powerful new novel about the parallel lives of estranged twin sisters who choose to live in two very different worlds - one black and one white.

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 Read reviewPerfect On Paper

Perfect On Paper

Sophie Gonzales

A bisexual girl who gives anonymous love advice to her school friends is hired by the hot new kid to help him get his ex back. Leah on the Offbeat meets To All the Boys I've Loved Before - the new queer YA rom-com from Sophie...

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 Special price Read reviewThe Lincoln Highway

The Lincoln Highway

Amor Towles

Two brothers venture across 1950s America to New York in the absorbing new novel by the author of the bestselling A Gentleman in Moscow.

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 Read reviewDark as Last Night

Dark as Last Night

Tony Birch

A masterful new story collection from award-winning Indigenous writer Tony Birch

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The Paper Palace

The Paper Palace

Miranda Cowley Heller

A magnificent literary debut about the myriad loves that make up a life

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 Read reviewThe Inseparable

The Inseparable

Simone de Beauvoir, Deborah Levy, Lauren Elkin, Sylvie le Bon de Beauvoir

This recently rediscovered novel from the author of The Second Sex is the compulsive story of two close friends growing up and falling apart.

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Nostalgia Has Ruined My Life

Nostalgia Has Ruined My Life

Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle

An unnamed young woman in her late twenties navigates unemployment, boredom, chronic illness and online dating

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 Read reviewHold Your Fire

Hold Your Fire

Chloe Wilson

Dark and dangerous, brilliantly unsettling and chillingly funny, this extraordinary debut shows us what we usually deny - the uneasy truce we make with our ruthless desires and gothic fears, and how easily it can be broken....

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Switch

Switch

A.S. King

A brilliant and surreal novel about isolation and human connection, from award-winning author A. S. King.

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 Special price Read reviewApples Never Fall

Apples Never Fall

Liane Moriarty

From the outside, the Delaneys appear to be an enviably contented family. But now Joy Delaney has disappeared and her children are re-examining their parents' marriage and their family history with fresh, frightened eyes.

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 Read reviewSecond Place

Second Place

Rachel Cusk

A woman invites a famed artist to visit the remote coastal region where she lives, in the belief that his vision will penetrate the mystery of her life and landscape.

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 Read reviewGirl, Unframed

Girl, Unframed

Deb Caletti

While spending a summer with her famous mother and her criminal boyfriend, Sydney Reilly, age fifteen, finds love with Nicco but her premonition of something bad coming proves dreadfully accurate.

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All Systems Red

All Systems Red

Martha Wells

In a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn't a primary concern.

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