ICYMI 50: Must-read new Australian books

Echo in the Memory

Echo in the Memory

Cameron Nunn

What if memories never die? An evocative Australian YA novel about family, place, and how history has a way of weaving itself into our present.

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A Weekend with Oscar

A Weekend with Oscar

Robyn Bavati

A moving #LoveOzYA novel about loss, first love and being there for your family, no matter what.

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Design: Building on Country

Design: Building on Country

Alison Page, Professor Paul Memmott, Margo Neale

Aboriginal design is of a distinctly cultural nature, based in the Dreaming and in ancient practices grounded in Country.Alison Page and Paul Memmott show how these design principles of sophisticated function, sustainability and...

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Songlines: The Power and Promise

Songlines: The Power and Promise

Margo Neale, Lynne Kelly

Weaving deeply personal storytelling with extensive research on mnemonics, Songlines: The Power and Promise offers unique insights into Indigenous traditional knowledges, how they apply today and how they could help all peoples...

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Reading the Seasons: Books Holding Life and Friendship Together

Reading the Seasons: Books Holding Life and Friendship Together

Germaine Leece, Sonya Tsakalakis

It's an old cliché that books ‘transport you'; but as any avid reader will tell you, there's far more to them than that. Alongside comfort and retreat, books offer insight into ourselves and others. Reading the...

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Catch Us the Foxes

Catch Us the Foxes

Nicola West

Twin Peaks meets The Dry in a deliciously dark and twisted tale that unravels a small Australian country town

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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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 Special priceThe Brilliant Boy: Doc Evatt and the Great Australian Dissent

The Brilliant Boy: Doc Evatt and the Great Australian Dissent

Gideon Haigh

H. V. ‘Doc' Evatt has long been obscured by Menzies's broad shadow, as the Labor Opposition Leader through the prosperous and complacent 1950s. In this book, one of our finest writers and sharpest minds shows Evatt in his...

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 Read reviewUnsheltered

Unsheltered

Clare Moleta

As the resourceful, relentless Li tracks her lost daughter across a disintegrating country, the journey will test the limits of her trust, her hope and her love. Unsheltered will leave you wrung out and gasping

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Death Leaves the Station

Death Leaves the Station

Alexander Thorpe

Set in 1927, the story takes all the classic elements of an interwar murder mystery and gives it a distinctive Australian flavour.

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Locust Summer

Locust Summer

David Allan-Petale

Shortlisted for The Australian Vogel's Literary Award, Locust Summer celebrates the wide-open beauty of Australia's regions while exploring the heartbreaks that come from living on the land.

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 Read reviewDropbear

Dropbear

Evelyn Araluen

This fierce debut from award-winning writer Evelyn Araluen confronts the tropes and iconography of an unreconciled nation with biting satire and lyrical fury.  

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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 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 reviewThe First Time I Thought I Was Dying

The First Time I Thought I Was Dying

Sarah Walker

A dazzling collection of essays that unpacks our unruly bodies and minds and questions why we are taught to fear and punish them, from an exciting and award-winning new author

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The Long Game

The Long Game

Simon Rowell

A tightly-wound debut crime novel set in Melbourne and surrounds, for fans of Sarah Bailey, Garry Disher and J. M. Green

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The Attack

The Attack

Catherine Jinks

A boot camp for troubled young men, a hidden identity and murderous pursuit on a remote island: beloved author Catherine Jinks is back with another heart-pounding Australian thriller.

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Growing Up Disabled in Australia

Growing Up Disabled in Australia

Carly Findlay

Growing Up Disabled in Australia is the fifth book in the highly acclaimed, bestselling Growing Up series. It includes interviews with prominent Australians such as Senator Jordon Steele-John and Paralympian Isis Holt, poetry and...

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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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 Read reviewMuddy People: A Memoir

Muddy People: A Memoir

Sara El Sayed

A hilarious, heartwarming memoir of growing up and becoming oneself in an Egyptian Muslim family

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 Read reviewIn Moonland

In Moonland

Miles Allinson

In present-day Melbourne, a man attempts to piece together the mystery of his father's apparent suicide, as his young family slowly implodes. 

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 Read reviewThe Golden Book

The Golden Book

Kate Ryan

This stunning debut moves back and forth in time and asks profound questions about responsibility and blame, and, ultimately, about love.

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Black and Blue

Black and Blue

Veronica Gorrie

The story of an Aboriginal woman who worked as a police officer and fought for justice both within and beyond the Australian police force.

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 Read reviewA Room Called Earth

A Room Called Earth

Madeleine Ryan

A brilliant debut from a neurodivergent author that shows the magical, sensitive world of a woman on the autism spectrum.    

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Emotional Female

Emotional Female

Yumiko Kadota

Emotional Female charts Kadota's rugged journey through ambition and dedication to exploitation and eventual collapse - and beyond.

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 Read reviewOnce There Were Wolves

Once There Were Wolves

Charlotte McConaghy

From the author of the international bestseller Migrations comes a pulse-pounding new novel set in the wild Scottish Highlands.

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The Deep

The Deep

Kyle Perry

If you encounter the Black Wind while out there at sea, all you can do is race back to shore. There's no predicting it, no sailing it, no living with it. And if you're a Dempsey, it can play tricks on your mind. . .

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 Read reviewEcholalia

Echolalia

Briohny Doyle

What might drive a mother to do the unthinkable?

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 Read reviewThe Mother Wound

The Mother Wound

Amani Haydar

A story of female resilience and the role of motherhood in the home and in the world, Amani Haydar uses her own strength to help other survivors find their voices.

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Night Blue

Night Blue

Angela O'Keeffe

Potent, haunting and lyrical, Night Blue is a debut novel like no other, a narrative largely told in the voice of the painting Blue Poles. It is a truly original and absorbing approach to revisiting Jackson Pollock and his wife...

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 Read reviewTravelling Companions

Travelling Companions

Antoni Jach

Travelling Companions is charming, amusing and philosophical - a wholly original exploration of what it means to honour our strangest dreams and disappointments

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 Read reviewComing of Age in the War on Terror

Coming of Age in the War on Terror

Randa Abdel-Fattah

The generation born at the time of the 9/11 attacks are turning 18. What has our changed world meant for them?    

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 Read reviewEating with My Mouth Open

Eating with My Mouth Open

Sam van Zweden

Eating with My Mouth Open is food writing like you've never seen before: honest, brave, and exceptionally tasty. Lyrically written, Sam van Zweden offers a millennial response to classic food writers, revelling in body positivity...

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 Read reviewThe True Colour of a Little White Lie

The True Colour of a Little White Lie

Gabriel Bergmoser

From the super-talented young author of the best-selling The Hunted comes a book that reminds you just how tough adolescence can be.

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 Read reviewTrivial Grievances

Trivial Grievances

Bridie Jabour

An oddly optimistic, witty and insightful generation-defining book for a lost generation, the miserable Millennials, from Bridie Jabour, opinion editor at Guardian Australia

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Ten Thousand Aftershocks

Ten Thousand Aftershocks

Michelle Tom

A powerful, poetic and moving memoir of family, violence and estrangement, from a stunning new literary voice

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 Read reviewWe Were Not Men

We Were Not Men

Campbell Mattinson

A novel that punches you in the heart: the powerful, unbearably moving and ultimately uplifting story of twin brothers, Jon and Eden, as they grow up and begin to understand what it is to be men, and what it takes to knit a...

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 Read reviewLies, Damned Lies: A Personal Exploration of the Impact of Colonisation

Lies, Damned Lies: A Personal Exploration of the Impact of Colonisation

Claire G. Coleman

A deeply personal exploration of Australia's colonisation past, present and future by one of Australia's finest contemporary authors​.

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Tim Te Maro and the Subterranean Heartsick Blues

Tim Te Maro and the Subterranean Heartsick Blues

H.S. Valley

What happens when your enemy becomes your friend ... with benefits? Red, White and Royal Blue meets The Magicians in this surprising, wildly original and joyously funny LGBTQ YA novel set in a magical boarding school.

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 Read reviewWhen Things Are Alive They Hum

When Things Are Alive They Hum

Hannah Bent

A heartbreaking work of wonder about the hum that connects us all

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 Read reviewI Shot the Devil

I Shot the Devil

Ruth McIver

A dark, twisty thriller of small town buried secrets.     

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Still

Still

Matt Nable, Johnny Carr

Still is an evocative, page-turning thriller from a brilliant Australian writer. If you loved The Dry and Scrublands, you will love Still.

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 Read reviewSmall Joys of Real Life

Small Joys of Real Life

Allee Richards

The night Eva shared a smile with Pat, something started. Two weeks later, lying together in her bed, Pat said, 'You can't live your life saying you'll get around to doing something you know will make you happy. You just have to...

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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 reviewThe Performance

The Performance

Claire Thomas

The breakout literary sensation of 2021 from the prize-winning author of Fugitive Blue.

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 Read reviewThe Other Half of You

The Other Half of You

Michael Mohammed Ahmad

A novel as potent and powerful as the Miles Franklin shortlisted The Lebs, driven by a tender and defining love.

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 Read reviewNew Animal

New Animal

Ella Baxter

A stunning, heartbreakingly funny debut novel from a brilliant new literary voice. Sex, death, grief, running away...only one of these makes Amelia feel like a new animal.

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The Shut Ins

The Shut Ins

Katherine Brabon

From the winner of the Australian/Vogel's Literary Award, this tour-de-force explores loneliness and desire, the peril and beauty of solitude - and our need for connection.

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 Read reviewShe Is Haunted

She Is Haunted

Paige Clark

You do not know of Paige Clark, but you soon will

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The Tribute

The Tribute

John Byron

Meticulously researched, hugely ambitious and superbly crafted, The Tribute is the most outstanding thriller of 2021.

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Modern Marriage

Modern Marriage

Filip Vukasin

From Australia's most exciting new author, Modern Marriage will cause you to question what lies beneath the appearance of perfection.

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