Melbourne Writers Festival 2015

The Truth According to Us

The Truth According to Us

Annie Barrows

Macedonia's history seems simple enough - brief and uneventful. Then Layla meets the Romeyns: Jottie, Willa, Felix, Emmett, a family at once entertaining, eccentric, seductive, and inextricably bound up in Macedonia's most...

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The Extreme Centre: A Warning

The Extreme Centre: A Warning

Tariq Ali

Britain's leading radical delivers an eviscerating attack on the indistinguishable political elite of the UK.

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The Thousand Dollar Tan Line

The Thousand Dollar Tan Line

Rob Thomas, Jennifer Graham

From Rob Thomas, the creator of the television series and movie phenomenon Veronica Mars, comes the first book in a thrilling mystery series that picks up where the feature film left off.

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A Year of Marvellous Ways

A Year of Marvellous Ways

Sarah Winman

A Year of Marvellous Ways is the much anticipated and utterly beguiling new novel from Sarah Winman, author of the international bestseller When God Was A Rabbit

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Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies

Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty's latest New York Times no.1 bestseller following The Husband's Secret.

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 Read reviewThe Paying Guests

The Paying Guests

Sarah Waters

The extraordinary bestselling author, who wrote three astonishing Victorian novels before moving to the 1940s with The Night Watch and The Little Stranger, now turns to the 1920s.

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Shark

Shark

Will Self

Shark turns upon an actual incident in WWII - mentioned in the film Jaws - when the ship which had delivered the fissile material to the south Pacific to be dropped on Hiroshima was subsequently sunk by a Japanese submarine with...

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 Read reviewThe Luminaries

The Luminaries

Eleanor Catton

The astonishing and epic novel that won the 2013 Man Booker Prize

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The Moth: This is a True Story

The Moth: This is a True Story

Catherine Burns, The Moth, Neil Gaiman

With an introduction by Neil GaimanBefore television and radio, before penny paperbacks and mass literacy, people would gather on porches, on the steps outside their homes, and tell stories. The storytellers knew their...

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 Read reviewThe Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl

The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl

Melissa Keil

Rockabilly chick and comic-book lover Alba is facing one of the most important summers of her life. School is over - what next? Then a viral YouTube video about the end of the world announces that Eden Valley is the only safe...

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 Read reviewPeripheral Vision

Peripheral Vision

Paddy O'Reilly

A teenager on the tram meets an old man claiming to be Jesus Christ. Six young women band together on a night prowl. A Filipino immigrant clashes with his eldest sister, who has brought him to Australia for a better life. And in a...

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 Read reviewHot Little Hands

Hot Little Hands

Abigail Ulman

This exceptional collection of stories is about young women of different ages, from their early teens to their late twenties, coming to terms with what it means to desire, and be desired, with funny, surprising and sometimes...

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 Read reviewDeath Fugue

Death Fugue

Sheng Keyi

Published for the first time in English by Giramondo, Death Fugue is the bold attempt by a prominent Chinese novelist to confront the legacy of protest and suppression which haunts her generation. Sheng Keyi was born in Hunan...

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Through the Cracks

Through the Cracks

Honey Brown

Four-year-old Nathan Fisher disappears from the bank of a rocky creek. Did he drown or was he taken? The search for the missing boy grips the nation.

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The Wife Drought

The Wife Drought

Annabel Crabb

For decades, feminism has argued the case for getting women into the workplace. Affirmative action, support schemes, paid maternity leave...all valuable devices, and yet still we agonise over why women aren't better represented in...

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The River's Song

The River’s Song

Suchen Christine Lim

A modern Asian love story written by Singapore's top female novelist. A beautifully written exploration of identity, love and loss, set against the dramatic upheaval unleashed by the rise of Singapore.

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Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean

Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean

Kirsty Murray, Payal Dhar, Anita Roy

A collection of sci-fi and fantasy writing, including six graphic stories, showcasing twenty stellar writers and artists from India and Australia: Isobelle Carmody, Kate Constable, Penni Russon, Margo Lanagan, Mandy Ord, to...

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Breakthrough: How One Teen Innovator is Changing the World

Breakthrough: How One Teen Innovator is Changing the World

Jack Andraka, Matthew Lysiak

Jack Andraka was just 15 when he invented an early detection test for three types of cancer. In 2012, working with the team at the John Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Jack created a test that can detect pancreatic,...

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 Read reviewDietland

Dietland

Sarai Walker

A fresh and provocative debut novel about a reclusive young woman saving up for weight loss surgery when she gets drawn into a shadowy feminist guerilla group called Jennifer --equal parts Bridget Jones's Diary and Fight Club

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Prisoners Of War: Season 1 (DVD)

Prisoners Of War: Season 1 (DVD)

Yael Abecassis, Mili Avital, Assi Cohen

The Israeli drama that inspired the US series HomelandPrisoners of War begins with the return of three soldiers who had been in captivity for 17 years. Two of them come back alive; one...

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Without You, There is No Us: My Secret Life Teaching the Sons of North Korea's Elite

Without You, There is No Us: My Secret Life Teaching the Sons of North Korea’s Elite

Suki Kim

It is 2011, and all universities in North Korea have been shut down for an entire year, except for the all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. This is where Suki Kim has accepted a job teaching English. Life at...

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This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

Naomi Klein

You have been told the market will save us, when in fact the addiction to profit and growth is digging us in deeper every day. This book about capitalism states that we can seize this crisis to transform our failed economic system...

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The Most Dangerous Man in the World: The Inside Story on Julian Assange and Wikileaks

The Most Dangerous Man in the World: The Inside Story on Julian Assange and Wikileaks

Andrew Fowler

Hours of top-secret videos and hundreds of thousands of highly classified documents pour from the vaults of the most powerful nation on earth. They expose lies, hypocrisy, cover-ups and high level diplomatic gossip, making...

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Command and Control

Command and Control

Eric Schlosser

Interweaves the minute-by-minute story of an accident at a missile silo in rural Arkansas, where a single crew struggled to prevent the explosion of the most powerful nuclear warhead ever built by the United States, with a...

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Memoirs of an Addicted Brain: A Neuroscientist Examines His Former Life on Drugs

Memoirs of an Addicted Brain: A Neuroscientist Examines His Former Life on Drugs

Marc Lewis

Marc Lewis's relationship with drugs began in a New England boarding school where, as a bullied and homesick fifteen - year - old, he made brief escapes from reality by way of cough medicine, alcohol, and marijuana. In Berkeley,...

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Veronica Mars Collection: Seasons 1 - 3 (DVD)

Veronica Mars Collection: Seasons 1 - 3 (DVD)

Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Percy Daggs, Tina Majorino, Enrico Colantoni

Scandals, secrets and drama unfold in the complete series of TV?s sassiest dark comedy. Veronica Mars takes the best and brainiest of the American culture of crimesolving and adds a unique vision of...

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The Dust That Falls from Dreams

The Dust That Falls from Dreams

Louis de Bernieres

In the brief golden years of King Edward VII's reign, Rosie McCosh and her three sisters are growing up in an idyllic and eccentric household in Kent. But their days of childhood innocence and adventure are destined to be followed...

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We are Pirates: A Novel

We are Pirates: A Novel

Daniel Handler

We Are Pirates! is a novel about our desperate searches for happiness and freedom, about our wild journeys beyond the boundaries of our ordinary lives. Also, it's about a teenage girl who pulls together a ragtag crew...

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Mr Kiss and Tell

Mr Kiss and Tell

Rob Thomas, Jennifer Graham

In the second book in the New York Times bestselling mystery series, Veronica Mars is back with a case that will expose the hidden workings of one of Neptune's most murderous locations.

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 Read reviewThe Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine

The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine

Krissy Kneen

An amazing literary sci-fi superhero sex romp from Australia's genre-bending queen of erotica.

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Nightingale

Nightingale

Fiona McIntosh

A heart-soaring novel of heartbreak and heroism, love and longing by a powerhouse Australian storyteller.

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 Read reviewMy Pop is a Pirate

My Pop is a Pirate

Damon Young, Peter Carnavas

Some pops scream 'Huzzah!' when they dive in dazzling pools. But my pop is a pirate ...he yells 'Aaarrrgghhh!' and buries jewels. All pops are different. But what if your pop was really different? What if your pop was a ...pirate?...

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 Read reviewGhost River

Ghost River

Tony Birch

The river is a place of history and secrets. For Ren and Sonny, two unlikely friends, it's a place of freedom and adventure. For a group of storytelling vagrants, it's a refuge. And for the isolated daughter of a cult reverend,...

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One Life: My Mother's Story

One Life: My Mother’s Story

Kate Grenville

When the author's mother died she left behind many fragments of memoir. Using these memoirs as the starting point, this book tells the story of a woman whose life spanned a century of tumult and change. It is a daughter's intimate...

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 Read reviewFever of Animals

Fever of Animals

Miles Allinson

With the inheritance he received upon his father's death, Miles has come to Europe on the trail of the Romanian surrealist, who disappeared into a forest in 1967. But in trying to unravel the mystery of Bafdescu's secret life,...

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Being There

Being There

David Malouf

After exploring the idea of home, where and what it is in A First Place, what does it mean to be a writer and where writing begins in The Writing Life, David Malouf moves on to words and music and art and...

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Riddledom: 101 Riddles and Their Stories

Riddledom: 101 Riddles and Their Stories

David Astle

After his recent hits - Puzzled and Cluetopia - David Astle continues on his brain-bending path into the field of riddles.

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 Read reviewThe Wonder Lover

The Wonder Lover

Malcolm Knox

The compartments in our father's life were not the separations he needed to build to preserve his sanity. They were his sanity. When he fell in love... when he fell to the abjection he deserved, the walls began dissolving.

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Return: A Palestinian Memoir

Return: A Palestinian Memoir

Ghada Karmi

An extraordinary memoir of exile and the impossibility of finding home

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Kizmet and the Case of the Smashed Violin

Kizmet and the Case of the Smashed Violin

Frank Woodley

From Frank Woodley, much-loved comedian, storyteller and talented artist, comes a hilarious series about an inquisitive young girl, a cheeky currawong bird and a bumbling detective.Unfortunately, when you're the...

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 Read reviewHop Up! Wriggle Over!

Hop Up! Wriggle Over!

Elizabeth Honey

Come and play with a frolicsome family of unique Australian animals. Join in with the satisfying sounds and familiar expressions as the young ones zip, boing and bounce their way through the day.

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Shining: The Story of a Lucky Man

Shining: The Story of a Lucky Man

Abdi Aden, Robert Hillman

A remarkably warm-hearted, uplifting and inspiring story of one boy's survival against the odds. Abdi's world fell apart when he was only fifteen and Somalia's vicious civil war hit Mogadishu. Unable to find his family and...

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Billie's Great Desert Adventure

Billie’s Great Desert Adventure

Sally Rippin, Alisa Coburn

Billie is off on an underwater adventure! Will she be able to save her friends from the great gloopy sea monster?

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I Quit Sugar for Life: 148 Recipes + Meal Plans for Families and Solos

I Quit Sugar for Life: 148 Recipes + Meal Plans for Families and Solos

Sarah Wilson

The much-anticipated follow-up to the runaway health bestseller of 2013, I Quit Sugar.

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All Fall Down

All Fall Down

Matthew Condon

The Three Crooked Kings story ends here ... In Three Crooked Kings we read about the shocking true story of Queensland and how a society was shaped by almost half a century of corruption. In Jacks and Jokers the story continued...

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 Read reviewForeign Soil

Foreign Soil

Maxine Beneba Clarke

In this collection of award-winning stories, Melbourne writer Maxine Beneba Clarke has given a voice to the disenfranchised, the lost, the downtrodden and the mistreated. It will challenge you, it will have you by the...

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The Arrival

The Arrival

Shaun Tan

A unique 128-page, textless graphic novel, in black, white and sepia, drawing inspiration from tales of migrants in past and recent times.

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Burial Rites

Burial Rites

Hannah Kent

Based on a true story, Burial Rites is a deeply moving novel about freedom and the ways we will risk everything for love. In beautiful, cut-glass prose, Hannah Kent portrays Iceland's formidable landscape, and...

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 Read reviewCaptive Prince

Captive Prince

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 reviewRazorhurst

Razorhurst

Justine Larbalestier

Kelpie and Dymphna are accustomed to the mean streets of 1930s Sydney, but this is a day that will test their courage, their loyalty, and their ability to survive both the ill-intentions of the living and the ever-presence of the...

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Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution

Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution

Laurie Penny

Laurie Penny, one of our most prominent young voices of feminism and dissent, presents a trenchant report on our society today--and our society tomorrow, as she is willing to fight to see it.

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From India with Love: Growing Up Australian and the Journey of Self-Discovery That Led Me Back to My Indian Roots

From India with Love: Growing Up Australian and the Journey of Self-Discovery That Led Me Back to My Indian Roots

Latika Bourke

Latika Bourke was adopted from India, aged eight months. Growing up in Bathurst, New South Wales she felt a deep connection to her Australian home and her Australian family. It wasn't until she heard her name uttered in the hit...

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The Monogram Murders: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery

The Monogram Murders: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery

Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie

The new Hercule Poirot novel - another brilliant murder mystery that can only be solved by the eponymous Belgian detective and his 'little grey cells'.

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