Melbourne Writers Festival 2016

White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World

White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World

Geoff Dyer

In the spirit of Yoga For People Who Can't Be Bothered To Do It, his critically acclaimed collection of travel writing, Geoff Dyer is back on the road

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The City of Mirrors

The City of Mirrors

Justin Cronin

The third and final instalment of the bestselling The Passage trilogy

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Thatcher Stole My Trousers

Thatcher Stole My Trousers

Alexei Sayle

Elegantly written and painfully funny--here is the second volume of memoirs from the acclaimed stand-up comedian, novelist and actor, Alexei Sayle.

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 Read reviewThe Turner House

The Turner House

Angela Flournoy

The Turners have lived on Yarrow Street for over fifty years. Their house has seen thirteen children grown and gone-and some returned; it has seen the arrival of grandchildren, the fall of Detroit's East Side, the loss of a...

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We Need to Talk About Kevin

We Need to Talk About Kevin

Lionel Shriver

Two years ago, Eva Khatchadourian's son, Kevin, murdered seven of his fellow high-school students, a cafeteria worker, and a popular algebra teacher. Because he was only 15 at the time of the killings, he received a lenient...

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Ordinary Light: A Memoir

Ordinary Light: A Memoir

Tracy K Smith

The youngest of five children, Tracy K. Smith was raised with limitless affection and a firm belief in God by a stay-at-home mother and an engineer father. But just as Tracy is about to leave home for college, her mother is...

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Feral: Rewilding the Land, Sea and Human Life

Feral: Rewilding the Land, Sea and Human Life

George Monbiot

How many of us sometimes feel that we are scratching at the walls of this life, seeking to find our way into a wider space beyond? That our mild, polite existence sometimes seems to crush the breath out of us? This book deals with...

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Kings Rising

Kings Rising

C. S. Pacat

Book 3 of the Captive Prince trilogyHis identity now revealed, Damen must face his master Prince Laurent as Damianos of Akielos, the man Laurent has sworn to kill.On the brink of a momentous battle, the...

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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 reviewGaysia: Adventures in the Queer East

Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East

Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law considers himself pretty lucky to live in Australia: he can hold his boyfriend's hand in public and lobby his politicians to recognise same-sex marriage. As the child of migrants, though, he also wonders how different...

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What the Family Needed

What the Family Needed

Steven Amsterdam

'Okay, tell me which do you want: to be able to fly or to be invisible?' This question leads to thirty years of discoveries, extraordinary strengths and closely guarded secrets. This narrative deals with a family whose members...

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Things We Didn't See Coming

Things We Didn’t See Coming

Steven Amsterdam

It's the anxious eve of the millennium. The car is packed to capacity, and as midnight approaches, a family flees the city in a fit of panic, paranoid and conflicting emotions. The ensuing journey spans decades and offers a...

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 Read reviewHeat and Light

Heat and Light

Ellen Van Neerven

In this award-winning work of fiction, Ellen van Neerven takes her readers on a journey that is mythical, mystical and still achingly real. Over three parts, she takes traditional storytelling and gives it a unique,...

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Unpolished Gem

Unpolished Gem

Alice Pung

Offers a vivid and ironic sense of two worlds. Combines the story of Pung's life growing up in suburban Footscray, with the inherited stories of the women in her family.

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 Read reviewLaurinda

Laurinda

Alice Pung

Laurinda is an exclusive school for girls. At its hidden centre of power is The Cabinet, a triangle of girls who wield power over their classmates -- and some of their teachers. Entering this world of wealth and secrets is Lucy...

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The Bush: Travels in the Heart of Australia

The Bush: Travels in the Heart of Australia

Don Watson

Taking you a on a journey through Australias landscape, and its inhabitants, this book examines what we have made, what we have destroyed, and what we have become in the process.

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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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The Science of Appearances

The Science of Appearances

Jacinta Halloran

A brilliant story of family and heredity, of the things that bind us and that wrench us apart

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Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier's Story

Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story

Matti Friedman

An unflinching look at the way we conduct war today. Part memoir, part reportage, part elegy for lost youth, Pumpkinflowers powerful narrative captures the birth of today's chaotic Middle East and the rise of a 21st century type...

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We're All Going to Die

We’re All Going to Die

Leah Kaminsky

An inspiring and joyful book about celebrating life in the face of death. The one certainty about life is that everybody is going to die. Yet again and again, we deny this central fact of our lives. We ignore it,...

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Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and the Other Thing

Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and the Other Thing

Ashleigh Wilson

The first authorized biography of this iconic twentieth-century artist, illustrated with classic artworks, rare notebook sketches and candid family photos.

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The Fighter: A True Story

The Fighter: A True Story

Arnold Zable

Henry Nissen was a champion boxer, the boy from Amess Street in working-class Carlton who fought his way up to beat some of the world's best in the 1970s. Now, he works on the Melbourne docks, loading and unloading, taking shifts...

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Comfort Zone

Comfort Zone

Lindsay Tanner

An astute novel about inner-city Australian racism - and about humanity emerging in the face of reality.Jack van Duyn is in his comfort zone. A pot-bellied, unfit, round-shouldered cabbie in his...

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Juneau: Wisdom Tree 4

Juneau: Wisdom Tree 4

Nick Earls

Juneau: an acutely observed moment in which we see the universe. Set in what was once a Canadian gold-­rush town, it's about lineage, sons and fathers and great uncles, and how we're connected through time and across the...

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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 Hate Race

The Hate Race

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Suburban Australia. Sweltering heat. Three bedroom blonde-brick. Family of five. Beat-up Ford Falcon. Vegemite on toast. Maxine Beneba Clarke's life is just like all the other Aussie kids on her street. Except for this one,...

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 Read reviewWasted: A Story of Alcohol, Grief and a Death in Brisbane

Wasted: A Story of Alcohol, Grief and a Death in Brisbane

Elspeth Muir

In 2009 Elspeth Muir's youngest brother finished his last university exam and went out with some mates to get drunk. Later that night he wandered to the Story Bridge. He put his phone, wallet, T-shirt and thongs on the walkway,...

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 Read reviewSkylarking

Skylarking

Kate Mildenhall

'A brave, beautiful and richly textured book that delicately explores the fault lines in love and friendship.' --Lucy Treloar A spellbinding tale of friendship and desire, memory and truth, which questions what it is to remember...

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Beautiful Failures

Beautiful Failures

Lucy Clark

I want to tell you a story about my daughter, my beautiful failure. Every day of her high school life was a struggle. She woke up in the morning and the thought of going to school was like an enormous mountain to...

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Trans: A Memoir

Trans: A Memoir

Juliet Jacques

Moving memoir and insightful examination of transgender politics.

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East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

Philippe Sands, QC

A uniquely personal exploration of the origins of international law, centring on the Nuremberg Trials, the city of Lviv and a secret family history

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 Read reviewThe Natural Way of Things

The Natural Way of Things

Charlotte Wood

The Natural Way of Things is a fascinating and brilliant addition to Charlotte Wood's acclaimed fiction, thematically and stylistically quite a departure for her, but every inch as gripping, insightful and emotionally engaging as...

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 Read reviewThe Island Will Sink

The Island Will Sink

Briohny Doyle

With this gripping postmodern novel in the vein of Michel Houellebecq and Phillip K. Dick, Briohny Doyle gives us a glimpse of a grave new world we all might soon face, and in so doing announces herself as a serious literary...

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 Read reviewThe Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Richard Flanagan

Forever after, there were for them only two sorts of men: the men who were on the Line, and the rest of humanity, who were not. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Burma Death Railway, surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by...

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Comfort Food

Comfort Food

Ellen van Neerven

Following on from the success of her award-winning fiction debut, Heat and Light, Ellen van Neerven announces herself as a talented poet with this intoxicating collection. Moving between places and cultures, Comfort Food...

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Everywhere I Look

Everywhere I Look

Helen Garner

Helen Garner is one of Australia's greatest writers. Her short non-fiction has enormous range. Spanning fifteen years of work, Everywhere I Look is a book full of unexpected moments, sudden shafts of light, piercing intuition,...

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 Read reviewThe High Places

The High Places

Fiona McFarlane

These wide-ranging stories resonate in the way of only the finest writing and the most pleasurable reading. There are storylines that seem straightforward on the surface but have a dozen things circling underneath, others that sit...

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In Other Words: Forty Years of Essays

In Other Words: Forty Years of Essays

Goenawan Mohamad, Jennifer Lindsay

Goenawan Mohamad is one of Indonesia's foremost literary figures and public intellectuals, and this translated volume of essays, from 1968 to 2014, demonstrates the breadth of his perceptive and...

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 Read reviewWelcome to Country

Welcome to Country

Aunty Joy Murphy, Lisa Kennedy

This is an expansive and generous Welcome to Country from a most respected Elder, Aunty Joy Murphy, beautifully given form by Indigenous artist Lisa Kennedy.

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Walking Towards Ourselves: Indian Women Tell Their Stories

Walking Towards Ourselves: Indian Women Tell Their Stories

Catriona Mitchell

Walking Towards Ourselves gets behind the headlines and finds out what it means to be an Indian woman today. Walk in the shoes of some of India's foremost women writers and thinkers, and go on a journey into their...

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Squishy Taylor in Zero Gravity (Book 5)

Squishy Taylor in Zero Gravity (Book 5)

Ailsa Wild, Ben Wood

A hilarious junior fiction book series from Australian author Ailsa Wild about solving mysteries, blending families and leaping to conclusions quicker than a ninja-gazelle!

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 Read reviewThe Healing Party: A Novel

The Healing Party: A Novel

Micheline Lee

An electrifying debut novel about faith and lies, the spirit and the flesh.When her mother is diagnosed with a terminal illness, Natasha returns to the home she fled many years before. But her father, a Charismatic...

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A Girl is a Half-formed Thing

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing

Eimear McBride

Tells in brutal detail the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. In this title, the author touches on everything from family violence to sexuality and the...

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The Lesser Bohemians

The Lesser Bohemians

Eimear McBride

One night in London an eighteen year old girl, recently arrived from Ireland to study drama, meets an older actor and a tumultuous relationship ensues. Set across the bedsits and squats of mid-nineties north London, this novel...

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 Read reviewCharlie and the War Against the Grannies

Charlie and the War Against the Grannies

Alan Brough

Charlie didn't want Mrs Cyclopolos to explode. He just wanted a paper round.

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Freeman's: Family

Freeman’s: Family

John Freeman

Freeman's: Family is the second literary anthology in the series reviewers are calling 'bold' (Minneapolis Star-Tribune) and 'refreshing' (Chicago Literati). Following a debut issue on the theme of 'Arrival', Freeman...

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Invisible Women

Invisible Women

Ruth Wykes, Kylie Fox

When news of a murdered woman hits the headlines in Australia, people sit up and take notice. Unless that woman happens to be a sex worker. Invisible Women tells the stories of several murdered sex workers - all of whom...

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 Read reviewThe Light on the Water

The Light on the Water

Olga Lorenzo

A little girl disappears in the wilderness. Two years later her mother is arrested for her murder. A provocative and unflinching literary novel of love, guilt and grief set against the wilderness of the Australian coast.

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Jack and Mollie (and Her)

Jack and Mollie (and Her)

Jordie Albiston

Vibrantly playful and formally extraordinary, Albistion's exuberant long poem captures the voices of two very likeable dogs and their unlikely 'ownee', offering a gloriously oblique portrait of the canine adventures that map a...

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Overland 223, Winter 2016

Overland 223, Winter 2016

Jacinda Woodhead

One of Australia's oldest literary magazines, Overland has been publishing brilliant and progressive fiction, poetry, nonfiction and art since 1954. Today, the magazine continues to highlight ideas and authors you won't find...

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Quarterly Essay 63: Enemy Within - American Politics in the Time of Trump

Quarterly Essay 63: Enemy Within - American Politics in the Time of Trump

Don Watson

In Enemy Within, Don Watson takes a memorable journey into the heart of the United States in the year 2016 - and the strangest election campaign that country has seen.

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 Read reviewAmerican Journeys

American Journeys

Don Watson

In May 2005, on a sudden impulse, Don Watson took a train called The Southwest Chief from Chicago to Los Angeles: like a woodworm, he thought, drilling a tiny groove into the bark of the republic. Long before it reached LA, Watson...

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Griffith Review 52: Imagining the Future

Griffith Review 52: Imagining the Future

Julianne Schultz, Brendan Gleeson

Australian politics and national life are trapped in a permanent present. There are few opportunities to imagine the future, and even fewer to create it. Politics, commerce, media all focus relentlessly on the here and now. This...

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 Read reviewRebellious Daughters

Rebellious Daughters

Maria Katsonis, Lee Kofman

Good daughters hold their tongues, obey their elders and let their families determine their destiny. Rebellious daughters are just the opposite.

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 Read reviewThe Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047

The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047

Lionel Shriver

The brilliant new novel from the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need to Talk about Kevin centres on three generations of The Mandible family as a fiscal crisis hits a near-future America

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 Read reviewBlack Rock White City

Black Rock White City

A.S. Patric

Intensely human, yet majestic in its moral vision, Black Rock White City is an essential story of Australia's suburbs now, of displacement and immediate threat, and the unexpected responses of two refugees as...

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 Read reviewRuins

Ruins

Rajith Savanadasa

In the bustling streets, overcrowded hospitals and glittering nightclubs of Colombo, five family members find their bonds stretched to breaking point in the aftermath of the Sri Lankan civil war.

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From Victims to Suspects: Muslim Women Since 9/11

From Victims to Suspects: Muslim Women Since 9/11

Shakira Hussein

The so - called War on Terror, in its many incarnations, has always been a war with gender at its heart. Once regarded as helpless victims waiting to be rescued, Muslim women are now widely regarded by both Muslim and non - Muslim...

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 Read reviewIn the Quiet

In the Quiet

Eliza Henry-Jones

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The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures

The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures

Christine Kenneally

The Invisible History of the Human Race describes how biology, psychology, and history shape us as individuals.

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 Read reviewPosition Doubtful: Mapping Landscapes and Memories

Position Doubtful: Mapping Landscapes and Memories

Kim Mahood

Imagine the document you have before you is not a book but a map. It is well-used, creased, and folded, so that when you open it, no matter how carefully, something tears, and a line that is neither latitude nor longitude opens in...

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 Read reviewThe Family Law

The Family Law

Benjamin Law

Meet the Law family - eccentric, endearing and hard to resist. Your guide: Benjamin, the third of five children and a born humorist. Join him as he tries to answer some puzzling questions: why won't his Chinese dad wear...

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Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently

Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently

Steve Silberman

Winner of the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, this Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller upends conventional thinking about autism and suggests a broader model for acceptance, understanding and full participation...

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Hey Jack! That's Another Big Book

Hey Jack! That’s Another Big Book

Sally Rippin

This is Jack. Jack and his friends love birthday parties, camping holidays and building hide-outs. If there's an adventure to be had, Jack will be there! Ten cool stories and loads of cool activities inside! Contains 10 Hey Jack!...

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The Bone Sparrow

The Bone Sparrow

Zana Fraillon

Subhi's imagination is as big as the ocean and wide as the sky, but his world is much smaller: he's spent his whole life in an immigration detention centre. The Bone Sparrow is a powerful, heartbreaking, sometimes funny...

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Wordburger

Wordburger

David Astle

How to be a champion word puzzler in 20 quick bites! Packed with word puzzles, tongue twisters and brain teasers, this book will give readers all the ingredients they need to solve cryptic crosswords.

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 Read reviewThe Life of Houses

The Life of Houses

Lisa Gorton

The Life of Houses is the new novel by the acclaimed poet Lisa Gorton, whose first book of poetry, Press Release, won the Victorian Premier's Award for Poetry, and whose second collection, Hotel Hyperion, was...

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 Read reviewLike a House on Fire

Like a House on Fire

Cate Kennedy

From prizewinning short-story writer Cate Kennedy comes a new collection to rival her highly acclaimedDark Roots. In Like a House on Fire, Kennedy once again takes ordinary lives and dissects their ironies and injustices and...

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 Read reviewWhat Do You Wish for?

What Do You Wish for?

Jane Godwin, Anna Walker

All the children in the street are writing down a special Christmas wish. But what is Ruby's wish? What does she wish for at Christmas time? Ruby thinks of all the things that make Christmas special...From this...

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 Read reviewOur Magic Hour

Our Magic Hour

Jennifer Down

Katy's unexpected suicide forever changes life for her best friend Audrey, and their group of close friends in their twenties.

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Queer Wars

Queer Wars

Dennis Altman, Jonathan Symons

The claim that 'LGBT rights are human rights' encounters fierce opposition in many parts of the world, as governments and religious leaders have used resistance to 'LGBT rights' to cast themselves as defenders of traditional...

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Ghost Girls

Ghost Girls

Cath Ferla

Winter in Sydney. The city is brimming with foreign students. Sophie Sandilands takes a job teaching at an English language school. When one of her students leaps to her death it becomes clear that lurking within the psyche of...

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 Read reviewTalking to My Country

Talking to My Country

Stan Grant

Talking To My Country is that rare and special book that talks to every Australian about their country - what it is, and what it could be. It is not just about race, or about indigenous people but all of us, our shared identity....

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 Read reviewBanana Girl

Banana Girl

Michele Lee

Michele Lee describes herself as the ‘fence-sitting' middle child in a large Hmong-Australian family. Banana Girl is the explosive and poignant memoir of her rites of passage. Sexy, irreverent and nuanced, Lee isn't afraid...

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The Near and the Far: New Stories from the Asia-Pacific Region

The Near and the Far: New Stories from the Asia-Pacific Region

David Carlin, Francesca Rendle-Short

From 22 of the best writers in the Asia-Pacific region comes a collection about finding connections where you least expect them.

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 Read reviewAtmospheric: The Burning Story of Climate Change

Atmospheric: The Burning Story of Climate Change

Carole Wilkinson

This burning story of climate change is a new book in the award-winning non-fiction series for teens, The Drum.

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 Read reviewThe Strays

The Strays

Emily Bitto

On her first day of school, Lily Struthers meets Eva, one of the daughters of the infamous avant-garde artist Evan Trentham. He and his wife are attempting to escape the stifling conservatism of 1930s Australia by inviting other...

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The Diemenois: Being the Correct and True Account of the Sensational Escape, Seclusion, and Cruel Demise of a Most Infamous Man

The Diemenois: Being the Correct and True Account of the Sensational Escape, Seclusion, and Cruel Demise of a Most Infamous Man

JW Clennett

In this brilliant stretch of the imagination, JW Clennett brings an alternative history of the early Australian colony to life as a stunning new graphic novel.

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The Mind of the Islamic State

The Mind of the Islamic State

Robert Manne

So often in history, it is ideas that kill ... What are the ideas that drive the Islamic State? How did it develop and systematise its unique form of apocalyptic violence? In this gripping account, Robert Manne shows how the...

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Inbetween Days

Inbetween Days

Vikki Wakefield

At seventeen, Jacklin Bates is all grown up. She's dropped out of school. She's living with her runaway sister, Trudy, and she's in secret, obsessive love with Luke, who doesn't love her back. She's stuck in Mobius - a dying town...

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 Read reviewThe Eye of the Sheep

The Eye of the Sheep

Sofie Laguna

Winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2015.

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 Read reviewMothermorphosis: Australia's Best Storytellers Write About Becoming a Mother

Mothermorphosis: Australia’s Best Storytellers Write About Becoming a Mother

Monica Dux

Beaming with joy. A natural mother.Worst Mother. Best mother. Guilt-ridden.Incompetent. Exhausted.The mythology of motherhood is often reduced to cliché. But how do we articulate the complex internal conflicts,...

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 Read reviewWe. Are. Family.

We. Are. Family.

Paul Mitchell

Three brothers are forced to confront the quiet, pervasive violence of their family's past and the distances to which they have all carried their father's pain into their own futures. Paul Mitchell's episodic novel is an...

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 Read reviewBetween a Wolf and a Dog

Between a Wolf and a Dog

Georgia Blain

Ester is a family therapist with an appointment book that catalogues the woes of the middle class. She spends her days helping others find happiness, but her own family relationships are tense and frayed. Estranged from both her...

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 Read reviewHigh Sobriety: My Year without Booze

High Sobriety: My Year without Booze

Jill Stark

In re-examining her habits, Jill also explores Australia's love affair with alcohol, meeting alcopop-swigging teens who drink to fit in, beer-swilling blokes in a sporting culture backed by booze, and marketing bigwigs blamed for...

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 Read reviewThe Art of Reading

The Art of Reading

Damon Young

We are not born readers, we learn to turn words into worlds. But why is fine writing lauded while excellent reading is ignored?

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The Cosmopolitans

The Cosmopolitans

Anjum Hasan

Qayenaat is a middle-aged editor and critic who hovers at the edge of the Bangalore art scene. Her old friend and former protégé, Baban Reddy, has become a hugely successful artist on the international stage and his...

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