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 Novel: A Survival Skill

The Novel: A Survival Skill

Tim Parks

The Novel: A Survival Skill radically reevaluates traditional literary criticism offering an exciting account of what is really at stake in the business of writing and reading.

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Thomas and Mary: A Love Story

Thomas and Mary: A Love Story

Tim Parks

Thomas and Mary have been married for thirty years. They have two children, a dog, a house in the suburbs. But after years of drifting apart, things - finally - come to a head.

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A Literary Tour of Italy

A Literary Tour of Italy

Tim Parks

From Boccaccio and Machiavelli through to Moravia and Tabucchi, from the Stil Novo to Divisionism, across centuries of history and intellectual movements, these essays will give English readers, and lovers of the Bel Paese and its...

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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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The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible

The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible

Matti Friedman

'The Aleppo Codex could be read as a thriller. It could also be read as a history of the Jewish people, or as a meditation on history and myth ... This great book comes closer to containing everything than any book I've read in a...

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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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Damned Whores and God's Police

Damned Whores and God’s Police

Anne Summers

Sexual harassment, domestic violence and date rape had not been named, although they certainly existed, when Damned Whores and God's Police was first published in 1975. That was before the Sex Discrimination Act of 1984 and before...

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Yassmin's Story

Yassmin’s Story

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Frank, fearless, funny, articulate and inspiring, Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a dynamo, a young Muslim dynamo offering a bracing breath of fresh air - and hope.At 21, Yassmin found herself working on a remote Australian...

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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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 Read reviewThe Paper House

The Paper House

Anna Spargo-Ryan

Anna Spargo-Ryan's astonishing debut: the stylistically brilliant, fearless and heartbreaking story of a woman grieving the death of her child.

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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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 Special priceTruly Madly Guilty

Truly Madly Guilty

Liane Moriarty

It was just an ordinary backyard barbeque on a Sunday afternoon. Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One yapping dog. What could possibly go wrong?

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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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Of Ashes and Rivers That Run to the Sea

Of Ashes and Rivers That Run to the Sea

Marie Munkara

Heartbreaking, darkly funny and deeply moving, Of Ashes and Rivers that Run to the Sea is a fearless account of being a young woman caught between two worlds.

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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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Unnecessary Wars

Unnecessary Wars

Henry Reynolds

Australian governments find it easy to go to war. Their leaders seem to be able to withdraw with a calm conscience, answerable neither to God nor humanity.' Australia lost 600 men in the Boer War, a three - year conflict fought in...

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Our Tiny, Useless Hearts

Our Tiny, Useless Hearts

Toni Jordan

A romantic comedy about sex, marriage and the benefits and drawbacks of being a grownup.

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 Read reviewA Loving, Faithful Animal

A Loving, Faithful Animal

Josephine Rowe

It is New Year's Eve, 1990, and Ru's father has disappeared again. Haunted by the horrors of the Vietnam War, Jack has been an erratic - and at times violent - presence in his family's life. Meanwhile, Ru's sister, Lani, is...

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The Magicians

The Magicians

Lev Grossman

Quentin Coldwater's life is changed forever by an apparently chance encounter: when he turns up for his entrance interview to Princeton he finds his interviewer dead - but a strange envelope bearing Quentin's name leads him down a...

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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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The Magician King

The Magician King

Lev Grossman

Nothing is ever as it seems Quentin Coldwater is king of the bizarre and wonderful land of Fillory, but the days and nights of royal luxury are losing their appeal and Quentin is getting restless. Even in heaven a man needs a...

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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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The Magician's Land

The Magician’s Land

Lev Grossman

Coldwater has lost everything. He has been cast out of the secret magical land of Fillory and now, friendless and broke, he returns to where his story began: Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. But Quentin's past soon catches...

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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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The Dry

The Dry

Jane Harper

A brutal crime rocks a town suffering the worst drought in a century. Winner of the 2015 Victorian Premier's Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.

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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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Secret City

Secret City

Steve Lewis, Chris Uhlmann

Tie-in to the six-part political thriller coming soon to Foxtel based on The Marmalade Files and The Mandarin Code. Two books in one: The Marmalade Files When seasoned newshound Harry...

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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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 Read reviewEverywhere 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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The Unwinding: Thirty Years of American Decline

The Unwinding: Thirty Years of American Decline

George Packer

America is in crisis. In the space of a generation, it has become more than ever a country of winners and losers, as industries have failed, institutions have disappeared and the country's focus has shifted to idolise celebrity...

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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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 Read reviewSmall Acts of Disappearance

Small Acts of Disappearance

Fiona Wright

Small Acts of Disappearance is a collection of ten essays that describes the authors affliction with an eating disorder which begins in high school, and escalates into life-threatening anorexia over the next ten years. Fiona...

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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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Life of Pi: A Novel

Life of Pi: A Novel

Yann Martel, Salley Vickers

Winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize for fiction

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Introducing Teddy

Introducing Teddy

Jessica Walton

Introducing Teddy is an accessible and heart-warming story about being yourself and being a good friend, while encouraging the youngest readers to think about gender identity.

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The High Mountains of Portugal

The High Mountains of Portugal

Yann Martel

The long-awaited new novel from the Booker Prize-winning author of the worldwide phenomenon Life of Pi

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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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Dark Emu: Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident?

Dark Emu: Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident?

Bruce Pascoe

Dark Emu puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for precolonial Aboriginal Australians. The evidence insists that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using...

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Salt Creek

Salt Creek

Lucy Treloar

A stunning debut novel from the regional winner of the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

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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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Subtraction

Subtraction

Fiona Hile

"Subtraction is Hile's syntactical sublime in full lyric reboot, ecstatic as science fiction and alien as love." - Astrid Lorange

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The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships

The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships

Neil Strauss

Neil Strauss became famous to millions around the world as the author of The Game, an account of how he transformed himself from a scrawny, insecure nerd into the ultra-confident, ultra-successful 'pickup artist' known as Style....

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The Ice Age: A Journey into Crystal Meth Addiction

The Ice Age: A Journey into Crystal Meth Addiction

Luke Williams

A topical, insightful investigation into a drug that has taken a ferocious grip on societies around the world - told by a man intimately acquainted with it.

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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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Drawing Blood

Drawing Blood

Molly Crabapple

From Molly Crabapple comes Drawing Blood, a memoir that will change the way you think about art, sex, politics, and survival in our times.

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Prostitution Narratives: Stories of Survival in the Sex Trade

Prostitution Narratives: Stories of Survival in the Sex Trade

Caroline Norma, Melinda Tankard Reist

For too long the global sex industry and its vested interests have dominated the prostitution debate repeating the same old line that sex work is just like any job. In large sections of the media, academia, public policy,...

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Australia's Second Chance: What Our History Tells Us About Our Future

Australia’s Second Chance: What Our History Tells Us About Our Future

George Megalogenis

The bestselling author of The Australian Moment asks the most important question confronting the country right now - how do we maintain our winning streak?

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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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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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 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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This Annoying Domestic Life: A Mindless Colouring Book for the Whole Goddamn Family

This Annoying Domestic Life: A Mindless Colouring Book for the Whole Goddamn Family

Oslo Davis

Domestic bliss? As if! Home is where the annoying is. But home is also where you can colour in, without the shame of people seeing you!This Annoying Domestic Life, the follow-up to Oslo Davis' This...

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Offshore: Behind the Wire on Nauru and Manus

Offshore: Behind the Wire on Nauru and Manus

Madeline Gleeson

Winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Writing for Non-fiction 2017What has happened on Nauru and Manus since Australia began its most recent offshore processing regime in 2012?<br...

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The Shadow Game

The Shadow Game

Steve Lewis, Chris Uhlmann

Scandal, vengeance, redemption in the third book in the series that inspired Foxtel's Secret City. Beloved yet dishevelled newshound Harry Dunkley has fallen about as low as it's possible to get, disgraced and...

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Ghost Empire

Ghost Empire

Richard Fidler

Ghost Empire is a rare treasure - an utterly captivating blend of the historical and the contemporary, realised by a master storyteller.

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 Special priceEvatt: A Life

Evatt: A Life

John Murphy

John Murphy's Evatt: A life is a biography of Australian parliamentarian and jurist HV Evatt. Remembered as the first foreign minister to argue for an independent Australian policy in the 1940s and...

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From Now on Everything Will be Different

From Now on Everything Will be Different

Eliza Vitri Handayani

As democratic reforms swept Indonesia in the late nineties, the nation's young generation asked themselves: what does it mean to be free? Spanning fifteen years, this novel follows the struggles and hopes, loves and...

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 Read reviewIn the Quiet

In the Quiet

Eliza Henry-Jones

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 Read reviewThe Toymaker

The Toymaker

Liam Pieper

Adam Kulakov likes his life. He's on the right side of middle age; the toy company he owns brightens the lives of millions of children around the world; and he has more money than he can ever spend, a wife and child he adores, and...

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The Republic

The Republic

Seamus Murphy

One hundred years after Ireland's 1916 Rising, the revolt that ultimately lead to independence, who are the Irish and what has become of the republic they made? In this book, the author digs deep to discover the forces and...

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The Hollow of the Hand

The Hollow of the Hand

P. J. Harvey, Seamus Murphy

The debut book by artist and writer PJ Harvey, in collaboration with film-maker and photographer Seamus Murphy, emerges as a one-of-a-kind collection of poetry and images.

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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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His Whole Life

His Whole Life

Elizabeth Hay

The captivating new novel by the #1 Canadian bestselling, Giller Prize-winning author of Late Nights on Air and Alone in the Classroom

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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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Gender Failure

Gender Failure

Rae Spoon, Ivan E. Coyote

A powerful collaboration between two extraordinary performer-writers on matters of gender and identity.

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How Did We Get into This Mess?: Politics, Equality, Nature

How Did We Get into This Mess?: Politics, Equality, Nature

George Monbiot

George Monbiot is one of the most vocal, and eloquent, critics of the current consensus. In How Did We Get into This Mess?, he brilliantly anatomises the state we are in: the devastation of our environment, the crisis of...

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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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Diary of a Foreign Minister

Diary of a Foreign Minister

Bob Carr

Six years after vacating his position as the longest - serving Premier of New South Wales, Bob Carr returned to politics in his dream job: as Foreign Minister of Australia and a senior federal cabinet minister. For 18 months he...

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The Wonder Trail: True Stories from Los Angeles to the End of the World

The Wonder Trail: True Stories from Los Angeles to the End of the World

Steve Hely

Steve Hely, writer for 30 Rock, The Office and American Dad!, and recipient of the Thurber Prize for American Humor, presents a travel book about his journey through Central and South America.Part travel book, part pop...

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 Read reviewHope Farm

Hope Farm

Peggy Frew

'They were inescapable, the tensions of the adult world - the fraught and febrile aura that surrounded Ishtar and those in her orbit, that whined and creaked like a wire pulled too tight.'

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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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The Billie B Brown Collection 2

The Billie B Brown Collection 2

Sally Rippin, Eloise Mignon

Billie B Brown is back! Do you remember what the B stands for? It's for Brave, Brilliant and Bold! The Billie B stories have quickly become favourites for girls all over the world. This audio collection brings together five...

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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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 Read reviewThe 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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Gezani and the Tricky Baboon

Gezani and the Tricky Baboon

Valanga Khoza, Sally Rippin

South African musician and story-teller, Valanga Khoza, tells a cautionary tale of boys, baboons and bananas.

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The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World

The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World

Michael Marmot

There are dramatic differences in health between countries and within countries. But this is not a simple matter of rich and poor. A poor man in Glasgow is rich compared to the average Indian, but the Glaswegian's life expectancy...

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Burnt Umber

Burnt Umber

Paul Hetherington

In this expansive and exciting collection Hetherington moves with power and grace through an impressive range of form and content. The poems burst with tense and detailed images shot through with meditations on grief absence and...

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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 reviewMy First Lesson: Stories Inspired by Laurinda

My First Lesson: Stories Inspired by Laurinda

Alice Pung

Following the success of Alice Pung's first YA novel, Laurinda, comes a collection of vivid and surprising stories from young Australians. Inspired by themes of identity and belonging, conflict and bullying, power and...

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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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 Special priceBibliodiversity: A Manifesto for Independent Publishing

Bibliodiversity: A Manifesto for Independent Publishing

Susan Hawthorne

A scathing critique of the global publishing industry: free speech and fair speech, environmental costs of mainstream publishing and promises and challenges of the move to digital publishing. Susan is Director of Spinifex Press

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For The Common Weal The Public High School In Victoria 1910 - 2010

For The Common Weal The Public High School In Victoria 1910 - 2010

Richard Teese

For the Common Weal is a study of the rise of the public high school in Victoria over the last 100 years.This is a history which begins with a fundamental shift in the economic strategies of Australian...

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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 reviewAcute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen

Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen

Erik Jensen

An unflinching portrait of talent and addiction. In 2008 the artist Adam Cullen invited journalist Erik Jensen to stay in his spare room and write his biography. What followed were four years of intense honesty and a relationship...

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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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Little Lunch: Triple the Treats

Little Lunch: Triple the Treats

Danny Katz, Mitch Vane

This is what happened during Little Lunch: Rory forgot his playlunch and did something that shocked everyone, Battie freaked out because he thought he'd ruined Grandparents Day and Melanie held a cake stall to help homeless...

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Holidays

Holidays

William McInnes

From bestselling author William McInnes, a book about the languid, unending holidays of summer; it's about going away and staying at home, about sunburn, seagulls, family and friends.

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Village Rumours

Village Rumours

Rebecca Shaw

In Rebecca Shaw's latest scintillating tale of village life, hearts will be broken, families reunited and long-hidden secrets will finally come to light.

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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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A Few Days in the Country: And Other Stories

A Few Days in the Country: And Other Stories

Elizabeth Harrower

Internationally acclaimed for her five brilliant novels, Elizabeth Harrower is also the author of a small body of short fiction. A Few Days in the Country brings together for the first time her stories published in...

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Dust on the Horizon

Dust on the Horizon

Tricia Stringer

From bestselling author Tricia Stringer, comes this compelling stand-alone historical saga, which can also be read as a sequel to Heart of the Country, the first book in the Flinders Ranges series. 1881 ...

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A Treasury of Cartoons

A Treasury of Cartoons

First Dog on the Moon

From the country's enormously popular and only marsupial Walkley award-winning cartoonist - a collection of his greatest hits from 2009 till now.First Dog on the Moon, handsome and debonair correspondent...

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Coming of Age: Growing Up Muslim in Australia

Coming of Age: Growing Up Muslim in Australia

Amra Pajalic, Demet Divaroren

In this refreshing and fascinating collection, twelve Muslim-Australians - some known names, some not - reveal their fascinating, funny, candid stories of growing up with a dual identity.

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The Apocalypse Awards

The Apocalypse Awards

Nathan Curnow

The Apocalypse Awards represents an exciting change in direction of Nathan Curnow's award winning poetic voice. Inspired by the absurdity of the modern world, this new work charts our collective obsession with the end times, the...

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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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Archer Magazine Issue Six: The She/Hers Issue

Archer Magazine Issue Six: The She/Hers Issue

Amy Middleton

The SHE/HERS issue -- Archer Magazine #6Sex and motherhood by Carly LorenteTrans in the public eye by Jordan RaskopoulsSexual diversity and Aboriginal cultures by Alison...

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The Bloomin' Notions of Other & Beau

The Bloomin' Notions of Other & Beau

Toby Fitch

The Bloomin' Notions of Other & Beau is a book of antipodes-inversions-of the prose poems collected in Rimbaud's Les Illuminations, which Toby Fitch turns upside down, hijacking and re-versing their content.

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 Read reviewHoliday in Cambodia

Holiday in Cambodia

Laura Jean McKay

Beyond the killing fields and the temples of Angkor Wat is Cambodia: a country with a genocidal past and a wide, open smile. A frontier land where anything is possible - at least for Western expatriates. In these loosely...

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Palace of Culture

Palace of Culture

Ania Walwicz

Palace of Culture is a dream diary, leading the reader into a personal and surreal engagement with the bewildering complexity of contemporary popular culture. Like her previous work Red Roses,...

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Jam Sticky Vision

Jam Sticky Vision

Luke Beesley

Jam Sticky Vision is the successor to Luke Beesley's highly-regarded third book of poetry, New Works on Paper, published by Giramondo in 2013. The poems in this collection blend observation, memory and...

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Fainting with Freedom

Fainting with Freedom

Ouyang Yu

Fainting with Freedom displays Ouyang Yu's characteristic wrestlings with absurdity, the quotidian and the pain of history, while maintaining a distinctly different take on what constitutes 'the self'. The poems shimmer with...

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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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The Urban Condition

The Urban Condition

Brendan Gleeson

This book will speak to the new human epoch, the Urban Age. A majority of humanity now lives for the first time in cities. The city, the highest invention of the modern age, is now the human heartland. And yet the same...

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Suite for Percy Grainger

Suite for Percy Grainger

Jessica L. Wilkinson

'Suite for Percy Grainger: a biography' is an experimental poetic work on the life and times of one of Australia's most innovative and diversely accomplished musicians and composers, Percy Grainger. Alongside his immense musical...

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The Killing Season Uncut

The Killing Season Uncut

Sarah Ferguson, Patricia Drum

Australians came to the ABC's The Killing Season in droves, their fascination with the brutal Rudd - Gillard struggle as enduring as the saga itself. This is the book that brings you the uncut version 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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New and Selected Poems

New and Selected Poems

Gig Ryan

The emotional and social power of Gig Ryans poems have exerted an influence over two generations of readers, since the publication of her award-winning collection Division of Anger in 1981. A canonical figure in Australian poetry,...

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Cocky's Joy

Cocky’s Joy

Michael Farrell

Michael Farrell has a reputation as the most adventurous and experimental of contemporary Australian poets, since he continually pushes the boundaries of what our poetry can do. Cocky's Joy is likely to be...

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Afterlight

Afterlight

Rebecca Lim

Dark, thrilling and spooky. A dangerous love story that reveals the unworldly and deadly pull of the past.

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A Mother's Story

A Mother’s Story

Rosie Batty, Bryce Corbett

A profoundly moving and inspiring memoir from Australia's domestic violence crusader, Rosie Batty.Rosie Batty knows pain no woman should have to suffer. Her son was killed by his father in a violent incident in...

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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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 Read reviewBoomer and Me: A Memoir of Motherhood, and Asperger's

Boomer and Me: A Memoir of Motherhood, and Asperger’s

Jo Case

An endearing story of a modern family and the hurdles they come across.

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 Special price Read reviewThe Dangerous Bride: A Memoir of Love, Gods and Geography

The Dangerous Bride: A Memoir of Love, Gods and Geography

Lee Kofman

Lee Kofman, rebellious daughter of ultra-orthodox Jews, has always sought her own way. True to her Bohemian dream where love can coexist with sexual freedom, she decided to experiment with an open marriage... despite the fact that...

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Ruined City

Ruined City

Jia Pingwa, Research Prof of Chinese Howard Goldblatt (Notre Dame University)

Published in Chinese as Fei du (Xianggang: Tian di tu shu you xian gong si; Jiulong: Fa xing Li tong tu shu you xian gong si, 1993).

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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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Melbourne Dreaming: A Guide to Exploring Important Places of the Past and Present

Melbourne Dreaming: A Guide to Exploring Important Places of the Past and Present

Meyer Eidelson

Within its busy urban presence, Melbourne has a rich and complex Aboriginal heritage. Amongst the city landscape lie layers of a turbulent history and an ongoing vibrant culture. But you need to know where to look. Melbourne...

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Prince's Gambit

Prince’s Gambit

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 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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Being Bengali: At Home and in the World

Being Bengali: At Home and in the World

Mridula Nath Chakraborty

Bengal has long been one of the key centres of civilisation and culture in the Indian subcontinent. However, Bengali identity - Bengaliness - is complicated by its long history of evolution, the fact that Bengal is now divided...

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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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Adelaide's Secret World

Adelaide’s Secret World

Elise Hurst

Adelaide leads a quiet life in the midst of the city. At night she listens to the song of the stars, but during the day she watches over the others like her. Little does Adelaide know that her secret world will soon be transformed...

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So it's Cancer - Now What?: An Expert's Guide to What You Need to Know

So it’s Cancer - Now What?: An Expert’s Guide to What You Need to Know

Ranjana Srivastava

'You have cancer.'These three small words have the power to dramatically change your existence. They can set in motion events that leave you - the patient - feeling out of control of your own body and circumstances. ...

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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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The Dressmaker

The Dressmaker

Rosalie Ham

The film-tie in edition of one of Australia's best-loved novels.

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Catch and Kill: The Politics of Power

Catch and Kill: The Politics of Power

Joel Deane

A riveting study of the politics of power Power is the only measure of a politician that matters. How they win power. How they wield power. How they lose power. Catch and Kill is an inside account of the beguiling and nomadic...

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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 reviewThe Feel-Good Hit of the Year: A Memoir

The Feel-Good Hit of the Year: A Memoir

Liam Pieper

Hilarious, compelling and sometimes heartbreaking, The Feel-Good Hit of the Year is a memoir about family, drugs and learning how to live with yourself, from a sharp and original new Australian voice.

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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 reviewBarracuda

Barracuda

Christos Tsiolkas

Daniel Kelly, a talented young swimmer, has one chance to escape his working-class upbringing. His astonishing ability in the pool should drive him to fame and fortune, as well as his revenge on the rich boys at the private school...

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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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Hope: Moments of Inspiration in a Challenging World

Hope: Moments of Inspiration in a Challenging World

Tim Costello, Merridie Costello

This gift book will be a gift of HOPE. Tim Costello reveals the stories of hope he has encounted in the most dramatic of circumstances. A book that reminds us all that there are so many that suffer yet still find hope.

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 Read reviewHow I Became a Famous Novelist

How I Became a Famous Novelist

Steve Hely

Sick of life as he knows it, Pete Tarslaw sets out to write a bestselling novel, armed with a formula for success cobbled together from previous bestsellers. This title tells the tale of how Tarslaw's 'pile of garbage' became the...

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A House Without Windows: A Novel

A House Without Windows: A Novel

Nadia Hashimi

A vivid, unforgettable story of an unlikely sisterhood-an emotionally powerful and haunting tale of friendship that illuminates the plight of women in a traditional culture-from the author of the bestselling The Pearl That...

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The Pleasure Seekers

The Pleasure Seekers

Tishani Doshi

A sparkling debut about family, belonging and the binding power of love Longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011

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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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Two Futures: Australia at a Critical Moment

Two Futures: Australia at a Critical Moment

Clare O'Neil, Tim Watts

Beset by spin and the battle to win each news cycle, contemporary politics is mired in short-term thinking. Too little time is given to considering creative ways in which we could tackle key issues-a lagging education system, the...

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 Special price Read reviewThe Easy Way Out

The Easy Way Out

Steven Amsterdam

A brand new novel everyone will be talking about from the award-winning author of Things We Didn't See Coming and What the Family Needed.

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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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Butterfly Lovers: A Tale of the Chinese Romeo and Juliet

Butterfly Lovers: A Tale of the Chinese Romeo and Juliet

Fan Dai

Based on a Chinese folk tale, this romantic tragedy portrays Romeo and Juliet from a distinctly Chinese angle, with its two star-crossed lovers facing the obstacle of a class-based arranged marriage.

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 Read reviewWendy Whiteley and the Secret Garden

Wendy Whiteley and the Secret Garden

Janet Hawley

For more than twenty years Wendy Whiteley has worked to create a public garden at the foot of her harbourside home in Sydney's Lavender Bay. This is the extraordinary story of how a determined, passionate and deeply creative woman...

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 Special priceThe Age of Genius: The Seventeenth Century and the Birth of the Modern Mind

The Age of Genius: The Seventeenth Century and the Birth of the Modern Mind

A. C. Grayling

Best-selling author A. C. Grayling explains how, fuelled by original and unorthodox thinking, war and technological invention, the seventeenth century became the crucible of modernity

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Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran

Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran

Laura Secor

In 1979, seemingly overnight, Iran became the first revolutionary theocracy in modern times. Since then, the country has been a sinister presence looming over the West. But inside Iran, a breath-taking drama has unfolded as...

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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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