Melbourne Writers Festival 2017

 Read reviewYou Will Know Me

You Will Know Me

Megan Abbott

Plotted with all the brilliance of Dare Me, and written with the compassion of The Fever, the astonishing You Will Know Me - dark and tender by turns - is an unforgettable novel by Megan Abbott.

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 Special price Read reviewTaboo

Taboo

Kim Scott

From the two-times winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, comes a work charged with ambition and poetry, brutality and mystery about a young woman cast into a drama that has been playing for over two hundred years ...

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 Read reviewCrazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

Kevin Kwan

Thwarted love, scheming snobs, obscene wealth and haute couture - it's all here in a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich. An absolutely wicked treat!

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It's Alive!: Artificial Intelligence from the Logic Piano to Killer Robots

It’s Alive!: Artificial Intelligence from the Logic Piano to Killer Robots

Toby Walsh

A fascinating survey of Artificial Intelligence - where it came from, the state of the art today, and where it will take us tomorrow.

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 Read reviewRubik

Rubik

Elizabeth Tan

Elena Rubik can't seem to stay dead. She persists: as a set of corneas, as a newsletter subscriber, as a member of fanfiction forums. Her best friend Jules Valentine meanwhile is unwittingly inveigled into an indie-film turned...

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The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East

The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East

Robert Fisk

Robert Fisk's bestselling eyewitness account of the events that have shaped the Middle East is alive with vivid reporting and incisive historical analysis.

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A Rightful Place: A Road Map to Recognition

A Rightful Place: A Road Map to Recognition

Shireen Morris

The nation has unfinished business. After more than two centuries, can a rightful place be found for Australia's original peoples?

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Fighting Hislam: Women, Faith and Sexism

Fighting Hislam: Women, Faith and Sexism

Susan Carland

The Muslim community that is portrayed to the West is a misogynist's playground; within the Muslim community, feminism is often regarded with.....

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The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas

A powerful and brave YA novel about what prejudice looks like in the 21st century.

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Killers of the Flower Moon: Oil, Money, Murder and the Birth of the FBI

Killers of the Flower Moon: Oil, Money, Murder and the Birth of the FBI

David Grann

A masterpiece of narrative non-fiction, set around an American crime and the birth of the FBI, a thrilling investigative account of a forgotten moment in history.

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 Read reviewDepends What You Mean by Extremist: Going Rogue with Australian Deplorables

Depends What You Mean by Extremist: Going Rogue with Australian Deplorables

John Safran

No one turns up where they're not wanted quite like John Safran. In this hilarious and disorienting adventure he gets among our diverse community of white nationalists, ISIS supporters, anarchists and more, digging away at the...

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 Read reviewNot Just Lucky

Not Just Lucky

Jamila Rizvi

Media star Jamila Rizvi's exploration of the confidence deficit holding women back, the barriers to career success this can create, and how they might be overcome. Accessible and timely, this is essential reading for millennial...

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Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Reni Eddo-Lodge

A powerful and provocative argument on the role that race and racism play in modern Britain, by award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge

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Future Sex: A New Kind of Free Love

Future Sex: A New Kind of Free Love

Emily Witt

'What is the story we're telling ourselves?' A funny, fresh, and moving antidote to conventional attitudes about sex and the single woman.

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Porch Music

Porch Music

Cameron Lowe

Situating his poetry within the liminal spaces of the Australian suburbs, Cameron Lowe's imagery is at once engagingly familiar and enticingly rich and strange.

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 Read reviewClosing Down

Closing Down

Sally Abbott

Conjuring a dark future for Australia, Closing Down gives us a glimpse into a world fractured by a financial crisis and the effects of global climate change. The inaugural winner of The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers.

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Performance, Feminism and Affect in Neoliberal Times

Performance, Feminism and Affect in Neoliberal Times

Elin Diamond, Denise Varney, Candice Amich

This book is a provocative new study of global feminist activism that opposes neoliberal regimes across several sites including Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Latin America and the United States.

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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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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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Secret Shores

Secret Shores

Ella Carey

In 1946, artist Rebecca Swift's dreams of love and a life free from convention are crashing like the waves of the Australian coast below her. And it's into those roiling waters that she disappears. Forty-one years later, Tess...

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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 reviewPulse Points: Stories

Pulse Points: Stories

Jennifer Down

Pulse Points is the collected stories by Jennifer Down, author of Our Magic Hour and one of Australia's newest and most promising literary talents.

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 Read reviewAnd Fire Came Down

And Fire Came Down

Emma Viskic

Deaf since early childhood, Caleb Zelic used to meet life head-on. Now he's struggling just to get through the day. His best mate is dead, his ex-wife, Kat, is avoiding him, and nightmares haunt his waking hours.But...

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 Read reviewWoman of Substances: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment

Woman of Substances: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment

Jenny Valentish

Journalist Jenny Valentish investigates the female experience of drugs and alcohol, using her own story to light the way.

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The Good Girl Stripped Bare

The Good Girl Stripped Bare

Tracey Spicer

From bogan to boned and beyond - a full-frontal 'femoir' by one of Australia's best-loved journalists From bogan to boned and beyond - a full-frontal femoir Tracey Spicer was always the good girl. Inspired by Jana...

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The Islamic Republic of Australia

The Islamic Republic of Australia

Sami Shah

From hijabs to jihad and everything in between - Muslims down under today What is Halal? A country bordering Shariahland, or a method of preparing food?......

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Inglorious Empire: what the British did to India

Inglorious Empire: what the British did to India

Shashi Tharoor

Tells the real story of the British in India - from the arrival of the East India Company to the end of the Raj - and reveals how Britain's rise was built upon its plunder of India.

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Miracles Do Happen

Miracles Do Happen

Felix Rosenbloom, Fela Rosenbloom

After the war, miraculously, Fela and Felix found each other. None of Fela's family had survived. Of Felix's immediate family, only his two sisters had survived - and they were now in Sweden. The young couple were bereft and...

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The Bone Season

The Bone Season

Samantha Shannon

Even a dreamer can start a revolution. An international sensation, now available in a fresh new design.

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 Read reviewThe Museum of Modern Love

The Museum of Modern Love

Heather Rose

A mesmerising literary novel about a lost man in search of connection - a meditation on love, art and commitment, set against the backdrop of one of the greatest art events in modern history, Marina Abramovic's The Artist is...

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Tex

Tex

Tex Perkins

The autobiography of Australian rock 'n' roll legend, Tex Perkins.

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The Lost Pages

The Lost Pages

Marija Pericic

In this inspired novel of friendship, fraud, madness and betrayal, Marija Peričić writes vividly and compellingly of an extraordinary literary rivalry.

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A Book of American Martyrs

A Book of American Martyrs

Joyce Carol Oates

Two families. Two faces of America. An act of violence with far-reaching consequences.

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 Read reviewMusic and Freedom

Music and Freedom

Zoe Morrison

Alice Murray learns to play the piano aged three on an orange orchard in rural Australia. Recognising her daughter's gift, her mother sends Alice to boarding school in the bleak north of England, and there Alice stays for the rest...

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The Song Rising

The Song Rising

Samantha Shannon

The magnificent new book in the New York Times-bestselling series: a fantastic tale of rebellion and courage against enormous odds.

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Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me

Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me

Janet Mock

A fascinating and inspiring memoir about a search for purpose, love and self-realization, in this narrative that will influence an entire generation.

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In the Land of Giants: hunting monsters in the Hindu Kush

In the Land of Giants: hunting monsters in the Hindu Kush

Gabi Martinez

Reminiscent of Into The Wild, In the Land of Giants goes in search of a charismatic, enigmatic adventurer who lost his life on a mysterious quest through one of the most hostile landscapes on earth.

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 Read reviewFrogkisser!

Frogkisser!

Garth Nix

A rollicking fantasy-adventure by the master of children's speculative fiction.

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 Read reviewNo Way! Okay, Fine: A memoir of pop culture, feminism and feelings

No Way! Okay, Fine: A memoir of pop culture, feminism and feelings

Brodie Lancaster

No Way! Okay, Fine. is a memoir about pop culture, pop music, feminism and feelings from freelance journalist and editor Brodie Lancaster. Shortlisted for the Richell Prize 2015.

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See What I Have Done

See What I Have Done

Sarah Schmidt

'Eerie and compelling' Paula Hawkins - See What I Have Done is a haunting retelling of the infamous Lizzie Borden murders from a dazzling debut novelist

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Rich People Problems: A Novel

Rich People Problems: A Novel

Kevin Kwan

A novel about a family riven by fortune, an ex-wife driven psychotic with jealousy, a battle royal fought through couture gown sabotage, and the heir to one of Asia's greatest fortunes --Amazon.com.

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Quarterly Essay 66: The Long Goodbye: Coal, Coral and Australia's Climate Deadlock

Quarterly Essay 66: The Long Goodbye: Coal, Coral and Australia’s Climate Deadlock

Anna Krien

The Great Barrier Reef is dying. Extreme weather is becoming all too familiar. And the Coalition government is divided and paralysed.

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These Wild Houses

These Wild Houses

Omar Sakr

'I won't keep you long. First, I acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land the majority of this collection was written.Now you are about to read the poetry of an Arab Australian, which is a rare...

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 Read reviewGoodbye, Vitamin

Goodbye, Vitamin

Rachel Khong

Combining the pithy observation of Jenny Offill's Dept. of Speculation and the broken-hearted compassion of Miriam Toews' All My Puny Sorrows - an original, funny and tender novel, published by Scribner, about a family dealing...

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When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife

When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife

Meena Kandasamy

From one of India's boldest and most badass young voices, Kandasamy's second novel is a dazzling and provocative novelised account of her own abusive marriage.

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Quarterly Essay 65: The White Queen - One Nation and the Politics of Race

Quarterly Essay 65: The White Queen - One Nation and the Politics of Race

David Marr

Most Australians despise what Pauline Hanson stands for, yet politics in this country is now orbiting around One Nation.

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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 reviewGravity Well

Gravity Well

Melanie Joosten

Lotte is an astronomer who spends her nights peering into deep space rather than looking too closely at herself. When she returns to her hometown after years in South America, reeling from a devastating diagnosis, she finds that...

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 Read reviewThe Book of Dirt

The Book of Dirt

Bram Presser

An extraordinary and absorbing novelisation of one family's tale of Holocaust survival and a grandson's unrelenting dedication to ensuring his ancestor's stories will never be forgotten.

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The Twentieth Man

The Twentieth Man

Tony Jones

Terrorism, politics and betrayals collide in this unputdownable, fast-paced thriller.

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 Read reviewFrom the Wreck

From the Wreck

Jane Rawson

‘It's hard to find the right words to praise this novel. I think we need a whole new critical vocabulary to be invented. Rawson recreates a vanished historical world with utterly convincing characters as well as inhabits the...

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The Parcel

The Parcel

Anosh Irani

The Parcel is the masterful new novel from acclaimed author Anosh Irani, and is a savage and beautifully rendered story about community, belonging, and the cheapness of human life.

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 Read reviewMrs Whitlam

Mrs Whitlam

Bruce Pascoe

Marnie Clark of Curdie Vale can ride but she doesn't have a horse. She dreams of owning one and having the whole world to ride it in. Before too long Marnie is gifted Mrs Margaret ‘Maggie' Whitlam, a beautiful, big...

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Fear

Fear

Dirk Kurbjuweit, Imogen Taylor

The most original thriller of 2018, for fans of The Dinner and We Need to Talk About Kevin.How do you protect your family when the law's not on your side?

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Random Life: Cartoons by Judy Horacek

Random Life: Cartoons by Judy Horacek

Judy Horacek

Random Life is a collection of over 200 recent cartoons by much-loved cartoonist Judy Horacek. Drawn for her regular spot in the Age (and other publications wise enough to employ her), Judy's ninth cartoon collection...

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Bitch Doctrine: Essays for Dissenting Adults

Bitch Doctrine: Essays for Dissenting Adults

Laurie Penny

'I can't really think of another writer who so consistently and bravely keeps thinking and talking and learning and trying to make the world better' Caitlin Moran Smart and provocative, witty and uncompromising,...

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 Read reviewAche

Ache

Eliza Henry-Jones

The much anticipated new novel - about how a family, and a rural community, recover from a terrible bushfire - from a stunning young Australian writer, Eliza Henry Jones.A year ago, a devastating bushfire ripped...

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 Read reviewBecause of You

Because of You

Pip Harry

Meet Tiny and Nola. Two very different girls with two very different stories who are just trying to find a place to belong. A powerful and compelling novel about friendship, love and acceptance.

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 Read reviewTheir Brilliant Careers: The Fantastic Lives of Sixteen Extraordinary Australian Writers

Their Brilliant Careers: The Fantastic Lives of Sixteen Extraordinary Australian Writers

Ryan O'Neill

Absurd, original and highly addictive ... In Their Brilliant Careers, Ryan O'Neill has written a hilarious novel in the guise of sixteen biographies of (invented) Australian writers. Meet Rachel Deverall, who discovered the...

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 Read reviewMy First Lesson

My First Lesson

Alice Pung

'The stories in this anthology are special because they capture the school experience with rare authenticity. These are not adults writing about teenagers, but real young adult writers. -Alice Pung. Award-winning author...

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Once Upon A Time in the East: A Story of Growing up

Once Upon A Time in the East: A Story of Growing up

Xiaolu Guo

The author meets her parents for the first time when she is almost seven. They are strangers to her. When she is born her parents hand her over to a childless peasant couple in the mountains. In 2002 she leaves Beijing on a...

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Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More

Janet Mock

An extraordinary woman recounts her coming-of-age as a transgender teen-a personal and empowering portrait of self-revelation, adversity, and heroism.

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 Read reviewTalking To My Country

Talking To My Country

Stan Grant

An extraordinarily powerful and personal meditation on race, culture and national identity by one of Australia's leading journalists.

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 Read reviewSiren

Siren

Rachel Matthews

A brave new novel that sensitively explores one woman's experience of sexual violence and the silencing of those who feel compelled to speak out.What happens when a young woman enters a city apartment early morning,...

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 Read reviewThe Last Man in Europe

The Last Man in Europe

Dennis Glover

What was Orwell's world like? Is Orwell's world still our world? Is Big Brother still watching you?

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The Russian Revolution: A New History

The Russian Revolution: A New History

Sean McMeekin

In The Russian Revolution, historian Sean McMeekin traces the origins and events of the Russian Revolution, which brought an end to Romanov rule and ushered the Bolsheviks into power. Between the dawn of the 20th century and 1920,...

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Sunlight and Seaweed

Sunlight and Seaweed

Tim Flannery

Internationally renowned climate change expert Professor Tim Flannery presents a detailed and fascinating vision of the technologies that will prove invaluable in ensuring a sustainable future for our planet.

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Mischka's War: A European Odyssey of the 1940s

Mischka’s War: A European Odyssey of the 1940s

Sheila Fitzpatrick

On a winter's day in 1943, 22-year-old Mischka Danos chanced on a terrible sight as he skied through Latvian woods—a pit filled with the bodies of Jews killed by the occupying Germans. The world was full of such atrocities,...

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Fog a Dox

Fog a Dox

Bruce Pascoe

Albert Cutts is a tree feller. A fella who cuts down trees. Fog is a fox cub raised by a dingo. Hes called a dox because people are suspicious of foxes and Albert Cutts owns the dingo and now the dox. Albert is a bushman and lives...

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 Special price Read reviewStill Lucky

Still Lucky

Rebecca Huntley

At a time when politics seems increasingly negative and our society increasingly divided, Still Lucky shows that we are more fortunate than we think, and have more in common than we know.

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Whipbird

Whipbird

Robert Drewe

No holds are barred as the Cleary family attempts to put long-held tensions behind them to celebrate a milestone. What could possibly go wrong?

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 Read reviewThe Pleasures of Leisure

The Pleasures of Leisure

Robert Dessaix

In today's crazily busy world the importance of making time for leisure is more vital than ever. Yet so many of us lack a talent for it. We are working longer hours, consuming more than ever before; technology erodes the work-life...

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The Stolen Bicycle

The Stolen Bicycle

Wu Ming-Yi, Darryl Sterk

From the critically acclaimed Taiwanese author Wu Ming-Yi comes an intimate and magical collage of stories about family, war, history, friendship and bicycles.

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 Read reviewA Führer for a Father

A Führer for a Father

Jim Davidson

I was written out of the family story. This book is my attempt to write myself, and my mother, back into it. In this singular memoir, historian and biographer Jim Davidson writes about his fraught relationship with his...

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One Halal of a Story

One Halal of a Story

Sam Dastyari

As in life, Sam Dastyari's memoir is unexpected and unorthodox. This is the man who introduced Pauline Hanson to the halal snack pack and accountability to big banks. One Halal of a Story is a no-holds-barred look at the good and...

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 Read reviewAnaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion

Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion

Kate Cole-Adams

You know how it is when you go under. The jab, the countdown, the- -and then you wake.This book is about what happens in between.Until a hundred and seventy years ago many people chose death over the ordeal...

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 Read reviewThe Case Against Fragrance

The Case Against Fragrance

Kate Grenville

A beautifully written, clear-eyed investigation of the science of scent and the power of the fragrance industry, from one of Australia's greatest writers.

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 Read reviewRain Birds

Rain Birds

Harriet McKnight

Alan and Pina have lived contentedly in isolated - and insular - Boney Point for thirty years. Now they are dealing with Alan's devastating early-onset Alzheimer's diagnosis.

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 Read reviewAustralia Day

Australia Day

Melanie Cheng

An important and illuminating debut fiction collection about Australian life and identity.

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 Read reviewThe Hot Guy

The Hot Guy

Mel Campbell, Anthony Morris

Adam, a serious cinema nerd, has no idea that he is the Hot Guy - a man so ridiculously attractive there's a Facebook group dedicated to seducing him.Cate, a sports publicist who loves to crack a joke, is feeling down...

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Unbreakable: Women Share Stories of Resilience and Hope

Unbreakable: Women Share Stories of Resilience and Hope

Jane Caro

In this revealingly honest collection, successful Australian women talk about the challenges they have overcome, from sexual assault and domestic violence to racism, miscarriage, depression and loss, and how they let the past go...

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The Vandemonian War

The Vandemonian War

Nick Brodie

The Vandemonian Wars will reveal the untold story of the orchestrated and successful attacks on the aboriginal population of Tasmania after British settlement and the British Government's part in it.

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 Read reviewWimmera

Wimmera

Mark Brandi

In the long, hot summer of 1989, Ben and Fab are best friends. Growing up in a small country town, they spend their days playing cricket, yabbying in local dams, wanting a pair of.....

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Quarterly Essay 61: Balancing Act - Australia Between Recession and Renewal

Quarterly Essay 61: Balancing Act - Australia Between Recession and Renewal

George Megalogenis

Australia is in transition. Saying it is easy. The panic kicks in when we are compelled to describe what the future might look like. There is no complacent middle to aim at...

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Hippy Days, Arabian Nights: A Memoir

Hippy Days, Arabian Nights: A Memoir

Katherine Boland

Spanning five decades and as many continents, Hippy Days, Arabian Nights is a funny, moving and compelling story of a woman whose extraordinary life will never be summarised by the words ‘could have', ‘might have', or...

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Everyday Ethics

Everyday Ethics

Dr Simon Longstaff

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 Read reviewCommon People

Common People

Tony Birch

In this unforgettable new collection Tony Birch brings alive a cast of characters from all walks of life. These remarkable and surprising stories explore the lives of common people caught up in the everyday business of living and...

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Begin, End, Begin: A #Loveozya Anthology

Begin, End, Begin: A #Loveozya Anthology

Danielle Binks

The YA event of the year. Bestsellers. Award-winners. Superstars. This anthology has them all.

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The Dark Lake

The Dark Lake

Sarah Bailey

A hot summer. A shocking murder. A town of secrets, waiting to explode. A brooding, suspenseful and explosive debut that will grip you from the first page to the last.

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The Unmourned (The Monsarrat Series Book 2)

The Unmourned (The Monsarrat Series Book 2)

Meg Keneally, Tom Keneally

Not all murder victims are mourned, but the perpetrator must always be punished . . .

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Beyond Veiled Cliches

Beyond Veiled Cliches

Amal Awad

Amal Awad spoke with women in the Arab world and Arab Australian women to discover what their lives are really like. The breadth, variety and beauty of what she discovered will surprise you.

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 Read reviewIlluminae: The Illuminae Files_01

Illuminae: The Illuminae Files_01

Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

The planet Kerenza is attacked, and Kady and Ezra find themselves on a space fleet fleeing the enemy, while their ship's artificial intelligence system and a deadly plague may be the end of them all --

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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 reviewMullumbimby

Mullumbimby

Melissa Lucashenko

A darkly funny novel of romantic love and cultural warfare from one of Australia's most admired Indigenous voices. When Jo Breen uses her divorce settlement to buy a neglected property in the Byron Bay hinterland, she is hoping...

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The Crying Place

The Crying Place

Lia Hills

A stunning literary debut that takes the reader into the mysteries and truths that lie at the heart of our country.

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The Lost City of Z

The Lost City of Z

David Grann

A blockbuster adventure about life, death and obsession in the Amazon

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Pachinko

Pachinko

Min Jin Lee, Michael Schmidt

A Victorian epic transplanted to Japan, following a Korean family of immigrants through eight decades and four generations.

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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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The Patchwork Bike

The Patchwork Bike

Maxine Beneba Clarke, Van Thanh Rudd

What's the best fun in the whole village? Riding the patchwork bike we made! A joyous picture book for children by award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke.

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The Scent of You

The Scent of You

Maggie Alderson

Perfume blogger Polly is in crisis. Will her husband's absence break her ... or make her? A novel of perfumes, exploring life, love, loss and forgiveness - Maggie Alderson's new bestseller.

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 Special priceMelbourne

Melbourne

Sophie Cunningham

Sophie Cunningham writes a year in the city's life, a year that takes us from the heatwave that culminated on Black Saturday when temperatures soared to 47 degrees to the destructive deluge of a hailstorm. She walks through...

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The Family Law- Tie In,

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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Yassmin's Story

Yassmin’s Story

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

At 21, Yassmin found herself working on a remote Australian oil and gas rig; she was the only woman and certainly the only Sudanese-Egyptian-Australian background Muslim woman. With her hijab quickly christened a 'tea cosy' there...

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Cold War Games: Espionage, Spies and Secret Operations at the 1956 Olympic Games

Cold War Games: Espionage, Spies and Secret Operations at the 1956 Olympic Games

Harry Blutstein

Cold War Games shows vividly how the USSR and US exploited the Melbourne Olympic Games for propaganda, turning athletic fields, swimming pools and other sporting venues into battlefields in which each fought for supremacy.

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At the Edge of the Orchard

At the Edge of the Orchard

Tracy Chevalier

The sweeping and compelling new novel from the bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring. 'Dark, brutal, moving, powerful' Jane Harris 'A wonderful book; rich, evocative, original. I loved it' Joanne Harris

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 Read reviewWatching Out: Reflections on Justice and Injustice

Watching Out: Reflections on Justice and Injustice

Julian Burnside

Rich with fascinating case studies, and eloquent in its defence of civil society, Watching Out is a beacon of legal liberalism in an intemporate age.

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In My Skin: a memoir

In My Skin: a memoir

Kate Holden

Shortlisted, Dobbie Literary Award for a first published book Shortlisted, Australian Newcomer of the Year, Australian Book Industry Awards In My Skin describes an extraordinary journey through an often hidden world of heroin and...

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 Read reviewThirty Days: A Journey to the End of Love

Thirty Days: A Journey to the End of Love

Mark Raphael Baker

From the author of The Fiftieth Gate, Mark Raphael Baker's new book Thirty Days is a meditation on life, death, love and marriage, written with an honesty that bares the souls of two people who shared their lives.

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Griffith Review 57: Perils of Populism

Griffith Review 57: Perils of Populism

Julianne Schultz, Anne Tiernan

The world is in the grip of profound political and social change. Leaders are rising to power who promise to respond to the voice of the people-people who are aggrieved and resentful, feeling the sting of inequality and the...

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 Special price Read reviewThe Choke

The Choke

Sofie Laguna

It is quite a feat to write characters with such nuance . . . in harnessing her storytelling facility to expose the flaws in the system with what is becoming trademark.....

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Blindness and Rage: A Phantasmagoria

Blindness and Rage: A Phantasmagoria

Brian Castro

Blindness and Rage is a novel told in 34 cantos, somewhat in the manner of Pushkin's great Russian novel in verse, Eugene Onegin. Castro's hero Lucien Gracq is a townplanner from Adelaide who is writing a...

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 Read reviewA Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work

A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work

Bernadette Brennan

Helen Garner is one of Australia's most important and most admired writers. She is revered for her fearless honesty in the pursuit of her craft. But Garner also courts controversy, not least because she refuses to be constrained...

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Return to Moscow

Return to Moscow

Tony Kevin

Forty-eight years ago, a young and apprehensive Tony Kevin set off with his family on his first diplomatic posting, to Moscow at the height of the Cold War. In the Russian winter of 2016 he returns alone, a private citizen aged...

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A Land Without Borders: My Journey Around East Jerusalem and the West Bank

A Land Without Borders: My Journey Around East Jerusalem and the West Bank

Nir Baram, Jessica Cohen

Accessible, insightful and beautifully written, A Land Without Borders provides an extraordinary window into the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the region's current political and cultural climate

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 Special price Read reviewThe Good People

The Good People

Hannah Kent

The Good People is the long-awaited new novel from Hannah Kent. In the year 1825, in a remote valley lying between the mountains of south-west Ireland, near the Flesk river of Killarney, three women are brought together by...

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 Read reviewFight Like a Girl

Fight Like a Girl

Clementine Ford

Personal and fearless - a call to arms for feminists new, old and as yet unrealised by one of our most outspoken feminist writers. 

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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 reviewTerra Nullius

Terra Nullius

Claire G. Coleman

In the near future Australia is about to experience colonisation once more. What have we learned from our past? A daring debut novel from the winner of the 2016 black&write! writing fellowship.

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Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection

Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection

J.K. Rowling

A beautiful boxed set containing all seven Harry Potter novels in paperback. These new editions of the classic and internationally bestselling, multi-award-winning series feature instantly pick-up-able new jackets by Jonny Duddle,...

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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 reviewPlease Explain

Please Explain

Anna Broinowski

After eighteen years in the political wilderness, Pauline Hanson is back and more powerful than ever. Please Explain is a compelling, intimate look at how an Ipswich fish and chip shop lady changed the nation - and how she speaks...

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 Read reviewUtopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There

Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There

Rutger Bregman

We live in a time of unprecedented upheaval, with questions about the future, society, work, happiness, family and money, and yet no political party of the right or left is providing us with answers. Rutger Bregman, a bestselling...

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Hera Lindsay Bird

Hera Lindsay Bird

Hera Lindsay Bird

This impressive debut has established Hera Lindsay Bird as a good girl with many beneficial thoughts and feelings. With themes as varied as snow and tears, the poems in this collection shine with the fantastic cream of who she is,...

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Victoria: The Queen

Victoria: The Queen

Julia Baird

The extraordinary story of the world's most influential, intriguing and surprising ruler, Queen Victoria. When Alexandrina Victoria was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on 20 June 1837,...

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Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age

Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

From the founder of MuslimGirl.com, an account of what it's like to be a young Muslim woman in the wake of 9/11, during the war on terror and in an era of casual racism.

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The Genius of Birds

The Genius of Birds

Jennifer Ackerman

Incredibly informative and beautifully written, The Genius of Birds richly celebrates the triumphs of these surprising and fiercely intelligent creatures.

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 Read reviewWhen Michael Met Mina

When Michael Met Mina

Randa Abdel-Fattah

Michael has always believed that everything in life is black and white. But that was before he met Mina.

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Maybe

Maybe

Morris Gleitzman

1946. Europe is in ruins. Millions of people dream of finding happiness somewhere else.Fourteen year old Felix is one of them. When he's offered a journey to Australia, he seizes the opportunity. So does someone...

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 Read reviewA New England Affair

A New England Affair

Steven Carroll

The latest, immensely moving novel of lost love and missed moments from Steven Carroll, one of Australia's greatest writers, multi-award winner of the Miles Franklin Award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Prime Minister's...

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The Enigmatic Mr Deakin

The Enigmatic Mr Deakin

Judith Brett

Judith Brett's new biography of Alfred Deakin, The Enigmatic Mr Deakin, reveals the intense inner world of one of Australia's most important political figures.

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Chatelaine

Chatelaine

Bonny Cassidy

Chatelaine is a collection of poems peopled by characters who, like a family portrait, resemble one another in foxed, latent ways. Their voices stalk outside of time and place, inhabiting the genres of riddle, fragment,...

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Just Another Week in Suburbia

Just Another Week in Suburbia

Les Zig

The Slap meets Liane Moriarty.

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Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here

Sheridan Jobbins

Raw, sharply funny and heartfelt, Wish You Were Here is a girl's own adventure with bite, a hilarious rollercoaster ride that will make you itch to escape the everyday and hit the road with this irresponsible and irresistible...

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Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America

Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America

Nancy MacLean

An explosive exposé of the man and the ideas behind the well-heeled right's relentless campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatise public education, and curb democratic majority rule.

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Millefiori

Millefiori

Omar Musa

A collection of love poems and fierce raps, Millefiori is Omar Musa's third book of poetry. Both dream-like and gritty, it also includes gorgeous illustrations and draft poems from Musa's notebook. Heartbreak, cocaine,...

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 Read reviewThe Last Days of Jeanne d'Arc

The Last Days of Jeanne d'Arc

Ali Alizadeh

Jeanne is a young woman from rural France. She's a knight who wears men's clothing. The English call her Joan of Arc. Jeanne has led France to victory in epic battles. She hears ghostly voices and has unspeakable desires. The...

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Slytherin Edition

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone - Slytherin Edition

J. K. Rowling

Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic with four special editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Slytherin Edition

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone - Slytherin Edition

J. K. Rowling

Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic with four special editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw...

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Hufflepuff Edition

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone - Hufflepuff Edition

J. K. Rowling

Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic with four special editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Gryffindor Edition

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone - Gryffindor Edition

J. K. Rowling

Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic with four special editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw...

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Ravenclaw Edition

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone - Ravenclaw Edition

J. K. Rowling

Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic with four special editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw...

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Ravenclaw Edition

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone - Ravenclaw Edition

J. K. Rowling

Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic with four special editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Hufflepuff Edition

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone - Hufflepuff Edition

J. K. Rowling

Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic with four special editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw...

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Gryffindor Edition

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone - Gryffindor Edition

J. K. Rowling

Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic with four special editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw...

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