Most anticipated books of 2019

Small Blessings

Small Blessings

Emily Brewin

Through the unlikeliest of friendships comes a second chance.

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 Read reviewHeart of the Grass Tree

Heart of the Grass Tree

Molly Murn

Heart of the Grass Tree is an exquisite, searing and hope-filled debut about mothers and daughters and family stories, about country and its living history.  

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Nobody's Looking At You: Essays

Nobody’s Looking At You: Essays

Janet Malcolm

A brilliant and eclectic new essay collection from a master of the form

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Digital Minimalism

Digital Minimalism

Cal Newport

Most of us know that addiction to digital tools is costing us both productivity and peace. But giving them up completely isn't realistic. We're addicted to texting, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter not because we're stupid or...

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Breaking Point: The Future of Australian Cities

Breaking Point: The Future of Australian Cities

Peter Seamer

In this timely critique of our nation's urban development and planning culture, Peter Seamer argues that vested interests often distort rational thinking on our cities. Looking to the future, he sets out cogent new strategies to...

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Say Hello

Say Hello

Carly Findlay

A forthright, honest and rousingly triumphant memoir from a woman who has to live with a highly visible different appearancedue to a rare skin condition. Say hello to Carly.

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 Read reviewBeyond Words: A Year with Kenneth Cook

Beyond Words: A Year with Kenneth Cook

Jacqueline Kent

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Among the Lost

Among the Lost

Emiliano Monge, Frank Wynne

In the desolate wastelands between the sierra and the jungle, under an all-seeing, unforgiving sun, a single day unfolds as relentlessly as those that have gone before. People are trafficked and brutalised, illegal migrants are...

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The Night Tiger

The Night Tiger

Yangsze Choo

A captivating and magical story set in 1930s Malaysia about a dancehall girl and an orphan boy who are brought together by a series of unexplained deaths and an old Chinese superstition about men who turn into tigers.

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The Spirit of Science Fiction

The Spirit of Science Fiction

Roberto Bolano, Natasha Wimmer

A tale of bohemian youth on the make in Mexico City from a master of contemporary fiction, and a sublime precursor to The Savage Detectives.  

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The Wall

The Wall

John Lanchester

John Lanchester's long-awaited new novel - an hypnotic dystopian novel exploring the most compelling issues of our time.  

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 Read reviewThe Glass Woman

The Glass Woman

Caroline Lea

1686, Iceland. Betrothed unexpectedly to Jon Eriksson, Rosa travels to the isolated, windswept village of Stykkisholmur. Here, the villagers are suspicious of outsiders - especially one from the everdark edge of civilisation. ...

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 Read reviewThe Dreamers

The Dreamers

Karen Thompson Walker

Imagine a world where sleep could trap you, for days, for weeks, months... A world where you could, even, die of sleep rather than in your sleep.  

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 Read reviewLoyalties

Loyalties

Delphine de Vigan, George Miller

From the bestselling French novelist. Adults are as lost as the children they should be protecting, in this compelling exploration of the destructive secrets and loyalties that are kept behind closed doors.  

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Black Leopard, Red Wolf (Dark Star Trilogy Book 1)

Black Leopard, Red Wolf (Dark Star Trilogy Book 1)

Marlon James

A spectacular, genre-redefining literary fantasy novel from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings. 

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 Read reviewYou Know You Want This

You Know You Want This

Kristen Roupenian

From the author of the global sensation Cat Person comes You Know You Want This, a compulsive short story collection about sex, dating and modern life that will thrill you before it chills you.  

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 Special priceThe Handmaid's Tale: The Graphic Novel

The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel

Margaret Atwood

This stunning graphic edition brings Margaret Atwood's terrifying modern classic to vivid life like never beforeShare this

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You Must Be Layla

You Must Be Layla

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Layla's mind goes a million miles a minute, so does her mouth - unfortunately her better judgement can take a while to catch up! Although she believes she was justified for doing what she did, a suspension certainly isn't the way...

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The Utterly Indescribable Thing That Happened In Huggabie Falls

The Utterly Indescribable Thing That Happened In Huggabie Falls

Adam Cece

The sensational conclusion to the hugely entertaining Huggabie Falls trilogy from the 2017 Text Prize winner, Adam Cece.  

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 Read reviewWilam: A Birrarung Story

Wilam: A Birrarung Story

Aunty Joy Murphy, Andrew Kelly, Lisa Kennedy

Wilam: A Birrarung Story is one day on a vital, flourishing river. As ngua rises, Bunjil soars over mountain ash, flying higher and higher as the wind warms. Below, Birrarung begins its long winding path down to palem...

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 Read reviewCity of Trees

City of Trees

Sophie Cunningham

A rich and insightful collection of personal essays about life, death and our connection to the environment from bestselling Australian author Sophie Cunningham

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The Seventies

The Seventies

Michelle Arrow

The Seventies was the decade that shaped modern Australia. In a lively and engaging style, Michelle Arrow has written a new history of this transformative decade; one that is more urgent, and more resonant, than ever.

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Kindred: A Cradle Mountain Love Story

Kindred: A Cradle Mountain Love Story

Kate Legge

Award-winning journalist Kate Legge tells the remarkable story behind the creation of the Cradle Mountain sanctuary through the characters at its heart.  

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 Read reviewFrom Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage

From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage

Judith Brett

Lively and inspiring, From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage is a landmark account of the character of Australian democracy by the celebrated historian Judith Brett, the prize-winning biographer of Alfred Deakin.  

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On Father

On Father

John Birmingham

A son's homage to his father. 

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On Hate

On Hate

Tim Soutphommasane

How is hate shaping our society? With the troubling rise of nationalist populism and the return of race politics, it's time to question the powers at play. On Hate is an urgent call for citizens to defend democracy against...

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On Fairness

On Fairness

Sally McManus

Why do we have creeping inequality in the land? The answer lies in stagnant wage rises, gender pay inequity, insecure work and the lack of real opportunities for all while corporations are still consuming large profits and...

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 Read reviewGrowing Up African in Australia

Growing Up African in Australia

Maxine Beneba Clarke, Magan Magan, Ahmed Yussuf

Welcome to African Australia. Compiled by award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke, with curatorial assistance from writers Ahmed Yussuf and Magan Magan, this anthology brings together the regions of Africa, and the African...

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 Read reviewSimpson Returns

Simpson Returns

Wayne Macauley

A satirical and surreal twist on the Anzac legend of Simpson and his donkey

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 Read reviewThe Place on Dalhousie

The Place on Dalhousie

Melina Marchetta

From the bestselling author of Looking for Alibrandi comes this perfectly crafted novel about families, relationships and the true nature of belonging.

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 Read reviewExploded View

Exploded View

Carrie Tiffany

A fearless and masterful new novel from the Stella Prize-winning author of Mateship with Birds

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 Read reviewThe Hollow Bones

The Hollow Bones

Leah Kaminsky

A lyrical and poignant cautionary tale, The Hollow Bones brings to life one of the Nazi regime's little-known villains through the eyes of the animals he destroyed and the wife he undermined in the name of science and cold...

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 Read reviewIslands

Islands

Peggy Frew

A stunning literary novel from the author of the Stella Prize shortlisted Hope Farm.  

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 Read reviewInvented Lives

Invented Lives

Andrea Goldsmith

Knowing what you want is hard. Accepting what is possible is harder still.

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 Read reviewThe Glad Shout

The Glad Shout

Alice Robinson

After a catastrophic storm destroys Melbourne, Isobel flees to higher ground with her husband and young daughter. Food and supplies run low, panic sets in and still no help arrives. To protect her daughter, Isobel must take...

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 Read reviewThe Scholar

The Scholar

Dervla McTiernan

From the author of the critically acclaimed bestseller The Ruin comes a compulsive new crime thriller featuring DS Cormac Reilly.   

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 Read reviewThe Rip

The Rip

Mark Brandi

An urban crime novel that slowly and masterfully hooks you in... then shocks with the horrific crime and the dread that the characters you care about aren't going to make it out alive.   

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 Read reviewThe Van Apfel Girls Are Gone

The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone

Felicity McLean

A compulsive, note-perfect debut for fans of Sharp Objects, The Virgin Suicides and Picnic at Hanging Rock

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 Read reviewThe Shining Wall

The Shining Wall

Melissa Ferguson

The Shining Wall is at once a frightening parable of our unjust world of haves and have-nots, a richly imagined yet thrilling story of technological control and the fight for survival, and a paean to female friendship and power.

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