New Australian fiction

Red

Red

Felicity McLean

From award-winning writer and journalist Felicity McLean comes Red, a spirited and striking contemporary retelling of the Ned Kelly story

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The Silence of Water

The Silence of Water

Sharron Booth

It's the turn of the century when Fan's mother, Agnes, announces the family is moving to Western Australia to take care of Agnes's father - a man they've never spoken of before now. Fan finds herself a stranger in a new town...

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This All Come Back Now: An Anthology of First Nations Speculative Fiction

This All Come Back Now: An Anthology of First Nations Speculative Fiction

Mykaela Saunders

A world-first collection of blackfella speculative fiction from well-known and emerging First Nations writers.

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 Read reviewMy Heart is a Little Wild Thing

My Heart is a Little Wild Thing

Nigel Featherstone

Blood is thicker than water, but the heart is a little wild thing that can't be tamed.

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 Read reviewLosing Face: A Novel

Losing Face: A Novel

George Haddad

A stunning, thought-provoking novel about facing up to your family and your future

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 Read reviewAbomination

Abomination

Ashley Goldberg

A compelling and compassionate debut about friendship, faith, family and identity.

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 Read reviewThe Natural History of Love

The Natural History of Love

Caroline Petit

The Natural History of Love is based upon the true story of 19th century French explorer, naturalist and diploma the Count de Castelnau and his lover Madame Fonçeca; a sweeping historical narrative set in the wilds...

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The Improbable Life of Ricky Bird

The Improbable Life of Ricky Bird

Diane Connell

If you were charmed by The Curious Incident, laughed with Eleanor Oliphant and cried over A Man Called Ove, you will love Ricky Bird.

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The Signal Line

The Signal Line

Brendan Colley

The Signal Line is a warm-hearted, unforgettable novel about what we are all searching for, even when our personal dreams and aspirations have collapsed: love and acceptance.

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 Read reviewDaisy and Woolf

Daisy and Woolf

Michelle Cahill

A meditation on art, race and class in a postcolonial world, Daisy and Woolf is a masterpiece of postmodern fiction to rival The Hours or Wide Sargasso Sea. Powerfully recentring those in the margins of Anglo-centric histories and...

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Captain Starlight's Apprentice

Captain Starlight’s Apprentice

Kathryn Heyman

Australia's coming-of-age story.

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 Read reviewOther Houses

Other Houses

Paddy O'Reilly

Other Houses is a masterful and tender story about people who live from payday to payday. Acutely observed and lyrical, Paddy O'Reilly's novel paints a haunting picture of class, aspiration and the boundaries we will cross for...

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Here Goes Nothing

Here Goes Nothing

Steve Toltz

A firecracker of a novel by the Booker-shortlisted author of A Fraction of the Whole - a scathingly funny and affecting tale of life, death, love and the questionable existence of God.

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 Read reviewA Solitary Walk on the Moon

A Solitary Walk on the Moon

Hilde Hinton

The new novel from the bestselling author of The Loudness of Unsaid Things. A novel of heart, wisdom and unforgettable characters for readers of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and Olive Kitteridge.

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 Read reviewDinner with the Schnabels

Dinner with the Schnabels

Toni Jordan

You can marry into them, but can you ever really be one of them? A novel about marriage, love and family.

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 Read reviewThe Burnished Sun

The Burnished Sun

Mirandi Riwoe

This stunning story collection includes two prize-winning novellas along with an impressive range of historical and contemporary stories, all written by characters who yearn to belong and find acceptance.

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 Read reviewNo Hard Feelings

No Hard Feelings

Genevieve Novak

Hungover, underpaid and overwhelmed, this isn't where Penny expected to be as she reached her late twenties. A sharp, smart and witty look at adulting - Fleabag meets Sorrow and Bliss.

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The Secret Wife

The Secret Wife

Mark Lamprell

For readers of Robert Hillman and Toni Jordan, and written by an award-winning author and screenwriter, The Secret Wife a tense, heartfelt story of female friendship and liberation in the turbulent 1960s.

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The Sawdust House

The Sawdust House

David Whish-Wilson

This sweeping tale of a larger-than-life figure is a must-read for lovers of historical fiction

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Till Death, or a Little Light Maiming, Do Us Part

Till Death, or a Little Light Maiming, Do Us Part

Kathy Lette

When Jason Riley goes missing, feared killed by a shark, his family - make that families - have many questions.

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Where the Light Gets In

Where the Light Gets In

Zoe Coyle

For anyone who has ever loved and lost, and dared to rise again

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 Read reviewAustraliana

Australiana

Yumna Kassab

One small town, a multitude of stories.

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 Read reviewThe Good Captain

The Good Captain

Sean Rabin

Set in the near future The Good Captain follows a group of radical environmentalists committed to a mission of extreme civil disobedience against the powers threatening to destroy the last of the world's marine life.

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 Read reviewLoveland

Loveland

Robert Lukins

Compelling, compassionate and profoundly moving, this new novel by the acclaimed author of The Everlasting Sunday confirms Robert Lukins as one of our finest writers.

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 Read reviewSadvertising

Sadvertising

Ennis Cehic

An electrifying collection of stories from the febrile imagination of a young writer who traverses culture, genre and form.

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 Read reviewHovering

Hovering

Rhett Davis

From the winner of the 2020 Victorian Premier's Award for an Unpublished Manuscript comes a genre bending tour-de-force debut

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 Read reviewThe Sorrow Stone

The Sorrow Stone

Kari Gislason

An epic and compelling novel that reimagines the fate of one of Iceland's famous women of history

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 Read reviewGoodnight, Vivienne, Goodnight

Goodnight, Vivienne, Goodnight

Steven Carroll

From one of our finest writers - winner of the Miles Franklin, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Prime Minister's Literary Award - comes a wistful and emotional story that imagines a happier ending for the mercurial and...

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 Read reviewThe Very Last List of Vivian Walker

The Very Last List of Vivian Walker

Megan Albany, Lisa Maza

Vivian Walker is dying. This is not on her list of things to do. A darkly funny debut that proves even the most imperfect of lives is worth celebrating.

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 Read reviewChai Time at Cinnamon Gardens

Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens

Shankari Chandran

A gorgeously layered reading group novel about the unexpected families we create around us. Evocative. Compassionate. Storytelling.

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 Read reviewA Great Hope

A Great Hope

Jessica Stanley

John Clare was a titan in Australian politics. The head of a powerful union, he had long been tipped as a future leader himself. But now John has fallen, brutally, to his death. A terrible accident - or was it? This is a novel for...

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 Read reviewSon of Sin

Son of Sin

Omar Sakr

Poet Omar Sakr's debut novel is a fierce and fantastic force that illuminates the bonds that bind families together as well as what can break them.

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 Read reviewHome and Other Hiding Places

Home and Other Hiding Places

Jack Ellis

A clear-eyed, big-hearted work of literary fiction, Home and Other Hiding Places is a stunning portrait of a boy navigating the world of adult secrets

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 Read reviewCold Enough for Snow

Cold Enough for Snow

Jessica Au

Winner of the inaugural Novel Prize, an elegant and subtle exploration of the mysteries of our relationships to others.

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Orphan Rock

Orphan Rock

Dominique Wilson

Orphan Rock is a complex and richly detailed story of secrets and heartbreak that will take you from the back streets of Sydney's slums to the wide avenues of the City of Lights.

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 Read reviewThe Competition

The Competition

Katherine Collette

Katherine Collette's much-anticipated and hilarious follow-up to The Helpline, the debut Aussie novel that charmed the world

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Banjawarn

Banjawarn

Josh Kemp

Banjawarn is an unsettling debut from Josh Kemp, winner of the 2021 Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.

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If You're Happy

If You’re Happy

Fiona Robertson

From the 2020 QLA Glendower winner comes a timely and insightful collection of stories about how we pursue happiness in a turbulent world.

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 Read reviewThe Islands

The Islands

Emily Brugman

A moving and original debut novel. Observant, warm and extraordinary.

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 Read reviewThe Keepers

The Keepers

Al Campbell

This daring and dazzling debut shines a light on the unsung heroes of our communities: the carers.

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The Teeth of a Slow Machine

The Teeth of a Slow Machine

Andrew Roff

This daring, irreverent short-story collection dissects and explores the conundrums of contemporary life and what it is to be human, through a world very like our own.

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 Read review28 Questions

28 Questions

Indyana Schneider

They say it takes 28 Questions to fall in love. Then what?

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The Grass Hotel

The Grass Hotel

Craig Sherborne

The Grass Hotel is a story of damage and repair, of familial obligation and the resentments it can cause. It is also about the profound comfort that a connection with animals can offer.

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Only Birds Above

Only Birds Above

Portland Jones

Only Birds Above by Portland Jones spans two wars and two generations, looking at the lasting impacts of war on the lives it touches.

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 Read reviewThe Furies

The Furies

Mandy Beaumont

Defiant, ferocious and unyielding - The Furies is a unique and breathtakingly powerful debut novel from Mandy Beaumont. For those who love Charlotte Wood, Margaret Atwood and Carmen Maria Machado.

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Cooper Not Out

Cooper Not Out

Justin Smith

A delightfully uplifting Australian novel about the joy of discovering your greatest potential.

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 Read reviewDevotion

Devotion

Hannah Kent

Hannah Kent's long-awaited novel demonstrates her sublime ability with language that creates an immersive, transformative experience for the reader. Devotion is a book to savour.

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 Read reviewSeven and a Half

Seven and a Half

Christos Tsiolkas

An audacious and transformative novel about the past, the present and the power of writing and imagination from the award-winning author of Damascus and The Slap.

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Scorcher

Scorcher

Tim Ross

Comedian Tim Ross uses the Australian Summer as a back drop for a new collection of nostalgic short stories

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 Read reviewLove and Virtue

Love and Virtue

Diana Reid

Feminism, power and sex play out through the eyes of young Australian uni students in a contemporary narrative that is fiercely authentic

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 Read reviewBodies of Light

Bodies of Light

Jennifer Down

Jennifer Down cements her status as a leading light of Australian literary fiction in this heart-rending and intimate saga of one woman's turbulent life

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 Read reviewTravelling Companions

Travelling Companions

Antoni Jach

Travelling Companions is charming, amusing and philosophical - a wholly original exploration of what it means to honour our strangest dreams and disappointments

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 Read reviewApples Never Fall

Apples Never Fall

Liane Moriarty

From the outside, the Delaneys appear to be an enviably contented family. But now Joy Delaney has disappeared and her children are re-examining their parents' marriage and their family history with fresh, frightened eyes.

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 Read reviewIn Moonland

In Moonland

Miles Allinson

In present-day Melbourne, a man attempts to piece together the mystery of his father's apparent suicide, as his young family slowly implodes. 

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