New Australian fiction

The Best Australian Stories 2017

The Best Australian Stories 2017

Maxine Beneba Clarke

In The Best Australian Stories, acclaimed writer Maxine Beneba Clarke brings together our country's leading literary talents. An award-winning short-story writer herself, Clarke selects exceptional stories that resonate...

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 Read reviewBorder Districts

Border Districts

Gerald Murnane

A new work by a master of contemporary Australian fiction, highly regarded overseas, but little-known here. Giramondo's publication of Border Districts, and the retrospective volume Collected Short Fiction (early next year) is a...

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Plane Tree Drive

Plane Tree Drive

Lynette Washington

Jennifer lives shrouded in secrets on Plane Tree Drive, stuck in regret that is destroying her marriage. Alice watches on as her husband finally gives up his addictions - and his family in the process. Faraj, haunted by memories...

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Deadly Kerfuffle

Deadly Kerfuffle

Tony Martin

Deadly Kerfuffle is the hilarious debut novel from renowned writer, comedian, radio presenter and stirrer Tony Martin.

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 Special price Read reviewA Long Way from Home

A Long Way from Home

Peter Carey

A Long Way from Home is Peter Carey's late style masterpiece; a thrilling high speed story that starts in one way, then takes you to another place altogether. Set in the 1950s in the embers of the British Empire, painting a...

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 Read reviewAtlantic Black

Atlantic Black

A.S. Patric

The new novel from Miles Franklin award-winning author A.S. Patrić.

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 Special price Read reviewThe Passage of Love

The Passage of Love

Alex Miller

Critically acclaimed, two-time winner of the Miles Franklin award, winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize and numerous other literary awards, Miller's new work is an exquisitely personal novel of love and creativity.

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Stories: Collected Short Fiction

Stories: Collected Short Fiction

Helen Garner

This new edition of Helen Garner's collected short fiction celebrates the seventy-fifth birthday of one of Australia's most loved authors.

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Griffith Review 58: Storied Lives - The Novella Project V

Griffith Review 58: Storied Lives - The Novella Project V

Julianne Schultz

The fifth edition of the annual Griffith Review Novella Project writing competition - showcasing Griffith Review's ongoing commitment to unearthing the most exciting work from both emerging and established Australian and New...

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 Special priceAda

Ada

Kaz Cooke

Kaz Cooke invites you to an audience with the amazing Ada. She's a showgirl and a story teller with a trunk full of stories and secrets. A funny, tender novel about an extraordinary woman who made the very best of everything life...

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 Read reviewMrs. M

Mrs. M

Luke Slattery

From one of Australia's foremost journalists, Luke Slattery, comes a bravura literary achievement, a rich and intense novel of an imagined history of desire, ambition and dashed dreams, and a portrait of one passionate,...

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Sanctuary

Sanctuary

Judy Nunn

In Judy Nunn's latest compelling novel, compassion meets bigotry, hatred meets love, and ultimately despair meets hope on the windswept shores of Australia.On a barren island off the coast of Western Australia, a...

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The Baker's Alchemy

The Baker’s Alchemy

John Stephenson

In a corner of old Poland, near a great forest touched by magic, a baker receives a secret to help his ailing marriage. Enchantment comes but there is also a price to pay. In a marvel of plotting, a spiral of double-identity...

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First Person

Richard Flanagan

What is the truth? In this blistering story of a ghostwriter haunted by his demonic subject, the Man Booker Prize winner turns to lies, crime and literature with devastating effect

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 Special price Read reviewThe Life to Come

The Life to Come

Michelle de Kretser

Michelle de Kretser's fifth novel is both a delicious satire on the way we live now and a deeply moving examination of the true nature of friendship.

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Two Steps Forward

Two Steps Forward

Graeme Simsion, Anne Buist

Two Steps Forward is the feelgood novel of the year from Graeme Simsion, author of the Rosie books and his wife, Anne Buist.

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Suburbia

Suburbia

Jeremy Chambers

A coming-of-age drama that superbly evokes the sights, smells and sounds of suburban life in the 80s and the angst of teenagers trapped in the lives of their parents.

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Drawing Sybylla

Drawing Sybylla

Odette Kelada

Drawing Sybylla is a novel about the challenges women writers have faced in pursuing the writing life.

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Sixty Seconds

Sixty Seconds

Jesse Blackadder

Sixty Seconds is a haunting, redemptive story about forgiveness and hope.

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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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 Read reviewSoon

Soon

Lois Murphy

An almost deserted town in the middle of nowhere, Nebulah's days of mining and farming prosperity - if they ever truly existed - are long gone. These days even the name on the road sign into town has been removed. Yet for Pete, an...

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 Read reviewCity of Crows

City of Crows

Chris Womersley

A haunting novel of love and witchcraft set in seventeenth-century France from award-winning writer Chris Womersley.

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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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Bird Country

Bird Country

Claire Aman

The sparkling debut from an exciting new voice in Australian fiction, Claire Aman Bird Country is a collection of spare and affecting portraits of ordinary people in rural Australia

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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 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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 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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Secrets Between Friends

Secrets Between Friends

Fiona Palmer

Friendship is a million little moments, but can it survive this one? Three friends embark on a luxury cruise to celebrate their ten-year reunion in this heartfelt story of how long-held secrets can catch up with even the best of...

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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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A Second Life

A Second Life

Stephen Wright

Winner of the 2017 Seizure Viva La Novella PrizeThe birch is a quiet tree. It listens.In a tiny book-lined office backing onto a supermarket in a small town in northern New South Wales, a...

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The Fish Girl

The Fish Girl

Mirandi Riwoe

Winner of the 2017 Seizure Viva La Novella PrizeSparked by the description of a ‘Malay trollope' in W. Somerset Maugham's story, The Four Dutchmen, Mirandi Riwoe's novella, The Fish...

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The Girl from Munich

The Girl from Munich

Tania Blanchard

Germany, 1943. The choices she makes will change her life forever.

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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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Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Seek

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Seek

Anthony O'Neill

Seven years after the death of Edward Hyde, a stylish gentleman shows up in foggy London claiming to be Dr. Henry Jekyll. Only Mr. Utterson, Jekyll's faithful lawyer and confidant, knows that he must be an impostor - because...

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Parting Words

Parting Words

Cass Moriarty

Daniel Whittaker has left some unusual instructions in his will - in order for his three children to get their share of the inheritance, they must hand-deliver twelve letters he has left with his lawyer. What significance did...

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Burning Down

Burning Down

Venero Armanno

Charlie Smoke is living out his early retirement from the boxing ring as a bricklayer. It is the mid-1970s and he believes his best days are behind him. He has lost his wife and his daughter Sissy to his questionable past. When he...

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Seabirds Crying in the Harbour Dark

Seabirds Crying in the Harbour Dark

Catherine Cole

The room rustled as the children looked around. They knew no one had been to the coast but they checked in case for liars, for the too-dumb to know the difference between the real world and the television, for the...

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Her

Her

Garry Disher

Beautifully and powerfully written, this is a look at the darker side of Australia's past - and particularly the status of girls and women in our society - that will stay with you long after you finish reading.

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 Read reviewThe Town

The Town

Shaun Prescott

With this long-awaited and utterly unique debut novel, Shaun Prescott announces himself as a compelling new voice. The Town is magnetic, revealing the true depth of Australia: the good, the bad, and the captivatingly ugly.

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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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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 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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 Read reviewOn the Java Ridge

On the Java Ridge

Jock Serong

A literary novel about politics and seeking asylum, with the pace and tension of a political thriller. Plus some of the most compelling writing about the sea since Patrick O'Brian.

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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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The Art of Navigation

The Art of Navigation

Rose Michael

Three girls leave their safe suburban world to spend a life-changing night in a forest on the outskirts of Melbourne, where they plan a half-serious séance to call forth bushranger Ned Kelly. A world away in times Edward...

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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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Beautiful Messy Love

Beautiful Messy Love

Tess Woods

A gorgeous, hard-hitting novel that touches on celebrity, asylum, cultural integration and family tragedy, this is a book with heart and soul. 

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Bridget Crack

Bridget Crack

Rachel Leary

Van Diemen's Land, 1826. A desperate convict flees into the wilderness. But the land that hides her will show her no mercy. A brilliant literary debut from a writer of rare talent.

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The Lone Child

The Lone Child

Anna George

A gripping, atmospheric novel from the acclaimed author of What Came Before that asks: how much should you do to help a stranger's child?

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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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An Uncommon Woman

An Uncommon Woman

Nicole Alexander

Set in rural Queensland in 1929, An Uncommon Woman is the captivating story of a very modern woman who refuses to be held down by the conventions of the past...

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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 reviewHalf Wild

Half Wild

Pip Smith

Sydney, 1938. After being hit by a car on Oxford Street, sixty-three-year-old Jean Ford lies in a coma in Sydney Hospital. Doctors talk across her body, nurses jab her in the arm with morphine, detectives arrive to take her...

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The Pacific Room

The Pacific Room

Michael Fitzgerald

This remarkable debut novel tells of the last days of Tusitala, ‘the teller of tales', as Robert Louis Stevenson became known in Samoa where he chose to die.

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Hinterland

Hinterland

Steven Lang

‘We have this idea we can live anywhere, that we make a choice, but it's not true. There are places that are for you and places that aren't. You can tell which is which if you're prepared to listen.'Tensions have...

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 Read reviewDeeper Than the Sea

Deeper Than the Sea

Nelika McDonald

The secrets we keep from those we love the most

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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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Hello, Goodbye

Hello, Goodbye

Emily Brewin

It's 1968 and free-thinking country girl Maya Callaghan's world is turned upside down when she finds out she's pregnant to her boyfriend Sam, who is awaiting draft orders. A profoundly moving story of love during a time of great...

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The Trip of a Lifetime

The Trip of a Lifetime

Monica McInerney

'I always thought memories were unchangeable. Set in stone, shaped by the years. But there are always others too, ones you haven't let yourself remember ...' The wilful and eccentric Lola Quinlan is off on the trip of...

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Me and Mr Booker: Text Classics

Me and Mr Booker: Text Classics

Cory Taylor, Benjamin Law

The Text Classics edition of Cory Taylor's extraordinary debut novel, Me and Mr Booker, a sharply observed and darkly comic story about lust, deceit and the line between adolescence and adulthood.

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Lady of the Realm

Lady of the Realm

Hoa Pham

Touched by the Lady of the Realm, Liên dreams of bones and bodies under the sea. The prescient warnings from the Lady weigh heavily on Liên, who is burdened by her inability to save everyone. But she knows that the...

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To Become a Whale

To Become a Whale

Ben Hobson

The story of a young boy who has recently lost his mother, trying to make sense of the world of men and then embarking on a breathtaking adventure of his own - a stunning literary debut in the tradition of Favel Parrett's Past the...

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The Barrier

The Barrier

Shankari Chandran

War and disease have ravaged the world. In the fight for survival, can we save our humanity?

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The Walk

The Walk

Peter Barry

A provocative and unsettling novel about the morality of charity, the media and public relations

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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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 Read reviewThe Gulf

The Gulf

Anna Spargo-Ryan

The Gulf is a tender, joyous, funny coming-of-age story from the inimitable, alchemical imagination of Anna Spargo-Ryan.

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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 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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 Read reviewSome Tests

Some Tests

Wayne Macauley

It begins with the normally healthy Beth-aged-care worker, wife of David, mother of Lettie and Gem-feeling vaguely off-colour. A locum sends her to Dr Yi for some tests. 'There are a few things here that aren't quite right,' says...

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Miss Lily's Lovely Ladies

Miss Lily’s Lovely Ladies

Jackie French

Inspired by true events, this is the story of how society's 'lovely ladies' won a war. Each year at secluded Shillings Hall, in the snow-crisped English countryside, the...

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Year of the Orphan

Year of the Orphan

Daniel Findlay

Dystopian tale-telling at its absolute best. A worthy successor to The Chrysalids and Riddley Walker.' David Hunt (Girt, True Girt) 'The ravaged land and the....

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Losing It

Losing It

Moira Burke

A powerful reflection of early 80s working-class Melbourne, Losing It is set in a time of tight jeans, blue eyeshadow and Countdown - and of risky underage sex and drugs

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Jean Harley was Here

Jean Harley was Here

Heather Taylor Johnson

A woman opens her car door, knocking a passing cyclist into the path of an oncoming van. The cyclist is Jean Harley. But this is not Jean's story, nor is it the story of her death. It is the stories of the people she leaves...

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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 reviewNo More Boats

No More Boats

Felicity Castagna

The new novel by Felicity Castagna, whose previous book, The Incredible Here and Now, won the 2015 Prime Minister's Award for Young Adult Fiction and was shortlisted for the CBCA and NSW Premier's Literary Awards.

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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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 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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This Water: Five Tales

This Water: Five Tales

Beverley Farmer

This is likely to be the last work by Beverley Farmer, one of Australia's great prose stylists, and a pioneer of women's writing, in her exploration of feminine concerns, and her use of different literary forms - novel, short...

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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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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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In Two Minds: A Novel

In Two Minds: A Novel

Gordon Parker

Synopsis coming soon.......

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Old Growth

Old Growth

John Kinsella

In this luminous book of new stories, John Kinsella drops us seamlessly into the worlds of men, women and children at pivotal moments in their lives.In the title story, a husband who has lost his wife plans to destroy...

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 Read reviewAn Uncertain Grace

An Uncertain Grace

Krissy Kneen

From one of Australia's most daring literary voices, An Uncertain Grace is a moving, insightful and imaginative exploration of gender and sexual politics.

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Down The Hume

Down The Hume

Peter Polites

A confronting and powerful novel from an exciting new voice - for lovers of Christos Tsiolkas (Loaded) and Luke Davies (Candy).

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The Circle and The Equator

The Circle and The Equator

Kyra Giorgi

In the dying days of the Russian Empire, a Scottish sound recordist disappears into the Caucasus mountains; a former hero of the Algerian resistance experiments with traditional Chinese medicine; a French anatomical artist models...

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 Read reviewThe Restorer

The Restorer

Michael Sala

An extraordinary literary novel set in Newcastle in 1989, about the devastating fault lines that can run in families.

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 Read reviewBarking Dogs

Barking Dogs

Rebekah Clarkson

Rebekah Clarkson has created a compelling, slow-burning portrait of a town in the midst of major change as it makes the painful transformation from rural idyll to aspirational suburbia. What looked like redemption is now profound...

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