New Australian fiction

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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Soon

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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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

Abandoned by her mother as a toddler and only occasionally visited by her volatile father who keeps dangerous secrets, Justine is raised solely by her Pop, an old man tormented by visions of the Burma Railway. Justine finds...

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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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 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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 Read reviewThe Way Back

The Way Back

Kylie Ladd

All she wanted was to escape. But why does she still feel trapped. A gripping psychological drama by the author of Mothers and Daughters and Into My Arms.

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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

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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 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 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

Amid the furious ocean there was no human sound on deck: some people standing, watching the wave, but no one capable of words.On the Java Ridge, skipper Isi Natoli and a group of Australian surf tourists are anchored...

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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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 Special priceColombiano

Colombiano

Rusty Young

Colombiano is an epic tale of rural villages held to ransom, of jungle drug labs, cocaine supermarkets, witch doctors and buried millions, of innocent teenage love, barbaric torture and meticulously planned revenge.

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Forgotten

Forgotten

Nicole Trope

In a single day, a simple mistake will have life-altering consequences for everyone involved.A moment of distraction, an unlocked car and a missing baby. How on earth could this happen?All Malia needed was a single...

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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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 Special priceThe 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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Lovesick

Lovesick

Jean Flynn

Beth is an absolute wreck. She is certain that she has some kind of disease-a fatal one, most likely. She is also very single and quite keen on her boss colleague, Dr Brendan Roberts. He seems to fancy her, too-well, until The...

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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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 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 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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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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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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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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 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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 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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The River Sings

The River Sings

Sandra Leigh Price

Look first. Reach second. Vanish third.' London, 1825: Eglantine has always had an eye for the shine. Born the same day as the young princess destined to be.....

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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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 Read reviewThe Last Garden

The Last Garden

Eva Hornung

From the author of the award-winning Dog Boy, a powerful literary work about frailty, redemption, and the healing power of animals.

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The Traitors Girl,

The Traitors Girl,

Christine Wells

'I think I'm in danger. It's a matter of some urgency. You must please come at once.'After receiving a mysterious summons from her long-lost grandmother, Australian teacher Annabel Logan agrees to visit her...

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The Shape of Us

The Shape of Us

Lisa Ireland

Four women meet in an online weight-loss forum in this heart-warming, heart-breaking tale of women's friendship, from a new voice in the style of a next-generation Liz Byrski.

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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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Selling the Dream

Selling the Dream

Hugh Mackay

Bestselling author Hugh Mackay expands his fiction repertoire with this blistering satire about the advertising world.

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 Read reviewSee 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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Watch Over Me

Watch Over Me

Claire Corbett

The pressure of my blood, the beat of my heart, is a message to you. You read each second of my body's life. But watching goes both ways. You watch us: for control, for power, for pleasure. We watch you: for survival, for fear,...

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A Hundred Small Lessons

A Hundred Small Lessons

Ashley Hay

A lyrical novel of two mothers from different generations and how their lives converge in one hot, wet summer. From the bestselling author of The Railwayman's Wife.

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The Missing Pieces of Us

The Missing Pieces of Us

Fleur McDonald

Sometimes you have to resolve the past before you can face the future. The moving and heart-warming new novel from Fleur McDonald.

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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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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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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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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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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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The Woolgrower's Companion

The Woolgrower’s Companion

Joy Rhoades

Set over ten tumultuous months in 1945, The Woolgrower's Companion is the gripping story of one woman's fight against all odds, and a sweeping tribute to Australia's landscape and its peoples.

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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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The Golden Child

The Golden Child

Wendy James

Why can't all your children be perfect? A totally absorbing novel, for readers of Liane Moriarty, Lionel Shriver and Christos Tsiolkas. Blogger Lizzy's life is buzzing, happy, normal...

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Storm and Grace

Storm and Grace

Kathryn Heyman

... she is screaming, the way he wanted, the way he promised she would ... World-famous freediver Storm Hisray hits Grace Cain like a bolt from the blue. Instantly smitten, she abandons her life in the...

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Do You Love Me or What?

Do You Love Me or What?

Sue Woolfe

A brilliant collection of short stories by the bestselling, award-winning author of Leaning Towards Infinity, Painted Woman and The Secret Cure

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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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The Dangers of Truffle Hunting

The Dangers of Truffle Hunting

Sunni Overend

For readers of Zoe Foster-Blake, Candace Bushnell and Gourmet Traveller, a delightful sexy story that spans the Australian wine country, the French provinces and hip bars of Melbourne.  

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