New Australian fiction

 Special price Read reviewA Room Made of Leaves

A Room Made of Leaves

Kate Grenville

A Room Made of Leaves is the internationally acclaimed author Kate Grenville's first novel in almost a decade. It is historical fiction turned inside out, a stunning sleight of hand that gives the past the piercing immediacy of...

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 Read reviewA Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing

A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing

Jessie Tu

Jena Lin plays the violin. She was once a child prodigy and now uses sex to fill the void left by fame. She's struggling a little. Her professional life comprises rehearsals, concerts, auditions and relentless practice; her...

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 Read reviewThe Fogging

The Fogging

Luke Horton

A compelling tale of the slow disintegration of a relationship and the unravelling of a man.

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 Read reviewThe Rain Heron

The Rain Heron

Robbie Arnott

From a 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year and the author of the highly praised novel Flames comes another beguiling, transformative work of fiction confirming Robbie Arnott as one of Australia's most exciting...

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 Read reviewIn the Time of Foxes

In the Time of Foxes

Jo Lennan

With an exhilarating span of people and places, In the Time of Foxes shows the short story collection at its most entertaining and rewarding, and introduces Jo Lennan as an irresistible new storyteller.

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 Read reviewRise & Shine

Rise & Shine

Patrick Allington

Each morning, the last humans start their day with graphic footage from the front. This is what sustains them - literally.

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 Read reviewThe Spill

The Spill

Imbi Neeme

In 1982, a car overturns on a remote West Australian road. Nobody is hurt, but the impact is felt for decades.

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Smart Ovens for Lonely People

Smart Ovens for Lonely People

Elizabeth Tan

Conspiracies, memes, and therapies of various efficacy underpin this beguiling short-story collection from Elizabeth Tan.

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The Silk House

The Silk House

Kayte Nunn

Weaving. Healing. Haunting. The spellbinding story of a mysterious boarding school sheltering a centuries-old secret

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Mammoth

Mammoth

Chris Flynn

The original, unforgettable and thought-provoking new novel by award-winning author Chris Flynn that will change how readers understand the world

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After Australia

After Australia

Michael Mohammed Ahmad

Climate catastrophe, police brutality, white genocide, totalitarian rule and the erasure of black history provide the backdrop for stories of love, courage and hope. In this unflinching new anthology, eleven of Australia's most...

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On a Barbarous Coast

On a Barbarous Coast

Craig Cormick, Harold Ludwick

Fierce, intriguing and thoughtful, On a Barbarous Coast is the story of a past and future that might have been.    

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The Application of Pressure

The Application of Pressure

Rachael Mead

Masterfully written, The Application of Pressure is a breathtaking and deeply human debut novel that reveals not only the trauma of a life lived on the frontline of medicine, but also the essential, binding friendships that make...

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The Things She Owned

The Things She Owned

Katherine Tamiko Arguile

Beautiful and mysterious, The Things She Owned explores the complexity of lives lived between cultures, the weight of crossgenerational trauma, and a mother and daughter on a tortuous path to forgiveness.

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Ghost Species

Ghost Species

James Bradley

An exquisitely beautiful and deeply affecting exploration of connection and loss in an age of planetary trauma.

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Night Lessons in Little Jerusalem

Night Lessons in Little Jerusalem

Rick Held

A powerful debut novel based on a true story for those who loved The Tattoist of Auschwitz and All the Light We Cannot See

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 Read reviewThe Adversary

The Adversary

Ronnie Scott

A story about sexuality, the ache of friendship and love, and sticky summers at the pool, this exhilarating debut novel captures the heartbeat of one transformative summer where alliances are made and broken.

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A Treacherous Country

A Treacherous Country

K.M. Kruimink

Winner of the 2020 The Australian/Vogel’s Literary AwardSet in the 1800s, Gabriel Fox is newly arrived to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) from England. Drawn by the promise of his...

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Clapperland

Clapperland

Terry Aulich

Can an evangelical pastor and former football star, Tommy Rayfinger make it to the top of Australian politics?

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The Drop-Off

The Drop-Off

Fiona Harris, Mike McLeish

At Baytree Primary, it's the adults who are behaving like children...

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 Read reviewThe Animals in That Country

The Animals in That Country

Laura Jean McKay

Out on the road, no one speaks, everything talks.

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The Octopus and I

The Octopus and I

Erin Hortle

A stunning debut novel set on the Tasmanian coast that lays bare the wild, beating heart at the intersection of human and animal, love and loss, and fear and hope.

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HRT: Husband Replacement Therapy

HRT: Husband Replacement Therapy

Kathy Lette

What do you do when you're told you've got terminal cancer at 50? Take up crochet, get religion and bow out gracefully? Or upend your life and spend every remaining minute exploring new pleasures?

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The Silence

The Silence

Susan Allott

It is 1997, and in a basement flat in Hackney Isla Green is awakened by a call in the middle of the night: her father, phoning from Sydney.

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The Night-Side of the Country

The Night-Side of the Country

Meaghan Delahunt

This feminist genre-crossing novel explores the creative process as a place of refuge, ambiguity, and as a starting point for resistance. The place where the ‘You' and the ‘I' connect.

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 Read reviewStone Sky Gold Mountain

Stone Sky Gold Mountain

Mirandi Riwoe

Family circumstances force siblings Ying and Lai Yue to flee their home in China to seek their fortunes in Australia. Life on the gold fields is hard, and they soon abandon the diggings and head to nearby Maytown.

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Benevolence

Benevolence

Julie Janson

For perhaps the first time in novel form, Benevolence presents an important era in Australia's history from an Aboriginal perspective.

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 Read reviewThe Dictionary of Lost Words

The Dictionary of Lost Words

Pip Williams

In 1901, the word ‘Bondmaid' was discovered missing from the Oxford English Dictionary. This is the story of the girl who stole it.

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 Read reviewThe Loudness of Unsaid Things

The Loudness of Unsaid Things

Hilde Hinton

If you loved Boy Swallows Universe and Lost and Found, you will love this debut novel. A stunning story about family, loneliness and isolation that will make you laugh, cry and be a bit kinder to those who are lost.

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 Read reviewSheerwater

Sheerwater

Leah Swann

Emotional, powerful, unforgettable. From a stunning new literary talent, you won't be able to put down this novel about a mother's love for her children - it will break your heart.

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Almost a Mirror

Almost a Mirror

Kirsten Krauth

As it moves between the Blue Mountains and Melbourne, Sydney and Castlemaine, Almost a Mirror reflects on the healing power of creativity and the everyday sacredness of family and friendship in the face of unexpected tragedy.

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The Dickens Boy

The Dickens Boy

Tom Keneally

In the late 1800s, rather than run the risk of his under-achieving sons tarnishing his reputation at home, Charles Dickens sent two of them to Australia.

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The Deceptions

The Deceptions

Suzanne Leal

In 1943, a young woman is taken to a Jewish ghetto outside Prague where one of the guards - a Czech gendarme - is quickly drawn to her. Believing he will offer her protection, Hana reluctantly accepts Karel's advances only to find...

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No Small Shame

No Small Shame

Christine Bell

From the harshness of a pit village in Scotland to the upheaval of wartime Australia, No Small Shame tells the moving story of love and duty, loyalty and betrayal, and confronting the past before you can seek a future.

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Gulliver's Wife

Gulliver’s Wife

Lauren Chater

Birth. Death. Wonder ... One woman's journey to the edge of love and loyalty from the bestselling author of The Lace Weaver

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 Read reviewThe Inland Sea

The Inland Sea

Madeleine Watts

Written with down-to-earth lucidity and ethereal breeziness, this is an unforgettable debut about coming of age in a world that seems increasingly hostile

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The Mothers

The Mothers

Genevieve Gannon

What if you gave birth to someone else's child? A gripping family drama inspired by a real-life case of an IVF laboratory mix-up.

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 Read reviewThe Origin of Me

The Origin of Me

Bernard Gallate

A beguilingly original and satirical debut novel of friendships, imagination, and the bodies we live in

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 Read reviewThe Coconut Children

The Coconut Children

Vivian Pham

Growing up can feel like a death sentence

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 Read reviewSweetness and Light

Sweetness and Light

Liam Pieper

An intoxicating, unsettling story of the battle between light and dark, love and lust, morality and corruption

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 Read reviewMelting Moments

Melting Moments

Anna Goldsworthy

Sometimes events occur as one might wish but sometimes they do not.

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 Read reviewWe Were Never Friends

We Were Never Friends

Margaret Bearman

We Were Never Friends is a compelling and powerful novel about friendship, the pursuit of a creative life and the legacies we leave behind.

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 Read reviewThe Salt Madonna

The Salt Madonna

Catherine Noske

The Crucible meets The Natural Way of Things in this stunning novel from debut author Catherine Noske.

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The Lost Love Song

The Lost Love Song

Minnie Darke

The Lost Love Song is a bewitching novel about love, second chances and the power of music, from the author of the critically acclaimed, bestselling Star-crossed . . .

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Elephants with Headlights

Elephants with Headlights

Bem Le Hunte

An encounter with Elephants with Headlights is a collision between east and west, modernity and tradition - between driverless cars and ancient lore - and a world that needs revolutionary reappraisal.

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Below Deck

Below Deck

Sophie Hardcastle

Below Deck is the highly anticipated debut novel from author Sophie Hardcastle. A heartbreakingly poetic and haunting story about the vagaries of consent, about who has the space to speak and who is believed.

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 Read reviewDesire Lines

Desire Lines

Felicity Volk

An epic story of love and the lies we tell ourselves, from an extraordinary Australian literary talent

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 Read reviewA Couple of Things Before the End: Stories

A Couple of Things Before the End: Stories

Sean O'Beirne

This brilliant collection mixes the storytelling originality of George Saunders and Lydia Davis with a sensibility all its own, taking the reader on an extraordinary tour of old and new Australia - and into a very frightening...

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 Read reviewCherry Beach

Cherry Beach

Laura McPhee-Browne

Beautifully written and intimate, Cherry Beach is a revelatory story of friendship and desire.  

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 Read reviewThe Bass Rock

The Bass Rock

Evie Wyld

Three women, hundreds of years apart, slip into each other's lives in a novel of darkness, violence and madness.   

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 Read reviewShirl

Shirl

Wayne Marshall

A lonely yowie emerges from the bush to attend the Desperate and Dateless Ball. Mysterious creatures descend from the sky to place a ban on footy. A shark named Bruce turns up in the local swimming pool. A fisherman enjoying a...

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Wild, Fearless Chests

Wild, Fearless Chests

Mandy Beaumont

Brutal. Uncompromising. Magnificent. Complex. Unforgettable. A timely debut short story collection that breaks open the idea of women from a powerful new Australian literary voice.

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The Tiniest House of Time

The Tiniest House of Time

Sreedhevi Iyer

The Tiniest House of Time is more than a family saga, ranging across continents and decades seamlessly, from colonial Burma in the 1930s to nationalist Malaysia in the 1990s and beyond, to Hong Kong and...

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Fauna

Fauna

Donna Mazza

A compelling near-future literary novel, psychological thriller and family drama

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No Neat Endings

No Neat Endings

Dominic Carew

In nineteen short stories, No Neat Endings pits its characters against the challenges of modern life, sex, love, work and the world. Half tragedy, half comedy, this collection announces a fresh new voice in Australian writing.

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Dental Tourism

Dental Tourism

Mark O'Flynn

Both comic and poignant, historical and contemporary, these stories range through vastly different settings, moods and voices. Meed Ned Kelly as you've never seen him. Listen to an articulate budgie ruminating on his destiny. From...

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 Read reviewRiptides

Riptides

Kirsten Alexander

Set in Queensland during a time of tremendous social upheaval, Riptides is a gripping family drama about dreams, choices and consequences, from the author of the acclaimed Half Moon Lake.

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The Light After the War

The Light After the War

Anita Abriel

Inspired by the true story of one woman's extraordinary journey to forge a new life after escaping a train bound for Auschwitz

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Jane in Love

Jane in Love

Rachel Givney

Jane Austen time-travels to the future and falls in love. But will she choose happiness in the present, or her career as a writer in the past?

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Maggie's Going Nowhere

Maggie’s Going Nowhere

Rose Hartley

Maggie's Going Nowhere is a fierce and funny debut introducing a thoroughly relatable and offbeat heroine. If you enjoy Fleabag, you'll adore Maggie!

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The Lost Summers of Driftwood

The Lost Summers of Driftwood

Vanessa McCausland

Is it more dangerous to forget ... or to remember? A compelling drama about broken dreams, first love and the mystery of a lost sister, for all fans of Hannah Richell and Kate Morton.

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The Paris Model

The Paris Model

Alexandra Joel

Sometimes you have to lose everything to find yourself ... A stunning novel of love, betrayal and family secrets for all fans of Fiona McIntosh and Natasha Lester.

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