New Australian fiction

 Read reviewBila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray: River of Dreams

Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray: River of Dreams

Anita Heiss

Set on timeless Wiradyuri country, where the life-giving waters of the rivers can make or break dreams, and based on devastating true events, Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray (River of Dreams) is an epic story of love, loss and...

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 Read reviewGunk Baby

Gunk Baby

Jamie Marina Lau, Cheryl Ho

The brand new novel from the Stella Prize shortlisted author of Pink Mountain on Locust Island

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 Read reviewThe Beautiful Fall

The Beautiful Fall

Hugh Breakey

The Beautiful Fall is a cinematic, page-turning romance. Both an intriguing puzzle and a compulsively readable love story, it will sweep you away.

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Now That I See You

Now That I See You

Emma Batchelor

In diaries and letters, Now That I See You unfolds a love story that, while often messy and uncomfortable, is a poignant and personal exploration of identity, gender, love and grief.

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 Read reviewUnsheltered

Unsheltered

Clare Moleta

As the resourceful, relentless Li tracks her lost daughter across a disintegrating country, the journey will test the limits of her trust, her hope and her love. Unsheltered will leave you wrung out and gasping

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The Little Boat on Trusting Lane

The Little Boat on Trusting Lane

Mel Hall

Richard runs his alternative healing centre from an old houseboat in a scrapyard on Trusting Lane. The Little Mother Earth Ship provides spiritual sustenance at regular meetings of the Circle of IEWA. While Richard plies his...

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Night Blue

Night Blue

Angela O'Keeffe

Potent, haunting and lyrical, Night Blue is a debut novel like no other, a narrative largely told in the voice of the painting Blue Poles. It is a truly original and absorbing approach to revisiting Jackson Pollock and his wife...

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 Read reviewA Million Things

A Million Things

Emily Spurr

Fall in love with this heart-wrenching underdog story about grief, friendship and sticking up for yourself

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Like Mother

Like Mother

Cassandra Austin

It's 1969 and mankind has leapt up to the moon, but a young mother in small-town Australia can't get past the kitchen door. 

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 Read reviewThe Truth About Her

The Truth About Her

Jacqueline Maley

How can you write other people's stories, when you won't admit the truth of your own? An absorbing, moving, ruefully tender, witty and wise novel of marriage, motherhood and the paths we navigate through both, for fans of Ann...

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Lines to the Horizon: Australian Surf Writing

Lines to the Horizon: Australian Surf Writing

Jock Serong

From Gold Coast surf culture to the relationships of humans to the sea and from surf travel in Mexico to Taj Burrow's final campaign in Fiji, this collection features six authors writing about surfing, and the ocean, in six very...

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Sincerely, Ethel Malley

Sincerely, Ethel Malley

Stephen Orr

In the darkest days of World War II, Ethel Malley lives a quiet life on Dalmar Street, Croydon. One day she finds a collection of poems written by her late (and secretive) brother, Ern. She sends them to Max Harris, co-editor of...

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Other People's Houses

Other People’s Houses

Kelli Hawkins

A stunningly tense, page-turning debut for all fans of The Woman in the Window and The Girl on the Train

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 Read reviewLove Objects

Love Objects

Emily Maguire

A stunning, simply told story of great compassion and insight, from the author of the Stella Prize-shortlisted An Isolated Incident.

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The Last Reunion

The Last Reunion

Kayte Nunn

Five women come together at a New Year's Eve's party after decades apart, in this thrilling story of desire, revenge and courage, based on a brave group of Australian and British WWII servicewomen

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Tussaud

Tussaud

Belinda Lyons-Lee

Haunted by the French Revolution, Marie Tussaud has locked herself away in her shop with the death masks she was forced to make to avoid the guillotine. Philidor, a famous magician, offers her the chance to accompany him to London...

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Where the Line Breaks

Where the Line Breaks

Michael Burrows

The Unknown Digger is Australia's most famous WWI poet. But for decades, his identity has remained a mystery. Enter Matthew Denton who believes the unknown digger to be fact one of Australia's greatest war heroes.

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The Last Bookshop

The Last Bookshop

Emma Young

Cait is a bookshop owner and book nerd whose social life revolves around her mobile bookselling service hand-picking titles for elderly clients, particularly the grandmotherly June. 

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 Read reviewA Room Called Earth

A Room Called Earth

Madeleine Ryan

A brilliant debut from a neurodivergent author that shows the magical, sensitive world of a woman on the autism spectrum.    

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 Read reviewSmokehouse

Smokehouse

Melissa Manning

A man watches a boy in a playground and pictures him in the grey wooden shed he's turned into a home. A woman's adopted mother dies, reawakening childhood memories and grief. A couple's decision to move to an isolated location may...

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 Read reviewHold Your Fire

Hold Your Fire

Chloe Wilson

Dark and dangerous, brilliantly unsettling and chillingly funny, this extraordinary debut shows us what we usually deny - the uneasy truce we make with our ruthless desires and gothic fears, and how easily it can be broken....

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From Where I Fell

From Where I Fell

Susan Johnson

Two women from opposite ends of the earth begin corresponding by chance and start sharing the intimacies of their lives.

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 Read reviewFriends & Dark Shapes

Friends & Dark Shapes

Kavita Bedford

An exquisite examination of the contours of grief and contemporary life, from a fresh new Australian-Indian voice

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Tipping

Tipping

Anna George

Light-hearted and optimistic, Tipping is a novel for our times. 

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The Family Doctor

The Family Doctor

Debra Oswald

A riveting, provocative novel about women's fury, traumatic grief, new love, deep friendship, and the preciousness of life, The Family Doctor asks the question: Should you cling to faith in a flawed system, or take control the...

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 Read reviewNew Animal

New Animal

Ella Baxter

A stunning, heartbreakingly funny debut novel from a brilliant new literary voice. Sex, death, grief, running away...only one of these makes Amelia feel like a new animal.

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One-Night Stand

One-Night Stand

Simon Taylor

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Chasing the McCubbin

Chasing the McCubbin

Sandi Scaunich

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The Breaking

The Breaking

Irma Gold

Hannah Bird has just arrived in Thailand. Disoriented and out of her depth, she meets Deven, a fierce and gutsy Australian expat who sweeps her into thrilling adventures rescuing elephants.   

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Ash Mountain

Ash Mountain

Helen FitzGerald

Ash Mountain is a uniquely Australian domestic noir - warm, blackly funny and a powder keg of accumulated tension. Vividly portraying small-town life, and a woman and a land in crisis, this is a disaster thriller you will never...

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Everyday Madness

Everyday Madness

Susan Midalia

When Gloria suddenly and alarmingly stops talking, the silence is more than her husband Bernard can bear. 

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 Read reviewThe Performance

The Performance

Claire Thomas

The breakout literary sensation of 2021 from the prize-winning author of Fugitive Blue.

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The Women and the Girls

The Women and the Girls

Laura Bloom

Three friends. Three marriages left behind. Life begins in earnest.

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Eye of a Rook

Eye of a Rook

Josephine Taylor

In 1860s London, Arthur sees his wife Emily suddenly struck down by a pain for which she can find no words, forced to endure harmful treatments and reliant on him for guidance. 

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 Read reviewO

O

Steven Carroll

From one of our foremost writers, the acclaimed and multi-award-winning Steven Carroll, comes O, a reimagining of what might have been, the story of a novel that took on a life of its own and mirrored its times in a way the author...

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 Read reviewThe Beach Caves

The Beach Caves

Trevor Shearston

Written in simple, beautiful prose, and with great depth and moral complexity, The Beach Caves is a powerful story about jealousy, guilt, the choices we make

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 Read reviewBorn Into This

Born Into This

Adam Thompson

Engaging, thought-provoking stories from a young Tasmanian Aboriginal author who addresses universal themes - identity, racism, heritage destruction - from a wholly original perspective.  

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 Read reviewThe Speechwriter

The Speechwriter

Martin McKenzie-Murray

In his fiction debut, erstwhile speechwriter and Saturday Paper journalist Martin McKenzie-Murray takes us on a frantic, funny, and surreal journey through the corridors of power.

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Sargasso

Sargasso

Kathy George

An empty house, a lonely shore, an enigmatic, brooding man-child waiting for her return ... a trip to the dark lands of Australian Gothic, for readers of Kate Morton and Hannah Richell.   

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 Read reviewThe Imitator

The Imitator

Rebecca Starford

A powerfully insightful and luminous portrait of courage and loyalty, and the sacrifices made in their name.       

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Low Expectations

Low Expectations

Stuart Everly-Wilson

Meet Australian literature's new anti-hero in this blackly humorous debut novel for fans of Boy Swallows Universe and Jasper Jones.

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The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman

The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman

Julietta Henderson

What do you get when you cross a painfully awkward son, lofty comedic ambition and a dead best friend?      

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 Read reviewThe Price of Two Sparrows

The Price of Two Sparrows

Christy Collins

Piercingly clear-eyed and deeply insightful, The Price of Two Sparrows explores what we hold sacred and why.

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Repentance

Repentance

Alison Gibbs

A tale of a country town and its rhythms, Repentance is also the story of modern Australia at one of its flashpoints, told tenderly and beautifully through the eyes of characters you won't forget.

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Champagne War

Champagne War

Fiona McIntosh

From the killing fields of Ypres to the sun-kissed vineyards of southern France, The Champagne War is a heart-stopping adventure about the true power of love and hope to light the way during war.

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Factory 19

Factory 19

Dennis Glover

They tell us that human happiness lies only in the future. But what if it really lies in the past?   

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 Read reviewLife After Truth

Life After Truth

Ceridwen Dovey

At their fifteen-year reunion, a group of Harvard graduates - labouring with early middle age, marriage and children, unrealised aspirations and a depressing political climate - rekindle old loves and old resentments. ...

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 Read reviewInfinite Splendours

Infinite Splendours

Sofie Laguna

Lawrence Loman is a bright, caring, curious boy with a gift for painting. He lives at home with his mother and younger brother, and the future is laid out before him, full of promise. But when he is ten, an experience of betrayal...

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Collisions: Fictions of the Future

Collisions: Fictions of the Future

Leah Jing McIntosh, Hassan Abul, Adalya Nash Hussein, Cher Tan

Experimental, genre-bending, lucid stories of the future from the inaugural Liminal Fiction Prize longlist. 

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Where The Fruit Falls

Where The Fruit Falls

Karen Wyld

An ancient ocean roars under the red dirt. Hush. Be still for just a moment. Hear its thunder-ing waves crashing on unseen shores.

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 Read reviewLucky's

Lucky’s

Andrew Pippos

An exuberant, magical Australian saga of family, love and second chances.

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 Read reviewHoneybee

Honeybee

Craig Silvey

The highly anticipated new novel by the bestselling author of Jasper Jones.

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 Read reviewSong of the Crocodile

Song of the Crocodile

Nardi Simpson

A captivating Australian saga from the winner of the 2018 black&write! fellowship.   

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 Read reviewAll Our Shimmering Skies

All Our Shimmering Skies

Trent Dalton

The highly anticipated second book by the author of Boy Swallows Universe Trent Dalton.   

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At the Edge of the Solid World

At the Edge of the Solid World

Daniel Davis Wood

A compulsive, compelling and lyrical novel, told with extraordinary empathy and emotional intelligence, this sweeping saga examines the nature of loss, the resilience and fragility of the family unit and the stories we tell to...

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 Read reviewThe Living Sea of Waking Dreams

The Living Sea of Waking Dreams

Richard Flanagan

An ember storm of a novel, this is Booker Prize-winning novelist Richard Flanagan at his most moving - and astonishing - best.     

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 Read reviewThe Tolstoy Estate

The Tolstoy Estate

Steven Conte

Powerful, densely rich and deeply affecting, The Tolstoy Estate shows Steven Conte to be one of our finest writers.

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Rural Dreams

Rural Dreams

Margaret Hickey

Funny, heartbreaking and true; the characters in Rural Dreams are the people we know and grew up with. Some of them might even be us.   

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 Read reviewIt's Been A Pleasure, Noni Blake

It’s Been A Pleasure, Noni Blake

Claire Christian

Claire Christian's sparkling adult debut is the millennial rom-com you've been waiting for: feminist, queer, sex-positive and shamelessly feel-good.     

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 Read reviewThe Mother Fault

The Mother Fault

Kate Mildenhall

Mim's husband is missing. No one knows where Ben is, but everyone wants to find him - especially The Department. And they should know, the all-seeing government body has fitted the entire population with a universal tracking chip...

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Sorrow and Bliss

Sorrow and Bliss

Meg Mason

Spiky, sharp, intriguingly dark and tender, full of pathos, fury and wit, Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason is a dazzling, distinctive novel from a boldly talented writer. For fans of Sally Rooney, Taffy Brodesser-Akner and...

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 Read reviewOrdinary Matter

Ordinary Matter

Laura Elvery

In 1895 Alfred Nobel rewrote his will and left his fortune made in dynamite and munitions to generations of thinkers. Since 1901 women have been honoured with Nobel Prizes for their scientific research twenty times, including...

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 Read reviewThe Morbids

The Morbids

Ewa Ramsey

Caitlin is convinced she's going to die...    

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 Read reviewDreams They Forgot

Dreams They Forgot

Emma Ashmere

Undercut with longing and unbelonging, absurdity and tragedy, thwarted plans and fortuitous serendipity, each story offers glimpses into the dreams, limitations, gains and losses of fragmented families, loners and lovers,...

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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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 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 reviewA Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing

A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing

Jessie Tu

A finalist for the 2020 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, this is a dazzling and original debut from a young writer with a fierce, intelligent and audacious voice.  

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 Read reviewKokomo

Kokomo

Victoria Hannan

Winner of the 2019 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. Both tender and fierce, heartbreaking and funny, Kokomo is a story about how secrets and love have the power to bring us together and tear us...

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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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