Our favourite books of 2016 (so far)

Everywhere I Look

Everywhere I Look

Helen Garner

Helen Garner is one of Australia's greatest writers. Her short non-fiction has enormous range. Spanning fifteen years of work, Everywhere I Look is a book full of unexpected moments, sudden shafts of light, piercing intuition,...

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My Name is Lucy Barton

My Name is Lucy Barton

Elizabeth Strout

Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn't spoken for many years, comes to see her. Her unexpected visit forces Lucy to confront the tension and longing that have...

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 Read reviewOur Magic Hour

Our Magic Hour

Jennifer Down

Katy's unexpected suicide forever changes life for her best friend Audrey, and their group of close friends in their twenties.

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 Read reviewThe Other Side of Summer

The Other Side of Summer

Emily Gale

This sweet and spellbinding story about family, friends and believing in yourself will warm your heart.

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The Folded Clock: A Diary

The Folded Clock: A Diary

Heidi Julavits

When Heidi Julavits rediscovered her childhood diaries, she hoped to find in them proof that she was always destined to be a writer. Instead, "The actual diaries revealed me to possess the mind of a phobic tax auditor."...

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The Portable Veblen

The Portable Veblen

Elizabeth McKenzie

A riotously funny and deeply insightful adventure through capitalism, the medical industry, family, love, war and wedding-planning - from an electrically entertaining new voice

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Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman

Lindy West

A laugh-out-loud feminist memoir from one of the boldest new voices on the web.

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 Read reviewThe Nest

The Nest

Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

A sharp, funny and deftly observed debut about a wonderfully dysfunctional New York family, The Plumbs, and the three grown-up siblings fighting to save the family money pot - the 'nest' - as their oldest brother threatens to lose...

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 Read reviewThe Sympathizer

The Sympathizer

Viet Thanh Nguyen

A profound, startling, and beautifully crafted debut novel, The Sympathizer is the story of a man of two minds, offering a unique perspective on the Vietnam war. Destined to become a modern classic

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 Read reviewA Murder Without Motive: the Killing of Rebecca Ryle

A Murder Without Motive: the Killing of Rebecca Ryle

Martin McKenzie-Murray

In 2004, the body of a young Perth woman was found on the  grounds of a primary school. Her name was Rebecca Ryle. The killing  would mystify investigators, lawyers, and psychologists - and profoundly  rearrange the...

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 Read reviewThe Sidekicks

The Sidekicks

Will Kostakis

The Swimmer. The Rebel. The Nerd. All Ryan, Harley and Miles had in common was Isaac. They lived different lives, had different interests and kept different secrets. But they shared the same best friend. They were sidekicks. And...

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 Read reviewThe Family with Two Front Doors

The Family with Two Front Doors

Anna Ciddor

Meet the Rabinovitches: mischievous Yakov, bubbly Nomi, rebellious Miriam, solemn Shlomo, and seven more! Papa is a rabbi and their days are full of intriguing rituals and adventures. But the biggest adventure of all is when big...

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 Read reviewEvery Breath

Every Breath

Ellie Marney

What if Sherlock Holmes was the boy next door? A smart, sexy, thriller for teenagers. 'Quirky and real, fast-paced and full of great characters...I was hooked from the first page.' - Cath Crowley

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Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets

Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets

Svetlana Alexievich, Bela Shayevich

In this magnificent requiem to a civilization in ruins, the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate reinvents a singular, polyphonic literary form, bringing together the voices of dozens of witnesses to the collapse of the USSR in...

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 Read reviewRaymie Nightingale

Raymie Nightingale

Kate DiCamillo

New York Times bestselling author Kate DiCamillo returns to her roots with a moving yet witty story of an unforgettable summer friendship. For fans of Jacqueline Wilson, David Almond and Katherine Rundell.

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Where the Trees Were

Where the Trees Were

Inga Simpson

A beautiful new novel about the innocence of childhood and the scars that stay with you for life, from the award winning author of Mr Wigg and Nest.

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 Read reviewThe Hate Race

The Hate Race

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Suburban Australia. Sweltering heat. Three bedroom blonde-brick. Family of five. Beat-up Ford Falcon. Vegemite on toast. Maxine Beneba Clarke's life is just like all the other Aussie kids on her street. Except for this one,...

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The Clasp

The Clasp

Sloane Crosley

Back in college, Victor loved Kezia, Kezia loved Nathaniel and Nathaniel loved himself. Now, ten years on and reunited at the wedding of a friend, it's as if nothing has changed. Almost. Victor has just been fired, Kezia is...

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 Read reviewFrom the Outer: Footy Like You've Never Heard it

From the Outer: Footy Like You’ve Never Heard it

Nicole Hayes, Alicia Sometimes

A celebration of our great game, From the Outer brings together 30 personal stories about Aussie Rules from unexpected voices: those who are female, Indigenous or gay; those with a disability, a foreign accent or even - perhaps...

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An Isolated Incident

An Isolated Incident

Emily Maguire

An Isolated Incident is a psychological thriller about everyday violence, the media's obsession with pretty dead girls, the grip of grief and the myth of closure, and the difficulties of knowing the difference between a ghost and...

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Front Lines

Front Lines

Michael Grant

Rio Richilin and her friends Frangie Marr and Rainy Schulterman, three of the newest recruits in the US Armed Forces. They stand shoulder to shoulder with the boys from home as they take on Hitler's army. In the face of reluctant...

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The City of Mirrors

The City of Mirrors

Justin Cronin

The third and final instalment of the bestselling The Passage trilogy

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A Year in My Real Food Kitchen

A Year in My Real Food Kitchen

Emma Galloway

Emma Galloway returns with a sensational seasonal celebration of real food with real taste.Best-selling author Emma Galloway returns with a feast of new and seasonal vegetarian and gluten-free recipes, filled with...

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 Read reviewYou Will Know Me

You Will Know Me

Megan Abbott

One set of earphones and one AAA battery required for playback.

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The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

Olivia Laing

A dazzling investigation into loneliness, art and the modern city from the critically acclaimed author of The Trip to Echo Spring

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 Read reviewEligible

Eligible

Curtis Sittenfeld

From the bestselling author of Prep, American Wife and Sisterland comes this brilliant retelling of Pride & Prejudice, set in modern day Cincinnati.

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I am Doodle Cat

I am Doodle Cat

Kat Patrick, Lauren Marriott

I Am Doodle Cat is a cheerful children's book here to encourage imagination, celebration of the things you love, and finding the magic in silliness. Written by Kat Patrick, with delightful illustrations by Lauren...

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 Read reviewWasted: A Story of Alcohol, Grief and a Death in Brisbane

Wasted: A Story of Alcohol, Grief and a Death in Brisbane

Elspeth Muir

In 2009 Elspeth Muir's youngest brother finished his last university exam and went out with some mates to get drunk. Later that night he wandered to the Story Bridge. He put his phone, wallet, T-shirt and thongs on the walkway,...

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 Read reviewBetween a Wolf and a Dog

Between a Wolf and a Dog

Georgia Blain

Ester is a family therapist with an appointment book that catalogues the woes of the middle class. She spends her days helping others find happiness, but her own family relationships are tense and frayed. Estranged from both her...

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 Read reviewThe Healing Party: A Novel

The Healing Party: A Novel

Micheline Lee

An electrifying debut novel about faith and lies, the spirit and the flesh.When her mother is diagnosed with a terminal illness, Natasha returns to the home she fled many years before. But her father, a Charismatic...

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 Read reviewBrooklyn

Brooklyn

Colm Toibin

Eilis Lacey dreams of life beyond the confines of her tiny Irish village. The parish priest, Father Flood, arranges for her to travel to America, where a job opportunity has arisen in New York. It seems her dream is becoming a...

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The Girls

The Girls

Emma Cline

California. The summer of 1969. In the dying days of a floundering counter-culture a young girl is unwittingly caught up in unthinkable violence, and a decision made at this moment, on the cusp of adulthood, will shape her...

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 Read reviewWork Like Any Other: Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016

Work Like Any Other: Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016

Virginia Reeves

From an astonishing new voice, this debut charts the life of Roscoe T Martin, first as a farm owner with a fractured family, then as prison inmate...

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The Power of the Dog

The Power of the Dog

Thomas Savage, Annie Proulx

Phil and George are brothers, more than partners, joint owners of the biggest ranch in their Montana valley. Phil is the bright one, George the plodder. Phil is tall and angular; George is stocky and silent. When George marries a...

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