Our favourite books of 2018 (so far)

 Read reviewYou Think It, I'll Say It: Stories

You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories

Curtis Sittenfeld

The title story of Curtis Sittenfeld's brilliant first collection, You Think It, I'll Say It, is about a married woman who flirts with a man she meets at parties, by playing a game where she puts into words the sharp and critical...

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I'll Be Gone in the Dark

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark

Michelle McNamara

For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple...

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 Read reviewIn the Garden of the Fugitives

In the Garden of the Fugitives

Ceridwen Dovey

Almost twenty years after forbidding him to contact her, Vita receives an email from her old benefactor, Royce. Once, she was one of his brightest protégés; now her career has stalled and Royce is ailing, and each...

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The Poet X

The Poet X

Elizabeth Acevedo

A powerful novel with an unforgettable voice, perfect for fans of The Hate U Give and Sarah Crossan's One.  Xiomara has always kept her words to herself. When it comes to standing her ground in her Harlem...

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 Read reviewEducated

Educated

Tara Westover

An extraordinary memoir about a woman's discovery of education, its transformative power and the price she has to pay for it.

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Less

Less

Andrew Sean Greer

A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, Less is the winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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 Special price Read reviewThe Nowhere Child

The Nowhere Child

Christian White

On a break between teaching photography classes, Kim Leamy is approached by a stranger investigating the disappearance of a little girl from her Kentucky home twenty-eight years earlier. He believes she is that girl.

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 Read reviewThe Bookshop of the Broken Hearted

The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted

Robert Hillman

A compelling and heartbreaking tale of grief and memory set in a small Victorian town in the 1960s.

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 Read reviewGrowing Up Aboriginal in Australia

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia

Anita Heiss

This groundbreaking anthology aims to enlighten, inspire and educate about the lives of Aboriginal people in Australia today.

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 Read reviewAxiomatic

Axiomatic

Maria Tumarkin

This boundary-shifting fusion of thinking, storytelling, and meditation takes as its starting point five axioms:‘Give Me a Child Before the Age of 7 and I'll Give You the (Wo)Man'‘History Repeats...

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 Read reviewThe Ruin

The Ruin

Dervla McTiernan

Cormac Reilly is about to reopen the case that took him twenty years to forget...

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 Read reviewLittle Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere

Celeste Ng

Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.

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 Read reviewFlames

Flames

Robbie Arnott

Two siblings traverse the southern island to try to find their way back to each other in this tale about grief and love and the bonds of family.

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 Special price Read reviewThe Shepherd's Hut

The Shepherd’s Hut

Tim Winton

The Shepherd's Hut is an exquisite, brutal coming of age novel. It tells the story of Jaxie, a boy on the run from his past, and explores the way love and hate combine to form a young man's beliefs.

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 Special price Read reviewBoy Swallows Universe

Boy Swallows Universe

Trent Dalton

An utterly wonderful novel of love, crime, magic, fate and coming of age, set in Brisbane's violent working class suburban fringe - from one of Australia's most exciting new writers.

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CIBI: Simple Japanese-inspired Meals to Share with Family and Friends

CIBI: Simple Japanese-inspired Meals to Share with Family and Friends

Meg Tanaka, Zenta Tanaka

CIBI ('a little one') is a book on home-style Japanese cooking inspired by the eponymous Melbourne cafe and design space created by Meg and Zenta Tanaka. It contains more than 80 seasonally relevant recipes across vegetables, fish...

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 Read reviewFeel Free: Essays

Feel Free: Essays

Zadie Smith

Arranged into four sections--In the World, In the Audience, On the Bookshelf, and Feel Free--this collection poses questions we may immediately recognize.

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 Special priceBeautiful Revolutionary

Beautiful Revolutionary

Laura Elizabeth Woollett

The thrilling new novel, inspired by Jim Jones's Peoples Temple, from the author of The Love of a Bad Man.

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 Read reviewPink Mountain on Locust Island

Pink Mountain on Locust Island

Jamie Marina Lau

An unpredictable and innovative debut novel from a provocative new voice in Australian fiction

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 Read reviewAsymmetry

Asymmetry

Lisa Halliday

In New York, Alice, a young editor, begins an affair with Ezra Blazer, a world-famous, much older writer.

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 Read reviewThe Fireflies of Autumn: And Other Tales of San Ginese

The Fireflies of Autumn: And Other Tales of San Ginese

Moreno Giovannoni

Tuscany as you have never seen it before . . .

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 Read reviewA Shout in the Ruins

A Shout in the Ruins

Kevin Powers

A stunning novel about violence, power and love from the acclaimed author of The Yellow Birds.

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 Read reviewEggshell Skull

Eggshell Skull

Bri Lee

A fiercely intelligent, heartbreakingly honest memoir and feminist call to arms in the tradition of Fight Like A Girl

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 Read reviewConvenience Store Woman

Convenience Store Woman

Sayaka Murata, Ginny Tapley Takemori

The Japanese literary sensation about an unconventional woman who finds happiness in a Tokyo convenience store.

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 Read reviewCalypso

Calypso

David Sedaris

The long-awaited new collection of stories from David Sedaris, America's favourite humourist.

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Coal Black Mornings

Coal Black Mornings

Brett Anderson

A brilliant, beautifully written memoir from Suede founder and lead singer Brett Anderson.

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Man Out of Time

Man Out of Time

Stephanie Bishop

From the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of The Other Side of the World comes a brilliant and provocative new novel about inheritance and self-destruction.

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 Read reviewDays of Awe

Days of Awe

A.M. Homes

A stunning new collection of short stories from the winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction.

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Motherhood

Motherhood

Sheila Heti

A provocative novel about the desire and duty to procreate, from the author of the critically acclaimed How Should A Person Be?

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 Read reviewHer Body and Other Parties

Her Body and Other Parties

Carmen Maria Machado

In Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado demolishes the borders between magical realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. In this provocative debut, startling narratives map the...

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Kintu

Kintu

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

An award-winning debut that vividly reimagines Uganda's troubled history through the cursed bloodline of the Kintu clan

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On Mother

On Mother

Sarah Ferguson

A mother's love over decades and across continents. The sudden death of Sarah's mother reveals their relationship with poignant clarity and shows her the individual who existed beyond motherhood. A reflection on mothers and...

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Naked for Satan

Naked for Satan

Located in the heart of Fitzroy on bustling Brunswick Street, Naked for Satan has become a landmark destination that epitomises the distinctive Melbourne restaurant/bar scene.Eating and drinking at NfS is a...

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 Read reviewThe Orchard Underground

The Orchard Underground

Mat Larkin

An explosive, suspenseful and utterly brilliant middle-grade mystery for fans of Louis Sachar's Holes.

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Not If I Save You First

Not If I Save You First

Ally Carter

He has a killer on his tail. She has a bedazzled hatchet. What could possibly go wrong?Maddie thought she and Logan would be friends forever. But her dad is a Secret Service agent and he is the presidents son...<br...

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 Read reviewChanging Gear

Changing Gear

Scot Gardner

The vivid story of a teenage boy and the road trip that clears his head and his heart.

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The Invasion

The Invasion

Peadar O'Guilin

They've survived The Call - but now the horrors of the Greylands are coming through into the real world. We are being invaded. Are you ready?

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 Read reviewNeverland

Neverland

Margot McGovern

Kit Learmonth would rather die than grow up and leave Neverland ...

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The Long Class Goodnight

The Long Class Goodnight

Sammy J

What would happen if the end-of-school bell never rang? Meet Justin Monaghetti. He is destined to be a loser. His new school is terrifying. His only friend wants to run away forever. And he's just been given a detention for...

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 Read reviewSmall Spaces

Small Spaces

Sarah Epstein

Small Spaces is a gripping YA thriller from debut Australian author Sarah Epstein, perfect for fans of Fleur Ferris.

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Between Us

Between Us

Clare Atkins

Ana's in a detention centre and Jono's life is spiralling out of control. Can their growing romance overcome the borders between them?

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 Read reviewAmelia Westlake

Amelia Westlake

Erin Gough

From Ampersand Prize-winning author Erin Gough comes this ferociously funny romp through an elite private school, and a brilliant feminist hoax that could change - or ruin - everything.Harriet Price has the perfect...

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When's My Birthday?

When’s My Birthday?

Julie Fogliano, Christian Robinson

A boisterous celebration of everything that is wonderful about birthdays by acclaimed author Fogliano and illustrated by Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Honoree Robinson. Full color.

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The Lie And How We Told It

The Lie And How We Told It

Tommi Parrish

A friendship fumbles and falls apart after an uncertain encounter in this graphic novel from a remarkable new voice.

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The Wedding Date

The Wedding Date

Jasmine Guillory

A fun and flirty novel for fans of Jo Watson, Sarah Morgan and Holly Martin.

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The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror

The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror

Daniel Mallory Ortberg

A collection of darkly mischievous stories based on classic fairy tales.     

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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

Mackenzi Lee

A young bisexual British lord embarks on an unforgettable Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend/secret crush. An eighteenth century romantic adventure for the modern age.    

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 Read reviewFar From the Tree

Far From the Tree

Robin Benway

Far From the Tree is a raw, compelling, and ultimately uplifting story of what it means to be family.

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Dragon's Green

Dragon’s Green

Scarlett Thomas

The first in the thrilling and magical Worldquake Sequence from Scarlett Thomas, author of the bestselling adult novel The End of Mr Y

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Red Sky in Morning

Red Sky in Morning

Paul Lynch

Ireland, 1832 - a hunted farmer is forced to swap dew-drenched Donegal for the sun-soaked American northeast, while his cruel pursuer vows a bloody revenge...

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