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 Read reviewOur Wives Under the Sea

Our Wives Under the Sea

Julia Armfield

A haunting and moving debut novel about love, loss and grief - about what life there is the deep ocean and what happens when we go looking for it.

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 Read reviewThe Colony

The Colony

Audrey Magee

The clarity of Colm Toibin's prose is blended with the emotional truth of Anne Enright in this stand-out new novel of belonging and loss.

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 Read reviewCareering

Careering

Daisy Buchanan

The new novel from Daisy Buchanan, the queen of the unconventional love story. What's the most toxic love story in your life... what about the one with your job?

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 Read reviewHovering

Hovering

Rhett Davis

From the winner of the 2020 Victorian Premier's Award for an Unpublished Manuscript comes a genre bending tour-de-force debut

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 Read reviewParadais

Paradais

Fernanda Melchor, Sophie Hughes

Author of the acclaimed novel Hurricane Season, Fernanda Melchor leads us into a different kind of hell: paradise

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 Read reviewBooth

Booth

Karen Joy Fowler

A major new novel from million-copy bestselling author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.

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Run and Hide

Run and Hide

Pankaj Mishra

In just a few years, Arun's friends become the success stories of their generation. Will it be Alia, a female writer and influencer, who is piecing together the story of a big global financial scandal? Run and Hide is a novel...

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 Read reviewThe Cost of Labour

The Cost of Labour

Natalie Kon-Yu

Drawing on personal narratives, history, social research and interviews with a range of Australian and international experts, The Cost of Labour recognises the difficulties and hurdles parents encounter in Australia today

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 Read reviewAustraliana

Australiana

Yumna Kassab

One small town, a multitude of stories.

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Real Easy

Real Easy

Marie Rutkoski

A thrilling crime novel set in the Lovely Lady strip club in 1990s Illinois, that asks what it means to be a woman in a dangerous world

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Recitatif

Recitatif

Toni Morrison, Zadie Smith

A stunning, relevant short story (the only one Toni Morrison wrote), with a new substantial introduction from Zadie Smith

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 Read reviewMaking Australian History

Making Australian History

Anna Clark

A bold and expansive history that traces the changing and contested project of Australia's national story. You will think about this country differently after reading this book.

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 Read reviewFree Love

Free Love

Tessa Hadley

From Tessa Hadley, bestselling author of Late in the Day and The Past, comes a compulsive new novel about one woman's sexual and intellectual awakening in 1960s London

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 Read reviewBlack Cake

Black Cake

Charmaine Wilkerson

Crossing continents and juggling lives, Black Cake is a moving and powerful debut which spans sixty years in the life of one Caribbean/American family

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Strangers I Know

Strangers I Know

Claudia Durastanti, Elizabeth Harris

A bold, contemporary and urgent novel from a renowned Italian writer that examines silence in different forms, immigration, family and social class.

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 Read reviewCold Enough for Snow

Cold Enough for Snow

Jessica Au

Winner of the inaugural Novel Prize, an elegant and subtle exploration of the mysteries of our relationships to others.

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 Read reviewTo Paradise

To Paradise

Hanya Yanagihara

From the author of the modern classic A Little Life, a bold, brilliant novel spanning three centuries and three different versions of the American experiment, about lovers, family, loss and the elusive promise of utopia.

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Olga Dies Dreaming

Olga Dies Dreaming

Xochitl Gonzalez

A dazzling debut about a status-driven wedding planner for New York's elite grappling with her absent mother and her Puerto Rican roots in the wake of Hurricane Maria

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Learwife

Learwife

J.R. Thorp

Inspired by Shakespeare's King Lear, this breathtaking debut novel tells the story of the most famous woman ever written out of literary history.

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Wahala

Wahala

Nikki May

Fabulous debut novel: a multi-cultural 'Sex and the City' with a killer edge: for fans of Expectaction, Queenie and My Sister the Serial Killer

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Punch Me Up to the Gods: A Memoir

Punch Me Up to the Gods: A Memoir

Brian Broome

A poetic and raw coming-of-age memoir in essays about blackness, masculinity, and addiction

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Serendipity: Ten Romantic Tropes, Transformed

Serendipity: Ten Romantic Tropes, Transformed

Marissa Meyer

A gorgeous collection of stories inspired by romantic tropes, edited by and including a story from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer.

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Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention

Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention

Johann Hari

Why have we lost our ability to focus? What are the causes? And, most importantly, how do we get it back?

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 Read reviewChai Time at Cinnamon Gardens

Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens

Shankari Chandran

A gorgeously layered reading group novel about the unexpected families we create around us. Evocative. Compassionate. Storytelling.

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 Read reviewLove and Virtue

Love and Virtue

Diana Reid

Feminism, power and sex play out through the eyes of young Australian uni students in a contemporary narrative that is fiercely authentic

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 Read reviewShe Who Became the Sun

She Who Became the Sun

Shelley Parker-Chan

She Who Became the Sun reimagines the rise to power of the Ming Dynasty's founding emperor.

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 Read reviewThe View Was Exhausting

The View Was Exhausting

Mikaella Clements, Onjuli Datta

The epic love story of the summer, for fans of Daisy Jones and the Six.

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 Read reviewAfter Story

After Story

Larissa Behrendt

When a mother and daughter take the overseas trip of a lifetime, they discover that the past is never quite behind them.

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