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Dial A For Aunties

Dial A For Aunties

Jesse Sutanto

Your family would kill to see you happy

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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 reviewAs Beautiful As Any Other: A Memoir of My Body

As Beautiful As Any Other: A Memoir of My Body

Kaya Wilson

When Kaya Wilson came out to his parents as transgender, a year after a near-death surfing accident and just weeks before his father's death, he was met with a startling family history of concealed queerness and shame.

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 Read reviewGreat Circle

Great Circle

Maggie Shipstead

This monumentally powerful epic weaves together the astonishing lives of a daredevil female aviator, and the Hollywood rebel who will play her on screen. Perfect for fans of The Goldfinch, and All the Light We Cannot See.

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Flock: First Nations Stories Then and Now

Flock: First Nations Stories Then and Now

Ellen van Neerven

Curated and introduced by award-winning author Ellen van Neerven, Flock features luminous storytelling from leading Aboriginal writers, such as Tony Birch, Melissa Lucashenko and Tara June Winch, as well as some of the brightest...

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The Beautiful Ones

The Beautiful Ones

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

From the New York Times bestselling author of Mexican Gothic comes a sweeping romance rich with love and betrayal, with more than a dash of magic.

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 Read reviewChina Room

China Room

Sunjeev Sahota

A multigenerational novel of love, oppression, trauma and the pursuit of freedom, inspired in part by the author's own family history, China Room twines together the stories of a woman and a man separated by more than half a...

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 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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I Said the Sea was Folded: Poems

I Said the Sea was Folded: Poems

Erik Jensen

Erik Jensen is an award-winning journalist, biographer and screenwriter. These poems announce a new phase in his work. They are startling in their simplicity and their honesty

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The Final Revival of Opal & Nev

The Final Revival of Opal & Nev

Dawnie Walton

A poignant fictional oral history of a rock 'n' roll duo who shot to fame in 1970s New York, and the secret that lies at the peak of their stardom.

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Black and Blue

Black and Blue

Veronica Gorrie

The story of an Aboriginal woman who worked as a police officer and fought for justice both within and beyond the Australian police force.

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 Read reviewOn the Line: Notes from a Factory

On the Line: Notes from a Factory

Joseph Ponthus

A multi-award-winning French bestseller that brings poetry to the factory floor

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Homecoming

Homecoming

Elfie Shiosaki

Homecoming pieces together fragments of stories about four generations of Noongar women and explores how they navigated the changing landscapes of colonisation, protectionism, and assimilation to hold their families together. This...

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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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 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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 Read reviewWe Run the Tides

We Run the Tides

Vendela Vida

An achingly beautiful and wickedly funny story of female friendship, betrayal, and a mysterious disappearance, set in the changing landscape of San Francisco

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 Read reviewMy Rock 'n' Roll Friend

My Rock ‘n’ Roll Friend

Tracey Thorn

An exploration of female friendship and women in music, from the iconic singer-songwriter and bestselling author of Another Planet and Bedsit Disco Queen

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 Read reviewAriadne

Ariadne

Jennifer Saint

In one of the most famous Greek myths, Ariadne betrayed her father, King Minos, to help Theseus defeat the Minotaur. But Theseus in turn betrayed her. This is her story.

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 Read reviewNo One Is Talking About This

No One Is Talking About This

Patricia Lockwood

Irreverent and sincere, poignant and delightfully profane, No One Is Talking About This is at once a love letter to the infinite scroll and a meditation on love, language and human connection from one of the most original voices...

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 Read reviewThe Believer

The Believer

Sarah Krasnostein

From award-winning author Sarah Krasnostein comes an exploration of the power of belief.     

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Detransition, Baby

Detransition, Baby

Torrey Peters

A uniquely trans take on love, motherhood, and those exes who you just can't quit.

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 Read reviewEmotional Female

Emotional Female

Yumiko Kadota

Emotional Female charts Kadota's rugged journey through ambition and dedication to exploitation and eventual collapse - and beyond.

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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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Monsters

Monsters

Alison Croggon

From award-winning writer and critic Alison Croggon, Monsters is a hybrid of memoir and essay that takes as its point of departure the painful breakdown of a relationship between two sisters. 

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 Read reviewThe Office of Historical Corrections

The Office of Historical Corrections

Danielle Evans

A collection of stories bringing insight to the subjects of race, grief, apology, and American history

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 Read reviewThe Long, Long Afternoon

The Long, Long Afternoon

Inga Vesper

A gripping and beguiling debut reading group mystery for fans of Tigers in Red Weather and Tangerine.

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 Read reviewDropbear

Dropbear

Evelyn Araluen

This fierce debut from award-winning writer Evelyn Araluen confronts the tropes and iconography of an unreconciled nation with biting satire and lyrical fury.  

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Open Water

Open Water

Caleb Azumah Nelson

A stunning first novel about two young Black artists in London falling in and out of love.

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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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Outlawed

Outlawed

Anna North

The Crucible meets True Grit in this riveting adventure story of a fugitive girl, a mysterious gang of robbers, and their dangerous mission to transform the Wild West.     

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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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Florence Adler Swims Forever

Florence Adler Swims Forever

Rachel Beanland

Based on a true story and told in the vein of J. Courtney Sullivan's Saints for All Occasions and Anita Diamant's The Boston Girl, Beanland's family saga is a breathtaking portrait of just how far we will go to in order to protect...

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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 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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Milk Fed

Melissa Broder

A scathingly funny, wildly erotic and fiercely imaginative story about food, sex and god from the Women's Prize longlisted author of The Pisces. 

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The Death of Francis Bacon

The Death of Francis Bacon

Max Porter

A great painter lies on his deathbed. Max Porter translates into seven extraordinary written pictures the explosive final workings of the artist's mind.     

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The Lost Spells

The Lost Spells

Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris

Kindred in spirit to The Lost Words but new in form, The Lost Spells is a pocket-sized treasure, a new collection of 'spells' - acrostic poetry and artwork - by beloved creative duo Robert Macfarlane and Jackie...

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 Read reviewThe Prophets

The Prophets

Robert Jones Jr.

With lyricism reminiscent of Toni Morrison and James Baldwin, Robert Jones Jr. tells an unflinching story of forbidden love between two enslaved men in Mississippi whose relationship threatens all around them.

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The Collected Stories of Shirley Hazzard

The Collected Stories of Shirley Hazzard

Shirley Hazzard

'Shirley Hazzard is, purely and simply, one of the greatest writers working in the English today' (Michael Cunningham). Now at last comes the first complete book of her short stories, including those previously uncollected.

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Caste

Caste

Isabel Wilkerson

A startling and transformative account of how we are all tied up in a caste system, from NYT-bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson.     

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Bestiary

Bestiary

K-Ming Chang

Three generations of Taiwanese American women are haunted by the myths of their homeland in this spellbinding, visceral debut about one family's queer desires, violent impulses and buried secrets. One evening, Mother tells...

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 Read reviewUnquiet

Unquiet

Linn Ullmann

A stunning, genre-bending book about time, memory, and the author's extraordinary childhood as the daughter of a genius filmmaker and his muse.

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 Read reviewThe Lying Life of Adults

The Lying Life of Adults

Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein

A powerful new novel set in a divided Naples by Elena Ferrante, the beloved best-selling author of My Brilliant Friend.

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 Read reviewLuster

Luster

Raven Leilani

Razor sharp. provocatively page-turning and surprisingly tender, Luster is a painfully funny coming-of-age story told by a fresh new voice.

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 Read reviewLeave the World Behind

Leave the World Behind

Rumaan Alam

A magnetic novel about two families, strangers to each other, who are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrong --

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Memorial Drive

Memorial Drive

Natasha Trethewey

With penetrating insight and a searing voice that moves from the wrenching to the elegiac, Memorial Drive is a compelling and searching look at a shared human experience of sudden loss and absence, and a piercing glimpse at the...

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Hollywood Park

Hollywood Park

Mikel Jollett

The New York Times bestselling memoir of a tumultuous life that started in one of America's most infamous cults and took the author, Mikel Jollett, to worldwide fame as a musican, for fans of Educated, Unfollow and Unorthodox.

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Blue in Chicago

Blue in Chicago

Bette Howland

The bittersweet, sharply observed stories in Blue in Chicago introduce British readers for the first time to Bette Howland, a forgotten great of twentieth-century American fiction, perfect for fans of Lucia Berlin, Lydia Davis and...

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Lioness

Lioness

Sue Brierley

Saroo Brierley's journey home to a small village in India with the help of Google Earth became an internationally bestselling book and inspired the major motion picture Lion. But the story of how his adoptive mother, Sue, came...

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Song of the Crocodile

Nardi Simpson

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

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 Read reviewMantel Pieces

Mantel Pieces

Hilary Mantel

A stunning collection of essays and memoir from twice Booker Prize winner and international bestseller Hilary Mantel, author of the Wolf Hall Trilogy.    

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Max

Max

Alex Miller

An astonishing, moving tribute to Alex's friend, Max Blatt, that is at once a meditation on memory itself, on friendship and a reminder to the reader that history belongs to humanity.

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 Read reviewOnly Happiness Here

Only Happiness Here

Gabrielle Carey

Elizabeth von Arnim is one of the early 20th century's most famous - and forgotten -authors. Her novels were ahead of their time in their representation of women and their pursuit of happiness.

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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 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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 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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Writers & Lovers

Writers & Lovers

Lily King

Funny and heartbreaking, Writers & Lovers is the bitingly clever story of Casey, a young writer who has lost her direction in life, until two men step into her world and offer her two very different futures...   ...

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Summerwater

Summerwater

Sarah Moss

From the acclaimed author of Ghost Wall, Summerwater is a devastating story told over twenty-four hours in the Scottish highlands, and a searing exploration of our capacity for both kinship and cruelty in these divided...

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 Read reviewShow Me Where it Hurts

Show Me Where it Hurts

Kylie Maslen

Personal essay meets pop-culture critique in this unflinchingly honest collection about chronic illness and misogyny in medicine, by Adelaide writer Kylie Maslen.      

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 Read reviewThe Yield

The Yield

Tara June Winch

The 2020 winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, Tara June Winch's The Yield is the story of a people and a culture dispossessed. But it is as much a celebration of what was and what endures, and a powerful...

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 Read reviewA Burning

A Burning

Megha Majumdar

For readers of Tommy Orange, Yaa Gyasi, and Jhumpa Lahiri, an electrifying debut novel about three unforgettable characters who seek to rise - to the middle class, to political power, to fame in the movies - and find their lives...

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Love After Love

Love After Love

Ingrid Persaud

Meet the Ramdin-Chetan family: forged through loneliness, broken by secrets, saved by love. Irrepressible Betty Ramdin, her shy son Solo and their marvellous lodger, Mr Chetan, form an unconventional household, happy in their...

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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 Vanishing Half

The Vanishing Half

Brit Bennett

From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Mothers, a powerful new novel about the parallel lives of estranged twin sisters who choose to live in two very different worlds - one black and one white.     ...

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 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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The Discomfort of Evening

The Discomfort of Evening

Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, Michele Hutchison

The sensational Dutch bestseller: Marieke Lucas Rijneveld's extraordinary portrait of a farming family distorted by grief, translated by Michele Hutchison.

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