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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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 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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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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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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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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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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 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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 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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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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Fromage

Fromage

Sally Scott

Fans of MC Beaton, Kerry Greenwood and Richard Osman will love Sally Scott's Alex Grant whodunnit series

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Under the Whispering Door

Under the Whispering Door

Travis Klune

Under the Whispering Door is an uplifting story about a man who spent his life at the office - and his death building a home.

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 Read reviewScary Monsters

Scary Monsters

Michelle de Kretser

From the twice-winner of the Miles Franklin Award, Scary Monsters is an affecting, profound and darkly funny exploration into racism, misogyny and ageism.

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Lemon

Lemon

Kwon Yeo-sun, Janet Hong

Focusing on the unsolved murder of teenage girl, this literary crime novel offers insights into gender, class and privilege in Seoul, and marks the English-language debut for award-winning Korean author, Kwon Yeo-sun.

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 Read reviewHow Decent Folk Behave

How Decent Folk Behave

Maxine Beneba Clarke

A vibrant, thought-provoking collection from the ABIA and Indie award-winning author of The Hate Race and Carrying the World.

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Long Division: A Novel

Long Division: A Novel

Kiese Laymon

From Kiese Laymon, author of the critically acclaimed memoir Heavy, comes a debut novel about Black teenagers that is a satirical exploration of celebrity, authorship, violence, religion, and coming of age in post-Katrina...

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Reprieve

Reprieve

James Han Mattson

Reprieve combines the psychological tension of classic horror with searing social criticism to present a chilling portrait of American life.

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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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The Island of Missing Trees

The Island of Missing Trees

Elif Shafak

An unforgettable new novel from the Booker-shortlisted author of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World

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Winter In Sokcho

Winter In Sokcho

Elisa Shua Dusapin

As if Marguerite Duras wrote Convenience Store Woman--a beautiful, unexpected novel from a debut French-Korean author

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12 Bytes: How artificial intelligence will change the way we live and love

12 Bytes: How artificial intelligence will change the way we live and love

Jeanette Winterson

Twelve bytes. Twelve eye-opening, mind-expanding, funny and provocative essays on the implications of artificial intelligence for the way we live and the way we love - from Sunday Times-bestselling author Jeanette Winterson.

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Roots

Roots

SBS Emerging Writers' Competition

Roots brings us thirty of the best stories chosen from more than 2000 entries in the inaugural SBS Emerging Writers' Competition. Voices from a new vein of emerging Australian literary talent.

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 Read reviewDark as Last Night

Dark as Last Night

Tony Birch

A masterful new story collection from award-winning Indigenous writer Tony Birch

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 Read reviewMuddy People: A Memoir

Muddy People: A Memoir

Sara El Sayed

A hilarious, heartwarming memoir of growing up and becoming oneself in an Egyptian Muslim family

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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 reviewSmall Joys of Real Life

Small Joys of Real Life

Allee Richards

The night Eva shared a smile with Pat, something started. Two weeks later, lying together in her bed, Pat said, 'You can't live your life saying you'll get around to doing something you know will make you happy. You just have to...

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 Read reviewLate Bloomer: How an Autism Diagnosis Changed My Life

Late Bloomer: How an Autism Diagnosis Changed My Life

Clem Bastow

Clem Bastow grew up feeling like she'd missed a key memo on human behaviour. Then at age 36 she received a life-changing diagnosis: she was autistic.

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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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 Read reviewHell of a Book

Hell of a Book

Jason Mott

An astounding work of fiction - resoundingly powerful, endlessly quotable and funny as hell - with its sights set on getting to the heart of racism in America. In short, this is one Hell of a Book.

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 Read reviewShe Is Haunted

She Is Haunted

Paige Clark

You do not know of Paige Clark, but you soon will

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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 reviewThe 22 Murders of Madison May

The 22 Murders of Madison May

Max Barry

From the critically acclaimed author of Jennifer Government and Lexicon comes a mind-bending speculative psychological suspense about a serial killer pursuing his victim across time and space, and the woman who is determined to...

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Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency

Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency

Michael Wolff

New York Times bestselling author of Fire and Fury and Siege completes the trilogy on the epic presidency of Donald J. Trump

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 Read reviewGunk Baby

Gunk Baby

Jamie Marina Lau

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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Great 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: Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2022

The Final Revival of Opal & Nev: Longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022

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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Ariadne

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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No 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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Emotional 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 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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 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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 Read reviewMilk Fed

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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The 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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Unquiet

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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 Special price 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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