Summer Reading Guide: Australian Fiction

 Read reviewThe Animals in That Country

The Animals in That Country

Laura Jean McKay

Out on the road, no one speaks, everything talks.

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 Special priceSeven and a Half

Seven and a Half

Christos Tsiolkas

An audacious and transformative novel about the past, the present and the power of writing and imagination from the award-winning author of Damascus and The Slap.

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 Special price Read reviewWild Abandon

Wild Abandon

Emily Bitto

A breathtaking new novel from the Stella Prize-winning author of The Strays.

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 Read reviewWhen Things Are Alive They Hum

When Things Are Alive They Hum

Hannah Bent

A heartbreaking work of wonder about the hum that connects us all

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 Special price 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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 Special price 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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Plum

Plum

Brendan Cowell

The wildly impressive, raucously funny and deeply moving second novel from award-winning writer, actor and director for television, theatre and film, Brendan Cowell, confirming the talent he showed in his bestselling debut novel...

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 Read reviewPermafrost

Permafrost

SJ Norman

Visual and performance artist, and winner of the inaugural Kill Your Darlings Manuscript Award, SJ Norman turns their hand to fiction with spectacular results.

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 Read reviewOnce There Were Wolves

Once There Were Wolves

Charlotte McConaghy

From the author of the international bestseller Migrations comes a pulse-pounding new novel set in the wild Scottish Highlands.

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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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The Last Woman in the World

The Last Woman in the World

Inga Simpson

After the fire. After the virus. They came. A remarkable literary novel from the multi-award-nominated Australian writer

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 Read reviewThe Labyrinth

The Labyrinth

Amanda Lohrey

A moving tale of grief, community and the possibility of starting over, by an award-winning Australian author.     

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 Special priceKillernova

Killernova

Omar Musa

A collection of poetry and wood carvings that burns blindingly bright.

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 Special price Read reviewIn Moonland

In Moonland

Miles Allinson

In present-day Melbourne, a man attempts to piece together the mystery of his father's apparent suicide, as his young family slowly implodes. 

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The Hush

The Hush

Sara Foster

Everything can change in a heartbeat ... The pulse-pounding new thriller from the bestselling author of You Don't Know Me

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 Special priceHow 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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Griffith Review 74: Escape Routes

Griffith Review 74: Escape Routes

Ashley Hay

Sometimes, we all need to get away...

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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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Fishing for Lightning: The Spark of Poetry

Fishing for Lightning: The Spark of Poetry

Sarah Holland-Batt

Sarah Holland-Batt's highly acclaimed and popular poetry columns from The Australian are collected together for the first time in Fishing for Lightning - suitable for the general reader as well as poetry aficionados.

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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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 Special priceDevotion

Devotion

Hannah Kent

Hannah Kent's long-awaited novel demonstrates her sublime ability with language that creates an immersive, transformative experience for the reader. Devotion is a book to savour.

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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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Danged Black Thing

Danged Black Thing

Eugen Bacon

Danged Black Thing is an extraordinary collection of stories about love and migration, gender and class, patriarchy and womanhood, from a remarkable and original voice

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Cold Coast

Cold Coast

Robyn Mundy

Inspired by the story of Svalbard's first female trapper, Cold Coast is a gripping portrayal of survival within the stark beauty and perilous wilderness of the high Arctic

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 Special price Read reviewBodies of Light

Bodies of Light

Jennifer Down

Jennifer Down cements her status as a leading light of Australian literary fiction in this heart-rending and intimate saga of one woman's turbulent life

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 Read reviewBelieve in Me

Believe in Me

Lucy Neave

An unforgettable and profound novel about three generations of one family and the healing power of understanding where you've come from.

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 Read reviewThe Bass Rock

The Bass Rock

Evie Wyld

Three women, hundreds of years apart, slip into each other's lives in a novel of darkness, violence and madness.  

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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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 Special price Read reviewApples Never Fall

Apples Never Fall

Liane Moriarty

From the outside, the Delaneys appear to be an enviably contented family. But now Joy Delaney has disappeared and her children are re-examining their parents' marriage and their family history with fresh, frightened eyes.

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