The Age's Recommended Books of 2013

 Special price Read reviewNight Games: Sex, Power and Sport

Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport

Anna Krien

In the tradition of Helen Garner's The First Stone comes another closely observed, controversial book about sex, consent and power. At the centre of it is Anna Krien's account of the rape trial of a footballer. Both a...

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The Flamethrowers

The Flamethrowers

Rachel Kushner

The year is 1977 and Reno - so called because of the place of her birth - has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Reno meets a group of dreamers and raconteurs who submit her to...

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A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing

Eimear McBride

Tells in brutal detail the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. In this title, the author touches on everything from family violence to sexuality and the...

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 Read reviewEyrie

Eyrie

Tim Winton

Divorced and unemployed, he's lost faith in everything precious to him. Holed up in a grim highrise, cultivating his newfound isolation, Keely looks down at a society from which he's retired hurt and angry. He's done fighting the...

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 Special priceBurial Rites

Burial Rites

Hannah Kent

Based on a true story, Burial Rites is an astonishing and moving novel about the truths we claim to know and the ways in which we interpret what we're told. In beautiful, cut-glass prose, Hannah Kent portrays Iceland's...

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A Death in the Family: My Struggle Book 1

A Death in the Family: My Struggle Book 1

Karl Ove Knausgaard, Don Bartlett

When the author becomes a father himself, he must balance the demands of caring for a young family with his determination to write great literature. This title tells his story.

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 Read reviewFloodline

Floodline

Kathryn Heyman

Funny, moving and utterly compelling, Floodline tells of the unexpected salvation that can be found on the edge of disaster.

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 Special priceAutobiography

Autobiography

Morrissey

It has been said 'Most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status that Morrissey has reached in his lifetime.'

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 Read reviewTwo Boys Kissing

Two Boys Kissing

David Levithan

A chorus of men who died of AIDS observes and yearns to help a cross-section of today's gay teens who navigate new love, long-term relationships, coming out, self-acceptance, and more in a society that has changed in many ways.

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All The Way

All The Way

Marie Darrieussecq, Penny Hueston

Solange wants to have sex. Will it be with one of the boys at school? The exchange student? The fireman she meets at the disco when she sneaks out one night? Or with Arnaud, the coolest boy she knows? She'd like to see more of her...

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 Read reviewWelcome To Your New Life

Welcome To Your New Life

Anna Goldsworthy

When Anna Goldsworthy, pianist and perfectionist, falls pregnant with her first child, her excitement is tempered by the daunting journey ahead. In Welcome to Your New Life, she shares the dizzying wonder and crippling...

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The Best Australian Poems 2013

The Best Australian Poems 2013

Lisa Gorton

The Best Australian Poems , celebrated poet Lisa Gorton assembles an outstanding collection of poetry that will surprise and delight. Featuring poets at the peak of their creativity alongside those who have recently burst onto the...

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When They Came for You: Elegies of resistance

When They Came for You: Elegies of resistance

Christopher Barnett

In this solemn act of remembering, the poet pulls onto his shoulders the weight of 'this world gone wrong'. In the tradition of Mayakovsky and Hikmet to read publicly 'to confront people more than to console them', this is a...

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Beast Language

Beast Language

Toby Davidson

"Toby Davidson beguiles with his imaginative abundance and evolved ability to strike the right note to set each poem in his debut book resonating. Davidson's work is playful, yet also ennobled by a profound sense of what it...

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Book of Ethel

Book of Ethel

Jordie Albiston

The subject of this work is the author's maternal great grandmother. Born in 1872, in St Just, Cornwall, Ethel emigrated to Australia at the age of fifteen. Beginning married life in a one-room tin shack outside Mildura, she...

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Last Friends: From the Orange Prize shortlisted author

Last Friends: From the Orange Prize shortlisted author

Jane Gardam

The witty and sparkling new novel from Jane Gardam, bestselling author of Old Filth.

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Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation

Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation

Tyler Cowen

Widely acclaimed as one of the world's most influential economists, Tyler Cowen returns with his groundbreaking follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Great Stagnation.

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Middlemarch

Middlemarch

George Eliot

George Eliot's most ambitious novel is a masterly evocation of diverse lives and changing fortunes in a provincial community. Peopling its landscape are Dorothea Brooke, a young idealist whose search for intellectual fulfillment...

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Anzac Memories: Living with the Legend

Anzac Memories: Living with the Legend

Alistair Thomson

In this new edition Alistair Thomson explores how the Anzac legend has transformed over the past quarter century, how a 'post-memory' of the Great War creates new challenges and opportunities for making sense of the national past,...

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Hawkeye Volume 1 Oversized Hc (marvel Now)

Hawkeye Volume 1 Oversized Hc (marvel Now)

Matt Fraction, Francesco Francavilla, David Aja, Alan Davis

Contains material originally published in magazine form as Hawkeye #1-5 and Young Avengers Presents #6.

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Birds and People

Birds and People

Mark Cocker, David Tipling

There are 10,500 species of bird worldwide and wherever they occur people marvel at their glorious colours and their beautiful songs. The sheer multitude of voices in this global chorus means that Birds and People is both a source...

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On Offence: The Politics Of Indignation

On Offence: The Politics Of Indignation

Richard King

Most of us know what it is to be offended. In a society bound by complicated behavioural codes, the potential for offence is ever-present, the varieties of emotional trespass legion.

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The Childhood of Jesus

The Childhood of Jesus

J. M. Coetzee

The Childhood of Jesus is not like any other novel you have read. This beautiful and surprising fable is about childhood, about destiny, about being an outsider. It is a novel about the riddle of experience itself.

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Riders in the Chariot

Riders in the Chariot

Patrick White

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY DAVID MALOUFThrough the crumbling ruins of the once splendid Xanadu, Miss Hare wanders, half-mad. They place themselves in the care of a local washerwoman. Now in one shared vision they find themselves...

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Inside The Centre: The Life of J. Robert Oppenheimer

Inside The Centre: The Life of J. Robert Oppenheimer

Ray Monk

J Robert Oppenheimer is among the contentious and important figures of the twentieth century. As head of the Los Alamos Laboratory, he oversaw the successful effort to beat the Nazis to develop the first atomic bomb - a...

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 Read reviewThe Memory Trap

The Memory Trap

Andrea Goldsmith

A novel about memory, music, friendship, family rifts and reconciliation, this is an intelligent, compelling read set in Melbourne.

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The Sex Lives Of Australians: A History,

The Sex Lives Of Australians: A History,

Frank Bongiorno

Cross-dressing convicts, effeminate bushrangers and women-shortage woes - here is the first ever history of sex in Australia, from Botany Bay to the present-day. In this highly readable social history, Frank Bongiorno uses vivid...

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An Elegant Young Man

An Elegant Young Man

Luke Carman

For a long time Western Sydney has been the political flash-point of the nation, but it has been absent from Australian literature. Luke Carman's first book of fiction is about to change all that: a collection of monologues and...

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 Read reviewMullumbimby

Mullumbimby

Melissa Lucashenko

A darkly funny novel of romantic love and cultural warfare from one of Australia's most admired Indigenous voices. When Jo Breen uses her divorce settlement to buy a neglected property in the Byron Bay hinterland, she is hoping...

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Six Memos for the Next Millennium

Six Memos for the Next Millennium

Italo Calvino, Martin McLaughlin, Tim Parks, Patrick Creagh

Italo Calvino was due to deliver the Charles Eliot Norton lectures at Harvard in 1985-86, but they were left unfinished at his death. The surviving drafts explore of the concepts of lightness, quickness, multiplicity, exactitude...

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Italo Calvino: Letters, 1941-1985 - Updated Edition

Italo Calvino: Letters, 1941-1985 - Updated Edition

Italo Calvino, Michael Wood, Martin McLaughlin

Italy's most important postwar novelist, Italo Calvino (1923-1985) achieved worldwide fame with such books as Cosmicomics, Invisible Cities, and If on a Winter's Night a Traveler. This book includes a selection of about 650...

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Tempo

Tempo

Sarah Day

Time and motion are undercurrents in these new poems by Sarah Day. Her subjects encompass the commonplace in the Australian landscape as well as the exotic or peculiar. These poems, individually and collectively, invite questions...

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Hotel Hyperion

Hotel Hyperion

Lisa Gorton

By turns intimate and grand in scale, Gorton's new collection of poems features snow domes, storm glasses, museum display cases, an ancestral home and the air-locked rooms of a mythical space hotel: all images which contains...

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 Read reviewDarkness On The Edge Of Town

Darkness On The Edge Of Town

Jessie Cole

Vincent is nearly forty years old, with little to show for his life except his precious sixteen-year-old daughter, Gemma: sensitive, insightful and wise beyond her years. When a stranger crashes her car outside Vincent and Gemma's...

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 Read reviewGoat Mountain

Goat Mountain

David Vann

Three generations of men hunt for deer on Goat Mountain. One hot autumn day, grandfather, son and grandson discover a poacher on their land. The eleven-year-old studies the poacher through the scope of his father's rifle - and...

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Foster

Foster

Claire Keegan

A small girl is sent to live with foster parents on a farm in rural Ireland, without knowing when she will return home. In the strangers' house, she finds a warmth and affection she has not known before and slowly begins to...

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The Good Parents

The Good Parents

Joan London

Maya de Jong, a country girl, comes to live in Melbourne and starts an affair with her boss. When Maya's parents, Toni and Jacob, arrive to stay with her, they are told by her housemate that Maya has gone away and no one knows...

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To The Lighthouse

To The Lighthouse

Virginia Woolf, Eavan Boland, Maud Ellmann

'To the Lighthouse' was Virginia Woolf's fifth novel, and was the first book to win her a large public. The story of an English middle class family in the years leading up to the First World War, it has remained the most popular...

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Goodbye For Now

Goodbye For Now

Laurie Frankel

From the author of THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS. 'Very funny, yet so sad and thought-provoking too. I couldn't put it down' Liane Moriarty

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The Silver Linings Playbook (film tie-in)

The Silver Linings Playbook (film tie-in)

Matthew Quick

Now an Academy Award-winning film starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro. From the author of The Good Luck of Right Now.

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 Read reviewBlood

Blood

Tony Birch

From the much-loved author of Shadowboxing comes a stunning debut novel in the tradition of Honey Brown, Chris Wommersley, and Kenneth Cook's Wake in Fright .  

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Love is a Canoe

Love is a Canoe

Ben Schrank

Love Is a Canoe is a smart, funny and romantic novel about the fragility of love and marriage. Peter Herman is something of a folk hero. Marriage Is a Canoe , his decades-old guide to love and relationships, won the hearts of...

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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

Matthew Quick

The incredible new novel from the author of Oscar-nominated THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK. For fans of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME and THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER.

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The Cheeky Monkey: Writing Narrative Comedy

The Cheeky Monkey: Writing Narrative Comedy

Tim Ferguson

A practitioners guide to the art that provides useful exercises to aid developing writers comedy-writing skills. It explores the seven distinct principles that have evolved for sitcom and takes the reader through each stage and...

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Carry a Big Stick: A funny, fearless life of friendship, laughter and MS

Carry a Big Stick: A funny, fearless life of friendship, laughter and MS

Tim Ferguson

The frank and fearless story of a man fighting MS with comedy.

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Rabbit, Run

Rabbit, Run

John Updike

It's 1959 and Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom, one time high school sports superstar, is going nowhere. At twenty-six he is trapped in a second-rate existence - stuck with a fragile, alcoholic wife, a house full of overflowing ashtrays...

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Waiting For The Barbarians

Waiting For The Barbarians

J. M. Coetzee

For decades the Magistrate has run the affairs of a tiny frontier settlement, ignoring the impending war between the barbarians and the Empire, whose servant he is.

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The Communist Manifesto

The Communist Manifesto

Friedrich Engels, Karl Marx

The Communist Manifesto changed the face of the twentieth century beyond recognition, inspiring millions to revolution, forming the basis of political systems that still dominate countless lives and continuing to ignite violent...

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Sea Hearts

Sea Hearts

Margo Lanagan

A mesmerising selkie novel from multi-award winning, internationally acclaimed Australian author, Margo Lanagan - one of the most exciting voices in speculative fiction.

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The Last Days of the National Costume

The Last Days of the National Costume

Anne Kennedy

A charming and heartwarming novel about illicit love, sewing, blackouts and Belfast.

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The Hydrogen Sonata: A Culture Novel

The Hydrogen Sonata: A Culture Novel

Iain M. Banks

A Sunday Times bestselling Culture novel from the UK's leading SF writer

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 Read reviewGirt: The Unauthorised History Of Australia

Girt: The Unauthorised History Of Australia

David Hunt

Girt. No word could better capture the essence of Australia. In this hilarious history, David Hunt tells the real story of Australia's past from megafauna to Macquarie, the cock-ups and curiosities, the forgotten eccentrics and...

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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Ben Fountain

To be adapted into a major motion picture directed by Oscar-winning director Ang Lee

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Satantango

Satantango

Laszlo Krasznahorkai (Author), George Szirtes (Translator)

Winner of the Best Translated Book Award 2013, Satantango is a visionary masterpiece of post-war Hungarian literature: bleak, brutal and brilliant.

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The Generals

The Generals

Thomas E. Ricks

From the #1 bestselling author of Fiasco and The Gamble, an epic history of the decline of American military leadership from World War II to Iraq.

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Ephemeral Waters

Ephemeral Waters

Kate Middleton

Ephemeral Waters is a book-length poem, told by an Australian traveller, which follows the once-great Colorado River from its source in the central Rocky Mountains, through the American Southwest and the Sonoran...

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Bouncer

Bouncer

Heath Lander (Heath Lander)

An unlikely candidate for the crowd control industry, Heath Lander recounts his journey from a hippy upbringing into the gritty and dangerous world of nightclub bouncing. As a university student, he takes up Kung Fu, a decision...

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At Mrs Lippincote's

At Mrs Lippincote’s

Elizabeth Taylor, Valerie Martin

A wonderful novel from one of Britain's most acclaimed twentieth century novelists, At Mrs Lippincote's explores the hypocrisies and evasions inherent in marriage

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The Orphan Master's Son

The Orphan Master’s Son

Adam Johnson

At a tender age, Pak Jun Do, is plucked from his orphanage of Long Tomorrows to be trained as a tunnel assassin, kidnapper and spy. How far can Jun Do go before he, too, is sent to the paradise beach of eternal retirement?

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 Read reviewSteeplechase

Steeplechase

Krissy Kneen

I force myself to take the phone away from my ear and search for the last incoming call. I store the number under one word, 'sister'. I know I should have used her name but it is all I can think of in this moment. Sister. My...

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Just Kids

Just Kids

Patti Smith

Winner of the 2010 Non-Fiction National Book Award Patti Smith's evocative, honest and moving coming-of-age story of her extraordinary relationship with the artist Robert Mapplethorpe

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 Read reviewThe Rehearsal

The Rehearsal

Eleanor Catton (Y)

A high-school sex scandal jolts a group of teenage girls into a new awareness of their own potency and power. But when the local drama school decides to turn the scandal into a show, the real world and the world of the theatre are...

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Feeling the Heat: Dispatches from the Climate Frontiers

Feeling the Heat: Dispatches from the Climate Frontiers

Jo Chandler

Journalist Jo Chandler sets out on a quest that takes her across the Antarctic ice, under the seas and through the tropical rainforests of far north Queensland. Her mission is to explore one of the defining mysteries of our age -...

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The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project

Graeme Simsion

A first-date dud, socially awkward, and overly fond of quick-dry clothes, Don Tillman has given up on love. Until a chance encounter gives him an idea.

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 Read reviewGotland

Gotland

Fiona Capp

Shy and idealistic, Esther Chatwin is Australia's reluctant First Lady. She longs to return to the anonymity of her old life. But her husband's sudden political success has turned the media spotlight on her and her only escape is...

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Kitty's War

Kitty’s War

Janet Butler

Kitty's War is based upon the previously unpublished war diaries of Great War army nurse Sister Kit McNaughton. Kit and historian Janet Butler grew up in the same Victorian district of drystone walls, wheatfields and meandering...

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