The Age's recommended books of 2019

Invisible Women

Invisible Women

Caroline Criado Perez

She exposes the gender data gap - a gap in our knowledge that is at the root of perpetual, systemic discrimination against women, and that has created a pervasive but invisible bias with a profound effect on women's lives.

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 Read reviewThe Weekend

The Weekend

Charlotte Wood

The brilliant new novel from Charlotte Wood, acclaimed author of The Natural Way of Things .

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 Read reviewThe Yield

The Yield

Tara June Winch

Just tell the truth and someone will hear it eventually.

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 Read reviewYellow Notebook: Diaries Volume One, 1978-1987

Yellow Notebook: Diaries Volume One, 1978-1987

Helen Garner

The private diaries of one of Australia's greatest living writers, the much loved, fearless and fierce Helen Garner.

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Lanny

Lanny

Max Porter

Everyday lives conjure a tapestry of fabulism and domesticity. This village belongs to the people who live in it and to the people who lived in it hundreds of years ago. 

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 Read reviewToo Much Lip

Too Much Lip

Melissa Lucashenko

Winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2019. A dark and funny new novel from the multi-award-winning author of Mullumbimby.

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Late in the Day

Late in the Day

Tessa Hadley

**THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER**Alexandr and Christine and Zachary and Lydia have been close friends since they first met in their twenties.

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 Special price Read reviewThe Testaments

The Testaments

Margaret Atwood

In this electrifying sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood answers the question that has tantalised readers for decades: What happened to Offred?

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 Read reviewAct of Grace

Act of Grace

Anna Krien

The exhilarating debut novel from the award-winning author of Night Games.

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Dark Emu

Dark Emu

Bruce Pascoe

Contradicts the conventional wisdom that native peoples were primitive hunter-gatherers

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Complete Stories

Complete Stories

Clarice Lispector, Katrina Dodson

Features stories ranging from teenagers coming into awareness of their sexual and artistic powers to humdrum housewives whose lives are shattered by unexpected epiphanies to old people who don't know what to do with themselves.

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 Read reviewRoom for a Stranger

Room for a Stranger

Melanie Cheng

A moving portrait of an improbable friendship and multicultural Australia more broadly, from the winner of the 2018 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction. 

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 Read reviewThe Dutch House

The Dutch House

Ann Patchett

A masterpiece from the Orange Prize-winning, New York Times number one bestselling author of Commonwealth and Bel Canto: a story of love, family, sacrifice, and the power of place

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Song Spirals: Sharing Women's Wisdom of Country Through Songlines

Song Spirals: Sharing Women’s Wisdom of Country Through Songlines

Gay'wu Group of Women

Songspirals is a rare opportunity for outsiders to experience Aboriginal women's role in crying the songlines in a very authentic and direct form. 

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Bright

Bright

Duanwad Pimwana, Mui Poopoksakul

Explores the quality of human resilience through the adventures of Kampol Changsamran, a young boy left behind by his parents after their break-up --

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Growing Up Queer in Australia

Growing Up Queer in Australia

Benjamin Law

Compiled by celebrated author and journalist Benjamin Law, Growing Up Queer in Australia assembles voices from across the spectrum of LGBTIQA+ identity.

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Imperfect

Imperfect

Lee Kofman

By turns illuminating, confronting and deeply personal, Imperfect challenges us all to consider how we exist in the world and how our bodies shape the people we become.   

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The Bride Test

The Bride Test

Helen Hoang

From the critically acclaimed author of The Kiss Quotient comes a romantic novel about love that crosses international borders and all boundaries of the heart...

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Baron Wenckheim's Homecoming

Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming

Laszlo Krasznahorkai (New Directions), Ottilie Mulzet

Set in contemporary times, Baron Wenckheim's Homecoming tells the story of a Prince Myshkin-like figure, Baron Bela Wenckheim, who returns at the end of his life to his provincial Hungarian hometown. Having escaped from his many...

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 Read reviewHeart of the Grass Tree

Heart of the Grass Tree

Molly Murn

Heart of the Grass Tree is an exquisite, searing and hope-filled debut about mothers and daughters and family stories, about country and its living history.  

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The Saturday Portraits

The Saturday Portraits

Maxine Beneba Clarke

A collection of stunning biographical portraits from Maxine Beneba Clarke, bestselling and prize-winning author of The Hate Race and Foreign Soil.   

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We Are Here

We Are Here

Fiona Harari

These are the last adult witnesses - in their own words.

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Stalingrad

Stalingrad

Vasily Grossman, Robert Chandler, Elizabeth Chandler

Stalingrad is the prequel to Life and Fate, one of the twentieth century's greatest novels. The battle for Stalingrad - a maelstrom of violence and firepower - will reduce it to ruins.

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Arturo's Island

Arturo’s Island

Elsa Morante, Ann Goldstein

A novel of longing and thwarted desires, filled with Elsa Morante's brutal directness and familial torment (James Wood), Arturo's Island reemerges in this splendid translation to take its rightful place in the world literary...

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Half the Perfect World: Writers, Dreamers and Drifters on Hydra, 1955-1964

Half the Perfect World: Writers, Dreamers and Drifters on Hydra, 1955-1964

Paul Genoni, Tanya Dalziell

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One Hundred Years of Dirt

One Hundred Years of Dirt

Rick Morton

Social mobility is not a train you get to board after you've scraped together enough for the ticket. You have to build the whole bloody engine, with nothing but a spoon and hand-me-down psychological distress.

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 Read reviewThe Farm

The Farm

Joanne Ramos

The must-read debut novel of 2019. Sharp, compulsive and darkly funny, this is an unforgettable novel about a world within touching distance of our own.

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 Read reviewWelcome to Your Period!

Welcome to Your Period!

Yumi Stynes, Melissa Kang

A modern, funny, inclusive and big-sisterish guide to getting your period, and what to do once it comes. Whether you're an apprehensive nine-year-old, the parent of a tween with a bunch of questions, or just someone who has a few...

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The Accusation: Forbidden Stories From Inside North Korea

The Accusation: Forbidden Stories From Inside North Korea

Bandi, Deborah Smith

A work of fiction that paints a ... portrait of life under the North Korean regime. Set during the period of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il's leadership, the seven stories that make up The Accusation give voice to people living...

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The Cost of Living

The Cost of Living

Deborah Levy

What does it mean to be free - as an artist, a woman, a mother or daughter? And what is the price of that freedom?

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An Open Book

An Open Book

David Malouf

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On Shirley Hazzard: Writers on Writers

On Shirley Hazzard: Writers on Writers

Michelle de Kretser

In this vibrant, rich and personal essay on acclaimed author Shirley Hazzard, Michelle de Kretser offers a masterclass in writing that is powerful and exhilarating

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How Democracies Die: The International Bestseller: What History Reveals About Our Future

How Democracies Die: The International Bestseller: What History Reveals About Our Future

Steven Levitsky, Daniel Ziblatt

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 Read reviewHearing Maud: A Journey for a Voice

Hearing Maud: A Journey for a Voice

Jessica White

Hearing Maud: A Journey for a Voice is a work of creative non-fiction that details the author's experiences of deafness after losing most of her hearing at age four. It charts how, as she grew up, she was estranged...

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Preservation

Preservation

Jock Serong

Preservation, based on the true story of the wreck of the Sydney Cove, sees master storyteller Jock Serong turn his talents to historical narrative now available in a smaller, competitively priced formatp.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px...

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The New Iberia Blues

The New Iberia Blues

James Lee Burke (Author)

The shocking death of a young woman leads Detective Dave Robicheaux into the dark corners of Hollywood, the mafia, and the backwoods of Louisiana in this gripping mystery from modern master (Publishers Weekly) James Lee Burke.

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Castaway

Castaway

Robert Macklin

The astonishing and unknown story of Narcisse Pelletier - a French cabin boy cast away in 1858 on the Daintree coast of far north Queensland

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Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo

George Saunders

The extraordinary first novel by the bestselling, Folio Prize-winning, National Book Award-shortlisted George Saunders, about Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven year old son, Willie, at the dawn of the Civil War. ...

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 Read reviewMinotaur

Minotaur

Peter Goldsworthy

A gritty and clever thriller from long-time Penguin author Peter Goldsworthy.

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Field of Poppies

Field of Poppies

Carmel Bird

Atmospheric and beguiling Field of Poppies is a novel the seduces the reader with mysteries and beauties but also speaks of something much larger.

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 Read reviewKilling Commendatore

Killing Commendatore

Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel, Ted Goossen

But then he discovers a strange painting in the attic and unintentionally begins a strange journey of self-discovery that involves a mysterious ringing bell, a precocious thirteen-year-old girl, a Nazi assassination attempt and a...

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 Read reviewInfamy

Infamy

Lenny Bartulin

A dark and gripping Western set in Tasmania, which reads like Cormac McCarthy meets Deadwood.

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 Read reviewDaughter of Bad Times

Daughter of Bad Times

Rohan Wilson

A suspenseful, truthful and compelling novel from the critically acclaimed author of The Roving Party. 

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 Read reviewThere Was Still Love

There Was Still Love

Favel Parrett

The profoundly moving new novel from the critically acclaimed and Miles Franklin shortlisted author of Past the Shallows and When the Night Comes. A tender and masterfully told story of memory, family and love.

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 Read reviewThe Great Believers

The Great Believers

Rebecca Makkai

The Carnegie Medal-winning novel of hope and heartbreak amidst the AIDs crisis, for fans of A Little Life and The Lacuna.

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She Said

She Said

Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey

From the Pulitzer-prize winning reporters who broke the news of Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment and abuse comes the thrilling untold story of their investigation and its consequences for the #MeToo movement.   

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Last Witnesses: Unchildlike Stories

Last Witnesses: Unchildlike Stories

Svetlana Alexievich, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky

What did it mean to grow up in the Soviet Union during the Second World War? In the late 1970s, Svetlana Alexievich started interviewing people who had experienced war as children, the generation that survived and had to live with...

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This Life: Why Mortality Makes Us Free

This Life: Why Mortality Makes Us Free

Martin Hagglund

A serious and original philosopher explores the purpose of your life.

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Horizon

Horizon

Barry Lopez

Taking us nearly from pole to pole - from modern megacities to some of the earth's most remote regions -- and across decades of lived experience, Barry Lopez gives us his most far-ranging yet personal work to date, in a book that...

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Heida: A Shepherd at the Edge of the World

Heida: A Shepherd at the Edge of the World

Steinunn Sigurdardottir

The inspiring story of Icelandic sheep farmer, Heida, former model and feminist heroine has become an international bestseller and won both the Icelandic Booksellers' Prize and Women's Literature Prize

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Six

Six

Zaffar Kunial

History in the making - the way history turns in the air like a coin - Cricket was a major part of the poet Zaffar Kunial's childhood when growing up near the Edgbaston cricket ground in Birmingham. or the timeless still point...

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Us

Us

Zaffar Kunial

Debut collection of poems from Zaffar Kunial.

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Night Fishing: Stingrays, Goya and the Singular Life

Night Fishing: Stingrays, Goya and the Singular Life

Vicki Hastrich

A luminous and remarkable memoir of a singular life in art and nature.

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Leading Lines

Leading Lines

Lucinda Holdforth

How to make speeches that seize the moment, advance your cause and lead the way.

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A History of the Bible: The Book and Its Faiths

A History of the Bible: The Book and Its Faiths

Dr John Barton

A uniquely ambitious study of the Bible's creation: how it came to be written, how its contents were selected - and how it really relates to the religions that endorse it.

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Martin Buber: A Life of Faith and Dissent

Martin Buber: A Life of Faith and Dissent

Paul Mendes-Flohr

The first major biography in English in over thirty years of the seminal modern Jewish thinker Martin Buber

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 Read reviewThe Year of the Beast

The Year of the Beast

Steven Carroll

One of Australia's finest and most critically acclaimed writers returns with a powerful novel that goes back to the very beginning of the story, to bring his sweeping Glenroy series to a magnificent close.

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Little Weirds

Little Weirds

Jenny Slate

An essay collection from actress and stand-up comedian, Jenny Slate

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Women Talking

Women Talking

Miriam Toews

A profound, unsettling novel from the award-winning author of All My Puny Sorrows. 

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A Month in Siena

A Month in Siena

Hisham Matar

A moving reflection on the intersection of life and art, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Return.

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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

Ocean Vuong

Brilliant, heartbreaking, tender, and highly original - poet Ocean Vuong's debut novel is a sweeping and shattering portrait of a family, and a testament to the redemptive power of storytelling

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 Read reviewOlive, Again

Olive, Again

Elizabeth Strout

An extraordinary new novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Number One New York Times bestselling author of Olive Kitteridge and My Name is Lucy Barton.

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 Read reviewThe White Girl

The White Girl

Tony Birch

The new novel from Miles-Franklin-shortlisted author Tony Birch.

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City of Trees

City of Trees

Sophie Cunningham

A rich and insightful collection of personal essays about life, death and our connection to the environment from bestselling Australian author Sophie Cunningham

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Beauty

Beauty

Bri Lee

In Beauty Bri Lee explores our obsession with thinness and asks how an intrinsically unattainable standard of physical 'perfection' has become so crucial to so many

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 Read reviewBruny

Bruny

Heather Rose

The brilliant and explosive new novel from the author of the award-winning The Museum of Modern Love.

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The Prettiest Horse in the Glue Factory

The Prettiest Horse in the Glue Factory

Corey White

A memoir of trauma, evil and survival that will break your heart and then show you how to rebuild it, from one of Australia's brightest young comedians.

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Underland: A Deep Time Journey

Underland: A Deep Time Journey

Robert Macfarlane

From the best-selling, award-winning author of Landmarks and The Old Ways, a haunting voyage into the planet's past and future.

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My Year of Rest and Relaxation

My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Ottessa Moshfegh

It's the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong?    

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 Read reviewWolfe Island

Wolfe Island

Lucy Treloar

The stunning new novel from the award-winning author of Salt Creek is Barkskins or The Son meets The Road...

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When One Person Dies The Whole World Is Over

When One Person Dies The Whole World Is Over

Mandy Ord

A poignant, bright and elegiac work of illustrated nonfiction by one of Australia's most revered comics makers.    

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Star-Crossed

Star-Crossed

Minnie Darke

In this sparkling romantic comedy, a young journalist tampers with her magazine's horoscopes to win her friend's heart - and sets in motion an unpredictable and often hilarious ripple effect ...  

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 Read reviewSimpson Returns

Simpson Returns

Wayne Macauley

A satirical and surreal twist on the Anzac legend of Simpson and his donkey

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Shoot Through

Shoot Through

J. M. Green

Stella Hardy, the wisecracking social worker, is back to tackle crooked private contractors, an exotic cattle scam, and a delicious Mushroom Jalfrezi.

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The Hilton Bombing: Evan Pederick and the Ananda Marga

The Hilton Bombing: Evan Pederick and the Ananda Marga

Imre Salusinszky

In 1978, Evan Pederick, a naive 22-year-old in the thrall of a radical religious movement, Ananda Marga, placed an enormous bomb outside Sydney's Hilton Hotel. Here is his story, told for the first time - an extraordinary tale of...

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State of Origin

State of Origin

David Owen Kelly

When David was a kid, he thought he knew everything - especially about his pesky and annoying siblings who kept popping up out of nowhere. But on the same night in 1980 David's two brothers ran away, severely beaten. Years later...

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