The Age's recommended books of 2019

 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 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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Too 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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 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

Dark Emu puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians.    

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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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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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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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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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About Bloody Time

About Bloody Time

Karen Pickering, Jane Bennett

ABOUT BLOODY TIME makes the case for menstrual revolution as an essential key to unlocking gender equality.

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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

Searing fiction smuggled out of North Korea - the English PEN Translates Award winner, now in paperback

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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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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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On Tyranny

On Tyranny

Timothy Snyder

In the twentieth century, European democracies collapsed into fascism, Nazism and communism. These were movements in which a leader or a party claimed to give voice to the people and established rule by an elite with a monopoly on...

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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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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 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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Birth Plan

Birth Plan

L K Holt

Birth Plan is LK Holt's fourth full-length collection is a generous, sharp-edged, technically masterful and expansive collection from one of Australia's foremost female poets. These poems are transformative, fiercely feminist,...

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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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Ninth Street Women

Ninth Street Women

Mary Gabriel

The rich, revealing, and thrilling story of five women whose lives and painting propelled a revolution in modern art

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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 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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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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 Special price 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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