The best smart summer reads of 2020

 Read reviewMemorial

Memorial

Bryan Washington

The debut novel from a rising literary star: a funny, sexy, sensual examination of two young men falling in and out of love.

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 Read reviewThere's No Such Thing as an Easy Job

There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job

Kikuko Tsumura, Polly Barton

A young woman walks into an employment agency and requests a job that requires no reading, no writing - and ideally, very little thinking.    

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Writers & Lovers

Writers & Lovers

Lily King

Funny and heartbreaking, Writers & Lovers is the bitingly clever story of Casey, a young writer who has lost her direction in life, until two men step into her world and offer her two very different futures...   ...

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 Read reviewEarthlings

Earthlings

Sayaka Murata, Ginny Tapley Takemori

Natsuki isn't like the other girls. She has a wand and a transformation mirror. She might be a witch, or an alien from another planet. Together with her cousin Yuu, Natsuki spends her summers in the wild mountains of Nagano,...

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 Read reviewSong of the Crocodile

Song of the Crocodile

Nardi Simpson

A captivating Australian saga from the winner of the 2018 black&write! fellowship.   

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 Read reviewThe Adversary

The Adversary

Ronnie Scott

A story about sexuality, the ache of friendship and love, and sticky summers at the pool, this exhilarating debut novel captures the heartbeat of one transformative summer where alliances are made and broken.

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 Read reviewA Burning

A Burning

Megha Majumdar

For readers of Tommy Orange, Yaa Gyasi, and Jhumpa Lahiri, an electrifying debut novel about three unforgettable characters who seek to rise - to the middle class, to political power, to fame in the movies - and find their lives...

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 Read reviewWhat Are You Going Through

What Are You Going Through

Sigrid Nunez

A luminous, heartbreaking and life-affirming novel about choosing to die, by National Book Award winner Sigrid Nunez, and the first to be published in trade paperback in Export territories for over fifteen years

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Smart Ovens for Lonely People

Smart Ovens for Lonely People

Elizabeth Tan

Conspiracies, memes, and therapies of various efficacy underpin this beguiling short-story collection from Elizabeth Tan.

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Love After Love

Love After Love

Ingrid Persaud

Meet the Ramdin-Chetan family: forged through loneliness, broken by secrets, saved by love. Irrepressible Betty Ramdin, her shy son Solo and their marvellous lodger, Mr Chetan, form an unconventional household, happy in their...

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 Read reviewLife After Truth

Life After Truth

Ceridwen Dovey

At their fifteen-year reunion, a group of Harvard graduates - labouring with early middle age, marriage and children, unrealised aspirations and a depressing political climate - rekindle old loves and old resentments. ...

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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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 Read reviewA Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing

A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing

Jessie Tu

A finalist for the 2020 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, this is a dazzling and original debut from a young writer with a fierce, intelligent and audacious voice.  

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 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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Everything in its Right Place

Everything in its Right Place

Tobias McCorkell

Everything in its Right Place tackles themes of class, love and sexuality with humour, truth and grit. It is a story of the legacies and dilemmas that families bring, of how we all must find our own way, astonishingly told. ...

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 Read reviewLucky's

Lucky’s

Andrew Pippos

An exuberant, magical Australian saga of family, love and second chances.

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Ghosts

Ghosts

Dolly Alderton

32-year-old Nina Dean is a successful food writer with a loyal online following, but a life that is falling apart.

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 Read reviewSuch a Fun Age

Such a Fun Age

Kiley Reid

With empathy and piercing social commentary, Such a Fun Age explores the awkwardness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone 'family', the complicated reality of being a grown-up and the consequences of doing...

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 Read reviewOrdinary Matter

Ordinary Matter

Laura Elvery

In 1895 Alfred Nobel rewrote his will and left his fortune made in dynamite and munitions to generations of thinkers. Since 1901 women have been honoured with Nobel Prizes for their scientific research twenty times, including...

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 Read reviewLoner

Loner

Georgina Young

A sharp and unlikely coming-of-age debut novel from Australia's Sally Rooney.     

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 Read reviewIt's Been A Pleasure, Noni Blake

It’s Been A Pleasure, Noni Blake

Claire Christian

Claire Christian's sparkling adult debut is the millennial rom-com you've been waiting for: feminist, queer, sex-positive and shamelessly feel-good.     

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The Last Story of Mina Lee

The Last Story of Mina Lee

Nancy Jooyoun Kim

A searing mother-daughter story exploring the diverse and unsettling realities of being an immigrant in America.      

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 Read reviewInfinite Splendours

Infinite Splendours

Sofie Laguna

Lawrence Loman is a bright, caring, curious boy with a gift for painting. He lives at home with his mother and younger brother, and the future is laid out before him, full of promise. But when he is ten, an experience of betrayal...

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Where The Fruit Falls

Where The Fruit Falls

Karen Wyld

An ancient ocean roars under the red dirt. Hush. Be still for just a moment. Hear its thunder-ing waves crashing on unseen shores.

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Sorrow and Bliss

Sorrow and Bliss

Meg Mason

Spiky, sharp, intriguingly dark and tender, full of pathos, fury and wit, Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason is a dazzling, distinctive novel from a boldly talented writer. For fans of Sally Rooney, Taffy Brodesser-Akner and...

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The Golden Maze

The Golden Maze

Richard Fidler

Beloved ABC broadcaster and bestselling author of Ghost Empire and Saga Land, Richard Fidler is back with a personally curated history of the magical city that is Prague.

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A Deadly Education

A Deadly Education

Naomi Novik

In the start of an all-new series, the bestselling author of Uprooted and Spinning Silver introduces you to a dangerous school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death - until one girl begins to rewrite its...

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 Read reviewSisters

Sisters

Daisy Johnson

The electrifying new novel from the Man Booker-shortlisted author of Everything Under After a serious case of school bullying becomes too much to bear, sisters July and September move across the country with their mother to a...

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 Read reviewKokomo

Kokomo

Victoria Hannan

Winner of the 2019 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. Both tender and fierce, heartbreaking and funny, Kokomo is a story about how secrets and love have the power to bring us together and tear us...

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 Read reviewAll This Could Be Yours

All This Could Be Yours

Jami Attenberg

From New York Times best-selling author Jami Attenberg comes a sharp, funny, and emotionally powerful novel about a family reuniting at the deathbed of its patriarch. In reckoning with his secret past, can they rebuild and begin...

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