The most talked-about books of 2019

 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 reviewFleishman Is in Trouble

Fleishman Is in Trouble

Taffy Brodesser-Akner

A blistering satirical novel about marriage, divorce and modern relationships, by one of the most exciting new voices in American fiction

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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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 Read reviewBoy Swallows Universe

Boy Swallows Universe

Trent Dalton

`The most extraordinary writer - a rare talent' Nikki Gemmell An utterly wonderful novel of love, crime, magic, fate and coming of age from one of Australia's most exciting...

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Ducks, Newburyport

Ducks, Newburyport

Lucy Ellmann

An utterly original novel, longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize in which one woman navigates, through compelling inner monologue, the tension and disquiet of contemporary America.

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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 reviewThree Women

Three Women

Lisa Taddeo

All Lina ever wanted was to be desired. How did she end up in a marriage with two children and a husband who wouldn't touch her? All Maggie wanted was to be understood. How did she end up in a relationship with her teacher and...

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Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators

Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators

Ronan Farrow

In a dramatic account of violence and espionage, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Ronan Farrow exposes serial abusers and a cabal of powerful interests hell-bent on covering up the truth, at any cost.   ...

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 Special price Read reviewThe Secret Commonwealth (The Book of Dust, Volume 2)

The Secret Commonwealth (The Book of Dust, Volume 2)

Philip Pullman

Master storyteller Philip Pullman continues the incredible journey of Lyra Silvertongue in the second volume of The Book of Dust.

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Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell (Updated Edition)

Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell (Updated Edition)

Louise Milligan

NEW REVELATIONS with new foreword by Tom Keneally.

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The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

Shoshana Zuboff

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism is a deeply-reasoned examination of the threat of unprecedented power free from democratic oversight.

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 Read reviewThe Nickel Boys

The Nickel Boys

Colson Whitehead

The Nickel Boys is Colson Whitehead's follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning bestseller The Underground Railroad, in which he dramatizes another strand of United States history, this time through the...

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 Read reviewYoung Dark Emu: A Truer History

Young Dark Emu: A Truer History

Bruce Pascoe

The highly-anticipated junior version of Bruce Pascoe's multi award-winning book.

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 Special price Read reviewDamascus

Damascus

Christos Tsiolkas

In Damascus, Tsiolkas has written a masterpiece of imagination and transformation: an historical novel of immense power and an unflinching dissection of doubt and faith, tyranny and revolution, and cruelty and...

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Guts

Guts

Raina Telgemeier

Raina Telgemeier once again brings us a thoughtful, charming, and funny true story about growing up and gathering the courage to faceand conquer your fears.

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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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How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

Jenny Odell

A galvanizing critique of the forces vying for our attention-and our personal information-that redefines what we think of as productivity, reconnects us with the environment, and reveals all that we've been too distracted to see...

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Talking to Strangers

Talking to Strangers

Malcolm Gladwell

The No.1 international bestselling author back with a powerful and provocative exploration of what our interactions with strangers tell us about who we are.

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 Read reviewLanny

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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 Special price Read reviewThe Eighth Life (For Brilka)

The Eighth Life (For Brilka)

Nino Haratischvili, Ruth Martin, Charlotte Collins

At the start of the twentieth century, on the edge of the Russian Empire, a family prospers. It owes its success to a delicious chocolate recipe, passed down the generations with great solemnity and caution. A caution which is...

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 Special price 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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 Read reviewWhite Tears, Brown Scars

White Tears, Brown Scars

Ruby Hamad

White Tears/Brown Scars blows open the inconvenient truth that when it comes to race, white entitlement is too often masked by victimhood.

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Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

Jia Tolentino

Following in the footsteps of American luminaries such as Susan Sontag, Joan Didion and Rebecca Solnit, comes this dazzling collection of essays on the internet, the self, feminism and politics from one of the brightest young...

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 Read reviewIt Sounded Better in My Head

It Sounded Better in My Head

Nina Kenwood

From a debut Melbourne writer comes the big-hearted romantic comedy of the year, an addictive and joyful celebration of the awkward teen in all of us.

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 Read reviewSee What You Made Me Do

See What You Made Me Do

Jess Hill

Combining exhaustive research with riveting storytelling, See What You Made Me Do dismantles the flawed logic of victim-blaming and challenges everything you thought you knew about domestic and family violence.

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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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The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future

The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future

David Wallace-Wells

A cinematic, propulsive and frightening climate tour of our near future - coming much faster than you think.

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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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Girl, Woman, Other

Girl, Woman, Other

Bernardine Evaristo

Joyfully polyphonic and sparklingly contemporary, Girl, Woman, Other is a gloriously new kind of history, a novel of our times- celebratory, ever-dynamic and utterly irresistible.

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 Read reviewAurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle 1)

Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle 1)

Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

From the New York Times and internationally bestselling authors of The Illuminae Files comes a new science fiction epic . . .

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