The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelists for 2020

Three emerging Australian writers have been named The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelists for 2020. Congratulations to Josephine Rowe, Alice Bishop and Joey Bui!

Here are our bookseller recommendations for each of their books.


Here Until August by Josephine Rowe

‘A beautifully crafted collection that leaves the reader breathless with its beauty. Every sentence in this book, in fact, every word, feels carefully considered and delicately placed, and the result is a collection of stories both individual and cohesive as a collected work. These stories are elegant, intimate, dreamy – and they’re best savoured, not devoured in one hit (although, that’s tempting).’

Georgia Brough


Lucky Ticket by Joey Bui

‘Joey Bui’s debut collection is polished, wide-ranging, and absolutely has the capacity to transport the reader. Bui writes with great intelligence, and has a precise ability to balance the good with the bad, and the abject with the banally familiar – some of her stories have a feeling of passed-down family tales, but under her authorial hand, they manage to be simultaneously contemporary and real.’

Ellen Cregan


A Constant Hum by Alice Bishop

‘A riveting collection of stories assembled around the aftermath of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires and told with a poignancy that respects both reader and subject, A Constant Hum is short fiction at its best. This skilful debut explores themes of loss and renewal, and what it means to survive when so much, and so many, did not.’

Alison Huber

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