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Fusion – Kate Richards

Kate Richards’ novel Fusion (Hamish Hamilton 2019) is comprised of whimsical, breathy and lyrical prose combined with a visceral and vivid plot. This dichotomy is echoed throughout the novel and serves to emphasise the lives of the four characters. Sea and Serene are...

Mother of Pearl – Angela Savage

In Mother of Pearl (Transit Lounge 2019), author Angela Savage has given us a wonderfully diverse and engaging book with confronting themes that are sure to be hotly debated over a glass of wine in book clubs all over Australia. This is a nuanced and complex story of...

Lapse – Sarah Thornton

It’s always exciting to discover another new Australian crime writer, especially when that writer subverts the usual tropes and gives us a plot that goes beyond the police procedural, along with characters that are unexpected and different. In Lapse (Text Publishing...

Beautiful Revolutionary – Laura Elizabeth Woollett

Laura Elizabeth Woollett’s novel Beautiful Revolutionary (Scribe 2018) is a work of fiction inspired by the real-life events of Jim Jones and his Peoples Temple. That story is well known, of the charismatic leader and his unorthodox church, which tragically ended when...

Things Nobody Knows But Me – Amra Pajalic

Things Nobody Knows But Me (Transit Lounge 2019) is a memoir by author Amra Pajalic about her experience of growing up between Bosnia and Australia under the care of her mother, who suffered from a mental illness, and other members of her extended family. This is a...

Daughter of Bad Times – Rohan Wilson

Rohan Wilson’s newest novel Daughter of Bad Times (Allen and Unwin 2019) is that rarest of literary creations – a page-turning, completely immersive plot combined with a simmering undercurrent of subtext and meaning that delivers a chilling message about our times....

The White Girl – Tony Birch

Author Tony Birch’s prose, simple and spare, tells a powerful story whilst hinting at a much more intricate background. It is this undercurrent of history that informs the reader and communicates messages about the complexities of cultural change and prejudices. His...

Bodies of Men – Nigel Featherstone

In Bodies of Men (Hachette Australia Books 2019), author Nigel Featherstone has depicted a tender and moving love story set amidst the backdrop of war. In Egypt in 1941, Australian corporal William Marsh, aged only 21, is saved from enemy fire by a fellow soldier and...

Unsheltered – Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver writes masterful, sweeping, epic dramas that canvas big themes and an immersive sense of place while still connecting the reader to individual characters on an intimate level. Her latest novel Unsheltered (Faber & Faber Books 2018) is no...

Little Stones – Elizabeth Kuiper

Little Stones (UQP 2019), the debut fiction novel by Elizabeth Kuiper, is a coming of age story that has such a strong sense of authenticity that it feels more memoir than novel. The author, like the narrator of the story, Hannah, comes from Zimbabwe and immigrated to...

This Taste for Silence – Amanda O’Callaghan

This Taste for Silence (UQP 2019) is an extraordinary debut collection of short stories by author Amanda O'Callaghan. Some of the stories are extremely short, less than a page, and some are much longer, but what they all have in common is beautiful, descriptive...