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Remember Me (Charity Norman, A&U) 

Fiction

Released March 2022, reviewed by Fay Helfenbaum.

Remember Me begins with a call in the middle of the night, when illustrator Emily is awakened in her London...

The Love That Grew (Sarah Ayoub, illus by Mimi Purnell, HarperCollins)  

Children’s picture book

Released March 2022, reviewed by Michael Earp.

In the vein of Sam McBratney’s You’re All My Favourites comes a picture book that captures the idea that a...

Hovering (Rhett Davis, Hachette) 

Fiction

Released March 2022, reviewed by Brad Jefferies.

Alice returns to the fictional Australian city of Fraser after 16 years away. The city itself has changed—and continues to...

Growing Up in Flames (Zach Jones, Text) 

Young adult

Released March 2022, reviewed by Ilona Urquhart.

Zach Jones’s debut novel Growing Up in Flames is as gritty as bushfire ash. Written for a doctorate in creative...

Son of Sin (Omar Sakr, Affirm)  

Fiction

Released March 2022, reviewed by George Banach-Salas.

Son of Sin by Omar Sakr tells the story of growing up queer and Muslim in a constant state of...

Triple Helix (Lauren Burns, UQP)  

Nonfiction

Released March 2022, reviewed by Rebecca Whitehead.

Lauren Burns received a fork inscribed with the word ‘agitator’ as a present from her boyfriend while trekking through the...

That Cat (Jacqueline Harvey, illus by Kate Isobel Scott, Puffin) 

Children’s picture book

Released March 2022, reviewed by Michael Earp.

Cat lovers and nonsense lovers, this is the book for you. Jaqueline Harvey, bestselling author for children, plays on words...

Pearly and Pig and the Great Hairy Beast (Sue Whiting, Walker Books)  

Younger readers

Released March 2022, reviewed by Katie Haydon.

Pearly Woe is not your average 10-year-old. She can speak 27 languages, talk to and understand most animals and, in...

The Sorrow Stone (Kári Gíslason, UQP) 

Fiction

Released March 2022, reviewed by Georgia Brough.

In the wintery and unforgiving wilds of pre-medieval Iceland, a widow named Disa and her young son are running in...

Sadvertising (Ennis Ćehić, Vintage) 

Fiction

Released March 2022, reviewed by Chris Alphonso.

In this debut collection of short stories, Ennis Ćehić uses deeply flawed characters to cleverly reflect the absurdity of late-stage...

When You’re Older (Sofie Laguna, illus by Judy Watson, A&U Children) 

Children’s picture book

Released March 2022, reviewed by Michael Earp.

There are many picture books that look at life with a new sibling from the perspective of a young child,...

Moth in a Fancy Cardigan (Charlotte Lance, illus by David Booth, Berbay) 

Younger readers

Released March 2022, reviewed by George Banach-Salas.

This illustrated middle-grade novel is a cute and quirky story about self-expression and the courage to be seen, told from...

This is Not a Book About Benedict Cumberbatch (Tabitha Carvan, HarperCollins) 

Nonfiction

Released March 2022, reviewed by Fay Helfenbaum.

When Tabitha Carvan suddenly falls in love with the actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who she has never met, she doesn’t know...

Tik Merauke: An epidemic like no other (John Richens, MUP) 

Nonfiction

Released March 2022, reviewed by Becca Whitehead.

In the early 1900s the sexually transmitted infection donovanosis ravaged the Marind of New Guinea. Through the lens of this...

Only a Monster (Vanessa Len, A&U) 

Young adult

Released February 2022, reviewed by Erin Wamala.

Joan is enjoying her summer in London with her eccentric family and dream job at the historic Holland House. After...

A Great Hope (Jessica Stanley, Picador) 

Fiction

Released March 2022, reviewed by Chris Saliba.

When ACTU boss John Clare falls to his death from the roof of the family home, a note found on...

The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness (Matt Ottley, Dirt Lane) 

Young adult

Released February 2022, reviewed by M H Alesandrino.

An author, visual artist and composer, Matt Ottley has combined his talents in his latest work to create a multi-modal...

The Islands (Emily Brugman, A&U) 

Fiction

Released February 2022, reviewed by Bec Kavanagh.

It’s the 1950s and the Finnish migrants who have made their home on the ruthless terrain of Little Rat Island...

The Power of Podcasting: Telling stories through sound (Siobhán McHugh, UNSW Press) 

Nonfiction

Released February 2022, reviewed by Kim Thomson.

It’s strange to think that ‘less than a decade ago, most people had never heard of podcasting’, as Siobhán McHugh...

Big World, Tiny World: Forest (Jess Racklyeft, Affirm)  

Children’s picture book

Released February 2022, reviewed by Ellen Cregan.

Jess Racklyeft will already be a familiar name to readers of picture books, and Big World, Tiny World: Forest is just as...