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R W R McDonald’s ‘The Nancys’

5 June 2019
'Cheerfully scattered, this glittering, occasionally grisly and highly original novel is recommended for those who like the bawdiest parts of Phryne Fisher, but stands proudly on its own. Hopefully more...

Taking Tom Murray Home (Tim Slee, HarperCollins) 

30 May 2019
This debut novel and winner of HarperCollins’ Banjo Prize is based on the ingenious premise of a funeral-protest that raises awareness of the pressures facing dairy farmers from banks, supermarkets...

Something to Believe In (Andrew Stafford, UQP) 

30 May 2019
This memoir is rock journalist Andrew Stafford’s first book since his 2004 milestone Pig City, which mapped Brisbane music ‘from the Saints to Savage Garden’. Named after a Ramones song,...

Gregg Dreise’s ‘My Culture and Me’

15 May 2019
‘This book is perfect for Indigenous children who are finding their place in the revitalisation of Indigenous culture around Australia and will also appeal to primary school-aged children learning about...

Omar Sakr’s ‘The Lost Arabs’

8 May 2019
‘The poems have a vivid and insistent sense of place and identity, with Sakr’s bisexuality threading throughout the work, and will speak especially to young Arab readers, while Sakr’s sense...

Tony Birch’s ‘The White Girl’

1 May 2019
‘With a uniquely Australian setting, a compelling narrative, malevolent antagonists and determined female protagonists, The White Girl will appeal to a wide audience. Readers will find it hard to put down.’...

Susan Hurley’s ‘Eight Lives’

3 April 2019
'Hurley’s background in medical research and the pharmaceutical industry gives the story an authoritative voice, while the multi-voice narrative drips a steady pipette of equal-parts suspense and mystery, right through...

Meg McKinlay’s ‘Catch a Falling Star’

20 March 2019
'McKinlay’s gift for writing accessible characters for younger readers shines through in Catch a Falling Star, with a solid story grounded in the thoughtful exploration of grief.' ... read Tehani Croft's...

Peggy Frew’s ‘Islands’

6 March 2019
'[Islands] is a work of great compassion and insight: one which reveals the naive, hopeful, sometimes angry, heartbreak that children hold in their hearts as they attempt to become adults...

Meg McKinlay and Leila Rudge’s ‘Let Me Sleep, Sheep’

27 February 2019
‘Meg McKinlay and Leila Rudge are an ideal pairing: the lightness of tone and tongue-in-cheek nature of McKinlay’s words goes hand-in-hand with Rudge’s detailed yet uncluttered coloured pencilwork.’ ... read...

Monica Tan’s ‘Stranger Country’ 

20 February 2019
'Stranger Country is perfect for anyone who, like Tan, lives in a major Australian city and wants to know what life is like in the red-dirt heart of the country.' ......

Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s ‘You Must Be Layla’

13 February 2019
‘At its heart, this is a noble debut with a likeable protagonist who exudes the kind of confidence that young girls need in literary role models.’ ... read Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen's...

Gabrielle Tozer’s ‘Melody Trumpet’

31 January 2019
'Gabrielle Tozer has previously written three young adult novels, most recently Remind Me How This Ends. She excels in smart, snappy dialogue and imbues her creations with plenty of character...

Alison Evans’ ‘Highway Bodies’

12 December 2018
‘Highway Bodies is a compassionate story imbued with softness, which helps make the intense horrors and violence more digestible. Evans' second novel shares similarities with John Marsden’s 'Tomorrow' series and will be...

Andrea Goldsmith’s ‘Invented Lives’

5 December 2018
‘In her eighth novel, Andrea Goldsmith depicts Australia through the eyes of a new arrival: the abundance of Victoria Market contrasted with Soviet-era poverty. Written in plain prose, this is...

Kate Richards’ ‘Fusion’

28 November 2018
‘Part fairytale, part Australian Gothic thriller, Fusion is contemporary Australian literature at its finest and deserves multiple readings—an ideal selection for book clubs.’ ... Read Jacqui Davies’ full review here.

Justin D’Ath’s ‘47 Degrees’

21 November 2018
'An action-adventure that rings with truth, 47 Degrees is also a story about courage, empathy, the importance of family and communities, and how the worst times can bring out the best in...