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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...

Gerald Murnane’s ‘A Season on Earth’

14 November 2018
'Murnane’s early writing, as shown here, is accessible and often humorous in his own dry way. As he becomes more recognised, both locally and internationally, A Season on Earth could be recommended...

Kirsten Alexander’s ‘Half Moon Lake’ 

8 November 2018
'This isn’t simply the story of a missing boy—though that alone would have been enough to sustain a reader’s interest—it’s also a skilful exploration of multi-generational trauma, wrapped up in...

Brad Cooper’s ‘The Finest Gold’

24 October 2018
'While The Finest Gold is ostensibly a sporting memoir—and it does cover in fascinating detail the punishing regimes and mental requirements for success—its real charm lies in Cooper’s dazzling, shimmering...

Black Inc.’s ‘Best Summer Stories’ 

17 October 2018
‘It’s rarely possible to give an anthology a perfect score—there are always a few stories that fail to hit the mark—but Best Summer Stories comes very close.’ ... read Angela Elizabeth's full...

Toni Jordan’s ‘The Fragments’ 

3 October 2018
‘Jordan’s writing moves at a fast skip and her descriptions of retail shifts and pre-internet research processes are particularly convincing. It’s a treat to step back into 1980s-era Australia with...

Leigh Sales’ ‘Any Ordinary Day’ 

26 September 2018
'Using her incisive journalistic skills, Sales presents the reader with both scientific research and vivid descriptions of her own and others’ encounters with tragedy. She presents the research with a...

Karen Foxlee’s ‘Lenny’s Book of Everything’ 

19 September 2018
'Foxlee’s writing is brimming with perfectly constructed moments that merge into a truly sensational, heart-wrenching read. This is the kind of book that makes a reader feel grateful it exists' ......

Stephen Giles’ ‘The Boy at the Keyhole’ 

12 September 2018
'Commercial crime fiction fans would do well to pick up this gem of a slow-burning thriller but should be advised to go in with as little prior knowledge as possible...

Shaun Tan’s ‘Tales From the Inner City’

5 September 2018
'These are metaphorical stories that will seep into your dreams and make you wake up longing to escape from the inner city, to be among the animals, only to remember...

Fiona Wright’s ‘The World Was Whole’ 

29 August 2018
‘In this exquisite follow-on from her award-winning memoir-in-essays Small Acts of Disappearance, Fiona Wright continues to set the standard for the essay form in Australia.’ ... read Jo Case's full...

Elliot Perlman’s ‘The Adventures of Catvinkle’ 

15 August 2018
‘There are gentle lessons in here about empathy, bravery and friendship, but it’s also simply a delightful and easy-to-read story with laugh-out-loud dialogue that doesn’t talk down to its readers.’...

Gillian Triggs’ ‘Speaking Up’ 

8 August 2018
‘In her memoir, Speaking Up, Triggs doesn’t settle scores or involve herself in ideological battles. Rather, she uses her skills and experience to discuss a range of human rights issues, from...

Holly Throsby’s ‘Cedar Valley’

1 August 2018
‘Throsby has a feel for small towns, as first evidenced in her debut novel, Goodwood, and once again in this second novel. There’s a fragility at the core of her characters...

Meg Gatland-Veness’ ‘I Had Such Friends’

25 July 2018
‘This YA novel may seem like the usual coming-of-age story set in small-town Australia, but it has a fresh voice that’s full of colloquialisms and also full of heart. Debut...

Stephanie Bishop’s ‘Man Out of Time’ 

4 July 2018
‘Man Out of Time gracefully unpacks the emotional territory that accompanies mental illness and the capacity for trauma to travel through generations. Potent in its subtlety, it is a rich novel...

Barry Jonsberg’s ‘A Song Only I Can Hear’ 

27 June 2018
‘With the release of A Song Only I Can Hear, it may finally be time to stop describing every emotionally intelligent middle fiction book as ‘the next Wonder’; Jonsberg has raised the...

Sam Twyford-Moore’s ‘The Rapids’ 

20 June 2018
‘Sam Twyford-Moore’s The Rapids is a fascinating exploration of the fragility of the mind, states of mania and how mental ill-health is treated in art and popular culture’ ... read Meelee...

Emily Gale’s ‘I Am Out with Lanterns’ 

14 June 2018
‘I Am Out with Lanterns is nuanced, complex and thoroughly readable. Told from multiple perspectives, it follows a kaleidoscope of characters as it explores community, connections, and the desire to...