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Four new writers,
four compelling new novels


‘An entertaining, heartwarming story’
—Liz Byrski

After a tough decade for retail, Cait’s bookshop is the last in the CBD, and the last independent retailer on a street given over to high-end labels. Profits are small, but clients are loyal. When James breezes in, Cait realises life might hold more than her shop and her cat, but while the new romance distracts her, luxury chain stores are circling, and a more personal tragedy is looming.

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After five years in bookselling, Emma Young retrained as a journalist and has been reporting since 2011: first for community papers, then as a statewide digital journalist for WAtoday. Her work also regularly appears in the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. The Last Bookshop was shortlisted for the inaugural Fogarty Literary Award in 2019.

Watch Emma Young introduce her book.



‘Few novels have such quiet authority and insight’
—Toni Jordan

On the cusp of summer, 1986, Rowan Brockman’s mother calls him home for one last harvest. But with his brother dead, and his father dying, this is no happy homecoming. Rowan’s mother has decided to sell up, severing life from land that has defined generations. Locust Summer was shortlisted for the Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award.

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David Allan-Petale has spent the last decade travelling the world, visiting some 50 countries, while making a living as a journalist and TV news producer. He has worked for the ABC, Al Jazeera, BBC World News and Fairfax Media. Locust Summer was developed through a fellowship at Varuna, the National Writers’ House.

Watch David Allan-Petale introduce his book.



‘Delightfully subversive’
—Rashida Murphy

Richard runs his alternative healing centre from an old houseboat in a scrapyard on Trusting Lane. The Little Mother Earth Ship provides spiritual sustenance, and while Richard plies his new-age wisdom, disciples Finn and August help to run the centre. But warning letters from the council are piling up and the arrival of a new mystic, Celestiaa Davinaa, is about to rock their world. How many alternative healers can one small boat hold before the enterprise capsizes?

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Mel Hall is a writer and musician whose fiction has been longlisted for the 2019 Peter Carey Short Story Prize, the 2019 Fogarty Literary Award and the 2018 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award. Her novella The Choir of Gravediggers was published by Ginninderra Press, and her short fiction has appeared in Westerly, The Sleepers Almanac and other Australian journals.

Watch Mel Hall introduce her book.



‘A literary puzzle, an engrossing war story and a captivating tale’
—Ryan O’Neill

As Alan Lewis – war hero in the making – experiences the reality of life in the firing line, fighting his way across the Middle East as part of the 10th Light Horse, his vision of the life he left behind slowly disintegrates. Meanwhile, scholar Matt Denton is fighting his own battles, confronting the unexpected challenges of academia and a new love affair, as he struggles to prove Alan Lewis is the famed Unknown Digger whose poetry is revered across Australia.

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After travelling to London to work at the 2012 Olympics and backpacking through Europe, Michael Burrows completed his MA at City, University of London, where he wrote the first draft of this novel. Where the Line Breaks was shortlisted for the 2019 Fogarty Literary Award.

Watch Michael Burrows introduce his book.



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