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Adult fiction

The Price of Two Sparrows (Christy Collins, Affirm)
The Silent Listener (Lyn Yeowart, Viking)
Beneath the Trees (Cristy Burne, Fremantle Press)
The Second Son (Loraine Peck, Text)
The Imitator (Rebecca Starford, A&U)
The Women and the Girls (Laura Bloom, A&U)
Repentance (Alison Gibbs, Scribe)
Shelter (Catherine Jinks, Text)
The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman (Julietta Henderson, Bantam)
Factory 19 (Dennis Glover, Black Inc.)

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The Price of Two Sparrows (Christy Collins, Affirm)

Released February 2021

Christy Collins’s The Price of Two Sparrows is an elegantly structured study of migration and community in Australia. A burgeoning Muslim community on the outskirts of Sydney has made plans to build a mosque on edge of a nature reserve. Meticulously designed following extensive consultation, the building is to serve as the community’s centre. But… Read more

Most viewed adult fiction

  1. Stone Sky Gold Mountain (Mirandi Riwoe, UQP)
  2. Mammoth (Chris Flynn, UQP)
  3. Sheerwater (Leah Swann, HarperCollins)
  4. The Adversary (Ronnie Scott, Hamish Hamilton)
  5. The Rain Heron (Robbie Arnott, Text)
  6. All Our Shimmering Skies (Trent Dalton, HarperCollins)
  7. A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing (Jessie Tu, A&U)
  8. The Hunted (Gabriel Bergmoser, HarperCollins)
  9. The Animals in That Country (Laura Jean McKay, Scribe)
  10. Rural Dreams (Margaret Hickey, MidnightSun)
 

Adult nonfiction

Buried Not Dead (Fiona McGregor, Giramondo)
Coming of Age in the War on Terror (Randa Abdel-Fattah, NewSouth)
Honey Blood (Kirsty Everett, HarperCollins)
Growing Up Disabled in Australia (ed by Carly Findlay, Black Inc.)
Dingo Bold: The life and death of K’gari dingoes (Rowena Lennox, Sydney University Press)
Fire, Flood, Plague: Australian writers respond to 2020 (ed by Sophie Cunningham, Vintage)
Black Summer (ed by Michael Rowland, ABC Books)
Boy on Fire: The young Nick Cave (Mark Mordue, Fourth Estate)
One Day I’ll Remember This: Diaries 1987–1995 (Helen Garner, Text)
Songlines: The power and promise (Margo Neale & Lynne Kelly, Thames & Hudson)

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Buried Not Dead (Fiona McGregor, Giramondo)

Released February 2021

Outsider art, as critic Roger Cardinal once wrote, is ‘immune to the polarisations of culture and the copycat spirit of cultural art’. It’s fair to say that Fiona McGregor’s new essay collection Buried Not Dead exists in this realm. Written over 25 years, McGregor draws from her experiences as a performance artist, writer, queer and… Read more

Most viewed adult nonfiction

  1. The Trials of Portnoy: How Penguin brought down Australia’s censorship system (Patrick Mullins, Scribe)
  2. Father of the Lost Boys (Yuot A Alaak, Fremantle Press)
  3. Come (Rita Therese, A&U)
  4. Fathoms: The world in the whale (Rebecca Giggs, Scribe)
  5. Into the Suburbs: A migrant’s story (Christopher Raja, UQP)
  6. Soar: A life freed by dance (David McAllister, Thames & Hudson)
  7. Under the Rainbow: The life and times of E W Cole (Richard Broinowski, MUP)
  8. How to Win an Election (Chris Wallace, NewSouth)
  9. Living on Stolen Land (Ambelin Kwaymullina, Magabala)
  10. The Details: On love, death and reading (Tegan Bennett Daylight, Scribner)
 

Children's picture books

Iceberg (Claire Saxby, illus by Jess Racklyeft, A&U)
Float or Sink? (Kylie Covark, illus by Andrew Plant, Ford St)
Let’s Go, Little Roo (Renée Treml, Puffin)
An Amazing Australian Road Trip (Jackie Hosking, illus by Lesley Vamos, Walker Books)
Give Me Some Space! (Philip Bunting, Omnibus)
I Want to be a Superhero (Breanna Humes, illus by Ambelin Kwaymullina, Magabala)
Dog (Shaun Tan, A&U)
Anemone is Not the Enemy (Anna McGregor, Scribble)
I’m a Hero Too (Jamila Rizvi, illus by Peter Cheong, Puffin)
How to Be a Real Ballerina (Davina Bell, illus by Jenny Løvlie, Little Hare Books)

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Iceberg (Claire Saxby, illus by Jess Racklyeft, A&U)

Released February 2021

There is no absolutely question as to why Claire Saxby and Jess Racklyeft are both multi-award-winning creators, and this book is a perfect partnership, eliciting the very best from both of them. Suited to mid-primary readers, Iceberg loosely follows the life cycle of an iceberg through the seasons, and will draw children to a glorious… Read more

Most viewed children's picture book

  1. Respect (Aunty Fay Muir & Sue Lawson, illus by Lisa Kennedy, Magabala)
  2. Who’s Your Real Mum? (Bernadette Green, illus by Anna Zobel, Scribble)
  3. Mum’s Elephant (Maureen Jipiyiliya Nampijinpa O’Keefe, illus by Christina Booth, Magabala)
  4. All Bodies are Good Bodies (Charlotte Barkla, Little Hare)
  5. Henry Turnip (Chloe Jasmine Harris, Walker Books)
  6. Found (Bruce Pascoe, illus by Charmaine Ledden-Lewis, Magabala)
  7. Anisa’s Alphabet (Mike Dumbleton, illus by Hannah Sommerville, MidnightSun)
  8. Beautiful Eggs (Alice Lindstrom, Scribble)
  9. Wolfred (Nick Bland, Hardie Grant Egmont)
  10. Tiger & Cat (Allira Tee, Berbay)
 

Younger readers

Lola Online: #TheSecretUpstairsFanClubParty (Shannan & Tayla Stedman, Omnibus)
Little Gem (Anna Zobel, Puffin)
The Carbon-Neutral Adventures of the Indefatigable EnviroTeens (First Dog on the Moon, A&U)
The Odds (Matt Stanton, ABC Books)
We Are Wolves (Katrina Nannestad, ABC Books)
Little Jiang (Shirley Marr, illus by Katy Jiang, Fremantle Press)
The Boy, the Wolf and the Stars (Shivaun Plozza, Puffin)
Aussie STEM Stars: Fiona Wood (Cristy Burne, Wild Dingo Press)
Bindi (Kirli Saunders, illus by Dub Leffler, Magabala)
The Tunnel of Dreams (Bernard Beckett, Text)

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Lola Online: #TheSecretUpstairsFanClubParty (Shannan & Tayla Stedman, Omnibus)

Released February 2021

Sisters Shannan and Tayla Stedman, children’s entertainers turned authors, try their hands at junior fiction with Lola Online, which comes after the 2018 release of their picture book Harlow and the Lost Laughter. Aimed at the 8–11 age group, the novel tells the story of nine-year-old Lola, a chocolate-loving burgeoning gymnast and YouTube sensation. She… Read more

Most viewed younger readers

  1. The Year the Maps Changed (Danielle Binks, Lothian)
  2. The January Stars (Kate Constable, A&U)
  3. Eloise and the Bucket of Stars (Janeen Brian, Walker Books)
  4. Bindi (Kirli Saunders, illus by Dub Leffler, Magabala)
  5. Shoestring, the Boy Who Walks on Air (Julie Hunt, illus by Dale Newman)
  6. Lola Online: #TheSecretUpstairsFanClubParty (Shannan & Tayla Stedman, Omnibus)
  7. The Republic of Birds (Jessica Miller, Text)
  8. The Lost Soul Atlas (Zana Fraillon, Lothian)
  9. Landing with Wings (Trace Balla, A&U)
  10. The Secret Library of Hummingbird House (Julianne Negri, Affirm Press)
 

Young adult

The Boy From the Mish (Gary Lonesborough, A&U)
Tiger Daughter (Rebecca Lim, A&U)
Future Girl (Asphyxia, A&U)
This One is Ours (Kate O’Donnell, UQP)
Indigo Owl (Charlie Archbold, Wakefield)
The History of Mischief (Rebecca Higgie, Fremantle Press)
None Shall Sleep (Ellie Marney, A&U)
The F Team (Rawah Arja, Giramondo)
The Erasure Initiative (Lili Wilkinson, A&U)
Loner (Georgina Young, Text)

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The Boy From the Mish (Gary Lonesborough, A&U)

Released February 2021

Jackson is an Aboriginal teen who lives with his mum and little brother; he has a girlfriend, good mates and the local men’s group. Then his aunty from the city comes to stay, along with a new person, Tomas, who stirs feelings in Jackson that he doesn’t quite understand. Despite their growing affection and intimacy,… Read more

Most viewed young adult

  1. The End of the World is Bigger Than Love (Davina Bell, Text)
  2. How to Grow a Family Tree (Eliza Henry Jones, HarperCollins)
  3. Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal (Anna Whateley, A&U)
  4. Please Don’t Hug Me (Kay Kerr, Text)
  5. Deep Water (Sarah Epstein, A&U)
  6. The Long Distance Playlist (Tara Eglington, HarperCollins)
  7. This One is Ours (Kate O’Donnell, UQP)
  8. The Dark Tide (Alicia Jasinska, Penguin)
  9. The Vanishing Deep (Astrid Scholte, A&U)
  10. Taking Down Evelyn Tait (Poppy Nwosu, Wakefield)
 

Recently released titles

Boy on Fire: The young Nick Cave (Mark Mordue, Fourth Estate)
I’m a Hero Too (Jamila Rizvi, illus by Peter Cheong, Puffin)
Ernie’s Journey (David Woodland, Berbay)
Anemone is Not the Enemy (Anna McGregor, Scribble)
Infinite Splendours (Sofie Laguna, A&U)
Lucky’s (Andrew Pippos, Picador)
Songlines: The power and promise (Margo Neale & Lynne Kelly, Thames & Hudson)
How to Be a Real Ballerina (Davina Bell, illus by Jenny Løvlie, Little Hare Books)
The Fifth Season (Philip Salom, Transit Lounge)
Factory 19 (Dennis Glover, Black Inc.)

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Boy on Fire: The young Nick Cave (Mark Mordue, Fourth Estate)

Released November 2020

After 35 years of communication with Nick Cave, 10 of them actively spent researching a biography which eventually grew to Moby Dick proportions, Mark Mordue has fashioned this expertly detailed account of the prodigious entertainer’s early years. All the relevant voices have their say, creating a wonderfully alive picture of this tumultuous time in modern… Read more

Most viewed reviews of all time

  1. Barracuda (Christos Tsiolkas, A&U)
  2. The Feather (Margaret Wild, illus by Freya Blackwood, Little Hare)
  3. Deadly Kerfuffle (Tony Martin, Affirm)
  4. Room on Our Rock (Kate and Jol Temple, illus by Terri Rose Baynton, Scholastic)
  5. Ten Doors Down: The story of an extraordinary adoption reunion (Robert Tickner, Scribe)
  6. Whisper (Lynette Noni, Pantera Press)
  7. The Amulet of Athlone: The Chronicles of Jack McCool Book One (R E Devine, Bauer Media)
  8. Excuse Me! (Dave Hughes & Holly Ife, illus by Philip Bunting, Scholastic)
  9. When I Grow Up (Tim Minchin, illus by Steve Antony, Scholastic)
  10. Three (Stephen Michael King, Scholastic)