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Like Mother (Cassandra Austin, Hamish Hamilton)

Released April 2021

It’s 1969 in small-town Australia and new mother Louise can barely leave her own house or step beyond the shadow of her controlling mother, Gladys. With a constantly crying baby,... Read more

New Animal (Ella Baxter, A&U)

Released March 2021

Amelia is numb. Ever since a heartbreaking event a year ago, unable to let go of the tragedy, she finds herself stuck in place. Struggling to find connection, she absorbs... Read more

Return to Uluru (Mark McKenna, Black Inc.)

Released March 2021

‘Perspective is everything,’ writes historian Mark McKenna in Return to Uluru, his mesmeric history–true crime hybrid. When starting the book, McKenna expected to tell an expansive history of central Australia,... Read more

The Believer (Sarah Krasnostein, Text)

Released March 2021

The people who populate The Believer are remarkably different from one another. There are, among others, a convicted murderer, a ‘death doula’, paranormal investigators, and Christian researchers who have dedicated... Read more

My Year of Living Vulnerably (Rick Morton, Fourth Estate)

Released March 2021

Anyone who enjoyed Rick Morton’s memoir One Hundred Years of Dirt will want to read My Year of Living Vulnerably. Under a disparate set of headings—The Self, Forgiveness, Animals, Touch,... Read more

Dropbear (Evelyn Araluen, UQP)

Released March 2021

When I was in primary school, on the occasion that foreign travellers or tourists would come to visit, our conversation would inevitably turn to Australia's famous fauna and flora—to snakes... Read more

Hold Your Fire (Chloe Wilson, Scribner)

Released March 2021

Hold Your Fire is the incisive and darkly funny fiction debut by Melbourne poet Chloe Wilson, author of Not Fox Nor Axe and The Mermaid Problem. The 17 stories in... Read more

The Breaking (Irma Gold, MidnightSun)

Released March 2021

When Hannah meets fellow Australian traveller Deven in the lobby of a hostel in Thailand, her trip quickly gains a sense of purpose. Hannah’s drawn to the fiery, charismatic Deven... Read more

A Room Called Earth (Madeleine Ryan, Scribe)

Released March 2021

In the light of a full moon on a sweltering December night—Christmas Eve eve—a nameless young woman drapes herself in a silk kimono and goes to a party, alone. Singularly... Read more

Other People’s Houses (Kelli Hawkins, HarperCollins)

Released March 2021

This suburban thriller, set on Sydney’s North Shore, explores what happens when unresolved grief turns into obsession. After experiencing a horrific tragedy, Kate develops some bad habits, including an alcohol... Read more