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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

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

The Speechwriter (Martin McKenzie-Murray, Scribe)

Released February 2021

Martin McKenzie-Murray’s fiction debut is a fun but sometimes frustrating book that nevertheless delivers plenty of laughs along the way. The story is told by Toby—an aspiring speechwriter whose hyper-ambition... Read more

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... Read more

The Silent Listener (Lyn Yeowart, Viking)

Released February 2021

Lyn Yeowart’s debut crime thriller The Silent Listener is the intense, horrific, utterly devastating and totally addictive tale of the Henderson family. Spanning four decades and encompassing a missing child... Read more

The Second Son (Loraine Peck, Text)

Released February 2021

In Sydney’s western suburbs, the summer air thick enough to slice with a switchblade, Johnny Novak’s family reels from the murder of Ivan, his older brother. Their father, a notorious... Read more