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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

The Missing Among Us (Erin Stewart, NewSouth)

Released March 2021

The Missing Among Us is instantly enthralling. Erin Stewart profiles a number of missing persons cases, deftly and confidently straddling the line between reportage and personal response. Balancing the interviewees'... Read more

Eating With My Mouth Open (Sam van Zweden, NewSouth)

Released February 2021

Sam van Zweden’s Eating With My Mouth Open is at once an expressive memoir and a cultural commentary on the role of food in our lives. It’s part vulnerable and... Read more

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... Read more

Coming of Age in the War on Terror (Randa Abdel-Fattah, NewSouth)

Released February 2021

‘I’ve always had this almost pre-conceived guilt attached to who I was.’ — Jena (18, Lebanese–Australian, South West Sydney) On September 11 2001, two planes smashed into the World Trade... Read more

Honey Blood (Kirsty Everett, HarperCollins)

Released February 2021

I learned a lot about cancer treatment from Kirsty Everett’s memoir Honey Blood: that chemotherapy can make you very sensitive to smells, that jellybeans are helpful for the taste of... Read more

Growing Up Disabled in Australia (ed by Carly Findlay, Black Inc.)

Released February 2021

Growing up Disabled in Australia, edited by Carly Findlay, is the latest anthology in Black Inc.’s ‘Growing Up’ series. Like the previous anthologies, it features both emerging and established writers.... Read more

Dingo Bold: The life and death of K’gari dingoes (Rowena Lennox, Sydney University Press)

Released January 2021

In Dingo Bold, Rowena Lennox wrestles with the emotionally laden subject of the human–wild divide through the lens of the policies managing the dingoes on K’gari (Fraser Island). Along the... Read more