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Vida: A woman for our time (Jacqueline Kent, Viking)

Released September 2020

It’s a sad fact that most Australians are unaware of the correct pronunciation of Vida Goldstein’s name (a long ‘i’ in both), let alone that she was the first woman... Read more

Fly on the Wall (Remy Lai, Walker)

Released September 2020

When Henry Khoo isn’t trolling his school as anonymous cartoonist ‘Fly on the Wall’, he is being babied at home by an overprotective family. To correct this, Henry devises a... Read more

Under the Rainbow: The life and times of E W Cole (Richard Broinowski, MUP)

Released September 2020

Edward William Cole (1832—1918), arguably Australia’s most famous bookseller, started his career by accident. Trying to hawk his self-penned pamphlets door-to-door in East Melbourne, a woman told him he should... Read more

The Mother Fault (Kate Mildenhall, S&S)

Released September 2020

This gripping and thoughtful novel offers a spine-tingling vision of a future Australia—eerie in its potential realism—in which citizens’ movements are tracked and climate change has decimated the country, flooding... Read more

Bunnygirl (Holly Jayne, Berbay)

Released September 2020

In this adorable junior graphic novel, the main character Bea loves superhero comics, cute things, bunnies and eating cereal. She really wants to become a superhero so that she can... Read more

Hysteria: A memoir of illness, strength and women’s stories throughout history (Katerina Bryant, NewSouth)

Released September 2020

In this ambitious debut, Katerina Bryant blends memoir, biography, history and cultural analysis in an effort to deconstruct the complex cultural frameworks that inform our understanding of women’s mental health... Read more

How to Win an Election (Chris Wallace, NewSouth)

Released September 2020

Journalist and historian Chris Wallace’s How to Win an Election can be read two ways. Firstly, as an autopsy of Labor’s shock 2019 defeat, and secondly as a witty Machiavellian... Read more

Revenge: Murder in Three Parts (S L Lim, Transit Lounge)

Released September 2020

S L Lim’s riveting sophomore novel opens with a disturbing scene of sibling abuse. Yannie, a shy and book-loving teenage girl, lives in the shadow of her brother Shan, who... Read more

The Heartsong of Wonder Quinn (Kate Gordon, UQP)

Released September 2020

Kate Gordon won the IBBY Ena Noël Award in 2016 and her YA novel Girl Running, Boy Falling was longlisted in the 2019 CBCA Awards for older readers. The Heartsong... Read more

Either Side of Midnight (Benjamin Stevenson, Michael Joseph)

Released September 2020

When TV presenter Sam ‘Mr Midnight’ Midland shoots himself on live TV, documentarian Jack Quick is watching from the prison cell his last production got him sent into. Sam’s twin... Read more