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Paws (Kate Foster, Walker Books)

Released April 2021

Kate Foster is a literary agent and now, with her middle-grade novel Paws, a published children’s author. Eleven-year-old Alex loves dogs, sketching and computer games. But he doesn’t have any... Read more

Smokehouse (Melissa Manning, UQP)

Released April 2021

Melissa Manning’s debut short story collection is an evocative and sometimes heartbreaking exploration of family, home and what it takes to build a fulfilling life. Bookended by two longer works... Read more

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

Wonder Earth (Zanni Louise & Tiff Bollhorn, illus by Sophy Louise Smith, Five Mile)

Released April 2021

Wonder Earth is a slightly strange hybrid of science reference and imaginative meditation. The authors set out to help children connect with the Earth at both an emotional and a... Read more

Car Crash: A Memoir (Lech Blaine, Black Inc.)

Released April 2021

In 2009, 17-year-old Lech Blaine and six of his friends were driving home together in Toowoomba. The driver swerved and was hit by an oncoming car. Blaine, who was sitting... Read more

Huda and Me (H Hayek, A&U)

Released April 2021

When their parents make a sudden trip back to their home country of Lebanon, Huda and Akeal find themselves left with their fellow siblings under the care of a family... Read more

The Prison Healer (Lynette Noni, Penguin)

Released April 2021

Lynette Noni, the winner of the 2019 Gold Inky for her dystopian sci-fi novel Whisper, returns to fantasy with The Prison Healer. Kiva’s daily life as prisoner and prison healer... Read more

Love Objects (Emily Maguire, A&U)

Released April 2021

Pop culture representations of hoarding tend to paint a picture of unrestrained excess. Perhaps this is why, when Emily Maguire introduces Nic, a 45-year-old who loves her job at the... Read more

Tussaud (Belinda Lyons-Lee, Transit Lounge)

Released April 2021

Madame Tussaud is synonymous with wax figures of the famous and infamous and also with the uncanny-valley discomfort that such figures evoke. This book takes the documented strange life of... Read more

The Truth About Her (Jacqueline Maley, Fourth Estate)

Released April 2021

There is a lot to love about Fairfax journalist Jacqueline Maley’s debut novel, the ripped-from-the-headlines story of Suzy, a journalist who’s blamed for the shocking death of Tracey Doran, a... Read more