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Fil & Harry (Jenny Blackford, illus by Kristin Devine, Christmas Press)

Released May 2021

This charming novel is the first book in a new list from Christmas Press aimed at that tricky age between picture books and middle fiction. Written by Jenny Blackford, whose... Read more

Common Wealth (Gregg Dreise, Scholastic)

Released May 2021

In light of the recent change to the lyrics of ‘Advance Australia Fair’, as well as the ongoing debate surrounding January 26, this impassioned plea for recognition and unity from... Read more

Artificial Intimacy (Rob Brooks, NewSouth)

Released May 2021

According to evolutionary biologist Rob Brooks, the future holds an abundance of artificial intimacy. New sex technologies, from sex robots to virtual reality porn, will anticipate our every desire. So... Read more

The Little Boat on Trusting Lane (Mel Hall, Fremantle Press)

Released May 2021

In this debut novel set in an exaggerated version of the alternative wellness industry, Richard, an ageing wellness guru, runs his alternative healing centre from a rundown houseboat in the... Read more

The Three Burials of Lotty Kneen (Krissy Kneen, Text)

Released May 2021

According to many writers, examining memory is a largely creative act. If so, then Krissy Kneen shows us in The Three Burials of Lotty Kneen that it is also an... Read more

Flock: First Nations stories then and now (ed by Ellen van Neerven, UQP)

Released May 2021

Flock is a far-roaming collection of short fiction showcasing the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers. The 20 stories are by a mix of established luminaries and emerging... Read more

Two-Week Wait: An IVF story (Luke C Jackson & Kelly Jackson, illus by Mara Wild, Scribe)

Released May 2021

This graphic novel is the delicately told story of one couple’s journey through the in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) process. Two-Week Wait is based on the IVF experiences of authors Luke and... Read more

Can’t Say it Went to Plan (Gabrielle Tozer, HarperCollins)

Released May 2021

Schoolies is revered as a holiday unlike no other, where, for the first time, teenagers are free—from school, from adults, from responsibility. Can’t Say it Went to Plan follows three... Read more

Before You Knew My Name (Jacqueline Bublitz, A&U)

Released May 2021

We know the phrase from books, from crime shows, from the news: ‘The body was found by a jogger.’ Someone is murdered and somebody else finds them, while just going... Read more

Bear and Rat (Christopher Cheng, illus by Stephen Michael King, Puffin)

Released May 2021

This picture book is a heartwarming, tender tale of the loving relationship between two friends. The elegantly simple story in Bear and Rat holds a timeless, universal appeal with themes... Read more