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The Things We See in the Light (Amal Awad, Pantera Press)

Released September 2021

This book opens with Sahar arriving on her best friend Lara’s doorstep in Newtown, and it’s apparent Sahar has changed a lot since Lara last saw her. Once a shy,... Read more

A Trip to the Hospital (Freda Chiu, A&U Children)

Released September 2021

Freda Chiu’s first picture book, aimed at children aged three to seven, provides a friendly introduction to the idea of hospitals and what might happen in them. Largely informational rather... Read more

The School for Talking Pets (Kelli Anne Hawkins, illus by Beth Harvey, HarperCollins)

Released September 2021

With her debut middle grade novel, The School for Talking Pets, Kelli Anne Hawkins brings us a delightful tale that is reminiscent of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Mysterious Benedict Society. Rusty Mulligan is... Read more

Sold Down the River (Scott Hamilton & Stuart Kells, Text)

Released September 2021

Once upon a time, Australian farmers traded thousands of megalitres of water for something as simple as a slab of beer. Then the economic mood changed. The 1980s brought political leaders... Read more

Happy Hour (Jacquie Byron, A&U)

Released September 2021

Three years after her husband’s death, 65-year-old artist Frances Calderwood has developed a drinking problem and squirrelled herself away from human contact. However, the cocoon built by the quirky, acerbic... Read more

Road Tripping with Pearl Nash (Poppy Nwosu, Wakefield)

Released September 2021

Since her 2018 debut Making Friends with Alice Dyson, shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival Unpublished Manuscript Award and the Readings Young Adult Book Prize, Poppy Nwosu has been creating protagonists that are a... Read more

The Song of Lewis Carmichael (Sofie Laguna, illus by Marc McBride, A&U)

Released September 2021

Lyrical, mesmerising and full of heart, The Song of Lewis Carmichael by Sofie Laguna, complemented by the soft, detailed pencil drawings of Marc McBride, is a beautiful middle-grade adventure story... Read more

how to make a basket (Jazz Money, UQP)

Released September 2021

‘don’t forget this place / where life begins / tell it to the bubs to pass onto theirs / when strangers come / when other trees fall’ Jazz Money writes... Read more

My Friend Fox (Heidi Everett, Ultimo Press) 

Released September 2021

This memoir from mental health recovery advocate Heidi Everett is a thoroughly real and stunningly evocative retelling of her life as a person with diagnosed mental illness. Everett tells the... Read more

Private Prosecution (Lisa Ellery, Fremantle Press) 

Released September 2021

Lawyer-turned-writer Lisa Ellery uses her knowledge and experience in the legal sector to round out detailed judicial proceedings in her debut thriller, building a believable foundation for the tense drama... Read more