The House Sitter

Horsewoman Julie Larcombe returns to her family in Australia to recuperate after an accident. Her partner was to follow - he doesn’t - leaving Julie confused and bereft. When Julie is asked to housesit an exceptional house and horse property her family descend to enjoy the gym, spa, media room and wine cellar. Julie is asked to...

Dark Seeds

Crystal lives with her drug-dealer boyfriend, Rhys, in an isolated shack, south of Perth. After Crystal invests all her money in their large dope crop in the bush, she discovers Rhys’s dark past. Paranoia and violence escalate until she finds there’s a lot more at stake than just her savings. When local police officer Nick takes an...

Traveller

Counsellor Percy Young lives in Second City in the autocratic State of Union, where ruthless laws confine him to his apartment. Watchtowers and the Listeners survey and archive all citizens; even Percy must authorise this for his clients. Due to increasing paranoia and anxiety, Percy’s work performance and mental health decline. An...

Glorious

Up in the outstretched skies exits a virgin planet beyond depiction. A promise land that will belong to every citizen who will bear the name Vail. Before all humanity is separated into two distinct classes, a third zone must be given a chance to prove where they belong. At MacMillian, Gloria is to aid the World Order in understanding...

The Shadow Sword

Stella’s sport is fencing, and like maybe-boyfriend Daniel, she trains at St Augustine’s, the school on a finger of land between two rivers that flow into the harbour. Boundaries are blurred here, and ghosts slip the bonds of earth. Stella can see them. But when Rafe Manning and his enemy, Will Jacklin, from the colony’s early days,...

The Nancys

Two weeks to solve a murder in a small town style forgot. When Tippy Chan’s school teacher is murdered, she teams up with her babysitters, Uncle Pike, a Sydney-based party boy, and his younger designer boyfriend Devon, to form ‘The Nancys’, a secret amateur detective club. What starts as a bonding and sightseeing opportunity quickly...

Digging Up the Lawn

Miles is a compliant man. ‘Go along, to get along’ is his motto. With his wife, kids and work. He botches the perfect affair and his Byron Bay fantasy falls flat. His wife compulsively digs up the front lawn. His children are troubled by the meaning of his existence. His professional life has been reduced to designing high concept...

Song of Solace

Its 1921 and two boys are growing up in opposite parts of Australia. One ends up repairing steam trains in Eveleigh Railway workshops, a dangerous and soul-destroying place, where personal hatreds flourish in a culture of rough justice and paybacks. Reggie O’Rourke believes through a fluke of inspired logic he can escape the dirt and...

Why the Kookaburra Laughs

Samantha ‘Sam’ Hawkins, as a 12 year old girl, did not want to grow up. Reflecting on the Summer of ’79, in fictional mid NSW town Worribin, Sam was forced to deal with the inevitable changes in herself; in her friendship with her best friend Jono and in her relationships at home with an increasingly violent PTS Vietnam Vet father. ...

Calamity

Icarus Jones never left home. Still living in his parents’ rundown flat in London, Icarus is 44, a paper hoarder, hypochondriac and incompetent museum caretaker. Then big sister Maggie, now a famous author, shows up unannounced a year after their father’s death and Icarus's life will never be the same.

Hurry Back Thelma

In the self-indulgent world of Sydney 1984, Cully is swept up in her advertising career and the arms of an appropriately exciting man. But when she loses everything, she finds herself accepting a surprise bequest, despite the strings attached. She must move to the bush and research her family history. And she has just one year to write...

Fallen Women

Caro, a disillusioned corporate lawyer, and her daughter, are relocating from Brisbane to Sydney. They arrive at a pleasant seaside town in northern NSW, and Caro realises that being happy is more important than her career. She finds herself a job as a cook, working for Rose, the publican. Rose’s connections within the town include the...

Sweetheart

Gail is boring and prudish her husband says, and well . . . she just doesn’t turn him on. What else is there to do but prove him wrong? Anna loses a baby at nineteen weeks’ gestation, the sixth in a line of pregnancy failures. Surely the Universe is punishing her, and it must be her mother’s fault. Carole agrees to share the stories...

The Portrait of Molly Dean

Inspired by the true story of a sensational murder. In 1930s Melbourne, an artist’s muse is brutally slain. Nearly 70 years later, art dealer Alex Clayton stumbles across a lost portrait of the murdered girl, Molly Dean. She buys the painting and sets out to uncover the details of the unsolved crime with the help of art conservator...

Akademy Ten Breathless

Every day for breakfast, 15-year-old Lena Kelly loves to overshare her most humiliating experiences on YouTube. And now, at Akademy Ten, success is judged by her numbers of likes, shares and follows. Lena worries she will sink without trace as she struggles to navigate the seductive wilds of fame, creativity and the power of the online...

Crescent Bay

Crescent Bay is about a group of women living in a south coast town. Anne first came to Crescent Bay to protest a nuclear reactor but since the tragic and mysterious end to that campaign she has lived a half life on the edge of town, until a chance encounter forces her back into the world. Efficient Joyce is grieving the death of her...

Vuvale

Joe left his village as a teenager for Sydney, supporting his extended Fijian family at home as soon as he was able. His Australian wife, Anna, is about to have their first baby. They have a tiny house, which they share with two of his young nephews. When, Anna, goes into pre-term labour and one of the nephews is accused of a violent...

The Lonely City

Australia has been emptied of people by a devastating fever. Slowly the cities are being eaten by the bush. Dario, a youth from a surviving community to Sydney’s north, tracks the fugitive Max into the empty city. Amidst these collapsing ruins he finds a desperate family whose daughter, Abigail, has disappeared, they believe kidnapped...

The Antidote

When eighteen-year-old Mia survives a mass shooting at her high school she is left traumatised and confused. The shooter is her best friend. She attends college where she is the only witness to the murder of a man, who unknown to her, is working for a secret organisation to produce a genetically modified virus. As he dies he transfers...

Seven Blessings

Daniel introduces Sara to the enigmatic Rabbi Lev and she is transformed. When Rabbi Lev establishes an ultra-orthodox Chassidic Jewish community in the Blue Mountains, Sara and Daniel are the first to join. What drives them to abandon their modern Sydney lives to obey ancient laws and traditions? Five years on, as the community...

Unresolved Targets

Detective John Marchant is initially left cold by the slaying of an addiction counsellor. The killer has been found dead at the scene, having careened himself out of the seventh-storey window of the clinic, and the NSW police are prepared to chalk their deaths up to another ghastly reminder of the lethal repercussions of meth...

The House on the Painting

Clara Winters isn’t coping well with her life but presents as if she is; just like one of the exquisite hats she makes in her Fitzroy studio. She discovers her mother left a clue in a valuable painting at the Winters’ homestead on the outskirts of Ballarat. The clue leads to secrets in her mother’s past. Secrets that have held her...

The Very Important Person

Nina thought she had her life sorted—husband, kids, nice house. But now it’s all falling apart. When she agrees to be consoled at her friend Virginia’s super-fancy wellness retreat, Nina expects a week of sleep, noisy tears and gal pal bonding. She doesn’t expect that one of her favourite guests will disappear and that she’ll be drawn...

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A memoir about pop culture, pop music, feminism and feelings. ‘Brodie is whip smart; merging pop-culture references with vulnerable, personal experiences to create a collection that reads like a hilarious catch-up call with an old friend.’ - Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson Published by Hachette Australia.