How To Dress A Dummy

How to Dress a Dummy casts an unwavering eye at the myriad ways in which women are taught that they’re not enough. Smart, frank and very, very funny... ‘Cassie Lane is a bold new voice. This darkly comic take on life in the fashion industry will leave you howling with both laughter and tears.’ - Clementine Ford. Published by Affirm Press.

Dangerous To Know

Natalie King is back: back from a stay on the psych ward. Her reluctance to live a quiet life has contributed to a severe depressive episode, and now it’s time for a retreat to the country...But Natalie and trouble have a strange mutual fascination. Natalie finds herself drawn deep into a mystery. And even deeper into danger. Published...

Wilder Country

'Everything changed the day she appeared on the beach, scared, injured and pregnant, an escaped Siley on the run from Ramage and the Wilders.' Finn, Kas and Willow have survived the winter of storms. Severe winds and cold have kept the Wilders at bay. Now that spring has come, everything has changed. They’re being hunted again, and...

The Undercurrent

Eighteen-year-old Julianne De Marchi is different. As in: she has an electrical undercurrent beneath her skin that stings and surges like a live wire. She can use it—to spark a fire, maybe even end a life—but she doesn’t understand what it is. And she can barely control it, especially when she’s anxious. Published by Text Publishing.

The Rosie Effect

‘We’ve got something to celebrate,’ Rosie said. I am not fond of surprises, especially if they disrupt plans already in place. I assumed that she had achieved some important milestone with her thesis. Or perhaps she had been offered a place in the psychiatry-training programme. This would be extremely good news, and I estimated the...

The Rosie Project

Don Tillman is getting married. He just doesn’t know who to yet. But he has designed the Wife Project, using a sixteen-page questionnaire to help him find the perfect partner. She will most definitely not be a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also fiery and intelligent and...

The Life To Come

The dazzling new novel from Michelle de Kretser, author of Questions of Travel, bestseller and winner of the Miles Franklin Award. 'I so much admire Michelle de Kretser's formidable technique ... she can create a sweeping narrative which encompasses years, and yet still retain the sharp, almost hallucinatory detail.' - Hilary...

Two Steps Forward

Zoe and Martin have ended up in picturesque Cluny, in central France. Struggling to come to terms with their recent past and looking to make a new start, they both set out alone to walk two thousand kilometres from Cluny to Santiago, in the footsteps of pilgrims who have walked the Camino for centuries. Can these two very different...

The Last Hours

For most, the Black Death is the end. For a brave few, it heralds a new beginning. Compelling and suspenseful, The Last Hours is a riveting tale of human ingenuity and endurance against the worst pandemic known to history.

The Dark Lake

'But sometimes, late at night, I let myself think about what happened. Really think. I remember the throbbing heat. I remember the madness in my head and the fear that pulsed in my chest. And I remember Rosalind, of course. Always Rosalind.' A hot summer. A shocking murder. A town of secrets, waiting to explode. A brooding, suspenseful...

Daughter Of Mine

When your world falls apart the only person you can depend on is your sister. The three Chirnwell sisters are descended from the privileged squattocracy in Victoria’s Western District — but could a long-held secret threaten their family? This is a thought provoking novel about family expectations, secrets and lies. Published by...

A Girl From Oz

From Andy Warhol to Al Pacino, Cher and Calvin Klein to Prince Charles and Dudley Moore, writer / film director Lyndall Hobbs has a story for each and every one ... and then some. In her memoir, A Girl From Oz, Lyndall bares all and lets us into her BIG life. This is a rollercoaster ride of a memoir, full of life, honesty, charm and...

The Secret She Keeps

Everyone has an idea of what their perfect life is. For Agatha, it's Meghan Shaughnessy's. These two women from vastly different backgrounds have one thing in common - a dangerous secret that could destroy everything they hold dear. Published by Hachette Australia.

Wimmera

Winner of the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger award. 'Very little fiction is as emotionally true as this. Wimmera is a dark and disturbing story from a substantial new talent.' - Saturday Paper

See What I Have Done

A unique look inside the mind of Lizzie Borden, famously accused of murdering her father and stepmother in 1892. Based on a true story, this atmospheric novel is edge-of-your seat gripping and Sarah Schmidt’s writing is stunning.

No Way! Okay, Fine.

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.

Terra Nullius

'There was no space in his life for something as abstract – as useless – as joy. Only a sense of urgency remained. Jacky was running.' In the near future Australia is about to experience colonisation once more. What have we learned from our past? A daring debut novel from the winner of the 2016 black&write! writing fellowship.

Take Three Girls

ADY - not the confident A-Lister she appears to be. KATE - brainy boarder taking risks to pursue the music she loves. CLEM - disenchanted swim-star losing her heart to the wrong boy. All are targeted by PSST, a toxic website that deals in gossip and lies. St Hilda's antidote to the cyber-bullying? The Year 10 Wellness program. Nice...

1787

In this refreshing new take on Australian history, 1787 turns the fulcrum point of white settlement on it’s head. Historian Nick Brodie tells the fascinating story of how Australia and the world interacted from the late Middle Ages, at the dawn of the sixteenth century, through to the time of colonial settlement in 1788. Published by...

Three Wishes

Three sisters, one birthday, one little problem. "fresh, very, very funny ... also intelligent and unsentimental about family dynamics" - Marian Keyes Published by Pan Macmillan Australia.

The Last Anniversary

"I'll tell you something, something important. Love is a decision. Not a feeling. That's what you young people don't realise. That's why you're always off divorcing each other. No offence, dear." Funny, warm and human this irresistible novel is one you will want to curl up with all weekend - classic Moriarty. Start with the beginning...

What Alice Forgot

When Alice Love surfaces from a beautiful dream to find she's been injured in a gym, she knows that something is very wrong - she hates exercise. Alice's first concern is her baby, she's pregnant with her first child, and she's desperate to see her husband, Nick, who she knows will be worried about her. Soon to be a major motion...

Truly Madly Guilty

What's meant to be a relaxed backyard barbeque splits apart a group of friends who can't change what they did and didn't do that sunny afternoon. "One of the few writers I'll drop anything for. Her books are wise, honest, beautifully observed" Jojo Moyes This extract is from the book published by Pan Macmillan Australia.

The Hypnotist's Love Story

Life is complicated, relationships aren't black and white. People are never simply good or bad... Sample this addictive novel from the no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies. "A sharp and funny romantic tale." - O Magazine. Published by Pan Macmillan Australia.

The Husband's Secret

How well do you know your husband? Cecilia Fitzpatrick, devoted mother, successful Tupperware business owner and efficient P&C President, has found a letter from her husband. "For my wife, Cecilia Fitzpatrick, to be opened only in the event of my death" Published by Pan Macmillan Australia, this is "A staggeringly brilliant novel. It...

Big Little Lies

If you haven't read Liane Moriarty yet stop whatever else you're doing and get reading - to start you off, here's a sample of the irresistible Big Little Lies. Yes the HBO series was indeed great, but as you'll see, you can't beat the original...Published by Pan Australia.

Lovelands

Nothing is more important to us than love, yet nothing is more painful than love gone wrong. 'Lovelands' is psychologist Dr Debra Campbell’s map for traversing the sometimes treacherous terrain of love and cultivating the wisdom and self-awareness for a passionate life and relationship. Published by Hardie Grant Books.

The Revolution of the Moon

From one of Italy's greatest living writers comes remarkable account of an exceptional woman who rises to power in 17th century Sicily and brings about sweeping changes that threaten the iron-fisted patriarchy, before being cast out in a coup after only 27 days. This extract is the first two chapters which you won't be able to stop...

Every Last Lie

“The bad man, Daddy. The bad man is after us.” New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl and Pretty Baby, Mary Kubica is back with another exhilarating thriller as a widow’s pursuit of the truth leads her to the darkest corners of the psyche.

GLASS SOULS

A gripping example of the best Italian noir, drawing on Italian history. The novel is part of the Commissario Ricciardi crime series, and is a meditation on revenge and justice, filled with love, longing and loss. “This is a wonderful series, and I highly recommend it to mystery lovers, as well as historical noir.”— The Pulp...

The Paris Wedding

When is it right to follow your heart? Ten years ago, Rachael West chose not to move to Sydney with high-school sweetheart Matthew. Instead she stayed on the family wheat farm, caring for her seriously ill mother and letting go of her dreams. Now, Matthew is marrying someone else. And Rachael is invited to the wedding, a lavish affair...

Parisian Dreams

A prequel novella to 'Beneath The Parisian Skies'. While Lily falls in love with the City of Light and her professional life catapults her into fame, her personal life suffers as the relationship with her fiancé deteriorates. Then an accident changes her life forever. Published by Mira.

TIES

Discover the beginning of Italian writer Domenico Starnone's powerful book, that won The Bridge Prize for Best Novel. You'll start with the introductory essay from the translator and Pulitzer Prize-winner Jhumpa Lahiri. We love her description of it as many things: 'a clever whodunit, a comedy of errors, a domestic drama and a...

The Long Goodbye

"On 13th October my father killed my mother". And so begins this extraordinarily moving and powerful memoir of an Australian family. Spanning three generations of a rural Queensland farming family, 'The Long Goodbye' is an unforgettable story of love and loss. Shortlisted for Australia's National Biography Award. This is an extract...

Good Muslim Boy

'Good Muslim Boy' published by Hardie Grant Books, tells the story of Osamah Sami’s journey from Iran during the Iraq war to the suburbs of Australia and his quest to fit into his new life whilst trying to stay a good Muslim boy. In turns comic and tragic, Osamah’s story explores the universal truths of growing up, falling in love,...

A Handbook For My Lover

Guised as an instructive manual, 'A Handbook For My Lover' chronicles six years in the life of an unconventional affair between a young writer and her lover, a photographer 30 years her senior. This beautifully written book documents the young woman’s demands and desires, her fantasies and eccentricities as she negotiates the minefield...

The President's Desk: An Alt-History of the United States

In this highly entertaining romp through American history, Shaun Micallef takes us inside the Oval Office to observe each President at work at the desk. Capturing their widely varying personalities and traits we see the evolution of the most powerful country in the world from the men who have sat at the desk. Published by Hardie Grant...

To Become a Whale

The story of a young boy who has recently lost his mother, trying to make sense of the world of men and then embarking on a breathtaking adventure of his own - a stunning literary debut in the tradition of Favel Parrett's Past the Shallows and Tim Winton's An Open Swimmer. This is an extract from the book, published by Allen & Unwin.

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The Odd Women

The Odd Women is an 1893 novel by the English novelist George Gissing. Its themes are the role of women in society, marriage, morals and the early feminist movement.

The Strongest Man in the World

This heart warming poem is about the complexity of defining strength and how the term means something different to everyone. In this poem, Bilal shares his love and appreciation for his father and how he is indeed "the strongest man in the world". This piece and many more are included in the 2017 Bankstown Poetry Slam Anthology,...

Dear Writer ... Revisited

People who are beginning to write fiction, particularly people living in remote places, often send their manuscripts to an assessor, and the letters in the original edition of Dear Writer were inspired by correspondence I had with writers when I was reading their manuscripts. I used to sign my letters with the name of a character from...

The Waterfowl Are Drunk!

Kate Liston-Mills' The Waterfowl Are Drunk! is a series of short stories set in the author's hometown, Pambula, on New South Wales' far south coast. A fox stalks a nest of hatching swans, loving parents deal with their child's Down syndrome diagnosis, a close-knit community mourns a death, a teenager is forced to give up an afternoon...

We're all travellers here

‘We’re All Travellers Here’ won the Carmel Bird Award. Award judge Michael McGirr said my prize-winning tale: is ‘the story of an older mother and her adult son on tour. The son is buried alive in his own sophistication and self-concern. The mother eclipses him with her open appetite for life. Both portraits are realised with subtlety...

Hard Knots

Short story. Jules is pregnant and constipated. And freezing. Her husband is indifferent to her constipation, Google doesn’t seem to be able to help her, and something about her childhood is making her uneasy. It must be performance anxiety – but of what exactly?

Good Muslim Boy

'Good Muslim Boy' published by Hardie Grant Books, tells the story of Osamah Sami’s journey from Iran during the Iraq war to the suburbs of Australia and his quest to fit into his new life whilst trying to stay a good Muslim boy. In turns comic and tragic, Osamah’s story explores the universal truths of growing up, falling in love,...

The Descent

When a diplomatic intercept is found to contain an item that could have disastrous effects on the Interplanetary Olympic Games, Denton Staxx has to take extreme measures to prevent the worst from happening.

Smile for the Coup D'état

Broke, drunk, and caught up in the mayhem of a military coup d'état in Thailand, Peter and his dangerously charismatic friend, Joseph, double down on their pursuit of destructive obsessions. But the crimes that they have committed together are becoming increasingly hard to hide under the tumultuous new political order. Pressured...