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Tanya Plibersek: On Her Own Terms by Margaret Simons

Tanya Plibersek: On Her Own Terms by Margaret Simons

Tanya Plibersek’s parents arrived in Australia from Slovenia as part of the post-war immigration scheme. The ...
Some People Want to Shoot Me by Wayne Bergmann & Madelaine Dickie 

Some People Want to Shoot Me by Wayne Bergmann & Madelaine Dickie 

Wayne Bergmann is a proud Nyikina man from the Kimberley region of WA. The title of this memoir came from the ...
Whenever You’re Ready by Trish Bolton

Whenever You’re Ready by Trish Bolton

A tight knit group of friends are shocked when a dear friend dies unexpectedly. They need to deal with their grief ...
Sanctuary by Garry Disher

Sanctuary by Garry Disher

In Sanctuary, Australian crime writing legend Garry Disher, introduces us to his newest protagonist, another ...
The Rewilding by Donna M Cameron

The Rewilding by Donna M Cameron

Jagger Eckerman is the work-shy son of a ruthless businessman. Jagger turns whistleblower when he realises the ...
Jaded by Ela Lee

Jaded by Ela Lee

This is the story of a woman of colour trying to find her way in a white, patriarchal profession and city. Jade is ...
What I Would Do to You by Georgia Harper

What I Would Do to You by Georgia Harper

Australia in 2034 has evolved into a radical enviro-state. Beef production is limited; polluting industries closed ...
Long Island by Colm Tóibín

Long Island by Colm Tóibín

Tóibín has reprised the characters from his 2009 novel, Brooklyn, finding them again after 20 years.Again, most of ...
Everybody Knows by Jordan Harper

Everybody Knows by Jordan Harper

It’s appropriate that Hollywood screenwriter Jordan Harper (The Mentalist, Gotham) begins his exquisite noir ...
The Cryptic Clue by Amanda Hampson

The Cryptic Clue by Amanda Hampson

The tea ladies are back but the winds of change are blowing. It’s 1966, the year of the introduction of decimal ...
The Last Word by Elly Griffiths

The Last Word by Elly Griffiths

While Elly Griffiths has been delighting readers since 2009 with bestselling mysteries starring forensic ...
Bone Lands by Pip Fioretti

Bone Lands by Pip Fioretti

Most of the recent titles in the outback noir genre has seen crimes set mostly in the modern era, with the crime ...
Argylle by Elly Conway

Argylle by Elly Conway

There’s nothing quite like a good spy thriller, and Argylle is a page-turner. With a hero, Aubrey Argylle, as ...
The Miniature Library of Queens Mary’s Dolls’ House

The Miniature Library of Queens Mary’s Dolls’ House

Queen Mary, (wife of King George V), was a lover of great art and miniature objects. She was an active and ...
The Fellowship of Puzzlemakers by Samuel Burr

The Fellowship of Puzzlemakers by Samuel Burr

 Samuel Burr is a TV Producer who has worked on a number of popular shows including the BAFTA-nominated Secret ...
The Extinction of Irena Rey by Jennifer Croft 

The Extinction of Irena Rey by Jennifer Croft 

The Extinction of Irena Rey is the story of eight translators of a Nobel Prize contender, narrated by one of them, ...
The Coast Road by Alan Murrin

The Coast Road by Alan Murrin

Divorce is such a commonplace in today’s society it’s hard to believe it only became legal in Ireland in 1996. In ...
The Lucky Ones by Melinda Ham

The Lucky Ones by Melinda Ham

Canadian-born journalist Ham is herself a newcomer to Australia in a move made by choice. The plight of refugees ...
Cool Water by Myfanwy Jones

Cool Water by Myfanwy Jones

Frank Herbert and his wife have come from the North Queensland city of Cairns to Tinaroo Dam, on the Atherton ...
Wired for Music by Adriana Barton

Wired for Music by Adriana Barton

About halfway through Wired for Music, classically trained cellist and sleep-deprived new mother, Adriana Barton, ...
Faking It by Toby Walsh

Faking It by Toby Walsh

Is life an illusion? Walsh, one of the world’s leading researchers in artificial intelligence (AI), believes that ...

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