Suggestions

Need some help deciding what you or your book club should read next? Here are some of our suggestions but don't forget we love to help with recommendations in store as well!

If you can't find what you are after, please contact us via our enquiries page.

The Living Sea of Waking Dreams
Cover Image, Waking Dreams

Richard Flanagan
Penguin
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781760899943
Hardback 2020
Price $32.99 $25.00
Order online | View cart

*Special sale price - limited time only *

In a world of perennial fire and growing extinctions, Anna's aged mother is dying - if her three children would just allow it. Condemned by their pity to living she increasingly escapes through her hospital window into visions of horror and delight. When Anna's finger vanishes and a few months later her knee disappears, Anna too feels the pull of the window. All she can do is keep her mother alive. But the window keeps opening wider, taking Anna and the reader ever deeper into a strangely beautiful story about hope and love and orange-bellied parrots.


Honeybee
Cover Image, Honeybee

Craig Silvey
Allen & Unwin
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781760877224
Trade paperback 2020
Price $32.99
Order online | View cart

Late in the night, fourteen-year-old Sam Watson steps onto a quiet overpass, climbs over the rail and looks down at the road far below. At the other end of the same bridge, an old man, Vic, smokes his last cigarette. The two see each other across the void. A fateful connection is made, and an unlikely friendship blooms.


All Our Shimmering Skies
Cover Image, Shimmering Skies

Trent Dalton
Harper Collins
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781460753903
Trade paperback 2020
Price $32.99
Order online | View cart

Darwin, 1942, and as Japanese bombs rain down, motherless Molly Hook, the gravedigger's daughter, is looking to the skies and running for her life. Inside a duffel bag she carries a stone heart, alongside a map to lead her to Longcoat Bob, the deep-country sorcerer who she believes put a curse on her family. By her side are the most unlikely travelling companions: Greta, a razor-tongued actress, and Yukio, a fallen Japanese fighter pilot. The treasure lies before them, but close behind them trails the dark. 


Vesper Flights
Cover Image, English Pastoral

Helen Macdonald
Jonathan Cape
Genre: Nature
ISBN 9780224097017
Hardback 2020
Price $35.00
Order online | View cart

From the bestselling author of H is for Hawk comes Vesper Flights, a transcendent collection of essays about the human relationship to the natural world. There are essays here on headaches, on catching swans, on hunting mushrooms, on twentieth-century spies, on numinous experiences and high-rise buildings; on nests and wild pigs and the tribulations of farming ostriches. Moving and frank, personal and political, it confirms Helen Macdonald as one of this century's greatest nature writers.


A Room Made of LeavesCover Image, Shoestring

Kate Grenville
Text Publishing
ISBN 9781922330024
Hardback 2020
Price $AU 39.99
Order online | View cart

What if Elizabeth Macarthur - wife of the notorious John Macarthur, wool baron in the earliest days of Sydney - had written a shockingly frank secret memoir? And what if novelist Kate Grenville had miraculously found and published it? That's the starting point for A Room Made of Leaves, a playful dance of possibilities between the real and the invented.


The LabyrinthCover Image, Carpathia

Amanda Lohrey
Text Publishing
ISBN 9781922330109
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $29.99
Order online | View cart

Erica Marsden's son, an artist, has been imprisoned for homicidal negligence. In a state of grief, Erica cuts off all ties to family and friends, and retreats to a quiet hamlet on the south-east coast near the prison where he is serving his sentence. The Labyrinth is a hypnotic story of guilt and denial, of the fraught relationship between parents and children, that is also a meditation on how art can both be ruthlessly destructive and restore sanity.


The Octopus and ICover Image, Warhol

Erin Hortle
Allen & Unwin
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781760875640
Trade paperback 2020
Price $AU 29.99
Order online | View cart

Lucy and Jem live on the Tasman Peninsula near Eaglehawk Neck, where Lucy is recovering from major surgery. As she tries to navigate her new body through the world, she develops a deep fascination with the local octopuses, and in doing so finds herself drawn towards the friendship of an old woman and her son. As the story unfolds, the octopuses come to shape Lucy's body and her sense of self in ways even she can't quite understand.


The Yield

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Tara June Winch
Hamish Hamilton
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780143785750
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
Order online | View cart

Profoundly moving and exquisitely written, Tara June Winch's The Yield is the story of a people and a culture dispossessed. But it is as much a celebration of what was and what endures, and a powerful reclaiming of Indigenous language, storytelling and identity.

Winner of the Miles Franklin 2020.


The BluffsCover Image, Shoestring

Kyle Perry
Penguin
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781760895679
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $AU 32.99
Order online | View cart

When a school group of teenage girls goes missing in the remote wilderness of Tasmania's Great Western Tiers, the people of Limestone Creek are immediately on alert. Three decades ago, five young girls disappeared in the area of those dangerous bluffs, and the legend of 'the Hungry Man' still haunts locals to this day.


The Rain Heron

Cover Image, Rain Heron

Robbie Arnott
Text Publishing
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781922268778
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $AU 29.99
Order online | View cart

Ren lives alone on the remote frontier of a country devastated by a coup. High on the forested slopes, she survives by hunting and trading-and forgetting. But when a young soldier comes to the mountains in search of a local myth, Ren is inexorably drawn into her impossible mission. As their lives entwine, unravel and erupt-as myths merge with reality-both Ren and the soldier are forced to confront what they regret, what they love, and what they fear.


Phosphorescence
Cover Image, Warhol

Julia Baird
Fourth Estate
Genre: Biography
ISBN 9781460757154
Hardback 2020
Price $AU 32.99
Order online | View cart

Julia Baird, Walkley award-winning author and ABC host of The Drum, returns with a book to help us look upwards and guide us towards caring for others in times of uncertainty. Phosphorescence is already an acclaimed bestseller, and Julia's biography of Queen Victoria was published in several countries to critical acclaim and was one of The New York Times' top ten books of 2016.


Calypso
Cover Image, Calypso

David Sedaris
Abacus
Genre: Biography
ISBN 9780349141893
Paperback 2020
Price $AU 22.99
Order online | View cart

When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. Life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself. With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Sedaris's writing has never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter is unparalleled.


Bruny

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Heather Rose
Allen & Unwin
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781760875169
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
Order online | View cart

A right-wing US president has withdrawn America from the Middle East and the UN. Daesh has a thoroughfare to the sea and China is Australia's newest ally. When a bomb goes off in remote Tasmania, Astrid Coleman agrees to return home to help her brother before an upcoming election. Only on Bruny does the world seem sane. Until Astrid discovers how far the government is willing to go.

ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year 2020.


FortuneCover Image, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Lenny Bartulin
Allen & Unwin
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781760529307
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
Order online | View cart

In 1806 Napoleon Bonaparte conquered Prussia. Beginning on the very day he leads his triumphant Grande Armee into Berlin, Fortune traces the fate of a handful of souls whose lives briefly touch on that momentous day and then diverge across the glove. Spanning more than a century, the novel moves from the Napoleonic Wars to South America, and from the early penal settlement of Van Diemen's Land to the cannons of the First World War, mapping the reverberations of history on ordinary people. Some lives are willed into action and others are merely endured, but all are subject to the unpredictable whims of chance.


Go to top of page.