A witty tender comedy of manners that also has a political bite.
Disarmingly funny account of a undiplomatic wife in Poland
The Media and the Massacre is a chilling portrayal of journalism, betrayal, and storytelling surrounding the 1996 Port Arthur massacre. Skin in the Game, Stella Prize long-listed author Sonya Voumard, is an original, incisive and hugely entertaining memoir of her life in journalism
Is Brigitte a loving wife and mother, or a cold-blooded killer?
Nobody knows why she was in the east of the city so early on the morning she was left for dead by a hit-and-run driver. It was the Friday before Christmas 1994 – the same day police discovered the body of a man beaten to death in her apartment
Amid the Australian Army hospitals of World War 1 Egypt, two deeply determined individuals find the resilience of their love tested to its limits.
From the casualty tents the fever wards and the operating theatres of the palace; through the streets of Caio during Ramadan, to the parched desert and the grim realities of war, Pamela Hart beloved bestselling Australian author of THE WAR BRIDE, tells the heart-wrenching store of four years that changed the world forever.
Sophie is the victim, but is she so innocent? A gripping exploration of betrayal and revenge.
For Cass Tuplin, proprietor of the Rusty Bore Takeaway (and definitely not an unlicensed private investigator), its weird enough that her neighbour Vern has somehow acquired a lady friend. But then he asks Cass to look into the case of the dead rats someone’s dumped on Joanne’s doorstep. Cass is back on the case!
On a sweltering day in a cliff-top beach shack, Jack & Lou Bright grow suspicious about the behaviour of their charismatic, unpredictable father, Charlie. A girl they know has disappeared, and as the day unfolds, Jack’s eruptions of panic, Lou’s sultry rebellions and their little sister Phoebe’s attention-seeking push the family towards revelation.
A post-Second World War story of strong female ties and family, secrets and lies, set in the multicultural Australia of the fifties.
The war is over, but her fight for a new life in Australia is about to begin…
Your sister needs you. But her child needs you more… Before I Let You Go is a moving page-turner with a heart-pounding dilemma: Your sister or her baby. Who do you choose?
Marina and her husband, Jacob were each born on a kibbutz in Israel. They meet years later at a university in California when Jacob is a successful psychiatrist with a young son, Ben, from a disastrous marriage. The family moves to a brownstone in Harlem, formerly a convent inhabited by elderly nuns.
Outside the house one day Marina encounters Constance, a young refugee from Rwanda, and her toddler, Gabriel. Unmoored and devastated, Constance and Gabriel quickly come to depend on Marina; and her bond with the little bot intensifies. The pure, blinding love that it is possible to feel for children not our own is the thread that weaves through The Children’s House.
After forty-five years in Sydney, Cassandra Aberline returns to her home town in the Western Australian wheat belt in the same way she left: on the Indian Pacific train.
As they cross the emptiness of the vast Australian inland, Cassie travels back through her memories, too, frightened that she’s about to lose them forever—and with them, her last chance to answer the question that has haunted her almost all her life.
WARNING: This episode deals with dark and disturbing issues. Please use discretion. It is not suitable for children.
Drugs, death and destroyed lives … the inside story of the internet’s evil twin
Hitmen for hire, drugs for sale. Inside the dangerous world that lurks beneath the bright, friendly light of your internet screen.
What happens when one of the country’s most popular identities goes from reading the news to being the news?
Olivia Law had always been the good girl. Great grades, perfect career, husband, house and hairdo. She’d learnt image was everything so she refused to look below the surface of her life. When not at work, her minutes were filled with causes, chairing boards and dining at fabulous restaurants with her equally fabulous husband, David. She kept up the Botox, blow-dries and worked hard. It wasn’t enough, but whenever doubt crept in she’d head to a pilates class or plan a renovation on her trophy house.
Then she turned 45…
Willow Willpower has big dreams. Ever since she can remember, she’s dreamt of flying high in the sky. When Willow’s mum takes her daughter to the local museum, Willow gets to know the aviation legend, Amelia Earhart. It soon becomes obvious to her: she wants to become a pilot like Amelia and travel around the world.
Until now Kate Dowd has led a sheltered life on Amiens, her family’s sprawling sheep station in northern New South Wales. The horrors of war have for the most part left her untouched. But with her father succumbing to wounds he’s borne since the Great War, the management of the farm is increasingly falling on Kate’s shoulders
A spine-chilling mystery and contemporary love story, Beneath the Mother Tree plays out in a unique and wild Australian setting, interweaving Indigenous history and Irish mythology.
Kery Tucker seemed to be a typical suburban mother of two, but she had a terrible secret: she had been stealing money from her employers.
When her offence was discovered it was reported to be the biggest white-collar crime committed by a female in Victoria, and she was sentenced to seven years in a maximum-security prison, alongside the state’s most notorious criminals. Being incarcerated with drug dealers and murderers, however, was not nearly as daunting as having to tell her two young daughters why she was leaving them. The shame was almost unbearable.
MADELEINE ST JOHN was born in Sydney in 1941. Her father, Edward, was a barrister and Liberal politician. Her mother, Sylvette, committed suicide in 1954,
An almost deserted town in the middle of nowhere, Nebulah’s days of mining and farming prosperity – if they ever truly existed – are long gone. These days even the name on the road sign into town has been removed. Yet for Pete, an ex-policeman, Milly, Li and a small band of others, it’s the only place they have ever felt at home.
The incredible story of the Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist and the woman he loved.
Lale Sokolov is well dressed, a charmer, a ladies man. He is also a Jew. On the first transport from Slovakia to Auschwitz in 1942, Late immediately stands out to his fellow prisoners. In the camp, he is looked up to, looked out for and put to work in the privileged position of Tatowierer – the tattooist – to mark his fellow prisoners, forever. One of them is a young woman, Gita, who steals his heart at first glance.
His life is given new purpose, Lale does his best through the struggle and suffering to use his position for good.
Claudia is getting married in a week. Well, she’s 85% sure she is getting married in a week. Maybe 75%… First, she must return home
1948 The world is struggling to regain a sense of balance after the devastation of World War II, and the sugar cane-growing community of Piri River in northern Queensland is no exception. Rosie Stanton finds it difficult to return to the family farm after years working for the Australian Women’s Army Service. Reminders are everywhere of the brothers she lost in the war and she is unable to understand her father’s contempt for Italians, especially the Conti family next door. When her father takes ill, Rosie challenges tradition by managing the farm, but outside influences are determined to see her fail. When a long-hidden family secret is discovered and Tomas’s mysterious past is revealed, everything Rosie believes is shattered. Will she risk all to rebuild her family or will she lose the only man she’s ever loved?
You wake up alone after an emergency caesarean, desperate to see your child. And when you are shown the small infant in the nursery, a terrible thought takes root: THIS BABY IS NOT YOUR BABY
One moment can change your life. When Gracie Ashcroft wakes after a crash with severe amnesia, she must choose whether to live a life through other people’s memories or to start a new life all her own.
Edith Coleman was the foremost female naturalist of her generation. She would solve a mystery that had even bewildered Darwin. Today, she is almost entirely forgotten, save by a handful of scientists and naturalists. Award winning author Danielle Clode presents the life of one of Australia’s foremost naturalists Edith Coleman and the story of the quest to recover her from the footnotes of history.
1980: the beginning of the polish Crisis. Brough up in a small village, country-girl Ania arrives in the university city of Wroclaw to pursue her
Is the ability to read minds a blessing or a curse?
When Antonius’s father dies, he must work to support his family. He finds employment as a servant in the Palazzo Ducal, home of Conte Valperga. Sixteenth-century Pesaro is a society governed by status, and Antonius has limited opportunities.When a competition is announced, Antonius seizes his chance.
In 1788 a young gentle woman raised in the vicarage of an English village married a handsome, haughty and penniless army officer. In any Jane Austen novel that would be the end of the story, but for the real-life woman who would play an integral part in establishing Australia’s wool industry it was just the beginning. A fascinating, faithful portrait of a remarkable woman and the young, volatile colony she helped to build.
A compelling and gorgeously told tale of female friendship, the price of love, and the power of hardship and courage to shape us all.
How much will a young Parisian seamstress sacrifice to make her mark in the male-dominated world of 1940s New York fashion? Crossing generations, society’s boundaries and international turmoil, THE PARIS SEAMSTRESS is the beguiling, transporting story of the special relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter as they attempt to heal the heartache of the past.
Drama is a hard habit to break, and besides, life is awfully dull when it’s naked and truthful.
Glamorous, charismatic Bliss Henderson has led a flawed, fascinating life; from country Australia to the art world of 1960s London; from lust to love and loss.
Jenna’s just a teenager who wants to fit in.
The popularity that she wanted though, quickly turns into infamy when two “well-meaning” friends spark a controversy that alters her life forever.
What happens when the popular kids are responsible for one of the most painful and humiliating events in your life?
Sometimes imagination is not enough.
Thomas Lash grants secret wishes . . . on-screen, that is.
White wedding gone horribly wrong and need to swap the groom? Never went to university but must have a graduation photo? Need to create a fake family for that job interview? Problem solved with expert Photoshopping and Tom’s peculiar ability to know exactly what you desire.
Psychiatrist Natalie King is the expert witness in a vicious child custody battle, and the stakes are high. Getting it wrong means handing a child over to an abuser—or depriving that child of the only father she knows.
The most enchanting debut novel of 2018, this is an irresistible, deeply moving and romantic story of a young girl, daughter of an abusive father, who has to learn the hard way that she can break the patterns of the past, live on her own terms and find her own strength.
Sparked by the description of a ‘Malay trollope’ in W. Somerset Maugham’s story, ‘The Four Dutchmen’, Mirandi Riwoe’s novella, The Fish Girl tells of an Indonesian girl whose life is changed irrevocably when she moves from a small fishing village to work in the house of a Dutch merchant.
There she finds both hardship and tenderness as her traditional past and colonial present collide.
A mother’s secret, a father’s betrayal, a town on the edge…
When social worker Aimee arrives in the mining town of Kalgoorlie, she is ready for a fresh start. But Aimee has a dark secret and as the past reaches out towards her once more, she realises that somehow her secret is connected to this unfamiliar but hardly beautiful town and its inhabitants.
Based on a true story. A swirl of history, art, intrigue and murder that brings 1930s Melbourne Australia to life. An unsolved murder comes to light after almost seventy years…
It’s been twenty years since Cormac Reilly discovered the body of Hilaria Blake in her crumbling Georgian home. But he’s never forgotten the two children she left behind…
Dustfall is the tale of the crushing consequences of medical error, the suffering caused by asbestos mining and the power of storytelling.
The safest suburbs often hold the deepest secrets. such is the case for Essie, a mother of two. In a moment of maternal despair she once made a terrible mistake, one she will always regret. Essie has since recovered, but she fears what may still lurk inside her.
Sarah and Hannah are on a cruise from San Diego, California to Sydney Australia. Sarah Hannah’s grandmother , is returning to the country of her birth, a place she hasn’t seen since boarding the USS Mariposa in 1945. She, along with countless other war brides, sailed across the Pacific to join the american Servicemen they’d married during World War II.
Is inheritance a privilege or a right? Award winning Australian author Fiona Lowe returns with a gripping family saga, set against the backdrop of Victoria’s
A town reeling in the wake of tragedy.
An arsonist is on the loose in Colmstock, Australia, most recently burning down the town’s courthouse and killing a young boy who was trapped inside.
An aspiring journalist desperate for a story.
The clock is ticking for Rose Blakey. With nothing but rejections from newspapers piling up, her job pulling beers for cops at the local tavern isn’t enough to even cover rent. Rose needs a story—a big one.
Then a bizarre mystery that baffles police…
1932, Ernie and Lily Hass, and their daughter, Girlie, have lost almost everything in the Depression; all they have keeping their small family together are their secrets. Abandoning their failing wheat farm and small-town gossip, they make a new start on the west coast of Australia where they begin to build a summer guesthouse. But forming new alliances with the locals isn’t easy.
From inside her Toorak mansion, Margaret, matriarch, widow of Edmund Rice O’Day of O’Day Funerals, secretly surveys her family in the garden. Everyone, including Margaret herself, is oblivious to the secrets that threaten to be uncovered by a visiting American relative who is determined to excavate the O’Day’s family history. How far will Margaret go in order to bury the truth?
From the creator of ‘Offspring’ and author of Useful, a gripping, wry and tender novel about how holding on too tightly can cost us what we love.
In Sydney in the 1920s, babies were turning up in the harbour, on trains, and in public places. These babies, all murdered, mostly by their mothers, were a devastating symptom of changing morals and a growing metropolis.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Candice Fox delivers a compulsive new crime thriller, which sees Ted Conkaffey once again teaming up with an unlikely partner – this time the father of the girl he was accused of abducting . .
It’s 1969 and a remote Australian coastal town is poised to play its part in the Moon Landing. An influx of expat NASA employees working at the tracking station on the sand dune just out of town shake things up. A pink and grey galah cockatoo emerges from a cage at the back door of the Kelly household and uncovers some tightly-held secrets.
A woman’s bungled act of kindness sparks a chain of events that reverberates through the generations uncovering secrets, lies and the biggest scientific controversy of the nineteenth century, the classification of the platypus.
For Maddy, life is all about routine. It has to be, to keep her autistic sister happy and healthy. With just Maddy and her mother as Bee’s full time carers, there’s no time in Maddy’s life for complications like friends, let alone a boyfriend.
Before she was a Trauma Cleaner, Sandra Pankhurst was many things: husband and father, drag queen, sex reassignment patient, sex worker, small businesswoman, trophy wife…But as a little boy, raised in violence and excluded from the family home, she just wanted to belong. Now she believes her clients deserve no less.
YA novel. Welcome to the world of elite tennis. High stakes, hard work, and even greater sacrifices. 16 year old Harper Hunter has been working towards a grand slam championship all her life. But does she have what it takes to keep chasing her dream?
Set in rural Tasmania from the 1920s to the 1990s, The Sisters’ Song traces the lives of two very different sisters. One for whom giving and loving are her most natural qualities and the other who cannot forgive and forget.
Jack McPhail is a man on the run from his past, a drifter who lands by accident in the sleepy rural town of Banjo Crossing in the fertile region known as The Plains.
Despite himself, Jack becomes slowly drawn into the town, its community, its characters and its concerns. Nevertheless, acceptance of this newcomer is based on a lie, and Jack fears rejection should someone discover the truth.
A beautiful novel about two women – a generation apart – thrown together by circumstance, who slowly come to love and understand one another.
Stella and her mother-in-law Margie are two very different women. Stella is kind, compassionate and just a little chaotic. Margie is prickly, demanding and a stickler for convention. Stella has exciting dreams for the future. Margie has only bitter memories of the past.
They know what’s going to happen to you… after you die.
Scientists in Iceland think they’ve figured out one of our greatest mysteries – where the electrical energy in our brains goes after we die. According to the laws of physics, one form of energy must always become another form. So the electrical energy in our brains and nervous system can’t simply disappear…
Over a decade ago, Australian-born Catherine embarked on the ambitious project to only speak French to her son despite this not being her first language. In the wonderful way that one challenge often inspires another, Catherine and her husband then decided that living in France would bring some authenticity to this social experiment.
The Barrier is a fast-paced literary thriller, set in a world destroyed by a virulent strain of Ebola and religious wars. It is 2040 and the surviving nations have been reorganized into the Western and Eastern Alliance. One side subjugates the other, using a vaccine, a virus and religion as its means of control
The Hope Fault is a celebration of the everyday complexities of family: aunties and steps and exes, and a baby in need of a name; parents and partners who are missing, and the people who replace them.It’s about the faultlines that run under the surface, and it’s about uncertainty — the unsettling notion that the earth might shift, literally or metaphorically, at any moment. It’s a contemporary novel that plays with time and with ways of telling stories. It finds poetry and beauty in science, and pattern and magic in landscape.
Even if you’re not a cook you’ll love Alyce’s Alexandra’s story.
Alyce is the bestselling author of seven thermo cooker cookbooks. She has her own range of thermo cooker accessories, runs her own thermo cooker cooking school and is creator of The TM Shop, selling all things thermo cooker related.
Beth had known there were secrets folded inside Theo. But she didn’t know they were secrets about her. And what do you do when everything you thought you knew about yourself is based on a lie?
A year ago, a devastating bushfire ripped Annie’s world apart – killing her grandmother, traumatising her young daughter and leaving her mother’s home in the mountains half destroyed. Annie fled back to the city, but the mountain continues to haunt her. Now, drawn by a call for help from her uncle, she’s going back to the place she loves most in the world, to try to heal herself, her marriage, her daughter and her mother.
A heart-wrenching, tender and lovely novel about loss, grief and regeneration, Ache is not only a story of how we can be broken, but how we can put ourselves back together.
Terra Nullius is a retelling of Australia’s colonial settlement, but not in any way you’ve read it before. Told from both native and settler perspectives, and weaving past and fantastical elements together
Set during the edgy handover period when Hong Kong was posed to return to China, it is partly a haunting and uneasy love story, partly a subtle explorations of cultural and political tensions.
A brilliant, haunting novel about a child navigating an often dark and uncaring world of male power and violence, in which grown-ups can’t be trusted and comfort can only be found in nature. A compassionate and claustrophobic vision of a child in danger and a society in trouble celebrates above all the indomitable nature of the human spirit.
Old magic and strange memories swirl through The Art of Navigation. Can we trust out memories?
Life was about living, experiencing and emotions. The good and the bad. You had to laugh to cry. You had to love to hurt. You had to jump to fall or fly.
A moving debut novel about love and war, and the terrifyingly thin line between happiness and tragedy, hope and despair.
A gripping, atmospheric novel from the acclaimed author of What Came Before that asks: how much should you do to help a stranger’s child?
There are secrets in every marriage . . . and some are more dangerous than others.
He hated the word ‘retirement’, but not as much as he hated the word ‘village’, as if ageing made you a peasant or a fool. Herein lives the village idiot.
Van Diemen’s Land, 1826.
When Bridget Crack arrives in the colony, she is just grateful to be on dry land. But finding the life of an indentured domestic servant intolerable, she pushes back and is punished for her insubordination-sent from one place to another, each significantly worse than the last. Too late, she realises the place she has ended up is the worst of all: the ‘Interior,’ where the hard cases are sent-a brutally hard life with a cruel master, miles from civilisation.
A moment of distraction, an unlocked car, a missing baby, how on earth could this happen? In a single day, a simple mistake will have
Deaf since early childhood, Caleb Zelic used to meet life head-on. Now he’s struggling just to get through the day. His best mate is dead, his ex-wife, Kat, is avoiding him, and nightmares haunt his waking hours.
But when a young woman is killed after pleading for his help in sign language, Caleb is determined to find out who she was
If you loved THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY, THE LITTLE COFFEE SHOP OF KABUL and THE THORN BIRDS you will devour this story of five different women united by one need: to overcome the vast distances of Australia’s Top End with friendship, tears, laughter, books and love.
Based on the true lives of Eugenia Fallen. Who was she?
Tally-Ho, Nina, Harry Crawford, or Jean Ford or all of them. Listen to Pip Smith talk about her brilliant original and highly provocative debut novel.
How can hope exist when the past is so easily forgotten? Pasha Ivanov is a child of the Freeze, born in Moscow during Brezhnev’s repressive
Crime, Drama and Anaesthesia are the themes of this week’s new books for you
A hot summer. A shocking murder. A town of secrets, waiting to explode. A brooding, suspenseful and explosive debut that will grip you from the first page to the last.
Hello and welcome to episode three of Friday Edition – new releases. Listen here to three short readings and information about the books and their authors.
The dishonest life and dishonoured loves of Thomas Guthrie Carr – Mesmerist
New releases today are: Gwen by Goldie Goldblum published by Fremantle Press (fiction) Pleasant Girls by Lia Weston published by Pan Macmillan Australia (fiction) Not
May Callaghan wasn’t frightened of a challenge. But she’d never expected to face this. A story of forced adoption in Australia set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War.
Introducing Edition the new podcast from The Book Podcast every Friday. Featuring new book releases for July 2017. Featured today: The Paris Wedding, a romance. Writing True Stories, Non fiction. Corpse Light an urban fantasy.
Glenna Thomson is an experienced blueberry orchardist. She has worked alongside backpackers, spent winter months pruning, and long days in the packing shed during harvest.
Petite, glamorous and beguiling, Jessie ‘Chubbie’ Miller was one remarkable woman … flyer, thrill seeker, heartbreaker. No adventure was too wild for her, no danger too extreme. And all over the world, men adored her.
Watching goes both ways… They watch for control, for survival, for pleasure. We watch for survival, for fear, for love. A contemporary thriller of rebellion
A compelling memoir of family secrets, murder, sexual assault and domestic violence is also the gripping story of Renee’s constant struggle to accept the truth and her true identity, and, ultimately, to forge a life on her own terms.
Wry, rich and unsettling, All Fall Down is a starkly Australian gothic novel about a community divided, the secrets we keep, and a chilling belief
‘To the Sea’ is Australian author Christine Dibley’s debut crime novel. Set in Tasmania and Ireland it is lyrical, evocative and deeply engrossing.
Sometimes you have to resolve the past before you can face the future. The moving and heart-warming new novel from Fleur McDonald.s of social media
A gritty and beguiling story of Gypsy life in 1800’s England, a story that will enchant and delight readers.
Fast and funny, Hopscotch charts a year in the lives of the endearingly flawed Rosen family. Contemporary fiction
Sally Hepworth – A Mothers Promise. A novel about the unbreakable bond between mother’s and daughters.
A excerpt from Catherine Berry’s new novel ‘But you are in France, Madam’. One family, three children five bags and a promise of adventure living in the French Alps.
Anne Buist author of the Natalie King crime series talks to me today about the second book in the series ‘Dangerous to know’. Anne Buist
Madeleine Dickie’s talks about her travels, surfing and her debut novel ‘Troppo’
Hilarious book about her life as a new blogger way back before Facebook, Twitter or Snapchat.
Cath Ferla talks about her book ‘Ghost Girls’. Winter in Sydney. The city is brimming with foreign students. Sophie Sandilands takes a job teaching at
The Sound published by Fremantle Press Wiremu Heke of Aramoana joins a sealing boat on a voyage from Tasmania to Western Australia. He is on
ALMOST INVINCIBLE: Suzanne Burdon talks about her book Almost Invincible a biographical novel about Mary Shelley. The book whilst factually based, beautifully imagines the emotions,
THE FRENCH PERFUMER BY AMANDA HAMPSON In the tradition of The Little Paris Bookshop and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, this is
Sarah Armstrong talks about her book Promise. Promise by Sarah Armstrong – Published by Pan Macmillan When a new family moves in next door, it takes