Books

Thumbnail image for Some Tests

Some Tests

It begins with the normally healthy Beth – aged-care worker, wife of David, mother of Lettie and Gem – feeling vaguely off-colour. A locum sends her to Dr Yi for some tests. ‘There are a few things here that aren’t quite right,’ says Dr Yi, ‘and sometimes it is these little wrongness’s that can lead […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Tinkering – The Complete Book of John Clarke

Tinkering – The Complete Book of John Clarke

This book tells the story of John Clarke’s writing life, including the fan letter he sent to All Black Terry Lineen when he was ten, a golf instruction manual unlike any other, Anna Karenina in forty-three words, and the moving essays he wrote after the deaths of his parents. Tinkering is full of surprises, and […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for The Book of Dirt

The Book of Dirt

They chose not to speak and now they are gone…What’s left to fill the silence is no longer theirs. This is my story, woven from the threads of rumour and legend. Jakub Rand flees his village for Prague, only to find himself trapped by the Nazi occupation. Deported to the Theresienstadt concentration camp, he is […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for A Week in the Life of Cassandra Aberline

A Week in the Life of Cassandra Aberline

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.

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for The Stolen Bicycle

The Stolen Bicycle

A writer embarks on an epic quest in search of his missing father’s stolen bicycle and soon finds himself caught up in the strangely intertwined stories of Lin Wang, the oldest elephant who ever lived, the soldiers who fought in the jungles of South-East Asia during the Second World War and the secret worlds of […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Bird Country

Bird Country

A boat trip in a squall to scatter the ashes of an old man, who was not loved. A young father, driving his daughters home across grass plains, unable to tell them that their mother has died. A speech that doesn’t include the aching pain of trying to save a cousin’s life.

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Night Swimming

Night Swimming

Imagine being the only two seventeen-year-olds in a small town. That’s life for Kirby Arrow – named after the most dissenting judge in Australia’s history – and her best friend Clancy Lee, would-be musical star. Clancy wants nothing more than to leave town and head for the big smoke, but Kirby is worried: her family […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Anaesthesia

Anaesthesia

Until a hundred and seventy years ago many people chose death over the ordeal of surgery. Now hundreds of thousands undergo operations every day. Anaesthesia has made it possible. But how much do we really know about what happens to us on the operating table? Can we hear what’s going on around us? Is pain […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for The Bright Hour

The Bright Hour

Nina Riggs was just thirty-eight when she was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Basket of Deplorables

Basket of Deplorables

Almost true stories for a post-truth world. A Manhattan party on election night. Liberal media types gather with big grins and high-end canapés to watch the Trump-Clinton results come in, expecting a smooth victory for Hillary.

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for The Last Days of Ava Langdon

The Last Days of Ava Langdon

It has been twenty years since Ava Langdon published her much-lauded novel The Apple Pickers. Now, she leads a reclusive life in the Blue Mountains, with two rats and her typewriter as her companions.

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Scatter, Adapt, and Remember

Scatter, Adapt, and Remember

Climate change. Pandemics. Catastrophic Volcanoes. Should we just give up and accept our doom? Absolutely not. Homo Sapiens will survive the next mass extinction.

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Marsh and Me

Marsh and Me

There’s a hill out the back of Joey’s house. Hardly anyone goes there—it’s not a beautiful place, just a covered-over old rubbish tip. But Joey likes it up there. It’s his hill—somewhere he likes to go to wonder about life. He longs to be the best at something, to be a famous astronaut, or mountain […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Rain Birds

Rain Birds

Alan and Pina have lived contentedly in isolated – and insular – Boney Point for thirty years. Now they are dealing with Alan’s devastating early-onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis. As he is cast adrift in the depths of his own mind, Pina is left to face the consequences alone, until the arrival of a flock of black […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Snooze – The Lost Art of Sleep

Snooze – The Lost Art of Sleep

Michael always had trouble sleeping, but the arrival of twins made him realise he’d never known true exhaustion. While he celebrated these small children who brought him so much joy, he also found himself desperately searching for a few extra winks a night. In Snooze, McGirr delves into the mysterious world of sleep: its many benefits, […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Destination Simple

Destination Simple

Simplify your life – from the inside out. Brooke McAlary knows first-hand the power of simplifying and living with less. After being diagnosed with postnatal depression, she embraced a slower, more intentional life and rediscovered her health, energy and passion.

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for You Must Be Kitch Loughnan – a memoir

You Must Be Kitch Loughnan – a memoir

“I have had a charmed life! I have been electrocuted, thrown by bucking horses, had a snake in my pants, been horned out of the yards by wild cattle, caught in a windmill, bashed, machine-gunned, torpedoed and chased by an elephant.

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Twins

Twins

We didn’t want to be like twins—we wanted to be twins. We wanted to be absolutely identical. But because we hadn’t been born twins, we had to make ourselves the same—and part of that, of course, was having to go through all our most important experiences together.  A classic coming-of-age story about friendship, first love […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Fear

Fear

I had always believed my father capable of a massacre. Whenever I heard on the news that there had been a killing spree, I would hold my breath, unable to relax until it was clear that it couldn’t have been him. That’s paranoid, I know, but it’s inevitable if you grew up the way I […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for The Dinner

The Dinner

Paul Lohman and his wife Claire are going out to dinner with Paul’s brother Serge, a charismatic and ambitious politician, and his wife Babette. Paul knows the evening will not be fun. The restaurant will be overpriced and pretentious, the headwaiter will bore on about the organically certified free-range this and artisan-fed that, and almost […]

Read the full article →