Shaun Prescott’s second novel is a gothic tale of skin-crawling, psychological dysfunction.
Siang Lu’s debut novel suggests whitewashing Asians for the screen is profitable. ‘People pay to see foreignness repackaged as stereotypes – and thus rendered virtually invisible.’
Les Murray’s habit of rearranging and recontexualising his poetry was a reflection of his distinctive way of perceiving the world.
In his third book, An Ordinary Ecstasy, Luke Carman conducts an immersive conversation with literature and life.
Miles Franklin Award winning novelist Amanda Lohrey explores the political and the personal in a way that makes her unique among contemporary Australian writers.
A blend of fact and fiction, Nimblefoot imagines the life of a long forgotten Australian sporting hero.
Hard Joy is an intimate and often idiosyncratic work that speaks of the importance of honest relationships and a rich life of the mind.
David Ireland’s masterful mosaic novels explored sweeping existential issues and their impact on the lives of those oblivious to them. They were characterised by his vision, compassion and wit.
Bodies of Light is brutally precise in its portrayal of the enduring consequences of a traumatic childhood.
The five shortlisted novels share various threads concern – childhood stories, themes of migration and male violence – but are infused with a sense of play and measured optimism.
Shades of classic literature are discernible in The Diplomat, a novel that delves into the disreputable worlds of art and drug addiction.
Two new books examine the life and legacy of an inspiring poet whose work resisted patriarchal constraints.
Noongar author Claire Coleman’s new novel forces us to question what we value and how we live by combining dystopia and utopia, in a near-future very like our own.
From mythical Moth people, who kidnapped children, to threatening desert fairies in loincloths, early Australian fairy tales helped sanitise white settlement, expressing colonial fears.
Questions of belonging inform a new collection of lyrical, meditative essays that interrogate the distinction between nature and culture.
Frank Moorhouse devoted himself to advancing the interests of authors, but his greatest legacy is his own writing.
The freedoms of fiction do not absolve the author of the need to reference when lifting passages of work from others.
A timely biography of an important Australian novelist delves into the complexities of her personal and political life.
A new historical novel, redolent of the masterful writing of Henry James and Charlotte Brontë, explores the themes of loss, alienation and displacement.
What might our future look like? Together, these speculative fiction stories offer a First Nations response to this burning question.