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The finest in Australian fiction, these five impressive tomes will make a welcome addition to any bookworms reading pile.

In recent years, the wealth of literary talent emerging from Australian shores has been steadily on the rise. And as many of us know, it’s never been more important to support and nurture our home-grown talent. And for readers who want to not only expand their Australian authored repertoire but to also foster and nurture writers across the country, take your pick from this fabulous list!

  • Kokomo - Victoria Hannan

    A heartbreaking and humourous coming of age tale, this smart debut from Melbourne-based writer Victoria Hannan is as impressive as it is poignant. A wonderful melody of secrets, intimacy, sex and love, it will resonate with a new generation of readers.

  • The Great Escape from Woodlands Nursing Home - Joanna Nell

    An enjoyable and uplifting romp that follows 89-year-old retired nature writer Hattie Bloom as she finds her feet in a nursing home, Joanne Nell’s third book is an enchanting and charming read. Utterly delightful and often hilarious, it’s the ultimate summer read.

  • The Silk House - Kayte Nunn

    A contemporary take on gothic fiction, Kayte Nunn’s The Silk House is evocative, haunting and wonderfully atmospheric. A spellbinding tale that weaves a glorious tapestry through different eras and features a rich sense of setting throughout, it’s an exquisitely told ghost story that will stay with readers long after its end.

  • Song of the Crocodile - Nardi Simpson

    Yuwaalaraay songwriter, storyteller and performer Nardi Simpson has proven her prowess as an impressive wordsmith with a mastery of both the spoken and written language in her debut novel, Song of the Crocodile. A multi-generational epic, Simpson’s rich prose is cleverly intertwined with its Yuwaalaraay country setting, which together create a blistering and unforgettable debut.

  • There Was Still Love - Favel Parrett

    Lauded by both readers and literary critics alike, Favel Parrett’s tender tale about memory, family and love has won the hearts of people in Australia and beyond. Set between Prague and Melbourne, it’s a poignant and life-affirming tale about a family that spans generations and the bonds that keep them together.

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