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Fiction Book
A Lonely Girl Is a Dangerous Thing. By Jessie Tu

Author: Jessie Tu
Category: Fiction
Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2020, 293pp
ISBN 978 1 76087 719 4 (pbk)
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“A powerful debut novel, one that explores what it’s like growing up in Australia with an Asian heritage; and how women are perceived when it comes to both professional ambition and sexual desire. It’s an investigation into how friendship works and how love is expressed in different families; and along the way, it dissects something of what it really means to be a child prodigy.”

Fiction Book
Cedar Valley

Author: Holly Throsby.
Category: Fiction
Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 2018. 391pp.
ISBN 978 1 76063 056 0 (pbk). Also Ebook.
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“The second novel from beloved Australian singer-songwriter Holly Throsby, ‘Cedar Valley’ opens and unfolds like a murder mystery, but it is really a love story— or its inverse: ‘Cedar Valley’ is an ‘unloved’ story.”

Fiction Book
Dear Parents. By Gabbie Stroud

Author: Gabbie Stroud
Category: Fiction
Sydney, Allen & Unwin, 2020, 368 pp.
ISBN: 9781760875268 (ebook and audio book available)
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“Dear Parents” is a funny, heartfelt and passionate series of letters written by a teacher to the parents of her students… “You can’t just drop your kid off at the school gates when they’re five years old and expect to turn up thirteen years later and the job’s done.”

Book Book
Goodwood

“Goodwood is Holly Throsby’s first novel. This is an intriguing, captivating story, well written, presenting extraordinary insight into everyday life in a small town.”

Fiction Book
Lovesome

Author: Sally Seltmann
Category: Fiction
Sydney: Allen and Unwin 2018. 256pp.
ISBN 978 1 76063 287 8 (pbk)
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“Award-winning singer-songwriter turned novelist, Sally Seltmann’s writing debut follows the travails of an impressionable young art school graduate in mid-1990s Balmain, Sydney.”

Fiction Book
Maddox

Author: Chris Abrahams
Category: Fiction
Glebe (Australia): Puncher and Wattman, April 2019, 326 pp.
ISBN: 139781925780246
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“Maddox is not a ‘conventional’ novel, nor is its narrator in any way conformist. Are these and other characteristics of the novel influenced by the author’s musical processes?  It is impossible to guess what Maddox will do next as he…

Fiction Book
Melting Moments, by Anna Goldsworthy

Author: Anna Goldsworthy
Category: Fiction
Carlton (Australia): Black Inc., March 2020, 224 pp.
ISBN: 978-1863959988
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“Goldsworthy conveys the atmosphere of the forties, when many couples married without really knowing each other and women were expected to remain ladylike and ‘proper’ at all times.” 

Fiction Book
Sonam and the Silence

Author: Eddie Ayres illustrated by Ronak Taher
Category: Fiction, For children
Crows Nest, NSW: Allen and Unwin, 2018, 32 pp. Hardback.
ISBN: 9781760293666
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“A beautifully told story with complete pages of the book covered in Ronak Taher’s mixed media collages, in stunning colours that reflect the settings and moods of Sonam’s story.”

Fiction Book
The Lost Love Song. By Minnie Darke

Author: Minnie Darke
Category: Fiction
Melbourne: Michael Joseph Imprint (Penguin Random House Australia), 2020, 368 pp.
ISBN: 9780143792307 (pbk) Ebook and audio book available.
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“The Lost Love Song is a story about love and loss and missed opportunities and, above all, the power of music. The path taken by the song is convincing because the writing flows effortlessly and the characters are well-drawn and believable.”

Fiction Book
The Sisters’ Song

Author: Louise Allan
Category: Fiction
Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 2017. 359pp.
Print: ISBN 9781 76029 631 5. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-922185-40-3.
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In The Sisters’ Song by Louise Allan, music is both healing melody and counterpoint in a drama about dreams and frustration set in rural Tasmania in the early 20th century.