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Katha­rina’s so busy look­ing after her chaotic fam­ily she’s lost sight of her own needs. When an un­ex­pected dis­cov­ery gets her think­ing about what could have been, life spi­rals out of con­trol. A blackly funny and deeply re­flec­tive satire that ex­am­ines one woman’s fight to have it all.

No two cur­ries are the same. In fact, it is a dish that doesn’t re­ally ex­ist. Us­ing trav­el­ogues, recipes, pop cul­ture and his own up­bring­ing, Naben Ruth­num ex­plores how curry has be­come a mal­adroit short­hand for brown iden­tity. A sharp, funny es­say in­debted to Rushdie’s Imag­i­nary Home­lands.

An in­ci­sive, hu­mor­ous and heart-rend­ing ac­count of peo­ple in post-Com­mu­nist coun­tries who are nos­tal­gic for their for­mer lives, told through the al­le­gory of the bears of Bul­garia, who, though long since freed, still get up on their hind legs to dance at the sight of a hu­man.

A dev­as­tat­ingly af­fect­ing novel from the award­win­ning au­thor of Mis­ter Pip. Two mys­te­ri­ous strangers ap­pear at a ho­tel in a small coun­try town. A flick­er­ing sign says, ‘All Wel­come’, but hos­pi­tal­ity soon de­scends into deep sus­pi­cion. ‘A dark fa­ble of im­pris­on­ment.’ Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald, What to Read in 2018

A cap­ti­vat­ing novel by visionary au­thor Jesse Ball, in­spired by Ball’s late brother. A dy­ing wid­ower with a de­sire to see the coun­try one last time signs up as a census taker and leaves town with his adult son, who has Down syn­drome. ‘So kind, it aches.’ David Mitchell

A poignant tale of grief and mem­ory set in a 1960s Vic­to­rian coun­try town. Tom has just lost his boy when he meets book­seller Han­nah, a Holo­caust sur­vivor whose son died in Auschwitz. Can you lose a child and still be­lieve in love? ‘A novel of great spirit and ten­der­ness.’ Car­rie Tiffany

Bear Bavin­sky’s artis­tic ge­nius trumps ev­ery­thing, even par­ent­hood. Liv­ing in his fa­ther’s shadow, Pinch strives to make him­self wor­thy. But when Bear dies, Pinch hatches a scheme to se­cure his legacy. A grand, mov­ing fam­ily drama set against the pres­tige of the in­ter­na­tional art world. ‘A mar­vel.’ Tom Per­rotta.

The ground­break­ing story of one of Aus­tralia’s most sig­nif­i­cant but lit­tle-known his­tor­i­cal fig­ures. Michelle Scott Tucker shines a light on the in­cred­i­ble El­iz­a­beth Macarthur, so of­ten ob­scured by her fa­mous hus­band, John. ‘A fas­ci­nat­ing, faith­ful portrait of a re­mark­able woman.’ Clare Wright.

The in­tense in­ner world of Al­fred Deakin—scholar, spir­i­tu­al­ist, prime min­is­ter—is re­vealed in this ac­claimed ac­count. ‘One of the great po­lit­i­cal bi­ogra­phies of our time.’ In­side Story

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