Forgotten by Nicole Trope

Malia and Ian are married with three kids under five. Malia has left her career to be mum, but Ian’s addiction to the pokies has meant she has to work part-time in a bakery. Juggling all of this leads to every parent’s worst nightmare. Nicole Trope shows this devastating story from all angles. Publisher: Allen Read More …

Beautiful Messy Love by Tess Woods

Nick meets Anna and the culture of AFL collides with her faith. Nick’s sister Lily gets involved with the wife of a patient she attends to as a medical student. Tess Woods shows the messy and the beautiful in love. Can they survive their differences and the obstacles against them? Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers Australia  Read More …

Ballad for a Mad Girl by Vikki Wakefield

Grace has lost her mother, and then she’s not sure if she’s losing her mind. She is hearing voices and starts acting on impulses that are not her own. Once a feisty prankster, she becomes withdrawn and her friends don’t know how to react to her behaviour. This is another great young adult novel by Read More …

Understory: A Life with Trees by Inga Simpson

After three acclaimed novels Inga Simpson has written a memoir, mostly based on the property she and her partner purchased in the hinterland out of the Sunshine Coast. She details the struggles and the joys that came with this tree change. Also reflecting on her youth growing up on a farm in New South Wales, Read More …

Ache by Eliza Henry Jones

Bushfires have devastated Annie’s family. Her grandmother is dead, her mother is exhibiting odd behavior, her daughter is traumatised and her husband can’t seem to help Annie. A community has been decimated. They are all feeling the effects and displaying their grief in different ways. This tender book looks at how they each come to terms Read More …

The Starlings by Vivienne Kelly

When Nicky’s grandmother dies on his eighth birthday he doesn’t know how this is going to affect his whole family. His love of Shakespeare and vocabulary are a disappointment to his football loving father and he turns to his grandfather and his grandmother’s carer, Rose for support. Complex family dynamics and their fallout are poignantly Read More …

Living on Hope Street by Demet Divaroren

The residents of Hope Street are portrayed in this novel for young adults. A family facing domestic violence, another establishing themselves as refugees, live alongside older residents of different cultures and attitudes. This thought provoking novel reflects the multi-cultural society we live in today, how we respond to that, and the hope for change. Publisher: Read More …