The Shape of Us by Lisa Ireland

Mezz, Ellie, Kat and Jewels all join an online weight loss forum. After finding common ground they meet up and a friendship grounded in their common desire to lose weight is formed. This soon grows and real connections are formed, which are tested when they go in different directions, and when tragedy strikes. Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia Read More …

After by Nikki Gemmell

Nikki Gemmell writes with great candour about her mother’s sudden death. She chose to take her own life leaving no note, and a family devastated. This should add to the debate around euthanasia and the need for some legislation, but ultimately it is a personal reflection on the complicated emotions that occur between mothers and Read More …

The Hidden Hours by Sara Foster

Eleanor has moved from Australia to London and is working as a temp at her aunt’s publishing house. Then one of the senior executives is found dead and Eleanor was one of the last to see her alive. However Eleanor cannot remember anything about those crucial hours. The investigation slowly brings it all back, together with her reasons Read More …

Jean Harley Was Here by Heather Taylor Johnson

Jean Harley is happily married with a four-year-old son. Then she is knocked over when riding her bike, and after it is clear she won’t survive the machines are turned off. Her family and friends reflect on her life, and what theirs will be like without her, from before the accident, immediately after and beyond. A Read More …

To Know My Crime by Fiona Capp

Ned has never taken responsibility for much, but when his sister becomes a paraplegic he needs to step up. Investing all of their money with his childhood friend goes wrong when the GFC hits. Then he overhears a conversation between a politician and a property/mining magnate and he seizes the opportunity to get their money Read More …

Try Hard: Tales from the Life of a Needy Over Achiever by Em Rusciano

Em Rusciano was thrust into the spotlight when she entered Australian Idol in 2004. She talks with candor, wit and colourful language about her life before and after Idol. She has packed a lot into her young years, and her book will have you laughing out loud, tearing up, and wanting to see her next Read More …

Goodwood by Holly Throsby

In small town Goodwood not much happens, so when two people go missing in mysterious circumstances, one week apart, the whole town is involved. With great characters, this debut looks into the lives of many of them to find out what happened to Rosie and Bart. Publisher: Allen & Unwin Book Publishers with free excerpt   Read More …