Happy October fellow book lovers!
October is packed with brilliant reads and we are excited to share a few of our favourite and most anticipated new releases. It was a struggle to narrow down a list from the wealth of amazing books released this month as the lead up to Christmas begins. We are enjoyably swamped with exciting voices from Australia and internationally, and hope you share with us your favourite upcoming writers also.
Enjoy the following selection and we hope to see you in store soon.
We had to include the new novel by Charlotte Wood, The Weekend, in our featured books this month.
Charlotte is among Australia’s finest authors and many will be familiar with her previous novel – The Natural Way of Things – which is a staff favourite, a multiple award winner, and a timely and brave exploration of misogyny in contemporary Australia.
The Weekend explores growing old and growing up, and what happens when we’re forced to uncover the lies we tell ourselves. Sharply observed and excruciatingly funny, this is a jewel of a book: a celebration of tenderness and friendship that is nothing short of a masterpiece.
Another eagerly awaited novel is Cilka’s Journey – the follow up story to The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. As soon as we heard about Cilka’s Journey this one was added to our to read list.
Based on what is known of Cilka’s time in Auschwitz, and on the experience of women in Siberian prison camps, Cilka’s Journey is the breathtaking sequel to The Tattooist of Auschwitz. A powerful testament to the triumph of human will in adversity, Cilka’s Journey will make you weep, yet leaves you with the remarkable story of one woman’s fierce determination to survive, against all odds.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a staff favourite and we can’t wait to read more from this brilliant author.
The Innocent Reader by Debra Adelaide was another must on our featured books this month. These collected essays share a joyous and plaintive glimpse into the reading and writing life of novelist, editor and teacher of creative writing Debra Adelaide. Drawing from her experiences in the publishing industry, the academic world, her own life and the literary and critical communities, she paints a vibrant portrait of a life lived in and by books, perfect for any student, bibliophile, editor, or simply: reader.
The last book to make it on to our top featured books of the month is Welcome to Country: Youth Edition by Marcia Langton.
Written by one of Australia’s most prominent Indigenous voices, Welcome to Country is essential reading for every Australian.
We fell in love with Welcome to Country last year after it’s release and knew as soon as we saw there was a youth edition coming that we had to include it in our featured books.
Other titles we are excited for this month include:
- The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
- Bruny by Heather Rose
- Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky
- The Wife and the Widow by Christian White
- The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Act of Grace by Anna Krien
- The Eighth Life by Nino Haratischvili
- Agent Running in the Field by John le Carré
- Maybe the Horse Will Talk by Elliot Perlman
- The Night Fire by Michael Connelly
- Silver by Chris Hammer
- The Red Hand: Stories, Reflections and the Last Appearance of Jack Irish by Peter Temple
Science Fiction & Fantasy
- Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
- Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron
- The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
- Angel Mage by Garth Nix
- 488 Rules for Life by Kitty Flanagan
- Penny Wong: Passion and Principle by Margaret Simons
- The Cherry Picker’s Daughter by Kerry Reed-Gilbert
- The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson
- The Undying by Anne Boyer
- This is What a Feminist Looks Like by Emily Maguire
- The Woman Who Cracked the Anxiety Code by Judith Hoare
- Planet Earth by Bob Brown
- Coventry by Rachel Cusk
- Finding the Heart of the Nation by Thomas Mayor
- Guest House for Young Widows by Azadeh Moaveni
- Gulpilil by Derek Reilly
- The Narrow Corridor by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson
- Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall
- The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
- Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake
- The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman
- The Golden Unicorn: Rise of the Mythix by Anh Do
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling
- The Bad Guys Episode 10: The Baddest Day Ever by Aaron Blabey
- Eye Spy: Wild Ways Animals See the World by Guillaume Duprat
- The Illustrated Encyclopaedia by Sami Bayly
- The Fate of Fausto by Oliver Jeffers
If you would like to learn more about any of the titles featured or to purchase them from our website you can click on the image of the book.
Stay tuned for next month to find out what titles we are excited for in November!