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Days Without End – Sebastian Barry

 

Days Without End traces the journey of two lost souls as they travel across America in the 19th century. Along the way they find love, violence, and, most importantly, each other. This is an astounding novel, the writing is frequently breathtaking and the story compelling. One of the best books I’ve read in ages. - Gavin

 

 

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

A wonderful companion volume to Life After Life . This book takes up the story of Ursula’s brother Teddy - brave fighter pilot during the war, husband, brother, father and grandfather - and his life lived after the war. It is a beautifully told, cleverly constructed story about a man who never expected to be alive.      

- Jo

 

H is for Hawk – Helen Macdonald

H is for HawkSo beautifully written it’s almost poetry, this book is a deeply moving memoir about a woman overcoming grief through the challenging process of training a goshawk.  Insightful and vivid, this is nature writing at its best. I absolutely loved this book.  

- Rachael

 

My Brilliant Friend – Elena Ferrante

My Brilliant FriendAn intense and fiercely honest exploration of female friendship, this book had me addicted within the first few pages.  With such beautiful writing about these colourful and passionate Neapolitan characters you’ll find it hard to put this book down – and if you love it, you’ll be pleased to know there are two more books in the series (and another later in the year).    

– Rachael

 

Something Special, Something Rare – various authors

This is a selection of extraordinary short stories from some of our finest Australian women writers. Dip into at your leisure and be transported to world’s familiar and strange. Or read them in order and be taken on a journey through love, grief, betrayal, and redemption. I loved this book because the writing is just so good and the stories just so special.

- Molly 

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Between a Wolf and a Dog - Georgia Blain

Quicksand - Steve Toltz

Where the Trees Were - Inga Simpson

You - Caroline Kepnes 

The Last Painting Of Sara De Vos - Dominic Smith

Everyone Brave is Forgiven - Chris Cleave

LaRose - Louise Erdrich 

The Noise of Time - Julian Barnes 

My Name is Lucy Barton - Elizabeth Strout