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Australian Fiction

Jasper Jones - Craig Silvey

Mad Men, Bad Girls and the Guerilla Knitters Institute - Maggie Groff

Mateship with Birds - Carrie Tiffany

Mr Wigg - Inga Simpson

My Brother Jack - George Johnston

Nightingale - Fiona McIntosh

Past the Shallows - Favel Parrett

People of the Book - Geraldine Brooks

Spirits of the Ghan - Judy Nunn

The Narrow Road to the Deep North - Richard Flanagan

The Natural Way of Things - Charlotte Wood

The Other Side of the World - Stephanie Bishop

The Rosie Effect - Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion

The Secret River - Kate Grenville

The Slap - Christos Tsiolkas

Goodwood - Holly Throsby

The Fifth Letter - Nicola Moriarty

Biography/Memoir

Behind the Beautiful Forevers - Katherine Boo

Empty Mansions - Bill Dedman

Flesh Wounds - Richard Glover

H is for Hawk - Helen Macdonald

I Am Malala - Malala Yousafzai

My Family & Other Animals - Gerald Durrel

One Life My Mothers Story - Kate Grenville

Reckoning - Magda Szubanski

Sheila - Robert Wainwright

Testament of Youth - Vera Brittain

That Woman The Life of Wallis Simpson - Anne Sebba

The Happiest Refugee - Anh Do

Three Cups of Tea - Greg Mortenson

Ugly My Memoir - Robert Hoge

Songs of a war boy - Deng Thiak Adut

Classic Fiction

Go set a Watchman - Harper Lee

Persuasion - Jane Austen

Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates

The Crane Wife - Patrick Ness

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

The Last Painting of Sara De Vos - Dominic Smith

The Painted Veil - W. Somerset Maugham

The Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes

The Women In Black - Madeline St John

Norwegian Wood - Haruki Murakami

Crime/Mystery

Defending Jacob - William Landay

Don't ask why he Died - Vincent Matthews

Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn

In Cold Blood - Truman Capote

Murder in Mississippi - John Safran

Ordinary Grace - William Kent Krueger

The Constant Gardner - John le Carré

The Dry - Jane Harper

The Midnight Dress - Karen Foxlee

The Secret Keeper - Kate Morton

The Silent Inheritance - Joy Dettman

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox - Maggie O'Farrell

Watching you - Michael Robotham

Historical Fiction

All That I Am - Anna Funder

All the Light we Cannot See - Anthony Doerr

Atonement - Ian McEwan

Burial Rites - Hannah Kent

Caleb's Crossing - Geraldine Brooks

Church of Marvels - Leslie Parry

Frog Music - Emma Donoghue

Hannah and Emil - Belinda Castles

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet - Jamie Ford

It Takes a Village - Christine Stinson

Longbourn - Jo Baker

March - Geraldine Brooks

Mister Pip - Lloyd Jones

Orphan Train - Christina Baker Kline

Postmistress - Sarah Blake

Sarah Thornhill - Kate Grenville

Sarah's Key - Tatiana De Rosnay

That Deadman Dance - Kim Scott

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson

The Aviator's Wife - Melanie Benjamin

The Book of Rachael - Leslie Cannold

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas - John Boyne

The Chaperone - Laura Moriarty

The Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society - Mary Ann Shaffer

The Lake House - Kate Morton

The Lieutenant - Kate Grenville

The Miniaturist - Jessie Burton

The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah

The Red Tent - Anita Diamant

The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro

The Secret Chord - Geraldine Brooks

The Story of Beautiful Girl - Rachel Simon

The Story of a New Name - Elena Ferrante

The Story of the Lost Child - Elena Ferrante

The Summer before the War - Helen Simonson

Those who leave and those who stay - Elena Ferrante

Tipping the Velvet - Sarah Waters

Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen

Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel

Year of Wonders - Geraldine Brooks

Z a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald - Therese Fowler

Foal's Bread - Gillian Mears

Everyone Brave is Forgiven - Chris Cleave

The Wonder - Emma Donoghue

The Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead

Modern/Contemporary Fiction

A little Life - Hanya Yanagihara

A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman

A Spool of Blue Thread - Anne Tyler

A Sport and a Pastime - James Salter

A View of the Harbour - Elizabeth Taylor

After You - Jojo Moyes

Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

And the Mountains Echoed - Khaled Hosseini

Animal People - Charlotte Wood

Ape House - Sara Gruen

Barracuda - Christos Tsiolkas

Bellman and Black - Diane Setterfield

Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty

Brooklyn - Colm Tóibín

Brother of the More Famous Jack - Barbara Trapido

Calling Me Home - Julie Kibler

Crazy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan

Digging to America - Anne Tyler

Disgrace - J.M. Coetzee

Elizabeth is Missing - Emma Healey

Everything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer

Eyrie - Tim Winton

Fates and Furies - Lauren Groff

Five Bells - Gail Jones

Girl at War - Sara Novic

God in Ruins - Kate Atkinson

Golden Boys - Sonya Hartnett

Gossip - Beth Gutcheon

Hand Me Down World - Lloyd Jones

In the Quiet - Eliza Henry Jones

Instructions for a Heatwave - Maggie O'Farrell

Life After Life - Kate Atkinson

Lost and Found - Brooke Davis

Love in the Years of Lunacy - Mandy Sayer

Matilda is Missing - Caroline Overington

Me Before You - Jojo Moyes

Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides

My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante

Necessary Lies - Diane Chamberlain

Not Forgetting the Whale - John Ironmonger

Our Souls at Night- Kent Haruf

Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier

Rhubarb - Craig Silvey

Silver Linings Playbook - Matthew Quick

Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel

Still Alice - Lisa Genova

Sweet Tooth - Ian Mcewan

The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

The Amber Amulet - Craig Silvey

The Bellwether Revivals - Benjamin Wood

The Best of Adam Sharp - Graeme Simsion

The Casual Vacancy - J.K. Rowling

The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger

The Collected Works of A.J. Fikry - Gabrielle Zevine

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon

The Danish Girl - David Ebershoff

The Day We Met - Rowan Coleman

The Descendants - Kaui Hart Hemmings

The Dressmaker - Rosalie Ham

The Elegance of the Hedgehog - Muriel Barbery

The Eye of the Sheep - Sofie Laguna

The Fence - Meredith Jaffe

The Finkler Question - Howard Jacobson

The Fishermen - Chigozie Obioma

The Golden Age - Joan London

The Good People - Hannah Kent

The Husband's Secret - Liane Moriarty

The Language of Flowers - Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Light Between Oceans - M. L. Stedman

The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul - Deborah Rodriguez

The Little Paris Bookshop - Nina George

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy - Rachel Joyce

The Man Who Loved Children - Christina Stead

The Messenger - Markus Zusak

The Midnight Watch - David Dyer

The Mothers' Group - Fiona Higgins

The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern

The Night Guest - Fiona McFarlane

The Paris Wife - Paula McLain

The Price of Salt - Patricia Highsmith

The River House - Janita Cunningham

The Secret History - Donna Tartt

The Signature of All Things - Elizabeth Gilbert

The Spare Room - Helen Garner

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce

Time and Time Again - Ben Elton

To be Sung Underwater - Tom McNeal

Too Close to Home - Georgia Blain

Truly, Madly, Guilty - Liane Moriarty

We are all completely Beside Ourselves - Karen Joy Fowler

We Need to Talk About Kevin - Lionel Shriver

We Never Asked for Wings - Vanessa Diffenbaugh

When God was a Rabbit - Sarah Winman

When the Night Comes - Favel Parrett

Where'd you go Bernadette - Maria Semple

With my Body - Nikki Gemmell

Wonder - R.J. Palacio

Book Club Guide - Small Great Things - Jodi Picoult

Commonwealth - Ann Patchett

Non Fiction

84 Charing Cross Road - Helene Hanff

A Fortunate Life - A.B. Facey

How to be a Woman - Caitlin Moran

The Fishing Fleet - Anne de Courcy

The Hare with Amber Eyes - Edumnd De Waal

The House of Grief - Helen Garner

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot

The People Smuggler - Robin De Crespigny

The Winter of our Disconnect - Susan Maushart

The Witches Salem 1692 - Stacy Schiff

Travelling to Infinity - Jane Hawking

Eugenia - Mark Tedeschi

Hidden figures – Margot Lee Shetterly