And just like that, it’s December. 2020, hey? What a ride. If there’s ever a time to treat yourself to some new books, with summer here and a new (hopefully better) year round the corner, it’s now. Whether you enjoy thrills and chills or profound explorations of everyday life, here are five fictional masterpieces that prove there’s nothing more extraordinary than ordinary people. We’re giving away a copy of each – see below for details of how you could win.
A collection of some of the finest writing on the human condition. One hundred of Paul Connolly’s beloved 100-word vignettes, along with Jim Pavlidis’s whimsical illustrations, as seen in Good Weekend.
‘Somehow, Paul Connolly manages to convey in 100 magic words what takes the rest of us thousands.’ Benjamin Law
A spellbinding novel of psychological suspense that follows a young archivist’s obsession with her subject’s mysterious death, which threatens to destroy her fragile grasp on sanity. A smart examination of art, illness and power, and one of the most anticipated crime books of the year.
‘A dark, thoughtful thriller.’ Washington Post
Savvy ex-lawyer Clementine Jones is back in this edge-of-your-seat crime thriller with a topical twist. When an environmental activist is found dead, Clem refuses to believe it was suicide. The conflict between big business and activists is growing, and there are plenty of people with a motive. But can she take on vested interests without her own dark secret coming to light?
‘Clem Jones is back with a vengeance. New town, different villains, but same dogged pursuit and badass bravado.’ Candice Fox
Continuing Text’s re-release of J. M. Coetzee’s revered works with stylish new covers, Summertime is a modern classic by the Nobel Prize winner and the last of his masterly trio of autobiographical novels, Scenes from Provincial Life. Accompanied by a new introduction from the literary critic James Ley.
‘Not since Disgrace has he written with such urgency and feeling.’ New Yorker
From the winner of the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction, this tender, moving portrait of multicultural Australia and an improbable friendship across generations was longlisted for the 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Award.
‘Beautifully done. Melanie Cheng’s unaffected wisdom is just delightful.’ Michael McGirr, Sydney Morning Herald
For your chance to win one of our amazing December new releases, visit our Facebook page and tell us which one you would like and why.
The competition is open to AU/NZ residents only. Entries close 23:59 AEST Friday 4 December. Winners will be notified via Facebook (one book per person only).