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June new books and giveaway

‘Three Novels and a Criticism’ might not be the title of a memorable Richard Curtis movie (which is a shame, really, because he had that plot about a lovestruck bookseller that would have been perfect) but it’s an uncanny description of our June new releases. Read on for more about this month’s books, including details of how you can win a copy of each. 

Two Steps Onward by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist

A wise, witty and wine-filled adventure set on the ancient walking paths from France to Rome, this follow-up to the bestselling Two Steps Forward is about helping the people you love, figuring out what you really want in life and seizing your chance—before it’s too late.

‘A novel of mature love and self-discovery set against the scenic backdrop of the pilgrims’ walk.’ Age on Two Steps Forward

The Tulip Tree by Suzanne McCourt

A sweeping historical saga, perfect for book clubs, The Tulip Tree follows one family’s story across eastern Europe in one of the most tumultuous periods in the continent’s history. A moving tale of love, sacrifice and loyalty.

‘What a magnificent book! A tale of family that weaves through so many of the tragedies of the twentieth century and yet remains personal and intimate.’ Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Bookclub and We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Hard Like Water by Yan Lianke
Translated by Carlos Rojas

A laugh-out-loud political and sexual satire about the Chinese Cultural Revolution, by the acclaimed author of Serve the People! ‘China’s most controversial novelist.’ (New Yorker)

‘I can think of few better novelists than Yan, with his superlative gifts for storytelling and penetrating eye for truth.’ New York Times Book Review

Late Essays: 2006–2017 by J. M. Coetzee

An essential collection of literary criticism by the Nobel laureate and two-times Booker Prize-winner, including essays on Flaubert, Goethe and Tolstoy alongside Australians Patrick White, Les Murray and Gerald Murnane.

‘Freed from literary convention, Mr Coetzee writes not to provide answers, but to ask great questions.’ Economist



For your chance to win one of our amazing June 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 June. Winners will be notified via Facebook (one book per person only).


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