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May New Books

With autumn now well underway, it’s the perfect time to get cosy with a good book. As we move further into the year, you MAY want to try one of our wonderful new releases...

Penny Draws a Best Friend
by Sara Shepard

The first volume in a warm and quirky new series from the author of the #1 bestselling Pretty Little Liars books. Perfect for readers aged 10 and up, Penny Draws a Best Friend gets to the heart of how to let go of the friends who aren’t right for you – and how to make room for the ones who are.

‘Perfectly captures the hilarity, anxiety, and silliness of being a kid. A charming, zippy read that will keep you smiling all book long.’ Melissa de la Cruz

by Jane Higgins

This action-packed dystopian novel for teens from Text Prize-winning author Jane Higgins is a compelling story of conflict, power, manipulation, love and friendship, in a world where the next big earthquake is never far away.

‘An ideal introduction to dystopian fiction for young teens…Engaging, thoughtful and elegantly written.’ Books+Publishing

Fat Girl Dancing
by Kris Kneen

Stella Prize-shortlisted author Kris Kneen examines their body through the lens of art and burlesque in this gorgeous, intimate story of fatness, beauty and self-knowledge. A frank, beautiful and triumphant ode to self-respect from one of Australia’s most original and acclaimed writers.

‘This is an enthralling and bold self-portrait. Kneen faces the mirror and the body and the world with an unflinching, generous gaze. Passionate, honest — a superb book from one of our best writers.’ Christos Tsiolkas 

Eleven Letters to You: A Memoir
by Helen Elliott

Eleven Letters for You is an immersive and deeply moving reading experience, perfect for fans of Elena Ferrante and Helen Garner. Writer and critic Helen Elliott remembers her youth by writing letters to eleven influential people in her life.

‘A quietly ecstatic work of memory – intense, witty and beautiful.’ Helen Garner


Ethics in the Real World: 90 Essays on Things that Matter
A Fully Updated and Expanded Edition         
by Peter Singer

One of the world’s most influential philosophers brings clarity, focus and brilliant analysis to a wide range of current real-world ethical matters. A revised edition of Peter Singer’s powerful collection, featuring thirty-seven new essays.

‘Peter Singer’s status as a man of principles and towering intellect – a philosopher extraordinaire, if you will – is unrivalled in Australia.’ Sydney Morning Herald 

The Book of Form and Emptiness
by Ruth Ozeki

If you let it – if you listen – a book could change your life. Winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction 2022, The Book of Form and Emptiness is that book. Now available in B format.

‘This compassionate novel of life, love and loss glows in the dark. Its strange, beautiful pages turn themselves. If you’ve lost your way with fiction over the last year or two, let The Book of Form and Emptiness light your way home.’ David Mitchell

Our May new releases are available in print and ebook from all good booksellers.


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