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Jack of Hearts: QX11594

Jack of Hearts: QX11594 is a moving and unpretentious project by Dr Jackie Huggins AM and Ngaire Jarro that chronicles the life of their father, Jack Huggins.

Bad Art Mother

Good mothers are expected to be selfless. Artists are seen as selfish. So what does this mean for a mother with artistic ambitions? In Bad Art Mother, novelist Edwina Preston explores the conflict between creativity and the conventional expectations of femininity.


Thuy On’s Decadence is a thrilling and wry evisceration of poetry gatekeeping on this continent. She sometimes resists the non-poet reader, and other times brings them in on the joke.


Set in Depression-era slums, this work of historical fiction explores class, marginalisation, and Queer identity at a time when social mores were oppressive and violence was rife.

Indelible City: Dispossession and Defiance in Hong Kong

By choosing to participate in – and not just stand witness to – events and then critiquing her reasons for doing so, Louisa Lim transgresses traditional expectations of journalism and forces the reader to consider the role journalism plays in shaping our understanding of the world. Indelible City is a vibrant international literary achievement.

All That’s Left Unsaid

Tracey Lien has captured the indomitable spirit of a particular class of Australians without resorting to well-worn cliches of migrant resilience, and the novel packs a real punch to the guts.


This startlingly original novel, like its eponymous mythical creature, contains many faces, twists and turns, and yet works cohesively as a story of great intrigue and black humour.

The Jaguar

With electrifying boldness, Sarah Holland-Batt confronts what it means to be mortal in an astonishing and deeply humane portrait of a father’s Parkinson’s Disease, and a daughter forged by grief.

big beautiful female theory

Eloise Grills takes our gaze to task in this illustrated memoir-in-essays. Grills transforms writings (impressive in their own right) into visual essayistic feasts for the reader. At times theoretical, heavy but not dense, her work attends to an under-examined body in Australian literature.

We Come With This Place

In We Come With This Place, Debra Dank shares with us a life that is at once extraordinary and familiar. Dank’s words are lucid and beautiful. Her skill not only as a keen observer of her own life, but as a narrative builder and scholar of it, is obvious.

Every Version of You

In late twenty-first century Australia, Tao-Yi and her partner Navin spend most of their time inside a hyper-immersive, hyper-consumerist virtual reality called Gaia. Grace Chan’s portrayal of life in a technopolis is refreshing in its quiet ambition.

The Furies

The Furies are personifications of female anger and devastation, and this is the book equivalent of a hand-grenade lobbed at oppression. Our heroine is an abattoir worker and the metaphor is blunt force – but that is not an accident. Beaumont casts an unflinching look at how patriarchy manifests in poverty.