The following is a month-by-month calendar of fiction books by Australian women due to be released during 2017, compiled with the help of an article by Jane Sullivan in today’s The Sydney Morning Herald.* The list is far from comprehensive. One notable omission, for example, is the new Wendy James novel, The Golden Child, which Bernadette from Reactions to Reading is looking forward to reading and which Angela Savage wrote “scared the hell out of [her] in the nicest possible way”. I’m sure there are many more books we could add.

Maybe you could help?

Do you know of any books by an Australian women that are not on this list but are due to be published in 2017? If so, please let us know in the comments, or, if you’re an author or publisher/publicist, please use the contact form here.

Meanwhile, check out the ones that did make the list.







  • Gravity Well by Melanie Joosten (Scribe)
  • The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey (Allen & Unwin) – debut fiction

“Mid year”



  • Last Chance by Candice Fox, written with James Patterson (PRH) – ‘crime and thrills’
  • The Lone Child by Anna George (PRH) – ‘literary thriller’


  • The Biographer’s Lover by Ruby J Murray (Black Inc)
  • a new novel by Stephanie Bishop (Hachette)
  • The Lucky Galah by Tracy Sorensen (Picador), ‘described as “Madame Bovary with red dust and tropical cyclone Steve”‘ – debut fiction
  • And Fire Came Down by Emma Viskic (Bonnier)
  • Soon by Lois Murphy – winner of the University of Tasmania prize for “best new unpublished literary work by an emerging Tasmanian writer” (Transit Lounge) – ‘literary thriller’, debut fiction

Some time in 2017 or ‘later in the year’

  • a new novel by author of The Dry, Jane Harper (Picador) – ‘crime and thrills’
  • Life to Come by Miles Franklin aware winner Michelle de Kretser
  • The Choke by Miles Franklin award-winner Sofie Laguna

Which books are you most looking forward to? I’ve seen a few that will be going straight on my “must read” pile.

Oh, and happy new year (almost)! Hope 2017 is filled with lots of great reading of books by Aussie women. And don’t forget to sign up for the 2017 Australian Women Writers Challenge before you go.

*No criticism of Jane Sullivan’s original list was intended by the use of the term “omission”. Clearly, with thousands of books published each year, they can’t all be mentioned, and I’m grateful to have been able to use Jane’s list as a starting point and inspiration for this post. 


Snowy River Man ChandlerAbout me: Writing as Lizzy Chandler I have two ebooks published, the best-selling rural romance, Snowy River Man, and By Her Side, a romantic suspense set in Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Snowy River Man recently came out in print with MIRA as part of their Country Secrets anthology.



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