New releases

The following is a draft calendar of books to be released during the rest of 2017. If you (author/publisher) have a book coming out in 2017 that’s not listed, please fill out the form below.* If you have updated information about a book already listed, e.g. publication date or book blurb link, please re-enter your details in the form.

New releases for


  • Abbott, Sally. Closing Down (Hachette), winner of the Richell Prize and on climate change – debut fiction
  • Archbold, Charlie. Mallee Boys (Wakefield Press) – contemporary literary YA fiction set in SA mallee country.
  • Baldwin, Gabrielle. Things My Garden Taught Me (Wakefield Press) – contemporary memoir/biography, set in South Gippsland.
  • Corbett, Claire. Watch Over Me (Allen & Unwin) – Claire’s debut novel, When We Have Wings was shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award, 2012; longlisted for Davitt Crime Writer’s Award, 2012; and shortlisted, Ned Kelly Awards , 2012.
  • Courtney, Christine. Venetian Voices (Wakefield Press) – poetry.
  • Curtis, Shannon. Heartbreaker (Harlequin MIRA Australia) – Adult contemporary suspense/thriller
  • Edwards, Kasey. Guilt Trip: My Quest to Leave the Baggage Behind (Nero)
  • Gracie, Anne. Marry in Haste (Penguin) – first of a new series
  • Green, J. M. Too Easy  (Scribe) – ‘literary thriller’
  • Hall, Faye. Amorous Redemption (Red Sage)
  • Hay, Leigh. Home Before the Leaves Fall (Tales from the Treehouse) – Historical Fiction; Adult; Set in UK and Australia 1914-2014
  • Hecq, Dominique. Hush: a fugue by (UWA Press) – poetry. Dominique Hecq is an Associate Professor in Writing at Swinburne University of Technology’s Faculty of Health Arts and Design. She has a PhD in literature and a background in French and Germanic languages, with qualifications in translating. She has published in the areas of literary studies, translation, creative writing, psychoanalysis, and pedagogy.
  • Henry-Jones, Eliza. Ache (Fourth Estate/HarperCollins Australia) – general fiction (literary); set in a small town in rural Victoria after a lethal bushfire. Eliza’s debut novel In the Quiet was signed as part of a three book deal with HarperCollins Australia. In the Quiet was listed for the followjng awards: shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction; shortlisted NSW Premier’s Literary Awards; longlisted ABIA Awards; and longlisted Indie Book Awards.
  • Hornung, Eva. The Last Garden (Text)
  • Ireland, Lisa. The Shape of Us (PanMacmillan)
  • Jacobs, Anna. One Quiet Woman (Hodder & Stoughton) –  Book 1 of Ellindale series
  • Johns, Rachael. Talk of the Town (Harlequin) – first in a new rural romance series.
  • Lane, Karly. If Wishes were Horses (Allen & Unwin)
  • Lester, Natasha. Her Mother’s Secret (Hachette)
  • Madison, Juliet Memories Of May (Harlequin Escape)
  • Nunn, Kayte. Angel’s Share (Nero)
  • Paul, Janette, aka Jaye Ford. Amber and Alice (PRH)
  • Rahme, Laura. Julien’s Terror (Self-published) – Historical/Psychological Thriller/Mystery Fiction; Adult; Set in France during the French Revolution and First Empire
  • Shearer, Suzy. Elephants and Ever-Afters (Siren Bookstrand) – contemporary general fiction for adults, set in Australia; book 5 in Dark Desires series (each book is a standalone).
  • Smith, Theresa. Lemongrass Bay. (self-published) – adult general commercial fiction set in Gulf of Carpentaria, Far North Queensland.
  • Stringer, Trish. Jewel in the North (Harlequin MIRA) – historical fiction, set in SA, late 19th- and early-20th century.
  • Stuart, Alison. Now My Sworn Friend (Oportet Publishing) – Book 2 of Feathers in the Wind
  • Tomamichel, Cindy. Druid’s Portal: The First Journey (Soul Mate Publishing) – Speculative Fiction; Adult; Set in UK Hadrian’s Wall in Roman Britain Times
  • Ward, Marlee Jane Psynode (Seizure) – Psynode is the sequel to ‘Welcome To Orphancorp’, which won the Viva La Novella Prize in 2015 and the 2016 Victorian Premiers Award for YA fiction. Ward’s short fiction is published in Terraform, Interfictions, Aurealis, Apex and more. She has written for Writers Bloc, The Feed and Kill Your Darlings.
  • Wells, Christine. The Traitor’s Girl (PRH)


  • Audsley, Carmel McMurdo. Conviction (Theatricks Publishing)
  • Bailey, Sarah. The Dark Lake (Allen & Unwin) – debut fiction
  • Fonseca, Conchita. Where the Light Plays (Ylva Publishing) – diversity fiction
  • Dowse, Sara. As the Lonely Fly (For Pity Sake) – Historical fiction set in Palestine/Israel, Russia and the USA in the first decades of the 20th century
  • Joosten, Melanie.  Gravity Well (Scribe)
  • Nightingale, Rachel/Rachel Le Rossigno. Harlequin’s Riddle (Odyssey Books) – Adult speculative fiction. This is the first novel by award-winning playwright Rachel Le Rossignol. Fantasy fiction with a historical twist, it follows the journey of a young woman who joins the Commedia dell’Arte (travelling players) and discovers that their theatrical performances hide a dark secret which may well be connected to the disappearance of her brother years before.
  • Munro, Donna. The Zanzibar Moon (self-published via Warm Witty Publishing) – general adult contemporary commercial fiction set in Zanzibar and East Africa, and Gold Coast (Australia).
  • Mulligan, Monique. Fergus the Farting Dragon (Serenity Press) – children’s fiction
  • Saftich, Michelle. Wanderers No More (Odyssey Books) – historical fiction
  • Spargo-Ryan, Anna. The Gulf (Picador/Pan Macmillan)
  • Trope, Nicole. Forgotten (Allen & Unwin)
  • Verity, Bree. The Hidden Duchess (self-published) – historical fiction set in provincial France 1792-3.
  • Walker-Smith, G. J. Stone Roses – #8 of Wishes series
  • Winter, Lee. Shattered (Ylva) – adult speculative fiction set in “Socotra” aka “the most alien place on Earth”. Shattered is about a black, lesbian superhero who refuses to “hero” because she decides humanity is not worth saving. It is part of Ylva’s Superheroines Collection. Lee Winter’s debut novel, The Red Files, won a Golden Crown Literary Award and was a finalist for a LAMBDA.

“Mid year”

  • Buckle, Sttephanie. Silent (Finlay Lloyd) – short story collection debut
  • Carlesss, Victoria. The Dream Walker (provisional title) – Debut YA novel that will be published by Hachette in Jun/Jul. It was selected in the 2015 QWC Hachette Aus Manuscript Development Program.
  • Down, Jennifer. Pulse Points (Text) – possibly August, general fiction
  • Hamstead, Katie.  New South Wales (REUTS Publications)


  • Blackthorn, Isobel. The Drago Tree (Odyssey Books) – general literary fiction, Spanish translation; English version published 2015
  • Cheng, Melanie. Australian Day (Text) – debut short story collection
  • Farmer, Beverley. These Waters: Five Tales (Giramondo) – short story collection
  • Forsyth, Kate. Beauty in Thornsabout Pre-Raphaelite women (PRH) – ‘novel inspired by historical character’; Kate’s novel Bitter Greens won the American Library Association award in 2014
  • Gilmore, Alicia. Dimension of Days. (Regalhouse Publishing) – general fiction set in Coalcliff NSW
  • Glaskin, Katie. Crosscurrents: Law and society in a native title claim to land and sea (UWAP) – other nonfiction. Katie Glaskin is an Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia. She has extensive experience working in native title and was integrally involved in developing and teaching the first postgraduate qualification with a native title anthropology specialization in Australia. Her research interests in legal and psychological anthropology are reflected in her publications in a number of areas including native title and customary land ownership, property and personhood, death, creativity, sleep, dreams, memory, emotion and perception.
  • Ludlow, Christa A. The Dark Room (Playfair Press) – Historical fiction, crime, set in Sydney NSW 1900; Christa’s first novel, Taken at Night (2016) is a historical mystery set in Sydney in 1900 during the outbreak of bubonic plague. The Dark Room is the second in the series. Christa has worked as a historian and lawyer and was curator of the Justice and Police Museum, Sydney, between 1986 and 1990. She has conducted guided tours around Sydney’s crime spots and published articles on the history of crime and crime fiction. She came third in the Scarlet Stiletto crime writing prize in 2001.
  • Rahme, Laura. Julien’s Terror (self-published) – historical fiction set in Nantes, Paris, Vendée and Venice during the French Revolution and Napoleonic France.
  • Rhoden, Clare. The Pale (Odyssey Books)
  • Sinclair, Alli. Beneath the Parisian Skies (MIRA) – “One woman rediscovers love during a quest to save the sister lost to her, set against the seductive backdrop of contemporary Paris and the Ballets Russes in 1917”: adult general fiction (commercial). In 2014 Alli was voted as Favourite New Romance Author by the Australian Romance Readers Association, while her debut novel, Luna Tango, was voted as Book of the Year by AusRom Today Reader’s Choice Awards. In 2016, Alli was voted as Best Established Author and her second novel, Under the Spanish Stars, was voted as Best Cover. Alli teaches writing workshops throughout Australia and is also published in the USA, UK, Canada and recently sold German translation rights.
  • Taylor, Virgina. Perfect Scents (Kensington)


  • Alexander, Mardie and Laurie Eichler. (Title to be determined.) (Bold Strokes Books) – contemporary general fiction (diversity; lesbian romance), set in NSW. Both authors were finalists in the Golden Crown Literary Society Awards; Laurie won the Rainbow Award. Bold Strokes Books is the largest international publisher of LGBT genre.
  • Crawford, Belinda. Regan: The Hero Rebellion, Book Three (Odyssey Books) – YA speculative fiction
  • James, Melissa. Beneath the Skin (MIRA)
  • Ladd, Kylie. The Way Back (Allen & Unwin) – general commercial fiction
  • Moriarty, Cass. Parting Words (UQP) – contemporary general fiction (literary), set in Queensland. Cass Moriarty’s debut novel The Promise Seed is currently longlisted for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award, and was shortlisted for the 2016 Queensland Literary Awards People’s Choice Award and the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards Emerging Author / Unpublished Manuscript Award. Parting Words is her second novel.
  • Fox, Candice. Last Chance written with James Patterson (PRH) – ‘crime and thrills’
  • George, Anna. The Lone Child (PRH) – ‘literary thriller’
  • James, Melissa. Beneath The Skin (MIRA)


  • Allen, Louise. Debut novel (Allen & Unwin) – shortlisted for the 2014 City of Fremantle—TAG Hungerford Award.
  • Bishop, Stephanie. a new novel (Hachette)
  • Crossing the Line by Patricia Leslie (Odyssey Books)
  • Foster, Elizabeth. Esme’s Wish  (Odyssey Books)
  • Gentill, Sulari. A Dangerous Language (Pantera) – Next instalment of Rowland Sinclair series
  • Kelly, Kim. Lady Bird and The Fox (The Author People)
  • Murphy, Lois. Soon – winner of the University of Tasmania prize for “best new unpublished literary work by an emerging Tasmanian writer” (Transit Lounge) – ‘literary thriller’, debut fiction
  • Murray, Ruby J. The Biographer’s Lover (Black Inc)
  • Sorensen, Tracy. The Lucky Galah (Picador), ‘described as “Madame Bovary with red dust and tropical cyclone Steve”‘ – debut fiction
  • Viskic, Emma. And Fire Came Down (Bonnier)



  • Broadbent, Cindy, The Afghan Wife (Odyssey Books)
  • Johns, Rachael. The Greatest Gift of All  (Harlequin)
  • O’Connor, Mary-Anne. Warflower. (Harlequin) – General adult fiction (commercial), set in Australian and Vietman during the Vietnam War years, 60s and early 70.


Some time in 2017 or ‘later in the year’

  • Gauci, Kathryn. Conspiracy of Lies (Silverwoods) – historical fiction set in France and England 1939-44 with a period in 2001.
  • Johnson, Judy. Dark Convicts by Judy (UWAP) – poetry. It is a little known fact that eleven African American convicts arrived in Australia on the First Fleet in 1788. Two of these ex-slaves were the author’s ancestors. In extensively researched poems, award-winning writer Judy Johnson vividly portrays scenes from her black forebears’ lives, both before transportation and afterwards, in the fledgling colony of New South Wales.
  • Shapter, Zena. Towards White (IFWG) – speculative fiction set in the near future, Iceland, Cayman Islands, Australia. Zena is the winner of twelve national writing competitions, including a Ditmar Award and the Australian Horror Writers’ Association Award for Short Fiction. Her work has appeared in ‘Midnight Echo’ (including its ‘best of’ anthology), ‘Award-Winning Australian Writing’ (twice), ‘Antipodean SF’ and Hugo-nominated ‘Sci Phi Journal’. Reviewer for Tangent Online, Lillian Csernica, has referred to her as a writer who “deserves your attention”.


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*Disclaimer: AWW is run by volunteers. While every effort is made to make changes to this page in a timely manner, it isn’t always possible. Please be patient. Also, preference may be given to titles from traditional and recognised publishers, or from self-published authors who have a back list with traditional publishers. Self-published books or titles from obscure publishers may be omitted if the number of titles from any one particular author is considered high. Links are given to book blurbs, where found; otherwise to author information.

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