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


  • Blue, Cheyenne. Party Wall (Ylva Publishing) – General fiction/Contemporary/Diversity, set on Queensland Central Coast. Cheyenne Blue’s three previous novels in her “Girl Meets Girl” series are also published by Ylva Publishing. Cheyenne Blue’s fiction has been included in over ninety erotic anthologies since 2000, including Best Lesbian Erotica; Best Women’s Erotica; All You Can Eat: A Buffet of Lesbian Romance & Erotica; Sweat; Bossy; and Wild Girls, Wild Nights. She is the editor of Forbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire, a 2015 finalist for both the Lambda Literary Award and Golden Crown Literary Award, and of First: Sensual Lesbian Stories of New Beginnings. Her collected lesbian short fiction is published as Blue Woman Stories, volumes 1-3, with more to come.
  • Cole, Catherine. Seabirds Crying in the Harbour Dark (UWA Publishing) General fiction/literary – Seabirds Crying in the Harbour Dark is about seeking refuge, about how we define home and what makes us feel safe.
  • Foster, Elizabeth. Esme’s Wish  (Odyssey Books)
  • Gentill, Sulari. A Dangerous Language (Pantera) – Next instalment of Rowland Sinclair series
  • Hall, Faye. Heart of Stone (Beachwalk Press) Historical fiction – Set in Queensland 1870s
  • Kelly, Kim. Lady Bird and The Fox (The Author People)
  • Patricia Leslie. Crossing the Line (Odyssey Books
  • 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 Soon – winner of the University of Tasmania prize for “best new unpublished literary work by an emerging Tasmanian writer” (Transit Lounge) – ‘literary thriller’, debut fiction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)
  • O’Connor, Mary-Anne. War Flower (Harper Collins) Historical Fiction set in Australia and Vietnam in the 60s and early 70s. Author of two best selling novels: Gallipoli Street and Worth Fighting For
  • Parritt, Sue. Chrysalis (Morning Star Publishing) Literary fiction set in England and Australia over a period of 1966 to 2015
  • Scheuerer, Helen. Heart of Mist (Talem Press) General fiction – commercial, Young adult; Shortlisted for Express Media’s Outstanding Achievement by a Young Person in the Literary Arts.
  • Shapter, Zena. Towards White (IFWG Publishing) Speculative fiction set in Iceland, Cayman Islands and Australia in the future. 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”.
  • Sorensen, Tracy. The Lucky Galah (Picador), ‘described as “Madame Bovary with red dust and tropical cyclone Steve”‘ – debut fiction
  • Tait, A.L. Book Of Secrets (An Ateban Cipher Novel) (Hachette Australia) General fiction – commercial, Children or younger readers, A.L. Tait is the author of the bestselling middle-grade adventure series The Mapmaker Chronicles, which has been shortlisted for various awards, including the 2015 Readings Children’s Prize and the 2015 Aurealis Prize, as well as being longlisted for the 2015 CBCA Book Of The Year (Younger Readers). The Ateban Cipher is the author’s second series for children.
  • Taylor, Virginia. Perfect Scents (Kensington Books) Contemporary General fiction set in South Australia
  • Viskic, Emma. And Fire Came Down (Bonnier)
  • Wild, Ailsa. Squishy Taylor in the Mud (Hardie Grant Egmont) Children’s Crime


  • Abbs, Carolyn. The Tiny Museums (UWA Publishing) Poetry – ‘Carolyn Abbs’s poems in her poised collection The Tiny Museums live in the gap between deep time and now. Abbs’s poems dealing with family grief are the centrepieces of the book and are admirable in their ability to move the reader without any cloying sentimentality.
  • Blackthorn, Isobel. The Cabin Sessions (HellBound Books) Suspense/Thriller Fiction Adult
  • Brear, AnneMarie. A Noble Place (Choc Lit)
  • Clark, T. M. Slowly, Slowly Catch a Monkey (Wombat Books) – for children or younger readers
  • Conoulty, Renee. Gotta Be This or That (Kindred Ink Press) Contemporary General Fiction set in Darwin and Melbourne.
  • Corbett, Elizabeth. The Tides Between (Odyssey Books) Historical fiction
  • Coslovich, Gabriella. Whiteley on Trial  (Melbourne University Publishing) Other Non-Fiction Adult; Gabriella Coslovich is a Melbourne journalist with more than 20 years experience, including 15 years at The Age newspaper where she specialised in arts writing and developed an extensive network of contacts in the arts world.
  • Janaczewska, Noelle. The Book of Thistles (UWA Publishing) Non-fiction set in WA – Part accidental memoir, part environmental history and part exploration of the performative voice on the page, The Book of Thistles is about the cultural and social life of this group of plants we call thistles.
  • Johns, Rachael. The Greatest Gift of All (MIRA) General fiction
  • Hall, Faye. Lust & Chastity (Beachwalk Press) General fiction
  • Kelada, Odette. Drawing Sybylla (UWA Publishing) General fiction/literary
  • O’Donnell, Kate. Untidy Towns (University of Queensland Press) General fiction – commercial. Young Adult set in country Victoria
  • O’Hagan, Joan. A Roman Death (Black Quill Press) – Historical fiction set in Rome 45 BCE. New edition of historical crime novel by Australian crime writer Joan O’Hagan (now deceased) originally published by Macmillan (London, 1988); original reviews can be found on author’s website here.
  • Rice, Sarah. Fingertip of the Tongue (UWA Publishing) Poetry – ‘In Fingertip of the Tongue’ we find a poetry of close observation of people and everyday objects, finding in them new and deeper implications. Sarah Rice displays a fascination with form and a great skill in finding the startlingly apt word, the evocative insight.
  • Sayer, Mandy. Australian Gypsies: Their Secret History (New South) History 1788 – present
  • Washington, Lynette, Plane Tree Drive (MidnightSun Publishing)
  • Wright, Fiona. Domestic Interior (Giramondo) Poetry


  • Broadbent, Cindy. The Afghan Wife (Odyssey Books)
  • Green, Elizabeth. Parenting is Forever (UWA Publishing) Non Fiction – Practical tips for navigating the developmental stages of childhood
  • McGuire, Magdalena. Home Is Nearby. (Impress Books) General fiction/literary set in Poland in the 1980s
  • Washington, Lynette. Plane Tree Drive (Midnight Sun Publishing) General fiction/literary


  • Clark, T. M. Child of Africa (MIRA) – general fiction
  • Darcy, Elizabeth M. Winnawarra (Luminosity Publishing) Suspense/thriller fiction set in present day Australian outback, Kimberly
  • Forsyth, Kate. Vasilisa the Wise and Other Tales of Brave Young Women (Serenity Press) Historical fiction for Young Adults
  • Lane, Karly. The Drover’s Woman (Allen & Unwin) Rural Fiction
  • Parkyn, Stephanie. Into The World (Allen & Unwin) Historical Fiction set in France, Australia & the South Pacific 1790s
  • Kylie Fox and Ruth Wykes. Impact: the ripple effect of murder (Clan Destine Press) True Crime – Kylie Fox and Ruth Wykes are award-winning writers whose true crime book Invisible Women was released in 2016. Kylie has won awards in several categories for her crime fiction short stories at the Scarlet Stiletto Awards, run by Sisters in Crime Australia. Ruth took out first prize at the 2016 Scarlet Stilettos
  • Murdoch, Kate. Stone Circle (Fireship Press) Historical fiction set in 16th century Italy

Some time in 2017 or ‘later in the year’

  • 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.

January/February 2018

  • Allen, Louise. The Sisters’ Song (Allen & Unwin) Historical Fiction set in Tasmania 1920s to 1990s
  • Taylor, Virginia. Golden Opportunity (Kensington Books) Contemporary General Fiction set in South Australia
  • Napier, Kali. The Secrets at Oceans Edge (Hachette Australia)


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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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