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


  • 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
  • Davis, Karen. M. Fatal Mistake (Simon and Schuster) – Crime fiction, present day set in Sydney
  • Delany, Brigid. Wellmania (Nero) Non fiction
  • 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
  • Gauci, Kathryn. Conspiracy of Lies – Historical Fiction
  • 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.
  • James, Melissa. Beneath the Skin (MIRA)
  • Lane, Cassie. How to Dress a Dummy (Affirm Press) Memoir/biography
  • 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.
  • Matthews, Rachel. Siren (Transit Lounge Press) General fiction/literary contemporary set in Victoria
  • Pouliot, Melissa.  Found  (mpmedia solutions) Crime set in Sydney and Melbourne. Current times, flashback to late 80s. Sequel to Write About Me
  • 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)
  • Zwicky, Faye. The Collected Poems of Fay Zwicky (UWA Publishing) Poetry set in WA


  • 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
  • Croggon, Alison. New and Selected Poems 1991=2017 (Newport Street Books) Poetry – Alison Croggon is an award-winning novelist, poet, librettist and critic. Her poetry has been widely published in journals in Australia and internationally, and is included in many major Australian anthologies
  • Dempster, Lisa. Neon Pilgrim. (Ventura Press) Memoir/biography
  • Gauci, Kathryn. Conspiracy of Lies – Historical Fiction
  • Hein, Cathryn. Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy (Self published Cathryn Hein) General fiction – commercial set in South Australia. Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy is the follow-on story to 2017 RWA Romantic Book of the Year finalist Santa and the Saddler
  • Holland, PatriciaThe Styx (Lacuna Publishing) – Literary, Adult Contemporary, set in Queensland Coastal Wilderness
  • Ladd, Kylie. The Way Back (Allen & Unwin) – general commercial fiction
  • Michael, Rose. The Art of Navigation (UWA Publishing) Speculative fiction set in Victoria
  • 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’
  • Scheuerer, Helen. Heart of Mist (Talem Press) Speculative fiction, YA
  • Straw, Leigh. After the War: Returned Soldiers and the Mental and Physical Scars of World War I (UWA Publishing) History
  • Verity, Bree. The Unwilling Smuggler (Self published) Historical fiction set in London 1793
  • Viskic, Emma. And Fire Came Down (Caleb Zelic Book 2) (Bonnier) Crime – The sequel to RESURRECTION BAY, winner of the 2016 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction and three Davitt Awards: Best Adult Novel, Best Debut, and Readers’ Choice.


  • Allen, Louise. Debut novel (Allen & Unwin) – shortlisted for the 2014 City of Fremantle—TAG Hungerford Award.
  • Bishop, Stephanie. Untitled as yet (Hachette)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Brear, AnneMarie. A Noble Place (Choc Lit)
  • Clark, T. M. Slowly, Slowly Catch a Monkey (Wombat Books) – for children or younger readers
  • Corbett, Elizabeth. The Tides Between (Odyssey Books)
  • 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.
  • Kelada, Odette. Drawing Sybylla (UWA Publishing) General fiction/literary
  • 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
  • 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
  • Johns, Rachael. The Greatest Gift of All  (Harlequin)
  • 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
  • Forsyth, Kate. Vasilisa the Wise and Other Tales of Brave Young Women (Serenity Press) General fiction – commercial for Young Adults
  • Lane, Karly. The Drover’s Woman (Allen & Unwin)
  • 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

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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