February 2017 releases


  • Austin, Cassandra, All Fall Down (PRH) – general fiction
  • Callen, Alissa, The Long Paddock (MIRA) – contemporary adult general fiction (commercial), set in rural NSW
  • Campion, Alice. The Shifting Light (Penguin Random House) General fiction – The Shifting Light, like its prequel, The Painted Sky, was written by a group of women known as Alice Campion. The series is believed to be the first commercial collaboration from a group this size (five women for the first book; four for the second). The Shifting Light was published as part of a three-book option secured by ”Alice” just a couple of weeks after The Painted Sky manuscript was sent to Penguin Random House. The ‘Alices’ have since conducted workshops in collaborative fiction at The Sydney Writers’ Festival and the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne and travelled to Japan as part of the Japan Writers’ Conference. In April next year Alice will run a 10-day workshop in Nepal as part of the Himalayan Writers’ Workshop. The Shifting Light can also be read as a stand-alone novel.
  • Clark, Phillipa Nefri. The Station Master’s Cottagedebut adult commercial fiction; set on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria 1967-8 and 2016-7.
  • Clarkson, Rebeka, Barking Dogs (Affirm Press) – contemporary literary general fiction set in Mt Barker, South Australia. Rebekah Clarkson’s award-winning short stories have been published widely, most recently in Griffith Review, Best Australian Stories, Australian Book Review and Something Special, Something Rare: Outstanding Short Stories by Australian Women (Black Inc.). Her stories have been recognised in major awards in Australia and overseas, including the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, Fish Publishing Short Story Prize and Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open. She has a BA in Aboriginal Studies and an MA and PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide.
  • Eades, Quinn, Rallying  (UWAP) – poetry. Rallying was written alongside Quinn Eades’s first book, all the beginnings: a queer autobiography of the body, and before he began transitioning from female to male.
  • Fealey, Susan, Flute of Milk (UWAP) – poetry. Flute of Milk is Susan Fealy’s first full-length collection of poems after years of publication in Australian and US journals and anthologies.
  • Field, Nicole. The Last American Hero. “In the aftermath of the accident that revealed his identity, famous superhero Captain Hart has gone missing. His best friend Bruce waits anxiously for any sign of him, any clue as to where Leo Hart might have gone—even though he knows full well he’s not the only one looking, and that it might be best for Leo to stay gone. Then Leo returns, and Bruce starts to wonder whether it will be the good thing he expected it to be.” Nicole writes across the spectrum of sexuality and gender identity. She lives in Melbourne with her fiancee, two cats, and a bottomless cup of tea. She likes candles, incense and Gilmore Girls. She can be found on Twitter, Goodreads and Tumblr.
  • Fox, Candice, Crimson Lake (PRH) – ‘crime and thrills’
  • Gardiner, Kelly, 1917 (Scholastic) – 1917 is the fourth novel in Scholastic’s Australia’s Great War series for young readers. Kelly’s books include the young adult novels Act of Faith and The Sultan’s Eyes, both of which were shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and CBCA Notable Books. Act of Faith was shortlisted for the Gold Inky Award and Highly Commended in the Barbara Jefferis Award. The Sultan’s Eyes was selected by the International Youth Library for its White Ravens list of the world’s most important YA novels of 2014. Her ‘Swashbuckler’ trilogy of pirate adventures for young readers included Ocean Without End, a Storylines New Zealand’s Notable Book. Kelly’s most recent book was Goddess, a novel for adults based on the life of the seventeenth century French swordswoman, cross-dresser and opera singer, Mademoiselle de Maupin. She is also the co-host of Unladylike, a podcast about women and writing.
  • Gill, Tamara. Only a Duke Will Do (To Marry a Rogue) (Entangled: Select Historical) – historical fiction, set in early 19th-century London.
  • Giorgi, Kyra, The Circle and the Equator (UWAP) – short story collection debut
  • Goldbloom, Goldie, Gwen (Fremantle Press) – ‘novel inspired by historical character’, about the artist Gwen John.
  • Gurney, Barbara. The Promise  (Austin Macauley) – general fiction set in Western Australia; 1960 and current
  • Heyman, Kathryn, Storm and Grace (Allen & Unwin) – ‘literary thriller’
  • Hurley-Moore, Nicole, Country Roads (Allen & Unwin)
  • Husk, Shona, Lady of Silver (Lyrical) – Blood and Silver book 1; paranormal romance set in Perth, WA.
  • Jacobs, Anna, A Stranger in Honeyfield (Allison & Busby)
  • Joy, Amanda, Snake Like Charms (UWAP) – poetry. Amanda Joy is a poet from the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of Western Australia.
  • Laurie, Meshel, Buddhism for Break-ups (Nero)
  • Lyonns, Kelly, The Soldier’s Woman (Atlas Productions) – historical fiction, set in Portugal, 1810
  • McAlister, Jodi, Valentine (PRH) – YA
  • McDermott, Lynette, Perseverance – Book 2 of the Garth Trilogy – self-published
  • New and Selected Poems of Anna Wickham edited by Nathanael O’Reilly (UWAP) – London-born, brought up in Brisbane, Australia; pseudonym of Edith Alice Mary Harper (1883-1947).
  • Saftich, Michelle, Wanderers No More (Odyssey Books)
  • Taste of Romance (Melbourne Romance Writers Guild)
  • Vaile, Sany, Combatting Fear (Crimson Romance) – contemporary suspense/thriller, set in South Australia.
  • Walker-Smith, G J., Silk Queen – #7 of Wishes series

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