Books to add to the TBR in 2016

It’s the beginning of a brand new publishing year, and so all of the major news outlets seem to be putting out definitive lists of the books that their reviewers are excited to read over the next 12 months. As always, it’s a case of so many amazing books, so little time, but here is a selection of the titles we’re keen to get our mitts on, as well as links to pre-order them if that’s possible yet.

(It’s almost as hard to choose favourite books in Australia as it is to choose which limb you’d least like to lose (to badly paraphrase Neil Gaiman), so I’ve just chosen an arbitrary number of books to feature, and put the books in no particular order.)

1. Fragments by Elena Ferrante

Available JulySadly, delayed until later this year, Fragments is a collection of essays by best selling Italian recluse Elena Ferrante. We loved her Neapolitan Quartet in 2015, and celebrated selling our 100th copy of My Brilliant Friend in December.

3. Leaving Elvis and Other Stories by Michelle Michau-Crawford

Available February

A collection of stories from the ABR/ Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize winning author, published by UWA Press. Short fiction is undergoing some exciting changes and I am excited to see which new writers are published because of it. If the titular story is anything to go by, I think this collection is going to be a best seller.

4. Feel Free by Zadie Smith

Available July

As a recent Zadie Smith fan, and someone who has seen the power of her speaking live, I am very keen to read some essays by this smart, classy writer.

5. The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke

Those who saw Maxine Beneba Clarke at the 2015 Perth Writers Festival, or those who have read her award winning collection Foreign Soil, know that she is a force to be reckoned with. This memoir is sure to be charged with passion, zeal and a little bit of anger, and is sure to be written in such a way as to knock your socks right off.

6. A Kiss for Mr Fitzgerald by Natasha Lester

Available April

Another local author (hooray!), this time the TAG Hungerford award winning author of If I Should Lose You and What is Left Over, After. Yes, we are talking Fitzgerald as in F. Scott.

New York, the 1930s, flappers, and a heroine ahead of her time. This book sounds (and looks) amazing.

7. The Muse by Jessie Burton

I hope this one isn’t only going to be released in the UK because that would break my heart. I loved The Miniaturist, which was my top read for 2014 and can’t wait to see what’s next.

8. What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

If you haven’t read White is for Witching, get yourself in store right now and remedy that. Helen Oyeyemi’s work treads the line between magical realism and contemporary fairy tales, so a new short story collection from her is a cause for celebration. No release date for Australia yet, but we live in hope.

Lib Millenium Interviewed by UWA Press

We know the folks down at UWA Publishing are pretty special types. Not only do they supply us with quality books, they are also champions for local writers and literary causes, and this Christmas they are featuring one local independent bookshop a week to really highlight how amazing the Perth bookselling community is! We got to do an interview with Charlotte this week and you can read what we had to say.

If you’re not already following us on Facebook, do click that little blue LIKE button, because we’ll be spotlighting some of UWA Press’s great selection as well as tonnes of other local authors that you need to know about in the lead up to Christmas.

NEW Harry Potter Sequel, 31st July 2016


Little, Brown Book Group announces today that they will publish the script book Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II, an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne written to be enjoyed on stage. The Special Rehearsal Edition of the script book (hardback, $45) will be published at 10am on 31st July 2016 AEST, following the play’s opening on 30th July, bringing the eighth Harry Potter story to a wider, global audience. The script eBook will be published simultaneously with the print editions by Pottermore, in collaboration with Little, Brown Book Group in the UK, and Scholastic in the US and Canada.

David Shelley, CEO of Little, Brown Book Group said: ‘We are so thrilled to be publishing the script of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. J.K. Rowling and her team have received a huge number of appeals from fans who can’t be in London to see the play and who would like to read the play in book format – and so we are absolutely delighted to be able to make it available for them.’”” (Source – Hachette Australia.)

About the book/play:
The eighth story. Nineteen years later.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne, is the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. It will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.

All That is Lost Between Us- Author Talk with Sara Foster

Thank you to everyone who braved the heatwave to come out and see Sara Foster talk about her new domestic thriller, All That is Lost Between Us.

Sara regaled the audience on Tuesday the 9th of February with the story of her path to publication, and very kindly shared with us all the very first letter she ever sent to agents and publishers, pitching a book which now lives in the infamous bottom drawer. The replies to this letter, which she also brought to show us, were short and heartbreakingly of the no variety. And yet, Sara persevered and now has four novels to her name. All that Is Lost Between Us is set to become her newest bestseller. It is impossible to put down.

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Signed Copies of Tim Winton’s Island Home

We are lucky enough to have a limited number of signed copies of Tim Winton’s Island Home available now. This book is receiving rave reviews from customers and critics alike and will make a wonderful Christmas gift for someone special.

‘I grew up on the world’s largest island.’ This apparently simple fact is the starting point for Tim Winton’s beautiful, evocative and sometimes provocative memoir of how this unique landscape has shaped him and his writing. For over thirty years, Winton has written novels in which the natural world is as much a living presence as any character. What is true of his work is also true of his life: from boyhood, his relationship with the world around him – rockpools, seacaves, scrub and swamp – was as vital as any other connection. Camping in hidden inlets of the south-east, walking in the high rocky desert fringe, diving at Ningaloo Reef, bobbing in the sea between sets, Winton has felt the place seep into him, with its rhythms, its dangers, its strange sustenance, and learned to see landscape as a living process. Island Home is the story of how that relationship with the Australian landscape came to be, and how it has determined his ideas, his writing and his life. It is also a passionate exhortation for all of us to feel the ground beneath our feet. Much more powerfully than a political idea, or an economy, Australia is a physical entity. Where we are defines who we are, in ways we too often forget to our detriment, and the country’s. Wise, rhapsodic, exalted – Island Home is not just a brilliant, moving insight into the life and art of one of our finest writers, but a compelling investigation into the way our country makes us who we are.