The best of 2017: Australian books

21 Dec 2017




Long days at the beach, lazy barbeques, backyard cricket, concerts under the stars – wherever your adventures take you this summer, throw a book in your backpack or beach bag...
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The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose: a meditation on the nature of art, life and love set against the backdrop of performance artist Marina Abramović’s 2010 artwork The Artist is Present, in which Abramović sat at a table in New York’s Museum of Modern Art in silence for 75 days, inviting people to sit opposite her and exchange gazes.

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow
by Jessica Townsend: the first in a “magical” series for children aged between eight and 12, the novel centres around a child named Morrigan Crow who is born on the unluckiest day of the year and is cursed to die on her 11th birthday.


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Paris: Through a Fashion Eye
by Megan Hess: an illustrated guide to one of the world's celebrated fashion cities by one of the world's most successful fashion illustrators – where to eat, sleep, shop and play.


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Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms by Anita Heiss: Set in rural New South Wales during World War II, the novel tells the story of relationship between a young Aboriginal girl and a Japanese man who has escaped from a prisoner of war camp on the fringes of Cowra. 

Dogs with Jobs
by Laura Greaves: stories about several quite remarkable dogs, including diabetes-alerter and mental-health supporter Molly Polly; ultra-marathon runner Truman; children’s hospice assistant Frankie; and accelerant- and fire-detector Viking.


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