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August New Releases

We have a list of essential reading out this August — stellar Australian and translated fiction, and inspiring nonfiction to get you through the last snap of winter.

Australian author Kate Ryan’s stunning debut novel The Golden Book is a beautifully written look at love, memory, and female relationships; Fox and I is Catherine Raven’s inspiring, moving, surprising, and often funny memoir about the transformative power of her unusual friendship with a wild fox; The Orchard Murders is the fourth novel in Robert Gott’s acclaimed Murders series, set in Melbourne during the dark days of the Second World War; In God Save the Queen Dennis Altman, a celebrated academic and avowed republican, investigates the unexpected durability and potential benefits of constitutional monarchies; and The Liquid Land is a brooding literary novel by Viennese author Raphaela Edelbauer that takes readers through a glittering and strange nightmare.

Find out more about the titles below, and to win a copy of one of our new releases, head to our Facebook or Instagram.

The Golden Book

Jessie had said they should go at midnight. 'It’s the gods’ time,' she said, narrowing her eyes dramatically. 'Anything could happen.’

It’s the 1980s, and in their small coastal town, Ali and her best friend, Jessie, are on the cusp. With ‘The Golden Book’, a journal of incantation and risk taking as their record, they begin to chafe at the restrictions put on them by teachers, parents, each other. Then Jessie suffers a devastating accident, and both their lives are forever changed.

When Ali is an adult, with a young daughter herself, the news of Jessie’s death brings back the intensity of…

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Fox and I

A solitary woman’s inspiring, moving, surprising, and often funny memoir about the transformative power of her unusual friendship with a wild fox.

Catherine Raven left home at 15, fleeing an abusive father and an indifferent mother. Drawn to the natural world, she worked as a ranger in national parks, at times living in her run-down car on abandoned construction sites, or camping on a piece of land in Montana she bought from a colleague. She managed to put herself through college and then graduate school, eventually earning a PhD in biology and building a house on her remote plot. Yet she never felt at…

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The Orchard Murders

A novel about revenge, obsession, and the dangerous gullibility of religious fanatics.

In 1944, in the outer-Melbourne suburb of Nunawading, a brutal triple murder heralds the return of a long-forgotten cult. A man named Anthony Prescott has declared himself the Messiah and has promised his followers immortality. There are those who believe him and who are ready to kill in his name. Inspector Titus Lambert of the Melbourne Homicide unit, whose detectives are over-stretched, requests the discreet assistance of Helen Lord and Joe Sable, once members of his unit, now private inquiry agents. The investigation…

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God Save the Queen

An avowed republican investigates the unexpected durability and potential benefits of constitutional monarchies.

When he was deposed in Egypt in 1952, King Farouk predicted that there would be five monarchs left at the end of the century: the kings of hearts, diamonds, clubs, spades, and of England. To date, his prediction has proved wrong, and while the twentieth century saw the collapse of monarchies across Europe, many democratic societies have remained monarchies.

God Save the Queen is the first book to look at constitutional monarchies globally, and is particularly relevant given the pro-democracy…

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The Liquid Land

A town that doesn’t want to be found. A countess who rules over the memories of an entire community. A hole in the earth that threatens to drag them all into its depths.

When her parents die in a car accident, the highly talented physicist Ruth Schwarz is confronted with an almost intractable problem. Her parents’ will calls for them to be buried in their childhood home — but for strangers, Gross-Einland is a village that remains stubbornly hidden from view.

When Ruth finally finds her way there, she makes a disturbing discovery: beneath the town lies a vast cavern that seems to exert a strange…

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