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Eight new releases from Canberra authors to read this summer

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2021 has been a year ripe with creativity in Canberra—and our local authors continue to grace us with exciting new works.

If you need a little help deciding what to read next, we suggest that you immerse yourself in the latest gripping and compelling stories written by our favourite Canberra authors.

From outback crime thrillers to moving love stories, here are eight new releases to add to your reading list.

The Stoning

Peter Papathanasiou

 

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Papathanasiou’s debut crime novel, The Stoning, is an outback-noir centred around a mysterious and gruesome murder that takes place in a small outback town.

If you want an intriguing page-turner that will keep you guessing, this novel will immerse in brilliant characters and a nuanced exploration of nationhood and prejudice.

Believe in Me

Lucy Neave

From the author of Who We Were, Lucy Neave’s latest novel Believe in Me is an exciting narrative that explores the complex and moving relationships between mothers and their children.

Believe in Me is a poignant and touching intergenerational story that interrogates how our families shape our identity and personal histories.

Treasure and Dirt

Chris Hammer

Set in a fictional desolate mining town Hammer’s latest novel, Treasure & Dirt, is based around two detectives sent to investigate the gruesome murder of an opal miner.

This outback thriller will be sure to plunge you into a dangerous and suspenseful world replete with secrets to uncover.

The Painting

Alison Booth

 

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Set in the 1980s, The Painting is based around a young Hungarian woman named Anika who flees her home country to Sydney after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, bringing with her only a painting from her family’s hidden collection.

When Anika’s painting is stolen she embarks on a quest to retrieve it, being forced to confront her family’s past. Booth’s latest historical fiction will be sure to engross you in a beautifully compelling mystery.

Now That I See You

Emma Batchelor

 

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The debut novel from Emma Batchelor, Now That I See You, is an exciting new piece of autofiction that beautifully explores relationships, gender and identity through a messy and moving love story.

The Kindness of Birds

Merlina Bobis

 

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This collection of short stories come together as a heartfelt glimmer of hope where kindness transcends violence and isolation. Bobis celebrates the connection between women and nature in 14 stories linked by birds.

The Breaking

Irma Gold

Irma Gold’s debut novel is set in Thailand as two women are swept into thrilling adventures rescuing elephants.

The Breaking is a vivid exploration of romance, politics and ethics, Gold’s writing will draw you into the catastrophic and exhilarating world that will “blow your mind”.

Failures of Command

Hugh Poate

Poate’s comprehensive book details a quest for answers after his son, Private Robert Poate, and two other soldiers were killed in Afghanistan in 2012.

This is a compelling story of devastating loss and shocking facts uncovered to force us to deeper understand Australia’s war in Afghanistan and the role of Defence.

Feature image: Lucy Neave by Hilary Wardaugh

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