2014 Man Booker Prize Winner

 Congratulations to Richard Flanagan, winner of the Man Booker Prize, 2014.   This year the award has been opened for the first time to any book published in the United Kingdom and in the English language.Richard Flanagan was the only Australian author on the shortlist.

A novel of the cruelty of war, and tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love.
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Shortlist 2014

The Narrow Road to the Deep North  by Richard Flanagan
August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever.

This savagely beautiful novel is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour  by Joshua Ferris
Paul O'Rourke is a man made of contradictions: he loves the world, but doesn't know how to live in it. He's a Luddite addicted to his iPhone, a dentist with a nicotine habit, a rabid Red Sox fan devastated by their victories, and an atheist not quite willing to let go of God.

Then someone begins to impersonate Paul online, and he watches in horror as a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account are created in his name. What begins as an outrageous violation of his privacy soon becomes something more soul-frightening: the possibility that the online "Paul" might be a better version of the real thing. As Paul's quest to learn why his identity has been stolen deepens, he is forced to confront his troubled past and his uncertain future in a life disturbingly split between the real and the virtual.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves  by Karen Joy Fowler
Rosemary's young, just at college, and she's decided not to tell anyone a thing about her family. So we're not going to tell you too much either: you'll have to find out for yourselves what it is that makes her unhappy family unlike any other. Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone - vanished from her life.

There's something unique about Rosemary's sister, Fern. So now she's telling her story; a looping narrative that begins towards the end, and then goes back to the beginning. Twice.

It's funny, clever, intimate, honest, analytical and swirling with ideas that will come back to bite you. We hope you enjoy it, and if, when you're telling a friend about it, you do decide to spill the beans about Fern, don't feel bad. It's pretty hard to resist.

J (Jonathan Cape) by Howard Jacobson

Set in the future - a world where the past is a dangerous country, not to be talked about or visited - J is a love story of incomparable strangeness, both tender and terrifying.
Two people fall in love, not yet knowing where they have come from or where they are going. Kevern doesn't know why his father always drew two fingers across his lips when he said a word starting with a J. It wasn't then, and isn't now, the time or place to be asking questions. Ailinn too has grown up in the dark about who she was or where she came from. On their first date Kevern kisses the bruises under her eyes. He doesn't ask who hurt her. Brutality has grown commonplace. They aren't sure if they have fallen in love of their own accord, or whether they've been pushed into each other's arms. But who would have pushed them, and why?

The Lives of Others  by Neel Mukherjee
Calcutta, 1967. Unnoticed by his family, Supratik has become dangerously involved in extremist political activism. Compelled by an idealistic desire to change his life and the world around him, all he leaves behind before disappearing is this note …

The ageing patriarch and matriarch of his family, the Ghoshes, preside over their large household, unaware that beneath the barely ruffled surface of their lives the sands are shifting. More than poisonous rivalries among sisters-in-law, destructive secrets, and the implosion of the family business, this is a family unravelling as the society around it fractures. For this is a moment of turbulence, of inevitable and unstoppable change: the chasm between the generations, and between those who have and those who have not, has never been wider.

How to be Both  by Ali Smith
How to be both is a novel all about art's versatility. Borrowing from painting's fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, it's a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions. There's a renaissance artist of the 1460s. There's a child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, str
uctural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real - and all life's givens get given a second chance.


We love reading...Staff picks, October 2014

The Hunger Angel by Herta Muller

This novel walks a fine line between fiction and reality.  The author Herta Muller, winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature was born in Romania and grew up during the Ceausescu regime.  Her works reflect the turmoils of war, post war events and displacement.  After the war, thousands of Romanians with German backgrounds were deported to Soviet labour camps where thousands of them died.  Muller’s mother was one of these deportees who spent 5 years in such a camp. When the deportees returned home some years later the political climate enforced a silence about what had happened at these camps.  Some 50 years later Muller challenged this silence by talking to former deportees including lengthy conversations with the poet and deportee Oskar Pastior about their experiences in the camps.  After Pastior’s death Muller decided to write her book The Hunger Angel based on survivor’s testimonies.
The novel is narrated by Leo Auberg, a 17 year old deportee.  Leo spends 5 years in a coke processing plant, shovelling coal, carrying bricks, mixing cement and battling hunger. As hunger becomes an insatiable angel ordinary objects take on a new focus – a handkerchief becomes a tallisman, the heart merely a pump, coal, sand and snow take on a will of their own.  Observations of the dehumanising existence of the deportees become both illusionary and profound.  Leo’s torment does not end when he returns home. Those who were left behind cannot imagine the anguish, disconnection and rage that survivor’s experience.
I would recommend this book written in short chapters that build on conversations and images to reveal the whole story because it is different in both content and style to other ‘camp’ novels.  Camp life is not depicted in the graphic way that many authors of this genre employ but primarily by the use of creative language and images.
The Hunger Angel  a different read.

~Reviewed by Angela

 Two Brothers by Ben Elton

Berlin 1920, twin boys are born to Jewish parents. But it is also the birth year of another child of the 20th Century, the Nazi Party. Only one of these three will survive beyond 1945.  Two brothers, united and indivisible, sharing everything. Twins in all but blood. As Germany marches into the Nazi era, onward to the Jewish oppression, the ties of family, friendship and love are tested to the very limits of endurance. And the brothers are faced with an unimaginable choice. Ben Elton has written an epic novel which fully details the times in Germany which led to the Jewish nightmare, and the final evil conclusion, from the viewpoint of a small secular Jewish family. As part of the tale there is also a mystery, with a number of twists in the plot to surprise the reader. Elton usually imparts a message in his novels about problems he sees in our society, and he can lay it on a bit thick, although with a distinct brand of humour. In this novel the message is in the historic facts, which he brings out very well in the story, but in no way could it be called a humorous book. As we learn, this is a story close to Elton’s own family history, which accounts for much of the detail. An alternate story of the Jewish experience leading up to WWII, written with feeling, and a flowing read.

~Reviewed by Glenn

The Ruby Slippers by Keir Alexander

The title and cover of this book conjured up images from the Wizard of Oz-namely Dorothy, her red slippers and the covetous behaviour of the Wicked Witch of the West. The reality was an urban fairytale, with themes of greed, redemption, reconnection and love.

 The ruby slippers are the focal point of the story, being used as a device to tell the stories of the diverse and apparently random characters whom they come into contact with. Reading further, you discover the storylines are cleverly intertwined, revealing unexpected connections between the main characters:  Rosa, the homeless woman, Michael the Latvian grocer, James, a gay librarian who has just lost his partner and Harrison, a troubled teenager who dreams of changing his life by stealing the slippers.

A complex and clever tale, I found the storyline to be compelling and original, with a happily ever after ending for nearly everyone (what else do you expect from a fairy tale?).
Overall, a very enjoyable read and a great debut novel.

~Reviewed by Monique

Mean Streak by Sandra Brown

Mean Streak is the latest offering from NY best selling author Sandra Brown.  The author is well known for her prolific mystery and thriller titles.
The story centres around Dr Emory Charbonneau, a wife, paediatrician and marathon runner who goes missing in the mountains.  Emory wakes in an isolated cabin with a man hiding from the world.
Her husband doesn't seem overly concerned about her disappearance, or at least not initially.
While there are lots of  great cast of characters and strong storytelling, I scoffed frequently at the relationship developing between Emory and her captor.
While eager to finish the book to discover what would happen next -  it certainly didn't place me on the edge of my seat.  I found both mystery and thrill a bit light on, but still satisfying.  Readers who enjoy their stories peppered with romance should enjoy this book even more.
In summary - an enjoyable read, a clever plot and a few surprises.   This is the first Sandra Brown book I've read and I while I would read another I won't be waiting with baited breath for her next.

~Reviewed by Amber

Through the woods by Emily Carroll

I’ve never before read a graphic novel that made me unsure about turning off the light. Yet this occurred in my singly-devoured sitting of “Through the Woods”. Here Emily Carroll presents five macabre stories, all of them revolving around the isolating, mysterious and dangerous world of the deep, dark wood we’ve been warned to fear since childhood. Each story is razor sharp, unnerving as the early work of Stephen King and as iconic as Edgar Allan Poe. Though at times visceral, the most horrifying events are not displayed in full gore, but rather are evoked through the power of suggestion.
The artwork itself is spectacular, achieved in an edgy graphic style. Amid bold blood-red and ink-blank blocks of colour Carroll masterfully injects many subtle and eerie details.
Be prepared for a dead brother (you’d know, you killed him) come back to life; for a lost young girl whose skin is worn by… well, I don’t want to spoil any surprises.
Highly recommended for fans of cinematic and literary horror, and for lovers of fairy tales gone awry.

~Reviewed by Dasha


Take Time for Yourself - October is Mental Health Month

 Sutherland Shire Libraries has a range of downloadable resources that you could use in your 'me' time.
Reading has long been recognised as a good way to relax. Have you ever thought of letting someone else do the reading?  Sutherland Shire Libraries have eBooks and Audiobooks that can be downloaded to your mobile devices. You can find out what eBooks and Audiobooks the library has by searching the library catalogue. Overdrive has recently improved content offering books from best selling authors such as Lee Child, Lisa Jackson, Jodi Piccoult, Patricia Cornwell, Clive Cussler, Judy Nunn, Peter Fitzsimons, David Hill, Tom Keneally. This library never closes and lets you read or listen on your PC or transfer to your e-reader, iPod or tablet.

eBooks and Audiobooks are shown in your library catalogue search results by these two icons:
 The icons with the 'e' as part of the caption indicate the titles which are Electronic Resources. They can be used from anywhere you have an internet connection. No need to physically visit the library to use them.

You can also go directly to the library's Audio and eBook page.
eBooks from Overdrive do not open directly from the search results. First time users should look at the instructions supplied from the library's Overdrive Audiobooks and eBooks  Learn More link help with setup of Overdrive.

Overdrive has a great range of Fiction and Non-fiction titles, which can be found via Encore or in Overdrive itself.
Overdrive allows you to borrow titles for a 3 week period, (shorter if you wish), renew them and place or cancel holds on titles. You can have a maximum of 10 titles out at a time, whether that is a mix of eBook or eAudio.
TIP: Overdrive titles do not appear on your regular library online account, a separate Overdrive account has to be created for each member and loans, returns and holds etc. are managed from there.

eAudio is also available from Overdrive, with the titles coming from over 2,000 publishers and new ones being added all the time, there is something for everyone.

eAudio is the only format available from OneClickDigital, so if you want something to listen to while driving or on your morning walk browse through the range offered by OneClickDigital. Like Overdrive to borrow audiobooks from Oneclickdigital you have to create a new account, which enables the creation of preferences, alerts and collection lists. 
Overdrive and OneClickDigital require software to be downloaded to your PC or portable device on the first use. All the information required to access these all these titles is contained on the library website under each resource.
Do you like to keep up to date with your favourite magazines? Then you’ll love Zinio – a free digital magazine service available at Sutherland Shire Libraries as part of its range of online collections.
The current issue of popular magazine titles can be downloaded onto many devices including PC, Mac, iPad or Android tablet.  Zinio enables readers to move seamlessly between text, graphics, animated illustrations and videos; making reading their favourite titles an interactive experience.
Titles cover a wide range of interests and age groups including Elle, Gardening Australia, Harper’s Bazaar,  MacUser, PC & Tech Authority, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Donna Hay, Taste, Star, OK, Vogue Australia, Weight Watchers,
Gourmet Traveller, Australian Womans Weekly, New Idea and many more.
A list of magazines included in Sutherland Libraries zinio subscription can be found on the library catalogue.
Information and step-by-step instructions on setting up and using Zinio are available on the Sutherland Shire Libraries website
Get free music and music videos from thousands of artists from the Sony catalogue. Using Freegal, library members can download up to 3 free song MP3s, or 1 song MP3 and 1 music MP4 video per week from the Sony Music catalogue. Choose from thousands of artists and hundreds of thousands of songs, all free and legally yours to keep.  Library members can now also access 3 hours of music streaming per day. Information and step-by-step instructions on setting up and using Freegal are available on the Sutherland Shire Libraries website.

These resources are available to members of Sutherland Shire Libraries.


We love reading...staff picks September 2014

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

Stella Gibbon’s classic comic novel written in 1932, is a hilarious and memorable read full of eccentric characters.
Flora Poste, orphaned at 20, has been expensively educated in many accomplishments except for earning a living. She decides to live with some relatives at Cold Comfort Farm in Sussex, England. There she finds Aunt Uncle Amos preaching hell-fire and damnation to the local villagers, Cousin Seth seducing the village girls, young Elfine running wild in the woods, and Great Aunt Ada Doom refusing to leave her room because she saw something nasty in the woodshed as a child. None of it is to Flora’s liking so she decides to tidy up all their lives, tackling one family member at a time.
Reviewed by Neza

The Voyage of the Unquiet Ice (Ship Kings 2)  by  Andrew McGahan

This is the second volume of Andrew McGahan's adventure series, Ship Kings.  In the first book (The Coming of the Whirlpool) we meet Dow Amber, a boy who has lived his whole life in a small inland community of forest workers.  When Dow first glimpses the sea  he feels a deep yearning, the pull of the sea is irresistible.  Against the wishes and customs of his village he is sent to the coast to learn to become a fisherman.  Dow performs an amazing feat which brings him to the notice of the Ship Kings, the powerful maritime rulers.  In this second book Dow is invited to travel on the Chloe, a Ship King battleship, on a voyage to the icy north.  A tale of adventure, survival, rebellion and treachery, I particularly loved McGahan's descriptions of the Ice Wall and the landscape of the North Pole.  An absorbing read for mid teens and up.  I eagerly await Vol 3 to continue the story. 
Reviewed by Bernie

Keepers of light by Christopher Salmon

 I really enjoyed reading this debut novel by local author Christopher Salmon. The story is about Best, a 94 year old man living in a nursing home, who has been bestowed the dubious honour of being selected by his doctor to be the first subject to be voluntarily euthanized under new NSW legislation. The book moves easily back and forth in time, offering insight into Best’s childhood and life (you may recognise some locations), and  delving into his aboriginal /convict heritage, and back to his life now.  The many themes introduced in the book create a thought provoking and fascinating story.  It is a well written, easy to read and hard to put down-I would recommend it to anyone. 

Reviewed by Monique

The messenger by Markus Zusak

Ed is an under-aged cabbie driver whose future is looking pretty bleak. He loves to read, but doesn’t enjoy school. When he accidently disturbs a bank robbery, his life changes – for better or worse? Then the messages from the Ace arrive. Each time they arrive, Ed must carry out a special task. Sometimes these tasks are thoughtful and pleasant and at other times, they are brutal and life-risking. These tasks change Ed in a profound way that Ed starts to wonder: Maybe everyone can live beyond what they're capable of”. But who is the Ace? This book is suitable for ages 15 – 18 years.

Reviewed by Ali

“The Fictional Woman” by Tara Moss.

Discussion of Tara Moss seems to be universally prefaced with the tag ‘model-turned-author’. It is a telling paradigm, the classic separation of beauty from intelligence. For the same reason Moss famously opted to undergo a polygraph in order to prove that she was, in fact, the author of her own books.
“The Fictional Woman” is Moss’ memoir, but it is so much more. Drawing from her own experiences Moss presents commentary on a myriad of social issues affecting women (and men) today. Her face on the cover has been inscribed with some of the labels she been encumbered with: ‘inspiration’, ‘dumb-blonde’, ‘feminist’ and ‘gold-digger’. Moss reflects on the “fictions” imposed on her, and on other women, historical and contemporary. Candid and personal, she speaks about motherhood, body image, exploitation and grief, simultaneously casting a wider net with which to explore issues such as everyday sexism, sexual violence and issues surrounding the under/representation of women in politics and the media.
I want my friends to read “The Fictional Woman” and understand that a make-up-free ‘selfie’ can be an objectifying online obligation. I want men in my life to read this book and recognise that the term ‘feminist’ is not threatening, but rather inclusive.
I do not often read non-fiction, so when I recommend such a book it is because it had a profound effect on me. “The Fictional Woman” challenges social perceptions and assumptions we all have, ultimately in the hope to change them.

-by Dash


2014-Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Fiction

The Ned Kelly Awards are Australia’s oldest and most prestigious prizes honouring our crime fiction and true crime writing. The winners were announced Saturday, 6 September at the Brisbane Writer's Festival. And the winners are:

 Best Crime Novel

In the morning I'll be gone by Adrian McKinty

A Catholic cop tracks an IRA master bomber amidst the sectarian violence of the conflict in Northern Ireland.

The early 1980s. Belfast. Sean Duffy, a conflicted Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), is recruited by MI5 to hunt down Dermot McCann, an IRA master bomber who has made a daring escape from the notorious Maze Prison. In the course of his investigations Sean discovers a woman who may hold the key to Dermot’s whereabouts; she herself wants justice for her daughter who died in mysterious circumstances in a pub locked from the inside. Sean knows that if he can crack the "locked room mystery," the bigger mystery of Dermot’s whereabouts might be revealed to him as a reward. Meanwhile the clock is ticking down to the Conservative Party Conference in Brighton in 1984, where Mrs. Thatcher is due to give a keynote speech....

Best First Fiction

Hades by Candice Fox 
A dark, compelling and original thriller that will have you spellbound from its atmospheric opening pages to its shocking climax. Hades is the debut of a stunning new talent in crime fiction. 

Hades Archer surrounds himself with the things others leave behind. Their trash becomes the twisted sculptures that line his junkyard. The bodies they want disposed of become his problem – for a fee.

Then one night a man arrives on his doorstep, clutching a small bundle that he wants ‘lost'. And Hades makes a decision that will change everything...

Twenty years later, homicide detective Frank Bennett feels like the luckiest man on the force when he meets his new partner, the dark and beautiful Eden Archer. But there's something strange about Eden and her brother, Eric. Something he can't quite put his finger on.

At first, as they race to catch a very different kind of serial killer, his partner's sharp instincts come in handy. But soon Frank's wondering if she's as dangerous as the man they hunt.

Best True Crime Award 

Murder in Mississippi by John Safran 
When filming his TV series Race Relations, John Safran spent an uneasy couple of days with one of Mississippi's most notorious white supremacists. A year later, he heard that the man had been murdered – and what was more, the killer was black.

At first the murder seemed a twist on the old Deep South race crimes. But then more news rolled in. Maybe it was a dispute over money, or most intriguingly, over sex. Could the infamous racist actually have been secretly gay, with a thing for black men? Did Safran have the last footage of him alive? Could this be the story of a lifetime? Seizing his Truman Capote moment, he jumped on a plane to cover the trial.

Over six months, Safran got deeper and deeper into the South, becoming entwined in the lives of those connected with the murder – white separatists, black campaigners, lawyers, investigators, neighbours, even the killer himself. And the more he talked with them, the less simple the crime, and the world, seemed.

Murder in Mississippi is a brilliantly innovative true-crime story. Taking us places only he can, Safran paints an engrossing, revealing portrait of a dead man, his murderer, the place they lived and the process of trying to find out the truth about anything.
Sandra Harvey Award 

Web Design by Emma Viskic


2014 Best Crime Novel 
Bitter Wash Road by Garry Disher
Fatal Impact by Kathryn Fox
In the morning I'll be gone by Adrian McKinty,
Beams Falling by P.M. Newton
One boy missing by Stephen Orr
The dying beach by Angela Savage

2014 Best First Crime Novel
Dead cat bounce by Peter Cotton
Hades by Candice Fox
Blood Witness by Alex Hammond
Every breath by Ellie Marney

2014 Best True Crime 


14th Davitt Awards for Australian Women’s Crime Writing

The winners of the Davitt Awards for Australian Women's crime writing were announced Saturday, 30 August by leading South African crime writer, Lauren Beukes. This year a record 76 books published in 2013 competed for six Davitts. The winners are:

Best Adult Novel
Dark Horse by Honey Brown
t's Christmas morning on the edge of the rugged Mortimer Ranges. Sarah Barnard saddles Tansy, her black mare. She is heading for the bush, escaping the reality of her broken marriage and her bankrupted trail-riding business.
Sarah seeks solace in the ranges. When a flash flood traps her on Devil Mountain, she heads to higher ground, taking shelter in Hangman's Hut.
She settles in to wait out Christmas.
A man, alone bushwalker, arrives. Heath is charming, capable, handsome. But his story doesn't ring true. Why is he deep in the wilderness without any gear? Where is his vehicle? What's driving his resistance towards rescue? The closer they become the more her suspicions grow.
But to get off Devil Mountain alive, Sarah must engage in this secretive stranger's dangerous game of intimacy.

Best Novel: Young Adult 
The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee
When a teenage girl disappears, a small town is awash with rumours: everyone is talking about the dress she wore, a midnight-blue dress made from the remnants of other dresses, a dress of stories ...
For her whole life, Rose Lovell has moved from town to town with her alcoholic father. When they wash up in a coastal sugarcane town, Rose wonders if this time it will be different.
At the local high school, Rose meets Pearl Kelly, who is popular, pretty and intent on tracking down her Russian father. When she convinces Rose to be part of the annual Harvest Parade, Rose must find a special dress for the occasion. She seeks the help of the eccentric Edie Baker, who knows all the town's secrets and whose own family is a rich tapestry of stories. When Rose agrees to let Edie teach her to sew, she doesn't realise that nothing will ever be the same again.

Highly commended in this category were:

 Every breath by Ellie Marney

 A Ring Through Time  by Felicity Pulman

Best True Crime Book
Night Games: Sex, power and sport by Anna Krien
What does a young footballer do to cut loose? At night, some play what they think of as pranks, or games. Night games with women. Sometimes these involve consensual sex, but sometimes they don't, and sometimes they fall into a grey area.
In the tradition of Helen Garner's The First Stone comes a closely observed, controversial book about sex, consent and power. In Night Games, Anna Krien follows the rape trial of an Australian Rules footballer. She also takes a balanced and fearless look at the dark side of footy culture - the world of Sam Newman, Ricky Nixon, Matty Johns and the Cronulla Sharks.
Both a courtroom drama and a riveting piece of first-person narrative journalism, this is a breakthrough book by one of the leading young lights of Australian writing.

Best debut novel and Readers choice
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men. Agnes is sent to wait out the time leading to her execution on the farm of District Officer Jón Jónsson, his wife and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderess in their midst, the family avoids speaking with Agnes.
Only Tóti, the young assistant reverend appointed as Agnes’s spiritual guardian, is compelled to try to understand her, as he attempts to salvage her soul.
As the summer months fall away to winter and the hardships of rural life force the household to work side by side, Agnes’s ill-fated tale of longing and betrayal begins to emerge. And as the days to her execution draw closer, the question burns: did she or didn’t she?
Based on a true story, Burial Rites is a deeply moving novel about personal freedom: who we are seen to be versus who we believe ourselves to be, and the ways in which we will risk everything for love.

Best Childrens Novel
 Truly Tan: Spooked  by Jen Storer
Tan is back in another deliciously spooky adventure! Book 3 in the bestselling series that kids describe as 'seriously hilarious' and 'fabulously funny'. Tan and the Chosen Few have another mystery on their hands... The 'stonies' (stone animal statues) around Peppercorn Valley have been mysteriously disappearing. But who would steal them? What could the thief want with a stone emu or flamingo? This mystery is truly baffling! It's a good thing Tan has the mind of a Great Detective... A brilliant chapter series for fans of Alice-Miranda, Judy Moody and The Famous Five. Ages: 8-12  Congratulations to all the winners. 

Shortlisted titles
Best Adult Novel
Dark Horse by Honey Brown
Nefarious Doings: A Nell Forrest Mystery by Ilsa Evans
A Bitter Taste by Annie Hauxwell
Web of Deceit by Katherine Howell
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
The Dying Beach by Angela Savage

Best Young Adult Novel
The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee
Girl Defective by Simmone Howell
Cry Blue Murder by Kim Kane and Marion Roberts
Every Breath by Ellie Marney
A Ring Through Time by Felicity Pulman
Best Children’s Novel
Truly Tan: Jinxed! by Jen Storer
Truly Tan: Spooked! by Jen Storer
Best True Crime Book

Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport by Anna Krien

Deadly Australian Women by Kay Saunders

Best Debut Book (Any category)

A Trifle Dead Livia Day

The Midnight Dress Karen Foxlee

Girl Defective Simmone Howell

Burial Rites Hannah Kent 

Every Breath by Ellie Marney