Bedtime Story, by Chloe Hooper
Simon & Schuster
Chloe Hooper’s talent for piercing the beating heart of a story is turned inwards in this beautifully rendered and very personal book about how to talk about death with her young children, after discovering their father had an aggressive form of cancer.
Hooper’s tone is pitch-perfect with subject matter that could easily slide into sentimentality as she turns to the canon of children’s literature for wisdom – and assistance. With moody illustrations by Anna Walker, it’s a searching and magical work. – Lucy Clark
Read more: Bedtime Story by Chloe Hooper review – an extraordinary treasure of hope and grief
Homesickness, by Janine Mikosza
Janine Mikosza presents her stunning memoir as a long conversation between two warring halves of herself: the memoirist Janine, who wants to understand the violence that happened to her as a child; and the subject Jin, by turns antagonistic, tight-lipped, acerbic and unsure.
The traumatised brain can blur the relationship between reality and memory, and here Mikosza tries to unpick it: revisiting – and literally mapping out – the 14 houses she lived in before she turned 18, some of which have rooms she is thankful to have forgotten. – Steph Harmon
Read more: ‘I didn’t want to make public my suffering’: Janine Mikosza on reinventing the trauma memoir
People Who Lunch, by Sally Olds
People Who Lunch comprises intelligent, emotionally honest and chic essays about capital, community and pleasure, and how we broker our relationships to all those. Sally Olds reminds us art is political; leisure time is political; romantic arrangements are political.
She roots her explorations firmly in place – in Flagstaff Gardens; or on Elizabeth Street, once a tributary of Birrarung , where “you can still hear the water gurgling beneath you” – with a laconic curiosity about investment in our social world. This bold debut recently sold in the US: watch this space. – Imogen Dewey
A Brief Affair, by Alex Miller
Allen & Unwin
When academic Frances Egan has a one-night stand in China, I thought Alex Miller was setting up A Brief Affair as a conventional story of middle-aged adultery. But the “Mongolian warrior” cracks open her life in more complex, philosophical ways.
Miller writes confidently about women’s inner lives and examines Frances’s growth against her marriage to a good man, her stultifying career, and her fascination with residents of a former asylum. A wise, atmospheric novel from a master. – Susan Wyndham
Read more: A Brief Affair by Alex Miller review – a moving study of female passion
This Devastating Fever, by Sophie Cunningham
Alice is writing a book about Leonard Woolf. Alice has been writing a book about Leonard Woolf for 20 years. This Devastating Fever (which took Sophie Cunningham a similar amount of time to write) is a book about an impossible book, a metafiction of sorts – but it’s also a meditation on how to live in a world that is ending, on the complexities of care and love, and survival, continuing on.
And it’s great fun – bold, cheeky, playfully energetic and utterly distinctive. – Fiona Wright
Read more: Sophie Cunningham on the ‘crazy challenge’ of bringing Leonard and Virginia Woolf to life
Faith, Hope and Carnage, by Nick Cave and Seán O’Hagan
In the stasis of lockdown, longtime friends Nick Cave (of the Bad Seeds and Grinderman) and Seán O’Hagan began to record their conversations. From those hours of wild and generous talk, O’Hagan has extracted an extraordinary dialogue.
It’s hard to improve upon Rachel Clark’s description of this book: “a lament, a celebration, a howl, a secular prayer”. Faith, Hope and Carnage demands to be heard. Get the audiobook and surrender to Cave’s ferocious eloquence, his creative velocity. – Beejay Silcox
Read more: ‘Songs are little dangerous bombs of truth’: Nick Cave and Seán O’Hagan – an exclusive book extract
Harold Holt, by Ross Walker
I found myself consistently delighted with the nuggets of information Ross Walker unearthed about our 17th prime minister, who I knew shamefully little about before beyond the exceptional circumstances of his death. The good-natured extrovert who loved parties but sought solitude in the sea; who loved ballet and ballroom dancing; the lifelong swimmer who would practice holding his breath while bored in parliament; the kind-hearted man who “argued with a smile”. Walker’s book – “a midway point between biography and narrative nonfiction – history told as a story,” as he puts it – is eminently readable, never getting distracted with breathlessly reciting names and dates in the way some political biographies can. A real treat. – Sian Cain
An Exciting and Vivid Inner Life, by Paul Dalla Rosa
Allen and Unwin
Comme, Paul Dalla Rosa’s breakout work – nominated for the world’s richest short story prize in 2019 – is a tale of despairing desire and suffocating anxiety set in Melbourne’s scariest store. It appears in his first collection alongside nine other stories of claustrophobia: terrible people subjected to the churn of work while blinkered by their own obsessions – fame, wealth, a life-altering rebrand.
With caustic wit, Dalla Rosa performs a kind of surgery on his characters, splitting them wide open to reveal something exciting and vivid, ugly and depraved. – Michael Sun
Read more: An Exciting and Vivid Inner Life by Paul Dalla Rosa review – deftly executed and cringingly funny
Losing Face, by George Haddad
Losing Face should be a hard read, traversing the big themes of grief, toxic masculinity, identity and sexual assault. But instead it’s gripping, and absolutely full of heart.
Joey and Elaine balance each other perfectly – both are gloriously flawed and full of life. At sentence level, Losing Face is full of evocative imagery, but it’s the characters that really make it a stand out, and the thrill of being invited to snoop on the intimate realities of a family falling apart. – Bec Kavanagh
Read more: Losing Face by George Haddad review – a rich, complex story of consent and coming of age
Nothing Bad Ever Happens Here, by Heather Rose
Allen and Unwin
It would’ve been so easy for Heather Rose to take the events of her life and write a straightforward “trauma memoir” – a genre publishers can’t get enough of. In her hands it would have still been a great book – but instead she has written something truly original.
This is journey through her physical life, yes – true tragedy, ghosts, heroin! – but in tandem is the journey through her spiritual life. You finish feeling so much more open to the world, even braver, after spending such intimate time with Rose. – Bridie Jabour
Read more: Heather Rose on overcoming tragedy and choosing to live a happy life
Seeing Other People, by Diana Reid
As witty and compelling as her first novel, Love and Virtue, Diana Reid’s Seeing Other People focuses on two Sydney sisters in their 20s: the older Eleanor, sharp and together, who fiercely values her own intelligence and integrity; and the younger Charlie, beautiful and sensitive, an actor on the rise.
The novel is fascinated by questions of morality, truth and self-perception (or, rather, deception). Vivid with hot beach days and tangled romantic relationships, it’s a great summer read. – Donna Lu
Our Members Be Unlimited, by Sam Wallman
The history of unionism is laid out in eye-popping colour in the first longform work by comics journalist and labour activist Sam Wallman – who also details his time working at an Amazon warehouse in Melbourne. It’s confronting seeing just how much the global giant exploits vulnerable people.
Communicating Wallman’s clear-eyed vision for a better world, this is a great starting point to unionism, and a reminder for those more seasoned of why we continue to fight. – Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen
Read more: ‘Pissing while walking is tricky’: inside an Amazon warehouse, a cartoonist tries to unionise
Animals With Human Voices, by Damen O’Brien
Recent Work Press
Brisbane poet Damen O’Brien is an obscenely talented fellow; in the last decade, he’s scooped up nearly every poetry prize in the country. But his debut collection is so much more than the sum of its well-acclaimed parts – it’s a missive from the post-Anthropocene dark.
Our narrators are world-weary jellyfish, apocalyptic goats, God-fearing earthworms and fossil prophets: a creaturely chorus. Is O’Brien’s volume an elegy or a verdict? Both. It’s also a marvel. – Beejay Silcox
We Come With This Place, by Debra Dank
This book is difficult to pin down. It’s memoir, certainly, retelling Debra Dank’s life – but it goes further back, to her Gudanji/Wakaja parents and ancestors; and then back still to creation stories she generously shares. Dank describes it as “a strange kind of letter, written to my place”; Tara June Winch called it “a jewel of a book”, filled with heaviness and warmth.
To inhabit this vivid place is to be invited into a new understanding of country, culture, family and time. It stuck with me. – Steph Harmon
Read more: We Come With This Place by Debra Dank review – a jewel to rival Australia’s great desert memoirs
Moon Sugar, by Angela Meyer
I loved this surreal psychological trip. Angela Meyer is consistently pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved in genre fiction and it’s genuinely exciting to read.
On the surface, Moon Sugar is a book about the possibility of magic, but underneath it’s about truth. Mila and Josh feel so genuinely stuck, and after the last few years, who isn’t looking deep for the things that make you feel alive? Meyer’s latest is life in full, vibrant hyper-colour. – Bec Kavanagh
Read more: Moon Sugar by Angela Meyer review – blending the wonder of fantasy with the thrill of crime fiction
Train Lord, by Oliver Mol
Penguin Random House
Like his alt-lit forebears, Oliver Mol’s writing can often feel like alchemy, constructing brief, glimmering moments of catharsis from the meandering absurdities of life. Train Lord is less a memoir than a collection of these absurdities – chief among them his chronic, year-long migraine, which robbed him of writing, reading, existing in the world.
Surveying the detritus of his life, he becomes a guard for Sydney Trains, surrendering to stasis – and finding within it a tale of brutal self-awareness and surprising joy. – Michael Sun
Read more: Oliver Mol on surviving a 10-month migraine: ‘If I didn’t tell this story it would rot inside me’
Jesustown, by Paul Daley
Allen & Unwin
It’s always a relief when a friend and colleague’s book isn’t terrible, but it is true joy when it is genuinely fantastic. I was gripped by Daley’s colonial novel which follows Patrick Renmark, a white pop historian, as he returns to the mission his grandfather lived on.
The men at the centre of the novel are deeply flawed, and there is no neat redemption. But the excavation of their inner lives along with Australia’s history is compelling, and at times very moving. – Bridie Jabour
Read more: Black-white history: the shared responsibility of writing about colonisation’s bitter legacy
The Sun Walks Down, by Fiona Macfarlane
Allen and Unwin
What I love most about this book is its unabashed passion: how each of its characters is overtaken, at times, by an imagination and longing grand enough to transform everything around them.
Its narrative centres on a child, lost in the landscape – but Fiona Macfarlane uses this old trope to explore the always-hidden but deeply felt inner lives of her townsfolk, and builds a world sensitive, luminous and tinged with magic. – Fiona Wright
Shirley Hazzard: A Writing Life, by Brigitta Olubas
Australian-born Shirley Hazzard wrote only four novels – The Transit of Venus her literary triumph – as well as short stories and nonfiction. But her output was expansive in ambition, vision and style.
She deserves every page of this insightful biography by Australian scholar Brigitta Olubas, who elegantly reweaves the facts and fictions of Hazzard’s emotional and intellectual life, tracing her determined rise from the doldrums of postwar Sydney to the cultural heights of New York and Italy. – Susan Wyndham
Read more: Shirley Hazzard: A Writing Life by Brigitta Olubas review – doyenne of love and devastation
Cold Enough for Snow, by Jessica Au
This slim book about a mother and daughter’s overseas trip feels like a cool tonic. At first glance it doesn’t do much, plot-wise. But these quiet scenes from a journey through Japan weave around subtle and often troubling questions about family, memory, self-expression – and power, both interpersonal and artistic.
The narrator’s relatable anxieties about meaning and the possibility (or not) of mutual understanding are alloyed by the limpid beauty of Jessica Au’s writing. A novella of weather, texture and light – delicate and enigmatic. – Imogen Dewey
Read more: Cold Enough for Snow by Jessica Au review – a graceful novella about how we pay attention
All That’s Left Unsaid, by Tracey Lien
Sydney-born, New York-based Tracey Lien uses 1990s Cabramatta as the setting for her compelling, complex debut novel, which follows a cadet journalist as she investigates her teenage brother’s murder in a busy restaurant.
The impacts of the model minority myth and the ripple effects of intergenerational trauma are central, and Lien inhabits multiple character perspectives with empathy and intelligence. This masterful storytelling cuts to the heart of the Vietnamese diaspora community, still in mourning half a century later. – Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen
Collective Movements is a First Nations anthology, a dialogue and a history of creative practices in south-east Australia. Collecting together different threads, from ILBIJERRI and Kaiela Arts to this mob, it weaves tactile, political transmissions with physical, geographical and historical movements.
Like much Black publishing, Collective Movements is not intended to be easily categorisable; the book’s several contributors are working in ways that go beyond categories of European history and classification. Beautifully designed, it is a significant record – one everybody should read. – Declan Fry
The Settlement, by Jock Serong
Australian history has been overly generous to George Augustus Robinson, who in the 1830s enticed some of the supposedly last “wild” Tasmanians to vacate their traditional lands for a windswept island settlement.
Robinson, named in Jock Serong’s The Settlement only as “the Man”, is at the vanguard of a failed and cruel colonial experiment as this celebrated novelist eloquently portrays it. To the settlement’s confined, Serong invests appropriate human dignity denied by their oppressors and their history. – Paul Daley
The Most Important Job in the World, by Gina Rushton
In The Most Important Job in the World, journalist Gina Rushton grapples with the climate crisis and what “we owe to the planet when it comes to adding another human to it”. Rushton interrogates whether or not she wants to have children – a question informed by extensive and compassionate reporting.
The book is a limpid and compelling consideration of reproductive rights and justice, the physical and emotional labour of parenting, and both individual choice and collective responsibility. – Donna Lu
Read more: As a science journalist I’m reconsidering having kids. I’m not the only one
Denizen, by James McKenzie Watson
Penguin Random House
The word “thriller” seems inadequate – and perhaps a bit reductionist – for this unsettling psychological minefield. Tense, savage, compelling and deeply disturbing, Watson’s debut weaves between the childhood and young adulthood of its protagonist, Parker, who from a young age understands there is something very wrong with his brain.
Mental health issues, tortured family relationships and high stakes friendships against the brutal backdrop of modern rural Australia – with a frighteningly unreliable narrator – means you’ll have a tight grip on this one right until the horrifying end. – Lucy Clark
Read more: His dark materials: the bush noir that grapples with mental health
Which Australian books did you love this year? Join us in the comments
What is the #1 best selling book 2022? ›
- It Ends With Us, Colleen Hoover.
- Verity, Colleen Hoover.
- Where The Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens.
- It Starts With Us, Colleen Hoover.
- Ugly Love, Colleen Hoover.
- The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo, Taylor Jenkins Reid.
- Reminders Of Him, Colleen Hoover.
- Atomic Habits, James Clear.
Even Patrick White, the most revered figure in modern Australian literature and the first and only Australian winner of the Nobel Prize, is largely unknown to Americans, although some of his titles may have a familiar ring: Voss, The Twyborn Affair and The Solid Mandala.What should I read next 2022? ›
- A Heart That Works.
- All the Lovers in the Night.
- All This Could Be Different.
- An Immense World.
- Ancestor Trouble.
- Animal Joy.
- Anna: The Biography.
- It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover.
- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
- Verity by Colleen Hoover.
- The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood.
- Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover.
- Book Lovers by Emily Henry.
- Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover.
- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.
- #1 – Don Quixote (500 million copies sold) ...
- #2 – A Tale of Two Cities (200 million copies sold) ...
- #3 – The Lord of the Rings (150 million copies sold) ...
- #4 – The Little Prince (142 million copies sold) ...
- #5 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (107 million copies sold)
- Popular Australian Authors.
- Tim Winton, 1960 –
- Melina Marchetta, 1965 –
- Kate Grenville, 1950 –
- Richard Flanagan, 1961 –
- Helen Garner, 1942 –
- Matthew Reilly, 1974 –
- Markus Zusak, 1975 –
Top-selling Australian authors, clockwise from left: Scott Pape, Andy Griffiths (front) and Terry Denton, Eddy Jaku, Liane Moriarty and Pip Williams.Who is the best selling living female writers? ›
|Rank||Author||Print Units Sold|
|1||J. K. ROWLING||55M|
|3||MARY POPE OSBORNE||44M|
The Bible. Easily the most read book in the world is the Bible for obvious reasons. It is estimated to have sold over 40 million copies in the last 60 years.Who is the most popular author 2022? ›
Colleen Hoover's 2016 novel It Ends With Us is the best-selling book of 2022 according to NDP BookScan.
What is the number 1 book ever? ›
Having sold more than 600 million copies worldwide. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling is the best-selling book series in history. The first novel in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, has sold in excess of 120 million copies, making it one of the best-selling books of all time.What are the top 10 best selling books right now Australia? ›
Top 10 bestsellers Spare (Prince Harry, Bantam) RecipeTin Eats: Dinner (Nagi Maehashi, Macmillan) It Starts with Us (Colleen Hoover, S&S) It Ends With Us (Colleen Hoover, S&S) Atomic Habits (James Clear, Random House Business...What is the number 1 selling book? ›
|1||Da Vinci Code,The||Brown, Dan|
|2||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows||Rowling, J.K.|
|3||Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone||Rowling, J.K.|
|4||Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix||Rowling, J.K.|
He found that the Bible far outsold any other book, with a whopping 3.9 billion copies sold over the last 50 years. "Quotations from the Works of Mao Tse-tung" came in second with 820 million copies sold, and "Harry Potter" came in third with 400 million copies sold.What is the thickest book in the world 2022? ›
A book with a collection of all of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple stories is recognized by the Guinness World Records as the thickest book published. More than a foot thick, the 4,032-pages book weighs 8.04kg, and has 12 novels and 20 short stories.What book clubs are reading in 2022? ›
- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (Hardcover) Taylor Jenkins Reid (Goodreads Author) ...
- The Midnight Library (Hardcover) ...
- Verity (Paperback) ...
- The Lincoln Highway (Hardcover) ...
- The Last Thing He Told Me (Hardcover) ...
- The Maid (Hardcover) ...
- West with Giraffes (Kindle Edition) ...
- Lessons in Chemistry (Hardcover)
The Harry Potter series is far and away the highest-selling series of novels ever. Written by British author J.K. Rowling, the series has sold at least 500 million copies, 150 million more than the next-highest selling series.Who is the #1 best-selling author? ›
Best selling fiction authors by estimated sales
William Shakespeare is listed as the best selling fiction author of all time having sold between 2 – 4 billion copies. More impressive still, he did so whilst only releasing 42 different books.
He's also the only Australian musician to have a number one record in five consecutive decades. Famed Australian music journalist, Ian MacFarlane described Farnham as the most successful solo artist in Australian rock and pop history, as well as one of Australia's most respected celebrities.
- Mark Twain, 1835 – 1910.
- Ernest Hemingway, 1899 – 1961.
- Herman Melville, 1819 – 1891.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1896 – 1940.
- John Steinbeck, 1902 – 1968.
- Toni Morrison, 1931 – 2019.
- J. D. Salinger, 1919 – 2010.
- Joseph Heller, 1923 – 1999.
Who is the best female writer? ›
- 15 Famous Female Writers in History. home. ...
- Jane Austen (1775 - 1817) ...
- Mary Shelley (1797 - 1851) ...
- Emily Brontë (1818 - 1848) ...
- Charlotte Brontë (1816 - 1855) ...
- Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888) ...
- Gertrude Stein (1874 - 1946) ...
- Virginia Woolf (1882 - 1941)
Aussies such as Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman, singing and acting legend Olivia Newton-John and actor, singer, dancer and all-round good guy Hugh Jackman have long been household names worldwide for their talent, abilities and that affable, down-to-earth quality that comes from growing up down under.Who is the best-selling book author of all time? ›
According to Guinness World Records, Agatha Christie has the title of “world's best-selling fiction writer,” with estimated sales of over 2 billion. UNESCO also lists Christie as the most translated author in history.Who are some famous Aussie authors? ›
Australian writers who have obtained international renown include the Nobel-winning author Patrick White, as well as authors Christina Stead, David Malouf, Peter Carey, Bradley Trevor Greive, Thomas Keneally, Colleen McCullough, Nevil Shute and Morris West.Who is the most expensive living female artist? ›
Jenny Saville is the most expensive living female artist at auction. In November 2018, the Scottish artist's oil painting Propped sold at Sotheby's for $12.4 million.What is the number two most read book? ›
The most read book in the World is Bible. This holy book so far has outsold any other in the world. During the last 50 years, a whopping 3.9 billion copies has been sold. The second most read book in the world is the Holy Quran.What people read the most books? ›
- Hong Kong. People of Hong Kong spend an average of 6 hours and 42 minutes per week, lagging behind Hungary and Saudi Arabia by 6 minutes. ...
- Hungary and Saudi Arabia. ...
- Sweden and France. ...
- Russia. ...
- The Czech Republic. ...
- Egypt. ...
- The Philippines. ...
The average person can read about 33 books a year and a speedy reader is able to read 55 books in a year. That might sound like a lot but it is not. That is a little more than one book per week.Who is the most famous author 2023? ›
- Stephen King is a popular American fiction author who has written several books on crime and supernatural beings. ...
- Stephen King has won various awards over the years for his contributions to the book industry. ...
- Ever since his childhood, Stephen King was an avid reader of horror novels.
Introducing our 10 best debut novelists of 2022 | Fiction | The Guardian. Clockwise from top left: Bonnie Garmus, Rosie Andrews, Ayanna Lloyd Banwo, Daniel Wiles, Emilie Pine, Lauren John Joseph, Louise Kennedy, Jo Browning Wroe, Moses McKenzie, Sheena Patel.
Who is the best author right now? ›
- 1 Stephen King65%
- 2 John Grisham58%
- 3 Stan Lee56%
- 4 J. K. Rowling55%
- 5 James Patterson46%
- 6 R. L. Stine44%
- 7 Anne Rice43%
- 8 Dean Koontz43%
According to Guinness World Records as of 1995, the Bible is the best-selling book of all time with an estimated 5 billion copies sold and distributed. Sales estimates for other printed religious texts include at least 800 million copies for the Qur'an and 190 million copies for the Book of Mormon.What is the number 1 most sold book? ›
|SOURCE: NIELSEN BOOK SCAN|
|1||Da Vinci Code,The||Crime, Thriller & Adventure|
|2||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows||Children's Fiction|
|3||Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone||Children's Fiction|
The Bible. Easily the most read book in the world is the Bible for obvious reasons. It is estimated to have sold over 40 million copies in the last 60 years.What is a #1 bestseller? ›
number 1 best selling may mean that someone “topped the charts” for a week or so and then was booted by the next #1 best selling. If that is the case, there would be tons of number 1 best selling authors. Overall it's usually just a marketing ploy.What is the fastest selling book of all time? ›
“Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows” — the final novel of J.K. Rowling's series — currently holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest selling book of all time after it sold 8.3 million copies — or 345,833 books per hour — when it was released in July 2007.Which is the world most reading book? ›
The most read book in the world is the Bible. Writer James Chapman created a list of the most read books in the world based on the number of copies each book sold over the last 50 years. He found that the Bible far outsold any other book, with a whopping 3.9 billion copies sold over the last 50 years.What is the most famous book in the world? ›
The Holy Bible is the most read book in the world. In the past 50 years, the Bible has sold over 3.9 billion copies. It is the most recognizable and famous book that has ever been published.What is considered a best-selling book? ›
To achieve bestseller status on the Times not only do you have to sell at least 5,000 – 10,000 copies in one week, but these sales have to be diverse sales. That is, you cannot sell 10,000 books to a pre-existing list of followers through a personal website or thousands from only one marketplace like Barnes and Noble.What is the most selling religious book in the world? ›
As of 2015, the Guinness Book of World Records estimated that the Bible is the best-selling religious book of all time and the best-selling book overall. It is estimated that between 5 and 7 billion copies of the Bible have been sold. Over 800 million copies of The Holy Quran have been sold worldwide.
How much do authors make for a bestseller? ›
How much do authors make for a bestseller? The amount bestselling authors make depends on their royalty rate for their books and the amount of books they sell. Traditionally published bestselling authors usually earn a 10% royalty rate, whereas self-published bestselling authors make a 60% royalty rate.What is a #1 New York Times best selling author? ›
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Colleen Hoover | Simon & Schuster.