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Must-Read Books: Guardian Australia Editors’ Picks for the Month

Must-Read Books: Guardian Australia Editors’ Picks for the Month

Guardian Australia’s editors and critics anticipate monthly literary releases that have already captivated them or are highly anticipated. From captivating fiction to thought-provoking nonfiction, these books promise to engage readers in diverse and intriguing ways. Must-Read Books: Guardian Australia Editors’ Picks for the Month

1. Edenglassie by Melissa Lucashenko (Fiction, UQP, $32.99)

Melissa Lucashenko, renowned for exploring everyday Australians’ lives, blends a captivating narrative that unites a historical love story with a contemporary tale. Edenglassie brings Australia’s history to the forefront, shedding light on the violence endured by Aboriginal people throughout history. Lucashenko’s storytelling is filled with joy and explores the complexities of human nature, making it a gripping, political, humorous, and moving read.

2. Stone Yard Devotional by Charlotte Wood (Fiction, Allen & Unwin, $32.99)

In Stone Yard Devotional, Charlotte Wood delves into the themes of grief and despair within the tranquil setting of a monastery in a small country town. The novel follows a narrator who has left her city life behind to seek solace amidst the nuns. Wood’s storytelling is spare, allowing for powerful emotions and reflections to emerge from the unsaid and suggested.

3. The Year I Met My Brain by Matilda Boseley (Nonfiction, Penguin, $35)

Matilda Boseley, a contributor to Guardian Australia, takes readers on a journey into the world of ADHD in her debut book, The Year I Met My Brain. With a friendly and accessible tone, she explores the experiences of adults recently diagnosed with ADHD, shedding light on their struggles and the lasting impacts of their journeys. This informative book combines playful illustrations with thorough research to provide valuable insights into ADHD.

4. Late by Michael Fitzgerald (Fiction, Transit Lounge, $32.99)

Late by Michael Fitzgerald presents a daring and captivating concept: What if Marilyn Monroe faked her death and started a new life in Sydney under the name Zelda Zonk? Fitzgerald skillfully brings Monroe to life as an aging icon who befriends a young man named Daniel. Their conversations on art, religion, and life create an elegant and enjoyable narrative, making this novel a delightful read.

5. Killing for Country: A Family Story by David Marr (Nonfiction, Black Inc, $39.99)

David Marr’s poignant book, Killing for Country: A Family Story, explores the dark history of his ancestors who were members of the Native Police, involved in violent acts against Indigenous people. This powerful work serves as an act of atonement and provides a detailed examination of the Native Police’s history. Marr’s storytelling exposes the brutality of Australia’s past, highlighting the country’s unchanged racial politics.

6. 7 Days of Dinner by Adam Liaw (Recipes, Hardie Grant, $49.99)

7 Days of Dinner by Adam Liaw is a cookbook tailored to those seeking quick and family-friendly dinner ideas. Liaw offers themed meal plans for each day of the week, from meat-free Mondays to wok Wednesdays. His recipe style allows for flexibility, encouraging readers to adapt based on pantry contents. This cookbook is a valuable resource for those navigating the demands of busy family life.

7. Unfinished Woman by Robyn Davidson (Memoir, Bloomsbury Publishing, $34.99)

Robyn Davidson’s long-awaited memoir, Unfinished Woman, offers an intimate exploration of her life journey. Davidson, known for her iconic trek with camels across the Australian desert in her 20s, reflects on how her mother’s suicide at the age of 11 influenced her unconventional path. The memoir takes readers on a compelling and beautifully crafted journey into Davidson’s inner world.

8. Gunflower by Laura Jean McKay (Fiction – Short Stories, Scribe, $29.99)

Laura Jean McKay’s Gunflower is a collection of 25 short stories that blur the lines between science fiction and realism. Divided into three sections—birth, life, and death—these stories touch on dystopian themes, from the perspectives of battery hens to an abortion ship adrift off the US coast. McKay’s storytelling is a thought-provoking exploration of various facets of existence.

9. The Man Who Wasn’t There by Dan Box (Fiction, Ultimo Press, $36.99)

Dan Box’s The Man Who Wasn’t There takes a unique approach to true crime storytelling. Walkley-winning journalist Box becomes a character in this gripping narrative, uncovering the wrongful conviction of a young Indigenous man in the Northern Territory. The book delves into the complexities of journalism, family tragedy, and a justice system riddled with flaws, offering a powerful and self-aware exploration of a dark chapter in Australia’s history.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/oct/03/new-book-releases-october-australia-recommendations

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