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On Our Radar 15 January 2021

10 Books We’ve Got On Our Summer Reading List

With the warm breeze licking at your skin and no responsibilities to abide by, this summer is the perfect time to read.

Relax somewhere beautiful with a book in your hands and let the words pull you into the beauty, triumph, sorrow, and grief contained within their pages. Wander into the narratives and be swept away to something new. There are no travel restrictions imposed on fiction; explore the world from Baghdad to America’s deep south. Be thrilled, be devastated, be inspired. These works will have you dipping your toes in different worlds.


Words By Eva Marchingo

The Vanishing Half – Brit Bennett

From American author, Brit Bennett comes an intergenerational family saga about identity, race, gender, and deception. Told from multiple perspectives – each just as riveting as the next – The Vanishing Half will stitch your heartstrings into the lives of the characters.

The Vanishing Half, was $32.99 now $24.95, Booktopia

 

Tell Me Lies – J.P. Pomare

What happens when – one warm Spring morning – a successful psychologist, wife and mother, pushes one of her clients in front of a train? Award-winning writer, J.P. Pomare’s fast-paced psychological thriller is carefully constructed and utterly unputdownable.

Tell Me Lies, was $24.99 now $18.75, Booktopia

EBook, $4.99, Booktopia

When the Apricots Bloom – Gina Wilkinson

Set in Baghdad – one of the world’s most legendary cities – three women’s lives intersect as their hidden pasts seep into the present. Australian embassy secretary, Huda, the ambassador’s wife, Ally, and the once-privileged Rania face betrayal, loyalty and sacrifice to protect their families.

When the Apricots Bloom, was $32.99 now $26.25, Booktopia

EBook, $12.99, Booktopia

Audiobook, $34.99, Booktopia

After the Carnage – Tara June Winch

From the award-winning author of Swallow the Air, comes a collection of stories spanning from New York to Istanbul, Pakistan to Australia, about love, displacement, and reconciling dreams with reality. Tara June Winch is a master of careful and uncompromising prose.

After the Carnage, was $24.95 now $21.25, Booktopia

EBook, was $16.88 now $16.05, Booktopia

Mullumbimby – Melissa Lucashenko

Having moved to Byron Bay – using her divorce settlement money and with hopes to connect to the land of her Aboriginal ancestors – Jo Breen finds herself amongst a looming Native Title war. Written by acclaimed Indigenous writer, Melissa Lucashenko, this novel is stamped with her sharp wit and satirical eye.

Mullumbimby, was $29.99 now $24.25, Booktopia

EBook, was $19.95 now $19.02, Booktopia

Out of Love – Hazel Hayes

Irish Youtube personality, Hazel Hayes’ debut novel is a post-mortem on love told in reverse, from the break-up to the magic of limerence. It is a bittersweet story which – like the art of Kintsugi – shows us the beauty in something already broken.

Out of Love, was $29.99 now $18.95, Booktopia

EBook, was $10.74 now $9.34, Booktopia

Honeybee – Craig Silvey

From the bestselling author of the modern Australian classic, Jasper Jones, Craig Silvey’s third novel is profoundly moving and wholeheartedly luminous. Honeybee is the story of a chance encounter of two unlikely friends and a quiet quest of hope and redemption.

Honeybee, was $32.99 now $24.75, Booktopia

EBook, was $26.39 now $22.43, Booktopia

Audiobook, $27.84, Booktopia

Poly – Paul Dalgarno

After years of stifling domesticity in a sexless marriage, Chris finds himself diving into the world of polyamory for his wife, Sarah as she attempts to rediscover her sexuality. In his debut novel, Paul Dalgarno paints a raw and humorous portrait of modern love.

Poly, was $32.99 now $26.25, Booktopia

EBook, $13, Booktopia

The Mother Fault – Kate Mildenhall

Mim’s husband is missing – his universal tracking chip rendered useless – and she needs to find him. Channelling Margaret Atwood’s instinct for near-future dystopian worlds, Kate Mildenhall explores the many roles a woman needs to play in order to save her family and herself.

The Mother Fault, was $32.99 now $26.25, Booktopia

EBook, $12.99, Booktopia

A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing – Jessie Tu

Jena Lin is a violin player – a former-child prodigy – who now uses sex as a substitute for the fame she once had. Dark and occasionally difficult to read, this fierce and fearless debut novel by Jessie Tu explores female desire, dreams, and the oft awkward nature of life.

A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing, was $29.99 now $22.50, Booktopia

EBook, was $23.99 now $20.45, Booktopia

Audiobook, $27.85, Booktopia