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A look back at some of 2018’s hottest releases to date.

We’ve ascended the hump of 2018. Soon enough, winter will be in the rear-view. And before we know it, we’ll be counting down to silly season and year’s end. If you blinked, you may’ve missed some of the biggest book releases of the year already. These are the titles on everyone’s nightstands, the covers you’ve seen on the bus and the stories your friends are raving about. Take a look at some of the most-turned pages of 2018 thus far.

  • A rifle-shot of a novel – crisp, fast, shocking – The Shepherd’s Hut is an urgent masterpiece about solitude, unlikely friendship, and the raw business of survival.

  • The third Lou Clark novel, following the number one international bestsellers Me Before You and After You.

  • **US TV deal announced** The thriller only a President could write.

  • An extraordinary memoir about a woman's discovery of education, its transformative power and the price she has to pay for it.

  • A superbly crafted domestic drama from the author of The Olive Sisters and The French Perfumer.

  • Children aren't always so innocent in this Stephen King-style thriller, backed by MJ's biggest marketing campaign for a debut this year.

  • Break-ups suck but you don't have to suck at break-ups.

  • 'There is no stopping Candice Fox . . . This is terrific crime writing with characters you'll be happy to read about again' Herald Sun

  • Australia's favourite women share what they wish they'd known about life with a newborn, in this funny, moving collection edited by Jamila Rizvi

  • The riveting autobiography from Australia’s inimitable Geoffrey Robertson. Funny, personal, and bringing Robertson's fascinating and colourful career up to date following The Justice Game.

  • THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB 2018 SELECTION 'Haunting . . . Beautifully written' The New York Times Book Review 'Compelling' The Washington Post 'Epic . . . Transcendent . . . Triumphant' Elle

  • The gripping new thriller from the number-one Sunday Times bestselling author of The Thirst.

  • The brilliant new novel from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sense of an Ending

  • From the award-winning author of Only the Animals comes an unputdownable novel of obsession, guilt, and the power of the past to possess the present.

  • This stunning debut is a compelling piece of historical fiction, set at the turn of the century, among the pearl merchants making their fortune in the ports of Western Australia.

  • Someone's stolen your baby. But no one believes you.

  • A devastating flood on the Hawkesbury almost wipes out the young colony, bringing to the surface many secrets and desires in this masterpiece of historical fiction

  • A celebration of the wonderful characters of the AFLW and the remarkable success of the new Women’s League.

  • An electrifying memoir from a Mexican-American US Border Patrol guard

  • Stella and Margie is a piercingly insightful novel about love and duty, acceptance and reconciliation, and of a touching friendship that crosses the generations.

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