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Books that ask the life-changing questions we hope we’ll never face.

What are the limits of your generosity? Have you ever confronted you greatest fear? How far have you really pushed your endurance? What are you like in a crisis? For most of us, the edge is a place we’re not often asked to occupy. But for novelists, crossing the threshold into the what if? can be the birthplace of imagination. Here are some stories that explore the territory beyond our comfort zones.

  • Set in Queensland during a time of tremendous social upheaval, Riptides is a gripping family drama about dreams, choices and consequences, from the author of the acclaimed Half Moon Lake.

  • Speculative fiction of the highest calibre: one woman fights to retain her sense of self amidst the chaos of work, motherhood and alternative universes.

  • Lee Barnett eluded the FBI for almost two decades after fleeing the US with her young daughter, eventually settling on the Sunshine Coast. Then, after eighteen years, her luck ran out.

  • An unconscious pregnant mother's fate lies in the hands of her divided family - can they make the right decisions, and can they ever heal?

  • Spanning three decades, Child of Mine is a deeply resonant novel about a maternal tug-of-love and the little girl caught in the middle.

  • This mesmerizing Australian novel has been a bestselling book around the world, and Hollywood movie rights were recently snapped up by Dreamworks, with David Heyman (Harry Potter) set to produce. It is the winner of three prestigious ABIA awards, including their 'Book of the Year', and also won the Indie Awards' 'Book of the Year'.

  • 'The best thing he has ever written' Observer

  • The instant New York Times bestseller! Shortlisted for the 2019 women's prize for fiction. Oprah's book club 2018 selection. 'Haunting . . . Beautifully written' The New York Times Book Review 'Compelling' The Washington Post 'Epic . . . Transcendent . . . Triumphant' Elle

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

  • A gripping, atmospheric novel from the acclaimed author of What Came Before that asks: how much should you do to help a stranger’s child?

  • Your husband thinks your daughter’s an angel. You know different. She’s a monster.

  • Reminiscent of Colm Toibin’s Brooklyn, this is a breakthrough novel from a humane and perceptive writer exploring the traumas that divide families and the love and hope that creates them.

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