Have you set your reading resolutions for this year yet? Are you looking to read something different? We’ve got some suggestions for diversifying your reading in 2021!

Translated Fiction

Expand your horizons with outstanding fiction from around the world, including Hannelore Cayre’s The Godmother [B2320], Isabel Allende’s A Long Petal of the Sea [B2323], Fernanda Melchor’s Hurricane Season, Kikuko Tsumura’s There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job or Elena Ferrante’s The Lying Life of Adults.

Short Story Collections

Short stories are perfect for the train or bus ride, or small periods of time. Some fantastic recent releases by Australian authors include Laura Elvery’s Ordinary Matter, Alice Bishop’s A Constant Hum [B2313], Emma Ashmere’s Dreams They Forgot, Sean O’Beirne’s A Couple of Things Before the End and Mandy Beaumont’s Wild Fearless Chests.  

Award Winners

Check out some of last year’s extraordinary major prize winners, including Stella Prize winner Jess Hill’s See What You Made Me Do [B2327], and Miles Franklin and Prime Minister’s Literary Award winner The Yield by Tara June Winch. For international prize winners, check out Women’s Prize Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell, Pulitzer Prize winner The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead and Booker Prize winner Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart.


Learn something new with Judith Hoare’s The Woman Who Wrote the Anxiety Code [B2335], Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu [B2327], Hilary Mantel’s essay collection Mantel Pieces or delve into nature with Animals Make Us Human edited by Leah Kaminsky and Meg Keneally, or Fathoms: The World in the Whale by Rebecca Giggs.


Escape with some exquisite verse with Omar Sakr’s The Lost Arabs (also a Prime Minister’s Literary Award winner), Ellan van Neerven’s Throat, Thuy On’s Turbulence or the anthology Fire Front: First Nations Poetry and Power Today edited by Alison Whittaker.


Looking for more recommendations? Get in touch at bookgroups@cae.edu.au