Australian Fiction A Long Way From Home Peter Carey First Person Richard Flanagan The Life to Come Michelle De Kretser PB $32.99 Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in western Victoria. Together they enter a brutal car race around the continent. With them is their navigator, Willie Bachhuber, who steers them away from the lily-white Australia they know so well. Set in the 1950s amid the consequences of the age of empires, this brilliantly vivid and lively novel reminds us how Europeans took possession of a timeless culture. HB $39.99 A young and penniless writer, Kif Kehlmann, receives a call from con man Siegfried Heidl. About to go to trial for defrauding the banks of $700 million, Heidl proposes a deal: $10,000 for Kehlmann to ghost write his memoir in six weeks. But as the deadline draws closer, Kehlmann becomes ever more unsure if he is ghost writing a memoir, or if Heidl is rewriting him—his life, his future. He begins to wonder: who is Siegfried Heidl—and who is Kif Kehlmann? PB $32.99 Pippa is a writer who longs for success. Celeste tries to convince herself that her feelings for her married lover are reciprocated. Ash makes strategic use of his childhood in Sri Lanka but blots out the memory of a tragedy from that time. Profoundly moving as well as wickedly funny, The Life to Come reveals how the shadows cast by both the past and the future can transform, distort and undo the present. The Passage of Love Alex Miller The Choke Sofie Laguna PB $32.99 At 21, Robert Crofts leaves his broken dreams in Far North Queensland, arriving in Melbourne almost destitute. It's there he begins to understand how books and writing might be the saving of him. When Robert is introduced to Lena Soren, beautiful, rich and educated, his life takes a very different path. But in the intimacy of their connection lies an unknowability that both torments and tantalises as Robert and Lena long for something that neither can provide. PB $32.99 Abandoned by her mother and only occasionally visited by her secretive father, Justine is raised by her pop, a man tormented by visions of the Burma Railway. Justine finds sanctuary in Pop's chooks and The Choke, where the banks of the Murray River are so narrow it seems they might touch—a place of staggering natural beauty. But the river can't protect Justine, and she soon learns that she has to make sense of her chaotic world on her own. Stories: The Collected Short Fiction Helen Garner HB $29.99 This handsome hardback edition of Helen Garner’s collected short fiction celebrates the seventy-fifth birthday of one of Australia’s most loved authors. These stories—that delve into the complexities of love and longing, of the pain, darkness and joy of life— are all told with her characteristic sharpness of observation, honesty and humour. Each one a perfect piece, together they showcase Garner’s mastery of the form.