October Recommended Reads

Australian Recent Release: There Was Still Love by Favel Parrett.

Favel Parrett, the critically acclaimed and Miles Franklin short-listed author of Past The Shallows and When The Night Comes is back with her third novel, a profound and poignant story spanning generations and countries.

There Was Still Love is a celebration of the power of love over hate, masterfully weaving together the lives of three characters as they navigate the past’s effect on the present, and look towards what their future might hold.

“Favel Parrett’s deep emotional insight and stellar literary talent shine through in this love letter to the strong women who bind families together, despite dislocation and distance. It is a tender and beautifully told story of memory, family and love. Because there is still love. No matter what.” – Hachette Australia.

Kids Recent Release: A Quiet Girl by Peter Carnavas.

Because Mary was quiet, she heard things nobody else heard.

A dragonfly buzzing through the air.

The soft sigh of the sleeping dog next door.

The gentle creak of the tree at the end of her street.

Mary is a quiet girl in a noisy family. Sometimes they make so much noise Mary fades into the background. But Mary, in her own gentle way, is about to show them all the things they’ve been missing.

This is a gorgeous picture book which celebrates the value of mindful connection with the world.

Tasmanian Recent Release: Bruny by Heather Rose.


“The brilliant and explosive new novel from the author of the award-winning The Museum of Modern Love” -Allen and Unwin.

How far would your government go? 

After a bomb explodes in remote Tasmania, Astrid Coleman returns home to help her brother before an impending election. But this task is not a simple one. Astrid’s brother and sister are on either side of politics, the community is rife with conspiracy theories, and her father is quoting Shakespeare. Only on Bruny, an island off an island, does the world appear sane.

That is until Astrid realises how far the government is prepared to go.

Bruny is a searing, subversive, brilliant novel about family, love, loyalty and the new world order.” – Allen and Unwin.

Tasmanian Classic: The Better Son by Katherine Johnson.

Winner of The University of Tasmania Prize (Tasmanian Literary Awards 2013), The People’s Choice Award for an Unpublished Manuscript by an Emerging Writer (Tasmanian Literary Awards, 2013) and The Varuna HarperCollins Manuscript Development Award, 2013.

“The Better Son maps an emotional landscape as shifting and precarious as the limestone country so splendidly evoked here. Katherine Johnson is a sure-footed guide to lives hollowed out by secrets that reach into the dark” – Michelle de Krester.

In The Better Son, Tasmanian Writer Katherine Johnson tells the story of two young brothers and their adventures exploring a hidden cave a short walk from their family home in Mole Creek, Tasmania. The year is 1952. These caves are treacherous places, prone to flooding and filled with hidden tunnels. Children are forbidden, but in Tasmania, an island at the bottom of the world, rules seem insignificant. When his older brother goes missing, nine year old Kip fears the reaction from their abusive, shell-shocked Father, and lies about what really happened, a decision that will haunt him for life.

To read more about Katherine Johnson and The Better Son, click here https://taswriters.org/close-personal-katherine-johnson/