Upcoming Australian Book Releases
Sophie Clews | On 19, Jul 2015
As the year carries on, talented Australian writers are continuing to release new books. Weâ€™ve rounded up four upcoming Australian booksÂ that weâ€™re looking forward to reading in the second half of 2015.
On Bunyah by Les Murray
As a general rule, Australians produce some of the most visceral poetry. Encouraged by our harsh, desolate landscape, homegrown poets have the chance to really explore and delve into the darker side of Australian nature, and Les Murrayâ€™s talent in describing Australiaâ€™s rural locales is already well known. In On Bunyah, the best poems from Murrayâ€™s career have been collected, put into one book that serves as a reflection of his hometown. With full colour and black and white images reflecting the location, this book is sure to be a beautiful, enthralling look at Australiaâ€™s rural side.
The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan
Less about literature and more about art, Shaun Tan has worked to emulate the classic fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm in his sculptures. Captured in exquisite 3D renderings, Tanâ€™s artwork is inspired by the gruesome tales, leaving out no dark details. With an introduction by Phillip Pullman, author of Grimm Tales, and another scholar on the Brothers Grimm, Tanâ€™s book is bound to be a delight for anyone familiar with the stories. Examples of the artwork can be seen here on his website.
Fever of Animals by Miles Allinson
As the winner of the Victorian Premierâ€™s Unpublished Manuscript Award for 2014, Allinsonâ€™s novel was always going to be a standout. Miles, the novelâ€™s protagonist, goes on a journey to find out about a surrealist Romanian painter, using the inheritance left to him after the death of his father. It may seem like an odd journey to take for anyone on the outside, but grief can do strange things to people, and through Allinsonâ€™s wonderful prose, Milesâ€™ journey becomes a self-reflective journey as he looks back on the life he could have had.
Something for the Pain: A Memoir of the Turf by Gerald Murnane
Heâ€™s one of Australiaâ€™s most highly regarded novelists, but Murnane has turned to memoir for his latest publication. As a child, he was increasingly fascinated by images of horses he saw in the weekend newspaper, his interest growing as he listened to radio broadcasts of the weekend races, imagining entire worlds with these animals. The love of the races carried on throughout his life and in this autobiography, Murnane looks at his past through the lens of horseracing, in an inventive take on the memoir.