Perth Writers Festival Blog

Perth Writers Festival Christmas Reading Guide

Thursday 15 December 2016

The Paper Menagerie – Ken Liu

A must-have for every science fiction and fantasy fan, this beautiful book is an anthology to savour.

Frogkisser! – Garth Nix

The latest book from one of the greatest living fantasy writers.

The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer – Kate Summerscale

A gripping, fascinating account of a shocking murder case that sent late Victorian Britain into a frenzy. By the bestselling, multi-award-winning author of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher.

The Worst Woman in Sydney – Leigh Straw

Delve into the legend of Kate Leigh, Sydney’s famed brothel madam, sly grog seller and drug dealer. Matriarch of the criminal underworld? Or the Robin Hood of inner Sydney? You decide.

Songs of a War Boy – Deng Thiak Adut

The true story of a Sudanese child soldier, refugee and man of hope.

One Child – Mei Fong

An intimate investigation of the world’s largest experiment in social engineering, One Child reveals how this policy will shape China, and the larger world, for decades to come.

Lady Cop Makes Trouble – Amy Stewart

From the best-selling author of Girl Waits with Gun comes another adventure featuring the fascinating, feisty and unforgettable Kopp sisters.

Our Tiny Useless Hearts – Toni Jordan

Toni Jordan brings all her wit, wisdom and flair to this brilliant, hilarious novel.

Nevernight – Jay Kristoff

From The New York Times bestselling author comes a gripping page turner that transports readers to another world.

City of Thorns – Ben Rawlence

Rawlence interweaves the stories of nine individuals to reveal the fascinating social structure of Dadaab refugee camp.

Ghost Empire – Richard Fidler

A beautifully written ode to a lost civilization and a warmly observed father-son adventure.

Victoria: The Queen – Julia Baird

A page-turning portrait of the world’s most influential, intriguing and surprising ruler, Queen Victoria.

The Dry – Jane Harper

Who really killed the Hadler family? A gripping debut crime novel that takes you deep into outback Australia.

The Rules of Backyard Cricket – Jock Serong

Talented sporting star Darren always got away with things – until we find him gagged and cable-tied with a bullet in his knee.

A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald – Natasha Lester

Captivating, romantic and tragic, this novel follows a young woman ahead of her time in the Jazz Age of New York.

The North Water – Ian McGuire

Set against the backdrop of an arctic winter, this is a gripping, pitch-black yarn – not for the faint of heart.

The Age of Jihad – Patrick Cockburn

Essential reading for anyone interested in the collapse of the Middle East, and the devastating role the West played.

The Call – Peader O’Guilin

Could you survive the Call? A grim, terrifying story that holds you from start to finish.

The Good People – Hannah Kent

The author of Burial Rites takes you deep into the world of 19th century Irish superstition in her latest novel.

Under the Udala Trees – Chinelo Okparanta

A triumphant love story that follows the life of one woman – through the chaos of Nigeria’s 1968 civil war, loss, marriage and motherhood.

Days Without End – Sebastian Barry

Guaranteed to be scooping up next year’s literary awards, Sebastian Barry returns with a sensational new novel set in mid-19th century America. An intensely poignant story of two men and the lives they are dealt.

Georgiana Molloy: The Mind That Shines – Bernice Barry

From the refined beauty of 19th century England and Scotland, to the dramatic landscape of the Western Australian coast, Georgiana Molloy: The Mind That Shines gives new insight into the life of this pioneering botanist.

Portable Curiosities – Julie Koh

A biting collection of stories from a bold new voice.

The Love of a Bad Man – Laura Elizabeth Woollett

Beautifully observed, fascinating and, at times, horrifying, this is a riveting exploration of the lengths some women will go to for the men they love.

The Life and Death of Sophie Stark – Anna North

With shades of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, A Visit from the Goon Squad and Where'd You Go, Bernadette, this novel boasts a compulsively page-turning plot.

The Toymaker – Liam Pieper

A chilling tale of family secrets set in the aftermath of the Holocaust.

The Nix – Nathan Hill

From the suburban Midwest to New York City to the 1968 riots that rocked Chicago and beyond, The Nix explores – with sharp humour and a fierce tenderness – the resilience of love and home in times of radical change.

The Bone Sparrow – Zana Fraillon

A beautiful, important and deeply moving novel about a young boy’s life in a refugee camp.

Alice-Miranda Series – Jacqueline Harvey

Alice-Miranda Highton-Smith-Kennington-Jones attends boarding school at Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale Academy for Proper Young Ladies. This heroine is funny, kind, optimistic and able to solve just about any problem.

Mrs Whitlam – Bruce Pascoe

With evocative prose and engaging detail, this book is destined to be a new Australian classic. A story with immense heart about horses, an extraordinary friendship and what it takes to find your inner strength.

Program Manager: Perth Writers Festival

Written By Katherine Dorrington

Constantly switching between her left and right brain, Perth Writers Festival programmer Katherine Dorrington spends half her time with her nose in a book (the real thing ­– no reading tablets here) and half her time crafting a Festival that is best described as a book club on steroids.