ANU Library summer reading list - fiction

19 December 2019

Would you like to get lost in a good book this summer?

The ANU Library has put together a list of some fantastic fiction titles to entertain you over the summer break!

Too Much Lip - Melissa Lugashenko

Too much lip / Melissa Lucashenko

Wise-cracking Kerry Salter has spent a lifetime avoiding two things - her hometown and prison. But now her Pop is dying and she's an inch away from the lockup, so she takes a Harley and heads south to Durrongo. Kerry's plan is to spend twenty-four hours, tops, over the border. She quickly discovers, though, that Bundjalung country has a funny way of grabbing on to people.

Hitch / Kathryn Hind

Hitch / Kathryn Hind

This isn't a horror, or a thriller. It's the story of twenty-something Amelia and her dog Lucy hitchhiking from one end of the country to the other, trying to outrun grief and trauma.

Boy swallows universe / Trent Dalton

Boy swallows universe / Trent Dalton

Brisbane, 1983: A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious crim for a babysitter. But Eli's life is about to get a whole lot more serious. He's about to fall in love. And, oh yeah, he has to break into Boggo Road Gaol on Christmas Day, to save his mum.

Black is the new white / Nakkiah Lui

Black is the new white / Nakkiah Lui

Charlotte Gibson is a lawyer with a brilliant career ahead of her. As her father Ray says, she could be the next female Indigenous Waleed Aly. But she has other ideas. First of all, it's Christmas. Second of all, she's in love. The thing is, her fiancé, Francis Smith, is not what her family expected - he's unemployed, he's an experimental composer ... and he's white!

The life to come / Michelle de Kretser

The life to come / Michelle de Kretser

Set in Sydney, Paris and Sri Lanka, The Life to Come is a mesmerising novel about the stories we tell and don't tell ourselves as individuals, as societies and as nations. It feels at once firmly classic and exhilaratingly contemporary.

The daughter of time / by Josephine Tey [pseudonym]

The daughter of time / by Josephine Tey [pseudonym]

A detective novel where the ‘cold case’ of Richard III murdering the Princes in the Tower is explored. An entertaining read that looks at the meaning of evidence, truth and propaganda. Although published in 1951, it is a classic mystery.

The death of Noah Glass / Gail Jones

The death of Noah Glass / Gail Jones

The art historian Noah Glass, having just returned from a trip to Sicily, is discovered floating face down in the swimming pool at his Sydney apartment block. His adult children, Martin and Evie, must come to terms with the shock of their father's death. But a sculpture has gone missing from a museum in Palermo, and Noah is a suspect.

A gentleman in Moscow / Amor Towles

A gentleman in Moscow / Amor Towles

A transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

哈利.波特与密室 (Hali Bote yu mi shi) / J.K Rowling

哈利.波特与密室 (Hali Bote yu mi shi) / J.K Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, in simplified Chinese script.
When students and creatures at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry begin to get petrified, 12-year-old wizard Harry Potter finds himself surrounded in mystery.