Books Released in August 2023

Published:July 28, 2023

Can you believe it? August is almost here, and you know what that means – a whole bunch of incredible new books to dive into! August is filled with thrilling crime escapades, jaw-dropping historical fiction, and heart-melting romance tales. These books are truly worth the wait and trust me, they’ll whisk you away on an extraordinary journey through the enchanting realm of Australian fiction! Mark your calendars and get set for a month of reading bliss!


Released August 1, 2023

Sweet Jimmy

Bryan Brown

Bryan Brown has been telling stories with his distinctive Australian voice on TV and in film for a long time, but this time he’s writing crime in his first book.


Released August 1, 2023

West Girls

Laura Elizabeth Woollett

‘I chose the jagged rocks, the broken bones, the spattered brains. I chose beauty. I’d choose it again.’

Home to Echidna Lane by Eva Scott

Released August 2, 2023

Home to Echidna Lane

Eva Scott

With Eva Scott’s trademark warmth and wit comes a rural rom-com about friendship, family, failure and finding the place you truly belong.


Released August 2, 2023

Twelve Steps to a Long and Fulfilling Death

Sarah Smith

A dark comedy about how to live your best life, even when you’re dead.


Released August 2, 2023

God Forgets About the Poor

Peter Polites

A stunning new novel from the author of Down the Hume and The Pillars, God Forgets About the Poor is a love story to a migrant mother, whose story is as important as any ever told.


Released August 29, 2023

Doll’s Eye

Leah Kaminsky

Sometimes there may be more to things than meets the eye.


Released August 29, 2023

Love Match

Clare Fletcher

A new romantic comedy from the author of Five Bush Weddings


Released August 29, 2023

Something Bad is Going to Happen

Jessie Stephens

Adella is facing the dawn of a new year and the end of her twenties – and she’s in a psychiatric unit recovering from a mental breakdown.


Released August 29, 2023


Melanie Saward

Burn is an affecting, powerful novel about prejudice and growing up on the margins from exciting new Australian voice Melanie Saward.

Daisy and Kate

Released August 30, 2023

Daisy and Kate

Meredith Appleyard

A compelling exploration of the waxing and waning of friendships; how precious they are, and the heartbreak that happens when it all comes undone.


Released August 30, 2023


Shelley Burr

Gemma Guillory has lived in Rainier her entire life. She knows the tiny town’s ins and outs like the back of her hand, the people like they are her family, their quirks as if they were her own.


Released August 30, 2023

The Visitors

Jane Harrison

The most exciting debut in 2023, The Visitors is an audacious, earthy, funny, gritty, and powerful re-imaging of a crucial moment in Australia’s history – an unputdownable work of fiction.

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Released August 30, 2023

One Day We’re All Going To Die

Elise Esther Hearst

Sorrow and Bliss meets Normal People in this utterly compelling, darkly humorous millennial coming-of-age novel about a 27-year-old single Jewish woman in Melbourne who must learn to reconcile family expectations, cultural constraints and inter-generational trauma with her own desires. A coruscating new voice.


Released August 30, 2023

A Light in the Dark

Allee Richards

Iris doesn’t remember the first time she met Nina. But she remembers the first time she paid attention to her. It was when he did.

And there you have it, book lovers! The ultimate lineup of must-reads for the sensational month of August! Now, the tough decision lies ahead – which book will you dive into first?

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