Curl up with a good book

Ten steps to Nanette

Autumn is the perfect time to curl up inside with good book. Here’s just a few new releases from Allen & Unwin this season to help you while away the hours.

April new releases

Ten steps to Nanette

Hannah Gadsby is an award-winning Australian comedian who thinks quickly and moves slowly. She is sardonic, laconic and, after numerous bone-crunching accidents, bionic. Her droll delivery, delightful wordplay and heart-breakingly funny, self-deprecating observations have delighted audiences all over the world. Tasmania’s own Hannah Gadsby stopped stand-up comedy in its tracks with her multi-award-winning show, Nanette, which played to sold out houses in Australia, the UK and the US.

The Jane Austen remedy

The book blends together Ruth Wilson’s memoir with Austen’s characters and themes, Austen’s personal story, dashes of very accessible criticism and philosophy and general bookishness. It’s clever and articulate and lyrical, and very much a book for readers. The passion Ruth has for reading shines through so brightly, and fans of Jane Austen won’t be disappointed. This book is her reading memoir, exploring how Ruth has re-read her life through the lens of her favourite Jane Austen novels.

Daughter of Eve

An unputdownable feminist revenge thriller from a bold new voice in the genre. Daughters of Eve is a stunning debut that will take you to the edge and dare you to look down. Nina D. Campbell had a respectable career as a professional writer, working across the community and public sectors, before a midlife health challenge changed her priorities. Nina now writes fiction full-time, with a focus on stories about strong women and is a thrilling new voice in crime fiction.

Rising dust

Detective Dave Burrows returns in another breath-taking tale of rural suspense. Fleur McDonald has lived and worked on farms for much of her life. After growing up in the small town of Orroroo in South Australia, she became a jillaroo before spending twenty years farming 8000 acres, east of Esperance, WA. Fleur likes to write about strong women overcoming adversity, drawing inspiration from her own experiences in rural Australia.

In Love

An astonishing and brave memoir of life, love, and assisted death, from the author of White Houses.

Written with piercing insight and wit, In Love is Amy Bloom’s intimate, authentic and startling account of losing Brian, first slowly to the disease of Alzheimer’s, and then on becoming a widow. It charts the anxiety and pain of the process that led them to Dignitas, while never avoiding the complex ethical problems that are raised by assisted death.

SUBHEAD: May new releases


Based on interviews across Australia, Heartland guides readers through the intimate world of love, dating, and sex among millennials and Generation Z. Jennifer Pinkerton is a Darwin-based writer, photographer and producer who holds a doctorate in creative arts and has written stories for The Australian, The Guardian, The Telegraph and more. Heartland gives us a window into the way we live now, and what this might mean for our futures.


The revealing and compelling memoir of one of Australia’s foremost cardiothoracic surgeons, Dr Nikki Stamp. One of only 11 female heart surgeons in Australia. She has a strong desire to change the way we think about health by making it accessible and achievable. Scrubbed is a raw account of a life lived at the very edge of modern medicine, where heart surgeons tread the thinnest of lines between life and death, and yet where the greatest challenge can be the medical system itself.


A nail-biting, unputdownable memoir that brings a confronting new perspective on the safety of women and the many ways they are silenced. Ellis Gunn is originally from Scotland where she published three poetry collections, one of which was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book of the Year Award. Rattled tells a frighteningly honest story of what it feels like to be pursued by a stalker.​​​​​​​ Ellis Gunn’s world is turned upside down when she realises that she is being followed by a man she doesn’t know-and that she can’t make him stop.

The Curfew

The unmissable new thriller from the million-copy Sunday Times bestselling author – and master of the ‘it-could-be-you’ thriller. T.M. Logan is a Sunday Times bestseller whose thrillers have sold more than 1 million copies in the UK and are published in 18 countries around the world. The Holiday was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick and will soon be a major TV drama. It begins with a small white lie. The kind of lie you might tell to keep your child out of trouble.

None of this is serious

A sharp and addictive modern debut set in Dublin, about female friendship and our obsession with being online – from an exciting new voice in Irish fiction. None of This Is Serious is about the uncertainty and absurdity of being alive today. It’s about balancing the real world with the online, and the vulnerabilities in yourself, your relationships, your body. Catherine Prasifka works as a creative writing teacher in Dublin. None of This Is Serious is her first novel.