July 2024 New Releases

We are passionate about promoting diverse voices and celebrating Australian books, that’s why we’ve compromised some of the new hot releases coming out this July! From thrilling mysteries to heartfelt dramas, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this month’s lineup.

July 2024 New Releases

Check out the latest books hitting shelves this July from Australian authors! 

The Honeyeater by Jessie Tu

Jessie Tu, celebrated for her inventive and evocative storytelling, delivers a chilling and intoxicating narrative in The Honeyeater. A book critic at The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, and a journalist for Women’s Agenda, Tu’s debut novel, A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing, won the ABIA for 2020 Literary Fiction Book of the Year. With The Honeyeater, her second novel, Tu continues to captivate readers with her unique voice.

The Honeyeater tells the story of Fay, a young academic and emerging translator who embarks on a package tour holiday to France with her mother to celebrate her birthday. Despite their intentions to relax, Fay is preoccupied with a challenging translation, and her mother is hesitant to venture out in the evenings. 

On their last night in France, Fay is devastated by the sudden death of her former lover. Upon returning to Sydney, she seeks comfort from her mentor, Professor Samantha Egan-Smith, who offers her a spot at a prestigious translation conference in Taipei. Amidst growing paranoia and shocking allegations, Fay must navigate complex relationships and career opportunities during Taiwan’s ghost month, while her mother warns her of looming dangers.

Release date: 2nd July 2024 

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Girl Falling by Haley Scrivenor

Hayley Scrivenor, celebrated for her debut novel Dirt Town (also known as Dirt Creek in the U.S.), has quickly become a literary sensation. Her first novel became a #1 Australian bestseller, translated into multiple languages, and garnered numerous accolades including the ILP John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger and the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ+ Mystery.

 In the breathtaking landscape of the Blue Mountains, Girl Falling follows the intense bond between Finn and her best friend Daphne, both haunted by the shared trauma of losing their younger sisters to suicide. As they navigate their twenties, their paths start to diverge—Daphne is at university, while Finn remains in the Mountains, finding love with the enigmatic newcomer, Magdu. 

Jealousy and control come to a head during a rock-climbing trip where Magdu tragically falls to her death. Was it a suicide, a tragic accident, or something more sinister? This gripping novel challenges readers to confront the narratives we construct about those closest to us.

Release date: 30th July 2024 

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17 Years Later by J.P. Pomare 

J.P. Pomare‘s debut novel, Call Me Evie, garnered critical acclaim and won the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel. His second novel, In The Clearing, also achieved bestseller status. Born in New Zealand, Pomare now resides in Melbourne with his wife. With 17 Years Later, Pomare once again proves his prowess in crafting intricate, suspenseful narratives that captivate and intrigue.

17 Years Later delves into the chilling case of the Primrose family massacre, a brutal crime that left the idyllic town of Cambridge scarred forever. Bill Kareama, the family’s young live-in chef, was swiftly convicted for the murders. 

However, true-crime podcaster Sloane Abbott’s investigation reignites interest in the case, bringing her into contact with former prison psychologist TK Phillips, who once campaigned for Bill’s appeal. As new evidence comes to light, casting doubt on the Primroses and revealing potential new suspects, Sloane and TK must navigate a web of secrets and lies to uncover the truth, all while grappling with the potential costs of their pursuit.

Release date: 31st July 2024 

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Murder in Punch Lane by Jane Sullivan 

Jane Sullivan was born in England to Australian parents, she moved to Melbourne in 1979 and has worked at The Age as a reporter, feature writer, and editor. She won the inaugural Australian Human Rights award for journalism and currently contributes to The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, writing features and her Saturday column, ‘Turning Pages’. 

Set in the bustling streets of Melbourne in 1868, Murder in Punch Lane follows the determined Lola Sanchez, an actress on the cusp of stardom, who embarks on a perilous quest to uncover the truth behind her friend Marie St Denis’s death, believed by most to be a suicide. Teaming up with journalist Magnus Scott, known as ‘the Walking Gentleman’, Lola disguises herself as a boy to navigate the city’s dangerous underbelly. Together, they delve into a world where the lives of the rich and privileged intersect with bohemians, theatre folk, and the city’s outcasts. As they uncover shocking truths about Melbourne’s ruling powers, Lola and Magnus must race against time to find the murderer before they themselves become victims.

Release date: 2nd July 2024 

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The End and Everything Before It by Finegan Kruckemeyer

Finegan Kruckemeyer is a celebrated playwright with over 101 commissioned plays performed globally in multiple languages. He has received numerous accolades, including the 2017 Mickey Miners Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2015 David Williamson Award for Excellence in Australian Playwriting. 

Finegan’s works have graced international festivals and prestigious venues such as the Sydney Opera House and New York’s Lincoln Center. Born in Ireland and raised in Australia, Finegan now resides in Tasmania with his family. The End and Everything Before It marks his debut novel, showcasing his masterful storytelling and profound exploration of human connection.

The End and Everything Before It follows Emma, who watched her mother disappear among Arctic icebergs six years ago. Her brother, who hadn’t spoken since that day, warns Emma of a curse she carries just before tragedy strikes him too. Fearing the harm she brings, Emma isolates herself at sea. Years later, she feels an inexplicable pull to land, docking at an island where a welcoming man and his daughter await her. As Emma’s story unfolds, it intertwines with tales from the past, exploring themes of love, loss, and the enduring power of stories.

Release date: 2nd July 2024 

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Big Time by Jordan Prosser 

Jordan Prosser, a versatile writer, director, and performer from Melbourne, has made significant contributions to film, theatre, and television. His films have screened at prestigious festivals worldwide, and he has appeared in various notable productions, including Happy Feet 2 and The Play That Goes Wrong. With Big Time, Prosser combines his passion for storytelling with a sharp critique of societal norms, offering readers a thrilling and thought-provoking journey into a dystopian future.

Set in a not-too-distant future Australia under an autocratic regime, Big Time follows Julian Ferryman, bass player for the Acceptables, as he returns to Melbourne after a year abroad. Reuniting with his bandmates to record their second album, Julian becomes ensnared in the allure of F, a potent synthetic hallucinogen that promises visions of the future. 

As the band embarks on a whirlwind tour of the east coast, Julian discovers that F might offer more than just psychedelic experiences—it could unveil secrets about time and existence itself. Big Time is a vibrant anti-fascist tribute to the transformative power of pop music, woven into an unforgettable road trip.

Release date: 2nd July 2024 

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Outrider by Mark Wales

Can’t wait until these July dates roll around? Check out this June 2024 new release! 

Mark Wales brings his military expertise and thrilling storytelling to life in Outrider. Known for his gripping narratives and realistic portrayals of conflict, Wales has crafted a heart-pounding tale of survival and resilience that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Outrider follows Jack Dunne, an elite special operations soldier in the Resistance, who will do anything to save his son amidst a violent civil war. Set in a post-global conflict Australia occupied by foreign forces, Jack reignites the war in 2034, aiming to secure freedom for himself and his eleven-year-old son. As they embark on a perilous mission, the road to victory proves to be bloody and fraught with danger! 

Release date: 25th June 2024 

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Explore Aussie Authors

This July, enrich your reading list with these remarkable new releases from Australian authors. Whether you’re seeking suspense, romance, or thought-provoking narratives, there’s something for every reader. 

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