Support #VicWriters – 2020 Debuts

If you’re interested in supporting Victoria-based writers who have put a debut novel out in 2020, then this is the list for you!

Please consider buying one or more (or all!) of the books on this list from your local bookshop (https://www.booksellers.org.au/find-a-bookshop) – or even a Victoria-based one, if you can. Penguin Random House has put together this excellent Click for Vic resource to support Victoria’s independent bookshops.

(If you’re a Victoria-based writer who would like your 2020 debut novel to be added to this list, please complete the form at the bottom of the page.)


Ben Marshall
The Last Circus on Earth
 (Brio Books, July 2020)
http://briobooks.com.au/booklist/lastcircus

w: https://www.benmarshallwriter.com/
t: https://twitter.com/BenMarshallWri1


Christine Bell
No Small Shame
(Ventura Press [Impact], 1 April 2020)
https://www.venturapress.com.au/fiction#/no-small-shame

w: https://christinebell.com.au
t: https://twitter.com/chrisbellwrites
insta: https://www.instagram.com/p/B5E6O7Ugi6Y/
fb: https://www.facebook.com/chris.bell.77377


Dan Kaufman
Drowning in the Shallows
(Melbourne Books, April 2020)
https://www.melbournebooks.com.au/products/drowning-in-the-shallows
Drowning in the Shallows is a comedy about heartache, a satire of society, a coming-of-age tale about a man in his 30s who is only now growing up, and a love story about a man and his beloved evil cat.

Genre: Comedy/Satire/Masterpiece

w: https://dankaufmanbooks.com
t: https://twitter.com/DanLikesBooks
insta: https://www.instagram.com/write.edit/


Donna Ward
She I Dare Not Name: A Spinster’s Meditations on Life
(Allen & Unwin, March 2020)
https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/general-books/literature-literary-studies/She-I-Dare-Not-Name-Donna-Ward-9781760876296
“Reading She I Dare Not Name is like encountering a place of total stillness in a world of incessant, incoherent clamour. Disarmingly intimate, immense in its implication, intellectually peripatetic, it is a remarkable, profound, even necessary book.” James Bradley, author of Clade.

Genre: Memoir

w: https://donna-ward.com.au/author/
t: https://twitter.com/donnawardwriter


Henry Neilsen
Eleanor’s Mind
(Self-Published, 4 April 2020)
https://www.amazon.com.au/Eleanors-Mind-Henry-Neilsen-ebook/dp/B08693CWPR/

Spice Trader (Self-Published, 31st October 2020)
https://www.amazon.com.au/Spice-Trader-Henry-Neilsen-ebook/dp/B08DR28K7T/

w: https://www.huntingsunrise.com/
t: https://twitter.com/HuntingSunrise
insta: https://www.instagram.com/hunting_sunrise/


Imbi Neeme
The Spill
 (Viking – Penguin, 2 June 2020)
https://www.penguin.com.au/books/the-spill-9781760893767
No two people ever experience or remember the same thing in the same way – especially when they’re sisters. The Spill explores the cycles of love, loss and regret that can follow a family through the years – moments of joy, things left unsaid, and things misremembered. Above all, it is a deeply moving portrait of two sisters falling apart and finding a way to fit back together.

Genre: Literary commercial fiction

w: http://imbineeme.com
t: https://twitter.com/TheNDM
insta: https://instagram.com/imbineeme
fb: https://facebook.com/imbineemewriter


J Victoria Michael
Songbird
 (Volume 1) (Odyssey Books, 20th June 2020)
https://www.odysseybooks.com.au/titles/9781922311078/
Griffin Song Trilogy’s protagonist is a vulnerable, not-always-nice Melbourne woman who saves an amazing Gift for a devastated realm, and shines new light on our view of human ability.

Genre: Portal fantasy for grown-ups.

GriffinSinger (Volume 2) (Odyssey Books, September 2020)
FleetWalker (Volume 3) (Odyssey Books, November 2020)

w: https://www.jvictoriamichael.com/
t: https://www.facebook.com/judith.michael.545


Julianne Negri

The Secret Library of Hummingbird House (Affirm Press, July 2020)
https://affirmpress.com.au/publishing/the-secret-library-of-hummingbird-house/

w: https://www.juliannenegri.com/
t: https://twitter.com/sisteroutlaws
insta: https://www.instagram.com/waywardfancy/


Julie Murphy
I’ve Got a Tail! Terrific Tails of the Animal World (Amicus Ink USA, 25 February 2020)
https://www.amicuspublishing.us/books/amicus-ink/ive-got-tail-terrific-tails-animal-world

w: https://juliemurphybooks.com/
t:  https://twitter.com/juliekidsbooks
fb:  https://www.facebook.com/juliemurphykidsauthor/


Karina Kilmore
Where The Truth Lies
 (Simon & Schuster, 23 February 2020)
https://www.simonandschuster.com.au/books/Where-the-Truth-Lies/Karina-Kilmore/9781925685862
A flawed but feisty Melbourne journalist investigates a death at the wharf only to be caught in a war between blue and white-collar crime, and as she battles her own demons an even greater threat is in play to stop her revealing the truth.

Genre: Suspense

w: http://karinakilmore.com/
t: https://twitter.com/KilmoreKarina
insta: https://www.instagram.com/karinakilmore_author/
fb: https://www.facebook.com/KarinaKilmoreAuthor/


Kirsten Krauth
Almost a Mirror
 (Transit Lounge, 1 April 2020)
https://transitlounge.com.au/shop/almost-a-mirror/

w: http://kirstenkrauth.com/
t: https://twitter.com/KirstenKrauth

K.M. Allan
Blackbirch: The Beginning (Self-Published, 17 February 2020)
https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/0648773000/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_HzVpFb7AEBPZ1
Struggling with the loss of his family, seventeen-year-old Josh Taylor returns to the place of his birth, Blackbirch, a small town steeped in a history of witchcraft. Amongst forgotten friends and the life he’s trying to rebuild, he is haunted by nightmares that reveal a hidden magic in his veins and a warning to run from those who seek to find it.

Blackbirch: The Dark Half (Self-Published, 17 July 2020)
https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/0648773027/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_PBVpFb66S3H06
Now that the origins of his power have been revealed, Josh Taylor’s search for answers continues with the arrival of Kallie—a girl running from her own secrets. She shows Josh how to use his gift in ways he didn’t know were possible, but as they push the limits of their abilities, they discover there are consequences to messing with magick.

Genre: YA Magic Realism

w: https://kmallan.com/
t: https://twitter.com/KMAllan_writer
insta: https://www.instagram.com/k.m.allan_writer
fb: https://www.facebook.com/k.m.allan.author/


Laura McPhee-Browne
Cherry Beach (Text Publishing, 4 February 2020)
https://www.textpublishing.com.au/books/cherry-beach

t: https://mobile.twitter.com/laurahelenmb


Luke Horton
The Fogging
 (Scribe Publications, 2 July 2020)
https://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/books/the-fogging

t: https://twitter.com/lukeshorton


Mandy Beaumont
Wild Fearless Chests
 (Hachette, 28 January 2020)
https://www.hachette.com.au/mandy-beaumont/wild-fearless-chests

w: https://mandybeaumont.com
t: https://twitter.com/mandybeaumont
insta: https://www.instagram.com/mandybeaumont/
fb: https://www.facebook.com/mandybeaumontwriter/?modal=admin_todo_tour


Margaret Hickey
Rural Dreams (MidnightSun Publishing, October 2020)
https://midnightsunpublishing.com/shop/books/rural-dreams/ 
Funny, heartbreaking and true: Rural Dreams highlights the richness of life on the land and showcases the beauty of lives lived outside city walls.

Genre: Adult fiction; Short stories.

w: https://margarethickey.com.au/
t: https://twitter.com/marg_stories


Marian Matta
Life, Bound
 (MidnightSun Publishing, October 2020)
https://midnightsunpublishing.com/2020/04/life-bound/

w: http://marianmattawrites.wordpress.com/
t: https://twitter.com/MadWomansKnitti


Nellé May Pierce
7 Steps To Get Your Child Reading
 (Allen & Unwin, February 2020)
https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/general-books/health-fitness/7-Steps-to-Get-Your-Child-Reading-Louise-Park-9781760524678

The Mummy Smugglers of Crumblin’ Castle (Walker Books, July 2020)
https://www.walkerbooks.com.au/Books/The-Mummy-Smugglers-of-Crumblin-Castle-9781760651930

w: http://www.nellemay.com/
insta: https://www.instagram.com/nellemay/


Olympia Panagiotopoulos
Beneath the Fig Leaves
 (Affirm Press, 31 March 2020)
https://affirmpress.com.au/publishing/beneath-the-fig-leaves-a-memoir-of-food-and-family/
Beneath the Fig Leaves is a mother-daughter memoir set in Melbourne and Greece. A compelling story of sacrifice and new beginnings, reconnection and self discovery, it is a rich tapestry of family, food and history.

Genre: Memoir

t: https://twitter.com/OlympiaLoves
insta: https://www.instagram.com/olympiapanagiotopoulos/
fb: https://www.facebook.com/olympiapanagiotopoulosauthor/


Ronnie Scott
The Adversary
 (Hamish Hamilton – Penguin, April 2020)
https://www.penguin.com.au/books/the-adversary-9780143796640


Thuy On
Turbulence
 (UWAP, April 2020)
https://uwap.uwa.edu.au/products/turbulence

t: https://twitter.com/thuy_on


Tobias McCorkell
Everything in its Right Place
 (Transit Lounge, October 2020)
https://transitlounge.com.au/shop/everything-right-place/

t: https://twitter.com/MccorkellTobias


Victoria Hannan
Kokomo
(Hachette, July 2020)
https://www.hachette.com.au/victoria-hannan/kokomo

w: https://www.victoriahannan.com/
t: https://twitter.com/victorialhannan

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