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    Updated on 18 Feb 2020. Posted on 17 Feb 2020

    These 4 Books Are Near Impossible To Put Down And I Challenge You To Even Try It

    For everyone who put down "read more books" as a resolution.

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    If you're looking to incorporate more female Aussie authors into your reading, look no further than this list!

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    With both non-fiction and fiction mentions, long-reads and short-reads, thinkers and easy page-turners — you'll definitely find something to dive into below.

    🚨Trigger warning: Some of these books contain instances of rape, abuse and body issues.🚨

    1. Maggie's Going Nowhere by Rose Hartley

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    Maggie Cotton is the woman we've all been at some point or another in our life. Whether you connect with her through her three year bachelor's degree turning into a 10 year marathon, or her inability to make a positive change for herself, at some point along the way you'll find yourself falling in love with her. Or, nodding your head and thinking, "Yeah, same".

    Rose Hartley tells Maggie's story like she's your best friend talking to you about a bad night out. You'll tear through this book, devouring Maggie's foot-in-mouth decisions quicker than Maggie moves through boyfriends. It's definitely an easy read that's engaging enough to finish on your commute to work, or down by the beach. You'll finish the story with a sense of relief and longing for a caravan.

    Buy the paperback edition for $16 or the Kindle edition for $12.99 on Amazon Australia.

    About the author: Rose Hartley

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    Maggie's Going Nowhere is Hartley's first novel, but she's appeared in a bunch of other publications: Nightmare, Poetic Justice: Contemporary Australian Voices on Equality and Human Rights, and f(r)iction. She lives in Adelaide with her very own cat and caravan — so you can kind of see where the inspiration for Maggie's Going Nowhere came from.

    Hartley has a Bachelor of Creative Arts, has won a Varuna fellowship and graduated from the Clarion Writers’ Workshop.

    2. I Choose Elena by Lucia Osborne-Crowle

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    This is one of those pieces that will capture you from the first sentence and have you frantically flipping through the pages. It's a work of non-fiction and, don't worry, I can already hear the fiction lovers out there snarling at their screens, but I kid you not, this book will have you glued to its pages.

    In this quick read, Osborne-Crowley recounts the rape and assault she experienced when she was only 15. She goes on to detail how it affected her entire life and potentially contributed to illnesses she still suffers today.

    Far from being a depressive read, you're left with a sense of awe and respect towards the author and her ability to write such a painful and raw truth. The last line — "Acceptance is a small, quiet room" — will stick with you long after you've finished the book.

    Buy the paperback edition for $16.39 or the Kindle edition for $8.31 on Amazon Australia.

    About the author: Lucia Osborne-Crowley

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    Osborne-Crowley may have been born in London, but because she grew up in Brisbane and Sydney — Australia is laying a claim. This dynamite Aussie author has appeared in many publications, despite this being her first book. She's written for the Lifted Brow, Meanjin and the Sunday Times. In fact, this book is based on the essay she wrote for the Lifted Brow. She's also reported for ABC News, GQ Australia and the Wall Street Journal.

    Her second novel is slated to appear late 2020.

    3. The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld

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    Sometimes it's hard to find a fiction book that just picks you up and sweeps you off your feet, especially when no one has any time to read anymore. This book is captivating, no matter when or where you manage to squeeze your reading in.

    Told through the eyes of three characters, in three different points in time — you'll find yourself rushing through the pages to learn more about the lives of these women and Bass Rock.

    The best parts of The Bass Rock are the things that go unsaid between the women, the men and the relationships between them. You'll be kept on the edge of your toes the entire way through as Wyld pulls you through her gothic landscape.

    Buy the paperback edition for $24.99 or the Kindle edition for $14.99 on Amazon Australia.

    About the author: Evie Wyld

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    Wyld lives the life most Aussie authors dream of. She grew up in both the UK and Australia and now lives in London running a bookshop. She's already won the Miles Franklin Award — one of the best literary awards in Oz — for her second novel: All The Birds, Singing.

    Her first book: After The Fire, A Still Small Voice, also reached acclaim, both winning and being nominated for numerous awards.

    4. Beauty by Bri Lee

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    There are times when you pick up a book and you sincerely wonder, is this something you've written yourself? When I read Beauty it was like my innermost thoughts, doubts and bodily fears had leapt from my mind and landed on Lee's page.

    She is unflinchingly honest about the thoughts she harbours against her own body and doesn't try to hide when she's feeling negative about herself.

    On another level, she wonders why women follow this inane quest to be thin and how we often tie it to our own self-worth. I don't think there's any non-fiction work I've connected with so instantly and deeply. Its ending inspires me to commit to being kinder to myself and to love all the things my body can do for me.

    Buy the paperback edition for $16.50 or the Kindle edition for $8.35 on Amazon Australia.

    About the author: Bri Lee

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    Bri Lee came on the Aussie writing scene in a big way. Her first book Eggshell Skull, won Biography of the Year at Australian Book Industry Awards.

    In 2019 she was named by The Australian Financial Review as a Woman of Influence. Now living in Sydney, whatever she produces next is sure to be dynamite.