Australian Fiction The Good People Hannah Kent The Museum of Modern Love Heather Rose The Best of Adam Sharp Graeme Simsion PB $32.99 Nóra lost her daughter and her husband, and is now burdened with the care of her four-year-old grandson, Micheál. The boy cannot walk, or speak, and Nóra has kept the child hidden from those who might see in him evidence of otherworldly interference. Hedged in by rumour, Nóra seeks out the only person who might be able to help Micheál. It is said that old Nance Roche consorts with the Good People. And that she can return those whom they have taken... PB $27.99 Based around Abramovic's threemonth long performance piece at MoMA, The Artist is Present, this book follows various people who visited or were involved in the piece. A mesmerising literary novel about a lost man in search of connection and a woman coming to terms with grief—a meditation on love, art and commitment set against the backdrop of one of the greatest art events in modern history. PB $29.99 Adam Sharp has a loyal partner, earns a good income and is the music-trivia expert at quiz nights. It’s the lifestyle he wanted, but something’s missing. Two decades ago, on the other side of the world, his part-time piano playing led him into a passionate relationship with Angelina Brown. And now he can’t shake off his nostalgia for what might have been. When Angelina gets in touch out of the blue, Adam must ask himself how far he will go for a second chance. The Birdman's Wife Melissa Ashley Family Skeleton Carmel Bird The Love of a Bad Man Laura Elizabeth Woollett HB $32.99 Artist Elizabeth Gould spent her life capturing the sublime beauty of birds the world had never seen before. But her legacy was eclipsed by the fame of her husband, John Gould. The Birdman’s Wife at last gives voice to a passionate and adventurous spirit who was so much more than the woman behind the man. In this indelible portrait, an extraordinary woman overshadowed by history steps back into the light where she belongs. PB $29.99 From inside her Toorak mansion, Margaret, matriarch, widow of Edmund Rice O’Day of O’Day Funerals, secretly surveys her family in the garden. Everyone is oblivious to the secrets that threaten to be uncovered by a visiting relative who is determined to excavate the O’Day’s family history. Family Skeleton examines a family that has for generations been engaged in dark business. You can’t dig a grave without disturbing the surface. PB $27.99 A schoolgirl catches the eye of the future leader of Nazi Germany. A playwright writes to a convicted serial killer. Childhood sweethearts reunite to commit rape and murder. The stories in The Love of a Bad Man imagine the lives of real women, all of whom were connected to various ‘bad’ men in history. Beautifully observed, the stories interrogate power, the nature of obsession, and the lengths some women will go to for the men they love.