10 underrated books in 2023

Some worthy Australian books published this year that may have escaped your attention.
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Have no idea what books to choose as presents for loved ones or for yourself? Before you reach out for the household names and those that regularly dominate the bestseller (and even prize-winning) lists, maybe consider spreading the love a little and choosing some less well-known titles that deserve recognition. Here are some personally curated Australian books that may have been overlooked in this year’s publication schedules.

Paradise Estate, Max Easton (Giramondo)

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Thuy On is Reviews Editor of ArtsHub and an arts journalist, critic and poet who’s written for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Sydney Review of Books, The Australian, The Age/SMH and Australian Book Review. She was the books editor of The Big issue for 8 years. Her first book, a collection of poetry called Turbulence, came out in 2020 and was published by University of Western Australia Press (UWAP). Her next collection, Decadence, was published in July 2022, also by UWAP. Twitter: @thuy_on