10 audio books and podcasts from among the strongest feminine voices in literature, music, and extra

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Pirriwee Public is a beautiful little elementary school on the beach that teaches children that “sharing is important”. How did the annual School Trivia Night end in a full blown riot? Sirens howl. People are screaming. The client is ashamed.

And one parent is dead.

Was it a murder, a tragic accident, or just good parents turned bad? As the parents of Pirriwee Public are about to find out, sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the deadliest. Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves to survive.

After mastering the art of tailoring in couture houses in Paris for 20 years, Tilly Dunnage returns to the small Australian town from which she was banished as a child. She only plans to check on her sick mother and go.

But Tilly chooses to stay, and while still an outcast, her luscious, exquisite dresses prove irresistible to the primitive women of Dungatar.

Through her fashion business, her friendship with Sergeant Farrat – the only cop in town with an unusual passion for fabrics – and a burgeoning romance with Teddy, the local soccer star whose family is almost as insulted as hers, she finds a certain level Grudge acceptance.

But as her clothes arouse competition and envy in town and old resentments emerge, it becomes clear that Tilly’s thoughts are on a darker design: revenge on those who wronged them in the most spectacular way.

Let’s face it: life is not easy. But comedian Julia Morris is determined to make things EASY.

In this Audible Original, which is both funny and surprisingly helpful, Lady JMo introduces her own EASY method, a system she developed to fight critics, avoid unwanted tasks and have a lot of fun doing it. Julia Morris shares wild showbiz anecdotes and gives listeners advice on how to make life EASY – by expecting nothing, building a suit of armor to silence the naysayers, and stopping you refuse so you can finally live a life worth it, “Yippie!”

Julia Morris is an unfiltered portrait of life in the spotlight, peppered with unconventional solutions to everyday problems. It might not make it easy to change your life in the most traditional sense – but it will make you laugh every step of the way.

They wear prom dresses, they are debutants … and they are black. The Debs Ball is a controversial colonial export, but can it also be a fortification? Australia’s most famous young playwright Nakkiah Lui and actress Miranda Tapsell put on their hats and gloves to find out.

Nakkiah and Miranda are angry, young, vocal, Aboriginal, and very, very funny. Join them on their journey starting with a lesson on teatime etiquette in London, where it all began, as they follow the path of the debutante and discover that First Nations women around the world have made this tradition their own.

Award-winning singer and actress Clare Bowditch confronts her inner critic in this incomparable memoir. This is the story I made a promise to myself at the age of 21 that one day I would be brave enough – and good enough – to write.

Your own kind of girl Reveals a childhood marked by grief, fear, and compulsion, and tells how these forces shaped Clare’s life for better and for worse. This is a heartbreaking, wise, and sometimes playful memory. Clare’s own story was told roughly and randomly. A reminder that even on the darkest of nights, victory is closer than it seems.

With startling candor, Clare exposes her truth in the hope that this will inspire anyone who has ever struggled with their inner critic. This is the work of a woman who has found her true strength – and wants to pass it on.

The yield in English is reaping, the things that man can take out of the land. In the Wiradjuri language, the yield is what you give, the movement, the space between things: Baayanha.

Albert ‘Poppy’ Gondiwindi knows that he will soon die and takes pen on paper. His life was spent on the banks of the Murrumby River at Prosperous House in the Massacre Plains. Albert is determined to transmit the language of his people and everything that has ever been remembered. He finds the words in the wind.

Deeply moving and exquisitely written, Tara June Winch’s The Yield is about a people and an expropriated culture. But it is also a celebration of what was and what has endured, and a powerful recapture of indigenous language, narrative and identity.

Sarah Krasnosteins The trauma cleaner, who won the Australian Literature Prize in 2018, tells Parkhurst’s story in delicate, heartbreaking detail. Narrator Rachel Tidd brings to life the story of a woman tormented by hostility and transphobic abuse who has managed to remain warm and compassionate towards the most vulnerable in society. Alternately moving, gripping, and deeply disturbing, this fundamentally human story underscores Parkhurst’s remarkable strength and humor in the face of tragedy and adversity.

Domestic abuse is a national emergency: one in four Australian women has experienced violence from a man she was familiar with. But too often we ask the wrong question: why didn’t she leave? We should ask ourselves: why did he do this?

Investigative journalist Jess Hill puts the perpetrators – and the systems that enable them – in the spotlight. See what you’ve done of me is a deep dive into the abuse so many women and children experience – abuse that is often compounded by the judicial system they trust to protect them. Critically, it shows that we can drastically reduce domestic violence – not in the coming generations, but today.

Inner-Suburban Melbourne in the 1970s: a world of coexistence, drugs, music and love – Garner captures the fluid relationships of a community of friends.

Helen Garner’s gritty, lyrical first novel shared the critics when it was first published in 1977. Today, Monkey Grip is considered a masterpiece – the novel that sheds light on a time, place and way of life unprecedented in Australian literature: community households , Music, friendships, children, love, drugs and sex.

When Nora falls in love with Javo, she is caught in the web of his addiction; and as he shifts between loving and leaving, between his need for her and broken promises, Nora’s life becomes an intense dance of loving and trying to let go.

Kieran Elliott’s life changed forever the day a reckless mistake wreaked havoc. The guilt that still haunts him resurfaces during a visit with his young family to the small coastal community he once called home.

Kieran’s parents fight in a city where the sea is forging fortunes. Between them is his absent brother Finn. If a corpse is discovered on the beach, long-cherished secrets threaten to emerge. A sunken wreck, a missing girl and questions that never washed away …