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Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

Maria Semple

An irresistibly funny, brilliantly original coming-of-age novel

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A Sport and a Pastime

A Sport and a Pastime

James Salter

The seductive classic that established Salter's reputation as one of the finest prose stylists of our time

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 Read reviewDirt

Dirt

David Vann

Galen and his mother survive on old family money-an inheritance that his Aunt Helen and cousin Jennifer, are determined to get their hands on. When the family takes a trip to an old cabin in the Sierras, tensions come to a climax...

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 Read reviewAnimal People

Animal People

Charlotte Wood

Charlotte Wood takes a character from her bestselling book The Children and turns her unflinching gaze on him and his world in her extraordinary novel, Animal People. Set in Sydney over a single day, Animal People traces a...

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 Special priceMerivel: A Man of His Time

Merivel: A Man of His Time

Rose Tremain

Robert Merivel, physician and courtier to Charles II, loved for his ability to turn sorrow into laughter, now faces the agitations and anxieties of middle age. Questions crowd his mind: has he been a good father? Is he a fair...

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Middlemarch

Middlemarch

George Eliot, Rosemary Ashton

Features Dorothea Brooke, a young idealist whose search for intellectual fulfilment leads her into a disastrous marriage to the pedantic scholar Casaubon; and the charming but tactless Dr Lydgate, whose marriage to the spendthrift...

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The Sea, the Sea

The Sea, the Sea

Iris Murdoch, John Burnside

When Charles Arrowby retires from his glittering career in the London theatre, he buys a remote house on the rocks by the sea. He hopes to escape from his tumultuous love affairs but unexpectedly bumps into his childhood...

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 Read reviewThe Cook

The Cook

Wayne Macauley

The Cook feeds our hunger to know what goes on in the kitchen, while skewering our culture of food worship.

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The Ghost Writer

The Ghost Writer

Philip Roth

Introduces Nathan Zuckerman in the 1950s; a budding writer infatuated with the Great Books, discovering the contradictory claims of literature and experience while an overnight guest in the secluded New England farmhouse of his...

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The Riddle of the Sands: A Record of Secret Service

The Riddle of the Sands: A Record of Secret Service

Erskine Childers, IV Childers

Tempted by the idea of duck shooting, Carruthers is lured by his friend Davies into a yachting expedition in the Baltic, only to discover that the itinerary involves more than killing fowl. Soon they're on a wild journey of...

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Silence of the Lambs: (Hannibal Lecter)

Silence of the Lambs: (Hannibal Lecter)

Thomas Harris

An FBI trainee. A psychopath locked up for unspeakable crimes. And a serial killer getting ever closer to his latest victim... FBI rookie Clarice Starling turns to Dr Hannibal Lecter, monster cannibal held in a hospital for the...

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 Read reviewWhy be Happy When You Could be Normal?

Why be Happy When You Could be Normal?

Jeanette Winterson

Presents the story of an adopted child, and the thwarted giantess Mrs Winterson.

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Nineteen Eighty-four

Nineteen Eighty-four

George Orwell, Thomas Pynchon

Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party.

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Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Charles Dickens, Charlotte Mitchell, David Trotter

A terrifying encounter with the escaped convict Abel Magwitch in a graveyard on the wild Kent marshes; a summons to meet the bitter, decrepit Miss Havisham and her beautiful, cold-hearted ward Estella at Satis House; the sudden...

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