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Mister Pip

Mister Pip

Lloyd Jones

Matilda lives on an island somewhere in the Pacific, but this is no paradise. Civil war is a fact of life and the school on the island is closed. Mr Watts, the only white man on the island steps forward to see what he can do.

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A Distant Shore

A Distant Shore

Caryl Phillips

The English village is a place where people come to lick their wounds. Dorothy has walked away from a bad 30-year marriage and is trying to rebuild a life. It's not immediately clear why her neighbour, Solomon, is living nearby,...

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Gould's Book of Fish

Gould’s Book of Fish

Richard Flanagan

Once a upon a time that was called 1828, there was a man named William Buelow Gould, a white convict who fell in love with a black woman and discovered too late that love is not safe. From the author of The sound of One Hand...

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The True History of the Kelly Gang

The True History of the Kelly Gang

Peter Carey

Indentured by his bootlegger mother to a famous horse thief (who was also her lover), Ned Kelly saw his first prison cell at 15 and by the age of 26 had become the most wanted man in the wild colony of Victoria, taking over whole...

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Disgrace

Disgrace

J. M. Coetzee

In spectacularly powerful and lucid prose, Coetzee uses all his formidable skills to engage with a post-apartheid culture in unexpected and revealing ways. This examination into the sexual and politcal lawlines of modern South...

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Jack Maggs

Jack Maggs

Peter Carey

The year is 1837 and a stranger is prowling London. He is Jack Maggs, an illegal returnee from the prison island of Australia. He has the demeanor of a savage and the skills of a hardened criminal, and he is risking his life on...

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Salt

Salt

Earl Lovelace

After 19 years of teaching his pupils to emigrate, Alford George, elitist schoolteacher turned populist politician, is forced to work out a welcome for the diverse races of Trinidad to their own island and how to liberate those...

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Captain Corelli's Mandolin

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Louis de Bernieres

It is 1941 and Captain Antonio Corelli, a young Italian officer, is posted to the Greek island of Cephallonia as part of occupying forces. At first he is ostracised by the locals, but as a conscientious but far from fanatical...

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The Ancestor Game

The Ancestor Game

Alex Miller

Steven Muir, August Spiess and his daughter Gertrude, and Lang Tzu all acknowledge a restless sense of cultural displacement, an ambivalence in their relations with the culture of European Australia. Steven left England for...

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