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The Flamethrowers

The Flamethrowers

Rachel Kushner

The year is 1977 and Reno - so called because of the place of her birth - has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Reno meets a group of dreamers and raconteurs who submit her to...

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Who We Were

Who We Were

Lucy Neave

Melbourne, 1938. Annabel's dream is to be a scientist. Falling in love is not part of her plan. But when she meets Bill Whitten she knows instantly that they are destined for each other. She has to wait for him to come back from...

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Just-a-girl

Just-a-girl

Kirsten Krauth

Layla is only 14. As she sits in bed with a laptop, her mother Margot sleeps in the next room. But what separates them is more than just a wall. just_a_girl tears into the fabric of contemporary...

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 Read reviewNow Showing

Now Showing

Ron Elliott

Brimming with cinematic references, Now Showing is best consumed with a tub of hot popcorn. For the price of two movie tickets, screenwriter Ron Elliott's criminally good mini novels bring cinema's best known...

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The Son

The Son

Philipp Meyer

From the author of the highly acclaimed American Rust comes his eagerly awaited second novel, an extraordinary multi-generational Texan epic

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Brief Loves That Live Forever

Brief Loves That Live Forever

Andrei Makine, Geoffrey Strachan

In Soviet Russia the desire for freedom is also a desire for the freedom to love. Lovers live as outlaws, traitors to the collective spirit, and love is more intense when it feels like an act of resistance.

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 Read reviewCollected Stories

Collected Stories

James Salter

Each indelible narrative in the Collected Stories is marked by Salter's great literary grace, his ability to show the subtleties of a character or situation with precision, and his equally assured ability to...

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 Read reviewViennese Romance

Viennese Romance

David Vogel

Michael Rost, an 18-year-old Jewish youth hungry for experience, comes to Vienna and forms passing relationships with everyone who crosses his path: whores, revolutionaries, paupers, army officers, and rich men who frequent...

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My Notorious Life by Madame X

My Notorious Life by Madame X

Kate Manning

In electrifying prose, Kate Manning depicts nineteenth-century New York in all its contradictions - a morass of deprivation, moral hysteria, back alleys and blind eyes - in this stunning tale of sex, freedom, family and the many...

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 Read reviewA Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists

A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists

Jane Rawson

A meditation on happiness - where and in what place and with who we can find our centre, a perceptive vision of where our world is headed, and a testament to the power of memory and imagination, this is the best of novels: both...

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 Special priceSisterland

Sisterland

Curtis Sittenfeld

For identical twins, Kate and Violet are about as unlike as two peas from the same pod can be. Except in one respect - they share a hidden gift they call 'the Senses', a special kind of intuition that can allow them to see things...

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 Read reviewBig Brother

Big Brother

Lionel Shriver

When Pandora picks up her older brother Edison at the airport, she doesn't recognize him. In the years since they've seen one another, the once slim, hip New York jazz pianist has gained hundreds of pounds. What happened? Big...

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 Special price Read reviewBurial Rites

Burial Rites

Hannah Kent

Based on a true story, Burial Rites is an astonishing and moving novel about the truths we claim to know and the ways in which we interpret what we're told. In beautiful, cut-glass prose, Hannah Kent portrays Iceland's...

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 Read reviewMy Beautiful Enemy

My Beautiful Enemy

Cory Taylor

Arthur Wheeler is haunted by his infatuation with a Japanese youth he encountered in the enemy alien camp where he worked as a guard during WW2. Abandoning his wife and baby son, Arthur sets out on a doomed mission to rescue his...

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 Read reviewBone Ash Sky

Bone Ash Sky

Katerina Cosgrove

Bone Ash Sky is the story of an American journalist who goes home to unravel three generations of war and genocide, love and renewal, in Armenia, Beirut and modern-day Lebanon. When...

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 Read reviewElemental

Elemental

Curtin, Amanda

Nearing the end of her life, Meggie Tulloch takes up her pen to write a story for her granddaughter, Laura. It begins in the first years of the twentieth century, in a place where howling winds spin salt and sleet sucked up from...

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The Infatuations

The Infatuations

Javier Marias, Margaret Jull Costa

Every day, Maria Dolz stops for breakfast at the same cafe. And every day she enjoys watching a handsome couple who follow the same routine. Then one day they aren't there, and she feels obscurely bereft. It is only later, when...

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 Read reviewThe Orphan Master's Son

The Orphan Master’s Son

Adam Johnson

An epic novel and a thrilling literary discovery, The Orphan Master's Son follows a young man's journey through the icy waters, dark tunnels, and eerie spy chambers of the world's most mysterious dictatorship, North Korea.

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 Read reviewThe Memory Trap

The Memory Trap

Andrea Goldsmith

A novel about memory, music, friendship, family rifts and reconciliation, this is an intelligent, compelling read set in Melbourne.

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 Read reviewAmericanah

Americanah

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi

From the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, a powerful new novel-her first in seven years: a story of love and race centred around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the...

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Orphan Master's Son, The

Orphan Master’s Son, The

Johnson, Adam

At a tender age, Pak Jun Do, is plucked from his orphanage of Long Tomorrows to be trained as a tunnel assassin, kidnapper and spy. How far can Jun Do go before he, too, is sent to the paradise beach of eternal retirement?

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 Read reviewGood On Paper

Good On Paper

Morgan Andrew

Somewhere out there, among the wounded egos and frustrated ambitions, among the mangled manuscripts, murky motives and missed deadlines - the great Australian novel is waiting to be discovered. When the infamous Josh Henry...

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 Read reviewA World of Other People

A World of Other People

Carroll, Steven

Set in 1941 during the Blitz, A World of Other People traces the love affair of Jim, an Australian pilot in Bomber Command, and Iris, a forthright Englishwoman finding her voice as a writer.

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 Read reviewLetters to the End of Love

Letters to the End of Love

Yvette Walker

Three stories, three secrets, three marriages.

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 Read reviewSteeplechase

Steeplechase

Kneen, Krissy

I force myself to take the phone away from my ear and search for the last incoming call. I store the number under one word, 'sister'. I know I should have used her name but it is all I can think of in this moment. Sister. My...

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The Childhood of Jesus

The Childhood of Jesus

J. M. Coetzee

The Childhood of Jesus is not like any other novel you have read. This beautiful and surprising fable is about childhood, about destiny, about being an outsider. It is a novel about the riddle of experience itself.

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Sweet Damage

Sweet Damage

Rebecca James

An intense psychological drama about love, friendship and betrayal from the author of Beautiful Malice .

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 Read reviewThe Rosie Project

The Rosie Project

Graeme Simsion

A first-date dud, socially awkward, and overly fond of quick-dry clothes, Don Tillman has given up on love. Until a chance encounter gives him an idea.

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Great Gatsby The

Great Gatsby The

Fitzgerald, F. Scott, Melina Marchetta

Everybody who is anybody is seen at Jay Gatsby's glittering Long Island parties. Yet Gatsby himself is reserved, unknowable. He seems always to be watching and waiting, though no one knows what for. When he finally draws the...

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 Read reviewHarmless

Harmless

Julienne Van Loon

Full of suspense, Harmless, is the tightly woven story of eight year old Amanda, whose father is in prison, and Rattuwat, a Thai man burying his daughter in a strange land.

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 Special price Read reviewHarvest

Harvest

Jim Crace

Timeless yet singular, mythical yet deeply personal, this novel is about one man and his unnamed village that speaks for a way of life lost for ever. It evokes the tragedy of land pillaged and communities scattered, as England's...

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The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

This is the story of Jay Gatsby, a Prohibition-era bootlegger whose obsessive dream of wealth and lost love is destroyed by the reality of corruption and cynicism.

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 Read reviewCat and Fiddle

Cat and Fiddle

Lesley Jorgensen

Cat & Fiddle centres on two families whose lives become intertwined at the country estate of Bourne Abbey in rural Wiltshire. While Dr Choudhury is busy advising Henry Bourne on the restoration of the abbey to its former glory,...

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 Read reviewThe Secret Lives of Men

The Secret Lives of Men

Georgia Blain

In these haunting stories, Georgia Blain explores human nature in all its richness: our motivations, our desires and our shortcomings. The men in these tales frequently linger at the edges - their longings & failures exerting a...

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Gone Girl

Gone Girl

Gillian Flynn

Flynn's toxic mix of sharp-edged wit with deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds readers at every turn. When his wife disappears on their anniversary, Nick starts having cringe-worthy daydreams...

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The Best Australian Stories 2012

The Best Australian Stories 2012

Sonya Hartnett

In The Best Australian Stories 2012, Sonya Hartnett compiles the year's most compelling short fiction from Australian authors.

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 Read reviewBelomor

Belomor

Nicolas Rothwell

Elegiac and seductive, Belomor is the frontier where truth and invention meet--where fragments from distant lives intermingle, and cohere.

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 Read reviewHappiness Show: A Novel The

Happiness Show: A Novel The

Deveny Catherine

At thirty-eight, Lizzie Quealy thinks she has things sorted: a happy relationship, a couple of gorgeous kids, a steadfast best friend and a job she loves. But when Lizzie bumps into Tom, an old flame from her globe-trotting...

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 Read reviewWe are Not the Same Anymore

We are Not the Same Anymore

Chris Somerville

A man turns up at his daughter's birthday party with a goldfish in an ice-cream container. On the way to collect firewood, a woman and her teenaged neighbour crash in a snowstorm. An unwilling son helps his sister and father put...

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 Read reviewSufficient Grace

Sufficient Grace

Amy Espeseth

Ruth and her cousin Naomi live in rural Failing, Wisconsin, part of a community of Pentecostal fundamentalists. While their families perceive constant danger in the outside world, they are blind to the destruction and devastation...

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 Read reviewSleepers Almamac No 8, The

Sleepers Almamac No 8, The

Dattner, Z, Louise Swinn

2013 marks the tenth year of independent publishing outfit Sleepers, committed to publishing new and emerging authors in style. This eighth Almanac is no exception. Featuring new stories from Anica Boulanger-Mashberg, Jonathan...

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Wolf Among Wolves

Wolf Among Wolves

Hans Fallada

This sweeping saga of love in dangerous times -- the 1923 collapse of the German economy, when food and money shortages led to rioting in the streets and unemployed soldiers marauding through the countryside--is deemed by many to...

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The Fall of the Stone City

The Fall of the Stone City

Ismail Kadare

In September 1943, German soldiers advance on the ancient gates of Gjirokaster, Albania. It is the first step in a carefully planned invasion. But once at the mouth of the city, the troops are taken aback by a surprising act of...

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 Special price Read reviewThe Twelve

The Twelve

Justin Cronin

The epic story of THE PASSAGE continues

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 Read reviewLola Bensky

Lola Bensky

Brett, Lily

It's the swinging sixties, and nineteen-year-old Lola Bensky who is heavier than she'd like to be, takes no crap and knows how to work a set of false eyelashes is a music journalist for Rock-Out in Australia.

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 Read reviewBring Up the Bodies

Bring Up the Bodies

Hilary Mantel

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2012

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 Read reviewLike a House on Fire

Like a House on Fire

Kennedy, Cate

From prizewinning short-story writer Cate Kennedy comes a new collection to rival her highly acclaimedDark Roots. In Like a House on Fire, Kennedy once again takes ordinary lives and dissects their ironies and injustices and...

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Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey

E. L. James

When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind -...

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 Read reviewInheritance

Inheritance

Balli Kaur Jaswal

Set in Singapore between the early 1970's and 1990's, Inheritance follows the fissures that develop after the disappearance of teenage Amrit. Although her absence is brief, Amrit returns as a different person. As traditional...

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 Read reviewThe Amber Amulet

The Amber Amulet

Silvey, Craig

You're in safe hands - the Masked Avenger and Richie the Power Beagle are here to protect you! A charming story from the bestselling author of Jasper Jones.

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 Read reviewTale for the Time Being A

Tale for the Time Being A

Ozeki Ruth

This is the simple story of a girl, her great-grandmother & the novelist who becomes enthralled with their tale. A simple story drawing from the deep currents of our times, from quantum physics, Japanese ghost tales, suicide...

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 Special priceExistence - Limited Edition 3d Cover

Existence - Limited Edition 3d Cover

David Brin

Bestselling, award-winning futurist David Brin returns to globe-spanning, high concept SF

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 Read reviewMy Hundred Lovers

My Hundred Lovers

Susan Johnson

Lyrical and enigmatic, sensual and elegiac, My Hundred Lovers tells the history of one woman through her sensual and sexual experiences and relationships. A woman, on the eve of her sixtieth birthday, looks back on her story of...

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Ways of Going Home

Ways of Going Home

Alejandro Zambra, Megan McDowell

A heartbreaking novel from a rising star of Latin America literature, and one of Granta's Best of Young Spanish Language Novelists.

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Revenge

Revenge

Yoko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder

In the tradition of classical Japanese poetic collections, the stories in this title are linked through recurring images and motifs, as each story follows on from the one before while simultaneously introducing new characters and...

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 Read reviewMullumbimby

Mullumbimby

Lucashenko Melissa

A darkly funny novel of romantic love and cultural warfare from one of Australia's most admired Indigenous voices. When Jo Breen uses her divorce settlement to buy a neglected property in the Byron Bay hinterland, she is hoping...

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 Read reviewFishing for Tigers

Fishing for Tigers

Emily Maguire

Six years ago, Mischa Reese left her abusive husband and suffocating life in California and reinvented herself in steamy, chaotic Hanoi. In Vietnam, she finds satisfying work and enjoys a life of relative luxury and personal...

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The Hobbit

The Hobbit

J. R. R. Tolkien

Bilbo Baggins has taken his place among the ranks of the immortals of children's fiction. Written by Professor Tolkien for his own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when published.

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A Memory of Light

A Memory of Light

Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson

The final volume in the bestselling Wheel of Time series.

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 Special price Read reviewA Possible Life

A Possible Life

Sebastian Faulks

Terrified, a young prisoner in the Second World War closes his eyes and pictures himself going out to bat on a sunlit cricket ground in Hampshire. Across the courtyard in a Victorian workhouse, a father too ashamed to acknowledge...

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Are You My Mother?

Are You My Mother?

Alison Bechdel

From the best-selling author of Fun Home, Time Magazine's No. 1 Book of the Year, comes the poignant and hilarious graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel.

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 Special priceThe Blind Man's Garden

The Blind Man’s Garden

Nadeem Aslam

Jeo and Mikal, foster-brothers from a small Pakistani city, secretly enter Afghanistan: not to fight with the Taliban, but to help and care for wounded civilians. But it soon becomes apparent that good intentions can't keep them...

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 Special price Read reviewTelegraph Avenue

Telegraph Avenue

Michael Chabon

From Michael Chabon, the bestselling author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay; his first novel in 5 years is a lovingly painted pop-culture epic.

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 Read reviewKonkretion

Konkretion

Marion May Campbell

By turns funny and moving, konkretion stages a dialogue around the romance of the Baader-Meinhof gang's revolutionary aspirations. Ex-commo Monique Piquet (aka Monica Picket) meets up in Paris with her former student, Angel...

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The Drinker

The Drinker

Hans Fallada

Written by Hans Fallada in a notebook while he was incarcerated in a Nazi insane asylum. Discovered after his death, it tells the tale -- often fierce, often poignant, often even extremely funny -- of a small businessman losing...

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 Read reviewMay We Be Forgiven

May We Be Forgiven

Homes, A. M.

The dark and dazzling new novel from the author of the major bestseller This Book Will Save Your Life

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All the Way

All the Way

Marie Darrieussecq, Penny Hueston

Solange wants to have sex. Will it be with one of the boys at school? The exchange student? The fireman she meets at the disco when she sneaks out one night? Or with Arnaud, the coolest boy she knows? She'd like to see more of her...

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 Read reviewWoes of the True Policeman

Woes of the True Policeman

Roberto Bolano

When Oscar Amalfitano begins an impulsive affair with one of his students at the University of Barcelona, he has no idea where it will lead. More than his turbulent revolutionary past, or the death of his beautiful wife, the...

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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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Emerald City and Other Stories

Emerald City and Other Stories

Jennifer Egan

From the bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prizewinning A Visit From the Goon Squad.

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Pure

Pure

Andrew Miller

*WINNER OF THE COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD*

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A Golden Age

A Golden Age

Tahmima Anam

East Pakistan, 1971, a country on the brink of war and a family that is about to change for ever. Rehana Haque is throwing a party for her children in her rose-filled garden. Beyond the garden walls the city buzzes with excitement...

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 Read reviewClay

Clay

Melissa Harrison

A lyrical debut novel about innocence and experience, class and consumerism, Clay captures the delicate balance of life in the city, between young and old, between nature and development, between recklessness and caution.

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We Bought a Zoo (Film Tie-in): the Amazing True Story of a Broken-down Zoo, and the 200 Animals That Changed a Family Forever

We Bought a Zoo (Film Tie-in): the Amazing True Story of a Broken-down Zoo, and the 200 Animals That Changed a Family Forever

Benjamin Mee

A film tie-in edition to 20th Century Fox's film adaptation of the heart-warming international bestseller starring Scarlett Johansson and Matt Damon and directed by Oscar-winning director Cameron Crowe.

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 Special priceLeaving the Atocha Station

Leaving the Atocha Station

Ben Lerner

From a National Book Award finalist, this ironic first novel captures the angst of the young American abroad.

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 Special priceSafe as Houses

Safe as Houses

Marie-Helene Bertino

Safe as Houses, the debut story collection of Marie-Helene Bertino, proves that not all homes are shelters. The titular story revolves around an aging English professor who, mourning the loss of his wife, robs other people's...

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The House of Rumour

The House of Rumour

Jake Arnott

From the author of the cult hit The Long Firm, a mind-bending, thrilling journey into 20th-century history and outer space.

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 Read reviewTrain Dreams

Train Dreams

Denis Johnson

The highly acclaimed new novel by the National Book Award winnng author of Tree of Smoke.

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 Read reviewNew Finnish Grammar

New Finnish Grammar

Diego Marani, Judith Landry

One night at Trieste in September 1943 a seriously wounded soldier is found on the quay. With nothing to identify him, and having lost his memory and language, he is a mystery to the crew of the German ship that rescues him.

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 Read reviewThe Twelve Tribes of Hattie

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

Ayana Mathis

Fifteen years old and blazing with the hope of a better life, Hattie Shepherd fled the horror of the American South on a dawn train bound for Philadelphia. Her American dream is shattered time and again: a husband who lies and...

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The Polish Boxer

The Polish Boxer

Eduardo Halfon, Thomas Bunstead, Lecturer in Spanish Lisa Dillman (Emory University), Daniel Hahn, Anne McLean

The English-language debut of a major Latin American writer.

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 Read reviewPilgrimage

Pilgrimage

Jacinta Halloran

At forty-nine, Celeste has left behind the religion of her childhood, but her mother, Patricia, remains a devout Catholic. When Patricia is diagnosed with a terminal illness, Celeste reluctantly agrees to accompany her mother and...

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How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

Mohsin Hamid

A tale of a man's journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon. It follows its nameless hero to the sprawling metropolis where he begins to amass an empire built on the most fluid and increasingly scarce of goods:...

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 Read reviewThe Rainbow Troops

The Rainbow Troops

Andrea Hirata

On Indonesia's Belitong Island--impoverished and tyrannized by tin-mining interests--a wily group of schoolchildren fight for their right to education --

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 Read reviewSweet Tooth

Sweet Tooth

Ian McEwan

Britain, 1972. Serena Frome, the beautiful daughter of an Anglican bishop, finds herself being groomed for the intelligence services in her final year at Cambridge. The cultural cold war continues and the country is being torn...

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Micro

Micro

Michael Crichton, Richard Preston

An instant classic in the vein of Jurassic Park, this boundary-pushing novel has all the hallmarks of Michael Crichton's greatest adventures with its combination of pulse-pounding thrills, cutting-edge technology, and...

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The Beloved

The Beloved

Annah Faulkner

When Roberta 'Bertie' Lightfoot is crippled by polio, her world collapses. But Mama doesn't tolerate self-pity, and Bertie is nobody if not her mother's daughter - until she sets her heart on becoming an artist. Through art, the...

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 Read reviewAncient Light

Ancient Light

John Banville

The Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea presents a brilliant, profoundly moving new novel about an actor in the twilight of his life and his career: a meditation on love and loss, and on the inscrutable immediacy of the...

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Stone Arabia

Stone Arabia

Dana Spiotta

Stone Arabia, Dana Spiotta's moving and intrepid third novel, is about family, obsession, memory, and the urge to create - in isolation, at the margins of our winner-take-all culture.

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Zone One

Zone One

Colson Whitehead

A pandemic has devastated the planet, sorting humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead. Now the plague is receding, and Americans are busy rebuilding civilisation under orders from...

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Tenth of December: Stories

Tenth of December: Stories

George Saunders

One of the most important and blazingly original writers of his generation, George Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story, and Tenth of December is his most honest, accessible, and moving collection...

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 Read reviewUnzipped

Unzipped

Reed Nicki

Peta Wheeler measures time differently now. Before the couch. After the couch.

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The Cartographer

The Cartographer

Peter Twohig

Set in Melbourne in the 1950s, a 11-year-old boy witnesses a murder when he is spying through a window of a strange house.

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The Age of Doubt

The Age of Doubt

Andrea Camilleri, Mr Stephen Sartarelli

A corpse is found on a boat--poisoned--and two boats are still in port. Sailors from all over the Mediterranean are questioned; something mysterious occurred aboard a luxury yacht--and the only thing that is clear is that the...

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 Read reviewDetour The

Detour The

Bakker Gerbrand

A Dutch woman rents a remote farm in rural Wales. She says her name is Emilie. She is a lecturer doing some research, and sets about making the farmhouse more homely. When she arrives there are ten geese living in the garden but...

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 Read reviewThe Method

The Method

Juli Zeh, Sally-Ann Spencer

Mia Holl lives in a state governed by The Method, where good health is the highest duty of the citizen. Everyone must submit medical data and sleep records to the authorities on a monthly basis, and regular exercise is mandatory....

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 Read reviewWelcome to Normal

Welcome to Normal

Nick Earls

This collection of stories showcase the calibre and versatility of Nick Earls at his perceptive best. An Australian wine - maker tries to crack the Taiwanese market. Two holiday - makers in Spain decide to tell a lie about each...

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 Read reviewThe Spinoza Problem: A Novel

The Spinoza Problem: A Novel

Irvin D. Yalom

When Alfred Rosenberg is called into his headmaster's office for anti-Semitic remarks he is forced, as punishment, to memorize selected passages from the autobiography of the German poet Goethe. Rosenberg is stunned to discover...

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The Birds of the Air

The Birds of the Air

Alice Thomas Ellis

A new edition of one of Alice Thomas Ellis's sharpest comedies.

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The Map of the Sky

The Map of the Sky

Felix J. Palma

A love story serves as backdrop for The Map of the Sky when New York socialite Emma Harlow agrees to marry millionaire Montgomery Gilmore, but only if he accepts her audacious challenge: to reproduce the extraterrestrial invasion...

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Harland's Half Acre

Harland’s Half Acre

David Malouf

A revised edition of this seminal Malouf novel, now with an Afterword from the author. Frank Harland's life is centred on his great artistic gift, his passionate love for his father and four brothers, and his desire to regain the...

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 Read reviewThe Oldest Song in the World

The Oldest Song in the World

Sue Woolfe

Kate, a lonely city woman and reluctant student, is asked by her teachers to travel to the middle of the Australian desert to record a dying Aboriginal woman singing an ancient song. She accepts because she believes that she might...

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 Read reviewThe Chemistry of Tears

The Chemistry of Tears

Peter Carey

The long affair had been kept secret from their colleagues at London's Swinburne Museum and now she must grieve in private. Or almost. In an act of compassion, the head of her department gives Catherine a very particular...

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Lionel Asbo: State of England

Lionel Asbo: State of England

Martin Amis

Lionel Asbo - a violent but not very successful young criminal - is going about his morning duties in a London prison when he learns that he has just won GBP139,999,999.50 on the National Lottery. This is not necessarily good news...

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 Read reviewDeep South: Stories from Tasmania

Deep South: Stories from Tasmania

Crane Ralph & Wood Danielle, Danielle Wood

Brings together the finest stories about Tasmania, includes works by notable early Australian writers, such as Marcus Clarke and Tasma; internationally renowned practitioners, like Hal Porter, Carmel Bird and Nicholas Shakespeare;...

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 Read reviewThe Yellow Birds

The Yellow Birds

Powers, Kevin

An unforgettable depiction of the psychological impact of war, by a young Iraq veteran and poet, The Yellow Birds is already being hailed as a modern classic.

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 Special priceSilent House

Silent House

Orhan Pamuk

Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk's second novel is the moving story of a family gathering the summer before the Turkish military coup of 1980.

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 Read reviewAutumn Laing

Autumn Laing

Alex Miller

Autumn Laing has long outlived the legendary circle of artists she cultivated in the 1930s. Now 'old and skeleton gaunt', she reflects on her tumultuous relationship with the abundantly talented Pat Donlon and the effect it had on...

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 Special priceThe Testament of Mary

The Testament of Mary

Colm Toibin

All my life I have loved the Sabbath. So begins Colm Toibin's devastating novella The Testament of Mary

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 Read reviewRest is Weight The

Rest is Weight The

Mills Jennifer

The award-winning stories in The Rest is Weight reflect Mills' years in Central Australia, as well as her travels to Mexico, Russia and China. The collection displays a confident diversity of narrative voices and a brevity in...

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 Read reviewA Hologram for the King

A Hologram for the King

Dave Eggers

In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter's college tuition, and finally do something great.

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 Read reviewThe Snow Child

The Snow Child

Eowyn Ivey

Alaska, the 1920s. Jack and Mabel have staked everything on a fresh start in a remote homestead, but the wilderness is a stark place, and Mabel is haunted by the baby she lost many years before. When a little girl appears...

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 Read reviewConversation The

Conversation The

Brooks, David

A novel brimming with mystery, confessions, food and philosophy. Two strangers meet in a restaurant in a piazza in the Italian city of Trieste. Stephen, an Australian engineer living in Paris, and Irena, an Italian translator,...

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In the Kingdom of Men

In the Kingdom of Men

Kim Barnes

Raised by her grandfather, a strict Methodist minister, in a two-room shack, Gin McPhee never imagined she'd have a husband she loved and a houseboy making her breakfast. When Mason takes a job at the Arabian American Oil company...

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When She Woke

When She Woke

Hillary Jordan

When she woke, she was red. Not flushed, not sunburned, but the solid, declarative red of a stop sign. An enthralling and chilling novel from the author of MUDBOUND, for fans of THE HANDMAID'S TALE and THE SCARLET...

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The Vanishers

The Vanishers

Heidi Julavits

From the acclaimed novelist and editor of The Believer comes a wildly imaginative and emotionally intense novel about mothers, daughters, and the psychic damage women can inflict on one another.

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 Read reviewDrowned

Drowned

Therese Bohman, Marlaine Delargy

Set in the idyllic countryside during a short-lived Swedish summer, this novel creates an atmosphere of foreboding when a single young woman visits her older sister, who is married to a writer as charismatic as he is violent.

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Railsea

Railsea

Mieville, China

On board the moletrain Medes, Sham Yes ap Soorap watches in awe as he witnesses his first moldywarpe hunt. But no matter how spectacular it is, travelling the endless rails of the railsea, Sham can't shake the sense that there is...

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 Read reviewThe Invisible Circus

The Invisible Circus

Jennifer Egan

From the bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prizewinning A Visit From the Goon Squad.

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 Read reviewAlif the Unseen

Alif the Unseen

Wilson, G Willow

'Driven by a hot ionic charge between higher math and Arabian myth, G. Willow Wilson conjures up a tale of literary enchantment, political change, and religious mystery.

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 Read reviewSuddenly, a Knock on the Door

Suddenly, a Knock on the Door

Etgar Keret

A man barges into a writer's house and, holding a gun to his head, demands that he tell him a story, something to take him away from real world. A pathological liar discovers one day that the lies he tells come true. A young woman...

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 Read reviewThe Hunger Angel

The Hunger Angel

Herta Muller, Peter Boehm

The new novel from the Nobel Prize winner, author of The Land of Green Plums, a brutal, brilliant story of survival and testimony from a young Romanian-German deported to the Soviet Gulag at the end of the Second World War.

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 Read reviewHome

Home

Toni Morrison

Written by the author of Beloved , this novel reveals an apparently defeated man finding his manhood - and, finally, his home.

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 Read reviewThe Prague Cemetery

The Prague Cemetery

Umberto Eco, Richard Dixon

From the unification of Italy to the Paris Commune to the Dreyfus Affair to the notorious forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Europe is in tumult and everyone needs a scapegoat. But what if, behind all of these...

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Dare Me

Dare Me

Megan E. Abbott

Written by the author of The End of Everything , this novel is about the allure of adulthood and the dark heart of adolescence: the fierce bonds between girls, their bitter rivalries, and their power to transform one another.

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 Special priceThe Wind Through the Keyhole: A Dark Tower Novel

The Wind Through the Keyhole: A Dark Tower Novel

Stephen King

For readers coming to the epic bestselling Dark Tower series for the first time - and for its legion of dedicated fans - a fabulous new book about Roland's first quest and a perfect introduction to the series.

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The Patchwork Marriage

The Patchwork Marriage

Jane Green

When Andi married Ethan she not only got the man she loved but also the chance to be a mother, to his daughters Emily and Sophia. Unable to have a child of her own, Andi saw this opportunity at motherhood as a precious gift. If...

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When the Devil Drives

When the Devil Drives

Christopher Brookmyre

Is the devil merely the name we give the worst in ourselves? When private investigator Jasmine Sharp is hired to find Tessa Garrion, a young woman who has vanished without trace, it becomes increasingly clear that there are those...

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 Special price Read reviewThe Limpopo Academy of Private Detection

The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection

Alexander McCall Smith

* Mma Ramotswe's thirteenth adventure; published in Little, Brown hardback

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 Read reviewSecrets of the Tides

Secrets of the Tides

Hannah Richell

A stunning debut novel: a dramatic family saga with a dark thread of suspense lurking at its heart.

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Children of Liberty

Children of Liberty

Paullina Simons

From Paullina Simons who brought you the unforgettable The Bronze Horseman comes the much-anticipated Children of Liberty.

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Truth Like the Sun

Truth Like the Sun

Jim Lynch

From the Richard & Judy-picked, internationally bestselling author of The Highest Tide comes a hugely entertaining political novel set in Seattle in the 1960s and the present day

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The Third Reich

The Third Reich

Roberto Bolano, Natasha Wimmer

Written in 1989 and found among Bolano's papers after his death, The Third Reich is a stunning exploration of memory and violence. This visceral novel shows a world-class writer coming into his own--and exploring for the first...

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Albert of Adelaide

Albert of Adelaide

Howard L. Anderson

ALBERT OF ADELAIDE follows the story of a duck-billed platypus who escapes from Australia's Adelaide Zoo and embarks on a journey through the outback in search of 'Old Australia,' a land of liberty, promise and peace.

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 Read reviewLet the Old Dreams Die

Let the Old Dreams Die

John Ajvide Lindqvist

A new collection of short stories from the Swedish master of the macabre, featuring a brief sequel to Let the Right One In . Customs officer Tina can smell a smuggler's guilt. Josef has a close encounter with Death-and discovers...

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Galore

Galore

Michael Crummey

After a whale beaches itself on the shore of the remote coastal town of Paradise Deep, the last thing any of the townspeople expect to find inside it is a man, remarkably alive. The discovery of this mysterious person, soon...

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It's Fine By Me

It’s Fine By Me

Per Petterson, Don Bartlett

On his first day of school, a teacher welcomes Audun to the class by asking him to describe his former life in the country. But there are stories about his family he would prefer to keep to himself. So he refuses to talk and...

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Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures

Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures

Emma Straub

Tells the story of a young starlet for whom the cost of fame is too high. As her veneer of stardom crumbles, this novel asks: How many people can we be over the course of our lives? How much can we change? And at what cost? It is...

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Marilyn's Last Sessions

Marilyn’s Last Sessions

Michel Schneider, Will Hobson

This prize-winning novel about Marilyn Monroe's last days blends psychoanalysis and film noir in a riveting tragedy

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Miles Off Course

Miles Off Course

Sulari Gentill

A Simon & Schuster eBook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every reader.

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 Read reviewThe Engagement

The Engagement

Chloe Hooper

From the author of the highly acclaimed A Child's Book of True Crime comes a dazzling, intense, and erotic second novel set in an isolated mansion in the country. Liese has an engagement for the weekend: to stay with Alexander,...

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 Special priceWhat Remains

What Remains

Denise Leith

'Before you fall in love, or find a dear friend, you should know: this is the day I will meet someone whose memory will touch my heart and change my world forever.

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Mystery of Mercy Close The

Mystery of Mercy Close The

Keyes, Marian

Helen Walsh doesn't believe in fear - it's just a thing invented by men to get all the money and good jobs - and yet she's sinking. Her work as a Private Investigator has dried up, her flat has been repossessed and now some old...

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 Read reviewTriburbia

Triburbia

Karl Taro Greenfeld

Bold, brave and darkly funny, Triburbia explores the experience of fatherhood in the modern world.

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Lightning Rods

Lightning Rods

Helen de Witt

The long-awaited second novel by the author of arguably the most exciting debut novel of the decade: The Last Samurai. (Sam Anderson, New York).

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 Read reviewLost Voices

Lost Voices

Christopher Koch

Twice winner of the Miles Franklin Award, Christopher Koch returns with a remarkable novel of gripping narrative power. Young Hugh Dixon believes he can save his father from ruin if he asks his estranged great - uncle Walter - a...

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Liar Bird

Liar Bird

Lisa Walker

PR whizz Cassandra Daley isn't afraid of using all the dirty tricks of the trade to spin a story her way. A glamorous city-slicker, she has never given much thought to wildlife until she humiliatingly loses a PR war with a...

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Closer to Stone

Closer to Stone

Simon Cleary

See the dots, boy. Can you see them? They're not even towns, most of them. They're settlements, handfuls of human beings huddled together in the sand. Know this about your brother: he went out into that desert and he did not come...

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 Read reviewBlasphemy: New and Selected Stories

Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories

Sherman Alexie

A bold and irreverent observer of life among Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest, the daring, versatile, funny, and outrageous Alexie showcases all his talents in his newest collection, Blasphemy, where he unites fifteen...

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 Read reviewForecast: Turbulence

Forecast: Turbulence

Janette Turner Hospital

FORECAST TURBULENCE is a breathtaking and exquisitely lyrical collection of nine short stories and one memoir piece from internationally acclaimed Australian author Janette Turner Hospital. Featuring a compelling and enigmatic...

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 Special priceA Small Circus

A Small Circus

Hans Fallada

It is summer, 1929, and in a small German town a storm is brewing. The shabby reporter Tredup leads a precarious existence working for the Pomeranian Chronicle - until he takes some photographs that offer the chance to make a...

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Various Positions

Various Positions

Martha Schabas

When talented, dedicated fourteen-year-old Georgia Slade becomes a student in an elite Toronto ballet academy, her confusing feelings toward one of her teachers lead to disaster.

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The Confidant

The Confidant

Helene Gremillon, Alison Anderson

Sifting through letters of condolence after her mother's death, Camille discovers a strange missive. Alternating Camille's story with a series of mysterious letters, Gremillon transports us to Paris, 1939 to tell a powerful story...

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 Read reviewSilver: Return to Treasure Island

Silver: Return to Treasure Island

Andrew Motion

July, 1802. In the marshy eastern reaches of the Thames lies the Hispaniola, an inn kept by Jim Hawkins and his son. Young Jim spends his days roaming the mist-shrouded estuaries, running errands for his father and listening to...

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 Read reviewThe Server

The Server

Tim Parks

Sex is forbidden at the Dasgupta Institute. So what is the sparkling, magnetically attractive Beth Marriot doing here? Why is a young woman whose irrepressible vitality and confident ego were once set on conquest and stardom, now...

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Puppy Love

Puppy Love

Frauke Scheunemann, Shelley Frisch

The biggest selling dog-lovers' book since Marley and Me: A feel-good rom-com about one resourceful puppy's quest to find his mistress the perfect mate...

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 Read reviewAngelmaker

Angelmaker

Nick Harkaway

All Joe Spork wants is a quiet life. He repairs clockwork and lives above his shop in a wet, unknown bit of London. The bills don't always get paid and he's single and has no prospects of improving his lot, but at least he's not...

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No Sex in the City

No Sex in the City

Randa Abdel-Fattah

Twenty-eight-year old Esma has a Masters in human resources management, her own investment property, is well-travelled, has excellent taste in music, watches the ABC news, has The Guardian saved as an application on her iPhone,...

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 Read reviewThe Ship

The Ship

Stefan Mani

In treacherous weather the merchant vessel Per Se is about to cast off from its Icelandic port, bound for Suriname, far across the other side of the world. Each of the nine crew members carries his own secret -and some have blood...

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 Read reviewMemory Of Salt

Memory Of Salt

Alis father is a Turkish circus musician performing in Kabul when Alis mother, a young pediatrician from Melbourne, meets him in a bar. He plays the trumpet, the saz, the flute, hears voices that urge him to violence, sees angels...

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The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

Jonas Jonasson

On his one-hundredth birthday Allan Karlsson makes his escape from the old people's home and embarks on an unlikely and momentous adventure. The international bestselling phenomenon by Swedish sensation Jonas Jonasson.

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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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This isn't the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You

This isn’t the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You

Jon McGregor

Tender, sad, funny, and riveting, this is an astonishing collection of work by one of Britain's finest contemporary writers

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 Special price Read reviewThe Cat's Table

The Cat’s Table

Michael Ondaatje

A new novel, by turns poignant and electrifying, about the magical, often forbidden, discoveries of childhood and a lifelong journey that begins unexpectedly with a sea voyage.

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The Mistake

The Mistake

Wendy James

The past isn't dead. It isn't even past Jodie Garrow is a teenager from the wrong side of the tracks when she falls pregnant. Scared, alone and desperate to make something of her life, she makes the decision to adopt out her baby;...

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Stay Awake: Stories

Stay Awake: Stories

Dan Chaon

Before the critically acclaimed novels Await Your Reply and You Remind Me of Me, Chaon made a name for himself as a renowned writer of dazzling short stories. Now, in Stay Awake, Chaon returns to that form for the first time...

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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Ben Fountain

Nineteen-year-old Billy Lynn is home from war. Back in Texas, he has become a national celebrity. A Fox News crew filmed Billy and the rest of Bravo squad defeating Iraqi insurgents in a ferocious firefight. Now Billy is a...

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Solace

Solace

Belinda McKeon

Belinda McKeon is a startling new talent in the great Irish mould, and Solace is a work to be admired equally for its spare, intense lyricism as for its range, understanding, and deeply compassionate portrayal of life as it is...

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The Map and the Territory

The Map and the Territory

Michel Houellebecq

Having made his name with an exhibition of photographs of Michelin roadmaps - beautiful works that won praise from every corner of the art world - Jed Martin is now emerging from a ten-year hiatus. And he has had some good news.

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Northern Girls: Life Goes On

Northern Girls: Life Goes On

Sheng, Keyi

Qian Xiaohong is born into a sleepy Hunan village, where the new China rush towards development is a mere distant rumour. A buxom, nave sixteen-year-old, she yearns to leave behind hometown scandal, and joins the mass migration to...

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The Chaperone

The Chaperone

Laura Moriarty

A captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both.

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The Little Shadows

The Little Shadows

Endicott, Marina

Here is the eagerly anticipated new novel from a brilliant writer whose last book, Good to a Fault , was shortlisted for the prestigious Giller Prize and won the Commonwealth Prize for Canada and the Caribbean. The Little Shadows...

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