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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: A Novel

Viennese Romance: A Novel

David Vogel, Dalya Bilu

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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 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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 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 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 reviewA World of Other People

A World of Other People

Steven Carroll

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 reviewSteeplechase

Steeplechase

Krissy Kneen

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 Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald, 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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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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 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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 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 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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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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 Read reviewLike a House on Fire

Like a House on Fire

Cate Kennedy

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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 Read reviewThe Amber Amulet

The Amber Amulet

Craig Silvey

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 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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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

Melissa Lucashenko

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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 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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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 reviewThe Voyage

The Voyage

Murray Bail

Frank Delage, piano manufacturer from Sydney, travels to Vienna, a city immersed in music, to present the Delage concert grand. He hopes to impress with its technical precision, its improvement on the old pianos of Europe. How...

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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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The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy

J. K. Rowling

The first adult novel by J.K. Rowling

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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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 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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The Polish Boxer

The Polish Boxer

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

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

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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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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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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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 Read reviewUnzipped

Unzipped

Nicki Reed

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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 Read reviewThe Detour

The Detour

Gerbrand Bakker

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 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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 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 reviewThe Rest is Weight

The Rest is Weight

Jennifer Mills

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 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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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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 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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 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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Happy Valley

Happy Valley

Patrick White, Peter Craven

Originally published in 1939, Happy Valley is set in a small country town in the Snowy Mountains. Based on Patrick White's own experiences in the early 1930s as a jackaroo at Bolaro, near Adaminaby in south-eastern New South...

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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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The Sound of Things Falling

The Sound of Things Falling

Juan Gabriel Vasquez

Originally published in Spain 2011 by Alfaguara (Santillana Ediciones Generales) as El ruido de las cosas al caer.

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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 priceThe Daylight Gate

The Daylight Gate

Jeanette Winterson

Good Friday, 1612. Pendle Hill, Lancashire. A mysterious gathering of thirteen people is interrupted by local magistrate, Roger Nowell. Is this a witches' Sabbat? Two notorious Lancashire witches are already in Lancaster Castle...

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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 reviewSkagboys

Skagboys

Irvine Welsh

Mark Renton has it all: he's good-looking, young, with a pretty girlfriend and a place at university. Thatcher's government is destroying working-class communities across Britain. When his family starts to fracture, Mark's life...

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Buddhaland Brooklyn

Buddhaland Brooklyn

Richard C. Morais

From the author of The Hundred-Foot Journey comes a fish-out-of-water story of a Japanese monk who unexpectedly finds his community in bustling Brooklyn.

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This is Life

This is Life

Dan Rhodes

Amelie meets Knocked Up in a comic tour-de-force

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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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 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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 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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 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 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

The year is 1985 and twenty-two-year-old Galen lives with his emotionally dependent mother in a secluded old house with a walnut orchard in a suburb of Sacramento, California. He yearns for transformation. But he's powerless to...

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 Special price Read reviewThe Cat's Table

The Cat’s Table

Michael Ondaatje

In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy boards a huge liner bound for England - a 'castle that was to cross the sea'. As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, the boys...

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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 Little Shadows

The Little Shadows

Marina Endicott

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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