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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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 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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Into My Arms

Into My Arms

Kylie Ladd

When Skye meets Ben their attraction is instantaneous and intense. Niether of them has ever felt more in synch - or in love - with anyone in their lives. What happens next will tear them both apart. Into My Arms is a...

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 Read reviewGood on Paper

Good on Paper

Andrew Morgan

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

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 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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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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The Fine Colour of Rust

The Fine Colour of Rust

P. A. O'Reilly

If you loved A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, you'll love The Fine Colour of Rust.

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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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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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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 Gjirokastër, 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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Touch the Black: The Life and Death of Squizzy Taylor

Touch the Black: The Life and Death of Squizzy Taylor

Chris Grierson

A novella about the life and times of 1920s Melbourne gangster Squizzy Taylor.

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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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 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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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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 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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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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 Special priceToby's Room

Toby’s Room

Pat Barker

Barker confirms her place in the pantheon of Britain's finest novelists with a masterful novel that portrays the staggering human cost of the Great War. Admirers of the Regeneration trilogy and fans of Downton Abbey alike will...

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The Library of Unrequited Love

The Library of Unrequited Love

Sophie Divry, Sian Reynolds

One morning a librarian finds a reader who has been locked in overnight. She starts to talk to him, a one-way conversation that soon gathers pace as an outpouring of frustrations, observations and anguishes...

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On the Road

On the Road

Jack Kerouac

Blending fiction and autobiography, this novel swings to the rhythms of 1950s underground America.

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 Special price 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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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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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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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 reviewTwo Brothers

Two Brothers

Ben Elton

Berlin 1920. Two babies are born. Two brothers. United and indivisible, sharing everything. Twins in all but blood. As Germany marches into its Nazi Armageddon, the ties of family, friendship and love are tested to the very limits...

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The 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 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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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 reviewThe Dinner

The Dinner

Herman Koch, Sam Garrett

Paul Lohman and his wife Claire are going out to dinner with Paul's brother Serge, a charismatic and ambitious politician, and his wife Babette. Paul knows the evening will not be fun.

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 Read reviewWaiting for Sunrise

Waiting for Sunrise

William Boyd

A thrilling, plot-twisting novel set in Europe during the first world war, from the bestselling author of Any Human Heart, Restless and Ordinary Thunderstorms

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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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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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Brights Passage

Brights Passage

Josh Ritter

Recording artist and songwriter Ritter's first novel is a wondrous, suspenseful, and uniquely affecting story of the journey taken by a father and his infant son.

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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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Into the Darkest Corner

Into the Darkest Corner

Elizabeth Haynes

Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic and spontaneous -- Lee seems almost too good to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn...

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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 Cove

The Cove

Ron Rash

The breathtaking new novel from 'one of the best American novelists' New York Times

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Talulla Rising

Talulla Rising

Glen Duncan

'Duncan is the cleverest literary horror merchant since Bram Stoker.' The Times

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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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What 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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 Read reviewLost Voices

Lost Voices

Christopher Koch

Twice winner of the Miles Franklin Award and an Officer of the Order of Australia for his contribution to Australian literature, Christopher Koch returns after three years with a remarkable new novel that is pure Koch at his best....

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 Read reviewBlasphemy: New and Selected Stories

Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories

Sherman Alexie

A collection featuring twelve new stories and twelve selected favorites from the author's acclaimed collections, beginning with his debut, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven , to the PEN/Faulkner-winning War Dances...

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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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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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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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