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 Read reviewDream of Ding Village

Dream of Ding Village

Yan Lianke, Cindy Carter

The life and death of an entire community is told by a dead boy. His story reveals the moral vacuum at the heart of Communist-capitalist China. During a blood-contamination scandal in Henan province, villagers sell their blood,...

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 Read reviewBlue Skies

Blue Skies

Helen Hodgman

A young wife and mother watches a clock that seems forever stuck at three-in-the-afternoon. Her husband didn't come home last night. She lives for Tuesdays and Thursdays, when she can escape to a less humdrum life. Jonathan, man...

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 Read reviewOne Foot in Eden

One Foot in Eden

Ron Rash

The year is 1951 and Holland Winchester, the local thug and a war veteran, has gone missing from his small, backwater South Carolina town. The local sheriff, Will Alexander, has a gut feeling Holland's been murdered but the...

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 Read reviewBright and Distant Shores

Bright and Distant Shores

Dominic Smith

Chicago First Equitable is to construct the world's tallest building and its president, Hale Gray, hits upon a way to make it an enduring landmark: to establish on the roof an exhibition of real-life 'savages'. Caught up in this...

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 Read reviewThis Too Shall Pass

This Too Shall Pass

S.J. Finn

Jen Montgomery's life appears, almost suddenly, to be at an impasse. Nothing is as secure or as certain as she had previously thought. Love, marriage, parenthood, family, work, the very fabric of her identity seems to be shifting....

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 Read reviewFall Girl

Fall Girl

Toni Jordan

Evolutionary biologist Ella Canfield is seeking funding for a research project to prove that an extinct animal still roams in Australia. Millionaire Daniel Metcalf donates money to offbeat scientific projects. Problem 1: There is...

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The Source of the Sound

The Source of the Sound

Patrick Holland

The Source of the Sound traces the journeys of exiles in search of home. The collection is littered with the mise-en-scene of being lost: motel rooms, alcohol abuse, prostitution ... Yet, in each story there is some elemental...

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 Special priceThe New Yorker Stories

The New Yorker Stories

Ann Beattie

Beattie, a master of the short form, delivers a collection of all the storiesshe has published in The New Yorker.

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20 Under 40: Stories from the New Yorker

20 Under 40: Stories from the New Yorker

Deborah Treisman

In June 2010, the editors of The New Yorker announced their selection of 20 Under 40 --the young fiction writers who are, or will be, central to their generation. Those stories are now collected for the first time in one...

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A Reliable Wife

A Reliable Wife

Robert Goolrick

Ralph Truitt, a wealthy but lonely man in his fifties places an ad in the paper for a reliable wife. Catherine Land, a beautiful thirty-four year old, responds that she is a 'simple, honest woman'. Catherine, it turns out, arrives...

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 Read reviewSerena

Serena

Ron Rash

Penned by an award-winning writer, this Gothic tale of greed, corruption, and revenge is set against the backdrop of the 1930s wilderness and America's burgeoning environmental movement.

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The Man Who Loved Children

The Man Who Loved Children

Christina Stead

Sam and Henny Pollit are a warring husband and wife, he a fully blown narcissist and she spoiled and prone to fits of despair. Christina Stead's masterpiece about family life is acknowledged as a contemporary classic of Australian...

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 Read reviewThe Annual Fiction Edition

The Annual Fiction Edition

Julianne Schultz

Focus on the Pacific region: from the Americas to Asia, New Zealand and Australia. What binds us? What pulls us apart? As economic, political and cultural power moves to the Asia-Pacific, Australia is enjoying a new relationship...

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All Clear

All Clear

Connie Willis

In Blackout, Connie Willis returned to the time-travelling future of 2060 and sent three Oxford historians to World War II England. But the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940. Small discrepancies in the historical record...

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 Read reviewSomebody to Love

Somebody to Love

Steve Holden

A transsexual mortician prepares three bodies for burial at a funeral home. As she works, she reflects on her own life and childhood, and her transformation from man to woman. Her sex change was a step towards finding somebody to...

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Dark Matter

Dark Matter

Michelle Paver

A terrifying 1930s ghost story set in the haunting wilderness of the far north.

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 Read reviewHand Me Down World

Hand Me Down World

Lloyd Jones

A woman washes ashore in Sicily. She has come from north Africa to find her son, taken from her when he was just days old by his father and stolen away to Berlin. With nothing but her maid's uniform and a knife stashed in a...

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The Countesses of Castello

The Countesses of Castello

Milena Agus

Three sisters live in three flats in an aristocratic palazzo in Cagliari's ancient Castello quarter, where rich and poor are mixed as they used to be in the old downtown quarter. Around the family and its persistent illusions...

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 Special priceNotorious

Notorious

Roberta Lowing

She came walking out of the desert, just as the famous poet had centuries before. Now the nameless woman lies horribly scarred and close to death in an Asylum deep in the North African desert. As the wind calls up a deadly...

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 Read reviewHarbour

Harbour

John Ajvide Lindqvist

On a winter trip home to the island of Domaro, Anders and Cecilia take their daughter Maja across the ice to visit the lighthouse. And Maja disappears. Two years later, alone and more or less permanently drunk, Anders returns to...

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 Read reviewThe Convalescent

The Convalescent

Jessica Anthony

'My story begins one thousand one hundred and eleven years ago, across another continent, in another age.' This is the story of Rovar Akos Pfliegman, a man with no relatives and no friends. No church, no office, no warm and...

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 Read reviewNight Street

Night Street

Kristel Thornell

Night Street is the passionate story of a young painter, Clarice Beckett, who defies society's strict conventions and indifferent art critics alike and leads an intense private and professional life. With her extraordinary talent...

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 Read reviewUtopian Man

Utopian Man

Lisa Lang

1880s. Marvellous Melbourne is a lavish and raucous city where anything could happen. Entrepreneur Edward William Cole is building the Cole's Book Arcade and filling it with whatever amuses him: a giant squid, a brass band,...

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 Read reviewThe Body in the Clouds

The Body in the Clouds

Ashley Hay

The story of one extraordinary moment - a man falling from the sky, and surviving - and of three men who see it, in different ways and different times, as they stand on the same piece of land. An astronomer in the late 1700s, a...

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 Read reviewOther Stories

Other Stories

Wayne Macauley

Wayne Macauley's Other Stories collects a variety of short fiction that he has published in literary magazines over the past 18 years. Despite the work's lengthy gestation, these stories demonstrate an impressive unity of vision,...

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 Read reviewReading Madame Bovary

Reading Madame Bovary

Amanda Lohrey

A thrilling collection of stories that deal with transition and transformation. In these riveting stories, characters deal with crises of body and spirit. They find themselves caught between order and chaos, and must face the need...

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The Accident

The Accident

Ismail Kadare

In Vienna a taxi strikes the crash barrier, flinging its passengers out as it spins through the air. The driver cannot explain why he lost control; only that the couple in the back seat seemed to be about to kiss. Set against the...

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Wildflower Hill

Wildflower Hill

Kimberley Freeman

In 1920s Glasgow, Beattie Blaxland falls pregnant to her married lover Henry just before her nineteenth birthday. Abandoned by her family, Beattie and Henry set sail for a new life in Australia. But life is not about to follow the...

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 Read reviewCampaign Ruby

Campaign Ruby

Jessica Rudd

When she gets the email announcing her redundancy, Ruby Stanhope hopes to maintain the composure expected of a London investment banker. Instead, the next day brings two discoveries: her impromptu reply to the bosses has gone...

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Comrades

Comrades

Dominic Knight

Sydney University is Australia's pre-eminent finishing school for politicians, and its Students' Representative Council is the nursery where generations of future leaders have cut their first dodgy preference deals and performed...

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 Read reviewMy Sister Chaos

My Sister Chaos

Lara Fergus

An obsessive-compulsive cartographer trapped in the mapping of her own house. A painter turned code-breaker trying to find the lover she lost in the war. Two sisters on a collision course.

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 Read reviewEquator: A Novel

Equator: A Novel

Wayne Ashton

1947. Carlos slips over the orphanage wall in search of the village girl who has captured his heart. From that moment, his is a life at sea, a life that moves across the globe and across generations, lived on the turning tides of...

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The Changeling

The Changeling

Kenzaburo Oe

The new work from Nobel prize-winner Kenzaburo Oe, The Changeling is an ambitious, sweeping novel about friendship and the distances we are prepared to travel to preserve it.

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Death Most Definite

Death Most Definite

Trent Jamieson

Steve is a necromancer in the family firm, tasked with easing spirits from this dimension to the next after death. And he is kind of OK with that, until someone high up the corporate hierarchy makes a bid to be Australia's new...

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Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom

Stephen Sewell

Armed robber Pope Cody is on the run from a gang of renegade detectives who want him dead. As revenge killings and paybacks explode onto Melbourne streets, 17-year-old J finds himself at the centre of a bloody struggle between his...

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 Read reviewThe Radleys

The Radleys

Matt Haig

In the village of Bishopthorpe lives a dysfunctional but happy family. Peter Radley is the village doctor, and his wife, Helen, is a member of the local book club. Their children Clara and Rowan are experiencing the standard...

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And This is True

And This is True

Emily Mackie

A striking first novel by a young writer - the tale of a highly unusual rites of passage which confronts one of the strongest taboos.

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Menagerie of False Truths

Menagerie of False Truths

Greg French

Art, relationships and a profound appreciation of the natural world collide in this utterly compelling account of two families. From the outset Cherry and Jack share an unspoken bond, and in learning to understand each other, they...

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New and Rediscovered

New and Rediscovered

Vicki Viidikas

For the first time New and Rediscovered makes available some of the legendary Australian writers previously unpublished writing and drawings alongside a comprehensive selection of her published poetry and prose.Vicki Viidikas work...

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Android Karenina

Android Karenina

Leo Tolstoy, Ben H. Winters

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters co-author Winters is back with an all-new collaborator, legendary Russian novelist Tolstoy, and the result is an enhanced edition of the classic love story set in a dystopian world of...

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 Read reviewThe Dead Fish Museum

The Dead Fish Museum

Charles D'Ambrosio

Eight short stories full of characters who float through their lives and relationships, adrift and apprehensive, tested by failure and strengthened by adversity. Set in remote cabins, asylums, Indian reservations and the streets...

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 Read reviewHoudini's Flight

Houdini’s Flight

Angelo Loukakis

Terry Voulos is struggling. His marriage, his relationship with his son and his work prospects are shaky. He finds solace in the possibility of a new career as a magician, before a tragic accident sends him into exile. Hal...

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Sustenance

Sustenance

Simone Lazaroo

In a small hotel on an island renowned for its hospitality and beauty, the Balinese staff and their Western guests are unexpectedly taken hostage. During the overnight siege, the hotels cook is compelled by the crisis to provide...

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Five Wounds

Five Wounds

Jonathan Walker, Dan Hallett

A surreal, darkly beautiful and unsettling graphic novel about five wounded orphans, by turns hilarious and horrific, grotesque and tender.

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 Read reviewThe Crime of Huey Dunstan

The Crime of Huey Dunstan

James McNeish

A young man stands in the dock accused of murder. A brutal murder, apparently motiveless. When Professor Chesney, a psychologist specialising in trauma, is called as an expert witness, he is at first baffled. This young man, Huey...

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 Read reviewBoth Ways is the Only Way I Want it

Both Ways is the Only Way I Want it

Maile Meloy

A love-struck young ranch hand, an aging Argentine lover, a trusted confidante who isn't a friend and two hitchhikers named Bonnie and Clyde. Meloy's unforgettable characters have each reached a fork in the road. But what kind of...

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 Read reviewHotel Iris

Hotel Iris

Yoko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder

In a crumbling, seaside hotel on the coast of Japan, quiet, 17-year-old Mari works the front desk as her mother fusses over the off-season customers. When, one night, they are forced to eject a prostitute and a middle-aged man...

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Killing Richard Dawson

Killing Richard Dawson

Robin Baker

A darkly comic, slow burn thriller, where reality is blurred and nothing can be taken for granted. All about love, friendship, booze, morality, death and a generation's casual dissatisfaction with modern life, where sometimes...

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Seth Grahame-Smith

Through the extraordinary discovery of Abraham Lincoln's long lost journals, Seth Grahame-Smith brings to life the Great US Emancipator's untold history - his lifelong pursuit of the immortal undead. From Lincoln's frontier...

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The Daylight and the Dust: Selected Short Stories

The Daylight and the Dust: Selected Short Stories

Janet Frame

Written over four decades and including all of her best stories, this new selection illustrates Janet Frame's dazzling versatility. Her themes range from childhood, to old age, death and beyond. Some stories are firmly rooted in...

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The Tulip Virus

The Tulip Virus

Danielle Hermans

The murder of a wealthy financier in modern-day London sets Alec, the man's nephew, on a desperate race for the truth that leads back to the death of a respected tulip trader in 17th-century Holland.

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