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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 reviewThe Summer without Men

The Summer without Men

Siri Hustvedt

An exhilarating tragicomedy about the war of the sexes and what makes women tick by the internationally bestselling author Siri Hustvedt.

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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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To the End of the Land

To the End of the Land

David Grossman

Ora, amiddle-aged Israeli mother, is on the verge of celebrating her son Ofer's release from army service when he returns to the front for a major offensive. In a fit of preemptive grief, she sets out for a hike in the Galilee,...

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The 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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Doctor Zhivago

Doctor Zhivago

Boris Pasternak, Larissa Volokhonsky, Richard Pevear

Taking his family from Moscow to what he hopes will be shelter in the Ural Mountains, Yuri Zhivago finds himself instead embroiled in the battle between the Whites and the Reds, and in love with the tender and beautiful nurse...

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Tree of Codes

Tree of Codes

Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer deftly deploys sculptural means to craft a truly compelling story. In our world of screens, he welds narrative, materiality, and our reading experience into a book that remembers it actually has a body. -...

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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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Sister

Sister

Rosamund Lupton

What would you do if your sister disappeared without a trace? This is an emotionally fraught and at some times terrifying story about two sisters and the strength that binds them.

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Nourishment

Nourishment

Gerard Woodward

With her children evacuated and her husband at the front, Tory Pace is grudgingly sharing the family home with her irascible mother. As Tory works at the local gelatine factory - doing her bit for the war effort - her mother has...

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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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The Man in the Wooden Hat

The Man in the Wooden Hat

Jane Gardam

* A box of delights - another masterpiece from Jane Gardam and a companion novel to OLD FILTH

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 Read reviewPreincarnate

Preincarnate

Shaun Micallef

Tells the tale of an ordinary man in a race against and across time. This title lets you join Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, HG Wells, Queen Victoria, Jack the Ripper and Tom Cruise as they unravel a Masonic plot to restore James II to...

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The Interrogative Mood

The Interrogative Mood

Padgett Powell

Are your emotions pure? Are your nerves adjustable? How do you stand in relation to the potato? Should it still be Constantinople? Does a nameless horse make you more nervous or less nervous than a named horse? In your view, do...

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 Read reviewThe Philanthropist

The Philanthropist

John Tesarsch

Centres on Charles Bradshaw, an ageing tycoon haunted by past. When he suffers a heart attack, he abruptly retires and announces that he will give his fortune to charity. This leads to conflict with wife and adult children.

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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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X'Ed Out

X'Ed Out

Charles Burns

From the creator of Black Hole comes the first volume of an epic masterpiece of graphic fiction. Doug wakes up to find a huge hole torn out of his bedroom wall and his beloved--and dead--cat Inky slinking in and out through the...

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When Colts Ran

When Colts Ran

Roger McDonald

Life on the land is a study in contrasts: shadow and light, abundance and blight, the transcendent moment eroded by the persistence of time.

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 Read reviewThe Empty Family

The Empty Family

Colm Toibin

In the nine captivating stories that make up The Empty Family, Colm Toibin delineates with a tender and unique sensibility lives of unspoken or unconscious longing, of individuals, often willingly, cast adrift from their history.

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The Plantation

The Plantation

Di Morrissey

When Australian Julie Reagan discovers a book written about wild Malaysia in the 1970s, she decides to find out more about the author - her great aunt. Why did her grandmother refuse to speak about her sister who disappeared from...

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 Read reviewHand Me Down World

Hand Me Down World

Lloyd Jones

A multi-layered story of the search for a lost child from the internationally bestselling author of Mister Pip

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A Pure Clear Light

A Pure Clear Light

Madeleine St.John

Simon and Flora Beaufort have three perfect children and a comfortable, happy life in London. When Flora takes the children for a month-long vacation in France, Simon stays home to work on his latest film project. What could go...

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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

It was a beautiful winter's day. Anders, his wife and their feisty six-year-old, Maja, set out across the ice of the Swedish archipelago to visit the lighthouse on Gavasten. There was no one around, so they let her go on ahead....

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Hamlet

Hamlet

Nicki Greenberg

In this sumptuous staging of Shakespeare's enigmatic play on the page, Nicki Greenberg has created an extraordinary visual feast that sweeps up all in its path as the drama intensifies both on stage and off.

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 Read reviewHaving Cried Wolf

Having Cried Wolf

Gretchen Shirm

Small towns harbour secrets. Rising, receding and returning like the tides lapping the fictional coastal town of Kinsale the stories in this collection revolve around Alice and Grace, friends since childhood, who grow to live...

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Like Being a Wife

Like Being a Wife

Catherine Harris

Flitting from Sydney to Melbourne, Canberra to California, this loosely linked collection of stories shines a bright fluorescent light on family, friendships, work, love and loss.

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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 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

A mysterious accident on a Vienna autobahn when a taxi driver loses control of his vehicle killing both passengers finds that investigation into the deaths mirrors the Balkan conflict.

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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 your average London investment banker. Instead, the next day's hangover brings unfortunate discoveries. Her impromptu...

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Mockingjay

Mockingjay

Suzanne Collins

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay...

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The Red Queen

The Red Queen

Philippa Gregory

Continuing the tumultuous story of The Cousins War, Philippa tells the tale of a young mother's determined ambition for her son - soon to be Henry VII

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 Read reviewThe Mary Smokes Boys

The Mary Smokes Boys

Patrick Holland

Grey's mother dies giving birth to his sister Irene and the tragedy haunts his life in the small town of Mary Smokes. Grey prays that his mother will be returned to him in some form, so he might protect her from the world as his...

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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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The Genesis Flaw

The Genesis Flaw

L. A. Larkin

Serena Swift, an advertising director, decides to take on one of the world's most powerful producers of genetically modified food, Gene-Asis. Serena disguises herself to infiltrate Gene-Asis to expose the company's horrific...

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The Complete Cosmicomics

The Complete Cosmicomics

Italo Calvino, Martin McLaughlin, Tim Parks, William Weaver

Includes stories about the evolution of the universe, with characters that are fashioned from mathematical formulae and cellular structures.

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The Vintage and the Gleaning

The Vintage and the Gleaning

Jeremy Chambers

Smithy has recently been forced to give up drinking after a lifetime of alcoholism. Overwhelmed by feelings of regret, guilt, loss and nostalgia for the past, Smithy is trapped in a blind search for meaning. Living in the same...

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After America

After America

John Birmingham

Four years after an inexplicable wave of energy decimated the American mainland, and then just as inexplicably disappeared a year later, US President James Kipper is no closer to explaining the catastrophe to the traumatised...

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 Read reviewThe Radleys

The Radleys

Matt Haig

From one of Britain's finest young novelists comes a razor-sharp unpicking of adulthood and family life.

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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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 Read reviewKnown Unknowns

Known Unknowns

Emmett Stinson

With sharp, insightful prose that illuminates the frailty of human relationships, Known Unknowns is an arresting collection that marks the arrival an exciting new literary talent. Emmett Stinson is an American who moved to...

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 Read reviewRoddy Parr

Roddy Parr

Peter Rose

Roddy Parr has just completed his PhD on the legendary David Anthem, a writer tipped to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature. He joins the Anthem household as David's secretary. Soon Roddy is indispensable, and finds his new...

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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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The Pindar Diamond

The Pindar Diamond

Katie Hickman

It's Venice, 1604. When rumours of a spectacularly rare and priceless diamond begin to circulate amongst the gamblers and courtesans of the Venetian demi-monde, the Levant Company merchant, Paul Pindar, becomes convinced that the...

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 Read reviewThe Dead Fish Museum

The Dead Fish Museum

Charles D'Ambrosio

The author delivers eight short stories full of characters who floate through their lives and relationships, adrift and apprehensive, tested by failure and strengthened by adversity.

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 Read reviewKindling

Kindling

Darren Groth

Nate Monk is Kieran's father. He's a single parent of a 'differently wired' child, a talented musician who once stood on the cusp of success and a man resigned to a pragmatic life of responsibility over opportunity. Both share the...

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 Read reviewThe Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe

The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe

Andrew O'Hagan

In November 1960, Frank Sinatra gave Marilyn Monroe a dog. His name was Maf. He had an instinct for the twentieth century. For politics. For psychoanalysis. For literature. For interior decoration. This title presents his story.

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The Privileges

The Privileges

Jonathan Dee

Smart, socially gifted, and chronically impatient, Adam and Cynthia Morey are so perfect for each other that united they become a kind of fortress against the world. In their hurry to start a new life, they marry young and have...

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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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The Grand Hotel

The Grand Hotel

Gregory Day

Robbed of his zest for life by the absurd innovations of his local council, including knocking down the only pub in his home town and roofing over a section of the creek to protect swimmers from the rain, artist Noel Lea exiles...

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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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