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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

Smith, Dominic

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 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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While the Women Are Sleeping

While the Women Are Sleeping

Javier Marias, Margaret Jull Costa

A dozen unforgettable stories by one of the most original writers at work today (Wyatt Mason, The New York Times Book Review).

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Undercover: A Novel of a Life

Undercover: A Novel of a Life

Keith Bulfin

A novel based on the life of Keith Bulfin, who is drawn into a world of drug smuggling and violence in Mexico City. Convicted of conspiracy to defraud, Keith is sent to a Supermax unit in Port Philip prison. There he befriends the...

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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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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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 Read reviewSerena

Serena

Rash Ron

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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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 reviewWar Dances

War Dances

Sherman Alexie

With unparalleled insight into the minds of artists, laborers, fathers, husbands, and sons, Alexie populates his stories with ordinary men on the brink of exceptional change. In a bicoastal journey through the consequences of both...

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 Read reviewMary Ann in Autumn

Mary Ann in Autumn

Armistead Maupin

Over three decades in the making, Armistead Maupin's legendary Tales of the City series rolls into a new age, still sassy, irreverent and curious, and still exploring the boundaries of the human experience with insight,...

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 Read reviewGriffith REVIEW 30: The Annual Fiction Edition

Griffith REVIEW 30: The Annual Fiction Edition

Schultz Julianne (ed)

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

Willis, Connie

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

Follows the story of Kingsley Colts as he chases the ghost of himself through the decades, and in and out of the lives and affections of the citizens of 'The Isabel', a slice of Australia scattered with prospectors, artists,...

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

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Pure Clear Light A

Pure Clear Light A

St John Madeleine

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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A Darker Music

A Darker Music

Maris Morton

When Mary Lanyon takes on the job of temporary housekeeper at Downe, a famous merino stud, she expects to be staying in a gracious homestead with the rich Hazlitt farming family. When she arrives, however, Mary realises things are...

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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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Luka and the Fire of Life

Luka and the Fire of Life

Salman Rushdie

While Haroun was written as a gift for his first son, Luka and the Fire of Life, the story of Haroun's younger brother, is a gift for his second son on his twelfth birthday. Lyrical, rich with word-play, and with the narrative...

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 Read reviewStarted Early, Took My Dog: (Jackson Brodie)

Started Early, Took My Dog: (Jackson Brodie)

Kate Atkinson

A day like any other for security chief Tracy Waterhouse, until she makes a purchase she hadn't bargained for. One moment of madness is all it takes for Tracy's humdrum world to be turned upside down, the tedium of everyday life...

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 Read reviewC

C

Tom McCarthy

A brilliant epochal saga from the acclaimed author of Remainder, C takes place in the early years of the twentieth century and ranges from western England to Europe to North Africa.

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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

Thornell,Kristel

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

Lohrey, Amanda

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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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 reviewUnion Atlantic

Union Atlantic

Adam Haslett

Union Atlantic is a deeply involving novel of the modern world - a world in crisis, where individual humanity is pitted against the global marketplace, and we must decide what, in the end, we value most highly.

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 Read reviewLunatic In My Head

Lunatic In My Head

Anjum Hasan

Set against the backdrop of a small Indian hill town called Shillong, this title is a beautiful lyrical novel about three lives in limbo. A compelling debut by a major new talent, will appeal to readers of Arundhati Roy.

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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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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 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 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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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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 Special priceThe 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 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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 Read reviewRocks in the Belly

Rocks in the Belly

Jon Bauer

Rocks in the Belly is about a precocious boy and the volatile adult he becomes. During childhood his mother fosters boys despite the jealous turmoil it arouses in her son. Jealousy that reaches unmanageable proportions when she...

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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 reviewMilk Fever

Milk Fever

Lisa Reece-Lane

Julia Heath is experiencing a tree-change nightmare; a dismal country town with no decent coffee, a yoga teacher husband who is having an affair with the butcher's wife and slowly sending them bankrupt, a mother-in-law coming to...

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 Read reviewIf I Loved You, I Would Tell You This

If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This

Robin Black

Explores life's rich silences in relationships both acknowledged and covert, and in the unspoken, often treacherous dynamics of families. The stories plumb the depths of love, loss and hope. They are luminous, wise and unerringly...

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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 reviewSingularity

Singularity

Charlotte Grimshaw

The stories in Singularity cover a wide range of territory, from childhood innocence to adult desperation, from the depths of poverty to cushioned affluence, from London to Los Angeles, Ayers Rock in Australia to the black sand...

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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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 Read reviewImperfect Birds

Imperfect Birds

Anne Lamott

Rosie Ferguson is seventeen and ready to enjoy the summer before her senior year of high school. She's intelligent; athletic and beautiful. She is, in short, everything her mother, Elizabeth, hoped she could be. But as the school...

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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 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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Blueeyedboy

Blueeyedboy

Joanne Harris

A novel that tells a tale of a poisonously dysfunctional family, a blind child prodigy, and a serial murderer who is not who he seems.

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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 reviewChaos Walking Bk 3: Monsters Of Men

Chaos Walking Bk 3: Monsters Of Men

Ness, Patrick

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Prague

Prague

Arthur Phillips

Five American expats come to Budapest in the early 1990s to seek their fortune - financial, romantic, and spiritual - in an exotic city newly opened to the West. They hope to find adventure, inspiration, a gold rush, or history in...

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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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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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 Special price Read reviewThe Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

Philip Pullman

In this ingenious and spellbinding retelling of the life of Jesus, Philip Pullman reimagines the most influential story ever told. Charged with mystery, compassion and great power, it says something new about who Jesus was and...

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Vulture

Vulture

Scott-Heron, Gil

A hip and fast-moving thriller

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The Tulip Virus

The Tulip Virus

Hermans, Danielle

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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