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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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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

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 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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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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 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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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

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 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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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 a London investment banker. Instead, the next day brings two discoveries: her impromptu reply to the bosses has gone...

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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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 Read reviewErrol, Fidel and the Cuban Rebel Girls

Errol, Fidel and the Cuban Rebel Girls

Boyd Anderson

Cuba, 1959: In the final year of Errol Flynn's life, he found time for one last adventure. The star of many Hollywood films had always longed to be a real hero. Fidel Castro was the genuine article, and now he was looking for...

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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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Holy Water

Holy Water

James P. Othmer

Henry Tuhoe works for a multinational conglomerate thats begun to outsource everything it can to third world countries. His beautiful wife no longer lets him touch her, even though she demanded he get a vasectomy; and his bright...

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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 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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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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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 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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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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 Special priceThe 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 reviewMen of Bad Character

Men of Bad Character

Kathleen Stewart

When Rose's 18-year relationship ends in a shocking and unexpected way, she realises the extent to which she was being emotionally manipulated and controlled. While trying to pick up the threads of her life, she meets a charming...

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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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 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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Nowhere Man

Nowhere Man

John M. Green

Wealthy stock trader Michael Hunt is a secretive man with a past he's not even shared with Sonya, his university professor wife. But Sonya is forced to start piecing it together when Michael suddenly goes missing, leaving her with...

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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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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 Vulture

The Vulture

Gil Scott-Heron

A hip and fast-moving thriller

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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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