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Zone One

Zone One

Colson Whitehead

A pandemic has devastated the planet, sorting humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead. Now the plague is receding, and Americans are busy rebuilding civilisation under orders from...

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Stone Arabia

Stone Arabia

Dana Spiotta

From a National Book Award nominee ( Eat the Document ) comes a startlingly original and compelling novel about an eccentric artist and his sister.

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Jonathan Safran Foer

In a vase in a closet, a couple of years after his father died in 9/11, nine-year-old Oskar discovers a key... The key belonged to his father, he's sure of that. But which of New York's 162 million locks does it open?

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When She Woke

When She Woke

Hillary Jordan

When she woke, she was red. Not flushed, not sunburned, but the solid, declarative red of a stop sign. An enthralling and chilling novel from the author of MUDBOUND, for fans of THE HANDMAID'S TALE and THE SCARLET...

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The Tragedy of Arthur

The Tragedy of Arthur

Arthur Phillips

A 'lost' Shakespeare play unearthed by highly acclaimed novelist Arthur Phillips

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Jane Austen Made Me Do it: Original Stories Inspired by Literature's Most Astute Observer of the Human Heart

Jane Austen Made Me Do it: Original Stories Inspired by Literature’s Most Astute Observer of the Human Heart

Laurel Ann Nattress

A Ballantine Books Trade Paperback original --T.p. verso.

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The Beautiful Indifference

The Beautiful Indifference

Sarah Hall

Whether it's a frustrated housewife seeking extreme experience or a young woman contemplating the death of her lover, dark devices and desires rise to the surface. This title focuses on characters that are real-life survivors.

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Domestic Violets

Domestic Violets

Matthew Norman

In the vein of Jonathan Tropper and Tom Perrotta comes DOMESTIC VIOLETS, Matthew Norman's darkly comic family drama about love, loss, and ambition.

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We Bought a Zoo: the Amazing True Story of a Broken-down Zoo, and the 200 Animals That Changed a Family Forever

We Bought a Zoo: the Amazing True Story of a Broken-down Zoo, and the 200 Animals That Changed a Family Forever

Benjamin Mee

A film tie-in edition to 20th Century Fox's film adaptation of the heart-warming international bestseller starring Scarlett Johansson and Matt Damon and directed by Oscar-winning director Cameron Crowe.

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Antwerp

Antwerp

Roberto Bolano

Crimes, campgrounds, vagrants, violence, poetry, sex, love and corruption -- they're all here: it's pure Bolano.

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The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul

The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul

Deborah Rodriguez

In a little coffee shop in one of the most dangerous places on earth, five very different women come together. As these five discover there's more to one another than meets the eye, they form a unique bond that will for ever...

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The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno

The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno

Ellen Bryson

A sumptuous period story with the most wondrously vibrant cast of characters -- this tale of secrets, friendship and forbidden love will leave you enchanted

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The Breakers

The Breakers

Claudie Gallay, Alison Anderson

Chosen by Le Monde and by readers of Elle as their Novel of the Year - a beautiful, resonant novel set on Normandy's coastline.

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Down the Rabbit Hole

Down the Rabbit Hole

Juan Pablo Villalobos, Rosalind Harvey, Adam Thirlwell

What Tochtli wants more than anything right now is a new pet for his private zoo: a pygmy hippopotamus from Liberia. But Tochtli is growing up in his drug baron father's luxury hideout, shared with hit men and dealers. Down the...

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Ours are the Streets

Ours are the Streets

Sunjeev Sahota

An electrifying debut for all readers of Chris Cleave's bestselling The Other Hand

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The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories

The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories

Don DeLillo

The stories here, collected from all five decades of DeLillo's career, show an acknowledged master of the novel in complete command of the short form.

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 Read reviewIn Red

In Red

Magdalena Tulli, Bill Johnston

In Tulli's second novel, set in a mythical fourth partition of Poland, the world is unreal yet strangely familiar.

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Solace

Solace

Belinda McKeon

Belinda McKeon is a startling new talent in the great Irish mould, and Solace is a work to be admired equally for its spare, intense lyricism as for its range, understanding, and deeply compassionate portrayal of life as it is...

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What it is Like to Go to War

What it is Like to Go to War

Karl Marlantes

From the author of MATTERHORN comes a vivid, visceral examination of what happens to a young man when he is sent into battle, based on Karl's own experiences as a decorated Marine.

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 Read reviewThe Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers

Vanessa Diffenbaugh

I had a sudden urge to tell him about the flowers, to explain the hidden meanings. Honeysuckle for devotion. Azaleas for passion. Red roses for love. I placed a rhododendron on the plywood counter before him. The cluster of purple...

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The Map and the Territory

The Map and the Territory

Michel Houellebecq

Having made his name with an exhibition of photographs of Michelin roadmaps - beautiful works that won praise from every corner of the art world - Jed Martin is now emerging from a ten-year hiatus. And he has had some good news.

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 Read reviewThe Cat's Table

The Cat’s Table

Michael Ondaatje

In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy boards a huge liner bound for England - a 'castle that was to cross the sea'. At mealtimes, he is placed at the lowly 'Cat's Table' with an eccentric group of grown-ups and two other...

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 Read reviewThe Night Circus

The Night Circus

Erin Morgenstern

In 1886, a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, Le Cirque des Reves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire. Although there are acrobats,...

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Breaking Away

Breaking Away

Anna Gavalda, Alison Anderson

On the car journey to a family wedding, Garance reflects on how adult life, with its disappointments and responsibilities, has not always gone to plan for herself or her three siblings.

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 Read reviewOn Canaan's Side

On Canaan’s Side

Sebastian Barry

Lilly Bere mourns the loss of her grandson, Bill. She was forced to flee Dublin, at the end of the First World War, and her life through into the new world of America is a world filled with both hope and danger.

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 Read reviewA Visit from the Goon Squad

A Visit from the Goon Squad

Jennifer Egan, James Gurbutt

A novel that circles the lives of Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. It is about the interplay of time and music, about survival, about the...

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Peake's Progress

Peake’s Progress

Mervyn Peake, Maeve Gilmore

Peake's Progress is a selection of Mervyn Peake's work, compiled by his widow, Maeve Gilmore, from every period of his work as writer and draughtsman. It contains a remarkable work from childhood, and a generous selection from...

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 Read reviewThe Marriage Plot

The Marriage Plot

Jeffrey Eugenides

There is no happiness in love, except at the end of an English novel. Anthony Trollope

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The Memory of Love

The Memory of Love

Aminatta Forna

Shortlisted for the Orange Prize 2011

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 Read reviewForecast: Turbulence

Forecast: Turbulence

Janette Turner Hospital

FORECAST TURBULENCE is a breathtaking and exquisitely lyrical collection of nine short stories and one memoir piece from internationally acclaimed Australian author Janette Turner Hospital. Featuring a compelling and enigmatic...

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The Year of the Hare

The Year of the Hare

Arto Paasilinna, Herbert Lomas

The international bestseller. A novel of one man's existential journey away from his life and in to the wild. With a hare. Vatanen is a journalist in Finland. The car he is riding in accidentally hits a young wild hare. The...

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 Special price Read reviewThe Stranger's Child

The Stranger’s Child

Alan Hollinghurst

In the late summer of 1913 the aristocratic young poet Cecil Valance comes to stay at 'Two Acres', the home of his close Cambridge friend George Sawle. The weekend will be one of excitements and confusions for all the Sawles, but...

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 Read reviewThe Auschwitz Violin

The Auschwitz Violin

Maria Angels Anglada

In the winter of 1991, at a concert in Krakow, an older woman with a marvellously pitched violin meets a fellow musician who is instantly captivated by her instrument. When he asks her how she obtained it, she reveals the...

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The Artist of Disappearance

The Artist of Disappearance

Anita Desai

Features such novellas as The Museum of Final Journeys and Translator, Translated . In The Museum of Final Journeys , an unnamed government official is called upon to inspect a faded mansion of forgotten treasures, each sent...

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To be Sung Underwater

To be Sung Underwater

Tom McNeal

* A riveting and heartbreaking love story about what which happen when you revisit the road not taken

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Inherited

Inherited

Amanda Curtin

A dancer in a wheelchair. A collector of corks. One woman seduced by a mountain and another by Freddo Frogs. A man who hears his dead wifes voice. A poet whose voice has disappeared. A photographer distilling grief in his lens. A...

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I Don't Know How She Does It

I Don’t Know How She Does It

Allison Pearson

Meet Kate Reddy, fund manager and mother of two. Factor in a manipulative nanny, an Australian boss who looks at Kate's breasts as if they're on special offer, a long-suffering husband, her in-laws, two needy children and an...

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With My Body

With My Body

Nikki Gemmell

With My Body, and addresses the question of what is intimacy and whether it is ever truly possible to know another person. It is at once a manifesto of married mothers everywhere and a highly personal story of one woman's sexual...

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 Read reviewYou Deserve Nothing

You Deserve Nothing

Alexander Maksik

Dark, compelling story of an illicit affair between a young teacher and his female student for fans of Donna Tartt

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Ragnarok: The End of the Gods

Ragnarok: The End of the Gods

A. S. Byatt

Tells the story of a young girl evacuated to the British countryside during the Second World War. Struggling to make sense of her life, she is given a book of Norse myths, and her inner and outer worlds are transformed.

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Little Star

Little Star

John Ajvide Lindqvist, Marlaine Delargy

The dark, sad and shockingly real story of a friendship between two damaged children and the terrible consequences for those who cross them, from the author of the international bestseller Let the Right One In.

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The Lady of the Rivers

The Lady of the Rivers

Philippa Gregory

Number 1 bestselling author Philippa Gregory continues her series, The Cousins' War, with Jacquetta Woodville, mother of the White Queen

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 Read reviewInfrared

Infrared

Nancy Huston

From Nancy Huston - the Orange Prize shortlisted author of Fault Lines - comes Infrared: a smart and provocative novel of sexual intimacy and desire.

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Tom McCarthy

Follows the life of Serge Carrefax, a man who surges into the electric modernity of the early twentieth century, transfixed by the technologies that obliterate him. Born to the sound of one of the experimental wireless stations,...

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New Selected Stories

New Selected Stories

Alice Munro

Offers a selection of stories that infuses everyday lives with a wealth of nuance and insight.

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 Read reviewSarah Thornhill

Sarah Thornhill

Kate Grenville

Kate Grenville takes us back to the early Australia of The Secret River and the Thornhill family. This is Sarah's story. It's a story of tangled secrets, a story of loss and unlooked-for happiness, and a story about the silent...

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The Honey Thief

The Honey Thief

Najaf Mazari, Robert Hillman

From the authors of the bestseller The Rugmaker of Mazar - e - Sharifcomes their latest book, The Honey Thief. A superb collection of spellbinding tales from Afghanistan that portray a vivid landscape of hardship and brotherhood,...

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The Submission

The Submission

Amy Waldman

A jury gathers in Manhattan to select a memorial for the victims of a devastating terrorist attack. Their fraught deliberations complete, the jurors open the envelope containing the anonymous winner's name - and discover he is an...

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 Read reviewHow I Became a Famous Novelist

How I Became a Famous Novelist

Steve Hely

Sick of life as he knows it, Pete Tarslaw sets out to write a bestselling novel, armed with a formula for success cobbled together from previous bestsellers. This title tells the tale of how Tarslaw's 'pile of garbage' became the...

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 Read reviewHouse of Sticks

House of Sticks

Peggy Frew

Bonnie, never domestically inclined, has given up her life as a musician to become a stay-at-home mother to three small children. She tells herself she has no regrets, but sometimes the isolation and endless drudgery are...

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Everything Beautiful Began After

Everything Beautiful Began After

Simon Van Booy

While in Athens, Rebecca--young, beautiful and lost--finds a confidant in George, a translator whose closest friends are Aristophanes and Jack Daniels, but their blossoming relationship becomes complicated when they meet Henry, a...

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 Read reviewCain

Cain

Jose Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa

After Adam and Eve have been cast out of Eden, Eve decides to go back and ask the angel guarding the gate if he can give her some of the fruit that is going to waste inside. The angel agrees, and although Eve swears to Adam that...

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 Read reviewBlack Jesus

Black Jesus

Simone Felice

A young marine returns home from Iraq, blinded and scarred by an IED and harbouring a terrible secret. He saw something in Iraq that can never be erased and the knowledge of it is slowly driving him mad.

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 Read reviewHinterland

Hinterland

Caroline Brothers

An exquisite, unsettling novel about refugees and what it is to be underage, homeless and invisible in a foreign land

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Machine Man

Machine Man

Max Barry

When Charles Neumann loses a leg in an industrial accident, it's not a tragedy. It's an opportunity.

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The Chase

The Chase

Christopher Kremmer

When young scientist Jean Campbell is hired to eliminate drugs in sport she enters a murky world where power, privilege and corruption mix easily. In 1940s Sydney, Jean and her charismatic boss Howard Carter expose the cruel...

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The Story of Beautiful Girl

The Story of Beautiful Girl

Rachel Simon

On a stormy night in small-town America, a couple, desperate and soaked to the skin, knock on a stranger's door. When Martha, a retired schoolteacher living a safe and conventional life, answers their knock, her world changes...

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Burning Bright

Burning Bright

Ron Rash

A collection of short stories that melds the dark with the beautiful in deftly painted portraits of Appalachia, ranging from the Civil War to present day. It captures the essence of the region the author knows best, leading his...

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 Read reviewPepsi Bears and Other Stories

Pepsi Bears and Other Stories

Anson Cameron

A collection of fables in which the intuition of animals is set against the hubris of man, Anson Cameron is part court jester, part acclaimed writer of short stories and novels, and part national conscience. A cola company uses...

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One Summer

One Summer

David Baldacci

A moving story of love, second chances and the importance of family from the Number One International Bestseller

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A Dance with Dragons: Book 5 of a Song of Ice and Fire

A Dance with Dragons: Book 5 of a Song of Ice and Fire

George R. R. Martin

HBO's hit series A GAME OF THRONES is based on George R. R. Martin's internationally bestselling series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A DANCE WITH DRAGONS is the fifth volume in the series.

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Titus Awakes: The Lost Book of Gormenghast

Titus Awakes: The Lost Book of Gormenghast

Mervyn Peake, Maeve Gilmore, Brian Sibley

Confronted by elemental and human threats - snowstorms, shipwrecks and attempts on his life - Titus' bravery is tested and he must fight to free himself from the claims of his past.

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 Read reviewWish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here

Graham Swift

On an autumn day in 2006, on the Isle of Wight, Jack Luxton, former Devon farmer and now the proprietor of a seaside caravan park, receives the news that his soldier brother Tom, not seen for years, has been killed in Iraq. For...

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There Should be More Dancing

There Should be More Dancing

Rosalie Ham

Margery Blandon was always a principled woman who found guidance from the wisdom of desktop calendars. She lived quietly in Gold Street, Brunswick for 60 years until events drove her to the 43rd floor of the Tropic Hotel. As she...

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When We Have Wings

When We Have Wings

Claire Corbett

The dream of being able to fly is now physical reality but only the rich and powerful can afford the surgery, drugs, and gene manipulation to become fliers. Peri, a poor girl from the regions, will sacrifice anything to get her...

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 Read reviewAt Last

At Last

Edward St. Aubyn

For Patrick Melrose, 'family' is more than a double-edged sword. As friends, relations and foes trickle in to pay final respects to his mother, Eleanor, Patrick finds that his transition to orphanhood isn't necessarily the...

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 Read reviewBerlin Syndrome

Berlin Syndrome

Melanie Joosten

2006, Berlin. One afternoon, near Checkpoint Charlie, Clare meets Andi. He's a native Berliner and English teacher; she's an architectural photographer who has taken leave from her job in Australia. There is an instant attraction....

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 Read reviewThe Vanishing Act

The Vanishing Act

Mette Jakobsen

A story about a snow-covered island you won't find on any map. Minou is 12. A year ago, the morning after the circus, her mama walked out into the rain with a black umbrella and never came back. It's a story about a magician and a...

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 Read reviewTwo Greeks

Two Greeks

John Charalambous

Two Greeks explores migrant life and family tensions in 1970s Australian suburbia. It is a bittersweet story about mentoring, delusion and a child's need to trust.

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 Read reviewAt Last

At Last

Edward St. Aubyn

'At once epic and intimate, appalling and comic, the Melrose novels are masterpieces' Maggie O'Farrell

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 Read reviewThe Amateur Science of Love

The Amateur Science of Love

Craig Sherborne

Colin dreams of escaping his parents' New Zealand farm for a grand stage career. He makes it to London and a disastrous audition before meeting Tilda; beautiful Tilda, older, an artist; who brings his future with her. A heady...

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 Read reviewRiver of Smoke

River of Smoke

Amitav Ghosh

The sequel to the bestselling, Booker-shortlisted, Sea of Poppies

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The Lake

The Lake

Banana Yoshimoto, Michael Emmerich

A major literary sensation--the author of Hardboiled & Hard Luck --is back with a quietly stunning tour de force about a young woman who moves to Tokyo after the death of her mother and falls for a cult escapee.

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The Making of Us

The Making of Us

Lisa Jewell

In a hospice in Bury St Edmunds, a man called Daniel is slowly fading away. His friend Maggie sits with him every day; she holds his hand and she listens to the story of his life, to his regrets and to his secrets. And then he...

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 Read reviewThe Good Muslim

The Good Muslim

Tahmima Anam

In a remote Bangladeshi village, a telegram brings life-changing news to Maya Haque's door. Eight years before, a brutal war tore Maya's country and her family apart. Now it is time to return home. She arrives to find that...

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 Special priceThe Colour of Tea

The Colour of Tea

Hannah Tunnicliffe

Lost among the gaudy, busy streets of Macau, Grace's life is slowly unravelling. Her marriage to Pete, her Australian husband, is fraying and her dreams of having a family seem hopeless. With the heralding of a new year she...

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Shooting the Fox

Shooting the Fox

Marion Halligan

Shooting the Fox is brimming with surprising characters - the virgin and the pornographer, the adulterer, the translator, the defecting diplomat - and the inconveniences of modernity. In the end, though, it is a...

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Comedy in a Minor Key

Comedy in a Minor Key

Hans Keilson, Damion Searls

A penetrating study of ordinary people resisting the Nazi occupation - and, true to its title, a dark comedy of wartime manners - Comedy in a Minor Key tells the story of Wim and Marie, a Dutch couple who first hide a Jew they...

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 Special priceA Conspiracy of Friends: A Corduroy Mansions Novel

A Conspiracy of Friends: A Corduroy Mansions Novel

Alexander McCall Smith

The third novel in McCall's acclaimed series about the colourful inhabitants of Corduroy Mansions, Pimlico. This installment follows the adventures of Oedipus Snark, the nasty Liberal Democrat and his mother Berthea who is writing...

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 Read reviewLove in the Years of Lunacy

Love in the Years of Lunacy

Mandy Sayer

Sydney, 1942. Pearl is 18 beautiful and impetuous. She plays saxophone in an all-girl jazz band at the Trocadero. On one such evening black GI and jazz legend James Washington blows into her life, and nothing is ever the same...

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 Read reviewToo Close to Home

Too Close to Home

Georgia Blain

Shane, an Aboriginal man, moves up the road. He was once close to Matt, Freya's partner, and he not only brings with him a different approach to life, he also has news of a boy who might be Matt's son. Despite wanting to embrace...

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 Read reviewEmbassytown

Embassytown

China Mieville

Embassytown: a city of contradictions on the outskirts of the universe. Avice is an immerser, a traveller on the immer, the sea of space and time below the everyday, now returned to her birth planet. Here on Arieka, humans are not...

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Bullfighting

Bullfighting

Roddy Doyle

The men in Bullfighting are each concerned with loss in different ways - of their place in their world, of power, virility, love - of the boom days and the Celtic Tiger. Brilliantly observed, funny and moving, the stories in...

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 Special priceAll the Time in the World

All the Time in the World

E. L. Doctorow

An astonishing book of short fiction by one of America's finest writers, the author of The March, Ragtime, and Homer & Langley.

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 Read reviewCaleb's Crossing

Caleb’s Crossing

Geraldine Brooks

In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American graduate of Harvard College. From the few facts that survive of this extraordinary life, Brooks creates a luminous tale of passion and belief, magic and...

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 Read reviewWatercolours

Watercolours

Adrienne Ferreira

Eleven-year-old Novi just wants to blend in - not easy when you're named after a silkworm and have the most eccentric family in town. Young teacher Dom Best is new in town and must overcome his lack of confidence to support Novi's...

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 Read reviewThe Forgotten Waltz

The Forgotten Waltz

Anne Enright

A memory of desire: a recollection of the bewildering speed of attraction, the irreparable slip into longing. In Terenure, a pleasant suburb of Dublin, in the winter of 2009, it has snowed. Gina Moynihan, girl about town, recalls...

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The Precipice

The Precipice

Virginia Duigan

Thea Farmer, a reclusive and difficult retired school principal, lives with her dog in the Blue Mountains. Her career ended under a cloud a decade earlier, following a scandal involving a much younger male teacher. After losing...

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 Read reviewThe Ottoman Motel

The Ottoman Motel

Christopher Currie

Simon and his parents arrive in the town of Reception and check into the Ottoman Motel. Then, while Simon is asleep, his parents disappear. Are they lost? Has something terrible happened to them? Have they simply driven away? All...

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Lock Artist

Lock Artist

Steve Hamilton

Prize-winning crime author Steve Hamilton's hugely commercial mainstream breakout tells the extraordinary story of a safe-cracker trying to unlock the key to his past.

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Letty Fox: Her Luck

Letty Fox: Her Luck

Christina Stead, Carmen Callil

Letty Fox tells her story as a self-styled woman in New York's world of passion, love and sexual bargaining. As a bright, uninhibited daughter of a middle class couple who believes the world is her oyster, Letty Fox tells it all -...

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 Read reviewI Hate Martin Amis Et Al

I Hate Martin Amis Et Al

Peter Barry

It is 1995. Milan Zorec, an aspiring yet rejected novelist, travels from England to Bosnia to join the Serbian forces as a sniper in Sarajevo, in the final months of the longest siege in history.

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 Read reviewA Man of Parts

A Man of Parts

David Lodge

Once H.G. Wells was the most famous writer in the world, 'the man who invented tomorrow'; now he feels like yesterday's man, deserted by readers and depressed by the collapse of his utopian dreams. Unfolding this astonishing...

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 Read reviewThe Book of Rachael

The Book of Rachael

Leslie Cannold

A young man is travelling the countryside around the Sea of Galilee preaching a message of love and justice. The preacher, Joshua of Nazareth, had a sister. Rachael falls in love with Joshua's friend, Judah of Iscariot. Then a...

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 Read reviewA Visit from the Goon Squad

A Visit from the Goon Squad

Jennifer Egan

With music pulsing on every page, A Visit from the Goon Squad is a startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption.

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 Read reviewLittle People: A Novel

Little People: A Novel

Jane Sullivan

In 1870 the celebrated midget General Tom Thumb and his troupe are touring Australia. While in Melbourne, Tom Thumb is rescued from the Yarra River by an impoverished governess, Mary Ann. She is hired by the troupe, but soon...

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Untold Story

Untold Story

Monica Ali

After a period of intense upheaval, Lydia settles in small town America and establishes a fragile peace. It is threatened by thoughts of what she has lost. She is, at least, safe in the knowledge - having altered her appearance...

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 Read reviewBearings

Bearings

Leah Swann

Bearings is about challenging the course of our lives as well as keeping a foothold during unpredictable times.Leah Swann burrows deep into the souls of her characters to reveal universal complexities, frailties and strengths....

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After

Steve Hockensmith

Newly married protagonists, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy, defends their village from an army of flesh-eating unmentionables. But the honeymoon has barely begun when poor Mr Darcy is nipped by a raging dreadful. Elizabeth knows...

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The Final Testament

The Final Testament

James Frey

In true controversial James Frey style, this brilliant new novel is the final Testament of the Holy Bible

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Under the Influence

Under the Influence

Jacqueline Lunn

Eve, now 34 and a concert cellist living in London, returns to an Australian country town for the funeral of her old school friend, Meg. As Eve and Sarah, also a school friend, face their friend Meg's death, they must also face...

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Jamrach's Menagerie

Jamrach’s Menagerie

Carol Birch

London, 1857: After surviving an encounter with an escaped tiger, nine-year-old Jaffy stumbles into a job for its owner, the wild animal collector, Mr Jamrach. Commissioned by Jamrach to find and collect a sea dragon, Jaf joins a...

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Pigeon English

Pigeon English

Stephen Kelman

Deeply funny, moving, idiosyncratic and unforgettable, Pigeon English introduces a major new literary talent

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 Read reviewA Love Letter from a Stray Moon

A Love Letter from a Stray Moon

Jay Griffiths

In this fictional tour de force Jay Griffiths creates a portrait of the artist Frida Kahlo - her devastating accident and her love for Diego Rivera - that is also a celebration of the spirit of poetry and the art of rebellion....

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The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship

The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship

Lisa Verge Higgins

In every group of friends there is a leader, the one who brings the group together and encourages them to celebrate the friendship they share. Rachel Braun was that leader, until her life was cut tragically short. While her...

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 Read reviewThe Paris Wife

The Paris Wife

Paula McLain

*A heart-wrenching story of ambition and betrayal that captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley

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The Betrayal

The Betrayal

Helen Dunmore

Leningrad, 1952. Andrei, a young hospital doctor and Anna, a nursery school teacher, are forging a life together in the post-war, post-siege wreckage. But their happiness is precarious, like that of millions of Russians who must...

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 Read reviewThe Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

Philip Pullman

In this ingenious and spell-binding retelling of the life of Jesus, Philip Pullman revisits the most influential story ever told.

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Art and Craft of Approaching Your Head of Department to Submit a Request for a Raise

Art and Craft of Approaching Your Head of Department to Submit a Request for a Raise

Georges Perec

A novel that dispenses with the normal rules for literary composition.

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The Anatomy of a Moment

The Anatomy of a Moment

Javier Cercas

Translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean The new novel by the bestselling author of Soldiers of Salamis (1 million copies worldwide) has sold more than 160,000 copies in hardback in Spain since publication in 2009.

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 Read reviewGone

Gone

Jennifer Mills

A young man is released from prison, his hands empty, his identity gone. He catches a train out of town, then hitchhikes west. He hasn't been home for 15 years. Out of the past, as memories surface, something is coming that will...

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Lyrics Alley

Lyrics Alley

Leila Aboulela

A lyrical and deeply moving novel by a twice ORANGE-listed rising star, set in pre-Independence Sudan, Egypt and post-war Britain.

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 Read reviewMr. Rosenblum's List: Or Friendly Guidance for the Aspiring Englishman

Mr. Rosenblum’s List: Or Friendly Guidance for the Aspiring Englishman

Natasha Solomons

A charming novel about an irrepressible man, his long-suffering wife and a Very English dream.

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 Special price Read reviewTrespass

Trespass

Rose Tremain

In a silent valley stands an isolated stone farmhouse, the Mas Lunel. Its owner is Aramon Lunel, an alcoholic so haunted by his violent past that he's become incapable of all meaningful action. Meanwhile, his sister, Audrun dreams...

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The Siege

The Siege

Helen Dunmore

Leningrad, September 1941. Hitler orders the German forces to surround the city at the start of the most dangerous, desperate winter in its history. For two pairs of lovers - Anna and Andrei, Anna's novelist father and banned...

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Nazi Literature in the Americas

Nazi Literature in the Americas

Roberto Bolano

Lucid, insane, deadly serious, wildly playful, biblomaniacal, and perversely imaginative' Nicole Krauss

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Night Road

Night Road

Kristin Hannah

Why do we always hurt those we love the most?

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The Report

The Report

Jessica Kane

An evocative and moving debut novel - based on the true story of the worst UK civilian disaster of World War Two, when 173 people were crushed to death at Bethnal Green tube station during the Blitz

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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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Night Soul and Other Stories

Night Soul and Other Stories

Joseph McElroy

New stories from a master of American fiction.

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The Pile of Stuff at the Bottom of the Stairs

The Pile of Stuff at the Bottom of the Stairs

Christina Hopkinson

What's the thing you hate most about the one you love? This is the funniest, most acutely-observed novel about marriage and motherhood, children and work that's been seen in years.

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 Read reviewWhen the Killing's Done

When the Killing’s Done

T. Coraghessan Boyle

The latest masterpiece from the unstoppable T.C. Boyle, a sweeping epic of family, ecology and the right to life - no matter what the fallout

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Stolen

Stolen

Susan Lewis

Lucy Winters' parents have always been there for her. Loving, gentle and kind they have given her everything she could have wished for. Now, estranged from her husband, she has moved to the country to take over their thriving...

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 Read reviewMe and Mr Booker

Me and Mr Booker

Cory Taylor

She should've said no when Mr Booker first tried to kiss her. That would've been the sensible thing to do. But Martha is 16, lives in a small dull town - a cemetery with lights - her father is mad, her home is stifling, and she's...

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 Special priceDesert Fish

Desert Fish

Cherise Saywell

Gilly lives in a drought-ridden small town in 1970s Australia. She's left school but hasn't found a job, it's always hot and life seems a little pointless. Then Pete arrives. Gilly can't help but fall in love with him and one...

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August

August

Bernard Beckett

Trapped in a car wreck, upside down, bleeding, broken and in pain, Tristan and Grace are staring at death.

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 Read reviewBlack Glass

Black Glass

Meg Mundell

Sisters Tally and Grace have always dreamed of moving to the city. Yet neither of them ever expected to be living there broke, homeless and alone as happens when they become separated after an accident. The city, dominated by...

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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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The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party

The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party

Alexander McCall Smith

* Mma Ramotswe's twelfth adventure; published in Little, Brown hardback

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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 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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One of Our Thursdays is Missing

One of Our Thursdays is Missing

Jasper Fforde

Thursday Next returns in another inventive, funny and fantastical adventure by the comic and creative genius, Jasper Fforde

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 Read reviewAngelica: A Novel

Angelica: A Novel

Arthur Phillips

When Constance married Joseph Barton she believed she had found her ultimate husband and protector. But after three miscarriages and the troubled birth of their daughter, Angelica, Constance begins to fear his intentions. Sensing...

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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 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 reviewWhat the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us

What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us

Laura van den Berg

The stories in Laura van den Berg's rich and inventive debut illuminate the intersection of the mythic and the mundane. Rendered with grace and precision, this breathtaking collection is narrated by women yearning for absolution,...

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Swamplandia!

Swamplandia!

Karen Russell

The Bigtree alligator wrestling dynasty is in decline, and Swamplandia!, its island home and gator-wrestling theme park, is swiftly being encroached upon by a competitor. To save her family, Ava must journey on her own to a...

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 Read reviewFive Bells

Five Bells

Gail Jones

Four adults converge on Circular Quay, site of the iconic Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Crowds of tourists mix with the locals, enjoying the glorious surroundings and the play of light on water. But each of the four...

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 Read reviewCaribou Island

Caribou Island

David Vann

Gary, driven by thirty years of diverted plans, and Irene are trying to rebuild their life together. Across the water on the mainland, Irene and Gary's grown daughter, Rhoda is starting her own life. She fantasizes about the...

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 Read reviewThe Messenger

The Messenger

Yannick Haenel, Ian Monk

Jan Karski, a young Polish officer, joined the Polish underground after escaping from a Soviet detention camp, before he was captured and brutally tortured by the Gestapo. Escaping from the Germans, Karski was charged with the...

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The Indignities

The Indignities

Graeme Aitken

The Indignities by Graeme Aitken - the glittering sequel to Vanity Fierce (Random House 1986)In Vanity Fierce,Stephen Spear went to extreme lengths to snare his man.In this comic sequel, Stephen ingeniously bypasses his landmark...

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Angelology

Angelology

Danielle Trussoni

When Sister Evangeline of the St Rose Convent stumbles across a mysterious correspondence with Abigail Rockefeller in the archive, it reveals that angels once walked among us... and might still. This discovery plunges Evangeline...

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The Three Weissmanns of Westport

The Three Weissmanns of Westport

Cathleen Schine

The Weissmann sisters Miranda, an impulsive but successful literary agent, and Annie, a pragmatic library director, quite unexpectedly find themselves the middle-aged products of a broken home.

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 Read reviewCrime

Crime

Ferdinand von Schirach

Crime is a collection of true crime stories told by one of Germany's most prominent defense lawyers. Some of the cases are strange, some bewildering and others heartbreaking, but all are told with genuine concern for those who...

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The Lightkeeper's Wife

The Lightkeeper’s Wife

Karen Viggers

Elderly and in poor health, Mary fulfils her wish to herself to live out her last days on Bruny Island with only her regrets and memories for company. A long time ago, her late husband was the lighthousekeeper on Bruny, and she'd...

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 Read reviewO: A Presidential Novel

O: A Presidential Novel

O: A Presidential Novel is a novel about aspiration and delusion, set during the presidential election of 2012 and written by an anonymous author who has spent years observing politics and the fraught relationship between public...

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Yearn: Tales of Lust and Longing

Yearn: Tales of Lust and Longing

Tobsha Learner

A collection of nine sensual, witty and mystical stories marking Tobsha Learner's return to the short story format, and exploring the universal experiences of obsession, romantic encounters and secret regrets. In Yearn, the line...

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 Read reviewThe Lover's Dictionary

The Lover’s Dictionary

David Levithan

Told as a series of dictionary entries, The Lover's Dictionary is an intimate portrait of a relationship in all its guises; a compelling, deeply romantic story of two people loving each other: passionately, imperfectly. Through...

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The Raven's Heart: The Story of a Quest, a Castle and Mary Queen of Scots

The Raven’s Heart: The Story of a Quest, a Castle and Mary Queen of Scots

Jesse Blackadder

1561. A ship carries Mary, Queen of Scots, home from the French court to wrest back control of her throne. Masquerading as a male crew member, Alison Blackadder must find a way to gain the Queen's favour so she can win back her...

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Mistaken

Mistaken

Neil Jordan

Part thriller, part gothic tragedy, part comedy of manners, Mistaken also brilliantly evokes the divided Dublin of the 1960s and the trauma of adolescence

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 Read reviewA Visit from the Goon Squad

A Visit from the Goon Squad

Jennifer Egan

From one of today's boldest writers comes a sly, surprising, and exhilarating novel about time, survival, and the electrifying sparks ignited at the seams of our lives by colliding destinies.

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 Special priceTablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East

Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East

Reza Aslan

This volume celebrates the magnificent achievement of 20th-century Middle Eastern literature that has been neglected in the English-speaking world.

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The Other Family

The Other Family

Joanna Trollope

Chrissie, in the twenty-three years she'd been together with Richie, had always believed that he loved her. He loved their three daughters and their house in Highgate and their happy, lively existence. But if she really was the...

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Before I Fall

Before I Fall

Lauren Oliver

As compelling as The Lovely Bones and as memorable as Jenny Downham's Before I Die, this will become a word-of-mouth phenomenon.

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 Read reviewMr. Peanut

Mr. Peanut

Adam Ross

David Pepin has loved his wife since the moment they met, and he can't imagine living without her - yet he obsessively contemplates her demise. Soon she's dead, and he's both deeply distraught and the prime suspect. The detectives...

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Dracula in Love

Dracula in Love

Karen Essex

Dracula's beautiful, eternal muse, Mina - the most famous woman in vampire lore - vividly recounts the joys and terrors of a passionate affair that has linked her and Count Dracula through the centuries. Time falls away as she is...

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 Read reviewJeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi

Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi

Geoff Dyer

Jeff Atman is in Venice to cover the opening of the Biennale. He's expecting to see a load of art, go to a lot of parties. He's not expecting to meet the spellbinding Laura, who will completely transform his few days in the city....

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Claudia's Big Break

Claudia’s Big Break

Lisa Heidke

Claudia Taylor's life is a mess. Her latest disaster? An ill-advised fling. In an attempt to get some perspective on her life, Claudia jets off to glorious Santorini with friends Tara and Sophie. But it's not long before they're...

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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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While the Women are Sleeping

While the Women are Sleeping

Javier Marias

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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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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Djibouti

Djibouti

Elmore Leonard

A western on water from the grand master of American crime

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The Indigo Sky

The Indigo Sky

Alison Booth

In 1957, when piano teacher Ilona Talivaldis arrived in the sleepy little town of Jingera, she was mocked as the 'reffo from Latvia'. Just four years on, she and her 14-year-old daughter Zidra are at the heart of the community....

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