Readings Recommends: Fiction
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...
Stone Arabia, Dana Spiotta's moving and intrepid third novel, is about family, obsession, memory, and the urge to create - in isolation, at the margins of our winner-take-all culture.
Jane Austen Made Me Do it: Original Stories Inspired by Literature’s Most Astute Observer of the Human Heart
A Ballantine Books Trade Paperback original --T.p. verso.
The Beautiful Indifference
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.
In the vein of Jonathan Tropper and Tom Perrotta comes DOMESTIC VIOLETS, Matthew Norman's darkly comic family drama about love, loss, and ambition.
We Bought a Zoo (Film Tie-in): the Amazing True Story of a Broken-down Zoo, and the 200 Animals That Changed a Family Forever
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.
Crimes, campgrounds, vagrants, violence, poetry, sex, love and corruption -- they're all here: it's pure Bolano.
The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul
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...
The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno
A sumptuous period story with the most wondrously vibrant cast of characters -- this tale of secrets, friendship and forbidden love will leave you enchanted
Down the Rabbit Hole
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...
Ours are the Streets
An electrifying debut for all readers of Chris Cleave's bestselling The Other Hand
For Love Alone
Set in Sydney and London in the 1930s, 'For Love Alone' is the story of Teresa Hawkins, an intelligent, ardent young woman, and her search for the ideal passion of love.
In Tulli's second novel, set in a mythical fourth partition of Poland, the world is unreal yet strangely familiar.
The Lost Daughter
A compelling new mystery from the author of The Villa Triste
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...
What it is Like to Go to War
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.
The Cat’s Table
A new novel, by turns poignant and electrifying, about the magical, often forbidden, discoveries of childhood and a lifelong journey that begins unexpectedly with a sea voyage.
The Night Circus
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,...
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.
Set from just before the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War and through World War II, 'The Seamstress' follows the life of Sira Quiroga, a Spanish seamstress who becomes embroiled in a glamorous and dangerous world far from where...
On Canaan’s Side
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.
An Object of Beauty
An irresistible look at the glamour and subterfuge of New York's art world, from bestselling author and Hollywood star Steve Martin.
A Visit from the Goon Squad
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...
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...
Smut: Down and Dirty With the Filthiest Words
The lexicon of sex
The Memory of Love
Shortlisted for the Orange Prize 2011
The Prague Cemetery
From the unification of Italy to the Paris Commune to the Dreyfus Affair to the notorious forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Europe is in tumult and everyone needs a scapegoat. But what if, behind all of these...
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...
In a convent in rural France, three ageing nuns remain. Cloistered within her failing faith and her failing body, Sister Bernard navigates each day by the simple markers domesticity; but when the convent is threatened with closure...
The Year of the Hare
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...
An exquisitely crafted gem, packed with suspense, about obsession, illness, and the fundamental problems of the human condition.
The Book of Human Skin
This is going to be a little uncomfortable...
The Auschwitz Violin
In the winter of 1991, at a concert in Krakow, an older woman with a marvelously pitched violin meets a fellow musician who is instantly captivated by her instrument. When he asks her how she obtained it, she reveals the story...
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...
Zimbabwean-born, Perth-based Frank Cole is faced with an unusual request in his mother's will. He must journey back to his country of birth to deliver a substantial inheritance from his mother to a former family servant, Lettah...
I Don’t Know How She Does It
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...
Paloma Batton is the grand-daughter of Spanish refugees who fled Barcelona after the Civil War. A disciplined student with the School of the Paris Opera Ballet, Paloma lets little get in the way of her career until she receives a...
With My Body
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...
Ragnarok: The End of the Gods
From the author of Possession and The Children's Book comes an extraordinary tale, inspired by the myth of Ragnarok
Reviewers have crowned Lindqvist the heir apparent to Stephen King, and now he officially claims his throne. A man finds a baby in the woods and teaches the child music. Soon, a terrible force is ignited that catapults her to a...
Daniel Stein, Interpreter
The novel tells the story of Daniel Stein, a Polish Jew who miraculously survives the Holocaust by working for the Gestapo as an interpreter. This charade allows him not only to save himself, but to help hundreds of others by...
The Milkman in the Night
Semyon is disturbed. He has woken up in the living room with blood on his shirt, an angry wife and no idea where he was the night before. After waking to find his boots and overcoat damp on several mornings in a row, Semyon...
The Lady of the Rivers
Number 1 bestselling author Philippa Gregory continues her series, The Cousins' War, with Jacquetta Woodville, mother of the White Queen
From Nancy Huston - the Orange Prize shortlisted author of Fault Lines - comes Infrared: a smart and provocative novel of sexual intimacy and desire.
Matilda is Missing
Garry Hartshorn and Softie Monaghan were never love's young dream. Not even on their wedding day. Softie was sophisticated, a career woman, who owned a nice apartment overlooking St Kilda Beach. Garry had a few rough edges, plus...
The Secret in Their Eyes
Part haunting crime thriller, part love story, this brilliantly executed novel within a novel is the book on which the Oscar-winning best foreign film of the same name was based. But its stands alone as a gobsmackingly good read,...
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,...
In early eighteenth-century Venice an orphan girl discovers life and independence in the music of Vivaldi. The female musicians of the Instituto della Pieta play from a gallery in the church, their faces half hidden by metal...
In a frank and surprisingly personal story, Paulo Coelho's latest novel reveals how a grave crisis of faith caused him to go in search of a path of spiritual renewal and growth.
The Opportune Moment, 1855: A Novel
A Voltairean attack on the political idealism that gave birth to the modern world.
Along the streets of Manhattan, a young Nigerian doctor doing his residency wanders aimlessly. The walks meet a need for Julius: they are a release from the tightly regulated mental environment of work, and they give him the...
If it is Sweet
In If It Is Sweet, precisely etched characters collide, the blind suddenly seeing the blind. Mridula Koshy plumbs the chasms across which they stare, asking the question: what is it people see when they see one another? Her...
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...
The Honey Thief
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,...
Juliet, Saskatchewan, is a blink of an eye kind of town - the welcome sign announces a population of 1,011 people - and it's easy to imagine that nothing happens on its hot and dusty streets.
You're invited to the launch of the most exciting new female fiction career in decades ...
How I Became a Famous Novelist
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...
House of Sticks
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...
The Art of Saying Goodbye
In the tradition of Kristin Hannah's Firefly Lane and Marisa de los Santos' Belong To Me, comes this beautiful and touching story by critically acclaimed author Bache.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Ann Brashares comes the welcome return of the characters whose friendship became a touchstone for a generation. Now Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget have grown up, starting their lives on...
Jack and Jill
Jill and her dad are happy enough after her mother dies. Theirs is a simple life in the outback, far from the big city. Until Jack arrives at their door one evening, and steps inside to find the skinny, wild-looking child sitting...
Everything Beautiful Began After
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...
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...
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.
An exquisite, unsettling novel about refugees and what it is to be underage, homeless and invisible in a foreign land
When Charles Neumann loses a leg in an industrial accident, it's not a tragedy. It's an opportunity.
In Ned Jelli's family, journalism and siren-chasing in the news pit of Sydney is in the genes. And everyone knows, you can't escape your genes, or your family. At 39, Ned's life has come full circle and he finds himself back in...
The Storm at the Door
Offers a meditation on how our love for one another and the stories we tell ourselves allow us to endure.
In need of some quick cash when he returns to Brisbane after years in London, Josh whores himself to his brother's PR firm and inadvertently becomes part of 'the fix'. Josh Lang went to London with investigative journalism on his...
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...
The Story of Beautiful Girl
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...
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...
The first great coming of age novel for the In-Betweeners generation
The End of Everything
Lizzie and Evie are inseparable. They walk home from school together, sleep over at each other's houses, even flirt with boys together. And they tell each other everything. Or at least, that's what Lizzie thinks - until Evie goes...
The Great Night
Acclaimed as a gifted, courageous writer (New York Times), Chris Adrian brings all his extraordinary talents to bear in The Great Night - a brilliant and masterful re-imagining of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Pepsi Bears and Other Stories
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...
Mal isn't like the other kids. He makes an impression on everyone he meets. So remarkable is his childhood that his family wait for the incredible things he seems born to do. Then one day he goes to bed, never to get out again....
A moving story of love, second chances and the importance of family from the Number One International Bestseller
Wish You Were Here
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...
The Land at the End of the World: A Novel
One of the twentieth century's most original literary voices delivers a haunting and heartrending meditation on the absurdities of love and war.
There Should be More Dancing
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...
Say Her Name
In the summer of 2007, Francisco Goldman's young wife Aura died suddenly on a beach in Mexico. Say Her Name is the novel born out of this personal tragedy ...
A Man You Can Bank On
The cops want to arrest him. The crims want to kill him. The town wants to name a dog after him.
When We Have Wings
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...
Father of the Rain
A break-out novel from one of America's most strikingly powerful and accessible talents. Father of the Rain tells the spellbinding story of a daughter struggling to assemble the shards of a broken childhood, mend her broken-down...
The Early Kozminskys: A Break in the Chain
In 1856, Simon Kozminsky travelled from Prussia to begin a new life in the fledgling colony of Victoria. In the heady days of the gold rush, he established a jewellery house that would gain world renown.
I am Max Lamm
Max Lamm, a young tennis player, arrives in London to escape the internet sex scandal that has destroyed his career. One night, in Camden Town, he accidentally kills a Pakistani boy who tries to mug him and finds himself on the...
The idyllic life of empty nesters Ginny and William Owens is shattered when all three of their adult children suddenly return home to stay - indefinitely. Ginny and William find their once peaceful home transformed into the chaos...
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....
The Vanishing Act
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...
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.
Former secret police agent Leo Demidov is thrown into a foreign conflict and is forced to question and confront everything he ever thought he knew about his country, his family, and himself --Provided by publisher.
The Godless Boys
A story of god, love and violence
Smut: Two Unseemly Stories
Includes tales such as The Shielding of Mrs Forbes , and The Greening of Mrs Donaldson .
The Book of Lies
An extraordinary portrait of life under Occupation
The Amateur Science of Love
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...
River of Smoke
The sequel to the bestselling, Booker-shortlisted, Sea of Poppies
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.
End of the Night Girl
Molly, a sassy Australian waitress, is haunted by the ghost of a murdered Polish Jew. The two young women's stories, each a compelling page-turner, combine teasingly in one as End of the Night Girl explores shadows cast by the...
The Making of Us
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...
Meet Gregor Samsa, a humble young man who works as a fabric salesman to support his parents and sister. His life goes strangely awry when he wakes up late for work and discovers that, inexplicably, he is now a man-sized baby...
Water Under Water
Water Under Water is the story of Jim and Tom Campion, a father and son who share a passion for the water. Jim is a high achiever - Tom has Down Syndrome. The novel is as much about their struggle to love and accept each other as...
Dynamic PR guru Gemma Bristol has her well-manicured finger firmly on the pulse of the Australian social scene. She regularly rubs shoulders with the country's A-listers at the glittering opening nights and exclusive launches she...
The Good Muslim
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...
Alice Bliss is fifteen. She also idolises her father and, when he leaves home to fight a war she doesn't believe in, Alice is distraught. She and her mother negotiate his absence as best they can. They are then told that he's...
The Colour of Tea
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...
Shooting the Fox
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...
Island of Wings
The atmospheric and beautifully written story of a young woman who marries a minister and goes with him to the remote island of St Kilda in hopes of converting the islanders to Christianity in the early nineteenth century.
Comedy in a Minor Key
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...
A Conspiracy of Friends: A Corduroy Mansions Novel
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...
A Moment in the Sun
Spanning five years and half a dozen countries, Sayles's latest novel takes the late 1890s in its sights--from the white coup in Wilmington, North Carolina, to the bloody dawn of U.S. interventionism in Cuba and the Philippines.
Love in the Years of Lunacy
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...
Too Close to Home
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...
Stretching faultlessly from Paris to inner-city Birmingham, from the present day to the 1940s, these stories explore the daily misunderstandings and self-deceits, the secrets and lies that seep into all our lives.
You Lose These and Other Stories
What you staring at?' he said, looking quickly into the rearview and touching the place his eyebrow might have been. 'You're not exactly Marilyn Monroe yerself.' Short stories from Goldie Goldbloom.
It is their first day at Drama Arts, and the circle of huddled, nervous students are told in no uncertain terms that here they will be taught to act. To exist in their own world on the stage. But outside is the real world - a...
All the Time in the World
An astonishing book of short fiction by one of America's finest writers, the author of The March, Ragtime, and Homer & Langley.
After the sudden death of David Bryant, the charismatic owner of
a rambling Derbyshire parkland, three people are left to mourn him
in very different ways. David's young widow, Maggie, struggles with
The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead
Emily and Michael Stewart are precocious 13-year-old twins. Emily has an odd physical tic: she secretly cracks a joint in her ankle and the sound appears to burst through the stillness of midair. They gather neighbourhood kids to...
Thomas Nesbitt is a divorced American writer in the midst of a rueful middle age. Living a very private life in Maine - in touch only with his daughter and still trying to reconcile himself to the end of a long marriage that he...
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...
The Forgotten Waltz
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...
The Dreamseller: The Calling
An inspirational fable in the vein of The Alchemist about a mysterious man who touches people's lives by helping them through times of crisis.
Traumatised by the disappearance of his daughter Claire, Taylor Bridges' marriage breaks down, and he exiles himself to Glorys Crossing in Tasmania. Struggling with the guilt of Claire's disappearance, Taylor is a chronic...
Summer and the City
Meet teenage Carrie Bradshaw as she hits the bright lights, big city of New York for the very first time! Find out how Carrie transforms from country girl to super-cool fashionista in the second explosive CARRIE DIARIES novel from...
Two women journalists - one old, one young, one a veteran war correspondent, the other a writer of celebrity gossip - meet for the first time. Honor Tait (b 1917), one of the most renowned journalists of her era, is haunted by her...
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...
The Ottoman Motel
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...
It Takes a Village
Growing up in conservative, postwar Australia isn't easy. For 8-year-old Sophie, who has just been told that she's a 'bastard', it seems that she lives in a world of secrets, unanswered questions and whispers. Who is her father...
Big Girl Small
Everybody needs a friend like Judy. She is whip-smart, hilarious, and her story is so real. She's a wonderful singer, full of big dreams for a big future and she's a dwarf. But why is she hiding out in a seedy motel on the edge of...
Funeral for a Dog: A Novel
This prize-winning debut set in Europe, Brazil, and New York introduces a voice inspired by John Irving and Benjamin Kunkel.
Letty Fox: Her Luck
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 -...
The international bestseller, by the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2008, available for the first time in English translation.
I Hate Martin Amis Et Al
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.
A Man of Parts
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...
The Book of Rachael
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...
The Beauty of Humanity Movement
Tu' is a young tour guide working in Hanoi. As he leads bands of Westerners on 'war tours' through the scarred landscape, he wonders what it is his clients see - and what they miss entirely. Maggie is Vietnamese by birth but has...
Little People: A Novel
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...
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....
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After
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...
My life is about to begin. This is the only thought in Irene's head the day she marries a War veteran. But Irene is restless and rebellious, bored by her life as a farmer's wife. As they raise children and crops and dream of other...
Under the Influence
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...
Libby is on a man-fast: no more romance, no more cheating men, no more heartbreak. But when fate takes Libby to work in Paris at the Musee du Quai Branly, she's suddenly thrown out of her comfort zone and into a city full of...
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...
Deeply funny, moving, idiosyncratic and unforgettable, Pigeon English introduces a major new literary talent
The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted
Brokenhearted, mourning the loss of her husband, Heidi travels with Abbott, her 8-year-old son, and Charlotte, her niece, to spend the summer repairing their family home in a small village in the south of France. There, thousands...
A novel of intrigue, deceit and sheer desperation, Bestseller is a caustic portrait of contemporary culture and of Britain's obsession with fame, success and becoming the next J.K. Rowling.
A Love Letter from a Stray Moon
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....
Those Who Come After
Juliana Stolburg was a pretty child, but small. She would collect sounds and mimic them: the hollow clip-clop of horses' hooves on cobblestones, the growl of Papa's motorbike. Papa was a hero of the Resistance. Mama returned from...
Less Than Perfect
Growing up in the North of Ireland, Caitlin O'Reilly tries to live up to her father's expectations, and when she goes to university and falls in love for the first time, she thinks everything really is perfect. Until one day when...
The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship
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...
Book of Lost Threads
Moss has run away from Melbourne to Opportunity on the trail of a man she knows only by name. But her arrival sets in train events that disturb the long-held secrets of three of the town's inhabitants: Finn, Lily, and Sandy. It is...
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...
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
In this ingenious and spell-binding retelling of the life of Jesus, Philip Pullman revisits the most influential story ever told.
Art and Craft of Approaching Your Head of Department to Submit a Request for a Raise
A novel that dispenses with the normal rules for literary composition.
The Anatomy of a Moment
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.
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...
Portraits of a Marriage
A masterwork from the famed Hungarian novelist Marai, Portraits of a Marriage is in fact a portrait of a triangle--three passionate, single-minded lovers fighting over the marriage at the center, each of them bearing the...
Gryphon: New and Selected Stories
From a writer whose work reminds one of how broad and deep and shining a story can be (Alice Munro) comes a selection that gathers the best from his four earlier collections as well as seven previously uncollected stories.
Mr. Rosenblum’s List: Or Friendly Guidance for the Aspiring Englishman
A charming novel about an irrepressible man, his long-suffering wife and a Very English dream.
The Last Rose of Summer
Three women struggle as the Depression dawns.
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...
Good as Gold
A private banking dynasty has hidden a terrible secret since a family member escaped the Titanic.
A darkly comic meditation on memory, identity and history, Remainder is a parable for modern times.
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...
The Meeting Point
When Euan and Ruth set off with their young daughter to live in Bahrain, it is meant to be an experience and adventure they will cherish. But on the night they arrive, Ruth discovers the truth behind the missionary work Euan has...
Francis Sprigge and Lilian Powys move to the Blue Mountains, following their dreams of creativity and love. But as Francis pursues his gift for designing exquisite wallpaper, Lilian finds that the ordinary life she craves remains...
Nazi Literature in the Americas
Lucid, insane, deadly serious, wildly playful, biblomaniacal, and perversely imaginative' Nicole Krauss
Why do we always hurt those we love the most?
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
The Summer without Men
An exhilarating tragicomedy about the war of the sexes and what makes women tick by the internationally bestselling author Siri Hustvedt.
When the Killing’s Done
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
Me and Mr Booker
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...
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...
Trapped in a car wreck, upside down, bleeding, broken and in pain, Tristan and Grace are staring at death. As they await their fate, with only a glimmer of hope they might be seen and rescued, we discover the stories of their...
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...
Dream of Ding Village
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,...
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party
* Mma Ramotswe's twelfth adventure; published in Little, Brown hardback
The History of History: A Novel of Berlin
2002. A young American woman stumbles one morning from the forest outside Berlin - hands dirty, clothes torn. She can remember nothing of the night. She returns to the life she once knew, but soon an enigmatic letter arrives from...
Voice of America
The most exciting new voice to emerge from Nigeria since Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - winner of the 2009 Caine Prize for African Writing
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...
Bright and Distant Shores
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...
Angelica: A Novel
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...
One Foot in Eden
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...
This Too Shall Pass
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....
What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us
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,...
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...
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...
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...
I Found This Funny: My Favorite Pieces of Humor and Some That May Not Be Funny at All
I Found This Funny is a compilation of work by some of Judd Apatow's favorite authors. The book showcases many different styles of writing, from fiction to short humor to essays to comedy sketches to poetry. Featured writers...
The Storyteller of Marrakesh: A Novel
The first in an ambitious cycle of novels set in the Islamic world, The Storyteller of Marrakesh is an elegant exploration of the nature of reality and our shifting perceptions of truth.
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...
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...
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...
The Lightkeeper’s Wife
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...
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...
Yearn: Tales of Lust and Longing
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...
The Lover’s Dictionary
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...
The Raven’s Heart: The Story of a Quest, a Castle and Mary Queen of Scots
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...
Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East
This volume celebrates the magnificent achievement of 20th-century Middle Eastern literature that has been neglected in the English-speaking world.
Before I Fall
As compelling as The Lovely Bones and as memorable as Jenny Downham's Before I Die, this will become a word-of-mouth phenomenon.
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...
Dracula in Love
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...
The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul
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...
Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi
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....
Claudia’s Big Break
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...
Undercover: A Novel of a Life
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...
A Reliable Wife
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...
The New Yorker Stories
Beattie, a master of the short form, delivers a collection of all the storiesshe has published in The New Yorker.
The Indigo Sky
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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