Readings Recommends: Fiction
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
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?
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.
Crimes, campgrounds, vagrants, violence, poetry, sex, love and corruption -- they're all here: it's pure Bolano.
The first novel in a major trilogy exposing the guilt, loneliness and nihilism of the ex-pat experience in post-colonial Africa.
The Wine of Solitude
Imbued with melancholy, and regret, this novel explores the troubled relationship between a young girl, her distant, self-absorbed mother and her mother's lover, Max. It follows the family through the Great War and the Russian...
The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories
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.
In Tulli's second novel, set in a mythical fourth partition of Poland, the world is unreal yet strangely familiar.
Janet Evanovich is one of the world's biggest-selling authors. Her last book in the Stephanie Plum series, Smokin' Seventeen, reached No 1 on the New York Times hardcover beseller fiction list, as did the previous eleven books
The Language of Flowers
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...
The Map and the Territory
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.
The Year of the Hare
Vatanen, a burned-out journalist, sets out on a country drive and hits a young hare. He saves the injured creature and the grateful animal adopts him. Leaving his old life, Vatanen and his new friend scamper through the Finnish...
The Auschwitz Violin
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...
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.
From Nancy Huston - the Orange Prize shortlisted author of Fault Lines - comes Infrared: a smart and provocative novel of sexual intimacy and desire.
New Selected Stories
Offers a selection of stories that infuses everyday lives with a wealth of nuance and insight.
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...
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
Winner of the 2010 Frank O'Connor Award, BURNING BRIGHT confirms Ron Rash 'could sit comfortably beside Cormac McCarthy on any bookshelf' (Guardian)
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...
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.
Fun and Games
An explosively fast-paced and edgy L.A. thriller from an up-and-coming American talent.
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...
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...
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....
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.
The Book of Lies
An extraordinary portrait of life under Occupation
Faces In The Clouds
Twin brothers Stephen and Lawrence Kennedy are army kids; theirs is a world of barracks, bunks and barbecues. But then their parents are killed in a car accident and the boys are sent to stay with people they barely know. How the...
River of Smoke
The sequel to the bestselling, Booker-shortlisted, Sea of Poppies
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 -...
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 Visit from the Goon Squad
With music pulsing on every page, A Visit from the Goon Squad is a startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption.
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...
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...
'Once there was a widow with three sons, and their names were Black, Brown and Blue. Black was the eldest; moody and aggressive. Brown was the middle child; timid and dull. But Blue was his mother's favourite. And he was a...
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.
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...
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.
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...
Traumatised by an accident which 'involved something falling from the sky' and leaves him eight and a half million pounds richer but hopelessly estranged from the world around him, the hero spends his time and money obsessively...
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...
Nazi Literature in the Americas
Lucid, insane, deadly serious, wildly playful, biblomaniacal, and perversely imaginative' Nicole Krauss
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.
Trapped in a car wreck, upside down, bleeding, broken and in pain, Tristan and Grace are staring at death.
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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 Gordian Knot
A prize-winning Cold War spy novel from the author of international megaseller THE READER.
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...
Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi
Could two stories, in two different cities, actually be the same story? In Venice, a jaded art critic is rejuvenated by a whirlwind love affair. In Varanasi, a spiritual seeker observes a romance that reflects the pleasures he has...
While the Women are Sleeping
A dozen unforgettable stories by one of the most original writers at work today (Wyatt Mason, The New York Times Book Review).
The New Yorker Stories
Beattie, a master of the short form, delivers a collection of all the storiesshe has published in The New Yorker.
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