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 Read reviewNight Games: Sex, Power and Sport

Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport

Anna Krien

In the tradition of Helen Garner's The First Stone comes another closely observed, controversial book about sex, consent and power. At the centre of it is Anna Krien's account of the rape trial of a footballer. Both a...

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 Read reviewCollected Stories

Collected Stories

James Salter

Each indelible narrative in the Collected Stories is marked by Salter's great literary grace, his ability to show the subtleties of a character or situation with precision, and his equally assured ability to...

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The Flamethrowers

The Flamethrowers

Rachel Kushner

The year is 1977 and Reno - so called because of the place of her birth - has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Reno meets a group of dreamers and raconteurs who submit her to...

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The Infatuations

The Infatuations

Javier Marias, Margaret Jull Costa

Every day, Maria Dolz stops for breakfast at the same cafe. And every day she enjoys watching a handsome couple who follow the same routine. Then one day they aren't there, and she feels obscurely bereft. It is only later, when...

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My Last Sigh: The Autobiography of Luis Bunuel

My Last Sigh: The Autobiography of Luis Bunuel

Luis Bunuel, Abigail Israel

A provocative memoir from Luis Bunuel, the Academy Award winning creator of some of modern cinema's most important films, from Un Chien Andalou to The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie. Luis Bunuel's films have the power to...

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No World Concerto

No World Concerto

A. Porta, Darren Koolman, Rhett McNeil

A prismatic and erotic novel of the intersection of multiple worlds, this is the first novel by Roberto Bola o's early writing partner A. G. Porta to be translated into English.

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The Death of Ivan Ilych

The Death of Ivan Ilych

Leo Tolstoy

There is no explanation. Written eight years after the publication of Anna Karenin a--a time during which, despite the global success of his novels, Leo Tolstoy renounced fiction in favor of religious and philosophical tracts--...

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 Read reviewHere and Now

Here and Now

Paul Auster, J. M. Coetzee

Offers an intimate and often amusing portrait of two men as they explore the complexities of the here and now and is a reflection of two sharp intellects whose pleasure in each other's friendship is apparent on every page.

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I Was Behind You

I Was Behind You

Nicolas Fargues, Sue Rose, DK Images

Here is a story of self-discovery, of entering adulthood and of freeing oneself. The tone is sarcastic, lucid, cruel yet realistic. On a background of R&B and funky electronic music, Nicolas argues gives us an impressive and...

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Benediction

Benediction

Kent Haruf

Deals with the ordinary life of Dad Lewis, long-time resident of Holt, Colorado, who is now dying of cancer and has months to live and in those last few months the people who love him gather around him. This novel explores the...

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House of Earth

House of Earth

Woody Guthrie

Newly discovered, and with an introduction by Johnny Depp, this is legendary American folk singer Woody Guthrie's only finished novel: a compelling portrait of two hardscrabble farmers struggling during the Dust Bowl.

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 Read reviewGhost Wife: A Memoir of Love and Defiance

Ghost Wife: A Memoir of Love and Defiance

Michelle Dicinoski

Michelle Dicinoski has found the love of her life -- and now she just wants to get married and live happily ever after. The only problem is, she's in love with an American woman, Heather, and neither Australia nor America...

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Paprika

Paprika

Yasutaka Tsutsui, Andrew Driver

Brilliant and beautiful psychotherapist Atsuko Chiba is one of the leading brains in the Institute for Psychiatric Research. An expert in the use of 'psychotherapy devices' that trap a patient's dreams and display them on a...

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 Read reviewBedsit Disco Queen: How I Grew Up and Tried to be a Pop Star

Bedsit Disco Queen: How I Grew Up and Tried to be a Pop Star

Tracey Thorn

I was only sixteen when I bought an electric guitar and joined a band. A year later, I formed an all-girl band called the Marine Girls and played gigs, and signed to an indie label, and started releasing records. Then, for...

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 Read reviewClay

Clay

Melissa Harrison

A lyrical debut novel about innocence and experience, class and consumerism, Clay captures the delicate balance of life in the city, between young and old, between nature and development, between recklessness and caution.

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How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

Mohsin Hamid

A tale of a man's journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon. It follows its nameless hero to the sprawling metropolis where he begins to amass an empire built on the most fluid and increasingly scarce of goods:...

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My First Wife

My First Wife

Jakob Wassermann

Tells the story of Alexander Herzog, a young writer, who goes to Vienna to escape his debts and a failed love affair. There he is pursued by book-loving Ganna: giddy, girlish, eccentric and wild. Dazzled and unnerved by her...

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The Sound of Things Falling

The Sound of Things Falling

Juan Gabriel Vasquez

Originally published in Spain 2011 by Alfaguara (Santillana Ediciones Generales) as El ruido de las cosas al caer.

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Milk and Honey: Contemporary Art in California

Milk and Honey: Contemporary Art in California

Justin van Hoy

Milk and Honey: Contemporary Art in California highlights new work by contemporary artists who are aesthetically and regionally joined through a variety of mediums and demographics. By showcasing unknown and emerging artists...

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The Human Part

The Human Part

Kari Hotakainen, Owen F. Witesman

A true and witty satire on family, society and justice from one of Finland's most acclaimed and garlanded writers.

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Instant: A Cultural History of Polaroid

Instant: A Cultural History of Polaroid

Christopher Bonanos

Polaroid, in its time, was what Apple is to ours: the most interesting high tech company on earth. It filled a niche all its own, one that nobody else intruded upon until the very end, and nearly all its brilliance came from the...

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101 Essential Rock'n' Roll Albums: The Golden Age of Vinyl from the Beatles to the Sex Pistols

101 Essential Rock'n' Roll Albums: The Golden Age of Vinyl from the Beatles to the Sex Pistols

Jeff Gold, Kill Your Idols

This rockin' volume is a tribute to the vinyl album and celebrates 101 of rock's most influential records - from The Beatles' 1963 debut Please Please Me - through the Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks (1977). Big names stand...

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Birds of a Lesser Paradise: Stories

Birds of a Lesser Paradise: Stories

Megan Mayhew Bergman

From a prizewinning young writer whose stories have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and New Stories from the South comes a heartwarming and hugely appealing debut collection that explores the way our...

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The Polish Boxer

The Polish Boxer

Eduardo Halfon, Thomas Bunstead, Lecturer in Spanish Lisa Dillman (Emory University), Daniel Hahn, Anne McLean

The English-language debut of a major Latin American writer.

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Doing it Differently: Urban Trends

Doing it Differently: Urban Trends

Kylie Legge, Cheryl Collins Design

The Urban Trends books aim to share key ideas, movements and
influences on city making and urban living. Doing it Differently
looks at a range of creative and innovative solutions to the
challenges of urban living. Creativity...

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Beside The Sea

Beside The Sea

Veronique Olmi, Adriana Hunter

A single mother takes her two sons on a trip to the seaside. They stay in a hotel, drink hot chocolate and go to the funfair. She wants to protect them from a cold and uncomprehending world. She knows that it will be the last trip...

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Sea of Ink

Sea of Ink

Richard Weihe, Jamie Bulloch

In 1626, Bada Shanren is born into the Chinese royal family. When the old Ming Dynasty crumbles, he becomes an artist, committed to capturing the essence of nature with a single brushstroke. Then the rulers of the new Qing Dynasty...

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The Brothers

The Brothers

Asko Sahlberg, Emily Jeremiah, Fleur Jeremiah

Finland, 1809. Henrik and Erik are brothers who fought on opposite sides in the war between Sweden and Russia. With peace declared, they both return to their snowed-in farm. But who is the master? Sexual tensions, old grudges,...

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The Passion According to G. H.

The Passion According to G. H.

Clarice Lispector, Idra Norey

Lispector's most shocking novel.

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Agua Viva

Agua Viva

Clarice Lispector, Idra Novey, Stefan Tobler

Lispector at her most philosophically radical.

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 Read reviewNear to the Wild Heart

Near to the Wild Heart

Alison Entrekin, Benjamin Moser

This new translation of Clarice Lispector's sensational first book tells the story of a middle class woman's life from childhood through an unhappy marriage and its dissolution to transcendence.

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Faithful Ruslan: The Story of a Guard Dog

Faithful Ruslan: The Story of a Guard Dog

Georgi Vladimov

Originally published in Russian by the aemigrae publishers Possev Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, as Vernyi Ruslan, by Georgi Vladimov copyright 1978.

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The President

The President

Georges Simenon

At 82, the former premier lives in alert and suspicious retirement - self exile - on the Normandy coast, writing his anxiously anticipated memoirs and receiving visits from statesmen and biographers. In his library is the...

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The Late Lord Byron: A Biography

The Late Lord Byron: A Biography

Doris Langley Moore

Originally published in England by John Murrray Ltd. in 1961. --T.p. verso.

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After Midnight

After Midnight

Ingrid Keun, Anthea Bell

In 1937, German author Irmgard Keun had only recently fled Nazi Germany with her lover Joseph Roth when she wrote this slim, exquisite and devastating book. It captures the unbearable tension, contradictions and hysteria of...

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The Train

The Train

Georges Simenon, Robert Baldick

Against all expectations, Marcel Fron has made a normal life in a bucolic French suburb in the Ardennes. But on May 10, 1940, as Nazi tanks approach, this timid, happy man must abandon his home and confront the 'Fate' that he has...

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The Rattler

The Rattler

Patric, A S, Miles Allinson

This entertaining collection includes a romp of a novella called The Rattler, as well as short stories and micro fiction all set in and around contemporary Melbourne.

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