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The Flame Alphabet

The Flame Alphabet

Ben Marcus

Explores a chilling world in which the speech of children is killing their parents. After being forced to leave their daughter Esther to fend for herself, Sam and Claire end up at a government lab intent on creating non-lethal...

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 Read reviewTarcutta Wake

Tarcutta Wake

Josephine Rowe

This collection announces the arrival of an exciting new talent in Australian fiction In short vignettes and longer stories, Rowe explores the idea of things that are left behind: souvenirs and scars, or memories, values and...

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 Read reviewThe Rest is Weight

The Rest is Weight

Jennifer Mills

The award-winning stories in The Rest is Weight reflect Mills' years in Central Australia, as well as her travels to Mexico, Russia and China. The collection displays a confident diversity of narrative voices and a brevity in...

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How to Read a Novelist

How to Read a Novelist

John Freeman

John Freeman, author and editor of Granta magazine, has interviewed nearly every name in fiction and the literary world. In this collection Freeman has compiled the most insightful and fascinating of his interviews, essays and...

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 Read reviewRunning Dogs

Running Dogs

Ruby Murray

Jakarta, 1997, and the city is on the verge of a revolution. Even the Jordan children - Petra, Isaak, Kristina, and Paul - can feel it coming, shaking the edges of their privileged, protected expat world.

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Sea Hearts

Sea Hearts

Margo Lanagan

A mesmerising selkie novel from multi-award winning, internationally acclaimed Australian author, Margo Lanagan - one of the most exciting voices in speculative fiction.

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Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Maria Semple

An irresistibly funny, brilliantly original coming-of-age novel

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Office Girl

Office Girl

Joe Meno, Cody Hudson, Todd Baxter

Odile is a 23-year-old art school dropout, a minor vandal, and a hopeless dreamer. Jack is a 25-year-old shirker who's most happy capturing the endless noises of the city on his out-of-date tape recorder. Together they decide to...

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The Fun Stuff: And Other Essays

The Fun Stuff: And Other Essays

James Wood

Following The Broken Estate, The Irresponsible Self, and How Fiction Works --a new book that confirms Wood's preeminence, not only as a discerning judge but also as an appreciator of the contemporary novel.

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 Read reviewWoes of the True Policeman

Woes of the True Policeman

Roberto Bolano, Natasha Wimmer

Originally published in 2011 by Editorial Anagrama, Spain, as Los sinsabores del verdadero policaia --T.p. verso.

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Broken

Broken

Elizabeth Pulford (Author), Angus Gomes

Zara is broken. She's in a coma, trapped in the world of her subconscious. A world of painful memories, distant voices and dark secrets. Secrets she has to unlock. Her life depends on it.

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 Read reviewMe and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Jesse Andrews

A hilarious, outrageous, and truthful look at friendship, high school - and death - from a talented debut author. Film to be directed by Dan Fogelman.

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The Polish Boxer

The Polish Boxer

Eduardo Halfon, Thomas Bunstead, Lisa Dillman, Daniel Hahn, Anne McLean

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

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 Read reviewSufficient Grace

Sufficient Grace

Amy Espeseth

Ruth and her cousin Naomi live in rural Failing, Wisconsin, part of a community of Pentecostal fundamentalists. While their families perceive constant danger in the outside world, they are blind to the destruction and devastation...

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 Read reviewEverybody Sees The Ants

Everybody Sees The Ants

A.S. King

A fresh take on coping with bullying - and taking control of your life - from a 2011 Printz Honor recipient.

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The Secret of Evil

The Secret of Evil

Roberto Bolano, Chris Andrews

A collection that gathers everything Bolano was working on before his untimely death.

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 Read reviewMy Hundred Lovers

My Hundred Lovers

Susan Johnson

Lyrical and enigmatic, sensual and elegiac, My Hundred Lovers tells the history of one woman through her sensual and sexual experiences and relationships. A woman, on the eve of her sixtieth birthday, looks back on her story of...

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All of It

All of It

Bev Aisbett

Bestselling author Bev Aisbett's no - nonsense text, combined with her insightful cartoon images, have reassured countless people seeking help for anxiety. Now, she reveals the deep spirit that lies behind these deceptively simple...

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Toyo: A Memoir

Toyo: A Memoir

Lily Chan

Toyo learned to ask nothing, to wait and count the days. But they passed and passed and still the doorway remained empty of his deep voice, calling out her name. Toyo is the story of a remarkable woman, a vivid picture of Japan...

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 Read reviewLeft Turn: Political Essays for the New Left

Left Turn: Political Essays for the New Left

Antony Loewenstein, Jeff Sparrow

Left Turn shows why the Left should be taken seriously. It is neither a policy document for a political party or a comprehensive list of ways to improve Australia. The essays are passionate, relevant, radical, controversial and...

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