Commonwealth Book Prize 2013 Shortlist

Mazin Grace

Mazin Grace

Dylan Coleman

Growing up on the Mission isn't easy for clever Grace Oldman. When her classmates tease her for not having a father, she doesn't know what to say. Pappa Neddy says her dad is the Lord God in Heaven, but that doesn't help when the...

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Floundering

Romy Ash

Tom and Jordy have been living with their gran since the day their mother, Loretta, left them on her doorstep and disappeared. Now Loretta's returned, and she wants her boys back. Tom and Jordy hit the road with Loretta in her...

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Narcopolis

Narcopolis

Jeet Thayil

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Narcopolis is a rich and hallucinatory novel set around a Bombay opium den, as the city transforms itself over three decades. In Old Bombay, they say you introduce only your worst enemy to...

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The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry: The uplifting and redemptive No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller

The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry: The uplifting and redemptive No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller

Rachel Joyce

When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass,...

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The Headmaster's Wager

The Headmaster’s Wager

Vincent Lam

From internationally acclaimed and bestselling author Vincent Lam comes a superbly crafted, highly suspenseful, and deeply affecting novel set against the turmoil of the Vietnam War.

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The Death of Bees

The Death of Bees

Lisa O'Donnell

Fifteen-year-old Marnie and her little sister Nelly have just finished burying their parents in the back garden. Only Marnie and Nelly know how they got there. Lennie, the old guy next door, has taken a sudden interest in his...

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The Spider King's Daughter

The Spider King’s Daughter

Chibundu Onuzo

Winner of a Betty Trask Award Shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Commonwealth Book Prize Longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize Seventeen-year-old Abike Johnson is the favourite child of her wealthy father.

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 Read reviewBeneath the Darkening Sky

Beneath the Darkening Sky

Majok Tulba

When Obinna's village is attacked by the rebel army, he witnesses violence beyond the capacity of his imagination and comprehension, including the murder of his father. Along with his older brother, Obinna is taken along with the...

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Running the Rift

Running the Rift

Naomi Benaron

Winner of the Bellwether Prize - a powerful and uplifting story about one boy's Olympic dreams torn apart by the Rwandan conflict

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