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Shuggie Bain

Shuggie Bain

Douglas Stuart

A heart-wrenchingly moving first novel set in Glasgow during the Thatcher years, Shuggie Bain tells the story of a boy's doomed attempt to save his proud, alcoholic mother from her addiction.

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 Read reviewThe Topeka School

The Topeka School

Ben Lerner

From the award-winning author of 10:04 and Leaving the Atocha Station comes a tender and expansive family drama set in the American Midwest at the turn of the century: a tale of adolescence, transgression, and the conditions that...

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 Read reviewDamascus

Damascus

Christos Tsiolkas

In Damascus, Tsiolkas has written a masterpiece of imagination and transformation: an historical novel of immense power and an unflinching dissection of doubt and faith, tyranny and revolution, and cruelty and sacrifice. ...

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 Read reviewThe Dictionary of Lost Words

The Dictionary of Lost Words

Pip Williams

In 1901, the word 'Bondmaid' was discovered missing from the Oxford English Dictionary. This is the story of the girl who stole it. 

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 Read reviewIn the Dream House

In the Dream House

Carmen Maria Machado

In the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado's engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing experience with a charismatic but volatile woman, this is a bold dissection of...

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 Read reviewToo Much Lip: Winner of the Miles Franklin Award

Too Much Lip: Winner of the Miles Franklin Award

Melissa Lucashenko

Too much lip, her old problem from way back. And the older she got, the harder it seemed to get to swallow her opinions. The avalanche of bullshit in the world would drown her if she let it; the least she could do was raise her...

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 Read reviewThe Testaments

The Testaments

Margaret Atwood

In this electrifying sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood answers the question that has tantalised readers for decades: What happened to Offred?

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 Read reviewThe White Girl

The White Girl

Tony Birch

In The White Girl, Tony Birch has created memorable characters whose capacity for love and courage are a timely reminder of the endurance of the human spirit.      

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Tell Me Why: The Story of My Life and My Music

Tell Me Why: The Story of My Life and My Music

Archie Roach

A powerful memoir of a true Australian legend: stolen child, musical and lyrical genius, and leader.

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 Read reviewThe Glad Shout

The Glad Shout

Alice Robinson

The Glad Shout is an extraordinary novel of rare depth and texture. Told in a starkly visual and compelling narrative, this is a deeply moving homage to motherhood and the struggles faced by women in difficult times. ...

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10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World

Elif Shafak

'In the first minute following her death, Tequila Leila's consciousness began to ebb, slowly and steadily, like a tide receding from the shore. Her brain cells, having run out of blood, were now completely deprived of oxygen. But...

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 Read reviewDolores

Dolores

Lauren Aimee Curtis

On a hot day in late June, a young girl kneels outside a convent, then falls on her face. When the nuns take her in, they name her Dolores.    

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 Read reviewThe Nickel Boys

The Nickel Boys

Colson Whitehead

Based on the history of a real reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped and destroyed the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative by a great...

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 Read reviewThe Signature of All Things

The Signature of All Things

Elizabeth Gilbert

A captivating story of botany, exploration and desire, by the multimillion bestselling author of Eat Pray Love.    

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The Narrow Land

The Narrow Land

Christine Dwyer Hickey

The stunning new novel from the beloved Christine Dwyer Hickey, the bestselling author of Last Train from Liguria.

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The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

Hallie Rubenhold

Miscast in the media for nearly 130 years, the victims of Jack the Ripper finally get their full stories told in this eye-opening and chilling reminder that life for middle-class women in Victorian London could be full of social...

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The Queen

The Queen

Josh Levin

The never-before-told story of a beguilingly complex American character, lost in the rush to create a vicious stereotype. For fans of incredible investigative writing in the vein of David Grann and John Carreyrou.   ...

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Spring

Spring

Ali Smith

Spring will come. The leaves on its trees will open after blossom. Before it arrives, a hundred years of empire-making. The dawn breaks cold and still but, deep in the earth, things are growing.       

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Paul Takes the Form of A Mortal Girl

Paul Takes the Form of A Mortal Girl

Andrea Lawlor

Transposing Virginia Woolf's Orlando to 90s San Francisco, this novel of transgender metamorphosis is a wild, sexy, funny and moving story of living on the edge.    

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 Read reviewCity of Trees: Essays on Life, Death and the Need for a Forest

City of Trees: Essays on Life, Death and the Need for a Forest

Sophie Cunningham

A rich and insightful collection of personal essays about life, death and our connection to the environment from bestselling Australian author Sophie Cunningham now in a new format edition

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Allegra in Three Parts

Allegra in Three Parts

Suzanne Daniel

A tender, coming-of-age novel from Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction-winning author Suzanne Daniel.    

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The Priory of the Orange Tree

The Priory of the Orange Tree

Samantha Shannon

A world divided. A queendom without an heir. An ancient enemy awakens.  

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Late in the Day

Late in the Day

Tessa Hadley

The lives of two close-knit couples are irrevocably changed by an untimely death in this Sunday Times bestselling novel.    

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Extinctions

Extinctions

Josephine Wilson

Humorous, poignant and galvanising by turns, Extinctions is a novel about all kinds of extinction - natural, racial, national and personal - and what we can do to prevent them.

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Daisy Jones and The Six

Daisy Jones and The Six

Taylor Jenkins Reid

They were the new icons of rock and roll, fated to burn bright and not fade away. But on 12 July 1979, it all came crashing down.   

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Girl, Woman, Other

Girl, Woman, Other

Bernardine Evaristo

From one of Britain's most celebrated writers of color, a magnificent portrayal of the intersections of identity among an interconnected group of Black British women

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The Small Backs of Children

The Small Backs of Children

Lidia Yuknavitch

A fiercely provocative novel, exploring the treacherous borders between war and sex, love and art, from the author of The Book of Joan and The Chronology of Water

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The Secrets We Kept

The Secrets We Kept

Lara Prescott

Sold in twenty-five countries and poised to become a global literary sensation, Lara Prescott's dazzling first novel about the women in the CIA's typing pool and the fate of Boris Pasternak's banned masterpiece is a sweeping page...

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Black Leopard, Red Wolf (Dark Star Trilogy Book 1)

Black Leopard, Red Wolf (Dark Star Trilogy Book 1)

Marlon James

Drawing from vivid African history and mythology, Marlon James weaves a saga of breathtaking adventure and powerful intrigue - a mesmerizing, unique meditation on the nature of truth and power.     

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I Feel Bad About My Neck

I Feel Bad About My Neck

Nora Ephron, Dolly Alderton

Now with an introduction from Dolly Alderton, author of Everything I Know About Love, revealing how a new generation of women can take inspiration from Nora's sharp wit and wisdom about life.   

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Pachinko

Pachinko

Min Jin Lee

A victorian epic transplanted to Japan, following a Korean family of immigrants through eight decades and four generations.     

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 Read reviewTwo Girls Down: An Alice Vega Novel

Two Girls Down: An Alice Vega Novel

Louisa Luna

The addictive, cinematic and binge-worthy thriller, now available in a smaller and competitively priced format.

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 Read reviewLost Children Archive

Lost Children Archive

Valeria Luiselli

A moving, powerful and urgent novel about a family - and a country - in crisis.      

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The First Stone (25th Anniversary Edition)

The First Stone (25th Anniversary Edition)

Helen Garner

The First Stone has been reviled and revered. At the time of publication, its author was both vilified and lionised by readers. Now, when Garner has achieved the status of one of our most respected literary icons, this story is no...

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How We Disappeared

How We Disappeared

Jing-Jing Lee

A beautiful, stunningly ambitious tale of endurance, identity, and memory, for fans of Min Jin Lee's Pachinko and Georgia Hunter's We Were the Lucky Ones.   

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Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing

Delia Owens

Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Celeste Ng, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder.     

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No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison

No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison

Behrouz Boochani, Omid Tofighian

Written in secrecy on a contraband mobile phone from Manus detention centre by journalist Behrouz Boochani, No Friend but the Mountains became the bestselling, award-winning book of 2018.

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Star-Crossed

Star-Crossed

Minnie Darke

In this sparkling romantic comedy, a young journalist tampers with her magazine's horoscopes to win her friend's heart - and sets in motion an unpredictable and often hilarious ripple effect ...  

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 Read reviewThe Natural Way of Things

The Natural Way of Things

Charlotte Wood

An explosively provocative exploration of contemporary misogyny and corporate control by one of Australia's most acclaimed writers.

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Sea People

Sea People

Christina Thompson

A masterful mix of history, geography, anthropology, and the science of navigation, Sea People is a vivid tour of one of the most captivating regions in the world.  

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The Night Tiger

The Night Tiger

Yangsze Choo

A captivating and magical story set in 1930s Malaysia about a dancehall girl and an orphan boy who are brought together by a series of unexplained deaths and an old Chinese superstition about men who turn into tigers. ...

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