Fiction 2014

Cat out of Hell

Cat out of Hell

Lynne Truss

By acclaimed storyteller Lynne Truss, author of the bestselling Eats, Shoots and Leaves, the mesmerising tale of a cat with nine lives, and a relationship as ancient as time itself and just as powerful. A man and a cat. 'Shall we...

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Redeployment

Redeployment

Phil Klay

How do you comfort a man who has just lost his best friend? How does it feel to see fear in your wife's eyes? How does it feel to come home? This book takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq, asking us to understand...

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Breathturn into Timestead

Breathturn into Timestead

Paul Celan, Pierre Joris

Haunting poems from one of the twentieth century's groundbreaking poets.

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The Margaret Thatcher School of Beauty

The Margaret Thatcher School of Beauty

Marsha Mehran

A moving tale of exile, friendship, love and the healing power of poetry from the bestselling author of Pomegranate Soup. Set in Buenos Aires during the Falklands War, The Margaret Thatcher School of...

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 Read reviewPortrait Of A Man

Portrait Of A Man

Georges Perec, David Bellos

The recently discovered first novel by the world famous author of Life: A User's Manual and A Void. Establishing themes that would resonate throughout his writing, Perec tells the story of a forger and killer, in an apt coda to...

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The Strange Library

The Strange Library

Haruki Murakami, Ted Goossen

On his way home from school, the young narrator finds himself wondering how taxes were collected in the Ottoman Empire. He pops into the local library to see if it has a book on the subject. This is his first mistake. This title...

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The Heart Does Not Grow Back

The Heart Does Not Grow Back

Fred Venturini

Dale Sampson is used to being a nonperson at his small-town Midwestern high school, picking up the scraps of his charismatic lothario of a best friend, Mack. He comforts himself with the certainty that his stellar academic record...

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The Heart Has its Reasons

The Heart Has its Reasons

Maria Duenas

A lush, unforgettable story about creating one's life anew from the bestselling author of The Seamstress.

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Waiting For Doggo: The feel-good romantic comedy for dog lovers and friends

Waiting For Doggo: The feel-good romantic comedy for dog lovers and friends

Mark Mills

One man. One dog. One big love. The perfect novel for anyone who loves MARLEY AND ME, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE or ONE DAY.

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Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You

Celeste Ng

A haunting debut novel about a mixed-race family living in 1970s Ohio and the tragedy that will either be their undoing or their salvation

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First Impressions: A Novel

First Impressions: A Novel

Charlie Lovett

Charlie Lovett first delighted readers with his New York Times bestselling debut, The Bookman's Tale. Now, Lovett weaves another brilliantly imagined mystery, this time featuring one of English literature's most popular and...

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The Fires of Autumn

The Fires of Autumn

Irene Nemirovsky, Sandra Smith

After four years of bloody warfare Bernard Jacquelain returns from the trenches a changed man. No more the naive hopes and dreams of the teenager who went to war. Attracted by the lure of money and success, Bernard embarks on a...

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The Last Days of California

The Last Days of California

Mary Miller

A teenage girl and her unraveling family travel cross-country in preparation for the Rapture in this radiant, highly anticipated debut.

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The Mystery Of The Venus Island Fetish

The Mystery Of The Venus Island Fetish

Dido Butterworth, Tim Flannery

Originally published: Australia: The Text Publishing Company, 2014.

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 Read reviewThe Last Pulse

The Last Pulse

Anson Cameron

A blackly funny novel about an unlikely hero, and his misadventures on the flood he has created. In the drought - stricken Riverland town of Bartel in South Australia, after the suicide of his wife, Merv Rossiter steals a boat. He...

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 Read reviewEuphoria

Euphoria

Lily King

Jaw-droppingly, heart-stoppingly beautiful. Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife

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Burial Rites (Gift Edition)

Burial Rites (Gift Edition)

Hannah Kent

Winner of the 2014 ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year, the Leading Edge Indie Debut Fiction Award, and the ABA Book of the Year

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I Refuse

I Refuse

Per Petterson, Don Bartlett

Two men meet by accident on a bridge early one morning. Once they were best friends - but Tommy and Jim haven't seen each other for 35 years. Back then, Tommy and his sister were abandoned by their mother and later by their...

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In the Shadow of a Hero

In the Shadow of a Hero

Jenny Herbert

In the vast outback, Alfred Howitt finds the remains of explorers Burke and Wills with remarkable ease and efficiency. But the ageless and alien country shatters his Quaker beliefs, and he must confront his capacity for deceit.

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The Enchanted Wanderer and Other Stories

The Enchanted Wanderer and Other Stories

Nikolai Leskov

Features stories of Russian life that are peopled by outsized characters including serfs, princes, Gypsy girls, horse dealers, nomadic Tartars and garrulous storytellers.

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 Read reviewWolf In White Van

Wolf In White Van

John Darnielle

A stunning debut novel about fate, chance and fantasy, from the lead singer of Indie Rock band The Mountain Goats

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 Read reviewNavigatio

Navigatio

Patrick Holland, Junko Azukawa

Navigatio tells the story of Saint Brendan of Clonfert, a sixth century monk and adventurer, and his legendary quest for the Isle of the Blessed via a gauntlet of monsters, devils, angels, prophets and beautiful maidens....

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 Read reviewMerciless Gods

Merciless Gods

Christos Tsiolkas

A collection of thrilling, original and imaginative stories from the award-winning, bestselling author of The Slap and Barracuda - a showcase all of his immense and unique story-telling talents.

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 Special priceLet Me Be Frank With You: A Frank Bascombe Book

Let Me Be Frank With You: A Frank Bascombe Book

Richard Ford

In Let Me Be Frank With You, Ford returns with four deftly linked Christmas stories narrated by the iconic Bascombe.

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Best Australian Stories 2014

Best Australian Stories 2014

Amanda Lohrey

In The Best Australian Stories 2014, author Amanda Lohrey selects the outstanding short fiction of the year. Featuring a diverse selection, with new and innovative voices alongside the established and familiar, this anthology...

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Infidelities

Infidelities

Kirsty Gunn

Offers a collection of stories that offers a candid peek at infidelity in all its guises. This book includes tales of lust, deceit, resentment and regret - and of the secrets and lies that can chip away at human relationships.

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The Valley of Amazement

The Valley of Amazement

Amy Tan

An expansive, heartbreaking novel from the internationally bestselling author of 'The Joy Luck Club'.

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Collected Stories

Collected Stories

James Salter

The collected stories of an American master, with a new introduction by John Banville

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Three Stories

Three Stories

J. M. Coetzee

Three Stories - 'His Man and He' (written as Coetzee's acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize for Literature), 'A House in Spain' and 'Nietverloren' - is the work of a master at his peak. These are stories that embody the essence...

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The Rosie Effect

The Rosie Effect

Graeme Simsion

Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are now married and living in New York. Don has been teaching while Rosie completes her second year at Columbia Medical School. Just as Don is about to announce that Gene, his philandering best friend...

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The Paying Guests

The Paying Guests

Sarah Waters

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband and...

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 Read reviewWe Are All Completely Beside Ourselves: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014

Karen Joy Fowler

Rosemary's young, just at college, and she's decided not to tell anyone a thing about her family. Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone - vanished...

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The Guest Cat

The Guest Cat

Takashi Hiraide, Eric Selland

An international bestseller. A charming and wonderful novel about a cat that brings joy into a couple's life

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The Strays

The Strays

Emily Bitto

On her first day of school, Lily Struthers meets Eva, one of the daughters of the infamous avant-garde artist Evan Trentham. He and his wife are attempting to escape the stifling conservatism of 1930s Australia by inviting other...

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 Read reviewThe Zone of Interest

The Zone of Interest

Martin Amis

What happens when we discover who we really are? And how do we come to terms with it? Fearless and original, The Zone of Interest is a violently dark love story set against a backdrop of unadulterated evil, and a vivid...

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 Read reviewThe Ravens

The Ravens

Tomas Bannerhed, Sarah Death

The fields at Raven Fen yield barely enough for Agne and his family to live on, and his young son Klas can only watch as despair consumes his father. But it is Sweden, it is the 1970s, and Klas can't accept the life his father has...

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 Read reviewThe Goldfinch

The Goldfinch

Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power. Combining unforgettably vivid characters and thrilling suspense, it is a beautiful, addictive triumph - a sweeping...

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When the Night Comes

When the Night Comes

Favel Parrett

Running away from the mainland was supposed to make their lives better. But for Isla and her brother, their mother's sadness and the cold damp greyness of Hobart's stone streets, seeps into everything. Then, one morning, Isla sees...

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Lila

Lila

Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson, one of the greatest novelists of our time, returns to the town of Gilead in an unforgettable story about a girl who lived on the fringes of society in fear, awe, and wonder.

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How They Met And Other Stories

How They Met And Other Stories

David Levithan

With this original story collection David Levithan proves that love is a varied, complicated, addictive, wonderful thing.

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Leaving Time

Leaving Time

Jodi Picoult

The gripping story of a daughter searching for her missing mother - one of Jodi Picoult's most powerful and affecting novels yet.

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Bapo

Bapo

Nicholas Jose

The stories in Bapo feature a cast of characters, artists, diplomats, entrepreneurs, refugees, families at the crossroads. They are all held by the past in some way, its hope, idealism, romance, adventure - and aware of...

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 Read reviewThe Night Guest

The Night Guest

Fiona McFarlane

The hypnotic tale of a psychological battle on unequal terms and a superbly drawn portrait of two very particular women - a beautifully written, unnerving and acutely moving debut.

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 Read reviewTo Rise Again at a Decent Hour

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

Joshua Ferris

Introducing Paul O'Rourke: New Yorker, dentist and reluctant non-believer. When someone steals his identity and starts preaching an ancient religion whilst impersonating him online Paul embarks on a quest which will see him...

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Consumed

Consumed

David Cronenberg

The debut novel by the iconic film director.

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 Read reviewThe Luminaries

The Luminaries

Eleanor Catton

The astonishing and epic novel that won the 2013 Man Booker Prize

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Their Lips Talk of Mischief

Their Lips Talk of Mischief

Alan Warner

High up in the Conrad Flats that loom bleakly over Acton, two future stars of the literary scene - or so they assume - are hard at work, tapping out words of wit and brilliance between ill-paid jobs writing captions for the Cat...

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Some Luck

Some Luck

Jane Smiley

The first instalment in the Pulitzer Prize-winner's masterpiece - a trilogy following one family over a hundred years

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We Need New Names

We Need New Names

NoViolet Bulawayo

Darling and her friends live in a shanty called Paradise, which of course is no such thing. It isn't all bad, though. There's mischief and adventure, games of Find bin Laden, stealing guavas, singing Lady Gaga at the tops of their...

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Nobody Is Ever Missing

Nobody Is Ever Missing

Catherine Lacey

The story of a young woman who takes a one-way flight to New Zealand, abruptly leaving her stable but unfulfilling life in Manhattan, hurtling herself into the unknown, testing fate by hitchhiking, tacitly being swept into the...

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Pale Harvest

Pale Harvest

Braden Hepner

In a sublime landscape, Jack Selvedge struggles against betrayal to save his farm, Mormon faith, and the girl he loves.

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 Read reviewThe Signature of All Things

The Signature of All Things

Elizabeth Gilbert

For use in schools and libraries only. Traces the multi-generational saga of the Whittaker family, whose progenitor makes a fortune in the quinine trade before his daughter, a gifted botanist, researches the mysteries of evolution...

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The Ever After of Ashwin Rao

The Ever After of Ashwin Rao

Padma Viswanathan

From internationally acclaimed author Padma Viswanathan, a stunning new work set among families of those who lost loved ones in the 1985 Air India bombing, registering the unexpected reverberations of this tragedy in the lives of...

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The Husband'S Secret

The Husband’S Secret

Liane Moriarty

We all have secrets. But not like this...

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One Boy Missing

One Boy Missing

Stephen Orr

Detective Bart Moy, newly returned to the country town where his ailing, cantankerous father still lives, finds nothing. As far as he can tell no one in Guilderton is missing a small boy. Still, he looks deeper into the butcher's...

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 Read reviewThe Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

Adelle Waldman

Nathaniel Piven is a rising star in Brooklyn's literary scene. After several lean, striving years and an early life as a class-A nerd, he now (to his surprise) has a lucrative book deal, his pick of plum magazine assignments, and...

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To Name Those Lost

To Name Those Lost

Rohan Wilson

From the bestselling author of The Roving Party, comes a moving father and son story set amidst the beauty and the violence of the poor and preyed upon of our colonial past.

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Stone Mattress: Nine Tales

Stone Mattress: Nine Tales

Margaret Atwood

In this extraordinary collection, Margaret Atwood gives us nine unforgettable tales that reveal the grotesque, delightfully wicked facets of humanity --

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 Read reviewThe Promise

The Promise

Tony Birch

In this breathtaking new work, Tony Birch affirms his position as one of Australia's finest writers of short-form fiction. A trio of amateur thieves are left in charge of a baby moments before a heist. A group of boys compete in...

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The Bone Clocks

The Bone Clocks

David Mitchell

Metaphysical thriller, meditation on mortality and chronicle of our self-devouring times, this kaleidoscopic novel crackles with the invention and wit that have made David Mitchell one of the most celebrated writers of his...

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Poor Fellow My Country

Poor Fellow My Country

Xavier Herbert

'Poor Fellow My Country is an Australian classic, perhaps THE Australian classic' - The Times Literary Supplement. From Australia's oldest publisher comes the longest Australian novel ever published. The winner of the 1975 Miles...

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Burial Rites

Burial Rites

Hannah Kent

Based on a true story, Burial Rites is a deeply moving novel about freedom and the ways we will risk everything for love. In beautiful, cut-glass prose, Hannah Kent portrays Iceland's formidable landscape, and...

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 Read reviewDeath Fugue

Death Fugue

Sheng Keyi

Published for the first time in English by Giramondo, Death Fugue is the bold attempt by a prominent Chinese novelist to confront the legacy of protest and suppression which haunts her generation. Sheng Keyi was born in Hunan...

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 Special priceThe Fever

The Fever

Megan Abbott

The Nashes are a close-knit family. Tom, a popular teacher, is father to the handsome, roguish Eli and his younger sister Deenie, serious and sweet. But their seeming stability is thrown into chaos when two of Deenie's friends...

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The Parrots

The Parrots

Filippo Bologna (Author), Howard Curtis (Translator (FR, IT, SP)), Clare Skeats

A searing satire of the literary world, in which three men fight - to the death? - for a coveted literary prize

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 Read reviewDemons

Demons

Wayne Macauley

They were going to tell stories. Let's go away for the weekend, said Megan, and leave our phones behind and turn off the computers and television and stop time because time is moving too fast and soon we'll all be saying where the...

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 Read reviewThe Family Men

The Family Men

Catherine Harris

With piercing insight, The Family Men subverts the usual choices between winning and losing, guilt and innocence, courage and cowardice. Is true honour to be found in forging your own path or staying loyal to your pack?

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Jovial Harbinger of Doom: The Short Stories of Laurie Clancy

Jovial Harbinger of Doom: The Short Stories of Laurie Clancy

Laurie Clancy

A master of melancholic wit, Laurie Clancy was one of Australia's most versatile short story writers. If realism was his artistic staple, he had a genius for farce and the mock-heroic, and was remarkably adept at magic realism,...

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John A. Scott

The accidental death of MP Norman Cole precipitates a hung parliament allowing a core of extreme right-wing politicians to seize power. Telford, a high-ranking but unworldly public servant, is approached by Cole's wife who...

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 Read reviewLife Drawing: a novel

Life Drawing: a novel

Robin Black

Augusta and Owen have taken the leap. Leaving the city and its troubling memories behind, they have moved to the country for a solitary life where they can devote their days to each other and their art, where Gus can paint and...

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 Read reviewEarth Hour

Earth Hour

David Malouf

In his first full volume of poetry since Typewriter Music in 2007, David Malouf once again shows us why he is one of Australia's most enduring and respected writers.  

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 Read reviewCaptives

Captives

Angela Meyer

Captives opens with a husband pointing his gun at his wife. There's a woman who hears ‘the hiss of Beelzebub behind people's voices', a photographer who captures the desire to suicide, a man locked in a toilet...

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 Read reviewOwls Do Cry: Text Classics

Owls Do Cry: Text Classics

Janet Frame, Margaret Drabble

Owls Do Cry is one of the classics of New Zealand literature, and has remained in print continuously for fifty years. A fiftieth anniversary edition was published in 2007. Regarded by many as one of the best New Zealand...

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 Read reviewThe Lost Child

The Lost Child

Suzanne McCourt

In the tradition of the novels of Anne Tyler and Eudora Welty, The Lost Child is a beautifully written story about family and identity and growing up. Sylvie is five. It's the 1950s and she lives in Burley...

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 Read reviewThe 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.

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Vulgar Things

Vulgar Things

Lee Rourke

The second novel from Lee Rourke, author of the cult hit 'The Canal'.

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 Read reviewLife After Life

Life After Life

Kate Atkinson

During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale. What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able...

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 Read reviewPlague and Cholera

Plague and Cholera

Patrick Deville, J. A. Underwood (Translator/author)

Paris, May 1940. Nazi troops storm the city and at Le Bourget airport, on the last flight out, sits Dr Alexandre Yersin, his gaze politely turned away from his fellow passengers with their jewels sewn into their luggage. He is too...

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 Read reviewGap

Gap

Rebecca Jessen

From the winner of the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards - Best Emerging Author category, Gap combines a gripping crime thriller with a style evocative of Dorothy Porter's cult classic, The Monkey's Mask.

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The Burgess Boys

The Burgess Boys

Elizabeth Strout

Jim, a sleek, successful corporate lawyer, has belittled his bighearted brother their whole lives, and Bob, a legal aid attorney who idolises Jim, has always taken it in his stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when...

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 Read reviewAn Unnecessary Woman

An Unnecessary Woman

Rabih Alameddine

Aaliya lives alone with her books-books she has collected over a lifetime, books she translates into Arabic with no likelihood that they will ever be read. With her accidentally blue-dyed hair, her cantankerous dealings with her...

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 Read reviewNest

Nest

Inga Simpson

A gripping and thought-provoking novel about finding the lost child in all of us.

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Revenge

Revenge

Yoko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder

A woman goes into a bakery to buy a strawberry cream tart. The place is immaculate but there is no one serving so she waits. Another customer comes in. The woman tells the new arrival that she is buying her son a treat for his...

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Vampires in the Lemon Grove

Vampires in the Lemon Grove

Karen Russell

In a godforsaken barn, Presidents Eisenhower, John Adams and Rutherford B Hayes are bemused to find themselves reincarnated as horses. Clyde and Magreb - he a traditional capes-and-coffins vampire, she the more progressive variety...

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Mona

Mona

Dan Sehlberg

Conceptually breathtaking and emotionally compelling, Mona is a story about the good - and the evil - that people are prepared to do in order to save or avenge the ones they love.

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 Read reviewChasing Shadows

Chasing Shadows

Leila Yusaf Chung

In the evening, Abu Fadi peeled oranges and apples and recounted stories of Palestine, orange groves and the house with the large wooden door that awaited their return. He pulled a black metal key out of his pocket and said, 'See,...

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 Read reviewColorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel

Tsukuru Tazaki had four best friends at school. By chance all of their names contained a colour. The two boys were called Akamatsu, meaning 'red pine', and Oumi, 'blue sea', while the girls' names were Shirane, 'white root', and...

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 Read reviewThe Wonders

The Wonders

Paddy O'Reilly

Challenging our ideas about celebrity, disability and the value of human life, The Wonders is a boldly inventive, acute and moving novel from one of Australia's finest authors.

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 Read reviewHeat And Light

Heat And Light

Ellen Van Neerven

In this award-winning work of fiction, Ellen van Neerven takes her readers on a journey that is mythical, mystical and still achingly real. Over three parts, she takes traditional storytelling and gives it a unique,...

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 Read reviewArms Race & Other Stories

Arms Race & Other Stories

Nic Low

Data theft, internet memes, advertising, terrorism, indigenous sovereignty, drone warfare, opium addiction, syphilis, the moon landing, mining, oil slicks, climate change, giant octopuses: nothing is spared in this collection. Nic...

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 Read reviewDeeper Water

Deeper Water

Jessie Cole

A profound and sensuous novel of grace and beauty from a stunning young Australian talent.

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 Read reviewHere Come the Dogs

Here Come the Dogs

Omar Musa

Revelatory and incendiary, Here Come the Dogs is a window into the youth of contemporary multicultural Australia, through the lives of three disaffected, hedonistic, aspirational and sometimes violent young men on the...

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 Read reviewOver the Water

Over the Water

William Lane

Hauntingly beautiful and told with remarkable clarity, Over the Water is the story of an Australian outsider who finds teaching work in Bandung, a city in Java.

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 Read reviewGame Day

Game Day

Miriam Sved

Mick Reece and Jake Dooley begin their first professional season playing AFL, but they've little notion of what they're getting into.

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I Am China

I Am China

Xiaolu Guo

In a detention centre in Dover exiled Chinese musician Jian is awaiting an unknown fate. In Beijing his girlfriend Mu sends desperate letters to London to track him down, her last memory of them together a roaring rock concert and...

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 Read reviewA Million Windows

A Million Windows

Gerald Murnane

This new work of fiction by one of Australia's most highly regarded authors focuses on the importance of trust, and the possibility of betrayal, in storytelling as in life. It tests the relationship established between author and...

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 Read reviewThe Interestings

The Interestings

Meg Wolitzer

On a warm summer night in 1974, six teenagers play at being cool. They smoke pot, drink vodka, share their dreams and vow always to be interesting. Decades later, aspiring actress Jules has resigned herself to a more practical...

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 Read reviewThe Undertaking

The Undertaking

Audrey Magee

In the tradition of Bernard Schlink's The Reader and Rachel Seiffert's The Dark Room, a stunning novel that shines an intense light on history and illuminates the lives of those caught up in one of its darkest chapters.

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Fourth of July Creek

Fourth of July Creek

Smith Henderson

Set in the mountains, valleys and close-knit communities of rural Montana in the early 1980s, this novel is about a young social worker called Pete, who struggles to hold together the lives of the most dysfunctional inhabitants of...

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 Read reviewExtraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe,The

Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe,The

Romain Puertolas

One day a fakir leaves his small village in India and lands in Paris. A professional con artist, the fakir is on a pilgrimage to IKEA, where he intends to obtain an object he covets above all others: a brand new bed of nails.

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 Read reviewThe Loud Earth

The Loud Earth

Elisabeth Murray

A recluse lives in a mountain cabin above a lakeside tourist town. Acquitted of the brutal murder of her parents, she remains guilty in the eyes of the town. Shut away from their fear and anger, her world is reduced to the...

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The Weaver Fish

The Weaver Fish

Robert Edeson

Cambridge linguist Edvard Tossentern, presumed dead, reappears after a balloon crash. When he staggers in from a remote swamp, gravely ill and swollen beyond recognition, his colleagues at the research station are overjoyed. But...

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 Read reviewVogliamo Tutto (We Want Everything)

Vogliamo Tutto (We Want Everything)

Nanni Balestrini

Torino, 1969. Fiat's giant Mirafiori plant is a magnet for thousands of young southern workers, who go north to escape oppression, poverty and underdevelopment and find only exploitation and abuse on the assembly lines....

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 Read reviewA Fairy Tale

A Fairy Tale

Jonas T. Bengtsson

A Fairy Tale is a coming-of-age novel like no other. Powerful, sensitive, and utterly mesmerising, it reveals the indelible legacy that our parents leave to us.

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 Read reviewThe Secret Maker Of The World: Stories

The Secret Maker Of The World: Stories

Abbas El-Zein

With a sharp eye for the ridiculous, El-Zein's collection cleverly illuminates stereotypes and contemplates global truths. These are worldly stories in the best sense, and wise ones.

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Joyful

Joyful

Robert Hillman

In this extraordinary comedy of grief, Robert Hillman evokes his characters, from the merely unconventional to the frankly deranged, with kindness, grace and wit. Joyful is a gift that will leave the reader deeply moved and filled...

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 Read reviewThe Claimant

The Claimant

Janette Turner Hospital

A brilliant and compulsively readable story of truth, lies and identity from one of Australia's finest writers. 'So then, here it is. The unadorned un - self - flattering gospel, the never - before - told story our intricately...

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The Empress Lover

The Empress Lover

Linda Jaivin

A witty, playful, intriguing and ultimately very moving novel of identity and loss. 'Stories are the only thing that defy death. Stories are truth. I hereby give you mine...' Peking, 1944: Sir Edmund Backhouse is a man of many...

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Carthage

Carthage

Joyce Carol Oates

A young girl's disappearance rocks a community and a family, in this stirring examination of grief, faith, justice and the atrocities of war, from literary legend Joyce Carol Oates.

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 Read reviewThe Good Lord Bird: A Novel

The Good Lord Bird: A Novel

James McBride

Fleeing his violent master at the side of abolitionist John Brown at the height of the slavery debate in mid-nineteenth-century Kansas Territory, Henry pretends to be a girl to hide his identity throughout the raid on Harpers...

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 Read reviewNight Film

Night Film

Marisha Pessl

Cult horror director Stanislas Cordova hasn't been seen in public since 1971. To his fans he is an enigma. To journalist Scott McGrath he is the enemy. To Ashley he was a father. On a damp October night the young, beautiful Ashley...

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 Read reviewTree Palace

Tree Palace

Craig Sherborne

Shane, Moira and Midge, along with young Zara and Rory, are 'trants'-itinerants roaming the plains north-west of Melbourne in search of disused houses to sleep in, or to strip of heritage fittings when funds are low. When they...

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Animals

Animals

Emma Jane Unsworth

You know how it is. Saturday afternoon. You wake up and you can't move. I blinked and the floaters on my eyeballs shifted to reveal Tyler in her ratty old kimono over in the doorway. 'Way I see it,' she said, glass in one hand,...

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 Read reviewTenth of December

Tenth of December

George Saunders

With an introduction from the New York Times by Joel Lovell, George Saunders' most wryly hilarious and disturbing collection yet, Tenth of December, illuminates human experience and explores figures lost in a labyrinth of...

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 Read reviewThe Flamethrowers

The Flamethrowers

Rachel Kushner

Reno mounts her motorcycle and sets a collision course for New York. In 1977 the city is alive with art, sensuality and danger. She falls in with a bohemian clique colonising downtown and the lines between reality and performance...

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 Read reviewThe Yellow Papers

The Yellow Papers

Dominique Wilson

The Yellow Papers is a story of love, obsession and friendship set against a backdrop of war and racial prejudice.

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Leaving the Sea

Leaving the Sea

Ben Marcus

Ben Marcus's highly anticipated new short story collection - his first since his extraordinary debut The Age of Wire and String

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 Read reviewThe One Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared

The One Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared

Jonas Jonasson

After a long and eventful life Allan Karlsson is moved to a nursing home to await the inevitable. But his health refuses to fail and as his 100th birthday looms a huge party is planned. Allan wants no part of it and decides to...

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 Read reviewThe Son

The Son

Philipp Meyer

From the author of the highly acclaimed American Rust comes his eagerly awaited second novel, an extraordinary multi-generational Texan epic

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Orfeo: A Novel

Orfeo: A Novel

Richard Powers

The National Book Award-winning author of The Echo Maker delivers his most emotionally charged novel to date, inspired by the myth of Orpheus.

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The Last Kind Words Saloon

The Last Kind Words Saloon

Larry McMurtry

Larry McMurtry has done more than any other living writer to shape our literary imagination of the American West. With The Last Kind Words Saloon, he returns to the vivid and unsparing portrait of the nineteenth-century...

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In Certain Circles

In Certain Circles

Elizabeth Harrower

Long-lost final novel by the award-winning author of THE WATCH TOWER.Never before published. Not to be missed!

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The Wind Is Not a River

The Wind Is Not a River

Brian Payton

A stunning tale of love and survival against all odds, for fans of Cold Mountain.

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Shotgun Lovesongs

Shotgun Lovesongs

Nickolas Butler

A big-hearted masterpiece of small-town life from a glorious new voice in American fiction

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Butcher's Crossing

Butcher’s Crossing

John Williams

Will Andrews is no academic. He longs for wildness, freedom, hope and vigour. He leaves Harvard and sets out for the West to discover a new way of living.

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 Read reviewGod's Dog

God’s Dog

Diego Marani, Judith Landry

Set in a not-too-distant future, and moving between Rome and Amsterdam, God's Dog is a detective novel unlike any you have read before. It is the eve of Pope Benedict XVIII's canonisation and Domingo...

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Wild Things

Wild Things

Brigid Delaney

A controversial novel of power, prestige and pack mentality exposes the dark underbelly of college life at a prominent university. St Anton's university college is a cradle for privileged young men and women. With its Elysian lush...

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Under the Wide and Starry Sky

Under the Wide and Starry Sky

Nancy Horan

The passionate and turbulent story of Robert Louis Stevenson and his tempestuous American wife, Fanny.

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 Read reviewBobcat & Other Stories

Bobcat & Other Stories

Rebecca Lee

Using a range of landscapes and countries in each short story, Lee creates characters so wonderfully flawed that it's impossible not to feel for them when their fragile beliefs of romantic love, domestic bliss, or academic...

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The Lost Girls

The Lost Girls

Wendy James

Jane worships her older cousin Angie. She spends her summer vying for Angie's attention. Then Angie is murdered. Jane and her family are shattered. Thirty years later, a journalist arrives with questions about the tragic event....

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How to Build a Girl

How to Build a Girl

Caitlin Moran

It's 1990. Johanna Morrigan, 14, has shamed herself so badly on local TV that she decides that there's no point in being Johanna anymore and reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde - fast-talking, hard-drinking Gothic hero and full-time...

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The Forever Girl

The Forever Girl

Alexander McCall Smith

From the author of the best-selling and universally adored No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency - a stand-alone, big-hearted and often heartbreaking novel about unrequited love and the unexpected places it takes us.

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Cataract City

Cataract City

Craig Davidson

Lost in the woods, two boys form a bond - one that will last a lifetime of broken hearts, broken bones and broken dreams. The new novel by critically acclaimed Craig Davidson is at once a tough, visceral story of masculinity and a...

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England and Other Stories

England and Other Stories

Graham Swift

A collection of new stories from the Booker-prize winning author of Last Orders and Waterland

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Lost For Words

Lost For Words

Edward St Aubyn

From the bestselling author of the Patrick Melrose novels, this is a thought-provoking and entertaining insight into a sniping world of literature, celebrity culture and ambition.

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 Read reviewKat Jumps The Shark

Kat Jumps The Shark

Melinda Houston

Kat Kelly reckons she's got life sorted. She has a man who cooks and does the dishes. A stepdaughter she adores. And her dream job: scouting locations for a TV production company. All the big dramas are behind her,...

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The Best Feeling of All

The Best Feeling of All

Jack Ellis

The Best Feeling of All follows two friends who share in love, loss and life-altering decisions through the most emotionally charged of all life stages, the wild and euphoric years between 15 and 25. The story is...

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Granta 127: Japan

Granta 127: Japan

Yuka Igarashi

Exploring a country beyond its cliches

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 Read reviewMeatloaf in Manhattan

Meatloaf in Manhattan

Robert Power

As deviously weighty as a good pop song. -  Anson Cameron, author of Stealing Picasso, Nice Shootin, Cowboy and Silences Long Gone. In these sixteen tales, Robert Power captures the joys and frailties of seemingly...

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 Read reviewCrazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

Kevin Kwan

Thwarted love, scheming snobs, obscene wealth and haute couture - it's all here in a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich. An absolutely wicked treat!

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Carrots and Jaffas: A Novel

Carrots and Jaffas: A Novel

Howard Goldenberg

Carrots and Jaffas tells the story of two red-headed identical twins whose oneness is ruptured when one of them is kidnapped. Their startling intimacy is both a strength and a fault line in their being, and once...

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The Last Days of California

The Last Days of California

Mary Miller

A teenage girl and her unraveling family travel cross-country in preparation for the Rapture in this radiant, highly anticipated debut.

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His Own Man

His Own Man

Edgard Telles Ribeiro, Kim M. Hastings

A political thriller of the highest order, His Own Man is a chilling anatomy of power, ambition, and betrayal

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