Fiction 2015

Ugly Girls

Ugly Girls

Lindsay Hunter

A powerful, voice-driven novel with the breakneck pace that people have come to expect from Lindsay Hunter.

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Sweetness #9: A Novel

Sweetness #9: A Novel

Stephan Eirik Clark

Fast Food Nation meets The Corrections in the brilliant literary debut T.C. Boyle calls 'funny and moving.'

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In the Dark

In the Dark

Mai Jia

Hidden deep in the mountains, the recruits at 'Unit 701', China's secret services, operate in a dark, shadowy world. There is the 'wind-listener', a blind surveillance officer who can hear sounds from miles away, the beautiful,...

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Beautiful You

Beautiful You

Chuck Palahniuk

Penny Harrigan is a low level associate in a big Manhattan law firm with an apartment in Queens and no love life at all. So it comes as a great shock when she finds herself invited to dinner by one C Linus Maxwell, aka...

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Unmarry Me

Unmarry Me

Reed Nicki

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Sherlock

Sherlock

Otto Penzler

An anthology of stories inspired by the greatest detective of all time: Sherlock Holmes.

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Lifted by the Great Nothing

Lifted by the Great Nothing

Karim Dimechkie

Lauded by Philipp Meyer, Kevin Powers, and Jim Crace, the debut novel from Michener fellow Karim Dimechkie--about a Lebanese-American coming of age under a loving roof and a devastating lie.

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 Read reviewThe Strays

The Strays

Emily Bitto

On her first day at a new school, Lily befriends one of the daughters of infamous avant - garde painter Evan Trentham. He and his wife are trying to escape the stifling conservatism of 1930s Australia by inviting other like -...

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 Read reviewThe Eye of the Sheep

The Eye of the Sheep

Sofie Laguna

Winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2015.

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City on Fire

Garth Risk Hallberg

It's New Year's Eve, 1976, and New York is a city on the verge. As midnight approaches, a blizzard sets in - and an unmistakable sound rings out across Central Park. Gunshots. Two of them. The search for the shooter will bring...

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Married Sex: A Love Story

Married Sex: A Love Story

Jesse Kornbluth

When a husband convinces his wife to join him in a tryst with another woman, there are unintended consequences in this erotic tale about the challenges of modern marriage.

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 Read reviewThe Women's Pages

The Women’s Pages

Debra Adelaide

After her mother's death, Dove decides to write a whole new story for herself, for her mother and for their literary heroines. In undertaking this labour of love, Dove unwittingly taps into the universal story of choice, grief and...

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The Violinist of Venice

The Violinist of Venice

Alyssa Palombo

A sweeping historical novel of composer and priest Antonio Vivaldi, a secret wealthy mistress, and their passion for music and each other.

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The Secret Chord: The Australian Bestseller

The Secret Chord: The Australian Bestseller

Geraldine Brooks

A rich and utterly absorbing novel about the life of King David, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of People of the Book and March.

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Fifteen Dogs

Fifteen Dogs

Andre Alexis

An utterly convincing and moving look at the beauty and perils of consciousness.

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Ghost: 100 Stories to Read with the Lights On

Ghost: 100 Stories to Read with the Lights On

Louise Welsh

100 scary stories to read with the light on selected and introduced by award-winning author Louise Welsh.

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 Read reviewHope Farm

Hope Farm

Peggy Frew

'They were inescapable, the tensions of the adult world - the fraught and febrile aura that surrounded Ishtar and those in her orbit, that whined and creaked like a wire pulled too tight.'

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 Read reviewThe Devil is a Black Dog: stories from the Middle East and beyond

The Devil is a Black Dog: stories from the Middle East and beyond

Sandor Jaszberenyi

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the elder of the brothers suspected of committing this atrocity, died in the ensuing manhunt; angelic-looking Dzhokhar awaits trial. What we don't know is why. How did such a nightmare come to pass?

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Golden Age

Jane Smiley

The final novel in Jane Smiley's masterpiece - the Last Hundred Years trilogy.

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 Read reviewPurity

Purity

Jonathan Franzen

A magnum opus for our morally complex times from the author of Freedom and The Corrections.

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 Special price Read reviewSix Bedrooms

Six Bedrooms

Tegan Bennett Daylight

Coming of age in the nineteen-eighties: hot afternoons on school ovals, the terrifying promise of losing your virginity. Sneaking booze from your mother's pantry, your first Mardi Gras parade, the painful sophistication and...

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Beauty is a Wound

Beauty is a Wound

Eka Kurniawan

The English-language debut of Indonesia's rising star.

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Blood Kin

Blood Kin

Ceridwen Dovey

A chef, a portraitist and a barber are taken hostage in a coup to overthrow their boss, the President. They are held captive in a palatial retreat high above the capital city. The chef's daughter, the portraitist's wife and the...

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Welcome to Orphancorp (Orphancorp Trilogy, Book 1)

Welcome to Orphancorp (Orphancorp Trilogy, Book 1)

Marlee Jane Ward

A sharp-edged semi-futuristic riff about a rebellious teenager's last week at an industrial orphanage.

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 Read reviewFever of Animals

Fever of Animals

Miles Allinson

With the inheritance he received upon his father's death, Miles has come to Europe on the trail of the Romanian surrealist, who disappeared into a forest in 1967. But in trying to unravel the mystery of Bafdescu's secret life,...

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Day Boy

Day Boy

Trent Jamieson

In a post-traumatic future the Masters - formerly human, now practically immortal - rule a world that bends to their will and a human population upon which they feed. Invincible by night, deep asleep and all but helpless by day,...

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 Read reviewHot Little Hands

Hot Little Hands

Abigail Ulman

This exceptional collection of stories is about young women of different ages, from their early teens to their late twenties, coming to terms with what it means to desire, and be desired, with funny, surprising and sometimes...

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The Story of a New Name

The Story of a New Name

Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein

The sequel to My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name continues the enthralling chronicle of a friendship that is obsessive, loving, complicated, hurtful, enduring and constantly startling. It is an...

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Higher Ed

Higher Ed

Tessa McWatt

Francine would prefer to be thinner, but is happy enough to suffer her boss' manhandling of her ample hips if it helps her survive the next cull in Quality Assurance. She just wishes she could get the dead biker's crushed face out...

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Preparation for the Next Life

Preparation for the Next Life

Atticus Lish

A gut-wrenching love story between an illegal migrant from the Uyghur tribe in Asia and a damaged Iraq veteran set in the underbelly of New York.

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The Burning Elephant

The Burning Elephant

Christopher Raja

The Burning Elephant is set in Kolkata before and after the assassination of Indira Gandhi, which led to widespread violence against India's Sikh population. The novel is told from the point of view of a young boy Govinda, whose...

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The Mark and the Void

The Mark and the Void

Paul Murray

While marooned at his banking job in the bewilderingly damp and insular realm known as Ireland, Claude Martingale is approached by a down-on-his-luck author, Paul, looking for his next great subject. Claude finds that his life...

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 Read reviewGhost River

Ghost River

Tony Birch

The river is a place of history and secrets. For Ren and Sonny, two unlikely friends, it's a place of freedom and adventure. For a group of storytelling vagrants, it's a refuge. And for the isolated daughter of a cult reverend,...

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 Read reviewMan Made Entirely of Bats

Man Made Entirely of Bats

Patrick Lenton, Daniel Lethlean Higson

A Man Made Entirely of Bats is a collection of short stories and flash fiction by one of Australia's newest voices. Comedic and absurd, these stories are an entertaining exploration of the concept of super heroes and of the super...

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 Read reviewThe Adventures Of Holly White And The Incredible Sex Machine

The Adventures Of Holly White And The Incredible Sex Machine

Krissy Kneen

An amazing literary sci-fi superhero sex romp from Australia's genre-bending queen of erotica.

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 Read reviewAlmost Sincerely

Almost Sincerely

Zoe Norton Lodge

When Zoe Norton Lodge was growing up in Annandale in the eighties and nineties, the self - proclaimed Heartland of the Inner West was a heady brew of somewhat maladjusted and genuinely unsettling residents. But Annandale was...

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Only Ever Yours

Only Ever Yours

Louise O'Neill

The Handmaid's Tale meets Mean Girls in the award-winning, critically acclaimed debut.

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A Short History Of Richard Kline,

A Short History Of Richard Kline,

Amanda Lohrey

'I woke with a gasp. And lay in the dark, open - mouthed, holding my breath. That feeling . . . that feeling was indescribable. For a moment I had felt as if I were falling . . . falling into bliss. All his life, Richard Kline...

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To The Islands

To The Islands

Randolph Stow, Bernadette Brennan

Set in the desolate outback landscape of Australia's north-west, the novel tracks the last days of a worn-out Anglican missionary. Fleeing his mission after an agonising confrontation, he immerses himself in the wilderness,...

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Did You Ever Have a Family

Did You Ever Have a Family

Bill Clegg

On the morning of her daughter's wedding, June Reid's house goes up in flames, destroying her entire family - her present, her past and her future. Fleeing from the carnage, June finds herself in a motel room, hundreds of miles...

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Trigger Mortis: A James Bond Novel

Trigger Mortis: A James Bond Novel

Anthony Horowitz

James Bond returns in this thrilling new adventure from Anthony Horowitz - with original material by Ian Fleming.

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 Read reviewRush Oh!

Rush Oh!

Shirley Barrett

When the eldest daughter of a whaling family in Eden, New South Wales, sets out to chronicle the particularly difficult season of 1908, the story she tells is poignant and hilarious, filled with drama and misadventure.

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Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde

Jane Rawson

Lives turned upside down by a bureaucratic error in this Kafkaesque work of neo-absurdism.

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Princess Bari

Princess Bari

Hwang Sok-Yong

In Cheongjin, one of North Korea's drab urban enclaves, a seventh daughter is born to a couple longing for a son. Abandoned hours after her birth, she is dragged away by the family dog and eventually rescued by her grandmother.

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Elizabeth is Missing

Elizabeth is Missing

Emma Healey

Meet Maud. Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn't remember to drink it. She goes to the shops and forgets why she went. Sometimes her home is unrecognizable - or her daughter Helen seems a total stranger. But...

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The End of Seeing

The End of Seeing

Christy Collins

Determined to discover the truth about the disappearance of her partner, Nick, Ana sets out to re-trace the route he took as a photojournalist on the other side of the world - a journey that saw him presumed dead, on a ship...

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 Read reviewThe Mothers

The Mothers

Rod Jones

A moving multi-generational story of motherhood, adoption, and the inescapable presence of the past in all our lives.

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 Read reviewBark

Bark

Lorrie Moore

Shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award In these eight masterful stories, Lorrie Moore explores the passing of time and summons up its inevitable sorrows and comic pitfalls.

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 Read reviewThe Promise Seed

The Promise Seed

Cass Moriarty

A poignant, mesmerising debut novel about an unlikely friendship An elderly man, living alone in the suburbs, thinks back on his life - the missed opportunities, the shocking betrayals, the rare moments of joy. When his ten - year...

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Early Warning

Jane Smiley

The second novel in the dazzling Last Hundred Years trilogy, from the winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

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Arcadia

Arcadia

Iain Pears

Jay is an eleven-year-old boy who has grown up within the embrace of his family in a rural, peaceful world - a kind of Arcadia. But when a supernatural vision causes Jay to question the rules of his world, he is launched on a...

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 Read reviewThe Ash Burner

The Ash Burner

Kari Gislason

Growing up with his father in a small coastal town, all Ted knows about his mother is that she died when he was a boy. His father has brought them halfway across the world to start anew, but her absence defines and haunts their...

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 Read reviewAnchor Point

Anchor Point

Alice Robinson

When her mother disappears into the bush, ten - year - old Laura makes an impulsive decision that will haunt her for decades. Despite her anger and grief, she sets about running the house, taking care of her younger sister, and...

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The Waiting Room

The Waiting Room

Leah Kaminsky

The Waiting Room captures the sights, sounds, accents and animosities of a country overflowing with stories. Dina is a family doctor living in the melting-pot city of Haifa, Israel. Born in Australia in a Jewish enclave of...

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A Cure For Suicide

A Cure For Suicide

Jesse Ball

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 Read reviewBlack Rock White City

Black Rock White City

A.S. Patric

Intensely human, yet majestic in its moral vision, Black Rock White City is an essential story of Australia's suburbs now, of displacement and immediate threat, and the unexpected responses of two refugees as...

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 Read reviewGet in Trouble: Stories

Get in Trouble: Stories

Kelly Link

The queen of the twisted fairy tale, Kelly Link's books are beloved of Margaret Atwood, Sarah Waters, Neil Gaiman, Audrey Niffenegger and many more

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 Read reviewLeap

Leap

Myfanwy Jones

A few weeks after finishing their final exams high school sweethearts have an argument at a party. Joe wants to go - Jen begs him to stay. They fight in the corridor, following their usual script, and then he walks out and leaves...

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 Read reviewClade

Clade

James Bradley

Adam is in Antarctica, marking the passage of the solstice. Across the globe, his wife Ellie is waiting for the results of her IVF treatment. So begins the story of one family in a changing world, where the apocalyptic mingles...

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The Year of the Runaways

The Year of the Runaways

Sunjeev Sahota

With all the humanity of A Fine Balance, the sweep of A Suitable Boy, the atmosphere of Maps for Young Lovers and the freshness of Brick Lane, this is a novel about England and India from a staggering young talent.

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 Read reviewThe Life of Houses

The Life of Houses

Lisa Gorton

The Life of Houses is the new novel by the acclaimed poet Lisa Gorton, whose first book of poetry, Press Release, won the Victorian Premier's Award for Poetry, and whose second collection, Hotel Hyperion, was...

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 Read reviewIn Certain Circles

In Certain Circles

Elizabeth Harrower

Internationally acclaimed novel by the award-winning author of The Watch Tower. Now available for the first time in paperback.

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 Read reviewCaptive Prince (Captive Prince Trilogy, Book 1)

Captive Prince (Captive Prince Trilogy, Book 1)

C.S. Pacat

Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos, but when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a...

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Dept. of Speculation

Dept. of Speculation

Jenny Offill

The second novel from an LA Times First Fiction Prize finalist, Dept. of Speculation is an annihilating, electrifying account of marriage and motherhood, love and madness

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 Read reviewLast Day in the Dynamite Factory

Last Day in the Dynamite Factory

Annah Faulkner

Knowledge has the power to break your heart - or to mend it.

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Panthers & the Museum of Fire

Panthers & the Museum of Fire

Jen Craig

Panther & the Museum of Fire is a novella about walking, memory and writing. The narrator walks from Glebe to a central Sydney cafe to return a manuscript by a recently-dead writer. While she walks, the reader enters the...

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Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies

Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty's latest New York Times no.1 bestseller following The Husband's Secret.

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Muse

Muse

Jonathan Galassi

Paul Dukach is heir apparent at Purcell & Stern, one of the last independent publishing houses in New York, whose shabby offices belie the treasures of its list. Thanks to his boss, the flamboyant Homer Stern, Paul learns well the...

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The Girl With the Dogs: Penguin Special

The Girl With the Dogs: Penguin Special

Anna Funder

The Girl with the Dogs is a poignantly beautiful novella about what's really precious in life, from Miles Franklin Award-winning Anna Funder, author of All That I Am

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The House in Smyrna

The House in Smyrna

Tatiana Salem Levy

In Rio de Janeiro, a woman suffering from a mysterious illness, which is eroding her body and mind, decides to accept a challenge from her grandfather: to take the key to the house where he grew up - in the Turkish city of Smyrna...

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 Read reviewArchipelago of Souls

Archipelago of Souls

Gregory Day

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The Underwriting

The Underwriting

Michelle Miller

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 Read reviewDietland

Dietland

Sarai Walker

A fresh and provocative debut novel about a reclusive young woman saving up for weight loss surgery when she gets drawn into a shadowy feminist guerilla group called Jennifer --equal parts Bridget Jones's Diary and Fight Club

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 Read reviewOnly the Animals

Only the Animals

Ceridwen Dovey

Perhaps only the animals can tell us what it is to be human. a trench on the Western Front a cat recalls her owner Colette's theatrical antics in Paris. In Nazi Germany a dog seeks enlightenment. A Russian tortoise once owned by...

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Little Jewel

Little Jewel

Patrick Modiano, Penny Hueston

A mesmerizing novel by Nobel Laureate Patrick Modiano, now superbly translated for English-language readers

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 Special price Read reviewQuicksand

Quicksand

Steve Toltz

Dazzling, hilarious, disturbing and utterly unforgettable new novel from the author of the Man Booker-shortlisted A Fraction of the Whole.

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Amnesia

Amnesia

Peter Carey

It was a spring evening in Washington DC; a chilly autumn morning in Melbourne; it was exactly 22.00 Greenwich Mean Time when a worm entered the computerised control systems of hundreds of Australian prisons and released the locks...

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 Special price Read reviewKitchens of the Great Midwest

Kitchens of the Great Midwest

J. Ryan Stradal

Joyful, quirky and heartwarming, this is the story of a girl who becomes a world-famous chef, told by those who love her, envy her and never forget her.

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Prince's Gambit (Captive Prince Trilogy, Book 2)

Prince’s Gambit (Captive Prince Trilogy, Book 2)

C.S. Pacat

Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos, but when his half-brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a...

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 Read reviewThose Who Leave and Those Who Stay

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay

Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein

Since the publication of the acclaimed My Brilliant Friend and The Story of A New Name, Elena Ferrante's reputation has grown enormously. Her novels about the friendship between Lila and Elena, about the...

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 Read reviewSkin

Skin

Ilka Tampke

A full-blooded, mesmerizing debut novel set in Celtic Britain, perfect for fans of Michelle Paver, from a highly original new voice in fiction.

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 Read reviewSome Luck

Some Luck

Jane Smiley

The first novel in a dazzling new epic trilogy from the winner of the Pulitzer Prize; a literary adventure that will span a century in America.

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 Read reviewNora Webster

Nora Webster

Colm Toibin

It is the late 1960s in Ireland. Nora Webster is living in a small town, looking after her four children, trying to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. She is fiercely intelligent, at times difficult and impatient, at...

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 Read reviewThe Last Will and Testament of Henry Hoffman

The Last Will and Testament of Henry Hoffman

John Tesarsch

When their reclusive father, Henry, shoots himself, the lives of three brilliant and unconventional siblings are upended. His daughter Eleanor finds a will: Henry has left his entire estate to a mystery woman. Hiding this from her...

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Troubling Love

Troubling Love

Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein

Following her mother's untimely and mysterious death, Delia embarks on a voyage of discovery through the streets of her native Naples searching for the truth about her family. Reality is buried somewhere in the fertile soil of...

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The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry

The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry

Robert Chandler, Irina Mashinski, Boris Dralyuk

Traces Russian poetry from its Golden Age to the modern era, including work by several great poets - Georgy Ivanov and Varlam Shalamov among them - in captivating modern translations by Robert Chandler and others. This volume also...

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June

June

Gerbrand Bakker

On a hot summer's day in June 1969 everyone is gathered to welcome Queen Juliana. The young boys and girls wave their flags enthusiastically. But just as the monarch is getting into her car to leave, little Hanne Kaan and her...

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These are the Names

These are the Names

Tommy Wieringa

A small group of emaciated and feral refugees appears out of nowhere, spreading fear and panic in the town. When police commissioner Pontus Beg orders their arrest, evidence of a murder is found in their luggage.

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Let Me Die In His Footsteps

Let Me Die In His Footsteps

Lori Roy

First paperback printing, June 2016. Previously published as a Dutton hardcover, 2015.

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 Read reviewMobile Library

Mobile Library

David Whitehouse

The breakout second novel from the award-winning author of Bed, for fans of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and Little Miss Sunshine

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The Laughing Monsters

The Laughing Monsters

Denis Johnson

He must find Michael Adriko - maverick, warrior, and the man who has saved Nair's life three times and risked it many more. But on this new level - espionage, state secrets, treason - their loyalties will be tested to the limit.

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 Read reviewColorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Philip Gabriel, Haruki Murakami

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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Back to Back

Back to Back

Julia Franck, Anthea Bell

Kathe is a Jewish sculptor living in East Berlin. A survivor of the Nazi era, she is a fervent socialist who has been using her political connections to secure more significant commissions. Devoted entirely to success, she is a...

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Love Hotel

Love Hotel

Jane Unrue

Love Hotel explores a heartbreaking and nightmarish world of unrelenting excess, impossible convergences, undeniable urges, and inexorable loss. Jane Unrue's writing, beautifully cunning and mysterious itself, twists...

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Something Special, Something Rare: Outstanding Short Stories by Australian Women

Something Special, Something Rare: Outstanding Short Stories by Australian Women

Black Inc., Various Authors

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The Listener: A Novel

The Listener: A Novel

Rachel Basch

A wise and witty novel about the challenges to identity that arise in both adolescence and middle age-and the student and therapist who just may have the power to save each other.

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Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

Neil Gaiman

A collection of short stories from Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman.

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Saint Monkey: A Novel

Saint Monkey: A Novel

Jacinda Townsend

Jacinda Townsend's remarkable first novel is a coming-of-age story made at once gripping and poignant by the wild energy of the Jazz Era and the stark realities of segregation. Marrying musical prose with lyric...

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Wolf, Wolf

Wolf, Wolf

Eben Venter

He presses the button to activate the screen of the CCTV system: two sharply pointed dog's ears. A wolfhound; except that a wolfhound can't reach that high. He keeps the button pressed in and peers at the blue-grey night scene of...

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Raw Material

Raw Material

Jorg Fauser, Jamie Bulloch

Originally published in German under the title: Rohstoff.

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The People in the Trees

The People in the Trees

Hanya Yanagihara

From the Man Booker-longlisted author of A Little Life comes 'a novel you will finish and immediately want to read again' (Sarah Waters).

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Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers

Ernst Haffner, Michael Hofmann

Presents a story that delves into the illicit underworld of Berlin on the eve of Hitler's rise to power, describing how the blood brothers move from one petty crime to the next, spending their nights in underground bars and...

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Mrs Engels

Mrs Engels

Gavin McCrea

From the bathing huts of Ramsgate to the hovels of Soho, from a surreptitious life in Manchester to a notorious one on the handsome new parade that is London's Regents Park Road, this book follows Lizzie and the Engels household...

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She's Having Her Baby

She’s Having Her Baby

Lauren Sams

Georgie Henderson doesn't want to have kids, but her best friend, Nina Doherty, has wanted to have a baby for as long as she can remember. Sadly, Nina's uterus refuses to cooperate. One drunken evening, Nina asks Georgie for the...

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The Lost Daughter

The Lost Daughter

Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein

Leda is a middle-aged, divorced mother devoted to her work as an English professor. After the departure of her grown-up daughters, she takes a holiday on the Italian coast. But after a few days things become unsettling; on the...

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The Seventh Day

The Seventh Day

Yu Hua

Originally published in China as Diqi tian by New Star Press, Beijing, in 2013 --Title page verso.

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 Read reviewFourth of July Creek

Fourth of July Creek

Smith Henderson

After trying to help Benjamin Pearl, an undernourished, nearly feral eleven-year-old boy living in the Montana wilderness, social worker Pete Snow comes face-to-face with the boy's profoundly disturbed father, Jeremiah.

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Alice and the Fly: 'a darkly quirky story of love, obsession and fear' Anna James

Alice and the Fly: ‘a darkly quirky story of love, obsession and fear’ Anna James

James Rice

A spellbinding debut novel by an exceptional new young British talent.

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The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

Katarina Bivald

Sara is 28 and has never been outside Sweden - except in the (many) books she reads. When her elderly penfriend Amy invites her to come and visit her in Broken Wheel, Iowa, Sara decides it's time. But when she arrives, there's a...

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Aquarium

Aquarium

David Vann

Aged nine, Caitlin spends almost every afternoon at the local aquarium while her mother works overtime at her construction job. Caitlin's whole world is her school, her mother, and the fish at the aquarium. She has no friends at...

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The Four Books

The Four Books

Yan Lianke, Carlos Rojas

In charge of this process is the Child, who delights in draconian rules, monitoring behaviour and confiscating treasured books. The inmates - and hundreds of intellectuals just like them - must meet challenges set by the...

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 Read reviewThe Ghost Estate

The Ghost Estate

John Connell

One ordinary man's rise and fall through the boom and bust of contemporary Ireland, weaving past and present together in a beautiful and devastating journey.

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Radiance of Tomorrow

Radiance of Tomorrow

Ishmael Beah

Now Beah, whom Dave Eggers has called arguably the most read African writer in contemporary literature, has returned with his first novel, an affecting, tender parable about post-war life in Sierra Leone. At the centre of Radiance...

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The Days of Abandonment

The Days of Abandonment

Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein

Rarely have the foundations upon which our ideas of motherhood and womanhood rest been so candidly questioned. This compelling novel tells the story of one woman's headlong descent into what she calls an ‘absence of sense'...

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Dark Rooms

Dark Rooms

Lili Anolik

A stunning debut coming-of-age novel set in the ambiguous and claustrophobic world of an exclusive New England prep school.

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 Read reviewThe Fishermen

The Fishermen

Chigozie Obioma

In this dazzling debut novel, four young brothers in a small Nigerian town encounter a madman, whose prophecy of violence threatens the core of their family

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Coming Rain

Stephen Daisley

Set in 1950s rural Australia, a moving and profound examination of masculinity and the complex nature of male friendship.

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A God in Ruins

A God in Ruins

Kate Atkinson

Explores the possibility of infinite chances, as Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. In this book, the author turns her focus on Ursula's beloved younger brother Teddy - would-be...

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All I Have In This World: A Novel

All I Have In This World: A Novel

Michael Parker

Part empathetic portrait of troubled souls and part Springsteenian ode to the promise and heartbreak of the highway ... Told with ... emotional complexity and subtlety. - The New York Times

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The Trivia Man

The Trivia Man

Deborah O'Brien

From the author of Mr Chen's Emporium comes a quirky and heartwarming tale about finding your true place in the world, set against the backdrop of a weekly trivia competition.

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Stay Up With Me

Stay Up With Me

Tom Barbash

A deeply humane, witty and highly acclaimed story collection that 'belongs to the tradition of the classic American story' Independent on Sunday

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The Way Things Were

The Way Things Were

Aatish Taseer

A breathtaking family story and a window onto the birth of modern India

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Prayers for the Stolen

Prayers for the Stolen

Jennifer Clement

On the mountainside in rural Mexico where Ladydi lives, being a girl is dangerous. Especially a pretty one. If the Narcos hear there is a pretty girl on the mountain, they steal her. So when the black SUVs roll into town, Ladydi...

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His Other House

His Other House

Sarah Armstrong

Does love mean always telling the truth?

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