Fiction 2015

A Window Opens: A Novel

A Window Opens: A Novel

Elisabeth Egan

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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

Nicki Reed

Ruby tells Mark she wants a divorce. It'll be a fake separation, a protest against marriage inequality. As soon as her sister Peta can marry her girlfriend, BJ, they'll get married again. 'Will we still be able to see each...

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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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Enchanted Island

Enchanted Island

Ellie O'Neill

Praise for Reluctantly Charmed 'A sweet, whimsical, quintessentially Irish novel guaranteed to add a little magic to your day!' Liane Moriarty When Maeve O'Brien's boss sends her to a dreary old island to finalise some paperwork,...

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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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The Age of Reinvention

The Age of Reinvention

Karine Tuil, Sam Taylor

An international bestseller and finalist for the Prix Goncourt; a suspenseful tale of a tangled love triangle in the long shadow of the war on terror

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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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 Read reviewA Strangeness In My Mind

A Strangeness In My Mind

Orhan Pamuk

What matters more in love: what we wish for, or what our fate has in store? Do our choices dictate whether we will be happy or not, or are these things determined by forces beyond our control? This book answers these questions...

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When There's Nowhere Else to Run

When There’s Nowhere Else to Run

Murray Middleton

A survivor of Victoria's Black Saturday bushfires takes asylum with old friends in the Dandenong Ranges. An editor-in-chief drives his sister halfway around the country to an east-coast rehabilitation clinic. A single mother flies...

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Tidetown

Tidetown

Robert Power

Nestled on a windswept coastline, life in Tidetown is quiet and assured. But after a mysterious and mystical black-skinned slave is shipwrecked on its shores time-honoured traditions are unsettled. As events unravel the unfinished...

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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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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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The Natural Way of Things

The Natural Way of Things

Charlotte Wood

The Natural Way of Things is a fascinating and brilliant addition to Charlotte Wood's acclaimed fiction, thematically and stylistically quite a departure for her, but every inch as gripping, insightful and emotionally engaging as...

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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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The Wallcreeper

The Wallcreeper

Nell Zink

'Nell Zink is a writer of extraordinary talent and range' Jonathan Franzen 'The most exciting debut novel I've read recently' Guardian 'The best book of 2014' Dazed 'Nell Zink might be the best living...

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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 reviewSlade House

Slade House

David Mitchell

Prepare to be chilled, electrified and entertained - a gem of a novel from 'one of the most brilliantly inventive writers of this, or any country' (Independent).

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Fortune Smiles: Stories

Fortune Smiles: Stories

Adam Johnson

In post-Katrina Louisiana, a young man and his new girlfriend search for the mother of his son. In California, a computer-programmer whose wife has a rare disease finds solace in a digital copy of the recently assassinated...

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The Hollow of the Hand

The Hollow of the Hand

P. J. Harvey, Seamus Murphy

The debut book by artist and writer PJ Harvey, in collaboration with film-maker and photographer Seamus Murphy, emerges as a one-of-a-kind collection of poetry and images.

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 Special priceKatherine Carlyle

Katherine Carlyle

Rupert Thomson

Katherine Carlyle is the breakthrough novel for literary novelist Thomson. Philip Pullman has already hailed the book 'a masterpiece.' The story, contemporary, concerns the discovering of one's self; identity and family - in the...

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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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 Read reviewThe Diver's Clothes Lie Empty

The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty

Vendela Vida

Told with vibrant, lush detail and a wicked sense of humor, The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty is part literary mystery, part psychological thriller - an unforgettable novel that explores free will, power, and a woman's right to choose...

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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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Welcome to Orphancorp

Welcome to Orphancorp

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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R&R

R&R

Mark Dapin

John 'Nashville' Grant is an American military policeman in the R&R town of Vung Tau, tucked safely behind the front lines of the Vietnam War. Nashville knows how everything works: the army, the enemy, bars, secrets, men and -...

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A Guide to Berlin, A

A Guide to Berlin, A

Gail Jones

Brave and brilliant, A Guide to Berlin traces the strength and fragility of our connections through biographies and secrets.

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 Read reviewMy Brilliant Friend: The Neopolitan Novels, Book One

My Brilliant Friend: The Neopolitan Novels, Book One

Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein

My Brilliant Friend is a ravishing, wonderfully written novel about a friendship that lasts a lifetime.  The story of Elena and Lila begins in a poor but vibrant neighbourhood on the outskirts of Naples. The two...

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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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A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories

A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories

Lucia Berlin

The stories in A Manual for Cleaning Women make for one of the most remarkable unsung collections in twentieth-century American fiction.

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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 Neapolitan Novels, Book Two

The Story of a New Name: The Neapolitan Novels, Book Two

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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 Read reviewTom Houghton

Tom Houghton

Todd Alexander

His whole life has been a fantasy. Who is Tom Houghton? As a boy growing up in the western suburbs of Sydney, Tom Houghton escapes the harshness of the schoolyard by cocooning himself in the cinema of the golden age of Hollywood....

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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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Submission

Submission

Michel Houellebecq

As the 2022 Presidential election approaches, two candidates emerge as favourites, Marine Le Pen of the Front National, and Muhammed Ben Abbes of the nascent Muslim Fraternity. Forming a controversial alliance with the mainstream...

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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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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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 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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 Read reviewThe Blue Guitar

The Blue Guitar

John Banville

Oliver Orme used to be a painter, well known and well rewarded, but the muse has deserted him. He is also, as he confesses, a petty thief; he does not steal for gain, but for the thrill of it. HIs worst theft is Polly, the wife of...

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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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On Brunswick Ground

On Brunswick Ground

Catherine de Saint Phalle

A fresh and sparkling book that strikes deep notes as it flows along. Helen GarnerLike the suburb it depicts, On Brunswick Ground teems with lives at once familiar and strange, all beautifully lit by the glint and warmth...

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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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Oddfellows

Oddfellows

Nicholas Shakespeare

On 1 January 1915, ramifications from the First World War, raging half a world away, were felt in Broken Hill, Australia, when in a guerrilla-style military operation, four citizens were killed and seven wounded. It was the annual...

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Luckiest Girl Alive

Luckiest Girl Alive

Jessica Knoll (Author)

You can run from your past, but the rturh will always find you. Luckiest Girl Alive is an intesne, compulsive debut thriller

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In the Unlikely Event

In the Unlikely Event

Judy Blume

A beautifully drawn, deeply moving, unforgettable novel from one of the world's most beloved and bestselling authors.

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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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Among the Ten Thousand Things

Among the Ten Thousand Things

Julia Pierpont

An exciting new voice in American fiction in the tradition of Claire Messud, Jonathan Franzen and Jonathan Dee.

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The Dog

The Dog

Jack Livings

A wealthy factory owner - once a rural peasant - refuses to help the victims of an earthquake until his daughter starts a relief effort of her own; a powerful Uyghur gangster clashes with his homosexual grandson; and a man...

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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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Guilt

Guilt

Matt Nable

Guilt starts off with a group of friends getting ready for an eighteenth birthday party. Life is exciting and the world is at their feet.Jump forward twenty years and they are all struggling with where they...

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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 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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 Special priceEarly Warning

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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Find Me

Find Me

Laura Van den Berg

The dark of the Hospital at night. My mother's face, when she was young. Things other people will forget: where they come from, how old they are, the faces of the people they love. The right words for bowl and sunshine... What is...

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Too Many Men

Too Many Men

Lily Brett

As the child of survivors of the Holocaust, Ruth Rothwax is obsessed with returning to Poland with her father, but doesn't understand her need to make the journey. Although she wants to make sense of her family's past, there's...

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Whispers Through A Megaphone

Whispers Through A Megaphone

Rachel Elliott

Sometimes the world can seem too much for just one person

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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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 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 reviewTrio

Trio

Geraldine Wooller

Celia, Marcia, and Mickey meet and become friends in London. Searching for work and success in the theatre, they end up sharing a flat and a deep bond of friendship. Set in Italy, London and Australia from the sixties to current...

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 Read reviewAn Astronaut's Life

An Astronaut’s Life

Sonja Dechian

It's a good father-daughter moment for them. When they finally spot Venus through the telescope, they share a similar sense of looking at something larger than their lives. It's a whole different planet, and when it fills the...

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In the Quiet

In the Quiet

Eliza Henry-Jones

A moving, sweet and uplifting novel of love, grief and the heartache of letting go, from a wonderful new Australian author. Cate Carlton has recently died, yet she is able to linger on, watching her three young children and her...

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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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The Truth According to Us

The Truth According to Us

Annie Barrows

Macedonia's history seems simple enough - brief and uneventful. Then Layla meets the Romeyns: Jottie, Willa, Felix, Emmett, a family at once entertaining, eccentric, seductive, and inextricably bound up in Macedonia's most...

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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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Crow's Breath

Crow’s Breath

John Kinsella

Winner of the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Poetry and Christopher Brennan Award (for lifetime achievement in poetry) and shortlisted in the Steele Rudd Prize for a collection of short fiction, John Kinsella returns with a...

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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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 Read reviewArchipelago of Souls

Archipelago of Souls

Gregory Day

In the aftermath of the Second World War, an Australian soldier, Wesley Cress, a hero of the underground resistance on German-occupied Crete, seeks solace and comfort on King Island, in the mouth of Bass Strait, in the Roaring...

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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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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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A Spool of Blue Thread

A Spool of Blue Thread

Anne Tyler

'It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon...' This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she and Red fell in love that day in July 1959. The whole family on the porch, relaxed, half-listening as...

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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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The Shore

The Shore

Sara Taylor

A novel that features various generations over the course of 150 years in interconnecting stories, and we observe a sequence of lives on the Shore - the small miracles and miseries of a community of outsiders, and the bonds of...

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All Involved

All Involved

Ryan Gattis

Propulsive, ambitious and utterly captivating, this is Picador's biggest debut novel of the season.

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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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A Time for Everything

A Time for Everything

Karl Ove Knausgaard

A stunning reimagining of man's relationship with angels. Utterly original, perceptive, and alive. A modern masterpiece.

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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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Young Skins

Young Skins

Colin Barrett

A collection that takes us to Glanbeigh, a small town in rural Ireland - a town in which the youth have the run of the place. Boy racers speed down the back lanes; couples haunt the midnight woods; young skins huddle in the cold...

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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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S.N.U.F.F.

S.N.U.F.F.

Victor Pelevin, Andrew Bromfield

S.N.U.F.F. is a hard-hitting and timely satirical story about war, revolution and their relationship with the media.

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The Sunlit Night

The Sunlit Night

Rebecca Dinerstein

Frances had read of a man who painted with only the colour yellow. He lived in the north of Norway. In the beautiful, barren landscape of the Far North, under the ever-present midnight sun, Frances and Yasha are surprised to find...

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In Wilderness

In Wilderness

Diane Thomas

Suspenseful, intensely erotic and unflinching, this spine-chilling love story will haunt you long after the last page. After learning she has a terminal illness, Katherine abandons her successful advertising firm and seeks refuge...

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 Read reviewThe Well

The Well

Catherine Chanter

When Ruth Ardingly and her family first drive up from London in their grime-encrusted car and view The Well, they are enchanted by a jewel of a place, a farm that appears to offer everything the family are searching for. An...

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Lillian on Life

Lillian on Life

Alison Jean Lester

Life and love lessons as told by sassy narrator Lillian as she looks back in this brilliantly written, bold debut.

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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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 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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Something Special, Something Rare: Outstanding Short StoriesBy Australian Women

Something Special, Something Rare: Outstanding Short StoriesBy Australian Women

Black Inc., Various Authors

Something Special, Something Rare presents outstanding short fiction by Australia's finest female writers. These are tales of love, secrets, doubt and torment, the everyday and the extraordinary.A sleepy town...

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Ruby: Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016

Ruby: Shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016

Cynthia Bond

The epic, unforgettable story of a man determined to protect the woman he loves from the town desperate to destroy her, this beautiful and devastating debut heralds the arrival of a major new voice in fiction.

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 Read reviewThe Water Knife

The Water Knife

Paolo Bacigalupi

The brand new novel from Paolo Bacigalupi, author of the bestselling The Windup Girl and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Locus and John W. Campbell Memorial awards.

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The Country of Ice Cream Star

The Country of Ice Cream Star

Sandra Newman

In the ruins of a future America, fifteen-year-old Ice Cream Star and her people survive by scavenging in the detritus of an abandoned civilization. Theirs is a world of children - by the time they reach twenty, each of them will...

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Lost Boy & Other Stories

Lost Boy & Other Stories

Estelle Tang

This anthology edited by Estelle Tang is a collection of stories submitted to the annual Margaret River Short Story Competition. The competition continues to attract both emerging and established short story writers, some of who...

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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 Bear

The Bear

Claire Cameron

Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange)Anna is five. Narrated by Anna, this is white-knuckle storytelling that captures the fear, wonder and bewilderment of our worst nightmares - and the power...

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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

Hua Yu

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

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Everland

Everland

Rebecca Hunt

1913: Dinners, Millet-Bass, and Napps - three men bound not by friendship, but by an intense dependence founded on survival - will be immortalised by their decision to volunteer to scout out a series of uncharted and unknown...

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A Place Called Winter: Costa Shortlisted 2015

A Place Called Winter: Costa Shortlisted 2015

Patrick Gale

If you've never read a Patrick Gale, stop now and pick up this book. From the author of the bestselling NOTES FROM AN EXHIBITION comes an irresistible, searching and poignant historical novel of love, relationships, secrets and...

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My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises

Fredrik Backman, Henning Koch

The hilarious, heart-breaking new novel by the author of the international bestseller A MAN CALLED OVE.

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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

Alice and the Fly

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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Church of Marvels

Church of Marvels

Leslie Parry

The Night Circus meets Water For Elephants meets Crimson Petal and the White in this compulsively readable debut. A ravishing first novel set in the vibrant, tumultuous underworld of late-19th-century...

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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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The Mountain Can Wait

The Mountain Can Wait

Sarah Leipciger

For fans of Brokeback Mountain and Legend of a Suicide, a story of a father's attempt to save his wayward son.

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The Forever Girl

The Forever Girl

Alexander McCall Smith

A beautiful, touching and often heart-breaking standalone novel about love and friendship from Alexander McCall Smith, bestselling author of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.

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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 Enchanted

The Enchanted

Rene Denfeld

A prisoner sits on death row in a maximum security prison. His only escape from his harsh existence is through the words he dreams about, the world he conjures around him using the power of language. For the reality of his world...

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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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The Dust that Falls from Dreams

The Dust that Falls from Dreams

Louis de Bernieres

In the brief golden years of King Edward VII's reign, Rosie McCosh and her three sisters are growing up in an idyllic and eccentric household in Kent. But their days of childhood innocence and adventure are destined to be followed...

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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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Forever Young

Forever Young

Steven Carroll

The latest novel by acclaimed novelist Steven Carroll, winner of the Prime Minister's Award and the Miles Franklin Award. 'And is nostalgia not so much a longing for a place or a time, as a longing for youth...

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 Read reviewComing Rain

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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 Read reviewAdeline: A Novel of Virginia Woolf

Adeline: A Novel of Virginia Woolf

Norah Vincent

A captivating novel of Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury group.

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Villa America

Villa America

Liza Klaussmann

From the Sunday Times bestselling author of Tigers in Red Weather, a gorgeous novel of the 1920s on the French Riviera, and an enthralling marriage.

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All I Have In This World

All I Have In This World

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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Girl at War

Girl at War

Sara Novic

Little, Brown/Abacus's big fiction debut launch for 2015, from a stunning new American writer

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His Other House

His Other House

Sarah Armstrong

Does love mean always telling the truth?

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Left of the Bang

Left of the Bang

Claire Lowdon

Daringly, radically honest and very, very funny, this is the best novel yet about the 'lost generation' of young Londoners today.

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