Fiction books 2016

The Transmigration of Bodies / Signs Preceding the End of the World

The Transmigration of Bodies / Signs Preceding the End of the World

Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman

Two astonishing novellas, by ‘Mexico's greatest novelist', in one volume.

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The Spy: A Novel

The Spy: A Novel

Paulo Coelho

When Mata Hari arrived in Paris she was penniless. Soon she was feted as the most elegant woman in the city. A dancer who shocked and delighted audiences; a confidant and courtesan who bewitched the era's richest and most powerful...

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A Collapse of Horses

A Collapse of Horses

Brian Evenson

A stuffed bear beats with the rhythm of a dead baby's heart; a crew on a space mission are dying of exposure to alien dust and at the hands of a killer among them; and a town keeps receding to the east as a man travels back to the...

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The Fifth Avenue Artists Society

The Fifth Avenue Artists Society

Joy Callaway

A charming debut about a family of four artistic sisters on the outskirts of Gilded Age New York high society and centered on the oldest--an aspiring writer caught between the boy next door and a mysterious novelist who inducts...

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Himself

Himself

Jess Kidd

Blending strange kindnesses, casual violence and buried secrets: an unforgettable debut from a dark new voice in Irish fiction

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The Pretty Delicious Cafe

The Pretty Delicious Cafe

Danielle Hawkins

On the outskirts of a small New Zealand seaside town, Lia and her friend Anna work serious hours running their restored cafe. The busy season is just around the corner, and there are other things to...

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I'll Take You There

I’ll Take You There

Wally Lamb

Every Monday evening, Felix Funicello sets up a new film at an old vaudeville theatre for his weekly movie club. But one night, as this sixty-year-old scholar prepares the projectionist booth, he is confronted by an unanticipated...

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 Special price Read reviewMoonglow

Moonglow

Michael Chabon

Following on the heels of his New York Times-bestselling novel Telegraph Avenue, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon delivers another literary masterpiece: a novel of truth and lies, family legends, and existential...

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Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days

Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days

Jeanette Winterson

Celebrates Christmas with stories in which, there are ghosts here and jovial spirits; chances at love and tricks with time; there is frost and icicles, mistletoe and sledges; there's a cat and a dog and a solid silver frog;...

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Who's Afraid?

Who’s Afraid?

Maria Lewis

A fresh, new urban fantasy for fans of Darynda Jones, Patricia Briggs and Keri Arthur

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The Mare

The Mare

Mary Gaitskill

Narrated in turn by Velvet and Ginger, Mary Gaitskill has created a devastating portrait of the unbridgeable gaps between people, and the way we long for fairytale endings even when we know they don't exist. Heartbreakingly honest...

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Thirst

Thirst

Benjamin Warner

On a searing summer Friday, Eddie Chapman has been stuck for hours in a traffic jam. There are accidents along the highway, but ambulances and police are conspicuously absent. When he decides to abandon his car and run home, he...

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Barbara the Slut and Other People

Barbara the Slut and Other People

Lauren Holmes

'Astonishing - one of those rare books that manages to be both poignant and hilarious. The last time we had a debut this big was Junot Diaz with 'Drown'. Holmes is a major talent.' Philipp Meyer A fresh, honest, and...

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The Last Days of New Paris

The Last Days of New Paris

China Mieville

From the bestselling and award-winning master of sci fi, fantasy, and speculative fiction: a Surrealist bomb transfigures war-torn Paris into a phantasmagoric dreamscape, unleashing a race of nightmarish creatures --

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After the Carnage

After the Carnage

Tara June Winch

A single mother resorts to extreme measures to protect her young son. A Nigerian student undertakes a United Nations internship in the hope of a better future. A recently divorced man starts a running group with members of an...

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Different Class

Different Class

Joanne Harris

After thirty years at St Oswald's Grammar in North Yorkshire, Latin master Roy Straitley has seen all kinds of boys come and go. Each class has its clowns, its rebels, its underdogs, its 'Brodie' boys who, whilst of course he...

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Resolution

Resolution

A. N. Wilson

From one of our leading novelists and historians comes a breathtakingly vivid novel that recalls the three voyages Captain Cook made to the southern hemisphere, culminating in the last, fateful expedition on which he was brutally...

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A Chinese Affair

A Chinese Affair

Isabelle Li

Sixteen exquisite stories exploring recent Chinese migration to Australia and elsewhere. Some are explicitly connected, through common characters or incidents; in others, the threads are both allusive and elusive-intergenerational...

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Behold the Dreamers

Behold the Dreamers

Imbolo Mbue

A powerful and timely story of marriage, class, race and the pursuit of the American Dream. Behold the Dreamers is a dazzling debut novel about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness - and of what we're prepared to sacrifice...

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Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist

Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist

Sunil Yapa

'A literary molotov cocktail to light up the dark' Colum McCann

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 Read reviewThe Museum of Modern Love

The Museum of Modern Love

Heather Rose

A mesmerising literary novel about a lost man in search of connection - a meditation on love, art and commitment, set against the backdrop of one of the greatest art events in modern history, Marina Abramovic's The Artist is...

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Mount!

Mount!

Jilly Cooper

Features Rupert Campbell-Black who takes centre stage in the cut-throat world of flat racing. Rupert is consumed by one obsession: that Love Rat, his adored grey horse, be proclaimed champion stallion. He longs to trounce...

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The Pier Falls

The Pier Falls

Mark Haddon

A thirty-stone man is confined to his living room. One woman is abandoned on a tiny island in the middle of the ocean. Another woman is saved from drowning. Two boys discover a gun in a shoebox. A group of explorers find a cave of...

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The Bones of Grace

The Bones of Grace

Tahmima Anam

A story of love, migration, and the search for identity

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Comfort Zone

Comfort Zone

Lindsay Tanner

An astute novel about inner-city Australian racism - and about humanity emerging in the face of reality.Jack van Duyn is in his comfort zone. A pot-bellied, unfit, round-shouldered cabbie in his...

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The Regulars

The Regulars

Georgia Clark

Girls meets Bridget Jones' Diary (with a magical twist) in this fierce and hilarious women's fiction debut, as three average girls become extraordinarily beautiful and have all their fantasies come true ... or do they?

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The Things We Keep

The Things We Keep

Sally Hepworth

A novel of love undaunted by obstacles, from the bestselling author of The Secrets of Midwives.

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Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms

Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms

Anita Heiss

A story about a love that transcends all boundaries, from one of Australia's best loved authors.

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The Last Photograph

The Last Photograph

Emma Chapman

He walks into the living room and June is dead.He centres her, checking the light. Focusing, he clicks the shutter.He'll ask himself later, if he knew. It's easy to say that he had acted without thinking, out of...

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The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old

Hendrik Groen, Hester Velmans

'Another year and I still don't like old people. Me? I am 83 years old.' Hendrik Groen may be old, but he is far from dead and isn't planning to be buried any time soon. Granted, his daily strolls are getting shorter because his...

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The Stars Askew: A Caeli-Amur Novel 2

The Stars Askew: A Caeli-Amur Novel 2

Rjurik Davidson

With the seditionists in power, Caeli-Amur has begun a new age. Or has it? The escaped House officials no longer send food, and the city is starving.When the moderate leader, Aceline, is murdered, the trail leads the...

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The Notebook Trilogy: The Notebook, the Proof, the Third Lie

The Notebook Trilogy: The Notebook, the Proof, the Third Lie

Agota Kristof

Claus and Lucas are twins. Their new life begins when they are left with their grandmother, the 'Witch', in a village in an occupied country. It's wartime. Their angelic looks are deceiving. They are implacable, dangerously...

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Wood Green

Sean Rabin

Michael, an aspiring writer who has recently finished his PhD, takes a job as the secretary to his literary hero, Lucian Clarke, a reclusive novelist with a mysterious cosmopolitan past, who lives in a cottage in a village on a...

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The Summer That Melted Everything

The Summer That Melted Everything

Tiffany McDaniel

Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heatwave scorched the small town of Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil.

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Homegoing

Yaa Gyasi

Epic in its canvas and intimate in its portraits, Homegoing is a searing and profound debut from a masterly new writer.

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Hunters & Collectors

Hunters & Collectors

M. Suddain

John Tamberlain is The Tomahawk, the universe's most feared food critic - though he himself prefers the term 'forensic gastronomer'. He's on a quest, in search of the much-storied Hotel Grand Skies, a secretive and exclusive haven...

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The Little Communist Who Never Smiled

The Little Communist Who Never Smiled

Lola Lafon, Nick Caistor

Translation of: Le petite communiste qui ne souriait jamais.

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 Read reviewThe Healing Party: A Novel

The Healing Party: A Novel

Micheline Lee

An electrifying debut novel about faith and lies, the spirit and the flesh.When her mother is diagnosed with a terminal illness, Natasha returns to the home she fled many years before. But her father, a Charismatic...

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Be Frank with Me

Be Frank with Me

Julia Claiborne Johnson

Features Frank - a modern nine-year-old boy with the wit of Noel Coward and the wardrobe of a 1930s movie star, and Mimi Banning - reclusive literary legend and mother to Frank. This is an unconventional story of an unusual mother...

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The Storyteller: Tales Out of Loneliness

The Storyteller: Tales Out of Loneliness

Walter Benjamin

A beautiful collection of the legendary thinker's short stories

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The House at the Edge of Night

The House at the Edge of Night

Catherine Banner

On a tiny island off the coast of Italy, Amedeo Esposito, a foundling from Florence, thinks he has found a place where, finally, he can belong. Intrigued by a building the locals believe to be cursed, Amedeo restores the crumbling...

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The Last Time We Spoke

The Last Time We Spoke

Fiona Sussman

One mild summer evening in rural New Zealand the lives of Carla Reid, a middle-aged farmer's wife, and Ben Toroa, an illiterate teen, brutally collide. Neither will be the same again, their futures forever linked. Many years after...

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Black British

Black British

Hebe De Souza

A debut novel from a powerful new voice in Australian fiction, Black British is a coming-of-age story told by Lucy de Souza, the daughter of an affluent Indian family struggling to maintain their fortune after the Raj.

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Nightmare in Berlin

Nightmare in Berlin

Hans Fallada

Available for the first time in English, here is an unforgettable portrayal by a master novelist of the physical and psychological devastation wrought in the homeland by Hitler's war.

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The State We're in: Maine Stories

The State We’re in: Maine Stories

Ann Beattie

The State We're In is the first new collection in a decade from the writer that John Updike credited with creating 'an entirely different kind of short story'. Cool, ironic and witty, these stories are sharply observed, but...

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Educated Youth

Educated Youth

Ye Xin

During the Cultural Revolution over 14 million Chinese high school graduates were sent from the cities to live and work in the countryside. They were known as zhiqing - 'educated youth'. They fell in love, married, had children....

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The Death of All Things Seen

The Death of All Things Seen

Michael Collins

Two families living the dream in small town America are forced to confront their guilty secrets in the aftermath of a shocking death.

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The Lost Time Accidents

The Lost Time Accidents

John Wray

This year's Big American Novel is a high-concept epic that races through one family's experience of the twentieth century

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The Memory Stones

The Memory Stones

Caroline Brothers, Greg Heinimann

A compelling tale of a young woman's disappearance in 1970s Argentina, The Memory Stones is a sweeping, epic story of a family tragedy whose consequences echo throughout generations

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Watershed

Watershed

Jane Abbott

Savage and apocalyptic, this is the new world.Devoid of rain, the earth has shrunk to dust and salt, hemmed by a swollen sea. Survivors gather to re-establish order but it's nothing like before. It is Jeremiah's...

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 Read reviewTreading Air

Treading Air

Ariella Van Luyn

In 1920s Brisbane, Lizzie O'Dea wants to get away from her dad and the memories of her mum that haunt her. At the races, she meets attractive, war-scarred Joe. When he says that he wants to marry her and take her away to far-flung...

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 Read reviewThe Toymaker

The Toymaker

Liam Pieper

Adam Kulakov likes his life. He's on the right side of middle age; the toy company he owns brightens the lives of millions of children around the world; and he has more money than he can ever spend, a wife and child he adores, and...

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Speak My Language, and Other Stories: An Anthology of Gay Fiction

Speak My Language, and Other Stories: An Anthology of Gay Fiction

Torsten Hojer

In this exciting new collection of gay short stories, we hear from authors imagining, surmising, and revealing aspects of gay life from a multitude of perspectives, ages, eras, locations, cultures and political climates....

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