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The Wrong Girl

The Wrong Girl

Zoe Foster Blake

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 Read reviewBreath

Breath

Tim Winton

Tim Winton's Breath, winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, is a story about the wildness of youth and learning to live with its passing.

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A Fraction of the Whole

A Fraction of the Whole

Steve Toltz

From the New South Wales bush to bohemian Paris, from sports fields to strip clubs, from the jungles of Thailand to a leaky boat in the Pacific, A Fraction of the Whole follows the Deans on their freewheeling, scathingly funny and...

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Mohsin Hamid

In the wake of September 11, Changez finds his position in his adopted city suddenly overturned, and his budding relationship with Erica eclipsed by the reawakened ghosts of her past. His own identity is in seismic shift as well,...

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Vinegar Girl

Anne Tyler

The hilarious new novel from the bestselling author of A Spool of Blue Thread   

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Loaded

Loaded

Christos Tsiolkas

Ari is nineteen, Greek, gay, unemployed, looking for something - anything - to take him away from his aimless existence in suburban Melbourne. Torn between the traditional Greek world of his parents and friends and the alluring,...

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Out Stealing Horses

Out Stealing Horses

Per Petterson, Anne Born

In 1948, when he is fifteen, Trond spends a summer in the country with his father. The events - the accidental death of a child, his best friend's feelings of guilt and eventual disappearance, his father's decision to leave the...

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Mark Haddon

Christopher is 15 and lives in Swindon with his father. When he discovers a dead dog on a neighbour's lawn he decides to solve the mystery and write a detective thriller about it. As in all good detective stories, however, the...

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Disgrace

Disgrace

J. M. Coetzee

After years teaching Romantic poetry at the Technical University of Cape Town, David Lurie, middle-aged and twice divorced, has an impulsive affair with a student. The affair sours; he is denounced and summoned before a committee...

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1Q84: Books 1, 2 and 3

1Q84: Books 1, 2 and 3

Haruki Murakami

The year is 1984. Aomame sits in a taxi on the expressway in Tokyo. Her work is not the kind which can be discussed in public but she is in a hurry to carry out an assignment and, with the traffic at a stand-still, the driver...

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The New Dark Age

The New Dark Age

Joan London

Published for the first time in one volume, stories from the internationally acclaimed author of Gilgamesh . Fourteen luminous stories from the author's award-winning collections Sister ships and Letter to Constantine ,...

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The Good Parents

The Good Parents

Joan London

From the author of Gilgamesh - longlisted for the Orange Prize - comes a novel of loss and longing that goes right to the heart of the struggle to belong. 'A richly detailed, expertly written exploration of the rebellions and...

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Mohsin Hamid

The Reluctant Fundamentalist is Mohsin Hamid's thrillingly provocative international bestseller. 

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The Secret History

The Secret History

Donna Tartt

Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their...

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An American Marriage

An American Marriage

Tayari Jones

An explosive love story about a marriage interrupted.

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The Power

The Power

Naomi Alderman

The Power is speculative fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, taking us on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality while exposing our own world.

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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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The Night Manager

The Night Manager

John Le Carre

Jonathan Pine is merely the night manager at a luxury hotel. But when a single attempt to pass on information to the British authorities about an international businessman at the hotel with suspicious dealings - backfires...

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The Longest Memory

The Longest Memory

Fred D'Aguiar

The tragic story of a rebellious, fiercely intelligent young slave who breaks all the rules: in learning to read and write; in falling in love with a white girl, the daughter of his owner, and finally in trying to escape and...

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The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club

Amy Tan

Amy Tan's moving and poignant tale of immigrant Chinese mothers and their American-born daughters that inspired the BAFTA nominated filmIn 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, meet weekly to play mahjong...

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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 Noise of Time

The Noise of Time

Julian Barnes

In May 1937, a man in his early thirties waits by the lift of a Leningrad apartment block. He waits all through the night, expecting to be taken away to the Big House. Any celebrity he has known in the previous decade is no use to...

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Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit

Jeanette Winterson

This is the story of Jeanette, adopted and brought up by her mother as one of God's elect.With a new introduction by the author'Witty, bizarre, extraordinary and exhilarating'The Times'She is a master of her material, a writer in...

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Picnic At Hanging Rock

Picnic At Hanging Rock

Joan Lindsay

On St Valentine's Day in 1900 a party of schoolgirls went on a picnic to Hanging Rock. Some were never to return...

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To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee

Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, this work explores with humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the thirties.

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All the Birds, Singing

All the Birds, Singing

Evie Wyld

Jake Whyte is the sole resident of an old farmhouse on an unnamed British island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. It's just her, her untamed companion, Dog, and a flock of sheep. Which is how she wanted it to be....

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Fates and Furies

Fates and Furies

Lauren Groff

Every story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. At age twenty-two, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their...

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Macbeth

Macbeth

Jo Nesbo

THE NO.1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER40 MILLION BOOKS SOLD WORLDWIDEHe's the best cop they've got. When a drug bust turns into a bloodbath it's up to Inspector Macbeth and his team to clean up the mess. He's also an ex-drug addict with...

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American Pastoral

American Pastoral

Philip Roth

Seymour Levov, a devoted family man and inheritor of his father's factory, comes of age in thriving post-war America. His daughter Merry is the apple of his eye until America begins to run amok in the turbulent 1960s, and Merry...

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Homesick For Another World

Homesick For Another World

Ottessa Moshfegh

There's something eerily unsettling about Ottessa Moshfegh's stories, something almost dangerous while also being delightful - and often even weirdly hilarious.

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Dear Life

Dear Life

Alice Munro

A collection of stories, in which moments of change, chance encounters, the twist of fate leads a person to a new way of thinking or being. It presents a radiant, indelible portrait of just how dangerous and strange ordinary life...

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 Read reviewHHhH

HHhH

Laurent Binet, Sam Taylor

HHhH is a panorama of the Third Reich told through the life of one outstandingly brutal man, a story of unbearable heroism and loyalty, revenge and betrayal. It is improbably entertaining and electrifyingly modern, a...

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A Horse Walks into a Bar

A Horse Walks into a Bar

David Grossman, Jessica Cohen

Flaying alive both himself and the people watching him, Dovaleh G provokes both revulsion and empathy from an audience that doesn't know whether to laugh or cry - and all this in the presence of a former childhood friend who is...

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 Read reviewHow to be Both

How to be Both

Ali Smith

Passionate, compassionate, vitally inventive and scrupulously playful, Ali Smith's novels are like nothing else. How to be both is a novel all about art's versatility. Borrowing from painting's fresco technique...

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 Read reviewSwing Time

Swing Time

Zadie Smith

Two dancers with different approaches to their craft share a complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, in a story that transitions from northwest London to West Africa.

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Exit West

Exit West

Mohsin Hamid

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The Mountain

The Mountain

Drusilla Modjeska

Drusilla Modjeska's sweeping novel takes us deep into this fascinating, complex country, whose culture and people cannot escape the march of modernity that threatens to overwhelm them. It is a riveting story of love, loss, grief...

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 Read reviewHere Come the Dogs

Here Come the Dogs

Omar Musa

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

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 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 reviewHag-Seed

Hag-Seed

Margaret Atwood

William Shakespeare’s The Tempest retold as Hag-Seed.

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 Read reviewMy Name Is Lucy Barton

My Name Is Lucy Barton

Elizabeth Strout

From Lucy's hospital bed, we are drawn ever more deeply into the emotional complexity of family life, the inescapable power of the past, and the memories - however painful - that bind a family together.

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On Beauty

On Beauty

Zadie Smith

Why do we fall in love with the people we do? Why do we visit our mistakes on our children? What makes life truly beautiful? This is a story about a pair of feuding families - the Belseys and the Kipps - and a clutch of doomed...

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 Read reviewThe Girls

The Girls

Emma Cline

Evie Boyd is fourteen and desperate to be noticed. It's the summer of 1969 and restless, empty days stretch ahead of her. Until she sees them. The girls. Hair long and uncombed, jewelry catching the sun. And at their centre,...

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The Sound of One Hand Clapping

The Sound of One Hand Clapping

Richard Flanagan

FROM THE WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2014In the winter of 1954, in a construction camp in the remote Tasmanian highlands, when Sonja Buloh was three years old and her father was drinking too much, her mother disappeared into a...

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A Legacy of Spies

A Legacy of Spies

John Le Carre

Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley, is living out his old age when a letter summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him.

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 Read reviewThe 7th Function of Language

The 7th Function of Language

Laurent Binet, Sam Taylor

Roland Barthes is knocked down in a Paris street by a laundry van. A document explaining the seventh function of language - an idea so powerful it gives whoever masters it the ability to convince anyone, in any situation, to do...

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The Course of Love

The Course of Love

Alain de Botton

Rabih and Kirsten find each other, fall in love, get married. Society tells us this is the end of the story. In fact, it is only the beginning. From the first thrill of lust, to the joys and fears of real commitment, to the deep...

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 Read reviewThe Night Circus

The Night Circus

Erin Morgenstern

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. The black sign, painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, reads: Opens at Nightfall, Closes at Dawn.

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 Read reviewThe Night Guest

The Night Guest

Fiona McFarlane

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

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 Read reviewHomegoing

Homegoing

Yaa Gyasi

Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery; one a slave trader's wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow.

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 Read reviewThe Female Persuasion

The Female Persuasion

Meg Wolitzer

When Greer Kadetsky meets Faith Frank, inspirational woman, activist, and campaigner for women's rights, one snowy night at college, she is fired with energy and zest for the future.   

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 Read reviewTell The Truth, Shame The Devil

Tell The Truth, Shame The Devil

Melina Marchetta

With its cast of unforgettable characters, social insight and wry wit, Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil is an irresistible novel about human identity, lost children and the nature of real love.

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Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh

Joan London

Edith and Frances, living with their mother on a tiny farm in the south-western corner of Australia, are visited by their cousin Leopold and his Armenian friend Aram. The two young men are taking the long way home after working on...

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A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow

Amor Towles

21 June 1922 Count Alexander Rostov - recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt - is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel...

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Autumn

Autumn

Ali Smith

Fusing Keatsian mists and mellow fruitfulness with the vitality, the immediacy, and the color hit of pop art, Autumn is [an] ... excavation of the present by the past. The novel is a stripped-branches take on popular culture and a...

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The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

J. D. Salinger

Holden Caulfield is a seventeen- year-old dropout who has just been kicked out of his fourth school. Navigating his way through the challenges of growing up, Holden dissects the 'phony' aspects of society, and the 'phonies'...

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 Read reviewAnything is Possible

Anything is Possible

Elizabeth Strout

An unforgettable cast of small-town characters copes with love and loss from the No. 1 New York Times bestselling and Man Booker long-listed author of My Name is Lucy Barton.

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Music and Freedom

Zoe Morrison

Alice Murray learns to play the piano aged three on an orange orchard in rural Australia. Recognising her daughter's gift, her mother sends Alice to boarding school in the bleak north of England, and there Alice stays for the rest...

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Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart

Chinua Achebe

Okonowo is the greatest warrior alive and he is one of the powerful men of his clan. But he also has a fiery temper. Determined not to be like his father, he refuses to show his weakness. When outsiders threaten the traditions of...

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The Odyssey

The Odyssey

Homer, Homer Homer, Bernard M. W. Knox, Robert Fagles

A translation that presents Homer's poem, recounting the great wandering of Odysseus during his ten-year voyage back home to Ithaca, after the Trojan War.

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The Iliad

The Iliad

Homer, Bernard M. W. Knox, Robert Fagles

One of the epics in Western literature, The Iliad recounts the story of the Trojan wars. In his introduction, the author observes that although the violence of the Iliad is grim and relentless, it co-exists with both images of...

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Cloudstreet

Cloudstreet

Tim Winton

From separate catastrophes two rural families flee to the city and find themselves sharing a great, breathing, shuddering joint called Cloudstreet, where they begin their lives again from scratch. For twenty years they roister and...

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The Idiot

The Idiot

Elif Batuman

Selin, a tall, highly strung Turkish-American from New Jersey turns up at Harvard and finds herself dangerously overwhelmed by the challenges and possibilities of adulthood. She studies linguistics and literature, and spends a lot...

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Behind the Scenes at the Museum

Behind the Scenes at the Museum

Kate Atkinson

Ruby Lennox was conceived grudgingly by Bunty and born while her father, George, was in the Dog and Hare in Doncaster telling a woman in an emerald dress and a D-cup that he wasn't married. Bunty had never wanted to marry George,...

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Florida

Lauren Groff

New York Times bestseller Lauren Groff returns with a new book as bold and consuming as her novel Fates and Furies.

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 Special priceThe Heart is a Lonely Hunter

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Carson McCullers, Kasia Boddy

Set in the American South, this is the story of a group of people who appear to have little in common except they are all hopelessly lonely. A young girl, a drunken socialist and a black doctor are drawn to a gentle, sympathetic...

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Austerlitz

Austerlitz

W. G. Sebald, Anthea Bell, James Wood

In 1939, five-year-old Jacques Austerlitz is sent to England on a Kindertransport and placed with foster parents. This childless couple promptly erase from the boy all knowledge of his identity and he grows up ignorant of his...

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One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Blending political reality with magic realism, fantasy and comic invention, this book is one of the most daringly original works of the twentieth century.

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The Boat

The Boat

Nam Le

The Boat takes us from a tourist in Tehran to a teenage hit man in Colombia; from the city of Hiroshima just before the bomb is dropped to the haunting waste of the South China Sea in the wake of another war. Each story is...

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White Teeth

White Teeth

Zadie Smith

Dealing - among many other things - with friendship, love, war, three cultures and three families over three generations, one brown mouse, and the tricky way the past has of coming back and biting you on the ankle, this book is...

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Death Of A River Guide

Death Of A River Guide

Richard Flanagan

FROM THE WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2014Trapped within a waterfall on the wild Franklin River, Tasmanian river guide, Aljaz Cosini, lies drowning. As the tourists he has been guiding down the river seek to save him, Aljaz is...

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Hot Milk

Hot Milk

Deborah Levy

Explores the violently primal bond between mother and daughter. Examining female rage and sexuality, this novel explores the strange and monstrous nature of motherhood, testing the bonds of parent and child to breaking point.

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All That I Am

Anna Funder

An award-winning author delivers an affecting and beautifully evocative debut novel, set in 1930's Europe and based on a true story, about a group of young German exiles who risk their lives to awaken the world to the terrifying...

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Last Stories

Last Stories

William Trevor

The last collection of short stories by the master storyteller William Trevor.

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Any Human Heart

Any Human Heart

William Boyd

Every life is both ordinary and extraordinary, but Logan Mountstuart's - lived from the beginning to the end of the twentieth century - contains more than its fair share of both. As a writer who finds inspiration with Hemingway in...

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 Read reviewIn the Garden of the Fugitives

In the Garden of the Fugitives

Ceridwen Dovey

Originally published in 2018 by Hamish Hamiltion, an imprint of Penguin Books, Australia --Title page verso.

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