Fiction Highlights for 2013

The Great Unknown

The Great Unknown

Angela Meyer

In this anthology, our editor, Angela Meyer, pays tribute to the undeniable cultural influence that American TV programs such as Twilight Zone and Outer Limits have had on our lives 'down...

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Infidelity

Infidelity

Hugh Mackay

Tom, an Australian psychologist in his early 40s, escapes to London after a messy affair with a patient. He meets Sarah - elegant, forthright, wealthy and impossible.

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 Read reviewAshes in My Mouth, Sand in My Shoes

Ashes in My Mouth, Sand in My Shoes

Per Petterson, Don Bartlett

Arvid Jansen is a young boy who lives on the outskirts of Oslo. It's the early sixties, his father works in a shoe factory and his Danish mother works as a cleaner. Arvid wets his bed at night and has nightmares about crocodiles,...

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Saving Mozart

Saving Mozart

Raphael Jerusalmy

Time is running out for Otto Steiner, an elderly Jewish music critic who is languishing in a sanitorium in Salzburg on the eve of the Second World War. Music remains his only love, but the forces of darkness are closing in....

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 Read reviewPetit Mal

Petit Mal

D.B.C. Pierre

Drawing on memoir and a life lived in pursuit of sensation, but always ignited by the flame of fiction, Petit Mallegories take us further into the imagination of one of the most radically original prose stylists of the past...

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A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing

Eimear McBride

Tells in brutal detail the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. In this title, the author touches on everything from family violence to sexuality and the...

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 Read reviewSubtle Bodies

Subtle Bodies

Norman Rush

From an acclaimed master of American fiction comes an intelligent and romantic novel about friendship, funerals and the myths we employ to make sense of ourselves

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 Read reviewThe Antibiography of Robert F. Menzies

The Antibiography of Robert F. Menzies

Bernard Cohen

A witty, irreverent and intelligent satire of Australian politics.

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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Alexander McCall Smith

A 'detective' story with unique setting and characters.

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The Kalahari Typing School For Men

The Kalahari Typing School For Men

Alexander McCall Smith

In this fourth volume of the bestselling series - The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, the ever-popular Precious Ramotswe - Botswana's leading, and only, female private detective - faces a new and unwanted problem: competition.

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In The Company Of Cheerful Ladies

In The Company Of Cheerful Ladies

Alexander McCall Smith

* Highly original 'detective' stories with unique setting and characters featuring Mma Ramotswe and her No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency.

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Dust: (Wool Trilogy 3)

Dust: (Wool Trilogy 3)

Hugh Howey

In the aftermath of the uprising, the people of Silo 18 are coming to terms with a new order. Some embrace the change, others fear the unknown; none have control of their fate. The Silo is still in danger. There are those set on...

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The Good Husband Of Zebra Drive

The Good Husband Of Zebra Drive

Alexander McCall Smith

The eighth instalment of Alexander McCall Smith's wonderful No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series

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Gentle Axe

Gentle Axe

Morris R. N.

Porfiry Petrovich, the clever and levelheaded police
investigator who apprehended Raskolnikov in Dostoevsky's 1866 novel
Crime and Punishment, has another case that demands his attention.
A man with a bloody axe in his belt is...

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The Man with the Compound Eyes

The Man with the Compound Eyes

Ming-Yi Wu

On the island of Wayo Wayo, every second son must leave on the day he turns fifteen as a sacrifice to the Sea God. Atile'i is one such boy, but as the strongest swimmer and best sailor, he is determined to defy destiny and become...

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The Storyteller and His Three Daughters

The Storyteller and His Three Daughters

Lian Hearn

Lian Hearn's TALES OF THE OTORI sold over 4 million copies worldwide. Now she brings us a story about storytelling, and about love, intrigue and betrayal.

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The Fifth Floor

The Fifth Floor

Michael Harvey

Harvey's sizzling, intricately woven follow-up to The Chicago Way opens with murder in contemporary Chicago and winds its way back to Mrs. O'Leary's cow and the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

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 Read reviewEnon

Enon

Paul Harding

Follows a year in the life of Charlie Crosby as he tries to come to terms with a shattering personal tragedy. Grandson of George Crosby (the protagonist of Tinkers), Charlie inhabits the same dynamic landscape of New England, its...

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Night Film

Night Film

Marisha Pessl

Brilliant, haunting, breathtakingly suspenseful, Night Film is a superb literary thriller by the New York Times bestselling author of the blockbuster debut Special Topics in Calamity...

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 Special priceEchoes from the Dead

Echoes from the Dead

Johan Theorin

Can you ever come to terms with a missing child? Julia Davidsson has not. Her five-year-old son disappeared twenty years previously on the Swedish island of Oland. No trace of him has ever been found. Until his shoe arrives in the...

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Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

Helen Fielding

An uproariously funny novel of modern life, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy is a triumphant return of our favourite Everywoman.

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 Read reviewGoat Mountain

Goat Mountain

David Vann

Three generations of men hunt for deer on Goat Mountain. One hot autumn day, grandfather, son and grandson discover a poacher on their land. The eleven-year-old studies the poacher through the scope of his father's rifle - and...

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Dog Eat Dog

Dog Eat Dog

Edward Bunker

Under the new California three strikes law, three ex-convicts attempt to live normal lives, but when they find it impossible to do so, they devise a plan to do one more collaborative job that will either land them in prison or...

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The Double Comfort Safari Club

The Double Comfort Safari Club

Alexander McCall Smith

* Mma Ramotswe's wonderful eleventh novel

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 Read reviewThe Pure Gold Baby

The Pure Gold Baby

Margaret Drabble

The Pure Gold Baby will both raise you up and break your heart, as it follows Anna, a child of special, unknowable qualities, who also presents profound parental challenges. Over decades, we observe her touch the lives...

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 Read reviewCat & Fiddle: a novel

Cat & Fiddle: a novel

Lesley Jorgensen

Cat & Fiddle centres on two families whose lives become intertwined at the country estate of Bourne Abbey in rural Wiltshire. While Dr Choudhury is busy advising Henry Bourne on the restoration of the abbey to its former glory,...

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The Limit

The Limit

Riikka Pulkkinen, Lola Rogers

It's a sweltering summer's day, and Anja Aropalo is on her way home with two errands in mind: first, to water the roses, and then to commit suicide. She is slowly losing her husband to Alzheimer's disease, and she has made him a...

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 Special priceBurial Rites

Burial Rites

Hannah Kent

Based on a true story, Burial Rites is an astonishing and moving novel about the truths we claim to know and the ways in which we interpret what we're told. In beautiful, cut-glass prose, Hannah Kent portrays Iceland's...

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 Read reviewInfamy

Infamy

Lenny Bartulin

A dark and gripping Western set in Tasmania, which reads like Cormac McCarthy meets Deadwood.

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The Rosie Project,

The Rosie Project,

Graeme Simsion

A first-date dud, socially awkward, and overly fond of quick-dry clothes, Don Tillman has given up on love. Until a chance encounter gives him an idea.

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Ghost Moth

Ghost Moth

Michele Forbes

In this lyrical, evocative debut novel, a family is consumed by dark secrets as tensions rise in Northern Ireland.

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An Elegant Young Man

An Elegant Young Man

Luke Carman

For a long time Western Sydney has been the political flash-point of the nation, but it has been absent from Australian literature. Luke Carman's first book of fiction is about to change all that: a collection of monologues and...

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 Read reviewThe Rainbow Troops

The Rainbow Troops

Andrea Hirata

On Indonesia's Belitong Island--impoverished and tyrannized by tin-mining interests--a wily group of schoolchildren fight for their right to education --

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Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep

Stephen King

Doctor Sleep picks up the story of the now middle-aged Dan, the boy at the heart of The Shining, working at a hospice in rural New Hampshire, and the very special twelve-year old girl he must save from a tribe of...

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Tenth of December: Stories

Tenth of December: Stories

George Saunders

One of the most important and blazingly original writers of his generation, George Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story, and Tenth of December is his most honest, accessible, and moving collection...

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 Read reviewThe Full Ridiculous

The Full Ridiculous

Mark Lamprell

Michael O'Dell is hit by a car. When he doesn't die, he is surprised and pleased. But he can't seem to move from the crash position. He can't concentrate, or control his anger and grief, or work out what to do about anything...

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The Lowland

The Lowland

Jhumpa Lahiri

An outstanding new collection of stories that explore the heart of family life and the immigrant experience, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Interpreter of Maladies and The Namesake

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 Read reviewThe Twelve Tribes of Hattie

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

Ayana Mathis

Fifteen years old and blazing with the hope of a better life, Hattie Shepherd fled the horror of the American South on a dawn train bound for Philadelphia. Her American dream is shattered time and again: a husband who lies and...

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Love is a Canoe

Love is a Canoe

Ben Schrank

Love Is a Canoe is a smart, funny and romantic novel about the fragility of love and marriage. Peter Herman is something of a folk hero. Marriage Is a Canoe , his decades-old guide to love and relationships, won the hearts of...

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Ninety 9

Ninety 9

Vanessa Berry

In the 1990s, when music was recorded on cassettes and movies on VHS, Vanessa Berry was reacting to the loneliness of life in the suburbs by constructing imaginary worlds and identities from video hits, late-night music programs,...

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The Following

The Following

Roger McDonald

A politician was a man apart, with power lent to him while it lasted, a sack of bones in a suit coat thereafter.' Years ago, in a midnight encounter beside the railroad tracks, a young boy meets a stranger with a powerful secret,...

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 Read reviewBelomor

Belomor

Nicolas Rothwell

Elegiac and seductive, Belomor is the frontier where truth and invention meet--where fragments from distant lives intermingle, and cohere.

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 Read reviewThe Young Desire It

The Young Desire It

Kenneth Mackenzie, David Malouf

Published in London in 1937 to wide acclaim, The Young Desire It a stunning debut novel about coming of age: intimate & lyrical account of first love, & rich evocation of rural Western Australia. It won Australian Literature...

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S.

S.

Doug Dorst, J. J. Abrams

A young woman picks up a book left behind by a stranger. Inside it are his margin notes, which reveal a reader entranced by the story and by its mysterious author. She responds with notes of her own, leaving the book for the...

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 Read reviewLetter to George Clooney

Letter to George Clooney

Debra Adelaide

Debra Adelaide's new collection of short stories intricately maps both the sublime and the mundane landscape of ordinary lives, with her trademark dark wit and luminous intelligence. Australian author.

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Let The Games Begin

Let The Games Begin

Niccolo Ammaniti, Kylee Doust

The prize-winning international bestseller from the author of I'm Not Scared

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 Read reviewA Lifetime On Clouds

A Lifetime On Clouds

Gerald Murnane, Andy Griffiths

A Lifetime on Clouds is funny, honest and sweetly told: a less ribald, Catholic Australian Portnoy's Complaint.

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 Read reviewCartwheel

Cartwheel

Jennifer DuBois

An American foreign-exchange student arrested for murder. A desperate father determined to win her freedom. The brilliant lawyer tasked with her prosecution. And the sphinx-like young man who happens to be her only...

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 Read reviewFloodline

Floodline

Kathryn Heyman

Funny, moving and utterly compelling, Floodline tells of the unexpected salvation that can be found on the edge of disaster.

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 Read reviewDown In The City

Down In The City

Elizabeth Harrower, Delia Falconer

Devastating debut novel from the author of The Watch Tower, hailed by The Washington Post as 'a brilliant achievement'.

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 Special priceParade

Parade

Shuichi Yoshida

Four twenty-somethings share an apartment in Tokyo. In this title, each tells their story: their lives, their hopes and fears, their loves, their secrets. It includes: Kotomi waits by the phone for a boyfriend who never calls;...

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 Read reviewThe Embassy of Cambodia

The Embassy of Cambodia

Zadie Smith

Takes us deep into the life of a young woman, Fatou, domestic servant to the Derawals and escapee from one set of hardships to another. Beginning and ending outside the Embassy of Cambodia, which happens to be located in...

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Snake Bite

Snake Bite

Christie Thompson

The funny and shocking coming-of-age story of a wild teenager in a Canberra you never dreamed existed!

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 Read reviewThe Best 100 Poems Of Dorothy Porter,

The Best 100 Poems Of Dorothy Porter,

Porter Dorothy

The Best 100 Poems of Dorothy Porter draws from her life's work to present the many facets of Porter the poet, from stretching the fabric of ancient mythology to delving into the beauty of the natural world, or inking an intimate...

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The Flamethrowers

The Flamethrowers

Rachel Kushner

The year is 1977 and Reno - so called because of the place of her birth - has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Reno meets a group of dreamers and raconteurs who submit her to...

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Between My Father and the King: new and uncollected stories

Between My Father and the King: new and uncollected stories

Janet Frame

This brand new collection of 28 short stories by Janet Frame spans the length of her career and contains some of the best she wrote. None of these stories has been published in a collection before, and more than half are published...

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Lightning

Lightning

Felicity Volk

Amid the chaos of sweeping bushfires, Persia gives birth alone at home with tragic consequences. Traumatised and grieving, she travels north, and encounters Ahmed, a refugee fleeing deportation and his past in Pakistan.

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 Read reviewThe Woman Upstairs

The Woman Upstairs

Claire Messud

Nora Eldridge has always been a good girl: a good daughter, colleague, friend, employee. She teaches at an elementary school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where the children and the parents adore her; but her real passion is her...

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 Read reviewThe Memory Trap

The Memory Trap

Andrea Goldsmith

A novel about memory, music, friendship, family rifts and reconciliation, this is an intelligent, compelling read set in Melbourne.

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 Read reviewElemental

Elemental

Amanda Curtin

Nearing the end of her life, Meggie Tulloch takes up her pen to write a story for her granddaughter, Laura. It begins in the first years of the twentieth century, in a place where howling winds spin salt and sleet sucked up from...

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 Read reviewSteeplechase

Steeplechase

Krissy Kneen

I force myself to take the phone away from my ear and search for the last incoming call. I store the number under one word, 'sister'. I know I should have used her name but it is all I can think of in this moment. Sister. My...

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 Read reviewEyrie

Eyrie

Tim Winton

Divorced and unemployed, he's lost faith in everything precious to him. Holed up in a grim highrise, cultivating his newfound isolation, Keely looks down at a society from which he's retired hurt and angry. He's done fighting the...

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 Read reviewMullumbimby

Mullumbimby

Melissa Lucashenko

A darkly funny novel of romantic love and cultural warfare from one of Australia's most admired Indigenous voices. When Jo Breen uses her divorce settlement to buy a neglected property in the Byron Bay hinterland, she is hoping...

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 Read reviewGood On Paper

Good On Paper

Andrew Morgan

Somewhere out there, among the wounded egos and frustrated ambitions, among the mangled manuscripts, murky motives and missed deadlines - the great Australian novel is waiting to be discovered. When the infamous Josh Henry...

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 Read reviewLetters to the End of Love

Letters to the End of Love

Yvette Walker

Three stories, three secrets, three marriages.

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Married Life: a novel

Married Life: a novel

David Vogel

Set in Vienna in the 1920s, and published in Palestine in 1929, Vogel's great novel Married Life is a portrait of a disastrous marriage between Dr Rudolf Gurdweill, a young Jewish writer, and Baroness Thea von Takow, an...

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Red Doc>

Red Doc>

Anne Carson

A literary event: a follow-up to the internationally acclaimed poetry bestseller Autobiography of Red ( Amazing. --Alice Munro) that takes its mythic boy-hero into the 21st century to tell a story all its own of love, loss, and...

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The Signature of All Things

The Signature of All Things

Elizabeth Gilbert

5th January 1800. At the beginning of a new century, Alma Whittaker is born into a perfect Philadelphia winter. Her father, Henry Whittaker, is a bold and charismatic botanical explorer whose vast fortune belies his lowly...

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 Special price Read reviewThe Vale Girl

The Vale Girl

Nelika McDonald

Fourteen-year-old Sarah Vale has gone missing in the small town of Banville. She's the daughter of the town whore and no one cares except Tommy Johns, who loves Sarah Vale with all the unadulterated, tentative passion of a teenage...

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The Mannequin Makers

The Mannequin Makers

Craig Cliff

The Mannequin Makers is at turns a gothic tale of a father's obsession, a castaway story worthy of a Boy's Own adventure and a thorny remembrance of past tragedies.

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The Son

The Son

Philipp Meyer

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

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Man Vs Child

Man Vs Child

Dominic Knight

A witty, insightful romantic comedy, which draws on the author s experience of the comedy world, working in radio, and being immature and childless! For fans of David Nicholls, Ben Elton and Nick Hornby. Dan McIntyre isn t ready...

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 Read reviewIn Times of Fading Light

In Times of Fading Light

Eugen Ruge

With wisdom, humour and great empathy, and drawing on his own family history, Eugen Ruge majestically traces the stories of both this particular family and the GDR, while exploring the tragic intertwining of politics, love and...

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Tide

Tide

John Kinsella

The coast and dreams of being by the water are never far away in Kinsellas surprising stories of Australian small town life. They summon in us both longing and fear at the recollection of our own childhoods, families, friends and...

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Revenge

Revenge

Yoko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder

In the tradition of classical Japanese poetic collections, the stories in this title are linked through recurring images and motifs, as each story follows on from the one before while simultaneously introducing new characters and...

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Beautiful Ruins

Beautiful Ruins

Jess Walter

Somewhere on a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and views an apparition: a beautiful woman, a vision in white,...

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Cairo

Cairo

Chris Womersley

A summer of liberation leads to a teenage boy becoming caught up in the notorious heist of Picasso's Weeping Woman.

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 Read reviewMore Than This

More Than This

Patrick Ness

A boy called Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones...

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The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy

J. K. Rowling

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town...

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Tampa

Tampa

Alissa Nutting

Celeste Price is an eighth-grade English teacher in suburban Tampa. She is attractive. She drives a red Corvette. Her husband, Ford, is rich, square-jawed and devoted to her. But Celeste has a secret. She has a singular sexual...

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Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers: A Scotland Street Novel

Bertie’s Guide to Life and Mothers: A Scotland Street Novel

Alexander McCall Smith

Once more, we catch up with the delightful goings-on in the fictitious 44 Scotland Street from Alexander McCall Smith. With customary charm and deftness, Alexander McCall Smith gives us another instalment in this popular series,...

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MaddAddam

MaddAddam

Margaret Atwood

Bringing together characters from Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood, this thrilling conclusion to Atwood's dystopian trilogy confirms the ultimate endurance of humanity, community, and love.

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When It Happens to You

When It Happens to You

Molly Ringwald

Already a hit in hardback, a stunning novel in stories by the iconic actress Molly Ringwald

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Taipei

Taipei

Tao Lin

At some point, maybe twenty minutes after he'd begun refreshing Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Gmail in a continuous cycle - with an ongoing, affectless, humorless realisation that his day 'was over' - he noticed with confusion,...

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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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The Hired Man

The Hired Man

Aminatta Forna

Gost is surrounded by mountains and fields of wild flowers. The Croatian winter brings freezing winds. Beyond the boundaries of the town an old house which has lain empty for years is showing signs of life. Laura and her teenage...

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 Read reviewHoly Bible

Holy Bible

Vanessa Russell

Holy Bible tells the story of the Bloom family - a large, raucous, often obscene and quietly damaged family growing up in the Christadelphian sect in Ballarat.

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 Read reviewTransactions

Transactions

Ali Alizadeh

An electric collection of fiction from the Prime Minister's Prize shortlisted author

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 Read reviewHoliday In Cambodia

Holiday In Cambodia

Laura Jean McKay

Beyond the killing fields and the temples of Angkor Wat is Cambodia: a country with a genocidal past and a wide, open smile. A frontier land where anything is possible - at least for Western expatriates. In these loosely...

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 Special price Read reviewThe Quarry

The Quarry

Iain Banks

Kit doesn't know who his mother is. What he does know, however, is that his father, Guy, is dying of cancer. Feeling his death is imminent, Guy gathers around him his oldest friends - or at least the friends with the most to...

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 Read reviewViennese Romance: a novel

Viennese Romance: a novel

David Vogel, Dalya Bilu

Michael Rost, an 18-year-old Jewish youth hungry for experience, comes to Vienna and forms passing relationships with everyone who crosses his path: whores, revolutionaries, paupers, army officers, and rich men who frequent...

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2121: A Tale From the Next Century

2121: A Tale From the Next Century

Susan Greenfield

In this starkly terrifying vision of the near future, humanity has been overwhelmed by the technologies we take for granted today.

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 Special priceSisterland

Sisterland

Curtis Sittenfeld

For identical twins, Kate and Violet are about as unlike as two peas from the same pod can be. Except in one respect - they share a hidden gift they call 'the Senses', a special kind of intuition that can allow them to see things...

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Paris

Paris

Edward Rutherfurd

The epic novel of the most romantic city in the world.

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The Unknowns

The Unknowns

Gabriel Roth

Imagine One Day as retold by Woody Allen -- and welcome to the hilarious, neurotic, and peculiarly perceptive world of Gabriel Roth

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The Infatuations

The Infatuations

Javier Marias, Margaret Jull Costa

Every day, Maria Dolz stops for breakfast at the same cafe. And every day she enjoys watching a handsome couple who follow the same routine. Then one day they aren't there, and she feels obscurely bereft. It is only later, when...

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 Read reviewBig Brother

Big Brother

Lionel Shriver

When Pandora picks up her older brother Edison at the airport, she doesn't recognize him. In the years since they've seen one another, the once slim, hip New York jazz pianist has gained hundreds of pounds. What happened? Big...

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 Special price Read reviewThe Hive

The Hive

Gill Hornby

It's the start of another school year at St Ambrose. But while the children are in the classroom colouring in, their mothers are learning sharper lessons on the other side of the school gates. Lessons in friendship. Lessons in...

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 Read reviewGotland

Gotland

Fiona Capp

Shy and idealistic, Esther Chatwin is Australia's reluctant First Lady. She longs to return to the anonymity of her old life. But her husband's sudden political success has turned the media spotlight on her and her only escape is...

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 Read reviewNow Showing

Now Showing

Ron Elliott

Brimming with cinematic references, Now Showing is best consumed with a tub of hot popcorn. For the price of two movie tickets, screenwriter Ron Elliott's criminally good mini novels bring cinema's best known...

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Mr Wigg

Mr Wigg

Inga Simpson

It s the summer of 1971, not far from the stone-fruit capital of New South Wales, where Mr Wigg lives on what is left of his family farm. Mrs Wigg has been gone a few years now and he thinks about her every day. He misses his...

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Who We Were

Who We Were

Lucy Neave

Melbourne, 1938. Annabel's dream is to be a scientist. Falling in love is not part of her plan. But when she meets Bill Whitten she knows instantly that they are destined for each other. She has to wait for him to come back from...

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Just-a-girl

Just-a-girl

Kirsten Krauth

Layla is only 14. As she sits in bed with a laptop, her mother Margot sleeps in the next room. But what separates them is more than just a wall. just_a_girl tears into the fabric of contemporary...

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Every Promise

Every Promise

Andrea Bajani, Alastair McEwen

When Sarah leaves him - heartbroken by their inability to conceive - Pietro reverts to a younger self, leaving the dishes unwashed, his bed unmade and the post unopened. Soon afterwards, Sarah confesses that she is pregnant,...

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Brief Loves That Live Forever

Brief Loves That Live Forever

Andrei Makine, Geoffrey Strachan

In Soviet Russia the desire for freedom is also a desire for the freedom to love. Lovers live as outlaws, traitors to the collective spirit, and love is more intense when it feels like an act of resistance.

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The Great Gatsby FTI

The Great Gatsby FTI

F. Scott Fitzgerald

This competitively priced edition includes a fascinating selection of historical documents on the cultural context of the Jazz Age.

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The Asylum

The Asylum

John Harwood

A gothic suspense novel that will keep you in its grip until the final page. Georgina Ferrars, a young woman living quietly with her uncle in London, wakes to find herself in a private asylum 200 miles away on Bodmin Moor in...

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 Read reviewA Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists

A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists

Jane Rawson

A meditation on happiness - where and in what place and with who we can find our centre, a perceptive vision of where our world is headed, and a testament to the power of memory and imagination, this is the best of novels: both...

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 Special price Read reviewHarvest

Harvest

Jim Crace

Timeless yet singular, mythical yet deeply personal, this novel is about one man and his unnamed village that speaks for a way of life lost for ever. It evokes the tragedy of land pillaged and communities scattered, as England's...

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 Read reviewA Tale for the Time Being

A Tale for the Time Being

Ruth Ozeki

This is the simple story of a girl, her great-grandmother & the novelist who becomes enthralled with their tale. A simple story drawing from the deep currents of our times, from quantum physics, Japanese ghost tales, suicide...

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 Read reviewMy Beautiful Enemy

My Beautiful Enemy

Cory Taylor

Arthur Wheeler is haunted by his infatuation with a Japanese youth he encountered in the enemy alien camp where he worked as a guard during WW2. Abandoning his wife and baby son, Arthur sets out on a doomed mission to rescue his...

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Traces of Absence

Traces of Absence

Susan Holoubek

When Dee's daughter, Corrie, decides to spend her gap year in Buenos Aires, Argentina, it seems like the perfect solution for a mother-daughter relationship that has been suffocating under the strain of grief. That is, until...

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 Read reviewBone Ash Sky

Bone Ash Sky

Katerina Cosgrove

When Anoush Pakradounian steps off a boat and feels the Levantine heat on her cheek like a caress, she thinks she knows what she has come to Beirut to do: bear witness to her long dead father's trial for war crimes, and discover...

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 Read reviewWe are not the Same Anymore

We are not the Same Anymore

Chris Somerville

A man turns up at his daughter's birthday party with a goldfish in an ice-cream container. On the way to collect firewood, a woman and her teenaged neighbour crash in a snowstorm. An unwilling son helps his sister and father put...

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The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession

The Bookman’s Tale: A Novel of Obsession

Charlie Lovett

A mysterious portrait ignites an antiquarian bookseller's search through time and the works of Shakespeare for his lost love

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Midnight Blue and Endlessly Tall: 2013 Winning Entry!

Midnight Blue and Endlessly Tall: 2013 Winning Entry!

Jane Jervis-Read

Winner of the 2013 Viva La Novella prize, Midnight Blue and Endlessly Tall is an original and unpredictable novella about the relationships that consume us when we're least expecting it.

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 Read reviewThe Sleepers Almanac No. 8

The Sleepers Almanac No. 8

Zoe Dattner, Louise Swinn

2013 marks the tenth year of independent publishing outfit Sleepers, committed to publishing new and emerging authors in style. This eighth Almanac is no exception. Featuring new stories from Anica Boulanger-Mashberg, Jonathan...

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 Read reviewNothing Gold Can Stay

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Ron Rash

PEN/Faulkner finalist and New York Times--bestselling author Ron Rash returns again to Appalachia to capture lives haunted by violence and tenderness, hope and fear in unforgettable stories that span the Civil War to the present...

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Memory Palace

Memory Palace

Hari Kunzru, Laurie Britton Newell, Ligaya Salazar, Robert Hunter

A new work of fiction by Hari Kunzru, best-selling author of Gods Without Men, forms the basis of this innovative book and exhibition, in which reading a story is translated into a three-dimensional visual experience...

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Shift: Wool Book 2

Shift: Wool Book 2

Hugh Howey

In a future less than fifty years away, the world is still as we know it. Time continues to tick by. The truth is that it is ticking away.A powerful few know what lies ahead. They are trying to protect us. They are setting us on a...

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The Sound of Things Falling

The Sound of Things Falling

Juan Gabriel Vasquez

Originally published in Spain 2011 by Alfaguara (Santillana Ediciones Generales) as El ruido de las cosas al caer.

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Granta 123: Best of Young British Novelists Vol 4

Granta 123: Best of Young British Novelists Vol 4

John Freeman

The fourth instalment of Granta's always compelling, prescient and star-making Best of Young British Novelists list.

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 Read reviewThe China Factory

The China Factory

Mary Costello

An elderly schoolteacher recalls the single act of youthful passion that changed her life forever; a young gardener has an unsettling encounter with a suburban housewife; a wife who miscalculated the guarantees of marriage...

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 Read reviewKonkretion

Konkretion

Marion May Campbell

By turns funny and moving, konkretion stages a dialogue around the romance of the Baader-Meinhof gang's revolutionary aspirations. Ex-commo Monique Piquet (aka Monica Picket) meets up in Paris with her former student, Angel...

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All The Way

All The Way

Marie Darrieussecq, Penny Hueston

Solange wants to have sex. Will it be with one of the boys at school? The exchange student? The fireman she meets at the disco when she sneaks out one night? Or with Arnaud, the coolest boy she knows? She'd like to see more of her...

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No World Concerto

No World Concerto

A. Porta, Darren Koolman, Rhett McNeil

A prismatic and erotic novel of the intersection of multiple worlds, this is the first novel by Roberto Bola o's early writing partner A. G. Porta to be translated into English.

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The Swan Song of Doctor Malloy

The Swan Song of Doctor Malloy

Robert Power

A novel of psychological precision, social and political observation and Hitchcock-like suspense. London-based scientist Anthony Malloy has made a discovery that will hugely benefit global health. A pharmaceutical company is...

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 Read reviewA World of Other People

A World of Other People

Steven Carroll

Set in 1941 during the Blitz, A World of Other People traces the love affair of Jim, an Australian pilot in Bomber Command, and Iris, a forthright Englishwoman finding her voice as a writer.

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Madame Bovary's Haberdashery

Madame Bovary’s Haberdashery

Maurilia Meehan

Zac, a translator of Flaubert, cant believe his luck. He ends up sleeping with Odette, a beautiful but capricious ceramic artist, and her best friend, Cicely, a talented knitter and author of an erotic novel. As well as an...

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In Diamond Square: A Virago Modern Classic

In Diamond Square: A Virago Modern Classic

Merce Rodoreda, Peter Bush

Merce Rodoreda's internationally acclaimed classic novel is a moving portrait of a young woman in Barcelona during the tragedy of the Spanish Civil War.

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The Divine Comedy

The Divine Comedy

Dante Alighieri, Clive James

Renowned poet and critic Clive James presents the crowning achievement of his career: a monumental translation into English verse of Dante's The Divine Comedy.

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The Childhood of Jesus,

The Childhood of Jesus,

J. M. Coetzee

The Childhood of Jesus is not like any other novel you have read. This beautiful and surprising fable is about childhood, about destiny, about being an outsider. It is a novel about the riddle of experience itself.

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Twitcher

Twitcher

Cherise Saywell

Grief, loss and guilt are enormous burdens for a whole family to carry. A tern will fly to the moon, to live its life in summer ... I suppose I'd like to have a little bit of that. It's boom time in sixteen - year - old Kenno's...

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 Read reviewThe Crane Wife

The Crane Wife

Patrick Ness

One night, George Duncan - decent man, a good man - is woken by a noise in his garden. Impossibly, a great white crane has tumbled to earth, shot through its wing by an arrow. Unexpectedly moved, George helps the bird, and from...

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 Read reviewThe Secret Lives Of Men,

The Secret Lives Of Men,

Georgia Blain

In these haunting stories, Georgia Blain explores human nature in all its richness: our motivations, our desires and our shortcomings. The men in these tales frequently linger at the edges - their longings & failures exerting a...

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Penelope

Penelope

Rebecca Harrington

When an incoming freshman steps into Harvard Yard for the first time she has lots of advice from her mother. But no amount of coaching will prepare Penelope for the people she meets at school. Gloriously skewering the social...

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 Special priceInferno (Robert Langdon Book 4)

Inferno (Robert Langdon Book 4)

Dan Brown

Features renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon. This title is set in the heart of Europe, where Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centred around one of history's enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces.

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 Read reviewCreative Writing For Beginners

Creative Writing For Beginners

Colin Batrouney

Joel, a charming drifter, finds his moorings in the world of books. Attending a creative writing class, he strikes up an unlikely friendship which dredges up painful memories.Creative Writing for Beginners is an...

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 Read reviewThe Last of the Vostyachs

The Last of the Vostyachs

Diego Marani, Judith Landry

The Last of the Vostyachs won two literary prizes in Italy: The Premio Campiello and The Premio Stresa.

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 Read reviewSnapper

Snapper

Brian Kimberling

A birdwatcher's guide to the human heart - an unconventional coming of age story from an unforgettable new voice that will appeal to fans of David Vann and Annie Proulx.

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 Read reviewInheritance

Inheritance

Balli Kaur Jaswal

Inheritance is a nation's coming-of-age story, seen through the sharp lens of a traditional Punjabi family as it gradually unravels. Set in Singapore between the 1970's and 1990's, Inheritance follows the familial fissures that...

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How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

Mohsin Hamid

A tale of a man's journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon. It follows its nameless hero to the sprawling metropolis where he begins to amass an empire built on the most fluid and increasingly scarce of goods:...

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 Read reviewHarmless

Harmless

Julienne Van Loon

Full of suspense, Harmless, is the tightly woven story of eight year old Amanda, whose father is in prison, and Rattuwat, a Thai man burying his daughter in a strange land.

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 Read reviewLittle Known Facts: A Novel

Little Known Facts: A Novel

Christine Sneed

The debut novel from award-winning writer Christine Sneed: a many-layered story of fame, family and identity

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Harland's Half Acre

Harland’s Half Acre

David Malouf

A revised edition of this seminal Malouf novel, now with an Afterword from the author. Frank Harland's life is centred on his great artistic gift, his passionate love for his father and four brothers, and his desire to regain the...

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 Read reviewThe Light and the Dark

The Light and the Dark

Mikhail Shishkin, Andrew Bromfield

Picture two people, young and in love. Picture them being separated from one another. Picture them keeping their love alive through letters. But now imagine they've not just been separated geographically, but also historically....

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The Drinker

The Drinker

Hans Fallada

Written by Hans Fallada in a notebook while he was incarcerated in a Nazi insane asylum. Discovered after his death, it tells the tale -- often fierce, often poignant, often even extremely funny -- of a small businessman losing...

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 Read reviewIn the Memorial Room

In the Memorial Room

Janet Frame

Janet Frame's previously unpublished novel draws on her own experiences in Menton, France as a Katherine Mansfield Fellow. It is a wonderful social satire, a send-up of the cult of the dead author, and--in the best tradition of...

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Middle C

Middle C

MR William H Gass, PhD (Washington University Gallery of Art)

A literary event--the long-awaited novel, almost two decades in work, by one of the most revered American writers, author of the universally acclaimed The Tunnel and Omensetter's Luck. Gass investigates the nature of human...

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Maya's Notebook

Maya’s Notebook

Isabel Allende, Anne McLean

The New York Times -bestselling author returns with a startling and surprising new book--a novel of suspense and a contemporary coming-of-age story narrated by an American teenage girl who falls into a life of drugs and crime and...

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White Masks

White Masks

Elias Khoury, Maia Tabet

Why was the corpse of Khalil Ahmad Jaber found in a mound of rubbish? Why did he disappear weeks before his horrific death? And who was he? A journalist begins to piece the truth together...

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Marry Me

Marry Me

Dan Rhodes

MARRY ME by Dan Rhodes is the sequel to his ANTHROPOLOGY AND 100 OTHER STORIES

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The Midnight Dress

The Midnight Dress

Karen Foxlee

When a teenage girl disappears, a small town is awash with rumours: everyone is talking about the dress she wore, a midnight-blue dress made from the remnants of other dresses, a dress of stories ...

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Fractured

Fractured

Dawn Barker

A compelling, emotional knockout debut from a brilliant new Australian author.

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