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 Read reviewDream of Ding Village

Dream of Ding Village

Yan Lianke, Cindy Carter

The life and death of an entire community is told by a dead boy. His story reveals the moral vacuum at the heart of Communist-capitalist China. During a blood-contamination scandal in Henan province, villagers sell their blood,...

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 Read reviewBlue Skies

Blue Skies

Helen Hodgman

A young wife and mother watches a clock that seems forever stuck at three-in-the-afternoon. Her husband didn't come home last night. She lives for Tuesdays and Thursdays, when she can escape to a less humdrum life. Jonathan, man...

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 Read reviewOne Foot in Eden

One Foot in Eden

Ron Rash

The year is 1951 and Holland Winchester, the local thug and a war veteran, has gone missing from his small, backwater South Carolina town. The local sheriff, Will Alexander, has a gut feeling Holland's been murdered but the...

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 Read reviewThis Too Shall Pass

This Too Shall Pass

S.J. Finn

Jen Montgomery's life appears, almost suddenly, to be at an impasse. Nothing is as secure or as certain as she had previously thought. Love, marriage, parenthood, family, work, the very fabric of her identity seems to be shifting....

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 Read reviewFall Girl

Fall Girl

Toni Jordan

Evolutionary biologist Ella Canfield is seeking funding for a research project to prove that an extinct animal still roams in Australia. Millionaire Daniel Metcalf donates money to offbeat scientific projects. Problem 1: There is...

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The Source of the Sound

The Source of the Sound

Patrick Holland

The Source of the Sound traces the journeys of exiles in search of home. The collection is littered with the mise-en-scene of being lost: motel rooms, alcohol abuse, prostitution ... Yet, in each story there is some elemental...

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20 Under 40: Stories from the New Yorker

20 Under 40: Stories from the New Yorker

Deborah Treisman

In June 2010, the editors of The New Yorker announced their selection of 20 Under 40 --the young fiction writers who are, or will be, central to their generation. Those stories are now collected for the first time in one...

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While the Women Are Sleeping

While the Women Are Sleeping

Javier Marias, Margaret Jull Costa

A dozen unforgettable stories by one of the most original writers at work today (Wyatt Mason, The New York Times Book Review).

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Undercover

Undercover

Keith Bulfin

A novel based on the life of Keith Bulfin, who is drawn into a world of drug smuggling and violence in Mexico City. Convicted of conspiracy to defraud, Keith is sent to a Supermax unit in Port Philip prison. There he befriends the...

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Djibouti

Djibouti

Elmore Leonard

A western on water from the grand master of American crime

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Doctor Zhivago

Doctor Zhivago

Boris Pasternak, Larissa Volokhonsky, Richard Pevear

Taking his family from Moscow to what he hopes will be shelter in the Ural Mountains, Yuri Zhivago finds himself instead embroiled in the battle between the Whites and the Reds, and in love with the tender and beautiful nurse...

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Rickshaw Boy

Rickshaw Boy

Lao She, Professor Howard Goldblatt

A beautiful new translation of beloved Chinese author Lao She's masterpiece of social realism, about the misadventures of a poor Beijing rickshaw driverFirst published in China in 1937, Rickshaw Boy is the story of Xiangzi, an...

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 Read reviewSerena

Serena

Ron Rash

Penned by an award-winning writer, this Gothic tale of greed, corruption, and revenge is set against the backdrop of the 1930s wilderness and America's burgeoning environmental movement.

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Fortune Cookie

Fortune Cookie

Bryce Courtenay

1960s. Simon Wong, a Chinese-Australian and promising young advertising executive, is sent to Singapore to establish an office. He finds himself thrust into an environment that is at once strangely familiar and profoundly...

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The Penguin Book Of The Ocean

The Penguin Book Of The Ocean

James Bradley

THE WORLD'S FINEST WRITING ABOUT THE WORLD'S WILDEST PLACE Ever since the first travellers reached the coast of Africa hundreds of thousands of years ago, the ocean has been one of the wellsprings of the human...

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The Man Who Loved Children

The Man Who Loved Children

Christina Stead

Sam and Henny Pollit are a warring husband and wife, he a fully blown narcissist and she spoiled and prone to fits of despair. Christina Stead's masterpiece about family life is acknowledged as a contemporary classic of Australian...

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 Read reviewThe Philanthropist

The Philanthropist

John Tesarsch

Centres on Charles Bradshaw, an ageing tycoon haunted by past. When he suffers a heart attack, he abruptly retires and announces that he will give his fortune to charity. This leads to conflict with wife and adult children.

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 Read reviewGriffith Review 30: The Annual Fiction Edition

Griffith Review 30: The Annual Fiction Edition

Julianne Schultz

Focus on the Pacific region: from the Americas to Asia, New Zealand and Australia. What binds us? What pulls us apart? As economic, political and cultural power moves to the Asia-Pacific, Australia is enjoying a new relationship...

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 Read reviewSomebody To Love

Somebody To Love

Steve Holden

A transsexual mortician prepares three bodies for burial at a funeral home. As she works, she reflects on her own life and childhood, and her transformation from man to woman. Her sex change was a step towards finding somebody to...

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Dark Matter

Dark Matter

Michelle Paver

A terrifying 1930s ghost story set in the haunting wilderness of the far north.

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 Read reviewHand Me Down World

Hand Me Down World

Lloyd Jones

A woman washes ashore in Sicily. She has come from north Africa to find her son, taken from her when he was just days old by his father and stolen away to Berlin. With nothing but her maid's uniform and a knife stashed in a...

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The Countesses of Castello

The Countesses of Castello

Milena Agus

Three sisters live in three flats in an aristocratic palazzo in Cagliari's ancient Castello quarter, where rich and poor are mixed as they used to be in the old downtown quarter. Around the family and its persistent illusions...

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 Read reviewA Visit from the Goon Squad

A Visit from the Goon Squad

Jennifer Egan

From one of today's boldest writers comes a sly, surprising, and exhilarating novel about time, survival, and the electrifying sparks ignited at the seams of our lives by colliding destinies.

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 Read reviewHarbour

Harbour

John Ajvide Lindqvist

On a winter trip home to the island of Domaro, Anders and Cecilia take their daughter Maja across the ice to visit the lighthouse. And Maja disappears. Two years later, alone and more or less permanently drunk, Anders returns to...

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 Read reviewThe Convalescent

The Convalescent

Jessica Anthony

'My story begins one thousand one hundred and eleven years ago, across another continent, in another age.' This is the story of Rovar Akos Pfliegman, a man with no relatives and no friends. No church, no office, no warm and...

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 Read reviewNight Street

Night Street

Kristel Thornell

Night Street is the passionate story of a young painter, Clarice Beckett, who defies society's strict conventions and indifferent art critics alike and leads an intense private and professional life. With her extraordinary talent...

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 Read reviewUtopian Man

Utopian Man

Lisa Lang

1880s. Marvellous Melbourne is a lavish and raucous city where anything could happen. Entrepreneur Edward William Cole is building the Cole's Book Arcade and filling it with whatever amuses him: a giant squid, a brass band,...

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 Read reviewThe Body in the Clouds

The Body in the Clouds

Ashley Hay

The story of one extraordinary moment - a man falling from the sky, and surviving - and of three men who see it, in different ways and different times, as they stand on the same piece of land. An astronomer in the late 1700s, a...

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 Read reviewOther Stories

Other Stories

Wayne Macauley

Wayne Macauley's Other Stories collects a variety of short fiction that he has published in literary magazines over the past 18 years. Despite the work's lengthy gestation, these stories demonstrate an impressive unity of vision,...

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 Read reviewReading Madame Bovary

Reading Madame Bovary

Amanda Lohrey

A thrilling collection of stories that deal with transition and transformation. In these riveting stories, characters deal with crises of body and spirit. They find themselves caught between order and chaos, and must face the need...

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The Accident

The Accident

Ismail Kadare

In Vienna a taxi strikes the crash barrier, flinging its passengers out as it spins through the air. The driver cannot explain why he lost control; only that the couple in the back seat seemed to be about to kiss. Set against the...

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 Special price Read reviewLunatic In My Head

Lunatic In My Head

Anjum Hasan

Set against the backdrop of a small Indian hill town called Shillong, this title is a beautiful lyrical novel about three lives in limbo. A compelling debut by a major new talent, will appeal to readers of Arundhati Roy.

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 Read reviewCampaign Ruby

Campaign Ruby

Jessica Rudd

When she gets the email announcing her redundancy, Ruby Stanhope hopes to maintain the composure expected of a London investment banker. Instead, the next day brings two discoveries: her impromptu reply to the bosses has gone...

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Comrades

Comrades

Dominic Knight

Sydney University is Australia's pre-eminent finishing school for politicians, and its Students' Representative Council is the nursery where generations of future leaders have cut their first dodgy preference deals and performed...

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 Read reviewMy Sister Chaos

My Sister Chaos

Lara Fergus

An obsessive-compulsive cartographer trapped in the mapping of her own house. A painter turned code-breaker trying to find the lover she lost in the war. Two sisters on a collision course.

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 Read reviewErrol, Fidel And The Cuban Rebel Girls

Errol, Fidel And The Cuban Rebel Girls

Boyd Anderson

Cuba, 1959: In the final year of Errol Flynn's life, he found time for one last adventure. The star of many Hollywood films had always longed to be a real hero. Fidel Castro was the genuine article, and now he was looking for...

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 Read reviewEquator

Equator

Wayne Ashton

1947. Carlos slips over the orphanage wall in search of the village girl who has captured his heart. From that moment, his is a life at sea, a life that moves across the globe and across generations, lived on the turning tides of...

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The Mary Smokes Boys

The Mary Smokes Boys

Patrick Holland

Grey's mother dies giving birth to his sister Irene and the tragedy haunts his life in the small town of Mary Smokes. Grey prays that his mother will be returned to him in some form, so he might protect her from the world as his...

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The Changeling

The Changeling

Kenzaburo Oe

The new work from Nobel prize-winner Kenzaburo Oe, The Changeling is an ambitious, sweeping novel about friendship and the distances we are prepared to travel to preserve it.

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Holy Water

Holy Water

James P. Othmer

Henry Tuhoe works for a multinational conglomerate thats begun to outsource everything it can to third world countries. His beautiful wife no longer lets him touch her, even though she demanded he get a vasectomy; and his bright...

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Death Most Definite (Death Works Series Bk1)

Death Most Definite (Death Works Series Bk1)

Trent Jamieson

Steve is a necromancer in the family firm, tasked with easing spirits from this dimension to the next after death. And he is kind of OK with that, until someone high up the corporate hierarchy makes a bid to be Australia's new...

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The Complete Cosmicomics

The Complete Cosmicomics

Italo Calvino, Martin McLaughlin, Tim Parks, William Weaver

Includes stories about the evolution of the universe, with characters that are fashioned from mathematical formulae and cellular structures.

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The Vintage And The Gleaning

The Vintage And The Gleaning

Jeremy Chambers

Smithy has recently been forced to give up drinking after a lifetime of alcoholism. Overwhelmed by feelings of regret, guilt, loss and nostalgia for the past, Smithy is trapped in a blind search for meaning. Living in the same...

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 Read reviewThe Radleys

The Radleys

Matt Haig

In the village of Bishopthorpe lives a dysfunctional but happy family. Peter Radley is the village doctor, and his wife, Helen, is a member of the local book club. Their children Clara and Rowan are experiencing the standard...

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 Read reviewSingularity

Singularity

Charlotte Grimshaw

The stories in Singularity cover a wide range of territory, from childhood innocence to adult desperation, from the depths of poverty to cushioned affluence, from London to Los Angeles, Ayers Rock in Australia to the black sand...

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 Read reviewRoddy Parr

Roddy Parr

Peter Rose

Roddy Parr has just completed his PhD on the legendary David Anthem, a writer tipped to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature. He joins the Anthem household as David's secretary. Soon Roddy is indispensable, and finds his new...

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New and Rediscovered

New and Rediscovered

Vicki Viidikas, Barry Scott

For the first time New and Rediscovered makes available some of the legendary Australian writers previously unpublished writing and drawings alongside a comprehensive selection of her published poetry and prose.Vicki Viidikas work...

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Android Karenina

Android Karenina

Leo Tolstoy, Ben H. Winters

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters co-author Winters is back with an all-new collaborator, legendary Russian novelist Tolstoy, and the result is an enhanced edition of the classic love story set in a dystopian world of...

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 Read reviewThe Dead Fish Museum

The Dead Fish Museum

Charles D'Ambrosio

Eight short stories full of characters who float through their lives and relationships, adrift and apprehensive, tested by failure and strengthened by adversity. Set in remote cabins, asylums, Indian reservations and the streets...

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 Read reviewHoudini's Flight

Houdini’s Flight

Angelo Loukakis

Terry Voulos is struggling. His marriage, his relationship with his son and his work prospects are shaky. He finds solace in the possibility of a new career as a magician, before a tragic accident sends him into exile. Hal...

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 Read reviewMen of Bad Character

Men of Bad Character

Kathleen Stewart

When Rose's 18-year relationship ends in a shocking and unexpected way, she realises the extent to which she was being emotionally manipulated and controlled. While trying to pick up the threads of her life, she meets a charming...

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Sustenance

Sustenance

Simone Lazaroo

In a small hotel on an island renowned for its hospitality and beauty, the Balinese staff and their Western guests are taken hostage. The event has a different impact on each person, but all will view life differently from this...

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Five Wounds

Five Wounds

Jonathan Walker, Dan Hallett

A surreal, darkly beautiful and unsettling graphic novel about five wounded orphans, by turns hilarious and horrific, grotesque and tender.

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 Read reviewThe Crime of Huey Dunstan

The Crime of Huey Dunstan

James McNeish

A young man stands in the dock accused of murder. A brutal murder, apparently motiveless. When Professor Chesney, a psychologist specialising in trauma, is called as an expert witness, he is at first baffled. This young man, Huey...

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 Read reviewBoth Ways Is The Only Way I Want It

Both Ways Is The Only Way I Want It

Maile Meloy

A love-struck young ranch hand, an aging Argentine lover, a trusted confidante who isn't a friend and two hitchhikers named Bonnie and Clyde. Meloy's unforgettable characters have each reached a fork in the road. But what kind of...

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 Read reviewHotel Iris

Hotel Iris

Yoko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder

In a crumbling, seaside hotel on the coast of Japan, quiet, 17-year-old Mari works the front desk as her mother fusses over the off-season customers. When, one night, they are forced to eject a prostitute and a middle-aged man...

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Killing Richard Dawson

Killing Richard Dawson

Robin Baker

A darkly comic, slow burn thriller, where reality is blurred and nothing can be taken for granted. All about love, friendship, booze, morality, death and a generation's casual dissatisfaction with modern life, where sometimes...

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Seth Grahame-Smith

Through the extraordinary discovery of Abraham Lincoln's long lost journals, Seth Grahame-Smith brings to life the Great US Emancipator's untold history - his lifelong pursuit of the immortal undead. From Lincoln's frontier...

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 Read reviewLeaving Suzie Pye

Leaving Suzie Pye

John Dale

Joe has had a great life, untroubled by career or monogamy. He's convinced that whatever he is doing, he'd still really rather be having sex - if only middle age hadn't made it so hard to find a woman who will share his...

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The Daylight And The Dust

The Daylight And The Dust

Janet Frame

Written over four decades and including all of her best stories, this new selection illustrates Janet Frame's dazzling versatility. Her themes range from childhood, to old age, death and beyond. Some stories are firmly rooted in...

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 Read reviewThe Good Man Jesus And The Scoundrel Christ

The Good Man Jesus And The Scoundrel Christ

Philip Pullman

In this ingenious and spellbinding retelling of the life of Jesus, Philip Pullman reimagines the most influential story ever told. Charged with mystery, compassion and great power, it says something new about who Jesus was and...

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The Vulture

The Vulture

Gil Scott-Heron

New edition of the first novel by the legendary poet, musician and Godfather of Rap

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The Tulip Virus

The Tulip Virus

Danielle Hermans

The murder of a wealthy financier in modern-day London sets Alec, the man's nephew, on a desperate race for the truth that leads back to the death of a respected tulip trader in 17th-century Holland.

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