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 Read reviewThe Van Apfel Girls Are Gone

The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone

Felicity McLean

A compulsive, note-perfect debut for fans of Sharp Objects, The Virgin Suicides and Picnic at Hanging Rock

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The New Me

The New Me

Halle Butler

Like a dark and twisted mash up of Lena Dunham's Girls and Ricky Gervais's The Office – this is "a dark comedy of female rage" (Catherine Lacey) and a biting satire of the false promise of...

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Close to the Edge

Close to the Edge

Toby Faber

Morning rush hour on the London tube. Laurie Bateman witnesses a terrible accident. 

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Coach Fitz

Coach Fitz

Tom Lee

One of the strangest and most appealing novels you will read this year!

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The Second Worst Restaurant in France

The Second Worst Restaurant in France

Alexander McCall Smith

Features the returning protagonist of the bestselling My Italian Bulldozer, this time taking on the Second Worst Restaurant in France.

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Small Days and Nights

Small Days and Nights

Tishani Doshi

Luminous, funny, surprising and heartbreaking, Small Days and Nights is the story of a woman caught in a moment of transformation, and the sacrifices we make to forge lives that have meaning.

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Wedding Puzzle

Wedding Puzzle

Sallie Muirden

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Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

Andrea Lawlor

Transposing Virginia Woolf's Orlando to 90s San Francisco, this novel of transgender metamorphosis is a wild, sexy, funny and moving story of living on the edge.

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 Read reviewCape May

Cape May

Chip Cheek

The Great Gatsby meets On Chesil Beach in this dark and sexy debut novel about marriage, love and betrayal.

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Ponti

Ponti

Sharlene Teo

Set in Singapore, and spanning fifty years, Ponti is the story of three women: sixteen-year-old Szu; her monstrous and beautiful mother, Amisa; and Circe, Szu's unlikely friend.

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 Read reviewThe Pisces

The Pisces

Melissa Broder

Profoundly modern, deeply disturbed and darkly comic, The Pisces is about a heartbroken PhD student who over one summer falls in dangerous, ecstatic, love with a merman

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Tangerine

Tangerine

Christine Mangan

A nailbiting thriller set in 1950s Morocco, soon to be a major film starring Scarlett Johansson and produced by George Clooney.

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The Shepherd's Hut

The Shepherd’s Hut

Tim Winton

The Shepherd's Hut is an exquisite, brutal coming of age novel. It tells the story of Jaxie, a boy on the run from his past, and explores the way love and hate combine to form a young man's beliefs.

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Burn Baby Burn

Burn Baby Burn

Meg Medina

While violence runs rampant throughout New York during the summer of 1977, a teenage girl faces danger within her own home in Medina's riveting coming-of-age novel.

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 Read reviewThe Lucky Galah

The Lucky Galah

Tracy Sorensen

A magnificently original debut novel about fate, Australia and what it means to be human... that just happens to be narrated by a galah called Lucky.   

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Call Me By Your Name

Call Me By Your Name

Andre Aciman

The novel that inspired the major motion picture. Released in Autumn 2017, the glittering team behind last year's cinematic sensation, A Bigger Splash, brings you a sultry, sensual film of obsession and desire.

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Instructions for a Heatwave

Instructions for a Heatwave

Maggie O'Farrell

An unforgettable portrait of an Irish family in crisis in the legendary heatwave of 1976

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 Read reviewCrazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

Kevin Kwan

Thwarted love, scheming snobs, obscene wealth and haute couture - it's all here in a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich. An absolutely wicked treat!

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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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Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash

Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash

Eka Kurniawan, Annie Tucker

Vivid, bawdy, comic, and arresting, the exciting new novel by the Indonesian phenomenon, Eka Kurniawan

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The Talented Mr. Ripley

The Talented Mr. Ripley

Patricia Highsmith

Ripley wanted out. Wanted money, success - the good life. Was willing to kill for it. . . . . . . . He is struggling to stay one step ahead of his creditors when a chance acquaintance offers him a free trip to Europe. When his...

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Wide Sargasso Sea

Wide Sargasso Sea

Jean Rhys, Andrea Ashworth, Angela Smith

Born into the oppressive, colonialist society of 1930s Jamaica, white Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway meets a young Englishman who is drawn to her innocent beauty and sensuality. After their marriage, however, disturbing rumours...

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Atonement

Atonement

Ian McEwan

A story that begins with three young people in the garden of a country house on the hottest day of 1935, and ends with three profoundly changed lives. A depiction of love and war, class, childhood and England, that explores shame...

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