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Nathan Englander

How far would you go to fulfil your father's last wishes? The new novel from the Pulitzer-prize shortlisted author of How far would you go to fulfil your father's last wishes? The new novel from the Pulitzer-prize shortlisted...

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 Read reviewOur Tiny, Useless Hearts

Our Tiny, Useless Hearts

Toni Jordan

One house, one weekend, and three couples in various states of marital disarray. A witty satire about fidelity and modern relationships.

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 Read reviewPortable Curiosities

Portable Curiosities

Julie Koh

A young girl sees ghosts from her third eye, located where her belly button should be. A one-dimensional yellow man steps out of a cinema screen, hoping to lead a three-dimensional life. A journalist goes on assignment to report...

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I Love Dick

I Love Dick

Chris Kraus

A self-described failed filmmaker falls obsessively in love with her theorist-husband's colleague: a manifesto for a new kind of feminism and the power of first-person narration.

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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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 Read reviewQueenie

Queenie

Candice Carty-Williams

A darkly comic and unflinchingly raw depiction of a young woman trying to navigate her way in the world, QUEENIE is about identity, independence and carving your own path. For fans of Dolly Alderton, Bryony Gordon and Dawn...

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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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Cold Comfort Farm

Cold Comfort Farm

Stella Gibbons, Lynne Truss

When sensible, sophisticated Flora Poste is orphaned at nineteen, she decides her only choice is to descend upon relatives in deepest Sussex. At the aptly-named Cold Comfort Farm, she meets the doomed Starkadders: cousin Judith,...

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The Sellout

The Sellout

Paul Beatty

Winner of The National Book Critics Circle Award

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Hark

Hark

Sam Lipsyte

A riotous novel of awkward believers, floundering marriages and our maladjusted 21st century, from one of America's sharpest satirists - for fans of Gary Shteyngart, Paul Murray and Larry David.

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 Special priceNotes on a Thesis

Notes on a Thesis

Tiphaine Riviere, Francesca Barrie

When Jeanne is accepted on to a PhD course, she is over the moon, brimming with excitement and grand plans - but is the world ready for her masterful analysis of labyrinth motifs in Kafka's The Trial?

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A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove

Fredrik Backman

The international phenomenon: quirky and bittersweet, heartbreaking yet outrageously funny. Perfect for fans of Rachel Joyce's The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Jonas Jonasson's The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of a...

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Decline and Fall

Decline and Fall

Evelyn Waugh, David Bradshaw

Sent down from Oxford in outrageous circumstances, Paul Pennyfeather is oddly surprised to find himself qualifying for the position of schoolmaster at Llanabba Castle, where his colleagues turn out to be an assortment of misfits,...

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Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Maria Semple

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a friend and mom. Then Bernadette disappears.

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 Read reviewOrchid & the Wasp

Orchid & the Wasp

Caoilinn Hughes

An anarchic and hilarious portrait of a downwardly mobile family in post-crash Dublin

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 Read reviewThe Life to Come

The Life to Come

Michelle de Kretser

Michelle de Kretser's fifth novel is both a delicious satire on the way we live now and a deeply moving examination of the true nature of friendship.

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Severance

Severance

Ling Ma

Maybe it's the end of the world, but not for Candace Chen, a millennial, first-generation American and office drone meandering her way into adulthood in Ling Ma's offbeat, wryly funny, apocalyptic satire, Severance.

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 Read reviewEleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Gail Honeyman

* Winner of the Costa First Novel Award * No.1 Sunday Times bestseller * Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon ...

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 Read reviewYou Think It, I'll Say It: Stories

You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories

Curtis Sittenfeld

A dazzling, smart and razor-sharp story collection by Curtis Sittenfeld, Sunday Times bestselling author of Eligible and American Wife. 

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 Read reviewStandard Deviation

Standard Deviation

Katherine Heiny

A divinely funny novel about the challenges of a good marriage, the delight and heartache of raising children, and the irresistible temptation to wonder about the path not taken. This sensational debut will appeal to fans of David...

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Tales Of The City: Tales of the City 1

Tales Of The City: Tales of the City 1

Armistead Maupin

San Francisco, 1976. A naive young secretary, fresh out of Cleveland, tumbles headlong into a brave new world of laundromat Lotharios, pot-growing landladies, cut throat debutantes, and Jockey Shorts dance contests. The saga that...

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 Special priceA Confederacy of Dunces

A Confederacy of Dunces

John Kennedy Toole, Walker Percy

The ordinary folk of New Orleans seem to think he is unhinged as well. Ignatius ignores them as he heaves his vast bulk through the city's fleshpots in a noble crusade against vice, modernity and ignorance. But his momma has a...

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 Read reviewToo Much Lip

Too Much Lip

Melissa Lucashenko

A dark and funny new novel from the multi-award-winning author of Mullumbimby.

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 Read reviewThe Helpline

The Helpline

Katherine Collette

A big-hearted comedy about what happens when being the brainiest person in the room doesn't mean things work out the way you imagined

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Vile Bodies

Vile Bodies

Evelyn Waugh, Richard Jacobs

The Bright Young Things of twenties Mayfair, with their paradoxical mix of innocence and sophistication, exercise their inventive minds and vile bodies in every kind of capricious escapade - whether promiscuity, dancing, cocktail...

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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3 / 4

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3 / 4

Sue Townsend

Long before Bridget Jones came the maddest, daftest diarist of them all - Adrian Mole. Life is far from easy when you are 13 3/4. If you're not worried about spots and school bullies, it's trying to decide which of your parents to...

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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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Lost Pages

Lost Pages

Marija Pericic

In this inspired novel of friendship, fraud, madness and betrayal, Marija Peričić writes vividly and compellingly of an extraordinary literary rivalry.

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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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 Special price Read reviewThe Healing Party

The Healing Party

Micheline Lee

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

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Love in a Cold Climate

Love in a Cold Climate

Nancy Mitford, Alan Cumming

Groomed for the perfect marriage by her mother, fearsome Lady Montdore, Polly instead scandalises society by declaring her love for her uncle 'Boy' Dougdale, the Lecherous Lecturer, and promptly eloping to France. But the...

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 Special priceLucky Jim

Lucky Jim

Kingsley Amis, David Lodge

Jim Dixon has accidentally fallen into a job at one of Britain's new red brick universities. A moderately successful future in the History Department beckons - as long as Jim can stave off the unwelcome advances of fellow lecturer...

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Three Men in a Boat: Popular Penguins

Three Men in a Boat: Popular Penguins

Jerome Jerome

Martyrs to hypochondria and general seediness, J. and his friends George and Harris decide that a jaunt up the Thames would suit them to a 'T'. But they can hardly predict the troubles that lie ahead with tow-ropes, unreliable...

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