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 Special price Read reviewThe Good People

The Good People

Hannah Kent

The Good People is the long-awaited new novel from Hannah Kent. In the year 1825, in a remote valley lying between the mountains of south-west Ireland, near the Flesk river of Killarney, three women are brought together by...

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 Read reviewSalt Creek

Salt Creek

Lucy Treloar

A stunning debut novel from the regional winner of the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

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All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See

Anthony Doerr

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A beautiful, stunningly ambitious novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation...

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Remarkable Creatures

Remarkable Creatures

Tracy Chevalier

A stunning novel of female friendship, forbidden love and evolution from the bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring.

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 Read reviewThe Wonder

The Wonder

Emma Donoghue

An eleven-year-old girl stops eating, but remains miraculously alive and well. A nurse, sent to investigate whether she is a fraud, meets a journalist hungry for a story.Set in the Irish Midlands in the 1850s, The...

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The Secret River

The Secret River

Kate Grenville

A universal and timeless story of love, identity and belonging

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 Read reviewWolf Hall

Wolf Hall

Hilary Mantel

From one of our finest living writers, Wolf Hall is that very rare thing: a truly great English novel, one that explores the intersection of individual psychology and wider politics. With a vast array of characters, and richly...

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Burial Rites (Gift Edition)

Burial Rites (Gift Edition)

Hannah Kent

Winner of the 2014 ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year, the Leading Edge Indie Debut Fiction Award, and the ABA Book of the Year

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Alias Grace

Alias Grace

Margaret Atwood

* Reissued in a new look

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A Fine Balance

A Fine Balance

Rohinton Mistry

Tells the story of four unlikely people whose lives come together during a time of political turmoil soon after the government declares a 'State of Internal Emergency'. Through days of bleakness and hope, their circumstances - and...

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The Red Tent

The Red Tent

Anita Diamant

An international publishing phenomena, this beautiful and thought provoking novel tells the story, lost to history by the chronicles of men, of Dinah, Jacob's only daughter in the Book of Genesis.

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The Muse

The Muse

Jessie Burton

The interconnected stories of Caribbean aemigrae Odelle Bastien in 1967 London and English heiress Olive Schloss in 1936 Spain, their lives and fates linked by the painting of the young artist Isaac Robles.

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The Pillars of the Earth

The Pillars of the Earth

Ken Follett

A spellbinding epic tale of ambition, anarchy, and absolute power set against the sprawling medieval canvas of twelfth-century England, this is Ken Follett's classic historical masterpiece.

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Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Charles Dickens, Charlotte Mitchell, David Trotter

A terrifying encounter with the escaped convict Abel Magwitch in a graveyard on the wild Kent marshes; a summons to meet the bitter, decrepit Miss Havisham and her beautiful, cold-hearted ward Estella at Satis House; the sudden...

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 Read reviewLife After Life

Life After Life

Kate Atkinson

During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale. What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able...

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March

March

Geraldine Brooks

Brooks's luminous second novel, after 2001's acclaimed Year of Wonders , imagines the Civil War experiences of Mr March. An idealistic abolitionist, March has gone to serve the Union cause as chaplain to the troops. But the war...

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The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers

Alexandre Dumas

The young D'Artagnan travels to Paris determined to join King Louis XIII's elite guards. Hot-headed and raring to prove himself, D'Artagnan challenges three strangers to a duel. These strangers are none other than the daring band...

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Sea of Poppies

Amitav Ghosh

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2008: a stunningly vibrant novel from Amitav Ghosh.

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The Other Boleyn Girl

The Other Boleyn Girl

Philippa Gregory

The acclaimed international bestseller set around the Tudor court, during the years when Henry VIII traded his mistress Mary Boleyn for courtship of her sister Anne - and tracing the extraordinary events that changed the course of...

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The Shadow of the Wind

The Shadow of the Wind

Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Lucia Graves

Barcelona 1945: young Daniel Sempere is taken to a fabulous secret library called the Cemetery of Forgotten Books where he is told he must 'adopt' a single book, promising to care and keep it alive always. The book by Julian...

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 Read reviewThe Time We Have Taken

The Time We Have Taken

Steven Carroll

A luminous exploration of public and private reckoning in a Melbourne suburb during the upheavals of the 1970s. It is a celebration of the rhythms and the intricacies of suburban life, as well as a meditation on its limits.

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The Golden Age

The Golden Age

Joan London

Originally published: North Sydney, N.S.W.: Random House Australia, 2014.

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 Read reviewFoal's Bread

Foal’s Bread

Gillian Mears

The long-awaited new novel from the award-winning author of The Grass Sister tells the story of two generations of the Nancarrow family and the high-jumping horse circuit prior to the Second World War.

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 Read reviewThe Hand That First Held Mine

The Hand That First Held Mine

Maggie O'Farrell

An unforgettable novel of love and motherhood from bestselling author Maggie O'Farrell

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The Leopard

The Leopard

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

As the head of the aristocratic family, Don Fabrizio is accustomed to knowing his own place in the world and expects his household to run accordingly. He is aware of the changes which are rapidly making men obsolete but he remains...

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Beloved

Beloved

Toni Morrison

Terrible, unspeakable things happened to Sethe at Sweet Home, the farm where she lived as a slave for so many years until she escaped to Ohio. Her new life is full of hope but eighteen years later she is still not free. Sethe's...

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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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Outlander

Outlander

Diana Gabaldon

1946, and Claire Randall goes to the Scottish Highlands with her husband Frank. It's a second honeymoon, a chance to learn how war has changed them and to re-establish their loving marriage. But one afternoon, Claire walks through...

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The Name of the Rose

The Name of the Rose

Umberto Eco

Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. But his delicate mission is overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths. He collects evidence, deciphers secret...

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The Book Thief

The Book Thief

Markus Zusak

Set during World War II in Germany, Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel shares stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the...

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