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Zone One

Zone One

Colson Whitehead

A pandemic has devastated the planet, sorting humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead. Now the plague is receding, and Americans are busy rebuilding civilisation under orders from...

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Tragedy Of Arthur

Tragedy Of Arthur

Arthur Phillips

A 'lost' Shakespeare play unearthed by highly acclaimed novelist Arthur Phillips

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Jane Austen Made Me Do It

Jane Austen Made Me Do It

Laurel Ann Nattress

A Ballantine Books Trade Paperback original --T.p. verso.

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We Bought a Zoo (Film Tie-in): The Amazing True Story of a Broken-Down Zoo, and the 200 Animals That Changed a Family Forever

We Bought a Zoo (Film Tie-in): The Amazing True Story of a Broken-Down Zoo, and the 200 Animals That Changed a Family Forever

Benjamin Mee

A film tie-in edition to 20th Century Fox's film adaptation of the heart-warming international bestseller starring Scarlett Johansson and Matt Damon and directed by Oscar-winning director Cameron Crowe.

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The Little Coffee Shop Of Kabul

The Little Coffee Shop Of Kabul

Deborah Rodriguez

In a little coffee shop in one of the most dangerous places on earth, five very different women come together. As these five discover there's more to one another than meets the eye, they form a unique bond that will for ever...

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The Breakers

The Breakers

Claudie Gallay, Alison Anderson

Chosen by Le Monde and by readers of Elle as their Novel of the Year - a beautiful, resonant novel set on Normandy's coastline.

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Exile

Exile

Jakob Ejersbo, Mette Petersen

The first novel in a major trilogy exposing the guilt, loneliness and nihilism of the ex-pat experience in post-colonial Africa.

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For Love Alone

For Love Alone

Christina Stead

Set in Sydney and London in the 1930s, 'For Love Alone' is the story of Teresa Hawkins, an intelligent, ardent young woman, and her search for the ideal passion of love.

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The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories

The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories

Don DeLillo

The stories here, collected from all five decades of DeLillo's career, show an acknowledged master of the novel in complete command of the short form.

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 Read reviewIn Red

In Red

Magdalena Tulli, Bill Johnston

In Tulli's second novel, set in a mythical fourth partition of Poland, the world is unreal yet strangely familiar.

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What It Is Like To Go To War

What It Is Like To Go To War

Karl Marlantes (Author)

From the author of MATTERHORN - 'America's great Vietnam novel' (Sunday Times), 'a novel of astonishing power and insight' (Observer) - comes a vivid, visceral examination of what happens to a young man when he is sent into...

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Breaking Away

Breaking Away

Anna Gavalda, Alison Anderson

On the car journey to a family wedding, Garance reflects on how adult life, with its disappointments and responsibilities, has not always gone to plan for herself or her three siblings.

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 Read reviewA Visit From the Goon Squad

A Visit From the Goon Squad

Jennifer Egan

A novel that circles the lives of Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. It is about the interplay of time and music, about survival, about the...

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 Read reviewForecast: Turbulence

Forecast: Turbulence

Janette Turner Hospital

FORECAST TURBULENCE is a breathtaking and exquisitely lyrical collection of nine short stories and one memoir piece from internationally acclaimed Australian author Janette Turner Hospital. Featuring a compelling and enigmatic...

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Obedience

Obedience

Jacqueline Yallop (Author)

Imagine The Secret Scripture crossed with The Reader: in this shattering novel set in Nazi-occupied France, Jacqueline Yallop has spun a story of collaboration, betrayal, illicit love, faith and aching desire.

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The Year Of The Hare

The Year Of The Hare

Arto Paasilinna, Herbert Lomas

The international bestseller. A novel of one man's existential journey away from his life and in to the wild. With a hare. Vatanen is a journalist in Finland. The car he is riding in accidentally hits a young wild hare. The...

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 Special price Read reviewThe Stranger's Child

The Stranger’s Child

Alan Hollinghurst

Alan Hollinghurst's first novel since The Line of Beauty, winner of the 2004 Man Booker Prize

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I Don't Know How She Does It

I Don’t Know How She Does It

Allison Pearson

Factor in a manipulative nanny, an Australian boss who looks at Kate's breasts as if they're on special offer, a long-suffering husband, her quietly aghast in-laws, two needy children and an e-mail lover, and you have a woman...

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 Read reviewYou Deserve Nothing

You Deserve Nothing

Alexander Maksik

Dark, compelling story of an illicit affair between a young teacher and his female student for fans of Donna Tartt

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Ragnarok

Ragnarok

A. S. Byatt

Ragnarok is the story of the end of the world: the destruction of life and the end of the gods themselves. What more relevant myth could any writer tackle? As the bombs rain down on wartime England, a young girl is evacuated to...

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Daniel Stein, Interpreter: a novel

Daniel Stein, Interpreter: a novel

Ludmilla Ulitskaya, Arch Tait

An incredible tale from a renowned Russian writer, based on a true story

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 Read reviewInfrared

Infrared

Nancy Huston

After a childhood marked by pain, Rena Greenblatt has built a successful career as a photographer. Like the ultrasensitive infrared film she uses, Rena sees what others don't, and finds a form of love. In the spirit of her...

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Crooked Little Heart

Crooked Little Heart

Anne Lamott

With the same brilliant combination of humor and warmth that marked Operating Instructions and Bird by Bird , her two bestselling nonfiction works, Anne Lamott now gives listeners a richly absorbing portrait of a family for...

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 Read reviewSarah Thornhill

Sarah Thornhill

Kate Grenville

Kate Grenville takes us back to the early Australia of The Secret River and the Thornhill family. This is Sarah's story. It's a story of tangled secrets, a story of loss and unlooked-for happiness, and a story about the silent...

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 Read reviewHow I Became A Famous Novelist

How I Became A Famous Novelist

Steve Hely

Sick of life as he knows it, Pete Tarslaw sets out to write a bestselling novel, armed with a formula for success cobbled together from previous bestsellers. This title tells the tale of how Tarslaw's 'pile of garbage' became the...

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 Read reviewHouse Of Sticks

House Of Sticks

Peggy Frew

Bonnie, never domestically inclined, has given up her life as a musician to become a stay-at-home mother to three small children. She tells herself she has no regrets, but sometimes the isolation and endless drudgery are...

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 Read reviewBlack Jesus

Black Jesus

Simone Felice

A young marine returns home from Iraq, blinded and scarred by an IED and harbouring a terrible secret. He saw something in Iraq that can never be erased and the knowledge of it is slowly driving him mad.

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 Read reviewHinterland

Hinterland

Caroline Brothers

An exquisite, unsettling novel about refugees and what it is to be underage, homeless and invisible in a foreign land

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Machine Man

Machine Man

Max Barry

When Charles Neumann loses a leg in an industrial accident, it's not a tragedy. It's an opportunity.

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The Fix

The Fix

Nick Earls

Josh Lang went to London with investigative journalism on his mind, but he carved out a reputation as a fixer instead and mastered the art of spinning any client out of a crisis. Now he's home in Brisbane, and this time the job is...

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The Story of Beautiful Girl: The beloved Richard and Judy Book Club pick

The Story of Beautiful Girl: The beloved Richard and Judy Book Club pick

Rachel Simon

On a stormy night in small-town America, a couple, desperate and soaked to the skin, knock on a stranger's door. When Martha, a retired schoolteacher living a safe and conventional life, answers their knock, her world changes...

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The End of Everything

The End of Everything

Megan Abbott

Lizzie and Evie are inseparable. They walk home from school together, sleep over at each other's houses, even flirt with boys together. And they tell each other everything. Or at least, that's what Lizzie thinks - until Evie goes...

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 Read reviewPepsi Bears and Other Stories

Pepsi Bears and Other Stories

Anson Cameron

Daring and provocative short stories from one of Australia s best comic writers. A collection of fables in which the intuition of animals is set against the hubris of man, Anson Cameron is part court jester, part acclaimed writer...

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When We Have Wings

When We Have Wings

Claire Corbett

The dream of being able to fly is now physical reality but only the rich and powerful can afford the surgery, drugs, and gene manipulation to become fliers. Peri, a poor girl from the regions, will sacrifice anything to get her...

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 Read reviewI Am Max Lamm

I Am Max Lamm

Raphael Brous

Max Lamm, a young tennis player, arrives in London to escape the internet sex scandal that has destroyed his career. One night, in Camden Town, he accidentally kills a Pakistani boy who tries to mug him and finds himself on the...

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 Read reviewBerlin Syndrome

Berlin Syndrome

Melanie Joosten

2006, Berlin. One afternoon, near Checkpoint Charlie, Clare meets Andi. He's a native Berliner and English teacher; she's an architectural photographer who has taken leave from her job in Australia. There is an instant attraction....

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 Read reviewThe Vanishing Act

The Vanishing Act

Mette Jakobsen

A story about a snow-covered island you won't find on any map. Minou is 12. A year ago, the morning after the circus, her mama walked out into the rain with a black umbrella and never came back. It's a story about a magician and a...

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A Decline in Prophets

A Decline in Prophets

Sulari Gentill

On a 1930s luxury liner, the murders begin and once again Rowland Sinclair is unwittingly at the centre of them all.

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 Read reviewTwo Greeks

Two Greeks

John Charalambous

Two Greeks explores migrant life and family tensions in 1970s Australian suburbia. It is a bittersweet story about mentoring, delusion and a child's need to trust.

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 Read reviewRiver of Smoke: Ibis Trilogy Book 2

River of Smoke: Ibis Trilogy Book 2

Amitav Ghosh

The sequel to the bestselling, Booker-shortlisted, Sea of Poppies

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Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in all the Confusion?

Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in all the Confusion?

Johan Harstad, Deborah Dawkin

Originally published as: Buzz Aldrin, hvor ble det av deg i alt mylderet?

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End of the Night Girl

End of the Night Girl

Amy T. Matthews

Molly, a sassy Australian waitress, is haunted by the ghost of a murdered Polish Jew. The two young women's stories, each a compelling page-turner, combine teasingly in one as End of the Night Girl explores shadows cast by the...

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Shooting the Fox

Shooting the Fox

Marion Halligan (Author)

Shooting the Fox is brimming with surprising characters - the virgin and the pornographer, the adulterer, the translator, the defecting diplomat - and the inconveniences of modernity. In the end, though, it is a...

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 Read reviewLove in the Years of Lunacy

Love in the Years of Lunacy

Mandy Sayer

Sydney, 1942. Pearl is 18 beautiful and impetuous. She plays saxophone in an all-girl jazz band at the Trocadero. On one such evening black GI and jazz legend James Washington blows into her life, and nothing is ever the same...

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 Read reviewToo Close to Home

Too Close to Home

Georgia Blain

Shane, an Aboriginal man, moves up the road. He was once close to Matt, Freya's partner, and he not only brings with him a different approach to life, he also has news of a boy who might be Matt's son. Despite wanting to embrace...

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 Read reviewYou Lose These And Other Stories

You Lose These And Other Stories

Goldie Goldbloom

What you staring at?' he said, looking quickly into the rearview and touching the place his eyebrow might have been. 'You're not exactly Marilyn Monroe yerself.' Short stories from Goldie Goldbloom.

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 Read reviewCaleb's Crossing

Caleb’s Crossing

Geraldine Brooks

In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American graduate of Harvard College. From the few facts that survive of this extraordinary life, Brooks creates a luminous tale of passion and belief, magic and...

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 Read reviewThe Ottoman Motel

The Ottoman Motel

Christopher Currie

Simon and his parents arrive in the town of Reception and check into the Ottoman Motel. Then, while Simon is asleep, his parents disappear. Are they lost? Has something terrible happened to them? Have they simply driven away? All...

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Letty Fox

Letty Fox

Christina Stead, Carmen Callil

Letty Fox tells her story as a self-styled woman in New York's world of passion, love and sexual bargaining. As a bright, uninhibited daughter of a middle class couple who believes the world is her oyster, Letty Fox tells it all -...

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 Read reviewI Hate Martin Amis et al.

I Hate Martin Amis et al.

Peter Barry

It is 1995. Milan Zorec, an aspiring yet rejected novelist, travels from England to Bosnia to join the Serbian forces as a sniper in Sarajevo, in the final months of the longest siege in history.

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 Read reviewThe Book Of Rachael

The Book Of Rachael

Leslie Cannold

A young man is travelling the countryside around the Sea of Galilee preaching a message of love and justice. The preacher, Joshua of Nazareth, had a sister. Rachael falls in love with Joshua's friend, Judah of Iscariot. Then a...

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 Read reviewLittle People: A Novel

Little People: A Novel

Jane Sullivan

In 1870 the celebrated midget General Tom Thumb and his troupe are touring Australia. While in Melbourne, Tom Thumb is rescued from the Yarra River by an impoverished governess, Mary Ann. She is hired by the troupe, but soon...

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 Read reviewBearings

Bearings

Leah Swann

Bearings is about challenging the course of our lives as well as keeping a foothold during unpredictable times.Leah Swann burrows deep into the souls of her characters to reveal universal complexities, frailties and strengths....

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Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

Steve Hockensmith

Newly married protagonists, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy, defends their village from an army of flesh-eating unmentionables. But the honeymoon has barely begun when poor Mr Darcy is nipped by a raging dreadful. Elizabeth knows...

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 Read reviewSnake

Snake

Kate Jennings

My life is about to begin. This is the only thought in Irene's head the day she marries a War veteran. But Irene is restless and rebellious, bored by her life as a farmer's wife. As they raise children and crops and dream of other...

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Under The Influence

Under The Influence

Jacqueline Lunn

Eve, now 34 and a concert cellist living in London, returns to an Australian country town for the funeral of her old school friend, Meg. As Eve and Sarah, also a school friend, face their friend Meg's death, they must also face...

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Paris Dreaming

Paris Dreaming

Anita Heiss

Libby is on a man-fast: no more romance, no more cheating men, no more heartbreak. But when fate takes Libby to work in Paris at the Musee du Quai Branly, she's suddenly thrown out of her comfort zone and into a city full of...

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Jamrach's Menagerie

Jamrach’s Menagerie

Carol Birch

London, 1857: After surviving an encounter with an escaped tiger, nine-year-old Jaffy stumbles into a job for its owner, the wild animal collector, Mr Jamrach. Commissioned by Jamrach to find and collect a sea dragon, Jaf joins a...

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 Read reviewA Love Letter From A Stray Moon

A Love Letter From A Stray Moon

Jay Griffiths

In this fictional tour de force Jay Griffiths creates a portrait of the artist Frida Kahlo - her devastating accident and her love for Diego Rivera - that is also a celebration of the spirit of poetry and the art of rebellion....

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Blueeyedboy

Blueeyedboy

Joanne Harris

'Once there was a widow with three sons, and their names were Black, Brown and Blue. And he was a murderer.'Blueeyedboy is the brilliant new novel from Joanne Harris: a dark and intricately plotted tale of a poisonously...

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Book of Lost Threads

Book of Lost Threads

Tess Evans

Moss has run away from Melbourne to Opportunity on the trail of a man she knows only by name. But her arrival sets in train events that disturb the long-held secrets of three of the town's inhabitants: Finn, Lily, and Sandy. It is...

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The Anatomy of a Moment

The Anatomy of a Moment

Javier Cercas

Translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean The new novel by the bestselling author of Soldiers of Salamis (1 million copies worldwide) has sold more than 160,000 copies in hardback in Spain since publication in 2009.

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 Read reviewGone

Gone

Jennifer Mills

A young man is released from prison, his hands empty, his identity gone. He catches a train out of town, then hitchhikes west. He hasn't been home for 15 years. Out of the past, as memories surface, something is coming that will...

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Lyrics Alley

Lyrics Alley

Leila Aboulela

A lyrical and deeply moving novel by a twice ORANGE-listed rising star, set in pre-Independence Sudan, Egypt and post-war Britain.

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 Read reviewMr Rosenblum's List: or Friendly Guidance for the Aspiring Englishman

Mr Rosenblum’s List: or Friendly Guidance for the Aspiring Englishman

Natasha Solomons

A charming novel about an irrepressible man, his long-suffering wife and a Very English dream.

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The Siege

The Siege

Helen Dunmore

Leningrad, September 1941. Hitler orders the German forces to surround the city at the start of the most dangerous, desperate winter in its history. For two pairs of lovers - Anna and Andrei, Anna's novelist father and banned...

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Me And Mr. Booker

Me And Mr. Booker

Cory Taylor

Looking back, Martha could've said no when Mr Booker first tried to kiss her. But Martha is sixteen, she lives in a small dull town - a cemetery with lights - her father is mad, her home is stifling, and she's waiting for the rest...

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 Special priceDesert Fish

Desert Fish

Cherise Saywell

Gilly lives in a drought-ridden small town in 1970s Australia. She's left school but hasn't found a job, it's always hot and life seems a little pointless. Then Pete arrives. Gilly can't help but fall in love with him and one...

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 Read reviewBlack Glass: A Novel

Black Glass: A Novel

Meg Mundell

Sisters Tally and Grace have always dreamed of moving to the city. Yet neither of them ever expected to be living there broke, homeless and alone as happens when they become separated after an accident. The city, dominated by...

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 Read reviewAngelica: A Novel

Angelica: A Novel

Arthur Phillips

When Constance married Joseph Barton she believed she had found her ultimate husband and protector. But after three miscarriages and the troubled birth of their daughter, Angelica, Constance begins to fear his intentions. Sensing...

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Swamplandia!

Swamplandia!

Karen Russell

The Bigtree alligator wrestling dynasty is in decline, and Swamplandia!, its island home and gator-wrestling theme park, is swiftly being encroached upon by a competitor. To save her family, Ava must journey on her own to a...

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 Read reviewFive Bells

Five Bells

Gail Jones

Four adults converge on Circular Quay, site of the iconic Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Crowds of tourists mix with the locals, enjoying the glorious surroundings and the play of light on water. But each of the four...

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 Read reviewCaribou Island

Caribou Island

David Vann

Gary, driven by thirty years of diverted plans, and Irene are trying to rebuild their life together. Across the water on the mainland, Irene and Gary's grown daughter, Rhoda is starting her own life. She fantasizes about the...

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 Read reviewThe Messenger

The Messenger

Yannick Haenel, Ian Monk

Jan Karski, a young Polish officer, joined the Polish underground after escaping from a Soviet detention camp, before he was captured and brutally tortured by the Gestapo. Escaping from the Germans, Karski was charged with the...

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The Indignities

The Indignities

Graeme Aitken

The Indignities by Graeme Aitken - the glittering sequel to Vanity Fierce (Random House 1986)In Vanity Fierce,Stephen Spear went to extreme lengths to snare his man.In this comic sequel, Stephen ingeniously bypasses his landmark...

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The Three Weissmanns of Westport

The Three Weissmanns of Westport

Cathleen Schine

Sense and Sensibility moves to Westport, Connecticut, in this New York Times bestselling homage to the classic novel.

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 Read reviewCrime

Crime

Ferdinand von Schirach

Crime is a collection of true crime stories told by one of Germany's most prominent defense lawyers. Some of the cases are strange, some bewildering and others heartbreaking, but all are told with genuine concern for those who...

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 Read reviewThe Lover's Dictionary

The Lover’s Dictionary

David Levithan

Told as a series of dictionary entries, The Lover's Dictionary is an intimate portrait of a relationship in all its guises; a compelling, deeply romantic story of two people loving each other: passionately, imperfectly. Through...

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Before I Fall: The official film tie-in that will take your breath away

Before I Fall: The official film tie-in that will take your breath away

Lauren Oliver

As compelling as The Lovely Bones and as memorable as Jenny Downham's Before I Die, this will become a word-of-mouth phenomenon.

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 Read reviewMr. Peanut

Mr. Peanut

Adam Ross

David Pepin has loved his wife since the moment they met, and he can't imagine living without her - yet he obsessively contemplates her demise. Soon she's dead, and he's both deeply distraught and the prime suspect. The detectives...

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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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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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The Indigo Sky

The Indigo Sky

Alison Booth

In 1957, when piano teacher Ilona Talivaldis arrived in the sleepy little town of Jingera, she was mocked as the 'reffo from Latvia'. Just four years on, she and her 14-year-old daughter Zidra are at the heart of the community....

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Djibouti

Djibouti

Elmore Leonard

A western on water from the grand master of American crime

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