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Jane Austen Made Me Do It: Original Stories Inspired by Literature's Most Astute Observer of the Human Heart

Jane Austen Made Me Do It: Original Stories Inspired by Literature’s Most Astute Observer of the Human Heart

Laurel Ann Nattress

My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. Readers who heave a contented sigh at Mr. Darcy's heartfelt words are in good company. Here is a delightful collection of...

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Domestic Violets: A Novel

Domestic Violets: A Novel

Matthew Norman

Includes interview with author and other extras.

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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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Ours are the Streets

Ours are the Streets

Sunjeev Sahota

Following the journey of a British Muslim and his fall into Islamist radicalization.

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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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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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An Object of Beauty

An Object of Beauty

Steve Martin

An irresistible look at the glamour and subterfuge of New York's art world, from bestselling author and Hollywood star Steve Martin.

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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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The Memory of Love: Shortlisted for the Orange Prize

The Memory of Love: Shortlisted for the Orange Prize

Aminatta Forna

Shortlisted for the Orange Prize 2011

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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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The Book of Human Skin

The Book of Human Skin

Michelle Lovric

This is going to be a little uncomfortable...

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 Read reviewThe Auschwitz Violin

The Auschwitz Violin

Maria Angels Anglada

An international sensation The Auschwitz Violin is the unforgettable story of one man's refusal to surrender his dignity in the face of history's greatest atrocity.

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Oil on Water

Oil on Water

Helon Habila

From the desks of Nigeria's newsrooms, two journalists are recruited to find the kidnapped wife of a British oil engineer. Zaq, an infamous media hack, knows what's in store, but Rufus, a keen young journalist eager to get himself...

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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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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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Little Star

Little Star

John Ajvide Lindqvist, Marlaine Delargy

Reviewers have crowned Lindqvist the heir apparent to Stephen King, and now he officially claims his throne. A man finds a baby in the woods and teaches the child music. Soon, a terrible force is ignited that catapults her to a...

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 Read reviewInfrared

Infrared

Nancy Huston

Award-winning author Huston follows her bestselling novel, Fault Lines, with an intensely provocative story about a passionate yet emotionally wounded woman's sexual explorations. She fearlessly investigates the links between...

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Matilda is Missing

Matilda is Missing

Caroline Overington

Garry Hartshorn and Softie Monaghan were never love's young dream. Not even on their wedding day. Softie was sophisticated, a career woman, who owned a nice apartment overlooking St Kilda Beach. Garry had a few rough edges, plus...

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The Secret in Their Eyes

The Secret in Their Eyes

Eduardo Sacheri

Part haunting crime thriller, part love story, this brilliantly executed novel within a novel is the book on which the Oscar-winning best foreign film of the same name was based. But its stands alone as a gobsmackingly good read,...

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Tom McCarthy

Follows the life of Serge Carrefax, a man who surges into the electric modernity of the early twentieth century, transfixed by the technologies that obliterate him. Born to the sound of one of the experimental wireless stations,...

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The Honey Thief

The Honey Thief

Najaf Mazari, Robert Hillman

Moving effortlessly from the oral to the written, from folktale to modern-day fable, and from the earthly to transcendent, this beautiful, life-affirming book probes the heart and soul of a remarkable culture, while paying homage...

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Cool Water

Cool Water

Dianne Warren

Juliet, Saskatchewan, is a blink of an eye kind of town - the welcome sign announces a population of 1,011 people - and it's easy to imagine that nothing happens on its hot and dusty streets.

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 Read reviewHow I Became a Famous Novelist

How I Became a Famous Novelist

Steven 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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The Art of Saying Goodbye

The Art of Saying Goodbye

Ellyn Bache

In the tradition of Kristin Hannah's Firefly Lane and Marisa de los Santos' Belong To Me, comes this beautiful and touching story by critically acclaimed author Bache.

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Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill

Helen Hodgman

Jill and her dad are happy enough after her mother dies. Theirs is a simple life in the outback, far from the big city. Until Jack arrives at their door one evening, and steps inside to find the skinny, wild-looking child sitting...

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Everything Beautiful Began After

Everything Beautiful Began After

Simon Van Booy

A beautiful love story among the ruins of Athens.

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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

And so begins the unforgettable story of Lynnie, Homan, Martha, and baby Julia - lives divided by seemingly insurmountable obstacles, yet drawn together by a secret pact and extraordinary love.

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Burning Bright

Burning Bright

Ron Rash

A collection of short stories that melds the dark with the beautiful in deftly painted portraits of Appalachia, ranging from the Civil War to present day. It captures the essence of the region the author knows best, leading his...

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 Read reviewPepsi Bears and Other Stories

Pepsi Bears and Other Stories

Anson Cameron

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Babylon

Babylon

Stephen Sewell

An English backpacker heads north for sun, women and a shot at making a fortune working the prawn trawlers. Mick is looking for adventure, but hitching a ride with the enigmatic Dan leads him into more trouble and depravity than...

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A Dance With Dragons

A Dance With Dragons

George R.R. Martin

HBO's hit series A GAME OF THRONES is based on George R. R. Martin's internationally bestselling series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A DANCE WITH DRAGONS is the fifth volume in the series.

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Titus Awakes: The Lost Book of Gormenghast

Titus Awakes: The Lost Book of Gormenghast

Mervyn Peake, Maeve Gilmore, Brian Sibley

When Peake died in 1968, he left behind the start of a fourth Gormenghast book, Titus Awakes. His wife, the writer and artist Maeve Gilmore, completed the manuscript.The book continues the story of the Titus, the 77th Earl of...

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A Man You Can Bank On

A Man You Can Bank On

Derek Hansen

The cops want to arrest him. The crims want to kill him. The town wants to name a dog after him.

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Fun and Games

Fun and Games

Duane Swierczynski

An explosively fast-paced and edgy L.A. thriller from an up-and-coming American talent.

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When We Have Wings

When We Have Wings

Claire Corbett

In a world divided into fliers and non-fliers, how far would you go to be able to fly? How much would you sacrifice - perhaps your own child? A beautifully written and compellingly original novel of sacrifice, betrayal and love.

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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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The Arrivals

The Arrivals

Meg Mitchell Moore

The idyllic life of empty nesters Ginny and William Owens is shattered when all three of their adult children suddenly return home to stay - indefinitely. Ginny and William find their once peaceful home transformed into the chaos...

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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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The Meowmorphosis

The Meowmorphosis

Frank Kafka, Coleridge Cook

Meet Gregor Samsa, a humble young man who works as a fabric salesman to support his parents and sister. His life goes strangely awry when he wakes up late for work and discovers that, inexplicably, he is now a man-sized baby...

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Armani Angels

Armani Angels

Cate Kendall

Dynamic PR guru Gemma Bristol has her well-manicured finger firmly on the pulse of the Australian social scene. She regularly rubs shoulders with the country's A-listers at the glittering opening nights and exclusive launches she...

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 Read reviewThe Good Muslim

The Good Muslim

Tahmima Anam

In a remote Bangladeshi village, a telegram brings life-changing news to Maya Haque's door. Eight years before, a brutal war tore Maya's country and her family apart. Now it is time to return home. She arrives to find that...

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Love, Honour & O'Brien

Love, Honour & O'Brien

Jennifer Rowe

Holly Love is sworn to track down the cheating swine who ripped her life apart, and make him pay. But in the face of a bizarre mystery, a gloomy old house and a gang of vengeful thugs - not to mention a garrulous and possibly...

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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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All The Time In The World

All The Time In The World

E. L. Doctorow

An astonishing book of short fiction by one of America's finest writers, the author of The March, Ragtime, and Homer & Langley.

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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 reviewWatercolours

Watercolours

Adrienne Ferreira

Eleven-year-old Novi just wants to blend in - not easy when you're named after a silkworm and have the most eccentric family in town. Young teacher Dom Best is new in town and must overcome his lack of confidence to support Novi's...

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The Precipice

The Precipice

Virginia Duigan

Thea Farmer, a reclusive and difficult retired school principal, lives with her dog in the Blue Mountains. Her career ended under a cloud a decade earlier, following a scandal involving a much younger male teacher. After losing...

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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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 Read reviewBig Girl Small

Big Girl Small

Rachel DeWoskin

Everybody needs a friend like Judy. She is whip-smart, hilarious, and her story is so real. She's a wonderful singer, full of big dreams for a big future and she's a dwarf. But why is she hiding out in a seedy motel on the edge of...

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Letty Fox: Her Luck

Letty Fox: Her Luck

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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Desert

Desert

J.M.G Le Clezio (Author), C. Dickson (Translator)

The international bestseller, by the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2008, available for the first time.

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 Read reviewA Visit from the Goon Squad

A Visit from the Goon Squad

Jennifer Egan

With music pulsing on every page, A Visit from the Goon Squad is a startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption.

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After

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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Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later

Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later

Francine Pascal

What terrible secret has torn Jessica and Elizabeth apart? Ten years after graduating from Sweet Valley High, the Wakefield twins have had a falling-out of epic proportions. After Jessica commits a complete and utter betrayal,...

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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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Bestseller

Bestseller

Alessandro Gallenzi

A novel of intrigue, deceit and sheer desperation, Bestseller is a caustic portrait of contemporary culture and of Britain's obsession with fame, success and becoming the next J.K. Rowling.

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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. Black was the eldest; moody and aggressive. Brown was the middle child; timid and dull. But Blue was his mother's favourite. And he was a...

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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 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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 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 Invisible Bridge

The Invisible Bridge

Julie Orringer

In September 1937 Andras, a young Hungarian student, leaves his family and heads for Paris on a scholarship to study architecture. Before he sets off he is given a mysterious letter to post on arrival in Paris. It is addressed to...

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 Read reviewTrespass

Trespass

Rose Tremain

In a silent valley in southern France stands an isolated stone farmhouse, the Mas Lunel. Its owner is Aramon Lunel, an alcoholic haunted by his violent past. His sister, Audrun, alone in her bungalow within sight of the Mas Lunel,...

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Farundell

Farundell

L R Fredericks

In the golden summer of 1924 Paul Asher, still shattered by the trauma of the Western Front, comes to Farundell, an idyllic country house set deep in the Oxfordshire countryside. There, he falls under the spell of the rich and...

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Flock

Flock

Lyn Hughes

Francis Sprigge and Lilian Powys move to the Blue Mountains, following their dreams of creativity and love. But as Francis pursues his gift for designing exquisite wallpaper, Lilian finds that the ordinary life she craves remains...

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Nazi Literature in the Americas

Nazi Literature in the Americas

Roberto Bolano, Chris Andrews

A collection of fictional biographies of right-wing writers, Roberto Bolano's Nazi Literature in the Americas presents an alternative world of 20th century literature.

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The Pile of Stuff at the Bottom of the Stairs

The Pile of Stuff at the Bottom of the Stairs

Christina Hopkinson

What's the thing you hate most about the one you love? This is the funniest, most acutely-observed novel about marriage and motherhood, children and work that's been seen in years.

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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 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 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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 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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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 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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 Read reviewO: A Presidential Novel

O: A Presidential Novel

Anonymous

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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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The Raven's Heart: The Story of a Quest, a Castle and Mary Queen of Scots

The Raven’s Heart: The Story of a Quest, a Castle and Mary Queen of Scots

Jesse Blackadder

1561. A ship carries Mary, Queen of Scots, home from the French court to wrest back control of her throne. Masquerading as a male crew member, Alison Blackadder must find a way to gain the Queen's favour so she can win back her...

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Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East

Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East

Reza Aslan

A Words Without Borders Anthology Remarkable . . . a triumph . . . connects us at the level of our humanity, no matter where we may be from. -Los Angeles Times

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The Other Family

The Other Family

Joanna Trollope

Chrissie, in the twenty-three years she'd been together with Richie, had always believed that he loved her.

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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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Dracula in Love: A novel

Dracula in Love: A novel

Karen Essex

Dracula's beautiful, eternal muse, Mina - the most famous woman in vampire lore - vividly recounts the joys and terrors of a passionate affair that has linked her and Count Dracula through the centuries. Time falls away as she is...

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 Read reviewJeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi

Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi

Geoff Dyer

Jeff Atman is in Venice to cover the opening of the Biennale. He's expecting to see a load of art, go to a lot of parties. He's not expecting to meet the spellbinding Laura, who will completely transform his few days in the city....

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