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The Emerald Tablet: A Benedict Hitchens Novel 2

The Emerald Tablet: A Benedict Hitchens Novel 2

Meaghan Wilson Anastasios

The world at the brink of war. A sinister conspiracy. An ancient treasure. A troubled archaeologist: Benedict Hitchens.

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Cold Mountain

Cold Mountain

Charles Frazier

The Hachette Essentials edition of the international Number One bestseller and inspiration for the Oscar-winning film directed by Anthony Minghella.

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 Special price Read reviewCity of Girls

City of Girls

Elizabeth Gilbert

New from the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things, a delicious novel of glamour, sex, and adventure, about a young woman discovering that you don't have to be a good girl to be a...

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 Read reviewFortune

Fortune

Lenny Bartulin

A gripping, globe-spanning historical epic from the author of Infamy

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The Daughter's Tale

The Daughter’s Tale

Armando Lucas Correa

Based on the true story of the Nazi massacre of a French village in 1944, an unforgettable tale of love and redemption from the bestselling author of The German Girl.   

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A Brightness Long Ago

A Brightness Long Ago

Guy Gavriel Kay

Guy Gavriel Kay, bestselling author of the groundbreaking novels Under Heaven, River of Stars and Children of Earth and Sky returns with yet another breathtaking epic.

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 Read reviewThe Parisian

The Parisian

Isabella Hammad

An intensely human story amidst a global conflict, The Parisian is historical fiction with a remarkable contemporary voice.

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The Glovemaker

The Glovemaker

Ann Weisgarber

Utah, 1888. As one woman awaits her husband's return home, a stranger arrives on her doorstep . . .

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The Ink Stain (The Monsarrat Series Book 4)

The Ink Stain (The Monsarrat Series Book 4)

Tom Keneally, Meg Keneally

Monsarrat and Mrs Mulrooney are sent to Sydney to investigate corruption that may go right to the top - to the office of the governor - and threaten the colony's fundamental rights to freedom of speech.   

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How We Disappeared

How We Disappeared

Jing-Jing Lee

A beautiful, stunningly ambitious novel set in Singapore about a woman who survived the Japanese occupation and a man who thought he had lost everything

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The Madonna of the Mountains

The Madonna of the Mountains

Elise Valmorbida

Maria faces a stony path, but one she will surely climb to the summit. In this sumptuous and elegant novel you will taste the bigoli co l'arna, touch the mulberry leaves cut finer than organdie, and feel the strain of one woman...

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 Read reviewThat Deadman Dance

That Deadman Dance

Kim Scott

In playful, musical prose, this book explores the early contact between the Aboriginal Noongar people and the first European settlers. The novel's hero is a young Noongar man named Bobby Wabalanginy.

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Washington Black

Washington Black

Esi Edugyan

A dazzling new novel of slavery and freedom by the author of the Man Booker and Orange Prize shortlisted Half Blood Blues.

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 Read reviewPreservation

Preservation

Jock Serong

Preservation, based on the true story of the wreck of the Sydney Cove, sees master storyteller Jock Serong turn his talents to historical narrative.

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At The Wolf's Table

At The Wolf’s Table

Rosella Postorino

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The Weight of Ink

The Weight of Ink

Rachel Kadish

Set in London of the 1660s and of the early twenty-first century, The Weight of Ink is a sophisticated work of historical fiction about women separated by centuries, and the choices and sacrifices they must make in order reconcile...

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 Read reviewThe Good People

The Good People

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 strange and troubling events.

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The Turner House

Angela Flournoy

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Fingersmith

Fingersmith

Sarah Waters

Fingersmith moves between the criminal underworld and gloomy gothic mansions of 1860s London in a story of fraud, insanity and secret passion. Set in a den of thieves, it focuses on Susan, a pickpocket, who is persuaded by her...

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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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The Nightingale

The Nightingale

Kristin Hannah

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannahs next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home...

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Pachinko

Pachinko

Min Jin Lee

A victorian epic transplanted to Japan, following a Korean family of immigrants through eight decades and four generations.

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Salt Creek

Lucy Treloar

SHORTLISTED FOR THE MILES FRANKLIN AWARD 2016 A stunning debut novel from the winner of the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Pacific Region) and the 2013 Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award.

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From the Wreck

Jane Rawson

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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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A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow

Amor Towles

21 June 1922 Count Alexander Rostov - recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt - is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel...

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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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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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The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead

From prize-winning, bestselling author Colson Whitehead, a magnificent, wrenching, thrilling tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.  

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Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo

George Saunders

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 Read reviewManhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach

Jennifer Egan

The long-awaited novel from the bestselling author of Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit From the Goon Squad.

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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 Secret River

The Secret River

Kate Grenville

A universal and timeless story of love, identity and belonging

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The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Richard Flanagan

***WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2014***Forever after, there were for them only two sorts of men: the men who were on the Line, and the rest of humanity, who were not. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation,...

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The Art of the Engine Driver

The Art of the Engine Driver

Steven Carroll

On a hot summer's night in the 1950s, the old and the new, diesel and steam, town and country all collide - and nobody will be left unaffected. The Art of the Engine Driver is a luminous and evocative tale of ordinary suburban...

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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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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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