Refugees & asylum seekers in fiction

 Read reviewPrize Fighter

Prize Fighter

Future D. Fidel

Isa Alaki is not from here. At ten years old, Isa's life in the Congolese city of Bukavu changed forever. The streets were burning. The town was mostly silent, like a ghost town, until the yelling started. At school, Isa knows he...

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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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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

Michael Chabon

Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 'The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay' is a heart-wrenching story of escape, love and comic-book heroes set in Prague, New York and the Arctic - from the author of 'Wonder...

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Do Not Say We Have Nothing

Do Not Say We Have Nothing

Madeleine Thien

Written with exquisite intimacy, wit and moral complexity, Do Not Say We Have Nothing magnificently brings to life one of the most significant political regimes of the 20th century and its traumatic legacy, which still resonates...

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Exit West

Exit West

Mohsin Hamid

An extraordinary story of love and hope from the bestselling, Man Booker-shortlisted author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist.All over the world, doors are appearing. They lead to other cities, other countries, other...

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The Refugees

Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Refugees is a collection of perfectly formed stories written over a period of twenty years, exploring questions of immigration, identity, love, and family.

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On The Java Ridge

Jock Serong

A literary novel about politics and seeking asylum, with the pace and tension of a political thriller. Plus some of the most compelling writing about the sea since Patrick O'Brian.

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No More Boats

Felicity Castagna

The new novel by Felicity Castagna, whose previous book, The Incredible Here and Now, won the 2015 Prime Minister's Award for Young Adult Fiction and was shortlisted for the CBCA and NSW Premier's Literary Awards.

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Foreign Soil

Maxine Beneba Clarke

In this collection of award-winning stories, Melbourne writer Maxine Beneba Clarke has given a voice to the disenfranchised, the lost, the downtrodden and the mistreated. It will challenge you, it will have you by the...

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 Read reviewBlack Rock White City

Black Rock White City

A.S. Patric

Intensely human, yet majestic in its moral vision, Black Rock White City is an essential story of Australia's suburbs now, of displacement and immediate threat, and the unexpected responses of two refugees as...

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Violin Lessons

Violin Lessons

Arnold Zable

A young boy plays the violin for his mother in Melbourne. Nina Simone sings 'Pirate Jenny' in a bar in Berlin. A fisherman plays a flute on the Mekong. And the strains of Paganini resonate in the forests of eastern Poland.

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The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini

Afghanistan, 1975: Twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the local kite-fighting tournament and his loyal friend Hassan promises to help him. But neither of the boys can foresee what will happen to Hassan that afternoon, an...

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 Read reviewThe Other Hand

The Other Hand

Chris Cleave

The bestselling second novel from the author of GOLD and INCENDIARY.

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What is the What

What is the What

Dave Eggers

Valentino Achak Deng is just a boy when conflict separates him from his family and forces him to leave his small Sudanese village, joining thousands of other orphans on their long, long walk to Ethiopia, where they find safety -...

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Unaccustomed Earth

Unaccustomed Earth

Jhumpa Lahiri

The Number One New York Times bestseller from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Interpreter of Maladies and The NamesakeWinner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book

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A Thousand Splendid Suns

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Khaled Hosseini

A riveting and powerful story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship and an indestructible love

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