Refugees & asylum seekers in fiction

The Hungry and the Fat

The Hungry and the Fat

Timur Vermes, Jamie Bulloch

By the author of Look Who's Back, a radical and bold satire in inequitable times.

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Amnesty

Amnesty

Aravind Adiga

A riveting, suspenseful and exuberant novel from the bestselling, Man Booker Prize-winning author of The White Tiger and Selection Day about a young illegal immigrant who must decide whether to report crucial information about a...

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Crossing

Crossing

Pajtim Statovci, David Hackston

Originally published in Finland as Tiranan syd an by Kustannusoakeyhti o Otava, Keuruu, in 2016 --Title page verso.

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The Great Homecoming

The Great Homecoming

Anna Kim, Jamie Lee Searle

Three friends are caught between the warring states of North and South Korea, in this epic novel of love, espionage and betrayal.

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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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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

Ocean Vuong

Brilliant, heartbreaking, tender, and highly original - poet Ocean Vuong's debut novel is a sweeping and shattering portrait of a family, and a testament to the redemptive power of storytelling

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The World That We Knew

The World That We Knew

Alice Hoffman

In Berlin in 1941 during humanity's darkest hour, three unforgettable young women must act with courage and love to survive, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Dovekeepers and The Marriage of Opposites Alice...

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Stalingrad

Stalingrad

Vasily Grossman, Robert Chandler, Elizabeth Chandler

Stalingrad is the prequel to Life and Fate, one of the twentieth century's greatest novels. The battle for Stalingrad - a maelstrom of violence and firepower - will reduce it to ruins.

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The End of the Ocean

The End of the Ocean

Maja Lunde

From the author of the #1 international bestseller The History of Bees, a captivating new novel about the threat of a worldwide water shortage as seen through the eyes of a father and daughter.    

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 Read reviewDaughter of Bad Times

Daughter of Bad Times

Rohan Wilson

A suspenseful, truthful and compelling novel from the critically acclaimed author of The Roving Party. 

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 Read reviewRed Birds

Red Birds

Mohammed Hanif

Written with his trademark wit, keen eye for absurdity and telling important truths about the world today, Red Birds reveals master storyteller Mohammed Hanif at the height of his powers.   

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 Read reviewThe Refugees

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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 Read reviewZenobia

Zenobia

Morten Dürr, Lars Horneman

When the Syrian war reaches Amina's village she's forced to escape, and during her perilous journey she thinks of the brave warrior Zenobia to remind her to stay strong.

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Exit West

Exit West

Mohsin Hamid

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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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Between Us

Between Us

Clare Atkins

Winner of the CBCA Book of the Year Award for Older Readers 2019. Ana's in a detention centre and Jono's life is spiralling out of control. Can their growing romance overcome the borders between them?

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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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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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