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Ghost Wall

Ghost Wall

Sarah Moss

A masterclass in the art of the short, unnerving novel; a story of forbidden borders, haunted landscapes and bodies in danger.

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Crimson

Niviaq Korneliussen, Anna Halager

This is the story of a group of friends, on the cusp of adulthood, exploring life, seeking authenticity and establishing their own queer identities. It's a beautiful novella, intriguing not only because of its unique setting in...

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If Cats Disappeared From The World

If Cats Disappeared From The World

Genki Kawamura, Eric Selland

A million-copy bestseller, a poignant and thought-provoking Japanese tale that asks what it really is that makes life worth living.

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Dept. of Speculation

Dept. of Speculation

Jenny Offill

The second novel from an LA Times First Fiction Prize finalist, Dept. of Speculation is an annihilating, electrifying account of marriage and motherhood, love and madness

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The Vegetarian: A Novel

The Vegetarian: A Novel

Han Kang, Deborah Smith

A trangressive, unsettling novel in three acts, about rebellion and taboo, violence and eroticism, and the twisting metamorphosis of a soul

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Grief is the Thing with Feathers

Grief is the Thing with Feathers

Max Porter

In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother's sudden death. Their father, a Ted Hughes scholar and scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness. In this moment of...

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Our Souls at Night

Our Souls at Night

Kent Haruf

From the Folio Prize-shortlisted author of Plainsong, Eventide and Benediction, a stunning novel about finding happiness.

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Heartburn

Heartburn

Nora Ephron

This autobiographical novel by Nora Ephron, Oscar-nominated screenwriter (When Harry Met Sally) and successful director (Sleepless in Seattle), is a bittersweet and very funny book about love and loss. Published as part of a...

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Trick

Trick

Domenico Starnone, Jhumpa Lahiri

Imagine a duel between an elderly man and a mere boy. The same blood runs through their veins. One, Daniele Mallarico, is a successful illustrator whose reputation is slowly fading. The other, Mario, is his four-year-old grandson....

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 Read reviewConvenience Store Woman

Convenience Store Woman

Sayaka Murata, Ginny Tapley Takemori

The Japanese literary sensation about an unconventional woman who finds happiness in a Tokyo convenience store.

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The Seas

The Seas

Samantha Hunt

A reissue of Samantha Hunt's award-winning novel, with a new introduction from Maggie Nelson.    

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 Read reviewPink Mountain on Locust Island

Pink Mountain on Locust Island

Jamie Marina Lau

An unpredictable and innovative debut novel from a provocative new voice in Australian fiction

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West

West

Carys Davies

A spellbinding and timeless tale of isolation, the power of grief and the pull of home.

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Crudo

Olivia Laing

A blisteringly funny and remarkably tender debut novel from Olivia Laing, one of the finest non-fiction writers of her generation.

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Our Life in the Forest

Our Life in the Forest

Marie Darrieussecq, Penny Hueston

A compelling and deeply unsettling dystopian novel from one of France's most acclaimed literary talents

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The Incendiaries

The Incendiaries

R. O. Kwon

A powerful, darkly glittering novel about violence, love, faith, and loss, as a young Korean American woman at an elite American university is drawn into acts of domestic terrorism by a cult tied to North Korea.

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 Read reviewTrain Dreams

Train Dreams

Denis Johnson

An epic in miniature: a gripping tale of a man's disintegration and his country's transformation, from the National Book Award-winning author of Tree of Smoke.

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Annihilation

Annihilation

Jeff VanderMeer

The first volume of the extraordinary Southern Reach trilogy.   

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 Read reviewChemistry

Chemistry

Weike Wang

A novel about a young Chinese woman whose graduate studies in chemistry go off track and lead her to discover the truths about her goals and desires.  

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The Lost Daughter

The Lost Daughter

Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein

Leda is a middle-aged, divorced mother devoted to her work as an English professor. After the departure of her grown-up daughters, she takes a holiday on the Italian coast. But after a few days things become unsettling; on the...

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The Passion

The Passion

Jeanette Winterson

inventive and brilliant' Guardian'As moving and funny as it is skilful, and reflects the author's formidable appetite for life' Sunday Times'A book of great imaginative audacity and assurance...brilliantly physical (and funny)...

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 Read reviewWays of Going Home

Ways of Going Home

Alejandro Zambra, Megan McDowell

A rising star of Latin American literature, and one of Granta's Best of Young Spanish Language Novelists

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Mirror, Shoulder, Signal

Mirror, Shoulder, Signal

Dorthe Nors, Misha Hoekstra

Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. A spikily funny, startlingly perceptive and beautifully written novel about modern life.

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The Sense of an Ending

The Sense of an Ending

Julian Barnes

Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. May be Adrian was a little more...

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 Read reviewMy Name Is Lucy Barton

My Name Is Lucy Barton

Elizabeth Strout

From Lucy's hospital bed, we are drawn ever more deeply into the emotional complexity of family life, the inescapable power of the past, and the memories - however painful - that bind a family together.

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Fever Dream

Fever Dream

Samanta Schweblin, Megan McDowell

A deeply unsettling and disorientating debut novel about obsession, identity and motherhood

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Sula

Sula

Toni Morrison

As young girls, Nel and Sula shared each other's secrets and dreams in the poor black mid-West of their childhood. Sula is a story of fear - the fear that traps us, justifying itself through perpetual myth and legend.   ...

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The End We Start From

The End We Start From

Megan Hunter

For fans of Station Eleven, an extraordinary story of motherhood in a world changed beyond recognition..         

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The Mezzanine

The Mezzanine

Nicholson Baker

Nicholson Baker's hilarious, genre-defining debut novel, part of a stunning redesign of Baker's Granta backlist.

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The Guest Cat

The Guest Cat

Takashi Hiraide, Eric Selland

An international bestseller. A charming and wonderful novel about a cat that brings joy into a couple's life

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On Chesil Beach

On Chesil Beach

Ian McEwan

It is July 1962. Edward and Florence, young innocents married that morning, arrive at a hotel on the Dorset coast. At dinner in their rooms they struggle to suppress their private fears of the wedding night to come and,...

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Bonjour Tristesse

Bonjour Tristesse

Francoise Sagan, Irene Ash

Cecile leads a hedonistic, frivolous life with her father and his young mistresses. On holiday in the South of France, she is seduced by the sun, the sand and her first lover. But when her father decides to remarry, their carefree...

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We Have Always Lived In The Castle

We Have Always Lived In The Castle

Shirley Jackson

Living in the Blackwood family home with only her sister Constance and her Uncle Julian for company, Merricat just wants to preserve their delicate way of life. But ever since Constance was acquitted of murdering the rest of the...

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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Muriel Spark

Romantic, heroic, comic and tragic, unconventional schoolmistress Jean Brodie has become an iconic figure in post-war fiction. Her glamour, freethinking ideas and manipulative charm hold dangerous sway over her girls at the Marcia...

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The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Young, handsome and fabulously rich, Jay Gatsby appears to have it all, yet he yearns for the one thing that will always be out of his reach, the absence of which renders his life of glittering parties and bright young things...

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Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Truman Capote

It's New York in the 1940s, where the martinis flow from cocktail hour till breakfast at Tiffany's. And nice girls don't, except, of course, for Holly Golightly: glittering socialite traveller, generally upwards, sometimes...

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