The best smart summer reads of 2019

Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

Andrea Lawlor

Transposing Virginia Woolf's Orlando to 90s San Francisco, this novel of transgender metamorphosis is a wild, sexy, funny and moving story of living on the edge.

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The Night Tiger

The Night Tiger

Yangsze Choo

A captivating and magical story set in 1930s Malaysia about a dancehall girl and an orphan boy who are brought together by a series of unexplained deaths and an old Chinese superstition about men who turn into tigers.

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 Read reviewGingerbread

Gingerbread

Helen Oyeyemi

Helen Oyeyemi, the prize-winning author of Boy, Snow, Bird and What is Not Yours is Not Yours returns with a bewitching and inventive novel about motherhood, family legacy and... gingerbread.

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 Read reviewFleishman Is in Trouble

Fleishman Is in Trouble

Taffy Brodesser-Akner

A blistering satirical novel about marriage, divorce and modern relationships, by one of the most exciting new voices in American fiction

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 Special price Read reviewBruny

Bruny

Heather Rose

The brilliant and explosive new novel from the author of the award-winning The Museum of Modern Love.

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 Read reviewOlive, Again

Olive, Again

Elizabeth Strout

An extraordinary new novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Number One New York Times bestselling author of Olive Kitteridge and My Name is Lucy Barton.

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 Read reviewThe Dutch House

The Dutch House

Ann Patchett

A masterpiece from the Orange Prize-winning, New York Times number one bestselling author of Commonwealth and Bel Canto: a story of love, family, sacrifice, and the power of place

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 Read reviewRoom for a Stranger

Room for a Stranger

Melanie Cheng

A moving portrait of an improbable friendship and multicultural Australia more broadly, from the winner of the 2018 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction. 

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 Read reviewThe Weekend

The Weekend

Charlotte Wood

The brilliant new novel from Charlotte Wood, acclaimed author of The Natural Way of Things .

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 Read reviewThe Godmother

The Godmother

Hannelore Cayre, Stephanie Smee

With a gallery of traffickers, dealers, police officers and politicians who are more real than life itself, a sharp and amusing gaze on everyday survival in contemporary France, and an unforgettable woman at its centre, Hannelore...

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 Read reviewThe Place on Dalhousie

The Place on Dalhousie

Melina Marchetta

From the bestselling author of Looking for Alibrandi comes this perfectly crafted novel about families, relationships and the true nature of belonging.

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Nothing to See Here

Nothing to See Here

Kevin Wilson

A heartwarming and blisteringly funny tale of family, friendship and fire, from award-winning American writer Kevin Wilson.

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 Read reviewThe Topeka School

The Topeka School

Ben Lerner

A radical new take on the American family saga from a bona fide American literary genius, the acclaimed author of Leaving the Atocha Station and 10:04.

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 Read reviewThe Old Lie

The Old Lie

Claire G. Coleman

A thrilling and ambitious new novel from the author of the bestselling and prize-winning Terra Nullius

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Lie With Me

Lie With Me

Philippe Besson, Molly Ringwald

A gorgeous coming-of-age love story about two teenage boys in 1980s France.

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 Read reviewDolores

Dolores

Lauren Aimee Curtis

'A glowing, beating heart of a book' Megan Hunter, author of The End We Start From

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The Secrets We Kept

The Secrets We Kept

Lara Prescott

Sold in twenty-five countries and poised to become a global literary sensation, Lara Prescott's dazzling first novel about the women in the CIA's typing pool and the fate of Boris Pasternak's banned masterpiece is a sweeping page...

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The Golden State

The Golden State

Lydia Kiesling

A breakout debut novel featured in the US by Buzzfeed, Elle, Vanity Fair and the New Yorker, about a young woman navigating the worlds of the private and the political in a fractured America.

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Bone China

Bone China

Laura Purcell

A Daphne Du Maurier-esque chiller set on the mysterious Cornish coast from the author of The Silent Companions and The Corset

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 Read reviewBeyond the Sea

Beyond the Sea

Paul Lynch

A powerful new novel from the author of Grace, winner of the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year

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 Read reviewInland

Inland

Tea Obreht

THE NEW NOVEL BY THE AUTHOR OF THE TIGER'S WIFE A man searching for a home he can't find. A woman bound to a home she can't leave.

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The Need

The Need

Helen Phillips

Speculative fiction of the highest calibre: one woman fights to retain her sense of self amidst the chaos of work, motherhood and alternative universes.

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Rules for Visiting

Rules for Visiting

Jessica Francis Kane

From the acclaimed author of The Report, a smart, funny novel about friendship, trees, and the art of being a good house-guest

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 Read reviewLucky Ticket

Lucky Ticket

Joey Bui

A debut collection of stories announcing an intelligent, vibrant and highly original Australian-Vietnamese voice in contemporary literature.

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 Read reviewExpectation

Expectation

Anna Hope

A fierce emotional contemporary novel about what it takes to lead a meaningful life. Most of all, it explores that liminal space between expectation and reality, the place - full of terrible pain and wondrous joy - in which we all...

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Adele

Adele

Leila Slimani, Sam Taylor

From the bestselling author of Lullaby, the prizewinning debut novel about all our attempts to discover who we are - deep down - and what we actually want.   

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Mouthful of Birds

Mouthful of Birds

Samanta Schweblin, Megan McDowell

A spellbinding collection of short stories from the Argentinian sensation Samanta Schweblin

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 Read reviewThe Nancys

The Nancys

R.W.R. McDonald

A schoolgirl and her uncle and his boyfriend have two weeks to solve a murder in a small town style forgot...

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The Other Americans

The Other Americans

Laila Lalami

From the Pulitzer Prize finalist and Booker Prize-longlisted author of The Moor's Account, a timely and powerful novel about the suspicious death of a Moroccan immigrant that is at once a family saga, a murder mystery and a love...

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 Read reviewEight Lives

Eight Lives

Susan Hurley

A smart, sophisticated thriller that explores power, class and prejudice, Eight Lives will keep you engrossed until the last page.

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 Read reviewQueenie

Queenie

Candice Carty-Williams

A darkly comic and unflinchingly raw depiction of a young woman trying to navigate her way in the world, QUEENIE is about identity, independence and carving your own path. For fans of Dolly Alderton, Bryony Gordon and Dawn...

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The Tenth Muse

The Tenth Muse

Catherine Chung

A brilliant and gripping novel about a young woman's gift for mathematics, and the secret of her past bound up in World War II.

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Black Leopard, Red Wolf (Dark Star Trilogy Book 1)

Black Leopard, Red Wolf (Dark Star Trilogy Book 1)

Marlon James

A spectacular, genre-redefining literary fantasy novel from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings. 

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