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Hour of the Star

Hour of the Star

Clarice Lispector

Living in the slums of Rio and eking out a living as a typist, Macabéa loves movies, Coca-Cola and her philandering rat of a boyfriend; she would like to be like Marilyn Monroe, but she is ugly, underfed, sickly and...

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Jesus' Son

Jesus' Son

Denis Johnson

A classic of Twentieth-Century American Literature from one of America's greatest living writers.

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How the Light Gets In: Popular Penguins

How the Light Gets In: Popular Penguins

M. J. Hyland

Lou Connor wants to escape her life of poverty, so she travels from Sydney to the US as an exchange student. But her host-family, the Hardings - who live in a prefabricated mansion in a nameless Chicago suburb - are in suffocating...

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Because a White Man'll Never Do It

Because a White Man’ll Never Do It

Kevin Gilbert

First published in 1973, Gilbert's controversial account of Aboriginal affairs paints a disturbing image of the impact of the colonisation of Australia and the ongoing problems faced by the Aboriginal people. The book poses a...

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The Crying Of Lot 49

The Crying Of Lot 49

Thomas Pynchon

Oedipa Maas, recent heiress, enquires into the nature of her inheritance- trying to understand her own life and the motivation of her dead lover, she is led on am ambiguous trail of clues. The moment of revelation hovers on the...

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What I Loved

What I Loved

Siri Hustvedt

This is the story of two men who first become friends in 1970s New York, of the women in their lives, and of their sons, born the same year. Both Leo Hertzberg, an art historian, and Bill Weschler, a painter, are cultured, decent...

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Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go

Kazuo Ishiguro

In one of the most acclaimed and original novels of recent years, Kazuo Ishiguro imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkly skewered version of contemporary England.

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A Death in the Family: My Struggle Book 1

A Death in the Family: My Struggle Book 1

Karl Ove Knausgaard, Don Bartlett

When the author becomes a father himself, he must balance the demands of caring for a young family with his determination to write great literature. This title tells his story.

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The Complete Peanuts: 1950-1952

The Complete Peanuts: 1950-1952

Charles M. Schulz, Garrison Keillor

Peanuts is the most popular comic strip in the history of the world. Its characters - Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, and so many more - have become dearly loved icons for generation after generation. Now Charles...

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Its Raining In Mango

Its Raining In Mango

Thea Astley

Wresting his family from the easy living of 19th-century Sydney, Cornelius Laffey takes them to northern Queensland where thousands of hopefuls are digging for gold in the mud. They confront the horror of Aboriginal dispossession,...

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In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

Truman Capote

Truman Capote's In Cold Blood is both a masterpiece of journalism and a powerful crime thriller. Inspired by a 300-word article in The New York Times, Capote spent six years exploring and writing the story...

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To Siberia

To Siberia

Per Petterson

In the bitter cold of Danish Jutland, where the sea freezes over and the Nazis have yet to invade, a young girl dreams of one day going on a great journey to Siberia, while her beloved brother Jesper yearns for the warmer climes...

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