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An American Marriage

An American Marriage

Tayari Jones

The stunning and heart-breaking New York Times bestseller

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A Life's Work

A Life’s Work

Rachel Cusk

A Life's Work is Rachel Cusk's funny, moving, brutally honest account of her early experiences of motherhood. An education in babies, books, breast-feeding, toddler groups, broken nights, bad advice and never being alone, it is a...

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Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black

Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black

Marcus Sedgwick, Julian Sedgwick, Alexis Deacon

A lyrical and dreamlike story of two brothers in conflict amidst the devastation of WWII London.    Harry Black wakes in hospital to learn that his brother Ellis has almost certainly been killed by a V2...

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 Read reviewA Wunch of Bankers

A Wunch of Bankers

Daniel Ziffer

For Daniel Ziffer and his Australia-wide audience, it was a complicated, galling, and gasp-inducing year at the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.

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Nailed it!

Nailed it!

Mel Campbell, Anthony Morris

Talented tradie Rose lands a job on reality TV show, Mansions in the Sky, where she aids contestants in turning shells of houses into glorious mansions. 

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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 reviewGoodnight Mister Tom

Goodnight Mister Tom

Michelle Magorian, Neil Reed

Tells the story of young Willie Beech, evacuated to the country as Britain stands on the brink of the Second World War.

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 Read reviewFrench Exit

French Exit

Patrick deWitt

Brimming with pathos, warmth and wit, French Exit is a one-of-a-kind tragedy of manners, a riotous send-up of high society and a moving story of mothers and sons.  

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 Special priceThe Chain

The Chain

Adrian McKinty

A high concept thriller masterpiece by a world class writer: it doesn't get any better than THE CHAIN.

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 Read reviewThe Love of a Bad Man

The Love of a Bad Man

Laura Elizabeth Woollett

The Love of a Bad Man is a collection of short stories that imagine the lives of thirteen women, all of whom were the lovers, mistresses, or wives of various 'bad' men in history. Beautifully observed, fascinating, and at times...

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 Read reviewSee What You Made Me Do

See What You Made Me Do

Jess Hill

Combining exhaustive research with riveting storytelling, See What You Made Me Do dismantles the flawed logic of victim-blaming and challenges everything you thought you knew about domestic and family violence.

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What Red Was

What Red Was

Rosie Price

A startling and sophisticated novel of modern love, sexual violence and toxic inheritance from a brilliant new British voice

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On The Sunday, She Created God

On The Sunday, She Created God

Gerii Pleitez, David Edgley

Wren is a young writer with her dead brother's name kicking against the suits who decides she needs to flee Sydney with her best friend Babe. Wren wants to touch snow for the first time and forget her broken heart & empty womb....

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Bunny

Bunny

Mona Awad

A darkly funny, gothic novel about a lonely graduate student drawn into a clique of rich girls at a New England university.

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Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found

Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found

Cheryl Strayed

At twenty-six, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's rapid death from cancer, her family disbanded and her marriage crumbled. With nothing to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her...

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 Read reviewThe Learning Curves of Vanessa Partridge

The Learning Curves of Vanessa Partridge

Clare Strahan

At the end of the school year, fifteen-year-old high-achieving 'good girl' Vanessa Partridge re-invents herself and seeks out new life experiences as she asserts her independence. A wonderful and funny coming-of-age story set at...

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The Complete Stories

The Complete Stories

Flannery O'Connor

Thirty-one tales depicting the humorous, if near tragic conditions of life in the Deep South during the fifties.

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Sincerely, Harriet

Sincerely, Harriet

Sarah Winifred Searle

In Chicago 1996, thirteen-year-old Harriet Flores, struggling with boredom, loneliness, and a chronic illness, lets her imagination run wild--with mixed results--and learns about the power of storytelling.

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 Read reviewStation Eleven

Station Eleven

Emily St. John Mandel

One snowy night in Toronto famous actor Arthur Leander dies on stage whilst performing the role of a lifetime. That same evening a deadly virus touches down in North America. The world will never be the same again.

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The Virgin Suicides

The Virgin Suicides

Jeffrey Eugenides

Previously adapted into a critically acclaimed film by Sofia Coppola starring Kirsten Dunst, this is the story of the five Lisbon sisters - beautiful, eccentric, and obsessively watched by the entire neighbourhood.

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 Read reviewThe White Girl

The White Girl

Tony Birch

The new novel from Miles-Franklin-shortlisted author Tony Birch.

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The Overstory

The Overstory

Richard Powers

SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond:An Air...

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Upheaval

Upheaval

Jared Diamond

In his landmark international bestsellers Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse, Jared Diamond transformed our understanding of what makes civilizations rise and fall. Now in the third book in this monumental trilogy, he reveals how...

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The New Me

The New Me

Halle Butler

Like a dark and twisted mash up of Lena Dunham's Girls and Ricky Gervais's The Office – this is "a dark comedy of female rage" (Catherine Lacey) and a biting satire of the false promise of...

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84 Charing Cross Road

84 Charing Cross Road

Helene Hanff, Juliet Stevenson

This book is the story of the love affair between Miss Helene Hanff of New York and Messrs Marks and Co, sellers of rare and secondhand books, at 84 Charing Cross Road, London.

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 Read reviewA Universe of Sufficient Size

A Universe of Sufficient Size

Miriam Sved

An historical novel for readers of Heather Morris, Anna Funder and Anthony Doerr, based on the true story of five Jewish mathematicians on the eve of the Second World War.

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Constellations: Reflections From Life

Constellations: Reflections From Life

Sinead Gleeson

An extraordinarily intimate memoir in a series of bodily encounters that have made Sinead Gleeson the woman and the writer she is today.

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The Essex Serpent

The Essex Serpent

Sarah Perry

London 1893: When Cora Seaborne and her son Francis reach Essex, rumours spread from further up the estuary that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming lives, has returned to the coastal parish of...

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 Special priceSour Heart

Sour Heart

Jenny Zhang

These seven startling stories of family, femininity, sexuality and otherness will plunge you into the tender and chaotic hearts of narrators you won't easily forget.

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The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

Hallie Rubenhold

In this devastating narrative of five lives, historian Hallie Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, and gives these women back their stories.

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Frog and Toad: The Complete Collection

Frog and Toad: The Complete Collection

Arnold Lobel, Julia Donaldson

A beautiful hardback gift to treasure. This collection brings together all of Arnold Lobel's engaging, warm and funny stories about Frog and Toad, and features a special foreword by Julia Donaldson.

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Any Ordinary Day

Any Ordinary Day

Leigh Sales

As a journalist, Leigh Sales often encounters people experiencing the worst moments of their lives in the full glare of the media. But one particular string of bad news stories - and a terrifying brush with her own mortality -...

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City of Girls

Elizabeth Gilbert

New from the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things, a delicious novel of glamour, sex, and adventure, about a young woman discovering that you don't have to be a good girl to be a...

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Star-crossed

Star-crossed

Minnie Darke

When Justine Carmichael - Sagittarius and sceptic - bumps into her teenage crush Nick Jordan - Aquarius and true believer - it might be purely by chance. Nick, meanwhile, is a struggling actor who relies on the Star's eminent...

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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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The Flatshare

The Flatshare

Beth O'Leary

A quirky love story from a fresh, new talent. One of the MUST READ books for 2019

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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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Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen

Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen

Mary Norris

The Comma Queen returns with a fun, witty and wise romp through language and the crystalline Greek coast.

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 Read reviewThe Glad Shout

The Glad Shout

Alice Robinson

After a catastrophic storm destroys Melbourne, Isobel flees to higher ground with her husband and young daughter. Food and supplies run low, panic sets in and still no help arrives. To protect her daughter, Isobel must take...

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 Read reviewI Am Out With Lanterns

I Am Out With Lanterns

Emily Gale

A beautiful novel about friendship, first love and the power of art to change lives.

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The Finder

The Finder

Kate Hendrick

Two misfits embark on a road trip of a lifetime in this gentle and funny contemporary YA novel

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Late in the Day

Late in the Day

Tessa Hadley

**THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER**Alexandr and Christine and Zachary and Lydia have been close friends since they first met in their twenties.

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Making Friends With Alice Dyson

Making Friends With Alice Dyson

Poppy Nwosu

Alice knows exactly how she'll be spending her final year of high school: with her head down, concentrating on textbooks and homework. Until an encounter with the school's most notorious troublemaker derails her plans, turning her...

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Last Ones Left Alive

Last Ones Left Alive

Sarah Davis-Goff

For fans of THE END WE START FROM and STATION 11, a brilliantly original imagining of a young woman's journey to discover her true identity, set in a post-apocalyptic Ireland

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The I Wonder Bookstore

The I Wonder Bookstore

Shinsuke Yoshitake

A delightful and witty illustrated celebration of the transporting magic of reading, books, and bookstores.

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Daisy Jones and The Six

Daisy Jones and The Six

Taylor Jenkins Reid

A thrilling story told in the form of an extended oral history, Daisy Jones and the Six transports the reader to the world of '70's rock 'n roll; creative chaos, musical alchemy and an iconic sound.

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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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The Breakaways

The Breakaways

Cathy G. Johnson

A powerful graphic novel about a soccer team full of misfits and the unlikely friendships forged on and off the field.

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The Last

The Last

Hanna Jameson

Breaking -- Nuclear weapon detonates over WashingtonBreaking -- London hit, thousands feared dead. Breaking -- Munich and Scotland hit. World leaders call for calm. Jon Keller was on a trip to Switzerland when the...

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 Read reviewWhat I Like About Me

What I Like About Me

Jenna Guillaume

Maisie Martin is a clever, shy, funny, confused 16-year-old. She's ready for the summer of her life. Until everything starts going wrong...

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Under Earth

Under Earth

Chris Gooch

The latest graphic novel by Melbourne based graphic storyteller, Chris Gooch.

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No Friend But the Mountains

No Friend But the Mountains

Behrouz Boochani, Omid Tofighian

An account of life inside Manus detention centre, from journalist and asylum-seeker Behrouz Boochani.  

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The Salt Path

The Salt Path

Raynor Winn

The Salt Path is an honest and inspiring true story of coming to terms with grief and the healing power of the natural world. Ultimately, it is a portrayal of home, and how it can be lost, rebuilt, and rediscovered in the most...

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Swann's Way: In Search of Lost Time Volume 1

Swann’s Way: In Search of Lost Time Volume 1

Marcel Proust, Terence Kilmartin, D.J. Enright, C. K. Scott Moncrieff

The definitive translation of one of the greatest French novels of the twentieth centuryIn the opening volume of Proust's great novel, the narrator travels backwards in time in order to tell the story of a love affair that had...

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 Read reviewLa Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, Volume 1)

La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, Volume 1)

Philip Pullman

Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his daemon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is...

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Winter

Ali Smith

From the peerless author of Autumn and How to be both - the second novel in the Seasonal quartet.

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Autumn

Autumn

Ali Smith

Fusing Keatsian mists and mellow fruitfulness with the vitality, the immediacy, and the color hit of pop art, Autumn is [an] ... excavation of the present by the past. The novel is a stripped-branches take on popular culture and a...

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The Friend

The Friend

Sigrid Nunez

Elegiac and searching, The Friend is both a meditation on loss and a celebration of human-canine devotion. 

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The First Six Weeks

The First Six Weeks

Midwife Cath, Cathryn Curtin

Everything you need to know about caring for your new baby, from feeding to sleeping and everything in between - every parent's new best friend.

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The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog

The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog

Adam Gidwitz, Hatem Aly

For use in schools and libraries only. On a dark night in 1242, travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children and their adventures with history, religion, and farting dragons.

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DeadEndia: The Watcher's Test

DeadEndia: The Watcher’s Test

Hamish Steele

A quirky and diverse cast populates this exciting and thoughtful graphic novel through fantastic adventures and a heartfelt message about finding kindred spirits.

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 Read reviewOne Of Us Is Lying

One Of Us Is Lying

Karen M. McManus

Five students go to detention. Only four leave alive.

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 Read reviewTwo Can Keep a Secret

Two Can Keep a Secret

Karen M. McManus

Ellery's never been to Echo Ridge, but she's heard all about it. It's where her aunt went missing at age sixteen, never to return. Where a Homecoming Queen's murder five years ago made national news. And where Ellery now has to...

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The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar

Sylvia Plath

The 50th Anniversary edition of one of the defining novels of the 20th century.  

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The Lost Girls

The Lost Girls

Jennifer Spence

A haunting tale of love and loss that will make you think twice... 

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The Righteous Mind

The Righteous Mind

Jonathan Haidt

Morality binds and blinds, but this book will help you to see and understand your friends, enemies and fellow citizens as never before. 

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She Be Damned

She Be Damned

M. J. Tjia

A unique who-done-it that puts a modern spin on a classic style of mystery writing.

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Spinning Silver

Spinning Silver

Naomi Novik

By the award-winning author of Uprooted, Spinning Silver is a new take on the classic fairytale Rumpelstiltskin.

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The Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books (and Two Not-So-Great Ones) Saved My Life

The Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books (and Two Not-So-Great Ones) Saved My Life

Andy Miller

Originally published in Great Britain by Fourth Estate --Title page verso.

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