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Home Fire

Kamila Shamsie

A contemporary reimagining of Sophocles' Antigone, Home Fire is an urgent, fiercely compelling story of loyalties torn apart when love and politics collide - confirming Kamila Shamsie as a master storyteller of our times.

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The Idiot

The Idiot

Elif Batuman

Selin, a tall, highly strung Turkish-American from New Jersey turns up at Harvard and finds herself dangerously overwhelmed by the challenges and possibilities of adulthood. She studies linguistics and literature, and spends a lot...

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When I Hit You Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife

When I Hit You Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife

Meena Kandasamy

Caught in the hook of love, a young woman marries a dashing university professor. She moves to a rain-washed coastal town to be with him, but behind closed doors she discovers that her perfect husband is a perfect monster. As he...

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 Read reviewThe Ministry of Utmost Happiness

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Arundhati Roy

'How to tell a shattered story? By slowly becoming everybody. No. By slowly becoming everything.'In a city graveyard, a resident unrolls a threadbare Persian carpet between two graves. On a concrete sidewalk, a baby appears...

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 Read reviewSee What I Have Done

See What I Have Done

Sarah Schmidt

A deeply atmospheric novel by a startling new Aussie talent; an incredibly unique look inside the mind of Lizzie Borden, famously accused of murdering her father and stepmother in 1892.

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Elmet

Elmet

Fiona Mozley

Brutal and beautiful in equal measure, Elmet is a compelling portrayal of a family living on the fringes of contemporary society, as well as a gripping exploration of the disturbing actions people are capable of when pushed to...

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Sing, Unburied, Sing

Sing, Unburied, Sing

Jesmyn Ward

An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing examines the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power - and limitations - of family bonds.

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Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach

Jennifer Egan

The long-awaited novel from the bestselling author of Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit From the Goon Squad.

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H(A)PPY

H(A)PPY

Nicola Barker

Imagine a perfect world where everything is known, where everything is open, where there can be no doubt, no hatred, no poverty, no greed. Imagine a System which both nurtures and protects. A Community which nourishes and...

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 Read reviewEleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Gail Honeyman

An astonishing story that powerfully depicts the loneliness of life, and the simple power of a little kindness

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Miss Burma

Miss Burma

Charmaine Craig

Set against the vibrant backdrop of Burma from the 1940s to the 1960s, Miss Burma is a powerful and epic novel that follows one prominent Burmese family struggling to overcome war and political repression while trying to build a...

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The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

Imogen Hermes Gowar

A spellbinding story of curiosity, love and obsession from an astonishing new talent.

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Sight

Sight

Jessie Greengrass

The extraordinary first novel from the author of the prize-winning An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw It

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A Boy in Winter

A Boy in Winter

Rachel Seiffert

Early on a grey November morning in 1941, only weeks after the German invasion, a small Ukrainian town is overrun by the SS. A Boy In Winter tells of the three days that follow and the lives that are overturned in the process. And...

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The Trick to Time

The Trick to Time

Kit de Waal

A heart-wrenching love story from the internationally bestselling author of My Name Is Leon.Mona is a young Irish girl in the big city, with the thrill of a new job and a room of her own in a busy boarding house. On...

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Three Things About Elsie

Three Things About Elsie

Joanna Cannon

84-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light; and, if the charming new resident is who...

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