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Lincoln in the Bardo
Cover Image, Last Painting

George Saunders
Bloomsbury
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781408871751
Trade Paperback 2017
Price $AU 29.99
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The American Civil War rages while President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son lies gravely ill. In a matter of days, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns to the crypt several times alone to hold his boy's body. From this seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of realism, entering a thrilling, supernatural domain both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself trapped in a transitional realm - called, in Tibetan tradition, the bardo - and as ghosts mingle, squabble, gripe and commiserate, and stony tendrils creep towards the boy, a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie's soul. 

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2017.


First Person
Cover Image, North Water

Richard Flanagan
Random House
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780143787242     
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 30.00
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Kif Kehlmann, a young penniless writer, is rung in the middle of the night by the notorious con man and corporate criminal, Siegfried Heidl. About to go to trial for defrauding the banks of $700 million, Heidl offers Kehlmann the job of ghostwriting his memoir. He has six weeks to write the book, for which he'll be paid $10,000. But as the writing gets under way, Kehlmann begins to fear that he is being corrupted by Heidl. As the deadline draws closer, he becomes ever more unsure if he is ghostwriting a memoir, or if Heidl is rewriting him - his life, his future. Everything that was certain grows uncertain as he begins to wonder- who is Siegfried Heidl - and who is Kif Kehlmann? As time runs out, one question looms above all others- what is the truth? By turns compelling, comic, and chilling, this is a haunting journey into the heart of our age. 


Manhattan BeachCover Image, Long Way Home

Jennifer Egan
Corsair
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781472150882    
Trade Paperback 2017
Price $AU 32.99
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Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. She is the sole provider for her mother and her lovely, severely disabled sister. At a night club, she chances to meet Styles, the man she visited with her father before he vanished, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father's life, the reasons he might have been murdered.


Swing Time
Cover Image, North Water

Zadie Smith
Penguin
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780141036601    
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 22.99
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A dazzlingly exuberant new novel moving from north west London to West Africa, from the multi-award-winning author of White Teeth and On Beauty. Two brown girls dream of being dancers - but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, black bodies and black music, what it means to belong, what it means to be free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten either.Bursting with energy, rhythm and movement, Swing Time is Zadie Smith's most ambitious novel yet. It is a story about music and identity, race and class, those who follow the dance and those who lead it.

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017.


The Museum of Modern LoveCover Image, Art Making

Heather Rose
Allen and Unwin
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781760291860     
Trade Paperback 2016
Price $AU 27.99
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'This is a weirdly beautiful book.' David Walsh founder and curator, MONA. 

Arky Levin is a film composer in New York separated from his wife, who has asked him to keep one devastating promise. One day he finds his way to The Atrium at MOMA and sees Marina Abramovic in The Artist is Present. The performance continues for seventy-five days and, as it unfolds, so does Arky. As he watches and meets other people drawn to the exhibit, he slowly starts to understand what might be missing in his life and what he must do...This dazzlingly original novel asks beguiling questions about the nature of art, life and love and finds a way to answer them.  Heather was the inaugural Writer in Residence at The Museum of Old and New Art (MoNA) in Hobart 2012-13 where she did much of the research for The Museum of Modern Love. 

Winner of the Stella Prize 2017.


The Underground Railroad
Cover Image, The Heart Goes Last

Colson Whitehead
Doubleday
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780708898406
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 19.99
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Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, and they plot their escape. Matters do not go as planned - Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her - but they manage to find a station and head north. Cora embarks on a harrowing journey, state-by-state, seeking true freedom. Like Gulliver, Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey - Whitehead brilliantly recreates the unique terrors for black people in states in the pre-Civil War era. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman's ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage, and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize 2017.


The North Water

Cover Image, North Water

Ian McGuire
Scribner
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781471151262     
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 19.99 
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1859, A ship sets sail with a killer on board. A man joins a whaling ship bound for the Arctic Circle. Having left the British Army with his reputation in tatters, Patrick Sumner has little option but to accept the position of ship's surgeon on this ill-fated voyage. But when, deep into the journey, a cabin boy is discovered brutally killed, Sumner finds himself forced to act. Soon he will face an evil even greater than he had encountered at the siege of Delhi, in the shape of Henry Drax: harpooner, murderer, monster.

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016.


The Secret LifeCover Image, Long Way Home

Andrew O'Hagan
Faber & Faber
Genre: Biography
ISBN 9780571335855
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 29.99
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In The Secret Life Andrew O'Hagan delves into the dark corners of the web to investigate the people whose lives are lived through the internet.  Examining three lives - Julian Assange, Craig Wright, the Australian behind the Bitcoin inventor 'Satoshi Nakamoto', and Ronald Pinn, an online character O'Hagan created - he explores identity, secrecy, and the relationship between the individual, the state, and technology.  A compulsive read.


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